Poissy, the other royal town

Many bypass this lovely small town on their way to Normandy from Paris on the A13 or the train. However, it is a royal town of France, baptismal of king Louis IX or Saint Louis was at its church, and it is easy to get from Gare Saint Lazare in Paris (direction Mantes) or the RER A from several points in Paris.

I live close by, and do enjoy the church here Collegiale de Notre Dame. The wonderful toy museum ,and the fine liquor Noyau that is done here, and not forget the modern Villa Savoye by Le Corbusier  is here too.  At one time it was an important market for animals of consumption such cows, pigs, etcs with a huge slaughter house. It still has the marché very nicely done indoor and outdoors. A bit about this nice town bordering the forest of St Germain en Laye.

The Collégiale de Notre Dame built in the 12C  is its most amazing sight, here there was a college of priests so that it was call collegiale, the tower is facing the rising sun to commemorate in August 15 to our Lady of the Assomption.  you see inside the stones of the fountain where  the future Louis IX was baptised (April 15, 1214 ), statues of Isabelle the daughter of Louis IX, plus a young Louis IX praying. The church is at 8 rue de l’Eglise, open everyday from 8h-12h and 14h-19h.  The size is nice and grand, just a marvel to see ,and recently power clean to its old luster. Official webpage of the church in FRench http://paroisse-poissy-78.catholique.fr/spip.php?rubrique37

The Musée des Jouets or toys museum is a favorite of all children and adults too, my kids love it. Its in the building of the abbey of Poissy 14C with toys from the periods 1850 to 1950. First floor is full of toys with a presentation from 1900, then the second floor is railroad tracks , dolls, trains, the works, the visit is ended by a presentation of more modern toys. Lovely, at 1 enclos de l’Abbaye. No web as it belongs to the city of Poissy now, contact email musees@ville-poissy.fr

 

Distellerie de Noyau de Poissy, a liquor born here, very famous, and delicious, there are two one that is done at 30° and its use for crepes, salads of fruits, ice creams, etc. The other one is at 40° it is used for cocktails mixers and aperitifs. Its located in city center near the market area. Official webpage http://www.noyaudepoissy.com/index.htm

Halle du Marché or market is in city center using buildings done by Baltard between 1825 and 1832. It is modeled after the Halles de Paris, and it open three times per week, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays at the Place de la République. Lively and great bargains.

Villa Savoye de Le Corbusier, built between 1928 and 1931 closes a cycle started by Le Corbusier. Incorporating all the modern facilities in advance of his time, modernism at its best. Located at 82 rue de Villiers, Open every day except Mondays as follows, March 1 to April 30 and Sept 1 to Oct 31 from 10h to 17h. From May 2nd to August 31, open from 10h to 18h. From November 2 to February  28 10h00 to 13h and 14h to 17h. It is closed May 1,November 1,11, December 25 ,and January 1. More info at its official webpage http://villa-savoye.monuments-nationaux.fr/en/

I dont stay here obviously so cant really recommend lodgings but the Ibis Hotel by the train station is walking distance to everything, and of a good chain that I use a lot. webpage http://www.ibishotel.com/gb/hotel-1406-ibis-poissy/index.shtml  . For eating out, Le Boucanier, 32 ave Emile Zola is fantastic by the river Seine, live music, and great grout food, the place to be in Poissy webpage http://www.leboucanier.net/v2/  and for light snacks but excellent ambiance, beers and people watching by the train station try the La Taverne, 18 Rue de la Gare, they have live concerts of live music here on weekends that is good, no web contact Tel. +33 01 39 65 29 46

The tourist office is at 132 rue du Général de Gaulle and its a rounded tower built in 1832 to make payment of the animals sold, and a tax to enter the city, its mark the city limits. tourist office webpage http://www.poissy-tourisme.fr/fr/

The city of Poissy webpage for transport and other such as a photo of the round tower of the tourist office is here http://www.ville-poissy.fr/fr/decouvrir-poissy/office-de-tourisme.html

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