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 ,http://www.hang-art.fr/Fiches_artistes/Expo_05/Fiche_Setch.html

You see the new creperies like that of le Baracrêpes,3 Rue Saint-René the hilly street up to St Sauveur , http://www.morbihan.com/creperie-baracrepes/auray/tabid/7419/offreid/ade8f68e-06a0-41b4-bea8-029d35b32503/detail-restaurants.aspx

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 http://www.facebook.com/groups/92709101131/

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 http://www.chocolaterielarnicol.fr/content/12-nos-magasins

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 http://www.lechorus.com/detail_programme.php?id=90  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 ::)

Enjoy the photos.

 

 

 

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 http://www.allomatch.com/sport-bar/paris/rush-bar.html

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. www.bombardierpub.fr

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, https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Coq-Bulldog-Pub/226637367401560

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, http://www.cityvox.fr/bars-et-cafes_paris/the-cricketer-pub_3572/InfosPratiques

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. www.harpbar.com

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. www.havanecafe.fr

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 http://www.allomatch.com/sport-bar/paris/bambolina-caffe.html

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 61.www.pirada.com

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. http://www.elite5soccer.com/index1.php

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. www.lefive.fr

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 22.www.lestreet.fr

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

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 82.www.ecolesaintroch.fr

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:  foot@le-po.com  webpage http://www.le-po.com/index.php?PHPSESSID=2ecf59bfe41f5e82ac973d9c59c4357f

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 38.www.nshfootball.fr

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 Tremblay.www.lveb.net

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. www.nikeparis.net

Happy footing in Paris. Cheers

Madrid

September 23, 2012

Locmariaquer, stones and beaches near me

Well back to the realities of Brittany after been a week in my wonderful Spain. Just to relax and get psychologically ready for work took a ride nearby to the quaint small town of Locmariaquer. Its a harbor ,beach, oysters, mussels seafood place near me about 15 kms. The tourist office is in French, for Locmariaquer and nearby communities, at http://www.ot-locmariaquer.com/

You get here best by car off the N165 expressway (free as in Brittany), and get off at exit for”Crac’h-Locmariaquer-Saint-Philibert”. The bus can get you here from the Vannes or Auray train station line 1 , the schedule in the region site http://www.morbihan.fr/UserFile/flash/CarteTIM/horaires/HLn1-H1-2012.pdf

The town of course, its centered around the church of Notre Dame de Kerdro, it was built in the roman style between 1082 and 1120 AD by the monks of Quimperlé.  The remains still visible today are the transept and the choir; on the facade there is the inscription in Latin “Hic Domus Dei” (here there is a house of God). This exterior area show an archaic architecture with many roman cubiques, bricks, and mix with bricks of different positioning all dating from this period.  The door is protected by a porch up front that the ceilings in wood wre taken down in 1988 that allows us to see an inscription in Latin “Haec Porta Coelli” (here is the door to heaven). Near the southern door you find  protruded in the walls a beautiful blessing in granite decorated with leaves and grapevine, dating from the 15C. The interior of the church show its roman architecture in the transept and the apse. From the city of Locmariaquer mayor’s office, in French but better pictures, http://www.locmariaquer.fr/patrimoine-religieux-page-74-rub-2.html

You come here for the stones or megaliths, famous and part of the effort of UNESCO world heritage sites, here you find a wonderful example of them.  The  Grand Menhir, is a huge block of stones weighting  280 tons today cut in four pieces but before were aligned. The tumulus Er Grah of 140 meters long, with an important funerary architecture, the dolmen  covererd with coverage of stones, the famous Table des Marchands,which in reality is a collective tomb. All very impressive. more info from the National Monuments site of France at http://locmariaquer.monuments-nationaux.fr/en/

You come for the abundant seafood especially oysters, and mussels, the oysters are world famous here. One place to get them live is at Ets Percevault right off the plage Kerpinher. The contact is at Les Viviers de Loc’Ker (Ets Percevault), route de Kerpenhir – Tél. +33  (0) 2 97 57 47 79 / cell tel +33  (0) 6 76 05 37 73, more on oysters etc at the cultivators sites from the t ourist office in French, here, http://www.ot-locmariaquer.com/page.php?IDSelcategorie=94

You can shop for fish canned goods, biscuits breton, charcuterie, cheeses, gateau breton and others, plus lots of decoration ideas for the house at my favorite store all over the region La Trinitaine, it has a factory outlet here as the factory is right behind the store in the community of St Philibert on the road D28 from my house to Locmariaquer.  webpage here http://www.latrinitaine.com/magasins/saint-philibert/

And of course, eating cant be left for nah especially in this region and alors on est en France !!!! donc , eating is a pleasure. We go usually to the L’Escale hotel restaurant facing the harbor, but this time we try the other in the place Dariorigum ,the Créperie des Iles, very nice as it was close to 15H and you know here we respect the time. The folks were very friendly and invited us in, we realise they serve all day, and folks especially those waiting for the passenger boats to the islands do stop by at any time. There is no webpage but they are open every day from Easter to end of September, then open in October excpet the wednesdays and open during the all saints vacation ; closed from November to March. At main plaza, facing the harbor, 8 Place Dariorigum ,tel +33 (0) 2 97 57 35 79.

The views of the sea, harbor and the passenger boats to the islands nearby,makes it a nice quaint place to visit, and relax ,look and eat the wonders of the sea in a family style place. You should check it out. Enjoy the latest photos. Cheers.

 

September 22, 2012

Trujillo, Extremadura. Birthplace of conquerors and more !

On my last trip to Madrid as I was saying in my last post on it, had the grand opportunity to visit this wonderful town, Trujillo, in the region of Extremadura. I was here so many years ago when a teenager, and now it was like visiting for the first time. The city is compact ,and full of history all around you.

I was taken there by car, and given a short tour of the city that turn out very nice.  We stop along the road for gas at a Repsol service station at El Berrocal  at the road A5. We arrive right into the plaza Mayor, full of historical buildings all around it,and the huge statue of conqueror of Peru Francisco Pizarro.  You can see the beautiful church of San Martin, dating from 1440AD . There are the baptismal pedestal still from this period.  The chapel or Capilla Mayor was done in 1572 , there was the wooding carving and the clock was already there. Imposing facing the square or plaza mayor.

In the square or plaza Mayor you will see the Palace of the Pizarro (Marquis of La Conquista, marquis of the conquest).   The palace was the home of Hernando Pizarro y Vargas and Francisca Pizarro Yupanqui, brother and daughter respectively of Francisco Pizarro, the conqueror of Peru. Building was commenced in 1560 . The shield depicts a few scenes the history of the conquest including the arrival of ships ,the walls of Cuzcotogether with the Incan Emperor Atahualpa and his chiefs, and is a dramatic reminder of the role that Pizarro played in the conquest of the Incan Empire. The interior of the palace, similar to the exterior, is built in a renaissance extremaduran style incorporating not only indigenous decorative features, but also Castilian and Italian touches.

Another gem in the square or plaza Mayor is Palace of Carvajal Vargas (Dukes of San Carlos). The palace was built in the middle of the 16th century for Diego de Vargas Carvajal, Lord of Puerto de Santa Cruz. Constructed just a few years before the Palace of the Marquis de la Conquista with which it shares many similarities, it is the grandest example of Extremaduran renaissance civil architecture. This can be seen from features such as the extraordinary corner balcony, the unusual chimneys and the detail on the facades. It is also famous for its internal patio and the ornate flying stone staircase, completed in about 1650

You can tell from the plaza mayor the dome of the tower of Alfiler or pin tower at the Mansion of the Chaves-Orellana  built by the beginning of the 16th century a grandson of the renowned Castilian personage and confidant of Queen Isabel the first, Luis de Chaves “El Viejo”, modified the existing defensive building which included the Torre de Alfiler (Pin Tower). The new construction which was gothic in style included a partially cloistered patio and a sun galery (logia) in the upper part of the facade. This building was partially destroyed in 1828 but we know how it appeared from a Laborde etching dating from the early 1800´s.the decoration in various houses around the square. To one end up the stairs you reach the tourist office. Tourist office webpage http://www.turismotrujillo.com/

Before reaching thus ,we had a great lunch at Hotel Las Cigueñas, just before reaching the city. Its a complex hotel, restaurant,and events facilities. La Bodega restaurant inside is wonderful, we had tapas entrees of iberico ham, mollejas de cordero,a nice lubina fish dish, and red wine tayita from the region, all well serve, friendly efficient and well done. One for coming back. webpage http://www.hotelasciguenas.com/english/

Best way here as always with my opinions is the car of course. Out of madrid on the A5 will get you here, webpage http://guiarepsol.com/MapasRutas/Ruta/mapa.aspx#X=-3.704482&Y=40.416344&z=5 . However, you could come by bus on Avanza, webpage here  http://www.avanzabus.com/web/default.aspx

Hope you enjoy this bit of trip into the real Spain, seductive and beautiful, historical and grand. Trujillo will be remembered.

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 http://www.ayrehoteles.com/en/hotels/ayre-gran-hotel-colon-madrid/the-hotel/home/

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 ,http://www.realmadrid.com/cs/Satellite/en/Actualidad_Primer_Equipo_en/1330118765922/noticia/Noticia/Real_Madrid_reach_100_Champions_League_victories.htm  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 ,http://www.esmadrid.com/en/portal.do?IDM=438&NM=3&TR=C&IDR=341

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 http://www.misas.org/p/parroquia-del-santisimo-sacramento-sacramentinos-madrid . 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 http://www.cerveceriacruzblanca.es/donde_encontrarnos.php# 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 sitehttp://www.metromadrid.es/en/index.html . I will be back ,for now enjoy the photos. Cheers.

September 16, 2012

Lorient , more than submarines, a nice sailing harbor!

Well now the weather is on sunny and off cloudy, warm under the sun but cool in the shade, it seems Fall is here already. I have finally sold my house in Versailles, officially out of there, a bit nostalgic still, it was a great time and place. Now back , decide to visit a city close to me about 30 mins by car,Lorient. The city means in breton An Oriant or the Orient as the companies that sail tothe new world ,the Americas were done here and across the bay at Port Louis.

Lorient was heavily damaged during WWII about 80% of it destroyed. It was an important nazi submarine base from which they prowl the Atlantic sinking allied ships. The base is still there , today use for better things. city webpage http://www.lorient.fr/

You have the huge building that house the submarines base, huge is a little word, the place is awesome out and in; there first thing you see the submaine FLORE, part of the French navy that took part in many cold wars events finally retired in 1989. You go in to the base, deep canyons inside today decorated with paintings, maps, and a wonderful  film,this is another building call Base K3, inside the submarine you see how it works and history of it. You climb the tour David to see afar, and recall storytelling of the war efforts. You have three things in one with one single ticket of 16,30€ or break down to each invidivual ones from 8,40€ ,the submarine Flore, the base K3 complex,and the museum of submarines or musée des sous-marins. webpage http://www.la-flore.fr/

You then go next door in the beautiful sailing boats harbor of lorient home of the volvo 2012 race, and the great champion Eric Tabarly. He with sponsors created a place call the Cité de Voilé Eric Tabarly. This is an impressive building with all you need to know about sailings boats, models, sea maps, interactive sailing boat class, films, pictures,and guides, all around and inside the sailing world. The boats are magnificent starting with the front door black  boat in front that you can climb inside with the purchase ticket, and the sailing boat tower to see all the harbor of Lorient. Huge interactive ,display museum of sailing interesting for the whole family. webpage http://www.citevoile-tabarly.com/

We have been here before, but as there is so much to see here, sometimes you need to come back for more lol! The place Aristide Briand where the FNAC store is ,the gare d’échanges for the bus terminal and the narrow streets full of shops and restos are vibrant always especially on Saturdays. The whole town is there it seems. The marina of pleasure boats just as impressive as the harbor of sailing boats,and the passenger terminal to go to île de Groix across the bay with the compagnie Océane, webpage http://www.compagnie-oceane.fr/

We were close to home so we came upon one of ours all time favorite pastimes while in the USA, Subway sandwiches chain, there is one right at the gare d’échanges buses ,4 Avenue du Faouédic  leading up to place Aristides Briand. http://www.subwayfrance.fr/restaurant_details.aspx?sid=70a5a9c5-ae1b-45c1-a9d4-8d8bece0d2df  great to have our BMT’s and meatballs goodies of old, quick bite and inexpensive.

One last thing not to missed for the boat lover in us/you is the galerie Plisson , it has a branch here just across from the cite voile eric tabarly and its very nice with portraits, books,and frames to do with the sea and sailing ,nice. info webpage in English, http://www.plisson.com/c/381/p/d2457bd091bcfab7677706d531531d6d/Pecheur-d-Images-Gallery-Lorient.html

A nice way to do some walking around beautiful sailing boats,and past the afternoon with the family, while looking into some historical facts of our past to serve as learnings not to repeat them in the future. Enjoy renuvenated Lorient. Cheers

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 http://www.lechonova.com/. 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. http://www.tpv.fr/index.php?keywordsDep=vannes&keywordsArr=saint-av%E9&rub_code=4&comDep=0&comArr=0&section=4

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,http://www.mairie-vannes.fr/default.aspx?sid=4089

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, http://0.cnstlltn.com/master/43ffba6d-d4b6-4666-8c06-d4d5efcd1d21/43ffba6d-d4b6-4666-8c06-d4d5efcd1d21_134.pdf

For info this is the official site of the French Ministry of Culture for all of France journées du Patrimoine, of course, in French,http://www.journeesdupatrimoine.culture.fr/fr  and for the lovers of Paris ::) here is the events there http://www.cityvox.fr/journees-du-patrimoine_paris/Journees-du-Patrimoine  ,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.http://www.morbihan.fr/archives/dossier.aspx?idDos=107&id=2746

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.

Vannes

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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. http://www.rhuys.com/

You have gorgeous photos at the Arzon site, part of Port Crouesty, the tourist site that is, http://www.arzon.fr/  as well at Port Crouesty itself here http://www.crouesty.fr/

Plenty of information at the Gulf of Morbihan or Golfe du Morbihan site for these communities, http://www.golfedumorbihan.fr/office-du-tourisme-de-arzon-port-crouesty-port-navalo/situation/

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 http://www.abbis-location.fr/ARZON-CROUESTY.html ,  and petit train or little train rides with info in English at the tourist office site http://www.crouesty.co.uk/en/ARZON/Le-Petit-Train-d-Arzon_c238225.aspx. 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 http://www.crouesty.co.uk/en/ARZON/Glacier-L-Iceberg_c238762.aspx

You ,also, can get boat rides especially nice is the Betelgeuse sail boat ride, more info here in tourist office webpage http://www.crouesty.co.uk/en/ARZON/Betelgeuse_c238040.aspx  this is a great ride to see the outlaying islands and the sea life of the area. The official webpage is at http://www.la-betelgeuse.com/

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 http://www.crouesty.co.uk/en/ARZON/Miramar-Crouesty—Thalasso—Spa_c238105.aspx  ;and official webpage is here http://www.miramarcrouesty.com/en/

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 http://www.crouesty.co.uk/en/ARZON/Cairn-du-Petit-Mont-_c238252.aspx  Sagemor the port authority folks in French but has some wonderful pictures showing the site from above, wonderful sights http://www.sagemor.com/cairn-petit-mont.html

One of the nicest ride to the outlaying islands in the gulf all over here is the NAVIX passenger boat company, webpage here http://www.navix.fr/ ;and tourist office info in English here http://www.crouesty.co.uk/en/VANNES/Compagnie-Navix_c238067.aspx

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, http://www.crouesty.co.uk/en/ARZON/Biscuiterie-la-Trinitaine—Les-Saveurs-de-Bretagne_c238419.aspx   and of course their official site is here http://www.latrinitaine.com/magasins/arzon/

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 http://www.morbihan.fr/UserFile/flash/CarteTIM/horaires/HLn7-H1-2012.pdf  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, and see my photos below. 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; http://www.imarabe.org/ . 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, http://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-2192-pullman-paris-bercy/index.shtml , 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! http://www.casadelcampo.fr/contact.php

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! Now some photos hope you my readers enjoy them. Cheers.

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