March 19, 2018

The towns of the Nouvelle Aquitaine region!

I am on the historical cultural trend I like and taking you on a tour of the places dear to me. This time , I would like to introduce you to the smaller towns (if I can call them that) in the new region of the Nouvelle Aquitaine (New Aquitaine).

It has been many trips, and riding the country roads of this vast region of France. We enjoy it very much , and one of my list of places for retirement….

The Nouvelle-Aquitaine region includes the previous regions of  Aquitaine, Limousin, and Poitou-Charentes. In turn, it is composed of 12 departments which are: Charente, Charente-Maritime, Corrèze, Creuse, Dordogne, Gironde, Landes, Lot-et-Garonne, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Deux-Sèvres, Vienne ,and Haute-Vienne.  It is indeed the largest region of France all inclusive.

The region is cover by several roads all very nice to drive on , the most famous one is the A10 passing by the cities of Poitiers, Saintes, and Bordeaux (which is why it is famous), linking with the rocade or beltway of Bordeaux ,which is name the A630. From Toulouse, ,the A62 allows you to join  Agen, Marmande, Langon ,and again Bordeaux. From  Irun in Spain, the A63 takes you to  Bayonne, Dax , and again Bordeaux.  The A64 link Bayonne to Pau, and continues to Tarbes, and Toulouse. On the north, you have the A20 (old N20), connecting Paris to Toulouse, by passing by Limoges, La Souterraine ,and Brive-la-Gaillarde. The A89,  connects  Bordeaux with Lyon, passing by  Libourne, Périgueux, and Brive-la-Gaillarde. Just to give you the quickest ,best known autoroutes.

The kingdom of Aquitaine, starting in 781AD was a lot bigger than it is now as it included the territories from the Loire to the Pyrénées, and the Atlantic ocean to Auvergne.  Starting in the 11C, the duchy of  Aquitaine  included the regions of  Poitou, Angoumois,  Saintonge, Limousin,  Périgord, Bordelais, and the Gascogne. So it was always big, more so before than now, even thus now is still the biggest region of France!

Some of the tourist offices to help you in your planning covering this vast region are:

Region Nouvelle Aquitaine government on tourism :

Tourism region Nouvelle Aquitaine :

Tourisme Aquitaine old region :

Tourisme Limousin old region :

Tourisme Poitou-Charentes old region:

In my previous blog posts below , you will find comments, photos and links on the following towns:  Gan, Hendaye, Sauveterre-de-Béarn, Navarrenx, Eaux-Bonnes, Agen, Orthez, St Jean Pied de Port, Monein, Oloron-Sainte-Marie ; Saint Palais, Bielle, Il de Ré, Lescar,Mauléon Licharre, Montaner, Morlaas, Saint Jean de Luz , Sauveterre de Guyenne, Théze, and Urdos.

ile de Re

St Martin de Re marina and lighthouse


Caves de Jurancon wines!


Maison de Cigare navarrenx

Oloron Sainte Marie

chocolate factory and boutique Lindt!


maison Jeanne d’Albret museum

Sauveterre en Bearn

pont longere to feudal castle in Sauveterre en Bearn

My previous blog posts on the region with above towns are:

Monein, Navarrenx, and Oloron Sainte Marie

Saint Jean Pied de Port

Sauvetter de Bearn, Saint Palais

Hope it helps you plan your trip to these wonderful region full of nice small towns and many more to visit, the beat goes on. Enjoy your week, easy does it, happy travels, great health, and put the pedal to the metal and rock! Cheers!


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March 18, 2018

My travels in the Morbihan, LXI

I am coming back home, this is a bit of a wrap up on the many small towns we have here, all special. In the department 56 of the Morbihan Breton in Brittany ,where else! My zigzagging has taken me to many smallish towns, some I have written individually and others in a My Travels sequel posts, all unique. I like to give you an overview on them.

The names of the town will not be on many if any tourist board ,but I think the history in these towns is very nice and talks about the beliefs deeply rooted of the Breton people.  A frame of mind, I have adapted quite well thank you ::)

The towns are Ambon, Arradon, Baud, Beignon, Belz, Bignan , Billio, Brandivy, Brech, Camors, Campeneac, Colpo, Crach, Damgan , Elven, Erdeven, Etel, Grand Champ, Guehenno , Gourméne-sur-Scoff, Guer, Guillac, Kenascleden, La Chapelle Caro, La Gacilly, Landevant, Langonnet, , Lanvaudan, Larmor Baden, Larmor Plage, Le Bono, Le Faouet  Le Govello, Le Roc St Andre, Locmine, Locoal Mendon , Maletroit, Meriadec, Merlevenez, Moustoir-AC, Muzillac, Nostang , Noyal Muzillac, Plescop, Ploemel , Ploemeur, Ploeren, Ploermel, Plouay, Plouhinec, Plumelec ,Pumelin, Plumergat, Pluneret Port Louis, Questembert, Quily, Saint Avé, Saint Cado, Séné, St Grave, St Jean Brevelay,St Malo de Beignon, St Marcel, St Martin sur Oust, St Nolff, St Philibert, Sulniac, Surzur, Theix-Noyalo, and Trédion.

Some representative pictures of my Morbihan:

The river Auray going into the Altantic by Brech

The beach men er beleg in St Philibert

The calvary of Guehenno

There you have it, so many quaint nice small towns of the Morbihan.  Some webpage to help you plan your trip in addition to asking me ::)

The department tourist office:

Historical Heritage sites of Morbihan:

Most beautiful Villages of France:

And you can look up my previous blog posts on the towns above with plenty of pictures here:

You remember , I told you the name of Morbihan comes from the Breton language Mor-Bihan meaning Petite Mer in French or small sea (due to the Gulf of Morbihan), (only French department not French in name) ,and the greater definition of Mor Braz or Grande Mer or big sea as locals call the area in the bay between Quiberon and Le Croisic.  It is surrounded by the dept 29 Finistére to the west, dept 22 Côtes-d’Armor to the north, dept 35 Ille-et-Vilaine to the east and the dept 44 Loire Atlantique to the southeast; all bordered by the Atlantic ocean creating the megalith coast or Côte des Megalithes (for the big stones of Brittany).

Yes, quite a reading task for the week huh ::) But all worth it ,I can assure you. There is so much history and beauty in my belle France, and concentrating here in my beloved Bretagne/Brittany/Breizh is all sublime. I hope too, you will feel the same as my friends already has when they visited me here from my previous life in travel forums to my blog, and then a visit ,nice!

And my weekend is now coming to an end, back to reality tomorrow and snow is call for but luckily not in my Morbihan, hope they are right. Happy Sunday, Travels and good Health. Cheers!!!

March 18, 2018

The coastal Loire Atlantique 44!

And we arrive once again on Sunday. So repetitive is our lives, so short is our time. So enjoy it quickly while you can, do not leave anything for tomorrow;do it today. I like to remember of my times on the coastal beach towns of the Loire Atlantique dept 44 in Pays de la Loire (although the Bretons will tell you otherwise).

Of course, it’s just down the road from me so we have come often and plenty over the last 7 years we have lived in Brittany. The area is covered with lots of history but also wonderful wines, gastronomy, and coastal beaches to rival any.  I have put my links on my blog posts on the area at the end below.

Let me tell you what I am talking about. The Loire Atlantique dept 44 belongs alone and away from Brittany since 1941 (initial order of WWII traitor gen petain) ,the Pays de la Loire (which in turn was not done until 1955) attached it . It is now surrounded by my beautiful Breton Department 56 Morbihan on the northwest, then the ,also, Breton Ille et Vilaine dept 35 on the North , Maine et Loire ( 49) on the East and the Vendée (85) on the south . The western coast is bordered by the Atlantic ocean. The department 44 Loire Atlantique is run by the Loire river forming a statuary from Nantes and getting to the Atlantic ocean by Saint Nazaire . Here we have been and we honor the braves, a bit of history I like.

The first group of the American Expeditionary Force landed at Saint Nazaire June 26 1917 under General John Pershing. Echoing the famous words, Lafayette, We Are Here! France that had resisted the German offensive at Verdun and already tired on the way of the ladies or chemin des Dames saw hope in the landing of the Sammies, the name given to the American of Uncle Sam that will help them gain victory By July 3 1917 France celebrates the National Day of the USA in the court of honor of the Invalides, Paris with French President Raymond Poincaré and Gen John Pershing and thanks them that which they have decided to entered the Great War or WWII declaring war on Germany on April 6 1917.

Saint Nazaire

pont Saint Nazaire the landing 1917 were below it

You have several swamps or marshes that are a great natural environment such as the marshes north of Saint Nazaire at the Briére or those of Couëron  near Nantes.  South of Nantes you have the huge lake or Lac de Grand-Lieu one of the biggest in France with a low depth of less than 2 meters which combine with a weak wave gives the superficies very variable. You have rocky formation along the peninsula or wild coast of Guérande, extending from le Croisic to Pouliguen passing by Batz-sur-Mer with wonderful natural spaces grouped in three sections such as the point or  pointe du Croisic,bay fo good sisters or  baie des Bonnes Soeurs, and the Govelle at Batz-sur-Mer. You have views and rides by bicycle or walks on the hill or Côte de la Seilleraye ,near the town of Mauve sur Loire ; given levels of  6-7 % downhill. Of course, I did this by car ::)

Le Croisic

pleasure boat marina off pointe at Le Croisic


salt marshes at Guerande

Noirmoutier ile

view of marshes of salt from castle at Noirmoutier Ile

More on these natural spaces here in French:

You have very nice beaches around here. Some of the good ones are in these towns; La Baule, Pornichet, Saint Nazaire, Saint Brévin, and Pornic. More on them here:

La Baule

beach at La Baule

However, along the coast for the purist beachgoers like this old beach bum, you would love to go to these: Plage de Sorlock at Quimiac, Plage de Pen-Bron at La Turballe; Plage Valentin at Batz-sur-Mer; plage du Nau at Le Pouliguen, Plage de Monsieur Hulot at Saint Nazaire, Plage de l’Ermitage at Saint Brévin; Plage les Pins at Port Lin at Croisic, Plage de la Source at Pornic, Grande Plage  at La Bernerie; Plage du Pré Vincent at Les Moutiers en Retz.

Batz sur Mer

Batz sur Mer pl St Michel and beach

And if you come for an adventurous romantic secluded encounter of the IV kinds than head for these Plage Tahiti at Pouliguen, , Plage Cabonnais at Mesquer,  and plage de l’île de Evens off the coast of La Baule.

A good source for beach info here and has pages in English is Plages tv here:

Beaches of the Loire Atlantique :

The tourist office of the dept 44 Loire Atlantique is here:

Guide on France tourism for the Loire Atlantique dept 44 :

These are the blog posts on the area I told you above; lots of info and photos here:

Saint Nazaire


La Baule

Guérande, Batz sur Mer, le Croisic


Hope this will enable you to come visit this wonderful coastal area of my belle France as weather improves and Summer is near, this is one for consideration. Enjoy your Sunday as we do always. Happy travels , and good health. Cheers!!!!!!


March 17, 2018

Bourges, Cathedral and Jacques!

On a cloudy cool, and news of snow coming to Brittany but hopefully not mention the Morbihan and already almost 4 inches in Paris; I like to tell you about a nice town of memorable family visit.

We came to Bourges a while back , little known really when you are in the Valley of the Kings or now call Centre-Val de Loire. However, very nicely accessible and worth a detour me think.

First, let me give you my blog post on it a while back with photos here: Blog post on Bourges

Bourges is in the Department of the Cher 18 in the region of Centre Val de Loire ; been the historical capital of the Berry, a province in the monarchy corresponding about with today’s departments of Indre and Cher.  About 240 km south of Paris and located at the intersection of several rivers such as the Yévre, Voiselle, and affluents Auron, Moulon, and Langis.

The city center or downtown is divided in two sections surrounded by boulevards that allows you to go around it as in a beltway. This city center has the main shopping street , rue Moyenne and principal buildings including the Cathedral and the bus terminal to the train station  as well as several nice gardens such as the jardin de l’archevêché  (bishop) and jardin des Pré-Fichaux. The central crown around the town has several other buildings around the city center including the marshes or Marais de Bourges.

Some links to help your trip planning here:  SNCF Place du Général Leclerc:

TER train site :

The way I come is by car here taking from Paris the A71 (Orléans – Clermont-Ferrand) that puts Bourges in one hour to Orleans, 2h30 from Paris, 4h from Lyon. You can ,also take the A85 at Vierzon and go to Tours in about 1h30.

City of Bourges tourism page :

Tourist office of Bourges:

And the friends of the Cathedral site in French, with much info and way to help the maintenance of this magnificent Cathedral.

In this post , I like to tell you a bit about the history I like.

Before the Romans, this area was inhabited by Gallic people known as the Bituriges Cubes  , that I am told it means “kings of the world” . The uprising of the Bituriges against the Romans and their massacre by the Romans in 53 BC is a major item on the uprising strength of the Gallic people and their main leader Vercingétorix  against Jules Caesar. During the Gallic wars Caesar had several sieges against Bourges for long months. As in the rest of Gallia, Vercingétorix has implemented a tactic of burning and destroying everything before helping to supply the Romans.  The Gallic leader had defended Bourges with natural defenses such as hills around a river, and marshes as well as  a strong wall in the south.  From this wall, we come to the term later of calling the city, the red town (same as was name Le Mans). Caesar took the city anyway and massacre most of the inhabitants.

Bourges becomes the seat of the Bishops from where the dioceses of Albi, Cahors, Clermont-Ferrand , Mende, Puy-en-Vélay, Rodez, Saint Flour, and Tulle were attached. It was one of the first diocese founded by Saint Ursin in one of the first evangelical campaigns of the Gaulle around the 4C. The town ,then belonging to the kingdom of Aquitaine was taken by Charles Martel in 731AD ,then by Eudes of Aquitaine, Pépin le Bref took it in 762AD; destroying the walls ramparts and integrating it to the Royal domain under the care of the Counts; he builts a palace from the 767AD. Early on the 12C, Bourges becomes the seat of the Viscount until the last one Eudes d’Arpin in 1101AD sells the county to the king of France ,Louis VI to finance a crusade; the city enters the domain Royal, property of the Crown. In the 14C, the city of Bourges becomes the capital of the duchy of Berry that is given to Jean de Berry as a priviledge.  He is the third child of king of France Jean le Bon and brother of king Charles V. The dauphin , future king Charles VII of France finds refuge in Bourges and used the administration of the city put in place by his grand uncle ,the duke of Berry to be able to take control of his kingdom.

A major figure here and in France. Jacques Coeur son of curtain merchant and a famous citizen of the city of Bourges, worked with his father as supplier to the ducal court and has a fast rise to fame; also marries the daughter of the provost of Bourges, Macée de Léodepart. Later, participates in the making of currency money and becomes the financier of the king or supplier of the Royal court as well as developing an international commercial network enabling him to set up money counters and a navy. However, this fortune becomes too big and bring jealousy of the King which leads to the lost of it. He is condemn by Royal justice and becomes a fugitive, later bankrupt finding refuge with the Pope Nicolas V. All his properties were confiscated and sold for the profit of the king and he dies in exile in 1456. The most remarkable trace left in the city is that of the wonderful palais Jacques Coeur.  A must to visit.


entrance to Palais Jacques Coeur

Bourges has a long history of military stronghold. By 1860, it was chosen to be the center of army provisions under the Second Empire (Napoléon III) . From 1928  it has a strong presence of aeronautical industry here as well as a center of manufacture of land weapons.

Things to see here are plenty and very nice. The city is a Ville d’Art et d’Histoire in France (city of art and history of France). Of course , you must see the St Stephen Cathedral or Cathédrale Saint Etienne, recognize by Unesco as a World Heritage Site. The before mentioned Palais Jacques Coeur built by end 15C.  The marshes or marais de l’Yévre et de la Voiselle, family and culture gardens wonderful. The ruins of the Gallo Roman ramparts. The monumental fountain and Gallo Roman porch under the palace of the Duke of Berry as well as the rest of it today it is the Préfecture or regional government building. Walk around the Place Gordaine and the wooden houses from the 14C, the Grange des Dîmes from the 12C at rue Moliére near the Cathedral (storage of agro products until the French revolution). The Episcopal Palace or palais Archiepiscopal from the 17C, old city hall and a French style garden done by Le Nôtre , this is the jardin de l’Archevêché. The Canal de Berry on the river Auron.  Notre Dame Church mostly destroyed by fire in 1487, Church Saint-Pierre le Marché later dedicated to Notre Dame was rebuilt with several modifications and now you see different styles of architecture. And not that I go there, but many do, so there is the Cemetery des Capucins ,near the Cathedral done in 1792 to replace all the others done by other Churches.


back of Cathedral St Etienne from the bishop’s garden

The many nice museums here:  Musée du Berry ( archeology, arts and popular traditions) in the Hôtel de Cujas mansion.  Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle Gabriel Foucher, Musée Maurice Estève (dedicated to modernist painter Maurice Estève) in the Hôtel des Echevins mansion. Hôtel Lallemant mansion  (Renaissance style) with a museum on decorative arts; Musée des Meilleurs ouvriers de France (best craftmans of France). The muse de la Résistance et de la Déportation du Cher (museum of the resistance and deportation of the Cher).


restaurant instruments inside the museum of the best craftmans of France in Bourges (Meilleurs Ouvriers de France)

The old Berry area is rich in gastronomy as where else in France! However, something unique to Bourges is the Forestine, this crisp and mellow candy contains a delicious praline of chocolate-flavoured almonds and hazelnuts under a layer of crunchy sugar, and the best is at the  Maison de la Forestine  at the Place Cujas. webpage here: Maison de la Forestine

There you go, you have Bourges as brief and clear as I can make it. Enjoy the Cher, the Berry and yes Bourges. Have a great Sunday or Saturday depending where you are. Happy travels, good health  to all. Cheers!!






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March 17, 2018

The dream world of Disneyland Paris!

So on a rainy cloudy, cool Saturday and just a short trip out with Rex, I have stay home and work on my blog. I still need to go out again with son and his moto accessories needs, he pays !

However, why not come back to my old post on Disneyland Paris. My sons went there and we stayed at the old H0liday Inn Disneyland, then the Vienna Magic hotel and now the Vienna Dream Hotel. And I had several meetings held there when working with the hotel chain IHG (Intercontinental Hotels Group).

I have been to the Walt Disney park in Orlando FLorida so many times lost counts , with me on concerts, with my boys, and then taken friends/family there. We never visited Disneyland Paris from the USA as not needed we thought. However, once in France , the itch became too great not to try and see it. Well ,there is no contest in my opinion to the one in Orlando ,but at least folks in Europe have a more affordable Mickey place to see and enyoy.

My previous blog post on Disneyland Paris is here: Previous Blog post Disneyland

Let me tell you a bit about the parks and the history in France.

Disneyland Paris, previously called Euro Disney Resort and before that Disneyland Resort Paris is a tourist entertainment park of 22,3 km located in the town of Chessy in the department 77 of Seine et Marne. It includes two parks,; the Disneyland and the Walt Disney studios as well as 27 hotels and a golf course and covers into the shopping and aquarium area of Val d’Europe. All link from Paris by the train line RER A as well as by car on the expressway or autoroute A4 direction Metz, as well as a TGV train line.

This huge complex in addition to the above mention items mainly the two entertainment parks , hotels and golf of 27 holes ; it also, has Disney Village with stores, restaurants and shows. 7 hotels on Disney property such as Disneyland hotel, New York, Sequoia Lodge, Newport Bay Club, Cheyenne, Santa Fe, Ranch Davy Crockett; and 10 partner hotels such as Villages Nature Paris, Elysée Val d’Europe, Algonquin Explorer , Kyriad, Adagio city Aparthotel, Marriott Village ile de France, Vienna international Dream Castle, Radisson Blu, and B&B hotel disneyland.

Disneyland Park

indoor heated pool HOliday Inn disneyland today Vienna Dream

The 3 train stations, RER A, regular trains line Serris-Montévrain Val d’Europe, and the TGV Marne la Vallée-Chessy. Two shopping centers or malls such as Val d’Europe (includes Sea Life aquarium) and the La Vallée Village outlet shopping.. In all, a business park Goodman, and several residential communities. Coming by car as we have , you take off the Paris boulevard périphérique the A4 direction Metz and get out at sortie or exit 14 follow road D344P all well posted; around the parks there is the big boulevard du Grand Fossé easy link to hotels and Val d’Europe shopping.. Bear in mind, there is a cost last was 20€/day for parking in the park. The RER A from Paris proper you can take it at Nation, Gare de Lyon, Châtelet-Les-Halles, Auber (Great department stores and gare St Lazare) and Charles de Gaulle-Etoile (Arc de Triomphe). You have local bus service such as from the bus terminal at Marne-la-Vallée-Chessy from the stations of Serris-Montévrain-Val d’Europe, Meaux, Château Thierry, Lagny, Thorigny, Crécy-la-Chapelle, Coulommiers, Provins and Esbly The network Pepy’s on lines 6, 23, 24, 34, 43, 50 and 54 is the most extensive from Marne la Vallée-Chessy to Bussy-Saint-Georges, Lagny-sur-Marne, Chessy, Serris and the Val d’Europe urban and shopping center. SEME or Seine-et-Marne Express on bus lines 17 and 50 ; Tramy network on line 38, marne –et Morin on lines 12, 19, 57, 59, 59E, and 62 , Procars network on line 13 ,and Noctilien N130 and N141. The airport CDG is easy to come here by navettes Magical Shuttle and on the TGV train from CDG to Marne la Vallée Chessy.

Marne la Vallee Chessy

Marne la Vallee Chessy TGV train station

The official webpage info on Disneyland Paris is here:  Disneyland Paris

By 2002, the park is enlarge with the opening of Walt Disney Studios located on the south side of Disneyland and along the line of the RER A. Opening with 10 attractions with the cinema and cartoons as principal attractions. Recently reported in the news and my blog, there was the announcement of a new investment by Disneyland of about 2 Billion Euros so doubling the park Walt Disney Studios into 3 zones between 2021 and 2025 on the themes of Frozen, Star Wars, and Marvel. The Parc Walt Disney Studios is by Val d’Europe in Marne la Vallée . Once entering to the left you have the huge store boutique and on the right the information desk, and visitor services. At the center, there is a fountain with a statue of Mickey. Studio 1 is a building facing the entrance to the park serving as the shopping street but is covered showing a Hollywood as it was in the golden age of the 1930’s. On it you see the boutiques of the Hollywood legends in three consecutive spaces; the second space show the luxury boutique of Rodeo Drive , and the last space show the Crossroads of the World change into a service station selling DVD’s. The Toy Story Playland at the Place de Rémy is a section of Toon Studio representing the Paris of the film Ratatouille. In the section Production Courtyard you have on the left of the exit of Studio 1, and includes the attractions located on the main square decorated with a statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse . The highlight is the Tower of Terror showing the mysteries of Hollywood Tower Hotel where the riders in an elevator/lift disappeared in a night of lightning scary. Hollywood boulevard installations include a replica of the Hollywood Boulevard of Los Angeles on the right and the Backlog on the back left of the park showing the scenaries of what it looks like the studios today.

The official Walt Disney Studios webpage is here:  Walt Disney Studios

I like to give some webpages that will help plan your trip here:

For those seeking to work here :  employment at Disneyland

To find Disney stores in France :  Disney store locator

Navette Express bus to from Disneyland :  navette bus Express

Magical Shuttle transport :  Magical Shuttle from airports

RER A train schedule just type Paris where you are and Disneyland:  RER A train schedule

Val d’Europe shopping, our favorite here:  Val d’Europe shopping Center

Disney village shopping in the park  : Disney Village shoppint/restos

Disney Village Natures :  Disney Village Natures

Other places to see around Disneyland Paris (obviously I like the City of Meaux and the Museum of the Great War or WWI :  Other things to see around Disneyland

Well coming on business meetings and part of the group of hotels on Disneyland property had many perks at greatly reduce or nothing at all; but that is another story. I like to tell you when I took my family there.

We drove over of course, as we have family not far and combine the trip with a visit north of Meaux. Even thought the official site tells you to get off on exit 14 of the A4 , we got in by exit 12.1 going into the D345 road and into the D344 and boulevard du Grand Fossé and our hotel(see above). The parking was reduce pricing for me at 5€ (it is 20€), the hotel was half price and the food well eventually did not pay anything. But that was the business discount. My boys were small in the early teens so the trip was memorable for them; now it is not so much an interest as they are in their 20’s.

Disneyland Paris

game room Holiday INn Disneyland today Vienna Dream

We remember the hotel was all deco in a clown theme or dream world with a large wonderful restaurant, and an even better indoor heated pool! The current hotel webpage is here:  Vienna Magic Dream Hotel

The boys really like the indoor pool and the ice creams on the restaurant; we just relax…as one can with 3 young boys. And we hit the attractions of Disneyland starting by Disney Village and eating at the old favorite from Florida, the Rainforest Cafe! The food and the attractions ::) were memorable the same; site here in English:

Disneyland Paris

Rainforest Cafe Disneyland village

And ok, we finally went into the park lol!!We got into the park early by opening time, a must , much more today. The favorite still is Space Mountain ride, the Star Wars galaxy ride, the IMAX movie cinema, for French eating the Auberge de Cendrillon at Fantasyland. The pirates of the Caribbean, and Adventureland. The park really needs two days to see it all at leisure; and now another day for Walt Disney Studios and the movies stars.

Like I said, for teens this is a must to visit in France now, and the most visited park in Europe! I believe they will do as in Orlando; an old marshy swamp area totally change by men into a sparkling metropolis with all kinds of entertainment. By the time they finish all the investment money here it will be the same. Already they are American style home communities shopping centers and a housing and business boom in all the towns around it.

The new town of Marne-La Vallée was created in the 1960’s. It includes for about 20 km wide the towns from Bry-sur-Marne to Bailly-Romainvilliers, and divided into four districts or sectors. These are sector I or Porte de Paris with the towns of Noisy-le-Grand, as well as Bry-sur-Marne ,and Villiers-sur-Marne. Sector II or gate of Val Maubuée including the towns of Champs-sur-Marne, Croissy-Beaubourg, Émerainville, Lognes, Noisiel, and Torcy. Sector III or gate of Val de Bussy including the towns of Bussy-Saint-Georges, Bussy-Saint-Martin, Chanteloup-en-Brie, Collégien, Conches-sur-Gondoire, Ferrières-en-Brie, Gouvernes, Guermantes, Jossigny, Lagny-sur-Marne, Montévrain, and Saint-Thibault-des-Vignes . Finally , sector IV with the towns of Bailly-Romainvilliers, Chessy, Coupvray, Magny-le-Hongre, Serris ,and Villeneuve-le-Comte. This new town is cross by the RER A on the line along the expressway A4 including nine stations such as Bry-sur-Marne,Noisy-le-Grand – Mont d’Est,Noisy-Champs,Noisiel,Lognes,Torcy,Bussy-Saint-Georges,Serris-Montévrain – Val d’Europe, and Marne-la-Vallée – Chessy.

Other things to see around Disneyland that are worth seeing in my opinion are the historical town of Meaux only 20 minutes from the park in the region of Brie (cheese) and mustard Pommery. Visit the gothic Cathedral (one of the last ones done in France), its episcopal palace and garden done by Le Nôtre and the museum Bossuet, the Eagle of Meaux and confessor of king Louis XIV. Follow the road of the Impressionists painters in Moret-sur-Loing with the likes of Monet, Renoir, and Sisley that walked on this town. See Barbizon, the town of painters and amateurs of Art on a pretty town following the footsteps of Corot, Millet, and Rousseau. The painters leaders of the 19C that did their most important work here; see the School of Barbizon,the museum of painters or the workshops of Rousseau and Millet.

Hope you enjoy the ride into magical Disneyland Paris. It is worth a detour with family, and shopping is great too. Have a great weekend to all. Cheers!!

March 16, 2018

My new home of Pluvigner in the Morbihan Breton XXVI

So on a still nice sunny Friday afternoon I began to write this post in my blog. It has been a quiet day in my castle office (1504) so will tell you what has been done this week while on off day from work. This is my home town of Pluvigner. As I like to tell the story of every day living in France from a local point of view and not with the glamour books ,well here I go.

I have written plenty on it, as you can tell by the Roman numeral XXVI meaning 26 posts! and plenty of pictures. This is a very peaceful, homey, friendly country town in France, still the real France and very Breton/Catholic. We have just over 7K folks but very much spread out in territory. The main road an extension of the D16 cuts thru it by ave gen de Gaulle into the place du Marché and into rue St Michel and place St Michel. I have not measure it,  but believe is about a km long road of city center/downtown.

We got up early to do our errands and misc things. First, was the groceries so we have more time for the weekend. This was done in nearby historical town (FR/USA/CA) of Auray. Here we shop in the hypermarket E Leclerc just next to the expressway or voie express N165 and D768.

I needed to see my dentist but since the one in town was busy and no appointments until March 28, decided to use our previuos dentist in the town of Brech so for a quick filling and cleaning, all was done and ready.

As we finished earlier than thought ,we came back to finish some groceries we were not able to do in the morning. We decided to finish it at the Super U supermarket in Pluvigner.


Super U supermarket

We stopped by the bakery  Des Saveurs de Pains  in city center Pluvigner for our baguette and home.


Boulanger des saveurs de pains

From above, we went to get Rex, our puppy male dog of 12,5 kg (25 lbs) Borador, mix Border Collier/Labrador Retriever.   It was time for his first grooming in our city center store Tou Beau Tou Propre (all beautiful all clean) at pl St Michel. They did a good job and he was super good. We came home to play with him and eat.


Tou Beau Tou Propre grooming dogs store

Our puppy  Rex is 4 months old and already very good doing his things outside the house, and very calm and playful dog; it’s beginning to be catchy already and I am very happy finally to have a dog again. We stopped in order to raise the boys, but since already young men we decided to come back with a dog. They are all helping out so this is a family affairs as it should be.


Rex at home sharing with the family

As we were in city center, decided to take some pictures of our hangouts so here they are. I try to put a name to the picture.


City Town Hall


credit Agricole bank ATM easy


Le Stadium bar


pharmacy at Super U shopping

We finally reach home and did some more blogging and what not,had dinner with a wonderful bottle of Bouchard Pére et Fils Chardonnay of Burgundy magnum and excellent rabbit with pumpking puree by the resident Frenchie; before some more TV and then to bed , ready for the Friday in which I am finishing this post.

Enjoy your weekend, mine is just beginning and should be fun with Rex. Now begins the other task of findins places he is accepted from Restaurants to Beaches to Lodgins. Fun thrill times ahead. Happy travels and good health to all. Cheers!!!

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March 16, 2018

City Districts of and Churches of Versailles!

Well what else. I need to bring you up to speed on this historical ,Royal and magical town of France. Of course, my beloved Versailles. Usually, cities are divided into districts and then neighborhoods and they give you a feeling of an idea of where you are going. There is a spiritual feeling visiting a new place so much rich in Religion over the centuries even with distractors ,it is still strong here.

The French won’t openly tells you about these things of Church relation, but once you get to know them as I do, been one adopted French with a French family going back thousands of years and working here among them, yes they do, and they follow traditions.

I did a blog post on the Churches of Versailles, a while back. To my pleasant surprise still rank as the most view post in my blog, not only by a few but 972 views! one blog post! So I give it to you again here:

Versailles and its historical churches :

I believe I have given you all the main ones above, but here they are mention for reference and the curiosity to see them while visiting Versailles; as I always said, Versailles is a lot more than a Castle. The main Churches here are:
Saint Louis Cathedral,4 Place Saint-Louis
Chapelle de l’Ermitage, 1 Rue de l’Ermitage
Chapelle du Château, inside the Château de Versailles
Chapelle du Couvent des Sœurs servantes du Sacré Cœur,109 Avenue de Paris
Chapelle du Lycée Notre-Dame du Grandchamp,(chapel in a historic high school),97 Rue Royale
Chapelle du lycée Sainte-Geneviève (chapel in a historic high school),2 rue de l’Ecole-des-Postes
Chapelle Notre-Dame de l’Espérance, 37 rue du Maréchal Joffre
Chapelle Notre-Dame des Armées (military chapel),4 impasse des Gendarmes
Chapelle Saint-François de Sales,9 Rue de l’École des Postes
Chapelle Saint-Joseph de Glatigny,29 Boulevard de Glatigny
Chapelle Saint-Maurice de la caserne Satory (Fesch), (military chapel)De la Martinière (Satory)
Église adventiste (Adventist Church), 22 rue des Réservoirs
Eglise du Couvent des Récollets, 9 rue des Récollets
Église Évangélique de Pentecôte(evangelical Pentecost) ,15 bis rue du Parc de Clagny
Église Évangélique du Nazareen, 15 rue du Peintre Lebrun
Notre Dame Church, 35 Rue de la Paroisse
Église Saint-Michel de Porchefontaine, 8 Rue des Célestins
Église Saint-Symphorien,2 Place Saint-Symphorien
Eglise Sainte-Bernadette,7 Rue Saint-Nicolas
Eglise Sainte-Elisabeth de Hongrie,25 Rue des Chantiers
Eglise Sainte-Jeanne d’Arc, Place Elisabeth Brasseur
Mosquée de Versailles, 31 rue Jean Mermoz
Synagogue,10 Rue Albert Joly
Temple protestant, 3 rue Hoche


Notre Dame Church lived behind it !

Ok so I think these are all. My blog post concentrate on the most popular ones above.

The districts/neighborhoods of Versailles are Bernard de Jussieu-Petits Bois-Picardie , Chantiers, Clagny-Glatigny, Montreuil, Notre-Dame (my old neighborhood), Porchefontaine, Saint-Louis, Satory, and Instance du château(the castle).

Here is the city of Versailles with a pretty good map of them.

And this is my blog post on them:

You now know your bearing, walk them, they are all history and beautiful. My VERSAILLES.


Rue Hoche to pl Hoche statue Gen Hoche and beyond the Chateau Versailles

Have a great weekend and happy travels with good health for all. Cheers!!

March 15, 2018

Some news from France CLXXXVII

So on a rainy Thursday off day, cloudy windy (65 KPH), and miserable temps in 10C or 50F sitting at home. Well, let me tell you what is going on in my belle France.

Ok, so lots of construction going on in Paris due to a big program of modernization which they are behind and the Citizens are asking for faster and better service.

This coming Summer you will see plenty of work (especially if take regularly) on the RER A, which will be closed from Saturday July 28 to Sunday August 26 2018 between La Défense and Nation. The stations of La Défense and Nation will be temporary terminus even if they will remain open and connections will be assured. However, the quays will be closed at Charles de Gaulle, Étoile, Auber, Châtelet – Les Halles, and the gare de Lyon. On the train line L of the Transilien network,and the service on the metro lines 1, 2, 3, 6, 9, 13 et 14 ;Tramway lines T2 and T3a; bus lines 73, 114, 118 and 275. Mondays to Fridays a navette bus will be in service between Charles de Gaulle
Étoile, and La Défense.

Same for the RER A and train line L , from July 14 to September 2nd included; closing of the RER A ,and the line L between Cergy – Saint-Christophe , and between Cergy – Le Haut(temporary terminus Cergy – Saint-Christophe). On the RER C line from July 15 to August 25th included, the RER C between Paris Austerlitz and Javel / Avenue Henri Martin. This Summer this line will be closed. Be careful, the station gare de Pont de l’Alma will remain closed until January 2nd 2019. The line 10 metro will be reinforced as well as bus line 63 ; there will be a navette bus between Invalides and Javel.

Again the RER A will be closed from July 26 to August 26 included from Maisons-Laffite and Poissy. More for the French speaker here:

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No time for me but the Livre Paris 2018 is on from March 16 to 19 on its 38th edition on the expo park of the Porte de Versailles. More here in English:

If not there see the libraries of Paris with contact, do not forget to put the 0033 and do not mark the 0 from abroad or look them up in google.
Les Libres Champs Léa. 18, rue Le Verrier (VIe). Tél.: 01 43 29 27 11. L’Écume des Pages. 174, bd Saint-Germain (VIe). Tél.: 01 45 48 54 48.Galignani. 224, rue de Rivoli (Ier). Tél.: 01 42 60 76 07.Gibert Joseph. 26, bd Saint-Michel (VIe). Tél.: 01 44 41 88 88.Librairie des Abbesses. 30, rue Yvonne-Le-Tac (XVIIIe). Tél.: 01 46 06 84 30.Librairie de Paris. 7, place de Clichy (XVIIe). Tél.: 01 45 22 47 81.Delamain. 55, rue Saint-Honoré (Ier). Tél.: 01 42 61 48 78. Librairie du Globe. 67, bd Beaumarchais (IIIe). Tél.: 01 42 77 36 36 Librairie Jousseaume. 45-46-47, galerie Vivienne (IIe). Tél.: 01 42 96 06 24. Boulinier. 20, bd Saint-Michel (VIe). Tél.: 01 43 26 90 57.

And if at the same time you want to read up and have a coffee in a historic Paris landmark, then head for these:
Le Procope. 13, rue de l’Ancienne-Comédie (VIe). Tél: 01 40 46 79 00.Le Café de la Paix. 5, place de l’Opéra (IXe). Tél.: 01 40 07 36 36. Le Café de Flore. 172, boulevard Saint-Germain (VIe). Tél.: 01 45 48 55 26. La Closerie des Lilas. 171, boulevard du Montparnasse (VIe). Tél.: 01 40 51 34 50. Les Deux Magots. 6, place Saint-Germain des Prés (Vie). Tél.: 01 45 48 55 25

Then, two classic for the Paris lovers. Even Emmanuel Macron celebrated his first tour win in the French elections here, today the President. The La Rotonde,is open since 1911,at Montparnasse becoming known as the four muskeeteers at the crossing of Vavin with La Coupole, Le Dôme, and Le Select. Mythical address of the left bank it is the place of frequency of many artists and intellectuals such as Picasso, Chagall, Apollinaire, Soutine, Modigliani, Cocteau, Diaghilev, and Foujita. See it at La Rotonde. 105, boulevard du Montparnasse (6éme). Tél.: 01 43 26 48 26.

Another jewel same place since 1899 in the Champs-Élysées,this Brasserie chic went over to the group Barrière (casinos) in 1998. It was closed in February 2017 for renovations and its hotel as well opening again last early July. The frequency here since early the 20C is the all Paris like Ettore Bugatti, Colette, Pierre Brasseur,Aga Khan, and Raymond Poincare. From the 1930’s was the meeting place of the cinema people from Raimu to Depardieu, passing by Gabin, Ventura, Delon ,and Signoret. Since 1977,it hosts the dinner of the ceremonies of the César (the French Oscar). Le Fouquet’s. 99, avenue des Champs-Élysées (8éme) Tél.: 01 40 69 60 50.

The mansion Hôtel de Sens,or the library Forney hosts until May 26 a free exposition on the poster artist Charles Loupot (died 1962). It will have hundreds of work from posters, models, photos, and publicist articles that trace his long career. The expo is call the Loupot, peintre en affiches à la bibliothèque Forney. Location :Hôtel de Sens. 1, rue du Figuier (4éme).Tél.: 01 42 78 14 60. Expo held on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 13h to 19h30, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10h to 19h30. Closed Mondays, free admission even for the expo.

And because they want to make business center and the sales are not order decision taken to closed the Centre Commercial Bercy 2 (shopping center mall).It is by the Boulevard périphérique and the autoroute A4 handy on way and coming to visit family for me! The mall aka as « la Baleine » or the Whale was opened in 1990 , and has now 70 stores.

Last January 19 at the aquarium of Sea Life in shopping center Val d’Europe,near Disneyland, a baby royal penguin was born in captivity. The penguin is with chocolate plumes and weights a bit more than 7 kg (about 15 lbs). He is not yet on the basin but stay with his parents to do this and swim will need about a year. More here:

And now hold on, the SNCF trains of France in simple terms has voted by their unions a strike two over 5 days per week starting by April 3rd and for a period of 3 months; due to better working condition and the management push for quick modernisation of the structures. So , now with some towns holding back on automobile traffic ,and the trains of France on strike with structures on average 32 years old ,sure the tourist will think we are just fine….. More news here:

And to add to the train,our beloved subsidized Air France also has announce strikes. Air France’s pilots are asking for 6% rise in their salaries, a request the airline has refused to meet. Even though the Air France-KLM Group clinched a 42% increase in its operating profit to €1.49 billion in 2017, it is only offering a 1% increase to the unions, to be paid in two installments. The unions said it was a “small change.” More here:

The Festival of Mojito will start in June 2018 with tastings for free!!! The establishment participating will be decorated for the event and will have entertainment like concerts, gifts giving , and salsa courses; all before the World Cup of Football/soccer June 2018 in Russia. More in French here:

At the Musée du Luxembourg  come see the Tintoret, or the little tainter was name  Jacopo Comin, and now will be showing his early years  with the expo tintoret birth of a genius until July 18 2018. One of the most emblematic painters of the Renaissance.  More here in English:

And last but not least;see a museum for free in Paris, no not just the Sundays first of every month but everyday. Here they are: Petit Palais, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Maison Victor Hugo, Musée de la Vie Romantique , Musée Cernuschi, Musée Curie, Maison Balzac Mémorial de la Shoah, Musée Valentin Haü, and Musée Jean Moulin. And of course, plenty free for those under 26 yrs old link below

Now get ready for the TGIF ok you are new to this Thanks God Is Friday. Have a great weekend, happy travels and good health to all. Cheers!

March 15, 2018

The Historical and Magical spots in Versailles!

Hello everybody, I am back in the blog machine. Thinking of my beloved wonderful Royal Versailles again. Well, it was one of the best moment of our family life and the entry into France for us Franco-Americans with Spanish heritage gang.

There are three spots in Versailles that the public do not go enough. The city of Versailles once contacted a survey company and believed they found that 98% of the visitors to Versailles only come to the Palace/museum; and the rest of Versailles? There is plenty to see in the city on its own, nothing to do with things to see from Paris.

An entry point on my humble blog post with some photos on these here:

One of them is the Arboretum. An arboretum is a botanical garden with many trees of different species put together like a collection in themes. They are older arboretum in Europe because the history has a twist. …the victors side. The first one in France is credited to Henri Louis Duhamel du Monceau (b 1700, d 1782 Paris) a doctor, botanist and agronomist in the 17C.

However, I like to tell you about my Arboretum ; the one Arboretum de Chèvreloup, located in the town of Rocquencourt, in the Yvelines dept 78 and just next to the back of the Domain of the Castle of Versailles. This is now part of the National Museum of Natural History and has an area of 200 hectares with over 2700 species of trees, greenhouses, and vegetable trees.

The park is divided into four thematic zones; the geographical zone with 120 hectares align by geographical area such as Americas, Asia, Europe etc. , the zone systematic in 50 hectares according to their botanical classification, the oldest trees open to the public; the zone horticulture in the center of the park with about 25 hectares of different varieties issue from an artificial selection, and the garden area of about 2 hectares where the trees are raised and exchange with other arboretums and botanical gardens.

The bit of history I like, and the most convincing to me for visited across from the shopping center Parly II and back adjoin to the Chateau de Versailles, is that this park was acquired in 1699 by king Louis XIV that encloses with a wall and served as a hunting ground.  This garden was destroyed upon the death of king Louis XV. At the French revolution like everything else, the goods were confiscated, and the farm on the opposite end of Gally-Chèvreloup  (it is still there since 1741 ferme de Gally by St Cyr l’école!) was sold to private persons. emperor Napoléon 1er buys the lands in 1806. By the 19C and early 20C, the bad maintenance and small spaces of the Jardin des Plantes in Paris made come up with an idea to use the collection of trees ,and in 1922 ; the conservator of the  Domaine de Versailles ,and architect at the National Museum of Natural History named Chaussemiche  established a project called  “Le Jardin de Jussieu, annex du Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle” or the Jussieu garden annex to the National Museum of Natural History. The current park was created in 1927, while it was attach to the national museum of natural history.

It’s official site can only found it in French here:

On the site of the National Museum of Natural History , there is a story and video on it in English too:

Another site that should be visited more is the Parc Balbi. The parc Balbi is an English style located next to the Potager du Roi with free access on the street or rue rue du Maréchal Joffre. It is a park of many species of tress and flowers, foxes, butterflies, bees, birds and reptiles like green lizards.

The story really starts in 1785, when the Count of Provence (brother of  king Louis XVI and future king as Louis XVIII) buys the land to create a park for a country retreat and welcome his inner circle as well as mistress  Anne de Caumont La Force, Countess of Balbi (from which the park garden takes its name)  By 1786, the garden is done with a keen interest of the Count of Provence. In 1791, the Count and Countess of Provence need to go into exile and abandoned the garden (due to the French revolution). By 1792, the rare trees were taken to enriched the collection of the Jardin des Plantes in the National Museum of Natural History in Paris as usually Paris takes. By 1872, the Great Seminary buys the garden and does works of renovation and conditioning. Again, by 1907 the school of Jules Ferry is established in the park with a door connection between the park and the Potager du roi done in 1914. The park is handle now by the same management as the Potager du roi, the National Superior School of Horticulture (created in 1873). More on this wonderful park away a bit from the castle that my family really enjoyed is at the tourist office of Versailles in English.

And as already mentioned, why not tell you about the Potager du roi.  The potager du roi  is a vegetable garden created in 1683 in the Chateau de Versailles property at the time for king Louis XIV and done by Jean-Baptiste de La Quintinie at the time director of the Royal gardens ; later an urban garden with an area of 9 hectares.


potager du roi from admin building toward St lous Cathedral

The land here was of good quality , coming from the hills around Satory and after several work on masonry terraces and high walls done by architect Jules Hardouin Mansart.  The potager or vegetable garden is on the side of the water pond named the la pièce d’eau des Suisses or the pond of the Swiss; for the Royal guards), and not far from the Orangerie. The king entered by a grill monumental gate  that gave over the Piéce d’eau des Suisses  (where you can still see the only statue erected to king Louis XVI still standing!) . This gate is one of the most beautiful in Versailles and rare that it is an original!

It is divided into a central area dedicated to the vegetables or the great square or  grand carré with 3 hectares of area , and an area surrounded by high walls and about a dozn rooms or garden housing vegetables and fruits in turn surrounded by trees of apple, pear especially. It counts with  fruit trees of about 4500 trees with more than 400 different varieties, producing in a bad year about 50 tons of fruits and 20 tons of vegetables; part of it sold in the welcome boutique, especially on Wednesdays morning.

The place is in disrepair with about 40% of the trees ,sick and dying.  The latest report mentioned taht of the  4500 trees of  468  different varieties about 40% are sick, dead or dying… Here comes the Americans to the rescue again.  The school of horticulture that managed the garden has ok and received approval from the World Monument Fund (WMF) an charitable organization based in New York  that can provide technical and financial assistance to heritage sites like this one. They are here:

More info on the official Potager du roi site in French here:

The tourist office of the city of Versailles in English here:

Hope you have enjoy the ride into the unusual, historical,and magical spots of my beloved Versailles. We have a lot more to show you in VERSAILLES. Enjoy your week, happy travels, good health to all. Cheers!!!



March 15, 2018

Do you think shopping in Versailles?

This is a question. Do you think shopping in Versailles? I bet you do not. Anyway, when most come to Paris and think that a thing to do is to go to Versailles is not right. Paris is 75, Versailles is 78. Paris is the Capital of France, and Versailles by constitution is the de facto capital of France if changes or modifications are done to the constitution. Versailles is in another province/State/Department than Paris.

So, I worked in Paris but lived in Versailles, so I know the shopping from both sides. Versailles is the normal everyday town you love to live in ,yes. I have given you a couple of blog posts on shopping before. This is the one on Parly II

One was on the wonderful shopping center mall of Parly II, the best mall in the whole region of île de France in my opinion. Here you have the main department stores like in that other town, Au Printemps and BHV as well as Lenôtre and Fauchon, and many many other stores even a Toys R Us and Truffaut, and FNAC as well as grocery store and cinema (to reopen in 2019).

The Parly II is a housing complex chic Chesnay-Trianon , the biggest division housing in Europe with an extension on two neighboring towns ,Le Chesnay and Rocquencourt; and the mall, it is also, the high school for my boys in the town of Le Chesnay that is just crossing a street to Versailles and uses the same transport network. It now has 187 stores with 4000 parking spaces!

In fact,the story tell us that the center was to be called Paris 2 but the Parisians objected for fear of losing business, so the name of Parly was used instead ( a town in the dept Yonne ,region of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté). The idea really is to do something on the American style mall/living. You can reach it on the Phébus network of Versailles on lines B, H, M, S, T Express, U, V , and Nuit 1; the lines 17, 17S and 76 of the network Transdev d’Ecquevilly, line 51 of the network STAVO, and the line 1 Express of the network Transdev de Montesson Les Rabaux. Also, line 19 of Transdev will get you there from the stop terminal at the avenue Saint Cloud just before the Bvld de l’Europe bus depot and direction Les Mureaux you stop at Parly II/Arboretum.

This is how to get there and the layout of the mall.

The boutiques are here:


However, there is a lot more than just a mall. Plenty of nice stores some very historical all over town in inner Versailles. I did a blog post on many of them here:

The marché des fleurs is open Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays from 8h to 19h and Sundays mornings. Further away you come to my favorite of all markets the Marché Notre Dame of course at the Place Notre Dame. The non food market is held Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 11h to 19h, and the food markets out on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays mornings from 7h to 14h , and inside the halles on Tuesdays to Saturdays from 7h to 19h30 and Sundays from 7h to 14h. Plenty of underground parking too. The Sun King Louis XIV gave us the Marché de Notre Dame in 1721. the actual place was given out after the Domaine de Clagny built in 1665 was demolished. It was renovated with todays halles in 1841. It is the center of the city, if you want to know us! The stories tell us the first inhabitants of the city started arriving in 1671 and so did the market!

And you have the market here from the city tourist page in English:

The city is given you here 61 choices for shopping in Versailles :!/page/1

Ahh but wait, did you know the market at Place Notre Dame is older than the castle? And the halles that surround it are 360 years old? Located in the heart of the city around the Place du Notre Dame and two big streets crossing in a cross the square such as rue de la Paroisse, and avenue du Maréchal Foch; then you have streets all around the halles such as rue Durcis,rue au pain, Rue de la Pourvoierie, and rue André Chenier ,all founded by king Louis XIV. The old pavilions were destroyed in 1841 and replaced by the covered halles you see today on the method Baltard. This is the site of the merchants on the market in French:

About 20 years ago you can buy here in wholesale, where the store owners came to buy their products that eventually will sell to you in retail. They will buy their products by aisles such as fish, herbs/spices, flour,and beef and these gave the name to the covered halles you see today. There was even an animal market with cows, pigs, and chickens sold.

However, even the above is newer. There was an even older market here when in November 1634, on the initiative of Martial de Loménie1,king Louis XIII ordered installed a market here, even replacing an even older market. In August 1740, there were manifestions here due to the little finding of wheat, the bakers of Paris came here to buy flour and the locals repulse them strongly. A permanent presence of the Swiss guards was needed.

At the French revolution, the market falls in disrepair by 1835 the market is purchase by the city of Versailles; no longer part of the Royal domain, the merchants are taken their businesses and poorly indemnized. Several execution were carried out here. And after going in terrible shape the city eventually rebuilt them and the new market opened September 15, 1842.

There is a parking managed by Vinci Park underneath the place du Marché Notre Dame with 700 spaces and the pedestrian access are on each square of the market with elevators/lifts or escalator. Since 2014, they have painted the square on the market with paintings or trompes-l’œil; they represent the knights of the Carrousel, reminding us of the equestrian history of the city, done by the school of mural arts or the École d’art mural de Versailles. Parking info from the city in French here:

The market is very close to another wonderful old world shopping experience that is the Passage des antiquaires. It is a pedestrian only passage of the rue des deux portes leading to the Place du marché and to the rue Carnot,itself next to the avenue de Saint-Cloud , and a bit further the Place d’armes,in front of the central façade of the Castle/Museum of Versailles. The passage des Antiquaires is here :

I have to tell with pride, this was my district. The quartier Notre Dame, in the axis of the Avenue de Paris, and takes its name from the Church of Notre Dame, the castle parish and oldest (where all princes were baptized, birth certificates and marriages) created while the construction of the city was carried out under king Louis XIV. In this wonderful neighborhood or quartier you ,also, have the theater or Théâtre Montansier opening in 1777,the city history museum of musée Lambinet, the bailiffs mansion or Hôtel du bailliage that housed during the monarchy the local tribunal courthouse ; today the nice courtyard of the neighborhood of antiquaries ,and the shopping full streets of rue de la Paroisse, rue Hoche and the rue du Maréchal Foch.
Theater Montansier here:
Museum Lambinet here:


The rue du Maréchal Foch, crosses the city north south and prolonged the Avenue de l’Europe,to continue until the Place Édouard Laboulaye. This was my train station or gare de Rive-Droite. info in French here:
And the layout of the line L I took every day for many years Rive Droite to Gare Saint Lazare here in pdf file:

Here you can find the merchants/businesses of Versailles with over 1700 you should find yours. In French, but easy me think. You go to the left hand side , you have three slots, Catégorie (category of stores you are searching such as antiquités/art), sous-catégorie (more in detail such as céramique but no need to choose this slot), and Quartier (district like Notre Dame).


Lastly, but not least , an interesting site the Cours des Senteurs (Court of Scents) with an offer on perfums like those in the Maison des Parfums, but also, fine gourmet grocery store, Toile de Jouy with fabrics in colorful motifs from a historical and famous manufacture. The restaurant Table du 11, not yet tasted but look good; and salon de thés with sweets goodies; and from here you can access the Salle du jeu de Paume, birthplace of the founding act of the French democracy, quaint streets of the district of Saint Louis, and into the Potager du Roi vegetable garden of the king. More in English here:

Hope you enjoy the ride to a Royal , magnificent city, that is a lot more than a castle. VERSAILLES


shops along rue de la Paroisse to market


Church Notre Dame belltower on rue de la Paroisse


passage des antiquaries entry


flower market at ave Saint Cloud


marche Notre Dame knighst of carrousel and elevator to underground parking


Pl marche Notre Dame market


carre de la farine market


carré aux herbes market


Carré à la viande market


carré à la Marée market

Le Chesnay

entrance St MIchel to Parly II

Happy end of week, happy travels and good health to all. Cheers!

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