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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.

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Perros Guirec

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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 31, 2020

Trégastel, the north, Côtes d’Armor!

And yes my dear readers we are on the move again, traveling in my belle France! Nothing better to start than go up about 2 hrs north of me to the neighboring dept 22 of the Côtes d’Armor and visit a bit more Trégastel. We have been on the area before but there is so much to see alone in my beautiful Bretagne that we need to come back again and again.

Let me give a general picture of Trégastel!

Trégastel is seaside resort, the population is multiplied by five in Summer season, like now!. One in two dwellings is a second home. Trégastel is located between Perros-Guirec (see later post) and Pleumeur-Bodou (see later post) on the Côte de Granit Rose or pink granite coast, 70 km from Saint-Brieuc prefecture and 11 km from Lannion, the sub-prefecture. I have come here only by car!

 

By road, the town is served by the departmental road D11 coming from Lannion and by the departmental road D788 coming from Pleumeur-Bodou or Perros-Guirec. There is the Lannion Côte de Granit Airport with daily connection from Paris Orly by Hop! By TGV train line Paris – Lannion or Plouaret with connection at Lannion connection. Lannion SNCF station then bus line E Tibus Stop Ste Anne. Ferry terminal in Roscoff coming from Cork – Plymouth and Bilbao;located 1.5 hours from Trégastel by bus Line E A “TILT” network (Transports Intercommunaux Lannion-Trégor) managed by the LTC (Lannion Trégor Communauté) Agglomeration serves the town of Trégastel via line E from Lannion. Information at https://www.lannion-tregor.com/fr/deplacements/le-reseau-tilt.html

The 17 km of very rocky coasts alternating with fine sand beaches, creeks and spread of rocks, are bordered by small islands which are discovered at low tide while the hinterland shelters wooded valleys, and in particular the Traouiero, at the crossroads of dirt roads. The historic and architectural heritage of the town is exceptionally rich, due to the presence of megalithic monuments in covered alleys, menhirs, Gallic stele and religious buildings such as chapels, churches and ossuaries built between the 12C and the 17C, without forgetting tide mills, calvaries and other fountains and washhouses. Trégastel has always attracted renowned writers and painters, and the cultural program is rich in artistic and musical events. Leave it to the writer Charles Le Goffic to finish convincing you if need be when he said: “Sapphire and coral, blue sea, pink rocks, it’s Trégastel on sunny days”.

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A bit of history I like

Trégastel acquired parish status in the 12C or 13C. The first town was created on February 24, 1790 during the French revolution. The first mention started really by 1225 when land was acquired here by the monks of Bégard Abbey. In the 12C it was built the city center church or Bourg church. In 1375: Charles V grants Bryant de Lannion permission to build a tide mill as a reward for his help during the War of Succession of Bretagne. On the site of this one another was built in 1764, which still exists, on the Trégastel / Ploumanac’h border. It ended its   activity in 1932 but open for visits. In 1861, there is written information that in Trégastel, they spoked French and Breton almost indifferently, but Breton dominated, especially among women. In 1869: the statue of the Bon-Sauveur is erected at the request of Abbé Bouget at the top of a rocky mass of Coz-Pors. It was blessed in 1869. It would later take wrongly, the name of statue of the Eternal Father, its current name. In 1872 it was built the Calvaire or calvary of the city center or Bourg, commissioned by Abbé Bouget. In 1895 it was built the Château de Costaérès by Bruno Abakanowicz dit Abdank, a Polish engineer. In 1967 it was built the Aquarium Marin de Trégastel located under a pile of several thousand tons of pink granite, near Place du Coz-Pors, at the start of the Ïle Renote island road, and under the statue of the Eternal Father.

The market is organized every Monday morning in the parking Sainte-Anne. In winter, around fifty traders offer you their merchandise. In summer more than a hundred traders exhibit, making up the largest market in the area. In July and August the market is exclusively pedestrian.  Trégastel has two adjoining ports, “Port Ouest”   with 150 places partially in deep water and “Port Est” with 50 places, easily accessible at all tides, by marked channel. Coz Pors: from May to September with 200 moorings on buoys available. In addition, there are grouped anchorages in Kerlavos Bay and Ste-Anne Bay. Each boat owner is responsible for providing their own moorings. Request to reserve a place: Technical services of the City/Town Hal all year +33 (0) 2 96 15 92 33 . Address of the Harbor Master’s office from June 15 to September 15: Tel: +33 (0) 2 96 23 49 51 or email: capitainerie.tregastel@orange.fr

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Trégastel has 13 sandy beaches with varied orientations, accessible at any time. The beach of Grève Blanche and the beach of Coz-Pors are supervised in July and August by lifeguards. Dogs are allowed on all Trégastel beaches from September 15 to June 15, and prohibited from June 15 to September 15. More on the beaches here: https://en.plages.tv/seaside-resorts/tregastel-22733

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There are also, 4 picnic areas in the town at plage Quo Vadis beach; Lac des cygnes lake ; plage Toul Bihan beach and Ïle Rénote. Motorhome stopover Parking du Tennis-Club, Rue Poul-Palud.

Things to see at Trégastel, which we still have not seen them all!!!

The Gallic stele of Trégastel is one of the rare witnesses to the Second Iron Age; it dates from the end of the 4C BC. It is a 3 meter tall monument, of the conoido-quadrangular type, each edge of which is folded down to form three grooves. On a whole face, are engraved doubtless symbolic reasons: two spirals in “S” and a spiral in ram’s horn. The stele has been moved to the front of the Trégastel Tourist Office in Place Sainte Anne.

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Sainte Anne Church has a flat chevet building built between the 12C and the 19C. It is a church where all the centuries, from this period, are represented. The semi-circular 17C ossuary presents an elegant gallery with balusters and a roof surmounted by a turret with a granite dome. The ossuary collected the bones from the graves of the cemetery because the latter is not extensible; it was necessary to make room for the new deceased approximately every five years. This ossuary constitutes the originality of the church of Trégastel. The furniture consists, among other things, of a Romanesque font with grotesque figures, the pulpit to preach of the 17C, a beam of glory, of an old wheat measure in stone of the 14C In addition, some old statues representing Notre-Dame de Délivrance, Saint Anne, Saint Marguerite, Saint Nicolas and Saint Yves between the Rich and the Poor. After being under the patronage of Saint Laurent, the Church of Trégastel is currently placed rather under the patronage of Saint Anne, whose feast is in July, date on which forgiveness is celebrated. The west gable, resulting from a first reshuffle, presents a portal from the end of the 14C and the beginning of the 15C. The south facade has a square and vaulted porch, from the end of the 16C. In the 19C, a restoration, in granite from Île-Grande, made the old bell tower with three openings disappear, to replace it with an arch supporting two bells. Collaterals forming six spans separated by arches broken flank the capped nave. On the window-master whose replacement dates from the 17C, the stained glass windows are more recent and date from 1869. Saint Brieuc and Saint Tugdual, the patrons of the bishopric, are represented in the center of the window.

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The site where the Sainte-Anne-des-Rochers Chapel is located has long been dedicated to spiritual life. This place of the town was swampy with a fountain and a wash-house. There was also a dolmen which, today destroyed, was an outbuilding of the Peulven farm. After the end of the Roman occupation, a group of monks from across the Channel installed a hermitage with a small wooden chapel. This place then took the name of Langastel. The chapel was founded by Jean de Lannion, lord of Aubays. Around 1630, he was lieutenant of the constabulary of Bretagne, governor of Lannion, captain of the ban and the rear ban of the bishopric of Tréguier, responsible for monitoring the coasts. He also has great devotion to Sainte Anne, patron Saint of Bretagne, which explains the dedication of this chapel. The chapel was rebuilt in 1787. Before 1928 the chapel was a simple rectangle sixteen by four meters. It was not until 1928, with the advent of sea bathing fashion, that the chapel was enlarged with the creation of a transept with the choir in the north wing. Its old character is preserved thanks to the reuse of stones from the hamlet of Keravel. In 1933, the gable was advanced and the sacristy carried out. The altar stone comes from Saint-Marc Chapel on Île-Grande, which had been destroyed by lightning some thirty years ago. On one of the pillars of the entrance to the chapel, is the sculpted torso of a mutilated Christ, in Kersanton granite, from the Calvary of the bourg, built in 1872. This is all that remains of the great cross struck by lightning in 1912

The Calvaire du Bourg or calvary of the town, built in 1872 on the initiative of Abbé Bouget, who had it built on the hill of Krec’h Lest, not far from the town’s church. This dry stone monument consists of a chapel-crypt, dedicated to Notre-Dame-de-Pitié, surrounded by a narrow spiral path which goes up to an upper platform on which the base of the cross. In the first niche is the granite statue of a kneeling peasant holding a spade; in a second, to the south, a statue of the Sacred Heart, made of wood. The following niches house the statues of Saint Laurent, Saint Joseph, Saint Yves and finally Saint François Xavier . You see writings in Breton marking the route.

The moulin à marée du Grand Traouïero or grand Traouïero tide mill was done in 1375, when King Charles V granted Lord Bryan of Lannion the right to have a tide mill built on the arm of the sea that comes from Trov-Meur between the place that says Toul Ar Carhent and Ploumanac’h. The current building dates from 1764 engraved above the door. Its last miller was Toussaint Le Brozec who ceased his activity in 1932. However, the tide mill is open for visits.

In a unique site,the Aquarium marin de Trégastel or theTrégastel marine aquarium nestles under a set of pink granite blocks. This site was in turn the Chapel of Coz-Ilis until about 1877, troglodyte dwelling for successively three families of fishermen including the Adam family, ammunition depot during the war, prehistoric museum before becoming since 1967 the current aquarium dedicated to coastal species from the English Channel. The roof of the first room has a single span of 22 × 15 meters. It weighs almost 5,500 tons! It is one thing to see here, a must!!!More info here: https://www.aquarium-tregastel.com/

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In near Trégastel is the l’île Renote island, now a peninsula, with many beaches. This peninsula offers a view of the Sept-Îles, the lighthouse of Ploumanac’h and the island of Château de Costaérès. A path for hikers goes around the peninsula, about 2 km long. This path runs along the numerous beaches and coves that border the peninsula. Nice indeed!

The Château de Costaérès is located on the Island of Costaérès in the territory of the town of Trégastel, The term castle is overused, it is in fact a large manor of neo-medieval style characteristic of the large holiday homes of the end of the 19C on the pink granite coast. The building, with complex volume resulting from several enlargements, is made of pink granite from the quarries of La Clarté, district of Perros-Guirec. The roof is slate. Its interior layout was designed with reclaimed wood from a three-masted stranded in winter 1896, the Maurice. This was built on an island bought by Bruno Abakanowicz (also called Bruno Abdank, engineer and mathematician of Polish origin at the end of the summer 1892. After 1900, the date of the owner’s death, his daughter, Sofia Abakanowicz, who became Madame Poray, had the villa enlarged by a west wing on the back of the facade. During WWII, the villa was requisitioned by the Nazi army, and suffered some interior damage. Following roofing work, on September 6, 1990, a fire partially destroyed the interior of the castle. This castle took the name of the islet of one hectare on which it was built: Costaérès which comes from coz-seherez which means in Breton “old drying factory”. It was there, in fact, that the sailors dried the fish in the sun. The islet is located opposite the beaches of Tourony and Saint-Guirec (Ploumanac’h), and separated from the latter by the channel of the port of Ploumanac’h (see post)formed by the stream of Grand-Traouiero. It is accessible at low tide via plage Tourony beach.

These webpages will help you plan your trip here

The city of TrégastelCity of Tregastel

Tourist office of the Côtes d’Armor in English: Tourist office of the cotes d armor on things to do

The tourist office of the Granite coast of Brittany on Trégastel: Tourist office cote de granite rose on Tregastel

The Brittany tourist office on things to do in the Granite Coast in English: Brittany tourist office on things to do in the Granite Coast

There is so much to do and see here, this is a general overview on subsequent posts and times I will expand on each of these places. For now enjoy part of the Granite Coast of Brittany at Côtes d’Armor and in the area of Trégastel.

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

July 30, 2020

Vannes, carrefour, and our shopping!

So once in a while I indulge myself in a more personal post just to show all family and friends and ourselves the daily routine in our lovely Morbihan, beautiful Bretagne, and belle France!

This time we went to our regular shopping center for groceries and buy/sales video games in Vannes. 

Of course, we did the errands first. I got up with my boys and went to the garbage disposal facility to discharge of cut lawn grass, paper boxes, pressurised containers etc in our déchèterie of Pluvigner in the zone de Bréventec. On the way back ,we stop at our favorite bakery or boulangerie Y & E for our tradition baguettes and some sweets or pâtisserie.

Once done we hook with our oldest boy in Vannes to do the groceries at Carrefour hypermarket. This is a centre commerciale with several stores like a shopping center. Here my boys of course, went to Micromania store to sell and buy new games.

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Finally, we hit Carrefour for our groceries.

As usual we are all over here even if by now you think we should know all the aisles by heart. Tradition oblige we zig zag the entire store. It is a nice all inclusive Carrefour and it has what we need. As we like now do barbecues here they sell ready made skewes of different meats and plenty of sausages and chorizo ready made for it. We loaded up.

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Once home, the boys did their homemade pizza with chorizo and cheddar cheese! All wash down with our recent buy bubbly perles lunatin noir of the Loire at Vignobles Marchais.(more later).

And back for a ride with our wonderful dog Rex in the park nearby Goh Lanno (see posts). And finally ,home for our late night news and more on the current situation. We heard that our fav Quiberon is under a new vigilance for covid19 as some clusters have been detected there making it difficult to go.

So as I told my local friends , this is for long at least until the end of 2020. The same for work as we are doing teletravail or at home work for now , luckily still with full pay. Be safe!

Hope you enjoy the tour of a personal day in my lovely Morbihan, beautiful Bretagne and belle France; and of course, sublime Vannes.

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

July 30, 2020

Sainte Anne d’Auray: Academy of Music and Sacred Arts!!!

Again 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 said, Sainte Anne is known here as the grand-mère or grandmother as she is in history the mother of Mary and grandmother of Jesus!

One of the spots inside the Basilica complex that I have always tried to get in but is only open on regular visits and mine have been all over at random always missing it. However, will mention here just as a reminder to me to come back in more details. You can search my other posts on Sainte Anne d’Auray as I do passed by here almost every day,  and yes many things to catch up seeing , so many to see !!!

One of these is the Academy of Music and Sacred Arts which is sort of a school and even over radio Sainte Anne as well as a museum of sacred arts. I believe was here way back when came to this area but did not bother to take pictures and then well… so much to see! Let me tell you briefly on it ok.

The Academy of Music and Sacred Arts in Sainte-Anne-d´Auray has become the largest cultural center in the pays d’Auray, (that is the agglomeration or metro area) with deep roots. Founded in 1999 under the name Center for Sacred Music, the Academy of Sacred Music and Arts (aka=Admas) ensures, through music and the arts, the enhancement of religious and cultural heritage, mainly in Brittany.  The academy is in charge of the liturgical music of the sanctuary. It also offers a season of concerts.

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Some of the things to see here other than the music are

Breizh ha feiz, life and faith of Bretons in county of Vannes with traditional costumes, reconstructed scenes and everyday objects of Breton folk art are presented and evoke aspects of the sacred in the daily life of populations around 1900.
The Treasury room, where pilgrims’ votive offerings are displayed, objects offered in thanks to Saint Anne, from the most precious to the most modest.
The upper gallery of the cloister: Sainte-Anne-d’Auray, history of a sanctuary in Breton country; where objects from the Sainte-Anne-d’Auray collections are presented to the public during temporary exhibitions.

The official page of the Academy of Music and Sacred Arts in French is here:  Official Academy of Music and Sacred Arts

The Basilica of Sainte Anne on its Academy of Music and Sacred Arts in French: Basilica Sainte Anne on the academy of music and sacred arts

The city of Sainte Anne d’Auray on the Academy of Music and Sacred Arts in French: City of Sainte Anne d’Auray on the Academy of Music and Sacred Arts

And there you go folks, you got all the info you need to make it here and maybe join me. I will need to be back, so close 9 km yet so far for pictures! Stay tune to your blog, thanks for reading .Hope you enjoy the briefer on the Academy of Music and Sacred Arts of Sainte Anne d’Auray.

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.

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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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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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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