December 4, 2020

Luxembourg:public transports!!

This is one of my favorite countries of Europe and one we had visited since earlier times in 1991 onwards many times. I, of course, have several posts about Luxembourg in my blog, city and country. However, I notice came in bits and pieces on public transports and we have our share of them here. Therefore, let me tell you a bit about them in this small quant picturesque country of Europe.

As a disclaimer, we have come most of the time by car, once by airplane, and once by train. This is my take on transports in Luxembourg.

The roads are easy and expressway all the way from France to Luxembourg. Initially, we went from Versailles going around the BP or boulevard Périphérique of Paris and then the A86 extension around greater Paris to connect with the A4 towards ,Metz, and getting off on the A31 towards Luxembourg.

Later years, we went fro the Morbihan breton in Bretagne along the free tolls road of the N24, and N136 by Rennes to A84 to exit 29 by Fougéres, and onwards on the N12 dir Alençon, Dreux, and Versailles. Getting on the A86 big beltway around Paris to connect with the A4, by Metz connect with the A31 to Luxembourg

Upon entering Luxembourg city we had some parking choices; most of the trips we parked at Théatre in city center, very convenient and we love it. Otherwise, we did so at Auchan shopping center at Kirschberg where the free parking was handy to get on bus 16 that comes from the Findel airport as well to city center Luxembourg. Other parkings we have used are the train station or Gare and Monterey near the Place d’Armes.

The laws on transport and route driving in Luxembourg in French :https://transports.public.lu/fr.html

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Of course, in other towns we have used either undergroun parking or above ground public parking, easy secure and close to the city centers. Once in a while we have done off street parking too.

 There is a nice airport Luxembourg-Findel  outside of Luxembourg city so at Findel, and we have stayed by it with easy connection by bus 16 to the city center, and of course by car. Luxembourg airport  is commonly call the “lux-Airport” yet it is at Findel located east of the city at the border with the municipal administrations of Niederanven and Sandweiler. If no car, direct from the city you can take buses 16 and 29. From the city driving you get on the beltway A6 exit 7 or 9. Airport webpage: https://www.lux-airport.lu/

From the city center Hamilius quai 1 bus depot we have taken bus line 1 to Kirchberg right by the Auchan shopping center! Nice ride lol! See we do take public transports too even in Europe!! 

City of Luxembourg bus lines where we have taken line 1 and 16. City of Luxembourg on bus schedules: https://www.vdl.lu/fr/se-deplacer/en-bus/horaires-et-depart-en-temps-reel/lignes

The tramway linking Luxexpo to its opening and the Grand Duchess Charlotte bridge via avenue John F. Kennedy; the tram is linked to Pfaffenthal-Kirchberg station located on line 1 by the funicular. In addition, numerous AVL and RGTR bus lines connect the district to Ville-Haute (upper town) and neighboring villages. 

The tramway line network Luxtram for info as never taken it is here: http://www.luxtram.lu/fr/la-ligne/

The tramway line 1 goes from Kirchberg, Luxexpo , Centre, Stäreplaz, and Étoile.  Another transports not taken there is the taxi; there are taxi stands all over the city.

The district of Grund is located in 20 minutes thereabout on foot from the central train station of Luxembourg city. And of course, we had walked to it and back. This is the Gare Centrale at Place de la Gare. The train specific webpage is CFL here: https://www.cfl.lu/fr-fr/timetable

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The CFL manages and operates the Luxembourg rail network, the Pfaffenthal-Kirchberg funicular, bus lines, mostly on behalf of the General Road Transport Regime and a car-sharing service called Flex. The shares of the company are distributed as follows: 94% the Luxembourg State, 4% the Belgian State and 2% the French State. The bit of history here is that this came about on April 17, 1946, an agreement was signed between Luxembourg, France and Belgium. The Luxembourg National Railway Company (CFL) was officially created on May 14, 1946 and took over the concessions of the Guillaume-Luxembourg and Prince-Henri networks, as well as those of the State-owned narrow gauge railways (CVE) in 1934.

The Mobiliteit network that comes about from the Verkéiersverbond which ensure maximum comfort for public transport customers and to educate the general public about the use of active and sustainable mobility. Its work is carried out in close collaboration with its partners: Autobus de la Ville de Luxembourg (AVL), the Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Luxembourgeois (SNCFL), the Luxembourg Federation of Bus and Coach Operators (FLEAA) , the General Road Transport Regime (RGTR), the Intercommunal Transport of People in the Canton of Esch-sur-Alzette (TICE) and Luxtram. This one covers trains, buses, trams in Luxembourg country ,here is their trip planner. https://www.mobiliteit.lu/fr/planificateur/

The city of Luxembourg info on bikes, but never done it here for info only:https://www.vdl.lu/fr/se-deplacer/velo-ou-pied/location-et-services-velos/velo-en-ville

The Pétrusse Express is the tourist train that takes you on a run to visit the city of Luxembourg, especially the lower town. The departure is about every 30 minutes and located at the Montée de Clausen near the bunkers of the Bock. Many years ago on our first trip we took them for a starter, wonderful experience to come back later to specific sights. Webpage: https://www.moyocci.com/en/product/143963/petrusse-express

And there now feel better to have in my blog our transports escapades in Luxembourg,especially Luxembourg city. Hope you enjoy it as I did telling you.

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

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December 4, 2020

The cable car at Koblenz!

And here I go again, updating and revising older posts, this time in Germany. I had a good time in Koblenz and with the family, many nice memories. One of them had briefly mentioned in older posts but figure deserves a post of its own.

The one activity we like here other than eating /drinking was taking the cable car across the Rhine river. A wonderful thing to do and great views, recommended to all! I still found one picture so here is the post update.

The Cable car at Koblenz  offers spectacular view on the concourse of Rhine and Moselle rivers through the large windows of the panorama cabins. From the foot of the cable car, it is only a short walk to the popular Deutsches Eck or German Corner. The cable car is a 3S cable car lift that connects the city center to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress by going over the Rhine river. It was inaugurated in 2010 as part of the 2011 flower expo.

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The cable car is a 3S cable car lift , which connects the city center to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress over the Rhine river . It was inaugurated in 2010 as part of the 2011 Floral exhibition. It is a disengageable cable car consisting of two carrying cables and a towing cable. The lift has 18 cabins with a capacity of 35 persons each distributed along the line.  The cable car line is only 949 meters long (making it the shortest 3S cable car in the world), has a vertical drop of 114 meters and has two pylons. The downstream station Deutsches Eck or German Corner is located on the right bank of the Rhine river, near the Basilica of St. Castor (see post apart on it!)and the mouth of the Moselle. This station houses the driving part of the installation. The upstream station is located just off the northern front of the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress from where passengers can easily access it.

The Ehrenbreitstein Fortress was once accessible by road or by a small 1-seater chairlift built in 1959, the lower station of the latter was located on the left bank of the Rhine. This chairlift was dismantled in 2009 when the town of Koblenz opted for the construction of a new ski lift, more accessible, faster and more efficient. In addition, this new lift was going to serve as an attraction for the floral exposition of 2011. The 3S cable car technology was adopted since this type of lift has the advantages of having a very high throughput for the transport of passengers as well as a high wind resistance. The work was entrusted to the Austrian company Doppelmayr. The cable car site began on April 15, 2009, the lower station, the upper station and the pylons were completed at the end of that same year. The cable then the cabins were installed at the beginning of 2010. The work was completed in June, then the cable car was inaugurated on July 2, 2010 and opened to the public two days later.

Some additional webpages to help you enjoy this unique ride in pretty Koblenz to follow

The official cable car webpage for ticketing ,info etc. https://www.seilbahn-koblenz.de/homepage.html

The Koblenz tourist office on the cable car: https://www.koblenz-tourism.com/culture/koblenz-attractions/koblenz-cable-car.html

The Rheinland-Pfalz regional tourist board on the cable car: https://www.rlp-tourismus.com/en/infosystem/infosystem/Seilbahn-Ruedesheim_Ruedesheim-am-Rhein/infosystem.html

A wonderful superbe webcam of the Deutsches Eck or German Corner: http://webtv.feratel.com/webtv/?design=v3&cam=3300&design=v3&c32=0

So there you go folks a nice side thing to do in pretty Koblenz ,good for the whole family and my boys still remember fondly of it. Hope you enjoy the post and do visit Koblenz when possible.

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

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December 4, 2020

Indonesia: Malang and Ngoro!!

So again going over old posts and wonderful memories of my travels in the last few years from my belle France. I take you back again to exotic Indonesia and new towns visited. Let me tell you a bit again on Surabaya and the new towns of Malang and Ngoro.

My month long trip continue as from the Philippines flew to Jakarta and transfer to Surabaya Juanda airport for the next week. I have written before on Surabaya but the other two towns are new footprints of me ::)

From Manila took a Philippine Airline flight to Jakarta at Terminal 2, changing to Garuda Airline flight to Surabaya Juanda airport.

Once out had shuttle to my home base hotel , the always every time I have come here Somerset Hotel and Résidences, great place where by now many in front desk know me. This is an all inclusive property with hotel rooms and apartments, tennis basketball courts nice outdoor swimming pool, covered secured parking, and big rooms and baths all with AC of course;temp went up to 38C !!! Right Inside the old Somerset you have the Pyramide bar (still kept by the new owners! )a great place to hang out Watch TV and drink bintang beers!  As in previous updates you know they have change ownership and name and now are call the Verwood Hotel and Serviced Residences. Webpage: http://www.verwoodhotel.com/

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From the hotel was an easy ride to Ngoro, passing by the great Volcano on the horizon, nice view but its active so nice to have it dormant every time I visit !!! Nice business trip to Ngoro Industrial Park in nearby Mojokerto.  If interested for what is there, here is their webpage: https://www.intiland.com/en/industrial/mojokerto/ngoro-industrial-park/

For sightseeing in this area two places that were recommended to me if indeed more time were the  Jedong Temple  a sort of gate temple, in the shape of Paduraksan, a type of gate which its roof merged.  More on a East Java webpage here:https://www.eastjava.com/books/majapahit/html/jedong_temple.html

And the beforementioned volcano. They are located halfway between the city of Surabaya and Kawah Ijen, Mount Bromo  whose name probably comes from a deformation of the name of the Hindu god Brahma  is one of the most known and most frequented in this region of Southeast Asia. Mount Bromo is located in the Tengger Caldera and shares the landscape with Mount Batok and the towering Mount Semeru, the region’s highest point at 3676 meters above sea level. These three volcanoes are part of the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park, which is also home to lakes and rivers, as well as extraordinary endemic flora and fauna. More here from Indonesia tourist board: https://www.indonesia.travel/fr/en/destinations/java/bromo-tengger-semeru-national-park

While back in Surabaya I had more time to enjoy some shopping and eating at famliar faces. I enjoyed the Ciputra World Surabaya Mall, a wonderful place full of shops, restos and great promenade on the top floor with asiatic decoration along a lineup of restaurants including my old favorite Pizza Hut. Webpagehttp://ciputraworldsurabaya.com/mall/directory

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While in town near the above hotel had a wonderful local crab place , this is as local as you can get here finger liking and all. cook right on the spot wonderful crabs. The place address is Jalan Raya Kupang Indah No. 45 C-D, Surabaya and the name is Kepiting Cak Gundul . More on this local webpagehttps://id.openrice.com/en/surabaya/r-kepiting-cak-gundul-1992-dukuh-pakis-seafood-r22152

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The Surabaya tourist office: http://www.surabayatourism.com/

Again, set out to visit a new town, Malang! While visiting Malang , I stop by for lunch at the Warung Bu Kris restaurant again very local traditional cuisine. this is at Jl. Ciliwung No.31, Kota Malang, where I had some local fried rice, fried fish, and the shredded beef ,wonderful! again local webpage here: https://www.diarysivika.com/2015/04/warung-bu-kris-cabang-pandaan.html

A pleasant town, Malang was the preferred resting place for European planters during colonial times. The old inhabitants of the region nickname it the “Paris of East Java”. The city is the seat of the diocese of Malang with the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel . From colonial times, Malang kept many religious buildings: Jami Mosque, Church of the Sacred Heart (Gereja Hati Kudus Yesus), Cathedral of Saint Teresa (Gereja Ijen or Katedral Santa Theresia), and Chinese Temple (Eng An Kiong).

All passing by colorful places like Miami Chicken, and Persada Hospital ,and the market at Singapori. Again deep into Java island Indonesian places; vivid pictures and people I won’t forget easy. A great séjour stay in colorful exotic  Indonesia.

The Indonesia travel board on Malanghttps://www.indonesia.travel/fr/en/destinations/java/malang

Now I feel better to have all this info in my blog for the memories and future travel headups. Hope you enjoy this part of our world, Indonesia! there still a lot more to cover, and looking forward to better times for travel.

In the meantime, remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

December 3, 2020

Expats in Paris !!!

I had arrived fresh from Versailles and working in Paris to the Morbihan Breton dept 56 so decided to tell where the expats mingle most in Paris. Upon arriving in Paris in 2003, I was not really aware what the term expats meant and seek them out to I guess keep up with the nostalgia of lands now gone. These expats are it; their world turns around this nostalgia and comparing the two worlds. Not really good if you are planning to settle in a new country, culture etc.

I guess not an expert on this sociological phenomenon, and coming from already a French family in Florida USA, making trips to France every year since 1990 not the typical expat per se. After all, I was French before living permanently in France! My dear late wife Martine family is big with two brothers and three sisters most in the Seine et Marne dept 77 and one in the Nord 59, and cousins spread out in the sud ouest around Gaillac ,Tarn dept 81. Therefore, my experiences are different. However, I did came into France with my parents who were not French just retirees Americans! They needed the titre de séjour visiteur to stay here and they got it easily as we did while still in Florida at the wonderful friendly French consulate in Miami. We were already part of the French American community there with the Miami Accueil group that was hosted by the consulate.

These notes just to make sure you can tell the different between an expat and a resident/citizen of a country. Nevertheless, in the past several years I have been asked for pubs, bars the regular hangout of  expats etc. Well, the expats are well and kicking all over Paris, never a dull moment, after all Paris is the melting pot of France and France is the melting pot of Europe! Back then ,it was estimated that one out of four Parisiens were foreigners or French not from Paris!!

Oh one group I joined and left when came to the Morbihan was Expats Paris! The anecdote here is that it was an American attorney in Paris (now last I know in S Arabia!) who created this group. I was one of the first four who joined the chats and drinks at the Au Trappiste 4 rue Saint Denis every Thursday at 19h30 or 7:30 pm! It has now over 9K members!!! Their webpage is here: https://www.meetup.com/fr-FR/ExpatsParis/

I will give you a sample of my favorites that I used to go the most; hopefully it will keep you company if feeling home sick while in Paris Lol! One sad moment while doing this is to find out how many are no longer, it goes with the times and there should be new generations of places to meet with expats. After all ,Paris is eternal.

Players Bar, 161 Rue Montmartre, 75002 ,big screens live sporting events actually about 30 screens all the time ESPN Classic channel too. Near same area on metro grands boulevard line 8 or 9. Here just for the memories as it has closed.

Cottage Elysée, 14 rue Lincoln, 75008 , metro George V line 1. All sports live the Irish pub with live music on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Another nice one that is gone! Here for the memories.

Millers, 3 Rue des Haudriettes, 75003 .metro Rambuteau line 11. no web, but does show sports live telecasts with drink specials. Another one that bites the dust, closed.

The Thistle Pub, follow the Scots, 112 rue St Denis, 75002,Metro Etienne Marcel line 4 and Chatelet line 4. Another oldie closed, here just for the memories.

The Fifth Bar, 62 rue Mouffetard, 75005. Metro place monge line 5. popular bar, American but also rugby, live DJ Fridays, Saturdays nights. Happy hour 12-22h. Another goner, here just for the memories.

La Pinte, 13 Carrefour de l’Odéon,75006. Metro Odeon line 10. all sports shown, happy hour 17-20h, live concerts in the cellar on thursdays, great ambiance, great place to be. great guinness/beamish red,and Calsberg. And yet another glory days goner, here just for the memories. 

Carr’s, Irish pub ,of long standing and many nights lol! 1 Rue du Mont Thabor, 75001. Metro Tuileries line 1. Great cellar where expats groups gathered on many occasions, and great Irish music .Sadly closed after Irish owner we had huge parties here! Here just for the memories.

Okeerokee, I gave you the closed one first, lol! Don’t panic there are still plenty open thank you! 

O’Sullivans Pubs several all over like by Clichy and rue des Lombards, however my favorite is the one at the Grands Boulevards, 1 blvd Montmartre, metro grands boulevards lines 8 and 9. sports tv all over, even some music, best second floor up to your left in front of bar counter. webpage  https://www.osullivans-pubs.com/pub-irlandais/grands-boulevards/

The Lions, 120 Rue Montmartre, 75002;. Metro Bourse line 3 or Grands boulevards line 8 and 9. The English Pub,  showing football/soccer with pints of 5€. This one has change location now at 153 rue de Chevaleret 13éme webpage: http://www.thelionsparis.fr/

McBrides Irish Pub, 54 rue St Denis, 75001 . metro Chatelet line 4. All sports bar, downstairs Johnnies nightclub every Friday at 23h. live bands Fridays, Saturdays,and Sundays.webpage  https://www.corcoransirishpubs.com/mcbrides/menu/

Corcoran’s Irish pubs several in Paris, but my favorite is at Bastille; live music Fridays ,Saturdays, Sundays, Karaoke on Thursdays,and Students night on Thursdays too. Great ambiance for the younger crowds. 53 Faubourg St Antoine, 75011. Metro Bastille lines 1,5 and 8. Now same group as above. webpage  https://www.corcoransirishpubs.com/bastille/

The Pure Malt, the Scottish in Paris, 4 rue Caron,75003 .Metro  ST Paul ,line 1. Fridays and Saturdays cocktails nights.  Also American football, Rugby,and Football/soccer.  webpage  http://www.thepuremalt.fr/

The Auld Alliance, 80 Rue François-Miron, 75004..Metro St Paul ,line 1. NFL Sundays are shown as well as football:Soccer and rugby. Scotland in Paris.Thursday cocktail night ,and over 100 whiskies available. webpage  https://theauldalliance.com/

Café Oz, the Australians arrive!  Several location ,best is at Chatelet, 18 rue Saint Denis, Metro Chatelet line 4. Sports bar par excellence, live rugby, football/soccer, and NFL on tap, great Aussie beers. Webpage https://cafe-oz.com/chatelet.html

Hall’s Beer Tavern, 68 rue Saint Denis, 75002.Metro Chatelet line 4. All major sporting events covered, great ambiance, big screens TV, live music blues and rock, heated smokers terrace,happy hours from 17-19h, and pints from 4,50€. The works , i promise. Webpage: https://www.hallsbeertavern.fr/

Belushi’s Bar,  a chain with many in various cities in Europe. In Paris at 159 rue de Crimée, 75019.Inside St Christopher’s hostel. Metro Crimée line 7 or Laumiére line 5. Five big screen TVs for all the action and great burgers, an American diner in Paris. webpage  https://www.belushis.com/bars/paris/canal

The Galway, 13 Quai des Grand Augustins, 75006. Metro Chatelet Line 4 or  St Michel Notre Dame RER C .  Live music on Thursdays Fridays,Saturdays,and Sundays, the Irish once again in Paris !!) Webpage  https://www.facebook.com/GALWAYIRISHPUBPARIS/

Eden Park Pub , 10 Rue Princesse, 75006. Metro  Mabillon line 10, St Sulpice line 4, St Germain des Pres line 4. All sporting events in big screens. Happy hour from 18-20h. Great rugby place but also football/Soccer. webpage  http://www.edenparkpub.com/

The Moose, the Canadians arrive! 16 rue des Quatre Vents, 75006. Metro Odéon line 10. happy hour,buy a pitcher specials,all sports, good ambiance, webpage  http://www.mooseparis.com/fr/

Little  Temple Bar, 12 rue Princesse, 75006. Metro Mabillon, Odeon, St Germain des Pres lines 4 or 10. Happy hour every day, classic place , names drop by often, live music, you will be delighted as I, webpage  https://www.littletemplebar.fr/

WOS Bar, 184 rue St Jacques, 75005. Metro best RER B luxembourg. Happy hour 16-21h! monday and tuesday is student nights so younger crowds. Lively place indeed. webpage  http://wosbar.com/#contact

The Bombardier, 2 place du Panthéon, 75005. Metro Maubert-Mutualité line 10 or RER B Luxembourg. Monday students night, Real Ale, English pub. webpage http://www.bombardierpub.fr/

La Pomme d’Eve, a South African pub in Paris, 1 rue Laplace, 75005. Metro Maubert-Mutualité line 10. all major sporting events shown on big screens. webpage  http://lapommedeve.com/

The Harp, 118 Blvd Clichy,75018.Metro Blanche  line 2 or place de Clichy line 13. Great american hot dogs and bloody marys on Sunday, Mojitos on Mondays. home of the Paris Celtic supporters group . Webpage  https://www.facebook.com/TheHarpParis/

The Highlander Scottish Pub, 8 rue de Nevers, 75006 .Metro Pont Neuf line 7 or Odéon line 10. happy hour weekdays from 17-20h. Caledonian pints for 5€, webpage  http://pubhighlander.com/

The Great Canadian Pub, 25 Quai des Grands Augustin, 75006. Metro St Michel line 4. Great ambiance very popular with expats get togethers in Paris. webpage  https://www.facebook.com/tgcparis/

The Long Hop, Rue Fréderic Sauton, Place Maubert-Mutualité;75005.  metro Maubert-Mutualité line 10.  A great gathering of expats, great ambiance, lately a hot spot in Paris, webpage  https://www.the-long-hop.com/

Frog and Princess Pub ,9 Rue Princesse  75006. Metro Mabillon line 10.  Part of a chain of seven Frog pubs, Frog and Princess is a no-frills sports bar that brews its own beer and is frequented by a primarily English-speaking crowd drawn in by the home brews, numerous TVs, and loudly cheering sports fans who gather to watch their favorite teams. Webpage: https://www.frogpubs.com/fr/pub-the-frog-princess-paris-2.php

And of course if you need to catch some munchies these will do early or late,all great expats venues.

Breakfast in America, original location the best at 17 rue des Ecoles, 75005. Metro Cardinal Lemoine line 10 and Jussieu lines 7 and 10. you got the name right, webpage  https://breakfast-in-america.com/locations-and-hours/

Happy Days Diner, 25 rue Francisque Gay, 75006. Metro St Michel line 4. American burgers in a diner look 1950’s. two locations but the one above is lively for me. Unfortunately the location above has closed here for the memories, but there are others and should be good not on them yet. Webpage    https://www.happydaysdiner.com/nos-restaurants

Ellis Island Cafe, 5 rue Parronet, 75007 Metro Sévres Babylone lines 10 and 12. Great tex mex burgers, an American oasis in Paris, Sunday brunch 21€ . Well another one closed, here just for the memories

Scoop Cafe, 154 rue Saint Honoré ,75001.  Metro Palais Royal,Louvre Rivoli, lines 1. An American awarded as best ice cream parlor by Le Figaro!, with great soups as well. Sadly it has closed the location, so here for the memories. However, It is now at 117 rue des Dames 17éme.not try yet. webpage  http://www.scoopcafe.fr/#infos

Last but not least ,allomatch a webpage that will enhance your present in Paris, the all sports bars find it all at webpage: https://www.allomatch.com/bars

This is Paris too a melting pot of nations, and folks looking for the la vie en rose à la Française! And there is a long waiting line…..Paris is eternal, the most beautiful city in the world. I am sure there are others, I put up the ones I could remember visited in my times there in the glazing of an expat to a citizen per se. Hope you enjoy the post and thanks for reading.

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

December 3, 2020

How about Bologna!!!

Yeah what about Bologna, Italy! Well I mentioned briefly in my posts before but feel needs a post of its own. Going over updating and revising old posts, has given me the opportunity to see missing links such as this one. Hope you enjoy it as I do

Well , really for me the last few years Bologna has been the airport, this is how I arrived to go down to Carpi/Modena area. Some nice folks there did took me on a car ride in town briefly. One of the cities on my list to be back with the family to see in depth.

Anyway , for me, I like to tell you a bit more on Bologna.

The city of Bologna is a capital of the metropolitan area of the same name, in turn the capital of Emilia-Romagna region. The city, whose first settlements date back to at least the first millennium BC, was an important urban center first under the Etruscans and Celts, then under the Romans and , in the Middle Ages, as a free town. Northern capital of the Papal State from the 16C, it had a very important role during the Risorgimento and, during WWII, was an important center of the Resistance. On the morning of April 21, 1945, in a Bologna now abandoned by the Nazis, the soldiers of the Polish II Corps of the British 8th Army, the advanced units of the 91st and 34th US divisions, avant-garde of the combat groups, entered the city to the joy of the population. Also, the   Italians “Friuli” and “Legnano”, and partisans of the “Maiella Brigade”.

The main highway/motorway junction in Italy, the A1 “Autostrada del Sole” (sunshine highway) Milan-Florence-Rome-Naples converge at the Bologna junction, and is the one I took. There is ,also, the Adriatic axis A14 Bologna-Ancona-Taranto; and the A13 Bologna-Padua. The highway/motorway junction that surrounds the city to the west, north and east is flanked for about 22 km by the ring road or beltway.

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Just for information, as never use it,but  Bologna is a railway junction of national importance, through which it is estimated that over 85% of national traffic transits between North and South, excluding traffic via La Spezia (for Milan and France) and those via Ravenna – Ferrara and via Ferrara – Suzzara – Parma. The main train station is Bologna Centrale, it is among the largest Italian stations for passenger traffic, and for the number of daily trains in transit.

The transport hub TPER for the region of Emilia Romagna is here: https://www.tper.it/

The city of Bologna on public transports in Italian : http://www.comune.bologna.it/trasporti

The main transportation hub I used several times was the Guglielmo Marconi international airport of Bologna. It has last read a network of over 90 destinations and served by more than 50 airlines, it is the eighth Italian airport by number of passengers.The importance of the airport is mainly due to its position in the production center of Italy. In addition to its function at the service of the entire production area of Emiliana and Marchigiana, the increase in routes by low cost airlines and the construction of the High Speed line to Florence have led to an increase in tourism.

Passengers with boarding pass in first and business class, high status frequent flyer cards or accredited lounge scheme have access to our lounge. I did!! Nice VIP lounge! It has parking areas P1 P2 P3 P4 but I was just pick up and deposit with a driver each time so no experience here. My driver was Auto Blu Noleggi, tel +39 339 3846496 . email: autoblunoleggi@tiscali.it with great service by my driver Giacomo Franchetto, you wont go wrong using him all over Italy, he is GPS ready. More info here: https://www.autoblubologna.com/ncc-carpi/

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The trips were always long in Europe because of needed connections by Roissy CDG and Schiphol Amsterdam to Nantes Atlantique. The airport is about 6 km from city center Bologna. I never tried it but there was an aerobus from the airport to the terminal train station Centrale, this is now handle by Marconi Express. The webpage in English: https://www.marconiexpress.it/en/

The Bologna airport is easy to navigate , the webpage is here in English: http://www.bologna-airport.it/uk/?LN=UK

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Things to see which I only passed by in a car so need to be back for sure. My favorite looking externally were :

In Piazza Maggiore there is the gothic and imposing Basilica of San Petronio built at the behest of the town between 1390 and 1659. The Church of San Francesco 13C although it underwent significant interventions in the 19C and after WWII, the first example of French Gothic in Italy.  The St Peter’s Cathedral located in via Indipendenza, was built in the 17C on the ruins of the ancient early Christian building. Other important city churches are San Giacomo Maggiore (1263), in Gothic style and with an elegant Renaissance portico; the Basilica of Santa Maria dei Servi built between the 14C and 16C, with a Majesty by Cimabue and a suggestive four-sided portico; Santa Maria della Vita; the church of the first hospital in Bologna, founded in 1260, inside which there are the precious terracotta of the Weeping Marie, known as Lamentation over the Dead Christ and made by Niccolò dell’Arca between 1463 and 1490.

Historic palaces and villas overlooking Piazza Maggiore are the Palazzo Comunale (or d’Accursio) (13-15C) and the Palazzo del Podestà , extensively remodeled in 1485, next to the 13C Palazzo Re Enzo , whose current appearance is due to neo-Gothic restoration by Alfonso Rubbiani of 1905.

Bologna has over forty museums in which, alongside the permanent collections, temporary exhibitions are organized. The ones I saw passing were the National Art Gallery of Bologna, and the MAMbo (Museum of Modern Art of Bologna). The theater has been a very popular form of entertainment in Bologna since the 16C. The first public theater was the Teatro della Sala, active starting from 1547 in the Palazzo del Podestà.

The tourist office of Bolognahttps://www.bolognawelcome.com/it

The tourist board of Emilia Romagna on Bolognahttps://emiliaromagnaturismo.it/en/towns/bologna

There you go folks, another spot in the world, even if passing by. I have many experiences like this one, and eventually did came back with the family to see it show it, I hope Bologna will be one of these. Again, hope you enjoy the post and thanks for reading me.

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

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December 3, 2020

The Temple of Debod, Madrid!!!

Again, need to revise update this post from march 2017. This is a memorable spot for me as a kid living in Madrid, and for history of not only the temple but the Spanish Civil War. Hope you enjoy the updated post on the temple of Debod!

I thought of something unique and semi hidden in Madrid, but a must to visit. This is the temple of Debod in the parque del Oeste and more precisely in the parque de la montaña (where an old Civil War hq was ). Today visitors and younger generation flock to the temple to see the history of the Egyptian monument without realising the sacrifice that was done here. I know

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The temple of Debod dates from the year 200 AD and known also as the temple of Amon a gift from Egypt to Spain for helping in the flooding of the Nile in the 1950’s.

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The pieces of this temple were brought to Spain by boat over a long period finally reaching Spain by Valencia harbor; coming on the ship “Benisa”, a total of 90 trucks moved the 1356 blocks of stone to the current site but some stone from Villamayor in Salamanca was needed to filled in the missing parts lost on the retrieval of the stones in Egypt. It finally was assembled in its current location in July 18, 1972, while I was still living in Madrid!!

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You must see inside the Capilla de Adijalamani or of the Reliefs. It has scenes that represent the king adoring the gods and offering sacrifices.  The motifs are related to the cult of the gods in the area and link to the sacred monarchy. In it’s chapel you have the god Amon de Debod that received the cult with other divinities such as Isis, Hathor, Osiris, Horus, Apset, Mut, Satis, Anukis, and Horajty. Imhotep occupies a priviledge site in the access to the chapel.  You then, come to the room of  Mammisi.  The word Coptic signify “place of birth” and makes the point of the room where the goddess of the temple gave birth and celebrating the mystery of the divine birth.

From the exterior the best moment to see it is as the sun goes down in the evening, eerie nice silhouettes indeed. The interior is superb and a must see in Madrid like I said.

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There are other rooms below, these are:

The Vestibule ,decorated with Augusto and Tiberian today mostly erase due to the last earthquake of the 19C and stealing.

The antechamber de Naos, small room that allows you to wandered in the 3 chapels ,here the only light entered the temple that reach the main Chapel as above and the Naos

The room of Naoi, or central chapel has the only naos preserved. it is in ptolemic style and dedicated to gods Isis and Amon de Debod.  The south hallway on which in it’s wall you see a solar clock.

The Osiris chapel, relics of Osiris, in the terrace . It is a roofed chapel in the terrace of the sanctuary as in Egyptian temples. It was done to stop the rain water to entered the god Osiris that was not beneficial.

The Terrace, this is the place where important ceremonies were held, especially the ritual of the new year. The karma of the god Ra combine with the divine statues of the temple that were taken to the terrace by priests the night before the Egyptian new year.

The headroom Chapels, on each side of the Chapel of Naos you have two Chapels attributed to Osiris and Mahesa.

The Uabet, the purification site of the priests of the temple. Opens its doors to the Vestibule.  this area was damaged when the archeologist that worked here in the 20C saw it.

You see several graffiti’s in the temple. Thanks to these graffiti’s we know the temple was visited by Barbarians, nomads or semi nomads that later could have been converted into a Christian Church or refuges of hermits. In the Muslim period it was ,also, occupied and was visited from the West. Amongst the graffiti’s in the Debod , it is found caravans and herds of camels, gazelles, a boat with oars, Coptic crosses, accounting symbols, Greek inscriptions, also Coptic, Arabic (religious characters),and several signatures from travelers!

In the terraces of the Temple of Debod you find several blocks these are:

The blocks of Apedemak, this is a monument that has three horizontal lines with ancient lettering  texts divided by a ankh (symbol of eternal life) entitled Adijalamani. In one of the lines you have the epitaph well like of Apedemak referring to the king been Apedemak the principal god of the temple.

You see the stalls in stone of a Lion and a Greek urinerium; it is very damaged but on the laterals you have an urinerium with the feet back of the lion. Difficult to understand today.

The Crypts, one of the few ptolemic temples that had crypts open in the Chapels. The main one is the treasure crypt that opens to the chapel of Mahesa , where the statues of the gods were kept. The other was probably a laboratory where the perfumes of the divinities were kept; this one, opens to the inferior chapel of Osiris.

The Madrid tourist office tells you more on how to get there, free admission ,but limited numbers at one time allowed in, something like 60 at one time.  Also, depending on the weather as the temperature below can get really hot and the AC don’t always work. There has been episodes of high humidity as well that have created problems to keep it open. So my recommendation is to contact the tourist office and ask if open when you are there.

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The specialised site of the Temple of Debod in English: http://templodedebod.memoriademadrid.es/eng/index.html

The tourist office of Madrid on the Temple of Debod: https://www.esmadrid.com/en/tourist-information/templo-de-debod

So enjoy this beauty now, it is old and you never know, but it is wonderful. I remember in my youth going around the park as kids playing and then going inside all sweaty so nothing feld on the heat hehehe! Then, have come back each time with my girlfriend , then wife, then the boys and again this summer always a nice stop in Madrid. Something awesome historical and beautiful in a very nice park as well, right there not far is the cable car to Casa de Campo or teleférico! see post

Enjoy Madrid a city made for life and families, wonderful memories of always. Hope you enjoy the historical temple of Debod Egypt in Spain.

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

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December 2, 2020

Jaca; Aragon , we come again!!!!

And continuing with my updates and revisions of old posts in my blog I bring you south to the wonderful town of Jaca in marvelous Aragon of my beloved Spain. I have been by here several times and plenty of posts but this oldie needs fresh text. Hope you enjoy it as I do, and thanks for reading my blog.

Here I come again but this time up close and personal. This is another town in my life that passed by so many times on my route to Madrid of my youth, and really never explored it enough. Well, its never too late in life ,and to have the opportunity to be closed tented me for the ride with the family to see it up close and personal. It will once again deepens my appreciation for my Spain ,closer to a new region of Aragon. This is Jaca, or Jacetania and the road to St James or Santiago.

We got into town by the road N330 coming from France by car, as usually but this time we went in. Immediately , you come into the boulevard facing the Ciudadela or citadel or castle of San Pedro on your right hand side, impressive fortified castle and what a way to enter a city! wow!!! I parked by car by the parking Turismo on Plaza Ripa across is the bus station and to the right is the Cathedral right in city center secured underground parking, at the time it was for 6€ all day!

We moved on first by the Citadel like I said its a must to visit, there is a minituare museum of military figurines there too very nice.

Next you should see the Cathedral of San Pedro or St Peter’s huge richly decorated a marvel and UNESCO heritage site, an absolute must to see, its a must.  This 11C jewel of a Cathedral ,construction from 1077, as the site says its an open book of architecture from romanesque to renaissance. Wow!

We were ready and charge for more sightseeing, we walked past the episcopal palace or Palacio Episcopal , a site for those seeking the way of Santiago.

There is a street of the old jewish quarters such as Calle de Ferrenal and Calle de Cambras panels show you the history as you walked. The old coins and money of Aragon is shown on the pavement of Calle Mayor with a plaque to explained it in Spanish. There is a beautiful Paseo de la Constitucion with nice children playground, and music kiosk , many libraries or book stores are here and an open air book market with stands as well . This is the area that takes you to the Puente (bridge) de San Miguel in the back.

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In the Paseo you have the Seminario Diocesano on the side and behind it the Ciudadela. You ,also, can see the quaint Torre del Reloj or clock tower built in 1445, it was once used as a prison. Now its a work office of the region of Aragon, but it can be seen inside too by Calle Sancho Ramirez.

The Seminario Diocesano built in 1926 follow a great tradition in the city of diocese life for teaching the gospel since 1610. A great architecture building on the old walls of the citadel, that passes behind it.

We enjoyed the old ruins of the Ermita de Sarsa or chapel right at a corner with great views over the mountains , it is the abandon Church of a nearby town moved to Jaca in 1970.

Monasterio de Santa Cruz, where the daughter of a king of Aragon Ramiro I, Sancha was brough over from Santa Cruz de los Seros in 1622, (the best preserve romanesque tomb in Spain) the monastery itself was built from 1555.  The order of Benitas of sisters were in charge of the place.

And of course, during the day we ate hehehe! Wonderful Aragonese specialties at the source!

We had our lunch right across the Cathedral while seeing the world go by at Plaza de la Catedral, 3 at Casa Fau, very nice folks , fast service, good food, veal pork chops, fries, roast beef, sodas, coffees, and a bottle of Enate Crianza red 2008 Somontano local wine delicious. All for 16€ per person.

We continue wandering to the side Streets having cheese breads from the local bakeries and did went shopping for sweets to take home at Confiteria/Pasteleria Etcheto , right next to the restaurant above.

We had some goodies for later and wines from Somontano like the Enate again at Bodegas Langa, lots of canned gourmet goodies like ham Teruel, cheeses of Roncal, and wines of Lalanne as well.  Also, in the same area behind back door of the Cathedral. All wonderful and nice to have it at home later.

With all there is to see you will have a full day or more, we rather like the wandering of the old streets and the foods lol! its a state of mind, and so much to be back in Spain.  From here we went to the side at Sabiñanigo on the new A23 and back on the N330a to Jaca, just for the ride on this side, and take a look at city center and breath a bit more of Aragon, Spain

I have written on the above sights and restos in other posts so will keep it at minimum on pictures, just the ones above not elsewhere. Hope you enjoy the post and do come into Jaca, it is also a good base for skiing and winter sports on the Spanish Pirineos/Pyrénées.

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

December 2, 2020

And again Madrid, never enough of it!

And again picking some nice ones to update revise with current links, this is a lovely task. It brings back many memorable moments of my travels in family to dear places like Madrid. Yes let me tell you about Madrid again!

I am lucky enough to come back to Madrid often in the last few years. I used to lived here for 4,and left an image in my mind of good times, never to forget, or as the saying goes Madrid to heaven and a hole in the sky to look down on it every day! I was back in Madrid last week back in 2017.

I arrived on Iberia from Nantes France very early and took advantage of some time off to walk the city and enjoy it fully; walking brings back many memories of youth, and my dear late mother Gladys.  I am very happy with Iberia,(this time) easy flights, good prices and on time, in addition to the Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas airport has been name the best airport in 2017 by a survey of airport users which they proudly post it in the gate areas!

I had some time before the hotel check in so decided to have lunch on the road. Headed straight for the Atocha area and El Brillante. A wonderful place with great views of the train station Atocha on one side and the Reina Sofia museum on the back. Great chorizo sandwiches and a Mahou 5 stars beer and see the world go by you, superbe! webpage: https://barelbrillante.es/

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The Atocha was packed as always and so was the Reina Sofia museum with a line down the stairs all the way to the street at the Plaza Emperador Carlos V!  I did walk Paseo del Prado and saw the Caixa Forum which had some renovation done, as well as the Botanical garden with the entrance doing some work but all open.  The Reina Sofia was showing the great Guernica painting exhibition, so that is why was packed.

The Caixa Forum a great exhibition area right around the triangle of great museums is worth a detour, and the Botanical gardens are one of my favorite spots in Madrid that I have come since a kid…. El Real Jardin Botànico de Madrid.

You should take a look at the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries that conducts tours with the tourist office, this is a great architecture building and gorgeous rooms right around the Atocha train station. El Ministerio de Agricultura y Pesca is located in the Palacio de Fomento from the 19C and gone thru many changes in name and uses until the current one. One of your off the beaten path sites in Madrid and worth the detour.

Up the road from the above and going by Calle Dr Velasco, you reach the Real Observatorio Astronomico de Madrid or Royal Astronomic Observatory to see the sky!  This is another off the beaten path trips to Madrid and it should be encouraged more, I have come here since school age in Madrid!!!

You can go by the paseo de Prado way before the main entrance to the Prado museum and go by the Puerta de Murillo, the south door entrance of the Prado. The building dates from 1786,and you heard it here! Wonderful architecture and a lot of history!  Here you will see a statue of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo; from which the square and entrance is name after. Golden age of Spanish painting and he was one of the main one; living in the 17C.

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See the great façade of the Chapel of the Children’s Hospital on the Avenida de  Menendez Pelayo facing the Retiro park. The hospital is Hospital de Niño Jésus.

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And of course, I was able to check in to my usual hotel the Ayre Gran Hotel Colon on Calle del Pez Volador,1 and corner of Calle del Dr Esquerdo, metro Sainz de Baranda line 6 or 9, couple minutes from hotel. Great service, good prices and central to all my needs, very close to Retiro park! webpage: https://www.ayrehoteles.com/en/hotels/ayre-gran-hotel-colon/

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And just head out for the city on my again usual resto, why change when you found the best ::) Cerveceria Cruz Blanca, on Calle del Dr Esquerdo closer to Conde de Casal metro station but about 10 minutes walking from the hotel. And always the same guys,good service, good food and see the world go by on the inner courtyard facing the street or the terrace tables right on the street! They have another one on the other side of Retiro park on avda Menendez Pelayo that is great too as well as others in different parts of Spain. webpage: https://www.cerveceriacruzblanca.es/locales

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I will stop here on the tour, there is more and more personal for me but Madrid is personal up close and wonderful, it really provides some extra to continue back new home.  It was time to visit my father’s uncle in Yunco and my cousin in Aluche. And just to think about it, I will be back with the family in summer !!!

The tourist office of Madrid: https://www.esmadrid.com/en

Again in Madrid, I wish could be saying now with this darn virus. I will be back, it must, Madrid is me, and now with a family trail that have enjoyed it as well. Hope you do too, visit feel it experience it. Hope it helps you come

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

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December 2, 2020

Pont Aven an artist hangout!!!

Again updating my older blog post this one is from 2014!! Well is not far from my house and we have been there several times even from the old museum to the new museum of Pont Aven. Really all is around the paintings but it has several nice areas and great shopping of traditional goodies. We love it and will tell you a bit more so you might love it too!

When we arrive we parked by the harbor parking le port right along the Aven river. For free. We set out into city center along the Aven looking at the nice stores and restaurants and taking a beat as to what to do later on.

The town of the school of painters of Pont Aven more commonly call the Americans.  As it was a Mr Bacon and Mr Wylie who first came here by 1864 and fell in love with the place painting their way attracting others thorought the years including the great Gauguin, and the word stuck even if most were not Americans. We went first to the museum of Pont Aven, as I knew it was under construction for quite a while until finally open beautifully . This is the one showing the great painters of the School of Pont Aven.

The town is there since 1790, but did gather real fame until the American artists began to arrive in 1865.  The American Henry Bacon was the first one, and describe the city as “Its the most beautiful village that I have ever saw until now, with its strange bridge below a river rapids that make turns several wheels of a windmills with the waters going to the ocean ,short distance away”  Bacon while in Paris finds his friends Robert Wylie and  Charles Way, both from the Philadelphia academy,and soon many others come from the USA, London, and the Nordic countries. Others followed such as local boy André Even, Marcel Gonzalez,writer and poet Xavier Grall (bust in main square and promenade after his name), the local heroe of WWII Daniel Lomenech, and the great Paul Gauguin, making 6 trips here from  1886 to 1894; and those that follow him,such as Cuno Amiet, Mogens Ballin, Emile Bernard,Robert Bevan, Ernest de Chamaillard,Henri Delavallee,Maurice Denis,Emile Dezaunay, Charles Filiger, Eric Forbes Robertson,Emile Jourdan, Charles Laval,Gustave Loiseau, Maxime Maufra, Jacob Meyer de Haan, Henry Moret, Roderic O’Conor, Ferdinand du Puigaudeau, George Rasetti, Louis Roy,Armand Seguin, Paul Serusier, and Wladyslaw Slewkinski. Too many to detail here but you can see my post on the museum and do stop by…I give you the picture of the old museum before the renovation circa 2013 here

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Next in fame here were the windmills or moulins; by 1880 ,there were 15 here, their names, Haut Bois, du Plessis,Moulin Neuf,Kermentec (painted by Gauguin in 1894), Kerniguez, Petit Poulguin, Pénanros,Scierie Brunou, Petite Tourte, Toulhoas,Rosmadec, Porte Neuve,Ty Meur,Grand Poulguin,and Petit Pénanros.

You have nearby the megaliths stones call Menhirs of Kerangosquer I, and the Dolmens of Kermac or Sainte Maudé.  Walking from the  rue des Meunières towards the place royale you have facades of nice homes from the 17C and 18C.  The Church of Saint Joseph was built in 1872 at Place de l’Eglise, smallist by local standards more like a chapel. We came around to take another look at one of our favorite here the Chapelle de Trémalo, it is believe due to a dating on the door that the chapel was built around 1550. The artist painters who visited and lived in Pont Aven frequented it.

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The Aven river, has a unique toilet hanging over the river, a quant unusual place to visit while in town ::)  Right across the street you have the quant romantic nice promenade Xavier Grall; a wonderful laberinth of trails along the Aven river giving you an allure of old and just perfect for a family walk with windmills and river rapids, nice for a picnic in summer. We always take the walk here!

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We set out to do some shopping very typical nice and good prices for this hidden gem of the Finistére Breton. The biscuiteries or cookie making companies are a boundful here,and we did grab a box or bag here and there on our favorites already from our last visit. The Traou Mad galettes , now under the umbrella of Biscuiterie Loc Maria webpage: https://www.biscuiterie-loc-maria.fr/fr/boutiques

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The biscuiterie de Pont Aven is another gem not this time but have in the past and worth the stop;webpage: https://www.biscuiteriedepontaven.fr/

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We check on the vedettes de l’Aven Maritime a cruise up the Aven river , and into the ocean. Really nice ride but will take you almost all day so prepare ahead. webpage: https://www.vedettes-aven-belon.com/

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We went for some spicy seafood to bring home in jars at the Moulin de Rosmadec épicerie or grocery store, this is an excellent restaurant but more suitable for evenings , my take. The grocery store is right before getting to the resto and they have a small hotel as well; very chic. The items here are a mouthful. webpage: http://, https://www.rosmadec.com/fr/

These are very local goodies you can eat on the spot or take home to wherever you are lodged. The Niniches are the stars of the La Maison d’Armorine, and they have several stores as per their site we go to Carnac most often but been to all of them, superb. The niniches were created in Quiberon and they have won honors for their confection in France as the best candies, they come in many flavors; something unique to buy here. webpage: . http://www.maison-armorine.com/nos-boutiques

Somewhere in the above we stopped by our favorite gift store in the area rivals the other one we like,  ,,,, this is Lever Micheline, cadeaux Bretonnes. Here we got kitchen deco and t shirts with merlin the magician logos and dragons, snakes you name it. They carry the whole range of Breton goodies from food, liquors, to gifts of all sorts and with genuine made in Brittany or France logos. You should be here if in the area. It is at the main street diagonally to the museum, 2 place Paul Gauguin and across from tourist office. No webpage see photo

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The highlight of the trip was to find another Maison Larnicol chocolate store here,  it is one of the original , George Larnicol was born in Quimper nearby. The store is right in city center at 4 Place Paul Gauguin . Lovely place with lots of chocolates, caramels,guimauds yummy gummy chocolates, fish shape chocolates and the kouignettes of many flavors is sublime!!! a must here.webpage: https://larnicol.com/magasins

And of course, we ate lol!! forgot the entry but posted the photos. The wonderful Le Moulin du Grand Poulguin by the harbor back , free parking, and great prompt service with delicious food. We had Breton beers Duchesse Anne Triple 7,5% and kids had Morgane, bio blonde beer. Just to try them. We ate from pizzas savoyarde and Forte to tagliatelle albacore tuna pasta and the Tagliatelle 3 fromages, all with expresso coffee, bread,butter,and water, limonade, menthe syrop drinks, and only 17€ per person tops!  webpage: http://www.moulin-pontaven.com/

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And we had a mouthful of day in lovely quant Pont Aven or the bridge by the Aven river! A wonderful family day recommended to all. Hope you enjoy it and do visit when possible.

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

December 2, 2020

The towns of the Presqu’île de Rhuys !!

And going going going like the old commercial of Duracell batteries you know! It has been a wonderful tour to see these memorable posts again and of course, updating and revising them with proper pictures is heavens. Thanks for reading me.

There is a nice peninsula here full of nice quant towns and beautiful beaches that we enjoy coming to over the years living here. Let me tell you about the towns of the Presqu’ïle de Rhuys!!

11 November 2016 was a day off here or Armistice day 1918 the end of WWI or the Great War; in some other countries such as the USA it is Veteran’s Day with a different meaning. A day to remember especially in France from those awful days past, never to be repeated. Ironically, I am writing the update on this post again on 11 november 2020!

And I said , we took off to some areas we have been before but not in a while right in our wonderful backyard of the Morbihan. We took our car and rode on the N165 to the exit for Sarzeau and got on the D780 road. We were headed for the Presqu’île de Rhuys . We decided not to head first to the better known areas and took some country roads such as the D195 and D20 before getting back into the D780 main road.

We continue to the next village, Surzur. The town has an oceanic feeling crisscross by several small creeks and rivers. It ,also, has several chapels and manors or big homes almost like castles all over the territory. The one we stopped by was the Chappelle de Sainte Hélène. It has a nice simple façade with nice main door dating from the 17C and on top a small bell tower in stone.  The windows are older and of gothic era. The interior is simple  with several nice statues such as the one on Sainte Hélène, The Virgin, Sainte Marguerite, Sainte Thérèse, Saint Mathurin.  We syphon the city center seeing in the distance the Church of Saint Symphorien (Roman style from the 11C)as there was work going on in city center. We continue to the Cidrerie Nicol with it’s wonderful cider products already tasted here.  This is Surzur and its chapels: https://www.surzur.fr/chapelles/

The cider producer Nicol is here: http://www.cidres-nicol.bzh/

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We took a turn back into the main road to reach the main town of Sarzeau. Again a visit was pleasant and not crowded for a Holiday.  You come into literary history here as it is the native town of Alain René Lesage (1668 -1747), a writer that wrote of his times with inspiring work known by us such as the Le Diable boiteux, Histoire de Gil Blas de Santillane, and theater plays such as Turcaret, and  La Tontine etc.  One of the greatest actors of the 18C he has a bust in front of the hôtel de ville or city hall of Sarzeau. The always wonderful Sarzeau has many manoirs, castles ,Chappelle’s , fountains of historical value all around and worth a detour. The one we like is the Church of Saint Saturnin right in city center. The original was from 1670 now current one is from 1883, as well as the wonderful Chateau de Suscinio (see post).

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We past by on the parking of the Port de Crouesty seeing the Church of Notre Dame de l’Assomption in Arzon, b.1815 but renovations up to 1920,  but we went to the boat pleasure marina for a leisure walk and lunch instead.

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And we arrive at Port de Crouesty. A harbor paradise we love. This is a huge pleasure boat bay all around are shops and restos, tourist office , spa like Miramar La Cigale hotel , the megaliths stones of Petit Mont  ,and great views any time. We have done  bike riding in tandem with Abbis Location, and eaten in several of its restaurants as well as shopping like today!

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And of course, we ate at a new place, O’Brothers bistro (by L’Equinoxe) at 7 Quai des Cabestans . This has a nice terrace covered and facing the quays of the harbor; then a fix building with a hallway between it and the terrace. Inside is cozy and very friendly. We as most arrive after regular lunch hours but so what, we settled for nice pizzas and good cold beers. The giant screen TV allowed to watch the PSG vs Rennes (4×0) first League 1 football/soccer replay as well as the first half of the Brazil vs Argentina (3×0) World Cup 2018 qualifier’s. We had rounds of leffe beers and the owner server counted wrong and came in with a third round, so we say no problems leave it, and he said ok this one is on me !!! Can’t beat the good old Breton positive side of things.. in the Morbihan of course.  Well sadly another resto that is gone by now a while back, here just for the memories ok.

The tourist office for the Morbihan on the peninsula: https://www.morbihan.com/accueil/decouvrir/le-morbihan/les-principales-destinations/presqu-ile-de-rhuys

The tourist office for the Gulf of Morbihan on the peninsula and more: https://www.golfedumorbihan.bzh/explorer-vannes/decouvrir-vannes/incontournables-golfe/

The tourist office of Brittany in English on the peninsula: https://www.brittanytourism.com/destinations/the-10-destinations/southern-brittany-morbihan-gulf/suscinio-and-the-rhuys-peninsula/

Enjoy the Prequ’île de Rhuys a wonderful peninsula of wonders to see and enjoy with the whole family or alone.

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

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