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July 25, 2020

Rochefort-en-Terre: Naia Museum!

So staying in my wonderful Morbihan but given you a bit of magic indeed. I have written on the town of Rochefort-en-Terre (one of the best Christmas markets) but very little if nothing on this wonderful museum of NAIA. Let me tell you a bit more on it ok

In the park of the castle and an adjoining building you have a unique museum of imagination or NAIA Museum. This born of a leyend as the sorcier of Rochefort en Terre and showing many things of magic and celtic origins. It is worth the detour as it is on the alley going to the castle itself.

Rochefort en Terre

The Naïa museum is a museum dedicated to fantastic and visionary art. The town of Rochefort-en-Terre acquired the town’s castle and put the rooms and collection of the art museum that it contains available to the artists Patrice “H” Hubert metal sculptor and Manu Van H painter / designer . The Naïa museum opened its doors in April 2015 by defining itself as a museum of the arts fantastic imaginary . Its name refers to Naïa the witch, who lived in the ruins of the castle at the beginning of the 20C.

Rochefort en Terre

In premises totaling 250 m2, the museum preserves and presents works working with different mediums and in different genres such as painting, sculpture, photo, video, monumental art, digital art, science fiction, kinetic art, etc.  A wide choice among the 300 works exhibited by 82 different artists of international renown.

Rochefort en terre

Visiting the Naïa Museum in Rochefort-en-Terre is like stepping into the fantastic and fascinating world of Tim Burton and Mad Max. In this unusual universe, metallic creatures, half insects, half machines, seem to welcome visitors. Further on, sculptures, paintings and drawings catch the eye with their spiritual or dreamlike aestheticism.

The cabinet of curiosities was renamed and becomes: La chambre des merveilles or the  room of wonders, which welcomes new artists including Mathieu Duval with his ceramics, impressive of finesse, and Jean-Luc Varenne known under the artist name of Dol’Art and its splendid very aerial sculptures in copper wire; inspired by the fantastic, mythology, intuition, sensitivity, legends or science fiction.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here and is worth the detour are

The NAIA Museum in English: NAIA Museum

The city of Rochefort en Terre on the NAIA Museum in French: City of Rochefort en Terre on the NAIA Museum

The tourist office of Rochefort en Terre on the NAIA Museum in English: Tourist office of Rochefort en Terre on the NAIA Museum

After all, it is a very nice combination of visiting the castle and this museum which are on the same grounds in beautiful magical Rochefort en Terre in my beloved Morbihan ! Hope you enjoy it as much as we did/do.

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

July 25, 2020

Josselin: Canal Nantes-Brest!

And I bring you back to my backyard, my marvelous Morbihan breton dept 56 of my beloved Bretagne. Again, been here before, but feel not told you enough about the beautiful natural setting of the Canal Nantes-Brest passing by Josselin.

The Canal de Nantes-Brest ,by 1923, the construction of the levy at Guerlédan and the railroads advancement to carry freight slow down the growth of waterways , before the canal was actually began construction in 1804, having 236 levies,  it was finally finished in 1842.  It leaves a beautiful waterway down the town nowdays nice for walks, eating, and sailing the canal. At Josselin, there is a nice promenade and river boat ride can be had in the Nantes-Brest Canal that passes by the city and just on the back of the Castle along the river Oust. The walks behind the castle are sublime and the boat rides magnificent, also plenty of canoe and kayak activities. There are different green spaces to welcome you with picnic tables and deckchairs, such as l’île de Beaufort (island), Square de Tard or the écluse du quai (lock levy on quay).


We go always by car here from Vannes is about 45 minutes via D778 and N24 by way of Saint-Jean-Brévelay. From Rennes you go via the N24 in about 60 minutes. For info, there is a bus line operated by the network Keolis Armor ,stop at Place de l’appel du 18 juin in Josselin. This is the line Pontivy-Rennes with correspondance connection at the SNCF gare de Rennes train station. More info on the bus line in French here: Keolis Armor bus line Pontivy Josselin

The Canal Nantes-Brest is a small gauge canal that links the cities of Nantes and Brest and follows the Erdre, Isac, Oust and Blavet valleys (which it joins at Pontivy) , Doré, Kergoat, Hyères and Aulne; these rivers are connected by three junction canals crossing water divides. The Canal Nantes-Brest is dotted with 238 locks, 17 of which are submerged by the Guerlédan dam .


Its construction dates back to the first half of the 19C and its total length is 364 km. From the Erdre to the Aulne, the canal measures 364 km, but only about 73 km is artificial. Eight rivers are channelled to feed it, or developed to make them navigable, becoming the ramifications of a rather surprising Breton navigable network.

The idea of opening an inland waterway in Brittany dates back to the 16C when the duchy of Brittany was united with the kingdom of France. The canalisation of the Vilaine, decided in 1538 by the States of Brittany, made this river navigable from Rennes to Messac, and from 1585 allowed the first river connection from Rennes to Redon and to the Bay of Biscay by the Vilaine maritime way. However, it was not until the beginning of the 19C and the blockade of Brest by the British, to convince Napoleon I of the strategic interest of unblocking Brest by the hinterland, of supplying the arsenals of Brest and Lorient with food and ammunition with Nantes and Saint-Malo. Finally, in 1858 was the   inauguration of the canal by Napoleon III and Empress Eugenie on the site of the “Guilly Glaz” maritime lock.


Today, the hauling horses have given way to fishermen, walkers and sportsmen. Barges that have disappeared, the canal no longer opens its locks except to lovers of canoes or kayaks, boaters on sailboats, speedboats and other motorized boats, the industrial and commercial usage have turned into a tourist route. Walkers or cyclists can walk along the canal entirely thanks to the towpaths. This route was also included in the route of the Vélodyssée cycle route(the Atlantic cycling route, more in webpage): Cycling Véloodyssée

Josselin rue du canal to chateau by canal jan12

I must add the superb view and ambiance of walking or even riding a bike along the Canal Nantes-Brest,  just below the Château de Rohan of Josselin (see post). Sublime!!! Hope you enjoy this natural wonderful beautiful way of my Morbihan.

Josselin canal nantes brest along chateau aug12

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here and is a must are

The tourist office of Broceliande on the Canal Nantes Brest at Josselin: Tourist office Broceliande on canal nantes brest at josselin

The tourist office of Brittany on the Canal Nantes Brest in English: Tourist office of Brittany on the Canal Nantes Brest

The Canals of Brittany on the Canal Nantes Brest in French: Canals of Brittany on the Canal Nantes Brest

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

July 25, 2020

Pizzeria at Hennebont!

Now let me take a break and bring a nice place we enjoy over the years since first tasting it in 2012! I have several entries on Hennebont, in my beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne. However, only mentioned it once and not enough coverage what is already a memorable spot for my family.

I feel it needs to have more in my blog which is a collection of my life’s travels and good cheers as well as a force to overcome the lows of our lives. This stays a nice up in our lives so therefore will give you and me a bit more. Hope you enjoy and stop by , recommended.

We had several lunches here and happy birthday to my Dad.  We always eat here while visiting Hennebont. I chose the Pizzeria del Castello or The pizzeria of the castle in Italian, at 5 rue Maréchal Joffre. Very nice friendly folks, who took our pictures, and were prompt and food well done. The resto is very near the Tours Broêrec’h and on the other side the Church Notre Dame du Paradis  . We had had several combinations here including non pizza items such as faux filet grill in sauce poivre, Tartiflettes, and burger à cheval. The pizzas I like is the  primavera with chorizos. Plenty of apértififs from porto to jack daniels, kir, and beers. The desserts are of good size and well done especially our family favorite the banana splits , and the poire belle helene. We eat with wines and on this place you can get good Italian wines such as the  Villa Burghese, Paqua, Bardolino red , very good.  The meals are around the 22-24 euros each time per person very good deal.



In this pizzeria, you will have the choice between 20 à la carte pizzas, such as the essential Reine (tomato sauce, mushrooms, shoulder beef, cheese) or Campagnarde (chamipgnons, bacon, fresh cream, cheese), salads such as Niçoise, Venetian or Gourmet, meats (Norman cutlet, grilled entrecote, etc.), pasta (tagliatelle carbonara, etc), omelettes or even homemade desserts such as tarte tatin. Pizzas and dishes are also to take away. Pleasant surroundings, and a family caring makes it tops in Hennebont.



They are open again, and have a Facebook page here: Facebook page of Pizzeria del Castello Hennebont

The tourist office of Lorient South Brittany is here on the Pizzeria del Castellotourist office of south Brittany on pizzeria del castello

There you go now looking over my photos of my many found these and not on my previous posts so now feel better and a credit is given to a nice place , Pizzeria del Castello in Hennebont, Morbihan, Bretagne! Enjoy it

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

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