December 9, 2016

Some news from France CXLVIII

Ok today was a very foggy day here temps still nice at about 11C or 54F but not much visibility. So I came back home on the expressway as the country roads would have been dangerous.  And now the weekend starts ,planning planning again to go out into my Brittany.

In the meantime, here are some news from la Belle France. 

The Five Guys American fast-food chain opened Thursday morning its more great restaurant in the world on the Champs Elysées, a few steps from the first McDonald’s in France in terms of turnover, a Quick and a Burger King open end of 2014.  More in French here: http://www.leparisien.fr/paris-75/fast-food-five-guys-a-ouvert-son-plus-grand-restaurant-au-monde-sur-les-champs-elysees-09-12-2016-6432396.php

Something about the pollution lately in Paris; The #pollution île de France will be high today (78/100 index) and average tomorrow (61/100).  Airparif reported.  The view over to Notre Dame .All about the measurement in French here: http://airparif.fr/

Paris

The Festival of lights (fête des lumiéres) brings a bit of light and heat in the streets of Sèvres . The public will  recognize the famous blue of Sèvres and rose Pompadour developed in tribute to the benefactor of the Royal manufactory. In 1756, the workshop had left Vincennes for Sèvres, in a building built at the initiative  of  Madame de Pompadour, near her castle at Bellevue. Torchlight descent, which will begin at  19h (7 p.m.)  on the heights of Sèvres will now be either with torches, but with bright balloons. More here: http://www.sevres.fr/fete-des-lumieres-2016

And what about those ice skating rings that are so popular this time of the year in my beloved Yvelines dept 78! Our favorites over the years! At Versailles, this synthetic surface of nearly 300 square meters  is installed in front of the city hall until January 2 (rate:  47). For the break, we keep warm in a wooden cottage  where you can eat. Ditto to Maurepas, where the sliding track span 108 , on the market square, for three days. But it will wait until Friday 16  December to  start. That evening, the equipment will be it late until 22h or 10 pm (free).  Other popular rings are at ; Rambouillet, place Félix-Faure. Until 2 January. Price: from  2 to € 4/hour Carriéres- sousPoissy, in the sports complex of Alsace, ice track of 200  in a cottage, until 6 January. Price: €2-3

https://www.versailles.fr/actualites/toute-lactualite/detail-dune-actualite/actualites/patinoire-ecologique/

http://www.maurepas.fr/index.php/Agenda?idpage=887

More for the seasons it’s here: Four merchants of Venice in the 17C placed their tyranny on women. “Rednecks” Goldoni will be onstage at the Montansier Theater this weekend. This Saturday and Sunday at 15h (3 p.m.)  at the Montansier Theater, 13, rue des reservoirs . Price: 16 to €40.  Information +33 ( 0) 1.39.20.16.00. More here: http://www.theatremontansier.com/
And the spirit of Christmas continues in the Chateau de  Villarceaux by  Chaussy, Saturday and Sunday from 10h to 17h.  More here:  http://www.villarceaux.iledefrance.fr/fil-actus-du-chateau/programme-saison-2016
At Beauvais
The enchantment of Christmas. Saturday, from 10h to 20h  and Sunday, from 12h to 19h, the ice rink and Christmas market opening, the on-site Jeanne Hachette (rates and schedules of the rink on the site of the city.  And also,this Saturday from 13h30 to 22h and Sunday, from 13h30 to 20h, opening of the big wheel (€4 (adults) and €3 (children)). Also, this Saturday and Sunday, from 11h to 18h, pony and horse walks proposed by the association Hercui-links (€2 theride). Walk of Santas. Saturday, from 14h., departure of the Hôtel-Dieu, organized by the association “Although in his plate, uncomfortable in his sneakers. Also, this Saturday at 15h30 , the streets of downtown, street show ‘The awakening of the villains’of the company Afozic. And also, this Sunday at 15h30, “the mechanical clock” ambulation of the company Luxor.

 

At Meru
New exhibition. Saturday and Sunday, from 14h30 to 18h30, at the Museum of Pearland Pearl, discovery of the exhibition “Once upon a time old to the  toy World Games” (part 1). Single tariff for exhibition: €3.50, free for children under 5 years and a combined Museum + exhibition ticket: €7 adults, €3.50 less than 16 years old and students, free under 5 years old. Information at +33 (0) 3.44.22.61.74. or on the website www.musee-nacre.com.
At Compiègne
Christmas market. Saturday and Sunday, from 10h30 to 19h, on the square of the city/Town Hall, composed of many cottages.
Christmas circus. Saturday, 14 days, 17h and 20h as well as Sunday at 17h, to Royal circles. Ticket office at the checkout of the circus from 10h.
Christmas concert. Sunday at  17h, in the big ballroom of the Palace of Compiègne. In the program, for soloists, chorus and Orchestra, opening the “Zenobia in Palmyra” opera, Giovanni Paisiello, Missa Cellensis, Joseph Haydn. It will be preceded by a conference at 15h., entitled “Paisiello favourite composer of Napoleon”, by Vincent Haegele, historian, Director of the library of Compiègne. Rates (Ticket Office on site): concert only €25 and €20; concert and conference: €30. Reservations at  +33 (0) 3.44.86.25.45.
Imperial Highway rides. Saturday, from 14h30 to 18h30, departure rue Saint-Corneille, for a ride in the streets of the city. Free. Exhibitions. Saturday and Sunday, from 14h to 18h, space Saint-Pierre-des-Minimes, ‘The happy days, Joujoulac’ a history of toys 100% forest of Compiègne. Saturday (last day), library Saint-Corneille, Jules Verne and company: imaginary travel in the 19C. This exhibition revolves around the classic Jules Verne and proposes to rediscover famous writers between 1860 and 1910. Saturday and Sunday, from 10h to 17h  at the Palace, «Winterhalter», portraits of court between splendour and elegance Price: €9.50 and €7,50, free under 26 years old. Saturday and Sunday, Center Antoine Vivenel, “treasures of the middle ages, Europe to the Xivesiecle”.
At Pierrefonds
Exhibitions at the Castle. Saturday and Sunday, from 10h to 16h45, installation of the artist Mircea Cantor ‘Bellum & Maternitas’. Entrance to the castle: €7.50, €6, free for children under the age of 18.
At Chantilly
Exhibitions. Saturday and Sunday, from 10h to 18h, in the room of the Jeu de Paume of the Castle, “The Grand Condé, the rival of the SunKing as well as “The Duke of Aumale, historian”, in the cabinet of the Castle library . Information and prices on the site www.domainedechantilly.com.
Guided tours. Saturday and Sunday, 11h, 12h, 14h, 15h30, 16h, 16h30 and 17h, apartments of the Duke and Duchess of Aumale, located on the ground floor of the small castle. Price: €3 per person (to book on-site), in addition to the admission ticket of the palace(€17 (adults) and €10 (children 3-17 years)).
Lace Museum. Saturday and Sunday, from 14h to 18h, located at 34, rue d’ Aumale (Court Library), self-guided tour of the small museum consisting of three rooms where you will find unique collections (lace tile, time zones, preparatory drawings, quilted cardboards, shawls, dresses, Ruffles, fanchons, umbrellas, fans,…). Price: €5,€3 and free for children under the age of 18. Information at +33 (0) 3.44.60.92.36. or on the website www.dentelle-chantilly.fr.
Equestrian Christmas show. Saturday and Sunday at 14h30 and 16h30, under the dome of the great stables (Grandes Ecuries) , representation of the new show “Skin of donkey,” based on the tale by Charles Perrault. Price: €21 (adults) and €17,50 (children 317 years) (show+ horse Museum) or €30 (adults) and €22 (from 3 to 17 years old) (Show + domain).Booking of tickets at  tel +33 (0) 3.44.27.31.80. or on the website www.domainedechantilly.com.

 

At Senlis

Christmas animations. Saturday and Sunday, from 10h to 12h

and from 14h to 18h  on the course-Thore, ride the little train of time. Also, all weekend, Christmas fun course, stand confectionery and hot chestnuts.
Paintings and sculptures. Saturday, from 10h to 12h  and from 15h. to 19h. in the Gallery Gilbert Dufois, discovered the new exhibit “Group 4″. Information  at tel +33 (0) 3.44.60.03.48.
The collections of the Museum of hunting. Saturday and Sunday, 10h to 13h and 14h to 18h, discovering the new exhibition “Curiosities  ElisabethAmblard looks” presented under “Senlis, one (e) artist. Price: €6, €5 and €3, free for the residents and children under the age of 18. Information at tel +33 (0) 3.44.29.49.93.
And from my family to yours , cheers of the season with French champagne, the only and best one.  A selection
Henriot, « Brut souverain » about 25€
Mailly « Grand cru », brut reserve about 30€
Ayala, « Brut majeur » about 30€
Piere Gimonnet & Fils, « Oger grand cru », brut about 30€
Duval-Leroy,  « Cuvée Fleur de champagne », brut premier cru; about 35€
Veuve Clicquot, « Carte jaune », brut ;about 35€
Tarlant, « Cuvée Zéro », brut nature; about 35€
Perrier-Jouët, « Grand Brut » ;about 40€
Laurent-Perrier, « La Cuvée » about 40€
Deutz, « Brut Classic » ;about 40€
Pol-Roger, « Réserve », brut ;about 40€
Gosset « Grand Blanc de Blancs » ;about 50€
Happy Holidays to all, and be merry in the merriest of seasons! Cheers
December 6, 2016

Jakarta repeat,and it’s beginning to feel good!

This is again about my 7th trip to Jakarta ,last was in January 2016 posted; it is beginning to feel good to come back!

News and tourism here: http://www.jakarta-tourism.go.id/?language=en

I got in to the country by Jakarta and left by here too, see previous post on transportation and visit to the Surabaya area. Jakarta is different.

It feels like a vibrant modern city, with beautiful shopping centers, nightlife to boot,and great hotels, the one I stayed this time is first time and by now the 4th hotel lol!

I did a bit of driving to Bogor just about 1h30 from Jakarta (50 kms but traffic) and into another world,different more exotic but I still preferred Jakarta of them all; well just a city boy ::) The tourist office of Indonesia has something on it here: http://www.indonesia-tourism.com/west-java/bogor.html

I did some shopping and enjoy the famous Starbucks at the Central Park Mall a huge mall with plenty of shops and restaurant with a beautiful central garden and maybe got its name from it. This is a must for shopping here. These are all the wonderful eating choices here; http://www.centralparkjakarta.com/shop.php

I did some driving in Jakarta which is an adventure, my driver ho ho ho was great even needing my GPS to get around the deadlock traffic in town. One night it was so bad, we decided to walk and it was quicker lol!!!

I had most of the meals at the hotel, but one night went out to the above mall restaurant, The Duck King,Level 1,  wonderful resto with baskets of different foods like wraps in shrimp, and an egg yolk bread type of ball, all with a mix pineapple orange drink delicious and different.  http://www.centralparkjakarta.com/shopdetail.php?id=177

Another night went out into another mall that have been before to meet some friends; this is Sate Khas Senayan in the Town Square Mall Cilandak. Typical home food and great fry fish indeed. Try it , it is great! https://www.zomato.com/jakarta/sate-khas-senayan-cilandak

And of course, I stayed in a hotel! and twice. The first round was for five nights and then there is one night before heading back home. Both times was a new hotel experience, the Swiss Belinn Hotel Simantupang, was a great experience even if the breakfast choices were few to me. The rooms were great, modern clean and spacious, and the location was good. Here is the webpage: http://www.swiss-belhotel.com/en-gb/swiss-belinn-simatupang

In all, it was a trip with little time to see things ,very hectic schedule for work, but as well the longest that I have been in the country usually a week, this time stayed for two weeks!

And ,I will be back. Enjoy the photos of the trip and do visit, it is a nice country, and wonderful friendly people. Cheers

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December 5, 2016

A repeat at and around Surabaya

And I came back to Surabaya and Ngoro areas even going to Sidorarjo, by car! This is like my 7th trip to this area of Indonesia and always exotic and thrilling.

I had my first soaking wet trip under heavy rain that can get flooding very quickly here. I took the first low cost domestic flight here on Wings Air from Surabaya to Yogyakarta (see previous post); all very nice and quick and some exotic foods along the way.

I stayed here in my by now home in the area, the Somerset Hotel and Residences. Very centrally located and restaurant lane just a few blocks on foot from it. It is well located off the main highway for in and out quick which helps in traffic flooded Indonesia.

The hotel http://www.somerset.com/indonesia/surabaya/somerset-surabaya-hotel-and-serviced-residence/index.html

While going to Yogyakarta , I had lunch at the restaurant Pringsewu in a magnificent setting with all exotic local foods some are even hard to remember or spell ! The grill fish is to kill for it thus. A wonderful coconut and orange drink as well. More here: http://pringsewuresto.co.id/

We did some walking in Yogyakarta around the airport as it is right in town; and we did drove to Sidoarjo where I took a city center picture passing by.

Surabaya has some nice shopping and the hotel is almost a whole property to itself with basketball, tennis and gym as well as pool areas. A great bar and night horror theme events where you got two for one drink at the Somerset.

Comparing to previous visits ,this one was a quicker more business like stay and it serves just to come back to some areas that by now looks familiar. It is a great stepping stone to Bali as well.  See search in the blog to read about other times in Surabaya, Indonesia.

Enjoy the photos and I move on…

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December 4, 2016

Tripping to Indonesia, and a new place visited!!!

Well just back and no idea how to name the post, so here I go again… I did a long trip, first I rented a car to get to Nantes from Auray  on Avis, drop off was easy and quick. Got on the plane AF (HOP) to Amsterdam Schiphol airport to get the connection to Jakarta on Garuda airline of Indonesia.  The return two weeks later was on KLM from Jakarta making an in and out stop in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,continue on to Amsterdam Schiphol , there changing to HOP AF low cost to Nantes. At the airport took the express bus for 8,50€ to the train station in Nantes where a TER regional train will take me to Auray where my father pick me up to get home. Long way but made it home !!!

 Avis car rental at train station Auray to pick up rental car is here: https://www.avis.fr/services-avis/location-voiture/europe/france/auray/gare-d-auray

Nantes airport is here : http://www.nantes.aeroport.fr/

Air France page is here: http://www.airfrance.fr/FR/fr/common/home/vols/billet-avion.do

Garuda airlines of Indonesia is here : https://www.garuda-indonesia.com/other-countries/en/index.page

Kuala Lumpur ,Malaysia airport is here: http://www.klia.com.my/index.php?m=business&c=business_about&id=17

Jakarta airport is here: http://www.soekarnohatta-airport.co.id/

Schiphol Amsterdam airport is here: http://www.schiphol.nl/

Both in and out enjoy the lounge 52 at Schiphol airport,  nice food and facilities for frequent flyers members; more here: https://www.klm.com/travel/fr_en/prepare_for_travel/at_the_airport/lounges/lounge_facilities.htm

HOP AF regional carrier is here: http://www.hop.com/en/

KLM airlines is here: http://www.klm.com/home/fr/en

The train station in Nantes is here: https://www.gares-sncf.com/fr/gare/frnte/nantes

and the train station in Auray is here: https://www.gares-sncf.com/fr/gare/frxuy/auray

While in Indonesia I needed to fly as usual visits there from Jakarta to Surabaya and back, so this is from Juanda airport on Garuda airlines. Surabaya Juanda airport site is here: http://www.juanda-airport.com/

While in the country , I need to visit the town of Yogyakarta and the airport call Adisutjipto is here: http://adisutjipto-airport.co.id/?lang=en

The city has important temples to visit if time allowed, I did not have, the site can be translate here: http://www.jogjakota.go.id/

To this town I flew on Wings airline going, part of the Lion Air Group. more here: http://www.lionair.co.id/lion-experience/about-us

and came back on Sriwijaya airline more here https://www.sriwijayaair.co.id/application/?action=index

While in the big cities of Jakarta and Surabaya as well as the trip to Yogyakarta I use a local driver.

I did use hotels in Surabaya and Jakarta as well as some restaurants going out and a nice mall, more on the next posts;this is all the transportation deal. It was if I recall well my 7th trip to the country and already many friends.

Stay tune for more on the country and the cities visited and shopping. Cheers

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November 19, 2016

My Travels in the Morbihan XII

Well just glad can’t tell dates as thought was leaving today but actually is tomorrow  Sunday for Indonesia(two weeks)…lol!!!

Today got my rental car at the Auray (gare) train station ,an Avis agency and got me a FIAT 500 BL lol! When very young teen got my blazing hormones on the beach at Daytona Beach Florida driving a FIAT 131 that once in a while left me on the road for electrical cabling problems and needed to push hard to get the manual transmission going again.. Hope they make them better this time around ::)

We had our Beaujolais nouveau red wine celebration yesterday as for us it is already a tradition to have that young fruity mouthful and drank a few bottles of it with the family in addition to some goodies of cheeses and cold cuts. A family tradition, thank you , merci M. Georges Duboeuf ::) We try the Domaine du Pass Loup and it was wonderful clean fruity ,and great washdown drink. Done by the house of  Maison de Jean Loron (b. 1711) http://www.loron.fr/fr/index.php

And see in French the best of the Beaujolais nouveau from a local specialize magazine here(includes the two above bien sûr ): http://www.bourgogneaujourdhui.com/fr/actualites/les-beaujolais-nouveaux-2016-arrivent-_592.4.htm

And one I forgot, last Thursday went to have lunch at a resto outside of Vannes in the country , the town of Saint Nolff, very old church and nice traditional French restaurant. The L’Onde Verte , 12, rue des Lavandières, 56250 Saint Nolff tel +33 (0) 2 97 45 43 99. no webpage but they are in Facebook ::)

I had roasted tenderloin of Veal in a mushroom sauce with a crème brûlé dessert wash it down with Chinon red wine les Graviéres of Couly-Dutheil , more on the wine here: http://coulydutheil-chinon.com/en/OUR-WINES/Les-Gravieres-132.html

The church has been mentioned by me before, it is the église  Saint-Mayeul , current Church dates from the 15C , Saint Mayeul was an abbot of Cluny.  The belltower dates from 1783, and pulpit and confessional  dates from the 19C; the windows stained glass is from 1882-1886, there is a statue of Saint Mayeul and a tomb of Jean de Gourvinec from 1423 and there was a private chapel to the family of Kerboulard. More from the city in French here: http://www.saint-nolff.fr/decouvrir/patrimoine.html

I like to say for the memories I used to play indoor soccer or futsal in the gym of Saint Nolff in a corporate league ::) and was a starter , captain, and organizer of the league lol!!! Cheers

Now, eat, relax, pack and be ready for 13 hours Amsterdam Jakarta tomorrow lol! I will be back , stay tune, and enjoy your weekend wherever you are; happy travels!

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November 18, 2016

My new home of Pluvigner in the Morbihan Breton XIII

Today has been a day of rain storms by moments ,hard rain even grail and then calm; cloudy cool down to 6C and tomorrow more of the same with lows of 5C and highs of 10C.

We went out anyway to do our Christmas shopping which we have almost all done. Some items we will be over with my early December. We went to La Halles, Armand Thiery, FNAC, Micromania , and Carrefour to do our shopping today and yesterday as I had two off days.

Yesterday was my twin boys birthday already 23!!! wow time does flies when having fun ::) We went to eat at their chosen place Tablapizza in Vannes. http://pizzeria.tablapizza.fr/73203413606738/restaurant-vanes

http://www.lahalle.com/magasins/morbihan/vannes/la-halle-vanes

http://www.armandthiery.fr/fr/magasins.cfm

http://www.fnac.com/Vannes/Fnac-Vannes/cl49/w-4

http://www.carrefour-vannes.fr/

http://www.micromania.fr/magasin/100/vannes.html

Tomorrow I pick up a rental car at the gare d’Auray train station as Sunday will need to go to Nantes Atlantique airport. https://www.avis.fr/services-avis/location-voiture/europe/france/auray/gare-d-auray

http://www.nantes.aeroport.fr/

The reason been, will travel on business to Indonesia for two weeks! Nantes, Amsterdam, and Jakarta. Then coming back will be Jakarta, Amsterdam, Nantes airport , take express airport bus to Nantes train station and take the regional TER train Nantes to Auray. http://cdn.ter.sncf.com/medias/PDF/pays_de_la_loire/Horaires%20Ligne%2002Bis%20Nantes%20-%20Redon%20-%20Quimper%20du%2031-10%20au%2010-12_tcm67-102316_tcm67-102315.pdf

http://www.ter.sncf.com/pays-de-la-loire/gares/87481002/Nantes/pratique

http://www.ter.sncf.com/bretagne/gares/87476200/Auray/pratique

Therefore, will be away from the blog for a while . In the end it’s an opportunity to see more of Indonesia a country have been already 7 times!

The weather in Nantes will be about the same but that in Jakarta will be a lot hotter and rainy temps will go to 34C to down to 27C!!!

I have written posts on Indonesia here before just do a search on my blog as well as about the city of Nantes. It will tied the longest period away from home and doing some in country work so will be very busy and taunting but will do, with more ideas on travel in our world as well as an opportunity to see old friends again.

In the meantime, be good , stay healthy, and happy travels to all. Cheers

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November 13, 2016

How about those blog statistics anyone !

Here I am on a Sunday evening , looking at an HBO series Expert Mahanttan with a cold day out and already dark like winter time or fall time rather. And thinking about those reports we get at the end of the year from WordPress; do you read them?

They come with all kinds of statistics about your blog and what you have done. I rather concentrate on my work to entertain myself and family first, and then any positive minded reader who comes along. It seems to me there is even some sort of competition on readership lol!

I have been in several travel forum over the years and left them all except one small not too busy one , rather keep posting my owns adventures and sharing it with the normal world.

I have decided to look at my numbers with the help of wandering a bit into WordPress. Here is what I have found.

I started on WordPress after advice from a friend in Madrid who told me it was easy to work for the non technical guy in me and it has been so. It was November 2010 so holy cow already 6 years !!!!!

After already not counting this one 891 posts in my blog, come to realize my best viewing day was December 10, 2012! with 972 views!

My best view pages or posts have been: My best restaurants in Versailles, Paris at night and Christmas 2010, London cosmopolitan, and San Cristobal de la Habana.

The most commented post has been Versailles and it’s historical Churches with 172!!!! wow and we do have a palace there lol!

I have 292 other blogs following mine an honor ,thank you all. Never in my wildest dreams would I thought to have these many reading my blog wow! There are about 10 steady commenters and one terrific one , and my wish is to have more comments, constructive comments that is.

The countries that have most folks viewing my blog are in order: France, USA, Germany, UK, Spain,Canada,Brazil, Belgium, Italy,and Australia! thanks

The year of great activity with most views was 2012 with 120 701, and the one with the most visitors was 2103 with 27 140. However, it seems that 2016 even if not over year will break all records (finally! thanks) So far I have 44 209 views, 16 646 visitors,569 likes and 105 comments. So it seems I will beat all time records in Likes and Comments for sure.

There are a total of 16 pages on front page, 12 categories of posts and 12 tags with 14 links in the blogroll bottom of page. There are over 10000 photos already here wow!!!

I am sure WordPress will have better numbers to tell beginning of 2017 for 2016. In the meantime, thanks for reading mine and sharing yours, and happy healthy travels to all. Enjoy your week, I will have a short one, back on vacation and then business travel to exotic country in Asia, and finally my Christmas break vacation. Cheers.

 

 

November 13, 2016

My new home of Pluvigner in the Morbihan Breton XII

Today Saturday,  was a rainy cool day as well as cloudy, the winter days are coming fast………………. temps are 12C or about 57F. We set out for a brief ride into our city center/downtown and to seek a new merchant for us.

Even if already living for 3 years in Pluvigner, we have loads of merchants and sights to see. As said in previous posts so much to see elsewhere sometimes we find very little time to concentrate in our own town lol!

We arrive by car to the Place du Marché  a nice smallist picturesque square right at the junction of several streets and road 102. Here you come around on the D102 and past by the front of our main Church Saint Guigner.  There is a nice monument to the fallen behind it, and already very much describe in previous posts in my blog.

The idea of this simple morning walk in city center was to try finally (after passing by it several times) the La Fondue de Chocolat. 3 rue de l’église, diagonally in front of the Church of Saint Guigner. This is a great shop and one we certainly will be back. The webpage in French here : http://www.lafonduedechocolat.fr/

The store is smallish, but packed with all kinds and shapes of chocolate items, wines, liquors, pates, miel ;coffees, cookies, jellies and snacks from many leading producers even as far as Provence. However, the main thing is the chocolate.

We purchase blocks of it dark and milk with different fruits mix in, as well as fruit bars, dry fruits, local roasted coffee, and mango papaya jelly. The ballotin or box of mix chocolates freshly made on site by a master chocolatier is a treat to have this special weekend. Well worth the detour if in the area.

We went on to do our errands of more building materials (Castorama Vannes) for doing the basement of our house into a second home, and the groceries at E Leclerc Auray. And now nicely had our lunch and winding down the day on leisure time waiting for the football game Spain vs Macedonia for the 2018 World Cup qualifying in Russia.

The nights are becoming colder but we are basking in nice comfort with our new stone heat modern heaters for warmer nights coming up. The lunch with our apéro porto Ramos Pinto Adriano Reserva and go along the peas and pork dish with a red wine Le Loup dans la Bergere  2015  of Jean Orliac Languedoc.

Enjoy your Saturday wherever you may be, Cheers.

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November 12, 2016

The towns of the Presqu’île de Rhuys in the Morbihan Breton!

Friday 11 November was a day off here or Armistice day 1918 the end of WWI ,in some other countries such as the USA it is Veteran’s Day. A day to remember especially in Europe from those awful days past, never to be repeated.

So we took off to some areas we have been before but not in a while right in our wonderful backyard of the Morbihan; some of these previous posts are here:

The Rhuys, and the Ports Crouesty and Navalo

Presqu’île de Rhuys has it all!

The presqu’ile de Sarzeau in the Morbihan

Suscinio is Sarzeau

 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.

Here we past first by the town of Noyalo; part of the new community of Theix-Noyalo since the beginning of the year. You have their new page here with a nice introductory video: http://www.theix-noyalo.fr/module-pagesetter-viewpub-tid-2-pid-10.html

The thing that stands out here is the Church of Sainte Anne. Before past the pont de Noyalo bridge past the lake on the leisure park of Brural. You can see the lake of 58 ha and fishing is allow. But going back to the Church, built in the 18C replacing a older sanctuary dedicated to Sainte Brigitte. The Church you see now was built in various stages over a long period of time even to 1904. The stained glass windows go back to only 1951. More from the city page in French here: http://www.theix-noyalo.fr/module-pagesetter-viewpub-tid-2-pid-13.html

We continue to the next village ,that of 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 but it was a holiday so was closed. I always think it is better to buy at the source so we will be back here.

More on the Chappelle and plenty more to come back lol!! http://www.surzur.fr/chapelles/

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

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 hotel 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, more here in French : http://www.rhuys.com/sarzeau/domaine-de-suscinio/tabid/688/offreid/2c830ed6-9b2f-43d3-bdf3-ce4a02c4ced5

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

The tourist office for this area or peninsula in the Morbihan is here: http://www.rhuys.com/accueil/decouvrir

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 ::) I have taken some additional photos of these here.

Here is what I mean for the Petit Mont megalith stones: http://www.megalithes-morbihan.com/sites/petit-mont.html

Abbis location and the tandem bike we like ! http://www.abbis-location.fr/ARZON-CROUESTY.html

The Miramar La Cigale for a wonderful relaxing time ::) http://www.miramar-lacigale.com/en/

info on the pleasure boat harbor of port de Crouesty : http://www.passeportescales.com/fr/port-du-crouesty

Been a Holiday some shops were on reduce hours but open. We did our shopping in our favorites La Trinitaine, and La Belle Iloise stores for goodies from the sea.

http://boutiques.latrinitaine.com/74234667846758/la-trinitaine-le-crouesty-kiosque-56640-arzon

http://www.labelleiloise.fr/fr/nos-boutiques/arzon-port-crouesty.htm

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.

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

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November 11, 2016

A trip to nice outer Brittany, Nantes

Revolutionary ramblings for many years (1941) outside of Brittany but historically always in the heart of the Breton, the area of Nantes is a great visit always.

I have written several posts on it, the last ones are entitled such as

Nantes is a short trip for shopping and sights!

Christmas shopping in Nantes!

Nantes is in Brittany ,Yes!!!

Nantes, the Bretons kingdom

I was there again for a short visit last Wednesday and as always went by a new area of the Place du Général Mellinet. The tourist office is here: http://www.nantes-tourisme.com/en

Nantes is a modern wide and vibrant medium size city in the Loire-Atlantique dept 44 just south of mine and the city is about 1h30 from my house by car.

I have always indicated the car travel is my favorite but once you are in this modern city the buses and great tramways are a must to try.  You can find the different transport choices in the tourist page here: http://www.nantes-tourisme.com/en/getting-around

The tramway line 1 François Mitterrand to Beaujoire/Ranzay is great and clean efficient and see all above ground. Also, the C1 circular bus route and the regular bus 23 all passes to the main points in the city and the pl Mellinet. The transport network there is TAN, webpage here: https://www.tan.fr/fr/menu/se-deplacer/tan/plans/

Bear in mind, the train station is very good here and direct access to Paris Montparnasse as well as CDG airport. There is a nice airport at  Bouguenais just outside with express airport bus service to the train station every day for 8€ one way. This is the Aéroport Nantes Atlantique .

https://www.gares-sncf.com/fr/gare/frnte/nantes

regional express trains (TER) site for the same station is here: http://www.ter.sncf.com/pays-de-la-loire/gares/87481002/Nantes/prochains-departs

http://www.nantes.aeroport.fr/

The area around the square of Mellinet (before called  Place Launay) has many wonderful old mansions all historical monuments classify here and the architecture and the grandeur is well visible.  In all , it was a quick visit but always nice to be back whether with the family or alone like Wednesday, Nantes is a nice town and plenty of historical monuments to see not the least the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany!!!

Some of the history from the tourist office and city of Nantes:

It was built on the site of the Castle Launay-Godetiere and its Park, which received the ambassadors of Siam in 1686. The County of Artois (future King Charles X) and were greeted the Emperor of Austria Joseph II in 1777.

Bought the Bertrand Saint-Pern by the brothers Allard and Vauloup (or Vanloop) family, the new owners immediately razed the castle in 1826.

The construction of the mansions is extended from 1828 to 1874. The thus realized program represented a unique example in Nantes from the architecture of the restoration.  It is bordered by eight mansions each with a park at  the rear of the building.  These buildings have all the identical style façade restoration in perfect symmetry relative to the other, whose plans, drawn up in 1827,between these hotels, lead eight arteries forming four axes (two main axes formed by two secondary axes made of streets and boulevards), which are in the direction of clockwise from North : boulevard Paul Langevin, the rue Belleville, boulevard Launay, the rue Rollin and boulevard Saint-Aignan, the rue Mellier, Allard boulevard and the rue Richer.

In the Middle, is a square plan surrounded by four groups of five, circular with a diameter of about 70 meters and  lime trees in the center of which stands a statue of general Mellinet cast-iron, about 6 meters in height. which was built four years after the completion of the square in 1878 at the site of the former castle  . On the base of the monument there is a simple inscription engraved “Général Mellinet 1798-1894”

Enjoy the city if in the area, and we could meet there too. Cheers and enjoy your Veterans Day or Armistice Day or whatever you call you to honor our military heroes.

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