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July 19, 2020

Quimperlé: Pont Lovignon or Fleuri!!

So passing our day again in lovely quant Quimperlé in the pretty Finistére of our lovely Bretagne and in our belle France let me continue our walking journey. Again, bear in mind this is a town visited several times and plenty of posts on my blog. These are new photos.

Also, me think, not written enough on the bridge just passing and it deserves a bit more, therefore, let me give you a post on it ok. It is more locally known as the Pont Fleuri or flowery bridge but also known as  pont Lovignon as the name of the square before it. You get to it walking past the Abbey Church of Ste Croix (see post) on rue Ellé until you see it.


The older bridge here called Pen Pont Ellé dated from the 15C. Built on the frontier of Vannes, and Cornouaille where Quimperlé was the gatekeeper. It was on the road Quimper to Nantes giving access to the three fortified gates of the enclosed town. This bridge it is said was crossed over by Duchess Anne of Bretagne in 1505. It is by this bridge as well that in 1590 the troops of Henri IV entered the town by surprise and vandalised it.

The Pont Lovignon or Fleuri  is a small bridge over the Ellé river. It goes back at least to the 17C. This bridge crosses the Ellé river at the level of the place Lovignon ,and was  until 1643 the only means of access to Quimperlé from the east.  It has 2 of its arches rebuilt in 1746 during the flooding. The bridge was guarded by two towers on heavy thick walls surrounding the lower city or basse ville opening out with three gates following to roads , Vannes-Quimper and Quimperlé-Carhaix. The ramparts were done between  1250 and 1270, became in ruins after the war of the 100 years and were erased for good by 1680.  The granite blocks salvage were then used to built the quai Brizeux bordering the Laita river.

The Pont Fleuri bridge inspired several painters from the 19C on, and one Théa collection of songs collected, words and music, in the Breton language, written by Théodore Hersart de la Villemarque , wrote  Barzas-Breiz (= poems of Brittany ,which is a collection of songs , words and music, in the Breton part of Brittany in the 19C)  has a statue there by the pont and square.


Again , it was discovered in 2003, a sixth arch backfilled on Place Lovignon. The pont Lovignon or Fleuri has retained its medieval appearance with a donkey profile, cobblestones and above all powerful spurs to split the sometimes devastating waves of the Ellé. Recall that Quimperlé is located at the confluence of the Ellé and the Isole then forming a coastal river La Laïta. In 2000, Quimperlé experienced a millennial flood with an overflow threshold of almost 6 meters. As recently as 2018 the flooding here can be devastating yet nothing is done , and folks renovate again and again.


From the tourist office of Quimperlé a bit more on the rivers and the Laita especially in English: Tourist office of Quimperle on the rivers

Hope you have enjoy this brief story on the quant bridge, very narrow maybe 10-15 meters on the Laita at rue Ellé and Place Lovignon in Quimperlé.

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

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July 19, 2020

Le Conquet, the westernmost part of continental France!

Ok this is a re write as the previous post was not really complete as to my wishes and after some time at home and reproofing some of my older posts, I decided to just completely redo this one. The pictures are from 2016.

We got on the car and drove about 2h30 to Le Conquet, the westernmost part of continental France in gorgeous Finistére dept 29, and my lovely Bretagne. Easy ride on the N165 towards Brest and there get on the direction Guipavas airport following Guillou Saint Renan and finally Le Conquet, most on the D67,and finally entering town on the D789.

Le Conquet is the most western town  of continental France. In metropolitan France, only three island towns Ouessant, Île-Mullein and Île-de-Sein are further west. The Breton name of the Le Conquet is Konk-Leon. The second element of the Breton form is Leon, which is the name of the historical region where the place is located: the Land of Leon. Le Conquet is located north of Pointe Saint-Mathieu (town of Plougonvelin). In addition to its territory on the mainland, these islands of the archipelago of Moléne are also attached to the town of Le Conquet:  Île aux Chrétiens, Île de Balanec,  Île de Bannec,  Île de Béniguet, Île de Litiry, Lédénes de Quéménès ou Ledenez Kemenez,  Île de Morgol,  Île de Quéménès ou Kemenez, and Île de Trielen. This is as best ocean living as you can get!

We hit the city/town hall ,park behind it for free, and walk all over. The city hall or mairie has a nice history: A rich industrialist built a sumptous home in 1859 to host big elaborate parties and bring the crowd from Paris. In 1922 , the house was sold to another businessmen from Brest who built a hotel in 1922, the Beauséjour; again bringing the crowd from Paris, this lasted until 1935 when the city of Brest purchase it and created a family campground there. In 1940, it became the general headquarters of the nazi commander in the area ;before going back to a children campground until 1975.  Later,the city of Le Conquet purchase the building and grounds and finally in 2000 it was made into the City/Town hall we see today!

Le Conquet

we move by car to the plage de Blancs Sablons in the presqu’île de Kermorvan, once there we set out on foot all over. There is a huge beautiful sandy beach after a long passageway of sand and wood stairs down to the beach. You can see bunkers of WWII gun emplacement and Fort Saint Louis done by Vauban in 1694 and used again in WWII. The expanses of this beach should be marvelous in summer and we may come back for that.

Le Conquet

Fort Saint-Louis (b.1850),It was a priority  to put in defence the cove of the Blancs Sablons whose device extends from the cove of Porsmoguer to the North (Plouarzel) at the Pointe de Kermorvan to the south or Le Conquet. Six works are thus raised from 1846 to 1852 and two redoubts for the infantry are modernized  originally, Vauban style. The defensive device combines the action of coast batteries, trenches, redoubts and mobile troops. The first three redoubts dating from the end of the 17C were largely rebuilt in the mid-19C as attested by the vintage  “1850 ” located above the entrance.  It was designed in a square plan for  60 men and protected by a dry ditch.

Le Conquet

You continue on the main road the trail up the protected site of Kermorvan, here is glorious walks amongst old stones with beautiful views of the sea and the rocky canyons done on it by the sea; all the way to the pointe de Kermorvan and a lighthouse as well as a fort de l’Ilette, another military marvel done in 1847 and still accessable in low sea levels on foot. We made it all the way to the pointe to see the lighthouse of kermorvan, which is not allow visits.

Le Conquet

We stopped by chance into Les Korrigans grill pizzeria restaurant at 7 rue Lieutenant Jourden and what a nice surprise, friendly talkative owners servers, and a nice English Setter dog, very well behave who play with the kids and my sons!!!  We sat down and ate our favorite pepperoni pizzas-2, calzone, galette bolognase, galette campagnard (potatoes and sausages), all wash down with wonderful Breton beers such as Lancelot blonde, Celtika with raspberries, Coreff blondes, bonnet rouge etc. Dessert for some were poire belle hélene, crêpe banana chocolate,and crêpe marrons(chestnuts). All for 23,60€ per person, reasonable.  No webpage .And we will be back!!

Le Conquet

Le Conquet

After the good meal we were ready to walk,small town. We did get some goodies at the Le Petit Coin de Paradis at 11 rue Poncelin, nice miniature decoration cup for our dining room; nice store loaded, and came back home. webpage Le Petit Coin de Paradis

Le Conquet

And there you another beautiful spot in my lovely Bretagne, right up the alley from my house along the voie express or expressway N165 Nantes-Brest. Le Conquet is a sublime seafarers town and the ocean is always knocking. Hope you enjoy the tour.

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

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