Vannes, the tunnel and the Gulf of Morbihan!

And here I am again updating revising one my fav cities , of course, capital of dept 56 Morbihan, this is Vannes or Gwened in Breton language of my lovely Bretagne! As you know if reading my posts, I work in Vannes just outside in a castle from 1504 !! So the city is like a second home to me! And one city left intact from the ravages of wars!!

The city is rich in history and architecture as well as a great maritime tradition. The canal into the pleasure marina in Le  Port can hold 3000 boats and falls into the Gulf of Morbihan and the Gare Maritime passenger boat terminal to the islands. The Gulf of Morbihan is one of the most beautiful bays in the world by many publications including Condé Nast and Great Bays.

Every year in May, the Semaine du Golfe or the Gulf’s week, is full of sea sailing activities . The next one will be May 10 to 16 2021. Its a great event and crowds from all over even abroad come in. The official webpage:

The Gulf of Morbihan, Vannes tourist office on water activities:

This is local site Les ïles du Golfe du Morbihan  in French but complete on the islands in the Gulf of Morbihan :

There are many wonderful art expo center, one that always catches my eye passing by often is the Hotel de Limur (see post) on 31, Rue Thiers just near Le Port and not far from the Hôtel de Ville/city hall.  It has three floors and a French garden in the back; inside it has a grand white marble stairs style Louis XIII built by 1685 , and it was here that the Breton émigrés or immigrant from England who came back to fight for monarchy and sentence to death all remaining 795 of them were judge revolutionary style (the remains are in the Chartreuse d’Auray) .  The Limur family takes over in 1820 and held on to the building until 1947; when it becomes prôperty of the city and the fine arts museum is housed here from 1955 to 1968 ,and even today is in charge of its upkeep. Many temporary exhibitions are held here.

The real thrill today was finally see and ride the tunnel under the Gulf of Morbihan that connects both end of the bay from Vannes to Séné is now open. Before it was a bridge (pont de Kerino) that had to be raise and lower for boats now no more and the traffic is much smoother. This city of Vannes tells you down the line a bit more on the Kérino bridge


This is a short youtube video on its first ride enjoy it

The old bridge will be dismantled phase out and all will be on the new tunnel allowing 20000 vehicules to past by it nicely with cycling and pedestrians passageways as well! Of course, the view on the bay will be lost oh well we cannot have it all. For the road warrior in me ,the tunnel is great and tested wonderfully.

So I am happy to have tried the tunnel and been one of the first one, and ahead of the local authorities on their webpages yahuuoo ::) Now enjoy it when in the area and if by let me know , the Morbihan is tops and the only department in France without a French name , you know it, Breton all the way, Mor=sea bihan=small or petite mer or small sea or Morbihan!!

Oh yes forgot , did when to the market in Vannes by place du poids public and visit my Nicolas wine store, it’s the Foire aux vins or wine fair going on and we load up, walking the cartons back to the car parked for 40cents in Place de la Libération ::)   Below my young men doing the work lol!!!


The city of Vannes tourist office right by the harbor or Le Port:

The area Gulf of Morbihan tourist office on Vannes

The tourist office of Bretagne/Brittany on Vannes:

There you go folks, a wonderful vibrant capital city Vannes, coming from its original tribemen of the Vénétes conquered by Rome as Darioritum and then the Bretons with the name of Gwened. Hopy you enjoy the post and again thanks for reading me.

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

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