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January 19, 2021

The Villa city by the sea , this is Dinard!

So coming all over my lovely Bretagne or Brittany or Breizh, we came to Dinard.It was an enjoyable visit we cherish a lot in my family. Therefore, I am updating with new links and text same pictures my post from April 2015. See my other posts with pictures on sights.  Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

What a name, hard to come up with titles for the uncreative mind lol! In this wonderful Easter holiday, off today and day off tomorrow !! We decided to go up again and visit Dinard. We have been to the ones nearby and always missed it even thus we heard about its wonderful villas houses. Dinard is gorgeous and the best for us were the beaches, even in off period! Oh by the way, this city is in Ille et Vilaine dept 35!

As usual we went by car, it is less than 2 hrs from us! Not bad we should come more often lol! We took going there the D768 up from us to Loudéac linking with the N164 to Saint Méen le Grand, here hook up with the D125 briefly to connect with the D166/D766  direction Saint Malo and Dinan. By Dinan we took the N176 direction Saint Malo, link up again with the D766 direction Saint Malo/Dinard, which becomes the D266 pass the airport of Dinard-Pleurtuit-Saint Lunaire; take right briefly on the D168 and again on the D266 direction Dinard, off the D266 entering the town we turn left into rue Henri Maulion then continue on  rue Saint Enogat to park free by the beach or plage de Saint Enogat, pretty district guide you by the sign for the Church of Saint Enogat, from which we walk all over the place! All done in 163,7 kms and 1h40m !

We went straight for the beach at plage Saint Enogat, wonderful stretch of sandy beach with great bath changing rooms and a mini golf. The restos were just up the street at 100 meters right by the fontaine Jules Verne, and wonderful water spout of 10 meters high. Then we went to the Church of Saint Enogat ,previous church from the 17C  only the belltower from 1761 is standing original, the new church was built in 1874 with many furniture and paintings from the 19C and 20C. The church sits in a peaceful corner right behind the buzzle and hussle of the beach area.

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We continue our walk all thru curving ,narrow, steep streets along the coast by the promenade de clair du lune created in 1930,  and the rue albert lacroix zigzagging into the little streets and some private chemin passageways between homes to reach closer to the ocean. The views are fantastic and the houses if we can call them that , more like mansions or small castles of the belle époque period are superb; can’t wait to get my hand on one of them ::)  You go by the parc de Port Riou with a panoramic view of the ocean and a villa port riou built in 1882 that has a lighthouse building in the front!!!

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The pointe de la Malouine is a beautiful lookout of gorgeous homes and great ocean views  all plumbing into the beach or plage de l’écluse, inmense at low tide you seems to go right into the ocean with a pool, huge front property, a beach to return. Here interesting there is a statue to Alfred Hitchcock who loves to come here! You have wonderful villa reine Hortense, (queen of Holland) who vacationed here built by the Russian lover prince Nicolas Vlassov who was passionate of the life of the mother of Napoléon III.  The mansion continue too numerous all wonderful such as the villa Cézembre with a stair bringing you down to the beach and the villa Greystones of art deco style.

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We continue on the Pointe du Moulinet, rocky place on the border of the Rance on the city of Saint Malo, here more villas such as Saint Germain built in 1870, the pont d’emeraude with great views of the ocean and the villa La Garde tudor style construction. You will see a huge pool on the bridge or pont de l’émeraude that is use in summers ;gorgeous pool.

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The plage de l’écluse or levies beach is one favorite to return having the Malouine on the west and the Moulinet on the east, with bath changing cabins since 1859. An aristocratic beach with the famous from Europe with casino Barriére (built 1902) , the palais des arts et du festival exhibition hall, go  up on blvd Féart and see the villa Montplaisir very so British style, and the wonderful tourist office. Here we had lunch.

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Finally, that time to eat, and we were in the beach area of the Ecluse so we choose the one active place Brasserie le Bar du Soleil, great choice ,fantastic service, very funny/friendly waiters, the food was good with a bottle of muscadet white wine and American tuna sandwhiches, mussels ,and burgers ,café or thé gourmand dishes which are coffee or tea with small pastries and all for under 22€ per person, can’t beat it with the view, the location and the servings big. Just due for a return.

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Already some family members becoming tired,not me ::) of walking lol! We arrived at the  beach or plage de la prieuré, this is a port harbor with you see a pool open, and you see the Church Notre Dame, built in 1858, with stained glass done by Max Ingrand. It is a bigger church but less popular, and has a wonderful nave with memorial to the fallen inside as well as in front of the Church. The across the street Christ cross overlooking the Prieuré beach is wonderful.

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We stopped short of the last district La Vicomté, because it has been a long day of walking, the city is long with district far apart and hilly so it takes it tolls, next time we will park closer to this district to finish our journey of the city. From the Church Notre Dame on the side we took the rue des français libres to return to Saint Enogat and pickup our car not before getting some baguettes at the corner boulangerie Romain, and some drinks at the near boulangerie Aux délices Enogatais at place du calvaire. Ready to take our car back home.

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The tourist office of Dinard-Côte d’Emeraude: https://www.dinardemeraudetourisme.com/

The Brittany tourist office on Dinard and the Côte d’Emeraude: https://www.brittanytourism.com/offers/dinard-et-la-cote-demeraude-dinard-en-2113593/

The tourist office of dept 35 South Brittany on the Côte d’Emeraude/Dinard: https://www.bretagne35.com/partez-a-la-decouverte-de-lille-et-vilaine/sites-remarquables/cote-d-emeraude/

We took the same road back and made in about the same time and km. Another city of Brittany review and counting, the region is beautiful with many more to see, explore, admire, and visit by the road warriors!! Indeed we came back and several posts in my blog. Hope you enjoy this brief introduction to pretty Dinard.

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

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January 19, 2021

Angers, an introduction!

So ,we came to Angers, after all my boss was born here and always mentioning. My travel curiosity took me there and it was great! Let me tell you a bit about Angers, updating/revising this post from 2015!

I just visited Angers, a city in the Maine-et-Loire dept 49 of the Pays de la Loire region. As said, came with the family for an introduction and like it.  Of course, I have other posts on Angers on the main sights with pictures ,see posts.

We , of course, went by car…, heading without paying tolls on the countryside for about 3 hrs driving from home to the parking in city center. We took the N165 to the beltway or péripherique around Nantes on the A844 and continue following all panels for Angers linking with the road D723 by Carquefou and onwards on the same road  again direction Angers  ,took briefly the D523 and then the D323 direction Angers/Paris until Angers centre ville and got up by the Parc République parking underneath the centre commercial Fleurs d’Eau on rue Plantagenêt. All day for 5,60€!

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Once we arrive out of parking we headed straight for the Château d’Angers, a wonderful building and a must see, plenty on it, we like the fact there is a restaurant inside! and the logis and chapel were recently renovated sparkling nice.

We continue to the magnificent Cathedral Saint Maurice a jewel of a Church and another must see there, do try to climb the montée Saint Maurice stairs lovely view up and down.

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We wandered about the town , just clean lovely, lively and young, full of life, very nice, the family like it.  Of course, they have the usual Galeries Lafayette, FNAC stores as well as France Loisirs at the Palace, and great tea/coffee place at La Feve d’Or, and the gourmand will love La Gourmandise even with Spanish nougats !!! 

It has a wonderful train/bus terminal very modern and clean. I end up stopping by here on my business travels as well, and as with the family show them where I go by, fun and good!

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We love the tour Saint Aubin or tower in city center old town, and the Church Notre Dame des Victoires, Not to mention take a look at the Church St Laud near the train station and castle. And of course, the galerie David d’Angers , and the museum of Beaux-Arts or fine arts. And see the grand théatre d’Angers wonderful at place du Ralliement.

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At place du Ralliement, we ate at superb Le Pub Ralliement with a meter of beer glass serving and wonderful pizzas, steak, and pasta. all with Cafe gourmand with sweets and coffee with a banana split for about 25,30 euros per person.

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The tourist office of Angers: https://www.tourisme.destination-angers.com/en

The city of Angers on heritage and things to see in French: http://www.angers.fr/vivre-a-angers/culture/index.html

You have a lot to see not to mention by the airport you have a wonderful old planes museum. and the nearby castles like Serrant and the vinyards of Anjou.  In all a wonderful time in nice Angers, which we will be back. And did, do enjoy the post as I.

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

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January 19, 2021

Le Mans, in the Sarthe!

And why not continue this wonderful nostalgic saga of updating my earlier posts in my blog. It has been awesome, and thanks to you for following along with me! Let me tell you about a wonderful city of Le Mans in the Sarthe dept 72 of the region of Pays de la Loire!

Ok so, after passing by it and briefly stopping there on several times, decided it was time to bring the family over for more closer look to this old fortified city of Le Mans. It was awesome!

I came by car, and it was about 3 hrs from me avoiding tolls which do not like if can avoided, why paid more taxes ::) We took off on the N24 towards Rennes and there connected with the N157 passing Vitré, then at Laval, gettting around the D900, briefly on the N162, and then theh D57 towards Le Mans that becomes the D357 and into the city by the place du pré and the free parking next to Church Notre Dame du Pré, that was closed for renovations. From here we walked all over the city.

We cross the Sarthe river, and turn right straight for city center, we walk along the river to see the Sol de la Place or arch of place St Hilaire, saw the Church Saint Benoit(12C) , and continue on to rue Gambetta towards place de la République.

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We saw the rénovations on the Chapelle de la Visitation (or church from 1634) , and all the wonderful stores there from a Monoprix, to a Galeries Lafayette,and a shopping passage du Commerce and to the side the mall or shopping center of Centre Jacobins with a C&A and FNAC stores amongst many. We continue visiting the Church Notre Dame de la Couture near the prefecture govt building and walk all the way to the train station that I have used on several ocassions but never time to venture out of it.

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We went to the Cinema Pathé , and the théatre des Quinconces, imposing buildings.

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It was time to eat, after passing several we finally decided to take on something new even for me, so we tried Le Capitole, rue des jacobins (see post).  It was ok just the service was a bit slow, we undertand as there was only one waiter for two floors. Otherwise all very good pizzas and ceasars salads, and tagliattoni pasta with cafe gourmand (with sweets) and a bottle of Chinon red  Domaine de la Perreire, excellent all for 21€ per person.

We passed by the Collégiale Saint Pierre la Cour, wonderful church originally here since 865, and renovated until 1834, now its a site of concerts and expositions, and events organise by the city, just to the left of the Cathedral.

We ,then, visited the jewel of the city the Cathedral Saint Julien, this is big and beautiful, so many wonderful chapels and the back of the altar is gorgeous, I am terrible of descriptions, rather give you the hint to visit ,its a must, fantastic Church, deserves more fame. Inside either the left or right nave has gorgeous chapels as well. The stained glass is wonderful and look up the Christ in wood arms raise at the altar, the chapel of the Virgin and musiciens angels, are gorgeous. A must to see if only reason to visit Le Mans.

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Not to mention the cité Plantagénet with its old wooden houses and quaint old Streets, and the ramparts well preserve.  After getting some goods supplies in breads and chocolates and terrine du mans. And we took the road from there to get back home in 3h15 hours. You can see a lot if well planned, and of course, we will be back, so much to see so little time. Having spent my college and thereafter marriage in Daytona Beach FL USA and the 24 hrs of Daytona ,Le Mans! has more in store and we did came back, see other posts in my blog!

The tourist office for Le Mans: https://www.lemans-tourisme.com/en/

The city of Le Mans on things to do and see ideas in French: https://www.lemans.fr/dynamique/des-idees-de-visite/

And there you go , hoping you enjoy the brief instroduction to Le Mans here as more elsewhere in my blog, especially the main monuments and museums. Enjoy it

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

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