Auray Local Customs

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    plenty of good fish
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  • we get our mussels and oysters here
    we get our mussels and oysters here
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    Covered market city center

    by gwened Written May 2, 2015

    This is a shopping tip but it is also a custom of all towns here to hold one indoors outdoors or both. This one at Auray is fantastic, not the biggest but the ambiance with the local people and the goodies in it are first quality , what you come to France for ...! The marché couvert!

    It is attached practically to the Hotel de Ville on its side and opening on both the roads rue barre and du lait encroaching on the place de la république. It is open early by 6h30 but we usually go by 9h and stays open until about 13h.Mondays to Saturdays.

    You have lots of seafood and fish stalls from local producers as well as galettes,crêpes makers homemade, and the cheeses are superb too. If you want the best come here at good prices

    Some newer photos of our wonderland in Auray.

    entrance rue de Barre to the covered market plenty of good fish we get our mussels and oysters here rue de barre entrance out to street the wonderful cheeses
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    Chapelle de la Congregation or tourist office

    by gwened Written Apr 25, 2015

    The complete name is Chapelle des frères de la Congrégation des hommes de l’Immaculée Conception or something like chapel of the congregation of brothers of the immaculate conception.. It is from 1672 and now only the façade is original. Many artisans come here still to pray in front of the virgin.

    Today ,it houses the tourist office of the Auray region at 20 ,rue du Lait not far from the hotel de ville at place de la république.

    You can observe the tribune and its central part where you will see the rebirth of Saint Paul work done by 1672-1678 by Antoine de Bray or Brays, a decorator from Paris who have done several of these in the salon of the parliament of Brittany in Rennes.

    of course, it will do wonders to stop by here first on your wandering in this regioin.

    the chapelle now tourist office of Auray
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    Christmas is always a wonderful time

    by gwened Written Dec 4, 2014

    And at Auray its medieval nice historical and walking the Streets like I did tonite is great, night time with all the lights.

    All link it with the Christmas markets but this is just the feel of the city walk and away from them. It all starts tomorrow but I was there for a peek tonite. Dec 5 with new décorations at place de la République. From Friday Dec 12 to Sunday Dec 14, the traditional market Inside the historically glorious chapelle du Saint-Esprit. Saturday Dec 20 to Monday Dec 22 the market at the place Notre-Dame(Church St Gildas). From Dec 20 to Dec 23 you have entertainement on tracks at the gymnasium gymnase de la Forêt ,with a track of 25 meters long for roller skates, etc. Monday Dec 22 the bus network will be free!!!
    Every day will be animations Entertainment for all, from maquillage to hot chocolate tastings , wood games and the arrival of papa Noël at Saint-Goustan district on Saturday December 20.

    This is a magical family time and we cherish it every year. Enjoy it

    back of st Gildas on place du Docteur Bourdeloy The side of church St Gildas on rue mar��chal Foch rue mar��chal Foch to town and church St Gildas rue mar��chal Foch going out of city center
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    The artists colony at St Goustan

    by gwened Updated Aug 9, 2014

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    Saint Goustan the harbor port, the lower city of Auray is full of artists painters especially. Around pl Saint Sauveur and up the paved streets as well as quai neuf and quai Franklin.

    My favorite is Setch, with a story of been architects and then painters in quai neuf along the river Loch in Auray St goustan, Tel +33 : 0297563032
    no webpage

    see these webpages of artists here

    http://www.eric-winzenried.fr/
    http://www.christianhuet.com/
    http://www.pendelio.net/
    http://www.martine-blanchard.com/
    http://www.pondeville.com/
    http://patrick.penvern.net/
    http://www.robertdanjoux.fr/
    http://www.art-marabout.com/

    Alain Dréan
    172 avenue Général de Gaulle 56400 AURAY
    Tél : 02 97 24 21 31
    Courriel : carole.jollivet@voila.fr

    I just came across Ker Daro and it is great at 1 quai neuf, and he is a graveur or engraving artist. Robert Danjoux, tel +33 (0) 2 97 50 75 09, open every day from 10-12h and 14-19h. nice place and beautiful engravings.

    more of Setch just gorgeous entrance to Ker Daro Setch atelier at quai neuf St Goustan the haute ville artists as Marabout
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    local custom live like a duck

    by gwened Written Jan 13, 2013

    hehehe well this is how life in the country is, you have to slow down ,and walk like a duck, slowly then speed up as needed.

    I live outskirts of city so to come in is nice only 13K people but to go out is wonderful ,little villages as low as 300 folks and ducks, cows, pigs, goats, horses all around you.

    This is a small lake I like to stop to rest ,there are football/soccer and tennis court nearby so when done stopping by here is lovely. Benches are available and the ducks are friendly , you can even talk to them and they talk back nicely and LOUD.

    the lakes and the ducks arriving and already welcome by M Duck.
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    Monument to the fallen

    by gwened Written Jan 7, 2013

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    Not a local custom per se, but a must after you have so much history of conflicts and losses on you. These monument to the fallen are all over ,in every town ,in every corner in France. You may pass by them, I just look and respect them as I know the sacrifices that were made to what we have today.

    Difficult perhaps to understand nowdays ,but a rememberance nevertheless. It would be a great historical educational to take your families to them and read try to understand what they are.

    The main one in Auray is by place du Maréchal Leclerc,as the site says in French it was inaurated on November 11 1925 . The statue was done by the local sculptor Mathurin Fouillen, from drawings by Joseph Le Corre, representing "one injured soldier laying on the side before given his last breath".

    It remembers the wars of WWI ,WWII, Indochina, and the Northern Africa wars. The names of the fallen is listed, most from WWI.

    RIP , and thanks.

    ps if you want to see while by here, go from pl de la Republique in front of the hotel de ville/mairie building with your back on it, turn right on Rue du Pére eternel, bear right on place du Loch, turn right on rue des ecoles and the monument is just to your left the place du maréchal Leclerc is there by the school.

    monument to the fallen at Auray
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    market days are glorious at Auray

    by gwened Written Jan 7, 2013

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    right by the old and famous place Notre Dame, on the side of glorious town church Saint Gildas we have on Mondays and fridays. Mondays is new so I took advantage of an off day. The city has several market days and places including a covered market (tip apart) and these open air market.

    There is one at place Maréchal Joffre and place de République , and the streets at the center and around these plazas on Monday mornings june 1 to September 30 at 8h-14h30, and from October 1 to May 31 from 8h -14h. It is the bigger.

    You have a bio products market or marché by place Notre-Dame on thursdays from 17h to 20h.

    There is a food market at Place Notre-Dame that was done on Fridays from 8h to 12h30. And now Mondays too ,even with clothing stalls lol!!!. The reason of this tips and new photos.

    open air market at pl Notre Dame the stalls passing thru also clothings some local seafood stalls the vegetables galore! how about those cheeses and cold meats
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    municipal pool or piscine Athéna

    by gwened Written Aug 26, 2012

    the piscine or municipal pool is one to get to know the folks in town, and it is very nice with 25 meters lanes and plenty of swimming lessons of all ages.
    It is heated and covered so good for winter times too, a great cultural event as you do make friends here lol!!!

    entrance to the piscine or municipal pool the municipal pool
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    Library or mediathéque

    by gwened Written Aug 26, 2012

    the center of cultural activities for anyone interested in a municipal library with books, cd,dvd,magazines and all related to a city library.

    You can spend many hours here, as the place is big and fully loaded, nice for a town our size. the section on Brittany is big ,to get to know the Bretons.

    parvis of mediath��que front entrance building of library closer parvis of mediath��que or library children park for those who will let you read
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    The post office and a bank

    by gwened Written Aug 10, 2012

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    well here the post office does a lot more than stamps and packages, its a full service bank. Mind you,not mine, but I find this custom unique and conflicting.

    The fact that be a post office attracts all customers from all other banks right into your house is a bit puzzling to me.

    However, we have a very nice main post office building with all facilities, and nice friendly staff,if you are in the area you can easily ship your gifts from here,and the bank accepts Visa and mastercard holders right outside.
    It is located just off place de la Republique facing the mairie or mayor's office to your right at 31 Avenue President Wilson

    post office 2013 my central post office
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    Christmas market in Auray

    by gwened Written Nov 20, 2011

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    Again the marché de Noel is in the air, a nice tradition that in the Auray area happenned in different villages and dates/times the tourist office has a listing

    http://www.auray-tourisme.com/les-marches-de-noel-en-pays-d-auray/auray/tabid/8282/fromtabid/8281/offreid/d8150de4-d611-4b53-b5f8-1cbdc5f0777b/detail.aspx

    Christmas tree at home simple and found the place street towards pl notre dame early Dic11
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