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    nice rides and walk by the Lorient coast

    by gwened Written May 2, 2015

    Favorite thing: These are the coastal towns of Ploemeur and Guidel on my wandering rides even in the rain in my lovely Morbihan.

    whether walking in town or driving to these marvels its a wonderful experience. Enjoy the Morbihan of Brittany south.

    Guidel
    http://www.guidel.com/decouvrir-guidel/fiche-didentite/histoire/

    Ploemeur
    http://www.ploemeur.com/modules/contenu/mairie-ploemeur_mer_histoire_rub_77.html

    Fondest memory: just walk or drive thru and soak in the history and the sights of these places

    entering city center Guidel the beaches of coastal D152 in Guidel memorial to fallen at Guidel by church passing over river Saudraye on D152 Ploemeur arrving city center Ploemeur
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    Walk and see Cancale

    by gwened Written Apr 9, 2015

    Favorite thing: Ok passing by here but got me two older photos of nice Cancale want to share with you. Cancale is on a corner of Ille et Vilaine dept 34 in Brittany of course. Right on the other side of Saint Malo facing the sea.

    their tourist page is here but lack information.
    http://www.cancale-tourisme.fr/

    huge beach as you can see in the pictures in the link above;I went by the harbor area, the lighthouse and the old castle with the cliffs.

    more in their city page in French
    http://www.ville-cancale.fr/infos_touristiques_cancale.html

    A town need to come back for more.

    Fondest memory: the view to the harbor from the villa at the promontory cliff is superb climb by car , a town need to come back for more.

    down from Villa cliff  to harbor and lighthouse the harbor and villa cliff above
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    Some sights passing of Morbihan and Finistére

    by gwened Written Feb 1, 2015

    Favorite thing: cruising is my mode of life and doing so past by some gorgeous historical places many times off the beaten path as we say here.

    This is the Morbihan dept 56 of mine and my neighbor dept 29 Finistére. This time was doing some driving in the country roads or D=départementales but by noble degree of our Duchess Anne the roads of Brittany are free of tolls and therefore no A autoroutes. Just N=Nationales and D and C =communales

    1) Church of Saint-Pierre-aux-liens ,Arzano,built in 1641, and renovated several times last in 1869
    2) Church of Saint Mandé, built in 1642. Landauvan
    http://www.lorient-agglo.fr/Lanvaudan.11285.0.html
    3) Church of Saint-Pierre-aux-liens ,arriving Arzano
    http://www.arzano.fr/divers/historique

    Fondest memory: driving or walking is sublime in Brittany

    Church of Saint-Pierre-aux-liens ,Arzano Church of Saint Mand�� back ,Lanvaudan Church of Saint-Pierre-aux-liens ,Arriving Arzano
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    Drive around the Morbihan

    by gwened Written Jul 14, 2014

    Favorite thing: Driving is king here maybe because public transports is minimum, but the Breton custom tells of going on your own independant and driving does that. I love it.
    the roads here are free since medieval times and the laws were carry forward once the union with France was consummated in 1532.

    The main roads here are the N165 Nantes to Brest. N24 Brest to Rennes. N166 Rennes to Vannes.
    The circuit in the North Brest - Morlaix - Saint-Brieuc - Rennes on the N12 ; improved axis Caen - Rennes - Nantes, which is done today with the A84 and N137 (the A84 seul autoroute that is free here) ; and the central Brittany of the axis Châteaulin - Carhaix - Rostrenen - Loudéac - Rennes on the N164.

    good way for traffic here and elsewhere in France that I use and can recommend is V trafic
    http://www.v-traffic.com//trafic/bretagne

    Happy motoring and Bonne route!

    Fondest memory: driving in inland Brittany or along the cliffs in the coast.

    entering Plo��rmel city center N166 passing Guillac mairie D169 church at Quillac D169 entering Baud D768
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    History of Bretagne

    by grayfo Written May 21, 2014

    Favorite thing: The region was probably lived in before 8000 BC, the building of the prehistoric megalithic monuments, known as menhirs and dolmens that still stand were probably constructed between 3500 and 1800 BC. The population evolved with the introduction of the Celts who built the region into a confederation of Cymric Celtic tribes. In 56 BC, Julius Caesar conquered the region for Rome, whereby it became known by two names: Armorica, a Romanisation of the Celtic word for ‘seaside’, and ‘Gallia Lugdunensis.

    Map of Brittany - 1786
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    walk Damgan

    by gwened Written May 10, 2014

    Favorite thing: a nice city near beaches and Oyster cultivation and not far from the main city in the dept of Morbihan Vannes. easy on the road N165 to road D140 or D153.

    the kiosque is a central place for concerts in the ctiy of Damgan.
    The mairie or city hall is a nice Breton architecture building
    a wonderful monument to the Fallen, always remembered all over
    wonderful tours used for different reasons but still standing tall

    Fondest memory: walking in city center by the kiosque is very nice well animated with great Oyster restaurant the main industry here.

    a kiosque at pl Alexandre Tiffoche, Damgan Mairie de Damgan, city hall building monument to Fallen,aux Morts in Damgan a tour of water reservoir  in Damgan a tour lodging in Penerf ,Damgan
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    walk the Val de l'Oust

    by gwened Written May 8, 2014

    Favorite thing: This is a river of history in Brittany,and there is a valley after it, and then many cities. The beauty of it is that you take a car and go into deep profonde France. Just the way I came here to see.

    The river Oust rises it 225 meters of altitude northeast of le Haut-Corlay, in the Côtes-d'Armor Department 22, at the foot of the peak of Kerchouan (which culminates at 318 meters) in the western part of the monts d ' Arrée. Moving to the Southeast, its reaches Bosmeleac Lake Dam after having rolled down a slope of 7 ‰. From this place, it goes a regular 1.5 ‰ slope that it keeps more or less to its outfall, passes through Rohan, left receives input from affluent rivers descending from the mountains of Mené, Lié and the Ninian. He then sprinkles Malestroit, located to the right of the contribution of la Claie Saint-congard, which extends the tectonic West - Northwest direction - South-time. In the last part of its course, it is left, the Aff in Glenac, then right, Arz facing Redon, and joins soon after with the Vilaine. After the meeting of the Oust and Vilaine that latter became maritime, sensitive to the action of the tides.

    This is the webpage of the region in French at the community page
    http://www.ccvol.com/accueil_ccvol

    where there is a load of information including the canal nantes à brest that passes by le Roc Saint-André so nicely at the tourist page
    http://www.tourisme.ccvol.com/tourisme_malestroit_accueil_ot/a_visiter_a_malestroit_et_dans_le_val_doust/malestroit_et_le_val_doust_le_patrimoine_remarquable/le_canal_de_nantes_a_brest

    You get to see interesting crosses of times bygone, fountain de la devotion (photo), monument to the Fallen (photo) abound of course, and a wonderful bridge with a bit of history (photo);The Pont or bridge with great views. In the 18C , the Duke of d’Aiguillon, commander in chief of the region starts the renovation of the routes of Brittany. Around 1760, he decides to replace the wooden bridge over the irver Oust at the level of the castle of Crévy, with a beautiful stone bridge of 13 arches next to the old. The pont or bridge is renovated in the 19C to allow the navigation of the Canal de Nantes à Brest.

    The Oust channeled.
    The canal de Nantes à Brest through the last part of his course (see paragraph being dedicated to him), Oust appears as an artificialisee River, succession of waterbodies, interspersed by 61 locks

    Fondest memory: walking along the Canal Nantes à Brest is magical. real country and la France profonde.

    The 1760 built bridge over the Oust ,Canal Na-Br Fontaine de la devotion at le Roc Saint Andr�� mon to the fallen at Guillac
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    Walk Plouay

    by gwened Written Jun 16, 2013

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    Favorite thing: a wonderful little town found, near the expressway N165 on way to Morlaix; the site of the Brittany car rallye that was going on as we arrive there wow!! nice racing cars driving all over the area and into city center !!!
    all around rue Paul Ihuel,rue de Bécherel, rue du Budo,rue des alliées (tourist office),and rue de maquis.

    Then the steepy hilly streets and the wonderful city center by the church and mayor's office. Nice walks and plenty of parking for the car!!!by rue du commerce.

    Wonderful monument to the fallen by the church of Saint Ouen as well.corner of rue de Bécherel and rue Paul Ihuel.

    Fondest memory: walking is nice all over and the church and city center is wonderful, than with a car rallye at same time it is glorious.;;)

    city center with rallye blocks at Plouay city center by mairie on right at Plouay monument to the fallen and fountain by church monument to the fallen ,church St Ouen in back passing by monument to the fallen
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    walk Guémené sur Scorff

    by gwened Written Jun 16, 2013

    Favorite thing: another nice town of the Morbihan Breton to walk and see history all around you. One of my best past times here is to drive to a town and then walk it s streets full of charm, quaintness ,and history.

    Guémené sur Scorff is famous for its breton sausages and the old chateau of the Rohan family.

    Fondest memory: walk its historical streets.

    city center Gu��men�� sur Scorff entrance to the city of Gu��men�� sur Scorff from church to entrance to Gu��men�� sur Scorff city hall or h��tel de ville mansion monument to fallen by church notre dame
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    Walk Saint Cado

    by gwened Written Dec 2, 2012

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    Favorite thing: this is an island off the mainland by Belz,and founded by a priest from Wales, very nice place now, and gorgeous to walk on it.
    the chapel, the calvary, the bridge, and harbor is great especially in summer.
    Some curiosity photos to follow to see my tip on the chapelle Saint Cado too

    Fondest memory: walk in history by a priest from Wales, just lovely to be here and see the sea harbor and nice cozy sea living.

    the oyster farmers house middle of harbor the bridge to ile of Saint Cado the harbor area of St Cado a curious water fountain bef ent St Cado a map layout to explain it all at St Cado
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    walk Etel and the ria

    by gwened Written Dec 2, 2012

    Favorite thing: great place to come in summer as now most is close until Feb 2013. a ride by car as i do is still good but visitors should come in summer.

    A totally marine ambiance with great restos facing the harbor, nice beaches, and the famous wave ocean barrier the "barre", the pleasure boat marina, and the museum of tuna boat builders

    Great streets to walk even now, hilly and great views over the ria etel the area where the sweet waters of the rivers link up with the salty waters of the ocean, a natural wonder world not to missed.

    This is Etel a nice fisherman town, still does have a great fish market, and just wonderful sea life. A heaven to walk it as I do even in winter.
    walk Etel

    Fondest memory: walk the harbor area all to the beach at north end,and wait for summer for the restos facing the harbor and the museum, the boat ride into the ria on compagnie des iles.

    the ria meeting the ocean and beyond the ria across the marina over the harbor before reaching harbor area see the boat on ria a map showing the area of the ria
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    walk Le Faou

    by gwened Written Nov 7, 2012

    Favorite thing: another wonderful town in Finistére dep 29 about an hour from me. Just love to walk this quaint old towns with lots of character and nice shops.Even driving thru them is gorgeous ,the sights are many
    the city sight in French
    http://www.lefaou.fr/les-lieux-a-decouvrir.htm

    Fondest memory: walk by its main plaza.

    driving on city cener La Faou the main plaza in La Faou driving thru it
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    walk Crozon

    by gwened Written Nov 7, 2012

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    Favorite thing: nice place to walk, with quaint street on a seaport. another beauty to visit and glad just an hour from me.
    the monuments and sights of the peninsula of Crozon or presqu'ile de Crozon
    http://www.crozon-bretagne.com/tourisme/decouverte/chapelles-eglises-presqu-ile.php

    Fondest memory: walking its quaints old streets like been back in another world but nice.

    walking on bay side of Crozon city center Crozon memorial to the fallen at city center by church
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    accomm, resto,bike,walk in Le Palais

    by gwened Written May 16, 2012

    Favorite thing: well coming to my backyard. Beautiful island you will love it. part of Unesco World Heritage site.
    Le Palais is wonderful, I need to start putting pictures here .

    the best way is to walk or rent a bike, then you can take the ride to Sauzon; dont stay in hotels an apartment or B&B is very nice there. try these people
    http://www.gite-belle-ile.com/

    here is the bus service No 399
    http://www.belle-ile.com/espace/fichier/399_horaires_taol_mor_2011.pdf

    to eat traditional creperies go to La Paloma at the Rosériere Le Palais, more traditional Le Verre à Pied,pl de la Republique, Le Palais
    or for seafood, Resto le Vivier, place de l'hôtel de ville,le palais.


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    Fondest memory: walking and bicycle rides along the coast

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    The languages of Brittany

    by gwened Written Mar 13, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Much discussed in the forums with lots of heart, I just received my first government magazine from the regional council in both French and Breton, Morbihan the Conseil General.

    According to the INSEE (statiscal office of France) and the Observatoire de la langue Bretonne, in 2007 there were 200 000 folks speaking the language but 70% were age 60 years old or more!

    The reason Unesco is helping to keep it alive and wont let it die. The Morbihan the only breton name department in France ,meaning petite mer or small sea, has the second highest concentration of language takers behind the other Breton area of Finistére. Also as far as cities, Vannes is the 2nd largest school language takers behind Rennes.

    Today about 700 000 kids take alternative courses in Breton in Brittany at schools;where the language is taught.

    There are two languages in Brittany,one is Breton a celtic language and the other is the gallo a romanise latin language. The Breton is traditional spoken in the West of the region and the Gallo on the East more or less following a line from St Brieuc in the north to pays de Guérande in the south.

    Vannes is Gwened (my alias here in VT)
    Auray is An Alre (where I live)
    You have Lorient=An Orient
    Pontivy = Pondi

    Much to discontent locally, the region of Brittany was five departments until 1941 including the now outsider Loire-Atlantique (Nantes). There is a drive in parliament to bring back in to Brittany.

    More info can be read at

    http://www.fans-of-brittany.com/
    Fans of Brittany
    http://www.infobretagne.com/index.html
    information touristic on Brittany
    http://www.ofis-bzh.org/index.php
    site of the langue Bretonne
    http://www.omniglot.com/books/language/breton.htm
    courses of Breton

    http://www.bertaeyn-galeizz.com/bertaeyn-10.htm
    Gallo language
    http://www.lexilogos.com/gallo_dictionnaire.htm
    courses and grammar Gallo

    Fondest memory: learning a new language lol!!! kenavo

    Kerguennec, the castle at Bignan
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