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  • pl de la République go left end down rue duchateau
    pl de la République go left end down rue...
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  • Place Saint Sauveur , the square!
    Place Saint Sauveur , the square!
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  • old breton home at haute ville Rue St Sauveur
    old breton home at haute ville Rue St...
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    You are never tired of Saint Goustan

    by gwened Written Aug 9, 2014

    Favorite thing: no never, this is a sublime magical area, part of the city of Auray, but on the lower city by the river auray already join by the inland loch, and on its way to the Gulf of Morbihan and the 12 islands (UNESCO heritage site).

    We come here to walk ,to see, to play and to eat.drink ,day and night weekday and weekend. It is the happening place.

    In summer it is pack with visitors and locals alike, huge crowds so book everything ahead. In winter it is for the locals quiet nice, tranquil space in heaven and all the businesses talk more and become known to us very well.

    You have activities for all ages, and great architecture too. Enjoy the walks amongst homes going back to the 14C

    Fondest memory: walk the river banks from the buzzling St Sauveur square all the way to the bridge of Kerplouz, and on the other side passing the stone bridge along the ruins of the old castle all the way to the bridge of Kerplouz. magical.

    Place Saint Sauveur , the square! old breton home at haute ville Rue St Sauveur the harbor carrousel for kids along the river bank from the stone bridge to St Goustan evening across the river to viaduc and city of Auray
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    Walks closer to me in Auray

    by gwened Updated Aug 9, 2014

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    Favorite thing: This is the areas where I lived, trying to give you a glimse while not the whole thing hehehe ::)

    It is by the gare or train station and directly down to the city center n 10 mins and to the shopping at porte d'oceane in 10 mins.

    Walking is great ,I do here and wherever I go visit. Nice to leave the car well park and take a stroll along modern Auray away from tourist central. Or even walk the 10-15 mins to pl de la republique right in city center.

    Folks ask about public transportation even while in town lol!!! I use the car, park outside or in ground garage and walk the rest. Its the best way to see a city.

    Fondest memory: walking to do my administrative errands no need for the car...lol!!!

    off usual parking looking at inner city rue Barre roundabout of bel air on way to St Goustan/Vannes Rue Aristide Briand  toward city center circle bel air to the beaches of Carnac/Quiberon looking at D768 road
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    always Saint Goustan

    by gwened Written Jul 31, 2014

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    Favorite thing: this is a beautiful harbor, along the river loch merge with the auray and goes into the Gulf of Morbihan (UNESCO heritage site), awesome!

    The views are magnificents, the walks sublime and always activity, shops, artists ateliers, restos, bars, and small boutique hotels.

    Not to mention river canoe,kayak, boating and just cruises into the gulf and outlaying islands in it.

    A must when in the area, my previous home ::)

    Fondest memory: Saint Goustan is it, cannot missed it. the pl St Sauveur the looks over the Loch and the feel of older days is wonderful I am telling you!

    high up rue st Sauveur, stone bridge river Loch ! high up Saint Goustan to harbor and river from high up down on rue Saint Ren��  to harbor pl de la R��publique go left end down rue duchateau
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    walks along the quais of Auray

    by gwened Written Jul 6, 2013

    Favorite thing: Been a port city since very long periods and seen coming out of here help coming as Benjamin Franklin asking or Samuel de Champlain going upon the request of Cardinal Richelieu, this is a seafaring town.

    Cruises now take you into the wonderful beautiful islands of the gulf of Morbihan, and water sports activities like kayak and canoes or boat pedaling are done on the river Loch on the Auray portion.

    The quais or roads around it are just wonderful to explore full of artists shops

    Fondest memory: The quais is sublime romantic,and nice, a very good way to spend it with the entire family and see nature and the river at best.

    river loch and castle ruins bridge of stones over river loch quai neuf towards upper city the loch at port St Goustan pl St Sauveur sneak in for boating on the Loch
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    Auray is a nice town to walk

    by gwened Updated Jul 6, 2013

    Favorite thing: very compact ,yet spacious, nice streets yet some cobblestone, some new mostly old even wooden houses from the 15C; upper city by place Notre Dame and Place de la Republique,and lower city at place Saint Sauveur.
    It has it all for a wonderful tour of the city. Today it was a nice day 28C and I saw the tourists beginning to come in from many countries ,and they were walking too.

    Enjoy Auray is a nice town ::)

    Fondest memory: walk and walk the city is superb...

    rue Georges Clemenceau and stores old castle ruins with high  entry to upper city rue aristide Briand and going home rue de la petite vitesse and trains quai neuf on the river loch passing by auray D765
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    More views of Auray (An Alre)

    by gwened Written Sep 27, 2012

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    Favorite thing: An Alre is breton language of Auray, so here are some additional photos of my wonderful town.
    The photos are from Saint Goustan, lower city ,and oldest part of Auray. You cant go wrong here;lovely day and night.

    Fondest memory: walking the medieval streets and port of Saint Goustan, memorable each time

    at Place St Sauveur the port of Saint Goustan from Quai Franklin to pont de pierre quai Franklin ,river loch and pl St Sauveur from quai neuf ,the river Loch,and Auray well there they are Panther cars at quai neuf
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    how to get your Euros, ATM-BNP Paribas

    by gwened Written Sep 16, 2012

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    Favorite thing: well in an effort to localise the tourist mind a bit ... this is my bank, BNP Paribas, its a major bank with branches all over in France, and correspondant bank with many international banks like Deutsche bank, Barclays, Bank of America etc etc

    if you use the branches of the global atm alliance you wont pay withdrawals fees. And the banks today are totally automated, I dont need to see a teller or account rep than for major issues like a loan ,for the rest is machine.

    The branch is architectural done by the firm of architects that I know too ::) like http://cmib-architectes.com/

    The bank is at 89 rue Aristides Briand even thus in their webpage the address change is not done yet lol!!! I was there on yesterday in the new office. right next to bus stop Le Ballon bus TIM 5, and about 900 meters from the gare or train station
    https://www.secure.bnpparibas.net/banque/portail/particulier/Fiche?type=fiche&identifiant=Categorie_Region_20021219163230&codeGroupe=00257&agenceId=BNP259

    Fondest memory: walking its streets and finding friendly folks all over. And that includes my account rep at the bank lol!!!

    BNP front with bus stop Le Ballon rear of bank patrons parking and architect plaque looking from bank towards road to train station from bank at rue aristide briand to city center
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    Some views of town of Auray

    by gwened Written Aug 27, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Some misc photos that should not go away, scenes from beautiful friendly Auray, where we live and historical town now share with the world of VT.

    A bit of history
    The battle of Auray in September 29 1364 was the last war of succession in Brittany. The place where Charles de Blois died at Kerblois in the commune of Brech is mark by a calvary cross

    In 1632 marines leave the port of Saint-Goustan for establishing the town of Port-Royal in Arcadia under the eyes of Cardinal Richelieu.

    Benjamin Franklin lands at the port de Saint-Goustan on December 3, 1776 at the beginning of the war of independance of the USA to ask for military help to France and king Louis XVI.

    During the years of the French revolution from 1790-1795 it was the capital of the region.

    In 1795, after the failure of the expedition of Quiberon and the surrender of the emmigrants led by Sombreuil on July 21 ,the prisioners were transfered to Auray. After a quick judgement by military commissions ,7506 were shot to death near the commune of Brech on the west side of the river Loch, thereafter called the Champs of Martyrs and buried on site. In 1829, their ossary were excavated and deposit in a chapel in the Chartreuse d'Auray nearby.

    The train station here since the 1860's was an strategic site during WWII. It served to transfer the cement that was used to build the Nazi blockhaus on the beaches of the region still visible today.

    Fondest memory: walking from pl Notre Dame to Pl de la Republique down on rue chateau to pl St Sauveur and the area of St Goustan, just magical and in the evenings even better.

    from pl de la Republique to St H��lene chapel from Rue pres Wilson to ria Auray pont Kerplouz view from rue pres Wilson to St Goustan Place Notre Dame Pl St Sauveur
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    Walk St Goustan, Auray

    by gwened Written May 8, 2012

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    Favorite thing: a nice way to relax is to walk any city, also, enjoy it more, see more, smell ,sense, here we have St Goustan, a wonderful place that in 1964 was downgrading and then a men rose up and started building a musical bar l'Armoric (see post on it) and then things began to be better.

    Lovely place to walk amongst cobblestone streets, old wooden houses, seamen decorations,and wonderful shops and restos.

    If you are in the area do it, and if away come here quick. See my travelogues too and profile for more.

    Fondest memory: of course walking St Goustan , daytime or nightime is great, in a wintery night is like been in Merlin magical world ( oh yes he is from nearby here in Brocéliande), and on daytime is like been in heavens. walk walk St Goustan and why not upper city Auray around the fish covered market on pl de la Republique

    Pl St Sauveur at St Goustan from Auray D765 towards St Goustan over Loch Pl St sauveur towards pont vieux and Auray walking rue du petit port le port St Goustan walking rue du petit port in St Goustan
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    The end of an old schooner -and an era?

    by ranger49 Written Nov 25, 2009

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    Favorite thing: NOT a Favourite thing. Just information.

    Visitors making a return trip to to Auray will notice the absence from St Goustan Harbour of the restored schooner/ museum.

    This early 20th century vessel had become an iconic feature of the harbour, its blue painted hull visible not only in situ along the quay, but featured on many local picture postcards.
    If you can still get hold of one it may be your only chance to see the old girl in future.

    It was necessary to move her in May 2009 because of the major restoration works on Quay Franklin. The move went wrong, at low tide she tipped and holed. Attempts to upright her failed and more damage occured.

    Some people blame the owner and accuse him of failing to properly maintain a money making asset. Others the local council for not exercising proper controls.
    Attempts are being made to form a local Save La Goélette Society though the enormous costs of restoration and refurbishment appear prohibitive.
    Meanwhile the story unfolds in the local press....

    But lots ot boys - of all ages - will miss their chance to step aboard on future visits to the Harbour of St Goustan.
    It seems a sad end to a lovingly, restored old vessel.

    Borrowed pic of La Go��lette in the harbour

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    The Toll of Tourism & the Sea

    by ranger49 Updated Nov 24, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Not a favourite thing at all - but you are stuck with that silly heading here!

    We hear a lot about the detrimental effects of mass tourism and damage caused through environmental pollution, the erosion of cliff paths and country trails..
    The picturesque harbour of St Goustan has attracted tourists for over 100 years. Tidal and sea water erosion is slowly disintegrating the large granite stones that are the foundation of the Quay Franklin and its retaining walls; with a weakened sub-structure the footfall of thousands of visitors is also impacting severely on the stability of the Quay.

    Immediate emergency action was taken in 2008 when part of the quay collapsed due to subsidence and at the beginning of 2009 major engineering works of repair and restoration,costing nearly 2million euros, commenced.
    There was a pause in the works during the high season but when we were there in October'09 it was not looking at its best.
    Excavators were at work and it appeared gaspipes and sewage systems were being replaced along the length of Franklin Quay.
    Le Télégramme, the local newspaper carries regular news of progress but the work is still continuing. The third phase of the work will concentrate on cosmetic features to restore the pictureque features of the area - as the Budget allows.

    In the meantime you need to watch your step as you walk seawards along the quay and some areas may be cordoned off pending completion of all the work.

    Not so picturesque at the moment! Repaired retaining wall, uneven pavioues. Work in progress.

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