May 15, 2021

Two temples for Rome!!

And here is my saga of updating older posts in these time of ours. Anyway, it has been a wonderful excuse to see again these wonderful memories of old that will never go away. By family vote, they asked to come to Rome, Italy and we did. I had been on business but this time was memorable with stories to last our lifetime. Let me tell you about two temples that I was on economy time and took two in one picture lol! These are the Temple of Victorious Hercules and the  Temple of Portunus of Rome!! Hope you enjoy it as I.

In our wandering walks we stumbled sometimes into interesting places some not really research but nevertheless very nice architecture which we love much, thank you…  While in Rome, do as the Romans do is an old cliché I have known since birth, and this we did while in Rome with the family. Doing this we came across the Temple of Victorious Hercules and the Temple of Portunus! 


The Temple of Ercole Vincittore ( victorious Hercules) , rises in the square of the Bocca della Verità (mouth of truth) in Rome, not far from the temple of Portuno inside the forum Boario. Due to a mistaken attribution, born during the Renaissance, the temple is sometimes still popularly referred to as the Temple of Vesta; The error is due to its circular shape that makes it similar to the true temple of Vesta located in the Roman Forum. Dating back to 120 B.C., it is the oldest building of preserved marble currently in Rome.

The Temple of Ercole Vincittore was later restored under the emperor Tiberius , and owes its preservation, like many other Roman monuments, to the fact that it was transformed into a church in the Middle Ages; it was in fact consecrated in 1132 and dedicated to Saint Stephen of the Carriages, then to be transformed in the 17C in the Church of Santa Maria del Sole (St Mary of the Sun Dedication: Blessed Virgin Mary), because not far from the church, on the edge of the Tiber, was found an image of the Madonna from where a ray of sunshine departed.

The temple is circular in shape, and is made of marble. Its plant has a diameter of about 15 meters. The original marble used for the opera was Greek. It rises on a foundation with rings of capillaceous blocks in turn on a platform in blocks of tuffa of dark cave, which incorporate the outlet of the deposit of filth. The base has a stepped base, thus lacking the Italian podium. The cylindrical cell, open to the east, is decorated with a high plinth, outer layers and the upper part in imitation of the isonomic masonry. In the floor of the cell opens a Favissa, a deep well in the shape of tholos (round Greek style). The central part is surrounded by twenty 11 meters high flared columns with a base of its own and Corinthian capitals; Eleven columns and nine capitals date back to the restoration of the Tiberian period and are recognizable because in Apanus marble from Luni. Some capitals have lost the upper part.

The Rome tourist office on the Hercules temple:

The Temple of  Mainly Fortune or Portunus (Tempio di Portuno) is a Roman temple , one of the best preserved of all Roman temples. Its dedication remains unclear, as ancient sources mention several temples in this area of Rome, without saying enough to make it clear which this is. It was called the Temple of Fortuna Virilis from the Renaissance, and remains better known by this name. If dedicated to Portunus, the god of keys, doors and livestock, and so granaries, it is the main temple dedicated to the god in the city. It is in the Ionic order and located by the ancient Forum Boarium by the Tiber river.

The temple was originally built in the 3-4C BC, but was rebuilt between 120–80 BC. The rectangular building consists of a tetrastyle portico and cella, raised on a high podium reached by a flight of steps, which it retains. It has a pronaos portico of four Ionic columns across and two columns deep. The columns of the portico are free-standing, while the remaining five columns on the long sides and the four columns at the rear are half-columns engaged along the walls of the cella. If still in use by the 4C BC, the temple would have been closed during the persecution of pagans in the late Roman Empire. The temple owes its state of preservation to its being converted for use as a Church of Santa Maria in Gradellis  in 872, and Santa Maria Egiziaca in the 15C (Saint Mary of Egypt).  Its Ionic order has been much admired, drawn and engraved and copied since the 16C.

The Rome tourist office on Portunus Temple:

I hope reading this post will give you the curiosity to see these off the beaten path monuments of eternal Rome! The Temple of Victorious Hercules and the Temple of Portunus are another way to see Rome up close and personal!

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

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May 15, 2021

The Circus Maximus of Rome!

And here is my saga of updating older posts in these time of ours. Anyway, it has been a wonderful excuse to see again these wonderful memories of old that will never go away. By family vote, they asked to come to Rome, Italy and we did. I had been on business but this time was memorable with stories to last our lifetime. Let me bring you up the Circus Maximus of Rome! Hope you enjoy it as I.

So we went off to Italy , well I went off several times mostly on business trips, but with the family we chose Rome. Such an impressive name and a great introduction for them to Italy. There is so much to see , very old stones of very old history nevertheless, a primer from where most began.  However, as usual many have been general in scope and I feel this spot in Rome deserves a bit more description and information on it. I will tell you a bit more on the Circo Massimo di Roma!

The Circo Massimo or Circus Maximus literally “the biggest circus”,  is the largest and oldest racecourse in Rome, considering the importance of its dimensions and the richness of its history compared to the dozen or so circus of Rome, it is often called simply “Circus” by the ancient writers. The largest public building of ancient Rome, it is mainly dedicated to chariot races but it can also be used for other types of show or during triumphal processions, especially from the reign of Trajan. Today, it is located in the rione of Ripa and remains the scene of large gatherings at festivals, concerts, or other major events.


A bit of history I like, just a bit ok

The Roman tradition attributes the foundation of the circus to Tarquin the Elder, in 599 BC, with the first works of arrangement. Its location corresponds to the site where, in the time of Romulus, the rites and the first sacred games, called Consualiaa, which included equestrian races, would have taken place in honor of the god Consus. At the end of the 4C BC appear the first permanent structures but it was not until the end of the 1C BC, with the work undertaken by Julius Caesar and Augustus, for the building to adopt its definitive form of Roman circus. At the beginning of the 4C, Emperor Constantine I restored the circus magnificently, and prepared a site on the spina for a new obelisk taken from Karnak in Egypt and it arrived in Rome in 323. In May 357, the Emperor Constantine II resumes the project of Constantine I to raise a second obelisk on the spina. This second obelisk is a monolith of 33 meters, the largest in Rome, as high as a 10-story building. It was carved out of Syrian Aswan pink granite during the reign of Tuthmosis  IV between 1401 and 1390 BC. It is today known as the Lateran Obelisk, because it was re-erected on the Place Saint-Jean-de-Latran in 1588. In 1589, the obelisk of Augustus was in turn moved to Piazza del Popolo.

Today ,the Circo Massimo is on a grassy valley that is used for major events such as concerts, popular gatherings like the celebration of Italy’s victory at the 2006 World Cup with a million people, or giant outdoor cinema sessions.

We came to it first on the metro line B and walking by it saw it by chance!! However, directions to get here are easy, there is the Metro, line B (stop Circo Massimo). The Tramway line 3 (stop Aventino/Circo Massimo). And the many bus lines passing by such as the  51, 75, 118, 81, 85, 87, 118, 160, 186, 626, 673, 810, and N2 nighttime bus.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are:

The Rome tourist office on the Circo Massimo:

The Rome cultural webpage on the Circo Massimo:

The Tutto Italy or all on Italy webpage with a map on the Circo Massimo or any other monument usuful me think:

There you go folks, now you are all set for a wonderful time in Rome and the Circus Maximus or in Italian Circo Massimo. Hope you have enjoy the brief tour.

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

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May 15, 2021

The port at Audierne! and the sea!

And why not staying in nice Finistére dept 29 of my lovely Bretagne and update this older post of coastal Audierne! The port and the sea are it, beautiful scenery. Hope you enjoy it as we do.

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


Audierne was born on Jan 1st 2016 of the merger of the two towns previous Audierne and Esquibien. The current Breton name of the town is completely different from that used in French since it is “Gwaien” and is the same as that of the river, the “Goyen”. It is derived from the name of the Breton Saint Gwaien.

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


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


As said ,worth the detour for the sea scenery worthy of a good painter; tranquile ambiance and great family place.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are:

The Audienne, Pointe du Raz, Sein island tourist board on the port:

The Cap Sizun pointe du Raz tourist office on Audierne

The town  of Audierne on the port

And if need more info have it at the town of Audierne in French on its history/heritage

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

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

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May 15, 2021

Crozon peninsula and St Pierre!

And of course  ,what else? I continue on updating my older posts. I find it amazing the changes in links and directions to be updated and at the same time bring me great pleasure in reviving these wonderful memorable moment in family trips. Today , I take you to the Crozon peninsula and ist wonderful St Peter’s Church. Hope you enjoy it as I. Again, really, thanks for following me all these years since 2010!

There are many things to see in my lovely Bretagne, and we have been to many and there are many more to be seen. However, the coastal region is sublime and always a welcome to visit any time. We love it and will tell you a bit more so you one day can see it and love it too ok.  Let me tell you a bit about the Crozon peninsula and its main city Crozon as well as some of the things to see here. Enjoy it!

We drove all the way on the D791 and D887 from the expressway N165 very easy with good signs.  Here you see the wonderful cliffs at the different points such as Pointe de Pen Hir. One of the most beautiful scenery seen by me here so far can be done from the Pointe de Pen Hir, extending at sea by the Tas de Pois. From this point you  can see the Pointe du Raz  (see post) to the Pointe Saint Mathieu , and on nice clear days we can see the islands of Sein, Ouessant and Molène. It is here that at liberation day from WWII, a huge hill was chosen to built a cross of  Lorraine in granite dedicated to the Bretons who fought for a Free France.  Général De Gaulle came here to opened the tower on July 15 , 1951. This was part of the Atlantic wall of WWII and those who fought it are well remembered here.



Crozon is a town of Finistère dept 29 of my lovely Bretagne. It is located in the center of the Crozon peninsula, the town occupies the largest part of the peninsula. Among them, the seaside resort of Morgat , in the south, offers a nautical center and Le Fret , in the north, a small port overlooking the harbor of Brest.  The Bay of Morgat is limited by Crozon to the east and the Pointe de Kador  to the west. It once housed the sardine and tuna port of Morgat; with the depletion of fishery resources, the fishing port has become a recreational marina port. The town of Crozon is adjacent to those of Camaret-sur-Mer (see posts) in the west, from Roscanvel to the north-west, from Lanvéoc to the north, from Argol and Telgruc-sur-Mer to the east.

A bit of history I like

The megalithic alignments of Lostmarc’h and Ty-ar-C’huré  or House of the Priest prove a settlement from prehistoric times. Two bronze statuettes representing one horse, the other a  cow, probably of Gallo-Roman origin, were found in 1931 in Saint-Fiacre. A Roman road from Vorganium passed through the Chapel of Lospars in Châteaulin, Dinéault, less than 3 km south of Argol, Crozon and the Causeway of the Anse du Kerloc’h to reach Camaret sur Mer. In the 12-13C, the County of Crozon  was possessed by the family of Leon,  before passing to the  hands  of the  family of Rohan because of the marriage in 1349 of Jeanne de Léon (daughter of Hervé VII de Léon), Lady of Crozon and Kéménet-Even , with Jean I, Viscount of Rohan; the family of Rohan was still Lord of Rohan and of Quéménet in 1541. At the beginning of the 16C, the parish of Crozon received, probably from Rome, relics of the ten thousand martyrs (Roman Legionnaires converted to Christianity and crucified under the reign of the emperor Hadrian) and built, in the parish church, a reliquary to keep them and an altarpiece to honor them . 

At the French revolution, the priests were very numerous at Crozon some of them were guillotined in Quimper in 1794. Several other priests from Crozon were either incarcerated or had to hide, or were deported to Spain, etc. The Bishop of Quimper and Leon, Justice of the peace in Crozon  saved the lives of many priests persecuted for the faith, promoting their escape or hiding them in the homes of his parents or friends.  The expulsion of the Sisters of the Holy Spirit in August 1902 under the congregations Act gave rise to demonstrations in Crozon; a first deportation attempt failed on 7 August 1902. In WWI ,  450 German citizens and 250 Austrian citizens, transported from the United States by the Dutch ship Nieuw-Amsterdan in order to be incorporated into the armies of their respective countries, were captured by the French ship Savoie and interned for part  in the Fort of Bouguen in Brest, and part on the forts of Lanvéoc and Crozon (in fact at Ile Longue island). The  WWII military square of the Crozon cemetery houses the graves of 10 dead Commonwealth soldiers in Crozon or at sea in the vicinity and those of two unknown soldiers.

The one things to see here if limited on time is St Peter’s Church.

The parish Church of St. Peter (St Pierre), and its Altarpiece of the ten thousand Martyrs. The current church, begun in 1899 and completed three years later. The church was badly damaged in 1944 during the liberation of  Crozon and restored in 1992, when it underwent new transformations such as the development of the choir and setting up of benches.  Some of the things preserved were the porch dating  from the 16C, the bell tower dating from 1866,done in stone of Kersanton, which replaced the old one that threatened ruin and which could resemble that of Locronan (see post), the sacristy, built before the French revolution, and which served besides the city/town hall until 1823.



The famous Altarpiece of the Martyrs, this one is a polychrome carved piece dedicated to the remembrance of the ten thousand martyrs of Mount Ararat, Legionnaires executed for their faith under the reign of the Roman emperor Hadrian. Under the altarpiece, probably the former high altar of the Church of St Peter until 1754, with a Tabernacle and two bas-reliefs. These very different formats than the altarpiece represent the flogging and fall of Jesus when he wears the Cross. The Christians of this Legion were allegedly massacred for refusing to sacrifice to the gods. If a date is engraved at the top left as 1624, it would be in fact only a restoration or reorganization of the panels. Considering the importance of devotion and style, the work dates from the early 16C.


Built in the late 17C, the pulpit, in oak, is inspired by that of the Cathedral . The panels of the frame represent the episodes of the life of St. Peter such as the miraculous peach, his liberation from the prison under the guidance of an Angel, his Ministry, his crucifixion. The Lampshade is adorned with plumes and topped with an Angel carrying the sword and sounding the trumpet. The trumpet evokes the trumpets of the Apocalypse announcing the fulfillment of the times and the last judgement; and the sword, the word of God that penetrates and judges the hearts. The altarpiece of the Rosary, dates from 1664, honors the Virgin Mary . In the Center, the Madonna and Child hands over the Rosary to St. Dominic and the scapular to St. Catherine of Siena. All around  twelve medallions that represent the main events of the Evangelical life of Mary and of Christ, or mysteries. The baptismal font carved in granite, and dated 1742, consists of two elements,  the large tank proper which retained the holy water for baptisms, and attached, a receptacle intended to receive water flowing on the forehead of the child. The organ conceived and realized in the 17C, it was restored in 1857 but severely damaged by the bombing of 1944. Rebuilt in 1992. Nothing remains of the old stained glass windows. Those of the Choir and transepts, in the chorus, represent the adoration of the Magi, death on the Cross and Pentecost, and in the transepts, the last supper, the miraculous peach, the conversion of Paul and St. Anne.  The stained glass windows  were destroyed by the bombing of 1944. But thanks to the drawings that had been preserved, they were redone identically and relocated around 1950. The stained glass windows of the nave, in glass slabs, were installed in 1981-1982.

Other things to see, need more time to see it all!

The town of Crozon has many wonderful beaches such as Aber Beach, Kersiguénou Beach, Goulien Beach, Lostmarc’h Beach, Palue Beach, Morgat Beach, Porzic Beach, Postolonnec Beach, spring Beach, Poul Beach, Trez-Rouz Beach, Kerloc’h. The area is  very picturesque and rugged, and  includes the Cap de La Chèvre, Pointe de Kador, Pointe de Dinan, Pointe de Lostmarc’h, Pointe de Kerdra, Pointe de Kerroux,  Pointe du Dolmen, pointe de Rostudel, Pointe de Saint-Hernot, Pointe des Grottes , Pointe du Menhir, Pointe de Trébéron, Pointe of Tréboul  or Pointe du Guern, and the pointe du Pouldu.

The megalithic alignments of Lostmarc’h. The megalithic alignments of Ty-ar-C’huré or House of the Priest. The Villa Ker ar Bruck, it is also called the “Eiffel House”, because it is made of metal. The Saint-Fiacre Chapel and the Saint-Fiacre fountain . They are also the Grotte de l’Autel, and the Kador, the Virgin Island, the Cap de la Chévre, the castle of Dinan, and the cliffs of Morgat. The painters took pleasure in painting this coast, such as Julien Thibaudeau, at the beginning of the 20C, from the pointe de Menhir to Morgat, restoring in depth the beach of Postolonnec, the Aber and the Bay, or Charles-Louis Houdard who painted in 1898 the heights of Crozon.

Very nice natural and monumental complex in one, great views of the Atlantic ocean and great seafood; heavens in my neighbor the Finistére dept 29 and the Crozon peninsula! Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are:

The town of Crozon on its history:

The Crozon tourist office:

The Finistére dept 29 tourist board on the Crozon peninsula:

The Bretagne region tourist board on the Crozon peninsula:

There you go folks, another sublime spot to visit in my lovely Brittany and good neighbor Finistére dept 29. Enjoy  the Crozon peninsula as we do!

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

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May 14, 2021

Limeray and Touraine-Amboise wines!!

This is a nice story of mine me think. It brings back many memorable moments in my family’s road warrior trips in our belle France. There is a story here, read on. I like to update this older post on one of our house wines from Limeray and the TouraineAmboise appellation!!

I am not going to repeat my resume/CV on wines as plenty written in my blog. I am just will do justice to a property that has been our house wine for years and continue to amaze us on taste, price and just plain good winemakers friends. I am going to take you into the royal lands of the Val de Loire and Limeray just over the Loire river from Amboise.

We came to the Maxim’s Saveurs du vin by the Seine river in Paris many years back, and were introduce to the best of France including this property .Over the years here we have come to know the family and their wines so they are our house wines par excellence.


We went eventually to Limeray to visit the cellars and taste their wines on site at Domaine Dutertre, long time customers of theirs and many prizes for its consistant Loire wines of the TouraineAmboise appellation. They are located at 20-21 Rue d’Enfer, 37520, Limeray easy on the A10 exit 18 direction Amboise on the D31 road bear left into the D201 to Limeray.  The Domaine Dutertre has been a family farm since the end of the 19C, 5 generations. Going back to the great-grandfather who started with 1 ha of vine at the beginning of the 20C. In 1996 , the son took over and the Domaine had 37 ha for about ten years. In 2015 the Domaine always has 37 ha. , and no longer growing, but it was renew or replace certain parcels. It is work by terroir or parcel to optimise the typicity of the cuvées.  On 37 hectares are vinified different cuvées in Touraine Amboise white, rosé and red as well as crémant de Loire white and rosé. The Domaine Dutertre maintains a tradition of quality by combining traditional and modern technical work.



Its cellars are dug in the tuffeau, stone that allowed the construction of the Touraine houses and castles of the Loire. A very white stone that gives a special characteristic to the region. In one of the cellars you will discover the Museum gathering the tools of the grandfather. This museum traces the evolution of the tools of vine and vinification.  To discover this formiable region, the Domaine Dutertre offer a Gîte (rental house) located in the heart of the village of Limeray on the border of Loir and Cher and Touraine. An ideal starting point to take full advantage of their rich heritage. We enjoy them so much highly recommended.





The Touraine-Amboise appellation has red cabernet franc and sauvignon, cot,and gamay, white from the chenin here call pineau de la loire , and rose done from the red wine grapes ,and cremant same as the white wines grapes varieties. It has 800 km of wine trails!

The official Domaine Dutertre webpage:

The wines of the Loire valley on the touraine ambosie appellation webpage in English:

The town of Limeray on its wines and  Domaine Dutertre

And just a bit of history I like on Limeray

Limeray  is in the Indre-et-Loire département 37 , in the Centre-Val de Loire region, at an equal distance from Blois and Tours, and 5 km upstream from Amboise. Located at the foot of the north slope of the Loire river , Limeray is in the center of the Loire Valley, it is one of the ten wine towns of the appellation controlled of origin (AOC=appellation d’origin controllée) “Touraine-Amboise”. It is crossed by the touristic route of the vineyards of Touraine-Val de Loire.

From the 12C until 1431, Limeray belonged to the Lords of the House of Amboise Louis d’Amboise had planned to remove Georges I de la Trémoille, favorite of King Charles VII and to lead the King in his lordship of Amboise. He was arrested and tried by the Parliament, then sitting in Poitiers, who sentenced him to capital punishment in 1431. king Charles VII Grace Louis d’Amboise commuting his death sentence to life imprisonment. All his possessions, including the lordship of Limeray, were confiscated by the Crown. From then on Limeray became a royal prevost , which the Kings put into engagement in 1431, before selling it in 1585.  It was part of the battle in WWII for the pushing back the nazis in the Loire and held on by French resistants before the bridge to Amboise felled.

It is still a country town, typical of my belle France and worth the detour especially if visiting the wonderful Amboise and its many sights written on previous posts. Hope you enjoy it and do try it.

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

May 14, 2021

My neighbor Baud, and Post Cards!!

Well this is one of those towns/places you go thru almost every week at least and little written on it or pictures taken. It is so natural been about 14 km (less 9 mi)  from home; even if one of sons traveled by here to work. Anway, let me update for you and me this older post on Baud and the post cards!!

This is the story of a very small town but dear to me, my neighbor Baud. It is up the alley from me on the road D768 and also the D779 and we have been in it several times. Let me give them credit and show you what they have, it will surprise you.  Here is Baud, many times buying sweets at the bakery in front of the Church St Pierre, where one of my sons took his bus to go to work. Of course, it is in my beautiful Morbihan Dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne. The town is bordered in large part by the Blavet river, and its tributaries the Ével and the Tarun , a bit hilly  going into city center than flat in its center and then up again once going towards the expressway N24.


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


St. Peter’s Church restored in the 20C. The false transept of the present Church is the ancient chapel of Notre-Dame de la Clarity which was completed in the south by a choir and, in the north, by a nave. In 1687, the choir was built. In 1793, the nave was extended to the west and a new façade was rebuilt. The beautiful, flamboyant decoration portals of the chapel were re-used. The large square tower of the Chapel, at the northwest corner, was preserved but diminished in height. The old apse, three-sided, topped with pine nuts, whose crawlers are adorned with kale, remains remarkable. Many elements come from the old Notre-Dame-de-la-Clarity Chapel. Some of the old carved pits of the frame, dated 1625, have been preserved: The dated sand pits represent fabulous animals, phylactery angels and musicians.  The organ was built in 1878 brought back in September 1929 and reassembled, it was inaugurated on Sunday of the Rosary, 6 October 1929. After the drought of 1976, it became difficult to play, many faults were heard. It will therefore no longer accompany the offices for 14 years. The organ was inaugurated again fully renovated on 8 June 1991.  The blessing of the present Church took place on March 27, 1927.



The city of Baud on its heritage/history

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

A bit of history I like

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

The Cartopole integrates, in September 2015, the premises of the Quatro, the new cultural hub of the town. This move brings the Museum to change its name, it becomes the Le Carton Voyageur-Postcard Museum. The property occupies an area of 310 m2 of which 220 m2 of exhibition spaces, in addition to the 20 m2 of reserve in 2017, the museum receives the name Musée de France or Museum of France designation.  The Postcard museum or Le Carton Voyageur ,also accepts donations and made available, to as many individuals as possible. Among the most important, we find the Funds Salaün of the municipal library of Saint-Brieuc (more than 13 600 pc), the Funds of the publisher Hamonic (nearly 6 700 pc) or the postcards of the public library of Brest (more than 1 700 pc).


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

Since 2015, the Le Carton Voyageur Museum has a room of 170 m2 for its main exhibition “Brittany double-sided”. It is a very nice interesting museum ,and if you are into postcards as I was it is a must to visit.

The official Le Carton Voyageur museum webpage:

The Morbihan dept 56 Tourist board on the Baud , le Carton Voyageur museum

It is a nice town small peaceful, the real France for me. Great memories of getting the petit cochon pastry in Baud at the Le Fournil Baldivien bakery just across from the Church when picking up my son there from his bus ride.  Hope you enjoy this little town ride into deep Morbihan in land or en terre as we say here at its best.

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

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May 14, 2021

Some news from Bretagne, XXVIIII

Hey I just notice left this one out a bit behind! Well with my some news from France sometimes I interlap them but here I am back at you with my series some news from Bretagne or Brittany or Breizh! Let me tell you some of my favorite events and tidbits going on in my neck of the woods of my belle France.

The Grand Loop!! or Tour de France. It brings smiles to the side of the road, dreams of being by all runners, stars in the eyes of fans , and not only that. It is all of Brittany, mythical and festive land of cycling, which for 4 days gets under its wheel and its light! Stage 1 – Brest-Landerneau (29) – The “postcard” stage Saturday June 26 – 187 km. Stage 2 – Perros-Guirec – Mûr de Bretagne Guerlédan (22) – Punch, again and again! Sunday June 27 – 182 km. Stage 3 – Lorient-Pontivy (56) – An imperial sprint Monday June 28 – 182 km. Stage 4 – Redon-Fougères (35) – Castle life Tuesday June 29 – 152 km. Will try to see the passing by Lorient or Pontivy. The Bretagne tourist office on the tour de France in Brittany:

Until May 29, 2021, the Pontivy médiathéque or media library is hosting the exhibition by artist and photographer Janol Apin, originally from Guern, on the event of the year in Pontivy, the arrival of the Tour de France, June 28, 2021 .Library espace Kenere webpage:

The Port-museum of Douarnenez (Finistère 29) sees things in a big way for 2022. Fifty artists will come to exhibit a variety of works, some of which will be more than three meters high, on the theme of lighthouses and beacons. But before this XXL exhibition, the port-museum is actively preparing its reopening. It will take place on June 1, 2021. Port-museum of Douarnenez, place de l’Enfer.webpage :

A unique park to see off the beaten path but worth the detour. Brittany Prehistory Park. In a wild and wooded setting, dotted with lakes and overlooked by cliffs, the Parc de Prehistoire de Bretagne invites visitors to take a leap in time to discover Prehistory with around thirty life-size scenes, representing the world of dinosaurs and the evolution of man, 350 million years ago and up to 2000 years BC.  Webpage :

One of my favorite zoos and feature on regular TV programs here! The Parc de Branféré  is a magical place that invites you to meet the animal and plant world for a total immersion in nature. On more than 40 hectares, discover the animals in freedom in a botanical park several hundred years old: Niger giraffe, ring-tailed lemur, Paradise crane, tamarind, maned wolf, red panda, hyacinth macaw … so many names that make you dream, as many endangered species that the Branférés park is trying to protect. The park, which houses the Nicolas Hulot School for Nature and Man, offers educational and cultural activities: bird shows, animal feeding, holiday stays for children. A place of wonder and discovery for families and children. Webpage:

Magic is in the air at Vannes!! The festival International Vive la Magie  is on tour throughout France and Switzerland. Since 2008, he has presented major galas with the numbers of the greatest illusionists, fantasy artists, manipulators or mentalists from all over the world. 1h45 show filled with humor and poetry to experience with family, duo or friends. At the Palais des Arts, Place de Bretagne from October 9-10 2021. webpage:

Unmissable monument of Pontivy, the Château de Rohan was built at the end of the 15C for the viscounts of Rohan. On the occasion of heritage days, come and rediscover the site, and immerse yourself in the heart of the Middle Ages thanks to numerous free activities open to all! On the program: Medieval camp – Armed combat – archery demonstrations – demonstrations of medieval craftsmanship – medieval games – tales and legends – medieval music. By the moat area of the castle, 63 rue du Général de Gaulle Pontivy. Hours: 10h to  18h  free admission.Webpage:

And my connection to the Americas! Museum of the East India Company. From Lorient to Canton, relive the incredible maritime epic of the Companies of the Indies! Thanks to the museum’s rich collections, you will embark on a journey through the 18C, discovering the exotic and precious goods that seduced Europeans so much and continue to make us dream. Museum of the Compagnie des Indes, art and history museum of the City of Lorient, the Citadel – Port Louis. Webpage:

New works from the Pinault collection will take over the summer on the Chemin du Couvent des Jacobins in Rennes. An invitation to look at the world in black and white through the prism of international artists and emerging talents. the contemporary art collection by François Pinault; with several thousand works, it is one of the most important in the world. While 2021 will mark the entry of some of them to the Bourse de Commerce, their new permanent exhibition space in Paris, others will raise black and white high in Rennes. from June 12 to August 29, 2021. keep an eye for more details webpage:

Jazz en Ville Vannes – July 2021. In July, things swing in Vannes and the New Orleans spirit sets the tone. In the open air at the foot of the ramparts or in the cozy atmosphere of the bars, syncopated rhythms and unbridled improvisations are available to all ears for free! Webpage:

Always there wonderful! Les Fêtes Historiques  of Vannes.- July 13 and 14, 2021. Each year in July, Vannes proudly unrolls its past all along its streets. During the Historical Festivities, immerse yourself in a medieval atmosphere in the heart of a city full of character. In the Jardin des Remparts or in the alleys of the old town, visit the blacksmith and coin striker’s stalls, admire falconry shows and artillery demonstrations, taste medieval cuisine. The magic doesn’t end with nightfall, thanks to the fire-breathing shows and the popular ball. This great celebration is also an opportunity to visit Vannes, because with some 272 buildings listed in the inventory of historical monuments, this city hides behind its ramparts a past steeped in history. Of course I told you so! City of Vannes webpage:

Fête des Remparts ,Dinan  July 24 and 25, 2021. Every two years, since 1983, the Fête des remparts has taken over the pretty town of Dinan for a weekend. Come and immerse yourself in medieval times and let yourself be carried away by this festive and friendly atmosphere Chivalry tournaments, large medieval market, balls, large parade and other shows, during this colorful weekend, the city of Dinan rediscovers its customs of yesteryear and offers you a timeless break. Webpage:

Simply awesome every year!! The Festival Interceltique Lorient  from August 6 to 15, 2021.  Every summer, come to tread the Celtic lands of Lorient for its Interceltic Festival. From Galicia to Scotland, the cream of Celtic music can be found in Brittany and can be enjoyed with joy and good humor. It’s the same every year! Since 1971, not a month of August has passed without this festival ending in a general bagad. When it is not about those repeated bombardments. A tic leading them to follow the Great Parade of Celtic Nations, to experience the Interceltic Night of the Stade du Moustoir or those of the fishing port. Even if it’s not raining, the pibrochs (Scottish bagpipes) are always out and the gaitas (Spanish bagpipes) fill the atmosphere with mirth. Indeed magical. Webpage:

Cornouaille Festival. Quimper by Autumn 2021. Dedicated to the richness of Breton culture and its diversity, the “Cornouaille” or Cornwall in Quimper is a cultural cornucopia. At over ninety years old, the event has not aged a bit. Concerts, entertainment of all kinds, contests to determine the best bagadoù, bell ringers or dancers … and the Grand Sunday Parade which brings together everyone in traditional costume. Webpage:

Saint Gildas, the prophet of the Apocalypse. It was on his return from Rome, around the age of 30, that Saint Gildas would have settled in Armorica where, according to tradition, he would have founded the abbey of Rhuys and composed his famous “De excidio Britanniae”  or “On the ruin de la Bretagne ”.  Founder of the abbey of Rhuys, Gildas is also the author of a long sermon which recounts the last fires of a civilization damaged by barbarian invasions. A unique testimony to Breton history from the beginning of the Middle Ages. See at Saint Gildas de Rhuys and my posts. Or the town webpage:

4000 years old and discovered in Leuhan in 1900, an imposing engraved shale stone may well be the oldest map found in Europe to date. This is what two archaeologists have just concluded. The discovery is described as “exceptional”. The decorated slab of Saint-Bélec, in Leuhan ( Finistére 29), is probably the oldest cartographic representation of a territory known in Europe, indicates Yvan Pailler, researcher at Inrap, made available to the University of Brittany. Western.  Well how about those Bretons of course the sea is in the blood. More info in French at Breizh info:

A great book! Beyond the clichés and peoples mythologized in the national novel, archeology gives a much more nuanced image of our ancestors the Gauls The remains of Quimper (Finistère 29) or Jublains (Noviodunum) date from the 2nd or 1st century BC Previously, the landscape was made up of hamlets or large farms. The populations were federated into tribes but without an urban center. These were often built around religious centers, which were places of gathering. The first Gallic towns were built in reaction to the presence of Marseille, then going up the Rhône valley, like Vix. The oppida of Alesia, Gergovia, Bibracte did not appear until 200 BC.  When the Romans considered that the colonized were becoming too structured, could represent a danger, they intervened. A figure like Vercingetorix (82-46 BC) embodied the fear that a Gallic nation or empire would take shape. When you visit an ancient museum, there is undoubtedly a bit of Brittany in the bronze objects. In the West, we are missing elements of sanctuaries and business practices of the Gauls. All the above and more in the book Les Gaulois à l’oeil nu, or the Gauls to the naked eye by Dominique Garcia, illustrated by Jérémy Perrodeau, CNRS Éditions, 160 pages, 19€ buy in FNAC or Amazon.

There you go folks another dandy run in my lovely Bretagne. Hope you enjoy it and do come out as now it seems we can move about again, keeping it safe for all. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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May 14, 2021

Church Charles de Blois of Auray!!

And well now getting hotter or closer to home and in my continuing saga of updating older posts for the enjoyment of all. This is Auray a historical town of many countries and wonderful architecture we love. This one for some unknown reason every time by it is closed. Even going out of the Auray train station on my business trips tried to see inside but always closed. It is very meaningful to the folks here. Let me tell you a bit more of the Church Charles de Blois of Auray!


Here I am on a nice cool sunny Sunday afternoon and just did a round of my area again. So much to see and sometimes spaces in between makes you forget what you see lol! Well I like to bring you back to lovely historical Auray (historical from the point of view of France, Canada, and the USA) ,and its wonderful monuments on the off the beaten path routine. The town is basically divided into upper and lower towns and the most popular from a tourist point of view is the lower town and the port of St Goustan. However, in the upper town there are marvels to be seen, a lot more shops and quant architecturally nice buildings. One of them would tell you a bit more now is the Church of Charles de Blois near the train station of Auray!

The Church Charles de Blois  began to be built in 1929, and consecrated in 1939. Built according to a centered plan, the Church consists of a first nave that opens onto a wider square space where the cult takes place. The wrong side is adjacent to the west.   Access to the Church is done in the east. It is a gabled façade adorned with Lombard strips.


It consists of a portal in full hanger topped with a rose, and has to its left a small steeple. The main steeple is to the west of the building, it is a Cornish steeple. The roof of the building is polygonal on its central part and double slope for the remainder. The side walls are pierced with berries. The district of the train station quickly populated at the beginning of the 20C, a Church Charles de Blois became necessary. Léon Chevassu, rector of the parish, decides to built it with private donations. And it is done very nice you can see from the train station of Auray. Located at Place Léon Chevassu.


So who was  Charles de Blois, and a name like that in Brittany!!

Charles of Blois was the son of Marguerite de Valois, sister of the king of France Philip VI, great-granddaughter, therefore, of Saint Louis (Louis IX), who had just been placed on the altars. His father, Guy de Châtillon, Count of Blois, was as good a Christian as a brave Knight. The old chronicles point out that everything was serious, almost severe in his castle. One could have believed in a monastery rather than in the abode of a lord. The right of representation was law in Brittany, Jeanne de Penthièvre, daughter of the elder brother of Jean III, inherited from her uncle by him, Charles of Blois was Duke of Brittany!!! The opposing Jean de Montfort did not wish to submit to this sentence, and the war of succession was declared and lasted for more than twenty years!

The death in combat at the Battle of Auray of Charles de Blois ended it. He is buried at the Church Notre Dame de Grâces near Guingamp. On December 14, 1904, Pope Pius X solemnly recognized that the cult of blessed Charles of Blois had been maintained throughout the centuries. He was beatified then. To commemorate this battle, a high cross was erected on a rounded pedestal bearing the inscription “in memory of the battle of Jean de Montfort and Charles de Blois in 1364”. This was done in 1842. Carrefour des 5 chemins, lieu-dit Toulbahadeu, Brech.


The parishes of the Auray country has a writing on the 700 years of his birth in French:

The city of Auray and its heritage:

There you go folks, so if passing by train, it is easy couple minutes walk to the Church and why not include it and day visit to lovely Auray lower and upper town! Enjoy the Church Charles de Blois that almost tilded the history as he favored the union with France meaning Brittany could  have been early in the kingdom and no story for Anne ! Maybe why there is not much written on this Church and not on the online tourist office!!! My information comes from outside panels, brochures and Breton religious sites. Call ahead the tourist office to see inside will be my next move.

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

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May 14, 2021

Chapelle ND de Rocamadour of Camaret sur Mer!

And let’s go to the tip of Finistére dept 29 in my lovely Bretagne! The wonders of nature with a nice historical monument in Camaret sur Mer. Let me update this older post for you and me, and hope you enjoy it as I do.

This is the sea at its best and traditions that still holds strong. I ,again, written bits of pieces on it before in my blog but feels deserves more. Therefore, here is my take on the Chapelle Notre Dame de Rocamadour in pretty Camaret sur Mer.  The Notre-Dame-de-Rocamadour Chapel is located near the Vauban Tower, on the Sillon.


A bit of history I like

The first Chapel of Notre-Dame-de-Rocamadour was built in 1183. The oldest part of the present Chapel dates from 1527. Rocamadour means the rock in the middle of the waters. The Chapel, like the Vauban Tower, is located on a rock connected to the Esplanade Jim Sévellec by the “Sillon.  In particular, even difficult to pinpoints its beginnings ,it is mentioned of a Notre Dame of Rocamadour in a brief of Pope Gregory XI, dated 1372 and granting indulgences to the faithful who would contribute to the reconstruction of the monument. Which suggests that before there would have been a chapel. It seems, however, that the construction can be dated, given the inscription on the west gable in abbreviation of use at the time: “the year 1527 was founded the Chapel of Notre-Dame du ROC”.  The steeple was beheaded during the battle of Trez-Rouz  in 1694, by an Anglo-Dutch canonball. A legend tells us that Notre-Dame-de-Rocamadour took revenge by returning the canonball to the guilty ship, which sank it was probably for this reason that it was never rebuilt. The arms of the Lords of Crozon, successors of the Rohan and represented by the Goulaine family, remained intact despite the decrees of the Convention(tribunal of the French revolution), ordering to stripped them. They are still  visible below the clocheton.

The present Chapel of Notre Dame de Rocamadour was built in a Breton Renaissance style from 1610 to 1683, when an arc of discharge was added that isolates the choir and the sacristy.


Inside, all the antique furniture disappeared during the fire of 1910. The chapel was rebuilt in 1911. In the past, the roof was held by beams of the 16C, adorned with dragon heads in wood. The pulpit is from 1914-1915. The statue of the Virgin is modern. The Cross in front of the pulpit is the former cross of the cemetery. Today, you can see ex-votos hanging in the nave. Likewise, a set of old photographs representing the forgiveness and life of Camaret in the early 20C. The Baroque-style high altar is that of the old church of St. Rémi. The Notre Dame pardon of Rocamadour takes place on the first Sunday of September.



A bit on the meaning of this Virgin.  Our Lady of Rocamadour (Notre Dame de Rocamadour)  is a black Virgin, with her eyes closed and with the child Jesus sitting on her left knee. It is a Virgin maiestas Mariae, with hieratic expression and like absent. The Mother and the Son seem crowned. The Virgin of Rocamadour is linked to the Camino de Santiago de Compostela,(the Way of St James in Spain)  which contributed to her devotion in Spain and Portugal, where she is known as Nuestra Senora de Rocamador. On the Breton coast she is revered as the patron Saint of sailors and fishermen.

A nice place to visit all around the Chapel worth the detour into the peninsula of Crozon to reach pretty Camaret sur Mer. Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are:

The city of Camaret sur Mer on things to see/history

The Crozon peninsula tourist office on Camaret sur Mer heritage

The private Crozon-Bretagne webpage on the chapel

The private presqu’Ïle de Crozon on the  Chapel

Hope you enjoy the sights of pretty Camaret sur Mer, worth a detour to this off the beaten path of the Finistére, Bretagne, France!

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

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May 13, 2021

Larmor Baden and Port Blanc in the Gulf!!

And let me continue along the coast of my beautiful Morbihan and update for you and me this nice short post on pretty Larmor-Baden and Port Blanc in the Gulf of Morbihan! Thanks for reading me over the years folks; and enjoy the post as I do.

You reach all these places off the expressway N165 then exit for Larmor Baden, on the roads D316, then the D316A  , signs are well posted. You have Vannes bus system KICEO on line 23 that takes you here but never taken it ok. The best way here is the car, definitively a must to really enjoy the area.

Another day of going into the wonderful Golfe du Morbihan or Gulf of Morbihan. Having my Dad in tow its an big effort but we manage to do it.  This is the area just to the west of Vannes, the area main city and seat of government in the  department 56, region of Bretagne. We started our morning going to Larmor-Baden , a nice harbor city with passenger boat service to the outer islands, and market day today, Sunday. Many picturesques hilly streets and beautfiful home before reaching the harbor or port area. Many homes for rent vacation properties in this area, very nice, and the port area with nice restos overlooking the harbor. Boats do go out to the outer islands very frequently in summer.


lamor-baden-bayWe then move on to Port Blanc, where direct boat trips to the gulf is done, very frequently in summer. The main island just in front is the Iles aux moines, an island first inhabited by monks. Now a very nice vacation hotspot with beautiful beaches. The area has a boardwalk with bakeries, restos and ticket offices for boat passenger rides. A great parking is nearby just before reaching the port area, and its free.



The choices are endless,and families especially are welcome. The surfing, jet ski, canoeing, kayak crowds are also very welcome as these are prime location for its practice.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are:

The city of Larmor-Baden on things to see:

The Gulf of Morbihan Tourist office on Larmor-Baden

The Morbihan dept 56 tourist office on Port Blanc

Enjoy the coastal beaches and wonders of the Morbihan.  A visit to quant small Larmor-Baden and Port Blanc is very nice indeed. And remember, happy travels , good health,and many cheers to all!!!

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