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August 9, 2021

Back again to St Ronan in Locronan!

And yes we love to come here especially at Christmas time but any time will do. I like to update this older post sort of an introduction to beautiful medieval looking Church of St Ronan of Locronan in the Finistére dept 29 of my lovely Bretagne. Hope you enjoy the post as I.

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 Tradition with the Bretons is very strong even now, and the legacies of the past are well maintained with their language pushing and the religious beliefs, here strong. One town stands out of many on this example. I like to talk to you today about Locronan. A town full of traditions and beautiful architecture not to mention history.

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The Church of Saint-Ronan is a priority Church located in Locronan, Dept. 29 of Finistère, region of Brittany. The Chapel of the Penity, which houses the tomb of St. Ronan, is also part of the ensemble. The Church of St Ronan is one of the most beautiful specimens of the flamboyant ogival art of the 15C

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This year we went early to avoid the crowds as the Christmas market is very popular signs posted to warn you of traffic jams and all! People come anyway from far away so we came for the street walks and architecture Breton old and beautiful. The town of Locronan is a must to visit I am telling you,ok

The beauty of its religious buildings is enormous and the fame is huge with the Bretons. One of their shrines and huge pardon walk each year from here already explained in my previous posts.  I will just put up some pictures, and hope you do visit and let me know ok

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The Locronan tourist office: https://www.locronan-tourisme.bzh/en/

Keep it note it posted it the Grande Troménie of Locronan 2nd to 3rd Sunday July 2025! Read it at the Locronan tourist office: https://www.locronan-tourisme.bzh/en/la-grande-tromenie/

This is Locronan, classified as a historical monument since 1924, labeled ” Petite Cité de Caractère ” (small towns of character) ,one of the ” Most beautiful villages in France “, Locronan has also successfully participated in the election of the ” Favorite Village of the French “

The city of Locronan on its Christmas market ,stay tune for 2021! https://villedelocronan.fr/noel_2020

The town is surrounded by old Breton architecture houses and a nice museum, good all year around but especially in the period of Christmas market. Hope you enjoy Locronan as we do.

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

August 9, 2021

The Bégo bunkers of Plouharnel!!

Now here one of those pleasant surprises doing updates on older posts in my blog, something that have been awesome!! I have found many good sites that were initially overlook due to too many good ones here in my lovely Bretagne and my belle France! However, glad to have in my blog the Bégo bunkers of Plouharnel, part of the Atlantic Wall of WWII! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

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Plouharnel is a town in my beautiful Morbihan Department 56 of my lovely Bretagne. This town is located at the bottom of Quiberon Bay, See the wonderful stories of this town in my blog and museums to boot. One big one here is that on July 16, 1795, a battle between Chouans (rebels against the French revolution ) and Republicans ( French revolutionaries) took place west of Plouharnel and South of Carnac, it was named the battle of Plouharnel. And the rest need to read it in my blog…..

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For this post, I will tell you about the Bégo site, part of the town of Plouharnel on the beach dunes ,and do see the beaches here (see post) especially if you are a surfer!

The Bégo site of Plouharnel has nearly 180 concrete structures scattered around the dune of Plouharnel. This coastal defensive line fulfilled a double mission during WWII to protect the harbor of Lorient and the U. Boats of Admiral Dönitz and to prevent a possible landing of Allied troops on the Atlantic coast.

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In the spring of 1941, construction of the fulcrum began. They called on local but also foreign labor, volunteer workers, prisoners of war, deportees … Two years and 2,000 people will be needed to build this battery considered to be the most important and the most powerful of the Atlantic Wall.

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A farm installed on the dune produced the necessary food, animals and vegetables on site. On March 13, 1944, Marshal Rommel, on an inspection in Brittany, visited the Bego dune, had defenses added on the beach and reinforced the minefields. The visit of the “Desert Fox” on the Plouharnel dune demonstrates the strategic importance of the site. Nearly 100 bunkers, 4 cannon tanks, a firing tower are still visible and testify to the existence of a formidable military battery!

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Of this military complex, today almost all of the bunkers which housed 700 soldiers remain. Each location has a 50 m3 tank, a shelter for a generator, ammunition reserves, and a shelter for 60 servants. On the dune, the firing observation tower, a structure which rises to 21 meters, can be seen from afar.

The city of Plouharnel on its heritage ,see the site of Bego: http://www.mairieplouharnel.fr/fr/information/87929/histoire-patrimoine

The Bay of Quiberon tourist office the Bego Atlantic Wall site of Plouharnel: https://www.baiedequiberon.co.uk/to-see-to-do/culture-and-heritage/museums-and-cultural-sites/the-remains-of-the-atlantic-wall-of-the-bego

There you go folks, a nice town to visit with history all around you and nice beach in Plouharnel. You can look the sights in my other posts, and hope you enjoy this historical site of Bégo on the beach dunes of Plouharnel!

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

August 9, 2021

Musée des guerres de l’Ouest of Plouharnel !!

Let me take you and me back to a small nice historical museum of the history of the west of France and particularly this one on Bretagne. This is the untold story to understand fully what is the République Française or France. Let me tell you about the Musée des guerres de l’Ouest or the museum of the wars of the west;,hope you enjoy it as I.

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Bretagne or Brittany or in Breton is Breizh has a long history not always attach to France. In fact, there was a dukedom here until 1532 union with the kingdom of France due to the marriage of convenience between the king of France Charles VIII and the Duchess of Brittany Anne de Bretagne

However, by the time of the French revolution the Bretons pretty much wanted their way to stay independant and fought in many battles on what is known as the wars of the west which included the area of the Vendée, Mayenne, Anjou ,Normandie as well as Bretagne. In Brittany none other then General Georges Cadoudal lead the West army against the Republicans or French revolutionaries. Long battles with eventually some skirmishes lasted until 1832. Before finally peace came back and finally Bretagne remain French. However, the spirits of independance are still within the Bretons even if today peacefully.

And there is a museum that tells you all the story from the rebels or Chouans point of view. This is at Plouharnel in the presqu’ïle de Quiberon. It is call the musée des guerres de l’Ouest or the museum of the wars of the west!  Its probably one of two muséums on the Chouans, the farming folks who rebels against the French revolution. There is another in the Vendée region. Plouharnel is a town on the road D768 on your way to the Presqu’île de Quiberon or peninsula of Quiberon.

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The musée des guerres de l’Ouest or museum of wars of the west (before call the museum of the Chouannerie) sits in an old bunker of WWII near the beach, and surrounded by sights that tells you that this was a heavily fortified place with machine guns part of the Atlantic wall of WWII. The museum is an educational fact finding beauty. Most folks think that the  French revolution was just an attack on the Bastille to get rid of the king Louis XVI. However, what they don’t know is that frontal army attacks and later guerrilla warfare was carry out in the Vendée and up to Bretagne and  even further into Normandie against this revolution. One if not the most bloody event in France’s history.

The Bay of Quiberon tourist office on the museum in English: https://www.baiedequiberon.co.uk/to-see-to-do/culture-and-heritage/museums-and-cultural-sites/vendee-chouannerie-museum

The Fête National or National Day  (known abroad still as Bastille Day) is more a day of reconciliation of these events, as the Place de la Concorde in Paris along will tell you, the concordia of people after been name place de la revolution and before place royale. The reign of terror and the guillotine are testaments of this horrific period.

Bretagne, has an old State identity, strong, firmly rooted in its Christian faith, deeply rooted in its multi-centenaires traditions, even multimillenaires, viscerally attached to its structures and its men. In order to justify the unjustifiable, to think the unthinkable, jacobins policies , particularly Parisian, will strive to do the Bretons as rebels of Conservatives, bandits, robbers, in a word of Chouans. Journalists, painters, writers… are not to be outdone, making this portion of France a land of arrears, exotic outdated and vulgar, not considering of the Bretons only that and as well as  subhumans barely out of muds of a medieval barbarian and dirty. With the union with France in 1532 , Brittany will not hesitate to resume a war  to defend its rights where the case of Bonnets Rouges (name also given today to demonstrators against the current govenrment policies) in 1675 and the marquis de Pontcallec in 1719. The Chouannerie lies in this logic: negation of its rights -.refusal of dialogue , insurgency , crackdown, the Central power  not knowing what to do use extreme force to impose its will.  Taken from the museum text.

The war of guerrillas goes on until 1832,and the confirmation of the restoration of many rights and properties to the Bretons, not all. The museum founded in  1985 ,and open symbolicall on July 14 ,its a unique museum in France links entirely to the  Chouannerie, in the Vendée,and on the wars of the west ( Guerres de l’Ouest as they are known in Brittany); proposing over 400 items from maps, documents, weapons, customes, diverse objects, engravings from Marcel de Villemoisson, and many more, all retracing the events of the wars of the west from  1793 to 1832, showing windows in glass cover and tables of events of the wars.

The museum of the wars of the west webpage in French: https://www.musee-chouannerie-vendee.com/6/le-musee

One of the main heroes is General Georges Cadoudal of nearby Auray , where he is buried in his own property with a mausoleum his descendants open to the public. Call the Champ de Martyrs or the field of martyrs for the massacre of Chouans done there in 1795 (part of the Quiberon expediction of immigrant Bretons from England), the remains are now kept in the  nearby Chartreuse of Brech (see post) . Very much revered by the locals. The city of Brech on the Chartreuse in French: https://www.brech.fr/a-voir/le-patrimoine-historique/la-chartreuse/

Enjoy a history of no more révolutions. I hope that my introduction will led you to learn more of this important historical event that is still very much alive here in Bretagne/Brittany or Breizh ,the land of the Bretons , I say leave it as it is.

The Bay of Quiberon tourist office on Plouharnel: https://www.baiedequiberon.co.uk/plouharnel

There you go folks ,a nice piece of history seldom shown or one heck of an off the beaten path thing to do! And to make your visit even more worthwhile come here to see the museum of the wars of the west as it is in a WWII bunker left from the Atlantic Wall by the nazis! and all around the museum is a graveyard of bunkers and guns of WWII in open air display!! Worth the detour!

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

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