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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.

Honfleur

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!

Honfleur parking de la molle aug20

Honfleur

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.

plumergat chapelle de la trinité front aug20

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.

Plumergat chapelle de la Trinité nave to altar aug20

plumergat chapelle de la trinité back wall aug20

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.

Plumergat chapelle Saint-Servais front aug20

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.

plumergat ch Saint Thuriau belltower front aug20

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.

Plumergat ch Saint Thuriau altar aug20

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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