Posts tagged ‘Bretagne’

May 23, 2022

The restaurants of Sainte Anne d’Auray

This is historical, architecturally stunning Sainte Anne d’Auray! I passed by it almost every day and have several posts in my blog on it. This is awesome regardless of your beliefs as the town is totally devoted to the wonderful Basilica. (see posts), However, I have left out its culinary expressions which we indulge very much and will remedy that with this new post using older pictures, Hope you enjoy the restaurants of Sainte Anne d’Auray, that we have patronise of course.

In Sainte Anne d’Auray is ,also, one of our favorite family places to go and on the list of best traditional creperies of Brittany, that is  Créperie Les Ajoncs, right across from the basilica. We had our tastes here several times as it is on the list of the traditional Breton creperies which is a seal of authenticity.

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Les Ajoncs, is a subtle mix of pancakes and sweets. Since 2008, have offered to revisit traditional Breton gastronomy according to their desires and the seasons. But that’s not all, because the tea room has many other sweets in store for you to come and taste or share with friends according to your desires.  Throughout the year, the Les Ajoncs invite you to discover their specialties, The establishment also offers regional products for sale, small gourmet pleasures from our dear Brittany, which will inevitably delight connoisseurs.  The Crêperie Les Ajoncs,is at 4 rue de Vannes,across from the Basilica Sainte Anne.

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The official Créperie Les Ajoncs

The Restaurantguru reviews on Les Ajoncs

Another one we have visited once is the La Boule d’Or a bit further but on the same road as the one above, It is a more traditional restaurant serving French food for a long time and very well known in the area.

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The Restaurant La Boule d’Or at 14-16 rue de Vannes is a traditional restaurant since 1840 ! , near the Basilica. Seafood specialty, family meals, menus and bar, garden. 2 rooms for 40 people and 1 room for 20 people.

The restaurantguru reviews on La Boule d’or :

Some additional webpages to help your passing by Sainte Anne d’Auray are

The Bretagne region tourist office on Crêpes

The city of Sainte Anne d’Auray on its heritage

The Bay of Quiberon local tourist office on Sainte Anne d’Auray:

Hope you enjoy the short post on the restaurants of Sainte Anne d’Auray , and do read my many others posts on the town and its wonderful monuments. A small town but packs a lot of power….The history is nice and the architecture is beautiful, a must to see in my Morbihan breton.

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

May 23, 2022

Again Sainte Anne d’Auray!!

I passed by it again today so many times it seems I live here… This is historically, architecturally stunning Sainte Anne d’Auray! I will be telling you again about Sainte Anne d’Auray and the Basilica of Sainte Anne (sse posts); with new pictures to my blog.  The town only has about 2738 inhabitants !

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In the 17C, Sainte-Anne-d’Auray or Ker Anna was a small hamlet in the former primitive parish of Pluneret. It was in 1623 that Sainte Anne appeared to Yves Nicolazic and Sainte-Anne-d’Auray became, from that moment on, the parish where the greatest pardon in Brittany took place. The saint venerated at Sainte-Anne-d’Auray “Santez Anna beniget” is the wife of Saint Joachim, that is to say the mother of the Blessed Virgin and the grandmother of Jesus. Hence, the Breton here call it the grandmother!

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I have written on this religious town often as it is just 20 minutes from my house. However, on July 25-26 each year  will be the pardon holy day of Sainte Anne  in the town,. The town was full on all these days with more than half a million folks. It reminds me of my Spanish brotherhood processions in Holy Week.

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This fascinating place brings together thousands of pilgrims from all over the world every year. Sainte-Anne, the patron saint of Brittany is celebrated here every July 26 with a grand procession. Did you know ? Le Pardon, a typically Breton pilgrimage, is here called Grand Pardon. No doubt because this unifying moment made Sainte-Anne-d’Auray the second place of pilgrimage in France (after Lourdes) and the rank of the largest pilgrimage in Brittany.

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The next Grand Pardon will be held from Monday July 25, 2022 to Tuesday July 26, 2022. Le Grand Pardon is a remarkable expression of the Breton soul. Imbued with culture, faith and popular traditions, this summer pilgrimage celebrates Sainte Anne, the patron saint of Brittany, who appeared in Sainte-Anne-d’Auray in 1624. Programme: Sunday July 25 18h: first vespers 19h: start of confessions 20h: vigil Mass 21h30: vigil at the Memorial ,All night long: adoration in the basilica Monday, July 26 8h: lauds 9h: Mass in Breton 10h30 : pontifical Mass at the Memorial 14h30: musical moment 15h: rosary 15h30: pontifical vespers : wearing a mask and sanitary pass are mandatory,

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Take the time to stroll through the wooded park, a small haven of peace in this authentic site which will take you to the gates of the Basilica. Rich in history, this majestic building in the neo-Gothic style, Once inside, take a tour and let yourself be impressed by the beauty of the stained glass windows, the height of the vaults and the finesse of the sculptures. As you leave, take a short break in front of the miraculous fountain: it is here that the first appearance of Sainte Anne to Yvon Nicolazic is said to have taken place in 1624. Continue the discovery of this bewitching heritage by stopping at the foot of the Scala Santa , then in front of the monumental statue in the park. (see posts).

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The official Sanctuary of Sainte Anne:

The city of Sainte Anne d’Auray on the religious heritage :

The Bay of Quiberon local tourist office on Sainte Anne d’Auray::

There you go folks, again, a day is needed to see this wonderful spot and very worth the detour for those traveling along the N24 or N165.  It is worth it to understand the history of Brittany as well as  France, and the beautiful architecture if not the religious fervor that it attracts. The Basilica of Sainte Anne is worth the detour.

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

May 22, 2022

Sports and Erdeven !

I have come again to Erdeven, a beach resort with many nice monuments , you can see my posts on it, However, this time came for a unique event, Oh by the way , Erdeven is in my beautifuil dept 56 Morbihan just south of me on the coast, about 30 min drive. The name of Erdeven comes from the Breton “ar en tewen” or on the dune.

We went to the Complexe Sportif du Grand Large on rue de le stade along the D781 to see one of my sons play football with our town Pluvigner vs Erdeven, The fields are nice , big with lots of families there even picnics on the lawn and plays of football/soccer, tennis, and skate park !

Erdeven sports complex field may22

We lost the team is missing players this year and even thus my son is No 9 forward, he volunteer to play goalie for this game !! He is gentle and nice men ! Of course, sorry to not mention the score but they lost by wide margin as he has never played goalie before and the defense well was not there,

Erdeven sports complex Remi dressup for goalie duties may22

Erdeven sports complex Remi playing goalie may22

Erdeven sports complex Remi plays goalie on a corner may22Anyway, an opportunity to have this family moment on my blog as we came even with our dog Rex and my Dad on wheelchair !

Erdeven sports complex NF Rex et Pipo may22

The town of Erdeven on practical information

The Bay of Quiberon  tourist office on Erdeven

There you go folks, once in a while I put up posts of our daily life in my beautiful Morbihan and lovely Bretagne of my belle France, I know the glitter but is all everyday simple family life with lots of benefits, like just south from us about 50 beaches, sports complexes, nature trails, marina harbors and just plain la vie est belle syndrome ! Again, hope you enjoy this facet of life in France!

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

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May 22, 2022

American Naval Monument at Brest!

This is what I meant when I say Bretagne/Brittany in general ,it has a lot of off the beaten path sites not visited by most. Brest is a great city with plenty to see and heck one of the best Chrismas markets in Brittany and we are often here, see my posts. And lots of sights better known as monuments too. However, if you come by car like we do, upon entering the city by the wharfs you will see a huge tower on the hill. This is the American Naval Monument or Naval Monument of Brest. I like to update this post and tell you more about it; hope you enjoy it as I.

The American Naval Monument, more commonly called the Pink Tower, is an American Memorial erected at the Cours Dajot in Brest, dept 29 of the Finistére in my lovely Bretagne; to recall the action of the American Navy in Europe during WWI. Destroyed by the Nazis during the occupation, it was rebuilt identically in 1958.  The Pink Tower was designed from 1930 to 1932, and inaugurated in 1937. Located roughly in the middle of the Cours Dajot, resting on the side of the rampart dominating the port of Commerce, the Memorial consists of a square tower in pink granite of 44 meters high or 30.5 meters (100 feet) from the cours Dajot. In front there is an esplanade and a public garden. The whole is owned by the Government of the United States but does not benefit from extraterritoriality as commonly the case in American cemeteries in Europe ,due to the fact there is no one buried at it.

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At its base, on its north-west side (Esplanade side) and south-east side ( Avenue Salaun Penquer) is inscribed, “Erected by the United States of America to commemorate the achievements of the naval forces of the United States and France during WWI”.


Inside the Pink Tower, not open to the public, a staircase allows access to a small platform about 30 meters in height. The interior It is said of no particular interest except a letter from President Eisenhower, written while he was President of the United States at the time of the inauguration of its reconstruction, which was deposited there. The monument is owned by the American government and managed by the American Battle Monuments Commission and it is the American military cemetery of St. James (in the South of the Manche Dept 50) which is responsible for its maintenance.


The US Navy has been active in the conflict since the United States entered the war on 6 April 1917 and the creation of the American Expeditionary Force (AEF), the American Expeditionary Corps which it conveyed in Europe until the repatriation of the last American soldiers in 1919, several months after the Armistice.  The American Battle Monuments Commission therefore decided to erect a memorial to commemorate this action of the American Navy in European waters. Brest was chosen because the Breton port was the headquarters of the American naval forces in Europe during the war and the main place of landing and re boarding of the American troops. Of the 2 million members of the AEF, more than 700 000 arrived by Brest. It was also via Brest that the President of the United States, Woodrow Wilson, arrived in Europe in 1919.


The Pink Tower was destroyed by the Nazis during the occupation on July 4 1941 and they built a bunker at its location. The purpose of this destruction could be to deprive the British aviators who used the tower and the Portzic lighthouse as an alignment for their bombing. After the war, in 1958, the tower was rebuilt identically, on the bunker, slightly shifted in relation to its original location, and inaugurated on July 16, 1960.

The American Battle Monuments Commission on the Naval monument of Brest

The Brest tourist office on its heritage

There you go folks, a nice memorable monument overlooking the great port of Brest. Just across from the castle museum which is a great one two combination to visit. Enjoy Brest , the off the beaten path city of Brittany.

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

May 22, 2022

Cathedral of Saint Vincent of Saint Malo, part I

I did a wonderful post on the Cathedral Saint Vincent of Saint Malo as part II. However, part I was lacking me think, therefore, I am updating it with new text using same previous pictures.  Saint Malo is a popular place ,and one that even written before in my blog does not cover all of its things to see well. I feel the Cathedral is a must to visit in a city full of things to see! I like to bring you up to Saint Malo, in Ille et Vilaine dept 35 of my lovely Bretagne, and see ,visit, the Saint Vincent of Zaragoza Cathedral!

The Saint Vincent de Zaragoza Cathedral has a mix architecture of Romanesque and Gothic styles.  It has been the seat of the former bishopric of Saint-Malo since 1146. The latter was abolished by the Concordat of 1801 (agreement after the French revolution) , and its territory divided between the dioceses of Rennes, Saint-Brieuc and Vannes. The bishopric of Saint-Malo was created in 1146, when Jean de Châtillon, Bishop of Aleth since 1144, transferred his bishopric to Saint-Malo, a city in continuous growth at the time, which also constituted a much safer site. It was not until 1146 and the approval of Pope Eugene III that the transfer could be carried out. The monastery of Saint-Malo, founded in 1108, became the residence of the Bishop and his monastic church became a cathedral, replacing the Cathedral of Saint-Peter’s D’Aleth. The Church of Saint Vincent became the Cathedral of Saint Vincent until the abolition of the Episcopal seat in 1790 during the French revolution.

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However, the history goes way back, I like to condense a bit more of the history of the Cathedral Saint Vincent as I like

From this 12C Romanesque building begun on the site of an older edifice itself raised in 816, the nave, the cross of the transept and a span of the north and south crosses, as well as part of the cloister, subsist. The choir was rebuilt in the 13C. The Tower started in the 12C was completed in 1422. The south collateral dates from the 15C. Between 1583 and 1607, the north collateral was rebuilt while the north transept was enlarged and the Bell tower’s turret was built. The south transept was only partly initiated between 1623 and 1631. In 1676, the ground of the sanctuary, the ambulatory and the choir were elevated to the same level as the nave. In the 18C, the south chapel was built in 1718, and the Bell Tower was elevated and topped with a slate dome. The façade was rebuilt shortly after, in neoclassical style in 1772-1773.

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In the 19C, Napoleon III was persuaded by Abbé Huchet to make the Bell Tower of a large arrow open work in Breton Caen stone style in 1858, which was surrounded by four open work pinnacles. This arrow replaced a small slate dome. The crowning cross, at the top of the arrow, is laid in 1860. In 1851 a new Renaissance-style door was created to the right of the main gate. In WWII, the Cathedral of Saint Vincent was damaged during the fighting in the summer of 1944. A major restoration work that began in 1944 and ended only in 1972. Indeed the reconstruction of the nave absorbed the budget foreseen for the arrow. The Spire of the Cathedral was finally rebuilt, although identical in height to the original. It houses four bells. The coronation Cross destroyed during the bombing of 1944 was rebuilt in 1987.

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A bit on the construction/architecture of the Cathedral of Saint Vincent from an amateur’s eye and brief:

The layout of the Cathedral of Saint Vincent is in the Latin Cross. The nave is made up of three naves. The naves retains interesting Romanesque capitals. In the ground, a mosaic commemorates the kneeling of Jacques Cartier before he left for Canada on May 16, 1535. The choir belongs to the ogive style in lance. It consists of four spans, three of which are in front of the altar and one in the back. The chapels dug into the wall that closes the apse of the altar are very original. In the chapel added to the north in the 16C, you can see the graves of Jacques Cartier buried in 1557 as well as that of the Corsair René Duguay-Trouin whose remains were brought back from Paris in 1973.


A new large rosette in 1968, replaced the three bays of the bedside and restores the face of the Cathedral of Saint Vincent as it was before the English destructions of 1695. In the north collateral, at the level of the third span, a stained glass window depicts Paul Aurélien, Tugdual, Corentin, Malo, Guillaume, Samson and Patern with nine pilgrims at their feet dated from 1970. The baptismal font dates from the 18C as well as three white marble statues. The large organs built in 1977 and inaugurated in 1980. This organ replaces the one built in 1893 in Romanesque style which was destroyed in 1944. The Pulpit is from the 18C. It was put back in its place in the nave. The Sanctuary’s furnishings include a high altar, a pulpit seat and a bronze baptistery. All very nice indeed.

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The official Cathedral of Saint Vincent

The Saint Malo tourist office on the cathedral

There you go folks, another jewel of my lovely Bretagne and my belle France. Of course, Saint Malo is awesome. Need to give it time when visiting the city from the ramparts and old town, this is a must indeed (see posts) see /visit the Saint Vincent of Zaragoza Cathedral its full name. Hope you enjoy as I.

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

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May 21, 2022

La Trinitaine of Saint Philibert!!

This is another forgotten piece of memory of my road warrior trips around my beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne. I have done several posts on St Philibert but hardly mentioned this wonderful La Trinitaine factory outlet store, This post is all new text using older pictures ; hope you enjoy it as I.

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In our criss crossing of my beautiful Morbihan, we not only seen but taste the bounties of the Breton lands. One store we felled in love with and ever since was/is La Trinitaine. If you want local real, then come here. The main one is the factory outlet in Saint Philibert just on the road D28 coming from the expressway N165 take the D28 direction Crac’h, just passing it, you enter on St Philibert and will see the factory outlet store on your right hand side. Superbe spot for all Breton goodies!! We love it!!

La Trinitaine biscuit factory has been around since 1955, 3 generations of the Lucien Petit family, one after the other, have been making cookies and cakes in the Breton tradition.  The biscuit factory specializes in the manufacture of 2 kinds of products: dry biscuits (galettes, palets and cigarettes) and yellow pasta (madeleines, stars, pound cake…). The packaging being so diverse that 200 references are available. Each year, the family business manufactures with passion 11,500 tons of pure butter biscuits, guaranteed without preservatives or GMOs.

Since inventing a nugget of gluttony ; a fine rolled biscuit call the Cigarette! The success was immediate and marked the starting point of the La Trinitaine biscuit factory in 1972, Bernard Petit, son of Lucien, creates the Saint-Philibert manufacturing workshop with his wife Marie-Annick. La Trinitaine then becomes a family affair. The network is now 48 stores and they are one of the last French biscuit-makers of this size to have retained its independence !

There is no doubt about the crowds in the parking lot, we know the address! Dry biscuits and yellow pasta are offered in various packaging and according to different recipes. Decorated metal boxes are available in many models. In addition, trade products are on sale (sweets, drinks, seafood and local products) and others (decorative items, tableware, cosmetics ).

Right next to the La Trinitaine factory outlet there is a shopping center with a nice salon de thé which has suffer more from the covid. We have gone there when it was call the Vieux Fournil as time will have it needed breads and sweets. Feel for the memories to have the picture in this post. You might enjoy the new Salon de Thé now there.

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Just to add another store we go often as well is in Carnac, Kergroix village that we passed often on the D768 road straight down from my house. Same La Trinitaine goodness but here only a store.

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The official La Trinitaine on factory outlet in St Philibert

The Bay of Quiberon tourist office on La Trinitaine St Philibert

There you go folks, a dandy goodie very close to home and recommended to the world. La Trinitaine is goodness, local, all made in France, the best gastronomy in the world! You will be delighted you stop by and plenty to shop on souvenir gifts as well. Hope you enjoy the post as I

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

May 21, 2022

Boating at La Trinité sur Mer !!

This is a wonderful heavens and boater’s paradise about 33 Kms ( 20 miles) from my house. Weekends specially in good weather is glorious to have it as your backyard, even in winter . Not to mention the whole of the coastal department 56 of my beautiful Morbihan in my lovely Bretagne. I will expanding on a previous post and with new pictures in my blog on the boating at La Trinité sur Mer!!

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La Trinité-sur-Mer is the third port in Bretagne and the fifth on the Atlantic coast. And one of my former bosses is bringing his boat over here during summer to stay on the marina, This is a 30 meters cabin boat, which already visit at Port du Crouesty (see post).


 Immerse yourself in La Trinité sur Mer for a weekend or more, and let yourself be told the thousand and one stories of all the lovers of the sea that the famous marina shelters. Renowned skippers, passionate oyster farmers, occasional boaters or seasoned fishermen, each plays with a pencil to offer the visitor a rich and colorful picture. La Trinité-sur-Mer, a colorful seaside resort!

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La Trinité sur Mer has developed its port afloat, which is today one of the main marinas in Brittany, The port of La Trinité-sur-Mer can be admired from the top of the Pont de Kerisper which crosses the Crac’h river on more of 200 meters. A real open-air museum where sailboats, speedboats and yachts of all origins and of all sizes rub shoulders. The dreamy would be happy to cast off, heading… to the open sea! And if some initiations are necessary, the many sailing schools of La Trinité-sur-Mer will know how to put your foot in the stirrup, or let’s say your hand at the driving seat.


The city of La Trinité sur Mer on nautical activities

The official port of La Trinité sur Mer

The Bay of Quiberon Tourist Office on La Trinité sur Mer

If you love the sea and I do, and boating and I do and all related to the sea including scuba diving, then you must come to La Trinité sur Mer. A must for the nautical incline.

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

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May 21, 2022

L’Étage in La Trinité sur Mer!!

Well this is a memorable restaurant in a beautiful marina harbor beach town of my beautiful Morbihan and my lovely Bretagne. I have short lines in previous posts but for the memories’s sake decided to do a post on its own. Therefore, here is a bit more on the L’Étage restaurant of La Trinité sur Mer!!

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You to go to this resto A l’Etage , you can start here for an apéro drink before meal or the whole thing, one of my favorite there, great views and great company. The ambiance is sailors galore with lots of stories on the sea rides and fishing which I love.

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As said, this place is ideal for having an aperitif in the evening in a friendly setting and a festive atmosphere, L’Etage offers you a charming welcome by the owners themselves. Superb terrace at altitude from which you can contemplate the arrival of the boats or admire the sunset. On weekends, L’Etage regularly organizes concerts and events.  Beyond the atmosphere, it is the location that is fantastic. Like the bridge post of a boat ready to leave, the opening of the estuary offers itself in front of you as an invitation to travel, or quite simply to contemplate the nautical comings and goings, the hulls, the sails.


L’Etage is located above the building of the Société Nautique de La Trinité sur Mer. Nautical atmosphere guaranteed but a great view of the entrance to the port.  Upstairs right by the harbor and overlooking it with a top floor terrace for drinks only. You come down to second level to drink more and eat some big burgers and fries, fish harengs, and Serrano ham, grimbergen and corona beers and espresso coffee etc etc with great views of the beautiful harbor.


The building of the SNLTM or Societé Nautique de La Trinité sur Mer has an impeccable geometry, with its two intricate pyramids head to tail, A play of fluid volumes, with facades all in curves, covered with the slate essence which constitutes the mark of the architect. In its original layout, the club house building housed on the ground floor a hall, the port attendant’s office, men’s and women’s locker rooms, a cellar; upstairs, an office, a bar, a living room, a pantry and a reserve. The vast terrace on the east facade is an addition from the end of the 20C.

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You get your coordinates here: L’Étage : cours des Quais, môle Éric-Tabarly, La Trinité sur Mer. Get on the express way or voie express here the N165 direction Lorient/Brest and get off at exit /sortie 32, get on the D28 direction Crac’h, and continue on the D781 direction La Trinité sur Mer, the easiest way for visitors.

The official Facebook page:

The reviews of Restaurantguru on L’Etage:

There you go folks, a nice resto bar with magnificent views of the beautiful marina harbor of La Trinité sur Mer. If you are in the area, then, L’Etage should be a stop. Hope you enjoy the post as I

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

May 20, 2022

The Ramparts of Vannes !!!

So you know Vannes is my capital city and administrative center for us. It was as well for 9 years my place of work, just outside city limits, and we go there every week at least once! Therefore, I have written plenty about Vannes in my blog; but as often the case there are some missing parts.. I like to remedy that in writing again on the ramparts of the old town a wonderful place to visit while in Vannes, I say a must. And see my other posts on the ramparts of Vannes!

The first enclosure of Vannes (ramparts) was built in the 3C, the small ancient Roman town, then called Daroritum protected itself behind its walls from the Germanic threat. It was on the hill of Mené, surrounded by swamps, that the town found the best site to fortify. The ancient enclosure surrounds about 5 hectares. The perimeter of these first ramparts was less than 1 km. The Château de la Motte (the castle is partially demolished in 1867 and this will allow the construction of a new street to the train station, the rue Billault) was built on the northern wall between the 5C and 6C. Throughout history, it was successively the home of the counts of Vannes and then of the kings and dukes of Brittany. In the 12C, the ramparts underwent major repairs because they were badly damaged during the repeated assaults of the Plantagenets. In the 13C, the Château de la Motte was partly destroyed by an earthquake and ceded to the bishop of the town. Restored, it will become the episcopal mansion of La Motte. It will be necessary to wait until the 14C for the ancient walls of Vannes to be enlarged ; the walled city then integrates the southern suburbs to go from 5 to 13 hectares. Duke Jean IV of Brittany had the Château de l’Hermine (see post) built at the same time. Despite the integration of Brittany into the Kingdom of France during the 16C, the ramparts of Vannes continued to be maintained until the 17C. They were even reinforced during the religious wars of the 16C and then during the first decades of the 17C, because Vannes remained a city in a strategic geographical position for the kingdom. At the end of the 17C, the search for circulation is privileged, and two additional gates are pierced in the ramparts.

Vannes ramparts walls of Vannes Aug12

The ramparts of Vannes remain, despite these late destructions, among the best preserved in Brittany; more than three quarters of the fortified enclosure still remains. A policy of conservation and enhancement of the city’s ramparts and gates has been in place since the beginning of the 20C. The entire eastern part of the ramparts is enhanced by a pleasant French landscaped public garden. The Jardin des Remparts (see post) is a must when visiting Vannes. Indeed, this French-style garden , open since the 1950s, largely contributes to the enhancement of the fortified heritage of the city. Each year, 30,000 flowers would be needed to decorate the garden of the ramparts, You can see a wonderful carrousel here by the Avenue de Lattre de Tassigny.

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vannes old carrousel tour connetable back dec11

For several centuries, the layout of the ramparts remained the same. Five gates then give access to the intramural, these were Saint-Patern, but also Saint-Jean, du Bali, Saint-Salomon, and Mariolle. Then, from 1370 to 1395, the enclosure was extended to the south by decision of Duke Jean IV. In particular, he planned the expansion and construction of the Château de l’Hermine. The work ended with the construction of the western walls near the Cordeliers convent. The new enclosure opens to the south of two gates, the Calmont and Gréguennic. Later, around the middle of the 15C, the enclosure was equipped with towers such as the Tower of the Executioner, but also the Powder Tower, and the Joliette Tower. Then, at the time of the wars of religion, the city reinforced its enclosure with several bastions: Gréguennic, Brozillay, Haute-Folie then La Garenne. At the same time, the future Saint-Vincent gate was created. This additional opening to the south is strategic, it makes it possible to serve the port district. Then, the city evolves again with in particular the installation of the Parliament of Brittany between 1675 and 1689. As a result, from 1650 to the French revolution, new developments are planned. Poterne gate, but also Saint-Jean gate , as well as a restoration of the Saint-Vincent gate. It was also during this period that certain parts of the ramparts were considered obsolete. Thus, the moats are filled in and the fragmented fortifications are broken up to be sold to individuals. At the end of the 18C and during the 19C, some sections of walls and doors were demolished, (look up several of these gates in my posts).


A walk around the fortified city allows you to discover many magnificently preserved elements: the Constable’s tower , first half of the 15C, originally, the tower was to serve as accommodation for the constable, commander of the armies of the Duke of Brittany , the Hermine castle or Lagorce hotel,located between the port and the garden of the ramparts, the castle is integrated into the ramparts which border the closed city. This vast building built at the end of the 18C is at the heart of a new cultural project.The tower and the prison gate, the Garenne spur, the bastions of Haute -Folie and Gréguennic, or the Poudrière, Joliette, Bourreau and Saint-Vincent towers. The lavoirs or washhouses of La Garenne are a former public washhouse , Le Marle, “the river of Vannes” ensures its water supply before mixing with the waters of the gulf. In the heyday, the washerwomen used to come here to wash their clothes. (again look up my posts on many of these).


The Gulf of Morbihan tourist office on the jardin des remparts of Vannes:

The Gulf of Morbihan tourist office on things to do/see in Vannes:

The city of Vannes on its ramparts walls:

There you go folks, two wonderful gates/towers along the beautiful ramparts of Vannes a must to visit when in town. Hope you enjoy this more detail post on the ramparts marvelous architectural/historical gems.

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

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May 20, 2022

More streets of Vannes!!!

As I have mentioned several times, have many posts on my capital city of Vannes in my blog, A cornupia of wonderful places to see and things to do, feel free to browse, This time will do a new post with older pictures on the streets of Vannes,it is superbe to walk its medieval streets, and we love it, going km after km sightseeing on foot. We by now know Vannes by heart but it never amazes me to see so much beauty in its architecture and history untouched by the times. Let me tell you again more streets of Vannes.  Hope you enjoy it as I.

The Place du Général de Gaulle is the street of the préfecture government building where the main body of employees are but not the one the public go to, This is just opposite the ramparts where I have several posts, The préfecture building is exactly at 10, Place du Général de Gaulle. The square was created during the construction of the Hôtel de Préfecture in 1863. It was formed according to old plans on the site of part of the gendarmerie barracks, formerly the Jacobins convent, and rue du Roulage, street opened in 1776. It is concomitant with the opening in 1863 of the rue Alain Le Grand, its outlet on the Garenne. Archaeological excavations, undertaken in 1999, during the renovation of the square, have brought to light vestiges of the Gallo-Roman era. By 15, place du General de Gaulle you have a nice above ground parking,


An anecdote here is that Charles de Gaulle came here from a day visit to Rennes in 1944, when Brittany was not yet completely liberated from the Nazis who still held the pockets of Lorient and Saint-Nazaire, Charles de Gaulle, head of the Provisional Government of the French Republic made another trip to Brittany from July 20 to 23, 1945. This trip included the following stops: Saint-Brieuc, Morlaix, Brest, Quimper, Lorient, Auray, Vannes and finally Saint-Nazaire, a little over two months after the definitive liberation of the Morbihan. He was accompanied by four ministers: Raoul Dautry, Minister of Reconstruction and Urban Planning, René Mayer, Minister of Transport and Public Works, Louis Jacquinot, Minister of the Navy, and finally René Pléven, Minister of Finance.

Some spots we have been and nice enough to post here are the bagel local specialists,Le Bagel Ouest at 15 Place du Général de Gaulle , and nice quant bookstore of Archipel des Mots, at 21 Place du Général de Gaulle.

The rue Alain le Grand created through the former garden of the Saint-Nicolas hospital, now the Claret garden, according to the plan of Marius Charier drawn up in 1861, to open up the new préfecture. Connecting street between the prefecture and the Garenne gardens.  One nice example here is at 5 Rue Alain le Grand, This building was built between 1894 and 1906. It has a metal frame (Baltard type construction) and a T-shaped plan. of limestone (tuffeau), bricks, cast iron. Beautiful illustration of industrial art.(see post).


The rue de la Monnaie is a very old street where the mint was located from 1237 to 1488 and which from the cathedral descends to Place Lucien Laroche, Some interesting half timbered houses here are :

At 5 rue de la Monnaie house rebuilt in the first part of the 20C on the site of an old half-timbered house of which there is a declaration made in 1677 for Guillaume Guitton, Sieur de Sourville and Dame Marguerite Billy, his wife, acquired by his parents in 1661. The house was built in alignment with the street on an old plot, and forms an L-shaped plan.


At 3 rue de la Monnaie house built in the 16C. There is a declaration made in 1677 for Paul de Tredazo, knight, lord of Keriscouet and where it is mentioned that it was formerly called Maison Gueho, probably from the name of its previous owners. On the second square floor, the elements of old framework , crossbowman, leg and blocket are still visible indicating that the building had only one square floor originally and that it was raised in ancient times. , perhaps in the 17C, during the exile of the Parliament of Brittany to Vannes, caused great housing needs. In addition, the simple and modest fireplace on this same floor is a type of 15-16C attic floor fireplace as well as the wood used for the realization of this second square floor are of less strong section; which tends to prove an elevation of the house. The staircase has been redone on the site of the old staircase which was screw according to an oral information. The house was plastered in the 19C. The building is the subject of an enlargement at the rear in the rear courtyard on the first floor only. The ground floor has been modified. The exterior entrance steps to the house bear a date of 1889 which is not yet explained: it may be a reused stone. The main half-timbered body, gabled and corbelled, is double in depth, consisting of two rooms per level. Single-span house on a masonry base with 2 square floors and an attic floor with basement. The frame has regular posts with side reliefs and a spandrel cross of Saint-André. The front door of the house is on the side and gives access to a corridor in place on about half of the building and at the bottom of which the staircase starts.

At 10 rue de la Monnaie house built at the beginning of the 20C (dated by the current cadastre as 1920) on the site of a garden or passage visible on the cadastre of 1844 and adjoining the house erected at the bottom of a much older plot. The reform of 1677 attached to this file corresponds to the building which was built in the rue de la Monnaie and which was demolished during its enlargement.

Some of the nice business we have stop by are the coffee grounder Brûlerie D’Alré at 11 rue de la Monnaie, and the always reliable L’Occitane en Provence, at 10 rue de la Monnaie.

The rue du Port was mentioned from the 14C, whose houses then housed merchants in the activity linked to the port. In the second half of the 17C, the arrival of the Parliament of Brittany in Vannes led to the reconstruction, for the nobility, but also for wealthy merchants, of some of the old houses. The irregular layout of this street in its southern part is rectified during the alignment plan of 1840 ; it will only be applied to two houses in the center of the street and to the house located at the southern end. The houses occupy the west side of the street, the east side being bordered by the Promenade de la Rabine. Most of the houses are established on crossing plots of medieval origin between rue du Port and rue du Drézen.

vannes rue du port 14C houses feb15

There is a nice example at 28 rue du Port,house built at the end of the 16C or the beginning of the 17C, Originally with a single corbelled floor, it was raised by one floor in the 17C, then by a third in the 18C. Half-timbered house originally gabled on the street, with a deep plan, with one room per floor. The wooden spiral staircase remains laterally on the north side. It forms together with its neighbors, n° 30 and 32, which have not been raised.

Some of my favorites here at the La Créperie du Port at 32 rue du Port, (see above) ,This pretty creperie is located in a house of four centuries of existence with original decoration. One of the two rooms, upstairs, has a period fireplace. Exposed stones and original beams complete the picture. and my in town favorite pizzeria Don Camilo Pizzeria, at 20 rue du Port, There is a nice underground parking at 9 rue du Port my favorite in the Le Port area(see posts).

The city of Vannes on its heritage

A nice phone book of streets of Vannes, very useful indeed :

There you go folks, I told you walking is best anywhere and in Vannes city of older days it is heavens.  The streets of the city are full of history and with great looking architecture as evidence by my many posts on Vannes in my blog. Hope you enjoy these streets as I

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

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