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March 10, 2018

My new home of Pluvigner in the Morbihan Breton XXV and Rex

Ok so much for the title , and my creativity lol! Anyway, for years and years I have try to convince my gang to have a dog. I grew up with dogs: my grandfather was a hunter and he kept two Dalmatians on his side all the time, they knew every step he made and got on the jeep as soon as he left the house. I remember taken sides with them , me in the middle and my body guards on the sides. Those were my early enfant/child days.

As I move about in our world, running from city to city, region to region, and country to country it was hard to have them. Once settled in Florida USA, my parents brought a small female dog mix coton,Yorkshire type which we love and raised since she was 2 weeks old. We got thru a friend and we did all on her, vets visits, and trips by car. Even hiding it in towels to get her into some of the hotels not allowing dogs, the B. Well it was with us for almost 12 years before she left us at the time my first boy was born.

Ormond by the Sea

me and my dog in FL

 

Moving again to a new country, sort of. We were busy traveling and having family life. I continue ask once in a while to have again a dog; love them all. Well family we had a family consensus we will all help out with the dog. We started searching for one here in the Morbihan Breton. Well have to give you the car our car in driveway , the dog will travel on ok.

 

The search was briefly mentioned in my other posts, it was big and frustrating. We first look at the SPA or animal refuges centers here, one in Vannes and another in Lorient (larmor plage). We realized as sad as their situation is, the dogs were too old  ,all the ones we were tempted to were 5-9 yrs old. We were beginning to give up on these centers.

http://spa-vannes.com/chiens-a-adopter/

http://www.spa-lorient.com/index.php

We visit puppy shows like the one in Lorient (Lanester) expo center. Full of puppies from many races all pure race. They look adorable and we like the Labradors, Golden Retrievers, Spaniel Bretons , etc. However, the prices are in my opinion a racket. 650 euros to 1200 euros depending on the race and sex. No wonders we have a population problem lol these people sells them like eggs to anyone without knowing if they can keep them or not. Eventually , many of them end up in the SPA refuges. Sorry. The past show is here in the local newspaper Ouest-France (Western France)

https://www.ouest-france.fr/bretagne/lorient-56100/lanester-salon-du-chiot-au-parc-des-expositions-5484510

We visited friends who have dogs here, and we saw they were so lovely and well behave. One was a border collier by Guerande in Pays de la Loire.  We continue our search. We had visited stores selling puppies and animals like the Animalis and Truffaut both in Vannes and Lorient.

https://www.animalis.com/chiens.html

https://www.truffaut.com/jardineries/lorient/Pages/accueil.aspx

We turn to the newspapers , and here there is leboncoin (the good corner) online where everybody sells anything you can imagine.  Webpage here: https://www.leboncoin.fr/animaux/offres/bretagne/morbihan/?th=1&anit=1&anioffnat=2

Here gave us hope, but most of the offering were very deceiving and tricky. Many offer the dogs free and when you call, they ask for a participation of 200-300 euros!  And we read many sad stories of people giving up their dogs sometimes as much as 6 years because they change job, house, or were sick! Imagine giving your child away for the same reasons!!!

Many times we call, and the dogs were gone already. And the search continues in all fronts with patience. Until something magical happened.

There was this ad. advertising a puppy of 3 months mix border collier and something, nearby us in the town of Moustoir-AC along the road D16. WE call, and there was one male remaining from the lot of 2+2 M/F. By this time he was 4 months old and mostly black. The family were farmers milk cow business and only wanted 30 euros for him!!

We call we wanted the dog and they were very honorable folks who reserved the puppy for us just by telephone. We can only come to get him Saturday (today) and we made appointment to stop by on this day at 15h (3pm). On the way there we did our errands and were having lunch at Au Bureau in the town of Séné, not far from Vannes. Here we had our platters of cheese goodies and calamars, and burgers, and big 50cl beers Leffe and café gourmand dishes all in a nice ambiance for 28€ per person and worth it recommended, it is our second time here and love it. Webpage here: https://aubureau-vannes.fr/

Sene

After to our amazement we call the folks again to confirm the dog was still available the couple spoked with us by telephone and confirm waiting for us. So, therefore, we headed across the parking from the above restaurant to visit a store we had visit in our search, Maxi Zoo.

Maxi Zoo I found out is a German chain with over 80 stores already in France, and they have everything for the dogs. The staff is very friendly and knowledgably as we had visited before for information. This time we went for the shopping !!! We got our bedding, towels, leash, collar, toy, and chewing snacks as well as the big bag of food; and the expenses with joy begins.  We will come back here as they are tops. webpage here: http://www.maxizoo.fr/magasin/sene.html

 

And we rush to get the puppy at the farm in Moustoir-AC, we were late and call to let them know we were on our way and hold on to the puppy ,is ours! The folks were very nice and guide us to their farm. Here you need a lot more than GPS to get to some of these villages hamlets call lieu-dits here in French. Some are and some are not on GPS. We finally made to the farm ok. Before passing by city center we passed the nice Church of Santa Barbara or St Barbe in the photo.

 

The couple and their son as well as four other dogs were waiting for us. The total welcome, including the mother of our puppy!  was very nice.  She is a pure race Border Collier, very nice and gentle. Even played with us and a rock throwing contest ! The father is unknown , one of those accidents in a big farm. We think it could be the spaniel Breton or Belgian shepherd or Labrador not sure. It is very gentle quiet and already walking around the house living room and veranda. We will see the first night ! Anybody can give us an idea of the father might be ?

We have our first veterinary appointment next Tuesday March 13  at the cabinet that have been advising us on the purchase and steps all the way. They have been very strict and gentle to our questions and we kind of like them for that. They are right in Pluvigner not far from our local grocery shopping center, Clinique du Chêne.  the webpage is here: http://cliniqueveterinaireduchene.chezmonveto.com/

We are now set for a wonderful homey Sunday with our new member of the family, REX. We call him like that because my wife sees an Austrian, then Italian TV series on a dog call Rex (German Shepherd) . The series lasted until 2015 under Inspector Rex. The Wikipedia site has the best info on it; here it is in English: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inspector_Rex

And here is the series site REX: http://betafilm.com/rexspecialunit/characters.html

Pluvigner

So there you have it, the globetrotter family now has a dog a new member of the family and already planning trips with him.  In our world these can be limited but we are stubborn animal lovers who will seek out the best to bring him alone. Rex is here to stay.

Hope you like the story on our wandering world in now Breton lands. Enjoy your Sunday , weekend, whatever you are in our wonderful world. Cheers!

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March 10, 2018

The green of Galicia, Spain!

I have come to wonderful green and friendly corner of Spain. Even now I am exchanging on whatsapp with a friend from this corner of my Spain. Today it has been cloudy  but good weather up to 15C or about 59F and we got our dog but that is later. Now ,I like to tell you about the autonomous region of Galicia.

Galicia is at the extreme northwest of Spain ,surrounded by Asturias, Castilla y Léon, Portugal, the Atlantic Ocean and the Cantabrian Sea. Ever since, Santiago de Compostela is the political capital of the region while La Coruña (A Coruña) is of the Province of La Coruña as well as Santiago de Compostela, and the most important city.  Here, two languages are spoken the Galician and the Castilian (better known as Spanish but not correct).

My previous blog posts on this region are here:

https://paris1972-versailles2003.com/2017/03/05/a-coruna-la-coruna-galicia-a-huge-spot-of-green-in-spain/

https://paris1972-versailles2003.com/2015/05/17/a-coruna-again-a-visit-to-the-green-of-galicia/

https://paris1972-versailles2003.com/2012/07/28/a-coruna-la-coruna-y-galicia-charms-of-the-rias/

https://paris1972-versailles2003.com/2017/04/30/a-coruna-la-coruna-it-has-been-a-love-story/

https://paris1972-versailles2003.com/2016/05/28/a-coruna-here-i-come-back/

At the time of the Romans, the Gallaecia became a province with certain autonomy with its own capitals such as Braga, Lugo, and Astorga; the Roman conquest came about 137-22 BC and with it the Roman roads , bridges such as those of Bibei, and  Ourense, as well as the wall ramparts in Lugo. In the last period of the Roman occupation, many great invasions came here from Germanic ,Suaves etc by 409 AD. The Suave kingdom lasted almost two centuries from 409-585 before been taken by the Visigoths under king Leovigild in 585. By 711, it was the Moors/Arabs turn to invade and conquest even if with less influence than on the rest of Spain.

The kingdom of Galicia was a separate political entity from the 5C to 1833 and considered the jewel of the Christian kingdoms in the peninsula and important for the reconquest of the rest of  Spain.  However, by the 12C, there was a weakening with the separation of the south of the kingdom that became the kingdom of Portugal. The increasing power of the kingdom of Castille and the union of the conquests in Andalucía made the Galicia area less important in the overall kingdom of Spain. The arrival of the Catholic kings stopped the wishes of political independence here even if the administration of the kingdom continues until 1833 under the regence of Maria Cristina de Bourbon. It continues to the the democratic constitutional of the kingdom of Spain where it is an important autonomous region now.

The region is known for its high mountains reaching Peña Trevinca at 2 124 meters and the wonderful rias like Rias Baixas in the southwest and Rias Altas in the North, and cliffs bordering the coasts like the impressive of Cap Ortegal. The region of Galicia has four provinces (Coruña, Lugo, Ourense, and Pontevedra) 53 municipalities , 313 councils or towns and 3847 parishes as well as 31855 sites or lugares or aldeas (villages). However, for the local, the parish stays the lieu of belonging and it is common to ask a Galician from he comes from to be told the name of the parish.

San Ciprian

the beaches are good too in the north San Ciprian

The utmost place to visit here is the Catholic pilgrimage with the goal of reaching the legendary tomb of apostle Santiago or St James located in the crypt of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. It was place here after the discovery of the tomb of St James in early 9C, and from the 11C the pilgrimage is the biggest in medieval Christianity. However, only after the taken of Granada in 1492 by the Catholic kings of Fernando and Isabel that Pope Alexander VI declared officially Santiago de Compostela as one of the three great pilgrimage of Christianity (Rome and Jerusalem the others)

The language is the question. During the Middle Ages it was spoken the same language on all the south and north of Galicia. the Miño river separating north and south Galicia were the center of the same galeico-Portuguese language. Romanesque language the Galician and Portuguese had a common tree during the Middle Ages. The oldest document in writing in Galician was from 1228 and called the  Foro do bo burgo do Castro Caldelas ;given to king Alfonso IX of Léon on that year in the town of Ourense (Orense).  In 1230,  under the reign of Fernando III of Castile, the kingdom of Galicia is definitively integrated into the Castilian monarchy of Leon and Castile.  Before, that , the southern part of Galicia or the current north of Portugal had become independent and later a kingdom of Portugal in 1139. From 1500, the Portuguese remplace the Galician for the spoken language of Portugal.

Galicia has the greatest number of Roman buildings in Spain even if this rich heritage is less known like those in the rest of Spain; this partly by the smaller significance given to the size and place in later history of Spain. The Anthem of Galicia was first sang and composed in Cuba and there still this heritage in the many immigrant returning back to Galicia in the architecture and gardens.

Coruna

Obelisco de los Cantones calle del canton grande

The region is tops for the seafood and fishes, and especially that wonderful octopus ! to kill for !! and known for its high quality in all of Spain. There is also, the famous Torta de Santiago ( St James’s cake) done for the passing pilgrims . This torta is done with a base of almonds of the region ,especially those around Santiago de Compostela.

Some webpages I can give you to know more about this region from tourism point of view are below.

Tourism of Galicia ; http://www.turismo.gal/inicio?langId=en_US

 an official side in English with plenty of good information me think.  http://www.galiciaguide.com/

Province of Coruna tourism:  http://www.turismocoruna.com/web/

Province of Ourense tourism:  http://turismodeourense.gal/en/arte-y-patrimonio/monumentos/

Province of Lugo Tourism: http://www.turismolugo.info/patrimonio.html

 Province of Pontevedra tourism:  http://www.visit-pontevedra.com/esp/8/8/descubre+pontevedra-monumentos+museos+parques+rutas+y+alrededores.html

Enjoy Galicia, is a region to be found and visit a lot more.  Enjoy the Saturday wherever you are, and remember happy travels and good health to all. Cheers!

 

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