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February 18, 2020

Sentimental Jardin Bossuet, Meaux!

And I bring you back to a garden in somewhat off the beaten path town near Paris and even closer to Disneyland. This is my sentimental favorite city of Meaux, in Seine et Marne dept 77 of the ïle de France region. This is my dear late wife Martine native town.

I can tell you more but rather let you come and see it. I have written several posts on Meaux but none on the garden of the Bishop Bossuet, the Eagle of Meaux Royal confessor to king Louis XIV. There is a museum here too in the Episcopal palace behind the Cathedral of St Stephens or St Etienne in French.

I like to tell you a bit more on the Jardin Bossuet, the first out of the house encounter with what would be my wife back in Sept. 1990. The picture below was taken later on.

Meaux

Meaux

Meaux is a City of Art and History! This label was awarded to the city since it has an important heritage and is committed to enhancing it. The Episcopal complex of Meaux stretched from the Cathedral St Stephens to the city walls. As its name suggests, this district was reserved for the bishop, in the chapter of the canons of the Cathedral and their lay or ecclesiastical entourage. In its current state, the Episcopal City largely presents the physiognomy that it offered to the 18C.

It was in 1911 that the garden of the Bishopric took the name of the illustrious prelate, when it was opened to the public , so Jardin Bossuet. Created in the 17C, it has the singularity of being in the shape of a mitre and having very respectable dimensions like an area of 8,500 m², length 90 meters, width 75 meters. In line with French gardens, there are boxwood borders, geometric shapes but also pretty flower beds in season like 17,500 plants for flowering!, A vegetable patch always in season, and plants very ancient medicinal products thanks to the contribution of a good microclimate. Local tradition has it that the famous André Le Nôtre is the author, but no document confirms this. Some contemporary adaptations have transformed it, adding the rock of the basin called “Sweating Rock”, covered with plants or the roses that line the central aisle, but the spirit is respected. Bishop Dominique Siguier had the garden extended to the Gallo-Roman ramparts dating from the end of the 3C. At the end of the garden, you reach, by a staircase, a terrace which is none other than the upper part of the rampart. The latter only opens during guided tours. You can then see the Bossuet house, a small hermitage on a remarkable site. A stroll in fine weather is to be preferred, giving an obvious bucolic appeal to the whole.

Meaux

For several years now, in fine weather, the perimeters of the main flowerbeds of the Bossuet Garden have been transformed into the Simples’ garden. Visitors can discover rare plants, ancient medicinal plants and exotic vegetable plants or local varieties ;such as mustard or carrot from Meaux.

Open daily from 10h to 17h (low season) and from 9h to 19h (high season).

More info on these webpages to help you plan your trip and its worth the detour here

City of Meaux on the Jardin Bossuet in French

Tourist office of Meaux on the Jardin Bossuet

Tourist office of Seine et Marne on the Jardin Bossuet

There you go a nice semi hidden garden in a wonderful historical and architectural corner of Meaux. The Jardin Bossuet is nice, romantic, beautiful and quiet. A perfect getaway from it all in the middle of history of France. Enjoy it as I always do and will.

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

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February 18, 2020

Le Guerno and its marvels!

And I stay in my Morbihan Breton dept 56 of the region of Bretagne or Brittany or Breizh. There is so much off the beaten path here as many come for the popular spots but France can be written another volume of a movable feast!

In my road warrior trips in my area , about 50 minutes from home, let me take you this time to a new town for us, Le Guerno. Right up the beaches of the Rhuys peninsula but in another world altogether.

Let me give you a brief description as old towns do here

The Le Guerno originally was a truce for the parish of Noyal-Muzillac, Le Guerno became a town in 1790 during the French revolution and an autonomous parish in 1802 after the Concordat. The Order of Hospitallers of Saint John of Jerusalem founded a chaplaincy here, mentioned in a charter in 1160 under the name of “Eleemosina de Guernou”, as well as a chapel which shelters a fragment of the True Cross. This chaplaincy, which possessed fief and right of justice, is joined thereafter to the commandery of Carentoir.

The city of Le Guerno has nfo on its monuments in French here: City of Le Guerno on its heritage in French

I like to tell you briefly on what is there to see me thinking that we saw and like on our trip here

The Church of Notre Dame de la Vrai Croix or Our Lady of the True Cross , founded in the 12C by the order of the Hospitallers of Saint-Jean-de-Jerusalem. It is then dedicated to Saint John the Baptist. In 1312, after the suppression of the order, the chapel takes the name of the Temple of Guernou, because of its attachment to the commandery of Carentoir.  From the 12C Chapel, only the foundations and stones used in the construction of the current church, dating from the 15C and 16C, remain.

le guerno

le guerno

The tower was erected in 1580 and renovated in 1706. Its conical roof earned it to be called pepper tower. In a chapel built in 1682, called from the Tomb, was the Christ Lying, today in the north transept. The sacristy was built in 1920. The nave, covered with a structured vault, with wood dated 1580.

le guerno

le guerno

The balustrade abundantly decorated. The baptismal font is located under the rostrum. The Choir semicircular apse, quite unusual in the 15C. In masonry, terracotta pots and vases for acoustics, openings facing the choir. 16C stained glass, restored in 1975. It has an amazing exterior pulpit c. 1575, granite stelae, an altar in the open air, which comes from the altar of a Roman temple, which was in Branféré and which was razed by the Templars, a Calvary which surmounts the altar and which is formed of a granite monolith 5 meters high, two beautiful tombstones, from the old cemetery of the town, moved in 1946.

le guerno

le guerno

There is also nice fountains such as

The Sainte-Anne fountain c.1784. It would have been built on a very old place of worship. It is a small quadrangular building, which opens to the South and East by arched and molded arches. The northern wall shelters a niche in which is a statuette of Saint Anne. The whole is surmounted by a stone canopy, supported by four columns and crowned with a cross.

le guerno

The Sainte-Marie fountain c. 1787, is located at rue du Pont-Vivier, in Branféré . Just over the city limits and as we saw the panel followed !. It is a small quadrangular building, which opens on three sides. One of the walls houses a niche. The whole is crowned by a curved dome carrying at its top a stone cross

le guerno

And a picturesque nice washhouse.

The Lavoir or washhouse c. 18C, located not far from the Sainte-Anne fountain. it is in the form of a large jacketed stone basin. You can always observe the demarcated locations of the washerwomen.

le guerno

The one decent tourist info in English is on the local tourist office of Damgan-La Roche BernardTourist office of Damgan-LA Roche Bernard on Le Guerno in English

And there you go folks , a new visited town of Le Gourno for us another dot in our world map and counting heck no way too many already!!! This is one of those places you can make a architecturally and historical stop on your way back the beaches of the Rhuys Peninsula just south of here. Hope you enjoy the post of a real off the beaten path area

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

 

 

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February 18, 2020

A revisit to Noyal Muzillac!

So here I am again on the road warrior routine in my lovely Morbihan dept 56 of my beautiful Bretagne and my belle France! There is never a dull moment when you have so much to see around you and the Hexagone…

This time is a quick trip as we have been here before but went a bit more to a new place (more later). I have written on Noyal-Muzillac before and on its main monuments this time I like to tell you about a unique Chapelle de Benqué.

The town of Noyal-Muzillac is  also part of the 12 towns of the Arc Sud Bretagne intermunicipal association and the district of Vannes. About 50 minutes from my house.

A bit of history I like repeat is that after the fall of the Roman Empire, during Breton migrations, the first parishes appeared. It was probably at this time that the parish was born with patron Saint Martin de Tours. The feudal period will see many lords settle on the land.

The French revolutionary period will soon lead the local Noyalais to support the White party and more particularly the Chouannerie.(those fighting against the French republic)

In 1802 was born in Noyal-Muzillac Julien Daniélo, literary man who became known in the Parisian literary circles. He will be the last secretary of François-René de Chateaubriand . Julien Daniélo died in Paris in 1869.

And now the feature presentation….for this post of Noyal-Muzillac.

The Chapelle de Benguë was designated in the 18C as Notre-Dame-de-la-Bénédiction. This rectangular chapel is decorated with a three-part sacristy attached to the south and dated 1768. In 1793, the chapel was burnt down by the republican Le Batteux during a punitive expedition against acts of chouannerie. The chapel preserves an altarpiece in white stone characteristic of the 18C.

noyal muzillac

It is a simple chapel in city center and not far from the main church which have written before on it in my blog so spare the repetition. The town of Noyal-Muzillac is very Breton and has been designated as countryside heritage of Brittany/Bretagne. Lots of nice Renaissance homes here with beautiful architecture of course.

noyal muzillac

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

City of Noyal Muzillac on Religious heritage in French

Tourist office of Damgan, la Roche Bernard on Noyal Muzillac

This will be a nice side off the beaten path trip from when coming back from the beaches just south in the Rhuys peninsula. Hope you enjoy the post

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

 

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