Posts tagged ‘Bretagne’

June 9, 2023

My curiosities of Crac’h and a bit of nostalgia of Grand Champ !!!

These are towns close to mine and of course passed by here ,visit many times, Plenty in my blog on them, but went by today to see something new ;always a find in my beautiful Morbihan. I went out to see some sites on the Heritage Foundation of France list on renovations and could not get on this one but did find out on something new to show in my blog, In continuing my road warrior trip went by anoter nostalgic spot and glad got me an update too, Let me tell you about my curiosities of Crac’h and a bit of nostalgia of Grand Champ !!! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

With its 57 hectares (about 141 acres) spread over 3 km of coastline, the Domaine du Plessis Kaër benefits from a breathtaking site with a plunging view of the Auray River. It is located by the site of Poulbenn in the town of Crac’h, in my beautiful Morbihan , lovely Bretagne, and belle France, I could not get close as this is under heavy renovation and a private property, One to check further later on with ok from the Heritage Foundation of France.

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You will find many more magnificent spaces there such as a 15C castle, a manor entirely renovated, a forest, green moors, sea lanes, a farmhouse, former 19C stables, an orangery, a dovecote, a fountain and a washhouse. The history of the Domaine du Plessis Kaër begins in 1105, when the land of Kaër was established as a lordship with the right of justice over the parishes of Crac’h and Locmariaquer. The first buildings were built from the 12C, while the Château was built by François de Malestroit in the 15C. The castle was acquired in 1727 by Christophe-Paul de Robien, president of the Parliament of Brittany, famous collector and pioneer of archeology in Brittany, who contributed to its interior design by installing a study there. Of course, it was sold as national property in the French revolution.

In 1872, the Parisian engineer Jules Caillot bought the site to make it his second home. He undertook a profound overhaul of the castle on the basis of the old structures to adapt it to the comfort and taste of his time. The castle then underwent its last major renovation with the addition of a majestic neo-Gothic decor and the use of modern techniques and materials, such as the metal beams of the floors. The new rehabilitation project of the Château du Plessis Kaër, winner of the Mission Stéphane Bern 2022, is today in an alarming state of degradation and constitutes the priority for intervention on the entire estate. The restoration work is substantial given the current state of the castle ,End of work estimated for 2024,

I must say at the entrance to the above you have the Antiquité Brocante Décoration store On the site of a former tide mill of Poulbenn,in Crac’h, Very nice folks and worth the detour to check their wonderful items out, webpage :

You will pass the old tide mill located on the edge of the Etang de Poulbenn pond in Crac’h, this former tide mill was used to grind grain using the energy of the sea present in the Gulf of Morbihan. For this, the mills were built at the end of a dyke, thus creating a sea pond which filled during the rising tide. Then, it emptied through the mill during the ebb tide to activate the cogs and produce flour. Today, the mill is in ruins but you can still see its pond as well as the lock that blocked the water. A calm and clean natural site, ideal for family walks and picnics. Here you have the small river Reclus long of almost 5 km coming into the Etang de Poulbenn ,and later goes out into the Auray river, continues to the Gulf of Morbihan and into the Bay of Quiberon before joining finally the Atlantic Ocean !!!

Crach domaine du Plessis Kaer poulben sea jun23

The official Domaine du Plessis-Kaër :

While looking for another site that could not be seen at all, I stumbled passed the old baseball field of the Gregam Griffons (Gregam is Breton for Grand Champ , French), It was just behind the collége Saint Joseph (middle school) on the road D133, The City have build a wonderful sports complex Le Queneah Guen there and the baseball has since move with a representative office in the mayor’s office , and the playing field at the Route de Queneah Guen near the water tower. Have it as once I participated a bit on the training of the youngster little time make me leave but nice memories of always, And they are doing good.

Grand Champ old baseball field jun23

The official Gregam Griffons:

The city of Crac’h on its heritage/history:,5.html

The local Bay of Quiberon tourist office on Crac’h

There you go folks, dandy little towns ,nice clean with lots of real living in deep beautiful Morbihan. Never a dull moment at home with so much to see and explore around me alone ! Again, hope you enjoy the post on my curiosities of Crac’h and a bit of nostalgia on Grand Champ as I.

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

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June 9, 2023

The Centre Spirituel de Penboc’h of Arradon !!

And again on my local road warrior mode in my beautiful Morbihan  and lovely Bretagne  of my belle France, I have written several posts on this wonderful coastal town of Arradon, and I stopped by it today again. This is a new sight as got info from the Heritage Foundation of France on renovations ongoing in my area, and it was a must to go, It is private propery but was lucky to be allowed in and took some wonderful pictures of the Centre Spirituel de Penboc’h of Arradon !! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

Arradon Centre Spirituel de Penboc'h entrance jun23

Arradon Centre Spirituel de Penboc'h Virgin Mary and Child statue jun23

The Spiritual Center of Penboc’h is a Jesuit spiritual center, a place of meditation and prayer which welcomes for a few days people wishing to deepen their faith in the spirit of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus. It is located in the place of Penboc’h part of the town of Arradon.

Arradon Centre Spirituel de Penboc'h buildings jun23

Arradon Centre Spirituel de Penboc'h to bay jun23

The origin of the site of Penboch was endow in the tradition of the colleges of the Society of Jesus,in 1854 ,by 1864, acquired the Penboch farm and undertook the construction of the neo-gothic St Joseph Chapel. These primitive plans were slightly modified so that the chapel was visible from the Gulf. The spire of the bell tower is surmounted by a statue of Saint Joseph carrying the Child Jesus, the work of Carado, a sculptor from Vannes. The beautiful stained glass windows come from the famous Carmel workshop in Le Mans. After its construction, the chapel, blessed on Saint Joseph’s Day in 1865, was to become a place of pilgrimage for sailors. It house twenty paintings of biblical scenes which have just been installed on the walls of the chapel.

Arradon Centre Spirituel de Penboc'h chapel St Joseph side jun23
Arradon Centre Spirituel de Penboc'h chapel St Joseph altar jun23

Arradon Centre Spirituel de Penboc'h chapel St Joseph back inside jun23

The site of Penboc’h has been a Jesuit spiritual center since 1975. Apart from the Chapel of Saint Joseph, the typically Breton buildings had not been subject to substantial work for 150 years! To preserve the area of heritage interest, a restoration in the rules of the art and respect for the environment was essential. In close collaboration with the Architect of the Buildings of France, and the Heritage Foundation of France, the restoration of the facades, the frames and the roofs then the replacement of the door frames could be carried out. In addition, two elevators make all the buildings accessible to people with reduced mobility.

The Company of Jesus is a Catholic religious order, founded by Saint Ignatius of Loyola in 1540. It brings together nearly 17,000 Jesuits worldwide, including 4,650 in Europe and 530 within the Province of Francophone Western Europe (France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Greece, Reunion Islands and Mauritius). Living in communities, they fulfill a wide variety of missions (educational, social, pastoral, etc.) by striving to integrate reflection, prayer and action. Their fifteen-year training aims to make them, following Christ, men of encounter and reconciliation. Since 1850, this site has been used to accommodate students from the Collège de Vannes. In 1854, the Jesuits acquired this land to make it the country house of the students of the College Saint François-Xavier de Vannes.(middle school). In France, the first centers created by the Company of Jesus, a religious Order of the Catholic Church, were created in the 1660s. Several “retirement homes” were to follow them in the 17-18C. Disappeared with the suppression of the Jesuit Order in 1762, Jesuit spiritual centers reappeared in France and Belgium in the second half of the 19C. Almost every Jesuit province has its spiritual center. In France and French-speaking Belgium (province of French-speaking Western Europe) there are five: Le Châtelard (Francheville/Lyon), Les Coteaux Païs (Toulouse), Manrèse (Clamart/Paris), Penboc’h (Arradon) and La Pairelle (Wépion/Namur).

The official Le Centre spirituel de Penboc’h:

The city of Arradon on its heritage

There you go folks, another dandy in my beautiful coastal Morbihan. This is nice Arradon, and a new find in the Centre Spirituel de Penboc’h, Arradon !! Again, hope you enjoy the post as I

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

June 8, 2023

Curiosities of Auray !!! Part IV

Again, in my road warrior trips around my beautiful Morbihan, I had to visit one of my former admin homes that is now very close to my current home. I have many posts on Auray in my blog, and this one was just visiting again today, and new pictures that should be in my blog. Therefore, here is my take on the curiosities of Auray !!! Part IV Hope you enjoy it as I.

The Halles, a covered market selling all the goodies of the land and sea, It is located at the Place de la République, right next to the Hôtel de Ville where they are home to about twenty traders who offer fresh produce all year long. Open every day from 8h to 13h. This is really our favorite here.

Auray Halles covered market front jun23

Auray Halles covered market back NF jun23

The Photo studio Ronan Le Guernevel, 21 Pl de la République is still there !! My first photos taken locally back in 2011 was here as was recommended by our photo studio in Versailles who is a cousin !! small world indeed !!

Auray Ronan photo studio pl de la republique photo phox jun23

The Place de la République, formerly called “grand placître”, sometimes “place du Martray”, has been the economic and political center of Auray since the Middle Ages, This is the City hall spot and several restos we patronize over the years as well as the covered market and bakeries and well everything until we moved to Pluvigner !

Auray PL de la Republique jun23

The rue du Belzic is an old street that goes from the place de la République to the Place Aux Roues , The street is completely full of shops, restos, bars and trafic controlled with days only pedestrian, A wonderful little street to walk and see fantastic stuff. at no,1 rue du Belzic corner with place de la République see a house facade and roof from the 16C.

Auray rue du Belzic jun23

The rue du Lait is located in the city center of the pretty town of Auray, a busy shopping street, leads to the Saint-Gildas Church  This is an old favorite walking street in Auray and shopping in quant shops, we love it.

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The Athéna Cultural Center is a performance hall with theatre, music, dance, circus, young audiences etc. The Méliscènes Festival, organized every year in March, is dedicated to puppetry and object theatre. Cultural mediation actions, the edges of the stage, are organized throughout the season. I have used the convenient above ground parking here walks all over town.

Auray mediatheque athena front jun23

The rue du château was before proceeding with the sale of the ruins of the château, a rue Neuve created on September 6, 1560 on the northern moat. This road connects the main entrance of the castle (destroyed in 1558 by order of Henri II, and stones taken to the Belle Ïle sur Mer to build the Citadel) and the bridge of Saint-Goustan, In addition to a few half-timbered houses, the street is lined with beautiful residences using limestone, a noble material in vogue in the 17C and 18C, The houses built for the most part during the 17C. A half-timbered house bears the date 1608. Stone houses of 1640, 1643, and 1817 survived. Also, several artists shops are here and a very hilly street be prepare but worth the adventure !!!

Auray rue du Chateau to st goustan jun23

I always felled in love with this tower living quarter in a vast park by Venelle du Foresto street in the upper town overlooking Saint Goustan It belongs to a private house,and I see each time very picturesque me think.

Auray upper town tower house overlooking St Goustan jun23

The Rue Philippe-Vannier, known in the history of Auray as rue du Pavé, has long been a privileged axis to connect Saint-Goustan. Today, having become calmer, it was by mistake that rue du Pavé took the name of Philippe Vannier in 1924. The city council at the time thought he was born in Auray !! Volunteered in the Royal Navy at 16, he left for Cochinchina (southern Vietnam) and spent 36 years there, alongside King Gia Long, founder of the imperial Nguyen dynasty which reigned until 1945 , It was Gia Long who appointed him captain, then first class mandarin in reward for his services which helped to establish his power. Louis XVIII awarded him the title of Knight of the Legion of Honor in 1819. François Vannier returned to France in 1825 and died on June 6, 1842 in Lorient, at the age of 80. He is buried in the Carmel cemetery.

Auray Rue Philippe Vannier lavoir jun23

The Place Joffre is one of our favorite parking spots. There is still one grocery store there founded in 1949, its current owners, behind their counter for 35 years, witness the changes in Place Joffre, which has become peaceful A quant spot in Auray, and still the closest office for the social security administration or CPAM du Morbihan which we used for our personal needs as well as the nice grocery store for fruits and veggies !

Auray Pl Joffre parking jun23

At the Place Notre-Dame, nice small parking spot we like and the spot of the markets day and night time. It is right in front of the Church Saint Gildas and easy walking all over town, we have used the parking many times and shop in its markets.

Auray pl Notre Dame parking jun23

And last but not least as the saying goes, the La Poste or post office of Auray main building is at 31 Avenue Président Wilson, The Wilson Avenue post office belonged to someone who was a city councillor. It was only in the 1930s that this building had the vocation that we know today, It is my alternative post office if in my town is closed for been a smaller town.

Auray post office main jun23

The city of Auray on its heritage:

The local Bay of Quiberon tourist office on Auray:

There you go folks, a dandy spot often overlook in the off the beaten paths of my beautiful Morbihan and historical AurayAgain , hope you enjoy this post on the curiosities of Auray as I

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

June 8, 2023

Curiosities of Auray !!! Part III

Again, in my road warrior trips around my beautiful Morbihan, I had to visit one of my former admin homes that is now very close to my current home. I have many posts on Auray in my blog, and this one was just visiting again today, and new pictures that should be in my blog. Therefore, here is my take on the curiosities of Auray !!! Part III Hope you enjoy it as I

The Chapelle Saint Esprit was one of the most important chapel in the commanderies of the order of Saint Esprit, the members defended and protected the poor, orphans and the sick. It was first built here by the Duke Jean II (John) of Brittany , The Chapel lost its religious vocation in 1790 during the French revolution (as usual). It served as safe heaven for the population during WWII , later housed School children, firefigthers, and local associations. Today, it still holds cultural events and plays of many diverse nature. The chapel found its original aspect after the renovation in 1994. It houses today each year a exposition of comptemporary arts. Also, the place for the Christmas market. Wonderful place indeed especially at Christmas.

Auray chapelle st Esprit front jun23

Right across from the Chapel was from 1794 it served as a military outpost, the famous Caserne Dugueslin barracks where from 1831 welcome soldiers until the 20C. HQ 2nd Battalion 4th Regiment of air infantery from Loir et Cher, The 4th Regiment were volunteers numbering about 1070 who fought the Nazis in the pocket of Lorient during WWII ,and participated with the 19th division of infantery of Brittany in the liberation of the south of Brittany, On the first floor (2nd fl US), on December 19 1944 was killed by an errant soldier the coronel Henri Valin de la Vaissiére , regiment commander and Charles Verrier 2nd Battalion chief

Auray caserne Duguesclin front by st esprit jun23

The Chapelle du pére Eternel, given to Franciscan friars in the 17C to established a school for girls today its richly preserved. The Franciscans order arrived in town, then the Cordeliers, and finally the Sisters of the Charity of St Louis in 1807, you can visit it from July 7 to September 3rd for free.

Auray chapelle du pere eternel side jun23

The former chapelle  de la Congregation ,  The full name is Chapel of the Brothers of the Congregation of Men of the Immaculate Conception . It’s dated from 1672. Only the front is original. Pious craftsmen gathered there to pray to the Virgin. Before going out, observe the tribune and its central panel. You will see the Rapture of Saint Paul , a work performed around 1672-1678 by Antoine de Bray a Parisian decorator who adorned several halls of the parliament of Brittany in Rennes. It was restored in 1890, Today it welcomes the tourist office, at 20 rue du Lait.

Auray chapelle de la congregation tourist office jun23

The Hôtel de Ville or City/Town Hall was completed in 1782, On its pediment the town’s coat of arms features the Duke’s ermine and the three Royal lilies . facade on the square, roof and belfry 18C , Located at the Place de la République. This was the first mayor’s office I was service to renewed my French passport and my French identity card in the Morbihan breton 56 !!!

Auray hotel de ville front jun23

Auray hotel de ville back jun23

Overlooking the port, the foothills of the former castle of Auray (see post)  offers a beautiful point of view, Suggested in your visit, taking the Ramps du Loch which overlooks the river, built on the foothills of the old castle of Auray, this pedestrian path offers a very beautiful view of the port of Saint Goustan and allows you to descend there by passing by a belvedere, made up of stepped square courtyards, erected in 1727 on the remains of the fortified castle of which some ruins can still be seen ,See beyond the Auray river flowing into the Gulf of Morbihan and eventually the Atlantic Ocean, Sublime !

Auray upper town to St Goustan and gulf jun23

The city of Auray on its heritage:

he local Bay of Quiberon tourist office on Auray:

There you go folks, a dandy spot often overlook in the off the beaten paths of my beautiful Morbihan and historical Auray. Again , hope you enjoy this post on the curiosities of Auray as I

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

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June 7, 2023

One more time by the Church Saint Gildas of Auray !!!

This is a must each time and town and one of its must visit monuments, , The main church of Auray is a historical and architecturally stunning Church of Saint Gildas ! I was again by the upper town so new pictures and need to be in my blog, Therefore, hope you enjoy the post one more time by the Church Saint Gildas of Auray !!! as I

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Auray ch Saint Gildas from Pl Notre Dame jun23

As have several posts on it will concentrate on showing the new pictures and condence text hoping not to repeat, The  magnificent Church of Saint Gildas, is worth the extra post as this is a wonderful smallish church really but beautifully maintained and very active in town.  In the 12C, the Duchess of Brittany Constance donated to the abbey of Saint-Gildas-de-Rhuys (see post) land she owned in Auray. The monks set up a priory there, the chapel of which gradually became the parish church of the town. In a state of advanced dilapidation, the church was razed in 1620 to be replaced by the current church, completed in 1663.

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Auray ch Saint Gildas nave to altar jun23

The Church of Saint Gildas houses a Laval stone and marble altarpiece from 1664, a 19C organ and baptismal font with carved canopy. From the 18C, it retains woodwork in the side chapels, and an elegant organ case. In the 20C, more precisely in the 1930s, the large windows of the transepts received stained glass windows evoking the life of Saint GildasThe 19C was a source of renewal for the church. The baptismal font, confessionals and side altars date from this period.

Auray ch Saint Gildas St gildas history statue jun23

Auray ch Saint Gildas priere Sainte Anne jun23

It also has a resurrection tomb of Christ that was completely renovated and shown proudly upon entering the church on the left aisle.  It dates from the beginning of the 16C. Due to its age and polychromy, it is unique in Brittany. It was originally surrounded by human-sized characters. The whole thing certainly represented the descent from the Cross. The imposing altarpiece of the high altar is in Levallois style and dates from 1657.  It has a set of nine windows on the life of Saint Gildas done from 1812 to 1874.  The bell tower of the three-story square tower, however, was not completed until 1701. It dominates the whole town and will serve as a model for the region. Work on the bell tower of the Church of Saint-Gildas will begin in December 2023 for twelve months. The church will continue to be open.

Auray ch Saint Gildas mise au tombeau Christ jun23

Auray ch Saint Gildas Ste Therese de Lisieux jun23

Auray ch Saint Gildas chapel altar Sainte Marie jun23

From 1701 ,the Church of Saint Gildas owned a small organ of which no trace has been preserved. This instrument was dismantled in 1760 and transferred to a chapel which no longer exists. The new organ dates from 1761. In 1795, it would seem that the organ was damaged by prisoners locked up in the church… In 1833, lightning struck the church ,and damaged the organ.  In 1860, the instrument was rebuilt in the German romantic style by organ builder Carl Ewald Julius Heyer (known as Jules Heyer). This postman, originally from the Breslau region in Poland, had come to Quimper since 1847 where he first worked for Cavaille-Coll, and then set up on his own. In 1946, the organ was restored in the Parisian workshops of the Pleyel/Cavaille-Coll house in a more neo-classical style.  In 1979, the Beuchet/Debierre house in Nantes carried out a restoration, and the sideboard has regained its original color. 

Auray ch Saint Gildas organ back jun23 

The city of Auray on its heritage:

The local Bay of Quiberon tourist office on Auray:

There you go folks ,like I said a smallish church, but very nicely maintained, said beautiful. A must to visit while in the area and worth the detour. Again, hope you have enjoy my new post on the Church of Saint Gildas of Auray !!as I

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

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June 5, 2023

Some news from France on its archeological days !!!

This is a special post on a dear subject of mine, There is soon the archeological days in Europe and my France is on target to be super, We are into Spring, but feels like Summer already prime time to come out and enjoy these beauties. We have looking forward to travel out this month and next stay tune on my posts for now enjoy this one a dandy for sure, Hope you enjoy the post as I.

The European Archeology Days are managed by Inrap under the aegis of the Ministry of Culture. They will take place on 16, 17 and 18 June ,2023. The European Archeology Days take place in the 46 member countries of the Council of Europe . I will tell you on my favorites from my dear regions of Bretagne/Brittany, Yvelines, Seine et Marne, and Paris,

Dinan; The archaeological remains of the Tour Saint-Julien, The deposited remains of Mother Pourcel , Dating the houses! Typochronology in the face of science at Place des Merciers Discovering half-timbered houses at Impasse Du Guesclin, The Vorgium Virtual Archaeological Interpretation Center 5 rue du Docteur Menguy. 29270 Carhaix-Plouguer, Château de Roc’h Morvan in La Roche Maurice New results of the excavation campaigns of the castle 6 place du Château, 29800 La Roche Maurice

The Old abbey of Landévennec , The remains of the old abbey bear witness to 1500 years of history. Founded at the beginning of the 6C, the monastery was one of the most powerful religious foundations in the region during the early Middle Ages. The abbey then crosses the journeys of regional history: the rise of the 9C, the Viking raids, the first Romanesque art, the wars of the League… A museum, opened in 1990, gives an account of the results of the excavations and work of historians. The garden showcases around a hundred plants, traces of which the researchers were able to find in the soils of the site. Place Yann Landevenneg 29560 Landevennec

Created in 1846, the Breton Departmental Museum is the oldest in Finistère. Its walls and collections invite you to discover the rich diversity of Breton heritage. Pushing the doors of the Breton departmental museum means above all entering a place steeped in history. Housed in the former episcopal palace of Quimper, The Breton Departmental Museum 1 Rue du Roi Gradlon 29000, Quimper

The Château de Kerjean, In the golden age of Brittany at the end of the 16C, the Barbier family built a castle that surpassed the most beautiful residences in the region. Built to impress and showcase the power of this wealthy family on the rise, the Château de Kerjean is inspired by so-called “French” models while adapting to the regional style. The result is a jewel of Renaissance architecture with its refined decorations, its portal of honor with a terrace on arcades and its elegant well delicately placed in the courtyard. Château de Kerjean 29440 Saint-Vougay

The Archeology Village at the Château de Saint-Malo ,On the occasion of the European Archeology Days, the Saint-Malo History Museum has invited the Regional Center for Archeology of Alet, the Association for the Development of Research in Archeology MARitime and the Society of History and Archeology of the Agglomeration of Saint-Malo to offer you an archeology village at the Château de Saint-Malo to discover the remains and issues related to the archeology in the Saint-Malo city, Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 June, 2023 from 10h to 18h. Castle of the Duchess Anne ,9 Pl. Chateaubriand 35400 Saint-Malo

First museum in the world for megalithism, the Carnac Prehistory Museum presents all the objects discovered on the archaeological sites which have made the reputation of the region. An essential prelude to visiting the surrounding dolmens and menhirs, you will also discover daily life in the Neolithic period (4900-2200 BC). Place Christian Bonnet 56340 Carnac

The Site of the megaliths of Locmariaquer , At the entrance gates to the Gulf of Morbihan, stands a group of three megalithic monuments of primary importance dating from 6,500 years ago (Neolithic period): the Great broken menhir, an enormous block of granite 21 meters high and weighing nearly 330 tons, is the largest known stele in Europe. The tumulus of Er Grah and the dolmen of the Table des Marchands offer exceptional testimony to the funeral rites practiced in Brittany from 4500 BC, Route de Kerlogonan, 56740 Locmariaquer

The Château des Rohan or de Pontivy was built at the turn of the 16C. Most of the construction was carried out on the initiative of Jean II de Rohan, known as the “Grand Viscount”. Pontivy having become, in 1396, the capital of the Viscounty of Rohan, Jean II needed a castle worthy of his rank. With its thick walls, its wide ditches and its massive towers projecting strongly from the curtain walls, the Château de Pontivy bears witness to a military architecture which, at the end of the 15C, tried to adapt to the development of the fire artillery. 63 rue du General de Gaulle, 56300 Pontivy

The CIAP or Architecture and Heritage Interpretation Center is located in the Hôtel de Limur a magnificent private mansion built by Raymond Le Doulx, canon of the cathedral of Vannes, in the 17C. An architecture and heritage interpretation center is a free local cultural facility. The objective is to raise awareness, inform and train all audiences in architecture and heritage , 31 rue Thiers 56000 Vannes

The Museum of Fine Arts, La Cohue on the location of La Cohue,across from the St Peter’s Cathedral, a former medieval market hall, now hosts a few objects from the archaeological collections during the closure of the history and archeology museum, Château Gaillard. 15 place Saint Pierre 56000 Vannes

One of the main reasons to come to the Hôtel-Dieu museum is to (re)discover the artist Maximilien Luce. The collection now includes nearly 350 works: paintings, drawings, prints, prints, ceramics. A large part is now exhibited in the permanent collections, chronologically and thematically retracing the life and work of Luce. The medieval collection houses many masterpieces of Gothic art from the Notre-Dame Collegiate Church (stained glass windows, sculptures). 1 rue Thiers 78200 Mantes-la-Jolie

The National Archeology Museum – National Domain of Saint-Germain-en-Laye (castle) As every year, the National Archeology Museum – National Domain of Saint-Germain-en-Laye offers many free activities for schoolchildren, in a village of archaeology. On one of the lawns of the National Estate, the village of know-how and trades will host all the participatory and demonstration workshops. Place Charles de Gaulle 78100 Saint-Germain-en-Laye

The Île-de-France Prehistory Museum, The major stages of prehistory and protohistory in Île-de-France, from the oldest hunters to the first metallurgists. 48 avenue Etienne Dailly, 77140 Nemours

The Army Museum , partner of Inrap (Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research), invites you to explore its collections related to archaeology, on the occasion of the European Days of Archeology . 129 rue de Grenelle 75007 Paris

The Archaeological Crypt of the Ile de la Cité , Presenting the archaeological remains discovered during excavations carried out between 1965 and 1970, the Archaeological Crypt of the Ile de la Cité, located on the Parvis Notre-Dame, offers a unique panorama of the evolution urban and architectural features of the Ile de la Cité, the historic heart of the capital Place Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris

he Musée des Plans-Reliefs, located on the 4th floor of the main courtyard of the Hôtel des Invalides, the Musée des Plans-Reliefs preserves and presents a unique collection in the world: historical models of fortified towns and their surrounding countryside, made between the reigns of Louis XIV and Napoleon III. Museum of Maps-Reliefs ,Hotel des Invalides 129 rue de Grenelle 75007 Paris

The Archeology Village at the Royal Palace brings together all the players in archeology in one place. With family or friends, everyone can learn about archeology through various activities, workshops, demonstrations and historical re-enactments. 8 rue de Montpensier, 75001 Paris

The Catacombs of Paris nstalled in the heart of a real labyrinth of underground galleries, 20 meters underground, the Catacombs of Paris constitute an exceptional geological, archaeological and historical site. The huge municipal ossuary houses the remains of several million Parisians. Coming from the intramural cemeteries of Paris, they were transferred between the end of the 18C and the middle of the 19C to former underground stone quarries. 1 avenue du Colonel Rol-Tanguy, 75014 Paris

The official Archeological Days in France:

There you go folks, another round of my some news from France coming to you freely by the road warrior travel guy . This is again a special post on a special subject for me in my belle France, the architecture, And again, hope you enjoy this post on the Archeological days in France as I.

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

June 5, 2023

My former last job in Saint Nolff !!!!

Well, I have given my spot where I spent the last 9 years of my working life and memories forever, I am retired so can give you a bit more of the place and for my memorie’s sake to keep in my blog as it is the story of my life, I worked in a town call Saint Nolff just outside the capital City Vannes of the dept 56 my beautiful Morbihan . It was a very nice job, in upper management, with plenty of travel opportunity as my job required a lot of travel. One of the hidden benefits of the job! Now as the time has come to go into the rest period so of speak but boring me think , I have many butterflies and nostalgia sets in; it was a wonderful job that I could have continue until I drop ! Indeed wonderful,,, !

st nolff chateau offices mine jul19

st nolff parking lot work oct17

The people were/are very friendly and nice, and we were allowed to work pretty much independant, no time limits plenty of trust, Nowdays ,every time I speak with a former collegue memories come back flashing so to ease the nostalgia ,doing this post, I was next to Vannes in a quiet, small, cozy country heaven,call Saint Nolff, a big change from my previous post near and in Paris. Yes a loving job if I can call it that. I live about 35 minutes from the job by car on the road N165 or can take a semi detour and come into the country road D19 or even better the D779 . Traffic is minimum, and it was super to drive from to work. There were some hot days ,yes very hot days but with a breeze as we are not far from the ocean so even in the canicule we are the least impacted.

st nolff we nov building work jul19

St Nolff aquarium conference room dec16

The job was on the park of an old castle originally built in 1504 ,now only the ruins of its walls remains, and the face of the manoir or mansion call Château, where the main administrative office is,and where I was ! It has several offices inside the Chateau, housing the different departments or as it is call here Services; a beautiful long garden and forest area, and a cafeteria with hot meals serve daily with choices of menus at reduce prices that could not be beaten anywhere.

st nolffs cafeteria self front at work jun18

st nolff cafeteria self inside jul19

My trips were everyt month for several years taking me to many countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas, I had responsabilities of 20 countries, 28 companies and 75 factories worldwide !! I will remember the trips and especially the friendship of many nations still in contact, I have some additional pictures which would include in this post for memories’s sake, I was able to go into small towns in these countries away from tourism and see the real country , get to know the real people, families and all. Even taken to their homes !!! Words cannot describe the experiences, memories forever !

St Nolff office jan14

St Nolffs first office invivo june2011

The Gulf of Morbihan tourist office on the main event in St Nolff, music festival:

The Bretagne region tourist office on the event in St Nolff, noise music festival:

The city of St Nolff on its heritage

There you go folks, my last job, and very memorable indeed, Saint Nolff is in my blog in several posts on its sights and now my former job, Talhouet was awesome ! To share the memories with me, at least will have more time to spent with the 3 boys still with me as well as our dog Rex, MybeautifulMorbihan,  lovely  Bretagne  and belle France!  And not to forget my current hole on earth Pluvigner ! Again, hope you enjoy the post as I

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

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June 5, 2023

My curiosities of old Vannes !!!

I spent as much or maybe more time than in my domicile town. Not only worked in its outskirts and go in for quick trips and meals, but the family comes here on every break and weekends. Vannes or Gwened (Breton) is in my beautiful Morbihan (Breton for Petite Mer or small sea) dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne or Breizh (Breton) and in my belle France or Bro-C’hall (Breton) . I was by there again today ,and got me new pictures maybe some repeated but worth it me think, Le me tell you about my curiosities of old Vannes !!! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

Many half-timbered houses still bear witness to this medieval past. These period houses are just as pretty as each other and have always colored the city of Vannes. You may have already noticed it, but most half-timbered houses have a first floor further forward than the ground floor. In the Middle Ages, it was a usual architectural feature because it allowed a sufficiently wide passage on the public road and to gain surface area on the upper floors. In addition, in the past, the inhabitants only paid taxes according to the floor area. For the little anecdote, if the houses have for the most part facades of different colors, it is because at the time, few inhabitants knew how to read. Like the signs, the colors then allowed them to better locate themselves in the district.

The Rue de la Fontaine is in the St Patern district. It starts at the Bd de la Paix and ends at the Rue Saint Patern / Rue Saint Nicolas. Saint-Patern is the Montmartre of Vannes! a very active district. Tanners, craftsmen, traders live in the half-timbered houses that can still be admired today on rue de La Fontaine . One example I always look up is at 1 rue de la Fontaine. The house dating back to the 1st half of the 16C according to the type of molding applied and the trace of the primitive windows. The shape of its fireplace, the spiral staircase and the roof frame confirm this dating. The house is mentioned in 1677 in the archives of the Reformation.

Vannes maison colombard rue de la Fontaine jun23

Many memories of Le Gavroche restaurant ! at 17 Rue de la Fontaine, Vannes, don’t leave the city without eating here ok. My dear late wife Martine and the owner of Le Gavroche came to know them well and even provided us with some contact to paint our house the same way as the restaurant sort of…. Using the same local painter!! Needless to tell you we have come here several times even for anniversaries of our family. We love it ,and hope you do too! The very warm welcome, which is becoming rare nowadays , the attention of the waitresses and the owner throughout the meal. The other nice thing is that is on an old street with beautiful wooden houses going back to the 14C to 17C!  Love to walk on it ! Webpage:

Vannes maison colombard le gavroche resto rue de la fontaine jun23

Another nice spot came first on a lunch out with collegues of work was the Balade en Crêpanie at 21 Rue de la Fontaine. The crêperie with exposed stones and beams is installed in a 16C half-timbered house. On sunny days, you will be happy to show you around the terrace which is located in a flowered and shaded backyard. The walls of the creperie are graciously made available to artists (painters, photographers, etc.). Come and discover their works, and enjoy these wonderful houses that color our streets forever! Webpage:

Vannes maison colombard rue de la fontaine balade en crepanie resto jun23

There is a quant library here, La Yamouna 6 rue de la Fontaine. Passing the door, you enter a world where time seems to have stood still. A scent of old paper floats in the air and wherever you look, it meets a forest of books. Here you can find all kinds of art, classical, travel, history, geography, police, etc. Books sold between 2 Euros and 500 Euros! Facebook page:

Vannes maison colombard librarie indienne rue de la fontaine jun23

The Rue Saint-Patern is the main artery of the district. It bears the name of the first bishop of Vannes, Saint Patern who lived in the 5C. Located on the hill of Boismoreau, the Saint-Patern district is the oldest and most important in the city. Archaeological excavations have revealed many vestiges of the ancient agglomeration, when the city was the capital of the Gallo-Roman city of the Vénètes, You see several half timbered houses here with one special at 16 rue Saint-Patern;it dates back to the 16C with a more recent elevation.

Vannes maison colombard rue saint patern jun23

Here there is plenty of restos and bars and even terraces into the street all bordering the grand Church of Saint Patern (see posts).

Vannes ch Saint Patern far down rue st patern jun23

The city of Vannes on the half timbered houses:

There you go folks, part of the heritage, historical and architecture fabric of our capital city Vannes. I ought it to have in my blog and feel better now, and to come back and provide newer pictures to this wonderful building. Again, hope you have enjoy the post as I.

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

June 4, 2023

The Gare Maritime of Vannes !!!

I spent as much or maybe more time than in my domicile town. Not only worked in its outskirts and go in for quick trips and meals, but the family comes here on every break and weekends. Vannes or Gwened (Breton) is in my beautiful Morbihan (Breton for Petite Mer or small sea) dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne or Breizh (Breton) and in my belle France or Bro-C’hall (Breton)  . I was by there again today ,and got me new pictures maybe some repeated but worth it me think, Le me tell you about the Gare Maritime or ferry terminal of Vannes !!! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

Vannes gare maritime front jun23

We love my beautiful Morbihan and it shows…! One of the highlights is the many islands (about 50 with 24 inhabited) in the Gulf of Morbihan and into the Atlantic Ocean on wonderful cruise ferry boats. I told you once, let me tell you again one in the Gare Maritime of Vannes !!! This time even better as with more time we stopped for an apéro , apéritif sort of happy hour before heading back home, and a new spot we passed by and finally stop in. 

Vannes gare maritime side back jun23

The Awen Brew Pub at 1 Rue Gilles Gahinet. They offer 21 pressure spouts and a fine selection of alcoholic drinks . You will see concerts, events, live sport games. A super friendly domestic animals enthusiasts which gave us a wonderful time and our boy Rex could mingle with other dogs very nicely !!! It has a wonderful terrace with plain view of the Gare Maritime or ferry terminal literally across the street. We had several drinks including the locally brewed Awen blonde beer !! We will be back !! webpage:

Vannes BrewPub front jun23

Vannes BrewPub counter from table jun23

Vannes BrewPub looking gare maritime boats jun23

The Gare Maritime or Ferry terminal of Vannes !! From the terminal you can cruise to the islands of Arz, Houat, Hoëdic, and the biggest Belle-Île en Mer ,Here you will land at Le Palais, the small capital of Belle Île which is serve year around. The Parc du Golfe (Gulf Park) is the starting point for passenger boat cruises of the outlying islands, and the Gare Maritime is located at 7 allée Loïc Caradec, parc du Golfe.

Vannes gare maritime navix ferry tkt ofc jun23

This is a very useful ferry terminal here as not just for tourist but folks live on those islands and they come and go as taking a bus in the city.  You ought to check out these islands, they are a paradise !!

The city of Vannes on cruising boats from the gare maritime:

The local Bay of Quiberon tourist office on where to board for the islands :

There you go folks, part of the heritage, historical and architecture fabric of our capital city Vannes. I ought it to have in my blog and feel better now, and to come back and provide newer pictures to this wonderful area. Nice rides and great walks around the Gare Maritime of ferry terminal of Vannes ! Again, hope you have enjoy the post as I.

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

June 4, 2023

Le me tell you again about the Church Saint Patern of Vannes !!!

I spent as much or maybe more time than in my domicile town. Not only worked in its outskirts and go in for quick trips, shopping, eat out, but the family comes here on every break and weekends. Vannes or Gwened (Breton) is in my beautiful Morbihan (Breton for Petite Mer or small sea) dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne or Breizh (Breton) and in my belle France or Bro-C’hall (Breton).  I was by there again today ,and got me new pictures maybe some repeated but worth it me think, Le me tell you again about the Church of Saint Patern of Vannes !!! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

Vannes ch Saint Patern belltower front jun23

The église Saint Patern or St Patern’s Church is located at rue de la Fontaine corner with rue Saint-Patern. The church was built on the existing foundations of a much older church, which held the relics of Saint Patern (the first bishop of Vannes). The original church had been built in the 11C and had replaced the another church which had suffered damage at the hands of Norman invaders at the turn of the 9-10C. Given the presence in the church of some bone fragments of Saint Patern, a visit to the church was one of the seven stages of Tro-Breiz a pilgrimage so popular in the Middle Ages, the task for the pilgrim was to visit the tombs of the seven founding saints of Brittany, the ancient bishops Brieuc, Malo, Samson, Corentin, Pol, Tugwal and Patern in Vannes, The “Tro Breiz” has recently regained some popularity and pilgrims, hikers and enthusiasts of Breton history are again seeking out the old pilgrim pathways.

Vannes ch Saint Patern altar jun23

The Church Saint-Patern  is located in the district of the same name, It saw its tower collapse in 1721 and the rest of the church 5 years later. The current church was built from 1727 to 1772 (the nave) and 1826 (the tower). The stained glass windows in the choir from 1737 were replaced in 1882 and then in 1918. The stained glass window on the north door, “Christ surrounded by eight children”, is from 1923.

Vannes ch Saint Patern pulpit and right side chapels jun23

Vannes ch Saint Patern nave to altar pulpit left jun23

You can admire 6 altarpieces, including the altarpiece of the Saint-Patern (north transept) and that of Saint-Isidore (south transept) which date from the 18C. The altarpiece of the Resurrection of Christ, at the back of the choir, enlarged in 1925, dates from 1744. The pulpit is from 1813. The last restoration of 2006 and 2007 consolidated the church, brought stalls from the 17C, and enhanced the statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague.

Vannes ch Saint Patern chapel St Patern jun23

Vannes ch Saint Patern banner st antoine de padoue jun23

Vannes ch Saint Patern chapel Sacre Coeur jun23

We know how, tired of the contradictions he encountered, Saint Patern abandoned his diocese and retired to the interior of Gaul or to the Franks, where he died and was buried, around the year 480, and how also, by a great and long drought, the sky itself took charge of recalling it later to the memories of Vannes. Recognizing in this scourge a punishment inflicted on their ingratitude, they went to his tomb, not only to make amends and ask for rain through his intercession, but also with the pious purpose of transporting his body to his Episcopal city. They were able to open the tomb; but the removal of the coffin resisted all their efforts, when the rich owner, who was part of the pilgrimage, publicly promised to donate his land and to build there at his expense a chapel for the burial of the Saint. Immediately, the body could be removed and the rain was not long in falling. Hence; the religious custom, which still exists, of asking for rain through the intersection of Saint Patern. The chapel was built and housed the glorious tomb until the end of the 9C or the beginning of the 10C, when Daoc, abbot of Saint-Gildas de Rhuys, transported the body of the holy bishop, with those of Saint Gildas and of Saint Patrice, in Bourg-Déols, in the Berri, and where, like the other religious monuments. The new building was much superior to the first in its size and architectural character. Raised to the rank of parish church it was surrounded by a cloister which did not collapse until the last years of the 14C, and received, until the middle of the 15C, the visits of the many pilgrims of Tro-Breiz.

Vannes ch Saint Patern chapel Christ helping eternal rest jun23

The official Saint Patern’s Church

The city of Vannes on the St Patern’s Church

There you go folks, I feel now given you the whole story on this wonderful old Church of Saint Patern. Which can be revisit many times always wonderful and inspiring. Again, hope you enjoy the post as I

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

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