Archive for May 19th, 2019

May 19, 2019

My new home of Pluvigner in the Morbihan Breton XXX!

So for a change and keep up with the news in my town, yes do not know why not too many people writes about their town? We seems to go into an ever lasting vacation dream where we are far from home and forget about where we do most of our daily life. Not me, not my family.

We had enjoyed every place we had lived, averaging a home every 5 years or so there has been many, hard to keep up now lol!! But we try at least in FB we can go the page of the town or the school we went to and keep up with the news and many old friends some have not seen in 35 years!!! But we try.

Coming to France (and already French) to live permanently in Aug 2003 took us luckily to lived in some awesome town such as Versailles! But, also some much smaller off the beaten path towns like Pluvigner, where surprise to us we have been already 6 years in the house we are in now  a photo peek ::)

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This is backdoor Breton woods, real living à la Française, nothing fancy like the famous tourist towns, and I admit, when in Versailles sometimes it got well uptight when you do your errands surrounded by curious foreigners. Here we get an occassional English or German passing by and we have two English families in town, one still works married to a French lady (Leeds) and the other couple are both English and retired (Sheffield).

Then, we have a kebab resto Star Kebab, which is of Turkish family as the only immigrants in town outside of the beforementioned. And of course, we are Americans, and me of Spanish/Cuban descend! My dear late wife Martine was the Frenchie that got us to love this country a lot to call it our own now. A nice mixture for our world!

So, the latest venture to eat out in town was to one my sons and dear late wife had already been and alwas talk about the gentle owners and very friendly who gives away a sweet call lokum (turkish delights), I finally try it. The Star Kebab in pl St Michel walking distance from our house was nice, the service of the couple was as told, the locum was given, and the food very nicely best price and good, kebab or grilled meats, a Middle Eastern variation that in Europe first started in Berlin ,Germany with doner kebab in the 1970’s created by Turkish immigrants. I am told it is on the same ballpark of the Gyros Greek, the Tacos in Mexico, and the Wraps in the USA. Anyway, here was lamb meat with vegetables including tomatoes, and french fries , the bread was Turkish origin and the drink was a Belgian blonde Leffe beer, also Heineken, and Desperados! all for 9.50€ per person nice for Dad!

pluvigner

pluvigner

The traditions here are firm Celtic-Breton, with lots of Fez Noz or breton festival and Celtic music, the panels and even mayor’s office is translated into Breton and French. On our 14 july celebration for our National Day (old Bastille day) we had Celtic dances, and a badag band singing celtic songs, and of course plenty of galettes, crêpes, and Breton beers!

Next May 31st, June 1st we have a Fez Noz here at the Salle Marie-Josèphe Le Borgne , Rue Maréchal Leclerc. The local groups Les Fréres Mahévas, Rozenn Talec/Yannig Noguet, Triorezed, and War-Sav will perfom.  The organizer page is in FB here: Fez Noz Pluvigner organiser webpage

For the traditional cooking we go to the Créperie le Vorlen where  Jean-Noël Barranger owner (done tour of France in restaurants but native of Meaux as my dear late wife)  does wonders in the restaurant . Located at the entrance of the ring road, D768  the restaurant is the corner with the rue de la gare and route d’Auray. The recipe of Lili Kerzerho always a la carte with Rost er Forn (wood oven roasted pig portions with bake potatoes and herbs) an institution. The first and third weekends of each month, on site or to take away. We are at home here; more on the resto creperie here:  http://www.creperie-le-vorlen.fr/

pluvigner

pluvigner

Another favorite is the Crêperie du Château at the Château Rimaison almost across the street from the above and directly across our favorite bakery pastry shop now under new owner YD Boulangerie , 9 rue de la Gare. The crêperie is located at 7, route de Landaul the side entrance on D102 facing rue de la Gare . At the Château Rimaison in the middle of palms and nice stones , with a big veranda to really enjoy the pleasure of the moment. Isabelle (the one we have more contact native of Vannes and 5 children! ) and  Yann, her companion in the Crêperie du Château had participated in the contest on the TV French chain TFI of the « L’addition s’il vous plaît » or sort of the note or bill please! The Crêperie webpage is here: La Crêperie du Château

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Ok for the bakery Boulangerie YD as above with new owners Yann and Deborah. Yann bake bread until mid-afternoon so guarantee freshness.  Some novelties appeared new with sourdough bread and a relaxing chestnut bread. Soon it will be the apple slipper stuffed with salted butter caramel pastry. The specialty of Deborah,the pastry section is all homemade and only works with local products. This is the case of Plougastel’s eggs or strawberries. No webpage but contact is at Tel. +33 (0)2 97 50 93 08.  Ok update, got the new picture as usually my boys go to get the breads but today I did, the baguettes but here we call them Tradition, or Breizh or Moulé depending on what you want in the wheat!! ,normally what you usually call the regular baguette here is the Moulé baguette. We prefer the breizh style which is Brittany in the Breton language.

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Of course , these are our providers and eat out in town so hightly recommended if passing by and of course welcome chez pedmar10!

We have our friendly hair salon for domestic animals where our boy Rex gets his haircut and nail clipping etc the friencly Tou Beau Tou Propre at pl Saint Michel in city center Pluvigner. Of course, they have a presentation in FB here: FB page of tou beau tou propre

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If traveling with domestic animals I highly recommend our clinic where we take care of Rex vaccines etc. The Clinique Vétérinaire du Chêne at route de Brandivy off the road D768 (route d’Auray) across from Lidl supermarket. And the friendly dr Carole M is always attentive to our boy Rex! Clinique vétérinaire du chêne

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And for us we do the Pharmacie de la Place at Pl du Marché city center and walking distance from us as most. They have a friendly staff and always very pointing on details of the medications especially for my Dad which is on diabetes treatment under control! Pharmacie de la Place, Pluvigner

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We go to other restos in towns such Scampi pizzeria, and Baccatella creperie and also the bakeries in old city center but these are once in a while when the above are more contants. The doctor, eye store, dentist all are in city center walking distance too. The closest big supermarket is a Super U which is at 1,1 km from home or about 0.7 mi which here is walking distance! but we seldom go to it unless to gas up the car. The big hypermarkets at Auray and Vannes wins over. The eye doctor is in Auray 18 km away or about 11 miles. The ones in Vannes are at 24 km or about 15 miles as well as the other main stores like FNAC or Micromania or Carrefour Vannes.

The main roads here are the D768 or D779 with connections to the D16, D101,D102, and on the national highways N165 , N166, and N24. All easily reach from my town whether south to the beaches or north into the in lands of Brittany. Paris is about 471 km or 292 miles or 5 hours with Tolls Or as we do 465 km or about 288 miles or 6h30 traject with no tolls! These tolls or taxes can add up 29,50€ each way!

And Sunday is to relax, use FB the blog, keep up with the family, phone calls, and do some TV with tonight Sully the story of the pilot who landed the plane in the Hudson river between NY and NJ USA! Or the Treasures of Europe with stories on the old Czechoslovakia, Moravia and Bohemia, the Czech Republic is full of landscapes, villages and castles and has nothing to envy other Central European countries. I agree ::)  And me waiting for the promise barbecue from my sons lol!!

Enjoy your Sunday and have a great week ahead, here Mother’s Day is celebrated on May 26 next Sunday it won’t be here ,we lost our mothers. However, happy Mother’s Day in advance to all those celebrating, cherish them they are irreplaceable and awesomely good!

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

 

 

 

 

 

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May 19, 2019

Campénéac, Beignon, and Billio in the Morbihan!

And here I continue taking you so some off the beaten paths towns of my beautiful Morbihan, in lovely Brittany, and in my belle France. The quantity as well as quality still amazes me after 16 years living in France almost 20 as French! Let me go ahead and get right to the story ,hope you enjoy it as we do. Oh yes these are on the towns of Campénéac, Beignon, and Billio!

In the heart of the Massif Armorican, Campénéac is located 9 km of Ploërmel, approximately between Vannes and Rennes, not far from the forest of Brocéliande. Here the Gallo is spoken, a Romanesque language (unlike Breton which is a Celtic language). The town was a Gallo-Roman fundus and can therefore be considered as a primitive parish. It is quoted as a parish as early as the 9C; The parish of Campénéac once depended on the Diocese of Saint-Malo. Campénéac is the birthplace of Armelle Nicolas, known as the good Armelle, a servant whose piety, charity and mystical ecstasy aroused a cult that lasted in Brittany until at least the beginning of the 20C.

The Church of the Nativity-of-the-Most-Holy Virgin or Church of Notre-Dame is Campénéac (in French . église de la Nativité-de-la-Très-Sainte-Vierge) .The present church was rebuilt from 1851 to 1860 at the site of the old church. The western porch, the pillars and arches of the primitive Church, as well as some carved stones were reused.

Campeneac

The Church Church of the Nativity-of-the-Most-Holy Virgin has three bays, separated by cylindrical columns in granite. The oak pulpit of the second half of the 19C is 7 meters high. The tank of the pulpit has the particularity of being supported by a kneeling demon. It is dominated by a statue of the Archangel Michael terracing the dragon. The lampshade supports four Angels symbolizing the four evangelists. Another peculiarity is that the access to the pulpit is made by a double staircase. The Church has an exhibition of the Holy Face dating from the second half of the 19C. High of 2.60 meters, it is turned wood, carved, polychrome. The Holy Face is exposed to the center, it is surrounded by the instruments of the Passion. At the top, the thorn wreath, right the pincers and hammer, down the nails and left the whip.

Campeneac

Other places to visit are Château de Trécesson, 15C. Abbey of Joy-Notre-Dame (or Notre-Dame-de-La-Joie), founded  in the 20C. Chapel of Saint John of Campénéac. Château de La Touche-Larcher. Mound of Tiot (Tumulus burial stone).

On the link to follow go to pdf file “Le patrimoine de Campénéac” for things to see in French :  City of Campeneac on things to see in Broceliande

Tourist office of Brittany on Broceliande things to see

The map of Broceliande good for Campénéac and Beignon below is here: Tourist office of Broceliande and the map of things to see

Beignon is a town in the southwest of the Paimpont forest, right up the alley of previous mentioned town. The parish of Beignon exists from the 8C. The lordship of Beignon was probably given to the Bishop of Saint-Malo by the sires of Gaël, ancestors of the Lords of Montfort, so that the prelate would establish his summer residence (more precisely in Saint-Malo-de-Beignon). Other historians bring back this donation to the year 866 where reined the King of Brittany Solomon.

St. Peter’s Church  burned in 1483, it was rebuilt in the 15-16C. It was covered in 1539. Ransacked during the French revolution, it was rebuilt or restored in the early 19C. It is a Latin cross-shaped building with two aisles, the covers of which are perpendicular to that of the nave. The large arcades in third-point are based on simple batteries. You can admire its magnificent 16C stained glass windows depicting the tree of Jesse and the life of St-Peter as well as its carved sandpits on the frame . The decoration of the portals and windows is Flamboyant. The north gate is dated 1689 to the top of the gable and carries an Episcopal crest.

On the exterior, the St. Peter’s Church presents on each side a succession of decorated acute gables. A square bell tower, with a more recent slate spire, rises on the western portal. The sandpits of the Choir represent scenes of the life of St. Peter, explained by inscriptions in Gothic character. The Church has many elements from the Chapel of the Blessed Virgin, including the altar, statues and the processional cross. The scenes of the passion and the life of Saint Peter of the glass mistress date from circa 1540. The stained glass of the choir presents the arms of Mgr François Bohier, Bishop of Saint-Malo between 1535 and 1567. The canopy of the Tree of Jesse, located in the north arm of the transept, dates from 1540 and presents the crest of Mgr François Bohier, Bishop of Saint-Malo. These two stained glass windows were restored in the middle of the 19C by 1855-1859. In the sacristy there is a beautiful chalice, whose chiseled foot is of the 15C, as well as a processional cross ,silver plated on wood  of the 16C.

Beignon

Beignon

Other places to visit are:  The birthplace of Father Gabriel Deshayes and the museum dedicated to him. He is a French priest known for his commitment to teaching, especially to the deaf. Superior of the congregations of the Montfortian and Daughters of Wisdom, second founder of the Brothers of Saint-Gabriel and founder of the Sisters of the Christian instruction of Saint-Gildas-des-Bois, of the Brothers of the Christian instruction of Ploërmel and of the Brothers farmers of Saint Francis of Assisi.

Tourist office of Beignon Gate to Broceliande on Religious things to see

Tourist office of dept 56 Morbihan on the Church

Billio is also a town in the Morbihan Dept 56 but a bit away from the other , a change of pace. It is a  small territory, limited to the north by Guéhenno, to the west by Saint-Jean-Brévelay, to the south by Plumelec, and to the east by Cruguel. The city center is only 7 km from Saint-Jean-Brévelay, 24 from Ploërmel, and 28 from Vannes.

The history make us believe that Billio owes its origin to a small monastery, because its name was formerly Moustoir-Billiou. This establishment, perhaps ruined by the Normans, could be replaced by a small parish, at the end of the 10C or the beginning of the 11C. This parish appears to have been made at the expense of Guéhenno, and to have been put on the principle under the patronage of Saint Corentin, Bishop of Quimper. Billio appears as a separate parish in the titles of the chapter in 1387 and 1422; but before the end of the 15C it was united with Cruguel.

The Notre-Dame Church  built from 1471-1860. This church was erected to replace an ancient church dedicated to Saint Corentin and whose structure was decorated in the 17C. From this old church, there remains a carved stone giving the date of 1553. The oldest parts date from 1471. The present Church is built in 1860. The stained glass of the Virgin, dates from the 20C  representing  the Virgin surrounded by cherubs. One can admire a chalice in vermeil from the e18C  to the arms of the family of Lantivy, and two processional crosses, of the 18C also, one of them in silver.

Billio

City of Billio and Notre Dame Church

There you another wonderful ride thru the nice off the beaten paths towns of my Morbihan. We love the rides and do so every weekend, with so much to write I am always behind lol! Bear with me and you too can have an unique visit to unique places on the off the beaten path trails of my beautiful Morbihan, lovely Brittany and belle France.

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

 

 

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