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August 19, 2021

Etel in my Morbihan!

Now this is a familiar coastal beach town we have been quite a few times. However, do not see much on its main monuments but the beaches. Therefore, let me tell you about its museum and church of Etel in my beautiful Morbihan of my lovely Bretagne and my belle France. 

This is part of my efforts to show you different areas with the aim of introducing several towns to you and me for the memories. Oh yes this is Etel! located 18 km from Auray, 30 km from Lorient and 30 km from Vannes. I will skip on the history and others as plenty in my other posts on Etel.

The coastal coastline of the town is 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. Étel was the origin of the development of the sardines port, transforming the small fishing village into a small town. The presses of yesteryear are abandoned and it is to whom will create its fritterer, the easels allowing to dry the sardines before their preparation in order to put them in cans stretching all over the streets. This boom ended with the rarefaction of sardines from 1880, the sardine crisis culminating in 1902-1903. Etel reconverts to tuna fishing on Dundee boats and mackerel fishing. There is now a  Musée des Thoniers, or Tuna boats museum in town.

An iconic fishing port from 1850 to 1960, Etel owes its fame to its high seas sailors, who braved the ocean to catch tuna and sardines. Today, these brave knights of the seas have their sanctuary: the Musée des Thoniers. Picturesque and authentic, this museum tells with emotion the great epic of the fishermen. Held by former volunteer sailors, this museum hoists the flag of the region’s vast maritime heritage. Crouching between the models, naval objects and period reconstructions, one discovers the shimmering life of the port, its ballet of trawlers, the rescues at sea but also the wind and tidal mills or the small coastal train… This museum of character, as picturesque as the Ria d’Etel, is also a place of inspiration for the many artists who exhibit there. The official webpage: https://museedesthoniers.fr/

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At the mouth of the estuary is the Etel bar, an underwater sand bank formed by the crossing of currents and whose position is variable. This bar makes cruising difficult. A semaphore (lighthouse) is built in 1960,on the Plouhinec side, in order to safely guide the sailors towards the entrance of the ria. A single bridge crosses the ria of Etel,(see post) is a suspension bridge named Pont-Lorois (see post) located between the villages of Kergo and Kergouric, in the limits of the town of Belz. The road of traffic on this bridge is the departmental road D781 (which I take regularly!)

The town was part of Erdeven until local citizens did a petition to have their own town and won in 1850. Not having a church they slowly built one in 1857; the current Church Notre Dame des Flots. 

The Church Notre Dame des Flots occupies the square in the center of the village, formerly the hamlet of Kerévin. It has a quadrangular plan with a flat apse, with a sacristy leaning against the massif against the gable. The church without a transept has a central nave and side aisles. It has five bays delimited by simple wooden posts. Seen from the outside, the building appears very simple with arched windows and for only decoration a molded cornice in the roof.

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The square-shaped bell tower is made of reinforced concrete with corner chains and a cornice in ashlar gray granite. Its spire is pyramidal. Inside, all of the 19C decor, with the exception of the gallery, the baptismal font and the stained glass windows, has disappeared. The granite paving is preserved, and walls of the church are completely covered with a white and luminous plaster. The liturgical platform and all the furniture, confessionals included, also date from the 1950s. Made of exotic wood and ironwork trellis, it constitutes a homogeneous whole in keeping with the simple volumes of the renovated church.

In the Church Notre Dame des Flots we find two statues dedicated to the marine environment. The first represents a Madonna and Child Jesus holding a boat in her hand. The small sailing vessel bears the inscription “ND des Flots”. The second statue is dedicated to Sainte Anne; the Breton saint is holding a crown buoy. Etel also has a diorama named “The Loire” dating from the 1900s. This diorama is made up of three ships: a four-masted barque under sail from the Nantes company Bordes, a rowboat under sail and finally a steam tug. Formerly, the Church Notre-Dame des Flots had its ex-voto. Today, only postcards recall its existence, before the church was restored in 1957.

The city of Etel on locationhttp://www.mairie-etel.fr/fr/plan-de-ville

The Bay of Quiberon tourist board on Etelhttps://www.baiedequiberon.co.uk/etel

There you go folks, another dandy spot in my beautiful Morbihan. Etel is worth the detour and the ambiance on shops and restos by the port and views of the Ria are awesome! Hope you enjoy the museum and church an architectural and historical addition to a fine small town.

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

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August 19, 2021

Kernascléden in my Morbihan!!

And we go on, on an endless tour of my beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of the region of Bretagne my belle France. The views,sights are indeed endless here and I am doing my best to introduce you to the off the beaten paths of my Brittany. Hope you are enjoying the ride as much as we do. This time the main topic is our wonderful Kernascléden!

Kernascléden is a town in a relatively small rural town located in the Scorff Valley and connected by its traditions to the country Pourlet . The city center or Bourg here is located 13 km east of Faouët, 11 km west of Guémené-sur-Scorff and 29 km north of Lorient. The construction at Kernascleden of a first Christian sanctuary, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, was at the origin of the creation of a pilgrimage on an indefinite date in the locality. The importance of this pilgrimage needed the construction of a hospital to welcome pilgrims and the sick. Trade has become a major development and this has led to the construction of a market where a weekly marketplace was held. Around 1420, the first chapel became too small, given the importance of the pilgrimage, or threatening ruin, the family of Rohan, owner of the premises, took the decision to build the present Chapel. Viscount Alain VIII of Rohan opened a construction site that would last about 44 years.

The wonderful thing to see here is the church, a marvel of architecture just for that worth the detour.

Church of Notre Dame of Kernascléden, is a granite church built in the style of the flamboyant Gothic, and you see on the outside, the beautiful flat bedside, the “men’s Porch” and the “ladies ‘ porch” each supporting a delicately serrated spoof of a shelter the statues of the once-polychrome Saints. These auxiliary entrances are located on the southern façade of the church; the women, separated from the men during the Mass, stood at the bottom of the nave with the children, in front of a space dedicated to the major fairs and festivals of the canton. The multitude of pinnacles with buttresses and other vertical elements is at the origin of the nickname “chapel with a thousand pinnacles”. The steeple itself, with modest dimensions, is in the same plane as the sober west façade. Inside, one of the two frescos of Brittany depicting a macabre dance persists and still underlines the trauma of the great plague of 1356. This work can be dated from the construction of the Church, that is the middle of the 15C and is the only one in the region to be accompanied, on a neighbouring wall, of a representation of hell, particularly evocative and frightening for the faithful of the end of the middle ages. We face the musician Angels dreaming perhaps of a visitor done by the painter Maurice Denis covering the vaults of the nave and choir, scenes of the life of the Virgin and of Jesus chanting pillars and walls. Several elements of the painted décor were recuperated in the middle of the 20C.

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The Church also contains another treasure. A colony of bats is housed in its bell tower! That is why, next to the Church, walkers can visit the House of the bat in order to know everything from the mysterious world of these ladies of the night!

The city of Kernascladen on the church: https://www.kernascleden.com/

The Pays du Roi Morvan regional tourist office on the churchhttps://www.tourismepaysroimorvan.com/en/preparing-your-stay/to-see-and-do/religious-heritage/churches/eglise-notre-dame-1051303

And there you go folks again some wonderful town of off the beaten path of my beautiful Morbihan. We crossed the dept 56 and region of Brittany to show you not only France is the most visited country in the world, but Brittany is the third most visited region of France! Enjoy Kernascléden!

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

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August 19, 2021

La Chapelle-Caro in my Morbihan!

And we go on, on an endless tour of my beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of the region of Bretagne my belle France. The views,sights are indeed endless here and I am doing my best to introduce you to the off the beaten paths of my Brittany. Hope you are enjoying the ride as much as we do. This time a main topic is our wonderful small La Chapelle Caro! Another small beauty in my road warrior rides on my countryside roads!!

We continue from Quily on the road D766A towards La Chapelle-Caro, it takes its name from the family of the Chapelle. This is a break-up of the original parish of Ploërmel.  It was nicknamed ‘ the lower-Chapel ‘ or ‘ La Chapelle-sous-Ploërmel’. After having belonged to the great Lordship of Porhoët, La Chapelle-Caro enters the ducal domain in 1168. La Chapelle Caro is elevated to Viscount in 1576, into County in the 17C, and held the lordship of Crévy in 1630.   This parish took the name of “La Chapelle Caro” in the 20C due to its proximity with the town of Caro. It became, on 1 January 2016, a new town of Val-d’Oust. Located on the Ploërmel – Vannes axis, La Chapelle-Caro is located a few km from Ploërmel, but also from Malestroit and Lizio. The town is crossed by the Canal Nantes-Brest.

However, as much as the name the interesting thing to see here is the Church of Notre Dame, built in 1868 to replace a former treviale church and parish from the 17C, reworked in 1711. The present Church is in the shape of a Latin cross. A square tower is located at the bottom of the nave. The stained glass windows are post–1870. The Church houses a statue of saint Fiacre 16C. A beautiful early 16C processional cross, silver plated on solid wood, is kept in the sacristy; The façade of the Church was restored in 2007 as well as the stained glass windows.

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The new city of Val d’Oust on its heritage including the above churchhttps://www.mairie-valdoust.fr/les-monuments

And there you go folks again wonderful La Chapelle Caro an off the beaten paths town of my beautiful Morbihan. We criss cross the department 56 and region of Brittany to show you not only France is the most visited country in the world, but Brittany is the third most visited region of France! Enjoy La Chapelle Caro !

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

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August 19, 2021

Quily in my Morbihan!

And we go on, on an endless tour of my beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of the region of Bretagne my belle France. The views,sights are indeed endless here and I am doing my best to introduce you to the off the beaten paths of my Brittany. Hope you are enjoying the ride as much as we do. This time a main topic is our wonderful small Quily! I passed by it and deserves a post in my blog!

Now this is going all out into the countryside on a very small village of about 230 folks! Part of my road warrior ways in my Morbihan. Easier on main roads such as the N166 out of Vannes direction Rennes and get off at sortie/exit Quily D766A direction Val d’Oust and from town city center take the D4/D143 direction Quily.  We went to Quily passing by Sérent in country road D174 , pure country and wonderful ride.

Quily comes from the old Breton “killi ” or bocage. The town is a dismemberment of the primitive parish of Sérent in the 15C.  The village of Quily was first attached to the canton of Guégon, then in 1801 to the canton of Josselin.  Quily became, on 1 January 2016, a town delegated to the new town of Val-d’Oust (old Le Roc St André). Val d’Oust is the result of the grouping of the three towns of Le Roc-Saint-André, Quily and La Chapelle-Caro.

Te main thing to see is the Church of Saint Nicodéme, and passed by. It was built in the 17C, is in the architectural style known as the “Latin cross”, and the 16C cemetery. It is a church inthe shape of a Latin cross, in a pseudo-classical style, built in 1689. The church houses altars dedicated to Saint Anne and the Virgin Mary. Under the southern porch is a chest with sculpted panels from the 16C. The Church was originally built as the Church of Notre Dame des Neiges (our lady of snow). Since 1802 the name is that of Saint Nicodéme.

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The new city of Val d’Oust on its heritage includes the above churchhttps://www.mairie-valdoust.fr/les-monuments

And there you go folks again a wonderful Quily off the beaten path town of my beautiful Morbihan. The department 56 and region of Brittany to show you not only France is the most visited country in the world, but Brittany is the third most visited region of France! Enjoy  Quily!

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

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