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August 4, 2018

My new home of Pluvigner in the Morbihan Breton XXVII

As I was saying in my previous blog post today, we had an interesting day in the heat. Well really 33C is what ..91F peace of cake right! lol! There is no AC here so we go out into the forest or parks with a shade.

Of course otherwise, stay inside shopping centers or the car lol! Very funny thing here, electricity is expensive and the excuse is, not enough period of heat to have AC as mostly  all is in Fall and Winter lol! yeah that is one thing I do not agree with my French compatriots.

We , otherwise, went out with our dog Rex into the park!!! We have nice parks where I live and one big one not far from the house ,where we can easily walk with the dog. This is the sports complex of Goh Lanno.


Some of the installations and activities there are  2 hand-ball rooms, basketball, volleyball, tennis, roller coaster etc. They also include 1 dojo (judo, Karate…), 1 dance hall (classic Breton…) as well as a gym. . Outside, the associations as well as the Middle school Goh Lanno uses 5 football fields (2 clubs), 1 rugby field, 1 athletics stadium and 2 tennis courts as well as a Cycling Club which uses the evolution plateau of the Goh Lanno complex for its bicycle school with children.  Gymnasium in synthetic (excluding turf) with lighting, 2 changing rooms with showers and a tribune of 100 seats. This complex sports facility of Goh Lanno has 2 identical equipments of this type.


Some of the sports practice within the park either with the school , association or in amateur leagues are: Karate/Karate Jutsu/Goshin jutsu/Kobudo/Nihon Tai-jutsu/Taijitsu/Nambudo/Ninjutsu/Nunchaku/… Tennis ,Badminton, flying kites game ,Indoor hockey/field hockey, basketball ,volleyball/Beach volleyball (Beach volleyball)/ Lawn-Volleyball,  Handball/Mini Hand/Handball Beach , track Races and other dances.

The city of Pluvigner has some info in French here: City of Pluvigner on Goh Lanno

And the sports site with more information still in French is here: Sports France on Goh Lanno

There is an interesting football/soccer team in town n the Keriolets , which we follow as much as we can, it plays in Regional Division 2,   the webpage is here in French: Keriolets of Plluvigner

It is a vast complex with plenty of trees to shade and great for walking , picnic and social gathering. We love to come with Rex here, as other passerbyers are nice folks. It is a lung heaven for all in Pluvigner and of course visitors which we have, even from abroad and recently an English couple retired here.

So will post some pictures now, hope you enjoy this side of regular living in my belle France, and beautiful Morbihan in Brittany, the land of dreams and fairy tail.  OF course, even at night , the heat goes on now it is 26C ::) not bad at all. Tomorrow they say will go to 30C here and of course Paris a bit hotter lol! 31C now!!!

Enjoy the local views and maybe make you a better visitor ::) and Remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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August 4, 2018

My travels in the Morbihan, LXVI

So after a very hot day of errands, I am back home to tell you more natural real stories of living in my belle France. We are in the middle of what is normally call a canicule or hot season with already 67 departments put in orange alert (second highest) on the heat. Unfortunately, Brittany is spared from the upper readings of as much as 37C where we have only reach 33C lol! The sun is hotter even if one is used to the heat, without AC is not fun.

Therefore, it is Saturday and the big day for errands. We have to wait now as we need to take of our dear dog Borador call Rex ,he is now 8,5 months old and about 24 kg or 50 pounds thereabouts. Big boy and very nice my sons take him out in the morning and evenings every day as well we have a big patio of 1000 square meters (think is about 10K sq feet).

After we are done with Rex, we set out into the heat wave of the Morbihan. We went straight for Maxi Zoo store in Séné of course, we get our dog stuff there, and we got him a brand new ball and a car seat harness to ride with us yes! He already has but a bit scare and moves too much, hopefully with the harness will be better, so the experts tell us.


From there we went to have lunch at a new restaurant in my area, the USA chain Steak ‘N Shake (from the original Route 66 chain) has opened a resto in Vannes! old favorite is now very close to home! Of course, we try it at noon exactly. The line was short but after us came the world!!! They had designed a building with a street level parking going openly underground and the restaurant is in the upper level with an outside terrace! Very nice layout and the service was fast and friendly.  We had our Western burger bacon, with fries and I had an Affligem Belgian beer as well as a strawberry milkshake all came to about less than 19€ per person; so a bit expensive for a really fast food chain. Let’s see if it holds.  The restaurant is so new is not even yet on their webpage for France lol! Here is the webpage: Steak ‘N Shake



As still the next store was closed , we took some time at the FNAC dept electronic store in Vannes browsing of some travel books, and mangas books. This is a store my boys comes often. It is located in an area of many stores call Parc Lann in Vannes.


The time was right for the next store (previously spoken in my blog) to be open after their lunch break, and  my boys went in to sale more of their old mangas, dvd, video games, computers etc to the pawn shop chain now in Vannes call EasyCash. They had so much junk not even can describe it, now they can get some cash for it so they are already well known in the store. The manager ask them to bring more stuff from Pokemon lol! they will lol! Webpage here: EasyCash

We continue our schedule stops by going to pickup some beers for home at our favorite V&B store (previously spoken in my blog) in Auray. Already this area the beach front to the beaches of Morbihan full of tourists local and foreigners. From abroad by far the biggest numbers are the English. We are well known in the store lol! purchase fast and go across the street literally.

We did our groceries as usual lately in E Leclerc hypermarket (previously spoken in my blog). We usually go the one in Vannes even if farther because it is closer to other stores we go to, but secondly we come to the one in Auray as this time. The shopping was hectic as many tourists and folks trying to pump gas without understanding French  is a laught ,sorry ::) We got our groceries and went home.

I will put my adventures in Pluvigner our town in another post following this one, quickly.

The heat is still with us but we are not done from been outside, especially having an active dog lol!

Do remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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August 4, 2018

Simply memorable Honfleur!

Ok on this day, I come back to you on a routine post in my blog. There has been many ,but this is one I am never tired of writing on it. Brief, the town is historical glorious, quaint , old, turn to the sea, architecture, and just great family memories. I have written several blog posts on Honfleur.

Seaman, Painters, and Normandy

Marines Festival of Honfleur

Another time in Honfleur

Normandy by the Sea

How about quaint little Honfleur

I have been coming here for years since first encounter my Frenchie, and my parents especially my mother love it. At the end, and many nice stories there are always some sad ones, that is human life I am afraid. My mom Gladys passed away on December 27, 2007 , just after Christmas and my wedding anniversary; and was her wish to be deposit at sea her ashes here, and so I did. Lately, I have gone thru the sad times again of losing my dear loving wife Martine ,last April 30 2018 and on her last days , her wish was to be deposit here too at Honfleur. And so I will, already appointement with the lifeguard SNSM to do so August 24 2018 with the same lifesaving boat the Notre Dame. Eventually, we all will rest in peace here.


So, Honfleur is more than just a spot, a tourist spot, a town or a visit; it is more personal. One of the spots that is dear to us is up the hill or plateau of Grace or Côte de Grâce and into the quaint old Notre Dame Chapel and its outdoor bells with a big Cross of Jesus Christ nearby overlooking the bay of Honfleur and across Le Havre. We come around to see the Mont Joli, or pretty mount with great, wonderful views of the area and the bridges afar Normandie and Tancarville. This is Honfleur .

On the plateau of Grace is one of the oldest sanctuaries in the region surrounded by secular trees. Located 1.5 km from the city/town center of Honfleur, the plateau de Grâce offers a panoramic view of the sea, the Seine estuary and Le Havre. Right up the hill, sits the Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Grâce on the limits of the village of  Équemauville, department Calvados 14 , region of Normandy.

Our Lady of Grace Chapel, was built between 1600-1615 by the burghers and sailors of Honfleur, replacing an old Chapel that disappeared in a landslide of the cliff. This primitive Chapel was founded before the year 1023 by Richard II, Duke of Normandy, to fulfill a vow made during a storm in which he had almost perished. Since the cult of Our Lady of Grace has perpetuated.

Marble plaques and paintings perpetuate the memory of illustrious characters who came to this Chapel, such as Samuel de Champlain, Pierre Berthelot, king Louis XIII, Napoléon  Bonaparte, Saint Theresa Lisieux…etc.  Located on the heights dominating the town of Honfleur, but on the territory of Équemauville, houses ex-votos, models of boats and an organ made by the organ factor Dupont in 1990. On the outside you can see the bells of the pilgrimages.

Our Lady of Grace Chapel has exceptional ex-votos. All the faithful who come to collect in the sanctuary are seized and surprised by the impressive number of plaques, models or inscriptions that testify to the general gratitude. All these ex-Votos have a story. Their presence symbolizes the success of a vow, a recommendation, a prayer.  Of course the protection of the sailors is a privileged place. But it can also be testimonials of recognition as a result of healing or the fulfillment of a happy event.

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Every year, Pentecost is the traditional Marines Festival or Fête des Marins during which it is possible to admire the colorful procession of the models of boats carried by the children from the place Sainte-Catherine to the Chapel Our Lady of Grace. The Chapel and the Grace Plateau, although located on the village of Equemauville, have been owned by the city of Honfleur since the French revolution. The interior Chapel of the Transept, on the left, is dedicated to all Canadians of Norman descent, in remembrance of the departure from this point of many settlers for Canada.

The small road that leaves to the left, behind the Chapel, leads to Mont-Joli, which is also located in the village of Equemauville . Mont-Joli dominates the city and offers a beautiful panorama of the Seine Valley and the Pont de Normandie (bridge) which connects Honfleur to Le Havre. Mont Joli dominates the city and offers a beautiful view  on a clear day you can locate even  the Pont de Tancarville (bridge), located at almost 30 km away.

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These are the nice stories, in addition there is the Sainte-Catherine taken for a ride , she is carried by locals into a small boat and goes out with a flotilla of fisherman’s and sailors, boats into the sea for a Mass by the Bishop. She is brought back into the Church on poles and the faithful walks the Grace plateau up hill carrying a Cross as the Way of Christ into the Our Lady of Grace Chapel (Notre Dame de Grâce) where there is another Mass carried out. Very moving scene on the Marines Festival day.


Some webpages to help you plan your trip here, and I know some or all are repeated in the blog entries above.

Tourist office of Honfleur

City of Honfleur on heritage

Tourist office of Calvados department 14

Tourist office of region of Normandy

There you go a very nice town indeed , worth the detour for many, and for me a spot on Earth where I will need to come back and again no matter what. Very special Honfleur.

Remember, my wisdoms: happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!


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