July 2, 2022

The beaches of Carantec !!!

So told you came here for the first time ! and was impressed ! This is my Bretagne indeed , the coast, the beaches oh the beaches well let me tell you about the ones saw in Carantec !! Hope you enjoy it as I.

The plage du Kélenn beach is certainly the most famous of the Carantec beaches. The one that enjoys the maximum of entertainment in season with its restaurants, its beach club and its nautical center. This large and beautiful beach is ideal for families. Games for children, diving board. Bathing equipment for people with reduced mobility. Showers and toilets. Beach huts for hire from the tourist office. Free parking. Motorhome parking. Nearby: cafes, restaurants, nautical base, sailing and sea kayaking school, sea garden, playground, children’s carousel, bi-cross field. Walk accessible to pushchairs and people with reduced mobility along the beach.

Carantec plage du kelenn wide jun22

Carantec plage du kelenn pier to sea jun22

Carantec plage du kelenn wide right jun22

The Bay of Morlaix tourist office on the beaches of Carantechttps://www.baiedemorlaix.bzh/en/discover/the-most-beautiful-beaches-in-brittany/

The plages tv site on the Kélenn beachhttps://en.plages.tv/detail/kelenn-beach-carantec-29660

The official nautical center of Carantechttps://www.carantec-nautisme.com/

From the Kélenn beach you can see and access the Château du Taureau ! A rock in the sea ! The Château du Taureau castle is an island-fortress that depends administratively on the town of Plouezoc’h. It was built by the bourgeois of Morlaix in 1542 to defend the entrance to the Rivière de Morlaix from English invasions. It is a fort renovated by Vauban and later by Amédée François Frézier between 1690 and 1745 on a rocky islet in the open sea. Regardless of the tidal coefficient, it is not never walkable, only by boat.  After having been a prison, the Château du Taureau became a second home owned by Mélanie Lévêque de Vilmorin who gave lavish receptions there in the 1930s, then a sailing school in the 1960s, before being abandoned for a time. and to close its doors in 1980, for lack of maintenance. Restored by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Morlaix and nine neighboring towns, this Breton “Fort Boyard” can be easily visited again by boat from Carantec. When docking, a staircase bathed by the waves and a drawbridge provide access; you can see the old rooms where the troop was housed, dungeons and vaulted vaults. From the upper platform, the panorama extends over the entire Bay of Morlaix. Why built?  In 1520, following the failure of the meeting at the Camp du Cloth d’Or, relations between the kingdoms of France and England deteriorated and led to a rapprochement between the latter and the Spain of Charles V. Thus, in 1522, an English fleet attacked Cherbourg then headed for Morlaix where it arrived in early July. Following this event, it was decided to build a fort in the bay of Morlaix. For three centuries, the Château du Taureau has been a key player in the history of Brittany and France, like the Château d’If (Marseille harbour), Saint-Malo, the corsair city and the arsenal of Brest. It ceased to fulfill its military role in 1878 and was decommissioned in 1883. In 1889, the beacon was permanently extinguished. the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Morlaix, after conducting significant historical research on the castle, has chosen a museographic orientation focusing on daily life in the Château du Taureau in the 18C.

Carantec chateau du taureau from kelenn beach jun22

Carantec plage du kelenn to chateau taureau islands jun22

The official Castle of Taureauhttps://chateaudutaureau.bzh/

The Bay of Morlaix tourist office on the castlehttps://www.baiedemorlaix.bzh/en/agenda/chateau-du-taureau-visite-decouverte-depuis-carantec-fmabre029v539lhq-3/

One of the best here is to walk, bike or drive the low tide passage to Callot island !! A wonderful sublime experience ! Callot Island, accessible from the mainland by a submersible causeway which allows you to cross the passe aux moutons or sheeps pass, extends over 2 125 meters long and measures from 150 to 300 meters wide.

Carantec ile callot driving passage to isle jun22

Île Callot is a special spot that becomes an island at high tide but can be accessed by foot at low tide; it offers a number of fine sandy beaches and also some well-protected rocky creeks. Peace and quiet guaranteed! Check the tide times to be sure you have enough time to get to and from l’Île Callot. Access to the island , at the port, check the crossing times before taking the submersible route that takes you to Île Callot. Allow 6 km to travel this island from end to end to admire the 360° view towards St Pol de Léon, Plouézoc’h and Plougasnou. The ornithological reserve is open to you. Don’t forget your binoculars.

Carantec ile callot plage sand jun22

Carantec ile callot back to mainland jun22

Carantec ile callot hills low tide jun22

Carantec ile callot low tide jun22

The city of Carantec on the Callot island :https://www.ville-carantec.com/cpt_tourisme/lile-callot/

The Bay of Morlaix tourist office on Carantec : https://www.baiedemorlaix.bzh/en/?s=carantec

There you go folks, a dandy in my Bretagne ! You should be in Carantec ! We were glad to go and find it, always somethin new and wonderful in our road warrior tours of the world! This is the beaches and sea of Carantec! 

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

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July 2, 2022

And I reach Carantec !!!

The town of Carantec is in the department of Finistère no 29 of my lovely region of Bretagne in my belle France. This is one of those first visit that on my local road warrior mode got me to come in. So many wonders in my Brittany alone. Let me tell you an introduction to Carantec, which is 156 km (about 97 mi) from my house.

Carantec mairie front jun22

Carantec is a seaside resort in the bay of Morlaix. The attractions of this town are also the activities offered such as the practice of water sports on a pleasant body of water, tennis thanks to the various grounds available to the town, football/soccer, but also golf. It is located on the northern coast of Brittany, bordering the English Channel, in the bay of Morlaix, at the end of a 2 km wide peninsula, bounded by the two rias of the Rivière de Morlaix and the Penzé, and along a beach which is exposed up to 2 km offshore during high tides. In addition to Callot Island, also has islets such as Ricard, Beclem, Île aux Dames; Île de Sable, Île Verte, ar C’hlas Kozh, and Vezoul, which are refuges for Atlantic Puffins, Herring Gulls, Common Terns or roseate shelducks, shelducks, oystercatchers and other little egrets. These seven islets have been classified as an ornithological reserve since 1962.  My oldest son walking in town !!!

Carantec pl de la Republique et NF jun22

The name Carantec derives from Saint Carantec who ruled a monastery in Wales and of whom Saint Tenenan is said to have been a disciple. It is the latter who, out of devotion to his former master, would have built a church in this place which he would have dedicated to him. Penzé and included Taulé and its truce of Callot, Carantec, Henvic and Penzé, Locquénolé, Saint-Martin-des-Champs and its truce of Sainte-Sève , The end of the 19C and the first decades of the 20C saw Carantec transform into a seaside resort. Beautiful residences are built, in particular overhanging the White Grève, just in front of Callot Island. The walk will allow you to admire the whole range of beaches offered by the resort: the Cosmeur, the Kélenn, the Grève de Pors-Pol, the Grève-Blanche, the beach of the Port or the Grande Grève. That of Clouët, to the right of the tip of Pen-al-Lann, is also very pleasant. It is at Kelenn beach that you will find the nautical center, the diving center as well as the beach club.

When we arrived it was market day, Thursday !! and we had a lot of fun walking around it as usual, one of the hightlights of visiting any town for us is the market. It is at Place de la Liberation square. My oldest son walking around !!

Carantec market day thurs jun22

Carantec market day thurs end et NF jun22

The Château du Taureau castle is an island-fortress that depends administratively on the town of Plouezoc’h. It was built by the bourgeois of Morlaix in 1542 to defend the entrance to the Rivière de Morlaix from English invasions. The Manoir du Rohou, built at the end of the 19C. Île Louët, an islet with its lighthouse, built in 1857 ,and its caretaker’s house, now rented as a tourist lodge. Callot Island, accessible by a causeway that the tides cover and uncover. The Saint-Carantec Church, in neo-Gothic style, dates from 1867. The Lande lighthouse. The maritime museum of Carantec began with the exhibition of objects recovered from the shipwrecked Alcide, a privateer ship from Saint-Malo which sank in 1747 in the bay of Morlaix. The museum deals with various themes of the region: oyster farming, privateering ; the Alcide corsair, a cannon of which is in the Jacobins museum in Morlaix, the flora and fauna of Morlaix, the collection of seaweed. The Carantec post office was built in 1903. Russian painter Alexej von Jawlensky spent the summer of 1905 in Carantec with Marianna Veriovkina (Marianne von Werefkin); he painted Breton nature there and sent six canvases representing the region to the Salon d’Automne, Charles de Gaulle and his family stayed several times before WWII in Carantec. Yvonne de Gaulle and her children, Philippe, Élisabeth and Anne, along with the General’s mother, Jeanne, managed to join him in London from Carantec in June 1940, passing through Brest and Falmouth.

And we had lunch of course. As usual by magic I found a good one again! The Créperie Ty Brizac is an institution in Carantec since the creperie, opened in 1919, (Ty Breizh) is briskly approaching its centenary. We arrived without reservation and were quickly sitted by a funny owner! Ty Brizec is a loaded créperie set in lush greenery, in the heart of Carantec, facing the church. Vast choice of pancakes (galettes), savory with 100% buckwheat or sweet, Carantec oysters, mussel specialties, these scallops à la Bretonne or even racy meats. All these products come from the region and from the best local producers. Ty Brizec, a must for its sea view terrace on the garden side to appreciate the sweetness of life in this preserved place. I had the scallops and leeks with a bottle of farm brew cider Henriot and the coffee and sweets plate. My Dad had the same and my boys loaded up as usual for under 20 euros per person, just right.  The official Créperie Ty Brizachttps://www.tybrizec.bzh/

The RestaurantGuru reviews site on the Créperie Ty Brizachttps://restaurantguru.com/Ty-Breiz-Carantec

Carantec creperie ty brizac arriv jun22

Carantec creperie ty brizac dining room jun22

Carantec creperie ty brizac galette noix st jacques et poireaux jun22

Carantec creperie ty brizac cidre fermier henriot jun22

The Bay of Morlaix tourist office on Carantechttps://www.baiedemorlaix.bzh/en/?s=carantec

The city of Carantechttps://www.ville-carantec.com/

There you go folks, a nice brief introduction to wonderful Carantec, a real find. One of the highlights of living in the peninsula of Brittany surrounded by water, the city is just about 2h10 min from my house ! Hope you enjoy the post as I and see the other posts on the best things to see in Carantec in my opinion !!!

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

July 1, 2022

Some news from France ,CCCLVIII

It’s time again to tell you my latest rants about some news from France. An eventful post in my blog that I have enjoyed together with you for the last 12 years now!! And for those non Roman CCCLVIII is 358 , another dandy round of news of my belle France , of course, chosen by me; there are many others. We are marching on to Summer rather quickly ,and then stop here with temps in 70’s F , and eating out in our veranda porch continues , grand! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

The favorite village of the French in 2022 is… Bergheim. Located in the north of Haut-Rhin, in Alsace. Starting with its architectural heritage, with its 14C ramparts and its very well preserved gate towers through which one enters the town. Also remarkable are its ramparts which project walkers back to medieval times, with the grassy ditches at their feet in which sheep are in the midst of eco-grazing. A stop is also a must in front of Renaissance houses, classified as historical monuments. Quintin, Côtes-d’Armor, dept 22 in Brittany finished third. webpage: https://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/grand-est/alsace/le-village-prefere-des-francais-2022-est-bergheim-en-alsace-c-est-le-quatrieme-fois-qu-un-village-d-alsace-est-prime-2572708.html

On the occasion of the 39th European Heritage Days, the Favorite Monument of the French returns to France 3 TV! This year, you voted for the 14 monuments in the running for the grand finale from a selection of 42 places from the exceptional cultural, historical and architectural heritage of France. I chose the Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte for my vote, You can vote here : https://www.francetelevisions.fr/et-vous/participer-a-une-emission/le-monument-prefere-des-francais-2915

The Tour de France 2022 is the 109th edition of the cycling Tour de France. The big start takes place on July 1, 2022 in Copenhagen and the finish will be judged on July 24 in Paris, on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. It is 3,350.1 km long and divided into twenty-one stages: six flat, seven hilly, six mountain and two individual time trials. Besides France, Denmark, Belgium and Switzerland are the foreign countries visited. It covers four massifs: the Vosges, the Alps, the Massif Central and the Pyrenees to finish. In France, eight regions and twenty-nine departments are crossed! The official Tour de France :https://www.letour.fr/en/

The stages are :
1st leg Fri. July 1 Copenhagen (DEN) – Copenhagen (DEN), Individual time trial, 13.2 km
2nd stage Sat. July 2 Roskilde (DEN) – Nyborg (DEN) plain stage, 202.5 km
3rd stage Sun. July 3 Vejle (DEN) – Sønderborg (DEN) plain stage 182 km
Mon. July 4 Transfer day
4th stage Tue. July 5 Dunkirk – Calais hilly stage, 171.5 km
5th stage Wed. July 6 Lille Métropole – Arenberg – Porte du Hainaut, hilly stage, 157 km
6th stage Thu July 7 Binche (BEL) – Longwy, hilly stage, 219.9 km
7th stage Fri. July 8 Tomblaine – La Super Planche des Belles Filles, mountain stage, 176.3 km
8th stage Sat. July 9 Dole – Lausanne (SUI) hilly stage, 186.3 km
9th stage Sun. July 10 Aigle (SUI) – Châtel – Les Portes du Soleil mountain stage, 192.9 km
Mon. July 11 Morzine – The Portes du Soleil ; Day off #1
10th stage Tue. July 12 Morzine – Les Portes du Soleil – Megève, hilly stage, 148.1 km
11th stage Wed. July 13 Albertville – Col du Granon – Serre Chevalier, mountain stage, 151.7 km
12th stage Thu July 14 Briançon – Alpe d’Huez, mountain stage, 165.1 km
13th stage Fri. July 15 Le Bourg-d’Oisans – Saint-Étienne, plain stage, 192.6 km
14th stage Sat. July 16 Saint-Étienne – Mende, hilly stage, 192.5 km
15th stage Sun. July 17 Rodez – Carcassonne, plain stage, 202.5 km
Mon July 18 Carcassonne Day off #2
16th stage Tue. July 19 Carcassonne – Foix, hilly stage, 178.5 km
17th stage Wed. July 20 Saint-Gaudens – Peyragudes, mountain stage, 129.7 km
18th stage Thu July 21 Lourdes – Hautacam, mountain stage ; 143.2 km
19th stage Fri. July 22 Castelnau-Magnoac – Cahors, plain stage, 188.3 km
20th stage Sat. July 23 Lacapelle-Marival – Rocamadour, Individual time trial, 40.7 km
21st stage Sun. July 24 Paris La Défense Arena – Paris – Champs-Élysées, plain stage, 115.6 km

After two years of Covid, Paris-Plages returns for “an edition without hindrances”From Saturday July 9 and until Sunday August 21, the traditional Paris-Plages returns to its two main sites, the Parc Rives de Seine and the quays of the Bassin de la Villette, as well as in various places. webpage : https://www.paris.fr/pages/paris-plages-de-retour-en-juillet-21277

The Meudon airship hangar is ready to take off again. Abandoned for 40 years, the last monument of the Universal Exhibition and first airship factory will reopen in the fall, transformed into a cultural space. Hangar Y, built in 1878 in Meudon in the Hauts-de-Seine 92 , then abandoned for 40 years, will reopen in October, City of Meudon: https://www.meudon.fr/hangar-y/

On the occasion of the retrospective dedicated by the Museum of Fine Arts to the artist born in Bordeaux (Gironde 33) in 1822, the metropolitan archives are offering an exhibition, “Rosa Bonheur, hors-cadre”, to discover her differently. first female artist to be awarded the Legion of Honor in 1865, then the first to be elevated to the rank of Knight in 1894. Rosa Bonheur, hors-cadre“, archives of the metropolis of Bordeaux, until Sunday September 18, 2022, from Monday to Friday, 9h30 to 17h, free entry. Webpage: https://www.musba-bordeaux.fr/fr/article/rosa-bonheur-a-bordeaux

On the A 13, the “site of the century” is soon coming to an end at Mantes-la-Jolie (78 Yvelines). Started six years ago, the work related to the construction of a new viaduct and the repair of the bands rolling are slowly coming to an end. In eighteen months, the highway will be returned to motorists. The Paris-Normandy Motorway Company (SAPN) has just confirmed that the schedule of pharaonic works at Mantes-la-Jolie will be maintained, barring disaster. Webpage: https://www.sanef.com/fr/autoroute-a13-autoroute-de-Normandie-Paris-Rouen-Caen

On the occasion of Cabaret Sauvage’s 25th anniversary, enjoy a whole month of music from July 1 to August 6, 2022. It was inaugurated in 1997, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. For the 25th anniversary, 25 performances will take place with many artists. Parc de la Villette – 19éme. webpage: https://www.cabaretsauvage.com/

Open-air cinema at La Villette Open-air cinema, Prairie du Triangle, From July 20 to August 21, 2022, opening from 20h to 23h. With reservation webpage: https://lavillette.com/programmation/cinema-en-plein-air-2022_e1550

Until August 14, the Playing Card Museum retraces the construction of the frieze La Vie imagined by Victor Prouvé to adorn the main staircase of the City/Town Hall of Issy-les-Moulineaux (92). Victor Prouvé is a total artist. In the Art Nouveau movement, we know him book bindings, casket, vase designs for Émile Gallé, soliflores in bronze, glass or even biscuit, fashion design sculptures and of course paintings. Victor Prouvé endeavors to represent each detail in size real in pastels, watercolors or charcoals. Along the way, we progress with the artist in the conception of this prestigious commission, intended to depict an ideal Republic. Webpage: https://www.museecarteajouer.com/victor-prouve-le-maitre-de-lart-nouveau-a-issy/

Pyrotechnic show, baroque dances and electro sounds return to punctuate the summer at the Palace of Versailles even in its impressive gardens designed under the reign of Louis XIV. This year, in addition to the legendary Fountains Night Show, numerous festivities for all ages, including the majestic Royal Serenade, punctuate the days and evenings in Versailles. A great way to (re)discover the royal domain. Every Saturday evening and until September,2022 happy visitors can stroll around the grounds of the Sun King and his court, and attend an intense program where firework shows, baroque dances and electro rhythms mingle. Accompanied by Groupe F pyrotechnicians and other elegant partners such as the Éventail dance company and the musicians of the Folies Françoises ensemble during the Royal Serenade evenings which precede the colorful projections and fireworks of the Nocturnal Musical Fountains Show . Two and a half hours of strolling await visitors who enter the royal domain to the sound of 17C music. From the recently restored Latona fountain, to the Mirror basin, passing by the captivating Water Theater or the grove of the Baths of Apollo, the traveling show hypnotizes young and old alike and rises to the top of the unmissable outings in summer families. Without forgetting, this year, two exceptional evenings which spice up the Versailles program: the Nocturnes de feu on Monday August 15 and the Electro Nocturnes on Saturday September 24. Les Grandes Eaux Nocturnes, until September 17 from 20h30 to 23h05 in the gardens of the Palace of Versailles (Yvelines 78). webpage: https://en.chateauversailles-spectacles.fr/

The Fnaim (National Federation of Real Estate Agents) of Greater Paris has just unveiled an observatory on the real estate attractiveness of almost 300 cities of Greater Paris. Each district of Paris is considered as a city in its own right. This is a completely new observatory since 11 additional criteria have been taken into account and are based on objective and non-qualitative data which are issued by official sources such as INSEE or city/town hall statistics. Several criteria : the price of housing, its quality (rate of central heating equipment, age and surface area of ​​housing, etc.), security (physical violence, damage to property, crime, etc.), health (number of general practitioners for 100 inhabitants, number of hospital beds per km² …), education (nurseries, colleges, high schools), public transport (metro, RER, bus, travel time home / job …), environment (surface of green spaces per inhabitant, evolution of car use…), trade (number of shops every 100 meters…), employment (unemployment rate…), culture (museums, theatres, stadiums, gymnasiums…), income and finally local taxation (housing and property taxes). See photo of course, Versailles is on the list top 20 !! I knew that lol ! Notice only two districts of Paris on the list.

FNAIM

On the Île des Impressionnistes, in Chatou, the Maison Fournaise restaurant is finally at ease. In short, neu-neu big caliber! Following the pretty ripolinage of the places and history of making people forget all these bouibouis years, we sincerely understand why the team at the recovery insists so much on announcing, in the spring of 2022, the house as “new” … An institution in Chatou! webpage: https://www.maisonfournaise.com/

There you go folks, another round of my some news from France coming to you freely by the road warrior of this blog. Hope you enjoy the post and do prepare, they say the Americans are back lol!! And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

July 1, 2022

The Pont Anne de Bretagne of Nantes !!

Once again digging into my vault found a picture that brings me memories of crossing and walking this wonderful bridge of Nantes. I have been saying in my blog, the best way to see a city is by walking it ; we do go in by car but then is walk all over, Above ground you see more of the beautiful architecture and read up on the magnificent history, I have plenty of posts on Nantes in my blog, but left this out hidden in another post and should have one of its own, Therefore, here is my take on the Pont Anne de Bretagne bridge of Nantes !!! Hope you enjoy it as I.

And do walk across the Pont Anne de Bretagne a bridge with two piers spanning the arm of the Madeleine, and arm of the Loire separating the city center of Nantes from the island of Nantes. The Anne-de-Bretagne bridge has 4 lanes entirely dedicated to vehicles as well as two bike paths and two sidewalks. Pic from the bridge below.

nantes loire over pont anne de bretagne my13

The Pont Anne de Bretagne bridge connects Quai de la Fosse, on the right bank, to Boulevard Léon-Bureau on the island of Nantes. It is located on the site formerly occupied by the Nantes transporter bridge ,which was inaugurated in 1903. This bridge linked the Quai de la Fosse to the Prairie au Duc by spanning the Loire at the level of the current Anne de Bretagne bridge. A technical feat culminating at more than 75 meters high and with a central span of 35 meters, it was destroyed in 1958 because its usefulness was expire.

At the foot of the Pont Anne de Bretagne bridge, along the Quai de la Fosse, a new pontoon of about 50 meters has been installed to accommodate pleasure boats. Added to this new pontoon is the docking platform for the Nantes barque Belem, which previously docked downstream. Upstream, on its right bank, was inaugurated in 2012, the Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery.

The official Belem history and reservationshttps://www.fondationbelem.com/belem/histoire

The official Memorial to the Abolition of Slaveryhttps://memorial.nantes.fr/en/

It is planned by 2026, the Anne de Bretagne bridge will support future tram lines 6 and 7. The beautiful scale of the Pont Anne-de-Bretagne bridge, 35 to 50 meters wide and 140 to 160 meters long, allows for ambitious ideas, such as a place to host public events, a green space linked to the banks and to its design with limited environmental impact, a passage for boats and a calm flow of traffic.

The Metro Nantes on the pont Anne de Bretagnehttps://metropole.nantes.fr/actualites/2020/deplacements-stationnement/histoire-pont-anne-bretagne

The Nantes tourist office on the island of Nantes districthttps://www.levoyageanantes.fr/en/to-see/the-endless-journey/the-districts-of-nantes/ile-de-nantes-district/

There you go folks, another dandy spot for us and a must to visit, Nantes is wonderful. And now you know walking in Nantes is sublime, the bridge is worth the walk! Another beauty in old Brittany and gaining!  Again ,hope you enjoy the post and walk or drive on the Pont Anne de Bretagne when possible

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

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July 1, 2022

Cours Cambronne of Nantes !

And I bring you to the Cours Cambronne of Nantes for another of my favorite walks. I have been saying in my blog, the best way to see a city is by walking it ; we do go in by car but then is walk all over.  Above ground you see more of the beautiful architecture and read up on the magnificent history, I have plenty of posts on Nantes in my blog, so this one will be on a memorable block street that we enjoyed walking a lot, the Cours Cambronne. Hope you enjoy it as I.

Not far from the great Loire river and by the wonderful Place Gasclin, The cours Cambronne is wonderful with about 180 meters long by 50 meters wide and many beautiful architecture on its mansions. Its access is via wrought iron gates located at its two ends on rue Piron, and rue des Cadeniers. The westerly gate is further framed by two stone sentry boxes. The courtyard is bordered by a row of identical buildings facing Rue Gresset and facing Rue de l’Héronnière.

nantes cours cambronne my13

In the center of the Cours Cambronne sits a statue of Pierre Cambronne, a French general officer, viscount and major general of the First Empire. The statue was inaugrated on July 28, 1848. There is also one of the five Wallace fountains in Nantes of which totals 106 in 2022 in France. The others in Nantes are two in the Jardin des Plantes, Parc de la Gaudinière and Place de la Bourse, The Cours Cambronne is planted with silver lindens, large-flowered magnolias, adorned with lawn bowls and flowerbeds.Indeed wonderful to walk by here !

Throughout history, this promenade was successively called “Cours du Peuple” then “Cours de la République” at its opening, “Cours Imperial” and “Cours Napoleon Ier” under the First Empire, “Cours Henri IV” after 1815, again “Cours Napoléon” on March 31, 1848, “Cours de la République” after 1871, and finally “Cours Cambronne” from November 30, 1936, The current esplanade itself was occupied by the gardens and orchard of the convent with 16 buildings overlooking the Cours Cambronne such as the wonderful Hôtel Scheult or Hôtel des Cariatides. These buildings consist of: a basement ,which is the only access to the buildings from the courtyard, a first level on a terrace, then two floors with Ionic columns, and finally from an upper floor behind a balustrade. The main entrances to these buildings are respectively on rue Gresset and rue de l’Héronnière.

There is an association of walkers of the Cours Cambronnehttp://www.courscambronne-association.com/

The Nantes Heritage site on Cours Cambronnehttps://patrimonia.nantes.fr/home/decouvrir/themes-et-quartiers/cours-cambronne.html

The Nantes tourist office on the Green Line of monuments to seehttps://www.levoyageanantes.fr/en/itineraries/walk-the-green-line/

The City of Nantes on its heritagehttps://metropole.nantes.fr/sortir/metropole/visiter-metropole-nantaise

There you go folks, another dandy spot for us and a must to visit, Nantes is wonderful. And now you know walking the Cours Cambronne is sublime, worth the walk! Again ,hope you enjoy the post and visit when possible, Nantes.

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

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July 1, 2022

The road warrior roundtrip to the Brie country!

You need to know that I love the road even if in my belle France public transport is pretty good, nothing beats the road and the car, for me. I have been driving since that faithful day in 1976 I go my first driver’s licence in New Jersey USA ; and from then on it has been a thrill on the road anywhere ! Lately in Europe, I have continue driving into countries and cities where most are afraid to drive (do to publication that do not know better) , Even in the left driving in London ! And the Arc de Triomphe of Paris ! As far as central Germany, and Italy, north to the Netherlands, and south to Portugal and Spain , wide and wonderful freedom of the road or put your pedal to the metal and go !! Oh no points no accidents fyi ! And of course, this post will be on my black and white series, no pictures !

Briefly, like to inject my beloved dear places where have worked or lived in my life, also several posts on them in my blog, Places on a world globe of special meaning to me each and every single one of them;as growing up to now, These are Punta Brava, Madrid, Perth Amboy, Daytona Beach, Holly Hill, Ormond by the Sea, North Miami, Hialeah, Miramar, Verneuil sur Seine, Versailles, Brech, and Pluvigner. Not to mention those nearby ,where I have worked such as Miami, Paris, Lagos, Curitiba, Geneva, Bazainville, La Défense, Suresnes, and Vannes. I thanked them all for the good times and the good cheers.

This time we were visiting the inlaws in Seine-et-Marne  dept 77 near Disneyland and the Brie cheese country so we took off by car again. This is the story of the road trip ; well prepared with online tools and careful watch of the GPS, never a problem I said ,even avoiding heavy traffics.

We went out on the toll road route as we wanted to arrive quicker to my mother in law house in the countryside of the Marne. They are very well place around the WWI museum and the American Monument in memory of the Americans of WWI ,the brie cheese original region and the closest big city to Disneyland Paris (yes not in Paris but in dept 77 Marne-la-Vallée). All live around the big town of Meaux.

From our home in pretty small Pluvigner, we went up on the D768 to hook up with the N24 direction Rennes.  We went around the beltway or Rocade sud (south) direction Le Mans on the N136, the road name of the rocade. We hook up with the N157 direction Le Mans linking up continuously on the A81 (L’Armoricaine highway) .  Where you take your toll ticket only. North of Le Mans we hook up with the A11 passing the wonderful old world region of the Perche. The A11 is call the Océane highway. We passed wonderful Chartres ; eventually hooking up with Saint Arnoult des Yvelines in our old dept 78 and paying the toll while hooking up with the A10 also call the Aquitaine highway.

Passing Janvy, we hook up with the N104 also known as the La Francilienne, a big beltway around Paris far from it that was done to help decongestion a bit of the Capital. Nothing to it is still heavily traffic as well lol!!! This road hooks up with the A6 also known as the Autoroute du Soleil or the sunshine highway direction Fontainebleau but just for a bit as we hook up again with the N104 as one continuous road. Following signs for Paris, Metz ,Nancy etc. You end up on the A4 autoroute or autoroute de l’Est or East highway; continuing direction Metz.  You past exit or sortie 14, this is for Disneyland and continue to a toll road to get into the A140 autoroute that links up with Meaux. Arriving by 16h to our mother in law house which is in the village of Chambry on the N405 road ,also known as the route du Varreddes.

On the way back , we decided to not pay tolls as we usually do even if it takes longer; it is also, a more scenic drive.

We left Chambry early by 10h50 or 10:50am and continue on the N405 then we took in city center Meaux the N3 our old road we took when visiting my girlfriend (later wife), and going to Paris together !!! It has been a long time….We drove into the A104 La Francilienne on the northern beltway around Paris. we hook up with the N2 directioin Soissons for a while to connect again with the N104 la Francilienne around the CDG airport. This roads hooks up with the A3 direction Bobigny Centre and then quickly into the A86 passing north by Saint Denis and Asniérés sur Seine.  We took the D7 along the Seine with Paris on the other side or our left hand side.  This is my old road taken to work duties many times by Suresnes.

We continue on the D7 along the Seine passing nice Boulogne-Billancourt and the Alfred  Kahn gardens. Eventually passing on the other side of the Bois de Boulogne and the racecourse or hippodrome de Longchamps. Passing by Saint Cloud and my old wine club shopping!!! until hook up with the A13 autoroute direction Rouen or also known as the Autoroute de Normandie.  We passed by our beloved Versailles, and sadly no time to stop by this time.  We hook up here on the A12 autoroute direction Dreux. Following it up on the N12 direction Dreux.  This is a long east west national road that links up with Normandie and even Bretagne. We passed by Houdan, Dreux, Nonancourt, Verneuil sur Avre, the old region of La Perche again, and onwards to around Alençon, right thru Mayenne, around Fougéres, and hook up with the A84 autoroute or the Route des Estuaires. You go straight into the rocade of Rennes or N136 direction Lorient. At the porte de Lorient or gate to Lorient hook up with the N24 direction Lorient.  We continue until the exit sortie D768 Baud that brings us down home. Arriving by 21h or 9pm.

Bison Futé is a government site very useful for traffic information: https://www.bison-fute.gouv.fr/maintenant.html

My favorite info traffic webpage: https://www.infotrafic.com/home

For weather ,on or off the road ,we check Méteo France: https://meteofrance.com/

The info on the autoroutes or expressways especially we look here for the rest stops or aires and time our km/miles with stop on the best ones as far as facilities is concern: https://www.autoroutes.fr/index.htm?lang=en

We have GPS in our car but nevertheless we look at viamichelin to compare and many times I have found the paper directions better especially over long roads, the GPS is very good in cities and around them. https://www.viamichelin.fr/

And another wonderful trip with little traffic jams except a bit around the A86 in Paris area. This is just one trip one direction of many choices ,and over the years have tried them all, We are pretty much into no tolls road but if needed for some reason we can take the toll roads for a while, In and out, you take a bit longer but save on the money, paying tolls is like paying another tax ! You can see many posts on these towns and its monuments in my blog fyi. Hope you enjoy and find useful the post.

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

July 1, 2022

Once again, St Etienne of Meaux !!!

Oh this is wonderful ,unique Gothic in France. I am thrill to tell you it is in my beloved city of Meaux and a place never missed when in town, and we have been there so many times as it is the native town of my dear late wife Martine. I have written on it before but this is new text and older new pictures on the Cathédrale Saint Etienne de Meaux!!!

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Looking at my vault, found pictures not in my blog yet, and they should be, Therefore, this is again another rendition to a great cathedral of France, the St Stephens’ Cathedral of Meaux, This is in Seine et Marne dept 77 of the region of Ïle de France ! Hope you enjoy the post as I. 

The construction of the St Stephens’ Cathedral of Meaux, began around 1170-1180, was not completed until 1530-1540 with the ringing of the bells in the bell tower of the North tower. It has an interior length of 85 meters. Height of the North tower is 60 meters, and under the vault of the nave is 31 meters. All you have to do is look up at the level of the western facade to observe its beauty. The south tower, also nicknamed the black tower, is intriguing. The 60-meter-high north tower is the last completed architectural element. A second tower should have been erected on the south side. Pending the work, a tower made of wood had been installed to temporarily to install the bells. Five centuries later, the one nicknamed the black tower is still in place and has become definitive.

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In the center of the façade is a large Flamboyant Rose Window created in the 2nd half of the 15C. On the central door you find the Last Judgement, At the end of the transept, is the St Etienne portal, also called the Mercers portal. Its tympanum represents the life of this Saint, 1st Christian martyr. The second portal of the transept is also dedicated to St Etienne. It is currently closed, it is actually in the courtyard of the Episcopal City. A little further towards the apse, a so-called Maugarni gate opens onto the ambulatory of the cathedral choir. The Episcopal Ensemble has been endowed, on the other side of a vast courtyard, with a Palace accompanied by private gardens. The latter is best known for having sheltered, for a time, the famous Bossuet, then Bishop of Meaux.

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The French State is currently restoring the portal of the Last Judgment of Saint-Etienne in the Cathedral St Etienne in Meaux and is carrying out studies for the restoration of the black tower. It is, also, preparing the overhaul of the museography and the accessibility of the Bossuet Museum located in the Episcopal Palace , this work completed in 2021. The restoration will continue from 2022 with the southern western massif, including in particular the portal of the Virgin and the Black Tower of the cathedral.

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I like to briefly tell you a bit of history on Meaux, hoping not to repeat, and I like it.

The Meldois people chose to established themeselves on a side of the Marne river founding Iatinum, capital of Pagus Meldicus. Meaux entered into history during the war of the Gaules in the first half of the 1C BC, It area covered about 200 hectares which place it second only to Paris. After the fall of the Roman empire, Meaux is known as the land of Saints which saw the first Saint called Céline, she is now the Patron Saint of Meaux. Here too passed Saint Colomban around 610, an Irish monk, founder of the monasteries of Lexeuil and Bobbio, and father of Saint Faron, This latter, became the first bishop and Count of Meaux, and had built the abbey of the Holy Cross that after his death was known by the abbey of Saint Faron.  Another Irish Saint Fiacre came to these lands and was given the lands of Breuil by Saint Faron, Later, Saint Fiacre becomes the Patron Saint of the Brie and gardeners, Meaux welcome the council of three provinces in 845 meaning Reims, Sens, and Bourges to determine the administration of the cult.

Meaux was also known as the cereal basket of Paris and capital of the Brie region, Finally, Meaux is attach to the Royal crown while Jeanne of Navarre marries Philippe le Bel on August 16 1284 ! Later came the most famous, the Eagle of Meaux Jacques Bénigne Bossuet name bishop of Meaux by king Louis XIV in 1681, The Brilliant eagle of Meaux, according to Voltaire gives sermons that shook the Cathedral on several occasions, During his 22 years of office he criss cross the countryside to speak the gospel to all while given a solid administration in Meaux. He died in Paris on April 12 1704, his body brought to Meaux where it rests in the Cathedral St Etienne near the main altar.

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In full wartime, Napoléon I comes to Meaux on February 15 1814 staying in the bishop’s quarters where he wrote 21 letters ! By March 28 his troops abandoned Meaux and is the turn of the Prussian General Blïcher to arrived, In the Congress of Vienna 1815, there Tayllerand or Metternich elected the Brie de Meaux as the king of cheeses and prince of desserts ! By September 2, 1849 the train line Paris Meaux opened by Prince-Emperor Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte, Meaux was liberated in WWII August 27 1977 by the armored division of commander Wolner US army, Today, Meaux is the biggest town in Seine et Marne dept 77.

And my French family on the side of my dear late wife Martine (native of Meaux) lives around it in small villages from Chambry, Etrepilly, Chauconin-Neufmontiers, and Nanteuil les Meaux.

The city of Meaux on the Cathedral: https://www.ville-meaux.fr/fr/tourisme/balade-a-meaux/la-cathedrale.html

The Meaux country tourist office on the Cathedral : https://www.tourisme-paysdemeaux.com/en/3416-cathedrale-saint-etienne

The Seine et Marne dept 77 tourist office on the Cathedral: https://www.seineetmarnevivreengrand.fr/explorer/727346/?private 

There you go folks, again, hope you enjoy this brief additional text on the St Stephens Cathedral of Meaux, and the beautiful older new pictures of it. The Cathédrale Saint Etienne de Meaux is a marvel of France and a must visit.

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

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June 30, 2022

The Hôtel des Menus-Plaisirs of Versailles!

And back again to update this wonderful post of a venerable monument of my dear Versailles.  The de facto Capital of France! The royal and imperial city of France, my home for 9 glorious years! I like to take you into another off the beaten path site in my beloved city. If you move out of the castle and come to know the city a bit more, you will learn not only French history but World history as well. I like to enlighten you into know a bit more on the Hôtel des Menus-Plaisirs.

The Hôtel des Menus Plaisirs is located at 22 Avenue de Paris. It remained famous in the history of France for having welcomed the Assembly of the Notables of 1787, that of 1788 and above all the General Estates of 1789, the last that the former regime had experienced. It is an integral part of the history of France, and a must to visit even if today has other functions, read on…

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A bit of history I like

This hotel was built on orders of king Louis XV around 1745, in order to house the decoration workshops and the equipment of the games related to the festivities of the King and the Court called “Menus-plaisirs”. It will include sports accessories (especially for jeu de paume play), theater sets, musical instruments.etc.. There are also workshops for models, costumes, paintings and other sculptures, In 1759, the hotel also contains a physics office installed by Abbé Nollet for the instruction of the children of France, starting with the future Louis XVI. The architectural ensemble then revolves around two buildings located at different levels. The lower court opens on No. 22, avenue de Paris, while the High Court is located by No. 19 rue des Etats Géneraux. It was at the site of the latter court that a provisional room hosted a meeting of notables in 1787, then end 1788. On the inside, the sovereign is then installed under a canopy, located in front of the covered staircase which currently provides communication between the two courtyards. The three orders (nobles laymen ,and clerby) are seated separately in the stands arranged in horseshoes, while high grandstands greet the public.

It was in this room that the abolition of privileges was voted in 1789 and the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen was made. The Hôtel des Menus Plaisirs includes the election of Maximilian Robespierre as president of the District Court. The judges of the Criminal court settled there in 1792, waiting for the former bailiwick to be transformed into a house of justice. Thereafter, the hotel serves as a food store for the army, although many theater props are still kept on reserve, which also stirs up the lust of directors of Parisian halls who regularly come to used (take) them.

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The Hôtel des Menus Plaisirs was transformed into a barracks for the volunteers of the Gendarmerie (police) Corps, it became a center of distribution of bread for the troops before being finally sold to a certain Dubusc in 1800. However, the prefect ordered the cancellation of the sale a year later, but already the damage is done: In the meantime, the buyer has unfortunately already demolished a large part of the historic premises including the famous room of the General Estates! . The hotel would then become a cavalry barracks, then be abandoned for more than a century until the city of Versailles installed its technical services in 1942. The State will restore these places as part of the celebrations of the bicentennial of the French revolution in 1989.

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Under the restoration, it was tried to return to its first assignment, but without regaining the glow of the pre-revolution festivities. After the revolution of 1830, the Hôtel des Menus-Plaisirs became a conservatory of music under the name of Royal School of Music and Declamation. Since 1996, part of the hotel is now home to the Baroque music Center of Versailles. The remains of the Hall of the General Estates remain in the high courtyard used for the recess of the students of the Centre de Musique Baroque in Versailles. The pavements of the ground expose the layout of the hall, with the Royal Tribune at the bottom, the grandstands for the nobility and the clergy on the sides, the Great Tribune for the third-state in front which can be seen today.

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The official Baroque music center on the Hôtel des Menus Plaisirs of Versailleshttps://cmbv.fr/fr

The official Château de Versailles on the Hôtel des Menus Plaisirs : https://en.chateauversailles.fr/centre-musique-baroque-versailles#the-centre-de-musique-baroque-de-versailles-a-unique-institution

There you go folks, Indeed a must for the lovers of architecture and history of France and the world really a must to see. Just come out of the palace on avenue de Paris and walk up the Hôtel Menus Plaisirs is on the right hand side of the street and just a few minutes easily accessable. Hope you enjoy the post as I

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

June 30, 2022

The Museum promenade/Aqueduct of Marly le Roi !!

And here I am again updating this wonderful post in Marly le Roi, the Yvelines dept 78 of the ïle de France region. This is heavens ,history, architecture and good views all over. I have seen a lot but just touching the surface, there is so much more to see in my belle France! I like to tell you about a walk, promenade, that became a museum. About an idea of an aqueduct that became just a dream, and about impressionists painters, some of the best all in one area. This is Marly-le-roi and Louveciennes towns. I passed by them often and even visited Franco-American friends at Marly-le-roi. Not to mention walked these places of history and beautiful quant villages/towns.

You will walked/visit the national domain of Marly-le-Roi , even if today there is nothing left of the castle of the time, pavilions and basins built for king Louis XIV, (thanks to the French revolution) , the estate retains a royal charm with its many aisles, its statues and the remains of the old buildings. You can visit the Musée-Promenade de Marly-le-Roi-Louveciennes , The museum traces and illustrates, with the help of an interactive model of the estate and its fine arts collections , archaeology and decorative arts, the splendour of the ancient residence of the Sun King. Models and technical objects present the famous machine of Marly, admirable hydraulic prowess, built under king Louis XIV to supply water to the fountains of Marly and Versailles. A room is dedicated to the favorite of king Louis XV, Madame du Barry, and to Madame Vigée Lebrun, portraitist of Marie-Antoinette, both residents of  Louveciennes. The museum regularly offers temporary exhibitions, animations, guided tours, lectures, concerts…etc.

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Think of going back down to the village in front of the sublime place de l’Abreuvoir which served as a diverting the waters of the gardens of the estate. Now to the banks of the Seine river, whose changing and dazzling colors attracted many painters: Corot, Sisley, Pissaro, all painted these recognizable views from Port-Marly. Many have come to settle there to enjoy the tranquility of this pretty town on the banks of the Seine. Follow the banks of the Seine, and you will discover the representations of the most beautiful impressionist paintings, posed, at the same place where the painters laid their easels! In the program « Le village de Voisins »  (neighbors) painted by Pissarro in 1872, the « Barrage de la Machine de Marly » (Dam ) by Alfred Sisley or the « Route de Versailles » by Renoir.

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The aqueduct of Louveciennes, sometimes called the aqueduct of Marly, is a aqueduct bridge built in the 17C during the reign of king Louis XIV. Located in the town of Louveciennes (Bougival also claim it !) in the Yvelines dept 78. It was part of the hydraulic system designed to supply water to the gardens of the Château de Marly and the park of the Château de Versailles from the Seine river. The aqueduct was composed of 36 arches. Its length was 643 meters for a width varying from 2 to 4.4 meters and a height of 10 to 20 meters; a monumental machine, the machine of Marly, located on the Seine river below, at the height of Bougival, pumped the water of the river with the aid of fourteen impeller’s washers . By pipes laid on two paved ramps, it made it climb the nearly 150 meters of elevation of Louveciennes Hill. The aqueduct was taken out of service in 1866 and replaced by underground pipes during the Siege of Paris in 1870, the Tower of the Levant served as an observation post to the future Emperor William 1er and to Chancellor Bismarck. This tower was renovated between 1998 and 2000.

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The city of Marly le Roi on the museum : https://www.marlyleroi.fr/Mus%C3%A9e-du-Domaine-royal-de-Marly/73/

The Seine St Germain en Laye tourist office on the Royal Domaine museum of Marly le Roi : https://www.seine-saintgermain.fr/en/file/760663/musee-du-domaine-royal-de-marly/

The Association Friends of the Domaine de Marly to keep it and improve it nicely for the future : https://www.amis-domaine-marly.fr/

The Seine St Germain en Laye tourist office on the Louveciennes aqueduct : https://www.seine-saintgermain.fr/en/file/4883554/aqueduc/

There you folks, there is a lot more to see than castles here, and you should enjoy it all surrounded by lush surrounding in noble French traditions. Marly le Roi is a chic nice place to stroll and see the wonders of my belle France, Hope you enjoy it as I

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

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June 29, 2022

Again by St Germain en Laye !!

And I come back to my beloved old living area, department Yvelines dept 78 of the Ïle de France region just near Paris but not Paris at all. This is Saint Germain en Laye!  The Château de St Germain en Laye is now an archeological museum which is recommended to see. However, for me the architecture and history of the castle is it. Many memorable moments here with the family, as we love to come and shop in the city as well. I have found some pictures not in my blog and they should so here I am again to tell you about the castle of Saint Germain en Laye! 

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Just 20-25 minutes by RER A from Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile ,Arc de Triomphe, Paris !  As soon as you arrive, the castle faces you. A former royal residence, it stands out in particular for the elegance of its Renaissance silhouette and for its Saint-Louis Chapel, which is a true masterpiece of the radiant Gothic style. In particular, you can admire its permanent archaeological collections, which are among the richest in the world. From the Paleolithic to the First Middle Ages, some 29,000 objects, vestiges of the oldest techniques and arts, are available to you. The museum also offers themed temporary exhibitions and conference visits to learn more about the archeology and history of the castle. Just behind it, in what it was the old castle Louis XIV was born, now covered by the fame restaurant Le Pavillon Henri IV.

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However, just as wonderful is to walk its domain property and its gardens paths. The national estate and the gardens surrounding the castle welcome you for a stroll on the large terrace, 2.5 km long and 30 meters wide, laid out by André Le Nôtre, gardener to Louis XIV. Overlooking La Défense and the Seine, it is a masterpiece of perspective!

The National Domain of Saint-Germain-en-Laye offers 40 ha of preserved areas which adjoin the former royal forest. This popular place for walking allows you to admire the French gardens designed by André Le Nôtre for Louis XIV or stroll through the English Garden created in the 19C and home to several rare trees. If today it represents a place of walk and relaxation very frequented by the inhabitants of the region thanks to its many paths and marked paths, it was formerly one of the favorite hunting grounds of the kings of France. Thus, François I, passionate about hunting, had the royal forest laid out for hunting with bridle paths crossing in a star, so that, placed in the center of these crossroads, hunters could see game crossing an alley. These alleys still exist, as does the La Muette hunting lodge, built in the 18C on the site of a first castle built by François I.

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The official St Germain en Laye castle museum info : https://musee-archeologienationale.fr/en/practical-information-0

The Seine St Germain en Laye tourist office on the castle/museumhttps://www.seine-saintgermain.fr/en/file/706136/discovering-historical-secrets-the-musee-darcheologie-nationale/#

The city of Saint Germain en Laye on its heritage: https://www.saintgermainenlaye.fr/792/histoire-et-patrimoine.htm

There you go folks, seeing it alone is worth the trip, a marvel of our times, I have always enjoyed my visits in St Germain en Laye ,and the castle/museum is tops. Hope you enjoy this memorable post as much as I. The castle/museum of Saint Germain en Laye is superbe!

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

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