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September 24, 2022

The Palladium of Prague !

I have been several times to Prague , and the Czech Republic and enjoyed it very much. However, after seeing so much monuments , and especially in the main square saw this building and it is the Palladium mall so went in as curiosity struck, Glad I did , it is a wonderful building very modern with all amenities and did some shopping too ! Let me update this older post for you and me.

Well not the crazy shopping guy, and which guy is it? However, I do like to go to the quant stores as well as the big shopping center/Malls in the cities I visit and see the difference in display, store names, and prices. This was no difference once into Prague daytime.  I came by chance as was close to my hotel, the Palladium shopping center and was pleasantly surprise. Immediately set in to my territory and explore it all on a couple of visits.  Palladium as said is a shopping mall in Prague. Opened in 2007, at the site of the former barracks, the site where Palladium stands was under control of the Army for more than two hundred years (1780s — 1996). until being sold in 1996.

The Palladium that mixes ancient and modern architecture with five-level center, which houses 180 shops and 20 restaurants, is located in the Nové Město district at Namesti Republiky. The Metro station Náměstí Republiky (Republic square) on line B  or the tram stop Náměstí Republiky for overground public transport. I did not came by car but good to know! The 24-hour Palladium parking garage, the largest parking garage in Prague (district center 1), is located under the popular shopping mall. This safe and pleasant parking garage boasts 900 parking spaces on three underground floors; the parking garage is conveniently accessed by ramp from Revoluční Street.

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It is one of the biggest shopping centers in the Czech Republic. It is directly opposite another shopping center, the Kotva Department Store. It also has a market right in front in Republic square.

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It is also possible to make a lunch break at the Palladium; the top floor of the shopping center is entirely dedicated to catering. A wide choice is available: juice bars, fast food, traditional Czech cuisine, Italian cuisine, Asian cuisine… There are also many banks and telephone operators. Some of my favorites when stopping by are the Costa Coffee shop and Pizza Hut !  as well as for the boys JRC Gamecentrum and Comics Point, and my Samsung. As to clothing I go for Lacoste, Hugo Boss, C&A, Bata shoes, and Adidas. All in very nice surroundings.

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All in a glamorous Republic square or Náměstí Republiky in nice Prague. A different visit from the loaded places to see there,see my previous posts on Prague, and the Czech Republic.

The official Palladium mall:https://www.palladiumpraha.cz/en/center-map/

The Prague tourist office on the Palladium: https://www.prague.eu/en/object/places/428/palladium

The Yelp reviews on the Palladium: https://www.yelp.com/biz/palladium-praha

There you go folks, another surprise nice reprive from the sightseeings in Prague and good for the whole family. Hope you enjoy the post and shopping as I in the Palladium of Prague !

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

September 24, 2022

The Liebfrauenkirche or Notre Dame Church of Koblenz !

As said many posts on it but usually went like the road warrior that I am and feel not given credit to some of the monuments enough. So, I am back for the details of the many beautiful things to see in Koblenz. This one escaped me do not know why but only had briefly mentioned in my previous posts on the city. Therefore, let me tell you a bit more on the Notre Dame Church of Koblenz or the Liebfrauenkirche. Koblenz is a pretty 2,000-year-old German town located in the UNESCO World Heritage Upper Middle Rhine area with much to see. We like the city and came back for more!

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The Notre Dame Church is the oldest church in Koblenz, and always been the parish church as well. The origins of the Notre Dame Church (Our Lady), go back to a Late Antique hall church from the time of the Roman Emperor Valerian approx. 350 AD.  Although what’s seen today dates from the 12C with later 15C additions, evidence concludes that a Roman 5C place of worship stood on this spot. Initial construction lasted from 1180 to approximately 1250; the Gothic chancel began in 1401 and the Baroque onion towers with four bells, famous for tolling the Reveler’s Bell at 22h each night, date from 1693.

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In the late Gothic period, the Liebfrauenkirche underwent significant changes and expansions. At the beginning of the 15C, the main apse was laid down and from 1404 to 1430, today’s late Gothic long choir was added to the Romanesque choir. Between 1463 and 1466 the gallery floor between the two towers was raised by one floor and the Romanesque rose window in the facade was replaced by a very large late Gothic tracery window. In 1486/1487 the Romanesque vault in the nave was removed and replaced by a rich star vault with decorated keystones. At the same time, the upper story windows were replaced by today’s late Gothic windows with fish bubble tracery.

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The lower part of the large facade window was bricked up in 1702 in order to be able to place the large niche figure of Our Lady above the portal. The portal itself was replaced in 1765 by today’s pointed arch gate. A baroque sacristy was built behind the choir in 1776.  From 1852, the church was restored in the neo-Romanesque style. For example, the raised floors of the 18C were lowered, a new stone west gallery was installed and wall breakthroughs in the choir were carried out. Most of the baroque furnishings in the church disappeared, as they were replaced by stylish pieces in the neo-Romanesque style, which in turn were largely eliminated after WWII.

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During the exterior renovation from 1971 to 1974, the choir and nave were given a color version based on the medieval model. The sanctuary was redesigned from 1976 to 1980. The new main altar made of Savonnières limestone was created . The back of the panels of the altarpiece was painted as a fasting image with the Arma Christi, the tools of Christ’s suffering. In 1992 the church received new figural choir windows, and which replaced simpler glazing from the time of the reconstruction. Two attractive new stain glass windows portraying the theme “Women in the history of salvation” were added in 1992. The interior, in which the Romanesque part and the Gothic. From 2005 to November 2007 the choir was restored, on the outside of which the Gothic ornamentation and the masonry had shown major damage. From March to September 2007 the church organ was overhauled and rebuilt. Since 1999 the Catholic parishes of Liebfrauen (Notre Dame) and Herz-Jesu (Jesuists) have formed a parish community and have a common pastor. In 2005 the parish of St. Kastor was added to this community.

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The Koblenz tourist office on the Notre Dame Church: https://www.koblenz-tourism.com/culture/churches-in-koblenz/liebfrauenkirche.html

There you go folks, now I feel better telling you about Koblenz and the Notre Dame Church. Hope you have enjoyed the post and do visit it ,is worth it me think.

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

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September 23, 2022

Mariacki is Krakow !

I need to update this older post of a wonderful experience. It was a surprise visit not planned but end up in Krakow, Poland. I had the opportunity to walk all over the center and of course have other posts on the city. However, I think should give more credit to St Mary’s square or Mariacki and the basilica  and nice buildings there. Therefore here is my brief story on Mariacki is Krakow !

Mariacki Square is in the Old Town adjacent to the Main Square. In the center of the square is the St. Mary’s Church. The square was created after 1802 on the site of the liquidated parish cemetery at St. Mary’s Church. The area of the former cemetery is now lined with white cubes. The southern part of the square is decorated with a “pigeon well” with a bronze figure. The well and the figure is an enlarged replica of one of the sculptures of the prophets from the frame of the central wardrobe of the altar of the Church.. It is a gift of Krakow craftsmen for the city made in 1958. The Mariacki square (St Mary) which adjoins the Notre-Dame (St Mary) Church was from the Middle Ages to the last years of the 18C, the burial place of many generations of Kracovians (local residents).

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The main monument here and a must to see stand alone is the St Mary’s Basilica.  The St. Mary’s Basilica ,(see post), also Our Lady (Notre Dame) Basilica built in the 14C in the former capital of Poland; Krakow.  The official St Mary’s Basilicahttps://mariacki.com/en/

There are several other prominent buildings at the Plac Mariacki; will tell my favorites.

At No. 2 – tenement of St. Mary’s penitentiary priests, was built at the end of the 14C. In 1637, penitents purchased this tenement house from the Ryniewicz family. The final appearance of the building was given in the second half of the 19C.

No. 3 Hipolitów house – a burgher’s tenement house. Many old architectural details have been preserved: stone Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque portals, beam ceilings, rich stuccoes, paintings from the 18C. Once the facade was decorated with graffito decoration. The name of the house comes from its former owners – an Italian merchant family.

No. 4 at corner with Szpitalna str is the Prałatówka residence – built in the 17C for the archbishops of the basilica; the only example of an early Baroque-style residence in Krakow that has not undergone any changes: its portal is adorned with the Latin phrase Pateat amicis and miseris, meaning that this house is open to friends and the poor   Inside the house there are chambers, wooden ceilings, and antique stuccos in the hall.

The square also accommodates a second, smaller house of worship: the gothic Ste Barbara Church, dating back to the 14C and sitting atop the remains of Jakub Wujek, a 16C Jesuit priest who was the first person to translate the Bible to Polish. Behind the Church Ste. Barbara’s facade actually faces Maly Rynek no. 9 is the Ogrojec, a Late Gothic annex once serving the function of a cemetery chapel.

No. 8 – Dom Pod Ogrojcem, formerly it was decorated by the statue of Veit Stoss “Christ in the Garden”. Before WWI, the owner of the house, a well-known Krakow merchant and social activist, offered it to the National Museum, and replaced it with a copy that stands today.

No. 9 – at the corner of Mariacki Square and the Main Square stands the house of Cielcie, where Stanisław Wyspiański lived and wrote before the reconstruction . This fact is commemorated with a plaque . The house standing here is currently treated as an example of Art Nouveau architecture.

The official Krakow tourist officehttps://visitkrakow.com/sightseeing-in-krakow/

The official Poland tourist board on Krakowhttps://www.poland.travel/en/cities/krakow

There you go folks, a nice wonderful walks full of architecture and history of Poland all around you. Hope you enjoy the tour of St Mary’s square in Krakow!

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

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September 23, 2022

The Domaine de Villarceaux !!

This will be an update of a wonderful off the beaten path site of my belle France. There was a farmer’s market here and my dear late wife Martine was up for it while we lived in Versailles. It was a wonderful experience in a domain or castle property; we came back a couple more times before leaving for Bretagne. I like to tell you a bit more on the  Domaine de Villarceaux. Hope you enjoy this find of my belle France.

This is the Domaine de Villarceaux in the dept 95 of Val d’Oise ,region of Île de France. The Domaine de Villarceaux, is located in the middle of the park or parc naturel régional du Vexin français along the A15 road direction Rouen from Paris, my favorite way to get here while living in Versailles. Somehow I found how to get there by car not easy there is nothing else really, this is deep country.

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A bit of history I like. Well, the main structure here is a castle from the 12-13C.  It was part of the defensive line to Paris from Normandy and on the 16C it becames an agriculture area. By the 17C it houses memorabilia of the love affaires of Louis de Mornay, marquis de Villarceaux, and Ninon de Lenclos. In the 18C Charles-Jean-Baptiste du Tillet, marquis de la Bussière, nephew of the Marquis de Villarceaux, inherits the property. He dismantled it from a feudal look and built the castle we see today.  In 1989, the regional council government of the region of Île-de-France agrees to it’s renovation and maintenance as well as open it to the public.  They signed a leasing bail for 99 years with the Fondation Charles Léopold Mayer. Eventually, it opened to the public in 1990.

You will find in this wonderful property Domaine de Villarceaux are the tour des condamnés  or tour Saint-Nicolas , and the Pavillon de Ninon. These common areas form an enclosure with two other smaller towers or tours still visible. One of the them houses the artisans working there, and the best for the visit me think. They were completely renovated in the 16C. The pavillon de Ninon is a building with nice decorations from the 16C and 17C and it’s open in rare occasions and for small groups, you can ask to see it. The Tour Saint Nicolas and the medieval terraces with medicinal plants is open to visitors. The Parterre sur l’Eau are a rare example of the jardin sur l’eau or garden over water.   The miroir de Ninon 17C a water space in mirror because the castle from high up reflects on the water with a nice cascade.

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And the castle high up or château dit du haut. Done in the 17C , this is the new castle done by the Marquis de la Bussiére. The windows are big with nice views towards the French gardens on the hills of the castle all the way afar. You can see the country side of the Vexin from here too. The Vertugadin from the 18C name from the skirt weared by the women of the times. It gives you a perspective of view from the high terraces to the lake 530 meters or about 1749 feet further down! Statues of the 17C and 18C coming from Rome (palace Altieri) and of Côme (Villa d’Este) are all along the promenade.  The  cour d’Honneur from the 18C; encircled by the common buildings and the coat of arms of the owner as well as a Chapel dedicated to Saint Antoine and Saint Michel. it allows the carriages to arrive on the hills high ground of the castle. There is great view from here too. There are moats on the borders to stop the access without hiding the view like a wall would. The Orangerie 19C with two greenhouses one warm and the other cool to cultivate oranges and exotic fruits . They were conserved in a fridge underground still in the park; and ice was taken from here to mix with the grass and keep for the summer.

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They organised a nice market there like in the old days which we visited on several occasions .  These are call the European Days of Trades of Art, with artisans in the common building showcasing all kinds of old and new trades. As well as a gourmand market later on in the year.  The official Bergerie de Villarceaux: http://www.bergerie-villarceaux.org/index.php?page=english

Further for biking, walking, and car driving pleasures you can see the brochure and go onto the Parc Naturel Régional du Vexin Français (see post), a wonderful regional park we used to all over and got our provisions from the countryside.  Just contact the Maison du Parc for activities when you are here and guidance. webpage: http://www.pnr-vexin-francais.fr/fr/le-parc/maison-du-parc/

The official Île de France on the Domaine: https://villarceaux.iledefrance.fr/

The Val d’Oise dept 95 tourist office on the Domainehttps://www.valdoise-tourisme.com/fiches/domaine-de-villarceaux/

Now as said not easy to find, this is deep country so will give some directions as worth the detour me think.  How to get there as said the way is by car this is countryside the best in France are found like this. The town of the Domaine de Villarceaux is Chaussy with zip/postal code 95710, By car:

From Paris by the A15 up by Gennevilliers and direction Cergy-Pontoise this same road becomes the N14 and you passed the many town this is also direction Rouen, but exits for Magny-en-Vexin, take the D86 exit towards Hodent / Vernon. From there, follow the signs “Domaine de Villarceaux”. Go through Hodent, then turn left on the D171, then 2 km further, slight turn on the left. Go past the entrance to the castle car park, or continue to the Bergerie at 250 meters further on the right.

From Paris by the A14 / A13 this is the Autoroute de Normandie direction Mantes la Jolie/Rouen. Once on the A13, take Exit 11 towards Mantes-la-Jolie-Centre / Mantes-la-Ville-Centre / Limay / Guerville. Follow direction Beauvais on the D983. At Drocourt, turn left towards Chaussy / Villers-en-Arthies on the D142. After passing Villers, follow the signs “Domaine de Villarceaux” and/or “Ferme de la Bergerie“. Hope it helps!

There you go folks, an off the beaten path of the region of Paris, yes we have countryside just near! The bounties of my belle France and my former region of Île de France. Enjoy the time spent at Domaine de Villaceaux !

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

September 23, 2022

Curiosities of Lanvaudan !

And I continue my road warrior rides into my beautiful Morbihan; this is glorious! I have other posts on Lanvaudan but this is a repeat visit with new pictures.  Lanvaudan is located in my beautiful Morbihan department 56 , in my lovely region of Bretagne. The town is best known for its old rural habitat which has been largely preserved with its low freestone houses and thatched roofs.  There is no city / town hall as the town is less than 1K folks, the office locally is at 1, Place de la Mairie. Lanvaudan takes its name from its patron Saint Maudez or Maudan; it is literally Maudan territory.

The Calvary of the Lanvaudan cemetery is located on the place de l’église or church square in Lanvaudan. This is the cross of the old cemetery of the parish church of Lanvaudan, and it dates from the 17C, and bears the date of 1647, This Calvary rests on a wide flared base, supporting three pedestals. The central plinth carries a large stone shaft, surmounted by Christ on the cross accompanied by royal crowns. On either side, the other two pedestals bear one a statue of the Virgin, the other a statue of Saint John.

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There is a well (puit) with sculpted uprights, and the well and the Lion’s niche located right against a house across from the St Maudez Church, It is of granite doghouse from 1701, surmounted by a curly heraldic animal, a lion whose hindquarters disappear into the front wall. A cylindrical coping well with granite supports and winch cover, dated 1803.

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The town of Lanvaudan on its heritage: http://lanvaudan.fr/patrimoine/

The Lorient south Brittany tourist office on Lanvaudan: https://www.lorientbretagnesudtourisme.fr/fr/villes-et-villages/lanvaudan/

There you go folks another dandy road warrior ride into inland Morbihan and more architecture and history beauties near me. Hope you enjoy this latest post on the Curiosities of Lanvaudan as I !

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

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September 23, 2022

Back to the Church Saint Maudez of Lanvaudan !

And I continue my road warrior rides into my beautiful Morbihan; this is glorious! I have other posts on Lanvaudan but this is a repeat visit with new pictures.  Lanvaudan is located in my beautiful Morbihan  department 56 , in my lovely region of Bretagne. The town is best known for its old rural habitat which has been largely preserved with its low freestone houses and thatched roofs.  There is no city / town hall as the town is less than 1K folks, the office locally is at 1, Place de la Mairie. Lanvaudan takes its name from its patron Saint Maudez or Maudan; it is literally Maudan territory.

The Church of Saint-Maudez or Saint-Mandé is at place Saint-Maudé. The parish church was built in 1642 and dedicated to Saint Maudez, a monk of the 5-6C. The first church was mentioned in the 14C. The first was destroyed and a second church was built in 1642. The Church is constructed in a refined way, formed of simples lines, on the basis of a Latin cross plane to a nave and flat bedside walls are built of granite and stone and the roof is covered with slate.

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The parish of Lanvaudan is mentioned, in 1387, in the titles of the chapter, with the same spelling as today ; it is a name which has not changed. The parish church, dedicated to Saint Mandé or Maudez , abbot of the 6C, was rebuilt in 1642, in the shape of a Latin cross. The secondary altars are under the invocation of the Blessed Virgin and Saint Roch. This is a simple country church, but all around it is very picturesque and architecturally stunning, Near by you will see a well of the old presbytery (17C), built into the wall of the old presbytery; the bread oven of the former presbytery; and an 18C cross, from the cemetery, has also been preserved.

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The town of Lanvaudan on its heritage: http://lanvaudan.fr/patrimoine/

The Lorient south Brittany tourist office on Lanvaudan: https://www.lorientbretagnesudtourisme.fr/fr/villes-et-villages/lanvaudan/

There you go folks another dandy road warrior ride into inland Morbihan and more architecture and history beauties near me. Hope you enjoy this latest post on the Church of Saint Maudez of Lanvaudan as I !

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

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September 22, 2022

Back to the Church Notre Dame of Kernascléden !

I am doing my best to introduce you to the off the beaten paths of my Brittany. Hope you are enjoying the ride as much as we do. This time the main topic is our wonderful  Kernascléden! The city center or Bourg here is located 13 km from Faouët, 11 km from Guémené-sur-Scorff and 29 km from Lorient, It is about 42 km from my house. I am taking you back to the Church Notre Dame, again. See my previous post on it, and hope you enjoy the post as I.

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The Church of Notre Dame  is a granite church built in the style of the flamboyant Gothic, and you see on the outside, the beautiful flat bedside, the “men’s Porch” and the “ladies ‘ porch” each supporting a delicately serrated spoof of a shelter the statues of the once-polychrome Saints. The imposing church has been nicknamed “The Queen of the Breton Chapels”, a marvel of Gothic art.

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The Church of Notre Dame is a high place of pilgrimage, and was built between 1420 and 1464, It will become parish church in 1908, It also has exceptional polychrome murals from the 3rd quarter of the 15C, produced by four groups of different artists, Bretons for the macabre dance and the spectacle of hell, of the French school for the musical angels and the life of Christ. The church of Kernascléden has all the riches of flamboyant Gothic architecture. To these are added, inside, the mural frescoes which constitute one of the examples of French art of the 15C such as under the vaults of the north brace: the Musician Angels and the Ascension; on the choir, scenes from the life of Mary and Jesus; and under the south transept, the Danse Macabre and the Representation of Hell.  Note in particular, in the porch of the apostles, the openwork foliage. Never had so much virtuosity been deployed to excavate a granite that was so rebellious with a chisel.

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The city of Kernascladen on the Notre Dame Church: https://www.kernascleden.com/

The Pays du Roi Morvan regional tourist office on the church: https://www.tourismepaysroimorvan.com/en/preparing-your-stay/to-see-and-do/religious-heritage/churches/eglise-notre-dame-1051303

There you go folks, again some wonderful town of off the beaten path of my beautiful Morbihan. We crossed the dept 56 and region of Brittany to show you not only France is the most visited country in the world, but Brittany is the third most visited region of France! Hope you enjoy the post on the Church Notre Dame of Kernascléden as I.

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

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September 22, 2022

Curiosities of Kenascléden !

I am doing my best to introduce you to the off the beaten paths of my Brittany. Hope you are enjoying the ride as much as we do. This time the main topic is our wonderful  Kernascléden! The city center or Bourg here is located 13 km from Faouët, 11 km from Guémené-sur-Scorff and 29 km from Lorient, It is about 42 km from my house. These are new pictures and text but do see my other posts on the town. For now ,enjoy the curiosities of Kenascléden !

The Maison de la Chauve-Souris or house of bats opened in 2006, after many years, one of the largest colonies of Greater Horseshoe Bats in Brittany has taken up residence in the attic of the Church Notre Dame. Several hundred individuals gather there in summer to give birth to their only baby.The museum completely restored in 2019, the ecomuseum is divided into 9 rooms over an area of 400 m² of scenography. Accessible from the age of 3, each room has its own adapted modules, photos, illustrations, videos and even a unique immersive sound room! The route ends with the live observation of the Greater Horseshoe Bats via remote controllable cameras. The top floor opens onto the reconstruction of a real attic allowing you to play the apprentice chiropterologist, equipped with a flashlight in search of hidden bats.

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The Puits or wells of Ti Er Mad, These wells, consist of two molded pillars resting on a wide coping and supporting a lintel, all in granite in Brittany ; but notice balls on the wells quite characteristic in Morbihan , According to tradition, the number of studs or balls on the top of the lintel indicates the number of families who were allowed to draw water from it. This right would initially correspond to those having allowed the well to be dug. In fact, few could afford a well.

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The Maison de la Chauve-souris: https://www.maisondelachauvesouris.com/la-maison-de-la-chauve-souris/

The city of Kernascladen on the bats in the Notre Dame Churchhttps://www.kernascleden.com/

There you go folks, again some wonderful town of off the beaten path of my beautiful Morbihan. We crossed the dept 56 and region of Brittany to show you not only France is the most visited country in the world, but Brittany is the third most visited region of France! Hope you enjoy this post on the Curiosities of Kernascléden as I.

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

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September 22, 2022

Curiosities of Guémené sur Scorff !

The town of Guémené sur Scorff is in my beautiful Morbihan and lovely Bretagne, Another off the beaten path place with pretty architecture of its monuments. This is a return visit and tell you about the curiosities of Guémené sur Scorff ! The town is about 43 km from my house, Hope you enjoy the post as I,

The halles were first built in 1634, and were located on what is now Place Loth. They housed the grain and flour market, the displays of sheets and linens, wholesalers and retailers alike. Sold in 1809, then acquired by the town in 1870 ; it was decided in 1923 to destroy it, safety and health being in question. Now Place des Halles,and rename Place Joseph-Loth, named after the linguist historian who was born in one of the houses there. Today, a new Halle built on rue Emile-Mazé, at the level of the intergenerational garden. With more than 100 m2, this halle will house public toilets and will offer a shaded area where some outdoor events can be organized in open air.

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The Hôpital Alfred Brard hospital is located at rue Emile Mazé, A bit of history I like : The first hospital was done in 1642 and was located at rue Neuve, the hospices became very dilipated and insufficient, In 1912, thanks to deputy Alfred Brard a new hospital was done at the place call Le Belvédére ; this construction was stopped by WWI and work did not resume until 1923 ; the new hospital was completed on December 4, 1927. The new hospital in Guémené-sur-Scorff was the first modern establishment erected after WWI.  This congregation has been running the hospital since 1784 is the Congregation of the Daughters of Wisdom, whose motherhouse is located in Saint-Laurent-sur-Sèvre (Vendée 85), particularly attached to hospital services.

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The picturesque and commercial rue Bisson is nice for a walk and see at 14-16 rue Bisson , the former Hôtel de la Croix Blanche, known as a former coaching inn.

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The City of Guémené sur Scorff on the hospital :https://guemene-sur-scorff.com/lhopital-2/

The City of Guémené sur Scorff on the old halles or market : https://guemene-sur-scorff.com/les-anciennes-halles/

The city of Guémené sur Scorff on its history/heritagehttp://guemene-sur-scorff.com/lhistoire/

There you go folks, another dandy in historical Guémené sur Scorff .Sights and stories to always amaze you. Hope you enjoy the post on wonderful Curiosities of Guémené sur Scorff !

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

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September 21, 2022

Back to the Church of Notre Dame de la Fosse of Guémené sur Scorff !!

The town of Guémené sur Scorff is in my beautiful Morbihan and lovely Bretagne. Another off the beaten path place with pretty architecture of its monuments. This is a return visit and expand on its Church Notre Dame de la Fosse! See my other post with more on history.  The town is about 43 km from my house, Hope you enjoy the post as I.

Guéméne sur Scorff ch Notre Dame de la Fosse back sep22

Guéméne sur Scorff ch Notre Dame de la Fosse side chevet sep22

The wonderful small Church of Notre Dame de la Fosse, from the 19C and  rebuilt around 1820. The bell tower dates from the 18C and stood near the present Church, housing the four bells. The Church Notre Dame de la Fosse of Guémené sur Scorff. It owes this name to the pit or moat that separates it from the castle. Built for the service of the castle and the city, it was not parochial, but it depended on the rector of Locmalo. The church then included: the choir, reserved for the canons, the chapel of Saint-Jacques, the chapel of Saint-Yves, and the nave serving the faithful; there was moreover along the nave the large chapel of Saint-Antoine de Padoue, and at the bottom of this chapel the tower of the church. The town will celebrate the 266th pardon of Notre-Dame-de-la-Fosse. The first pardon was celebrated in 1753, so long before the andouille festival which has since been associated with the pardon. It was after 1,000 years of living together with Locmalo that Guémené in 1802 was canonically erected as a parish . In 1825, the current church was completed and built on the same site as the collegiate with probably the same stones.

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Guéméne sur Scorff ch Notre Dame de la Fosse back to pulpit sep22

The city of Guémené sur Scorff on its history/heritage: http://guemene-sur-scorff.com/lhistoire/

The local Pays du Roi Morvan tourist office on the Church Notre Dame de la Fossehttps://www.tourismepaysroimorvan.com/preparer-votre-venue/a-voir-a-faire/patrimoine-religieux/les-eglises/eglise-notre-dame-de-la-fosse-1051263

There you go folks, another dandy in historical Guémené sur Scorff .Sights and stories to always amaze you. Hope you enjoy the post on the wonderful Church Notre Dame de la Fosse !!

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

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