Archive for July, 2019

July 31, 2019

Restaurant: Morbihan et Finistére!

Back to my new regular line of Restaurant post on my family travels around the world. This time is very close to home combining the same restaurant in my dept 56 of Morbihan and the neighboring dept 29 of Finistére in lovely Brittany.

First, we stumbled upon the Au Bureau restaurant while in our walking tours of Brest and it became our favorite to my dear late wife Martine for it fondue camembert dish and the ice cream of nine scoops! However, on subsequent visit we found out it had closed and they had the new restaurant call Au Pub! Needless to say they could not do the fondue camembert dish anymore but did for us the nine scoops of ice cream!

It is at same location Restaurant Au Pub ,10 Rue de Siam,Brest.

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This brasserie-restaurant is also a bar whose menu of cocktails, beers and whiskeys is ideal to have a good time. Located at the bottom of the Rue de Siam , this friendly restaurant welcomes you for a well-deserved lunch break or a casual dinner with friends. Hearty dishes will be served in the dining room or on the terrace, and you can enjoy the festive atmosphere of this great  pub summer and winter. Indeed worth the stop even with the new name.

They have a page in Facebook here: Facebook page of Resto Au Pub Brest

However, in our road warrior trips in our beloved Morbihan , we end up seeking food for our dog Rex at Maxi Zoo in the town of Séné. And behold, they had just open an Au Bureau there!!! Surprise, well we went in right away. And have come back ever since !!!

The Au Bureau is at 69 Route de Nantes in Séné.

Ending up in this restaurant mixing bar pub brewery atmosphere with screens everywhere after coming to get my dog Rex food in same shopping center!. And now we have the Au Bureau not far from us again!  Meals correct beautiful atmosphere value for money means a little expensive for a menu carte that remains unsurprising. Very good meal and  impeccable team of the restaurant. Thank you to them for the pleasure of coming back again a few more times. A  pub-restaurant where the pleasure is in the plate, but also in the room with its 5 giant screens for sports and various activities offered throughout the year. The place is festive, for all ages …The franchise is own by the former general Manager of the FC Lorient football/soccer team now in the French 2nd Division.

Their official page is here (they refer as Vannes because capital and bigger town but it is in the town of Séné ok) : Official Au Bureau at Séné

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And there is the story, what started as one end up being two places to enjoy a good meal with great drinks and wonderful views. The ambiance is guarantee. Enjoy the new Au Pub and the old/new Au Bureau!

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

 

 

July 31, 2019

Restaurant: Vega del Codorno, Serrania de Cuenca!

And here we go again to my beloved Spain and our favorite region Castilla La Mancha of Don Quijote fame! We have come here the last few years with the family and end up renting a full house up in the mountains at 1400 meters ! And we love it. From the house we zig zag the area looking for gems to see, and enjoy as a family.

This is way up in the mountains in beautiful Castilian country we can’t say enough we love it!!! Winding ourselves thru these huge peaks we come to enjoy its food but not as memorable as this one. We were going all over the mountains with the car and passed by the place; we were headed to a final destination in Cuenca so by passed it. Later on the way back, we remembered it.

Needless to say, we made sure we stop here for lunch before continuing our journey back to France. It was a great stop and wonderful meal with very friendly folks and laughters away!! We will not forget the welcome and will sure be back. We stop at  Restaurante El Nacimiento   Castilla La Mancha road or CM-2106 ,Paraje Nacimieno Del Rio Cuervo, Vega del Codorno, Province of Cuenca.

Vega del Codorno

In addition to the Carte they have menus of  12€ and 15€. They all carry two plates, drink, bread and dessert. The dishes are traditional food. Eat well and leave satisfied with the amount of food. We have eaten very well here in a natural environment with excellent food such as the local Morteruelo . We were driving around and walking in the slopes of the mountains and when hungry spotted this restaurant on a curve of the road so we stop by to our grand pleasure. The handling of the waiter, very attentive, friendly and with a close and pleasant conversation. Restaurant highly recommended, we will return!

Vega del Codorno

The perso page for the restaurant is here: Official Restaurante El Nacimiento at Vega del Codorno

It is located up in the mountains in the Serrania de Cuenca uphill from the city of Cuenca , and near Las Majadas , where we have stayed the last few years. Here is the birthplace of the Cueva del Nacimiento (birth cave) in one of my favorite mountain villages, Vega del Codorno. It is located at 1450 meters of altitude, in the Serrania de Cuenca, on the banks of the Cuervo River, making it the highest altitude town in the province.Where our house was base at Las Majadas was at 1400 meters!

The town of Vega del Codorno is a small town in the Serrania de Cuenca, very close to the well-known birth of the Cuervo River. The Cuervo River was born next to the town of Vega del Codorno, specifically on the western slope of the Muela (molar) de San Felipe, at an altitude of 1490 meters. In this place, water flows from a travertine spring and drains through huge stalactites of calcareous tufa rock  covered with moss, forming long and beautiful jets that freeze in winter, offering a beautiful picture photographed thousands of times each winter ( we come in Summer!). A very beautiful natural environment to be as close to nature as you can be.

Enjoy the post and sure try to be there at Restaurante El Nacimiento in picturesque Vega del Codorno in the Serrania de Cuenca mountains.

 

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

 

 

July 30, 2019

Restaurant: Segovia!

Here we go again ,this time is sublime Segovia, Castilla y Léon, of Spain! I have come here since a child first with my mom and later with my wife and boys always wonderful to walk its streets and see the gorgeous sights. We will be back for sure.

For now , let me tell you about a memorable stop I did with my dear late wife Martine and the boys at La Oja Blanca, Plaza Mayor 7, Segovia; tel +34 921 46 08 94. No web.

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We walk a lot here even on its steep cobblestone streets, and as hunger strikes we end up either by the Aqueduct or the Plaza Mayor. The one we enjoy for the service, food, prices, and wonderful view of the square was this one.

Let me tell you a bit more on the La Oja Blanca of Segovia.

Small place in the Plaza Mayor for the morning tapas, coffees or afternoon infusions or drinks from the first hour of the night. The music goes according to the time of day, in such a way that you can hear from Tchaikovsvy to La Polla Records. Occasionally they organize painting and photography exhibitions. Good terrace for the hot months, with great views of the music kiosk.

We had of course our bathful of Mahou beers (of Madrid) , codfish croquettes, chorizo a la cazuela, hot dogs! and omelettes all for about 8€ per person. The services were very generous,  fast and courteous. Good for a beer and a snack. Prices were reasonable and tapas. If you expect cold beer and reasonable prices you will not be disappointed.

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The good sign is that it has no official webpage simply very local for more than 30 years there. We really enjoyed it and hopefully you will too once stop by in Segovia. The name is La Oja Blanca or the white stream as there was a water source there in ancient times.

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

July 30, 2019

Restaurant: San Lorenzo de El Escorial!

Ok so one more in my quest to left an imprint of my rounds in restaurants with the family in Europe and elsewhere. I am taking now to a wonder of our world that must be seen and do walk the town too, it is wonderful. I am taking you to San Lorenzo de El Escorial in the Comunidad de Madrid of my beloved Spain.

While gazing at its marvel Royal Monastery  and walking its historic streets one has to be hungry. We have come here since 1990 with my dear late wife Martine. IN fact, while there with her car we had a flat tire and needed to call for a local garage to come and take the car to fix the tire very nicely and quick. We love to come here ever since!

As to eating well true to making a one day trip from Madrid our numbers of places are not much but one memorable one is the Meson 5 Bellotas, Calle de La Reina Victoria 10, San Lorenzo de El Escorial.  Facing Plaza de la Cruz. No web just their Facebook page here: Facebook page of Meson 5 Bellotas

San Lorenzo de El Escorial

We are lucky to have known  Mesón 5 Bellotas because each time we are very nicely welcome and always a good quality/price ratio.  The management/owner is very nice too. You can always taste delicious tapas that are the specialty here as well as known for its cold beer!

We come for lunch , and tapas galore we have bits and pieces of different ones including the famous grilled toast with all kinds of goodies on top your selection as well as theirs. The views over the square is nice and lots of people seeing going on! This is the Plaza de la Cruz. 

San Lorenzo de El Escorial

You do well to stop by and try the Méson 5 Bellotas at San Lorenzo de El Escorial, not far from the monastery main entrance.

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

July 30, 2019

Restaurant: Alcalà de Henares!

So back at you with another dandy in my beloved Spain. In continuing with my series on restaurants visited with the family and with photos I take you now to a great memorable find in the Comunidad de Madrid.

While visiting the wonderful Alcalà de Henares we stumble on this nice place right in front of the Cathedral! with a funny name La Gitana Loca or the crazy female gypsy and it caught our attention to go in. It was a very nice encounter with cheap tapas and beers which we have repeated going there.

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The prices were one euro for the tapas and we had it going to as much as 70 cents the euro for the glass of beer known as the cana! Enough simple thing to do with a family. It is located at Plaza Santos Ninos 4 directly across from the main entrance to the Cathedral.

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A bit of my impression on it.

The truth is that the site does not deceive;  cheap food and drink. The place is normal to go for tapas, the interesting thing is the place where I find it, at the foot of the Cathedral by its main entrance for an excellent location. Bustling site for cheap glass of beer or canas with friends. The atmosphere is for the young but for a family can have great combi tapas and beers and in summer the terrace is elbow to elbow full. The food is not very remarkable as tapas are simple but cheap as well. A good place to cool off, have a drink and admire the architecture of the magisterial Cathedral and its storks from the terrace and continue the path.

Alcala de Henares

An umpretentious place that look more like a bar than a restaurant but the service was very friendly and the food good and cheap, tapas for one euro and beer for 70 centimes attack attack!!!

The official webpage is on the franchise host and not enough info as well as in Spanish : Official La Gitana Loca

Yelp reviews on La Gitana Loca

There you go a wonderful tourist spot with still great Spanish prices. Enjoy your lunch at La Gitana Loca as we did.

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

 

 

July 29, 2019

Port de Suffren and gourmet Paris!

So I am on the foodie mode again ,and getting some souvenirs of my vault to share here first time or expand on bits from previous posts in my blog. One of the best advantage of living in France is the gastronomy and wines etc are the best in the world. Yes often imitated but never surpass ,it was the first region by Unesco on World Heritage Immaterial mention on it.

Anyway , let me tell you about the Port de Suffren very near the Eiffel tower. And more importantly about an event that has mark my hunger and thirst ever since, the Saveurs et vins encounter at the Maxim’s peniche boat now Le Paris.

The port de Suffren at the Quai Branly off the pont Bir Hakeim bridge or just coming from the Eiffel tower and go down on your left to the Seine river. The name Suffren comes from 1905 that was the avenue found next to it . The port is about 600 meters long from the Pont d’Iéna to the Pont de Bir-Hakeim and is mostly filled with housing peniche boats.

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There are two other nice eating places here such as the Bar de la Marine, and the Peniche Cercle de la Mer. On the left side of Pont d’Iéna you have the Vedettes de Paris cruise boats and on the right side the Bateaux Parisiens cruise boats. And you should know this so won’t dwell on them.

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The event that took me to find out about this area was the Saveurs et Vins or tastes and wines that was held back in 2008 at the Maxim’s peniche boat own by Pierre Cardin fame. The best houses came here for you to taste. The Maxim’s otherwise official page is here: Maxim’s de Paris

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I was looking forward every year to the event. When I came to the Morbihan breton it was too far to go just for a day so instead had made friendship with many of the participants and contacted them to go direct to their place to taste and purchase. It has become a family tradition.

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The event at the  Maxim’s peniche or boat event call saveurs et vins or tastes and wines event on the Seine river  at the port de Suffren just down the left stairs from crossing the tour Eiffel. It goes on every year in March usually around the 18-20. More on it here: Official Saveurs et Vins at Suffren

You can reach in Paris by taking métro Bir Hakeim line 6 or RER C Champ de Mars/Tour Eiffel, you go down the stairs by the carrusel side with your back on the Tour Eiffel its your left, walk along the Seine river at the  Port de Suffren for about 100 meters and the boat peniche Maxim’s is there anchored.

Many wonderful independant producers come here, and the offering is the best in country France. Some of my favorites that still attend this event are

Chocolats de Beussent-Lachelle (pas de Calais  62 ,but 25 stores nationwide: Chocolats Beussent -Lachelle

Champagne Philippe Gonet (Le Mesnil-sur-Oger  51 ,south of Epernay): Champagne Philippe Gonet

Domaine Dutertre (Amboise-Touraine 37 near Amboise ) : Domaine Dutertre wines

Souleilles terre de foie gras , (north east of Agen 47 ): Souleilles foie gras from Agen

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Hope you like this gastronomic tour of some of the best of my belle France. You too can come and visit while in Paris and maybe you get hook on some of them as we did and have and still do! The properties above are visit at least once a year and or follow into other fairs like the one in my capital city of Vannes 56.

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

 

 

 

July 29, 2019

The Bretons of America from Gourin!

Ok this as said in previous post is only one hour from my house but this is our first time in town! So much to see in our beautiful Morbihan, lovely Brittany and belle France! We are working on it! This was something that I have heard about a fund raising to repair and build new a statue of Liberty to honor the Bretons from this time who had emigrated to North America. Well we finally came!

It was fantastic and recommended to all especially North Americans , that is USA and Canada. The history is interwined with those of these countries and Brittany, and I just even learned more of this fascinating friendship that has its roots and the immigration between these countries. Gourin is it!!

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All is base at the Château de Tronjoly that I have mentioned in my previous post. From city center next to the mayor’s office take the D1E road and right at the cemetery turn right into the chemin du roz to end. Here you arrive at another world.

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Here you will see the history of immigration between Gourin, Morbihan, Brittany and Canada and especially the USA! All richly shown and arrange really beautiful a must to visit and we will be back!

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There is a special show going on now. Ces Bretons d’Amérique or those Bretons of America.

Château Tronjoly will also open its doors to painters Lena Le Caignec, Alix Naudot-Guillerm and Bryan Mitchell Theriot; photographers Frédéric Bourrigaud and Jean-Marc Arthot; the engraver Aurélien Besson; to the sculptor Christian Georget.

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The exhibitions will be punctuated by lectures on Aboriginal art and a musical painting on the evening, August 11, 2019 during which the artist Alix Naudot-Guillerm will paint, accompanied by the music of the duo Fragance of love. As every year, the Brittany TransAmerica association will open the exhibition Ces Bretons d’Amérique .More info here: https://bretagnetransamerica.com/

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You will be able to see and read about lointime stories seldom heard nowdays such as one not yet known to me! On  February 14 1778 the cruiser Ranger led by Commodore John Paul Jones arrived in the Bay of Quiberon , it showcase the pride of the USA . The French squadron of admiral de la Motte Picquet (like a street in Paris…) born at Rennes (Ile et Vilaine dept 35) is at wharf in the protected harbor. All of a sudden all the guns from the French ship started firing its canons giving surprises to all those around the bay. This was the first salutation of a foreign country (France) to the birth from the 13 colonies to a new Nation (USA) .Yes very nice anecdote from the Castle of Tronjoly!

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And known to me but seldom shown for obvious reasons here but love to see it here,such as our  Armand Tuffin , marquis de la Rouërie better know as Coronel Armand one of the most oustanding volunteers Bretons that fought in the American Independence war. Born at Fougéres, (Ile et Vilaine dept 35 now) ; he sailed from Nantes (loire-atlantique dept 44 now) when help and support was asked by Benjamin Franklin . His boat is sunk by three English naval vessels and he reaches American land swimming!   A few days later he was given a meeting with General George T Washington , head of the American army. Washington is impressed by this young Breton who spoked fluent English and gives him the rank of Coronel in charge of raising a force of adventurers, cavalry and food soldiers that became the legion of Armand or the 3rd Cavarly regiment ! He is considered as the founder of the US cavalry!   What the expo at the Castle of Tronjoly cannot tell you as politically incorrect is that he came back to France in 1791 created the Association Bretonne a group seeking independence from France (the base of the Chouans)  into the old duchy of Bretagne and conspired to toppled Napoléon Ier. He was caught found guilty and beheaded without trial, his body still has not been found. There is a statue of him in Fougéres at the Place des 12 Fusillées. Until now at Gourin!!!

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yeah!!! my Sunshine State!

This is the castle of Tronjoly from the city of Gourin: City of Gourin on the castle

Local tourist office of pays du roi morvan on the castle

More on the current activities of the Castle of Tronjoly.  A lodging or Gîte d’Etapes   on the road of Santiago de Compostela, and rural lodgings ;arranged in an old farm of the castle are also available. More info here: http://www.gourin.fr/node/134

Activities hall at Tronjoly , more info here: http://www.gourin.fr/node/160

In all a wonderful property, very friendly folks and of course English spoken! Beautifully decorated and display for the enjoyment of all. Do dare to come to the west you will be surprise of the bounties of my belle France! Truly enjoy the château de Tronjoly at Gourin , and its expositions.

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

 

 

 

July 29, 2019

Château de Tronjoly at Gourin!

And of course, a town with a castle is a must for us, so after reading about it, I found a collegue in town who is native of Gourin so he mentioned it again and it had an exposition. Therefore, off we went to see this castle of Tronjoly in Gourin.

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I will cut it short on two posts. One to show you some pictures of the castle properties and other to show you the wonderful exposition there.ok bear with me please.

The Château of the Traon Joliff or the pretty valley or Tronjoly as it is known today is a nice construction of the 18C that we can still see the ruins of the 19C of the castle. On the western wall you see the date 1768 as well as on the west façade on a small niche that housed a clock with the inscription my bell sound at an exact hour. The first lords of the castle were the Kergoët living there from 1426 to 1660; follow by the L’Ollivier , de la Villeneuve Lochrist; which the Tronjoly branch shows its coat of arms as money in the face of blatter mouths , golden grilles accompany the a trio of cinquefoils of the blatter mouths or the meaning could be money in the face of envy. In 1796, Anne-Jacquette L’Ollivier, wife of Jean Baptiste Rouxel, lord of Lescoët, took advantage of the authorization granted to the families of the emigrants (those returning after the French revolution) to buy the lands seized and sold as national property (by the French revolution)  to buy the castle and its domain back and held it until 1900. It is a Rouxel de Lescoët who restores the eastern wing at the end of the 19C, following a fire. Hermine de Lescoët marries Baron Guy de Salvaing of Boissieu, who dies in 1954 and leaves the castle to his daughter Madeleine. The castle once had a private chapel, a park and a dovecote. The estate is bought by the town of Gourin in 1984.

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Its park is now a place of walk for the local Gourinois and the castle houses exhibitions of art and crafts; the theater of greenery is used in the summer for various cultural events and festivals. To wander through the park, visitors can take the many lanes, bridges spanning picturesque streams and multiple trails. The wooded area of the park has majestic trees, many centuries old, whose name and geographical origin are reported.

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Some webpages to help  you plan your trip to Gourin and the castle are

City of Gourin on the castle of Tronjoly

Tourist office of the Morbihan dept 56 on the Castle at Gourin

Local tourist office of the pays du roi morvan on the castle at Gourin

And there you go for now, enjoy the castle of Tronjoly a wonderful reminder of the history of Brittany and France, come on out west it is better by the Montagne Noirs (black mountains), and enjoy Gourin.

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

July 28, 2019

Tour de France 2019 Final!!!

So quick post so happy to see another wonderful Tour de France, even if this year could not go on the spot, is an event the family looks forward every year and the TV coverage is super , say better even than on site for the views if the ambiance is less of course. Consolation.

I wrote earlier on the start of this wonderful historical traditional race back on July 5th here

Tour de France 2019 !!!

And now after 21 stages the race is over at the ave des Champs-Elysées in Paris. The last race was great because it passed by areas we love and been to them and even lived; starting from lovely Rambouillet in the Yvelines dept 78.

The youngest winner in history , Egan Bernal of Colombia. Impressive and many friends very happy about him. I know his native town as visited and the area too. He is from Zipaquira in the vally of Boyacà where they have a wonderful Cathedral in a salt mine with the 14 steps of Christ awesome. This is not far from Bogotà.

He , Bernal not only won the yellow jersey but also the best young rider at 22 years old he has a huge future in cycling ahead. He is the firs Colombian to win the tour de France as well!!

The final race in Paris was won by Caled Ewan, of Australia , his third stage in the race, rather a good future there too.  Peter Sagan, on points, Roman Bardet on climber, Movistar as team , and Julien Alaphilippe as combative spirit also won recognition.

The top general overall winners were

1º Egan Bernal (Ineos)  Colombia

2º Geraint Thomas (Ineos)  1’111 Great Britain

3º Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo Visma) – 1’31” Netherlands

4º Emanuel Buchmann (Bora) – 1’56” Germany

5º Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck) – 3’45” France

6º Mikel Landa (Movistar) – 4’23” Spain

7° Rigoberto Uran, (EF Education First) Colombia

8° Nairo Quintana, (Movistar Team) Colombia

9º Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)  Spain

10° Warren Barguil, (team Arkea-Samsic) France

The official webpage for the tour de France: Tour de France 2019

Another great race with all kinds of weather situation and injuries and broken hearts and very happy winners as always. Until next time in France, the tour de France!

Ah took some pictures from the TV here that do not want to go to waste so will post some in a kaléidoscope to follow, hope you enjoy them.

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Tour de France 2019 TV photo!

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

July 28, 2019

Church and Chapel at Gourin!

And so continue on our latest trip in my department Morbihan 56 of the region of Bretagne or Brittany in my belle France, we stay at Gourin! This is a town just one hour from my house yet this is our first time there! And we like it, will be back.

We were there for the Statue of Liberty (see previous post) and wandering around even met a collegue native of Gourin! After a bit of walk and some local advise we encounter a great combo. The Church of St Peter and St Paul and the next Chapel of the Virgin or Our Lady of Victory. I like to tell you a bit on them as they are next to each other!

The Church of St. Pierre et St. Paul (St Peter and St Paul) at 9 Place de l’Église  Its enclosure included the cemetery, the Chapel Notre-Dame des Victoires, a Pietà and an ossuary .

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The construction of the Church of St Peter and St Paul began in 1490 with the support of the lords of Kergoët, Kerbiguet and Tronjoly. The church was completed in 1500. The inauguration took place on March 21, 1500 . The church of Gourin is today a beautiful church in stone , except for part of the north wall which is tufa (shale). The parish enclosure, if not surrounded by walls, is still materialized and includes the Chapel Notre-Dame des Victoires, the church and the Pieta exterior, which dates from 1875. The ossuary was built in 1778 with the stones of two old chapels (Saint-Pierre and Saint-Yves) which rose in the cemetery. This cemetery, abandoned in 1850, surrounded the church, as in most parishes.

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The bell tower, built in 1745, is a tower with balustrades and bell towers in flamboyant Gothic style, typical of the region of the Montagne Noirs (Black Mountains). You can access the “bell chamber” by a small spiral staircase. Four bells, melted in Villedieu-les-Poêles (Manche dept 50 ) were blessed during a grandiose party, on October 27, 1901, by the archipriest of Pontivy, the abbot Kerdaffret, native of Gourin. Each bears a name: Anne-Perrine, Marie-Louise, Marie-Aurélie and the greatest Edmée-Joséphine. The latter, the respectable weight of 609 kg (modest for a bell but the smallness of the bays of the tower does not allow to receive larger), had for godmother, the countess of Lescouet. Electrical handling replaced the manual ringer after WWII.

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The stained glass windows of origin were destroyed during the French revolution. The current stained glass windows, bright, with shimmering colors were set up in 1874-1875. The organ was built in 1864 by the Belgian factor Hippolyte Loret. Restored in 1930, in 1960, then again from 1997 to 2000, when the new organ was restored to its original place at the front of the platform.   The organ of Gourin is one of the best preserved of the region. It is the only organ of such quality existing in the perimeter of the Pays du Roi Morvan (country of king morvan) and the townships of Plouay and Cléguérec.

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The église or Church of St Pierre et St Paul is oriented, of a rectangular shape with polygonal choir, includes a nave of seven bays, opening on the aisles by arcades in third-point resting by penetration on polygonal pillars.The fourth bay, which supported the tower, is isolated by two large arches that separate it from the nave and choir. The nave, formerly solid (there are still some entrances and fragments of sandpits), is covered with a wooden cradle and the choir is vaulted with ogives. 16C bas-reliefs depicting scenes from the New Testament and a Notre-Dame de Pitié decorate the altarpiece of one of the altars. The altarpiece dates from 1686 and the Virgin of Pity, in polychrome wood, dates from the 16C. The exterior decoration of the creepers, cushioned buttresses of pinnacles and portals is flamboyant. The windows with radiating network or flamboyant, still contain some fragments of stained glasses. The pulpit to be preached seems to date from 1778. There is an ossuary 1778, a Calvary and originally two chapels. In 1961, the ossuary is transformed into a municipal workshop.

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Some webpages to help you plan your visit to Gourin and the Church of St Peter and St Paul.

Tourist office of the pays du roi morvan on the church

The Catholic parish of Gourin on the church

City of Gourin on the Church St Peter and St Paul

The Chapelle Notre-Dame-des-Victoires or aka  Chapel of the Virgin b.1509. Destroyed by a fire, the chapel was restored and enlarged in 1830.

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It has a rectangular shape with three naves and a three-sided apse. The bell tower, with pinnacle double lantern superimposed, dates from the 16C. The steeple is carved with a little hare, which gave birth to a curious legend. You will find there the tombstone of Tad Mad (Jean Marie Gorrec, priest of Gourin from 1758 to 1772): according to a popular tradition, to frolic infants on the tombstone of Tad Mad accelerates their learning of walking.   Two cherub heads are carved above the gate.

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Some webpages to help plan your trip to Gourin and the Chapelle Notre Dame des Victoires are

City of Gourin on the Chapels including ND des Victoires

The Catholic parish of Gourin on the Chapel ND des Victoires

There you go a one two punch on the same spot in nice Gourin, we will be back, really a nice friendly good ambiance town north of the Morbihan almost near the Finistére Breton. Hope you enjoy the find as we did. Until next time in Gourin.

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

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