Posts tagged ‘Bretagne’

July 4, 2019

My job in the Morbihan, sort of……!

Well, the days were right to come to work with my camera and take some pictures of where I work in the Morbihan near Vannes, well not all but some info. It’s a very nice job, in management, with plenty of travel opportunity as we have branches in 22 countries, and my job requires a lot of travel. One of the hidden benefits of the job!

The people are very friendly and nice, and we are allowed to work pretty much independant. We are next to Vannes in quiet, small, cozy country heaven, a big change from my previous post near and in Paris. Sort of….! yes a loving job if I can call it that.

I live about 35 minutes from the job by car on the road N165 or can take a semi detour and come into the country road D19 or even better the D779 . Traffic is minimum, and so far so good. They tell me that on snow days it is difficult, we will see, but in 8 years rien nada nothing of the snow. Heat yes very hot days but with a breeze as we are not far from the ocean so even in the canicule we are the least impacted.

The job is in an old castle originally built in 1504 ,now only the ruins of its walls remains, and the face of the manoir or mansion call Chateau, where the main administrative office is,and where I am ::) It has several buildings inside the Chateau, housing the different departments or as it is call here Services; a beautiful long garden and forest area, and a cafeteria with hot meals serve daily with choices of menus.

St Nolff

St nolff

The place even had a tennis court , and then change to a football /soccer field ; then it was added a club house with baby foot, musculation gym and coffee rest area as well as plenty of parking. It has several other buildings all throughout the old castle part of 44 hectares!

St Nolff

st nolff

My latest trip took me to Mexico, Philippines, and Vietnam. I will leave you with some photos of my job’s place,just for the record in my blog.

St Nolffs

Today typical here so far was a very hot day canicule with temps up to 35C and then slowly coming back to 30C over the weekend, this is summer.   The vacation with the boys is set for Madrid this August so plenty of time to go back to old memorable spots went with my dear late wife Martine and soak in with the boys. It’s a habit that is hard to change, we talk we look but always come back to Spain and Madrid needs to be included!

Hope you enjoy the pictures as I do, memories as also next year is my legal age retirement limit here so thinking already of the consultancy route to stay busy and more time to enjoy my belle France! ,and lovely Brittany !!

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

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July 4, 2019

The Church of Our Lady (Notre Dame) of Izel-Vor!

And I am back in my lovely Brittany and beautiful Finistére dept 29 my neighbors and most often visited dept other than mine in Brittany.  It is like our backyard trip, and we were there this past weekend again. Always looking forward to Summer times.

We decided to go out and see some other parts that we have not been or just passing by. This one we passed near but not been so it was a lovely trip and already use to the beauty we have all around us. Let me tell you about the Church of Our Lady of the Lower Sea or église Notre Dame d’Izel Vor (with Izel Vor been Breton for lower sea or basse mer in French) , and this is at lovely La Forêt Fouesnant!

La Foret Fouesnant

The Church of Our Lady (Notre Dame) of Izel-Vor is the parish church of La Forêt-Fouesnant of the dept 29 Finistère in the region of Bretagne. It was under total renovation so could not get in , however seen pictures of the inside and it is awesom worth the wait to be back inside.

This church was built largely during the first half of the 16C, is dedicated to Our Lady of Izel-Vor (Lower Sea). It is of a typical Gothic style in Cornouaille. The carved dates on the walls can be found: 1538 under the porch, 1628 above the baptistery. The interior of the church (not seen as was under renovation) is said to be remarkable for the richness of its furniture such as the baptismal fonts in granite and wood, the painting of the Rosary 1684, the high altar 1694 and its altarpiece 17C, which are from the 17C. Polychrome statues of local saints complete the decoration . Its Calvary built in 1500. square enclosure serving as pulpit. At the corners; 4 Gothic bells bearing a decapitated Mary and John. The central cask blossoms into consoles bearing the two lardons. Served as a pulpit on busy days; which assumes that the forecourt was then much larger than it is today.

La Foret Fouesnant

There is a statue of Our Lady of Kergornec, also known as the Statue of the Breastfeeding Virgin, which dates from the late 17C. This statue probably comes from the ancient priory of Loc-Amand. Statue of Itron Varia Izel-Vor Breton for Our Lady of Lower Sea, which also dates from the late 17C. A Pietà of the 18C. Other statues of Saints such as Santik-Du, St. John the Baptist, St. Egarec, St. Nicholas, St. Abibon, St. Alain, St. Amand, St. Guénolé, and   St. Margaret. Procession Banners such as the Banner Itron Varia Izel-Vor (Our Lady of Lower Sea). Banner Itron Varia ar Penity (Our Lady of Penity). Banner of St. Anne, and Banner of Saint Teresa.

La Foret Fouesnant

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

TOuris office of La Forêt Fouesnant on the Church

Tourist office of Dept 29 Finistére on heritage of La Forêt Fouesnant

Area tourist office of South Brittany on things to see in La Forêt Fouesnant

There you go a lovely trip , nice monument (to be back for it) and lovely town by the ocean. You will do well to see the follow up post on it. For now enjoy the Church of Our Lady of the Lower Sea in La Forêt Fouesnant.

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

 

 

July 3, 2019

The Castle at Trédion!

And why not bring you back to my beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne in my belle France! Giving you a tour of the country and sometimes the world and thank you for coming along. Today will tell you about an off the beaten path castle that is not visited per se but you can come to the gardens and maybe have a room in it ::)

We move on after seeing a sign for a Castle at Trédion; seen the name before but with so much to do and see overpassed it several times;this time we were there.  The main areas in the garden to look at are the Clos du Roy  (The King’s field) a French style garden. The Jardin de curé (The priest’s garden) , traditional garden.  The Jardin des druides  (The druids’ garden); fountains, bridge of secrets, chalices, the Druid’s tree, the fine gold standing stone in the middle of 3 cascading ponds, etc. ,and the Jardin des Korrigans  (The Korrigans garden) and the legend of the hidden treasure.  The Trédion castle is located in Trédion in the department 56  of Morbihan.

Tredion

A bit on the architecture/construction of it

It has an irregular plan building composed of several U-shaped buildings around a backyard. The two main houses are flanked by circular towers on the corners; the entrance pavilion is framed by two turrets. A tower and polygonal turrets occupy the re-entering corners of the courtyard. The building includes a basement level, a raised ground floor, a square floor and a top floor, only the back lodge has two square floors. The shell is in rubble partially coated with basement, frames of bays, balconies, horizontal bands, machicoulis, cornices and skylights in stone. The elevation is ordered, its ornamentation is neo-Gothic style.

Tredion

A bit of history I like

The Castle of Trédion was built in the 1350s, the Manor of Trédion was the property of the Dukes of Brittany. The vast forests that surrounded it made it a favorite hunting rendezvous. Great names possessed over the centuries the lands of Trédion. Among them, the Malestroit, John IV of Rieux, the Marquis de Nesle, Guy Paul de Coligny, the Princess of Salm, Peter II of Sérent, Charles Fouquet in 1683, distant relative of the Intendant Nicolas Fouquet, the origin of the legend of Trédion’s treasure which would be buried at the foot of an oak tree!

Tredion

If the Castle of Trédion knew illustrious owners during this period, it received more illustrious guests still. King François I, who in 1518 was rested  and lodged at the Castle one night, before joining the next day Vannes . The Queen Mother Catherine de Medici  Regent of the Kingdom of France and a host of Coligny, lived at the Castle at least two weeks in  May of 1570.

Tredion

The park drawn in the 19C around 1820, with its irregular alley, artificial river, waterfall, pond, pond and vegetable garden and orchard. It is an  English park sporting many different species with the gardens of sculptures and themes such as the clos du Roy, a  French garden, surrounded by walls of 4000m ², with basins. The parish garden (kitchen garden), the garden of the Druids of 5000m ² (with the menhir covered with fine gold).  Plenty of cascade ponds, stream, fountains, bridges, animal enclosure.  A fun route for visitors. During a 2-km walk in the park’s alleys, punctuated by 18 stages, families are invited to elucidate enigmas. The goal ? Take a maximum of Louis d’Or to Korrigans, the guardians of the treasure for three centuries. A fun game for the whole family!

Tredion

It is in 1834, that Hippolyte du Fresne de Virel acquires the Castle and  lands of Trédion. He established in 1840 a high furnace  for the assembly of cast iron objects, and began the transformation of the manor to make a “Castle”.  In 1977, the Estate is sold by the heirs of Virel to Guy Turpin , a real estate promoter  in Vannes. Considerable renovations  were done in  both in the castle and in the park. You can rent the 26 apartments managed  by RCI, a timeshare company.

Tredion

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

Official Chateau de Trédion

Parks and Garden site of France on Trédion

Lovely setting great for a walk or a wedding or just relaxing in its great golf course, etc. We are glad to have it in our department 56 Morbihan. Enjoy the Castle of Trédion! 

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

 

July 2, 2019

The museums of Mont-Saint-Michel!

Oh well the mount or mound, , a pleasure throve of folks going there now. There was once a time back in the early 90’s was better me think. Now it is just too much for the space. However, still is a must see if visiting this part of my belle France. The biggest attraction in Normandy!

But, but , I like to tell you about other small good enjoyable family places that require even less efforts in climbing and you can see all of them in one day! There are museums in the Mont Saint Michel, and here very briefly are they!

First, we hit the musée de la mer et de l’écologie or maritime and ecology museum; it shows you the world’s wave tides incidents and how they form etc  with 250 old model  boats . A lovely seafaring day with the family. I have some webpages

Tourist office of Mont Saint Michel on museums

Bay of Mont Saint Michel tourist info in French on the museum

Tourist office of Normandy on the museum in English

Mont Saint Michel

Mont Saint Michel

We ,then went to the Archeoscope . A sound and light that stages the various stages of creation of the abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel. In the form of a colorful animation and special effects, the story of the Mount is told for about 10 minutes.

Bay of Mont Saint Michel tourist info in French on the museum

Tourist office of Normandy on the museum in English

mont saint michel

Mont Saint Michel

We continue with the Logis Tiphaine or maison Du Guesclin.  This house built in 1365  , restored in the 19C, it still belongs to the descendants of the constable.  The house also houses the astrology cabinet of the latter who read in the stars, no doubt inspired by such a magical place. The Logis Tiphaine ,the historic home of Bertrand Du Guesclin knight and constable of France and his wife Tiphaine de Raguenel famous astrologist with period furniture, bridal chamber medieval chastity belt, armour worn by Bertrand du Gueslin and Tiphanie de Raguenel astrologer’s study room. Neat and nice

Bay of Mont Saint Michel tourist info in French on the museum

Tourist office of Normandy in English on the museum

Mont Saint Michel

Mont Saint Michel

Mont Saint Michel

We ended our journey of museums with a visit to the Musée historique, son et lumiére, cachots or historical museum of sound and light and dungeons. A collection of old weapons ,medieval instruments of torture ,body suckdown into the quicksands, Louis XI  iron cage, and 35 wax figures. It shows that Raspail was imprisoned here and eventually a senator in Paris (you know the blvd Raspail)!

Bay of Mont Saint Michel tourist info in French on the museum

Tourist office of Normandy in English on the museum

Mont Saint Michel

Mont Saint Michel

Mont Saint Michel

There you go another way to spent your day in the wonderful magical Mont Saint Michel, hope you enjoy too. The museums are small but very well done,nice.

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

 

July 1, 2019

Daoulas, in the Finistére! The Abbey!!!

So let me tell you about a town off the beaten path really, the cousin of the bigger town of Plougastel-Daoulas. I have written plenty on the bigger town in my blog but I feel need to tell you a bit more on the smaller Daoulas.

Daoulas is a town in the department of Finistere no 29, in the Brittany region, known mainly for the Notre-Dame de Daoulas abbey. This town is located at the confluence of two rivers, the Mignonne and Lézuzan. Further upstream, the manor of Kerdaoulas dominates the valley. This town is located at the bottom of the harbor of Brest, bordering the estuary of the river Daoulas, in typical situation of estuary bottom, at the limit of the navigability and the rise of the influence of the tide.

Daoulas

Daoulas has a magnificent abbey, Old monastery done by the 12C, at the French revolution the canons of the order  of Saint Augustin, the abbey still shows great architecture of its old beauty. A  cloister from the 12C unique example of it in Brittany , a fountain, an oratory  from the 16C and a conventional house from the 18C. An exceptional garden  with medical plants inspired by the monastic gardens of the 14C grouping about  250 species of condiments, the therapeutics, aromatics, exotics even magical  plants. In addition to 5 hectares of discovery gardens with small pond , old water washing machines, and sheeps from the region of the island of  Ouessant. It’s a magical place.

A bit of history I like

The legend, reported by Albert the Great in the Life of Saint Jaoua and then repeated by several authors says that a lord of Faou, still pagan, has committed a double crime in the Church of Daoulas. The latter, having become a Christian, in reparation for his crime, founded the monastery of Daoulas, or both wounds, of the two pains, at the very place where St. Judulus had been assassinated by him. Saint Jaoua was charged with the construction of the monastery and proved that he was a very good architect.

This town is known for events related to the Revolt of the Bonnet Rouges (Red Bonnets) against the taxes of the king,  which reaches the area of ​​Daoulas July 3 and 4, 1675.  According to Albert Le Grand, the port of Daoulas was as prosperous as that of Brest in the first half of the 17C. The union of the abbey with the seminary of Brest for the benefit of the Jesuits in 1692 led to the dispersion of the canons; it was the beginning of the decadence of Daoulas, that the suppression of the seigniorial justice in 1790 accentuated the decline. Emperor Napoleon III and Empress Eugenie de Montijo passed by Daoulas on August 12, 1858.

The things to see here and very much worth the visit are

The Notre-Dame de Daoulas abbey and its gardens belong to the General Council of Finistère. The fountain Notre-Dame-des-Fontaines contains a Virgin and Child holding an apple in the hand, symbol of original sin. It has probably been built on the site of a former pagan place of worship, especially druidic as a very old statue located nearby seems to illustrate. The three basins of the fountain recall the Holy Trinity. The basin of the fountain forms a rectangle of 6 meters by 4 meters and is surmounted by a sort of small Gothic chapel made of Kersanton stone, covered with two acute crawlers with pinnacles at the four corners. Gothic style, it was rebuilt in 1550. This fountain was in the past the object of great devotion.

daoulas

The parish Church of Notre-Dame, is formed of the remaining Romanesque parts of the old abbey church and a neo-Romanesque part rebuilt in the 19C. the building to a supposed Romanesque state and brought down the choir of the 16C, very large, and the bell tower that threatened to collapse. The mission cross is on the site of the old choir. The Romanesque abbey remains the west facade, the nave and the north aisle dating from the last quarter of the 12C. The nave of seven bays 28 meters long, 12.5 meters high  is covered with a frame. Above, large splayed windows are pierced in the bare wall. The spans are not marked and the carved decoration is banned. At the end of the nave, the west wall is pierced by a door underlined by moldings and engaged columns. On the second level, three beautifully-sized windows with moldings cover the entire width of the wall, surmounted by a small window at the frame’s cradle. The choir and the two apsidioles, vaulted in a cul-de-four, directly extend the nave and the aisles, without transept. They are neo-romans ,19C, as is the south aisle and porch. The wall of the apse is animated by a series of seven blind arcades, supported by carved capitals imitating those of the cloister, where are inscribed in the axis three semicircular windows. The crests of the sacristy date from the 16C. In 1984, the altarpiece of the Virgin in the sacristy was restored and moved to the left side of the church. In polychrome wood, its pediment represents the eternal Father framed by 2 angels, the base represents at its ends, the adoration of the Magi and the Assumption of Mary.

daoulas

The entrance porch of the parish enclosure (calvary), known as the Porch to the Apostles, corresponds to the old porch of the Renaissance-style church and basket-handle, which was transplanted there in the course of the 19C. It was replaced on the south facade of the parish church by a neo-Roman porch.The ordeal located at the entrance of the cemetery is simple only one cross, but is double-sided. The old Ossuary dates from 1454. It was transformed into a Sacristy in the 19C. It is a rectangular building in Kersanton stones with the exception of the basement. It bears an inscription with the date of 1589 and the arms of Father René Du Louet.

daoulas

It’s a small town packing a lot of history and architecture that is worth going in and on the off the beaten path cycle of my lovely Brittany or Bretagne. Daoulas is a must.

daoulas

Some webpages as usual from me to help you plan your trip here are

City of Daoulas on the abbey in French

Tourist office of Landerneau-Daoulas on the heritage of Daoulas

Heritage ways of the Finistére on the abbey in French

Tourist office of Brittany on the abbey in English

And there you go ,you are now arm to come see this jewel of my lovely Brittany, and belle France; Daoulas is super , small but packing a lot of history/architecture in it. Hope you enjoy it as we did.

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

 

 

June 29, 2019

La Forêt Fouesnant , the town and the beach!

Back at you with La Forêt Fouesnant. This is one of those lovely spot of the many in my belle France, that evenn living close and passing by close ,in fact have a picture of the church from July 2017 so we went by but  never have gone in until now, and voilà une autre merveille de mon belle France.

This is again my idea of a weekend, we do our daily lives and we set up time to see the wonderful sights of my adopted country that I call mine by now. Every trip out is a discovery in beauty, no surprise the official tourist entities in our world give it the highest ranking since 1949! I like to tell you about my Bretagne/Brittany or Breizh which is the third most visited region of France.

Now let me tell you a bit on La Forêt Fouesnant to maybe entice you to come and see it yourselves; let me know.

La Forêt-Fouesnant  is a town in the department 29 of Finistère, in the region of Bretagne. La Forêt-Fouesnant also has a marina, Port-la-Forêt, jointly with Benodet and Fouesnant. La Forêt-Fouesnant now forms the “Breton Riviera”, a new tourist destination. The town   is a seaside resort in the southern part of the Finistère, located on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, and more specifically the Bay of the Forêt, between Cape Coz (which is part of the neighboring town of Fouesnant) and Concarneau, in which uncorks the ria de La Forêt-Fouesnant.

La Foret Fouesnant

A bit of history I like

The town of La Forêt Fouenant was erected as a parish in 1851 and became common town only by law in 1873. On this occasion, the town grew its entire northern half and absorbed to the east the small parish of Locamand (or Loc-Amand) itself from a Benedictine priory awarded in 1069 to the abbey of St. Croix of Quimperlé and sold in 1623 to the Jesuit College of Quimper before being confiscated as a national property during the French revolution and falling into disrepair. In 1872, the General Council of Finistère examined the wishes of the inhabitants of the section of La Forêt Fouesnant in a town separate from that of Fouesnant, of which it had previously been a member.

La Foret Fouesnant

Some interesting points me think to tell you, my choices.

Under the Law of Separation of Churches and State, in October 1907, the priests of the presbytery of La Forêt Fouesnant were expelled on the same day as those of Fouesnant and Benodet by sixty police agent (gendarmes) on horseback in order to enforce this law. An English aviator, James Francis John Sheridan, radio operator and machine gunner on the Beaufort No. L9807 shot down by a Me109 during an attack to the heavy cruiser of the nazi naval boat Admiral Hipper on February 15, 1941 , and he is buried in the town’s cemetery. RIP

Some of the things to see here in my opinion are( and some will need to come back myself)

The old port or Vieux port. Formerly known as the Port of Stank Al Lestreg (valley of the irises), the old port was the heart of the town’s maritime trade. Its strategic location and the importance of commercial traffic allowed the construction of docks and holds from 1850. Port-la-Forêt is the marina of the La Forêt Fouesnant , one of the largest in Brittany, sheltered by Kerleven beach and the tip of Cape Coz.

The prehistoric cairn of Kerleven (from 5000 to 3000 BC). The Church of Our Lady of Izel-Vor (lower sea in Breton), from the 16C and calvary in the parish enclosure. The Chapel of Peniti (or Penity, a penity being in the Breton language a hermitage or a small monastery), also known as St. Maudez Chapel (for St. Maudez became its the patron Saint in 1747) was built in 1723. It is located at the birth of the ria de La Forêt-Fouesnant, on its left bank, at the top of an escarpment. Mesmeur’s manor: on the left bank of the ria de La Forêt-Fouesnant, it is a classically styled mansion that dates back to the second half of the 18C, long belonging to the Family of Sylguy (Quimper’s nobility). The Stang Manor this manor, the oldest part which dates back to the 15C, was rebuilt in 1664, and remodelled in the 18C. The mansion became a national property during the French revolution and was purchased by a property dealer from Quimper, who sold it later on. Expanded several times over time, this mansion was transformed into a castle-hotel in 1937.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip to La Forêt Fouesnant are

Tourist office of dept 20 FInistére on La Forêt Fouesnant

Tourist office of south Finistére on La Forêt Fouesnant

For the boat lovers and I am one, love to be in them ,cruise on them,and be by them and lucky enough to have plenty here and a long tradition of seamen of all sorts. This is the marina port lovely and all facilities for non boaters alike.

Port-La-Forêt, 3rd Marina of southern Brittany, is the most important marina of the south Finistère, in the La Forêt Fouesnant . Since its creation in 1972, it has been experiencing intense activity, welcoming more than a thousand boats. Port-La-Forêt fits rather well into the landscape and has become a mecca for sports sailing.

Tourist office of La Forêt Fouesnant on the port and ocean side

Official Port La Forêt in La Forêt Fouesnant

Official Nautical center at the port of La Forêt Fouesnant

La Foret Fouesnant

La Foret Fouesnant

And with all this water around us, why not a beach, well this is an awesome beach right at the tip of idylic Glénan islands and it is just gorgeous, we will be back for the water next month.

Kerleven Beach or Plage de Kerléven  is the large beach of La Forêt Fouesnant (1 km long). It lies at the bottom of the  Foret Bay (one of the deepest bays in southern Brittany, very well sheltered from the winds). It has very nice fine sand with a south exposure on the sun, and very flat that can be done with foot fishing and stand up padels enthusiasts. The beach is very well equipped with a supervised area in July and August, a mini sailing center, a free children’s play area and a restaurant directly on the sand which is very nice. Even if there are several campsites in the area, attendance is still reasonable even in the middle of August. Note that this bay has been subject to green algae for a few years. This beach is regularly cleaned and seaweed is collected at low tide (tractor). These algae would not be harmful provided they were picked up quickly (spreading a gas). On the other hand, be careful because it slips! We found a sparkling beach as per photo. Several accesses, the main one at the end of the road   route de Port la Forêt..

The webpages here as usual by me to help you plan are

Official tourist office of La Forêt Fouesnant on Kerleven beach

Favorite Plages tv on the beach of Kervelen

La Foret Fouesnant

And there you go another gem in our lovely Brittany, beautiful Finistére and new found paradise of La Forêt Fouesnant only 83 km (about 52 miles)  from home or about an hour easy ride. We will be back!

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

June 26, 2019

Some news from France, CCXXXVI

So let me bring you back to the latest news from my belle France. This is summer here already and it shows with temps going way up. Of course, nothing to do with climate change it happened most every year since records are kept in 1711!  So says the meteo experts. I am in Brittany so the ocean waters and the peninsula environment cushions the heat where we will get to 34C in Paris they will get to 38C!  Worse tomorrow.  Right now is 27C (about 87F ) in my neck of the woods by tomorrow is expected to go to 34C (94F). In Paris, right now is about 32C (91F) tomorrow should go to 35C (95F); roughly. Not too bad it happened once in a while this year it took us in June! This time in 1990 it was 28C in Paris,, same in Versailles! And this site tells us that in 1994 in 24 and 25 June, there were temps all over of 30C with maximum of 33C in Paris.Meteo Paris on historical weather

And we Bretagne/Brittany by the sea are the only area in France to avoid the Canicule heat wave!!! Read it in French lol! 20 Minutes on the canicule to avoid in France = Brittany

Some recommendation by the France Public Health agency , some may not seen ok depending from where you are coming from….But this is intended for the French.

At first, it is important to hydrate more in case of heat wave and drink water regularly to compensate for what is lost by sweating. However, do not drink excessive amounts, as this can be dangerous.  You can wet your body, but beware of iced water. the health agency France Public Health, which advises to bring a fogger for trips by car. On the other hand, taking an icy shower is not a good idea. At the moment, cold water is good. But the body feels it more like an aggression and will struggle to maintain body temperature at 37 ° C.  Avoid going out at the hottest hours and do not put yourself in the sun. Spend several hours a day in a cool place (cinema, municipal library, supermarket, museum …) , advocates France Public Health, according to which it is also necessary to avoid physical efforts. You can try to keep your accommodation as cool as possible by closing the windows and shutters / curtains during the day and opening them in the evening and at night if it is cooler. A gesture to avoid: sleeping next to a fan, hoping to enjoy a breath of fresh air all night long. It is therefore necessary to protect oneself, preferably by wearing dark colored clothing made of tight-knit fabric. Remember to regularly give your news to your loved ones and, as soon as necessary, dare to ask for help, advises France Public Health agency. And if you see someone suffering from discomfort, call 15, the Samu’s phone number for medical emergencies or the UE 112.

For the first time, vehicles with a Crit’Air 3 sticker  (mine is a 2 good! )will be affected by the ban on driving in a perimeter located inside the A86 around greater Paris. In the event of non-compliance by prohibited vehicles, the fine in force is a third-class contravention: 68 euros for a light vehicle, 135 euros for a truck. Despite the differentiated traffic, a level of traffic jams “exceptional” In Ile-de-France region , kilometers of traffic jams add up since 6h (6am). The arrival on the outer ring from the A1 is very complicated nowdays! Of course and it will get worse thanks to the tactics of the mayor of Paris.

This Wednesday evening, the City of Paris organizes a first consultation meeting on the upcoming overhaul of the sector of the Porte de la Villette in the 19éme arrondissement of Paris. Challenge: the transformation of an inhospitable sector into an ecologically exemplary new neighborhood. It is one of the last gates of Paris not to have yet benefited from an urban redevelopment project. One thing is certain: 3000 m2 of the future ZAC will be reserved for a green space. The space is the ground that will be occupied in 2024 by the future funeral park at the current location of Square Forceval, close to the roundabout of the Porte de la Villette, below the periphery. Mid-June, the Council of Paris voted the creation of this equipment which will house the second Parisian crematorium after that of Père-Lachaise ,20éme.

150  years after their first description in the West, the first two specimens reported in France have been exposed for a few days at the National Museum of Natural History, 5éme arrondissement or district of Paris. The snout of the young panda exposed behind the window, at the Museum of Natural History 150 years after the first description, in the West, of this “big black and white bear”, the first two specimens, brought back to France by Father David in 1869, have been exposed for a few days in the hall of endangered and extinct species. Grande galerie de l’évolution (Great Gallery of Evolution), 36, rue Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire , every day except Tuesday from 10h  to 18h. Price: 7 to 14 €. Information at Tel +33 (0) 1.40.79.56.01 or on webpage: . https://www.mnhn.fr/fr/communiques-presse-dossiers-presse/deux-pandas-historiques-font-leur-entree-grande-galerie-evolution

The largest urban greenhouse in Europe will grow in Colombes (Hauts de Seine dept 92) . The Colombes urban farm project will promote the emergence of a real agrarian city.  The hydroponic production greenhouses along the A86 will be an integral part of the new Magellan residential area to produce salads and tomatoes all year round. The collective gardens at the foot of the building will also contribute to seasonal production. A real urban agricultural laboratory for the Fertile City of the future! More in French here: https://www.colombes.fr/actualites-23/une-ferme-urbaine-en-aquaponie-1475.html?cHash=c4cb1357ec2a91c9f2b87f956ff0f31c

In my beloved Yvelines an old reliable UGC reinvents cinema at Parly 2 shopping center.  With 12 theaters and 2,200 seats, the new UGC Ciné Cité is offering, from this Wednesday, a new showcase for the 7th art at the Parly II Le Chesnay-Rocquencourt shopping center. The all-glass entrance hall visible from the center car park is worth enough the visit; This was our favorite cinema when in Versailles as the cities are just a street over.More info in French here: https://www.ugc.fr/cinema.html?id=44

In Seine-et-Marne,dept 77 the pizzaïolo (pizza maker chef) is a robot! Since last Monday, you can taste in Montévrain the succulent pizzas of Pazzi, two-armed robot invented by two young engineers accompanied by the triple world pizza champion, Thierry Graffagnino (and I have in my town the champion of Brittany!) . Pazzi, the pizza maker, makes good pizzas in 5 minutes. We can eat them until the end of July, in Montévrain, while waiting for the opening of the restaurant in Val-d’Europe at the end of September. Oh wow worth the detour to my original home in France 77! Val d’Europe is a great shopping center next to Disneyland Paris. More info on the shopping center and stay tune: https://val-d-europe-en.klepierre.fr/

And now one of my favorite dishes in France and we had made it ourselves! Here is the recipe of the Hachis Parmentier from chef Stéphane Uytterschaut of the Road stop at La Grotte near Vierzon. Tapping the duckling  with orange and hazelnuts. His restaurant is here: https://www.routier-lagrotte.fr/

preparation time: 45 minutes, cooking time: 4 hours

Ingredients for 4 people: 6 thighs of cans, 10 cl of veal stock, 50 grams of sugar, a handful of whole hazelnuts, 10 potatoes, 25 grams of half-salted butter, 10 cl of liquid cream, 10 cl of milk, nutmeg, thyme, laurel, parsley, salt, pepper, 1 clove of garlic

Step 1: Meat: Stir thyme and bay leaf on the thighs before cooking with oil at 120 ° C for about 4 hours.  Step 2: The potatoes: Meanwhile, peel the potatoes. Cut in four and cook in a saucepan with plenty of salted water. Once cooked, pass them with the vegetable mill, and incorporate butter, milk, cream, nutmeg. Check the seasoning and book.  Step 3: The mince: Remove the thighs from the oven, recover the flesh and work with the fork to fray. Add the chopped garlic, salt and pepper. Step 4: Oranges: Wash and wipe the oranges. Take the zests with a peeling knife. Bleach and chill them seven times before chopping them finely.  Collect the juice from the oranges, pour it into a saucepan with the sugar, then bring to a boil. Add the zest before cooking over low heat until the juice has evaporated. Then add the veal stock and pour over the frayed ducklings. Mix. Step 5: The assembly: Using a cookie cutter, dress with the frayed ducklings and the puree. Add crushed hazelnuts and roast. Serve with a green salad.

And voilà experts in the kitchen à la française lol!! We did so can you try it. Delicious!

Moving on to the experts, the French keep teaching the world and they are improving lol! The French restaurant Mirazur voted best restaurant in the world; The establishment of Menton is the first French restaurant to win this title since the creation of the “50 Best” in 2002. The French restaurant Mirazur  of Argentinian-born chef Mauro Colagreco, located in Menton in the Alpes-Maritimes, was voted best restaurant 2019 World’s Best Restaurant in Europe 2019 by the British specialized magazine Restaurant, at a ceremony in Singapore. Mauro Colagreco, a 42-year-old Italian-American, third in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants at the last edition, is also the only foreign chef to be crowned by three Michelin stars. Trained at the school of the greatest  with Bernard Loiseau until his suicide in 2003, from Alain Passard at L’Arpege, then Alain Ducasse at the Plaza Athenee  Mauro Colagreco opened his restaurant in 2006. earned a first Michelin star in 2007, its second star in 2012 and the third in 2019. You get good company you can reach for the stars! Congrats!!! More here: Mirazur at Menton

And continuing the French saga now abroad in neighbor Italy. They are in the Tuscan vineyards of Biondi-Santi. Owned since the end of 2016 by the most prestigious estate of Tuscany, the EPI group, owned by the Descours family (Piper-Heidsieck and Charles Heidsieck), intends to give it, step by step, its unmatched luster and radiance. It is in a beautiful building of the 17C covered with Virginia creeper trres, placed on a small hill, in the middle of  nature that seems drawn by a painter of the Cinquecento, that the dynasty of Biondi-Santi gave birth, in the 19C at Brunello, considered worldwide as the purest expression of Sangiovese grape variety. Therefore, if the small town of Montalcino, once poor and isolated, has appeared on the world wine list as one of the most remarkable places. Today overloaded with hundreds of thousands of tourists. More on this wonderful wine family and wines here:  http://www.biondisanti.com/Eng/Prodotti_en.php

“A summer in Le Havre” invites artists to provoke the architecture of the city and turn it into a huge game board. From June 29 to September 22, 2019  the three existing courses are enriched with eleven new installations, including the Forgotten Cities, ephemeral participatory work representing a huge city cardboard, designed by the sculptor Olivier Grossetête, and whose disappearance is scheduled for the June 30th agenda.  More info here: https://www.lehavretourisme.com/en/node/131

My favorites are:

This is on tap at the Carré des Docks, which, hosts, from June 29 to September 1, 2019, this immersive experience designed by Annabelle Mauger and Julien Baron. Through this itinerary, the visitor “enters” into more than 200 works, from La Maison Jaune to Les Tournesols, from La Vigne rouge to Auvers Town Hall . All at 64, quai de La Réunion.More info at  https://lehavre.imagine-vangogh.com/

Overlooking the Bay of the Seine since 2008, the 17 hectares of Hanging Gardens, located inside the former Fort of Sainte-Adresse, offer a breathtaking view of the estuary and the port. Labeled remarkable gardens in 2014, they include more than 5,000 plant species gathered in greenhouses according to their geographical origin, such as the carnivorous plants of the Jussieu greenhouse or the tropical plants of the Commerson greenhouse . Located at 84, rue du Fort. More info at  https://www.lehavre.fr/annuaire/les-jardins-suspendus

There you go another wonders of my wonderful belle France. Enjoy it and stay cool!

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

 

June 24, 2019

In Auray V&B on the beer run lol!!!

So we had a nice Saturday sunny warm and waiting for the announce canicule of next week; we headed to cool off. No, not the beach this time but getting to our hang out beer place for a nice cold one and pick up some more for the house.

I have written a couple…posts on beers in France and Brittany which unknown to many it is very popular. Especially here in Brittany the beers are more than wines and then we counter the ciders!

One of favorite hangout because it is family oriented and friendly folks whether at the V&B stores in Séné , or Vannes or Auray. Of course, we go more to the store in Auray in the porte Océane 9 rue d’Irlande; next to the expressway N165 and the point of depart for the beaches south.

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Oh yes, the stores are the V&B vins et biéres or wine and beers stores. The concept is very nice as they have a package store for take home sales and a bar with TV screen for on the spot pleasures. They stock Breton beers, and French but mostly the popular are the Belgians and Germans. We drink all of course, but again generally we go for the Germans.

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Their general webpage is here: V&B official webpage

The Auray store is here on same webpage: V&B store at Auray

From their franchise site I translate at best into their story.  The originality of the concept is design around a strong idea, anoblir the beer and democratise the wine. The DNA is expressed in store by a sale blend into a cellar of wines and beers and spirits, double from a bar space dedicated to the discovery and the tastings.  The concept is reinforced by the after-work or happy hour, this trend that pleases and brings together all generations at the end of the day after work around a drink. The stores close between 20h and 20h30. In this warm atmosphere, an important place is given to choice and advice.  They make sure to maintain conviviality in their stores by offering the customers many activities: themed evenings, sports broadcasts, concerts… V and B, it’s not really a bar and not really a store, it’s a place to live that allows you to discover carefully selected products.

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A bit of history I like

V and B was born in 2001 at the opening of the first store in Chateau-Gontier , in the department of the Mayenne 53, in the region of Pays de la Loire, a place where a wine and beer cellar lives, as well as a tasting area. From its first steps, V and B builds an image of conviviality around its worlds produced thanks to this tasting space, now a key element of the store.  The concept thus drawn quickly proved its worth, and developed with the expectations of our customers.

In all, always a pleasant family place to have a cold one, watch some sports and just say cheers to the patrons and owners who are always very friendly and by now know us very well ho ho ho!!!

So if in the area and want some decent normal great place to have a beer or glass of wine or scotch feel free to stop by at Auray and you will be pleasantly welcome ::) Oh yes please know your intake and drink in moderation but drink !

Auray VB terrace jun19

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

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June 21, 2019

Church of St Sauveur, Saint Goustan!

And I bring you back to one of my favorite areas in all of Brittany. Not far from my house in fact about 15 minutes by car along the D768 direction Auray. I have written several posts on what to see in Auray, but need to do it for this church alone.

Therefore, here is a brief on another off the beaten path when visiting my area. Let me tell you about the Church of Saint Sauveur in the district of Saint Goustan, town of Auray, the Morbihan dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne/Brittany!

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The Saint-Sauveur Church is located in the Saint-Goustan district of Auray.  It is sometimes referred to as Saint-Goustan Church. You need to climb hilly steps from Pl St Sauveur or come around the back by car and walk downhill. All worth it hugely beautiful area.

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The Saint-Sauveur Church, whose origins date back to 1434, was largely destroyed by a fire in 1886. Rebuilt, the church retains the original of the portal. You can admire the carved wood furniture, including the pulpit where stands a statue of Saint Goustan, and the closing of the Choir.  The entrance facade includes, in gable, an ogive entrance carved with two leaves with crosses carved foliage; two transom panels with escutcheon and crown of thorn; gate or lower part treated in the style of Henry II or Louis XIII.

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There are wonderful historical maquettes of ex voto boats inside protected with glass enclosures. The main ones are:

One coastal boat, the dream of Paul, work offered in memory of a passionate sailor, lover of the sea, who loved to sail in the Gulf of Morbihan and who, now, sails for eternity; sailor who at each stop at Saint-Goustan, came to the church of this picturesque little port

And the Orion, large scale model (the largest reported in Brittany) French warship spur, sailing and steaming. This model, deposited in 1908, was restored in 1994-1995, which was awarded in the category “ex-voto” during the national contest of the heritage of the coasts of France organized at that time by Chasse-Marée in 1996.

An explanatory note the origin and life of this replica of a warship built in the 1 / 33rd by the workshops of the Navy in Lorient in 1865, which bore several names: Saint-Goustan, the Gustannais, and the  Bigorneau (it was then painted in blue and white), before returning to its designation of origin and its initial state.  This 26 kg metal model served as a model for the Magenta battleship built at the Lorient dockyard. Freed from its glass case, it is now sailing with the winds, suspended under a Chapel of Saint-Sauveur Church.  A statue also represents the Virgin Mary with the baby Jesus, an anchor at his side.

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This is small Church, could be more like a Chapel, across from the Chapel of Our Lady of Lourdes (see previous post on it), on square facing each other, lovely quant, old section of a great port Saint Goustan. You will love it I assure you.

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Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

City of Auray on its heritage sights to see

Local tourist site on the bay of Quiberon about Saint Goustan district

Tourist office of Brittany on Saint Goustan

There you go another dandy in my Morbihan breton! Enjoy it as we do and great place to vist for walks and eating out! This is Saint Goustan and anchor by the Saint Sauveur Church!

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

 

 

June 21, 2019

The quant streets of Rochefort-en-Terre!

Here we are back in my beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of my lovely region of Bretagne in my belle France.  And as usual , with several posts on this wonderful town I need to give you a look at its quant streets of Rochefort en Terre.

A bit of recap on the town. Rochefort-en-Terre is one of the towns of character and history , as in French « Petite Cité de Caractère », it is ,also , a Village Fleuri four flowers rating!  or a flower town of France, and Les Plus Beaux Villages de France or the most beautiful towns of France designation. All worth it. During the annual TV show for choosing the most preferred town of the French it was chosen as well the  Le Village préférés des français or the favorite town of the French on survey by TV station France 2 announce by Stéphane Bern in 2016. More in French, see video: Tourist office of Rochefort en Terre on the most preferred town of France 2016

There is more here on a youtube video on Rochefort en Terre with Stéphane Bern

As said we come here often and close to our home so all year around even Christmas where it has one of the best if not the best Christmas market in the west of France , me think. A brief on the Rochefort en Terre

It is surrounded by the towns of Pluherlin and Malansac. The city is crossed by the D 777 which runs westward towards Questembert and east towards La Gacilly, a deviation, the D 777a that allows to bypass the city by the north. In the southeast, the road D 21 connects Rochefort-en-Terre to Malansac .

From 1903, Alfred Klots, (more below) owner of the Castle, invites painters in the city and sets up tourist activities. He had the idea in 1911 to launch a competition throughout the city: that of the “flowered windows”, which became over time that of the “flower villages” or Village Fleuri de France today!

The streets are all lovely such as Place Saint Michel

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Place du Puits

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rue du Porte Cadre

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And many others of course, do not have photos of all of them…! However, there is a nice story very nicely told by locals that I like to bring up here. Its an American-Breton!

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Alfred Klots was born in France in 1875, from an American family of Baltimore, MD ,that practiced the silk trade. Very early reveals his artistic talent, this young painter will follow most of his training in New York before coming to live in Paris in 1901 It was then that he fell in love with Brittany. He buys the Castle or rather what’s left of it,

It is in ruins and only the stables had been converted into a dwelling in the 19C. In successive stages, he will revive it and it will become his castle in Brittany. In 1918-1919 he opened his home to the American Red Cross , which makes it a convalescent center for soldiers , which would be worth to him to receive the Legion of Honor after the war. A willingly patron, Alfred was also interested in the development of the local heritage; and in 1913, it established an annual competition  which will make the village one of the most flower in France and as above the flower villages of France of today! . This American adopted by the local Rochefortais died in 1939.

His son Trafford Klots born in 1913, also devoted himself to painting. In 1940 when the war broke out he created the American Fund for relief to the Bretons, before engaging as an officer in the U S Army. In 1944, back in Rochefort en Terre, he finds intact the Castle and its collections saved thanks to the dedication of the gatekeeper. Trafford Klots will be made a Knight of the Legion of Honor by France. He died in 1976. Today, the Castle is a property of the Department of Morbihan that makes it live another way for our greatest pleasure.as a cultural center. At the slate time of the Sundial, their present, allied to the past has become an invaluable gift. that of a love story between Brittany and America! Nice story indeed!!!.

Some webpages to help plan your trip here and you must are

City of Rochefort en Terre on heritage

Tourist office of Rochefort en Terre on heritage

Tourist office of Brittany on Rochefort en Terre

Of course, I have written about the castle but that is in another post. For now enjoy the story, the history,the architecture and the streets of Rochefort en Terre!

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

 

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