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August 11, 2022

How about Tréhorenteuc !!

Yes indeed, in my road warrior mode again in my backyard of the Morbihan breton! And voilà new towns even passed by close never in until now! It goes without saying my previous comments, will need a lifetime to see them all just in my beautiful Morbihan. Today I give you Tréhorenteuc !!

The town of Tréhorenteuc is located in the beautiful department 56 of Morbihan, in the lovely region of Bretagne and on the border with Ille-et-Vilaine dept 35. it is the second smallest town in the Morbihan ! Tréhorenteuc was one of the first towns to keep a parish register, from 1573, to notify the burials. After the 1940s, the history of Tréhorenteuc mingles with the Arthurian legend.  

The Val sans retour is a natural extension of the forest massif of Paimpont, whose entrance is located near Tréhorenteuc. The Val sans retour, administratively located in the department of Ille-et-Vilaine 35 , has various points of interest such as the creation of the l’Arbre d’Or (golden tree), the megalithic site known as Hotié de Viviane or Tomb of the Druids, the seat of Merlin or Roche Dentélée ,a rock sculpted by erosion.  This valley of no returns or Val sans retour is a legendary place of the Arthurian cycle in the forest of Brocéliande, as well as a renowned site in central Brittany, in the forest administratively named the forest of Paimpont. The legend attached to it, recounted in the Lancelot-Grail (early 13C), circulated orally before the end of the 12C. The fairy Morgana experiences a romantic disappointment with the knight Guyomard , who rejects her at the instigation of Queen Guinevere. She studies magic with Merlin then, in retaliation, creates the Valley of No Return in the forest of Brocéliande to lock up the “false lovers”, unfaithful knights in love. After seventeen years, Morgana is foiled by Lancelot du Lac, loyal to Guinevere, who frees 253 knights. This account constitutes Morgana’s most striking action against the Arthurian chivalry, and a reversal of male and female roles as conceived in medieval literature. This is a vast area and most on foot, we were handicap with my Dad on wheelchair but worth the trip anyway.

The Arbre d’Or consists of a chestnut tree trunk covered with 5,000 gold leaves (equivalent to 40 g of gold). This symbolic tree in the heart of an area of ​​small raised stones, is surrounded by five other trees, blackened with its cutout in the shape of deer antlers, this tree symbolizes the rebirth and immortality of the forest and nature, but also “the human stupidity often at the origin of natural disasters”.  It quickly became a popular attraction Merlin’s seat is also called the “serrated rock”. It is an eroded rock on the moor which overlooks the Val sans retour. According to local legend, the enchanter Merlin came to sit there to meditate as well as to watch over the valley of no return. The L’hotié de Viviane located near Paimpont (35), is also called “Tomb of the Druids”. It is a megalith, dated from 3355 to 2890 BC. , where the fairy Viviane would have taken refuge It would be in this stone castle that the fairy would keep Merlin chained, on the hill of Val-sans-Retour, in the middle of woods and rocks.

Trehorenteuc arbre d'or closeup aug22

Less than a place of worship, the Sainte-Onenne Church became a cultural center, where today one can admire a beautiful mosaic, the ” White Stag” made in 1955 and a large stained glass window featuring major elements of Arthurian legend. The Sainte-Onenne Church or Grail Chapel has the first so-called “Round Table” stained glass window made and installed in 1943, In this church, the stained glass windows, paintings and mosaic of the Cerf blanc au collier d’or represent ; the haloed deer represents Christ, and the four lions, the four gospels. We find these elements in an episode of the famous Quest for the Grail. For this, it finds a common core between these three worlds, which is the Grail. The latter is frequently depicted, which is why the church is also called the Grail Chapel. It is dedicated to Saint Onenne. Anne de Bretagne donated a banner representing Sainte Onenne in 1506. The parish building was rebuilt in 1516, You see a statue of Notre-Dame du Rosaire, which dates from the 18C , and a statue of Saint John the Baptist, dating from the 15C.

Trehorenteuc ch Sainte Onenne ou chapelle du Graal front aug22

Trehorenteuc ch Sainte Onenne ou chapelle du Graal altar représentation du Graal aug22

Trehorenteuc ch Sainte Onenne ou chapelle du Graal back wall artur aug22

Trehorenteuc ch Sainte Onenne ou chapelle du Graal chapel Saint Eutrope aug22

Trehorenteuc ch Sainte Onenne ou chapelle du Graal chapel Sainte Onenne aug22

The manor of Rues-Neuves or Château de Gerwan whose name can be associated with that of a Breton prince of the 9C. This mansion is linked to several legends of the Brocéliande forest and served as the setting for a TV movie , This building has a double cart and pedestrian gate. It is also accosted by a polygonal staircase turret. A loggia gives access to the courtyard. In this courtyard, a beautiful 16C molded door blends in with the farm buildings.

Trehorenteuc manoir des Rues Neuves front aug22

Trehorenteuc manoir des Rues Neuves back aug22

We were lucky to arrive when a market and fleas were going on and nice ambiance, just my Morbihan!

Trehorenteuc marche brocante to ch graal aug22

The Broceliande vacances tourist board on Trehorenteuc

The Broceliande tourist office on the church of the Graal

The Brocéliande local tourist office on its heritage:

There you go folks, another dandy road warrior trip by yours truly, this time with my boys and Dad, Rex our dog stayed home. We are looking forward to discover more beauties in my beautiful Morbihan in the future, the potential site is awesome! This is tranquil in land Tréhorenteuc !! Hope you enjoy the post on the new find as I.

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

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August 11, 2022

And there is a Néant-sur-Yvel !

Yes indeed, in my road warrior mode again in my backyard of the Morbihan breton! And voilà new towns even passed by close never in until now! It goes without saying my previous comments, will need a lifetime to see them all just in my beautiful Morbihan. Today I give you Néant-sur-Yvel !

The town of Néant-sur-Yvel is located in the beautiful department 56 of Morbihan in the lovely region of Bretagne. It is part of the Paimpont forest, west of Rennes, and only 58 km from Pontivy. Also, 55 minutes by car from my house !

Néant-sur-Yvel is, it seems, the site of an ancient sanctuary dedicated to the Druids. Under the Ancien Régime (monarchy), Néant sur Yvel owes its importance to the presence of the counts of Bois-de-la-Roche. They held a garrison of fifty soldiers and commanded the parishes of Néant, Guilliers, Saint-Brieuc-de-Mauron, Tréhorenteuc and Campénéac. During the French revolution, the county was divided. The town of Bois-de-la-Roche lost its prestige, and Néant grew in importance and even became, for a few years, the center of a canton grouping Néant, Tréhorenteuc and Concoret, before becoming part of the canton of Mauron. In 1947, the town became Néant-sur-Yvel.

The Church of Saint-Pierre,is to discover its inside such as the tomb of Anne Toussainte de Volvire, also called the Saint of Néant. The marble tomb of Anne Toussainte de Volvire dates from 1881. She also has her portrait on one of the stained glass windows dating from the 17C. The stained glass shows religious of the Holy Grail and the mystery of Good Friday: the chalice, the host, the triangle of the Trinity, the glorious cross, the empty tomb, the tree of Eden, the sun representing the Father, the Holy Spirit in the Mountain peak …

Neant sur Yvel ch St Pierre aug22

Neant sur Yvel ch St Pierre altar aug22

Neant sur Yvel ch St Pierre Anne Toussainte de Volvire tomb aug22

The Church of Saint Pierre can be described as an irregularly shaped church, in particular because of these multiple openings. The bell tower, rather modern, is not in schist. The walls are, and the openings made of granite and sandstone. The Saint-Peter’s Church was founded before 1535 by the Montauban family. The building is in the shape of a Latin cross. The exterior and interior decoration of the church is composed of flamboyant and Renaissance elements. The square tower, attached to the nave of the church, dates from 1720, is surmounted by a slate spire.

Neant sur Yvel ch St Pierre back wall aug22

The apse window has preserved some fragments of stained glass from the 16C, representing God the Father with the Son, dead on his knees, Christ, the Virgin and some apostles, The large stained glass window in the church represents, under the feet of Saint Peter , Saint James and Saint Barthélemy, the old castle of Bois de la Roche. The Calvary of the Saint-Peter’s Church dates from the 16C.

Neant sur Yvel ch St Pierre chapel stained aug22

On the Butte Saint-Michel or St Michael’s hill , a giant round table is installed there which will eventually receive 11 Knights of the Round Table, The first was Arthur, on a round table about 4 meters in diameter, both hands placed on the edge. His helm, surmounted by a dragon, is placed in front of him. Later came the knights Keu and Gauvain who were officially welcomed around the table with King Arthur, in ceremonial dress seated on a pedestal, his hands resting on the Round Table of the knights, Eventually the idea is to put all knights on the round table by the town.

Neant sur Yvel Table de Ronde Artur side aug22

Neant sur Yvel Table de Ronde Artur front aug22

Right on the Butte Saint Michel near the above table ronde you can see a stone Cross from the Middle ages. There is also, a very nice replica of the grotto of Notre Dame de Lourdes. This was done in 1957 and recently renovated. The cave was built with white stones extracted on the moor of Coë Penot. To consolidate the work, railway tracks were donated. 

Neant sur Yvel butte st michel Croix de chemin du Moyen age aug22

Neant sur Yvel Table de Ronde grotto ND de Lourdes aug22

Other things to see but no time in my road warrior mode were:

The Jardin aux Moines or monks garden you have megalithic tumulus. The Jardin aux Moines at the crossroads of the road leading to Mauron and that linking Paimpont to Néant-sur-Yvel. This Neolithic mound measures 25 by 6 meters, and dates back to a period between 3,000 and 2,000 BC. And the Château de Bois-de-la-Roche built around 1500, by Philippe de Montauban , then chancellor of Brittany, fitted out in the 17C and restored in the 19C. Only one tower remains, the one on the east side and the adjacent building. The tower on the west side was built after the French revolution to match the other. Anne Toussainte de Volvire, known as the “Saint of Néant”, was born there in 1653. (see church).

The Broceliande local tourist board on the Church St Pierre

The town of Néant sur Yvel

There you go folks, another dandy road warrior trip by yours truly, this time with my boys and Dad, Rex our dog stayed home. We are looking forward to discover more beauties in my beautiful Morbihan in the future, the potential site is awesome! This is tranquil in land Néant sur Yvel, the river Yvel that passes by here, and Néant well it means Nothing lol! Hope you enjoy the post on the new find as I

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

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August 11, 2022

Let me tell you about some streets of Metz !!

I like to go the fast way into towns on the road warrior trail but once in them, we will walk the beat and its great in my belle France. The city of Metz is no different to this practice which is recommended to all. Walk it and enjoy it, let me tell you about some streets of Metz !! And during the Christmas market celebrations!! The city is in the dept 57 of the Moselle in the new region of Grand Est of my belle France. I am updating this older post, see my others on Metz in my blog.

The Arsenal is a set of performance and exhibition halls, mainly devoted to classical music and contemporary dance, where numerous recitals and concerts are represented. See my previous post on St Pierre aux Nonnains.  Also, behind the hall Arsenal you see the Chapelle des Templiers a unique vestige of a templar commandery founded in the 12C, and today is also an exhibition hall.  The big parvis or Esplanade de l’Arsenal is located around the above building between boulevard Poincaré and Avenue Ney and below is my parking République! There is a nice statue of Marshal Ney and across is one of the spot of the Christmas market in Metz (we have been ,and it’s superbe see post). You have plenty of stores, bars, and restaurants around this lively area!


The Place de la République is the largest square in Metz city center. It was built in 1802, then called Place Royale, next to the old citadel and the limits of the city. During the annexation, the square was renamed Platz des Führers. The Universal Exhibition of 1861 was organized on this square and on the Esplanade which prolongs it. It is bounded by three urban facades, the Avenue Robert-Schuman where is the Bank of France, the rue du Maréchal-Lyautey  which borders the Ney barracks; on the side parallel with Rue Winston-Churchill, a shopping street that runs along the hypercenter and leads to the courthouse. Avenue Ney marks an open boundary on the  jardins de l’Esplanade  (gardens). From 1964, an above ground parking occupies the place de la République of which it takes the name.


The Station République, formely known as the Galerie République, is an underground shopping arcade with some twenty shops in the Place de la République. An expansion of the car park, an extension of the gallery was dug under the Avenue Winston-Churchill  in order to develop its commercial space and link it to the Galeries Lafayette,  and FNAC stores. A new access is thus created at rue Winston-Churchill. A wonderful shopping experience!

The Place Saint-Jacques is our favorite square in the city center of Metz, as it is also ,opposite the shopping center , the Centre Saint-Jacques. It is located between the Rue Fabert and  Rue de Ladoucette, in the heart of the historic and pedestrian center of the city, not far from Saint-Etienne Cathedral. Place Saint-Jacques is located near the main crossroads of the old Roman city ( by rue Taison ,and rue En Fournirue) and corresponds roughly to the site of the ancient forum.  The current name of the square appears in the 12C and comes from the Church of Saint-Jacques which bordered it before being demolished in 1574. Today, the place St Jacques is known to the locals Messins for its many restaurants and cafes terraces during the beautiful season. It is, also one of the sites for the wonderful Marché de Nôel or Christmas market in the wonderful city. And we love it here!


A bit of history and or anecdote I like on the place St Jacques of Metz.

During the break-up of German troops in 1918, Metz Catholics fear that they will transform the city into a new Verdun. They pray then to vow to raise a statue to the Blessed Virgin, if the city was spared by the fighting. It was done thanks to the efforts of Bishop Benzler of Metz from 1901 to 1919, however, he was expelled by the French authorities in July 1919 and died in Germany in 1921 .The statue was inaugurated on the feast of the Assumption 1924. The Place Saint-Jacques was chosen for its central location and its proximity to the cathedral.

Again on August 15, 1940, despite the prohibition of meeting people imposed by the Nazis who then occupied the city, and the presence of many armed soldiers, nothing can prevent the devotion of the local Messins for Notre-Dame of Metz, and of to show their patriotic attachment to France. The statue is surrounded by flowers in the colors of France and a huge cross of Lorraine, decorated with flowers tricolor, thistles and a yellow and red ribbon, colors of Lorraine, is attached to the column.  You can read the motto of Lorraine: “Who rubs there pricks.” A chorus suddenly rises from the crowd: “Queen of France – Pray for us – Our hope – Come and save us! . The tradition is honored every year on August 15, the day of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. The Pontifical Mass is first celebrated in the morning at the cathedral, and then vespers are sung, followed by a procession led by the bishop, which goes from the cathedral to the column.

The official Metz tourist office

The city of Metz on its heritage

There you go folks , a wonderful set of streets to get lost in this wonderful city of Metz. You will love it here , very quant, traditional, and yes very French indeed. Some streets of Metz hopefully will get you acquainted with this beautiful city.

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

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