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May 18, 2019

Some news from Bretagne, XXVI

Do need to go back to my old series that I have overlook lately as busy at work and home. However, did some series on France. I will like to tell you things of my Brittany and especially as much as possible of my Morbihan dept 56. Again, this is Bretagne or we local (adopted) call it Breizh. And I live in the only department or province or state of France not in the French language! Mor=sea bihan=small so in French would have been Petite Mer or in English Small Sea, but in Breton sounds even better Morbihan!

Ok so I am doing some writings on the towns of Brittany and especially lately on the Morbihan. However, do you know what is going on around this neck of the woods? Well , plenty coming up and I would tell you here ahead of time for your planning pleasures!

Festival Les Indisciplinées. Enter the autumn to the rhythm of music… The “Les Indisciplinées” festival, dedicated to contemporary music, offers an event rich in surprises, discoveries, emotions and conviviality. See you in November 2019 for the 14th edition. http://www.lesindisciplinees.com/

20ème édition of the Marathon, Duo de l’Hermine et Foulées du Golfe.  On Sunday OCtober 29 2019; this one some of my collegues participate and do well.  The Vannes Marathon now has one of the most beautiful running circuits in the world thanks to its route which follows the coastal paths of the Gulf of Morbihan: the most beautiful bay in the world ! Vannes offers running enthusiasts the opportunity to complete the legendary 42.195 km marathon event. Over the years, the Vannes Marathon has become an essential meeting place for all runners in France. Our mythical event confirms its ranking in the top 10 of French marathons! More here: https://www.marathon-vannes.com/

Semi-Marathon Auray Vannes. The big sporting event of the new school year!  Don’t miss the big sporting event of the new school year: the 45th edition of the Auray-Vannes international half-marathon. The start of the half-marathon (21,100 km) will take place at 13h in Auray. The 12th edition of the “10 km d’Arradon” will be launched at 12h15. The arrivals of the races are made on the athletics track of the Kercado stadium in Vannes. More info here:  https://www.aurayvannes.com/

Le Mille Sabords du Crouesty Golfe du Morbihan. See you from 31 to 3 November 2019 for our 35th edition by  Rue du Vice Amiral d’Harcourt – Port Crouesty ,56640 Arzon. The  1st boat show for second-hand boats. At Mille Sabords, you have 1000 and one opportunity to sell or buy your boat. Whether you are a windsurfer or a prestigious sailboat, a fisherman or a speedboat, discover more than 1000 models of all sizes and styles and enjoy the many activities on the theme of the sea. Good for the whole family. Free admission from 9h30 to 19h. More info here:  https://www.lemillesabords.com/

Catagolfe 31st edition. See you at the end of October 2019.  The Gulf of Morbihan, our magnificent playground, is still as magical as ever, combining technical passages, strong wall currents and counter-currents, wind accelerations and island related devents, not to mention the beauty and variety of sites that are available to us in quieter moments. Since the first edition in 1988, in the last century, boats and sailors have evolved and so has the Catagolfe.  We now have a specific class “flying boats”, a DIAM 24 class. While keeping its sporting and competitive side at a high level since the title of French Raid Champion will be awarded in class C1, the Catagolfe will seduce you with its friendly side. The ground team is currently developing the final touch to the festivities program. At Pointe d’Arradon 56610 Arradon next to Vannes, stay tune in webpage for more info here:  http://www.catagolfe.srvannes.fr/arriver-catagolfe

Trophée des multicoques or  Multihull trophy; The event will take place from 28 to 31 August in La Trinité-sur-Mer and is open to the Ultimes, ex Orma, multi 50 ‘, multi 2000, Diam’s 24 and Dragon fly. All will be in Quiberon Bay . At Môle Loïc Caradec 56470 La Trinité Sur Mer. More info here : https://www.tropheedesmulticoques.com/fr/

Festival de la Voile 2019  or Sailboats Festival. Every weekend on August 15th, the “Festival de la Voile” is a great opportunity to celebrate on the water, but also on land. This year will be no exception. And to respect the tradition, once again, ïle-aux-Moines has wrapped itself in multicoloured sails during three beautiful days of intensive regattas. Free of charge. At Le Port 56780 Ïle aux Moines. More info here:  http://anim-voile.com/

Les Fêtes d’Arvor. A large gathering in Vannes dedicated to Breton cultureThe Fêtes d’Arvor, organised by the Festivities Committee, thrills the streets of Vannes on the weekend of 15 August. Shows, exhibitions, bagadoù concerts, fest-noz, parades in costumes… participate in this great gathering dedicated to Breton culture. The highlights of this event are the election of the Queen of Arvor and her dolphins as well as the sumptuous fireworks display on August 15 on the ramparts of Vannes, which closes these three days of celebrations. All over city center/downtown Vannes. More info here:  http://www.fetes-arvor.org/

Festival Interceltique Lorient. A wonderful event indeed. Rendez-vous for the 49th edition from 2 to 11 August 2019 will be the year of Galicia (Spain). The world’s largest meeting of Celtic cultures: a festival of research, creation and encounters, open to the world. Since its creation 49 years ago, the Lorient Interceltic Festival has been promoting intercelticism: a common identity based on the diversity of cultures. Today, it has become one of the largest festivals in the world and every year a country concerned with Celtic culture is invited as a guest of honour. 50,000 artists, 260 events,  shows from tradition to rock and jazz. Ten days and ten nights of culture and celebrations with all the Celtic nations. At Rue Pierre Guergadic 56100 Lorient. More info here:  https://www.festival-interceltique.bzh/

Festival Belle Ile On Air. The only event of contemporary music in Belle Ile en Mer. The Vauban citadel will vibrate to the rhythm of contemporary music. “Belle Ile On Air” is the only island event of contemporary music and is sold out every year since its creation. The festival will celebrate its 12th anniversary in 2019! It takes place in the magical setting of the Bois du Génie in Le Palais, and offers an eclectic programme. Two evenings of concerts and an afternoon of fun activities, always to music.   The objective of this festival is to surprise and introduce artists still little known to the general public, by not limiting itself to any musical style. Rising stars from the French or international scene will be present in Belle-Ile: from Afrobeat to Techno, from Hip Hop to Funk. At Bois du génie 56360 Le Palais (main town on the island). More info here:  https://belleileonair.org/#accueil

Festival “Au pont du rock” The oldest summer festival in Brittany!. See you on August 2 and 3, 2019. It is in the small town of Malestroit (lovely look it up in my blog) that the oldest summer music festival in Brittany takes place every year at the end of July. It is part of the Breton cultural landscape as a major event in musical culture. From the alternative rock wave of the early days, to the rock of today, the Pont du Rock is an independent, open and free spirit mixing great names and young discoveries. More info here: https://www.aupontdu!rock.com/

Grand Pardon de Sainte-Anne d’Auray. The largest religious pilgrimage in Brittany, and one of the top 3 in all of France.  The story of Sainte-Anne d’Auray (see my several posts on it in my blog) began in the 17C, with the apparitions of Saint Anne, mother of the Virgin Mary, and grandmother of Jesus, to Yves Nicolazic, the village’s pious ploughman. At the time, Sainte-Anne d’Auray was a hamlet called Ker Anna, the “village of Anne” in Breton. During an apparition, she asked him to rebuild the chapel dedicated to her in the 6C. The news spread throughout Brittany and pilgrims set off for Sainte-Anne d’Auray, giving birth to the largest pilgrimage in the region. In the 19C, the crowds were so large that the chapel became too small. To remedy this, the basilica was built between 1865 and 1872. Since then, every 26 July, the village has welcomed thousands of pilgrims for the Great Forgiveness: a unifying moment for all Christians and all Bretons, of which Sainte-Anne is the patron Saint. At  Rue de Vannes 56400 Sainte Anne d’Auray. More info here:  http://www.sainteanne-sanctuaire.com/?mode=agenda&id=2478

Les Musicales du Golfe or the Gulf musical festival, from 7/27/2019 to 8/11/2019. 8 concerts in 8 different locations punctuate the 2019 edition. Sarzeau, Vannes, Saint-Avé, Theix, Arzon, Surzur, Baden, Plougoumelen, as well as Vannes Agglo and the Morbihan County Council invite you to this musical celebration. More info herehttps://www.musicalesdugolfe.com/

Festival Jazz en Ville at Vannes The summer event not to be missed! Indeed very nice and great sites all over the city. The Jazz En Ville festival will return from July 22 to 27, 2019, for the 4th consecutive year! During one week, the city of Vannes invites you to free concerts, meetings with musicians, workshops/conferences, activities for audiences of all ages, concerts in the city’s clubs… Access to the animations and concerts is free of charge. At   Jardin de Limur,  56000 Vannes. More info here:  http://www.festivaljazzenville.fr/

Grand Large U-Ship Tour de L’Ïle de Groix, off the city of Lorient, On 7/13/2019 . It is THE friendly regatta from mid-July to mid-July in Lorient: a fishing competition on Saturday morning with aperitif on the magnificent white sandy beach in Groix; the Tour de Groix open to ALL boats, and of course, great moments of conviviality and beautiful encounters during the crew dinner, the awards ceremony and the closing drink.At Lorient maritime terminal to the island. More info here:  http://www.lorientgrandlarge.org/?mode=actualites_grand_large

Detour d’Art, something unique for all lover of history and architecture like me,do this.  Like an open-air museum, the Auray area has 1001 chapels, each one more beautiful than the next! For its 13th edition, Détour d’Art invites visitors to discover this exceptional religious heritage, at the crossroads of Breton art, history and legends! From July to mid-September, the chapels of the Auray area open their doors and exhibit their architectural masterpieces to the general public. Statues, sculptures, paintings: each religious monument contains treasures that bear witness to the religious fervour of Brittany and the know-how of its craftsmen. Chapel from the 13C to the 20C, in Romanesque or Gothic style, from the most modest to the one classified as a Historic Monument… The route runs through the open countryside and small villages such as Brec’h, which reveals the secrets of the Saint-Quirin Chapel, Notre-Dame de la Route and the Chartreuse. As a family, young and old alike will be able to discover the 4 Keys of Time, through a game of puzzles and observation, so that the visits become a huge playground! As for the artists, they will be rocked by the Celtic, Baroque or classical tunes played during the chapels in concerts, or will devote themselves to one of the many artistic workshops Croc’ta Chapelle: drawings, sculptures, pottery…More at the my local area tourist office at 20 rue du Lait, 56400 Auray. More info here:  https://www.detourdart.com/

Escales Photos : Festival du Mor Braz. Escales Photos is the only cultural event that exhibits large format photography on 6 municipalities along the Morbihan coast. we look forward to seeing you for this 7th edition from June 15th to October 31stPresent in Locmariaquer, La Trinité-sur-Mer, Plouharnel, Le Palais, Houat and Hoëdic, Escales Photos tells the story of the history, wealth and particularities of its territory and its inhabitants in the form of photographic reports hung on the walls of the houses. For the past 5 years, from mid-June to the end of October, 20 archival or commissioned photographic reports have been presented in large format. Breton, French and foreign photographers came to look at the realities of this piece of land bordered by the Gulf of Morbihan to the east and the Quiberon peninsula to the west. Every year, a beautiful place is given to photography of the past with subjects steeped in poetic humanism.   Escales Photos opens the doors of Mor Braz  (how Breton call the Big sea ) to you, so have a good trip! Free admission. 56340 Plouharnel. More info here:  http://www.festival-escales-photos.fr/

Salon Littéraire Livr’à Vannes. The 12th edition of Livr’ à Vannes/Levr’e Gwened, will be held in the magnificent site of the Remparts gardens in the heart of the city of Vannes from 14 to 16 June 2019. The first generalist literary fair in Brittany is organised by the City of Vannes in partnership with the five Vannes booksellers, with famous names associated with the history of this fair, sponsored since its inception by Yann Queffelec and Irène Frain. Quality and free of charge are the main features of this major literary event, which offers an exceptional line-up of nearly 150 authors, heads of posters (Marc Lévy, Colum Mc Cann, Katherine Pancol for example in 2017), authors of Breton literature, children’s literature, but also comic strip authors and “Young Adult”, which are becoming more and more numerous. You will have the opportunity to meet the authors, participate in the many round tables and conferences during these three days. Not to be missed is the presentation of the Prix de la Ville de Vannes, the highlight of the exhibition.   So many special moments await visitors to Livr’à Vannes who are real readers, and connoisseurs. Livr’à Vannes also has a real role to play with the Vannes schoolchildren, in connection with the work of the teachers and the four media libraries of the City, with the organisation of a school day during each edition . See you in Vannes in June 2019! At Jardin des remparts 56000 Vannes. More info here:  http://www.livreavannes.fr/

Morbihan Paddle Trophée Ouest France. . Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June in the Gulf of Morbihan and in the Auray river. The 6th Edition of the Morbihan paddle trophy west-France in the Gulf of Morbihan. Rates: elite 50€, raiders and recreation 40€ and 25€ young (under 15 years). More info here: http://morbihanpaddletrophy.fr/?page_id=235

La Semaine du Golfe du Morbihan . From 5/27/2019 TO 6/2/2019 An international maritime event, a cultural and popular celebration in the magical setting of the Morbihan . Large gathering of traditional boats in the Gulf of Morbihan, every 2 years, on Ascension Day. “Gulf Week” is the major maritime event for crews of classic and traditional yachting. More than a thousand traditional and classic boats divided into coherent and identifiable fleets, which sail every day and vary their calls between ports and anchorages. The result: a “bursting” maritime festival that animates the entire Gulf of Morbihan. It is the particular geography and physical specificities of this  “small sea” with its islands and islets, the narrow gully that separates and protects it from the high seas, the tidal spills, the lapping, the currents and counter-currents that determine and punctuate the entire nautical programme of the event. The Grande Parade, which closes each edition and will turn the great channel into the setting for a grandiose maritime show. This year the guests of honor are: Venetia and Norway.  Main point at Le Port, Vannes. More info here:  https://www.semainedugolfe.com/

Grand Prix du Crouesty. From 6/7/2019 TO 6/10/2019. Organised by the Yacht Club du Crouesty – Arzon, the Grand Prix du Crouesty is the essential sailing competition that closes the Atlantic Trophy and the Brittany Championship every Whitsunday weekend. The races are visible from all the panoramic viewpoints of the Bay of Quiberon. Rue du Vice Amiral d’Harcourt – Port du Crouesty Capitainerie du Crouesty 56640 Arzon. More info here:  https://www.ycca.fr/post/31%C3%A8me-%C3%A9dition-du-grand-prix-du-crouesty

Fête de la Bretagne or Festival of Brittany. Come and experience the Breton spirit from May 17 to 26! 2019. Driven by the pleasure of gathering, celebrating and discovering the region and its talents, the Fête de la Bretagne is a unique family event that brings together several hundred thousand people each year, from Brittany, France and around the world. Through an eclectic but accessible programme, these 10 days of celebration offer you a concentration of Breton singularities, around creation, sharing and above all conviviality. And in order to be open to as many people as possible, many of the programming events are free. Around Vannes; more info here: https://www.fetedelabretagne.bzh/

L’art dans les chapelles or the Art of the Chapels.  Like a painting by a master placed in the heart of the Pontivy area, “L’art dans les chapelles” presents works by twenty contemporary artists every summer in outstanding religious buildings. The theme for this, the 25th year, is art and sharing. From 8 July to 18 September, twenty contemporary artists are exhibiting their works in 15-16C chapels in Pontivy. With its combination of protected countryside and cultural heritage, “L’Art dans les Chapelles” is a hymn to contemporary creation. At each halt, a guide welcomes visitors and tells them the story of the chapels and the works. At 6 quai Plessis 56300 Pontivy. More info here:  http://www.artchapelles.com/accueil_/466-0-0

Des peintres entre terre et mer – Du Faouët à Concarneau  or of painters between sea and land from Faouët to Concarneau. Up To 10/6/2019. The diversity of Brittany, a land of inspiration for many artists in the 19-20C, is still unknown to this day by many of us. Through this exhibition, you will discover the interest shown by some painters both inland and along the coast. The proposed trip from Faouët to Concarneau will be marked by several stops passing through Scaër and Rosporden, or Bannalec and Pont-Aven, but also through Quimperlé before going along the south coast and reaching the city of Ville-Close (Concarneau).  The exhibition will highlight the artists’ artistic and ethnographic view of these people of the sea and land and their world through the seascapes and rural landscapes, as well as the scenes of collective life, animated on festive and market days, or the more intimate scenes of life in the marine and peasant interiors, not to mention the work of their daily lives. Bringing together numerous works from public and private collections, this presentation will also include several paintings from the Faouët Museum’s permanent collection and will be accompanied by a richly documented and illustrated catalogue. 1 rue de Quimper Musée 56320 Le Faouët. More info here:  http://www.museedufaouet.fr/pages/actu/actualite-l-exposition-du-moment-152.html

Expositions du printemps au Domaine de Kerguéhennec.  (see my previous post on the domaine)Or Spring expositions at the Domaine de Kerguéhennec up to 6/2/2019.  The artistic programme of the Domaine de Kerguéhennec focuses on the dialogue between art, architecture and landscape. The link between heritage and creation is at the heart of the cultural project. The artistic and cultural programme takes into account the variety of exhibition spaces and invites visitors to move around the different areas of the estate: the open space of the former stables, ideal for the display of monumental works and installations; the enclosed and intimate space of the sheepfold, for the Tal Coat collection; the quality of the volumes and light of the rooms on the first floor of the château, which encourages visitors to stroll and discover painting. The Domaine offers, simultaneously, two or three exhibitions of contemporary art, monographic and thematic. Two housing workshops are available for artists in residence. Six artists are welcomed each year. The works produced in this context are then presented at the Domaine or in other venues in the department. 56500 Bignan. More info here: https://www.kerguehennec.fr/actualite-agenda

And last but not least;  Côtes & Nature. More than 250 free nature outings. Up to 12/31/2019. The Morbihan Department has more than 3,500 hectares of sensitive natural areas, sites that are characterized by remarkable fauna and flora. These are fragile sites, which the Department preserves, studies and maintains. “Coasts & Nature” is the opportunity to come and observe this remarkable natural heritage more closely! More info here: http://www.morbihan-tourism.co.uk/vannes/cotes-nature/tabid/8387/offreid/2ee1c55e-5e55-429e-b03b-755e9e7c658d

There you go folks, now cannot tell me I didn’t told you so! Plenty to do in the countryside of my beautiful Morbihan and lovely Brittany in my belle France, a movable feast on its own! Enjoy them if you can, they are all worth it and recommended by yours truly.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 18, 2019

Colpo and Elven in the Morbihan!

Moving right along in my beautiful Morbihan, let me continue telling you of the wonders near me that needs to be known more and hopefully visited. The two towns will be on this posts are in opposite ends of the department. One is nearer Vannes and my job at the town of Elven, and the other is near my home at imperial Colpo. Let me tell you a bit on these for now and hope you enjoy it as we do.

Niece and goddaughter of Emperor Napoleon I, Princess Napoleon Elisa Baciocchi at the instigation of the Emperor Napoleon III, in 1857, made a trip to Brittany and acquired the following year a vast estate of 300 hectares, covered in large part by heathlands and populated by beggars. She built a residence in Korn-er-Houët and decided to make Colpo a new administrative and religious constituency from territories taken from Saint Jean Brévelay, Bignan and Grand-Champ. Pushing the objections and oppositions, she obtained, in 1864, the creation of a new town and in 1866, that of a new parish. She financed the construction of a city/town hall, a church, a presbytery, a school, a rescue house, several dwellings, thus making a village appear on a avenue planted with lime trees. In the center stood a column receiving a statue of the emperor. And starting in june 1866, the Church Notre Dame de l’Assomption, finishing it in December 1867. Princess Baciocchi died on 3 February 1869 in Colpo, where her funeral was celebrated with the utmost solemnity. After a temporary burial, her body was deposited, on February 3, 1870, in a tomb that occupies a chapel of the Church where she used to attend the Mass.

The Church of Notre Dame de L’Assomption is dedicated to the Assumption of Notre Dame. Her high silhouette closes the prospect, at the bottom of the avenue. In front of the nave stands the steeple-porch, at the bottom of which the gate fits into a triangular gable fore body supported by twin columns of dark granite with white stone marquee. Three concentric are resting on the legs, and in the tympanum, a Madonna and Child, wrapped in a mandolin, receives the worship of two Angels kneeling. Laterally, two small engaged turrets contain the baptistery and the other a staircase. Higher up, the tower rises in two stages: that of the clock and that of the belfry, confined with corner columns and pierced by high arched windows. The polygonal arrow is in the middle of four pinnacles, loaded with narrow openings under gable and holes of four-leaf bays. Long arched stained glass windows are in the five bays of the nave, while in the north and south, large, semicircular berries illuminate the protruding wings of the transept. The choir extends, at a lower level, into a five-sided apse whose windows, each topped with a small triangular gable, draw a half-crown. Only the stained glass windows of the middle of the apse are depicted by a crucifixion and images of St. Charles Borromée and St. Augustine. The baptismal basin is adorned with roses and near the main gate, there is a rich, polychrome marble cowl.

The most original piece of furniture is the mausoleum of the Princess Baciocchi who fills a southern chapel. It is a powerful granite cenotaph, shaped like a pyramid trunk, sitting on a rectangular base adorned with antefixes at the top angles. On the anterior side there is an eagle with half-stretched wings and a drapery topped by the Imperial Crown and tied with ribbons, on which the Princess’s lozenge crest is read.

Its remains lie at the foot of the western wall of the chapel where the wall carries a marble cross with the inscription “HIS Ego sum resurrectia and Vita ” (I am the resurrection and the life). The window still displays her arms. This monument is perhaps the last reflection of the imperial power and glory that would sink into the disaster of 1870. Also the Church Notre Dame de l’Assomption remains dear to the Napoleonic remembrance and received, in 1976, the visit of the Prince and Princess Napoleon (heirs future Napoleon V).

Colpo

Colpo

City of Colpo on its history and heritage

City of Colpo on its Napoleonic heritage

Tourist office of the Gulf of Morbihan on Colpo

On the route of the Dukes of Brittany, Elven has a magnificent testimony of medieval history: its fortress of Largoët, elevated from the 13C to the 16C, in a beautiful wooded setting. Residence of the Lords of Largoët, it was inhabited by Duke Jean IV de Rieux, guardian of the Duchess Anne of Brittany. Its tumultuous past, particularly during the War of the Succession of Brittany and its abandonment from the 17C, however, partially led to ruin. Nevertheless, you will be surprised by its monumental octagonal dungeon   15C, forty four metres high. It’s the highest in France! Its walls could reach up to 11 meters thick. In addition there is also a beautiful round tower of the same time. The curtains and the remains of the Châtelet complement this remarkable ensemble.

Elven

The Church of Saint-Alban, of Elven is dedicated to Alban de Verulamium, the patron Saint of the city. The Normans destroyed by fire the first wooden church. In 1121, a Romanesque church was rebuilt, again destroyed by a fire in 1525. A church of Gothic style was elevated, of which only today the Romanesque Choir remains. In 1536 is built a neo-Gothic nave and then, in 1642, a bell tower. In the 19C, the work suffering from the time was renovated, the nave and the transept were rebuilt. The bell tower is completed in 1877 and the Church will be consecrated in 1879.

Elven

The new modern Church of Saint Alban having kept the apse of the old building. Inside, very ornate sandpits with leaves and figures. Two floors of sculptures in high reliefs separated by a moulding. On the lower floor, chimeras supporting ecus; foliage with human heads; garlands of foliage and fruit; birds. On the upper floor, and advancing like on a balcony, curly hair Angels seen from the front and half-body, holding unarmoured ecus; various characters, half-body, in Renaissance costumes, in various attitudes, forming as a gallery of French Renaissance portraits. The Church of St. Alban, rebuilt in the 17C and 19C.

Elven

City of Elven on religious heritage

And there you go two more town with nice things to see for a weekend getaway. Need to tell you we suplly our house Breton ciders from a traditional cidrerie in Colpo not far from us, welcome to try when stopping by ::)

You have Colpo and Elven in the Morbihan dept 56 of my lovely Brittany and my belle France. Enjoy the visit and reading. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

May 18, 2019

Damgan, and Ploemel of Morbihan!

And after a brieft detour, back to my trail of Brittany! The third most visited region of the most visited country in the world, France! Let me take you to the coast again in my lovely Morbihan dept 56.

I will again pick two towns with lovely beaches and give you the other side of the coins on its prettiest monuments I like. These are the coastal towns of Damgan, and Ploemel.

Damgan is mentioned for the first time with Kervoyal and Pénerf in an act of 1261. This is a donation by Barthélémy of Questembert to the Abbey of Priéres. From the 15C to the 18C, the sailors of the Pénerf River were specialised in trade. During the 16C, Pénerf was the fourth Breton port with a wine, wheat and salt trade. The 18C is that of the Salt farms that disappear from the river at the beginning of the 20C. Damgan was erected in the town in 1820. In fact, in 1820, Damgan, Kervoyal and Pénerf detached themselves from Ambon to create the new parish of Damgan.

It is also part of the 12 communes of the agglomeration Arc Sud Bretagne and the district of Vannes.   After having been for a long time an important place of transit of goods with the port of Pénerf, the town becomes in the first half of the 20C a seaside resort and finds in the tourist activity a new economic breath. Damgan is a peninsula located between the peninsula of Rhuys and the estuary of the Vilaine river. To the west, the Pénerf river marks the boundary of the town, the Atlantic Ocean to the south, the town of Ambon to the north and to the east. Damgan has almost 8 km of beach, including the great Damgan beach, (Grand Plage) and the Kervoyal beach. Great beaches indeed.

The Church of Notre-Dame-de-Bonne-Nouvelle built between 1840-1844, in Neo-Romanesque style and built on the site of an ancient chapel dedicated to Notre Dame de Bonne Nouvelle and dating from the 17C. The latter had become a parish church in 1820. It has a square topped with a granite bell tower. It is in the shape of a Latin cross. Significant work was carried out in 1954 to consolidate parts of the church that threatened to collapse.

Damgan

Damgan

Tourist office of Damgan on passing a day there

City of Damgan on tourist office

Too bad the town is very much into the beaches and less info on the heritage monuments at Damgan.

The town of Ploemel comes from Breton meaning “parish of the Chief “. It is also called a “village with ten chapels”, in fact 11 of which 6 were destroyed. The parish church is built parallel to the Chapelle de Notre Dame de Recouvrance(see below). It is at Rue Pen en Tour, in Ploemel. The St André Church was built in 1836 with the stones of St Goal and St Michel Chapels in lieu of the former 17C church, which was severely damaged during the French revolution. The Church is shaped like a Latin cross, extended to the east by a sacristy. The nave of a ship comprises 4 bays, with a belltower-porch which dates only from 1847. The altarpiece-wood dates from the 19C. The central painting, which represents a Resurrection done in 1859, has recently been restored in 2006. It is overcome by a depiction of the eternal Father, and the lateral niches are home to statues of St. Andrew and St. Isidore.  The north side altar is dedicated to St Sebastian and shows a picture of his martyrdom. The stained glass windows are modern and the organ was only installed in 1965.

City of Ploemel on the Church of St Andre

Ploemel

Ploemel

La Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Recouvrance was built circa 1560-1563. From a rectangular plan, it was built in the town of Ploemel in the middle of the 16C .On the western sprocket stands a square turret with a slate-finished bell tower, completed in 1563. The exterior decoration, still flamboyant, with its doors in basket-loop inscribed in braces between pilasters with pinnacles, is very rich, especially in the western portal and at the bedside, whose window contains some fragments of older stained glass windows. The western gate dated from the 1560’s in a basket-handle is decorated with a brace that supports two figures, a dog and a man with the man having the head between his legs. A bench of exterior stone, accompanied by a thick moulted headband, makes the tour of the building. The Chapel is covered with a frame with crocodile heads, with inscription on the sand pits. In the choir are a pool and a Eucharistic wardrobe with flamboyant decoration. The murals date from the 17C.

Ploemel Chap ND de la Recouvrance front

Placed under the term of Notre-Dame de Recouvrance, this Sanctuary is dedicated to sailors. The chapel was a place of pilgrimage for mothers and women of sailors without news of their absent. On the day of forgiveness, the custom wanted them to throw pieces of bread into the fountain. If the bread flowed, the sailor and his boat were lost. In the 1980’s, mural paintings of the 16-17C were discovered beneath the layers of lime. The most recent illustrate scenes of Christ’s passion. As part of the Detour d’Art you can inquire at the Tourist Office of Auray or the City /town Hall of Ploëmel to know the days and opening hours. Presence of a professional guide, at opening hours is a must. More info at official site here: Detour d’Art

City of Ploemel on the Chapelle

Ploemel

And now you have another nice ride along pretty coastal beach towns and interesting monuments to visit as well, fun for the whole family. This is Damgan and Ploemel in my lovely Morbihan

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

 

 

May 14, 2019

Some news from France, CCXXVIIII

Ok so its time for another update on things happening in my belle France. We are still very nice and sunny with temps in 18C! or 66F in my neck of the woods and 64F sunny in Paris. All is looking great the rest of the week! Now for the news:

And why not start right away the post with my latest recipe concoction done at home with the boys !  Blanquette de Veau  or Veal Blanquette recipe: preparation time: 30 min: cooking time: 2 hours.  Ingredients for 6 people :

1 kg of veal (shoulder, collar), in large cubes, 2 carrots peeled, 1 onion peeled and cutup 3 cloves, 1 white  leeks, 1 branch of celery, 1 bouquet garni, Salt brut, 150 g of onions bells (or fresh shallots),200 g of mushrooms of Paris , Juice of 1/2 lemon, 100 g of butter, 60 g of flour, 150 cl of fresh cream, 1 egg yolk, white pepper, sugar, parsley or fresh thyme. You translate the measurements lol!

Step 1: the meat, put the pieces of meat in a casserole. Cover with cold water and bring to a boil. Keep boiling for 5 min, drain and rinse in cold water.

Step 2: Vegetables; Cut the carrots into sticks. Slit the Leek in the length and wash. Put the bleached pieces of meat back into the cleaned casserole. Add the cutup cloves, onion, carrots, leek, celery, bouquet garni. Cover with water, salt, bring to a boil and skim. Cover and simmer over low heat for 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Step 3: onions; peel and wash onions or shallots. Put them in a frying pan and cover half of water or Blanquette broth. Add 20 g of butter, 1 pinch of salt and sugar. Cover and cook over low heat until evaporation.

Step 4: mushrooms; Cut the mushrooms from Paris into quarters. Put them in a small saucepan of Blanquette broth, add 20 g of butter, lemon juice and 1 pinch of salt. Simmer for 15 min. drain and reserve.

Step 5: the white  sauce  In another saucepan, melt 60 g of butter, add the 60 g of flour, stirring vigorously to make a white sauce. Cook for 2 min, stirring with whisk. Withdraw 60 to 80 CL of broth and pour gradually, stirring with whisk. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes until a sauce is obtained. Salt, pepper.

Step 6: the finishing; Drain meat and carrots. Put the meat in another casserole. Pour over the sauce and the vegetables. Heat a few minutes on a very gentle heat while stirring. In a bowl, whip the fresh cream and the egg yolk. Pour into the casserole, stirring well. Add a dash of lemon juice. Serve well warm, garnished with parsley or fresh thyme, with white rice. Voilà! Bon appétit!!!

72nd Cannes Film Festival takes hold of the city and the tabloids of the whole world. Film industry professionals, international stars and actors in the making mingle with the crowd eager for surprising images and encounters… The Cannes Film Festival is the place of every attention for a fortnight. Big events or small anecdotes sometimes take on oversized dimensions, some facts even built its legend .Too bad I am probably going to be there in November this year so missed it again. More info here: https://www.festival-cannes.com/en/

And enjoy the French Summer with lots of favorite Festivals over the years coming up, briefly, these are:

The Les Rencontres de la photographie d’Arles, at Arles from July 1 to September 22 2019 ;more info here :  https://www.rencontres-arles.com/en

And at La Rochelle Aux Francofolies  from July 10 to 14 2019 more info here : https://francofolies.fr/

And at the Festival international de piano in La Roque-d’Anthéron, from July 6 to August 18 2019. Concerts start and finish late. More info here :  http://www.festival-piano.com/en

The wonderful local for me The route of rock or La route du rock in Saint-Malo,dept 35 of Brittany . From August 14 to 17 2019. More info here :  http://www.laroutedurock.com/

Finally, another favorite is the Jazz in Marciac festival concert from July 25 to Auguat 15 2019. More info here : http://www.jazzinmarciac.co.uk/

For his new exhibition at the Museum of Hunting and Nature,( Musée de la chasse et de la nature) Théo Mercier ,born in Paris in 1984, composes a strange animal store destined at first to humans, i.e. visitors. But not only, because the artist goes further: he questions the relationships  from the link to the disunity  that exist between the animal and ourselves, through certain objects extracted from the everyday life and their context. For years, it has been an eclectic collection according to his discoveries in flea markets or bazaars. Stripped of any utilitarian function, the elements that compose it are transfigured by the artist’s gaze.  More info here:  https://www.chassenature.org/every-stone-should-cry/

The routes offered through 48 galleries and 15 institutions, places of exchanges that bring together, for three days and in different quarters of the capital, amateurs and professionals of modern and contemporary art: This annual event  proposes to the public to meet, from  May 17 to 19 in  galleries, artists and collectors. But also to better identify, identify and understand the trends of current creation.   The participant are mentioned here: http://parisgalleryweekend.com/galeries/

The Musée de l’Armée or Army museum joined the Fondation Napoléon to renovate the tomb of Napoleon I in the Invalides, as well as those of his brothers buried near the Emperor, under the famous dome. All looking forward in 2021 for a  “Napoleon season”, with exhibitions and concerts, to celebrate the bicentennial of his death, in 1821, in St. Helena. The famous sarcophagus of the Emperor, in red quartzite, is rather well preserved but this is not the case of the soils that support it. The stone, enamel and marble marquetry soils were damaged by time and the stone falls from the dome. Therefore, an appeal for donations has started, because all you see in Paris takes money to keep for you, and you can help too. More info here: . https://fondationnapoleon.org/en/

I can’t believe how popular she is when all she does is denegrade Paris, talking about the Mayor Ana Hidalgo (or Anne for the French, I know her as a native of Cadiz, Spain). The rue Boris-Vian is still looking for a makeover as the family of Boris Vian still threatens to withdraw from the city the authorization to exploit the name of the artist because of the state of the street that bears his name, in the 18éme. This year, the successors of the writer, poet and musician, gathered, in this small path of the neighborhood of Goutte-d’Or, last May 2, the day of St. Boris, to reclaim once again the works of rehabilitation, promised for years. This arcades passage in stairs that crosses the rue de la Goutte-d’Or between the rue de Polonceau and rue Charbonnière should benefit from a complete requalification. In particular the arcades, now masked by unsightly palisades, which serve as a niche for traffics. And, in the worst of luck, a fire, which occurred last February, has finished degrading the premises. Time to take care of the heritage of Paris!

The King of the fairground of Paris was rescued from expulsion by.. King Charles X! This will amaze more than one, and already amused again Marcel Campion whose cleat for two stalls of fairways, place de la Concorde , did not pass very far. He was able to find complete plans dating from 1828, by which King Charles X passed by law the property of the place de la Concorde to the Prevost of Paris… Except the 20 meters ditch between the still existing railing and the wall of the Tuileries garden, on which are installed these two stands. Since 1854, the architect Jacques-Ignace Hittorff has filled these ditches. “I have always known fairstands at this site,” says Marcel Campion. For his part, he has been occupying the stands for over twenty years. And he will make a new request, before the Council of State, for the installation of his Ferris Wheel,(Grande Roue) which was laid on nearly 150 m2, on this same ditch. The city of Paris counter attacks the decision in court. To be continue… But hoping for the court to decide on his favor.

« Visible Invisible », the exhibition of contemporary art which opens its doors this today  May 14th at the Domaine de Trianon, constitutes a gift for the establishment. It is difficult to contradict the five invited artists-Nan Goldin, Dove Allouche, Martin Parr, Eric Poitevin and Viviane Sassen wore an original and quirky look at Versailles.  The exhibition runs  every day from Tuesday to Sunday, from 12h  to 18h30 pm, from May 14th to October 20th at the Domaine du Trianon of the Château de Versailles. More info Information here:  https://www.chateauversailles-spectacles.fr/page/versailles-visible-invisible_a252/1

Since 1995, the Warluis Aviation Museum has been attracting enthusiasts, who have come to admire the Mirage 3, the Fouga, the Magister , Messerschmitt and the Beechcraft C-45. And soon, a seventh plane should be added to the collection, a Mirage F1. To participate in the creation of a new hangar that will house the iron bird from the weather… And perhaps others in the meantime, visitors will soon be able to enjoy an all-new air control tower. It is said to be built like that of Beauvais. The Warluis Aviation Museum is located on Rue des Bruyères,Warluis, dept 60 Oise of the region of Hauts de France. More info here: http://museedelaviation-warluis.com/

Inaugurated for the universal exposition of 1889, the iron lady will celebrate its 130 years on Wednesday, May 15 (tomorrow!) with a spectacle of sound and light.  On May 14, 1889, the Eiffel Tower opened its doors to the public. In honor of its 130th anniversary, the famous monument will be entitled to a festive day on Wednesday, May 15th with a free concert on the square and a new luminous show.   More info here: https://www.toureiffel.paris/fr/actualites/130-ans

At the Marché de Saint-Ouen (fleas market), we celebrate the spring in two different atmospheres thanks, on the one hand, to a first meeting in the showroom of the Marché Dauphine to listen and admire various works of sound and visual proposed in collaboration with the National Center of Plastic Arts, and on the other hand, an exceptional presentation dedicated to artisans of art in the exhibition halls of marché Biron. From Saturday 18 May to Sunday 30 June, 124 rue des Rosiers – Saint-Ouen  More info: http://www.marcheauxpuces-saintouen.com/3.aspx

Dock B is a good place to live hyper animated as we like. Located on the ground floor of the General Stores (Magasins Généraux ), on the edge of the Canal de l’Ourcq in Pantin, Dock B has almost become an indispensable of our daily life. You have to say, you could not dream better than a hybrid space mixing artistic pleasures, playful and gustative. Thus, on 1200 m2, the venue presents a concert hall, exhibition and a restaurant of the size of three. There, I particularly like to quench our thirst at a low price. More info here: http://dockbpantin.com/

In good French, we do not hide our worship for the Baguette. And to celebrate, the marché aux fleurs et aux oiseaux de la Cité invites you to discover the world’s largest bakery, its bakers from Grand Paris and their Canadian guests. From this past Monday, you will be able to attend the national competition of the French tradition ,the baguette. Marché aux Fleurs et aux Oiseaux de Cité , place Louis Lépine and Quai de la Corse,4éme, from 9h to 18h30. More info here: Marché aux fleurs et aux oiseaux

Art, music, food, drinks, anyway, the perfect recipe for a successful evening. This is what the La Grand Surface proposes, a new place that rethinks the art gallery version uncompleted . It promises to be super cool. A month of rain fell in 24h last week in the Paris region. Great in May! However, the Sun gives us a shy return, so why not enjoy it? We take you by the hand to take you to the coolest things in the city, and all that without spending a dime. Here we go! La Grande Surface, 24, Boulevard des Italians 9éme; from 18h  to 02h. More info here : http://lagrandesurface.paris/

Paris’écrit (wrote). Take part in the first day dedicated to handwriting, the opportunity to write a sweet word or a letter of love or hatred, everything is possible as long as you write it by hand. More than 200 places participate and 120 writing points are scattered in Paris and 80 writing workshops will be organized . More info on where to find them here : https://quefaire.paris.fr/parisecrit

There you go, the latest from my belle France and Paris the most beautiful city in the world; as others attest as well, 40 million visitors in 2018!!! And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

May 13, 2019

Belz, Erdeven, and Etel of Morbihan!

So continue my journey in my beautiful Morbihan and trying to show you different areas with the aim to group them by area for ease of visiting. These nice towns are all coastal and the beaches are obliged. I will tell you here about the historical, architectural richness they have. Oh yes these are Belz, (got ly mussels and oysters here!), Erdeven and Etel.

Belz is located on the edge of the Etel estuary inland sea, about 20 km from Lorient, 15 km from Auray and 35 km from Vannes. The territory of Belz is bounded to the north and west by the ria of Etel, to the south by Erdeven and to the east by Locoal-Mendon. It also includes île Saint-Cado island, located on the Etel estuary, which owes its name to Saint Cadou, who lived there as a hermit in the 6C. It was also from the end of the 19C that the oyster farming gradually replaced the dredge of the natural benches which were exhausted. The Etel river and especially the shores of Belz, including its islets, become an important oyster production center across the Morbihan.

In 1888, 66 bronze axes and gold bracelets were discovered at Belz. These objects are exhibited at the museums of Carnac, Vannes and Saint-Germain-en-Laye. The town is now proud of a prestigious prehistoric site. According to the Vita Cadoci, written in the 12C, Saint Cado reportedly built on the island of the same name a beautiful stone church, as well as a bridge leading to the island. The Church still visible today on the island dates from the 11C or 12C.

The Church of Saint-Saturnin once stood in Belz a church of Saint-Saturnin, of Romanesque origin, but whose last great restoration dates from 1678. This church, for lack of maintenance and necessary restoration work, reached a state of advanced dilapidation, and it was demolished in 1913. In neo-Gothic style, the present church was built immediately after, and finished in 1914 . For lack of money, the bell tower was not be built. The old church of Belz, built from the Romanesque period, retouched in the 16C, restored to a large extent in 1678, was of rectangular shape. It was completely redone in 1914, without any of the old construction being preserved. Divided into four spans, the nave has broken hanger overlapped windows. The Choir consists of two straight spans and two lean sacristies. There is an ex-voto in wood of a votive tuna boat that bears the name of “Sainte Anne d’Auray”.

City of Belz on Church and heritage

belz

 

belz

Located on the seafront, Erdeven is a seaside resort. There are wonderful beaches here such as Kerouriec, a family beach , and   Kerhillio, the best known for its flat bottom and its waves that allow everyone to be in the water. The latter continues towards the beach of Sainte-Barbe (town of Plouharnel). This beach extends to the Fort de Penthièvre on the Quiberon peninsula. These beaches are part of the largest dune cordon of Brittany which stretches from the pointe de Gâvres to the Fort Penthièvre on the town of Saint-Pierre-Quiberon. The cartulary of the Abbaye Sainte-Croix de Quimperlé mentions a Roman villa near Saint-Germain from the 11C. Étel is at the beginning a simple village and is part of the town of Erdeven until 1851.

The Church of St. Pierre et St. Paul ;which recognized the Lords of Keravéon for the founders of the town, was entirely rebuilt in the 18C. We owe this church to the Talhouët family, Lords of Keravéon. The date of 1755 appears on its curious bell tower entirely built in granite. Its shape is square at the base and then octagonal and ends in a pyramid dome capped with a skylight under a cross also in granite.

The Latin cross Church of St Peter and St Paul has been modified several times, notably in 1833 where it was enlarged by two collateral. On the other hand, in the 1960’s, the expansion of the road D 781 necessitated to trim the apse and rebuild the sacristy. The three altar altarpieces were destroyed. Inside the ceiling is panelled. The Choir now shows the statues of St. Peter and St. Paul on either side of a large wooden cross. The pulpit in carved wood is remarkable. There are various statues and an element of the old altar altarpiece, a Madonna and Child, facing the pulpit. This set of 12 stained glass was entirely made in 1896. These stained glass windows are mentioned by the generous donors, the families of the village and the clergy, who have financed them. Most of them are portraits of Saints such as St. Michael, St. Joseph, St. Peter, St. John the Baptist, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Anne, St. Louis, Ste. Germaine , and St. Francis de Sales. The two stained glass windows of the Choir show the martyrdom of St. Peter and Saint Helena discovering the true Cross.

Erdeven

Erdeven

Erdeven

Tourist office of Erdeven on religious services on the Church

Tourist office of Erdeven on the heritage

Étel is located 18 km from Auray, 30 km from Lorient and 30 km from Vannes. The coastal coastline of the town is part of the largest dune cordon of Brittany which stretches from the pointe de Gâvres to the Fort Penthièvre on the town of Saint-Pierre-Quiberon. The town was instituted by a decree promulgated in 1850 by dismemberment of the town of Erdeven. Étel was the origin of the development of the sardines port, transforming the small fishing village into a small town. The presses of yesteryear are abandoned and it is to whom will create its fritterer, the easels allowing to dry the sardines before their preparation in order to put them in cans stretching all over the streets. This boom ended with the rarefaction of sardines from 1880, the sardine crisis culminating in 1902-1903. Etel reconverts to tuna fishing on Dundee boats and mackerel fishing. There is now a Tuna museum in town.

Etel

At the mouth of the estuary is the Etel bar, an underwater sand bank formed by the crossing of currents and whose position is variable. This bar makes cruising difficult. A semaphore is built in 1960,on the Plouhinec side, in order to safely guide the sailors towards the entrance of the ria. A single bridge crosses the ria of Etel, it is a suspension bridge named Pont-Lorois (very nice and great restos at its base!) located in the southern part and which connects the villages of Kergo and Kergouric, in the municipality of Plouhinec. The road of traffic on this bridge is the departmental road D781 (which I take regularly!)

Etel

The Church of Notre-Dame-des-Flots or of the Nativity from 1850 is located on place de la République, Etel. The bell tower of the current church dates from 1967. In 1888, the Church, which proved to be too small, was enlarged and a podium was added. The stained glass windows date from 1889. The baptismal font, in marble, dates from the 19C. One can see in the choir a mural of the Virgin and the sea, offering to fishermen of 1958. The polychrome wooden statue of Notre-Dame des Flots dates from the 20C. The wooden statue of St. Anne and the Virgin. The parish church, dedicated to the Nativity, was built after 1850. Its shape is rectangular and its style is Greek: it is a reduction of the Church of Lorient, and one of the last religious buildings of this style, built in the diocese of Lorient.

Tourist office of Etel on heritage

City of Etel a map of the sights

Etel

There you go another dandy route in the gems of the coastal Morbihan in my lovely Brittany. You are in heavens by the sea, the seafood, the ambiance, the sights, and the architecture/history combinations. Remember, Belz, Erdeven and Etel in the Morbihan

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

 

May 13, 2019

Brandivy, Brec’h, and Camors of Morbihan!

In my efforts to show you a bit more of my Morbihan dept 56 and my Brittany, let me give you three towns very close to mine,and with lovely quant small village like ambiance, in the en terre or real France! Exploring on travel is great and when you have so much diversity and beauty all around you is heavens! The towns are in my uncreative title, Brandivy, Brec”h, and Camors all around me!

Brandivy is a town dominating the valley of the Loc’h. It is a historical place very near me. The barony of Lanvaux, whose castle fortress was on the banks of the étang de la Forêt or pond of the forest, was one of the oldest in Brittany. The Lords of Lanvaux sat in the States General of Brittany (old parliament). The barony was ceded by Duke Jean IV in 1383 to the Collegiate Church of Saint-Michel of Brech , near Auray, except the ruins of the castle, the park, the forest and the pond of the forest, which the Duke of Brittany reserved. In 1464, this part was given by Duke François II to André de Laval, Lord of Lohéac, Marshal of France, who resumed the title of Baron de Lanvaux. Louis II of Rohan-Guémené, Lord of Guémené, made the same in 1485, as well as his successors Louis IV in 1508 and Louis V in 1527, who, along with his heirs, neglected this title thereafter.

The Church of Saint-Laurent and Saint-Aubin ,15-18C, destroyed by fire in 1728 and rebuilt in 1732. At the French revolution, the Church inherited a bell and stalls from the Abbey of Lanvaux. This church gave way in 1884 to a new Church completed in 1885. The stained glass windows date from 1886. The Church houses the statues of the Virgin (trampling the serpent of evil), Saint Laurent and Saint Aubin. There is a commemorative plaque of Abbé Ruaud dates from 1888, first Abbot of the Abbey of Lanvaux in 1138 and Bishop of Vannes in 1144. The Calvary dominated before the cemetery placed around the Church. The basement dates from the 15C, the granite cross of the 19C. You will see characters of all Cavalries such as the Virgin (left) and St John (right) in imposing size at the foot of Christ on the Cross. A bit more on the parish services from the city here: City of Brandivy on parish services at the Church

brandivy

brandivy

brandivy

The tourist office of the area only has info on the pond of the forest or Etang de la Forêt , a very nice family nature lovers area . Info in French here: Area tourist office Gulf of Morbihan on the Etang de la Foret

A bit more on the history of the city in French: City of Brandivy on its history and heritage

And let’s go to the town of Brec’h and its 21 districts all part of the main bourg or city admin center. So you need to know the districts to find your way around here, believe me, I live not far. However, it is a very old historical town such as a Gallic deposit was brought to light in the 19C. Dating from the 1C BC, the deposit, attributed to the Venetes, contains a set of adornment objects as well as a large number of coins. On September 29, 1364, the battle of Auray takes place near the Kerzo Marsh. The future Duke Jean de Montfort triumphs over his rival Charles de Blois. The latter is killed, while his second, Chevalier Bertrand du Guesclin, is taken prisoner. This victory ends the war of the Succession of Brittany. In August 1795, near the same Kerzo Marsh, nearly 1,000 royalist and chouans emigrants (fighting vs. the French revolution) were shot after the failure of the Quiberon landing. In the Champ des Martyrs (field of martyrs), a mausoleum was built in 1828 in commemoration, still there and visited by reservation in Summer. The town was part of the relays mentioned in 1648 on the road to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. In May 2015, Prince Louis de Bourbon travelled to Brec’h, with his wife Princess Marie-Marguerite, during his official visit to the Morbihan. He then announced the financing of the restoration of the expiatory Chapel of the field of martyrs by the House of Bourbon (former Royal house of France, and would be king Louis XX).

The Church of Saint Andrew (St André) of Brec’h was built in the 12C and reworked several times.   The nave is one of the rarest Romanesque naves of the 12C of Morbihan. It is separated from the aisles by large double-roll arched arches that rest on columns engaged in heavy square pillars.   The 24 capitals ,12C are decorated in particular with animals and rough human figures. The large, blazing-lattice bay of the flat-bedded choir was walled. In 1740, the walls of the aisles were rebuilt, the primitive transept and the steeple demolished. In 1835, the new transept and choir were dressed with the stalls and paneling of the 17C from the Chartreuse of Auray.   The central table of the choir’s large altarpiece shows a descent of the Cross between the statues of St. Andrew and St. Peter; above, a Holy Trinity in stucco. The lateral altars are reduced to their wooden altarpiece decorated with paintings and statues. The paintings represent Saint Anne learning to read to Mary and the gift of the Rosary to St. Dominic and St. Catherine of Siena . The bell tower was added in 1896 and reminds of the Church of Saint-Gildas d’Auray, whose bell tower also amortizes in an octagonal granite drum. The vault in half cylinders with the apparent structure of the nave was redone in 1988. The stained glass windows date from 1896.

Brech

Brech

Brech

In addition to the above church , there are 8 Chapels and 3 Calvaries and of course the Chartreuse in the territory of Brec’h. Here is more info on the Church and Brec’h in French: City of Brech on the Church Saint Andre

And to make the circle complete, the town of Camors itself surrounded by the towns of Baud, Pluvigner and La Chapelle-Neuve. It is covered in its vast majority by two massifs forests, the domaine forest of Camors and the forest of Floranges with maximum altitude of 137 meters. The town, is compose of the village of Lambel-Camors and the village of Locoal-Camors. The municipality is part of the district of Pluvigner, of the community of towns agglo of Auray Quiberon Terre Atlantique and depends on the sub-prefecture of Lorient.

The territory of the town of Camors was born late and consists of part of the territory of baud and part of the territory of Pluvigner. The inhabitants of Camors lived mainly in the forest. They were coal-makers, sabotiers, long sawers, broom makers, buglers… There have been up to two hundred buats and ninety saboters. Religion and civil authority had little influence over this population living in the forest. Camors is one of the only towns in France where two sawmills and a sabotier remain (indeed passed by it every week!).

The Church of Saint-Sané; 17C was built in the form of a Latin cross, without anything remarkable, if not two wooden altarpieces. The sacristy is earlier than the Church and reuses stones from the Chapel of Ste. Suzanne. A cabinet of the sacristy dates from 1660. Inside the Church you can see a fresco. On the wall of the nave is a white marble tombstone; it is the epitaph of Claude de Lannion, Governor of Vannes and Auray, who died on 24 June 1695. The Church houses a statue of St. Margaret. The parish church of Camors is dedicated to Saint Sané, an Irish Bishop, who died in 544. The secondary patron is Saint John the Baptist, whose Nativity is celebrated with great solemnity. The church has in the south transept the altar of Saint John the Baptist, and that of the north the altar of Ste. Susanne; the Chapel of the Baptismal Fonts makes the pendant of the porch. In the Choir was the family vault of the counts of Lannion, barons of Camors.

Camors

Camors

More on the heritage of Camors in French here: City of Camors on its heritage

So there, 3 small towns around me in my lovely Morbihan dept 56 of Brittany in my belle France. Unique and real French living where the small shops are still in vogue and the goodies of culinary France are still respected. Enjoy the tour and hallow when passing by!

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

 

 

May 13, 2019

My chérie Baud, and Cartopole!

Ok even small towns needs a credit from locals and visitors alike. This is the story of a very small town but dear to me, my chérie Baud. It is up the alley from me on the road D768 and also the D779 and we have been in it several times. Let me give them credit and show you what they have, it will surprise you.

Here is Baud, small town near us and many times buying sweets at the bakery in front of the Church St Pierre, where one of my sons take his bus to go his training aprentice job. Of course, it is in the Morbihan Dept 56 of my lovely Brittany. The town is bordered in large part by the Blavet river, and its tributaries the Ével and the Tarun. Hilly a bit going into city center than flat in its center and then up again once going towards the expressway N24.

You have a nice church here that i will give a glimpse now.

The Church of Saint Pierre (St Peter) , originally, the chapel that was adjacent to the parish church , destroyed in 1922. In 1927, the reconstruction project of the Church, decided, rather than rebuild it, to adapt a new nave to the northern façade of the nearby Chapel of Clarity or Chapelle de la Clarté, which then loses its initial function to serve as transept. Thus the Choir of the new Church is oriented to the south. It is to this complex history that the chapel owes its present composite aspect and its double tutelary as the Chapel of Our Lady of Clarity becomes Parish Church of St. Peter. The connection of the two buildings creates a breakthrough in the nave of the chapel. The Chapelle Notre Dame de la Clarté was from the 15C renovated in the 16C and 17C.   It now opens in the nave of the parish church since 1927 and houses the statue of Notre-Dame-de-la-Clarté.

Baud

Baud

St. Peter’s Church restored in the 20C. The false transept of the present Church is the ancient chapel of Notre-Dame de la Clarity which was completed in the south by a choir and, in the north, by a nave. In 1687, the choir was built. In 1793, the nave was extended to the west and a new façade was rebuilt. The beautiful, flamboyant decoration portals of the chapel were re-used. The large square tower of the Chapel, at the northwest corner, was preserved but diminished in height. The old apse, three-sided, topped with pine nuts, whose crawlers are adorned with kale, remains remarkable. Many elements come from the old Notre-Dame-de-la-Clarity Chapel. Some of the old carved pits of the frame, dated 1625, have been preserved: The dated sand pits represent fabulous animals, phylactery angels and musicians.

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The organ was built in 1878 brought back in September 1929 and reassembled, it was inaugurated on Sunday of the Rosary, 6 October 1929. After the drought of 1976, it became difficult to play, many faults were heard. It will therefore no longer accompany the offices for 14 years. The organ was inaugurated again fully renovated on 8 June 1991.  The blessing of the present Church takes place on March 27, 1927.

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Here is the city webpage on heritage: City of Baud on heritage

Now you can see the museum walking distance from the Church.

The Le Carton Voyageur (formerly, the Cartopole) is a municipal museum dedicated to the postcard, labelled Musée de France since 2017, it presents the most important public Heritage Fund of France in the matter with a collection of more than 120 000 cards postal. Illustrating all aspects of daily life in Brittany, France or abroad, the collections cover the 20C and the 21C, with a predilection for the years 1900-1920. It includes a collection of postcards that belonged to the folklorist Bernard de Parades, another of the publisher Hamonic as well as the preparatory drawings of Charles Homualk, given by the latter.

Baud

A bit of history I like

In 1995, the Mayor of Baud, Yves Le Roy, a couple of postcards collectors, the Leclère, and the Librarian of the town, James Éveillard,decided to build a Heritage Fund of ancient postcards dedicated to Brittany. Using the regional library acquisition fund, the town gathers a collection of 12 000 postcards dating from the years 1900-1920; and created the Regional Conservatory of the Postcard. In order to make documents accessible to as many people as possible and to develop the tourist attractiveness of the town, a museum was founded the following year, in June 1996: the Cartopole; located on Rue d’Auray (road D768).

In December 2011, the Cartopole Association was dissolved and the direction of the Museum was transferred to the City/Town Hall of Baud. The Cartopole integrates, in September 2015, the premises of the Quatro, the new cultural hub of the town. This move brings the Museum to change its name, it becomes the Le Carton Voyageur-Postcard Museum. The property occupies an area of 310 m2 of which 220 m2 of exhibition spaces, in addition to the 20 m2 of reserve in 2017, the museum receives the name Musée de France or Museum of France designation. Since its inception, the museum has collected more than 120 000 postcards; 75 000 of them are devoted to historic Brittany, the rest is about the other French regions and foreign countries.

The Postcard museum or Le Carton Voyageur ,also accepts donations and made available, to as many individuals as possible. Among the most important, we find the Funds Salaün of the municipal library of Saint-Brieuc (more than 13 600 pc), the Funds of the ublisher Hamonic (nearly 6 700 pc) or the postcards of the public library of Brest (more than 1 700 pc).

Since 2003, the website of the Le Carton Voyageur Museum has presented a database called Cartolis, allowing a search by places or keywords, the zoom on maps, the ordering of reproductions, the creation of personal albums, the annotation of maps and the sending of virtual postcards. In 2019, more than 87 000 documents are available on Cartolis which is regularly updated. More info here: https://www.cartolis.org/index.php

Since 2015, the Le Carton Voyageur Museum has a room of 170 m2 for its main exhibition “Brittany double-sided”. Parallel to the space devoted to the permanent collection, a room with an area of 50 m2 is reserved for the temporaries exhibitions such as in 2019:” Le Corbusier, from the postcard to the work of art”

It is a very nice interesting museum ,and if you are into postcards as I was it is a must to visit. More info here: https://www.lecartonvoyageur.fr/le-musee-et-ses-collections/

Additional info from the Morbihan tourist office here: Tourist office of dept 56 Morbihan on the Le Carton Voyageur postcards museum

It is a nice town small peaceful, the real France for me. Great memories of getting the petit cochon pastry at the Le Fournil Baldivien just across from the Church. Alas, we never thought of taking a picture so here is a picture from the yellow pages site:

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le fournil baldivien bakery credit pages jaunes site

Hope you enjoy this little town ride into deep Morbihan in land or en terre as we say here, country of France at its best. Enjoy Baud.

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

 

 

May 12, 2019

Church of Saint Cyr and Sainte Julitte at Ambon!

In the never ending saga of showcasing my region of Brittany to the world here is more from my department 56, Morbihan. A brief memory refresher, Brittany is Bretagne in French, and the local Breton language it is Breizh! The deparment 56 is the only one in France not French, but Breton as the Morbihan means Mor=sea, Bihan=small; therefore in French would be petite mer but in Breton is Morbihan!

And now let me take you to the south of the Morbihan and the nice beach town of Ambon. There are nice beaches but the Church is a must to see when in town.

Ambon  is a town in the Morbihan Dept 56 of Brittany . It is also part of the twelve towns members of the intercommunality Arc Sud Bretagne and a district area of Vannes. It is a seaside resort with four kms of beaches; which are very good indeed, especially those at Cromenac’h and Bétahon. More on the beaches here: https://www.plages.tv/station-balneaire/ambon-56190

However, I will tell you here about the monument ,history and architecture. The Church Saint-Cyr-and-Sainte-Julitte is from the foundations of the 4C and then renovated rebuilt thereafter in the 10C, 12C, 15C and 17C. Here the basement is from the 9C! most is built in the 12C with some 15C and 17C renovations.

Ambon

A bit of history I like

The oldest evocation of the Church of Saint Cyr and Sainte Juilitte dates from 458 in the cartulary of Quimperlé and the parish of the 9C in the cartulary of Redon. In the Middle Ages, Ambon is a very extensive parish which knows its apogee in the 16-17C, especially with its port of Pénerf which is considered the 4th port of Brittany in the middle of the 16C. With the French revolution, an administrative redistricting is operated and the former parish of Ambon loses much of its territory including Damgan with Pénerf which becomes separate towns and Penesclus which passes to be part of Muzillac.

Ambon

The current parish Church of Saint Cyr and Sainte Julitte is a composite church whose origin dates back to pre-Romanesque times. After some excavations done it was found a choir and a transept were updates of a Roman temple of the 3C .The oldest elevation structures, corresponding to the nave, probably date from the end of the 10C. The transept belongs to the Romanesque period, as well as the old choir, which remains the route, highlighted during a previous restoration campaign. The current choir dates from a reconstruction in the 15C, then the ensemble was included in successive additions, mainly in the 17C.

Ambon

It is built on vestiges of an ancient church dating from the 4-5C. The Church of Saint Cyr and Sainte Julitte was built towards the end of the 12C had aisles, as evidenced by the examination of the façade wall and a small window from the south side at the corner of the cross brace. From the Romanesque period the façade with buttresses, the capitals and the windows of the aisles are still there. The basement dates from the 9C. The nave, which has five spans, dates from the end of the 10C or the beginning of the 11C; it is very reworked in its lower parts and communicates with the aisles by large arched arches topped by small bays in the middle of the day bites and resting on square stacks. The transept seems dated from the 13C or 15C;   its vault in half-cradle rests on columns with simple capitals or coarsely carved of chips and foliage, engaged in heavy masonry pillars. A large part, built in the 12C, was reworked in the 15C and 17C. The choir was completely rebuilt in the 15C, with a rectangular flat-bedside plan flanked by two chapels. From 1636 to 1649 , new redevelopments take place. The north Chapel of Notre-Dame du Rosaire was rebuilt in 1636-1637. On the north porch which dates from the 16-17C, two new chapels were added: the Chapel of Notre Dame de la Pitié in 1646-1647 and the Chapel of St. James (St Jacques) in the 18C. An enlargement with the addition of a sacristy is carried out from 1636 to 1649 and ; also reshuffled the lower parts of the nave, the façade, the south wall and the high steeple on the transept. In the19C a new sacristy was attached to the south Chapel. The entire church, with the exception of the square of the transept, is covered with a panelled frame. Inside, there are 18C stalls.

Indeed a marble to see when in the area. This is the rich architectural and historical presence of a  proud region of France, the old Duchy of Brittany. And the unique Morbihan dept 56, with beautiful coastal and inland towns with the beach town of Ambon.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

City of Ambon on religious heritage

Official local tourist office on things to do in Ambon

Official tourist office of dept 56 Morbihan on the Church at Ambon

There you go another gem in my map, and hopefully will be yours too. Of course, remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

May 12, 2019

The port at Audierne! and the sea!

We did passed by the harbor beach town of Audierne, this is very picturesque like a post card and great ambiance along the waterfront. I love the town and will be back in the Pays Capiste (Cape country) ,just before the Pointe du Raz (see previous post). You take the N165 from Vannes direction Lorient, then continue direction Quimper/Brest; just past Quimper take the D784 direction Landudec/Plozévet/Plouhinec until you reach Audierne. You can park along the wharfs by the harbor or port. You could take the train from Montparnasse Paris to Quimper and here take bus 53 from the train/bus station direction Quai Anatole-France in Audierne, but never taken public transports here.

Audierne is a town in the Finistère Dept 29 of the lovely region of Brittany or Bretagne. With the administrative status of a new town, it was born on Jan 1st 2016 of the merger of the two towns previous Audierne and Esquibien. The current Breton name of the town is completely different from that used in French since it is “Gwaien” and is the same as that of the river, the “Goyen”. It is derived from the name of the Saint Breton Gwaien.

The port of Audierne initially developed in a cove on the right bank of the estuary of the Goyen making way to the east, thus in a situation of shelter in relation to prevailing winds; but the port, due to the small size of the site, had to gradually expand downstream along the right bank in less protected places . Audierne was in the 19C an important center of activities related to the seaweed, picked up especially throughout the Bay of Audierne. The fishing port of Audierne was experiencing a significant boom in the second half of the 19C. In Audierne, the growth of the canneries, then called “fryers”, was late; more than 20 years after Douarnenez and Concarneau for example. The port was mainly fishing for lobster, shrimp,and sea spider, species developing in the depth of the bay of Audierne.

Audierne

Access to the port of Audierne was formidable because not only the currents and pitfalls of the Raz de Sein, the reef of the Gamelle and the bar at the entrance of the port, as well as the unstable sand banks of the mouth of the Goyen caused many shipwrecks.   Audierne was traditionally a port of refuge ,because it was the only haven worthy of this name between the Pointe de la Torche and the Pointe du Raz. Audierne is, with Saint-Malo, one of the first two French ports where Admiral Rigault de Genouilly created, from February 12 1865, the central rescue society for shipwrecked people, (or société centrale de sauvetage des naufragés) the pioneers of today’s SNSM (societé national de sauvetage de mer or national sea rescue company) because the port of Audierne was one of the most dangerous of the French coastline, a dreadful bar rising facing its entrance to the heights of the Gamelle’s shoals.

Audierne

Audierne

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

City of Audierne pleasure marina

Tourist info of Audierne on the pleasure marina

Cap Sizun tourist office on Audierne

Lovely place deep into the corner of the Finistére or the end of the Earth! lovely harbors and beaches all around you. Especially here for the sea life and the seafood ,second to none. After all, Brittany is the best agro sea region of France! Enjoy the port of Audierne!

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

May 12, 2019

Guivapas, and the cactus!

Well , the only other time past by here was on the way to the airport of Brest ,which is actually in the town of Guivapas on the other side or past Brest centre.   This is an updated repost from July 17 2016.

I like to tell a bit of story on Guipavas if i may please.

Since the territorial reforms which took effect in 2015, the new canton of Guipavas comprises the towns of Guipavas, Relecq-Kerhuon and Plougastel-Daoulas. The passage to Guipavas in 1858 of Emperor Napoleon III and Eugenie of Montijo, as they travel from Brest to Landerneau during their visit to Brittany. In 1861, Princess Bacciochi laid the foundation stone of the Guipavas Agricultural Institute. Her Highness wanted to visit the charity House of Guipavas, directed by the Sisters of Wisdom. It has been founded for only eighteen months and has already produced a considerable amount of property. The sisters provided relief to the sick and instruct the girls in the town.

Guipavas owned an airship center at the end of WWI from 1 July 1917 until 1 January 1919. Dirigible tests were still taking place in Guipavas in 1922. The airfreight shed was put on sale on April 3, 1930, and then closed. A ministerial decision of 1925 adopts the principle of the installation of an airport in Guipavas. On February 18, 1928, Captain M. Waskenheim and Sergeant Major de Freycinet completed the first air link between the Bourget airport (near Paris) and the new Guipavas airport in 4 hours; they put 3 h 20 to make the journey back two days later.

During the Nazis occupation, the Commander settled in the city/town hall. A Nazi DCA battery was installed on the heights of Ménez Toralan. The Château de Kerléon was occupied by the Army. On 7 August 1944 in the evening, the 6th American Armored Division, which made in six days a meteoric breakthrough from Avranches, approaching Milizac, Gouesnou, and Guipavas, its purpose being to take Brest. During the siege of Brest, the village of Guipavas found itself between the enemy lines. The American lines are close to the top of the village, at the height of the hamlet of Menhir, while the Nazis lines border the bottom of the village, controlling the district of Pontrouf . On September 2, 1944, the 2nd Division, which is part of the 8th United States Army Corps headed by General Troy Middleton seized the hill 105 near Ménez Toralan near Guipavas , the conquest allowed the American forces to advance 3 km towards Brest along the Élorn river. On 11 November 1948, the town of Guipavas received the War Cross with star of vermeil; the decoration was supported by the following quotation: “A town whose ardent patriotism has never been denied during the painful enemy occupation. At the vanguard of the resistance in the region of Brest, was the object of hard fights where its children participated, side by side with the American army, to the liberation of their soil, from 20 to 25 August 1944”. I like this had to put it in.

We came here because my dear late wife Martine   wanted to search for cactus trees and she found a place near here that has a large selection. So we went for it from our car trips around the Brest region on a weekend. And we ,also, found a new quant town of our lovely Brittany

The cactuseraie  sits on the road D712 between Guivapas and Landerneau in the village of Creisméas. It has over 6000 m2 of space and over 2000 varieties of suculents or cactus varieties ! It is open all year on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 14h to 18h, during our local school vacations it is open Mondays to Saturdays from 14h to 18H, and from July 4 to September 3 , Mondays to Saturdays from 14h to 18h.

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guipavas

You can visit a part of it call the museum , no bank cards all is French checks or cash euros. The museum has some amazing plants on display. The selection was very friendly and informative by the both gentlemen and we came out with about 7 plants from 4€ to 15€ for our garden décorations. Very good and very good prices indeed. The selection as said is huge.  As you can see in the pictures very nice ambiance indeed; more here in French: http://www.cactuseraie.fr/?page_id=190

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guipavas

Passing in town one cannot overlook the two churches, the one right smack in city center as you entered on the D712, is the Church of St Pierre et St Paul. The foundations are from the 14C ,restored in 1840;then rebuilt after fire from bombings in 1944 finally done in 1955.  A religious heritage site in French with info on the Church here: http://www.patrimoine-religieux.fr/eglises_edifices/29-Finistere/29075-Guipavas/124603-EgliseSaint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul

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Then ,we went as well in city center and saw the Chapelle Notre Dame du Rhun, from the 15C; during the French revolution it serves as a headquarters of the Republicans army here .  it has been restored in 1805.  It was heavily damaged during the bombings of August 1944; the spiral was destroyed in August 11, 1944,and restored finally between work of 1951-1952.   Some info and photos here in French: https://monumentum.fr/chapelle-notre-dame-du-rhun-pa00089999.html

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In all a very nice trip for all of us and memorable memories now. This was another example of going out in our region full of surprises and need not tell you about the history and architecture all around it. This is the Finistére and you are at Guipavas!

City of Guipavas on heritage

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

 

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