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July 31, 2020

Perros Guirec: Nautical center and cruises!

So here I am in wonderful Perros Guirec , been here before , love it. This is my first trip here without my dear late wife Martine, many souvenirs flashing by and we must move on with them. One of the prettiest beach resort in France and very well taken. We had a rental at a hotel later will tell.  For now , let me tell you briefly on the nautical center and the cruise terminal.

Perros-Guirec is located in a protected natural site, in the middle of an unusual landscape where the land and the sea are dotted with pink granite rocks with shapes that seem as if carved by the wind It derives an important part of its resources from tourism. During the summer, the city takes on another dimension both in terms of entertainment and population which multiplies by about 5. It enjoys a reputation as a family seaside resort, thanks to its several magnificent fine sandy beaches like Trestraou (more later) and Trestrignel (see post) bordered by remarkable villas and its coast composed in part of blocks of pink granite with impressive shapes or the Côte de granit rose.

At the wonderful Nautical center at the end of the promontory of the plage Trestraou beach you have everything you need for a nice boating out on your own and with able trainers/teachers. You can discover sailing, improve your skills, rent equipment or simply let yourself be guided during a nautical trip. Come and enjoy a unique navigation area, along the Côte de Granit Rose, off the archipelago of  the Sept ïles or 7 islands . A team of qualified professionals and a modern infrastructure guarantee your safety and comfort. Located at end tip of Plage Trestraou beach.

Perros Guirec

Perros Guirec

Perros Guirec


Perros Guirec

The city of Perros Guirec on the Centre Nautique or  nautical centerCity of Perros Guirec on the nautical center

The plus here you can embark on a wonderful vedette boat to take a tour of the coast of granite rose and the Seven islands. Embark on an excursion aboard a comfortable speedboat and discover the largest bird sanctuary in France: the 7-islands archipelago. You will be able to observe an exceptional flora and fauna with gannets, seals, and puffins. On the way back, you will follow the Côte de Granit Rose and will be able to admire exceptional rocky formations. The Sept-Îles, archipelago of small islands off Perros, the largest is Île aux Moines with its lighthouse and fort; Ile Riouzig is one of the largest ornithological reserves in France for seabirds or the Sept-Îles Nature Reserve.

Perros Guirec

Perros Guirec

Perros Guirec

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The city of Perros Guirec on the vedette cruise: City of Perros Guirec on the vedette boat cruise

For the bird lovers in French the Sept-Ïles Nature ReserveSeven Islands nature reserve Perros Guirec

The Armor Navigation vedette boat for the cruise to Seven IslandsArmor Navigation on cruise of Seven Islands

There you go folks a place for pure ocean air fun, all over and constant satisfaction, a perfect family trip. We will be back too. Hope you enjoy this opening post on Perros Guirec one of our favorite spots in my lovely Bretagne right up there in the north of the Côtes d’Armor dept 22. Hope you enjoy enough to try it you will be delighted.

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

July 31, 2020

Côtes d’Armor: Pleumeur-Bodou and Trébeurden!!!

And i continue my road warrior tour of the north of Brittany or the Côtes d’Armor dept 22 in my lovely Bretagne and belle France. Here we follow the wonderful amazing road D788 to visit two new towns in our world map. Pleumeur-Bodou and Trébeurden! Let me tell you a bit on them ok.

In sequence of driving let me tell you first of Pleumeur-Bodou!

Pleumeur-Bodou has a common border with Lannion, Trébeurden, Trégastel, Perros-Guirec (see posts on all of them) and Saint-Quay-Perros. At the south-eastern end of the town, there is also a place called Pont-ar-Pevar-Person (the Pont-des-Quatre-Recteurs), where Pleumeur-Bodou, Lannion, Perros-Guirec and Saint- Quay-Perros join at a single point!.

The Pleumeur coastline stretches for 17 kms. The main sites are Île-Grande, Keryvon Bay and the Landrellec peninsula. The town has several beaches, including those of Pors-Gelen, Toul-Gwenn, Keryvon and Landrellec. Many islets dot the coast. The best known are Aganton Island, Losket Island, Erc’h Island, Morvil Island and especially Avalon Island , where, according to legend, King Arthur would be dormant (the island of Aval is private property, its visit is therefore prohibited).


In the 6C, a monk from the British Isles (UK today), named Bodo or Podo settled in Armorica (Bretagne today). He founded a parish on a very vast territory since it extended over the current towns of Pleumeur-Bodou, Trébeurden, Trégastel, Perros-Guirec, Saint-Quay-Perros, and the west of Lannion (Servel). At the same time, another monk, Uzec, founded a small monastery on a very limited territory ranging from the chapel to the menhir of the same name, but on which he had a great influence. Other monks later settled on Île Aganton and Île d’Aval.  The Saint-Marc Church on Île-Grande: there used to be the Saint-Sauveur Chapel, but it was destroyed by lightning. The inhabitants of the island then undertook to build a church in 1909. The Île-Grande church will take the name of Saint-Marc. In the meantime, a bridge had been built in 1894 to connect the island to the mainland, and avoid having to cross the beach and the Kervoallan marshes on foot.


Saint-Pierre Church in the village: a church dating from the beginning of the 18th century was demolished when it became too small to accommodate all the parishioners. In 1844, one rebuilt at the same place. The first mass in the new church was celebrated only seven months after the start of the works.

The Château de Kerduel, 16C, exterior visitable from Easter to September The covered alley of Île-Grande. Granite from the Île-Grande quarries was used in particular to pave Boulevard Haussmann in Paris! The famous cobblestones of the Paris-Roubaix cycle race also come from these quarries, as do the stones constituting the Morlaix viaduct. Finally, Île-Grandais granite can be found in certain New York buildings. Although the town is located in the heart of the Pink Granite Coast, the island’s granite is gray. Every year in August, a big antiques fair takes place in Pleumeur-Bodou for 3 days. It is organized at the Château de Kerduel. Its fame goes beyond the borders of Brittany.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip to Pleumeur-Bodou  and worth the detour are

The town of Pleumeur-BodouTown of Pleumeur-Bodou

The town of Pleumeur-Bodou on the ïle GrandeTown of Pleumeur Bodou on the Big Island

And lets continue to Trébeurden shall we!

Trébeurden is a Breton seaside resort on the Channel, at the entrance to the bay of Lannion, classified as a tourist resort on June 13, 1921.  Its main assets are its protected natural sites, its beaches, two of which benefit from an exposure south and south-west rare in North Brittany, its marina with a floating dock, its municipal port and its other anchorages.

The town of Trébeurden is 45 km from Guingamp, 76 km from Saint-Brieuc, 180 km from Rennes, 524 km from Paris, 47 km from Morlaix and 103 km from Brest. The granite massif of Ploumanac’h stretches over 12 km from Trébeurden to Perros-Guirec and is one of the most beautiful geological sites in France! Indeed I agree!

A geological curiosity: in 1978, Odile Guérin geomorphologist, presented to the Academy of Sciences the results of her study on a geological curiosity encountered on the foreshore of Île Molène in Trébeurden. It is an ellipsoid of revolution in its pot (3 tons, 1.40 meters in length, 1.30 meters in width and 1 meter in depth). The Academy authenticates it, as the biggest pebble in the world!!. In the middle of the promenade of Tresmeur, a compass rose includes, among other things, a sundial of reverse analemmatic horizontal type of circular shape. The circumference of the rose has 24 different stones, all from Trébeurden, and whose age ranges from 2 billion to 100 million years!  At Trébeurden, on the occasion of equinox tides, the maximum tidal range is around 9.40 meters with a coefficient of 115!!. The tidal range corresponds to the difference in water height measured between the levels of a consecutive high tide and low tide. In comparison, the maximum tidal range of some ports in northern Brittany (on the same date): Saint-Malo 12.85 m, Erquy 12.25 m, Saint-Quay-Portrieux 11.85 m, Perros-Guirec 9.75 m , and Roscoff 9.15 m.

The D788 road (which we took) connects Trébeurden to the seaside resorts of the pink granite coast: Trégastel and Perros-Guirec. The D788 is commonly known as the Corniche road. Originally built from Perros-Guirec to Trégastel from 1911 to 1918, it was extended to Trébeurden from 1927 to 1933. It was around 1960, at the initiative of the town, that the section from Place Crec’h Héry to the beach of Pors-Mabo (the D6D road) named route de la Corniche de Pors-Mabo was built. A large part of the 20 km course of the Côte de granit rose takes place on the route of the D788. The D6 links Trébeurden to the town of Pleumeur-Bodou. To the north, the D21 connects Penvern to Île-Grande.

The region experienced a wave of Breton migrations, from the 3C to the 8C. Many Bretons from Great Britain land on the coasts, and introduce Christianity there. Their presence causes a significant impact in the region: the names of Trébeurden and Milliau originate from Preden and Meilaw, names of two Welsh monks. With the French revolution, requisitions and looting are frequent and many properties belonging to the lordships are sold. The tumultuous and sometimes tragic history of the priests of Trégor who attended the parish of Trébeurden during the revolution is reconstructed and synthesized by the biographical notes on each of the priests of the region available in the diocesan archives. Ernest Renan made several stays with his uncle Joseph Morand, lawyer in Lannion, at the manor of Trovern. In 1886, he brought back to the young Maurice Barrès this memory of 1830: “I can still see our stone bench sheltered from the breeze, and the rushing waves. I was reading Telemachus… And an old woman ran up saying: “Ar revolution so e Paris! The revolution is in Paris! “. The Côtes-d’Armor departmental archives keep the program of the regattas of Trébeurden from 1895 to 1913 The regattas will resume, in more or less identical form, after the Great War or WWI.

At the Roches Blanches, the Pointe de Bihit, the ensemble formed by the islands and islets of the coast between Trébeurden and Île-Grande, such as Le Castel, a rocky peninsula between the port and the beach of Tresmeur. Kastell means “Castle” in Breton, but in this case, this word designates a rocky promontory overlooking the sea. On the path that goes around it, it is possible to see the “Père Trébeurden“, a rock in the form of of a face profile. The Île Molène has been the property of the Conservatoire du littoral since 1991. It is 300 meters long by 100 meters wide and is located 3 kms from the coast. There is nice Ïle Milliau island . The pointe de Bihit ,from this point, you can see the bay of Lannion, Locquirec and in good weather, the north coast of Finistère to Roscoff and the Ïle de Batz island. The Quellen marsh is located behind the dunes of Goaz-Trez. It serves as a refuge for many water birds.  Trébeurden has several places discovered at low tide where you can practice shore fishing for crustaceans and molluscs: mussels, cockles, periwinkles, clams, clams, etc. This fishing is free but highly regulated (quantities collected, minimum size of catches, etc.). Main fishing areas are  Goas Treiz, and Toëno. Sea baths were reported from 1880 in Trozoul and Tresmeur. Until the 1890s, Trébeurden was frequented mainly by folks from Lannion, particularly at the end of the week. The houses built as a holiday resort are built by local building owners, in a traditional vernacular style . It was around 1895 that the first villas were built, in a new style that could be described as seaside, by sponsors of more distant origins in the department, or even by Parisians. The first hotel on the seafront was built in Trozoul around 1894-1895.


By Rue Pors-Termen, statue of Aristide Briand b. 1932. He spends his summers in Trébeurden with his partner Lucie, Amélie Uro, known as Mme Jourdan.  The Church of the Holy Trinity; and Chapel of Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours in Penvern.  Also,Maurice Denis, famous resident of Perros-Guirec, represented The Bathers in Trébeurden in 1919. Henri Morisset , painted a Beach in Trébeurden, presented at the Salon of the National Society of Fine Arts in 1922. François Mitterrand , former French President was invited by a friend in October 1971,when still not president to spend a few days in his villa overlooking the Pointe de Bihit. There he wrote some of the most beautiful pages of La Paille et le grain, in which he described at length the landscape he had before his eyes. Ernest Renan , writer and philosopher as a child, spent many stays with his aunt, Madame Morand, at the manor of Trovern. He recalls this in his letters from the seminary. Kenneth White , writer, poet. Foreign Medici Prize 1983, Brittany Prize 2006. The extravagant Scotsman, as he may have presented himself, has lived in Trébeurden for more than twenty years.  In The House of Tides, he observes, not without humor, like an entomologist, the landscapes, the fauna, the flora and the local population.

And some webpages that will help you enjoy Trébeurden are

The town of Trébeurden on its heritage: Town of Trebeurden on its heritage

The tourist office of Trébeurden on its heritage: Town of Trebeurden on its heritage

And there you go folks a wonderful road ride along beautiful scenery of my beautiful Bretagne and the gorgeous Côte de Granite Rose in the Côtes d’Armor dept 22! Pleumeur-Bodou and Trébeurden are woth the detour.

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

July 29, 2020

Sainte Anne d’Auray: Chapelle de l’Immaculée!

So coming back closer to home at about 5.5 miles or 9 km of my house; in the town of Sainte Anne d’Auray in my beautiful Morbihan, and my lovely Bretagne and of course my belle France. I have written before of the whole complex but this one always attracted my attention and would like to expand a bit on it. Thanks for reading it.

Here at Sainte Anne d’Auray is located the Basilica minor of Sainte Anne. She is the Patron Saint of Bretagne/Brittany. In the Basilica she is remembered dearly and very much by all Bretons. As the most Catholic of the regions of France.

There is a small chapel in the Cloister of the basilica that I always passed by and for some reason maybe closed did not have picture. There are many that are open intermitently and hard to tell if will be open when you go. This Chapelle de l’Immaculée is one of them and this time got it!

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The Chapelle de l’Immaculée or the chapel of the immaculate as in Mary is very nice and worth going in if open. Here is a bit on it from the basilica and the photos taken this week.

The Carmelite cloister in the Basilica of Sainte Anne, dates from between 1638 and 1642. It was restored in 1860 and in 1994.

This cloister has two floors. The upper floor was once reserved for the Carmelites. On the east side of the cloister is the Chapel of the Immaculate, built around 1890 for the needs of the Minor Seminary.

sainte anne d auray bas ste anne cloister chapelle de l'immaculée inside jul20

The official Basilica Sainte Anne webpage in English here: Sanctuary of Sainte Anne Basilica minor of Sainte Anne

The complex dedicated to Sainte Anne is huge here taken many parts of the town of Sainte Anne d’Auray. I have come several times and you can see my previous posts on search in myb blog; however, there is a lot more to see here! Hope you enjoy the post.

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

July 29, 2020

Sainte Anne d’Auray, stations of the Cross!

Going right along with the richness of history and devotion in my lovely Bretagne we come to Sainte Anne d’Auray again. Of course been only 9 km from our house this is our routine route even to go to Vannes our capital city. My sons change bus here to go to school in the area so needless to say we know the town well.

Well, is a small town and totally devoted to Sainte Anne, the Saint mother of Mary and grandmother of Jesus! Also ,the patron Saint of Bretagne/Brittany. Where the Bretons call her grandma! Everywhere you go in town there is the presence of Sainte Anne. I like to tell you another great work now partially displayed but will soon be the 14 stations of the Cross by 2021. A must to see.

I was there as the Pardon of Sainte Anne was been carried on 26 July 2020, and took the opportunity to go out of the house back for a visit. Hope you enjoy it.

There are five bronze high reliefs placed in the aisles of the Cloister before being installed on the walls. The nine others will join them by the end of 2021. A unique heritage in France, even in Europe. The photos are from no 1 to no 5.

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Five bronzes are making a big comeback in the cloister of the basilica. In total, the Stations of the Cross are represented by fourteen stations, each weighing between 800 kg and 1.2 tons, depending on the number of characters who appear there.

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A work of goldsmith and meticulousness entrusted to Olivier Vilhem, Companion of Duty and Meilleur Ouvrier de France for the quality of his work in metalwork. They had been forgotten at the edge of a field. The fourteen stations, exposed to bad weather for twenty years, arrived in Cholet very degraded and pitted by rust. It is in La Séguinière, near Cholet (Maine-et-Loire no 49) that they were brought back to life.

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The Stations of the Cross were made between 1900 and 1904 by Pierre Rouillard, sculptor from Angers, and by Gaston Chapal, owner of the Kerloc foundries in Auray. The realization of these Stations of the Cross extended over a long period, from 1913 to 1945.

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This Stations of the Cross was made concrete thanks to donations from the faithful and the Congregation of Saint Anne. In this bronze form, it is the largest Stations of the Cross in France, even in Europe. The nine other stations are being restored. They are expected to join their neighbors by the end of 2021.

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The official webpage of the sanctuary of the Basilica minor of Sainte Anne in English is here: Official Sainte Anne sanctuary

Again, hope to enjoy this wonderful restoration for all the world to see. I can’t wait for the other nine!!! They are gorgeous and very nice inspired in a prophetic place, the Cloister of the Basilica minor of Sainte Anne in Sainte Anne d’Auray, Morbihan dept 56 of my Bretagne.

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

July 28, 2020

Basilica minor of Sainte Anne!

This is a major work and needs several posts and creative writing to tell all. I am doing my humble best to show you one of the must see in my Morbihan and Bretagne. The town is well known by all Sainte Anne d’Auray and all revolves around the Basilica minor of Sainte Anne.

I have written several posts on it and will not try to duplicate information here. Simply it was the annual Pardon procession of Sainte Anne on 26 July and I was there again to see some of the festivities as it is for two days 25 and 26 and all day long. They come from all over France and Europe for this event. It is a must see for the traditional culture of the Bretons as said Sainte Anne is the mother of Mary and grandmother of Jesus Christ; patron Saint of Bretagne  known by Breton as the grand-mère or grandmother.

Let me bring some new photos of this Basilica to you and looking forward to seeing you by  ! I am only 9 kms from it!!!

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sainte anne d auray

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The official Basilica of Sainte Anne webpage in English here: Basilica minor of Sainte Anne

And the official webpage of sanctuaries cities and on Sainte Anne d’Auray in French: Sanctuaries cities on Sainte Anne d’Auray

Hope you enjoy it as we do and gorgeous sights passing by it every day.  The Basilica minor of Sainte Anne is a must to see from simply a historical ,architecture point of view to understand Bretagne and why not religious pause as well.

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

July 28, 2020

My vibrant Pluvigner!!!

Well , I have written before on the town, and several me think. We all love to tell about our escapades elsewhere from where we live. I found that weird, there is always something to see around you/us! I have found out already by stepping into my town and surrounding areas with so much architecture and history to do a blog on its own!

However, in addition to things to see and do and eat etc. ; I like to tell about the everyday life in my beautiful Morbihan, lovely Bretagne, and my belle France. Oh yes of course, my vibrant pretty Pluvigner where I live for the last 7 yrs of my life. A town of now only 7K folks…but

The town of Pluvigner aims to reach 10,000 inhabitants by 2030. And to do so, it is giving itself the means to meet its ambitions by launching significant new investments. Like, for example, the creation of a new cultural hub. Right in city center to boot!!  A complete rezoning and improvement that will be welcome by all and now with a new Mayor’s team to boot.

The webpage of the Auray Quiberon Terre Atlantique agglomeration of towns of which Pluvigner is part of ,and we are 24 communities so far. Auray Quiberon agglomeration on the 24 towns

The mastermind will be a new Cultural Center! called “Espace Eugène Le Couviour“, this new complex will provide a roof for the media library and the music school. A 300-seat performance hall will be added to this, which will complement the Le Borgne hall (use as well for voting!) , which has a larger capacity (900 people). New equipment with a floor area of ​​2,000 m2 which will be ideally located in the heart of the town, close to the city/town hall.



The town of Pluvigner bought the old Le bar du Stade, as well as the old garage Lavoquer with his dwelling house. And are going to review the layout of the parc St-Michel park by displaying it more and creating a central space, a sort of green theater so that the town can organize activities there and so that school children can better enjoy it. This is a great idea and the park is very nice walking distance from my house….

Now all the above was put on hold because of the virus, and in the meantime the roads have been improve with new underground water sewer system. The activities on the Cultural Center should continue soon. Bear in mind too August is coming and that is vacation time in France , all stop even the doctors!

For now the Culture section of the town of Pluvigner contacts: City of Pluvigner on cultural contacts

Another future development which is not so good for us as it will make it farther from our house is the Bodéveno site . This is call the cornerstone of the development that will reconfigure the town of Pluvigner. This is a private project, by the current owner of the supermarket Super U  who wants to move his brand there and has purchased an area of ​​14 ha. 9.7 ha will be devoted to Zacom, including 4.7 ha of green spaces , and the rest for housing. The supermarket would be accompanied by a gallery type mall, with shops and a brasserie-style restaurant. The Lidl supermarket (which is even closer to us now) and Mr. Bricolage (a hardware gardening brand now closer to us too) , currently located near the Goh Lanno area (where the middle school or collége is located), would accompany this move.  As well as Feu Vert auto service store ,etc. It seems to be a huge complex like a one stop shopping. The problem is concentration kills and the rest of the areas will be hard to replace the location of this stores. Time will tell!

Another building I go often and do not recall if have a picture is the post office as with families everywhere in different continents , the la Poste is a must. Luckily is also walking distance from my house too!

And this is our post office from official La Poste site in French: La Poste in Pluvigner


And of course, right there just in the back of our mairie or city/town hall we have the municipal police hq and the tourist office annex of the Auray terre de Quiberon agglomeration.  I believe given you shots of the front of the building but not these back sides.



And finally, but not least, the memorial we have of the down B17 bombardier crew of the Beats Me who felled in our town borders (Kéronic,where there is a nice castle too see post) , the a stone or stele was done in the presence of the survivor’s  Charles Roth and Mel Schulstad in 1994 to do in commemoration and thank you of this American crew flying out of England on the 360 bomb group to bomb nazi submarine bases in Lorient.



More on this story on the aerosteles webpage on the Kéronic crash site: Aerosteles on the B17 site crash at Kéronic Pluvigner

And the stele memorial in Pluvigner from the aerosteles webpage as well. Aerosteles on the Memorial B17 in Pluvigner

The American Air Museum at Duxford in Great Britain has more of the story and great pictures: American Air Museum Great Britain on the B17 crew

And that is a bit more on my vibrant small nice quant Pluvigner and we love it here. Nice town to walk around and do it all while having most of what you need in city center! And course right in the wonderful lovely Morbihan 56! Hope you enjoy the personal tour.

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




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July 28, 2020

Carquefou: Church of Saint Pierre et Saint Etienne!

Well as said, having done some road warrior trips out west…in my belle France came back to Carquefou. The town is at the crossroads of autoroutes A11 and A811 in the Loire Atlantique dept 44 of Pays de la Loire region.

As said, did a post on the practical side of Carquefou  ,however, the Church of Saint Pierre et Saint Etienne is so gorgeous! need a post apart for it. It is very imposing walking on rue du 9 août 1944 (where we parked my car)  into Place St Pierre.  The text so well explained is my adjusted translation from the Catholic parish of Carquefou on the church. Hope you enjoy as we did.


As the story goes; the old church consisted of a nave about 19 meters long by 9 meters wide, a choir 6 meters wide by 6 meters deep, two side chapels 11 meters long, separated from the nave and the choir by two voluminous pillars against which are leaned two small altars. This church does not offer enough space for the population. On 1850, it was unanimously recognized the urgency of a new construction, urgency reiterated at the meeting in 1862 or twelve years later!


Finally , the new church was laid the first stone and blessed on December 8 1870, with the construction of the shell lasting about three years; however, it remained to garnish the interior. First, the altars, pulpit, communion table, statues, Stations of the Cross of the old church will be rearranged in the new church, as seen in an old photograph from the end of the 19C!. The new furniture would come only a few years later thanks to new donors.

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The keystones are numerous in the new Church of St Pierre et St Etienne with 24 in total, including eight in the choir and the central nave, one in each chapel and seven in each side bay. They are adorned with bishop’s coats of arms, biblical scenes, or a prophecy from the prophet Isaiah, a sea anchor, acanthus leaves or the coats of arms of donors. For the complete completion of the steeple to the spire, work began in 1895 and was completed at the end of 1896. A high spire dominates the church and the louver chamber is ready to receive the bells. The first and heaviest, weighs 1800 kg and name   Alix-Andrée. The second,weighs 1150 kg, and name Emilie-Sophie. The third, weighing 800 kg, and its name is Marie The fourth being Pauline-Armande-Calixte from 1849 weighing 450 kg as the oldest,having some leaks it was replaced by Juliette Geraldine with a weight of 380 kgs.

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The stained-glass windows were produced in 1872 by a team of twelve glassmakers from Nantes . The high altar in white Carrara marble done in 1902 , is adorned with a campanile, bell towers, arcades and columns that reveal gilded mosaics with floral motifs , and frames a very beautiful golden tabernacle. At the back of the altar is the marriage medal of a family from Epinay. The two side altars have as theone on the left, in white stone, dedicated to the Virgin, was made in November 1891. Until 2001, it was surmounted by the statue of a Madonna and Child: “The Divine Shepherdess” . Due to the chisel of the same sculptor and currently placed opposite the Baptismal Font. The ancient wooden statue of Notre Dame la Blanche or Our Lady the White now dominates this altar. The base represents a very beautiful Annunciation, framed by carved lilies. The third altar from 1893 is dedicated to Saint Anne and Saint John the Baptist and surmounted by a niche which housed, until 1998, the reliquary of Saints Peter and Paul. It houses the statues of Saint Anne and Saint John the Baptist now. Its base is embellished with three marbled marble medallions with the interwoven initials of Saint Anne, Saints Peter and Paul and Saint John the Baptist. In 1854, the relics of St Pierre and St Paul, patrons of the parish were unveiled, placed in a charming reliquary, due to the piety of the parishioners This was the object of a parish feast at the old church, and once this reliquary placed in the current church, at the altar of St. Anne in the niche above the altar. Since 1998, the reliquary has taken place at the high altar, above the tabernacle.

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The three large paintings of 3 meters by 5.50 meters placed at the back of the choir, above the high altar, were painted and offered by Louis Serrandat de Belzim. Then in 1900, there were the two canvases representing the Patrons of our church: Peter, standing in a boat shaken by the storm, and Paul preaching in front of a temple dedicated to the “unknown God”. Under the bell tower, a large canvas representing Christ on the cross, surrounded by the Virgin Mary, St John and Mary Magdalene. Two other paintings placed above the two doors giving on the place St Pierre, represent a bishop and a monk; there is also a descent from the Cross which faces the stained glass window of St André. These four canvases probably come from the old church and bear no sign of signature.

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Fourteen statues adorn the Church St Pierre et St Etienne. These are:

Notre-Dame la Blanche dates from the 14C. La Divine Bergère; the Virgin holds the Child Jesus on her left arm and a staff in her right hand; the Child is holding some ears of wheat and two sheep are crowding along the statue. The statue of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus, under the patronage of the Missions, and the Blessed Joseph Bécavin. Blessed Joseph Bécavin was the child of a large Carquefou’s family. During the French revolution, ordained a priest a few months before, he was massacred in Les Carmes, in Paris, on September 2, 1792, along with many confreres. His memory is venerated there and every year, in September, a mass is celebrated there. The statues of Saint Joseph and the Sacred Heart, Saint Anne and Saint John the Baptist adorn the altar dedicated to them. In this same chapel in the west transept, there is a small Virgin and Child, placed on a plinth of wood. It would come from the Chapel of Avaugour, which has now disappeared, and which stood on the edge of the town of Mauves. A large Christ on a wooden cross, of which no trace can be found in the registers, was placed on one of the pillars of the choir, facing the pulpit. It is currently on the wall of the west transept. The two niches next to the transept doors housed, until 1999, the beautiful dark wood statues of the Patron Saints of the parish: Peter and Paul. Until 1945, they were covered with white paint; stripped and repainted, they contribute to the richness of the church. For a few years, they have been placed against the back wall of the building The statue of Saint Anthony, also in dark wood, is placed at the back of the church and faces the two polychrome statues of the Saint Archangel Michael and Saint Philomena.


The Baptismal Fonts were made and blessed in April 1901. They consist of a 600 kg tank. It rests on a central column surrounded by four small columns. The white marble set weighs 1200 kg. On September 26, 1897, the pulpit was inaugurated. Very imposing, in carved wood with a staircase leading to the ambo adorned with four statuettes representing the Evangelists. It is topped by a carved and openwork banded roof, inside which a dove with outstretched wings completed the ensemble. On October 30, 1880, a five-stop pipe organ was purchased. This organ was moved in 1970 during the redevelopment of the choir and put in the transept, east side, then it was permanently removed when the City Council made the purchase, for the church of an electronic organ.


The Catholic parish of Carquefou on the Church St Pierre et St Etienne in French: Catholic Parish of Carquefou on Church St Pierre et St Etienne

The city of Carquefou on practical information: City of Carquefou practical information

So now feel better in showing this beautiful monument of Carquefou right in city center of course surrounded by great goodies shops and nice restaurants that invites a return soon. Hope you enjoy the take on the Church of St Peter and St Stephen of Carquefou!

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

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July 27, 2020

Carquefou, anyone?

So here I was in another of my road warrior trips in the west of my belle France. I have passed by here before and even had lunch at the Novotel hotel but this time spent a bit more time in Carquefou, in the Loire Atlantique dept 44 of Pays de la Loire region. Therefore, let me tell what is about Carquefou. For a primer , I first heard of this town when the football/soccer team past the quarter finals of the Coupe de France championship! losing to PSG, and came to see it when passing by…..hehehe often the case to find off the beaten paths trips in my region!!

Carquefou is bordered by the Erdre river, and dotted with numerous mansions built by Nantes notables from the 16C. It is only 10 km from Nantes The neighboring towns are : Nantes, Sainte-Luce-sur-Loire, Thouaré-sur-Loire (see post), Mauves-sur-Loire, Saint-Mars- du-Désert, Sucé-sur-Erdre and La Chapelle-sur-Erdre.

The town of Carquefou is crossed by a road of national importance, the autoroute A11 , called L’Océane (the ocean), which joins the Île-de-France region to Nantes, and which is part of the road axis which connects Paris to the south of Bretagne. Carquefou is served by the Vieilleville interchange no 22, which is located on its territory. This interchange provides access to the A811, which joins the center of Nantes, and the RD 178 which extends this axis to the north at Nort-sur-Erdre, and Châteaubriant. To the south, the town is bounded by the historic link to Angers and Paris, the RD 723. The notable secondary routes are the RD 37 which joins Sucé-sur-Erdre to the north and Thouaré-sur-Loire to the south, the RD 178 which leads from the center of Carquefou to the center of Nantes via the Beaujoire, and the RD 337 which connects the town to Sainte-Luce-sur-Loire via the industrial zone of Carquefou. From Thouare sur loire to Carquefou take the chemin la basse hilliere to D723 road, then left on D37 to Carquefou centre in about 8 minutes. For info we parked by the parking des Dames on rue du 9 août 1944 for free with a blue disk for 1h 30 min.

Info on traffic as this region has become dense already and all going towards Nantes.

City of Carquefou PDF map on finding the parking see P on the map here:

The public transport service is provided by SEMITAN (which only putting up for reference as never taken here). This offers bus lines that lead to the tramway lines in Nantes: bus line 75 serves the center of Carquefou and Fleuriaye passes to the “Beaujoire” station of line 1 of the tramway, then joins the faculties(schools) sector where there are connections with the trams of line 2 at the “Recteur Schmitt”, “École Centrale Audencia” and “Faculté” stations; Line 1 (green) accessible at the Haluchère-Batignolles stop (direction François Mitterrand or Jamet for the city center of Nantes). From Beaujoire stop to Commerce stop (Nantes): about 20 min. line E5 is an express line which allows you to reach the faculty sector from Carquefou with few intermediate stops, it is in correspondence with the trams of line 2 at the stations “Recteur Schmitt”, and “École Centrale Audencia” then ends at the “Fac de Droit” stop. line C6 departs from Chantrerie-Granfes Écoles, at the entrance to Carquefou. This line leaves for Nantes city center. The major drawback of this type of mobility is the time required to travel. Today, it takes 45 minutes to reach the center of Nantes !

For public transports schedules and itineraries best to check on destineo for the whole area around Nantes including Carquefou :

A bit of history I like

In 851, the region came under Breton control, Carquefou was part of the kingdom then of the Duchy of Brittany. In the monarchial system, the territory was part, until the French revolution, of the county and the seneschal of Nantes. In 1341, Carquefou is this year the city is at the heart of War of succession of Brittany . Carquefou and its castle, whose garrison is favorable to Jean de Montfort, undergo the fire caused by Jean II of France, duke of Normandy , son of the king of Philippe VI, at the head of an army of ten thousand men and Jean of Normandy seizes it without resistance. In 1532, following the Union of Brittany to France, Carquefou is integrated into the kingdom of France.

During the French revolution, the majority of the population joined the Chouannerie (countryfolks who fought the revolution for king and God for what is known overall as the war of the West). The town is the scene of fighting in Le Clouet. On August 12, 1795, a republican convoy leaves Nantes and heads for Châteaubriant. This convoy carries 25,000 pounds in cash and 1,100,000 in assignats, weapons and ammunition. There are also six cars loaded with flour and two others filled with rum and brandy. The convoy is escorted by the entire 3rd battalion of Arras, reinforced by a detachment of volunteers from Nantes. The Arras battalion, distinguished itself twenty days earlier at the Battle of Quiberon where it was one of the first to enter the fort Penthièvre.  The Chouans/Vendeen while waiting for help from England which never came. It later took part in the executions of the Breton emigrants (from England) and Chouan prisoners. The fury of the Chouans was extreme against the soldiers of the Arras battalion who had agreed to shoot emigrant and Chouan prisoners during the Quiberon affair while others battalions had refused. Once capture they were executed as well.

Things to see at Carquefou are many but very well spread out in the countryside, need a car. As we walked we passed by a shopping center in open air, what was the old halles or covered market, now it has a sort of city of shops inside nice to walk by; Des Halles.  There is a Caravin wine store, cheese store, restaurant Vesta des Halles, tabac or newspaper stand, meat market, pizzeria, etc.


We were able to see the Church of Saint Pierre et Saint Etienne (St Peter and St Stephen) only this time; see later post.

The Château de la Seilleraye or Sailleraie b1671 .  the Château de l’Épinay, whose construction was in the middle of the 17C. Today it is surrounded by a golf course. The Château de La Couronnerie was built in 1850 and bears the name of a lordship attested in 1398. Château de Maubreuil was burnt down during the French revolution. Purchased and rebuilt around 1815 by the merchant and owner of Nantes corsair ships Félix Cossin, he returned by inheritance to the husband of Cossin’s granddaughter, the Marquis of Dion who, in 1934, sold it to the department. In 1938, a sanatorium was built in the park. In 1972, the buildings of the sanatorium became a functional rehabilitation center. The Château de la Barre dates from the 15C. Its first known lord is called Guillaume Grimaud, secretary to Duke Jean V of Brittany, in 1440. It was rebuilt in the 17C. The Château de la Chambre, from the 16C, and rebuilt in the 18C. In the 19C, Mr. Marchis de la Chambre, mayor of Carquefou, owned the castle. It was bought by M. Binet, director of LU companies (biscuits empire) and his wife Marguerite Écomard, around 1920, and still belongs to this family. The 16C Château de la Bréchetière was acquired and rebuilt in the 19C. The 19C Château Bel-Air has become a restaurant. The Château de la Fleuriaye or Fleuriais b1852 is home to the municipal services in the 21C. The 16C Château de la Bidaudière was greatly altered in the 18C. Purchased by Arthur Écomard, mayor and notary of Carquefou around 1900, it still belongs to the family. The same Arthur Écomard bought the Manoir de la Chaumière in 1892 and then enlarged it. The Écomard family sold it in the 1950s. The neo-Gothic Church of Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Etienne was built between 1869 and 1874. For twenty years, it had no steeple. This one, culminating at 66 meters above the ground, was built in 1895-1896. It is located at Place Saint Pierre, which as said we visited.

The city of Carquefou on its history in French:

I rather put this post as a practical information on Carquefou and will do another post with the visit to the Church St Pierre et St Etienne as it is beautiful. Hope you bear with me in showing you the best of my belle France and especially the West , an area that needs to be seen more or as a mouvable feast story, we have the continuation here.

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

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July 27, 2020

Some news from France, CCCXIII

Well I am on a roll, and need to tell you more of the news of France, thanks for reading it over the years. It seems a long time since I started this series on December 9 2010! This is the 313th edition , and I get a kick out of making it than even the travel posts. There is so much to see and do in my belle France.

This is an interesting survey due to the current world situation. The French 28% on leave 22% indecided and 50% on vacation. A bit less than last year they said. 86% will have vacations in France ,with the most by the littoral/coast 43% ,countryside 27% mountain 22%, undecided 8% , in town 6% , and itinerant 4%. There are 72% that will avoid places known to have convid19 therefore, the most chosesn regions will be Nouvelle Aquitaine / Occitanie, then  PACA / Auvegne Rhône Alps, and closing the podium my Bretagne. The preferred places to stay will be 40% with relatives or second home, 39% in hotels or camping, 20% rentals by individual owners, and 1% undecided. The means of transport will be most by car or 3 out of 4 , of course! , 10% by train, 5% by plane, and 4% carpooling. The average budget will be about 1500€ per couple and two children.
59% think of doing more outdoor activity than usual with natural spaces, parks and gardens and heritage sites as the podium. Source: survey of ADN tourisme June 2020, and survey of Opinion Way /Norauto.

News news! the city of Paris is trying to make a deal with Airbnb on the illegal rental companies. The city/town hall wants those interested to put their apartment back on the traditional rental market, at a low rent. The City of Paris asks illegal lessors to offer a classic lease of at least 3 years, with a rent 20% below the market price. And they think owners can afford this?

And on the continue greenhouse Paris mode. At the City/Town Hall, trees will be planted on both sides of the parvis or forecourt. The prospect and the maintenance of a space on the square for ceremonies or events will be respected . Behind the Opéra,  rue Gluck and parvis between the Opéra and Place Diaghilev , greening will be done in such a way as to respect the historic view of the monument. Trees will be planted without obcuring the views.  And concerning the place Henry Frenay, on the north parvis of the Gare de Lyon, a small urban forest will ensure the refreshment of the City. Last but not least, the banks of the Seine river will be adorned with grass on one of the two lanes, thus establishing an arrangement for relaxation and picnics. The other lane must remain paved for emergency vehicle traffic. I guess we will need to take a boat lol!

And the activities around the Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris continues. There are huge potraits captured in a blue and white sky, these workers who clean the north tower of Notre-Dame are rope access technicians, specialized in work at height and difficult accesses. And the subjects of one of the impressive photos of the new exhibition dedicated to Notre Dame Cathedral. Since this past Wednesday, 32 photographs have been displayed on the fences surrounding the largest Parisian construction site. Entitled “The Builders of Today”, this free access installation pays tribute to the trades who work to secure Notre-Dame before its restoration can really begin. Like rope access technicians, carpenters, scaffolders, crane operators, glass masters, stone masons and masons are the heroes of this new series of photos which extends in the rue du Cloître-Notre-Dame the one installed since December over the first months of ” renaissance ”of the cathedral. « Les bâtisseurs d’aujourd’hui : les corps de métiers au cœur du chantier de sécurisation de la cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris » or The builders of today: the trades at the heart of the construction site of Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral, exhibition rue du Cloître-Notre-Dame 4éme. Free access.

In the evenings from Tuesday to Saturday until August 29, Les Invalides invites you to experience a breathtaking historical epic. The opportunity to discover the history of Paris, of the monument, and to come out with stars in your eyes. On the program: 3000 years of history , covered in 50 minutes. From Lutèce to de Gaulle via Clovis, Louis XIV or even Napoleon: the great periods of French history are told in front of an audience of captivated spectators, eyes wide with wonder. In the main courtyard of the Hôtel des Invalides, 129, rue de Grenelle 7éme. Tuesday to Saturday, from 22h30 in July and  22h in August. Price: between 5 and 24 euros. More information in French on  La Nuit aux Invalides

The Le Lavoir Moderne Parisien (LMP) or Modern Parisian Lavoir, a small theater built in 1850 in the popular district of Goutte d’Or 18éme, exactly at 35 rue Léon dreamed of joining the municipal fold: it is now done! This old washhouse described in Zola’s notebooks, which has become a theater for young creation. More info on the LMP here: Lavoir Moderne Parisien

In the heart of summer, the Parc de Saint-Cloud park, renowned for its fountain, its gardens and its magnificent view of Paris, is the ideal place for a family stroll, running or a bicycle excursion. In the huge gardens, you will notice the cut yews or the mosaics of flowers. This is an often overlook spot just near Paris that must be visited more. Domaine de Saint Cloud ;1 avenue de la grille d’honneur, St-Cloud.(Hauts de Seine dept 92).

And yes folks craft beer making in Versailles: it works! Check it out at the La Brasserie du Roi.(or the Kings brewery)  They bottled their first output two weeks earlier! More in French here: La Brasserie du Roi Versailles

Free river shuttles to cross the Seine river operate during the summer at Aubergenville, Juziers and Moisson.  A nice way to see the Seine river outside Paris on my beloved Yvelines dept 78. More info in French here: SMSO bacs or boats across the Seine

And more from my beloved Yvelines dept 78, a mini-cruise in Mantes-la-Jolie to travel back in time. Mantes la Jolie is a town located halfway between Paris and the province (countryside as all outside of Paris is known here ::)). An hour and a half ride on a small boat allows you to discover the third city of Yvelines in a different way, going from the Middle Ages to the modern era. More info in French on Croisières en Seine here: Croisieres en Seine on Mantes la Jolie

A few kilometers south of Bordeaux, between Latresne and Sauveterre-de-Guyenne, an old railway line has been changed into a cycle path, named Roger-Lapébie in homage to the Girondin cyclist. This 47 kilometers greenway is a bit narrow ,about 2 meters , but has an excellent surface which makes the crossing perfectly painless. Things to see along the way are the Abbey of La Sauve-Majeure and the Church of Saint-Pierre, listed as World Heritage by Unesco! You go thru beautiful countryside of undergrowth, wine-growing hillsides, small tunnels, stations converted into bars, restaurants or rest areas ,etc.  In the town of Créon, a bicycle relay point offers very useful services (inflation station, library with maps and travel guides). You can even start from there by renting the vehicle of your choice, from VTC to tandem via electric-assisted bicycle. The Créon bike station in French here: Station Vélo Créon

The Gironde dept 33 tourist office in French on the bike ride Roger LapébieGironde tourist office on bike path Rogher Lapébie

Wrought iron gate, desk, painted wooden chairs and parasols… wonderful indeed! The mismatched furniture in a flea market is scattered on the grass, and the customer is invited to choose his own table, in the shade of the acacias during the day, or under lanterns in the evening. Opened six years ago, the La Guinguette du Phare in Lestiac-sur-Garonne, in the  Gironde dept  33, near Cadillac, has perfectly achieved its objective; to become a popular gathering space facing the river, by promoting discussion and meeting. People come mainly to eat in the chic canteen-style cuisine, at affordable prices, favors seasonal products from local agriculture. But a program (exhibitions, debates, shows, balls dances under a marquee, etc.) also makes the place vibrate artistically, which is a hit all summer long. We recommend that you book a few days in advance by phone. Webpage in French here: La Guinguette du Phare

Been a car aficionado ,needed to put this wonderful anecdote of a historical car that grandparents on wife’s side told me several times! The English voted for the Mini Moke, the Americans the Dune Buggy, the French voted with both hands for the Mehari. In the colorful radius of beach cars, this curious automobile open to all winds, which continues to resonate with its rattling noise around the pontoons of seaside resorts and village markets, has marked its territory. In driving this spartan Citroën, to be driven in sandals and Bermuda shorts, which we saw multiplied in the 1960s and 1970s, we are not leaving , luckily! on vacation,  we live them inside. The Citroën Méhari is not the founding crucible of the beach car. Before it, there was the little-known Baby Brousse, created in 1963 in Abidjan by French manufacturers on the basis of a 2 CV. An astonishing and ingenious creation that looked much more like a dromedary than the Mehari, whose name nevertheless designates this animal among the Tuareg. In 1964, the Austin Mini was the inspiration for the Mini Moke, a small all-rounder that emerged from an off-road vehicle project abandoned by the British military. These pioneers will pave the way for the Méhari that Citroën unveils in May 1968, the day before the general strike. In other words, in total indifference. Yeah nice little car indeed! I have seen them!!! Have you?

In the largest appellation of red wines in the Loire Valley, around fifteen estates cultivate grapes on these small hills, whose sandy soil and vegetation evoke the Mediterranean. Renowned for its medieval fortress, the city of Chinon has nevertheless given its name to the largest appellation of red wines in the Loire Valley. That is 2,300 hectares of Cabernet Franc for the red and barely 100 hectares of Chenin for the white. All around, in twenty-six towns, on both sides of the Vienne, the river which flows further into the Loire. It is also hiding in Chinon itself, on its outskirts. These mounds, which grew in Indre-et-Loire, come from the last geological folds of the powerful mountains of Auvergne. They peak at about thirty meters on average but escape freezing. They are suitable for the inhabitants of elegant houses and for the vineyard. The Puy Besnard, at 88 meters, is the highest. And on tope of wonderful natural scenes you have one of the best red wines of the entire Loire and even France, me think. The winemakers of Chinon in English: Wines of Chinon in the Loire Valley

In Reims, the second life of the Caserne Chanzy barracks. I have not stayed here yet but glad this wonderful building is save and kept for the traditions. Located at the foot of the famous Champagne region cathedral, it has been transformed into a hotel which does not forget to pay tribute to the firemen soldiers who once occupied it. The Chanzy barracks was the first fire station in the city of kings. Built in 1926 in an Art Deco style, it alone symbolizes the energy expended by the town at the time to put the city back on its feet after its almost total destruction during the Great War or WWI. The brigades of firefighters followed there until 1993, when a new barracks was built near the highways for practical reasons. Some 5,500 m2 are thus found abandoned on the forecourt of Notre-Dame Cathedral of Reims, where most of the kings of France were crowned. A local family decides to buy the building and imagine turning it into a hotel. The US group Marriot wins tender, and work began in 2017 and ended in the summer of 2019. The renovation of the old barracks caused a stir, the inhabitants rushed there to see what it was  as all the people of Reims know at least one firefighter who lived within these walls! The result is applauded for its respect for the heritage and the spirit of the barracks, on the facade we find the “Sapeurs-Pompiers” bas-relief, the load-bearing walls and the overall structure are preserved and two additional floors created in order to show the height. From the fourth floor, where the most luxurious rooms are, from 300 to 500 euros per night , the view of the cathedral and the city is breathtaking. The Domaine de Pommery estate also, which stretches out into the distance, the Saint-Rémi Basilica (where Clovis was baptized, in 498) and the courthouse below. But the interior of the hotel is no less striking: every element has been designed in homage to the past of the place. The Marriot La Caserne Chanzy Hotel in English here: Marriot La Caserne Chanzy Hotel Reims

The Ïle de Chatou is a little corner of paradise, located in the west of Paris. It derives its fame from its nickname: “the island of the Impressionists“, a wonderful haven of peace and nature surrounded by the banks of the Seine river. It turns out to be an ideal stopover after a cruise on the Seine. 900 meters long, it runs alongside both the right bank and the left bank. But its fame is due, in large part, to Madame Fournaise’s restaurant. This renowned restaurant welcomed boaters and Impressionists in the 19C, just that! Renoir painted Le Déjeuner des Rameurs or Les Canotiers à Chatou in this restaurant and Maupassant wrote there some short stories about Boating. The atmosphere is therefore there. It is also an ideal site to relax, breathe the air of nature and enrich its culture. To make the most of it, let yourself be tempted by a cruise, public or private, to discover the banks of the Seine, places of residence for many artists. During your cruise, you will continue to discover other emblematic places of Impressionism. The Bains Froids de la Grenouillère, a large ball café floating on the Seine and moored on the Ïle de Croissy, initiated the famous Bains Populaires. You will also discover the banks of the Seine at Bougival, Croissy and many others. Great area with several posts in my blog. The cruise info on the ïle de France tourist office in French is here: Visit Paris region on Chatou

And last but not least a wonderful creation to spent your time in my eternal Paris and with a good chow! Located in the rue de l’Ourcq 19éme at the La Ferme du Rail (the rail farm) . La Ferme du Rail is a social and architectural project carried out in February 2019. Inside, an accommodation and social reintegration center, a student social residence, a production greenhouse and a restaurant. Outside, here and there, a permaculture vegetable garden in the ground, the roof vegetable garden, green areas in the ground, green walls, a henhouse, etc. In short, everything you can imagine on a farm. All this to tell you that from this parcel of land bordering the Petite Ceinture. Then, at the end of this past June, Le Passage à Niveau, its brand new restaurant , be aware,  if you want to go for dinner, remember to book to be sure to have a place.  Le Passage à Niveau (level crossing) La Ferme du Rail. 2, bis du de l’Ourq 19éme Paris of course!

The La Ferme du Rail project webpage in French here: La Ferme du Rail project

The Le Passage à Niveau restaurant Facebook page in French here: Facebook page of Le Passage à Niveau restaurant

And with this I say farewell on the 313th Some News from France! I thank you very much for reading and liking theses posts.

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

July 27, 2020

Vignobles Marchais at Thouaré sur Loire!

So here I am closing my latest escapades in my lovely West of my belle France! I am staying at Thouaré sur Loire in the Loire Atlantique dept 44 of the region of Pays de la Loire. Old Bretagne!

This is a wine region and with the only winery in town it happens to be one of our favorites in France. Not only the wines are good, the prices are right ,but the human factor is excellent. And the ambiance, the welcome by the owners and staff has a lot do with wine driking ,all in friendship and cheers!

I have written before on Vignobles Marchais so will spare you the history of it. We went for tasting the new vintage, buying of course, and this time we were able to have lunch in town. Last time we did it at Carquefou, see that town post.

We got in as usual following the great Loire river on the D751 from Nantes, and always sublime. You have plenty of picnic stops along the way if you wish ( see post). We cruise on down to Thouaré sur Loire and plenty of time before heading for the wines, we had lunch. As we saw it before, this time we came in and what a surprise it was.


The Brasserie La Fontaine at rue de Mauves and inside pl de la Fontaine is a workers’s canteen right smack in town across from the Church of St Vincent (see post). One of the virtues of my belle France is the culinary choices and just friendly town folks of ordinary daily life here, we love it!! We arrived without reservation of course, and immediately were seated in the little terrace out front nicely next to a flower shop and with views of the church.



And we had our lunch. We had bavette d’aloyau or whats best translated as flank steak , fries, salad with breads and a 100 Cl bottle of local rose wine (that is more than a bottle 75Cl). We sat in glory under a sunny day with a nice patio umbrella and went at it. Very nicely done and friendly service as many were known to each other, real country town ambiance we love so much. We finish with dessert i had a creme caramel à beurre salé or sort of a salted caramel cream pudding, nicely done crunchy. A expresso coffee followed to finish the lunch. The bill well this is the countryside, came at about 12€ per person. We shall be back!!!



The Facebook page of the Brasserie de la Fontaine: Facebook page of Brasserie de la Fontaine

From we took the easy ride on route de mauves to reach Vignobles Marchais we already been here couple times before. And we were met by a very nice and knowledable guy who immediately took out into the terrace to avoid having to wear masks! He took a wine barrel out that served as the table and started to bring bottles out! We tasted 6 wines , five white and one rosé as it is the tradition in this area.

thouare vig marchais barrel tasting wines outside jul20


The Melon B of Burgundy but planted here as a muscadet  was excellent apéritifs and light cheeses/meats. The Muscadet Coteaux de la Loire AOP Domaine du Bois Blot 2018 as had before and delicious with fish and chips! The Coteaux d’Ancenis Malvoisie AOP 2018 good for cheeses and apéritifs and white meats. The bubbly rosé Perles Lutines Noir is excellent for apéritfs , soft cheeses, and light meats. The Saveur d’Origine 2014 / grape : Melon was not to our liking.  Another we try but did not purchase this time was the Muscadet Coteaux de la Loire AOP Vignoble de Thouaré 2018.



I also purchase wines from the cellars that belongs to family members in other parts of France which he sells in his cellars such as Malbec from Pays d’Oc ville blanche , Saumur-Champigny, and Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil in the Loire; all red wines. In all 24 bottles for our cellar!


The official webpage of Vignobles Marchais on the cellars in English here: Vignobles Marchais cellars


And yes another wonderful trip down the majestic Loire river and great wine country nearest to me. And we love to go on site to purchase. Hope you enjoy this winelogy trip down to Thouaré sur Loire!!

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

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