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September 23, 2021

The old Fort Neuf of Quiberon!

And moving about the area recently it brought back  many memories of family visits, so went back to the blog to see what was written on it. I found it mix in with other posts and really it deserves a post of its own; therefore, here is my take on the old Fort Neuf of Quiberon! Hope you enjoy it as I.

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One of the nicest thing around here is that there is an old fort and a small beach very nice with hotels resto nearby right at the very tip of the Quiberon peninsula lovely sea views and great walks of course. I read the sign at the fort to translate a bit of information here. Fort Neuf, probably built during the War of Succession of Spain (Habsbourg) 1701-1774. It was completely enclosed in 1792, and finally a complete fortress between 1883 and 1886.

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It was still occupied during the wars of the French revolution and the Empire. The construction of a model tower is envisaged there in 1811. It is one of the four coastal batteries out of eleven kept by the “Joint Commission of armament of the coasts of France, Corsica and the islands” of 1841 for the defense of the anchorages on the Quiberon peninsula. The commission awarded it two 30-pound guns and two 22-cm howitzers. Its cubicle must be a crenellated guard for 40 men intended to accommodate 20 infantry from a coast guard post in addition to the battery servants. The reorganization of the battery and the construction of the guardhouse were carried out in 1860-1861. The Fort Neuf battery was kept after 1870 and rebuilt in the 1880s according to new standards adapted to the progress of artillery. Its armament consists of three 24 cm guns, 1876 war models. The Fort Neuf battery was no longer part of Quiberon’s defenses , and in 1902 the defense was moved to Port Haliguen (see post). During the Great War or WWI, it accommodated the installations of a seaplane base. The site is occupied by the Nazi army during WWII. The battery casemates from the 1880s were razed at the end of the 1990s. The site is currently used as a public garden.

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Of course, there is another wonderful beach just at the foot of the fort. The Plage du Fort Neuf  along the ocean front Bd. de la Teignouse. Ideal for lovers of sailing and jet-skiing: this beach has a launching wedge for all sailboats and motorboats. Oriented to the East, it shelters swimmers from the West winds. In addition, they can enjoy the view of the Bay of Quiberon offered from the Fort Neuf promontory. Parking at the foot of Fort Neuf free.

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My fav beach webpage Plages TV on the Fort Neuf beachhttps://en.plages.tv/detail/fort-neuf-beach-quiberon-56170

The Bay of Quiberon tourist office on Quiberonhttps://www.baiedequiberon.co.uk/quiberon

There you go folks, glad to show you my heaven on earth and slowly unveiling it for the world. Hope you enjoy the tour of the old Fort Neuf another nice one down the alley from me about 40 minutes driving on easy roads D768 all the way from my house. Quiberon is tops !!

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

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September 23, 2021

The Pointe du Conguel of Quiberon !!!

A magical spot in my beloved Morbihan 56 of my lovely Bretagne. This one we know ,not told much but need to . It is for the lover’s of the sea ,nature, and just beautiful scenery. You need to go there by car of course. I will update this older post for you and me as remind me, we were there recently as allow to go out and with still restos/bars were closed no need to go further. Anyway this is our backyard and what a yard it is. Welcome to the Quiberon peninsula or Presqu’ïle de Quiberon!

Oh yes the name is Pointe du Conguel or Conguel’s tip/point . It is all the way to the end of the peninsula bordering beautiful Atlantic ocean breezes and waves , passing by wonderful places to stay ,shop, and eat. This is another world, almost an island world which is my roots anyway. Let me tell you a bit more about it ok.

The Pointe du Conguel is at the end of the peninsula in the Bay of Quiberon. It is in the territory of the town of Quiberon. The meaning of Conguel probably comes from the Latin/Spanish concha (shell), itself of Greek origin and which also gave the French conque which qualified ports whose sheltered cove was a guarantee of protection for ships.

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The Pointe du Conguel is originally an island, formed by rocks linked together by accumulated sand. This island is connected to the mainland by a tombolo 300 meters long. Two islets extend the point: Toul Bihan, accessible on foot at low tides, and Toul Bras, where Gallic burials were discovered. Further out is the Phare de la Teignouse or lighthouse, which marks the passage of the Teignouse, near which the battleship of the Courbet France class sank on August 22, 1922, ripped open by a rock; the wreck is located 0.5 mile south-east of the Teignouse lighthouse.  The lighthouse of Teignouse marks the separation between the Bay of Quiberon and the Atlantic Ocean. Here you can enjoy an extensive view of the offshore islands. For early risers, it is an idyllic place to watch the sunrise.

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The Pointe du Conguel is about 1000 meters long and 200 meters wide. It is placed under the protection of the Conservatoire du Littoral. A path makes it possible to go around this natural site. The Conservatoire du Littoral is a establishment member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), it has no equivalent in other countries. In 2017, the Conservatoire ensures the protection of 200,000 hectares on more than 750 sites, representing approximately 1,600 km of maritime shoreline, i.e. 15% of the French coastline. In my Morbihan they manage the following. The Islands: Belle-Île-en-Mer, Groix Island, Houat and Hœdic. On the Bay of Quiberon: The pointe du Men-er-Bellec, Pointe de Keryondre, and Pointe du Conguel. In the Gulf of Morbihan: L’anse de Mancel, Ilur Island, pointe des Emigrants, Pointe de Kerpenhir , Pointe de Penhap; marshes of Pen an Toul, marshes of Séné, and banks of the Vincin. Also, the dunes of Plouhinec and Le marais de Pénestin (marshes). The official webpage on the Pointe du Conguel info is here in French:  https://www.conservatoire-du-littoral.fr/siteLittoral/523/28-pointe-du-conguel-56_morbihan.htm

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There is a nice beach here , Plage du Conguel at the end, the pedestrian-only Conguel beach is particularly quiet, especially since it is sheltered from the westerly winds. Not far from there, at the end of the Pointe, south side, the Jument Beach is a very quiet place, far from the bustle of the city center! On the parking at the entrance of the Pointe du Conguel, you will find toilets and an emergency call terminal. Spaces for parking bicycles and picnic tables. We love it!!

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My favorite webpage for beaches in France, plages TV on the Conguel beachhttps://en.plages.tv/detail/conguel-beach-quiberon-56170

The local Bay of Quiberon tourist office on Conguel beach location etchttps://www.baiedequiberon.co.uk/to-see-to-do/water-sports-and-beaches/beaches/plage-du-conguel

You can walk or bike all of this, and we do walk and walk km, lovely all around the best way to see nature.  Again, my heaven on earth and slowly unveiling it for the world. Hope you enjoy the tour of the Pointe du Conguel another nice one down the alley from me about 40 minutes driving on easy roads D768 all the way from my house. Quiberon is tops, and the Pointe du Conguel is awesome.

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

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September 23, 2021

The Porte Prison of Vannes!!

This is one of the nicest gates of old Vannes and one we come often by it, having parked by the ramparts below the ruins of the old castle . I have written several posts on the ramparts of Vannes and its famous towers; however, little on the porte Prison. Therefore, this is an all new text with older pictures to show you the Porte Prison of Vannes!!

It took the turn of the porte Prison or prison gate partially destroyed in 1886 and one of the oldest access to the town to make the people react to save the ramparts  and create and association in 1911 to do so. The work continues today, making it the key to the local heritage seen by tourists and locals alike; making the ramparts one of the rare urban fortifications still existing today in all of Bretagne/Brittany/Breizh.

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The, one of, the reasons we come by here is to have an apéro in style at the Le Saint Nicolas resto right off of it, almost attach to it; lovely indeed! And I have written about this resto before in my blog too.

The story of this area of my capital city of Vannes is told by the fact that here the old Roman road crossing the castrum from West to East probably passed in the direct vicinity of the gate, supposed to allow access to the city from the 3-4C from the Saint-Patern suburb (now district of Vannes see post), then called Porte Saint-Patern in the Middle Ages ; which developed on the hill of Boismoreau. and where the ancient city stretched before it was withdrawn into the fortified enclosure. It is one of the oldest accesses to the walled city. An obligatory passage for merchants from Rennes and Nantes, As proof, the remains of the Gallo-Roman wall in place near the gate, rue Francis Decker and rue de la porte prison.

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A medieval building follows on from this passage through the ancient city. It was built in the 13C under Duke John II. This first campaign includes the gate itself and the front part of its passage closed by a harrow. The second campaign took place under Duke John IV, during the second half of the 14C. The door is fitted with a drawbridge, a postern for pedestrian passage and a large, low relief arch which surmounts them. The third campaign is attributed to Duke John V. It consists of the repair of the upper parts enhanced with machicolations on brackets forming pointed arches. According to ancient texts at that time, the gate was also reinforced by a barbican, an advanced defense making it possible to protect the entrances made more vulnerable by the progress of artillery fire. Under Duke François II or Duchess Anne of Brittany (also twice queen of France), one inserts between the grooves of the drawbridge, a shield carved with the arms of Brittany.

The fortified gate is commanded by a system of double drawbridges, one for the cart gate and one for the pedestrian crossing, Under the French revolution, the suspects and the condemned are locked up there: religious and refractory priests, including the blessed Pierre-René Rogue , or royalists, like the staff of the emigres who landed in Quiberon in 1795. The gate then took the name of Porte Prison. Plans were drawn up on this occasion in 1811. The second half of the 19C saw the alienation of the building to private owners who did not always have the means to maintain it. In 1886, the south tower was demolished with the exception of part of its ground floor and the exterior facing of its lower level which serves as support for the neighboring house.

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The Porte Prison gate was bought by the city in 1934. The gate underwent several restorations: in 1972-1975, the roofs and interior fittings were redone; in 1985-1987, the south tower and the adjacent curtain wall were released in order to re-establish a path open in summer for walkers. The whole was the subject in 2010-2011 of a major restoration. Today we cross the Porte Prison in a straight line, which we could not have done in the 14-15C.

The city of Vannes on its heritage and porte prisonhttps://www.mairie-vannes.fr/vannesdecouverte/histoire-et-patrimoine/qr-patrimoine/porte-prison/

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

The Bretagne/Brittany tourist board on Vanneshttps://www.brittanytourism.com/destinations/the-10-destinations/southern-brittany-morbihan-gulf/vannes/

There you go folks, another dandy spot in my beautiful capital city of Vannes! And in my Morbihan dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne, and in my belle France! You got it all covered, enjoy the Porte Prison and the ramparts as we do.

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

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September 23, 2021

Le Port of Vannes!!!

Well need to write again about my capital city of Vannes! Actually, we spent almost as much here than in our residence town. And the beat goes on around the wonderful beautiful port or Le Port of Vannes. I had touch base on it before in my blog, but feel one is not enough so here is a bit more on the Le Port of Vannes! Hope you enjoy it as I.

The port of Vannes is a commercial port, a passenger port and a Marina located north of the Gulf of Morbihan along a 1 200 meters channel that leads the boats from the commercial port of Pont-Vert to the afloat basin , at the foot of the Porte Saint-Vincent, entrance gate of the old town of Vannes. The port is a lively area of the town of Vannes.  The center town Le Port is a lively and urban district of Vannes, covering an area of 1.5 km². It has many corners of greenery such as the Parc de la Garenne, the Butte de Kérino and the Jardin de Limur. See posts.

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The Porte Saint Vincent pierced in the rampart at the beginning of the 17C and rebuilt in the 18C, it has been framed since 1840 by buildings forming a hemicycle which delimits the Place Gambetta. Facing the chanel port and marina just lovely, but have writen before on it in my blog.  And behind you, the port of Vannes ; at the end of a 1,200 meters long channel, the Vannes marina with its harbor master’s office, its cultural kiosk, its green spaces, its restaurants and its long walks, it is undoubtedly one of the most popular areas of the inhabitants of the city.  The port is the beating heart of the city of Vannes. An unmissable place that embodies the famous Vannes lifestyle. The port of Vannes is therefore a very pleasant district to live in for its proximity to the sea, the charm of its half-timbered houses, the nearby intramural, its activities, schools / high schools … the list of assets of this district is long!  The capital city of the Morbihan dept 56, Vannes has its own right bank rive droite left bank rive gauche. Two shores, two atmospheres! The right bank is  known for its famous Promenade de la Rabine with its long avenue of trees that borders the water to the Kerino bridge. And the left bank is after the harbormaster, the quartier or neighborhood of Faubourg de Calmont. Lovely areas indeed. And one of our favorite parking spots is up this promenade! for free!! The other good parking we have used even if paying you get discount by using one of the merchants in the Place Gambetta and left/right banks; the Q-Park Le Port webpage here: https://www.q-park.fr/en-gb/cities/vannes/port/

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A bit of history I like

The location of the port in Vannes has varied greatly. Without having found the port facilities, archaeological excavations restore the ancient port to the location of the prefecture, south of Boismoreau hill, site of the ancient Darioritum. Over the centuries, the progressive saltation causes a displacement of the site towards the south. The exact location of the medieval port was not known until the extension of the urban wall to the south, which took place at the end of the 14C.  After the installation of three convents on the port, the Ursulines in 1627, the Carmelites in 1629, the Father-Eternal soon after, the vitality of the port made this district a popular place in the second half of the century. Despite the presence of the Féty Chapel c 1420, which commemorates the passage of Saint Vincent Ferrier,(see post) the left bank was not really invested until the 17C. It was especially in the 18C that construction intensified, together with the establishment of the shipyards which occupy the current space of the Petite Rabine. The construction of the Porte Saint-Vincent gate in 1624 confirms a new path created at the end of the 16C, between the city and its port. Place Gambetta is the result for the first time in Vannes, of a program aiming to stage the port and access to the city by the Porte Saint-Vincent.

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Furthermore, access to the port is done under the Kerino bridge built on the channel, downstream of the lock gate. There is now a wonderful underground tunnel just super! The Kerino tunnel or Kerino underpass is an underwater road, cyclist and pedestrian tunnel. This work of art, destined to cross the Marle river, is located at the mouth of the channel linking the port Marina to the Gulf of Morbihan. The tunnel is dug a few meters downstream of the current Kerino bridge. It has a length of 250 meters and has two passages separated by a bulkhead, one for the car traffic in both directions, the other for a bike path and sidewalk. Nice

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The city of Vannes on the pleasure marina of Le Porthttps://www.mairie-vannes.fr/port-de-plaisance/

The ports webpage passport stops on the Le Port of  Vannes: https://www.passeportescales.com/fr/marina/5-vannes

The Morbihan dept 56 Tourist Office on Vanneshttps://www.morbihan.com/accueil/decouvrir/le-morbihan/les-principales-destinations/vannes

There you go folks, a dandy in my Vannes capital of the Morbihan dept 56! The Le Port area is the happening place day or night and you would do well to stop by in either. Hope you enjoy the post as I telling you about my wonderful spots.

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

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September 22, 2021

Le Gorvello in my Morbihan!

And just to show the wealth we have here, the beat goes on. In my lovely Bretagne, the monuments, sights and plain fun are forever.  If Hemingway only would had gone out of Paris… Let me tell you about this quant town, I like and go by it often in my rounds here, one of them is Le Gorvello. I had this with other small towns and decided to update and split so individually can give them credit in my blog. Hope you enjoy it as I.

Le Gorvello (or sometimes just Gorvello) is a hamlet straddling the towns of Theix-Noyalo and Sulniac. The hamlet is located at the intersection of the departmental roads D7 and D183, equal distance from Theix, Sulniac, Berric, La Trinité-Surzur and Lauzach. It is about 15 km from Vannes. In the 12C, Le Gorvello housed a Chaplaincy, belonging to the Templars, which cared for the poor, the sick and the lepers. At the dissolution of the order of the Templars, in 1312, the parish was passed under the control of the Bishop of Vannes. The Church of St. John the Baptist is built from 1523 to replace the chapel of the Templars.

The Church of St. John the Baptist it’s a T-shaped Church, the nave barely detached from the two arms of the transept. At the bedside, large glass canopy with moldings. To the south transept, mulled window ,and in  the north transept, wooded window . The west entrance gable is adorned with a bay in a basket handle with pinnacles, braces and flop work. The gable is crowned by a small campanile with double compartment, frontings, all in granite. On the north façade, the nave bay is adjacent, adorned and protected by a porch made up of a circular granite arch. The buttresses of the bedside and the north transept present a superposition of cylindrical and prismatic parts.

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The present Church of St John the Baptist replaces the primitive chapel built by the hospital monks in the early 16C. The church has been reworked several times. In 1523, the nave is covered with a frame, which has abundant inscriptions. In 1547, a chapel was added.  In 1560, a porch and a second chapel are added. The Church is open, on its western gable, by a door in a basket-loop, with multiple moldings, under a brace bearing a high jewel. The buttresses that surround it are decorated with flaming pinnacles. The Church houses the statues of St. Mark and St. Isidore, the Patron Saint of the Laborers.

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The Morbihan dept 56 tourist board on Le Gorvellohttps://www.morbihan.com/theix/le-gorvello/tabid/12565/offreid/32f62e04-17c0-4aff-8f46-3cf91bf44002 

The Gulf of Morbihan tourist board on Le Gorvellohttps://www.golfedumorbihan.bzh/explorer-vannes/decouvrir-vannes/golfe-morbihan/landes-de-lanvaux/sulniac/

The city of Sulniac of which the hamlet of Le Gorvello is part of and its heritagehttp://www.sulniac.fr/accueil/decouvrir_sulniac/histoire%20_%20patrimoine

There you go folks , some more interesting trips off the beaten path in my beautiful Morbihan; and is not over yet!! Plenty more to see and do here. For now ,enjoy Le Gorvello!

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

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September 22, 2021

Val d’Oust or former Le Roc Saint André in my Morbihan !

And just to show the wealth we have here, the beat goes on. In my lovely Bretagne the monuments, sights and plain fun are forever.  If Hemingway only would had gone out of Paris, Let me tell you about this quant town, I like and go by it often in my rounds here, one of them is Val d’Oust or formerly Le Roc Saint André, I had this with other small towns and decided to update and split so individually can give them credit in my blog. Hope you enjoy it as I.

At the origin of the village had a simple Chapel ,the Chapel of Rotz  which becomes in 1608  the Chapel of the Roc  and at the French revolution, Pont du Roc. First erected as a town in 1790 and in parish in 1802 , the town takes in 1951 its current name of Le Roc-Saint-André, and last became, on 1 January 2016, a common delegate of the new town of Val-d’Oust. It merges with the towns of La Chapelle-Caro and Quily within the new municipality of Val-d’Oust. (see other posts).

The Church of Saint André  was rebuilt between 1901 and 1903, replacing that of the 16C too outdated. The steeple is 35 meters high and its style recalls those of Leon in Finistère dept 29. The Church of the trivial, then parish of the Roc is under the term of the Apostle St. André (St Andrews). It has the form of a Latin cross, with unequal arms, which indicates a retouching in the primitive plane. The doors, the arcades of the transepts and the windows are ogive in style. It is noted three paintings by the Breton painter Lhermitais, from the convent of Roga. To the west stands a square, stone, two-bay steeple. On this side, the porch is formed by the extension of the nave, a unique arrangement of its kind. The lateral altars are dedicated to the Blessed Virgin and the sacred Heart.

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The Church of Saint André has adopted a Latin cross plan to a single nave. The choir ends with a flat, gable-toothed bedside. The curved arch arches are in coated and painted bricks; used to tighten the space of the nave, they fall back on cylindrical columns or on Interior buttresses, thus relieving the gutter water walls as well. The large bays with flamboyant later, concentrated on the south façade, provide a very high brightness inside the church. To the west, the Cornish-inspired steeple is accosted by a staircase turret and has an arrow in granite masonry.

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The cemetery that surrounded it disappeared in 1947, making way for a belvedere on the Canal from Nantes to Brest (the channeled Oust river) and its bridge. A statue of St. Andrew, the patron of the parish, appears on the façade dominating the Canal. There is my favorite brewery in all of Bretagne, Lancelot (see post) , and may memorable moments as one of my sons worked here and we came often. Lovely country town in deep Morbihan.

The new town of Val d’Oust on its heritagehttps://www.mairie-valdoust.fr/les-monuments

The Morbihan dept 56 tourist board on Val d’Oust St Andrew’s Church: https://www.morbihan.com/val-d-oust/eglise-saint-andre/tabid/12562/offreid/c223a69b-6671-4d66-89ee-53a778251443

There you go folks , some more interesting trips off the beaten path in my beautiful Morbihan; and is not over yet!! Plenty more to see and do here. For now ,enjoy  Val d’Oust or formerly Le Roc Saint André!

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

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September 22, 2021

Le Bono in my Morbihan !

And just to show the wealth we have here, the beat goes on. In my lovely Bretagne, the monuments, sights and plain fun are forever.  If Hemingway only would had gone out of Paris, Let me tell you about this quant town, I like and go by it often in my rounds here, one of them is Le Bono. I had this with other small towns and decided to update and split so individually can give them credit in my blog. Hope you enjoy it as I.

The wonderful harbor town of Le Bono, very near me, and just wonderful.  It is located at the confluence of the ria of Auray and Bono, 4 km south of the town of Auray and 15 km from Vannes.  Former property of the monks of Saint-Gildas-de-Rhuys, the Domaine du Bono was sold with house, building and land of water passage to the Chevalier Pierre de Montigny,  Lord of Kerisper in 1669. This former fishing village is home to a small port known for its boats called “forbans”. At the beginning of the 20C, there was only a small fishing village around the port, whose uniform houses “Pen-TI ” were grouped along a capricious network of narrow and often steep alleyways. The port of Bono is located on the edge of the river. The site is an old cove lined with a rocky chain. The port, which dries at low tide, was built in 1916.

The Church Stella Maris is at the top of  Rue Edouard Herriot, near the roundabout of the Avenue Général de Gaulle ( road D101) in Le Bono, (which goes into Auray and near where my boys finished their high school) . Started in 1956, it was completed only in 1966 thanks to the donations of the parishioners. Inside, there is an altarpiece in carved and painted wood dating from the late 15C to early 16C.

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Finished in 1966, taken ten years to build it. It is stone-sized with a metal structure. Inside, its brick vault gives the choir in a lighted oven of three rosettes a beautiful effect. It adopts a Romanesque style with a nave pierced by triple windows dressed in stained glass with major shades of blue and red. The bottom of the Church in a semicircle is adorned with a fresco in shades of yellow and green. Curiously, a carved wooden tympanum of the Italian Renaissance and an altarpiece carved and painted on a small altar dating from the end of the 15C early 16C,time of king  Louis XII, was discovered.

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Other interesting things to see me think in Le Bono are :

There is also a statue of Notre Dame des Flôts and boats ex-voto , like those shown in webpage: https://www.ex-voto-marins.net/pages/lieupage56LeBonoEglise.htm

The Kernours tumulus, which is of a bent or square  type, was erected around 3000 BC. It is one of the seven known tumulus of this type, which are all found between the estuaries of the Loire and the Blavet rives. It is the only one of the seven to have preserved its mound , which measures 4 meters high and 20 meters in diameter.  Also,  the old suspension bridge of Le Bono is one of the last two works of this type still in service in France; Built between 1838 and 1840, and renovated in 2006. It underwent many periods of closure and repair and has a length of 96 meters, this bridge spans the Bono River near the port of Bono, and allows walkers to reach the nearby Chapel of Saint-Avoye in the town of Pluneret.  In 1969, a new bridge was inaugurated to replace the Le Bono suspension bridge, which was too weak for road traffic. This steel crutches bridge is named in honor of Joseph Le Brix, an Aviator originally from the neighboring town of Baden. It has an apron of 286 meters long for 10 meters wide and a height of 26 meters above the Bono river.

The city of Le Bono on the church: https://www.lebono.fr/decouvrir-le-bono/patrimoine/leglise-paroissiale-stella-maris/

The city of Le Bono on its heritage: https://www.lebono.fr/decouvrir-le-bono/

The Gulf of Morbihan tourist board on Le Bono: https://www.golfedumorbihan.bzh/explorer-vannes/decouvrir-vannes/golfe-morbihan/autour-golfe/le-bono/

There you go folks , some more interesting trips off the beaten path in my beautiful Morbihan; and is not over yet!! Plenty more to see and do here. For now ,enjoy Le Bono!

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

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September 21, 2021

Guipavas, and its cactus!

We came here because my dear late wife Martine wanted to search for cactus trees and she found a place near here that has a large selection. So we went for it from our road warrior trip around the Brest region on a weekend. And we ,also, found a new quant town of our lovely Bretagne. Well , the only other time past by here was on the way to the airport of Brest ,which is actually in the town of Guipavas on the other side or past Brest centre.   This is an updated post and hope you enjoy it as I.

I like to tell a bit of history I like on Guipavas.

Since the territorial reforms which took effect in 2015, the new canton of Guipavas comprises the towns of Guipavas, Relecq-Kerhuon and Plougastel-Daoulas (see post). The passage to Guipavas in 1858 of Emperor Napoleon III and Eugenie of Montijo, as they travel from Brest to Landerneau during their visit to Brittany. In 1861, Princess Bacciochi laid the foundation stone of the Guipavas Agricultural Institute. Her Highness wanted to visit the charity House of Guipavas, directed by the Sisters of Wisdom. It has been founded for only eighteen months and has already produced a considerable amount of property. The sisters provided relief to the sick and instruct the girls in the town.

Guipavas owned an airship center at the end of WWI from 1 July 1917 until 1 January 1919. Dirigible tests were still taking place in Guipavas in 1922. A ministerial decision of 1925 adopted the principle of the installation of an airport in Guipavas. On February 18, 1928, Captain M. Waskenheim and Sergeant Major de Freycinet completed the first air link between the Bourget airport (near Paris) and the new Guipavas airport in 4 hours; they put 3 h 20 to make the journey back two days later.

During the Nazis occupation, the Commander settled in the city/town hall. A Nazi DCA battery was installed on the heights of Ménez Toralan. The Château de Kerléon was occupied by the Army. On 7 August 1944 in the evening, the 6th American Armored Division, which made in six days a meteoric breakthrough from Avranches, approaching Milizac, Gouesnou, and Guipavas, its purpose being to take Brest. During the siege of Brest, the village of Guipavas found itself between the enemy lines. The American lines are close to the top of the village, at the height of the hamlet of Menhir, while the Nazis lines border the bottom of the village, controlling the district of Pontrouf . On September 2, 1944, the 2nd Division, which is part of the 8th United States Army Corps headed by General Troy Middleton seized the hill 105 near Ménez Toralan near Guipavas , the conquest allowed the American forces to advance 3 km towards Brest along the Élorn river. On 11 November 1948, the town of Guipavas received the War Cross with star of vermeil; the decoration was supported by the following quotation: “A town whose ardent patriotism has never been denied during the painful enemy occupation. At the vanguard of the resistance in the region of Brest, was the object of hard fights where its children participated, side by side with the American army, to the liberation of their soil, from 20 to 25 August 1944”. I like to have this here, times change.

And now the feature presentation the Cactuseraire!!

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The cactuseraie  sits on the road D712 between Guipavas and Landerneau in the village of Creisméas. It has over 6000 m2 of space and over 2000 varieties of suculents or cactus varieties ! It is open all year on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 14h to 18h, during our local school vacations it is open Mondays to Saturdays from 14h to 18H, and from July 4 to September 3 , Mondays to Saturdays from 14h to 18h. Check for times as with the new world order they may change. You can visit a part of it call the museum , no bank cards all is French checks or cash euros. The museum has some amazing plants on display. The selection was very friendly and informative by the both gentlemen and we came out with about 7 plants from 4€ to 15€ for our garden décorations. Very good and very good prices indeed. The selection as said is huge.  And my dear late wife Martine took three!!

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The official Cactuseraie webpage: http://www.cactuseraie.fr/

Passing in town one cannot overlook the two churches, the one right smack in city center as you entered on the D712, is the Church of St Pierre et St Paul. The foundations are from the 14C ,restored in 1840;then rebuilt after fire from bombings in 1944 finally done in 1955.

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Then ,we went as well in city center and saw the Chapelle Notre Dame du Rhun, from the 15C; during the French revolution it serves as a headquarters of the Republicans army here .  it has been restored in 1805.  It was heavily damaged during the bombings of August 1944; the spiral was destroyed in August 11, 1944,and restored finally between work of 1951-1952.

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In all a very nice trip for all of us and wonderful memories now. This was another example of going out in our region full of surprises and need not tell you about the history and architecture all around it. This is the Finistére and you are at Guipavas! The city of Guipavas: https://guipavas.bzh/ma-ville/territoire-275.html

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

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September 21, 2021

The ossuaire de Saint Cadou of Landerneau!!

One of the singular historical monument of my beautiful Morbihan is at Landerneau. I have written on the town but left this important monument out for some reason ,it should be mention in my blog. Therefore, new text and old picture let me tell you a bit about the ossuaire de Saint Cadou of Landerneau!!

The ossuaire de Saint Cadou, just facing the Church St Thomas (see post) is the old ossuary of Saint Thomas dedicated to Saint Cadou with a date of 1635.  This is a rectangular building with four windows and two chapters in the door. the funerary chapel was taken in 1794 by the French revolution to be a factory of laces and leather shoes for the soldiers. Later, it served for housing of the sacristan priest and later as of today a museum of stone statues from the area.

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This very beautiful building with a surface area of 24 m2 houses seven interpretive panels that inform visitors on the heritage of Landerneau. They are illustrated with photos and precise explanations in French, Breton and English, on the ossuary itself, on the local sculptors, certain local houses ,but also on the monuments of the territory. The place is a real gateway to visit the city. This is awesome, worth the detour to see it

In addition, five sculptures, three original and two casts, are presented on large gray boxes, offering to discover three local Landernese sculptors’ workshops. Bastien and Henry Prigent, and one of the greatest Breton sculptors of the modern period, Roland Doré. A 3-minute film, produced with the Apeve association, is presented on the production of Roland Doré.

The City of Landerneau on its heritage : https://www.landerneau.bzh/les-patrimoines-de-landerneau/

The Landerneau-Daoulas countryside tourist board on things to see in Landerneau in pdf file : https://www.pays-landerneau-daoulas.fr/medias/2015/10/livret-doc-balades-urbaines-landerneau-OK.pdf

There you go folks, a nice monument with plenty more to seee around in nice Landerneau. The Ossuaire of Saint Cadou is worth seeing it me think. Hope you enjoy the post as I

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

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September 21, 2021

Little Beignon,and Billio in my Morbihan!

And here I continue updating and taking you so some off the beaten paths towns of my beautiful Morbihan, in lovely Brittany, and in my belle France. The quantity as well as quality still amazes me after 18 years living in France and 21 as French! Let me go ahead and get right to the story ,hope you enjoy it as we do. Oh yes these are the little towns of Beignon, and Billio! Of course, we come here by car,king of the road !

Beignon is a town in the forest of Paimpont (see post). The parish of Beignon exists from the 8C. The lordship of Beignon was probably given to the Bishop of Saint-Malo by the sires of Gaël, ancestors of the Lords of Montfort, so that the prelate would establish his summer residence (more precisely in Saint-Malo-de-Beignon -see post)). Other historians bring back this donation to the year 866 where reined the King of Brittany Solomon.

St. Peter’s Church (église Saint Pierre)  burned in 1483, and was rebuilt in the 15-16C. It was covered in 1539. Ransacked during the French revolution, it was rebuilt or restored in the early 19C. It is a Latin cross-shaped church with two aisles, the covers of which are perpendicular to that of the nave. You can admire its magnificent 16C stained glass windows depicting the tree of Jesse and the life of St-Peter as well as its carved quarry on the frame . The decoration of the portals and windows is Flamboyant. The north gate is dated 1689 to the top of the gable and carries an Episcopal crest.

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On the exterior, the St. Peter’s Church presents on each side a succession of decorated acute gables. A square bell tower, with a more recent slate spire, rises on the portal. The quarry of the Choir represent scenes of the life of St. Peter, explained by inscriptions in Gothic character. The Church has many elements from the Chapel of the Blessed Virgin, including the altar, statues and the processional cross. The scenes of the passion and the life of Saint Peter of the glass mistress date from circa 1540. The stained glass of the choir presents the arms of Mgr François Bohier, Bishop of Saint-Malo between 1535 and 1567. The canopy of the Tree of Jesse, located in the north arm of the transept, dates from 1540 and presents the crest of Mgr François Bohier, Bishop of Saint-Malo. These two stained glass windows were restored in the middle of the 19C by 1855-1859. In the sacristy there is a beautiful chalice, whose chiseled foot is of the 15C, as well as a processional cross ,silver plated on wood  of the 16C.

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Other places to visit  here with time are:  The birthplace of Father Gabriel Deshayes and the museum dedicated to him. He is a French priest known for his commitment to teaching, especially to the deaf. Superior of the congregations of the Montfortian and Daughters of Wisdom, second founder of the Brothers of Saint-Gabriel and founder of the Sisters of the Christian instruction of Saint-Gildas-des-Bois, of the Brothers of the Christian instruction of Ploërmel and of the Brothers Farmers of Saint Francis of Assisi.

The Beignon South Gate to Broceliande tourist office on Beignon heritagehttp://www.beignon-porte-sud-broceliande.fr/tourisme-decouverte/patrimoine-religieux-beignon-d4.html

The Morbihan dept 56 tourist board on the St Peter’s Church in Beignonhttps://www.morbihan.com/beignon/eglise-saint-pierre/tabid/12562/offreid/1352d353-ce94-4799-936b-23862d909539

Billio is a bit away from the other , a change of pace. It is a  small territory, limited to the north by Guéhenno, to the west by Saint-Jean-Brévelay, to the south by Plumelec, and to the east by Cruguel. The city center is only 7 km from Saint-Jean-Brévelay, 24 from Ploërmel, and 28 from Vannes.

The history make us believe that Billio owes its origin to a small monastery, because its name was formerly Moustoir-Billiou. This establishment, perhaps ruined by the Normans, could be replaced by a small parish, at the end of the 10C or the beginning of the 11C. This parish appears to have been made at the expense of Guéhenno, and to have been put on the principle under the patronage of Saint Corentin, Bishop of Quimper. Billio appears as a separate parish in the titles of the chapter in 1387 and 1422; but before the end of the 15C it was united with Cruguel.

The Notre-Dame Church  built from 1471-1860. This church was erected to replace an ancient church dedicated to Saint Corentin and whose structure was decorated in the 17C. From this old church, there remains a carved stone giving the date of 1553. The oldest parts date from 1471. The present Church is built in 1860. The stained glass of the Virgin, dates from the 20C  representing  the Virgin surrounded by little angels. One can admire a chalice in vermeil from the 18C  to the arms of the family of Lantivy, and two processional crosses, of the 18C also, one of them in silver.

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The city of Billio on its Notre Dame Church: https://billio.fr/eglise-notre-dame-de-billio/

A bit of orientation on both towns above. Billio is not far from the N24 which connects Rennes to Lorient and also can get to Vannes and my town. The best for visitors would be coming from Rennes on the N24 take the D778 direction Guéhenno and at this town take the D165 to Billio. To get to Beignon, again take the N24 from Rennes (see posts) as the town is closer. Here you can go by the town of Phélan-le-Grand (see post) , and take the D224/D724 same road to Beignon , or continue on the N24 to exit for D124 direction Beignon. The town of Beignon is closer to the Rennes-St Jacques airport and the train stations are at Ploërmel on the Rennes-Redon line (see post). There is a bus line Keolis Rennes-Pontivy and a TIV line Rennes-Paimpont but never taken them. To Billio could not find any public transport and never taken any in these neck of the woods.

There you go folks, another wonderful ride thru the nice off the beaten paths little towns of my beautiful Morbihan. We love the rides and do so every weekend, when possible. Bear with me and you too can have an unique visit to unique places on the off the beaten path trails of my beautiful Morbihan, lovely Bretagne and belle France.

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

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