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August 31, 2020

Belz: Saint Cado it is!!!

And I continue along the coast of my lovely Morbihan and getting into the nice coastal villages and towns of it. Along the Gulf of Morbihan considered by many publications one of the most beautiful bays in the world , and I agree!

And we come to the small town of Belz and its wonderful village of Saint Cado. There is much to see here, will give you a couple posts ok; hope you enjoy as we do.

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One of the nicest and most photogenic spot here is the oyster house or Nichtarguer. Well moored on its islet, a stone’s throw from the village of Saint Cado and the island of Saint-Cado, the house of Nichtarguer (“oyster house”) can be admired 360 degrees from the seawall bridge, from the bank, from a pontoon ;and above all it is to be skirted by sea kayak or paddle to admire it up close! (not me saw at a distance) Built in 1894, it is the home of the former keeper of the oyster farm. It cannot be visited but is so photogenic that it is difficult to leave Saint Cado without taking a picture of it.

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Saint Cado was a monk from Wales in the 6C. He lived in Armorica (part of present day Brittany) between the 5C and the 7C. He came to find his compatriots driven out by the Saxon invasion and resided on the island of the Etel river which today bears his name. He built an oratory there, founded a monastery and devoted himself to the evangelisation of the countryside. He was also at the origin of the construction of the 100 meters causeway which connects the island to the land, which earned him a popular legend. The stone bridge!

The legend of the diabolical bridge has it that having been repeatedly demolished by the sea and discouraged Saint-Cado decides to appeal to the Devil for help. Desiring a bridge, but lacking the means to achieve it, he calls on the Devil to help him. This one proposed to him to build it himself. As a reward guide, the devil would have the first living being to cross this bridge. Saint Cado accepted and the Demon created the work overnight. The next morning, Saint Cado, more cunning, bought a cat, which passed over the bridge. Satan did not expect it. According to this legend the famous bridge finally saw the light of day. Blessed by the Saint and strong enough he resisted the vagaries of nature.

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Once you have crossed the seawall, turn right around the island. You have seen the oyster beds throughout your walk. On your route, you will come across a 1832 Calvary and the 18C St Cado fountain (which as you can tell at high tides is filled with sea water!). All in a nice leisure walk amongst the sea all around you!

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The tourist office of Brittany on Saint Cadohttps://www.brittanytourism.com/destinations/the-10-destinations/southern-brittany-morbihan-gulf/saint-cado-et-la-ria-detel/

The Bay of Quiberon tourist office on Saint Cadohttps://www.baiedequiberon.bzh/saint-cado-ria-d-etel

The city of Belz on Saint Cadohttps://www.mairie-belz.fr/saint-cado,311.html

Enjoy it for the sea scenery, the tranquil surrounding , great for walks ,bikes and even the car can come right before the stone bridge to the island, in the island all is on foot but tiny. Beautiful spot in my gorgeous Morbihan. Again enjoy Saint Cado, as we did.

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

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August 31, 2020

Belz: Church Saint Saturnin!

And continuing with my road warrior trips around coastal Morbihan dept 56 of Bretagne in my belle France. These areas are very close to me and do spent quite a bit of time around them. However, for do not know why pictures and stopping were short to say the least. I am redoing them now with new text and photos. Hope you enjoy it as I did.

One of the quant towns in coastal (south) Morbihan is Belz. It is less than 19 km from my house! The area is known for its oysters , mussels production, and quite a few monuments.

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The town of Belz is bounded by the Etel estuary, by towns of Erdeven and Locoal-Mendon. It also includes the Saint-Cado island, located on the Etel estuary(see post). One of the nicest one in the bourg or city center is the Church Saint Saturnin. Let me tell you a bit more on it.

In 1888, 66 bronze axes as well as gold bracelets were discovered in Belz. These objects are exhibited in the museums of Carnac, Vannes and Saint-Germain-en-Laye (Yvelines 78). The town is now proud of a prestigious prehistoric site. Following a fire which incidentally freed the landier present in an artisanal area, a field of menhirs was discovered in July 2006 on the site of Kerdruellan, near the estuary of Étel.

The city of Belz on its menhirs and dolmenshttps://www.mairie-belz.fr/dolmens-et-menhir,318.html

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The Church of Saint-Saturnin was built in 1914. In the past there was a Saint-Saturnin church in Belz, of Romanesque origin, but the last major restoration of which dated from 1678. This church, due to lack of maintenance and necessary restoration work, was unsuccessful. In a state of disrepair, it was destroyed in 1913. The new Church Saint Saturnin in Neo-Gothic style was built immediately after. The work began in May 1914 . Despite the declaration of war,(WWI) , it continued until the end of the year. For lack of money, the bell tower was not built. The church is dedicated to Saint Saturnin, bishop martyred in Toulouse (known here as Saint Sernin, see post on basilica) around 250. Divided into four bays, the nave has superimposed broken arched windows. The choir is formed by two straight bays and with two lean-to sacristies. There is a wooden ex-voto ,a votive tuna boat that bears the name of “Sainte Anne d’Auray”.

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The city of Belz on heritage including the Church Saint Saturninhttps://www.mairie-belz.fr/bourg,317.html

The tourist office of the Bay of Quiberon on Belzhttps://www.baiedequiberon.bzh/belz

And there you go folks, doing justice to the wonderful architecture and history of my region dept 56 Morbihan in my lovely Bretagne. You will do well to stop by Belz if anything for its delicacies of the sea. Hope you enjoy the post as I did.

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

August 31, 2020

Some news from France, CCCXIIII

And time to catch up on some of my favorite news from France. It has been a slow sad period for many, and we are still fighting with the light at the end of the tunnel better. In my neck of the woods all is clear for the rentrée or the coming back from Summer vacations. The weather has been rainy cooler already we have 12C now and was up to 20C during the day.

September 1st 2020 is the rentrée or re entry or working after the long summer Vacations in France so therefore, historically, new changes and new laws come into play as well. Some of these are

The entry into force of the wearing of the compulsory mask in middle school, high school, and in business offices. It’s back to school for thousands of schoolchildren, middle school and high school students. But one of the biggest changes initially announced for Tuesday, the implementation of the second part of the unemployment insurance reform, has been postponed due to the economic crisis. Regulated gas sales tariffs applied by Engie will increase by 0.6%. On the electricity side, this Tuesday will mark the end of the measure to suspend any reduction or interruption in the supply of electricity and gas and late payment penalties for all customers. The prices of cigarette packs will change slightly, following a decree published in the Official Journal on August 11, 2020. Some packages at 9.20 euros will increase by 10 cents, others, at 9.60 euros, will on the contrary decrease a little. From September 1, and until October 15, the Scolarité – Services portal is open to applications for scholarships for students enrolled in high schools and regional adapted education establishments (EREA). Declined over six income levels, these grants vary from 441 to 933 euros and will be paid quarterly. The partial unemployment scheme for home-based employees, set up in March to help individual employers in difficulty to pay their home-based employees and childminders, is coming to an end in mainland France. This September 1, the fixed fine is generalized for drug consumption. What does it mean? That the consumers arrested will no longer go to court, provided they are of legal age, recognize the facts, and be in possession of less than 10 grams of cocaine or 100 grams of cannabis: they will be fined directly, and will therefore receive a ticket and a fine, as for a large number of traffic offenses. This is set at 200 euros, but can be reduced to 150 and increased to 450. September 1, fairs, shows, but also a number of shows, except concerts in standing configuration, should be able to resume without authorization or gage.

With its 50 km of temporary cycle paths, Paris is transforming to become a more cycling city. To the point of looking like Copenhagen one day? Not that easy !  A bicycle traffic jam on a cycle path. It was still unimaginable in Paris some time ago. But today, at the time of leaving the offices and on certain major axes, Paris almost looks like the European cycling capital. In Copenhagen, 28% of all daily trips are made by bicycle. And almost one in two people cycle to work or school every day. In Paris, even though bicycle use has jumped 52% in one year, cycling only accounts for around 3% of all daily trips.

Julian Alaphilippe, closer to the Tour de France stars! Winner of the second stage on Sunday in Nice and a new yellow jersey, the French rider, who paid tribute to his father who died at the end of June, returns to his exploits of a year ago. “I promised myself to win for him”, he said. “ I wanted to dedicate this first victory to him. We have all had a difficult year. ” Bon vent Julian.

The Grand Rex, the pharaonic cinema designed by producer Jacques Haïk, camped in the 2éme arrondissement of Paris, has experienced many adventures. It is the only cinema where the public looks up… to the sky. How difficult it is not to be ecstatic, silent, in front of these Greek statues, these gigantic trees and this wall covered with plants with candlesticks. This 5,000-seat juggernaut, whose shape is inspired by atmospheric theaters in the United States. And with the largest screen in France. A 300 m² canvas hanging from the ceiling. From the outside, a protuberance culminates on the gray facade. It’s the projection booth. At the top of a staircase, a Charlie Chaplin dressed as a clown detonates on a fresco of corsairs painted by Mahé . Jacques Haïk was born in Tunis in 1893. From modest origins, he arrived in France with his brother as a teenager. Very studious during his studies, he quickly turned to the cinema and began by exercising small trades as a delivery of reels. At 20, he invested in his own distribution of American films and was the first to introduce Charlie Chaplin in France. He produced around forty films between the 1920s and 1930s. He gave their first roles in talking cinema to Annabella, Arletty, Jules Berry. He made Danielle Darrieux, Harry Baur, Victor Boucher work… He became one of the three biggest French producers. The Grand Rex ,an institution of Paris to see. More in English here: https://www.legrandrex.com/en/

Visit the Tour Jean sans peur or fearless John tower. This fortification, built in the 15C, is the last vestige of the hotel of the Dukes of Burgundy. Furniture, decoration and costumes allow the public to immerse themselves in the daily life of the Middle Ages. Open Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. 20, rue Etienne-Marcel 2éme arrondissement. Admission price adults 6 euros.More info in French here: https://tourjeansanspeursite.wordpress.com/

Lick your chops at the Chocolate Museum. Discover the 4000-year history of cocoa through a unique collection of thousands of objects. You will learn that the Mayans laid the foundations for the use of cocoa but also that the Aztecs considered it to be food for the gods. A tasty journey. 28, bd de Bonne-Nouvelle   10éme arrondissement. Admission price adults 12 euros. Have contact tel +33 (0) 1.42.29.68.60. More info here: https://www.museeduchocolat.fr/?lang=en

 This year, the inhabitants of Saint-Cloud will not see 120,000 festival-goers disembark in their park. The Rock en Seine festival, which should have been held next weekend, has been postponed due to the health crisis. Instead, the organizers have mounted a “Festival of festivals”, a large concert that will be broadcast on France 2 and France Inter, this Thursday evening. The poster is beautiful: Alain Souchon, Camélia Jordana, Christine and the Queens, Philippe Katerine… And the consequences on life in Saint-Cloud will be minimal compared to the usual festival lol!. More here in English: https://www.rockenseine.com/en/

At Brie-Comte-Robert ,Seine et Marne dept 77. Participate in the restoration of a fortified castle! takes part in a volunteer workcamp at the Château de Brie-Comte-Robert. The Friends of the Castle association welcomes volunteers who take part in the restoration of the medieval castle. The castle and its friends webpage is here: https://amisduvieuxchateau.org/

The residence Arcades du Lac and les Templettes designed by Ricardo Bofill celebrates its 40th anniversary in Montigny-le-Bretonneux ,Yvelines dept 78. A sound and light show will take place on the walls of this emblematic place in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines with its unique architecture. More from SQY here: https://www.saint-quentin-en-yvelines.fr/fr/sortir-et-decouvrir/envie-de-culture/le-musee-de-la-ville-et-le-patrimoine/le-patrimoine-et-le#scrollNav-4

Mon Grand Plaisir is off to a flying start, as can be seen from the crowd observed this Saturday. Plaisir , this Saturday forty-eight hours after its official opening, the 39,000 m2 shopping complex is always full. Always was packed, we shop here plenty of stores spread all over,now with this huge place no surprise for me. Great spot!More info here: https://mongrandplaisir.com/

However, different story for language programs as less international travelers and students due to covid19. For language travel organizations, a catastrophic summer! Business losses of around 80%!!!

Two beer enthusiasts near Lille transformed the old textile factories buildings to create the Brique House. A hybrid place where it is good to drink homemade mousses, taste the best pizzas in the area or just hang out on soft sofas. In Saint-André-lez-Lille, on the outskirts of Lille, stand the Halls de la filature, a convention and exhibition center popular with local businesses, set up in old textile factories, all in red bricks. and with a beautiful height under ceiling. At the beginning of March, in this area – which is industrial in name only , the Brique House settled, a living space attached to a craft brewery on some 1,700 square meters. Give a beer and is pack lol! Their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Brewery/Brique-House-Brewery-110428033727280/

Manifesta invests for the first time in a French city, with a 13th edition necessarily turned upside down by the Covid-19. The exploration of new forms of being together is at the heart of the three aspects of the Marseille event. The main program, “Traits d’union.” thus devotes many projects to public space, based on an urban interpretation of the city like a puzzle. “Les Parallèles du Sud” brings together projects led by certified local actors, including the regional contemporary art fund of Provence-Alpes-Côte d´Azur or the Friche la Belle-de-Mai, but also more alternative places. Finally, the “Third Program” invites artists to work with the inhabitants of the most disadvantaged districts of the city.   Places and exhibitions will gradually open. Among the proposals presented during the opening week: a hybrid boat from Forlane 6 Studio, as an exit from the industrial revolution, but equipped with the latest technologies in terms of ecological transition (at the Old Port and Port-de-Bouc), Olivier Millagou’s totems created from waste collected in the sea when he surfs (at the Borg shipyard), or a plastic opera by the duo of “Displace” (Marie Ilse Bourlanges and Elena Khurtova) on the notions of migration and identity in a psychiatric hospital in Aix-en-Provence.   Until November 29 2020, More info here : https://manifesta13.org/fr/home/

The refined art of Léon Spilliaert at the Musée d’Orsay “Digue la nuit” (1908), by Léon Spilliaert , ink wash and watercolor on paper, Paris, Musée d’Orsay, preserved in the department of graphic arts from the Louvre Museum. Orsay Museum, How sad, Ostend, at night! At least when it’s Léon Spilliaert who paints it. It’s sad, but it’s beautiful: refined, minimal, his views of the Belgian seaside city where the artist was born in 1881 (he died in Brussels in 1946) are unlike anything known, even if we have attempted to classify their author among the Symbolists, perhaps because of his friendship with the poet Emile Verhaeren . As for his portraits, most often full-face, haggard, hallucinated faces, they are akin to expressionism. You can’t miss the exhibition of an unclassifiable painter, especially since it is the first in France for forty years. More at Musée d’Orsay in English:https://www.musee-orsay.fr/en/events/exhibitions/in-the-museums/exhibitions-in-the-musee-dorsay/article/leon-spilliaert-1881-1946-50012.html?tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=254&cHash=fbd8f79872

Good news for Parisians and professionals who have been hit hard by the health crisis. The ephemeral terraces of bars and restaurants will be perpetuated until June 2021! In total, no less than 8,000 restaurateurs have installed extensions on sidewalks or parking spaces. Ephemeral terraces that will be extended for ten months! Bars and restaurants in the capital will be able to occupy parking spaces and sidewalks until June 30, 2021.

With its 12 million inhabitants covering an area of 12,000 km2, Île-de-France region is the most urbanized region in France. However, more than 78% of its surface is made up of plant, agricultural, forest and horticultural spaces.! Of course, they do! And yes they do have a webpage in French:https://www.iledefrance.fr/tourisme

The department 67 of Bas-Rhin is home to the new national reserve of the Robertsau and Wantzenau forest, on the northern outskirts of Strasbourg. Almost all of the Robertsau forest, military land and part of the La Wantzenau forest. And two new regional nature parks are added to the 51 existing in France, that of Mont-Ventoux in the Vaucluse dept 84 in the PACA region and the Baie de Somme Picardie Maritime regional nature park in the Somme dept 80, region of Hauts de France.

More on Bas Rhin here: https://int.strasbourg.eu/en/forests

More on the Mont Ventouxhttp://www.ventouxprovence.fr/en/home.html

More on the Baie de Sommehttps://www.baiedesomme3vallees.fr/pnr-baie-de-somme-picardie-maritime/

And there you go folks, enjoy my belle France. Until next time in this your favorite channel and mine’s ::) And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

August 30, 2020

Arzon: Port Navalo!!!

And voilà this is another peninsula in my lovely Morbihan of my gorgeous Bretagne in my belle France. I come here often and as often do not take pictures, sort of like a local habit nowdays I guess. This time wanted to put new pictures into my blog and new text of beautiful Port Navalo.

Let me tell you, this is a harbor area with the sea, beaches, boats of all sorts and great seafood restaurant to boot. WE love it!!! It is about an hour from my house. I have written before on Port Navalo as said we come here often even to ride tandem bikes!

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The Port-Navalo is a former coastal fishing port dating from the early 20C , and it is now administerily part of the town of Arzon; in the Rhuys peninsula. This coastal resort offers a panorama of Quiberon and Locmariaquer as well as the interior of the Gulf. The harbor of Port Navalo and its traditional port. Formerly animated by fishing, it is today a holiday resort. The view dominates the currents of the narrow gully which marks the entrance to the gulf of Morbihan and its islands which close the horizon. Opposite, you can see the shores of Locmariaquer(see posts).

You can take a taxi boat between Port Navalo and Locmariaquer here: https://www.passeurdesiles.com/liaisons-regulieres-golfe-morbihan/bateau-port-navalo-locmariaquer-horaires-tarif

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You take the expressway N165 from Vannes along the Nantes Brest axis,direction Nantes   and get off at exit or sortie Sarzeau, Rhuys on the road D780, all the way to the end. There is a bus service on line 24  Port-Navalo – Arzon – Sarzeau – Vannes from the gare de Vannes to the peninsula done by the bus network Kiceo, never taken.

The Grande Plage de Port-Navalo ; which is ,also, the best. AKA  Port Blanc plage:. Located on the tip of the Rhuys peninsula, this pleasant sandy beach is particularly popular with families. The services nearby are numerous: parking, first aid station, picnic tables, restaurants, beach clubs and playground. Little extra: The Breizh Sable Tour stops here every year for a week to introduce children to the art of sand sculpture free of charge.

The plages tv webpage on the beaches of Port Navalohttps://en.plages.tv/detail/port-navalo-beach-arzon-56640

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The phare de la pointe or lighthouse of the tip of Port Navalo ; since 1840, a lighthouse indicates the entrance to the Gulf of Morbihan. The current lighthouse dates from 1891. Port-Navalo is an excellent refuge in bad weather from south Strait the port is connected by sea links to Belle-Ile, Houat and Hoëdic islands.

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Like said this is an area to come to relax, see the sea, the enjoyment of anice big beach, all with quant restos and shops all around you, just lovely for a day or a weekend. In season ,”normal” you need to come early to avoid the traffic as there is only one road in and out of the peninsula the D780. Hope you enjoy as we did

Ahh and of course, if come here, need to eat, seafood par excellence, the real life of the Morbihan and Bretagne overall.  Port Navalo is no different, as we dig in for our mussels bouchet at La Grande Cale resto on 29 rue Général de Gaulle which is actually sitting between the big beach and the port walking distance leaisurely easy. A pleasure to tell you.

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We had two bottles of brut Cidre Nicol local breton cider with moules bretonne (mussels in cider and cream) moules roquefort (mussels with roquefort cheese) and moules curry (mussels in curry sauce), all ended with cafe gourmand a nice portion of coffee and far breton a local pudding with ice cream and fresh fruits; all for less than 27 euros still a good deal for the sizes and the view! No webpage but listing in the Morbihan tourist office here: https://www.morbihan.com/arzon/restaurant-la-grande-cale/tabid/12660/offreid/60fc30a9-f887-42fc-a8f2-cf63f12bace1

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Some additional webpages to help you plan your trip here and it is recommended.

The ports of Arzon : port Navalo :https://www.ports-arzon.fr/page/port-navalo

The city of Arzon on  port Navalo boating info: https://www.arzon.fr/les-ports-et-mouillages-communaux/

Tidal waves info on Port Navalo for boaters and swimmers: http://maree.info/104

The tourist office of the Gulf of Morbihan on Port Navalohttps://www.golfedumorbihan.bzh/explorer-vannes/decouvrir-vannes/golfe-morbihan/presquile-rhuys/arzon/port-navalo/

You have it all to enjoy a wonderful day or weekend in beautiful Port Navalo in Arzon, in the Rhuys peninsula of my gorgeous Morbihan. Hope you enjoy the post as I did.

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

August 30, 2020

Arzon :Church Notre Dame de l’Assomption!

Well as usual by now, I go into many places stop take some pictures and move on with so much to see in my belle France, there is always time to come back. And I do come back , eventually. This is the case of this post.

Many times in this lovely town in the Rhuys peninsula and some posts on it but not in depth as it should. Now new text and photos for the Church Notre Dame de l’Assomption in the town of Arzon. Hope you enjoy as I did.

Arzon is a town located at the end of the presqu’île de Rhuys ( Rhuys peninsula), it is bordered to the north by the Gulf of Morbihan, south by the bay of Quiberon, western part of Mor Braz (the big sea by the Breton just before going out into the Atlantic ocean) , and to the east by the town of Saint-Gildas-de-Rhuys (see post). The town of Arzon has two seaside resorts of very different characters: Port-Navalo (see post), dating from the early 20C (see post) , and Le Crouesty (see post). The town has 7 beaches! You take the expressway N165 from Vannes along the Nantes Brest axis,direction Nantes   and get off at exit or sortie Sarzeau, Rhuys on the road D780. there is a bus service on line 24  Port-Navalo – Arzon – Sarzeau – Vannes from the gare de Vannes to the peninsula done by the bus network Kiceo. 

The town of Arzon goes down in history by the big gate: it is the first place of the Rhuys Peninsula to appear in a written document, in 836, when Louis the Pious gave the land of Arzon to the prestigious abbey of Saint- Saviour of Redon. The very name of Arzon comes from the Latin “a redonense”, dependence of Redon.

Arzon has a secondary residence rate of 79.5% in 2020 and takes on the appearance of a ghost town outside the tourist season. It has 3 small islands around its territory such as Er Lannic, Hent Tenn and ïle de la Jument. Several tips going out to sea with great views dot the territory of Arzon such as Pointe du Béché; Pointe de Béninz; Pointe de Bilgroix; Pointe de Kerners; Pointe du Monteno; Pointe de Penbert; and Pointe de Saint-Nicolas.

The nice monument to see here is the Church Notre Dame de l’Assomption . The parish church of Arzon was completely remodeled in the 19C, but the site is, in fact, much older. Indeed, historically, the town of Locmaria (now the town center of Arzon) has developed around a priory, a small monastery dependent on the great abbey of Redon. The site consisted of a chapel, monks’ accommodation and a tithe barn. Only the latter survived, south of the current church.

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From 836 it can attest to the presence of a place of worship in the village of Arzon in Locmaria in the same place as today. Property of the Abbey of Redon, its size was modest but its fame great! It took scholars to evangelize the tip of the peninsula and compete with the Abbey of Saint-Gildas. However, over time it deteriorated. during the French revolution it became unusable and the services had to take place in the village of Kerner. Rebuilt and largely enlarged in 1815, was added a monumental neo-Gothic bell tower whose bells will be baptized in 1855. A series of embellishments and restorations followed, the most notable of which are the sanctuary in 1880, the bell tower in 1890 and a vault in 1920. The entire interior was redone in 1951.

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In 1673, 42 Arzon sailors were requisitioned from the Anglo-French fleet to fight the Dutch in the First Battle of Schooneveld on June 7. They made a wish to Sainte-Anne and all came back alive despite the defeat. A stained glass window pays tribute to this strong episode in local life as well as an annual pilgrimage to Sainte-Anne-d´Auray.

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In the Choir, there is an 1890 copy of the “Immaculate Conception of the Venerables”, a 1678 masterpiece by the famous Spanish Baroque painter, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo the original of which is on display at the Prado. Long exhibited in the Louvre, this copy would have joined Arzon during the works of 1951.

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Other things to see here are Pen Castel tide mill; Cairns du Petit Mont, the Butte de César as supposely he fought here against the local celtics tribe of Vénétes (which gave the name to Vannes); and the beaches of course.

As you might guess by now, the town per se is big even if the jurisdiction covers here the main bourg or city center ,there are many parts which I will cover in the next post. In all, it is very nice to come for a leisure day or weekend as we do and enjoy the boats, the beach, and get to walk around the main bourg to see wonderful monuments like the Church Notre Dame de l’Assomption.

The parish webpage for the Church is here in French: https://www.paroisse-arzon56.com/eglise-notre-dame-de-l-ascension

The tourist office of the Gulf of Morbihan on Arzonhttps://www.golfedumorbihan.bzh/explorer-vannes/decouvrir-vannes/golfe-morbihan/presquile-rhuys/arzon/

And there you go a bit more of an introduction to the town of Arzon and its main monument in city center. Hope you enjoy the tour and Arzon in its Rhuys Peninsula of the Morbihan dept 56!

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

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August 29, 2020

Saint Philibert and its beaches!

I am moving right along the coast in my wonderful Morbihan dept 56 of Bretagne, France. The beaches of Saint Philibert are about 23 mins by car from my house.

I like to tell you a bit more about them with new text and photos. Not to repeat myself , beach bum since birth and city goers by adulthood, know about beaches and these ones are good.

First on the scope is the plage Men er Bellec beach located in Tréhennarvour cove in a pleasant environment made up of pine forests and a few residences. Stretching for about 400 meters with a gentle slope, attendance is very family-oriented. On the other hand, at low tide, swimming is impossible as the sea is too far. Sanitary facilities near the car park.  The Men er Beleg beach is nice for unwind day for me and walking with our dog Rex on the pine forest along it is superbe!

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The best for us is the plage Kernevest beach is a sandy beach very popular with families. 250 meters long, the left side is bordered by a pleasant pine forest and the right area is occupied by a sailing center. The beach is closed to animals from April 1 to September 30.

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The Kernevest Beach is a white sand beach, popular with families with its parking nearby. A nautical club and the sailing school are located in the fort of Kernevest 19C. This is a dandy and recommended for swimming and walks.

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My fav webpage for beaches in France is plages tv, here it is the Saint Philibert beaches as above: https://www.plages.tv/station-balneaire/saint-philibert-56471

We come here and enjoy a galette and or nice pint of beer Penfold with the views of the pine forest. The Creperie de la Pointe, 14 rue de Trélian is perfect for this. They have a Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/www.creperiedelapointe.fr

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This is beautiful countryside by the sea, the real living, and nice views now and when the tourist leave even better! Hope you enjoy the beaches of Saint Philibert.

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

August 29, 2020

Saint Philibert and its Chapel!

So as usual, there is a huge amount of monuments around here, some pretty old and meaningful to the locals. I have driven by it but never stop by or maybe it was close; well today I was lucky ,it was open. So let me tell you a bit on the monuments of Saint Philibert, Morbihan, Bretagne, France!

Dedicated to sailors, the Chapelle de Saint-Philibert ; 4 Rue de la Chapelle ; plunges you into a magical world. At high tide as at low tide, the chapel watches over the neighboring fishermen and oyster farmers on the banks of the Ster river. Built in 1648 in the heart of the Bay of Quiberon, its architecture has evolved over time. In the 17C, imagine it looked like a fisherman’s house, on a rectangular plan with a simple central nave.

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Restored twice, in 1773 and in 1785, it was again enlarged in 1954 at the level of the north transept. Then the hamlet of Saint-Philibert grew, and its chapel followed suit: today, it has two lateral extensions for the transepts, and an extension at the back corresponding to the location of the current altar. If it is commonly called a “chapel”, this religious building is the Church of Our Lady of the Nativity. Entering through the main door of the Saint-Philibert Chapel, you take the tiny central aisle leading to the altar, bordered by a few wooden benches, and a splendid “Espére” or hope stained glass window with a marine anchor, on your right.

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The altar is available to you in this colorful little setting. Its sky-blue vault is studded with white stars; the hanging ship models are quite recent because the old ones were stolen in 1989! First of all 3, there have been 4 since 2009, when the oyster farmers of the village offered the 4th model. Skylights pierced in the roof of the chapel are the only skylights with the few stained glass windows.

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To your right and left, in perfect symmetry, the transepts are also modest in size, each with a small staircase leading to a tiny floor. The surface of the chapel is thus doubled to accommodate more faithful during services. All dressed in blue, the woodwork fits perfectly with the azure ceiling. The altarpiece dates from the 17C; the 19C painting of Saint-Philibert on a boat is surprising!

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In the center, a large, richly decorated Baroque altarpiece from the 17-18C, made of tufa by artists from Laval and Angers, adorns the back of the choir. Decorated with four large black marble columns with Corinthian capitals surmounted by two pediments, it houses, in its central niche, a statue of Saint Philibert dressed as a bishop. The Saint is again represented in the large central painting, later, produced during the 19C. He is seen disembarking in the river, on a stone trough, after sailing from Ireland to evangelise the inhabitants. On either side of the painting, two large niches house two statues, not contemporary with the altarpiece: Saint Anne teaching Mary to read as a child 16C and the Virgin carrying the Child Jesus 19C. Coming out through the small door of the chapel, one can admire two beautiful fountains: the closest to the church, intended for animals, was built at the same time as the church by 1649, while the larger one, at the more noble architecture built in the 18C was reserved for the inhabitants of the town.

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The city of Saint Philibert on its heritage including the Chapel: https://www.saintphilibert.fr/st-philibert/patrimoine/

The tourist office of the Bay of Quiberon on walks showing the Chapel: https://www.baiedequiberon.bzh/explorer/randonnees-en-baie-de-quiberon/les-circuits-de-randonnee/randonnees-a-pied/saint-philibert-men-er-belleg

This is a bit out of the bourg or city center all along the coast and before hitting the beaches as mentioned on another post. All on road D28 Saint Philibert, follow plages or beaches. Hope you enjoy this jewel that is worth the detour to see it, the Chapelle de Saint Philibert is very nice indeed.

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

August 28, 2020

Locmariaquer and its beaches!

And here I am around a familiar town only 28 mins from my house on the Gulf of Morbihan in wonderful Locmariaquer. There are several posts on the town and its attractions, these are new text and photos. Hope you enjoy it as we do

The fine sandy beaches are protected by rocks that uncover at low tide. These bushes extend from the island of Méhaban to the beaches of Saint Pierre. These are Plage de Saint-Pierre, Plage du Brénéguy, Plage du Toul Keun, La grande plage – La Falaise, Le Rolay, Plage de l’école de sailing, Plage Valy, and Plage de Kerinis. All wonderful but I prefer the Plage de Saint Pierre or La Grande Plage.

Pentue and wild , the plage Saint-Pierre beach will delight lovers of nature and relaxation. Surrounded by the dune of Saint-Pierre and the charming little wood of the Pointe Er Hourel tip, it promises pleasant walks. You will be amazed by the number of kite surfers who take advantage of this windy bay at high tide. At low tide, the pond becomes a paradise for birds which make themselves a real feast. On the other side of the pond, there is the beach. Quiet, stretching over a little over a kilometer, you can bask in the sun in summer, or take the opportunity to collect seashells when the water cools.

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The plage de La Falaise beach, also called the large beach, is very popular with families. It is located due south and overlooks the ocean. It is famous for fishing on foot during high tides. Protected by the dunes, the ideal place for lazing around extends over several kilometers. It is also very popular with shore anglers at high tides, who can easily find clams, curries, shrimps and clams. Curved and secure during the season, the Falaise beach allows safe swimming. The accessibility of the surroundings, with a pedestrian zone layout, makes it also ideal for walking. Its fine sand and its breathtaking view of the Quiberon peninsula to the right and the Saint-Gildas-de-Rhuys tip to the left, have made it famous. Whether the sea is calm or rough, whether it is windy or not, all water and land sports can be found on this large beach.

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You have my favorite spot on beaches in France plages tv on the beaches of Locmariaquerhttps://en.plages.tv/seaside-resorts/locmariaquer-56740

The statue of Our Lady of Kerdro, Pointe de Kerpenhir: 2.70 meters high, it was carved in granite by Jules-Charles Le Bozec in 1946 but stayed for 16 years in the church before being erected in its location in 1962. It replaces a statue erected in 1883 and destroyed by the Nazis at the same time as the fort, during the occupation. Arrived on the Pointe de Kerpenhir, you are at the entrance to the Gulf of Morbihan, and you see, in front of you, Port Navalo and the bottom of the Gulf, towards Ile aux Moines, Ile d’Arz and Vannes. On the bay side, you will undoubtedly be able to see the peninsula of Quiberon, Belle île, the island of Houat and, in clear weather, the island of Houedic. The coastal path will take you to the table des Marchand stone (merchant table).

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And the above starts the big beach of Locmariaquer that continues into the Falaise. All beach front magical with picnic tables and vast soft sands all around you. Enjoy it as we do

A bit more by the tourist office of the Bay of Quiberon on Locmariaquerhttps://www.baiedequiberon.bzh/locmariaquer

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

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August 28, 2020

Locmariaquer, the port!

So moving right along in my gorgeous Morbihan breton dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne in my belle France, I come to a familiar place so close yet not been in a while. Time for renewing the ties with Locmariaquer only 28 mins from my house!

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Gallo-Roman remains were discovered to the east and south of Locmariaquer during the 18C. Since then, new research indicates thermal baths, a wall, other walls and burials. The locality was probably an important city of Antiquity. It has been advance the hypothesis that Locmariaquer could have been a place of residence of the Breton king Waroch.

This is an old town with many menhir or megaliths stones around ,done several posts on the monument here and will come back for more. However, for today let me tell you about the port or harbor area of Locmariaquer!

It is a cruise harbor, fishing village, with good beaches and megaliths ancient stones all in one. The port of Locmariaquer is an old coastal fishing port dating from the beginning of the 20C. Located at the entrance to the Gulf of Morbihan, opposite Port-Navalo on the Rhuys peninsula, the port of Locmariaquer offers a panorama of the Gulf of Morbihan and the Auray river.

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If the Romans of antiquity already knew the natural deposits of the flat oyster, it was not until the end of the 19C to see oyster farming appear. The town of Locmariaquer was then considered the cradle of the flat oyster. The first concessions in the Auray river were issued in 1882. But in 1973-1974, the flat oyster of the Gulf of Morbihan was decimated, even wiped out by two parasites. It was then that the culture of the Japanese oyster was introduced. Today, the oyster farmer has become a cupped oyster farmer in the Gulf and Saint-Philibert river or ria. The flat oyster is harvested and farmed mainly in the bay of Quiberon.

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The town of Locmariaquer is located at the western mouth of the Gulf of Morbihan and has many beaches overlooking the bay of Quiberon, the western part of Mor Braz which opens access to the Atlantic Ocean.

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The port of Locmariaquer is a vibrant spot with great views and pretty marina with plenty of stores and restos going from the inland square to the port area square or Place Dariorigum 

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Further info on the port can be found here in French: http://www.locmariaquer.fr/le-port-page-56-rub-7.html

There are many cruises departing from this port by the Vedette angelus and Navix companies, we had enjoy more the Navix. And plenty of times having lunch at the Créperie Les ïles or the resto brasserie hotel L’Escale!

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In all is a pleasant trip away from home yet close and enjoy some beach time while enjoying the views of the port boats. Fun for the whole family. Hope you enjoy the run on Locmaraquer and read next posts.

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

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August 27, 2020

Locmariaquer and Kerdro!!

So here we are moving right along in my beautiful Morbihan dept 56 in my lovely Bretagne and my belle France. Let me show you about my nearby neighbor Locmariaquer. Hope you enjoy it as I do

I like to tell you a bit more with new text and photos on the Church Notre-Dame de Kerdro , a Roman style church built in the 11-12C. . Kerdro is Breton language meaning in French ” Bon Voyage et Bon Retour” or in English means have a good trip and safe return.

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The Church Notre-Dame-de-Kerdro was built between 1082 and 1120 by the monks of Quimperlé, the transept and the choir are the surviving elements. It was altered in the 17-18C with the construction of the nave, and the modification of the Romanesque parts. The bell tower was built in 1817, and the doors were built in 1835.

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The Church Notre-Dame-Kerdro is in the form of a Latin cross, the cross of which bears a square tower done in 1817; topped with a frame and slate bell tower. The bell tower, placed on the ridge of the roof at the level of the crossing of the false transept, has a square structure, its roof is composed of a polygonal base surmounted by a sharp spire. The roof of the building has a double slope. The side walls are pierced with windows. Four buttresses support the Romanesque apse. The exterior walls of the Romanesque part such as the choir and transept, mounted in a small archaic structure with a cubic rubble, scattered bricks and rows of re-used Roman bricks, are older 11C than the interior structure.

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The Church Notre-Dame-de-Kerdro is covered with a frame. It consists of a nave with three aisles 18C, separated by semicircular arches supported by square piers, a Romanesque transept and choir 11-12C. It is covered with a wooden ceiling. The choir of two bays separated by a double arch falling on engaged columns with carved capitals is barrel vaulted. It ends in a dead end.

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The holy water font included in the wall near the entrance dates from the 15C. It is decorated with foliage and grapes . Each of the two braces has an altarpiece surmounted by a painting, dating from the 17C. The painting on the Cross represents the Annunciation, that of the other Cross the Visitation. The twelve windows of the church are fitted with contemporary stained glass, produced in 1960.   The five stained glass windows of the choir represent images linked to the region: boat and fish for fishing, ears of wheat for agriculture, the letters NDK for Notre-Dame- de-Kerdro, bouquet of tiles for oyster farming, dolmen and menhirs for the megaliths.

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A bit of older history goes like in 1082, Harscoet and Teuthael, along with all members of their family, donated to the Abbey Church Sainte-Croix de Quimperlé (see post)  “all that belonged to them from the offerings made at the altar, with a third of the tithes of wheat and other things owed to the church, and this for the salvation of their souls and those of their parents “, in the presence of   Duke Hoël II of Brittany, in the Auray castrum. There was already a first sanctuary, dating back to 856 of which Erispoë, king of Brittany, donated the land of Kaër to the monks of Saint-Sauveur de Redon to establish a priory there that was ravaged by the Normans during the 10C.

From the end of the 11C, the monks of Quimperlé then undertook the construction of a new Romanesque church serving as both priory and parish. In 1120, the works of the Romanesque church were completed. The bell tower, placed on the ridge of the roof at the level of the crossing of the false transept, has a square structure, its roof is composed of a polygonal base surmounted by a sharp spire. The roof of the building has a double slope. The side walls are pierced with windows.

Locmariaquer webpage on the history of the Church Notre Dame de Kerdro in French: http://locmariaquer.info/f58-E-NDKERDRO2.htm

Private site on the Church Notre Dame de Kerdro in French: http://locker56740.free.fr/nd_de_kerdro.htm

The city of Locmariaquer on the religious heritage such as the Church Notre Dame de Kerdrohttp://www.locmariaquer.fr/patrimoine-religieux-page-74-rub-2.html

The tourist office of the Bay of Quiberon on Locmariaquer : https://www.baiedequiberon.bzh/locmariaquer

This is a wonderful church right facing the port of Locmariaquer,(see post) the walks the ambiance of the neighborhood and places to eat and cruises makes it worth the detour. Hope you enjoy as we do the Church Notre Dame de Kerdro.

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

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