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Vannes: St Vincent Ferrier

  I wrote a general introduction to Vannes earlier (see here https://vivsfrenchadventures.wordpress.com/2016/11/16/vannes-a-beautiful-town-in-brittany/ ). It’s a lovely place, for many reasons, as I explained. Another interesting feature we noticed all around the city is the frequent reference to St Vincent, and … Continue reading

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Honoring Breton Seamen and Their Families

As I mentioned before, Brittany has an extremely long, indented coastline and much of their history and economy has been tied to the sea—and still is in certain places, especially with fishing and oyster farms. Pont l’Abbé is a pretty … Continue reading

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More on Francois Rude; The Rude Museum

To learn more about the famous French sculptor, Francois Rude, born in Dijon, head to the small museum in Dijon. See previous post about the Place Rude and mention of some of his works. The Musée Rude in Dijon, inaugurated … Continue reading

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Santons for Christmas

Spotted in Burgundy early December La Crèche, or the manger, in France is a very popular holiday tradition. It originated in 12th century France as liturgical drama. At first the manger itself resembled an altar and was placed either inside … Continue reading

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Mont-Saint-Michel: The “Merveille”

MONT-SAINT-MICHEL—A FRENCH ICON We drove to Mont-Saint-Michel the first time during a terrible transport strike in November 2007 in Paris—we needed to get out and do something other than sit at home, to go to a special place, and Mont-Saint-Michel … Continue reading

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St. Denis and his head. A Miracle? A Mystery?

Just one of the many stories about Paris Saint Denis, the patron saint of France, has a very colorful and interesting history and story. There’s the cathedral that bears his name. We first visited the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Denis … Continue reading

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Val-de-Grace—Another Paris Gem

Val-de-Grâce and Musée du Service de Santé des Armées (SSA) This church in a former abbey is one of the lesser-known sights of Paris, but one well worth tracking down. The massive church dome is a landmark on the Paris … Continue reading

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