Plougastel-Daoulas, remember the name!

Again, updating an older post of a surprise town for us. So much that later on when my twins were celebrating their birthday , they asked to come here to do it! Plougastel-Daoulas, remember the name! And we do!!!

Plougastel-Daoulas is full of tradition, and the only town in Bretagne where stepping into a bistro you can hear Breton language been spoken! The location of the Bistro de Plougastel restaurant is 1 Place du Calvaire  29470 Plougastel-Daoulas, this is at city center next to the Church of Saint Pierre, cant missed it. This town has magic!!!

For desserts we just walk around the Church to the Boulangerie/Pâtesserie/Salon de Thé Mulliner on 5 Rue de l’Église. Here we had several sweets and sodas, such as belle hélene, trois chocolates, etc all for 2€ each and serve on the table! Recognise as the best in Plougastel-Daoulas.

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You come in on the N165 expressway and take exit 33A to centre or city center/downtown. there is parking in there easy to find always around the Church/Calvary unless service is going on. We wanted to see the area well took a night at a local hotel. We stayed for a night cheaply and convenient off the N165 at the Ibis budget hotel ( these were the old Etap hotels of same group) off the Ti ar Menez artisanal zone and just outside Plougastel-Daoulas. Webpage: https://all.accor.com/hotel/5042/index.en.shtml

In town by the above restaurant, you have a nice convenient small supermarket , Cocci Market , 9 Pl du Calvaire, very popular here that we take advantage in small towns for convenience to buy groceries. However, just off the expressway N165 you have a bigger E Leclerc hypermarket , closer to the hotel zac ty Ar Menez. We ,also, went in the evening.

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The first that you see is the Church of Saint Peter or Saint Pierre rising above the place de l’église, monumental front and great belltower. The Church was built in 1870 amazingly new for French timelines and was destroyed during the bombings of 1944. It was rebuilt as it is today in 1950. The current Church was rebuilt in cross–shaped, style with a recessed Spire, a nave of five bays with aisles, a crossroad with lantern and wing at the center of which there is a choir, then another nave with three bays with aisles terminated by a right chevet. The Church of the 19Ct has retained a beautiful retable of the Rosary (dated 1654-1656) and topped by an altar the tomb of 16C . The modern altar, made with marble of Mayenne dedicated in 1957. There is a path of modern cross and the baptismal fonts from the 12C. The church houses a statue of St. Peter and a Pietà. (see post).

Right behind it or to the side as you wish ;lies the Calvary or Closed Parish. This is a tremendous beautiful gorgeous magnificent calvary that is a must see even passing just for it is good. My best in the region simple yet detailing of such love and history of Christ. It was first built in 1602-1604 and restored in 1860. It was originally done to bear thanks for the eradication of the black death épidémies of the region; the original date is Under the statue of Christ. It has 171 statuettes giving life to the calvary. the frieze is decorated with a multitude of bas-reliefs depicting the life of Jesus Christ. There is the Nativity, the flight to Egypt, the Last Supper, and the washing of the feet. The great drama of the passion then unfolds in an army of actors among different groups of statuettes. One is the one depicting the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ in Jérusalem. It is old done in kersanton granite stone dominated by three large crosses in the center.  Destroyed during the period of the terror (French revolution), it was restored again after the liberation after been damaged during the siege of Brest(WWII). (see post)

There is a story here that, I like to tell .  John Davis SKILTON, was an American Lieutenant that help rebuilt the calvary after WWII. He was part of the office of civil affairs of the US Army that was based at nearby Plabennec, and the war brought him to Plougastel by the end of August 1944 . He was an Arts adviser back in the USA, and sensitive of the damage caused by the war of these magnificent monuments. He helps in its restoration.  His first act was to collect all the pieces of Arts of this work, and guard them . He went on to served at  Vittel, then Germany, where he helps return to France 18  wagons full of art work stolen during the war . Promise to come back and help rebuilt the Calvary, which he did. Go Yanks!

Right in the place de l’église and to the side of the Church you see the fountain of the imagery or Fontaine de l’Imageur. This fountain is indeed rich in symbols, evocative of the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela(St James/St Jacques).  However, beyond the symbols carved in granite and bronze for any other reason, the story of this fountain tells of Saint James in several ways rendering honor to those artists, painters, sculpteurs who built these calvaries, retables etc.

And of course, as in all these trips , we need to eat. We came back to our favorite where we have held our twin boys birthdays and the folks are really friendly; even setting up a table for us in the middle of the square or place de l’église overlooking the wonderful Church Saint Peter/église St Pierre. Le Bistrot de Plougastel resto we had our mussels and fries and fish and chips with tall glasses of Royal Beer (pints) for 18€ per person.

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And we came back the next day. This is the place where the chef prepare for us their favorite dish, Poulet Yassa, its chicken in a macerated sauce with spices,lemon,and small hot peppers from Senegal, Africa, that the Breton chef brings in himself. The food is fantastic for my sons all love it. We the adults had fish and chips and salmon, with scoops of ice cream strawberry, vanilla, and caramel salé with whipped cream, coffees and teas. Of course , we began with an aperitifs of Kir of cassis, cerise that is blackcurrants and cherries flavors with white wine, I had my usual porto rouge or red porto. We dined with a bottle of cider from the local Manoir du Kinkiz, superb natural local product. All for 21 euros per person.

And as all I am told the Le Bistrot de Plougastel has closed down early this year!!! and is now there the La P’tite Ardoise. I guess good things don’t last as they should. Here just for the wonderful memories.

Un official webpage on the history of Plougastel-Daoulas by native son very well explain in French: https://www.plougastel.com/histoire.php

The Brest metropole tourist office on Plougastel-Daoulashttps://www.brest-metropole-tourisme.fr/decouvrir/actualites/plougastel-daoulas-45120

The tourist office of Bretagne on Plougastel-Daoulas et al. :https://www.brittanytourism.com/destinations/the-10-destinations/brest-terres-oceanes/presquile-de-plougastel-and-daoulas-abbey/

There you go folks a memorable spot on our lovely Bretagne. We wanted to be back when the virus struck so looking forward to come back and see the changes in Plougastel-Daoulas in neighboring Finistére dept 29. Hope you enjoy the story as I did.

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

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