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May 10, 2022

The Bac boat of Concarneau!!

Now this one was hidden in my picture vault and thought told you about it but did not. Therefore, here is new text and new older pictures to talk about the passing boat or bac of Concarneau in Finistére dept 29 of my lovely Bretagne, and my belle France.

The ferry of the passage or Bac is thus this small boat which makes you cross the entry of the port, of the Passage Lanriec by place Duquesne with the Ville Close or enclosed city, thus avoiding you the turn by the bridge of Moros or by the dry dock if you pass by the fishing port (normally reserved for port users). Very interesting therefore to get to town quickly and very entertaining for visitors to Concarneau. This crossing of around 200 meters is the smallest cruise in the world with a journey that lasts only 3 min.


The electric ferry “Le Vachic” is a catamaran with a capacity of 30 people, quieter, it also provides more comfort to users due in particular to the absence of olfactory nuisances. The reduced space between the ship and the pontoon as well as the presence of a docking hook secures the boarding and alighting of passengers. A screen, placed on board, allows the diffusion of information on the city and its many animations. Four passing boats provide this service, which depends on the city/town hall of Concarneau. Throughout the year, the ferry operates from 8h to 18h30. From July 1 to August 31, round trips continue until 23h.


Since the Middle Ages, a passing boat or Bac has shuttled between the Ville-Close (enclosed city) and the Lanriec district located on the other side of the channel. The oldest written testimonies relating to its activity date from 1678 when the Abbey of Landevennec owned the right of way. This service, private for several centuries, became municipal in 1976, placed under the responsibility of the marina and the city of Concarneau.

The city of Concarneau on the bac boat :

And of course, we had to have lunch and we went as in several occasions to the restaurant in the Les Grands Voyageurs Hôtel across from the Ville Close of Concarneau. This have mentioned before but these are pictures not in my blog yet as well. We of course not stayed but should be fun for the entire family, we always had our lunch here. Recommended by all who stopped here even French family visiting!

concarneau hotel resto les grands voyageurs oct14

Its geographical location offers you a breathtaking view of the Ville Close, the Fishing Port, and the Port de Plaisance. This big granite building is an entity. Indeed, since 1787, the building has been a Hotel. Gustave Flaubert, many personalities, many artists have stayed at Les Grands Voyageurs. The place was called: the Grand Hotel des Voyageurs, then in 1962 called Les Voyageurs, before resuming its titles of nobility in 2002 by being called Les Grands Voyageurs

The official Le Grand Voyageurs hotel/resto :

There you go folks, a dandy combination to take a nice pretty ride back and forth on the Bac, and then lunch or dinner at the restaurant in the Les Grands Voyageurs Hôtel! Hope you enjoy this post on nice things to do in Concarneau.

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

May 10, 2022

The streets of Rennes !!!

This is my latest update on my older posts. They do need update on text and links even if used the same old pictures. I have been to Rennes several times by car and also by train/plane. As you know, Rennes is the capital of Brittany located in the dept 35 Ille et Vilaine . I like to tell you a bit about the streets of Rennes that are beautiful to say the least, and they hold lots of history and beautiful architecture. Do read my other entries on this wonderful city of Rennes in my blog.

The Place Saint-Michel is located at the crossroads formed by Place des Lices, Rue Saint-Michel and Rue Rallier du Baty. It was called Place du Bout du Monde (square at the end of the world) before 1720 because of its proximity to the usual place of public executions. Its name comes from an old chapel Saint-Michel which existed in the 12C. The Place Saint Michel has become a popular place for the student population that likes to be there, especially the terraces of cafes that border it.


The main street ending here is the Rue Saint-Michel, better known as rue de la soif” (street of thirst). The Rue Saint-Michel connects with the Place Sainte-Anne to the Rue Rallier du Baty via the Place Saint Michel. It has many half-timbered houses dating from the 16C and 17C lining the street, built on narrow plots they have a side corridor and a staircase on the back facade. They have decors carved with human profiles, heads of chimeras and foliage, dolphins and griffons. The house at number 13 dates from 1580, the oldest in Rennes.  Very popular with the student and some not student lol! With lots of bars and beer flowing into the wee hours. And for my anecdote got my son’s back head below pic!


The Place Sainte-Anne is bordered by the Basilica of Notre Dame de Bonne Nouvelle (see post) . It is the absolute center of the city from which the kilometric distances are calculated! Moreover, near the rue Saint-Michel, with its many bars, it is often animated at night. In the streets that lead to the square as well such as the rue Saint-Louis, the famous rue Saint-Michel, rue de Penhoët, rue de Saint-Malo , rue de Saint-Michel and Rue de Saint Melaine. Most of the houses are half-timbered such as the Hotel de Bretagne at No. 94, the houses at number 105; 176; 187; and no. 198, where Jean Leperdit mansion, and  where he died in 1823 . The new church Saint-Aubin, Notre-Dame-de-Bonne-Nouvelle basilica (see post), built in the early 20C, and the convent of the Jacobins, current Congress Center of Rennes (see post).


The Rue d’Estrées is the extension of the Rue Le Bastard , without being able to distinguish it, starting from the crossroads of the rue Nationale and rue Lafayette with the latter and ends at the Place de la Mairie, in the pedestrian axis. Named as such during the City Council of 1726, it was renamed during the French revolution, at the City Council of 1792, rue Franklin and under the Empire, rue Napoleon, before finally resume officially its original name by deliberation of the City Council in 1862.  It was name the Rue d’Estrées during the new laid out of Rennes after the fire of 1720, in honor of Victor-Marie, Duke of Estrées in 1723 after he became Duke of Estrées and Peer of France. On the death of his father ;he became governor of Nantes, lieutenant general of Brittany and viceroy of the New France. King Louis XV gave him free ownership of the island of Saint Lucia, in the West Indies. He is also co-director of the East India Company, which enables him to gather a very large fortune, which he devotes to acquiring important collections of art objects and books, which he accumulates in his Hotel. de Noailles and in his castle of Nanteuil-le-Haudouin. It also owns the Château de Bagatelle, in the Bois de Boulogne (Paris). Victor Marie, Duke of Estrées was elected member of the Academy of Sciences in August 1707, the French Academy in March 1715 and the Academy of inscriptions and belles-lettres in 1726.


The Rue Le Bastard is the main shopping and pedestrian street of the city center of Rennes. It is located in the extension of the rue de Motte-Fablet and Rue d’Estrées, between the rue Bertrand , Rue de La Fayette and Rue Nationale. It is thus the central street of the main commercial axis of the city, along more than 800 meters and extending from the rue d’ Antrain at the level of the Rue de Saint-Melaine to the Rue Jules Simon . It’s name comes from Edgar Le Bastard, former mayor of Rennes from 1880 until his death in 1891. It was called until 1893 rue aux Foulons before taking its current name. Admiral Villeneuve died there on April 22, 1806. He committed suicide after the defeat of Trafalgar at No. 21 rue de la Patrie.


The Rue Saint-Louis is a street in the center of Rennes, from Place Sainte-Anne to the Jouaust junction , parallel to the Place des Lices (market see post). It replaces an old road that went in the 15C from the Saint-Aubin church in Bourg-l’Evêque. In 1659, it received the name of rue Neuve-Saint-Louis, name of the church of the convent founded at this place by the religious Minimes and demolished during the French revolution, then replaced by the religious house of the Ladies of Saint-Thomas de Villeneuve. After the assassination in Paris in 1793, of the unconstitutional priest Le Pelletier de Saint-Fargeau, the street bore at a time the name of Le Pelletier, considered the first martyr of the French revolution. At the end of the 18C, it was called rue Saint-Aubin, and in sections was the rue du Séminaire.


You will see here beautiful architecture in the Rue Saint Louis . The ballroom built in the early 17C called The Pelican, built in earth and wood and girdled galleries had a less noisy assignment in 1686 becoming a chapel of the Grand Seminary installed in the convent of the Eudists arranged in 1724, and became Military Hospital in 1793. The old chapel, at number 22, bears the coat of arms of bishop Lavardin and the Latin inscription on the black marble plaque signifies: “It is nothing less than the House of God, the Gate of Heaven “.The chapel has been transformed into the game of palms or Jeu de Paume (ancestor of Tennis). According to specialists, the surface of the game, inscribed in the original architecture of the chapel, is intact in its dimensions (30 meters x 10 meters) and accessories. Only four or five buildings in France, almost exclusively in the Ile-de-France region, have such characteristics. The building of No 12 rue Saint-Louis will then experience several lives such as been confiscated at the church during the French revolution, it will become the property of the army in 1793 , the major seminary becoming military hospital and to the city of Rennes in the 20C, which will install offices of municipal services. The building and the Maison de La Cité next to it  house intergenerational neighborhood equipment. Also, at number 11 Rue Saint Louis, stands the Hôtel Marot de la Garaye, built around 1675, with an attic roof and stone-framed windows. It belonged to the couple Marot de la Garaye, he apothecary and surgeon, she nurse, who retired to his castle de Taden, caring for the sick and needy. At No. 13, at the corner of the little rue des Innocents, you look up to admire a beautiful roof shaped inverted thin hull. In numbers 16 and 18, is the Hôtel de Cicé. The n ° 30 shelters a church, property of the Congregation of the hospitable sisters of Saint Thomas de Villeneuve. All very nice!

The Rennes tourist office on its history

The city of Rennes on moving about, transports

There you go folks, I hope you walks the beat to enjoy these wonderful architecturally stunning and great historical streets of Rennes, and we won’t mind coming back again.  See you around beautiful Rennes!

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

May 10, 2022

The Casino of Dinard!

I have long gone from casinos but once in a while I go into one for the meals, or the show and many times for the view. In famous Dinard, there is a nice one from the Barriére group. I remember in AC NJ where i was almost every weekend! Those were the days of youth and big spender. I tried to be away from them, but curiosity and architecture always brings me back to them even in France or SpainI stopped by the Casino Barriére of Dinard and would like to tall you a bit about it.  Hope you enjoy the post as I.

The Casino Barrière Dinard offers 5 reception rooms for the family and professional events. 4 of these rooms have a breathtaking view of  plage de l’Ecluse beach. A hall of 139 slot machines and traditional games is open all year, and many shows and events are organized. The restaurant l’Appel du Large open to individuals and groups, welcomes you all year round facing the sea.


The Casino Barriére Dinard is located on the plage de l’Ecluse,(beach) with rectangular massive plan. The Art Déco facade on rue du President Wilson has a pedimented central entrance. Lateral lower wings , crowned with a balustrade. Glazed arcades are used as shop windows. The facade facing the sea is done in raw concrete, punctuated by a structure with vertical poles. It is the largest casino in Brittany with 1800 m2.


A bit of history I like

The first known casino project is dated 1865. This project, was not executed. The first casino of 1866 was made of wood; it is very likely that it is nevertheless paved the way to build a more certain way the second establishment in 1877. This new casino of greater dimensions was raised on two levels. The ground floor housed a party room, a theater arranged and decorated and large living rooms; in the basement level floor with the terrace were arranged hot baths of sea water and fresh water with bath cabins as well as laundry, kitchens and stables. In 1884, an authorization was granted to build a retaining wall for the central part on which a rotunda was raised. Major works were reported in 1906 with the demolition beginning with the theater. The new building, the High-Life Casino, with a massive plan, was covered by a skylight, still in place. Work continues in 1911 on the side wings. The facade on the sea is rebuilt again in 1966: the casino then becomes the Palais d’Emeraude or Emerald Palace.

The official Casino Barriére of Dinard:

The city of Dinard on the Casino

The Dinard-Emerald Coast tourist office on the Dinard Casino

There you go folks, a good idea for lunch with the family or a night out with grown ups in addition to wonderful architecture and views over the large beach. The town of Dinard is worth the detour and the Barriére Casino on the beach with a great resto view of the sea is tops. Enjoy it!

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

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