Poissy ,the town of Louis IX, royal and saint

Happy Easter everyone!!! a typical day cloudy,and cold, but no rain, and it was another opportunity to be with the family at Versailles. I will be leaving tomorrow back to Brittany,and the Morbihan.

Poissy ,is a royal town of France, but ,also saintly. It was here that amongst other things Louis IX was born ,he who later became Saint Louis. He was baptised in the Collegiale de Notre Dame that still has the baptismal basin where he was baptised. You can see my previous entry on Poissy from June 2011.

This is the official Poissy tourist office webpage http://www.poissy-tourisme.fr/fr/

I started my day walking this wonderful city close to me, Poissy, is not on everyones walkpath when visiting Paris , so much to see and little time. However, I think its worth it for a day of sights and market especially on a Saturday or Sunday morning.

You have the wonderful Collegiale Notre Dame, this is where Louis IX and Philippe III were born and baptised. Louis IX became Saint Louis,the only king saint of France. See it at 8 rue de l’Eglise, and walking distance from the train station or gare where SNCF trains and RER A comes in from Paris. The station is right off the city center so very easy for walkers and no car is needed. There is a nice bus station next to the train station with transport to all including Versailles, on bus 24 to St Germain en Laye RER station and then Bus 1 to Versailles rive gauche.

You can wondered along Parc Meissoniere and see the still wonderful Chateau de Villiers, gorgeous gardens and forest and great architecture. Again just at city’s edge but still walkable from city center. Even thus the castle is not open for the visit wondering along the park is, and close up you can if willing to climb the hills around it, this time I pass. See it at 13 avenue du Bon Roi saint Louis. The days and hours for the parc are from Oct 1st to March 31st, Mondays to Fridays from 17h30-19h,the weekends and holidays from 9h-19h, From April 1st to Sept 30th, Mondays to Fridays from 17h30-20h , the summer, weekends and holidays from 9h- 20h, free admission.

Next you come to the rare combination of a Hotel de Ville or city hall govt building and theater in same building.  Built in 1935,the new Hotel de Ville on the place à l’Herbe ( the old market of cattle). The  décoration at the front is by Ossip Zadkine, the fresco in the hallway is by Brenson and the decoration  in the salle de Conseil (councelors room).  The theater next door was built in 1937 as the salle Moliére. For up to date info on the Theater contact email theatre@ville-poissy.fr

We move just across the street to the covered  market or Halle du Marché ,a wonderful building of goodies inside from veggies to fruits to beef, fish, seafood, and poultry ,outside you have a flea market type with all kinds of goods; easily walkable from the train station for an afternoon or day in wonderful Poissy. Built between 1825-1832, to house the cattles, especially those weaklings from the weather and heat . It was enlarged in 1852, with the help of metal structures just after those at the Halles of Paris by  Baltard. Now after a full restoration it welcomes the market 3 times per week on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays mornings.

Another wonderful institution here that my kids enjoyed when younger is the museum of toys or Musée du Jouet,1 enclos de l’Abbaye , housed in an old abbey, and 3 floors of wonderful toys of yesterday and today still going strong. A wonderful world for any child or the child in us ::)  Open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 9h30-12h and 14h-17h30. Closed Mondays and Holidays. You can see a nice video here at the city mayor’s office webpage 

Last but not least , we had to have a drink or two, Easter we eat at home as the gang was waiting for the meal of the day, but I stopped in one of my all time favorites when used to come a lot to the city on business meetings, and on weekends with the family just to get out of the hundrum of daily life, was to stop by L’Instant café,bar,restaurant at 24 Avenue du Cep, tel +33
01 39 65 27 30 http://www.poissy-tourisme.fr/fr/se-restaurer/l-instant/

Hope you enjoy the balade, or walk around a wonderful town, and leave enough out to make you curiously inquire about this town, just be here.

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