May 2, 2015

My Travels in the Morbihan ,X

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passing la saudraye river on d152

This was supposed to be a grand weekend, Labor Day here so 3 days off weekend. Instead it has been miserable, rain all day hard sometimes, traffic jams all over as folks that planned on the beach now coming back in hordes. Even Vannes last night was almost impossible. Talk about small town traffic jam lol!!!

We had ideas of going over to Nantes on the Atlantique shopping center but the roads was completely jam on the N165 all the way there. So we turn around and decide to explore new areas on the Lorient area. Happy we did as here there is always great surprises and new found beauties all the time. An un-exhaustable abundant of natural beauty.

We went off the N165 to Ploemeur and took a ride by the little airport that already receive big planes at about 9 kms from Lorient and a mix use of civil and military. The naval base of Lann-Bihoué is here too since 1938. Big parking spaces one terminal ,one entry for arrival and one for departures. on the D163 follow the signs of Lann Bihoué . http://www.lorient.aeroport.fr/en

I had to bring a collegue on a night trip here and now saw it better in daytime. You never know what rates you can find. We continue our journey to the town of Ploemeur, and on city center saw the nice Church of Saint Peter or St Pierre. The beauty is to go along the coast on the D306 and see the beaches such as Plage du Fort Bloqué ( 1 900 meters long), many menhirs or stones, and chapels, as well very nice quaint city center. Also, beaches at Kaolin, Peréllo, Port Fontaine,  Anse du Stole,Kerpape, Kerroch and Lomener. The church of St Pierre is from the 12C and was ruined in 1668. The reconstruction of the tower and bell was done in 1686, the four bells benediction was done in 1726 and two are newer from 1783. A copy of St Pierre is up at the front door and the original is in the altar.

Info on the town is at the city page in French, http://www.ploemeur.com/modules/cartographie/patrimoine.php?id=1-2-3

and the agglo of Lorient site http://www.lorient-agglo.fr/Ploemeur.ploemeur.0.html

some info on the Lorient tourist site in English, http://www.lorientbretagnesudtourisme.fr/decouvrez-le-territoire/

and a bit more in English at the region of Morbihan site, http://www.morbihan-tourism.co.uk/home/discover/morbihan/the-main-destinations/lorient

We continue our exploration of new or fairly new territory and went into a new one at Guidel. Great find. Plenty here http://www.guidel.com/decouvrir-guidel/tourisme/bars-et-restaurants/

This is just covering the coast and wonderful beaches some secluded and most open and best for water sports like surfing. There is an imposing church of Guidel in city center, and surrounded by shops, restos etc vibrant. We decided to take a break here and eat lunch. We pick a picturesque Italian villa call La Villa Toscane  resto grill pizzeria at 15 place Jafffré. Very nice decoration toscane, great welcome nice friendly service, big portions good prices , and great quality. We have pizzas of different combi I had the Mexicaine with chorizos and spicy beef, expresso coffee and a bottle of côte de provence st tropez rosé we share all for 18 Euros per person, nice. Great pictures of the resto here http://www.lorientbretagnesudtourisme.fr/votre-sejour/restaurant-la-villa-toscane-guidel.html

We notice that bus 60 from the Lorient agglo metro area takes  you all over here so good to know of those not with a car as we are always here with ours….schedules here http://www.ctrl.fr/se-deplacer/horaires/fiches-des-lignes-regulieres/#searchtc18840

We came on the express road N165 and got in thru Ploemeur first and then Guidel and then back on the N165 home. From Ploemeur we took the D162 and continue into Guidel where we took the D152 coastal road before taking the D306 back to the N465 beltway at Lorient and the N165 home.

There is a great pleasure boat harbor at Guidel with great beach parking and plenty of restos and vacation homes even campings. Passing Fort du Loch (built in 1756)http://www.guidel.com/agenda/article/detail/visite-du-fort-du-loch/   and eventually Fort Bloqué (built between 1747 and 1758 after the English invasion of 1746, and it was integrated into the fortification network defending Lorient. During WWII it was part of the Atlantic wall done by the Nazis).

along great beaches and wild coastal cliffs. All the way out to Lorient. A place to come back to and explore in more details. I leave you with the taste and good vibration we had. Enjoy your weekend. Cheers.

 

 

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April 25, 2015

A whimsical walk in Auray

Well today went back to my old town of residency here, last post I notice was from Sept 2014. I still only live about 15 kms from it, so it was going to rain in the afternoon (it did) so took off for it in the morning for a walk and some quencher drinks.

If no time to read on my posts on Auray( just entered Auray on the research space right column on my main page) the Tourist office here is http://www.auray-tourism.com/

We went on the back side and park at Athena by the mediathéque and municipal pool, and then walk by past the chapel of St Esprit; this is now use for exhibitions, events concerts right in the middle of town done from 1286 the last Mass was done in 1790 (due to French revolution) and then to now use as other functions; http://www.auray-tourisme.com/chapelle-du-saint-esprit/auray/tabid/8277/offreid/7e87038d-cd73-49e0-a688-32991827b894/detail.aspx

We went around this, to reach place Gabriel Deshayes, and come up again the wonderful Church of Saint Gildas, it was started built in  1623  but not finished until 1663. The belltower with a square top in three levels was not finished until 1701. We wondered around in city center to past the tourist office of the old chapelle  de la Congregation, and continue to the hotel de ville area (newly renovated) to up the space jeu de paume a very narrow street that takes you to a nice garden and the old prison.

You continue coming down to the hotel de ville area and go around on your right when the hotel on your back and go see the Chapelle du Pére Eternel, the old cordeliers order was here since 1644 ,lost during the French revolution, in 1807 it was given back to the Sister of the Holy Charity of Saint Louis . Here in 1820 the priest of the Chistian instruction were given the order for God only and the rules  by the Vicary of Saint Brieuc and the priest of Auray Gabriel Deshayes. It is now awaiting renovation. After it you have the park Le Belvédére with beautiful views over the river basin of Saint Goustan below and a football field of the city of Auray. http://www.auray-tourisme.com/chapelle-du-pere-eternel/auray/tabid/8277/offreid/a6c89645-865f-464f-b97d-933a8171cffd/detail.aspx

You take here a narrow street call the rue du Belvédére to go down to the river basin of Auray, at the end of this street you arrive at the top of the Castle ruins overlooking the river and the district of Saint Goustan for marvelous views.

Here at Saint Goustant, our favorite local area where we are often, we had our let down and our ice cream and gauffres from L’Igloo just overlooking the river Auray that goes out into the Gulf of Morbihan and eventually the Atlantic ocean above it the N165 expressway Nantes-Brest.

Finally, after a bit of walking on the beautiful harbor of Saint Goustan, we decided for some drink, a nice cold Grimbergen blonde beers with coffee genoise and diabolo menthe overlooking the river, the crowd and the beautiful life in the Morbihan. We stop at the L’Armoric café pizzeria resto right in the corner of place Saint Sauveur. http://www.restaurant-pizzeria-bar-saint-goustan-auray.catchop.fr/

And already raining a bit hard, we went back to our car and home just 15 kms away where we spent the rest of the day until new urge to go out again. cheers and have a great weekend wherever you are in our wonderful world.

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April 19, 2015

L’hermione en route l’Amérique. On its way to Yorktown USA!

This is the boat that Gilbert du Motier de La Fayette ,the Marquis de Lafayette, came to America and helped  the continental army of Gen George T.  Washington obtain the USA independence from England in 1780, and a birth of a new nation, United States of America. He is now an honorary USA Citizen!

The French have done it, they have completely rebuilt the boat taken more than 17 years, but its done, and on its way to Yorktown with a crew of  80 persons. It left the Ile d’Aix in the Charente-Maritime at 22h45 or 10:45PM

The boat big mast is of pure Oregon (USA) pine at 54 meters high or about 182 feet.  The boat will arrive by June 5th at Yorktown and after will do stops at  Baltimore, New York, Annapolis, Philadelphia, Newport, and  Boston.

At  Yorktown will be the big stop as it was the decisive battle in the independence war when American patriots and their French allies won the battle again a strong English army on October 19, 1781.  There will be huge celebrations when the Hermione arrives in the bay of New York escorted by several sailing boats and motorized as well for the big parade of July 4 2015, the date of celebration for the USA Independence while giving a closer eye passing by the Statue of Liberty; another gift of France to the USA by Mr Bertholdi…..

For those who can read/speak French more here in the Le Parisien with a video commemoration by President Hollande of France, http://www.leparisien.fr/poitou-charentes/videos-l-hermione-a-pris-la-mer-vers-les-ameriques-18-04-2015-4705367.php#xtor=EREC-109—-2172612@1

And I have taken the picture from the article in Le Parisien to show it bigger here, a wonderful event and beautiful boat. Thank you L’Hermione, Vive la France et les Etats Unis d’Amérique!!!

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April 17, 2015

Jalisco state or Guadalajara or Tepatitlan de Morelos

This is my last trip just back last night. I was in Mexico ,especially in Jalisco state and just around Guadalajara and its wonderful nearby cities of Tepatitlan de Morelos and San Juan de los Lagos.  The area tourist office at http://www.visitmexico.com/en/guadalajara

This was a business trip so the time there was limited but thanks to the local friends I did see some of the town , a nice French hotel, and wonderful church. Some of the pictures were taken by these friends as I am still waiting for them, my camera died out there ::) The airport was that of Guadalajara ;https://www.aeropuertosgap.com.mx/en/guadalajara-3.html

I went first to my first town San Juan de los Lagos, where the church is second only to Guadalupe in Mexico city as the most important there; already visited by Pope John Paul IIhttp://www.sanjuandeloslagos.gob.mx/

Here I visited the church of our lady of San Juan de los Lagos, 76 miles or 122 kms north of Guadalajara. The sanctuary begain in 1542 and the church in 1732. it is wonderful and a must to see, more here http://www.sanjuandeloslagos.gob.mx/

and the sacred sites webpage has even more on it , http://sacredsites.com/americas/mexico/san_juan_de_los_lagos.html

It is gorgeous and a must to see ,drive there you will be fascinated by the devotion and spirituality of this church. The town is very nice in its center too.

After this wonder of our world, we turn into my hotel city Tepatitlan de Morelos, meaning a place amongst stone, and it has the history of been invaded by the French in 1864, and its big party is from April 12 to April 30 which I caught a bit of it from the 12 to the 15 and it was great party on the streets lively  ,under control nice. http://www.tepatitlan.gob.mx/turismo/

Here I stayed at the wonderful Grand Hotel of French decoration and one of the owner is. My room was the Mandela , all the rooms are individually decorated  inmense wonderful, class in an unusual place; I was priviledge to see the room Marie Antoinette,  http://www.grandhotelboutique.com/mandela/

and of course the center of my dine outs, I was introduce to the restaurant Don K, http://www.tepatitlan.gob.mx/turismo/directorio/#restaurantes

The sport TV all over, the friendly service, good food, good company was all it took; I came back always to eat here!!! It is at Dr. J. Ricardo Alcala Iñiguez 284, Alameda, 47650 Tepatitlán de Morelos Telephone +52 378 715 5140 a web to speak of it http://www.gosur.com/place/food/don-k-maron/4c34d0407cc0c9b618fcf39a/?lang=en&mc=20.806955,-102.755982&mz=15&rids=6051279&category=topPicks&back=localplaces&units=metric

I saw football/soccer games Champions of Europe there,and it has football nights as well that is soccer.

The town has many churches and a great central plaza, nice for walks very laidback and quiet nice country town indeed. One never know how to find these jewels , but there are out there, here in Mexico , I just combing the surface. Enjoy it.

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April 6, 2015

The Villa city by the sea next to the big harbor of Malo, this is Dinard.

What a name, hard to come up with titles for the uncreative mind lol! In this wonderful Easter holiday, off today and day off tomorrow !! We decided to go up again and visit Dinard. We have been to the ones nearby and always missed it even thus we heard about its wonderful villas houses. Dinard is gorgeous and the best for us were the beaches ! The tourist office there is at blvd Férat in city center, webpage http://www.dinardtourisme.com/en/

The region department is no 35 ille et Vilaine in Brittany, http://www.brittany-tourism.com/remarkable-places/dinard-1  and the region of Brittany tourist office on it ,http://www.brittanytourism.com/discover-brittany/heritage/dinard-saint-briac-et-saint-lunaire

As usual we went by car, it is less than 2 hrs from us. We took going there the D768 up from us to Loudéac linking with the N164 to Saint Méen le Grand, here hook up with the D125 briefly to connect with the D166/D766  direction saint malo and dinan. by Dinan we took the N176 direction Saint Malo, link up again with the D766 direction saint malo dinard, which becomes the D266 pass the airport of Dinard-Pleurtuit-Saint Lunaire; take right briefly on the D168 and again on the D266 direction Dinard, off the D266 entering the town we turn left into rue Henri Maulion then continue on  rue Saint Enogat to park free by the beach or plage de saint enogat, pretty district guide you by the sign for the church of Saint Enogat, from which we walk all over the place! All done in 163,7 kms and 1h40m while viamichelin had 2h22m and 154 kms…..we have always a map to compare ::)

We went straight for the beach at plage Saint Enogat, wonderful stretch of sandy beach with great bath changing rooms and a mini golf. the restos were just up the street at 100 meters right by the fontaine Jules Verne, and wonderful water spout of 10 meters high. Then we went to the church ,Saint Enogat ,previous church from the 17C  only the belltower from 1761 is standing original, the new church was built in 1874 with many furniture and paintings from the 19C and 20C. The church sits in a peaceful corner right behind the buzzle and hussle of the beach area.

We started our walk in real, all thru curving ,narrow, steep streets along the coast by the promenade de clair du lune (done n 1930) and the rue albert lacroix zigzagging into the little streets and some private chemin passageways between homes to reach closer to the ocean. The views are fantastic and the houses if we can them that , more like mansionsn or small castles of the belle époque period are superb; can’t wait to get my hand on one of them ::)  You go by the parc de Port Riou with a panoramic view of the ocean and a villa port riou built in 1882 that has a lighthouse building in the front!!!

The pointe de la Malouine is a beautiful lookout of gorgeous homes and great ocean views  all plumbing into the beach or plage de l’écluse, inmense at low tide you seems to go right into the ocean, huge front property, a beach to return. You have wonderful villa reine Hortense, (queen of Holland) who vacationed here built by the Russian lover prince Nicolas Vlassov who was passionate of the life of the mother of Napoléon III.  The mansion continue too numerous all wonderful such as the villa Cézembre with a stair bringing you down to the beach and the villa Greystones of art deco style.

You continue on the Pointe du Moulinet, rocky place on the border of the Rance on the city of Saint Malo, here more villas such as Saint Germain built in 1870, the pont d’emeraude with great views of the ocean and the villa La Garde tudor style construction. You will see a huge pool on the bridge or pont de l’émeraude that is use in summers gorgeous pool.

The plage de l’écluse or levies beach is one favorite to return having the Malouine on the west and the Moulinet on the east, with bath changing cabins since 1859. An aristocratic beach with the famous from Europe with casino Barriére (built 1902) , the palais des arts et du festival exhibition hall, go  up on blvd Féart and see the villa Montplaisir very so British style, and the wonderful tourist office. Here we had lunch.

Finally, that time to eat, and we were in the beach area of the Ecluse so we choose the one active place Le Glacier, great choice ,fantastic service, very funny/friendly waiters, the food was good with a bottle of muscadet white wine and American tuna sandwhiches, mussels ,and burgers ,café or thé gourmand dishes which are coffee or tea with small pastries and all for 21,7€ per person, can’t beat it with the view, the location and the servings big. Just due for a return.

Already some members becoming tired,not me ::) we arrive at the district of the beach or plage de la prieuré, this is a port harbor with you see a pool open, and you see the church Notre Dame, built in 1858, with stained glass done by Max Ingrand. It is a bigger church but less popular, and has a wonderful nave with memorial to the fallen inside as well as in front of the Church. The across the street Christ cross overlooking the Prieuré beach is wonderful.

We stopped short of the last district La Vicomté, because it has been a long day of walking, the city is long with district far apart and hilly so it takes it tolls, next time we will park closer to this district to finish our journey of the city. From the church Notre Dame on the side we took the rue des français libres to return to Saint Enogat and pickup our car not before getting some baguettes at the corner boulangerie Romain, and some drinks at the near car boulangerie Aux délices Enogatais at place du calvaire. Ready to take our car back home.

we took the same road back and made in about the same time and kms. Another city of Brittany review and counting, the region is beautiful with many more to see, explore, admire, and visit by the road warriors ::) Happy Easter everyone. Cheers.

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April 1, 2015

Some news from France, CI

 

Today its April’s fools day, or the poisson d’avril in French, however, this is no joke, all is real and true.

Le Figaro has excellent articles and it recently listed the best new places to do, I just took the ones I like to do or have done. These are

 Float on taken an apero in duo or in group in an electric red and white  boat at the  canal de l’Ourcq. reservations at  www.marindeaudouce.fr

Crack into the pool chic of Piscine Molitor with a healthy lunch break only 65€ until April 18 ,courtesy of Healthy Lunch Break for lunch and swim session. Rés.: 01 56 07 08 50. webpage at http://www.mltr.fr/

Grow up with discovering the great park France Miniature for Easter with family scenes around a farm all from April 18.  webpage http://www.franceminiature.fr/

Have a blast at the Blue Festival, and the electro on theh Dock Pullman (dept 93 seine st denis) April 10 and 11. info tickets ,http://www.infoconcert.com/festival/blue-festival-9776/presentation.html

You can see the oldest tree in Paris !!!.  As Springs arrive, a courtesy visit is a must , it is a  robinier or robinia grown there in the île de la Cité  since the 17C. Located at the  Square René-Viviani-Montebello, 2, rue du Fouarre (5éme).

You can stop by the seating lady at rue Bonaparte . On a nice day you may want to sit next to it under her big hat and look at its naked legs, and its gracious look while resting in her arms and semi closed eyes.  It is located facing the Institut hongrois, 92, rue Bonaparte (6éme).

Why not try a Napoléon, or mille feuille at the great pastry shop at Café Pouchkine, left bank/ rive gauche. 155, bd Saint-Germain (6éme).

Today April 1st at the Four Seasons Hotel George V doors are open on thousands of scented flowers from the «L’Atelier de Jeff».  A flower class led by  Jeff Leatham, known to have these spectacles done.  The floral arts enclosed its hearts and colors of the spirit. L’Atelier de Jeff, of course hotel is at  31, avenue George-V (8éme). Price: 200 €  for two hours. Tél.: 01 49 52 75 01.http://www.fourseasons.com/fr/paris/

How about dining with a local and try a table with the help of these webpages , https://fr.vizeat.com/ or http://www.eatwith.com/. To discover an apartment, a cuisine and the social get together with a local!

In its second season, the Cinema Paradiso  put its mouthwatering show in double: 2  theaters that can each hold 2000 spectators, install in a screen of 25 meters and on the famous LoveSeats of designer Martin Székely. Or better on the double bed like at home.  For eating you will have 10 foodtrucks park at the nerf.  The programming is like this American Beauty of Sam Mendes, Orange mécanique of Stanley Kubrick, Manhattan  of Woody Allen , and an opening film of , Mommy of Xavier Dolan. At midnight,  at the  Superclub, with a hot dancefloor until early morning (with 8 special evenings).  Cinema Paradiso, from June 16-26 2015 at the  Grand Palais (8éme). tickets open at the http://www.FNAC.com and from April 15 on the evenings events on site. admission from  22 €. http://www.mk2cinemaparadiso.com/

The galerie Jardins en Art present an exposition dedicated to chic  Luco, «Regards sur le Jardin du Luxembourg». Three points of view, with support and photos of  Claire de Virieu, the painting of  Pascale P. Maes , and the illustrations of  Michel Boucher. Until May 23rd at the Galerie  des Jardins en Art, 19, rue Racine (6éme). Tél.: 01 56 81 01 23. http://jardinsenart.fr/

And to take a drink to the old favorite Train Bleu the most beautiful buffet in a train station in the world. Gare de Lyon, Place Louis-Armand (12éme).http://www.le-train-bleu.com/fr/index.php

And finally ,discover  Van Gogh in the big screen, filmed at the Musée d’Amsterdam and narrated in Paris. from April 16 to 18. At cinema Le Balzac ,1 Rue Balzac , http://www.cinemabalzac.com/public/evenements/prochainement.php

Extra extra read all about it, this is just in, the hotel Le Trés Particulier has a bar and it serves Champagnes . Located at  23, av. Junot, Pavillon D (18éme). Tél.: 01 53 41 81 40. yes it is in Montmartre ! Wednesdays to Sundays from 18h to  2h (2am)and on Thursdays to 4h(4am). http://hotel-particulier-montmartre.com/

March 28, 2015

Le Mont Saint Michel….

No other words are needed when we speak of this marvel of our world, the Mont Saint Michel in lower Normandy, basse Normandie. We were there today for a relook. My kids have gone in school trips and me on passing, once with them as parent, but this time we all went together to the mount. The tourist office is at http://www.ot-montsaintmichel.com/index.htm?lang=en And for the passers and guides site there is one excellent source here http://www.bienvenueaumontsaintmichel.com/change/en The Normandy tourist office also has plenty on it here, http://en.normandie-tourisme.fr/articles/mont-saint-michel-298-2.html We of course came by car from the Morbihan in Brittany. Each way a different route for the heck of it and seeing more on the road, as we are road warriors ::) going we took the D768 to the N24 direction Rennes, all the way to the beltway  coming around the nord rocade as if going to Paris but once on the A84 get off on the exit 33 for the Durcey Mont Saint Michel exit on the D175 or N175. Coming back we took off by Pontorson on the D43 and went to the D766 , N176, N164, and by Josselin back on the N24 home. We came into the parking area P10 , which is very expensive unless you spend the whole day and night there, 12,50€ for 6 hours it is expensive even for France ::)  The compensation is that you have a long bus navette that makes the run to the foot of the front entrance to the mount for free. they go instantly almost like every 4 -5 minutes intervals. The second link above has great info on this. There is another service that you pay almost like a bus type but drawn by horses, the Maringote. We took the bus navette faster and easier and free. You can ,also, walk about 40-50 mins. Once inside there is a laberinth of narrow street, step stairs, and hilly terrain which you must be in shape to do. It is semicircular and if you go to the ramparts you have great views over the sea. By the way, the area had the big waves or grand marée recently but today it was all sandy and plenty of walkers even a tour group in the sand on foot coming over. The walking on the sand to the mount is handle by expert guides as they can be very dangerous. Waves came back at 15 meters within minutes to surround the mound like an island. We have purchase trinkets and gifts here before especially in the La Porte du Roy, La Siréne, le Grand Bazaar, and the boutiques of the Mére Poulard. This time we just went for the walk and to spend more time in the museum and abbey and church The mount has four small museums; first we hit the musée de la mer et de l’écologie or maritime and ecology museum; it shows you the waves tides incidents how they form etc with 250 old model boats. We then, went on to the ArcheOscope a sound and light show, short original nice with history and legend combination stories with the Archangel Saint Michael as your guide. We continue to the Musée historique, son et lumiére, cachots or historical museum of sound and light and dungeons. A collection of old weapons ,medieval instruments of torture ,body suckdown into the quicksands, Louis XI iron cage, and 35 was figures. It shows that Raspail was imprisoned here and eventually a senator in Paris (you know the blvd raspail ::)) Last , we went to the Logis Tiphaine ,the historic home of Bertrand Du Guesclin knight and constable of France and his wife tiphaine de Raguenel famous astrologist with period furniture, bridal chamber medieval chastity belt, armour worn by Bertrand du Gueslin and tiphanie de Raguenel astrologer’s study. Neat and nice, on site you can have better prices from the published 18€ we had it for 9€ per person adult and all four museums! see tourist links above We stopped for lunch of the many choices all touristy priced and not the greatest culinary exhibition of France we chose the La Vieille Auberge a hotel restaurant on the Grande Rue; This is a very nicely decorated resto with terrace and first floor overlooking the bay of mont saint Michel. The service was nice and prompt , the prices we control with a main dish, bottle of rose wine, extra dishes of fries, and coffee expresso, I had the menu at 18€ with salad entrée, steak =entrecote, fries and a tarte normande or apple pie that was the best of it all. All came out to 23.40€ per person. webpage , http://www.lavieilleauberge-montsaintmichel.com/fr/index.php As we got out, we notice the parrish church of Saint Peter. saw first time. Small but as usual very nice church. Masses are celebrated Sundays to Fridays at 11H Saturdays 18h and n July and August an additional mass at 17H on Sundays. The church has construction from the 11C but was renovated in the 15C and 16C. It has a roof covered with tiles and a small bell on the nave. In the interior the retable columns are from 1660, Virgen of the Child, and education of the Virgin (Sainte Anne teaching Mary) dating from the 15-16C and a copy statue of Saint Michael in silver. see tourist link above. We then were ready to climb the abbey church and this only the boys did ::) It is huge , inmense ,with a great feeling of peace. All stone, not much decoration but the simplicity of the place in such a marvel of Human monument overimposed any doubts on its beauty, a must to see here by all on Earth.  There are several masses done here all week and on special religious dates. It has about 20 rooms open for visitors to see with one of the most remarkable examples of religious and military architecture of medieval times.  See the wonderful cloister, the refectory, the monk’s promenade, the gardens of la Merveille,and western terrace overlooking the bay. A wonderful big wheel or grande roué; the guest’s hall or salledes hôtes, chapel Sainte Madeleine (with its black Madonna), the Crypt of Saint Martin,chapel of Sainte Etienne (St Stephen), the north south stair or escalier nord-sud, Gentlemen room or salledes chevaliers. All magical. 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March 24, 2015

Some news from France, C

 

Its time I tell you again about wonderful France and gorgeous Paris. Today has been humid rainy and a bit grey here in Brittany with 5C now. Paris /Versailles shows a light rain and temp of 5C .

The conquistador Velazquez is coming to Paris, at last! The Spanish painter Diego Velazquez(1599-1660) , one of my favorites is showing at the Grand Palais de Paris! This is the painter , the French  Manet, call the “The painter of painters”.  The most influential painter of the golden age of Spain painting when Spain rule the world.  It will be from March 25 to July 13 2015 , http://www.grandpalais.fr

Something different , my father took this airline Air Europa  to the US last October and he had a great flight. I have use it locally to go to Spain and it confirms my mind ,this is a good airline. Something to brag on these days of disasters on airliners. This is a Spanish airlines founded in 1986.  https://www.aireuropa.com

And passing over to Vincennes , we have a wonderful Bois de Vincennes with many interesting things to see. The parc Floral created in 1969 and the biggest botanical garden in the Paris area with over 8000 flowers:plants see it at Route de la Pyramide, http://www.parcfloraldeparis.com/parc_floral.html

You continue here on the zoo or parc Zoologique de Paris, by 53 avenue de Saint-Maurice, recent work has made a top attraction to see with modern facilities housing almost 1000 animals. https://www.parczoologiquedeparis.fr/fr

And last but not least the Grande Pagode, 40bis route de la Ceinture-du-lac-Daumesnil. on the lake Daumesnil the old colonial mansion take its turn for renovation and now looking great ; this is the place of Buddhism  with a Tibetan temple just across it, all awaiting the new year khemer in mid April. http://www.vincennes-tourisme.fr/Decouvrir/Bois-de-Vincennes-et-ses-alentours/La-Grande-Pagode

You know the wonderful Louvre had more visitors in 2014 than any other museum in the world, 9,3 million visitors!! ahead of the British museum and the Met at New York.

And do you know the bridges of France? well they are marvelous and I passed many of them over the years. My favorites are the Pont de Ré 2926 meters long linking the island or ile de Ré in the Charente-Maritime, 2nd bridge of France. Then, pont Valentré in Cahors first stone laid in 1308! the famous Pont du Gard, built by the Romans in the 1C AD. Viaduc de Millau in the vallée du Tarn with 270 meters high almost as high as the tour Eiffel! You come nearer me at the nice and nostalgic (for me) Pont de Normandie over the Seine at Le Havre and Honfleur (where my mother lies in the sea RIP), you have the other one nearby the Pont de Tancarville, built in 1959 and now under renovation.  Closer to Paris, in it, the wonderful Pont Alexandre III, built in 1900 during the Universal Expo of 1900 with the first stone laid by tzar Nicolas II of Russia.

How about going to a library in Paris, bibliothéque that is.  The Book fair of Paris is gone yesterday but the impression last longer.  Lots of competition from online firms and the numerique but the book form will last.  There is even a Frenchmen François-Xavier Schmit who open a library in New York city , at the 5th avenue call Albertine. http://www.albertine.com/

See in Paris the nice Librarie Alain Brieux,6éme.http://www.alainbrieux.com/  or the librarie des Abbesses , you know where, http://librairiedesabbesses.blogspot.fr/ or encore the librarie d’Odessa in the 14éme on the street of same name , http://librairiedodessa.com/  and my favorite because you can read a book and have a glass of wine is La Belle Hortense, in the 4éme rue Vieille-du-Temple, http://www.cafeine.com/belle-hortense  and by same owner across the street you have Les Philosophes, http://www.cafeine.com/philosophes  ; we continue our rapid journey into the Librarie le Divan in the 15éme, http://www.librairie-ledivan.com/ ; one of the old time favorite the Librarie Delamain at the 1éme, http://www.librairie-delamain.com/  , and last a place to search and find books in many libraries in France, Datalib.net, http://www.datalib.net/

And how about the Art Déco, this I know from Florida , but here is at its best expression in Paris.  Born in the 1920-30’s . Its start was in 1925 at the international decorative and industrial arts exposition in Paris, done between the Esplanade des Invalides and the Grand Palais. Some buildings to see it today are the sale du Théatre des Champs-Elysées done in 1913, http://www.theatrechampselysees.fr/le-theatre/un-peu-d-histoire

You can see it at the façade at 67 quai d’Orsay done in 1935. and the mansion or hotel from 1926-27 at 4 rue Mallet-Stevens in the 16émé. see it at the stairs in the restaurant Prunier, http://www.prunier.com/histoire/

You can see it at museums of Paris, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, musée d’Orsay,and muse d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. All easy to find on the web. Other areas, palais de Chaillot, and Palais de Tokyo, Cité Universitaire in the 14éme; on the swimming pools of Paris at Molitor, Amiraux,and Pantin. More on the streets at 51 rue Raynuard 16éme and 3 blvd Victor in the 15éme; Porte Dorée 12éme, and the former Musée des Colonies today housing the Cité Nationale de l’Histoire de l’Immigration. Department like the old Samaritaine and the still there Le Bon Marché, the theaters again such as the Salle Pleyel and the cabaret Folies Bergére, and the recently renovated and opened the cinema theater Louxor 18éme. The Grand Rex 9éme, still there. So much to see and admire in Paris , the city museum or as one said, a movable feast !

Enjoy fully without moderation.

 

 

March 22, 2015

Exotic vibrant Indonesia!

Well one more trip to Asia and the third one to Indonesia. Its becoming routine and love it. The only thing the flight is very long and tiring on economy class….. I visited Ngoro, Surabaya and then flew to Jakarta. My last trip here see post back in October 18 2013.

The official tourist office is at http://www.indonesia.travel/  and you have good official tourist sites for Surabaya here , http://www.sparklingsurabaya.info/  and Jakarta here http://www.jakarta-tourism.go.id/

I went on my usual long journey from Nantes Atlantique airport to Paris CDG T2F on Air France, and then took the CDGVal train to terminal 1 to catch the fly with Singapore Airlines; reaching Chiangi airport in Singapore  after about 13 hrs , their tourist office is here http://www.yoursingapore.com/en.html  ; from there continue on SQ to Surabaya in Indonesia. The return was the same but coming out from Jakarta to Singapore on SQ and continue to Paris CDG T1 where the unusual was not to take the cdgval train but two buses one from T1 to T2 and another from T2 to T2CD;weird. Here to catch the AF flight to Nantes Atlantique airport.

The airports, I took, CDG is here http://www.aeroportsdeparis.fr/en/passengers/access/paris-charles-de-gaulle/inter-terminal-shuttles

Nantes Atlantique is here http://www.nantes.aeroport.fr/acces/plan ; the connection at Singapore is at Chiangi airport here http://www.changiairport.com/

I arrive first at Surabaya Juanda airport, official at http://juanda-airport.com/?lang=en and a better site in English here http://www.surabayaairport.com/   ;and I left by Jakarta Soekarno Hatta airport here http://www.jakartaairportonline.com/

I had driver to pick me up which improves tremendously the logistics, and take me to my hotel and office and eatings etc; the traffic on both areas is bad, and in Jakarta the worse ranking amongst the most congested cities in the world. Upon arriving in Surabaya Juanda airport I was taken to the office and then in the evening to my usual hotel the Somerset, http://www2.somerset.com/en/indonesia/surabaya/somerset_surabaya_hotel_and_serviced_residence.html

Driving by car took me to see a gas station (glamorous::)) petrafirma and the old stores like K Circle and A&W, and eat at Ngoro at the Me Joyo restaurant of local cuisine (one of the advantages of keeping with the locals you know the country well). Very hard to find webpages on it and will just take my word for it, it is good and see the pictures.I took some of the roads passing by.

This was a short visit here and I move on to bigger Jakarta, where driver was waiting again, thanks God!!! I love to drive but this is too much, can really undertand how they can sustain driving like this every day.  What it says is a 45 minute car drive from hotel to airport is really 1h30 unless you go at midnight ::)

Here, again I stayed at my now usual Grand Kemang hotel right in the entertainment ceter of Jakarta. http://www.mesahotelsandresorts.com/grandkemang/facilities/  You really don’t need a car staying here as all shopping, restos, bars to boot are walking distances.  I have some pictures of the airport, and hotel with its great Sperta restaurant.

Had great lunches at the Lembur Kuring restaurant here is a restaurant site in Indonesia with some info on it, https://www.zomato.com/jakarta/lembur-kuring-serpong/maps very good restaurant of local regional cuisine.

Another day  I was taken for lunch at Sambara another west Sumatran regional cuisine resto that was exotic and authentic, here you pick the food and then they cook it for you, superb ;https://www.zomato.com/jakarta/sambara-resto-fatmawati

Lastly, for lunch again was taken to another authentic restaurant Sederhana, a typical padang region cuisine, here they stack the dishes according to how many people to eat and you choose which ones to eat if you try them all they will charge you for all;so be picky but all good stuff ::) They have several branches in the city too. A site that tells more about them is here http://www.yukmakan.com/restaurant/Jakarta-Selatan/Kebayoran-Baru/20441/Sederhana-Masakan-Padang

In all the trip back was easy with a driver, and the connection at Chiangi Singapore just barely but since on the same airline, they took me by people mover cars to the gate and I was waited for by Singapore Airlines. At Paris CDG had to take twice buses to reach my terminal T2F for the first time ever, but you always learn something new traveling lol!

Now very tired resting on a Sunday nice weather at home, and ready for work tomorrow …..and preparing my next flight April 13 stay tune. Have a wonderful Sunday and great workweek ahead. Happy travels !!!!

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March 14, 2015

My travel this year so far, or for lack of a better name !

Wonderful Saturday light clarity ,the Sun is trying to come out at 11H (11am), and no wind no rain, temp at 8C.  Chilled out at home lazyness in preparation.

Next week, my family will have a task to do , will cover the wall in wood paneling and installed two velux Windows on our roof ,like a sunroof feeling. The task will take the whole week lol!! Of course, I won’t be around as me got to go out for work duties. At least all the necessary goods are at home already.

Me, well I  have my budget approved at work and now planning to visit our foreign offices which cannot tell much but , flying and travel are an integral part of my job. Nice.

Tomorrow by 3h (3am) I will be up to race by car to Nantes Atlantique airport and a long journey that will take me first to Paris CDG, then Chiangi Singapore and finally Surabaya, Indonesia, to do again in mid week another domestic flight to Jakarta, from which I will be returning home next Saturday.

Already book, are trips next month to Guadalajara, Mexico. Going here from Nantes to Madrid, to Mexico DF to Guadalajara!!!

Follow that up in May with a trip from Nantes to Lisbon, Portugal and then  during the week by car (yes!!) to the north near Porto. Come back to Lisbon by car, and then flight to A Coruna in Galicia, Spain then from there back to Nantes by Madrid!.

And again, in June have my get together with some friends (invited folks here on the blog that follow me you are welcome to come) Where I will take them around Paris, underneath the Tour Eiffel, Chapelle Expiatoire (where the remains of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette were dumps by the revolutionaries), sightseeing on some historical monument salons in luxury hôtels of Paris I once worked. Then visit the castle in Fontainebleau and some room I hold meeting that are not open to the public, then back to Versailles for a tour of the castle properties and some neat sights usually bypass by the tourists in the city I once lived for 10 years!  These will be done June 24 Fontainebleau, June 25 Paris, and June 26 Versailles.

The family is trying to figure out where we are going for our long French summer vacation. So many places, and choices, every year is a torture to choose. We are thinking and prebook and cottage in the country near Trier Germany as we were there once in winter and it was freezing cold and light snow, summer should be better. And going back to our favorite little country Luxembourg ; where we used to go just for lunch at place d’Armes on a weekend!!! Now will do more as have more time. This is for August.

And of course, then there will be others as the planning is throughout the year and Vietnam and South Africa could be a possibility. Stay tune as many of these adventures will be documented here in my blog Paris1972-Versailles2003. IN case ,you have not read well, Paris1972 because it was the first time I saw Paris in tribute to the movie Last Tango in Paris by Marlon Brandon and Maria Schneider!! and Versailles2003 because it was the year we moved in to the magnificent, wonderful, gorgeous Royal town of France! and lasted for 10 years of joy. Missed it even today, even as wonderful and gorgeous Brittany/Breizh/Bretagne can be and is.

Have a Great weekend everyone wherever you are or going ::) Cheers.

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