Loudéac and memories !!!

Ok so do not know how to call this post, so excuse my creativity ! As told you been to Loudéac several times even with the family but mostly on business. The memories are pleasant and good times by all.

I like to do a recap of what is Loudéac and my lodging/eating experience here for my souvenirs, memories of always. Hope you enjoy the post!

Briefly, Loudéac is a town in central Brittany inland away from the coast and part of the department 22 of Côtes d’Armor . It is about an hour’s drive from my house.

I came here first on a business roundtable with folks from the area and we used the hotel restaurant Les Voyageurs as the meeting spot. Funny things, the crew of invitées were divided in two cars, one with only women and the other with only men. Well, the mens’s car had GPS and the women did not. So guess what, we got to the place first ,and needed to go back and guide them in. All was fun…. Thereafter, the trips were direct and easy as this time.

The Hotel Restaurant Les Voyageurs is at 10 Rue de Cadélac,in city center Loudéac. If you come to pass through Central Bretagne, stop at Loudéac. There you will find the Les Voyageurs hotel restaurant, where you are welcomed in a most elegant room. Sitting on comfortable seats, in front of impeccably set tables, the menu reveals traditional cuisine that happily mixes products from the land and the sea. Nice underground parking too! And great ambiance indeed. The hotel restaurant is part of the fine chain Britt Hotels which I have used others elsewhere in Bretagne and always great stays; recommended.

The official Les Voyageurs Hotel Restaurant in English: https://hotel-loudeac.brithotel.com/

loudeac hotel les voyageurs arriving sep20

loudeac hotel les voyageurs front sep20

loudeac hotel les voyageurs parking underground sep20

loudeac hotel les voyageurs lobby sep20

Then, let me give some anecdotes, stories, things in history that have impacted this town over the centuries.

Loudéac’s first horse races take place at the Calouët racecourse in 1880. The first Loudeacian (local) horse festival is celebrated in 1936. The first Maison Médicale de France (or medical cabinet) was created in Loudéac in 1954. A piece of Catholic patronage, called “The Passion”, is written 1913 and is performed for the first time in 1914 at Loudéac. This is a theatrical show in the pure style of popular theater of the Middle Ages, the ‘Passion of Loudéac’ represents the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, from the entry into Jerusalem until the resurrection. Performed by a troop of 250 volunteers (actors, stagehands, dressers, make-up artists, reception ,etc), the Passion is performed every year as Easter approaches. See it hopefully in 2021. More info in French here: http://: http://www.passionbretagne.com/index_m.html

At the beginning of the Middle Ages, the territory which would become Loudéac and its surroundings was used as a hunting ground in the forest of Brocéliande. It was not until the mid-11C that the founding of Loudéac as a town was fully recognized. This city, which was long in the hands of the Dukes of Rohan, was renowned for its fairs and markets.

Loudéac was the cradle of an important industry, imported by artisans from Flanders in 1567: the art of weavers with the advent of linen. Soon Breton canvases could compete with those of the best craftsmen in Flanders and set off to conquer the markets of Europe. The “canvases of Brittany” were exported to India, Portugal and above all to Spain.

In 1591, the leaguers of Jean d´Avaugour tried to take the Château de Loudéac, but failed. This battle is called the Battle of the Three Crosses and sees the victory of Jean V de Coëtquen, a supporter of the King of France. A 20C monument still commemorates this battle at the crossroads of Anatole Le Bratz and Docteur Robin streets.

At the start of the French revolution, Loudéac had 5,000 communicants and ten priests for the parish. At the beginning of the anticlerical persecution, many priests went into exile to escape death. The inhabitants of Loudéac hid others. On August 25, 1802, the Duke of Rohan was forced to cede the Château de Loudéac to Louis Henri Janzé. Some time later, on the night of September 19 to 20, 1802, the Château de Loudéac was destroyed by fire.

Almost 600,000 Bretons were incorporated for WWI, mainly in the army but also in the navy. Of these soldiers, approximately 140,000 lost their lives during this conflict. This rate of approximately 22% is higher than the French average ,between 16 and 17%.

On July 4, 1944, a few weeks before liberation, Loudéac witnessed a tragedy that still marks people’s minds today. In memory of the seven resistance fighters killed that day, a granite ordeal has been created since August 1945 at a place called “La Porcherie”, the scene of the crime. The Nazis forces left around 12h30, leaving behind the bodies of the seven resistance fighters.

With 62% of its territory occupied by agriculture, Brittany is now the leading French agricultural region and continues to develop the agri-food sector. Loudéac, due to its advantageous geographical location at the crossroads of several highways, has taken advantage of this expansion and today has the first industrial area of Côtes d’Armor in terms of surface area. This also earned it the reputation of the capital of Central Brittany. This is the front and back of their mairie or city/town hall

loudeac mairie front sep20

loudeac mairie back sep20

The city of Loudéac on its history and heritage: https://www.ville-loudeac.fr/listes/histoire-et-patrimoine/

So, there you now know another small town of my lovely Bretagne and my belle France. Loudéac is very active, and with a very nice city center, full of traditions of old still kept alive, and good foodies! we love! Again, hope you have enjoy the post and thanks for reading me over this last 10 years.

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

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