Saint Brieuc, the north!

And yes we have been to the way north of Bretagne and expand our knowledge of our adopted region. This is in the Côtes d’Armor dept 22 and the town of Saint Brieuc. I have written before on it but need to tell you a bit more now . Hope you enjoy it.

We came by car easy on the D768 direction Pontivy and then Saint Brieuc ,easy in about 1h30. You have parking in city center at Charner, Poulain Corbion,saint Benoit,les Champs,Raoul Poupard,Gouêdic, and Promenades. We parked for free by rue des promenades one way street.

The Gare Saint-Brieuc train station lines from Paris-Montparnasse to Brest, from Saint-Brieuc to Pontivy and from Saint-Brieuc to Légué. The Saint-Brieuc train station was put into service on September 7, 1863, during the inauguration of the section from Rennes to Guingamp on the line from Paris-Montparnasse to Brest. The station is served by the TGV Atlantique from Paris-Montparnasse – Rennes – Brest / Lannion connections. Saint-Brieuc is served by TER Bretagne trains which run on lines no 1 (Rennes – Brest), no 16 (Rennes – Lamballe – Saint-Brieuc), no 20 (Lannion – Saint-Brieuc), no 21 (Saint- Brieuc – Morlaix – Brest) and no 24 (Dol-de-Bretagne – Dinan – Saint-Brieuc). A TER Bretagne bus/coach service operates with line no. 27 (Saint-Brieuc – Pontivy – Vannes / Lorient) accessible from the station car park. A verify on webpages below due to the virus.

The SNCF train station Saint BrieucSNCF train station at Saint Brieuc

The TER Bretagne info on Saint BrieucTER Bretagne train info on St Brieuc

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You have the Collége/Lycée Anatole le Braz, at 46 rue du 71éme regiment d’infanterie, another wonderful architecture building with a nice chapel and it was here that the local résidents were put in prison during the Nazi occupation on December 10 1943. Three high school students were sentenced to death on February 11, 1944 and were shot on February 21, 1944, at the Fort du Mont-Valérien (see post on MV). Eight high school students arrested on December 10, 1943 were transferred to the Compiègne transit camp and then deported to the Neuengamme concentration camp. Four die there. One dies of exhaustion soon after his return. Only three survive the deportation among these eight. For one of the survivors, the liberation took place on May 2, 1945 in the Wöbbelin camp where he had been transferred after 11 months spent in Neuengamme. In total, counting the other arrests, before or after December 10, 1943, 16 students from Le Braz will be deported. They will die. A teacher and a pastor were also deported. Pastor Crespin died in deportation. In 1948, the school was collectively decorated with the Croix de guerre 1939-1945 War Cross 1939-1945 for exemplar valor in the face of the enemy.

Saint Brieuc

We had a quick lunch a la baguette late at the nice institution of Maison Diener , founded in 1947 , boulangerie/pâtisserie by the boutique des champs 11 rue St François, formule of bacon goat cheese sandwich, nice pain au chocolat and coca cola on the run and eaten right on the corner of the shopping center Les Champs! people watching par excellence. Third generation of a family of taste craftsmen, they invite you to come and discover their products, a mixture of tradition and innovation. They make their chocolates from a grand cru chocolate: “Valhrona”, in retail, in boxes or in luxury boxes. Come and discover their chocolate factory as well as their great specialty, Tro Breiz™ Briochine specialty chocolate developed by Maison Diener. More info here : Maison Diener of St Brieuc

Saint Brieuc

We had our treats at the caramels breton and cookies place of the Biscuiterie Saint Brieuc, next to the old Church of Saint François by rue Saint François and  rue Saint Guillaume, exactly at 58 rue Saint Guillaume. Open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10h to 12h30 and from 14h30 to 19h . La Biscuiterie Caramèlerie Confiturerie Brieuc makes a wide range of biscuits and Breton specialties by hand, notably with salted butter caramel. It is a small team of twenty gourmets who concocts more than sixty recipes: 12 flavors of salted butter caramel, Breton Palets, Kouign Amann, Breton cakes, caramel pound cake, spreads and Confibreizh composed of 52 to 73% fruit! Made without coloring, preservatives and additives, all these delicacies are cooked in accordance with the pure Breton pastry tradition. More info here:  Boulangerie ST Brieuc

Saint Brieuc

And just around the above at Place Saint Guillaume you have a typical wonderful carrousel for kiddies quite quant and pretty me think.

Saint Brieuc

And we had our gourmand tour of Saint Brieuc while seeing some interesting buildings and plenty of history. This is north of Bretagne and it was a nice ride; something to do again me think. Hope you enjoy the tour.

Tourist office of Saint Brieuc on gourmand tours: Tourist office of St Brieuc on goodies

City of Saint Brieuc on things to see in French: City of Saint Brieuc on things to see

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

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