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December 15, 2019

Streets of Auray and Vannes!

So on these days of Christmas 2019 I give you my two favorite most visited cities other than mine in my beautiful Morbihan breton dept 56 of lovely Bretagne. I have many posts on these in my blog but never enough to see these wonderful old towns full of wonderful architecture and amazing history. Sometimes even more than the history of France but also, the USA and Canada.

I will just post some new photos from visiting them during Christmas market days and always trying to avoid the crowds to see them in their full splendor. Will show you more about Auray and Vannes or An Alre and Gwened in the Breton language.

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from the hotel de ville to old wooden houses on place de la Republique Auray

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rue du Lait on horse wagon back church St Gildas Auray

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Rue du Lait tourist office of Auray in the old Chapel of the Congregation

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vannes pl St Pierre houses next to cathedral St Pierre right!

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vannes Rue de la Monnaie going to Cathedral St Pierre

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vannes Rue de la Porte Prison and into the ramparts

There you go a wonderful world indeed and one I cherish every day feeling lucky to be here and thanking every day my dear late wife Martine my mamie blue forever. Enjoy the season to be merrier, life is too short not to.

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

 

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December 15, 2019

The markets at Auray and Pluvigner!

So here I am while watching all the traffic jams of my eternal Paris and in lovely Morbihan with cool breezes , light rain, and NO traffic! The benefits of the French countryside! And while getting ready for another round of markets let me bring you up to date on two of my favorites.

Well, favorites because these are the towns i lived here. Auray was my entry point for 2 years, and for the last 6 years it has been Pluvigner.  Let me tell you a bit about the markets.

At Auray, the big Monday market. In the heart of town, it welcomes up to 400 merchants in the summer, from 150 to 200 in low season like now. It is open from 8h to 14h30 from June 1st to September 30th. From 8h to 14h from October 1st to May 31st. This is also around the Place de la République and it is front to the Hôtel de Ville or city/town hall.

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There is ,also, the organic market on Thursday.At the Place Notre-Dame, it welcomes up to 25 merchants. From 17h to 20h

There is the local producers market on Friday. At Place Notre-Dame, it welcomes up to 20 traders. From 8h to 12h30.

And you have the covered market or Halles at the Place de la République, right next to the Hôtel de Ville where they are home to about twenty traders who offer fresh produce all year long. Open every day from 8h to 13h.

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The city of Auray webpage: City of Auray on the markets

And this is a bit of history I gather from the city page and the médiathéque or local library, which I put up in English

The Market or Marché of Auray would be the largest in Morbihan, but those of Vannes or Hennebont, two other cities of the department 56 established   since medieval times, like Auray around the castle of the Dukes of Brittany, also claim this title.

In the Auray archives, You can find traces of a first fair in 1434, when the duke created that of St. Elizabeth (celebrated November 19), at Place du Four-Mollet, to fund the Commandery of the Holy Spirit, the hospital for the poor (This Chapel still here now use for events and expositions) . There were rabbits, partridges, woodcocks, but also blackbirds and thrushes; wild boars and deer, but also foxes, otters and polecats! And the regulation already states that the removal of the wheel barrows from the market once unloaded was obligatory.

Today, it is the influx of seasonal exhibitors that upsets the habits of those who come to sell and buy year-round, and makes the Auray market the obligatory passage for visitors staying in the region.

And a bit on the Pluvigner market, much smaller but by now very friendly and warm place to be on Saturday morning if around, which that is the problem always out somewhere and not enough in my town!!!

Every Saturday morning from 8h to 13h at the Place St Michel. Near the Mairie of Pluvigner or city/town hall.

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There is, also, a Christmas market or Marché de Noël on December 22nd from 10h to 18h.   Many stands of local producers and handicrafts, and many animations. This one I am looking forward to be there…..

The city of Pluvigner webpage: City of Pluvigner on the market

So there you go and of course if by these neck of the woods let me know would love to entertain a fellow blogger follower ::) The market are the soul of France be there or be square!

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

 

December 15, 2019

Christmas market , Auray!

Ok so I am going to venture into this, we go early to avoid crowds because when we are leaving the hordes come in so maybe not the best description of a Christmas market locally. However, we have been to all of them over the years and were back for the Auray Christmas market that runs from December 13 to December 31st, 2019

The Marché de Noël or Christmas Market is set up in the Christmas Village for 11 days at Place Notre Dame from 10h to 19h. This year, the Christmas Market will welcome nearly 80 artisans, creators and local producers under marquees: jewelry, bags, decorative items, ceramics, cosmetics, board games, photography, publishing, food trades. A whole range of gift ideas for everyone. Games, participative activities, Escape-Game, Musical Stage and on-site catering.

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On Friday December 13 : Arrival of Santa Claus on Quai Franklin (St Goustan). Musical  water show from 17h45, for a Papà Noël (Santa Claus) arrival at 18h30.

On December 14, 15, 21 and 22. Find the Christmas horse-drawn carriage at the top of Rue du Lait. Let your children embark on a Heart of the City tour. All free . Actually Santa Claus or Papà Noël was by the City /Town Hall at Pl de la République by 14h as we were leaving

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There is a Sliding area with an ice rink 150m² for skiing for everyone! It will take up residence with a curling rink in an unusual place: La Chapelle Saint-Esprit! Just behind place Notre Dame. The sliding area will be accessible every day from Saturday December 14 to Tuesday December 31, from 15h. to 19h. Free admission

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On Saturday December 21, entertainment by “Rouge Feu” show at 19h on the forecourt of St Gildas Church, Place Notre Dame.

More info at the city of Auray webpage:  https://www.auray.fr/Agenda/Noel-a-Auray/Le-programme-des-animations

See on the righ column see the “Le programme des animations 2019” and hit télecharger to upload the whole program.

There one nice small Christmas market right around from us, I must say my town will do a one day Christmas market on December 22nd. The bigger tradition and bigger markets are on the north and east of France, mind you.

Hope you enjoy it if stopping by lovely Morbihan dept 56 and historical Auray. Merry Christmas, Joyeux Noël, Feliz Navidad, Feliz Natal to all!!!

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

 

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