Posts tagged ‘Bretagne’

June 15, 2022

The Church St Pierre of Quéven, and more !

And there you go folks, in my road warrior trips you think I have seen a lot but there is always more and even closer to home as is Quéven in my beautiful Morbihan and lovely Bretagne. I do not recall even passing by here although is only about 32 minutes from my house ! I have my work cut out for good ! Let me tell you a bit about Quéven and its nice Church St Pierre ! Hope you enjoy it as I.


In Quéven, the lintel of the Kerlaren farm bears, written in Gothic letters, the oldest known inscription in Brittany on a rural house: “L’AN MIL: III cc IIII XX XIIII” or the year 1494. The town is located on the banks of the Scorff river, and is limited by Pont Scorff and Gestel, by Guidel, by Ploemeur, and by Caudan. (see posts).

The Church of Saint-Pierre and Saint-Paul (built 1676 rebuilt around 1900). The statuary comes from the Chapel of the Trinity. The Trinity, a sculpted group in polychrome stone, dates from the end of the 15C. The statue of Saint Apolline, in polychrome wood, dates from the 16C, and the polychrome wood statue of the Virgin of Mercy dates from the 17C. These last two statues come from the old chapel of the Trinity destroyed in 1944, victim of the bombardments during WWII.

Queven ch Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul belltower front jun22

Queven ch Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul altar jun22

The parish of Quéven was originally made up of two entities, namely the parish of Bihoué and Quéven, probably attached at the end of the 15C. Both are mentioned in 1380 and 1382 respectively. In any case, it can be assumed that there was a church for each. In the case of the parish church, placed under the patronage of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, the first traces only date back to 1676, when it was enlarged. In the 19C, the church underwent multiple restorations with its bell tower. During , WWII, it was bombed by 1944, and the bell tower dynamited. It will be rebuilt according to the plans of the architect Caubert de Cléry. Its furniture consists of many statues and ornaments. Among them are a Trinitarian Saint Anne from the second half of the 15C, a Virgin and Child from the 18C and holy water fonts from the 17C. The goldsmithery is otherwise richer and consists of chalices and paten dating from the 17C to the 19C. Today, it also retains a rich collection of statues from an old chapel in Quebec.(Canada).

Queven ch Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul chapel sacre heart and Christ jun22

Queven ch Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul groupe sainte trinite jun22

Queven ch Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul mise au tombeau partial jun22

The 17C calvary is said to be the work of Roland Doré, to whom we owe the magnificent enclosures and calvaries of Finistère…Formerly located in the cemetery of the parish Church of Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul, rebuilt in 1900. It then comprised two bays supporting a total of sixteen figures, back to back. Only five sculptures have been preserved.

Queven calvary by the ch Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul jun22

In early August 1944, shortly after the Normandy landings, the Americans blocked the Nazis around Lorient in what would be called the “Lorient pocket”, a strategic area which housed the large U-boat base of Nazis submarines. , but also the headquarters of Admiral Karl Dönitz. Rather than putting an end to this obstacle, the Americans left the area to go and liberate Berlin, leaving the French resistance fighters to reduce this pocket by blockading which would last 9 months until the Nazis surrender on May 10, 1945 in Caudan. It was in the town of Quéven that the Nazis had built the air base of Kerlin Bastard (today the naval air base of Lann Bihoué and Lorient airport-see post). Quéven will pay the price and will be 85% destroyed in mid-August 1944. The city of Toulouse will “adopt” the destroyed city of Quéven and support its reconstruction. The least Quéven could do was to recall this generosity by naming the large square in front of the church “place de la Ville de Toulouse”. In the middle of this square, a pretty fountain in a semicircle with a rock surmounted by a sculpture of a woman on her back with her legs bent and looking at the sky. This sculpture was made in 1993 by the painter and sculptor Georges Oudot.

Queven fontaine place de la Ville de Toulouse jun22

The city of Quéven and its heritage

The Lorient South Brittany tourist office on Quéven

There you go folks, another dandy town in my beautiful Morbihan !! It can’t stop amazing me of the wonders we have here, and I am just touching the surface with nearby towns!! Hope you enjoy this introduction to Quéven as I

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

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June 14, 2022

Some news from France ,CCCLVI

It’s time again to tell you my latest rants about some news from France. An eventful post in my blog that I have enjoyed together with you for the last 12 years now!! And for those non Roman CCCLVI is no 356::) And I thank you. The weather is now more as summer wants to take over already in my belle France !! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

The Legislative elections in France 2022, The participation in the first round amounts to 18.43% at noon June 12 , down from 2017, For several years, the overall participation in legislative elections has continued to crumble, falling from 64.42% in 2002 60.44% in 2007, 57.22% in 2012 and 48.7% in 2017. This year voters are called to the polls on June 12 and then June 19, It is half as long as for the presidential election last April. But in reality, it is this presidential election that is an exception. For all other elections, legislative but also municipal or regional, only one week separates the two passages in the voting booth. In a presidential election, on the other hand, the second round takes place “the fourteenth day following (the first round)”, is it stated in Article 7 of the Constitution. This clarification was made in 1962, and no deadline was mentioned in the initial version of 1958. In 60 years, this rule has never known an exception. But where does this special status come from? The explanation for this extended deadline relates to the fact that the two finalist candidates need to gather and even broaden their political base, but also to meet as many French people as possible. The longer show continues with the same actors…..

Hear all about folks, strikes are back ! Threat of strike at Paris airports for the first weekend of July 2022, Already mobilized this past Thursday, the employees of the Roissy-Charles de Gaulle and Orly platforms have decided to relaunch new actions from July 2. The CGT, FO, CFDT, CFTC, Sud, Unsa and Solidaires unions are calling for a new strike on Saturday July 2 at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport (Val-d’Oise 95). In Orly (Val-de-Marne 94), an identical movement is planned. All airport staff are concerned by the call ,To deal with the health crisis, employees had to accept salary cuts of around 18% by eliminating bonuses and allowances. There had been big strikes last year and those who did not sign this amendment, 180 people, were dismissed, recalls a CGT official for ADP in Orly. 1,150 people also left as part of a collective contractual break. Oh yes the covid has not ended here…!

Originally, about forty trees had to be cut to build a ticketing area and two lockers on each side of the Iron Lady with toilets, snacks, and souvenir shops. The goal ? Better manage the flow of the 20 million visitors who come to admire the Eiffel Tower each year. And the major of Paris thinks eco right lol ! But this project has been called into question… Planted at the end of rue de Buenos-Aires in the 3éme arrondissement, a plane tree planted for more than 200 years is the oldest tree in the Champ-de-Mars. The bicentennial would be the only survivor of the two rows of trees that then took root in this place. For weeks, the association of Pierre Lamalattie and others have been fighting precisely to protect this plane tree and other trees that they believe are threatened by the site renovation project carried out by the City of Paris. The City then halved the number of planned cuts. Before Emmanuel Grégoire announced in early May that no tree would ultimately be cut or impacted. The associations have, for their part, an appointment with the City of Paris at the beginning of July to make a new point on the file. To be continued…Good for the real ecolos !

Forget the impersonal highway areas; on the holiday route, it’s time for real stopovers in one of the 73 villages étapes( stopover villages ) in France. A stopover village, what is it? It is a town located less than 5 km from a highway or a national road, but not always a village, sometimes a small town of less than 5,000 inhabitants. The stopover villages (which can be found in the guide Villages étapes of the Routard, Hachette, 160 pages, 9.90 euros FR) must offer shops and activities capable of welcoming travelers with dignity. There are currently 73, in 9 regions, 31 departments and on 36 roads. Had tried a couple but for my road warrior trips, still prefer the aires d’autoroute or rest stops, has it all and quick in and out, However, admit some of these villages étapes can be a nice find indeed, More info webpage :

The Hauts-de-Seine department 92 becomes an official partner of the Tour de France for three years. It’s a return to basics for the 92. From this Tour 2022 (July 1 to 24), an arch will be placed at kilometer 92 of each stage, and a contest will be launched on social networks to bet on the first rider to finish crossing this kilometer point. The winner drawn will be invited to a stage. The boss of the Tour, Christian Prudhomme, returned to the long history that links the cities of Hauts-de-Seine to the event, in particular the arrival of the 1st Tour, in Ville-d’Avray in 1903, or the big start de Boulogne-Billancourt in 1986, and therefore this famous kilometer 92. This arrival of the Hauts-de-Seine in the family of the partners of the Tour is therefore a form of homecoming. See it its wonderful webpage :

A total fiasco !! After the erased images of the Stade de France, are those of the metro. The RATP says this Friday to Parisien-Aujourd’hui en France newspaper that the video surveillance recordings of the day and the evening of May 28, the day of the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid (we won Hala Madrid!!), have been automatically deleted 72 hours after. And this without the justice making a requisition to obtain a copy of these images which could have helped to better understand the course of a chaotic evening. The SNCF, which manages the part of the RER B north of the Gare du Nord and therefore in Saint-Denis, as well as the RER D, had initially indicated that these sequences had also been deleted at the end of the same period. In the evening, the company finally explained to Parisien-Aujourd’hui in France that “the automatic deletion of the images was blocked and the images were kept, as authorized by the legislation for a period of 30 days”. The French Senate continues its hearings next week. The inter-ministerial delegate to the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games Michel Cadot, author of a report published on Friday which points to a series of “failures” at the origin of this fiasco, representatives of the SNCF and the RATP will be heard on Tuesday. To be continue but better get going for 2024 !!

The “so British” houses of the villa Léandre transport Montmartre to London, The villa Léandre, a 69 meters cul-de-sac overlooking avenue Junot, in the 18éme arrondissement of Paris, so much does the site give the impression of being in this typical London district. Thus, on the even numbered side, there are houses with these tiny flower gardens, bow windows and slate roofs. On the odd side, they are small red or white brick buildings. And it is not only in architecture that the site resembles the English capital. In terms of prices too, between 12,000 and 20,000 euros per square meter. There you go a nice window walk by in eternal Paris,,,Paris tourist office webpage :

A study published by YouGov for the Obs newspaper on April 29, 2019 revealed that one in three French people believe in ghosts. (not me,,,) No wonder then that old legends persist. In Île-de-France region, many sites still have the reputation of being haunted, from the most famous such as the catacombs or the Paris Opera, to abandoned houses. In the heart of Paris, rue de Bièvre (5éme my old meeting point), where François Mitterrand lived, a dark legend persists. In this pretty little street, there is an empty space, not built for decades. In “Rue des Maléfices”, the poet and resistance fighter Jacques Yonnet evokes the history of this house that no longer exists. He says that in the past, there was an old inn run by a couple. One day, a gypsy came in, he wanted to draw the cards from the innkeeper’s wife who, jealous, chased him away. The gypsy then returned for several days in a row and cast a spell on the husband. His dog died a few days later. He suffered from a kind of leprosy, and his wife disappeared. The house, eaten away by a fungus, was reduced to nothing in 1943. Since then, the plot has remained empty, a tree has grown there and the wall has been replaced by railings. Let’s take the road to Pigalle, still in Paris. There is this house in the neo-Gothic style at no. 1, avenue Frochot (9éme). According to the guide to unusual visits organized by Sous les Pavés, created by Guillaume Bertrand, a specialist in the legendary Parisian, this “evil house” is haunted by the spirit of a maid who was murdered there on the stairs. early 20C. Successive owners would have been victims of his torments. Like Sylvie Vartan, ( a singer) who had acquired the house in the 1970s but never moved in. The Manoir Pavlovich, which is located somewhere in Seine-et-Marne dept 77, has been abandoned for about ten years. Its address remains secret because the risks of collapse are real there. This house built in 1863 would have been cursed by its former owner. She would have lived there alone, abandoned by her husband following a road accident which had severely disfigured her. A curse would then have fallen on all the other couples who tried to invest the mansion.

In Germigny-l’Évêque, an exotic Indonesian-style garden. Batu Taman is used for filming and hosts an ephemeral restaurant for the summer season. Once through the doors, welcomed by two Indonesian statues, the visitor has the impression of finding himself in another world, an exotic Garden of Eden. On 1.2 ha, dozens of eucalyptus, banana trees, yuccas, bamboo from which one would almost expect to see an elephant appear. However, we are in Seine-et-Marne (77), in Germigny-l’Évêque, ten km from Meaux. Welcome to Batu Taman! Webpage :

For a month, the local Jérémie Villet spent his nights in the area to photograph the local fauna. Every day in June, a new snapshot is posted on Facebook and Instagram. A poetic way to discover the foxes, deer and birds that inhabit the royal city out of sight. According to the photographer, the couple of swans in the basin do not let any other animal approach their territory, The experience he had this spring in the domain of the Palace of Versailles (Yvelines 78) marked him. This 30-year-old photographer, a specialist in wildlife which he usually observes in the snow, is the author of the exhibition “Versailles sauvage”, of which a new snapshot is revealed every day on the establishment’s public social networks. (Facebook and Instagram), until June 25. More info palace of Versailles :

To discover the secrets of the Cheops pyramid, the l’Institut du monde arabe (Arab World Institute) invites you on an immersive virtual reality expedition. An incredible 45-minute course, tested for you. More info at the institute webpage :

The Maison Louis Vuitton publishes a beautiful work that pays tribute to those who, within its workshops and its factories, perpetuate an exceptional know-how. The words of the English historian Nicholas Foulkes placed in the introduction then guide the gaze and the imagination from workshops to factories. A world tour in 400 pages, and almost as many images taken all over France and around the globe, to highlight the factories, craftsmen and the mysteries that surround the making of Louis Vuitton luxury products. On each page of the book, from the ultramodern ranch of Rochambeau, in Texas, to Place Vendôme or Pont-Neuf, via Beaulieu-sur-Layon, Vendôme, Ducey, Drôme, Geneva, Veneto, the atmosphere is youthful, serene mood; the gestures, sure, precise, controlled, seem to punctuate the hours and give all their meaning to the days. Louis Vuitton Manufactures, Assouline Editions, 400 pages,95 Euros in France. Louis Vuitton webpage :

After Giverny, the city of Argenteuil opens the doors of the house inhabited by Claude Monet to the public. From September 17, 2022, come and discover the works and the house of the famous painter. On the program: a journey combining painting, scenography and digital devices. It was in this pink house with green shutters, typical of the 19C, that Claude Monet and his family settled from 1874 to 1878. During these four years, Monet began to paint and would never stop. Argenteuil became a real source of inspiration where he painted 259 paintings, more than 150 of which were about the city of Argenteuil. The Seine, Île Marante, the walk along the river… everything is a sign of motive and influence for Monet. On two floors, the narrative films of the route allow us to understand the link between the artist and the city, at a pivotal moment in its industrial history. The visit reaches its climax in the restitution of the cabin of Claude Monet’s boat-studio. It is the room where one immerses oneself in the lair of the painter to see, touch, smell and feel the pictorial movement that is Impressionism. La Maison Impressionniste Claude Monet or (the Impressionist House Claude Monet), The city of Argenteuil on the Monet house :

Architectures en boîte à la Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, As playful as it is educational, the Architectures in a Box exhibition looks back on the history of construction games through workshops. To better understand the history of these small objects from the institution’s archives, the Cité de l’Architecture has invited two guests of honor for a weekend of colorful carte blanche on Saturday 25 June and Sunday June 26: Aurélien Débat, author, illustrator and designer of games and toys, and Mai Li Bernard, illustrator and author of comic strips, will be present to imagine original cabins, by your side Architectures en boîte à la Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, 1, Place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre, (16éme), Until September 19, 2022, Cité webpage :

The Cité des sciences et de l’industrie invites the public to question our society, which is increasingly transformed by the process of industrialization. Between contemplative and immersive experiences, the exhibition Industrial Evolution examines our reality in depth by putting visitors face to face with situations of yesteryear. A way to better understand the current changes at the heart of our daily life and their impacts on human life to better emancipate ourselves from them. Évolutions industrielles Cité des sciences et de l’industrie, 30, avenue Corentin Cariou (19éme), From June 14, 2022 to March 5, 2023 webpage :

The National Museum of Asian Arts – Guimet lifts the veil throughout the summer on the art of ceramics in Japan by highlighting, exclusively, the work of women. Eclipsed for centuries for the benefit of men, female artists will have to wait until the end of WWII to reveal their talent and train with the great masters who handle this ancestral material like no one else. If this exhibition testifies to a great revival of interest in ceramics in our society, it above all takes a fascinating look at this meticulous art which now combines traditional art with more contemporary techniques. Toucher le feu. Femmes céramistes au Japon, Musée national des arts asiatiques – Guimet , 6 place d’Iéna (16éme) Until October 3 2022 , Every day from 10h to 18h,except Tuesdays, webpage :

In the heart of the Château de Chantilly, the designer Albrecht Dürer is honored ! In total, more than 200 works from the BNF and the Condé Museum testify to his genius and paint a rich and complete portrait of one of the greatest artists of all time who, among other things, revolutionized the art of engraving. during the Renaissance. In the idyllic setting of the castle park, Albrecht Dürer brings to life alongside his peers, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Andrea Mantegna or Lucas Cranach in a Europe in full effervescence. The opportunity to discover the most beautiful creations of the artist such as his Sea Monster, his Annunciation, his Melancholy or his Saint Jerome in his cell. Albrecht Dürer: Engraving and Renaissance, Château de Chantilly, Salle du Jeu de Paume, Chantilly Until October 2, 2022 Webpage :

The LGBTI+ bookstore Violette and Co will be reborn, The emblematic Parisian bookstore, specializing in feminist and lesbian writing, was saved thanks to a crowdfunding campaign. It hopes to reopen in the Fall at 102, rue de Charonne, in the 11éme arrondissement, Violette and Co was born in 2004 from a combination of circumstances. The founding couple wanted to embark on a new professional life. They decided to open the first feminist and lesbian bookstore in France. After deciding on the name in reference to the 20C lesbian novelist Violette Leduc, they settled by serendipity in the neighborhood where she lived. For now their Facebook page :

The M6 ​​Group and Stéphane Rotenberg in collaboration with the Bistrots Pas Parisiens are preparing to launch the first Top Chef bistro from Friday 8 July 2022. You can find the dishes of the emblematic chefs of the show, all inspired by the atmosphere of Top Chef! In Suresnes (Hauts de Seine 92), on the banks of the Seine, the first Top Chef bistro will open its doors! Between sets and props from the “real” set of Top Chef, culinary workshops and shows, but also a reproduction of one of the show’s legendary events, you’ll feel like you’ve passed through your screen and have immersed in the world of one of the most famous cooking shows! And for the impatient little ones who can’t wait and want to take advantage of this new experience as soon as it opens, reservations are open exclusively on TheFork (see bottom of my blog main page) from June 15, Bistrot Top Chef Suresnes ,Opening on Fridays July 8, 2022, Site not reveal yet,,,but I will bet is along the D7 Quai Galliani !!

Update! In Villenave-d’Ornon, a few kms south of Bordeaux, archaeologists from Inrap (National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research) are trying throughout the summer to unravel the mysteries of an extremely rare wreck, buried since 1300 years under an old arm of the Garonne river, According to the first dating of wood and ceramic pieces, the 12-meter long boat would have transported goods, probably agricultural, on the river and as far as the Atlantic coast between the years 680 and 720. At the time, the city of Bordeaux, under the control of the Merovingians, was part of an independent Duchy of Aquitaine. It was plundered in 732 by the emir Abd al-Raman, then besieged a century later by the Vikings. But the origin of the ship, whose excavations started in 2019, remains a mystery. Until the beginning of September, a team of 10 archaeologists will try to dismantle the 200 to 300 ribs (transverse beams) which structure the hull, via hundreds of pegs, to determine the architectural tradition of the boat, its real height, its capacity to tonnage, or even the techniques used at the time to make it watertight. To find its precise geographical origin, an archaeo-dendometer dispatched to the site analyzes the wood of the parts of the boat already dismantled , oak, Scots pine, chestnut ,etc to draw up its growth curve, via its rings, before comparing it to reference chronologies on forests compiled at European level. Ceramic boxes, animal bones and a wooden spoon will also be analyzed. The site will be open to the public next Saturday June 18 during the European Archeology Days.

There you go folks, another dandy round of news of my belle France , of course, chosen by me; there are many others. We are marching on to Summer and eating out in our veranda porch every day now , grand! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

June 14, 2022

The markets of Clohars-Carnoët and Moëlan sur Mer !!!

Well to wrap this road warrior trip with the boys and Dad, I come to something we stop by if open or even passed by when closed. We love the markets in Bretagne and all over France. The markets of Clohars-Carnoët and Moëlan sur Mer are small but quant in city centers. Let me put them in my blog on this post and hope you enjoy them as I.

The town of Clohars-Carnoët is in the department 29 of Finistère, in the lovely region of Bretagne.  I have written several posts on the town, but got a quant picture of its new market and decided to add it to my blog, Hope you enjoy it and happy shopping !
The halles or market is dedicated to the sale of all food products., Located at street Chemin du Presbytére, near the Mairie or city hall of Clohars-Carnoët.

Clohars Carnoet halles jun22

The markets here are : On Saturday morning on the above, also call Place de l’église all year round. In the summer season, you have on Tuesday at the end of the day, from 16h, place du Général de Gaulle. On Wednesday mornings (in summer), at Le Pouldu, in the parking lot of the tourist office, and on Sunday evening, from 18h30 to 22h (period mid-June / mid-September), in the rue des Grands sables.

In the Pays de Quimperlé, direct sales of fish are made at the halle aux poissons of Doëlan (see post ) in Clohars-Carnoët.

The town of Clohars-Carnoët and its markets

The Quimperlé Terres Océand local tourist office on Clohars-Carnoët:

The town of Moëlan-sur-Mer is in the department 29 of Finistère, in the lovely region of Bretagne.  I have,also, written several posts on the town, but got a quant picture of its new market and decided to add it to my blog, Hope you enjoy it and happy shopping !

The markets at Moëlan sur Mer are Tuesdays morning at Place de l’Eglise, around the parish Church St Melaine (see post). A much more modest market (only food products) takes place on Saturday morning in Kergroës, 500 meters from the ti Goudoul gîte.Both open from 8h to 13h.

Moelan sur mer halles by ch Saint-Melaine jun22

In the Pays de Quimperlé, direct sales of fish are made on the quays of Port du Bélon, in Moëlan-sur-Mer

The town of Moëlan sur Mer on its city center see market

The Quimperlé Terres Océane local tourist office on Moëlan sur Mer

There you go folks, a nice ending to the latest road warrior trip of yours truly! The markets are wodnerful no matter where we go and shop on them; the very best of Brittany and France and the world! Hope you enjoy the post and the shopping!

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

June 13, 2022

The port of Bélon of the Bélon !

Riec-sur-Bélon and Moëlan sur Mer are towns in the Finistère Dept 29 of my lovely Bretagne, and in the old Cornouaille (cornwall). Belon is the name of a river that the ancients called “Beln “. I have written before on the town, but need to tell you more about its wonderful port of Bélon, and plenty of oysters activity, the best in France and maybe more….

Riec sur belon port de belon bay boats jun22

The area is large for oysters here but for the flat oyster it is at Riec Sur Belon. A quiet town but a much better port, because it is by the Port du Belon across the estaury to fing the growers. 

Riec sur belon open port to sea jun22

The Belon oyster is an oyster with a rounded shape with a firm flesh of white color. In this case, it is sometimes nutted with brown or grey colors. It can be eaten rather raw, rather hot, and is best known for its unique and distinctive hazelnut flavor.  The oyster aquaculture activity begins in the Belon estuary in the mid-19C by the Lord du Balay installed its first oyster park in 1857, the Solminihac family began this activity in 1864, the Cadoret family in 1872. Several renowned oyster growers are still in activity in Riec-sur-Bélon, including Thaëron House, Château de Bélon (Solminihac family) Anne de Bélon, Noblet establishments. We have,also, enjoy Chez Jacky where we have even take home oysters!

Riec sur belon oysters resto jacky jun22

Very typical, the port of Bélon on the Moëlan sur Mer side that is dominated by a mansion built between the 15C and 19C, from where the view of the ocean is breathtaking. In the direction of the ocean, you will discover the remains of Fort du Bélon which watch at the entrance to the estuary.

Riec sur belon port de belon oyster beds jun22

From the bay of Kerfany, the port of Bélon can be discovered after entering the oyster-farming Bélon river , cradle of the flat oyster “la Belon”. The river flows between remarkable banks that many painters have immortalized. It is an excellent shelter for boats and there are all services nearby. Every day when the fishing boats arrive, a sale of seafood products is organized on the port stall. Many activities are practiced, from coastal fishing to the breeding of flat and cupped oysters through the discovery by boat of the Bélon and the Aven rivers.

Riec sur belon port de belon by chateau belon to sea jun22

The town of Riec sur Belon on its heritage

The Quimperlé Terres Océane local tourist office on Riec sur Belon :

The Château de Belon oysters

Chez Jacky

There you go folks, another dandy in my lovely Bretagne, and so close to home ! A town to be revisited again and again by the coast, the beaches, the oysters!!! Enjoy Riec sur Belon!

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

June 13, 2022

The Church St Pierre of Riec sur Bélon, part II !

Again, still on my road warrior mode, went back to a familiar place that we love and enjoy it. I decided to come back to  Riec sur Bélon ! I have written before on the town and its church so will cut short the intro on the Church St Pierre or St Peter for this new post with new pictures. Hope you enjoy it as I.

Riec sur belon ch Saint-Pierre belltower front jun22

To begin, the town of Riec sur Bélon is in the Finistére dept 29 of my lovely Bretagne. It is located at 12 km from Quimperlé, 17 km from Concarneau, 27 km from Lorient and 35 km from Quimper. And 60 km (about 37 miles)  from my house!

Riec sur belon ch Saint-Pierre entr jun22

The Church St Pierre has a Gothic bell tower, a nave of five bays with side aisles, a transept and a choir. The layout is in the shape of a papal cross. The bell tower with its beautiful Gothic spire, is flanked by a turret of canted staircase giving access to the chamber of the bells. The church was rebuilt in 1872-1873,and part of the materials from the old 15-16C bell tower were reused. The choir and the nave were built in 1771 on the site of a religious sanctuary mentioned in a parish act in 1510. The western facade, the bell tower and two bays of the nave date from 1875 and respect the style of previous constructions. Inside is a polychrome oak wood pieta and a Christ in a brown tunic.

Riec sur belon ch Saint-Pierre nave to altar jun22

Riec sur belon ch Saint-Pierre chapel resurrection jun22

riec sur belon ch Saint-Pierre baptismal chapel jun22

Riec sur belon ch Saint-Pierre altar jun22

As most of the story is on the first post on the St Peter’s Church, will as said, cut the text short here and just add the new pictures which are more descriptive than on the first post.  The laidout is in the form of a papal cross.  The clock dates from 1875.

The town of Riec sur Bélon on its heritage

The Parrish of Quimperlé on the St Peter’s Church in Riec sur Bélon

There you go folks, a wonderful Church of St Pierre in pretty Riec sur Bélon. Better known in the world for its oysters, but plenty more to see here. Again, hope you enjoy the post and worth the detour in the Finistére of my lovely Bretagne

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

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June 13, 2022

The Church Saint-Melaine of Moëlan sur Mer !

This is a repeat visit as I was on my road warrior route in the Finistére dept 29 and passed by here again. Never enough time to see the beauties of my lovely Bretagne, so I stop again and went in. You can read my previous posts on it in my blog so will cut the text short, just to add the new pictures. Hope you enjoy it as I.

The parish Church Saint-Melaine,  built in 1876-1878 on the site of a former oratory destroyed in the 9C, and of an ancient churches restored in 1599. This church is in Moëlan sur Mer ,less than an hour from my house by car !

Moelan sur mer ch Saint-Melaine entr jun22

The Church St Melaine, which was consecrated in June 1879, comprises a nave of five bays with aisles, a transept and a choir consisting of two straight spans with aisles and a three-span roundabout surrounded by a carole on which three chapels radiates from. The Bell Tower is without a gallery. The Church of St Melaine houses the statues of Saint John the Baptist, Saint Melaine and Saint Corentin.

Moelan sur mer ch Saint-Melaine back chevet calvary jun22

It comprises a chancel formed by two straight bays with aisles. The bell tower is without a gallery. It is impressive outside even if inside looks smaller, the church is surrounded by plenty of shops/restos and from here is an easy jump to Clohars-Carnoët (see posts) on the road D24. It is in dept 29 Finistére and less than an hour from my house ! The road D116/D16 takes you to the bigger town of Quimperlé (see posts) and into the freeway N165. Lovely ride indeed

Moelan sur mer ch Saint-Melaine nave to altar jun22

Moelan sur mer ch Saint-Melaine chapel sacre heart jun22

Moelan sur mer ch Saint-Melaine chapel st joseph jun22

Moelan sur mer ch Saint-Melaine chapel virgin et child jun22

The city of Moëlan sur Mer on it’s heritage:

The local Quimperle-Terre oceane tourist office on things to see in Moëlan sur Mer:

There you go folks, another wonderful visit to nice Moëlan sur Mer. A nice encounter with Saint Melaine Church for the memories of family visits. Just love it: again indeed lucky to be here, and you are welcome to come and let me know ok.Another dandy in the Finistére.

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

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June 12, 2022

The port of Doëlan in Clohars-Carnoët !!

Again continuing in my road warrior trip we visited again a first. Behold, I have been here before but in city center Clohars-Carnoët , this time venture out into the smaller roads, and saw some more gems of my lovely Bretagne. Let me tell you a bit on the port of Doëlan in Clohars-Carnoët !! 

Clohars Carnoet port de doelan harbor jun22

The port of Doëlan located at address location2 Rue de keruster, has been frequented by many painters as well such as Henry Moret, Émile Jourdan, Marius Gourdault, Jacques Vaillant, Maurice Elin, Émile Compard, Lucien Demouge, Harald Heiring etc., and writers like Pierre Mac Orlan before WWI, and Paul Guimard and Benoîte Groult more recently. They frequented the hostel of the mother of Bacon in Malachappe. The painter Pierre Jacob, better known under the pseudonym of Tal Coat, is the son of a fisherman from Doëlan. Go figure great history and beautiful scenary! The red boat below is from the SNSM volunteer lifeguards which I proudly support! 

Clohars Carnoet port de doelan harbor SNSM boat jun22

This port of Doëlan is to pose for great memories! A small maritime jewel in a setting of valleys and orchards. Everything is as you dream of ; the spruce fishing boats, the stone cottages and the pretty white houses set up in tiers on the banks, the striped lighthouses…My kind of place to spent a lifetime …working on it.

Clohars Carnoet port de doelan harbor to town jun22

The picturesque port with natural beauty, this concentrate of charm has kept its authenticity. A long slipway, some rocks and the beach of Beg An Tour allow pleasant swimming. Don’t rush to get to Doëlan! The winding country roads that lead to the port reveal delightful panoramas. Confidential site located between the oyster beds of Bélon (see post the best ! )and the peaceful Laïta river, the port of Doëlan nestles in a narrow and deep ria which offers a benevolent haven.

Clohars Carnoet port de doelan harbor to sea and green lighthouse jun22

And you may have seen it on television (Fr), in the Doc Martin series partly shot in Doëlan (named Port-Garrec in the series)… On the left bank, you face the famous white and green lighthouse of Doëlan, and you are next to the former Captain Cook cannery. This cannery still exists, but it has moved to Clohars-Carnoët city proper.

Clohars Carnoet port de doelan green lighthouse to sea jun22

The town of Clohars-Carnoët and its ports

The Quimperlé Terre Océane tourist office on Port de Doëlan

There you go folks, another dandy in my lovely Bretagne. Again discovering the beauties of Clohars-Carnoët, and this time the beautiful Port of Doëlan !! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

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June 12, 2022

The Abbatial site of Saint-Maurice in Clohars-Carnoët !!

And here I continue with my road warrior trips in my lovely Bretagne. This time we again came to a town we have been before but not here. This is a gem outside in the countryside of Clohars-Carnoët and even if it was closed we will be back. Let me give you a glimpse of the historically nice abbatiale site de Saint Maurice in the city limits of Clohars-Carnoët. Hope you enjoy the post as I.

Clohars Carnoet site abbatial de St Maurice sculpture on lake jun22

The Abbatial site of Saint-Maurice on the banks of the Laita river , and ancient Cistercian Abbey. The Abbey Church of Saint-Maurice was done in the mid-19C and enlarged in 1845. It includes, preceded by a Bell Tower whose spire dates from 1774, a nave with four spans, a transept and a choir. The statues of Saint Cornély and Saint Vincent Ferrier are found here.

Clohars Carnoet site abbatial de St Maurice gate jun22

I will give you a bit of the history I like on this post.

The Saint-Maurice de Carnoët Abbey or Saint-Maurice Abbey Site is located on the right bank of the Laïta ria, on the Finistère (dept 29)  side, in the town of Clohars-Carnoët, a few km of the town of Quimperlé. It is a Cistercian abbey in ruins, but which retains interesting architectural elements in a splendid natural setting. Heavily affected during WWII, it was acquired, with its 118-hectare estate, by the Conservatoire du littoral in 1991.

Clohars Carnoet site abbatial de St Maurice mur gate around lake jun22

Saint-Maurice de Carnoët is a former Cistercian abbey founded between 1170 and 1177 in the heart of the Carnoët forest. Maurice Duault de Croixanvec (future Saint Maurice de Carnoët), then abbot of Langonnet Abbey (see post),  founded here in 1177 near the banks of the Laïta an abbey called Notre-Dame de Carnoët, of which he was abbot until his death on September 29, 1191 at the age of 76 and who was buried two years after his death in the abbey church. The abbey will later take the name of Saint Maurice de Carnoët abbey.

Clohars Carnoet site abbatial de St Maurice mur gate by lake grand jun22

For six centuries, Cistercian monks would bring the estate to life to allow maximum autarky by organizing the space around the abbey. It was rebuilt in the 17C, but the destructions during the Terror during the French revolution would devastate the abbey, then abandoned. Sold as national property and become private property, its remains were partly used as a quarry, part being transformed into a castle during the course of the 19C. A resting place for the Nazi army during WWII, the castle, the last large building of the monastery, suffered a fire on April 20, 1945. It was razed by the owners in 1953, with the exception of the chapter house and the charter.

The estate, which now covers 123 hectares, was purchased in 1991 by the Conservatoire du littoral which, since then, has undertaken a major restoration program, both of the built and forest heritage, with century-old trees. The town of Clohars-Carnoët manages the estate and welcomes visitors. It remains today: the chapter house and the carter from the 13C, the barn, the abbey farm, the pediment of the 17C abbey and the 18C orangery. The abbey farm houses an exhibition on Cistercian life and the history of the site, as well as a colony of bats present in the attic, particularly the bigger horseshoe bats and visible thanks to an infrared camera.

Clohars Carnoet site abbatial de St Maurice dependancy jun22

During the holidays: family entertainment, nature walks, temporary exhibitions, investigation game. 123 hectares of woods, moors, salt meadows and meadows make up the site. The audioguides are available in children’s version from 6 years old, in English, German and Dutch. It takes 1h30 to visit it ,slowly me think. Reception of formed groups, schoolchildren and leisure centers.

The official Abbaye Saint Maurice blog

The town of Clohars-Carnoët on the abbey

There you go folks, another amazing dandy historical spot in my lovely Bretagne. This one is in the woods, the parking to the site is a long walk in the woods but nice clean trails, all worth it me think. One more jot down for an eventual closeup visit. The Abbatial site of St Maurice is worth the detour, me think. 

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

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June 12, 2022

Again the Church of Notre Dame de Trog-Wall of Clohars-Carnoët !!

I went out today to do my usual road warrior trips in my lovely Bretagne ! I was totally in Finistére dept 29, and as usual drove again by some gems to repeat visit. This time we had more time here and the sequel to the Church of Notre Dame de Trog-Wall of Clohars-Carnoët is here ! This is a wonderful town and beautiful church for all to see. Hope you enjoy the post as I.

Clohars Carnoet ch Notre-Dame-de-Trogwall entr jun22

For a brief intro, Clohars-Carnoët is bounded by the Laïta river which separates it from Morbihan (my dept 56), and is close to two towns, Quimperlé and Moëlan sur Mer (see posts). The territory is made up of a multitude of villages, hamlets (170!!! according to a recent book) and three main centers including the charming seaside resort of Pouldu located to the south-west of the town, the town further is about 3 km from the coast, and the port of Doëlan near Moëlan Sur Mer.(see posts).

I have return; to Clohars-Carnoët  and again the Church of Notre Dame de Trog-Wall, nice souvenirs of the first visit and needed to come back again.  And of course, you can see my other post with a lot more on the history and description of the church. These are new pictures of today, hope you enjoy them as I.  

Clohars Carnoet ch Notre-Dame-de-Trogwall baptismal chapel jun22

The parish Church of Notre-Dame de Trog-Wall dates from the 16C-19C, and is in the form of a Latin cross. It has been repeatedly renovated such as the south porch  date from 1777, the Spire dates from 1794, the arches of the nave and the whole Church having been heavily reworked in the second half of the 19C.

Clohars Carnoet ch Notre-Dame-de-Trogwall chapel virgin et child jun22

It was in the heart of the village of Clohars-Carnoët that this church was erected and underwent various modifications in 1845. With a nave, a transept and a choir, the Notre-Dame -de-Trog-Wall also has a bell tower whose spire dates from 1774! Within it, one can also discover the statues of Saint Cornély, Saint Vincent-Ferrier or Saint Isidore dressed in Breton clothes. For the little anecdote, it is said that the church would have preserved the parish from a plague which then ravaged the surroundings of the city, it was then dedicated to Our Lady of Trogwall to thank her for her protection.

Clohars Carnoet ch Notre-Dame-de-Trogwall nave to altar jun22

It is not uncommon to see planes from the naval air base of Lann Bihoué, Lorient, (which is nearby), flying over its bell tower!

The town of Clohars-Carnoët on its heritage

There you have it folks, a wonderful Church of Notre Dame de Trog-Wall , visited again for the memories of always and we like it. This is quant peaceful Clohars-Carnoët   less than an hour from my house lol!

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

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June 12, 2022

Fort Clohars !!

And continue to enjoy my new life using the expansive beauty of my lovely Bretagne, set out in my road warrior mode seeking new sights, monuments, and adventures. Incredible what we have so close to home, as this is less than an hour from our house and first time there . I will tell you a bit about the Fort Clohars of Clohars Carnoët , in the Finistére dept 29. 

Clohars Carnoet Fort Clohars ruins closeup jun22

I saw it on a map and say was not by there yet so let me take a peek and what a nice find it was. This is a historical fort of WWII fame and even if remodeled still has a lot from the old. Hope you enjoy this new find in my blog as I. The fort is located in the neighborhood of Pouldu near plages Portguerrec and Porsgastel, very much taken in Summer!

From a battery built around 1737, consisting of a housing and a cannon, the gorge and the parapet remain. Intended to reinforce the close defenses of Lorient, this battery appears to appear on the land register of 1823. The current guardhouse, with an area of ​​200 m2 per level, complies with the national model plans of 1846 and houses six vaulted rooms garrison, stables, and ammunition room.

At the end of the Laïta estuary, on the right bank, the position of the Clohars-Carnoët battery, also called fort, made it possible to fight in a sling from Loc’h beach to Pouldu beach. The battery is made up of a model 1846 guardhouse, built in 1849. It provided accommodation for sixty men. It replaces a battery in the first half of the 18C. Decommissioned in 1899, it became private property, the owner of which added a dwelling. This owner gives the name of his building to Fort-Lamond. During WWII, the Nazis built two concrete shelters on either side of the fort, one of which was buried.

Clohars Carnoet Fort Clohars ruins to sea jun22

The Fort-Lamond is composed of a battery with whitewashed walls with corner chaining and framing of the openings in granite, covered with a roof terrace, and a dwelling covered with a hipped roof, in slate. The battery retains the exterior characteristics of the 1846 model . This military heritage represented an important element of the defensive system of the strategic port of Lorient on its west coast.

The official Fort Clohars:

There you go folks, another dandy find in my lovely Bretagne, indeed we have a bunch and I am just beginning ….!!) This Fort Clohars is worth coming back for a more in depth look me think, eventually.

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

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