Archive for December, 2011

December 27, 2011

My last post of 2011,thanks for the memories…………………..

I am sitting at home after a long day at work and thinking about the end of 2011. ON a sad day for me as Four years ago my Mom passed away at our home, and the ashes layed at Honfleur in the ocean she loves so much. I do not know if will be able to write another post in 2011, but wanted to say a few words.

For many years, I have and do participate in several travel forums around the globe in English, French, and Spanish. The experiences have been sublime, the sharing of ideas have been superb. What is the difference between a visitor and a resident? Well, not much ,but we all love to see new things to search for new things and to share new things.

In my opinion, the best advice comes from the person who has visit and then live in a place or vice versa. There have been many times that a visitor will said something about a place where I live that if not for the mention I would never pass by it lol! and they have been interesting places. You learn every day. Sharing is important.

I had friends who told me to write a book on travel to France, well that was too much flattering, and time consuming. Then ,there were others who suggested why not a blog….a blog??? what was that lol!!! I asked several friends who were into it,and one from Spain who I have great respect for what he is doing (see my links below front page), told me to come to wordpress because it was easy to set up and use. Well as the saying goes the rest is was history.

Paris 1972 was born in november 2010,and it has been a thrill of a lifetime. Why the title ,well because after watching The Last Tango in Paris with Maria Schneider and Marlon Brandon I wanted to visit Paris,and I did for the first time. Its a love story that continues to this day without sight of ending it…. because Paris is a movable feast. And then, there was France oh well he did not have time to see it all, I have ,for the most part and can say France is a movable feast. Then it was the places I have lived in my life Cuba, Spain, and the United States, all have a bit part in this blog ,and of course football/soccer and my love for the Real Madrid (played alevin/benjamin in the 70’s there) ,and still member of the club.

Everything I write in these posts is personal experiences, not from books written by others, or saying in other forums although is great to share information, I only write about places I have been personally. So its my personal touch, and my personal spot on the internet paris1972.wordpress.com

I look forward to write more about the country or countries I love in 2012. I am still selling my house in Versailles so the entire family can move with me in near Vannes/Auray area of the morbihan, in Brittany.  So far I have half the family with me and the other in Versailles::::I guess real estate sales in these times is not that good.

I look forward to reading your comments, and I am very happy to see the following my blog had, and the ideas, sharing of travel,sharing of our world, and especially sharing of France. Thank you all, and each of you. Have a wonderful 2012, may your wishes comes thru, and may you have a wonderful time travelling and reading my blog ::) Cheers

December 25, 2011

Versailles on Christmas day 2011….

Well the Christmas eve dinner is done with, and the Christmas day gifts are exchange, and plenty to be merry. Now what is next…. I took off for a ride and walk of the city on this glorious day.

The city was calm and almost empty of course, there was some hardy tourists strolling in the evening but for most it was to me and my father who accompanied me while the rest of the gang stay at home watching the Christmas/Noel shows on TV.

Its a special day, and wanted to be out, no snow, no cold ,just cool evening ,and no sunshine. I was by the castle of course, then up the bd Leclerc to see the Cathedral of St Louis, and the Potager du roi, up to ave Gral de Gaulle to see the rive gauche train RER station, and the Hotel de Ville on the corner of ave de Paris, went up to see Madame Elizabeth home on 73 ave de Paris, and back to the marche de Notre Dame.  Some was done by car and most on foot.

Its my home for now, still selling my house to move west to Brittany, but Versailles will always be home ,8 glorious years, another milestone in my life of moving and shaking and life goes on. I am sure another sweet land awaits me in Brittany or Bretagne, but the previous ones are all good. They all marked a stage of my life and learning experiences that helps me shape my life in the future. They are all remembered and share with friends and family along the ways. Versailles is no different.

The royal town of Versailles, home of the French constitution,and the declaration of support for the young nation of the United States of America. The end of the line of French monarchy and empire. Its all here, along with jobs and schools, and everyday life’s chores.

In case its hard to find here are the Versailles tourist and events webpages;; http://www.versailles-tourisme.com/   , http://www.versaillesevents.fr/ ;; and here are the Castle webpage as well as the tourisme for dept 78 Yvelines where Versailles is its capital.;;;; http://www.tourisme.yvelines.fr/  ;;  http://www.chateauversailles.fr/homepage ;; and this is the tourist site for the whole region of Ile de France, where Versailles is part of as well as Paris,,,http://www.nouveau-paris-ile-de-france.fr/  : with these you wont go wrong at all ,if detail info needed seek me out ::)

Some updates from the Castle,,,,a new balcon has beeb open in the cours des cerfs; the piece des bains in Marie Antoinette apartments  are now open for viewing; and the restauration of the salon de Mercure over the last few months ,this is part of the Grands Appartements, done in 1682, Miss glorious is mre so now lol!!

Here are some photos not too good I am afraid but you will know them, they are all in everybody’s picture book. Cheers and may you have a wonderful end of year and best wishes for 2012.

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