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March 1, 2023

The Abbey of Daoulas, part III !!!

Again, found me pictures in my vault not in my blog yikes ! This is a wonderful monument and needs to be seen fully, say a must to visit me think, I have written two other posts on it and worth it, a marvel of the meaning of off the beaten paths places we enjoyed, We went to Plougastel-Daoulas for many occasions such as even boys birthdays, and sightseeing, However, unknown to us at the time, there is another town next to it and with only the name of Daoulas with a historical abbey, so we took off there. Therefore, here is new text and older new to the blog pictures on the Abbey of Daoulas .Hope you enjoy it as I.

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Daoulas is a town in the department of Finistere no 29, in my lovely Bretagne region, known mainly for the Notre-Dame de Daoulas abbey. The town is 143 km from my house but 21 km from Brest and 12 km from Plougastel-Daoulas, It’s a small town packing a lot of history and architecture that is worth going in ; worth the detour, me think.

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Founded in the 12C by the regular canons of the order of Saint-Augustin, is the only monastery of the order preserved in Brittany for the Romanesque period , The Abbey of Daoulas overlooks the small town of Daoulas It still preserves today beautiful testimonies of its initial splendor: a Romanesque cloister, remains of community buildings from the 13C, a fountain and a 16C oratory. Sold during the French revolution, transformed into a bourgeois residence in the 19C and then occupied by a religious congregation and a school after the wars, the site tells, through its transformations, and its great history. It has exceptional gardens, including the medicinal herb garden, bringing together species representative of the traditional pharmacopoeias of the five continents, to enhance the visit.

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In the 12-13C, the Abbey of Daoulas experienced a period of great prosperity with the multiplication of donations, made on the one hand by the lords of Léon, on the other hand by the bishops of Quimper. In 1692, the king decided to unite the abbey with the royal seminary of naval chaplains in Brest, directed by the Jesuits. During the French revolution the monks had to leave the monastery. In 1790, the church became parochial and in 1792 the buildings were sold. In the 1800s several stones of the cloister were scattered and some of the buildings destroyed. From 1880 the restoration began with five families of different owners followed one another until 1947 when the abbey was bought by the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of Blois who set up a school there and then a rest home in 1960. In 1984 they sold these buildings, which the General Council of Finistère acquired.

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The Abbey Church was located to the south of the monastic complex which was organized around the cloister. The choir of the abbey had to communicate with the building closing the cloister to the east. The east wing, dated to the period of construction of the church, perhaps even slightly earlier as the facade of the chapter house would suggest, included from north to south: the sacristy, the chapter and the chartrier. In return with the East wing developed the North wing whose existence dates back to the middle of the 13C. This building housed the kitchens to the east and the refectory to the west. A central hearth functioning as a brazier was unearthed during the excavations and would therefore correspond to part of the kitchens fitted out from the 12C. Subsequently the west wing was remodeled, probably in the 14C, it contained the dwelling of the abbot as well as guest rooms. The excavations have brought to light artisanal structures such as hearths, glass furnace, bell mould, but also water pits, wells, basins and cisterns which were articulated around the washbasin located in the North-West corner of the cloister. Excavation of the galleries revealed the existence of numerous burials in the cloister. The latter therefore served as the location for the construction site of the 12C abbey before being backfilled, but it was also used as a place of burial.

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Since September 2022, the Abbey of Daoulas has been unveiling its brand new tour route. This circuit, made up of about fifteen panels, offers an interpretation device as well as directional and informative signage on the built heritage and the gardens. In an approach of accessibility and in order to improve the comfort of visit, the course now offers keys to reading the history of the place and the garden of medicinal plants. The Corten steel furniture takes up a motif inspired by the basin of the cloister. 

The city of Daoulas on the abbey

The Landerneau-Daoulas tourist office on the abbey

The Bretagne region tourist office on the abbey:

There you go folks, you are now arm to come see this jewel of lovely , and of course quant small Daoulas , small but packing a lot of history/architecture in it like the Abbey of Daoulas. Again, hope you enjoy the post as I .

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

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March 1, 2023

Curiosities of Camaret sur Mer !!!

Let me take you to the Altantic ocean point and the wonderful cliff that hold the continent of Europe by France,, This is in Finistére dept 29 in my lovely Bretagne, and my belle France. This was an adventure to find the confines of Brittany on the road warrior that we are. So welcome to Camaret-sur-Mer, an idyllic place just do nothing but admire the natural beauty of the place; away from it all in peace. Poetic thoughts but endurables. I am creating this new post from older pictures found in my vault but new to the blog, Hope you enjoy my curiosities of Camaret sur Mer post as I.

Camaret-sur-Mer is located 80 km from Brest and 65 km from Quimper and is located in the far west of the peninsula of CrozonIt is 169 km from my house! Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, more precisely the Iroise Sea, at the entrance to the Gully of Brest. Just marvelous countryside or should say oceanside !

Advancing towards the Pointe de Pen-Hir and the Tas des Pois, we encounter a succession of cliffs all as impressive as each other by their huge chunks of rocks that fall in peak into the ocean.  You can reach the edge on not windy days as easily can be push over to the ocean, We survive to tell you lol !! This is very impressive indeed, pure nature and the power of the ocean beckons you,

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The Memorial Museum to the Battle of the Atlantic is entirely housed in a blockhouse.This museum has been installed in the bunkers of the Kerbonn battery in Pointe de Penhir. These old bunkers on the Atlantic Wall were built on the ruins of a Third Republic-style fort, itself constructed on fortifications built by Vauban. Geographically this place was made for fortresses! The museum is the only one in continental Europe dedicated to the Battle of the Atlantic. If it had been won by the Germany navy, the United Kingdom could not have been used as a base that served to help liberate western Europe. It also pays tribute to all the sailors, whose average age was 20, lost at sea.Maps allow visitors to track the losses incurred by the merchant navy and German submarines geographically and chronologically.

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Another wonderful area and very well known in Brittany are the megalithic alignment of Lagatjar  They were restored in 1928 and include 65 menhirs. The alignment of Lagatjar is made up of three rows of menhirs. The set draws a line oriented N -E and S-W, from where, at right angles, two parallel lines are left. This orientation suggests an astronomical character. The first description of the site is due in 1799 to Admiral Thévenard who describes 84 “large shapeless masses of rocks” arranged in several rows,

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The Finistére dept 29 tourist office on Camaret sur Mer::

The Bretagne region tourist office on Camaret sur Mer

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There you go folks, another dandy in my lovely Bretagne, You should go to the end of the world in Finistére and see Camaret sur Mer; great area full of life and the sea ,good for the soul anytime. Again, hope you enjoy the post as I

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

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March 1, 2023

Getting around Brest !!

After several posts on Brest it was time to tell you how to get around it, However, time passes and things are change, so therefore,here is my updated post on getting around Brest in the Finistére dept 29 of my lovely Bretagne. Hope you enjoy the post as I

As is the history of my Bretagne no road tolls here. Needless to tell you, this road warrior only been here by car, the rest is for info only, but you may ask me ok, There are two wonderful highways that I take every day literally. These are the RN 12 to Rennes, Paris and Northern Europe; and the RN 165 to my house, Nantes, Bordeaux and Southern Europe. The N165 or voie express as we call it by my neck of the woods is awesome really nice even if in Summer we get those visitors that make it crowded, well there are side roads to avoid this. From my town you can initially take the N165 direction Lorient/Brest. At Lorient take the exit 43 ring road D465 direction Larmor-Baden, and then take right on the D765 direction Quimperlé. Connect with the D783 direction Pont Aven/Concarneau than direction Quimper. Here take again the N165 direction Brest. Only taken in Summers to avoid the tourist hordes. Otherwise ,you can go straight on the N165 to Brest.

There are park and relay parks near tramway stations also facilitate access to the city center by public transport. Please note, on Saturday morning, parking is free on streets and in 2 enclosed car parks in the city center, however, is market day so come early. The streets of downtown Brest have around 4,000 paying spaces as close as possible to shops, services and equipment to ensure good vehicle turnover, and more than 10,000 free spaces. This system is supplemented by 750 places in the blue zone (Commercial port, Recouvrance, Pilier Rouge, Place de Strasbourg, as well as in the town centers of the districts of Saint-Marc, Bellevue, Saint-Pierre and Cavale Blanche, Lambézellec, Europe -Pontanezen). The pl de la Liberté, (my dear late Dad Elio always ahead) Coat ar Gueven, Jaurès and Les Capucins parking garages are open to the public during opening hours. Exit is possible 24 hours a day. Liberté is very central our favorite.


Then you have the train station or gare de Brest. It was put into service in 1865 . It is now at about 3h15 from Paris Montparnasse . The train station has a passenger building, with ticket offices and waiting room, open every day. It is equipped with automatic machines for the purchase of tickets. It is an “Accès Plus” station with amenities, equipment and services available to people with reduced mobility. In the station, there is also a press shop and a buffet. Brest is also, served by TER Bretagne trains which run on line 1 (Rennes – Saint-Brieuc – Brest), line 11 (Landerneau – Brest), line 21 (Saint-Brieuc – Morlaix – Brest) line 22 (Morlaix – Brest), and line 31 (Brest – Landerneau – Quimper).



There are plenty of bus lines in town and out but again never taken them here, this is for info only. The Bus network in Brest is call Bibus and good for bus, tramway ,and cable car rides.There is line A of tramway, Line C of cable car, and bus lines 1-6 local in addition to other lines connecting neighboring towns from line 10-19, and the lines of commercial zones 20-26, Right next to train station is the bus station of Brest. The main retail boutique of Bibus is at 33 avenue Clemenceau, from Mondays to Saturdays from  9h30 to 18h30. public transport takes you here with stops/arrêts Liberté, Multiplexe, and Hôpital Morvan. Inter-regional lines are operated by several companies which offer journeys from Brest to Rennes, Nantes and Paris in particular.


The téléphérique de Brest (-see post) or cable car on the line C of the local transport network call Bibus links the two banks of the river Penfeld that separates the districts of Siam and Capucins. It is the first of its kind in France and started in 2016. Each of its cabins can transport up to 60 persons at the same time. A wonderful ride indeed recommended just for fun! See Bibus network for schedules etc. Shown tramway instead below.


And why not there is an airport here again never taken just for info. Aéroport Brest Bretagne airport, the leading regional airport provides 11 daily connections to Paris and also serves the main French cities on a daily basis: Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Bordeaux, Lille, Toulouse, Nice. With more than 28 international connections, Brest quickly connects all major European cities: London, Brussels, Barcelona, Rome, Venice ,etc. Aeroport Brest Bretagne is located 9 km northeast of Brest. A shuttle links it several times a day to the Porte de Guipavas tramway station in about 20 minutes from the city center. Thjs is line 20 see Bibus network.

The SNCF station of Brest :

The TER Bretagne of Brest :

The Bibus bus / tramway network :

The OMIO intercity bus network from Brest :

The MobiBreizh network all modes transports in Bretagne :

The Brest Bretagne airport :

The City of Brest on public transports :

There you go folks, now I feel better on telling you how to get around Brest !! Worth the detour for a city that is a seafarer heaven and good ambiance even if relatively new due to destruction in previous wars. Hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

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March 1, 2023

Again, the castle and national naval museum of Brest !!

Let me take you north of my lovely Bretagne and the great seamen city of Brest. Of course, many posts on it but this one would like to update for you and me. I love castles and when they house a naval museum even more, and this is the case again on the castle and national naval museum in Brest! Hope you enjoy it as I.

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Within the Brest Castle, rich in 17 centuries of history, the National Naval Museum , traces the history of the arsenal and large sea fleets from Primauguet and Richelieu until today, and confirms the close ties between the city of Brest and this maritime history. By browsing the different rooms of the castle, the historic heart of the city, and one of the few vestiges of its past, you will enjoy a superb collection of models of ships, paintings, sculptures, the pocket submarine, the evocation of the old Brest, The memories of the prison… all in connection with the great naval adventure. Alone or in the company of a speaker, discover this exceptional site that offers a superb panorama of the harbor, the Penfeld and the city.

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The visit combines interior and exterior, allowing you to appreciate the richness of the collections, the panoramas of the harbour, the ports, the Penfeld and the city. The route evokes shipbuilding, the penal colony of Brest, the apogee of the port during the American War of Independence, the masterpieces of naval decoration, the industrial revolution, the emblematic ships of the post-war period, submarines and ocean racing in the Indian Ocean.Also to be discovered at the Ateliers des Capucins: The Emperor’s Canoe, a major piece in the collections of the National Maritime Museum. It is the only ceremonial canoe preserved in France.

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Built on the foundations of a 3C Roman castellum,the Brest Castle is the oldest heritage site in the city of Brest. The spaces open to the public, dating from the 15C, have been redesigned by Vauban. Beyond the permanent and temporary collections of the museum, you will also appreciate the walk on the external parts of the Castle: along its curtain walls and its walkway or from the top of the towers, with a breathtaking view of the harbor of Brest, the ports, the Penfeld and the city !

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As said, always come here by car but for the benefit of some visitors in Brest take bus line 2 and get off at the “Musée de la Marine” stop or tram line A and get off at the “Château” stop. Enjoy it fully !

The City of Brest on the national naval museum :

The City of Brest on the castle :

The official national naval museum of Brest

The Brest tourist office on the national naval museum

There you go folks, a dandy must see while in Brest, And for me easy parking area just in front of the castle ,where we always parked and from there is easy walking all over the city center. The castle museum of Brest is wonderful , very educational, very well done, fun for the whole family and highly recommended as one of the best maritime museums in the world!  Again, hope you enjoy it as I

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

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