Archive for January, 2016

January 30, 2016

My travels in the Morbihan XXI

Back to the normal local rounds, and on a rainy day nothing to brag in Brittany, we set out as locals to brace the implement weather and set course in our car to see the back country of my departément 56 Morbihan. For those new reading my blog, Morbihan is the only departément/province/state/region in France that does not have a French name. It means small sea or petite mer in French but its actually Breton language, typical of the area, Mor=sea/mer and bihan=small/petite.  And of course, Brittany or in French Bretagne is Breizh in Breton language too ::) The tourist office is here, http://www.morbihan-tourism.co.uk/

We set out on the country roads of the D16 direction Locminé but cut off at the D115 direction Colpo first. Then took the D157 to Locminé and there took the D1 to Bignan and onwards to the Domaine de Kerguéhennec on the D123 a wonderful castle; then link with the D778 to  Billio, then ,Guéhenno and its wonderful calvary, coming down on the D126 to Plumelec where we had lunch. Continue on the D778 to Saint Jean Brévelay.

We then took the road backwards, coming finally home on the D16. A ride of about 6 hrs counting lunch.  We have from little Colpo a town practically rebuilt and finance by Napoléon III , tourism offices such as http://www.colpo.fr/accueil_colpo

Then ,Locminé, Bignan, Billio,Guéhenno,and Plumelec , and Saint Jean Brévelay, here ; http://www.locmine-saintjean-tourisme.fr/

Passing we saw many churches some close some open, exterior closed churches were  at Bignan Church of  St Pierre et St Paul  ;and the previously visited and Worth seeing the Domaine of Kerguéhennec, http://www.kerguehennec.fr/

Also, closed was the Church of Notre Dame at Billio. As well as that of Church of Notre Dame at Colpo. The Church of Saint Maurice at Plumelec. As well as the Church of St Jean de Beverly in Saint Jean Brévelay. Back in Guéhenno we visited the Chapelle St Michel and the windmill or Moulin du Vent. As well as many worthy memorials to the Fallen in world wars.

We were able to find open these: Church of St Pierre et St John Baptiste at Guéhenno ,wonderful with its Calvary next to it one of the 7 wonders of Monumental Calvaries in Brittany! Chapelle Notre Dame du Plasker at Locminé as well as the Church of St Sauveur , right on the old remains a new modern Church was built in same Locminé.

Of course ,did i said we ate. yes in wonderful typical Breton lands the Créperie is king or queen or better Duchesse(dukedom) and we stop at Plumelec on the Créperie Les Korrigans. In Breton, the korrigans were dwarfs who lived in the forest and perhaps going back to the meaning of Halloween. One site describes them in French, but I give you what is said of them in English: Korrigans are described as druistes who oppose Christianity when the Apostles came to convert Brittany. They hate priests, churches, and  Saints.  They can predict the future, change shape, and move at lightning speed. They sing and comb their long hair, and they haunt fountains and water wells. They have the power of making men fall in love with them, but they then kill the ones who do. In many popular tales, they are eager to deceive the imprudent mortals who see them dancing or looking after a treasure, and fond of stealing human children. On the night of 31 October (All Souls’ Day), they are said to be lurking near dolmens, waiting for victims.  http://legendes.korrigans.free.fr/

The créperie restaurant at Plumelec is a country setting full of little figurines or korrigans as well as portraits of them. The food is typical Breton and with many prices from local travel guides like the Le Routard, and name by the Brittany tourist house as part of the designation Créperies Gourmandes, such as here in French http://www.tourismebretagne.com/sejourner/restaurants-gastronomie/les-restaurants/les-korrigans.

The couple owners are fast and courteous and as the time went by more and more talkative. The food is excellent, we had a bottle of Colpo demi sec cider locally done, and the galette of Teuz with the local andouillette sausage and potatoes, and a crêpe of banana, with coconut ice cream, chocolate syrup and flakes of coconuts, express coffee and all came out to 19.72€ per person! The official webpage is here , http://www.creperieplumelec.com/

In all the rain was on and off, and finally off but still cloudy humid and cool around 10C or 50F. Mild winter indeed/ Enjoy the ride and happy travels.

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January 28, 2016

Some news from France, XCXVIII

Well once again passing by Paris and thought of France ::) and will be back next week by train all booked!

The museum of Gustave Moreau is having an exposition on Georges Rouault souvenirs from today to April 25 2016.  From  1892 to 1898, Gustave Moreau was a professor at the fine arts school of Paris (Ecole des beaux-arts de Paris); and Georges Rouault was his favorite student.  Exhibition will be open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10h -12h45 ,and 14h-17h15. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10h to 17h15.  Admission is 6€, webpage : http://musee-moreau.fr/activites-culturelles/expositions

One nice place to eat is La Cave du Paul Bert (11éme), 16, rue Paul Bert. More than 110 wine references in this wine bar!  open 12h to 01h, closest metro Métro 8 Faidherbe – Chaligny. more on it in French : http://lefooding.com/fr/restaurants/restaurant-la-cave-du-paul-bert-paris

And to celebrate the coming Chinese New Year February 8th ,here are some nice places to indulge in Paris.  First, Trois Fois Plus de Piment; 184 rue Saint Martin 3éme, very close to the centre Pompidou, https://www.facebook.com/troisfoisplusdepiment

Raviolis Chinois Nord-Est. 115, rue Saint-Denis (Iéme). All sorts of Raviolis at great prices in a new restaurant, the other one is here  http://www.yelp.fr/biz/raviolis-chinois-nord-est-paris .  Les Pâtes Vivantes, 46, rue du Faubourg-Montmartre ( 9éme). Tél. +33 01 45 23 10 21. http://www.lespatesvivantes.com/  And ,also 3 rue Turbigo (1éme). Tél. +33 01 40 13 08 04.  And the Palace Châtelet,  6, rue Saint-Denis (1éme). Tél. +33 01 45 08 88 88.http://www.palacechatelet.fr/

And to celebrate the Chinese New Year go the Chinatown of Paris in the 13éme arrondissement where the parade on February 14  from 13 h to 17 h) will depart from the avenue d’Ivry. line up at mayor’s office in French: http://www.mairie13.paris.fr/mairie13/jsp/site/Portal.jsp?document_id=16946&portlet_id=2953

In the Carreau du Temple, you will see exhibition on origami, calligraphy and  démonstrations on martial arts. Expos by Chinese artists open to the public on paintings, sculpture,and porcelain. Free admission at  the showing call « the Golden Age of China, 4, rue Eugène-Spuller (3éme), February 6 and 7  from 11h to 19h.  http://www.carreaudutemple.eu/2015/11/18/l-age-d-or-de-la-chine

At the Maison de la Chine you will have two conferences dedicated to the analysis of Astrology and feng shui. Located at  76, rue Bonaparte (6éme). February 6 and 13 from 10h-12h and 14h-16h). Admission is  15 €/half day or 30 €/full day. http://www.maisondelachine.fr/evenements-culturels/forum-nouvel-an-chinois-2016-annee-du-singe-de-feu-6-fev.html

At the Fondation Louis Vuitton, to Sept 5 2016 you will have a collection of Chinese works of art. Open Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12h to 19h.Nightime Fridays from  12h to 23h.Saturdays and Sundays from 11h to 20h. http://www.fondationlouisvuitton.fr/en.html

And if after all these festivities you find yourselves in Paris hungry and past 02H (2AM) then head for the Le Tambour,41 rue Montmartre (2éme) open Mondays to Wednesdays until  4h30 ,and Thurdays to Sundays until  5h30. https://www.facebook.com/www.letambour.fr?rf=260491870664914

Hold on ,there is a museum for Yves-Saint-Laurent coming in 2017. You will see about 5000 dresses, 15000 accessories ,thousands of croquis drawings, planches of the collection and photographs. The museum will be at 5 avenue de Marceau, (16éme). This was the seat of the fashion house from 1974 to 2004 and it is since 2002 the home of the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent. http://www.fondation-pb-ysl.net/fr/Accueil-Fondation-Pierre-Berge-Yves-Saint-Laurent-575.html
You will see at la Villette 50 yrs of James Bond, April 16 to September 4 2016. At the Grande Halle de la Villette,
211, avenue Jaurès, (19éme) Adult admission  21,99 euros  . https://www.facebook.com/events/1507717552867101/ and this is what it is the Grande Halle de la Villette, http://lavillette.com/professionnels/locations-despaces/grande-halle-villette/
Oh well these are just a few, my favorite, of course France ,Paris has a lot more/ Enjoy it.

January 27, 2016

One whole Jakarta Indonesia!

This is a vibrant city full of action day with traffic and night with the life. Life is beautiful in Jakarta. This is like my 7th time to the city in the last 4 years so I am impress! Well you need tourist info here ,http://www.jakarta-tourism.go.id/

And of course for the country of Indonesia , it is here, http://indonesia-tourism.com/

My flight here on Garuda Airline was from Surabaya Juanda airport , old fox there too ::) and the driver was on time !! This was on a Sunday afternoon so went straight to my hotel central ,another new property, the third one since coming here, and this one was the least I like….The Cosmo Amaroossa Hotel.  It was right in front of an overpass highway along the whole front even if told is in the chic district of Cilandak. http://www.amaroossahotel.com/jakartacosmo/

And other than the job to do , had a wonderful time going to eat at different places day and night , my favorite gourmet trip in any place.

My first sampler was at  the hotel Andromeda Cafe, ok with a nice mini garden in the back but again that wall of highway, the other was the Bell Lounge but it was dull no action nobody there lol!!!  http://www.amaroossahotel.com/jakartacosmo/index.php/dining/

Finally ,went out of town to eat! I went to Abuba steakhouse! right near the hotel in fact at Jl. Cipete Raya No. 14A, and here you can have your juicy Aussi style steaks with fries and a nice bintang beer!!! Some ratings if in Indonesian here; https://www.zomato.com/jakarta/abuba-steak-fatmawati  , and the official site here, http://www.abuba.co.id/

The above is good and highly recommended.  I then had on another evening the wonderful Fish and Co. at the Town Square mall in Cilandak, this is your famous fish and chip dishes and I had the American fish and chip, huge chunck of fish indeed and with great company !!  This is the same critics site for reference, https://www.zomato.com/jakarta/fish-co-gandaria/menu  ; and this is the official site ; http://fish-co.co.id/store/

By the way the Town Square mall is the place to be in this area or Jakarta for that matter. It’s a marvelous open market all along the main hallway (its call Finders Fair)  ,few stores, but loads of restaurant choices… You can eat here at a different one for a whole month. You can find your restaurant here all in the comfort of nice temp control environment, chic area and good ambiance;they do concerts here too ,wow, something to be back for !!! webpage critics site: https://www.zomato.com/jakarta/restaurants/in/cilandak-town-square-cilandak

I continue my gourment delights with trying the local Bakmi Golek, this is the typical Chinese Indonesian food place with a nice surrounding, and plenty of dishes choices.  The Nasi Goreng seafood special fried rice and some crab dish will get you going with juices and sodas; the critics site for it ,https://www.zomato.com/jakarta/bakmi-golek-cawang/menu ; and this is the official site with locations; http://www.bakmigm.com/outlet

And I had a blast off my culinary exits in Jakarta with Mad Dogs, well this one came twice ::) Great place and a hanging out of the expats community here; friendly place, with good, affordable food, pool table, beer garden and sports on TV.  A good place to meet expat since it is a very popular hangout place, especially for American, Australian and British older expats .  Here, I had fish and chip and steaks with bintang beers of course. The critics site is here https://www.zomato.com/jakarta/mad-dogs-jakarta-cilandak

No webpage but here is another site in English that talks heavens about Mad Dogs, http://balifoodandfun.com/foodandfun/4507-2/

And to close , went to something local at Tumbar Jinten in the nearby town of Sentul;here I  had some Sundanese cuisine. The restaurant if off the road, and a nice country setting with terrace and open tables or floor style tables. One description of this food is in wikipedia here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sundanese_cuisine  ,and a bit more on it on this critics place, http://www.geokuliner.com/tumbar-jinten/

And it was time to head back home so took Garuda Airlines from Jakarta to Amsterdam and then HOP Air France to Nantes, then bus to the train station at Nantes and train back to Auray. A long trip but a nice experience. Enjoy Jakarta.

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January 25, 2016

One more time in Surabaya, Ngoro, and Malang Indonesia!!!

My month long trip continue as from the Philippines flew to Jakarta and transfer to Surabaya Juanda airport for the next week. I have written before on Surabaya but the other two towns are new footprints of me ::)

More on the tourism here, http://www.surabayatourism.com/

From Manila took a Philippine Airline flight to Jakarta at Terminal 2, changing to Garuda Airline flight to Surabaya; http://www.surabayaairport.com/

Once out had shuttle to my home base hotel , the always every time I have come here Somerset Hotel and Résidences, great place where by now many in front desk know me lol!!! http://www2.somerset.com/en/indonesia/surabaya/somerset_surabaya_hotel_and_serviced_residence.html

This is an all inclusive property with hotel rooms and apartments, tennis basketball courts nice outdoor swimming pool, covered secured parking, and big rooms and baths all with AC of course;temp went up to 38C !!!

It was easy pickup and delivery to the job site in Ngoro, and always with private shuttle. Passing by the great Volcano on the horizon, nice view but its active so nice to have it dormant every time I visit !!!

This time with a bit more time enjoy the Ciputra World Surabaya Mall, a wonderful place full of shops, restos and great promenade on the top floor with asiatic decoration along a lineup of restaurants including my old favorite Pizza Hut ::)  http://ciputraworldsurabaya.com/mall/directory

While in town near the hotel had a wonderful local crab place , this is as local as you can get here finger liking and all. cook right on the spot wonderful crabs. The place address is Jalan Raya Kupang Indah No. 45 C-D, Surabaya and the name is Kepiting Cak Gundul . Found a bit more on it here, http://id.openrice.com/surabaya/restaurant/kepiting-cak-gundul-1992-dukuh-pakis/22152

Right Inside the Somerset you have the pyramide bar a great place to hang out Watch TV and drink bintang beers which is not easy in a Muslim country.

Then, while visiting Malang , I stop by for lunch at the Warung Bu Kris restaurant again very local traditional cuisine. this is at Jl. Ciliwung No.31, Kota Malang, where I had some local fried rice, fried fish, and the shredded beef you see in this picture and the local site tells you more: http://www.diarysivika.com/2015/04/warung-bu-kris-cabang-pandaan.html

All passing by colorful places like Miami Chicken, and Persada Hospital ,and the market at Singapori. Again deep into Java island Indonesian places; vivid pictures and people I won’t forget easy. A great séjour stay in colorful exotic west Java , Indonesia.

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January 23, 2016

The Philippines a country of islands!

Well I am still traveling and thought about my wonderful stay in  the Philippines. Really excited of been there for the first time and taken photos in Manila, General Santos City and Cebu.  The tourist office is here, http://www.itsmorefuninthephilippines.com/

My flight was long, leaving by train from nearby me in Auray to the station in Nantes, there taking the navette bus for 8€ to the airport of Nantes while staying for one night at the Escale Océania hotel in the airport just 300 meters from  it.http://www.oceaniahotels.co.uk/h/hotel-escale-oceania-nantes-aeroport/presentation

Finally, the next morning walking to the airport and take my AF flight to Paris CDG and then China Southern Airlines to Guangzhou China , changing again on China Southern to Manila inter airport.

This same day going to my hotel and main base there the  City Garden Grand Hotel in the Makati business district.  http://www.citygardengrandhotel.com/

First, I set for General Santos City on Cebu Pacific Airlines, https://www.cebupacificair.com/id-en/Pages/default.aspx  , and here is some tourism info on the town known as the Tuna Capital of the Philippines  or GenSan even if now not much tuna is done. http://www.visitmyphilippines.com/index.php?title=GeneralSantosCity&Page=1&pid=1049

I had local driver and stay at the Microtel by Wynham hotel http://www.microtel-gensan.com/

I ate at Big Ben Restaurant, where the tuna steak was great as the city is famous for it ,tuna that is. more on it here, http://ph.openrice.com/other/restaurant/bigben-steaks-grills-general-santos-city/17779

I went for dinner at Gillian’s where the tuna feast continue, and great San Miguel beers, the resto is a chain and this one was Inside the Veranza mall a nice shopping place too, http://giligansrestaurant.com/branches.html

So , if want to browse for some bargain shopping, its the best one two combination in town, here is the mall webpage: http://kccmalls.com/mall-branches/kcc-mall-of-gensan/misc-pages/veranza/

I came back to Makati ,Manila area and then went out again to Cebu, a beautiful area. http://www.visitmyphilippines.com/index.php?title=ProvinceofCebu&Page=1&pid=7355

To Cebu I flew on Philippine Airlines, here http://www.philippineairlines.com/ ,and it was a same day roundtrip.

I ate lunch at the Pancake House, nice friendly place in a shoppig center, you can  see more of it here, and I had ham omelet with sprite here for a change lol!!! http://www.munchpunch.com/pancake-house-sm-city-gensan?t=had

I stayed mostly in Makati district and was able to go the wonderful Ayala Malls and especifically in the Greenbelt malls 1 thru 5.  This is really a shopper’s paradise with about five malls all interconnected with stores, restos ,cinema, chapel and others all wonderfully modern and clean; a place to spent a whole day and night. I was there having a few beers at my old hangout TGIFriday’s and great chat with bartenders Grace and Manny! I know the TGIF’s and always fun to seek them anywhere.  The main webpage for Ayala is here http://www.ayalamalls.com.ph/

In here , there is a great Ayala museum with great exhibits and cultural awareness, http://www.ayalamuseum.org/ and spent some time in the Ayala Triangle park , http://www.ayalatriangle.com/ ;  where you have business offices like mines’ and a great park to walk relax and eat in some unique places like the bananapple resto ; http://www.banapplekitchen.com/  . Also, came back for Simple Lang and the famous Lechon or pork dish, in the wonderful park, more on them here;http://www.munchpunch.com/simple-lang-ayala-triangle-gardens. A wonderful place to spent your time in Manila.

I did went for lunch to Apartment IB, I had passed it by and thought it was an apartment building ,actually its a restaurant with gourment new cuisine tastes and it was fabuleuse, fish and chips with San Miguel beers, more here, http://www.munchpunch.com/apartment-1b-one-lafayette-square

Other than the official webpage above this one show some pictures of the Greenbelts mall, http://www.makaticity.com/shopping/greenbelt-mall.php

I was join by friends for lunch at Mesa a nouvelle Filipino cuisine restaurant right in Greenbelt 5; It  was special having lunch with good company. This the restaurant http://mesa.ph/main/3000/indexf8cc.html?pageid=102903

Of course, my home central while in the Philippine was the City Garden Grand Hotel in Makati, a wonderful experience central, big, all amenities, and friendly service; just nice. http://www.grand.citygardenhotels.com/

Going out I took Philippine airline to reach Jakarta Indonesia , and then transfer on Garuda airline to Surabaya , my next stop on this trip;which ,also will take me back to Jakarta and onwards home, more,to be continue.

It will remain a wonderful experience and good memories of the welcome.  Enjoy the Philippine experience.

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