Guérande, salt, and a lot more !

And on my continuing saga of updating and revising older posts; which has been a wonderful roller coaster ride thanks to all. Another thing, it allows me to see the folks who have given me earlier “likes”, many no  longer active, and some still for my enjoyment. Again thanks for reading. I will take you south of me , close, to Guérande, one of the best if not the best salt of France and a lot more. See my many posts on it in my blog.

Guérande is just over an hour from my home, a fortified town and home of the Salt. I got there as usual by my road warrior instincts, following the N165 direction Nantes and getting off at La Roche Bernard taking direction La Baule , to Guérande on the road D774. Guérande sits in the Loire-Atlantique dept 44 of the region of Pays de la Loire. However, old Bretagne and very much feels that way.

As you entered the town you first see the wonderful ramparts encircling the old town, impressive start; we got parking right in front of the ramparts for free on a Sunday, and just walk right in to the old town area , walking all over.

We stop at the store L’Œillet de Guérande for wonderful sel de Guérande or salt , and caramel milk salted and chocolate confiture salted, all wonderful as well as getting away with a salt pot for serving on the table the old fashion way !!! The store has change name to Sel de Bretagne but same owner at different address . Webpage: https://www.seldebretagne.com/

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We continue walking along the ramparts wonderful feeling and quaint nice pretty streets to get into the collégiale Church Saint Aubin, nice big Church nicely decorated (see post). The old salt store above was right by it, now moved as per above.

We went across to the covered market or halles very nice indeed,  come in to the Les Halles (intra-muros) ,you have the fish on Wednesday, Fridays Saturdays and sundays morning and other products the wednesday and Saturdays.

You are still at the square or place St Aubin and looking at the covered market turn your eyes to the right and see the Chapelle Notre Dame de la Blanche ,(see post)  a chapel Church very nice and with lots of history as the treaty of peace between the dukedom of Bretagne and the kingdom of France was signed here in 1381.

After doing some more walks and some nice homes like the maison de Poitiers from the 15C at rue de Piloti we came to the time to eat. I chose Créperie La Flambée at the wonderful quaint street of Rue de Saillé; and it was a winner, a place to come back to.  It has a building with wooden work of the biscuiterie LU of Nantes with a chimney from the 15C! All are local fresh products from local farms and the owner serves the table, nice friendly service , we were in the first floor (2nd Fl US) and you ring a bell to get service from below!!! magical on time! We had pizzas ,calzone,and rumsteak dishes with great desserts like mine cocomangue coconut ice cream with mango sorbet and merengue, a nice expresso coffee and all was drank with the local bottle of cider royal Guillevic a unique apple that the cider can only be made from. Great! Other than tourist office, they have a Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/La-Flambee-373563996161994/

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We past by the quant musée de la poupee et du jouet ancien or museum of Dolls and old toys at 23 rue de Saillé. Inside the chapelle Saint Jean (1682), on rue de Saillé corner of the place Saint-Jean , we purchase knives for oysters and mussels very nice and good value of brand Céladon.

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At the end  of the rue de Saillé, you see the ramparts again by the Porte Saillé. Past the place du vieux marché and the rue de la Juiverie (jewish quarters).

The La Baule-Guérande tourist office on the salt marshes of Guérande: https://www.labaule-guerande.com/les-celebres-marais-salants-de-guerande.html

The city of Guérande on the salt marshes visitshttps://www.ville-guerande.fr/pratique-vos-demarches/tourisme-et-decouvertes/visiter-les-marais-salants

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The La Baule-Guérande tourist office on Guérande things to do :see: https://www.labaule-guerande.com/guerande.html

The city of Guérande on its heritage things to see: https://www.ville-guerande.fr/pratique-vos-demarches/tourisme-et-decouvertes/visiter-la-cite-medievale

Wonderful Guérande , a town we are lucky near and friends lived there and visit several times even purchase wines there delivered to a friend’s house, and we will be back! Hope you enjoy the introduction to this wonderful city.

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

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