January 21, 2022

How about Terminal 2 Roissy CDG for Paris !!

I have written several posts on transports in Paris and on the airports. However, the one i have used the most almost exclusively has been CDG Terminal 2, and I own section F !! I am not going to be too technical and detail as many webpages have plenty of information on it and besides if you need specifics just let me know I can walk you thru them! Let me tell you a bit on Roissy CDG Terminal 2 , commonly ,and mistakingly call the Paris airport but is actually in Roissy en France dept 95 of Val d’Oise, and part in Temblay en France, dept 93 of Seine Saint Denis in the same Ïle de France region, This is an updated post with new text and links.

The Terminal 2 consists of seven halls,numbered 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, and 2G. In the center of the terminal is the TGV-RER station Charles de Gaulle 2 Airport and CDGVAL Terminal 2 station.  You can move freely, in public area, between the different halls of terminal 2, on foot or by free shuttle bus. Terminal 2G is located further east, away from other halls and an inner free bus transportation will take you back and forth. Terminal 2 at Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport is the largest of the three terminals. The inter terminal bus are navettes N1 & N2 taking you from the public zones between the satellites letters of Terminal 2, the parking PW Eco, and the train stations TGV-RER-CDGVAL, After your disembarkation follow the Exit-Baggage indications. Passengers ending their trip to Paris must pass a Border Police identity check (entry to France). Access to the public area (Level Arrivals in the main building) is made after the passage of the Customs, leaving the baggage delivery room.

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The A,C,D, you have currency exchange and ATM cash distribution machines 24:24, post office, internet bornes, lost items office, Children’s areas such as T2A departure area, mezzanine baby spaces, T2C departure central area.  Here you will find bag plastic wrapper by public zone gates A8,C11, and C14, pharmacy public zone, massage center at 2A and 2C, prayer room by shopping level ,and game arcade at 2C. You have restaurants in public areas such as 2A Starbucks, 2A/C Frenchy’s bistro and McDonald’s, 2C Paul, 2D Brioche Dorée, Hippopotamus, and Starbucks. In the security zone at 2A you have Exki, Fauchon, Starbucks, and Brioche Dorée; 2A/C Seafood bar and Café Eiffel; 2C Bert’s and McDonald’s, and 2D Brioche Dorée and Exki. The car rental desks of Avis, Europcar, Hertz,Enterprise citer, and Sixt.

While in the E,F,G  , you have Banks, currency exchange and ATM cash distribution machines such as HSBC and Travelex. Children’s spaces at 2E departure area after police filter,and 2F departure lounge after security checks. Massage centers at 2E halls L, M, and 2F. Also, museum space at 2E hall M. Plastic wrapping luggage in public area 2E gates 2,6,and 14, 2F gate 6 departure level. Luggage lockers at 2E by the train TGV station. Medical center at 2F door 17 arrivals; pharmacy 2E public area departure, prayer room multifaith at 2E hall L door E63 7/7 days 2F arrivals door 1 7/7 days from 6h30 to 22H (6:30am to 10 pm). Game arcades at 2E hall M, and business center at 2F and 2G. Restaurants are plenty on 2E Brioche DoréeEspressamente Illy, Naked, arrivals level, 2F Brasserie Flo, Espressamente Illy, Ladurée, Marks&Spencer, Starbucks. 2F1 Brioche dorée, Pradier and 2G Paul. In security areas where I always eat are 2E hall K, Exki, Paname Restaurant, Paul, Prêt à manger, Starbucks, and Yo Shushi; Hall L Exki, Fly Bar, Illy, I love Paris by Guy Martin (great), Hall M Caviar House & Prunier , seafood bar, Exki, Paul, Starbucks, Costa Coffee, Café Cubiste. 2F1 , Exki, ,Paul, and Petrossian, 2F2, Bellota Bellota, Bert’s, Brioche Dorée, Caviar House & Prunier, Seafood bar Paul, and Yo Sushi.  At 2G you have Bert’s, Illy, and Ladurée. I highlight the ones I have tried ok. You can rent cars here like Avis, Europcar, Hertz, Enterprise Citer, and Sixt.

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These terminals, or modules, are separated by a fast lane and car parks. A boarding satellite is connected to the terminal  2A by a gateway, two others (S3 and S4) are connected to the terminals 2E and 2F. Between the terminals 2C and 2D and between the terminals 2E and 2F, there is the station Charles Airport. de-Gaulle 2 TGV and the RER B station.  Terminal 2 includes many services, shops, bars and restaurants. There is even a museum space in Terminal 2E. Terminal 2E is one of the most important buildings in the world. Terminal 2E-hall K is beside the main building.  Terminal 2E-hall L is a satellite terminal, connected by transit train.  Terminal 2E-hall M is a terminal satellite, connected by transit train.  The transit train connects the main building (hall K) with hall L & hall M.

The Terminal 2 is served by the Roissybus, RATP bus lines 350 to Porte de la Chapelle & line 351 to place de la Nation, Noctilien night bus lines N140 and N143 to Gare de l’Est train station as well as the RER B train. A wonderful free way of moving between terminals and long term parking is with the monorail type of train the, CDGVAL , it allows you to easily connect all the car parkings and train stations of Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport, and my best partner!.  CDGVAL also provides links between terminals and makes it possible to circulate in all public areas of Roissy CDG. It runs every 4 minutes from 4h (4am) 01h ( 1am), and every 20 minutes from 01h30 to 04H30 (1:30am to 4:30 am). Travel time between terminals 1, 2 and 3 as well as car parkings PR and PX is between 2 and 10 min depending on which terminal you go ; like from terminal 1 to terminal 3 is about 10 minutes, terminal 2 is 8 minutes. The correspondence with RER B train and CDGVAL is possible. You have to go to Terminal 3 – Roissypole or Terminal 2.  The correspondance CDGVAL / TGV trains ,the connection is done at Terminal 2.

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There is now a navette bus service to Parc Asterix from Roissypôle bus depot in Terminal 3 reach with the CDGVAL monorail, Also, a navette bus service to Disneyland call the Magical Express at Terminal 2 is 2E and 2F Porte 8a arrivals follow gare routiére or bus terminal, There is a dedicated bus to the Aeroville shopping mall ,Again there is a connection to Beauvais airport by Roissypôle T3.

The parkings are  P1, PR (near terminal 1 and 3) P3, P3 RESA,  PAB,  PCD , PEF, PX. The closest hotels to Roissy Charles de Gaulle terminals are: Novotel Hotel “Paris CDG Terminal”, Hilton Hotel and Ibis “Charles de Gaulle Airport” These hotels are within walking distance from Terminal 3 or the CDGVAL from Terminals 1 and 2. Sheraton Hotel: close to the TGV and RER station, this hotel is located in Terminal 2 of Roissy CDG.

The official Aéroports de Paris in English on CDG: https://www.parisaeroport.fr/en

An unofficial site but very good in English is EasyCDGhttps://easycdg.com/

An unofficial site for Roissy CDG in French: http://www.aeroport-roissy-cdg.com/

Another one on airports reservation have it on CDG in French: https://www.aeroports-voyages.fr/fr/aeroport/paris-charles-de-gaulle/CDG

There you go folks, a huge building full of extentions sometimes seems difficult and visitors complaint about it but its really easy and well mark , a breeze for me. Like I said if in need of getting around it let me know; T2 is like my second home lol! Enjoy the CDG ,the airport for Paris!

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

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January 21, 2022

Again more streets of eternal Paris!!!

Here I am again to tell you about more streets of my eternal Paris. I have many many posts on Paris and several on the streets of the most beautiful city in the world. I have come up with some pictures believe not in my blog and will tell you about the streets they represent. Hope you enjoy the post as always thank you. Therefore, here is my take again more streets of eternal Paris!!!

The rue Catinat, is in the 1éme arrondissement of Paris. It bears the name of Marshal of France Nicolas de Catinat. Originally, the Place des Victoires had no exit from the side of the Hôtel de La Vrillière. In the past, you could have seen a building built in the rue de La Vrillière on the part of the land occupied by the rue des Fossés-Montmartre, when it extended to this square. Louis Ier Phélypeaux de La Vrillière obtained permission to demolish this building, and by this release provided a more pleasant view of his hotel. This new exit was first named “rue Percée”, then “petite rue La Vrillière”; in 1838 it received the name “rue de la Banque”, because it is located opposite this establishment, then, on June 11, 1847, it took the name of rue Catinat. Below rue Catinat towards rue La Vrillière and banque de France branch.

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Some of the anecdotes here I like tell us the rue de la Sorbonne received the name of rue Catinat from 1792 to 1802. It is also the old name of the street Đồng Khởi in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. I past by it, so a bit more. Its name was given to it by the Admiral-Gouverneur de la Grandièrele on February 1, 1865 in honor of the corvette Catinat (Nicolas de Catinat Marshal of France) who had participated in the interventions of 1856 in Tourane (Da Nang ) and from 1859 in Saigon. In the 1920s, rue Catinat, where the Continental Hotel was located, became the Canebière of Saigon. The famous writer André Malraux and his wife Clara stayed there from 1924 to 1925.

The quai Branly is located along the rive gauche of the Seine river in the 7éme arrondissement of Paris. It begins in the extension of the Quai d’Orsay, near the Pont de l’Alma and the Place de la Resistance and ends at the quai Jacques-Chirac, near the Esplanade David Ben-Gurion and the Passerelle Debilly. On the Seine side, it serves the port of La Bourdonnais. Below pic quai branly carrousel on pont d’ Iena to Palais Chaillot

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The quai Branly bears the name of Édouard Branly, a French physicist born in Amiens, one of the forerunners of the TSF. wireless transmission, He discovered the principle of radioconduction and that of telemechanics. He is one of the forerunners of radio.  Thanks to Branly’s  discovery of the radioconductor  , and his work on the principle of  radioconduction. Guglielmo Marconi in 1899 made the radiotelegraph connections which marked the birth of wireless telegraphy. The quai Branly received its name by decree of January 30, 1941, the authorities serving the Vichy regime having insisted on honoring this French scholar who died in Paris on March 24, 1940. This choice was not questioned at the Liberation. On April 14, 2021, the Paris Council voted to rename most of the quai Branly from the portion located in front of the Quai Branly museum to the place des Martyrs-Juifs-du-Vélodrome-d’Hiver, in the 7éme arrondissement and 15éme arrondissements “quai Jacques-Chirac”, in tribute to the former President of the French Republic. The same principle that the museum is now quai Branly – Jacques Chirac.

Some of the things to see here me think are :

Near the Pont Bir-Hakeim bridge was erected the monument in memory of the 1st Free French Division, with a bronze bust of General Diego Brosset in 1953. The site of the former headquarters of Météo-France, at No 1, at the corner of avenue Rapp and opposite the Pont de l’Alma . The buildings of this headquarters, now destroyed, were bought, in February 2010, by the Russian State, to build on their land a cathedral, the new seat of the Russian Orthodox Bishopric of Chersonesus and a cultural center of the Russian Orthodox Church. Construction began in 2013 on an area of ​​4,200 m2 and was completed in 2016. (see post)
Alma Palace, at No. 11, residence of the French Republic and former seat of the Superior Council of the Judiciary (CSM).
Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques-Chirac, (see post) no 37, museum of arts and civilizations of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas with its green wall overlooking the quay. It takes the place of the former Ministry of Foreign Trade.
The Tour Eiffel tower, on the Champ-de-Mars near the Pont d’Iéna (see posts).
Maison de la culture du Japon in Paris, at 101 bis. and  National Memorial to the Algerian War and the fighting in Morocco and Tunisia.

The Place de la Bourse is located in the 2éme arrondissement of Paris. You get there by Metro line 3 Bourse, It owes its name to the Palais de la Bourse,(Brongniart) built on its site between 1807 to 1825, It opened at the same time as the Palais de la Bourse, absorbing part of the rue des Filles-Saint- Thomas. During the Three Glorious Days revolution, the square was the scene of confrontation between the insurgents and the troops. It officially took its current name on June 21, 1844. Below pic pl de la bourse to rue 4 septembre and Opéra Garnier.

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There is a market on the Place de la Bourse, Tuesdays and Fridays from 10h to 20h is one of the only Parisian markets to be open in the afternoon. You have here the main attraction me think even if not open to the general public the Palais Brongniart: inaugurated in 1825.(see post).

Other sights worth seeing me think are at no. 2: chamber of commerce and industry of the Paris – Île-de-France region; No. 4: trade union chamber of stockbrokers; no 5: one of the first press agencies, the Office-Correspondance, in 1830, nos 6-8: post office; no 9: Fournier press agency; nos 10-12: daily L’Information, in the future Nouvel Observateur building; no 13: Havas and Restaurant Champeaux information agency; today AFP Agence France Presse (see post) ,no 40, rue Notre-Dame-des-Victoires .No 29 rue Vivienne by the passage of same name,

Anecdotes tell us that the first Théâtre des Nouvelles was built in 1827 at 27 bis rue Vivienne opposite the Stock Exchange (former Bourse), The Opéra Comique settled there from 1832 to 1840, then the Théâtre de Vaudeville from 1840 to 1868.The theater was demolished in 1869 to allow the extension of rue Réaumur (now rue du Quatre Septembre). A new Vaudeville theater was built on Boulevard des Capucines , then it became a cinema Gaumont Opéra. 

L’Argent, (the money) a novel by Émile Zola published in 1891, describes in detail the intense activity of the Place de la Bourse shortly before its peak: arriving from all four corners, while the rue du 4-Septembre and the rue Réaumur do not have not yet been pierced, a ballet of cabs and omnibuses crisscrosses a large square covered with chestnut trees and benches, riddled with rumors and negotiations, in shops (stationery, pastry chef), banks, media, cafes and restaurants arranged all around, Indeed a wonderful novel by Mr Zola!

The Rue du Commerce is in the 15éme arrondissement of Paris. The street begins on Boulevard de Grenelle, at the aerial metro level, in the extension of Avenue de La Motte-Picquet and ends at Rue des Entrepreneurs. The rue du Commerce has formed since the middle of the 19C one of the three or four lively and attractive shopping axes of the 15éme arrondissement. And must say one of my favorite places for shopping too, The street was the main shopping street of the former village of Grenelle was formed in 1837 under the name of Rue Saint-Guillaume , It takes the name of rue de la Montagne-Noire on February 1, 1877 before taking its current name by a decree of March 16, 1877. Below pic rue de commerce to Church St Jean Baptiste de Grenelle.

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It is crossed by rue Letellier, rue Fondary and rue du Théâtre. It serves as the starting point for rue Tiphaine, rue Frémicourt, rue Gramme and rue Lakanal, but also as a point of arrival at avenue Émile-Zola. Its length is 675 meters with an average width of only 18 meters. Due to this narrow width, it is a one-way lane for automobile traffic. Recent developments also limit the parking of vehicles. Yes indeed but there is an undergroun parking at 76 Rue du Commerce, This street is also served by metro Commerce line 8 at Place du Commerce. Metro Émile Zola line 10 on avenue Émile-Zola, and 20 meters from the intersection with rue du Commerce and La Motte-Picquet – Grenelle ,Metro lines 6 8 and 10,

The Rue du Commerce is the result of an urban planning operation carried out in the 19C.The construction of the Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church in 1825 (see post), the Pont de Grenelle bridge in 1826, the development of a port on the Seine for waterway traffic and a river station for storing goods, as well as the construction of the Théatre Grenelle theater in 1829, complete this set, organized into a global network. The facades of houses and apartment buildings adorned with sculpted patterns, bands and cornices meet the tastes of the middle bourgeoisie that want to attract to this new district. The opening of the rue Frémicourt, then its extension in 1905 by the avenue Émile-Zola, created new links between the Grenelle district and the rest of Paris in full development. But, for its part, the rue du Commerce will keep much of its original cachet, in part no doubt thanks to the strong presence of activities on the ground floor of the buildings bordering the street.

Today, rue du Commerce is still an important shopping street with many shops selling perfumes, lingerie, clothing, tableware, decoration and gifts, bank branches, a few restaurants and cafes including the famous Café du Commerce at no 51,(see post) as well as food shops (bakeries, butchers, etc.). One of the best shopping street in Paris.; not only for the selection, which covers everything from one-of-a-kind boutiques to affordable fashions, but because you will be shopping where the locals go.I do!!!

Some of the other significant things to see in rue du commerce me think are:

At no 93: building from 1876 which takes up the size and aesthetics of the first constructions of Grenelle; no 87: building from 1860, with a beautiful cast iron grille and a largely preserved molding; no 71: first large building built (in 1864) just after annexation to Paris, with the aesthetic standards of the capital; Nos 56 and 116, rue du Théâtre: building having retained its original volume and simplicity, contrasts and marks a landmark on the street; The Paris tourist office on the rue du Commerce: https://en.parisinfo.com/transport/257944/Rue-du-Commerce

The rue du Temple is one of the oldest streets in Paris, located between the 3éme and 4éme arrondissements, in the Marais district. It is 1335 meters long, and begins at its at 64 rue de Rivoli and ends at 13 at Place de la République. The street is served by the Hôtel de Ville metro lines, 1 and 11, République metro lines 3,, 5, 8, 9 and 11, Temple metro line 3 and metro Arts et Métiers lines 3 and 11. One of my spots closer to Pl de la République for my business trips stays in Paris ! Below pic rue du Temple to the Place République.

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The rue du Temple owes its name to the Order of the Templars, installed in the mid-13C in this district known as the Temple district even today. Remains of fortifications dating from Philippe Auguste are preserved at nos. 69 and 71 rue du Temple, The current rue du Temple is formed by ministerial decree dated February 18, 1851. The rue du Temple, which was located between the rue Michel-le-Comte and the Vieilles-Haudriettes and the boulevards Saint-Martin and the Temple; the rue Sainte-Avoie, which was located between rue Neuve-Saint-Merri and rue Sainte-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie and rue Michel-le-Comte and rue des Vieilles-Haudriettes; rue Barre-du-Bec, which was located between rue de la Verrerie and rue Neuve-Saint-Merri and rue Sainte-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie; and rue des Coquilles, which was located between rue de la Tixéranderie and rue de la Verrerie.

The part of rue du Temple located between rue de Rivoli and rue de la Verrerie first bore the name of “rue des Coquilles”, then in the 14C, it became “ruelle Jean-Gentien” (treasurer of the king). ), then “rue Jacques-Gentien”. The part between rue de la Verrerie and rue Saint-Merri will be called “rue Barre-du-Bec”, then “rue de l’Abbaye-du-Bec-Hellouin” towards the beginning of the 14C. The part between rue Saint-Merri and rue des Haudriettes was called “rue Sainte-Avoye” between 1515 and 1851; Madame de Sévigné stayed there before settling in rue de Thorigny. At the corner of these streets was the mark of the jurisdiction of the great priors of the order of the Temple namely: the scale of the Temple which was nearly 16 meters high. This patibular scale (pillory) appears on texts of 1550. The Passage Sainte-Avoye, between rue Sainte-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie and rue Michel-le-Comte, was part of the main street of the Temple then of the rue du Temple. formerly between the rue Michel-le-Comte and the boulevard du Temple, and which nowadays goes from the rue Michel-le-Comte to the place de la République was in the 13C the rue de la Milice-du-Temple before soon after become rue de la Chevalerie-du-Temple.

Some of the wonderful architecture and history of this rue du Temple that I like are :

No 17: site of an entrance to the former Hôtel de Du Guesclin at the end of the 14C
No 22: former hotel of the Marquis de la Maisonfort (1718) then of Canet du Guy (1752)
No 24: corner turret between rue du Temple and rue de Sainte-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie, dating from 1610,
No 41: the former auberge de l’Aigle d’Or or Golden Eagle inn was the head of a stagecoach line in the 19C. A Louis XIII staircase can still be seen in the passage. In the beautiful courtyard with the facades there is a café-theater, the Café de la Gare !
No 43: 16C mansion with listed facades. Adjoining the former Golden Eagle inn. It has a majestic staircase with Henri IV ironwork and a black and white paved floor. There is the Association of Young Chinese of France (language school).
No 57: the mansion of Maximilien Titon 16C, supplier of the arsenals, is at the end of the courtyard. Here resided in 1830 François Fortuné Guyot de Fère, one of the founders of the Free Society of Fine Arts in Paris,
Nos 60, 62-69,71: location of the Porte du
Temple gate of the enclosure of Philippe Auguste in the 13C.
No 62: Passage Sainte-Avoie. On the site of the former Hôtel Neuf-de-Montmorency, the Passage Sainte-Avoye was opened in 1828; in 1838, when rue Rambuteau was opened, this hotel completely disappeared. The Constable Anne de Montmorency died there in 1567. The hotel became the property of Mesmes and that of Antoinette de Mesmes, wife of Louis Victor de Rochechouart de Mortemart (older brother of Madame de Montespan) Duke and Duchess of Vivonne, who remained there in 1678. In May 1716, the banker John Law set up his first bank there. This passage follows the route of the enclosure of Philippe Auguste which exited in the current rue du Temple between nos. 60 and 62. If no trace of the enclosure is currently visible, however, you can see that these two numbers are not in the same alignment.
No 70: at the corner of rue de Braque is the Hôtel de Testars, located on the site of the former Butchers of the Templars

 No 71: the former Hôtel de Saint-Aignan, built from 1645 to 1650, for Claude de Mesmes, Count d’Avaux, responsible for Finances in 1641. In 1680, it became the property of the Duke of Saint-Aignan. Paul de Beauvilliers, who was responsible for the education of the Duke of Burgundy, the Duke of Anjou and the Duke of Berry with Fénelon, had it overhauled in 1691. Having become a national property during the French revolution, it was from 1800 to 1823 the City/Town hall of the former 7éme arrondissement. Today it houses the Museum of Art and History of Judaism.
No 79: Former Hôtel de Montmor (1623), owned by treasurer Jean Habert de Montmor, known as “Montmor le Riche”. His son Henri Louis Habert de Montmor, friend of Madame de Sévigné, who had created a draft of the Academy of Sciences frequented by Descartes, Molière, Huygens, Roberval, and whose very rich library bought by Colbert is now part of the collection of the National Library of France, lived in these places from 1643. In 1751, the hotel became the property of Laurent Charron, farmer general from 1757 to 1768. It was he who gave it its current appearance,
No 122 (formerly no 40): Honoré de Balzac’s family settled there in 1814 and lived there until 1819.
Between nos. 178 and 207 is the site of the former Porte du Temple of the enclosure of Charles V. This gate was located at the outlet of the current rue Meslay (formerly “rue du Rempart”) at the level of no 2 and 207 rue du Temple. I stayed in hotel by here several times!
No 195: Church of St. Elisabeth of Hungary. A few meters further on, rue du Temple is joined by rue de Turbigo. The odd side of the end of rue de Turbigo and the even side of rue du Temple border the Place Elisabeth-Dmitrieff square, where the only exit of the Temple metro station emerges. The rue du Temple reaches a few tens of meters further on the Place de la République.

There you go folks, another dandy beautiful set of glorious streets of my eternal Paris. I have criss cross them many and have many in my blog already, Hope you enjoy these architecturally and historically stunning streets of Paris as I.

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

January 20, 2022

The Church Saint Séverin of Paris!

Well back to the lonely period we are cruising thru and decided to look back deep into my blog to update some older posts that needs it. After several years, some of these posts gets very updated and the links fade away. Therefore, here is my updated post on the Church Saint Séverin of Paris!

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I have told folks many times there is so much to see in Paris alone to last you a  lifetime! I do have several posts on Paris in my blog and numerous sites but there is always some new ones found! And this one was so close to very well known places like the Place St Michel amazing never dwell into it. Until now!  Let the feet do the walking and you will be amazed of what you see in Paris, and I only give you the general views, details need a book lol! Let me tell you something about the Church of Saint Séverin of Paris! I really only wanted to go to St Michel for lunch but there you go once parked in the indigo place st michel parking and started walking new things pop out as usually the case when walking…The Church of Saint-Séverin is located in the Latin Quarter at 3 rue des Prêtres-Saint-Séverin in the 5éme arrondissement or district of Paris, near the Seine river and place St Michel.

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The ensemble formed by the church, as the parish house – presbytery, at the place André-Lefèbvre and the cloister is bounded by the rue des Prêtres-Saint-Séverin, rue Parcheminerie, rue Saint-Jacques and the rue Saint-Séverin. As a parish seat from the 9C, the Saint-Séverin Church is one of the 52 parishes of the Paris Diocese when the property of the clergy was confiscated in the French revolution of 1789-90. Its priest is then one of the two archpriests of the diocese. It is de facto the only parish Church of Saint-Séverin-Saint-Nicolas Parish (the two parishes were merged in 1968).

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A bit of history I like ,briefly…

In the 6C, a hermit, Séverin (Saint Séverin of Paris), has the habit of praying in a small rudimentary oratory. After his death, a basilica is erected on the spot. It is first of all a chapel. 9C ,destroyed by the Vikings during the siege of Paris, the church is rebuilt in the 13C for the bell tower and the first three bays of the nave and the second half of the 15C for the rest. In 1412 , casting of one of the bells ; it is today the oldest in Paris and bears the name of Macée . In 1487 the completion of the spire of the tower. By 1489-1495, the construction of the chevet. By 1498-1520, the realization of the side chapels of the nave. In 1673, Jules Hardouin-Mansart removes three spans of the mass grave to raise, on the right side of the church, the oval Chapel of Communion. By 1681-1684, Jean-Baptiste Tuby realizes a marble decoration of the choir on a drawing of Charles Le Brun, works financed by donations of the Duchess Anne-Marie-Louise d’Orleans, called the Grand Mademoiselle, cousin of king Louis XIV. In 1745, the organ buffet is done.

The architectural interest of the church also lies in its mass grave, former parish cemetery. The Church Saint-Séverin indeed has the peculiarity, exceptional in Paris, to have preserved almost intact the site of its cemetery and its charnel house. This cemetery, opened around 1250, was surrounded on three sides by a gallery, similar to that of a cloister, built around 1430, which was used both as a mass grave and as a residence for the priests of the parish, with floors dedicated. But in 1674 the church wardens decided to prohibit burials and close the mass graves, the whole then becoming a simple cloister. The bays of the gallery were decorated with stained glass windows a few years later, in 1699. In 1926, a building with ogival windows was built in their place to serve as presbytery, which made it possible to remove the two upper floors reserved for housing. priests. Today this ensemble is now transformed into a nice garden.

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The inside has a 17 meters high, flamboyant nave  decorated with stained glass windows from the 19C. With 8 bays, it has the shape of a parallelogram ending in a semicircular apse. This Church of Saint Séverin contains a collection of stained glass windows, staged over seven centuries. The church contains Gothic windows, including a Jesse tree, stained glass windows of the 19C, and a set of several modern windows along the ambulatory, inspired by the seven Sacraments. They are from the second half of the 15C. In the rosette of the west facade is the Tree of Jesse which is a stained glass window from 1482, largely concealed by the organ buffet since the 18C. A series of 8 stained glass windows to be inaugurated on May 10, 1970, replacing those of the 19C in the Gothic windows of the ambulatory. The church has many murals from different periods of the15C, 17C, and the 19C.

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The official parish of Church Saint Séverinhttps://saint-severin.com/visite-de-leglise/visiter-leglise/

The Paris tourist office on the Church Saint Séverinhttps://en.parisinfo.com/paris-museum-monument/71119/Paroisse-Saint-Severin

There you go folks,the Church Saint Séverin is on a nice quant area of narrow streets full of shops a lovely walk indeed while the hordes were concentrating on Notre Dame Cathedral not far away. Worth the detour indeed, we like it .Hope you enjoy the post and do visit.

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

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January 20, 2022

Odéon Theater of Paris!

Well back to the lonely period we are cruising thru and decided to look back deep into my blog to update some older posts that needs it. After several years, some of these posts gets very updated and the links fade away. Therefore, here is my updated post on the Odéon Theater of Paris!

Ok so on my ongoing opportunity to visit my eternal Paris , let me continue my saga of the eternal city with a very nice monument. I have written briefly before and passed by it many times, a great monument of my belle France often overlook but it should not. Let me tell you briefly about the Odéon theater of Paris! or now of Europe!  The neighborhood of the Odéon is the 22nd administrately neighborhood of Paris located in the 6éme arrondissement or district of Paris north of the Jardin du Luxembourg.

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The neighborhood of the Odéon is so named because of its proximity to the Théatre de l’Odéon, itself making reference to the ancient meaning of the word: a place for songs and, more generally, a Greco-Roman theater. The statue standing in the middle of Place Henri-Mondor is that of Danton, which is not far from the former home of the politician and the place of his arrest.  The Théatre National de l’Odéon or National Theater of the Odeon, called since March 1990 Odeon-Theater of Europe, is located at Place de l’Odeon , 6éme arrondissement, inaugurated in 1782 to host the troupe Théatre-Français or French Theater. The Odeon is since September 1971 one of the six national theaters of France.  Architecturally, it is an Italian-style theater with a cubic-shaped stage and semicircular hall and the exterior is neoclassical.

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A bit of history I like

In 1767, the Marquis de Marigny, then director of the King’s buildings, asked Marie-Joseph Peyre and Charles de Wailly to work on a project for a new theater for the Théâtre-Français.  On March 26, 1770, a decision of the Council of the King orders the execution of the construction site on the ground of the garden of the hotel of the prince of Condé, which this one wishes to be undone in order to settle in the Bourbon palace.   The location of the theater is slightly modified compared to the original project, so as to bring it closer to the palace of Luxembourg, home of Sire, brother of the King, so that it is a new amenity for their home work begins in May 1779. The troupe of the Comédie-Française settles in its new walls on February 16, 1782 and the hall is inaugurated by Queen Marie-Antoinette on April 9.  On April 27, 1784, The Marriage of Figaro de Beaumarchais was created by Dazincourt, still in front of Queen Marie Antoinette and the court. The comedian Talma debuted on November 21, 1787.

By a decree of July 1789, the National Assembly renamed the room Théatre de la Nation or Theater of the Nation. In 1791, the ban by Louis XVI of the play of Marie-Joseph Chénier ,Charles IX, causes a conflict between actors loyal to the king and those favorable to the French Republic, which will lead to the departure of these last April 1791, led by Talma, for the new room of the Theater of the Republic at the Palais Royal. It is these actors loyal to the French Republic who will form the current Comédie-Française. Georges Danton would have said: “If Figaro killed the nobility, Charles IX will kill the royalty.”  Arrested during the Terror, in the French revolution ,the actors who remained at the Théâtre de la Nation reopened the theater on June 27, 1794 under the name of  Théatre de l’Egalité or theater of equality, for performances given  by and for the people, in a hall transformed by the destruction of lodges in egalitarian amphitheater stretched with blue-white-red draperies. It becomes in July 13, 1796, the Odéon , in reference to the odéon of ancient Greece.

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There is a second theater. The theater of the Odeon, ceded by Napoleon to the Senate and restored identically by the architect Chalgrin, reopened in June 1808 under the name of “Theater of Her Majesty the Empress and Queen”. However, the room is again destroyed by a fire on March 20, 1818. A 3rd theater is done with the new hall inaugurated in September 1819 and placed by king Louis XVIII under the tutelage of the Comédie-Française, as a Second French Theater. During the days of the “Three Glorious Days”, in July 1830, the theater is at the center of the insurrection of the revolutionary youth.

Sarah Bernhardt made her debut at the Odéon in the role of Aricie du Phèdre Racine given for the feast of the Emperor August 15, 1866. But it is in 1869, in a small act of François Coppée, Le Passant that she enters, under the costume of the “Florentine singer,” in her glorious career. In May 1968, the Odéon is open to students during the uprising demonstrations. The Odéon became a National Theater in September 1971. It is only on June 1, 1990 that the Odéon will truly regain its independence vis-à-vis the Comédie-Française, by decree. It then takes the name of Odeon-Théatre de l’Europe. Since 2003, the Odéon has a second modular room from 350 to 450 seats, installed in former warehouses sets of the Opera Garnier, boulevard Berthier ,17éme arrondissement of Paris.

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The official Odéon Théatre de l’Europehttps://www.theatre-odeon.eu/#1

The Paris tourist office on the Odéon Théatre de l’Europehttps://en.parisinfo.com/paris-museum-monument/71656/Od%C3%A9on-Th%C3%A9%C3%A2tre-de-l%E2%80%99Europe

There you go folks, a nice monument architecturally stunning and lots of history inside. The shows are nice if with time. Another dandy in my eternal Paris, the Odéon theater and its neighborhood is a must to visit. Hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

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January 19, 2022

Jardin des Combattants de la Nueve of Paris!

Well back to the lonely period we are cruising thru and decided to look back deep into my blog to update some older posts that needs it. After several years, some of these posts gets very updated and the links fade away. Therefore, here is my updated post on the Jardin des Combattants de la Nueve of Paris!

And this is Paris !!! Updating this post as was in Paris and got to do it a while back,  And as it goes there is so much to see here time is not enough! I have passed by this garden several times but never took a picture of it, and it goes on and on of the many places in my belle France that did the same.. However, this is it as walking is sublime and Paris is eternal, walking made me passed by it and voilà this time there is a picture so will tell you about it. The Jardin des Combattants de la Nueve is a special place in Paris , even on a very popular spot it stays an off the beaten path place to visit.   

The Jardin des Combattants de la Nueve or Garden of the fighting me of the Nine is a garden  located in the 4éme arrondissement in the neighborhood of Saint-Merri. The site is accessible by 2, Place de l’Hotel-de-Ville ; Esplanade of la Liberation. To the right on the Seine river side of the Paris city hall.  Covering an area of ​​1,394 m2, it is composed of a central lawn crossed by gravel paths and surrounded by rosebushes; at its ends are groves of trees. There is also a play area for children enrolled at the City Hall nursery, as well as a henhouse and rabbit cages. An equestrian statue, depicts Étienne Marcel, provost of the merchants of Paris in the 14C and founding figure of the Paris administration. It was inaugurated in 1888.

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This garden honors the fighters of the Nueve, or 9th company, unit of shock of the 2nd armored division of General Leclerc, first arrived at the city hall at the Liberation on August 24, 1944. It was mostly composed of Spanish Republicans who continued their fight in France after the victory of Franco in Spain.

A bit of the history of it I like !

Historically called garden of the City Hall, it is a green space backed by the south facade of the Hôtel de Ville de Paris or  City Hall, along the quai de l’Hôtel de Ville between the rue de Lobau and the forecourt.  It was built on the site of the former rue des Haudriettes. It was formerly the private garden of the prefect of the Seine and the mayor of Paris.

Closed originally to the public, it is now open on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, from 9h to the end of the day, since January 24, 2015. In March of the same year, after deliberation of the Paris Council, the King and Queen of Spain Felipe VI and Letizia and the mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo (from Cadiz) ,inaugurated the garden renamed  Jardin des Combattants de la Nueve or Garden of the Fighters of the Nueve (nueve is nine in Spanish), to pay tribute to the Spanish Republicans who participated, within La Nueve division in the Liberation of Paris in August 1944, one of them being the first military officer received by the Resistance fighters at the Hôtel de Ville. Due to train accident in Spain, the inauguration ceremony was postponed until June 3, 2015.  The City of Madrid inaugurated in April 2017 a garden of the same name. The ceremony was chaired by then Mayor of Madrid, Manuela Carmena and the current still Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo.  An official ceremony is held every August 24 in memory of the Nueve in the garden, on the occasion of the celebrations of the Liberation of Paris.

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Ok so a bit on the Nueve and who were they , worth remembering at least for history lessons sake. As well as to tell the truth on the Liberation of Paris. 

The 9th Company of the March Regiment of Chad, which was itself part of the 2nd Armored Division or Leclerc Division, was nicknamed the Nueve (number nine in Spanish). This company recruited 160 men, including 146 Spanish republicans often anarchists, but also French soldiers, under French command. All had fought during the Liberation of North Africa, then participated in the liberation of France.

Its best known feat is the participation in the liberation of Paris, since the men of the Nueve, preceded by 3 tanks of the 501st RCC, were the first to enter the French capital, the evening of August 24, 1944 with halftracks trucks,  bearing the names of city battles of the Spanish Civil War, Teruel, Guadalajara,  and Belchite, accompanied by 3 tanks of the 501st RCC,  with French city names such as Montmirail, Champaubert and Romilly, and elements of engineering. Most Spaniards joined the Leclerc units. It had 16,000 men, including 2,000 Spaniards at the beginning of 1943. They were particularly numerous in the 1st company, 3rd Battalion and the 9th company, which earned it the name of Nueve or La Española (the Spaniards). The Spaniards of La Nueve  as said were 146 when they landed in Normandy, there were only 16 on their arrival at Hitler’s bunker in Berlin. 

he city of Paris and the garden or Jardin des Combattants de la Nueve: https://www.paris.fr/equipements/jardin-des-combattants-de-la-nueve-17991

And now you know a bit of history which many people do not know. In fact, when years back Le Figaro newspaper in celebrating the liberation of Paris put up a photo of a blinded vehicule with soldiers on it claiming Leclerc French armored division entering Paris, it was indeed the Nueve of the Spanish republicans who were coming in first! And they asked to be put up first all the way to Berlin!

There you go folks, a dandy of a story and a nice garden in a grand space of my eternal Paris, the Hôtel de Ville. Worth the detour for the true history,  you stop by ,and see it , very cosy place nicely done and great statue of Martel. Hope you enjoy the story of the Jardin des Combattants de la Nueve!

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

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January 19, 2022

rue des Petits Carreaux of Paris!

Well back to the lonely period we are cruising thru and decided to look back deep into my blog to update some older posts that needs it. After several years, some of these posts gets very updated and the links fade away. Therefore, here is my updated post on the rue des Petits Carreaux of Paris!

Why not start with another nice walk in my eternal Paris and one its streets. We will always have Paris. And I have been lucky enough to have worked in it for almost 10 years and still visit every month current conditions allowed. 

The rue des Petits Carreaux is located in the 2éme arrondissement.  It begins at the 2, rue Léopold-Bellan and 36, rue Saint-Sauveur and ends in the 44, rue de Cléry. It is extended by rue Montorgueil, and by rue Poissonnière. .The rue des Petits-Carreaux is joined or crossed by several more or less perpendicular streets; no.16-30 and no. 23-33: large cut into rue Réaumur, lined on the right side of allée Pierre-Lazareff; no. 32-34 rue du Nil; no 39-41 and no 38-40: rue d’Aboukir with the plant wall oasis d’Aboukir. The street is serve by the line 3 Sentier metro station.

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A bit of history I like

The street is named after a group of houses which were north of rue Montorgueil and which were called “Petits Carreaux”. The rue des Petits-Carreaux dates back to the 13C. Originally part of the rue Montorgueil, it became a full-fledged street in the 17C.. It is cited under the name of rue des Petitz Carneaulx in a manuscript of 1636 then the form rue du Petit Carreau appears on many official acts of the 18-19C.

Some interesting buildings here on rue des Petits-Carreaux are: No. 6: building from the end of the 19C, with the marble front of a former delicatessen on the ground floor, nos 10-12: building from the 19C, decorated on two levels by wooden formwork; old sign of the coffee merchant Au Planteur, and the Cul de sac du Crucifix: Sieur Goüel received a housing ticket from the quartermaster of the Compagnie des Cents-Suisses to house a Swiss guard in a house of his own in this street in 1714-1722.

Some stops here in the past by yours truly have been to La Grappe d’Or French resto; the Belgian chain Le Pain Quotidien (Belgian chain),and of course, the Créperie le Comptoir du Commerce. Also, the bakery of Eric Kayser or Boulangerie Petits Carreaux. 16 rue des Petits carreaux. By Rue Réamur you see a picturesque arch entrance to the rue des Petits Carreaux! It is overall a very nice quant street in the center of old ParisIf you are by this area one more place I can recom for it is the Brasserie les Petits Carreaux at no 17; webpage: https://www.brasserielespetitscarreaux.com/en/

Of course no webpage for the street but will leave you with the city of Paris, what to dohttps://www.paris.fr/quefaire

There you go folks, another wonderful street in my eternal Paris. Indeed, so many are nice, I can only tell you the ones I have driven or walked on, and this one is one of them. Hope you enjoy the rue des Petits Carreaux of Paris!!!

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

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January 19, 2022

Chocolateria San Ginés of Madrid !!!!

I am on a nostalgic run , for that, needed to be in Madrid. We say, from Madrid to heaven, and a hole in the sky to look down on it every day! yes! As I told you about my youthful days , teens, in my Madrid and lucky to visit it every year now! Of course, updating this older post and waiting to come when the virus allows it fully,

I told you a bit about the chocolateria San Ginés! But bits is not enough me think, This is an institution in Madrid!! I have many souvenirs of this place coming with my dear late mom Gladys and then my dear late wife Martine, and my boys and family and friends all taken here. For me is more than just a churros and chocolate place. I came as a teen ,first to teatro Eslava (now joy eslava) to do community dances for youths, and while leaving late, we hop over to San Ginés to recompose the body and soul; it was a ritual of younger years even before the movida !!! San Gines was more familiar then, nice talks great fun, It has become very touristic lately ,but for me still a nostalgic spot that need to come and try those churros with chocolates again.

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I have come here each time in Madrid since 1970 , with some years of absent has been pretty consistant until 2019, Then, the virus well will see when the new world order is arrange, The chocolateria San Ginés is a must when in Madrid. You too can make it your own mark stop in Madrid and delight yourselves with it, To boot is in a charming old area off the Puerta del Sol.

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The Chocolatería San Ginés is one of the most famous churrería in Madrid. It is located in Pasadizo de San Ginés, 5 off Calle Arenal in the heart of the city near the Puerta del Sol. This is one of the most popular places to take a chocolate with churros, and this since it was founded in 1894. Today it is a tourist place where visitors and locals gather to taste these delights of our world. Some claim too touristic but to me is more than that name, nostalgia wins all the time.

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San Ginés is also known as Buñolería Modernista, name given by the writer Valle-Inclán in his novel Bohemian Lights. As you can read on the plaque hanging on the facade of the bar: “ This bar served as inspiration to D. Ramón María Valle-Inclán for his literary work Bohemian lights in 1929 “. But Valle-Inclán was not the only one, the location of the bar was halfway between the Teatro Real and Puerta del Sol, so it became a bar frequently visited by artists and intellectuals of the time.

The Churrería is located next to the Teatro Eslava and its fame began when at the exit of the theater, people got used to go there to take a chocolate with churros.  Later, its opening until late hours, made people who were leaving the night club of Joy Eslava late at night or early in the morning could have breakfast before returning home. It has become a meeting place for the night owls. Many souvenirs myself doing this in my younger days lol!

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The bar was built in 1890 to make it a hostel but it was converted into Churrería in 1894. It is a bar reminiscent of the cafes of the late 19C. It has two floors where there are traditional white marble tables and a counter paved with tiled and where you can take the traditional chocolate with churros or any other refreshment or a coffee accompanied by pastries. In general the churrería is open every day of the year.  During the Spanish Second Republic it was known as the La Escondida”, (the hidden) as many intellectuals and folks hided there when in trouble, and had their meetings.

In 2010, a Chocolatería San Ginés opened in Tokyo, in the Shibuya district, adapting its products to the tastes of the Japanese. Later they opened in 2013 in Bogotá, Colombia.  In Madrid ,there is already another outlet at the market or Mercado de Prosperidad, in Calle López de Hoyos ,81. Unlike the local at San Ginés , it won’t open 24 hours every day of the year, but it will adapt to the timetable of the rest of the market hours from 6h to 22h  uninterrupted. The Mercado on San Ginés webpage :https://mercadodeprosperidad.com/puestos/chocolateria-san-gines-prosperidad/

And after all the above, you may ask what are Churros? Well not a cooker even less a chef but this tells it like it is. The Churros are long sticks of dough created from water, salt and flour. Typically, dough is for a vat of hot oil, deep-fried and stirred with a very long stick, which helps the dough form into long spiral sticks, similar to a donut, but not round. The sticks are then cut down and a bit of sugar may be added on top. The hot chocolate is served the authentic Spanish way: thick and steaming, perfect for dipping churros into. If you’ve already tried churros, Porras are a thicker, more doughy version and well worth a try.

The official Chocolateria San Ginéshttps://chocolateriasangines.com/

The Madrid tourist office on San Ginéshttps://www.esmadrid.com/en/nightlife/chocolateria-de-san-gines

The YELP reviews on the San Ginés: https://www.yelp.com/biz/chocolater%C3%ADa-san-gin%C3%A9s-madrid-6

There you go folks, an institution in Madrid, a must stop, ok go the sights the museums the parks but do come here lunch or dinner late night better again is a must stop in Madrid at the Chocolateria San Ginés. Hope you get the idea, is a must!

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

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January 18, 2022

The Tour d’Horloge of Dinan!

We walk into the gorgeous city old center with wooden houses from as far back as the 14C, and came up to see the tour d’Horloge. The Tour d’Horloge or belfry of Dinan, is a tower built at the end of the 15C, located rue de l’Horloge , For reference, Dinan is in the Côtes-d’Armor department 22 of the region of Bretagne. The tower is 45 meters high, which symbolizes the prosperity of the city. It still has the bell offered by the Duchess Anne de Bretagne and Queen of France.

I have look up this monument briefly mentioned in previous posts, and decided to do a separate post with older pictures as it merits me think. Hope you enjoy the post on the Belfry or Tour d’Horloge of Dinan!

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Under the reign of Duke François II of Brittany, the council of notables decides on the construction of a building, to serve as a meeting room, except for the Great meetings which are held in the chapter house of the Jacobins convent , and conservation of archives, as well as a watchtower to prevent fires that are too frequent in the city.  It was Jehan II de Rosnyvinen, Lord of Vaucouleurs then governor of the city who laid the first stone in the rue de la Corduennerye. Twenty years later, in 1500 the Duchess Anne of Brittany ordered her representative, governor of the city: the viscount of Rohan, to install a presidial and granted by letters patent in 1507 permission to put a clock in the town’s tower, raising it to the rank of belfry, with the installation of a bell of which she is the godmother and Monsieur de Rohan the godfather. The bell  received the first name of Anne. It will ring from that day to the year 1906, when it will be melted down and remade identically with a new name: Duchess Anne. Dinan becomes after Rennes and Fougères, the third town in Brittany to have a belfry. The clock manufactured in 1498 was ordered by the town in 1505 and installed at the same time as the bell. It will be changed in 1657 and stopped in 1847. It will remain the seat of the town until the French revolution which will subsequently move according to local events, to settle in 1817 in place de l’Hospice.

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The belfry, at the top of which we can see from its circular platform, a panoramic viewpoint over the city of Dinan, was opened to the public in 1932.The passage which links the rue de l’Horloge to the Place du Guesclin was opened in 1984. The clock still strikes every quarter of an hour, half an hour, and hour.  The base of the building has a square plan of 8 meters on each side and from the 4th floor (5th US) becomes octagonal. The tower is accessed by the spiral staircase of the turret adjoining the west facade which is itself surmounted by a half-peppered roof with cut sides and double slope.

This Tour d’Horloge contains five bells . A small bell dated 1823, Noguette, the smallest of the four bells installed under the headdress of the tower is a Gothic style. Françoise, the small quarter bell weighs 121 kg for 590 mm in diameter.  Jacqueline, the fat quarter bell weighs 154 kg for 640 mm in diameter. Duchesse Anne, ,the bell of the hours, remelted in 1905 as an almost identical copy of the bell of 1507, weighs 2.355 kg for 1.585 mm in diameter. It scores at once every hour. The three bells equipped with a ringing system give the exact time from 7h to 22h inclusive thanks to a radio-synchronized control panel on the time. 

The city of Dinan on the Clock towerhttps://www.dinan.fr/156/tour-de-l-horloge

The Dinan Cap Fréhel tourist office on Dinanhttps://www.dinan-capfrehel.com/en/our-destination/not-to-be-missed-any-circumstances/dinan-unmissable-medieval-city-brittany/

There you go folks, another dandy monument in my lovely Bretagne and my belle France. Dinan is very nice indeed, and plenty to see, search in my blog for more of it. For now enjoy the Tour d’Horloge as we did.

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

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January 18, 2022

The gare or train station of Pau!

Well yes the road warrior has taken lots of trains in Europe, and I am still a Grand Voyageur card holder frequent traveler due to my business trips. I have taken a lot fewer personal trips as well. The train station in Pau was used once several years back, do not recall as usually by there with my car. Nevertheless, found these pictures not in my blog so for the memories of always let me tell you a bit about the gare de Pau train station.

The gare de Pau train station is in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department 64,of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. It is a station of the National Company of French Railways (SNCF), served by the TGV, Intercités and regional trains (TER Nouvelle-Aquitaine and TER Occitanie networks). Principal connecting cities are Toulouse Matabiau, Bordeaux Saint Jean, Paris Montparnasse, Hendaye, and Bayonne.

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In 1857, the city of Pau looked into the construction of a train station. The project chosen was along the Gave (river), not far from the town of Bizanos. The eastern section of the line was then put into service on March 4, 1863. It was then necessary to wait for the commissioning of the central section between Lourdes and Pau on June 20, 1867 for the station to be finally rebuilt in the same year. In 2019, the city announces the rehabilitation of the station and the Sernam hall, for delivery scheduled for the end of 2022.

In its initial state, the Gare de Pau train station is a long building 115 meters long by 14 meters wide, to which is added, on the track side, a large hall with large glass roofs. On the north facade overlooking the courtyard, a long promenade covered with awnings, runs along the facade, ending on either side with two pavilions. In the center rises a portico with three arches, forming a peristyle open to the outside. This is adorned with a pediment decorated with oak leaves, supporting a clock. The pediment also supports the crowned arms of the cities of, Toulouse on the left, Bayonne on the right, those of the city of Pau in the center. In 1907, the station was enlarged by the addition of two side wings, intended to accommodate, to the west a buffet, and to the east, a new courier service. The east wing was doubled in width during the 1930s, and a large hall attributed to the Sernam was also built at the same time.

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.A parking retrieval space for bicycles and a parking lot for vehicles are arranged around it. It is served by the urban buses of the Idelis network serving Pau and its agglomeration for the Fébus line train station, operating every day including public holidays and in the evening until midnight by the station lines T1, and bus lines 5, 9, 15, by the Pau funicular (see post) and by line 966 of the liO network or link between the territories of Occitanie, is the public transport network of the Occitanie region.

There is a nice parc relay or park linking with public transport by the train station, info city of Pau :https://www.pau.fr/article/garez-vous-le-bus-vous-attend-et-vous-amene-en-centreville-en-toute-liberte

The SNCF gare de Pau train stationhttps://www.garesetconnexions.sncf/fr/gare/fraee/pau

The TER Nouvelle Aquitaine gare de Pau train stationhttps://www.ter.sncf.com/nouvelle-aquitaine/gares/87672006/Pau/pratique

There you go folks, a missing link to Pau is done in my blog. The train station is rather nice and great views down from the funicular or cable car. Hope you enjoy the post as I .Pau is worth the detour indeed

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

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January 18, 2022

Curiosities of my road warrior western campaign!!

Well, I have been saying road warrior in my posts. The reason is I love to travel by car and lucky to be in belle France , both central north and west areas that allowed me to do these trips. I have passed by many many small towns that seems obscure at first but pack a wonderful history and heritage of their own. Therefore, let me use this post to tell you about Etauliers, St Jean de Beugné, and Mouzillon.

The town of Saint-Jean-de-Beugné is located in the Vendée department 85 of the Pays de la Loire region. The St John the Baptist Church built from the 12C to the 15C. It has three altarpieces, and a portrait oil on canvas of St John the Baptist. It is right on the road D137.

Saint jean de Beugné

You can see precious remains of its heritage with the Chapel Sainte Catherine des Mottes, 12-13C near the communal hall in the village of Les Mottes, dating from the Carolingian period or about 751 to 987. An important period in the history of Saint Jean de Beugné, explains the name of St Jean arose from the 8C with the evangelization and the establishment of a priory in the current town depending on the monastery of Luçon. The dominant lord belonged to the Chateaubriand family With the Hundred Years War everything was destroyed and became English possession, The writings tell us that the parish belongs to 2 owners, one to the Marquis de Dangeau and the other to the Chapter of Luçon, A note that during the revolutionary period, the town was called Beugné en Plaine.

The city of Saint Jean de Beugné on its heritagehttps://www.saintjeandebeugne.fr/Histoire_a35.html

The town of Mouzillon is located in the Loire-Atlantique department 44, in the Pays de la Loire region. Mouzillon is located in the Muscadet vineyard, 2 km from Vallet, 6 km from Clisson, and 28 km from Nantes.

The tourist attraction of Mouzillon is undoubtedly its Gallo-Roman bridge of four unequal arches which spans the Sanguèze. It would be the vestige of a Celtic road which linked Rouen to Bordeaux and of which Mouzillon would have been a stage. Nearby, the Saint-Julien fountain, said to be miraculous for pilgrims going to Santiago de Compostela. The Saint-Martin Church, rebuilt in the 19C in neo-Gothic style, The church is dedicated to Saint Martin de Vertou, abbot, evangelizer of the region in the 6C.

Mouzillon

The city of Mouzillon on its heritagehttps://mairie-mouzillon.fr/fr/rb/199669/patrimoine-9

The vineyards of Nantes on the muscadet grape and Mouzillonhttps://www.levignobledenantes-tourisme.com/la-destination/vous-navez-pas-fini-de-laimer/terre-de-muscadet/

The town of Étauliers is in the Gironde department 33 of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. It is located on the D137 road 60 km from Bordeaux.  By the A10 highway/motorway, Bordeaux is 35 minutes away. The highway junction is 3 minutes from the center of the town,

It is a station on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela, a town of history, it owes its prosperity to its geographical location. The ancient Roman road, which links Saintes to Blaye, was used for fourteen centuries. In the 12-13C, it was used by pilgrims to Saint-Santiago de Compostela. A hospital, located near the road, run by religious, was intended for the rest of travelers. The D137 road was known under the name of “royal road” (imperial road under the Empire) and dates from the reign of Charles VIII. Its creation involves the establishment of hotels, inns and stagecoach services which are established by the roadside.

The parish Church Sainte Marie Madeleine rebuilt in 1853, neo-Gothic style, of great purity. It was consecrated on July 22, 1857 and is dedicated to Saint Mary Magdalene. The richly decorated tympanum of the facade houses God the Father surrounded by the symbols of the four evangelists: a lion, an eagle, a bull and a young man. Stone draperies hide false doors. Many stained-glass windows illuminate the interior of the building. Among the saints represented on these stained glass windows, figure Saint Romain, priest and apostle of Blayais,

On August 3, 1808, Napoleon I, the Empress Joséphine and their retinue made a short stop at Étauliers on their return from Bayonne. Another stopover for the emperor took place on October 29, 1808 while he was on his way to Spain. They were accommodated at the Dezage hotel. During its transformation into city/town hall, a Renaissance style fireplace was left in 1903-1904, which is still in the town council chamber. It is shown to visitors as having been part of Napoleon I’s bedroom.

Etauliers

The city of Etauliers infohttps://www.etauliers.fr/accueil/

The private tourism site Caruso33 on the marvels of the Gironde dept 33 on Etauliershttps://www.caruso33.net/ot-etauliers.php

There you go folks, wonderful road warrior trips in my belle France. Beauty, architecture, history is all around us and I am enjoying every minute of it. Hope you do like the post and venture out into the off the beaten path of my France, you will be even more amazed. For now enjoy Mouzillon, St Jean de Beugné, and Etauliers.

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

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