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June 13, 2022

The port of Bélon of the Bélon !

Riec-sur-Bélon and Moëlan sur Mer are towns in the Finistère Dept 29 of my lovely Bretagne, and in the old Cornouaille (cornwall). Belon is the name of a river that the ancients called “Beln “. I have written before on the town, but need to tell you more about its wonderful port of Bélon, and plenty of oysters activity, the best in France and maybe more….

Riec sur belon port de belon bay boats jun22

The area is large for oysters here but for the flat oyster it is at Riec Sur Belon. A quiet town but a much better port, because it is by the Port du Belon across the estaury to fing the growers. 

Riec sur belon open port to sea jun22

The Belon oyster is an oyster with a rounded shape with a firm flesh of white color. In this case, it is sometimes nutted with brown or grey colors. It can be eaten rather raw, rather hot, and is best known for its unique and distinctive hazelnut flavor.  The oyster aquaculture activity begins in the Belon estuary in the mid-19C by the Lord du Balay installed its first oyster park in 1857, the Solminihac family began this activity in 1864, the Cadoret family in 1872. Several renowned oyster growers are still in activity in Riec-sur-Bélon, including Thaëron House, Château de Bélon (Solminihac family) Anne de Bélon, Noblet establishments. We have,also, enjoy Chez Jacky where we have even take home oysters!

Riec sur belon oysters resto jacky jun22

Very typical, the port of Bélon on the Moëlan sur Mer side that is dominated by a mansion built between the 15C and 19C, from where the view of the ocean is breathtaking. In the direction of the ocean, you will discover the remains of Fort du Bélon which watch at the entrance to the estuary.

Riec sur belon port de belon oyster beds jun22

From the bay of Kerfany, the port of Bélon can be discovered after entering the oyster-farming Bélon river , cradle of the flat oyster “la Belon”. The river flows between remarkable banks that many painters have immortalized. It is an excellent shelter for boats and there are all services nearby. Every day when the fishing boats arrive, a sale of seafood products is organized on the port stall. Many activities are practiced, from coastal fishing to the breeding of flat and cupped oysters through the discovery by boat of the Bélon and the Aven rivers.

Riec sur belon port de belon by chateau belon to sea jun22

The town of Riec sur Belon on its heritage

The Quimperlé Terres Océane local tourist office on Riec sur Belon :

The Château de Belon oysters

Chez Jacky

There you go folks, another dandy in my lovely Bretagne, and so close to home ! A town to be revisited again and again by the coast, the beaches, the oysters!!! Enjoy Riec sur Belon!

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

June 13, 2022

The Church St Pierre of Riec sur Bélon, part II !

Again, still on my road warrior mode, went back to a familiar place that we love and enjoy it. I decided to come back to  Riec sur Bélon ! I have written before on the town and its church so will cut short the intro on the Church St Pierre or St Peter for this new post with new pictures. Hope you enjoy it as I.

Riec sur belon ch Saint-Pierre belltower front jun22

To begin, the town of Riec sur Bélon is in the Finistére dept 29 of my lovely Bretagne. It is located at 12 km from Quimperlé, 17 km from Concarneau, 27 km from Lorient and 35 km from Quimper. And 60 km (about 37 miles)  from my house!

Riec sur belon ch Saint-Pierre entr jun22

The Church St Pierre has a Gothic bell tower, a nave of five bays with side aisles, a transept and a choir. The layout is in the shape of a papal cross. The bell tower with its beautiful Gothic spire, is flanked by a turret of canted staircase giving access to the chamber of the bells. The church was rebuilt in 1872-1873,and part of the materials from the old 15-16C bell tower were reused. The choir and the nave were built in 1771 on the site of a religious sanctuary mentioned in a parish act in 1510. The western facade, the bell tower and two bays of the nave date from 1875 and respect the style of previous constructions. Inside is a polychrome oak wood pieta and a Christ in a brown tunic.

Riec sur belon ch Saint-Pierre nave to altar jun22

Riec sur belon ch Saint-Pierre chapel resurrection jun22

riec sur belon ch Saint-Pierre baptismal chapel jun22

Riec sur belon ch Saint-Pierre altar jun22

As most of the story is on the first post on the St Peter’s Church, will as said, cut the text short here and just add the new pictures which are more descriptive than on the first post.  The laidout is in the form of a papal cross.  The clock dates from 1875.

The town of Riec sur Bélon on its heritage

The Parrish of Quimperlé on the St Peter’s Church in Riec sur Bélon

There you go folks, a wonderful Church of St Pierre in pretty Riec sur Bélon. Better known in the world for its oysters, but plenty more to see here. Again, hope you enjoy the post and worth the detour in the Finistére of my lovely Bretagne

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

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June 13, 2022

The Church Saint-Melaine of Moëlan sur Mer !

This is a repeat visit as I was on my road warrior route in the Finistére dept 29 and passed by here again. Never enough time to see the beauties of my lovely Bretagne, so I stop again and went in. You can read my previous posts on it in my blog so will cut the text short, just to add the new pictures. Hope you enjoy it as I.

The parish Church Saint-Melaine,  built in 1876-1878 on the site of a former oratory destroyed in the 9C, and of an ancient churches restored in 1599. This church is in Moëlan sur Mer ,less than an hour from my house by car !

Moelan sur mer ch Saint-Melaine entr jun22

The Church St Melaine, which was consecrated in June 1879, comprises a nave of five bays with aisles, a transept and a choir consisting of two straight spans with aisles and a three-span roundabout surrounded by a carole on which three chapels radiates from. The Bell Tower is without a gallery. The Church of St Melaine houses the statues of Saint John the Baptist, Saint Melaine and Saint Corentin.

Moelan sur mer ch Saint-Melaine back chevet calvary jun22

It comprises a chancel formed by two straight bays with aisles. The bell tower is without a gallery. It is impressive outside even if inside looks smaller, the church is surrounded by plenty of shops/restos and from here is an easy jump to Clohars-Carnoët (see posts) on the road D24. It is in dept 29 Finistére and less than an hour from my house ! The road D116/D16 takes you to the bigger town of Quimperlé (see posts) and into the freeway N165. Lovely ride indeed

Moelan sur mer ch Saint-Melaine nave to altar jun22

Moelan sur mer ch Saint-Melaine chapel sacre heart jun22

Moelan sur mer ch Saint-Melaine chapel st joseph jun22

Moelan sur mer ch Saint-Melaine chapel virgin et child jun22

The city of Moëlan sur Mer on it’s heritage:

The local Quimperle-Terre oceane tourist office on things to see in Moëlan sur Mer:

There you go folks, another wonderful visit to nice Moëlan sur Mer. A nice encounter with Saint Melaine Church for the memories of family visits. Just love it: again indeed lucky to be here, and you are welcome to come and let me know ok.Another dandy in the Finistére.

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

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