My travels in my beautiful Morbihan !!! Part I

I decided as crazy as I can be to eliminate all the my travels in the Morbihan posts from my blog. After coming up and looking at them , I realise they are simple small dots of places already visited and full post and pictures in the blog. So rather than have a double sites have deleted all 94 (XCIV) of them !!! I like to thank all those who have given likes or comments over the years in my blog on these posts. However , all is not lost.

Rather than lose all these memorable moments since 2012, I will condense all of them into several posts for my memories of always , the story of me and my blog. Hope you enjoy these memories as I. The word Morbihan means Mor for sea and bihan for small in the breton language so therefore small sea or in French petite mer (coming from the famous gulf of Morbihan)  the local costumes is that in the South areas around Vannes (Gwened) Breton is spoken by the elders ,taught in schools ,and all signs on the roads, etc are bilingual. On the extreme north by Loudéac par example ,Gallo, a gallo roman language is also spoken, and the road signs are shown in both gallo and French. Brittany or Bretagne is Breizh!

This series started in 2012! Today I am relaxing home while the boys are at the movies seeing John Carter at Cineville,Vannes. I love the various port,harbor or beach areas around here, its a seaman paradise, and wanted to check out Lamor Plage and Lamor-Baden. Great views over to Port Louis across the bay, just gorgeous. One beautiful place to visit here is the Church Notre Dame de la Clarté, from the 6C with a tower from 1666. On way back, we stop by Vannes, where we had a nice Mexican’s meal by the hotel de ville in Vannes, The place is name Mexican’s tex-mex (now closed).

I set out today into deep country past Pluvigner into something call Bieuzy-Lanvaux! yes way deep country. We continue our ride to Sainte-Anne d’Auray, nearer me. This is a shrine to the patron saint of Brittany ,and according to the book the grandmother of Jesus , mother of Mary. We had lunch at the Créperie Les Ajoncs, right across from the basilica. We came back to walk the city center Pluvigner, It has a nice Church Saint Guigner; founder of the town. We went over to Saint Avé which is near Vannes on our way to our shopping at Carrefour and the kids video games at Micromania   I took them to Saint Nolffs and my chateau (yes I work in a castle! château de Talhouët) In city center I finally took pictures of the town church complex. The Church Saint Mayeul, is from the 16C and the Chapel of Sainte Anne next to the church and built in 1493.

Let’s go to 2013 ! This time in our search for a house we went back to a town I almost live in. This is Saint Avé .The town has a walkpath on the camp de César as records have it the great Cesar of Rome had a camp here The Church Saint Gervais et Saint Protais suffered a lot on humidity problems, was destroyed in the 19C and rebuilt between 1830 and 1834 where the building of today is from. The other more known and kept is the Chapel of Notre Dame du Loc built from 1475 to 1494 is still an example of the Breton religious art.

We went far out to near Lorient to check on building material prices,and the boys to check some video games the shopping center K2 for Keryado Returning passed by nicetown of Grand Champ . The best here is the Church Saint Tugdual, dates from its renovation in August 10 1817  as this was chouans territory ,the local opposition to the French revolution, and visited by the rebels call chouans many times.  On our way back , we stop by the chocolaterie Henri le Roux at Landevant, the main store and factory of the famous Breton chocolats caramels with stores already in Paris, We ,then, got in thru the small village of Landaul, where we went by city center to admire the Church Sainte Marie Magdaleine the old chapel of Notre Dame de Bon Secours.

We set out by car as usual from home exit/sortie 42, heading towards Plouay, we saw this wonderful little town,in the middle of the race Rallye de Bretagne auto race right on the streets !! There you see the nice Church Saint Ouen, the church was built at the end of the 14C, We continue to the old town of Le Faouêt, picturesque town with a nice museum of  traditions and folklore of the region, Musée du Faouêt.   The major attraction here is the covered market hall, Les Halles, old halls of 1542 .We continue our journey towards Kernaclésden, home of a wonderful 15C church that I have heard of; it was close but the exteriors are impressive for a second visit inside. The Church of Notre Dame has an interesting house of bats next door We end up our trip in the famous breton sausage town of  Guémené sur Scorff in real Breton territory,deep in, deep traditions. We saw the wonderful small Church Notre Dame de la Fosse, 19C, rebuilt around 1820. You can move on to the ruins of the castle of the Rohan , a wonderful historical property, long illustrious story from the source: the castle of Rohan (14C), modified in the 15C.  It has a nice mairie or hotel de ville of Guémené sur Scorff in the shape of a mansion or manoir.

We did last minutes shopping while celebrating my father’s 78th birthday eating out at our local steakhouse; La Boucherie. We visit on shopping Bricomarché in Auray, We took an eye at a new store to visit Electro Depot in Vannes. We went by E Leclerc hypermarket to get our luggage bags for the boys nd finally ,we went to Mr. Bricolage near Pluvigner, to get our order for window shades. On way back we passed by inland  Grand Champ, not far from my new home . The Church Saint Tugdual, the church dated from the early on but totally destroyed during the revolution. It was rebuilt in 1817. and the Chapelle Notre Dame du Perpétuel Secours from 1898,right at rue saint yves. We had lunch at Restaurant Roi Stevan,(closed).

We took rides lately on towns surrounding ours such as Locminé, and Grand Champ, then we took a ride into Camors and Baud plus a nice tour of Pluvigner.  You have the Church of Saint Pierre in Baud, and the Church Saint Sané at Camors The wonderful municipal pool  or piscine at Baud the museum of post cards or Cartopole (now call Le Carton Voyageur ). We went over the colorful marché by the place du poids public , Vannes, and all along the adjacent Streets, halle aux poissons and up to the pl de la République.   We had lunch at the brasserie, pizzeria, bar Les Trois Soleils,  right off road D779 in the business park ZA de Tréhuines, Plescop, just outside city limits of Vannes.

And we reach 2014 !!! We went to the beautiful Le Bono area, just on the road D101, towards the Gulf of Morbihan. Passing by the Les Jardins de Mémoire overlooking the river Bono Next on the road was the Tumulus de Kérnours, a ceremonial stone burial This one at Le Bono is great because its in a forest area that once you past by it you descend a steep hill into the bay of the river Bono with spectacular views . We past by the town of Baden, taking a quick look again at its Church St Pierre, rebuilt in the 19C, and the museum or Musée des passions et des ailes, right next to the church at an angle. this small museum tells you about the boating history of the area and especially the aviators that came from here like Joseph Le Brix, amongst others. At Larmor-Baden ,you come first into the Church of Notre Dame  that is a replacement of an older done in 1857. The one you see now was done in 1880. At the end, we follow to Port Blanc, facing the île aux Moines, with the boat passenger terminal, ready to take you to the islands. We came back to the business park call Atlanville and plenty of eateries here and shops, and hypermarket and cinémas ,and hôtels all around you just outside Vannes off the D779 road we had to go to a pizza place,for lunch; the kids know, Tablapizza.

The town of Guillac is very old and some foundations are there even before the Romans time. The Church Saint Bertin is an integral part of the history,  built in the first half of the 16C, We continue on to Quily on the road D174 , pure country and wonderful ride; where the main item is the Church Saint Nicodéme. The Church was originally built as the Church Notre Dame des Neiges (our lady of snow) but since 1802 it is that of Saint Nicodéme. We went on with our ride to the town of Le Roc Saint-André (now Val d’Oust). This is right passing of the great expanse of the river Oust and a nice section of the Canal Nantes-Brest on a wonderful Pont or bridge with great views  You ,also, will find a nice Church Saint André, done in 1901-1903. We had a drink at the bar Tabac La Chaumiére right in town, at 6 rue Nationale . We continue on the road D766A towards La Chapelle-Caro,  it takes  its name  from the  family  of the Chapelle ,the Church Notre Dame, built in 1868  to replace  a former  treviale  Church  and parish from the 17C, reworked in 1711.

We set out on the N165 towards Nantes, and stop by the D20 at Muzillac, also the D153 will work a wonderful shopping place for potteries, flowers,plants, home decoration just marvelous of the family Bloino. Ets Bloino  (closed). We went past the Chapelle Saint Antoine de Penesclus just before hitting city center, We had the opportunity to visit the market or marché day in Muzillac; we found this artisan bakery, boulangerie/pâtisserie/chocolatier of Gaël Artisan at 57 Rue Armorique, we had our lunch. We moved on to the town of Ambon, right along on the road D20 , Church Saint-Cyr-Sainte-Julitte; it is a very old religious site maybe going back to the 3-4C! Took road D140 to Damgan, here we drove along narrow streets and we stop to see the Church Notre Dame de Bonne Nouvelle.   It was during the  first half of the 16C.  We hit the beach area of Penerf; and port of it. You have the Church Saint Pierre, right across from the harbor .  Its construction dates back to the 17C , first mentioned in 1580,  and probably  replaces an older church go to take a closer look at the Tour des Anglais or English tower.

Today , we went to La Trinitaine store in St Philibert on road D28 off the N165 ,this is outlet store huge with all the deco ,drinks and souvenirs of Brittany, as the factory is right behind it . From here we went down to La Trinité-sur-Mer a gorgeous harbor with plenty of sailing , motor boats and restos all along the harbor. There is nice shopping, wooden boat builder and museum and nice old Church Saint Joseph as the first chapel was built in 1682. The gracious fishing market or halle aux poissons off the harbor fresh catch of the day, open 7/7 . We ,then took a quick tour of Locmariaquer to see the monoliths and the museum. We arrive at Sainte Anne d’Auray by the old C2 communal road that comes right  facing the Basilica of Sainte Anne, imposing as well.

My house is doing well, finally the outdoor front terrace is done, the cellar is done, the canalisation of rainwater is done, the garden is completely cut, and ready for the décorations, the lawn is growing in the back. The major works is done Yesss!  We headed first for the Château de Kerambar’h in Landaul. Then ,we went to the Château de Beauregard at the town of Saint Avé,. We could not stop going to l’Igloo an ice cream parlor in Auray and also, at Carnac plage which we enjoy both. The Saint Goustan area of Auray is the harbor going out into the Gulf of Morbihan.

There you go folks, many years of wonderful time and happier moments to remember forever. Thanks to all for following my blog all these years since November 26 2010, and yes some of you go that far back. My pleasure to partake the wonderful world of travel with you all. Hope my posts brings ideas and memorable moments to you too. Thanks

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

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