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February 20, 2023

Again, Parc Goh Lanno of Pluvigner !!

his is ,me think ,the best sports complex in my beautiful Morbihan 56 , and just lucky to have it in my town. I have written several posts on Pluvigner, my town as why not write about your own town ! And of course, done a previous post on Parc Goh Lanno, but need to tell you more of it, Therefore, let me tell you again about the sports park complex of Goh Lanno !!



I actually went on a dog walk with my boys!! They usually do this task but on a humid cool day as is going on nowdays ,I decided to take the walk with them. It was very nice and my boy dog Rex, a mix border collier/labrador or Borador is just marvelous. We have it since he was 4 months old taken from a dairy farm nearby and it has been a joy. I had dogs always and finally convince my wife to have one, unfortunately for her my dear Martine passed away April 30 2018 due to cancer… and the dog means a lot to me now. Even more , it is a link with the glorious nice family past.Too bad not many writes about the town they live in but I do and plenty of posts in my blog under the town’s name or some news from Bretagne or Morbihan etc. It is a town with about 7,6 K folks very wide spread out in superficie. In fact , the brother of the former mayor told me it has the same surface as Marseille !!!



The Goh Lanno sports complex is huge and one of my son’s plays for the local team B and starter and already score several goals as no 9 ! so very happy for him. The park has been renovated with seated stands for 2000 folks, One football/soccer field is a training ground and jogging conditioning. There is a second artificial grass field for official games, and the main stands field with sports booth. On the main stadium there are changing rooms and showers as well. If you stop by ,we sure will take you here especially if it is a sports football /soccer game.


It is the part of town where you can meet other locals for sports , dog walking or city events activity like the National Day 14 July or the big brocante flea market (see post). It is very close to our house mind you so just a short walking distance. It also, host the local basketball and volleyball teams in the nice fieldhouse. The Rugby and Tennis parts are improved as well, and there is even a rugby clubhouse on site. The chapter here is associated with the Auray rugby club which one of my son’s tried it a while back with no luck.




For a recap, the facilities there in two halls green and blue were put into service between 1975-1984, this sports space is of the multisports hall type, it has a synthetic floor ,and has 100 seats in the grandstand. The development area is 1484 m2 on the main stadium, You can practice 9 sports activities at Complexe Sportif De Goh Lanno: handball, mini hand, beach handball, basketball , track running, other dances, karate, karate jutsu , goshin jutsu, kobudo, nihon tai-jutsu, taijitsu, nambudo, ninjutsu, nunchaku, …also, indoor hockey, field hockey, badminton, shuttlecock game , volleyball, beach volleyball, green volleyball, and tennis.

The city of Pluvigner on the parks and Goh Lanno

And we even have a tourist office right by the mayor’s office or City/town hall or mairie at Place Saint Michel:  Office de Tourisme de la Baie de Quiberon – Welcome of Pluvigner : Permanent information desk open from July 16 to August 24th  Tuesdays to Fridays from 9h30 – 12h and 14h – 17h30. Saturdays from 9h-12h. Tel +33 (0) 2 97 50 97 53, Email contact:

The local Bay of Quiberon tourist office on Pluvigner :

There you go folks, a dandy in quiet quant friendly countryside town of Pluvigner but only 30 km from the beautiful beaches of Morbihan and the great Gulf of Morbihan, sublime, Therefore, if you are ready for the off the beaten path of my lovely Bretagne, then stop by and do let me know it ok. Again, hope you enjoy the post as I

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

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February 20, 2023

The Chapels of Auray !!

This was a small post on the churches of Auray ,and I decided to split into churches and now chapels of Auray, The City is a historical and architecturally stunning little town in my beautiful Morbihan and in my lovely Bretagne. I have written several posts on Auray in my blog but need to tell you more about the Chapels of Auray !! Hope you enjoy it as I.

The former Chapelle du Saint-Esprit (Holy Spirit) built in 1286 , it is the last vestige of the commandery of the Order of the Holy Spirit of Montpellier. In the 14C, this convent and hospitable house of the Holy Spirit at Auray would have become one of the principals of France, with, under its authority, some fifty foundations. In 1762, Pope Clement XIII abolished the order of the Holy Spirit. The city installed the headquarters of the General Hospital, then, in 1790, a military hospital. The last Mass here was done in 1790 due to the French revolution, In 1831, it was acquired by the Ministry of War, which undertook work to house the soldiers. The chapel is totally disfigured. It will only regain its original appearance after restoration in 1994. It will take the name of Duguesclin Barracks. The present restitution allows this chapel to regain its original volumes: a single vessel with five bays and a flat bedside ; an unusual silhouette in Brittany. It is a site of many cultural presentation ,concerts, exhibits etc today. Located at Place du Four Mollet.

Auray chapelle st esprit front aug12


We wondered around in city center to past the tourist office on the former chapelle  de la Congregation The former  Chapel of the Congregation of men . Its full name is Chapel of the Brothers of the Congregation of Men of the Immaculate Conception . It’s dated from 1672. Only the front is original. Pious craftsmen gathered there to pray to the Virgin. Before going out, observe the Tribune and its central panel. You will see the Rapture of Saint Paul , a work performed around 1672-1678 by Antoine de Bray a Parisian decorator who adorned several halls of the parliament of Brittany in Rennes. It was restored in 1890, Today it welcomes the tourist office, at 20 rue du Lait.


The Chapelle du Pére Eternel,or Chapel of the Eternal Father.The Nuns Hospitallers of the Third Order of Saint-François settled in Auray in 1644. The city first offered them to settle on the southern moat of the old castle and then on the western moat where they built a convent in 1644. Their enclosure will eliminate César and Papegault streets, created in 1560. Hunted in 1792 during the French revolution, the convent and thus the Chapel are abandoned and serve different uses.Joseph-Marie Grignon, vicar general of the diocese of Vannes, acquired the buildings, courtyard garden and orchard, in 1807.  He acts in the name of Mrs. Molé de Champlâtreux who opens on September 8 a house of the Sisters of Charity of Saint-Louis, called the Eternal Father. The nuns devote themselves to the instruction of the girls and to the work of the retreats. Here in 1820 the priest of the Chistian instruction were given the order for God only and the rules  by the Vicary of Saint Brieuc and the priest of Auray Gabriel Deshayes. The interiors were renovated in the 20C, The Chapel contains a Prie-Dieu Louis XIV period; Paneling; Stalls sold, around 1890, by Mr. Deshayes, parish priest of Auray, to the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of Saint-Louis and which came from the chapter house of the Charterhouse of ‘Auray; Liturgical enclosure; 8 stained glass windows with figures: Education of the Virgin, Education of Saint Louis by Blanche of Castile, Virgin of the Seven Sorrows, Sacred Heart , beautiful 18C carved panelling and stalls. Located at 2-16 Rue du Pére Eternel.


The Chapelle Sainte-Hélène , in the archives of the city of Auray, the hospital appears in 1609. Two prosecutors run it and must report on their management when they leave office. they are forbidden to receive strangers to the jurisdiction. The doctor, appointed by the city, must visit the hospitals free of charge twice a week. In 1651, the city made a deal with François Cosnier, architect, to rebuild the hospital. The building includes a room for men, one for women, a bakery, a kitchen, a lean-to, an attic. On November 17, 1794, the Augustines, nuns hospitallers of Vannes, signed a contract with the town of Auray to take care of the sick. Another building will be added. In 1904, a new hospital was built on the plans of the departmental architect Charrier. It will be replaced by the new hospital center on the Pratel site in 1970.(now part of the CHBA or Centre Hospitalier de Brocéliande Atlantique ,our area hospital, It is known in the course of history under four names: Chapel of Notre-Dame, name under which she was blessed; Chapel of the hospital, in reference to the Hôtel Dieu which it served; Chapel of the Augustines, name from the hospital nuns in charge of the sick; and Chapelle Sainte-Hélène, name given by the locals to their Chapel. This Chapel contains beautiful 18C carved stalls from the Chartreuse de Brec’h, a 19C altarpiece and woodwork. Open all year round ,daily from 9h to 12h and from 14h to 17h30, except Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays. It holds a Pardon on August 21st at 18h each year. Located at 8 Rue Georges Clemenceau. Below pic side Hôtel Dieu and inside Chapelle Sainte Héléne.

auray chapelle st helene hotel dieu side jul13

Auray chapelle St Helene hotel dieu inside jul13

The Auray country heritage site detours d’art on the chapelle du Saint Esprit :

The City of Auray on its heritage see centre ville as a guide

There you go folks ,these are worth the detour while in town , very nicely maintained, said beautiful. Another wonderful monuments of historical Auray. Again, hope you enjoy the post on the Chapels of Auray as

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

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February 20, 2023

Again, the Church of St Gildas of Auray !!!

This was a small church in a small town dear to us ,a historical and architecturally stunning town in my beautiful Morbihan and in my lovely Bretagne. I have written several posts on Auray in my blog but need to tell you again on the Church of Saint Gildas of Auray !!!


I have a couple other posts on the church, but found me several pictures not in my blog yet and they should, Therefore, this is an additional post to showcase the pictures on the  magnificent Church of Saint Gildas, the main church of Auray.  It is a wonderful smallish church really but beautifully maintained and very active in town.


The Church of Saint Gildas houses a Laval stone and marble altarpiece from 1664, a 19C organ and baptismal font with carved canopy. From the 18C, it retains woodwork in the side chapels, and an elegant organ case. In the 20C, more precisely in the 1930s, the large windows of the transepts received stained glass windows evoking the life of Saint Gildas. It also has a resurrection tomb of Christ that was completely renovated and shown proudly upon entering the church on the left aisle. 

auray ch st gildas church apr18

In the 12C, the Duchess of Brittany Constance donated to the abbey of Saint-Gildas-de-Rhuys land she owned in Auray. The monks set up a priory there, the chapel of which gradually became the parish church of the town. In a state of advanced dilapidation, the church was razed in 1620 to be replaced by the current church, completed in 1663.

The recumbent statue of Christ, originally installed in the Chapel of the Holy Sepulchre, adjoining the Chapel of the Holy Spirit, dates from the beginning of the 16C. Due to its age and polychromy, it is unique in Brittany. It was originally surrounded by human-sized characters. The whole thing certainly represented the descent from the Cross.

Auray ch st gildas tombeau de Christ aug12


Leaning against the apse of the choir, the main altarpiece bears witness to the 17C and the liturgy resulting from the Counter-Reformation. Monumental, with marble columns and freestone sculptures.The bell tower of the three-story square tower, however, was only completed in 1701. It dominates the entire town, and will serve as a model in the region.The organs were made in the 18C. The instrumental part was largely restored in the 19C 20C.


auray ch st gildas organ closeup dec19

Under the west porch, four terracotta statues of the evangelists welcome the visitor. Made in 1838, In 1877, they were replaced at the top of the bell tower by four freestone statues representing the prophets. The 19C was a source of renewal for the church. The baptismal font, confessionals and side altars date from this period.

auray ch st gildas statue ste barbe dec19

auray ch st gildas virgin marie statue dec19

There you go folks ,like I said a smallish Church but very nicely maintained, said beautiful. A must to visit while in the area and worth the detour. This is  the Church of Saint Gildas of Auray !!! 

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

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