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November 29, 2020

Again Christmas at Rochefort en Terre!!

Revising, updating my older posts in my blog, I have come to some delighful posts on Christmas with the family in our newer region of Bretagne and even newer Morbihan breton dept 56.

I like to update these and now I come back to Rochefort en Terre Christmas 2014.

Well,  it’s that time of the year again, my best really. Love to be around, walk ,drive visit those wonderful Christmas markets in my belle France. We are doing it a bit different this year.

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Usually we go out far away just before the Christmas season, this year, we decided to stay local and try the ones around us, and then after Christmas spent our end of year in between at La Rochelle.

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Yesterday ,after some shopping in Vannes, we headed to the fairy tale city of Rochefort-en-Terre. 

The town is magical at any period with lots of medieval merlin the magician ambiance. However, at Christmas time is a must when folks from all over even foreigners come here , the place is pack and lively with a nice ambiance. We came this time a bit later to take advantage of the night lights, and park at the entrance to the town in the free bus company parking lot of Maury! From it on the street  walking five minutes will take you right to the center of town!

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However, if no car, do you know, you can take the bus No 9 Maury lines now mobibreizh network  from Vannes pl de la Liberation to Rochefort en Terre. Schedule: http://www.maury-transports.com/86-breizhgo/118-ligne-9-br-rochefort-en-terre-questembert-vannes.html

Also, you can come by train to Questembert ,and then taxi to Rochefort en Terre or bus no 9 as above.  The TER Bretagne train station at Questembert: https://www.ter.sncf.com/bretagne/gares/87476671/Questembert/pratique

The rest is easy walking up and down, and side ways on hilly streets all fully lit ,and decorated with creches, and Christmas trees out on the streets, and markets, and vin chaud (hot wine) and Suchard chocolat chaud (hot chocolate Suchard), and the traditional Breton kouignamann  sweets.

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The town is full of families and plenty of strollers, pack the main street (St Michel)  in a festive festival atmosphere, good for the soul and family life. It is a must, you must be here ,in my opinion, the best in Brittany.  And of course, one of the most beautiful villages of France yeararound. webpage: https://www.les-plus-beaux-villages-de-france.org/fr/nos-villages/rochefort-en-terre/

The Rochefort en Terre tourist office: https://www.rochefortenterre-tourisme.bzh/

Enjoy the magic and spread it anywhere you are. Merry Christmas to all my readers and followers; may the spirit of Christmas stayed with you.

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

November 29, 2020

Christmas at Rochefort en Terre !!!

And while at it why not re do all the Christmas posts on wonderful Christmas town of Rochefort en Terre, in my beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne! A real fairy tail kind of town; we love it!! This one is from 2013!

I was off from work until Jan 2 2014!!YES! and trying to find ways to get speed up on my house and ideas to get out for the Holiday season is not easy. We went back to the mythical quant , Rochefort-en-Terre. We have been coming here since moving into our beautiful Morbihan and collegues at work mentioned it.

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This is a reminder on the tourist page for Rochefort-en-Terre:  http://www.rochefortenterre-tourisme.com

And here they are in the site of the most beautiful towns of France : https://www.les-plus-beaux-villages-de-france.org/fr/nos-villages/rochefort-en-terre/

And again, as they are ,also, one of the best flower towns of France designation with four flowers! https://www.villes-et-villages-fleuris.com/les-communes-labelisees/parcs-et-jardins-rochefort-en-terre/21938

And if that all don’t convince you of what I am telling you, they are oneof the most visited towns of Bretagne, here is Brittany tourist office on Rochefort en Terre: https://www.brittanytourism.com/destinations/the-10-destinations/southern-brittany-morbihan-gulf/rochefort-en-terre/  

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The idea is that here an American from family of Baltimore (born in Saint Germain en Laye 78) came once, Alfred Klots started the painting revolution, brought in more painters and created a school, they passed away ,not able to past the heritage ,the city purchase the castle and now its an Arts center in town, drawing folks year around the story.

The town Church from the 12C is a jewel not to missed, Notre-Dame-de-la-Tronchaye, more special in Christmas time. We came this time for the marché de Noêl or Christmas market, where the whole town is lit up with lights of Christmas, and the businesses stays open past the hour. Beautiful and just when my camera ran out of flash !! Therefore sorry for the dark photos this time.

We purchase a dragon by my son and chains with medieval swords on them, very nice and good value at 5-10 euros each. The shop name is O Lutin Charmeur 7 Rue Saint Michel. The Facebook page but by now cannot confirm if still open: https://www.facebook.com/olutincharmeur56

The main shopping and eating street in town. Parking is at the end by the old chapel of St Michel under the trees and only 2,50 euros for the whole day!!! We have come to know if parked a bit away from the center is free!

It came time to eat and we went by an old reliable Café Breton, in the old town, classed one of the crêperies of character and tradition in Brittany, it is there since the 16C. We had a bottle of local cider cave des sangliers, a galette complete with ham and cheese,complete bacon and onions, and the savoyarde with ham,eggs and fresh cream, 3 congolaise crepes with coconut ice cream and malibu rum as well as chocolate, 3 coffees all for 16 euros per person! webpage: https://www.cafebreton-rochefortenterre.com/

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You can still see some of them,and the funny Santa mailbox all ready to send those late minute gifts; the business of the Kaleo, dragon arts, rucher with pain d’épice and honey, all wonderful at this wonderful time. Time to tell you all.

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The Rochefort en Terre tourist officehttps://www.rochefortenterre-tourisme.bzh/

MERRY CHRISTMAS , JOYEUX NOEL, NEDELEG LAOUEN, FELIZ NAVIDAD, FELIZ NATAL; may you all have a wonderful fairy time with yours wherever they are, and remember ,it is not just one day but eternal.

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

November 29, 2020

Rochefort-en-Terre Christmas season!!!

And here I go again revising old post and new text with the wonderful season of Christmas in my lovely Bretagne. This I have to say is our favorite town for Christmas in all of Bretagne! Rochefort en Terre in my beautiful Morbihan!

Let me give you a brief on it here with some pictures from 2015. Hope you enjoy it as I do! You must come and see it ok

Once again ,I past by my favorite Christmas town in my region, this is Rochefort-en-Terre, magical land.

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We come by car on the N165 expressway getting off at La Roche Bernard and continuing on the road D774  passing Marsan, Paule, Limerzel, before reaching Rochefort en Terre on some wonderful twisting roads. You can also ,go by the N166 direction Rennes and then take the D775 road direction Questembert ,then road D777 direction Pluherlin,  and reaching Rochefort en Terre.

We have come every year for the last five here and each year is wonderful. It is indeed a magical town as been small it completely shape up as a Christmas market with beautiful decorations. Folks come in by 17h or 5 pm to really enjoy the lights all over and good cheers. And get good parking! The whole town is loaded!

We had our apéro at the Le Menestrel pub restaurant at Place St Michel, and then onward we go, tasting bit and bites all over the chalets and commerces open all night. I was told it is closed,need to confirm.

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The castle of great painters history is all decorated for the event. It is a magical place and even magic by the NAIA museum! The painters history from a Alfred Klots born in St Germain en Laye (78) but family came from Baltimore MD USA to renovate the castle and house the painters.

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And, of course, the Church Notre Dame de la Tronchaye  is on inside and outside with beautiful decoration and a wonderful nativity scene!

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There is ,also, a  wonderful nativity scene at place des Halles and Place St Michel. Like I said and repeat, the whole town is a Christmas market with great seasonal foodies and gifts and hugely popular lights decorations. A must while in the area, and worth coming to it me think.

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The Rochefort en Terre tourist office: https://www.rochefortenterre-tourisme.bzh/ln/en/

See the magic of Christmas at Rochefort en Terre: https://www.rochefortenterre-tourisme.bzh/feerie-noel-rochefort-en-terre/

Enjoy the Christmas spirit is all over , the best time of the year!!! Merry Christmas to all! Hope one day you can make it here

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

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