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February 19, 2020

A pub ,a district in Dublin!

So let me take a 360 degrees turn and come out of my belle France into the luck of the Irish in Dublin, Ireland. One of the nice things of living in Europe is that the countries are so close and easy to get to and if in the European Union so much the better!

I came to Dublin and of course was by one of if not the best district of it all, Temple Bar

Temple Bar is a district in the historic center of Dublin. Let’s start with a bit of history. Temple Bar has always been a popular place. From 795 AD, the Vikings set up camp there. The remains of this settlement are also visible today at Dublin Castle. A few centuries later, a British diplomat by the name of Sir William Temple; later rector of Trinity College, built a splendid mansion and gardens there. The name stayed with him and thus Temple Bar was born.

It is made up of small streets, often pedestrian, where restaurants, bars and small shops abound. One can in particular find musicians there either in the street or in bars. Highly frequented in the evening and on weekends, this ultra-touristy and trendy district lives especially at night, and offers its visitors a good overview of Dublin’s cultural life … The place is clearly pleasant, although a little expensive and a little too touristy… Anyway, Temple Bar is a must! The Temple Bar district is close to Dame Street and Aston Quay in Dublin city center. Lined with Pubs, restaurants and shops, the area also includes a cinema, an art gallery, cultural centers as well as local craft workshops. Everything to make it a fashionable place where culture reigns supreme! At the intersection of Essex St E and the North West Corner of Meeting House Square is the Rory Gallagher Corner in tribute to Rory Gallagher.

Be aware that the Brazen Head, which stands at 20 Bridge Street, is one of the oldest Irish pub in Dublin ;it dates from 1613 .The Temple Bar, dates from 1840 but has been repeatedly renovated. Inside, it’s guaranteed atmosphere in this authentic place all in raw wood. You can come here to drink a beer or an Irish coffee at any time of the day. In summer, the pub is so crowded that people eat on the street. In winter, the bar has a small heated patio for smokers. Every day, customers especially tourists swerve to traditional music from 17h. For connoisseurs, the Temple Bar offers a superb selection of 180 whiskeys! Others will taste the famous combo: oysters – Guinness. A legend.

If you want to get deeper into the neighborhood, don’t miss the Meeting House Square, which has up to 3 different cultural centers such as the Irish Film Center, the Gallery of Photography and the Ark. There are many films by authors screened in their original version with subtitles, as well as artistic exhibitions. Finally, for fans of Thin Lizzy, do not miss the statue of Phil Lynott, former bassist of the group. This bronze statue is one of the symbols of Temple Bar!

At the bottom of Fleet Street is the Porterhouse Bar and pubbrewery. A bastion of Irish craft beer, the Porterhouse only serves its own beers and contains bottled wonders from around the world.

However, of all the above my favorite there was the time spent at The Auld Dubliner pub . It is easy to spot with its mural painting of a dock worker and a dog adorning the exterior wall of the building. The place is very warm, with beams and woodwork, and attracts a crowd especially at the end of the day when live music is in full swing. Large room upstairs indeed and the best seats in the house with crowded rowdy good cheers and good fun group. A must in Temple Bar with its concerts every day. More info here: Official auld Dubliner Pub


And of course, I give you the tourist office of Dublin for well find your way here… Tourist office of Dublin

And there you go a great weekend spent away from home in lovely picturesque Dublin and a hell of a bunch of pints and oh well oysters too. You will enjoy Temple Bar district of Dublin.

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

February 19, 2020

Sea, ports, monuments, all Vannes!!!

Ok so of course, I need to write again about Vannes. If you have read my blog you know that I have done a load of posts on the city, and for good reasons. It is the capital of my department 56 Morbihan in my lovely Bretagne. And you ,also, should have read that Vannes is Gwened in the Breton language; that Bretagne/Brittany is Breizh and that the Morbihan is the only department (state/province etc) of France which the  name is not French ; it is Breton as Mor=sea bihan=small or should be Petite Mer but no way it is Morbihan here.


You, also, would have read I work here and live not far at about 35 km or 22 miles. Ok now for the new stuff lol!! The city of Vannes is a port, a pleasure marina and the out ins of the Gulf of Morbihan;one of the world’s best bays and beautiful I must add. So let me tell you a bit on the sea, ports, and even monuments side of the water in Vannes.


We had the old bridge that took us from Vannes to Séné easy and now we have the tunnel ,easier! The Pont de Kérino is a swing bridge crossing the channel of the port of Vannes downstream of a lock gate. The city of Vannes decided to replace it with a tunnel; the Tunnel de Kérino. The bridge was inaugurated in 1988 to allows the passage of road traffic from one bank to the other and constitutes the only east-west link of the southern part of the city of Vannes.


The Tunnel de Kerino or Kérino underpass is an underwater road, cycling and pedestrian tunnel This structure, intended to cross the Marle river, is located at the mouth of the channel connecting the town’s marina to the Gulf of Morbihan. It is intended to smooth the road traffic between the two banks of the Marle to the south and to relieve the Place Gambetta located at the north end of the channel, junction between the marina at Le Port , and the historic center. The tunnel of Kérino was opened to motor vehicles on June 24, 2016. On July 26, 2016, the tunnel is open to pedestrians and cyclists. The tunnel is dug a few meters downstream from the current Kérino bridge. It has a length of 250 meters and has two passages separated by a partition, one for motor traffic in both directions, the other for gentle travel modes (cycle track and sidewalk).


The Calvary of Kerino is a religious monument of granite and kersantite erected at the entrance to the port of Vannes It is located on the Butte de Kérino or hill, an elevation of the left bank of the channel of the marina, 150 meters upstream from the Pont de Kérino. The monument looks like a cross calvary, erected on a rectangular base, the central part of which represents an altar. On the cross, on either side of the square barrel, are the statues of Saint Patern and Saint Vincent Ferrier, the Patron Saints of the city of Vannes. The center of the cross features the coat of arms of Vannes. The cross that crowns the barrel is decorated with a Christ on the Cross at the front, and a Virgin and Child at the back. The monument is 6.25 meters high. The Calvary of Kerino was inaugurated on December 7, 1913. It was the subject of important pilgrimages in favor of peace and the return of prisoners during WWI or the Great War.



The port of Vannes is a commercial port, a passenger port and a marina located north of the Gulf of Morbihan along a 1,200 meters channel in a south-north direction, which leads the boats from the commercial port of Pont-Vert in the floating basin, at the foot of the Porte de Saint-Vincent gate, gateway to the old town section of Vannes.


The attested presence of a port in its current location dates back to the end of the 14C although research has demonstrated the existence of a port from the 1C AD at the foot of the first city during the Roman occupation: Darioritum, civitas of the Vénètes; now Vannes or Gwened (Breton).

 The current look of the port of Vannes and its district dates from the end of the 2000s when new equipment and renovations were done with the set up of a harbor office, cultural kiosk, tourist office, underground parking; and the beautification of the place with the creation of an esplanade on the right bank and the planting of paths of trees along the two banks.

 The Commercial Port is located just upstream of the Pont de Kérino swing bridge, infrastructure that allows vehicles to reach the east of the city towards the commercial innovation park of Bretagne Sud and the city of Séné in order to relieve traffic in the center. The quays of the commercial port welcome the goods which arrive in Vannes after having crossed the Gulf of Morbihan. Due to a complex topography, a weak tidal range and the presence of strong currents in the Gulf, it It is difficult for large ships to venture to a town like Vannes, located more than 15 km from the Atlantic coast.

At the exit of the marina, the Parc du Golfe is the starting point for boat cruises trips. At Place Gambetta, a hemispherical square, marks the end of the port of Vannes and puts it in contact with the historic center by the Porte Saint-Vincent gate. Located on the right bank of the port, the promenade de la Rabine is made up of a long avenue of trees which stretches for almost 800 meters between the port esplanade to the north and the quays of the commercial port to the south.



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

City of Vannes on the Pont de Kérino

Ports of call on the port of Vannes

City of Vannes on cruise tours and boat crossing in English

Tourist office of the Golfe du Morbihan on boat cruising in French

The Chapelle de la Manoir de Larmor is on the edge of Avenue René de Kerviler just coming out of the Tunnel de Kérino direction Séné. This half-cut chapel dates from the 16C and, long abandoned, was recently restored.

We walked all of the above so its very easy… and you get to see these monuments and views that are just awesome. Hope you have enjoy the post and maybe see you around Vannes someday!! The sea is all around us here one way or the other and we like it

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

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