These are all over France, land of wars and battles from milleniums, some are closer to the memory such as the bloody scandal of WWI.
The Memorial, inaugurated in 1926, has the names of the victims of the war 14-18 to which have been added the victims of other 20th century conflicts. 193 men of Grand-Champ, in the prime of life, died on the fields of battle or died from their wounds. The population of Grand-Champ passes from 3040 inhabitants in 1913 to 2873 in 1921.
To honour the memory of those combatants, history and genealogy enthusiasts have made the research they present in the form of this virtual memorial. The number indicated in the list on the virtual memorial is that of the order of the names on the Monument to the dead. Reading the plug individual information and the Act of death of each victims gives an idea of the trauma experienced by people who have seen leaving for a trip without return so many men in this terrible war.
it sits right around a nice park call in Breton , Ti Kreiz Ker
The chapel of Notre Dame of Perpétuel Secours is right in city center by rue Saint Yves. not far from main church of Saint Tugdual (see tip)
The chapel was built in 1898 on land donated by the family Samuele. The priest Gourron wanted a place of worship for the pious meetings of the Congregation . The first stone was laid on June 10, 1898. The works were conducted quickly and the monument was blessed on November 6 of the same year!
The chapel was in fact not really completed, but will that the building was blessed by Bishop Kane, child of the country and Archbishop of Port - au-Prince in Haiti spurred the ceremony.
The stones are from the ruins of the chapel of the old Priory of Saints.The building is very simple, rectangular with a three sided apse. Entrance from the street is through a large door semicircular shape of a torus. Above, the oculus is part of a rosette with trefles lobes. At the bottom of the crawling of fantastic plenty worried.
Inside, the furniture reflects the piety of the time. At the bottom of the choir, a heavenly day brightens the appearance of the sacred heart to Sainte Marguerite-Marie.The altar is no shortage of originality by drawing an arc mounted on short columns with each side an Angel supporting a floor lamp.
The peculiarities is that the chapel is right in town surrounded by modern houses, while most are outside of town. The Chapels are an integral part of Breton life, there are more of then than even churches! Usually the pardons or forgiveness are held in them.
This is music school right in the heart of city center Saint Avé a town of 11K in the agglo of Vannes, capital of the dept of Morbihan
In the school they teach you many instruments but also, Breton ones. Some like Piano, Saxophone,
Flûte with beak and traverse style, Violon, Battery, Bombarde, traditional flûte , danse, Harp, Clarinette, and classical jazz electric and base guitars not to forget choral singing.
They bring performers too so you listen to the masters,and learn. Its a very lively event when open, very busy, I just took the pictures on labor day may 1 a holiday.
The buldings are historical longéres breton style.
every year there is big festival in Bretagne yes it is at Lorient near me. There all the celtic background countries get together to showcase their language, music, food, and tradition. It is a big event and huge crowds come in.
I saw on local TV last year,and I am planning to see this year in person with the family. A great way to know the area if you are around those dates in August 2012.
All is set up to get you here, by car on the N165 road direction Lorient and the festival will be well posted. See Viamichelin for directions.
Bus by CTRL and Morbihan regional council, boats by LD Lines and Brittany Ferries, and the local train TER have special rates for festivals here is the info in FRench
And all the area airports,
Aéroport de Lorient 02 97 87 21 50 - www.lorient.aeroport.fr
Aéroport Brest Bretagne - 02 98 32 86 00 - www.brest.aeroport.fr
Aéroport Nantes- 02 40 84 80 00 - www.nantes.aeroport.fr
Aéroport Rennes- 02 99 29 60 00 - www.rennes.aeroport.fr
Aéroport Quimper- 02 98 94 30 30 - www.quimper.cci.fr
The site is in French or Breton, but if need help let me know.
well Brittany is boat heaven, welcome to my new part of the world ::)
Yes Brest is the Fetes Maritime in 2012. http://www.lestonnerresdebrest2012.fr/
Douarnenez july 2012
and you should check this site for more
hope it helps and happy sails ::)
Did you know that Bretagne is the homeland of the typical French and European gesture of kissing on the cheeks (se faire la bise)? It was introduced in the countryside of this region and then exported to the rest of France. Bretagne is probably also the region where the number of kisses to be exchanged vary the most and the most often. People exchange from one to four kisses when they meet. One kiss should be the most typical, but there's absolutely no rule. I have visited many villages and observed how many kisses people exchanged. So, in a village the most common number was two but in the closest one it was one or four (you will find more specific information in some of my Breton pages). I haven't been able to understand on what the number depends, if there ever is a rule. However, in Rennes and Morlaix, I only saw people exchanging one or maximum two kisses.
It's from the département Finistère (29) in Breizh. As you can see, this numberplate hasn't got the blue strip with the European flag and the letter "F" for France, but the symbol of Bretagne and the letters BZH for Breizh. This proves another confirmation that Bretagne belongs to France only politically.
The Calvary, a form of cross in an outdoor site, is a testimonial to the plethora of granite stonecarvers in Brittany during the 16C-17C. There were at that time thousandsof them (to ward off the plague?). Most are just simple stone crosses set at intersections or sites of reverence, but a few are elaborately figured like this one. The elaborate ones are usually next to churches (in Closes). (see Tip>Things to Do; also the Close towns: Guilmiliau, St. Thegonnec, Lampaul-Guimiliau, Pleyben, etc). This one was encountered on the road from Lampaul-Guimiliau to Guimiliau (junction of D11 and D111?). Miraculously there was a picnic table set in front of it to fill our need.
The great fight between St. Michel and Satan began at Mount Dol (Dol Mound) a hill outside of Dolde Bretagne (see Tips there). Satan was thrown down compessing the rock; he scratched them heavily as he struggled to get up and away. Michel created a deep cleft with his sword and threw Satan into it. He disappeared there, but reappeared laughing on top of Mont St.-Michel. In one bound Miechel leaped over to the Mount to continue the battle compressing more rock from the thrust-force of his jump. (Did he use a rocket?). The rest of the story took place in Normandy so it cannot be a custom here. You need a map. imagination and possibly guidance to se the rocky remains. We do not guarantee their accuracy.
Breizh is the name of Bretagne in the Breton language or brezhoneg. Breton is a language belonging to the Celtic group, so it is close to Irish, Welsh and Scottish and has nothing in common with French, apart from the pronunciation.
Breton is still very important unlike the other regional languages, since Breizh has been independent from France much longer than the other regions. You find Breton words in almost every geographical name.
Brezhoneg is spoken in three departements: Finistère (which is the most Breton of all), Côtes d'Armor and Morbihan (this variety, called vannetais is different from the one spoken in the two other departements). Only in Ille-et-Vilaine people speak exclusively French.
The Festoù Noz was traditionally the feast which took place after a communal chore in Breton villages and towns as a means of relaxation after a hard day’s work. Nowadays it has become a great excuse to listen to traditional music, eat, dance and make merry!
The Fest Noz dance, with it’s infectious music played on violins, flutes, guitars and drums, is for everybody to join in, with simple steps and hands linked. They are held all through the summer months particularly in all villages and towns. The music has recently undergone a huge revival.
Try looking in AngloINFO Whats on for more details of fest noz in your area.
Peoples in Bretagne are mostly nice and helpful. But do not wait for one who would speak German or English language. You must understand French. Like we noted they WANT not speak English (only our guide in Keriolet did).
They understand to celebrate, like we seen in Pont Aven during festival. And they have a pleasantly distance. Not like German tourists. They are often only loud and obtrusive, as that were been on festival (delegation of Hesse), so that we were ashamed to be also Germans.
One of the Breton people spoken original Bretonic language to us, because we asked for. And he had a special humour, indeed, so funny. Told to us about his whole family history... on street!
The Breton flag is called Gwen-ha-Du ("White and Black"). It was created in 1925, so it is very recent. The eleven ermines refer to the kings and the dukes who governed independent Breizh. The strips represent the nine ancient bishoprics. The five black strips symbolize the dioceses of gallo (French) language: Dol, Nantes, Rennes, St-Malo and St-Brieuc; the four white strips symbolize the Breton-speaking, or bretonnantes, dioceses of Trégor, Léon, Cornouaille and Vannes.
When you go to Bretagne, you will realize that Gwen-ha-Du is much more than a regional flag: it is the symbol of the Breton identity and reminds that Breizh has nothing to do with France, to which it belongs only from the administrative point of view.
Thanks to Jean-Louis (VT JLBG) who has written me about the meaning of the strips, which I have also found in the sites below.
These are the ways Bretons have kept their culture and language alive.
During my visit of Côtes d'Armor and Finistère I've seen many folkloric performances, among which the traditional pardons, religious ceremonies organized around the 15th August in honour of Virgin Mary. If you can, you should attend one of these Breton events; there are plenty of them in every single village.
Visit my Plèstin-les-Grèves page with photos of Breton dances.
North Brittany is famous (yes it really is!!) for growing artichokes. Especially around the St Pol De Leon area. The artichokes are huge. I look this photo on out last visit to Bretagne in June, I imagine they are nearly ready for harvesting.
A recipe with artichokes
ARTICHOKE BOTTOMS WITH TOMATO
4 cooked Breton artichokes
4 coffee spoons of tapenade (olive mashed potatoes)
4 nut green walnuts
Thin out the leaves of artichokes and withdraw the hay. On each plate,
to have the lettuce thin straps and to season of a soup spoon
of lemon sauce. Deposit on lettuce the artichoke bottoms
surrounded of tomatos cut in districts. On each bottom,
pour 1 coffee spoon of tapenade and decorate with a nut green walnut.
Powder with chopped chive.
(taken from the internet)
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