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February 2, 2022

The Presqu’ïle de Kermorvan of Le Conquet!!

This is beautiful seafaring area of my lovely Bretagne. I have posts on Le Conquet but looking into my vault do not have these pictures so,therefore, let me tell you more of the Presqu’ïle de Kermorvan of Le Conquet. Hope you enjoy it as I.

The Le Conquet is in the department of Finistère 29, in the lovely region of Bretagne. The presqu’ïle de Kermorvan peninsula, connected by a very narrow isthmus to the mainland, has a fairly rugged cuminant relief at an altitude of 30 meters. The town of Le Conquet is served by the D 789 road coming from Brest, via Plougonvelin (my route), by the D 67 coming from Saint-Renan as well as the D 85 coming from the Pointe de Saint-Mathieu , Plougonvelin.

The Presqu’ïle de Kermorvan peninsula is in the town of Le Conquet, town and fishing port of Aber Conq. It is an area now classified by the Coastal Conservatory. It is the right bank of this small aber which carries at its end the lighthouse which lights up the Iroise Sea. You can see Molène, Ouessant and the island of Béniguet, the closest to Le Conquet. A coastal path allows walkers to tour the peninsula as far as the Blancs-Sablons cove and its sandy beach. Pictures at or from the Presqu’ïle de Kermorvan.


There are only a few standing stones left from a cromlech. During the construction of the Atlantic Wall, Nazis troops razed almost all of these archaeological evidence. The forts and batteries still present, like that of the Île de Kermorvan, were built on Vauban plans at the end of the 17C and in the 19C, to ward off attacks from the English and then the British navies. The blockhouses, casemates and various concrete structures are the work of the Todt organization and Nazis troops during WWII.


The Pointe de Kermorvan, its lighthouse and its fort. Fort de l’Îlette, on an islet accessible on foot at low tide. Accompanied by two coast batteries, the fort protected the tip of the peninsula, where there is another coast battery , and the anchorage of the Blancs-Sablons beach. the islet on which it is located.


In the Kermorvan peninsula , there are several things to see such as:
The panorama over Molène, Ouessant and the island of Beniguet , when fog does not allow it. The place is perfectly exposed to appreciate beautiful sunsets.
The small beach of Porz Pabu, where according to legend Saint-Pabu landed.
The magnificent Blancs-Sablons beach, 2.5 km long stretch of white sand extended by a dune area. Exposed to north-westerly winds, this is an excellent surf spot.
The peninsula was fortified in the Middle Ages and still houses several forts and batteries, such as the Îlette fort on an islet to the north of the peninsula.
At the end of the peninsula, the Phare de Kermorvan lighthouse stood on a rock in 1849, connected to the mainland by a bridge. Access to the lighthouse is only possible through the rocks uncovered at low tide. Otherwise, an enclosure fenced by a stone wall prevents any access … The Kermorvan lighthouse is the westernmost lighthouse in France.


I have to mention ,the SNSM sea rescue station inaugurated on March 10, 1867. Also, the Asterix and Obélix arrive by boat at Le Conquet in Le Tour de Gaule d’Astérix book series of this popular French figures my boys love and learned French from their mother reading these books in Florida USA.

The town of Le Conquet info presentation

The Iroise country a map on pdf file

The Iroise area heritage on Kermorvan island

There you go folks, an off the beaten path in glory seas, worth the detour to Le Conquet and the Presqu’ïle de Kermorvan. Hope you enjoy the post and dare the winds and the waves of the Atlantic ocean and the Iroise sea!

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

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February 2, 2022

Curiosities of Saint Malo!!

This is a must town to visit in my belle France. I have heard for a long time and finally an English friend who lives there, invited over to have lunch, so we went. It has continue to amazed us and continue to visit thereafter several times with plenty in my blog. However, looking into my vault of pictures saw some not in my blog yet so here is my rendition to the curiosities of Saint Malo. Hope you enjoy it as I.

The district house or Maison du Quartier Rocabey ,7 Rue Jules Ferry, This is one district close to center that is worth the walk, and we are glad we did, Rocabey is a district of Saint-Malo. This district, with an urban landscape and a lively atmosphere, has undergone lots of new construction of major facilities such as the TGV station, the intermodal hub, the Grande Passerelle, the future Maritime History Museum (2023) on the quays or even the creation of an urban park at the Plateau des Anglais,

The district of Rocabey cemetery is the main cemetery of Saint-Malo.It houses the graves of many local personalities: privateers like Robert Surcouf, shipowners, politicians like Charles Guernier, Guy La Chambre, Henri Arondel or Charles Rouxin (mayor of Saint-Malo), soldiers like General François Lefranc, as well as actor Daniel Gélin. Founded in 1779 on a plot called Clos-à-Pihuit, it is located on avenue de MokaAt the nice rue du Calvaire you have the HQ of the National Police , Ministry of the Interior (not the place you wanted be or enter ,,,) near the Plage du Sillon beach

A Calvary is located at the crossroads of Chaussée du Sillon and rue du Calvaire. It is made up of a metal cross as are the statues. Inaugurated on March 15, 1774, it was destroyed during the French revolution and raised during the Restoration. On a high stylobate, three pedestals support the metal cross as well as the statues of the Mother of Pain and Saint John. It was inaugurated on March 9, 1855.


The Esplanade Robert Surcouf has a statue of Robert Surcouf near porte de Dinan, Intramuros, Robert Surcouf practiced racing war against English commerce. His most famous feat was the capture of Kent, a powerful vessel of the English Company of the Indies. The capture of this 1,200-ton vessel earned it the title of King of the Corsairs. Surcouf then became one of the richest and most powerful shipowners in Saint-Malo.  Robert Surcouf’s bronze statue is located in the jardin du Cavalier garden, facing Petit-Bé and Grand-Bé islands. Surcouf, dressed in his privateer outfit, indicates the procedure to follow by turning his head to face his troops. Here is my rendition of curiosity in the game of boules breton similar to petanque…


By Rue Abbé Huchet not far from the National Police HQ as above , The major project to mark the 50th anniversary of the unification of the three districts of Saint-Malo. It was decided to bring together the three war memorials, in a single place, in Rocabey. About 750 m2 are devoted to the three monuments grouped together in six granite stelae, a green wall and a green space delimit the site. At the center of the monuments, a remembrance flame is installed that can be lit during ceremonies. The Saint-Servan war memorial was inaugurated on August 6, 1922. Erected on the Place du Maréchal Leclerc (formerly Place Carnot), it was then moved to the foot of the semaphore and the garden of Bel-Air. Near the monument, there is a statue of a weeping widow. Two stelae were added to the monument after WWII. The Intra Muros war memorial dates from 1923. Erected at the Place des Frères Lamennais, it was dismantled in 1998 during the construction of the underground car park and placed in the enclosure of the Resistance. A widow and a child are at the foot of the monument. Paramé’s war memorial dates from July 1923. At its foot stands a woman with her head bowed. It was located opposite the entrance to Saint Patrick’s Church in Alet.


Above ground parking at Place Rocabey near Rue Abbé Huchet as above, not far from rue du calvaire there is a nice market, General market and halls . Around 90 exhibitors. Every Thursday from January 6, 2022 to December 29, 2022 from 9h to 13h. Each Saturday from January 8, 2022 to December 31, 2022 from 9h to 13h.


The Saint Malo tourist office

The city of Saint Malo on its heritage

There you go folks, another dandy walk in beautiful Saint Malo, again, a must to see in my lovely Bretagne. OF course, this is Ille et Vilaine dept 35. Hope you enjoy the walks in Saint Malo and the new pictures.

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

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February 2, 2022

A bit of Montrésor!

Well when you are on the road as I am still you get to see lots of towns villages, cities all over my belle France. Some I stayed, others passed by and others come back. The case is while getting on my way to see the castles of the Loire valley, and going to see Loches (see post), I stumbled upon Montrésor or my treasure! This is one I passed by this time, and I will be back! For now, here is a bit of Montrésor. Hope you enjoy it as I.

Montrésor is a town in the department of Indre-et-Loire 37 and in the Centre-Val de Loire region. Its history is largely intertwined with that of its castle, built at the beginning of the 11C at the end of a rocky outcrop overlooking the Indrois valley and several times rebuilt or remodeled since. Montrésor is located approximately 47 km from Tours, 17 km from Loches, and 28 km from Valençay, The most important road is the D 760 which, coming from Loches, (our way) crosses the town of Montrésor where, under the name of D 960, it joins Valençay, You can come to Loches on the D 943 Tours-Châteauroux or to Valençay on the D 956 Blois -Chateauroux roads (see posts).

The history of Montrésor begins with the first mentions of the fief in the texts. Thus in 887, a lord of Montrésor was part of the escort which, accompanied the relics of Saint Martin on their return from Auxerre, where they were sheltered from Norman raids. It is to Foulques Nerra that the construction of the first fortress of Montrésor is also attributed, of which almost no remains are left, Montrésor then came into the hands of Henry II of England, also Count of Anjou, but the lordship was taken over by Philippe Auguste in 1188 for France, It was in this castle that in 1433 Georges I of La Trémoille was imprisoned, a former favorite of Charles VII who fell into disgrace with the king and was captured by Jean V de Bueil, successor to his father Jean IV at the head of the lordhip of Montrésor,

In the 17C, the lordship of Montrésor passed from hand to hand and from house to house. When it was seized as national property in May 1792, during the French revolution, the Château de Montrésor was the joint property of several members of the Beauvilliers family, However, a friend of the Bonaparte family was a Polish emigrant who left his native country in 1844 after a career in the army of Tsar Nicolas I. It was in fact his mother, Rose Branicka, heiress of the Potocki family, who bought for his eldest son condemned in absentia by the Russians to Siberian exile, the Château de Montrésor and some 2,000 hectares of surrounding land, The Château de Montrésor continues to be inhabited by descendants of the Branicki family, by marriage the Polish noble family of Rey, themselves descendants of the chronicler and poet, Mikołaj Rey .This family, who still own it, live in a part of the castle that is almost completely open to the public.


Some other things to see here of note me think are the Collegiate Church of Saint-Jean-Baptiste founded in 1521, The Logis du Chancelier a private mansion built in 1581, below the castle on which it depended, In 2015 it was the seat of the city/ town hall of Montrésor, but since 1860 and until 1993, the building housed the gendarmerie or state police, The Halle aux Laines or wool built in the 17C, this hall surmounted by an attic floor recalls by its name the work of wool which was an important economic activity of the village until the 19C.  A wooden house from the 15C directly above the castle, on the edge of the street that runs below, leaning against the hillside, this two-story house is distinguished by its gable walls and half-timbered gutters.

The official Château de Montrésor

The town of Montrésor on its heritage

The Touraine Valley local tourist office on Montrésor

There you go folks, a nice find, and will be back as said. Another nice castle in the immense répertoire of the Loire Valley, Montrésor. Again, hope you enjoy the post as I

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

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