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May 13, 2019

Belz, Erdeven, and Etel of Morbihan!

So continue my journey in my beautiful Morbihan and trying to show you different areas with the aim to group them by area for ease of visiting. These nice towns are all coastal and the beaches are obliged. I will tell you here about the historical, architectural richness they have. Oh yes these are Belz, (got ly mussels and oysters here!), Erdeven and Etel.

Belz is located on the edge of the Etel estuary inland sea, about 20 km from Lorient, 15 km from Auray and 35 km from Vannes. The territory of Belz is bounded to the north and west by the ria of Etel, to the south by Erdeven and to the east by Locoal-Mendon. It also includes île Saint-Cado island, located on the Etel estuary, which owes its name to Saint Cadou, who lived there as a hermit in the 6C. It was also from the end of the 19C that the oyster farming gradually replaced the dredge of the natural benches which were exhausted. The Etel river and especially the shores of Belz, including its islets, become an important oyster production center across the Morbihan.

In 1888, 66 bronze axes and gold bracelets were discovered at Belz. These objects are exhibited at the museums of Carnac, Vannes and Saint-Germain-en-Laye. The town is now proud of a prestigious prehistoric site. According to the Vita Cadoci, written in the 12C, Saint Cado reportedly built on the island of the same name a beautiful stone church, as well as a bridge leading to the island. The Church still visible today on the island dates from the 11C or 12C.

The Church of Saint-Saturnin once stood in Belz a church of Saint-Saturnin, of Romanesque origin, but whose last great restoration dates from 1678. This church, for lack of maintenance and necessary restoration work, reached a state of advanced dilapidation, and it was demolished in 1913. In neo-Gothic style, the present church was built immediately after, and finished in 1914 . For lack of money, the bell tower was not be built. The old church of Belz, built from the Romanesque period, retouched in the 16C, restored to a large extent in 1678, was of rectangular shape. It was completely redone in 1914, without any of the old construction being preserved. Divided into four spans, the nave has broken hanger overlapped windows. The Choir consists of two straight spans and two lean sacristies. There is an ex-voto in wood of a votive tuna boat that bears the name of “Sainte Anne d’Auray”.

City of Belz on Church and heritage



Located on the seafront, Erdeven is a seaside resort. There are wonderful beaches here such as Kerouriec, a family beach , and   Kerhillio, the best known for its flat bottom and its waves that allow everyone to be in the water. The latter continues towards the beach of Sainte-Barbe (town of Plouharnel). This beach extends to the Fort de Penthièvre on the Quiberon peninsula. These beaches 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. The cartulary of the Abbaye Sainte-Croix de Quimperlé mentions a Roman villa near Saint-Germain from the 11C. Étel is at the beginning a simple village and is part of the town of Erdeven until 1851.

The Church of St. Pierre et St. Paul (see post) ;which recognized the Lords of Keravéon for the founders of the town, was entirely rebuilt in the 18C. We owe this church to the Talhouët family, Lords of Keravéon. The date of 1755 appears on its curious bell tower entirely built in granite. Its shape is square at the base and then octagonal and ends in a pyramid dome capped with a skylight under a cross also in granite.

The Latin cross Church of St Peter and St Paul has been modified several times, notably in 1833 where it was enlarged by two collateral. On the other hand, in the 1960’s, the expansion of the road D 781 necessitated to trim the apse and rebuild the sacristy. The three altar altarpieces were destroyed. Inside the ceiling is panelled. The Choir now shows the statues of St. Peter and St. Paul on either side of a large wooden cross. The pulpit in carved wood is remarkable. There are various statues and an element of the old altar altarpiece, a Madonna and Child, facing the pulpit. This set of 12 stained glass was entirely made in 1896. These stained glass windows are mentioned by the generous donors, the families of the village and the clergy, who have financed them. Most of them are portraits of Saints such as St. Michael, St. Joseph, St. Peter, St. John the Baptist, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Anne, St. Louis, Ste. Germaine , and St. Francis de Sales. The two stained glass windows of the Choir show the martyrdom of St. Peter and Saint Helena discovering the true Cross.

Tourist office of Erdeven on religious services on the Church

Tourist office of Erdeven on the heritage

Étel is located 18 km from Auray, 30 km from Lorient and 30 km from Vannes. The coastal coastline of the town is 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. The town was instituted by a decree promulgated in 1850 by dismemberment of the town of Erdeven. Étel was the origin of the development of the sardines port, transforming the small fishing village into a small town. The presses of yesteryear are abandoned and it is to whom will create its fritterer, the easels allowing to dry the sardines before their preparation in order to put them in cans stretching all over the streets. This boom ended with the rarefaction of sardines from 1880, the sardine crisis culminating in 1902-1903. Etel reconverts to tuna fishing on Dundee boats and mackerel fishing. There is now a Tuna museum in town.


At the mouth of the estuary is the Etel bar, an underwater sand bank formed by the crossing of currents and whose position is variable. This bar makes cruising difficult. A semaphore is built in 1960,on the Plouhinec side, in order to safely guide the sailors towards the entrance of the ria. A single bridge crosses the ria of Etel, it is a suspension bridge named Pont-Lorois (very nice and great restos at its base!) located in the southern part and which connects the villages of Kergo and Kergouric, in the municipality of Plouhinec. The road of traffic on this bridge is the departmental road D781 (which I take regularly!)


The Church of Notre-Dame-des-Flots or of the Nativity from 1850 is located on place de la République, Etel. The bell tower of the current church dates from 1967. In 1888, the Church, which proved to be too small, was enlarged and a podium was added. The stained glass windows date from 1889. The baptismal font, in marble, dates from the 19C. One can see in the choir a mural of the Virgin and the sea, offering to fishermen of 1958. The polychrome wooden statue of Notre-Dame des Flots dates from the 20C. The wooden statue of St. Anne and the Virgin. The parish church, dedicated to the Nativity, was built after 1850. Its shape is rectangular and its style is Greek: it is a reduction of the Church of Lorient, and one of the last religious buildings of this style, built in the diocese of Lorient.

Tourist office of Etel on heritage

City of Etel a map of the sights


There you go another dandy route in the gems of the coastal Morbihan in my lovely Brittany. You are in heavens by the sea, the seafood, the ambiance, the sights, and the architecture/history combinations. Remember, Belz, Erdeven and Etel in the Morbihan

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

May 13, 2019

Brandivy, Brec’h, and Camors of Morbihan!

In my efforts to show you a bit more of my Morbihan dept 56 and my Brittany, let me give you three towns very close to mine,and with lovely quant small village like ambiance, in the en terre or real France! Exploring on travel is great and when you have so much diversity and beauty all around you is heavens! The towns are in my uncreative title, Brandivy, Brec”h, and Camors all around me!

Brandivy is a town dominating the valley of the Loc’h. It is a historical place very near me. The barony of Lanvaux, whose castle fortress was on the banks of the étang de la Forêt or pond of the forest, was one of the oldest in Brittany. The Lords of Lanvaux sat in the States General of Brittany (old parliament). The barony was ceded by Duke Jean IV in 1383 to the Collegiate Church of Saint-Michel of Brech , near Auray, except the ruins of the castle, the park, the forest and the pond of the forest, which the Duke of Brittany reserved. In 1464, this part was given by Duke François II to André de Laval, Lord of Lohéac, Marshal of France, who resumed the title of Baron de Lanvaux. Louis II of Rohan-Guémené, Lord of Guémené, made the same in 1485, as well as his successors Louis IV in 1508 and Louis V in 1527, who, along with his heirs, neglected this title thereafter.

First, Brandivy is the French name, for the Breton name it is Bredeui. Just over 1000 inhabitants ! Early Breton came here at about the 6C and impose their language. On an unknown date, they raise over a hill looking down at the river Loc’h, a chapel in honor of Saint Ivy or Divy, a monk and Breton Deacon who came from Armoric (what is today England/Wales/Scotland area in about 686.  Therefore, the place took the name of  Bré-Yvy or Bré-Divy (meaning hill of Ivy), today Brandivy.

The Church of Saint-Laurent and Saint-Aubin ,15-18C, destroyed by fire in 1728 and rebuilt in 1732. At the French revolution, the Church inherited a bell and stalls from the Abbey of Lanvaux. This church gave way in 1884 to a new Church completed in 1885. The stained glass windows date from 1886. The Church houses the statues of the Virgin (trampling the serpent of evil), Saint Laurent and Saint Aubin. There is a commemorative plaque of Abbé Ruaud dates from 1888, first Abbot of the Abbey of Lanvaux in 1138 and Bishop of Vannes in 1144. The Calvary dominated before the cemetery placed around the Church. The basement dates from the 15C, the granite cross of the 19C. You will see characters of all Cavalries such as the Virgin (left) and St John (right) in imposing size at the foot of Christ on the Cross. A bit more on the parish services from the city here: City of Brandivy on parish services at the Church




You go down a very steep ravine on the side of the river Loc’h to visit the Chapel of Saint Laurent, built early in the 16C; a bit further and you come to the cave of Notre Dame de Lourdes, recently done in 1998! the newest of chapel in all the region. In 1912, a tall cross was put in indented part of the rocks, sort like a cave, and from them a great piligrimage is happening as the rocks looks similar to those at Lourdes. It has a huge wooden crucifixtion cross.

The tourist office of the area only has info on the pond of the forest or Etang de la Forêt , a very nice family nature lovers area . Info in French here: Area tourist office Gulf of Morbihan on the Etang de la Foret

A bit more on the history of the city in French: City of Brandivy on its history and heritage

And let’s go to the town of Brec’h and its 21 districts all part of the main bourg or city admin center. So you need to know the districts to find your way around here, believe me, I live not far. However, it is a very old historical town such as a Gallic deposit was brought to light in the 19C. Dating from the 1C BC, the deposit, attributed to the Venetes, contains a set of adornment objects as well as a large number of coins. On September 29, 1364, the battle of Auray takes place near the Kerzo Marsh. The future Duke Jean de Montfort triumphs over his rival Charles de Blois. The latter is killed, while his second, Chevalier Bertrand du Guesclin, is taken prisoner. This victory ends the war of the Succession of Brittany. In August 1795, near the same Kerzo Marsh, nearly 1,000 royalist and chouans emigrants (fighting vs. the French revolution) were shot after the failure of the Quiberon landing. In the Champ des Martyrs (field of martyrs), a mausoleum was built in 1828 in commemoration, still there and visited by reservation in Summer. The town was part of the relays mentioned in 1648 on the road to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. In May 2015, Prince Louis de Bourbon travelled to Brec’h, with his wife Princess Marie-Marguerite, during his official visit to the Morbihan. He then announced the financing of the restoration of the expiatory Chapel of the field of martyrs by the House of Bourbon (former Royal house of France, and would be king Louis XX).

The Church of Saint Andrew (St André) of Brec’h was built in the 12C and reworked several times.   The nave is one of the rarest Romanesque naves of the 12C of Morbihan. It is separated from the aisles by large double-roll arched arches that rest on columns engaged in heavy square pillars.   The 24 capitals ,12C are decorated in particular with animals and rough human figures. The large, blazing-lattice bay of the flat-bedded choir was walled. In 1740, the walls of the aisles were rebuilt, the primitive transept and the steeple demolished. In 1835, the new transept and choir were dressed with the stalls and paneling of the 17C from the Chartreuse of Auray.   The central table of the choir’s large altarpiece shows a descent of the Cross between the statues of St. Andrew and St. Peter; above, a Holy Trinity in stucco. The lateral altars are reduced to their wooden altarpiece decorated with paintings and statues. The paintings represent Saint Anne learning to read to Mary and the gift of the Rosary to St. Dominic and St. Catherine of Siena . The bell tower was added in 1896 and reminds of the Church of Saint-Gildas d’Auray, whose bell tower also amortizes in an octagonal granite drum. The vault in half cylinders with the apparent structure of the nave was redone in 1988. The stained glass windows date from 1896.




In addition to the above church , there are 8 Chapels and 3 Calvaries and of course the Chartreuse in the territory of Brec’h. Here is more info on the Church and Brec’h in French: City of Brech on the Church Saint Andre

And to make the circle complete, the town of Camors itself surrounded by the towns of Baud, Pluvigner and La Chapelle-Neuve. It is covered in its vast majority by two massifs forests, the domaine forest of Camors and the forest of Floranges with maximum altitude of 137 meters. The town, is compose of the village of Lambel-Camors and the village of Locoal-Camors. The municipality is part of the district of Pluvigner, of the community of towns agglo of Auray Quiberon Terre Atlantique and depends on the sub-prefecture of Lorient.

The territory of the town of Camors was born late and consists of part of the territory of baud and part of the territory of Pluvigner. The inhabitants of Camors lived mainly in the forest. They were coal-makers, sabotiers, long sawers, broom makers, buglers… There have been up to two hundred buats and ninety saboters. Religion and civil authority had little influence over this population living in the forest. Camors is one of the only towns in France where two sawmills and a sabotier remain (indeed passed by it every week!).

The Church of Saint-Sané; 17C was built in the form of a Latin cross, without anything remarkable, if not two wooden altarpieces. The sacristy is earlier than the Church and reuses stones from the Chapel of Ste. Suzanne. A cabinet of the sacristy dates from 1660. Inside the Church you can see a fresco. On the wall of the nave is a white marble tombstone; it is the epitaph of Claude de Lannion, Governor of Vannes and Auray, who died on 24 June 1695. The Church houses a statue of St. Margaret. The parish church of Camors is dedicated to Saint Sané, an Irish Bishop, who died in 544. The secondary patron is Saint John the Baptist, whose Nativity is celebrated with great solemnity. The church has in the south transept the altar of Saint John the Baptist, and that of the north the altar of Ste. Susanne; the Chapel of the Baptismal Fonts makes the pendant of the porch. In the Choir was the family vault of the counts of Lannion, barons of Camors.



More on the heritage of Camors in French here: City of Camors on its heritage

So there, 3 small towns around me in my lovely Morbihan dept 56 of Brittany in my belle France. Unique and real French living where the small shops are still in vogue and the goodies of culinary France are still respected. Enjoy the tour and hallow when passing by!

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

May 13, 2019

Some news from Spain LXXVIIII

Well well its been a while isn’t it; but here I am on my favorite latest of my beloved Spain. Hot and sunny as it should with 82F or about 28C. Spain everything under the sun! and here is more hot stuff for you

González Byass presents Tio Pepe (uncle pepe)  Fino en Rama 2019, a jewel of very limited elaboration that arrives, like every year, in the spring. 67 boots have been chosen for the tenth edition of this Fino en Rama. Guarded by the stillness of the Bodega of Constanza, they are boots that reflect the terroir of Macharnudo and Carrascal, in an intense and elegant way, and that have retained a forceful and thick flower veil giving all the character and style of Tio Pepe, a cultural icon living and legacy of a family of wine founded in 1835. Tio Pepe Fino in Rama 2019 presents a pale gold color opalescent due to the flower in suspension. On the nose it is intense and fragrant with memories of bakery and fresh yeast. For its intensity and sipidity, it is ideal to enjoy with fish, shellfish and vegetables, as well as rices of varied styles. Serve cold in the best cup of fine glass.Oh yeah olé olé et olé!

Ramón Bilbao opens the doors of Mirto Experience, a sensory trip with which to discover the history of the brand through an adventure in time. A tour that will embrace different eras while the visitor discover the rooms of the Espacio Príncipe dressed for the occasion at Calle Principe de Vergara, 9, located in the Barrio of Salamanca, next to the park of Buen Retiro. The visit will include the tasting of several vintages of Mirto, directed by the winery’s wine tourism team. The reason for this celebration is the 20 years that this 2019 meets Mirto.To celebrate it, Bodegas Ramón Bilbao has prepared an exciting tour around the trajectory of this tempranillo, considered one of the most outstanding Riojas of today. Yes indeed RB!

 Jean Leon launches to the market MS-18, the fourth wine of its experimental range elaborated 100% with the autochthonous variety Malvasia of Sitges. After experimenting with the varieties Xarello, Cabernet Franc and Sumoll, the Penedès Winery has now chosen this aromatic Mediterranean white grape to complete its collection of monovarietal wines and create a fresh, intense wine with very good acidity that It reflects the essence of variety. On a limited production of 2,481 bottles, MS-18 represents a tribute to Penedès, the land that gave Jean Leon the opportunity to produce wines with uniqueness, personality and identity. It comes from young vines planted at 145 meters of altitude in a clay and fresh soil, which are harvested by hand and elaborated with delicacy in search of a young and fresh style. Bright yellow, the wine exudes fine aromas of flowers and lychee fruit with an apricot background. In the mouth, it stands out for its round entrance, followed by a balanced acidity and a delicate perfume. The Malvasia of Sitges is a historical variety originating in the south of Greece that reached the Garraf at the beginning of the 14C thanks to a almogavar who fought under the orders of Roger de Flor. His line is also composed of the monovarietal wines X-15 and X-16 (Xarello), CF-15 (Cabernet Franc), SM-16 (Sumoll), and now MS-18 (Malvasia de Sitges). Enjoy it

Yes indeed often overlook by more famous regions but this is the wines I grew up with and they have advance enormously over the years. The wines and vineyards of Aragon with a first place (my opinion)  occupied entirely by Campo de Borja ,Calatayud , and Somontano wines, which are consider as the native country of the great caste of the north-east of Spain-and today of several other parts of the world, the Garnacha.My favorite have been from these bodegas. The region of Campo de Borja, and Bodegas Borsao with the wines of Borsao Crianza Selección (2015), Borsao Berola (2015), Borsao Red Selección, and Borsao Rosé selection (2018). Also, the region of Somontano, and the Bodegas Laus with the wines of  Vino Laus Rosé (2018), Laus Blanco (2018), Laus Crianza (2015), and Laus Reserve (2013). Try them seek different and enjoy the wines of Spain!

The Princess of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities awarded to the Prado Museum crowned a year of celebrations for the Pinacoteca which, for its bicentennial, has organized a hundred acts, has traveled through the Spanish geography and has opened to other arts Like film or dance.  The strong plate, with which the celebrations began, was the exhibition  “Museo del Prado 1819-2019. A place of memory  ” . A chronological journey through the history of the museum with works by Renoir, Manet, Picasso or Pollock, who inaugurated the King Felipe VI  last November. The 2019 temporary exhibitions program includes names like Velázquez and Rembrandt, Goya, Fra Angelico, and Sofonisba Anguisola and Lavinia Fontana, two of the most notable women in Western art history. Since the Royal Museum opened its doors on November 19, 1819, the institution has become one of the main custodians of the Western pictorial memory and the fundamental reference point of the Spanish culture.

A past story but worth mentioning. In 1967, one year after announcing its withdrawal of the scenarios, Jacques Brel attended a presentation in New York of the musical The Man of La Mancha, based on the novel of Cervantes, a blockbuster of Broadway with libretto of Dale Wasserman, music of Mitch Leigh and lscript of  D E Joe Darion premiered in 1965. The Belgian singer-songwriter, who loved Don Quijote because he himself felt Quijote as a Dreamer, Madman, Idealist, Chronicler of up rootedness and heartbreak  was fascinated by the spectacle and immediately asked for the rights to make a French version. Especially enraptured was left by the letter of the El Sueno Imposible or the  Impossible Dream, one of the most known topics of the work: “Soñar, lo imposible soñar / vencer al invicto rival / sufrir el dolor insufrible / morir por un noble ideal” or To dream, the impossible to dream/ to defeat undefeated rival/ to suffer the insufferable pain/ to die by an noble ideal. In the autumn of 1968, the year in which all the dreams seemed possible, Brel returned exceptionally to the scenarios to embody Don Quijote in his particular version of the American musical and that song sounded for the first time in French, translated as the La Quête (The search), which immediately became part of the most popular repertoire of the singer songwriter and also of the Chanson Française (French songs)  in general. L’homme de La Mancha (the man of La Mancha) premiered at the La Monnaie (the Brussels Opera House) and, shortly thereafter, was represented in Paris for five months. Jacques Brel directed the adaptation and signed the translation and arrangements of all subjects. It was one of the last times he could be heard live before his premature death at 49 years for cancer in 1978. Coinciding with the 40th anniversary of his death and the 50th of the premiere of L’Homme de La Mancha in the La Monnaie, four major European theatres (KVS and La Monnaie  of Brussels, Teatro of Liège and Teatro Español in Madrid) joined last year to revive the dream of Brel in a new production that premiered in autumn of 2018 in the KVS and arrives this week in Spanish, where you can see until Saturday May 11th. This is past but worth mentioning because of Brel and Cervantes: the info is here:

The lamp that crowned the main hall of the noble floor of Casa Batlló, the building created by Antoni Gaudí between 1904 and 1906 on Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona, appeared after having lost track of it for decades. Located in the center of the space where the family of the textile industrialist Josep Batlló I Casanovas received their visits and celebrated the most important events of the House, the whole world gave it for lost until a few months ago. In the end, the brass structure and the hand-carved glass pieces, one by one, only had to be cleaned and assembled, based on silver wires. This way the parable of this monumental ceiling of 99 centimeters in diameter, about 65 kilos of weight and 68 centimeter of height, plus 12 cm of the central apron was recovered. It is a lamp of imperial style of that was then carried out in the north of France or south of Germany, but we do not know who the designer is. What Gaudí did with her was to boost her snail. I don’t know if you made it to measure, but I guess we can’t say it’s a Gaudí design because we can’t document it. The scaffolding of the façade will be removed on May 23rd, 2019 after renovation of  Casa Batllo.

Things to do in my beloved Madrid ; On Wednesday 15 May, Fiestas de San Isidro. Dress up with your best hats, waistcoats and shawls and go out for a walk around the city. There will be varied concerts (Matadero, Plaza Mayor, Plaza de Oriente, the Las Vistillas park ), the traditional pilgrimage and Verbena of the prairie of San Isidro, dance, cooking and popular stew, children’s activities, fireworks shows, guided urban tours, Tropical festivals and generalized festive atmosphere. Where: several spaces. More information:

Saturday 18 May; Van Van Market and Lost & Found Market. It takes time first in Barcelona and finally arrives to Madrid one of the gastronomic markets of reference. The Van Van Market offers handcrafted products, author food trucks, pop-up kitchens and various parallel activities. Next to it, the Lost & Found is also celebrated, devoted to clothing and vintage products. Where: Conde Duque. More information :

And the concept Van Van Market here:

And the Lost & Found here:

Sunday 19 May; Friends Fest. It is an immutable law: if you catch a chapter of the Friends TV series half-started, you will inevitably be stuck to it. The Friends addicts have an appointment with a festival that allows you to visit Monica’s apartment, have a coffee at the legendary Perk Center or go out for a recreation of the show’s presentation. There is no lack of merchandising in the series at an event that will be closed on Sunday 19. Where: IFEMA ;how to get there here:

More information on the Friends Fest here:

Super Summer is getting here and we love it. Hope you plan to enjoy it too. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

May 13, 2019

My chérie Baud, and Cartopole!

Ok even small towns needs a credit from locals and visitors alike. This is the story of a very small town but dear to me, my chérie Baud. It is up the alley from me on the road D768 and also the D779 and we have been in it several times. Let me give them credit and show you what they have, it will surprise you.

Here is Baud, small town near us and many times buying sweets at the bakery in front of the Church St Pierre, where one of my sons take his bus to go his training aprentice job. Of course, it is in the Morbihan Dept 56 of my lovely Brittany. The town is bordered in large part by the Blavet river, and its tributaries the Ével and the Tarun. Hilly a bit going into city center than flat in its center and then up again once going towards the expressway N24.

You have a nice church here that i will give a glimpse now.

The Church of Saint Pierre (St Peter) , originally, the chapel that was adjacent to the parish church , destroyed in 1922. In 1927, the reconstruction project of the Church, decided, rather than rebuild it, to adapt a new nave to the northern façade of the nearby Chapel of Clarity or Chapelle de la Clarté, which then loses its initial function to serve as transept. Thus the Choir of the new Church is oriented to the south. It is to this complex history that the chapel owes its present composite aspect and its double tutelary as the Chapel of Our Lady of Clarity becomes Parish Church of St. Peter. The connection of the two buildings creates a breakthrough in the nave of the chapel. The Chapelle Notre Dame de la Clarté was from the 15C renovated in the 16C and 17C.   It now opens in the nave of the parish church since 1927 and houses the statue of Notre-Dame-de-la-Clarté.



St. Peter’s Church restored in the 20C. The false transept of the present Church is the ancient chapel of Notre-Dame de la Clarity which was completed in the south by a choir and, in the north, by a nave. In 1687, the choir was built. In 1793, the nave was extended to the west and a new façade was rebuilt. The beautiful, flamboyant decoration portals of the chapel were re-used. The large square tower of the Chapel, at the northwest corner, was preserved but diminished in height. The old apse, three-sided, topped with pine nuts, whose crawlers are adorned with kale, remains remarkable. Many elements come from the old Notre-Dame-de-la-Clarity Chapel. Some of the old carved pits of the frame, dated 1625, have been preserved: The dated sand pits represent fabulous animals, phylactery angels and musicians.



The organ was built in 1878 brought back in September 1929 and reassembled, it was inaugurated on Sunday of the Rosary, 6 October 1929. After the drought of 1976, it became difficult to play, many faults were heard. It will therefore no longer accompany the offices for 14 years. The organ was inaugurated again fully renovated on 8 June 1991.  The blessing of the present Church takes place on March 27, 1927.


Here is the city webpage on heritage: City of Baud on heritage

Now you can see the museum walking distance from the Church.

The Le Carton Voyageur (formerly, the Cartopole) is a municipal museum dedicated to the postcard, labelled Musée de France since 2017, it presents the most important public Heritage Fund of France in the matter with a collection of more than 120 000 cards postal. Illustrating all aspects of daily life in Brittany, France or abroad, the collections cover the 20C and the 21C, with a predilection for the years 1900-1920. It includes a collection of postcards that belonged to the folklorist Bernard de Parades, another of the publisher Hamonic as well as the preparatory drawings of Charles Homualk, given by the latter.


A bit of history I like

In 1995, the Mayor of Baud, Yves Le Roy, a couple of postcards collectors, the Leclère, and the Librarian of the town, James Éveillard,decided to build a Heritage Fund of ancient postcards dedicated to Brittany. Using the regional library acquisition fund, the town gathers a collection of 12 000 postcards dating from the years 1900-1920; and created the Regional Conservatory of the Postcard. In order to make documents accessible to as many people as possible and to develop the tourist attractiveness of the town, a museum was founded the following year, in June 1996: the Cartopole; located on Rue d’Auray (road D768).

In December 2011, the Cartopole Association was dissolved and the direction of the Museum was transferred to the City/Town Hall of Baud. The Cartopole integrates, in September 2015, the premises of the Quatro, the new cultural hub of the town. This move brings the Museum to change its name, it becomes the Le Carton Voyageur-Postcard Museum. The property occupies an area of 310 m2 of which 220 m2 of exhibition spaces, in addition to the 20 m2 of reserve in 2017, the museum receives the name Musée de France or Museum of France designation. Since its inception, the museum has collected more than 120 000 postcards; 75 000 of them are devoted to historic Brittany, the rest is about the other French regions and foreign countries.

The Postcard museum or Le Carton Voyageur ,also accepts donations and made available, to as many individuals as possible. Among the most important, we find the Funds Salaün of the municipal library of Saint-Brieuc (more than 13 600 pc), the Funds of the ublisher Hamonic (nearly 6 700 pc) or the postcards of the public library of Brest (more than 1 700 pc).

Since 2003, the website of the Le Carton Voyageur Museum has presented a database called Cartolis, allowing a search by places or keywords, the zoom on maps, the ordering of reproductions, the creation of personal albums, the annotation of maps and the sending of virtual postcards. In 2019, more than 87 000 documents are available on Cartolis which is regularly updated. More info here:

Since 2015, the Le Carton Voyageur Museum has a room of 170 m2 for its main exhibition “Brittany double-sided”. Parallel to the space devoted to the permanent collection, a room with an area of 50 m2 is reserved for the temporaries exhibitions such as in 2019:” Le Corbusier, from the postcard to the work of art”

It is a very nice interesting museum ,and if you are into postcards as I was it is a must to visit. More info here:

Additional info from the Morbihan tourist office here: Tourist office of dept 56 Morbihan on the Le Carton Voyageur postcards museum

It is a nice town small peaceful, the real France for me. Great memories of getting the petit cochon pastry at the Le Fournil Baldivien just across from the Church. Alas, we never thought of taking a picture so here is a picture from the yellow pages site:


le fournil baldivien bakery credit pages jaunes site

Hope you enjoy this little town ride into deep Morbihan in land or en terre as we say here, country of France at its best. Enjoy Baud.

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



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