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January 27, 2023

Some news from France , CCCLXXX

This is my latest from my belle France ; as we are in Winter and the rain has stopped ! Most said winter will be harsh but with the exception of a brief few days the temps are been warmer than usual, However, is that 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 , And for those non Roman CCCLXXX is 380 ! ,with another dandy round of news of my belle France , of course, chosen by me; there are many others. We will be tidy and drinking a nice glass of wine! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

Paul Pairet, known to the general public as a juror of Top chef, the cooking show of M6 TV, inaugurates this past Wednesday January 18 2023 , Nonos. Its new restaurant located within the Hôtel de Crillon, the famous palace on the Place de la Concorde. If you find dishes on the menu for less than 10 euros, the steak and fries is charged 28 euros, the prime rib (for six people) flies away at 250 euros and the matured meat flames even more. Webpage :

Responding to the call of Fabien Roussel, National Secretary of the Communist Party. The mayor (Socialist Pary) of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, (who else!) announced this Thursday morning January 19 2023 , that the City/Town Hall would close its doors on January 31, on the occasion of the day of mobilization against the pension reform. Of course, they show their true colors lol !!

Police, soldiers and security guards by the hundreds to the the Gare du Nord where they wants to put an end to delinquency. What is really happening in the bowels of the largest station in Europe, placed night and day under high surveillance, Yes as said Paris is a big City not all is gleaters, stay away from big train stations at very early mornings or late nights, You were told

The future planned urban forest on Place du Colonel-Fabien, Located at the junction between the 10éme and 19éme arrondissements of Paris, should be redeveloped by December 2025. Partly pedestrianized and vegetated, it will also host an 800 square meter urban forest. Welcome to Place du Colonel-Fabien in the new Paris,

The beforementioned Tramway T13: from Saint-Germain en Laye to Poissy, Achères, Conflans and Cergy has well as usual delayed extension, While the commissioning of the first section between Saint-Cyr-l’École and Saint-Germain-en-Laye dates from the summer of 2022, the cities of Poissy and Achères should not be served before… 2027. Concerning the terminus in Cergy, the works should not start before 2029, La vie en rose ,,,By the time is done, it will already be congested lol ! This is now Transilien info webpage :

Jean Castex Director RATP promises more transparent information for RATP users in the event of an incident on the metro trains. While this change is unfortunately not likely to resolve traffic incidents any faster, it will nevertheless allow users to be better informed. Oh yeah like before going all the way to the track to find out a technical problem and having to walk all the passageways back again lol ! I hope they do it for good ! More info from BFMTV news in French webpage :

And finally, the Line 6 of the Paris metro is about to say goodbye to the MP73 (1970’s) and their iconic green seats for trains coming from line 4. The very first will be put into circulation in a completely renovated version before the end of January 2023. Completely refurbished MP89s from line 4 will be appearing very soon. Brighter, modernized and automated, users of metro 6 will be able to enjoy greater comfort with the entry into service of the very first train before the end of January 2023. Fully renovated seats and ceilings, the installation of placement of doors that open on both sides of the train, the installation of signage on board… this is what awaits users of the historic line 6. And for more security, on-board video protection will be installed, Ok let’s have them for my dear old line 6 yeah !! Here is BFMTV news in French webpage :

¡Viva Villa!” , an immersion in Avignon in the process of creation of the Villa Médicis, the Villa Kujoyama and the Casa de Velazquez, The three major French institutions for artist residencies abroad exhibit, at the Collection Lambert, the works more than seventy of their boarders. What is happening at the Villa Medici (French Academy in Rome), the Casa de Velazquez (French Academy in Madrid) and the Villa Kujoyama in Kyoto, Japan , participates remotely in the vitality of the French scene. However, since 2016, the prestigious trio of artist residency institutions has chosen to give a common echo, and in France, to these activities by organizing “¡Viva Villa!” », an event now hosted by the Collection Lambert, in Avignon. Webpage :

You know you live in the 18éme arrondissement of Paris !. You have your breakfast at Francis la Butte even if you know that the best croissants are at the bakery at the intersection rue Hermel, You have concrete buttocks by going up and down 1573027 steps at each health walk in the neighborhood, You cried when Michou died, You know that Etienne Daho and Angèle are your neighbors and, even if you rarely see them, if at all everything, you feel oddly close to them in a way, cutest theatre? The Workshop, of course! For an aperitif at sunset, forget the steps of the Sacré-Coeur full of tourists, you know you have to meet at the Soleil de la Butte, The market on rue du Poteau is one of the nicest and nothing can’t make you say otherwise, Amélie Poulain who? “The 18éme is really a village honestly”, You finish all your evenings at the Soleil de la Butte, You’ve never been able to use a bike other than an electric one, You live 5 minutes from Sacré-Coeur but you had to go home about twice inside to break everything in your life, You can scour the Boule Noire, the Cigale and the Trianon and walk home all tipsy. When you discovered the existence of the Hôtel Particulier Montmartre you felt. super important and aware of a secret, now everyone hangs out there but you were there before first, During confinement you walked a deserted Montmartre and rediscovered the beauty of the neighborhood usually in full of touristic excitement ,They will say what they want, you know that the stairs of Abbesses when the elevator is broken are the closest to hell that a human being can experience on Earth ! Yes, you can really be a Montmartreois !!!

What to see around Paris, me think,

In the spring, the “Divine” Sarah Bernhardt is honored with an exceptional exhibition in the heart of the Petit Palais. An emblematic figure at the turn of the 19C and 20C, the indomitable Sarah Bernhardt was a real star before her time. Using her image for her own publicity and always keeping up to date with new releases, the “golden-voiced” actress and entertainer has triumphed on stages around the world. With more than 400 works on display, the route retraces both the life and career of the multifaceted artist Sarah Bernhardt  Et la femme créa la star or and the woman created the star ,Petit Palais Avenue Winston Churchill 8éme, From April 14 to August 27 , 2023 ,Webpage: http://https ://

Essential painters of the 1860s-80s, Édouard Manet and Edgar Degas will soon be exhibited together at the Musée d’Orsay, in a unique journey, rich in masterpieces never before brought together. Manet / Degas, Musée d’Orsay, 1, rue de la Légion-d’Honneur – 7éme, From March 28 to July 3 2023. Webpage: -degas

In the heart of the kingdom of Ramses II, great pharaoh of the Egyptian golden age. Discover an exceptional collection of more than 180 original pieces, with works exhibited for the first time outside Egypt , Ramsès et l’Or des pharaons or Ramses and the Gold of the Pharaohs, Grande Halle de la Villette, 211, avenue Jean-Jaurès 19éme, From April 7 to September 6 2023, Webpage:

With the return of fine weather, the Musée Jacquemart-André makes you (re)discover the work of the great master of painting Giovanni Bellini who, all his life, led a quest for new influences. Through fifty works, retrace the journey of the father of the Venetian school, who paved the way for an art of color and tone, which became the hallmark of the Venetian 16C, Giovanni Bellini, Influences Croisées or Cross Influences, Musée Jacquemart- Andrew, 158, boulevard Haussmann 8éme, From March 3 to July 17 2023, Webpage:

My picks of pizzerias to liven up lunches (and dinners)! By experience are Peppe, at webpage : ,and La Vera Pizza Napoletana,(actually says the true Napolitan pizza) at webpage :

And hot plates for the winter I like: Beef bourguignon with shells from Bouillon Pigalle 22, boulevard de Clichy 18éme, Savoyard fondue from Marmottes, 26, rue de la Grande-Truanderie 1éme, Ultra-melting tartiflette from Monbleu, 37, rue du Faubourg -Montmartre 9éme, Ultra comforting onion soup from Au Pied de Cochon
6, rue Coquillière 1éme, The very Frenchy Le pot-au-feu stew from Drouant 16-18, rue Gaillon 2éme, and The ancestral veal blanquette from Chez la Vieille 1, rue Bailleul 1éme, All Paris !

And finally, my rant of the month or year . I do not know if just me but I have been noticing many folks trying to follow my blog giving a few likes and once ok the « friend » contact they just disappears ! I do not know why people follow , but to me , me think, you follow me because you like my content lol ! Just goes without saying that once in a while you should stop by to say Hi ,give a « like » and so on, I have taken many down from as much as 3000 followers to just over a thousand, Still a lot with hardly any real following, Is it me ? Or is just my mind ? What do you think ?

There you go folks, another round of my some news from France coming to you freely by the road warrior travel guy . Hope you enjoy this post and do take care of winter but still not feld as much, and the white one, well has stay away from me , great,,, And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all 

January 27, 2023

The gare or train station of Vannes !!!

I am surprise only briefly mention the train station of Vannes in my travels there ! Actually, I used it lots of times in my business travels and really needs to have a post of its own, for memories’ sake. Vannes is our capital City of my beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne and in my belle France, I still nostalgic remember of my trips very late at night or very early in the morning from here to go to Paris Montparnasse or Nantes Atlantique airport ! Hope you enjoy the post on the gare of Vannes as I.

vannes gare train station front apr18

Vannes gare trains lines to paris montparnasse

The train station or gare de Vannes is a railway station on the line from Savenay to Landerneau, located in the gare or train station neighborhood, on the territory of the city of Vannes. It notably serves the Gulf of Morbihan. It was put into service on December 21, 1862. Just next to the hospital center (CHBA) and the Etang du Duck or pond . About 15 minutes on foot from the City center or port of Vannes. The chosen site is away from the city, close to the imperial road 167 and the village of Saint-Symphorien. The passenger building conforms to the style developed for sixteen of the line’s stations, it features alternating red and white lines made of bricks and white stones. During WWII the only bombardment on the city of Vannes was targeted at the station and its neighborhood. It only destroys an empty tank car.

vannes gare train station arriving aug21

You can make by train direct from Paris Montparnasse or even Roissy CDG with less frequency. For ticketing and information see SNCF Voyageurs 7 place de la Gare also boutiques Galerie commerciale Carrefour   and Boutique SNCF Centre at 5 place du Poids Public in old town. The Vannes train station, I took many times over the last 10 years almost weekly and it is tops, full facilities free parking and services .

vannes gare parking to gare to redon jan18

A major renovation and modification site was opened in 2004. the old goods yard was replaced by a car park, the underground is equipped with a lift allowing access to each of the platforms for people with reduced mobility, a multiservice center is created in a new space built in the extension of the old building which is renovated and to which is added a glazed hall in front of the old facade, which has retained its original appearance with the alternation of red bricks and white stones of similar stations of the line. The construction lasted two years, the inauguration took place on November 17, 2006. However, again major renovations are on order to be finished by 2025 for many improvements, to be continue…

Vannes is served by the TGV and regional express trains such as TER Bretagne and TER Pays de la Loire. It is served by the TGV inOui and Ouigo from the relationship between Quimper and Paris-Montparnasse via Rennes and Redon, A bus station is served by city buses and there is a park for bicycles (20 places + 48 in a secure room for TER subscribers) and parking, place de la gare (paying but closer) and rue de Strasbourg, (free behind the train station is where I parked ), and a Vélocéa station (self-service bicycles) is present nearby. There are also car rental services and a taxi rank , Intercity bus lines passing through this station are line 02 – Rennes Quimper line 03 – Quimper Nantes line 12 – Vannes Lorient ,line 19 – Redon Vannes , and line 27 – Saint-Brieuc Pontivy Vannes Lorient.

Vannes gare bus terminal depot by the gare apr18

Four car rental companies are located in the train station or in the immediate vicinity, within a radius of 500 meters or around 6 minutes on foot. These are Hertz, Avis, Europcar and National Citer, The car rental counter hours are Monday to Friday: 5h05 to 20h (open Monday 6h05 . outside school hours) – Saturday: 7h30 a.m. to 20h. Sundays and public holidays: 9h05 to 21h. The train station or gare opening hours are Monday to Friday from 4h30 to 23h (Monday opening at 4h and Friday closing at 23h45) Saturday from 5h45 to 23h, Sundays and public holidays from 6h45 to 23h45.

The TER Bretagne trains from Vannes :

The SNCF trains gare de Vannes :

The local Gulf of Morbihan tourist office on the renovations in Gare de Vannes Janvier 2023 > Janvier 2025

The City of Vannes and its heritage :

There you go folks, a wonderful memorable train station, actually , I missed it,,, You get the general overview here and if any further help let me know. The Vannes train station is very much walkable for the main sights , and it is superbe. Hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

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January 27, 2023

The 3 of Vannes !!

I have written on them in spots in different posts but need to have one with more information on these wonderful restaurants of my capital City of Vannes in my beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne in my belle France, I have gone to many restaurants,as it is part of my hobbies on a foodie level and would to tell you about three memorable ones in this post. Let me tell you a bit on these wonderful restaurants : A l’Aise Breizh Café, La Saigonnaise, and Chez la Mére 6 sous , I wanted to say the 3 muskeeters of Vannes that was too much me think lol ! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

The A l’Aise Breizh Café, right on top of the  capitainerie in the Le Port marina area of Vannes. This is the pleasure marina with berths for 3000 boats!!! You eat on top of the capitainerie and see the canal with all those boats.

vannes a l aise breizh cafe backside 17nov2013

The ambiance here is excellent, very helfpul happy, prompt service always.  The food is great well done and well presented. You need réservations for the evenings and weekends as it is packed with locals. On Sundays you have many families from the area bringing their eldest to eat together. The dining room is packed and I love it.

vannes a l aise breizh cafe terrace to port back 17nov2013

In the restaurant , my twins got a nice gift as a coffee mug from A l’Aise Breizh Café ,which ,also, has a boutique on each of their location , Nice ,great treat indeed.

vannes a l aise breizh cafe dining to-port 17nov2013

The A L’Aise Breizh Café :

The RestaurantGuru reviews on the Breizh Café

One of my colleagues at work here told me about an Asian resto, and as my wife like that food, and I have been taking it on lately on my travels in Asia, we decided to try today. It was a find, wonderful family very helpful Vietnameses, great service, the food is all home made on site, and good prices, prompt personalise service, and we left feeling like we have found a home in Vannes. The place La Saigonnaise, 2 Place de la Madeleine. They have take out service for 15% less than the menu carte prices. Indeed we went overboard with Chinese and Vietnamese beers, then the menu for entrée, plat, and dessert . An assortments of samoassas, nems, raviolis,papillottes with shrimp, cantonese rice, chinese fry noodles, with two distinct sauces, I had the bœuf au saté or beef satay sauce; great, and for desserts dame de saigon (coco,banana ice cream and chantilly cream with a vietnamese nougat on top).



The La Saigonnaise

The RestaurantGuru reviews on La Saigonnaise:

This one is by old town, walking around all day we needed to eat and we stop at one of the quant places to eat in Vannes , the resto Chez la Mére 6 Sous, 11 Rue Thomas de Closmadeuc; great goat cheese salad, mussels and fries, chorizo spanish pizzas , a bottle of brut cider from the Val du Rance all good.


Chez la Mère 6 Sous is an art bistro nicely tucked away in a colorful cul-de-sac in the pedestrianized center of Vannes, they do home cooking and good casual food with . traditional cuisine with local specialities such as Breton dishes, oysters from the Gulf of Morbihan, scallops, sea sauerkraut, certified organic wines. The owners are there since December 1 2019 ,after 12 years in La Trinité-sur-Mer in the restaurant Le Carré, Jean-Marie and Véronique Launey , Anyway they figure this is a restaurant with a good 30 years of history!


The Chez la Mére 6 sous :

The RestaurantGuru reviews on the Chez la Mére 6 sous:

There you go folks, yes we have been out a lot ,and of course now with more vivid memories than ever as my dear late wife Martine was the motor that got me going to these places. I think you would love it in these wonderful places in my dear Vannes. Bon appétit, and drink wines, cider, beers all in moderation , good for the economy and the traditions of France. Unesco World Heritage Intangible listed ! Again, hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

January 26, 2023

Le Port and marina of Vannes !!!

We come by here always, we eat here , enjoy it here ,ride boats here, and do shopping galore on many items yet I need to update this older post on a fabolous spot in my dear Vannes, As you know if reading my blog, Vannes or Gwened (Breton) is the capital City of my beautiful Morbihan dept 56, in my lovely Bretagne,and my belle France. The fabolous marina or Le Port area of Vannes is awesome, a must to visit , wonderful alternative to medieval old town Vannes that you can passing the Porte Saint Vincent, Hope you enjoy this post as I

Where can I start! well not into the creative mind I will just tell you a bit of the history and what is around it updating text and using same older pictures. Just to remind you, if you are in Vannes you need to be here. And to some of my lucky friends who have already visited, you know it !!!

The port of Vannes is a commercial port, a passenger port and a Marina located north of the Gulf of Morbihan , mention as one of the most beautiful bays in the world (conde nast and great bays pubs) along a 1 200 meters  on a south-north  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 docks of the port of Commerce welcome the goods arriving in Vannes after crossing the Gulf of Morbihan. At the exit of the Marina, the Parc du Golfe (Gulf Park) is the starting point for passenger boat cruises of the outlying islands, and the Gare Maritime. Many passenger and cargo boat cruisers are here to take you out into the outlaying islands. Popular with locals and visitors alike boaters and tourists thanks to its location in the heart of the city, the Marina is equipped with many facilities: harbormaster cultural kiosk, tourist office, green area  and underground parking le Port.


The place Gambetta, of hemispherical plan, marks the end of the port of Vannes and puts it in contact with the historic center by the Porte Saint-Vincent. The place was created in 1835 in order to clean up a low zone corresponding to the old ditches of the city, in which the sewage accumulated. The Marle river then threw itself into the channel leading to the Gulf of Morbihan, between two mudflats. The construction of the houses of the place du Morbihan(current Pl Gambetta) was completed in 1843.  The square was restored in 1976, which gave rise to the destruction of the surviving arches of the old St. Vincent bridge. New road works, in 2005, brought to light a last ark still in condition. The free space is almost entirely used by the terraces of cafes and restaurants. Very nice indeed !!!



Located on the right bank of the port, the Promenade de la Rabine walkway is made up of a long alley of trees stretching about 800 meters between the Esplanade of the Port to the north and the docks of the commercial port to the south. The construction of a wharf and the destruction of the Saint-Julien chapel in 1740 allowed the widening of the rows of trees in front of the convent of Carmelites barefooted in 1745. As the docks expanded southwards, the Promenade de la Rabine was extended. In 1887, the extension of the promenade beyond the Santière, to the Pont-Vert.


The Marina has a capacity to host 280 boats on pontoons. It can accommodate 34 boats on dead body. The port of Vannes has a visitor area for your stopovers with 60 places available. Popular with locals and visitors alike boaters and tourists thanks to its location in the heart of the city, the Marina is equipped with many facilities: harbormaster cultural kiosk, tourist office, green area  and underground parking le Port.


A bit of history I like

The first traces of the existence of a port in Vannes date back to the Roman occupation of the city of Vénètes (celtic tribe) then known as Darioritum. The research carried out on Darioritum shows that the port was the heart of the urban and commercial growth of the 1C to 5C .Until the end of the 14C, no document known to date allows to specify the actual configuration of the port. From 1604, a new wharf is built on the right bank. The Porte Saint-Vincent and the double-antenna bridge which served it  are completed around 1625 facilitating the passage from one side to the other south of the ramparts. At the time of the exile of the Parliament of Brittany in Vannes ,1675-1689,  a hunting lock is fitted upstream of the Porte de Calmont to clean the moat of the garbage and wastes that accumulate there and weaken the current of the river. A second lock, known as Kérino, is mentioned in 1683, much further downstream.

In 1697, the left bank of the port saw the realization of its first wharf, the pier Billy, the name of its owner. In 1754, recurrent problems of pollution and siltation forced the city to incur considerable costs for the construction of a new hunting lock in front of the Saint-Vincent bridge, and the development of new docks to the south in order to facilitate the docking of boats. At the end of the 18C, king Louis XVI wanted to take out the cities of the middle ages, the reorganization of the space by the filling of ditches. This project is accompanied by the desire to build a place in the form of a hemicycle. It is only in 1835 that the place Gambetta (old place du Morbihan)  is carried out, The project of requalification of the left bank between 1995 and 2001 is continued by the operation of raving and restoration of 45 facades located around place Gambetta, rue du port and Rue du Drézen.  Finally, in 2003 , in order to give a more important place to pedestrians and to create new service establishments it was done the landscaping of the spaces: realization of a parking under the paved esplanade of granite and the driveway of wood decking, construction of the new harbormaster , the cultural kiosk and the Tourist office. The current look of the port of Vannes and its neighborhood dates from the end of 2000. The second phase of the project which was started in 2011 took care of the  the upstream of the port of the Marina, such as the development of the commercial port and the maritime station on the right bank, the future of the buildings of the departmental Directorate of Territories and the Sea (ex DDE ) on the left bank and the construction of the Kerino tunnel at the port entrance.

The city of Vannes on the Port Marina :

The local Gulf of Morbihan tourist office on the port marina of Vannes

The Morbihan dept 56 tourist office on Vannes :

The Bretagne region tourist office on Vannes :

The tides of the Gulf of Morbihan on Vannes

There you go folks, something nice around boats, history, architecture, the sea what else do you want ! I am always around here just sublime ! Hope you enjoy this post on the Port Marina of Vannes as I.

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

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January 26, 2023

More on the lavoirs, washhouses of Vannes !

We are back my wonderful capital city of Vannes, let me continue telling you of its gems from a medieval look ramparts comes the wash houses or lavoirs.  Let me tell you more with new text and new older pictures in my blog. Again, thanks for reading me since Nov 2010!! As mentioned in bits and pieces in my other posts on Vannes, I like to tell you a bit more on the wash houses or lavoirs of Vannes!

These washhouses are part of the most famous landscape of Vannes. The washerwomen took shelter under the covered gallery to rinse the laundry in the Marle river. You are at the foot of the Garenne bastion, built at the beginning of the 17C, it is the last defensive element added to the medieval enclosure. Its terrace made it possible to receive large pieces of artillery. These so-called “French-style” gardens were laid out in the 1950s and now serve as a natural theater for the great festivals of Vannes.

vannes lavoirs front by ramparts jun19

These washhouses were actually first built between 1797 and 1807. To cope with the influx of washerwomen, they were enlarged twenty years later, between 1827 and 1831. Private property, the Taslé family and their descendants who sold them to the city of Vannes in 1928, The washouses were restored in 2006.

vannes lavoirs laundries on remparts dec19

The whole building is about 40 meters long, protected by a slate roof. The first building, a rectangle of about 13 × 7 meters is built of timber with exposed beams. Despite its small size, the main building has a chimney roof. And for good reason: this is where the laundries were located where we put the laundry to boil. Under the gallery covered with a slate roof, which follows the curvature of the Marle, the women came to wash and rinse their linen in relatively polluted water. Then, they invested the banks of the river and the orchards, which were replaced by French gardens, to put it to dry, Upstairs, it now houses the heritage animation service. On the ground floor: exhibition rooms.

Vannes chateau ruins to cathedral, lavoirs, tour connetable, ch st patern afar jan14

The City of Vannes on the washhouses or lavoirs

The local Gulf of Morbihan tourist office on the lavoirs of Vannes in pdf file format

There you go folks, another enjoyable stroll in quant medieval Vannes, right off the ramparts and heading on the Porte Poterne along rue Porte Poterne into the old town and its laberynth of beautiful architecture, history, and shops/restos to please. Hope you enjoy this new post on the lavoirs or wash houses of Vannes !

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

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January 26, 2023

The Tour du Connétable of Vannes !!!

So you know Vannes is my capital city and administrative center for us. It was as well for 9 years my place of work, just outside city limits, and we go there every week at least once ! Therefore, I have written plenty about Vannes in my blog; but as often the case there are some missing parts.. I found me more pictures of this wonderful monument and they need to be in my blog, Therefore ,here is more on the Tour du Connétable in the ramparts of Vannes,  See my other posts on the ramparts of Vannes! Hope you enjoy this post as I.

vannes tour du connetable ramparts apr21

The  tour du Connétable or Constable tower was built in the first half of the 15C, is a building integrated into the ramparts of Vannes in Morbihan. Despite its fortified appearance, resolutely turned towards the defense of the city, and although the tower has artillery casemates in the lower room, the initial destination of the Constable’s tower was to house the chief of the Duke of Brittany’s armies. . Its name therefore comes from its function, the most illustrious representative of which was Arthur III of Brittany known as “the Constable of Richemont”, Constable of France and Duke of Brittany.

vannes tour du connetable afar aug18

The Constable tower is located on the eastern flank of the second wall of Vannes, south of the Powder Tower and north of the Garenne spur. At its feet is the public garden which extends along the ramparts, a garden itself bordered by the Marle, the “river of Vannes” Extra-muros, the tower is visible from rue Francis Decker. The tower is also visible from the Promenade de la Garenne located to the east of it. Within the walls, the tower is visible from Place Lucien Laroche as well as from Rue du Rempart.The tearing away of the walls on either side of the cant, visible from the Rue des Remparts side, shows that the tower was part of a second enclosure protecting the lower courtyard of the Château de l’Hermine.(see post)

Vannes tour connetable garenne garden cathedral on back feb18

The Tour du Connétable has five levels as well as a poultry yard at street level on the intramural side. Part of this farmyard still exists. This is made up of several parts. Tower rounded on the outside and heptagonal on the inside comprising five levels with an outer turret which houses the spiral staircase serving the 3 upper floors, the two lower levels being served by another circulation system. The upper three floors include three polygonal rooms. The third floor is illuminated by high mullioned windows and includes a monumental fireplace. The lower level includes a low battery in casemates opened by sight cannons almost invisible from the outside because they are buried under the modern embankments of the Garenne gardens.


The Constable’ tower was affeagated in 1676 following the disappearance of the military interest of the fortifications. The City of Vannes regained ownership of the building in 1786 and used it for the confinement of mentally unstable people and girls of bad life In the 18C, the tower was used as a prison, especially during the French revolution when emigrants captured in 1795 during the Quiberon affair (see post) were locked up there.

vannes tour du connetable to cathedral back apr18

Passing through town in 1834, Victor Hugo made a drawing of the Constable’s tower. In 1890, Albert Robida illustrated his book La Bretagne with the washhouses of Vannes and the ramparts, the Constable’s tower and the Old Town in the background.

The City of Vannes on the Tour du Connétable :

The Local Gulf of Morbihan tourist office on the ramparts:

There you go folks, a wonderful monument to see each time by the City, the Tour du Connétable is a sight to see, not to forget the wonderful gardens and ramparts that surround it ; sublime Vannes ! Hope you enjoy this additional post on the Tour du Connétable of Vannes as I

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

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January 25, 2023

Sublime Sainte Anne d’Auray !!!

We passed again by Sainte Anne d’Auray often , many times in the week, this is where the Basilica of Sainte Anne (see posts)  is located,in my beautiful Morbihan, and my lovely Bretagne and of course my belle France. I have written before of the whole complex but this one always attracted my attention and would like to tell you again with new pictures. By the way, the town is only 10 km from my house. Hope you enjoy it as I.

Saint Anne d'Auray Basilica Sainte Anne front jan23

Passing by a back road around the basilica you can see the Pont er Groah, coming off the D102 road,  a nice housing type windmills way back in the sanctuary that is actually an open air theater !!  The open air theater in the Basilica de Sainte-Anne d’Auray shows a 2 hours huge spectacle with more than 200 actors and figures in costumes of the times with farm animals, carts, and carriages in the recontructed village of Ker Anna of the 17C recounting the apparitions of Sainte-Anne (the mother of the Virgin Mary and grandmother of Jesus) to a humble Breton farmer Yvon Nicolazic. She is now the patron saint of Brittany, and the third biggest pilgrimage in France.

The Basilica of Sainte Anne is a wonderful religious complex with monuments all over the park, Especially unique is the area where Pope John Paul II visited in 1996.  You will find the monument plaque to Pope John Paul II visit in September 26 1996. It is made exactly 16,129 blocks offered by the pilgrims. It is surrounded by 12 granite columns, recalling that these are the twelve bishops of the twelve dioceses of the ecclesiastical region of western France who invited the Pope to come to this region: Angers, Bayeux, Coutances, Laval, Le Mans, Luzon, Nantes, Quimper, Rennes, St. Brieuc, Sees, Vannes. There is a figure stele bearing the image of John Paul II. A graph is drawn on the tiles. It represents a globe, a cross, a fish: the globe is the whole world to which Christ came to bring the good news, the cross, which crosses the earth, reminds us that it is in his blood that Christ saved the world, the fish takes us back to the early days of the Church, it is the sign of recognition of the first Christians, .A large Crucifix with a truly impressive carving of Christ. Beyond the espace John Paul II.

Saint Anne d'Auray Pope John Paull II visit memorial jan23

 You see the baptismal miracle fountain , the place of the first prayer and statue of Sainte Anne right coming straight to the Basilica. By choosing the fountain as a place of its first appearance, Sainte. Anne reminds us of the importance of  the source of water, but above the water of baptism: as water is essential to our lives, baptism is essential to grow in faith. The water of baptism makes us children of God and Sainte. Anne, by appearing at the fountain, invites us to return to our baptismal promises.

Saint Anne d'Auray mon Sainte Anne baptismal miracle fountain parvis basilica jan23

The Memorial of the Great War (WWI) was built from 1922 to 1932 by the five dioceses of Brittany to keep the memory of the 240 000 Bretons victims of WWI; The monument is of 52 meters high and 12 meters in diameter.  With  new  conflicts that  have  grieving  the country since 1932, a mausoleum has been placed in the center of the crypt, dedicated to all the dead of all wars. The symbolic tombs of the sailor and the missing infantryman, are guarded by Saint Michael, a patron Saint of France, and Saint Yves, a patron Saint of Brittany.

Saint Anne d'Auray mon to Bretons front jan23

The Scala Sancta is in the Christian tradition, the staircase of the palace or Praetorium of Jerusalem climbed by Jesus Christ during his Passion (during his Judgment by Pontius Pilate) to reach the Praetorium of Pontius Pilate who decided on his crucifixion. Tradition has it that pilgrims climb its steps on their knees, praying and meditating on the Passion of the Lord. It is two staircases that meet in the middle, where stands out like a small chapel: that’s it! The object of the ritual is to climb the stairs on your knees as a sign of penance, reciting the Rosary or meditating on the mysteries of the Passion of Our Lord. 

Saint Anne d'Auray scala santa prayer sainte anne jan23

The granite statue of St. Anne and Mary, both crowned. The monumental statue with Anne is having Mary read the Bible.

Saint Anne d'Auray statue Monumentale Sainte Anne et fille back jan23

A steele or stone calvary in memory of all sailors right along the wall of the memorial of the Great War.

Saint Anne d'Auray Stèle des marins Sainte Anne back field jan23

The Saint-Joachim’s Oratory is a place for perpetual prayers, it is next to the basilica and attach to the bathrooms, a small pretty space of prayers that is open 24 hrs 7/7.

Saint Anne d'Auray oratoire sainte anne outside jan23

Saint Anne d'Auray oratoire sainte anne inside jan23

The official Sanctuary of Sainte Anne

The city of Sainte Anne d’Auray on the religious heritage :

The official Yvon Nicolazic home on the episode of miracle of lights on him seeing the apparition of Sainte Anne  done at Pont er Groah theater :

The  local Bay of Quiberon tourist office on Sainte Anne d’Auray :

There you go folks, a dandy revered spot near me in spiritually imposing Sainte Anne d’Auray. The place is worth the detour if not for the religion for the history and architecture of my beautiful Morbihan ; it sits in a nice wooded area, to right along the main road D17/19 to Vannes and from my Pluvigner, Indeed Sainte Anne d’Auray is awesome, me think. Again, hope you enjoy it as I.

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

January 25, 2023

More on the Basilica Church Notre Dame de la Joie of Pontivy !!

This is a nice town of Pontivy up the road from us and we have visited plenty of course, even one my sons worked ! So many interesting things to see and one that is a must is the Basilica Notre Dame de la Joie of Pontivy! I like to tell you more as found older pictures not in my blog yet and they should. Again, not much on text as plenty on it in my blog already but just to show you new pictures for the blog.  Hope you enjoy the post as I.


Pontivy ch ND de la Joie left side belltower feb20

I bring you to the Basilica Church Notre Dame de la Joie of Pontivy. We only live about 40 minutes from here by car.  The church is at Place Bourdonnay-du-Clézio . Built in the style neo gothic flamboyant,the statues of  Notre-Dame de la Joie, sculpture in a trunk of oak wood and of  Notre-Dame de la Délivrance, revered by the pregnant women are two wonderful sights to see inside.

pontivy ch ND de la joie side feb20

pontivy ch ND de la joie altar closeup feb20


The Notre-Dame-de-la-Joie Basilica (b. Church 1534), is located in the center of the medieval town of Pontivy. It is the old Saint-Ivy church, started in 1534 and dedicated to Notre-Dame in 1696. The church was consecrated basilica in 1959.  This building, rebuilt in the 16C in the shape of a Latin cross, with a nave with three vessels and flanked by aisles in the nave, measures 45 meters by 18 meters approximately.

pontivy ch ND de la joie chapel ND virgin feb20

pontivy ch ND de la joie chapel of Christ feb20

pontivy ch ND de joie baptismal chapel feb20

The Parish of Pontivy on the Basilica :

The Morbihan dept 56 Tourist Board on the Basilica Church Notre Dame de la Joie:

The Bretagne region Tourist Board on Pontivy:

There you go folks, a dandy in my beautiful Morbihan and lovely Bretagne. Hope you enjoy the post and do come to see the wonderful Basilica Church of Our Lady of Joy in city center Pontivy.

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

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January 25, 2023

More on the Church Saint Joseph of Pontivy !!

I am again telling you of my beautiful Morbihan  in my lovely Bretagne. Again, I have written several posts on Pontivy and mentioned this church but found me new older pictures and feel they should be in my blog. I will tell you a bit more including the new pictures on the Imperial Church Saint Joseph of Pontivy. Hope you enjoy it as I.

pontivy ch imp st joseph bell tower feb20

The Church of St. Joseph is located on Rue Nationale, it was built in the heart of the Napoleonic district of the city (city was known as Napoleonville) between 1863 and 1867, thanks to an imperial grant granted by self name Emperor Napoleon III during a visit to the city. As the Imperial subsidy was exhausted on that date, the work was interrupted and the Church remained unfinished. This Church is open in Summer, so check schedules with the tourist office for opening dates and hours. Inside photos are not allowed.


pontivy ch imp st joseph side feb20

The arms of the self name Emperor Napoleon III are inlaid on the stained glass of the eastern arm of the transept, on the keystone of the apse of the Choir and under the railing of the bell tower-steeple outside. The elements that form the coats of arms are: the Crown, the Imperial mantle, and the signs of the sovereign authority such as the scepter and the hand of righteousness; the Eagle is still present because it symbolizes the military victories and the necklace of the Legion of honour. The “E” of the Empress Eugenie (of Spain) and the “N” of Napoleon III are located in the center of the stained glass of the west arm of the transept and on the floor of the Choir, topped by the Imperial Crown and surrounded by bees, as well as in the center of the west arm of the transept. The bee symbolizes immortality and resurrection and creates a bond also between the Empire and the origins of France.


pontivy ch imp st joseph right side feb20

I have written a full article post on the Imperial Church Saint Joseph, so really not much else, this post is to show you the pictures of it not yet posted on the previous post, Enjoy them as I do and always looking forward to go inside eventually.

pontivy ch imp st joseph back chevet feb20

The Parish of Pontivy on the St Joseph Church :

The City of Pontivy on the church in pdf format file

The Morbihan dept 56 tourist office on St Joseph Church in Pontivy:

There you go folks, another nice stop in your route of Bretagne ,and especially my dear home dept 56 of Morbihan. The Imperial Church Saint Joseph of Pontivy is worth the detour to see it. Again, hope you enjoy the post as I

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

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January 25, 2023

What about a hospital in Pontivy !

Ok I am not going there yet, and hopefully you neither, but what about a hospital in Pontivy ! There are sometimes wonderful historical buildings we passed by it every day without much realising this. I know there are many, but this one caught my eye in wonderful Pontivy and would like to update the post for you and me. I like to tell you a bit on the hospital of Pontivy that always struck me when walking by it along the Blavet river (see post). Hope you enjoy the curiosity of mine and the off the beaten path site on the Hospital of Pontivy !

pontivy hospital across blavet river feb20

There was an older hospital here going back to the early 1800’s when Napoléon I was around and the town was call Napoléonville! In November 9, 1804 it received the name of Napoléonville.  All is arranged to make this a model city with new architecture whereby the first stone was put on August 12 1807 in his presence. The town ask to be called Bourbonville after the first Restauration 1814-1815 (monarchy), and takes the name of Pontivy after the return of king Louis XVIII, later it comes back to be called  Napoléonville under Napoléon III. From  1870 the town regained the current name of Pontivy. Which of course in Breton is Pondi.

In August 2013: Pontivy Communité  (the metro area of Pontivy) acquires part of the old Pontivy hospital at place Ernest Jan and installs its administrative headquarters there.  January 1, 2017: Pontivy Communité has 25 towns for nearly 47,300 inhabitants. Its central city, Pontivy, has nearly 15,000.  The Centre hospitalier du Center Bretagne (CHCB) is a hospital center in Morbihan and Côtes-d’Armor, before becoming the Centre Hospitalier du Center Bretagne, the CHCB was 3 different entities: the Pontivy hospital, the Loudéac hospital and the Plémet Rehabilitation Center.

pontivy hospital front across blavet river feb20

The official new hospital on visitors info

The Pontivy communité tourist office on things to do/see :

There you go folks, from an emperor to a king and a town then a metro area this is in short the Pontivy hospital.  A grand architecture still can be seen along the Blavet river. Hope uou enjoy the curiosity of it as I!

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

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