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January 27, 2018

My travels in the Morbihan, LVIIII

I go for a break and tell you about my area once again. The weather has been well typical Breton, grey , humid, rainy and cold these last few days. I have taken it easy sticking around the house and nearby lately too. Must be the Winter doldrums…

Some things to see in my neck of the woods are

The single hulls an be seen in broad daylight at the Spi Ouest-France Regatta. A real treat for anyone who loves a regatta. The greatest skippers come back year after year to take part in what is now the largest gathering of yachts in Europe. 400 yachts line up hull to hull at the starting line. A favourite haunt of barons, the regatta, which takes place in Quiberon bay, is nevertheless open to junior classes and one design mono-hulls. So from March 29 to April 2 come over to La Trinité-sur-Mer, where the Spi Ouest-France Regatta has been guaranteeing sailing enthusiasts a truly unmissable experience since 1978. More in French here from the area newspaper Ouest France;

Festival of Brittany in May 2018 , many sites in Brittany. A whole raft of activities and events will take place across Brittany with festivities running for 4 days. More than 300 events will showcase Breton culture from the most traditional of customs to the latest youth trends as they embrace their Breton roots. Expect concerts, exhibitions, walks, traditional dance, street entertainment, workshops and markets. And of course, an introduction to Breton gastronomy is a given wherever you go! The exact days in May for 2018 is not up yet it will be soon here:

Jazz en Ville, Vannes will be again held in July 2018. From 14h to one in the morning, there’s only one rule in town – wander round, explore and travel through the land of jazz! When Vannes opens its floodgates in summer, the ramparts of the old town are stormed by jazz and blues legends who get everyone’s feet tapping to the sound of trumpets, drums and clarinets. Even if jazz has taken over the city and on February 24 there will Jazz night in town or La Nuit Jazz en VIlle. More here:

During July 13-14 2018 you have back the historical days in Vannes or Fêtes Historiques. For three days, Vannes brings its rich history to life. Take a stroll in the rampart gardens or the streets of the old town, visit the blacksmith’s forge or the coin-makers’ workshop, admire the falconry displays and the artillery demonstrations, or just enjoy a taste of medieval cuisine. And the magic doesn’t end there, for as night falls you can join in the local open-air dance, or bal populaire, and be amazed as the fire-eaters take to the streets. But it’s also a great time to visit Vannes. With around 272 listed buildings, this town hides a wealth of history behind its ancient castle walls. More in French here:

On our biggest island the Festival Lyrique en Mer in Belle île en Mer takes place in 2018 from July 25 to August 17 . Every summer, Belle-Île-en-Mer acts as the perfect backdrop for the Lyrique en Mer festival, dedicated to some of the world’s greatest opera composers. Verdi, Mozart, Puccini, Rossini…And don’t miss the sacred music concerts or the cocktail-concerts, where you can have a drink and a chat with artists after the show. Over the years the festival has welcomed international singers from some of the world’s most highly regarded opera houses, including the New York Metropolitan Opera, the Paris Opera, La Scala in Milan and London’s Covent Garden. Don Giovanni, Carmen, Madame Butterfly and the Barber of Seville have already been performed here. This has to be a dream holiday for any opera-lover. More here in French:

And on August 3-12 2018 you have the wonderful not to be missed Festival InterCeltique in Lorient. All about the Bretons. Every year it’s the same song and dance! Since 1971, this festival has really got it in the bag-ad, for every year it’s bombard-ed with over 700,000 visitors coming to listen to the Celtic sounds of the bombards and the bagad. Just like the Pied Piper, this inter-Celtic parade mesmerizes the crowd, assembled here to celebrate an inter-Celtic night at the Moustoir stadium or in the fishing port, to the sound of the Scottish and Spanish bagpipes that fill the air. Around 200 events and shows and 5000 performers on the bill. More info here:

Every year too on August 15 in Vannes we celebrate the Arvor Festival held here since 1928. Celebrating Breton folklore by electing the Queen of Arvor and her ladies in waiting as well as a host of activities dedicated to traditional Breton culture. During 3 days everyone enjoys Exhibitions, Bagadou shows (traditional pipe bands), traditional feasts or festival call Fest-Noz and fancy dress parades as well as concerts and introductions to Breton dancing. All going on by the ramparts of Vannes. Keep an eye here for the 2018 exact dates:

April 28-30 2018 in Port en Drô Yacht Club in Carnac, you have Eurocat, the great party for the catamaran aficionado into the May 1st holiday celebrations for 3 days of tests around the island of île de Houat! It is the must event for the sport with all series included such as C1, C3, C4, F18 , and  Flying Boat. More here:

We have utmost religious event in all of Brittany with the great penitence of Saint Anne in Sainte-Anne d’Auray. (see my post on this in my blog).  The story of Sainte-Anne d’Auray started in  the 17C when the appereance of the Sainte Anne, mother of the Virgin Mary, and grandmother of Jesus was shown here to a poor farmer  Yves Nicolazic (house still standing) . During one appearance she ask to rebuilt a Chapel that was dedicated to her in the 6C ; the news is spread to all of Brittany and the pilgrimages begins towards  Sainte-Anne d’Auray, given birth to one of the biggest pilgrimage dates in the region, which by the 19C was so big , the Chapel is too small. The Basilica of Sainte Anne wad then built between  1865-1872. Every July 26, there are thousands here for the Grand Pardon, a great moment for all Catholics and Bretons for which  Sainte-Anne is their patron Saint. More here:

The Festival Au Pont du Rock is held every year this time August 3 2018 in Malestroit, the oldest summer music festival in Brittany. All the latest trend in rock are showcase here with an independent free spirit and free ambiance. More here:

And there you have some planning to do coming over heeeere ::) Well I just had a peaceful day today so only went out to the SPA de Lorient in Larmor-Plage as we are thinking and gathering information on adopting a dog!!! Not an easy decision as the ones we saw are old we kinda feld for one 10 years old but this is too much to bring home we think. So the search continues…. if curious the site is here:

We in between, had our lunch at a nice find or sort of finally there. This restaurant just open on an old bar that was not working and sold to a couple that now lives across the street in the village of Corn er Hoët town of Brech not far from us. We passed by it all the time but you know here we have so much to see….the local bus driver that took our kids to from school ,once crossed with us and recommended it but again we were busy with others….well finally we went in today. The restaurant is the Au Coq en Pâte, 20 route de Corn Er Hoët, Brech. We had different dishes and all very good quality price ratio,with a friendly talkative host/owners. I had the crusty wrap in Andouille Breton the local sausage from pork, green salad as entrée and then had the main dish on parmentier de haddock and codfish all wash down with a nice provence Rosé 50cl garafe and expresso coffee. 22.50€ per person good in the woods. More and with pictures below :

Enjoy your Saturday wherever you are, happy travels and Cheers!!!

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