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July 30, 2022

The port of Arradon !!!

And here I am back again on my road warrior trips in my beautiful Morbihan and lovely Bretagne ! I have written several posts on this wonderful coastal town and I stopped by it today again.  Therefore, let me tell you a bit more on pretty Arradon!

The port of Arradon at the Pointe or tip and its wonderful sea life only found in Bretagne with its old sea traditions. Let me tell you about Arradon, just next to Vannes and south of me by 30 minutes by car. From me I take the D768 to the beaches direction Arradon then cross over the expressway or N165 and take the road D127 straight to town!  This town is bounded to the east by the Vincin river. It borders the cities of Vannes, Ploeren and Baden. The town of Arradon has a coastline of 15 km , and is located opposite the Ile aux Moines and the Ile d’Arz with which this town provides transport. Besides, the two Logoden Islands and the small island of Irus belong to Arradon Indeed, and is one of the deepest passes in the Gulf of Morbihan.

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It has a nice marina harbor  , the Pointe d’Arradon is a small peninsula of 700 meters long by 200 meters wide at its widest point and it serves as a boarding terminal for passenger boats visiting  for the nearby island of lIle-aux-Moines (Monks island but there are no monks now), and great seafood!! The Pointe d’ Arradon is in the Gulf of Morbihan. It faces the Pointe du Trec’h located on Île-aux-Moines.

The town of Arradon  on nautical activities: https://www.arradon.com/Decouvrir-Arradon/Loisirs/Nautisme

The Gulf of Morbihan tourist office on the port of Arradon: https://www.golfedumorbihan.co.uk/fiche/port-d-arradon-en/

There you go folks, another escapade you can have while in the area for just a getaway day or weekend by the sea. Beautiful marina, great boating, kayak canoe kite sailing etc and wonderful seafood!  Hope you enjoy the good life at the Port of Arradon !! 

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

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July 30, 2022

The Château de Montaner !

Going in my road warrior down to pretty Pyrénées Atlantiques dept 64 of the Nouvelle Aquitaine region of my belle France. This was a pleasant surprise passing by we saw  a tower and decided to come in closer. We found the Château of Montaner in almost ruins but still very much alive.

Let me update this older post for you and me. In direction Morlaàs (see post) we passed by an old castle where winding roads needed to be taken up the road D7 and then D62. this is in ruins but the tower is in excellent shape rides and chivarly or knights contests for kids was very colorful. This is the Château de Montaner. It is located in the extreme east of the department, 25 km from Pau. The town is bordering the Occitanie region and the department of Hautes-Pyrénées.

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Montaner owes its name to a lord named Aner who chose to settle there in the 8C. In 1370, Gaston Fébus made it a strategic place on the borders of Béarn facing Bigorre and Armagnac. He built a fortress overlooking the Adour valley. Gaston Fébus had understood the strategic interest of this territory whose eminences overhang the Adour valley, Bigorre , Armagnac and neighboring Béarn. The donjon of the count and viscount of Foix-Béarn thus dominates today this town with the fragmented territory. It extends over three hills and has several hamlets.

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The Castle of Montaner was built in the 14C by Sicard de Lordat at the request of Gaston Fébus to protect the borders of Béarn against Bigorre and Armagnac. It includes a large polygonal enclosure pierced by two gates and bristling with a high square dungeon and the gate of the dungeon which is still today, the fortress is surmounted by the coat of arms Foix-Béarn, itself wearing the formula “Febus me fe”, or “Fébus me”. Since 1854, the castle is kept and managed by the general council of Pyrénées-Atlantiques. In summer, there are many shows and events on the theme of the Middle Ages. The new tour offers a complete immersion in medieval times. A journey rich in emotions mixing past and virtual reality around the emblematic character of Gaston Fébus. With its new scenography, you will travel in the history and traditions of the 14C. You will discover the secrets of the construction of the castle, you will dive into the life of Gaston Fébus and the great courts of Europe of the 14C.

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The official Château de Montaner : https://www.chateau-montaner.com/2021/10/20/incontournable-chateau-de-montaner/

The official Friends of the Château de Montaner : http://www.chateau-montaner.info/

The local Vic Montaner tourist office on the castle: https://www.tourisme-vic-montaner.com/patrimoine-historique/chateau-de-montaner.html

There you go folks, a nice stop as we arrive at the Château de Montaner when the jousting games were going on on horseback and was very nice. We did climb the tower on a big effort indeed but nice views over the valley below and the town. All a good stop on our road warrior trips in the Pyrénées Atlantiques dept 64.

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

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July 30, 2022

To remember is to live again, Bielle (64) !!!

Let me tell you more in depth of a little town in my road warrior trips thru the Pyrénées between my beloved France and Spain. It has been many trips by it for many years lost count even in years when there was no tunnels up the peaks and down and back. We had many good times with the boys and my dear late wife Martine. We decided back in 2016 to have breakfast on the run and not at the hotel. This is the by chance and hungry stop we did at a little bakery in Bielle and had our breakfast at boulangerie Laloubére! on the run with the mountains in front of us before the big push over to Spain. Let me tell update this dear post for you and me; hope you enjoy it as I.

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A bit of Bielle first shall we !

Bielle is located in the department of the Pyrenees-Atlantiques 64 in the Nouvelle Aquitaine region. It is served by the 806 bus line of the intercity network of the Pyrenees-Atlantiques, which runs from Pau to Eaux-Bonnes (not taken). The town is crossed by the departmental road 934, the one we take always also known as the route du Portalet. Wonderful scenic route!

Bielle appeared in the parish registers for the first time in 1154 under the name Vila, then in 1289 under the name Villa In 1385 it was the name of Viele that appeared, then made up of 82 oestrus or living spaces, among which that of the hospital of the poor , there was also a Benedictine monastery.   Bielle was the capital of the Ossau Valley. The archives of the pastoral union were kept there. As the story goes Bielle is built on the site of an ancient villa whose ruins were unearthed in 1842. The Priory of St. Mary founded by Galin, Viscount of Ossau, in the 11C was totally destroyed by the wars of religion. In 1790, during the French revolution, Bielle was the capital of a township identical to that of the canton of Laruns today, increased from Louvia-Juzon, and dependent on the Oloron district.

Things to see in Bielle are (we were on road warrior runs to Spain so not seen them ok)

Bielle Castle was built between 1766 and 1770 commissioned by the Marquis Jean-Joseph de Laborde. He was born near Jaca in Aragon (Spain) 1724 and died guillotined in Paris 1794,he was a French merchant and banker. The 15C Church of Saint-Vivien contains furniture and objects of interest. The 17C Chapel of Our Lady, at the place called Ayguelade, was rebuilt in the 19C.   The nature reserve for the nesting of wild vultures, created in 1974, is located on the territory of the towns of Aste-Béon, Bielle, Bilhères and Castet. The museum associated with it, called the “Vulture Cliff”, is located at the entrance to the village of Aste-Béon.

And yes we go around them up and down climbing further on and just beautiful country indeed worth the drive!  The Lauriolle peak at 1,858 meters, the Turon de la Técouère at 1,067 meters, and the Montagnon Peak at 1,973 meters are imposing mountains in the Ossau valley.  Of course, nothing better than our souvenir and wonderful memories of passing by here. We have come by here on our last family vacations to Spain  in 2017 with my dear late wife Martine ,and again stop for breakfast at the same bakery. We had our breakfast in our usual place now the boulangerie Laloubére facing the mountains where pastry, coffee and orange juice cost us  2,30€! The price has not change in these  trips along the road D934 route du Portalet. The bakery is small but very friendly ladies with it been right on the road , a nice place to have your coffees, breads, sweets, and orange juice. They have a main bakery in town at city center Bielle.

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The town of Bielle on the bakery with the picture of city center location Place de la Mairie https://www.bielle-en-ossau.com/les-commerces/la-boulangerie-laloubere/

The town of Bielle on its heritagehttp://www.bielle-en-ossau.com/2008/07/27/visite-des-rues-de-bielle/

The Pyrénées Atlantiques 64 area tourist office on Bielle: https://pratique.tourisme64.com/activite/bielle.html

There you go folks , all set for a wonderful ride into the off the beaten paths beauties of my France , a wonderful trip to never forget, and looking forward to be back ,eventually.  Hope you enjoy the post on Bielle and the bakery shop Laloubére as I. Memories forever !!! 

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

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