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April 27, 2019

Hôtel de Ville of Vannes!

Well need to tell you more as I did with my other two city halls in Paris and Versailles, the one now mine at Vannes is almost a replica, confirm with that of Paris. This is something, again, have written in bits and pieces before but feel needs a post of its own.

Therefore, let me tell you a bit more of the Hôtel de Ville or City/Town Hall of Vannes!


The City/Town Hall of Vannes is a part of the municipal services. The City/Town Hall, located on the Place Maurice Marchais, was built between 1880 and 1886. The other part of the municipal services of Vannes are located in the municipal administrative center on Rue Joseph Le Brix, just to your left as you come out of the old Hôtel de Ville.


The City/Town Hall of Vannes was built to replace an old city/town hall in poor condition and not reflecting the ambitions of a prefecture city. Located at the place des Lices, the old city/town hall was a typical Breton-style building. Rescued from destruction, the staircase of the old city/town hall was installed in the 1960’s  in the courtyard of the Hotel de Limur. (see my post on Limur)

In 1878, the Municipal Council of Vannes fixed the location of the City/Town Hall on the place Napoléon, present day place Maurice Marchais and former place du Marché. This building wanted by the Republicans after their victory over the Monarchists in 1878 was the triumph of Republican ideas.

The City/Town Hall is of Italian Renaissance style  and a copy, on the scale of Vannes, of the City/Town Hall of Paris(Hôtel de Ville).


The main 4-story building is framed by 2 pavilions. On the main façade, the frontispiece is equipped with a clock and topped by the crest of the city. Reminiscent of the former belfry, the steeple located at 36 meters in height dominates the ensemble. The columns engaged in Corinthian capitals and pilasters punctuations the openings. On the side pavilions, the frontons of the windows are alternately triangular and curved. Republican cartridges and volutes still adoring this façade.


A monumental flight of stairs guarded by 2 Lions in cast iron leads to the entrance where 4 busts welcome you with Lesage, Descartes, Thiers and Mirabeau. The Interior is the image of the outside. It includes statues and stained glass depicting the marriage of Anne of Brittany and Charles VIII in 1491 at the level of the magnificent staircase of honor.

More info on the city of Vannes page here: City of Vannes on the City Hall

Hope you enjoy the building, it can be visited and with a guide go into the details of it. The Hôtel de Ville of Vannes is on the rue Thiers on the edge of the old town where you can walk into the middle ages and beauty behold you!

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



April 27, 2019

The Church of St Patern at Vannes!

Well back to my playground and the city I work for the last 8 years! I have of course several posts on its wonderful history architecture and beautiful monuments. However, done the  Cathedral but not the second best Church in town, and its about time.

Sure done bits and pieces in other posts but it deserves a post of its own. I will like to tell you a bit more of a wonderful neighborhood we love and the Church of Saint Patern of Vannes. Bien sûr in the Morbihan dept 56 of my lovely Brittany!

The Church of Saint-Patern, located in the district of the same name, is dedicated to Saint Patern, first Bishop of Vannes in the 5C. The Church is located at the corner of the rue de la Fontaine and Rue Saint-Patern. A very nice quant medieval part of Vannes  It replaces a former 10C chapel  that housed the relics of Saint Patern, the first Bishop of the bishopric of Vannes and one of the seven founding Saints of Brittany.


The district takes its name from the Church of Saint-Patern located at its center. It is bounded by the streets of Lieutenant-Colonel Maury and Francis Decker to the West, the Boulevard de la Paix to the North and  rue St. Tropez  to the South and East. The current Quartier Saint-Patern is located on the slopes of the Hill of Boismoreau, which was the implantation of the ancient Darioritum, founded in the 1C B.C. As such, many Gallo-Roman vestiges were found there such as a Forum, the baths, the villas.etc.. The settlement of the district disappears from the 3C, when the Gallo-Romans took refuge behind walls on the Hill of Mené, during the troubled period of the fall of the Roman Empire.

the Church of Saint-Patern was destroyed in the 10C during the Norman invasions in Brittany. This first Church destroyed by the Normans was replaced in the 11C by a Romanesque church that saw in turn collapse in 1721 and the rest of the Church 5 years later. The Church is rebuilt in the next century and is an important pilgrimage stage throughout the middle ages. Saint Patern, first attested Bishop of the bishopric of Vannes, is one of the seven founding saints of Brittany. Its relics, preserved in Vannes, attract the crowds of the pilgrims of the Tro Breizh. The pilgrimage created homeric paginates in the city in the 14C. The clergy of Saint Patern and the canons of the Cathedral of Vannes argue for the right to present the relics, to receive the venerations, and thus the offerings.


The faithful of the parish of Saint Patern defend their rights against the canons aided by sergeants of the Duke. The parishioners made the lookout and locked themselves in the Church upon the arrival of the canons ‘ supporters. The clergy, however, recommend the faithful to throw the offerings through the windows of the Church. The case is settled by the intervention of the clergy of Rome. In the 15C, the pilgrimage was partly abandoned after the passage and preaching of St. Vincent Ferrier, which made the Patron Saint a shadow figure.

The stained glass windows of 1737 in the choir were replaced in 1882 and then in 1918. The stained-glass window of the north gate, Christ surrounded by eight children is from 1923. There are 6 retables, including the altarpiece of the Sainte-Parenté or kinship in the north transept and Saint-Isadore in the south transept dating from the 18C. The altarpiece of the resurrection of Christ, at the bottom of the choir enlarged in 1925, dates from 1744. The pulpit to preach is 1813. The bell tower is a bit truncated at 50 meters and a lot of granite stone in construction of Gothic and Roman traces.

The current Church of Saint Patern was rebuilt as early as 1727. The large staircase, the granite bell tower and its lantern are started in 1769 but the arrow can only be completed in 1826. The French revolution confiscated the silverware of the Church, and in particular the Patron Saint  silver chief, and sold the property of the brotherhoods, chapels, and communities scattered throughout its territory. The Church was renovated between 1878 and 1886.


From January 2007 to March 2008, the Church of Saint Patern experienced a complete restoration in the original Baroque style: roofing, framing and vaulting, plastering, sealing, electrical installations, strengthening of the Bell Tower, complete renovation of the paving with integration of a heated floor, re-arrangement of the choir with the laying of a set of choir stalls in carved solid oak dating from 1695.

Again from me , some webpages to help you plan your trip here and you must!

Official Church of St Patern of Vannes

City of Vannes on history and heritage

Tourist office of the Gulf of Morbihan on St Patern neighborhood

Tourist office of Brittany on Vannes

There you go  a nice tour of a very nice neighborhood and pretty Church of Saint Patern. History, architecture, and great shops and restos around it , just what you need to be here!

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



April 27, 2019

Conleau Peninsula at Vannes!

So let’s stay around water and Vannes, my capital city. Another spot where I have written bits and pieces in my other blog posts but never one dedicated to it. This is another idylic spot down tuck in a corner of the Gulf of Morbihan, in the Conleau peninsula of Vannes!

Let me repost from an earlier post of 2014 to showcase this area to my new readers. Enjoy it.

Conleau is one of the neighborhoods of the city of Vannes. It includes the Conleau peninsula. The District of Conleau is located south of Kercado and Cliscouët districts. It comprises a built-up area, consisting of detached houses and some collective dwellings, as well as an unbuilt area, the pointe des Émigrés (emigrants point)  and the Parc du Golfe (Gulf park) , which includes the Chorus (exhibition congress center), Jardin aux Papillons(butterflies garden)  and the Aquarium of Vannes. It was built mainly during the 20C from two former hamlets named the Petit Conleau and the Grand Conleau, each composed of a Manor and farmhouses. One of these farms now houses the Maison de la Nature (nature house).

The Pointe des Emigrés was called in the 18C, Pointe Kérero. This protected green area of about 30 hectares (including 10 hectares of marshes), is located in the District of Conleau, along the Marle river . It culminates at 11 meters. With the shores of Vincin, a neighboring site located on the other side of the Conleau peninsula, it forms a protected set of 70 hectares. The Pointe des Emigrés  is criss-crossed by several footpaths totalling about 3 kilometers. A great spot for walkers and dog walkers like us!!

However, it has  a somber history for the Breton here and it is protected. In 1795, 748 Bretons, immigrant prisoners of the Quiberon expedition (invasion from England against the French revolution), were shot in Morbihan. The staff of the expedition is executed on 28 July in Vannes, on the site of the Garenne. 374 other Bretons are shot in the vicinity of the city, including part of the site of the Hermitage. In remembrance of this massacre, the place was symbolically renamed the point of the emigrants or pointe des emigrées.

The Conleau peninsula  is an ideal spot for families,barbecue, and just soak in the tranquil life away from the city and crowds.  We had family visitors from the Nord (France) ,but they are off to the Inter Celtique Festival in Lorient, (coming up again in Aug ’19) ,and we done that so we went to the Conleau for a relaxing moment of our own.

The Conleau peninsula is a former island of the Gulf of Morbihan, connected to the Mainland by a dike road from 1879. Of modest dimensions (about 500 meters in  lenght for an average width of 100 meters.

It lies at the confluence of the rivers Vincin andMarle, the two main streams of Vannes. The peninsula is separated from the town of Arradon by the Vincin river and the town  of Séné by the Marle river.


In 1878 the résidents decided to give a different look at the area so they created a seawater pool surrounded by cabins of bath , chalets , a restaurant, and a grand hotel  (now Best Western Le Roof). As early as 1879, adike-road connects the island to the mainland , promoting the development of the small seaside resort.

The colorful Guinguette créperie, no webpage but probably the best spot for eating in my opinion. Other good ones are the Corlazo  Café Allée du Dr-François-Salomon facing the pool and the Café de Conleau as well as restaurant le Roof in the Best Western hotel (le cafe is good too) provides all the eating/drinking you need. There are public bathroom and change rooms available.


Le Roof Restaurant at Conleau

Café de Conleau inside the Best Western Hotel: Cafe de Conleau

Nice site I follow for years on beaches of France, here is the pool of sea water at Conleau ,



For the camping aficionado there is a great facility there; City of Vannes on Camping Conleau

And for family camping out in nice mobile homes there more info here: Flower Camping on Conleau camping


There is a nice pines forest of Conleau. All along the shores of the Gulf of Morbihan and the banks of the Vincin river, this pinewood, composed of sea pines and secular oaks, gives this site a maritime atmosphere that offers shade and freshness to the many visitors. There is a sea-water pool, a beach and a children’s playground as above.



More on the area tourist office here: Toursit office of the Gulf of Morbihan on Conleau basin

Its a wonderful spot to spent your weekend and relax while enjoying the wonderful natural beauty of the place and always on the lookout into the Gulf of Morbihan. The Conleau peninsula is a great way for us to escape and even take our dog Rex! he loves it!

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



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