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May 1, 2019

Something different at Vannes!

Well in my turns and twists around my lovely Brittany sometimes life goes so fast no time to see it all and do not realise the bounties available in your own town even less area of living. This is the case of today’s post in my medieval nice capital city of Vannes in my beautiful Morbihan.

I did some errands with the boys as usual and have heard of things but never pass by this part of the city ….  routine oblige! Today ,was different! I went by these areas of everyday living of the Vannetais (locals of Vannes) and found some nice monuments with good deeds about them. I like to share them with my readers.

This neighborhood or district in French quartier of Vannes call Cliscouet is one that I past all the time but never dwell into their things as figure wrongly is just another local road. But there was something nice in it!

The neighborhood of Cliscouet is traversed by a series of old paths that have survived in the current layout of the city, such as the extension of the rue Madame Molé . The rue de Cliscouet is the main articulation. The path bypassing the property of the Hermitage, now gone, is preserved as a pathway. Besides the Hermitage, Keravelo or the Chevinière are still preserved, remains of 17C manor houses. The village of Cliscouet has not undergone any notable transformations in its structure compared to the old cadastre of Vannes. The construction of new neighbourhoods or housing complexes in the 1960’s and 1970’s has prompted the creation of a new parish, Notre-Dame de Lourdes.

The construction of this new Church of Notre Dame de Lourdes lasts just under two years. It is consecrated on the day of Palm Sunday 1962. It is going towards Conleau but in the neighborhood of Kercado. The Emmanuel community managed the Church, located at 52 rue de la Brise with access parking via Rue Lindbergh. This is a modern effort and now under the wonderful Emmanuel community of helping hands to the needy all over.


More on them and the church in French is here: Official Emmanuel community Church of ND de Lourdes

Paroisse N.D. De Lourdes .52 Rue de la Brise Tel+33(0) .émail: webpage:

Having written of the Cathedral of St Peter who jealousy keeps the tomb of Saint Vincent Ferrier and on the coming festivities of his presence in Brittany ,finally got me the push to see another church this one name after him. I always past by it and see the panel but never had the input to see it as it is in a residential area. However, today it was different.

The Church of Saint Vincent Ferrier at 59 rue Vénétes in the neighborhood of Cliscouët ,been the name of the manor house  located near the Vincin river which gave its name to this district born in the late 19C and which develops especially after WWII along the land plots of the rue Schuman and north of the old road of Bel-Air are the first to be built of small houses in the late 19C early 20C. The area is bordered to the north by the rue des Venetes and the rue Victor Basch, to the east by the rue Albert 1er and the rue de la Brise separating them from the District of Trussac. It stretches west to the Boulevard de la Résistance and descends south to the  chemin du Borgne and rue Cliscouët. Two major axes intersecting orthogonal limits to the north and east the area of land intervention of the city, rue Gillot de Kerarden and Avenue Winston Churchill.


Other than the parish center not much is written on it but plenty on the Saint that bears its name. This is the official site of Saint Vincent Ferrier festivities in English: Official Saint Vincent Ferrier

Paroisse Saint-Vincent Ferrier. 59 Rue des Vénètes Tel +33 (0) émail :

So now I have something different for you here ,and a reminder of cataloguing my beautiful Vannes for as long as my blog lasts. Thanks again for reading me!! Love you!

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

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May 1, 2019

The lavoirs, washhouses of Vannes!

And as we are in my wonderful capital city of Vannes, as said where I work for the last 8 years; let me continue telling you of its gems from a medieval look ramparts comes the wash houses or lavoirs. Another popular photo and visit attraction of the city of Vannes.

As mentioned in bits and pieces in my other posts on Vannes, I like to tell you a bit more on it in one post dedicated to them. Therefore, hear the wash houses or lavoirs of Vannes!


The lavoirs or wash-room are located in the ramparts garden,(see previous post on gardens) immediately north of the rue Porte-Poterne and on the Garenne spur. It joins a bend of the Marle river, which provides the supply of water. Located below the ramparts and in front of the bastion of the Garenne b.1626-1628, the wash-houses are reflected in the Marle river. Under the slate-covered gallery, the washers took place on the stone slabs following the curvature of the river. This wash would date from the 15C to the 17C before the wave of construction of the 19C. Upstairs were the tanners.


In 1816, there were built at this location known as the bastion of the Garenne , a laundry room and a shed on pillars covered in straw with washcloths.   The buildings were later found in the hands of the Taslé family and their descendants who sold them to the city of Vannes in 1928. The southern body façade shows a westward enlargement. The cadastral plan of 1844 of the city of Vannes presents at the back of the building a small square body containing perhaps a staircase. The ground floor of these two buildings is reserved for laundries fuelled by chimneys while the floors are used for dwellings. The restoration of the washhouses was carried out at the end of the last century. The resumption of the timber-framed structure, the replacement of its exterior joinery and the construction of a new building to the east. The interiors were also restored. To allow a better distribution of the floor, an external corridor was created at the rear of the building. The entire building measures about 40 meters long, protected by a slate roof. The first building, rectangle of about 13 meters by 7 meters, is constructed of wood-beamed wooden panels


Having built on the edge of the Marle river and consisting of 2 buildings arranged in square and a gallery covered with a slate roof, resting on wooden poles that fit on half its length and curved way to follow the river , on the ground floor of the building directly overlooking the river. The body perpendicular to the river is constructed of granite rubble. The south-east façade of the building overlooking the Marle river is built in a wooden frame on a stone base. Chimneys in place on gutter water walls and gables walls.

Originally dated from the 17-18C, these wash-houses were actually built between 1797 and 1807. To cope with the affluence of the launderers, they are enlarged twenty years later, between 1827 and 1831 and were in private property, the building are acquired by the city of Vannes in 1928. The laundry in the dirty waters of the Marle river are forbidden by the city in 1951. The washing machines are then lowered onto other washhouses located upstream, close to the prefecture in open washhouses between 1923 and 1965, or at the lake of the Duc, until 1962. The grounds between the ramparts, the rue Porte-Poterne and the Garenne brook, including the wash-houses, are part of the garden of the ramparts and were, together with the Garenne’s wash-houses, damaged by a flood of the Marle river, they benefited from a complete restoration during the winter of 2005-2006.

Some webpages to help you plan your visit to the lavoirs are

City of Vannes on the lavoirs

Tourist office of Brittany on Vannes

Area tourism Gulf of Morbihan on ramparts area of Vannes

Another enjoyable stroll in quant medieval Vannes, right off the ramparts and heading on the Porte Poterne along rue Porte Poterne into the old town and its laberynth of beautiful architecture, history, and shops/restos to please. Enjoy the wash houses or  lavoirs of Vannes.

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

May 1, 2019

Vannes and her women !!

Oh well, lack of creativity I guess, but I am sure those initially reading will be in for a shock. The title is enticing but is more historical than anything else. This is Vannes in the Morbihan breton of Brittany.

I have mentioned briefly in other posts but in describing my capital city I like to tell you more into the things to see here, and Vannes and her women or Vannes et sa femme is very well known and seen by all visitors. Therefore, here is a bit more on it.

Vannes and her women or Vannes et sa femme is a polychrome stone sign depicting the busts of a couple and probably dating from the 16C. Integrated into the façade of a half-timbered house of the old town of Vannes, in what is now the Villa Valencia restaurant. It is a famous emblem of the city.

The sculpture known as Vannes and her women consists of two busts side by side: a woman on the left and a man on the right. Their faces are jovial and very expressive. Their hands, amputated, could have worn an object. The two characters are carved in granite and painted. Tops of a few tens of centimeters, they come out from the corner of the house located at 3, rue du Bienheureux Pierre-René Rogue,(blessed Pierre René Rogue) at the corner of Rue Noé, in a corner of the place Valencia. The façade and the roof of this house, dating from the 15-16C.


If the origin of the bust remains mysterious, its nickname was already attested in the early 19C, the meaning of this sculpture is unknown. It could be a commercial sign , possibly for a cabaret.   Other assumptions imagine links with the Château-Gaillard (now museum of history and archaeology see other post), located just opposite.

The place Valencia is located inside the first precincts of the old town of Vannes. A very nice place for walks and wonderful architecture with quant shops.  The place Valencia opens at the crossroads of Rue des Halles, rue Noé and Rue des Orfeèvres. Irregular plan, it occupies no more than 500 m2.


The place Valencia is named after Valencia, the hometown in Spain of Saint Vincent Ferrier, (see previous post) who came to preach in Vannes in 1418-19. The preacher would have lived in a house on the square. This beautiful half-timbered house and on the ground floor in stone is located at no. 17 of the place Valencia. According to tradition, it was reportedly inhabited by Saint Vincent Ferrier in 1418-1419. It was revamped in 1574.




The house plans are wooden of two corbally square floors . The façade frame shows strands of fern and regular poles following repeated occasions. The house is of massaged plan with lateral posterior returns in a wooden panel around a courtyard comprising on the left the stairwell and right a small body with small advance on two levels, covered in a shed. The basement is made up of stone pillars and Doric pilasters. The profile of the lateral walls embraces the stone door. Presence of a basement. The staircase is wooden back with return passage.

Some webpages to help you visit this wonderful place in Vannes are

area tourist office Gulf of Morbihan on Vannes et sa femme

Tourist office of Brittany on Vannes

A wonderful area to walk amongt so much beautiful architecture and many quant shops and restos in the old town section untouched by time and human events. This is Vannes et sa femme!

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

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