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January 20, 2021

Pre historic Carnac!!!

Again, was able to bring the courage to go out into my coastal beaches and took aim again at wonderful Carnac. This town of course is world famous for its megaliths stones, Unesco World Heritage Site! and it ,also, has a wonderful renown pre history museum in Carnac bourg! As you know if read my blog, there is Carnac Bourg or city center admin and then Carnac plage or beachside at about 2 km. The town of Carnac is at about 25 km from my house ,and we go there often even during this virus period.

I past again with new pictures by the alignment of Ménec and the official Maison des Megaliths where a museum sort and boutique tells you all about these strange historical stones very much revered in Celtic Bretagne. I have other posts and pictures on these subjects in my blog. The below pic it was raining lol!

carnac maison de megaliths jan21

The alignment of Ménec is located north of Carnac bourg, along the D196 road between the hamlets of Ménec and Croix-Audran. The whole is separated into two parts by the road which connects the village of Runell to Carnac bourg. The alignment is made up of more than 1170 menhirs (stones) distributed in 11 rows, over an area of about 950 m2 and a width of about 70 meters (in the east) to 100 meters (in the west). These 1,170 menhirs are divided into a hemicycle 1075 in 11 lines long and 150 meters wide and 25 stand alone of an eastern hemicycle. The western hemicycle corresponds to a cromlech. This megalithic complex has long been interpreted as an astronomical temple.

carnac menec alignment jan21

The Carnac tourist office on the alignements

A Morbihan dept on the meaning of the megaliths webpage in English:

A very good private webpage incredible places on the alignements of Carnac in French with pictures :

Together with the above and a great instroduction to them is the Pre History museum in Carnac Bourg. Simply call the musée de Carnac, is a must to see. I recommend see the museum and then go to the alignments. See my other post on it in my blog.

carnac archeo mus front jan21

The first museum in the world for megalithism, the Prehistory Museum of Carnac is the essential prelude to the visit of the dolmens and standing stones around. Do not miss the large alpine jade axes, the polished ornaments imported from Spain… so many prestigious objects, witnesses of the time when Carnac was a great European center of power and wealth, at the beginning of the 5th millennium BC.

carnac archeo mus side jan21

The museum is also known as the musée archéologique James Miln, Zacharie Le Rouzic for his contributions and donations to it. The Association Paysages de mégalithes de Carnac et du sud Morbihan, who is in charge of preparing and carry the candidature of the museum to the inscription of Unesco World Heritage site, also, has its home office in the museum.

The official webpage of the pre history museum of Carnac

The city of Carnac on the pre history museum in French:

The Carnac tourist office on the pre history museum in English:

You will do well to include the above two with a florique on the beach , which is great see my posts. Carnac is an all around tourist stop on your ways of my Morbihan, and Bretagne! Hope you enjoy the tour and thanks for reading me over the  years!

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

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January 20, 2021

The Church of Saint-Cornély at Carnac bourg!

So this is an unique post me think. If reading my blog , you know Carnac is an Unesco site on its megaliths stones and very close to me ,in fact the closest beach at about 25 km or 13 miles from my house. There are several posts on its sigths in my blog. One of them, deals with the main church in city center and written before. So what I have done here not to repeat is to redo the post with updated links , revised text and the new pictures I took yesterday of which the town was empty! due to the virus. Therefore, here is the new post on the Church of Saint Cornély of Carnac bourg!

As you entered the town from the expressway N165 direction Carnac on the D768, and then entered the town on the D119, the first thing you see its the bell tower of this Church, you know you have reach Carnac bourg!

Now again, explanation. If reading my blog you know that Carnac is divided into two section ,one is Carnac bourg or the town of which the church is part,and Carnac plage or beach which is the beach side at about 2 km from each other.  The beach is move laidback and grand houses commerce directed at tourism. The bourg or city center is more residential except around the center where the Church of Saint-Cornély and the museum are. Now the Church of Saint Cornély!

carnac ch st cornely front afar jan21

The Church of Saint-Cornély dates from the 17-18C , and done in the Renaissance style. It is located in Carnac bourg, city center in the dept 56 of Morbihan, region of Bretagne.  The Church celebrates the patronage of Cornelius, Pope martyr, became Cornély, the patron of the breeders of horned beasts. The Church of Saint-Cornély is built on a rectangular plane with three naves. The pediment of the west façade is equipped with a niche housing a statue of Saint Cornély. The porch of the north façade is carved and dates from 1792; it is a Doric architecture with columns in cut panels, is topped by a canopy with ailerons, a crown and a cross.  The Bell tower, 40 meters high, dates from 1639. It consists of a square tower with a platform with railing and pinnacles at the corners, topped by a long arrow in the shape of a pyramid.

carnac ch st cornely back jan21

A detail description of the interior of the Church of Saint Cornély taken from historical brochures inside the church and translated by yours truly!

The sacristy dates from 1659. The church is covered with a paneled frame decorated with paintings. The paneling paintings date from 1729 to 1732 restored in 1872 and 1962-1965. The central vault presents the life of Saint Cornély, 18C Statue of Saint Cornély  and painting of 1731 representing the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin ;south vault that of Saint John the Baptist as well as the mysteries of the Rosary, the north vault contains passages from the life of Christ. The first stained-glass windows date from the middle of the 19C, one of them presents Saint Cornély as protector of animals, and the other presents the martyrdom of Saint Cornély (a soldier, sword raised, will cut off his head). The stained-glass windows (beginning of the second half of the 19C) which adorn the top of the North and South naves, in the North nave we see Saint Cornély protecting a boat caught in the storm, and Saint Cornély refusing the Papal Tiara, in the South nave we see Saint Cornély condemned to death by the emperor, and Saint Cornély on the march towards execution, baptizing a Roman officer and soldiers. The stained-glass windows (1878), framed by wide borders of medallions and coats of arms, are a gift from the Wolbock family: one represents Charles de Blois who attends mass, and the other Saint Cado disembarking in Brittany to evangelize the region. Towards the back of the church, there are stained-glass windows (end of the 19C). In the chapel (dated 1685) of the baptismal font, one can see paintings dated 1690: the paintings represent the birth of Jesus, the Adoration of the Magi, the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, Jesus in the midst of the doctors of the Law done in 1891 and gift of the family of Perrien, represents the Baptism of the Lord at the Jordan). The high altar,, dates from 1782. The altarpiece of the high altar, which dates from 1659, and its center presents a painting “The Assumption of the Virgin”, in 1731. In the south aisle, one can see an altarpiece from 1710, and a painting of the Rosary from 1715 painted by a monk from the Chartreuse d’Auray (the Virgin and Child are represented giving a rosary to Saint Dominic and Saint Catherine of Siena, framed by statues of Saint Anne with Mary and Saint Joachim,  and the small medallions describe the 15 mysteries of the Rosary). In the north aisle, we can see an altarpiece dedicated to Saint Isidore (Spanish saint), built between 1670 and 1680, with in its center a painting of the Ascension dated 1793 (restored in 1988): on the sides are the statues of Saint Louis (holding the scepter and, in the left hand, the crown of thorns), of Saint Leo the Great, and of a Pope. The altar of the Blessed Sacrament is dedicated to the Holy Trinity and to the Blessed Sacrament: the altarpiece (1710); the painting (1713), celebrates the God the Father adored by the angels; two large wooden statues (Saint Peter and Saint Paul) are on the sides. Another altarpiece dedicated to Saint John the Baptist was built around 1670: the two statues, period, in wood, are those of Saint Dominic and Saint Catherine of Siena holding a heart to God, and the painting entitled “Descent of Croix “, date of 1730. The pulpit to preach, date of 1783. The fence or gate of the choir (1806) also the trunks, the lectern, the communion gate and the gate in front of the statue-reliquary of Saint-Cornély, dated from 1819.

carnac ch st cornely altar jan21

carnac ch st cornely chapel right side jan21

carnac ch st cornely chapels left side jan21

carnac ch st cornely chapel side jan21

carnac ch st cornely organ back jan21

The pardon, (repentance forgiveness) which takes place on the second Sunday of September, is very popular since 1909, it is still organized nowadays, with in particular the blessing of horses! It’s all in the bourg where you have the museum, the city/town hall, the tourist office, and many shops and restaurants all around it. Enjoy Carnac and the Church of Saint Cornély.

A bit on the leyend of Saint Cornély:

Patron of the parish of Carnac, Saint Cornély is the best known of the patron saints of cattle and especially of horned beasts. Its cult is mainly located in the south of Brittany, curiously coinciding with the location of megalithic monuments, as in Languidic and Plouhinec, also once provided with large megalithic ensembles. Its name is the Breton form of Corneille or Cornelius in Latin. According to legend, St. Cornelius, pope in Rome and pursued by an army of pagans, found himself facing the sea and hid in the ear of one of the two oxen that accompanied him. He turned the troop of his pursuers to stone. Thus were born the alignments of Carnac by the transformation of this army into petrified soldiers, around the 3C. Saint Cornelius, surrounded by horned beasts, is said to be a resurgence of a Celtic and horned totemic god, Kernunnos or Cernunnos, related to fertility and animals. He would be both the master of animals and the intermediary between the world of the living and the world of the dead. One can even imagine quite easily that the medieval imagery of the Devil with horns and tail owes him a great deal.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip are

The city of Carnac on the Church of Saint Cornély in French:

The tourist office of Carnac on the Church of Saint Cornély in English:

There you go a nice monument to visit while in the area, and different from the beachside. The Church of Saint Cornély of Carnac is very nicely done on its decoration and architecture especially inside. Hope you enjoy the post.

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

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January 20, 2021

The sights of Dinard!

So here we go again, doing updates and revision of older posts which have been a blast!! Thanks for reading me over the years!!! And as usually the case, once going over realise they are pictures and sights not mentioned before or briefly mentioned in my blog. This is the best time to remedy this issue ::) Enjoy the tour of Dinard.

As I have told you,  Dinard  is in the department 35 of Ille et Vilaine in the region of Bretagne ; it is a beach town and well visited by British and Americans for its wonderful villas of the belle époque period and the British Film Festival held here since 1990.

As you get closer to the city center, the covered way becomes less wild. We walk along the plage de la Prieuré beach then the Clair de Lune promenade with its lush vegetation. The view over Saint-Malo is breathtaking. But what catches our eyes is especially the Pointe du Moulinet and its Belle-Epoque villas (see post).

We continue our walk on the chemin de ronde walk that runs along the sea. Here we are on the plage de l’ecluse, with extremely fine sand. In the middle of the afternoon, this beach is crowded. We love the little beach huts, very elegant with their blue and white stripes and the seawater swimming pool. It’s a little too cool to risk a dip, so we continue towards Pointe de la Malouine. And there it is: the villas are all more beautiful than the others.


From the Pointe de la Vicomté, it is possible to walk to Saint-Malo, but the idea of crossing the dam on the Rance on foot, right next to the cars, did not appeal to us.

On one side Saint-Malo and the tidal power plant on the Rance, on the other the town center of Dinard. Between the two, the Pointe de la Vicomté, a small shaded area where life is good, depending on the tides. It is the ideal place to admire the sunset over the city, to trudge among the rocks at low tide or to admire the ballet of the ferries returning to the port of Saint-Malo.


The Cale du Bec de la Vallée has long served as a loading dock for the steamers that made the connection between Saint-Malo and Dinard. After the opening of the Rance dam in 1966 and a much faster road link, the slipway lost much of its economic importance. The place indeed has nevertheless retained a lot of charm.


The plage du Port-Riou beach access is from downtown Dinard by taking Boulevard de la Mer. There are stairs that lead to the beach. You can also leave from plage de St Enogat beach by going to the right. A concrete path allows you to reach it!


Some further webpages to help you plan your trip here:

The city of Dinard history/heritage and more pictures

The tourist office of the Emerald coast/ Dinard:

The tourist office of Ille et Vilaine dept 35 on Dinard

The Region of Brittany tourist office on Dinard:

Hoping this will cover Dinard better and together with my other posts will give you the overall view of this wonderful city of the Ille et Vilaine dept 35 in my lovely Bretagne.

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

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