Posts tagged ‘Bretagne’

May 10, 2020

The Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle,Nantes!

Well here I go again, been at home makes you think about where you have been and take a closer look at my blog. Well as usual i write on the many places visited and as always never quite tell all! Nantes is a city that is like one of my homes, not only for the visits with the family and friends that live there but on my business trips as well; needless to say been all over. However, there is so much beautiful things to write about my belle France that oh well here is another, the Natural History Museum of Nantes.

The Nantes Natural History Museum  was first devoted to natural history in a private office created in 1799 by François-René Dubuisson, a pharmacist, lover of natural history. This office is then located rue Caylus name of the current rue Saint-Jean during the French revolution. These collections were bought by the town in 1806 and installed in the premises of the old school of surgery of Saint-Côme, belonging to the city, and located rue du Port-Communeau; the current rue Léon-Blum. The museum, inaugurated on August 15, 1810, then presents collections of geology, mineralogy and botany. François-René Dubuisson remaining conservative until his death in 1836. From 1836 to 1863, Dubuisson’s successor was Frédéric Cailliaud who added a collection of natural sciences.

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In 1838, the idea of assigning the old mint hotel on rue Voltaire to the installation of collections was mentioned. Located on the hillside a little west of Place Graslin, the building has indeed been unused since the abandonment of the monetary strike in the city, but this possibility is ruled out, the hotel will successively house the courthouse, a school of science and a business school. It is then envisaged the construction of a room at the top of the jardin des plants, then later in the extension of the Cours Cambronne. Finally, they came back to the initial project since it was decided to build new buildings on Place de la Monnaie, backed by the old Hôtel de la Monnaie built between 1821 and 1826. The foundation stone of the building was laid in 1868, the museum began to be laid out in 1872 and was inaugurated on August 19, 1875, during the congress of the French association for the advancement of science. The Natural History Museum was then one of the first to be installed in a building specially built for it. Subsequently, an extension was carried out on the adjacent building of the old Mint. A vivarium was created there in 1955 to display live animals.

In 1970, the departure of the Nantes business school which, since its creation in 1900, occupied part of the premises of the former Hôtel de la Monnaie, will finally allow the museum, whose expansion had then become essential, to integrate the building by incorporating it into its own premises. The old school classrooms become exhibition rooms dedicated to prehistory and paleontology, while the amphitheater is transformed into a conference room. Visitors now enter through the entrance on rue Voltaire, formerly reserved for the business school. After ten years of enlargement work, the museum thus restructured was inaugurated on March 5, 1980.

The first floor zoology gallery presents the phylogenetic classification of vertebrates. Among the remarkable specimens, a whale skeleton over 18 meters long. This large cetacean was rammed in 1991 by the LNG tanker “Edouard LD” from Algeria, and its skeleton recovered in Donges near the LNG terminal at Montoir-de-Bretagne thanks to a collaboration with the National Veterinary School of Nantes which had prepared for four years in its Anatomy Unit.

The museums of Nantes metropole on the Natural History Museum in French: Museums of Nantes metropole on the Natural History Museum

The tourist office of Nantes on the Natural History Museum in English: Tourist office of Nantes on the Natural History Museum

This is a magnificent charming area of Nantes to even walks and see the wonderful architecture of buildings all around you, not to miss the Natural History Museum. Hope you enjoy the brief tour.

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

May 9, 2020

Porte Saint Pierre, Nantes!

Well, why not stay with Nantes. It is such a lovely city and plenty to see and do, in fact I am not done yet! Even thus as said , come here often several times a year but so much to see in my belle France. There is a whole library still untouch. For now let me tell you about the Porte Saint Pierre and its cousin the Place Saint Pierre in Nantes. Of course, you now this is in the Loire Atlantique dept 44 of Pays de la Loire region.

The Porte Saint-Pierre ,also called Porte du Bastion Saint-Pierre or Manoir Guéguen is the best-preserved vestige of the city walls of Nantes. The gate was protected by the Guy de Thouars tower and the Evêché tower today gone.

Dating from the 15C for the lower part and resting on foundations of the Gallo-Roman period 3C, also incorporating vestiges of the enclosures of the 9C and 13C, it is located at the end of the rue de l’Évêché overlooking Cours Saint-Pierre and Place Maréchal-Foch, very near the chevet of Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul Cathedral (see post).

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At the beginning of the 16C, Bishop Guéguen chose to have a house built above the gate itself. Part of it was demolished when the rue Royale now rue du Roi-Albert was opened in the 18C. The medieval town is limited to the current district of Bouffay. The gate leads to the Place du Maréchal Foch, on which stands a statue of king Louis XIV at the top of a column. King Henry IV crossed it, it is said, when he entered the city in 1598 to come and sign the Edict of Nantes. Indeed, the road from Paris ended at Porte Saint-Pierre. In the 18C, the drawbridge was replaced by a stone pavement to facilitate access to the newly built Cours Saint-Pierre and Saint-André. In 1910, the Saint-Pierre gate was cleared from the old bishopric. From the 1920s to the 1960s, the gate housed the Musée de Nantes par l’image or images museum through the image which presented in particular a model of the port. Since then, the collections of this museum have been transferred to the castle of the Dukes of Brittany.

The Place Saint-Pierre square is bordered by Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul Cathedral.(see post). Six arteries lead to the square: rue de l’Évêché and rue du Roi-Albert, rue Portail, rue du Général-Leclerc-de-Hauteclocque rue de Verdun, as well as rue Mathelin-Rodier. The square serving as a forecourt to Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul Cathedral, it inherited the first part of its name. During the French revolution, it was baptized place des Gracches.

The Place Saint-Pierre is located at the eastern entrance to the ancient city, inside the enclosure of the Gallo-Roman castrum built after the 270s. The first cathedral was built on the site in the 4C. On September 5, 1661, while visiting Nantes to attend the States of Brittany, king Louis XIV, ordered the arrest of Nicolas Fouquet (see Vaux le Vicomte fame and post), his superintendent of finance. After a failed attempt in front of the castle of the Dukes of Brittany, Charles de Batz-Castelmore d’Artagnan,(see post) the king’s musketeer, manages to stop Fouquet on the square in front of the cathedral. And yes the petit train was passing by too !!!

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Not easy to find specific tourist destination description on these spots but will give you the general tourist webpages of Nantes. I , of course, have a pretty good size library at home::)

The tourist office of Nantes in English: Toursit office of Nantes

The patrimoine or heritage site of Nantes on Porte St Pierre in French : Heritage site of Nantes on Porte St Pierre

This is a wonderful area to walk one of my favorites, you find the Cathedral and from there walk all around it in a radius of 1 km and see the magnificent architecture and historical spots all around; awesome. Hope you enjoy the walk around the Porte St Pierre and Place St Pierre of Nantes.

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

May 9, 2020

The Jardin des Plantes ,Nantes!

Well here I go again, been at home makes you think about where you have been and take a closer look at my blog. Well as usual i write on the many places visited and as always never quite tell all! Nantes is a city that is like one of my homes, not only for the visits with the family and friends that live there but on my business trips as well; needless to say been all over. However, there is so much beautiful things to write about my belle France that oh well here is another, the Jardin des Plantes of Nantes.

The nice Jardin des Plantes that I past my leisure times each time traveling by the train station! was created in 1807, and opened to the public in 1895 along the styles of the 19C with a mosaic or ceramic tradition and floral decorations with several cascades and water fountains; officially it is known as the botanical garden but still call by its old name. Open to the public. It is a botanical garden in the English style, serving among other things as an arboretum.

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The Jardin des Plantes is located in the Malakoff – Saint-Donatien district, actually a bit north but across from it as well of the SNCF train station. It covers an area of 7,328 hectares and is generally in the shape of a rectangle oriented north-south, bordered by: rue Gambetta; Place Sophie-Trébuchet; rue Stanislas-Baudry; rue Écorchard, place Charles-Le Roux and boulevard de Stalingrad; and rue Frédéric-Cailliaud.   It has five entrances: “porte des Camélias”, place Charles-Leroux (main entrance); the “Porte des Cerfs”, at the corner of Rue Écorchard and Rue Stanislas-Baudry; at rue Stanislas-Baudry, in the axis of rue Georges-Clemenceau; and rue Gambetta; and rue Frédéric-Cailliaud, in the axis of rue d’Allonville. Of course for my nostalgia I always entered thru the Rue Écorchard directly across from train station of Nantes entrance and have my lunch there at Café des Plantes always!!! (see post on transports).

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It was in 1687 that the first botanical garden in the city of Nantes was created. The master apothecaries are entrusted with the enjoyment of land located west of the city. This apothecaries’ garden is then located in the Marchix district (where the tour de Bretagne tower will be built in the 20C). Access is via rue Paré which still exists at the beginning of the 21C, the plot, which is completely urbanized thereafter, is crossed by rue de Budapest.  In 1719, the apothecaries’ garden became a royal garden of plants, subordinate to the King’s Garden. encouraged by the royal ordinance taken in 1726 by king Louis XV to subjugate the Captains of the Ships of Nantes to bring Seeds & Plants from the Colonies of Foreign Countries, for the Garden of Medicinal Plants established in Nantes. In 1806, a decree defining the limits of the botanical garden which is finally established on land adjacent to the former Ursuline convent. It planted in 1809 a superb Magnolia grandiflora known at the time to be one of the most beautiful in France. Another magnolia planted in the same place is now the oldest in the garden.

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By royal ordinance of 1820, king Louis XVIII decided to transfer the ownership of the garden of the Loire Inferieur department to the city of Nantes. It then aims to open the garden to the public. The garden was finally opened in 1829 to the public, at least its upper part. The middle part of the garden was finally opened to the public in March 1854. The creation of the palmarium, a large heated greenhouse for the development of exotic plants. The garden acquired a rose garden in 1895 with more than 600 varieties. During the 1930s, it was replaced by the current botanical beds.The realization of the orangery completed on in1900 and is located behind the palmarium grove, along rue Gambetta. In 2018-2019, as part of the development of the Esplanade Pierre-Semard , the garden was extended in its southern part over 320 m2. It incorporates part of the Rue Écorchard which has become pedestrian, and in particular the small triangular square located at its western end at the level of which a new entrance was drilled which was inaugurated in February 2019. At the same time, the main south entrance is modified, moved back of about 20 meters, the 3 meter wide portal is replaced by two openings totaling almost 6.50 meters, thus allowing the enlargement of Place Charles-Le Roux.

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There are bodies of water, fountains, a waterfall, bridges, statues, sculptures and pavilions. The garden layout elements are represented by perennials, shrubs and trees. Each year 75,000 plants are planted in the period from May 15 to June 20 for summer floral decoration. They come from a hundred varieties, and distributed in five floral mosaics. They are uprooted between mid-October and mid-November. The autumn-winter-spring floral decoration is made from bulbs of flowering plants, 65,000 plants are available for this time of year. The Jardin des Plantes contains a number of works of art. These are Le Premier Miroir ,this sandstone group represents a mother with her child in her arms, showing the latter, surprised and charmed, their image reflected by the calm surface of a body of water. Les Cerfs au repos or Deer at rest, this is an animal group sculpted in 1908 bringing together a deer, a doe and a fawn.

Monument to Jean-Marie Écorchard was inaugurated in 1892. During WWII, it was removed by the Nazis in order to be melted. In 1981, on the hundredth anniversary of the death of Dr Jean-Marie Écorchard, the town decided to have a copy of the original work made by Alain Douillard. Plate and medallion of Élisa Mercœur, this bronze medallion was inaugurated on December 5, 1909 to celebrate the centenary of the birth of the poet Élisa Mercœur. Monument to Jules Verne, the bust of Jules Verne in bronze and inaugurated on May 29, 1910. It disappeared during WWII and was replaced in 1945 by the current stone statue. La Moissonneuse or the harvester dates from 1940. There are two Wallace fountains in the Jardin des Plantes of the five in Nantes In the garden one is located to the southwest near the entrance of Rue Écorchard   near the statue of Les Cerfs au repos , which where I go in to the jardin des Plantes from the train station ,and the other is located to the northwest by rue Frédéric-Cailliaud near the Monument to Jules Verne.

The city of Nantes and its gardens on the Jardin des Plantes in English: City of Nantes on the Jardin des Plantes

The tourist office of Nantes on the Jardin des Plantes in English: Tourist office of Nantes on the Jardin des Plantes

This is a magnificent charming area of Nantes to even walks and see the wonderful architecture of buildings all around you, not to miss the Jardin des Plantes. A memorable place for me and already looking forward to pass by again! Hope you enjoy the brief tour.

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

May 9, 2020

The Pont Saint Nazaire bridge!

So telling you about all the wonderful monuments, sigths of my belle France why not a bridge! The road warrior in me has passed on several and some keeps for a memorable souvenir. As living close by and enjoying the coastal routes of the Loire Atlantique dept 44 in the Pays de la Loire region and formerly Bretagne this bridge has been taken often.

And as usual just briefly mentioned before, feel needs its own post in my blog for the souvenirs of family trips. Therefore, here is my take even if a bit technical on the Pont Saint Nazaire.

The Pont Saint-Nazaire bridge is a cable-stayed multi-cable bridge that spans the Loire estuary and connects the city of Saint-Nazaire to the district of Penhoët, via the town of Montoir-de-Bretagne where the bridge takes actually footing on the right bank to the north, at Saint-Brevin-les-Pins on the left bank to the south. The bridge, supporting the Route Bleu D 213,and was inaugurated on October 18, 1975. The name Pont de Saint-Nazaire is a common name, this bridge has no official name. One of the prettiest car ride you can make along the route bleu D213 over the bridge!

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The Pont Saint Nazaire was given its first stone on November 4, 1971, the works really began in March 1972 and after three years of construction, the bridge is put into service, on October 18, 1975. It has a central span of 404 meters, the structure 720 meters metal bridge holds the world span record for a cable-stayed metal bridge during its construction for eight years. Access to the bridge becomes free by removing the toll, October 1, 1994, sixteen years before the scheduled date!

As an amateur of architecture let me translate some technical information on the bridge for you and me.

The structure consists of two pre stressed concrete access viaducts, 1,115 meters to the north and 1,521 meters to the south, and a main metallic cable-stayed structure 720 meters long. It is taken by the Route Bleu D213. The construction of the bridge is entrusted to a group of companies for its metal construction and concrete structures.  Independent viaduct with pre stressed beams: 22 spans to the north and 30 spans to the south, with a span of 50.70 meters; 208 pre stressed beams 2.80 m high and 190 tons; a slab width of 13.5 meters between railings offering 12 meters of roll able width (used in 3 lanes), and two service passages of 0.75 meter; and longitudinal slopes of 5.6%.. Manufacture of beams on the ground, then transport by dunnage, and launching by means of a metal launcher allowing transverse shifting. A cable-stayed metal box 720 meters long and 3.20 meters high, in 3 spans of 158 meters, 404 meters and 158 meters, with an orthotropic slab 15 meters wide; A draft of 61 meters above the lowest water, 300 meters wide; 72 shrouds, in 4 fan plies, attached to two inverted V metal pylons, articulated at the bottom, and whose head is located substantially 130 meters above the lowest water level.

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The manufacture of the two 96 meters sections of each shore span, supplied by sea from the Fos factory, through the Strait of Gibraltar; assembly on two barges of each shore span 192 meters long with 34 meters overhang in central span; hoisting of the assembled box and of each coated pylon, by racks and jacks; lifting of pylons; successive hoists in the central span of the 16 meters sections and setting up and adjusting the advancement of the shrouds; keying. The current piles (52, not including 2 abutments) consist of two H-shaped drums from 3 meters to 57 meters in height, resting on a base based on four piles of 1.80 meters or 1.50 meters in diameter. Two main piers on either side of the channel are hollow and formed of four vertical cells based on a group of 18 piles 1.80 meters in diameter. The set of reinforced concrete piles, cased and anchored to the rock , vary in length from 15 to 50 meters. The piers were built by sliding formwork.

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The speed is limited to 70 km / h, two section radars have been in service since 2012, the measurement is made at the front of the vehicles approaching in a north-south direction and at the rear of the vehicles moving away in the south-north direction.  Strictly enforce! and so far clean for me no tickets! The circulation can be prohibited with certain vehicles, even with all, by strong wind from 80 km / h for all the vehicles towing a trailer and the 2 wheels motorized or not. In order to offer an alternative crossing mode to the bridge for pedestrians and cyclists during the summer period (from May to September, the Loire Atlantique department offers a free shuttle with trailer which allows crossing the structure in complete safety. The only regular bus lines using the bridge and ensuring intercity connections between Saint-Nazaire and the country of Retz, are those of the Aléop network on lines 315, 316 and 317. Line 317 vehicles are equipped with spaces reserved for eight bikes.

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The Pont Saint Nazaire has been crossed by the Tour de France in 1993,1997,1999, 2000 and 2011!!!.

Some webpages to help you plan your passing by here and it is recommended by yours truly.

Inforoute traffic information on the Saint Nazaire bridge is a must before you go by it, here in French: Inforoutes Loire Atlantique dept 44 on Pont Saint Nazaire

Information on the Pont Saint Nazaire from the town of St Brévin-les-Pins in French: City of St Brévin les Pins on the pont Saint Nazaire

An older article on the local newspaper Saint Nazaire News in French but with a beautiful picture of the pont Saint Nazaire bridge me think.. Saint Nazaire News on windy conditions at Pont Nazaire

And the tourist office of Saint Nazaire on the Pont Saint Nazaire in English: Tourist office of Saint Nazaire on the Pont St Nazaire

And there you go another happy motoring ride in beautiful Loire Atlantique dept 44 old Brittany now Pays de la Loire and along the Atlantic ocean coast of my belle France. Hope you enjoy the ride on the pont Saint Nazaire.

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

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May 9, 2020

Le Croisic!!

And here I am in the region just south of me. This time will tell you a bit more on  Le Croisic in the Loire Atlantique dept 44 of Pays de la Loire region, formely Brittany…I have come here a couple of times and it has been magical by the ocean and good times with the family.

Let me tell you a bit more on Le Croisic

Le Croisic is located on a granite island which remained separate from that of Batz-sur-Mer (see post) and the mainland until the 9C, it is now part of the wild coast of the Guérande (see posts) peninsula. With the exception of the narrow isthmus which links it to Batz-sur-Mer to the south-east, the territory of the town is surrounded by water, alternating beaches and cliffs exposed to the Atlantic Ocean and a port protected by the pier of the Tréhé and open to the traict.

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We went on by car to Le Croisic the end of the peninsula where the sea is king and we just the servants. We found for a Sunday plenty of parking for free in all the towns. Le Croisic is 22 km from Saint Nazaire,(see posts) bordering Batz-sur-Mer to the southeast; La Turballe (see post) to the northeast and Guérande to the east are separated from the town by the Traits du Croisic. Access to Le Croisic by road is via the D245 from the village of Batz-sur-Mer. Oriented along an east-west axis, it constitutes the only road axis leading to the town. On the Croisic, it follows the periphery of the peninsula under the names of D245 and D45.

For info, never taken it. The town has its own SNCF station, by the harbor, the terminus of the line from Saint-Nazaire, itself an extension of the line from Tours; it is currently served by the TER Pays de la Loire, and the TGVs, notably from Paris-Montparnasse. More info in French: TER Pays de la Loire on Le Croisic

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Lila Presqu’île bus network with line 5 to Océarium and 6 to train station gare takes you from Guérande to Le Croisic par bus. More info in French here: Aleop pays de la loire on bus network to Le Croisic

We came for the beaches , the ambiance and the market!  Open air market or Marché de plein air. Every Thursday mornings at place Dinan. The covered market or halle , every Tuesdays in july and August, Thursdays and Saturday mornings all year .

Things to see in Le Croisic: Saint-Goustan Chapel 11C to 19C, Menhir de la Pierre Longue (neolithic); Notre-Dame-de-Pitié Church   15-17C; Chapel of the Crucifix 16C; Kervaudu Cross 17C; Hôtel d’Aiguillon 17C: Manoir de Kervaudu 15C: the House at 14, place Dinan 16C: the houses at 33-35, rue Saint-Christophe 15C: the house at 28, rue de l ‘église 16C , and the house at 5, quai de la Grande Chambre 17C.

The City of Le Croisic has 3 lush green spaces, open to walking. Mont Lénigo with an area of 1.5 ha, Mont-Esprit with 3 ha and the Penn Avel park with 9 ha. Penn Avel Park is open to the public from 8h to 20h . from April to mid-October and outside this period from 8h to 17C. Mont-Esprit and Mont Lénigo are former shedding mounds formed over the centuries by the deposit of materials used as ballast for merchant ships that came to get Guérande salt. The two sites were converted into gardens in the 19C.

North of Le Croisic, the Traict constitutes a unique natural landscape. The Traict is a mixture of sand and water. This wetland allows salt water to enter deep into the land and in particular to feed the Guérande salt marshes. During low tide, it almost completely empties, leaving only two navigable arms. The two traicts ,the small and the large are separated from the salt marshes by a dike. it is also classified as a “Natura 2000″ area.

There are 10 beaches!  at Le Croisic ! Baie de jumel   with 120 meters; Castouillet  –  280 m ; Crucifix  –  100 m ; Fort de la Pointe  –  70 m ;Le Sable-Menu  –  50 m ; Port aux rocs  –  140 m ; Port Lin  –  180 m  main beach on the wild coast or côte sauvage route; Port-Val  –  208 m ; Saint-Goustan  –  360 m opposite the tip of Pen Bron in La Turballe ;and Saint-Jean-de-Dieu  –  520 m ! And you know it the hightlighted beaches above are our favorites.

My favorite beach webpage Plages tv on Port Lin in English!: Plages tv on Port Lin beach at Le Croisic

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And a pleasure marina and fisherman port more info in French: Pleasure and fishing marina at Le Croisic

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There was an exposition going on at the house of the rescue or Maison du Sauvetage right by the harbor. The fishing harbor and the pleasure boat harbor are sublime picturesques beautiful. More info in French here from the : Tourist office of Le Croisic on Maison du Sauvetage

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A little bit of history I like

If up to the 13C nothing distinguishes Le Croisic administratively from the rest of the Batz peninsula, in the 14C the locality undoubtedly acquired the status of a town. It was from Croisic that in June 1386, the flotilla of three ships armed with cannons and commanded by Pierre de Lesnérac, constable of Nantes to fetch the future 3rd wife of Jean IV of Brittany, Jeanne de Navarre, who then lived in Pamplona (Spain). In the 15C, Le Croisic was the vassal direct from the crown of Brittany and enjoys privileges subsequently confirmed by the successive kings of France, from Charles VIII to Louis XV. These are exemptions from excavation taxes, support for war and defense costs and ordinary and extraordinary contributions. Le Croisic, like Guérande and forty other cities in Brittany, was represented in the 17-18C in the parliament of Brittany , sovereign court of the duchy with mainly financial powers.

The city of Le Croisic is name as one of the Petites Cités de Caractere or  small villages of character in France for its picturesques quaint architecture, ambiance more here in French Petites cites de caractere on Le Croisic

The tourist office of Le Croisic in English: Tourist office of Le Croisic

There is a nice youtube video on Le Croisic me think is very nice to show it here, hope you like it.

There you go this is wonderful coastal France on the Atlantic ocean and very close to me and yes part of the Breton traditions. This is Le Croisic, enjoy it fully.

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

May 8, 2020

La Baule-Escoublac!!!

La Baule-Escoublac is in the dept 44 of Loire Atlantique in the region of Pays de la Loire . And as in many occasions,  I step into La Baule, as a collegue of mine lived not far from there and was telling how nice it was but very crowded in Summer. So we decided to check it out now in the Fall and have a taste of it. Nice experience we will be back.

We came by car of course, along the voie express or N165 into the  D774 ,D774A and into the D92 right into town passing by the train station very nice looking building,the tennis club, and some chic mansion hôtels. Right into the Beach, great long wonderful. Locals call it the best beach in Europe with about 8 kms long with passing the districts of La Baule-les-Pins, La Baule-Centre ,and Casino-Benoît. Near the town of Pouliguen, the plage Benoît beach is known for its fine white sands. Forgot to mentioned we parked on a side street for free as the rest is metered. The beach is gorgeous indeed but wondered if one have to overnight to find a parking space in high season as even when there it was hard to find a spot. A very popular spot especially by those Parisiens lol!

La Baule-Escoublac is part of the Côte d’Amour,(love coast) between Le Pouliguen and Pornichet. It first appeared in history through one of its villages, Escoublac, from the 9C. This one must, twice, be moved then rebuilt after an almost total annihilation, a first time in the 15C then at the end of the 18C. The town, which was also called Escoublac then Escoublac-la-Baule, acquired its final name of La Baule-Escoublac in 1962, at a time which marked the preference given to collective housing on the seafront, where the buildings have gradually replaced the villas. The seaside resort is simply called La Baule. The Guézy dune rises behind that of Mazy to an altitude of 25 meters and connects with the Guérande furrow towards the road to Nerac. Between these two dunes flows the stream of Mazy, which, on the coast, marks the limit between La Baule and Pornichet. Beautiful countryside here!

A bit on the chic town of La Baule-Escoublac : The urban and architectural heritage of La Baule is characterized by at least three qualitative and quantitative levels: the large hotels, the chateau villas or chalets and finally, the buildings and town houses. The hotel infrastructure continues to develop at a brisk pace until the eve of WWII. In 1931, the seaside town had 180 hotel establishments. All of the villas characterized either by a location on the seafront or on a secluded plot with a setback from alignment displays a multiplicity of styles which fall into four main families: historicist, regionalist, 20C currents and finally resolutely contemporary The historicist style which, in La Baule, developed in the 19C, was eclectic and of neo-Gothic and medieval inspiration. It was mainly during the second part of the 20C that collective buildings developed in La Baule-Escoublac, mainly concentrated on the seafront. From the 1980s, the balconies became more transparent and the bay windows completely covered the facades, by the use of glass and Plexiglas. It is mainly urbanized in two sectors, La Baule, a seaside resort located on Pouliguen bay and the town of Escoublac, along the RD 213 or the blue road littoral strip, with a depth of 200 to 800 meters on a length of 6 km is fully urbanized. It includes the seafront and the villa district. The city center of La Baule revolves around the market, the avenues of General-de-Gaulle and Maréchal-de-Lattre-de-Tassigny, the city/town hall, the train station and the main post office.

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Some of the things to see here which we were there for the shopping, and beach but worth coming back for it are The lighthouse of La Banche; The British military cemetery of Escoublac-la-Baule at avenue de la Ville-Halgand shelters 325 tombs of British soldiers, 74 of which are unidentified, and three of soldiers of the Polish Forces. The Saint-Pierre d’Escoublac Church inaugurated in 1786 , and located in Escoublac, includes elements of medieval style such as its turret and brings together certain elements of the old church buried under the sands, such as some stained glass windows, the high altar and certain statues. The Way of the Cross is from 1935, by the painter Xavier de Langlais. The Notre-Dame Church, built from 1931 to 1935 in the center of the town, is in neo-Romanesque style. The stained glass windows of the choir are dedicated to the Virgin Mary; they are distinguished by a choice of cool tones. But of course, we came for the beaches and you should too!! See my other post on them in my blog.

And what we enjoyed while visiting with friends at La Baule-Escoublac.

The cultural space of the  Chapelle Sainte-Anne is great ,this is used to be the Notre-Dame-des-Flots, which was built between 1880 and 1886 and extended by two lateral naves in 1903. It was abandoned later on and the Chapel was acquired by the city in 1981. In 1989, after renovations the building was change into a cultural center. When we were there, there was a showing of nativity scènes sets from Latin America including Cuba which was just wonderful.  More info here in French from the city of La Baule-Escoublac: City of La Baule on cultural center Chapelle Ste Anne

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La Baule

La Baule

We stop by the L’Igloo ice cream parlor found in many towns nearer us, this one we tried for the ice creams at 49 Avenue Charles de Gaulle , and ,also, the great Italian ice cream coffee place Amorino with outlets in Paris too but here for coffees at 40 avenue du Général de Gaulle.

La Baule

La Plage de Val at 32 boulevard Hennecart on the beach of La Baule! This was when we visited the Créperie seafood restaurant La Plage . For us The restaurant’s reception was dynamic and friendly, the decor is simple but has an exceptional setting in the middle of the Bay of La Baule. The staff were very attentive to us and meet our slightest needs. The preparation of dishes in the kitchen is family-friendly, but remains refined and tasty.

La Baule

The main street coming from the beach Av du Général de Gaulle is loaded with shops, bars, and restaurants all practical for the beach.

La Baule

The Gulf Stream cinema we just enjoyed the looks art deco style reminds me of another spot in my world; nice. More info here for a later showing/visit: Cinema Gulf Stream at La Baule

La Baule

Let me tell you a bit more on how to get here ok

The town of La Baule-Escoublac is served by the regional road RD213 nicknamed the Route Bleu or blue route. This departmental road linking Les Moutiers-en-Retz to Guérande constitutes a major axis which runs along a large part of the Loire-Atlantique coast.. And is a love to drive on it too!!! The Avenue Charles-De-Gaulle and Avenue Lajarrige, perpendicular to the RD 213 and RD 92, constitute the main shopping streets of La Baule They both end at the boulevards along the seafront. Great ambiance with all you need here. La Baule-Escoublac is about 12 km from Saint-Nazaire 50 km from Vannes and 62 km from Nantes. Yes drove several times afterward.

The city is served by the Vélocéan system, a cycle route of the Loire-Atlantique cycle type, allowing you to discover the Atlantic coast.For the bike lovers in you.

La Baule-Escoublac has two train stations: La Baule-Escoublac located in La Baule which I passed by it, and La Baule-les-Pins located east of the city. They are crossed by the Saint-Nazaire – Le Croisic line as an extension of the large radial from Tours. Never taken trains here.

La Baule

By bus four lines of the new Lila Presqu’Île network cross the town; one connects Guérande to La Baule on line 1, another connects to Le Croisic on line 6, and line 4 connects La Baule to La Turballe and Piriac-sur-Mer, another line finally ensures the junction of the common with Pornichet and Saint-Nazaire. Never taken buses here.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

The city of La Baule-Escoublac on its history/heritage in French: city of La Baule on history and heritage

The tourist office of La Baule-Guerande on La Baule-Escoublac in French: Tourist office of La Baule Guerande on La Baule

The tourist office of the Loire-Atlantique dept 44 on La Baule in French: Tourist office Loire Atlantique 44 on La Baule

The tourist office of Brittany on La Baule in English: Tourist office of Brittany on La Baule

And there you go voilà this is beach resort par excellence La Baule-Escoublac chic and famous and lovely not far from me and looking forward to the better weather and time to travel again. Hope you enjoy the post

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

May 8, 2020

Port St Michel at Batz sur Mer!

Well this was a find thru a collegue at work. Having lots of locals around is a big help especially if you want to know the real French side of things. And by locals I meant native of the region not just French. This is the case of this post, while talking about the bounties of our region a friend who lived in a nearby town told me to meet her and her family there with mine so we were off on a Saturday.

The town is a picturesque quaint beach resort of the nice and chic in Batz sur Mer, dept 44 of the Loire Atlantique in Pays de la Loire region. Old Brittany….

A bit on the history of the Port Saint MIchel in Batz sur Mer where we were!

The Port Saint-Michel is a marina and beach in the town of Batz-sur-Mer. It is shown more as a harbor but it has a small beach very nice that is very popular with locals.

The Port Saint-Michel, sometimes wrongly called Saint-Michel beach, is a natural port protected from a breakwater, nowadays used for the parking of pleasure boats. The site’s sandy beach bordered by rocks is the closest to the city center. Yellow beach huts take place there during the summer season. It is one of the three sandy beaches of the town, with those of Govelle and Valentin

Batz sur Mer

The site is the old fishing port of the village of Batz. The water hole, called tripe pulse, recalls the old sardine activity of the place. From 1881 to 1907, the bay was home to a sardine cannery – the land was awarded in 1849 – under the direction of a Nantes canned food company, the “Benoist et compagnie” cannery, known locally as Confiserie. It is located on land delimited by the Route de l’Atlantique, the Allée de la Banche and the Allée de Basse-Love. Local fishermen, after having docked their sailing boat along the small pier – known as the Madeleine – north of the Port Saint-Michel, deliver the sardines by the Allée de la Banche. Dried in the sun, they are then cooked in olive oil, then put in boxes, welded by hand by bow welders workers. The activity stopped at the end of the 19C, and the hangars were demolished around 1907, to give way to the villa “les Violettes” With the arrival of the fashion for sea bathing and tourism in the region, seaside villas were built in Bourg-de-Batz, as we say then, from the middle of the 19C, by the Nantes middle class, who settled in the vicinity of Saint-Michel port.

Batz sur Mer

Standing on the cliff, a 3 m megalith called the long stone or menhir Saint-Michel, served as a landmark, for daytime maritime navigation.

Some ways to get there , mind you only been there by car road driving. The rest is for information only

The LILA Presqu’ïle transport network crisscrosses the entire Guérande Peninsula and allows you to travel as you wish. Tickets are on sale at the Tourist Office. Buses run all year round. You have the Bus Lila – Line 5: Le Croisic ⇒ Batz-sur-Mer ⇒ Le Pouliguen ⇒ Guérande and the Bus Lila – Line 6: Le Croisic ⇒ Batz-sur-Mer ⇒ Le Pouliguen ⇒ La Baule This is on line 5 schedule: Destineo Lila presqu’ile Guerand to Batz sur Mer

By train from Nantes, the TER stops at Batz-sur-Mer. From Paris: the TGV links Paris to Nantes in 2 hours. Allow an additional 1 hour to reach the Guérande Peninsula. The nearest station is Le Croisic at 3km. The TER pays de la Loire on example schedule to Batz sur Mer: TER pays de la loire on Batz sur Mer

A shuttle service is provided by NAVairport between Nantes Atlantique Airport and Guérande, La Baule, Pornichet and Saint-Nazaire. Shuttles every 30 minutes to reach the airport from Nantes train station. The naviairport webpage is here in French: Navairport shuttle Batz sur Mer

We came in by taking the expressway or voie express N165 direction Nantes. The follow direction Herbignac and Guérande on the road D774 we passed by city center Guérande because our friend lived there and we follow then the first time but you can avoid the city center taking the D33 then the salt marches on the D92 to Batz sur Mer. Then walk alone Boulevard de la Mer bordering the ocean just sublime!

By the road, there is strick rules such as street parking is allow from March 31 to September 30, Monday to Saturday from 9h to 12h30 and from 14h30 to 17h30, the maximum authorized duration is 1:03 for the following streets: Rue des Etaux; Rue Charles de Gaulle, Place du Garnal, Rue Jean XXIII; and Grande Rue. And from July 1 to August 31, Monday to Saturday , rue du Croisic (Parking de la Poste), from 9h to 12h30 and from 14h30 to 17h30, the maximum authorized duration is 30 minutes. From July 1 to August 31, for Place Honoré de Balzac, on market days (Monday and Friday), parking is limited to 1 hour from 9h. to 13h. By Port St Michel parking is free

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here and worth it, are

The tourist office of Batz sur Mer on Port St Michel in English: Tourirst office Batz sur Mer on port St Michel

The local La Baule Guérande tourist office on Batz sur Mer Port St Michel in English: Tourist office La Baule Guerande on port St Michel in Batz sur Mer

My favorite webpage on beaches in France plagetv on St Michel beach or port in English: Plagestv on St Michel beach Batz sur Mer

And there you go need to start planning now, beach time is just around the corner and we should be out by then. Enjoy Batz sur Mer and the Port St Michel beach.

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

 

May 6, 2020

Château de Clisson!

So another spot gone for the wines and nice friendly domaines , a wonderful market , beautiful little church , all written before. However, did not give credit enough to the castle or Château!! wow a wonderful historical castle in Clisson, Loire-Atlantique dept 44 of Pay de la Loire region. Really, , this is historically Brittany or Bretagne but for now let me tell you about the castle.

The Castle of Clisson was part of the family of Clisson (lords) since the 12C and by the 15C was a strategic point in the borders with the Dukedom of Brittany.  From a wooden castle it became a stone castle ; it was part of Olivier V de Clisson ,then the last Duke of Brittany , François II was very attached to the castle where he marries Marguerite de Foix ; Anne de Bretagne  was their first and heritage daughter!! From 1807 it belongs to Lemot until his death in 1827, the castle stays in ruins until finally purchase by the regional council in 1962.

Clisson

Ok but there is a lot more and I am an amateur of history in a richly historical country of my belle France. More of the history I like, of course briefly ok.

The story goes that at the time of independent Brittany, the castle located at the crossroads of the Marches of Brittany, Anjou and Poitou, is one of the great border strongholds of the duchy of Brittany. Oh yes was part of it I told you so!

The first lords of Clisson occupied the site from the beginning of the 11C; they are mentioned with certainty for the first time in 1061. The castle, at its origin between 1058 and 1060 was a simple castrum, would have consisted of wooden fences, or clis, which would be at the origin of the name Clisson. Subsequently and until the beginning of the 13C, the site seems to have been defended by a Romanesque fortress, a massive keep supported by buttresses and surrounded by an enclosure. The castle was undoubtedly demolished in the 1240s, on the orders of Duke Jean le Roux, as part of a conflict between Olivier II de Clisson, grandson of Guillaume, and his two half-brothers.

Clisson

In the 14C, Olivier III de Clisson incorporated a châtelet serving as access to the courtyard. This châtelet is subsequently modified into a large quadrangular keep. The castle of Clisson became the setting for the hectic lives of Olivier IV de Clisson and then Olivier V de Clisson. Olivier IV, first of all, presumed guilty of cartel with the English, was beheaded at the Halles de Paris in 1343, by order of the King of France Philippe VI de Valois. His wife, Jeanne de Belleville, took refuge in England with his son, Olivier V, who regained his possessions after his alliance with the French. But this rich lord, become constable in 1380, lives very little in Clisson, whose castle, in which he was born, may be entrusted to a castellan.

After 1420, Marguerite de Clisson, daughter of Olivier V and countess of Penthièvre, accused of treason against the Duke of Brittany Jean V was dispossessed of her property: the castle became the property of the Duke of Brittany and the prerogative of Richard d’Étampes in 1420. The Penthieves fled, but still confined a garrison in the city. To finally dispose of this property fully, Richard must besiege the castle and the city. The surrender of the city was not long, shortly before October 1420. The castle then became one of the favorite residences of Duke François II of Brittany, son of Richard d’Étampes, who remarried there with Marguerite de Foix in 1471 (parents of Anne de Bretagne) .The castle was enlarged to the west by a new rectangular enclosure 100 meters in length, armed with towers with casemates for artillery. Until the 17C, the castle was the residence of the Avaugour family, born of François I of Avaugour, illegitimate son of François II of Brittany. It is then modified and transformed to the taste of the time.

The second half of the 16C was disturbed by the wars of the League. Brittany is Catholic, while Poitou is held by Protestants, notably in Montaigu. The castle collapsed in the middle of the 17C. On September 2, 1746, Henri François d’Avaugour died without descendants. The possessions and titles of the Avaugours passed to Charles de Rohan, who lost interest in the castle and ordered the sale of the furniture, carried out by 1748 , which led to the disappearance of many elements of great historical value, notably parchments. The fortress was then abandoned by its owners, and various families occupied the apartments until 1793 . During the Vendée war,(against the French revolution) the army of Mayence established its headquarters there. Following their defeat at the Battle of Torfou, Canclaux and his republican troops stop in Clisson. In 1793, they burned the castle and the city before leaving. After the French revolution, the houses in the city had to be rebuilt; thus, the ruined castle becomes a stone quarry and the locals take the building materials there. Long in ruins, it was restored from 1974 to 1975, again from 1986 to 1989 and yet again from 1991 to 1993. It is now quite still empty but many elements were renovated especially the exteriors.

Clisson

During the 19C, the ruins of the castle of Clisson attracted painters and romantic sculptors, such as Louis-François Cassas or Claude Thiénon, and writers like Gustave Flaubert, passing through Clisson, described these ruins in a romantic style and the poet Évariste Boulay- Paty describes the castle in the constable’s time in a sonnet. At the beginning of the 20C, the castle served as a model for the painting Le Château de Clisson painted by the neo-impressionist artist Jean Metzinger, in 1905, exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts of Nantes (Beaux-Arts).

The castle of Clisson is at Place du Minage city center cannot missed. And we love to walk around its remparts and partake on the weekend market or passed by it while shopping my wines in the region which we go direct.

This is a nice short video on the Castle of Clisson from youtube I thought nice to show

Some webpages to help you plan your trip are

The city of Clisson on the castle in French: City of Clisson on the castle

The area of Nantes tourist office on the castle of Clisson in English: Nantes tourist office on castle of Clisson

And there you go a nice trip indeed, the castle of Clisson is nice, the place sublime and the wines well great whites indeed muscadet territory and seafood best match. Hope you enjoy the castle thus,and do come on it folks. Clisson is nice indeed. Hope you like the tour

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

April 30, 2020

Dolmen of Mané Kerioned!!

Well been a while not written up on my beloved Bretagne or Brittany or Breizh! There is so much architecture and history here enough for a blog on its own! Let me go down a bit to the beaches of the Morbihan but especifically to a Unesco World Heritage site in Carnac. However, just before there is something more and I like to tell you a bit on the Dolmen of Mané Kerioned!

I have written on the megaliths stones before but not much on this one which deserves attention and it is very close to me. Hope you enjoy it as we do

We passed by it every time to the beaches but have stop here for a bit of history. The dolmen of Mané Kerioned on the D768 road between Auray and Plouharnel, on our way to Carnac . The stones here dates from more than 3500 years BC. Its a group of 2 dolmen stones standing side by side facing South, and a third one facing them; the longest one you need to kneeled but it is 10 meters long below the surface. It has several engraving hard to decipher even today, these were burial chambers….impressive!!. They are in the town’s limits of Carnac but they are really closer to Plouharnel, just before entering the peninsula of Quiberon.

Carnac

In the past, these dolmens were covered with a cairn, a mound of stones and earth which has partially subsided. The arrangement of the three tombs forms a whole unique in Brittany: two dolmens are open towards the South and perpendicular to the third which is placed in the center. The largest is below ground level and can go unnoticed by dazed visitors. It is certainly the most interesting. Its total length is around 10 meters. You can clearly see the corridor of the trapezoidal chamber and the decorations engraved in the pillars. This style of parietal engravings resembles the patterns observed on the back of the cover slab of the large dolmen of the Table des Marchand de Locmariaquer (see post). There are tangles of rectangles that look like labyrinths and wavy lines like snakes.  Six of the 27 pillars are decorated with these patterns: Engravings at the level of the room, slab in escutcheon, engravings in the pillars of the corridor, and engravings near the entrance. It is freely accessible although it is located on private land.

Carnac

The dolmen underground it is good idea to bring a flashlight to fully see the engravings within this tomb, there are many finely carved stones, with unusual chequerboard designs on them, as well as some more standard serpents and axes.

Carnac

Kerioned means Korrigans, these little goblins or leprechauns would therefore inhabit the dolmens. The mound measures approximately forty meters in diameter and is delimited by four small menhirs. It must certainly have been completely surrounded by a quadrilateral of menhirs. Part of the mound was removed during the creation of the D768 road, and another part was destroyed during excavations in 1866. The dolmen located today in the center of the site, must also have been in the center of the mound and therefore must to be the oldest of the three. The dolmen to the west is nine meters long. The orthostats composing it rise and form the steps of a staircase towards the north. It still has four tables. Eight of the orthostats of the underground dolmen carry engravings on their surface. Only its tables are visible from the surface. Superbe!

Carnac

To find out more about these megaliths visit the Maison des Mégalithes at Carnac, here it is in English: Maison des Megalithes practical info

The tourist office of Carnac has some info on the Mané Kerioned in English: Tourist office of Carnac on Mane Kerioned

And a bit on the location of the Dolmen of Mané Kerioned from the city of Carnac in French: City of Carnac on the mané kerioned

And there you go another wonder of our world very easy accessable from the expressway N165 to the D768 direction Carnac and right in front of the bowling alley on your right coming from Auray are the dolmens!  The dolmen of Mané Kerioned ,a wonder of our world indeed, go see it

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

April 29, 2020

Some news from France, CCCV

And why not my other love in our world, my current adopted country of my belle France. This is a special post due to the current world situation on the wuhan virus and the need to keep abreast of the information. So therefore, this is a post concerning only France.

And why not start with that wonderful Tour de France bike race which has been re arranged but is on!  The tour de France re schedule for Augsut 29 start in Nice will continue as even if the Prime Minister of France had indicated no major event before September 2020. The tour will be set up to avoid crowds as well. However, the biggest challenge will be to run a Tour without any pre races like the Dauphiné, and riders will be up for a big test.

Official tour de France in English here: Le Tour de France

And now the covid19 information about the situation in France and the slow coming out from it. The goal is for September but all is depending on how the measurements and the virus behave from May 11th 2020.

The de confinement rules will be different depending on the health situation of each department as place on RED or GREEN (this will be decided by May 11). The authorities will use three indicators to decide: the number of people infected in the past seven days; tension in hospital or intensive care units; the ability to perform tests and detect chains of contamination. According to the Prime Minister, the situation will be clearer on May 7 and will make it possible to decide whether to come out of the confinement on May 11.

By May 11: According to a principle of trust and responsibility, there will be no certification or control for the elderly, but visits and outings must be surrounded by precaution. Groups will be limited to 15 students, welcomed in schools or extracurricular premises, with respect for barrier gestures, and provision of hydro alcoholic gel. Masks will be prohibited in kindergarten, not recommended in elementary school, except in special cases (symptoms detected). All teachers and supervisors must wear them. Daycare center or Crêches: They will welcome groups of up to 10 children. Priority will be given to children from single-parent families, caring or teaching parents, or parents both unable to telecommute. Masks will be mandatory for supervisors, not for children.

Metro, buses and trams were severely limited during containment. They should retain reduced capacity. Only one seat out of two will be accessible and a flow limitation must be implemented if necessary. During rush hour, transportation could be reserved for working people (with possible control). School Buses The wearing of a mask will be compulsory for drivers and middle school students. Only one seat out of two will be filled. Taxis and VTC Wearing a mask will be compulsory if the vehicle does not have Plexiglas protection.

The offer of mainline trains will always be reduced, reservations will be compulsory on all trains, TGV or not. They will remain limited to compelling professional and family motives. A certificate will be required for trips of more than 100 km. Public or private gatherings: They will be authorized but limited to 10 people. Individual sports activity – cycling, running, etc. – will again be possible outside beyond the 1 km limit. The rules of physical distance must continue to be respected. Team or contact sports will always be prohibited, as well as indoor sports

Unlike large museums, small museums and libraries will be able to reopen because they can operate more easily while respecting sanitary rules, explained the Prime Minister. The cemeteries are scheduled to reopen on May 11. The number of people allowed to attend funeral ceremonies will continue to be limited to twenty, even after May 11.   Reopening of parks and gardens will depend on the dynamics of contamination in the department.

With the exception of cafes, bars and restaurants, all shops are allowed to reopen. However, they will have to set up a limitation of the number of customers and a flow management to respect a minimum distance. The wearing of a mask will be recommended: shops may prohibit access to customers without a mask. Prohibited during confinement, they may reopen, except as decided by the prefect, depending on the configuration of the premises.

To avoid moving beyond the living area, the prefects may decide not to let open, beyond the food sections already open, shopping centers of more than 40,000 m2, which risk causing such population movements. Teleworking should continue wherever possible. Oh yeah won’t see my boss lol !! Positive people will have the choice between isolating themselves at home (which places the whole household in the fortnight) or isolating themselves in a requisitioned hotel. The objective of this strategy is to break the chains of transmission. There will be “checks if they should be necessary, but this system is based first and foremost on good citizenship. “Brigades” will be created in each department in order to identify and test the contact cases of a patient positive for SARS-CoV-2. The tests will be fully covered by the health social system CPAM.

From April 30, an e-commerce platform will be set up by La Poste (post office) to distribute several million masks to the general public every week. In addition, the State will bear 50% of the cost of orders made by local authorities. The government has set itself the objective of carrying out at least 700,000 virological tests per week by May 11. This figure corresponds to the “1,000 to 3,000” new daily cases planned by the scientific council, multiplied by the 20 to 25 people who encountered them on average in the previous days.

By May 12 When teleworking is not possible, staggered hours are encouraged. Wearing a mask is mandatory when distance is not guaranteed. Guides by profession will be developed: 33 are available, it takes about 60 to cover all sectors.

From May 18, middle schools will be able to reopen starting with the sixth and fifth grade classes in the French system . The masks will be compulsory and provided to students who do not have them.

Not before June 2: High schools will not reopen before June 2. Vocational high schools or Lycée Pro should be the first to welcome students again. Depending on the health situation, the government will decide to reopen the major museums from June 2. They will remain closed until then. And depending on the health situation, the government will decide to reopen the multipurpose halls. They will remain closed until then. Places of worship will remain open, but the government is asking religious organizations not to hold ceremonies until June 2. Sports other than individual and outdoor will remain prohibited. And depending on the health situation, the government will decide to reopen these closed cultural places, where spectators stay for a long time, from June 2. They will remain closed until then. As a precautionary measure, frequenting the beaches will remain prohibited until at least June 2. They will remain closed at least until June 2, but their reopening remains unlikely on June 15, had already said Bruno Le Maire, Minister of the Economy.

Not before September: Sports events are prohibited until September. The 2019-2020 season of professional sport, especially that of football/soccer!!!, will not be able to resume either, according to Edouard Philippe. All festivals, major cultural events, fairs, etc. who were subject to prefectural authorization will be prohibited, at least until September. The city/town halls will continue to offer, except in emergencies, a postponement of marriages.

The above information was gathered from various sources including the Bretagne cover newspaper Ouest France and Telegramme as well as le Monde, Le Parisien and le Figaro. 

The Ouest France is here in French: Ouest France newspaper on covid19

Le Telegramme on the covid19 in Bretagne, if continue the trend we should be in GREEN by May 11th: Le Telegramme newspaper on Bretagne

And the Worldometer/coronavirus in English on the situation in France (on latest update you go to official French govt source that feeds worldometer) : Worldometer Coronvirus on France

And there you reporting live from my belle France! We should be out as we haver been throughout our history, allez les Bleus!!! Wishing all the best, stay safe hold on we shall overcome.

And remember, happy travels, (yes we will), good health, (stay safe at home), and many cheers to all(better to tell us that later)!!

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