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May 20, 2012

Some news from France LXXIII

Here I am in a rainy humid cloudy grey day in Auray, just ready all pack for another business trip to another country in Africa for a week. So wont want to leave without news from France for a while will do some of my favorites sites in my near area of France over the last few years. There are all wonderful to visit in your next time over.

Now that we talk so much about EU, Europe and the union, why not remember who Jean Monnet was::: the founding father of the European Union lived not far from my current house in Versailles, at Maison Jean Monnet, 7 chemin de vieux pressoir, 78490, Bazoches-sur-Guyonne, open every day and mix hours but open on weekends as well.  It is at this house that the Declaration of May 9, 1950 was first read creating the EU. webpage

Coming closer to home the Bartabas horse presentation in the Grandes Ecuries across from the Chateau de Versailles is inmense, my favorite horse show in France since 2003.  Equestrians shows, working dressages are a must to see plus a tour of stables, see it at webpage  tickets can be purchase at all FNAC stores too.

The Musée Promenade at Marly-le-Roi, Louveciennes, by the La Grille Royale, Parc de Marly, webpage  From 1679 the folly of Louis XIV where only the inner clic could come, where magnificent statues and bust adorn the wonderful park now many in various museum in France including the Louvre. You know the Café Marly at the Louvre ,now you know where it comes from that name. You can come by train from Paris at Gare St Lazare direction Saint-Nom-La-Bretéche and stop at Louveciennes, then walk 20 minutes to park.

Visit the wonderful impressionists movement at La Grenouillére, 6bis Grande Rue, 78290,Croissy-sur-Seine in my dept 78 , webpage Here at the banks of the river Seine, Monet, Renoir, et others did meet here since 1869 and now many considered this date as the birth of the Impressionist movement in painting.  From 1855 to 1928 all the great names of literature and painting got together here. You get here by RER A from Paris direction St GErmain-en-Laye to the stop gare Chatou-Croissy, you go out left cross over the Pont de Chatou and you are on the island, now call Ile d’Impressionnistes.

The Belvédére at Montfort l’Amaury , where you will find the museum to Maurice Ravel, and house. Maison-Musée Maurice Ravel, 5 rue Maurice Ravel, 78490, Montfort l’Amaury. webpage the city webpage. You have guided visits on weekends with reservation at the tourist office from tuesdays to sundays at 01 34 86 87 96, email tourisme-ville-montfort-l’   He purchase the house in 1921, died in Paris in 1937 , buried at the cementary of Lavallois-Perret (92).  A master  musicien, of such hits as Sarabande, Ronsard à son âme, and the world famous Bolero.

The Chateau de Monte Cristo, 78560, Le Port-Marly, another wonderful town in the Yvelines dept 78. webpage  Themes events happenned every day, theater shows , sculptures, book fairs, and the Mascarade spectacle in June 8-10, 2012 on fridays and saturdays at 21h30 and Sundays at 16h, reservation required.admission 10/12€  see the events under Louis XIII with period costumes, and the participation of the old fencing club of Marly the Le Cercle d’Escrime Ancienne de Marly-Le-Roi.  It is best to have a car here or take a bus from St Germain en Laye direction Clinique de l’Europe. reservation tel +33 01 39 16 49 49.

Come annually to the FEstival de Bougival, May 24 to june 10 2012. webpage  a wonderful rendition from the Friends of George Bizet, wonderful shows of music plays, such as Quatuor Ebéne, Alexandre da Costa, Wonny Song, Shani Diluka ,the flamenco company La Lupi playing Carmen, and many others. admission is based on how many concerts you want to listen, from 20€ to 72€ for all.  You can inquire for information at email

At nearby to me Jouy-en-Josas you have the walks on history of known personages of our past. YOu have two circuits one of centre for about 2 kms  30 minsand the other of Metz 2kms 45 mins. The personages all have visited or live in the town over the years such as Patrick Modiano, Edgar P Jacobs, Christophe-Philippe Oberkampf, Léon Blum, Juliette Drouet and Victor Hugo, Louis Blériot, Jeanne Blum, Jean-Clément Daninos,Albert Calmette etc. By train you come here from Paris Gare d’Austerlitz on RER C direction Versailles Chantiers and 8 mins walking to town centre.  For more info email and city webpage

You can take a nice cruise on the Seine from Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, near me at the tourist webpage . You get here on train from Gare St Lazare direction Mantes la Jolie stop at Conflans.Or RER A direction Cergy stop at Conflans-Fin d’Oise.  You can have several options such as lunch on the boat in summer. Get out into the Oise to Picardie at Saint Leu d’Esserant, Auvers-sur-Oise, and to Vernon, and also into Paris on the Canal St Martin and bassin de la Villette. There is fireworks in the cruise to Maisons-Laffitte. You can see the wonderful museum of boat making there at the embarking area from June 17 to Sept 16 2012. and comments along the SEine on its history to the region, boat making that is. trip for 13€ very educational.

Take a look here ,many tips on seeing the beautiful Essonne department 91 just south of Paris and my dept Yvelines.  webpage  RER B trains from Paris bring you to the area. more info at email  Here you can see the literary house of Victor Hugo at Biévres. The temple de la Gloire at Orsay, parc botanique de Launay  at Orsay, Domaine Saint Jean de Beauregard at same town. Maison atelier (shop) of Foujita at Villiers-le-Bâcle, Abbaye des Vaux-de-Cernay at town, Chateau de Breteuil and Chateau Madeleine at Chevreuse, Chateau de Dampierre at Dampierre-en-Yvelines, abbaye Notre Dame de la Roche at Lévis-Saint Nom, Abbaye de Port Royal-des-Champs and musée des Granges de Port Royal at Magny-les-Hameaux, Fondation de Coubertin at Saint-Rémy-lés-Chevreuse just to name a few. The vallée de Chevreuse is wonderful green lungs around south of Paris and Yvelines, and as well a pleasant trip by car by me and the family over many years, hoping you can find all the webpages above but if need help let me know.  The Autoroute A10 and the N118 bypass the valley as well as the train RER B all the way thru Paris from Roissy CDG!

Have a great week and read you next weekend ;cheers !!


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