Archive for August 3rd, 2019

August 3, 2019

Restaurant: Jaca, Aragon!

So back to my latest routine showcasing the best memorable family eating places in my world. This time take you back north to the wonderful town of Jaca, Province of Huesca in the Autonomous Region of  Aragon, Kingdom of Spain. Just before hitting the mountains of the pyrénées going or coming from France.

And while here to see the wonderful Cathedral , etc, (see my posts on them)  we have to eat! and eat we did well a feast for my nostalgic memories of my beloved Spain. Let met tell you a bit more on two memorable spots in Jaca.

First we went for the food and found a nice busy restaurant overlooking the Cathedral so we sat in to eat lol! This is Casa Fau, Plaza Catedral 3,  Jaca.

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Ideally located in front of the magnificent portico of the Cathedral. The tapas are really excellent, we prefer the tapas and raciones to share. The reception is correct and fast service.  An unbeatable situation in front of the Cathedral of Jaca, terrace under the stone arcades, a bar full of tapas and skewers … Casa Fau is a classic in the world of tapas.  You  have a loyal clientele eager to try these delicacies in one of the most emblematic spots of the city.

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Jaca

We had our lunch right across it while seeing the world go by at Plaza de la Catedral,3 at Casa Fau, very nice folks , fast service, good food. We will be back! They have a Facebook page to show it here: Facebook page of Casa Fau in Jaca

Jaca

We really had seen the bakery before and opted to come here for the dessert and what a great decision that was, and continues. After much wandering to the side streets having cheese breads from the local bakeries and did went shopping for sweets to take home at Confiteria/Pasteleria Etcheto , right next to the restaurant above.

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Pasteleria Etcheto , Plaza Catedral 5,  Jaca.  The confectionery Echeto is one of the ones of all your life and to enter it is to go back in the past. Everything was delicious, but in particular the ice creams (homemade) and especially the chocolate ice cream are very good. La Pastelería Echeto, is one of the great  confectioneries, famous for all the great traditional sweets of Jaca, such as the Besos (kisses) , the coronettes (crowns) and the bows of Santa Orosia. If you come to Jaca to visit , do not forget to visit this bakery. It’s really is a must. Enjoy it

Official Confiteria pasteleria Etcheto in Jaca

Jaca

There you go a short but memorable places as we needed to stop for the sweets as my dear late wife Martine adores them. We had a great one two combination right next to each other in beautiful Jaca.

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

 

August 3, 2019

My travels in the Morbihan, LXXV

So here I am on a bright sunny Saturday with temps of 25C or 77F very hot for our sun rays and a huge beach day. The traffic pros were saying today was a red going and a black coming back from vacation periods here which is huge this month. Well they were not wrong in my neck of the woods.

More than ever at least since the 8 years already living in the Morbihan breton dept 56 of the Region of Bretagne in my belle France.  For those new to the blog I am on my close to 17 years in France (French citizen for 20) . I went out with the boys by car as usual to do my errands of an everyday citizen.

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I told the boys lets try to reach Quiberon which is a beautiful peninsula/isthmus that I have written plenty on it in my blog . The traffic jams were so bad they went all the way to the expressway N165! Needless to say we needed to turn around.  I try to get around it by Locmariaquer but there too with market day the place was packed with no parking and folks finding parking way out of city center to walk in! Never seen it like this either.

We have the usual British, and German tourists and some from Belgium, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain etc and those from all over France as Bretagne is the 3rd most visited region of France! However, this start of August is huge, never seen it this busy and crowded, do not know why!

Let me tell you our brief day! As we started out going to our Castorama store in Vannes as the handle of our lawnmower arrived, and they call us. So we went and they fix it on the spot! For this we needed to do a round trip as the trunk of our car was full! I have written on the store before so for now this is their webpage: Official Castorama Vannes

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We, then decided to try what I mentioned above to no avail. We got into downtown/city center Locmariaquer and saw it crowded too but we took a peek of their market always a wonderful place to be  but today too crowded for us. City of Locmariaquer with its heritage in French

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We headed back to Vannes and feeling a bit hungry we decided to give a try at the ice creams of Flunch, Le Glacier in the centre commercial Leclerc. We had our sandwich menu , for me tuna sandwich, big chocolate cookie, 33cl Orangina soda, and a banana split ice cream, similar for the boys all for less than 10 euros per person! Restaurant Flunch at CC Leclerc Vannes

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After the above, we were ready to do our main groceries at E Leclerc hypermarket; where we buy our misc items and sometimes meats. It was packed too but not overwhelming so we were able to finish quickly and head back home! E Leclerc hypermarket of Vannes

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Now at home we are again reviewing our must see while in Spain end of month. There is so much I want to see never enough time but we will make our best run for my beloved Madrid.

And of course, what to do on Sundays! Stay tune…..Oh I am also trying to get early retirement from my management functions and probably can do so by end of 2019 together with continuing as an outside independent consultant___finance issues! Stay tune for this too lol!

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

 

 

August 3, 2019

Restaurant: Quimperlé!

And I come back to my area well sort of; this is in neighboring Finistére dep 29 and I am in the Morbihan dept 56 of the lovely region of Brittany. We have cross all over this region by now and numerous opportunities of great meals. However, this one is one of those of wonderful memories with the family.

I like to tell you about the Créperie du Pont Fleurie, 5 rue de l Elle in Quimperlé!

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The bit of history here is the Pont Fleurie, or flowery bridge,  crosses the river Ellé at the level of the place Lovignon ,and was  until 1643 the only means of access to Quimperlé from the east.  It has been renovated by the 15C and the central arches done after the flooding of 1746 . The bridge was guarded by two towers on heavy thick walls surrounding the lower city or basse ville opening out with three portes or doors following to roads , Vannes-Quimper and Quimperlé-Carhaix. The ramparts were done between  1250 and 1270, became in ruins after the war of the 100 years and were erased for good by 1680.  The granite blocks salvage were then used to built the quai Brizeux bordering the river  Laïta. the bridge inspired several painters from the 19C on, and one  Théa collection of songs collected, words and music, in the Breton langauge, written by Théodore Hersart de la Villemarque , wrote  Barzas-Breiz (= poems of Brittany ,which is a collection of songs , words and music, in the Breton part of Brittany in the 19C)  has a statue there by the pont and square.

Quimperle

The story is that as usual we arrive by car and set on foot to discovered the town. Having had lunch in  a couple other places ,this one we were looking at the Church Sainte Croix (holy cross) and saw it, went in without reservations and was warmly welcome. The first time my dear late wife Martine love the fact the owner server offered to serve more slices for the same price! We keep wonderful souvenirs of this and have come back again.

And it was here that we had lunch , at least a couple times , the Créperie du Pont Fleurie. We come here for the pizzas cochonne with the local andouille sausage and potatoes, and cheese huge really for two persons, and the owner ask you if you want more !!! my boys have a ball, they always said yes lol! The banana splits, coffee, and bottles of cider Patrick Gourlay local fermier just great! must be back again ,must you visit them . The service was prompt and very friendly ,we spoked with servers and owner all nice.

Quimperle

quimperle

The local reviews are the same. Nice home, nice little restaurant. A menu that combines galettes, crêpes and pizzas. A very nice place !! You can tell the boss loves his/her job for sure! It is rare to this date !! So blameless kitchen very good for the money !!! Family atmosphere I love it !! I highly recommend this little creperie where you can eat succulent meats!

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Their webpage is Créperie du Pont Fleurie at Quimperlé

Tourist office of Quimperlé on the Pont Fleurie

Another gem in my lovely Brittany, hope you can enjoy it as we do. This is in lovely Quimperlé in the Finistére dept 29!

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

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