Pluvigner Local Customs

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    natural tree by the chimney
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  • the natural Christmas tree and the gifts
    the natural Christmas tree and the gifts
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Most Recent Local Customs in Pluvigner

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    driving school, AF2R

    by gwened Written Jun 9, 2014

    Well this is us, the driving school for my boys driving license, so right in city center, and if you need advise on driving in France.

    very friendly folks that even come to your house. So again, questions about driving in France and you don't want to listen to gwened telling its easy, then come over here and here the license pros ::)

    They are located in Auray (my previous town) and Pluvigner (my current town) at 10 Place Saint Michel ,right in city center and where the market is held on Saturday mornings ::)

    driving school AF2R
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    old collecteurs cars, motos, utility vehicles

    by gwened Written Feb 1, 2014

    This is an event that goes on every year, and I was told about by the Neighbors so it seems very popular around here.

    Its the AMECA old collectibles car show and display, with minituares to real cars on both occasions.
    The one on the road for the real motor vehicles is on every june in by the place St Michel. What is AMECA, (friends of modelists and collectionists associated of Pluvigner), it is held on Sunday next one will be the 9th on June 1. People can come in their old car uniforms for racing or local Breton dresses. The day will start with the welcome of the teams from about 9h to 11h, at the place Saint-Michel. . At about 11h15 there is usually a picnic in the direction of Pont-Augan (about 43 kms) By 12h15,there is the apero or aperitif, a drink before the meal tradition oblige each brings their own lunch. By 15h15 or so there is a circuit ride of about 50 kms before returning to Pluvigner at the end of the afternoon.

    times and dates are posted by the mayor's office or mairie as each year it may change slightly. Teh contact of the AMECA assoc is Guillaume André tel +33 (0) 2 97 24 70 54 at 12 place du Marché
    56330 Pluvigner

    then you have the other one with minituares and parts exchange on the room in the park by Place de la Madeleine. This year the Sunday September 7 2014 will be the 21st edition all day from about 8h15 to 18h. Open to individuals, and professionals, sales of motor vehicle used parts, autos, motos, documents, magazines, posters, miniature cars, trains, toys, etc. You ,also, have a sale of old vehicules on the field at the park de la Madeleine. admission for the general public is 1€

    i will look forward to my first initiation in town with photos.

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    La galette des rois chez moi

    by gwened Written Jan 4, 2014

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    This is all over France, and it is something we follow religiously.
    Tradition has it that it is the opportunity to 'shoot the Kings' to the epiphany: a bean is hidden in the cake and the person who gets the bean becomes the King of the day and has the right to wear a Crown of fantasy. In the commercial circuit, in the second half of the 20th century, bakers provide with the galette a golden crown in recyclable paper carton.Traditionally we keep the small porcelain stone figurines from year to year to hide in the galette and given to the baker to do so for us. It is the youngest of the guests, hidden under the table, which decides on the distribution of the shares.

    In our private life the French, Legrand writing as early as 1311, it questioned a pastry cake in a Charter of Robert II de Fouilloy, Bishop of Amiens. Often, it was paid seigneurial dues with a cake of this kind. Thus, annually, at Fontainebleau, may 1, forest officers gathered at a place called «the table of the King», and there, all officers or vassals who could take to the forest for wood , and there to graze their flocks, came to pay tribute and pay their fees. The newlyweds of the year, residents of some districts of the city and those of a whole Parish were all for a cake. Similarly, when the King was in their city, the Burghers of Amiens were required to submit a cake.

    The origins of this goes back during the Saturnalia (Roman festivals on the end of the month of December and the beginning of January), the Romans selected a slave as "King for a day". The Saturnalia were indeed a celebration of role reversal in order to thwart the adverse days of Saturn, Chthonic deity. During the banquet (at the beginning or at the end of the Saturnalia, according to different eras of ancient Rome) in each grand family, the Romans used the bean in a cake as "voting rights" to elect the "Saturnalicius princesses" (master of the Saturnalia or King of the disorder). This allowed to strengthen the domestic affections and empowered the "King for a day" to fulfill all his desires during the day (as to give orders to his master) before being put to death, or more probably to return to his servile life at the end of it. To ensure a random distribution of parts of the cake or galette, it was the custom that the youngest is placed under the table and named the beneficiary of the share which was designated by the person responsible for the service (which is the use still today of the reversal of the roles or "draw the Kings".

    In the kingdom of France, that was then divided in language of oc where always was a cake of the Kings (varied dough recipe following regions: flamusse of Bresse, the Périgord patissous, hull of Kings stew, Kingdom of the cevennes, garfou of Bearn, goumeau of Franche Comté, etc.) and language of oïl where is preparing as early as the 15th century a shortbread dessert stuffed with almond cream which later became a named yeast gorenflot dough.It took a push during the reign of Louix XIV, and what we have today its the galette (more frangipane cream puff pastry) appeared in the 17C, Anne of Austria and her young son Louis XIV in shared a la eve of Epiphany of 1650.

    marmiton is one of our favorite sites for cuisine done at home, its in French but it can be translated elsewhere in Google or bing.
    it goes well with a sweet or semi sweet wine from Monbazillac, Bergerac, as with us, followed by a good chicoree, coffee or tea.

    la galette des rois chez moi bergerac moelleux semisweet wine chez moi
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    Christmas in my house

    by gwened Updated Dec 31, 2013

    Christmas is important not only for the day but for life; its a way of life that traces my origins and tells me who am I.
    No matter which country I have lived or be a Citizen of, Christmas has always mark the day of rememberance for those we love and gone and those we love and still with us. For all the moments in our lives we spent together.

    now in France as French, we treasures the traditions of our new country while remembering those before. This is our first Christmas in our new home.

    Here is some pictures from my house to yours. Merry Christmas, Joyeux Noêl, Feliz Navidad , Feliz Natal.

    natural tree by the chimney the chimney with modern burning wood night time at our Christmas tree the natural Christmas tree and the gifts the bubblies from Gaillac
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    New Year in our house, this one is for 2014

    by gwened Written Dec 31, 2013

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    Our first new year in our new home, so its special plenty of booze and not much food oh lord !!!
    nope wife did cook some mignon pork roast and some bar fish and plenty of foie gras, and chips, and peanuts, and chorizos lol!! but the main thing was the drinks

    we had Affligem beer for Noêl Christmas beer from neighbor Belgium.
    muscadet sévre et marne sur lie from nearby loire atlantique dept 44
    Graham's all blend porto
    bacardi pina colada
    mojitos by Old Nick
    Mauzac nature methode traditionnelle bubbly from Gaillac
    Domaine Sarrabelle bubbly from Gaillac a more sweeter dessert variety
    coca cola
    plat water and gas water

    and plenty of it. we are still at it, cheers and Happy New Year from whatever you are from or near or far.
    Salut
    Bonne Année 2014
    Meilleurs vœux!

    Mauzax Nature and Sarrabelle gaillacoise lineup grahams porto, bacardi pina colada,old nick Affligem beers from Belgium domaine sarrabelle Mauzac Nature 2012
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    Parc de la Madeleine

    by gwened Written Nov 11, 2013

    This is the fairsground of the town, all major events are held here. it is like pasture land amongts talltrees with stands now close as today was a rainy day lol!

    Especially the festival done every 15 August here with Breton music, dance, and traditional foods.

    They do fleas market and clothes exchange events, all organised by the city. So if in town and wants to know the locals then stop by this park especially during festival time.

    You/we as individuals can rent the place for an event.Again contact the mairie.

    parc de la madeleine and stands a look from parc to church st Guigner the lawn of the parc de la madeleine
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    This is my Breton lands

    by gwened Updated Sep 21, 2013

    And its so traditional and friendly , very polite and helpful. I have move here for 15 days and already have neighbors helping putting up curtains, and fixtures, contact on lawnmowing, and TV antenna hook ups.
    Not to mention the local merchants are very nice and eager to talk to the newbies in town. I finally settled in the region and purchase a home.

    The best way to know the local culture is to mingle, talk to the locals at least in French, and some already a while here , use those Breton words in greetings will go a long way to get your feet in the door.

    Here are some hidden pictures of my new home before the lawmower comes in ::). And the city govt site is translated to Breton here
    http://www.pluvigner.fr/module-Contenus-viewpub-tid-2-pid-87.html

    left side looking from the house spanish white beans in backyard right side looking from the house grapes and pear trees in backyard
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    library and history

    by gwened Written Sep 8, 2013

    THere is a nice two floors library and media center in town, with youngsters in first floor (or street level) and adults in second floor (or first floor Fr)

    Its pretty much open from Tuesdays to Saturdays with a break for lunch and until 18h or 6pm

    You have books, Cd,DVD, and internet connection, copyings,faxings, etc. One way to mingle with the local culture and learn about the history of the area and the Bretons.
    http://www.pluvigner.fr/module-Contenus-viewpub-tid-2-pid-19.html

    The history of the building goes way back, a bit of its history
    The Sisters of the wisdom (Sagesse) came here in the 18C, when the municipality was affected by an epidemic. It is on this occasion that the community of the Sisters of wisdom will come to settle in the town centre to treat sick people. It is a document dated January 27, 1774, which allows to determine the date of their installation. It also reveals the existence of a pre-1774 hospital care establishment. Their hospital, which consisted of the chapel Saint-Adrien, now houses the municipal library and multimedia center. The first mission of the sisters will be hospital to care for the epidemics plaguing Pluvigner at this time. The second mission of the sisters will be preaching the word of God and disseminate basic knowledge: to read and write. The community will in Pluvigner for about two centuries.

    library and media center entrance the side of the library and media center
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