Posts tagged ‘Bretagne’

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 ::)

January 3, 2015

My new home of Pluvigner in the Morbihan Breton V

Well why not start my 2015 blogging year with my home grounds!!! Pluvigner is a nice laidback country town where everybody know each other and they we are beginning to know each other, first year passed ::)

If you want to know what i mean by country then check our mayor’s office site here

http://www.pluvigner.fr/

and the tourist site for the area in which we have an annex office at the side of the mayor’s office wow!! is here http://auray-tourism.com/home/our-towns-and-villages/pluvigner.aspx

Today was nice went up as high as 15C or about 59F temp and with a thin light rain grey skies and typical winter day. We decided to go out and eat out.

We pick our wonderful in town castle of Rimaison who we had walk and peek on it but never Inside, this time not only Inside but we ate there lunch at the Créperie de Rimaison; the place is a castle in ruins that was transfer all here in about 1960, and now its own by a family from Vannes for the last 10 years and the créperie restaurant is open for 3 years. Very friendly ,nice, good food and good country pleasant folks, plus you eat in a castle !!!

You can walk thru the front but we came by car ho ho ho! and went on the back side on rue de Landaul, parking Inside the castle. You then walk to the creperie, as the castle part of it is where the owner lives, and the other is the event rental areas, and the chapel where you can book dinner events.

The creperie part is on the left side as you walk in from the parking, with a glass veranda. All is done with taste decoration of stuffed grass animals and old antique items deco on the veranda glass with ornaments, and great host we talk and talk and got some local tips as well for work around the house lol!!!

The service is done on demand from a nice menu, of the typical Breton galettes and crêpes and some original ones like the Edimbourg. The tables are of wood on thick wood legs and all in a light cream color on the walls Inside but we ate in the veranda on a light rainy day but not cold so we enjoy the castle patio.

We had the following
Ripaille du Terroir galette, andouille is a local breton sausage, ham, smoked bacon, cheese raclette, white onions, and pickles.
Potager du Roy, cooked tomatoes, leeks, onions, and mushrooms
Mousquetaires (2), enementhal cheese, goat cheese with honey, camembert and roquefort cheeses
Bretonne, andouille de Guémere, a local breton sausage but top quality from the town of Guémere , cooked apples, sauce moutarde =mustard.

The desserts
L’Agenaise (2), cream of prunes, vanilla ice cream scoop, flambée de cognac
l’Orangerie (2), confit of orange, hot chocolate, cooked orange peels, flambée de grand marnier
Duc d’Edimbourg, confit of orange, flambée fo whisky.

Two bottles of cider one brut with the meal and one doux or sweet with the desserts, and expresso coffee for all. Came out to 118,30 or 23.66€ per person (about 28.40 USDollars today).

A wonderful experience, that we follow up with a nearby visit to the bakery across the street for some baguettes to take back  ,Boulangerie Delumeau. We then, went on to buy some garden Tools at our nearby Gamm Vert comptoir on same road ave de la gare, and got our shovel and knifes,and brick pavement cleaning solvents. We ,then visit a nursery on the other side of the expressway N165 call the Pépinière de Penhouët at the route la butte du Roc in the town of Ploêren. Here we pick up 6 trees to decorate our garden that will get next wednesday breton stones décorations 6,2 tons of it for a complete new look!!!

So, therefore, we are all welcome and enjoy my Bretagne/Breizh and Pluvigner or Pleuwigner in Breton language. Enjoy and best wishes for 2015.

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December 30, 2014

Happy New Year 2015 to all of my followers and readers , thank you.

http://paris1972-versailles2003.com/2014/annual-report/

and of course to add as the old song said, “I wish you a Merry Christmas, I wish you a  Merry Christmas ,AND a Happy New Year”

Some photos of our Christmas market in La Rochelle with a festive mood we are all loaded for waiting the New Year here.

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Carrousel at place de verdun Christmas chalets

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Christmas chalets by cours des dames vieux port

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Grosse Horloge and festive Christmas markets

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live music at Christmas market by cours des dames vieux port

Wishing all a very healthy , prosperous and beautiful travels expériences in 2015. Cheers!!!

December 18, 2014

Some news from France, XCVI

This is time for the parties at year’s end and the preparation. For now, we will be away from Paris for ours, but as Paris is central, here are some of the tops to go to if you are around ::)

The Famous New Years Party at the RedLight 19h to 07h, 50€ per person and 10 drinks included as well as breakfast! you can reserve here soireeresa@gmail.com ,and the place is near my old office in rue de départs, Montparnasse. http://www.leredlight.com/

Concorde boat party , at the boat or bateau Atlantique, 20h to 06h  59€ per person with 3-10 drinks included and Champagne. You reach it at facing  23 quai Anatole France  Metro Assemblée Nationale (12) or Musée d’Orsay (RER C); resa at  boat@soiree31decembre.fr / http://www.bateauconcordeatlantique.com/

American Borderline , from 20h, 49€ with 10 drinks, at Châlet de la Porte Jaune, Avenue de Nogent ;  Métro: Ligne 1 (Station Château de Vincennes then  bus 114/ 210  stop/arrêt Porte Jaune) or  RER (A2 direction Boissy-Saint-Léger, Station Fontenay sous-bois) ;you can park by car free along the site; resa at american@reveillonaparis.com  ; site at http://www.chaletportejaune.com/fr/index.php

Régine’s New Year, 22h to 06h ;50€ per person open bar champagne,  and two drinks: over 25 yrs and well dressed, you are at Regine’s. Chez Regine, 49 rue de Ponthieu Metro Franklin Roosevelt (L1, L9); resa at regines@soiree31decembre.fr , and webpage here  from one i write in French :http://www.cityvox.fr/discotheques_paris/regine-s-club_11774/InfosPratiques

Manoir de Bagatelle, 20h to 06h, 39€ , drinks ,buffet included, Le Manoir des Jardins de Bagatelle,  42, Route de Sèvres, Neuilly;  Métro : Pont de neuilly or les sablons;  Parking free along the Manoir, resa at  soireeresa@gmail.com

Roofstop at L’Electric, 21h to 06h, 55€ and 3 drinks, 1 Place de la Porte de Versailles, Metro Porte de Versailles (Line 12 – T2 or T3a tramways)  Parc des Expositions – Porte de Versailles Hall 7 – Niveau(level) 4; well dressed. resa at rooftop@soiree31decembre.fr , and webpage http://electric-paris.com/#about-1

Bateau Maxim sur Seine at the foot of Eiffel tower, (our favorite boat) 20h to 06H, 55€ per person all included! Port de Suffren, down the river Seine,  Métro : Bir Hakeim, line 6,and great  300 Places parking next to it, we do here for wine and produce tastings too!!  The owner is Pierre Cardin. resa at soireeresa@gmail.com

Aquarium’s New Year, 22h to sunup, 49€ champagne, drinks and breakfast included. This is at 5,avenue Albert De Mun metro Trocadéro line 6 or Iena line 9; resa aquarium@soiree31decembre.fr ; webpage on the aquarium of Trocadéro. http://www.soiree31decembre.fr/soirees/aquariums-new-year-tour-eiffel,24.html

Generation 80-90 at Globo; 22h to 06h, 45€ and 3 drinks, resa at  generation@soiree31decembre.fr: located at Le Globo,  8 Boulevard de Strasbourg,  Metro Strasbourg Saint-Denis (L4, 8, 9),site http://www.leglobo.fr/

Of course , these are not all, just my favorites over the years . The prices above are minimum you can always get a better package when reserving.

One near where I used to lived in Versailles is the La Ferme du Manet at 45, Avenue Du Manet, Montigny Le Bretonneux, 78180, resa at celiloisirs@free.fr ,and you must be younger than 41::) ,and contact for reservation the email. the place is now used for banquet but its historical, webpage http://www.ferme-du-manet.com/index.php?key=4_38_0_0_0_1

And we will have a nice dinner at a grand place near La Rochelle at the 123 Restaurant here, http://hotel-du-chateau-la-rochelle.com/  and this menu http://hotelpreference.com/_upload/H384/files/menu%20st%20sylvestre-01.pdf

la vie est belle en France je dit ::)

Cheers and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2015!!!!!

 

 

December 9, 2014

Some news from France, XCV

As we are in the subject of Christmas, what are the latest best pastries, cakes, sweets we will be serving in our homes here or in restaurants. I know it will be a Bûche de Noêl for sure.

Some of the ones to try are:

Lenôtre, with the Maison Pierre Frey; a bûche with sugar Windows and walls of white chocolate. The chair and sofa are in chocolate and the carpets and curtains in almond paste. 130 euros for 8-10 persons get it from December 13 to 24 ,2014. http://www.lenotre.com/EN/e-shop

À la mère de famille , ice bûche done with caramel and chocolate on a bed of crusty nuts and streusel with a croking black chocolate and the boots and bonnet are in almond paste , 47 euros. http://www.lameredefamille.com/#/home/

Burgundy Paris , the pastry maker  Stéphane Tranchet  created this Wonder with a star of Christmas, bavaroise in pears with dusty flour and added an almond biscuit with eyes of a pine tree; 90€ for  6 persons. This one you need to ordered it.http://www.leburgundy.fr/chefs.php

Café Pouchkine , the chef  Damien Piscioneri,that created the  bûche « Place Blanche ».  This one is covered with a mousse de chocolat  with a fondant heart of caramel, cookie of cacao with a point of salt. 96€ for  8 persons. http://www.cafe-pouchkine.fr/

Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme ,here Fabien Berteau, Chef Pâtissier du Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme, created a dessert in Art Nouveau poetic style. This  bûche is a mix of flavor textures with a cookie of sweet almond, covered with a fine white chocolate garnache and  absinthe, with a cream of vanilla from Tahiti. Bûche de Noël 6 parts, 110 euros.  You need to ordered it at +33 (0) 1 58 71 10 60. http://paris.vendome.hyatt.com/en/hotel/dining.html

Shangri-La Hotel Paris, the  Chef Pâtissier du Shangri-La Hotel Paris, François Perret, has created the  traditional bûche in a sleight of papa Noël . Cissel in the black chocolate, the deers go around a forest of pines decorated with a silver leave. La Bûche Enchantée du Shangri-La Hotel, Paris, 5 persons for  108 euros.  You can try it as well at restaurant La Bauhinia  up to the 25 December .http://www.shangri-la.com/paris/shangrila/dining/

Grand Hôtel du Palais Royal, here the chef Jean-Yves Bournot du Grand Hôtel du Palais Royal has created a  bûche de Noël  inspired by a giant glove, 2,60 m high byr 3 m wide,done with a sugary recipe compose of garnache au chocolat  on a mona lisa cookie. Give for  4-6 persons for 60 euros. http://www.grandhoteldupalaisroyal.com/en/restaurant-bar/dining/

Le Mandarin Oriental à Paris, chef pâtissier Pierre Mathieu  inspired by the white peaks created this  bûche with the association  for each an  Everest. The base is almond streudel, posing on top of it creamy mousse au caramel. Limited supplies from Dec 15 to 25 2014 at the Comptoir des Pâtisseries  and with reservation 48h in advance. Price of 118 euros  for 6 persons. http://www.mandarinoriental.com/paris/fine-dining/

Ladurée, sign off by the  Ladurée house this bûche is done witha sirop of rum and vanilla, enclosed in a heart of creamy green lemon and  puff pastry, as well as battered cream of vanilla. price  97 euros for  6 -8 persons. Available from December 16 2014. https://www.laduree.com/en_fr/#!collections/collections19

Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris, the collection for  2014 at the Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris proposes a new salty  bûche de Noël, « RUBY ».  Created by  Laurent André, Chef Exécutif  of the hotel. It has  foie gras in a pan with vinager and raspberries. 110 euros for  6 persons. Available to take home with 72h advance notice at the restaurant  La Cuisine. http://www.leroyalmonceau.com/restaurants-bar/la-cuisine/

The Westin Paris, my sentimental favorite and chef Ken Thomas, created a graphic bûche with the flavors of exotic fruits such as ice fruit from passion fruit and orange enrolled in a milky chocolate. All put in black chocolate crumbled base with zests of orange and salt flower, covered with a golden leave.  6 -8 persons for  65 euros. Direct sale to take home by order at 01 44 77 10 20 until December 20. We did and here they deliver ::) http://www.thewestinparis.com/#

Trianon Palace, right up my old alley near the Château de Versailles,and the cake inspired on the gardens of the castle with a triangular pine and arabesques in black chocolate. On top some scoops of chocolat, covered with jams and a green camaïeu symbolising the wooded bird cage showing the elegance of a French garden. There is also the gourmande ball in candy attach to the pine tree to offer. Price bûche 70 euros for 8 persons. Available from December 15. The ball of  Noël, price 12 euros.  http://www.trianonpalace.com/

Peninsula Paris, here the Chef Pâtissier du Peninsula, Julien Alvarez, takes its inspiration on the architecture and elements of the building to createbûche de Noël limited edition call  « Christmas Leaves ».  Price 120 euros,for 8 persons.  ON sale by advance order in  48 hrs from December 22ne to December 28th 2014. http://paris.peninsula.com/en/fine-dining

Arnaud Larher , this  bûche represent the sleight of papa  Nöel,created by  Arnaud Larher. It is composed of a cookie streudel of almonds, a crusty praliné with  nuts with black chocolate cream  70 % cacao ,and a cream chantilly of gianduja hazelnut. On sale on the boutiques of Arnaud Larher,and by internet from today Price 78 euros. http://arnaudlarher.com/en/

And,

La Maison du chocolat, the marvelous bûche here is a fine chocolate with nuts,  mousse au chocolat pure of  Venezuela, a chocolate génoise with cacao syrup and praliné fondant of nuts and eclats of chocolate. Price 95 euros,for 6- 8 persons. Available from Dec 21 to é’ 2014. http://www.lamaisonduchocolat.com/en/boutiques.php#1/1/4

Enjoy the desserts  , the Bûche de Noël is the best family tradition of France.

December 7, 2014

Christmas at Rochefort en Terre

Well,  it’s that time of the year again, my best really. Love to be around, walk ,drive visit those wonderful Christmas markets in beautiful France. We are doing it a bit different this year.

Usually we go out far away just before the Christmas season, this year, we decided to stay local before and try the ones around us, and then after Christmas spent our end of year in between at La Rochelle.

Yesterday ,after some shopping in Vannes, we headed to the fairy tale city of Rochefort-en-Terre in our Morbihan dept 56.  The tourist office is here with a nice video of this magical period. http://www.rochefortenterre-tourisme.com/

We were here last back in Dec 22,2013, see the entry here, and back before on other trips.

http://paris1972-versailles2003.com/2013/12/22/back-to-the-fairy-tell-of-rochefort-en-terre/

http://paris1972-versailles2003.com/2011/09/18/rochefort-en-terre-inland-morbihan/

http://paris1972-versailles2003.com/2012/05/12/wonderful-quaint-old-nice-rochefort-en-terre/

The town is magical at any period with lots of medieval merlin the magician ambiance. However, at Christmas time is it a  must folks from all over even foreigners come here , the place is pack and live. We came this time a bit later to take advantage of the night lights, and park at the entrance to the town in the free bus company parking lot of Maury  on the street that walking five minutes will take you right to the center of town!

However, if no car, you can take the bus No 9  from Vannes here, Line TIM  Vannes/Questembert/Rochefort-en-Terre, schedules here http://www.morbihan.fr/fileadmin/user_upload/Les_services/Vos_deplacements/Transports_collectifs/Fiches_horaires_TiM/HLn9-H-2015.pdf

Also, you can come by train to Questembert ,and then taxi to Rochefort en Terre or bus no 9 as above. http://www.ter.sncf.com/bretagne/gares/87476671/Questembert/pratique

The rest is easy walking up and down, and side ways on hilly Streets all fully lit ,and decorated with creches, and Christmas trees out on the Streets, and markets, and vin chaud (hot wine) and Suchard chocolat chaud (hot chocolate Suchard), and the traditional Breton kouign-amann  sweets.

The town is full of families and plenty of strollers, pack the main street in a festive festival atmosphere, good for the soul and family life. It is a must, you must be here ,in my opinion, the best in Brittany.  And of course, one of the most beautiful villages of France yeararound, http://www.france-beautiful-villages.org/en/rochefort-en-terre

Enjoy the magic and spread it anywhere you are. Merry Christmas to all my readers and followers; may the spirit of Christmas stayed with you.

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