Archive for September, 2012

September 29, 2012

A ride in Vannes, my working city

Today is a sunny day in my area, leisure as getting ready for my next week long business trip to Mexico DF et al. I just cruise the city of Vannes, where I worked ,normally.

Vannes is a wonderful city too, it has a gorgeous city center kept intact even after WWII, and a wonderful new corridor around the expressway N165 full of shops,malls, restaurants, bars, and some concentrated activity  park or Zones Artisanales.

We like the area of Kerlenn, where is full of stores,restos etc: my favorite clothing store is Armand Thiery, and my father needed to go to buy some gifts for his trip to Florida next month, will be a month in his sister house near Miami.

Then, we did a quick fast food thingy, yes , once used to is hard to avoid them all,we love SUBWAY sandwich shops, since first taken a bite in Florida USA, we were lucky to find them here too. The one in Vannes is big, with screen TV, bar club type space,and plenty of elbow room. The usual BMT and philly cheese sandwiches were on order with chips and cookies, and the fanta sodas. all for 19€ for 3 good deal right::)

Passed again by VanOcéa the municipal indoor pool complex,and road on the N165 and palais des arts roundabout, some leisure lazy day and back on the internet, tomorrow will be packing day ,and preparing for the big trip which already hava line up friends in Mexico waiting for a night out, cool.

Until next time, you all have a great weekend and happy travels.Cheers.

September 27, 2012

A walk in my town of Auray

why not a walk in your town in the evening just after work, we went to St Goustan, its the place to be in town. Night and day is nice, its the oldest part, the harbor on the river Loch that goes into the Gulf of Morbihan and then the Atlantic Ocean. This is the city of Auray.

First we went by the usual places to eat to select one, and as usual settle for the same Créperie St Sauveur up the hill from the plaza or place St Sauveur. I have listed it before here in my blog, its great with cheese potatoes and andouille the traditional breton sausage in a galette, then the nice manoushka with rum and rum raisins ice cream, and a coffee and of course a bottle of cider demi sec. all 87€ for five persons, nice.

It was beginning or is already weather changing time so it was cool as summer is over and autumn is here to stay. Its a lovely place this place St Sauveur in the district of St Goustan, in the city of Auray, lower city that is by the river Loch.

We went by quai neuf along the river off the place St Sauveur ,its a place for painters,artists and their studios of wonderful creations.  I like the folks at Setch, 24 quai neuf, they were architects and from 2000 turn out painters, in French their story here ,

You see the new creperies like that of le Baracrêpes,3 Rue Saint-René the hilly street up to St Sauveur ,

There is ,also, a new Irish joint given out very good cheap prices like a beer for 2€ Le Phenix, 19 Place Saint-Sauveur, still no webpage.  It has a FB page here

Don’t forget to get some biscuits, madeleines and chocolates at maître chocolatier de France E Larnicol, at  1, quai St Martin just underneath the ruins of the old Chateau d’Auray.  You can see there are all over including Paris, site

We walk the old quarters always a delight and for a prize on way out we saw several cars Panthers antique collectibles getting ready for the auto show Salon de l’Auto at Vannes, oct 5 and costing 5€ admission, for more in French here  Le chorus is the parc d’exposition here, for events and shows, concerts,etc in the area.

I saw in my own town, for the first time,the plaque in memory of the departure of sailors including Samuel de Champlain to Port Royal,Acadia. Upon orders of Cardinal Richelieu !! and they sailed from Auray lol!! oh Canada….on the boat l’Esperance de Dieu, with isaad de Razilly. Another history milestone, the town of 3 countries now, France, Canada, and the  USA. And ,yes even locals discover their town every day ::)




September 26, 2012

Some news from France LXXXIII

This is something I missed the most from the Paris/Versailles region where I lived and worked for almost 10 years. The sports bars, here in Brittany they are a lot more subdue and fewer.

I just read an article in Le Figaro about them and decided why not give them a bit of advertising ,its really very British but all do partake ::)

I have written on some of  them in my blog previously but these are some new joints that are worth checking them out.

Liverpool. You can come acroos at it folks following this club, call  Rush Bar , you will see the shirt colors there even when there is no match ; they even have a certificate on a frame on the wall to prove it.  location : 32, rue Saint-Sébastien (75011).Tél. +33 (0) 1 43 57 32 04.  A sport bars webpage

Manchester City.Au Bombardier, you are more discreet, but the fans do enjoy it here. Location:  68, rue de la Montagne-Sainte-Geneviève (75005). Tél.+33 (0) 1 43 54 79 22.

Manchester United. For the diehard fan of the team leader in Manchester you come here and diehard fan open this joint , Sacha Toubart, The Coq & Bulldog ;location  64, rue de Clichy (75009). Tél. +33 (0) 9 82 40 56 36. They use a Facebook site for info,

Hull City AFC.  Its a bit more confidential at the  The Cricketer  for the diehard fans of the club Hull City AFC, second division in UK but a following here at  41, rue des Mathurins (75008).Tél. +33 (0) 1 40 07 01 45. From my French writing site,

Celtic Glasgow. «Glory glory Glasgow Celtic!» the evenings of victory chants  can be heard on the place Blanche 43 times Champion of Scotland . The Harp, 118, bd de Clichy (75018). Tél.+33 ( 0) 1 43 87 64 99.

Fiorentina. On 8 to 10 TV screens at  Havane ,the only Parisien café to show all the matches of the club at  70, bd Auguste-Blanqui (75013).Tél. +33  (0) 1 43 37 48 64.

Napoli Calcio. Here you only will see the colors blue like in Calcio at the  Bambolina Caffé at 13, rue Rougemont (75009).Tél. +33( 0) 1 48 24 57 49. From the sports bars webpage

Real Madrid. Another place to see my team, and great it is of course ::)  You see it at Pirada,  7, rue de Lappe (75001).Tél. +33  (0) 1 47 00 73

Where to play it, yes indeed there are fields in Paris.

The five on five side game of course; you can use the fields for an hour, and all awaits the opening of the Elite 5 Soccer in about 10 more days at two minutes from La Défense with a bonus  Jacuzzi. location: 46, rue des Courrières, Nanterre (92). Tél. +33 (0) 6 52 80 43 23.

Open since June, the Le Five Paris is the only place in inner Paris, it is a prestigious address with 12 fields that you can even video the games at  32, rue Moussorgski (75018). Tél. +33 (0) 1 48 40 24 06.

Le Street, located in nearby department 95 of  Val-d’Oise,was founded amongst others by a journalist  of the magazine So Foot: ,chic,branché. At 200-208, chaussée Jules-César, Beauchamp (95).Tél. +33 (0) 1 39 60 90

And lets not forget  UrbanFootball, one of the first firms that created these centers in the Paris region.

The younger crowd has them too:

At the jardin des Tuileries, the students from the school of  Notre-Dame de Saint-Roch, have three shops of football/soccer by age brackets every wednesday afternoon from 12h30 to 17h. Open to kids from outside the school as well. Cost is  285 € per year at  37, rue Saint-Roch (75001). Tél. +33 (0) 1 42 61 21

More  BCBG, the PO cultural association near the church of  Saint-Sulpice is an institution on the rive gauche. The children from 6 to 15 years old play every Wednesday afternoons i their stadium at  Châtenay-Malabry. 66, rue d’Assas (75006). email:  webpage

And to be equipped nothing than the best of course, its Paris.

The boutique NSH  has a small selection of shirts of leyends like the famous  Johnny Rep of Saint-Étienne in the years 1980 (60 €).location  2, bd Saint-Martin (75010).Tél.+33 (0) 1 40 18 10

More references can be found in the webpage of the  Les Voyages en Ballon, that also, organise an annual football  «rétro-vintage» at Parc du

And face with the demand the makers of the round ball have duplications of the best shirts of footballers such as the «Authentic» (120 €) of the PSG and the team of  France are available at the main store  Nike at 67, avenue des Champs-Élysées (75008). Tél. +33  (0) 1 42 25 93 80.

Happy footing in Paris. Cheers


September 22, 2012

Madrid, Madrid walking and memories of teenager, always Madrid

Another chance in life to visit Madrid, for four days last week. Always great feeling as this was my entry into Europe,and lived there with my mother for several years in quintana. This time was a business trip but plenty of time to walk and see my areas, my neighborhood of old Quintana;line 5 in the metro de Madrid.

I stayed as always recently at the Ayre hotels Gran Colon at Calle del Pez Volador, 1: this is an excellent hotel, with cafe resto dj music disco style at nights, big rooms, nice friendly service, and central to all of Madrid on lines 6 circular and 9 at calle doctor Esquerdo or the buses 56,143,156 stops right there. webpage

The Café Ayre is wonderful with dj music ,big sports TV, (saw my Real Madrid vs Manchester City, we won !!! 3×2)  , and a Champions records win, see it at official Real Madrid site ,  The breakfast are full style with plenty to eat and great display of goodies,nice. I needed taxi service once to get to office and they were very efficient and on time. Nice hotel complex.

I walk Madrid, like any city ,the best way to really get to know it. I walk the areas that I ran and hide to go out in my early teens years; the walk up to the Torre España or Spain tower ,with 220 meters high (232 with TV antennas), and the tree line calle del alcalde sainz de baranda to get to calle Menendez Pelayo and the wonderful Retiro park or Parque del Buen Retiro, and see the place I went to birthday parties etc now a fine resto Florida Park,,the wonderful fountains and alleyways of the park, the monument to General Martinez Campos with the inscriptions of his campaigns like a major one in Cuba in the 1876-1895. You come behind the monumental arch and statue to king Alfonso XIII and the lake or estanco del Retiro with its magical boats, that I once rode my girlfriends on it lol!!! Still the place to be if you are in love ::) info from Madrid tourist office ,

I went over Menendez Pelayo, and doctor Esquerdo streets, see the nice church of the Santisimo Samontinos,  Calle del Alcalde Sáinz de Baranda, 3 off Menendez Pelayo; info webpage . Had my wonderful merluza with almonds garlic,olive oil dish, and chips and nice cruzcampo beers,and Mahou 5 Estrellas try them all lol!! again. Finish with a nice coffee, all for 32€ yes the fish dish was huge! and the beers plenty just needed to walk back to hotel ::) This was at Cerveceria Cruz Blanca at calle Menendez Pelayo,47, webpage with branches all over the area.

Of course, I visited my old neighborhood of Quintana, right off metro line 5 at Alcala 331, always a pilgrimage when in town. The plaza Quintana with my old Docamar was the site of heavy mahou beers and patatas bravas, just across my old piso, apartment. The place was packed with people out mingling, talking, playing cards, just a bustle and hustle of a vibrant lively city as always the times or needs dont change in Madrid. From Madrid to heaven and a hole in the sky to look down on it everyday!!!!!

I have the chance to be driven around by the office management folks very nice people, and at nights the time to walk my favorites areas, just a great week in Madrid. I had the great chance to see Trujillo in Extremadura,and thats another post ::) Enjoy Madrid, always I will have Madrid.

Ahh I flew from Nantes on Iberia and this time they were on time handled by Air Nostrum. The ride was by car as I was nicely pick up at Barajas T4 by management.  I then try line 5,6,9 on the metro, and the rest of times walking;wonderful.  Madrid metro site . I will be back!



September 9, 2012

Some news from Bretagne VIII

Lets talk about Brittany or Bretagne or Breizh (Breton). The days are a bit cloudy and cooler but surprise yesterday was sunny and hot and even beach time; we were by Port du Crouesty and Port Navalo in the presqu’ile de Rhuys. Today its cloudy and muggy with some wind, and we are home, as the work week begins in earnest as well as school time.

I like to tell you about a wonderful place near me in Saint Avé near Vannes where I work. They told me about it and just try it last week, it was a wonderful experience of artistic expressions,music and arts.  The L’Echonova is at 1 Rue Léon Griffon, 56890, Saint Avé, and the webpage in French is here The best by car is to take the expressway N165 coming from Rennes or Paris take exit Saint Avé, coming from city center Vannes go out towards rue de bilaire on the road D126. You can, also, take the bus line 4  to stop arrêt Briqueterie right at the corner of the auditorium.

Another great event is the Celti’Vannes, coming up September 20-23 2012. It is already 17 years of events showing the Celtic tradition of the Bretons. You will have expos, theater plays,conferences,concerts in cooperation of the many Breton associations and schools in the Vannes area. webpage in French from the mayor’s office of Vannes,

Very quickly all over France will be the days of heritage celebrations or the Journées du Patrimoine ,where many historical and artistic buildings are open to the public,allowing you to see a bit more of the beautiful history of France. Our area is no exception and on September 15-16 2012,the area will have many buildings open to all.  These are the activities in the Vannes area in French and pdf file,

For info this is the official site of the French Ministry of Culture for all of France journées du Patrimoine, of course, in French,  and for the lovers of Paris ::) here is the events there  ,cityvox is below in my links on this blog, I write resto reviews in French there anonimously with another alias ::)

Didn’t wanted to wait ,but just by it and it was great, the exposition of Sur les Rails du Morbihan 1850-1947, at the Achieves Départementales, 80 Rue des Vénétes, tel +33 (0) 2 97 46 32 52, free admission. All about the railroads in the Morbihan , last until April 19 2013.

And thats all for now, have a great rest of Sunday . And of course, a good week next back at work. I will be by Versailles to finally sign off the closing sale of my house,and bid farewell officially to my other love VERSAILLES. Life goes on but memories lingers forever. Cheers!!!

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September 8, 2012

The Rhuys, and the Ports Crouesty and Navalo

Today amazing was an extremely hot day, and very bright sun. Therefore, we went out ,and decide to come back to the Rhuys peninsula.

Quickly places to see here are many but my favorites are  the lighthouse tower at  Port-Navalo , and the tumulus cairns of Petit Mont in Port Crouesty.  The trio of towns to see at the very end of the peninsula are Arzon – Port Crouesty – Port Navalo; all wonderful. If you want to know more ,this is the tourist site for the area and more.

You have gorgeous photos at the Arzon site, part of Port Crouesty, the tourist site that is,  as well at Port Crouesty itself here

Plenty of information at the Gulf of Morbihan or Golfe du Morbihan site for these communities,

You will be in another paradise locations in the department of Morbihan, my dept now.No 56, part of the region of Brittany or Bretagne or in Breton,BREIZH.

Its a boaters paradise, with wonderful beaches, great monument such as the petit mont megaliths stones, nice Abbis velo tandem bikes rides, webpage at ,  and petit train or little train rides with info in English at the tourist office site The commercial center of Port Crouesty is full of shops and restos, including the wonderful ice cream place L’Iceberg right in the esplanade with tourist office webpage at

You ,also, can get boat rides especially nice is the Betelgeuse sail boat ride, more info here in tourist office webpage  this is a great ride to see the outlaying islands and the sea life of the area. The official webpage is at

The Miramar Crouesty Thalasso and Spa is a wonderful oasis of tranquility and well being, that we just went for information as we like them,and will be back in mass especially in the winter time.  Tourist office info for them is here—Thalasso—Spa_c238105.aspx  ;and official webpage is here

You should not leave the area without visiting the Cairns du Petit Mont, or the megaliths stones tumulus found here dating thousands of years, and it has free parking and a nice museum boutique before getting to the stones. The official tourist office has some information here  Sagemor the port authority folks in French but has some wonderful pictures showing the site from above, wonderful sights

One of the nicest ride to the outlaying islands in the gulf all over here is the NAVIX passenger boat company, webpage here ;and tourist office info in English here

Then for breton goodies, come to my favorite store all over this area for that, La Trinitaine, it has an outlet here as shown in the tourist office,—Les-Saveurs-de-Bretagne_c238419.aspx   and of course their official site is here

The beaches are on the ocean side and named  Kervert, Kerjouanno, du Fogeo ;and the Grande Plage de Port-Navalo ; which is ,also, the best.

How to get here, well the car is king, and best always, in my opinion. You take the expressway N165 along the Nantes Brest axis, and get off at exit or sortie Sarzeau, Rhuys on the road D780. there is a bus service  TIM bus line 7 from the gare de Vannes, schedules  You ,also, have taxi services such as  Rhuys Taxis  + 33 (0)2 97 53 81 95, and  Crouesty Taxis + 33 (0)2 97 53 94 06. The train station is at Vannes, and you connect either with a bus or taxi as above or a rental car.The closest airport is that of Nantes-Atlantique : + 33 (0)2 40 84 80 00, but the transportation to get to the area is with bus to train at Vannes or taxi, too far. Best to get here is the rental car, Avis or Hertz have counters at the train station and airport.

Hope you enjoy the area,  Cheers.


September 7, 2012

What would we do if there were no Paris ?

Well I am back from another wonderful trip to Paris. The title is indeed a question, What would we do if there were no Paris? I would be very sad as once you see once, it stays with you forever. Its something many have try to describe and we have many clitches such as a Movable Feast by Hemingway. However, I find myself with just magical, sublime, unique,no definition you must see yourself.

People ask me what to do in Paris, or what are the top to see places. Well, cant answer, it is all. Even non favorite areas like the blvd Strasbourg-Saint Denis was great to see again, and of course Place de la Republique even  under construction for the statue, so what; it was still Paris. Even staying in the worse hotel ever at Paix Republique, blvd Saint Martin just 50 meters from Republique ,it was still great. Worse in room size, breakfast minimalisation,no AC, last day no elevator/lift, tighest shower room ever, for 3 days!!!  Still it was Paris. What can I say, I got the virus, its call Parisinitis ,and it has no cure, stays with you for the rest of your life. Because we will always have Paris.

And if you think above is nostalgic, no , its real. Love at first sight ,and very strong.  I try to do some ramblings around the pl de la Republique are like a peek at blvd Magenta great for shopping inexpensive stuffs. Then move over to fancy avenue George V,and the shots of the Tour Eiffel, and the river Seine.

We had a get together at the Institut du Monde Arabe, 1 rue des Fossés Saint Bernard, 75005; . I was once there for a show, this time for a dinner in the terrace overlooking Paris, very nice place, indeed worth seeing it.  The food was great,and the sweets to die for it, and red wine, and champagne lol!!!

We had a get together at the Hotel Pullman Bercy, , this was a conference very nice place, and by nice Bercy Village. The get together with friends went well, however, I lost my portfolio with my name on it lol! There is always a first, never had this happenned before, I hope they find it.

I went by Bercy Village, its one of the trendies places in Paris with night action until the wee hours, and great places to mingle and share and know people or they can know you ::)  All beautiful people. The place had one of my old hangouts in Paris, Casa del Campo,  ironically the one I frequent was at the pl de la Republique and it closed to moved to Bercy Village. Right at 55 Cours Saint Emilion, and tapas and cruzcampo beers was heavens,love it, with good service in a Spanish style resto by a Venezuelan lady lol!

Of course going backwards, my entry point to Paris now is the Gare Montparnasse, and it ,also ,happenned to be my old work office place nearby. The metro was taken to sample it again, but I much rather preferred to walk. TGV, metro Line 4,8,9,14,and on foot. I come here mostly by car, and walk a lot lately, not realise the metro looks a bit dirty, do not know why ,but that was my impression.

I did pass by the American Cathedral at George V still under renovation,and went by the American Legion Pershing Hall at rue Pierre Charron, just to get past old hangouts. And another whimsical shot at the tour Montparnasse in two parts lol! All in all, it was another short nice trip to the Paris of my dreams. Already looking forward to be back on any excuses lol!  Cheers.

September 1, 2012

Fast lane in the Morbihan with Vannes en tetê….!

SO this is my first weekend after getting back to work after a long French vacation. Life goes on in wonderful Brittany, and getting to know it even more each day; there is so much to see here.

I started my day getting my father a new car battery at our favorite car shop Norauto in Auray porte océane, near the N165 expressway. The webpage is here, and you can use it if by car and need service as it is very near the intersection to the beaches and stones of Carnac,and Quiberon.

We then ,went to drop off one of my son at the Cinéville Vannes to be with his friend and watch a movie together, webpage

The rest of use went out to walk Vannes, the city near us and where I work. We walked by the St Patern church district ,very old quaint nice and friendly, and had our lunch in already our favorite place Le Gavroche, 17 rue de la Fontaine, We ate the dishes of beef with hot vegetables and potatoes, fish colin et lieu with hot vegetables and potatoes, flaky dish of goat cheese in a flaky crusty bread, a bottle of cider, expresso coffee,and of course started it all with aperitifs of kir mûre, pêche,porto. All for 80€ for 3 persons.

We still had time so we walked the streets of Vannes in the district or quartier St Patern, seeing how archeological artifacts were found when renovationg the church, and the history of it, with a nice shot of the belltower.

We decided to do the round of créperies and bar à nuits in town that we have been or would like to go, these include the night time bar A Tribord, 28 rue st patern, something to check out later as on the door it says open from 16h to 01H while the tourist office has it 17h to 02H. see the photo.

Créperie Dan Ewen, 3 Place du Général de Gaulle is one we had try a while back,and today there is a photo to show. After so many creperies here,this one becomes routine,nothing more. webpage at map section, Another that my collegues at work recommended to go but unfortunately was close as extended the vacation to host some friends in private, and will be open next weekend to try ourselves is Créperie Le Métairie de Kérozer, at nearby town of St Avé. see photos for now, taste later ::) and webpage in case someone wants to beat me to it lol!  as a warning it is very traditional Breton and it is in the woods on winding roads you need a car and good GPS or map or just the instincts of a road warrior like me ::)

We did pay a visit to the best guitar music shop in Vannes, West Music at 15 Place Cabello ; see it to believe,and took photo, very full service place for the guitar lover in me!

To mix it in well, stop by the Irish pub Le Chat qui Grogne, 12 Place Cabello, right in a quaint area that i just like it a lot. This is for that old guinness pint and having some real sports watch,no webpage as it just opened in August lol! looking forward to drag myself around here ,and it is a primer in my blog check it out, photo available.

We went as well to see membership information at the Vannes municipal pool or Vanocéa, at about 88€ per year for 25 entries per person is not bad. The winter is coming and is nice to have a place to swim under a roof and heated pool lol!!! Some photos to follow and webpage in French,  of course we have one in Auray but smaller ::)

To end our hectic day, we headed out to the town of Lanester, near Lorient at about 35 kms from me to check out a new Giant Casino hypermarket that just gave us the welcome and a coupon for 10€ in addition to running some nice promotions of buying 2 ketchuts and getting two free lol! Actually the sale was great saving about 50€ but the trip is a bit long,far from us really, will consider for an eventuality or another nice promotion ::) Some photos of the centre commercial or shopping center of Les Deux Riviéres; webpage

And finally ,the  ramparts of the old castle of Vannes, at night time that is awesome, as well ast the gardens of the Castle of the Hermine or Chateau de l’Hermine,and last the jardins or park of the Garenne high above from the ramparts after climbing the old castle walls along rue Francis Decker.  Cheers.

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