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February 4, 2023

The musée des passions et des ailes of Baden !!!

And I bring you back to Baden in my beautiful Morbihan in my lovely Bretagne of my belle France! This is home territory just south of me and very picturesque town of Baden by the Gulf of Morbihan.  I ride around it then walk around it and always something nice is seen. This is the case when I stepped into the Passions and Wings museum of Baden , the town is only 21 km south of me . I like to tell you more with new text using older pictures new to the blog on this wonderful museum. Hope you enjoy it as I.


The musée des passions et des ailes  or museum of passions and wings includes 4 permanent and 1 temporary exhibitions and is managed by the association of friends of the museum of Baden. It recounts the life of Joseph Le Brix, an aviation pioneer with numerous documents and personal objects retrace his life and his exploits. Also, it houses a collection of old toys and automatons, offers a collection of ship models. The whole consists of dolls, ceramic toys, paintings and automatons, among others. An exhibition on model ships . Nice cosy small interesting me think!


The Museum of Passions and Wings invites you to visit its collections and its exhibitions. A room Anne and Jean Farkas, collectors, restorers of works of art and manufacturers of automata. A room in honor of the child of the country, Joseph Le Brix aviator of all the exploits. The temporary exhibition room and a projection room with two films on his life as well as Anne and Jean Farkas. Ship model room, 30 large ships (Malry collection) which reflect the evolution of the navy from the 15C to the present day. It presents 77 accordions from 1840 to 1960 as well as the history of the brand “the Breton toy” born in Baden. designed in the workshops of Rohello Castle in Baden,  The Association of Friends of the Museum of Baden (Aamb, Morbihan) manages the Museum of Passions and Wings.


While in my Univ studies at ERAU in Florida I first heard of this man, now streets are name after him here. Let me tell you a bit about the men.

Joseph Le Brix was born on February 22, 1899 in Baden (Morbihan 56 ) and died on September 12, 1931 in Oufa, Ural region, Russia, wanting to go from Paris to Tokyo nonstop. Initially with the 5B2 squadron, he took part in the Rif War on a Farman F.60 Goliath until 1927, He was decorated with the War Cross of External Theaters of Operations and the Legion of Honor. He later team up with Dieudonné Costes, and succeeded, on a Bréguet 19, baptized Nungesser and Coli in honor of the two French airmen who disappeared in the North Atlantic aboard the l’Oiseau blanc or White Bird, the crossing of the South Atlantic between Saint-Louis (Sénégal) and Natal (Brazil) where they arrived on October 15, 1927. Then, they made a world tour with stopovers which they concluded on April 14, 1928. He then became a professor at the Higher School of Air Navigation at the Naval Academy in Brest, where he trained several naval aeronautics and air force executives.

In 1931, with René Mesmin and chief pilot Marcel Doret, he formed the crew of the Dewoitine D.33 Trait d’Union, financed by billionaire François Coty (of the perfum fame etc). In June, they broke the closed circuit distance record, well over 10,000 km. In the process, they will attempt the record in a straight line, a raid from Paris to Tokyo on July 12, 1931. Flying over Siberia, the engine freezes, Le Brix and Mesmin parachute, Doret lands the device in the trees, In the Trait d’Union plane he continues his adventure. On the morning of the 12th, as he flew over the Urals, the situation repeated itself: engine stalled, we had to evacuate. This time, Marcel Doret jumps first. It is presumed that René Mesmin having a problem with his parachute, Joseph Le Brix did not want to abandon his friend and both perished in the accident on the fire of the Trait d’Union. His national funeral took place at Notre-Dame de Paris on September 25, 1931. Lieutenant Le Brix rest in Baden, with his parents. His tomb is famous for the beauty of artistic achievement. RIP

The official passion and wings museum of Baden

The City of Baden on the museum

There you go folks, another wonderful escape in my beautiful  Morbihan , this is a wonderful historical small museum that is worth the detour me think. Hope you have enjoyed reading this post on the Passions and Wings Museum of Baden !!! as I.

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

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February 4, 2023

More sights of Saint Philibert !!!

I was looking at posts from this town and realised have several more pictures not in my blog yet. Therefore, this is new text and new older pictures to complement the several posts on the town of Saint Philibert in my beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of my lovely region of Bretagne and in my belle France. The town is  about 23 mins by car from my house.

I like to tell you a bit more on some of the sights of Saint Philibert even if previously mentioned in my blog these are new pictures on it. Hope you enjoy the post on the more sights of Saint Philibert as I.

st philibert littoral bay out la trinite sur mer jun17

Dedicated to sailors, the Chapelle de Saint-Philibert ; 4 Rue de la Chapelle ; plunges you into a magical world. At high tide as at low tide, the chapel watches over the neighboring fishermen and oyster farmers on the banks of the Ster river. Built in 1648 in the heart of the Bay of Quiberon, its architecture has evolved over time. In the 17C, imagine it looked like a fisherman’s house, on a rectangular plan with a simple central nave.



From the moment there were two fountains, the lower one from 1649 was name Fontaine aux Bêtes or Beast Fountain more especially intended for the cows who came to drink there; the top one is Fontaine à la Croix or the fountain at the cross. People came there to draw water for their table. This aedicula is the most imposing and dates from the 18C. It is surrounded by a wall which delimits the paved and sacred space of the source. It is a square-plan fountain with an upper part on a horizontal plateau surmounted by a pyramid ending in a cross.



The city of Saint Philibert on its heritage including the Chapel and Fountain

The  beach or plage de men er beleg is really nice ,secluded with nuts trees and good condominiums for rentals behind it. My favorite beach site plages tv on the plage de men er beleg


st philibert plage de men er beleg beach jun17

The best for us is the plage de Kernevest beach is a sandy beach very popular with families. 250 meters long, the left side is bordered by a pleasant pine forest and the right area is occupied by a sailing center. The beach is closed to animals from April 1 to September 30.My favorite beach site plages tv on the plage de Kernevest

st Philibert plage de kernevest arriving jun17


We come here and enjoy a galette and or nice pint of beer Penfold with the views of the pine forest. The Creperie de la Pointe, 14 rue de Trélian is perfect for this. No webpage but reviews in RestaurantGuru


The local Bay of Quiberon tourist office on Saint Philibert

The city of Saint Philibert on its beaches

There you go folks, a beautiful countryside by the sea, the real living, and nice views now and when the tourist leave even better! Again, hope you enjoy the more sights of Saint Philibert as I.

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

February 4, 2023

The Church Sainte Marie of Locmaria-Grand Champ !

I passed by here several times on my way to work and back as an alternative route, This is a small town with lots of new real estate developement growing that is, I did pick up the baguette on its bakery of Locmaria-Grand Champ  in my beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne, and belle France. Let me tell you more of the Church Sainte Marie and Locmaria-Grand Champ. Hope you enjoy the post as I.

Locmaria Grand Champ ch Sainte Marie front belltower jan23

The town of Locmaria Grand Champ takes its name from the term “loc” from the Latin “locus” which means “the place”, followed by the name of Saint Honoré on the spot (here Marie) and its town “mother” Grand-Champ. Former truce of the capital of the canton, it was united with Locqueltas (then truce of Plaudren) in 1802 to form a single parish. When the diocese was reorganized in 1802, Locmaria was erected into a parish or branch, but without ceasing to belong to the town of Grand-Champ. To give it more importance, one annexed to it the district of Locqueltas, taken on Plaudren, and the rector had the faculty to reside in one or the other locality. But experience showed the disadvantages of this union, and in 1842 the two were separated, to be apart. Locqueltas obtained its erection in town in 1864, and Locmaria in 1889.

The Church Sainte Marie was completed in 1882. It takes up the location and dimensions of the old chapel which the rector of the time considered small ,The style is neo-Gothic. The entire quadrangular tower of cut granite rises in three distinct floors. On the ground floor, the porch is open on three sides by large broken arcades. The tower is surely the most beautiful architectural element of this church. The nave is paved with granite and covered with a light vault whose arches rest on columns engaged in the walls and doubled at the angles of the transept. A pretty openwork door adorns the confessional of the southern chapel. Inside the church is also the recumbent effigy of a lord of Coet Candec cut and sculpted in a monolith of white stone, the recumbent effigy, turned according to custom towards the choir, measures 1.96 meters long for a width of 90 cm. It rests on a base that is probably not original. The tombstone was indeed moved several times. An inscription on two lines runs all along the chamfer which borders the flat of the recumbent figure. “Here is the body of Sir Jean-Baptiste de la Bourdonnaye of the Royal and Military Order of Saint Louis, former captain of the regiment, who died in Couetcandec on April 6, 1769” “Here is the body of the deceased Lady Marie-Françoise Bide , widow of the late Sir Julien de la Bourdonnaye de Couetcandec, who died at the Château de Couetcandec on November 1, 1771” The recumbent figures are most likely the portraits of characters from the 15C: Pierre Chohan who married, around 1534, Jeanne Grillon de Rosnarho, in Crac h. Interesting indeed, you will notice beautiful statues including that of Saint John the Baptist and that of Saint Eloi.

Locmaria Grand Champ ch Sainte Marie side left jan23

Locmaria Grand Champ ch Sainte Marie side belltower jan23

La Maison des Associations is a place to rent out for different associations can meet, The market is held on Thursdays from 16h to 19h30 under the halle or covered market, small but so is the town,

Locmaria Grand Champ la maison des association side jan23

Locmaria Grand Champ covered market events front jan23

Locmaria Grand Champ covered market events back jan23

A bit of history tell us that  Locmaria Grand-Champ was also the scene of one of the most important battles linked to the history of Breton Chouannerie: the Battle of Pont du Loc’h on January 25, 1800. On that day, the Republican armies of General Harty faced the troops of the famous Georges Cadoudal (see post) and his allies, such as Pierre Guillemot alias “The King of Bignan”.

The town of Locmaria-Grand Champ on its heritage

The local Gulf of Morbihan tourist board on Locmaria-Grand Champ heritage and church :

There you go folks, another dandy road warrior tour of the quant off the beaten places ofmy beautiful Morbihan, This is a nice stop which was one alternative route to go to work locally and many memorable rides by it, The Church Sainte Marie of Locmaria-Grand Champ is interesting as is the small town , Again, hope you enjoy the post as I

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

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