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February 8, 2023

The Château Thierry !!!

I came to the town of Château Thierry by an invitation ,and even if passed by it several times had never been in it, The particular time we did stop inside and visited some of its monuments but that is another post with pictures ; this one will be an introduction update in my black and white series, no pictures, Let me tell you a bit on Château Thierry !!! Hope you enjoy the post as I

It seems always odd that towns you are close by and family close by are the ones least visited. I have come many times to this area, close to family and they worked in the Champagne fields here when young. Therefore, its about time give it credit for the memories’s sake,    Yes this is the Château Thierry ; and yes it is in Champagne country still produce there.  It is located in the department 02 of the Aisne in the region of Hauts de France of my belle France .The town belong to counts of Champagne until the French revolution. 

Château Thierry is located in the Marne valley in the middle of a great highway of regions and big cities like the railroad line Paris-Strasbourg and only 85 km from Paris. The autoroute A4 passes by the city exit Château Thierry/Soissons allowing connection between the city and Reims and east west routes. The D1 passes by the city north to south and connects the city with the north via Soissons and between the city and Troyes and Provins. My toll free favorite N3 (route d’Allemagne or road of Germany) crosses the city east to west and connects with La Ferté-sous-Jouarre and Meaux to the west and Epernay and Chalon en Champagne on the east; my family hangouts. The traffic in the city is bothered by the problems of crossing the Marne river where there are only two bridges, one in city center and the other over the expressway. There is a train station or Gare de Château Thierry terminus of the line P Transilien Paris Est (Gare de l’Est) and also the regional lines of Hauts de France on the TER trains.

A bit of history I like:

From excavation, they have found that there was an antique town here abandoned in the 3C or 4C, monies mentioning odomo fit discovered in the city attest to the fact there was important occupation in the period of the Merovingian’s.  By the  Carolingians  period the area of the current Château Thierry was link to the powerful family of the Herbertiens. Herbert  Ier was a descendant of Charlemagne by Pepin of Italy and his mother inherits the powerful family of Thierry. The Herbertiens family was at the origin of the county of Champagne by 910, Herbert II de Vermandois inherit from his grandfather and by 918 received from the marriage of Adéle, the county of Meaux.; it is from this time the dates the proofs of a fortified town with the name of Château-Thierry . At the death of Herbert II there goes several descendant and exchanges of territory until I catch up the history at Eudes III who married in 1060, the sister of William the Conqueror, Adelaide. He participates of the conquest of England in 1066, his brother Thibaud III takes the possessions of the county of Champagne. William the Conqueror for compensate this lost, gives him the County of Aumales in Normandy and Holderness in England to Eudes III. And again several passing of descendant and territory.

Château-Thierry is the site of an important battle in 1814, the Russian and Prussians armies were set back by the troops of Napoléon at Montmirail, the foreigners were trying to stop the French for passing the Marne river bridge, heavy combats are held even on the streets but the foreigners were set back to Soissons. The city was one of the key points during the battles of the WWI in 1918 between the Americans and German troops. By June 1918, during the 3rd battle of the Aisne, the 10th colonial infantery division and the 2nd American infantery division stopped the German offensive here . The city is ,also, the theatre of heavy battles during the Battle of France in 1940, the bridge in Chateau Thierry was defended by the Red Aspirant troops for which the new bridge carries their name.

Things to see in Château Thierry, me think are:

First, you have to come to the castle dominating the Marne valley, built from the 9C and heavily renovated over the years. Today, the old castle is a point of promenades/walks and holds a falcon spectacle that is very nice. The Church Saint-Crépin is the only Church in the city (many were destroyed during the French revolution). The Church was in the 15C located outside the walls of the ramparts but now it is near the city center. The clock tower is 36 meters high and can be seen from the banks of the Marne river. The tower or tour Balhan is a remained of the old mansion called the Hôtel du Mouton d’Or (built for a Balhan in 1480); the tower has a stairs ,and old Chapel and a prison room. What is left was restored from the Fort Saint Jacques residence of the Counts of Champagne that preferred it over the castle as when they came from Provins for a few days. The square tower is 33 meters high on top there is an octagonal arrow with tiles; to the east they are two smaller round towers with hexagonal roofs and to the west two small triangular pyramids fix on the tower. The interior stair leads you to the gothic Chapel and later the old prison room. From 1874, two cadrans completes the work as a town’s clock.

There is the Hôtel-Dieu former hospial of the city and today a museum ; the hospital was founded by Jeanne of Navarra in 1304. See the Mémorial Américain Aisne-Marne built in 1933 on the hill 204 about 3 km west of Château-Thierry, a monument that dominates the city and the valley with a great view. The native house of Jean de la Fontaine or Maison Jean de La Fontaine is the museum of Jean-de-La-Fontaine the story teller was born here in 1621, the author of the La Cigale et la Fourmi. (cicada and ant) . See also, the City/Town Hall or Hôtel de Ville built in 1893 and open later by Raymond Poincaré, the public instruction minister at the time (later President of France). It is located in the place de l’Hôtel de Ville and imposing stairs to go up to the old castle. Here the Grand Rue, joins the square to go the native house of Jean de la Fontaine, and the rue du Château, that takes you past the gate or porte Saint-Pierre.

The Protestant Temple was during WWI was an American Methodist Church created to offered help to the American soldiers done with donations that allowed to built the temple in 1924. One of the stained glass on the Temple represent La Fayette, Foch, Joffre, Pétain ,and Nivelle. Château-Thierry is crossed by the touristic route of the Champagne called Vallée de la Marne connecting Château Thierry to Epernay , a distance of 90 km. However, what brought me here was as initially stated the family is not far and as young even my wife worked here on the grapes of the  valley of the Marne west Champagne appellation . At  Château-Thierry, you must visit the cellars of Champagne Pannier (see post) with instructive tours on the making of the bubbly inside medieval galleries carved out in the 12C and decorated walls with old engravings such as an archer from the 14C, that has become the symbol of the house.

The city of Château Thierry on its heritage:

The local Portes de la Champagne tourist office on Château Thierry:!/?q=chateau%20thierry

The House of the Franco American friendship in Château Thierry:

The American Battle Monuments Commission on the Memorial of Chateau Thierry

There you go folks, you all set to visit Château Thierry a nice town and a great bubbly. A bit of the east of my belle France.  Hope you enjoy the post as I

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

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February 8, 2023

Some news from France , CCCLXXXI

This is my latest from my belle France ; as we are imoving right along in Winter and the sun is out ! We can have 6 more weeks of winter due to the marmotte so they say, However, is that time again to tell you my latest rants about some news from France. An eventful post in my blog that I have enjoyed together with you for the last 12+ years , And for those non Roman CCCLXXXI is 381 ! ,with another dandy round of news of my belle France , of course, chosen by me; there are many others. We will be tidy and drinking a nice glass of wine ! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

Strike against pension reform: the unions are already heading to Saturday, February 11 for the next round so be aware if coming to France especially on disturbances of transports.

Paris is one of the densest capitals in the world. Its inhabitants begin to feel cramped, at the time of heat waves. Since 2012, more and more of them are leaving. Resulting in the closure of school classes. Projections for the start of the 2023 school year are already worrying parents and teachers. And since 2012, more and more of them are leaving for soaring real estate and apartments that are too small are getting the better of their Parisian life. What a timing we left sold our home june 2012 !!! In any case, since 2012, more and more of them are leaving. According to INSEE, (French statistical service) this trend does not seem about to be reversed. Paris has lost 123,000 inhabitants over the past ten years. I told you so long ago…

According to the Fondation pour la Recherche Medicale in France of which I am a proud donor, there were 382,000 new cases of cancer in 2018 36.4% more than 2000 !! And, there were 157,000 death by cancer in 2018, (including my dear wife Martine) 4.6% more than in 2000, Yet not much media attention to what has become the No 1 cause of deaths in France, Time to wake up !!

Who remembers that a Breton was a general in the American army? Armand Tuffin de La Rouërie, (see full post on him) ,an aristocrat with liberal ideas, companion of Gen Washington, was the head of an association aimed at restoring its rights to Brittany (association Bretonne) during the beginnings of the French revolution. Armand Tuffin de La Rouërie was born in 1751 in Fougères, before spending his youth at the family castle of Saint-Ouen-La-Rouërie, in the current town of Val-de-Couesnon. More here on his former castle:

The 52nd edition of the Interceltic Festival ticket office opens this past Tuesday, February 7, from 11h. This year confirm performers will be Suzanne Vega, HF Thiéfaine, I Luvrini or Clannad had already been announced, as headliners of the 52nd edition of the Festival Interceltique de Lorient, At the the Espace Jean-Pierre-Pichard traditional Irish music: the founders of Planxty, Paddy Glackin, Mike McGoldrick and John Doyle. At the Moustoir stadium, the price for the 1st category bagadoù championship .The Festival still has a few surprises in store and will announce the entire program on March 23 2023. webpage:

The Maison des Jardies, last refuge of Léon Gambetta, the illustrious politician spent the last years of his life in Sèvres (Hauts-de-Seine 92 ), in this pretty residence with old-fashioned charm. A way to (re) discover the popularity and tragic death of the founding father of the Third Republic. A stone’s throw from Sèvres train station , climbing Avenue Gambetta, you quickly find yourself in the middle of opulent villas. The house of Jardies, labeled Maisons des Illustres,(Houses of the Illustrious) looks like a pretty country farmhouse. webpage:

I have to admit when I first visited Bercy Village, thought nothing of it way back in 2003. Over the years and coming back for pleasure or business began to like it. It is now one of the consequential places to be in Paris. There is more …

Bercy Village, this atypical living space located in the 12éme arrondissement of Paris. A universe apart, where fashionable boutiques, reference brands, cafés-restaurants and leisure spaces in the former cellars and warehouses of Bercy follow one another. Without ever altering either the identity or the atmosphere of a place steeped in history and dear to the hearts of Parisians, the Village innovates every year for the pleasure of regulars and walkers. The Aux 2 Balais café-boutique is for all Harry Potter fans who wish to immerse themselves in the world of the most famous sorcerer’s apprentice in the world. brings together more than 1,500 references: disguises, magic wands and other chocolate frogs, these famous sweets appreciated by the most gourmet wizards. On the coffee side, the curious can savor a butterbeer, the favorite beverage of Hogwarts students, taste a homemade pastry or sip a bubble tea. 200 square meters of magic, which attract families and enthusiasts. Aux 2 Balais is added to the spaces inaugurated in 2022, like the 3Bis, opened in the fall of 2022, which rolls out its red carpet to games with a capital J: board games, karaoke, quizzes, retro games, darts , table football… On two levels and 500 square meters, play areas and spaces follow one another in an urban atmosphere of New York style. Decorated according to different themes (80s, sitcom, dollhouse, etc.), lounges can even be privatized by reservation, for quizzes with friends, karaoke with colleagues or children’s birthday parties in gaming mode. In the room called Le Triangle, climbing enthusiasts, novices and specialists, can measure themselves against one of the 90 possible routes (and renewed each week) spread over six levels of difficulty. The Triangle is accessible to everyone, regardless of level and objectives: regular training, dotted sessions or simple relaxing afternoons. To climb much higher, go to the “Moon” area of Science Experiences, an immersive place dedicated to science, and opened in October 2021. Equipped with a virtual reality helmet and harnessed in a gravity simulator, visitors can walk, or almost, on the Moon. Half-museum, half-amusement park, Science Experiences uses new technologies (virtual reality, video mapping, multisensory presentations) for educational, fun and spectacular workshops. Bercy Village, Cour Saint Emilion 12éme. webpage:

While the Centre Pompidou is preparing to sign a contract for a new museum in Saudi Arabia, other projects in China, Belgium or the Canary Islands are experiencing mixed fortunes. After being exported to Malaga, Shanghai and Brussels, while awaiting the prospect of creating a cutting in Jersey City, New Jersey in the United States, in 2025, the Centre Pompidou will soon put its expertise at the service of Saudi Arabia. French institution will contribute its know-how to the construction of a contemporary art museum called Perspective Galleries on the Nabataean site of Al-Ula, in northwestern Saudi Arabia. This is not the Centre Pompidou’s first cultural engineering mission. The Parisian institution is thus supporting the development of an artistic center for young people in Melbourne, Australia. An agreement has also been reached with the State of Parana, in Brazil, to develop a museum of modern and contemporary art near the Iguaçu Falls by 2025. Well receive and so much works of arts not shown many need more spaces and to attract people all over the world, of course. Stay tune for more in your friendly news from France!

Well a friend in Paris alerted me to this one. I have post on how to be a Parisian really, some nuances huh! But what about the districts or arrondissements well my friend lives in the 11éme and I pick some of the most notable expressions on how to be from the 11 of Paris! You know you’re from the 11éme arrondissement of Paris when… You have everything nearby. Really everything. The Main bar and at Brutus are your best companions for aperitifs, Besides, you hardly do your shopping at the supermarket anymore, so much the little local wine merchant is your new best friend .You don’t really understand the people who go to Ober Mamma when they have Les Deux Amis or Osteria dell’Anima literally a stone’s throw away. You’ve lived here almost forever and sometimes you still have trouble telling Boulevard Voltaire from Avenue de la République. And Boulevard Richard Lenoir from Boulevard Beaumarchais. At the same time they start from the same place and go to the same place, how are we supposed to find each other seriously? (this one is funny even to visitors) . You are used to doing everything within 15 min on foot and you really have to really want it to get you out of your neighborhood. The smell when you pass early in the morning in front of the Terroirs d’Avenir bakery on rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud . The Perchoir Ménilmontant is seen and reviewed… but once in a while it’s cool anyway . Like all your fellow 11éme arrondissements, you have a passion for Septime. Even if you can’t go there often for obvious wallet reasons, You swear by the Oberkampf market and its tip top fruits and vegetables. You need to know Paris more but I think the above are funny lines lol!!

It’s time for me bragging again about my dear Versailles, sublime !!! Many posts to tell you about these places in my blog but this is a quick roundup for you to see away from the palace; as I said, Versailles is a lot more than a palace or Château de Versailles!

It’s Versailles here too…! Yes of course, the sublime come and enjoy it I love so you too will love it. The unmissable castle imposes its sculptural presence and venerable history on this city of Yvelines (dept 78). Even if Louis XIV did not necessarily live there very long (he stayed as soon as he could in his residence in Marly-le-Roi Yvelines 78), this king legend has forged the city’s identity for three centuries. Nevertheless, the city conceals other places to discover. the royal stables (écuries royales). When you turn your back on the palace and the treasures that hide behind, the building on the left shelters on nearly 1,000 m2 of a sumptuous collection of ceremonial coaches. In this vaulted gallery are exhibited genuine works of art, privileged witnesses to the history of France. Cabinetmakers, painters, bronze workers, gilders, upholsterers, embroiderers the most distinguished in their respective eras participated in the creation of these vehicles which were used at the wedding of Napoleon I, the baptism of the Duke of Bordeaux (was to be Henri V) , the coronation of Charles X or the funeral of Louis XVIII…In the Grande Écurie , the National Equestrian Academy of the Domaine de Versailles, a corps de ballet unique in the world created in 2003 by Bartabas, (was there !!) offers paying shows that highlight the art of horse training.

You walk past wonderful architecture and history of France in the antiques district, Saint-Louis district with its cathedral, Notre-Dame district (mine !!) and the market active in the morning, from Tuesday to Sunday, and its Notre Dame Church (unique) which includes several chapels and many paintings and sculptures. Lose yourself in the alleys and take the many pedestrian passages that radiate around the market square. In the Montbauron-Montreuil district, accessible on foot from the castle only 2 km walk via Avenue de Paris, the domain of Madame Elisabeth (No 73 of the avenue de Paris sister of Louis XVI) is a pleasant haven of greenery, with many panels punctuating the route, on which are inscribed poems celebrating the city. Opposite the Orangery (Orangerie )of the castle, the very beautiful and huge Swiss pond (pièce d’eau des Suisses ) surrounded by century-old trees fascinates with its lawn that encourages laziness. Finally, Balbi Park is a pleasant, very bucolic English garden with a small river, a gazebo, a cave and ducks. In the time of Louis XVI, the Countess of Balbi, mistress of the Count of Provence (the king’s brother Louis XVIII) resided here, in a destroyed property, but of which this garden remains Created by Jean-Baptiste de La Quintinie, the King’s Kitchen Garden (Potager du roi) of 9 ha , a few streets from the Place d’Armes (10 minutes on foot), where Louis XIV liked to learn the art of pruning his fruit trees, fed the guests of the castle. Le Potager du Roi produces 15 tonnes of fruit and 25 tonnes of vegetables every year. A shop allows you to buy often old and little-known varieties, as well as processed products (jams, fruit juices – the rhubarb one is delicious –, honey, etc.). From there, do not hesitate to go to the Lambinet Museum (1.5 km), a former private mansion which is worth a look and which is full of works of art. Recently renovated, it has been reopen to the public since December 2022. In the extension of the Grand Trianon, the Petit Trianon and the Hameau de la Reine or Queen’s hamlet, a huge park often goes unnoticed. The Versailles-Chèvreloup arboretum is however worthy of the greatest interest. On 200 hectares, we discover 2,500 species of trees distributed according to their habitat zone: Europe, Americas, Asia…This was part of the old domaine of Versailles which was broken up after the French revolution. This is Versailles all worth a kingdom me think. The Tourist Office which was Avenue de Paris has moved, find it now on Place Lyautey! This is the square in front of the RER C Château-Rive-Gauche train station. Webpage:

You want to go to a real canteens? We have plenty all over and in Paris some of my favorites where to have lunch were/are: La Guinguette d’Angèle , 34, rue Coquillière – 1éme. Echo 95, rue d’Aboukir 2éme. Café Berry 10, rue Chapon 3éme. Crumble & Compagnie 14, rue Descartes 5éme. Le Saigon d ‘Antan 24, rue Monsieur-le-Prince 6éme. Khua Nong Mai 10, rue Condorcet 9éme. Rose Bakery 46, rue des Martyrs 9éme. Jimmy’s Street Food 4, rue Pierre-Fontaine 9éme. Oh my Bao 11 , rue de Paradis 10éme. Le Grand Bréguet 17, rue Bréguet 11éme. Crêperie de Quiberon 53, rue du Montparnasse 14éme. Chez Nelly 39, rue Jean-de-la-Fontaine 16éme. Bon appétit!

And hear all about it folks, loud and clear, my favorite chain of hamburgers in the USA will be finally coming to France !! Yes better than the rest me think. The American fast-food chain Wendy’s has announced plans to expand into Europe and plans to open its first restaurants in France. After conquering the United Kingdom, the American giant wants to expand its presence in continental Europe and in particular in France, reports BFM Business. Founded in 1969 in Ohio, Wendy’s, an American hamburger chain, now has more than 7,000 restaurants around the world. Absent from the Old Continent after a few commercial failures, the fast-food giant, represented by a little girl with red pigtails, announces a new development strategy after its remarkable arrival in the United Kingdom since 2021. Distinguishing itself by the square shape of its steaks and its frozen dessert, the Frosty, The burger is enjoying a meteoric rise in the hearts and stomachs of the French, with around 2.6 billion units consumed each year, according to Socopa Restauration-CHD Expert. Oh yeah is an invasion, again welcome lol!! BFM Business:

There you go folks, another round of my some news from France coming to you freely by the road warrior travel guy . Hope you enjoy this post and do take care of winter but still not feld as much, and the white one, well has stay away from me , great,,, And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

February 8, 2023

My best beaches of Carnac !!!

I came back to check out one of our favorite hangouts here, Carnac. And voilà realise several pictures missing from my blog and they should be in. On Carnac ,plenty written on it and Unesco heritage site on its megaliths stones, but for us the beach ambiance is it. And Carnac, has plenty of good beach ambiance , in fact 5 beaches ! I will tell you this time just our favorites over the years; therefore, here is my take on my best beaches of Carnac !!! And prepare for next season it will be full !!! Hope you enjoy it as I.

Briefly, the town of Carnac is indeed two. There is Carnac bourg or city center inland and there is Carnac plage or beach,along the ocean where the beaches are of course. Both are about 2 km away. Oh yes this is south of me about 30 minutes in my beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne and in my belle France!

I must admit, our favorite . Clear water, fine sand and 2 km long, the Grande Plage de Carnac is a treat for bathers and sunbathers. The Grande Plage is the largest of the five beaches in the city. In summer, swimming is supervised and water sports can be practiced safely. Two beach clubs set up there each summer. The Grande Plage or big beach, this is absolutely wonderful and our favorite for hangouts and swimming. You must come here in Summer; it can beat any in the world me think. A few steps away, you will find many restaurants and shops.  Possibility of parking along the Grande Plage on bd de la plage. No dogs allowed.

Carnac grande plage main ent aug12

carnac grande plage to ave miln city center may18

The Grande Plage faces south, an ideal beach for sunbathing. It is separated from the beach boulevard by small dunes. The boulevard has a long seafront promenade starting at the Yacht Club de Carnac and ending at Pointe Churchill. The beach is also the only beach with specialized access for the motor handicapped. It also benefits from the “tourism and disability” label as well as equipment and qualified guides to welcome people with reduced mobility. Many activities are offered at the entrance to the large beach. Children’s club, beach restaurant (Le Fisher), longe-coast center (sea walking), as well as the Yatch Club at the western end for water activities.

carnac grande plage left to LTSM may18

carnac grande plage front bd de l ocean jan21

My fav plages tv site on the Grande Plage of Carnac:

The plage de Légenèse beach is located west of the Grande Plage and by the Carnac Yacht Club. This small format beach is very pleasant. In summer, the beach comes alive with the Marsouins beach club.There are parking spaces along the road right next to the beach. The Légenèse beach is an ideal place for swimming. Lined with rocks, the beach offers a beautiful sandy and sheltered area. Close to the road, it is very easily accessible. For sailing enthusiasts, the Carnac Yacht Club is located just east of the beach, in Port en Dro. The center also offers diving and rowing. The beach is a family beach that stretches for about 400 meters. It is delimited by two rocky areas. Légenèse is a pleasant and well-equipped beach, but does not have lifeguards during the summer season.

carnac plage legenese arrv jun20

Carnac plage légénese aug12

My fav plages tv site on the plage de Légenése of Carnac:

The plage de Saint Colomban beach is the most west of Carnac. all year round, the windsurfing spot in St Colomban is the recognized meeting place for the best windsurfers. Possibility of parking by the beach. No dogs allowed. To the extreme right of the beach you will see the bunker, this is a remnant from WWII, and still there rusting away but still there.  We again saw the kids activities early on with learning to swim and all in an inflatable pool! The rocks or reefs onto the beach is a sight to see, and the white sandy beach was a delight. It is at Avenue des Dunes, and there are places to park along the beach.

Carnac plage st Colomban kids playarea et bunker aug12

carnac plage st colomban kids playground aug12

The Saint-Colomban beach has a supervised swimming area, public toilets and a club for learning to windsurf. The beach faces west, so it is often subject to strong winds. The west wind makes it an ideal spot for windsurfers. Continuing on the coastal path that runs along the seaside hide small cliffs, small white sand beaches and several coves less crowded than the main beach. The small bay offers a popular setting for a Stand-up Paddle (SUP) or canoe-kayak ride in the middle of the oyster beds.

carnac plage st colomban aug12

carnac plage st colomban acr plouharnel beaches jun20

My fav plages tv site on the plage de Saint Colomban of Carnac:

More on the beaches from the Carnac tourist office

The city of Carnac on its pavillon bleu beaches Grande and St Colomban

There you go folks; another round on the wonderful beaches of Carnac. My best beaches of Carnac, that is. Of course, be there in summers, but a heads up planning for next summer where ,we will be able to enjoy them again. Hope you enjoy this post as I

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

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February 8, 2023

The Church of St Peter and St Paul of Bignan !!

Let me take you inland Morbihan in a beautiful natural setting at Bignan near me.  This is a new post from improving an older post with new text, links and using older pictures. We first came here looking for a castle and we did found one,and came back for more . A different look at my lovely Bretagne and my belle France! Hope you enjoy the Church Saint Pierre et Saint Paul of Bignan as I.

bignan entering town to church st pierre et st paul aug18

The town of Bignan is very popular due to the Domaine (castle) of Kerguéhennec , sometimes dubbed the “Versailles Breton”,(see posts) is one of the most visited places in the town, and in my beautiful Morbihan dept 56,.  Sit back and enjoy another wonderful monument of Bignan with me.  The Church of St Peter and St Paul or église Saint Pierre et Saint Paul is located at the Place de la Chouannerie  in city center of Bignan. It was built in the 18C to replace a roman Church in ruins.


The first church in Bignan dates from the 15C, and was entirely restored between 1629 and 1631. Romanesque in style, it began to show signs of weakness in the middle of the 17C and accumulated makeshift works which increased its fragility. Eventually work was started with the first stone laid in 1787. Interrupted during the French revolution and the exile of Abbé Nemati, (who refuse to submit to constitution of the French Republic) , The work resumed in 1801.  Abbé Pierre Nemati was buried there when he died in 1804. New bells were melted for the church and received  them in 1807.

bignan church st pierre et st paul arriv aug18

These work ended with the laying of the vault in 1813. There remained the construction of the tower and the bell tower which began in 1823. But, for lack of money, the progress of the construction was slow, and in spite of the bells were erected in 1829, work stopped in 1834 and did not resume until 1854, thanks once again to the parishioners. The steeple was built between 1824 and 1857. The work finally ended around 1857, but with a more modest spire than expected. Unfortunately, it collapsed on the roof during a storm during the night of January 1, 1877.

bignan church st pierre et st paul back aug18

What we notice the most is the wooden ciborium with 4 columns located behind the altar. Rare in Breton churches, it surrounds a spectacular angel suspended above the altar, while the statues of Saint Joseph and Saint John the Baptist with angels hanging from above frame a Christ on the cross placed at the back. Square pillars separate the nave from the aisles.  To see in particular the various statues as well as the stained glass window made by the famous Laumonier dating from 1906 representing the return from exile of Abbé Noury as well as the tomb of the latter installed in 1905 by Abbé Buléon. A stained glass window, dated from 1625, represents the interrogation of Yves Nicolazic (on the apparitions of Sainte Anne (see posts on Sainte Anne d’Auray ) by the Bishop of Vannes that same year. The other stained glass windows date from 1933, the tallest being only figurative.

The town of Bignan on the church

The Morbihan Center tourist office on Kerguéhennec of Bignan

There you go folks, a bit of a detour and fall right into a very true history of France ,in just a small town in the Morbihan Breton, love it as a history buffs or lover or enthusiast or just plain history nuts. Remember the name, Bignan ,and of course it’s church, Again, hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

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