Archive for ‘Bretagne’

January 24, 2023

The Blavet river by Pontivy !!

Well we like to think of rivers in France passing by city centers, come to mind the most famous Seine in Paris. However, there are litterally thousands little to medium to larger size towns here that have the same presence, except my town … However, one major river in Bretagne that passes by several towns is the Blavet. I was in Pontivy in my beautiful Morbihan 56, and lovely Bretagne, and would like to tell you a bit more about the Blavet river.

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The Blavet is a coastal river which flows in the departments of Côtes-d’Armor (22) and Morbihan (56) and empties into the Atlantic Ocean near Lorient. The Blavet is called ar Blavezh in the Breton language. This is a wonderful area for sights and walks, we seems to do it each time in Pontivy. Of course, a great bicycle lanes to go along it as well.

The Blavet river is 148.9 km long . The course can be divided into several sections: the Haut Blavet upstream of Gouarec, the section of the Nantes to Brest Canal from Gouarec to Pontivy, the section of the Blavet Canal from Pontivy to Hennebont and the estuary downstream of Hennebont. Halfway through, at the Nantes to Brest canal, its course is suddenly interrupted by the Guerlédan dam which gives birth to the largest artificial lake in BretagneGuerlédan Lake.

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The Blavet river rises in the Côtes-d’Armor, at the limit of the Monts de Haute-Cornouaille and Trégor, 5 km southwest of the town of Bourbriac, at an altitude of 280 meters. Its course then merges with that of the Nantes to Brest canal to Pontivy. This channel is regulated by a system of locks built in the post-Napoleonic period. From Pontivy, and up to Hennebont where maritime navigation begins, the Blavet is artificially navigable for 59.6 km under the name of the Blavet canal thanks to the presence of 28 locks which allow it to cross a difference in height of 54 meters.

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The canalization of this river between Pontivy and Hennebont, planned in 1783, was not completed until 1825, following the decision taken by Napoleon I in 1806, to channel the Blavet to Lorient, and to connect it to a Nantes canal in Brest. Over a length of 60 km, the drop of 54 meters is bought by 23 locks. Floods can be very significant given the already large size of this river and its catchment area The maximum instantaneous flow recorded at Languidic during this period was 518 m3 / s on January 6, 2001, while the maximum daily value was 439 m3 / s on the same day.

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The City of Pontivy on its water source heritagehttps://ville-pontivy.bzh/decouvrir/histoire-patrimoine/pontivy-un-territoire/

The Canals of Brittany on the Blavet riverhttps://www.canauxdebretagne.org/canaux-de-bretagne_le-blavet.htm

The AF3V green ways of bicycling along the Blavet riverhttps://www.af3v.org/les-voies-vertes/voies/193-search_tag/

There you go folks, always pleasant to be here, on Napoleonville now Pontivy and even one of my sons worked here for a while for the memories’ sake, and of course we have visited the town several times, Hope you enjoy the post on the wonderful Blavet river as I

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

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January 24, 2023

A chapel and a church in Josselin !

One more trip into inland Morbihan, and needed to take these out and do a separate post on them, well merité me think. This was another great experience, I surely will be back eventually, and recommend to all my followers/readers. Josselin is a castle of history and beauty, and a Canal of historic proportions, plus the quaint streets of a beautiful town. Of course, also, let me tell you about the Chapelle de la Congregation and the Church Saint Martin of Josselin! 

The Chapelle de Bénédictins aka de la Congrégation has a weird destiny after been built in 1702 , the bishop refuses to consecrated, and it was later used as a cereal depot until 1805. Later, it held public hearings and meetings, then a classroom, and finally a place of exhibitions and works of arts exhibitions as today.

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The Chapelle de la Congrégation as it is better known is against the park of the Château des Rohan,at the place de la Congrégation. The story goes that the Congregation of the Mission, founded in 1625 in Paris by Saint Vincent de Paul , is made up of members, brothers or priests, called Lazarists. The chapel was abandoned during the French revolution, sold as national property, it served as a granary until 1805. Then public meetings and conscription councils were held there. During WWII, it was used as a classroom. You can see a painting the “Martyrdom of Saint John” painted in 1763 representing the torture of Saint John the Evangelist in Rome. Pulled by a rope before being thrown into a cauldron filled with boiling oil.

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You have the old and wonderful Church and parish of Saint Martin, it was dependant on a parish founded in 1105 , and became parish church by 1400.  It was renovated in the 17C, the nave was destroyed in the 19C, a chapel was build in its place. It has an important breton roman architecture on the benedictine plan. Just outside there is a big camping car parking for free with all facilities.  Originally, it was a church with a typical Benedictine plan. It has a high and wide nave, a transept with braces, the choir with a semicircular apse flanked by two apsidioles with two other apsidioles opening onto the arms of the transept. The original apse was transformed into a polygonal chevet at the end of the 16C, beginning of the 17C, A chapel was erected on the site of the nave, forming a false transept with the chevet.

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The City of Josselin on the chapelhttps://www.josselin.com/vivre/culture-sport-patrimoine/reserver-une-salle/chapelle-de-congregation/

The City of Josselin on its heritage :https://www.josselin.com/decouvrir/visiter-josselin/

The Brocéliande vacances regional tourist office on Josselin: https://www.broceliande-vacances.com/en/discover/our-must-haves/the-canal-from-nantes-to-brest/the-towns-and-villages-along-the-canal/josselin-a-thousand-year-old-city/

There you go folks, a very nice old town with wonderful streets to dwell on for years near the forest of Brocéliande of Arthur and the Round Table leyend, you too can dream here. Visit beautiful Josselin and do stop by the chapel and the church worth the detour for its historical value. Hope you have enjoy the post as I

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

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January 23, 2023

Curiosities, well, of my life !!

Well, never the creative mind, this is the best I could come up for a title ….I found me some old pictures in my vault that for memories’s sake need to be in my blog. After all, as said, this blog is my life’s history and hopefully for generations to come of my sons and family. It has been a thrill to tell you about these incidents of my life and appreciate the support and kind words I have gotten in the past. Hope this post will be enjoy by all as well as I.

It will be mostly a pictorial, with brief comments on each picture. Of course, will be in chronological order. There you go folks short and to the point easy does it. Thanks

From the roofstop of my maternal grandmother Amparo towards Santa Fe beach on Calle 50 and on right Bodega de Chencho where we shop when available ! The street running at it is Avenida 247, my street in Punta Brava. My native town you know. 

Punta Brava abuela amparo house to bodega chencho y mi calle 1998

While visiting Havana in 1998, the peacock in the garden of the historical Hotel Nacional

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The monument to Antonio Maceo y Grajales located between El Malecón and the Hermanos Ameijeiras Hospital. Havana, Cuba. It is opposite the Hermanos Ameijeiras Hospital, at 701 Calle San Lázaro Street, is a bronze representation of the protagonist of the First War of Independence, one of the most important Cuban generals. The Bronze Titan as he was called , It was installed here in 1916.

Havana monument to Maceo 1998

The Swiss embassy in Havana, also, home of the American Interests Section that is so much known and needed !

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The Perth Amboy High School, 300 Eagle Ave in New Jersey. My yearbook graduating picture 1977.I read they are in the process of building a new high school and this one do not know if stays as school or not. Historical building there from 1973-1977. Any alumnus ?

Perth Amboy HS graduating picture 1977

My ERAU, Daytona Beach campus South Clyde Morris Blvd in Florida. The yearbook graduating picture 1982 ! Still going strong. Any alumnus ?

Daytona Beach ERAU graduating picture 1982

The ERAU univ newspaper , find me a copy in pdf lol! April 14 1982 The Avion (airplane) see ride we took to the Atlanta Inter Airport! :https://commons.erau.edu/avion/435/

The ERAU yearbook graduating management club 1982 (I was the treasurer!)

Daytona Beach ERAU Management Club meetings and me 1982

The ERAU yearbook graduating page activities for active students, ,,, I am there !

Daytona Beach ERAU yearbook activities credit page 1982

You ERAU official booklet of commencement activities to the graduating class of April 1982, mine !!!

Daytona Beach ERAU commencement graduation 1982

The Le Bellevue restaurant BB at 4 Av. Félix Faure in Les Mureaux, near the Sailing Club we enjoyed while living in the Yvelines dept 78 of the Île de France region,Sadly, it is no longer but here for the memories of always !

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The famous Arc de Triomphe of Paris while driving snowing in 2009 lol ! Road warrior here no worries.

Paris arc de triomphe driving under snow 2011

There you go folks, a short and dandy ,but very memorable post. Here now for me to browse easily when nostalgia sets in which in my retirement ,and many love ones gone is daily. Again, hope you enjoy this small nostalgic run of my life, and again thank for reading me since November 26 2010 !

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

January 23, 2023

More of the Church Notre Dame de Victoire/St Louis of Lorient !!

It is one of our most visited City for walks , and Lorient and the Church Notre Dame de Victoire/St Louis , the church is a must to visit, . A very nice neighborhodd we have come even for shopping and eating, The monument to see here is the Church Notre Dame de Victoire but the locals still call it Church de Saint Louis.  Lorient is about 35 km by car from my house ; it is a sub préfecture City, The church really needs another post to show you more pictures found in my vault that really needs to be in my blog. Of course, this is in beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne ! Let me tell you a bit more on it ok, and hope you enjoy it as I.

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The first church in the town center was built between 1702 and 1706, four hundred meters from the current church, at the top of the Cour de la Bôve. It was dedicated to Saint-Louis. This church was destroyed in 1768 and replaced by a new, ephemeral church, since it was rebuilt in 1810. The bell tower was built between 1826 and 1828. In 1867, the parish was consecrated to Notre-Dame de Victoire by Pope Pius IX, in memory of the “miraculous” liberation of the city occupied by the English, on October 7, 1747. This third church will be seriously damaged by the Allied bombings in February 1943, and will be razed in December 1945. Only the bell tower was preserved. The current church was built between 1953 and 1955,

The new Church of Notre-Dame-de-Victoire, the seat of the parish of Saint-Louis, is a church located by the place Alsace Lorraine. It is the most important parish in the country of Lorient. Made of concrete, the steeple culminates at 54 meters high, and is the highest point of Lorient. The access to its summit is done by means of a staircase of 270 steps.

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The monumental porch, in the middle of the facade, is 12 meters high. It is adorned with a statue of Notre-Dame, As soon as visitors enter the church, their gaze is struck by the chromatic contrast between the almost uniform gray of the nave and the rather yellow clarity of the choir. Such was the architect’s will ; to create a nave without many stained glass windows and which must remain in the shadows so that the attention of the faithful is drawn in by the light of the choir. To this end, a series of glazed claustras line the north and south sides of the sanctuary, almost from the floor to the vault.

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In the Chapel of the Virgin sits the statue of Notre Dame de Victoire or Our Lady of Victory, from 1850. The city of Lorient wants to be under the protection of Mary and this statue is the illustration. In 1746, during the War of the Austrian Succession, when the city was besieged by the English, the inhabitants made a vow to the Virgin. A silver statue of Notre Dame is then created. It will disappear during the French revolution and will be replaced in 1850 by the statue of Postel. In 1943, the statue was removed intact from the rubble of the Saint-Louis church, which was interpreted as a sign of the protection of Notre-Dame de Victoire over the city. The Virgin sits enthroned on the city ramparts. With her scepter, she is dismissing the British leopard, which holds the scepter in its mouth.

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The high Altar of the Church of Notre Dame de Victoire/St Louis is associated with the famous word of Christ, read in the Gospel according to Luke: “advance offshore, and throw your nets for fishing.” These words addressed to Simon-Peter are the prelude to the miraculous fishery. “Forward offshore” also appears on a banner clearly visible on the western façade of the Church. The side chapels are  two chapels each decorated with a large fresco. That of the Chapel of the Virgin traces elements of the life of Saint Louis, while that of the Blessed Sacrament Chapel  is rich with a biblical symbolism very moving.

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The previous church of St Louis had the first organ built in 1838 by the young prodigy organ builder Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, recently installed in Paris, rue Notre-Dame de Lorette. We can also note that Brittany was the breeding ground of Aristide since if Lorient is his first organ delivered in metropolitan France, Pontivy is the third (after Notre-Dame de Lorette in Paris) and Dinan the fourth, In 1891, the organ is replaced by a new organ. Cavaillé’s organ was placed in 1891 in the Notre-Dame de Bonne-Nouvelle Church in the Kerentrech district of Lorient, where it still stands. In 1959, a new large organ with 48 stops on three manuals and pedals was built and installed , this organ was inaugurated in September 1959. In 1965, the choir organ with 12 stops, with mechanical transmission was installed, It will be necessary to wait until 2001 for a complete restoration of the organs to be carried out.

I keep writing the double name of Notre Dame de Victoire and Saint Louis because as the new Church was really given the name of ND de Victoire, the locals still refers to it as Saint Louis therefore ,the title of my post! Again,it is worth the detour for the contrast of a modern Church to many old ones we have around here.

The Catholic Parish of Vannes on the church of Lorienthttps://www.vannes.catholique.fr/eglise-notre-dame-de-victoire-lorient/

The local Lorient South Brittany tourist office on the churches of Lorienthttps://www.lorientbretagnesudtourisme.fr/fr/immanquables/lorient/decouvrir-les-eglises-de-lorient/

The Bretagne region tourist board on Lorienthttps://www.brittanytourism.com/destinations/the-10-destinations/southern-brittany-morbihan-gulf/lorient/

There you go folks, a wonderful monument in a very nice neighborhood, now come and see the Church of Notre Dame de Victoire or Saint Louis ,and modern city of Lorient. It is worth a detour me think.

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

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January 23, 2023

The Chapelle de Sainte Barbe of Plouharnel !!

I like to take you a nice beach town that has wonderful monuments, just browse my blog and search Plouharnel, It’s another gem in my beautiful Morbihan! I like to put this monument with its own post which me think deserve it, Therefore, he is my take on the Chapelle de Sainte Barbe of Plouharnel. Hope you enjoy the post as I,

I pass by it almost every weekend when I am not traveling out of France as it is just south of me in the peninsula of Quiberon just before the isthmus. Plouharnel is a town in my beautiful Morbihan Department 56 of my lovely Bretagne region,  This town is located at the bottom of Quiberon Bay, 3 km from Carnac, and 25 km from my house.

The monument to see here is the Chapelle de Sainte Barbe  (Santa Barbara) which has a history of the Chouans rebels that were here camping with Gen Cadoudal back in 1795; they fought the French revolution. As many led you to believe that it was a revolution on the king and period, it was longer than that and not totally wipe out the resistance than until 1832. Before all the combattants were given pardon and titles given back, even some like Gen Cadoudal (see post) posthumously given Marshal of France!  And the kings came back until 1881 stop for refusing to use the current revolutionary flag of France! 

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The Chapelle Sainte Barbe is built in a rectangular shape and has recessed buttresses and pinnacles. It has a square bell tower above the western door framed by pinnacles. Two incomplete statues surmount the corner buttresses of the facade. The bell tower of the Chapelle Sainte-Barbe was recently renovated and a new weather vane in the shape of a fish was installed to replace the old one which had fallen to the ground, A staircase provides access to the bell tower. This bell tower has been famous since General Hoche (native of Versailles and revolutionary) established an observatory there around 1795 during the Quiberon affair (see above).

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The stained glass window retraces the life of Saint Barbara. The tower where her father wanted to lock her up to avoid any contact with Christians is present. The father who raises his sword on his daughter who does not want to deny her religion, is represented in the center. The father struck down, heavenly punishment, is represented at the top of the stained glass window. The stained glass window was made between 1979 and 1980, The interior of the Chapelle Sainte Barbe was recently renovated (2018-19) thanks to the work of the association “Les Amis de la chapel et du site de Sainte-Barbe”

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It is believed that an oratory existed before the Chapelle Sainte-Barbe, a chapel dedicated to Santa Barbara, invoked the saint in places of great peril, like the sea here. A path leads below the fountain to a very pretty washhouse. As an anecdote always like to tell, Santa Barbara is the patron saint of my native town and we invoked her in my house.

The Association of Friends of the Chapel Santa Barbarahttps://chapelle-sainte-barbe.weebly.com/

The local Bay of Quiberon tourist office on the chapelhttps://www.baiedequiberon.bzh/a-voir-a-faire/culture-et-patrimoine/chapelles-et-eglises/chapelle-sainte-barbe

The city of Plouharnel on its heritage: http://www.mairieplouharnel.fr/fr/information/87929/histoire-patrimoine

There you go folks, a nice town to visit with history all around you and a nice Chapelle de Sainte Barbe of Plouharnel. Again, take a look at my other posts on the town, and hope you enjoy this post as I.

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

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January 22, 2023

More of the Côte Sauvage of Quiberon !!!

I like to tell you more of one of my favorite spots in my beautiful Morbihan is the Presqu’île de Quiberon or  peninsula of Quiberon. What better way to see its natural beauty is to see the wild coast or Côte Sauvage! I have written on it but found me more pictures in my vault that need to share it with the world. The Côte Sauvage is just about 40 minutes by car south from my house; and we love it. Hope you enjoy this latest addition to my blog and the Côte Sauvage !!!

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All you do is take your car off the voie express or expressway N165 , direction Lorient/Brest ,and get off at the exit Quiberon/Carnac etc on the road D768, follow signs for Quiberon , and when you reach the port town of Portivy (see post) turn right into the Côte Sauvage; have a great wild coast ride along the Atlantic ocean!  The road here is number D186A and changes with names but no matter you just keep going slowly, of course in Summer is a bit crowded but plenty of parking for free along the road to enjoy the sights. The D186A is also, call the Route Cotiére or coastal road.

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The Côte Sauvage or wild coast occupies the western side of the peninsula of Quiberon, in the towns of Quiberon and Saint-Pierre-Quiberon (see post). It extends roughly 8 km between the tip of Percho to the north and the Turpault castle (see post) to the south The cliffs of the Côte Sauvage, higher in their northern part (town of Saint-Pierre-Quiberon), are covered with ancient dune perched; the height of the cliffs gradually lowers towards the southern end of the peninsula (town of Quiberon), giving way to short lawns or moors.

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The Côte Sauvage or wild coast is a cliffs hanging zigzagging road with beautiful views of the Atlantic ocean below you and passing by what was the famous WWII Atlantic Wall that the Nazis tried to hold on the possible invasions which as you know was not enough thanks God.

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Given its very steep relief, its dangerousness and its exposure to the prevailing winds , the Côte Sauvage has remained in its natural state, except for occupations dating from the Prehistory (Port-Blanc dolmens, barred spur of Pointe de Beg in Aud), a few occasional uses (the former customs house, now in ruins, at Pointe du Percho; former military ground at Kergroix) and the converted fishpond at the beginning of the 20C to store shellfish (a café-restaurant Le Vigier now occupies the site) in Beg ar Goalennec.

The Conservatoire du Littoral or coastal conservatory on the Côte Sauvagehttps://www.conservatoire-du-littoral.fr/siteLittoral/220/28-cote-sauvage-56_morbihan.htm

The Local Bay of Quiberon tourist office on the Côte Sauvage or wild coast: https://www.baiedequiberon.co.uk/the-wild-coast-of-quiberon

The city of Quiberon on the Côte Sauvagehttps://www.ville-quiberon.fr/quiberon-cote-cote-sauvage/

There you go folks, another natural beauty of my beautiful Morbihan, We come to the Côte Sauvage for a ride and a walk facing the mighty Atlantic ocean for peace and family time, This is awesome you should come too, me think, a must while visiting the area ,Hope you enjoy this post on the Côte Sauvage as I

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

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January 22, 2023

Go shopping in Carnac !!

How I forgot the shopping in Carnac ! We have come so many times to a beautiful wonderful town and beach, lost count, very close to our house about 27 km or 17 miles, Therefore, let me tell you about the Le Passage de la Fontaine of Carnac. Hope you enjoy the post as I.

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The shops and restos at the Passage de la Fontaine,located between avenue des Druides and allée du Parc, a charming small shopping center right off the beaches  There are about 20 businesses in the shopping area, The main ones for us are St James (clothing men women and children) Papa Pique et Maman Coud (fashion accessories), Olson’s (gift shop), Louis & Victorie(children clothing), Grandeur Nature,Le Kawa (cafe music), Mobileboard(cycles, trotis etc);Chica’s Guapa (women clothing), Teddy Shop,(clothing and shoes) and La Péché Gourmand (resto pizzeria).

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We walked and shopped so many times by and in here that is just a wonderful place of many memorable days with my dear late wife Martine, Indeed, we have gone less afterward but nevertheless we always stop by even if just for the memories, This is a wonderful place full of great country ambiance with the beach just 550 meters or about 7 minutes walk, its just superbe !! Again do stop by or even better shop at the Le Passage de la Fontaine of Carnac !!

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The City of Carnac on shopping areas :https://www.carnac.fr/Economie-emploi/Pratique/Commerces-et-marches-locaux/Com, merces

The Carnac tourist office on shoppinghttps://www.ot-carnac.fr/preparer/idees-sorties/shopping-et-commerces

There you go folks, so much to do/see in Carnac. I give you a shopping glimpse to come with the whole family , and right off the beaches. This is  a lovely town again I insist a must to see with the family. We love it and now many memories for us coming here with my dear late wife Martine! For the shopping at Le Passage de la Fontaine !! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

January 22, 2023

The Chapelle Saint-Quirin of Brech !!!

This was mix in with other monuments and really should have a post of its own. This is the first town I lived when came to the beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of the lovely Bretagne in 2011. It is a town divided into many smaller villages or lieu-dit and the main town or bourg is where the church is, even thus I lived in Corn er Hoët (Breton, French would be Orée du Bois meaning edge of the woods). It really packs a lot of monuments with nice architecture and history for a small town, I was lucky to lived in it briefly. Therefore, let me tell you a bit more on the Chapelle Saint Quirin of Brech. Hope you enjoy the post as I.

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The Chapelle Saint-Quirin is on the D768 la chaumiere road. Dated from the 17C, the Saint Quirin Chapel contains what is considered to be the most beautiful classical altarpiece in the Morbihan. Built in tufa and Maine marble, this masterpiece is attributed to the Laval masters. The chapel is placed under the patronage of Saint Quirin who is said to be a martyred bishop. It belongs to the lordship of Kerivallan belonging to this family from 1628 to the French revolution.  In 1675 the manoir was enlarged .The site is a typical Breton sanctuary and a stopover for pilgrims on their way to Sainte-Anne d’Auray. Formerly, the chapel and in particular its fountain were very popular. A rare document known as the “notebook of miracles of Saint Quirin” attests to the popularity of the sanctuary. In this register, the pilgrims recorded the fulfillment of their vows, mainly healings.  

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The Chapelle Saint Quirin was built in 1676 and features classic rural architecture The saint to whom this chapel is dedicated is uncertain The nearby Saint-Quirin devotional fountain dates from the 17C but was restored in 1890; the granite statue of Saint Quirin was placed next to it in 1998 The Saint-Quirin fountain with its round basin used for ablutions of the sick and two statues of the Virgin and Saint-Quirin in its niche. Brittany is dotted with healing or miraculous fountains. The Saint-Quirin fountain is famous for curing ailments: the “Book of Miracles” of Saint-Quirin attests to this. The chapel is open year-round, every day from 11h to 17h30.

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The City of Brech on the Chapelle Saint Quirin: https://www.brech.fr/a-voir/le-patrimoine-naturel-2/la-chapelle-de-saint-guerin-saint-quirin/

There you go folks, another dandy in my beautiful Morbihan and sentimental Brech The locals write it Brec’h. Nowedays we passed by it every day , and the memories continue. Again, hope you enjoy the post on the Chapelle Saint Quirin of Brech,

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

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January 21, 2023

The Chapelle Saint- Jacques of Brech !!

This was mix in with other monuments and really should have a post of its own. This is the first town I lived when came to the beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of the lovely Bretagne in 2011. It is a town divided into many smaller villages or lieu-dit and the main town or bourg is where the church is, even thus I lived in Corn er Hoët (Breton, French would be Orée du Bois meaning edge of the woods). It really packs a lot of monuments with nice architecture and history for a small town, I was lucky to lived in it briefly. Therefore, let me tell you a bit more on the Chapelle Saint Jacques of Brech. Hope you enjoy the post as I.

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The Chapelle Saint- Jacques. is located on the road to Sainte-Anne-d’Auray, at the edge of Bourg de Brech.  Lower down, the fountain and the washhouse complete the ensemble, whose harmony is degraded by the D19 departmental road. The chapel erected in 1464, and enlarged in the 20C. Until then, you had to cross the Brec’h Bridge. This same bridge which perhaps gave the name to the town, Brec’h then meaning “bridge”; however, there is room for doubt.

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Nearby, the path of the blue damsels, a tribute to the dragonflies of such a singular color that roam the Loch river, is a popular path for hikers and goes up to the mill of Treuroux. With its chapel and fountain, its large presbytery Brec’h was a relay mentioned in 1648 on the map of the ways of Saint- James of Compostela. The Tro Breiz, or pilgrimage of the Seven Saints of Brittany, passed through this ancient route. The chapel is in a rectangular shape built in paired stones, surmounted by a square steeple, pierced by a portal with flamboyant decoration, with hammered blazons. The windows with flamboyant work, have been mutilated. Below pic my son going around….

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The choir preserves two flaming pools. An interior stone bench runs all around the chapel. The facade is adorned with two pilasters, in the shape of a prism, framing the door. Transformations took place in the 17C, with the addition of the bell tower on the gable, and certainly the installation of an altarpiece of the chevet. lit by a window , no doubt pierced in the 18C, which was forced to wall up by the large axial bay. The “Baptism of Jesus” painting was replaced in 1926 by a copy. Two fairly recent wooden statues represented Saint-Jacques, leaning on his stick and carrying the shell, the pilgrim’s gourd and Saint Mathurin, his eyes fixed on a book.

The city of Brech on the Chapelle St Jacques:https://www.brech.fr/a-voir/le-patrimoine-naturel-2/la-chapelle-saint-jacques/

There you go folks, another dandy in my beautiful Morbihan and sentimental Brech The locals write it Brec’h. Nowedays we passed by it every day , and the memories continue. Again, hope you enjoy the post on the Chapelle Saint Jacques of Brech,

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

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January 21, 2023

The Chapelle Notre Dame de la Route of Brech !!

This was mix in with other monuments and really should have a post of its own. This is the first town I lived when came to the beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of the lovely Bretagne in 2011. It is a town divided into many smaller villages or lieu-dit and the main town or bourg is where the church is, even thus I lived in Corn er Hoët (Breton, French would be Orée du Bois meaning edge of the woods). It really packs a lot of monuments with nice architecture and history for a small town, I was lucky to lived in it briefly. Therefore, let me tell you a bit more on the Chapelle Notre Dame de la Route of Brech. Hope you enjoy the post as I.

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The Chapelle Notre Dame de la Route , mane salut D120 road off roundabout by N165.  The Notre-Dame de la Route Chapel was built in 1963 with stones from ruined local chapels. It is a modern chapel in a green setting. Its name was born from the many motorists who stopped there. The chapel is an example of the angular architecture that imposed itself after WWII. Its sobriety, its unity and the harmony of its volumes reflect the will of the architect. The chapel is open year round, every day from 10h to 18h.

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The combination of modern and traditional materials, giving it a look that is both modern and rustic. It was built in a spirit of mutual aid and thanks to donations. This is a nice contrast to the older churchs/Chapels that abound in this region, something unique and a nice story of faith.

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The City of Brech on the Chapelle Notre Dame de la Route : https://www.brech.fr/a-voir/le-patrimoine-naturel-2/la-chapelle-notre-dame-de-la-route/

There you go folks, another dandy in my beautiful Morbihan and sentimental Brech The locals write it Brec’h. Nowedays we passed by it every day , and the memories continue. Again, hope you enjoy the post on the Chapelle Notre Dame de la Route of Brech,

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

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