Archive for June, 2014

June 25, 2014

Some news from France LXXXVII

well this is in the middle of the World Cup of football/soccer in Brazil. I have several teams that I follow for passport’s sake. Spain is out suddently and surprisingly , but France and the USA are still in the fight to advance. France plays tonite vs Ecuador and the USA vs Germany. To be continue.

We have the cinema in summer this year again with plenty of free films all over the place, including in my old Yvelines dept 78. Some of the cities involved are Marly-le-Roi, Poissy, Vernouillet, Achéres, Meulan, Jouy-en-Josas, Chateaufort, and Dampierre.

Near Paris you will have at the Domaine de Saint Cloud, at the lawn of the Villette, Institut Suédois, on the quais near musée d’Orsay and Assamblée Nationale.

Then you have the summer festivals like at the parc floral ,the Paris Jazz Festival until July 27th.The All Stars at New Morning until August 2nd.

The expositions of Summer like at Quai Branly, the Indians of the Plains, USA until July 27th. De Watteau à Fragonard, les fêtes galantes at the musée Jacquemart-André until July 21th. The Grand Palais has until July 13th , Moi, Auguste, Empereur de Rome. A new museum design by Jean Nouvel, yes this is the Louvre at Abu Dhabi,  until July 28 on the Louvre de Paris Naissance d’un musée, the birth of a museum. At the Invalides, until July 14th , you will have the  Mousquetaires or muskeeteers of Richelieu and D’Artagnan. Art Nouveau at the Petit Palais until  August 17th the presentation of Paris 1900. Sculptures comes alive with  Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux at the Musée d’Orsay until September 30th. The showing of the Orient Express at the Institut du Monde Arabe with the Il était un fois l’Orient Express  until August 31th.

You have a pedestrian event in my Versailles this Sunday June 29th, 11h30 to 17h Free. the walk on the road RD10 from  Versailles to Saint-Cyr-l’Ecole (passing by the Orangerie and back of castle) usually full of car traffic will have Sunday the la Grande Déambulation de Versailles. You will have the road all to yourselves to walk on it no car traffice allowed.  You will be invited to a picnic near the wonderful la Pièce d’eau des Suisses ,and then to walk near the castle on foot, bike, skate etc. There will be a BMX spot ,a skate park, and a escalation wall to climb. Fun for the whole family.

Enjoy summer is here for sure, and I am off to Mexico this Sunday so stay tune out for a week or more. Cheers and have fun.

 

June 21, 2014

My travels in the Morbihan XV

Well today is the official start of Summer !!! and it shows with temps here as high as 27C and very hot sunny. We have a little breather on work on the house until next month, so a nice ride into Vannes and Auray our main cities near us.

We could not stop going to l’Igloo an ice cream parlor in Auray and also, at Carnac plage which we enjoy both. The Saint Goustan area of Auray is the harbor going out into the Gulf of Morbihan and a wonderful area already full of tourists mostly from UK. see my entry on Auray of October 5, 2011.

We enjoy the Conigloo with a chocolate coated cone, scoops of peach and  pear (your choices), chantilly, choco syrup, and sprinkles of almonds all for 5€. The chichis as we call here or Churros in Spain are 4,50€ with long sticks and caramel sauce add 0,50cents.

Parking is always free along the river loch near the old bridge in St Goustan side along a path of many painters and artists workshops.  Like in this webpage http://www.saint-goustan.net/

For tourism and to know this area check the city of Auray  site here http://www.auray.fr/auray/architecture/saint-goustan/

And the department of Brittany this one in English, http://www.brittanytourism.com/discover-brittany/quintessential-brittany/saint-goustan

Enjoy the photos.

And a reminder today , really tonite is the Fête de la Musique all over in France and our area is not behind. Plenty to do in Auray, the biggest town close to me in about 11 kms. The festivities already started and road blocks are in place to allow better flow of traffic. However, the real events starts by 20H

Tex’s on Fire group for rock music at Place aux roues. ABCD Country for US country music at Place de la Pompe,YEBA Colombian Cumbia at Bar Le Contretemps, here http://www.auray-tourisme.com/restaurant-bar-le-contretemps/auray/tabid/8269/offreid/0635f0d3-e38d-4a98-b957-acfe2ec53d06/detail.aspx

Raul & Manoloco, Cuban music at el Bar El Toro Loco, and its hot , http://www.eltoroloco.fr/

100 ans de boulot,for bluegrass music at the Hotel de Ville,, city hall. 21H. Also same time Emma, rock pop at Rue du Château downhill street !!! ,by 22h Les 40 voleurs at Hotel de Ville, and by 23h EZ1 pop rock from the 70’s at Hotel de Ville.

The city center will be pedestrian from 19H, and better park by parkings Athéna,Keriolet, Place du Loch, Jeu de Paume, and Saint Goustan. At this link you have a pdf file with all the détails ,http://www.auray-tourism.com/tabid/9272/OffreId/62a2c6c9-7176-4acf-8185-dc62275e4dd5/Default.aspx

Happy party hearty and be safe y’all. Cheers.

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June 14, 2014

My travels in the Morbihan XIV

ok so I guess summer is here, and been so busy running around with the house ,the job,family and the business trips. this weekend is hot all the way to 28C and the beaches are full even if summer officially is not until June 21.

However, ,tomorrow is Father’s day here in France and I already got my gift a business executive chair from my sons!!! lovely black and red, just nice and its not my money this time that makes it more special. So Happy Father’s day to all of those in France. Bonne Fête des Péres.

My house is doing well, finally the outdoor front terrace is done, the cellar is done, the canalisation of Rainwater is done, the garden is completely cut, and ready for the décorations, the lawn is growing in the back. The major works is done Yesss! Now we will have the smaller job and hopefully by the time we take our vacation all will be done. IN August we go South,but that is a surprise stay tune in my blog to see some of the Wonders our southwest or sud-ouest.

For today other than doing some shopping and errands I wanted to stop to two castles one open to the public for the gardens and the other private that local people have talk to me about. We headed first for the Château de Kerambar’h in Landaul. webpage in French, http://www.morbihan.com/jardins-du-chateau-de-kerambarh/landaul/tabid/7430/offreid/e5b354f4-b8ed-4980-bfb2-ca0db68e907a/detail-visites.aspx

Its tricky to get to it as it is in the country off the N165 road get off at exit Landevant or 36.1 go first direction Landaul and then direction Auray and bear right on the small road running next to the N165; you then see the signs for Château de Kerambar’h on your right hand side. Follow these signs into a narrow road all the way in, with space for one car! and then you reach a sing saying the Jardins de Kerambar’h and turn right on it. You will see the ruins and manoir house and the famous gardens. Schedules to see it change every year but normally they run april 19 to July 13 and July 14 to August 31, open from 14-18H and in summer from 11h to 18h; September open 14h-18h and October is only on weekends from 14h to 17h30. admission adults is 8€.

The castle offer a walk through time from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance with portraits of the dukes of Brittany from the 1000AD to the 16C. the Gardens with 33 toises or form of measurement, Charlegmane capitulary, and other like the garden of courtly pleasures, with cloister and moats. A pleasant trip.

Then we went to the Château de Beauregard at the town of St Avé, off the N165 take the D779E direction St Avé, turn right into the D135 direction St Avé and down by the chapel of notre dame turn left direction St Nolff on the next traffic circle bear left and quick right for the castle entrance. This is a private property so you cannot go all the way in but close enough. The webpage is http://www.chateau-de-beauregard-56.fr/

This is a magnificent property  with its flowery cour d’honneur , a majestic French garden of 3000m2 inspire by the master André Le Nôtre (Versailles amongst others), and a green well kept park of 40 hectares. It is a castle done in an L format from the 18-19C done from a former manoir or manor house from 1514. It was rebuilt in the 18C. The history of it of importance was that here the treaty of pacification of Brittany was signed in February 14 1800 between  Georges Cadoudal (hero of Brittany) ,and Général Brune,of the French ,ending the chouannerie(the local farmers and country people of the area) in Morbihan.

It is now use by wedding, events, exhibits, anniversary, family gathering , etc all for rental. You can have as much as 600 seated persons in one activity here. In all a wonderful property and one of the nice ones in the area. I guess will have to be invited to go Inside ::)

Now getting ready for more World Cup on TV, and great food and drinks at home. Have a great weekend everyone. Cheers

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June 8, 2014

And again Paris, always present physical or in mind.

This was the time to stop by Paris on a personal visit, as my father was leaving for Florida USA to visit his sister. Took him to CDG and of course why not the opportunity to see Paris again, alway Paris physically or in mind always there for me.

We drove as its the best way to travel me think. I know many come here to visit and use the extensive public transport we have at a great taxpayer’s support. However , doing it too especially on business trips and it is chaotic on many times. So the car is always there and who said there is traffic in Paris? I went again rush hour Friday evening and easy.

No need to tell you about links as posted many of them here already, and in fact bad of me the last post on Paris was back on March 24 2014! Paris is a movable feast, we should be there at least in mind every day ,and if physical well you are Lucky. Don’t get me wrong Brittany is gorgeous but so is France ::) 83 millions visitors in 2012 and 32M for Paris tops in the world according to WTO-United Nations.

I do not like paying tolls either so got me around them nicely and you see more, even if takes longer. We took 6h30m stopping for my father and to have something to eat. The route started on the N24 from Brittany across to Rennes, and then the N136 and N157 to Aleçon, connecting with the N12 to South of Paris, the A12 connector to the A13 normandy road bypassing tolls and heavy traffics on the Normandy invasion 70th anniversary. We arrive at our Ibis in Orgeval, off the A13, very convenience to get on the road again, gas station next to it. The hotel online goes for 35€ per room, for two and three persons great for a one niter to the airport.  http://www.ibis.com/gb/hotel-3586-ibis-budget-orgeval/index.shtml.

The next day after a relaxing night, we headed for the airport at CDG. My Dad was going direct on AF to Miami Florida. Terminal T2F is very familiar with me as go thru it every month. We had our lunch at Quais de la Seine next to the Brasserie Flo restaurant on area 1. Very nice simple food at a good price;we ,also, purchase water and sodas at Boulangerie Paul more expensive.

He finally went thru security as we bid Farewell to his almost 2 months vacation with his sisters. Leaving thru gate L53, I Drew a map and a note to make sure he finds his way in there. We than took the opportunity to pass by Paris.

I drove as I normally do, why such a fuss about driving in Paris. if you drive in any major city Paris is no different, I learned to drive in the NJ/NY border in USA so Paris is a piece of cake. I took the A1 down the gutter to porte de la chapelle, but took the direction to Rouen and the boulevard périphérique to exit at porte de St Ouen, going on avenue de Saint Ouen to place de Clichy, avenue de Clichy left, then rue d’Amsterdam right to pass gare St Lazare(my old entry point to Paris) on to rue de Havre pass the Haussmann into rue tronchet around the Pl de la  Madeleine to Rue Royale, left at Rue Saint Honoré to Rue Cambon right and left on Rue du Mont Thabor to one of my favorite parking the old New York parking at Parking Tuileries almost at the corner of Rue Rouget de Lisle.

And bingo at our get together with some friends coming from California USA, and we had lunch at Café l’Impériale. It was nice to finally meet people we exchange travel stories in forums all over and finally the opportunity to see them in person.  Well, this is an old time favorite as used to work across the street and had my coffee breaks here, some lunches and had brought my father as well. This time I was with my 3 boys as well so nice to go out with them. I must say the service had no menu du jour because it was weekend….service was fast and attentive, the food we opted for our regular steaks brasserie style and the affligem beers. Nice time again in Paris.

We did a little walk around this area of so many years of souvenirs with this time my boys. And then ,we head back home on the road again, the road warrior arrive home by 21h or 9pm. And now Sunday is here relaxing at home as we are ,also, having Monday off as the Ascension Holiday.

You all have a great weekend wherever you are. Cheers.

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June 1, 2014

Locmariaquer, harbor,beach and stones!

Well it is just about 25 kms from me but the last I wrote on it was in 2011.Can’t believe it. It shows we have so much I am just scratching the surface of beautiful Bretagne/Brittany. Locmariaquer is a cruise harbor, fishing village, with good beaches and megaliths ancient stones all in one.

The tourist office is here http://www.morbihan-way.fr/fr/office-du-tourisme/presentation-de-Locmariaquer

you have ,also, the département tourist site at http://www.morbihan-tourism.co.uk/office-de-tourisme-de-locmariaquer-crac-h-st-philibert/locmariaquer/tabid/8036/fromtabid/7993/offreid/5d3bc0c7-d607-4ec1-b5b3-3cb0201c7b56/detail.aspx

 

The town is easily accessable off the N165 take exit direction Locmariquer then after the traffic circle continue direction Locmariaquer on the road D781. All the way to signs saying le Port.

Here you will be in city center, with the place de la mairie having the banks, post offices and restaurants. On one side is the Church Notre-Dame de Kerdro . All told in my previous post on the town.

The beauty here is the harbor and the cruises to the islands in the gulf of Morbihan, île aux moines especially , beautiful, Unesco heritage sites listed, and what this area is all about; THE SEA.

You want to see harbors like a romantic string, the waves blending in with the landscape, eat the wonderful local seafood (yes local not imported,LOCAL), and the sites the Megaliths, those wonderful stones nobody quite know where they were moved from, a Breton heritage. Yes stone is important here, we have it all over, its in my patio, my backyard, my garden, my driveway ,STONES is Brittany. This is it can’t find it anywhere in the world, uniquely Breton, and I am glad is in my backyard!

Locmariaquer is no exception to this, you have the Grand Menhir scars a huge block of granite of 20,60 meters and weighting  280 tons!!!, the biggest stone in Europe!!!. The great tumulus of Er Grah , and the dolmen of the  Table des Marchand , offering a unique witness to the exceptional funeral rites practice in Brittany at the time of the Néolithic era. Its all here.

You have the fishing on foot into the harbor a local tradition you can all practice, going out to sea to catch your lunch or dinner, can’t explain it better!  Beaches did I said beaches!!! wonderful coves of small to large beaches stretching all along the bay, wonderful , secluded,nice family beaches. These are Plage de Saint-Pierre ,Plage du Brénéguy, Plage du Toul Keun, La grande plage – La Falaise, Le Rolay , Plage de l’école de voile, Plage Valy, and Plage de Kerinis . All wonderful but I prefer the Plage de Saint Pierre or La Grande Plage(la falaise,Cliffs).

Then ,the embarkadere or launching harbor to the islands, and the wonderful shops, bakeries and restos such as our favorite, the L’Escale. All wonderful day at the coast, beach, stones, all wonderful Locmariaquer. The birthplace of the plat Oyster since 1882 with still over 30 producers as well as the Oyster hollow the most popular today. See it and believe it. Cheers.

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