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July 21, 2019

Le Halles du Faouët!!!

And on my road warrior trips on weekends in my beautiful Morbihan of my lovely Brittany I take you again to a wonderful town about an hour from me that I have touched briefly before but needs more introduction. This is my best to showcase the Le Faouët!

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Today, I will tell you about the covered market or Halles of Le Faouët. This is a wonderful place very old as you will read, and the center of life in the town even today. There are food market and flea markets held here regularly. It is an imposing building in city center.

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The Halles of Faouët or market were built between the end of the 15C and the beginning of the 16C, north of the Place Plantée. They are 53 meters long and 19 meters wide, the halles cover an area of 940 m2 . Covered with a large roof resting on small granite columns, the building opens on each side by two imposing porticoes. They offer a magnificent example of old framework, impressive by their quality and their volume. The existence of the halles is attested from 1542. These are mentioned in an admission of the Lord of Faouët where it is said that they belonged to him from time immemorial. There was market every Wednesday, as well as nine annual fairs, then fourteen from the 17C. They constituted a substantial income for the lord of the place who collected various taxes. The most profitable was the so-called Grand Verge levied on paper , followed by the place des estaulx, the place de cuyr , the place de Laine; and the mareschaulx custom. The building will be purchased by the municipality in 1815 to the family of Argouges de Ranes while it is half in ruins and will be the subject of many subsequent restoration work. A clock chamber will be installed on the ridge, then replaced by a bell tower.

le Faouet

le Faouet

The Place des Halles were surrounded by pillar constructions allowing to go around without being wet which makes say to the Marquis De Robien in 1756 that the front of the houses supported by pillars surrounding the square form a porch pleasant to the view. The last pillared house of the halles, located rue du Château, were destroyed in the 1950s.

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Today, the market is held every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month or a 5th if the month has five wednesdays , but also do flea market or brocantes on special days. As said, the center of activities in the town of Le Faouët.

Some webpages as usual from me to help you plan your trip here and it is worth a detour are

City of Le Faouet on the market halles

Local tourist office of the pays du roi morvan on the Halles

Tourist office of the Morbihan dept 56 on the Halles

A wonderful outing, we have been there on flea market day and it is wonderful ambiance. Today was a quiet day but allow us to see up close the inside construction of the Halles of Faouët! Worth the detour I say.

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



July 21, 2019

Some news from Bretagne, XXVII

Ok so I am back again on some news from Bretagne, Brittany, or Breizh! It’s about time put some news from my region in my series some news from…. Planning ahead is important in the No 1 most visited country in the world (90 million 2018 shooting for 100M in 2019!) since 1949 by the UN-WTO world tourism organisation. And Brittany is the 3rd most visited region in France behind ïle de France and PACA! There are a lot of top 10 everywhere but these are the official governments figures from themselves. And I know as worked in the industry in the USA and France!

Now in my neck of the woods right almost 13h or 1 pm we have 22C cloudy which is about 74F  and at Paris is sunny and clouds on and off at 23C or about 76F. No rain in sight and expecting up to 96F by next Tuesday. Good time for jogging and biking very popular here in my Brittany.

Now I have put together some of my favorite festivals in my region some coming up soon and others in 2020. However, these are very popular and you need to plan ahead and even buy your tickets ahead. They will provide you with a good base to get to know France and more importantly proud Brittany!  Here is my list

From the days of Conomor, Brittany’s own Bluebeard, through to the Crusades, via the Roman invasion,go back in time as you relive the history of the wonderful Cistercian abbey of Bon-Repos. This magical two-hour show will allow you to see the big picture with 2,000 costumes, 400 actors and extras, hundreds of chariots and carriages, horses, farm animals .From the Neolithic age to the French Revolution, eight epic sagas come to life in front of you. More info here:

Blavet Valley until September 15 2019.Each summer, contemporary art takes possession of some twenty or so chapels dotted around the Blavet Valley. These gems of Brittany’s rich heritage, well tucked away in the midst of the Breton countryside, offer visual artists the opportunity to create some very original site-specific work to exhibit in these chapels, most of which date back to the 15-16C.. More info here:

A journey to Nantes or Voyage à Nantes, an event that set the stage in town every summer since 2012. Forty historical and modern sites makeup the sensitive and poetic trail of the same genre. This permanent disperse monument can be traced by following the green line along the ground. It’s a summertime stopover where art tips the town upside down! Diversity and free admission to the vast number of its offerings are once again its strong points. More info here:

Crozon Peninsula 2-4 August 2019. Every August for the last ten years, the Festival du Bout du Monde has succeeded in attracting a truly cosmopolitan crowd. The music is remarkable and the location is fantastic too. Situated at the very heart of the Parc Naturel Régional d’Armorique, with stunning views of the Breton coastline for backdrop and in the shade of pretty little houses scattered amongst the grasslands of Landrevarzec, this music festival is a must for lovers of world music. More info here:

Paimpol 2-4 August 2019. Sailors singing festival.Well it happens in the port of Paimpol too! Every two years, throughout August, hundreds of traditional sailing ships call into Paimpol harbour, sea shanties sound out from the quays and international stars are also ready to climb aboard for this sea shanty festival. It’s amour at first sight in Côtes d’Armor, which rises to the occasion every time by raising anchor and setting a course for new horizons. From the Black Sea to the Baltic, the banks of the Nile to the Cape of Good Hope, this event has drawn in the crowds for the likes of Marianne Faithfull, Carlos Núñez, Touré Kunda and Goran Bregović. More info here: festival)

Lorient InterCeltique Festival 2-11 August 2019. Since 1971, this festival has really got it in the bag-ad, for every year it’s bombard-ed with over 700,000 visitors coming to listen to the Celtic sounds of the bombards and the bagad. Just like the Pied Piper, this inter-Celtic parade mesmerises the crowd, assembled here to celebrate an inter-Celtic night at the Moustoir stadium or in the fishing port, to the sound of the Scottish and Spanish bagpipes that fill the air. Around 200 events and shows and 5000 performers on the event. More info here:

Saint Malo in August 2019. Every year since 1991, party pirates partaking in the Route du Rock festival have opened wide their treasure troves to reveal some of the real gemstones of British rock. Since 1993, and the concert by a group of illustrious unknowns from Oxford, AKA Radiohead, the Route du Rock has gone from strength to strength and has become somewhat of a benchmark when it comes to British and American pop and rock. More info here:

Conncarneau in August 2019 and the blue fishing net festival. Some want to win a bout of Gouren, a type of Breton wrestling, while others hope to learn a few steps of a traditional Breton dance or try their hand at palets, which is ‘boules’ Breton-style. And of course they come to see the new Miss Filets Bleus, chosen among the wealth of pretty young girls from Concarneau. It’s hard to imagine that this vibrant festival has been around for over a hundred years! More info here:

The Brest International Martitime Festival. Every four years, some boats from all seas and oceans meet in Brest, for one of the major sailing events. It is the perfect opportunity to admire old and beautiful sailing boats, and even to board on some traditional yachts. It is the while to contemplate the maritime history in a festive and musical environment.  Among the special events in 2016 : the Hermione frigate, replica of La Fayette’s one, was there, along with Russian, Mexican, Dutch, English yachts. The next edition will be in July 2020, stay tune for it wonderful, more info here:

And to buy tickets in advance info here:

 20ème édition du Marathon, Duo de l’Hermine et Foulées du Golfe , October 20, 2019 The Vannes Marathon now has one of the most beautiful running circuits in the world thanks to its route which follows the coastal paths of the Gulf of Morbihan: the most beautiful bay in the world ! More info and tickets here:

At Dinan, July 18-19 2020. rt Every other year since 1983, the Ramparts Festival has taken over the pretty little town of Dinan for a weekend. Step back into medieval times and get carried away by the fun and friendly atmosphere. It’s a different world, full of smiling faces, where the people of Dinard dress up in period costumes and a whole range of events are laid on to make this biannual festival a success! More info here:

Fête de la Bretagne mid May 2020.See the 12th edition. More than 300 events will showcase Breton culture from the most traditional of customs to the latest youth trends as they embrace their Breton roots. Expect concerts, exhibitions, walks, traditional dance, street entertainment, workshops and markets. And of course, an introduction to Breton gastronomy is a given wherever you go! See the official site still with 2019 info but stay tune here:

At Vannes the Fête Historiques July 13-14 2020 . Every July, for three days, Vannes brings its rich history to life. Take a stroll in the rampart gardens or the streets of the old town, visit the blacksmith’s forge or the coin-makers’ workshop, admire the falconry displays and the artillery demonstrations, or just enjoy a taste of medieval cuisine. And the magic doesn’t end there, for as night falls you can join in the local open-air dance, or bal populaire, and be amazed as the fire-eaters take to the streets. But it’s also a great time to visit Vannes. With around 272 listed buildings, this town hides a wealth of history behind its ancient castle walls. We just finished the 2019 but stay tune for 2020 at the city of Vannes, the event is very popular plan ahead. More info for the 2019 here:

There you go , I hope it helps you in your planning and do come to enjoy beautiful Brittany. WE are loaded with visitors now and all welcome! or Degemer mat!!!

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



July 21, 2019

Fine Arts Museum, Le Faouët!

And moving right alone on my last forays into lovely Morbihan in beautiful Brittany let me show you a gem off the beaten path to many. I have come here and visited the market, this weekend I visit a bit more …. easy does live not far about an hour drive from it.  There is so much to see in my belle France! 

As not really done a post on the town, let me tell you a bit on it on the museum part as it is relevant historical wise me think. I will tell you about other places in future posts in my blog. For now let me show you the town and museum of Fine Arts of Le Faouët ! oh yes French speakers will know by the Musée des Beaux-Arts!

Le Faouët is part of the Cornouaille Morbihannaise. Its territory is bounded on the west by the course of the brook Mill du Duc bordering Le Saint, on the south-west by that of the river Inam bordering Guiscriff and Lanvénége; and to the east by that of the river Ellé bordering the towns of Priziac and Meslan. The confluence of Ellé and Inam rivers is the southern end of the town. The city is located on a hill that rises to 152 meters above sea level. The departmental road D769, a fast track connecting Lorient to Roscoff, bypasses the east by a large curve-beltway. I went inland thru the D102 past Languidic and Plouay into the D769 to Le Faouët.

A bit of history I like!

Le Faouët was the seat of a lordship, the town probably having its existence to a castle destroyed during the War of Succession of Britain in the 14C. The lordship was erected in barony in 1495 by the Duchess Anne of Brittany. This town is cited for having participated in the revolt of the Bonnets rouges (red hats) or Revolt of the stamped paper (money)   which occurred in 1675 .This small town becomes famous by the activities of Marion du Faouët, leader of a gang of thieves. Le Faouët became chief town of a district from 1790 to 1795; there is thus created a district court. The city quickly acquired revolutionary ideas while the surrounding countryside became hostile. The city is attacked three times by the Chouans (rebels vs the French revolution) during this troubled period.

From 1860 to 1920, Le Faouët became one of the main artistic centers of inland Brittany, attracting many French and foreign painters and photographers. Their arrival was facilitated by the arrival of the railway at Quimperlé in 1865, a town 26 km away, then at Faouet even in 1906. The artists are housed mainly in the two hotels, the Lion d’Or and La Croix d ‘ Or, overlooking the Place des Halles, which equips artists’ studios and black rooms for photographers. Their favorite subjects are the scenes of markets and daily life, giving the image of an immutable Brittany rooted in the past, as well as the monuments, mainly the 16C market halls and the chapels of Faouët and the region, as well as as the surrounding landscapes.

Among these painters, were the English Guy Wilthew, who lives at the Hôtel de la Croix d’Or, marries one of the daughters of the painter Louis-Marie Le Leuxhe and regularly stays at Faouet until his death. Also, Alphonse Le Leuxhe, began a career as an artist-painter, prematurely interrupted by his death during WWI. Many others who frequented Le Faouët were the Welsh gentleman Sydney Curnow Vosper the Belgian Oscar Chauvaux, naturalized French, also stayed several times at Faouët at the beginning of the 20C before becoming in 1934 curator of the Locronan Museum. Three painters set up a permanent workshop here: the Frenchmen Germain David-Nillet, who came to Faouët for the first time in 1902, and Arthur Midy, as well as the Swiss Marius Borgeaud, who spent only a few years in Faouët between 1920 and 1922 , staying mainly in Rochefort-en-Terre. Many other painters came more briefly like Fernand Legout-Gerard, Emile Compard, Auguste Leroux, Henri Barnoin, Charles River, Emile Schmidt-Vehrlin Robert Yan, Étienne Buffet, Jean-Bertrand Pégot-Ogier, Henry Déziré, Alfred Swieykowski, etc. or Jeanne-Marie Barbey, also a photographer. Elisabeth Sonrel also stays, realizing several works at Le Faouët, painting including Woman and children on the place des Halles du Faouët circa 1910, now in the Musée du Faouët.

Tourist office of the Morbihan dept 56 on Le Faouet

The museum of Faouët,or Musée de Faouët is a museum of paintings inaugurated in 1987 in a former convent of the Ursulines of the 17C, at No. 1 rue de Quimper. The museum presents a collection of drawings, paintings, engravings and sculptures, testifying to the daily life in Le Faouët from 1845 to 1945. From the middle of the 19C, the rich heritage and traditions of Le Faouët attracted many French artists and foreigners to inland Brittany.

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The first core of the municipal collection was formed on the eve of WWI at the initiative of Victor Robic, mayor of the time. An artist at his leisure, he maintains friendly relations with the artists frequenting the locality and at the same time encourages them to donate one or more of their works to the town of Le Faouët. A first museum was inaugurated in 1914, in the City/Town Hall. In 1987, the town acquires the former Ursuline Convent, which was then put on sale. This allows the development of a municipal collection threatened by oblivion. This also favors the organization of exhibitions devoted to artists who often frequented the small city, or to broader themes, generally related to the history of arts in Brittany.

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The museum presents the works of artists such as François Hippolyte Lalaisse Emmanuel Lansyer, Jules Trayer, Henri Guinier, Elizabeth Sonrel, Guy Wilthew, Germain David-Nillet, Arthur Midy, Henry of Estienne, Adolphe Beaufrere, Ernest Guerin, Emile Compard, Mathurin Méheut, Henri Alphonse Barnoin, Charles Riviere, Marius Borgeaud, Auguste Leroux, Fernand Daucho, Chauvaux Oscar, Lucien-Victor Delpy, Lucien Demouge, etc.

Official Museum of Faouet

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The current exhibition is entitled , “ Des Peintres entre Terre et Mer du Faouêt à Concarneau” or painters between land and sea at Concarneau all shown until October 6 2019. More info at the Museums of Brittany webpage here:Official museums of Brittany on Museum of Faouet

Some additional webpages to help you plan your trip here are

City of Le Faouet on the museum

Local tourist office of Pays du roi Morvan on the museum

Tourist office of Brittany on the museum

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There you go another dandy a wonderful place of great artisitc value in Brittany and France, one of the off the beaten path sites you must come. In my beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne/Breizh/ Brittany. Come to see Le Faouet and its fine arts museum!

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



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