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July 23, 2021

Some news from France, CCCXXXIX

Let me get back to my regular series of Some news from France, already in its 339 run thanks to you all! As the weather turns, well it is hot in France this week with in my area up to 32C or about 90F; I went out to sea and got tan naturally lol! There is still a lot going on with the repeated news of the virus pandemic covid19 ,etc I took my second pfizer because its sort of obligatory if want to go to a bar or travel abroad like Spain… We will see when this game ends as now more variants (mutations) and there is talk of a third vaccine shot lol! If they can ever put this effort into cancer yikes! Anyway ,there is my latest news rants all included!

Faced with the influx of bathers, the Calanques ( creeks)  of Marseille want to end free access. To prevent overcrowding in the summer months, the Calanques National Park plans to introduce a daily gauge of authorized people on the site, using a digital reservation platform. The 8,500 hectares of Calanques National Park, divided between the municipalities of Marseille, Cassis and La Ciotat, are home to around a hundred protected animal and plant species. However, overcrowding has a serious impact on the environment. So there you go even outdoors will be limited too! Webpage: http://www.calanques-parcnational.fr/fr

The last guardians of Cordouan, the lighthouse of kings. There are only six gatekeepers left in France, who take turns here in pairs. 7 km (about 4 mi) from any coast, Cordouan has watched over the Gironde estuary for four centuries, the largest in Europe. In front of it, the infinite horizon of the Atlantic. On the right, Royan (Charente-Maritime), on the left, Le Verdon-sur-Mer (Gironde), the two ports allowing it to be reached. Behind it, the mixed waters of the Garonne and the Dordogne, which flow together into the ocean. And at the end of this long notch in the western facade of the country, Bordeaux. A wonderful lighthouse or phare de Cordouan.  Webpage: https://www.phare-de-cordouan.fr/en/home/

At the Bioparc de Doué-la-Fontaine (Maine-et-Loire), Jangali and Makalu, the two little snow leopards born on May 23 in a sort of nest set up for their mother, Junga. Only sixteen of their congeners were born in the last twelve months in an animal park in Europe. In the mountains of Central Asia, the threatened species is estimated to number only around 6,500 individuals. One good reason to visit the zoo park.webpage: https://www.bioparc-zoo.fr/your-visit/

The Provencal city, the Mecca of Photography Meetings, Arles is home to the Fragonard guest house, one of the bedrooms of which evokes the small lounges of yesteryear. Vintage ceramic table, 18C paintings, terracotta floor tiles, etc. The decor of the rooms of this guest house synthesizes the spirit of Fragonard, a family business and historical specialist in Grasse perfumery, which has extended its activity to fashion and to the decoration. which give all their character to the six rooms of this family home in the center of Arles, located a stone’s throw from the ancient theater. Webpage: https://www.fragonard.com/fr-int/maison-fragonard-arles

At the end of the Tokyo Olympics on August 8, Paris will officially enter its 2024 Olympic event. The city is already preparing for the celebration with, from today and for two weeks, activities at the Trocadero. The festivities will begin each day at noon (exceptionally at 10h on July 23, 27, 30 and August 5). On the program, the retransmission of the events taking place in Tokyo on a giant screen, but also cultural and sporting events, or meetings with athletes. With the French athletes competing in the Games having to leave Japan 48 hours after the end of their events, most of them will come to the Trocadero upon their return to Paris. On Friday, it will be possible to learn 3×3 basketball, judo or BMX. Until August 8, activities are also planned in Île-de-France region, at future Olympic venues. Webpage: https://www.sortiraparis.com/actualites/a-paris/articles/253431-jo-de-tokyo-une-fan-zone-gratuite-dans-les-jardins-du-trocadero-a-paris

No lead contamination after the Notre-Dame Cathedral of Paris fire, according to Public Health France. This is confirmed by a survey published  last Tuesday. While cases of lead poisoning have been identified in children living near the building, their contamination is linked to at least one other factor. The Plomb Notre-Dame collective is perplexed. Weird !!!

The Eiffel Tower will offer antigenic tests for visitors without a health pass. The antigenic tests will be carried out at the foot of the tower, they will cost 25 euros for foreign tourists and will be free for the French. Since Friday, this symbol of Paris has received between 10,000 and 13,000 tourists per day, the expected level which corresponds to half of its usual summer attendance. If no sanitary gauge is provided at the entrance, the elevators of the first two floors can only take 50% of their usual load to enforce social distancing. The mask is also compulsory. Its already overcrowded now I am afraid even more be really early!

The craftsmen (artisans) of Notre-Dame Cathedral of Paris put their talent at the service of the Château de Vigny. The facade and roof of the Château de Vigny in Val-d’Oise (dept 95 ) are currently being restored by specialist craftsmen. For this exceptional site, the same companies are involved as those working in the Parisian cathedral, in particular for the scaffolding and the roof. The idea is to renovated and save it, good deed!! Webpage: https://www.chateauvigny.com/en/

Some foodie info I like with some interesting places that are popping in popular circles of mine in Paris

If you needed a good reason to set foot in the 7éme arrondissement, it’s Coya, its small garden and its Peruvian menu. Here, we feast on traditional Peruvian cuisine with South American, Japanese and Chinese influences. Le Jardin de Coya,  83 rue du Bac. Webpage : https://www.coyarestaurant.com/le-jardin-de-coya/

Laïa is the new little address hidden away . At the end of the dining room, illuminated by the large bay window, we can see the chef working in the kitchen, who offers us good robata cuisine. Improved by the Spaniards, we sit on the vegetated terrace to feast on well-executed Mediterranean cuisine. Laïa 226, boulevard Voltaire 11eme. .webpage : https://laia-restaurant.com/

On this small cobbled lane which lights up with small lights as the sun disappears. The talented gang of Caché treats us with gourmet and refined tapas including the addictive croquetas of Iberian jamòn (ham) and their runny tortilla (omelet). Amagat 23 Villa Riberolle, 20éme. Webpage: https://www.amagatparis.fr/

And the beat goes on, c’est la vie!!

From August,2021 professionals in cafes, bars and restaurants are asked to carry out systematic checks of the health pass!! GNI, the union of self-employed workers in the hotel and catering industry is upset. They rightfully claim it is up to the police to carry out systematic checks. In addition to the rush of the service environment, it also argues that the staff of bars and restaurants are not allowed to ask their customers for an identity card, making it impossible to control. Instead, it suggests installing a QR code at the entrance to establishments, which can be flashed to prove that you are in good standing. Good idea. The GNI is who? Webpage:  https://www.gni-hcr.fr/qui-sommes-nous/

Disneyland Paris will ask its visitors from July 21 2021! for proof of vaccination, a negative PCR test of less than 48 hours or a positive test proving that the person has contracted the Covid for more than eleven days and less than six months. It’s obligatory right!

The French singers Vianney, Yseult, Patrick Bruel, Julien Clerc etc serve the royal plateau this weekend at the Fontainebleau festival. The first edition of FBLO kicks off tomorrow Friday and ends on Sunday. Organizer Live Nation has seen it big for this first edition. Julien Clerc, Vianney and Patrick Bruel will perform on the lawn of the Grand Parquet ground of honor, accompanied by rising stars of French song like Noraa, Yseult, etc. Info webpage: https://www.livenation.fr/fblofestival

The ponds of Yvelines, whims of the Sun King. In Perray-en-Yvelines .This complex, which extends over 310 hectares and concerns eight ponds spread over as many towns, was once used to supply water to the ponds of the Palace of Versailles. Today a haunt for nature lovers, the ensemble has just been classified as a nature reserve. More detail info for nature lovers in French webpage: https://www.reserves-naturelles.org/etangs-et-rigoles-d-yvelines

Now this is some tips given by the French chefs and used of course very much in France. The 6 things to never order in a restaurant according to the chefs. 1) never order fish on Monday. Why ? Because most restaurants order their fresh fish on Thursday or Friday in anticipation of the busy weekend. 2 ) And if by chance you stumble upon a restaurant that offers Kobe beef just barely more than its traditional steak, no need to stop, it surely is a scam. 3)  Many chefs disavow chicken dishes because they tend to be less creative and yet not cheaper. In addition, the portions are often doubled or even tripled, which encourages us to overeat. 4) it is better not to ask for too much cooking for your meat. If you don’t like rare meat, the chef suggests simply opting for another dish. () never ask that this or that ingredient be replaced by another in your dish. In a good restaurant, the chef masters the combinations of flavours. -) Stay away from pasta in a pizza place, fish in a steakhouse, teriyaki chicken in a sushi restaurant, etc.  Pure logic in itself.

There you go folks, another episode of my France’s odyssey . Hope you enjoy the reading and stay ahead, much needed in our fast moving world. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

July 22, 2021

Summer heat at the La Cervoiserie!!!

And making stop on looking over older posts and reviving family memories I stumble today again by Vannes. My oldest was taking his first shot of the pfizer vaccine for the covid19 and doing some errands we went to one of our favorite watering hole!

The temp here has been very hot the last couple of days going up to 32C or about 90F, as I write it is still 30C or 86F this is hot even from an old beach bum well time does its toll…..And decided to quench our thirst somewhere nearby where we were.

We decided to go La Cervoiserie with Dad in tow! This store is at 53 Rue Théophraste Renaudot Zac Kerlann in Vannes. A beer joint with samples from the world over.  

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La Cervoiserie began near La Rochelle in 2004 and now has more than 500 references of beers in stores of about 400 m2. They are gear to the « after works » or Happy Hour to from hours of 10h to 20h Mondays to Saturdays.  We have one and its very nice with good ambiance, many activities held like Oktoberfest etc. Here you can buy ,taste, share, and take home.

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We ordered a couple buckets of saucissons nature and sanglier (wild pigp and non alcoholic beer Bavaria for Dad and Lowenbraü German beer for me, my boys had different beers that I cannot recall lol!!! It really went well with the times outside! Reminder, they also serve wines!

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The official webpage of La Cervoiserie in Vannes: https://lacervoiserie.com/les-cervoisiers/vannes/

We finished the day by going to get some caskets riding bikes types for their bike,checking on mobile phones, and I purchase a brand new computer at Boulanger, an ACER Aspire Intel I5. So we are loaded on Summer sales in France which in my area at least ends July 27th.

On our way home stop by the omnipresent boulangerie for our tradition baguettes and now cooling off at home and planning new trips into the Loire Valley! Stay tune folks…

We are been told the temps will go down by tomorrow to 25C so that will bearable and by next week will allow us to rent a saw machine to cut our hedge bushes in front garden (haies fr.)

Now drink plenty of water, be safe , enjoy your time on Earth and remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!!

July 22, 2021

Port du Crouesty, a personal note!!!

I have written on the Port du Crouesty , part of the town of Arzon in the Rhuys peninsula on several previous posts in my blog. I have come here since moving into the area back in 2011, and had great family time over the years. Now coming back missing my dear late wife Martine is sad all nice memories that are worth reliving them again and again.

The reason I am writing again on the Port du Crouesty is because one of my former boss (CFO) from Paris had purchase a boat (30 meters! )and has it base here. He is kind enough for old times sake that each time in the area he calls me up to the boat.  This is an experience I could not refuse as grew up around boats and beaches when young boy and always nice memories. Therefore, I took responsibilities at home with my boys and came to the boat!! It was better than expected!

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Normally, we just had a lunch in the boat and get the ride around the marina from a boat owners preferable entries. However, this time he took me out to sea into the wonderful sublime Gulf of Morbihan. I really should not tell you about Port du Crouesty because several posts on it with all kind of information, just do search in my blog. This experience will be mostly visual with new pictures taken on the day; hope you enjoy them as I!

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However, could not resist, some sights previously mentioned in my blog but now new pictures. The first you notice when you enter the marina area before the boats is our favorite local store La Trinitaine branch here.

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You can head over a bit and see our favorite ice cream parlor L’Igloo, branch here and in other beach towns in the area.

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Not to missed the Capitainerie or harbormaster house which has a beautiful restaurant le Cargo we had enjoyed.

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Port du Crouesty capitainerie from chanel BL boat back jul21

You can really enjoy the Miramar La Cigale  Thalasso and Spa  a wonderful oasis of tranquility and well being, You see it on the right of the picture next to Fogeo beach!

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You should not leave the area without visiting the Cairns du Petit Mont, or the megaliths stones tumulus found here dating thousands of years!! This time saw from the channel going in to the marina! The stone of the little mound!

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And do come around the marina to see the Chapelle Notre Dame de Crouesty  (it was here in 565 that it was found the intact body of Saint Gildas). I saw this time from the channel to the marina! right side of picture.

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I cannot leave this post without given credit and showing the work of the lifesavers volunteer corps of the SNSM all over France’s coasts/beaches,and at sea. They have taken the ashes of my mother Gladys and wife Martine out to sea burial from Honfleur, Normandie as we all will be. As the braves did!

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OF course, my usual webpages for a quick informative round into the marina of Port du Crouesty!

The city of Arzon on Port du Crouesty: https://www.arzon.fr/port-du-crouesty-compagnie-des-ports-du-morbihan/

The passeportescales or passport stops on the Port du Crouesty ,harbor information: https://www.passeportescales.com/fr/port-du-crouesty

The Gulf of Morbihan tourist board on Port du Crouesty in French: https://www.golfedumorbihan.bzh/explorer-vannes/decouvrir-vannes/golfe-morbihan/presquile-rhuys/arzon/port-crouesty/

There you go folks, a nice time spent with good friend in a beautiful setting, Port du Crouesty. Of course, the boating need contact/friend but the rest is open to the public and it is very popular with locals and visitors alike so come early. Again, hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

July 18, 2021

Church of St Pierre of Plougastel-Daoulas!

And love to update this older post for you and me. If you read my blog, you know we came here on our road warrior trips to know Plougastel-Daoulas and were surprise. We like this little town and the resto we had lunch so much we came back an even celebrated my boys birthdays there!! However, plenty already in my blog, this one is on the sublime  Church of St Pierre of Plougastel-Daoulas! Hope you enjoy it as I.

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And I sticking around the area to take you to another off the beaten path of my lovely Brittany. This time is a wonderful town of many nice memories for my family. We first came to Plougastel-Daoulas on a rainy day and had lunch where we met the owners and try a delicious African chicken dish from Senegal. To our surprise the city is full of memorable places to see and it must be seen.  Plougastel-Daoulas is in the dept 29 of Finistère in Bretagne. It is a town in the Brest harbor, located on a peninsula in the southeast of the city, which is separated by the mouth of the Élorn. The town is part of the former bishopric of Cornouaille. Plougastel-Daoulas remained very isolated, the Élorn being an obstacle to its relations with the Bishopric of Leon and especially with Brest. Before the construction of the Albert-Louppe Bridge in 1930, only one ferry allowed to cross the estuary starting from the place called the Passage to lead to a place of the same name located on the current town of Relecq-Kerhuon. The WWI painfully strikes Plougastel, and in 1944, a parachute unit of the 3rd Parachute Fighter Regiment, was parachuted into the Plougastel-Daoulas area as part of Operation Derry to open the way to the 8th US Army Corps, commanded by General Troy Middleton, responsible for taking Brest, to support the local resistance and to avoid the destruction of the Plougastel bridge. The Task force  “B ” continued its advance and showing a very high attack power clearing the Plougastel Peninsula on August 30, 1944.

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The parish Church of St. Peter, once a priory dependent on the abbey of Daoulas,(see post) dating from the 15C, but then too small, was destroyed in 1870 and replaced by a Church of Flamboyant Gothic style at a site of a Chapel.  The initiative probably comes back to the Lords of Léon and the family of Rohan. The Church was completed in 1623 with a 28 meters high bell tower in a round turret containing the staircase to access the bells.  A Renaissance porch is added between 1640 and 1650. It was destroyed by WWII  and it was rebuilt with the bell tower done with concrete. However ,some items do remain such as the descend of the Cross and two retables one of Saint-Peter ,and the other of a Rosary.

The first that you see upon coming to town is the Church of Saint Peter rising above the place de l’église, monumental front and great bell tower. It was rebuilt as it is today in 1950.  The current Church was rebuilt in cross–shaped, style  with a recessed Spire, a nave of five bays with aisles, a crossroads with lantern and wings at the center of which is the choir, then another nave of three bays with aisles terminated by a right chevet. The Church of the 19C has retained a beautiful retable of the Rosary (dated 1654-1656) and topped by an altar the tomb of 16C of the Fallen Christ. The modern altar, made with marble of Mayenne dedicated in 1957.  There is a path of modern cross and the baptismal fonts from the 12C. The Church houses a statue of St. Peter and a Pietà.

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A lovely ensemble around the main square of Plougastel-Daoulas, the Church, (calvary and strawberry museum see posts). A great day for the whole family on a lovely traditional Breton town, and it was here that we first heard the Breton language spoken by folks in the restaurant!!

The city of Plougastel on its historyhttps://www.plougastel.com/histoire.php

The Finistére dept 29 tourist office on the raid of Brest and Plougastelhttps://www.toutcommenceenfinistere.com/loisir/rade-de-brest-brest

The Bretagne region tourist office on Plougastelhttps://www.brittanytourism.com/destinations/the-10-destinations/brest-terres-oceanes/presquile-de-plougastel-and-daoulas-abbey/

There you go folks, enjoy a nice Church St Pierre in an nice town of Plougastel-Daoulas off the beaten path and trails of coastline to fall in love with!

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

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July 17, 2021

Basilique Saint Sauveur of Rennes !

And going on in my wonderful ride of updating my older posts in my blog ,and reviving great travel moments. This is as good as any time to do this and I love it!!! This is a nice monument in Rennes walking distance to many more sites. I will give you an update on the Basilica Saint Sauveur of Rennes!

As said been here several times and walked the beat but with so many monuments there are some that I think are worth mentioning in a post of their own. This is the case of the Basilica minor Saint Sauveur of Rennes.

The Saint-Sauveur Basilica of Rennes is a minor basilica, known as Notre Dame des Miracles et Virtue or Our Lady of Miracles and Virtues, located in the heart of the historic city center. Its foundation, under the name of Saint-Sauveur, was before the 12C. Enlarged on several occasions and rebuilt in the early 18C, it was the seat of a parish for nearly three hundred years, until WWII, then again from 2002. Following several miraculous events in the 14C and 18C, the cult of Notre Dame developed strongly to culminate in a basilica erection in 1916. In classical style, this building is particularly distinguished by its furniture, a canopy of the high altar, wrought iron chair, organ, as well as the numerous ex-votos deposited by the faithful.  Located in place Saint-Sauveur, it lies at the end of a perspective starting at the bottom of the Place du parliament de Bretagne and formed by the succession of the Rue Brilhac,Rue Ermine and Rue du Guesclin. Only its eastern and southern facades are visible, the remainder being adjoined by buildings, including the presbytery to the West,at  2 Rue Saint-Sauveur. The main façade, in the east, overlooks Place Saint-Sauveur, while the south façade opens onto Rue Saint-Sauveur, and beyond, on the garden of the Hôtel de Blossac.

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A bit of history I like

The present Basilica Church of Saint Sauveur was built at the beginning of the 18C, replacing a chapel whose origins merge with those of the city. The first written traces mentioning a Saint-Sauveur chapel in Rennes date from the 12C. Erected Saint-Sauveur in parish Church in 1667. This decision was confirmed by the Parliament of Brittany by a judgment of 1667, despite the opposition of the rector of Toussaints. A Brotherhood was founded in 1670 on the initiative of Saint John Eudes in honor of Our Lady of Miracles and Virtues and of the Holy Heart of Mary.  In 1682, the west gable of the Church collapsed, making the Church unfit for worship. After a few months during which the Blessed Sacrament was transported to the Saint James Chapel, the cult resumed in the partially demolished church. The first stone was laid two years later, on July 24, 1703. The new orientation allowed to open the facade on the bottom of the place du grand bout de la Cohue (this square where a market was held until 1720 the location of the current Rue de  Clisson and Place Saint-Sauveur).  The Blessed Sacrament, dated is  kept at the Museum of Brittany. The new Church is consecrated on August 5, 1719.

The destruction of the Place du grand bout de la Cohue, replaced by the Rue de Clisson and the Place Saint-Sauveur, and the piercing of the Rue du Guesclin in the axis of the Church, lead it to redraw the façade to integrate it into this new perspective.   The major altar, symbolizing the end of the work, is consecrated in 1768. The French revolution interrupted the reconstruction work of St. Peter’s Cathedral destroyed in 1768. The Church of Saint-Sauveur then became the temple of reason, then the temple of the Supreme Being in 1794. The miraculous statue of Notre Dame is destroyed during this period. The building hosts public meetings. Saint-Sauveur is officially rendered to worship only on September 30, 1802.

The arrival of the master Altar c.1827 – 1829, of a Chandelier c. 1846, of a Cross c. 1860 and of the Choir Organ c. 1894. The Altars of the Sacred Heart and St. Louis and St. Anne are redone and receive new paintings. A second restoration from 1870 on the altars of the transept. It was created in 1875 the altar dedicated to Notre Dame of Miracles and Virtues. Three bells are then installed in the tower in 1876. Finally, a ceramic paving replaces the original tome in 1886. The Church also carries, between 1832 and 1855, a Telegraph Chappe on the station 4 of Rennes and the number 10 of the line Avranches-Nantes. With the reactivation of the cult of Notre Dame of Miracles and Virtues, the Church is consecrated on October 12, 1912 by Pope Pius X. It was erected in a minor Basilica on 27 April 1916 by Pope Benedict XV.

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Four narratives of miracles, attributed to Notre-Dame, are related to the Church and are the subject of special devotion. In 1667, the Church of Saint-Sauveur, truce of the parish of Toussaints, becomes parish in turn, the new parish then has for limits to the north the Porte Saint-Michel (current place Rallyer-du-Baty), south the Vilaine river, to the east the rue  Tristin (route close to the current rue de l’Horloge) and west the back of the Cathedral. This represents half of the first precinct of Rennes, four hectares entirely built. In 1939, the parish’s seat was moved to St. Peter’s Cathedral, the Church of Saint-Sauveur preserving its only Basilical vocation. With the reorganization in 2002; Saint-Sauveur finds a parish assignment, between the Cathedral St Pierre, and the Church of Saint-Étienne.

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The exterior style of the Basilica recalls, on a lesser scale, that of the Church of the Gesù of Rome or the Basilica of Notre-Dame-des-Victories in Paris. of modest size 43 meters by 26 meters, the Basilica has a multi-cut Latin cross form, with a three-span nave and two collateral, a cut-out apse and a shallow transept. The Basilica St Sauveur is composed of a nave with two aisles, a narrow transept, a short choir and an apse with cut-out pans, without ambulatory or apsidiole. The nave has three spans against one for the choir. The first one contains the baptismal fonts, the second, the confessional. The second span of the south aisle was enlarged at the beginning of the twentieth century to accommodate the Chapel of Notre Dame des Miracles et Virtues. The master Altar is surmounted by a remarkable canopy, made in 1768 with motifs adorning the adjacent pulpit on the pillar of the choir. This painted or gilded wrought iron chair, made in 1781, richly decorated, the tub carries many ornaments such as medallions surrounded by fins and ribbons, falls of leaves and fruits, volutes and garlands of laurels. The new altar is made of marble and stainless steel, in harmony with the existing furniture.

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The statue of Notre Dame des Miracles et Virtues, often referred to simply as Our Lady of Miracles, is a Virgin and the Child. It is mentioned in the 14C, as part of a miracle that would have occurred during a siege of the city. It is already a sculpture of painted wood. It is repainted in 1445, then its hands are restored in 1522. During the French revolution, as the Church welcomed the revolutionary cult, the statue was destroyed. It is only replaced in February 1876. Two organs are in the church: a choir organ and a monumental organ in a tribune. The choir organ consists of two symmetrical bodies placed obliquely. The bodies are surmounted by gendarme hats adorned with a shell. It is the first electrically transmitted organ installed in Rennes, received on March 11, 1894. The organ of Tribune dates from the 17C. The painted shuttered buffet is made of oak (central part) and fir (wings) carved in the Louis XIV style.  The central turret is surmounted by a statue of St. George slaying the dragon, the side turrets of fire pots in gadroons. The whole is painted in imitation oak covering the original polychromies. Music Rennes on organ concerts webpage: https://rennesmusique.com/lieux-des-concerts/basilique-st-sauveur/

The present stained glass windows were made in 1951 and 1952, with the exception of the Chapel of Notre Dame des Miracles and the large canopy on its left. The series of Mr. Barrillet replaces the stained glass windows bombarded in 1940 during WWII. The large canopies at the bottom evoke the cult of Notre Dame des Miracles, while the small canopies of the upper represent Marian scenes. The Chapel of Notre Dame des Miracles retains its clear windows of the late 19C and the canopy on its left is from 1962.

The Rennes tourist office on the Basilicahttps://www.tourisme-rennes.com/en/organize-my-trip/what-to-do-in-rennes/basilique-saint-sauveur-2/

There you go folks, hope you have enjoy the historical architecture tour of the Basilique Saint Sauveur de Rennes. OF course, this is just a condense story of a magnificent monument.

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

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July 17, 2021

Notre Dame Church of Vitré!

And here I am again on the wonderful ride of updating my older posts in my blog. A work of love which I am enjoying very much and thank you for coming along with me. This is my story on the Notre Dame Church of Vitré! Hope you enjoy it as I.

Having crisscross this vast region of Brittany ,I have encountered many works of arts of great beauty , history and architecture values in many places. Indeed France is a mouvable feast! Having visited Vitré, I have done posts on the sights in a general sense, and I am coming back in more in depth details on my favorites. The Notre Dame Church of Vitré , really can be said to be more like a Cathedral for its wealth of beauty, not enough to post in one single entry ! I will give you some details and hopefully you will go see it and tell me about it , love the sharing of my love of history and architecture with you all.  Disclaimer, I am neither a history major nor an architect but love the fields!

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Notre-Dame of Vitré was the parish of the rich overseas merchants, the flamboyant Gothic building was erected mainly in the 15-16C. Opening to the west on Place Notre-Dame square, along the rue Notre Dame to the south, it occupies the highest point of the old town, prudent against the northern front of the medieval enclosure overlooking the Vilaine river. Only its facades north, west and south are visible, the choir being held in the north in the buildings of the ancient priory of the Benedictines, and masked in the Levant and at midday by an urban islet and the sacristy. And oh yes it is in dept 35 Ille et Vilaine!

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A bit of history I like

Robert I of Vitré, the founder, circa 1060, of a collegiate church placed under the summons of Saint Mary. The remarkable density of religious buildings with ancient terms (chapelles Saint-Julien and Saint-Michel, Saint-Pierre churches, Saint-Martin, Sainte-Marie) suggests that Vitré was already an important and coherent demographic entity at the time Merovingian and Carolingian periods. If the collegiate Church of Notre-Dame could go back to the 10C, if it is undoubtedly attested as a parish in 1070-1075.  The French revolution ransacked the interior of the Church, which the priests later attached to endowing it with Gothic furniture of quality.

A longer description of this beauty of Vitré. The southern facade of the Notre-Dame Church is only partially visible, an island of houses and the large sacristy built perpendicular to the Chorus preventing any vision of the bedside otherwise mask by the buildings of the old Benedictine Priory. Built from east to west from 1480 to 1540, its original flamboyant architectural vocabulary tends to enrich itself with details of the first renaissance as we progress towards the west façade. Thus, the four most right gables were built between 1480 and 1500, with the three most western gables being done from 1530 to 1540.  The western facade of Notre-Dame of Vitré dates back to 1550. In its large  nave, it is less finely than that on the south side, with a more Renaissance-style decoration. The door adorns with representations of the Crucifixion, the Apostles Peter, Paul, John and Andre. A laurel wreath, the 1586 vintage and two merchant brands complete this scholarly decoration. Upstairs, a mistress window with four mullions and flamboyant tracery is housed under an archivolt, supposed to have abundant lighting in the generally blind Breton naves. Compared to the west and south facades of the Notre Dame Church, the northern flank appears particularly stripped. Devoid of sculpture.

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 Notre-Dame Church of Vitré offers a singular plan for a Breton church. The nave is located on six bays and is accosted by two collaterals serving six chapels in the north, five in the south and a sacristy. The development of the nave is halted by the mighty pillars bearing the cross of the transept prolonged on either side by two arms, each endowed with an oriental apsidiole. A deep chorus, rectangular in shape and stalker to the right, extends the church to the Orient. In the former Duchy of Brittany, only the cathedrals of Nantes and Quimper now offer the party of three western naves accosted by lateral chapels.

The altarpiece of the Life of the Virgin and of Christ. The history of this altarpiece, once preserved in the sacristy of the Church of Notre-Dame and today presented in the old Chapel Saint-Michel of the Castle of Vitré(see post on it)  is known to us thanks to an inscription appearing on the back of the work. Realized in the 1540’s it was given for the 1544 Christmas to the parish by its priest. It presents itself as a triptych composed of 48 enameled plates of Limoges origin grouped on four rows, the shutters each containing twelve scenes framed and closing on the central part which takes into account 24 scenes. These enamels, narrates the life of the Virgin and the one of Christ.

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The main stained glass of the Notre-Dame of Vitré dates back to the 19C. If the original glazing almost disappeared, the building retains an exceptional room (the entrance of Christ in Jerusalem) dating from the 16C, and two earlier fragments of the end of the previous century. Three windows of the Notre Dame Church retain stained glass from the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The stained-glass window of the seigneurial chapel. The last chapel on the south aisle, located on the floor of the old sacristy, houses a fragment of an annunciation dating from the late 15C. The Archangel Gabriel is placed in a flamboyant kiosk on the paved ground, in front of a richly adorned Damascus background.

The northern window of the Monks’ choir conceals in its tympanum a Crucifixion and two ecus one, to the left, of glazed silver of a lion crawling the Gauls, the other, to the right, of the family of Montmorency-Laval , second branch of the Laval House, which held the Vitré castle from 1254 to 1547. The third southern Chapel of the Notre-Dame Church serves as a setting for the canopy narrating the entrance of Christ to Jerusalem. This illustration of the twigs bears the date of 1537. It is a stained glass table that finds place in a Renaissance setting where putti, heads of cherubs, bucranes, antique heads in medallions, all adorned with vegetable garlands.

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Notre Dame of Vitré was endowed with an organ built by Paul Maillard from 1636 to 1639. The Grande organs, built in 1851 by Paul-Alexandre Ducroquet for the World Exhibition in London, won the great gold medal on this occasion. Acquired in 1852, the instrument, perched on the reverse of the western façade of the Church of Notre-Dame on a Renaissance tribune dated from 1639 and embellished with a gothic railing, is housed in a ogival buffet. The Choir organ of Notre-Dame is located in the fifth chapel overlooking the northern collateral of the church. This was delivered in 1971.

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The City of Vitré on the Church: https://www.mairie-vitre.com/Eglise-Notre-Dame.html

The Ille et Vilaine dept 35 tourist office on the Church: https://www.bretagne35.com/offres/eglise-notre-dame-vitre-fr-2723886/

There you go folks, another beauty detail a bit more for you; hope you enjoy the Notre Dame Church as much as we do. Vitré is pack with beauties not to be missed.

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

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July 16, 2021

Tour de France in Ste Anne d’Auray!!!

Ok so as promise in my previous posts on some news from France, the tour de France passed very near me. In fact, the road that I always take to go to our capital city of Vannes, as they came from the coast on the D17 into city center Sainte Anne d’Auray! This town is about 12 km from home which we reach by the D102 road most often. I have written before on the Tour de France in my blog, and on the times we were there and pictures to show, last time by here by St Avé in 2015.

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This time they came even closer on the 3rd stage of the tour de France passing by many towns in my Morbihan 56 breton. We waited for them here in Sainte Anne d’Auray which written on its famous lovely basilica in my posts. My Dad came with us for the first time in his new wheelchair!! It was easy and nice ,he love it did not stop talking!!!

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We arrived by 12h30 and had excellent spot by the entrance to the Basilica de Sainte Anne on the road D19. We parked on the side of the monument to the fallen Bretons on a grassy field and walked five minutes to the above spot. Leaving was easy and orderly very nice organisation in my neck of the woods! There is the parade first!

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The third stage of the Tour de France took place between Lorient and Pontivy, in Morbihan dept 56 , today Monday June 28 on 182.9 km from Lorient to Pontivy. The Tour de France were marked by the return of a festive atmosphere, with many spectators along the roads.

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Nice towns we passed many times and even daily, the 3rd stage was awesome to say the least. You can see posts on these towns in my blog!

The start   of the 3rd stage will be given in Lorient, on the Quai Mansion, at 13h10. The peloton will then pass near Kervignac, Merlevenez, Plouhinec and Belz before joining Erdeven (13h50) then Plouharnel ( 14h). The peloton will then take the direction of Carnac, La Trinité-sur-Mer, Crac’h and Auray ( 14h30) before continuing towards Pluneret and Sainte-Anne-d´Auray , passing at 14h36 ( 2:36 p.m exactly!!). The runners will pass through Grand-Champ (14h55) before continuing towards Locmaria-Grand-Champ, Locqueltas, and Plaudren ( 15h15 ). They are expected between 15h20 and 15h30 at the top of the Cadoudal hill in Plumelec. The peloton will then join Cruguel, Guégon, and Josselin (15h50), then Forges-de-Lanouée and Pleugriffet ( 16h) where the intermediate sprint will be contested. Then direction Radenac, Moréac, and Locminé (16h30) then the Pluméliau coast (16h45). The riders will then start the last 30 kilometers of the event with a passage through Pluméliau-Bieuzy, Melrand and Guern ( 17h). They will pass through Malguénac before arriving in Pontivy where the winner of the stage should be determined around 17h30.

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These are the participating runners born in the Morbihan: Warren Barguil (Hennebont), Jean Gainche (Remingol), Pierre le Bigaut (Guémené sur Scorff), Jean Le Guilly(Le Faouët), François Mahé (Arradon), and Joseph Morvan (Moustoir-Ac).

The official tour de France on the 3rd Stage in French: https://www.letour.fr/fr/la-course/grands-departs/grand-depart-2021

The winner at Pontivy is Tim Merlier (Belgium) with the Alpecin Fenix team, and still overall yellow jersey is Mathieu Van Der Poel of the Netherlands, and, also, Alpecin Fenix team. The best French is second in the general with Julian Alaphilippe of theDeceuninck -Quick- STEP Belgium base.

The race continues in Bretagne with the 4th stage from Redon to Fougéres! And do not forget we still have the Tour de Bretagne coming up September 20 to 26 2021. Official webpage in French: https://www.tourdebretagne.bzh/le-parcours/les-infos-des-7-etapes/

A fun family day near me and we love it, we came home for some real cooking rose wine from Château Cavalier and now resting as the needs are great starting Thursday July 1st. Stay tune!!!

Hope you enjoy the post and the tour de France in general and already looking forward to watching the rest on TV. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

July 7, 2021

One more time in Perros Guirec !!

This was trips with the family a couple times. I had older posts and this one was mix in with Ploumanac’h which is next door. So, I decided to split them into two post for clearer information. The memories are always grand the area is worth the trip. Let me tell you a bit more on Perros Guirec!!

So back at you from my north Brittany heaven; indeed all seems beautiful around me, and I notice feel lucky to be here. Again I have to thanks for my dear late wife Martine for showing me her country since 1989 and to be part of it since 2000, and living in it since 2003!!!  I have written before but need to tell you ,must tell you again about this beautiful magical Breton area of Perros Guirec way up in the Côtes d’Armor dept 22 of my lovely Bretagne!

Perros-Guirec is a town 78 km from Saint Brieuc, 175 km from Rennes and 524 km from Paris. And 162 km from my town! Perros is a Breton toponym composed of Penn, meaning “bout, end” and Roz, “coastal promontory”. Guirec is the Anthroponyme from the holy founder of the place, Saint Guirec, in modern Breton, the name of the town is Perroz-Gireg. Locally we only talk about Perros. The town has two emblems: The Puffin, a small sea bird with a colorful beak whose largest colony in France breeds in the Sept-Îles, and the hydrangea flower particularly present in the city and the gardens of the private individuals. Perros-Guirec mainly lives in tourism. During the summer, the city takes on another dimension both in activities (sports, cultural and economic) and in population (which multiplies by about 8). It is known as a family resort with a few fine sandy beaches (Trestraou and Trestrignel) and its coastline is partly composed of pink granite blocks with impressive shapes (the pink granite coast)

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The town has three main beaches. Trestraou’s is sunny. There are the casino and the Convention Center, where exhibitions are often held. It is from this beach that you will embark to visit the Sept-Îles (seven islands) that surround it, among which Rouzic Island (the island of birds), uninhabited, but where resident gulls and Bassan birds are. The beach of Trestrignel is more beaten by the winds. Quite wild, which makes its charm, it is like cashed at the bottom of a coast, and is bordered by the point of the castle, rocky headland from which you can enjoy a panoramic view of the islands, especially on the island Tomé (which is not part of Sept-Îles). The cove of Pors Kamor; The shelter and the boat of the SNSM President Toutain (SNS 098); the volunteer life savers organisation in France that also serve as lifegurad on the beaches. The wonderful beaches of Saint-Guirec; as well as Bastille.  . The port of Perros-Guirec, at the harbor (lower part of the town of Perros).

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Things to see, my favorites, again there are plenty of things to see and do around Perros Guirec!

The House of Maurice Denis, painter Nabi and impressionist above the beach of Trestrignel. Built in 1894 . The name of the city   “Silencio” is an allusion to the Spanish origins of the actress who made her built, Marcelle Josset. It was in 1908 that the painter Maurice Denis acquired it. During WWII the house was occupied by the Nazis who partially deteriorated it. Unique here , and I came to see the museum in Saint-Germain-en- Laye ( Yvelines 78).

Christian Gad and Daniel Chhe Sculpture Park: Located between the La Clarté and Ploumanac’h (at the entrance of the latter), this park contains numerous granite sculptures, including those of Pierre Székely who made numerous stays in Perros-Guirrec in the years 1980-90 to carve the granite Rose. Very nicely city life where locals mingle freely and nice, bonjour is the norm!

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Church of St. James, (see post)the church was dedicated to Saint James because the city was a place of passage for the road to Santiago de Compostela, for pilgrims from Great Britain; There are also some scallop shells engraved at the front pieces of the doors. The pardon of St. James is celebrated on the last Sunday of July.

Notre-Dame de La Clarté Chapel (see post).This chapel was built in 1445 following a vow made by the Marquis of Barac’h, who was saved from a shipwreck. On the mound adjoining this chapel, a Grand Mass is celebrated every year in honour of Notre-Dame-de-la-Clarté on 15 August.

The Sept-Îles, archipelago of small islands off Perros, the most important is the island of the monks with its lighthouse and its fort; Riouzig Island (Rouzic) is one of the largest ornithological reserves in France of seabirds (Sept-Îles nature Reserve); Off the coast of pink granite, between Perros-Guirec and Trégastel, is the Sept-Iles archipelago (Rouzic Island, Malban Island, Bono Island, Monks Island, Flat Island, Costans, deer), Undisputed kingdom of sea birds. Consevatoire du LIttoral on the Sept Ïles: http://www.conservatoire-du-littoral.fr/siteLittoral/260/28-archipel-des-sept-iles-22_cotes-d-armor.htm

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A wonderful place for a weekend with the family and more, very well prize so reserve in advance for lodgings. Some webpages to help you plan your trip here , and worth it me think are:

The town of Perros Guirec on things to do/see: http://tourisme.perros-guirec.com/decouvrez.html

The Brittany region tourist board on Perros Guirec: https://www.brittanytourism.com/destinations/the-10-destinations/pink-granite-coast-morlaix-bay/ploumanach-perros-guirec/

The Côtes d’Armor dept 22 tourist board on Perros Guirec: https://www.cotesdarmor.com/a-voir-a-faire/patrimoine/villes-et-villages-classes/les-stations-balneaires/perros-guirec/

Again this is a wonderful coastal area and I am sure you will love it. Remember the name Perros Guirec.

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

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July 7, 2021

The rose in Ploumanac’h!

This was trips with the family a couple times. I had older posts and this one was mix in with Perros Guirec which is next door. So, I decided to split them into two post for clearer information. The memories are always grand the area is worth the trip. Let me tell you a bit more on Ploumanac’h!!

So back at you from my north Brittany heaven; indeed all seems beautiful around me, and I notice feel lucky to be here. Again I have to thanks for my dear late wife Martine for showing me her country since 1989 and to be part of it since 2000, and living in it since 2003!!!  I have written before but need to tell you ,must tell you again about this beautiful magical Breton area of Ploumanac’h way up in the Côtes d’Armor dept 22 of my lovely Bretagne!

Ploumanac’h is 78 km from Saint Brieuc, 175 km from Rennes and 524 km from Paris. And 162 km from my town . The beach of Saint-Guirec is along the Sentiers du Douaniers (customs trail). It is therefore an easy stopover for any hiker in the summer. Facing it on the small island of Costaérès stands the castle of Costaérès. The port of the city is equipped with a swimming pool and welcomes both fishermen and boaters. A water retention basin adjacent to the river basin, formerly the Basin de Chasse , has been transformed into a nautical activity area (school or touristic), depending on the season.

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Ploumanac’h is a district of the town of Perros Guirec located just 3 km from the city center of Perros-Guirec. By car, only you can get to it by the road D788 between Perros-Guirec and Trégastel which a road lower of the district of the La Clarté and the Sémaphore Lighthouse Station.  The name Ploumanac’h originates from the deformation of the Breton Poull Manac’h, meaning “the mare of the monk” tradition wants Saint Guirec to have landed on the Ploumanac’h coast in the 7C, a later oratory commemorating this arrival was built.

Some things to see are

Oratory of Saint-Guirec, on the beach of the same name in Ploumanac’h this oratory, accessible only at low tide, protects a statue of the saint. An ancestral custom is for young girls to prick a pin in the nose of the statue; The pin that holds is a good omen of marriage. This custom has put the nose of the original wooden statue in trouble; The present statue is granite, but its nose has suffered much, less because of the young girls than tourists who perpetuate the tradition.

The Chapelle Saint-Guirec: In the 16C the monks of the abbey of Bégard built a stone building. This primitive edifice was restored in the 18-19C. It was enlarged for the first time at the beginning of the 20C, and again in 1948: Two transepts were added to the original nave. This chapel of sailors houses, among others, a Christ on the Cross, a Saint Julien in a Roman soldier’s outfit, of the 15C, a Pietà and a San Sebastian, of the 16C, a Saint Yves and a painting representing the arrival of Saint Guirec in Ploumanac’h.

The pointe du Skewell (tip of Skewell)  is one of the most advanced rocky spurs of the natural site of Ploumanac’h. In this place, the swell is particularly strong. When the sea is agitated, the surge of waves becomes impressive.  The Sentier des Douaniers (customs trail) from Saint-Guirec through the Skewell is part of the site of Ploumanac’h. To the east, before leaving Ploumanac’h and the natural site, is discovered the Pors-Rolland beach bordered by huge boulders including the tip of the Chateau du Diable ( Castle of the devil).

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The natural harbor of Ploumanac’h, one of the most protected on the north coast of Brittany. Two tidal mills (an ice mill and a wheat mill) separate the port from the Traouïero valley. The valley of the Traouïero, a double valley (the great and the small Traouïero), leading into the harbor of Ploumanac’h, which was said to be so inaccessible that it served as a refuge for brigands.  The quarries of pink granite, near the small village of La Clarté, entrance to Ploumanac’h from where are extracted the granite blocks of such special color.

A large natural site protected by the Conservatory of the Littoral and the town of Perros-Guirec impress by its clusters of pink granite, some of which reach twenty meters high.. One of the most beautiful walks in the area is the  Sentier des Douaniers (customs trail) which is located between the Trestraou beach and the port of Ploumanac’h and which crosses this natural space. The Sentier des Douaniers, on the protected site of the Landes of Ploumanac’h, borders the famous pink granite coast, eroded for nearly 300 million years, which offers a supernatural landscape of granite chaos with unusual shapes, stretching for nearly 9 km. The coastal heaths consisting of many heaths and edges represent an outstanding heritage. You can discover in the course of your walk a flora and fauna remarkable and very diversified. The Coast Guard maintains a site of more than 80 hectares.

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Ploumanac’h is a wonderful place for a weekend with the family and more, very well prize so reserve in advance for lodgings. Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are:

The Consevatoire du Littoral nature reserve on the Lands of Ploumanac’hhttp://www.conservatoire-du-littoral.fr/siteLittoral/163/28-landes-de-ploumanac-h-22_cotes-d-armor.htm

The Granite Rose coast of Brittany tourist board on things to see: https://www.brittany-pinkgranitcoast.co.uk/

The Brittany region tourist board on Ploumanac’h/Perros Guirec area: https://www.brittanytourism.com/destinations/the-10-destinations/pink-granite-coast-morlaix-bay/ploumanach-perros-guirec/

The city of Perros Guirec on nature in Ploumanac’hhttp://ville.perros-guirec.com/ma-ville/nature-environnement/site-naturel-protege-de-ploumanac-h.html

Again ,anothe dandy in my lovely Bretagne, a wonderful coastal area and I am sure you will love it.  Remember the name Ploumanac’h.

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

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July 7, 2021

Unbelievable Pleyben!!!

Yes indeed in a small town and so much architecture and history to take you a day, this is unbelievable Pleyben. I am updating this older post on text and links and well deserving. One of the great off the beaten path missed gems of my lovely Bretagne!! Let me tell you about it a bit more, and hope you enjoy as I.

And continuing with my showcase of my region, I come to something espectacular and historical religious etc you name it. Actually, I came here for the chocolates florentines but end up been amazed by the parish enclosure. This is Pleyben, Finistére dept 29 of the region of Bretagne. This is their story as told by me!

Pleyben is between Mont d’Arrée and montagne Noir , Pleyben is limited to the north by the Douffine river which separates it from Lopérec river and to the south by the Aulne river on meanders that separates Pleyben from Gouézec and Lothey. The town  is part of the Regional Natural Park of Armorique. Pleyben was one of the primitive parishes of the ancient armory in the 6C and first known as Plebs Yben ( “Bourg of Yben”),  which would be a more or less a mythical saint Breton known under the names of Saint Yben or Saint Ethbin, the name being sometimes transcribed in the High Middle Ages under the variants Pleizben or Pleiben . Its Breton name is Pleiben.

Pleyben is at the crossroads of the road N 164, fitted out in the expressway, which is the axis of the central Brittany Rennes-Châteaulin via Loudéac and Carhaix and the road, Morlaix-Quimper. The town is located 27 km from Quimper. The best way for me is by car, taken the free expressway N165, get off on exit Chateaulin/Pleyben after the first roundabout take direction Pleyben on the N164 straight into ave Charles de Gaulle in city center Pleyben, you come upon the enclosure.

This ancient stronghold was inhabited as early as the 11C, certainly, the 9C perhaps, by the powerful feudal family of the Trésiguidy, probably of French origin, the name  Tréséguidy can probably be translated as The House of Sigwin, Sigwin in German meaning  victorious.  At the beginning of the 18C the village of Pleyben was considerable and was inhabited by bourgeois and by a large quantity of craftsmen of all professions and trades. In 1771, archives prove that the Marquis de La Fayette (of USA indépendance fame) possessed  lands of the Lun and Kerguillé in Pleyben.

The construction, begun in 1806 and completed in 1833, then the commissioning of the Nantes-Brest Canal led to a significant economic boom, facilitating, for example, the export of slates by barges. The slates, brought by the canal to Port-Launay, were exported not only to Brittany, but to all the coasts of the Manche  and to Dunkirk. On  August 8, 1896, the President of the Republic Félix Faure coming from Carhaix where he had arrived by train, takes a car escorted by the cavalcade of the blue jacket guards made of naive embroidery and made a short stop of 20 minutes at Pleyben before continuing to Châteaulin where he takes the train in the direction of Quimper as part of a trip to Brittany. This was the only visit of a French head of state in the history of Pleyben.

The Maquis de Penarpont (Pen-AR-Pont)-Beuzit-Keralliou set up operations between 12 October 1943 and 25 October 1944, an FTP hiding  was set up between the locks of  Guillec and Penarpont (the Penarpont lock is located on the Aulne, on the edge of the towns of Pleyben and Lothey).   In retaliation, on 6 August 1944, 15 people were shot in the village of Quimerc’h by the Nazis. A memorial is located at the Penarpont lock.

Things to see and marvel at unbelievable Pleyben!

The typical religious ensemble is made up of four elements, all associated. The cementary, the church, the calvary,and the ossuary . These are surrounded by a wall in stones with a portal or opening of great dimensions. The construction here dates from the 16C to 17C ,and it was completed in the year 1690 by joining the sacristy to a monumental gate called the Porte de la Mort or gate of the dead.  The wall around it the complex signify the separation of the living world from the dead, and serve to stop strays animals  to entered the sacred grounds. The parish enclosure of Pleyben brings together the Church of Saint-Germain, the monumental Calvary, the Ossuary and the Arc de Triomphe . This is one of the Seven wonders of Brittany, and you should see them all, this one is special been to it several times. Magical place! And I only give the basics, these is huge!

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The Church of Saint-Germain, whose construction began in 1530, was consecrated in 1583 “to honner of God, Notre-Dame, Saint Germain and St. Catherine” as an inscription says. However, a building prior to the 16C is attested by the archives. The transepts date from 1564 if one relies on a inscription in Gothic letters located at the ´ entrance of the south arm near the door of the sacristy (1719). The windows as well as the South Gate date from 1583 as appears to prove an inscription and a date on the wall of the south aisle. The construction of the porch tower began in 1588, with the date on top of the door key. Interrupted during the wars of the League, the work resumed only  in 1633 to finish in 1642. The Saint-Germain Church is of late Gothic Breton style. The Church has two steeples: the large steeple above the south porch is a Renaissance tower topped by a lantern dome, and another in Cornish style. The bedside is of Beaumanoir style. The main stained glass, dating from the end of the 16C, represents the Passion of Christ. In the interior, the nave is a lambric vault of the 16C with sculpture walls of mythological or sacre personages so about 62 persons and  et 116 keys. It house a Grand Organ from 1688. The Cross of Salt (Croas an holen) is located almost in the middle of the placître.

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The monumental Calvary placed in front of the Church is the most massive of all Brittany. Its Kersanton stone construction took place in three campaigns. It started with the Church in 1555. In 1650, three additional scenes were ordered ;the Calvary was then moved in 1738 from about 30 meters to the south, to facilitate the´ access to the Church. It used to be attached to the porch. The base of Calvary is built in the form of Tetra pylon buttressed at angles. Indeed, it consists of four large piles supporting an inner vault, under which one penetrates by four arches in full hanger. It is of granite stone. It shows on its four sides high reliefs on two levels: a frieze and 28 sculpted groups overcoming the Calvary the whole relate  the Passion of Christ. The reading begins at the southwest corner by the lower frieze in the opposite direction of the of a watch. It continues on the second level by the southeast corner, then the ´ angle, the north side, the crosses (south side), the south side, the east side and finally the west side of the Calvary.

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The Ossuary, dating from the 16C (c. 1560), is of flamboyant Gothic architecture. It is one of the oldest in Brittany. The façade is adorned with twin berries surmounted by curly and flower-hugging braces that rest on honeycomb balusters. The bones of the departed were piled up to make room in the cemetery. Dubbed  ,the Chapel of the Departed, it was dedicated to St. Jude and S,aint Simon. Restored in 1733, date inscribed on the building, it was used from 1736, as the Chapel of the Departed or mortuary, then,at a time, a school, this was the case for example in 1838 and even of post office in 1850. It now serves as a museum and houses, among others, a statue of the breastfeeding virgin dating from the third quarter of the 16C which was found in 1988 during works near the church. She represents a crowned virgin, in the nude, bearing the child Jesus; It is not excluded that it was buried because of its perceived too realistic aspect at the time.

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Finally, the sacristy seen from outside or inside is one of the most beautiful of the ensemble ,and can go back to its construction in the period  1680-1690. It has a quadripode configuration, and the central dome and chapters ionics ressort a real showcase of the new French renaissance  in the parochial ensemble of buildings.

The Arc de Triomphe or “Triumphal gate” (in Breton Porz ar Maro) is a monumental gate dated 1725 and nicknamed “Gate of Death” because it supplement  by the wall of the enclosure surrounding the cemetery, it separated the world from the dead from the world of the living. The monumental arch is in full hanger with a niche on each of its faces. On the east side, one can admire a virgin of pity or a framed Pietà of two angels, and on the west side, a Holy Trinity whose Holy Spirit has vanished. The bow is surmounted by  a cross that presents on its east face, a Christ on the Cross, and on its western face, a Virgin of Pity.

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Other things to see that I like here are

The new chapel or Chapel of the Congregation: founded by the lords of the  Boissière, probably by the end of the 17C by the confrérie de la Congrégation , its first mention goes back to the year 1700, but the present chapel dates from 1889; It is located in the parvis parking area just to the right of the Parish enclosure. It was recently enriched with a remarkable fresco called “from the Apocalypse”. It is ,also, known as the Chapelle Neuve  or new chapel as its recontruction was done in 1889, and its last one was done again in 1994. It is a place today for meetings, gatherings and communions of the catechism Catholic.

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The Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Lannélec, former Chapel of the Truce of Trefnescop, dates from the 15C (an inscription bears the date of 1490). In the form of Tau, its nave has four bays and aisles and two chapels complete it. The carved panels of the altarpiece of the altar represent the Annunciation, the Sleep (Death of the Virgin) and the Assumption. The chapel houses statues of the breastfeeding Virgin Mother, Saint Barbara, Saint Corentin, Saint Germain, Saint Andrew, Our Lady of the Rosary, Our Lady of Sorrows, etc. The sacristy dates from 1741 and the spire of the bell tower from 1883.

The Chapel of the Trinity  from the 17C is in the form of a Latin cross, originally built in the 16C for the Lords of Pennault , but restored in 1675 and 1726, it has a unique vessel illuminated to the south by a door in full hanger, as well as through a window. It has several statues including one of Saint Michael, one of St. Catherine of Alexandria, one of Saint Charles Borromeo, one of St. Anne reading a scroll of the Holy Scriptures, and a statuary group in kersantite stone representing the Holy Trinity. In his placître remains only the cask of its Calvary, with at its foot a Pietà

The Chapel of the Madeleine late 16C already mentioned in 1500 and then dependent on the seigneury of Quillien (also called Treffléau), the Chapel, in the form of a Latin cross, has known since several restorations, in particular in 1731 and 1858. Her ordeal dates back to the end of the 19C. Its soil is covered with very large schist slabs. A fountain is embedded in its facade. It has a statue, as well as a stained glass window, representing Saint Mary Magdalene. The Arms of the lords of Quillien are represented on a window, as well as their motto in Breton: Tevel ha gober (Shut Up and act).

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here which is worth the detour me think are:

The town of Pleyben on its heritage in French: https://www.mairiepleyben.fr/index.php/fr/decouvrir-bouger/histoire-et-patrimoine/patrimoine-naturel

The Finistére dept 29 tourist office on the enclosures including Pleyben: https://www.toutcommenceenfinistere.com/article/les-enclos-paroissiaux-en-finistere-nord

The Bretagne region tourist board on Pleyben: https://www.brittanytourism.com/destinations/the-10-destinations/pink-granite-coast-morlaix-bay/pleyben-saint-thegonnec/

The principal Calvaries of Brittany on Pleyben: http://www.7calvaires.fr/en/pleyben/

Now go and see this, it is worth the ride even walking to it. This is Pleyben, enclosed parish, heaven on earth. Worth teh detour in Finistére of my lovely Bretagne.

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

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