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 85th 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 with new pictures!

La Huche à Pain is one of our favorite bakeries pastry shop or boulangerie/Pâtisserie in Vannes. It offers you daily artisanal products with a unique taste thanks to the combination of Qualista flour and the know-how of your baker. All the breads are kneaded, shaped and baked in the bakeries throughout the day. Discover a wide range of Savory Pleasures (quiches, pizzas, toast, sandwiches, salads, etc.) of Sweet delicacies (pure butter pastries, tarteries, pastries; Breton specialties, etc.). To take away or quietly installed in our Cafés-Restaurants.  Our spots in Vannes are at 23, place des Lices or 42, avenue de la Marne; webpage of tourist office Gulf of Morbihan: https://www.golfedumorbihan.bzh/fiche/la-huche-a-pain-artisans-boulangers-patissiers-traiteurs-vannes-centre/  

vannes boulangerie la huche a pains front mar21

The Dominique Blanchard Cordonnerie is an institution at 15 Place des Lices since 1960 father and now son. Shoe making and repairs .I translate the official Cordonnerie association in France with their address. We have been getting repairs here since in the area in addition to the one in our town. A traditional shoemaker from father to son for 3 generations, you will be offered repairs to shoes and leather goods, the sale of slippers, wooden or locally made leather clogs, the sale of belts and small leather goods. you can also have your keys reproduced, all in a good mood with a smile. webpage: https://www.cordonnerie.org/cordonnerie-22

vannes cordonnerie pl des lices mar21

The place des lices is perhaps the main square of Vannes, vast and greatly pedestrian with plenty of shops we love such as la trinitaine, belle iloise, and the above.  This one have written plenty before in my blog. It communicates with the Cathedral of Vannes (via the rue de la Monnaie) and to the port (via the rue Saint-Vincent and the porte Saint-Vincent). It is also in direct relation with the place du poids public square and with the ramparts.  The square measures about 200 meters in length, for an average width of 25 meters, or an area of about 0.5 hectares. More from the city of Vannes: https://www.mairie-vannes.fr/vannesdecouverte/histoire-et-patrimoine/qr-patrimoine/place-des-lices-en-detail/

vannes pl des Lices mar21

The place Henri IV is smaller but older and very picturesque including some wooden houses going back to the 14C. Another one have written plenty in my blog and many passing by with the family. It is a square square located in the inner city on the heights of the Mené hill. It communicates with the Place Saint-Pierre and the Cathedral, and with the rue Saint-Salomon and with the rue des Chanoines and the rue Émile-Burgault. The square measures about 20 meters per side, or an area of about 400 m2. More from the city of Vannes: https://www.mairie-vannes.fr/vannesdecouverte/histoire-et-patrimoine/qr-patrimoine/place-henri-iv-en-detail/

vannes pl Henri IV mar21

The place Saint Pierre is even smaller but it is here you find the magnificent Cathédrale Saint Pierre of Vannes , and La Cohue, the fine arts museum. Again written plenty on this square and its monuments. 

Vannes Pl St Pierre cor mar21

The place Valence ,a wonderful square with nice restaurants we like and a famous landmark (see post). The square is located inside the city’s first intramural wall, the square opens at the intersection of rue des Halles, rue Noé and rue des Orfèvres. Irregular in shape, it does not occupy more than 500 m2. The place Valence bears the name of Valencia (valence), the birthplace in Spain of Saint Vincent Ferrier, who came to preach in Vannes in 1418-19. The preacher would have lived in a house in the square (see post). 

vannes pl Valence house of St Vincent Ferrier mar21

Right in this Place Valence, you have an emblematic bust of Vannes. Vannes et sa femme is a polychrome stone sign representing the busts of a couple and probably dating from the 16C. Integrated into the facade of a half-timbered house in the inner city of Vannes, it is a famous emblem of the city. A bit more on the Gulf of Morbihan tourist office: https://www.golfedumorbihan.bzh/explorer-vannes/decouvrir-vannes/golfe-morbihan/vannes/vannes-et-sa-femme/

vannes pl Valence vannes et ces femmes bust mar21

The rue Emile Burgault is another favorite of ours and my boys shopped a lot there. It is a very narrow old street space for just one car! Here specially at No 4 and No 9 you find wooden houses from the 15C! Also see houses at No 2 and No 7. We come here specially for the Japanim mangas store! 

Vannes rue Emile Burgault to pl Henri IV mar21

And there you go a nice walk in beautiful medieval Vannes, our capital city of the Morbihan dept 56 in my lovely Bretagne. You will do well to stop by and see the real old in my belle France right here! Hope you enjoy the walking tour and see you soon!

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

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