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    boat cruising out of Vannes, boats!!!

    by gwened Written Jan 2, 2015

    Favorite thing: Vannes is the capital of the Morbihan dept 56 and also my place of work, I do come here off hours for shopping and leisure activities, and one of them is cruising into the out islands in the gulf from the wonderful gare maritime or passenger boat terminal.

    The Gare maritime is found at the end of the canal from le Port pleasure marina in the old town entrance. Walking is possible past the Kerino bridge along avenue du maréchal Juin to the terminal. There is also, car parking there or Inside by the parc du golfe where the convention center chorus is located.1 allée Loïc Caradec is the official address.

    The most popular islands here are Arz, Houat, Hoëdic, and Belle-île; and the several companies operating out of here are
    Navix, compagnie du golfe, Izenac croisières,Passeur des iles, and compagnie océane.
    http://www.navix.fr/
    http://www.compagnie-du-golfe.fr/
    http://www.izenah-croisieres.com/
    http://www.passeurdesiles.com/
    http://www.compagnie-oceane.fr/

    The park or parc du golfe next to it has bowling, péniche boat restos, hôtels, restaurants and butterfly garden plus aquarium to keep you busy quite a bit in one day plus.

    Fondest memory: love to walk along the canals to the gare maritime and of course to cruise to the ile d'Arz

    the gare maritime main waiting building cruise awaiting to ��le d'Arz the commercial port to the islands the line up at gare maritime the ticket offices at gare maritime
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    Driving to Vannes

    by gwened Written Dec 31, 2014

    Favorite thing: This is the city I work and live just 25 minutes by car, easy drive in and out. the free national road N165 that goes from Nantes to Brest just passes outside the town and makes all connections easy

    exits from 23 to 28 can be used to go into the city but the best for me and for visits are the 27 and 28. No 27 is road D767 that takes you to city center right by the Hotel de Ville, and the No 28 riad D779 takes you to the Le Port harbor marina and the center of it all. You can hook at the latest with road D102 to the coastal areas of Baden as well.

    Going back out you take direction pl de la liberation or traffic circle palais des arts and follow the signs to Lorient or Nantes/Rennes.easy

    The best for traffic is Michelin
    http://www.viamichelin.fr/web/Trafic/Trafic_info-Vannes-56000-Morbihan-France?strLocid=31NDJvYnAxMGNORGN1TmpVME9EYz1jTFRJdU56VTVOalU9

    and my special favorite v-traffic here for Brittany or Bretagne, zoom in to amplify the city or street level
    http://www.v-traffic.com/?addr=bretagne

    Again once in the city best is to walk but to get here the best is the car with train second. And to move from one end of town to the next best is the car with bus second.

    Fondest memory: going shopping and Entertainment by le port area of Vannes

    the N165 arriving at D779 exit home traffic circle to kerlann or Le Port area off D779 traffic circle to kerlann or centre ville arrives in Vannes at Rue Th��ophraste Renaudot around the traffic circle of kirgrain
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    shopping Christmas time in Vannes

    by gwened Updated Dec 24, 2014

    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

    And don't forget to get some goodies at the Christmas market by the hotel de ville (city hall)

    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.

    lights are up at Vannes Leclerc shopping cc plenty of lights and deco for the season Leclerc see the market stalls inside the shopping cc walking once park your car covered parking festive shopping Christmas mkt Hotel de Ville
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    walking Place des Lices

    by gwened Written Dec 20, 2014

    Favorite thing: this is one of the oldest squares in Vannes, and the center of our shopping every weekend when we are home.
    Nearby you have the other square we shop, at No 6, was the old building adjoint by a windmill that was done for the control of weights and the payment of the rights to market, known later as the hôtel du Poids du Roi . Purchased in 1775 by lord Tilman-Delisle,it lost its functions. Next to it at No 5 there is a Boutique SNCF Centre for rail train purchases. The area last Feb 14 was flooded from the marina waters as much as 40 cm.(see tip)

    The place des Lices is like on a downhill bend of irregular shape in the old town of Vannes. It link by the north the Cathédrale St Pierre de Vannes (by the rue de la Monnaie), and on the South with the marina, Le Port (by the rue Saint-Vincent,and porte Saint-Vincent). It is next directly opposite the place du Poids public(left) ,and the ramparts(right). The square measures about 200 meters long and 25 meters wide.
    Historically, it is from the 3C or 4C when Vannes came to be fortified to defend agains the germanic invaders. The walls made a triangle and on one of its points was located at the level of the present square. In 1380, the Duke of Brittany (Bretagne/Breizh) Jean IV had built a new encircle fortified wall and a castle. The field where the castle was is now the place des Lices. IT takes its name from many chivalry tournament held here in the middle ages. In 1381, in front of the duke Jean IV, five French horseman defeated five English horseman or chevaliers. In 1418,Saint Vincent Ferrier,who came from Valencia ,Spain, preach here at the place des Lices ,and died the following year, tomb at Cathedral St Pierre(see tip).

    Some of the notable buildings here now are the hotel de Francheville (17C), remarkable for its Watchtower, and the Credey House, which retain remnants of a tower of the former Castle of the Hermine (15C) , see tip.

    The square is full of nice old traditional businesses which are frequented by me every week, if in town let me know and we can meet here ::)

    Fondest memory: walking and shopping on beautiful medieval ambiance.Authentic houses too original structures.

    place des lices up into older town wonderful old buildings at pl des lices place des LIces from pl du poids public
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    Vannes is awesome!

    by gwened Written Jul 12, 2014

    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.

    Le Port canal pleasure boat marina Le Port area Pl Gambetta and restos another look at Chateau de l'Hermine conservatory of Music Le port coming in from rue thiers
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    walks around quartier Méné Vannes

    by gwened Written Jun 28, 2014

    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'.

    Rue Billault Rue Joseph le Brix Avenue Victor Hugo
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    Vannes, gulf and boats all around

    by gwened Written May 17, 2014

    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!!!

    cruises awaiting at gare maritime docks you have special service to put boat in water! the harbor by marina out to Gulf on right we are seeing high tech catamaran Sodebo catamaran getting ready see link
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    Vannes from the top to bottom!

    by gwened Written Jan 25, 2014

    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 ::)

    Cathedral, Lavoirs, tour connetable and St Patern trees of winter and porte poterne gardens tours the lovely Chateau de l Hermine the porte de Calmont and tour Calmont and yes always the sea the Breton boats for a tour
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    Walking Nights at Vannes II

    by gwened Written Jan 8, 2014

    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

    Castle of the Hermine, chateau de l'Hermine look at tour Conn��table in the ramparts the gardens Garenne by the castle de l'Hermine brasserie Gambetta at le Port area cineville Garenne for movies
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    Sights and pavements in Vannes

    by gwened Written Aug 3, 2013

    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

    yes we have a replica too at Vannes! dir Nantes I was ok but the coming left was heavy by presqu'il de Rhuys the traffic was still coming restos when you need it quick and courtepaille you can get your cash, always handy !
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    walk the ramparts of Vannes

    by gwened Written May 30, 2013

    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.

    view to Vannes and church of St Patern,ramparts view to Vannes of Cathedral St Pierre the near shot of Tour Conn��table the ramparts along the chateau de l'Hermine the far photo of Tour conn��table
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    See Vannes at its old best

    by gwened Written May 6, 2013

    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.

    the houses on place du poids public place Henri IV and its houses the old and nice rue Emile Burgault pl Cabello to rue de la tannerie rue de la monnaie
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    It's snow in Vannes, Morbihan, Brittany

    by gwened Written Jan 18, 2013

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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 ::)

    snow on parking coming in to work snow on parking coming out from work le port harbor on snow flakes day in Feb'13
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    walking around at Christmas season

    by gwened Written Dec 15, 2012

    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

    facing at Hotel de Ville at Christmas the side of Hotel de Ville front parvis the wonderful lights at Pl des Lices walking to old city at rue Emile Burgault ho ho ho always time to see Santa Claus
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    How about a haircut while in Vannes

    by gwened Updated Nov 24, 2012

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    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!!

    Didier Dano Coiffures the mens store
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