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February 19, 2020

Sea, ports, monuments, all Vannes!!!

Ok so of course, I need to write again about Vannes. If you have read my blog you know that I have done a load of posts on the city, and for good reasons. It is the capital of my department 56 Morbihan in my lovely Bretagne. And you ,also, should have read that Vannes is Gwened in the Breton language; that Bretagne/Brittany is Breizh and that the Morbihan is the only department (state/province etc) of France which the  name is not French ; it is Breton as Mor=sea bihan=small or should be Petite Mer but no way it is Morbihan here.

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You, also, would have read I work here and live not far at about 35 km or 22 miles. Ok now for the new stuff lol!! The city of Vannes is a port, a pleasure marina and the out ins of the Gulf of Morbihan;one of the world’s best bays and beautiful I must add. So let me tell you a bit on the sea, ports, and even monuments side of the water in Vannes.

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We had the old bridge that took us from Vannes to Séné easy and now we have the tunnel ,easier! The Pont de Kérino is a swing bridge crossing the channel of the port of Vannes downstream of a lock gate. The city of Vannes decided to replace it with a tunnel; the Tunnel de Kérino. The bridge was inaugurated in 1988 to allows the passage of road traffic from one bank to the other and constitutes the only east-west link of the southern part of the city of Vannes.

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The Tunnel de Kerino or Kérino underpass is an underwater road, cycling and pedestrian tunnel This structure, intended to cross the Marle river, is located at the mouth of the channel connecting the town’s marina to the Gulf of Morbihan. It is intended to smooth the road traffic between the two banks of the Marle to the south and to relieve the Place Gambetta located at the north end of the channel, junction between the marina at Le Port , and the historic center. The tunnel of Kérino was opened to motor vehicles on June 24, 2016. On July 26, 2016, the tunnel is open to pedestrians and cyclists. The tunnel is dug a few meters downstream from the current Kérino bridge. It has a length of 250 meters and has two passages separated by a partition, one for motor traffic in both directions, the other for gentle travel modes (cycle track and sidewalk).

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The Calvary of Kerino is a religious monument of granite and kersantite erected at the entrance to the port of Vannes It is located on the Butte de Kérino or hill, an elevation of the left bank of the channel of the marina, 150 meters upstream from the Pont de Kérino. The monument looks like a cross calvary, erected on a rectangular base, the central part of which represents an altar. On the cross, on either side of the square barrel, are the statues of Saint Patern and Saint Vincent Ferrier, the Patron Saints of the city of Vannes. The center of the cross features the coat of arms of Vannes. The cross that crowns the barrel is decorated with a Christ on the Cross at the front, and a Virgin and Child at the back. The monument is 6.25 meters high. The Calvary of Kerino was inaugurated on December 7, 1913. It was the subject of important pilgrimages in favor of peace and the return of prisoners during WWI or the Great War.

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vannes

The port of Vannes is a commercial port, a passenger port and a marina located north of the Gulf of Morbihan along a 1,200 meters channel in a south-north direction, which leads the boats from the commercial port of Pont-Vert in the floating basin, at the foot of the Porte de Saint-Vincent gate, gateway to the old town section of Vannes.

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The attested presence of a port in its current location dates back to the end of the 14C although research has demonstrated the existence of a port from the 1C AD at the foot of the first city during the Roman occupation: Darioritum, civitas of the Vénètes; now Vannes or Gwened (Breton).

 The current look of the port of Vannes and its district dates from the end of the 2000s when new equipment and renovations were done with the set up of a harbor office, cultural kiosk, tourist office, underground parking; and the beautification of the place with the creation of an esplanade on the right bank and the planting of paths of trees along the two banks.

 The Commercial Port is located just upstream of the Pont de Kérino swing bridge, infrastructure that allows vehicles to reach the east of the city towards the commercial innovation park of Bretagne Sud and the city of Séné in order to relieve traffic in the center. The quays of the commercial port welcome the goods which arrive in Vannes after having crossed the Gulf of Morbihan. Due to a complex topography, a weak tidal range and the presence of strong currents in the Gulf, it It is difficult for large ships to venture to a town like Vannes, located more than 15 km from the Atlantic coast.

At the exit of the marina, the Parc du Golfe is the starting point for boat cruises trips. At Place Gambetta, a hemispherical square, marks the end of the port of Vannes and puts it in contact with the historic center by the Porte Saint-Vincent gate. Located on the right bank of the port, the promenade de la Rabine is made up of a long avenue of trees which stretches for almost 800 meters between the port esplanade to the north and the quays of the commercial port to the south.

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vannes

Some webpages as usual from me to help you plan your visit here

City of Vannes on the Pont de Kérino

Ports of call on the port of Vannes

City of Vannes on cruise tours and boat crossing in English

Tourist office of the Golfe du Morbihan on boat cruising in French

The Chapelle de la Manoir de Larmor is on the edge of Avenue René de Kerviler just coming out of the Tunnel de Kérino direction Séné. This half-cut chapel dates from the 16C and, long abandoned, was recently restored. It occupies a corner of the manor of Larmor whose enclosure of the domain is fully walled. The stone pinnacle dates from the 17C. The chapel has 2 entries. One access by the gable under the pinnacle from the manor and a lateral access for the neighbors, used even during the French revolution. At the back, we can see the stele to Gérard Verdeau , founder of the Association Breiz Santel which aims to save and protect the religious heritage of Bretagne or Breizh.

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We walked all of the above so its very easy… and you get to see these monuments and views that are just awesome. Hope you have enjoy the post and maybe see you around Vannes someday!! The sea is all around us here one way or the other and we like it

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

 

 

 

 

February 19, 2020

Sainte-Anne d’Auray!!!

It has been a while not written in my blog about the city of Sainte-Anne d’Auray been only about 17 km from our house and passing by it many times in the week, it surprise me but then again here the reason to be is one thing. And its huge! if you know the history of Bretagne.

I can only put the name of the town on the title because it is everything here. I like to tell you a bit more, mostly new pictures on the Basilica Sainte Anne. I am a non-practicing Catholic and been around here always move me and give me strentgh to go on in life. Best wishes to all.

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Since I have written so much on it in the my past posts, let me give some glimpses of what this is. It is the third most visited pèlerinage in France after Lourdes, and St Thérese de Lisieux with sometimes almost 500K persons in this small town, huge.

What you must see here are the Basilica and its Cloister, but also the Scala Santa (holy stair), the miraculous fountain, the Memorial to the fallen Bretons, the stele of the sailors, the statue of Saint Anne and Mary (daughter and mother); and the message park upon the visit of Pope John Paul II in 1996 with the message , “transmitting the faith”.

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sainte anne d'auray

sainte anne d'auray

A few meters from the Basilica you can visit the house of Yvon and Guillemette Nicolazic. Yvon was the farmer who found a figure doll of a Virgin in the fields and who heard telling him to built the temple.

This is Sainte Anne that which the Bretons consider as their grandmother is sometimes confidential or protective. It dries tears and comforts without judging or betraying. In the basilica, opposite the ermine-shaped reliquary containing bones of Sainte Anne offered by king Louis XIII in thanks for the birth of Louis Dieudonné, future Louis XIV, we pray to the grandmother of Jesus in the hope of founding a family.

Some of the highlight dates to keep in mind when visiting are.

Beginning of May: Pilgrimage of Singles. June: Pilgrimage of mother’s. July: Pilgrimage of father’s of families. July 25-26: Grand Pardon of Sainte Anne. This is huge event overflowing the little town. End of July – Beginning of August: Festival of Families; August 15 – Feast of the Assumption. September: Pilgrimage of Couples wanting children. December: Christmas holidays with a living nativity scene.

Some webpages as usual from me to help you plan your trip here and even if not a believer the festivities and the architectural historical complex is huge, so me think is a must to come to Sainte Anne d’Auray.

Official Sanctuary of Sainte Anne in English

Official Sanctuary cities on Sainte Anne d’Auray in French

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

 

February 18, 2020

Sentimental Jardin Bossuet, Meaux!

And I bring you back to a garden in somewhat off the beaten path town near Paris and even closer to Disneyland. This is my sentimental favorite city of Meaux, in Seine et Marne dept 77 of the ïle de France region. This is my dear late wife Martine native town.

I can tell you more but rather let you come and see it. I have written several posts on Meaux but none on the garden of the Bishop Bossuet, the Eagle of Meaux Royal confessor to king Louis XIV. There is a museum here too in the Episcopal palace behind the Cathedral of St Stephens or St Etienne in French.

I like to tell you a bit more on the Jardin Bossuet, the first out of the house encounter with what would be my wife back in Sept. 1990. The picture below was taken later on.

Meaux

Meaux

Meaux is a City of Art and History! This label was awarded to the city since it has an important heritage and is committed to enhancing it. The Episcopal complex of Meaux stretched from the Cathedral St Stephens to the city walls. As its name suggests, this district was reserved for the bishop, in the chapter of the canons of the Cathedral and their lay or ecclesiastical entourage. In its current state, the Episcopal City largely presents the physiognomy that it offered to the 18C.

It was in 1911 that the garden of the Bishopric took the name of the illustrious prelate, when it was opened to the public , so Jardin Bossuet. Created in the 17C, it has the singularity of being in the shape of a mitre and having very respectable dimensions like an area of 8,500 m², length 90 meters, width 75 meters. In line with French gardens, there are boxwood borders, geometric shapes but also pretty flower beds in season like 17,500 plants for flowering!, A vegetable patch always in season, and plants very ancient medicinal products thanks to the contribution of a good microclimate. Local tradition has it that the famous André Le Nôtre is the author, but no document confirms this. Some contemporary adaptations have transformed it, adding the rock of the basin called “Sweating Rock”, covered with plants or the roses that line the central aisle, but the spirit is respected. Bishop Dominique Siguier had the garden extended to the Gallo-Roman ramparts dating from the end of the 3C. At the end of the garden, you reach, by a staircase, a terrace which is none other than the upper part of the rampart. The latter only opens during guided tours. You can then see the Bossuet house, a small hermitage on a remarkable site. A stroll in fine weather is to be preferred, giving an obvious bucolic appeal to the whole.

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For several years now, in fine weather, the perimeters of the main flowerbeds of the Bossuet Garden have been transformed into the Simples’ garden. Visitors can discover rare plants, ancient medicinal plants and exotic vegetable plants or local varieties ;such as mustard or carrot from Meaux.

Open daily from 10h to 17h (low season) and from 9h to 19h (high season).

More info on these webpages to help you plan your trip and its worth the detour here

City of Meaux on the Jardin Bossuet in French

Tourist office of Meaux on the Jardin Bossuet

Tourist office of Seine et Marne on the Jardin Bossuet

There you go a nice semi hidden garden in a wonderful historical and architectural corner of Meaux. The Jardin Bossuet is nice, romantic, beautiful and quiet. A perfect getaway from it all in the middle of history of France. Enjoy it as I always do and will.

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

 

 

 

 

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February 18, 2020

Le Guerno and its marvels!

And I stay in my Morbihan Breton dept 56 of the region of Bretagne or Brittany or Breizh. There is so much off the beaten path here as many come for the popular spots but France can be written another volume of a movable feast!

In my road warrior trips in my area , about 50 minutes from home, let me take you this time to a new town for us, Le Guerno. Right up the beaches of the Rhuys peninsula but in another world altogether.

Let me give you a brief description as old towns do here

The Le Guerno originally was a truce for the parish of Noyal-Muzillac, Le Guerno became a town in 1790 during the French revolution and an autonomous parish in 1802 after the Concordat. The Order of Hospitallers of Saint John of Jerusalem founded a chaplaincy here, mentioned in a charter in 1160 under the name of “Eleemosina de Guernou”, as well as a chapel which shelters a fragment of the True Cross. This chaplaincy, which possessed fief and right of justice, is joined thereafter to the commandery of Carentoir.

The city of Le Guerno has nfo on its monuments in French here: City of Le Guerno on its heritage in French

I like to tell you briefly on what is there to see me thinking that we saw and like on our trip here

The Church of Notre Dame de la Vrai Croix or Our Lady of the True Cross , founded in the 12C by the order of the Hospitallers of Saint-Jean-de-Jerusalem. It is then dedicated to Saint John the Baptist. In 1312, after the suppression of the order, the chapel takes the name of the Temple of Guernou, because of its attachment to the commandery of Carentoir.  From the 12C Chapel, only the foundations and stones used in the construction of the current church, dating from the 15C and 16C, remain.

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le guerno

The tower was erected in 1580 and renovated in 1706. Its conical roof earned it to be called pepper tower. In a chapel built in 1682, called from the Tomb, was the Christ Lying, today in the north transept. The sacristy was built in 1920. The nave, covered with a structured vault, with wood dated 1580.

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le guerno

The balustrade abundantly decorated. The baptismal font is located under the rostrum. The Choir semicircular apse, quite unusual in the 15C. In masonry, terracotta pots and vases for acoustics, openings facing the choir. 16C stained glass, restored in 1975. It has an amazing exterior pulpit c. 1575, granite stelae, an altar in the open air, which comes from the altar of a Roman temple, which was in Branféré and which was razed by the Templars, a Calvary which surmounts the altar and which is formed of a granite monolith 5 meters high, two beautiful tombstones, from the old cemetery of the town, moved in 1946.

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le guerno

There is also nice fountains such as

The Sainte-Anne fountain c.1784. It would have been built on a very old place of worship. It is a small quadrangular building, which opens to the South and East by arched and molded arches. The northern wall shelters a niche in which is a statuette of Saint Anne. The whole is surmounted by a stone canopy, supported by four columns and crowned with a cross.

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The Sainte-Marie fountain c. 1787, is located at rue du Pont-Vivier, in Branféré . Just over the city limits and as we saw the panel followed !. It is a small quadrangular building, which opens on three sides. One of the walls houses a niche. The whole is crowned by a curved dome carrying at its top a stone cross

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And a picturesque nice washhouse.

The Lavoir or washhouse c. 18C, located not far from the Sainte-Anne fountain. it is in the form of a large jacketed stone basin. You can always observe the demarcated locations of the washerwomen.

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The one decent tourist info in English is on the local tourist office of Damgan-La Roche BernardTourist office of Damgan-LA Roche Bernard on Le Guerno in English

And there you go folks , a new visited town of Le Gourno for us another dot in our world map and counting heck no way too many already!!! This is one of those places you can make a architecturally and historical stop on your way back the beaches of the Rhuys Peninsula just south of here. Hope you enjoy the post of a real off the beaten path area

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

 

 

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February 18, 2020

A revisit to Noyal Muzillac!

So here I am again on the road warrior routine in my lovely Morbihan dept 56 of my beautiful Bretagne and my belle France! There is never a dull moment when you have so much to see around you and the Hexagone…

This time is a quick trip as we have been here before but went a bit more to a new place (more later). I have written on Noyal-Muzillac before and on its main monuments this time I like to tell you about a unique Chapelle de Benqué.

The town of Noyal-Muzillac is  also part of the 12 towns of the Arc Sud Bretagne intermunicipal association and the district of Vannes. About 50 minutes from my house.

A bit of history I like repeat is that after the fall of the Roman Empire, during Breton migrations, the first parishes appeared. It was probably at this time that the parish was born with patron Saint Martin de Tours. The feudal period will see many lords settle on the land.

The French revolutionary period will soon lead the local Noyalais to support the White party and more particularly the Chouannerie.(those fighting against the French republic)

In 1802 was born in Noyal-Muzillac Julien Daniélo, literary man who became known in the Parisian literary circles. He will be the last secretary of François-René de Chateaubriand . Julien Daniélo died in Paris in 1869.

And now the feature presentation….for this post of Noyal-Muzillac.

The Chapelle de Benguë was designated in the 18C as Notre-Dame-de-la-Bénédiction. This rectangular chapel is decorated with a three-part sacristy attached to the south and dated 1768. In 1793, the chapel was burnt down by the republican Le Batteux during a punitive expedition against acts of chouannerie. The chapel preserves an altarpiece in white stone characteristic of the 18C.

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It is a simple chapel in city center and not far from the main church which have written before on it in my blog so spare the repetition. The town of Noyal-Muzillac is very Breton and has been designated as countryside heritage of Brittany/Bretagne. Lots of nice Renaissance homes here with beautiful architecture of course.

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Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

City of Noyal Muzillac on Religious heritage in French

Tourist office of Damgan, la Roche Bernard on Noyal Muzillac

This will be a nice side off the beaten path trip from when coming back from the beaches just south in the Rhuys peninsula. Hope you enjoy the post

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

 

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February 17, 2020

The Tour Maclou at MLJ!

And even thus I used to lived not far from it and did visit several times and my sons studied in higher education training for Chef here, it has been a while not written on it. So, looking back at my blog, I realise not written on an important element of the city of MLJ or Mantes La Jolie in the department 78 of the Yvelines in the region of the Ïle de France, very near Paris but sub prefecture of the dept 78 of which the prefecture and capital is Versailles.

So let me tell you about a popular monument that must be seen while in town the Tour Maclou of MLJ!

The Saint-Maclou church was one of the parish churches of the city of Mantes-la-Jolie, and was dedicated to Saint Maclou. The early church was Romanesque.

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Originally built around the beginning of the 11C, around 1015, the Saint-Maclou Church was, according to the local tradition, the Hôtel Dieu of the city. Burned by William the Conqueror in 1087 along with the rest of the city, it was rebuilt nearby towards the end of the 11C or the beginning of the 12C.

The French revolution arrived and the parish was abolished in 1791 to establish the Temple of Reason and, in order to finance the work to be done, sold the materials from the demolition of the choir and the tower. If the choir was effectively demolished, the tower, whose demolition was already scheduled, was only saved in extremis thanks to the action of the Arts Commission. The church was closed again and never served as a temple. It was sold to private individuals. In 1806, when it was no longer known what to do with the church, the walls of the nave began to collapse, so the owners were ordered to demolish all the walls until three meters above the ground, leaving only the tower and one end of the elevation facade.

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Many restorations of the tower were carried out in the second half of the 19C, accelerating until the beginning of the 20C. It was shaken by the bombings of 1944 and required numerous restorations until the 1980s before being considered restored, when it was cleaned of the pollution film that covered it.

Today there remains the 16C tower, as well as a section of the Romanesque wall, along two arcades, with the pillars of the aisle which correspond to it. The facade, although greatly altered, still has original elements. Of the primitive church, there remains the crypt. In addition, it will be noted that one of the corners of the Maclou Tower is made up of a turret surmounted by a dome which rises to the top: it is here that the spiral staircase gives access to the the top of the tower, from where the view over the Seine valley is impressive. Exceptionally, visitors have access to this part of the building, need to confirm now with the tourist office. The tower is left for immortality and very beautiful in city center Mantes La Jolie.

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Here is a bit more on it from the city of Mantes La Jolie in French: City of Mantes la Jolie on the Tour Maclou

The Saint Maclou Tower is not far from the Seine river and the Collegiale Notre Dame and the Hôtel-Dieu other nice monuments here that I had already written about. Hope you enjoy the post and I thank you for reading it.

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

February 17, 2020

Way south in the French riviera!

So I came up with this pretty town nestle between two countries in PACA or simply put the French Riviera. I seldom come down here unless is business, or winemakers’s visits but is so well known and hordes of tourists go there that has never been my fancy. However, I did go and was impressive by the scenary and the driving lol!

I had a taste of Cap d’Ail just in the border with Monte Carlo, Monaco! and stayed at the Riviera Marriott Hotel La Porte de Monaco. I ate all over but the most memorable was Amici Miei.

We were recommended the Restaurant Amici Miei at the harbor of Fontvieille facing the cliffs and on top the Prince of Monaco’s castle; lovely.  This is an Italian restaurant cook by mamma herself and husband serves you with all the dishes explanation. The top is the son who is also a server comes to pick us up from the hotel and back, style chic this is after all the French Riviera.  The official restaurant webpage and highly recommended is here: Official restaurant Amici Miei

This is Fontvieille in French on its heritage, something to be back for.  City of Fontvieille on things to see

I have done a couple of entries on this area so will be brief and show you couple of pictures of the wonderful natural setting of the area I like.

Cap d’Ail, was until 1860, attached to the County of Nice. It was in 1908 that Cap d’Ail, which depended on La Turbie, became a fully-fledged town. The area around is bordered today on the north by the La Turbie. / Isola 2000, 105 km. Grenoble, 340 km.  Lyon, 492 km. and Paris, 954 km away.  To the east: border with the Fontvieille district of Monaco.  Menton, 16 km.  Ventimiglia (Italy), 29 km away. Sanremo (Italy), 59 km. Genoa (Italy), 183 km. /Rome (Italy), 694 km away. Towards the west: border with Èze. / Beaulieu-sur-Mer, 9 km. Nice, 18 km away.  Toulon, 170 km. and Marseille, 226 km. So literally all closer to Italy

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The roads are breathtaking here and I love it for it. I had a car so the driving was awesome. The best roads are the RD 6098 (basse corniche) and RD 6007 (formerly RN7 – called moyenne corniche and also called avenue Prince-Rainier-III-de-Monaco on its northern periphery. By the sea, the coastal path is an old, redeveloped course of 3,600 m joining the Mala and Marquet beaches via the Pointe des Douaniers. The train station and airport are all at Nice. The path is wonderful and explain better here in English from Cap tourist office: Tourist office of Cap d’Ail on the seashore walks

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There are wonderful layback harbors even an artificial one at  Cap-d’Ail on the extreme south and its northern quay is the frontier with  Monaco at Fontvieille as well as the eastern part of the town. An interesting phenomena that many times could not tell the difference whether I was in France or Monaco lol! 

There are, also, the Port Hercule or Port of Monaco. The port of Monaco consists of two ports, one natural, the Hercule port having been the subject of an extension by a floating concrete dam, the other artificial, the port of Fontvieille built in at the same time as the extension of the Fontvieille district on the sea. Its webpage in English is here: Ports of Monaco

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And Port Lympia or Port de Nice. Today it is the main port facility in Nice. There is also a small port in the Carras district. The port of Nice is divided into the Commercial port at the entrance and the marina at the bottom. More info here in English: Port of Nice

The Cap d’Ail tourist info is here in English: Tourist office of Cap d’Ail

The town also has several villas. I mentioned my favorites with nice architectural features I like:

 Villa du Roc Fleuri  and its botanical park and garden. Villa Perles Blanches  or  Villa Lumière  of the Lumière Brothers at 8 avenue Chales Blanc. Villa Les Funambules and the park Sacha Guitry. Villa Les Camélias at 17 avenue Raymond Gramaglia. . Villa Paloma at 16 avenue Raymond Gramaglia. Villa Les Violettes at 15 avenue François-de-May. Villa Les Mouettes at 6 avenue Raymond Gramaglia.. Villa Mirasol at 5 avenue Charles Blanc. Villa Primavera at the Moyenne Corniche road.

Other monuments to see are the Église Notre-Dame-du-Cap-Fleuri at 68 avenue du 3 septembre. Château de l’Hermitage at 37 avenue du 3 septembre Château des Terrasses at 89 avenue du 3 septembre. And the Tour Abeille and Villa Sarrasine.at 51 avenue du 3 septembre.

Some famous spent time here or lived are

Winston Churchill    was the honorary mayor of  Cap d’Ail Didier Deschamps  born at  Bayonne World Cup Champion football/soccer live in  Cap d’Ail. Sacha Guitry in 1927 acquired the Villa Les Funambules. The Lumière  Brothers Auguste and Louis. They owned the villa Perles Blanches at  avenue Charles Blanc. And André Malraux  He and Josiane Clotis lived in the  villa Les Camélias .

Again, the place is very chic upscale and nice. The kind of place you can dream of retiring too lol! A bit slow pace for me, too up the ladder but worth a visit in my belle France.

Hope you have enjoy the post, and remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!

February 17, 2020

A little Chapel in a little town, Ernée!

SO here I am again for another off the beaten path of my belle France. I am on the road a lot in this beautiful country and passed by many wonders, usually no time to stop and just marked it for later returns and in depth views. Or bring the family over for a nice day out or weekend or more.

One of these small towns I passed by and brings good souvenirs of passing on the job and then bringing the family over on a non toll ride to Paris/Versailles area. The little town is Ernée in the department of the Mayenne no. 53 in the Pays de la Loire region.  And the little Chapel is right there on the road N12 each time so let me tell you a bit on the Chapelle de Charné

The town of Ernée is cut by the river that flows through the town, of the same  name. This river creates the Ernée valley and leads to a body of water integrated into the city.

The town of Ernée of course has no train station, however, the TGV train station in Laval located less than 30 km away, takes you /from Paris Montparnasse in about 1.5 hours away . Ernée is also served by bus lines 104, 105 of the Pégase network in the Mayenne dept 53, connecting the city of Mayenne and Laval passing by Ernée. You can look up bus line 116 as well. Their current schedule is here: ALEOP transports of Pays de la Loire region

Of course, we go by car here on the N12 long trip without tolls or taxes to Paris/Versailles and the round trip is done by here. We gas up and have a snack on our way , especially at the Au Ptit Bistro, a nice rest area and picturesque little town. The businesses webpage is here in French: Heart of the town of Ernee on restos hotels etc

A bit of history I like of Ernée

In 1231, after the truce concluded in Saint-Aubin-du-Cormier, on July 4, between Queen Blanche of Castile, (mother of St Louis or Louis IX) regent, and Pierre Mauclerc, Duke of Brittany, the city of Ernée is the place of the interview between Pierre Mauclerc and Philippe Hurepel, the king’s uncle. This interview ended with a solemn exchange of oaths.

Some things to see here are

The Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption Church which dominates the town with its high bell tower. It was consecrated in 1697. The Chapel of Charné 13C altered in the 15C and later 17C. Also, Roman Antiquities. The Château de Pannard 16C of Renaissance style. The local museum of prehistory. The Louis-Derbré cultural space: foundry workshop, sculpture garden and open-air theater. The Dolmen of Contrie. . And The Covered Alley of the Tardivière.

The one I like to tell you today is special because I passed by here often very often on the N12 road and see it all the time, a nice view on the road warrior trips of mine.  The Chapelle de Charné is the old parish church of Ernée. The chapel is on the edge of the N 12 road, called route de Paris exactly at local 32 Avenue de Paris.

Ernee

The existence of the Church of Charné is attested for the first time around 1150. The church was dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, whose Assumption was especially honored. In the 17C, people came from all around Charné, to give worship of the imposing statue of Notre Dame, very old, but of which we know neither the date nor the craftsman. It is in oak, measures 1m30 and, according to the attitude of the Virgin, the rusticity of the presentation, the drapery of the clothes, it seems to be from the 13C.  Mary holds in her hand the scepter, symbol of power, and Jesus, the cross on the terrestrial globe, symbol of royalty and redemption.

In 1793, during the French revolution and in the context of the anti-religious struggle, the chapel was closed and the entrance guarded to prevent access. It was sold as national property, but a certain Le Nicolais, although a member of the revolutionary committee, hid the statue in a barrel in his cellar where it remained until 1800. Marie had regard to this gesture of piety; he died christianly.

However the Chapelle de Charné threatened ruin and its disappearance seemed inexorable when it was put up for sale a third time in 1807. It was then a humble servant, Anne Vauloup, who offered all her savings, obtained a deposit on her wages, begged to Ernée and surroundings, which, on January 18, 1808, had the joy of being awarded the chapel and cemetery. She immediately donated it to the Charity Office of the city on the express condition that the chapel remained for the use of Catholic worship. She reserved for her only one place in the cemetery. She rests there, a little to the right, opposite the west entrance to the chapel. A city street now bears her name.

The Chapelle de Charné, with its Romanesque tower, is the remains of an old church which was demolished at the end of the 17C. It is surrounded by its classified cemetery where there are very ancient tombs.   The construction of the central part and the choir can be dated to the beginning of the 13C. The nave was destroyed around 1690, during the construction of the ND Church of Ernée. Consecrated on June 29, 1697, the ND Church of Ernée replaces the Charné as a parish church.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

City of Ernee on the Chapel of Charne

Tourist office Pays de la Loire on the Chapel of Charne

And there you go  a nice ride by and rest stop with a nice monument to boot, this is my belle France. Hope you enjoy the post and more take a ride by Ernée in real French country!

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

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February 16, 2020

Ramparts of Guérande!

And I come back to a very familiar town, there is plenty written in my blog on it but feel the part of the ramparts are not; this is Guérande. I did came here a lot to visit collegues and get some Clisson wine , however, do not know now as my best friend left France for work to Canada.

I like to tell you a bit more on the ramparts of Guérande! Awesome!! a must to visit!!!

The ramparts are fortifications that surround the medieval city of Guérande, in the Loire-Atlantique department 44 of the Pays de la Loire region. The medieval city of Guérande is one of the few to have preserved its ramparts in their entirety. It is also one of the best-preserved in France. It has been little altered since its main construction phase in the 15C and very little restored in the 19C. It currently includes 10 towers, 4 doors, two of which are flanked by towers, and a postern which opened in the 19C, connected by a curtain, over a length of 1.434 meters.

Guerande

The gates or portes are :

Porte Saint-Michel , the Châtelet reported around 1350, refurbished around 1440-1450, the cover was put in place in the 17C. Restored in the 19C. The Châtelet includes a Museum of the Friends of Guérande, founded in 1928, which brings together an interesting collection of headdresses and traditional costumes from the peninsula, as well as archaeological collections and the Treasury of the Collegiate Church of Saint Aubin de Guérande. This gate dominates the Place du Marché au Bois square.

 Guerande

Porte Vannetaise (you got it we come thru here from Vannes!): 13C. It is one of the oldest elements of the enclosure, it is of “Philippian” style. Some authors put forward the hypothesis that this gate was one of the elements of the Castle, or fortified Logis serving as a residence for the Dukes of Brittany, others, that it was linked to the residence of the bishop of Nantes called the bishopric.

Guerande

 

Porte de Saillé: 16C. As for the Porte de Bizienne (more recent), the Saillé gate is made up of only one simple opening apparently little fortified, in fact the external earthen fortifications, leveled in the 18C, ensured this defensive function. The surrounding wall between the Porte de Saillé and the Poterne du Tricot, is dated according to some authors of the 12C and would therefore constitute the oldest surviving element of the first enclosure of Guérande.

Guerande

Porte Bizienne: historians assume that the name of this gate originates from a noblemen of Guérande. It is the most recent element of the fortified enclosure.

Guerande

The towers or tours of the enclosure are 7 towers and these are the Saint-Jean tower (early 15C), the Sainte-Catherine tower (collapsed in early 1818, now disappeared), the Abreuvoir tower (1460-1470), the Gaudinais tower (mid 15C), the Kerbernet tower (mid 15C), the Sainte-Anne tower (mid 15C) and the Theological tower.

The roads and moats around the ramparts are:

The mail or boulevard, built at the end of the 15C or at the beginning of the 16C, located between the Saint-Michel gate and the Saillé gate for the part still preserved, constituted a first line of defense, reinforcing the ramparts becoming less effective with the development of attack artillery, and moreover made it possible to deploy cannons. Its current appearance results from the installations of the Duke of Aiguillon who made it enhance and transform into a tree-lined promenade. This hill derives its name from the mall, an ancestor of croquet a sport which the gentlemen practiced.

Guerande

The moats, originally dry, were dug between the Mail and the ramparts to strengthen the fortifications. They once completely surrounded the fortified enclosure. However, they were partly blocked because of the odor they gave off (part of the inhabitants threw their waste there). A part was however preserved between the Bizienne gate and the Vannetaise gate.

Some webpages in French for more better info to help you plan your trip here are

City of Guérande on the ramparts

Tourist office of La Baule-Guerande in English on the ramparts

Tourist office of the Loire Atlantique dept 44 on the ramparts of Guerande

A wonderful town in old Bretagne and very much like to visited for various reasons as above. Hope you enjoy the ramparts of Guérande! A must to see indeed

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

 

 

February 16, 2020

My other boy, Rex!!!

Seen pictures of dogs and I go crazy, love them to death/ One of men’s and probably the best friend indeed.  I have written on my dog Rex before but seeing post on dogs made me write again about him who just happened to be laydown just below me as I write!

A bit of a recap on previous posts.

I always had dogs in my single life; and even as I was married back in 1990 with my Frenchie Martine. Once boys came to be all 3 of them I stopped having them and gave my current dog Maite to my parents. As my boys became older, the need to have a dog grew , but my wife wanted none of it. Finally, we convince her as the boys also wanted a dog. She was very enthusiastic once the decision taken, and was the first one to go and buy him a bed ,and ball toys etc. Unfortunately, she could not enjoy it fully as passed away from cancer. My boy Rex is my legacy of her and it is treated like a son in our house.

He is Rex, we got him from a dairy farm near me at 4 mos old a mix Border Collier and Labrador as commonly call Boradors. He is as gentle and protective as can be expected from  a farm dog.  He is now 27 months old fully black with white toes and 26 kg or about 57 pounds healthy as he can be with regular visits to the Vet at the Clinique Vétérinaire du Chêne, gourmet type dog food at Maxi Zoo with now a store closer to us in Vannes, and beauty salon baths cuts etc in our town at Tou Beau Tou Propre.

My boys takes him to the local big park Goh Lanno which of course I have written before on all the previous places above.  And he is very goood boy , very gentle , loving and we love him back hugely. We have taken him in the car to the Maxi Zoo store and to eat outs all very good. We are lucky to live in a house with a huge patio 1000 sq meters or about 10760 sq feet. That is him below with a neighbor apple in his mouth lol!!

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On our last family trip with the boys we went to Toulouse and we took him with us and was perfect! Walk all over Toulouse with us!!! and even went ok to restaurants. We went to Lavaur and did the same thing , a pleasant outing. We take him to different parks now and already on schedule to go out on vacation with us again in May’20!

Toulouse

Lavaur

He likes Goh Lanno but also the pointe des Immigrés littoral park in Vannes! And right now we cannot think of doing nothing without him. And gladly ,nowdays there is plenty here to go around with a dog.

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He is still laying down by me as always the protective guy, if I leave the chair he follows me everywhere in the house even the toilet which I need to close the door or he goes in too lol!!!

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He is a good French dog as he loves the baguette bread! and just eats everything, we need to control it because he doesn’t stop eating if we let him. My luck is that with 3 grown men around the house they do most of the work ! and love him too , he wakes them up in the mornings as when I leave I open the upstairs door and goes into their bedroom to lick them up!!

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Overall, it was the best thing that can happen to me after the shock and now he is nosing up my arms because he wants attention, he says I do too much writings lol!!!!

Do you have dogs? or family member with dogs? How are they? I am on a borador group and is great interaction with the dog owners!!! Anyway have a great doggy day y’all

And remember, happy travels (with dogs better), good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

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