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October 21, 2018

Morbihan nice at Plouhinec!!!

And back at you with an unusual place in my Morbihan Breton or as we used to say in a now defunct travel forum , off the beaten path travel. This is another jewel that is nice for a day with the family and only about 40 minutes from my house. On the coast!!!

Seldom mentioned unless in an overall blog post today I dedicate this one to Plouhinec. The day was nice sunny, 15C or about 64F and no wind nor rainn perfect weather for a cruise of which will be more later.

Plouhinec ,name of the town is Pleheneg in Breton. The name of the town is formed on the Breton Plou (parish or people) and Ithinouc (Pleheneg) or Ethinoc (deformation of the name of the Breton Saint Guéthénoc), or Ezinec, held in gorse in middle Breton. Another hypothesis would come from the name of Saint Winoc, as is the case for the similar town of Plouhinec in dept 29 Finistère.

The town is situated between the Ria of Étel in the east for 17 km and the small Sea of Gâvres on 5 km to the west. To the south the 8 km of beach overlooking the ocean are part of the largest dune of Brittany which extends from the Pointe de Gâvres to the fort of Penthièvre on the town of Saint-Pierre-Quiberon (part of the wild coast of Quiberon) .Plouhinec is located 15 km from Lorient, 35 km from Vannes , the capital of the Morbihan region, and 147 km from Rennes, the capital of Brittany. Access is via the D158 road to the Gâvres Peninsula.

A bit of history I like

The castle of Plouhinec entered the house of Rohan on the death of Pierre de Rostrenen, when his daughter Jeanne, widow of Alain VII since 1352, inherited it. The castle did not stay long in Rohan because the lordship was ceded by the son of Jeanne, Viscount John I, in 1371, to Duke Jean IV of Brittany, against a life annuity of one thousand pounds. In 1793, the revolutionary authorities decreed the war effort and conscription to resist the European nations at the gates of Paris. In Plouhinec, young people resisted the recruitment by commissioners and parodied the revolution by wearing the white badge (Royals) and declaring themselves aristocrats. During the Chouannerie, peasants revolt against the French revolution the local people who defied the revolutionaries were incarcerated at the citadel of Port Louis. They were eventually release on the exchange of cereal grains as payment

During WWII, the coastal dune was used by the Nazi Army from 1940 by the construction of the base of the submarines and blockhouses of the Atlantic Wall. In 1944, the Allies decided to destroy the Lorois bridge to cut Lorient’s pocket in half. At the end of this war, the armistice talks in Lorient’s pocket were held at the Café de la Barre at the Magouër (last harbor before the sea).

Of course  ,we could not help it been hungry on the road and nothing prepared with a bunch of men in the car lol! So I remembered a place we ate once and was good with nice views of the bay so we headed for that. It is by the foot of the Lorois bridge on the way to the peninsula and it is the American’s Snacks, place, milkshakes, burgersn hot dogs all with an American flag and plates from several places in the world in a very rustic country decoration. The service always very friendly where everyone even patrons tell you bonjour and au revoir the old fashion way:we love it!

They have a Facebook page here : American’s Snack at Plouhinec

We had plenty but me had my Calsberg blonde beer, with a New Yorker burger, including side order of fries and delicious salad, to end a pineapple and coconut milkshake! lovely … for 19€ !nice…




Some of the favorite things to see are:

The Church of Notre-Dame de Grâce or Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul was built from 1870 to 1873. It is an imposing building of   néo gothic style where the high silhouette dominates the houses of the village. The construction of the present church replaced the ancient church of the 12C and 14C with later additions, the Chapel of St. Avit 16C, and especially the very curious Chapel of Notre-Dame-de-la-Clarity which had been begun in 1511 and completed in 1519. Only the bell tower of the latter, which had been completely rebuilt in 1846, was preserved. The choir, the work of the sculptor Le Brun (Vicomte/Versailles), dates from 1891. The altarpiece and the pulpit are magnificent works of woodwork.





The Lorois bridge– crosses the Ria of Étel between Belz and Plouhinec and connects the country of Auray to the country of Lorient. It is the only passage between the two shores. The Plage de Lînes or Linès beach is one of the best beaches of Plouhinec, it is part of the great Dune site which goes from Gâvres to Quiberon. This is heavens in Summer time, today was deserted which gives you plenty of time to walk and look around and come up with a game plan comes beach season lol!!!




A couple of webpages to help you plan your trip here are

The City of Plouhinec on heritage

Plages tv the best site for beach info and on Plouhinec

Not to be left out as going from my house taken the D33 road passing the expressway N165 and connecting in Nostang with the D158 straight into the Gavres peninsula. So passing by this town of Nostang again, (many of these towns have nice Churches as their main monument) and could not resist taken a shot a the Church as had before, this time will put in this space.

The Parish Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul at Nostang built between 1681 – 1686. It is a building in the form of a Latin cross, in the simplest taste of the 17C, which was renovated in 1871-1873 by the construction of a stone steeple in the west. The four-storey porch tower, dated 1871, collapsed in 1898. Rebuilt in 1898, the arrow was shot down on 17 January 1945 by a Nazi shell and rebuilt in 1951 the vault is in panelled framing. The altarpiece of the high altar, dated from 1713-1718.

City of Nostang on heritage


Hope you enjoy this bit of off the beaten path and do explore our wonderful Brittany , the 3rd most visited region of France, in turn, the most visited country in the World-88M welcomes!!! by UN-WTO.! And some still wondered why lol!

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

October 21, 2018

A litle stop up Loudéac , Côte d’Armor!!!

Ok so I have been given you plenty of cities to visit all over France and especially Brittany where I live. However, some of these nice in country town needs a little recognition so here I will with one. This one is up in dept 22 Côte d’Armor and the town is Loudéac.

Well I have been here quite a bit actually, business take me here often and also, brought the family over for some sights and eating out. Loudéac is in gallo country the latinized language of Brittany and deep country ,you hear!

You are probably noticed the town passing by to and from the north coast beach fronts (more of that later posts) , and you should take a look at something uniquely Brittany. Loudéac is it.

Loudéac is up north in Brittany where I have been on business and pleasure trips.. It is at about 45 minutes from Vannes, 1hr from Rennes and 2 h from Nantes . Loudéac has a Gallo name Loudia and also a Breton name Loudieg

Loudéac appears to be mentioned for the first time in the Cartulary de Redon (Locduiac) in 1075, as a donation from Viscount Janjua of Porhoët in favor of the abbey. Hunting in the forest of Brocéliande, it was only around the 11C that the foundation of Loudéac was truly recognized. A city renowned for its fairs and markets in the Middle Ages, it was a long time in the hands of the Dukes of Rohan. The 17-18C were prosperous thanks to the trade in canvases of Brittany which exported to America.

Loudéac is located at the crossroads of the N 164 (axe Rennes-Châteaulin) and the D700 (axis Saint-Brieuc-Vannes/Lorient). There are SNCF buses that takes you to the nearest train station at Saint-Brieuc, Rennes, Pontivy, Lorient, and Vannes.

Aquarev, it is a leisure park of 30 ha, an area of walks, living on the edge of the town of Loudéac and its forest massif of 2500 ha. It has many activities for the whole family. One family attraction my boys have attended on school trips. More here: Tourist office of Central Brittany on Aquarec

However, for the history and architectarilly inclined I am, the one thing worth a detour here is the Church.  That is the Church of Saint Nicolas.

The Church was built on the location of an older one. The first stone of the church is blessed on September 24, 1758. The work is done in 1765. The bell tower dates from 1743-1746 and the nave dates from 1758-1762. The choir dates from the 18C. The organs date from 1854. Its high-poster altar in carved wood and Carrara marble is nice. The ceremonial Cross , in wrought iron dates from the beginning of the 19C. The statues of St. Maurice and St. Nicholas, in marble, date from 1775. In the south altarpiece, the statue of the Virgin and the Child, in Polychrome wood, dates from the 14C. Nice for a small town indeed.




Tourist office of Central Brittany on the Church St Nicolas




Some further webpages to help you plan your trip here in addition to my previous blog post on the town are

City of Loudeac on heritage

Tourist office of North Brittany on Breton Culture

As said, a small country town , Loudéac, but very lively good city center central on the way from south to north Brittany coasts, nice Church, and good local friendly service . Something to keep in mind traveling thru Brittany especially if by car.

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




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