Josselin, and the Rohans!!

And here I stubbornly continue updating my blog with fresh text,and new links with necessary pictures not elsewhere on individual posts. Hope you are enjoying what I call my black and white posts. This time I take you closer to home and Josselin.

Ok so I was sitting at home and as usual late deciders ,last minute travelers, we remember Josselin, a nice town not far from us about 60 km that we enjoy it’s medieval look city center. So there we went for the afternoon. Many of the pics are in their individual post as not to repeat.

Josselin has a nice castle,  puppet/doll  museum , nice basilica and wonderful lovely inner street with wooden houses of old. A perfect getaway for a day any time. I have written before and after, so won’t go so deep into it.

We took the car went up the D768 to hook up with the N24 and away we went direction Rennes to Josselin nord exit, on the way back we took the same exit out into the N24 but we took the D767 exit at Locminé so we do our groceries shopping at Moréac Intermarché supermarket! More here: https://www.intermarche.com/magasins/04854/moreac-56500/infos-pratiques

Today, was European Heritage days Sept 17 and 18, so the admission to all these places like the castle was either free or discounted.At the chateau de Josselin normal admission is 9 euros today it was 5€. The combination with the Puppet/Doll  museum kept by the same family as the castle was discounted also, and offered a 2×1 deal for 10€ when normally it is 14€ per person. As you should know this is a historical castle for the Bretons and still in private hands: Josselin, 14th Duke of Rohan, and his wife, Antoinette, own and manage the property. webpage: https://www.chateaudejosselin.com/en/homepage/

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Next imposing building to see is the Basilique Notre Dame du Roncier, in 808D leyend has it, a farmer who worked the land finds a statue of the Virgin and takes it home, however, the Virgin always comes back to the place where he found it ,and several times as well. The bishop ask him to rend a cult in her memory ; the daughter of the farmer who was blind recovered her sight and people flock to the place until finally a Church is ordered built. More in French from the parish page: https://sanctuaire-josselin.fr/de-808-a-2018/

Another interesting pleasant promenade and river boat ride can be had in the Nantes-Brest Canal that passes by the city and just on the back of the Castle along the river Oust. The walks behind the castle are sublime and the boat rides magnificents, also plenty of canoe and kayak activites here. More here: https://www.broceliande-vacances.com/decouvrir/discover-broceliande/

The walks on the city center are marvelous and you can see the oldest wooden house there from 1538 (maison Pouille now the tourist office)  . The district of Sainte-Croix has wonderful homes along the river Oust; the wonderful cinema Beaumanoir is great architecturally and a change from the modern look of cinemas today; see a movie here is gorgeous. More here: http://www.cinemajosselin.fr/

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There, is also, a Chapelle Sainte Croix small chapel facing the castle, and the chapelle de la Congrégation now use for expositions etc. There is a laundry behind the castle by the parking on the boat rides in rue du canal. It is label the Lavanderie.

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Every Saturday at Place Notre Dame by the Basilica ,you have the market day from 8h to 13h very colorful and good produce.  Josselin is also, a Petite Cités de Caractére (small town of charm).  It is, also, a village fleuri de France with 4 flowers out of five possible; as well as a town of stage or village d’étape.

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Village d’étapes offering great service to the visitor label from French government entity. http://: https://www.village-etape.fr/en/villages-etapes/josselin/

Villes et Villages Fleuris , show respect for the environment and great gardens and parks criteria. https://www.villes-et-villages-fleuris.com/les-communes-labelisees/parcs-et-jardins-josselin/21834

Petite Cités de Caractére, small towns with charm label, more here: http://www.petitescitesdecaractere.com/fr/nos-petites-cites-de-caractere/josselin

The city of Josselin and its heritage: http://www.josselin.com/decouvrir/visiter-josselin/

And this folks is nice medieval, gorgeous architecture and history as Josselin. Hope you enjoy it as I do always coming here.

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

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