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July 22, 2022

Curiosities of La Roche Bernard !!

I have written on La Roche Bernard (or the rock of Bernard) in previous posts on most of its history so will update this older post with some curiosities of La Roche Bernard !! The port ,the Vilaine river ,the good French ambiance and family values we cherish. Memories forever; hope you enjoy the post as I.


La Roche-Bernard is located in my beautiful Morbihan Department 56 of my lovely Bretagne. It is one of the twelve towns of the intercommunality of Arc Sud Bretagne and the district of Vannes. La Roche Bernard is a Flower town of France, Natura 2000, and Small Town of Character designation!  The town is located 36 km from Saint-Nazaire, 41 km from Vannes and 70 km from Nantes. The Vannes-Nantes axis (N 165 highway) passes through the Pont du Morbihan on the outskirts of the town. The Atlantic Ocean stretches about 20 km from it. The town of La Roche-Bernard is bordered by the peninsula of Guérande, and  the peninsula of Rhuys , as well as  Questembert. Finally, the town is on the border between Bretagne and Pays de la Loire regions (which together form the old Bretagne) on the left bank of the Vilaine River.


The port activity of La Roche-Bernard is attested as early as the 13C. The yachting is now the activity and the main feature of the port of the city.  And the boating scene, the festival of the Garenne, and the river port basin is what is magical here to come again and again. Today, of the 4 bridges built during the previous centuries, only two of them have survived. The Pont de la Roche-Bernard in 1960 is inaugurated the second bridge of La Roche-Bernard, a bridge suspended on the model of the bridge of Tancarville. The Pont du Morbihan in order to relieve congestion in the city, it was decided to construct a new bridge between the towns of Marzan and Nivillac just 1 km upstream of the previous one. It will be inaugurated in 1996. With a length of 600 meters, it is equipped with a pedestrian arch located just below the main apron.


The rock of the Roche of Bernard is located on Rue du Passage, this granitic promontory overlooks the Vilaine river and the harbor. There are also 2 cannons that belonged to the French warship Le Juste or righteous ,sunk during the battle of the Cardinals in 1759. A commemorative plaque indicates that it was in La Roche-Bernard that the warship the Couronne or crown ,was built in the 17C. These are the emblems of the city and always make sure to stop by here.


Then , what we love to come and have lunch or dinner here is at the very friendly and good food/price ratio restaurant Le Yackam’s Bar Brasserie on the port below the promontory and on the Quai Saint Antoine. Every time is different, as you can have the menu or the plat du jour daily dish with good wines or beers. We had different dishes,on the many trips here, but I love my Tripel Karmeliet Belgian 8.4% beer from 1679! . My sons love to do the Loburg Belgian beer 5.7% pilsner . Overlooking the boats is sublime !! Very cosy, friendly and right over the foot bridge over the free parking de la Voute by the quai Saint-Antoine.  The official Yackam’s


The Damgan La Roche Bernard tourist office on LRB

The city of La Roche Bernard on its port

The stopover passport on the port of LRB (nice pic) :

There you go folks, do come to this lovely port city on the Vilaine river between the new frontiers of Bretagne and Pays de la Loire regionsLa Roche Bernard or the rock of Bernard is waiting for you. Again, hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

July 22, 2022

The Abbey Presbyterian of Dublin !

And I take you to an island off the European continent and very much part of it. It was a memorable short trip but always with pleasants memories of the visit , and always wants to go back. I like to update this older post of my visit to Dublin, Ireland. I took some walks and started seeing interesting building and nice architecture ,with history behind them. I passed by this church and was impress by its clean looks and impressive exterior architecture. For a primer on the Abbey Presbyterian Church of Dublin !


Quickly up nice Parnell Square you come to the impressive church with beautiful architecture, this is the  Abbey Presbyterian. It is decorated Gothic building, with a spire 55 meters high (about 180 feet). The abbey church was erected in 1864 with funding from Alexander Findlater, a Dublin merchant, and is known colloquially as Findlater’s Church.  Indeed the reconstituting and renaming of the congregation came as a direct result of the 1916 Easter Rising and its aftermath.  Abbey Presbyterian Church is a congregation affiliated to the Presbyterian Church in Ireland through the Dublin & Munster Presbytery.  They have been meeting at the present site in Parnell Square right at the heart of the city for almost one hundred and fifty years, although their history can be traced back much further.


A bit of history I like

The Presbyterians were prominent in Dublin as early as 1594 with the appointment of the first regular Provost of Trinity College. Almost the earliest known Presbyterian congregation in Dublin was established about 1660 in Bull Alley, a lane running along what is now St. Patrick’s Park. In 1667 this congregation, from which the present Abbey congregation traces its descent, moved to Capel Street and the site of Mary’s Abbey. The Abbey had been founded by Godfrey, the Danish King of Dublin, in 948 and finally vacated by the Cistercians in 1641.

Meetinghouse Lane, in which the old Chapterhouse of St. Mary’s Abbey still stands, takes its name from the Presbyterian building. In the 1860s the growth of the congregation and a substantial increase in rent on the Mary’s Abbey property made it desirable for the congregation to seek new premises. By the great generosity of Alexander Findlater, a Dublin merchant, the present site in Rutland Square, now Parnell Square, was bought and a church was erected. The church is popularly known as ‘Findlater’s Church‘ and is referred to by that name in two of James Joyce’s novels. The opening services were held in November, 1864.

dublin abbey presbyterian church on oconnell side oct16

Their official Abbey Church

The Dublin city council on other things to see

The Dublin tourist office on the abbey ,call Findlater’s:

There you go folks, a nice off the beaten path visit in Dublin, the Abbey Presbyterian Church. Hope you have enjoy the post as I.

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

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July 22, 2022

Church Saint Cyr and Sainte Julitte of Ambon !

In the never ending saga of showcasing my region of Bretagne to the world here is more from my department 56, Morbihan. A brief memory refresher, Brittany is Bretagne in French, and the local Breton language it is Breizh! The deparment 56 is the only one in France not French, but Breton as the Morbihan means Mor=sea, Bihan=small; therefore in French would be petite mer but in Breton is Morbihan! Get it !!!

And now let me take you to the south of the Morbihan and the nice beach town of Ambon. There are nice beaches but the Church is a must to see when in town.  Ambon  is ,also , part of the twelve towns members of the intercommunality Arc Sud Bretagne and a district area of Vannes. It is a seaside resort with four kms of beaches; which are very good indeed, especially those at Cromenac’h and BétahonHowever, I will update this post on the monument ,history and architecture. The Church Saint-Cyr-and-Sainte-Julitte is from the foundations of the 4C and then renovated rebuilt thereafter in the 10C, 12C, 15C and 17C. Here the basement is from the 9C! most is built in the 12C with some 15C and 17C renovations.


A bit of history I like

The oldest evocation of the Church Saint Cyr and Sainte Juilitte dates from 458 in the cartulary of Quimperlé and the parish of the 9C in the cartulary of Redon. In the Middle Ages, Ambon is a very extensive parish which knows its apogee in the 16-17C, especially with its port of Pénerf which is considered the 4th port of Brittany in the middle of the 16C. With the French revolution, an administrative redistricting is done and the former parish of Ambon loses much of its territory including Damgan with Pénerf which becomes separate towns and Penesclus which passes to be part of Muzillac.

The current parish Church Saint Cyr and Sainte Julitte is a composite church whose origin dates back to pre-Romanesque times. After some excavations done it was found a choir and a transept were updates of a Roman temple of the 3C .The oldest elevation structures, corresponding to the nave, probably date from the end of the 10C. The transept belongs to the Romanesque period, as well as the old choir, which remains the route, highlighted during a previous restoration campaign. The current choir dates from a reconstruction in the 15C, then the ensemble was included in successive additions, mainly in the 17C.


It is built on vestiges of an ancient church dating from the 4-5C. The Church Saint Cyr and Sainte Julitte was built towards the end of the 12C From the Romanesque period the façade with buttresses, the capitals and the windows of the aisles are still there. The basement dates from the 9C. The nave, which has five spans, dates from the end of the 10C or the beginning of the 11C; it is very reworked in its lower parts and communicates with the aisles by large arched arches topped by small bays. The transept seems dated from the 13C or 15C; its vault in half-cradle rests on columns with simple capitals, engaged in heavy masonry pillars. A large part, built in the 12C, was reworked in the 15C and 17C. The choir was completely rebuilt in the 15C, with a rectangular flat-bedside plan flanked by two chapels. From 1636 to 1649 , new redevelopments take place. The Chapel of Notre-Dame du Rosaire was rebuilt in 1636-1637. On the north porch which dates from the 16-17C, two new chapels were added: the Chapel of Notre Dame de la Pitié in 1646-1647 and the Chapel of St. James (St Jacques) in the 18C. An enlargement with the addition of a sacristy is carried out from 1636 to 1649. In the19C a new sacristy was attached to the south Chapel. 


The city of Ambon on its heritage

The Damgan La Roche Bernard tourist office of Ambon

The Morbihan dept 56 tourist board on the church

Indeed a marble to see when in Ambon. This is the rich architectural and historical presence of a  proud region of France, the old Duchy of Brittany. And the unique Morbihan dept 56, with beautiful coastal and inland towns with the beach town of Ambon. Hope you appreciate the post on the Church Saint Cyr and Sainte Julitte ! as I.

There you go folks, another gem in my map, and hopefully will be yours too. Worth the detour me think. And  remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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