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July 9, 2022

Road warrior by La Gouesnière !

So again ,another road warrior outing by yours truly! We have so much to see in our lovely Bretagne alone that will take me a lifetime just here! I decided with the boys and Dad to take the road again up north and we past by this interesting little town of La Gouesnière in Ille et Vilaine dept 35. There was an interesting monument…read on…

The town of La Gouesnière was just a passing thru on the road D76 on our way to Cancale (see posts). The small history here tell us that in 1803, the parish of Bonaban was integrated into that of La Gouesnière. The town was absorbed on April 29, 1829 by the town of La Gouesnière. The town center is built on a plateau overlooking the bay of Mont Saint-Michel. It is mentioned as early as the 12C. Indeed, in 1181, Pope Luce III confirms the Chapter of Saint-Malo in the possession of the church of La Gouesnière.

Some of things shown to be seen here which we had no time were the Notre-Dame Church of 1660. This church replaces a religious building dated 1181, The church was remodeled in the 19-20C. A tower, built in 1868-1870, replaces an old slate bell tower. A public clock was installed in 1874. The marble and freestone altarpiece of the current high altar dates from 1666-1667. The altar there is a tomb dating from 1780 ; in the oval of the tomb was placed a lead reliquary containing another silver reliquary found in the first altar, with relics of Saints Méen, Judicaël and others. The pulpit dates from 1785, Another sight is the Château de Bonaban done in 1776, This castle replaces an old castle built in the 13C by Bonaban de Rougé and demolished in the 18C. in which Genoa marble is used.

However, what caught our eyes passing was a mortuary chapel that was like a castle! Really a sumptuous place to be buried.

The mortuary chapel of the Level family, the Chapel of La Gouesnière. This chapel was built in 1866, and contains the remains of Mr. and Mrs. Level and Mrs. the Marquise de Querhoent, born Du Reste. It is a misunderstanding between the Levels and the rector of the time which seems to be at the origin of the construction of the chapel. According to legend, the origin of the discord is due to the fact that the rector’s barbarie cock elected a perch on the wall of the Level property to the great displeasure of the latter who, indignant, would have decided never to set foot again. at the parish church. A caretaker’s house was built from the outset behind the chapel. The land is enclosed by a wall and a gate. In the center of this enclosure is a small granite cross. It was by the roadside before the erection of the chapel and gave its name to the piece of land: La Croix Dom Guillaume.(the Cross of sir William), Behind is the Caretaker’s house of the Chapel,This house is intended for the caretaker of the Level family mortuary chapel. It was probably built in the second half of the 19C at about the same time as the chapel which was erected in 1866.

La Gouesniere Level mortuary chapel front jul22

La Gouesniere Level mortuary chapel jul22

For general info ,the town of La Gouesniére :

There you go folks, another dandy surprise on the roads of my Bretagne/Brittany/Breizh; always amazing! Hope you enjoy this short ride and stay tune for Cancale in my blog. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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July 9, 2022

And I reach Cancale !!!

This is another first by yours truly the road warrior. Well Bretagne has a bunch and I am working on it. We had time so we continue our ride into Cancale, another beauty of the Ille et Vilaine department,35 in my lovely Bretagne, in my belle France. The town of Cancale takes its current name from Cancaverene. Therefore, let me give you an introduction to Cancale !

The town of Cancale is located at the western end of the bay of Mont Saint-Michel, 15 km of Saint-Malo. Originally, Cancale was 2 separate villages, with on one side La Houle, which is now known as Port de La Houle, and the Bourg or city center, which is now the heart of the town. In 1830, the clergy decided to unite the 2 hamlets and decided to build Rue du Port to connect the 2 parishes.

Cancale bay of mont saint michel afar msm jul22

The nearby expressways are the N176 which runs along the entire Emerald Coast from Pontorson to the junction with the N12, and the D137 which links Saint Malo – Rennes. We took both to get there and back mostly the D137 to Rennes to connect with the N24 home, which is 162 km away, Parking in Cancale can sometimes be difficult in high season, which is why the majority of car parks there are paying, we did for 3,60 euros all day ! For info, the nearest SNCF train station is Gare de La Gouesnière – Cancale – Saint-Méloir-des-Ondes, which serves all three towns, Finally, the nearest airport is located in the town of Pleurtuit near Dinard. It is about 25 km from The city hall is from 1895.

Cancale city hall front grille jul22

Cancale city hall front park jul22

A bit of history of Cancale I like

Leaving Wales, Saint Méen would have approached the Cancalaise coast in the 6C and evangelized this part of Armorica before continuing on his way. On the other hand, we do not know where the first sanctuary dedicated to the founder of the parish was erected. Perhaps in the same place because, not far from there, flows the Saint-Méen Fountain. The name canvanene appears for the first time, in 1032, the name of the future town. Duke Alain III confirms the donation of his parents for the benefit of the monks of Mont-Saint-Michel consisting of a land called Cancavene, the port of Porz Pican which is adjacent to it and the Church of Saint-Méen.

In 1560, King Henry II granted Cancale the privilege of making Papegault. This exercise, intended to train the troops responsible for defending the coast, consists of shooting down the effigy of a bird planted on a sapling. The ceremony took place, in the presence of the authorities, on the shore of La Houle, opposite the Saint-Antoine Chapel. The winner was declared “king” for a year, he has the additional privilege of being exempt from taxes and winning barrels of wine.

At the end of the 17C, Vauban, on a visit to Cancale, reinforced the various batteries and established new ones. He believed that this part of the coast was a weak point in the protection system of Saint-Malo. First concentrated around the old Saint-Méen Church (17C and 19C), the Bourg or city center is a succession of houses, glued to each other, along small arteries, Cancale is the port from which in 1612 the ships of Daniel de La Touche, Lord of La Ravardière, left for Brazil: the Régente, the Charlotte and the Sainte Anne. Daniel de La Touche was the founder of the city of São Luis in Maranhão in Brazil , In 2019, the farming of Cancale oysters is listed as Unesco’s intangible cultural heritage !

Some of the things to see in Cancale which we did not go are:

The old Saint-Méen church, built from 1715 to 1727 on the site of a primitive church dating from the Middle Ages, enlarged from 1836 to 1838. Since 1982, it has housed the cinema and the Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions of Cancale. It is devoted to the arts and traditions of the Cancalais country: fishing, oyster farming, agriculture, life of the Cancalaises, headdresses and costumes, furniture. The building that now houses the Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions and the cinema almost disappeared. This was the church, which remained until the 17C, little has come down to us. A simple nave, to which aisles were added in 1620, the condition of which no longer allows any restoration to be envisaged. The 1714 part is unchanged. The nave was rebuilt not without difficulty: the cramped terrain was too sloping, the proximity of the houses prevented any enlargement. Despite a new increase in the church in the middle of the 19C, quickly was realize that it cannot accommodate all the faithful. Fallen into oblivion after the construction of a new sanctuary, the old church, witness to so many events, remains an example of military architecture in the service of the faith.

La Ferme Marine opened its doors in 1989 after its founder, Joseph Pichot, had the idea of promoting the oyster farming community in the eyes of the general public. La Ferme Marine aims to present the Parcs St Kerber oyster farming company. During the visit, which lasts about 1 hour, we discover a lot of information on the history of the oyster and details on how to produce it. Of course, each visit ends with a little oyster tasting! Located in the heart of an oyster farming company, this museum explains the evolution of oyster farming techniques, as well as the profession of the oyster farmer through the ages. A collection of shells (more than 1,500 from all over the world) and a film introduce you to this profession of “gardener of the sea”.

However, we need to eat so we stop first for lunch at the Breizh Café in Cancale, I loved it. The principle of the restaurant is simple: mix Japanese influences with Breton cuisine. For example, the galettes are presented like sushi, in rolls! It’s really very nice and above all very good. We had the Chorizo rolls and a complete onions with a bottle of Monchevron cider brut ; than for dessert crêpes carrement chocolat pure chocolate and kouign Breizh, choco banana chantilly with a bottle of Coet Albret demi sec cider, Delicious for less than 29 euros per person just right on the quai Admis en Chef Thomas near the lighthouse !! Sublime ! We will be back,,,,,,,,,,,The official La Table Breizh Cafe :

Cancale Breizh Cafe front jul22

cancale breizh cafe dining room jul22

The city of Cancale and its heritage :

The Ille et Vilaine dept 35 tourist office on Cancale :

The Bretagne region tourist office on Cancale

There you go folks, a dandy of a town, and glad finally there, already looking forward to be back, eventually. See my next posts on the monuments of Cancale in my blog. Hope you enjoy this post as I

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

July 9, 2022

My Lovely Auray !!!

I used to lived here when moved into the Morbihan breton dept 56 and later purchase my house in Pluvigner. However, the town has charm and we always come here and shop here too. I like to update this sentimental entry into the historical and architecturally stunning town of Auray. Hope you enjoy it as I

Auray is the historical town where Benjamin Franklin landed to asked help from king Louis XVI for the American independance war with England, and he got it. Marquis de Lafayette but also Marquis de la Roulie of Fougéres, and General Rochembau and Admiral Grace and his 29 French Caribbean flotilla to block Yorktown. And so on….Gen Pershing later said, Lafayette , we are here in WWI. And so on…

Let me tell you a bit more as have several posts on Auray in my blog but its always memorable to talk or write about it. On this occasion, took advantage as my oldest  passing his driving licence , and I came to pick him up. 

There is a nice small stadium here , the Loch. Stade du Loch, name after the river passing below in Saint Goustan.  It has Track and Field stadium in stabilized/ashen with 4 cloakrooms with showers and a 400-seating grandstand has a track of 400 meters. It includes 4 jump areas including 1 high jump, 1 long jump, 1 long jump and triple jump and 1 pole vault. Athletes will be able to find 3 pitches including 1 discus throw, 1 javelin throw and 1 hammer throw.   Football field in natural turf with lighting, 4 changing rooms with showers and a tribune of 400 seats.  Stabilized/ashen petanque/ball field with lighting. This sports equipment consists of 10 corridors (or runways, stations). And an asphalt basketball court.



You can go to the Place de la République where the city/town hall (see post) is located and go down on Rue du Château to Saint Goustan harbor as well. This is  a very steep hilly street so be prepared. Or as I do by car come around the parking Keriolet into the harbor or along the road D765 by the back side. There are quant medieval looking squares and streets around here, like Place aux Roues ,wonderful for a walk and even romantic at night time; we love it. Also, the nice rue de Belzic awesome walks. I can be dwelling here forever and nice places to drink and eat here too, that is in other posts.




ll a lovely small town nestled between the regional government powerhouses of Lorient and Vannes as well as down from my town of Pluvigner.

Enjoy it as I do, Auray in my beautiful Morbihan,lovely Bretagne and my belle France the very best combination in the world.

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

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