La Roche-Bernard Things to Do

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    see the rock at the rock of Bernard

    by gwened Written Nov 24, 2013
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    La Roche Bernard or the Rock of Bernard is emblematic of small towns here where a huge monument of natural dimensions can make for a pleasant site for a visit.

    Here amongst the old and new harbor overlooking the Vilaine we have the rocher or rock with naval history and canons from old boats, with a great view to climb about 40 meters.

    The old harbor or ancienne port corresponds to the stretching that stretches along the quai Saint-Antoine. Since the founding of the city until the beginning of the 20th century, it was the main place of transit of goods. There are mainly 4 products traded in the port: salt, from salt marshes of Guérande, mainly from the Coteaux de Guérande, lime wine then, later in the 19th century, the posts of mine were one of the highlights of the city commerces. Shipbuilding was also very important before declining rapidly in the 20th century. It was built mainly fishing boats. Fish grab in the Atlantic had risen through the Vilaine in La Roche-Bernard to then be sold in the rest of the region. Today, pleasure boats have replaced those goods and fishing.
    The new harbor or Port neuf corresponds to the current customs Wharf and the Vilaine front extending into the La Roche-Bernard bridge below. Before the twentieth century, it was mainly a place of shipbuilding. It was at this place that was built the 1st war 3-masted vessel called the Crown. Wasteland creep in following the abandonment of the shipbuilding, this part of the Vilaine was then built in the second half of the 20th century. There are now rentals and facilities related to water sports.

    Then just before hitting these harbor areas, you have at rue de Passage, this granite promontory overlooking the Vilaine and the harbor. There are, also, 2 canon guns that belonged to the 'Le Juste' a French war ship sunk during the battle of the Cardinals in 1759. A plaque notes that this is in La Roche-Bernard where it was built in the 17th century the warship "Couronne"

    A nice walk with great views amongst history.

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    walk the harbor quais the boats the rock

    by gwened Written Nov 24, 2013
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    This is sailor's heaven, a deep harbor that offers great protection from bad weather and a quaint Streets bordering makes an ideal place for an interlude especially at night and gloriously in summer.

    the port of La Roche-Bernard opening to the body of water from the river Vilaine has made this small city of character, a center of craftmanship , and meeting of maritime and river channel aficionados. Until the construction of the lock of Arzal dam, the sector of La Roche-Bernard lived to the rhythm of the tides. It remains an interesting stop for sailors with both opportunities for long stay (wintering) and proximity to facilities and shops of the city.

    The port has over 550-seat afloat and all facilities and services to accommodate recreational boaters. The port offers a particularly attractive 'Stop relaxation' formula: free movie rainy days, games for children, with free return hiking trail featuring passenger...The port also allows the yellow stars stopover for River tours. A sailing school is also located on-site. And many fairs relating to the nautical events (gathering of old rigs, markets, exhibitions...) come to animate the life of the port.

    in addition to tourist office of the region in contact here is the city hall site
    http://www.laroche-bernard.fr/index.php?idpage=3&PHPSESSID=431faca50a942a13d0ef4997a71e7765

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    See the old cannons - and maybe go sailing.

    by tiabunna Written Feb 23, 2006

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    Old cannon guarding the modern yachts

    The pleasant little town of La Roche-Bernard now appears to be a popular place for boating - in this photo and that of the bridge, many yachts may be seen moored in the river.

    But back some hundreds of years ago, it seems there was a risk from raiding English ships sailing up the river. The sign on this old cannon says it was placed there when Richelieu was Prime Minister for Louis XIII in the 1600s.

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    Church Saint Michel

    by gwened Written May 14, 2012
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    built in 1633 and overlooking the bay of pleasure boats, destroyed due to cholera in 1832 and rebuilt in 1838. the area is nice to walk around as well;enjoy it

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