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    Walk Arradon

    by gwened Written Feb 2, 2013

    Favorite thing: This is near Vannes and quite close to me. Winter is quiet, in the summer all wakes up here. Anyway on any weather a walk into town is always great.

    http://www.arradon.com/
    the city hall government office

    Its name of Arradon probably comes from the time of Gaule independance or the celtique Aradunum or hill of Ara. Only 7km from Vannes and anchor on the Gulf of Morbihan along the river Vincin. It is a very agricultural area, at the time of the French revolution there were 150 farms in the area. Today there are only 11 left, so much for a revolution. Small number of its citizens live from fishing and boat making. The ostriculture is recent as well as pleasure and nautical events. They are 6 ostriculturers today in town and with more than 1000 musseling sites for its growth.

    Enjoy the city

    Fondest memory: walking along the ostricultures folks along the bay area.However city center around the church of St Pierre is nice too

    city center around chapelle du bourg entering town and church of St Pierre just outside coming in city center by car
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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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    walk the Port du Crouesty

    by gwened Written Sep 9, 2012

    Favorite thing: nice area to walk along tree shade roads,nice marinas, sailboats galore, and beaches, with historical churches and quaint towns, a very nice place to do my favorite walk and get close to the people and places I like to go

    I encourage the readers to do the same here.

    Fondest memory: walk from Port du Crouesty to Port navalo and do it in tandem bike too lol!

    from marina to town center of Arzon, see church entrance to bourg of port du Crouesty a view of the esplanade and marina from parking a map of the area of the presqu'ile de Rhuys entrance to town of port Navalo
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    walk the inner city Malestroit

    by gwened Written Jul 15, 2012

    Favorite thing: another wonderful city center in Malestroit, just along the river is a wonderful trip, and the plaza in front of cityhall coming towards the river is just a wonderful walk.

    Its inner city in the Morbihan, nice and great architecture relevance.

    Fondest memory: walks along the river and plaza along the hotel de ville or city hall govt building

    House of Chancellor of Brittany Jean de Malestroit Place Dr Jean Queinnec, left is city hall building rue G��n��ral de Gaulle
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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.


    hope it helps

    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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    Credit cards for toll booths in Brittany.

    by pfsmalo Written Jul 27, 2011

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    Favorite thing: If you stay in Brittany you have no need for toll booths, there aren't any!!!!! Due to an ancient law dating back to Queen Anne of Bretagne, it is forbidden to create toll roads so no paying even on the freeways. If you are coming through St Malo, you can go as far down as Nantes south and to Laval on the road to Paris w/out paying, in fact all over the 4 departements (counties) that make up the Brittany region.

    What conversion are you talking about ? I've had my current card since sept. 2008 and it has not been changed. In France we have always had pin-numbers when needed, although some shops still have the old sliding-through-the-slot machines. But on motorways where we have to pay, we just put the card in, and the machine spits it back out again, w/out having to type the pin number, so I imagine your card will work. There's hundreds of Brits pass through here every day so I don't suppose they all change their C.C.

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    Lunchtime

    by illumina Written Mar 24, 2010

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    Favorite thing: Lunchtimes are taken very seriously around here. Turn up in any town between about 12 and 2pm, and the streets are likely to be totally deserted. Shops shut for at least an hour, usually two.

    Basically if you want to enjoy a bustling Breton scene, go early. People will start to reappear later in the afternoon, but most markets are held in the mornings anyway!

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    Sunsets and ocean

    by elgin99 Written Jun 1, 2006

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    Fondest memory: What I remind for first, if I am thinking for that region? For the sunsets. Unique and unforgettable. To sit at beach and look for the colours, hear to the song of wind and waves and dream a while, until it get dark. Only then we went home, slowly...
    What a mood.
    In that tip are some beautiful pictures. I am sure you want travel soon.

    ocean at evening at ocean Sunset near Concaneau darkness coming Sunset
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    "Enclos paroissiaux"

    by Mikebond Updated Nov 18, 2005

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    Favorite thing: An enclos paroissial (above you see the plural form; the English translation is "parish enclosure") is a typical religious architecture in Bretagne.
    It consists of:
    1) a church;
    2) a charnel house (it can also be used as a normal chapel);
    3) a calvaire, the real symbol of Breton faith. Calvaires are big sculptures representing the Crucifixion and other Biblic scenes;
    4) a cemetery (not obligatory).
    These four elements are located within an enclosure, which explains the name.
    I have visited quite a lot of them during my last trip to Bretagne: Saint-Jean-du-Doigt, Saint-Thégonnec, Guimiliau and more.

    the enclos paroissial of Guimiliau
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    SPREV

    by Mikebond Updated Sep 22, 2005

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    Fondest memory: SPREV stands for "Sauvegarde du Patrimoine Religieux En Vie" ("Protection of the Living Religious Heritage").
    It is a non-profit organisation of students who lead you to the discovery of the Breton churches and enclos paroissiaux.
    Most of them are young women and most of them are able to make the explanation very interesting, with anecdotes and questions to the visitors. Only a young man who told us about the Roscoff church was quite boring.
    However, it was sad to realize that this "job" is not well rewarded, since the tourists who really want to enrich their culture are very few. In a church, my parents and I were the only people who listened to the guide.
    You can find more information about SPREV here.

    our SPREV guide in Saint-Th��gonnec
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    Renting Bicycles on the Island.

    by Toyin Updated Dec 23, 2004

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    Favorite thing: What I discover on the Island is that it is a bit expensive to rent these Bicyles. You pay an average of 10 euros for a period of few hrs. It is more than that in some cases.
    However, it is better to just walk the Island which is about 8 km by 4km.

    Bicycle rentals
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