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    Vannes is awesome!

    by gwened Written Jul 12, 2014
    Le Port canal pleasure boat marina
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    Favorite thing: this is the capital of my departement 56 Morbihan, and the city I work from, so here often. So much to write about it ,its a historical city in Brittany that was spare in WWI and WWII so the inner city remains instact. A must to see.

    I can't seems to be away too much with the family or colleagues, you never get tired of seeing beauty before your eyes.

    You have the pleasure boat marina that reaches right into city center at Le Port, the center of it all, with further into the gulf you have the cruise terminal to the islands in the Gulf of Morbihan a UNESCO World heritage site.
    The Gambetta is my favorite spot ever since it was call the Cat Way, now the Le Gambetta on Pl Gambetta overlooking the canal of the pleasure boats marina.
    and the omnipresent Château de l'Hermine, a historical and now art expo center par excellence (see my tip on it)

    Fondest memory: walking the le Port area and the château de l'hermine is wonderful refreshing and historical. Walking Vannes is always up lifting.

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    walks around quartier Méné Vannes

    by gwened Written Jun 28, 2014
    Rue Billault
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    Favorite thing: this is a historical area rather built up now with lots of shops and cafes all centered around the Place Joseph Le Brix. The Méné district is a neighborhood developed in the 19C on the ditches of the enclosure after the drilling of the new axis Nantes Quimper in the 18C, around the Manor of Coessial and the parish church of Notre-Dame du Mene mentioned in 1144, as well as the street breakthrough to link the city centre to the station by the rue Victor Hugo. It includes western part of the suburb of the Faubourg de la boucherie or Bourg Maria, much older. This is a very commercial area linked to the introduction, in the course of the 19C, of Department stores type bazaars which are the vectors of this shopping activity in the sector.

    you have on the picture No 1, the rue Billault, dating from 1868, cutting thru the old gardens of the préfecture of the times. The width of the street is 7 meters with two sidewalks of 2 meters, they were the first sidewalks in Vannes!.
    The rules for building in this area are very strict ,only buildings of 3 floors (4 US) are permitted. The use of chalk for construction is necessary, even if not a stone from the region. The lots were sold to Hyppolite de la Ferrière, that will re sale later in lots to the new merchants that arrive here.

    The picture No 2, Rue Joseph le Brix, hold a building that serves as an annex of the mayor's office or Hôtel de Ville of Vannes known as the administrative center. Another wonderful property here is the hotel du commerce et de l'épée one of the largest erected in Vannes in the late 19C and early 20C with the central hotel and Brittany and the hotel Le Dauphin. A prefectoral Decree of 1833 had authorized the construction of the corner building, which appears as the cadastral plan of 1844 and for which sieur Vincent, then owner of the hotel, promises to put the alignment in 1850. In the 2nd half of the 19C is erected on an empty field, supported at the bastion, part is the Hotel today . In 1902 is demolished and then rebuilt the adjoining building , then the corner as an extension building. Finally done in 1906.

    The picture No 3 is Avenue Victor Hugo,This street is a main railroad track, through, intended to carry passengers from the station to the city centre. it was completed in 1864, very inspired by the Haussmanian thought of Paris in the 1860. Indeed, the narrowness of the streets of la Fontaine and Napoleonville (currently avenue Saint-Symphorien) which was the circulation between the station and the centre intramural (through the faubourg Saint-Patern and the narrow rue Saint-Nicolas) requires the construction of a wider axis and thus the deviation of the Imperial road .A bridge was built under the passageway of the new road to link rue de l'amitié(currently rue de la coutume) serving the slaughterhouse and the district down for the slaughter at the Saint-Patern district where most of the traffic of the city was transiting. Until the dawn of the 20C, it remains little urbanized apart from the implementation of the Bank of France and a few rare special buildings. Originally referred to as the avenue from the station or sometimes avenue Bharti because extending the latter, it was renamed by a decree of 1885 by the Republican municipality 'avenue Victor Hugo'.

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    Vannes, gulf and boats all around

    by gwened Written May 17, 2014
    cruises awaiting at gare maritime docks
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    Favorite thing: This is a major center of pleasure boating and cruises to the outlaying islands in the Gulf of Morbihan. Also, major sportsman of the sea perfection their fast catamarans here.

    I have in transportation a tip on the gare maritime for pleasure cruises. This one is for boaters.

    The port of Vannes is a trading port, a passenger port and a Marina located north of the Gulf of Morbihan along a channel of 1 200 meters (South-North direction) that leads the vessels of the outer harbour of the Pont Vert afloat basin, at the foot of the Saint-Vincent gate, gateway to the old town of Vannes. The documented presence of a port at its current location dates from the late 14C, although research has demonstrated the existence of a port in the 1C AD at the foot of the first city: Darioritum, city of the Venetés.

    The harbor has had lots of renovation over the year and improvement such as creating a harbormaster , cultural booth, tourist office, underground parking; and the embellishment of the places with the creation of an esplanade on the right bank and the planting of an avenue of trees along both banks. The marina will have larger berths (about 3000 boats) , facilities of the port of commerce and maritime station on the right bank, the hosting of the buildings of the departmental Directorate of the territories and the Sea on the left bank, and the construction of Kerino tunnel at the entrance to the port (which undergoing as I write).

    The Port of trade or port de commerce is located just upstream of the bridge by Kerino, infrastructure that enables vehicles to reach East of the city towards the innovation of South Brittany Park and the town of Séné and in order to decongest traffic in the city center, the Quays of the port of commerce welcome goods arriving in Vannes after crossing the Gulf of Morbihan.

    Goods traffic is relatively modest,and the port of Vannes is ranked 43rd national commercial ports far behind its neighbor Lorient. Indeed, the main reason is to that given his situation, the port was never intended to host a large-scale trading port. Because of a complex topography, of a low amplitude and the presence of strong currents in the Gulf, it is difficult for the ships tonnage venturing up to a city like Vannes, located more than 15 km from the Atlantic coast.

    Along the rive droite or right bank of the harbor there is the promenade de la Rabine align with trees for 800 meters between the esplanade du port in the north to the quais in the port of trade in the South. This term rabine is of Breton origin and means alley planted with trees.

    ironically the city has some infor in English in their site but a bit outdated. my description above is current.
    http://en.mairie-vannes.fr/discoveringvannes/sea-and-nature/the-harbour/
    you can always try to read the more current French version
    http://www.mairie-vannes.fr/port-de-plaisance/

    and from the tourist office in English the fun part
    http://en.tourisme-vannes.com/activities/travelling-islands

    of the photos see the ones on Sodebo the catamaran that will cause news soon, see the site in French,at the marina by Conleau peninsula
    http://www.sodebo.fr/voile

    Fondest memory: getting boats out with friends to the islands to get oysters!!!

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    Vannes from the top to bottom!

    by gwened Written Jan 25, 2014
    Cathedral, Lavoirs, tour connetable and St Patern
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    Favorite thing: This is a beautiful city, left unharmed from the ravages of wars, and so glad it was. I do work not far from city center, and do come here often, photos are not enough, each time they are those that merits sharing it with you here in VT and my blog.

    Today was a nice day, no rains temps in the 14C, and we went out to do our weekend errands of living here, and of course camera in hand took these beauties I think.

    Enjoy Vannes and do come by, you won't regretted.

    Fondest memory: go up the old castle ruins and look down on Vannes, or actually look up ::)

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    Walking Nights at Vannes II

    by gwened Written Jan 8, 2014
    look at tour Conn��table in the ramparts
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    Favorite thing: wonderful to walk in this walled, medieval city at nights with all the lights reflecting on the building and castle etc; lovely.

    best to start up in the ramparts of the old castle and move downward towards the Le Port pleasure marina area.

    Fondest memory: walking the ramparts at night, having dinner, see a movie, gorgeous

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    Sights and pavements in Vannes

    by gwened Written Aug 3, 2013
    yes we have a replica too at Vannes!
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    Favorite thing: well this is one hot weekend full of visitors for the beaches that took some driving doing for me to get back home, luckily been here long enough to know the C routes but it was packed along the N165.

    Doing some shopping and window shopping along the way is a past time lol!

    Some interesting spots along the way that always like to share with the curiously incline at VT

    Fondest memory: driving around the C roads are always wonderful and avoiding those hordes of traffic for the beach

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    walk the ramparts of Vannes

    by gwened Written May 30, 2013
    view to Vannes and church of St Patern,ramparts
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    Favorite thing: Can't get tire of walking the wonderful ramparts of Vannes with its doors or portes or tours or towers,and wonderful garden. All in a medieval look that is impressive how well maintain they are.

    It had two walls ,first wall or premiére enceinte and the second wall or deuxiéme enceinte.

    in the first wall you have still standing today the Bastion Notre-Dame ;Porte Saint-Jean ;Tour du Bourreau ,Tour et porte Prison ,Tour Joliette ,and Tour Poudrière .
    In the second wall,you have still today, Tour du Connétable ,Éperon de la Garenne ;Porte Poterne ;Hôtel Lagorce (better known as the chateau de l'Hermine); Porte et tour Calmont ;Tour Trompette ,Porte Saint-Vincent (my profile photo); Porte et bastion de Gréguennic ;Bastion de Haute-Folie ,and Tour Saint-François .

    All wonderful, and at night is even better lol!

    A must while in town
    Vannes tourist office is at http://www.tourisme-vannes.com/

    Fondest memory: my favorite stretch is by the porte de la poterne and tour connétable with its beautiful gardens and great shots into town of the church of St Patern and the Cathedral St Pierre.

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    See Vannes at its old best

    by gwened Written May 6, 2013
    the houses on place du poids public
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    Favorite thing: Take a look with me on the old town of Vannes intact medieval and just lovely, I work in the outkirts of the city in a castle ::)

    see the old convent of Ursulines couvent, now its call collège Saint-François-Xavier,rebuilt several times at : 3 rue Thiers direction city center.
    The collége Jules Simon with a chapel from 1929, place Maurice-Marchais
    See the cross or croix Fitzgerald at place Saint-Pierre
    Hôtel Saint George early 18C at 11, 13 rue des Orfèvres
    Hôtel de Limur, 31 rue Thiers built in early 17C
    Ancien Hôtel de Francheville, 1 ; place de Poids-Public,near place des Lices, early 17C
    Maison des trois piliers, 2 rue du Thiers, mide 16C

    Homes from 14C to early 17C are at 10 rue Saint-Salomon ; 31 rue Saint-Guenhaël ; 29 rue Saint-Guenhaël ; 25, 27 rue Saint-Guenhaël ; 23 rue Saint-Guenhaël ; 21 rue Saint-Guenhaël , 19 rue Saint-Guenhaël , 17 rue de la Bienfaisance (corner rue Saint-Guenhaël); homes or maison dit known as Saint Yves, at 1 rue du Port (corner with 2 rue du Drezen): house or maison dit or known as Saint Vincent at 17 place Orfèvres (corner of rue de Valencia); house or maison dit or known as Vannes et ses femmes, rue de la Bienheureux at rue Noé in Place Rogues ; house at 1 Place Henri-IV ,corner with rue 5 Saint-Salomon; 3 place Henri-IV ,corner of 2 rue Saint-Pierre ; house at 3 Place Henri-IV ( corner of 6 rue de Chanoines); : 23 rue des Halles ; 2 rue Chanoines (corner of 32 rue Emile-Burgault);

    Ancien Hôtel de Parlement de Bretagne dit or known as Chateau Gaillard; inside you have the memorial to de la Lande de Justice de Crach dating from the 8C, 9C,and 10C. The current hotel dates from the early 15C at 2 rue Noé
    building of old establishement Petits Fers, dating from 1894-1906 at 1bis, 3 rue Alain-Legrand

    some old nice building to take a look when in town for the architecture and history inclined in you.

    Fondest memory: walking these memorable old streets well maintainend intact original like writing history. A good walk for the entire family.

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    It's snow in Vannes, Morbihan, Brittany

    by gwened Written Jan 18, 2013

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    snow on parking coming in to work
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    Favorite thing: yes it does, not often, not every year but it does and gets cold and windy in winter. In summer its paradise.

    These photos are from today on my job parking lot, and we had two accidents employees hitting the steel fence and another stone wall after trying to turn and sliding on the icy road.

    I was spare but still very cold tonite 1C so tomorrow there should be some icy roads again althought the snow is now gone.

    Fondest memory: walking in the snow and having the opportunity to throw a snow ball again ::)

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    walking around at Christmas season

    by gwened Written Dec 15, 2012
    facing at Hotel de Ville at Christmas
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    Favorite thing: the walking is always great for my family and we enjoy going out and do so on every town. Vannes is special as we live near and I work here. In addition to that , Christmas season bring the best to walk and see the beautiful decoration, more people out, and the stores gleaming with the season's chants and niceties, just wonderful.

    I try to share the sentiment of the season in these photos taken at night walking in Vannes with the family. Hope to see you around here soon.

    Fondest memory: walking around Christmas time and at night

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    How about a haircut while in Vannes

    by gwened Updated Nov 24, 2012

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    Didier Dano Coiffures the mens store

    Favorite thing: Go to the carrefour shopping center and inside see Dino, all men and children dedicated hair cut and fashion expression for the young and young at heart. My boys do it here, and its recommended to have a haircut while on vacation awesome.
    17.30€ for mens and 22.50 for women regular cut and shampoo.
    http://www.coiffure-dano.com/
    the webpage for mens and womens
    http://www.coiffure-dano.com/salon-dano.aspx

    and the above and more are all in the shopping center Carrefour de Vannes
    http://www.galerie-vannes.com/

    Fondest memory: I guess thinking why not something unique while here and get a haircut or cut for men or ladies, well I got a bunch of guys in the family so here is one for the boys lol!!! My wife will be next on the ladies section in same shopping center and thats more expensive lol!!

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    shopping Christmas time in Vannes

    by gwened Written Nov 24, 2012
    lights are up at Vannes Leclerc shopping cc
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    Favorite thing: so today was our first day for Christmas shopping and we headed for Leclerc shopping center in Vannes.
    we had a blast and goodies and took some photos of the deco so will like to share with all of you here at VT.

    Its a wonderful season and Merry Christmas to all.
    http://www.e-leclerc.com/magasin/vannes

    Fondest memory: shopping at Christmas time is always a memorable moment and this one is special as it will be our first Christmas with the family together in Brittany.

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    Walking Vannes at night

    by gwened Updated Nov 16, 2012

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    Place des LIces
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    Favorite thing: well yes this is a friendly city and walking at night is wonderful, you can walk until about 11Pm (23h) and fine restos, bars open, and until 7-8pm or 19-20h for stores open. Then ,you have the streets all to yourself.

    Many of the attractions are light up at night and gives an eery feeling but just beautiful, and the stars of course mingle in and you are in heaven, a nice way to walk, good for you,and see more of a city, Vannes is magical at night
    some pictures a bit dark because my flash failed,,,,lol!

    Fondest memory: walking Vannes at night by the Le Port to Pl des Lices area.

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    Le Port,the heart and soul of Vannes

    by gwened Written Oct 27, 2012

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    from capitanerie to pl Gambetta at Le Port
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    Favorite thing: If an area describes a city, then the Le Port or harbor area describes Vannes. This is the nerve center of it all, university students, couples, families, young and old converges here at any time of the day and night.

    when all else is close in Vannes ,here you still find places open. The boats adds an aura of chic and good to the place, the canal is historic, going all out into the Gulf of Morbihan and eventually the Atlantic ocean.

    You must walk its streets on both sides of the canals.

    Fondest memory: walking up the mound into the point overlooking the gulf or the tree line ave along the canals, or the park in between, or the restos open at any time, just wonderful day or night. Night is sublime.

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    Walking historic city center Vannes

    by gwened Written May 7, 2012

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    the quais along the marina harbor to city center
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    Favorite thing: well the best way to see a city is by walking once you are in the city lol!!! Vannes is no different, it has a beautiful city center but also a wonderful marina port with almost 3000 boats,and a great tree promenade and a basin with full restos and shops with wooden houses ,just lovely

    So when in Vannes leave some time for wandering its narrow streets and also, the Le Port area.

    Fondest memory: walking around Pl Henri IV and pl des Lices. just my second home away from home.

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