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June 29, 2019

La Forêt Fouesnant , the town and the beach!

Back at you with La Forêt Fouesnant. This is one of those lovely spot of the many in my belle France, that evenn living close and passing by close ,in fact have a picture of the church from July 2017 so we went by but  never have gone in until now, and voilà une autre merveille de mon belle France.

This is again my idea of a weekend, we do our daily lives and we set up time to see the wonderful sights of my adopted country that I call mine by now. Every trip out is a discovery in beauty, no surprise the official tourist entities in our world give it the highest ranking since 1949! I like to tell you about my Bretagne/Brittany or Breizh which is the third most visited region of France.

Now let me tell you a bit on La Forêt Fouesnant to maybe entice you to come and see it yourselves; let me know.

La Forêt-Fouesnant  is a town in the department 29 of Finistère, in the region of Bretagne. La Forêt-Fouesnant also has a marina, Port-la-Forêt, jointly with Benodet and Fouesnant. La Forêt-Fouesnant now forms the “Breton Riviera”, a new tourist destination. The town   is a seaside resort in the southern part of the Finistère, located on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, and more specifically the Bay of the Forêt, between Cape Coz (which is part of the neighboring town of Fouesnant) and Concarneau, in which uncorks the ria de La Forêt-Fouesnant.

La Foret Fouesnant

A bit of history I like

The town of La Forêt Fouenant was erected as a parish in 1851 and became common town only by law in 1873. On this occasion, the town grew its entire northern half and absorbed to the east the small parish of Locamand (or Loc-Amand) itself from a Benedictine priory awarded in 1069 to the abbey of St. Croix of Quimperlé and sold in 1623 to the Jesuit College of Quimper before being confiscated as a national property during the French revolution and falling into disrepair. In 1872, the General Council of Finistère examined the wishes of the inhabitants of the section of La Forêt Fouesnant in a town separate from that of Fouesnant, of which it had previously been a member.

La Foret Fouesnant

Some interesting points me think to tell you, my choices.

Under the Law of Separation of Churches and State, in October 1907, the priests of the presbytery of La Forêt Fouesnant were expelled on the same day as those of Fouesnant and Benodet by sixty police agent (gendarmes) on horseback in order to enforce this law. An English aviator, James Francis John Sheridan, radio operator and machine gunner on the Beaufort No. L9807 shot down by a Me109 during an attack to the heavy cruiser of the nazi naval boat Admiral Hipper on February 15, 1941 , and he is buried in the town’s cemetery. RIP

Some of the things to see here in my opinion are( and some will need to come back myself)

The old port or Vieux port. Formerly known as the Port of Stank Al Lestreg (valley of the irises), the old port was the heart of the town’s maritime trade. Its strategic location and the importance of commercial traffic allowed the construction of docks and holds from 1850. Port-la-Forêt is the marina of the La Forêt Fouesnant , one of the largest in Brittany, sheltered by Kerleven beach and the tip of Cape Coz.

The prehistoric cairn of Kerleven (from 5000 to 3000 BC). The Church of Our Lady of Izel-Vor (lower sea in Breton), from the 16C and calvary in the parish enclosure. The Chapel of Peniti (or Penity, a penity being in the Breton language a hermitage or a small monastery), also known as St. Maudez Chapel (for St. Maudez became its the patron Saint in 1747) was built in 1723. It is located at the birth of the ria de La Forêt-Fouesnant, on its left bank, at the top of an escarpment. Mesmeur’s manor: on the left bank of the ria de La Forêt-Fouesnant, it is a classically styled mansion that dates back to the second half of the 18C, long belonging to the Family of Sylguy (Quimper’s nobility). The Stang Manor this manor, the oldest part which dates back to the 15C, was rebuilt in 1664, and remodelled in the 18C. The mansion became a national property during the French revolution and was purchased by a property dealer from Quimper, who sold it later on. Expanded several times over time, this mansion was transformed into a castle-hotel in 1937.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip to La Forêt Fouesnant are

Tourist office of dept 20 FInistére on La Forêt Fouesnant

Tourist office of south Finistére on La Forêt Fouesnant

For the boat lovers and I am one, love to be in them ,cruise on them,and be by them and lucky enough to have plenty here and a long tradition of seamen of all sorts. This is the marina port lovely and all facilities for non boaters alike.

Port-La-Forêt, 3rd Marina of southern Brittany, is the most important marina of the south Finistère, in the La Forêt Fouesnant . Since its creation in 1972, it has been experiencing intense activity, welcoming more than a thousand boats. Port-La-Forêt fits rather well into the landscape and has become a mecca for sports sailing.

Tourist office of La Forêt Fouesnant on the port and ocean side

Official Port La Forêt in La Forêt Fouesnant

Official Nautical center at the port of La Forêt Fouesnant

La Foret Fouesnant

La Foret Fouesnant

And with all this water around us, why not a beach, well this is an awesome beach right at the tip of idylic Glénan islands and it is just gorgeous, we will be back for the water next month.

Kerleven Beach or Plage de Kerléven  is the large beach of La Forêt Fouesnant (1 km long). It lies at the bottom of the  Foret Bay (one of the deepest bays in southern Brittany, very well sheltered from the winds). It has very nice fine sand with a south exposure on the sun, and very flat that can be done with foot fishing and stand up padels enthusiasts. The beach is very well equipped with a supervised area in July and August, a mini sailing center, a free children’s play area and a restaurant directly on the sand which is very nice. Even if there are several campsites in the area, attendance is still reasonable even in the middle of August. Note that this bay has been subject to green algae for a few years. This beach is regularly cleaned and seaweed is collected at low tide (tractor). These algae would not be harmful provided they were picked up quickly (spreading a gas). On the other hand, be careful because it slips! We found a sparkling beach as per photo. Several accesses, the main one at the end of the road   route de Port la Forêt..

The webpages here as usual by me to help you plan are

Official tourist office of La Forêt Fouesnant on Kerleven beach

Favorite Plages tv on the beach of Kervelen

La Foret Fouesnant

And there you go another gem in our lovely Brittany, beautiful Finistére and new found paradise of La Forêt Fouesnant only 83 km (about 52 miles)  from home or about an hour easy ride. We will be back!

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

June 29, 2019

The wines of Vouvray!

And as we are in Summer and very very hot in my belle France lets talk of refreshing wines. There is a huge selection here and over the years I have narrowed it down to a select few regions and producers.  In my road warrior days in the Touraine I have been by Vouvray an exquisite wine indeed.

I like to tell you a bit more on the wines of Vouvray. Here is my brief on it.

The region of Touraine is a sub region of the Loire valley and has a large known production of Pétillant and Sparklers call Mousseux done in red, white ,and rosé as well. The names are Vouvray, Vouvray Mousseux, and Vouvray Pétillant. I like them all!


Vouvray is a white wine of AOC status produced around Vouvray, in the department 37 of   Indre-et-Loire in the Centre-Val de Loire region of France. It exists above all in still wine and also in sparkling wine AOC Vouvray Mousseux, AOC Vouvray Pétillant. This vineyard is located on the right bank of the Loire river, in the middle of Touraine, east of  the city of Tours. The Vouvray appellation area covers eight towns in the   Indre-et-Loire such as Vouvray, and   the neighboring towns of Chançay, Noizay, Reugny, Rochecorbon, Sainte-Radegonde-en-Touraine (attached to Tours in 1964), Vernou-sur-Brenne , and part of Parçay-Meslay. The Vouvray vineyard was created by the monks of the Marmoutier monastery founded in 372 by Saint. Martin. During the 14C part of the wine-growing terroir of Vouvray belonged to the kings of France who made these wines serve at their table.

The AOC Vouvray was recognized by a decree of the INAO (national body that regulates the wine industry in France) in 1936 . It was a Champagne gentlement, Mr. Maurice Hamm, whose family was a native of the village of Aÿ in the vineyards of Champagne area in the department 51 of the Marne, which, before WWII, brought the Champagne method of winemaking to Vouvray. He made the still white wine from Vouvray, a world-renowned sparkling wine. The use of the Chenin as main varietal and that of Orbois (also called “menu pineau “) in accessory variety. However, it seems that the Orbois intervenes only exceptionally today in the composition of Vouvray wines.

Still white wine can be drunk in its early youth. Preserved for a few years, it will give off aromas of coing and acacia. Vinified in sparkling, the Vouvray expresses the typicality of its terroir by its lightness and finesse. A less advanced foam intake gives a pétillant wine, a local specialty. These effervescent undergo a second fermentation in the bottle. Before being marketed, these wines must lie on slats for at least twelve months The white wines of Vouvray can accompany: appetizers, cold cuts, crustaceans, fried small fish, cheeses, seafood, cakes, fish in sauce or grilled, white meats in sauce, grilled or roasted, poultry in sauce or grilled. There are many family and independent vineyards, the average structure of the farms is 16 hectares.

The best in my opinion and had a few over the years are the

Domaine Huet, L’Échansonne ,Domaine du Clos Naudin, of Philippe Foreau , Domaine des Aubuisières , Caves Rougebec (purchase at Cave de Vouvray), and the Cooperative Cave of Vouvray.

The Coop Cave de Vouvray is the cooperative of winegrowers and traditional know-how for 60 years. From this alliance are born the finest fine bubbles Vouvray and the still wines of Vouvray. The guide will accompany you through ther 3 km of cellars’ galleries and will deliver the secrets of the wine making. A commented and convivial tasting will be offered to you and you will be able to discover the shop and let yourself be tempted by the regional products and the cellar items. The Cave des Producteurs de Vouvray is located in the town of Vouvray,  about 28 km from Chenonceaux along the D140 road . This agricultural cooperative is made up of 43 AOC Vouvray winegrowers who manage around 350 hectares of vines. Different spaces: boutique space (sale and wine tasting), Cooperage Museum space (exhibition of objects + projection of a film “The four seasons of the vine”), accessible by a staircase or a gently sloping secondary access , cellars dug in the tufa – 2 km (accessible only by guided tour), hangar dedicated to disgorging and dressing of bottles, inaccessible to people in wheelchairs,but compensated by the viewing of a film in the accessible projection room.  Here you can buy from all properties at their store. The Coop is very convenient because in addition to their wines you can buy the wines of others in the area and load up home like we do!!! the coop Cellars of Vouvray webpage is here: Cave de Vouvray


Some other webpages to help you plan your trip here are

The wines of Vouvray

The wines of the Val de Loire on Vouvray

Tourist office of Montlouis, Vouvray on wineries of Vouvray

Therefore, you are now armed and dangerous to be knowledable on the wines of Vouvray and do enjoy them , they are sublime. Especially in this Summer heat going on in my belle France nowdays.

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

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