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July 5, 2021

Gorgeous Quimper !!!

This is one of my favorites cities of my lovely Bretagne! We have been here often and plenty of post in my blog. However, there is always nice to tell you more of beautiful Quimper! Let me update this older post on this nice city by the Odet river. Hope you enjoy it as I.

Another dandy from my area this one on neighboring department 29 of Finistére and ,also, some posts already done about it in my blog. I like to give you a bit more on history on gorgeous traditional Quimper! This post is sort of an introduction to this nice city!

This one is about 96 km or 59 mi from my house! Lovely ride along the N165 expressway direction Brest. Full of traditional Breton history and customs , enjoy the ride once again! Also, direct TGV trains from Paris Montparnasse here, my route!  Quimper and its region, the Glazik country possessed a traditional costume worn from the French Revolution until the 1950’s. For men, the top of the suit was usually blue or black. Glazig means little blue in the Breton language. The origin of the use of this blue sheet seems to be the availability on the markets of Quimper of sheets stocks used hitherto for the manufacture of the uniforms of the imperial troops. The color rained and the stocks were massively used, until the hue gave its name to the country. The top consisted of a white or clear shirt  with long sleeves which was formerly of flax, hemp or more recently cotton. The shirt was coated with a jacket (Jiletenn in Breton language) of long-sleeved wool sheet Also, covered with the most recent velvet fashions, and embroidered with vivid colors at certain times and for families of a certain financial ease. It was closed on the front by two rows of buttons. The long-sleeved jacket was then covered with a short-sleeved jacket (Chupenn in Breton language) that was not buttoned but also covered with velvet and embroidered.

For the bottom of the men’s suit, it is black or dark striped trousers or bragou (puffy pant in Breton language) that were worn according to the times. The feet were shod with wooden hooves (botoù-koad in the Breton language) or black leather shoes (botoù-lêr). When the bragoù were worn, they were in combination with Gaiters (botreoù) of wool or leather on the calves. Flannel or leather Belts (Gouriz) were also worn at certain times or by some affluent populations. In addition, the men wore a black felt hat covered with black velvet ribbons (Tog Voulouz) that extended to the back in guides, embroidered or beaded for the most affluent. The various costumes in the fashion Glazik are currently worn and presented occasionally by various groups of Breton dances (Celtic circles) of Quimper as Eostiged ar Stangala de Kerfeunteun, Danserien Kemper of Ergué-Armel, Mederien Penhars of Penhars, Keltiad and of the country Glazig (Celtic circle Gwen-ha-du de Landrévarzec) especially on the occasion of the Breton Festivals of Quimper (Cornouaille) or the surrounding area. The Cornouaille Festival is usually on the third week of July.  Quimper has 9 chapels, and 8 churches.. In Breton, the city is called Kemper.

Some of my favorite things to see which always do in Quimper are:

Saint-Corentin Cathedral (see posts) is located in the city center.. It is Gothic in style (13C-19C). Burned in 1720, the two neo-Gothic arrows were rebuilt in 1854 and rise to 77 meters altitude. The Priory Church of Locmaria is Romanesque in style and dates from the 11C-12C. The Romanesque building was remodeled in the 15C and restored. Inside, very sober, one can see, in the left aisle, three tombstones of the 14C, 15C  and 17C and, on the beam of glory, a Christ in robe. In the right-hand side, a door gives in the garden of the ancient Benedictine Priory (16-17C) which maintains a gallery of the cloister of 1669 and two arcs of the 12C.

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The old Quimper (ramparts, old houses, whose house of the Caryatids, Rue du Guéodet extends in front of the Cathedral, between the Odet and the Steir river canals. The rue du Parc along the Odet leads to the quay of Steir. This small tributary, now ducted and covered before its confluence, offers a vast pedestrian area. The city center is visited by the small train.

The Quimper Museum of Fine Arts is located near the Cathedral. The Breton Departmental Museum (archaeology, ethnology, antique furniture and costumes, prints, earthenware) in the former Episcopal palace. The Museum of Earthenware. Located on the edge of the Odet, the museum is set in the former Porquier house built in 1797. Rich of a fund of nearly two thousand five hundred pieces exhibited by rolling, it traces, on two floors, several centuries of the history of Quimper and its earthenware. The Théâtre de Cornouaille, for the national scene, and the Max-Jacob Theatre, 6 Boulevard Dupleix,are nice venues.

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Place de la tour d’ Auvergne, stood before the WWII the monument erected in 1908, in memory of the Carhaisien the Tower of Auvergne, “first Grenadier of the Republic”, born in 1743, killed in Battle of Oberhausen in Germany on June 27, 1800 and author of various Works on the Breton language. This bronze statue of the sculptor Philippe Joseph Henri Lemaire representing on the masonry pedestal the exhaling hero supported by a winged victory, occupied the center of the square, which now serves as a paid parking lot (Which is my favorite parking area now!). A granite replacement statue, the same character at the guard, by the sculptor Robert Michel, was erected after the war.

In the small space on the edge of the rue René-Madec, along the Stéir river was inaugurated in 2003 a stele surmounted by a bronze bust of the resistant Jean Moulin to mark the 60th anniversary of his death. In the 1930’s  he had occupied the duties of Deputy prefect of Châteaulin. It is the same for the stele to General de Gaulle, who uttered his last great public speech during his trip to Quimper in 1969

The jardin de la Retraite (Retreat) is located in the city center inside the ramparts of the ancient fortified city. At that time it was the garden of a monastery. Species come from all over the world as some trees come from China, South Africa or New Zealand. Its total area is 5 800 m2. Overlooking this garden is the Jardin de la Paix ( peace). It was inaugurated in April 2013 and includes a set of Mediterranean plants on 900 m2. Also in the city center, near Mount Frugy, the Jardin du Théatre Max Jacobs (theater) has been gathering plants from China and the United States since the 19C. It extends over 6 400 m2. Finally, the Jardin de Locmaria (Priory Garden), located along the Odet river , near the historic district of Locmaria, includes 150 medieval plants in order to reproduce the garden at the time of Anne of Brittany. Its surface is 1 700 m2. Further downstream from the Odet, the Château de Lanniron has been home to French gardens since the 17C on 27 hectares.

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Hope you enjoy the reading of a special traditional city of Brittany that is a must to visit. As have some posts on it already but never mind will give some webpages to help you further plan your visit here, and is a must

The city of  Quimper on its heritage thing to see: https://en.quimper.bzh/653-discover-quimper-tourism.htm

The Quimper tourist office: https://www.quimper-tourisme.bzh/

The Finistére dept 29 tourist office on Quimperhttp://www.finisterebrittany.com/node/62

The Bretagne region tourist board on Quimperhttps://www.tourismebretagne.com/destinations/les-10-destinations/quimper-cornouaille/quimper/

There you go folks, do enjoy Brittany, 3rd most visited region of France but mostly locals and the British lol! Hope it helps you come to this wonderful city of Quimper.

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

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July 5, 2021

Walt Disney Studios Paris, we are back!!!

And indeed my boys convince me to be back. After so many trips lost count to the Orlando property and two times in Disneyland Paris, we were back. A bit short on personnel , two dear women missing but we were back along with our dog Rex for the first time!!! Disneyland can be repeated but always magical once in it and with family even better! We took a tour of been with the family for more serious matters (see post) and then came to our hotel, and Disney Village, ,and the Disneyland Parc (see post) before finally hitting the Walt Disney Studios Paris. Here is a brief of our stay as too much to cover in one post and too many pictures!!! Hope you enjoy it as we!

Well where can I start! We were staying in a Disney hotel (see post) so we had the magic card that allows you to go in first at 8h30 when the rest come in at 9h30. However, this is a gimmick in my opinion because most of the rides if not all starts at 10h; no need to walk around for over an hour and not able to get on a ride!!! It goes without saying that if I have the priviledge of entering earlier as staying in a Disney hotel I should be able to get on the rides first too! So enouth of my rant lol!!

The walks and rides, and eateries were tops of course, and we really enjoyed it . I took the sacrifice of staying with my Dad on his wheelchair and my boys got on the rides. My other boy Rex stayed very nicely well behave in the hotel!!

We started by the entrance from the parking and then after visiting the Disneyland parc we came over to the Walt Disney Studios Parc. Therefore, this post is on Walt Disney Studios Paris!!!

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Well, this is another nice park and only thing to remember this time at least was closing at 18h while the Disneyland parc closes at 20h. We tried to do the reverse so we could see quicker but no avail the boys got me going from one park to the other lol!! Luckily my Dad was on the rental wheelchair at 25 euros per day and a guarantee posted of 200 euros in case of damage. All went smooth except the pickup and deposit place is by Main Street and very far from the parking so we needed to do the round trip twice to get my Dad; this is not mobility impaired friendly as they claim!

We got in by the Hollywood blvd main street full of shops and restaurants very nicely decorated , shining! we love this entrance! Here I have to say most rides are for younger children as I was not into them. Either way… my boys drag me all over and mostly did shopping here.

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The only ride they did here was the Crush Coaster turtle roller coaster in the middle of an aquarium very nice indeed.

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There is always the celebrated Hollywood towers, and the Lego playground that is nice even if for younger children, nevertheless it is nice.

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Finally, we love the Ratatouille district so French , lol! We love the shopping here and had our croissants et chocolat chaud!! Nice way to end your day at the Walt Disney Studios.

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The official Disneyland Paris webpage on the Walt Disney Studios parkhttps://www.disneylandparis.com/en-gb/destinations/walt-disney-studios-park/

There you go folks, another dandy in my belle France. This park beyond even my expectations is the No 1 visited park in France and Europe!! We saw the world here and its just beginning to kick out! Walt Disney Studios Parc is a must while in France ,again especially if with young children . We will be back!! Hope you enjoy the post.

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

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July 5, 2021

Disneyland Paris, we are back!!!

And indeed my boys convince me to be back. After so many trips lost count to the Orlando property and two times in Disneyland Paris, we were back. A bit short on personnel , two dear women missing but we were back along with our dog Rex for the first time!!! Disneyland can be repeated but always magical once in it and with family even better! We took a tour of been with the family for more serious matters (see post) and then came to our hotel, and Disney Village, before finally hitting Disneyland Paris. Here is a brief of our stay as too much to cover in one post and too many pictures!!! Hope you enjoy it as we!

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Well where can I start! We were staying in a Disney hotel (see post) so we had the magic card that allows you to go in first at 8h30 when the rest come in at 9h30. However, this is a gimmick in my opinion because most of the rides if not all starts at 10h; no need to walk around for over an hour and not able to get on a ride!!! It goes without saying that if I have the priviledge of entering earlier as staying in a Disney hotel I should be able to get on the rides first too! So enouth of my rant lol!!

The walks and rides, and eateries were tops of course, and we really enjoyed it . I took the sacrifice of staying with my Dad on his wheelchair and my boys got on the rides. My other boy Rex stayed very nicely well behave in the hotel!!

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We started by the entrance from the parking and then straight to Main street, where we decided to hit Disneyland Parc first and later see my post on Walt Disney Studios. This one is on Disneyland parc ok

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The boys first rides were on Autopia and the Star Wars tour which I know my favorite is the star wars (I got me a mug !) . No need to explain the rides , you know what they are, besided I would do a lousy description of them !

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Next they hit Buzz Lightyear which is one of my favorite character! And we took the Mesa riverboat ride!!! we got to go all!!!

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Finally, the boys went to the Pirates of the Caribbean, another favorite ride we love always!  As you can see we passed by many rides but did not go in either because we had a priority list to see or because we are not fond of them. This is it!

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We had our lunch at the Last Chance Café in Frontierland but figure was not worth it even for a picture; simply street food and very expensive for a few nachos for 6 euros! We did enjoy the ice cream from Ben & Jerry at the The Gibson Girl ice cream parlor on Main Street. And were glad to catch some of late evening parades, nice!

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And we had it for a day of mostly walking around and seeing the rides of old , memories flashing and glad to be back after all. Disneyland Parc is recommended for all but especially school age kids! We had a good time and a nice package parks and hotel, so will be back with different formula next time. Stay tune for the next park….

The official Disneyland Paris webpage on the Disneyland Parchttps://www.disneylandparis.com/en-gb/destinations/disneyland-park/

There you go folks, another dandy in my belle France. This park beyond even my expectations is the No 1 visited park in France and Europe!! We saw the world here and its just beginning to kick out! Disneyland Parc is a must while in France ,again especially if with young children . We will be back!! Hope you enjoy the post.

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

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