May 16, 2019

Côte de Grâce at Equemauville!

Most folks or I would dare say all who come to this part of Normandy think they are in Honfleur when visiting this place. Actually it is in the town of Equemauville high on the hill. Or the Hill or Plateau of Grace in Equemauville up the road from the vieux bassin or old basin of Honfleur. It is a special place for us and have been coming here since 1992. Oh yes this is still the Calvados dept 14 of the region of Normandy.

The plateau is magical with what you have here as well as the wonderful views over the valley and statuaire of the Seine river. The Notre Dame Chapel, the Mont Joli, the Cross, the pavillion , and the views are superb! Of course, I have written plenty on them but never enough for this magical place.

Equemauville was born in 1023 when the Viking Scamel failed the booty. It baptized the plateau above the beach Scamelvilla. This plateau was a Gallic camp, and a Roman camp as well. They even found carved stones dating from the Paleolithic era..

The plateau of Grace offers a complete panorama on the Normandy coast. Here is what the magical and secret Côte de Grâce offers you! From Honfleur, visitors will join the city of Equemauville, in the heart of the plateau de Grâce. Relaxing walk and rewarding discovery for visitors who will visit an ancient Sanctuary of the region: the Chapelle Notre Dame de Grâce or Chapel of Our Lady of Grace. It was founded by Richard II, Duke of Normandy in 1023 to fulfill a vow made during a storm in which he had almost perish. The current Chapel was built between 1600 and 1615 by the bourgeois and sailors of Honfleur. The Chapel is a place of recollection for many pilgrims and also and above all a space of hope according to the legend and worship of Notre Dame. Many faithful come to deposit for centuries offerings such as statuettes, plaques and model boats in gratitude to God. Their numbers today is impressive. The place coveted and visited by famous personnages such as Pierre Berthelot, king Louis XIII Napoléon Bonaparte, and Thérèse of Lisieux. The Chapelle Notre Dame de Grâce is today for the plenitude that reigns there. On the outside you can see the bells of pilgrimages.

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Right in front of the Notre Dame De Grâce Chapel you have a Fisherman prayer chapel where a priest makes Mass on special ocassions such as when the Festival of Marines or Fête des Marins which we have attended in previous years. There is, also, an impressive Christ Cross overlooking the city of Honfleur below and the bay across is Le Havre.

Honfleur

honfleur

Mont Joli is a magnificent viewpoint which deserves a small detour. It offers a breathtaking view of the entire city, below, with its typical Norman-architecture houses, as well as the remarkable Tancarville Bridge, built in the mid-1950’s. The Normandy Bridgeand the mouth of the Seine river. As well as the city of Le Havre and its ports. From the hill, a nice little road goes down to Honfleur and you can thus return to the city on foot via a pleasant walk. Well it is steep hilly not my cup of tea so I have not done this but is available!

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Another interesting building here is the Louis-Philippe Pavilion, it is a charming house where King Louis-Philippe and Queen Marie-Amélie took refuge after the revolution of 1848 , known as the February revolution, (the third French revolution! )while waiting to take the boat to go into exile in England. It seems I always missed the picture on this one right next to the entrance to Mont Joli!

It is a pieceful place with great views nice walks if you dare on hilly terrain, but nice. The place was great for our dog Rex as well! Hope you enjoy this special part of Equemauville (as in Honfleur ::))

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

Tourist office of Honfleur on cote de grace

Tourist office of dept 14 Calvados on the chapel

Tourist office of Normandy on the chapel

There you go another wonderful spot in Honfleur and surrounding hills. A wonderful family trip, very educational on the history of the region, Normandy and France. Hope you will enjoy it as much as we have.

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

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May 16, 2019

The SNSM at Honfleur!

Ok so this should be hard but need to post it and keep as memory of always in my family. if you read my blog you have come to notice we are DNA of island folks both in America and Europe, and we love the sea. I was born with the sea as my patio and have lived near or on it all my life with the exception of the time in Madrid… Honfleur is special for me in more ways than tourism.

With the first anniversay of my dear late wife Martine passing due to cancer, I like to once again take the task to write something about it as she loved coming here too. And the boat rides were a must of course. A lot better than on a lifeboat as I had to do twice. Anyway, this is the story of the SNSM or Société National de Sauvetages en Mer or something like the National Society of Rescues at Sea.

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First class rescue (vedette) star SNS 131 Notre-Dame-du-Port is the boat at Honfleur. Very emotional for me to pass by it as it took the ashes of my mother and wife out to sea burial in 2007 and 2018. Of course, I am a donor since 2007, and the folks at the station of Honfleur are great folks all volunteers ex fisherman, marines, navy etc who does an admirable jobs protecting lives and helping those in deuil. Chapeau!!!

SNSM station at Honfleur

Sea tides at Honfleur page

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These boats are first-class Star (vedettes) (V1) are unsinkable and self-right able, allowing it to sail away from the coasts and under extreme conditions. It has an average of 2 diesel engines of 330 HP allowing it to reach the speed of 25 knots. They have length in meters: from 13.3 to 16; Width in meters: from 4 to 4.6; Draught in meters: from 1.15 to 1.35; Displacements in tons: from 12 to 20;; Knot speed: 15 to 26;; Motor power in CH: from 225 to 500; The star V1 costs about 800 000 € for a lifespan of 30 years. This lifetime allows this investment to be recover in the long term.

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Today, the SNSM has 41 all-weather canoes (CTT), 31 1st class vedettes (V1), 69 2nd class (V2), 4 3rd class (V3), 400 pneumatic, 60 semi-rigid and Jet Ski. In 2018, were delivered a new generation V1 NG for Bandol and Nouméa. The new all-weather canoes recently emerged for the Ile de Sein, Les Sables D’Olonne and Sète. Part of the fleet will be renewed in the coming years because of the end of life of a part of the canoes and the vedettes.

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The SNSM rescue boats are located on 218 stations along the metropolitan and overseas coasts and operate under the authority and at the request of the regional operational surveillance and rescue centres (CROSS) which in France are the centers of emergency coordination at sea and which depend on the direction of Maritime Affairs of the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy.

A bit of history I like

A British-majority aristocratic committee established the first rescue company in Boulogne-sur-Mer, under the name “Human Society of the Shipwrecks”. Then, were created the human societies of Dunkerque, Calais, Rouen and Bayonne in 1834, of Dieppe in 1839, and finally Montreuil-sur-Mer in 1841. The beginning of centralization was only apparent in France in 1865, when the Central Shipwreck Rescue Society (SCSN) was founded under the chairmanship of Admiral de Genouilly. As a result of the WWII, everything was to be rebuilt, with most of the shelters and nautical means of the SCSN and the Breton Hospital Rescuers (HSB) being destroyed. The two companies with similar goals can no longer meet the needs of the entire French coastline, particularly because of the developing sea crafts and nautical recreation. The SNSM was born in 1967 of the merger of the Central Shipwrecked Rescue Society (SCSN) and the Breton Hospital Rescuers (HSB), a union raised by Admiral Maurice Amman, former maritime prefect of the 2nd region in Brest, which will become the President of the new company.

The SNSM has three types of activities, the offshore rescue, the training of seasonal lifeguards and the prevention of nautical hazards. In the phocean city of Marseille the vedettes of the 1st class V1 NG La Bonne Mère de Marseille (the good mother of Marseille) SNS 152 is armed by soldiers of the battalion of Marines-firefighters of Marseille and not by volunteers like all the other French and overseas stations. Given the size of the city, it was impossible to rally a crew of volunteer rescuers to sail within the 15-minute period ,which is the target for the average time limit for the overall SNSM.

Official webpage of the SNSM

There you go a nice history , a wonderful job, and I love them. You too can visit them and they will show you their boats on many events program throughout the year. And of course, if you can donate, as these folks are all volunteers doing a human heck of a job me think. Another plus for Honfleur!

Like May 25 2019 they will be in Paris region ! At the Parc Nautique de l’îlle de Monsieur, 4 rue de Saint-Cloud, 92310 Sèvres, dept 92 Hauts-de-Seine. From 10h to 18h or 10 AM – 6 PM. Very near Pont de St Cloud with metro and tramway connections from Paris center. They will have Boat tours,  -Demonstration of rescue with the different means available on the beaches,  -Introduction to “save gestures” with their monitors, and Barbecue on site. All hosted by the ïle de France region station, here: SNSM ïle de France contact page

The SNSM organise on 28 and 29 June the Mille SNSM (thousand snsm) national collection days, in Paris then in the rest of France, in metropolis and overseas: two days of mobilization and festivities to pay tribute to the 8000 volunteers of the SNSM.  The inaugural operations “all at sea” and “all in the Seine”, which were very welcome last year, had made it possible to consolidate the place of the SNSM (national society for rescue at sea) in the general public.

The event will take place first in Paris on Friday 28th June, on the occasion of a demonstration on the Seine, the Mille SNSM paddle trophy. This stand-up paddle race will bring together hundreds of participants on the water , rescuers and public alike , and aboard the Paquebot liner. The Armada, escorted by jet-skis and semi-rigid fleet of the SNSM, will parade in the heart of Paris, between the Port des Saints-Pères (6éme) and theJavel Haut (15éme), at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.

This orange wave on the Seine will herald a large-scale open house operation organized the following day, Saturday, June 18, in 246 stations and CFI of the SNSM, specially equipped for the occasion of digital donation kiosks where the volunteers of the Association will invite visitors to dive into the world of rescuers at sea: guided tours of canoes or vedettes boats, demonstrations of rescue, initiations of first aid, exercises of Heli-stamping or even outings at sea, with a two-fold goal: raising awareness and fundraising.

More info in French on le Figaro Nautism and picture from last year’s event in Paris here: Le Figaro Nautisme on the Mille SNSM in Paris

There you go enjoy it as we do ,and can’t for it in my area. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

 

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May 16, 2019

An apartment life in Honfleur!

Hi y’all, here I am again to tell you more of wonderful Honfleur, salut ! la vie est belle chez ma belle France! A bit of a story telling and travel tip and anecdote as well for you. Of course, this is in Honfleur, Dept 14 Calvados of the region of Normandy in the country of France! Sort like the city X, county Y, state Z and country U,if you know what I mean!

I am sure as most of us, when first started traveling I chose hotels, very inexpensive ones hehehe! then as time went on and jobs became better I move up to nice luxury hotels and not so luxury ones. Lately, the last 15 years or so, and the family growing we came to taste apartments, gîtes, houses, apart-hotels mostly in France, Spain, Germany, and Italy.

Lately , we have stayed in apartments as was the case on our last trip to Honfleur early May’19. We search the usual popular online places and finally settle on the Le Loft at Honfleur rue des Prés off Rue de la République, walking distances to all in the city.

Their online site I found it is here: Info on the Le Loft at Booking

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Honfleur

A bit of a real description as shown in public mediums is this: Le Loft offers pet-friendly accommodation. The accommodation includes a seating area with a flat-screen TV and a DVD player. Also have a dining area and terrace. The kitchen includes an oven, a microwave, a toaster, a kettle and a coffee machine. The private bathroom comes with a shower. The old port of Honfleur is 200 meters from Le Loft.

Honfleur

Honfleur

Honfleur

The booking was done by first email with a 30% deposit up front which is discounted from the total, checks in euros or cash are only accepted. Pets are allowed and we enjoy bringing our 17 mos Rex with us and he love it, well behave and we all had a great time walking around in the city. Final details were handle by telephone text messages. The welcome was puntual by the mother of the owner, and she took us thru the rundown of the property and some suggestions on where to eat and buy groceries always welcome. The apartment has a lockbox key so no need to carry the key around just remember the digicode! Oh check in was 15h or 3pm and check out 11h or 11am , the key then is left at the door to let know the maid time to clean the apartment. All flawless and we sure would rent again from these folks.

See our previous posts on eating and shopping in Honfleur for the places we use this time and even in previous visits. At the end it was another memorable visit to our beloved dear Honfleur and I felt a single post on the accommodation was merité even if seldom do this myself….Oh the owners also handle about 11 properties for rentals in the city so there are other choices all around the same area as Le Loft.

Tourist office of Honfleur on accommodations

So there you have another possibility when visiting Honfleur is to rent an apartment, good deal from the Le Loft. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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May 15, 2019

Favorite museums of Honfleur!

Moving right along my last trip to the wonderful port city of Honfleur in Calvados dept 14 of Normandy, let me show you again some of my favorite museums in the city. I , again, have written bits and pieces on them before but just need to do justice to them and tell you a bit more with latest photos.

Therefore ,here is my take and the official sites information on the Museums of Honfleur!

Composer, pianist, but also adept of painting and literature, Erik Satie corresponds to the honfleuraise identity. His compositions are both simple and ambitious, light and profound, in the image of the city that saw him born in 1866. Ironically, as he entered the Conservatoire de musique de Paris in 1879, his teachers did not give much of his musical career. However, the composer will collaborate with the greatest artists of his time such as Picasso, Picabia, Cocteau,etc  and influence among the greatest such as Debussy, Ravel or Stravinsky. It is the atypical history of this extraordinary artist that you will discover in this Museum, housed in his home. Instead of offering us a prefabricated environment, the Maisons Satie physically transport us to the composer’s very special universe-sometimes disturbing-with audacity and intelligence, so that, as the pieces come along, we actually have the impression of the spirit of Satie. A total immersion and a unique experience, which emerges enchanted and permeated by the poetry of the artist. As long as you know how to seize this moment, the urge is to prolong and enrich your culture. Maisons SATIE;   67, Boulevard Charles-V and 90, rue Haute. Interesting.

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You see paintings of Eugène Boudin himself and the painters of the 19C. The paintings, evolving from the dark romanticism of Isabey to the luminous clarity of Monet, evoke the atmosphere of the encounters at the Auberge Saint-Simeon, located not far from Honfleur, above the beach, where the artists came to find the light of the Norman skies, water and gardens. The works of Eugène Boudin are surrounded by those of the friends: Monet, Dubourg, Courbet, Jongkind to name but a few. Two spaces present the 92 works of Eugène Boudin ;paintings and drawings currently preserved here. In one are grouped the pastels, skies, views of Honfleur, scenes at the Auberge Saint-Simeon. In the other, oil paintings, beaches, portraits, landscapes and Marines. Other rooms offer a journey through the more contemporary painting dedicated to artists of the 20C who lived or worked in Honfleur and Normandy: Vallotton, Marais, Dufy, Marquet, Cappiello and the painters of the school of Rouen. Musée Eugéne BOUDIN, Place Erik-Satie. Sublime !

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The Naval Museum or Musée de la Marine is in the old church of St. Stephen (St Etienne), on the edge of the old basin. Quai Saint Etienne. Built in the 14C, the Church of Saint-Etienne is the oldest in the city. Dedicated to the cult until the French revolution, it then served as a store, theatre and trading stock before hosting the sale of the large herring from 1802 to 1809.  Its steeple, ruined, was demolished in 1808. After 1809, it served as the real warehouse of customs until 1897 when it was ceded to the society of old Honfleur (Société du Vieux Honfleur) which restored it, had the bell tower re-erected, raised a grandstand, made stained glass and exhibited some of its collections from 1899. The old society of Honfleur site is here for members only give you a glimpse of it not a member. Société du Vieux Honfleur

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It was in 1976 that the historical and maritime collections were transferred from the Ethnography mansion to the Saint-Etienne Church. The models, engravings, and exhibits are the fruit of many gifts and bequests. All of them testify to the activities of the seafarers and the Honfleur society in the 18-19C such as fishing, naval constructions, the great trade, the popular crafts linked to the sea ,etc… The history and topography of the port are illustrated by a large collection of drawings, engravings, paintings or watercolours from the 18-19C.  In the Choir, you can admire a very beautiful model of the “Saint Bernadette”, witness of the local fishing of Honfleur at the beginning of the last century. In the nave, a stretcher on which was presented the blessed bread offered in this church by the codfish captains upon their return from Newfoundland. Very nice indeed, and if need to choose this one would be my favorite in Honfleur!

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Some webpages on information on these museums are

City of Honfleur on the Museums

City of Honfleur dedicated site on the Museums

Tourist office of Honfleur on the Museums

There you go a culturally interesting way to visit this old town by the sea, many famous came here and still do why not you! We love it and I hope to transmit this love in my posts on Honfleur. Magical Normandy and museums to indulge in culture and history of the place.

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

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May 15, 2019

The quais of Honfleur! or quays!

This is my favorite part of Honfleur and the most touristic go figure it! It seems the world comes here and also locals. It is heavens on earth ,and a wonderful spot for any reason. Of course, I am talking about Honfleur but also more especifically its wharfs or quais around the old harbor or vieux port! Again written on it in bits and pieces before but need to tell you all in one post ok. And of course some history to it!!!Thanks for reading my posts!!!

Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17C harbor in Calvados dept 14 of Normandy and of course in my belle France. It is still active as a fishing port and marina. The town has preserved many historic and traditional buildings and houses some interesting museums, churches and monuments.

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Sitting at the mouth of the Seine river, Honfleur has geography to thank for its character. Assigned the role of fortress town as far back as the 11C, it was charged with keeping hostile, mainly English  ships from wandering too far up the estuary. Looking beyond the English Channel, it also saw opportunity. And, from the 16C, its mariners were busily exploring Canada, helping to establish the French presence that bequeathed Quebec. So Honfleur has a history that it need to share with no other town. Tucked between two round hills, it is a maze of tiny streets crowded around an old port. On the northern quay, a row of tall narrow houses with slate roofs and in some cases even slate facades dating back to the 16C, 17C and 18C. Many  streets lead to the Place de Ste.-Catherine, but it is well worth following a zigzag path to study the varied architecture of the homes on the Rue Haute, Rue Brulée, Rue de la Bavole, Rue des Capucins and Rue du Puits. Many have the half-timbered look associated with Normandy, and others are made of stone and are decorated with sculptures. Most were built between the 16C and 18C.

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You can easily reach Honfleur by car in only about 2 hours from Paris,  ideal for a weekend visit out of season, the sort of place with just enough history, culture, sightseeing and good food to evoke a feeling of getting away , without going too far. Only 194 km from Paris via the A13 and A29 (Toll). Honfleur is also, by road  23 km from Le Havre via the A131 and Pont de Normandie. 64 km from Caen via A13 (toll) , and through Pont-l’Evêque or D513 via Dives and Deauville. It is 184 km from Le Mans via the A28 and A88 (toll). There are ways to avoid the tolls but will be a slower journey, your choice I always try to leave enough time to avoid these taxes!

You can ,also come with the Bus Verts line 20 links Caen to Le Havre via Honfleur The bus leaves you at the Honfleur bus station, Rue des Vases, and it also , runs between Deauville-St Gatien Airport and the town center or bus station.  Honfleur has no train station of its own; the closest train stations are those in Le Havre and Trouville-Deauville. Both have several daily direct trains to and from Paris Saint-Lazare station and both can be reached by Bus Verts line 20.

The Vieux Basin is a Port or Vieux Port located in the center of Honfleur . Its narrow slate houses reflecting in the basin make it the main tourist attraction of Honfleur.

This afloat basin was created on the insistance of Abraham Duquesne and by order of Colbert in 1681. It replaces the old stranding haven, which was much narrower. This work necessitates the destruction of the western part of the ramparts, and ended in 1684. This basin with an area of approximately one hectare (10 000 m2) has a length of 130 meters for a width of 70 meters on the south side and 85 meters on the north side where the channel is located to the port of Honfleur. It is entirely surrounded by docks accessible to the public.

The Vieux Port basin is surrounded by the Quai Sainte-Catherine in the west and for a part of the south side. The quarantine of mansions dates back to the 17-18C. They are narrow and have three to seven floors (except for house No. 2 which has only one floor). Many facades are covered with slate. Some mansions are built in corbally. The old basin has always been represented by artists including Gustave Courbet, Eugène Boudin, Claude Monet and Johan Barthold Jongkind, forming the school of Honfleur which contributed to the appearance of the Impressionist movement. Today, most of the ground floor of the Quai Sainte-Catherine are occupied by restaurants and brasseries. The south side extends the Quai Sainte-Catherine via the rue Montpensier. Through an underground route, the brook of Claire feeds the basin.

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Honfleur

 

 

The eastern part of the basin is occupied only by a dozen constructions constituting the Quai Saint-Étienne. Among these are the City/Town Hall, the old St. Etienne (Stephen’s) Church, which has become a Marine Museum or Musée de la Marine. Three lanes access the Saint-Étienne Wharf.

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On the north or sea side, there is the quai de la Quarantaine and only one building: the lieutenance; that was once the home of the King’s lieutenant. This is the only important vestige of the city’s fortifications. The mobile bridge over the channel towards the front-port formed by the Morelle completes the tour of the basin.

Indeed the whole area is it, and worth the trip here as many times as you want; me want many more.

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Honfleur

City of Honfleur on the Vieux Basin

Official tourist office of Honfleur vieux basin

Tourist office of dept 14 Calvados on Honfleur

Tourist office of Normandy on Honfleur

There you go now just what is needed is to share this spot of our world with you all. Honfleur is catchy sort like an honorable flower town (my translation) and deservently so. Enjoy Honfleur as we had , do and will have.

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

 

 

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May 14, 2019

Shops and restos ,souvenirs of Honfleur!

And so here I am in my lovely Normandy and my belle France again to tell you about the magic of this land. I get to write a post and story for the souvenirs always and to share as well and darn it, never enough space to tell you about the wonderful places we shop and eat while at it. With so much to see not enough space to tell all lol!

Well, will try to make ends meet here and tell you a bit about the places we like when we go to Honfleur for shopping and eating with the family. This is Honfleur, Calvados dept 14 of Normandy, France.

I will start with the latest tastes and some old souvenirs and then the older places going back in time. Older places won’t repeat the pictures here.

La Maison Bleue.  Historical place and well manage, we go here for the drinks lately and the view of the old basin port.At the corner of the Vieux Port, 17 quai Saint-Etienne  it counts among the hangout of local Honfleurais and regulars who know where they put their feet under the table! It is greeted without fuss at any time of the day, every day of the week, twelve months out of twelve. Better, you can even eat oysters at breakfast time. The conviviality of the tables on the ground floor and upstairs, with breathtaking views of the old basin, makes this address a postcard. It tells a story with a great H: after the war, it was painted blue with the rest of the painting of the inhabitants of the harbor… This is where we came to eat the soup kitchen. Artists, including Michel Serrault, liked to spend a good time there. The old-fashioned kitchen remains traditional and family-friendly .

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Au Relais Des Cyclistes.  We past by it and finally by a local recommendation we went in and it was a delight, sure to come back.  It is the nice table where to settle, a few steps from the tourist office at 10 Place de la Porte-de-Rouen. The one we imagine when the stomach cries hunger. Have you arrived early? Take a look at the map and book your table (in high season at any rate, even if the service is continuous). You will make, at the same time acquaintance with the very friendly and talkative staff, recommended by the all Honfleur.  The brasserie is traceable to its orange awning. Observe the painted traces of the original sign on the pediment of the house. At the Relais des Cyclistes is today still the place of daily meeting for a lunch between buddies or a good child business meal. The tradition is that in the 1940’s, the peasants who went down to the city to make their market entrusted their bikes to the local café. Menu 12€ are to come back for!

Honfleur

Honfleur

Honfleur

Le Crystal at 3 Rue Haute, this is a refine Norman cuisine and do try the Lobster or the Choucroute de Mer especially in the upper floor (1fl FR). Always a treat and memorable moments with the family.

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La Maison du Cidre Rosé , at 9 rue du Dauphin, sale of regional products Honfleur cider, rosé cider, Calvados, beers, wines, jams, salted caramel butter, chocolate, biscuits, terrines, etc etc. Wonderful we love it for the Cider Roses of course !

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Honfleur au relais des cyclistes ent

 

J’irai revoir ma Normandie at  Cours Jean de Vienne, D580 entering Honfleur.  Shop of regional and artisanal products composed  80% of Norman products with among them, ciders including rosé and white prestige cider, Norman aperitifs, pommeaux, creams of Calvados,.terrines and preserves, biscuits; confectionery and the essential caramels with salted butter from Isigny.

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Carrefour Market , 46 Rue de la République , conveniently open Sunday mornings as well; plenty of choices for the apartment lover in us! And you!

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Petit Casino 14 Quai Lepaulmier, wonderful open all day Sundays including evenings! Yes the all time favorite when the need arises and you are at your hotel or apartment and hunger cranks for a convenience trip.

L’Albatros at 32 Quai Sainte-Catherine is a repeat great for breakfast by the Vieux Port, bagel with eggs and bacon, coffee, orange juice, and pancakes a bit high at 12€ but worth it for the treat and the great service and greater view in the early morning harbor.

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L’Hippocampe is the fish market by the vieux port, can’t missed is a big warehouse looking building just before crossing to the parking de la Môle. The address is Quai Tostain. Fresh fish and seafood right off the boat and cut to please, they can even do filets pre cooked for you on the spot. Take out only.

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We headed for the Cafe de Paris on 2 quai des passengers , and had the first encounter with the fisherman and tells of their stories as far as New Zealand. Wonderful place for breakfast too. Just around the corner from the boat ramps on your way to the jardin public and the statues of personages of the city.

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The hypermarket E Leclerc at  Avenue Marcel Liabastre just entering town on the road D580 on your right hand side. Gas up good prices but do not open on Sundays.

We had a great lunch by the 1, quai des passengers almost across from the jardin public, the Bistrot à Crêpes. Very nicely serve with great steaks, burgers,and salads, good coffees, great ice cream italian homemade, and the beer heineken.

Oncle Scott’s,  208 Cours Jean de Vienne. A wonderful US Western style restaurant featuring Budweiser beers and Mountain Dew sodas! the boys love it and so did we, chasing them in Brittany as well! 

La Curé Gourmande, 31 rue du Dauphin , candies galore a heaven for the young at heart!

The La Cave Normande at 13 Rue de la ville.  It is, as the name implies, first a cellar, but also a museum. The small local shop is indeed home to the largest collection of Calvados vintage of France!. The lieutenance , the first beer brewed in Honfleur is also available.

Au Bouillon Normand, at 7 Rue de la ville. The menu changes four times a year, depending on the season. In turn, you should go for the essential hot crispy Camembert. You can also share the dishes  very well if we want to honor this table worthily. What they do between meat and fish to taste everything. A very good idea that allows you to keep a place of choice for the desserts to come as the hot soufflé with Calvados!

La Cidrerie, at 26 place Hamelin. The charming little entrance, decorated with barrels and embellished with Ivy, welcomes guests with conviviality.  Great simple meals around the Normand cider.

And just going over to the Church Sainte Catherine turn right on the little street ,rue Haute. Le Bréard, 7 Rue du Puits. One of the most original tables in the city. After passing through the kitchens of the la Tour d’Argent , Lucas Carton or the Grand Véfour,chef Fabrice Sébire chose Honfleur as his home port and a charming building on the rue du Puits as the basis of his culinary experiments. Very traditional French, gastronomic meals;delicious.

The Sa.Qua.Na , at 22 Place Hamelin a gourmet kitchen, the open kitchen lets glimpse the prom of cooks. As a whole, the frame of bricks, metal, wood has gained in brightness; The spirit of the house and its exquisite flavors, bold blend between Japan, Aveyron, Mauritius and Normandy. Two menus and two colours, “olive green” (8 courses) and “cherry red” (5 courses), are offered to the guests, invited to share the same meal. Sa-Qua-Na  is a Japanese name that means fish and evokes the three pillars of their daily requirements,  “flavor, quality, nature “. Nice.

Il Parasole, at 2 rue Haute near harbor, sandwich and ice cream parlors. At the Italian restaurant Il Parasole the quality of the dishes and the freshness of the products carry you in one bite! In the midst of the warm colors of the room or the fresh air on the terrace, it is in a family and friendly atmosphere that you share this trip, young and old, with your loved ones.So did we!

And the jazz bar by the harbor ,La Taverne du Perroquet Vert, 52 Quai Sainte-Catherine. There is no time for chatter. Let alone the snacks that titillate the stomachs that we are in the morning or evening, noon or afternoon. This is one of the essential places of the Norman port! Warm atmosphere, cozy décor trendy? yes. But warm, without fuss and at a price, all, reasonable from the brewery to the cocktail bar.

And last but not least one entering Honfleur on the D580, La Fregate at 24 Rue des Quatre Franc and corner of the Rond Point du Poudreux, in the town limits of La Rivière-Saint-Sauveur.  Traditional French cuisine. Nice escape from the tourist central.

There you go now you won’t go hungry in Honfleur and sure to taste some delicious local Norman/French food, tops as in France!

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

May 14, 2019

Sights of my Honfleur!

Ok so I will use up memory but this is a special town of mine for reasons explained in my blog several times. Sentimental and nice, as well as being the 2nd most visited site in all of Normandy about 3,5 million visitors just behind MSM (Mont Saint Michel).

I like to tell about the sights and architecture, beautiful streets of my beloved Honfleur. Here I go

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Carrousel by Vieux Port

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old lighthouse

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Rue Haute

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Rue de la République towards Vieux Port

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Jardin Public or of Personnages

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Rue des Prés off République

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Ecole municipal de Musique at rue de la République

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Rue Cachin to ch St Leonard

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lavoirs wash house by ch St Leonard

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City/Town Hall

And there you go some nice pictures of my beloved Honfleur in Calvados dept 14 of Normandy, in my belle France. Enjoy it

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

 

 

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May 14, 2019

Some news from France, CCXXVIIII

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 14, 2019

Pont de Normandie!

So in my road warrior trips I have passed many bridges but none so emblematic of the human effort and grandeur as the Normandy bridge or Pont de Normandie. We have criss cross it several times but also by sea to be able to see its grand structure and masterfully built. Not even damage by winds and rain and only once closed to vehicular traffic in its history for prevention.

I have mentioned it in my other posts but feels deservely so needs a post of its own. Therefore, this is my humble hommage to my latest passing this month on the Pont de Normandie.

The Pont de Normandie is a cable-stayed bridge spanning the Seine estuary and linking the cities of Le Havre to Honfleur. This bridge is toll paying, except for pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists.

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The story goes from official sources. Pardon my technical knowledge on bridge construction. In 1994 the main scope of the work beats by more than 250 meters the previous world record of 1993 (Shanghai), but this one will be lost in 1998 by 34 meters on the Tatara bridge in Japan. Its record length of cable-stayed bridge was lost in 2003 with the 2 883 meters of the bridge Rion-Antirion and, if one considers the length of apron suspended by guying (2 252 m), it is the viaduct of Millau (France)  which takes the succession with 2 444 meters.

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The structure, which is of concrete, has a total length of 21 415 meters. It has a 856 meters span, with the 624 meters of the center being metal. The concrete pylons of this span reach a height of 215 meters.  The 23.60 meters wide apron accommodates four lanes for motor vehicles, two cycle lanes and two pedestrian-protected lanes.  The apron is made up of two parts. A metal part, long 624 m, overlooks the Seine at 59.12 m. this part consists of 32 segments of 19.65 m, each of them is connected to the joint head of one of the pylons by two shrouds fixed on either side of the segment. The remainder of the apron is in pre-stressed concrete for the two access viaducts as well as for the 58 m of reach attached to each of the two pylons.  Pre-stressed reinforced concrete compounds, Y-inverted pylons measure 214.77 m and weigh 20 000 tons each, of which 11 700 for single metal reinforcement and 150 for pre-stressing cables. Because of the spherical or roundness of the Earth, the pylons are spaced about two to three centimeters higher at their top than at their base.

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184 Freyssinet cables or cable stays are composed of several steel strands, between 31 and 53, depending on the effort they must undergo. All are protected against external aggressions by a layer of wax and a polyethylene sheath. They are assembled in bundles and are dressed in a liner whose profile is aerodynamic. The whole length of the bridge these are between 95 and 460 meters long.

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Some official webpages to know more details are

Official Pont de Normandy

Official Vinci construction on Pont de Normandie

Official bridge construction site on Pont de Normandie

And of course, you can drive on it and go back and forth between Le Havre and Honfleur but going under ground on a boat is ideal way to see it up close and personal so we have couple times too. There are two possibilities for a ride, two boats to choose from, same company Promenade en Bateau Honfleur.

The Calypso, a rescue whaling vessel with a capacity of 64 passengers, offers a 45 minute getaway and the discovery of the historic city, through its ancient buildings and history. Boarding: Quai de la planchette. This is a short inside the harbor basins ride only. Quite nice overlooking the nice architecture on the Vieux Port.

The Jolie France is a ride of 1h30m which will put you with eyes open all the time. Going by the passage of the locks levies, view on the radar, bridge of Tancarville, Le Havre, the heights of Honfleur, the island of birds, and as a final bouquet: the Pont de Normandie. Boarding: Jetty of the transit about 20 meters from the descent of the bus , 80 meters from the parking of the mole (4€ all day) . The best ride as it goes out to sea and around the Honfleur beach to the Pont de Normandie.  We take as it reminds me of my Mom and Wife who are at sea here. RIP

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Official Promenade en Bateau Honfleur and Jolie France

Tourist office of Honfleur on the boats rides

Of course, I will tell you to ride it by car as well and it is a thrill indeed. However, by boat is best me think. Either way you will have a memorable moment on the Normandy bridge or Pont de Normandie.

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

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May 13, 2019

Belz, Erdeven, and Etel of Morbihan!

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

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

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

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

City of Belz on Church and heritage

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

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

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

Erdeven

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Tourist office of Erdeven on religious services on the Church

Tourist office of Erdeven on the heritage

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

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

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

Tourist office of Etel on heritage

City of Etel a map of the sights

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

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

 

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