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    looking out to place Varquez now 2014
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    pl Hoche to grande plage (beach)
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    Musée de la Chouannerie, wars of the west

    by gwened Updated Feb 1, 2014
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    Its probably one of two muséums on the Chouans, the farming folks who rebels against the French revolution. There is another in the Vendée region, this one is right in Plouharnel. I am in the middle of this historic region. Plouharnel is a town on the road D768 going towards the Presqu’île de Quiberon or peninsula of Quiberon.

    The musée de la Chouannerie sits in an old bunker of WWII near the beach, and surrounded by sights that tells you that this was a heavily fortified place with machine guns part of the Atlantic wall of WWII. Most of the pictures will be from this period.

    However the museum is an educational fact finding beauty. Most folks think that the French revolution was just an attack on the Bastille to get rid of the king Louis XVI. However, what they don’t know is that frontal army attacks and later guerrilla warfare was carry out in the Vendée and up to Bretagne and Normandie against this revolution. One if not the most bloody event in France’s history.

    The National Day is more a day of reconciliation of these events, as the Place de la Concorde in Paris along will tell you, the concordia of people after been name place de la revolution and before place royale. The reign of terror and the guillotine are testaments of this horrific period.

    This is the part in English from the Plouharnel tourist office ,http://www.plouharnel.com/visit/Musee-de-la-Chouannerie.html

    Brittany, has an old State identity ,strong, earth firmly rooted in his Christian faith, deeply rooted in its multi-centenaires traditions, even multimillenaires, viscerally attached to its structures and his men is seen as an entity to make it disappear at any price. In order to justify the unjustifiable, to think the unthinkable, jacobins policies , particularly Parisian, will strive to do the Bretons as rebels of Conservatives, bandits, robbers, in a word of chouans. Journalists, painters, writers… are not to be outdone, making this portion of France a land of arrears, exotic outdated and vulgar, not considering of the Bretons only that and as well as subhumans barely out of muds of a medieval barbarian and dirty. With the union with France (1532) , Brittany will not hesitate to resume a war to defend its rights where the case of Bonnets Rouges (name also given today to demonstrators against the current govenrment policies) in 1675 and the marquis de Pontcallec in 1719. The chouannerie lies in this logic: negation of its rights -.refusal of dialogue – insurgency – crackdown, the Central power not knowing what to use extreme force to impose its will. Taken from the museum text.

    The war of guerrillas goes on until 1832,and the confirmation of the restoration of many rights and properties to the Bretons,not all. The museum founded in 1985 ,and open symbolicall on July 14 by Guy Halna du Fretay,its a unique museum in France links entirely to the Chouannerie, in the Vendée,and on the wars of the west ( Guerres de l’Ouest as they are known in Brittany);proposing over 400 items (maps, documents, weapons, customes, diverse objects, engravings from Marcel de Villemoisson, and many more, all retracing the events of the wars of the west from 1793 to 1832, showing Windows in glass cover and tables of events of the wars.

    The webpage in French is here http://www.musee-vendee-chouannerie.com/musee.html

    One of the main heroes is General Georges Cadoudal of Auray neaby and my former home, whre he is buried in his own property with a mausoleum his descendants open to the public. Call the Champ de Martyrs or the field of martyrs for the massacre of chouans done there in 1795, the remains are now kept in the Chartreuse of Auray nearby.

    Enjoy a history of no more révolutions. I hope that my introduction will led you to learn more of this important historical event that is still very much alive here in Brittany ,the land of the Bretons. Bretons forever , French never ::) or as the sign in Conleau says Bretons toujours, français jamais.
    The visits are from April 1 to June 14 14h to 18h. and from JUne 15 to September 30 10h to 12h,and 14h to 18h. admission general is 5 euros and visits last about an hour.

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    the market day

    by gwened Updated Jan 30, 2014

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    market day or marchés every saturdays from 8am to 15h or 3pm all the things you need in one long street, around place Varquez and on down to pl Hoche.

    Every day you can find fish and seafood here in the mornings.

    the place is pack with food and clothing stands and those in between, very lively specially in summer. Big re alignment of the street as the tree shaded park is no longer but a big cement block, better to serve the circulation and the market but less quaint.

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    the private castle Turpault

    by gwened Updated Aug 17, 2012
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    cant go but sitting at the point of the reef overlooking the ocean current, it s a nice walk, and beautiful beach architecture.

    The story says, it is at the pointe de la Lande, the château Turpault (Beg-er-Lann) marks the entrance to the wild coast or Côte Sauvage. It is done in the anglo-medieval style and built in 1904. It was rebaptise as Chateau de Quiberon. It is still a private property.

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    military fortress and monument to fallen

    by gwened Written Jun 24, 2012
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    This is an active French military outpost guarding the channels around the peninsula of Quiberon and it is old, resembling an old fortress indeed.

    However, the main thing here for the visitor is to stop by car, go up by the stone cross on a trail behind the fortress and see a cave in the boulder with a cross at the end, marking the spot where 54 Breton resistance fighters were shot to death by nazi troops in WWII A simple moving rememberance of those few and brave who gave it all for freedom.

    a bit of history,the fort was abandon then reinforce from 1800, under the name of Fort Penthiévre on orders of Napoleon I. In 1917 it served as prison for German soldiers,and force to do road work while prisioners. IN 1933 it was given to the Marines and clean up. DUring WWII it was occupied by Nazi troops putting into their plans for the wall of the atlantic. It had some guns but mostly infantry. It is then in July 1944 that the resistance fighters were captured, torture and buried alive. A stone cross mark this site witht he symbol of cross of Lorraine.

    I recommend you stop and read the story. see the webpage from the ministry of Defense of France,of course in French, but nice photos

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    Casino de Quiberon

    by gwened Written Jun 24, 2012
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    ahh voilà for the gamers, the casino aficionados will be in heaven here, nice casino right on the edge of the ocean, great views, good resto inside, and plenty of chips tables, and of course Poker too.

    For those not into the games, you can eat inside and have magnificent views over the ocean across and beach to the right.

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    the fishing coop ,fisherman and the sea goodies

    by gwened Written Jun 24, 2012
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    If you want fresh fish and seafood this is it, the fisherman comes every morning and then the bounty is distributed to wholesalers but also open to individuals, or the fishing markets just across it.

    the sublime living by the sea, just wonderful to smell the bounty, my favorite hangout ::)

    The port de peche de Quiberon,at Port Maria, was the first sardines fishing port of France. Today, it is the principal port of fishing in Quiberon.

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