Archive for May, 2019

May 31, 2019

The coastal beaches of my Morbihan!

So we are waiting for summer but is it already here? We had 23C today or about 74F and sunny, the first traffic jams going towards the coast were felled coming back and the foreign license plates from UK, IRL, and Germany are beginning to be seen quite often. We have a four days weekend due to Ascension Day and today bridge break off day and as usual we did not had anything planned!

We are last minute travelers and usually take our two big vacation periods in August and Christmas/New Year’s time. The rest we just wandered around our areas or an occassional weekend treat. Today I decided to go into unchartered territory sort of. We go by the area but with so much to see we continue to by pass wonderful spots that now I take the time to see ,locally. Here are two gems from the towns of Ploemeur and Larmor Plage in the Morbihan dept 56.

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Of course, I have written on these two before , but today will concentrate on the coastal area and its beaches. They can compare with any and are a wonderful spot to soak on the French flair ! Let me tell you a bit more on them.

Ploemeur is a town on the Atlantic coast bordering four cities: Lorient, Larmor-Plage, Guidel and Quéven. It has 17 km of coastline. On this range there are several beaches, without counting several coves. The way to the sea is a 13 km circuit linking the center of Ploemeur to the seaside.

In the hamlet of Kerroc’h , part of Ploemeur, west of the pointe du Talud, there is the Port Blanc-Kerroc’h beach which is mostly frequented by locals. It opens on the port of Kerroc’h, which is rather a mooring area for small boats, historically there were fishermen who practiced coastal fishing and there is a boat ramp very busy. The Port Blanc – Kerroc’h beach is a family beach of fine sand of 100 meters long surrounded by rocks, and of course swimming is not supervised. This beach is equipped with: sanitary, drinking water point, showers, and telephone booth. I must add and you can see by the photos that it is very nice cosy beach and very nice for families, with plenty of eating facilities up the street. There is, also, a lighthouse pointing towards the Belle ïle en Mer and a Calvary in honor of the fallen fisherman!

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The nearby Pointe du Talud is located between the beaches of Pérello and Kerroc’h. There is a promenade along the cliffs anchored in the sea. The natural and the diversity of the landscapes constantly moving over the seasons and the weather will amaze you. This advance of land in the sea will make as much the pleasure of walkers as fishermen. This is more secluded and grassy sandy walks along the ocean are always wonderful. The area is loaded with mobile homes both for rentals and all year living as residents. The big thing here is a very nice camping or Camping Pointe du Talud, great for the whole family. More info on the Camping is here: https://www.campingpointedutalud.com/

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City of Ploemeur and its beaches

Plages tv site on the Port Blanc Kerroch beach

Local tourist office of Lorient South Brittany on Ploemeur

Larmor-Plage is located on the west bank of the entrance to the harbor of Lorient which marks the confluence of the Blavet and Scorff rivers, it faces the island of Groix and the Atlantic Ocean. The territory of the town extends inside the harbor of Lorient, allowing a view on the peninsula of Gâvres, the Citadel of Port-Louis and Lorient. The coastline is rich and varied, alternating rocky coast, sandy beaches such as port Maria, and Toulhars etc., dune cordon with its marshes at Anse de Kerguelen, and Parc Océanique, the coastal urban area with its ancient and contemporary villas, the village center surrounded by the Notre Dame de Larmor Church and its Tower fortified steeple that responded to the salutation of the naval ships passing through the access channel of the harbor by a flock of bells. Larmor-Plage is a seaside resort, adopted by tourists and local walkers for its beaches, its Marina, its restaurants in the village, on the port, and along the promenade of port Maria, its traditional market on the place du Bourg on Sunday mornings and its promenades with a view on the island of Groix and the harbor of Lorient.

The plage de Toulhars is a family beach lined with a pedestrian promenade. A popular venue for beach volley enthusiasts. Toilets and showers are available, pets are not allowed. The beach is supervised from July 01 to August 31. The beach of Toulhars forms a cove that gives the whole landscape its coherence. In the immediate vicinity of the town, the seafront of Toulhars is the main seaside area of Larmor-Plage, with its pedestrian promenade on both sides of the cove and its row of modest-sized resorts, where some high-rise buildings recently have been pretty much integrated. The two landing-stages, today abandoned by the port users and maintained by the town, serve as a place for walks.

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City of Larmor Plage on its beaches

Plages tv site on the Toulhars beach

Local Tourist office of Lorient South Brittany on Larmor Plage

And there you go a nice one two combination for a day or weekend soaking on the nice Breton sunshine and great bounties of the sea on site! Not to mention the nice pure air walks along the ocean, always nice. Hope you enjoy the beaches of Ploemeur and Larmor Plage as we do.

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

 

May 30, 2019

Buckingham Palace, London!

Well here I am taking a large task, needless to say each time in London I missed the guided tour and we just walked around it and take a peek at the changing of the guards. However, we will keep at it, and one day ….. For the time been I like to put some historical facts here for a reminder and hopefully helps those coming to not missed it.

I am talking about the Buckingham Palace of London, UK. A wonderful palace in a very nice area too. Hope you enjoy it.

Buckingham Palace is located in London, the Palace is both the venue for events in relation to the Royal family, the home of many visiting heads of State, and an important tourist attraction. Built for John Sheffield, Duke of Buckingham and Normandy (yep you know it), in 1703, it is the place of residence of the British monarchy. It was enlarged during the 19C for King George IV. In the middle ages, the site of Buckingham Palace formed part of the Manor of Ebury. It had several Royal occupants since Édward the Confessor and was the subject of numerous speculations about his owner: a flaw in the lease of Charles I of England allowed the land to return to the Royal lap in the 18C.

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First known as Buckingham House, the building forming the heart of today’s Palace was previously a large mansion built in 1703 for the Duke of Buckingham John Sheffield and acquired by King George III in 1762 to make it his private residence. It was enlarged over the next 75 years. The Palace eventually became the official residence of the British monarchy during Queen Victoria’s accession to the throne in 1837. The last major structural additions date from the late 19C and early 20C such as the imposing wing facing the Mall was added, and the former official entrance, Marble Arch, was moved near the Speakers ‘ corner to Hyde Park, where it still is today. The east side façade was redone in 1913 with Portland limestone blocks, in the background of the Victoria Memorial, creating the public façade of Buckingham, with the famous balcony in its center. The St. James Palace remained the Royal residence as well as the place of the official ceremonies. Even today, foreign ambassadors are welcomed to the Court of St. James, although State representatives and their staff are presented at Buckingham Palace when they are appointed.

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The main rooms are located on the noble floor, behind the façade overlooking the western gardens. In the center of these richly adorned rooms is the music room, whose large arch is the main element of the façade. Adjacent to the music room are the blue and white reception lounges. In the center of the suite, the 50 meters long picture gallery serves as a link between the different rooms. Other rooms leading to the gallery are the Throne room and the Green reception lounge. The Green reception lounge, which serves as a Grand antechamber to the Throne room and is part of the ceremonial journey to the hall from the Guard room, contains a white marble statue of Prince Albert, located at the top of the grand staircase.

Just below the official apartments is a series of slightly less solemn rooms, called semi-official apartments, accessible by the Marble hall. These parts are used for less formal occasions, lunches and private hearings. the Room of 1844 which was decorated that year for the official visit of the Emperor Nicholas I of Russia. Then ,in the center, the Hall of the Arch, that thousands of guests cross each year to go to the gardens during the garden parties. The Queen occupies a suite in the north wing for her private use. The Chinese Red and Blue breakfast room is made up of elements of the Brighton banquet and music halls, however the fireplace is Indian-style, although it also comes from Brighton. In the Yellow reception room you can see an 18C tapestry, which was used in 1817 for the Brighton Salon. The chimney in this room is a European transposition of what would be the Chinese equivalent, with mandarins nodding in the niches and scary dragons. In the center of this wing we recognize the famous balcony, and behind its windows is the Central room. It is a Chinese style salon arranged by Queen Mary at the end of the 1920’s, although the lacquered doors were brought from Brighton in 1873. The visiting heads of State occupy the Belgian suite when they are received at the Palace. It is located on the ground floor facing the north gardens.These rooms, whose hallways includes domes, were the first decorated for the uncle of Prince Albert; King Leopold I of the Belgians. King Edward VIII lived there during his short reign.

At the back of Buckingham Palace is the large garden, which is the largest private garden in London. The large artificial lake was completed in 1828 and its water comes from the nearby Serpentine Lake of Hyde Park. Like the Palace, the gardens of Buckingham Palace feature many works of art. The most notable is the vase of Waterloo, a large urn commissioned by Napoleon I to commemorate his upcoming victories, and which in 1815 was presented unfinished to the Prince Regent by Ferdinand III of Tuscany. No floor could withstand a sculpture measuring nearly 4.5 meters and weighing fifteen tons, the work was given to the National Gallery, which finally made this gift to the sovereign in 1906. King Edward VII solved the problem by placing the vase in the garden where it still remains today. In the gardens there is also a small Pavilion attributed to William Kent, built around 1740.

Adjacent to Buckingham Palace, the Royal Mews, are home to the Royal carriages, including the King’s carriage. This Rococo-style gilded carriage, created by Sir William Chambers in 1760, features panels painted by G. B. Cipriani. Having served for the first time at the official inauguration of the Parliament by king George III in 1762, it is used by the sovereign only in sacred or jubilee ceremonies. The horses solicited for the Royal processions in London are also housed in these stables.

How to get to Buckingham Palace: by Underground/Metro/Subway , the nearest stations are: Victoria District, Circle & Victoria line. Green Park Piccadilly, Victoria & Jubilee line. St James’s Park District & Circle line. By Train, the nearest, mainline, train station: London Victoria; am told about 15 minutes walk. By Bus, lines 11, 211, 239, C1 & C10 Stop on Buckingham Palace Rd. By Car, Not recommended as the palace is in the congestion charge zone, and parking is difficult to find and expensive. We come by car , and stay outside the congestion zone, and to the Palace we used the tube with our oyster cards ::)

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

Tourist office of London on the Palace

Official Royal Residence of Buckingham Palace

The place to get tickets for its guided tours

And this what we have not done buy in advance so when walking around London and decided to come in ,it was either closed for visits or the lines were huge! It will happened we are not far… Hope you have enjoy the history tour of Buckingham Palace , a brief one at that.

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

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May 30, 2019

The streets of Meaux!!!

Here I am in my sentimental mood again, on my belle France where else.  I have written on the city of Meaux, in dept 77 Seine-et-Marne, region of Ïle de France before on several posts. However, it is never enough on Meaux!

I was very much French influence since youth, and maybe it was the reason end up marrying a French women , native of Meaux which I visited several times while dating, got her to marry me in Florida USA and then convince me already French citizen to come to live in France. It was, and is the best decision of my life to have found her, and Meaux, and coming to France, all wonderful. If only I lost my dear late Martine to cancer last year. Meaux still is very sentimental.

There are other more beautiful towns in France I guess, and some with major works of arts, and monuments to boot, but little Meaux will remain the biggest of them all. Let me tell you a bit of some of the streets dear to me there. Bear with me ok

Meaux is a small beautiful town, sitting on the Marne river, wrote Michel de Montaigne in 1580 in his diary of travel. On one side the city and the suburbs, on the other the market, sheltered in a meander of the river. Since the Celtic era, it has been an important religious pole; its name remains associated with the tutelary figure of Bossuet, “the Eagle of Meaux “, and its status as an Episcopal seat has earned it its most remarkable monuments: the Cathedral of Saint-Etienne, the Episcopal Palace (now Bossuet Museum) and the  ” Vieux Chapitre” (old chapter).

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A sentimental big street for me is the rue Noëfort, this is where I first met what was to be my wife, my dear late wife Martine at no 36. The main here is that at 3 rue Noéfort  there is the Gendarmerie Nationale. The national military police sort of a State trooper or National Guard. It is also, on the next section of historical Meaux. There are so many walks by here ,and pushing the baby stroller with 3 boys of close ages, and shopping the local nearby shops and eateries, so many memories….

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The Faubourg Saint-Nicolas extends to the east of the city, along the great eponymous artery, formerly known as the route d’Allemagne (road of Germany). It is circumscribed by the avenues of  Maréchal Foch, du Maréchal Joffre, de la République, du président Salvador Allende,and the streets of rue des Béguines and rue des Cordeliers , and of course rue Noëfort. It was built at the foot of the promontory housing the Cathedral and the old town, along the rue du Faubourg Saint-Nicolas which brings together the most important buildings of the District such as the former General Hospital, the Church of St. Nicholas, the Protestant Temple. It was separated from the District of the Cathedral by the Brasset, a small arm of the Marne river, now underground.

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In the 5C, it was buried Saint Céline, a friend of Saint Genevieve; on her tomb, placed Extra Muros in the ancient Celtic tradition, arose a church that was to endure until the French revolution, the Church of Saint Céline. The suburb also welcomed in the 13C another religious establishment, that of the Franciscans or Cordeliers; their arrival in Meaux is part of the development of the communities of beggars monks in all the cities of Europe. In the 17C, two new establishments settled in the Faubourg Saint-Nicolas: the Priory of Noëfort (on rue Noëfort ) and the General Hospital, founded in 1667 to interne the poor and the vagabonds  in application of the great enclosures  decided by the Royal Ordinance of 1662. The old parish church is indeed moved to the site of the Convent of the Cordeliers, and the primitive Church disappears from the urban fabric from the 19C. Not far from its location is then built the Protestant Temple, 1847. As for the Priory of Noëfort, it is converted into a military building; today is the modern Gendarmerie Natinale (police HQ at 3 rue Noëfort), which no longer has any old vestige. The only pre-19C monuments still present in the Faubourg Saint-Nicolas are the present Parish Church St Nicolas (former convent of the Cordeliers) and the House of the Augustines (former General Hospital).

Another wonderful artery we walked and walked a lot over the years is the one call the boulevard des Anciens fossés (old wells), currently Boulevard Jean Rose, the boulevard that is running along the Gallo-Roman walls of Meaux (ramparts!) and great parking area now. The black plague spread over the territory and in Meaux  a third of the population died in 1348. This terrible epidemic upset Jean Rose a local rich merchant, who turned to help the poor and the sick and became the benefactor of the city of Meaux. His wealth, in fact, allowed him to create various pious foundations. In 1356 he built the l’hôpital de la Passion (passion hospital) to accommodate 25 blind and 12 poor, as well as a school for 10 children. It changed its name between the 15C and the 16C. It was gradually called the hospital Jean Rose. It was only in 1647 that the Bishop decided to close the hospital and set up a seminar there. The buildings that housed the Grand Seminary were completely rebuilt in the 18C. Only the Chapel of the Hospital Jean Rose survives today. There is always the crest of the benefactor made up of three roses. It is under the construction date of the building at the top of the door. Jean Rose is buried alongside his wife Jeanne Rose in a Chapel of St. Stephen’s Cathedral (St Etienne). It is a side chapel dedicated to the Blessed Sacrament that our benefactor built, at his expense in 1331 following the death of his wife. In 1848 the town of Meaux decided to honor the memory of Jean Rose by giving its name to an artery of the city: the present Boulevard Jean Rose. Well done!

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Up against the ramparts at Boulevard Jean Rose there is a very active market right over the parking area on Tuesday mornings. More info here: Tourist office of the Meaux country on the market

Another venerable street is the  Cours Raoult, this is where the old Ford dealership was in town and where I purchase my first car in France !  Now there is Monop convenience store there as the dealer has move to outer limits of the city. This is a short street taking you to the Place Henri IV, and along the Rue du Général Leclerc on one way and across the Quai Jacques Prévert (road D603) to the banks of the Marne river. Indeed a very nice place to walk and shop; there is an even bigger market across the river. Here each Saturday, under the historic metal covered cheese market of Meaux built in the second half of the 19C you can have the real cheese Brie de Meaux amongt other things! Magical and nominated for one of the best markets in France!  This is an article on it in the Le Parisien Paris newspaper: Le Parisien newspaper on the market at Meaux

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Moving right along, you come to the  Rue du Général Leclerc which is pedestrian from the Cours Raoult or Pl Henri IV to the Cathedral at Parvis St Etienne. The Rue du Général Leclerc was call before the rue de la Savaterie, and was well known for commerce from the Middle Ages when it was cut into two section one the rue des Pâtissiers (pastry makers st) and the rue de l’Epicerie( groceries st).

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The place Charles-de-Gaulle (square), is at the foot of the Cathedral of St Stephen (St Etienne) where it was also very animated in the Middle Ages when it was called the place des Quatre-Vents, before becoming the Parvis Saint-Etienne, and now the Gen de Gaulle. Very quant pedestrian area with many shops and restos/bars a must to walk it in town. The Cathedral a monument of Gothic France! The Rue St Etienne goes into Rue St Pierre all around the Cathedral. On one side there is Rue Bossuet that takes you to the ramparts and bd Jean Rose (see above). All worth the walks into medieval France and great for shops and restos/bars too.

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The place Henri IV, is another memorable place as here we went to the movies for the first time in France at the Majestic cinema. It is now part of the cinema group UGC and has a great auto parking above and below ground. Also, at Christmas time there is a nice market here with ice skating ring. The square is name as such because it was to mark the coming of king Henri IV in 1599 when the city was in the middle of the 30 years war of Religions,and decided to rally in favor of the king. King Henri IV was a Protestant, and the city of Meaux , Catholic, and when the king converts to Catholicism, the locals (who are call by their celtic name, the Meldois) decided to signed the peace accords.

Couple of webpages to help you plan your visit to Meaux, well worth it and direct from Gare de l’Est in Paris. The streets of Meaux are eternal!

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City of Meaux on things to see

Tourist office of the Meaux country on the Must see in town

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

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May 29, 2019

The Municipal Theater of Fontainebleau!

So sticking around familial and sentimental territory I like to tell you a bit more on a nice property very near the famous Château de Fontainebleau. This is the nice Italian style Municipal Theater.  I as usual have written bits on it in my previous posts on Fontainebleau but feel that it merits a post of its own. Therefore, here it goes briefly.

The Municipal Theater or Théatre Municipal is located at 6, rue Denecourt, corner of rue de Richelieu in Fontainebleau very near the Castle.

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Built from 1905 in a Louis XIII style combining brick and stone, the theater is inaugurated in 1912. Outside of Paris, it is one of the few Italian theaters and one of the most beautiful in the whole  Ile de France region. The building consists of a foyer, a curvilinear theater room, a reception hall with possibilities for organizing specific cultural events, a home and ancillary rooms. The Municipal theater has a 650-seat capacity Concert Hall and a Ballroom. Classical and imposing, strongly integrated in the urban landscape, the theater is a major pole of attraction and cultural and artistic identity within the city. Indeed is very nice, something different and cultural to see while in Fontainebleau.

Some webpages to help you enjoy the visit here are

Tourist office of Fontainebleau on the Theater

City of Fontainebleau on the theater’s agenda

And there you go , I am not a huge fan of theaters, only for the architectural or historical point of view of them. This one is tops of the list, all worth a visit while in Fontainebleau, dept 77 of the Seine-et-Marne, in the Ïle de France region. Hope you can enjoy it.

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

 

 

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May 29, 2019

La Salle de la Belle Cheminée, Fontainebleau!

I am back now in sentimental area and property. This is difficult to write as many wonderful moments with my dear late wife Martine visiting the castle and town of Fontainebleau in her region and becoming Friends of the Castle. However, drawing on my photos I like to bring them to life for memories’ sake. Hope you enjoy them and do visit the castle is a must while in France. Several post about it in my blog.

Let me tell you about a part not open to the public but had several meetings there and as the castle is renovated maybe will be open one day. The piece in question is the room of the beautiful chimney and its relations or in French la Salle de la Belle Cheminée of the Château de Fontainebleau!

The Salle de la Belle Cheminée (or the beautiful chimney room) is one of the works commissioned by king Henri IV. Above the Belle Cheminée, lies a bas-relief of Henri IV on horseback representing the King on his illustrious white steed.

The wing of the Belle Cheminée, also known as the aile(wing)  de l’Ancienne Comédie or wing of the old comedy, built between 1565 and 1570 in stone of Saint-Leu, derives its name from the chimney that occupied the great hall in the 18C. It was taken down and her sculptures were scattered. The name of old comedy comes from the theater that king Louis XV had made. First known as the Salle de la Belle Cheminée from 1597 to 1601, it was called a theater from 1725, on the occasion of the marriage of king Louis XV; It was destroyed in 1856 by a fire.  The monumental exterior staircase has two Italian ramps. It makes the connection with the cour de la Fontaine (courtyard of the fountain).

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La salle de la belle cheminée et moi!

Commissioned by king Henri IV in 1597 and finished in 1601, the Belle Cheminée of the Château de Fontainebleau was dismembered in 1725 (see above the theater). The fragments were taken in the 19C into two other chimneys in the castle. Other fragments are in reserve at Fontainebleau. The Louvre museum presents the central frieze which separated the upper part forming mantle from the fireplace.

It is now in a theater setup for meetings and the chimney still there , still call the beautiful chimney room and one that hoping to be shown to the public if not already ::)

Other rooms in relation to the Belle Cheminée are worth mentioning on this post.

In the Salle des Gardes (room of the guards) you will notice two great figures that surround the chimney coming from the famous Belle Cheminée by then disappeared, sumptuous carved monument. to the glory of the victorious king of 7 meters high,by  6 meters wide. On the left is the allegorical figure of Peace; it lowers, to smother it, the torch of war, reminding us that by the edit of Nantes (1598), king Henri IV had put an end to the civil religious wars between Catholics and Protestants. On the right, the allegory seems to be Obedience;  a young woman is about to pass a harness to a lion. The good King Henri was indeed, against any golden legend, an autocratic sovereign, reinforcing the Royal authority and announcing the absolute monarchy of his grandson, Louis XIV. The remainder of the chimney, of a more grey hue, was carved in 19C.

And to continue the circuit of king Henri IV born at the Château de Fontainebleau.

In the Chapel of Saint Saturnin, you will see in the décor of the coffered vault, the figure of king Henri IV and that of queen Marie de Medicis. In the first room of Saint Louis, in the upper part of the paneling, paintings by Ambroise Dubois from the Cabinet of the King and that of the Queen. In the second room of Saint Louis, an equestrian portrait of the King, coming from the Belle-Cheminée. In the Salon Louis XIII (room), in which he was born, you will see bouquets painted by Jean Dhoey. In the Chapel of the Trinity, above the galleries, the arms of France are attached to those of Navarre. The décor of the chapel was commissioned by king Henri IV. In the Galerie aux Cerfs (deers), the bronze reproduction of the Diane Huntress who adorns the fountain of the Jardin de Diane that runs along this gallery (the original marble is in the Louvre museum), a bronze reproduction of the Lacoon (the original marble is in the Vatican Museum.)

The Jeu de Paume room, whose entrance is to the right of the Jardin de Diane, was rebuilt after a fire, according to the plans of the hall intended by king Henri IV. In the Henri IV part of the Castle, the Cour des Offices are under the porch, on the ceiling the figures of the King Henri IV and Catherine of Médicis.

Some webpages to help you further plan your trip here are

Chateau de Fontainebleau and the salle de la Belle Cheminée

Chateau de Fontainebleau and the reign of Henri IV

Again, this is special, a must to visit while in France. So much history of France and Europe is here, as well as loving architecture details as above. You ought it to yourselves to visit the Château de Fontainebleau!

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

 

 

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May 26, 2019

Some news from France, CCXXXII

And here I am on my CCXXXII post on news of my France. It has been an incredible journey for me to come closer to what is going on in my belle France; hoping that it has giving you more insights into my beautiful adopted country. Oh it is No 232 for the rest ::)

I like to tell you a bit more on the news of France today Sunday 26 May on European Elections Day and Mother’s Day in France!

Ok so let’t start off with a bang on the results of the just finished Cannes Film Festival. Discover below the complete list of this 72nd Festival of Cannes winners

Palme d’Or: “Parasite ” by Bong Joon-Ho.  Grand Prix: “Atlantic” by Mati Diop. Jury prize: “Les Misérables ” by Ladj LY and “Bacurau ” by Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles.  Directing award: Jean-Pierre and Luc and Dardenne for “the young Ahmed”. Prize of the screenplay: “Portrait of the girl on fire” by Céline Sciamma. Award for feminine interpretation: Emily Beecham in   “little Joe “.  Award for male interpretation: Antonio Banderas in   “Pain and Glory “. Special mention: Elia Suleiman for “It must be heaven”.  Caméra d’Or: “Nuestras Madres ” (our mothers) by César Díaz. Palme d’Or short film: “The distance between the sky and us” by Vasilis Kekatos.  Special mention of the short film jury:   “Monster God ” by Agustina San Martín.

The attractions with thrills, the fairground stalls, the encounters with animals will be at the Jardin d’Acclimatation ,Paris. But the most beautiful sensation, today Sunday, will undoubtedly be that of the joy of moms shared with children. For the Mother’s day, the park with 47 the most modern rides, after a vast restoration, do not forget its traditions. The direction of the garden has planned to offer at the entrance, a rose to each mom and a relabelled of free workshops, once the entrance fee is paid. Jardin d’Acclimatation, 45 Mahatma Gandhi Avenue (16 éme). Métro Les Sablons. This Sunday from 10h to 19h. Entrance fee at 5€ for adults, free for children under 3 years old. Free animations and workshops. Hurry up if still in Paris! More info here: http://www.jardindacclimatation.fr/agenda/fete-des-meres

As I told you on an earlier post ,today is European election day and as usual France is been a bit slow but much better than last elections. The media is reporting quite a few French voters went to the polls this Sunday morning (And I did my civic duty already) to elect their European deputies. A figure, however, up from 2014. European elections 2019:19.26% participation level by noon today May 26th. The polling stations opened at 8h in France on Sunday, as in 20 other countries for the European elections. 47.1 million French are called to vote to renew, as every five years, their 74 deputies in the European Parliament; 79 if the UK is forced to leave the European Union( working on Brexit seems to be hard and long). More info from the European Parliament here: https://election-results.eu/

The departmental Stadium Yves-du-Manoir in Colombes (Hauts de Seine Dept 92). will host the women’s selection trainings next month for the United States. United States-Chile on 16 June will be the first official game at the Parc des Princes,Paris 16éme. The World Soccer/football women championships will be held in France starting from next June 7 with a France vs South Korea game. The USA is in group F, my other love France is in group A, and lastly my other love Spain is in group B; plenty of choices lol!!   More info here: https://www.fifa.com/womensworldcup/matches/

Imagine Victor Hugo’s “Notre-Dame de Paris”, whose autograph manuscript is exhibited by the National Library this weekend, exceptionally, on the occasion of its Festival. There is only one version, these 455 flying slips written in four months. The writing is also heritage. Thanks to Hugo. “I give all my manuscripts, and all that will be found written or drawn by me, to the National Library of Paris, which will one day be the library of the United States of Europe,” adds the writer to his testament in 1881. The little story in the big news. Like the last words of queen Marie-Antoinette before her execution: “my eyes no longer have tears to weep for you my poor children; Farewell, Farewell! ». The semicolon perfectly traced, a few hours from the end point of the guillotine. The exhibit “Manuscripts of the extreme”, until 7 July 2019 at the BNF in Paris (13 éme). Every day except Monday from 10h to 19h, Sunday 13h to 18h. price:9€. Information at https://www.bnf.fr/fr/agenda/manuscrits-de-lextreme

In 1853 the name of Adolph Alphand is much less known than that of Haussmann, but the capital owes him, largely as well, his present physiognomy. Squares, parks, wood…   The passage from Trocadero to the Eiffel Tower will be vegetated by the time of the Olympic Games of Paris 2024, it is suggested another name: the “promenade Alphand”. Towards the end of 1853, the landscaping of the Bois de Boulogne, which was entrusted to him by Napoleon III, on April 15, 1854, Napoleon and Eugénie inaugurated in great pomp the first phase of the work of the old forest of Rouvray, where François Ier used to hunt for game. On that day, in front of the big waterfall (grand cascade) totally artificial and fuelled by an ingenious hydraulic system, the Imperial couple suddenly sees, at the given signal, the water gushing from the rocks!

For Adolph Alphand, it is the first day of a long career paved with glory. For thirty-seven years, the engineer of the bridges-and-roads will shape the new face of Paris, as an accomplished ace of urban surgery. To his credit, an impressive list: two immense forests Boulogne and Vincennes, arranged on either side of the city; 24 squares accessible in half an hour on foot for all Parisians, rich or poor, as demanded by Napoleon III. We must include as well the Square de Batignolles, Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, Rond-Point des Champs Elysées, Bois de Boulonge, Parc Monceau, boulevard Voltaire, Serres d’Auteuil, Square Montholon,Square du Temple, Jardins du Trocadéro, Parc Montsouris, and the Bois de Vincennes. More on the area here: Tourist office of Paris on areas of pedestrian idea

City of Paris webpage on info on the Grand site tour Eiffel: City of Paris on the project Grand Site Tour Eiffel

At Bazoches-sur-Guyonne (Yvelines dept 78) you can come to see the House of Jean Monnet, one of the founding fathers of the European Union, it is in his home, which we can now visit, that Jean Monnet drafted the text which, in 1950, laid the foundations of the European Union. The reception, which also serves as a small souvenir shop, offers umbrellas, flags, stickers and other pens in the colours of the European flag. For it is here, in the hamlet of Houjarray in Bazoches-sur-Guyonne, that the idea of a Union between the countries of the old continent was born. An idea that he had for several years by Jean Monnet and that he will end up dreaming black on white in 1950, in this house which he had acquired in 1945. This text, made public by Robert Schuman, then Minister of Foreign Affairs, remains considered as a founding document of the EU. A visit that is freely realized, and free of charge. Inside, the public can discover the salon where Jean Monnet expressed his projects to the decision makers of the time. The bedroom, the dining room complete the ground floor while upstairs, a projection room and interactive tables installed there since the month of January allow to know more about the life and work of man in a more playful way. More info here: https://jean-monnet.fr/en/maison-musee-jean-monnet/presentation-modalites-de-visite/

It was after several rewritings of La Recherche that he imagined that a Madeleine cake could bring the past to a resurgence. In the salons of the literary Hotel Le Swann, in Paris, the madeleines are pass before going to the Proustien spring, nine days of festivities in Eure-et-Loir celebrating the centenary of the awarding of the Goncourt prize to À l’ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs, (in the shade of the young girls in bloom) on December 10, 1919. Also, Illiers, his inspiration, became Illiers-Combray in 1971 in homage to the Romanced village of the writer. The Proust Museum is installed in the la maison de Tante Léonie or aunt Leonie’s house. The museum page in English: https://www.amisdeproust.fr/index.php/en/practical-information

Official on Marcel Proust achievements and the aunt Léonie house here in French: http://proust-personnages.fr/?page_id=4315

The actress Isabelle Carré is to see, until June 30th, at the Théâtre de la Renaissance,20 boulevard Saint-Martin 10éme, Paris, where she plays in the La Dégustation (tasting), a romantic comedy that explores the world of wine. She interprets a bachelor whose life changes after the meeting with her wine merchant, incarnated by actor Bernard Campan. One emerges from this story with the urge to tighten the others in its arms. We’re getting happier. The character is perhaps a little amateur, but his humor is not bold. We are in a humor that mixes everything, that does not separate. More info here: https://www.theatredelarenaissance.com/project/la-degustation-isabelle-carre-bernard-campan/

This Museum of Air and Space is located in Le Bourget (Seine-Saint-Denis dept 93), ten minutes from Paris. The number of birthdays it celebrates in 2019 alone justifies you to venture beyond the city. The Bourget airport celebrates its centenary this year. It was here, in 1919, that the first French civil airport was created. Although the number of passengers in that year was limited to 740, but twenty years later, on the eve of WWII, this figure had risen to 45 000. The growth of air transport will make that from 1961 onwards, the Bourget will be abandoned to the benefit of Orly (Val-de-Marne dept 94) then Roissy-en-France (Val d’Oise dept 95) in 1977. The 50 years of the first flight of the Concorde, the famous supersonic, as well as the 50 years of the mission that saw the first man walking on the moon on July 21, 1969, an opportunity to revive the seventeen Apollo missions through some emblematic objects. In addition, as every two years, Le Bourget welcomes this year the 53rd International exhibition of Aeronautics and Space (Paris Air Show) open to the general public from June 21 to 23rd. Finally, this anniversary year will end in apotheosis with the reopening of the great Gallery in the historic terminal, a nugget of the art deco architecture, conceived and realised in 1937. With one of the richest collections of aircraft, aerostats, mock-ups, uniforms, photographs, prints, posters and art objects in the world. More Information in French here: https://www.museeairespace.fr/

To all dreamers and lovers of sweet moments, the Les Heures Bleues or blue hours are made for you. Halfway between the end of the day and the beginning of the night, it is a perfect time for a chill party to share with friends, a white 1664 in hand. Neither too hot nor too cold, the air is ideal for an original afterwork or happy hour evening, to relax and especially to enjoy full animations. Every Wednesday and Friday, you will be able to fill up with animations. And you’ll have a choice! You can take part in a plant music workshop, and test your musical talents by making a few notes with citrus. Plus, a super DJ set of 16 pineapples. The group that usually plays with pineapples, will blackmail oranges and lemons for the occasion. Workshop 1664-the Les Heures Bleues at 47, rue du Cardinal-Lemoine 5éme Every Wednesdays and Fridays from 18h30 to 22h30. More info here: https://www.atelier1664.fr/about

For the resumption of the tour, the Freix Baravane selected the hottest spots of the summer: from Faust in Paris to the marvellous Island of Torcy, from Pete the monkey to Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer to Scopitone in Nantes, the evenings and festivals are chained to the delight of Holidaymakers! In the program there will be: Festival, Mölkky games and of course cocktails, including the inescapable Sangria Blancaby Freixenet, and poptails with Freixenet ice ! La Freix Baravane to September 23 2019. More info here ! https://www.freixenet.fr/landing/?redir=/project/la-freix-baravane/

There you as always plenty to see in my belle France! Enjoy it to the limits!

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

 

 

 

 

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May 26, 2019

My new home of Pluvigner in the Morbihan Breton XXXI!

Once again I come to you to tell you a bit on what we do here and the real routine life of living in France for a common family. Yes France is glorious the large number of visitors tells us that, and we know it. Not only because we are French and live here for 16 years already ,but because we were French before living here and visited every year from 1990 to 2002. And as my title of my blog tells you, I alone have been coming to Paris especially since 1972!

But now for the last 8 years I have been  on the west of France in lovely Brittany and beautiful Morbihan dept 56 way out in country living in a small town of Pluvigner with only about 7K folks. Since my birth town was even smaller , I have traveled the world always in bigger cities to come back like to the roots in a small town. However, very much alive as today there was a youth rugby festival here sponsor by BMW, and of course the European elections.

pluvigner

We set out to vote by 10h walking as we live not far from city center and the voting hall. This is always at the Salle Marie-J. Le Borgne right after the cemetery.  May 26 Sunday , today is an important day that might shape the future of Europe as France is heavily counting on staying close rank and banner country for the European Union. Whether against or for it, it is the one thing that have kept Europe at peace.  I did my civic duty and voted, may the best win, and remember democracy is the rule of the mayority with the rights of the minority; so be it.

pluvigner

pluvigner

As I walked with my sons and our dog Rex,(he had a blast) , we sometimes forget the nice we have and seldom past by it unless needed ,as the urge is always to go out, not shabby either if you have been kept with my posts on the Morbihan, plenty of nice things to see here. As I have said many times ,Hemingway felled short when he describe Paris as a movable feast, he should had travel more into the country side of France! As France is a movable feast!

We past by the city center/downtown Place Saint Michel and Place de la Placen all along rue Gén de Gaulle. And into the rue Maréchal Leclerc and back on the Route de Bieuzy . In passing we saw again our emergency convenience story Proxi, the Poste or post office building very much in use by us international globettroters , the city/town hall with its nice garden, the pharmacy , a must stop for my father’s medicines as he suffers from diabetes.

pluvigner

pluvigner

pluvigner

pluvigner

We check the new electric meter counter installed recently and my consomption is now less by 36 euros per month!! great!!! I always like to look at our eyeglasses store Optic 2000 which occupies a very nice building in city center/downtown. And of course our voting place.  Not to ever forget the wonderful Church of Saint Guigner belltower. Saint Guigner is the one who came here from the islands (UK) back in the 400’s and the town carries his name as Plu is breton for parish, and vigner is a contraction of Guigner so the parish of Saint Guigner became, Pluvigner or in Breton  Pleuwigner !

pluvigner

pluvigner

And so it goes our Sunday now home getting ready for that special barbecue cook out and some cold beers or wine depend on the mood was ready to eat, my boys take cares of the grill and I put the drinks. Life goes on, we do not even want to mention but I must that today is Mother’s Day in France as well. Unfortunately we do not have one now, they are at sea ,and I believe their spirit is guarding us and helping us as we go along in life. Happy Mother’s Day for those celebrating.

We come to another blog ends, there are over 2100 for me now a wonderful experience thanks so much to readers like you, and I appreciated very much. Enjoy your Sunday!

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

 

 

May 26, 2019

Plouay, Plouhinec, Port Louis in the Morbihan!

And are you following me? well stay tune because there is a lot more in my beautiful Morbihan.  As said the choices are endless and the thrill of visiting them again is always there. Hoping to entice you to come and take a look to my corner of the world and you too will know why I am so enthusiastic about Brittany. Let me tell you a bit more on three beauties such as Plouay, Plouhinec, and Port Louis in the Morbihan!

The name of the town of Plouay comes from the Breton “Plou” (Parish) and “Zoe” (Saint Ouen for St. Plouay) It was erected as a town in 1790 and passed to the district of Lorient in 1800. Plouay is limited to the north and west by the Scorff river, which separates it from Berné, Guilligomarch and Arzano; It borders to the south at Cléguer and Calan, to the east to Lanvaudan and to Inguiniel. It is a very famous town here for the its bike and car rallies of Brittany!

The Church of Saint-Ouen built circa 1400 was restored in 1876. The Church was done in the Latin Cross style and had originally has a main nave and two aisles. The present Church comprises a nave of four bays with aisles, a transept and a collated choir completed by a flat bedside. The Interior of the Church, it seems, dates from the 14C. The nave communicates with the aisles by large, broken, double arches resting on square pillars flanked by columns engaged in frost capitals. The nave and structure of the 16C are preserved. The Choir, more recent, communicates with the collateral by arcades in third-points penetrating in cylindrical piles. The Church was extended about fifteen meters to the east in 1717. The reconstruction of the porch was decided in 1790. The exterior aisles and vaults were completely redone in 1876 and the bell tower on the western porch was built in 1925. The Altarpiece of the high altar, in marble and tuffeau, dates from the 16-17C. There is a painting on the center titled “the lamentation of Christ” and dates from the 17C. The organ gallery dates from the 19C. The grid of communion, wrought iron, dates from the 18C. In the large niches we can see the statues of Saint Barbara and Saint Eloi who seem contemporary, while in the niche above, the statue of Saint Ouen is older.

The town of Plouay on Religious heritage

Tourist office of Lorient South Brittany on Plouay

plouay

plouay

The town of Plouhinec is located between the Etel estuary in the east on 17 km long   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 cordon of Brittany which stretches from the Pointe de Gâvres to the Fort Penthièvre on the town of Saint-Pierre-Quiberon. Plouhinec is 15 km from Lorient, 35 km from Vannes, the capital of Morbihan, and 147 km from Rennes.  Plouhinec is a former primitive parish which once encompassed the current towns of Plouhinec, Gâvres, Locmiquélic, Merlevenez, Port-Louis, Riantec, Sainte-Hélène, Plouray and the former towns of Locoal and Saint-Guénin. The holy founder of the parish of Plouhinec seems to be the Breton Ithinuc or Ethinoc, very quickly supplanted by St. Peter and St. Paul as Patron Saint of the parish.

The Château de Plouhinec entered the House of Rohan at the death of Pierre de Rostrenen, at the time when his daughter Jeanne, widow of Alain VII since 1352 inherits it. The Castle did not remain long in Rohan hands, because the lordship was ceded by Jeanne’s son, Viscount Jean I, in 1371, to Duke Jean IV of Brittany, against a life annuity of one thousand pounds. Plouhinec was erected a town in 1790. In 1793, the revolutionary authorities decreing the war effort and conscription to resist the European Nations at the gates of Paris. In Plouhinec, the young men resisted recruiting by the commissioners and parodied the revolution by wearing the white flag (Royal original flag of France) and declaring themselves aristocratic. During the Chouannerie (the wars by local rebels against the French revolution), the local plouhinécois peasants acquired to the cause, were incarcerated at the Citadel of Port-Louis. In 1944, the allies decided to destroy the Pont-Lorois to cut the pocket of Lorient in two. It consisted of 25 towns that went from the Laita river around Quimperlé to the Quiberon peninsula. At the end of the war, the Armistice talks of the Lorient pocket were done in the “Café de La Barre” at the Magouër.

On a side note which of course have written in other posts on this area, you have the large sandy beach of the Magouëro bordered by the wild grey dunes will delight families and lovers of nautical activities such as surfing, fishing, diving, paddle, etc. It is our favorite more here! https://en.plages.tv/seaside-resorts/plouhinec-56680a

I like to show you another gem off the beaten path here.  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.  Every year there is a procession here departing from the Pontoir Cross or Croix du Pontoir and the fountain located in a square north of city center/downtown.

City of Plouhinec on heritage

plouhinec

plouhinec

One place we love to go is the city of Port-Louis better known thanks to its citadel, but it has a lot more. The city which was formerly called Blavet and its citadel are renamed Port Louis in 1618 on a the Royal decision. Port-Louis, or Porzh Loeiz in Breton, recalls the name of the Kings of France and thus marks their suzerainty on this port which was long a Spanish fortress. The city is occupied by the Spaniards from 1590, the Duke of Mercœur, in a first time his alliance with king Felipe II (Philip II) , having delivered them thereafter, Don Juan del Aguila defended her and built fortifications there. The name of the new stronghold is given to him as Fuerte del Aguila (Fort de L’Aigle or Fort of the Eagle). The Citadel was half dismantled at the beginning of the 17C, the Spaniards having evacuated the territory. The current name of Port-Louis, dating from 1618, is given in honor of King Louis XIII who wanted to make it a fortified city completed in 1642, the Citadel of Port-Louis is the key element of the defence of the harbour. Under the French revolution, the town provisionally carries the names of Port-de-l’Égalité and Port-Liberté…

The Church  Notre Dame de l’Assomption, done between 1660-1670, was designed as a Latin cross style, very ample: long over 40 meters, wide of 12 meters in the nave and 30 meters in the transept. Outside, this church remained very austere. The frame was simply panelled, and on the cross of the transept stood a steeple covered with slate, 15-16 meters high. The church was renovated in 1835. The Church was burned by the wild crowds in 1918 and rebuilt later. The reconstruction work of the present Church were undertaken as early as 1921 From the old Church you can see the facade from the renaissance pseudo classic , it has a square belltower pierce by bays decorated with pilasters. The bell dates from 1853. To prevent a new fire, it was decided to cover the Church with a frame and a reinforced cement vault, the double sides of which fell on columns leaning against the walls. The choice of this material explains to a large extent the poor acoustics of the Church. The three altars marry the white stone with the colour marble elements and mosaics. On the wall of the bedside is shown a large portrait of the Assumption by Titian. Another composition was highlighted in the north wing of the transept. It is a triptyque, model after Rubens, with in the middle a descent of the Cross and on the sides, the Visitation and the presentation to the temple. On the other hand, the Annunciation modelled after Leonardo da Vinci, hardly noticeable, at the bottom of the nave, under the rostrum. In this Church, furnished with rich marble altars and decorated with painted stained glass, works of art attract particularly the attention of the many foreigners who visit it during the summer season.

City of Port Louis on heritage

Tourist office of Lorient South Brittany on Port Louis heritage

Tourist office of Brittany on Port Louis

Port Louis

And there you go another trio of dandies to enjoy my beautiful Morbihan. Its a treat and lucky to have found it thanks to my dear late wife Martine decision to cut short my foreign trips away from home for longer periods. So I did and it has been a thrill to be here, only sadden by the fact she is no longer with me due to the mean cancer. One more reason to remember her.

Enjoy the wonderful trio of Plouay, Plouhinec, and Port Louis in my Morbihan. And remember, happy travels, good health,and many cheers to all!!!

May 24, 2019

Le Roc Saint André, Le Bono, Le Gorvello in the Morbihan!

And just to show the wealth we have here and see the previous posts on my beautiful Morbihan, the beat goes on. In my lovely Brittany the monuments, sights and plain fun are forever.  If Hemingway only would had gone out of Paris… Let me tell you about three quant towns I like and go by then often in my rounds here; these are Le Roc Saint André, Le Bono, and Le Gorvello in the Morbihan of course!

At the origin of the village had a simple Chapel ,the Chapel of Rotz  which becomes in 1608  the Chapel of the Roc  and at the French revolution, Pont du Roc. First erected as a town in 1790 and in parish in 1802 , the town takes in 1951 its current name of Le Roc-Saint-André, and last became, on 1 January 2016, a common delegate of the new town of Val-d’Oust. It merges with the towns of La Chapelle-Caro and Quily within the new municipality of Val-d’Oust. (see other posts).

The Church of Saint André  was rebuilt between 1901 and 1903, replacing that of the 16C too outdated. The steeple is 35 meters high and its style recalls those of Leon in Finistère dept 29. The Church of the trivial, then parish of the Roc is under the term of the Apostle St. André (St Andrews). It has the form of a Latin cross, with unequal arms, which indicates a retouching in the primitive plane. The doors, the arcades of the transepts and the windows are ogive in style. It is noted three paintings by the Breton painter Lhermitais, from the convent of Roga. To the west stands a square, stone, two-bay steeple. On this side, the porch is formed by the extension of the nave, a unique arrangement of its kind. The lateral altars are dedicated to the Blessed Virgin and the sacred Heart.

Le Roc Saint Andre

Le Roc Saint Andre

The Church of Saint André has adopted a Latin cross plan to a single nave. The choir ends with a flat, gable-toothed bedside. The curved arch arches are in coated and painted bricks; used to tighten the space of the nave, they fall back on cylindrical columns or on Interior buttresses, thus relieving the gutter water walls as well. The large bays with flamboyant later, concentrated on the south façade, provide a very high brightness inside the church. To the west, the Cornish-inspired steeple is accosted by a staircase turret and has an arrow in granite masonry.

Le Roc Saint Andre

Le Roc Saint Andre

The cemetery that surrounded it disappeared in 1947, making way for a belvedere on the Canal from Nantes to Brest (the channeled Oust river) and its bridge. A statue of St. Andrew, the patron of the parish, appears on the façade dominating the Canal. There is my favorite brewery in all of Brittany here, Lancelot indeed, cheers ::)

City of Val d’Oust as Le Roc Saint André on heritage

Tourist office of dept 56 Morbihan on Church Saint André

We continue our balade par voiture…, in the wonderful harbor town of Le Bono, very near me, and just wonderful.  It is located at the confluence of the ria of Auray and Bono, 4 km south of the town of Auray and 15 km from Vannes.  Former property of the monks of Saint-Gildas-de-Rhuys, the Domaine du Bono was sold with house, building and land of water passage to the Chevalier Pierre de Montigny,  Lord of Kerisper in 1669. This former fishing village is home to a small port known for its boats called “forbans”. At the beginning of the 20C, there was only a small fishing village around the port, whose uniform houses: the “Pen-TI ” were grouped along a capricious network of narrow and often steep alleyways. The port of Bono is located on the edge of the river. The site is an old cove lined with a rocky chain. The port, which dries at low tide, was built in 1916.

The Church Stella Maris is at the top of  Rue Edouard Herriot, near the roundabout of the Avenue Général de Gaulle ( road D101) at Le Bono, (which goes into Auray and near where my boys finished their  high school) . Started in 1956, it was completed only in 1966 thanks to the donations of the parishioners. Inside, there is an altarpiece in carved and painted wood dating from the late 15C to early 16C.

Finished in 1966, taken ten years to build it. It is stone-sized with a metal structure. Inside, its brick vault gives the choir in a lighted oven of three rosettes a beautiful effect. It adopts a Romanesque style with a nave pierced by triple windows dressed in stained glass with major shades of blue and red. The bottom of the Church in a semicircle is adorned with a fresco in shades of yellow and green. Curiously, a carved wooden tympanum of the Italian Renaissance and an altarpiece carved and painted on a small altar dating from the end of the 15C early 16C,time of king  Louis XII, was discovered. There is also a statue of Notre Dame des Flôts and boats ex-voto (like those shown in webpage https://www.ex-voto-marins.net/pages/lieupage56LeBonoEglise.htm

The city of Le Bono on the Church Stella Maris

Le Bono

Le Bono

Other interesting things to see me think in Le Bono are

The Kernours tumulus, which is of a bent or square  type, was erected around 3000 BC. It is one of the seven known tumulus of this type, which are all found between the estuaries of the Loire and the Blavet rives. It is the only one of the seven to have preserved its mound , which measures 4 meters high and 20 meters in diameter.  Also,  the old suspension bridge of Le Bono is one of the last two works of this type still in service in France; Built between 1838 and 1840, and renovated in 2006. It underwent many periods of closure and repair and has a length of 96 meters, this bridge spans the Bono River near the port of Bono, and allows walkers to reach the nearby Chapel of Saint-Avoye in the town of Pluneret.  In 1969, a new bridge was inaugurated to replace the Le Bono suspension bridge, which was too weak for road traffic. This steel crutches bridge is named in honor of Joseph Le Brix, an Aviator originally from the neighboring town of Baden. It has an apron of 286 meters long for 10 meters wide and a height of 26 meters above the Bono river.

Le Gorvello (or sometimes Gorvello) is a hamlet straddling the towns of Theix-Noyalo and Sulniac. The hamlet is located at the intersection of the departmental roads D7 and D183, equal distance from Theix, Sulniac, Berric, La Trinité-Surzur and Lauzach. It is about 15 km from Vannes. In the 12C, Le Gorvello housed a Chaplaincy, belonging to the Templars, which cared for the poor, the sick and the lepers. At the dissolution of the order of the Templars, in 1312, the parish was passed under the control of the Bishop of Vannes. The Church of St. John the Baptist is built from 1523 to replace the chapel of the Templars.

The Church of St. John the Baptist of Le Gorvello, town of Sulniac. It’s a T-shaped Church, the nave barely detached from the two arms of the transept. At the bedside, large glass canopy with moldings. To the south transept, mulled window ,and in  the north transept, wooded window . The west entrance gable is adorned with a bay in a basket handle with pinnacles, braces and flop work. The gable is crowned by a small campanile with double compartment, frontings, all in granite. On the north façade, the nave bay is adjacent, adorned and protected by a porch made up of a circular granite arch. The buttresses of the bedside and the north transept present a superposition of cylindrical and prismatic parts.

Le Gorvello

The present Church of St John the Baptist replaces the primitive chapel built by the hospital monks in the early 16C. The church has been reworked several times. In 1523, the nave is covered with a frame, which has abundant inscriptions. In 1547, a chapel was added.  In 1560, a porch and a second chapel are added. The Church is open, on its western gable, by a door in a basket-loop, with multiple moldings, under a brace bearing a high jewel. The buttresses that surround it are decorated with flaming pinnacles. The Church houses the statues of St. Mark and St. Isidore, the Patron Saint of the Laborers.

Le Gorvello

Le Gorvello

Tourist office of dept 56 Morbihan on Le Gorvello heritage

Tourist office of area Gulf of Morbihan on town of Sulniac and Le Gorvello

There you go some more interesting trips off the beaten path in my beautiful Morbihan; and is not over yet!! Plenty more to see and do here. For now ,enjoy Le Roc Saint André, Le Bono, and Le Gorvello in the Morbihan of course!

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

 

 

 

 

May 23, 2019

Kernascléden,Plouay,Quily,La Chapelle Caro in the Morbihan!!!!

And we go on, on an endless tour of my beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of the region of Brittany in my belle France. The views,sights are indeed endless here and I am doing my best to introduce you to the off the beaten paths of my Brittany. Hope you are enjoying the ride as much as we do. This time a main topic on four wonderful towns, Kernascléden, Plouay, Quily, and La Chapelle Caro!

Kernascléden is a town in a relatively small rural municipality located in the Scorff Valley and connected by its traditions to the country Pourlet . The city center or Bourg here is located 13 km east of Faouët, 11 km west of Guémené-sur-Scorff and 29 km north of Lorient. The construction at Kernascleden of a first Christian sanctuary, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, was at the origin of the creation of a pilgrimage on an indefinite date in the locality. The importance of this pilgrimage necessitated the construction of a hospital to welcome pilgrims and the sick. Trade has become a major development and this has led to the construction of a market where a weekly marketplace was held. Around 1420, the first chapel became too small, given the importance of the pilgrimage, or threatening ruin, the family of Rohan, owner of the premises, took the decision to build the present Chapel. Viscount Alain VIII of Rohan opened a construction site that would last about 44 years.

Church of Notre Dame of Kernascléden, is a granite church built in the style of the flamboyant Gothic, and you see on the outside, the beautiful flat bedside, the “men’s Porch” and the “ladies ‘ porch” each supporting a delicately serrated spoof of a shelter the statues of the once-polychrome Saints. These auxiliary entrances are located on the southern façade of the church; the women, separated from the men during the Mass, stood at the bottom of the nave with the children, in front of a space dedicated to the major fairs and festivals of the canton. The multitude of pinnacles with buttresses and other vertical elements is at the origin of the nickname “chapel with a thousand pinnacles”. The steeple itself, with modest dimensions, is in the same plane as the sober west façade. Inside, one of the two frescos of Brittany depicting a macabre dance persists and still underlines the trauma of the great plague of 1356. This work can be dated from the construction of the Church, that is the middle of the 15C and is the only one in the region to be accompanied, on a neighbouring wall, of a representation of hell, particularly evocative and frightening for the faithful of the end of the middle ages. We face the musician Angels dreaming perhaps of a visitor done by the painter Maurice Denis covering the vaults of the nave and choir, scenes of the life of the Virgin and of Jesus chanting pillars and walls. Several elements of the painted décor were recuperated in the middle of the 20C.

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The Church also contains another treasure. A colony of bats is housed in its bell tower! That is why, next to the Church, walkers can visit the House of the bat in order to know everything from the mysterious world of these ladies of the night.

City of Kernascléden and its heritage

Plouay historically, it is part of the Kemenet-Héboé and the country of Lorient. The municipality owes to a large extent its fame to the Organization of the Grand Prix de Plouay cyclist event held every year in mid-August. A Brittany classic since 1931. The parish of Plouay is under the patronage of Saint Ouen. During the patron festivals that took place in August various sporting events were organized including a bike race. Thereafter the bike race became the Grand Prix de Plouay, then the Brittany Classic Ouest-France. The town is located 13 km of Hennebont and 19 km of the city of Lorient.

There in Plouay you see the nice Church of Saint Ouen, the Church was built at the end of the 14C, it has a plan in the form of a Latin cross, with two aisles.Its limestone and marble choir develops in three parts: a central panel and two concave wings.All connected  at the beginning of the 18C.In the large niches we can see the statues of Saint Barbara and Saint Eloi who seem contemporary, while in the niche above, the statue of Saint Ouen is older.The altar is of simple form.

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City of Plouay on religious heritage

Tourist office of Lorient south Brittany on Plouay in English

Quily comes from the old Breton “killi ” or bocage. The town is a dismemberment of the primitive parish of Sérent in the 15C. The parish of Quily once depended on the deanery of Porhoët. Quily was erected as a twon in 1790. The municipality of Quily was first attached to the canton of Guégon, then in 1801 to the canton of Josselin.  Quily became, on 1 January 2016, a municipality delegated to the new town of Val-d’Oust.. Val d’oust is the result of the grouping of the three towns of Le Roc-Saint-André, Quily and La Chapelle-Caro.

We went to Quily on the road D174 , pure country and wonderful ride; big town of 342 inhabitants!, where the main thing to see is the Church of Saint Nicodéme. The Church was originally built as the Church of Notre Dame des Neiges (our lady of snow) built in 1689. The Church is home to altars dedicated to Saint Anne and the Virgin Mary. Under the southern porch is a vault with carved panels of the 16C. Since 1802 the name is that of Saint Nicodéme. Done in Latin Cross style.

New area of Val d Oust on heritage

Quily

We continue from Quily on the road D766A towards La Chapelle-Caro, it takes its name from the family of the Chapelle. This is a break-up of the original parish of Ploërmel. She was nicknamed ‘ the lower-Chapel ‘ or ‘ La Chapelle-sous-Ploërmel’. After having belonged to the great Lordship of Porhoët, La Chapelle-Caro enters the ducal domain in 1168. La Chapelle Caro is elevated to Viscount in 1576, into County in the 17C, and held the lordship of Crévy in 1630.   This parish took the name of “La Chapelle Caro” in the 20C due to its proximity with the town of Caro. It became, on 1 January 2016, a new town of Val-d’Oust. Located on the Ploërmel – Vannes axis, La Chapelle-Caro is located a few kilometers from Ploërmel, but also from Malestroit and Lizio. The town is crossed by the Canal Nantes-Brest.

However, as much as the name the interesting the thing to see here is the Church of Notre Dame, built in 1868 to replace a former treviale church and parish from the 17C, reworked in 1711. The present Church is in the shape of a Latin cross. A square tower is located at the bottom of the nave. The stained glass windows are post–1870. The Church houses a statue of saint Fiacre 16C. A beautiful early 16C processional cross, silver plated on solid wood, is kept in the sacristy; The façade of the Church was restored in 2007 as well as the stained glass windows.

City of Val d’Oust on heritage

La Chapelle Caro

And there you go again, some wonderful off the beaten paths towns of my beautiful Morbihan. We criss cross the department 56 and region of Brittany to show you not only France is the most visited country in the world, but Brittany is the third most visited region of France! Enjoy Kernascléden, Plouay, Quily, and La Chapelle Caro.

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

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