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February 16, 2023

The Domaine de Manéhouarn and of chapel of Plouay !!

The Domaine de Manéhouarn is located in the town of Plouay in my beautiful department of Morbihan no, 56 of my lovely Bretagne, and my belle France. I came back for the castle and got me the chapel as well, lovely ride, and new found things to see! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

Plouay Dom de Manéhouarn front feb23

The current castle was built in 1758, and was the property of the Pluvié family, from 1460 until 1985. This castle was modified around 1758 by Jean-Toussaint de Pluvié who added a private chapel dedicated to Notre-Dame de Sion. It is currently the property of the town of Plouay. The facade includes an oval pediment on which are carved the coat of arms of the Pluvié family.

Plouay Dom de Manéhouarn from castle to parvis entr feb23

The park, now public, offers locals and visitors an area entirely devoted to leisure: a place to walk, it offers mountain biking circuits, a play area for children, an all-sports park and a skate park. The Domaine de Manéhouarn park opens the doors of its fifty-hectare park to you. On foot, on horseback or by bike, you can discover the many paths accessible from the estate. Children will not be left out thanks to the play areas provided for them. And fishermen will have plenty of time to give free rein to their passion in one of the ponds located in the area. As for the castle, unfortunately closed to the public. You can rent gîtes or rental apartment in the domaine property an adjacent building to the castle.

Plouay Dom de Manéhouarn back feb23

The Notre Dame de Sion Chapel was the domestic chapel of the Pluvié family built in the Manehouarn estate in 1661. Renovated by firefighters after its acquisition by the town of Plouay, it houses the recently renovated and listed statue of Saint Michael. The town of Plouay bought the Domaine de Manéhouarn, castle and park, from Count Henri de Pluvié in 1985. Recently, two stained glass windows have been put back in place, one representing Santa Barbara and the other Notre-Dame de Sion. The chapel has been renovated by the firefighters’ association and the outbuildings of the castle have been converted into gîtes (rental lodgings) by the town.


Plouay Chapelle ND de Sion altar by hole feb23

The Domaine de Ménéhouarn gîtes or apartments :

The town of Plouay on the Domaine de Manéhouarn :

The Lorient South Brittany local tourist office on Plouay

There you go folks another nice town ,Plouay in my beautiful Morbihan. It has been a thrill to be here, thanks to my dear late wife Martine. One more reason to remember her. Do hope you enjoy the new post on the Domaine de Manéhouarn and Chapel of ND de Sion as I.

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

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February 16, 2023

A church and a chapel at Berné !!!

The town of Berné  is located in my beautiful department 56 of Morbihan and my lovely region of Bretagne and in my belle France. The town is 28 km from Lorient, 32 km from Pontivy, 61 km from Vannes , and 54 km from my house ! This was my initial goal in my latest road warrior drives and a first for this town !; goes to show you have my work cut out to see around here, Let me tell you on this new text and pictures on quant Berné, Hope you enjoy it as I.

The Saint Brévin Church, 16-17C.The parish church owes its name to a former archbishop of Canterbury who died in 762. It bears many dates, the oldest being 1666. The church is in the shape of a Latin cross and the western portal is surmounted by a square tower projection on four brackets with polygonal arrow. It is flanked by four steeples connected by triangular pediments.The lords of Pont-Calleck ( Pontcallec ) had a right of pre-eminence in the church: their arms once appeared on the south chapel and the chevet.

Berné Ch Saint Brévin front feb23

Berné Ch Saint Brévin side entr feb23

The construction of the ossuary in 1774 led to a widening of the western gable wall. The baptismal font dates from the same period, The high altar and the altarpiece date from the 18C. The altarpiece has in its center a flagellation of Christ, surrounded by Saint Peter and Saint Brevin. A Virgin and Child, known as Our Lady of Victory, occupies the top of the altarpiece. The church houses a statue of the Trinity, in polychrome wood, which dates from the 17C, An animal is carved in high relief on the cornice of the sacristy and dates from the 16C.

Berné Ch Saint Brévin altar feb23

Berné Ch Saint Brévin chapel right side feb23

Berné Ch Saint Brévin pulpit feb23

The Chapelle du Sacré-Coeur ,built 1903 on a hill overlooking the town, The Chapel evokes devotion to the Heart of Jesus, which became a symbol of the revolt of the Chouans during the revolutionary era. Its Greek cross shape divides the chapel into four equal parts. In the center, four pillars support four circular arcs on which rests an octagonal dome pierced with sixteen openings. A second cupola rests on the first. At the top, stands a statue of the Sacred Heart of 2.60 meters. The interior houses frescoes which the chapel was closed when we arrived but was able to peek a bit inside,. The ten scenes depicted retrace the history of the chapel and explain the purpose and practices of devotion to the Sacred Heart. An architectural reduction of the Basilica Sacré-Coeur of Montmartre, this chapel is nicknamed the “Breton Montmartre”.We will be back !

Berné Chapelle Sacre Coeur front et niche feb23

Berné Chapelle Sacre Coeur front feb23

Berné Chapelle Sacre Coeur back side feb23

Other things to see in Berné are the Saint-Albaud Chapel, in a flamboyant Gothic style inspired by the Notre-Dame de Kernascléden Church (see post), depended on the lordship of Pontcallec. It was founded at the beginning of the 16C by the lords of Malestroit, who held three fairs there a year. The Château de Pontcallec, 19C, park that can be visited. Built in 1883 on the site of the former feudal residence of the lords of Pontcallec. The castle is now inhabited by the Dominicans of the Holy Spirit, who notably run the Notre-Dame de Joie children’s home. The Sainte-Anne-des-Bois Chapel, built in the heart of the woods in 1865 by the Comtesse de Brissac, then owner of the Château de Pontcallec, in gratitude for the expected birth of a daughter. It is neo-Gothic in style.

A bit of modern history tells us that Berné was the scene of fierce fighting between the Blues (Republicans) and the Chouans (contre revolution). The forest of Pontcallec and its castle were haunts of chouans and the blues hardly dared to venture there, The forges, of which only the buildings remain today, were installed in 1824 in the forest of Pontcallec. They had a brief existence since from 1837 they had to close, victims of competition from Spanish and Russian iron, less expensive than Breton iron.

The town of Berné on its heritage :

The Pays du Roi Morvan local tourist office on Berné :

There you go folks, another dandy in my beautiful Morbihan and lovely Bretagne, Glad visited ,found ,quant nice Berné ,and tell you about its wonderful monuments, Again, hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

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February 16, 2023

The Quai de Montebello of Paris !!

Walking Paris is a must, sublime, gorgeous uplifting experience always. Paris is eternal and just let me take you on a bit of a walk on the Quai de Montebello.  Who would not want to walk in Paris? The question might make you think a bit…but really should be a go; as the streets of Paris are an open air museum, a grand museum at that. Somehow left this wonderful wharf or quay away from a post but then again all in Paris is sublime, it needs to be in my blog. Hope you enjoy the post as I.

The Quai de Montebello is located along the Seine, between the Pont de l’Archevêché and the Petit Pont – Cardinal Lustiger in the 5éme arrondissement of Paris. This quay honors Jean Lannes, Duke of Montebello, General of the Revolution and the Empire, elevated to the dignity of Marshal of the Empire, killed at the Battle of Essling.


At its location were the Petit Châtelet defensive element at the end of the Petit Pont destroyed in 1792 during the French revolution, and the annex of the Hôtel Dieu removed in 1908. On May 2, 1799, a report was issued for the creation of a quay between the Quai des Miramiones (currently part of the Quai de la Tournelle) and the Petit-Pont. The creation of this quay requires the destruction of the annex of the Hôtel-Dieu (Saint-Charles room). The project is not executed and on March 25, 1811 provides for a quay, called “Quai de Montebello“, between the Pont Saint-Michel and the Pont de la Tournelle. Only the part between the Saint-Michel bridge and the Petit-Pont is completed; this new route is named Quai Saint-Michel. In 1817, a parapet wall was built between Rue des Grands-Degrés and Pont au Double. A ministerial decision of October 5, 1818 named the wharf thus created “quai de la Bûcherie”. The Quai de la Bûcherie was renamed Quai de Montebello in 1843.

An unmissable place to stroll in Paris, it offers a breathtaking view of Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral and its magnificent apse. The elegant Pont au Double, in the middle of the quay, reserved for pedestrians and cyclists, provides access to the Île de la Cité and offers a setting conducive to a photo stop ! The painter Eugéne Béjot did a portrait in 1903 Quai de Montebello exhibit at the Carnavalet Museum of Paris.

Note/see at No 25 at the entrance to square René-Viviani, at the intersection with rue Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre a plaque in tribute to combatants who died during the Liberation of Paris in 1944.

The City of Paris tourist office on the Quai de Montebello :

There you go folks, you get the idea and so many more wonderful walks, again believe me when I say Paris is an open air museum and meant to be preserve as such. Hope you enjoy this brief passing of a wonderful wharf of my eternal Paris, the Quai de Montebello as I,

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

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