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February 21, 2021

Always special ,Vannes!!

And back on my trail of updates on my older post, fitting for these periods of our lives and very rewarding for me indeed. Hope you have enjoy it as much as I. This time let me take you to 2019 and my always special, Vannes!

Vannes, our capital city and my work city. It is nice not so cool and not so warm ,just perfect .Except, the rain is on and off too as we have storms brewing in the Atlantic ocean.  I was out with colleagues after work , as we had to said goodbye to one, and why not do a bit of an au revoir or good bye in Vannes.  I was the first one in the bar ::) got easy parking by the ramparts of the old castle and did a bit of walking around the beautiful medieval buildings. Finally, I headed for the bar just before 19H.(7PM).

Before, the bar did some walking around the old city.  The gate or porte Poterne is very old (1678-1680) and nice over a stone bridge getting you into the old town just by the bar mentioned below. Here you have the wonderful Jardin de la Garenne and the Tour du Connétable (constable tower) , les lavoirs or laundries, wonderful views over the Cathedral St Peter (St Pierre) and Church of St Patern; a great façade of the cinema Cinéville Garenne just in front of the Chateau de l’Hermine (old hotel Lagorce), at 12 Rue Alexandre le Pontois. A nice view from the back of the marché couvert des lices or covered market. All of these have separate entries in my blog and more pictures!



And ,finally the rest arrived to the Les Valseuses, a popular bar here near the gate or porte Potern and behind the Chateau de l’Hermine and the gardens of the Garenne.  The bar is name after a popular movie of the same name that came out in 1974.  The Facebook page for them is here:

We/I come here often and it is very friendly service, good prices and historical place on one side the ramparts and the beforementioned chateau de l’Hermine and on the other side is Place des Lices and medieval Vannes. A city untouch by the ravishes of war and with buildings originals from as far back as the 14C.

This was just a sentimental goodbye as you should know on jobs ,the friendship enduring ones are what counts. And we will be back to the Les Valseuses eventually to continue our ins and outs of Vannes.

The Morbihan dept 56 Tourist board on Vannes in English:

The city of Vannes on tourism info in English:

There you plenty on Vannes ,and the Morbihan in my blog in fact. Vannes is a very nice city to be visited and it was begining to be discovered before the virus, hopefully it will be back. For now enjoy the post!

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

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February 21, 2021

Memories of Suresnes!!!

And going back, will update this post on a memorable spot in my life. As my blog is part wholly of my life, let me tell you about a place I worked for a couple of years and still with good friends in touch even coming for visits to me in my new Morbihan. I like to tell you about my hangouts in Suresnes, Hauts de Seine dept 92 in the Île de France region of my belle France. Hope you enjoy as I.

I had my thrill of getting my father at CDG airport coming back from a visit to his sister in Fla USA.  As my trip was of course my car, the best way to travel anywhere! We took off on the N12 ,A12, A13, D7 all the way to our hotel in Suresnes ,just for a one night rest before getting to CDG at T2E for the AF flight direct non stop.  And we chose the Campanile Pont de Suresnes as it was the city where I once worked! Of course, bringing back many nice moments.

The hotel was small rooms as usual, minimum bare amenities so only good for the one night, the breakfast at 9,50€ was too much for the continental breakfast buffet offered; the parking was one of the narrowest I have taken here and have a few::: the only good thing was the location right by the pont de Suresnes over was the Bois de Boulogne and Porte Maillot Paris ! For reference the Campanile hotel webpage:


Always passed by the hotel , never entered and finally on this visit used it, not that great…. We did went up to Mont Valérien (see post)  with a view of Paris and the American Cementary at Suresnes, (see post) from the French side a mémorial to those executed there by the Nazis. A moving moment we used to go often and even picnic around it

I will put some webpages here for reference ,first on the Mont Valérien that has the best views to Paris around! Also, a great memorial to the fallen for France: webpage:

And from the American cementery to the Fallen from WWI and WWII;  webpage:

We walked around the town for me nice memories of a good company and friends that still in touch, one must move on for better without forgetting the old good moments, and Suresnes was a very good moment.  The wonderful hotel de ville architecturally stunning, the levies on the Seine,(see post)  the pont de Suresnes, and our lunch /dinner hangouts.

One such nice lunch place was the oriental Lotus d’Or restaurant; same wonderful folks and great oriental food. The Suresnes tourist office webpage:



I went by old places of lunch like the Donatello Italian restaurant; many lunches here with good company and great moments. Again, the Suresnes tourist office webpage:


Stop by Le Rives , a brasserie faster service and nice cold ones near the Pont de Suresnes: The tourist office of Suresnes webpage


This one was closer to the office, and a nice big terrace in addition to a PMU tabac outlet behind, again memories for a lifetime at the Brasserie L’Entrepôt St Claude . The Suresnes tourist office webpage,but have a Facebook page with nice pics:


This one we came in bunches, as we call out to eat out, the gang loaded the place, do not know why ….When I was there was called the Le Berry, now there is a Gastronomie Plancha  that is a Japanese style restaurant. They have their own webpage

And, also, on the Suresnes tourist office


And I stopped many times by my favorite Irish pub in town LE PUB, great chow and wonderful world beers! More on the Suresnes tourist office


And the bar le Lafayette ,where many apéros were taken after work! At the big terrace with my CFO boss who stills visit me in the Morbihan breton!  The Suresnes tourist office webpage:


The Charlie Birdie on the quais looking at the Seine and Bois de Boulogne, has closed (as those in Paris), so here just for the memories. My favorite bakery in town for those sweets and the fast formule Au pain de Suresnes at 8 Pl du Général Leclerc brings good vibes too.


This is it, another time in tinsel town ,city of lights and the memorable return to my place of Suresnes. And of course great public transports to leave my car in the basement garage at work and just go over quick to Paris by metro, bus or tramway…. for more enjoyment!  And of course from Suresnes why not drive into the Bois de Boulogne and see the Grand Cascade, the Hippodrome Longchamps, the Moulin, the wonderful Fondation Louis Vuitton, the wonderful Auberge du Bonheur, and the wonderful again Jardin d’Acclimatation that my kids remember when younger taken the petit train still there!!! and the ladies still doing their hustle at 7PM (19H) lol!!! Some post on the above in my

The City of Suresnes on heritage:

Hope you catch on this time, this is a very nice area of Suresnes,  in the off the beaten path for visitors. The best part was coming back and seeing the familiar places still open! Luck will have it will come back when possible.

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

February 21, 2021

Abbey Church Saint-Sauveur of Redon !

And here I am again updating older post a wonderful idea me think in these times of ours. This is a wonderful monument in an off the beaten path city of my lovely Bretagne in my belle France. Let me tell you again a bit on the Church of Saint Sauveur of Redon. Of course, Redon is in Ille et Vilaine dept 35 . There is a huge amount of places to see in the No 1 visited country in the World. I am just beginning and hope to see it all before I go away! It’s a goal to achieve!  As I mentioned the town before, but brief , I  like to give credit to the city center wonderful Abbey Church .Hope you enjoy as I.

The Abbey Church Saint-Sauveur is one of the parts of the Saint-Sauveur Abbey, the rest of the consensual buildings became a high school. The Church is located on the north side of the Abbaye Saint-Sauveur, in the immediate vicinity of the city/town hall. In 1649, Cardinal Richelieu, had the buildings rebuilt. The Eudist founded a college in 1839, which now became a Catholic high school under contract with the state. The high school site is here for reference as it uses some of the property of the Abbey today. webpage:


Overlooking the Quai St Jacques, sits the former abbey of Saint Sauveur de Redon, one of the most important in Brittany in the Middle Ages. It was established there by St Conwoïon in 832 with the support of Nominoë.(king father of the country of Bretagne).


The main corp was built in the 11C, the nave has three ships. It is currently seven spans long, but the initial construction was longer and extended to be twelve. The five western bays were destroyed due to a fire in 1780. The ancient façade, known by a 17C engraving, was a single gabled wall at the triangular summit, supported by buttresses at angles. The elevation of the central nave initially included two levels with large arcades. Only the arches in full hanger, whose single roll falls on stone cut simply beveled. These stones rest themselves on very thin and united capitals, carved to give a Doric style to the set covered with plaster. The capitals crown half-columns backed with square piles, which are their predecessors. The north aisle wall of the nave, the north transept, and the base of the southern collateral are partly constructed in small cubic units, with flat stone bases and spur chains.



The four piles of the lower level of the transept crossing probably date back to the 11C. The Crusader tower was built during the 12C. It has three levels. A reconstruction of the bedside begins between 1260 and 1270, and ends at 1300, at least for the big work. It comprises three straight bays, then a five-part apse, all surrounded by an ambulatory with five radiant chapels. On either side of the first spans of the ambulatory, two aisles of three bays accommodate rectangular chapels. The whole is vaulted with quadripartite warheads. In the middle of the 15C, Duke Jean IV added to the bedside a Chapel, leaning on the north side of the choir.


The steeple originally belonged to a monumental façade project designed around 1310, which was to be placed in front of the ancient Romanesque nave. The north tower is the only element that is actually built. The work is probably completed before 1341. The organ is on the Chapel of the school.  The Church abbey is located at 17, 19 place Saint-Sauveur in city center  

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here in deep woods of Brittany, a nice off the beaten path trip even doable by train from Paris!

The tourist office of south Brittany/Redon on the abbey church:

The tourist office of Bretagne on Redon heritage:

The city of Redon on its architectural gems like the church:

There you go another curiosity wonder of my lovely Bretagne, which been a peninsula is much away and seldom seen, but I am telling you been in many places of our world and this is a find indeed. Hope you enjoy the tour of the Abbey Church of Saint Sauveur!

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

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February 21, 2021

Château de Josselin!!!

This will another update in my saga of revising older posts in my blog in these times. However, this one should be seen by more persons and it remains from visitors an off the beaten path sight; do not know why. It is an impressive castle of a family going way back in the history of France whose descendant still lives in it! Let me tell you a bit more on the Château de Josselin!!!


This is one of the towns of my lovely Bretagne that we have visited the most. Its a lovely town by the Canal Nantes-Brest and the quant city center, and of course the main thing is the Château de Josselin. I have written plenty of posts on Josselin but feel the castle deserves a post of its own; so here it is.  I have to start by saying is a must see in Bretagne, part of the history of it and France lies here, and it has been renovated in good taste with the Dukes of Rohan still living in it! Of course all this is in the town of Josselin, dept 56 of Morbihan in the region of Bretagne!!


The Château de Josselin  was built between 1490 and 1505, taking up many elements from the Louis XII style. It is one of the peaks of the Rohannais triangle of three great fortresses la Chèze, Josselin and Pontivy (see post),  which is the center of the village of Rohan, the nominal fief of the House of Rohan whose castle is neglected for the benefit of the other three. The Castle is since its construction, the residence of the Dukes of Rohan.


A bit of history I like, and history it has! 

Guéthénoc, cadet of the Ducal House of Brittany, Viscount of Porhoët, of Rohan and Guéméné, member of the family of the Counts of Rennes, would have left the feudal mound of Château-Tro in Guilliers to built in this place a first wooden castle around the year 1008. His son Goscelinus gives his name to the new fortress, castellum goscelini, from where Château-Josselin then Josselin, the casterly town that develops at the foot of the castle and offers a relative security.

In 1154, Eudon de Porhoët, stepfather, Regent and guardian of the young Duke of Brittany, Conan IV, brought together Breton Lords to deprive his son-in-law of his rights. He was defeated by Henry II Plantagenet, King of England and new Duke of Anjou, with whom Conan IV was taken refuge. Around 1170, Henri II personally directed the demolition of the Castle and planted salt to keep the walls in ruins. The fortress was raise from 1173 by the Viscount of Porhoët ,Eudon, an ally of the King of France. Then the Chatelaine passes to the hands of several large families foreign to Brittany. In 1370, it is agreed to cede Josselin, Castle and town, to Olivier V de Clisson in exchange for the Barony of Thuit, near Falaise (Normandy).

From the existing castle, Clisson built the best armed fortress of Brittany, a feudal enclosure of 4 500 m2, with a Chalet-residence and walls of 25 meters staked with nine towers and a huge dungeon of 26 meters in diameter and 32 meters in height. In 1389, Clisson was banned from the Kingdom of France and sentenced to death by Duke Jean IV. He takes refuge in his stronghold of Josselin but Jean IV does not delay to make the siege of the castle. The struggle with the Duke of Brittany will continue until his death.  After the death of Olivier de Clisson, the Château became the property of Alain VIII de Rohan ,heir to the Viscounts of Rohan, whose castle is about 20 km away, and who married Beatrice, daughter of Olivier de Clisson.

In 1488, the Duke of Brittany François II took the Castle of Josselin and partially demolished it in order to punish Jean II of Rohan for his support of the French party against him. His daughter Duchess Anne de Bretagne restored it to Jean II, who, thanks to the incomes of the Chatelaine of Dinan and Léhon, he was gratified by Charles VIII in gratitude for his help in conquering the hand of the little Duchess (also Queen of France, Anne), can transform the Castle and built in the ramparts a Logis de Plaisance (pleasure house), which will be endowed with 1490 to 1510 of a beautiful façade of carved granite typical of the style Louis XII.

Banished from Josselin because of their adherence to Protestantism, the Rohan must let the Governor of Brittany, the Duke of Mercœur, make their Castle a base for the League opposite to the new King Henri IV. The war of Succession of Brittany gave him its military role during the episode of the combat of the Thirty in 1351 as from Josselin leave the thirty supporters of Charles de Blois (sided with the king of France) under the leadership of Jean de Beaumanoir. In 1455, the Viscount de Rohan rearranges the castle to install artillery,but the time of military concerns has passed.  Jean II de Rohan undertook important restoration work aimed at improving comfort. He rebuilt the Manor House and its beautiful façade on the northeast courtyard.

Henri II de Rohan, Chief General of the Protestants, transferred the siege of his power to the Château de Pontivy. During the wars of Religion, he rebelled against the Royal power. To punish him, Cardinal Richelieu had the dungeon dismantled in March 1629 , and three towers, but spared the Renaissance building.  In 1694, after the battle of Camaret, the Castle of Josselin served as a prison for British soldiers. In the 18C, the Rohan, living at the Court, no longer resides in the castle which is unfurnished and abandoned. The castle again became a prison in 1758, after the battle of Saint-Cast, and then housed nearly 1 200 prisoners of war. In 1760, in front of the decay of the fortress, Louis III de Rohan Chabot demolished what remains of the two large towers that frame the first door and the drawbridge. In 1776, in order to provide work for poor children in the region, the Duchess of Rohan used to establish a cotton spinning mill in the rooms on the ground floor.


During the French revolution, the town of Josselin took over the castle and settled there to hold its meetings. Part of the dwelling serves as a grain depot and in the Isolated Tower the well-off are imprisoned. In 1799, the castle was returned to the Rohan family, in a much degraded state. This situation of abandonment of the Castle of Josselin will continue until around 1850. In 1822, the Duchess of Berry, during her adventurous tour, convinced the Duke of Rohan to restore it. Around 1835, Charles de Rohan-Chabot, 10th Duke of Rohan, decided to initiate a restoration in good and due form of his abode.  The exterior is rehabilitated; the interior decorated in the neo-Gothic style called “Troubadour” then in vogue and refurbished almost completely redesigned. The work was continued from 1880 to 1904 and then in 1917, before being opened to the public in 1930.  It is currently inhabited by the 14th Duke of Rohan, Josselin de Rohan, withdrawn from regional or national policy affairs, and his family. The gardens and four large rooms on the ground floor of the Castle are visited, the long dining room whose top of the paneling is carved up to date with the names of Duke Alain, his parents, his wife and his children, the Salon, an anteroom and the library containing 3 000 volumes and old portraits. Very nice kept indeed!



There are many works of art exhibited such as paintings by masters including a portrait of Louis XIV by Rigaud, that of the Admiral of the Casse attributed to Rigaud, that of Louis XV child by Rosalba Carriera, number of family effigies like the Cardinal of Rohan, the Duchess de La Rochefoucauld d’Enville, Josselin de Rohan-Chabot 12th Duke of Rohan and member Deputy of the Morbihan dept by Jean-Gabriel Domergue, the marble bust of Duke Alain by Auguste Rodin, a beautiful 18C furniture, the table that served for the signature of the Edict of Nantes, porcelain of Sèvres, a large pendulum offered by Louis XV to Bussy, successor of Dupleix as Governor of the French India c 1755, the bronze copy of the famous statue of Henri of Navarre young by Bosio who was shown until 1830 the apartment of the Royal children at the Palais des Tuileries (Paris) , a monumental equestrian statue in marble by Olivier V de Clisson by Emmanuel Frémiet whose plaster reproduction, offered by the 12th Duke, is exhibited in a room of the Château de Suscinio (Morbihan). The old stables have been upgraded to accommodate the doll museum (musée des poupées) of historical dolls collected by the Duchees of Rohan and very interesting especially for children.


The French garden created at the beginning of the 20C extends to the Renaissance façade of the Castle of Josselin. Boxwood and trimmed yews frame the lawns.  A rose garden has been arranged in 2001. It comprises 160 roses belonging to 40 different varieties.  An English park stretches at the foot of the ramparts, along a river. This park features rare species of azaleas, camellias, many rhododendrons and centuries-old trees. It is open to the public for the heritage days (journées du patrimoine).


As usual by me , some webpages to help you plan your trip here are:

The official Château de Josselin

The Morbihan tourist board on the castle:

The Bretagne tourist board on the castle:

It should be one of your highlights of a visit to Brittany away from the beaches. I say worth the detour indeed at the Château de Josselin. Enjoy it with the whole family and not forget to visit the Dolls museum in it, great for all but especially for children.

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

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