My travels in the Morbihan, LXXXIV

Well did never occur to me these popular series in my blog when I started back in 2011! thanks for reading me over the years since 2010. This is the 84th post on the series where I write about miscellaneous travels in my Morbihan or petite mer or small sea…oh yes this is Breton language, the only department (56) not in French in France or the French Republic. Mor=sea bihan=small in our local language:Breton!

As it is trying to venture out and escape this virus thingy already geting tired of it; we go out into the wonderful Morbihan even just for a ride and see the things we have missed a picture before or new things to see when possible. This is the case of this week in my capital city of Vannes or Gwened (Breton). Plenty to see there but some spots needs more disclosure lol!! Let me tell you about Vannes ok.

The Aquarium of Vannes (sadly it has closed see new post on the future, the text here for the memories) has three sections to see, Temperate seas Waters, Warm and tropical seas, and   Warm fresh waters. Admission when open is 14,30 euros adults. It is located at 21 Rue Daniel Gilard, on the Parc du Golfe in Vannes . You get there following signs for Gare Maritime / Casino-Jeux / Parc des Expositions. Parking is available for free at the Parc du Golfe, which is located opposite the aquarium and the ,also free Racker parking lot at the roundabout, follow the direction “Conleau” it is located immediately after. Something nice to see in the modern part of my Vannes! From the temperate waters of the Atlantic to the lagoons of the Pacific, from the Amazon River to the Nile… The Vannes aquarium is an immersion in the aquatic world, meeting fish from all over the world. The tour begins in the temperate waters of the Atlantic, where seahorses, rays and spider crabs provide an elegant ballet in this silent world. More colorful, the tropical waters seem immersed in a carnival of colors, with their surgeonfish and other clown fish. In the distance, the Nile crocodile is on the lookout, just like the piranhas that inhabit the waters of the Amazon River. You can feed turtles and sharks or the touch pool to stroke local species. Children can even celebrate their birthday, to immortalize this visit with all their friends. At the Vannes Aquarium, you will approach black tip sharks, green turtles … you will observe the hairy seahorses of the Gulf of Morbihan and the highlight of the visit, you will meet the famous Nile crocodile, found in the sewers of Paris in 1984. At the aquarium, everything is designed to captivate children! the nursery, the play area with climbing wall, the 3D cinema room, the sensory mat, touch pool activities, feeding of species … the children will inevitably have an unforgettable time!

There is even a mini-golf course part of the Aquarium! (see post closed too) The ideal place to test your skills in a friendly and good ambiance ! With a course of 18 tracks, the mini-golf offers you 1h30 of relaxation. You will love the decorative arrangements that punctuate the course: lighthouse, mill, castle, tower, sundial and a suspension bridge 4 meters long. So many obstacles that give all players, young and old, the opportunity to have fun!  The official Aquarium of Vannes

Closed by the aquarium, you have the Le Jardin aux Papillons (see post) or Butterfly Garden, where you will discover an ecosystem with hundreds of tropical flowers and plants, in the midst of which tropical butterflies and a few birds evolve. The site is covered and the conditions are tropical: it is between 20 and 28 ° C with an ambient humidity of 80 to 100%. The tropical climate conducive to life gives beautiful colors to plants and flowers. The luxuriant vegetation reveals its treasures to you: Coffee trees, Banana trees, Guava trees, Hibiscus in bloom, Citrus and Pass Flores.   Butterflies are shy but if you are discreet and attentive, you will be able to observe them all around you. Prefer a visit on a clear, sunny day, as they will be more active. You then walk among the butterflies which fly and forage in freedom. Opening days hours are April-May-June: 11h – 17h30; July-August: 10h – 19h. September: 12h – 17h Admission is 12.50 € adults. It is recommended that you visit the Jardin aux Papillons or Butterfly Garden on a sunny day: the butterflies are very sensitive to light and more active between 11h to 16h! An educational and nice place to visit with the whole family!  The official Jardin Aux Papillons of Vannes

Right next to the butterfly garden you have the relaxing wonderful , Balneo on the parc du Golfe where you will be welcome for facials, body treatments and massages in 6 treatment rooms: 2 massage rooms 1 double cabin for massages and duo treatments 1 cabin dedicated to body scrubs, wraps and slimming treatments . This cabin is equipped with a Spajet (multi-sensory cocoon) to bring you more comfort during your treatments. 1 cabin equipped with a Medyjet for hydromassages on a hot water bed. 1 cabin reserved for facials, waxing and other treatments. It is as said on the Parc du Golfe on the shores of the Gulf of Morbihan, the spa offers you unique and privileged moments! There are massages from around the world: Californian massage, Balinese massage, Abhyanga massage, Thai massage, etc A place to relax in a nice area!

The official Balneo webpage:

vannes balneo aquatic club golfe mar21

And right after you have the Mercure hotel. One we have not stayed of course, but walked all over the property and do enjoy the restaurant Brasserie Edgar on several times. Let me tell you on a secret in Vannes!  Located near the ferry terminal and the Cohue exhibition center, the Mercure Vannes Le Port Hotel has spacious rooms, all facing south on the Gulf of Morbihan and its islands. Parking, wifi, restaurant, AC the works! Also, it is located 2 km from the historic center of Vannes. Activities available near the hotel include billiards, bowling (le master see post), canoeing and hiking. Located next to the port, the hotel is also located near the pier, where boats leave for the islands of the Gulf of Morbihan. Vannes TGV station is 3 km from the hotel. In addition, 2 charging stations for electric cars are available at the entrance of the establishment. On site, guests can enjoy traditional French cuisine and a selection of fresh seafood at La Brasserie Edgar, which features patios. Authentic decor, turn-of-the-century brasserie, specializing in traditional French cuisine. Lunch service noon to 14h30. Dinner until 22h on weekdays and 23h on weekends.

The official Mercure Vannes hotel:

vannes mercure hotel brasserie edgar golfe ent mar21

The Rabine promenade along the quays will take you to the pier of the Gare Maritime of Vannes (cruise terminal) in the Parc du Golfe for a crossing to Belle-Ïle en Mer or for a cruise on the Gulf of Morbihan. It is located at 7 allée Loïc Caradec, parc du Golfe.

The port of Vannes is a floating basin, maintained at a minimum depth of 2.10 meters by a lock gate, whose opening times follow the tide times. In addition, access to the port is also constrained by crossing the pont de Kérino bridge built on the channel, downstream from the lock gate. Nice spot indeed!

The city of Vannes on the Pont de Kérino

vannes pont kerino old to sene now pedestrian mar21

Well do not play anymore but a great place to relax its restos , events and a nice area in the Parc du Golfe, this is the Kasino of Vannes with electronic table games, English Roulette, Ultimate poker, Black Jack, and Slot Machines. And yes we have a casino too!!  The Kasino’s panoramic restaurant offers you a warm welcome in a modern baroque-style setting. A terrace with one of the most beautiful views of the entrance to the Gulf of Morbihan promises you a real break for a cocktail, lunch or dinner. Open from 12h to 14h and from 19h30 to 22h30 , closed on Wednesdays. The Kasino de Vannes bar welcomes you every day from 10h to 03h00 , and 04h00 on weekends and before a public holiday. The dining bar offers a wide choice of a “K” at any time and 7 days a week. On the bar or terrace side, appetizer boards, bruschetta, sandwiches, dinner jars will satisfy an offbeat your hunger. This is nice indeed

The official Kasino de Vannes

vannes kasino golfe front mar21

vannes kasino golfe back mar21

The Piano Barge is already an institution here and did visit couple times one with business collegues and the other with the family. It is a wonderful ambiance on the water at the entrance to the canal of Vannes and out to the Gulf of Morbihan!

A bit of history on the barge/boat . It all started back on March 1927 at Utrecht, direction Amsterdam. The Verdonk family poses on the foredeck of Rehoboth, Campinois from 1900, 46 meters long, riveted steel hull. The ship belonged to the same family for over a century from 1900 to 2008. The ship is not sinking, it is just that the cargo in the hold is at its peak: 600 tons! In September 6, 2010. Rehoboth points its bow at Lorient after 3 days and 3 nights of daring sailing from Amsterdam, in tow. February 2012; only the century-old hull of Rehoboth is preserved. In the cathedral of the Timolor shipyard in Lorient, welders are busy installing the watertight partitions required by regulations. July 19, 2013 ; after 2 years of work, and heavier by 80 tonnes of fittings and 10 km of cables, the refurbished vessel is launched to sail to its new home port, Vannes. September 3, 2013 , The Piano Barge opens its doors to the public on the Parc du Golfe site. Restaurant, Bar, Café Concert, Receptions, Seminars: the offers on board are numerous. Located at Allée Loïc Caradec Parc du Golfe . Open noon from Tuesday to Friday; evening from Wednesday to Saturday Saturday noon in private mode Wine bar cocktails from 18h. Wednesday to Saturday. Very nice indeed.!

The official Piano Barge resto on water:

vannes piano bar golfe arriv mar21

vannes piano bar golfe front mar21

And last but not least a newbie!  This is a newer place not visited yet due to the virus but looking forward to test it as soon as possible. It has been a huge investment in a nice area of the Parc du Golfe.  The Awen Brew Pub has 21 pressure spouts and a fine selection of alcoholic drinks . You will see concerts, events, live sport games. Ready for an Aperitif, dish of the day, and local specialties. The word Awen is a Welsh and Breton word that borrows from Celtic tradition and means inspiration. Open all year 6 days a week for lunch / Bar every evening. Closed on December 25. To be seen and taste!!

The official Brasserie Awen



And of course, a sentimental favorite the Chorus exposition hall where we have attended several events on wines and gastronomy as well as habitat ,housing ideas etc etc right in the Parc du Golfe facing all these marvels above! Really a place to see an event while in beautiful Vannes.

The official Chorus expo hall

vannes cohue palais de expo golfe mar21

So, therefore, as you can see Vannes has a lot more than architecturally stunning houses, historical stories of  several nations, and great ambiance in old town. It has everything for the whole family and we love it. As said sometimes we think we spent more times in Vannes than in our own home lol! Recommended but not too much already the trains from Paris-Montparnasse are pack full ready to travel our way for vacations lol!! Those Parigot love us and we love them too ::)

Oh yes, the Morbihan dept 56 tourist office on Vannes

And the city of Vannes tourist office for more info other than mine ::)

Hope you enjoy the tour of my capital city of Vannes and its great places and ambiance to last…Recommended of course lol! And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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