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February 21, 2015

A special post to visit Paris ,Versailles and Fontainebleau

Just a short special announcement, I do write quite a bit of travel tips and advice on a couple of other sites besides my blog, and doing something special in June 2015.

For those reading my blog and passing by Paris in June 24,25,26,2015 next I am hosting a tour of several places in Paris(where I worked), Versailles (Where I lived), and Fontainebleau (my first place visited in France and my wife’s region).

The visit will be as everyone pays its own and visit as much as they wish to visit on each day ,two days or all three days. I will have a place to meet on each day and we will go from there as a group. The basic visits are explained here;

June 24th 2015, Fontainebleau

We will meet at the castle main horseshoe entrance by 9AM as I will be driving  by car;  you can come a bit late if coming delays on public transport it will be fine. We will be able to see for the first time the apartment of the Pope.  The Musée Napoléon 1er , prince apartments, portraits of pageantry, sumptuous weapons, luxury works of art but also a reconstituted tent evoking the life of the Emperor in the countryside.  Also,  small apartments, the Chinese Museum, the jeu de paume, the Gallery of furniture… and is a very precious decorative arts museum. I will try to get you in to the Salle de la Belle Cheminée which off to the public but I have done conferences there. This is Belle-Cheminée du Primatice  building by the cour de la Fontaine. And of course, the 3 gardens styles .

June 25th 2015 ,Paris

We will meet by the statue of Gustave Eiffel on the Nord Pylon . Going to the underground of the Tour Eiffel, (price will be around 20 euros per person) and to get it I need 10 min.)FYI, and visit the Chapelle Expiatoire where the remains of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette were first place and now a restful place and private of the Bourbon family. Go into some of the historical monuments in the Parisian deluxe Hotels done by Charles Garnier (opéra etc fame). We have the Chapelle Expiatoire open ok for Thursday June 25th so depending on when the tour Eiffel can fit us we will do this first or second.  We will do this as time permitting.

June 26th , Versailles

We will meet in front at the Place d’Armes outside castle. We will see the whole of the castle (private apartment of the kings),the Royal Chapel ,and Opéra theater, then out into the Trianons, and Hameau of M-A, with a passport pass 18€, this includes in addition, the Great water shows,musical gardens that will be playing in June and temporary exhibitions. I will walk you to my jogging trails and family picnics beyond the Grand Canal, into the farm at St Cyr that fed the palace in its heydays and still operated by descendants since 1741.  I have some surprises but will wait to have confirm by the castle and should be available before you get to it.

So if anyone is interested and will be available on those dates, let me know here. Check back here for any updates, and be there. And hopefull, we can finally meet in person ::) cheers

February 21, 2015

And here is Port Louis again on the radar scope ::)

Well this one is not far from where we live and the family visited back in October 2011 post is here. Then, with all the news about the high tides coming around in the area along the western coast of France, and the urge to go out, we pick this nearby town again this morning. This is Port Louis, and it is only 25 kms from my house. the tourist info first the city in French, http://www.ville-portlouis.fr/Tourisme_et_patrimoine/Accueil_et_information/default.aspx?Art=2020

Then you have the area tourist office  by Lorient some in English, http://www.lorientbretagnesudtourisme.fr/decouvrez-le-territoire/commune.cfm?region=port-louis

and here is the region of Brittany tourist office in English, http://www.brittanytourism.com/discover-brittany/heritage/port-louis

Of course, we come by car, but do not take the autoroutes or N when possible to see more and pay less tolls. We use the D33 direction Nostang, Riantec, and Port Louis entering by the D781 and coming out from it .

Really ,the main urge to come here is the citadelle and its museum of the Indies. It is an impressive fortress and must visit if in the area. However, we have seen it so we move on. The museum  of the Marine  is a wonderful recollection of the seafaring French/Breton and its seafaring skills. The site is here http://www.musee-marine.fr/musee-national-de-la-marine-port-louis

the other museum Inside that covers more of the compagnie des  indies épisodes to far régions such as Africa, Asia, and the Americas, http://musee.lorient.fr/musee/?L=0

The  Citadelle de Port-Louis was built in the 16C by the Spanish and modified in the 17C by the French.

There is a nice Church  Notre Dame de l’Assomption, done between 1660-1670, and renovated in 1835, located at the Place Notre-Dame. The Church was burned by the wild crowds in 1910 and rebuilt later.  From the old church we see the facade from the renaissance pseudo classic , it has a square belltower pierce by bays decorated with pilastres. The bell dates from  1853.

The port locmalo is very picturesque and part of the old trade on sardines fishing here. You see the fishing harbor and the Chapelle Saint Pierre done in 1553 , rebuilt in 1859 ,and very much appreciated by the fisherman.  Move on to see the Grand Poudriére (built 1750-1752) or big powder house, to keep that old ammunition all along the ramparts leading to the citadelle. See the harbor or Port de la Pointe, a tuna fishing harbor since 1902.

Yhe port locmalo is very picturesque and part of the old trade on sardines fishing here. You see the fishing harbor and the Chapelle Saint Pierre done in 1553 , rebuilt in 1859 ,and very much appreciated by the fisherman.  Move on to see the Grand Poudriére (built 1750-1752) or big powder house, to keep that old ammunition all along the ramparts leading to the citadelle. See the harbor or Port de la Pointe, a tuna fishing harbor since 1902.

You have a nice Grande Plage or big beach here good in summer with plenty of changing rooms and restauration on the beach next to the citadelle. along the garden of the Mail you will see a somber reminder of the atrocities of WWII with a monument to the 69 résistants killed by the Nazis here. The harbor with its pleasure boats and the ria boat service to Lorient from the embarkadére is very nice. The transport site for buses and boat is here the CTRL ,http://www.ctrl.fr/se-deplacer/horaires/mobilite/

The harbor info on the capitainerie is here http://www.ports-paysdelorient.fr/ports/le-port-de-port-louis

We decided to leave and move on to do some shopping in Lanester, where there is a big shopping center CC Deux Rivières and plenty of stores all around it, huge. http://www.c-les-deux-rivieres.com/

Here we shop in a huge Hyper Géant Casino supermarket for some sundries and had our lunch in the nice quaint unique restaurant outside next to the parking.  The supermarket is the main Anchor of the shopping center and also has its own webpage here http://www.geantcasino.fr/pages/magasins/magasin-geant-casino-lanester-CG305.aspx

This is right off the N165 free road here and a nice stop for everything. The resto is à la bonne heure ,and its part of the Casino chain.  All in bare pine wood outside and nicely done Inside with shade colors , great host, friendly folks who said good afternoon, and great concept. You have many menus for kids at 3,95€ and going all the way to 14,99€; we took the 8,99€ menu that was an entrée and desserts all you can eat !!! plus a bottle of red Bordeaux wine and coffee, the boys had a more hearty meal with steaks, all for 13,40€ per person. And the good thing is they have outlets in many other cities in France, http://www.restaurant-alabonneheure.fr/ou-nous-trouver/

Afterward we headed home and rest as next week I will be busy with visitors , and travel préparations at work. Enjoy your weekend you all ,cheers.

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