Christmas 2016 at Rochefort-en-Terre!!!

And here I am in the best part of the year always and bringing back memories of whole family visits to the wonderful Rochefort en Terre in my beautiful Morbihan of my lovely Bretagne in my belle France. Christmas is coming and would like to update for all this old post of Christmas 2016 at Rochefort en Terre!!!

Another year gone by and another visit to the wonderful medieval quant town of Rochefort-en-Terre in my Morbihan Breton. We were there this morning ahead of the night festivities as it is packed and now in addition this year name, the Favorite town of the French in a TV contest here in France.  Le Village préférés des français or the favorite town of the French on survey by TV station France 2 announce by Stéphane Bern.

The town at night is a time going back full of lights all over city center and chalets as well as stores and restos staying late to celebrate. Huge numbers of people comes here every year and we have been for the last several. This time we chose to come earlier quieter, and have time to prepare the meal for Christmas Eve tonite.

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We go there by car along the N165 to the N166 to the N774 or going out we took first the N777 into the N775 and N166 N165;   direct into Rochefort en Terre both ways. We parked by the primary school Sylvain Pradeau 2,20€ for 24 hours of parking. And from here we walk all over town.

We went into the Castle first, this is known as the American Artists place as Alfred Klots, American painter born in St Germain-en-Laye of a family from Baltimore MD USA purchased it in 1907 ,and created an artists colony that is now the museum NAIA . Inside the Castle property you will also see a Chapel with a nice nativity scene set ,now part of the city, it hosts several arts events and artists trainings. The original castle is from the 13C and with a base of stables from the 17C it has rooms done in the 20C .The museum Naîa is right at the entrance to the castle. Both have separate posts in my blog.

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There is a beautiful house just at the entrance to the castle , this is the Les Ecuries de Sainte Hortense, selling souvenirs and produce from the area very nice. Next to it there is a wonderful artist gallery with great paintings and works of arts, worth a detour.

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You get back on the side street next to the main road, and see the beautiful Church Notre Dame de la Tronchaye  ,built between the 12C and 16C.  The facades are done in flamboyant gothic from 1553,and you can see two gates not far from its square tower still preserved these are the Porte Cadre and the Porte de l’Etang.

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You have beautiful nativity sets , two in city center one by the Mary candles store or Bougie Marie, and another on the square Place de Puits afterward.  I got a glimpse at place de Puits of the many medieval buildings around including our favorite resto Café Breton. Continuing to the end of town we arrived at the rue Saint Michel and later the Place Saint Michel with plenty of chalets and wooden houses.

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You will be able to see the remnants of a laundry or Lavoir by the Porte de l’Etang. You can see at the other end of the city center, walking is great, the Chapelle Saint Michel , is right in the woods but visible from the parking.  It is in the old field of the Fairs and the current Place Saint Michel , dated from the 17C and renovated in the early 20C. Here used to be located the priory of the Grail of Notre Dame de Montjoie. After several years the Chapel is not visited but you can see inside thru the holes in the window.

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The tourist office of Rochefort en Terrehttps://www.rochefortenterre-tourisme.bzh/ln/en/

We then headed back home for the Christmas Eve preparations not before stopping in Vannes for an apéro ::) a drink before the meals from aperitif or aperture to open up the appetite in you. Cheers and Merry Christmas!

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

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