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September 15, 2020

Auray and Charles de Blois!!!

Here I am back in my neck of the woods and doing what I like best ,road warrior checking the beauties out of my beautiful Morbihan dept 56 in lovely Bretagne, and in my belle France.

My latest have been to nearby Auray, historic town and gorgeous architecture. For reference, Auray is 13 km from my house city center to city center.  I have many posts in my blog on the town,and of course done one previously on the subject of this new text/photo post. The Church Charles de Blois of Auray.

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Well I like to bring you back to lovely historical Auray (historical from the point of view of France, Canada, and the USA) ,and its wonderful monuments on the off the beaten path routine. One of them would tell you a bit more now is the Church of Charles de Blois near the train station of Auray! Again closed but new photos and will be back in heritage day to see the inside!!! The Church of Charles de Blois  began to be built in 1929, and consecrated in 1939. Located at Place Léon Chevassu. It is the youngest church in the country of Auray. On September 30, the parishioners of the Charles-de-Blois Church will celebrate the 93 years of the religious building.

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Access to the Church of Charles de Blois is from the east. It is a gabled facade adorned with Lombard bands. It consists of a semicircular portal surmounted by a rose window, and has a small bell tower to its left. The main bell tower is to the west of the building, it is a Cornish bell tower. The coverage of the building is polygonal on its central part and with a double slope for the rest. The side walls are pierced with windows.

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Charles of Blois was Duke of Brittany!!! The opposing Jean de Montfort did not wish to submit to this sentence, and the war was declared and lasted for more than twenty years!. The death in combat at the Battle of Auray , which actually took place on the territory of Brech of Charles de Blois ended the war of succession of Bretagne. He is buried at the Church Notre Dame de Grâces near Guingamp. On December 14, 1904, Pope Pius X solemnly recognized that the cult of blessed Charles of Blois had been maintained throughout the centuries. He was beatified then.

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His reliquary is still in the Church of Notre-Dame de Grâces. In the second half of the 19C, the cult of Breton saints developed in a context of Catholic reconquest and strong tensions with the French Republic. Charles de Blois is then seen as a martyr who sacrificed himself for Brittany. The other Jean de Montfort, then duke Jean IV installs a new dynasty which would govern the duchy for more than a century until Anne de Bretagne. These battles, which bring about a change of dynasty, are exceptional in the history of the middle ages. Furthermore, Jean IV (John) owes his throne not to the King of France, but to a victory by arms on the battlefield. He took advantage of this situation to undertake a policy of independence, which transformed the duchy into a princely state.

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The Battle of Auray: On the death of Duke Jean III on April 30, 1341 in Caen, without heir, for nearly a quarter of a century, each side, French and English, supported its own contender for the Duchy of Brittany. On the French side Charles de Blois and on the English side Jean , Count of Montfort; also said to be the Conqueror. This year 1364 is so important, it marks an escalation in the rivalry between English-French because we are talking about Anglo-Bretons on one side and Franco-Bretons on the other. This is the battle where Jean de Montfort’s troops were already there, present on the Chartreuse in Brech (see post) plateau for several weeks; while Charles de Blois occupied Kerzo and the surrounding area in Pluneret . In the valley of Rostevel which separates these two points, it is there that the decisive battle of Auray (or Brech) was fought on September 29. The battle of Auray may well appear as “one of the greatest events in the history of Brittany”, and perhaps even “the only decisive event in the history of the duchy at the end of the Middle Ages”: a memorable struggle which was to decide the fate of Brittany. This battle of Auray marks the end of feudalism in Brittany.

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Unless on site or a brochure from the tourist office or one of my books on the history of Auray, very hard to find info on the web on this church. Due to its history and independance tendencies. The last two photos above are outside the church, the first one is a statue on a fountain of the St Mary and the last one is of course, Jeanne d’Arc.

The parish of the Auray countryside has contacts: https://paroisses-pays-auray.fr/presentation-2/

The city of Auray on heritage in book form: https://www.auray.fr/Culture-Loisirs/Archives-et-Patrimoine/Les-publications

The city of Auray for September 19/20 on European Heritage Days places open some already you can see other like Charles de Blois will need to come back on these days to see it. https://www.auray.fr/Culture-Loisirs/Archives-et-Patrimoine/Journees-europeennes-du-patrimoine

I will try to see if can see during the European Heritage Days, if not well keep giving you new photos of the exterior. An impressive church and nice history of Auray, very close to the train station direct to Paris-Montparnasse TGV! Hope you enjoy this version of the Church Charles de Blois of Auray

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

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September 15, 2020

The Bahamas!!!

And here I am very happy to have found these photos to write this post, long coming and deservingly so. I am back in my Caribbean sea!!! close ok. All started there for me and the Bahamas were my first “tourist” visit ever!from the USA…back in 1986! yes I have been around ::)

Let me tell you now a bit on the Bahamas from the photos I found in my old vault!

The Bahamas, in the long form the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, located north of the Caribbean Sea. The Bahamas archipelago occupies approximately 700 islands and islets of the Lucay Islands located in the Atlantic Ocean, east-southeast of Florida, northeast of Cuba, northwest of Hispaniola and islands Turks and Caicos. Its capital is Nassau, located on the island of New Providence.

Grand Bahama is one of the northernmost islands in the Bahamas, 88 km from the Florida coast. The island is 154 km long with a maximum width of 27 km. The Spaniards called the island Gran Bajamar (great shallow sea) and it is undoubtedly from this name that the Bahamian Islands take their name. Yes indeed Bahamas is Baja Mar or shallow sea.

In 1955, an American businessman named Wallace Groves entered into an agreement with the Bahamian government to build the town of Freeport under the terms of the Hawksbill Creek Agreement and manage the port with the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA). An agreement, the Hawksbill Creek Agreement, with the Bahamian government dating from 1955, stipulates that Freeport companies will not pay any taxes until 2054. The port of Freeport is accessible to larger ships, and has a container terminal. The port also has a terminal for cruise ships, a container port, a private marina, and a boat maintenance service.

The Grand Bahama International Airport (IATA code: FPO • ICAO code: MYGF) is a private international airport located in Freeport. This is how I came to Freeport! The airport is at 100 km from the coast of Florida USA. The Freeport airporthttps://www.bahamas.com/how-get-here-grand-bahama-island-scheduled-air

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The straw market is very pretty colorful place, with small shops, restaurants … excursions nearby; near the marina and the other side of the beach and the casino.

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The Bahamas tourist authority on Freeporthttps://www.bahamas.com/freeport

The city of Nassau, formerly Charles Town, is the capital of the Bahamas. Commercial and cultural center of the country, it is the largest city, whose extent is such that it occupies almost the entire island of New Providence and merges with it. The city center is rather on the northeast coast of the island, opposite Paradise Island on which is the Atlantis Paradise Island, a tourist complex that has become the main attraction of the archipelago. Nassau has a major port, Nassau Harbor, as well as Prince George Wharf, the main cruise ship terminal.

Nassau was founded by the English from Eleuthera Island in the late 17C under the name Charles Town. Destroyed by the Spaniards in 1684, it was rebuilt and renamed Nassau in honor of William III of Orange-Nassau in 1695.

The Lynden Pindling International Airport (IATA code: NAS • ICAO code: MYNN) is the main airport in the Bahamas Islands, located on the island of New Providence, west of Lake Killarney and nearly 15 km from Nassau.

The tourist office of the Bahamas on Nassau: https://www.bahamas.com/islands/nassau-paradise-island

Government House is the official residence of the Governor General of the Bahamas, located in Nassau. It was built in the colonial days and was the residence of the Governor of the Bahamas. It later continued in the role of official residence and office of the Governor General following political independence from the United Kingdom in 1973. The original Government House on this site was completed in 1737. The statue of Christopher Columbus, which stands at the harbourside entrance of the building, was reportedly designed in London by an aide to American novelist Washington Irving, a Columbus biographer. The 12-foot-tall representation was placed in front of Government House by Governor James Carmichael Smyth in 1830.

The tourist office of Bahamas on Government Househttps://www.bahamas.com/vendor/government-house

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The Queen’s Staircase is a walkway of 65 steps (102 feet or 31 meters) in Nassau. It was carved out of solid limestone rock by 600 slaves between 1793 and 1794 to create an escape route from the fort above and is a major landmark of Nassau. The stairs are located at Fort Fincastle Historic Complex near Bennet’s Hill in city center/downtown Nassau next to Princess Margaret Hospital and Grosvenor Campus of the University of the Bahamas.  The staircase has water cascading to a pool below, along the side over series of steps. At the bottom a walkway goes between high stone walls, tropical plants and trees. In the 19C the staircase were later named in honor of Queen Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland who ended slavery in the British Empire. The number of steps is by coincidence, equal to the number of years in Victoria’s reign.

The tourist office of the Bahamas on the Queen’s staircase: https://www.bahamas.com/vendor/queens-staircase

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And now I feel better to bring this nice island to the light, and my wonderful memories of my first trips abroad to the Bahamas islands. Nassau and Freeport will stay in my vault of memories forever. Hope you enjoy the post as I writing about it.

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

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