Category Archives: history

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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Laennec and the Stethoscope

This is for my daughter, who is a nurse. The stethoscope is probably the most recognisable of all pieces of medical equipment, and even young children identify it as representing a doctor or a nurse. So, when we were in … 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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A Great Train Station and an Apple Pick

Gare de l’Est (East Station) Gare de l’Est is one of the main train stations in Paris (the others are Gare du Nord, Montparnasse, Bercy, Gare St Lazare, Gare de Lyon), with links to three Metro lines, trains to Ile … Continue reading

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Introducing Brittany

Brief Introduction to Brittany (Breiz, or Breizh, in Breton) This was our first visit to Brittany this past June-July, and it was great. We’d read that it was a little different to the rest of France, but weren’t sure what … Continue reading

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