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July 6, 2021

The Church Saint-Germain l’Auxerrois of Pleyben!!

Ok looking over the previous post on the enclosure of Pleyben I notice the main church was hardly mentioned. So this is a new post ,new text with older pictures to showcase this magnificent Church of Saint-Germain l’Auxerrois of Pleyben. Hope you enjoy the post as I. And thanks for reading me since Nov 2010!!!

Yes indeed in a small town and so much architecture and history to take you a day, this is Pleyben. I have taken the main church from the enclosure to do a post of its own here, well worth it me think. One of the great off the beaten path missed gems of my lovely Bretagne!! Let me tell you about it a bit more, and hope you enjoy as I.  I have  come   here several times now even to buy chocolates (see post) next to the enclosure church ,again this is something espectacular and historical religious etc you name it.  This is Pleyben, Finistére dept 29 of the region of Bretagne.  

The Saint-Germain-l’Auxerrois Church is in the late Breton Gothic style. The church has two bell towers: the large bell tower above the porch is a Renaissance tower with a dome with lanterns, and another in the Cornish style. The bedside is in the Beaumanoir style.

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On the ogival facade is planted the small Gothic bell tower known as Sainte-Catherine. The bell tower has a chamber of bells which is surmounted by an arrow culminating at 32 meters. Access to this tower is via a staircase turret, passing from a square plan to an octagonal plan. It is connected to the bell tower by an aerial gallery. Under this bell tower, the door with double handle and brace is surmounted by moldings and a counter-curve of foliage.  The large bell tower known as Saint Germain rises to 47.5 meters. The bell tower and the porch are in Renaissance style and bear the dates of 1588 and 1591.

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The porch is characterized by the engaged columns that support the large entrance arch. They consist of fluted drums and protruding ornate rings, and they are crowned with Corinthian capitals which support an archivolt with a volute in acanthus leaves.  Above the entablature of the facade, you will see the kneeling statues of the Virgin and the Archangel Gabriel in the scene of the Annunciation. In the middle , you see a beautiful niche housing the statue of Saint Germain, patron of the church.

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At the corners stand four beautiful bell towers. In the middle of these bell towers rises a large octagonal dome which is itself surmounted by a slender lantern forming the crown of the bell tower. In the porch, the apostles in their niches each carry a phylactery. Above the front door, a statue of the Savior holding the globe of the world with one hand and blessing with the other.

Inside the church is of a Latin cross design with a five-bay nave bordered by aisles. The nave is relatively dark because it is lit indirectly to the north and south by three semicircular or pointed arch windows. The nave is surmounted by a paneled vault surrounded by beautiful polychrome sand pits dating from 1571. They present very lively scenes from everyday life, from the Bible or even from pagan mythology.

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The main stained-glass window, dating from the end of the 16C, represents the Passion of Christ. The baptismal font is decorated with statues of Saint John, Saint Elizabeth, Saint Zachary from an old altarpiece. Formerly there was a fourth figure holding the garments of Christ; this character is currently in the South transept next to the group of Saint Yves. The Saint Germain l’Auxerrois Church is adorned with many polychrome statues including a statue of Saint Germain dating from 1555, from a Calvary; in the nave and the aisles are statues of Saint Herbot, Saint Yves, Saint Corentin, Saint Antoine, Saint Geneviève, Saint Renan as well as a large wooden statue of Saint Guénolé dating from the 18C.

The altarpieces currently in place date from the end of the 17C. The altarpiece with columns of the Rosary has 15 medallions of the mysteries of the Rosary surround the Virgin giving the rosary to Saint Dominic and Saint Catherine of Siena. It is dated 1698. The turreted altarpiece of the high altar dated 1666 – 1667 which represents Christ the Savior and the four Evangelists Matthew, Luke, John and Mark. The altarpiece of the Fallen or the Sacred Heart altarpiece, dated from the 18C , is located in the south arm of the transept; it represents a Descent from the Cross. A beautiful cabinet with Saintes Huiles presents sculpted figures including Bretons in traditional costume.

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The organs were built by Thomas Dallam between 1688 and 1692 on the model of the organs of the Abbey of Daoulas, dating from 1670 and no longer present. They included a polychrome two-body sideboard: the large organ and a C positive, a console with two manual keyboards and a pedal. The restoration work lasted from January 1994 to April 1996 and consisted of restoring the sideboard, completing Heyer’s great organ and rebuilding a C positive and an independent pedal.

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The SPREV association to preserve the religious heritage has more and pictures on the St Germain L’Auxerrois Church in French: http://www.sprev.org/centre-sprev/pleyben-enclos-paroissial-saint-germain/

The town of Pleyben on the Church with video in French: https://www.mairiepleyben.fr/index.php/fr/decouvrir-bouger/histoire-et-patrimoine/patrimoine-naturel/103-l-eglise

The Menez Hom Breton touristic webpage on the enclosure/church in French: https://www.menezhom-atlantique.bzh/incontournables/lenclos-paroissial-de-pleyben-47025

There you go folks I feel better now to tell you all about beautiful little Pleyben a worth detour to see something wondeful in the Finistére dept 29 of my lovely Bretagne.

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

July 6, 2021

Going north to Roscoff!

This was an effort to see as much as possible of my lovely Bretagne/Brittany/Breizh and looking up saw this town north of us so ther we went to Roscoff! Always by the coast and this older post I will update as an introduction to the city; plenty other posts on it in my blog. Hope you enjoy my going north to Roscoff!

Let me bring you further north , to the northern coast of Finistére , and the city of Roscoff.  This was a curiosity trip as heard so much of my English friends coming by there that I decided to take the trek up north to see. Of course, another delightful trip in my lovely Brittany. I am about 164 km from it cutting inland D769 Morlaix and then D58 to Roscoff. It will be a bit long mainly because I love the history of it and all, why visit if not dwell into the history of the place. An introduction to Roscoff!

Roscoff  is a former haven of Corsairs and then smugglers, from where the johnnies sell their pink onions. It is a small seaside town that has preserved its architectural heritage from the 16-17C. Its deep-water port, served by Irish Ferries and Brittany Ferries, which has its headquarters, provides ferry connections with the British Isles and Spain. The Breton name of the town is Rosko and Roscoff comes from the Breton Ros meaning promontory, and from Goff which means blacksmith the name of Roscoff could therefore be translated into French by the Hill of the blacksmith.

In 1872, is the origin of the first legislation  pole of research and teaching in Marine biology, the Biological Station of Roscoff.  It is also a stay of aftercare which saw the birth of the concept of Thalassotherapy Center in 1899, the Institut Rochcroum, and proposes , in addition to a private care and rehabilitation facility, the Kerléna Clinic, a reference Héliomarin hospital founded in 1900, the Center of Perharidy.  Roscoff is included in the Special Protection Zone Natura 2000 of the Bay of Morlaix and borders the natural area of ecological, fauna and floristic interest of the Penzé estuary.  

Roscoff occupies the point of the promontory which closes to the west the Bay of Morlaix has 14 km of coastline with several beaches of very fine white sand. Access by land is made from Saint-Pol by a single road, the D58  or Santec, by a small coastal road. Roscoff is 98 nautical miles, 182 km from Plymouth, 210 km from Rennes and 562 from Paris. The airport of Morlaix is about 30 km. The SNCF railway station of Roscoff, terminus of the line of Morlaix in Roscoff, via Saint-Pol-de-Léon, is served by trains TER Bretagne which allow a correspondence with the TGV in Morlaix. Sea shuttles between Roscoff and the Isle of Batz; Ferries to and from Plymouth and Cork from the port of Bloscon; The air link is via the Brest-Guipavas airport. The Vieux port (old Port) is a port of stranding and a pier for tourism to the island of Batz. At the beginning of the 20C it replaced the old Port of the 16C, which is itself today only a simple Promenade quay. The port of Bloscon is a deep water port passenger traffic by ferries to Great Britain (Plymouth) and Ireland (Cork). The fishing port  has 300 places of which 280 on calm water and 20 berths. The new marina of Roscoff, in deep water, offers 625 berths for all types of boats including 50 sites reserved for visitors.  In front of Roscoff, beyond a double channel, the Great Kan and the Little Kan separated by the rock of Perroc’h, and animated by strong currents, is located the island-of-Batz distance of 550 meters. Roscoff is served by road by the D 58 which is 4 lanes  of Morlaix (where this road joins the N12) to Saint-Pol-de-Léon and the D 788 from Brest via Lesneven.

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A bit of history I like

The current Pointe du Vil is a cul-de-sac where the route of Saint-Pol-de-Léon is called at the 17C  rue  Ker da Laez, now rue Albert de Mun.  This road comes to what will become the Rue du Cap, current rue Édouard-Corbières, along the coast towards Perharidy, ex-cap Ederi or Pointe Ederi , which is called pen ederi or pen ar ederi. The location of the bifurcation is then occupied by an inn, at the site of the current Hotel de France today lodging of the Biological Station of Roscoff. The place Croaz Vaz, (the island of Batz, cross) which will give its name to the fort built by Vauban three and a half centuries later. As attested by a charter of 1323.

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During the war of the Succession of Brittany in 1363, fourteen years after the start of the Black Plague, the fort of Bloscon, on the present old port, taken by the English, is taken over by Guesclin. From 1374 to 1387, the port of Rosco himself was burned several times by the governor of Brest, Richard Fitzalan, whom Richard II chose to support the Montfortian party.  In 1455, the Duke Pierre de Montfort, endorsing a state of facts generated by this hundred-year naval war, orders that the nobles  of a new  Breton law giving rise to a shipowners ‘ capitalism that led to the economic development of Saint-Malo and Morlaix and the latter’s port, Roscoff. In 1500, the new Roscoff was built  700 meters further north of Roscoff Goz where some wells were used to discharge freshwater vessels. In 1595, the Duke of Mercœur, claiming Baillistre militarily allied with the Spaniards against the king for five years, reinstated by letters patent the trade with Bilbao and Seville, the main outlets. Roscoff also served as a refuge for several English Catholic families fleeing the persecutions begun during the reign of Elizabeth. Roscoff was also from the 16C, with Morlaix and Paimpol, one of the first ports to be armed with cod fishing on the banks of Newfoundland and then on the coast of Iceland. Salted cod was sold in France and especially in Spain; as Brittany was not subject to the taxes, the fishermen of Picardy and Normandy came to Roscoff to supply salt with good account.

The fall of Nicolas Fouquet (Vaux le Vicomte castle disgraced by king Louis XIV) marks the beginning of the economic and political destruction of the province under the absolutist reign of the Duke of Chaulnes. Louis XIV’s policy and the protectionist measures of Charles II closed the English and Hanseatic markets. Roscoff became the first port of smuggling with the British Isles for almost three centuries. In 1694, Vauban signed the plans of the transformation executed by the Renaudière, from the fort of Bloscon into a large battery of 13  cannons closed by a drawbridge. The Bloscon fort becomes the seat of the captaincy of Saint-Pol-de-Léon which extends from Ploujean to Cleder and whose centerpiece is the Chateau de Taureau. In 1790, Roscoff was unilaterally incorporated into the autonomous municipality of Saint-Pol-de-Léon. Under the French revolutionary government, from September 1792 to May 1793, then during the first half of 1794, Roscoff became a deportation center. The Directoire closes all the places of worship again and returns the two remaining priests of the parish into hiding.

At the beginning of the 20C, the port of Roscoff experienced significant traffic thanks, in particular, to the Transchannel links. Many of the coasters and long hauls regularly stop there. The flotilla was composed mostly of specialized fishing nets and ropes (or bottom lines). On 18 April 1943, the Nazis decided to destroy some parts of the Fort du Bloscon, built by Vauban, to build seven blockhouses, fourteen firing bunkers and a few other concrete works, all welcoming a battery of sixty men. In early January 1944, it was through this element of the Atlantic Wall that Erwin Rommel began his inspection tour to Plérin. In August 1969, the pedestrian jetty, allowing the embarkation for Batzisland at low tide, was inaugurated after two years of work. The tourist shuttle fleets developped and by 1972, the first car-ferry connection with England took place, at the deep water port of Bloscon, whose work had begun two years earlier.

Things to see in Roscoff!

Le Pardon (forgiveness/repent). The third Monday in July, after the ten-hour mass, takes place the Pardoun Sant Barba (forgiveness of Santa Barbara). The procession, along the itinerary inside the city, lasts from fourteen hours to vêpres. The disguise is that of the high Leon, for women, as for men, black, that an embroidered shawl sometimes comes to brighten. Women’s headdress is the Chikolodenn. The oldest of the four hymns of forgiveness is Sant Barba e Rosko. The house of Johnnies allows tourists to take an interest in the history of these onion merchants who crossed the channel to sell their products from the mid-19C.

Dolmen of Kerfissiec. Lech de Reuniou says Croaz Covec (Croix Riffleshell), near Keravel (south west of the town). It is a narrow stele, a sort of miniature menhir carved to serve in the manner of a cippe, similar to many others in the Leon, dating from the Iron Age, or at the earliest the 7C B.C., reused to make the base of a much more recent Calvary. Nearby, three hundred meters from the place-dit Leslec’h  stood a triple walkway covered dynamited in 1942 in favor of the Nazis by the owner of the field which was encumbered.  Calvary of Roscogoz, in granite and Kersanton, dates from the end of the 14C or the beginning of the 15C.

Church of Notre-Dame de Croaz Batz. (see post)The square is enclosed by a wall in which is incised a ossuary of the early 17C and a funeral chapel. Altarpiece of Alabaster exposed in a chapel specially arranged in 1634 in the south transept of Notre Dame. Of the 15, these are 7 high reliefs brought back from Nottingham that represent the Passion.

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Hotel Le Skinny, 22 rue de Amiral-Réveillère, complemented by two wings in the 17C. The staircase turret at the back seems to have remained of the 16C. The strong house (fort like), built in the 16C by the Christian Corsair the Pappe  attacked in 1592 by Anne de Sanzay de la Magnane, Captain interested in the Holy Union of Morlaix.

The manor of Kerestat, next to the chapel of Bonne-Nouvelle, erected by the Kergouvelen family, continue in 1630 of a shipowner, James of Portenoire, then of the military governor of Brittany, the Earl of Marbeuf.  The house called “of Mary Stuart” where Monseigneur de Chavigné, Bishop-Count of Leon, would have welcomed the future queen of France on her landing.

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The Château de Laber built in 1890 on a plot of 50 hectares. The owner widowed in 1901, died in 1902, madly in pain as a result of the drowning of her adopted son in the dike lock in 1900, leaving the castle to public Assistance, which granted  it for 99 yrs to the Center Helio-Marin in 1920.

The lighthouse, (see post) 24 meters high, was built in 1934 to replace a red lantern that dated from 1884 and was located at the end of the mole. Its two-meters diameter lantern illuminates by occultation twelve seconds on two areas of a white fire up to 15 nautical miles thanks to a fixed optic by Henry-Lepaute . The exotic and Botanical Garden of Roscoff, 3 500 exotic species ranked by continent on 16 000 m2 landscaped on the Bay of Morlaix.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip to Roscoff and it is a must, rather nice if you are into architecture, history ,and the sea like me.

The city of Roscoff on history/heritage: http://www.roscoff.fr/-Histoire-et-archives-de-la-ville-.html

The Roscoff tourist office on Roscoff: https://www.roscoff-tourisme.com/en/discover/6-destinations/roscoff/

The Finistére dept 29 tourist office on Roscoff: https://www.toutcommenceenfinistere.com/article/roscoff

The Bretagne region tourist board on Roscoff: https://www.brittanytourism.com/destinations/the-10-destinations/pink-granite-coast-morlaix-bay/roscoff/

And there you go folks, all set and just need the go. Nice place in my Bretagne, the 3rd most visited region of the most visited country in the world, France! (UN-WTO). See Roscoff is a gem in the north.

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

July 6, 2021

Shopping, eating, and staying in Barcelona!!

Another memorable city of my dear Spain and lucky enough to finally seen it since I came to live in France! Therefore, I can say its a new city for me, first time was in 2014 and since several times!! Let me show you a bit of the shopping, eating and staying in Barcelona!!

Barcelona is a city lucky to have visited a few times , and each time see a bit more of it. However, one thing is certain relaxing lodging environment, invigorating shopping and delicious food is what is all about for me. On this post, will tell you about my Crown Plaza Hotel , the shopping at the Arenes or Arenas de Barcelona, and eating at a couple of places all within easy walking distance of my hotel. !

First, I stayed at the wonderful Crowne Plaza Fira Barcelona; a five stars and wonderful hotel of course paying 165 euros per night! The facilities were impecable and would love to stay there again when back to the city.

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A bit more from the hotel’s webpage. Located 200 meters from the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc, the Crowne Plaza Barcelona-Fira Center offers stylish décor and spacious accommodations with Flat-screen TVs and Hydro-Massage Showers. Offering a fantastic view of Barcelona, the 173 Rooftop Terrace Restaurant features an outdoor pool, sun loungers and a dining area where you can enjoy Mediterranean specialties as well as a selection of drinks and cocktails. El Mall Restaurant serves a buffet breakfast and Mediterranean cuisine. In addition, the hotel has an elegant piano bar. Free Wi-Fi is available in the public areas and in the Rooms. You will also find a free Internet point in the lobby area. From the hotel, the historic center of Barcelona is easily accessible by bus or metro. The Crowne Plaza Barcelona-Fira Center is located 500 meters from Poble Sec and Plaça d’ Espanya Metro Stations. The Poble Espanyol Museum and the Joan Miró Foundation are 200 meters away as well as all the wonders of Montjuic.(see posts).

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And of course for the benefit of those road warriors ,the closest car parking is at BSM Rius i Taulet, Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina, 16, located facing the Plaza del Universo square. Ideal for reaching on foot all in Montjuic and the Plaça d’Espanya by the Fira congress hall and the fountains of Montjuic. Easy access to the Avinguda Para-lel and the Gran Vía de las Cortes Catalanas. By the way the Crowne Plaza has become the Intercontinental Barcelona Hotel all in the family. I could not help telling you I worked for the chain in an accounting management function of several properties in France!

This is a hotel resa webpage telling you about the now old Crowne Plaza: https://www.hrs.com/en/hotel/crowne-plaza-barcelona-fira-center/a-37645/

And the IHG official site on the new Intercontinental Barcelona: https://www.ihg.com/intercontinental/hotels/gb/en/barcelona/bcncp/hoteldetail

I went out first to a nice find, just walking and heard the guys singing while setting up the tables so the gourmand curious in me told me this is a good happy place, the food must be good. Well it was super, with great Galician Patatas Bravas, and ham and codfish croquettes all down with a pint of Estrella Damm cold beer and coffee cortado all for 22€; the server was of course friendly and with 10 yrs in Barcelona coming from Argentina (probably following Messi !) Oh the place was the Casa de tapas Cañota at Carrer de Lleida, 7.

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A bit more on it from the tabloids: In the Parallel/Poble Sec, you will find the restaurant Casa de tapas Cañota, a place where the classic spirit merges with a fabulous offer of Tapas. Its renovated decor, at the hands of a designer, makes this place a casual and informal restaurant with striking graphic illustrations. The menu is informal and economical and is based on excellent tapas of great variety par all tastes, without leaving aside the quality that characterizes the products of this Restaurant. At Casa de tapes Cañota you can have a good time in the company of friends watching football and tasting tapas; It also has a heated terrace with access to the mobility impaired. Closest metro and buses at plaça d’Espanya , and Poble Sec.

The official Casa de Tapas Cañota webpage: https://casadetapas.com/en/

And the reviews on my blog roll bottom of my main page YELP on the resto: https://www.yelp.com/biz/casa-de-tapes-ca%C3%B1ota-barcelona-2

The second night I went to a more fancy restaurant on Paral-lel avenue again not far from the hotel. This was again friendly and plenty of food, tapas entries from shrimp to ham croquettes, and codfish fritters, to a nice size steak in pepper sauce , all wash down with plenty of local Rene Barbier red wines, crema Catalana dessert, and coffee for about 35€. Great ambiance and funny moments to share by all there, I was way at the end in a cozy enclosed area of sea decor ,really nice and wonderful corner. Oh yes the restaurant was the L’Amfora ,Avinguda Paral-lel 184 , metro plaça d’Espanya line 3.

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A bit more info from the tabloids: Have an authentic Catalan and mediterranean experience. Enjoy a beautiful
maritime environment with your people while you savor the tapas selection, traditional paellas, exquisite grilled meats and the most selected seafood from the tank. Obviously, do not miss the typical desserts and the popular
sangria of Catalan cava. Furthermore, it has private meeting rooms for groups, vegetarian and vegan multiple options and children menus. They are located next to the plaça d’Espanya square, The Fira Congress Palace and The Magic Fountain of Montjuic.

The official L’Amfora restaurant: https://www.restaurantamfora.com/

And the reviews on my blog roll bottom of my main page YELP on the resto: https://www.yelp.com/biz/l-amfora-barcelona-barcelona

And of course the shopping nearby in the area,what better then the Arenas de Barcelona, the old bullfight ring! Built at end of the 19C and opened in 1900 in a neo mudéjar style and ended bullfighting here in 1977, after came the shopping center we know today. Right by Plaça d’Espanya (Spain square) you reach it on metro line 1 and 3, bus V7 and 165, and if coming from the airport the Aerobus leave you just on the other side of the square! webpage: https://www.arenasdebarcelona.com/EN

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There you go folks, a nice 3 days 2 nights in wonderful Barcelona, short and sassy or pretty and smooth, a nice getaway in Europe to nice Barcelona . Hope you enjoy the shopping ,eating, and staying in Barcelona on this post.

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

July 6, 2021

Norman trails at Granville!

This was a nice trip trying to see something different from our lovely Bretagne , we went out to our neighbor Normandie to see Granville! It was a nice trip that I like to update here for you and me with text and links; hope you enjoy it as I. This was sort of an introductory post on the city and plenty more of it in my blog.

While thinking of my trips and those remarkable ones in my belle France (hard decisions) , we came to this part of Normandy which have bypassed in the past (as so much to see lol!) ,and decided to stop for a closer look. We as always were glad we did and found another jewel of our France.  So, therefore, i come back to you for Granville off the Mont Saint Michel bay….and concentrate this time on the sea, that wonderful ocean now north of me.

You need to concentrate in one area and then  move on by car to the next one low town or high town (basse ville ou haut ville). The city has a wonderful high town area  with gorgeous views over the city and the sea. The pointe du Roc is magnificent and plenty of old bunkers from WWII on the Atlantic wall construction by the Nazis. The walkpaths are wonderful and you need to be in good shape to walk all these.  Passing by the fishing harbor and then the pleasure marina with all those restaurants/bars along the way is gorgeous.

Granville is a town in the department 50 of the Manche in the region of Normandie.  The roads of D971 from Carentan, D924 to Villedieu-les-Poêles and D973 from Avranches. All leads you here. Granville is located 25 km from the expressway A84 (E401). It is also crossed from north to south by the D911, the coastal road to Avranches. The Paris-Granville line, departing from Gare de Paris-Montparnasse, has its terminus at Granville train station. Granville is located 17 km of its insular district of Chausey, 288 km from Paris-Notre-Dame, point Zero of the roads of France, 49 km fromSaint-Lô, 24 km  of Avranches, 27 km of Coutances, 91 km of Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, 23 km from Mont-Saint-Michel, 26 km from Cancale, and 99 km from Caen.

It is a seaside resort and climatic station of the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel at the end of the coast of the Havres, an ancient port of mussels and the first port of hard shell seafoods of France. It is sometimes dubbed the “Monaco of the North” because of its location on a rocky headland, the presence of a casino and several large luxury hotels. On a land occupied by the Vikings, the town founded by a vassal of William the Conqueror in the 11C, former city of Corsairs,and the fortress of the defence of Mont Saint-Michel, became as early as the 19C a seaside resort frequented by many artists, equipped with a golf course and a racetrack. Homeland of the Dior industrial family (Christian Dior is buried at the local Church).

On 9 March 1945, when France was liberated and the Allied troops, eight hundred kms away, had begun to cross the Rhine, Nazi troops based in the isle of Jersey still occupied launched a daring commando raid against Granville. Although spotted by the Coutainville radar, the Nazis aboard light boats managed to land at night in the port of Granville. They dynamited the port facilities and sank four cargo ships. Fifteen American soldiers, eight British and six Frenchmen were killed, seventy Nazi prisoners were released and five Americans and four British were captured before the nazi commando fled, and the city finally could say it was liberated.

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For the historical war lovers as I am, read more here in English: 3945km historical site on Granville

The port of Granville dates from the 16C. It is managed by the central and South-channel CCI and includes recreational activities, fishing, shopping and passenger traffic. From a mussels and oysters port in the 19C, it became a port of passenger transport with the stars Sweet France, Jolie France II and Joly France I destined for the Chausey and Channel Islands.  A trading port with the capacity to accommodate ships of  18 meters wide, 125 meters long and five to six thousand tons of capacity. The first fishing port of Normandy with shells (clams, whelks, almonds, scallops, crustaceans (lobsters, cakes, crabs, spiders) and fish (sea bream, rays, bats, soles, yellow places, bars, mullets, pout, cuttlefish, squid) for the Local consumption with a Selling hall market, a refrigerating terminal and a computerized products sale capacity.  A marina from 1975 of thousand rings in the basin of Hérel. It accommodates three thousand five hundred passages a year, with an average of three boaters per ship. Located a few minutes ‘ walk from the city center. Hérel’s Marina is one of the local economic lungs.

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On the Pointe du Roc dominating the city, the barracks Bazeilles built in 1758, the barracks Genoa-Champagne built in 1788 and the battery built in 1942 by the Nazi occupant can still be seen.  Curiosity of the port, the form of refit is a port equipment located wharf of the Pan-coupe. Completing the development of the harbour, this basin was built in 1887 for the maintenance of the land-fishery. Built in Chausey granite blocks, it is oval and 85-meters long. Restored in 1975, the form was abandoned by fishermen three years later following the installation of a boat elevator/lift.

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Two lighthouses of the town: The Lighthouse of Cape Lihou and the lighthouse of Chausey. Located on the tip of the Roc (pointe du roc) at 34 meters above the highest seas, the Cape Lihou Lighthouse was built in 1828 according to a study by Augustin Fresnel. The lighthouse of Chausey, completed in 1847 and up to 19 meters, was designed on the model of the Carteret lighthouse of the same designer. It features a square tower overlooking a rectangular building. Finally, the lighthouse of the Sénéquet is located on the rock of Sénéquet, two miles off the harbour.

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The city of Granville on its heritagehttps://www.ville-granville.fr/cadre-de-vie-autour-de-moi/chausey/decouvrir/

The Granville in land tourist office on things to seehttps://www.tourisme-granville-terre-mer.com/en/experience/highlights

The Manche dept 50 tourist office on Granvillehttps://www.manche-tourism.com/granville-normandy

The Normandie tourist office on Granvillehttps://en.normandie-tourisme.fr/unmissable-sites/granville-chausey/

There you go folks, another dandy city in my belle France. This one off the invasion beaches anothe sight to see different nice , Granville is wonderful and on clear weather nice views of Mont Saint Michel can be seen, gorgeous!!

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

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