Archive for August 16th, 2021

August 16, 2021

Pointe de Bilgroix and Kerpenhir!

Ok dismal creative person to name titles but this is it, looking at older posts found out many pictures were left out of many wonderful places me think. Therefore, I look up one on the statues so representative of my beautiful Morbihan and lovely Bretagne. This is one touch base briefly in previous posts but no pictures, therefore new text and pictures to show you a bit of the Pointe de Bilgroix in Arzon and the Pointe de Kerpenhir in Locmariaquer! Hope you enjoy it as I

There is a nice walk to get here and we have done it! Leave from the town of Arzon (see post) by the Chemin des Saules,in the direction of the Port-Navalo (see post). The sea had receded which is time to give way to the fishermen on foot who scraped the sand or harvested a few wild oysters from the rocks. As I walked along Port-Lenn beach, my gaze went straight ahead, towards Locmariaquer and its wilder coast. Little by little, the view was different, to be in the end oriented on the Bay of Quiberon with the island of Méaban, the peninsula of Quiberon, Belle-Ile and the island of Houat in the distance ,just wonderful! To end up on a coastal path to Pointe de Bilgroix. This tip or point exposed to the winds, offers a 180 degree view of the Gulf of Morbihan. On one side the entrance and on the other the islands and currents of the Gulf of Morbihan.

At this point, there is a granite statue representing Saint Anne (patron saint of Brittany), erected on July 26, 1988. It faces Notre-Dame de Kerdro located at the Pointe de Kerpenhir in Locmariaquer.Unique spot ! This one in Kerdro was done in 1946 to replace the 1883 one destroyed by the Nazis during WWII, the statue of Our Lady of Kerdro stands proudly at the Pointe de Kerpenhir. Made of granite and 2.70 meters high, it represents a Madonna and Child, evoking the legend of the Virgin who once saved the lives of the entire crew of a ship, signaling them to avoid a storm.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

At the end of Pointe de Bilgroix, you will see a sort of white rock. It is Le Faucheur or Reaper.., a bitter named so because it cuts off the current. It is a real landmark for sailors sailing in the Gulf where being trapped can happen quickly … I continued my trip down to Tréno beach, the tide being low, it allowed it. Otherwise turn back to Rue du Dolmen where the marked path continues. You will pass in front of the Dolmen de la Pointe de Bilgroix, a covered alley under a cairn.

The Gulf of Morbihan tourist office on the Rhuys peninsula in French: https://www.golfedumorbihan.bzh/explorer-vannes/decouvrir-vannes/golfe-morbihan/#presquilederhuys

The Morbihan dept 56 tourist board on the village of Monteno nearer the statue of Sainte Anne in Arzon in French : https://www.morbihan.com/arzon/le-village-du-monteno/tabid/12565/offreid/169e776d-5962-409d-9f2b-2e8a92d42ac6

The Morbihan dept 56 tourist board on the pointe de Kerpenhir in French: https://www.morbihan.com/locmariaquer/la-pointe-de-kerpenhir-a-locmariaquer/tabid/12565/offreid/b2db6bdc-e78f-4217-a9b4-96178d0765c3

There you go folks; now I feel better to have in my blog another nice spot of my beautiful Morbihan. The tips or points or Pointe (Fr) of Bilgroix and Kerpenhir in Arzon and Locmariaquer both awesome with the sea all around you. Hope you enjoy the post and come for a visit to my neck of the woods when possible.

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

Tags: ,
August 16, 2021

An inland beauty of St Marcel of Morbihan!

I was drawn to  Saint Marcel inland Morbihan. It was a thrill to find more gems there. Coming from Malestroit  we continue as we heard about a Breton resistance museum of WWII in town. It was a nice ride and now looking forward to be back soon.

The best is by car from Vannes take the N166 direction Rennes and come off at exit/sortie D112 direction Bohal-Pleucadeuc / Saint-Marcel Malestroit , and follows direction Malestroit/Saint-Marcel on the D776, follow the signs for the city and museum. On the way out from Malestroit take the same D776 but get off at the D321 direction St Marcel to the museum. I do not think there is bus service here and no train station.

Arriving St Marcel, we notice the sign for the Museum of Breton Resistance in WWII or Musée de la Résistance Bretonne. It was a pleasant surprise for military history lovers like me; the weapons are all spread out n the yard from guns to bunkers and great history inside.  The inscription in their site pretty much sums up everything indeed,  Saint-Marcel, in the forests of Lanvaux, sheltered the largest Breton marquis (resistant fighters), where on June 18, 1944, a memorable combat of the Brittany and French history proceeded. Before the allies unload in Normandy, the parachutists of Free France were released on Brittany, and in the days which followed to Saint-Marcel where 2500 Breton gathered. These feats of arms of Resistance in Brittany, one of the first areas of France recognized for its heroism and its sacrifices deserve to be recognized, explained, commemorated and preserved forever. You come here and you too will recognized them.

st-marcel-mus-resis-bretonne-apr12

st-marcel-bunker-at-mrb-apr12

The Musée de la Résistance Bretonne is not open to the public at the moment; huge renovation are going on and they hope to be open by September 2021. More reason for me to post this older post on it and do come back with the new museum later. The museum webpage: https://www.musee-resistance-bretagne.com/

st-marcel-gun-control-bunker-at-mrb-apr12

st-marcel-outdoor-guns-at-mrb-apr12

You can take a peek of what the new museum will be in this official youtube video

Some other things to see in St Marcel good for a visit in my opinion are:

The Château de Sainte Geneviéve 19C burned by the nazis in 1944. The old Château des Hardys Béhéllec, burned by the nazis in 1944. The stele or stone monument to the killed by firing squad in WWII . The Church St Marcel built in 1865-1877 in Roman style. The Cross of Sainte Catherine from the middle ages and rebuilt in 1924.

The city of Saint Marcel and its heritagehttps://www.saint-marcel.bzh/accueil_saint_marcel/decouvrir_saint_marcel/patrimoine

The Morbihan dept 56 tourist board on the museumhttps://www.morbihan.com/st-marcel/musee-de-la-resistance-bretonne/tabid/12562/offreid/dfbf68c4-bfbe-4c82-8b42-6f18490af179

There you go folks, some of the off the beaten path people asked me all the time well plenty in my belle France still to be discovered by many. Enjoy St Marcel in inland Morbihan of my  lovely Bretagne!

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

Tags: ,
August 16, 2021

An inland beauty Malestroit of Morbihan!

And here I am back in my inland Morbihan road warrior trips and more beauties of course! I had briefly written on this wonderful town of Malestroit, but will update the post literally all new and links; hope you enjoy it as I.

I was drawn to Malestroit,  inland Morbihan. It was a thrill to find more gems there. Actually, I came here first because my company sponsored a running race thru the woods starting in city center here and I was a happy spectator! And voilà, Malestroit came into my map! Things happens here in lovely Bretagne!

The best is by car from Vannes take the N166 direction Rennes and come off at exit D776 Malestroit, follow the signs for the city. Or a bit further or coming from Rennes closest is the exit D10 Serent/Maletroit. From Nantes you take the N165 to the N166 direction Rennes and follow above. There is a bus and no train station fyi.

Malestroit as many other towns in Brittany receives for its historical richness the title of « Petite cité de caractère » or small towns of character. All works around the Oust river , that connects here with the wonderful Canal Nantes-Brest. You have many things to see here and a day will be filled with goodies to enjoy,such as the place du Bouffay (houses from the 15C to 16C), L’île Notre-Dame (isle of Notre Dame between canal and river), Church of Saint-Gilles (12-16C), Chapelle de la Madeleine (where treaty of the Hundred years war was signed), Monastery of the Augustines, see and walk medieval streets such as rue du Général de Gaulle, rue Sainte-Anne ,and rue des Ponts (houses from the 15-16C), see the stone shales in purple, green,and blue, sand, tiles, stones, and granite in the architecture of the buildings and houses. See the windmill of flour,and the ecluses or levies on the river and canal, plenty of houses of wood front from many years old since 15C ; and see the house of water and fishing or maison de l’eau et de la pêche.

maletroit rue gen de gaulle apr12

maletroit-hist-auberge-des-corps-garde-apr12

The Church of St Gilles, very nice in a pedestrian section by the pl du Bouffray, really nice,the most impressive is the meridional  façade shown very high on the front. On each side of the south portal you have two doors sculpture from the 17C, you can see encrusted on the wall the sculptues that comes from the church of the 11C, great reliefs rounded, chapters and corbets, all representing a melee of attributes of the evangelists (lion of Saint-Marc landed by  Samson  that symbolises maybe the man of Saint-Mathieu,the deer of Saint-Luc resting on a socket decorated with the eagle of Saint-Jeanand ) ,a nice place to eat at Bar du Bouffray lights meals and drinks (which we did) , other heartier restos abound. The statue called Notre-Dame-de-Pitié dates from the 16C. It is carved in a wooden monolith. It was before the French revolution in the chapel of the Augustinian monastery  in the Notre Dame island, then thrown by the revolutionaries to be burned, it was exchanged by Pierre Evain, carpenter, against 5 ropes of wood. He hid it before installing it in the Church. From the Romanesque period, there remains the square of the transept and its south-extended cross-vaulted apsidal, which opens onto a southern façade with a rich iconography. At the 16C  Northern nave in flamboyant Gothic  was attached to the southern nave radiating Gothic. These two naves, separated outwardly by an octagonal turret and communicating inside by large arcades, confer to the ensemble a great originality. Then it was rebuilt and enlarged in the 17C following the fire caused by the Leaguers in 1592.

maletroit bar du bouffray apr12

maletroit-church-of-st-gilles-apr12

Inside the Church of St Gilles , you have the stained glass of the tree of Jesse  15C, the large stained glass window, to the left of the high altar of 1900, which represents the life of Saint-Gilles , the Chair aux Sirens  17C and the reliquary hand of Saint-Gilles, 15C in silver bronze.  On both sides of the south gate, consisting of two doors carved from the 17C, one can see, embedded in the wall, sculptures that come from the Church of the 11-12C.

maletroit-church-st-gilles-altar-apr12

At 4 Faubourg Saint-Michel  ,you see the wonderful Monastery of the Augustines, and next door the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception. There were Augustins on the isle of Notre Dame from 1633 to 1791, stop by the French revolution . In 1828, Jean-Marie de Lamennais. that came to found the Congrégation des Prêtres de St Méen, buys the building and creates the Novitiate. In 1866, well welcome by the locals, the new monastery under the support fo the Immaculate Conception came back to be. However, the laws of 1902 against the Congrégations teaching in France needs to close and the Sisters flee to England. In order to continue the Sisters need to have a nurse degree to care for the sick.  In April 1915, the group arrives back again to Malestroit, the room welcome the refugees from Belgium due to WWI,  Friday September 13 ,1918, all the community gets together for a geste that give birth to a house, the consecration of the Sacred Heart that still is celebrated on that date to this day. The official hospital next door to the monastery has a webpage in French:  https://cliniquedesaugustines.fr/histoire-valeurs/cultiver-notre-tradition-hospitaliere-2/

maletroit-mon-augustinians-apr12

In WWII ,they did heroic acts curing and guarding resistant’s fighters in their monastery and clinic at great risks, the Géneral Audibert, chief of the Résistance de l’Ouest, hid in the clinic, made prisoner and deported to Buchenwald, mentioned on his return « Elles ont agi avec joie, espérance et charité ». “they acted with joy, hope, and charity” BRAVO! This is the Augustinian Monastery webpage in French: https://augustines-malestroit.com/

maletroit-mon-immaculate-conception-apr12

Other wonderful thing to walk ,see and admire is the magnificent Canal Nantes Brest that passes the town along the Oust river. A bit of info on it, the Canal link the two cities in the name from Nantes to Brest, taken the valleys of the rivers Erdre, Isac, Oust, Bravet, Doré, Hyéres, and Aulne; these rivers are link by three canals that joints flanking the lines of water. Its construction goes back to the first half of the 19C and it has 364 km long. The idea was to link by water as by road was more difficult the whole of the Duché de Bretagne, idea as far back as 1538. After many hesitations and the ravages of war, the project took fly in 1803, and was achieved in 1858 ,with the presence of emperor Napoleon III and the Imperatrice Eugene at the levy of Guilly Glaz.

Maletroit oust and canal on rue des ponts apr12

The region of Broceliande tourist board on Malestroit and its heritagehttps://www.broceliande-vacances.com/decouvrir/incontournables/canal-nantes-brest/petites-cites-caractere-canal/malestroit/

The Bretagne region tourist office on Maletroit: https://www.brittanytourism.com/destinations/the-10-destinations/destination-broceliande/malestroit/

The city of Maletroit on its heritagehttps://www.villedemalestroit.bzh/index.php/tourisme-et-patrimoine/presentation-et-actualite

There you go folks, some of the off the beaten path people asked me all the time well plenty in my belle France still to be discovered by many. Enjoy Malestroit in inland Morbihan of Bretagne!

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

Tags: ,
%d bloggers like this: