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May 26, 2019

Plumelec, Plumergat,Pluneret,Plumelin, in the Morbihan!

And don’t mind me I am having fun in the Morbihan breton dept 56 of Brittany in my belle France. I have done a previous 4P and it seems this one fits the billing but there is a why so many P’s here. Well let me explain;

Plu is the root word of Plou in Breton, your French will get you to Paroisse and your English to Parish, so therefore all the Plu are parishes and the join word afterward usually or always is the Saint that found the first one there. For example, Plumelec is the parish of St Melec; etc etc.

Now , let me give you some more 4 P’s in my beautiful Morbihan dept 56! And these towns are all around me !!!

The Church of Saint-Maurice is located at the village of Saint-Aubin in the town of Plumelec. The  Church is located in the center of the village Saint-Aubin, on the on the road D174, 5 km from the city center.

The Church of Saint-Maurice was built in 1513 replacing the old chapel of Saint-Aubin founded by the Lords of Callac. The nave does not have an aisle and the transept is characterized by overflowing crosses. The choir is higher than the rest of the church and the bedside is flat. The baptismal font Chapel replaced the old ossuary dated 1690. The bell tower is a 17C square tower. The framing, worked as laces, is remarkable and rare. The beams and the sand pits represent countryside scenes and the Passion. They are finished with gargoyles yelling at a dragon throwing up a dragon who vomits a dragon. Or would it be the reverse a dragon swallows a dragon that swallows a dragon…. Outside, under the south porch, there is a stele on the ground and, embedded in the wall, a cowl.

Tourist office of Central Morbihan on the Church

Plumelec

The town of Plumelin is small and not much info on it but here is a nice monument church in town when passing by.

The Church of Sainte Melaine dates back to the end of the 15C and  is marked by renovations of different eras. The Interior is home to a beautiful 18C altarpiece. A fountain of 1850 is adjacent to the Church, which is of course attributed to curative values.

City of Plumelin on heritage

Tourist office of Central Morbihan on Plumelin heritage

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The town of Plumergat is only about 10 km from Auray and 25 km from Vannes. The main thing here is the wonderful church.

The Church of Saint-Thuriau  is dedicated to Saint Turiau, Bishop of Dol-de-Bretagne in the 7C. The Church of Saint Thuriau forms with the two neighboring Gothic chapels (St. Servais, from the 17C, and the Trinity, from the 15-17C, side by side on each side of the rue Donias, in the axis of the choir), a picturesque ensemble that has earned Plumergat the nickname of the town of the three steeples. The Church is located on a former druidic site. The church, built from the 11C, has undergone many readjustments to the present day. The bell tower-porch is built in the 14C. The exterior walls were redone in the 17C, retaining provisions close enough to the Romanesque edifice. The interior was restored in 1834, the porch tower in 1859, and the entire church between 1939 and 1948. There are 12C capitals of the Church.

The Church of Saint Thuriau  is shaped like a Latin cross with a blind flat bedside. The 14C porch tower, massive and flanked by two thick buttresses in biases, is crowned with a bulbous Bell Tower. The Romanesque nave with three four-span naves overlooks the aisles with double-roller full-hanger arches. They fall back on single-imposed square stacks of two columns engaged in capitals. These are engraved with stylized vegetal motifs, masks, heads of nails, cables, palmettos.etc..  The nave and the aisle were originally covered with a frame. They were vaulted in the later readjustments of a cradle with double arches resting on consoles atop the wall, more classical than Romanesque. At the back of the choir stands a polychrome wooden altarpiece topped with a Madonna and Child of the 14-15C.

City of Plumergat on heritage

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The former primitive parish of Pluneret formerly included Saint-Goustan d’Auray, who was detached from it during the constitution of the central parishes, presumably in the 12C, and of course Sainte Anne d’Auray or better Keranna, erected in common after the last war. The founding of the parish of Pluneret is formalised by a document signed in 1259.

The Church of St. Peter and St. Paul ,19C at  rue des Tilleuls, built on the site of an ancient Church of the 11C. The ancient Church of Pluneret, whose nave dates back to the early years of the 11C, and whose other parts date from the 14-15C, was demolished in 1876, to make way for a modern, Gothic-style church, completed in 1885 by the construction of a square bell tower of the same style crowned with a beautiful arrow. The modern stained glass windows are with scenes of the old Church.

City of Pluneret on heritage

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The Chapelle de Sainte-Avoye is located in the village of Sainte-Avoye, in the town of Pluneret.  The chapel of Sainte-Avoye was raised in the 16C by the Lestrelin family, whose crest overcomes the southern gate, owner of the castle of Kerisper which is close to the village. It is a seigneurial Chapel financed by the Comte de Lestrelin (or Lesterlin). On the seigneurial armchair are the coats of arms of the family. They represented four ducks that were crudely removed by knives during the French revolution.

Pluneret

In 1727 the upper parts were replaced by the roof in the current frame, which is topped by an arrow. In 1987, a storm weakened the steeple again; It will be rehabilitated in 1988. In 1746, a hurricane breaks the stained glass windows, during the renovation of 2004 to 2006, they will be redone in the same way as the originals. The interior flooring is in clay. It is an almost unique disposition of a mixture of lime and earth. The arch of the nave in the shape of a ship’s hull, reversed is limed to the old four farms for the nave; the three main farms for the choir, engoulants, carved sand pits dating from 1557.

The Chapel of Saint Avoye houses a Renaissance rood screen in polychrome oak wood. Executed between 1554 and 1557 by a Carpenter, it separates the choir from the nave and  is carved on both sides. The visible face of the nave presents the twelve apostles, the visible face of the choir presents the seven Catholic (or theological) virtues, and five Saints including Saint Yves. The chancel is made up of four panels including a double leaf door. The chapel also houses a statue of Saint Avoye  in polychrome wood dating from the 16C.

Pluneret

The rood screen is a separation between the nave where the faithful stood, and the choir reserved for the Lord of the place and where the religious officiated. It consists of 3 parts:-the fence called chancel,-above the Tribune ,the real pulpit, to which one accessed to preach or sing, by a staircase located sometimes in an outside turret, and the whole being dominated by a group of Crucifixion (Calvary). You will notice that these crucifixion groups often remained in place after dismantling the pulpits in the 19C, thus becoming beams of glory. Sometimes the big cross was hung on a wall. Here, the chancel consists of a double door framed on either side of a fixed panel. At the top, the flanks of the Tribune are carved of 12 characters on each side:-from the nave, one can admire the 12 Apostles,while from the choir one can recognize 7 allegorical statues representing the virtues (the 3 theological virtues that are Faith, Hope and Charity, and the 4 cardinal virtues of Righteousness, Prudence, Strength and Temperance. Saint Fiacre, Saint Laurent and Saint Yves placed between the rich and the poor complete the frieze.

City of Pluneret on the Chapelle

Tourist office of Auray Pluneret on the Chapelle

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There you go another magical ride into in land Morbihan, the real deal, the real Brittany in my belle France. And lots more off the beaten paths things to see here, there is no limits. Hope you have enjoy the short introduction above.

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

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.

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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.

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pluvigner

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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

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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

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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

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!!!

 

 

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