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February 6, 2020

Little wonders of the Côtes d’Armor!

So on my road warrior routes in my beautiful old Bretagne or Brittany or Breizh I came up to dept 22 Côtes d’Armor right up the alley from me in about an hour. I went to see a friend with my boys and Dad.

While at it we passed by some interesting little towns with nice monuments I like to have it recorded in my blog. I took up on my road D768 towards Pontivy and then D767 towards Mur de Bretagne continuing on to Saint Mayeux, then side stepping to Saint Gilles Vieux Marché on the road D69 and back on D767 to the D70 reaching Plussulien ,and finally back on the D767 to reach Le Haut Corlay. Here is my friend at the boucherie-charcuterie Chez Martell ; a butcher shop and small restaurant set up.

le haut corlay

Along the way as said above, I stop first at Saint Mayeux. 

Saint-Mayeux  town was name Saint-Mayeuc and Saint-Mayeux forms from the 18C.. The name of the town comes from Saint Mayeux, little known Breton Saint.

The Church of Saint Mayeux has a bell tower rebuilt in 1808, been   a recovery of that of the Abbey of Bon-Repos. The cemetery cross dates from the 16C, although the year 1861 is engraved on the base. The Church Is next to city hall at 1 Place de la Mairie.

Saint Mayeux

Very small town so the city/town hall is simple here info in French: City hall of Saint Mayeux

Then, we saw the name intriguing so took a side step to Saint Gilles Vieux Marché.

Saint-Gilles-Vieux-Marché , called treffve du Vieulx Marché in 1535 and in 1536, Vieux Marché in the 18C, Saint-Gilles-du-Vieux-Marché from 1790. From 1793 during the high of the French revolution, the name became again Vieux-Marché. A decree dated October 27, 1801 officially fixes the final form of Saint-Gilles-Vieux-Marché.

The Church of Saint-Gilles was rebuilt from 1894 to 1896. It has an external bell tower, a nave with aisles of six spans and a choir. The first stone was blessed on September 23, 1894 and the church on July 5, 1896. The furniture inside offers ancient statues of the Holy Virgin and Saint Gilles; and, among modern stained glass windows, Saint Gildas and Saint Yves. It contains some old statues. In the past, roosters were offered roosters at the pardon of Saint-Gilles. Saint-Gilles is a saint of Greek origin who came to the South of Gaul. Vieux Marché was its name under the Ancien Régime (monarchy).

Saint Gilles Vieux Marche

The formal city hall webpage is here in French: City of St Gilles Vieux Marche on heritage

And we went on to Plussulien, another small town.

Plussulien comes from the Breton “ploe” (parish) and from “Saint Sulia or Saint Suliac”, Saint Breton honored as much in Brrtagne, as in Wales and Cornwall. Plussulien (Plusulian) is cited as a locality at the end of the 12C and in 1221.

The Church of Saint-Julien dedicated to Saint Julien, bishop of Le Mans, the church was rebuilt from 1873 to 1875. In the shape of a Latin cross, it includes a nave with aisles of three spans, plus that of the bell tower, a transept and a choir. The current, modern church was built first stone was blessed on July 30, 1873 and its porch is dated 1875. It replaced a church several times rebuilt, in the 14C and 16C; only the 16C glass mistress has been re-employed in the current church. The church has a processional silver cross from the end of the 16C; ancient statues of Saint Julien, N.-D. de Pitié, Saint Pierre, Saint Guillaume, Saint Meriadec 17-18C, Saint Cornely, Saint Roch, Saint Laurent, Saint Marguerite; and, among the moderns, those of Saint Sulian and Saint Yves.


One curiosity here, there is a nice statue of the Christ Résurrection at the entranc to the cemetery and next to the above church.


Again small town simple city hall here in French: City hall of Plussulien

And there you go another wonderful ride into the countryside of my lovely Bretagne; pure nature and we had sunshine even if cold started at 1C and finish at 9C. Hope you enjoy these off the beaten path towns of the Côtes d’Armor dept 22.

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

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February 6, 2020

The Boqueria market, Barcelona!

And once again can’t believe not written about this one in my blog so far. Of course, we love markets and have visited even if lately it has become too crowded enough said. I need to tell you a bit more on the Boqueria market of Barcelona. 

La Boqueria or Mercado de la Boqueria is a market in the city of Barcelona. On the site where the market is located today was the old Convent of Saint Joseph, founded in 1586. And the market can be call the Market of Saint Joseph by locals as well.

The first mention of the Boqueria market dates back to 1217 when tables were set up near the ancient city gate called Boqueria to sell meat. From December 1470, a pig market is held at this place which is then located outside the city.

It was not until 1826 that the Boqueria market was legally recognized and a convention held in 1835 decided to build an official square. A year later, a building is planned in the center of this square and construction of it begins on March 19, 1840. The market is officially opened the same year, but the plans will be modified many times until 1846. The official inauguration is finally made in 1853. In 1911 the new fish market is born and, in 1914, the roof metallic that can still be seen today is put in place.

The Boqueria market has an area of 2,583 m² with 300 stands offering a wide variety of local and exotic products, both for the specific ingredients and for the restaurant owners of the city. It is the biggest market in Catalunia and the most selection of products as well as the most visited by tourists ( it is becoming too much me think) Each time there are more foreign choices in the market managed by new immigrants from Japan, Italy, Greece, or the Arab countries.


The Boqueria market is located at Ramblas 91 and you get there easy on Metro Liceu line 3. Open from Mondays to Saturdays from 8h to 20h30.

Some webpages as usual from me to help you plan your trip here are

Official Boqueria market of Barcelona

Tourist office of Barcelona on the Boqueria market in English

It still should be visited for the local flavor and a bit of delicious local foods such at Pinotxo Bar, my favorite for years there. Hope you enjoy the Boqueria Market as I do

And rememer, happy travel, good health,and many cheers to all!!!

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