Another time in Vannes !!

I cannot keep away for long from our capital city of Vannes of the beautiful Morbihan dept 56 in my lovely Bretagne. As said , have many posts on the city and it shows my interest for it, as it is rather off the beaten path in my belle France but really worth the detour, Gorgeous architecture and an interesting history ; I am in heaven ! Let me update for you and me this older post. As said written many posts on the sights below so search for them to read/see more ok.

We have come to Vannes so much that it feels like we live there ; well I worked for about 9 years just outside of it in an old castle of 1504 !! We were painting the basement/sous sol, and decided to take a break and come back to Vannes for a breather ! Always is and even more with my boys , and always with wonderful memories of my dear late Martine, memories hard to erase and each time here even more stronger feelings.

While In Vannes, we did our usual sightseeing and of course many errands for the house, We did a quick stop to Micromania at the Carrefour shopping center to get the latest gadgets in video games for the boys, and then hop over to FNAC for some reading and tech reviews before well we were hungry. That is my suggestion , and we went to a place been a couple times with colleagues from work , this time came with my boys to Le Tarmac in rue Ferdinand le Dressay on the other side of the pleasure boats marina canal that takes out to the Gulf of Morbihan and eventually to the Atlantic Ocean! This was just one time, we have come back several times more, see posts.  They have a terrace right on the sidewalk facing the canals, and then a streel level room and a very cozy first level or 2nd floor. The service is friendly and prompt, the prices very reasonable and the food is good. We had tapas dish of accras (codfish cake), with breaded shrimp ,crackers tortilla Mexican style with guacamole sauce for 8,50€ and hot dogs with fries for the boys, all with a bottle of Vigne Antique côte de Provence rosé 2016 wine all came about for 15€ per person!!. They have a Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/tarmac.rivegauche/

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We had all day to do and why not do some walks in wonderful medieval Vannes all kept original no wars did anything to it. It is lovely to walk here. Of course, we come by car so easy , we park on free parking past the Place Gambetta up the rue Ferdinand le Dressay and you will see the parking lot on your right passing the Harbormaster, Plenty on street parking or pay underground parking at Le Port, We then take off on foot all over the city, it is easy to walk and very pleasant things to see. As I have written so much on it will not go into details here, just type in search Vannes and see all the posts going back to 2011 in my blog.

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First, the canal on the pleasure boat marina is awesome, it says can hold up to 3000 boats and goes all the way to the Gulf of Morbihan  , and holds about 50 islands 24 of which inhabited. You have the tourist office and carrousel right by the canal as well as restaurants all around it on both sides.  

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Walking past the wonderful Porte de Saint Vincent , a gate to old town along Rue Saint Vincent, a Saint from Valencia Spain who came here around 1400’s and his body rest in peace at the Cathedral of St Peter at Place Saint Pierre.  The street is full of shops even a Casino supermarket! This street takes you on the left to the Place du Poids Public and further into the Place des Lices, two lively architecturally nice squares in old town Vannes.  We do a lot of our shopping here, and the Saturday morning market is awesome. Just around the Place du Poids Public you have the rue de la Poissonnerie that leads you into the Halles aux Poissons or fish market.

Right in the corner of the two squares Poids Public and Lices you have the 17C Hôtel Francheville or Mynier recently completely renovated done in tufa style stone as the original. Up into the old town you have wonderful architecture, and the passing of the Cathedral St Peter as well as the fine arts museum La Cohue by place St Pierre and also a back entrance on lovely rue des Halles. This rue des Halles is wonderful plenty of stores and restos from buildings as far back as the 14C! By here you will find the archeological museum of Vannes house in the Chateau Gaillard and its magnificent tower at rue Noé.

You come into Place Valencia,name in honor of the before mention Saint born there, and also lived while in Vannes in the upper level of what is today the library La Procure.  There is a statue of the Saint in the wall. At the square are the famous statues of the two women right on the wall of the restaurant Villa Valencia. You can side step into the place Henri IV just before the place St Pierre where the Cathedral Saint Peter is located, here is wooden houses going back to the 14C and after, loaded with quaint stores and one great chocolatier de France ,Maison Georges Larnicol, Coming up to this latest square you have the rue Saint Salomon, another wonderful medieval street full of shops. Right next to the Cathedral there is rue des Chanoines with more wooden houses taking you to the ramparts of Vannes!

Ok so this was just an afternoon walk, there is a whole lot more here and we love it ; hoping you too will when visit my quant capital city of Vannes. Glad we came over to the Morbihan, we love it! You too if you take the time to come and into history, architecture, and good French/Breton foods.

The city of Vannes  on its heritage and history: http://en.mairie-vannes.fr/discoveringvannes/history-and-heritage/

The Morbihan dept 56 tourist office on Vannes : https://www.morbihan.com/accueil/decouvrir/le-morbihan/les-principales-destinations/vannes

The Gulf of Morbihan tourist office on Vannes : https://www.golfedumorbihan.bzh/explorer-vannes/decouvrir-vannes/golfe-morbihan/vannes/

The Bretagne region tourist board on Vannes: https://www.brittanytourism.com/destinations/the-10-destinations/southern-brittany-morbihan-gulf/vannes/

There you go folks, another dandy walking tour of my lovely capital city of Vannes. It goes without saying we will be back soon,,,,,,,,,,,,Hope it helps you come and enjoy this jewel of  the beautiful Morbihan and lovely Bretagne as well as belle France as much as we do. And ,remember, happy travels, good health,and many cheers to all!!!

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