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June 19, 2021

The Church of St Peter of Ploemeur!

And now reviewing older posts and updating many, I have found left out many interesting monuments to see and visit in my neck of the woods of Bretagne/Brittany/Breizh! This is the case of the Church of St Peter or église de St Pierre of Ploemeur down south by the coast of my beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne. Therefore, it is time to give credit when it is deserve; here is my take on the church.

Ploemeur   is a town on the Atlantic coast bordering four cities: Lorient, Larmor-Plage, Guidel and Quéven. Off the coast is the island of Groix, three nautical miles from the mainland. Ploemeur has 17 km of coastline. On this range there are several beautiful beaches, without counting several coves. Ploemeur comes from the Breton “Plo Meur” (great parish).

Sainte Ninnoc is native to the present country of Wales. She landed in Armorique in the 5C on a stone ship…, among seven other ships, to join a part of her family. Sainte Ninnoc received from King Erich, son of Aldrien, the land necessary for its implantation near a pond. There is only the name of the village and the pond of Lannénec as well as the fountain Sainte-Ninnoc, the last vestige of this period. Saint Ninnoc is thus the founding Abbess of the double monastery of Lannénec, in 456 and 458, and of the parish of Ploemeur. One of the monasteries was for men, the other for women. This is the first female monastery in Armorique. Viking raids took place in the 10C, and the monasteries were burned.

The Church of St. Pierre (St Peter) from 1037, renovated in the 13C, 16C, and again in the 18C. It is also, known as the Church of St Peter of the Links (or Liens)  . It comprises a nave of seven bays with aisles and a flat bedside choir. Between the nave and the choir, the triumphal arch, redone in third-point in the 16C, is supported by columns from the 11C to capitals decorated with windings, leaves and animals.

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The columns are the only vestiges of the Romanesque church. The nave rebuilt in the 18C with large arched arches resting on stacks of impositions recalls the Romanesque plan. The choir, behind which the sacristy forms apse outside, was completed in 1729. The bell tower, located on the western porch, was started in 1686. The porch is topped by a curvilinear pediment and bears a crest with hammered arms and a cartridge engraved with a Latin inscription meaning: “enterprise according to the pious wishes of the parishioners on June 1, 1686 “. The south gate is from the 18C. It is worth mentioning the altarpiece and woodwork of the 18C choir and, under the porch, a wooden Christ of Pity, of the 16C. The “Way of the Cross “, artwork by Xavier de Langlais, dates from 1959.

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It has been renovated for centuries, and now has a grand nave with seven transepts, and a choir flat; between the nave and the choir there is a triomphe arch redone in the 16C with two columns from the 11C  wrap with leaves, animals etc and are the only remains of the Romanesque Church . The nave was rebuilt in the 18C with large arcades. The choir of which behind lies the sacristy was done in 1729. The bell on the western tower began in 1686 with the porch and door has a Latin inscription meaning ” began according to the wishes of the parishioners on June 1st 1686″. The south porch is from the 18C.  Inside, you have a pretty good size nave with a simple altar, a side prayer chapel and an upper sitting chapel to view the altar from above.

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The city of Ploemeur on St Peter’s Churchhttps://www.ploemeur.com/visiter/patrimoine/les-chapelles/leglise-saint-pierre/

The parish of Ploemeur on St Peter’s Churchhttps://paroisses-ploemeur-larmorplage.fr/leglise-saint-pierre-ploemeur/

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The city of Ploemeur on other things to see : https://www.ploemeur.com/visiter/a-voir/carte-didentite/

It is nice to stop by here as you can my previous posts on Ploemeur. Plenty to see for a day and we love it. Hope you enjoy the post on the St Peter’s Church.

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

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June 19, 2021

The coastal town of Ploemeur!!

And this is one of the nicest coastal town here for the off the beaten path traveler and road warrior like me. It is south of my home on the coastal Morbihan dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne! I will update this post again a wonderful past time I have tremendously enjoyed , and thank you for reading me since Nov 2010! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

So I will tell you today about Ploemeur a coastal town in my Morbihan very close to me. I have passed by there and done some wrap up on the Morbihan posts but never really walk around like yesterday. So much to see here and all wonderful I keep telling you ….::)  We did a homemade Paella!  from ingredients purchase at Ploemeur!!

We went off the N165 to Ploemeur and took a ride by the little airport that already receive big planes at about 9 km from Lorient (see post) and a mix use of civil and military. The naval base of Lann-Bihoué is here too since 1938.

There are some of the natural things to see in town or around it, I must say the Point de Talud and the Atlantic Wall (WWII) are very worth seeing. The beauty is to go along the coast on the D306 road and see the beaches such as Plage du Fort Bloqué ( 1 900 meters long), many menhirs or stones, and chapels, as well very nice quaint city center. Also, beaches at Kaolin, Peréllo, Port Fontaine,  Anse du Stole, Kerpape, Kerroch and Lomener. What most people at least in my area come here for ,are the beaches / plages in season of course. they are wonderful and if here around July-August they are very much worth visiting. Fort Bloqué built between 1747 and 1758 after the English invasion of 1746, and it was integrated into the fortification network defending Lorient. During WWII it was part of the Atlantic wall done by the Nazis. Fort Bloqué with the fortress right in front of you out to sea is very nice, as well as the  Kaolins.  Although with small children, the one at L’anse du stole in nearby village of Lomener is very nice too.

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Ploemeur has a very picturesque city center with shops around the Place de l’Eglise and their main St Peter’s Church or église Saint Pierre.  Here the first known Church dates from 1037. The additional worth coming here, is that it is in the middle of the shopping area of Ploemeur with plenty to see, eat and buy lol!!!

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The story of the Church square or Place de l’église is interesting. The Church  area was becoming small so in 1846 it was surrounded by a square , initially to be called Market square but then change to Church square. Early in the 20C a water pump was installed providing water to the residents . There is an original memorial to the fallen of WWI . In the 1950’s the area served as fruit stands were set up to direct sales to the public.  Renovations in 2005 took away the water pump and now there is a fountain set up there. The north side of the Church was destroyed by allied bombings in 1943, and rebuilt.

As we continue our walk, all around the St Peter’s Church ,we thinking of doing a paella what better way than to buy fresh ingredients from a coastal town on a reputable fish shop that everybody there seems to know each other!  This we did our fish whiting, shrimps, scallops, and clams!!! loaded home and now cooking ,can’t wait ::)  Ah the place Aux  Délices de l’Océan ! webpage: https://www.poissonnerie-ploemeur.fr/#vos-magasins

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And to complement, a bit over 50 meters we came to the other delicacy we cannot be without the chocolates so we shopped at Les Délices d’Anvers , stores at several places and known to us of very good Belgian chocolates (Anvers is the French way for Antwerpen, the Flemish). Here we got a 500 grams box and a stick of sweet dry fruits delicious  as always. Webpage look down Ploemeurhttp://www.delicesdanvers.fr/magasins.php

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For the geographical curious the town of Ploemeur is surrounded by the towns of Lorient, Larmor-Plage, Guidel, and Quéven for which I have written posts before. It has 17 km or about 10 miles of sea front . The name comes from Breton language meaning a grand parish as in one time it was the largest in the area given away slowly to the other adjacent town as far back as 1925.  The town and area has great concentration of mineral kaolin still today.

The city of Ploemeur on St Peter’s Churchhttps://www.ploemeur.com/visiter/patrimoine/les-chapelles/leglise-saint-pierre/

The city of Ploemeur on things to see in English: https://www.ploemeur.com/decouvrir/a-voir/?lang=en

The city of Ploemeur on the beaches in English: https://www.ploemeur.com/decouvrir/les-plages/?lang=en

My fav beach plages tv webpage in France on the beaches of Ploemeurhttps://en.plages.tv/seaside-resorts/ploemeur-56270

The Lorient Sud Bretagne tourist office on Fort Bloqué of Ploemeur in French: https://www.lorientbretagnesudtourisme.fr/fr/immanquables/ploemeur/fort-bloque-keragan/

The Lorient Sud Bretagne tourist office has more on this region and the town of Ploemeur in French: https://www.lorientbretagnesudtourisme.fr/fr/immanquables/ploemeur/informations/

Like , I said, we live very close and we do walks around these towns on the weekends when we are not away so far we have seen hundreds but many more hundreds to see lol! Ploemeur is one dandy we have come back to. Hope you enjoy the post and the beach town of Ploemeur!

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

June 19, 2021

Bordeaux, wines? nahh beaches!!!

Let me update this memorable post for you and me of one of my favorites regions of my belle France. I have several posts on the beaches already,and this was sort of an introduction to the beaches of the Bordeaux area so will have it in my black and white series, no pictures. Hope you enjoy it and think about going to the beach in France!

Ok I am on a roll, so let’s update this older post.  Right now is memory lane and reminiscent of the wonderful beaches we vacationed several years with younger boys going back to 2011 and thereafter!  Bordeaux has a mythical name to it, for most it means the best wine in the world and rightfully so, I agree. Extensive (all my life) work in the wine industry from bartender to management and diploma of France and Spain on wine connoisseurs level, even worked for a big multinational with wine distribution division.

However, what most visitors do not know, is that Bordeaux, especially the best wine areas of the Médoc are also,home to some of the best beaches in France, and the summer hangout of my family especially when younger ages. These towns we have zigzag for many years with the kids and beach activities that are second to none in France. These are Lacanau-Océan,Carcans-Maubisson, Hourtin,especially, but also Le Verdun-sur-Mer, Soulac-sur-Mer ,and Montalivet.

The one we prefer of all is Lacanau-Océan and even thus is in French, you can give yourselves a good idea from the pictures to know this is really good beach town. This is the webpage: https://lacanauocean.com/fr/lacanau-plage.htm

Here we have done house rental and camping park rental. The house is fine but for ambiance and group activities the camping are best. Our all time favorite camping is the 5 star Camping Yelloh! village Les Grands Pins just 300 meters from the beach at North side or plage nord; we rented 3 summers. The house was Villa “Gré des flots” more expensive and like I said more isolated even if in city center, we rented once. WE like more the camping.

The camping Les Grands Pins webpage: https://www.lesgrandspins.com/en/

The house Gré des Flots webpage:  https://www.sejour-lacanau.com/room/villa-gre-des-flots/

The camping above is tops you can walk to the city center and the beaches and plenty of family activities inside! As well as cheaper for a family than the house.

The beaches at Lacanau-Océan are 16 km long or about 10 miles and are three south, central, and north (sud, central, nord).  From the city center you go down steps into the sand for the plage Centrale or central beach, and very close to all shops restos bars etc. So,therefore ,the most crowded part. The others are reach on foot from city center too but on neighborhood more residentials. So you still close to all amenities but less crowded. The plage Sud or south has a huge parking for 2000 cars/autos with pines shades, need to cross a dune of sand on wooden trails with a spectacular view over the beach; been the more open nature beach. The plage nord or north beach is the one we access from the camping and is so wide and wild and much less crowded as the part of the camping made it private beach. This is super tranquility and good ambiance with the camping folks.

Enjoy the fact that on the ocean side you have wonderful beaches and on the river side you have the best wines in the world, the center is full of pine trees landscape and farms you have the real France at your fingertips or wheelstip. Plublic transport is available even bus from Bordeaux to Pauillac but here the car is king

By car from Bordeaux you have several alternatives depending on which beach you are going to . Driving by car go into the Bordeaux beltway A630 direction Le Lac take exit 8 on the road D215 direction Sainte Hélène, here take the road D6 Route de Lacanau direction Lacanau and then past the lake Lacanau-Océan, after the traffic circle of the Casino of Lacanau bear right into the next road Pénetrante later boulevard Franchet until the entrance to the Camping well posted.

The place for beaches in France with info on each is  Plages TV on Lacanau-Océanhttps://en.plages.tv/seaside-resorts/lacanau-33680

The special Médoc tourism webpage in French has more on the beaches: http://medoc-tourisme.com/en/incontournables/endless-beaches/

The city of Lacanau on its history/heritage in French: https://www.lacanau.fr/lacanau/histoire-et-patrimoine-de-lacanau/

Bit of an explanation, here there is Lacanau ville , the town and Lacanau-Océan a beach town both are connected by about 2 km.  You, also, will find a great mix of Europeans on the beach side in summers.

Hope it helps enjoy some beach family time in the Médoc, the best wine region of Bordeaux, nd maybe a tour of the Chateaux of Bordeaux/Médoc! I have the best of two worlds here, wine and beach!! Enjoy the post as I did ….

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

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