Posts tagged ‘Bretagne’

July 23, 2017

Plougastel Daoulas memories again in the Finistére breton

Well running around with a friend , took her to see this town and when realize again in my surprise, the last time wrote on it was in July 2012!! Even when my sons celebrated birthdays here!!!

The town is Plougastel-Daoulas , the center of Strawberry in Brittany! You can see a museum on it. The beautiful Calvary and the nice Church of Saint Pierre (St Peter).

I am not going to go long on this one as have several posts on the town. You can search for it in my blog.

Needless , to say, the Calvary is one of the better ones in Brittany.  It was built between 1602 and 1604 as an offering for saving the town from the plague of 1598.

The story of the restoration is a nice one me think.  On August 23, 1944 American bombs as they move their army from Brest partially destroyed the calvary with several statues completely destroyed. Here comes an American officer , John D. Skilton,  who was a conservator of a museum in Washington while a civilian and was present in Plougastel-Daoulas  at the moment of the bombardment. He heroically saved several of the statues and stone and created back in the USA, the Plougastel Calvary Restoration Fund Inc , with the goal of raising funds to restore the Calvary. This was done !

You can see the position of the Saints and Angels as well as Christ on the three pictures describing the Calvary joined here.

See ,also, the monument to the fallen on the Church and Calvary property dedicated to the fallen in previous wars of France.

The Church Saint Pierre;(St Peter) , the Church was built in 1870 but damaged with the bombings of August 1944. It was restored by 1950. The Church has a nice rosary dating from 1654-1656 and an altar on top of a entombment of Christ from the 16C.

Info on tourism in French here: http://www.mairie-plougastel.fr/tourisme/decouvrir/patrimoine/architecture/

Tourism on the region of Brittany and this town in English: http://www.brittanytourism.com/discover-our-destinations/brest-terres-oceanes/unmissable-sites/presqu-ile-de-plougastel-and-daoulas-abbey

Enjoy the ride into the Finistére, always fascinating at the end of the  World ::) Cheers

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July 23, 2017

Historical Auray, a lot more than a harbor Saint Goustan

I just checked my blog, the last time wrote on Auray was in December 2015!!! Unbelievable if you notice that I live just 11 km from the town and my train station is there lol! It goes to show you the choices we have in our beautiful Brittany and especially the Morbihan Breton!

Auray is Saint Goustan and a lot more up hill in the haute ville.  The tourist office is here: http://www.auray-tourism.com/

And the region of Brittany in English is here: http://www.brittanytourism.com/discover-our-destinations/southern-brittany-morbihan-gulf/unmissable-sites/saint-goustan

We love to go by the place Notre Dame because that is where the town’s main Church Saint Gildas is located.  Even thus, they claim it is the place Gabriel Deshayes. An imposing building as all these old Churches.

The Church of Saint Gildas is given this name due to a priory of the 12C that depended from the Benedictine Abbey of the peninsula or presqu’île de Rhuys. Worked began in 1623 and were not finished until 1663.  The bell tower is square of three levels and was finished in 1701. It has two porches of Baroque and Renaissance style and in the interior there is a statue of Christ from the 16C. The nice marble altar in the Levallois style dates from the 17C. The organ is a Waltrin dating from 1761.

All around this area you will find plenty of shops and restos to please everyone. There is also the city hall or Hôtel de Ville nearby. Then ,you go to the Baisse Ville or lower town. This is Saint Goustan.

At Saint Goustan, a very steeply area by the river Loc’h (confluent of the Auray), you can get on the little train or petit train in the Place Saint Sauveur. Here along the Quai Franklin you can see the sleeping house when Benjamin Franklin entered France in 1776 to seek support of France against England possible re invasion and he got it from King Louis XVI in Versailles.

On this harbor today, you can set sail by cruise up the river Auray or into the islands in the Gulf of Morbihan with the Navix boat company. http://www.navix.fr/ports-de-depart/

You will see the still in renovation Chapelle de Notre Dame de Lourdes dates from 1878.  You get to see the Church Saint Sauveur, very nice condition and overlooking the high hill of Saint Goustan. The Church is on rue Saint-Sauveur, dates from 1469.  You can still see the lower gate entrance from this time, as the rest was lost on fire in 1886 then rebuilt. Plenty of wooden sculptures such as the pulpit or throne of Saint Goustan, and the choir enclosure done in 1929.

I believe I have mentioned this before but here it goes again; who was Saint Goustan? The district bears his name now, the patron Saint of the fisherman and marines. He was born in 974 in Cornouailles and raised by pirates at 18 yrs old, wounded he was left abandon in the island or île d’Houat  (in the Gulf of Morbihan) where he lived by providence that provided him with fish (so he is represented by a fish) and the care of Saint Félix, that will convert him to Christianism.  He became a monk in 1025 and founded a priory on the island or ’île de Hoëdic (Gulf of Morbihan). He now rests with his brother monks in the abbey of Saint-Gildas de Rhuys (Presqu’île de Rhuys).

More in French from the city of Auray here: http://www.auray.fr/auray/architecture/saint-goustan/

A whole new (or old) world at your fingertips with wonderful restaurants/bars, one of our favorite areas in the Region of Brittany! I guess we come so often we do not write all the time ::)

Not only Benjamin Franklin has a plaque, and wharf name after him but also a bar, resto, and the auberge with a plaque. We remember Benji a lot!!! However, here ,also set sail for Acadia (Canada) “Razilly’s expedition of three ships, holding 300 men, perhaps a dozen or so women, and supplies aplenty, all financed by his own trading company, departed Auray in early July 1632 and arrived at La Hève three months later.  He left most of the men and supplies at La Hève(Nova Scotia), until then just another fishing station on the Atlantic shore of Acadia but now his new headquarters, and hurried to Port-Royal( today Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia )to take possession of the old post from the surviving Scots, who he returned to Britain via France.  After 18 years of neglect and English interference, French suzerainty in greater Acadia finally was restored. “As per Wikipedia.

Ok so welcome to Auray, you will find it plenty of history, quaint, magical and seafaring strong. Enjoy your Sunday,cheers.

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July 22, 2017

Vannes , the market , the Cathedral and more!!!

Once again by Vannes, my backyard town and work city. I was walking around with a visitor from US staying with us and of course we needed to visit some repeat locations but always wonderful to be in Vannes ::)

We walked by the ramparts and visit the tour connetable or constable tower as well as the laundry or lavoirs passing by the Porte or gate of Saint Vincent.  We went up to see the place Valencia and the house where Saint Vincent lived as well as the Two women faces of Vannes or Vannes et ces femmes in what is now the villa Valencia restaurant. All while passing the Cohue fine arts museum and chateau Gaillard archeological museum. Passing by Place Henri IV was great again with all its wooden houses always a pleasure to see. They go back to the 14C thru the 17C. Of course, we did see the Chateau de l’Hermine off the garden of the Garenne and back now doing expositions.  The imposing sparkling clean building housing the Burton store is very nice to see the contrast with the older architecture surrounding it.

Of course ,not to missed the Le Port or harbor area and all the shops and restos;bars around there and up rue Saint Vincent into rue du lait and the place du poids public and place des Lices.

The imposing great Cathedral St Peter or Cathédrale Saint Pierre safekeeping the tomb of Saint Vincent (Vicente Ferrer of Valencia , Spain), who evangelized this area in the early 1400’s. The official site is here in French: http://cathedrale-vannes.cef.fr/index.php/patrimoine/la-cathedrale

From the city page in French you have more info than in English of course: http://www.mairie-vannes.fr/vannesdecouverte/histoire-et-patrimoine/qr-patrimoine/cathedrale-saint-pierre-en-detail/

In the Cathedral , you has to see the chapel of baptisms, holy sacrament, the tomb of Saint Vincent, mea beata Virgin Mary chapel, the wonderful organ that host many concerts next July 26th.  The many beautiful chapels along its length inside including that of Sainte Anne, patron Saint of the Brittany and who is celebrating the major pardon procession July 25-26 in Sainte Anne d’Auray (see previous post in my blog).

Another reason to come to Vannes is it’s wonderful market on Saturday morning especially. You have the outdoor flea market going on all the way into place des lices and then the food market all around place du poids public and into rue le Hellec. Not the least the Halles aux Poissons of fish market and the many shops bordering this huge space of merry go around goodies, the best reason to live here!!!

Did I tell you I love Vannes? YES; and many posts to prove it, just do search and see them all. Plenty of information to make this your one stop Brittany visit. Kenavo!!

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July 21, 2017

A return to Sainte Anne d’Auray,and Sainte Anne!

Hello,again is me ::) I have not written on this religious town since 2014 even if it is just 20 minutes from my house. However, on July 25-26 it will be the pardon holy day of the Saint in the town, and we passed by it for just an opener. More on the pardon here: http://www.sainteanne-sanctuaire.com/?mode=grand_pardon

I am talking about Sainte Anne d’Auray and the Basilica of Sainte Anne; the patron Saint of Brittany. According to the Bible, the mother of Mary and grandmother of Jesus.  The official page is here in English: http://www.sainteanne-sanctuaire.com/?langue=en

The Auray area tourist office in French: http://www.auray-tourisme.com/home/nos-villes-et-villages/sainte-anne-d-auray.aspx

I would not go into more details as I have written on the story and history of this high religious stop in the Morbihan Breton on several occasions. Suffixes to say it is a wonderful complex of the Basilica of Sainte Anne, to the statues of her all over the park, the mausoleum to the dead for Brittany in the wars, to the area where Pope John Paul II visited in 1996.

The importance of the statue monument to the Count of Chambord is here as well; very well mentioned in the history of France. The monument has four faces, including the two Saints of France and Paris, Sainte Jeanne d’Arc in the front , and  Sainte Geneviève behind, as well as two great heroes of France ; Bayard on the left and  Du Guesclin on the right, all standing on foot.  On top of the statue you will see a golden crown on his right, representing the monarchy of France.  It is here where the prayers were said  on the apparitions in August 1623 to March 1625 and 1628 ,when  Anne d’Autriche (Austria) ask to make  Sainte-Anne public prayers and daily to have a descendant of the crown to the throne.  It became a tradition thereafter by the house of France or  Maison de France  to ask of Sainte Anne the birth of future princes of France.  More here on official Chambord page in French: http://www.comtedechambord.fr/homme/memorial/

You will see the stairs or Holy Stairs. This monument was built in 1662 by the Carmelite Fathers. Currently located in the area of ​​the spine, the Scala Sancta was until 1870 the front porch of the Basilica and thus defining the place reserved for prayer. You can read more in the official page given above on the Basilica.

On the same webpage you will find info on the monument plaque to Pope John Paul II visit in September 26 1996. It is made exactly 16,129 blocks offered by the pilgrims. It is surrounded by 12 granite columns, recalling that these are the twelve bishops of the twelve dioceses of the ecclesiastical region of western France who invited the Pope to come to this region: Angers, Bayeux, Coutances, Laval, Le Mans, Luzon, Nantes, Quimper, Rennes, St. Brieuc, Sees, Vannes. There is figure stele bearing the image of John Paul II.

You see the baptismal fountain or fontaine, the place of the first prayer and statue of Sainte Anne right coming straight to the Basilica. More in the webpage of the Basilica, a primer here: By choosing the fountain as a place of its first appearance, St. Anne reminds us of the importance of source water, but above the water of baptism: as water is essential to our lives, baptism is essential to grow in faith. The water of baptism makes us children of God and St. Anne, by appearing at the fountain, invites us to return to our baptismal promises.

More on the webpage above and on this wonderful site here: The Basilica dedicated to Saint Anne is the heart of the sanctuary. It replaced, in the late 19C, in 1872, the first chapel built by Yves Nicolazic chapel became too small to accommodate the crowd of pilgrims.  It was built in the same field of Bocenno which was found the original statue of St. Anne by Yves Nicolazic.  Neo-Gothic combines the grace of the Renaissance, model houses the tombs of Yves Nicolazic (1591-1645), the man who saw St. Anne and Pierre de Keriolet the penitent (1602-1660).  A bas-relief on a pillar of the choir, right, points out the spot where Yves Nicolazic and its neighbors, discovered the statue of Saint Anne March 7, 1625.

In the photos you will see a Chapel dedicated to Sainte Anne (St Anne) and another one to Sainte Marie (St Mary). The beautiful organ is spiral right against the left side wall of the altar.  And the stained glass is wonderful vivid and bright well done and tells the story well.

Again, a day is needed to see this wonderful spot and very worth the detour for those traveling along the N24 or N165.  Enjoy the photos and have a great weekend. Cheers

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July 21, 2017

The best of the beach Carnac and Quiberon!

Ok so today was windy , cloudy, and a bit of rain with cool temps but anyway there is always a good time to go out in Brittany. As we said, when there is a will , there is a way. So we headed for our favorite beach towns with a visiting friend.

It’s amazing to read that I have not written on Carnac since June 2015 in my blog yet it is a wonderful beach about 30 minutes from my house and an Unesco World Heritage Site on the megalith stones!!!

The tourist office in English for Carnac is here: http://www.carnactourism.co.uk/

We took a ride by La Trinité sur Mer, Plouharnel, and then headed for Carnac arriving in city center doing some walks checking the high prices on the shops and then headed for a the Grande Plage or big beach here. Of course ,nobody on the water , too cold and windy , just the thrill of been on a nice flat sandy beach.  A view of the grande plage in French here: http://www.carnactourism.co.uk/node/454

We went by our favorite places such as Memestra brasserie facing the grande plage and the Fisher’s Club right on the sand, both wonderful to spend a day there! Ther webpages to follow:

http://www.ot-carnac.fr/preparer/ou-manger/restaurants/549864-restaurant-memes–tra

https://www.lefisher.fr/carnac/

Then, we moved on to Quiberon, our favorite spot on a peninsula. We did came back thru the Côte Sauvage or wild coast, both previously written on it.

We cam straight to our favorite water hole here L’Esplanade Café on the place Hoche facing the Grande Plage or big beach here. You have plenty to choose from all around as well as a wonderful promenade boulevard facing the beach and plenty of goodies. You, also, have a Fisher’s Club here.

At the L’Esplanade Café you can drink the famous Belzubeth 8,5% beers as well as the St Omer premium drafts. All very friendly and nice ambiance always.

The Esplanade Hoche here is surrounded by shops, restos, bars galore on a central compact location in the beach. You can, also, spent a day here or combine the day with the above Carnac.

More on the above here in French : http://www.quiberon.com/se-restaurer/brasseries/1016873-lesplanade-café

And more on the tourist office of Quiberon here: http://www.quiberon.com/

And more on the tourist page of the region Bretagne:

http://www.brittanytourism.com/to-see-to-do/beaches-and-seaside-activities/beaches/la-grande-plage6

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Enjoy the ride, more to come soon, in my beautiful Brittany, Bretagne, Breizh, and kenavo !!!

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July 18, 2017

Some news from France CLXIII

And we are on the 18 July 2017, and cool not much sun, heavy rafts of rain and thunder wow;big thunders, lights went out in my job’s cafeteria/lunch room!!!  Anyway temps got to 30C and now a cool 23C or about 75F. And tomorrow will be cooler around max 68F !!!

What is going lately in my belle France well ,here are some updates:

Night evenings and workshops on gardening are organize all summer long here at Café Renoir inside the museum or Musée de Montmartre, 12 rue Cortot (18eme) open everyday from 12h to 18h, admission 4€. More info here: http://museedemontmartre.fr/en/cafe-renoir/

On the occasion of the Transalpine immigration program Ciao Italia, the Palais de la Porte Dorée will have a big parvis terrace with the best from the Dolce Vita. The palais is at 293 avenue Daumesnil (12eme) until October 15 Wednesdays, to Sundays, and from midday to midnight. More here: http://palazzo-portedoree.fr/

The above on Le Figaro in French on the Italian immigration from 1860-1960 where 2 million of them reach France. http://www.lefigaro.fr/sortir-paris/2017/04/19/30004-20170419ARTFIG00048-paris-un-siecle-d-exode-au-musee-del-histoire-de-l-immigration.php

The Mona Bismarck American Center open for the first time in summer with a musical program dedicated to the pop culture USA.  DJ  and groups will be live with cinema projections all taken care by Bonhomie with food and cocktails. 34 avenue de New York (16eme) until end of September and from Tuesdays to Saturdays  18h to 02h and Sundays to midnight More here: https://www.summerhouse.fr/

The grand magasin Au Printemps Haussmann continues with its renovations.  After the move of the Mode Homme (mens fashion) in the rue du Havre to a building in the boulevard Haussmann , followed by the renovation of the L’Enfant (children) and la Maison  (house deco),now its the turn of the cosmetic beauty space or Beauté  to renovate itself. The new space is dedicated to perfums and cosmetics open its door Monday. It has created the space in a building in the rue de Provence and rue de Caumartin with 3 000 m2  space in three floors !! More in French here: https://www.printemps.com/magasins/actualites/le-printemps-de-la-beaute-fait-peau-neuve/paris-Haussmann

One of the prettiest terrace in Paris is also, one of the most hidden. You have to climb and descend to the Seine river facing the tour Eiffel and entered in the Palais de Chaillot as going to the museum or musée de l’Homme, and continue.  Daytime is sompteous and nighttime with the light on the Eiffel is sublime. Enjoy the Le Café de l’Homme, open every day from 12h to 14h at  17 place du Trocadéro (16eme), Tel +33 (0)1.44.05.30.15. webpage:  https://www.cafedelhomme.com/en

And if you descend the stairs along the bridge or Pont Alexandre III on the left bank to come into the Faust terrace, unique space with a view of the Tour Eiffel, the Grand Palais, and the pont des Invalides. Le Faust, open everyday from 12h to 14h with DJ from 19h, dancefloor dancing on Fridays and Saturdays until 06h00 . At Pont Alexandre III (7eme) tel +33 (0) 1.44.18.60.60. Webpage: http://www.faustparis.fr/

High on a building in the Ménilmontant ,the Perchoir has  a great terrace, with patient on street level with a long line of guests always ready to come here. The plus is once inside the views over the roofstops of Paris is sublime with the lights of the Church of Ménilmontant and further the Basilica of Sacre Coeur. Le Perchoir, Mondays to Wednesdays from 18h to 02h, Thursdays and Fridays from 16h to 02H and the weekend from 12h to 02h; at 14 rue Crespin-du-Gast (11eme) Tel +33 (0) 1.48.06.18.48. Webpage here: https://leperchoir.tv/

From now you can enjoy the swim in the basin de la Villette (19eme). IT will open at 13h the first swim site in the city. It is a floating structure with 100 meters long split into three spaces and a beach with cabins, showers, palms all in the quai de Loire on the south side of the basin. It is with free admission every day from 11h to 19h until the end of Paris plage 2017 September 4th. For security reasons,the entry will be limited and with order; no more than 300 swimmers at a time and no more than 1000 each day. More on Paris beach and the swim at Villette here in French. https://www.paris.fr/parisplages

A phenomenon in Paris, the bicycle or Vélib/ This is already 10 years of the Vélib since July 15 2007 when JCDecaux started it. Some statistics. 305 648 members, 324 millions rentals, 1225 stations in Paris and suburbs; 39 944 attachement stations for bikes, 18 162 available bikes; 97 197 average usage per day, and 17,2 minutes the average time of usage. More info here: http://en.velib.paris.fr/

And for next year November 2018 the Festival International du Film , a new name in Compiègne for the centenary of the WWI peace or Armistice. This is for this year webpage:http://festivaldufilm.compiegne.fr/

The Château du Plessis-Brion opens again in summer. From this coming Friday to August 31st you can see the castle with foundations of a feudal fortress that you can tell better in the gothic cellars and other parts from early 16C.  It is the only renaissance castle in the Oise region and this year for the first time you will have treasure chases for the kids. Le château du Plessis-Brion, 2, rue de l’Eglise. Open every day except Mondays from 9h30 to 11h30 and 14h30 to 17h ,admission are adults 5 €. Tél. +33 (0)3.44.76.28.28. More info here: http://en.noyon-tourisme.com/Walks-and-visits/Visits-and-heritage/Chateau-du-Plessis-Brion2/(language)/eng-GB

the latest expansion of France’s treasures is the Centre Pompidou to open temporarely in 2019 at Shanghaï ; in the district of West Bund –Xuhui. An art district of Shanghaï  that extends over several kilometers on the west of the city along the quais of the river Huangpu.  In this same area you have the well known museum of the célèbre Yuz Museum ; more here in French:  https://news.artnet.com/art-world/centre-pompidou-shanghai-897869

And last but not least, the aviary and the palmarium are all advantages that add to the splendor of the botanical garden. The whole thing is covered, so you can get lost regardless of the mood of the weather.  Parc Floral, Jardin Botanique de la Ville de Paris3, avenue de la Porte-d’Auteuil (16eme). From 8h to 16h on weekdays and 9h to 17H the weekends and Holidays. More here: https://en.parisinfo.com/paris-museum-monument/71343/Parc-Floral-de-Paris-Jardin-botanique-de-la-Ville-de-Paris
Enjoy your week, I have one day tomorrow and then off to welcome an old friend from USA visiting Brittany for the first time ever lol! Breton galore!!! Cheers

 

 

 

July 16, 2017

Port Haliguen in Quiberon peninsula!

I am back , just another wonderful day this morning into my best backyard and it was packed, fortunately know my way around here very well ::) found street free parking behind a hotel lol!!

What I am talking about, well it’s Quiberon, the peninsula south of me, my backyard. And more specifically Port Haliguen; which not written much about yet….

There is a nice lighthouse done in 1856 and the marina was done from 1968; it is now on its way to be improve and enlarge from it’s current 1200 moorings. The governing body is on a plan right now and you can read more on it here in English as well : http://www.quiberon-port-haliguen.com/en/

There are beaches in between very nice, the wild and secluded plage de Castéro  and Kermorvan to the left facing the harbor and plage de Porigo to the right all the way to the plage du Fort Neuf.  Several fishing, boating, beach shops have opened up here as well as créperies, restos and bistro à vins. You can, also, see the expositions in the Maison du Phare a sort of events place for the area.

More info on the above on my favorite beach website here:

http://en.plages.tv/detail/castero-beach-quiberon-56170

http://en.plages.tv/detail/porigo-beach-quiberon-56170

http://en.plages.tv/detail/fort-neuf-beach-quiberon-56170

Current and next expos on the Maison du Phare here in French: http://www.quiberon.com/evenements/499284-expositions-dart-a-la-maison-du-phare

You find all kinds of boats here from cruisers to dingy zodiac types , from motor to sails ,combine, and catamarans. It is really a gorgeous spot to be in . We parked behind the Port Haliguen hotel right facing the harbor on a side street for free! Plenty of this type of parking if you come early.

The lighthouses are always a pretty sight, and the bigger one from 1856 or phare de Port Haliguen can be seen for 10 miles with a height of 12 meters and no more in operation. Two smaller red phares or lighthouses are on the causeway out to see; the one on the left has 11 miles vision at 8 meters high; the one on the right has 8 miles vision of a high of 7 meters. On the north dam, there is another lighthouse,this one green with a vision of 6 miles and  9 meters high.

Then, there is the Maison du Port or house of the harbor where the Yacht Club de Quiberon is house with a full program and plenty of boats in its yard. If interested, more info here in French: http://www.ycquiberon.com/contacter-le-ycq.html

Then ,you have the Capitainerie or harbormaster in Port Haliguen, VHF Chanel 9. Contact on right hand column of this webpage: https://www.passeportescales.com/en/port-haliguen-quiberon

Oh yes if you are looking to stay close to the action than by all means consider the Port Haliguen Hotel right across from the harbor! More here: http://www.hotel-port-haliguen.com/fr/accb5/

And if you are looking for a nice hotel and thalassa spa for relaxation and not far from the beaches than take a look at Sofitel Thalassa Hotel  more here: http://www.sofitel.com/gb/hotel-0557-sofitel-quiberon-thalassa-sea-spa/index.shtml

There is always time for a Casino de Quiberon (over 18 yrs needed), not too long thus ::) but its right by the beach and very near the Grande Plage or big beach center of it all here. More on the Casino; http://www.casinodequiberon.com/

You have a nice train station where you can walk to the Grande Plage and all the rest is not far, we parked and walk all over… the train station only in summers a special service from Auray on the Tire-Bouchon service or screwpull train. More on it here: http://cdn.ter.sncf.com/medias/PDF/bretagne/Tirebouchon90X1260mm_tcm55-12725_tcm55-76999.pdf

There is plenty of shopping in town and of course a supermarket for groceries and sundries items, we have visited the Casino supermarket lately and it is very good for a tourist beach town. The hours are : Mondays to Fridays from 8h45 -12h30 and 14h30-19h15, Saturdays 8h45 to 19h15 continuous and Sundays mornings from april to September. In Summer, it is open continuously from 8h45 to 20h Mondays to Saturdays,  and open full day on Sundays. More and for updates here: https://magasins.supercasino.fr/supermarche/quiberon/CS282

Driving out of town it is great to do so on rue du Port Haliguen where the Casino is on, and you past just in front of the Church of Notre Dame de Locmaria in city center. I have written on it several times before. You ,also, drive on the causeway in and out, one road two lanes in and out, and past the historic fort of Penthievre, still a military installation but a site of firing squads assassination during the Nazi occupation.

All the above on photos posted here. Enjoy Quiberon, we came out alright, the crowds were coming in, just need to know the swing ::) Enjoy your Sunday and until next blogtime; Cheers.

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July 16, 2017

La Roche Maurice, and other Finistère!!!

Saturday was a busy day , nice sunny and great to be out. So we decided to ride along the N165 into areas we have been briefly in our lovely Brittany/Bretagne/Breizh. We rode into Hanvec, Landivisiau, and La Roche Maurice in the Finistére dept 29 next door neighbor.

We have been by this area before, just a bit more into it ,we can never have enough of Brittany, its gorgeous. Here is the last post touching on La Roche Maurice. https://paris1972-versailles2003.com/2012/11/08/the-other-finistere-small-quaint-nice-towns/

As I said we rode on the D16 from our town to connect with the N165 at Landevant, and continue straight into first Hanvec , then La Roche Maurice , and finally Landivisiau before heading back home on the D18 to connect with the N165.

Passing by Hanvec, we saw the nice imposing Church Saint Pierre (St Peter) in city center/downtown. This is a small town , where Eugéne Boudin describe it in 1867 as a vast town with a spectacular view of the inland hills; here he finds what was to be his wife  Marie-Anne Guédès which he married in le Havre. Vast history of Sirs of Kerohan and Quélen and many calvaries and monuments to show from old age. The Church of Saint Pierre  is on the side of an older church of which the only remaining parts of the south porch from 1625 . After been almost in ruins it was ordered to rebuilt and finally finished in 1877 with the spiral tower not done until 1879.

Here we continue our route to reach La Roche Maurice, two major monuments here. First, the Church enclose paroissial of Saint Yves. This is a gorgeous church with an ossuaire and chapel with calvary all together in an enclose area in city center. Not far from there the feudal castle in ruins of the old counts of Léon with a wonderful tourist office.

The Church Saint Yves; more here from the city page in French: http://www.larochemaurice.fr/fr-fr/patrimoine/l-eglise-saint-yves-et-l-enclos-paroissial

You see a Calvary of Christ with soldiers in costumes of Henri II, the Church built in the 14C replacing an older Church.  The stained glass and the belltower dates from 1589.  The stained glass windows shows in 21 panels the life of Christ.  They were renovated several times the last in July 11-20, 1950 with on the left view the statue of the Virgin of Notre Dame de Bon Secours and on the right the polychrome group of Saint-Yves between the rich and the poor. The rood screen was done in 1570-1580 in sculpture polychrome oak wood.  The gallery shows several personage with 12 statues in lower level and 12 others on top of the rood screen where you see the Cross of Christ surrounded by the Virgin and Saint John with views of the daily life. The ossuaire is in renaissance style with an inscription dating from 1639 with a writing on the front of the entrance door that says remember men that you are only but dust.

Another key monument to visit is the  Castle of the counts of Léon, the area under their jurisdiction in 1100’s. Do not forget here to visit the new tourist office at the foot of the castle ;it has great representation of its history and a nice friendly welcome. Inside you see a passage way that led from the castle to the riviere on what was an old house recently demolished to built the tourist office!

This is the castle in local language call the Castle of Roc’h Morvan or La Roche Maurice. The tourist office on the castle here in French: http://www.larochemaurice.fr/fr-fr/patrimoine/l-eglise-saint-yves-et-l-enclos-paroissial?id=99#histoire

The castle was first mentioned in 1263 but it is really a lot older than that. During the Franco Breton wars of 1489-1491 initiated by the viscount John II of Rohan that tries to inherit the duchy of Brittany because of the ascentry of his wife Marie de Bretagne against the king of France Charles VIII, the castle is completely dismantled.  By 1580 the Rohan in the war of Religions takes to the cause Protestant and this signals the destruction of the castle, which was never rebuilt.  The castle stayed in the hand of the Rohan family until it was acquired by the general council of the Finistère in 1986.

Finally, on our way back home we stop at Landivisiau, a quiet in land town with a nice halle de terre native or bio product covered market sharing the building with the salle François de Tournemine theater in city center/downtown, all facing the nice Church of Saint Thuriau.

Location contact for the halle terre Native or covered live earth market here: https://www.yelp.fr/biz/halles-terre-native-landivisiau

The salle François de Tournemine here: http://www.landivisiau.fr/fr/salle-municipale/1512/salle-francois-de-tournemine

And the Church Saint Thuriau original Church dates from 1554 and then renovated until the one today done in 1968. The belltower is from 1590! The porches are rich in statues of Saints ,and a wonderful organ from the 19C. More from the city on the Church in French here: http://www.landivisiau.fr/fr/information/61960/le-patrimoine-landivisien

Lovely country great for a car ride in a natural environment and coming up to quaint pretty towns all over the Finistère and Brittany/Bretagne/Breizh. One day I will see you on this roads welcome to let me know when in the area.

Enjoy your Sunday, me continuing on to the boats lol! Cheers

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July 15, 2017

My new home of Pluvigner in the Morbihan Breton XVIII

And here we are on a great sunny day of about 23C and even down to 9C early this morning. We had a wonderful National Day , Friday July 14 (for those abroad Bastille Day) with festivities all over France. IT was highlighted by the visit of President Trump of the USA on behalf of President Macron of France to commemorate the centenary (100) anniversary of American entry into World War I on the side of France. It was remarked their friendship has endure and will last forever,indeed since 1776.

We leisurely saw the festivities on TV from our home for those in Paris and it was great to see the 1st Infantry Division US marching on the Champs Elysées as will as fly over of the F22 etc US planes; the US Air Force Thunderbirds flew over Mont Saint Michel and the beaches of Normandy.

We waited late to go to our town ,Pluvigner;  celebration in the park Goh Lanno not far from us. Here there was plenty of Breton music in a traditional Fest Nos where the crowd jump in to dance. There were huts all over serving the traditional galette and crêpes ,cotton candy, and all kinds of drinks including beer.

As one local told me weird that there is a longer line at the cotton candy stand than on the beer stand, and I said, there are probably the tourists lol!!!  It was merry and cheers and a chance to speak to local people that still do not know; great evening. We had our galettes and plenty of beers !!!!

Afterward, the fireworks began offered by the city, and it was nice to see that and the whole crowd numb watching from the park fields and the grassy stands on the side, it seems the whole town was here at 23h30. We walked home of course ::)

We had gone to the local market (marché) today Saturday July 15. Going over to Auray and the V&B store to gather our Belgians and German beers  of course ::) Of course, forgot to tell you on the way back we had our baguette at the old neighborhood bakery as our is on vacation lol: this one is a good one too at Brec’h Boulangerie Lucas on Corn er Hoët D768. no webpage Tel +33 (0) 2 97 57 53 13.

And on our tour to you of daily life in France and especially Brittany:

On our way back we did some errands stopping by the Pluvigner motoculture shop for parts of lawn mowers garden equipment supplies that we use at home almost acre of land. webpage here: http://www.pluvigner-motoculture.com/

Just across is the Jardinerie de Porh Mirabeau , route de Auray D768;  where we gathered some growing dirt and 3 plants for our front garden. No webpage ,here is some info on the yellow pages (pages jaunes)here: https://www.pagesjaunes.fr/pros/detail?bloc_id=0297249730066865420001C0001&no_sequence=0&code_rubrique=72100100

And we got home at last. A bit of rest and ready for some other adventures even this afternoon next;stay tune, and enjoy your Saturday anywhere. Cheers

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July 13, 2017

Some news from France CLXII

ok so the weather has tame, and it is cooler and humid some sunshine in the afternoon; but we are enjoying a long weekend. Tomorrow is National Day in France ,July 14, for some visitors it is known as Bastille Day.

Even President Trump of the USA is in Paris. Invited by French President Macron for the centenary anniversary of US troops entering WWI in France. They will be a parade from 10h ; where the 1st Infantry Division US will march first along the avenue Champs-Elysées. And the US Air Force Thunderbirds will do a fly over. I just took one photo from my TV for representation of the event.

Paris

Activities at the Grand Arch de la Defense, from 21h30 with 15€ admisssion; https://www.lagrandearche.fr/actualites

The Panthéon celebrates the Republic from 13h to 19h free admission.more info here:http://www.paris-pantheon.fr/Actualites/Le-Pantheon-fete-la-Republique

FG Garden Party at the Hippodrome de Saint Cloud (92) from 17h to 02h, admission from 8€; more here:http://www.fggardenparty.com/?lang=en

Grand Bal under the roof of the Grand Palais from 20h free admission with reservation. More here:http://www.grandpalais.fr/fr/evenement/le-grand-bal

Concert du Champs de Mars from 21h to 23h free admission, and in front of the Tour Eiffel firecrakers from 23h to midnight  ,free admission

And of course, my beloved Versailles ,more traditional French; the Louis XIV spectacle , the king of fire in the Chateau de Versailles from 22h admission 75-110€.  There will fireworks in Versailles !!! More here: http://www.chateauversailles-spectacles.fr/en/spectacles/2017/louis-xiv-fire-king-2017

Tomorrow evening Friday you should be in Aligre ! giant concert with more than 50 musicians of the Orchestre de chambre de Paris with a show name  « Grand Ensemble » it will be from 19h and 21h More in French here: http://www.lieuxpublics.com/fr/rendez-vous-publics/218/grand-ensemble

Colette ,213 rue Saint-Honoré , the historical store will be closing by December 2017. The original family is still there with Colette Roussaux , and her daughter  Sarah. they started in the area of Sentier by Colette and her daughter coming out of the school or École du Louvre, to joined her mother and founded the store. A Paris institution store and so sad will be closing its doors. webpage here: http://www.colette.fr/

In its 24e édition, Paris Jazz Festival will invites you to the Parc Floral  until July 30th. More here: http://www.parisjazzfestival.fr/intro/
Henri Manguin ,the Joy of Color at Giverny ,musée des Impressionismes. Until November 5. more here: http://www.mdig.fr/en/manguin-joy-colour
The chocolates in same address but in a courtyard , the great Jean-Paul Hévin, 231 rue Saint-Honoré (1st); open every day except Sundays, Tél. +33 (0)1 55 35 35 96.  https://www.jeanpaulhevin.com/en/

The grand terrace of 180 persons in the calm of the garden of Louvre with Italian cuisine in the Loulou, Musée des Arts décoratifs, 107, rue de Rivoli (Ier).  Open every day. Tél. +33 (0) 1 42 60 41 96.  webpage in Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LoulouParisrestaurant/timeline

Check out the expo in the musée jeu de Paume, from “La vie Folle” of Ed Van der Elsken to the contemporary art of Oscar Murillo of Colombia; see it  http://www.jeudepaume.org/index.php?page=article&idArt=2762

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Shops to learn starts at the museum or Grand Musée du parfum; 73 rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré, Tel +33 (0) 1 42 65 25 44.  http://www.grandmuseeduparfum.fr/en/

70 years of Christian Dior in Paris: The story a designer of dreams in the Musée des Arts  Décoratifs, 107 rue de Rivoli (1st) until January 7 2018; from Tuesdays to Sundays and from 11h to 18h . Webpage here: http://www.lesartsdecoratifs.fr/en/

And we used to go to El Rancho a Tex Mex resto next to the rive gauche train station in Versailles. Since, closed for several years and now a controversial KFC is open there lol! https://www.kfc.fr/nous-trouver

From my gallery photo of the old El Rancho of Versailles. https://paris1972-versailles2003.com/versailles-my-photo-gallery-i/los-ranchos-rive-gauche/

And of course, there are others, we have been to the ones in Franconville, Vélizy, and Flins as well. The official webpage is here: http://www.elrancho.fr/restaurant/list

And I leave you here, as need to get ready for the 14 July. My town has a good program . Enjoy your end of week, me a long 3 day weekend ahead. Cheers

 

 

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