July 7, 2020

Jaca: The Ermita de Sarsa !

And here I am back in my beloved Spain! I have been coming here for years , initially as a stopping point between my trips from France to Spain over  Somport and Portalet; then we visit the city and even spent vacation time around the area. This is Jaca right facing the Pyrénées mountains! As you might know Spain is the No 2 most visited country in the world according to official tallies of the UN-WTO.

I have written several posts on it  ,but feel some is missing and I am trying to remedy this ommission of this wonderful quant city of Aragon. Let me tell you a bit more of Jaca on the Ermita de Sarsa or hermitage.

The Ermita de Sarsa or hermitage were transferred here in 1972, to preserved the remains of the Hermitage of Sarsa, of Romanesque origin. The original location was in Villar de Sarsa, an ancient town located on the slopes of the Peña Oroel. The hermitage was the parish church of this town, which was abandoned around 1970. To avoid ruining the temple, it was decided to move it to Jaca, and thus preserve it.

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The Ermita de Sarsa belongs to the model of the small rural Romanesque churches, being able to date back to the second half of the 12C, quite possibly in the final years of that century. Its plant presents a single rectangular nave that would originally be covered with a two-sided wooden roof, which has not been preserved. The head is made up of a very little highlighted presbytery, covered with a barrel vault and a semicircular apse covered with a quarter sphere vault. In the center of the apse a small semi-circular arched window opens and double spill that would let the light pass into the interior of the temple. The walls are built in ashlar, with sandstone from the area, and are barely decorated, except for a bevelled impost that runs through the interior.

The access door opens at the foot of the Ermita de Sarsa, in a small front body crowned by figurative modillions, on a non-preserved rested eave. It presents three semicircular archivolts, of which the exterior and interior are smooth and the central one is decorated with three rows of jaqueas balls that denote the influence that the decoration of the Jaca Cathedral had on all the temples of Jacetania area. The archivolts get down by means of a straight impost in two jambs where, despite the erosion, several figurines and palmettes are still visible.

More information translated from the city of Jaca on the Ermita de Sarsa in Spanish here: City of Jaca on the Ermita de Sarsa

Some further webpages for reference on Jaca are

The Jaca tourist officeJaca tourist office

The Huesca province tourist office in Spanish on Jaca: Huesca province tourist office on Jaca

The Aragon region tourist office on JacaAragon region tourist office on Jaca

Another wonderful architectural and historical building of beautiful Jaca. Hope you enjoy the tour.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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July 6, 2020

Jaca: Puente de San Miguel!

And here I am back in my beloved Spain! I have been coming here for years , initially as a stopping point between my trips from France to Spain over  Somport and Portalet; then we visit the city and even spent vacation time around the area. This is Jaca right facing the Pyrénées mountains! As you might know Spain is the No 2 most visited country in the world according to official tallies of the UN-WTO.

I have written several posts on it  ,but feel some is missing and I am trying to remedy this ommission of this wonderful quant city of Aragon. Let me tell you a bit more of Jaca on the Puente de San Miguel or St Michael’s bridge.

This is the area behind the Paseo de la Constitucion, that takes you to the Puente de San Miguel or bridge in the back.

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The Puente de San Miguel is one of the few medieval bridges that are preserved in the Aragonese Pyrenees and due to its monumentality, strategic location and good state of conservation, it turns out to be one of the most significant hydraulic works in Alto Aragón. Despite the fact that the exact date of its construction is unknown, it is generally accepted that, due to its appearance and structure, the bridge is from the low medieval period c 15C, although some authors propose to advance its chronology.

The introduction of the pointed arch brought more geometric possibilities to the medieval builder compared to his Roman predecessors. The geometric flexibility of the ogival shape means that the vaults can start from the same base as the pilasters, which provides a very important improvement in their stability. The bridge has an asymmetric elevation, since it directly supports the highest and most solid right bank, while on the left, lower, it rests directly on the river terrace itself. It shows a double-sided profile, typical of medieval bridges, and a pointed central arch, with a masonry thread, which saves the main channel. Two other smaller arches function as spillways, in case of avenues. Its structure is reinforced by two cutwaters located between the arches. The San Miguel bridge is 96 meters long and the arrow of its main bow reaches 17 meters. The vault has a masonry thread with cleanly oriented segments and is completed with two smaller arches and cut holes between them. The set is finished with a soft donkey back.

Translation of the city of Jaca in Spanish of Puente de San Miguel here: City of Jaca on Puente de San Miguel

I must say the views from the bridge are spectacular especially on a clear day seeing all the way to the Pyrénées mountains. It should be very romantic at night…. Hope you enjoy the brief introduction to the Puente de San Miguel bridge of Jaca.

As usual by me for easy reference some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

The Jaca tourist office: Jaca tourist office

Huesca Province tourist office in Spanish:  Huesca province tourist office

Aragon region tourist office: Aragon tourist office

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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July 6, 2020

Jaca: Bodegas Langa!

And here I am back in my beloved Spain! I have been coming here for years , initially as a stopping point between my trips from France to Spain over  Somport and Portalet; then we visit the city and even spent vacation time around the area. This is Jaca right facing the Pyrénées mountains! As you might know Spain is the No 2 most visited country in the world according to official tallies of the UN-WTO.

I have written several posts on it , including one on restaurants ,but feel this wonderful shopping place is missing, and I am trying to remedy this ommission of this wonderful quant city of Aragon. Let me tell you a bit more of Jaca on Bodegas Langa.

We had some goodies for later and wines from Somontano like the Enate again at Bodegas Langa, Plaza de San Pedro, no 5. Lots of canned gourmet goodies like ham Teruel, cheeses of Roncal, and wines of Lalanne as well. Great, happy ::) Also, in the area behind the back door of the Cathedral of Jaca!

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The Bodegas Langa is located in the historic center of Jaca, in front of the Cathedral and on the ground floor of a building from the end of the 19C; in this old warehouse dedicated to selling bulk wines since 1930, which has evolved according to current demand and that all kinds of spirits can be purchased, both national and imported and artisans from the area.

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Although the most important chapter is that of wines, giving priority to those of Aragon, those of Somontano and the most important designations of origin of the country such as Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Navarra, Priorato, Rías Baixas, Txakoli, Cavas and Champagnes, etc.  In the food section they offer: Teruel ham, Bajo Aragón oils, Roncal cheese, asparagus from Navarra. Great selection of Stuffed Peppers. Wide assortment of meat preserves, pâtés, anchovies from Santoña and specialties from the Rías Gallegas. All this made in an artisanal way.

You can find out more on their official webpage for the store in Jaca here: Bodegas Langa in Jaca

However, the family is all over and indeed have a great winery in Calatayud near Zaragoza.  Their story goes as this:

It all began in 1867 when the family of Mariano Langa Gallego after returning from the war in Cuba in 1898  (that led to Cuban independance) developed the business but it was after the follow up of the family in Juan Langa Mariscal that a winery business often from others took place. In 1940 Sebastian Langa Langa conserving wineries in Morata de Jiloca,Calatayud and Jaca with a big business with France.  By 1967 Juan Jose Langa Fuentes and sister Maria Teresa Langa Fuentes gave the most important push to the business in its history installing the bottling company in 1954 and founding in 1989 the DOP Calatayud (Denominacion de origen protegida) ,and recognised as historic bodega by DOCAVA (the regulatory org of sparkling wines). Today Juan and Cesar Langa Gonzalez fifth generation of the family keeps along the 150 years of history of Bodegas Langa.

More of the winery in Calatayud in English here: Bodegas Langa Calatayud

Some further reading on the wines of Aragon

The DOP Calatayud on its wines in English: DOP Calatayud wines

As I have a diploma on Spanish wines from ICEX ( Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade) is the international window of Spanish wines Food and Wines from Spain on Calatayud: Food and Wines from Spain on DOP Calatayud

I will say from Calatayud the best is this Bodegas Langa, from Cariñena area have no favorites, from Somontano, have Enate and Laus. And from Campo de Borja have Borsao and Bodegas Aragonesas. OF course these are my choices.

Hope you enjoy the wine and gourmet tour of Jaca and do come in, worth the detour I said. Enjoy it.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

July 5, 2020

Walks in Jaca!!!

And here I am back in my beloved Spain! I have been coming here for years , initially as a stopping point between my trips from France to Spain over  Somport and Portalet; then we visit the city and even spent vacation time around the area. This is Jaca right facing the Pyrénées mountains! As you might know Spain is the No 2 most visited country in the world according to official tallies of the UN-WTO.

I have written several posts on it  ,but feel some is missing and I am trying to remedy this ommission of this wonderful quant city of Aragon. Let me tell you a bit more of Jaca on the Plaza Ripa and Paseo de la  Constitucion.

The Plaza Ripa or square Ripa in Jaca, Province of Huesca in the autonomous region of Aragon is very nice and central. We got into town by the road N330 coming from France by car, you hit immediately the boulevard facing the Ciudadela or citadel or castle of San Pedro on your right hand side, impressive fortified castle and what a way to enter a city! (see post!!).   I parked by the parking Turismo on Plaza Ripa across is the bus station and to the right is the Cathedral right in city center secured underground parking all day.

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Here was the cemetery of San Nicolás, now Plaza Ripa!. The Plaza Ripa is named after Don Manuel Ripa Romero, mayor of Jaca, and provincial deputy in 1900.

There are great walks all over the city from here. Not far is the wonderful Cathedral (see post) and the museu Diocesano of romantic arts, as well as the tourist office. If you want to take public transport , well the bus terminal is right here too! The parking underground is wonderful and easy in and out. A wonderful spot with a great market.

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This summer as usually the case, the Jaca Pirineos Markets will be present in the Plaza Ripa every Sunday from June 28 to August 30. With a clear commitment to local products. As a novelty, agri-food producers will have for sale, in all stalls, a basket with products from each of them, for 45 or 50 euros, depending on quality. The products are from the Val Minuta winery, Repostarte, Carlina Cheeses, Miel de Oz, Mead Guerrero and Chesitas, in addition to other culinary proposals, such as those from an association. Artisans will also sell lots of products, on their assigned days. In this case, you can find costume jewelry, jewelry, soaps and watercolors, among other items. A plastic artist from the Jacarte Association will join them. This is ongoing for several summers now and should be available this year. More from City of Jaca in Spanish here: City of Jaca on the market at Plaza Ripa

There is a beautiful Paseo de la Constitución with nice children playground, and music kiosk , many libraries or book stores are here and an open air book market with stands as well. This is wonderful and only about 500 meters from Plaza Ripa above, so all you need is do the walking and see all of Jaca before your eyes, and what of views it has.

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In 1888, and in view of the increase in population during the summer season, the idea arose to create a new promenade in Jaca. The works for its construction began in 1903, and the first 600 plants were donated by the Marquis de la Cadena. In 1923 it was expanded with the acquisition by the town council of several more plots on the left bank, and around it stately houses began to emerge, mainly owned by the Zaragoza bourgeoisie. Inside, there are some fifty species among plants and trees, firs, birches, holly, linden, elm, yew , etc. In 1992, it was renamed Paseo de la Constitución and today, without losing an iota of its charm and beauty, it has been modernized with a wi-fi area, summer library or playground. It is especially in this season when it is a magnificent place to relax in the shade of the trees, and cool off in the freshness provided by the fountains. In no case can you miss the wood carvings with mythological motifs that are on the trunks of several dry acacia trees. In the Paseo de la Constitución you will find the sculpture entitled “La Amistad” or the friendship ;donated by the city’s Casino. It represents two figures in a friendly attitude made of wrought iron. More from the city of Jaca here: City of Jaca on paseo de la constitucion

For reference the Jaca tourist office in English here: Jaca tourist office

Huesca province tourist office in Spanish on Jaca: Huesca province on Jaca

Region of Aragon tourist office on Jaca in English: Aragon tourist office on Jaca

And there you go folks, Jaca is wonderful a great getaway with the marvelous face of the Pyrénées. The walking amongt beautiful architecture full of history is marvelous. Hope you have enjoy the walk.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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July 5, 2020

Dinan, the crossroad of Brittany!

So here I am to tell you about a wonderful town of my Bretagne and the dept 22 of the Côtes d’Armor. I hav written several posts on Dinan, but feel a general overview should do justice with some of the things usually not mention by the passing tourist/visitor.

And in our rambling rides in our beautiful region we visited again Dinan, this time a bit more. We went by car of course. Dinan is indeed at the road crossing of Saint Malo, Rennes, Lorient,Quimper, Vannes you name it. We set out 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 and still free. It has train service to Paris and bus terminal right by the train station, all transports now found at Breizhgo Brittany transports webpage on Dinan

We got out of the parking and immediately you see the Hôtel de Ville to your right ;built from 17-19C, and located at 21, rue du Marchix. Before 1822, when the City/Town Hall settled there definitively, after having successively occupied the salle de l’Horloge,the buildings of de la Victoire, des Jacobins, and hôtel dit du Gouvernement,at the rue de l’Horloge , it was the old Hôtel-Dieu. Instead of following the ramparts from there we took off for the tourist office which is right next to the entrance to the Castle (see post) but came down on the ramparts and saw there was the Fête Foraine du Liége by the Promenade des petits fossés with lots of rides for old and young and food, and music all the way to the night; last March 22, 2020.

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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, or Clock Tower, a 15C belfry, 45 meters high, which symbolizes the prosperity of the city. He still has the bell offered by the Duchess Anne. The clock was purchased by the city in 1498.

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Theâtre des Jacobins,before being a theater inaugurated in 1966, the Jacobins were a convent founded by monks in 1232. In 1824, the city bought the building which was to undergo throughout the 19C a series of architectural modifications.

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The Basilica Minor of Saint Sauveur (see post), Church of  Saint Malo (see post) ; jardin Anglais, traced in 1852 on the old parish cemetery, it also allows you to discover a superb panorama of the Rance valley.

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With more walk on the ramparts along the Tour Saint Catherine with a nice view of the viaduc de Rennes over the Rance river, this grandiose granite monument is 250 meters long including the abutments; its height is 40 meters above the towpath and 50 meters including the foundations. It is made up of 10 arches 16 meters wide, separated by straight feet 4 meters thick; the width of the cart track is 5 meters; it is bordered by sidewalks 1 meter wide.

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The port of Dinan from the castle. Here, you walk along the small harbor, take the time to sit on the benches and contemplate the boaters who moor. In the shade of the palm trees, relaxation is guaranteed!

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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. More info on the museum here at Coriosolis:Coriosolis of Dinan

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The historical Chapelle Sainte Catherine, the chapel houses the most remarkable collection of statues, the oldest of all the churches in Dinan. These statues are a Saint-Antoine 17-18C, Saint-François d’Assise 16C  in limestone, two bishops 17-18C, Saint-Pierre 16C, and a Christ on the Cross . There is also the oldest and the most exceptional, “The education of the Virgin”, from the beginning of the 14C,another, a limestone Virgin 15C, did not budge from the chapel because it was intact. She had been found in the 1930s, buried in a garden.

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jardin Val Cocherel by the promenade des pétit-fossés along the ramparts.

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The old maison du gouverneur or governor’s house, at  24 rue du Petit-Fort, 15C house, old weaver’s house, temporary exhibition in July and August. Regional objects and loom. The whole day was spent very nice.

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We did our shopping at Les Terny thés for my Harley Davidson mug and 1960’s Paris placemats for drinks,  they are at  11 rue de la Poissonnerie with official webpage at : Les Terny Thes Dinan

My sons got their leather belts at TM Cuir at 8 rue de la Poissonnerie with official webpage here: TM Cuir Dinan

We loaded for the day when hunger struck with goodies of baguettes and dejeunettes sandwich breads at Boulangerie Royer-Gana at corner of the Grand Rue and Rue du Marchix with webpage here: Boulangerie Gana Boyer Dinan

And finally we did eat at the wonderful service and food of Pizzeria Cecco at 3 rue de la Lainerie. 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. Official webpage here: Pizzeria Cecco Dinan

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Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

The city of Dinan and things to see in French: City of Dinan things to see

The Dinan-Cap Frehel tourist office on Dinan: Dinan Cap Frehel tourist office on Dinan

The Côtes d’Armor dept 22 tourist office on Dinan: Cotes d’Armor tourist office on Dinan

The tourist office of Bretagne on Dinan: Tourist office of Brittany on Dinan

And with that we came home leaisurely nice in our lovely Bretagne. Dinan we came back, it is worth it, I say one of the must cities to visit in the region. Hope you enjoy the brief introduction and do see the other main things to see posts .

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

July 5, 2020

Tour Perret and more of Amiens!

So would like to take you a bit to the old Picardie, now Hauts de France region and a very nice city with a lot of history of the struggle to be free in world wars. This is Amiens , and we have been here all over but feel not enough written in my blog about Amiens. I would like to give you a couple of places often overlook but very much part of the everyday life of Amiens. Hope you enjoy it as we did.

A symbol of the reconstruction of Amiens after WWII is the Tower or Tour Perret near the gare or train station , of which area was totally destroyed by bombings of 1944. The tower opened in 1952 and has the name of the architect that built it, Auguste Perret. It has a height of 110 meters and for a long time was the highest building in Europe, visible from several km around the city. The tower remains initially uninhabited: contrary to the initial wish of Auguste Perret, it is decided to provide housing there but it does not win the support of the locals. After the interior fittings, the Perret Tower was finally inaugurated on July 24, 1960. The first occupants settled there in 1962.

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In 2005, the project to modify the top of the Perret tower was completed. A glass cube that marks the hours by means of a luminous breath raises its top by six meters. This cube, made of an innovative material, active glass, is placed on the top floors of the tower. In light operation, it is supplied with low voltage; otherwise, when the glass is off, it remains opaque. A computer implements a device associated with a play of lights which, by reviewing all the colors of the rainbow, gives a variation of luminosity with each change of hour by a system of neon lights. Thanks to an adapted distribution of power and light sources, the lighting of the tower body has been studied so as not to cause any discomfort for its inhabitants.

Indeed seen from all over the town and even afar, it is an essential monument in the city of Amiens today.

You have more and address on the tourist office of the Somme dept 80 in French: The Somme 80 tourist office on the tour Perret

And one for the memories of our visits here while living in the Yvelines dept 78 which allows us to come often from Versailles, was to have our lunch here. We came first , we like it and kept coming back wherever in town or passing by . This was the old Brasserie Le Queen’s at 3 Place Gambetta.

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At 3 place gambetta, there was the Brasserie Le Queen’s. A very pleasant place with a charming reception! There were a variety of delicious dishes! Also, the price rhymes with the quality offered! This is an address we always hit it! Very good brasserie, you could eat traditional dishes, and the plates were plentiful, fair price, super-friendly welcome, for a lunch.

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Unfortunately, my opinion did not go well with the rest of you and the place has since closed down. At the same spot there is now the Les 3 Cailloux but have not try it yet. More info on the new on their Facebook page: Facebook page of Les 3 Cailloux Amiens

There was another nice building we like to past by even if not gone in (see post on cathedral) but for the memories of the post and Amiens will include. This is the Church of Saint Leu.

The Saint-Leu Church is located in the Saint-Leu district in the city center of Amiens. It is, after the cathedral to which it is very close, the oldest church in Amiens. The history of the Church of Saint Leu is truly known to us from the 15C, a period of prosperity found for the city of Amiens. The church was rebuilt and returned to worship in 1449. It is in flamboyant Gothic style. It was enlarged at the end of the 15C. The bell tower-porch was built around 1500. The entrance gate located at the southern base of the bell tower was redone in the 19C.

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The naves are covered with broken wooden cradles made in the 15C The cradle of the southern collateral is furnished with keystones sculpted in the shape of an angel holding a coat of arms painted in the 19C. The choir retains a high altar surmounted by a glory of the 19C. In the north nave, an altar dedicated to the Virgin is surmounted by a statue of the Virgin and Child, on each side of the altar is a statue including a Saint Joseph on the left. In the south nave, an altar is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus with on each side a statue: Saint Louis on the left, Saint Elisabeth on the right.  The grandstand organ have it that the first organ of which there is almost no trace would date back to the 16C. The 18C buffet consists of a large body with five turrets and a back positive with three turrets. In 1793, during the French revolution, the Saint Leu Church was stripped of its furniture and transformed into a fodder store for the army. Under the Directory, the Church of Saint Leu was returned to worship in 1796.  In 1918, the last old stained glass windows in the church were destroyed by bombing during the German offensive in WWI. In WWII bombing spared the church.

The Somme dept 80 tourist office on the Church of Saint Leu in French: Somme tourist office on St Leu Church Amiens

Last but not least in this nostalgic look at Amiens , you can see other posts with the main things to see. I like to tell you about the Hôtel de Ville or city hall.

The Hôtel de Ville or City/Town hall of Amiens is a building from the 18-19C located in the city center of Amiens, in the Somme department no 80 of the Hauts de France region. The City/Town hall of Amiens was built on the site of the Gallo-Roman amphitheater built between the end of the 1C and the middle of the 2C. At the end of the 3C, the amphitheater was transformed into a castrum. The town had to acquire a private mansion, the Hôtel des Cloquiers, to hold meetings of the Alderman Council and house its administrative services. In the middle of the 16C, the city of Amiens built a City/Town hall there. From this first City/Town hall, built between 1551 and 1600, we have an engraving of Le Soing c 1704 representing the brick and stone facade with its decoration of pilasters, pediment, trophies and royal and municipal coats of arms. In 1756, ordered was given to build a new City/Town hall to overcome the shortcomings of the old one. The main facade looked at the Place au Fil and the Beffroi or Belfry. In the middle of the 19C, due to population growth, the enlargement of the City/Town hall was decided . From 1856 to 1886, the two wings and the two pavilions at each end were added. The main entrance was now placed on the south facade overlooking the main courtyard closed by a gate.The construction of these two wings led to the destruction of vestiges of the Gallo-Roman amphitheatre. In 1992, the gates were dismantled and reassembled at the entrance to the Parc de la Hotoie.  The main facade overlooking the main courtyard where stone and brick alternate. The entrance is marked by a slightly projecting pavilion, which is reached by a staircase of about ten steps. Upstairs, a gallery gives access to the reception rooms. The frontispiece is framed by the four statues at the foot of the gallery: at the ends, two aldermen who tried to resist the Spaniards during the capture of Amiens in 1597, François de Blayries (on the left) ; Le Mattre (right); in the center, Charles-Florimond Le Roux, last mayor of the Ancien Régime and deputy of the Third Estate at the Estates General of 1789 (left), and Antoine Clabaut, mayor of the 15C (right).

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The city of Amiens on things to see, history and heritage in French: City of Amiens on history and heritage

And there you a nice walk will allow you to see all the above rather nicely and with time to spare for a day up nord in the Somme of the Hauts de France of my belle France. Hope you enjoy the brief tour of Amiens!

And remember, happyt travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

July 4, 2020

The family in Florida USA!

So bear with me , I am on the mood for things nostalgic again. I have written plenty in my blog and I thank you. However, missing out on my family, very dear to me. Therefore, let me tell you a bit about it, up close and personal. And happy 4th of July!

A wonderful 18 years in the State of Florida, my biggest chunk of life so far (France total so far is 17). Memories that will not go away easy. The State was sunshine, friendly, and happy; so many things to do it will take an entire blog history to tell. Of course, left for my belle France in 2003, and just back once with the family in 2009 and a couple days business conference in 2016. Life moves on, but the memories remain. Even many have change.

Starting with the Daytona Beach for college then Ormond Beach for living. Then , North Miami, Hialeah, and Miramar while working in Miami. Hope you have enjoyed this overview of my memories in Florida on my many posts on the great State. I told you about me and my places lived and visited all over the State. However, let me give some of my family still there as some are too shy to even have a FB page never mind a blog! Even if I send them my posts via email or FB lol!

So obviously a family portrait of Florida and those visiting from abroad while we were there; therefore not much text. Hope you enjoy it as we do , for the memories, for the times, forever family ,the rock or foundation of human life. Thank you for all you have taught over the years and still going strong!!

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Cape Coral family with wife and boys

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Cape Coral family with wife and boys

Hialeah

Hialeah family with wife ,father, and boys

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Miami Lakes family pool and my boys

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Miami Lakes family pigout Father and friends forever

Ocala

Ocala family cousins aunt and my Parents

Orlando

Orlando family, my wife and boys

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Daytona Beach market parents and paternal grandpa visiting

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Miami me, paternal grandfather and his brother

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Ocala old Silver springs my mom and visiting aunt visiting family

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Orlando Epcot France pavilion of course my dear Frenchie need to put up

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Ormond Beach my parents, wife and oldest son godparent (Portugal)

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Miramar walmartmy parents and paternal grandfather visiting

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Saint Augustine with my late Mom and late wife’s Grandma visiting from France!

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St Augustine statue ponce de leon me and aunt visiting

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Tampa Ybor City Columbia oldest Spanish resto in USA facade my dear wife and me

Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach my office aunt visiting now in Mexico!

Hope you enjoy this family post as much as I doing it. Florida will be a part of my heart wherever I go in our world. Thanks for sharing these moment with me.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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July 4, 2020

My early US history, Perth Amboy NJ!

It is said, that in times of need/worries in this case due to the covid19 virus, the roots come out and make you stronger. I believe it. I have an entertaining blog that keeps my time thanks to all my readers it helps. I sometimes write about glamorous places that I have been lucky to visit or lived! but the roots always comes back to you. And happy 4th of July.

On a cloudy cool day at about 17C or 64F in my new neck of the woods Pluvigner, Morbihan 56, Bretagne in my belle France, let me get back on my feet. I came finally into freedom after avoiding communism and fascism into the United States. I was 13,5 years old arriving in unknown town of Perth Amboy New Jersey USA!

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I spoked no English, no money and the clothes I was wearing arriving with my Mother (passed away in Versailles 2007) to join my Father there in Amboy as we locally call it. And the good times began!! Date: May 10 1972.

Perth Amboy

Perth Amboy

Perth Amboy

The early life was working very hard ,helping my parents who had branch out into small businesses such as the grocery store , clothing store, restaurant, delivery services,and nightclub activities. As hard working immigrants, it was a period of learning English, and new rules, laws, and way of living ,adjusting to the American work ethics that so much carry on in my life today. Even if by now also enjoying the la vie en rose à la Française!

Perth Amboy

Perth Amboy

I became a US citizen in the municipal courthouse of New Brunswick, Middlesex county, New Jersey on December 13, 1980. I learn my ways and language like a native ::) I continue playing my beloved football/soccer (learned in Madrid), and some baseball at high school, and amateur team levels. I played in the Garden State Soccer league known as Schaeffer league for the local beer who sponsored it,and the LISA, or Luso-Iberian Soccer Association with Portuguese and Spanish clubs.

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My sports were intercepted around the help needed on my parents businesses,so I was very busy ,sometimes working at nights so to have some daytime free for sports and girls ::). The city that welcome me to America was Perth Amboy ,in Middlesex County, NJ. It was a city of about 50 000 inhabitants, full of immigrants from all over,there were sections call Budapest, Dublin, Little Italy, Holy Cross, etc, I lived by the one call the Waterfront (facing Staten Island, New York City).

Perth Amboy

I graduated a Panther from Perth Amboy High School in June of 1977,and went to university in Florida (later my second and last home in the USA). In Perth Amboy I lived for 13 years, hard working and full of learning a new surroundings and customs/language but full of great memories and many many friends that will eventually stop by here. Forever, Go Panthers !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

perth amboy

In the Summers , we played at Rudyk Park complex underneath the Outerbridge to Staten Island, NYC, which was used by many to play summer league soccer/football sometimes with as many as 40 nationalities playing!  The wonderful tennis courts by the waterfront was entertaining, and with great views of the bay of NY all in Bayview Park. It has a vibrant downtown or city center area around the Five Corners as five avenues coincide at this junction. The roads are very easy as it is at the crossroads of the NJ Turnpike, the Garden State Parkway, and the Routes 1-9, 35 (to the Jersey shore and The Boss/Bon Jovi days), and 440.

Perth Amboy

These were what I call the learning years, the real adult fun began in Florida, but have several posts on it too in my blog.  And then , of course, my belle France (French citizen since 2000) and have many many posts on that in my blog too!

The Perth Amboy is full of American history from the times of the colonies and later, just browse my other entries on it. It was the right city to be acclimated to the American way of life indeed. I am still attach to the city and high school with groups in FB!

Perth Amboy

The Amboy Guardian local newspaper here! Amboy guardian newspaper

The Perth Amboy schools have it on the High School (lycée): Perth Amboy Publis Schools on the High School

The Middlesex County NJ webpage on Perth AmboyMiddlesex County on Perth Amboy

The city of Perth AmboyCity of Perth Amboy

Just for the memories and if by the area NY/NJ a must stop to get to know about early American history as it was the home of the British colonial governor of NJ and many battles were held there. Hope you enjoy this personal post. And thank you Perth Amboy!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

July 4, 2020

Lapa, Paranà State, Brazil!!!

Ok so browsing my photo cdroms vaults I found one picture, only one that I can find but worth mentioning in my blog. This was the desire to see more of the place of I was living as an expat in the areas surrounding Curitiba, (see posts). The locals told me about it so with my Chevy Prisma car took off into the countryside of the State of Paranà, Brazil. And I found Lapa! Let me tell you a bit about it ok, just for the memories.

Lapa is a town in the State of Paraná, Brazil. It is located at about 62 km from the State capital, Curitiba, and 160 km from the Port of Paranaguà on the coast. The exploration of yerba mate and the tropeira (cattle herds similar to cowboys) activity were part of the economic activities of its history. Its first name was parish of Santo Antônio da Lapa, under the jurisdiction of the town of Curitiba in 1797. It became later Capão Alto and in 1806, changed its name to Vila Nova do Príncipe. In 1872, Vila Nova do Príncipe is elevated to the category of town dismembering from Curitiba and finally receives the name of Lapa.

During the Federalist Revolution of 1894, Lapa became the arena of a bloody confrontation between the republican troops, the so-called Pica-paus and the Maragatos opposed to the Republic. Lapa resisted bravely until the Lapeanos, commanded by General Ernesto Gomes Carneiro, felled. They resisted the siege for 26 days, but they succumbed to the greater number of the Republican army. The episode became known as the siege of Lapa.

The BR-476 road that passes through the city from Curitiba( from where I visited by car) is the main Mercosur Route, connecting the Southwest regions of Paraná, Santa Catarina, Rio Grande do Sul and South American countries.

Some of the things to see here are:

Pantheon of Heroes, where the bodies of the Federalists who fought in the Siege of Lapa lies. The São João Theater opened in 1876, one of the oldest in Paraná State. Located at Praça Joaquim Lacerda and built in 1888, Casa da Memória is a space popularly known as “Casa dos Cavalinhos” or house of horsemen. The main Church of Santo Antônio, building began in 1769 and completed in 1784. The Casa Lacerda Museum, where it was the home of Colonel Joaquim de Rezende Correia de Lacerda (who led the insurrection vs the Republic, and buried at the Pantheon of Heroes) built in 1842. At the entrance to the town there is the Monument to the Tropeiros at Avenida Dr. Manoel Pedro , also called Avenida das Tropas.

The main thing came here to see as told by locals was the Gruta do Monge (monk’s grotto). According to leyend, the monk João Maria D’Agostinis lived in a mountain cave with rock formations. The place became a pilgrimage spot with mystical value. “São João Maria”, or Saint John Mary as he was known, was dedicated to the study of the plants of the region, medicated the sick, made prophecies and prayers. For this reason, the place, which is part of the Monge State Park, is sought by people who seek a cure for their ills. In addition to João Maria, the records show that two monks attended the region and made predictions. Legend has it that the three made predictions. There are also those who say they see the image of a saint in the crack in the stone that served as a shelter for the monk João Maria – known as Pedra Partida or broken stone.

Lapa

Another thing that push me to come here was told by Brazililans collegues in Curitiba about the food here. The dishes that can be considered typical of the municipality are: arroz tropeiro ( dried meat,cubed smoked bacon,sliced pork sausage, and rice) , coxinha de farofa (chicken breast and corn flour etc), quirera lapeana (prepared with broken corn and pork swine, and virado lapeano (black beans with corn flour and eggs delicious) .

There is a webpage Viaje Parana with some further information in Portuguese here: Viaje Parana on Lapa

And there is a nice youtube video on Lapa here for reference:

One of the nice trips I made while living there and always a pleasant memory with many friends still in contact with me. Get to see the country and get to know the country better, it works all the time for me! Enjoy Lapa!!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

July 3, 2020

Some news from France, CCCX!

And there is time to tell you what is going on in my dear belle France according to Paris1972-Versailles2003.com me ! We have cloudy skies and mild temps in 18C or about 66F and we did gardening !!! Now for the news from France 310! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!

How about that city call Paris!

And here we are afte the latest municipal elections in France and especially in my eternal Paris. The Spaniard/French Ana (Anne) Hidalgo was officially re-elected this past Friday by the Paris Council. She was a labor inspector and also deputy director of the National Institute of Labor, Employment and Vocational Training (INTEFP). Anne Hidalgo then represented the cabinet of Martine Aubry, (now mayor of Lille and signed my French citizenship certificate!!) Minister of Labor of Lionel Jospin, within the National Agency for Professional Training of Adults (AFPA), the first portrait in Le Monde newspaper of this 41-year-old socialist, novice in politics then ,who succeeded in an unexpected breakthrough in the 15éme arrondissement of Paris, stronghold of the former Prime Minister Édouard Balladur, and who was about to join the team of Bertrand Delanoë, new elected to the City/Town Hall of Paris. This for a bit of historical background. Now elected to a second term there is the process, naming the advisers of Paris also proceeded to the election of the new Parisian executive. It is made up of 37 deputies, 18 women and 19 men. At the head of this executive, Emmanuel Grégoire (environmentalist). Already the first deputy, he filled for a new mandate and was entrusted with the portfolio of town planning, architecture, Grand Paris and relations with the boroughs.

The environmentalist David Belliard joins the executive. EELV candidate for mayor, rallied to Anne Hidalgo between the two towers, he inherits the role of assistant in charge of the transformation of public space, transport, mobility, street code and roads. Therefore , more changes to Paris coming already claimed by many opposition the end of Paris as we know it. Audrey Pulvar who takes the portfolio of sustainable food, agriculture and short circuits. Jean-Luc Romero-Michel, a figure in the fight against AIDS and elected in the 12éme arrondissement, also joins the municipal team and will be in charge of human rights, integration and the fight against discrimination. The communist Jacques Baudrier takes on his side the portfolio of public construction, monitoring of construction sites, coordination of works, a key mission while Anne Hidalgo was targeted for having multiplied construction sites in the capital. Among the new assistants also, we can quote Anouch Toranian, candidate in the 15éme, she was at 28 years the youngest of the head of the list of Anne Hidalgo. For her part, she will be in charge of community life, citizen participation and public debate. The many members of the previous municipal team remain in this new executive. We can cite Ian Brossat who stays in the accommodation. Olivia Polski keeps the trade and craft portfolio, as does Christophe Girard for culture and Patrice Bloche for education. Some elected deputies already change positions: Nicolas Nordman previously in charge of people with disabilities inherits the post of assistant in charge of prevention and security, he will be in charge for the establishment of the municipal police. Colombe Brossel goes from security to cleanliness, a position previously occupied by Paul Simondon who takes care of the finances and the budget. In this game of musical chairs, Pénélope Komitès sees herself in charge of innovation and attractiveness, leaving her post of assistant to green spaces to Christophe Najdovski, previously in transport.

The team according to BFMTV are

Emmanuel Grégoire, First deputy, deputy mayor of Paris in charge of town planning, architecture, Grand Paris and relations with the boroughs . Hélène Bidard, Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of gender equality and youth. Pierre Aidenbaum, Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of the Seine. Celia Blauel, Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of Paris 2030 foresight and resilience. Jacques Baudrier, assistant to the Mayor of Paris in charge of public construction, monitoring of construction sites, coordinating works on public space and the ecological transition of buildings. Anne-Claire Boux, deputy mayor of Paris in charge of city policy.   David Belliard, deputy to the Mayor of Paris in charge of the transformation of public space, transport, mobility, street code and roads. Colombe Brossel, assistant to the Mayor of Paris in charge of the cleanliness of public space, sorting and reduction of waste, recycling and reuse.   Patrick Bloche, Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of education, early childhood, families and new learning, in charge of the Paris Council. Sandrine Charnoz, Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of mixed economy companies and local public companies. Ian Brossat, deputy mayor of Paris in charge of housing, emergency accommodation and refugee protection. Léa Filoche, Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of solidarity, the fight against inequality and against exclusion. Jacques Galvani, deputy to the Mayor of Paris in charge of universal accessibility and people with disabilities.  Afaf Gabelotaud, Assistant to the Mayor of Paris in charge of businesses, employment and economic development. Christophe Girard, Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of culture. Pénélope Komites, Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of innovation and attractiveness. Antoine Guillou, Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of human resources, social dialogue and the quality of public service.   Marie-Christine Lemardeley, Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of higher education, research and student life.   Fréderic Hocquard, deputy mayor of Paris in charge of tourism and nightlife. Véronique Levieux, Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of seniors and solidarity between generations. Dan Lert, deputy mayor of Paris in charge of ecological transition, climate plan, water and energy. Laurence Patrice, Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of memory and the combatant world.   Florentin Letissier, Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of the social and solidarity economy, the circular economy and the contribution to the zero waste strategy. Olivia Polski, Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of commerce, crafts, liberal professions and art and fashion trades. Christophe Najdovski, deputy mayor of Paris in charge of the greening of public space, green spaces, biodiversity and animal condition. Audrey Pulvar, Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of sustainable food, agriculture and short supply chains. Arnaud NGatcha, Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of international relations and the French-speaking world. Carine Rolland, Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of the quarter-hour city.   Nicolas Nordman, deputy mayor of Paris in charge of prevention, security and municipal police. Anne Souyris, Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of public health and relations with the APHP, environmental health and the fight against pollution, risk reduction and the fight against obesity. Pierre Rabadan, Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of sport, the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Karen Taieb, Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of heritage, Paris history and relations with religions. Jean-Luc Romero-Michel, Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of human rights, integration and the fight against discrimination. Anouch Toranian, deputy mayor of Paris in charge of community life, citizen participation and public debate. Hermano Sanchez-Ruivo, Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of Europe. Dominique Versini, deputy mayor of Paris in charge of children’s rights and child protection. And Paul Simondon, Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of finance, budget and green finance.

A team made up of mostly Socialists or center left and environmentalists coalition, already mention dangerous. For the record, Paris now has 2 187 526 inhabitants with an unemployment rate of 6,6% Local taxes are 1 150;65€ per inhabitant and there is 20% of green space in the city!

Located in the 14éme arrondissement, the Place de la Catalogne is emblematic of the district. Since June 24, it has had a two-way cycle path. However, in the neighborhood, some consider the tracks dangerous. They find that it does not change anything in terms of safety, whether for bikes or cars. In addition, some traders believe that the place is distorted by these facilities. The rivalries between cyclists, pedestrians and motorists do not help at all. And the beat goes on, as said cannot made changes without alternative solutions before implementing re routings and changes.

One good news finally!  Up to thirty months in prison for the pickpockets plaguing the Louvre and Versailles. The six men were suspected of having robbed 110 tourists who came to visit the Louvre and the Palace of Versailles between October 2017 and July 2018. Bravo !!

And if the mayor of Paris is on the changing mood, the President of the French Republic is already planning his reelection by asking Prime Minister Edouard Philippe to step down after winning the later the mayor’s office of Le Havre. The new prime minister will be announce today at 17h30 Paris time for a men of the center right (I guess for balance in winning!).   Senior civil servant, local elected official and former adviser to Nicolas Sarkozy: Jean Castex, appointed Prime Minister on Friday July 3 to replace Edouard Philippe, had become a personality of choice for the majority since his mission of strategic advice on deconfinement. This 55-year-old man, who has never been a minister, cumulates, in the eyes of the president, the advantages to carry the second phase of the quinquennium: enarque, but in contact with the territories; still labeled Les Républicains (center right party), but reputed to be a man of dialogue and a perfect connoisseur of the mysteries of power since his visit to the Elysee as deputy secretary general, at the end of Nicolas Sarkozy’s mandate. Jean Castex, who has kept a slight accent of his native Gers (he was born on June 25, 1965 in Vic-Fezensac), has been mayor Les Républicains of Prades since 2008, when he snatched the town from the left. He was re-elected in this small town in the Pyrénées-Orientales at 75% in the first round, on last March 15.”Politically, I am on the right and I assume it perfectly,” he said in the early 2000s. This father of four supports the candidacy of François Fillon for the presidency of the UMP at the 2012 autumn congress. Time will tell but this is just a strategy to stay in power after all the major failures of the current administration. And bien sûr he quits the Les Républicains party so to be more team player with M Macron lol!!! They area ll on the same boat and not roaming as we are. The rentrée or re-entry in September will be tough.

And for more lighter news of my belle France, we have

The Théâtre de la Ville or city theater has been able to reopen. In the evening of June 22, it offered “la Veillée”, two nights “Planches” until the early hours of poetry, theater and music at Espace Cardin, near US embassy (see post) all for free. Then a week of shows, free again. And since this week, it’s a month of shows for all audiences combining gravity and humor, sometimes dreamlike, which starts on its two sites, Espace Cardin and the Abbesses theater. Again, free of charge, at least for those under 14 and the nursing staff. It will be 10 euros for the others.

Closed for three and a half months, Beaubourg (as we call it) reopened this Wednesday with the Christo exhibition. Please note that online reservations are compulsory for exhibitions, the modern art museum and the library. The first visitors made their entrance to the Centre Pompidou (as it is known) 4éme arrondissement this Wednesday morning at 11h. Beaubourg reopens with a very nice tribute to the artist Christo, who died last May 31. Entitled “ Christo and Jeanne-Claude Paris!” This ghost exhibition which was to open on last March 18, closed on the opening day. Dedicated to Paris and the packaging of Pont-Neuf in 1985, this event heralds the packaging of the Arc de Triomphe in the fall of 2021.

New rules came into effect last Wednesday, July 1st as part of the implementation of the rent framework in Paris. Clearly: a lessor does not have the right to rent an apartment in the capital above the maximum ceiling without justifying it … otherwise the tenant can force him to stick to it. These new ceilings relate to leases signed from July 1, 2020. For leases signed between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020, the old ceilings apply (slightly below the new ones). Leases signed before this date are not affected by the rental framework. Be careful what you rent!

The île de loisirs de Cergy-Pontoise or leisure island reopens its beach this Saturday.(tomorrow). Access will be limited and the slides will not be accessible to avoid contact points. More info in French here: ïle de Loisirs Cergy Pontoise

It’s the return of cinema screenings under the stars. If those planned this weekend in the courtyard of the castle, in Vincennes, are complete, there are others, scheduled in Saint-Maur, Nogent sur Marne ,it is on the Terrasses de la Marne that the outdoor cinema screen, not in the park of the Maisons des Artistes. and Champigny sur Marne which should already be noted in his diary. Drive in cinemas that is, the Summer is here!

The Château de Rosa Bonheur castle in Thomery will have theater and concerts in Rosa Bonheur gardens. Marivaux’s “L’Equête” inaugurates an open-air festival to be held all summer in the park of the residence of this 19C painter. More info here in French: Château Rosa Bonheur

At Beauvais airport, the return of Ryanair and the concern of local residents. The Irish company returned to the Beauvais tarmac this past Wednesday, July 1st with 35 to 40% of its usual traffic. Local residents who oppose noise pollution fear a rise in noise power !!! Well cannot have it all lol!

The French are refocusing on essential goods, wine toast, the market plummets, minus 6% for all wine sales, up to minus 60% on champagne. In the fields, orders no longer go, wine tourism is at a standstill. However, rosé is doing well. It totals a plus 7.5% increase in sales during the two months of confinement! Well we did online purchases a couple times and the merchants appreciated.   Some of the unique opportunity were the Bordeaux Rollan de By, (visited), 2019 . Generous, this rosé breaks the codes of its region with a tall Italian-style bottle, in a feminine adornment. That said, this wine is for everyone, thanks to its roundness and delicacy, especially due to Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. And Champagne Pannier, brut (visited). It is its touching delicacy that makes you want these bubbles of rosé. And then also its lightness, in the healthy sense of the term. In short, a champagne that feels good with a salad, vegetables or fruit.

Travel along the Touques, the river made in Normandy. Upstream of Pont-l’Evêque, from green hills to cheese dairies and apple orchards to castles, this coastal river and its valley conceal all the Norman treasures. The source is Champ-Haut, in the Orne. The mouth is Deauville, in Calvados, its crowd and its boards. In just over 100 km, La Touques connects two worlds that have only Normandy in common. Let’s voluntarily skip the last part of the river, between Pont-l’Evêque and La Manche, to discover the part of the valley that gives pride of place to castles and local products. The cider route, between the Dives and the Touques, attests to this. Gorgeous terrain and great foodies , enjoy it.

Perched at a height of 60 meters, a magnificent view of all of Paris, this is what the new rooftop promises, born of the collaboration between Passage Enchanté and Sodexo Prestige Venues and Events, high promises. A cocoon of greenery close to the Gare de Lyon, which invites you to enjoy the marvelous Parisian sunsets. From July 3, Laho opens its doors. An elegant green space on the 18th floor of a business center, accessible by a private elevator. Once at the top, the panoramic view of Paris is dazzling. A magical moment, where the sky changes from blue to purple, and where the sun is reflected on the monuments of the capital. Paris of course! 5-9 Rue Van Gogh, 12éme more info here: Laho roofstop

The “50 Top Pizza” classification, in Europe published by the experts of the Identità Golose committee, gives pride of place to Neapolitan pizza whose very thick dough has been making foodies around the world salivate for many years . And that’s Kalò di Ciro Salvo who comes first, a London restaurant located in Westminster and whose Neapolitan pizza signed by the pizza maker Ciro Salvo are recognized worldwide. Behind him, the first Parisian restaurant, Bijou, Abbesses pizzeria at high prices but with an absolutely delicious menu,10 Rue Dancourt 18éme, followed by 6 other Parisian addresses: Ober Mamma in 4th position , 107 Bd Richard Lenoir 11éme;   Louie Louie in 18th, 78 Rue de Charonne 11éme; Manhattan Terrazza in 19th,108 Avenue de Villiers 17éme Tripletta in 33th, 88 Bd de Belleville 20éme ,Popolare in 34th,111 Rue Réamur, 2éme; and Guillaume Grasso in 49th 45 Rue Brancion 15éme. Perfect for traveling without leaving Paris!

And one and last but not least for the memories of old Paris.

The old “Refoulons” line, 3 km long between Enghien-les-Bains train station and the former Montmorency train station, which is now gone, was in service from 1866 until July 4, 1954. It was very popular at the beginning of the 20C. It was with this line that the future Mistinguett took the train for the first time. If the cities still keep some vestiges of its activity, in particular the hall of the Enghien train station built in 1879 and which today houses the bus station, it remains especially in the memory of many inhabitants to whom it made life easier. On July 4, 1956, an official decree definitively ended the existence of the Refoulons.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

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