Vannes , its a must to see !!

There are so many places to visit nearby, difficult to pick one, even thus we have some in my grinder for later longer trip, the decision was to go to our capital city of Vannes, in the beautiful Morbihan 56 of our lovely Bretagne and our belle France. I usually do not update posts in my area ,but this is a wonderful exception on a beautiful city that should be seen more, this is Vannes or Gwened in Breton language,

There were the usual errands as well as my boys wanted some japanese BD/mangas thing at Japanim the specialist store in their new store by Monoprix store where we shop too. And of course ,on the way back the groceries at our usual E Leclerc but there were other goodies as well. As you can tell we are busy here lol!

On a Friday night I had a lunch with collegues at a restaurant never been even thus been to the one next door! The experience was very nice and it remained the last time had lunch with the team Finance ; shortly after negotiated my way out pre retirement with my CFO. As it goes, waiting for my collegues to arrive I had my first apéro or before meal drink or after work or happy hours whatever at a friendly bar near the city town hall of Vannes. This turn out to be rather nice as there were visiting Americans on job assignments here so you guess it the conversation turn into current events and sports for a while. The place is nice for this sort of thing a drink snacks and then continue the night; oh yes the place is Café Arthur at Place Maurice Marchais facing the city hall. It is only open since November 2018 but the new owner was very pleasant and I did had my German beer Warsteiner ,not bad. Gladly, we have been back as the place still there ! Webpage :


From there I joined my collègues at the Le Sous-Sol restaurant on the other side of the square next to the city hall. The restaurant is very innovative in food and name layout as le sous-sol means basement and it is there. We opted for the main table at street level. There were very nouvelle cuisine dishes with codfish, shrimps, and desserts I never had and probably won’t opt for them in the future but for the curious culinary mind it should work. The service was very friendly and even the waiter spoked English! Webpage :



By Saturday morning, we were back in Vannes ! We went by an area, that used to come often when my boys were in school, The area is very nice and I usually parked by the Place de la Liberation where there is the bus terminal amongt the ones stopping there is our town bus line 5 coming and going to Vannes that my boys took for school and now for shopping trips on their own. Now at least my older drives a Ford  as well as I Always a Ford !.


We walk in the area and cannot passed by our wonderful city or town hall building with the impressive horse statue of duke of Brittany John IV (Jean) and the wonderful college Jules Simon (middle school) and its wonderful Chapelle St Yves.(see post).Now totally renovated and full serviceWe then continue down to the Le Port or harbor marina with its wonderful canal of sailing boats that goes all the way out into the Gulf of Morbihan and its 50 islands! Of which about 14 are inhabited ,and then out into the Atlantic ocean!


We went a bit into the market that still was going on usually until about 13h30 or 1:30 pm. and goes all the way around from place Lucien Laroche to place du poid public to place des lices along the old ramparts of Vannes! and see backside its magnificent Constable tower or Tour du Connetable. (see posts)

And of course we ate, who wouldn’t in this magical place by the harbor marina Le Port is very nice and many places we had eaten here over the last 8 years. We came back to one not been in a while, the L’Atlantique plenty of good sea and land combination and mad crowd to get in, we were lucky without reservation because arrive at exactly 12h midday ;many others were turn away without reservations! Here we had as entrée oysters of course!! a half dozen , and then the main dish was for me the hashis parmontier au canard or sort of a potato purée over a bed of duck meat, and for dessert the dome aux chocolat with crunchy bottom, ice cream and a cupola or dome of dark chocolate! all wash down with a nice red 2016 from our neighbors in the Loire, Domaine Octavie Les Vieux Moines all pinot noir! Nice. Webpage :



The city of Vannes on its heritage

The Gulf of Morbihan local tourist office on Vannes

There you go folks, enjoy Vannes always exciting to see in my Morbihan breton. One of the best off the beaten paths towns of France.  I say, again, hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

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