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January 16, 2021

Vannes, the gateway to the Gulf of Morbihan!!!

Indeed, it is the gateway to the Gulf of Morbihan and more! Vannes is our capital city and I need to update this post from 2013 with links and text on my black and white series as sights and pictures are elsewhere in my blog already. Hope you enjoy the reading and do stop by when possible. 

It was another excuse to go where I work, and have it as a holiday lol! I am really on vacation but always the last minute road warrior.  Yesterday, we needed to do some errands and shop, so I gather my father and boys and drag along the streets and stores of Vannes.  Its a magical city full of shops and restos all over, and yesterday it was vibrantly full. A nice summer day with temps in the 28°C and sunny. We drove by car of course, and went thru the back door on blvd de la paix, got on rue de la fontaine and found parking on the street payable but for 2 euros spent 6 hrs! And as everything is nearby on foot is heaven.

Again, Vannes means Gwened if use the Breton language as Morbihan is small sea, mor=sea bihan=small, in French, petite mer; and you are welcome to my region, Degemer Mat !!

We went to the Church of St Patern (see post), is the second most popular after the Cathedral and it is gorgeous as well. In a very quaint old city side full of shops and restos, where we ate too. The church is in the St Patern neightborhood and was name after the first bishop of Vannes in the 5C.  The church was destroyed by Norman invasion in the 10C,and rebuilt in 1723. To visit and walk around its neighborhood is a delight that I recommend.

We wandered all over the side streets,like Méné, pl des lices,de la Fontaine,de halles, Francis Decker, and the ramparts with the old castle ruins still visible plus a look at the entrance to the chateau de l’Hermine , 5 rue porte de poterne (see post). We did some shopping in the covered market by pl des lices, and visit la Belle Illoise, La Trinitaine , the ice cream gourmand Alain Chartier, Monoprix store in pl jacques le Brix, la huche à pains bakery, and a brief visit to the museum of history and archeology at Chateau Gaillard. (see post).

Got a nice shot of my regional government building or Préfecture du Morbihan, this is the official one, that is for govt employees and official functions, there is another one where the citizens go in for our daily routine as driver’s license,voting,etc. at pl de la République. .

Did I said, we ate, yes at the St Patern neighborhood and a wonderful find; Le Gavroche, (see post) a traditional French restaurant with terrrace in the back, with friendly Breton welcome of a brandy of rum and honey for free as a digestif! It is at 17 rue de la Fontaine, and we had steaks with cook vegetables, potatoes, grimbergen beers for five, coffee for five, and desserts from créme brulée to ice creams of many sorts all for 19 euros per person. 

Boys did go and shop at Empire Games  (now closed memories only) a sort of star wars scenes of games and figurines, t-shits etc. ; all chic and different by pl des lices; very nice friendly service. Another store Japanim is by 14 Bis Rue Emile Burgault  that offers lots of mangas, dvd, cups, etc of the japanese genre of games and movies. My son’s favorite !

We did our usual majestic drive by the porte de Poterne into the remparts to inner city that is always magical  going thru there.  And,of course see the old fortifications and the tour du Connétable majestic rising over the remparts gardens. (see post).

In Vannes ,we did our grocery shopping at E Leclerc with my sons and had a between meal meal at a nice cafeteria  we have seen and now was the time to try it. Le Vénélis cafeteria grill (this is closed and is now Flunch cafeteria which we have tried too)  is very friendly smiling staff, and great food at wonderful prices. We had boeuf bourguignone, spaghetti meatballs for some, and breast of duck for others, with a bottle of beaujolais nouveau red, bottle water Evian, sodas such as fanta and coca cola , desserts from natural fruits including kiwis, to passion fruit desserts, and coffee expresso for less than 18 euros per person.

In late afternoon we continue our walks passing by some of our favorite stores and streets such as 

La Belle Illoise, fish canning local ,wonderful; 31 place des lices, La Trinitaine, cookies biscuits ,breton sweets, deco, souvenirs,and fish canning too, glorious at 19 place des lices. Alain Chartier chocolatier and glacier ,ice creams gourmands, mâitre chocolatier de France at 25 place des lices, and also a school of cooking desserts. Monoprix, discount dept store at place Joseph le Brix. La Huche à Pains, the best bakery at 23 Place des Lices. 

And we move on for late dinner at Villa Valencia. 3 Rue Bienheureux Pierre René Rogues ,where I had my filet mignon pork in a wok oriental style, and the kids had their pizzas , a bottle of Charles Pain, Chinon red wine , banana splits desserts and coffee for 24 euros per person.

We went home but next day came back to Vannes so will put it together here. We stop by Le Port for lunch at one of our favorite places, A l’aise  Breizh Café on top of the Capitanerie du port (harbormaster). We had our mussels =moules with the local guimennée sausages and fries, with  kouign–amannbreton sweet with a ball of apple ice cream ,and banana splits, plus a bottle of muscadet from Sauvion, for less than 22 euros per person.

Again with the boys we needed to stop at Japanim, japanese cartoon,mangas the works from Japan, at 14 Bis Rue Emile Burgault for more mangas books! We passed by the quant nice covered market or marché couvert des lices at pl des lices. We did some tablecloths shopping at La Tapenalgue, 23 Rue des Halles , wonderful gifts of Brittany and foods items locally done. The store is in the old section very nice quant area to walk too, our favorite. Now own by Aux Mille Délices of Lorient. Even if now closed we stop by our favorite shopping store  Michel Loizeau was at pl Henri IV , the house dates from the 15C! Here we had our Breton winter clothing, bags ,umbrellas,and belts of the finest local quality. 

Through the meandering hilly cobblestone streets of old Vannes we love to walk it ,however, if feeling tired , we never but, dont forget the petit train, or little train that can take you past these places to get a general feel of the city if time is short, of course, walking is best.

We decided to try a different eating place this time for dinner, and having passed by the pizzeria, we took the plunge into .It was a wonderful discovery as the service was fast and friendly, the food was excellent and with big portions, the place was full of local folks most with families. This Pizzeria Don Camillo at 20 rue du port, by the Le Port area across from the canal and the tourist office. We like it so much came back second time same week, once we like something ,we are very hard to let go, the couple owners are a delight and fun to speak with regulars of many years ,who even come to sample the wines that will be serve on the menu book! This time it was a chardonnay from the Languedoc area, but we stuck with our Rosé of the Côtes de Provence, les Diamantines of Domaine de l’Estan , very inexpensive and delicious rosé for about 11€ the bottle.  We had  pizzas in mediterrannée with chorizos, and goat cheese samplers, with cafe gourmand, the expresso coffee with four different small portions of sweet from tiramisu, mousse au chocolat, apple pie, and babba rhum cake, and the beforemention bottle of rose wine all for less than 19 euros per person!

And we came home again, as usual by now a regular routine in my Vannes from to Pluvigner. You will love it at Vannes,capital city of the Morbihan in my lovely Bretagne and my belle France. Hope you enjoy the walks!

The Gulf of Morbihan tourist office on Vannes: https://www.golfedumorbihan.bzh/explorer-vannes/decouvrir-vannes/golfe-morbihan/vannes/

The Morbihan dept 56 tourist office on Vannes: http://www.morbihan-tourism.co.uk/home/discover/morbihan/the-main-destinations/vannes

The city of Vannes on tourism in English: http://en.mairie-vannes.fr/

Now I feel better, all done and pretty , waiting for you to visit when possible of course. Vannes is worth it, one of the best jewels of Bretagne. Hope you enjoy the post as I

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

January 16, 2021

Bretagne, Morbihan, roads and waterways transports bits and pieces….!

As the world turns, one needs to update links and refresh the older ones, this is the case of this post back from 2012. It is a must with transports, and even thus listed some in the individual cities’ posts, I like to update the general overview of them. Hoping you enjoy the transports bits and pieces of my Morbihan breton dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne.

One of the most difficult situation in Brittany, Bretagne, Breizh (Breton) is the minimum public transport service. The idea of moving about freely as in the Ïle de France region from where I came from here is unheard of, nothing like 10 minutes of intervals on buses,etc, here you get one every two hours; the summer a bit better as it is tourist season for the region, the winter is dead…Literally!

Trying to figure it out is tough, luckily I depend on my car, my boys a bit less, we tried to connect whereever they are as to from where I am coming from or a simple outing to city center Vannes for example can take all day to maximize the traject and shopping. So ,therefore, here are some bits and pieces of public transports in my new department of the Morbihan, dept 56.

Listing by main towns I have traveled already.

Auray, you have the connections with the Keolis Morbihan network on the new site mobibreizh on lines 1,1bis,5,6,and 16. webpage: https://www.mobibreizh.bzh/

The above is the general site for the region of Bretagne on public transports for trains, buses, train buses, bikes, metro, tramway, cable , boats, car sharing, and school buses ways of transport. There is another site more regional by department serving the same, this is Breizhgo, https://www.breizhgo.bzh/accueil

You can pay on the mini bus, then you have the city of Auray Auraybus, all year from monday to saturday, tickets sold on the buses as well, the city contracts out with Keolis Atlantique network here: https://keolis-atlantique.com/11-Horaires-et-itineraires-Auray-bus.html

In summer you can take the train ride Tire Bouchon from Auray to Quiberon, a popular destination and already noted as my favorite spot. TER Bretagne you can buy tickets in all area train stations. Next the line will open June 21 ,2021! webpage: https://www.ter.sncf.com/bretagne/loisirs/lignes-touristiques/tire-bouchon

You have car rentals at the gare from Avis, Europcar so far as the train station is on a big renovation project.  There are good parking at Athéna (by the centre culturel) rue Henri Dunant, Chapelle Saint -Esprit, rue des Féves, place Hulot,Place de Kériolet (my favorite just at city center side), place Notre Dame, place du loch, place raoul Dautry, rue du jeu de Paume, and Le Verger. 

There is a taxi stand by the train station, hospital CHBA, and Le Port. The best and most available is by the gare or train station, webpage: https://www.garesetconnexions.sncf/fr/gare/frxuy/auray/transports-horaires/transports-individuels/taxis

The city of Beltz, Keolis in mobibreizh buses line 16,18, rent bicycles at les vélos de la ria, 19 rue des sports (behind the Super U grocery store)  webpage: https://www.velosdelaria.com/

Belle-île-en-Mer, bus Taol Mor everyday from april to november 7th, four regular lines, main station embarcadere espace Charles de Gaulle, A quai de l’Yser. Several here me think the best are Cars Vert: http://www.cars-verts.fr/

A loca scoot & Vélos 4 quai Bonnelle for bike and scooter rentals: webpage: http://www.velo-scooter-belle-ile.fr

At Belle-île-en-Mer,Locmaria bikes at locmaria cycle, rue des Acadiens. webpage: https://locmaria-cycle.com/

Brech, Keolis on mobibreizh bus line 5, info at as in Auray and into Vannes. This know very well, it was my kids school bus line for a couple of years here!

Carnac, Keolis (mobibreizh)  lines 1 and 18, site as in Auray. bus Carnavette, from center to beaches in summer july and august 7 days a week, free main at mayor’s office or Mairie, Place de la chapelle, or Carnac bourg.webpage: https://www.ot-carnac.fr/infos-pratiques/transports/navette

Rent bicycles at A bicyclette, 93bis avenue des Druides, carnac plage. webpage: https://www.velocarnac.com/

Parking for your car available by Impasse des Korrigans, chemin du Tumulus, rue Paul Person, rue de Courdiec, Square Illertissen, Place Saint Fiacre, avenue du Rahic, La Poste, Port en Dro,Carnac plage (my spot). parking is free.

Crac’h, Keolis (mobibreizh bus line 1 and 1bis . Ti’Bus  goes in summers to Crac’h, Locmariaquer,and Saint Philibert from monday to saturdays in july and august. Free. webpage: https://www.ville-crach.fr/fr-ti-bus,218,1896.html

Erdeven, Keolis (mobibreizh) bus lines 16 and 18 . bike rentals at Taxi, Allez-y Taxi, Kerouriec.

Etel, Keolis (mobibreizh) bus lines 16 and 18. And bikes from the Les vélos de la ria,webpage: https://www.velosdelaria.com/

Houat, island, bike rental Houat vélos, on the port . You can have your luggage and you transported to the house or port harbor by calling the mayor’s office or mairie at tel +33 (0) 2 97 30 68 04.

Locmariaquer, Keolis (mobibreizh) bus 1bis,. Bus local, Ti’Bus, goes from city center to campings and beaches of Locmariaquer, Crac’h, Saint Philibert, its free.  bike rentals, camping domaine résidentiel de Kerpenhir, 2 rue Henri Erzan. webpage: https://www.domaine-de-kerpenhir.fr/ and Camping Lann-Brick; webpage: https://www.camping-lannbrick.com/

Plouharnel, Keolis (mobibreizh) bus 1 and 18. bike rentals, tourist office in summer at rond-point de l’océan, and train station or gare de Plouharnel in summer months. Taxis:,taxi du dolmen, tel +33 (0) 2 97 52 40 40 and taxi de Plouharnel Kristof, tel +33 (0) 6 27 42 57 87. You find car parking by the train station and place de Gaulle;free.

Quiberon, Keolis (mobibreizh) bus 1 from Auray, also see the train Tire Bouchon from Auray in summer months. The local Quib’bus goes in city center to gare train station. webpage: https://zenbus.net/quiberon

Best bike rentals at Cyclomar at 47 place Hoche near the Grand Plage or big beach: webpage: http://www.cyclomar.fr/

Parking at Quiberon , big one at Le Sémaphore,route de Kernavest, entrance to Quiberon or Kerné, by the passenger boat terminal, route de Kerniscob,  also at Sizorn, 36 rue de Port maria (april to september), Hotel de la Mer, 8 quai de Houat, however my favorites are by Place Varquez and the gare or train station and then its 5 min walk to the beach and its free. For taxis well known Abaca taxis Quiberonnais et Saint Pierrois, 24 rue des Tritons , webpage: https://www.taxi-quiberonnais.com/

Saint Philibert, Keolis (mobibreizh) bus lines 1 and 1bis. and local bus Ti’Bus see Locmariaquer, and Crac’h above.

Saint-Pierre Quiberon,  Keolis (mobibreizh) line 1 from Auray. bike rentals at train station or gare at Rue Georges Clémenceau.  Taxi Nevo, 22 avenue de Bretagne see above Quiberon.

Sainte-Anne d’Auray,  Keolis (mobibreizh)  lines 5 and 6, by Auray to Vannes etc.  taxi Guernevé,  34 Rue de Vannes (D19)  tel +33 (0) 2 97 57 56 56.

La Trinité-sur-Mer, Keolis (mobibreizh) bus lines 1 and 18.  local bus Trinibus, city center to beaches, harbor, villages in summer every day only .Free. webpage: http://zenbus.net/la-trinite-sur-mer

The parking at La Trinité sur Mer best along the port or behind the creperie la Goeland. others are at Place du Voulien, le Grand Pavois, La Vigie,Kervourden, Le Poulbert, Cours des Quais, Place de la Mairie (fees), parking du terre-plein des américains, last two in zone bleau , parking limited by time. Otherwise the rest are free. Taxi, tête de station, cours des quais facing the fishmarket, Les Taxi Trinitain, webpage:http://www.taxis-trinitains.com/

The sea connection to outlaying islands are diverse, to the Belle-île-en-Mer, Houat,and Hoedic. See the Compagnie Océane and Navix leaving from Quiberon,Vannes, and Locmariaquer Port Navalo, la Turballe, Le Croisic from april to september.

Leaving from Locmariaquer towards the Golfe du Morbihan or Gulf of Morbihan, you have the passeur des îles to port Navalo and Ïle d’Arz from april to september. webpage: https://www.passeurdesiles.com/

And the L’Angélus to Ïle d’Houat from Locmariaquer at 9h30.webpage:https://www.vedettes-angelus.com/ 

Connection at Etel port to Plouhinec ,Le Magouër port with the le passeur, from june 1 to September 30th .webpage: https://www.gavres-quiberon.fr/fr/le-passeur

Also, departing from St Goustan port in Auray to le Bono ; le Passeur des Iles as above. webpage: https://www.passeurdesiles.com/croisiere-golfe-morbihan/riviere-auray-saint-goustan-morbihan

And this is leaving out the major town and capital city of Vannes, and the sub capital city of Lorient. As mentioned above the overall site for all transport in Bretagne now is  Mobibreizh. Have it on journey planner page. webpage: https://www.mobibreizh.bzh/fr/itineraires/4/JourneyPlanner

And there you go a nice way to move about on the roads and waters of the Morbihan dept 56 of Bretagne in my belle France. Hope you enjoy the ride!

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

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January 16, 2021

The river Loc’h, Auray and Brec’h!

One more chance to tell you something new in my blog thanks for the updates and revisions of text and pictures I have been doing lately. This is a nice time in my life when  I first came into the Morbihan dept 56 and rented an apartment in Brec’h. There is a river passing by here and then onwards, let me tell you a bit about the Loc’h river and later down the Auray river!!!

Right by the D19 road upon entering Brec’h bourg or after passing it depending where are you coming from, you can go down a hard dirt forested trail and see the Loc’h river at its best! see the picture!!!

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Then, go down to the port of Saint Goustan or Auray lower town, and see the vast Auray river just before it takes off into the Gulf of Morbihan. Several river cruises starts here and out fishing, kajaking, canoes, sailing boating etc activities abound.

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The Auray river is a ria which begins in Auray, in the department 56 of Morbihan in the region of Bretagne. This is the Loc’h estuary. The Auray river flows into the Gulf of Morbihan and is navigable. The length of its waterway is 56.4 km.

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The Loc’h river takes its source in Plaudren and goes west , then branches off to the south at half of its course. It becomes the Auray river, a northern projection of the Gulf of Morbihan, in the town of Auray, just west of Pluneret. The Auray river overlooks the Gulf of Morbihan between Locmariaquer to the south, and the Pointe du Blair and Sept Îles, in the town of Baden to the north. It joins the mouth of the Gulf of Morbihan located between Port-Navalo, end of the Rhuys peninsula to the east, seaside resort and port of the town of Arzon and Locmariaquer to the west.

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The towns of which the Loc’h goes thru are Plaudren (source / origin), Locqueltas, Locmaria-Grand-Champ, Grand-Champ, Brandivy, Plumergat, Pluvigner, Brech, Pluneret, Auray its mouth. In Tréauray in the town of Brec ‘h, it widens and becomes a pond where fishermen like to fish for trout and pike.

In terms of cantons, the Loc’h has its source in the canton of Grand-Champ, crosses the canton of Pluvigner and has its mouth in the canton of Auray. The Loc’h river, 45 km long crosses the department on the south to Auray to flow into the Gulf of Morbihan, by the port of Saint Goustan (Auray) it takes the name of the Auray river.

It is on the left bank of the Auray river, on a quay called Quai Franklin (picture from castle ruins) was where on December 3, 1776 Benjamin Franklin landed, who came to asked France for help for the United States independence. The port of Saint-Goustan today houses a marina.

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The town of Brec”h webpage on the natural heritage of the Loc’h: https://www.brech.fr/a-voir/le-patrimoine-naturel/

The tourist office of Bretagne/Brittany on Saint Goustan/Aurayhttps://www.brittanytourism.com/destinations/the-10-destinations/southern-brittany-morbihan-gulf/auray-port-of-saint-goustan/

The port of Saint Goustan in French: https://www.passeportescales.com/fr/port-saint-goustan

The Bay of Quiberon tourist board on Brec’hhttps://www.baiedequiberon.co.uk/brech

The Bay of Quiberon tourist board on Auray: https://www.baiedequiberon.co.uk/auray

There you go short and sassy a wonderful natural experience to try once and you will love it, the river Loc’h becoming the river Auray and then the Gulf of Morbihan, one of the most beautiful bays in the world (Great Bays and Condé Nast) and the vast Atlantic ocean! Hope you enjoy the tour

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

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January 15, 2021

The Tour Solidor at Saint Malo!

Again reviewing old posts to update/revise text/links , I have come across many sights not really mentioned in those posts or briefly. They deserve more , so therefore, here is my take on the Tour Solidor or tower in Saint Malo! This is in Ille et Vilaine dept 35 of my lovely Bretagne in my belle France!

The Tour Solidor (tower) is located at the mouth of the Rance, in the district of Saint-Servan and was built in 1382 by Duke Jean IV of Brittany in order to control the city of Saint-Malo. At a time when the city of Saint-Malo was rebellious to his authority. In particular, taxes should be levied on the goods transported. Its name is derived from steir and dor which in Breton means “door of the river”.

The Solidor tower was built on an already fortified site, the Tour d’Oreigle, also called Tour Aiquin and which included a small châtelet, transformed into a guardhouse of the new ensemble and a fortified enclosure, itself built on Gallo fortifications. Roman dating from the 4C which defended the ancient port of the city of Alet and of which vestiges remain in the current entrance bastion. It is possible to spot at low tide, the remains of a stone causeway which led to the Gallo-Roman port, the sea level being 8 meters lower than today.  This tower is the combination of three circular towers connected to each other by small curtains, the whole forming a triangle whose width is about 14 meters and the length about 20 meters. The base of the west tower at about 9 meters in diameter is reinforced by three massive buttresses. About 22 meters high , the tower consists of four floored levels, served by a spiral staircase of 104 steps. Its top has a beautiful belt of machicolations.

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In 1588, the local folks or Malouins seized the tower on behalf of the Duke of Mercœur, leader of the League of Brittany. It was only guarded by five or six men. A captain was installed there in 1590 with three soldiers, a maid and two watch dogs. The soldiers occupied it for a long time in order to watch the estuary in order to block trade between Saint-Malo and Dinan.  In 1636, Louis XIII ordered repairs to be made there. In 1694, the guard of the tower was entrusted to the inhabitants of Saint-Servan. In 1756, the drawbridge at the entrance was replaced by a stone bridge. The history and evolution of military technologies having rendered its initial use obsolete, the tower was transformed into a prison during the French revolution and then as a warehouse under the Empire. Priests, nuns and soldiers were locked up there. Graffiti can still be seen on the interior doors which closed the cells. In 1886, the Ministry of the Navy ceded it to the administration of Historical Monuments. The current appearance of the tower is a little different from the one it had at the beginning of the 20C, in fact only the tower remains as a building. and the guardhouse.

A cross resides at the foot of the Solidor tower. It was erected in 1985 on the rock where Jacques Cartier cast off for Canada in 1534.

The Saint Malo tourist office on the tour Solidor in French: https://www.st-malo.com/tourisme/art-culture/tour-solidor/

Since 1970 it has housed a Cape Horners museum which brings together the collections of the Saint-Malo museum on long-distance navigation and Cape Horners (maps, models, navigation instruments …) A wooden weather vane in the shape of an albatross was donated by the Chilean section of the Amicale internationale des Cap-Horniers in 2003. The collections of objects and on-board instruments belonging to the sailors, the nautical charts from the end of the 19C to the beginning of the 20C will be exhibited at the Maritime History Museum of Saint-Malo (Opening scheduled for early April 2022). You will therefore be able to relive the history of sailors around the world by passing through Cape Horn.

The Amicale Internationale des Cap-Horniers webpage: http://www.cap-horniers.fr/CHLC/Welcome.html

The musée d’histoire maritime of Saint Malo from the city how it will look like: https://www.ville-saint-malo.fr/albums/le-musee-dhistoire-maritime-de-saint-malo/

From the Solidor tower , a passenger and vehicle ferry regularly crossed the Rance towards Dinard, before the Rance dam was put into service in 1967. The Rance tidal power plant draws its energy from the force of the river tide. It is located in the Rance estuary, between the towns of La Richardais and Saint-Malo, With an installed capacity of 240 MW, it remained the largest tidal power plant in the world for 45 years, from its commissioning in 1966 until August 4, 2011. The departmental road 168 passes over the dam and allows vehicles to link Dinard to Saint-Malo. The dam houses the Discovery museum of the Rance tidal power plant. The Saint-Malo museum has a pastel by Henri Arondel representing the Solidor tower, in its collections.

The Saint Malo tourist office on the Rance Dam in English:https://www.saint-malo-tourisme.co.uk/explore/on-and-in-the-water/the-river-rance

More from the electricity company of France, EDF in English: https://www.edf.fr/en/the-edf-group/industrial-provider/renewable-energies/marine-energy/tidal-power

There you go folks another dandy in my beautiful Bretagne and wonderful Saint Malo. Hope you enjoy as I did catching up with this marvel, the Tour Solidor.

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

January 15, 2021

City Hall of Redon!!!

So, therefore, I have found a missing link that will post here a new post and pictures! I have come several times by Redon, and eventually visited the city with the family. One monument that caught my eyes, first passing by in the TGV train to Paris was the city/town hall of Redon. Let me tell you a bit about it ok.

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The town of Redon is a sub-prefecture of the Ille-et-Vilaine department 35  in the region of Bretagne. It is located north of the confluence of the Oust and the Vilaine rivers which runs along the city, 60 km from Rennes, 50 km from Vannes and 60 km from Nantes. The Nantes-Brest canal runs along the Oust river then crosses the center of the town.

Redon is located in the heart of the western waterways and close to the Atlantic ocean with, in particular, a sea and river port sheltered from winter storms. It is located at the crossroads of the TER train lines for Rennes, Quimper and Nantes. The train station of Redon, is equidistant from the stations of Rennes, Vannes and Nantes. Redon has, also, a TGV Atlantique stop. The trip lasts between 2h06 and 2h37.  And this is how I first came to know the city passing by on the TGV! Later, I visited by car coming on the D775 road off the N166. The city is crossed to the north by the D177 road. It connects Redon and Rennes in 40 minutes. Best for parking by the place de la République or  place aux Marrons.

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The neighboring towns are in 3 departments such as in Ille-et-Vilaine (35) Bains-sur-Oust; and Sainte Marie ; in the Morbihan (56) Saint-Perreux; Saint-Jean-la-Poterie; and Rieux; and in Loire-Atlantique (44)  Saint-Nicolas-de-Redon.

The City/town Hall was erected in 1905 on the site of the previous one. This original and beautiful building is in the Gothic Revival style. The city/town hall is located not far from the abbey and the Gothic tower. In front of it, you have a pleasant square crossed in above by the railroad tracks. It is located at 18, Place Saint-Sauveur.

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The historical variations of the Breton linguistic border show that the Breton language was spoken in Redon in the Middle Ages. The local language is from Gallo, which is part of the language group of Oïl.

A bit of history I like

The history of Redon begins in 832 with the foundation of the Abbey of Saint-Sauveur de Redon (see post), by Conwoïon  a Benedictine monk native of Comblessac, under the protection of Nominoë, king of Bretagne/Brittany, on a promontory called Roton ( later Redon). Some of the personalities by here were Saint Vincent Ferrier, a Spanish Dominican from Valencia who preached here in 1418. Duke François II received the King of France Louis XI in Redon in 1462. The States of Brittany met 5 times in Redon, in the 15C and 17C such as in 1446,  1460, 1461,1476 and 1612. Pope Nicolas V erected the city of Redon as a bishopric on June 10, 1449 at the request of Duke François I ; this bishopric included at that time 14 parishes, removed from those of Vannes, Rennes and Saint-Malo. The  election was revoked on December 20, 1440. The town of Redon was handed over to the French in 1487 by the lords united against Duke François II. Mercoeur entered Redon without resistance in 1589, then was driven out by the Royals and his governor Jean de Talhouët in 1595. Vineyards were cultivated in Redon from the 9C.

The Redon market takes place on Mondays from 8h30 to 13h from October to April; and 8h to 14h May to September.

The city of Redon on its history: https://www.redon.fr/tourisme/p23-histoire.html

The tourist office of South Brittany on Redon: https://www.visitsouthbrittany.com/redon-historic-town-and-port-0

The Ille et Vilaine dept 35 tourist office on Redon: https://www.bretagne35.com/partez-a-la-decouverte-de-lille-et-vilaine/sites-remarquables/redon/

And there you go folks a nice off the beaten path town and monument. How often have you visited the city/town hall of a town you are visiting? Well here in my belle France they can be beautiful architecturally stunning buildings such as the case in Redon. Hope you have enjoy the post as I

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

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January 15, 2021

Brussels , and the family!

I have been coming here since 1991, business and pleasure. This is Brussels, one of my favorite cities in Europe. This is an update, refresh link post from 2012 and of course plenty more in my blog on it too. Its a whimsical city, holding the main of the European Union. Let me tell you a bit more on Brussels, Belgium!

At first, the trips were short, but this time took the advantage of a vacation period between Christmas and New Years to go for a week with the family and go all over the city , Brussels, Bruxelles is magical. See my posts on the many sights below.

You have many nationalities here, and English is well spoken too. The trip started by car from our new home in the Morbihan breton dept 56. Before, I have gone from Versailles and then by train from Auray thru Brussels Midi and then rent a car there. This time went by car from  Brec’h, where we lived ,taking the expressway N165, then  N166 to Rennes, briefly on the N24 around Rennes to connect with the  A84, N175,A13 (autoroute de Normandie), and then cut across northern France on the A29, A28, back on A29, A16 briefly, A29 again (E44 European road system), then got on the A1 by TGV Peronne , (E19 European road system), A2 by known family territory of Cambrai, then get into Belgium in the A7,and get on the RO or Ring road of Brussels to exit No 13 or the road N8 at Chaussée de Ninove (where I always get in from France); past by suburbs of Dilbeek, Molenbeek, Anderlecht,  under the tunnel Leopold II to go our hotel past more north west suburbs of Saint Josse ten Noode and then Schaerbeek. All 9 hrs with stops and 818 kms later ,and 117€ gas and tolls. Yes Bretagne is a peninsula deep in when before from Versailles was just 4 hours with rest stop!

Then, we headed for the hotel parking at 10€ per day ,not bad at all.  We chose an inexpensive 2 stars hotel in a city area away from tourist center , it had some not soo good reviews on travel sites, but I am a contrarian when I read these so took in at the Hotel Bentley.  it was a basic accommodation with continental breakfast included about 67€ per night per room; the folks were very friendly, always available,and with great service at breakfast even if a bit limited in choices you had all the typical offerings in a continental style breakfast. My son left his bag full of electronics stuffs in the resto area and it was immediately brought up to his room, nice confidance to stay in places like this. All throughtout the service, and help was very nice and courteous, and see no reason why folks write bad reviews on properties like this, stand alone family business who try to help and make your stay a pleasant one. Maybe its the bad human habits of downplaying immigrant areas as the hotel is in little Turkey, plenty of nice folks even walking at night, and very helpful on bus tram routes. We will be back here. The webpage: http://www.hotel-bentley.com/

We went all over so much, taken bus, metro, and tram. The stop Botanique is the closest station to the hotel. We walk all over taking the metro line 1,5,and 6. We took the tramways 25 and 92, and the bus 66. We prefer the trams very nice clean efficient and see it all. The buses were crowded older and less clean, the metro was great but underground not to our liking. You can a Brussels journey planner to trace all your trip here: https://www.stib-mivb.be/tripplanner/?l=en

Folks sometimes get confused when I tell them to drive instead of public transport. It is better for a family to rent drive a car, and once in the city use the public transport, then go around all over in transport, much more expensive everytime you go past 2 persons. Try it. We purchase the magnetic card for 10 trips at a cost of 13€  ,good value from the usual 2,10 per person individual ticket on the trams. This having already a MOBIB Basic card which cost 5€. If purchase in the transport is 3€. The best part of the MOBIB Basic card is that you can lend to other persons to use so if a family you can reduce the cost further you know.

We like very much the City 2 shopping center, with FNAC, Armand Thiery, Carrefour market groceries; Australian ice cream parlor ,and a nice refuge from the rain ,all week, but we manage ok. Webpage in English: https://www.city2.be/

We ate at great places some old to come back to a Pizza Hut in Brussels brings a lot of memories from the time way back came as a young man with my late mother, our spot was here Bvd du Jardin Botanique 10. We tried the Australian ice cream parlor , the steakhouse Brussels Grill across the street, call the Manhattan center,  the Casa Nostra pizzeria was good, the wonderful all time favorite , real Belgian ,always a stop at Chez Patrick, an all time favorite here. We had our chocolates at a classic galerie de la reine at St Hubert, Corné Port Royal, the very best Belgian pralines or chocolates! We love it!!

We visit many stores old and new, and walk by the many wonderful streets and jardin botanique or botanical garden, seeing and reshape many monuments along the way from the great statue to Gen Montgomery of WWII fame by the metro tram stop of same name just pass the Parc du Cinquantanaire where we saw the wonderful Autoworld museum of vintage auto and bikes, a must see even if not into cars. We went over the Royal Armed Forces museum but here we got into a bit of laberinth, the museum close at noon for one hour, so if you are inside, you stay in the aviation hall with a restaurant very nicely place ho ho ho , but we wanted to continue seeing, no way, all aisles were close! so after having seen most (just pavillion 12 was left), we decided not to wait and leave, well no signs for sortie or exit available, we asked ,and it was thru the WC sign tunnel or rest rooms lol!!! weird way to leave a museum lol!!! Other than that, the museum is a marvelous place, not to be missed, of WWI and WWII to the Cold War tanks, planes, weapons,  uniforms the whole works!

We went over to mini Europe, so nice to see the wonders of Europe monuments all in minituare sizes, just glorious, and very nicely done, a must to visit. Nearby by is the symbol of Brussels, the Atomium globe , its a great architectural achievement and very nicely done for at least once seen, its 108 meters high with many levels open and some not. The panorama view from 7 is the main point of going up! You come here and dont drink beer lol!!! wonderful, we do lol!! and do visit the museum of beers at the Grand Place, small but a good introduction to beers Belges!  In all another wonderful visit to Brussels/Bruxelles, and a passing by the European commission of course, and the Royal Palace, and Santa Claus motorcycles, and the Cathedral Ste Catherine, the site of this year Plaisir d’Hiver or a Christmas market place full of hamlets, slaloms, dragon tunnels, and a big wheel we took awesome!!! a Great ambiance. the Church of Benigue, nearby is nice, the Royal Theater, parc du Bruxelles, and the wonderful chic Louise neighborhood.  Not to missed the Mannequin pis!!

A must to see when in Europe, one of its great Capital cities, Bruxelles, Brussels, we will be back. And we did, see the sights above on individual posts in my blog with pictures.

And of course, told the way up above, so now giving you the way down or home. I took the old route back, as if we were in Versailles, we left out very easy just as to go in, really is easy to drive on, you only need experience driving in cities and it will be fine. We left on the blvd du jardin botanique to blvd Adolphe Max left continuing on blvd Anspach then right on Rue Antoine Dansaert, then left on blvd de Nieuport to Chaussée de Ninove direction Mons to get on the RO ring road direction Mons. There you go on the Belgian A7 or E19 roads towards Paris, once in France you get on the A2 dir Valenciennes, then at the end it takes you into the A1 direction Paris, you go all the way to near CDG Roissy airport you see the panels Cergy Pontoise on the N104 (this is the la Francilienne road that goes on the outer limits of Paris) , continue direction Cergy Pontoise, pass the bridge of the A15 direction Versailles (yes my old town lol!) then go direction St Germain en Laye on the N184 same road, and just pass the Centaure train station at St Germain en Laye turn right on the A13 towards Poissy/Orgeval, at this round about you take the A13 direction Rouen,and up you go towards Caen then Rennes on the A84, N175, N24, N166,and N165 back to  Brec’h which is finally the road D768... This route took 880 kms, and 10 hrs with stops, with 91€ gas and tolls. So, longer but cheaper on gas/tolls.

The  tourist office of Brusselshttps://visit.brussels/en

The city of Brussels : https://www.bruxelles.be/

I must say that in later years I took the time to go on secondary /national roads without any tolls as these I consider extra taxes to pay! Its up to you! Hope you enjoy the ride! And remember, happy travels, good health and many cheers to all!!!

January 12, 2021

The Alignments of Carnac, Part II!

Now this is a heavy subject and I won’t claim to know it well but live nearby so visit several times for the learning curve! The Alignments of Carnac are world famous even Unesco world heritage site and I am just 25 minutes from them! I have written before on them plenty of detail and history so will concentrate on the newer pictures shown here.

They are just south of me about 25 km or 12 miles, and we past by the famous megalithes or stones, as well as stopping by once for the formal knowledge about them. Indeed they have been here for centuries, and very popular now. I am not much into stones, mind you,  but its very historical and folks all over come to see it. The locals have a predilection for stones even decorating their homes with it on the facades. Which we of course ,have copy for our house! Carnac is nice for the ambiance of its restos bars and beaches in summer; its a place to go eat seafood, fish, and the great Breton galettes/crêpes with the cider or the white wine of muscadet/loire or the Breton beers.

The alignments of Carnac  are an exceptional megalithic  alignments located in the town’s limits of Carnac. They are the most famous and most impressive megalithic ensembles of this period with nearly 4 000 stones lifted around 4500 years BC. The alignments are however accessible to the public in high season through the visits conferences with a guide proposed by the Maison des Mégalithes,  and are on open access in winter period or between October and March.  They include 2 733 menhirs, probably largely below what existed in the Neolithic era!

Ideally, your visit to the Carnac alignments should start with a visit to the Maison des Mégalithes or House of Megaliths. The good news is that it is free to access. Its hours vary according to the season, so check the tourist office.

The Le Menec site is the easiest to access. It faces the House of Megaliths, a reception and information center for the alignments. Its spacious parking lot and the location of the museum are not the only reasons for its success! It is the site with the most menhirs. With the 2nd major site Kermario count nearly 3000 megaliths on site!

Carnac maison des megalithes jul12

It is at Menec that it is easiest to grasp the notion of stone alignments. On 11 very distinct rows, you have 1050 aligned stones, in ascending order of size. The spacings are regular enough so that we can clearly see the lines appear when we observe each row.

Carnac maison des Mega menec from roof jul12

At the Kermario alignments, you face the largest monoliths in the Breton region. Here, 1029 menhirs are aligned in 10 rows. Nearby, you will discover the Giant of Manio, the highest standing stone in Carnac with a height of 6.50 meters, or the strange quadrilateral of Manio.

carnac Kermario menhirs jun13

On the Kerlescan site, the alignments are more modest. You have 555 megaliths aligned in 13 rows in front of you. It is completed by the nearby Petit Menec site.

 

I will repeat and update several webpages that will help you further understand these stones and plan your visit to this wonderful area of Carnac.

The unique webpage of the Menhirs of Carnac stones: http://www.menhirs-carnac.fr/en/

The city of Carnac capital of the megaliths: https://www.carnac.fr/Territoire-d-exception/Capitale-des-Megalithes

The Carnac tourist office on the megaliths: https://www.carnactourism.co.uk/discover-carnac/standing-stones/megaliths-carnac

The local Bay of Quiberon tourist office on the Carnac megaliths: https://www.baiedequiberon.co.uk/megalithic-sites-of-carnac

The dept 56 Morbihan tourist board on Carnac things to see: http://www.morbihan-tourism.co.uk/home/discover/morbihan/the-main-destinations/carnac

The Brittany tourist board on the megaliths of Carnac: https://www.brittanytourism.com/offers/les-alignements-de-carnac-carnac-en-1994701/

The Ministry of Culture of France on the Carnac megaliths: http://www2.culture.gouv.fr/culture/arcnat/megalithes/

There you go now you are loaded to come and see them. Worth the visit and let me know when in town. Carnac is special for the stones and more! Hope you have enjoy the tour.

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

January 12, 2021

And there is Locminé!

Oh well again one of the souvenirs of looking over older posts is that you find spots where I have not written before or very little even having pictures! This is one example of it and I am glad I found it as is very near me and passed by almost every week! Let me tell you a bit about Locminé

Locminé is located in the Morbihan department 56 , in the region of Bretagne. Its name means “Oratory of the monks” , and in the Breton language is call Logunec’h.

A bit of history I like

 Locminé in the 6C was founded a monastery by Saint Colomban. In the 7C the Abbey of Saint-Sauveur de Moréac was founded by the disciples of Saint Gildas in Locminé. Following the Viking raids around 919, the old monastery was destroyed. In ruins, in 1008, Félix, a monk of Fleury was called by Duke Geoffroy 1er to reconstruct the Abbey of Saint-Gildas-de-Rhuys and the Abbaye Saint-Sauveur de Locminé. After having definitively settled in Rhuys in 1025, he retained Locminé as a simple Priory. Locminé will remain a Priory of Saint-Gildas-de-Rhuys until 1791 . The importance of the priory of Sain-Sauveur declined over the centuries, to the point that in 1701, its buildings no longer exist.

The town was the scene of two battles during the Chouannerie wars against the French revolution. First, the Battle of Locminé in 1796. On April 7, 1796, on the orders of Georges Cadoudal, (native of Auray) general of the Catholic and Royal army of Morbihan, ordered Colonel Pierre Robinault de Saint-Régeant, commander of the Loudéac division, to go to the vicinity of Locminé. Pressed on several points, the Republicans revolutionaries retreated and took refuge in the city of Locminé. The second battle was call the Battle of Locminé of 1799. On October 29, 1799, the town of Locminé was attacked by the Chouans of the Bignan division commanded by Colonel Pierre Guillemot. The Republicans quickly took refuge in the city center. After trying for a while to resist in the cemetery, the Republicans fled in the direction of Baud, the Chouans in pursuit.

Like I said, passed by here many times and of course stop by. On one of my sons job, his bus stop here and we came to pick him up by the school Lycée agricole Anne de Bretagne at place Anne de Bretagne! Some of the more interesting things to see here are

The Chapelle Notre Dame du Plasker is in the city center of Locminé, a place of prayer would have existed in its location as early as the 11C. The present Chapel dates from the 16C. During the French revolution, the chapel was transformed into a material depot and served for some time as a deciders temple. In 1804, the town brought down the upper part of the bell tower and replaced it with the current  stove.  On the occasion of a marriage, in 1675, the register of catholicity called it Notre-Dame de la Belle-Place (Our Lady of the Beautiful square). Apparently, the square that bordered her had no particular beauty.

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Built in the mid 16C, of a rectangular shape church flanked to the north by a square chapel, opening onto the main nave by a large third-point arcade penetrating into committed columns. This Chapelle Notre Dame du Plasker, which supports a small square tower, was to be vaulted as the births of the warheads were seen, but the vault was never finished. The third-point windows have a flamboyant network: above that of the bedside outside, there is a mutilated crest. The Chapel is covered with a roof with a frame whose entrails, with crocodile heads, have been cut. There are some fragments of stained glass from the 16C and a pretty flaming pool. The Altarpiece dates from the 16C.

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The city of Locminé on the Chapelle Notre Dame du Plasker: http://www.locmine.bzh/94-decouvrir-locmine/213-la-chapelle-notre-dame-du-plasker

The Central Morbihan tourist board on the Chapelle Notre Dame du Plasker: https://www.centre-morbihan-tourisme.bzh/decouvrir/chapelles-calvaires-et-leurs-mysteres/105-la-chapelle-notre-dame-du-plasker-a-locmine.html

The  Church of Saint-Sauveur and Saint-Colomban initially from the 16C was a compromise between the ancient granite facades and the modern Church of concrete, carpentry and slate. The facades are that of the old Chapel of Saint-Colomban, from the end of the 15C, to the left and that of the old church, on the right; the City Council had decided, in 1972, to demolish the Church which had become obsolete, nowwith  only the two portals of the west façade. In the old church there was a stained glass window of Saint-Colomban integrated into the new construction: the panels of this stained glass were reassembled in a vertical strip behind the altar.

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The Church of Saint Sauveur and Saint Colomban, finished in 1976, however the old church  was used for meetings of corporations of butchers, tanners, carpenters, etc. During the French revolution, the chapel was transformed into a material depot and served for some time as a decider temple. In 1804, the municipality had the upper part of the steeple cut down and replaced it with a stove. When the town was endowed with a fire pump, the municipality found nothing better than the shed for the carriages. Throughout the 19C, and even beyond, the chapel became the meeting place of the Marian Congregation of young Girls. At the beginning of the 19C, the church escaped demolition.

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This current Church of Saint Sauveur and Saint Colomban preserves the facades of the old church and the neighboring Chapel of St. Colomban from the 16C. The two churches have the same flamboyant décor with third-point doors with decorated or basket handles inscribed in large curly braces, windows with flamboyant lattice. On the western portal of the Church rises a large square stone steeple with polygonal arrow. Church and Chapel, which communicate with each other through a huge modern arcade, are covered with frames redone in recent times. As the stained glass windows of the chapel are of the 16C, well preserved, depicting various scenes of the life of Saint Colomban. The altarpiece of the high altar, and known as altarpiece of the true Cross, in polychrome wood, dates from the 16C.. The reliquary and the hunting of Saint-Colomban, in wood and white iron, date from 1758.  The Church was made up of two aisles and exhibited various carved motifs such as gargoyles, crests, etc. The Cross presents a crucified Christ with characters at his side, the Virgin on the back, all topped with a small pediment. The cylindrical barrel is plugged into a cubic base. The whole is on a pedestal bearing various names engraved to correspond to a re construction  in the early 19C.

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The city of Locminé on the Church Saint Sauveur and Saint Colomban: http://www.locmine.bzh/94-decouvrir-locmine/212-l-eglise-saint-sauveur-et-saint-colomban

The Central Morbihan tourist board  on the Church Saint Sauveur and Saint Colomban : https://www.centre-morbihan-tourisme.bzh/decouvrir/chapelles-calvaires-et-leurs-mysteres/119-l-eglise-st-sauveur-de-locmine.html

Locminé is part of the Central Morbihan agglo community of 18 towns. The webpage: http://www.centremorbihancommunaute.bzh/nous-connaitre/communes-membres/locmine/

And there you go folks, a newbie in my blog and so deservently, and there is Locminé. Oh best to reach it from the N24 expressway out of Rennes, Also D767 from Vannes and from me the forest beautiful D16. The market is held every Thursdays from 8h to 13h in city center. the train station closest is at Vannes and the airport at Lorient (see posts) . Limited bus service line 3 to Vannes via Breizhgo, the Breton transports site at Place Anne de Bretagne. Hope you enjoy the post, and thanks for reading me!

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

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January 12, 2021

Auray : harbor of Saint Goustan!!

And again bringing back older posts to give them a new light and for me nostalgia moments of always; thanks for reading me and our support all these years. Let me tell you about a nice post me think that I will update the links and revise the text a bit. Hope you enjoy as I

Today was a nice weather day ,hot and plenty of tourist from all over the world is the mood here in my coastal breton lands of the Morbihan. We are getting ready to go out in our vacation to the Pyrénées and before visit by the wife’s brother and family from the ch’tis nord 59!

We went out to Saint Goustan not far from where we used to lived in Brec’h  before moving to Pluvigner. Still we are about 14 km from Saint Goustan or less than 9 miles.

What can I say more, it is sublime like an islands in heaven. The only drawback is the climate for most of the year is windy ,cold and rainy, but around June to September very places can compete with any in the world. I have written several posts on Auray in general so lots of info in my blog on this area.   At Saint Goustan, a very steeply area by the Loc’h river  , confluent of the Auray river that ends at the Atlantic ocean. You can get on the little train or petit train in the Place Saint Sauveur for a first look without breaking your knees! the place is very hilly and cobblestones floors.

We went out with the family and the visiting family to our favorite galette place at Saint Goustan , a memorable historical and gorgeous harbor to eat at Créperie Saint Sauveur.  We had our usual galette madrilene, savoyards, goat cheese salads, etc with coco nuts ,banana splits ices and plenty of bottles of the local Coat-Albret brut cider all for about 18 euros per person,  great place, great food, good friends and reasonable prices, heavens. The visitors like it too….  It has become our central foodie place and already know the owners even seen them shopping with us! webpage: https://www.creperie-saint-sauveur-auray.fr/

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As the brother and family were trying out our Interceltique festival in Lorient, all about the Celtic people from France, UK, and Spain with lots of celebration superb but we have been already. It is something to see indeed. webpage: https://www.festival-interceltique.bzh/

We headed back to Vannes to do some last minute shopping for our trip and some tools for the house like a lawnmower machine! and then headed back to Saint Goustan for ice creams at the L’Igloo !!! superb ice cream I had the dark chocolate large cone with five flavors from strawberry ,coconut, mousse de chocolat, chocolate raspberry, and banana wow for 5,70 euros ;great you should try it big cone! Over 150 flavors and branch in Carnac Plage/beach too which we of course have tried too . Tourist office of Carnac webpage: https://www.ot-carnac.fr/fiche/glacier-l-igloo

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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 out from the Gulf of Morbihan  in the Atlantic ocean 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  also close to the island above. He now rests with his brother monks in the abbey of Saint-Gildas de Rhuys ,Presqu’île de Rhuys (see post).

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!!! As he landed here to ask the king of France for help in the US Independence war inspired by Lafayette!  However, here ,also set sail for Acadia (Canada) “Razilly’s expedition ( brothers Isaac de Razilly  and younger Claude)  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.

The Bay of Quiberon area tourist office on Auray/Saint Goustan in English: https://www.baiedequiberon.co.uk/the-port-of-saint-goustan-in-auray

The south Morbihan tourist board on the islands in French: https://www.morbihan.com/accueil/cote-mer/les-iles-terres-du-large

The tourist office of Bretagne on Saint Goustan in English: https://www.brittanytourism.com/destinations/the-10-destinations/southern-brittany-morbihan-gulf/auray-port-of-saint-goustan/

We then did our usual walk around this gorgeous place taking some pictures all seems beautiful to me. Enjoy the Morbihan, and do try Saint Goustan. You will love it as we do!!

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

January 11, 2021

A wonderful walk in Auray!!!

Ok so this one is old back to 2015 in my blog but it needs update on links , text and of course the gorgeous photos are kept. This is Auray, the first adminstrative town we encounter when moving to Bretagne in the Morbihan dept 56. We come here often a lot me think and its gorgeous. Let me tell you about Auray and even more beautiful Saint Goustan; hope you enjoy as I do!

Well today we went back to Auray. I still only live about 14 km (less than 9 miles)  from it, so it was going to rain in the afternoon (it did) so took off for it in the morning for a walk and some quencher drinks. 

We went on the back side and park at Pl Notre Dame, and then walk by past the Chapel of St Esprit (see post); this is now use for exhibitions, events concerts right in the middle of town done from 1286 the last Mass was done in 1790 (due to the French revolution) and then to now use as other functions.

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We went around this, to reach place Gabriel Deshayes, and come up again the wonderful Church of Saint Gildas, (see post) it was started built in  1623  but not finished until 1663. The belltower with a square top in three levels was not finished until 1701. We wondered around in city center to past the tourist office of the former chapelle  de la Congregation, and continue to the hotel de ville in the Place de la République up the space jeu de paume a very narrow street that takes you to a nice garden and the old prison. 

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You continue coming down to the hotel de ville area and go around on your right when the hotel on your back and go see the Chapelle du Pére Eternel, (see post)the old cordeliers order was here since 1644 ,lost during the French revolution, in 1807 it was given back to the Sister of the Holy Charity of Saint Louis . Here in 1820 the priest of the Chistian instruction were given the order for God only and the rules  by the Vicary of Saint Brieuc and the priest of Auray Gabriel Deshayes. It is now awaiting renovation. After it you have the park Le Belvédére with beautiful views over the river basin of Saint Goustan below and a football field of the city of Auray.

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You take here a narrow street call the rue du Belvédére to go down to the river basin of Auray, at the end of this street you arrive at the top of the Castle ruins overlooking the river and the district of Saint Goustan for marvelous views. Here at Saint Goustan, our favorite local area where we are often, we had our let down and our ice cream and gauffres from L’Igloo just overlooking the river Auray that goes out into the Gulf of Morbihan and eventually the Atlantic ocean.

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Finally, after a bit of walking on the beautiful harbor of Saint Goustan, we decided for some drink, a nice cold Grimbergen blonde beers with coffee genoise and diabolo menthe overlooking the river, the crowd and the beautiful life in the Morbihan. We stop at the L’Armoric café pizzeria resto right in the corner of place Saint Sauveur. Their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/larmoric.bzh

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The Bay of Quiberon tourist office on Saint Goustan in English: https://www.baiedequiberon.co.uk/the-port-of-saint-goustan-in-auray

The tourist board of Bretagne on Saint Goustan in English: https://www.brittanytourism.com/destinations/the-10-destinations/southern-brittany-morbihan-gulf/auray-port-of-saint-goustan/

And already raining a bit hard, we went back to our car and home just 14 km away where we spent the rest of the day until new urge to go out again. Hope you have enjoy the walk and do visit when possible beautiful Saint Goustan in historical Auray.

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

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