Vannes Off The Beaten Path

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    Vannes, préfecture du Morbihan
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    Hôtel de Ville and statue of Richemont
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    entrance point des émigrés
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    Hôtel de Ville

    by gwened Updated Apr 7, 2014
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    the hotel de ville or city hall of Vannes is building done in the end of the 19C of neo renaissance style. Located at 7 Rue Joseph le Brix with opening hours of Tuesdays to Fridays from 8h15 to 12h15,and 13h15 to 17h.

    In the front you see the statue of Constable Richemont, a companion of Joanne d'Arc that lead the French army in the victory over the English at the end of the 100 years war. Succeeding his brother as duke of Brittany he died the following year.
    The building is at the above place previously called place Napoléon, and previous the old market square or place du Marché. It was built putting the first stone on December 12 1880 and finally done and open on July 11 1886.

    Built on the plans of the vannetais architect Armand Charrier, the Italian Renaissance style Town Hall is a copy, of the City Hall of Paris. The monument is flanked by two pavilions. Its main façade is decorated a frontis piece with a clock, and the pediment, the coat of arms of the city. A large Bell Tower Carillon is a reminder of the belfry of the past. The facade is particularly decorated with large pilasters and columns, Corinthian capitals, alternately curved and triangular pediments, cartridges and busts, supports of the main front piece, and volutes.

    and if talking about government, the préfecture the regional department government is ,also, base here not far from the hôtel de ville, see photo.

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    chemin des émigrés

    by gwened Written May 26, 2013
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    This is the immigrants's path at the point of immigrants, a historical site. Symbolically left preserve natural status to be enjoy by all outdoorman.

    You can start on the promenade Paul Chapal from the gare maritime in Vannes all the way to the peninsula of Conleau on the farthestmost tip of Vannes, all along the gulf entrance to the city with beautiful trees, benches to rest, nice clearing of stones, and the views are magnificent.

    This place was called Kéreano before, but is was rename the point des émigrés on a sad historical note.

    The name of the point or chemin des émigrés is due to the atrocities of the French revolution ,when in 1795 , 748 immigrants who came to fight for the King were taken prisioners after the failed expedition of Quiberon, and shot to death in various parts of the Morbihan. The head of the expedition was executed on July 28 1795 in Vannes on the site of the Garenne today. 374 others were shot around town with many at the site of the Ermitage. As a souvenir of this event symbolic this point was renamed the Point des Émigrés. The Chemin or pathway was done around its 70 hectares to make a preserve natural setting protected by law. The remains of these 748 are now resting at the Chartreuse in Auray where I live now.

    Nice historical path and great views of the Gulf. ENjoy it with the family

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    memorial to the fallen,garden garenne

    by gwened Written May 4, 2013
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    The memorial to the fallen sits on top of what i was the old castle of Vannes overlooking the town and the gulf father away. It is an impressive granite and marble tower,with plaques and statues all over remembering the fallen in all the wars of France.

    The alleys are all name after famous events in history, like the allée de la deportation, etc. It is a circular square at the top with a huge tower statue of the major wars of France, facing it are stale granite stone plaques of other wars, and with plaques in walls all over

    A unique place to have all in one, for the memories of those who gave their all for what we have today. Visitors should come here as the history is related to what many countries gave here to have the freedom and peace we enjoy today.

    a bit of history
    the place is known as the jardins de la Garenne or gardens of the Garenne, created at end of the 17C.
    In 1923,a monument was erected to honor those of the Great War or WWI by the sculptor Ladmiral. The big column is four sided with heads of lions symbolising force and courage. On top it has a victory symbol with a hand on the founding of the Republic and showing on the other side the name of the 785 Vannetais that fell in the Great War.

    A tomb is dug at its foot in 1945 to welcome an unknown resistant fighter with the simple words "A un résistant inconnu", to an unknown resistant . In 1947, 4 stales dedicated to the victims of WWII were dedicated and place along the edges of the circular base of the tower.
    It has become a place to honor all fallenn for France.

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    Go bowling sports cafe at the Golfe

    by gwened Updated Mar 30, 2013

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    from the sports bar to bowling lanes
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    great complex by the parc du golfe Le Master bowling and sports Cafe. You will have a greatr relaxing time with the family and close to restos,and pleasure passenger marina to outlaying islands.

    you have a bar cafe inside and grand tv screen for sports ,so come on in ,the welcome is friendly. Good safe ambiance and the prices are right

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    Théatre Anne de Bretagne

    by gwened Written Sep 1, 2012

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    a wonderful theater for plays, musicals,and opera plays, Paris in Vannes. You can see wonderful presentation here, for the opera lover or a rainy day in town.

    It is operated b the city of Vannes mayor's office webpage at
    http://www.mairie-vannes.fr/culture/theatre_anne_de_bretagne/4361/index.html

    and contact email for the theater here
    theatre.annedebretagne@mairie-vannes.fr

    keep an eye after September 17 2012 for a new dedicated webpage for the theater at
    http://www.theatre-tab-vannes.com/

    please video or camera is not permitted flash or not, all is a no no.No food or drinks inside the theater. you can park at parking Des Arts underground parking at place de Bretagne. You get to theater from the road expressway N165 sortie or exit Pontivy;then Vannes Centre, then Palais des Arts.

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    Braderie or flea market in le Port

    by gwened Written Aug 4, 2012

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    the stands on artisans and books across canal

    le Port is the central focus of it all here in Vannes, and many activities are held there. The newest fad I caught up with is the Braderie or flea market, stalls along the canal. I went on the last day, so the crowds were better.

    A total of 400 tables were set up and up to 100 000 persons came, but again I caught the last few stands on the remnants that stay over. Next year will be better prepare in my new area.

    You ,also, get to buy exchange old books, and magazines at Le Port.

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    Parc Kérino

    by gwened Written Mar 31, 2012

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    The Calvary of Kerino
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    see the gulf, the city, and the canal coming towards city center at Le Port: lovely views for a walk or a picnic. the parc goes over a butte or hill pointing at the Gulf of Morbihan,a new bridge and tunnel will be built by 2015 so boats can go on this section too wider access

    now see the wonderful eucharist cross (calvary of Kerino) of Saint Vincent and Saint Patern (two churches in Vannes) with the Enfant Jesus on the other side, together interwined with the symbols of Brittany and Vannes. Done in solid stone in 1903 by a local sculptor.

    Go over the bridge on the canals by the naval builder le Pennec shipyard or by rue Kelvirer from the other side of the city. Easy from Le Port, past the Capitanerie or harbormaster hq.

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    go to Cineville, the cinema

    by gwened Written Feb 12, 2012

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    Cineville from shopping center leclerc
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    when in town, seen all, have time off, need to relax go to the movies at cineville vannes, great place easy parking. 5 screens.refreshements and surrounded by a nice area of restos.

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