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September 2, 2018

My new home of Pluvigner in the Morbihan Breton XXVIII

So this is Sunday and coming slowly into the night, we had our rest day as usual when not traveling outside of the area.  A very French tradition Sunday is family day. Another continuing effort to show the real French side of living in France. The post series  was started when we moved in to our newest home back five years ago. It is now in its 28 edition ::)

As our family is so spread out in four different countries, and two continents, and in France far away east and north of Paris we are the lone westerners lol! As my time for travel or desire has diminish a bit;;;just a bit; we are staying closer to home too.

One of the things we have started to ease our week and take advantage of the Summer/Spring months is the barbecue. We are thinking in Fall/Winter to do so in the garage ,which is big.

We wanted a manuable barbecue for quick meals the old fashion way, and easily transportable. WE decided for a Weber and purchase it at our friendly home builders store Castorama in Vannes.

We used once to try it and it took some time to get it lit but we manage ok. This time ,it was easier and quicker. We enjoy it in our open terrace in front of our house. We have a large veranda but covered, so the enjoyment of barbecue when weather permitting we od outdoors.

My sons took to the task and we all chip in as well as our dog Rex. He is always hungry anyway, our Borador (border collier/labrador), and already almost 10 months old.


We got ourselves some nice German beers at our friendly V&B of Auray to go along with the food. The tex-mex skewes were from E Leclerc already prepare and we add it some herbs and pepper sausages with hamburger buns.

For desserts, we had ice cream and peach halves in light syrup. We topped it off with Nescafe Dolce Vita coffees with mine been the usual milk coffee cup. Some of my boys had tea.

And the day went really fast and we all had fun at home. Me watching the horse racing from Paris Longchamp (Bois de Boulogne) and they watching well, MasterChef  season 9 reruns from the USA led by Gordon Ramsay.

Now I am as usual in my blog and they are with their video games. Sunday is almost done, and the week too . As said, my vacation is coming to an end as going back to work next Thursday. Yikes!!! is never enough ,not really ,anywhere. Oh well.

The temps has been mild around 21C or 74F and sunny no other to report; we are in Bretagne/Brittany, and the only thing is the occassional rain , otherwise is heavens.

Anyway, take this opportunity to thank all my readers and followers to help me in my pass time in my blog. Wishing you all a happy week, full of health and best wishes. And of course, remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!

ps. Je fais mon blog en anglais comme avec quatre langues, c’est celui que je pense gérer mieux. Si je devais faire un post dans les quatre langues sera trop long! Mes langues, français, anglais, espagnol et portugais. Merci.

September 2, 2018

Down the coast down my roads of Morbihan, three beauties!

Ok so now in my last vacation week I like to remind you if I may, on four beauties off the coast of Morbihan just south of me. Of course, I have written before on them on spots and even single posts; just an update to tell you a bit more on the history and other things to see not shown before.

I will be telling you about four beauties of the dept 56 Morbihan, my dept of Brittany. These are Locmariaquer, Crac’h, and Saint Philibert. These are all coastal towns with good beaches!

Locmariaquer is a town in the Morbihan Department 56 of the region of Brittany . The town is located at the western mouth of the Gulf of Morbihan and has many beaches overlooking the Bay of Quiberon, western part of Mor Braz which opens access to the Atlantic Ocean. Love to come here for a drink or lunch across from the bridge into the sea on photo below!

The town of Locmariaquer was then considered the cradle of the flat oyster. The first concessions in the river of Auray were issued in 1882. But, in 1973-1974, the flat oyster of the Gulf of Morbihan is decimated, even annihilated by two pests. It is then that the culture of the hollow oyster of Japanese origin is introduced. Today, the Oyster farmer Locmariaquérois became a hollow oyster farmer in the Gulf and Rivière de Saint-Philibert. The harvest and rearing of the flat oyster are mainly in Quiberon Bay.

Things to see

Church of Notre-Dame de Kerdro: Romanesque style, built in the 11C and 12C, Chapelle du Moustoir; Chapelle Saint-Pierre, Saint-Michel Chapel; Statue of Our Lady of Kerdro, Pointe de Kerpenhir: High of 2.70 meters, it was carved in granite in 1946, but stayed for 16 years in the Church before being erected in its location in 1962. It replaces a statue erected in 1883 and destroyed by the Germans at the same time as the fort during the occupation, and the Port of Locmariaquer

Locmariaquer is home to a remarkable concentration of megaliths:: Large, shattered menhir of Er Grah, the world’s largest menhir, nearly 20 meters, currently broken into four pieces. Cairn of the Merchant’s Table; Mounds of Er Grah; The flat stones, a long-bent dolmen of nearly 25 meters; Room and tumulus of the Mané-Rutual; Dolmen of Kercadoret;Dolmen of Kerveresse; The Mane-Lud tumulus; Tumulus of Mané et Hroech; this tumulus, 100 meters long and 60 meters wide, 10 meters high, was excavated in 1863. This princely tomb concealed in its center a four-meters long burial chamber in which the researchers found exceptional furnishings, comprising of 106 polished axes in jade, as well as beads and pendulous in variscite, hidden for the most part under the paving of the vault. At the entrance to the room were three fragments of a carved slab. The decoration represents in the center a crest, figuration of the mother goddess, containing a horned sign and two small sticks; above and below, a series of driven axes and finally, at the bottom, a more combusting axe, with a ring at the bottom of the handle. Info on the megaliths stones here :

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here in addition to my blog post above are

City of Locmariaquer:

Tourist office of Locmariaquer:

Moving right along to Saint Philibert.

Saint-Philibert, located in the Morbihan department 56 in Bretagne . This town was created in 1892 on territories that belonged to Locmariaquer. On previous post more into St Philibert in my blog was of

Things to see here

The beaches are wonderful here. Notre-Dame-de-Flux-and-Ebb chapel, or Notre-Dame-du-Ster, 17C. Point of Keryondre. Point of Men-er-Basie. Dolmen of Kermané. Dolmen of Kervehennec. Church of Saint Philibert. 

City of St Philibert on its beaches:

St Philibert

Some webpages to help further plan your trip here on the dept tourist webpage:

And smaller but more to see here at Crac’h, one of my sons worked here too.

Crac’h, in the Department of Morbihan,56 in the region Bretagne. The town of Crac’h is located in the district of Auray, in the agglomeration or metro area of Lorient, and is part of the community of municipalities Auray Quiberon Atlantique Terres. The emigrants, who came from current Great Britain in the 5C and the life of this century, colonized the territories of Crac’h to such an extent that all the names of places are borrowed from their language, starting with that of the parish. Crac’h, in all likelihood, is a variant of “Kreac’h, Kreh” which means: Butte, or Hill.

Even if it is the closest to me, I have not yet been inside the most known things to see here the Saint Thuriau Church, passing by just for shopping fruits or going to the beaches down further. Oh well will need to catch up on my territory lol! Ok will need to take more pictures here, my fruit stand below lol!


Things to see here

The Church of Saint-Thuriau the parish church dates from 1809. It has been the subject of several restorations. In 1828 the Duchess of Berry granted the municipality of a relief for repair: The steeple located near the coasts would be a useful point of view for navigators. Above the West porch, a stone bears a Latin inscription referring to the altitude. In 1904, the Church received three beautiful new bells from Villedieu-les-Poêles . It is built In the form of a Latin cross, it rises from a square tower to the west and from a porch at middle. The bell tower has three uneven floors and a pyramidal arrow. An oculus adorns the second floor. The same bell tower is open in four bent bays.

Inside the Church, the nave is stone-paved. The wings of the transept open with bold arches, which takes place on a circular podium. The bust and the reliquary arm of Saint Thuriau contribute to the richness of the sanctuary. (The relics of this Saint were brought to the Duke of Brittany at the château of Auray and then entrusted to the parish of Crac’h). Descent of the Cross by Jouvenet, whose original of 1700 is located at the Louvre museum in Paris, and separating the statues of Saint-Thuriau and Saint Clair. The side altarpieces include flower falls and wreaths surmounted by cherub faces. It is to the north of the Donation of the Rosary: the character of the left at the foot of the Virgin would be Saint Dominic and the dog, symbol of fidelity, carries in the mouth the torch of the faith. South Side, the other painting The Virgin, St. Anne and Saint Joachim dates from 1882. Other statues enrich the Church: Saint Isidore, Saint Mathurin, Notre-Dame de la Clarity on the left, and right, Saint Thuriau, Saint Appoline and Saint Avertin. At the bottom of the Church, a vast rostrum rests on four columns with Corinthian capitals and its balustrade is adorned with two angels reported from the old altar. The organ comes from Sainte-Anne d’Auray.

The two dolmens of Parc-Guéren, the door of the staircase turret of the Château du Plessis-Kaër, the dolmen of Kerourang, the dolmen of Mané-Rohenezel, the dolmen of the Mare the walkway covered by Luffang Tal er Roch, the Gallo-Roman aqueduct of Rosnarho. The Château de Kérantré is on the right bank of the Auray river. It was built in the late 18C as a replacement for a former manor house destroyed by a fire in 1788. The place served as an asylum for the escaped emigrants following the Quiberon affair in 1795 (plot by Bretons against the French revolution). The house chapel was dedicated to Sainte-Anne. At the Gouvello since 1620, the castle passed, by marriage, in 1871, to the family of D’Aboville, who still owns it. The large rectangular building pierced by windows with mullions opens with a monumental door perched on a porch with balusters and enclosed in a thomas of stone that extends a triangular pediment placed on the roof. Nearby was the bridge called Caesar’s bridge in the countryside, which put in communication the two parts of the Roman way between Vannes and Locmariaquer.

Some webpages to help you further your trip planning here are

City of Crac’h on heritage:,5.html

Tourist office of Crac’h:

And to know these towns are very easily connected and close to each other so it is possible to see them all in a couple days excluding the dolmens and beaches, for these you will need a week lol!

There you go enjoy the coastal towns of my beautiful Morbihan of Brittany. And as always wishing you happy travels, good health, and many cheers!!!

September 2, 2018

North Brittany: Saint Brieuc

So on this day in our times…a Sunday;  becoming too philosophical on this blog ::) I like to bring you up well Brittany , my region/state is fairly divided into north central and south but most define it as north and south, so I live in South Brittany, but there is also, North Brittany. I like to tell you a bit more about Saint Brieuc.

The city is in departément 22 or Côte d’Armor . The founder is a monk name Brieuc, in about 580, from the current Wales, by 848 the first bishopry is founded. It seems that the Breton was spoken here for the most part of the population until about 1200. Afterward,the Gallo took over around the city, and finally French with the economic utility of it.

In 1592 the first battle for Brittany was done here in the place Saint Michel. Côtes-du-Nord was the old name until 1990 when it was changed to Côte d’Armor. There was a big battle here after the French revolution with republican forces and the local rebels chouans. August 6 1944 the town was liberated by American troops Under Gen Patton.

The city of Saint-Brieuc is located at the edge of the channel, at the bottom of a bay to which it gives its name (Baie de Saint-Brieuc). At 144 km from Brest and 99 from Rennes, the municipality is crossed by the  road N12, at km 416. It has a SNCF train station located on the Paris-Brest line as well as on the line to Dinan. The country of Saint-Brieuc  is the country of upper Brittany where the use of the Gallo language is the most frequent (the region of Brittany is gallo in one half a descendent of Latin Romanesque and Breton from the Celtic lands of today Great Britain.

A bit of history I like

The town takes its name from the monk Brioc, its founder. Originally from the Ceredigion (present-day Wales), he settled on the heights around 480AD and founded a monastery, near where is still the fountain Saint-Brieuc. The porch of the fountain was built in 1420 by Marguerite de Clisson, Countess of Penthièvre. Saint Brieuc is one of the seven founding Saints of Brittany. The city was a pilgrimage stage. In 848, Breton King Nominoë made a reshuffle of the bishoprics under his hold after the departure of the Normans. It was on this date that the bishopric of Saint-Brieuc was founded. The relics of Saint Brieuc, which had been put to safety at the time of the Norman invasion, returned to the city in 1210.

In 1220 is the elevation to the episcopate of Guillaume Pinchion, one of the greatest craftsmen in the construction of the Cathedral. He died in 1234 and was canonized as early as 1247 (Saint Guillaume) by Pope Innocent IV without seeing the completion of his work by his successor, Philippe, in 1248. It is the first Saint of Armorique (old name for Brittany) canonized in Rome. The Cathedral was built from the 13C to the 18C

In 1790, during the French revolution, Saint-Brieuc became the capital of the Department of Côtes du Nord (later rename Côtes-d’Armor in 1990) During this period, the municipality temporarily carried the name Port-Brieuc in 1793, during the terror, the war between the Chouans and the blues raged. The liberation of Saint-Brieuc was done by the American troops of General George Patton on August 6, 1944.

Things to see

The Italian Theater, Place de La Poste, nice bas-reliefs on the facade of attic. Many houses in wooden pans, notably Rue Fang, place au Lin, rue Pohel, Rue Quinquaine and Rue de Gouët (Hotel aka of the Dukes of Brittany, 1572; Houses of the Barriére and Le Ribault 16C. Hôtel de Bellescize 17C, La Tour de l’Hôtel de Saint-Esprit 15C The dovecote of the Jardin du Colombier 15C-16C . The Notre-Dame Fountain from the 15C, the Basilica of Our Lady of Hope 1854-1877; Saint-Michel Church 1837-1841, the first historical parish of Saint-Brieu; The park of the Villa Rohannec’h. Also, on the old seminary taken over under the French revolution, it was grouped from different sources into the museum of art and history of the city of Saint Brieuc , below photo.

Saint Brieuc

The main thing here is the Saint-Brieuc Cathedral (11C to 18C) This Cathedral is one of the nine historic Cathedrals of Brittany. The North tower was built at the beginning of the 13C. After a fire, the choir and nave were rebuilt between 1354 and 1357. The vaults of the aisle date from 1735, and the upper vaults of 1879. The Cathedral is equipped with a Cavaillon-Coll organ, named after one of the most famous organ factors of the 19C. A similar organ is found in the Church of Saint-Sulpice in Paris. Several other Churches are spread all over town.

There are buildings of nice architectural lookup such as the Lycée Ernest Renan, offering even courses in tourism. It has a beautiful exterior architecture and a chapel with high belltower in the Saint Michel district. You have the college Anatole le Braz,another wonderful architecture building with a nice chapel and it was here that the local résidents were put in prison during the Nazy occupation. The complex of government buildings is impressive.  Around place Général de Gaulle, you have the préfecture or departamental government, then the Conseil Régional de Côte d’Armor which is the regional government, and then the Hôtel de Ville or mayor’s office (we were there while a wedding was going on!!).

Nice passing by the parc des Promenades, before heading to the main Church here, Cathédrale Saint Etienne  as above. You can see by the Cathedral the Halles covered and outdoor arcades and inside full of produce shoppers, and on market days the outside gets full. They are at place du Martray.

While doing all these walks, and indulging on Saint Brieuc we tried and ate all over

We had our treats at the caramels breton and cookies place of the Biscuiterie Saint Brieuc, next to the old Church of Saint François.rue Saint François and Saint Guillaume. exactly at 58 rue Saint Guillaume, webpage :

We took some chocolates a ballotin and some assorted pastries such as equinox and paris-brest ones at La Duchesse de Rohan, 2 Rue Saint-Gouéno, an institution in town since 1936. webpage :

We had a quick lunch a la baguette late at the nice institution of Maison Diener (founded in 1947) , boulangerie/pâtisserie by the boutique des champs 11 rue St François, formule of bacon goat cheese sandwich, nice pain au chocolat and coca cola for 5,50€ can’t beat on the run and eaten right on the corner of the shopping center Les Champs! people watching par excellence webpage

My boys got their game and mangas at Japanim, similar store in our area and they can’t missed it. Here at 15 rue de Rohan, some info on these stores and for lovers of Japanese mangas figurines, tapes etc is tops according to my 3 Young men…

We went into the shopping center Les Champs,right in city center and near the the great bus depot of Les Champs, at Rue Sainte Barbe , here you find the leading stores in malls in France,and we got some stuff at New Yorker store, here is the webpage , nice and modern stuff, cool!   And while walking the inner Streets the boys always on top in France got their stuff at Lacoste and Hugo Boss stores. Shopping webpage:

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

Tourist office of St Brieuc :

City of St Brieuc :

 Tourist office Côte d’Armor north Brittany:

Tourist office of Brittany:

Site of the natural reserve of the bay of Saint Brieuc:

Now you have a comprehensive bunch of information to make your stay here worthwhile, it is worth a detour in the north.

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

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