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June 27, 2022

The Hôtel de Ville of Reims!

Well, I do have several city halls in my blog, as said, these can be wonderful monuments in itself with great architecture and history. This is again the case at Reims; where have the excuse to find me a picture in my vault! This is the Champagne area and plenty written on it but this is an off the beaten path spot worth the detour , me think. Therefore, here is City Hall of Reims which is in the Department 51 of the Marne in the region now of Grand Est.

Reims is the unofficial capital of the Champagne-producing region, and most of the major champagne houses based there offer tastings and tours of their cellars. The triumphal arch of the Porte de Mars dating from the 3C bears witness to the city’s past under Roman rule. For over 1,000 years, French kings were crowned at Notre-Dame Cathedral (see post), Lots of things to see here and you must come, easy from Paris.

The City/Town Hall of Reims is the building that has housed the municipal institutions since 1499. The first stone of the building was laid down on June 18, 1627, The first wing was on what is today the rue du Général-Sarrail, was quickly delivered and the Council sat there from 1628. It was raised in Lagery stone and the campanile already had a bell. A first statue of the king is made, it is perhaps made of wood and was destroyed during the French revolution. It burned down on March 3, 1917 during WWI and was rebuilt; the first works began in 1924 ;Gaston Doumergue the President of the French Republic (France) inaugurated it on June 10, 1928.

Reims hotel de ville front pl de l'hotel de ville

Before the fire, the building had housed a museum since Year III, (revolutionary year 1794 and 1795 ), the archives, the savings bank, a library since 1764 by the confiscation of the books of the Jesuit College, the court or the police, and the Chamber of Commerce, depending on the era, Currently it is intended for municipal services that extend throughout the city in annexes and other decentralized services.

reims rue colbert to hotel de ville aug11
The architecture has it as a square building, or almost, with four similar wings which delimit a courtyard which shelters a statue of René de Saint-Marceaux which symbolizes the vine and the foam of Champagne. Each angle is materialized by a square tower. The roof is cutaway slate. The large salon d’honneur at the top of the grand staircase has been particularly cared for with its balcony overlooking the square and a chosen decoration. In the Salon d’Honneur (or Hall of Ceremonies) are the Great Organs. This is a unique monument, as it is the Organ of the French Republic, the only one that was built for a city/town hall in France ! This Art-Deco instrument is the work of the Reims organbuilder Fortin, and was built in 1928, However, by 1985 , the city/town hall tried to restore the organ, without success, and it is currently in a state of ruin.

The city of Reims city hallhttps://www.reims-tourisme.com/hotel-de-ville/reims/pcucha051v504o0o

The Reims tourist office on its heritagehttps://en.reims-tourisme.com/monuments-and-museums

There you go folks, a dandy nice architecutural and historical monument to see in wonderful sublime Reims! Hope you enjoy the post on the City Hall ,and do visit worth the detour, Reims is a lot more than Champagne!

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

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June 27, 2022

The Auray River by Le Bono !!

And moving right along in my road warrior local version, I came back to Le Bono and the Auray river or ria before connecting with the Bono river ! This is beautiful scenery to fall in love or stay forever. We have many creeks and coves like it in my beautiful Morbihan, and for now let me tell you about the Auray river by Le Bono !!  and the bay out to the Gulf of Morbihan. Therefore, let me tell you a bit more of it, and hope you enjoy it as I.

Le Bono auray river jun22

The Auray River is a ria that begins at Auray, empties into the Gulf of Morbihan and is navigable. The length of its water course is 56.3 km ! The Auray river or the ria du Loch, another name given to the river. But is it really a river or already the Little Sea? Indeed, the degree of salinity is such that oysters can live on the pillars of the Pont d’Auray in Saint Goustan (see post).

Le Bono bay Auray river far jun22
Le Bono bay auray river to port jun22

The Loc’h originates at Plaudren and heads west ,then branches off to the south halfway through its course. It becomes the Auray River, northern outcrop of the Gulf of Morbihan, in the town of Auray, just west of Pluneret. The Auray river overlooks the Gulf of Morbihan between Locmariaquer to the south, and Pointe du Blair and Sept Îles, in the town of Baden to the north. It joins the mouth of the Gulf of Morbihan located between Port-Navalo, end of the Rhuys peninsula to the east, seaside resort and port of the town of Arzon and Locmariaquer to the west. The Auray river crosses these towns : Plaudren (source/origin), Locqueltas, Locmaria-Grand-Champ, Grand-Champ, Brandivy, Plumergat, Pluvigner, Brech, Pluneret, and Auray (mouth).

Le Bono bay auray river out gulf jun22

The town of Le Bono on its porthttps://www.lebono.fr/decouvrir-le-bono/patrimoine/le-port/

The town of Le Bono on its promenades, see suspended bridge picture for my spothttps://www.lebono.fr/decouvrir-le-bono/sentiers-cotiers-de-randonnees/

There you go folks, one of the highlights of living in beautiful Morbihan is the fact of there are coves and creeks all over with great natural beauty. They are all over the Morbihan and the one in Le Bono is a beautiful setting surrounded by interesting things to see as you can tell from my many posts on the area. Hope you enjoy the natural environment of the Auray river !

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

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June 27, 2022

The Tumulus de Kernours of Le Bono !

And moving right along in my road warrior local version, I came back to Le Bono and the Tumulus of Kernours! This is very interesting sites and very much revered by the Bretons. We have tons of stone all over, and this one is unique because sits right by the Auray river and the bay out to the Gulf of Morbihan. Therefore, let me tell you a bit more of it, and hope you enjoy it as I.

The Kernours tumulus is located at a site called “Le Rocher”, in the town of Le Bono, in my beautiful Morbihan, only 19 km from my house. I was on my local road warrior mood and decided to stop by after passing by another property in nearby Pluneret.  Again, I have a previous post on them but this additional info and new pictures, You get off the D101 and enter a local road rue Jean Jaurés until a parking and panel tells you of the Tumulus de Kernours, You walked in the rest of the way and you see the tumulus ,further you see the beautiful bay, FYI you better to bring a real lamp because the torch of the smartphone is simply not good enough,

Le Bono tombes kernours entr jun22

These are circular burials under a burial mound. Beneath the tumulus is a dolmen with a covered aisle, bent in L, 18 meters long, 35 meters in diameter composed of 36 stones supporting 14 tables. The totem of a maritime tribe, the octopus, is engraved on certain pillars. Its dating puts it back to the late 40C BC. It is a common burial. It is surrounded by six circular burials, or tombs, which are believed to date from the Iron Age 15C BC. Some of the 24 bronze bracelets found in these tombs are on display at the Museum of Prehistory in Carnac.(see post).

Le Bono tombes kernours end stele jun22

The Megalithism was quickly forgotten. At the time of the Gauls, we move on to individual burials. In the Bronze Age, it is the same, the alignments are sometimes transformed into individual burials. In the time of Christianity, the Church tries to eradicate from the surface of the ground these megaliths because they generate pagan beliefs. In the Middle Ages, all these masses of stones were used as quarries to stone paths, make embankments or build sheepfolds. It is only in the 19C that we are interested in it. And especially in the 20C with the creation of France’s Ministry of Culture.

The City of Le Bono on the Tumulus de Kernourshttps://www.lebono.fr/decouvrir-le-bono/patrimoine/le-tumulus-et-les-tombelles-de-kernours/

The Megaliths of the Morbihan on Kernours :https://www.megalithes-morbihan.fr/les-sites/dolmen-sous-tumulus-du-rocher-a-kernours.html

The Breton megaliths site on the tumulus of Kernourshttp://megalithes-breton.fr/56/tu/kernouz.html

There you go folks, one of the highlights of living in beautiful Morbihan is the fact of these stones that are world famous and practically impossible to estimate exactly their age. They are all over the Morbihan and the one in Le Bono is a nice one indeed. Hope you enjoy the educational historical and architecturally story of the tumulus of Kernours !

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

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