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June 7, 2020

The Kasino of Quiberon!

And I bring to something not for everyone but folks like me do come once in a while. Along the coast especially in the Morbihan dept 56 there are several casinos; many belong to a grand group and some like the Kasino of Quiberon with the K belongs to a group of Breton investors who bought this one and change from the C to the K. We love the one in Quiberon right on a promontory overlooking the beach.

I touch briefly on it in previous post let me enlarge the choices here and tell you a bit more on the Kasino de Quiberon.

The Kasino de Quiberon sitting along the coast, on boulevard René Cassin only a few hundred meters from the city center, where you will find something to entertain you.

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In terms of slot machines, you will find 75 of the latest generation like classic reels. Fans of table games can meet around the Blackjack and Boule tables. Electronic Roulette stations are also available.

Take a break between two games to relax in the bar, separating the room from the restaurant, to discover one of the many cocktails on offer. Lulled by ambient music, the place lends itself to discussion around a large counter, in the morning with a coffee, at noon and in the evening for an aperitif. Musical entertainment intensifies the festivities every Friday evening from 8 p.m. Every Tuesday & Wednesday, retransmission of matches on the big screen! Our take there!!

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Enjoy the kasino restaurant  with an exceptional view of the Belle-Ile-en-Mer (biggest island of the Morbihan sitting out in the Atlantic Ocean after out from the Gulf of Morbihan!) . You can taste dishes from local, land or sea products. The setting is more than pleasant. Large bay windows give you a breathtaking view of the sea. It is open for lunch and dinner until   22h30, except Tuesday and Wednesday in low season.

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The management reserves the right of entry in the event of an invalid identity card or inappropriate attire. Hours are: Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday Thursday from 10h to 02H. Friday,Saturday 10h to 04H, and Sunday from 10h to 02h..

Of course we come here often with the family after a day on the beach for a late game of football/soccer or rugby in the bar with further enjoyment of the sea , great company good drinks and relax family ambiance. Is an alternative in Quiberon and worth the detour me think. Hope you enjoy the brief introduction.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

Official Kasino de QuiberonKasino de Quiberon

The tourist office of the Bay of Quiberon on the casino: Tourism Bay of Quiberon on the casino

Main office of the Kasinos of Bretagne locations here: Kasinos de Bretagne locations

And for the record the owner organisation of all these kasinos is Societe Bretonne D’exploitation De Casinos – Sbec; 13 Boulevard DE LA MER, 22240,  FREHEL.

And again, another nice spot to spend some time while going to the beach and especially mix up with night outings, the Kasino of Quiberon is nice and a great location. Hope you enjoy it as we do.

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

June 7, 2020

Grande Plage, Quiberon!!!

Ok so if one day you are passing near me and head for the beaches, you will probably won’t need to contact me just go directly to the Grande Plage or big beach of Quiberon. We were there again even in these times and spoked with locals all ready willing and eager to start again hopefully by the time you read this post in advance June 2nd 2020.

It’s full of nice people in the businesses , not one disappointment on the 9 years we have already spent in this part of my belle France. This is the Morbihan dept 56 of Bretagne and this is the Big Beach of Quiberon!

I have done posts on it briefs and long over the years but never tired of telling the ambiance here is super family oriented and great night entertainment as well for the young and restless or young at heart! Let me tell you a bit more on the Grande Plage of the town of Quiberon in the Presqu’ïle or peninsula of Quiberon!

We headed first for our buddy at the L’Esplanade Café at pl Hoche just before stepping down into the Grande Plage. He was there getting ready for the govt to allow him to re open on june 2nd. We really missed our Belzebuth beers lol!As they said in the movie, we will be back!

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The Grande Plage is 900 meters of fine sand! This beach, in the heart of the resort, is accessible to all and has a parking for bicycles, a carpet and an armchair hipocampe for people with reduced mobility. In summer it offers a kids’ club and a beach bar. For your safety this beach is supervised in the summer and has a first aid station. Showers and toilets. We do enjoy the Grande plage or big beach, the center of it all here. It has kiddies areas, and grownups. Large beach with white sandy sands and wide enough to play games. This our favorite as it comes with easy parking, great eating/drinking places and very nice people. Can’t tell you enough.

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Oh yes there is Le Fisher beach club right on the beach serving well even Mumm’s Champagne with classe. Of course, today was empty and so eerie a sad feeling , businesses need to flourish so we can have fun and make families happy I love that. Looking forward to June 2nd!!!

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Again, in summer there is still but rather unfinance Tire Bouchon train that comes from Auray to the station in Quiberon and walk to the Grande Plage in minutes easy. The train stop at Auray from Paris Montparnasse. There is , also, a bus line 1 from Auray train station to the gare maritime or cruise terminal in Quiberon right off the Grande Plage. The rest of the year you have still the bus and the car. Come off the expressway N165 get on exit 33 direction Quiberon, follow it on the road D768 always on the Quiberon panels .a straight line between the seas, that is what a peninsula is surrounded by water and gorgeous views.

The D768 road will take you right into city center or centre ville right past the wonderful Church Notre Dame de Locmaria (see post). Go around it on the right hand side. This is the D200 road or Rue de Verdun until you reach panel saying Parking Varquez it is our favorite walk to the Grande Plage unless it is a Saturday market day  (held at the parking) the rest parking is ok if come early in Summer or plenty the rest of the year.  Walk down Place Hoche right by the statue of Gen Hoche you see L’Esplanade Cafe as above. and you are facing the Grande Plage or big beach, full ambiance go for it. Hope you like the post as we do and do come to enjoy the beach activities day or night.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip are

The tourist office of the Bay of Quiberon on the Grande Plage in English: Bay of Quiberon on the Grande Plage

My favorite Plages TV on the Grande Plage beach in English: Plages TV on the Grande Plage

Well cannot guarantee it will work all the time but this is Viewsurf webcam on the Grande Plage;enjoy it: Viewsurf webcam on the Grande Plage

Hope you enjoy the beach this summer anywhere but if by here the Grande Plage is all you need. The best in Quiberon in my opinion and been all over here by now. Hopefully, we can meet around here ::)

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

June 7, 2020

Pointe du Conguel!

A magical spot in my beloved Morbihan 56 of my lovely Bretagne. This one we know ,not told much but need to . It is for the lover’s of the sea ,nature, and just beautiful scenery. You need to go there by car of course. We were there recently as allow to go out and with still restos :bars were closed no need to go further. Anyway this is our backyard and what a yard it is. Welcome to the Quiberon peninsula or Presqu’ïle de Quiberon!

Oh yes the name is Pointe du Conguel or Conguel’s tip/point . It is all the way to the end of the peninsula bordering beautiful Atlantic ocean breezes and waves , passing by wonderful places to stay ,shop, and eat. This is another world, almost an island world which is my roots anyway. Let me tell you a bit more about it ok.

The Pointe du Conguel is a peninsula in the Bay of Quiberon. It is located at the south-eastern end of the Quiberon peninsula, in the territory of the town of Quiberon. The toponym probably comes from the Latin/Spanish concha “shell”, itself of Greek origin and which also gave the French conque which qualified ports whose sheltered cove was a guarantee of protection for ships.

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The Pointe du Conguel is originally an island, formed by rocks linked together by accumulated sand. This island is connected to the mainland by a tombolo 300 meters long. Two islets extend the point: Toul Bihan, accessible on foot at high tides, and Toul Bras, where Gallic burials were discovered. Further out is the Phare de la Teignouse or lighthouse, which marks the passage of the Teignouse, near which the battleship of the Courbet France class sank on August 22, 1922, ripped open by a rock; the wreck is located 0.5 mile south-east of the Teignouse lighthouse.

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The Pointe du Conguel is about 1000 meters long and 200 meters wide. It is placed under the protection of the Conservatoire du Littoral. A path makes it possible to go around this natural site. The Conservatoire du Littoral is a establishment member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), it has no equivalent in other countries. In 2017, the Conservatoire ensures the protection of 200,000 hectares on more than 750 sites, representing approximately 1,600 km of maritime shoreline, i.e. 15% of the French coastline. In my Morbihan they manage the following. The Islands: Belle-Île-en-Mer, Groix Island, Houat and Hœdic. On the Bay of Quiberon: The pointe du Men-er-Bellec, Pointe de Keryondre, and Pointe du Conguel. In the Gulf of Morbihan: L’anse de Mancel, Ilur Island, pointe des Emigrants, Pointe de Kerpenhir , Pointe de Penhap; marshes of Pen an Toul, marshes of Séné, and banks of the Vincin. Also, the dunes of Plouhinec and Le marais de Pénestin (marshes). The official webpage on the Pointe du Conguel info is here in French: Conservatoire du LIttoral on Pointe du Conguel

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There is a nice beach here , Plage du Conguel (one of our favorite here ), at the southeastern end, the pedestrian-only Conguel beach is particularly quiet, especially since it is sheltered from the westerly winds. Not far from there, at the end of the Pointe, south side, the Jument Beach is a very quiet place, far from the bustle of the city center! On the parking at the entrance of the Pointe du Conguel, you will find toilets and an emergency call terminal. Pitches for parking bicycles and picnic tables. We love it!!

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This is our favorite webpage for beaches in France, plages TV on the beach at Conguel in English: Plages VT on Conguel Beach

The local tourist office Bay of Quiberon on Conguel beach and activities in English: Tourist office of Bay of Quiberon on Conguel beach and activities

You can walk or bike all of this, and we do walk and walk km, lovely all around the best way to see nature.  Here is the side of walkers Brittany or Bretagne Rando on the Pointe du Conguel walks in French (can be translated but too long the link): Bretagne Rando on walking Pointe du Conguel

One of the nicest thing around here is that there is an old fort and a small beach very nice with hotels resto nearby right at the very tip of the Quiberon peninsula lovely sea views and great walks of course. I read the sign at the fort to translate a bit of information here.

Fort Neuf, probably built during the War of Succession of Spain 1701-1774. It was completely enclosed in 1792, and finally a complete fortress between 1883 and 1886. There were ammunitation storage as well as artillery men. In 1902, the artillery commission ordered the closing of this fort and move the defense to Port Haliguen. This new fort or Fort Neuf was part of the coastal defenses of the Conguel /Quiberon peninsula with the forts of St Julien, Rohu, and Beg Quevilly.   During the Great War or WWI, it accommodated the installations of a seaplane base. The site was occupied by the Nazis army during WWII. The 1880 battery casemates were razed to the ground in the late 1990s. It is now in ruins closed but normally it is open as a park with benches to view the ocean up close and personal; great!

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The beach just at the foot of the Fort is the  Plage du Fort Neuf  alone the ocean front Bd. de la Teignouse. Ideal for lovers of sailing and jet-skiing: this beach has a launching wedge for all sailboats and motorboats. Oriented to the East, it shelters swimmers from the West winds. In addition, they can enjoy the view of the Bay of Quiberon offered from the Fort Neuf promontory. Parking at the foot of Fort Neuf.

Again, my heaven on earth and slowly unveiling it for the world. Hope you enjoy the tour of the Pointe du Conguel another nice one down the alley from me about 40 minutes driving on easy roads D768 all the way from my house. Quiberon is tops, and the Pointe du Conguel is awesome.

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

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