Some news from Bretagne, XXVIIII

Hey I just notice left this one out a bit behind! Well with my some news from France sometimes I interlap them but here I am back at you with my series some news from Bretagne or Brittany or Breizh! Let me tell you some of my favorite events and tidbits going on in my neck of the woods of my belle France.

The Grand Loop!! or Tour de France. It brings smiles to the side of the road, dreams of being by all runners, stars in the eyes of fans , and not only that. It is all of Brittany, mythical and festive land of cycling, which for 4 days gets under its wheel and its light! Stage 1 – Brest-Landerneau (29) – The “postcard” stage Saturday June 26 – 187 km. Stage 2 – Perros-Guirec – Mûr de Bretagne Guerlédan (22) – Punch, again and again! Sunday June 27 – 182 km. Stage 3 – Lorient-Pontivy (56) – An imperial sprint Monday June 28 – 182 km. Stage 4 – Redon-Fougères (35) – Castle life Tuesday June 29 – 152 km. Will try to see the passing by Lorient or Pontivy. The Bretagne tourist office on the tour de France in Brittany: https://www.brittanytourism.com/matching-what-i-want/culture-and-heritage/brittanys-main-events/tour-de-france-2021/

Until May 29, 2021, the Pontivy médiathéque or media library is hosting the exhibition by artist and photographer Janol Apin, originally from Guern, on the event of the year in Pontivy, the arrival of the Tour de France, June 28, 2021 .Library espace Kenere webpage: http://www.espace-kenere.fr/

The Port-museum of Douarnenez (Finistère 29) sees things in a big way for 2022. Fifty artists will come to exhibit a variety of works, some of which will be more than three meters high, on the theme of lighthouses and beacons. But before this XXL exhibition, the port-museum is actively preparing its reopening. It will take place on June 1, 2021. Port-museum of Douarnenez, place de l’Enfer.webpage : https://www.port-musee.org/

A unique park to see off the beaten path but worth the detour. Brittany Prehistory Park. In a wild and wooded setting, dotted with lakes and overlooked by cliffs, the Parc de Prehistoire de Bretagne invites visitors to take a leap in time to discover Prehistory with around thirty life-size scenes, representing the world of dinosaurs and the evolution of man, 350 million years ago and up to 2000 years BC.  Webpage : http://www.prehistoire.com/

One of my favorite zoos and feature on regular TV programs here! The Parc de Branféré  is a magical place that invites you to meet the animal and plant world for a total immersion in nature. On more than 40 hectares, discover the animals in freedom in a botanical park several hundred years old: Niger giraffe, ring-tailed lemur, Paradise crane, tamarind, maned wolf, red panda, hyacinth macaw … so many names that make you dream, as many endangered species that the Branférés park is trying to protect. The park, which houses the Nicolas Hulot School for Nature and Man, offers educational and cultural activities: bird shows, animal feeding, holiday stays for children. A place of wonder and discovery for families and children. Webpage: https://www.branfere.com/

Magic is in the air at Vannes!! The festival International Vive la Magie  is on tour throughout France and Switzerland. Since 2008, he has presented major galas with the numbers of the greatest illusionists, fantasy artists, manipulators or mentalists from all over the world. 1h45 show filled with humor and poetry to experience with family, duo or friends. At the Palais des Arts, Place de Bretagne from October 9-10 2021. webpage:  https://vivelamagie.com/Vannes_2021/

Unmissable monument of Pontivy, the Château de Rohan was built at the end of the 15C for the viscounts of Rohan. On the occasion of heritage days, come and rediscover the site, and immerse yourself in the heart of the Middle Ages thanks to numerous free activities open to all! On the program: Medieval camp – Armed combat – archery demonstrations – demonstrations of medieval craftsmanship – medieval games – tales and legends – medieval music. By the moat area of the castle, 63 rue du Général de Gaulle Pontivy. Hours: 10h to  18h  free admission.Webpage: https://www.tourisme-pontivycommunaute.com/Fiche/Detail/8199/Decouvrir~Les-incontournables/CH%C3%82TEAU-DES-ROHAN-PONTIVY

And my connection to the Americas! Museum of the East India Company. From Lorient to Canton, relive the incredible maritime epic of the Companies of the Indies! Thanks to the museum’s rich collections, you will embark on a journey through the 18C, discovering the exotic and precious goods that seduced Europeans so much and continue to make us dream. Museum of the Compagnie des Indes, art and history museum of the City of Lorient, the Citadel – Port Louis. Webpage:  https://musee.lorient.bzh/

New works from the Pinault collection will take over the summer on the Chemin du Couvent des Jacobins in Rennes. An invitation to look at the world in black and white through the prism of international artists and emerging talents. the contemporary art collection by François Pinault; with several thousand works, it is one of the most important in the world. While 2021 will mark the entry of some of them to the Bourse de Commerce, their new permanent exhibition space in Paris, others will raise black and white high in Rennes. from June 12 to August 29, 2021. keep an eye for more details webpage: https://www.centre-congres-rennes.fr/fr/le-centre-des-congres/

Jazz en Ville Vannes – July 2021. In July, things swing in Vannes and the New Orleans spirit sets the tone. In the open air at the foot of the ramparts or in the cozy atmosphere of the bars, syncopated rhythms and unbridled improvisations are available to all ears for free! Webpage: https://www.festivaljazzenville.fr/

Always there wonderful! Les Fêtes Historiques  of Vannes.- July 13 and 14, 2021. Each year in July, Vannes proudly unrolls its past all along its streets. During the Historical Festivities, immerse yourself in a medieval atmosphere in the heart of a city full of character. In the Jardin des Remparts or in the alleys of the old town, visit the blacksmith and coin striker’s stalls, admire falconry shows and artillery demonstrations, taste medieval cuisine. The magic doesn’t end with nightfall, thanks to the fire-breathing shows and the popular ball. This great celebration is also an opportunity to visit Vannes, because with some 272 buildings listed in the inventory of historical monuments, this city hides behind its ramparts a past steeped in history. Of course I told you so! City of Vannes webpage: https://www.mairie-vannes.fr/vannesdecouverte/grands-rendez-vous/fetes-historiques-2021/

Fête des Remparts ,Dinan  July 24 and 25, 2021. Every two years, since 1983, the Fête des remparts has taken over the pretty town of Dinan for a weekend. Come and immerse yourself in medieval times and let yourself be carried away by this festive and friendly atmosphere Chivalry tournaments, large medieval market, balls, large parade and other shows, during this colorful weekend, the city of Dinan rediscovers its customs of yesteryear and offers you a timeless break. Webpage: https://www.fete-remparts-dinan.com/

Simply awesome every year!! The Festival Interceltique Lorient  from August 6 to 15, 2021.  Every summer, come to tread the Celtic lands of Lorient for its Interceltic Festival. From Galicia to Scotland, the cream of Celtic music can be found in Brittany and can be enjoyed with joy and good humor. It’s the same every year! Since 1971, not a month of August has passed without this festival ending in a general bagad. When it is not about those repeated bombardments. A tic leading them to follow the Great Parade of Celtic Nations, to experience the Interceltic Night of the Stade du Moustoir or those of the fishing port. Even if it’s not raining, the pibrochs (Scottish bagpipes) are always out and the gaitas (Spanish bagpipes) fill the atmosphere with mirth. Indeed magical. Webpage: https://www.festival-interceltique.bzh/

Cornouaille Festival. Quimper by Autumn 2021. Dedicated to the richness of Breton culture and its diversity, the “Cornouaille” or Cornwall in Quimper is a cultural cornucopia. At over ninety years old, the event has not aged a bit. Concerts, entertainment of all kinds, contests to determine the best bagadoù, bell ringers or dancers … and the Grand Sunday Parade which brings together everyone in traditional costume. Webpage: https://www.festival-cornouaille.bzh/

Saint Gildas, the prophet of the Apocalypse. It was on his return from Rome, around the age of 30, that Saint Gildas would have settled in Armorica where, according to tradition, he would have founded the abbey of Rhuys and composed his famous “De excidio Britanniae”  or “On the ruin de la Bretagne ”.  Founder of the abbey of Rhuys, Gildas is also the author of a long sermon which recounts the last fires of a civilization damaged by barbarian invasions. A unique testimony to Breton history from the beginning of the Middle Ages. See at Saint Gildas de Rhuys and my posts. Or the town webpage: https://www.saint-gildas-de-rhuys.fr/abbatiale/

4000 years old and discovered in Leuhan in 1900, an imposing engraved shale stone may well be the oldest map found in Europe to date. This is what two archaeologists have just concluded. The discovery is described as “exceptional”. The decorated slab of Saint-Bélec, in Leuhan ( Finistére 29), is probably the oldest cartographic representation of a territory known in Europe, indicates Yvan Pailler, researcher at Inrap, made available to the University of Brittany. Western.  Well how about those Bretons of course the sea is in the blood. More info in French at Breizh info: https://www.breizh-info.com/2021/04/06/162109/leuhan-29-decouverte-dune-des-plus-anciennes-cartes-deurope-la-dalle-de-saint-belec-age-du-bronze/

A great book! Beyond the clichés and peoples mythologized in the national novel, archeology gives a much more nuanced image of our ancestors the Gauls The remains of Quimper (Finistère 29) or Jublains (Noviodunum) date from the 2nd or 1st century BC Previously, the landscape was made up of hamlets or large farms. The populations were federated into tribes but without an urban center. These were often built around religious centers, which were places of gathering. The first Gallic towns were built in reaction to the presence of Marseille, then going up the Rhône valley, like Vix. The oppida of Alesia, Gergovia, Bibracte did not appear until 200 BC.  When the Romans considered that the colonized were becoming too structured, could represent a danger, they intervened. A figure like Vercingetorix (82-46 BC) embodied the fear that a Gallic nation or empire would take shape. When you visit an ancient museum, there is undoubtedly a bit of Brittany in the bronze objects. In the West, we are missing elements of sanctuaries and business practices of the Gauls. All the above and more in the book Les Gaulois à l’oeil nu, or the Gauls to the naked eye by Dominique Garcia, illustrated by Jérémy Perrodeau, CNRS Éditions, 160 pages, 19€ buy in FNAC or Amazon.

There you go folks another dandy run in my lovely Bretagne. Hope you enjoy it and do come out as now it seems we can move about again, keeping it safe for all. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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