Brest Off The Beaten Path

  • model rotating bridge it replace with the current
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    Place wilson

    by gwened Written Dec 1, 2013
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    here you have a music kiosk and an archway porte belonging to a seminary from the 17C, wonderful things to discover walking in Brest

    Archway or door of the former Seminary of Brest (17th century) becomes a school of mechanics then barracks Gomaa, move up in the axis of the rebuilt downtown, in lieu of the entrance to the Hotel Saint-Pierre, seat of the maritime prefecture before WWII.

    Brest built in 1890, pretty late , a music kiosk . On the battlefield the musicians played standing in a circle and then on a simple wooden platform. If one recalls that around 1850 auditions took place almost every day of the week in the summer, it is understandable that this kiosk corresponded to a real need.
    In 1889 the city finds a building company of metal constructions ,Gladwell, and an octagonal kiosk of ten meters in diameter was built. The slender columns supporting a conical roof of low scale pans and lace, very elegant Lantern due to the magnitude of arcades, of their greater movement in low arcs.the importance and quality of ornamentation, a true lace which gives it a side air.
    But its elegance, so outdated in our eyes, should not make us ignore his great acoustic qualities or its lighting suitable for auditions in the evening.

    During the occupation a Nazi shelter replaced the bandstand; It was rebuilt in the same place, in the 1950s, a reinforced concrete building that quickly proved unsuitable for the use for which it was intended. However, still there for all to see

    a wonderful walk in old Brest

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    Naval base of Brest

    by gwened Updated Nov 30, 2013
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    This is a military installation that can be visited on certain dates and on groups. It is worth the visit, and one sure to be back for it.
    you get to see a frigate of the French navy and see the chateau where the military is at and one of the oldest on duty castles fortresses in the world.

    The city has a large history and continuos tradition of naval personnel and it can seen all over the city.
    There is a secondary school or high school here a lycée of the marine, and a naval college.
    http://www.ecole-navale.fr/-PATRIMOINE-.html
    http://www.lyceenaval.org/spip.php?rubrique55&lang=fr
    and the marine nationale site on Brest
    http://www.dirisibrest.fr/

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    pont de Recouvrance

    by gwened Updated Nov 30, 2013
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    A wonderful bridge seen from many places along the harbor and the city center along rue de Siam. the Pont de Recouvrance was built in 1954 to replace the Pont National, destroyed during the siege bombardments of Brest in aug/sept 1944

    It is by the mobil traverse weighing 525 tons that the manouvre is done in two minutes and half by the electrical pulleys situated at the inferior traverses of the pylons. The particularity of this bridge is that by lowering a mobil traverse alongside to keep it open in time of war so it can avoid been destroyed.

    Really a sight in the city center, and a link between the old and the new Brest

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    Pont de l'Iroise

    by gwened Updated Nov 30, 2013
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    A wonderful architecture marvel as you enter the city from Nantes on the N165 as I did;Brest is upon you.
    the bridge due to the increasing traffic of automobiles it was decided to built another bridge next to the old one( rotating bridge), which remains open for pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

    This is a suspended bridge supported by a series of cables. This bridge or pont de l'Iroise is hte fifth of its genre done in France and it was done with light concrete on the central axis and high performance concrete on the pylons,and was open in July 1994

    Simply awesome

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    Tour Tanguy

    by gwened Updated Nov 5, 2012
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    Work of Tanguy du Chatel,the tower or tour Tanguy,after changing hands several times comes property of the king of France in 1786. It was sold as national property during the French revolution,and turn into a housing tower before been burned in 1944. It is a national heritage site since 1954.

    A nice site by the harbor near the naval base.

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    Musée des Beaux-Arts or fine arts museum

    by gwened Updated Nov 5, 2012

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    seems like a nice place no time to go in but worth the trip for another visit, fine arts and great paintings;you go in for 4€ adults
    hours tuesdays to saturdays from 10h -12h and 14h- 18h; Sundays from 14h -18h; july 14 and August 15 from 14h- 18h. museum is closed on Sundays mornings,mondays and holidays other than dates above

    location:24, rue Traverse – 29200 Brest

    more than 300 works of arts from many artists including those of the Pont l'Aven generation. permanent collection are in two floors at floor 1 the older paintings,and at street level the paintings from the 19C to 21C

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    The Sunrise in Bretagne.

    by Toyin Updated Feb 22, 2005

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    Sunrise Bretagne

    The nature of this region is better enjoyed when you take time with the nature. There is a feeling that is so natural, that you will not desire to leave this region, or that keep nudging you to go back. The Sunrise here is a spectacle.

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    Ile D' Ouessant

    by Toyin Updated Dec 22, 2004

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    Ile d'Ouessant

    This is the map of the entire Island. I took this picture on the tourism office. To do this Island from Brest, you have to book probably from the hotel. To be in Brest without doing this Island is like tea without sugar..haha.

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    Sur les bords de l'Oust,...

    by Porteplume Updated Jun 9, 2003

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    Morbihan - Au bord de l'Oust par Michel C.

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    Français:
    Et ce n'est pas seulement sur les Côtes sauvages de la Bretagne que vous serez enchantés... Mais visitez aussi l'arrière pays avec ses forets mysterieuses et ses bocages verdoyants.

    English:
    And don't forget that Brittany is not only about the coast... 'So don't forget to drive in the country with its huge mysterious forests and its green marais.

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    See the old German WW II lookouts

    by maryamy Written Apr 23, 2003
    Lookout's skylight!

    If you take a few moments to drive to the sea side, you will witness where many German soldiers were "condemned" to live while they guarded their new territories in France. It was slightly depressing, but very real.

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    Relax in the park

    by bzh Written Feb 27, 2003

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    Vallon du Stangalar

    When in Brest, you could spend all your time in the harbour, on the beach, discovering the coast around or trying out all the creperies. If you want something slightly different, remember there are a few parks right in the town. One of the nicest, which also offers amusement for children is the Vallon du Stangalar, along Rue de Quimper. Spend an afternoon there, let the kids go wild and relax.

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    Go and visit animalparc...

    by sandravdp Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Go and visit animalparc Branfere at le Guerno. All animals walk around free and some animals you can approach. You will find more about it in my TRAVELLOGUE! More pictures, information and locationaddress are there.

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    Lanildut and...

    by bean Written Aug 24, 2002

    Lanildut and surroudings.

    Lanildut is the biggest sea-weed harbour of at least France, but I guess from Europe. Do not expect a large industry though.. there's a couple of special boats designed for harvesting the sea weed. There is even a big 'sea-weed conference' in summer! In the surroudings of Lanildut are several mega-lithic site, amongst which a very large menhir (8.75 meters tall). Shopping is possible in one of the very small groceries. The old lady of the grocery on the harbour side is lovely! You can get here by bus from Brest.

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    Sunrise

    by Toyin Written Dec 21, 2004

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    Sunrise

    To appreciate the nature of this region, one have to watch out for the nature here. The sunrise here is always a spectacle, because of the plain nature of Bretagne.

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