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.
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...
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
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
Fondest memory: walking its streets and finding friendly folks all over. And that includes my account rep at the bank lol!!!
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.
This is the areas where I live, 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!!!
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
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.
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.