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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 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 9, 2015

Brest for the seaman in you and a lot more for us

We have been here and kept good memories, even visited in Christmas time, see those threads here just type Brest for search. We came back to Brest in the Finistére breton today, just back from it. It was my oldest birthday, 23 years old wow, time does fly by and we are getting better ::) hehehe not old just like a good wine, better lol!

We rode the 166 kms from our home and made in about 2 hrs, by car on the N165 all the way and went into the city to park underground at the Place de la Liberté, right in the thick of things.  Tourist office here ,http://www.brest-metropole-tourisme.fr/

We had a wonderful experience in a restaurant here and my son felt like he wanted to celebrate his birthday there. But first , we got there earlier to walk and shop ::)

There is a nice shopping center up rue de Siam  and onwards to rue Jean Jaurés along the tramway tracks with bilevels of loaded nice stores and the Anchor across the street link by an overpass hall is the Au Printemps dept store of Paris fame. However, we came here for the FNAC stores for the boys ….and to our pleasant surprise the new Burger King has open just next to it !!! and just a bit before another shopping center to boot loaded shopping in one stop.

The centre commercial Espace Jaurés, http://www.fnac.com/Brest/Fnac-Brest/cl112/w-4

And the new Burger King Brest not even yet in their webpage open Mondays to Saturdays from 9h30/10h00 to 19h30. next to the above shopping center at Espace Jaurès – Niveau 2 (level 2), 65 Rue Jean Jaurès, but you can come in off the street as well.

and the centre commercial Coat Ar Gueven, http://www.coatargueven.com/

We did shop at our favorite Armand Thiery store for men, and grab some more gifts, http://www.armandthiery.fr/fr/magasins.cfm  ,and then madame got a nice Hexagona bag at the Pavillon de la Maroquinerie at 44 rue de Siam ;this is a Brest shoppers site and some info on the store, very nice brands and good prices here, ours was 50% off ::) http://www.vitrines-brest-centre.fr/fr/vos-commerces/maroquineries/256-pavillon-de-la-maroquinerie

The boys went on to Dock Games on rue de Siam  ,http://www.dockgames.com/index.php?cp=29&rubrique=enseigne  and the Lacoste store as well ; http://stores.lacoste.com/?lang=fr&_ga=1.41034145.2029157977.1423227951#879  all on the same street and close by, a shopper’s paradise.

And oh well, we needed to eat, oh yes, that is what we came here to do , my oldest 23 birthday and he been such a humble guy pick the old Au Bureau pub restaurant at 10 rue de Siam, and as so often happened when visiting and not coming back soon even if we live close ….. the restaurant had change ownership, now call the Rest Au Pub; however, pretty much same menu ambiance, and friendly service. WE got the 9 scoops of ice cream dish back upon request!!! and of course he had his Triple burger with a nice bottle of Saumur Champigny, red  2013 Les Longes (in memory of the great school of cavarly Cadre Noir of Saumur).

This is a franchise chain, we have followed in Nantes and Lannion, and Brest. The Brest property went out of the franchise and are now independant. The food, service, decor, and location stay the same, a wonderful place, recommended. No webpage for the new name yet , just 10 rue de Siam, 29000, Brest tel +33 (0) 2 98 43 55 53. just up the harbor and the tour Tanguy and up the castle left and by the bridge of Recouvrance take right into rue de Siam cant missed it.

We keep the personal photos but you get an idea. Enjoy the week, and I enjoy my day off for the celebration. Cheers

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March 8, 2015

Dinan, valley of the Rance and crossroad of Brittany

And in our rambling rides in our beautiful region we visited again Dinan, this time a bit more. We went by car of course, its only less than 2 hrs from my house! The tourist office is here http://www.dinan-tourisme.com/  you can change language above left button.

Dinan is indeed at the road crossing of Saint Malo, Rennes, Lorient,Quimper, Vannes you name it. It has train service to Paris and bus terminal right by the train station on the network TIBUS. We went by car and to beat Michelin ,which already gotten over 20 letters from me on fixing trajects, not all change for their commercial reasons ::)

We set out as knowing Michelin told us 2h03 time and 131 kms. We took different by tracing on a local IGN map, and took off on the road D768 direction Pontivy. We went all the way past Pontivy to hook up at Loudéac with the N164 direction Rennes. Continue until we hit Saint Meen le Grand and got on shortly on the D125 already direction Dinan/St Malo. This road same direction change to the D166 passing Caulnes and then we smoothly fell on the road D766 passing the nice Saint Jouan de l’Isles town with nice story on St John the Baptist. At a traffic circle just still direction only Dinan now we hook up with the D795 straight into Rue de Marchix in Dinan and the underground parking at my favorite hotel de ville ,near the castle. In all , we had 141 kms and did it in 1h36 so a bit longer but quicker and still free. Beat Michelin again lol!

We got out of the parking and immediately you see the Hôtel de Ville to your right and instead of following the ramparts from there we took off for the tourist office which is right next to the entrance to the Castle (closed) but came down on the ramparts and saw there was the Fête Foraine du Liége with lots of rides for old and Young and food, and music all the way to the night.  This last until March 22nd.

We walk into the gorgeous city old center with wooden houses from as far back as the 14C, and came up to see the tour d’Horloge, the théatre des Jacobins, Church of Saint Sauveur,Church of  Saint Malo; jardin Anglais (which was an old English colony cementary until extinct) more walk on the ramparts along the porte Saint Catherine with a nice view of the viaduc on to Rennes over the river Rance, and the port of Dinan.

We did our shopping at Les Terney thés for my harley Davidson mug and 1960’s Paris placemats for drinks,  web at http://www.lesternythes.fr/  and my sons got their leather belts at TM Cuir. http://www.breizh-ce.fr/cuir-dinan-p-1150.html?osCsid=017bb5802b0b1a00f7ae869348c2e854 and got our goodies of baguettes and dejeunettes sandwich breads at Boulangerie Royer (no web at grand rue ); and finally we did eat at the wonderful service and foof of Pizzeria Cecco at rue de la poissonnerie. http://www.pizzeriacecco.com/ ;nice quatre saisons or four seasons pizza, banana splits and a bottle of red Italina Negroamaro from Salento ,Lecce ;diabolo menthe, other desserts and pasta/pizzas total came out to 21€ per person,ok and nice ambiance with currency money frames and bucket lounge style tables and chairs in the old section of town.

Inside the tourist office you can see the history of Dinan in the museum of centre d’interpretation et du Patrimoine with nice interactive booths. The historical Chapelle Sainte Catherine, the jardin Val Cocherel by the promenade des pétit-fossés along the ramparts. The old maison du gouverneur or governor’s house, the whole day was spent very nice in anticipation of Monday is my oldest birthday and we will be out to Brest, stay tune….::)

Enjoy your Sunday and do visit Dinan. Cheers

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March 2, 2015

Some news from Bretagne XVII

Its been a while but here I am again on news from Brittany, Bretagne, or Breizh.

The wonderful Entertainment center of L’EchoNova, Sainte Avé  which I pass every day by it ::) has always a wonderfu lineup of events of the musical genre. Hayseed Dixie, Baden Baden, The Ringo Jets, Topaz are some of the nice ones we know. http://www.lechonova.com/

The Carnaval de Lorient is coming 14 mars 2015 just here, from the Place Alsace Lorraine at 15h ,http://www.lorient.fr/tout-lagenda/detail-dun-evenement/event/carnaval-2015/

At the town of Quéven,Les Arcs , a wonderful line up with Vincent Delerm 6 march, and Asa MArch 21 amongst many others news info here http://www.queven.com/?mode=culture-les_arcs

April 3 (salle Michel Gloaguen) and 4 (salle Arena) the Harlem Globetrotters basketball show will come to Brittany at Brest. http://www.orcade-spectacles.net/Actualites_et_Pogrammation.html

Same arena in Brest will have by June 18 2015, the Earth, Wind,and Fire musical group on the disco funk festival of leyends Brest Arena, http://www.brestarena.com/fr/billetterie/disco-funk-legend-festival

In the espace Jean Vilar, Lanester, we have again Mars m’Enchante until March 28 2015; with many songs and singers including Nid de Coucou, Clément Bertrand and Wally. http://www.lanester.com/Espace-Jean-Vilar.10192.0.html#c30195

So enjoy the cultural richness of Brittany, and it goes beyond celtique breton dances ::)

 

 

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February 28, 2015

My travels in the Morbihan VIIII

Today was a working day …. cool ,grey, and rainy with temps in the 10-12C or around 50F. We had to take a day off of our get aways as we are ,also ,doing work on our house. Once you buy one, the work never ends …::)

So, in our daily routine here in the little Brittany /// or Breizh or Bretagne we got all in the car and headed out. First we went to our capital city of Vannes or Gwened in breton language.

Here we got some decoration and velux Windows for the house at the friendly local Castorama store. We are cardholders so we get good rates on rental of trucks to move the stuff ourselves and its easy. In 1h30 we had returned the truck ,and with the gas credit we got we only pay 4,55€ !!! http://magasins.castorama.fr/4211-castorama-vannes

The staff always very friendly and very fair in all the years we have used them in France, the Vannes store is tops.

We went over to our other main town Lorient, (actually has more inhabitants than Vannes but is the second city as govt is concern); here we went to the Place Alsace Lorraine for blue disk parking for free. We arrive by 14H so we headed to the restaurant for lunch following French protocol , after or near 15H restos chef goes home ::)

We try one that is always full and plenty of locals who seems to know each other well, right across the square of Alsace Lorraine, Brasserie Le Vauban, no webpage, contact tel +33 (0) 2 97 21 17 72. Easy to find as it is in the main square of the Church of Saint Louis, Galeries Lafayette store and many other shops as well as the bus depot with many lines stopping here.  We had our dish of the day blanquette de Veau, and others with Grimbergen beers and coffee expresso all for about 13€ per person.

Here we went around to the local Damart store, my spouse favorite and an old French traditional store going back to the grandmother… 7 rue Vauban, just from the above resto turn left and go straight to the store, webpage ,http://www.damart.fr/magasins/lorient

And of course, more shopping there. We continue our daily life in wonderful Morbihan and went our previous town in our trails, Auray. Here we had to ordered eyeglasses at our favorite of many years Optic 2000 in France and it has continue here in Breton lands. This is at Rue Barre, right in old town close to the Hotel de Ville, and you can leave your car at the great Keriolet parking area just off the side of the street. http://opticiens.optic2000.com/opticien-auray-56400-1497

Once in town , we took advantage to load up on our breads and sweets and of course the baguette at another favorite in many parts La Mie Câline. 12 Place de la République just to the right of the Hotel de Ville looking at the front of it.  http://auray.lamiecaline.com/fr/

And it was time to come home to Watch the very important match of France vs Wales in the VI Nations rugby tournament. Allez les Bleus!!! and we are tied 3×3 early as I finish this post lol!!! http://www.rbs6nations.com/en/home_live.php

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February 21, 2015

And here is Port Louis again on the radar scope ::)

Well this one is not far from where we live and the family visited back in October 2011 post is here. Then, with all the news about the high tides coming around in the area along the western coast of France, and the urge to go out, we pick this nearby town again this morning. This is Port Louis, and it is only 25 kms from my house. the tourist info first the city in French, http://www.ville-portlouis.fr/Tourisme_et_patrimoine/Accueil_et_information/default.aspx?Art=2020

Then you have the area tourist office  by Lorient some in English, http://www.lorientbretagnesudtourisme.fr/decouvrez-le-territoire/commune.cfm?region=port-louis

and here is the region of Brittany tourist office in English, http://www.brittanytourism.com/discover-brittany/heritage/port-louis

Of course, we come by car, but do not take the autoroutes or N when possible to see more and pay less tolls. We use the D33 direction Nostang, Riantec, and Port Louis entering by the D781 and coming out from it .

Really ,the main urge to come here is the citadelle and its museum of the Indies. It is an impressive fortress and must visit if in the area. However, we have seen it so we move on. The museum  of the Marine  is a wonderful recollection of the seafaring French/Breton and its seafaring skills. The site is here http://www.musee-marine.fr/musee-national-de-la-marine-port-louis

the other museum Inside that covers more of the compagnie des  indies épisodes to far régions such as Africa, Asia, and the Americas, http://musee.lorient.fr/musee/?L=0

The  Citadelle de Port-Louis was built in the 16C by the Spanish and modified in the 17C by the French.

There is a nice Church  Notre Dame de l’Assomption, done between 1660-1670, and renovated in 1835, located at the Place Notre-Dame. The Church was burned by the wild crowds in 1910 and rebuilt later.  From the old church we see the facade from the renaissance pseudo classic , it has a square belltower pierce by bays decorated with pilastres. The bell dates from  1853.

The port locmalo is very picturesque and part of the old trade on sardines fishing here. You see the fishing harbor and the Chapelle Saint Pierre done in 1553 , rebuilt in 1859 ,and very much appreciated by the fisherman.  Move on to see the Grand Poudriére (built 1750-1752) or big powder house, to keep that old ammunition all along the ramparts leading to the citadelle. See the harbor or Port de la Pointe, a tuna fishing harbor since 1902.

You past still along the harbor and ramparts leading to the citadelle on the fountain of Récollets (17C) , and next to it the laundry or lavoirs of Récollets (17C). All the ramparts along here were built between 1649 and 1653,  this bastion takes the name of Papegaut Under king Louis XIV while the confraternity of the Chevaliers de l’Arquebuse (founded by Henri II in 1575) leave the old papegaut or  «Vieil Papegay» of Driasker to do their firing range practice here.

You have a nice Grande Plage or big beach here good in summer with plenty of changing rooms and restauration on the beach next to the citadelle. along the garden of the Mail you will see a somber reminder of the atrocities of WWII with a monument to the 69 résistants killed by the Nazis here. The harbor with its pleasure boats and the ria boat service to Lorient from the embarkadére is very nice. The transport site for buses and boat is here the CTRL ,http://www.ctrl.fr/se-deplacer/horaires/mobilite/

The harbor info on the capitainerie is here http://www.ports-paysdelorient.fr/ports/le-port-de-port-louis

We decided to leave and move on to do some shopping in Lanester, where there is a big shopping center CC Deux Rivières and plenty of stores all around it, huge. http://www.c-les-deux-rivieres.com/

Here we shop in a huge Hyper Géant Casino supermarket for some sundries and had our lunch in the nice quaint unique restaurant outside next to the parking.  The supermarket is the main Anchor of the shopping center and also has its own webpage here http://www.geantcasino.fr/pages/magasins/magasin-geant-casino-lanester-CG305.aspx

This is right off the N165 free road here and a nice stop for everything. The resto is à la bonne heure ,and its part of the Casino chain.  All in bare pine wood outside and nicely done Inside with shade colors , great host, friendly folks who said good afternoon, and great concept. You have many menus for kids at 3,95€ and going all the way to 14,99€; we took the 8,99€ menu that was an entrée and desserts all you can eat !!! plus a bottle of red Bordeaux wine and coffee, the boys had a more hearty meal with steaks, all for 13,40€ per person. And the good thing is they have outlets in many other cities in France, http://www.restaurant-alabonneheure.fr/ou-nous-trouver/

Afterward we headed home and rest as next week I will be busy with visitors , and travel préparations at work. Enjoy your weekend you all ,cheers.

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February 1, 2015

Quimperlé after the floods still looks wonderful!!!

I was here before the floods, even thus is only 50 minutes from me by car, decided to go back and check out the city of Quimperlé,in the Finistére 29 département of France.Region of Brittany. The tourist office for it in English is http://www.quimperle-terreoceane.com/en This is a town of floods at least since the 1600’s and until recently as early Feb 2014. One year later is as if nothing had happenned . The city center was flooded with 1,50 meters of water from the rivers Ellé,Isole, and Laita. You can come here by train( direct to Paris Montparnasse in TGV) , bus(Cocopaq) or car (N165), we do by car and even with it there are alternatives ways to do it. Today,we choose the back roads of the D102, D22,D724,D765 to get there in about one hour. We walk the city center after free parking by Place Charles de Gaulle,right next to the river Laita. All along to the city we past by wonderful towns such as Malachappe, a commune part of Pluvigner on the D102, then Languidic, Plouay, Arzano, and Quimperlé. Some of the most impressive buildings are the churches here, some I will put the photos too. We do walk Quimperlé around the river and into the old town, around our favorite Church Sainte Croix and over the small bridge pont fleuri where our favorite restaurant creperie du pont fleuri is located ,ready for us for lunch as it is open Sundays from 12-14H, http://www.quimperle-terreoceane.com/fr/restaurants/restaurant–creperie-du-pont-fleuri We went nearby the Church and parking to the covered market halles right next to the Church Sainte Croix , where we had some intense coffee special blend, and we got our baguettes and pastries for this evening at the bakery open on Sundays until 19h30! Au Palet d’Or, 3 Rue Brémond d’Ars. After tries and démolitions from the first one in 1886, the Halles or covered market is redone in 2002 at Place Hevo near the above places. There still the impressive facade of the old convent now a cineam Le Bobine.  Had the picture but not the writing on it, the library of les mots des voyageurs on place Hevo is great for travel books all over and good service and selection, just behind the halles or covered market, site here http://www.editionsluigicastelli.com/editionsluigicastelli/index.php?sp=page&c=9328

One of the advantages of living in history and monument rich Brittany, and just for info passed by two chapel churches and a private castle that will have to wait for next time in my region lol! So much to see and little time…. Until next time in Brittany, Morbihan and Finistére 1 2 punch. cheers Languidic Languidic  Quimperlé  Quimperlé  Quimperlé  Quimperlé  Quimperlé  Quimperlé  Quimperlé  Quimperlé  Quimperlé  Quimperlé  Quimperlé  Quimperlé  Quimperlé  Quimperlé  Quimperlé  Quimperlé  Quimperlé  Quimperlé  Quimperlé  Quimperlé

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January 11, 2015

My Travels in the Morbihan VIII

I had the opportunity once again to travel in my Morbihan on several fronts to realise how Lucky I am to be able to live here. The Morbihan once again is Breton language for small sea or in French petite mer; Mor=sea bihan=small. tourism site http://www.morbihan-tourism.co.uk/

My day started by going to Carnac and to our surprise winter had come and most was close. We then past by Plouharnel and past by the gorgeous abbey of Kergonan, before continuing to our favorite Quiberon.

Some of the things we saw in Carnac was the casino Barriére , http://www.lucienbarriere.com/fr/Casino/Carnac/accueil.html  ,and we past by a hotel Best Western Celtique that looks great to spent some time just about 150 meters from the Grande Plage de Carnac. http://en.hotel-celtique.com/  The tourist office of Carnac , http://www.ot-carnac.fr/

The abbey of Sainte Anne de Kergonan at Plouharnel ;it all started in 1897  when  10 monks who came from Solesmes, under the guidance of dom Paulin Joumier (1854-1917), are welcomed at Kergonan . In 1901 the religious buildings are not allowed and the monks leave for Belgium, the property is turn into a school; in 1914 the community becomes autonomous; and the monks come back from exile in 1920.  In 1942, the monastery, close to the « Atlantic Wall » of WWII, and  is commandeered by the Nazis. The monks seek refuge in the Chartreuse of Auray. By 1943, the community settles at the castle of  Nétumières, near Vitré.By  1946, the monks come back from exile. In 1968 the construction of the abbey Church is began. You need to come here by car along the D768/781 to Quiberon and in summer you can take the train tire bouchon from Auray with a stop at Plouharnel.Direction Quiberon. http://www.kergonan.org/EN/welcome.aspx

adjacent there is the abbey benedictine of Saint Michel , at the end of WWI it was house by US troops; a link with the above at same site; http://saintmicheldekergonan.org/  ,and this is the tourist office of Plouharnel, http://www.plouharnel.com/

We arrive at Quiberon and quickly for food lol! the biscutierie de Quiberon is one nice small delightful store. Tourist office of Quiberon, http://en.quiberon.com/

Here you find the link for the biscuiterie de Quiberon, http://en.quiberon.com/practical/shops-and-services/323741-biscuiterie-de-quiberon , and so wonderful we had our hot coffee and lotto ticket at the Café Hoche, taken over from brasserie de 3 masts, here, http://www.quibactiv.fr/commerces/le-cafe-hoche/

Some of the nice places to support and enjoy your visit here which we always enjoy inmensibly is the Hotel Albatros, http://www.hotel-albatros-quiberon.com/ and the Hotel des Druides, http://www.hotel-des-druides.com/ ; great for those thinking of staying here.

And we finally got our apéro drinks and sausages here at the new and friendly L’Esplanade Café , where the owner had previously try a stint as chef in Marco Island , Florida USA.  Great beers Goudale and sausages and screen TV to have a great time. http://www.quibactiv.fr/commerces/lesplanade-cafe/

We past by the La Trinitaine local cannery store of fish seafood and biscuits local products , our overall favorite in the region. http://www.latrinitaine.com/magasins/quiberon/  ,and we went on to this time past by one of our favorite the restaurant L’Huitriére, seafood and of course oysters par excellence, locally good, http://www.restaurantlhuitriere.fr/  ,and the quaint typical island style fun for food and drink and location near the Grande Plage is the La Cabana, another of our favorite hangouts here, http://www.quibactiv.fr/commerces/la-cabana/

The wonderful chic gourmand Villa Margot with view on the grande plage and entrance on rue port maria. http://www.villamargot.fr/ ; the wonderful Gare Maritime for the cruises on the gulf island UNESCO world heritage site. http://en.quiberon.com/discover/islands-and-golfe-du-Morbihan

A new beach discovered of the several here, we past by it but we went in on a curious ride on the plage de les Sables Blancs on the road to Quiberon in the peninsula at the town of Plouharnel, great for the camping cars lovers, http://www.plouharnel.fr/camping/les-sables-blancs-Plouharnel.html

And ,finally coming home we had dinner in our town of pluvigner at Le Scampi, the award winning pizza  maker of father and son 2014 first and second in the West of France competition. And Petit Futé travel magazine best, http://lescampi.ipizzaphone.fr/

Of course the pictures will speak for itself and hope you read the link and know more about this wonderful area just 35-40 minutes by car to Quiberon ,closer to the others, South of me. Cheers

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January 8, 2015

Some news from France XCVII

On a grey windy cool day of winter I write to you about new things opening up culturally at Paris and elsewhere when possible.

La Philharmonie de Paris.   8 days before its opening in the new building at La Villette  221 avenue Jean-Jaurés  (19éme) done by architect Jean Nouvel ,all in aluminum as its already call the centre Pompidou of music and still not done ok, opens January 15,but a first here, http://www.sgbfrance.fr/nos_references?view=1998

 Musée Gustave Moreau.  After a year of work this nice museum open with the 6 rooms in street level that are now back to the original look. You will see part of the collection of moldings that was not shown since  2002, as well as a cabinet of graphic arts. This is at 14 rue de la Rochefoucauld (9éme) opens January 22nd. http://www.musee-moreau.fr/

Musée Auguste Comte. This is the last house of the philosopher one of the original thinkers of Sociology; you visit only the wednesday afternoons or by appointment. Open January 23rd;  it is at 10 rue Monsieur-le-Prince (6éme). http://www.augustecomte.org/

 Musée Bourdelle.  The actor of Héraklès archer will showcase its creations, sculpture or painted in the middle of furniture taken from flea markets. It is open with the renovation of the shop of this man who was the trainer of Rodin , and later of  Matisse, Maillol ,and Giacometti. It is at 16-18 rue Antoine-Bourdelle, (15éme), open this month. http://www.paris.fr/pratique/paris-pratique/p9627

La coupole du Panthéon. or the dome of the Panthéon is already 37 meters high on scaffolds and will soon be taken off, stay tune. http://pantheon.monuments-nationaux.fr/en/

Château de Versailles.  the work done by architect Dominique Perrault will soon be open at the castle. This is the entrance that will be completely redone by spring next.  Then, you will enter by the  pavillon Dufour ,and the pavillon Gabriel, on each side of the  Cour royale.  You will go thru a gallery decorated by the architect,and on the first floor (2nd US) there will be a salon de thé . Probably done after March 2015. http://www.chateauversailles.fr/les-actualites-du-domaine/evenements/evenements/autres-evenements/amenagement-du-pavillon-dufour/dufour/projet-architectural-de-dominique-perrault-1

Médiathèque.  Before summer, the old hospital of  Saint-Lazare will be transform into the  Médiathèque Françoise-Sagan  to house the important collection of youth literature of the funds of  L’Heure Joyeuse, previously closed in 2004. It is at 8 rue Léon-Schwartzenberg (10éme) and open from next May 2015. https://mediathequeducarresaintlazare.wordpress.com/

Cinéma. the old cinema Gaumont des Gobelins will be replace by end of first trimester of 2015 by the Les Fauvettes, a hall where the programs will be on great restore films. It is at 58 avenue des Gobelins (13éme) and should be done by next summer 2015. http://www.cinemasgaumontpathe.com/cinemas/cinema-gaumont-gobelins/

 Musée de l’homme.  this is a wonderful museum long time closed with collections of pre historic objects and anthropology, and the new collection will show the new man of the future, and a collection of 120 mommies!!. It is at 17, place du Trocadéro (16éme). Opening Schedule for October 17 2015. http://www.mnhn.fr/fr

 Petite ceinture.  the train station gare de Saint-Ouen  will be renovated to become the Hasard Ludique, a cultural center. Here they will have Concerts, spectacles ,and practical shops of artistics orientation and a bistrot. It is located at 128 avenue de Saint-Ouen (18éme), opening in next Fall 2015.  http://lehasardludique.paris/

Hip-hop et compagnie(s).  The second floor (3rd US) of the future Canopée des Halles will welcome a new antenna of the house of practical artistics arts or in French MPAA.  They will have 6 salons to practice music, dance, and theater. The La Place, a cultural center dedicated to  hip-hop with lessons, concerts, spectacles, discussions , expos…etc will see the day in 2015. It will be at the Forum des Halles (1éme). http://www.parisleshalles.fr/le-projet/la-canopee-0027?prehome=0

Musée Henner.  It is in a mansion of the 19C this shop apartment is a typical home of the artist. Renovation of the salon with columns and its winter garden with a new glass verriére and a Café.  Great paintings here too. It is located at 43 avenue de Villiers (17éme) and expected open by November 2015.  http://www.musee-henner.fr/

And on the music scene, the Les Bains will open.  It was a famous club of the  1980’s.  The owner of the building , Jean-Pierre Marois, has an ambitious plan of turning it into a 5 stars hotel with 39 rooms with a restaurant by Young chef Michael Riess. It will have an artsy look and  style chic à la française, all design by Denis Montel.  In the basement, the club will hold mini  rock’n’roll. This is at 7 rue du Bourg-L’Abbé (3éme). opening by March 2015. http://www.lesbains-paris.com/

and something chic and romantic a new hotel  ,the Hotel La Parizienne33, bd du Montparnasse (6éme),opening by end January 2015.  http://www.hotel-laparizienne.com/fr/

encore, to finish with a taste of the times, the galette des rois or king’s cake is a tradition this month around epiphany here. My favorite when there or passing by in Paris is Fauchon. .24/26 Place de la Madeleine, where i walked by every day to work!!! Tel +33 01 70 39 38 00. They have one good for 4 persons for  30€. Get it while they last !!! coconut and pineapple a gourmand delight,  http://www.fauchon.com/fr/galette-ananas.html

Thanks for Le Figaro for these wonderful news from my Paris. And now heading into the weekend ! Happy Friday or TGIF ::)

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