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July 23, 2022

Chateau de Kerlois of Pluvigner !!

Again, my little town of Pluvigner packs several castles althought private. When it comes to history and architecture as in my belle France, we are loaded!  I like to update this older post for you and me; hope you enjoy it as I. Therefore, here is my take on the Château de Kerlois of Pluvigner !! Again, this is open sometimes on heritage days but not , and sometimes on gardens of Brittany days. The Château de Kerlois is located on the D102 road direction Sainte Anne d’Auray.

The Château de Kerlois dates mostly from the 17C (facade) but preserves some elements of the 15C. At the beginning of 15C, the castle was the seat of a lordship which belonged successively to Eon de Kernigues, Squire of Duke Jean V in 1407, to the Lestrin family of Saint-Avé, to the Lord of Keriolet, Olivier Le Gouvello in 1607, his son, Pierre de Keriolet, spends his childhood there. The private chapel was built by the mother of the latter, in thanks for the conversion of her son by Loudun. The private chapel was restored in the 18C. It is since 1800, the property of the family Le Bobinnec.   It shows a painting depicting the Virgin Mary and Sainte-Anne d’Auray. A painting before which would have come to pray Pierre de Keriolet. The building to the left of the castle became a hospice for the sick and the poor, after Pierre de Keriolet became a priest.

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The Château de Kerlois opens its park to the visitors on some heritage days weekend or garden days in Brittany. The French garden dates from the 18C when  Pierre de Keriolet, the “bandit of God”, lived there. The garden was made up of medicinal plants and a kitchen garden. It must be said that at the end of his life the man without faith or law, repentant, housed a Hospice in the back of the Castle. The two strengths of this park are the camellias with more than fifteen varieties, and the remarkable charms of it. There is also a bicentennial cedar of Lebanon brought back from the countryside by the ancestor of the current owner, who was captain in the Royal French Navy.

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The city of Pluvigner on its castles/mansionshttps://www.pluvigner.fr/manoirs-et-chateaux/

There you go folks, another dandy castle from my little town of Pluvigner. Hope you enjoy the post on the Château de Kerlois as I. We pack a lot of fascinating history and architecture in my beautiful Morbihan,and lovely Bretagne.

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

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July 23, 2022

La Forêt Fouesnant , the beach !!

This is one of those lovely spot of the many in my lovely Bretagne, that even living close and passing by close , went by but  never have gone in until now, and voilà La Forêt Fouesnant another gem in my belle France. Every trip out is a discovery in beauty ! I like to update this post and split into town and beach sides to tell you about La Forêt Fouesnant, the beach !

La Forêt-Fouesnant  is a town in the department 29 of Finistère, in the region of Bretagne. It has a marina, Port-la-Forêt, jointly with Benodet and Fouesnant. La Forêt-Fouesnant now forms the “Breton Riviera”, a new tourist destination. The town   is a seaside resort in the southern part of the Finistère, located on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, and more specifically the Bay of the Forêt, between Cape Coz (which is part of the neighboring town of Fouesnant) and Concarneau, in which uncorks the ria de La Forêt-Fouesnant.

For the boat lovers and I am one, love to be in them ,cruise on them,and be by them and lucky enough to have plenty here and a long tradition of seamen of all sorts. This is the marina port lovely and all facilities for non boaters alike.

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Port-La-Forêt, 3rd Marina of southern Brittany, is the most important marina of the south Finistère, in the La Forêt Fouesnant . Since its creation in 1972, it has been experiencing intense activity, welcoming more than a thousand boats. Port-La-Forêt fits rather well into the landscape and has become a mecca for sports sailing.

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La Foret Fouesnant port boats jun19

Kerleven Beach or Plage de Kerléven  is the large beach of La Forêt Fouesnant (1 km long). It lies at the bottom of the  Foret Bay (one of the deepest bays in southern Brittany, very well sheltered from the winds). It has very nice fine sand with a south exposure on the sun, and very flat that can be done with foot fishing and stand up padels enthusiasts. The beach is very well equipped with a supervised area in July and August, a mini sailing center, a free children’s play area and a restaurant directly on the sand which is very nice. Even if there are several campsites in the area, attendance is still reasonable even in the middle of August. Note that this bay has been subject to green algae for a few years. This beach is regularly cleaned and seaweed is collected at low tide (tractor). These algae would not be harmful provided they were picked up quickly (spreading a gas). On the other hand, be careful because it slips! We found a sparkling beach as per photo. Several accesses, the main one at the end of the road   route de Port la Forêt.

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And with all this water around us, why not a beach, well this is an awesome beach right at the tip of idylic Glénan islands and it is just gorgeous.

The La Forêt Fouesnant tourist office on its portshttps://www.foret-fouesnant-tourisme.com/notre-destination/a-decouvrir/cote-ocean/

The official port la Forêthttps://www.cnportlaforet.com/

The La Forêt Fouesnant tourist office on Kerleven beach: https://www.foret-fouesnant-tourisme.com/notre-destination/a-decouvrir/plage-de-kerleven/

My fav Plages Tv beach webpage on Kerleven beachhttps://www.plages.tv/detail/plage-de-kerleven-la-foret-fouesnant-29940

There you go folks, another gem in our lovely Bretagne, pretty Finistére and new found paradise of La Forêt Fouesnant only 83 km (about 52 miles)  from my house.  And of course, the beach is awesome! Hope you enjoy the post as I

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

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July 23, 2022

La Forêt Fouesnant , the town !

This is one of those lovely spot of the many in my lovely Bretagne, that even living close and passing by close , went by but  never have gone in until now, and voilà La Forêt Fouesnant another gem in my belle France. Every trip out is a discovery in beauty ! I like to update this post and split into town and beach sides to tell you about La Forêt Fouesnant, the town !

La Forêt-Fouesnant  is a town in the department 29 of Finistère, in the region of Bretagne. It has a marina, Port-la-Forêt, jointly with Benodet and Fouesnant. La Forêt-Fouesnant now forms the “Breton Riviera”, a new tourist destination. The town   is a seaside resort in the southern part of the Finistère, located on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, and more specifically the Bay of the Forêt, between Cape Coz (which is part of the neighboring town of Fouesnant) and Concarneau, in which uncorks the ria de La Forêt-Fouesnant.

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A bit of history I like

The town of La Forêt Fouenant was erected as a parish in 1851 and became common town only by law in 1873. On this occasion, the town grew its entire northern half and absorbed the small parish of Locamand (or Loc-Amand) itself from a Benedictine priory awarded in 1069 to the abbey of St. Croix of Quimperlé and sold in 1623 to the Jesuit College of Quimper before being confiscated as a national property during the French revolution and falling into disrepair. In 1872, the General Council of Finistère examined the wishes of the inhabitants of the section of La Forêt Fouesnant in a town separate from that of Fouesnant, of which it had previously been a member.

Some interesting points me think to tell you,on the town are:

Under the Law of Separation of Churches and State, in October 1907, the priests of the presbytery of La Forêt Fouesnant were expelled on the same day as those of Fouesnant and Benodet by sixty police agent (gendarmes) on horseback in order to enforce this law. An English aviator, James Francis John Sheridan, radio operator and machine gunner on the Beaufort No. L9807 shot down by a Me109 during an attack to the heavy cruiser of the nazi naval boat Admiral Hipper on February 15, 1941 , and he is buried in the town’s cemetery. RIP

Some of the things to see here in my opinion are: 

The old port or Vieux port. Formerly known as the Port of Stank Al Lestreg (valley of the irises), the old port was the heart of the town’s maritime trade. Its strategic location and the importance of commercial traffic allowed the construction of docks and holds from 1850. Port-la-Forêt is the marina of the La Forêt Fouesnant , one of the largest in Brittany, sheltered by Kerleven beach and the tip of Cape Coz.

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The prehistoric cairn of Kerleven (from 5000 to 3000 BC). The Church of Our Lady of Izel-Vor (lower sea in Breton), from the 16C and calvary in the parish enclosure. The Chapel of Peniti (or Penity, a penity being in the Breton language a hermitage or a small monastery), also known as St. Maudez Chapel (for St. Maudez became its the patron Saint in 1747) was built in 1723. It is located at the birth of the ria  de La Forêt-Fouesnant, on its left bank, at the top of an escarpment. Mesmeur’s manor: on the left bank of the ria de La Forêt-Fouesnant, it is a classically styled mansion that dates back to the second half of the 18C, long belonging to the Family of Sylguy (Quimper’s nobility). The Stang Manor this manor, the oldest part which dates back to the 15C, was rebuilt in 1664, and remodelled in the 18C. The mansion became a national property during the French revolution and was purchased by a property dealer from Quimper, who sold it later on. Expanded several times over time, this mansion was transformed into a castle-hotel in 1937.

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The priviate south Finistére webpage on La Forêt Fouesnanthttp://www.finisteresud.com/429-visites-finistere-sud-foret-fouesnant.html

The Finistere dept 29 tourist office on the Finistere riviera : http://www.finisterebrittany.com/finistere-riviera

There you go folks, another gem in our lovely Bretagne, pretty Finistére and new found paradise of La Forêt Fouesnant only 83 km (about 52 miles)  from my house.  Hope you enjoy the post as I

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

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