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September 4, 2018

My travels in the Morbihan, LXX

So I am arriving at the end of my long French summer vacation. Going back to work on Thursday next yikes!! Its a mental process now, as on long vacations we have here , I think it makes  more difficult to go back. At least I took two days then the weekend to kick start my rentrée!

Today was sunny and nice clear skies and 22C or about 74F. We love like this not too cold not too hot ,just perfect Breton weather lol!

As we are doing many things, let me tell you that our basement is almost done; the cellars just need a bit of ceiling painted and that is it. Next period will be the rooms. I have already asked for quotes on replacing our garage door and driveway street door which were on the to do list for my dear late wife and I will finish them God willing.

Rex our borador is just superb, he begins to listen and follow me all over the house and out, he gets his walks in the park outside near us and on our large patio with lawn in the back which is about 350 sq meters or about 3766 sq feet (and we have similar size in the front of the house). Next we are planning taking him to Kerguehennec where there is a castle (and posts in my blog) and plenty of land to run with dogs on the leash ok.

We had not too much to do today. Our errands are dwindling down a lot. At least from our to do list. We went first to the post office building as in the back ,there are huge tanks to deposit used clothing for the needy.  And took advantage to get more baquette at our friendly boulangerie Delumeau.

I ran to the bank in Auray to help out my son on his account as someone took charges on not his, here the bank does the paperwork and he will be reimburse early next week and already given a new bank card. While we did this, my other two boys finished painting the cellars , great team work always. One for all ,and all for one!

While here we stop by our favorite beer joint to get more supplies …. beautiful delicious German beers we like. Here is a sampler from V&B in Auray.



As they did a good job, decided to take them all and my Dad to eat again at the new restaurant Steak N Shake (the western American chain from old Route 66) opening here near our shopping area. They love their western bacon burgers, and I try a hot dog with ketchum and mustard lol! with a nutella banana milkshake yesss! and of course fries and pepsi cola; all for 15€ per person, so good.


We came back home to take Rex out again, and then we are getting ready for some chow at home with Berligou Loire red wine 2016 , a grape of the Loire that was a gift of the Duke of Burgundy to the Duke of Brittany in 1460 (they were cousins), and still produce in the Nantaise region, we visited the winery see previous post on Poiron Dabin.

So one more day tomorrow we plan on just rest and lazy stay around the house, and mentally preparing myself for the return to work on Thursday. Until next time in the Breton airwaves Kenavo!!!

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

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September 4, 2018

Archeology in Castilla at Segobriga!

In my travels we swing by many areas as we love the road and the car, it gives you a much greater flexibity to see things anywhere. I have many tells of driving in Spain in my blog, however, passing north to south on the A40 Autovia de Castilla La Mancha and saw the panels leading you to this archeological site.

This is at Saelices and the site is Segobriga and the site remotely old ,its very interesting for a stop if you are into history and architecture as I am. I imagine families should be with older children like teens to fully get the time’s worth here. More pictures in the previous blog post below.

The archaeological park of Segóbriga is the most important archaeological complex of the Spanish Meseta. The site is located today in Saelices, in the province of Cuenca, Comunidad Autonoma de Castilla la Mancha. From the 1C onwards, the city developed as it became an important communication node, an agricultural center ,and the administrative capital of a large territory, until its abandonment after the Muslim conquest of the Iberian Peninsula. The name Segobriga derives from the words sego meaning victory and briga meaning city fortress so it is assume the name would be The City of Victory.

I wrote a bit on it as trying to cover larger territory in my previous blog post here: Read on Segobriga

However, looking back at my memories, I fell that it needed a more shown space and make you all more aware of it. It is a special place; therefore, here it is my take on it.

A bit of history I like

From a few texts from the 3C BC to the 2C BC, the inhabitants of this area up to the Serranía of Cuenca (my base) were called Olcades, to the Alcarria and to the Guadalajara are the Lusones, and to Toledo are the Carpétans. Therefore, it is probable to think that the inhabitants of the area of this ancient city were either Olcades or Carpétans. After the Roman conquest in the early 2C B.C. during the Celtiberians Wars, Segóbriga became a city. After the Sertorienne war, between 80 and 72 B.C., the city became the center of all this part of the Meseta with the control of a vast territory.

At the time of the Visigothic, from the 5C onwards, Segóbriga was still a great city, with the presence of vestiges from several basilicas and a large necropolis . The bishops of the city went to various councils of Toledo, specifically the Third Council of Toledo in 589 and the Sixteenth Council of Toledo in 693. The beginning of its final exodus begins after the Muslim invasion of the Iberian Peninsula, where bishops and ruling elites fled to the north of Spain, seeking protection from the Christian kingdoms, as was also the case for the neighbouring city of Ercavica, now Cañaveruelas in the province of Cuenca. After the Reconquest, the population of the surrounding area was moved to the present town of Saelices, located 3 km further north, near the source which fed the aqueduct and which provided the ancient city of Segóbriga with water. It was at this moment that a slow abandonment of the city began until there was only a small hermitage built on the ancient baths, the ultimate testimony of the ancient city preserved until today.

Some of the things you can see here are

From the Celtiberian period you have the Necropolis (outside the walls). From the Roman era: The wall and the North gate; the amphitheater, was built in front of the theater. The elliptical shape of the latter and its 75 meters in length make it the largest monument of the archaeological complex, with a capacity of about 5 500 spectators. The theater’s construction began at the time of Tiberius and probably ended during the reign of Vespasian, circa 79AD. The well-preserved bleachers were divided into three parts, separating the different social classes from the public.   The monumental baths; the gymnasium and the baths of the theater; the Forum; the Acropolis; the Rock Sanctuary of Diane (outside the walls); the Aqueduct (outside the walls), the quarries (outside the walls), the Circus (outside the walls). The most recent research has shown that this construction was carried out on a necropolis, but the building was never completed. From the Wisighote period is the Basilica Cabeza de Griego (Outside the walls) or the Greek’s head Basilica.


Map of archeological complex at Segobriga

At present, the ancient city is part of an archaeological complex, and the visit is subject to the payment of an entrance ticket. At the entrance to the park, a small museum was built to preserve the many parts that could degrade, such as some statues and mosaics, which, if exposed to the weather, can quickly deteriorate.


Interpretation Center Segobriga and free parking

You have plenty on the webpages below but mostly in Spanish so the contacts ,address, direction is here:   Carretera Carrascosa de Campo a Villamayor de Santiago, s/n
16430  Saelices, Cuenca  (Castilla-La Mancha) the highway A3 Madrid-Valencia taking highway A40 (Autovia de Castilla La Mancha) at Tarancon and then exit 254 on the road CM310 to Segobriga. There is a small museum or interpretation center with a reception lobby, permanent exposition and audiovisual room tel +34 91 629 75 22 57 or email:

Some further webpages to help you plan your trip here are

Official Segobriga complex webpage

Tourist office of Castilla La Mancha in English

Historial Heritage of Castilla La Mancha

Roman Aqueduct webpage on Segobriga

And there you go , another wonderful spot in my beloved Spain, and dream lands of Castilla la Mancha. Enjoy it as we do.

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

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September 4, 2018

The Rhuys Peninsula of the Morbihan!

I live in the department 56 Morbihan in the region of Brittany. We have inland towns of great historical interest and many coastal towns of equal importance and distance. I live about 30 km or 18 miles from the coast of the Morbihan. In our department there are two major peninsulas, one is Quiberon and the other is Rhuys, the one I will like to tell you a bit more today.

There are towns and beach towns and there are harbors in towns; all is of course surrounded by water and beautiful beaches. We have even rode tandem bikes here from Crouesty to Navalo. I like to tell you more about this jewel of the Morbihan Breton.

Sarzeau is in the department 56 of the Morbihan, south of the region Brittany. It is located on the peninsula of Rhuys, between the Gulf of Morbihan and the Atlantic Ocean. It is limited to the west by the towns of Arzon and Saint-Gildas-de-Rhuys, to the northeast by that of Saint-Armel and to the southeast by that of the Tour-du-Parc; To the north by the Gulf of Morbihan and to the south by the Atlantic Ocean. With more than 65 km of coastline, Sarzeau is one of the towns of Brittany and even France that have the longest coastline.

It has several islands outlying in its territory such as The île des Oeufs or Egg Island, a tiny boulder with a farmhouse, is located off the tip of the Ruault, south of Iluric Island . It has a maximum altitude of 4 meters. Godec Island, although separated from Sarzeau by a deep channel, is also attached to Sarzeau. It is a low island surrounded by oyster parks that separates it from Huric.  Stibiden Island, with an area of 8 hectares, comprises several granite buildings. Highest (11 meters)  Govihan Island, off the Port de Logeo, is the largest in the town. Its two highlights, north and south, reach 14 meters. A group of houses is located to the southeast. It is one of the few islands in the Gulf to have as many beaches as rocks.  Brannec Island has two recent houses, facing the Ile aux Moines.  All of them are private properties. If once Ilur, while attached to the mainland, was the seat of a large parish which covered the territory of Sarzeau and far beyond , it has been attached to Arz  island since the 16C.

Things to see in Sarzeau

 The castle of Suscinio is the main historical monument of Sarzeau. Several castles in the area the better ones in my opinion are the Kerlevénan Castle (18C),(call ahead for hours); Chinese pavilion, family Chapel and English garden. Those of Neret, and Kergeorget, also built on the shores of the Gulf, date from the same period. The Château de Truscat, of 1702, redesigned towards 1830 at the site of a 16C manor, after 1850, the work of embellissment continued. The 17C Chapel. The castle is in the middle of a beautiful park at the edge of the gulf with century-old trees; It belongs to the descendants of the Francheville for more than five centuries. In 1815, General Bernadotte, the future king of Sweden (and today descendants), presided over the feast of Pacification. A friend of Jules de Francheville, Frédéric Ozanam stayed there often.


Also, has several megaliths or stones the best one in my opinion is the menhir of Kermaillard there are dolmens in Brillac (Er Roh), in Kergillet (Lannek Er Men) and two other large menhirs lying down, one in Largueven, the other, named Men Heol, near the town Villeneuve. Churches and Chapels abound, the best ones in my opinion are Notre-Dame-de-la-Côte ,Chapel from 17C and 19C built in Penvins between land and sea. Saint-Saturnin church built in the 17C nearby, the Abbaye Saint-Gildas de Rhuys 11C. Several beaches as well, the best in my opinion is the Le Roaliguen, beach on the ocean located south of Sarzeau, forms with that of Kerfontaine to the west and those of Landrezac and Penvins to the east a ribbon of sand 12 km long.


Some webpages for additional info on Sarzeau are

City of Sarzeau on history of the town

Tourist office of Morbihan on Sarzeau

The castle of Suscinio, built at the end of the Middle Ages (in the 13C and in the second half of the 14C), residence of the Dukes of Brittany, is located on the edge of Mor Braz (Atlantic Ocean) in the town of Sarzeau in department 56 Morbihan in the region of Brittany. A wonderful place with nice arts exhibits and in a quaint village outside the city limits of Sarzeau. See town above.


A bit of history I like

The first building, a manor for hunting, is built for the Duke of Brittany, Pierre de Dreux, in 1218, between freshwater ponds in the north, marshes of Suscinio in the south. In 1229, his son, Jean I le Roux, continued the construction of the castle, and closed a large part of the forest of Rhuys which would become a hunting park. Duke John IV of Brittany puts the castle at the disposal of the English, his allies. The fortress, commanded since 1365 by an English captain, was reconquered for the crown of France by Bertrand du Guesclin in 1373.. The Dukes John IV and John V undertake work of consolidation, expansion with the construction of the castle after 1380 and of the West building around 1430, and the construction of a new tower. In the 15C a bunker was set up to house artillery while large windows were pierced in the outer walls, the progress of artillery and a more serene political climate swaying between the worries of defense and a greater desire for comfort, air and light. Then, the castle is gradually neglected, the Dukes of Brittany favoring their castle of Nantes. It becomes in 1520 property of the crown of France under Francis I who entrusts his mistress in use of it with the lands surrounding to high figures of the Court, in particular one of his mistresses, who perceive the incomes of the estate. In 1798, the castle already very degraded was sold as a national property (expropriation during the French revolution) to a fairground merchant in Lorient who exploited it as a quarry for building stones and just junk the sculptures. Bought in 1852 by Viscount Jules de Francheville, his family did everything possible to save the existing castle until the sale in 1965 to the department of the Morbihan. In 1975, the Chapel of the priory, burned in 1370, which has a remarkable pavement of about 300 m2, is discovered nearby. This one is studied, restored and exposed in a room of the Castle!

The architecture of this wonderful castle fortress

The castle of Suscinio, girded with moats deep of 3 -4 meters, affects the shape of an irregular quadrilateral flanked by seven towers, including a quadrangular defending the West curtain. These towers as well as the towerettes that it commands are in their low bases, essentially vestiges of the 13C castle; The high bases date from the 15C. The entrance is protected by two powerful towers of 12 meters in diameter, a drawbridge preceded by a stone-sleeping bridge and guarded by four lookout posts in the main base. The towers and curtains are crowned by the Breton machicolations, formed by consoles in decreasing pyramid. The enclosure is shouldered south by two artillery bastions built at the end of the 16C in the time of the Wars of the League.  Separated by a large courtyard, two housings in broken granite are connected by curtains. The northern courtship was mainly intended as a passageway connecting the Ducal residence , it includes a ceremonial hall, a wicket with a pass-through, the bedroom of the Duke close to the chamber to be adorned, the ovens, an oratory that overlooks the north tower at the west building and also houses a less important north building in view of the four large mullions that have been pierced and two of which are walled. The so-called Duchess Fountain, near the village of Folperdrix supplied water to the castle, through underground conduits.


Some webpages to help you plan your trip to the castle of  Suscinio are here

Official webpage of the Castle of Suscinio: Castle of Suscinio official web page

Tourist office of dept 56 Morbihan on the Rhuys peninsula :

 Touristi office of dept 56 Morbihan on the Château de Suscinio:

I move on to the wonderful ports or harbors of the Rhuys peninsula, the best ones in my opinion.

The port of Crouesty is a marina created in 1973 on the site of a marshy area located at the entrance to the Gulf of Morbihan on the territory of the town of Arzon. Today the marina, which has recently been enlarged, can house more than 1 500 pleasure boats on pontoons making it the largest marina in Brittany. A thalassotherapy center is located near the port.

Port de Crouesty

Some webpages from tourist view and marine harbor info on Crouesty are

Port de Crouesty :

Touristi office Rhuys Peninsula on Crouesty harbor :

Tourist office dept 56 Morbihan :

 Port-Navalo is a former coastal fishing port dating from the early 20C. It is located in the town of Arzon, in the Morbihan Department of Brittany. Located on the Rhuys Peninsula on the northern edge of Mor Braz (Atlantic ocean) and at the entrance to the Gulf of Morbihan, this coastal resort offers a panorama of Quiberon and Locmariaquer as well as the interior of the Gulf. The lighthouse of the pointe of Port Navalo; since 1840, a lighthouse indicates the entrance to the Gulf of Morbihan. The current lighthouse dates from 1891.

The corresponding support documentation to really enjoy Navalo are here

The tourist office of the Gulf of Morbihan and town of Arzon on Port Navalo:

The tourist office of the region of Brittany on port Navalo:

port d’Arzon (port Navalo) :

Tourist office of dept 56 Morbihan :

And the other city that controls the harbor such as Navalo and Crouesty is Arzon.

Arzon is in the Morbihan 56 of course and in the region of Brittany. Located at the end of the peninsula of Rhuys, it is bordered to the north by the Gulf of Morbihan, to the south by the Bay of Quiberon, western part of Mor Braz (Atlantic ocean), and to the east by the commune of Saint-Gildas-de-Rhuys. The town has two seaside resorts of very different character: Port-Navalo dating from the beginning of the 20C; the Crouesty, modern seaside resort, in constant development since 1973 and until today, built around the largest marina of the Breton coast.   Right at the end of the peninsula Rhuys it has several points or ending cliffs to the ocean, with great views some of the best are Pointe du Béché; Pointe de Benin; Pointe de Bilgroix: Point of Kerners; Pointe du Monteno; Pointe de Penbert; and Pointe de Saint-Nicolas. Other sites worth a detour are the Assumption Church. The mound of Tumiac;, also called “hill of Céasar” the alignment of Kerjouanno; The cairn of the Petit Mont; The Cromlech of Er Lannic with double enclosure. As well as the tomb of the Little Moss (petite Mousse) ; Text of the memorial plaque: “on October 2, 1859, near Port-Navalo, the Sea rejects a corpse that has stayed for more than two months in the water and that no one can recognize. He is a man of thirty years… On the waistcoat and trousers, copper buttons with anchors and cannons”……Go figure it!

The webpages to help you more on Arzon are

Tourist office of the Gulf of Morbihan on Arzon:

City of Arzon on heritage in French :

There you go a world on its own , Rhuys Peninsula, enclosed by three bodies of water, therefore a peninsula.  Wonderful world, even in winter. You should check it out and let me know if need more info.

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

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