Posts tagged ‘Bretagne’

September 29, 2022

The Forteresse de Largoët of Elven !!!

Let me bring back some memories of my work. A while back, hard to remember dates, a collegue working in my dept told me he was from Elven? huh? He show me the map and told me there was nice things to see and a very good restaurant (see post). Needless to say we as a family went and true to local knowledge it was nice. Later our CFO decided to have a party for the group and voilà the restaurant was chosen again, and again it was wonderful. I had a post with all but decided to split into the nice monuments of little pretty Elven, therefore, did a post on the church, the chapel and now the fortress. Hope you enjoy this post on the Forteresse de Largoët of Elven !!!

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We went looking for the fortress tower of Largoët, built in the 13-16C and residence of the Lords of Largoët, and most notable here lived  Jean IV de Rieux, tutor of the duchess Anne de Bretagne ( and queen of France twice!). The fortress was mentioned first in 1020! Here between 1474 and 1476 , this Jean IV lord of Rieux held prisioner Henri Tudor duke of Richmond and future king Henry VII of England. In 1490, king Charles VIII demolished the castle but it was later restored under Anne de Bretagne. Nicolas Fouquet (vaux le vicomte non fame) purchased the castle in 1656 and after his death it is sold to Michel de Trémeurec and since the castle was never sold and remains in the family that hold it today. On November 30 1799 there was a big battle here during the war of the west against the French revolution by the local Chouans known as the battle of the Tour d’Elven.

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The ruins of Largoët retain an imposing appearance, thanks in particular to the octagonal keep from the end of the 14C. At 45 meters high, it is one of the highest in France, Its walls are 6 meters thick and exceed 9 meters in some places. The entrance was on the ground floor through a door which was preceded by a drawbridge spanning a ditch. This door opens into a 7 meter long corridor that runs through the entire thickness of the wall and leads to a room of approximately 40 m2. On each of the upper floors, there was an identical room. On the first floor, you can still see the room where Henry Tudor stayed. Two spiral staircases are caught in the thickness of the walls. One, starting from the ground floor and intended for lordship use and the reception of distinguished visitors, serves all levels up to the summit walkway. A second, narrower spiral staircase, located in the opposite wall, for more private use, starts from the first floor(2nd US), and leads to the upper floors. On the third floor (4th US) of the master tower, there is a chapel, flanked by two oratories, built into the thickness of the wall, with a stoup and a hagioscope which allowed worship to be followed from one of the oratories.

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In addition to this colossal edifice, Largoët has a four-story round tower from the 15C, pierced by gunboats on the first level, and surmounted by a hexagonal building. It was converted in the 20C as a hunting lodge; a 15C châtelet, marking the entrance to the fortress, backing onto another 13C construction; the remains of the surrounding wall, a moat that was drained in the summer and a pond dug at the beginning of the 20C to replace impenetrable marshes; the ruins of a construction called Glacière or freezer which was intended to store food; the entrance to an underground refuge,consisting of two rooms but with no other exit. It would therefore not be the entrance to the underground which allowed to reach the village. Works in the inn of the Lion d’Or (see post), in the center of Elven, would have brought to light a gallery but without nothing could be verified as to the final destination of this gallery.

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In the cinema, the site served as a setting for Lancelot du Lac or Les Chouans as well as in Le Monocle noir (1961).

The official Forteresse de Largoët : https://www.largoet.com/

The town of Elven on the fortresshttps://www.elven.bzh/contacts/forteresse-de-largoet/

There you go folks, feel better now to give credit to this wonderful monument in little pretty Elven near me just 44 km still in my beautiful Morbihan. Hope you enjoy the post on the Fortress Dungeon of Largoët as I.

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

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September 29, 2022

The sights of Trédion !!

Again back in my road warrior mode, I have come back to familiar territory with new pictures.  Back in my beautiful Morbihan and its small picturesques towns on the off the beaten path. I have written on Trédion before on these sights but never enough which ,also, allows me to find missing information. Hope you enjoy the post on the Saint Martin Church ,and Castle of Trédion !!

The town of Trédion attested in the form Treduchum in 1121, Tréduihon in the 12C. Trédion is an ancient truce of the parish of Elven, of which it was detached in 1136.  At this truce was added the one of Aguénéac to create a new parish in 1820.  In 1833, the former trier of Trédion and Aguénéac were separated from the town of Elven to form the new town of Trédion from 1836. The town of Trédion is 7 km from Elven, 23 km from Vannes, and just 37 km from my house.

The Church of St. Martin new church b. 1870-1873. It was entrusted from the year 1000 to the Benedictines of the Mont-Saint-Michel. The Romanesque building was largely rebuilt during the second half of the 16C. The sand pits and pillar of the pulpit bear the dates of 1562, 1573 and 1577. The Church consisted in 1860 of a nave and two collateral in large plains and three Romanesque apses; the main apse was vaulted with stones and illuminated by stained glass windows in loopholes, it was preceded by a triumphal arch. An elegant bell tower built in two bells stood between the nave and the choir. The nave of the 2nd half of the 16C preserves in the south a door and a stained glass window of the 15C. The new bell tower was erected between 1869 and 1872. The current Choir is probably contemporary from the bell tower steeple in 1869. The vault of the new choir, joins that of the nave in 1895. Two additional stained glass windows are installed in 1910.

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The Trédion castle originally built around 1350 to replace an old manor. It was rebuilt in 1854. This is the former property or hunting meeting place of the lords of Largoët. Successive property of the families of Malestroit, Rieux (1471), Nesle and Coligny (1567), Lorraine-Elbeuf (1605), Fouquet (1683), Lantivy (1709). The castle was acquired on July 21, 1834 by Count Hippolyte du Fresne de Virel. The Comtesse de Rougé sold it in 1977-1978 to Mr. Guy Turpin who opened a hotel and a leisure complex there. King Francis I stayed at the castle on August 31, 1518. Catherine de Medici would have stayed there in 1570 or 1567, with a view to reconciliation with the Colignys of Argoët, who were Protestants.

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The main areas in the garden to look at are the Clos du Roy  (The King’s field) a French style garden. The Jardin de curé (The priest’s garden) , traditional garden.  The Jardin des druides  (The druids’ garden); fountains, bridge of secrets, chalices, the Druid’s tree, the fine gold standing stone in the middle of 3 cascading ponds, etc. ,and the Jardin des Korrigans  (The Korrigans garden) and the legend of the hidden treasure. 

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The city of Trédion on its religious monuments including the church: http://www.tredion.fr/decouvrir-tredion/la-commune-de-tredion#Patrimoine%20religieux

The official Château de Trédion : https://www.chateau-tredion.fr/

The Gulf of Morbihan tourist office on Trédion: https://www.golfedumorbihan.bzh/explorer-vannes/decouvrir-vannes/golfe-morbihan/landes-de-lanvaux/tredion/

There you go folks, now I feel better showcasing sights from these small towns such as Trédion worth a detour for the curious visitor off the beaten path ways of my beautiful Morbihan. Hope you enjoy the combo of the Saint Martin Church and the Castle of Trédion as I.

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

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September 29, 2022

Back to the Church Saint Denis of Saint Gravé !

So ,again, and never stops , on my road warrior ways in my beautiful Morbihan, I come to a familiar place. These are the small picturesques towns on the off the beaten path we love. I will take you back to Saint Gravé. This is a new visit with new pictures, see my other post on the town. The town of Saint Gravé is about 78 km from my house, Hope you enjoy this post on the Back to the Church Saint Denis of Saint Gravé !

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The Church Saint-Denis built by 1901 replaces an old church destroyed in the late 19C. The old church remains only part of the Sainte-Anne Chapel, dated 1864. The Church houses a polychrome wooden statue of Santa Gravida or Our Lady of Advent. It retains a processional cross in silver of 1664. The parish church, under the term of Saint Denis the Areopagita, preserves some remnants of an ancient church south of the nave. There are also two ogival stained glass windows with flaming mullets, impellers and four leaf clover . The chapels once wore the names of Cancoet, the Brossais and the Saulaye. Today they are dedicated to the Rosary, to St. Anne and to the Sacred Heart.

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The current Saint Denis Church was almost entirely rebuilt in 1901. It was consecrated on October 23, 1901. The interior facing in white Poitou stones provides great clarity. Of the first church of the 15C, only a few stones remain at the bottom of the nave and of the 19C, the Sainte Anne Chapel. Rebuilt for the first time in the 16C, enlarged for the Brotherhood of the Rosary in the 17C, and despite a new portal in the middle of the 19C, the church fell into ruins at the end of the 19C.

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Until the French revolution, the dead were buried in the nave of the church, then in the cemetery which surrounded it. In 1876, the cemetery was moved to a place called “la Grand-Mare” at the entrance to the town, near the roundabout, where the pillars and the cross had been placed. The church is dedicated to Saint Denis. Inside, a statue represents him as a bishop. First bishop of Paris, Denis was beheaded in 119. Legend has it that he carried his head for a thousand steps to give it to a Christian. His relics are kept in a chest. See the Basilica St Denis north of Paris.

Also in the Saint Denis Church, a polychrome wooden statue from the 16C represents a pregnant Virgin (pregnant) but holding the child Jesus. The name of the town, Saint Gravé, comes from Santa Gravida also called Our Lady of Advent. The statue would have been brought back from the fountain to the south of the town.

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The city of Saint Gravé on its heritage: https://www.saint-grave.fr/decouvrir/histoire-et-patrimoine/

The Rochefort en Terre tourist office on Saint Gravé: https://www.rochefortenterre-tourisme.bzh/sorganiser/nos-villes-et-villages/saint-grave/

There you go folks, now I feel better telling you about these small gems in my beautiful countryside of Morbihan in my lovely Bretagne. Little Saint Gravé is quant, pretty and if combine with a visit to the Church Saint Denis is a perfect getaway by car of course. Hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

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September 29, 2022

 Back to the Chapelle Notre-Dame du Loch of Saint Avé !!

So lets stay on the road shall we!  My newest road warrior trips in my beautiful Morbihan took me to a dear town of mine. This is nice quant Saint Avé in my beautiful Morbihan and lovely Bretagne of my belle France. This is the town I passed to work every day for 9 years, so know it very well even if as lately been a while not back. However, back I did and memory flashes came in strong  to see the Chapelle Notre Dame du Loc of Saint Avé again; see my other posts on the town in my blog. Hope you enjoy this post as I.

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The Chapel Saint-Avé, ,better known as the Chapelle Notre-Dame du Loch, was built from 1475 to 1494. In the form of a Latin cross topped by a slate steeple, it has a main façade adorned with a beautiful portal with arches flanked by two buttresses with pinnacles and topped by a large oculus which, despite transformations, retains its medieval style authentic. It is surrounded by a paddock, where a fountain and a calvary are erected.

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With its enclosure, its Gothic facade, its fountain and its magnificent Calvary, this Notre-Dame-du-Loc Chapel in Saint-Avé , has everything from the Breton postcard. it replaces another 11C or 12C chapel dedicated to Locmaria-Saint-Eve. The roof and the paneling of the vault were redone in 1689 and in 1791 a bell was added. 1832 was the year of a new wooden altar to replace the original stone one. The end of the 19C saw the frame redone as well as the drilling of two windows to give more light to the nave. In 1913, a major series of works gave the chapel the appearance we know today. The whole was blessed on September 21, 1913. An identical restoration took place between 2010 and 2012 and the blessing was made on May 5, 2013.

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In front of the chapel is a stone Calvary from the same period as the chapel. In the quatrefoil occupying the center of the Cross, we see on one side Christ between the Blessed Virgin and Saint John, and on the other Mary holding the ‘Child Jesus surrounded by four angels, three of whom swing censers, while the fourth plays the biniou, a charming and truly Breton scene. On the pedestal, to the west, an angel bears a legend at the end of a staff—no doubt meaning the Ave Maria—between the angel and the Virgin we see lilies. It is the Annunciation.

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The Fountain of Notre-Dame du Loc is a vast granite fountain dates from the same period as the chapel .Access to the staircase leading to the basin is closed by a gate and the niche which once housed a statuette of Notre-Dame is empty today.

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The city of St Avé on its must to see: https://www.saint-ave.bzh/les-incontournables/

The parish of St Avé on the Chapelle Notre Dame du Loch:  https://www.paroissesaintave.fr/chapelle-notre-dame-du-loch/

There you go folks, another dandy road warrior ride into my beautiful MorbihanSaint Avé will be memorable, not for nothing passed by it and these monuments for 9 years !!! they are missed now in my retirement. Of course, Saint Avé is only 29 km from my house ! Hope you enjoy this latest post on the nice Chapelle Notre Dame du Loc !!

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

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September 28, 2022

Back to the Church Saint Gervais-Saint Protais of Saint Avé !

So lets stay on the road shall we!  My newest road warrior trips in my beautiful Morbihan took me to a dear town of mine. This is nice quant Saint Avé in my beautiful Morbihan and lovely Bretagne of my belle France. This is the town I passed to work every day for 9 years, so know it very well even if as lately been a while not back. However, back I did and memory flashes came in strong  to see the Church Saint Gervais et Saint Protais of Saint Avé again; see my other posts on the town in my blog. Hope you enjoy this post as I.

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The Church Saint Gervais and Saint Protais is dedicated to the Italian twin brothers, Saint Gervais and Saint Protais from Milan who were martyred in the 2C. The old church was reportedly built in the 15C. between 1426 and 1481 and other churches would have preceded it on the same site. Apart from some ancient elements including the left transept dating from the 15C, the church destroyed in the early 19C was rebuilt from 1830 to 1834. The current  Church, in its almost all, dates from that time. The nave is redone in the fashionable Neo-Gothic style of the times.

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This Church of Saint-Gervais and Saint-Protais dates from the 15C of which only a few windows and a door remain, the most important part of the building is from the 19C. The church is in the shape of a Latin cross with one nave. The interior of the church houses an altarpiece with the patron saints of the church as well as a chest from the 15C, they are very interesting.

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Gervais and Protais were twins, sons of Saint Vital of Ravenna and Blessed Valerie, and lived in the 1C during the reign of Emperor Nero. They are holy martyrs recognized and celebrated as such by the Catholic Church.

The city of St Avé on its must to see: https://www.saint-ave.bzh/les-incontournables/

The parish of St Avé on the Church St Gervais St Protaishttps://www.paroissesaintave.fr/eglise-saint-ave/

There you go folks, another dandy road warrior ride into my beautiful MorbihanSaint Avé will be memorable, not for nothing passed by it and these monuments for 9 years !!! they are missed now in my retirement. Of course, Saint Avé is only 29 km from my house ! Hope you enjoy this latest post on the nice Church St Gervais et St Protais!

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

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September 28, 2022

Back to the Church Sainte Cécile of Theix-Noyalo !!

I am again in my road warrior mode in my beautiful Morbihan, coming back for memories of places visited with the family and new pictures. When I came into the Morbihan these were two different towns, and later they merged into today’s Theix-Noyalo.  Hope you enjoy it as I.

The Church Sainte Cécile ; dating from the gothic period which made it go back to the 12C at least, and perhaps even the 11C.  The chapel of the left wing had been rebuilt in 1700, and was under the term of Saint Isidore.It went over many rénovations in the 17C and 18C ; rebuilt between 1852-55 in the Romanesque or Gothic, which is restored in the 17-18C  ,and many interior renovation from 1880 to 1900.

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The painting titled “Décollation de Sainte Catherine”, dates from the 17C. The furniture like the  pulpit, the altarpieces of the lateral altars and several statues including that of St. Cecilia dates from the 19C. The statue of Sainte Cécile was placed, in 1895, in the niche of the tower.

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The current Church Sainte Cécile dates from the end of the 19C and replaced the old church which was too damaged. A statue of Sainte Cécile, patroness of musicians, is placed above the entrance porch.

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The city of Theix-Noyalo on its heritagehttps://www.theix-noyalo.fr/culture-loisirs-tourisme/patrimoine-decouvrir/

There you go folks, another dandy road warrior run in my beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne in my belle France. Sublime! You are welcome to stop by and discovered it. Again, hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

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September 27, 2022

Back to the Church of Saint-Symphorien of Surzur !

I am again on my road warrior trips in my beautiful Morbihan, and coming back to places dear to us. I finally came back to see the homeopathic doctor who treated my dear late wife Martine and walk a bit in city center Surzur to admire the nice Church of Saint Symphorien. I have taken long to be back, but its a must, memories forever. Hope you enjoy the post as I.

Surzur is located between the Rhuys peninsula with the town of Sarzeau; the Pénerf river, with the towns of Tour-du-Parc, Damgan and Ambon; the Gulf of Morbihan with the towns of Saint-Armel, Le Hézo and Theix-Noyalo; finally, La Trinité-Surzur and Lauzach. All very nice and several posts in my blog. The town is  located 16 km from Vannes, and 52 km from my house ! I have written before on the church, this is an update with new pictures.

The Church of Saint-Symphorien ,11-12C, redesigned in the 16C on the sacristy,and 19C the stained glass windows, doors, stands and paneling, and in the 20C. It is in the shape of a Latin cross. It comprises a nave of four bays with aisles, a transept and a flat bedside choir flanked by a chapel in the south. The nave and the square of the transept are Romanesque: the nave communicates with the aisles by large arched arches laid on cylindrical piles. Above the large arcades are small semicircular windows. The triumphal arched arch is carried by columns committed to capitals decorated with stylized foliage, oven and volutes. The choir and the cross-braces, redone in the 16C, have again been retouched since. The southern Chapel of the Choir presents a beautiful flamboyant decoration.

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Under the name of Saint Symphorien, the church has undergone many transformations. The oldest part of is the west porch with a semicircular Romanesque arch dating from the end of the 11C. A side chapel in the Gothic style was added in the 16C. The current bell tower was rebuilt at the beginning of the 20C. A stone calvary in the form of an altar stands on the south side of the church. Inside, near the baptismal font, a painting, made in 1938 represents a Virgin and Child with the title Notre Dame des Moissons.

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The city of Surzur on the church: https://www.surzur.fr/eglise-et-presbytere/

There you go folks, a nice ride into coastal Morbihan and a quant city center of Surzur. The Church of Saint Symphorien is a bonus to see. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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September 27, 2022

Curiosities of Saint Avé !

Well this is nostalgic town in that for about 9 years I passed by its city center/downtown on my way to my job! It has been a while not by here after my retirement and today was the day to go back to my road warrior rides in my beautiful Morbihan and lovely Bretagne. Therefore, let me tell you about my curiosities of Saint Avé !

I have written before on the town , so will save you reading my long oops historical blah blah on these towns and tell you about the nice mix old modern Hôtel de Ville or mayor’s office of Saint Avé. Government building sometimes are worth to have a picture of and on this time is unique mixing parts of an old Breton building with modern look. Nice !

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I will tell you about two old work lunch spots with collegues that came in just for a picture and nostalgia.

The first is the La Table de Florine, which we came each time our CFO wanted to cheers us up lol! A bit of nice French food and wine will do indeed. It is run by a couple with nice culinary hands. If by Saint Avé worth a detour to sit down for a  meal.  La Table de Florine, Place de Hôtel de Ville. webpage: https://latabledeflorine.fr/

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The RestaurantGuru reviews on La Table de Florinehttps://restaurantguru.com/La-Table-de-Florine-Saint-Ave

Whenever, the collegues wanted to go out they recommended this place. I came in groups many times and even invited others later on. Always spot on traditional Breton food. There is new ownership since 2021 with a couple of partner guys who seems to have redone the resto. I remember my entrance was on the side now is closed and the entrance is done on the front of the longere or Breton house resto La P’tite Ferme or small farm restaurant in Saint Avé. If in the area you ought to yourselves and me to stop by. La P’tite Ferme offers a workers menu at noon, and a traditional cuisine with fresh produce of quality à la carte at noon and evening. La P’tite Ferme, 1 Route de Saint-Thébaud.  Their Facebook sitehttps://www.facebook.com/laptitefermestave 

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The RestaurantGuru reviews on La P’tite Fermehttps://restaurantguru.com/La-Ferme-Saint-Ave

There you go folks, a nice nostalgic run into nice friendly Saint Avé , very near Vannes, and uses the same public transport network for buses. Hope you enjoy the post and do stop by these places, good stuff indeed; and very friendly country town folks.

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

September 27, 2022

The étang de la Forêt of Brandivy ! 

Again, hanging around my neighborhood of small towns near me this is another gem in the off the beaten path of my beautiful Morbihan. It is great pleasure to tell you about this little known places that offer a nice half day tour of wonderful historical places. This is just 6 km from my house ! Hope you enjoy my bit of introduction to the étang de la Forêt of Brandivy !

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The barony of Lanvaux, whose castle fortress was on the banks of the étang de la Forêt or pond of the forest, was one of the oldest in Bretagne. The Lords of Lanvaux sat in the States General of Brittany (old parliament). The barony was ceded by Duke Jean IV in 1383 to the Collegiate Church of Saint-Michel of Brech , except the ruins of the castle, the park, the forest and the pond of the forest, which the Duke of Brittany reserved. In 1464, this part was given by Duke François II to André de Laval, Lord of Lohéac, Marshal of France, who resumed the title of Baron de Lanvaux. Louis II of Rohan-Guémené, Lord of Guémené, made the same in 1485, as well as his successors Louis IV in 1508 and Louis V in 1527, who, along with his heirs, neglected this title thereafter.

I have mentioned the town of Brandivy on a previous post on its heritage. The artificial lake of the étang de la forêt of Brandivy is nature heavens with free access to the playground, outdoor fitness center, climbing, fishing, hiking. Also, a supervised section for sailing, kayaking, pedalo, climbing, archery, orienteering, and mountain biking. The refreshment bar, rental of pedal boats and kayaks from July 1 to August 31: Monday to Friday from 13h45 to 18h30 , and from Saturday to Sunday from 13h45 to 18h45.  You have the artificial lake or étang de la fôret, a large lake with oars and pedal boats fishing allowed ,picnic tables and scale walls of 6-8 meters as well as playground for kiddies. There is a snack bar open from 14h30 to 19h . A great family outing in nature; the boats are on fees of 6-8 euros per hour.Last check.

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A pleasant stroll to do on foot in unspoiled nature , and children can also cycle around the pond. The walk is also accessible to strollers, only the footbridge to cross the pond is a little more difficult, but doable. You need a car to get here the Etang de la Fôret, Brandivy , road D779   just before arriving Bieuzy Lanvaux; a village of Pluvigner. However, if in the area and with small children, early teens this is a nice detour to do me think.

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The town of Brandivy on the Etang de la Forêthttps://www.brandivy.fr/la%80%99etang-foret-base-loisirs-c40.html

The Gulf of Morbihan tourist board on the étang de la Forêt: https://www.golfedumorbihan-vannesagglomeration.bzh/la-base-de-loisirs-de-brandivy

There you go folks, another off the beaten path site in my beautiful Morbihan near me and always plenty to do and see around my neck of the woods. Hope you enjoy the étang de la Forêt of Brandivy as I.

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

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September 26, 2022

Curiosities of Campénéac !!!

I was on my road warrior mode going all over my beautiful department 56 of Morbihan in my lovely Bretagne and my belle France. I was able to visit this new spot at the time and we reach Campénéac. The town is located 9 km from Ploërmel , approximately between Vannes and Rennes, not far from the Brocéliande forest. I found me some pictures not in my blog yet and to complement the other posts here is a bit more on the town’s monuments in curiosities of Campénéac !!!

I have a post already but let me tell you a bit more on the Church of the Nativity-of-the-Most-Holy Virgin or église de la Nativité-de-la-Très-Sainte-Vierge was rebuilt from 1851 to 1860 at the site of the old church. The parish church is dedicated to the Nativity of the Most Holy Virgin. The church has three bays, separated by cylindrical granite posts. The oak pulpit from the second half of the 19C is 7 meters high. The pulpit tank has the particularity of being supported by a kneeling demon. It is dominated by a statue of the Archangel Michael slaying the dragon. The soundboard supports four angels symbolizing the four evangelists. Another special feature is that access to the pulpit is via a double staircase. The church has an exhibition of the Holy Face dating from the second half of the 19C, 2.60 meters high, it is made of turned, carved, polychrome wood. The Holy Face and exposed in the center, it is surrounded by the instruments of the Passion. Above, the crown of thorns, on the right the pliers and the hammer, below the nails and on the left the whip. See the town pdf files for more info in French on this church, which me think ,should be seen.

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The Château de Trecesson was sold on 27 avril, 2022 to a new French family to continue the tradition, I have a long post on it but left out the pigeon tower that is just across main door outside the castle ! The local Brocéliande tourist office on the castle : https://tourisme-broceliande.bzh/en/lieu/chateau-de-trecesson/

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The Abbey Notre Dame de la Joie have , also written a post but here is more on this Cistercian abbey on the edge of the Brocéliande forest. It was built in 1953! , thanks to the generosity of the brothers of Timadeuc, then taking the name of the former Cistercian Abbey of Hennebont, dispersed during the French revolution, La Joie Notre-Dame.Today, they are about thirty sisters at the Abbey La Joy of Our Lady in Campénéac. The Eucharist and the seven monastic offices, from vigils at 04h to Compline at 19h30, as well as lectio divina and prayer, frame their days. They follow the Rule of Saint Benedict. It has made available a 25-room hotel, renovated in 2013, allowing to welcome those who wish to share their prayer. The economic activity is based on a dairy farm and biscuit and chocolate workshops. The official Abbey Notre Dame de la Joiehttps://www.abbaye-lajoie-nd.com/

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The town of Campénéac on its heritage in pdf files :http://www.campeneac.fr/fr/information/80524/porte-entree-broceliande

There you go folks , I say is worth the detour indeed. Campénéac is real country and has some very nice jewels to show in the castle, church, and abbey as above, Hope you enjoy the post as I

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

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