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April 7, 2019

Moëlan-sur-Mer and St Melaine!

And I like to take you back into my lovely Brittany or Bretagne or more local Breizh. The season is getting cool and cloudy again this is Spring lol!, but if not into beaches, the best time to enjoy my region!  Let me tell you a bit about a nice small harbor sea town and its church I like.

Moëlan-sur-Mer is located in the Finistère Dept 29 of the region of Brittany. The town along the Atlantic coast stretches over 47.3 km².  It is surrounded by the towns of Clohars-Carnoët, Riec-sur-Bélon and Baye. Moëlan-sur-Mer is only 9 km from the bigger city nearby of Quimperlé. The town is at 54 meters above sea level, the Rivière Le Belon, the Rivière de Brigneau are the main streams that pass through the town of Moëlan-sur-Mer. The town is also close to the regional natural park of Armorique.

One of the nice things always here along the Breton coast is the beaches and here at plage Kerfany (beach ) you have a nice one offering a protected area a few steps from the mouth of the Belon. This supervised beach is ideal for families, who can enjoy the sea baths and many water activities: sailing, kayaking, and paddle.

However, as monument what caught our attention was the Church of Saint-Melaine built between 1876-1878 on the site of a former oratory destroyed in the 9C and an ancient Church restored in 1599. The old church, of the 15-16C, small, low, inadequate, gave way to a new building, built in 1876-1878 and consecrated in June 1879. Built in the style of the 13C, it has a very nice appearance. The beautiful confessional of the ancient Church, dating from the 18C is very nice. The Church of Moëlan has the titular Saint Melaine, Bishop of Rennes, whose statue is seen in the Chapel of Saint-Philibert, in the vicinity of the village.

moelan sur mer

moelan sur mer

moelan sur mer

The Church, which was consecrated in June 1879, comprises a nave of five bays with aisles, a transept and a choir consisting of two straight spans with aisles and a three-span roundabout surrounded by a carole on which three chapels radiates from. The Bell Tower is without a gallery. The Church of St Melaine houses the statues of Saint John the Baptist, Saint Melaine and Saint Corentin.

moelan sur mer

moelan sur mer

A nice walk in this quant harbor sea town is very nice and excellent seafood as always here. Great for the whole family. Enjoy Moëlan-sur-Mer!

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

City of Moelan sur Mer on heritage

Tourist office of Quimperle Terre Oceane on Moelan sur Mer

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

April 7, 2019

Again, the Côte Sauvage of Quiberon!

And again the wild coast or Côte Sauvage of the peninsula of Quiberon, just south of me in lovely Morbihan dept 56 of the region of Brittany. I have written on Quiberon a lot as it is our favorite area in our neck of the woods. The wild coast is awesome and highly recommended, you need a car but worth it.

Not to repeat myself so much on it, I could write for days on it, let me give you the last two posts I did on it here in my blog for reference.

Cote Sauvage and Quiberon 2014

Cote Sauvage and Quiberon 2017

As full posts and several mention in other general post on the Quiberon peninsula. Again, you must experience, the hairspinning experience with huge cliffs next to you and the vast Atlantic ocean keeping you company as you drive forward.

Plenty of view points along the way, and rest stops lookout points,and even restaurants with great seafood. All starts in Portivy port blanc of fisherman and continues until entering the city of Quiberon by the Chateau Turpault!

This is a bit more on the bay of quiberon local tourist site in French of course, but you have more pictures: Bay of Quiberon and its isles tourist site on the wild coast

Now you have plenty to believe me you should come to it, I just will give some more food for thought on some additional photos I took yesterday. Of course, great walkers and bike possibilities too if you dare, careful of the cross winds. The official name for the road is the D186 A.

There you have folks, beautiful Côte Sauvage or Wild Coast of the Presqu’île de Quiberon or Peninsula of Quiberon. And of course, again, this is in Morbihan dept 56 and the name of the department is the only one not French! Breton language quick lesson no 1:: Mor=Sea, Bihan=Small so in French would be Petite Mer or in English Small Sea. Breton: Morbihan! And I say Kenavo!

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

 

 

April 7, 2019

Quiberon is a dream!

Ok so yesterday Saturday is our busiest day of the week and we are always on the lookout for relaxing trips not far from our home. Well we are lucky to be not far from a world wonder still unnoticed as it is the Gulf of Morbihan and the Peninsula of Quiberon. This is a long strip of land technically a peninsula and at the tip of it is wonderful beautiful Quiberon, which is a dream location for spending a day or weekend or even retiring lol!

Of course, I have written several posts on it but not enough even thus we past by here much often, do not want to overkill the area with photos. The wild coast (côte sauvage) that you will see in another post is something out of a Disney movie and the town itselt is laid back wonderland even in winter or spring as now we are beginning to see tourists there even from afar as Chile!!

We of course went in and were able to find easy parking as usual near the fisherman’s cooperative along the ocean and walking distance to city center and go have lunch. Here you have a wonderful ferry passenger terminal for trips into the outlyng islands even in the Atlantic ocean!

Quiberon

Quiberon

The fish boat harbor as well as the pleasure marina are very nice areas loaded with quant seafood and breton food restaurants facing the sea. A wonderful feeling indeed. For a boy who grew up in a shrimp fisherman harbor and been around the world ,this is nostalgia at its best and it is feld nicely.

Quiberon

Coming along the wild coast, the best road in for us the first thing you see is the Château Turpault, in private hands and not visited, but the sight coming in to Quiberon is magical indeed. You are now in Quiberon city.

Quiberon

We proceed to our lunch which had done previous reservation while en route here! The old favorite revised it again La Cabana. It is under new management and the service been good is now even better. The food still good and the prices nice for been in tourist central in Quiberon just before the Grande Plage or big beach. Do not be guided by not enough reviews or old this is a nice place with friendly people. We will come back again. For starter we had the Farenheit pizza and Copieuse galette /Boucher beef galette all wash down with a new twist of modernity for us a Touraine Sauvignon Blanc wine 2017 very chill and very nice at 18€ the bottle. We finish with desserts from banana splits to choco and coconut crêpes and express coffee ; all for 26€ per person.

Quiberon

Quiberon

Quiberon

We did a bit of walking as usual by the Grande Plage and the Place Hoche square on a rainy cloudy day that had some courageous folks on and nearby already. Usually the tourist season here starts July 14 National Day (old Bastille day).

Quiberon

Quiberon

Quiberon

On the way back , we got our goodies of the region at our favorite store La Trinitaine but this time went to a brand new store in Carnac city limits village of Kergroix  on our way back to Auray on the road D768 . Here we got our fish soups, rose cider and peach liquors to ease on down the weekend. The webpage for the store is here: La Trinitaine at Kergroix

Carnac

And of course, the errands buying dog food at Maxi Zoo in Séné, soccer gloves for my boy at InterSports, bank paperwork at Auray, and finally grocery shopping the papers trails at E Leclerc in Vannes before heading finally home to find out my dear Real Madrid CF won on two goals from Frenchmen Karim Benzema!

Now relaxing at home with our latest TV shows and my boys and my dog Rex by our side with my Dad watching his usual Spanish TV programs in his bedroom lol! Another weekend is already half way over so sad lol!! Sunday is yet to see as usual relaxing time in France.

Pluvigner

Just to dream on about Quiberon and already thinking of our next trip there! Quiberon, Morbihan, Brittany, France an awesome combination.

Enjoy the tour and remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

 

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