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August 18, 2021

Port Louis in my Morbihan!

And are you following me? well stay tune because there is a lot more in my beautiful Morbihan.  As said the choices are endless and the thrill of visiting them again is always there. Hoping to entice you to come and take a look to my corner of the world and you too will know why I am so enthusiastic about Bretagne. Let me tell you a bit more on Port Louis in the Morbihan!

One place we love to go is the city of Port-Louis better known thanks to its citadel, but it has a lot more. The city which was formerly called Blavet and its citadel are renamed Port Louis in 1618 on a the Royal decision. Port-Louis, or Porzh Loeiz in Breton, recalls the name of the Kings of France and thus marks their suzerainty on this port which was long a Spanish fortress. The city is occupied by the Spaniards from 1590, the Duke of Mercœur, in a first time his alliance with king Felipe II (Philip II) , having delivered them thereafter, Don Juan del Aguila defended it and built fortifications there. The name of the new stronghold is given to him as Fuerte del Aguila (Fort de L’Aigle or Fort of the Eagle). The Citadel was half dismantled at the beginning of the 17C, the Spaniards having evacuated the territory. The current name of Port-Louis, dating from 1618, is given in honor of King Louis XIII who wanted to make it a fortified city completed in 1642, the Citadel of Port-Louis (see post) is the key element of the defence of the harbour. Under the French revolution, the town provisionally carries the names of Port-de-l’Égalité and Port-Liberté.

However, other monument I like to see here and do each time in town is the church. I like to use this post to tell you more about it .Hope you enjoy the post as I

The Church  Notre Dame de l’Assomption, done between 1660-1670, was designed as a Latin cross style, very ample: long over 40 meters, wide of 12 meters in the nave and 30 meters in the transept. Outside, this church remained very austere. The frame was simply panelled, and on the cross of the transept stood a steeple covered with slate, 15-16 meters high. The church was renovated in 1835. The Church was burned by the wild crowds in 1918 and rebuilt later. The reconstruction work of the present Church were undertaken as early as 1921 From the old Church you can see the facade from the renaissance pseudo classic , it has a square belltower pierce by bays decorated with pilasters. The bell dates from 1853. To prevent a new fire, it was decided to cover the Church with a frame and a reinforced cement vault, the double sides of which fell on columns leaning against the walls. The choice of this material explains to a large extent the poor acoustics of the Church. The three altars marry the white stone with the colour marble elements and mosaics. On the wall of the bedside is shown a large portrait of the Assumption by Titian. Another composition was highlighted in the north wing of the transept. It is a triptyque, model after Rubens, with in the middle a descent of the Cross and on the sides, the Visitation and the presentation to the temple. On the other hand, the Annunciation model after Leonardo da Vinci, hardly noticeable, at the bottom of the nave, under the rostrum. In this Church, furnished with rich marble altars and decorated with painted stained glass, works of art attract particularly the attention of the many foreigners who visit it during the summer season. And off season is calmer as this is also a beach town.

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The City of Port Louis on its heritagehttps://www.ville-portlouis.fr/64-decouverte/488-cite-d-art-et-de-patrimoine.html

The Lorient south Brittany tourist board on Port Louis: https://www.lorientbretagnesudtourisme.fr/fr/immanquables/port-louis/

The Bretagne region tourist board on Port Louishttps://www.brittanytourism.com/destinations/the-10-destinations/southern-brittany-morbihan-gulf/port-louis/

And there you go folks another nice town Port Louis ,in my beautiful Morbihan. Its a treat and lucky to have found it thanks to my dear late wife Martine decision to cut short my foreign trips away from home for longer periods. So I did and it has been a thrill to be here, only sadden by the fact she is no longer with me due to the mean cancer. One more reason to remember her.

Enjoy the wonderful Port Louis in my Morbihan. And remember, happy travels, good health,and many cheers to all!!!

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August 18, 2021

Plouhinec in my Morbihan!

And are you following me? well stay tune because there is a lot more in my beautiful Morbihan.  As said the choices are endless and the thrill of visiting them again is always there. Hoping to entice you to come and take a look to my corner of the world and you too will know why I am so enthusiastic about Bretagne. Let me tell you a bit more on Plouhinec in the Morbihan!

I have written several posts on Plouhinec but will concentrate on the church on this post. Hope you enjoy it as I.

The town of Plouhinec is located between the Etel estuary on 17 km long and the small sea of Gâvres on 5 km. To the south the 8 km of beach overlooking the ocean are part of the largest dune cordon of Brittany which stretches from the Pointe de Gâvres to the Fort Penthièvre on the town of Saint-Pierre-Quiberon. Plouhinec is 15 km from Lorient, 35 km from Vannes, the capital of Morbihan, and 147 km from Rennes.  Plouhinec is a former primitive parish which once encompassed the current towns of Plouhinec, Gâvres, Locmiquélic, Merlevenez, Port-Louis, Riantec, Sainte-Hélène, Plouray (see posts) and the former towns of Locoal and Saint-Guénin. The holy founder of the parish of Plouhinec seems to be the Breton Ithinuc or Ethinoc, very quickly supplanted by St. Peter and St. Paul as Patron Saint of the parish.

Some of the things to see here are the  Château de Plouhinec entered the House of Rohan at the death of Pierre de Rostrenen, at the time when his daughter Jeanne, widow of Alain VII since 1352 inherits it. The Castle did not remain long in Rohan hands, because it was ceded by Jean I, in 1371, to Duke Jean IV of Brittany, against a life annuity of one thousand pounds. In 1793, the revolutionary authorities decreing the war effort and conscription to resist the European Nations at the gates of Paris. In Plouhinec, the young men resisted recruiting by the commissioners and parodied the revolution by wearing the white flag (Royal original flag of France) and declaring themselves aristocratic. During the Chouannerie (the wars by local rebels against the French revolution), the local peasants acquired to the cause, were incarcerated at the Citadel of Port-Louis. In 1944, the allies decided to destroy the Pont-Lorois bridge (see post) to cut the pocket of Lorient in two. It consisted of 25 towns that went from the Laita river around Quimperlé to the Quiberon peninsula. At the end of the war, the Armistice talks of the Lorient pocket were done in the “Café de La Barre” at the Magouër.

On a side note which of course have written in other posts on this area, you have the large sandy beach of the Magouëro bordered by the wild grey dunes will delight families and lovers of nautical activities such as surfing, fishing, diving, paddle, etc.

What took me here in city center was to see and show you another gem off the beaten path.  The Church of Notre-Dame de Grâce or Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul was built from 1870 to 1873. It is an imposing church of néo gothic style where the high silhouette dominates the houses of the village. The construction of the present church replaced the ancient church of the 12C and 14C with later additions, the Chapel of St. Avit 16C, and especially the very curious Chapel of Notre-Dame-de-la-Clarity which had been begun in 1511 and completed in 1519. Only the bell tower of the latter, which had been completely rebuilt in 1846, was preserved. The choir, the work of the sculptor Le Brun (Vicomte/Versailles), dates from 1891. The altarpiece and the pulpit are magnificent works of woodwork.  Every year there is a procession here departing from the Pontoir Cross or Croix du Pontoir and the fountain located in a square north of city center/downtown.

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The city of Plouhinec on its heritage including the churchhttps://www.plouhinec.com/decouvrir/visites-activites/patrimoine.html

And there you go folks another nice town, Plouhinec in my beautiful Morbihan. Its a treat and lucky to have found it thanks to my dear late wife Martine decision to cut short my foreign trips away from home for longer periods. So I did and it has been a thrill to be here, only sadden by the fact she is no longer with me due to the mean cancer. One more reason to remember her.

Enjoy the wonderful Plouhinec in my Morbihan. And remember, happy travels, good health,and many cheers to all!!!

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August 18, 2021

Plouay in my Morbihan!

And are you following me? well stay tune because there is a lot more in my beautiful Morbihan.  As said the choices are endless and the thrill of visiting them again is always there. Take a look to my corner of the world and you too will know why I am so enthusiastic about Bretagne. Let me tell you a bit more on Plouay in my Morbihan! This is a revision of text with older pictures; hope you enjoy it as I.

 The name of the town of Plouay comes from the Breton “Plou” (Parish) and “Zoe” (Saint Ouen for St. Plouay) It was erected as a town in 1790 and passed to the district of Lorient in 1800. Plouay is limited by the Scorff river, which separates it from Berné, Guilligomarch and Arzano; It borders Cléguer and Calan, Lanvaudan and Inguiniel. It is a very famous town here for the its bike and car rallies of Brittany!! I know because was involved in the rallye of Bretagne and cars were passing me by and wondered! I was in the middle of the course!!! It is ,also, home of the great cycling course the Bretagne Classic. Nice memories of Plouay!

We come here always by car, simply the best road warrior tool. We take the N165 into the D769; it is about 20 km from Lorient. I have no idea about bus/trains here sorry.

Some of the things to see in my opinion are the Château de Manéhouan, built in 1758 and was part of the Pluvié family from 1460 to  1985.  it used to housed the bicycle museum, and now belongs to the city since 1985. also, nice the Chapelle de Locmaria-Grâce and Chapelle Notre Dame des Fleurs. However, for us the best is the Church St Ouen!

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The Church of Saint-Ouen built circa 1400 was restored in 1876. The Church was done in the Latin Cross style and had originally has a main nave and two aisles. The present Church comprises a nave of four bays with aisles, a transept and a collated choir completed by a flat bedside. The Interior of the Church, it seems, dates from the 14C. The nave communicates with the aisles by large, broken, double arches resting on square pillars flanked by columns. The nave and structure of the 16C are preserved. The Choir, more recent, communicates with the collateral by arcades. The Church Of Saint Ouen was extended about 15 meters in 1717. The reconstruction of the porch was decided in 1790. The exterior aisles and vaults were completely redone in 1876 and the bell tower on the porch was built in 1925. The Altarpiece of the high altar, in marble and tuffeau, dates from the 16-17C. There is a painting on the center titled “the lamentation of Christ” and dates from the 17C. The organ gallery dates from the 19C. The grid of communion, wrought iron, dates from the 18C. In the large niches we can see the statues of Saint Barbara and Saint Eloi who seem contemporary, while in the niche above, the statue of Saint Ouen is older.

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The town of Plouay on its religious heritage including above churchhttps://www.plouay.fr/patrimoine-religieux-l145.html

The Lorient south Brittany tourist board on Plouayhttps://www.lorientbretagnesudtourisme.fr/fr/immanquables/plouay/

And there you go folks another nice town ,Plouay in my beautiful Morbihan. Its a treat and lucky to have found it thanks to my dear late wife Martine decision to cut short my foreign trips away from home for longer periods. So I did and it has been a thrill to be here, only sadden by the fact she is no longer with me due to the mean cancer. One more reason to remember her.

Enjoy the wonderful Plouay in my Morbihan. And remember, happy travels, good health,and many cheers to all!!!

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