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September 27, 2015

Some news from France ,XCXII

Well passing by Paris always brings the best of me, and more nice things to see and do, and admire. The city was bustling and vibrant as ever, full , the tourists keep coming 32,3M last year and this year 2015 should another record. I laugh when people tell me to find a place where tourists are not in Paris!!! They are all over; but here are some new ones.

Some new chic hotel, such as the Hotel Ekta, 52 rue Galilée double rooms from 140€ this is a nice area where I have done events like the nearby Aero Club de France.

The great pastry maker Christophe Michalak going from teaching to creating a new patisserie Michalak at 16 rue de la Verrerie, open Wednesdays to Sundays from 10h30 to 19h. Tastes like guitar-shaped chocolates and popular Kosmiks verrines for 6,80€. So new not even yet on his webpage ::)

You want new fashions and local ,then head for Front de Mode, 42 rue Volga , open  Mondays to Saturdays from 11h to 19H. brands like Veja, Misericordia, Naco Paris, jewelry and great creators behind the work. Local produce. The official site is just new hot off the press too but there is the main designer behind it page as well Sakina. and the new site ;

The great Yannick Alléno already visit him at the resto Terroir Parisien  in the Palais Brongniart, now will have his new place at Stay,15 rue Boissy d’Anglas, a nice area by the Madeleine where I used to take my passport photos US!!! Dining with a terrace inside the hotel Sofitel,

And perfumes well the famous Fragonard has refurbished the boutique museum in Paris. 9 rue Scribe ,open Mondays to Saturdays from 9h to 18h. Musée du Parfum Fragonard, right in an old theater renovated for them.

How about a pontoon boat ride on the Seine? Green Rivers Cruises will do it.  They have sofas, and bars with capacity of only 11 persons! You go up the canal Saint Martin roundtrip up to Boulogne. Of course, you can do it in the Seine river too but its crowded on boats….

If you want to rent a hotel in Paris or elsewhere for a few hours without CB reservation, then try this site,  Dayuse;

If you want to be close to Italy or Milan specifically in Paris then head for Ober Mama; (ober for oberkampf and mama for mamma Italian mother); you have the aperitivo concept here from 18h to 20h sort of happy hour with food included; the products use are straight from Italy with dishes from 10-15€ reasonable and good. See them at 107 boulevard Richard Lenoir.

And for the anecdote following the above info, Paris vs Milan, ok Pop Paris 2,26M , Milan 1,35M, bikes Paris 13420, Milan 3370, places for an opera, Paris 2013 ,Milan 3000;  the first fashion week ,Paris 1973 and Milan 1958; foreign tourists welcome Paris 32,3M, Milan 2,7M! the most visitors comes from: Paris, British with more than 2,1M, Milan, Russians with 193K. Somehow Paris is tops.

You will see the museum was refurbished and renovated and now his work will be on stage at the Grand Palais Paris, call Picasso Mania for the Great Picasso from October 7 ,2015 to February 29 2016;

You know Paris is surrounded by water… yes and there are many islands to boot, some of my favorites. Well ,some need a car, and its great on the road regardless of all those books telling you is not. I drive and its fun,just know your hours. The islands are La Dynamique in Puteaux, just outside Paris near La Defense; you can go on metro line 1 stop pont de Neuilly and walk to see the parc Labaudy, Naturoscope, etc. La Jatte in Levallois-Perret right over the bridge, get here on metro line 3 stop pont de Levallois-Becon, the island is like a boat shape and cradle of impressionists celebrated by Seurat’s A Sunday afternoon on the island; and see sites painted by Monet, Van Gogh, and Sisley. See the Temple de L’Amour, maison de la Pêche et de la Nature or house of fishing and nature.  Right over to Chatou (Yvelines) you  have the La Mythique, where Renoir and his guinguettes and canotiers reign supreme. There is a park dedicated to the impressionist movement, the hamlet of Fournaise with its restaurant and museum, as well as the center of contemporary arts. You can get here on the RER A  from Paris,stop Chatou-Croissy.

Coming up is again that wonderful event I have attended several times over the years, Fête des Vendanges in the butte Montmartre. Again this year from October 7-11. The smallest vineyard of France is here only given about 2000 bottles!aged in the cellars of the mayor’s office. . You can see the biggest gallery of Dali in France at the L’Espace Dali (11 rue Poulbot) ,and the remaining windmill of Le Moulin de la Galette(83 rue Lepic); restaurant and now awaiting new owners;

And just to say we copy too, the Ministry of Defense in France is creating the French Pentagon right by Balard by the Place Balard and the boulevard périphérique in the 15 arrondissement of Paris. A huge city of 420K sq meters or about 4,5M sq feet. all branches of the military will be base here!  An ongoing project now its design stage and one of the great projects of Paris metro or Grand Paris.

Be ready for the biggest boat show around,the Paris Nautic December 5-13 2015.Porte de Versailles, info here

How about those pools ok summer is gone but you can always stop by anytime on the covered pools such as Pontoise opened in 1934,  ;Pailleron close to the parc des Buttes-Chaumont built-in 1933,  the Buttes-aux-Cailles with a great vaulted ceiling recently renovated in the 13éme.

You know some of the nicest places in the flea market of St Ouen just north of Paris? This is dept 93 Seine-Saint-Denis.  Well see the old fashion looks at Les Merveilles de Babellou for the different women in you, Marché Paul Bert allée 1, stand 13 and 77;

As above, what about that rare old book, this is the biggest Librairie L’Avenue founded at the flea in 1961, 31 rue Lécuyer with over 150K titles!  If you like old photo equipments  for collections or sporadic uses, Au Vieux Format, 23ter rue Paul Bert, ; getting that old record vinyl, cassettes etc go to Vintage Tourne Disque, marché Dauphine,stand 186 , 1fl (2 fl US) 140 rue des Roisiers.—adress-store/28191898.html

Following along, see the wonderful furniture ideas at Habitat 1964, 77-81 rue des Roisiers, furniture, objects decoration and accessories for the living is here to boot, great selection. ; and don’t forget while there to eat at the historic (1958) restaurant Le Paul Bert, 20 rue Paul Bert with plat du jour from 15€.

And just for not leaving anything out from my umpteen nostalgic trip back to Paris, how about those mythical villages! small neighborhoods that seems just out of ordinary Paris. Talking about places like the Villa Léandre in the 18éme; this site tells you more of what I mean::)

The wonderful Villa Seurat in the 14éme , one of my best hangouts in Paris while living in Versailles and working by there, and the place of many like Chaim Soutine, and Henry Miller giving it a character by André Lurcat and designed by Bauhaus architects. The homes of the likes of Vincent Bolloré, Alain Afflelou, Xavier Niel, Myléne Farmer,and Carla Bruni; great walks you can do down rue Poussin or along the petite ceinture.  More from a popular French site Evous,,1160191.html

The petite Alsace or Villa Daviel in the 13éme near the Butte-aux-Cailles park. 40 houses built here of working class standing of the times; a bit more on the same evous site in French,,1175787.html

The Villa du Danube gong from 70 rue David-d’Angers and ending at 11 rue de l’Ègalité near the park des Buttes-Chaumont in the 19éme is wonderful; 93 homes like windmills without blades and of course the Mouzaîa area with over 250 homes from the end of the 19C, more in evous ,,1177270.html

And last but not least, the airport de Paris tell us that on  CDG Terminal 1 passageway 4 you can see the Louvre with photographs of the famous such as the winged victory of Samothrace, Delacroix’s The Women of Algiers, art objects, sculptures and more.

And there you have when you pass by Paris, all comes back in earnest. Now ready to go back to work and the real life, of course Paris is a dream ::) Cheers


September 25, 2015

A lovely one two punch, Paris and London!

Ok so I had a different travels this time as was on a visit to both wonderful cities, Paris and London. My trip was on public transportation. I still, do not undertand how people claims to take this route and find it good, no way I am a car lover and nothing is better than been independent of your time with a car.

Having said that, my trip began at the Auray train station on a TGV to Montparnasse Paris, here took the metro line 4 to Réaumur-Sébastopol and line 3 there to République, where my hotel was just around the corner Hotel Meslay. Nice location, AC, elevator/lift, and nice friendly reception. The rooms as usual were a bit older traditional Parisien style but ok. Enough room. This was for my director’s meeting of my company worldwide;

The area is well known to me as used to handle accounting/finance work right on the square for the old Holiday Inn, now it is a Crown Plaza hotel! So all the restaurants there were my hangout for lunch or dinner. This time I went to the Indiana Café and was as good as old for dinner, great crowd, wonderful service and a great pastrami burger with a good Affligem beers, and double noisette coffee.

From there the next day I set out to walk Paris, wonderful as always and beating any mode of transport. I walk all the way to the Louvre museum passing by some familiar places like the Church of St Eustache, and seeing new ones like the Church of Saint Nicolas des Champs, with the great porte Saint Martin, the Les Forum (still under construction but open for business), the Arts et Métiers museum still nice ,and my old hangout work area of the Louvre at Rivoli to Castiglione.

I was able to grab a coffee at my train station brasserie Océane and had time to in my walks visit my old Americain hangout Joe Allen with a great pint of Glolsch beer !!! All these places easily found webpages on the net.  More beautiful passages like the Grand Cerf, and finally hit my meeting place at the old Palais de la Bourse or Palais Brongniart,now.  I got some pictures of the inside as in a professional environment is hard to do.

From the metro Bourse line 3 took me back to Réaumur Sébastopol and then line 4 off for Gare du Nord, and here it was chaos as usual, renovation in plus, a horde of people been directed to different lanes and finally reach the outrageous RER B to get me to CDG Terminal 2E.  Here went for my flight to London Heathrow terminal 4 on AF.

The flight was easy as usual, and decided to continue tasting the public transports route, and took the underground/tube/metro/subway here on the Piccadilly line to my hotel at Gloucester Road station; had my old oyster card still with money in it! and this was easy as done before several times. My hotel was in an area that I know, chic Kensington. The Millenium Gloucester Hotel, very nice grand old English style and service and amenities galore.

I was put in the 5th floor millennium club and enough to say the experience was marvelous and the service tops. Great English breakfast too. However, my final destination where I was invited to speak on a world trade finance conference was held at the sister hotel the Millenium Knightsbridge Hotel on the Knightsbridge tube station on same Piccadilly line. My oyster card was good enough to take me here and then recharge on the machines is easy with my debit Visa card. The Knightsbridge was excellent as well and great facilities, with great company of professionals from several countries and great lunch food.

I took advantage of doing some walks in the chic area of Sloane street and over to Gloucester Road as usually my home with family or me is in Earl’s Court.  The rides were ok, but smelly and crowded at end of the day coming back to hotel. I had all taken care here but did went out to indulge in the crazy American tradition of hamburgers ….well been from Florida had to try the Burger King here lol!: Gloucester road BK mind you ::) Been in contrast dining in the evening with suit and tie, but heck, we have no social classes !!!

After the meeting left by 4PM (16H) as needed to catch the flight back home, same Piccadilly line from Knightsbridge to Heathrow Terminal 4, long ride and tight but will do for the experience. I was there on time for my AF flight back to Paris CDG. Then, no more trains I thought, took a flight on AF to Nantes Atlantique airport ,my usual home area airport.

However, there was no transportation to my home and no one at home that can find me in Nantes, so needed to rent me a hotel room for the night at the B&B hotel at the airport with a code key sign in ,no human at the counter! For an airport hotel is ok but basic services, first time on one of them, and so so experience.  I walk from airport to hotel about 10 minutes going by the parking of the Oceania hotel( tried this one but for one night no need to pay difference in price). The stay was fine and the room was easily found on 2nd Floor, large room and bath with one double and two twins beds!éroport.htm?arrivalDate=30/09/2015&departureDate=01/10/2015&selectPersonNumber=1

Next day, this morning, took the navette bus from the airport to the train station sud in Nantes. This have done before so no problems, and the bus was waiting for me when arrive from the B&B hotel. It is now 8€ ride (started with them at 7!!!).

At the train station, which I know well, had my breakfast at the Class’Croute bakery in the south side or Gare de Nantes Sud,just after getting my ticket and validating it on the yellow machines.  Here took a TER train direction Nantes-Quimper but stopping in Auray, where my old papa , reliable old men was waiting for me to take me home arriving by 12:30 pm or 12h30 today. Now at night , doing the post so can have my weekend for the family.

Enjoy the ride and photos,and until next time. Have a wonderful weekend y’all ::)

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September 11, 2015

Some news from Bretagne, XVIII

Well just before the start of a crazy travel itinerary that will take me away, will leave you with my Brittany/Bretagne/Breizh and some amazing stones!!!

We have many sites name on the world heritage list by UNESCO and others less known, but in all, the region is dotted with many megaliths or stones from ancient times that we are still trying to find out about them.  2000 years before the pyramids of Egypt, or Stonehenge, or the writings in Mesopotamia, there was Brittany and its majestic stones.

You have ,of course, Carnac with more than 3000 stones perfectly align for about 4 kms forming four groups of stones, Ménec, Kermario and LeManio , Kerlescan and petit Ménec, web

and while at it visit the museum of prehistory in the city center or bourg there,

Right in Carnac , you have the site of  Kercado,here in the forest you have one of the most spectacular Dolmen and well preserve out and in, covered with a tumulus with a diameter of 30 meters (c 100 feet) and a high of 5 meters (c. 16.5 feet).

You go on away to the Tumulus de Moustoir, not complete but amazing, with  85 meters long and 35 meters wide and 5 meters high,you can see a dolmen on the west side and two tombs and a menhir around it.

A very famous one is the Tumulus of Gavrinis on a high hill in a island inside the Gulf of Morbihan. You see it as you approach by boat . A Dolmen of 29 pillars many decorated with geometric drawings. You can only visit from April 1 to September 30 by reserving at Telephone +33 (0) 2 97 57 19 38.  The traject includes a stop on the isle of  Er Lannic where you can see the double cromlech semi submerge in the sea on high tide which includes 40 menhirs. The boat contact is here

Cale de Pen-Lannic
56870 Larmor-Baden

Tél. +33 (0) 2 97 57 19 38

and more in French on the boat info

and tourist info in English;

Coming along to the tumulus of Petit Mont d’Arzon, located overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. It has been enlarge and renovated for thousands of years , and in its interior you find a dolmen with a serie of big stones entirely decorated with motifs geometrics and figurines. Only guided visits from April to September.

The grouping of Locmariaquer, is about  10 kms from Carnac and considered one of the most complete site. You have the biggest in the world menhir cut in four pieces with 20 meters high and done 2000 years before those of Carnac. On the other side you can visit the  Túmulus de La Table des Marchands , and the Túmulus de Er Grah, whose interior has a nice decoration.You can visit all year round. Found the national monument site where others are too,but for Locmariaquer best in English;

The Arch of Kerzerho ,   with more than 1000 stones and one of the most complete in the area. You can see the ring  of various dolmens and the one the  Name Croch and the  Mane Braz, in addition to more alignments and a huge sacrificial stone. Free access.

Come along to the grouping of Kergonan, on the biggest island in the Gulf of Morbihan the ile aux Moines You have a group of 24 menhirs forming like a horse shoe and around it a small museum. The other is the Pen Hap, one of the best places to see the island with a running dolmen. The island Moines is monks but there was never monks here ::)

the ile aux moines tourism  here in French,

You reach the dolmen of Le Bignan, more inland away from the sea, includes a Tumulus of 30 meeters in diameter and on the interior you can visit the dolmen and a big menhir of nearly 7 meters high , as well as a second dolmen in deterioration of about 10 meters long. It is known locally as the “le trou des Chouans” or the hole of the chouans (the name given to counter revolutionary Breton against the French revolution, farmers really). Info found in French,

Lastly ,visit the tumulus de Larcuste, near the town of Colpo, there lies a grouping of two tumulus and in the interior it has been found other dolmen in a hallway type of setting in good state of conservation. Very near me, secluded in the fields ,need to read French;

Ok so what is a dolmen ,tumulus,menhir etc. ? Dolmen is a stone dalle pose on a square stone structure of what is considered to be a tomb. Tumulus is the stone that covers the dolmen in a funeral type setting tomb. menhir are the stones carved and standing tall.  You can find in English a lot more information on them at

Yes we have some amazing old ,interesting and culturally enriching places in Bretagne/Breizh/Brittany. Some photos.

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August 30, 2015

Bitburg, land of the Bitburger beer

Ok ok, just a short post on a wonderful little town of Bitburg in Germany. We check this out as we drink this beer here in Bretagne(Brittany), and decided that about 60 kms we will never be any closer so there we went.

Tourist office here ;

So we went up on the road B51 from south of Trier to Bitburg, easy. We walk around the town and check out the Church of Our Lady just when a wedding was going on in the city hall across it;we came back for the inside. We had a good inexpensive lunch at El Greco Greek resto with gyros specials for 10€ per person with bitburger beers lol! The picture is from our table a bit sideways!

Then we went over the Bitburger brewery, to our surprise ,they were doing only tours in German lol!! no help for tourism here. The English tours are done on reservation , I guess needed to call the translators from England ::)

Anyway, we took some of the tour trying our best as we do not speak German alas;;; others yes but not German. The brewery seems impressive big and the beer is one of the most popular pils there. It has nice history and museum next door; will see when back and make reservation. The long scripture tower is the history of the beer and sometimes it pours beers!!! The other photo is the tower of singing bells and the horse market fountain as before the town was big on trading horses.

The ride back was easy on the roads too, another town on my map and still drinking that German bitburger beers ! Cheers and happy Sunday y’all ::)

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August 3, 2015

Some news from France XCXI

So right off the week unusual for me but it’s August and summer is here and my vacation is just next week and onwards. So what is going on in my favorite city and France.

For one ,free parking in Paris during August is gone this year blame on Hidalgo…. and more transport problems with the closing of the metro station Saint Denis-Basilique until August 30th. Nothing new in the city of light.

Then, Paris is more than Paris plage or beach you know.  In the 13éme arrondissement or district of Paris and all over from my favorite paper Le Parisien.

It has become the spot most Parisians in July and August come to, the quai d’Austerlitz (13éme) until the quai François-Mauriac, restaurants, clubs, bars, terraces, boats and floating structures are invaded every evening by crowds eager for an aperitif, dinner or dance partying in by the Seine. At 32, quai d’Austerlitz in the immense walls of the Cité de la mode et du Design or city of fashion and design,  the hippest crowd on the very popular terrace Wanderlust , ,   on the classiest “rooftop” of the Nuba,  or in the club and concert hall Grand RivageA little further, at the foot of the Bibliothèque François-Mitterrand, fifteen terraces face boats-restaurants. The most joyful and ephemeral of them, La vie est Belle (10, quai François-Mauriac)  or more here, where you can enjoy music, cocktails and small dishes at table or chairs.
boat-restaurant «La Dame de Canton, which has installed a huge semi-covered terrace unrounded just after the bridge or pont de Simone de Beauvoir.

Continuing until the pont de Tolbiac, other terraces such El-Alamein, and the Vagalame , ;  alternate lounge bars with DJs and sofas at the water‘s edge or more conventional restaurants with tables and servers. Finally, just before the bridge, the aptly named Batofar (11, quai François-Mauriac), bright red boat with its visible light lighthouse from far away, loving the revelers: both restaurant, bar and club, there is dancing to the end of the night

It is 9.30 pm and,  the ‘King’s River’ dropped the moorings from the pontoon situated opposite the House of radio (Paris 16éme) to start a cruise that will extend for 30 hour. Every Thursday of the month of August, the floating guinguette vogue for evenings “The Afterwork share cruise” paid and open to all. The program is immutable: installation aboard 19h to 21h30, with bar open bubbles» free, cruise on the Seine from 21h30 to 23h, then back to dock where the feast lasts until 01h0 (1am). On board, you can enjoy, on 450 m2, a dancefloor with DJ and lighting way disco, topped by a giant, semi-covered, terrace where a bar and a barbecue with burgers, sandwiches, kebabs and salad…

The evening really makes sense in the dark, when the River’s King starts its cruise.  .The glass or the sandwich in hand,  hair in the wind, and folks  massed on the roof, admiring, at low speed, the Eiffel Tower, the Orsay Museum, the Louvre and the Quays of the Seine illuminate progressively, all in music: Magic! Under each bridge, partygoers grow shouting or screaming , enjoying a unique view of the most beautiful city in the world. At the end of the 90 minutes that seem too short, they no longer to be consoled on the lower floor, dancing, eyeful images…More below

The Afterwork part cruise”, every Thursday from 19h. boat ‘River’s King’, facing the 108, avenue du Président-Kennedy (16éme). Price: €20 or €15 with a past available on Internet (bubbles open bar included). Cocktails: €20, Burgers €10. Reservations +33 (0)

And also… Other dancing locations on and near the water, including the charming Guinguette Rosa Bonheur (port of the Invalides, 7éme), the huge boat ‘Concorde Atlantique(port de Solférino, 7éme), La  Javelle (port of Javel down 15éme) ,  and the Eiffel Tower (port de Suffren 7éme) Guinguette.

At the Canal de l’Ourcq , it feels like in Cuba; Atmosphere popular dance, Michel Sardou. At the end of the afternoon, not far from the Church of Pantin (Seine-Saint-Denis), along the Ourcq canal, several folks gather and  become bobo , disregard the weather. The  Festival of the Ourcq is going on!!!  until August 23rd.  They dance to tunes of Cuban salsa DJ Harold is on hand  warm, sensual.  Having fun from all walks of life. .  This is Paris.
And of course, in my other love ,Versailles , you have  the fantastic wonderful awesome, Les Grandes Eaux Musicales until November 1st.  Les Jardins Musicaux until October 27th, Les Grandes Eaux Nocturnes until September 19, and the
 Compagnie de Danse l’Eventail and the Musiciens de Saint-Julien presents the Sérénade Royales de la Galerie des Glaces until September 19 as well. More here from the city tourist office in English,
Summer is awesome; and I can’t wait to start mine lol!! Cheers and happy travels.
July 26, 2015

My new home of Pluvigner in the Morbihan Breton VI

This has been a rainy weekend and cool so after doing some running yesterday we stay put today. We took the time to pinpoint last minute planning for our summer vacation next month in Germany and Luxembourg.

For now, this is Pluvigner in the Morbihan dept 56 yes!!! Small town in the country a new change and it has been great. Looking forward to towns like this.

We did our usual shopping in Vannes, got some stuff for the house, always something to do around the house, and then we came back. I was ask to eat and I say wait until we get home.

Then, I was coming up this créperie resto that is on my way home ,always look at it, always make a point to visit but as usual when you have so much to see around you, you just keep going. Well not this time.

I made up my mind as I was coming on the next to last traffic circle before arriving home to stop by and have lunch. I pull over and immediately the friendly folks came out to greet us. We had a terrace table and went on.

the place is like a small Breton longére , a long house good to keep the family on one side and the farm animals on the other. this one has a veranda of stone with a nice terrace and nice garden. In the back , you have additional parking which is where we parked. Coming around to the front you see a big wood firing oven and come up around to the front door and terrace.

The young lady came to serve us and then another and then the owner Jean-Noêl (because was born on Christmas day), and it turns out he is a native of the same town as my wife !!! Meaux in Seine et Marne of the brie cheese fame, mustard of Meaux and now close to the action of Disneyland Paris as well as the new museum on WWI! yes! and not only that but he had lived in Auvergne ,near where my father in law is from lol!! Welcome to the family ::)

We started out talking a lot find out everything and before starting to order made reservation for the event of the resot créperie Le Vorlen, Rost Er Forn, Breton for roasted pig in oven , a specialty only done on the first and third Sunday of each month by reservation. We are on for  August 2nd! complete dinner of the pig 300grms, entrée, dessert, 1/4 wine for 18€ nice. See the picture on the process of the cooking lol!

No need for another post, this is the follow up on the above today Sunday August 2nd 2015. The menu was the main dish roast er forn, or cook pork with bake potatoes about 300 grams per person; entrée salad greens and tuna, 1/4 bottle of wine red/rosé, and dessert two scoops of ice cream flavors locally produce; plus apéro with Breton beers and coffee for 3 persons all came out to 18.83€ per person. Just perfect dish , very juicy tender , plenty of meat delicious we have found another hangout spot in town. More photos added too.Pluvigner Pluvigner Pluvigner Pluvigner Pluvigner

Then we had our usual Breton beers, Duchesse Anne, Morgane, Blanche Hermione, and even a Leffe Belgian beer. We continue with the beers and had our galette noir montagnarde with reblochon cheese and potatoes, goat cheese and 3 cheeses types, expresso coffees and more beers for a total of 17€ per person. Nice place to had lunch or dinner and right in town.On the traffic circle at the entrance to Pluvigner on the road D768.

After that it was time to head home and finish our day. We had all the tools we need to attack the garden and windows once the rain stops next week,and fully well fed by the friendly Le Vorlen. Until we can meet around the woods, have a great end of Sunday y’all. Cheers

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July 18, 2015

My travels in the Morbihan, XI

SO finally some relaxation away from far away travels and airports. This weekend is home with nice 19-24C temps cloudy bit light rain at times but the roads empty at least the D departémentales roads I like. We got up late maybe from all the exhausted trips taken lately and once had our snacks the travel virus set in and well where do we go now…

We just took a leisure ride and wak into some lesser known town just south of me about 20 kms( about 12 miles) in our beautiful department 56; Morbihan.

For those new to my blog, Morbihan is Breton not French, it means Mor=mer/sea and Bihan=petite/small or small sea. We took off on the D22 towards Belz.,737.html ; the tourist info office

Here we came up to a beautiful memorial to the fallen (erected in 1925)  right next to the Church Saint Saturnin in city center. The church was name in honor of the bishop of Toulouse replacing a roman church from the 15C; and it has no belltower, and still not completely done.  It has a marvelous Mairie or city hall or city govt office dating from 1832, renovated in 1912, and rebuilt in 1984 , as well as again enlarged in 2005.,317.html

Here we took a turn around the church Saint Saturnin to follow the coastal road to St Cado, we have been here before, so did not go to the end where the roman chapel of St Cado  is. We went by the water front park where families were gathering on the pétanque game and soaking sun and water sports like kayak.,311.html

We continue our ride on the road D16 and passed the nice bridge of Pont Lorois into Plouhinec.There is a lot more to see here and we just touch the bridge. There are tumulus megaliths stones,and archeological sites such as Mane Vechen,  and wonderful church St Pierre et St Paul and many chapels, and a huge choice of water sports, the tourist office at

Having already lunch we did the round tripper, going we stop at Bar Ty ma’lor at Corn er Houet, 1 rue du moustoir 56400 Ploemel tel +33 (0)2 97 24 15 47 . We had to stop we know the owners and had our cold beers just to get going on a sort of hot day. Then, on the way back we stop at American’s  Snacks  , this is the same owners as the bakery next door at the foot of pont Lorois,by the before Passage-Neuf. Tél :+33 (0) 2 97 85 60 59. Unfortunately, they were close for serving food  until 17h the rest ok to 20h, and so we had a corona beer to speed the hunger and come back home rushing to eat which we are now preparing ::)

In all, another nice quiet day in the Morbihan;lovely. Keeping it low until our long summer vacation in August. Cheers and enjoy your weekend.

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July 14, 2015

Vannes is the Morbihan! Let’s the festivals begin.

Let’t the festivals begin, Vannes is more, the Morbihan main town , Capital city of dept 56 ,and it has all the attributes of a bigger town while keeping intact it’s wonderful wooden houses going back to the 14C all intact,originals!!! The tourist office ; And, I must say, work in its metro area in a castle, château du Talhouêt,of course not open to the public ::) On this wonderful four day weekend lol! enjoying the home country with the passing of the tour de France (see other entry), and yesterday and today (14 july Fête Nationale or Bastille day) we had the Fêtes Historiques, as we are more traditional we tell you of times gone by link to old regime ::) This is the 30th edition of the Fêtes Historiques de Vannes; with a parade of personalities that number in the 1000 and many visitors expected in the hundreds of thousands every year. There is firework in the ramparts by the old castle of Hermine. The theme for this year’s event is Jean IV Le Conquérant. or John IV the Conqueror. He was the winner of the wars of  succession  of Brittany and ruled for 35 years.residing for the most part in the Chateau de l’Hermine built from 1378 that he ordered built.  Some of its heritage is told here at the mayor’s office in English, And the castle now an exhibit;event place (Chinese portraits,paintings are on now) info in French, Jean IV was friendly to the English, and married Marguerite, daughter of Edward III of England, as well as his second wife was English too, Jeanne Holand. Many English nobles were his advisors and on July 19 1372 signed a secret defense and protection treaty with Edward III. He welcome many heroes at the Chateau de l’Hermine including the Constable Olivier de Clisson in 1387. The Duke Jean IV restored the ramparts and enlarged them creating a second circle of defense for the city. He was married a third time in 1386 to Jeanne de Navarre and a total of 8 children,one Jean V le Sage or the Wise that succeeded him in the duchy after his death in November 1, 1399. He was special to Vannes and the guest of honor in this year’s historical festival. The festivities started from 12h and we were there by 11h free parking past the capitanerie of the harbor on rue du commerce. You had the Chinese exhibit same time as an expo on coins and engraving from medieval times in the castle yard. By the ramparts gardens there were shows of swords and medieval camps with archers and all! You many folks walking by in period costumes very colorful, and see the courtage of Duke John IV the Wise passing with the Count of Buckingham.  The parades were from 16h30 out from the church of Saint Patern, then 17h from the place Maurice Marchais the Olivier de Clisson and his Breton nobles, and the combine night parade at 22h30 from place Maurice Marchais with all of the above.Fireworks by 23h30 but too late for us by this time. All meandering through the medieval narrow cobblestone original streets of old town Vannes!!! Today 14 July there is a Bal dance in the Esplanade du Port by pl Gambetta. There is a total of 40 historical organisations here including those from Llanera, Asturias  ,Spain! with a great outspoken group! Group Hassel from Germany, fencers from the Czech Republic, costumes group from Venice, Italy, all wonderful choreograph and done. At the end we will have fireworks from 12h30 past midnight, and a free city center bus rides. Of course, been in town, we did not let go going into places we have been briefly and wanted to see more , such as the museum of fine arts (beaux-arts) Le Cohue and the museum of History and Archeology (muse d’histoire et d’archéologie) both on Rue Noé and les Halles. One ticket see both; children under 18 free adults 6,50€ In the wonderful historical Chateau Gaillard from the 15C in stones while the rest of the town at the time was in wood. The original owner of the lot was a Gaillard Tournemine so there goes the name of the castle. In 1457 it was the auditorium of the Parliament of Brittany! and home of the President. The castle has four levels and all link by a stair in stone. The street level room opens to the garden linking it with the Hôtel de Roscanvec ,and has two monumental chimneys. First floor (Fr) has wooden decorations, and the 2nd floor has the library of the Societé Polymathique du Morbihan where it has installed the collections of its museum here in 1912. The SPM is the current owners and the management is handle by the city of Vannes as well as the Cohue. Wonderful arts in a medieval setting. Some last minutes shopping like for baguettes!!! and came home in the evening after another wonderful day with the family in amazing Vannes, you need to see it to believe me::) Cheers. Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes

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July 13, 2015

Tour de France in the Morbihan, Bretagne!

Well this is a race that many years ago was not known to me, and once got the bug for France in 1990 …. the family I married to was an avid follower of the race. So the story began, for the short of it, I am a fan, and followed it with the family to the Auvergne or the town of Pau to see the races over the years since. Another turning poing , we moved to Brittany in 2011.

This past Sunday, yesterday, was our baptism here. The tour de France 2015 was coming again to Brittany ,and this time again to the Morbihan, just too close to miss it. The 9 stage against the clock was run right on my usual route to work!!!! So we set up our bag and went on to see it.

We knew it is popular, not only here but internationally as well, so the stages are all packed with people. The caravan was to start by 13h10 or 1:10pm and the first team of races were to follow by 15h10 or 3:10 pm in our post. I chose to come in by 11h and park in the city residential area for free and secured off rue Michelet in Saint Avé.  We walk down about 7 minutes to the giratoire de Beauregard or traffic circle of Beauregard on the road D126 intersection with the road D135 in Saint Avé. There is a beautiful castle there not open to the public only for weddings, events etc Chateau de Beauregard,

Here there were plenty of folks already but we found a nice spot right on the traffic circle on the side of the passing of the team trials or against the clock race. Lots of goodies to eat and folks to talk, and share all, even the souvenirs the caravan was throwing at the crowds. We stayed from 11h to 16h45….

As said, the caravan its all the sponsors of any kinds that comes in with a disneyaise show even Mickey was there!!! and then the road is prepare for the racers. As this was a team trial, they go out together as a team each on intervals of 5 minutes.

The call of order was Orica,Bretagne-Séché, Lampre, FDJ,Europcar,Bora,Lotto,IAM,MTN-Qhubeka,Lotto Soudal,Trek,Astana,Cannondale,Cofidis,Katusha,Movistar,Giant,AGéR La Mondiale,Etixx,Tinkoff,BMC,and Sky. Needeless to say BMC won it over Sky.

My favorites were Lotto Soudal with Tony Gallopin, Giant with Warren Baguil, Tinkoff with Alberto Contador, Movistar with Alejandro Valverde, BMC with Tejay van Garderen, Katusha with Joaquin “perico” Rodriguez.

The entire day was fun for the whole family and was able to get back in town many times stop for bread and such this time there was even the Sunday morning market! Now keep up with the race as it winds thru France.

The first 15 so far are

1. GBRFROOME Christopher 31 TEAM SKY 31h 34′ 12”
2. USAVAN GARDEREN Tejay 61 BMC RACING TEAM 31h 34′ 24” + 00′ 12”
3. BELVAN AVERMAET Greg 68 BMC RACING TEAM 31h 34′ 39” + 00′ 27”
4. SVKSAGAN Peter 47 TINKOFF-SAXO 31h 34′ 50” + 00′ 38”
5. ESPCONTADOR Alberto 41 TINKOFF-SAXO 31h 35′ 15” + 01′ 03”
6. COLURAN URAN Rigoberto 118 ETIXX-QUICK STEP 31h 35′ 30” + 01′ 18”
7. ESPVALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro 59 MOVISTAR TEAM 31h 36′ 02” + 01′ 50”
8. GBRTHOMAS Geraint 39 TEAM SKY 31h 36′ 04” + 01′ 52”
9. COLQUINTANA ROJAS Nairo Alexander 51 MOVISTAR TEAM 31h 36′ 11” + 01′ 59”
10. CZESTYBAR Zdenek 116 ETIXX-QUICK STEP 31h 36′ 11” + 01′ 59”
11. FRAGALLOPIN Tony 71 LOTTO-SOUDAL 31h 36′ 13” + 02′ 01”
12. CZEKREUZIGER Roman 44 TINKOFF-SAXO 31h 36′ 30” + 02′ 18”
13. ITANIBALI Vincenzo 1 ASTANA PRO TEAM 31h 36′ 34” + 02′ 22”
14. FRABARGUIL WARREN 82 TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN 31h 36′ 55” + 02′ 43”
15. NEDGESINK Robert 131 TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO 31h 37′ 04” + 02′ 52”

And the next race is on to Tarbes to Pierre-Saint-Martin on stage 10. tomorrow been 14 July National Day here (Bastille day) is a holiday ! so enjoy the races. Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint AvéCheers


June 21, 2015

At least Father’s day is special, still.

Well here we are on a hot day up to 28C or about 82F sunny dry. it’s day that makes me think of my mother too, but at least I have my father. This is our day, it should be every day but we take at least one. To remember, think, enjoy the good things we have around us even if small.

Today, I went out with the family all five of us, and my father =6, he is already 80 with a pharmacy of medicines but looking strong. We had a restaurant reserved in medieval nice Vannes at 1pm or 13h.

We set out from our house knowing that it was music festival day as well, Fête de la musique in France and Vannes had circulation limited in the center. So we gather our knowledge and went around it parking on boulevard de la paix and going into the old quarters of Saint Patern by rue de la Fontaine.

This is marvelous area full of shops , libraries of old books, restaurants of many lands and bars. Including some traditional Breton créperies and restos. We choose our old reliable La Gavroche.

Before the lunch, we had our walk around the area , always pleasant; noticing some new business like the Portuguese resto now has a grocery store just a couple houses away!

Finally, it was time to go in, they already remember us!! It’s always a great thrill to be recognize when you patronize one of the local places here, very typical and nice we think. We had our table in the middle section so by now we have try it all front , terrace ,and middle.  The whole place is painted by a local artist we will contact to make them do some work in our house too ::) Many dolls, and puppets and a great wines , and local liquors collection.

The food of the day was pigs head so not our fancy ….we settle for the fish Dos de Colin with a herbal thai sauce(hake) in the menu for 17,90€ including a delicious entrée on goat cheese with tomatoes, and finish with a great rice pudding with caramel sauce. All with a porto rouge for apéro. We had a muscadet white wine from the Loire ,Chateau le Coing de Sainte Fiacré, and a expresso coffee to finish. All with excellent prompt service of breads, water, and change of utensils, perfect as always here. The rest had different things from steak with mashed potatoes, basque chicken in sauce, coca cola, aperitifs from vodka base to fruity non alcohol, More fish colin or hake, and ice cream from two to three scoops of different flavors all for 26,20€ per person.

We finished with the house serving of a digéstif liquor mix of rum, honey, and banana liquor on the house. Delicious. We went home with no traffic at all , I guess folks were either at home or at the beach…. Tomorrow one day and then on my four nights holiday vacation in Fontainebleau, Paris and Versailles! and coming back from that no time as off on business trip to Madrid, Spain ::)

Happy Father’s day to all celebrating! Cheers , life is beautiful, la vie est belle.

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