Posts tagged ‘Bretagne’

September 20, 2018

The Statue of Liberty in France!

On a mundane Thursday, I started writing this post on a famous statue that believe it or not many come searching for it in Paris especially. However, is in a few other places in France. I welcome all comments to tell me if there are any others.

Oh yes, of course, it is the Statue of Liberty by Bertholdi. The nicest one in my opinion is in Paris.

The Statue of Liberty is just to the south, smack in the middle of the Seine river, the quarter-scale replica sits on the southern end of Île aux Cygnes,(swan island) an artificial island built in the Seine in 1827 to separate river traffic from the busy port of Grenelle. Over time, a tree-lined walkway was built that runs the full 850-meter length of the island, and three bridges were built across the island to connect the 15th and 16th arrondissements. Île aux Cygnes is the third-largest island in Paris.

The statue itself was given to the city of Paris in 1889 by the American community in Paris to commemorate the centennial of the French Revolution. This Pont de Grenelle Statue of Liberty was installed some three years after the New York Statue of Liberty, and in fact was originally one of the working models made whilst preparing to construct the “real thing.” The statue can be accessed via either the Pont de Grenelle or the Pont de Bir-Hakeim, both of which cross the Île aux Cygnes. While this is not the only Statue of Liberty replica in Paris, both the Musée d’Orsay and the Musée des Arts et Métiers house their own; this is the only Statue of Liberty replica in Paris that was featured in National Treasure: Book of Secrets.

A bit more on the Île aux Cygnes is a small artificial island on the Seine river, in the 15éme arrondissement . It was created in 1827 to protect the bridge named the Pont de Grenelle. The uninhabited island is 850 meters (2,789 ft) long and 11 meters (36 ft) at its widest point, making it the third-largest island in Paris. A tree-lined walkway, named L’Allée des Cygnes (Path of Swans), runs the length of the island. The island is crossed by three bridges: the Pont de Grenelle, the Pont Rouelle and the Pont de Bir-Hakeim. The Statue of Liberty  here is  22 meters tall and facing west in the direction of its larger sibling in New York City. Inaugurated by President Marie-François Sadi Carnot on 4 July 1889, nearly three years after its US counterpart, it was donated to the city by the American expatriate community in Paris to mark the Centennial  of the French revolution. Get closer walking to it or by metro Javel line 10 and Bir Hakeim line 6.

Paris

Much smaller  at 2, 85 meters, the bronze reduction installed in the Palais du Luxembourg, then in its garden in 1906, was moved into the nave of the Musée d’Orsay in 2012. A copy was placed in its place shortly thereafter.  The museum of Orsay is at   1, rue de la Légion d’honneur 7éme arrondissement with  Métro: Solferino line 12 or RER C station Musée d’Orsay, You go in by the rue Guynemer Métro : Saint-Placide line 4.

Paris

Fully realized in plaster, the construction model that rests in the Museum of Arts and Crafts (musée d’Arts et Métiers)  makes no less than 14 tons. It is she that Auguste Bartholdi will use to achieve, by enlarging it, the New York Statue of Liberty. The museum also hosts a reproduction, also in plaster, scale 1/16, of 1876. This model was also used to make the bronze statue that stands, since 2010, outside the museum.  292, rue Saint-Martin  3éme arrondissement , métro : Arts et Métiers  lines 3 and 11.

The replica of the flame of the statue, the flame of freedom, offered by the United States in Paris, is located in Alma since 1989. It became known worldwide by becoming the place of recollection in memory of Princess Diana, who died in August 1997, in the Tunnel of the Alma which passes under the monument. Pont de Alma  8éme arrondissement. Metro: Alma-Marceau line 9.

Paris

There is a very small reproduction of the Statue of liberty in the beard of Caesar’s Centaur, place Michel-Debré, in the 6éme arrondissement. A miniature is part of the elements composing the Centaur. It’s a small size. It’s up to you to find it.

Near me, I see it every day is another replica. In Ploeren, a statue of Liberty greets motorists along the Nantes-Brest Expressway (voie express N165). Installed in the business park of Coëtdigo, it still measures 7, 20 meters high.

Ploeren

Others I come across are:

In Blérancourt, at the National Museum of Franco-American cooperation has a small scale version in terracotta. In  Nice, on the Quai des Etats Unis (United States wharf), a small copy  of  1.35 meters  weighing 80 kg has been installed since February 1, 2014.  In Bordeaux, place Picard, in memory of the victims of 11 September 2001, re-edition in the form of a resin casting made by the workshops of the Reunion of National Museums of France, the original statue having been melted in 1941 by the Nazis in the framework of the recovery of non-ferrous metals.

There you go some nice statue reminds me always how lucky I have been after all. Enjoy it.

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

 

 

 

 

September 16, 2018

The wines of Muscadet and more!

So, how are you? this is a nice cool sunny Sunday. We had done some cleaning lots of it. All well done. Now we had a good meal with Belgian and American beers and we are wondering, where we were yesterday another world, in wine country of the Loire!

The wines of muscadet are less known me think  unfortunately they deserve more credit. I will do my five cents here. It covers a large area and amazingly, not only are the muscadet grapes allowed but others too.

This area is less than 2 hours drive from my house so I have been a lot ,just hard to pick areas to show you in my belle France we are loaded ::) Here is a bit on the  Muscadet and my latest road warrior trip.

The Muscadet is a dry white wine of AOC (appellation d’Origine Controllée) mainly in the Loire-Atlantique dept 44, south of Nantes, and partially overflowing on the Maine-et-Loire dept 49 and the Vendée dept 85 ,all in Pays de la Loire region. This wine from the Loire Valley vineyards comes from a unique grape variety, the melon of Burgundy (Melon de Bourgogne) . This appellation has been classified AOC since 1936.  The Muscadet vineyards has several appellations: the Muscadet-Sèvre-et-Maine, the Muscadet -côtes-de-Grandlieu, the Muscadet-coteaux-de-la-Loire and the Muscadet without any particular denomination.

A bit of history I like

In the 17C, under pressure from Dutch brokers, looking for small wines for the still wine market .The vineyard will experience a great development: until the French Revolution . Brittany/Bretagne was one of the reputed foreign provinces (with the Guyenne , Saintonge, Languedoc, Provence, Dauphiné, Lyon, Flanders and Artois) so that the trade (taxes on goods) is lifted at its borders, in particular at the Ingrand barrier on the Loire river. Thus, the wines of the wealthy country are mainly converted into spirits, which are exported from the port of Nantes to the countries of northern Europe. Until the French revolution, the majority of the grape varieties of the wealthy country is therefore the Gros Plant, a grape well adapted to this production .

In 1635, the word ,Muscadet is attested in another document from the village of Gorges for the first time. It is claimed that this grape, now known as the Melon of Burgundy because of its origin, would have better resisted the terrible winter of 1709 than the other grape varieties including the Gros Plant and that, as a result, it would then become widespread in the countryside of Nantes

The late 19C saw the affluent vineyard (Muscadet and Gros-Plant) touched by the phylloxera like most of the French vineyards. This aphid accidentally imported from America in 1864 bites the roots of the vine and causes the death of the plant. At this time that the melon of Burgundy (Muscadet) will impose itself as a majority grape in the vineyards of Nantes.  This vineyard in AOC comprises 13 000 hectares, exclusively used in white wine. It is located mainly in the southern part of the Loire-Atlantique, and in some communes of Vendée and Maine-et-Loire. The Muscadet-Sèvre-and-Maine appellation is the most notable and most productive of the Muscadet vineyards, generating just over two-thirds of the total production of Muscadet. It takes its name from the two rivers, the Sèvre Nantes and Maine which water this territory forming essentially the Nantes vineyard.

It is comprise as such with only my favorite towns (highlighted the tops) vineyards (there are a lot more): The Muscadet-Sévre-et-Maine denomination that is.

In the  Loire-Atlantique department 44  are:  Aigrefeuille-sur-Maine, Basse-Goulaine, the Chapelle-Basse-Mer, La Chapelle-Heulin, Chateau-Thébaud, Clisson, Gorges, the L’Haie-Fouassière, Haute-Goulaine, the Landreau, the Loroux-Bottereau, Maisdon-sur-Sèvre, Monnières, Mouzillon, the Pallet, the Regrippière, Saint-Friacre-sur-Maine, Saint-Julien-de-Concelles, Saint-Lumine-de-Clisson, Vallet, and Vertou. As well as two towns in Maine-et-Loire department 49: Saint-Crespin-sur-Monk and Tillières. It is, also, available as the dénomination Clisson  in the towns of the Loire-Atlantique dept 44 in : Aigrefeuille-sur-Maine, Château-Thébaud, Clisson, Gorges, Maisdon- sur-Sèvre, Saint-Lumine-de-Clisson,and one town in Maine-et-Loire dept 49: Saint-Crespin-sur-Moine. Also, as dénomination Gorges  in the Loire-Atlantique dept 44 at   Clisson, Gorges, Monnières, Mouzillon ; and dénomination Le Pallet in two towns of the Loire-Atlantique dept 44 such as La Chapelle-Heulin, and Le Pallet.

The Muscadet-côtes-de-Grandlieu: this vineyard derives its originality from the microclimate of Lake Grandlieu. It is in 17 towns of the Loire-Atlantique dept 44 such as   Bouguenais, La Chevrolière,Legé, La Limouzinière, Pont-Saint-Martin, Port-Saint-Pere, Saint-Aignan-de-Grand-place, Saint-Colomban, Saint-Léger-les-Vignes, Saint-Philbert-de-Grand-Lieu, and Touvois. As well as two towns in the Vendée dept 85 such as Rocheservière ,and Saint-Philbert-de-Bouaine.

The Muscadet-Coteaux-de-la-Loire is in 16 –towns of the Loire-Atlantique dept 44 again my favorites are only in Ancenis, Anetz, lingné, Mauves-sur-Loire, Saint-Sébastien-sur-Loire, Thouaré-sur-Loire and Varades; as well as 8 towns in Maine-et-Loire dept 49 such as my favorites only Bouzillé, Champtoceaux, La Chapelle-Saint-Florent, Liré, Saint-Florent-le-Veil and La Varenne.

The Muscadet without denomination or simply Muscadet on the bottle is in 74 towns of the Loire Atlantique dept 44 ,however, my favorites here are only in Ancenis, Basse-Goulaine, Carquefou, La Chapelle-Heulin, Château-Thebaud, Clisson, Haute-Goulaine, Ligné, Le Loroux-Bottereau, Mauves-sur-Loire, Le Pallet, Saint-Fiacre-sur-Maine, Saint-Aignan-Grandlieu, Saint –Colomban, Saint-Hillaire-de-Clisson, Saint-Léger-les-Vignes, and Saint-Philbert-de-Grand-Lieu. And these towns from Maine-et-Loire dept 49 such as Champtoceaux, La Chapelle-Saint-Florent, Liré, Saint-Florent-le-Veil, and La Varenne. Also, from the Vendée dept 85 we have Saint-Hillaire-de-Loulay.

Some of the other grapes you may find wines here are the Folle Blanche, Cabernet Franc, Gamay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Gris, Grolleau, Negrette. As well as some more genuinely locals such as the Berligou, Egiodola, etc.

Some webpages to help you visit these wonderful denominations and towns are

Assoc Vignobles Nantais wines

Wines of the Loire pdf map see Nantes

I have been coming and going to the Vignobles Marchais lately, this is at La Blandiniére hamlet in the town of Thouare-sur-Loire, and it has been a pleasant find. We first met at the village vignerons of Guérande a couple months back and since been to their property twice.

thouare sur loire

thouare sur loire

This time was to celebrate the harvest for 2018 in which with the heritage days going on in France this weekend, they did a vineyards festival or fête des Vendanges in their property , very nice. We were only a small group of 13 which was ideal. We arrive punctual at 11h while they were getting ready to host a wedding at 15h lol!

Our event started shortly after the owner Philippe Marchais arrived. He is trying to export more and I am helping out with some information on the USA market. First, was a brieg explanation on the terroir, Philippe is a firm believer in this , and so am I. All sort of information on the land and stones on the soil was given in a brief format. The stones here have lots of schist. We went on to the vineyards!

Well it was a harvest time the next day so we were the first one to pick up grapes of the Melon of Burgundy(melon de Bourgogne) great to be able to use our cutter and get the nice chunks of grapes off into a bucket first and then a huge wooden cart!!! Very nice and on a friendly fun group of people. Once we finish , we came in to the chai or cellars to taste the grapes and determine their acidity, taste, and aromas as well as the maturity of them. We try three different plot of land from same grape and all taste and smell different, that is the terroir…

thouare sur loire

thouare sur loire

After, of course, we taste the real wines from the previous year 2017, and were nicely impressed with the Grand Clos du moulin de Pé muscadet of course. And the refreshing Domaine de Bois Biot white. This was accompagny by salmon and sardines cold meat or paté, terrines, and pork paté from Brittany! Very liberal serving and nice conversation around my favorite subject lifewise!

thouare sur loire

thouare sur loire

We were ready for the lunch, a bit late as we were surprise by  a visit by radio chain France Bleu and the owner Philippe was interviewed right in front of us. I was one of the ones chosen to be spoken to and hopefully will be on the air soon!!!  radio chain here: France Bleu Océan

thouare sur loire

All during the interview , we were at the table and then we all join the visitor for a chat on wines and good food of the Loire, and the Nantes vineyards! The food oh my God, well we got a huge chunk of baby milk pork and a large slab of dauphiné potatoes all going down with a nice surprise wine Egiodola red wine a grape originally from the Basque country but now planted here and producing a fruity pleasant red wine with lots of blackberry !! delicious we purchase a carton of  6 bottles! afterward.

Thouare sur loire

thouare sur loire

The ending was an apple tart homemade with grape fermented juice done on premises! Which we got 4 bottles for free!!! We indeed continue chatting with the owner and his wife Violette that joined us at the table sitting next to me so lots of conversation.  At the end we did something nice.

They have a very nice building; the basement is the production site for bottling about 200K bottles of their own production. The street level is the cellar, tastings and boutique, and the first floor (2nd US) is a reception area (where the wedding was held) also good for business meetings and other events, all hook up with video equipment and large screens. The have about 9 persons working mostly family members. What they do is they have other families cousins etc who are also winemakers in other regions of France. They bring their wines to the cellar boutique and sells them ,so therefore we purchase a Morgon from the Beaujolais, and two Margaux from Bordeaux region from 2011 at good prices,not a good vintage year but the producers are guaranteed good and that is the main point here.

Thouare sur loire

Thouare sur loire

In all, it was a wonderful experience. Next month they are hooking up on a project with a local brewery to do a beer with wine grapes that we will be tasting in October !!! Stay tune.

The property webpage in English is here: Vignobles Marchais

Enjoy it nothing better than a good wine and if French much better, simply the best! Remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

Ps wait!!! as we are multi talented, on our way back in full control, we found a memorable hypermarket from our times in the Versailles, The Auchan hypermarket of Saint Sebastian sur Loire was on our way on the N844 so we stopped and did our groceries!!! Cheers ::) Oh webpage of store is here: Auchan at St Sebastian sur Loire

St Sebastian sur Loire

st sebastian sur loire

 

 

 

 

 

September 12, 2018

Let’s go a bit north to Pontivy! and the Castle!!!

And in my quest to showcase not only the best of France ,which is a lot, but my new region of Brittany, and especially my home department 56 of Morbihan , let me take you back to the north. Again, to remark, my Morbihan is the only department in France that is not a French word or meaning! It is completely Breton language, mor=sea bihan=small or small sea in French would be petite mer. ok

I have come to Pontivy a few times and even one of my son had a job there for a while so we visit him as needed to stay in an apartment there.  It is a nice town very much with the imperial family in fact for a while it was called Napeleonville ::)

My previous blog posts on it for reference are

Nice Pontivy deep in the woods

Pontivy or Napoleonville

Another visit to inland Pontivy

However, as many things to see and written, the main thing here and indeed worth a detour is the Castle of Pontivy by the Blavet river. Let me tell you a bit more on it.

The Château de Pontivy , called Château des Rohan, was built in the 15C and 16C by the family of Rohan.

Pontivy

An ancient feudal castle that belongs to the family of Porhoët, as mentioned in the 12C along the Blavet river, below the current castle. This Castle of the Halls was besieged in November 1342 by the English troops of William of Bohain, Lieutenant of King Edward III, during the war of Succession. Probably ruined by the assaults it had to support, the castle is abandoned. After this war of Succession, the Viscounts of Rohan decided to make Pontivy the chief place of their quasi-principality. In 1456, the site was given to the Cordeliers who built their monastery there. Viscount John II of Rohan (Count of Porhoët, son-in-law of Duke Francis I of Brittany, who opposed Duke Francis II and governor of Brittany for Charles VIII), wanted to build a new fortress through the drudgery regime (free labor). He built the present castle between 1479 and 1485 on a new site easterly which probably encompasses that of John I of Rohan, his great-grandfather: He made to dig a large trench on the flanks of a hill controlling the main access to the village, indented of the Blavet river, and which dominates the city to the east.

In 2014, following heavy rainfall due to the Petra storm, a part of the south curtain ramparts and tower collapses . While restoration continue and doing some preventive archaeology operations , it was reveal in particular two former furnaces in the courtyard; one the Great Oven which could match a bread oven while the small oven could have been used as a baking oven.

Pontivy

Architecture that I like

The irregular quadrangular plane of about 90 meters by 75 meters of the castle, flanked by four circular corner towers connected by a 20 meters high curtain, remains traditional. The thickness of the walls reached in places more than 5 meters wide, in order to withstand the progress of the artillery and the firing of the cannons. The apparatus is shale up to the height of the Breton machicolations carved in granite. On the floor of the crenulated and covered round road were added at the beginning of the 16C of skylights with acute pediments. Access to the inner courtyard is through a sleeping bridge that replaced the two drawbridges thrown on the moats never filled with water. The counterscarp was levelled at the beginning of the 20C, the land thus recovered having served to bridge the gap.

Pontivy

Only two bodies of dwelling remain, west and north sides. The residential wing at the western façade is flanked by two large towers in machicolations, topped with peppers, of the four that probably included the enclosure. Several statues of Saints such as the Virgin to heavens, Saint Maurice on horseback, St. Catherine, Saint Germain, Sainte Marguerite, Saint Isidore, Saint Louis and Saint John the Baptist, originating in the Chapel of Saint-Laurent in Moustoir-Remungol , are displayed in this gallery. This Gallery the lordships residence in the north is reworked in the 18C. It is adorned with sedentary pediments and a double Louis XV style staircase and a wrought iron ramp. A niche under this staircase of honor houses the statue of Saint-Mériadec (favorite Saint of the Dukes of Rohan) which was carried out in the 3rd quarter of the 20C in the east, the original housing body was transformed into an artillery terrace in the 18C, then a pleasure garden. You can visit the Guard room, the rooms on the first floor overlooking the round road, the ducal room with the beautiful ceiling and the chapel. Especially notice the two stone chimneys in polychrome and armor, from the 16C, from the castle of Coët-Candec in Locmaria-Grand-Champ. (even closer to me).

Pontivy

Pontivy

The castle belongs to the family of Rohan who stayed there irregularly until the end of the 18C. Thereafter, the castle is successively occupied by: the sub-prefecture and the courtroom of the civil court of Pontivy (1800-1839); General Bernadotte, commander-in-chief of the Western Army in charge of combating the Chouans (local farmers who fought against the French revolution for the king and region), installed his headquarters (May-June 1801); The Sisters of Kermaria, who created a school and a boarding schools for girls (1841-1884); A Breton museum founded by Jérôme Le Brigand in the late 19C; La Garde Saint-Ivy (sports Club of the city), the Scouts of France, some local families were housed in the west gallery, then severed in several rooms in the 1st half of the 20C with interruption in 1939-1940; During WWII, the Polish troops and then Autonomists Breton (June-September 1940). In 1953, Madame de Rohan rented it to the town of Pontivy by a lease of 99 years for a symbolic French Franc ,assuming all the charges of the owner. The town of Pontivy is then responsible for the maintenance, restoration and valorisation of the castle. In December 2014, in view of the particular context associated with the collapse of the courtship ramparts towers (due to Petra storm)  and the amount of restorations supported by the municipality would have to endure, Duke Josselin of Rohan agreed to cede his property to the city which became its owner on 16 October 2015. It still has some private rooms ,but most is open to the public.

Pontivy

Some webpages to help your plan your visit here in addition to my blog posts are

Tourist office of the Pontivy community

City of Pontivy on the castle and al.

Tourist office of Brittany on Pontivy

And for the Rohan family and history of Brittany in French only ,and if you like history like me this site is for you on the Château des Rohan or  Pontivy  Historical on the Rohan and the Castle

And one more thing to know about my area ,and a lot more about France than on the travel books. Or rather, a bit more on Bretagne/Brittany or Breizh

The castle is the place of the aborted declaration of independence of Brittany during the creation of the Breton National Committee by the members of the Breton National Party in July 1940. The Breton National Council, a representative body of the Bretons, concerned with the collective good and the honor of their people, would act at the time chosen by it to endow Brittany with a national state, in its natural setting and in the spirit of its tradition, in order that it could finally live in an organized nation, free of its aspirations and owner of its interests   and that the international status of the Breton state, the nature of its relations with France and Germany would be defined by agreements, freely discussed in the the possibilities offered by the new general Conditions. The Castle was the headquarters of Lu Brezhon, the embryo of the Breton National Army created by Breton nationalist Celestine Laine in the wake of the creation of the Breton National Committee in 1940.

I hope you enjoy this trip north of Brittany full of history ,architecture, customs and thrills and of course the very good Breton cuisine.

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

 

 

September 9, 2018

Domaine de Kerguéhennec at Bignan! part 2

Again, I have written on the town of Bignan and its Domaine de Kerguéhennec already in my blog. However, it is less than half an hour from me and we go often, even to just to walk our dog Rex. It really gets him exercise and us too.

This morning we were doing some of the chores of our house and decided to have a late lunch/brunch and take Rex to the Domaine de Kerguéhennec to walk him there. The trip was short and the time spent there too but the outing was well and Rex really enjoyed it.

The place is managed by the department Morbihan no 56 in Brittany and it a place for arts, and exhibitions now . Fortunately for us its a huge domaine and dogs are allowed in with  a leash.  Parking is free too so great for families with domestic animals.  The official webpage is here in French: http://www.kerguehennec.fr/le-domaine

As have many posts on it and pictures, here will just have a pictorial of the best shots from this morning. Enjoy them as we do

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Enjoy the photos, and the place is great for picnic with families too as well as many enjoyable events. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

September 9, 2018

The Passage Pommeraye of Nantes!

And what about going out west! We love it in Nantes , and this is one chic nice architecturally historical place to do the shopping in Nantes in or around it . Let me tell you a bit more on the passage Pommeraye of Nantes.

It is a magical place taking you into times past surrounded by chic boutiques and the area outside just magical as well. For me the best part of Nantes. We have come here often with the family, will see now our next time. See in search my other blog posts on Nantes.  I like to tell you a bit more about the passage here.

The passage Pommeraye is a shopping mall in the city center of Nantes, built from the end of 1840, it is put into service on July 3, 1843 drawing its peculiarity to be built on a land with a steep gradient. It extends on three levels distributed by a central staircase. If its construction resulted in the ruin of its promoter, Louis Pommeraye, the passage, considered an architectural success, remained a flourishing place of commerce. It has benefited from a renovation completed in 2015.

nantes

It connects the Rue de la Fosse to the Rue Santeuil and the Rue du Puits-d’Argent, putting a hyphen between the district of the Place du Commerce and that of the place Graslin.  It has a difference of nine meters, and is organized on three levels, around a monumental central staircase: at the lower level, the Galerie de la Fosse opening onto the rue de la Fosse.  At the intermediate level, the  Galerie Regnier a mezzanine connected on its north side to the Rue du Puits-d’Argent by a lateral gallery. On its southern side, leads to the Passage Coeur de Nantes. At the upper level, the Galerie Santeuil opens onto the rue de Santeuil.  The Pommeraye passage is a private space, closed to the public during the night by wrough iron grill doors.

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A bit of history I like

In Nantes the first passage dates only from 1827: It is the passage of Orléans, still existing, of a modest length of about 20 meters, connecting the rue d’Orléans to the place Félix-Fournier.

In the first half of the 19C, the rue de la Fosse, rue Santeuil and rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau framed an islet of dilapidated buildings, which was only traversed by the Rue du Puits-d’Argent and the place du Commerce. The study of the development of a restaurant at rue Santeuil by the restaurateur Charles Guilloux, takes up the idea of building a covered passage in the neighborhood. Guilloux acquirer as of August 1837 of a portion of the building at 18, rue de La Fosse joins an ambitious notary public, Louis Pommeraye, who submits to the mayor of Nantes the idea of building a covered passage in this ignored neighborhood, according to his own terms. It is a matter of creating a new link between the business district (Bourse Palace, Place du Commerce) and the Culture District (place Graslin), and, to a lesser extent, between the Bourse palace (stock exchange) and the main post office then located on Rue Santeuil.

However, five years later, the operation was a failure linked to the economic crisis of 1848. The company is liquidated in 1849. Baron Henri Baillardel de Lareinty, principal creditor, bought the passage in 1851. In 1852 the new owner is allowed to connect the passage, by the Galerie Reignier, to Rue du Puits-d’Argent, to facilitate access to rue Crébillon via the rue Régnier, but with the arrival of the department stores in the last third of the 19C, the covered passages fall into desuetude. IT was then used as student housing, the Santeuil University Residence, is installed in 1949 closing in 2008. The maintenance work now is financed by a co-ownership of some sixty members, supported by the State and the Region governments.

nantes

From the original 31 shops in operation now are opened on the Galerie de la Fosse, Galerie Réignier, Rue du Puits-d’Argent, and Galerie Santeuil , 26 shops. The most famous showing of the passage Pommeraye was shown in the cinema with the movie Lola (1961) and Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (the umbrella of Cherbourg) in 1964.

As an extension of these covered passes way there is another Passage annex called Passage Coeur-de-Nantes located southwest of the historic passage built at the site of the building of the commercial printing store, long occupied by Presse Océan, and demolished in October 2013. It officially opened its doors in 2016. The entrance is located on rue Santeuil , facing the outlet on rue Rameau about 50 meters south of one of the two main entrances of the passage Pommeraye.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

Official Passage Pommeraye : http://www.passagepommeraye.fr/

City of Nantes on the passage Pommeraye : https://www.nantes.fr/home/a-nantes-et-pas-ailleurs/decouvrir-nantes/les-symboles-nantais/le-passage-pommeraye.html

Tourist office of Nantes: https://www.nantes-tourisme.com/en/heritage/passage-pommeraye

There you go ,enjoy a fascinating way to shop or window shop as you like; this is magical and well recommended. Enjoy it.

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

 

 

 

September 4, 2018

My travels in the Morbihan, LXX

So I am arriving at the end of my long French summer vacation. Going back to work on Thursday next yikes!! Its a mental process now, as on long vacations we have here , I think it makes  more difficult to go back. At least I took two days then the weekend to kick start my rentrée!

Today was sunny and nice clear skies and 22C or about 74F. We love like this not too cold not too hot ,just perfect Breton weather lol!

As we are doing many things, let me tell you that our basement is almost done; the cellars just need a bit of ceiling painted and that is it. Next period will be the rooms. I have already asked for quotes on replacing our garage door and driveway street door which were on the to do list for my dear late wife and I will finish them God willing.

pluvigner

Rex our borador is just superb, he begins to listen and follow me all over the house and out, he gets his walks in the park outside near us and on our large patio with lawn in the back which is about 350 sq meters or about 3766 sq feet (and we have similar size in the front of the house). Next we are planning taking him to Kerguehennec where there is a castle (and posts in my blog) and plenty of land to run with dogs on the leash ok.

We had not too much to do today. Our errands are dwindling down a lot. At least from our to do list. We went first to the post office building as in the back ,there are huge tanks to deposit used clothing for the needy.  And took advantage to get more baquette at our friendly boulangerie Delumeau.

I ran to the bank in Auray to help out my son on his account as someone took charges on itunes.com not his, here the bank does the paperwork and he will be reimburse early next week and already given a new bank card. While we did this, my other two boys finished painting the cellars , great team work always. One for all ,and all for one!

While here we stop by our favorite beer joint to get more supplies …. beautiful delicious German beers we like. Here is a sampler from V&B in Auray.

auray

auray

auray

auray

As they did a good job, decided to take them all and my Dad to eat again at the new restaurant Steak N Shake (the western American chain from old Route 66) opening here near our shopping area. They love their western bacon burgers, and I try a hot dog with ketchum and mustard lol! with a nutella banana milkshake yesss! and of course fries and pepsi cola; all for 15€ per person, so good.

vannes

vannes

vannes

We came back home to take Rex out again, and then we are getting ready for some chow at home with Berligou Loire red wine 2016 , a grape of the Loire that was a gift of the Duke of Burgundy to the Duke of Brittany in 1460 (they were cousins), and still produce in the Nantaise region, we visited the winery see previous post on Poiron Dabin.

pluvigner

pluvigner

So one more day tomorrow we plan on just rest and lazy stay around the house, and mentally preparing myself for the return to work on Thursday. Until next time in the Breton airwaves Kenavo!!!

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

 

 

 

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September 4, 2018

The Rhuys Peninsula of the Morbihan!

I live in the department 56 Morbihan in the region of Brittany. We have inland towns of great historical interest and many coastal towns of equal importance and distance. I live about 30 km or 18 miles from the coast of the Morbihan. In our department there are two major peninsulas, one is Quiberon and the other is Rhuys, the one I will like to tell you a bit more today.

Of course, I have written before on the Presqu’île de Rhuys; these previous blog posts are here for reference.

Suscinio and port du Crouesty

Rhuys and Port du Crouesty

Rhuys, Crouesty,and Navalo

The towns of the Rhuys peninsula

Chateau Suscinio and Sarzeau

Rhuys peninsula

There are towns and beach towns and there are harbors in towns; all is of course surrounded by water and beautiful beaches. We have even rode tandem bikes here from Crouesty to Navalo. I like to tell you more about this jewel of the Morbihan Breton.

Sarzeau is in the department 56 of the Morbihan, south of the region Brittany. It is located on the peninsula of Rhuys, between the Gulf of Morbihan and the Atlantic Ocean. It is limited to the west by the towns of Arzon and Saint-Gildas-de-Rhuys, to the northeast by that of Saint-Armel and to the southeast by that of the Tour-du-Parc; To the north by the Gulf of Morbihan and to the south by the Atlantic Ocean. With more than 65 km of coastline, Sarzeau is one of the towns of Brittany and even France that have the longest coastline.

It has several islands outlying in its territory such as The île des Oeufs or Egg Island, a tiny boulder with a farmhouse, is located off the tip of the Ruault, south of Iluric Island . It has a maximum altitude of 4 meters. Godec Island, although separated from Sarzeau by a deep channel, is also attached to Sarzeau. It is a low island surrounded by oyster parks that separates it from Huric.  Stibiden Island, with an area of 8 hectares, comprises several granite buildings. Highest (11 meters)  Govihan Island, off the Port de Logeo, is the largest in the town. Its two highlights, north and south, reach 14 meters. A group of houses is located to the southeast. It is one of the few islands in the Gulf to have as many beaches as rocks.  Brannec Island has two recent houses, facing the Ile aux Moines.  All of them are private properties. If once Ilur, while attached to the mainland, was the seat of a large parish which covered the territory of Sarzeau and far beyond , it has been attached to Arz  island since the 16C.

Things to see in Sarzeau

 The castle of Suscinio is the main historical monument of Sarzeau. Several castles in the area the better ones in my opinion are the Kerlevénan Castle (18C),(call ahead for hours); Chinese pavilion, family Chapel and English garden. Those of Neret, and Kergeorget, also built on the shores of the Gulf, date from the same period. The Château de Truscat, of 1702, redesigned towards 1830 at the site of a 16C manor, after 1850, the work of embellissment continued. The 17C Chapel. The castle is in the middle of a beautiful park at the edge of the gulf with century-old trees; It belongs to the descendants of the Francheville for more than five centuries. In 1815, General Bernadotte, the future king of Sweden (and today descendants), presided over the feast of Pacification. A friend of Jules de Francheville, Frédéric Ozanam stayed there often.

Sarzeau

Also, has several megaliths or stones the best one in my opinion is the menhir of Kermaillard there are dolmens in Brillac (Er Roh), in Kergillet (Lannek Er Men) and two other large menhirs lying down, one in Largueven, the other, named Men Heol, near the town Villeneuve. Churches and Chapels abound, the best ones in my opinion are Notre-Dame-de-la-Côte ,Chapel from 17C and 19C built in Penvins between land and sea. Saint-Saturnin church built in the 17C nearby, the Abbaye Saint-Gildas de Rhuys 11C. Several beaches as well, the best in my opinion is the Le Roaliguen, beach on the ocean located south of Sarzeau, forms with that of Kerfontaine to the west and those of Landrezac and Penvins to the east a ribbon of sand 12 km long.

Sarzeau

Some webpages for additional info on Sarzeau are

City of Sarzeau on history of the town

Tourist office of Morbihan on Sarzeau

The castle of Suscinio, built at the end of the Middle Ages (in the 13C and in the second half of the 14C), residence of the Dukes of Brittany, is located on the edge of Mor Braz (Atlantic Ocean) in the town of Sarzeau in department 56 Morbihan in the region of Brittany. A wonderful place with nice arts exhibits and in a quaint village outside the city limits of Sarzeau. See town above.

Sarzeau

A bit of history I like

The first building, a manor for hunting, is built for the Duke of Brittany, Pierre de Dreux, in 1218, between freshwater ponds in the north, marshes of Suscinio in the south. In 1229, his son, Jean I le Roux, continued the construction of the castle, and closed a large part of the forest of Rhuys which would become a hunting park. Duke John IV of Brittany puts the castle at the disposal of the English, his allies. The fortress, commanded since 1365 by an English captain, was reconquered for the crown of France by Bertrand du Guesclin in 1373.. The Dukes John IV and John V undertake work of consolidation, expansion with the construction of the castle after 1380 and of the West building around 1430, and the construction of a new tower. In the 15C a bunker was set up to house artillery while large windows were pierced in the outer walls, the progress of artillery and a more serene political climate swaying between the worries of defense and a greater desire for comfort, air and light. Then, the castle is gradually neglected, the Dukes of Brittany favoring their castle of Nantes. It becomes in 1520 property of the crown of France under Francis I who entrusts his mistress in use of it with the lands surrounding to high figures of the Court, in particular one of his mistresses, who perceive the incomes of the estate. In 1798, the castle already very degraded was sold as a national property (expropriation during the French revolution) to a fairground merchant in Lorient who exploited it as a quarry for building stones and just junk the sculptures. Bought in 1852 by Viscount Jules de Francheville, his family did everything possible to save the existing castle until the sale in 1965 to the department of the Morbihan. In 1975, the Chapel of the priory, burned in 1370, which has a remarkable pavement of about 300 m2, is discovered nearby. This one is studied, restored and exposed in a room of the Castle!

The architecture of this wonderful castle fortress

The castle of Suscinio, girded with moats deep of 3 -4 meters, affects the shape of an irregular quadrilateral flanked by seven towers, including a quadrangular defending the West curtain. These towers as well as the towerettes that it commands are in their low bases, essentially vestiges of the 13C castle; The high bases date from the 15C. The entrance is protected by two powerful towers of 12 meters in diameter, a drawbridge preceded by a stone-sleeping bridge and guarded by four lookout posts in the main base. The towers and curtains are crowned by the Breton machicolations, formed by consoles in decreasing pyramid. The enclosure is shouldered south by two artillery bastions built at the end of the 16C in the time of the Wars of the League.  Separated by a large courtyard, two housings in broken granite are connected by curtains. The northern courtship was mainly intended as a passageway connecting the Ducal residence , it includes a ceremonial hall, a wicket with a pass-through, the bedroom of the Duke close to the chamber to be adorned, the ovens, an oratory that overlooks the north tower at the west building and also houses a less important north building in view of the four large mullions that have been pierced and two of which are walled. The so-called Duchess Fountain, near the village of Folperdrix supplied water to the castle, through underground conduits.

Sarzeau

Some webpages to help you plan your trip to the castle of  Suscinio are here

Official webpage of the Castle of Suscinio: Castle of Suscinio official web page

Tourist office of dept 56 Morbihan on the Rhuys peninsula : http://www.morbihan-tourism.co.uk/home/discover/morbihan/the-main-destinations/the-rhuys-peninsula

 Touristi office of dept 56 Morbihan on the Château de Suscinio: http://www.morbihan-tourism.co.uk/home/discover/morbihan/essential-things-to-see-and-do/suscinio

I move on to the wonderful ports or harbors of the Rhuys peninsula, the best ones in my opinion.

The port of Crouesty is a marina created in 1973 on the site of a marshy area located at the entrance to the Gulf of Morbihan on the territory of the town of Arzon. Today the marina, which has recently been enlarged, can house more than 1 500 pleasure boats on pontoons making it the largest marina in Brittany. A thalassotherapy center is located near the port.

Port de Crouesty

Some webpages from tourist view and marine harbor info on Crouesty are

Port de Crouesty : https://www.passeportescales.com/fr/port-du-crouesty

Touristi office Rhuys Peninsula on Crouesty harbor : https://www.golfedumorbihan.bzh/accueil/decouvrir/la-presquile-de-rhuys/port-du-crouesty

Tourist office dept 56 Morbihan : http://www.morbihan-tourism.co.uk/arzon/port-de-plaisance-du-crouesty/tabid/8374/offreid/6f2804e7-2bac-4319-b1e9-eb21b323dabc

 Port-Navalo is a former coastal fishing port dating from the early 20C. It is located in the town of Arzon, in the Morbihan Department of Brittany. Located on the Rhuys Peninsula on the northern edge of Mor Braz (Atlantic ocean) and at the entrance to the Gulf of Morbihan, this coastal resort offers a panorama of Quiberon and Locmariaquer as well as the interior of the Gulf. The lighthouse of the pointe of Port Navalo; since 1840, a lighthouse indicates the entrance to the Gulf of Morbihan. The current lighthouse dates from 1891.

Port Navalo

Port Navalo

The corresponding support documentation to really enjoy Navalo are here

The tourist office of the Gulf of Morbihan and town of Arzon on Port Navalo: https://www.golfedumorbihan.bzh/arzon/port-navalo-arzon/tabid/688/offreid/10931a9b-a436-4116-9786-df278ffa3da1

The tourist office of the region of Brittany on port Navalo: http://www.brittanytourism.com/to-see-to-do/beaches-and-seaside-activities/beaches/plage-de-port-navalo2

port d’Arzon (port Navalo) : https://www.ports-arzon.fr/page/port-navalo

Tourist office of dept 56 Morbihan : http://www.morbihan-tourism.co.uk/arzon/port-de-plaisance-de-port-navalo/tabid/8374/offreid/853f62b9-aa3a-44c1-86dd-cb5c7f29db9d

And the other city that controls the harbor such as Navalo and Crouesty is Arzon.

Arzon is in the Morbihan 56 of course and in the region of Brittany. Located at the end of the peninsula of Rhuys, it is bordered to the north by the Gulf of Morbihan, to the south by the Bay of Quiberon, western part of Mor Braz (Atlantic ocean), and to the east by the commune of Saint-Gildas-de-Rhuys. The town has two seaside resorts of very different character: Port-Navalo dating from the beginning of the 20C; the Crouesty, modern seaside resort, in constant development since 1973 and until today, built around the largest marina of the Breton coast.   Right at the end of the peninsula Rhuys it has several points or ending cliffs to the ocean, with great views some of the best are Pointe du Béché; Pointe de Benin; Pointe de Bilgroix: Point of Kerners; Pointe du Monteno; Pointe de Penbert; and Pointe de Saint-Nicolas. Other sites worth a detour are the Assumption Church. The mound of Tumiac;, also called “hill of Céasar” the alignment of Kerjouanno; The cairn of the Petit Mont; The Cromlech of Er Lannic with double enclosure. As well as the tomb of the Little Moss (petite Mousse) ; Text of the memorial plaque: “on October 2, 1859, near Port-Navalo, the Sea rejects a corpse that has stayed for more than two months in the water and that no one can recognize. He is a man of thirty years… On the waistcoat and trousers, copper buttons with anchors and cannons”……Go figure it!

Arzon

Arzon

The webpages to help you more on Arzon are

Tourist office of the Gulf of Morbihan on Arzon: https://www.golfedumorbihan.bzh/accueil/decouvrir/la-presquile-de-rhuys/arzon

City of Arzon on heritage in French : http://www.arzon.fr/listes/patrimoine/

There you go a world on its own , Rhuys Peninsula, enclosed by three bodies of water, therefore a peninsula.  Wonderful world, even in winter. You should check it out and let me know if need more info.

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

 

 

 

September 3, 2018

Let’s go North in the Morbihan to Josselin!

Well it’s time to tell you again about the wonders of my department 56, Morbihan of Brittany. It has so much to offer , no wonder is the third destination of the French! for vacations and very prize to live here. You have forest, lakes, rivers, monasteries, castles, churches, things to do galore, the beaches, the sea goodies , the cider ,the galette hey hey wait a minute. I am trying to tell you about a castle!

Anyway, France is a country of wonders, no doubt why no 1 most visited country since numbers are kept which is like after WWII. We are heading for 88 million this year and we only have about 67M folks lol! But, let’s get into the wonderful city of Josselin , cradle of Brittany’s history and France.

I have written on it before of course; can’t missed it . Some of my previous blog posts are here for reference

https://paris1972-versailles2003.com/2012/02/02/josselin-a-castle-and-a-lot-more-in-inland-morbihan/

https://paris1972-versailles2003.com/2012/08/07/josselin-a-medieval-marvel-and-a-magical-castle/

https://paris1972-versailles2003.com/2016/09/18/josselin-the-rohan-and-beautiful-inland-morbihan/

https://paris1972-versailles2003.com/2016/12/20/christmas-in-josselin-and-loudeac/

Ok so what else, I like to remind you of these wonderful places and a bit more on the history I like

Josselin is in my beautiful department 56 of the Morbihan, in the region of Brittany/Bretagne/Breizh. It is located between the Rennes/Lorient Expressway  (N24) and the Nantes-Brest Canal on the river Oust. Located 44 km from Vannes, 73 km from Lorient and 81 km from Rennes, and and 50 km from me. It is the name of the one who built the castle of the same name. This Josselin was one of the sons of Guethénoc, Count of Porhoêt, who lived from the year 998 to the year 1040.

A bit of history I like

Josselin is a town probably created around the year 1000 by Guéthénoc, son of the Duke of Brittany Conan Ier the Wrong. This viscount of Porhoët would have built in this place a first wooden castle around the year 1008 and which will be destroyed by King Henry II Plantagenet in 1168. His son Goscelinus gives his name to the new fortress, Castellum Goscelini, from where Château-Josselin then to Josselin town is name and which offers a relative security.

Josselin

According to the legend, in 808, a laborer discovers a statue of wood in the brambles which allowed his daughter, blind to be born, to find the sight. Following this miracle, a Chapel and then a Church with still some remains from the 12C and finally a Basilica are built in the place of this discovery. In this Basilica, a fresco recalls the struggle of the thirty that took place halfway between Ploërmel and Josselin in the Hundred Years War. Josselin was a main government district between 1790 to 1795, where a revolutionary military commission was held. Nothing much to tell from the great wars.

The one thing to see here is the Castle.

A must is the Château de Josselin,(much of the history of Brittany and France). Built between 1490 and 1505 by picking up many elements of the Louis XII architecture style. It is one of the points of the Triangle Rohannais (three great fortresses la Chèze, Josselin and Pontivy) which has for center the village of Rohan, the nominal fief of the House of Rohan. Guéthénoc, cadet of the ducal house of Brittany, Viscount of Porhoët, Rohan and Guémené, a member of the family of the Counts of Rennes, would have left the feudal motte of Château-Tro in Guilliers to build in this place a first wooden castle around the year 1008.

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In 1154, Eudon de Porhoët, stepfather, Regent and guardian of the young Duke of Brittany, Conan IV, brought together the Breton lords to deprive his son-in-law of his rights. He was defeated by Henry II Plantagenet, King of England and new Duke of Anjou, with whom he took refuge with Conan IV. Around 1170, Henri II came in person to direct the demolition of the castle and filled with salt to keep the walls in ruins. The fortress was raised as early as 1173 by the Viscount of Porhoët Eudon, an ally of the king of France. Then the castle is passed on into the hands of several great families foreign to Brittany, including the Lusignan, the Counts of Alençon and the Perche. In 1370, the latter agreed to cede Josselin, Castle and town to Olivier V de Clisson in exchange for the barony of Thuit, near the town of Falaise. From the existing castle, Clisson built the best armed fortress of Brittany: A feudal enclosure of 4 500 m2, with a chattel-residence and ramparts of 25 meters dotted with nine towers and a huge dungeon of 26 meters diameter and 32 meters high. In 1389, Clisson was banished from the Kingdom of France and was sentenced to death by Duke John IV. He fled to his stronghold of Josselin, but John IV soon made the siege of the castle. Dotted with truces, the struggle with the Duke of Brittany will continue until his death. After the death of Olivier de Clisson, the castle became the property of Alain VIII de Rohan (heir to the viscounts of Rohan), who married Beatrice, daughter of Olivier de Clisson. His son Alain IX de Rohan began to build a dwelling that he was leaning on in the towers and the courtship.

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In 1488, the Duke of Brittany Francis II took the castle and demolished it partially in order to punish John II of Rohan for his support of the French party opposed to him. His daughter Anne of Brittany gave it back to John II, banished from Josselin because of their adherence to Protestantism, the Rohan had to let the governor of Brittany, the Duke of Mercœur, make their castle a base for the league opposed to the new King Henry IV. The history of the castle remains obscure for many years, but the war of Succession of Brittany makes it its military role during the episode of the war of the thirty in 1351 as from Josselin depart the thirty supporters of Charles of Blois (for battle of Auray) under the leadership of Jean de Beaumanoir.

The castle passes into the hands of the Rohans, whose rise is affirmed in the 15C. In 1603, when the viscounty of Rohan was erected in the duchy-paired by King Henri IV, Henri II de Rohan, the chief general of the Protestants, transferred the siege of his power to the castle of Pontivy. During the wars of Religion, he revolt against the royal power. In order to punish him, Cardinal Richelieu dismantled the dungeon in March 1629 (in two times, as his mass was imposing) and three towers, but spared the Renaissance building. In 1694, after the Battle of Camaret, the castle served as a prison for the English soldiers.

Josselin

In the 18C, the Rohans, living at court, no longer reside in the castle which is unfurnished and neglected. The castle reverted to prison in 1758, after the Battle of Saint-Cast, and then sheltered nearly 1 200 prisoners of war. In 1760, in the face of the decay of the fortress, Louis III of Rohan Chabot demolished what remains of the two large towers that frame the first gate and the drawbridge. In 1776, in order to provide work for poor children in the region, the Duchess of Rohan established a cotton mill in the rooms on the ground floor. During the revolution, the municipality requisitioned the castle and settled there to hold its meetings. In 1799, the castle was returned to the Rohan family, in a very degraded state. In 1822, the Duchess of Berry, on her adventurous tour, convinced the Duke of Rohan to restore it, and portraits of that time, including one dated 1828, show a very dilapidated castle, with the long roof collapsed in places. Around 1835, Charles de Rohan-Chabot, tenth duke of Rohan, decided to undertake a proper restoration of his home, which was largely dilapidated. The construction site starts around 1855, and work continues until open to the public around 1930.

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The castle is presently inhabited by the 14th Duke of Rohan, Josselin de Rohan, withdrawn from the affairs of regional or national politics, and his family. The gardens and four large rooms on the ground floor of the chateau, the long dining room, whose top of the panelling is carved up to date with the names of the Duke Alain, his parents, his wife and children, the living room , an antichamber and library containing 3 000 volumes and old portraits. Many works of art are exhibited: paintings of Old masters . On the stables have been rearranged to accommodate the Dolls museum. ,a collection enjoyed by the Duchess of Rohan. The French garden were created at the beginning of the 20C along the front of the Renaissance facade of the castle. A rose Garden was built in 2001 and has 160 roses belonging to 40 different varieties. An English garden, also created, extends to the foot of the ramparts along the river. This garden presents rare species of azaleas, camellias, many rhododendrons and centenary trees only open in heritage days and go to the garden event.

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Other things to see are

The Basilica of Notre-Dame-du-Roncier, also a parish Church, built at the end of the 12C and several times enlarged and modified. It houses the tombs of Olivier V de Clisson, Constable de France, and his wife Marguerite de Rohan. There is a pilgrimage here and one of the most important of the Morbihan, after that of Sainte Anne d’Auray (for Sainte Anne).

Josselin

Josselin

Fontaine Notre-Dame-du-Roncier still called the Miraculous Fountain dated 1675, restored in 1958 is a fountain-wall.  The Chapelle Sainte-Croix founded in 1060 at the place-dit le Prieuré , including the 11C nave with flat bedside, the massive tower and the lateral chapel. The granite Calvary representing Christ in the Cross, Saint Laurent, Saint John the Baptist, Sainte Anne Crowned and the Virgin and the child at the foot. The Church of Saint Martin, which depended on the Saint-Martin Priory of Josselin founded in 1105, became a parish around 1400. It was very revamped in the 17C, the nave was destroyed in the 19C and a chapel was rebuilt in its place. It is important for the Breton Romanesque architecture because it reproduces the real Benedictine plan. The Carmelite Convent of St. Joachim says of the retreat, Sisters of Wisdom was built from 1640, enlarged in 1750 and the Chapel was rebuilt in 1975.  There are only restored remains of the convent of the Ursulines of Notre-Dame, which were established in 1646.  The Benedictine Chapel known as the congregation was built from 1702 and surmounted by a belfry in the 19C.

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The City/Town center or downtown between the Basilica and the Castle is made up of medieval half-timbered houses and stone houses. The house of the place Notre-Dame built in the 15C;the house dated 1538 to pilasters in spindles on the ground floor and the wood of 3 rue Georges-Le-Berd, the old Grande-rue, that of rue Glatinier dated 1602 , the one called Maison Morice at 21 rue Olivier-de-Clisson those of 27 rue Olivier-de-Clisson that of the 4 place of the Resistance, that of the Rue des Trento, those of 5 and 7 rue des Trento; Two houses rue Saint-Michel, the building of the 16C of 3 rue des Devins ‘ mansion built in 1763 at 6 rue des Devins le logis du 4 rue Olivier-de-Clisson, the only one of this time in stone. With the ancient ramparts, the Oust river forms the boundary of the medieval city. The Mall is a tree promenade in the heart of the city.

Josselin Josselin

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here in addition to my blog posts are

Official Chateau de Josselin: https://www.chateaudejosselin.com/en/

City of Josselin on heritage and castle: http://www.josselin.com/vivre/culture-sport-patrimoine/josselin-et-son-patrimoine/

Area Brocéliande tourist office on heritage and castle of Josselin: http://www.broceliande-vacances.com/en/things-to-do/discover-our-heritage/castles-and-mansions/24-32-chateau-de-josselin-josselin

Tourist office of Brittany on Josselin: http://www.brittanytourism.com/discover-our-destinations/destination-broceliande/unmissable-sites/josselin

You have a beautiful old town here and a gorgeous castle, a must to visit in the Morbihan. Hope it helps your plans. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

 

September 3, 2018

A revisit to La Trinité sur Mer!

So as Summer is beginning to fade away, and Fall is upon us as well as the return to work, let me bring you up to date on a beautiful harbor town in my beloved Morbihan Breton. This is boater’s heaven indeed!

I have already been several times to La Trinité sur Mer or the Trinity on the sea, this is an idyllic setting for an afternoon or morning beach time. It is just south of me a few km easy.

I will give you for reference my previous blog posts dealing with La Trinité sur Mer here

One two punch La Trinité sur Mer and Carnac

A boater’s paradise

Find your paradise at La Trinité sur Mer

Heavens on boating, sailing, the sea!

La Trinité-sur-Mer was created in 1864, in the Department 56 of Morbihan in the region of Bretagne. The city stretches over 800 meters along the Crac’h River, where the large, well-sheltered estuary hosts the many oyster parks destined for the spat harvest. A small fishing port, a busy marina and shipyards bring a great animation to the seaside city which has beautiful beaches along the peninsula of Kerbihan.

A bit of history I like

It was from the 13C that traces of the village and its port were found. Saline activity is very important for several centuries. The village developed around the maritime trade and the small community prospered. But in 1931, the government took a protectionist measure to promote the collieries of France. Maritime trade stopped in La Trinité-sur-Mer. The village then turned to fishing. The old auction, demolished in 1923, was rebuilt, and the schooners left the place for the fishing boats. Today, the fishing port has turned into a marina with the rise of nautical tourism. The oyster is also well-present at La Trinité-sur-Mer.

la trinite sur mer

la trinite sur mer

Things to see

The Kerisper Bridge joins Saint-Philibert by crossing the river Crac’h. Originally, it was a steel bridge, designed by Gustave Eiffel and inaugurated in 1901. It was destroyed in 1944 by the Nazis and rebuilt between 1956 and 1958, in the form of an arc bridge of 203 meters long. Several Megalithic sites such as the alignment of Petit-Ménec; covered driveway of Er-Roh; Dolmen of Kermarker;Dolmen of Mané Rohr; Dolmens of Mané-Kervilor, and tumulus of Er-Velenc-Losquet. Also, Saint Joseph’s Church.

la trinite sur mer

The two large beaches exposed to the south on the bay, the Kervillen guarded by a SNSM and the Men-Du emergency station in front of the island of Stuhan to which it is connected at low tide by a tombolo, welcome the swimmers and lovers of fishing on foot in low tide; With their leisure clubs, and equipped with public toilets and showers, they are accessible to people with reduced mobility and lined with car parks. Smaller beaches exposed to the East open on the channel of the Crac’h, crossed by the numerous pleasure boats that join the port: They also allow the fishing on foot in the mudflat of the Vaneresse, discovered at low tide and stretching all the long the channel to the port, but also swimming at high tide in reserved spaces forbidden to navigation.

La Trinite sur mer

La trinite sur mer

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here in addition to my blog posts are

City of La Trinité sur Mer: https://www.la-trinite-sur-mer.fr/la-trinite-sur-mer/ville-et-port-d-exception/histoire-et-patrimoine/

Tourist office La Trinité sur Mer : http://www.ot-trinite-sur-mer.fr/en/default.aspx

Tourist office of Dept 56 Morbihan : http://www.morbihan-tourism.co.uk/home/discover/morbihan/the-main-destinations/trinite-sur-mer

A lovely port marina and full of restaurants, even one overlooking the harbor. See it in my previous posts. Ok here is a hint with my father oldie photo.

la trinite sur mer

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

 

September 2, 2018

My new home of Pluvigner in the Morbihan Breton XXVIII

So this is Sunday and coming slowly into the night, we had our rest day as usual when not traveling outside of the area.  A very French tradition Sunday is family day. Another continuing effort to show the real French side of living in France. The post series  was started when we moved in to our newest home back five years ago. It is now in its 28 edition ::)

As our family is so spread out in four different countries, and two continents, and in France far away east and north of Paris we are the lone westerners lol! As my time for travel or desire has diminish a bit;;;just a bit; we are staying closer to home too.

One of the things we have started to ease our week and take advantage of the Summer/Spring months is the barbecue. We are thinking in Fall/Winter to do so in the garage ,which is big.

We wanted a manuable barbecue for quick meals the old fashion way, and easily transportable. WE decided for a Weber and purchase it at our friendly home builders store Castorama in Vannes.

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We used once to try it and it took some time to get it lit but we manage ok. This time ,it was easier and quicker. We enjoy it in our open terrace in front of our house. We have a large veranda but covered, so the enjoyment of barbecue when weather permitting we od outdoors.

My sons took to the task and we all chip in as well as our dog Rex. He is always hungry anyway, our Borador (border collier/labrador), and already almost 10 months old.

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We got ourselves some nice German beers at our friendly V&B of Auray to go along with the food. The tex-mex skewes were from E Leclerc already prepare and we add it some herbs and pepper sausages with hamburger buns.

pluvigner

pluvigner

pluvigner

For desserts, we had ice cream and peach halves in light syrup. We topped it off with Nescafe Dolce Vita coffees with mine been the usual milk coffee cup. Some of my boys had tea.

And the day went really fast and we all had fun at home. Me watching the horse racing from Paris Longchamp (Bois de Boulogne) and they watching well, MasterChef  season 9 reruns from the USA led by Gordon Ramsay.

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TV screen at home from Equidia

Now I am as usual in my blog and they are with their video games. Sunday is almost done, and the week too . As said, my vacation is coming to an end as going back to work next Thursday. Yikes!!! is never enough ,not really ,anywhere. Oh well.

The temps has been mild around 21C or 74F and sunny no other to report; we are in Bretagne/Brittany, and the only thing is the occassional rain , otherwise is heavens.

Anyway, take this opportunity to thank all my readers and followers to help me in my pass time in my blog. Wishing you all a happy week, full of health and best wishes. And of course, remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!

ps. Je fais mon blog en anglais comme avec quatre langues, c’est celui que je pense gérer mieux. Si je devais faire un post dans les quatre langues sera trop long! Mes langues, français, anglais, espagnol et portugais. Merci.

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