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August 6, 2020

Port du Crouesty!

By now needs no further instroduction in my blog as it is one of my favorite places in my beautiful Morbihan , and in lovely Bretagne, and in my belle France! This is the harbor marina Port du Crouesty!

I have written on the Port du Crouesty , part of the town of Arzon in the Rhuys peninsula on several previous posts in my blog. This is a very nice area , this time was there for something different and took some new pictures! In the Morbihan, it is a must to visit. We love it with the family here doing all kinds of activities even tandem bicycle rides from one port to the other!

Port du Crouesty

Port du Crouesty

I had again a call from my former CFO boss in Suresnes dept 92 Hauts de Seine who has a boat anchor here. Always nice to be recognised for the hard work even if after 14 years!!! As I walk by it, I took some additional pictures hopefully different than those before lol!  I was another memorable moment in his boat , we stayed until 01h30 (1:30am) on the boat drinking champagne lol!!!

Port du Crouesty

Port du Crouesty

Anyway, let me give you some brief information for the boat lover in all of us ::)

Port du Crouesty is very well sheltered and accessible at all hours, the Crouesty marina is equipped with 1,432 afloat berths on pontoons, including around 100 for passing boats of up to 18 meters. The port of Le Crouesty has a visitor area for your stopovers with 130 places available. Please note, the maximum draft is 1.80 m.

Port du Crouesty

A dynamic harbor master’s office (capitainerie), sunny plots, lively shops, holiday homes with unique or typically Breton architecture … all combine to give the Port of Crouesty a dynamic and warm image.

Port du Crouesty

Port du Crouesty

 

This is where used boats are exhibited every year during the Mille Sabords Nautical Show and where the greatest skippers have made a name for themselves. The next wonderful event hopefully will be Oct 29 to Nov 1 2020. More info here: Le Mille Sabords nautical show

The Port of Crouesty is a partner of major nautical events, from the very sporty Spi Ouest France to the very colorful Semaine du Golfe.

With an exceptional view of the sea, Le Cargo restaurant offers “homemade” land and sea cuisine and a festive and friendly bar to end your evenings in style! Located above the Harbor Master’s Office. Really nice views and fair price/quality ratio.

Hope you enjoy them and do visit. Arzon and its Port du Crouesty are a must in the Morbihan.

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

The city of Arzon on Port du Crouesty harbor: City of Arzon on Port du Crouesty harbor

The tourist office of the Gulf of Morbihan on Port du CrouestyTourist office Gulf of Morbihan on Port du Crouesty

The passeport escales on harbors site info on Port du Crouesty: Passeport Escales on Port du Crouesty

Again, a magical spot on my Morbihan and with great friendship and cheers of old times and new, a nice way to enjoy the mid week and ready for my next trip out! Hope you enjoy the story as I do.

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

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August 6, 2020

Pontivy: Auberge de Jeunesse!

So lets get nostalgic again shall we! You may notice I have written several posts on the city of Pontivy in my lovely Morbihan 56 of my beautiful Bretagne in my belle France! But as often, the case write we shall about the tourist spots and historical architecturally stunning places of my Bretagne. However, we leave out the little spots that are so full of memories for us as a family.

This is one of them. The Auberge de Jeunesse or Youth Hostel of Pontivy was the place one of my sons stayed while doing a work assignement there. Working in woodwork for patio houses in Pontivy. He was directed here by his employer to this inexpensive place right in city center where a bus (bus terminal only half a km or 500 meters from the hostel) took him directly to his job. And we found a great spot!!

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And yes you can stay here too, in fact local sports team stay here when visiting to play against the local team and even the gendarmerie or police army on training sessions sent their students here. And the place is very central for walks and bike rides!

As my previous posts will expand on this, Pontivy was founded by the monk Ivy. It was also called Napoléonville when both Bonaparte I and III, wanted to make the city the administrative center of Brittany.

This youth hostel is part of the HI network of French youth hostels and welcomes you! With family rooms and a garden, the hostel can accommodate all types of travelers. The HI Pontivy Youth Hostel is located in a former flour mill. This atypical and picturesque place set on a small island of greenery, Ile des Récollets, located in the heart of downtown Pontivy. Be welcomed by a dynamic and friendly team. Take the time to share a meal with passing travelers. Cycling on the many circuits crisscrossing the region.

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The Pontivy youth hostel was created in 1979 in a former flour mill . Everything takes place in a main building and in a farmhouse: 67 beds (accessible to people with reduced mobility) including a 27-bed dormitory unique in France, a shared kitchen and two large meeting rooms.  Here, the price of a night in a shared room with breakfast and city tax included is 23 euros per person. For one of the two double rooms (for couples), you have to add a few euros more.

The official HI PontivyHI France on the Auberge de Jeunesse Pontivy

The tourist office of Pontivy on the youth hostel: Tourist office of Pontivy on the youth hostel

A nice souvenir that we came to pick him up on weekend to walk around Pontivy and take him back home for the night. And of course, all in family spirits that the memories will linger long::: in fact each time we are in town we passed by it for a hello! Hope you enjoy it as we do.

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

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August 6, 2020

Saint Malo and Chateaubriand!

And here I am back to the north of my Bretagne and the corsairs city of Saint Malo. This is in dept 35 Ille et Vilaine. We of course been here several times but as often the case with me things are left out… This is the case of one of the greatest writers of France François René de Chateaubriand, a native of Saint Malo. Let me tell you a bit more please.

He needs no introduction simply Chateaubriand, and many will do a better job of explaining his literary story. I will concentrate on the architecture and history of him in Saint Malo.

Coming from the Breton nobility, the most famous member of his family from Saint-Malo, Chateaubriand is politically part of the royalist movement. Several times ambassador to various sovereigns, he was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1822 to 1824 under the Restoration and counted, under the reign of Charles X, among the ultraroyalists. The many political and diplomatic responsibilities that mark his career as well as his taste for travel, in America and then in the Mediterranean basin, structure a life marked by exile and the nostalgia for stability.

Viscount François-René de Chateaubriand comes from a ruined noble family of Saint-Malo where the Rocher du Quengo family settled at the beginning of the 17C, a family which regained its former dignity thanks to commercial success of Chateaubriand’s father, Count René-Auguste de Chateaubriand (knight, Count of Combourg, Lord of Gaugres, Plessis l’Épine, Boulet, Malestroit en Dol and other places). In January 1789,  Chateaubriand participated in the States of Brittany and , in July of the same year, he attended the storming of the Bastille with his sisters Julie and Lucile.

At the time of the French revolution, in 1791, François-René Chateaubriand left France and embarked for the New World at Baltimore, with the pretext of seeking the Northwest Passage. He arrived in Philadelphia on July 10, 1791 , have been to New York, Boston and Lexington. He relates a meeting with George Washington in Philadelphia, who allegedly told him “Well well, young man”. He sailed up the Hudson River to Albany, where he hired a guide and continued to Niagara Falls, meeting the good savage and the loneliness of the forests of North America. Then he mentions in a few pages its return to Philadelphia via the Ohio River, Mississippi and Louisiana. News of the king’s (Louis XVI) flight to Varennes , he decides to leave America; from Philadelphia, he embarks on the Molly boat bound for La Rochelle.

At the end of March 1792, he married Céleste Buisson de la Vigne, descendant of a 17-year-old family of shipowners from Saint-Malo. They will have no posterity. On July 15, 1792, accompanied by his brother, but without his wife, he left France for Koblenz (Germany). He joined the army of emigres in Koblenz in order to fight the armies of the Republic there; his young wife Celeste, who lives in Brittany, abandoned by her husband who does not give her any news, is arrested as an “emigrant’s wife”, imprisoned in Rennes, where she remains until 27 July. François-René, injured at the siege of Thionville, drags himself to Brussels, from where he is transported convalescent to Jersey island. It was the end of his military career and he went to live in London in 1793 in temporary but real destitution ;he lived in an attic in Holborn, where he was reduced to giving French lessons and teaching translations for booksellers. In 1797 he published his first work there, the Historical, Political and Moral Essay on Ancient and Modern Revolutions, considered in their relationship with the French revolution.  In 1794, his brother, his sister-in-law (a granddaughter of Malesherbes , Louis XVI’s lawyer) and part of their family were guillotined in Paris. Back in France in 1800, he actively participated in the Mercure de France , then directed it for a few years. It is in this logic that he published, in 1801, Atala, an original creation which aroused controversial admiration. Still on the list of emigrants from whom he wants to be struck off, he pleads his case with Élisa Bonaparte, sister of the First Consul Napoleon Bonaparte. She intervened several times with her brother to show him the talent of the writer who eventually was struck off this list on July 21, 1801. Bonaparte chose him in 1803 to accompany Cardinal Fesch to Rome as first secretary of the embassy. Later ,Napoléon Bonaparte appointed him on November 29, 1803 charge d’affaires in the Republic of Valais. On March 21, 1804, he learned of the execution of the Duc d’Enghien. He immediately resigned and went into opposition to the Empire.

Eager to visit for himself the places where the action was, he traveled through Greece, Asia Minor, Palestine and Egypt during the year 1806. On his return from the East, exiled by Napoleon three leagues away from the capital, he acquired the Vallée-aux-Loups, in the Val d’Aulnay ,currently in the town of Châtenay-Malabry, near Sceaux, where he locked himself in a modest retirement. Throughout the Restoration, she played the role of a listened adviser to him. Talleyrand, who in the past covered and protected him, appointed him ambassador to Sweden. Chateaubriand had not yet left Paris when Napoleon I returned to France in 1815. He then accompanied Louis XVIII to Ghent, and became a member of his cabinet. He sent him the famous Report on the State of France.

After the Emperor’s defeat, Chateaubriand voted for the death of Marshal Ney in December 1815 in the Chamber of Peers. He was appointed Minister of State and Peer of France; but having attacked the ordinance of September 5, 1816 in La Monarchie according to the Charter which dissolved the Untraceable Chamber, he was disgraced and lost his post of Minister of State. He therefore threw himself into the ultra-royalist opposition, and became one of the main editors of the Conservative, the most powerful organ of this party. According to Pascal Melka, author of Victor Hugo, a fight for the oppressed. Study of his political evolution, the Conservative will be at the origin of the newspaper Le Conservateur Littéraire which will employ Victor Hugo.

In 1821, he was appointed Minister of France in Berlin, then Ambassador to London! where his cook, Montmireil, invented the cooking of the piece of beef that bears his name!!. In 1822, he represented France at the Congress of Verona. In 1823, he received from the hands of the Emperor Alexander I of Russia the Order of Saint Andrew, and from Ferdinand VII of Spain, the collar of the Order of the Golden Fleece. He was one of the plenipotentiaries at the Congress of Verona and had the expedition to Spain decided, despite the apparent opposition of the United Kingdom (in reality, the latter wanted an intervention). On his return, he received the portfolio of Minister of Foreign Affairs; he succeeded in the Spanish adventure with the capture of Cadiz at the battle of Trocadero in 1823; but, unable to come to an agreement with Villèle, head of government, he was brutally dismissed on June 6, 1824. He was appointed ambassador to Rome in 1828, where Celeste accompanied him this time and where she held her rank as ambassador brilliantly, but he resigned with the advent of the Polignac ministry, which is its political decline. He retired from business after the Revolution of 1830, even leaving the House of Peers. His last years were spent in deep retirement, in the company of his wife. He hardly leaves his home, an apartment on the ground floor of the Hôtel des Missions Étrangères, at 120 rue du Bac in Paris, except to go to the nearby Abbaye-aux-Bois, at Juliette Récamier’s, whose he is a constant friend and whose salon brings together the elite of the literary world.

On February 11, 1847, Céleste died, and Chateaubriand wrote: “I owe a tender and eternal gratitude to my wife, whose attachment was as touching as it was deep and sincere. She made my life more serious, more noble, more honorable, always inspiring me with respect, if not always the force of homework”. Chateaubriand died in Paris on July 4, 1848 at 120 rue du Bac. His remains are transported to Saint-Malo and deposited facing the sea, according to his wishes, on the rock of Grand Bé, an islet in the harbor of his native town, which can be reached on foot from Saint-Malo  at low tides.

Chateaubriand could have been a great minister. I explain it not only by his acute intelligence, but by his sense and his knowledge of history, and by his concern for national greatness. I also observe how rare it is for a great artist to possess such political gifts ”. said by Charles de Gaulle.

The tomb of Chateaubriand is the tomb where François-René de Chateaubriand is buried, a famous French writer born in Saint-Malo on September 4, 1768 and died in Paris on July 4, 1848. It is located on the islet of Grand Bé , accessible at low tides on foot, in Saint-Malo, his birthplace. It was according to his wish that after his death, on July 4, 1848 in Paris. The tomb is near the edge of the cliff and eternally turned towards the sea and the storm of which, he said.   “The noise rocked my first sleep”. A non-nominative plaque was however placed on the wall behind the tomb, with the inscription: “A great French writer wanted to rest here to hear only the wind and the sea. Passant respects his last will.” An anecdote about the Grand Bé is that the term Bé means falls in Breton, but it is not known if this could have played a role in the choice of the writer.

Saint Malo

In 1849 was first initiative to erect a statue in honor of Chateaubriand, by the Parisian bookseller-publisher, Parent-Desbarre. However, it all began in 1864 when negotiations are initiated with the city of Saint-Malo. The mayor forms a committee within the city council, supported in Paris by a second committee made up of members of the Institute de France. A public subscription is organized and is added by a donation from the bookseller. The committee chose Aimé Millet, who was inspired by a bust of David d’Angers entrusted to him by the Comte de Chateaubriand to make the statue. Then, in 1874: the Ministry of War offers 1200 kg of bronze for casting. Before leaving for Saint-Malo, the statue is on display in the courtyard of the artist’s studio in Paris where the Parisian public saw it next to the statue of Vercingetorix. Eventually in 1875 was the inauguration on September 5 in front of the writer’s birthplace in St Malo. The city in 1881 moved it to the casino garden ,and later in 1930 it was transferred again to the Fort de la Reine bastion. During WWII , in 1942 it was dismantled and melted down under the Vichy collaborator regime. After WWII in 1948, a new stone statue of Chateaubriand, commissioned by the State from Armel Beaufils, is erected in the Square du Casino.

Saint Malo

The tourist office of Saint Malo on the in English:  Tourist office of St Malo on Grand Bé island

And there you now i feel better! One of the great men of France and from Bretagne! Also, one of my favorites even before moving to Bretagne from a historical point of view and as a writer. A giant of his time to read again and again. Hope you enjoy the story on François-René Chateaubriand!

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

August 5, 2020

Val d’Oust: Le Manoir de la Touche-Carné!

The Manoir de la Touche-Carné is located at 2 Rue du Manoir in what is today call the town of Val-d’Oust (formerly Le Roc Saint André, see older posts under this name). We went by because one of my sons worked in town not far from it and we passed by. Very interesting history of our region and wonderful architecture we like.

I like to tell you now a bit more on it as not written before on this wonderful architectural and historial farm house.

The Manoir de la Touche-Carné has all the buildings constituting the manor distributed around a courtyard. As you enter, the main house, built before 1450 for the Carné family, has a square plan with a polygonal staircase tower in the corner, on the front facade; it had one wing amputated in return; another wing comprising pantry and upstairs bedroom is contiguous. A second main building, attached on the left, is an addition from the end of the 15C or the beginning of the 16C. The courtyard is closed by a 15C smallholding and a 19C stable.

Val d'oust

Former stronghold of the family of knights of the same name, the Manoir de la Touche-Carné is at the origin of an important village which counts many old houses and gathered, in the 19C, half of the village population. The main house is today amputated of a wing in return of square on the right: the door of the staircase tower commanded the entry. On the ground floor, the two bays illuminate a single and very large room which was used, among other things, for the exercise of the administrative and judicial functions of the lord, head of this chatelaine. Upstairs, the windows separated by very large piers illuminate two areas reserved for private life and each equipped with a fireplace. The room under frame and the skylights that lit it disappeared during a repair of the frame in the 17C. However, access to the attic via the main staircase and the presence of a fireplace in this attic suggest the presence of a room under a frame. The dating is confirmed by the absence of any decoration on the facade of the house, a phenomenon characteristic of the first half of the 15C.

Val d'oust old le roc st andre the manoir de la touche carné entrance may14

The building to the south of the courtyard, from the 15C, served as a farm sharing the same courtyard as the house, it was undoubtedly the main farm of the domain; its frame and roof were redone in 2004. Those of the agricultural parts, from the end of the 15C and the 19C, north of the courtyard, were redone in 2006. The ensemble of Touche-Carné still strongly evokes the lordship way of life around the 1400s.

Val d'oust

The tourist office of the Broceliande region on the Manoir de la Touche-Carné in Val d’Oust, my lovely Morbihan breton.  Tourist office of Broceliande on Val d’Oust Manoir de la Touche-Carné

Hope you enjoy the story.  And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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August 5, 2020

Larmor-Plage: Church Notre-Dame de Larmor!

And staying in my pretty Morbihan 56 of my lovely Bretagne and in my belle France; I show you Larmor-Plage. or Larmor beach.. Well yes this is a sort of beach laid back town, but the beaches here I have just passed thru as there is so much choices along the coast lol! I have a bit of a post on them in my blog.

Instead , I went for the architecture and history that I like and goes hand and hand in these neck of the woods. I have written before on this area but feel Larmor-Plage has been minimized. Time to remedy that with the bit of info on the Church Notre Dame de Larmor.

Well a bit on the town ,which is Larmor- Plage ,the town of Larmor in front of its name to that of the ancient scripture of the name of the pilgrimage Chapel Notre-Dame de L’Armor, which originally stood alone on this promontory by the sea located on the west bank of the entrance to the harbour of Lorient which marks the confluence of the Blavet and Scorff rivers, it faces the island of Groix and the Atlantic Ocean.

The Church of Notre-Dame de Larmor, is the ancient chapel of pilgrimage Notre-Dame de L’Armor, built before the creation of the town of Larmor-Plage, on the parish of Ploemeur. The building is built on a promontory near the shore which it’s situation facing the inclement weather imposes regular restorations. There are significant architectural elements of the 14C, 16C and 17C.

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The Church of Notre Dame de Larmor contains remarkable objects, some in particular are the commemorative plaque, in granite, of the construction of the chapel bearing the inscription 1506; in the north porch, 12 stone statues from the early 16C representing the twelve Apostles; a carved stone group representing a Virgin of pity, composed of 6 figures, from the first half of the 16C; a 16C wooden statue depicting a Christ of pity; a carved stone group of the first half of the 16C depicting St. Roch and his chiefdoms wooden statuettes of the middle of the 16C representing Ste. Barbara and Saint Efland; an 18C wooden statuette depicting Salome; Notre-Dame-des-Anges with polychrome wooden statue of the 16C, Virgin with long tresses, a red dress and a blue coat. She carries with her right arm a Child who holds a book; an ex-voto model of the ship “Le Saint-Jean”. Frigate bearing narrow square masts. The hull is painted green, the top in black with a white line for the battery. An altarpiece called “the altar of the Jews” composed of thirty eight figures in triangle dated from the beginning of the 16C; a set of joineries of the late 17C restored , made up of three altars and three altar-pieces with an Altarpiece of the bedside with a central canvas, the Madonna and Child surrounded by Angels heads and donors.

Larmor plage

In the lateral niches are placed the statues of Saint Efland and Ste. Barbara. The Altar, adorned with torsos columns, preserves in the niches the statue of the Good Shepherd and those of the four Evangelists. An altar in painted canvas whose central medallion represents to the Virgin and Child; the altarpieces of the lower sides of the choir with a central niche flanked by pilasters, with at the top, a painting depicting the Eternal Father. An altarpiece decorated with a statue of St. John the Baptist and carved wooden altar with garlands of flowers. An altarpiece with statue of Madonna and Child and altar on painted canvas appearing Saint Roch. We can see inscriptions: coat of arms and arms of donors. Great by the beach!

Larmor plage

The town of Larmor-Plage has mentions of the church in French here: City of Larmor Plage on the Church

The tourist office of Lorient South Brittany on Larmor-Plage beach and church in French: Tourist office of Lorient South Brittany on Larmor Plage

And there you go folks ,another dandy in my pretty Morbihan dept 56 of Bretagne. You won’t go wrong in any of these towns by the coast not far from me! Many choices hard to choose. Hope you enjoy the different twice of the Church Notre Dame de Larmor in pretty Larmor-Plage.

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

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August 5, 2020

Langonnet: Church St Pierre et St Paul!

Well here is one I thought have written a post on but unfortunately, I have not. I did on the abbey (see post)  but not the church in Langonnet.  The town of Langonnet is part of the Cornish area of the Morbihan dept 56 and is bordering the Côtes-d’Armor dept 22. In my lovely Bretagne of course.

Well as the saying goes ; better late than never! Here is my bit of story on the Church of St Peter and St Paul of Langonnet.

Langonnet ch st pierre et st paul

The present church was preceded by a monastic establishment founded by the monks of the Abbey of Landévennec. The Church, in its oldest parts, dates back to the 12C. From this primitive Church remains only the eastern part of the nave of Romanesque style.  In the 16C, the entire exterior was redone as well as the collateral, the font Chapel and the eastern part of the Church. The first spans of the nave are also built in the Gothic style. The ossuary and sacristy were erected in the 17C. In 1662, the Church was covered with a new roof structure. The bell tower was hit by thunder in 1844. It was crowned with a small wooden arrow covered with slate. The square tower is entirely redone between 1846 and 1873 and the steeple that overcomes it. Inside, the furniture is almost entirely crafted in the 19C.

Langonnet

The Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul Church is in the shape of a Latin cross with a square tower at the crossroads. The west facade, from the 16C, is a fine example of flamboyant Gothic with buttresses surmounted by pinnacles. Its double door is decorated with braces and surmounted by an openwork tympanum. The south side of the nave has a square porch supported by two angular buttresses bearing the date “1523”, as well as a 17C ossuary, filling the angle between the side of the nave and the porch. It has six berries of trilobed shape.

Langonnet

The Saint Pierre et Saint Paul Church is 32 × 12 meters inside. The beautiful nave with three aisles covered with a framework has retained four Romanesque spans from the 12C and three others with the first spans are Gothic.   The Romanesque part of the nave alternates between a blind bay and a bay pierced with a small very splayed twin window, which are separated by engaged half-columns starting from the transoms At the base of the first half-column , there is a column-statue representing an enigmatic crouching figure holding his beard. The flat face of the capital just below bears the inscription: Jesus Nazarenus rex judeorum with the lateral face of the capital shows a Crucifixion. The Romanesque capitals constitute the main originality of the church, whether by their shapes or their patterns. They present a great diversity of very stylized sculpted decorations: crossettes, foliage, geometric decoration, mask, animals, Crucifixion surrounded by birds, character holding a cross in one hand and a wreath in the other, hand holding a cross ending in a sheaf of foliage,etc. They are part of one of the major movements of Breton Romanesque sculpture focused on geometric decoration and the stylization of figurative elements towards abstraction. Beautiful!

A bit more on direction in the tourist office of the Pays du roi Morvan in deep Cornoauille on the Church: TOurist office of Pays du roi Morvan on the Church St Pierre et St Paul of Langonnet

The deanery of the parish of Gourin on the Church St Pierre et St Paul in French with many of what I have translated above. Doyenne of Gourin on the Church St Pierre et St Paul of Langonnet

Another wonderful example of the beautiful architecture and history abound in my lovely Bretagne and my gorgeous Morbihan dept 56 in pretty Langonnet. Hope you enjoy the tour of the Church of St Peter and St Paul!

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

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August 4, 2020

Erdeven: Chapelle de la Vraie Croix!

Moving right along in my road warrior tendencies and using my local area for input to expand on previous posts where credit was not done me think. I have come again to Erdeven, a beach resort with many nice monuments, of which, one is the Chapelle de la Vrai Croix or Chapel of the True Cross.

Erdeven is in my dept 56 Morbihan just south of me on the coast. The name of Erdeven comes from the Breton “ar en tewen” or on the dune.

Just across the Church St Pierre et St Paul (see post) is the Chapelle of Lann Groez or the True Cross, Vrai Croix in French. There are other 7 chapels in the area !!! The Chapelle de la Vraie Croix (or True Cross) in Breton Langroës. It is also called the chapel of the True Cross, Notre-Dame de Pitié or Chapel of the Congregation. The south door is built in basket handle. It is adorned with a cabbage brace topped with a floret. Two pilasters decorated with circles and diamonds surround it. Above: a shield and a phylactery carried by two angels.

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The Chapel of the True Cross dates from the middle of the 16C such as the south door. Its founders are not identified so the chapel stays pretty much undocumented. As the cadastral plan of 1811 indicates, its corner almost touched the apse of the parish Church St Pierre et St Paul, while an alley allowed to bypass it. In 1826, the city council decided to abandon the chapel of the Virgin located at the bottom of the town and to restore that of the True Cross which is now dedicated to Notre Dame de Pitié or Our Lady of Pity and is used for Congregation meetings. It was probably at this time that the chapel was first shortened on the side gable for traffic reasons. However, in 1957, the western facade was further set back 5 meters. Currently disused, the chapel has lost a large part of its furniture.

Erdeven

Today, the Chapel of the True Cross has a short rectangular plan, with a polygonal apse. The chapel is constructed of medium-sized freestone, with slate wedges. It is covered with a long pan roof, with a gable and croups on the cut sides . It has a small sacristy hidden in the northeast corner. Trace of a door and a rectangular bay with a large interior opening now permanently closed. The south facade has a door, in place, adorned with Renaissance decor. The western facade with its steeple supported by a slightly protruding massif, is a reassembly of that built in the 19C. An exterior bench is partially preserved on the south side. Inside, there is a vestige of a holy water baptismal font, the decoration of which is broken, of a columned credenza, the upper part of which is also truncated by the boring of a window. A recent paneled cradle hides the old roofing devices.

A bit of info from the Bay of Quiberon tourist office not really worth it than for the directions; I have my information from brochures in the Chapel as text above. Bay of Quiberon tourist office on the Chapel

The city of Erdeven with tourist office practical information: City of Erdeven with tourism practical information

And there you go a brief note in my blog for another nice monument in my lovely Morbihan of my beautiful Bretagne and my belle France. A never ending travelogue of exquisite things to see.Hope you have enjoy the brief tour of Erdeven and the chapel and do see my other posts on Erdeven, on the dune!

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

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August 4, 2020

Little Elven, big heritage!!!

Let me bring back some memories of my work. A while back, hard to remember dates, a collegue working in my dept told me he was from Elven? huh? He show me the map and told me there was nice things to see and a very good restaurant. Needless to say we as a family went and true to local knowledge it was nice. Later our CFO decided to have a party for the group and voilà the restaurant was chosen again, and again it was wonderful. But enough of the restaurant let me tell you a bit more on little Elven, big heritage!!!

We went looking for the fortress tower of Largoët, built in the 13-16C and residence of the Lords of Largoët,and most notable here lived  Jean IV de Rieux, tutor of the duchess Anne de Bretagne ( and queen of France twice!). The fortress was mentioned first in 1020! Here between 1474 and 1476 , this Jean IV lord of Rieux held prisioner Henri Tudor duke of Richmond and future king Henry VII of England. In 1490, king Charles VIII demolished the castle but it was later restored under Anne de Bretagne. Nicolas Fouquet (vaux le vicomte unfame) purchased the castle in 1656 and after his death it is sold to Michel de Trémeurec and since the castle was never sold and remains in the family that hold it today. On November 30 1799 there was a big battle here during the war of the west against the revolution by the local Chouans known as the battle of the Tour d’Elven.

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Elven

The official site of the Forteresse de Largoët in French here: Forteresse de Largoet Elven

You have a beautiful simple Church of  Saint-Alban, rebuilt in the 17C and again in the 19C, it still hold the roman choir of the original Church, see the mechanical clock and replica in wood of the Church. The Church of Saint-Alban, is dedicated to Alban de Verulamium, the patron Saint of the city. The Normans destroyed by fire the first wooden church. In 1121, a Romanesque church was rebuilt, again destroyed by a fire in 1525. A church of Gothic style was elevated, of which only today the Romanesque Choir remains. In 1536 is built a neo-Gothic nave and then, in 1642, a bell tower. In the 19C, the work suffering from the time was renovated, the nave and the transept were rebuilt. The bell tower is completed in 1877 and the Church will be consecrated in 1879.

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Elven

The new modern Church of Saint Alban having kept the apse of the old building. Inside, very ornate sandpits with leaves and figures. Two floors of sculptures in high reliefs separated by a moulding. On the lower floor, chimeras supporting ecus; foliage with human heads; garlands of foliage and fruit; birds. On the upper floor, and advancing like on a balcony, curly hair Angels seen from the front and half-body, holding unarmoured ecus; various characters, half-body, in Renaissance costumes, in various attitudes, forming as a gallery of French Renaissance portraits. The Church of St. Alban, rebuilt in the 17C and 19C.

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Elven

And the pretty  Chapelle of Sainte Anne built in 1902. Located 200 meters from St Alban’s Church. Built in neo-Gothic style, its remarkable gable dominates the Ker Anna district. The door is surmounted by an accolade with finial resting on pilasters with flowered pinnacles.  A Cornish bell tower soars into the sky, extended by an arrow confined to small gables and gargoyles. Inside, the stained-glass windows retrace the history of Sainte-Anne. The one in the choir presents the donors, in particular Monsieur de Charette as a pontifical zouave.

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Elven

This is the city of Elven on its heritage with the above church and chapel in French: City of Elven on its religious heritage

Just briefly as had it on another post. The  Le Lion d’Or Hotel et Restaurant at 5 place Adrien le Franc, Elven, just across from the place de l’église and the Church of St Alban. Their Facebook page is here: Facebook page of Le Lion d’Or restaurant Elven

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And this time we got our baguettes here! At the Boulangerie Le Texier , place de l’église just around from above resto and church. Very nice good breads even some with chorizos Inside yummy!!!  And their Facebook page is here: Facebook page of Boulangerie Le Texier Elven

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And voilà, wanted to update this one as carries memorable moments for me that just wanted to keep that memories and some photos. Hope you enjoy it. Oh by the way Elven is on the road N166 coming from Rennes so if heading for the beaches of Morbihan, direction Vannes or Lorient ,this should be an excellent rest stop and why not the restaurant and bakery come in handy me think. Enjoy it

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

August 4, 2020

Damgan oh yes Morbihan!

A bit weird posted this entry and it first show 28 july when is not a date per se now reposting as original intented. Hope you enjoy it. via Damgan oh yes Morbihan!

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August 3, 2020

Damgan oh yes Morbihan!

And here I am coming back to the coast, the littoral, the beaches of my Morbihan sublime fine sand beaches galore. And one that is not to be missed is the ones at Damgan. Let me tell you briefly on them as already a post on its heritage monument.

Damgan is located in the department 56 of Morbihan and the region of Bretagne. It is also one of the 12 towns of the Arc Sud Bretagne intermunicipal association and the Vannes district. It is a peninsula located between the Rhuys peninsula (see post) and the Vilaine estuary. To the west, the Pénerf river marks the limit of the town, the Atlantic Ocean to the south, the town of Ambon to the north and east. A ria Pénerf stretches between the old salt marines of Ambon to the Pointe du Dibenn in Pénerf; the marshes of Saint-Guérin mark with the pointe du Bil the mouth between the tombolo of Pénerf and the mainland.

From the 15C to the 18C, the port of Pénerf became an important port in Bretagne/Brittany. The 16C was also the golden age for Pénerf, which was then the fourth Breton port. Its boats went to Bordeaux to Rouen, from Cadiz to Norway,etc.
The particular geology of the river or ria of Pénerf allows the establishment of a first oyster park in 1858. The oyster of Pénerf is one of the six crus of southern Brittany with the “Aven Belon”, the “Ria d’Etel”, “Quiberon”, “Gulf of Morbihan” and “Croisicaise”.

The 19C, however, was marked by a long decline in port activity at Pénerf since transport by rail proved to be more economical than cabotage. The first bathers were reported in 1860 and the first cabins appeared in 1877. A large number of tourists arrived in the second half of the 20C, allowing the town to resume economic growth with its development as a seaside resort. Even today, its economy is mainly oriented towards the tourism sector.

The Port of Pénerf  is located on the Pénerf river, at the western end of Damgan. Formerly a commercial and coastal shipping port, today it is a fishing port and increasingly a marina. Several berthing possibilities are available to mariners arriving at Damgan, in the port of Pénerf . The small port offers multiple navigation possibilities, well located, near the Gulf of Morbihan, the Vilaine estuary and the bay of Quiberon.

The Penerf river is a river that flows between Damgan and Sarzeau, in the bay of Penerf, at the northern limit of Mor Braz,the bay of the Atlantic Ocean in the Morbihan. The Penerf river, or ria de Penerf, stretches for 6 km to the pont de Billion bridge in Ambon, a place which more or less marks the end of the salinity of its waters. However, the salinity of the water varies depending on the tides and the time of year.  It is also at this place that two rivers form the Penerf river ; the Drayac stream, or Drague, measuring approximately 7 km, coming from Berric , and the Penbulzo stream. The estuary is composed of 38% of sea or inlets, 22% of salt marshes or salt meadows and 13% of rivers or estuaries subject to the tides.

There are more popular beaches here but for us peace and quiet are best at Plage Saint Guérin. Its located between Damgan and Pénerf in continuity with the promenade, the beach in the bay of St-Guérin will charm you with its natural shelter. Between the grande plage of Damgan and the pointe de Penerf, the beach of Saint-Guérin is located on an isthmus. It is an urbanized beach backed by polders. A large promenade facilitates smooth travel. The sand is generous there. Admittedly, there are fewer facilities and services than on the large nearby beach, but more tranquility.

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At Pointe du Lenn , facing the ocean, stands the Tour des Anglais. At 15 meters, it has been welcoming boats at the entrance to the Pénerf river and has been doing so for some 5 centuries. It is also the only fire tower, ancestor of the lighthouse, preserved on the Atlantic coast!

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There is a canon of the 18C coming from the vessel Le Juste sunk during the battle of the Cardinals in 1759 and of which we find in the region many cannons from ships sunk during this battle. When Le Juste sank, 130 crew members were rescued by a captain from Pénerf. In 1992, the Naval foundary of Indret offered this gun to the town of Damgan in memory of this episode.

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The city of Damgan on tourisme in French: City of Damgan on tourisme

The area tourist office of Damgan-La Roche Bernard on Damgan in French: Tourist office of Damgan La Roche Bernard on Damgan

And there you go folks another dandy by the coast in my beautiful Morbihan, tops really you should take a look. And the beach is open with mask and social distancing please, we can all still enjoy it and better at Damgan! Hope you enjoy the post as I do.

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

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