Ending 2016 at Josselin and Loudéac!!

And here back in my neck of the woods, updating this wonderful end of year 2016 on lovely Loudéac in Côtes d’Armor breton no 22 , and gorgeous Josselin in my Morbihan breton no 56 of my beautiful Bretagne. Let me tell you about it and hope you enjoy as I do.

Well, here I am in my tours of the towns nearby at end 2016. Today was another gray, cold, foggy day with temps in the 5C or 41F thereabouts. We have been to Josselin before that we enjoyed very much; we had time so we ,also,visited Loudéac! So we decided to give it another shot in end of the year road warrior trips in the region. The tales of two departéments in my beautiful Bretagne!

Josselin  has a thousand years of history and home of the noble family of the Rohan.  It is just about 45 km from my house and easy to get there on the road D768.  We headed for Josselin, and found easy parking at the Place d’Alzey right by the Hôtel de Ville or mayor’s office and behind the great Basilica. We were surprise of the lack of ambiance and very few visitors, and no Christmas events. For a city that claims 1000 years of history, not having a Marché de Noêl is sad ,even if they are not really popular in the west of France.

We did visited the usual wonderful buildings of the city such as the Basilica Notre Dame du Roncier, and the Castle of the Rohan, as well as the Chapelle de la Congrégation as it is more popular known today.  The Basilica is a must , a place of pilgrimage since 808 with the pardon day of September 8th a major religious event. see posts!

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As you walked the wooden house laden streets of rue des Vierges, rue des Trente, Place Alain de Rohan, and Place Notre Dame you see beautiful architecture. The Rohan castle is a major one in the history of Brittany, The castle history begins in 1008. see post. There is ,also, a Dolls museum inside created by the family Rohan themselves.

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The view of the castle from the river Oust  part of the Canal Nantes to Brest is sublime romantic and just plain beautiful.

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We did had time of course to eat and shop here always lovely. We re visit the Le Guethenoc restaurant ,11 Place Notre Dame, just facing the side of the Basilica Notre Dame du Roncier. It is our central place for eating here, and we had  pizza guethenoc, omelette jambon fromage, tagliatelles bolognaise, hamburger Rital ,omelette italienne, drinks for leffe beers of Christmas and expresso coffees all for less than 16€ per person, nice period decoration in a wooden house, very good nice service, and good local food. Webpage: http://www.restaurant-guethenoc.fr/

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We, also, did some shopping as usual across from the restaurant and in front of the Basilica at the Le Feu d’Or souvenir store. Loaded with Breton motifs in celtic décor and this time my sons went for the rings with Celtic dragons motifs. 20€ silver. You will find almost…everything here to take home too! Early Jan 2020 the business was sold and do not know the intention of the new owners.

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As we finished too early to get back home, I decided to show my family one of my business haunts in Brittany, and we headed for Loudéac, along the D778, this is Gallo language territory not Breton.

The main rue de Tréze is a nice artery with plenty of shops and restos, as well as a rather nice Hôtel de Ville or city/town hall with a bell on top. This is Loudéac, my business trips took me here and stayed at the very nice Hôtel des Voyageurs ,part of the local Brit chain of very good local classic hotels. This one is recommended and the restaurant is nice too as well as underground parking! It gives you a good central location to see inland Brittany very nicely.

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The tourist office of Broéliande on Josselinhttps://www.broceliande-vacances.com/decouvrir/incontournables/canal-nantes-brest/petites-cites-caractere-canal/josselin/

The city of Josselin on its heritage/things to see: http://www.josselin.com/decouvrir/josselin-et-son-patrimoine/

The city of Loudéac on its heritage/history: https://www.ville-loudeac.fr/listes/histoire-et-patrimoine/

The tourist office of Central Bretagne on tourist office info for Loudéachttp://www.centrebretagne.com/office-de-tourisme/cote-pratique/horaires-douverture-adresses-de-loffice-de-tourisme.html

And we came home zipping along the D700 then the D768 ,and now homey and comfy with goodies to eat and drink and thinking where to go next lol! Enjoy it as we do always in my Bretagne!

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

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