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July 18, 2020

Concarneau and its covered market!

Well here is another favorite city of my region that have written several posts on it but again nothing on the covered market or Les Halles! wow;;; this is always a stop for us here!! I like to show it in my blog and give some information that might tempted you to stop by as it is a fine market. Also ,the flea market next to it is awesome.

Of course , I am talking about Concarneau in the Finistére dept 29 of my lovely Bretagne.

You have a beautiful Les Halles covered market with all kinds of goodies and seafood/fish galore, I am in heavens!!! Here you have a big market with foods and other items on Fridays outside, however, inside there are 17 stores front welcoming you everyday from  8h to 13h , and sometimes from  17 to 19h30. Offering are fresh produce, seafood, fish, sausages cold cuts, fruits ,flowers, meats, cheeses, and regional products such as fish conserves,  crêpes,breton cakes and many more goodies!


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There is an open air flea market as well at Place Jean-Jaurès and Place du 8 mai 1945 facing the Ville Close. It is open Fridays from 7h30 to 13h30 , nearly 200 traders animate one of the main markets of Finistère which extends from the Les Halles covered market to the marina. Both food and non-food, its reputation is well established. Also, remember to park upstream of the market places especially in Summer or take the ferry from the passage which links the place Duquesne at the bottom of the ville close. Monday morning from 7h30 to 13h30, more discreet in Winter, this market opens out in fine weather to offer you its finest attire. The Organic market or Bio, Wednesdays from 16h30 to 19h30, 5 to 10 producers and resellers of products from organic farming give you an appointment all year round to offer you their products certified by an approved organization.


«  De toutes les passions, la seule vraiment respectable me paraît être la gourmandise ». Guy de Maupassant! oh yes he knew very well. I put in French because sometimes the meaning is loss but in my best translation effort it means”Of all the passions, the only truly respectable seems to me to be gluttony”.

The city of Concarneau on its markets in French: City of Concarneau on markets

The tourist office of Concarneau on its markets in English: Tourist office of Concarneau on its markets

And again, there you go folks ,I feel better now to tell you about the wonderful markets of Concarneau not far from me and wonderful walking architecturally and historical town of Finistére. Hope you enjoy the shopping !

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

July 18, 2020

Camaret and the sea!!!

I do have to talk about the sea here. As you might know, Bretagne is really a sort of peninsula nedge on a tip extending on the west of France into the Atlantic ocean. Therefore it is sorrounded by water as a peninsula by three bodies of water, the English channel or mer de la Manche, the Celtic sea or mer Céltique and  the mer d’Iroise or Iroise Sea, and baie de Biscaye or Bay of Biscay all going into the Atlantic ocean.

Therefore, as you can read, we are the sea! and one of the best seaman of  Europe , are the Bretons. And of course, the Finistére department 29 or fin terre or end of the earth is nudge right next to these three or four seas ,right in the westernmost corner of Bretagne. There is another smaller peninsula name Crozon right below Brest ,and right at its westernmost tip you find Camaret sur Mer!

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Camaret-sur-Mer is 80 km from Brest by road and 65 km from Quimper and is located in the far west of the Crozon peninsula. Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, more precisely the Iroise Sea, at the entrance to the Gully of Brest.

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More on its history from the city of Camaret sur MerCity of Camaret sur mer on its history

The port of Camaret is located in a cove oriented to the north, protected by the Pointe de Roscanvel to the east and by the Pointe du Grand Gouin to the west, which is quite deep and further protected by a natural bead of pebbles giving the site the shape of a semi-circle which makes it an excellent haven for boats, which was later developed by Man.

Along the sea to reach the furrow, the Toudouze quay, the main quay of the port, crosses the city center of Camaret . Construction began in 1842. It was 350 meters long and 30 meters wide and had four holds. In 1895, it was enlarged. At the end of the latter, it is the Styvel quay with its launching block built after 1926.

The port’s current capacity is 500 berths for residents and 250 additional berths for visitors. Due to its natural shelter, accessible from the sea, halfway between the chenal du Four and the Raz de Sein , the port of Camaret-sur-mer is frequented by sailors from all countries. After having experienced a great fishing activity throughout the 20C, Camaret has currently become an essential stopover for boaters and travelers.

The port is protected by the cliff at the Pointe de Grand Gouin and by a long pebble groove on which a granite embankment has been built. The Camaret furrow has become the symbol of the port; you see all its beauty when entering the city by the departmental road from where a bird’s-eye view allows you to take in the whole of the “urved port as Camaret in Breton says Kameled: the curved port.

The different marinas or ports are:

The port of Notic, a veritable port in the city is very popular with holidaymakers for its direct access to the quays with reception of visitors on external outages A and E, capacity for around 40 boats, and its shops and entertainment. The Captain’s office here is open all year from 8h30 to 12h30 and 14h to 18h

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The port of Styvel or port of the train path only welcomes boaters on an annual contract in Camaret. The Port Vauban or port de la pointe, can accommodate larger draft vessels, and larger tonnage on the heavy pontoon. The Captain’s office here is open July and August 8h30 to 13h and 15h to 20h and on the water has a spot from 7h to 12h and 14h30 to 22h

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You can have more info in French on the city of Camaret port webpage here: Port de Camaret

And on the passport scales webpage in French here: Passport scales ports on the Port of Camaret

A bit more on the history and what is there now

The port of Camaret-sur-Mer has developed on a site protected from ocean swells by a pebble groove 900 meters long. This body of water sheltered at the entrance to the Goulet de Brest, an arm of the sea that is difficult to practice at ebb tide due to the strong tidal currents, has naturally become a privileged spring break on the route to Brest. Its strategic location, at the end of the Crozon peninsula, also allows it to capture the flows between north and south of Brittany, in particular by serving as a refuge for sailors in difficulty during violent gales at sea of Iroise.

The Place Saint Thomas, in the heart of the fishing and ship owning district of Notic, is the city’s commercial center. Today, the Téphany quay hosts some businesses, the summer passenger transit to the Ponant Islands and is now the mooring area for the few remaining fishing boats. Pleasure boats now make up the bulk of the Camaret fleet.They anchor on pontoons in the ports of Notic and Styvel, at the bottom of the cove, or the port Vauban, at the end of the Sillon.

Several heterogeneous built complexes, which already existed at the end of the 19C, can emerge from the port area of Camaret. These are the Sillon, which houses the Rocamadour Chapel, the Vauban tower and construction sites in particular; the hamlet of Styvel, at the base of the Sillon; the homogeneous Toudouze harbor front dating from the middle of the 19C; the Notic district, an urbanized area behind the Toudouze port front at rue Dixmude, rue de Reims, rue de Bruxelles; etc; – the Kléber port front, east of the Toudouze port front. To these groups, can add several isolated elements such as the Abri du Marin sector and the Téphany port area, at the eastern end of the port, built later.

And why not the beaches, we love them too even for me now is just the views and the ambiance as well as beautiful natural setting. Camaret sur Mer has some nice ones of course.

The plage de Pen Hat beach is one of the most exposed on the Crozon peninsula. The rolls can be very impressive there; swimming is moreover prohibited there because of the presence of baïnes. These are fluctuating depressions which dig in the sand, more or less deeply, never in the same place. At low tide, they seem to be ideal pools for wading, but at the rising tide the contours are no longer visible; a careless walker can feel the sand suddenly giving way under his/her feet and fall into the baine (the depth can reach 3 meters) by being instantly sucked out by the very strong swirling currents that form there. However, walks, picnics and making sandcastles are highly recommended. We go only for the splendid view and natural setting just gorgeous! More from plages tv here: plages tv on plage de pen hat at Camaret sur mer

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The other two worthwhile beaches in Camaret sur Mer are

The plage de Corréjou: At the entrance to the Sillon de Camaret and a stone’s throw from the port, Corréjou Beach is the ideal place to relax while watching the boats at the entrance to the bay. Family beach, it is also at low tide the unmissable meeting place for lovers of shore fishing. And the plage Veryac’h beach: Véryac’h beach is located near the Pointe de Pen Hir south of city center/downtown Camaret. It offers a vast expanse of sand in a preserved environment with a beautiful view of the Pointe de Pen Hir which protects this cove. On the left, at low tide, several small sandy coves are discovered ;you need to watch the tide times well before venturing out so as not to get stuck. To get to this beach, take the direction of Pointe de Pen Hir. Before arriving on the point, take the small road on the left following the indications of the holiday center and the crêperie. There is a small parking lot. Plages tv on these beaches in English: plages tv on beaches of Camaret sur Mer

The city of Camaret sur Mer on its beaches in French: City of Camaret on its beaches

And there you go now I feel better telling you  and documenting in my blog these beautiful places of Finistére dept 29 at Camaret sur Mer in the Crozon Peninsula of my lovely Bretagne. Hope you have enjoy the post.

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

July 18, 2020

Camaret and the Atlantic Wall!

As I go up to my neighboring department 29 of Finistére in my lovely Bretagne my horizons of things to see expands exponentially. I have been by here and have posts in my blog, a familiar saying. However, there is always something missing or in depth as usual by now from me. Therefore, I like to tell you a bit more on Camaret sur Mer and the Atlantic Wall!

Camaret-sur-Mer is 80 km from Brest by road and 65 km from Quimper and is located in the far west of the Crozon peninsula. Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, more precisely the Iroise Sea, at the entrance to the Gully of Brest.

As you head towards the Pointe de Pen Hir, you will see from afar the gigantic anchors which mark the Memorial Museum dedicated to the Battle of the Atlantic and which pays homage to all sailors, civilians and soldiers who disappeared at sea during this crucial episode of WWII. It was set up in one of the blockhouses on the cliff of Kerbonn, 50 meters above the sea. Poems are engraved on the anchors.

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The first military fortifications on the site of Kerbonn date from 1889-1891. The Fort of Kerbonn is a hill battery, whose role was to fight against ships in the harbor of Brest. Between 1942 and 1944, the Nazis built casemates on the site. It mainly consists of 4 firing casemates for French 164 mm cannon, 6 passive shelters, 1 firing director station and 3 tanks for defense cannons against airplanes (DCA) One of the Nazi casemates now houses the Battle Memorial Atlantic museum.

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camaret sur mer

The Nazis built many blockhouses along the Camaret coast, as part of the Atlantic Wall, the most important being the Kerbonn battery located between the Pointe de Pen-Hir and the Pointe du Toulinguet, now transformed into a Memorial Museum of the Battle of the Atlantic, but also at Pointe du Grand/Petit Gouin. The Nazi battery of the Grand Gouin is the most important coastal defense of the Crozon peninsula. It was composed of four 220 mm batteries, each accompanied by four bunkers, as well as a fire control station and several parts against the aircraft.

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This is a very good webpage on information about the Atlantic wall in French of course , but I find it the best information available on the web! Crozon Peninsula on the batteries at Kerbonn

Crozon Peninsula on the batteries of Grand Gouin: Crozon peninsula on batteries at Gouin

To know more about the history of Camaret sur MerCity of Camaret sur Mer on its history

And voilà a wonderful tip on the peninsula to see the vast Atlantic ocean and surrounded by history as well as quain harbor seaside town of Camaret sur Mer. Hope you enjoy it.

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

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