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August 14, 2020

Honfleur: We got to eat!!!

And continuing with my saga of Honfleur, a special town for us , never tired of seeing or writing about it. It is magical ,and we love it dearly. In all the monuments and things to do , you need to eat.

Honfleur is a paradise for the foodie of fresch French food, and of course from the sea is awesome! I know been raised by the sea and now living close , it is the harbor towns like Honfleur that makes life easier.

I like to show you 3 restaurants of Honfleur on this post; one is a classic we come for the memories and the two regulars. My boys have a nostalgia for the American West so we have to come to Oncle Scott, a French version of foodie Jack Daniels lol!

The Oncle Scott’s restaurant  (see post) is at 208 cours Jean de Vienne upon entering Honfleur and has been a sentimental favorite since 2018 as we came here for a painful event in my life already many times told in my blog. We got reservations for Dinner on Friday and Lunch on Sunday. This is a delicious compromise between French and American cuisine. From the mezzanine, the view of American visuals, the old gas pump and the Harley-Davidson immerse you in the atmosphere. Cradled by country music and served by friendly, helpful staff. Country dance evenings and various concerts are organized twice a month on Fridays! Great ambiance indeed.

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We had our usual chunk of sargeant pepper steaks, fish and chips and down with good Brooklyn Lager beer of NYC! We ,also had a bottle of Pink Flamingo sable de Camargue rosé wine delicious. All down with coupe d’America ice cream and coco island and dame blanche. This is real country with a touch of Tennessee. Very friendly with dogs our Rex got a thrill of fries and mini burgers and water all free!!! We appreciated and will be back oh well we have one near us in Lanester 56.

The Oncle Scott’s in Honfleur is here: Oncle Scott’s Honfleur

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honfleur oncle scott sable de camargue rose 2018 wine aug20

The Le Vintage Café at 8 Quai des Passagers in Honfleur. This is one spot we always look for to have a drink beer, cocktails like sex on the beach, mojitos or wines ;Tapas are served with the drinks. They have live concerts every Fridays and Saturdays, which we enjoy the Joe Cocker replays by the local band!.

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Mind you the best is on the outside tables which we look to get quickly as they are not many. Second choice inside but sometimes we skip if outside is not available. It has great views over the basins of water and the port as well as next door to the wonderful Lieutenance house.(see post). We had our pints of Grimbergen Belgian beers and me glasses of white Touraine Sauvignon and Rosé from Provence.

Their Facebook page is here: Facebook page of the Le Vintage Café of Honfleur

Honfleur

Honfleur

The other repeat as we do a lot here is the Au Relais des Cyclistes at 10 place de la Porte de Rouen here since 1992. The couple owners here by systematically favoring traceability procedures, offering products from small producers who love what they do and who bring care and passion to what they do, you will find a true taste on the plate. A brasserie that remains down to earth , friendly and unfussy. It is the nice table to sit, close to the tourist office. It is a smiling tandem, recommended by all-Honfleur. The brasserie can be spotted by its orange awning. Observe the painted traces of the original sign on the pediment of the house. Au Relais des Cyclistes is still today the daily meeting place for a lunch with friends or a good-natured business meal. Tradition has it that in the 1940s, peasants who came down to town to shop left their bicycles at the local café; and therefore the stage post of cyclists is it today.

Honfleur

Honfleur

Honfleur

We love it with steak grillé, mussels in cream, chorizo pizzas, down with Paulaner German beers and the new Belgium Paix Dieu in addition of scoop of ice cream mine with coconut and caramel! all down for less than 29€ per person! nice. Its a repeat visit and we will be back, very friendly service with water bowl for our dog Rex!

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Their official webpage is here: Au Relais des Cyclistes Honfleur

And there you go folks, you can eat and drink well here overlooking the boat basins and the harbor of beautiful postcard perfect Honfleur. Hope you enjoy reading it as we did eating and drinking here in my special Honfleur.

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

August 13, 2020

Honfleur: Curiosities of a harbor town!

I told you will be around Honfleur for a while, bear with me please! Honfleur is special if you have read the previous posts. I can probably do a blog only on Honfleur! Beautiful Norman skies nice harbor with an ever bigger beach, and just arts, architecture and history all around you. I could go on …..let me tell you some of the curiosities of Honfleur and things written before so just touch on here with new photos. Hope you enjoy it as we did; again!

The house of Jean-Francois Doublet is a building located at numbers 29 and 31 rue des Capucins . This is near where now rue Jean Doublet was our apartment in Honfleur. The house is dated 1627 according to an inscription. It was acquired by the privateer corsair Jean Doublet when he withdraws to Honfleur to ease his activities. Jean François Doublet was born in Honfleur in the last months of 1655, and died on December 20, 1728 in Barneville-la-Bertran. Jean Doublet remains unknown, despite a long career at sea of forty-eight years, to say the least very heterogeneous. Recognized as an excellent pilot, he is the privileged witness to the entire maritime history of the time of Louis XIV, of which he left us a testimony, reconstituted at the end of his life, having lost twice all the the writings in his logbook. He is undoubtedly the most prolific privateer corsair, having left his memoirs written with care and thoroughness. A bust recalls his stays in Honfleur.The museums of Honfleur recalls his stories on the mariners museum here in French: Naval museum on Jean Francois Doublet

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A few steps from the old basin or vieux bassin, the Saint-Léonard district groups its houses at the foot of a church dating from the 12C (see St Léonard post). This district experienced strong development during the second half of the 19C due to its proximity to industries, basins and the railway station. This development necessitated the creation of a fountain and a wash house or lavoir (see post) supplied by the Saint Léonard spring. Fed by the sources of the Côte Vassal, it is the oldest washhouse in the city. It was restored in 1807. More from the city of Honfleur here: City of Honfleur on the wash house St Leonard

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The statue to the fallen mariners who died for France sits at Quai Lepaulmier on the front side of the St Leonard Church ; (see post) The statues reads in English as the French rememberance to the soldiers and mariners of the district fallen for France ; it was done in 1913.

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The Fountain of the mussels pickers of Honfleur is at Place de la Porte de Rouen. This fountain, located on the roundabout in front of the media library, “Les moulières” refers to these women who collected mussels by the kilos (kg), often risking their lives. Honfleur wished to pay tribute to those who for decades worked hard in the estuary and on the Ratier bank to feed their families. This extremely difficult and perilous profession gradually disappeared over time and died out definitively in 1977. See next post for resto see it here!

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The rue de’homme de bois, starts at place Hamelin near the Lieutenance preserve a wood beam with the image of a men sculpture in relief’s rememberance when Honfleur was a port of slaves. Near the museum Eugene Boudin, he had rented a room in 1889 to paint the pastel colors of the sky that the museum conserves a few examples. This street at the corner with Rue Varin was the object of many paintings by painters such as Alexander Dubourg that met the families of fisherman. The rue de l’Homme de bois continued on the rue Alphonse Allais that connected with the Impasse de Neubourg where the mother of Charles Baudelaire stayed, the house is no longer there.

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It was at 41 rue du Puits, in this cobbled street which rises behind Saint-Catherine Church, that the painter Henri de Saint-Delis lived the last years of his life, until 1949. It is precisely on this 18C house backing onto and communicating with a beautiful 19C building ,accessible by no 43, that the Boelen family set their sights on, in order to set up a boutique hotel, a small 9-room establishment, with seminar room and garden, aiming for 5-star classification. Henri de Saint-Delis, Henri Liénard known as “de Saint-Delis”, born April 4, 1878 in Marconne (Pas-de-Calais) and died November 15, 1949 in Honfleur, is a French painter. He is buried in Honfleur. A bit on Henri de Saint-Delis work : Artnet site on Henri de Saint Delis paintings

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Johan Barthold Jongkind  born in Lattrop (Netherlands) June 3, 1819 –died at Saint-Égrève (Isère) February 9, 1891 was a Dutch painter, watercolourist and engraver, considered one of the precursors of Impressionism. His taste for the seas attracted him to the Normandy coast, to Le Havre, Sainte-Adresse, Honfleur (where he lived at 29 rue du Puits) and Trouville, among others. In 1862, thanks to Moret, a pupil of Isabey, he made the acquaintance of Eugène Boudin on whom he had a great influence. Likewise, Claude Monet, whom he met in 1862 during joint stays at the Ferme Saint-Siméon in Honfleur, recognized his debt to Jongkind: “it is to him that I owe the final education of my eye” More on Jongkind here: Jongkind site on his time in Honfleur

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Jean Marie LeGuen lives still at 25 rue du Puits, artist well known in Honfleur for his caricatures and his striking portraits, announces the color in the front of his workshop. With humor, as it should be in the land of Alphonse Allais! More on him here: Official Leguen of Honfleur

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The Maisons Satie (see post) or Satie’s houses are the birthplace and museum since 1998 of the artist and classical music composer Erik Satie. The ensemble is made up of three houses in the Norman red half-timbered house style from the 15C. The avant-garde artist and music composer classic Erik Satie was born in this house on May 17, 1866. See my post and on these sites for more on this interesting musician.

Museums of Honfleur on Satie: Museums of Honfleur on Maison Satie

The work of Erik Satie: The work of Erik Satie

Tourist office of Honfleur on the Maisons SatieTourist office of Honfleur on the Maisons Satie

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The musée Eugène-Boudin (see post) is a museum that revolves around several themes, the main one being, of course, Eugène Boudin himself and the painters of the 19C. The paintings, evolving from the dark romanticism of Isabey to the luminous clarity of Monet, evoke the atmosphere of meetings at the Ferme Saint-Siméon inn, not far from Honfleur, where artists came to find the light of the Norman skies, of the water and gardens. The works of Eugène Boudin are surrounded by those of painters friends: Monet, Dubourg, Courbet, Jongkind to name a few. Two spaces present the 92 works of Boudin with paintings and drawings currently kept here. In one are the pastels, skies, views of Honfleur, scenes at the Ferme Saint-Siméon inn. In the second, oil paintings, beaches, portraits, landscapes and seascapes. Other rooms offer a journey through more contemporary painting devoted to 20C artists who lived or worked in Honfleur and Normandy: Vallotton, Marais, Dufy, Marquet, Cappiello and the painters of the Rouen school. Also worth seeing is the ethnographic collection of costumes, accessories, lace, furniture and, a few meters away, the Sainte-Catherine bell tower, annex to the museum where religious works are exhibited   such as sculptures, souvenirs des Charités and the Chapel of Notre-Dame de Grâce (see post)). The chapel, meanwhile, hosts temporary exhibitions. Eugène-Louis Boudin  was a French painter, born in Honfleur on July 12, 1824, died in Deauville on August 8, 1898. He was one of the first French painters to capture landscapes outside a workshop. A great painter of seascapes, he is considered one of the precursors of Impressionism. More on him and the museum here: Museums of Honfleur

The tourist office of Honfleur on the Musée Eugéne BoudinTourist office of Honfleur on Museum Eugéne Boudin

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And there you go a bit of new , some old, and all with new photos of my Honfleur , Calvados 14 , Normandy in my belle France. Enjoy it fully as we always do.

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

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August 13, 2020

Honfleur: old hospital chapel and lighthouse!

So by now you know why Honfleur is special to me. So will spare another sad story. Let me tell you about a wonderful monument there a bit away from the city center but a wonderful walk from upper town or even better from the old basin or vieux bassin.

The Chapel is one that is been having a fund raiser to renovated and inside is very impressive worth the effort to preserve the beautiful. The lighthouse is still there having exhibitions by painters and artists of all kinds.

The Saint-Firmin Chapel is located in the former Saint-Joseph hospital, on Place Jean de Vienne. In the chapel rests, among others, Gabrielle Orieult, known as Sainte Melaine, founder of the hospital in 1669. The nuns were at the service of the sick but also of the elderly. The Stations of the Cross were blessed in 1857. The Franciscans then occupied it until 1977, which now settled in Deauville. While belonging to the old hospital, the chapel was sold in 1991 for the symbolic franc to the city of Honfleur.

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Honfleur

The Chapelle de l’Ancienne Hôpital is dedicated to Saint Firmin. Possessing two choirs, one of the faithful and the other of the religious ladies, it forms a wing in return and is built of flint with white stone buttresses. The windows in third point indicate the 16C, it is assumed that the chapel was built around 1580. Major works were carried out in the 17C and 18C and profoundly transformed it. From this period date the bell towers covered with slate and the choir of the Nuns known as the Chœur des Dames or Choir of the Ladies b 1707. This choir contains an ancient organ which is today without a pipe. This organ is from the Louis XIII period and was given by Aubert treasurer of France in 1711. You will also notice many statues from the 19C and a very beautiful altar restored in the 19C.

Honfleur chapelle de l'ancienne hôpital

Honfleur chapelle de l'ancienne hôpital

After the departure of the Augustinian Nuns in the 1980s, the chapel was closed but not abandoned. It is currently managed by the Association les Racines de Honfleur, which is responsible for the restoration work and the animation of the place with concerts, exhibitions; etc.

In 1853, a first lighthouse called phare de l’Hôpital or Hospital lighthouse was built with its 25 meters high and a reach of 14 miles. This lighthouse, which has been off since 1908, was first lit in 1957. The Julian Art Academy acquired this lighthouse in 1949 to make it available to its scholarship holders. It was sold to the city of Honfleur in 2004. The lighthouse was painted black during WWII.

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The city of Honfleur has a bit more information on them in French here: City of Honfleur on the chapel and lighthouse

It’s worth it to take a walk from the old basin in city center and see these beauties of old still reminding us that what we have is worth preserving for future generations. We love to walk in Honfleur and each time we think is the first time. Hope you enjoy it and do come in.

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

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August 12, 2020

Honfleur: My souvenirs!

And I come to you with Honfleur, right off the bat is the second most visited site in Normandy, you know the no 1. It is in the Calvados dept 14 right on the water and water is its life. I like water, the seas grew up with my backyard the Gulf of Mexico and Strait of Florida even if now still close to the sea in my Morbihan breton. Honfleur is special.

I have ,of course, several posts on it already ,and this is the first of a series of many posts on it, again. Since almost 25 years ago stop by on my road warrior trips from Rouen because there was a Mariners festival here. Well it has been going on for over 165 years this Fête des  Marins. My mother love it as they take a Virgin ND in a boat out to sea and a bishop blessed it at sea with a lineup of fishing and pleasure boats that follow it. We came back, again and again.

My dear mother Gladys passed away sadly in 2007 and her ashes are here at sea. We will all go here as our end. It so happened that another sad moment in my life took place in 2018 when my dear wife Martine passed away and her wishes were to put her ashes at sea here, and they are here. My father is with me, he just became 85 and he will go here too. My sons knows that they will have to putme here too. Sorry for the sad part but the blog is part of my history too, and its not all fun and travels. Honfleur is special.

I have crissed crossed it all on foot, hills cobblestone streets whatever does not matter I have been by it. We all special places, I have mine too, but Honfleur is No 1; we will be back again.

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We rented an apartment right up rue du Puits off Place Sainte Catherine right in the old section , so we can walk all over. I parked my car at the parking de la Môlle (4€ per day!) as known locally past place de la Gare right across literally from the Vieux Bassin . I had the extra job of getting my car up the hilly streets to pickup my father and then drop the car off in the evenings so he can easily move with us. Of course, you can even come by bus here with the bus vert , but never done it, I know is very popular, even with a nice bus terminal. And when not eating and drinking out we shopped at the E Leclerc supermarket just at the entrance to the city with the Total Access gas station very handy as well.

Honfleur

Honfleur

Honfleur

We passed by the fisherman selling their catch right on the quai de la Quarantaine! and just enjoy the Saturday morning market at place Sainte Catherine just around the wonderful church! lively vibrant packed and wearing masks!

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There is , also, a wonderful covered fish market L’Hippocampe very much follow by locals too. I prefer the boats anchoring along the quays and buying direct from them. If you rent an apartment or house like we do you can eat like a royal! And the place the Carre des Muses was very nice with a very active attentive owner that lives nearby.

Honfleur parking de la molle aug20

Honfleur

Honfleur

Honfleur parking de la molle aug20

I will be writing on this experience after exhausting my older posts and then you will see plenty on Honfleur and others famous towns of Normandy like Lisieux and Saint Lô as well as a shot of the beach of Trouville sur Mer! All a memorable stay once again base in unbeatable Honfleur. And the tone will be a lot happier promise. Hope you enjoy these posts and share the experiences of a lifetime with me.

The tourist office of Honfleur in English is here: tourist office of Honfleur

The city of Honfleur in French is here on heritage: city of Honfleur

OF course, I get all the news on email alerts from them weekly! Honfleur is special indeed. Enjoy the ride with me!

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

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August 12, 2020

Plumergat: Chapels Trinity and St Servais!

So here I am on my road warrior days in the Morbihan. My dept 56 doing all kinds of trips all over wearing mask of course but all out. The views on the roads are wonderful and all is very close to home. So let me bring out these beauties in more details and with new pictures. Hope you enjoy my routing on these wonderful monuments of my Bretagne!

I like to tell you more on the Chapels of the Trinity or St Servais. These are the Chapelle de la Trinité and the Chapelle de Saint Servais both in Plumergat.

Plumergat is one of the primitive parishes in Bretagne created around the 6C, during the immigration of Bretons from the Isles of Britain (present-day Great Britain) to Armorica (present-day Bretagne). Christianity has left its mark on the town which still has 11 churches and chapels. It is also nicknamed “the village of the 3 bell towers”, in reference to the three religious buildings located there.

Dating from the 15C, the Chapel of the Trinity is a fine example of the flamboyant style. Its drip edges and sand pits abound with sculptures with various motifs: animals, sometimes in strange poses or playing bagpipes, fantastic characters and monsters. A rood screen used to separate the choir from the nave. Lords and clergy had the right to enter the choir, the sacred part, while the people remained in the nave. We see Saint Roch, a golden Virgin of the 19C, a Pietà, and two bishops in the choir.

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Plumergat chapelle de la trinité altar aug20

The Chapel of the Trinity is located near the Church of Saint-Thuriau (see post) . It is with a polygonal choir with three sides, surmounted by triangular pediments in the Beaumanoir style. Larmiers and sand pits with many varied sculptures. A communion barrier dated 1640. Many statues such as Saint Vincent Ferrier; Saint Joseph ; and Saint Augustine from the 19C, etc.

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More on the tourist office of the Bay of Quiberon on the Chapel of the TrinityTourist office of the Bay of Quiberon on the Chapel of the Trinity

The Chapelle Saint-Servais chapel is located at rue des Sabotiers, located immediately south of the Chapel of the Trinity, and immediately east of Saint-Thuriau Church. The chapel was built in 1610 and dedicated to Servais de Tongres, protector of sailors. It owes its construction to the will of a peasant from the village who made several pilgrimages to the saint’s tomb in Maastricht. The chapel was built entirely in granite, according to a rectangular plan. Corner buttresses support the structure. A single nave occupies the interior space. A square steeple with spire, pilasters and pinnacles caps the western gable. A stone bench surrounds the exterior. The frame has crocodile-headed ties and a sandpit dating from 1610.

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The tourist office of the Bay of Quiberon on Plumergat ,the town of the 3 bell towers: Tourist office of the Bay of Quiberon on the town of the 3 bell towers

And there you go folks, another roundabout of beauties in my neck of the woods. Always something to see in my lovely Bretagne, just need more time!!! Oh yes my Morbihan! Hope you have enjoyed the post and the series.

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

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August 12, 2020

Plumergat: Church Saint Thuriau!

So here I am on my road warrior days in the Morbihan. My dept 56 doing all kinds of trips all over wearing mask of course but all out. The views on the roads are wonderful and all is very close to home. So let me bring out these beauties in more details and with new pictures. Hope you enjoy my routing on these wonderful monuments of my Bretagne!

I like to tell you more on the Church of Saint Thuriau in Plumergat.

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Plumergat  is only about 10 km from Auray and 25 km from Vannes. It is surrounded by the towns of Pluvigner, Brandivy, Grand Champ, Brech, Plescop, Pluneret, and Sainte-Anne d’Auray. Therefore, only about 11 km from me ,but believe hardly ever passed by here unless today in my road warrior trips!

There are nice things to see and big for this small town. However, on this post I will tell you about the Church of Saint Thuriau.

The Church of Saint-Thuriau  is dedicated to Saint Turiau, Bishop of Dol-de-Bretagne in the 7C. The Church of Saint Thuriau forms with the two neighboring Gothic chapels (St. Servais, from the 17C, and the Trinity, from the 15-17C, side by side on each side of the rue Donias, in the axis of the choir; see later post), a picturesque ensemble that has earned Plumergat the nickname of the town of the three steeples. The church is located on a former druidic site. The church, built from the 11C, has undergone many readjustments to the present day. The bell tower-porch is built in the 14C. The exterior walls were redone in the 17C, retaining provisions close enough to the Romanesque edifice. The interior was restored in 1834, the porch tower in 1859, and the entire church between 1939 and 1948. There are 12C capitals of the Church.

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plumergat ch Saint Thuriau nave to altar aug20

The Church of Saint Thuriau  is shaped like a Latin cross with a blind flat bedside. The 14C porch tower, massive and flanked by two thick buttresses in biases, is crowned with a bulbous Bell Tower. The Romanesque nave with three four-span naves overlooks the aisles with double-roller full-hanger arches. They fall back on single-imposed square stacks of two columns engaged in capitals. These are engraved with stylized vegetal motifs, masks, heads of nails, cables, palmettos.etc..  The nave and the aisle were originally covered with a frame. They were vaulted in the later readjustments of a cradle with double arches resting on consoles atop the wall, more classical than Romanesque. At the back of the choir stands a polychrome wooden altarpiece topped with a Madonna and Child of the 14-15C.

Plumergat ch Saint Thuriau chapel of the Virgin right aug20

Plumergat ch Saint Thuriau chapel of St Thuriau and Child aug20

The city of Plumergat on its heritage: City of Plumergat on its heritage

A curious stone looking at you while you enter the Church of Saint Thuriau! yes they have deposit here a gaulish stone from the 1C to 4C antiquity and all for you to look and touch! The Stéle Gauloise de Plumergat! Here is my picture.

Plumergat

And there you go folks, another roundabout of beauties in my neck of the woods. Always something to see in my lovely Bretagne, just need more time!!! Stay tune there is more, oh yes my Morbihan! Hope you enjoy the post and the series.

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

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August 11, 2020

Plumelec: Church of Saint Maurice!

So here I am on my road warrior days in the Morbihan. My dept 56 doing all kinds of trips all over wearing mask of course but all out. The views on the roads are wonderful and all is very close to home. So let me bring out these beauties in more details and with new pictures. Hope you enjoy my routing on these wonderful monuments of my Bretagne!

I like to tell you more on the Church of Saint Maurice in Prumelec.

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Plumelec has as neighboring towns are Billio, Saint Jean Brevelay; Cruguel, Lizioi, Sérent, Plaudren, and Trédion. And only 23 km from Vannes.

The town of Plumelec once had two important lordships which played an active role in the history of the Duchy of Brittany: the Callac and the Cadoudal. In 1336, Olivier de Cadoudal created the priory of the Trinitarians. Plumelec and Saint-Aubin were united parishes and depended on the deanery of Porhoët. Saint-Aubin was set up as a branch in 1872. Plumelec took over the Kerangat district to the detriment of Saint-Jean-Brévelay. This saint, who appears to be the same as Saint Mellitus, bishop of London, then archbishop of Canterbury, died in 624. The erection of Plumelec as a parish would therefore be subsequent to this date, unless we suppose the existence from a previous saint. It is very possible, in fact, that the cult of Saint Melech was brought here only by the Bretons who returned from England in 937.

Many cycling races pass or arrive in Plumelec via the Cadoudal hill, which has an average gradient of 6.2% and a drop that goes from 43 to 154 meters over 1.8 km. This is why the most prestigious races retain Plumelec as a place of passage or arrival such as the Tour de France, and the French road cycling championships… Tour de France: 1982 – 9th stage (CLM by team of 69 km ) on July 12, Lorient-Plumelec, victory for the Ti-Raleigh team (Netherlands). 1985 – Prologue (6.8 km CLM) on June 28, Plumelec-Plumelec, victory for Bernard Hinault (France). 1997 – 3rd stage on July 8, Vire-Plumelec, victory for Erik Zabel (Germany). 2008 – 1st stage on July 5th, Brest-Plumelec, victory for Alejandro Valverde (Spain). 2015 – 7th stage (CLM by team of 28 km) July 12, Vannes-Plumelec, victory of the BMC team (United States).

The Church of Saint-Maurice located at a place called Saint-Aubin, on the D174, 5 km from the village. dated 1513 ,. This church is interesting for the sand pits decorated with its rectangular choir, and for its size, which is larger than the rest of the church. This church contains a stained glass window depicting The Trinity, dating from the 16C.

plumelec ch St Maurice altar aug20

Built in 1513, the Church of Saint-Maurice replaces the old Saint-Aubin chapel created in 1387 and founded by the lords of Callac. It became a parish in 1872. Since 1985, it no longer has a priest. The rector of Plumelec officiates there. The building includes a nave without aisles, a transept with overhanging braces and a choir with a flat apse higher than the rest of the building. The nave dates from the 15C. The nave has no aisle and the transept is characterized by overhanging braces. The choir is higher than the rest of the building and the apse is flat. The chapel of the baptismal font has replaced the old ossuary dating from 1690. The bell tower is a square tower from the 17C. The framework, worked like lace, is remarkable and rare. The beams and sand pits represent country scenes and the Passion. They end with the shouting gargoyles or a dragon who vomits a dragon who vomits a dragon. Or would it be the other way around: a dragon swallows a dragon who swallows a dragon? An allegory of the political and economic power which destroys the people. Outside, under the south porch, one finds, on the ground, a stele and, embedded in the wall, a font.

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plumelec ch St Maurice pulpit aug20

The town of Plumelec on heritage click on the town name to see a pdf historical of the town heritage in French: City of Plumelec on its heritage

The tourist office of the Central Morbihan on Plumelec   heritage:  tourist office of Central Morbihan on Plumelec heritage

And there you go folks, another roundabout of beauties in my neck of the woods. Always something to see in my lovely Bretagne, just need more time!!! Stay tune there is more, oh yes my Morbihan! Hope you enjoy the post and the series.

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

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August 11, 2020

Plumelin: Church of Saint Mélaine!

So here I am on my road warrior days in the Morbihan. My dept 56 doing all kinds of trips all over wearing mask of course but all out. The views on the roads are wonderful and all is very close to home. So let me bring out these beauties in more details and with new pictures. Hope you enjoy my routing on these wonderful monuments of my Bretagne!

I like to tell you more on the Church of Saint Mélaine in Plumelin.

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The town of Plumelin is located west of Locminé, and is bordered by Moustoir-Ac, La Chapelle-Neuve, Évellys and Moréac. Another anecdote of the family is that we first came to the Morbihan and started looking for a house, we felled in love with one here but realise it was in the middle of the woods far from city center or bourg and the bus stop was one km away so we resisted. The house was built in 2010 was superbe!

Plumelin is an old parish, which dates back to the arrival of the Vikings in Brittany, dedicated to Saint Mélaine the bishop of Rennes in the 5C. In 1791, Plumelin found himself in the middle of an insurgent country, and provided many volunteers to the religious and royal cause, under the leadership of René Le Divy. In 1799, they had more than one opportunity to compete with the Blues (French revolutionaries and as France is known today). In 1801, Plumelin was maintained in the canton of Locminé, arrondissement of Pontivy. When the cult was restored in 1802, it lost the Chapelle-Neuve district, but it recovered in 1808, only to lose it again in 1848, as a branch, and in 1867 as a town. It is on its territory that the Daughters of Jesus, leaving Bignan, established their mother house in 1857. Today Kermaria is a considerable establishment, provided with a beautiful structure.

The Breton emigrants, who came to settle here in the 6C, formed a plou or a parish, and put themselves under the protection of Saint Mélaine, bishop of Rennes, who died in 530. This is where the name comes from current of Plumelin or Plou-Melen. In the 10C, the Normans, who ravaged Locminé, did not have to spare the surroundings, and Plumelin had to have his share of suffering. It was only after their departure that the religious and political restoration of the country began.

The Church of Saint Mélaine has a rotunda chapel to the south of the choir, rebuilt between 1744 and 1759. It is a Latin cross-shaped church with a semi-circular choir. Only the southern brace has retained a large flamboyant third-point window. Its bell tower has the particularity of barely exceeding the roof and, to the south, is grafted a rotunda dating from the Renaissance. The confessionals date from the 18C. The altarpiece of the high altar, dates from 1740 (restored in 1896): two 15C statues, Saint Mélaine and Saint Quidy, surround a painting representing a Descent from the Cross.

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One of the chapels, once dedicated to Saint Michael, is today to the Blessed Virgin; the other is under the name of the Trinity. In 1744, during the reconstruction of the nave, the chapel of Saint-Yves and that of the Trinity were demolished, and the chapel of Saint-Louis was transformed into a sacristy. The altar leaning against the wall of the nave was dedicated to Notre Dame and was in front of the Chapel of the Trinity.

The city of Plumelin on heritage: City of Plumelin on heritage

The tourist office of Central Morbihan on PlumelinTourist office of Central Morbihan on Plumelin

And there you go folks, another roundabout of beauties in my neck of the woods. Always something to see in my lovely Bretagne, just need more time!!! Stay tune there is more, oh yes my Morbihan! Hope you enjoy the post and the series.

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

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August 11, 2020

Moustoir AC: Church of Sainte Barbe!

So here I am on my road warrior days in the Morbihan. My dept 56 doing all kinds of trips all over wearing mask of course but all out. The views on the roads are wonderful and all is very close to home. So let me bring out these beauties in more details and with new pictures. Hope you enjoy my routing on these wonderful monuments of my Bretagne!

I like to tell you more on the Church of Sainte Barbe in Moustoir Ac. Now before I do , let me tell that this was in a dairy farm where I got my lovable borador dog (mix border collier and labrador) Rex!!!!love him dearly!

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The town of Moustoir-Ac is located on the granite heights of the Landes de Lanvaux. It has existed since 1387 when it separated from the former primitive parish of Plumelin. During the Chouannerie (rebels against the French revolution), it became a den for the Chouans who will distinguish themselves thanks to the black shepherd dogs used for intelligence operations.

Around the 11C, a pioneer founded a chapel on the territory of Plumelin which would become that of Moustoir-Ac. Then, a few people came and settle near this monastery. It will soon be known as the Moustoir-Radenac,at the Fern Monastery. In 1387, Moustoir-Ac separated from the former primitive parish of Plumelin. When Locminé was established as a parish, it carved out a territory for itself at the expense of Plumelin only to see itself subsequently amputated by the creation of Moustoir-Ac, whose name shows that it is later as in AC. In the 15C, Moustoir-Radenac, after having long been an independent parish, was united with Locminé and remained so until the French revolution. From 1792 to 1800, during the Chouannerie, the territory of Moustoir-Ac lent itself well to this ambush war, this led many Monasteries to become Chouans. In 1795, the local Chouans retired to Kerninen, a locality in Moustoir-Ac. In 1796, the fighting resumed and in 1797, the fighting stopped for a time. Meanwhile, the local Chouans will train black sheepdogs for intelligence operations. These dogs will bring them such help that the chouans of Moustoir Radenac will be nicknamed “the black dogs of Moustoir” or more commonly the chas or chaj in Breton. This nickname still sticks to the liking of the local people.

On June 28, 1944, at 4h (4 am), around 1,000 soldiers and 47 Nazis armored vehicles, guns and howitzers began to surround the forest. The Nazis fail to close the circle. Some resistance fighters, warned by neighbors, spin through Villeneuve, a locality of Moustoir-Ac. Others stay at the Minio where the battle was taking place, two hours later, the last resistance, an FM gunner, withdraws. Léon Allain, 24, was arrested at the Minio and then deported to Germany where he died in the Neuengamme concentration camp. On September 9, 1960, Charles de Gaulle himself came to pay a solemn tribute to the local martyrs of WWII.

The Church of Sainte-Barbe (Santa Barbara) located in the village will be built in the first half of the 16C. The baptismal chapel dates from the 18C. The altarpiece for the main altar was erected in 1730. The bell tower was erected from 1774 to 1777. The two-story sacristy was built in 1838 as an extension of the choir. The tribune was built in 1852. A 626 kg bell was installed and blessed in 1853. The southern porch dates from 1873. The stained glass windows were installed in 1887. The central niche of the altarpiece has housed a large crucifix since 1904. The slate steeple was renovated in 1926. The main altar was consecrated on March 1, 1964.

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The Church of Sainte Barbe has a Latin cross with a flat apse and a nave without aisles preceded by a bell tower extended by a five-sided sacristy. The tower of the square porch belfry, of neoclassical style and flanked by a staircase turret, rises on four floors delimited by horizontal bands The southern porch, whose sand pits are decorated with masks and fantastic animals, has an arched arch, a holy water font engaged in the masonry, two small twin bays and a wall bench. The door is a basket handle, molded and topped with a curly leaf accolade. The third-point windows have a fleur-de-lis tracery. A cross crowns the spire of the gilded granite bell tower. The 16C crawlers are decorated with vegetable and animal crooks. The roof has a slate steeple. The nave has granite siding and a cradle of paneling. The stained-glass windows are gray from the Fournier workshops in Tours. The sandbox of the choir bears the signature of the Thébault, a family of carpenters from Moustoir-Ac, who made wood for many local chapels The 18C baptismal chapel is closed by a door with wooden skeleton. Its fountain is in black marble. The polychrome altarpiece of the main altar is in white stone. It is composed of a large semicircular arch sheltering a Christ on the Cross flanked by two wings formed of columns framing a statue on a pedestal and supporting an entablature. It is mutilated from its upper floor where the Holy Trinity was enthroned. The main altar, decorated with the Mystic Lamb, is none other than the base of the old mission cross. The statues of the Virgin and of Saint John once framed this cross.

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The Church of Saint Barbe has inside a statue of Saint John the Baptist and the Holy Trinity which frame the niche of the large crucifix. That of Saint John the Baptist, dating from the 16-17C, is in polychrome wood in the right niche of the altarpiece of the choir, standing out against a feigned drapery and a small canopy, and framed by columns. The statue is placed on a small black plinth, itself placed on a high stone pedestal. Saint John the Baptist, dressed in an animal skin, leans on a stick. He is accompanied by the lamb . A statue of Saint Barbara, the patron saint of the parish, is also present.

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The city of Moustoir Ac on heritage: City of Moustoir Ac on heritage

The local tourist office of Central Morbihan on Moustoir Ac Church of Sainte BarbeTourist office Central Morbihan on Moustoir Ac Church

I like to add here a couple of pictures taken as the ones above. One is interesting because it was the former chapelle Notre Dame de Lourdes and now it is incorporated into the Library or Mediathéque of Moustoir Ac. The other is a small calvary on the wall of the church that is very nice me think ,so could not leave it out.

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moustoir ac

And there you go folks, another roundabout of beauties in my neck of the woods. Always something to see in my lovely Bretagne, just need more time!!! Stay tune there is more, oh yes my Morbihan! Hope you enjoy the post and the series.

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

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August 11, 2020

Ploeren: Church of Saint-Martin!

And continue my tour of traditional Bretagne in my belle France. I am on my road warrior trips in my beautiful Morbihan dept 56. I have written bits and pieces but feels deserves more so here is my new update and photos on the Church of Saint Martin in Ploeren.

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Ploeren

The town of Ploeren sits on the edge of the RN 165 Nantes − Brest expressway, a few minutes from Vannes, surrounded by Plescop, Plougoumelen, Baden, Arradon and Vannes. It is service by the same bus network as Vannes ,the Kiceo on bus lines 10 and 11. Which of course never taken, come here by car always. It is a major crossroad of shopping area which we enjoy coming.

A bit of history I like

Ploeren was long before the French revolution when the noble families of Vannes liked to own a farm which brought in a significant income. Even Nicolas Fouquet, Louis XIV’s superintendent of finances, (Vaux-le-Vicomte non fame) was no exception to the rule. This happened in 1656. In the overhaul after 1789 revolution, Vannes incorporated part of the parish of Ploeren, but to rebalance the territory, Tréoguer and Le Lain ,formerly on the parish of Plougoumelen were integrated into the town. Many local folks engage with Georges Cadoudal (Chouan general who fought the French revolution ,see posts). They risk having their property confiscated or even losing their lives. But whatever ! The list is long of the cultivators taken prisoner. The First Empire saw the state of the town stabilize; of course, as everywhere, everyone is reluctant to conscription. But peace sets in and the town becomes prosperous, although it is rather shabby in appearance with its rutted roads.

During WWII, two military planes, one allied, the other enemy, crashed in the town: on August 12, 1941, a Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-4 crashed, killing its pilot; on May 29, 1943, a B-17, the Concho Clipper serial 42-29838 of the 8th US Army Air force 351th Bombardment Group, 509th Bomb Squadron (RQ) crashed causing 4 deaths among the crew members. A ceremony common to the two crashes took place on November 18, 2006 in the presence of Charles B. Woehrle, the last survivor of the crew, and the mayor of Dorum, a town twinned with Ploeren, representing the German pilot.

The one thing to see here is the Church of Saint-Martin from the 15C, enlarged in 1753 and 1776. The church was then modified by successive restorations: by the construction of the North transept in 1834, the South transept in 1838 and the sacristy in 1869. Its bell tower was restored in 1855, 1927 and 1957-1959. The paneling and the choir stalls date from 1831. The church houses the statues of Saint Martin, Saint Joseph and a Virgin of the Congregation (work of Le Brun, 1871). The sculpted Crucifix, located at the end of the choir, seems to date back to the 17C.

Ploeren

Ploeren

The Church of Saint-Martin is under the invocation of Saint Martin, bishop of Tours, whose feast arrives on November 11. It is a church, in the shape of a Latin cross, to which a semblance of a low side towards the north has recently been added. The side chapels are dedicated, one to the Rosary, the other to Saint John the Baptist. The doors are pointed; but the general plan is of the Renaissance, with additions made in 1753. The square tower, is surmounted by a slate spire. The northern chapel, known as the Garo, has two shields painted on glass in its window, namely a silver with two sand fess known as Le Garo; and party to the 1st in green, a fess in silver, and a chief in silver charged with a mallet Gules. In the pavement , you see a tombstone, presenting a large cross, with a sword on one side, and on the other a dagger and a grislier.

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The city of  Ploeren on history and heritage: City of Ploeren on its heritage and history

And there you go folks, now i feel better to fully showcase this agglomation town of Auray county which is full of history and pleasant city center enough for a rest stop and see the church monument of Saint Martin in Ploeren.

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

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