Brest Things to Do

  • from castle the tour Tanguy
    from castle the tour Tanguy
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    canons ready on the castle near marine...
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    start/finish at the museum boutique
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    Beautiful sea side

    by Toyin Updated Dec 21, 2004

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    A lady walking her Horse and Dog in St Brieuc.

    If you are making Brest by private car, it is interesting to make a stop at St Brieuc. This is a beautiful sea side with an english speaking population. You could see a slightly different culture here, in comparison with Paris. You ll see people in a near traditional Anglo-Saxion way of life..but they still speak French.

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    The Chateau

    by Toyin Written Dec 8, 2004

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    Marine Museum

    Brest enjoys a wonderful location, on the shores of an enormous bay, with the beauty of inland and coastal Brittany all around it. The city is a centre of commerce, combining the cobbled streets and fortifications of the old port with all the attractions and facilities of the modern city.

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    A great day out for old and young kids

    by bzh Updated Feb 27, 2003

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    Boats and Oc��anopolis building

    Océanopolis is not just an aquarium. It is a full blown marine life museum. Divided in three parts, for temperate, polar and tropical climates. Kids can learn all about ocean life while having a lot of fun. Make sure you don't miss the penguin feeding time.

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    Les Alignements de Carnac

    by Porteplume Updated Jun 9, 2003

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    Carnac - [own photo]

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    Sites mégalithiques: alignements de menhirs, et dolmens et tumulus.
    Photo: Les alignements de Carnac:
    Il s'agit de menhirs disposés en lignes à peu près parallèles. (3000 sur Carnac). Les Alignements se composent de trois principaux champs, ils avaient probablement un rôle culturel et religieux
    La période où l'on a construit ces mégalithes a duré environ de 4500 à 2000 ans avant J-C, c'est la période néolithique.

    Les dolmens ou tumulus avaient une fonction funéraire et servaient de sépultures collectives ou individuelles.

    English:
    The Megaliths were erected during the neolithic period which lasted from 4500 BC until 2000 BC.
    The two main structures of the megalithic architecture are "Menhirs" and "Dolmens" and "Tumulus".
    Dolmens and Tumulus were burial structures, they were either collective or individual tumbs.
    Menhirs: an army of stones
    There are approximately 3000 menhirs in the Carnac area. The alignments probably had a cultural role and were a place of worship.

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    Every end of September, a typical big fair

    by earendil Written Sep 25, 2005

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    During three days, for the Saint Michel (29th september), a big fair is organized in the city and the streets are closed to cars.
    Some streets are reserved to professional merchants, and you can find good items for your house or for you.
    On the "freedom place", it's reserved for children who can sell their old toys and old books...it's very fun and nice for them, they can earn a bit of money.

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    The Tanguy Tower

    by bambino36 Written Sep 13, 2004

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    The Tanguy Tower, Brest

    Built on a block of granite, the Bastille of Quilbignon or "Tower of the Tanguy" occupies a privileged location in edge of the river Penfeld in front of the castle of Brest. Inside the Tower there's an interesting museum about Brest history.

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    Like canoeing, kayaking or...

    by sandravdp Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Like canoeing, kayaking or rowing? Well then go to the swampy area of LA GRANDE BRIERE. I am sure you will like it here. There are several nice boating routes that can keep you busy for a few hours or a whole day :) There is more in my TRAVELLOGUE!

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    Visit the ancient walled city...

    by Pamela_Peace Written Sep 2, 2002

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    Visit the ancient walled city of St. Malo which dates from the 12th century. Take a stroll around the ramparts for a breathtaking view. The center of town is named for the Romantic novelist, Chateaubriand, who was born here in 1768. His tomb, accessible only at low tide, is located on nearby Grand Bé Island.

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    Visit the harbor of St. Malo...

    by Pamela_Peace Written Sep 2, 2002

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    Visit the harbor of St. Malo smell the salty air, eat some mussels and french fries. This intriguing region is like no other in France. It was invaded by Gauls, Celts and Romans. The French did not rule it until 1532. Even today, the area of Brittany retains a language and culture more like the Celtic-based Welsh and Gaelic than the French.

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    If you are near the Normandy...

    by Pamela_Peace Written Sep 2, 2002

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    If you are near the Normandy region, you must visit the American Cemetery. It's a most touching experience to see not only sooo many white crosses but the actual beach where D-Day took place. I had students with me here and literally had to drag the boys back to the bus to leave.
    Before going, watch the movie Saving Private Ryan

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    Chateau de Brest II

    by gwened Written Dec 1, 2013

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    from parking at rue du chateau
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    this is a wonderful property full of history going back to 280AD and going thru all the movemental épisodes of French and European history as the British were here/

    I have a tip on it but with so nicer photos decided to get another tip going. For the detail info see the tip without the roman numeral.
    for more pictures than stop by here No II

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    Musée de la Marine -museum of the marine

    by gwened Updated Dec 1, 2013

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    start/finish at the museum boutique
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    great display of boats, marine artifacts,and maps illustrating the history of the navy in Brest over the centuries;great for the whole family and very educational. Must see and look at my travelogues here.

    admission is 6€ now and hours varied so check the site, we came in the am was closed came back in the pm and it was open.13h30 to 18h30

    You will love to see the boating history and naval yard history of this city ,do come in. You can get here once in the city by taken bus lines 1, 2, 3, 4, 18 stop/ arrêt Français libres or the tramway : station château

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    Go to Oceanopolis , the best...

    by edelweiss Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    Go to Oceanopolis , the best attraction, aquariums, everything is linked to the sea, and very well explained (english too), it' just has been modernised...great.

    what'is going on under my surf????????

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    tour Tanguy

    by gwened Written Dec 1, 2013

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    closer on the naval base the tour tanguy
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    This is part of the history of Brest, and very unique tower in a modern surrounding still standing tall.

    The bastille of Quilbignon or tour of the Motte Tanguy is built on a rocky mount on the edge of the Penfeld, facing the castle of Brest, in the Recouvrance district. They are reach from the rue de la porte and the square Pierre Péron, at the foot of the pont de Recouvrance. This 14th century tower, houses the Museum of old Brest.

    The medieval tower was built probably during the war of succession (1341-1364) to protect or prevent, communications between the two sides. The origin of this medieval tower tell us that it was built by the British during their occupation of the city in the 14th century or by Lord Tanguy I du Chastel, of the line of the Lords of Quilbignon which distinguished himself in the fight of Brittany against England and contributed to the development of the right bank . The name of Quilbignon bastille gave way to that of tour Tanguy, first name borne by several members of this line. Their weapons are carved above the door. The cradle of this family is the Château de Trémazan at Landunvez.

    Jean de Montfort gave the tower to the English in 1341. It was restored to his son Jean IV in 1397. Until about 1580, the Tower served as headquarters to justice of the Lords of le Châtel, until they transfer it to a neighboring House. Then neglected, the Tower became the property of the Rohan-Guéméné family in 1786 then passed into the royal domain before being sold as national property during the Revolution to Sieur Gabon. She became at this time the Gabon Tower. In 1862, it is acquired by the architect Barillé who turned it into a dwelling house. He made drilling arrays and built on its top a sort of booth wearing a Chinese hat. Its last inhabitant and owner private, doctor Joseph Thielmans, general practitioner, left her after the fire during the battles of 1944. The Chinese pavilion, the covering was destroyed during the bombing.

    The city of Brest becomes owner on July 15, 1954. She is summarily repaired and his condition deteriorates again. Its future is so compromised by the reconstruction of the Recouvrance quarter. Finally, in 1959, the city charge painter Jim E. Sévellec mentioned within the tour its the past history of the town. The tower was restored and it inaugurates the Museum of old Brest 25 July 1962, which does have two rooms. A third room is open to the public in July 1964. In 1971, added a peppering look and replacing its neo-Gothic cornice by niches to give it a medieval silhouette.

    The Museum houses a collection of models and re-enactments that make a stroll through the picturesque streets of the Brest from before 1939, i.e. in the city as it stood before the bombing of the allies during the second world war and its reconstruction. Dioramas made by Brest painter Jim Sévellec represent the major episodes of the history of Brest.

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    Go to Oceanopolis , the best...

    by ulricht Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Go to Oceanopolis , the best attraction, aquariums, everything is linked to the sea, and very well explained (english too), it' just has been modernised...great.
    what'is going on under my surf????????

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