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    the beach at Sables Blanc Plouharnel

    by gwened Written Jan 11, 2015

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    This is a huge beach all done to host camping cars, and we past by it all the time on our way to Quiberon, but this time we took a peek.

    It has on the bay side 2 kms of beach of fine sands and direct access to the ocean side with 8 kms of fine white sand that is good for the surfing, kite surf, and hang glider.

    From the city site it tells you it has a camping capacity for 565. During season you have available on site Groceries, newspapers, bar and restaurant on site, bakers, butchers, gardening, tennis, mini golf, inflatable games, animations, automatic laundry. Off season: Tennis, mini golf, launderette. Accessibility for persons with disabilities.

    Open from late March to late September. Service area for camping open all year. 40 seats facing the Bay. Terminal self-service CB, water supply, drinking and electricity. The sewage disposal and garbage. Active services 24 hours a day throughout the year.

    You go in with bar protected passing and security and then the parking places and the showers toiletts houses each numbered and of different colors; plenty of trails and parks for children, concessions, and great beach.

    More in French at the dept Morbihan site
    http://www.morbihan.com/plouharnel/camping-municipal-des-sables-blancs/tabid/1814/offreid/b24791b3-969a-4c2d-b036-a6e5e6941cf2

    entrance to plage les Sables Blancs the camping sites and shaded trees along looking north or left on the beach the white sand beach showers toilettes  houses in park
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    Chapel of Notre Dame de Béléan, Ploeren

    by gwened Written Dec 14, 2014

    This is on the road D19 which I take to avoid the expressway on way home, passed by it so many time,and today told me enough I stop and snap a picture for VT ::)

    A chapel here was first built by Jean du Garo to give thanks for allowing him and his squire to return alive from the 7th crusade of Saint Louis in 1248 (king Louis IX) to liberate the Palestine. He was put in a cage by the Turks and put in a boat.

    The chapel was in bad condition and was renovated in the 15C; today it is a rectangular shape from small to big sequence. It measure about 18 meters long by 7 meters wide. In 2012, it was very venerated and articles left by pilgrims for thank yous. The Chapel is ,also,known as the Notre Dame of Bethléem.

    On top of the north main entrance door you see the coat of arms of Jean du Garo (bordered in silver and sand) ,and of Yves de Pontsal, bishop of Vannes from 1444 to 1476.

    The furniture inside is rustic and simple, two grand tables in wood representing Jean du Garo and Saint Michel of Auray. The stained glass dates from the 16C . In the South bay there are fragments of glass wearing the banners of Kermeno ,and Garo. On the stone floor there is a bigger stone probably that of René de Kermeno.

    The sandy interior tells us of a ceiling done in 1457, from trees of the forest of Trebimoél. There is an inscription to this effect.

    Another nice historical monument in my area, nice and easy to come by car from Vannes, N165 to direction Grand Champ on the road D779 to the second traffic circle turn left than right direction Sainte Anne d'Auray on the road D19, you will pass it quickly on your left hand side.
    KICEO bus network takes you here on No 10 from pl de la République Vannes to the mairie de Ploeren.

    The mayor's office in French on the history of the town and chapel too
    http://www.ploeren.fr/decouvrir-ploeren/histoire-et-patrimoine

    the front Chapel of Notre Dame on the D19 road the south side of Chapel the nave and altar of chapel of Notre Dame the north side entrance and bell plaque history of the Chapel of Notre Dame
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    Church of Saint Mériadec at Mériadec

    by gwened Written Dec 13, 2014

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    There was a chapel here dedicated to Saint-Mériadec,bishop of Vannes in 659AD,located at the current parking space and built around 1383AD. It came into ruins and demolished in 1938. The Church we see now at the current place was built in 1913.

    The village of Mériadec on the road D19 that I take many times, was a commune of Plumergat and had a chapel before the Church was built in the beforementioned year above. In years previous (now no longer) the town was the biggest horse trade in the Morbihan department. Still today as you past the many farms horses are very visible.

    The mayor's office is handle by Plumergat today.

    church of Saint M��riadec evening from parking the church of St M��riadec
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    Port de Dinan

    by gwened Written Nov 11, 2014

    a wonderful pleasure boat harbor and cruise ship lovely. many nautical activities and the boaters tech info see map at bottom
    http://www.bretagne-info-nautisme.fr/Dinan.html?lang=fr&retour=back

    the whole area is very quaint,nice,and family walks is great. and this is one ride
    http://www.compagniecorsaire.com/en/destinations/entry-132-dinan-and-the-rance.html

    nice to do many missed. enjoy it

    arriving at harbor cruising! the bridge harbor and see the castle out the harbor and the aqueduc viaduc visible
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    Church of Saint Malo, Dinan

    by gwened Written Nov 11, 2014

    Another nice inner old town Church in Dinan.

    flamboyant gothic in style with pinnacles and rooftiles. the choir done in 1491 has 8 pylons imposing and naked in a gallery holding a vault of granite that is 21 meters high. It has a small belltower with a four pan roof all enclosed with four bells, 3 of which are motorised. These are the "Gros-Malo" , "Mélanie-Clémentine" , "Marie-Henriette-Anne" AND the fourth one is not motorised and unnamed. the Grand-Orgue, built in 1889.

    the Catholic parish site in French is here
    http://paroisse-dinan.catholique.fr/Eglise-Saint-Malo-a-Dinan

    church of Saint Malo entrance to Saint Malo the back chevet of Saint Malo
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    Chateau de Loyat

    by gwened Written Oct 12, 2014

    This is a wonderful property to stop by, and it is not really known, I come here on business and no photos but folks here are ok you need to have the tip even if it is without pictures. Someone will get them eventually. It is of course, rent it out for events, mariages ,and seminars.

    You can reach this wonderful castle coming from Vannes, road N24 get off at exit Ploërmel Sud, direction Dinan, St Malo; then exit to Loyat ,then direction Hélléan on road D129, the castle is on the right in about 2 kms.

    The castle interior is open from July 1 to August 15, and the garden is open year around except when hunting season is on.

    The castle is from the 18C, first construction from the 16C. The garden is French on the style of André Le Nôtre.

    Louis de Coëtlogon, Attorney and trustee of the estates of Brittany, bought the castle to 1675, but it was in poor condition and hardly recoverable. The decision was taken to build a new castle in the extension of the original fortress. His son, René Charles de Coëtlogon, vicomte of Loyat, inheriting it . His uncle, Alain Emmanuel de Coëtlogon, future Marshal of France and Vice Admiral of the Levant, participates in the financing of the operation.

    Rebuilt between 1718 and 1734, Castle fate of Coëtlogon family in 1791 on the death of the last Viscount of Loyat, Emmanuel Louis, Comte de Coëtlogon, lieutenant general of the armies of the King, died without issue. Due to the large number of heirs, the castle is sold. He always wears in her façade of granite Crest three Brittany banner, coat of arms of Coëtlogon. Castle is virtually not was modified since then, with the exception of the Park.

    In 1830, the new owner of the comte de Champagny, removes the moat to create the central aisle, and redevelops a part of terraces. Remained in the same family since 1885, the Château de Loyat is today surrounded by a forest area of 160 hectares.

    Lovely property indeed and a find in Brittany, dept 35 ille et vilaine

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    church Saint Peter, St Pierre, Languidic

    by gwened Written Oct 5, 2014

    In one of the oldest towns in Brittany maybe from 406AD but on record from 1060AD, the parrish of Languidic has the Church of St Pierre. You find it in town at Place du Général de Gaulle, right along the road D102 to my house.

    IT was done from 1876 to 1879. Latin style construction with a light Arrow witha cross at 54 meters high. The altar has sculptures done in oak wood of Sacre Heart, Saint Joseph, Sainte Anne, and the Blessed Virgin.

    The pardon of St Pierre is celebrated every June 29th.A religious site with more info
    http://www.paroisse-languidic.fr/

    Church St Peter or St Pierre
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    Chateau de Kéravéon, Erdeven

    by gwened Written Oct 1, 2014

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    This is here because nice to see, it is now a vacatioin property of the Odalys group and you can rent like a hotel.

    However, I came for the historical value of it.

    It is a castle from the end of the 18C,protected by a triple moats. It was renovated into a vacation property in 2009. Before it was built on top of an older castle dating from the 16C. It has a monumental entrance with an arch and two towers on top of a semi circular front.

    It has a wonderful park with free entry and a health fitness trail, botanical trails ,picnic tables and playground for children.

    for lodging vacation ideas here is the site
    http://www.odalys-vacation-rental.com/beach-holidays-france/brittany/erdeven/le-chateau-de-keraveon.html?saison_b=h&typevac=0&tab=1&date=04/10/2014&duree=7

    a bit on the historical value of a visit which why I stop by is here
    It is an imposing castle protected by a triple wall, put in perspective by the main alley of the Park: the Court of the logis, common and with the door enclosure of majestic entry to the South.

    The logis: it is located north of the Park, to the East of a courtyard surrounded by moats (West and South). It has a double façade aspectee to the West and East. It is composed of a main body with seven bays of which the Middle three are gathered under a triangular pediment, and two double wings in depth, forming pavilions of angle, which occupied the Northern part by the revamped former Dungeon. East side, enfilades coins reflect a provision probably imposed by the old House which has been preserved the shear. West side, two levels of galleries give the whole a false double plan in depth. On the ground floor, the Gallery sidewalk of white stones and cabochons of black shale. The whole is distributed by two staircases: the screw type of the North Tower and a staircase frame, in the South Wing. Note a fireplace in a neoclassical style on the ground floor of a room to the East of the North Wing.

    Corbelling on the Southeast and Southwest corners, two bartizans stone are pierced by small guns for arms, topped with a completed dome of a ball. De Talhouët and allies weapons are carved on their lower parts to l´exterieur, as well as on the pilasters of the parapet of the speaker. The well in the courtyard to the West of the building is circular in plan, stone, with substructures in wrought iron.

    Preceded by and put into perspective by a moat filled with water, the portal is a monumental stone, flanked by two turrets in rubble (addition of the 19C). The carriage door is surmounted by a pediment curved bearing the arms of Keraveon largely illegible. A lateral Postern exists to the East of the Eastern turret. To the East of the gate, a low tower built in rubble serves as a platform for surveillance of the road to Keroret.

    Dependencies: the stables are built to the South of the Castle, following a neoclassical double arc of share plan and sides of the aisle. To the South, they are defended by ditches filled with water.
    The farm, North of the castle is not marked. The caretaker's House, in which the West front, the reuse of a farmhouse from the 16C of Locoal-Mendon, is a pastiche of the 1930s.

    Chateau de K��rav��on
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    Fort du Loch, Guidel

    by gwened Written Oct 1, 2014

    this is a wonderful place secluded and nice to visit.

    It is a military fort done from 1756, and was part of the défenses of Lorient. The fortress is surrounded by a large moat and a rampart wall, with a high rise bridge. Inside you have two buildings one for troops and one for ammunitions. The curiosity is that it was never use in wartime.

    Today it is used for many activities, concerts exhibitions etc.

    you get there by car from Lorient, along the N165 you take the exit 45 Guidel on road D306 , than the road D162 direction village of Kermabo, and follow signs for Fort du Loch.

    Fort du Loch
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    Cathédrale Saint Samson, Dol de Bretagne

    by gwened Written Sep 22, 2014

    imposing cathedral in a crossing town of Brittany dept 35 Ille et Vilaine. Built in a romanesque style in about 548AD
    It was the seat of the bishopric of DOL from the year 555AD, one of the nine ancient bishoprics of Brittany. In the French revolution, the Cathedral became successively Temple of reason, stable and warehouse. After the restoration of the religious function, Dol recovered not his title of bishopric. Indeed, it was suppressed by the concordat of 1801, and its territory divided between the dioceses of Rennes, Saint-Brieuc, Quimper and Evreux.

    It is 548 Saint Samson, monk Bishop of Cardiff, in Wales, arrived to Dol and founded a monastery. Shortly thereafter, in 555, Judual, King of Brittany, transforms the monastery in bishopric. After the coronation of Nominoë, ruler of the Bretons, in 848, the city became the religious capital of Brittany.

    Many events since then, huge history wont fit here, and many chapels Inside. many objects of great religious signifance, and it had many tombs of bishops but gone during the French revolution, now it rest one and mutilated as well, but beautiful ,that of Thomas James, bishop of Dol from 1482 to 1504. It is the oldest renaissance style monument in Brittany. The tomb is with pillars with fine and delicate sculptures representing candélabres, children, griffons,birds, satires etc,and two medallions on the lateral façades representing the nephews of the bishop Jean and François James.

    it is something that should be seen when passing to MSM spent more time there it is Worth it.
    The city hall in French has a lot more on an interactive map of monuments
    http://www.dol-de-bretagne.fr/fr/visite-interactive-108-195.html

    and more in French from the area tourist office
    http://www.pays-de-dol.com/Pays-Dol-de-Bretagne-13.html

    you can get there from the train station on ave Aristide Briand coming out of station ,continue in traffic circle on rue de la mairie, left on rue Grande, rue des Stuarts, and right on Rue des écoles. The Cathedral is at Place de la Cathédrale

    Cathedral Saint Samson back chevet of Cathedral coming on side st to it, rue Ceintes
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    Dolmen of mané Kerioned

    by gwened Written Sep 14, 2014

    This is a monolithic stone going back before 3500 years BC. Its again noted as Carnac but it is way off the town limits for anybody so I am posting it here in Brittany/Bretagne page.

    Administrative it belongs to Carnac but it is located in the road D768 between Auray and Plouharnel.

    In the past, these dolmens were covered with a cairn, a mound of stones and Earth which partly collapsed. The layout of the three tombs form a unique set in Brittany: two dolmens are open southerly and perpendicular to the third which is placed at the Center.

    The most voluminous is under the ground and might pass unnoticed in the eyes of the stunned visitors. It is certainly the most interesting. Its total length is about 10 meters. There are clearly the corridor of the trapezoidal Chamber and decorations carved into the pillars.

    This style of parietal engravings resembled patterns observed on the back of the slab's coverage of the great dolmen Table des Marchand of Locmariaquer. There are tangles of rectangles resembling mazes and wavy lines as snakes. Six of the 27 pillars are decorated with these engravings.

    Interesting as it sits in a forested area right off the road D768, i past by here many times to the beach towns and you can see it from the road. Today I finally stop by even if the road was block by caterpillars and walk to them to see it. Amazing stones. Worth a detour.

    the large underground dolmen Man�� Kerioned the back of the dolmens the small dolmen or funerary chamber arriving at dolmen information panel at entrance
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    beach at Plouharnel

    by gwened Written Sep 14, 2014

    This is a good size beach in Plouharnel on the road D768 to Carnac and Quiberon, more famous beaches.

    The beach here needs to drive along a long narrow road to the end sandy banks. Here you have free parking, no lifeguards, and plenty of surfers, kite lovers and sail kites aficionados. However, ,also, many families that come to enjoy the sandy beach pretty clean.

    You go from the farthest from city center those at Les Sables Blancs on the bay side and then Le Mané Guen on the ocean side, coming back towards town you have again on the bay side Bois d'Amour, and then on the ocean side Le Mentor, La Guerite, Ty Hoche, and Sainte Barbe.

    We have checked them out all but only been on the water/sand on the Sainte Barbe one. This is fine sandy beach with great pool to swim at low tide. high tide is good for surfers. However, the bottom is shallow not deep so it is safe for all. Great between june and september.

    You follow it going the direction for the Chapelle Sainte Barbe (other tip in things to see). But here it is in details, Coming from the town center of Plouharnel, at about 500 meters before crossing the railroad tracks , see and follow the sign Saint Barbe. Then you will cross the railroad tracks and take right still direction Sainte Barbe. THis is a small Hamlet , in it take direction beach, a small sign off color but visible anyway cannot go fast its narrow Streets in French it is "plage" follow it straight ahead and take right into the parking.

    Stay in the middle of the beach area, huge area, the very much extreme to the right is nudist/gays area. Or join them if its your style .

    Sainte Barbe beach middle trail from parking Sainte Barbe beach left side sainte barbe beach right side
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    Church of Sainte Thumette, Nevez

    by gwened Written Aug 31, 2014

    a grand Church right in the crossroad of road D77 entering town with a nice chapel next to it in the beach community of Nevez, dept 29 Finistére in Brittany.

    the town site has a bit on it here in French
    http://www.ville-nevez.com/lescultes.php
    and the tourist office in contact. the office is located across from the Church so the information was taken from there as not much online for the Church.

    built in 1900, on a latin cross style of three levels, the back chevet is divided into two sacrities or chapels. The belltower has 8 bays with no Arrow. It is in granite stone done with cement. The nave has five transepts vault in descending white bricks resting on big Windows with column on each side. Arcades in an arch type resting on corinthian chapter on column on each side. The floor is concrete.

    Being in the center of town on a small square it is an imposing building that makes for a stop, restos all around it too.

    Church of Sainte Thumette right side of church Sainte Thumette left side of church Sainte Thumette back chevet of Sainte Thumette
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    Chapelle Sainte Barbe , Nevez

    by gwened Written Aug 31, 2014

    This was a surprise as stop to look into the Church in town near the beaches of Brittany in departément 29 FInistére and saw this chapel on the side hidden from the road view.
    the Chapel of Sainte Barbe or Santa Barbara at the town of Nevez.

    It has a nice organ and great music is played there next show is Sept 20 when Manu Lann Huel sings songs by Leo Ferré

    The chapel dates from the end of the 15C, with several statues of the 16C and an altar of the 17C, all well kept.

    not much else writen on it so have the city page here showing the Church which is next door
    http://www.ville-nevez.com/lescultes.php

    and the tourist office which is across the street in contact, and got me the info above.

    Chapelle Sainte Barbe side from church of Chapelle Sainte Barbe
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    Chapelle Notre Dame des Fleurs, Plouharnel

    by gwened Written Jul 31, 2014

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    a nice chapel on your way to Carnac! and the beaches. In the town of Plouharnel at rue notre dame des fleurs.

    Pretty small building from the 16C, built on a height out of the town and overlooking the Bay of Quiberon. Oriented and rectangular in plan, it is remarkable for its western façade with the pinion, decorated with hooks and animals, is surmounted by a square Bell Tower: it has lace bays and terminated by an arrow between and flanked by two turrets of stairs; a little protruding porch basket also serves to contrebuter the facade. The other doors, also in basket, register under a decorated hug. The flat buttresses are amortized by pinnacles. The third point windows have been restored. That of the choir, in beautiful flamboyant network, surrounds a modern stained glass window which refers to the title of the chapel. It is covered with an entraist carved frame.

    Inside, an interesting bas-relief in Alabaster from the 16C represents the tree of Jesse. It comes from the destroyed Chapel of the Plasker and would be of English origin.

    "Our Lady of the flowers", the breton name of this Chapel, "Itron blue er" exactly means "Our Lady of the flowers to fruit" - Apple trees, pear trees, cherry... - otherwise-says, our Lady which must bear fruit from the stem of Jesse, Jesus.

    Opening period:
    Opening in June, September and October, Wednesdays and Sundays from 15h30 to 17h.
    In July and August, daily from 10h30 to 12h and 17h30 to 19h except on Saturday morning and Sunday morning.
    Pardon the 2nd Sunday in may, mass August 15

    Chapelle Notre Dame des Fleurs
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