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July 22, 2021

Summer heat at the La Cervoiserie!!!

And making stop on looking over older posts and reviving family memories I stumble today again by Vannes. My oldest was taking his first shot of the pfizer vaccine for the covid19 and doing some errands we went to one of our favorite watering hole!

The temp here has been very hot the last couple of days going up to 32C or about 90F, as I write it is still 30C or 86F this is hot even from an old beach bum well time does its toll…..And decided to quench our thirst somewhere nearby where we were.

We decided to go La Cervoiserie with Dad in tow! This store is at 53 Rue Théophraste Renaudot Zac Kerlann in Vannes. A beer joint with samples from the world over.  

vannes cervoiserie front jul21

La Cervoiserie began near La Rochelle in 2004 and now has more than 500 references of beers in stores of about 400 m2. They are gear to the « after works » or Happy Hour to from hours of 10h to 20h Mondays to Saturdays.  We have one and its very nice with good ambiance, many activities held like Oktoberfest etc. Here you can buy ,taste, share, and take home.

vannes cervoiserie floor jul21

We ordered a couple buckets of saucissons nature and sanglier (wild pigp and non alcoholic beer Bavaria for Dad and Lowenbraü German beer for me, my boys had different beers that I cannot recall lol!!! It really went well with the times outside! Reminder, they also serve wines!

vannes cervoiserie bar jul21

The official webpage of La Cervoiserie in Vannes:

We finished the day by going to get some caskets riding bikes types for their bike,checking on mobile phones, and I purchase a brand new computer at Boulanger, an ACER Aspire Intel I5. So we are loaded on Summer sales in France which in my area at least ends July 27th.

On our way home stop by the omnipresent boulangerie for our tradition baguettes and now cooling off at home and planning new trips into the Loire Valley! Stay tune folks…

We are been told the temps will go down by tomorrow to 25C so that will bearable and by next week will allow us to rent a saw machine to cut our hedge bushes in front garden (haies fr.)

Now drink plenty of water, be safe , enjoy your time on Earth and remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!!

July 22, 2021

Port du Crouesty, a personal note!!!

I have written on the Port du Crouesty , part of the town of Arzon in the Rhuys peninsula on several previous posts in my blog. I have come here since moving into the area back in 2011, and had great family time over the years. Now coming back missing my dear late wife Martine is sad all nice memories that are worth reliving them again and again.

The reason I am writing again on the Port du Crouesty is because one of my former boss (CFO) from Paris had purchase a boat (30 meters! )and has it base here. He is kind enough for old times sake that each time in the area he calls me up to the boat.  This is an experience I could not refuse as grew up around boats and beaches when young boy and always nice memories. Therefore, I took responsibilities at home with my boys and came to the boat!! It was better than expected!

Port du Crouesty passerelle to J22 prom shops left jul21

Normally, we just had a lunch in the boat and get the ride around the marina from a boat owners preferable entries. However, this time he took me out to sea into the wonderful sublime Gulf of Morbihan. I really should not tell you about Port du Crouesty because several posts on it with all kind of information, just do search in my blog. This experience will be mostly visual with new pictures taken on the day; hope you enjoy them as I!

Port du Crouesty blue lagoon boat arriv back marina jul21

Port du Crouesty blue lagoon boat out marina to gulf jul21

However, could not resist, some sights previously mentioned in my blog but now new pictures. The first you notice when you enter the marina area before the boats is our favorite local store La Trinitaine branch here.

Port du Crouesty prom shops la trinitaine jul21

You can head over a bit and see our favorite ice cream parlor L’Igloo, branch here and in other beach towns in the area.

Port du Crouesty prom shops l igloo ice cream jul21

Not to missed the Capitainerie or harbormaster house which has a beautiful restaurant le Cargo we had enjoyed.

Port du Crouesty capitainerie from chanel BL boat jul21

Port du Crouesty capitainerie from chanel BL boat back jul21

You can really enjoy the Miramar La Cigale  Thalasso and Spa  a wonderful oasis of tranquility and well being, You see it on the right of the picture next to Fogeo beach!

Port du Crouesty blue lagoon boat to fogeo beach sailing club jul21

You should not leave the area without visiting the Cairns du Petit Mont, or the megaliths stones tumulus found here dating thousands of years!! This time saw from the channel going in to the marina! The stone of the little mound!

Port du Crouesty blue lagoon boat to cairn de petit mont jul21

And do come around the marina to see the Chapelle Notre Dame de Crouesty  (it was here in 565 that it was found the intact body of Saint Gildas). I saw this time from the channel to the marina! right side of picture.

Port du Crouesty chapelle ND de Crouesty ent marina jul21

I cannot leave this post without given credit and showing the work of the lifesavers volunteer corps of the SNSM all over France’s coasts/beaches,and at sea. They have taken the ashes of my mother Gladys and wife Martine out to sea burial from Honfleur, Normandie as we all will be. As the braves did!

Port du Crouesty SNSM boat at marina jul21

OF course, my usual webpages for a quick informative round into the marina of Port du Crouesty!

The city of Arzon on Port du Crouesty:

The passeportescales or passport stops on the Port du Crouesty ,harbor information:

The Gulf of Morbihan tourist board on Port du Crouesty in French:

There you go folks, a nice time spent with good friend in a beautiful setting, Port du Crouesty. Of course, the boating need contact/friend but the rest is open to the public and it is very popular with locals and visitors alike so come early. Again, hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

July 22, 2021

Other churches of Toledo!

And continuing my wonderful tour of updating older memorable posts in my blog, i come to Toledo. This is the world city of old and new, we came here often too as family just between Toledo and Madrid until recently the last one passed away. Looking forward to be back and ride my road warrior thrills on these wonderful spots and remember the good old times. Let me tell you about the other churches of Toledo in one post would do. Toledo invites you in always.

I come to you for a world historical city ,very popular and many times visited by me and many over the years. This is known to all me think. However, Toledo has in such a small space treasure throves of jewels to be seen. Time is still here ,and me think must go to the best known touristic wise. There are so many wonderful places to see here, and written briefly on many already. However, I feel need to tell you a bit more on the Churches of Toledo in my beloved Spain. I will be brief, just an introduction as they are all needed to be seen while in town!

The Church of the Savior or Iglesia del Salvador was at the time of the Muslim presence, a mosque, whose date is to be determined, although some researchers date it in 1041 or possibly earlier. Previous remains of Visigoth ecclesial occupation and even a late Roman period of the 2C have been found.  It is one of the Churches named in the guide of Tormes and in it were baptized Juana I de Castilla (“La Loca”=crazy) and the playwright Francisco de Rojas Zorrilla.  The present Church is built on an old Muslim mosque, so it is oriented towards the southeast, towards Mecca. For whose construction, as usual, different architectural elements were reused Visigoths, thanks to which has retained a horseshoe arches supported on Visigoths pilasters with sculpted decoration of figurative themes. The Pilaster of El Salvador presents in one of its faces various miraculous scenes of the life of Jesus, in overlapping records: The healing of the blind, the resurrection of Lazarus, the Samaritan and the Hemorroísa, as well as other themes of Eucharistic nuance that allude to Christ  as a salvation and whose iconography seems to be taken from some Paleo-Christian sarcophagus that  served as a model. The conversion to Christian worship in 1159 made it undergo various modifications, especially the construction of the Gothic Chapel of Santa Catalina, at the end of the 15C. The minaret, converted into a tower, would later be added to a brick steeple. Again in 1822 a new fire had it badly destroyed and only the Chapel of Santa Catalina was saved.


The Castilla La Mancha autonomous community tourist office on the church

The Toledo monumental city info on the church

The Church (Iglesia) of San Ildefonso is a baroque-style Church located in the center of the historical city of Toledo, is also known as the Church of the Jesuits and is consecrated to San Ildefonso of Toledo, patron of the city and father of the Church. Its construction, which lasted for more than a hundred years, began in the year 1629, on a land acquired by the Jesuits of Toledo in 1569 where were the houses of Juan Hurtado de Mendoza Rojas and Guzmán, Conde de Orgaz,  and that had also been the birthplace of San Ildefonso. Located between the Calle San Román and Calle Alfonso XII , the Church has a northwest-southwest orientation, so that its frontal facade is directed towards the Cathedral of Toledo. The interior of the Church, with its main nave in the form of a Latin cross plant, is large and white in color. On this nave stands the high dome over the transept. In the transept there are two large baroque altarpieces. The Chapels on the northeast side of the building, in order from the transept, are dedicated to the Virgin of Fatima, to San Francisco Javier, to the Blessed Christ Crucified and to San Francisco de Borja. On the southwest side are those dedicated to the Immaculate, Dolorosa or painful, St. Ignatius of Loyola and the Christ of the Martyrs. In one corner of the Church lies the Chapel of the Ochavada in which the relics of the Church are kept and venerated. The outside of the dome, due to its dimensions and the location of the Church, is one of the highest points of Toledo, next to the Cathedral of Santa Maria and the Alcázar, to which has notable views, just like the towers, which can be visited.


The Toledo tourist office on the church

The Church (Iglesia) of San Román  was built in Mudejar style in the 13C in the place where once there was an ancient Visigoth basilica and probably an ancient Roman building. Nowadays it is the seat of the Museum of the Councils and the Visigoth Culture. It is located in one of the highest and privileged places of the city, in the second of the Twelve Hills that form it. There is already news of the parish in the 12C and the Church would be consecrated in 1221 by Archbishop Rodrigo Ximénez de Rada. The tradition points out that here  was crowned king Alfonso VIII of Castile in  1166. The Church has a basilica plant with three naves, separated by horseshoe arches with alfas that support on pillars with Visigoth and Roman columns attached with capitals reused of Visigoth origin in some cases, distinguishing by its Corinthian leaves. The frescoes are divided into two areas separated by inscriptions. The four winged evangelists and the representations of Archbishops, the Saints Esteban and Lorenzo, angels or the Final judgement stand out. In the 16C, Alonso de Covarrubias designed the plateresque domed apse of coffers in the main chapel; And the paintings were subsequently covered, thus losing their trail until the first third of the 20C in which they were rediscovered. It was not until the  1940’s when they were recovered as much as possible.


The Castilla La Mancha autonomous community tourist office on the church

The Church (Igleisa) of Santo Tome or Saint Thomas the Apostle is located in the historical center of Toledo, and was founded after the reconquest of this city by King Alfonso VI of León. as quoted in the 12C , as built on the site of an old 11C mosque. This mosque along with others of the city were used as Christian churches without major changes, since in the making of the city there was no destruction of buildings. However, at the beginning of the 14C, being in a dilapidated state was completely rebuilt by Gonzalo Ruiz de Toledo, Lord of Orgaz and transformed the old minaret of the mosque into a belfry in Mudéjar style. Its fame is mainly due to house inside, the painting the Burial of the Count de Orgaz by El Greco, (El entierro del Conde de Orgaz de El Greco) which can be seen by accessing the back of the Church. The Church consists of three naves with transept, covered by barrel vaults and polygonal apse. It has the Church in its chapels, two Baroque altarpieces, one plateresque and a baptismal font from the 16C. They include an image of the Virgin Mary of marble from the 12C, and the altarpiece with ionic elements of the main chapel of the 19C.


The Castilla La Mancha autonomous community tourist office on the church

The Toledo Monumental city info on the church:

The Convent of San Pedro Martyr, through its successive extensions and modifications, became one of the richest and most important convents of the city. The convent, large, is organized around three courtyards: the closest to the entrance is called Real or Royal; The smallest is called Silencio or silence/quiet, and the Naranjos or Orangery  or Procesiones or processions  is located on the side of the epistle of the Church. The cloister called the Silence  is the oldest of all and possibly corresponds to a civil construction that, later, was included in the convent ensemble. It consists of three floors.  The second floor is made up of lowered arches resting on columns very similar to the lower ones. The cloister of the silence contrasts with the Real, of much larger size, which began to be built with traces of Covarrubias, in 1541, by his disciple Hernán González de Lara. It consists of three floors entirely built in stone. The low floor is composed of half-point arches resting on columns. The new church and the sacristy. It began to be built in 1587 and consists of two spaces: the largest, rectangular, is the one that really serves as a sacristy, and another, square, houses a small Chapel. The main space is covered with a flat Cistercian vault, bands and with eyelids. The most direct access from the Church to the sacristy is made by a door located at one end of the main side. There is the Chapel of Santa Inés, whose architecture is Gothic, with vault of edges, which contains several interesting graves. The works of the current church began in 1605. As a curiosity, in this monastery, was a member, the Dominican friar Juan Bautista Maíno in 1613. It is a renowned painter whose works include the “Adoration of the Shepherds ” of the Museo del Prado in Madrid. Since 1991 the building serves as university headquarters of the Faculty of Juridical and Social Sciences of Toledo, belonging to the University of Castilla-La Mancha.


The Castilla La Mancha autonomous community tourist office on the church:

And last ,but not least, the Hermitage of Our Lady of the Star (Ermita Nuestra Senora  de la  Estrella)  was founded by the Brotherhood of the same name, which was based in the neighboring Church of Santiago del Arrabal (see post). Its construction was carried out in 1611, it presents a plant close to a Greek cross. However, in extending the nave and presbytery, with respect to the arms of the broad transept, the axially of the building is strengthened, in the direction of the longitudinal axis of the bedhead. This makes it possible to lose the idea of a centralized plant, especially in addition, after the presbytery and the aforementioned axis, the dressing room of the Virgin. The present cover of the Hermitage is of late realization than the building; It was built around the middle of the 17C.


The official webpage of the hermitage

The parrish of Santiago de Arrabal in which the hermitage belongs

These are some of my favorite curiosity in the city of Toledo. There are plenty more to browse while in town. I have several entries on Toledo in my blog for more information on visiting. Well already well known no need to tell you further, is a must. The churches are beautiful architecture and a huge amount of history of Toledo, Spain, and Europe.

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

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