Archive for April, 2016

April 30, 2016

My travels in the Morbihan, XXII

Another weekend arrived and this a bit longer as have off Monday and again Friday of next week !! yes!

We had to do some errands but as always in our beautiful new area of France, we took off into the coastal towns of the Morbihan breton.  We visited the Oyster breeding grounds of Belz, nearby us at Grand Champ, and Locmaria-Grand Champ; we went around our town of Pluvigner on areas not yet visited! , we went over to Séné city center and see the construction on the tunnel Under the gulf of Morbihan to replace the still bridge there, and finally passed by the small airport of Vannes in the community of Monterblanc.

Another wonderful day trip from home by car.  At Belz ,we went to get our local oysters and mussels right on the ria of pont Lorois, parc de Navihan. This is how the living is here, glorious with great fresh food, we had them right away with an excellentn Riesling kitterlé 2011 of Domaine Schlumberger of Alsace.  The place to get them is here: http://www.mairie-belz.fr/les-entreprises-ostreiculteurs-les-parcs-de-navihan,33,52,191.html

We came back along the D9/D22 back towards Auray and then the D779 towards Grand Champ, a town I passed everyday to work, and here we went to see the new renovated area behind the Church and the nicely done Chapelle Notre Dame de Perpétuel Secours ( Our Lady of Perpetual Help). Built in 1898 right in city center . The tourist office for the region is only in French, here: http://landeslanvaux.alkante.com/accueil_landeslanvaux/vos_loisirs/le_patrimoine_bati/grand_champ/les_chapelles

We continue on towards the Locmaria which always see the panel but never had gone that way, now it was the time! Nice annex town of Locmaria-Grand Champ, with modern city center around the Church Sainte Marie (Saint Mary), again the tourist office only in French, here: http://www.landes-de-lanvaux.com/accueil_landeslanvaux/vos_loisirs/le_patrimoine_bati/locmariagrandchamp

and the great Halle or market in just across, done very modern and with activity on Thursdays : http://www.locmariagrandchamp.fr/accueil_locmariagrandchamp/actualites/26_11004/marche_local

Then, we passed by our town, two very important places ::) passing them always on the way home and why not stop by, the Bar Les Templiers (tabac) and the Bar de la Forêt along the intersection of roads D779 and D16 in the village part of Pluvigner but call Bieuzy Lanvaux. http://www.pluvigner.fr/module-Contenus-viewpub-tid-9-pid-65.html

I went again to see something new in my town the chapelle and now retirement home of Notre Dame de Fatima; nicely managed by the father and sisters of the congregation coopératives of Christ the King Under the teachings of St Ignatius of  Loyola; their site in French is here:  http://www.cpcr.org/fr/les-maisons/bieuzy

Interesting indeed, right next door. Now we went to Séné, very well known for its ethnological park but a quaint city center as well; and the opportunity to ride the bridge of Kérino over the Gulf of Morbihan before the tunnel comes in. Handle by the city of Vannes info here; http://www.mairie-vannes.fr/vannes-citoyenne/grands-projets/passage-inferieur-de-kerino/

Once in city center Séné, we went for some breads and sodas at the Boulangerie Tardif right across from the Church in 22, place de l’église.tel +33 (0)2 97 66 90 75. Very nice service and yummy for the go.  The Church of Saint Patern was just across. The Church was built between  1878 and 1886.  The belltower is a bit truncated at 50 meters and a lot of granite stone in construction of Gothic and Roman traces. Some tourist info in French,  http://www.tourisme-vannes.com/decouvrir/autour-de-vannes/sene

The city page of Séné is here, also, in French with more on the beforementioned natural reserve : http://www.sene.com/reserve-naturelle/detail.php?k=103&rp=268

We had to come back to Vannes for the last shopping part, material for more improvement in our house, and I got my itch to visit the small airport of Vannes!!!  The first flight was done here in 1920 and the airport officially open in 1926. Now it is own by the Vannes Agglo a metropole of many towns form together to share government ideas expenses, revenues etc. You can have flight classes here and skydiving on the aeroclub. charter flights and general aviation. The main page of the airport is :http://www.vannes.aeroport.fr/   ,and the agglo govt on it is here also in French : http://www.agglo-vannes.fr/accueil/nous_connaitre/equipements_communautaires/aeroport_vannes_golfe_du_Morbihan

And it was time fully loaded to come home for the day. Tomorrow is Sunday, have a great one and enjoy the trip as well.Cheers.

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April 23, 2016

Coastal Morbihan:Ploemel,Erdeven, and Etel

Today I decided to go back and visit some towns along the coast that before just breeze by them; this is the gorgeous coastal towns of the Morbihan Breton.  The tourist office of the department 56 Morbihan in the region of Brittany is here : http://www.morbihan-tourism.co.uk/

The cities leaving by car down the road D768 into the D22 direction Erdeven, and getting on the D105 past first Ploemel, than Erdeven, and finally Etel before coming back home the same way.  The Ploemel tourism is attach to Auray communities here :http://auray-tourism.com/home/our-towns-and-villages/ploemel.aspx

Then, Erdeven is here: http://www.ot-erdeven.fr/index.php?id_langue=2 ; and Etel here : http://www.etel-tourisme.com/

At Ploëmel a small town furthest from the ocean ,you have wonderful small city center with a fountain laundry of Recouvrance and the nice Church of Saint André and the better Chapelle de la Recouvrance next to each other. The bus 18 of TIM the region Council passes by here from Vannes so not even need a car ::)  The Chapelle was done between 1560 to 1563 and a pilgrimage site for the fisherman and seamen in the area ,and there is a big pardon on August 15 each year.

At Erdeven, we got some breads at the Boulangerie Robic one of the best in the region, and very traditional, something to Munch our way thru the day, http://www.ot-erdeven.fr/pages/r-14-s-41-a-295-boulangerie-patisserie-robic-erdeven.php

Then, we walk into the Church St Pierre et St Paul (St Peter and St Paul); done in 1755 thereabouts with a granite belltower, several adds on and renovation the latest from 1852. Wonderful wooden painting  of the trunk of Saint Anthony. A must to see really. Just across is the Chapelle of Langroez or the True Cross, Vrai Croix in French. It dates from the 16C with major work as late as 1957. There is more to see and return as 7 other Chapels in the area !!!

We did get some biscuits from our favorite local traditions store in the region La Trinitaine; stop when in the area all Worth it: http://boutiques.latrinitaine.com/54269528608531/la-trinitaine-erdeven-56410-erdeven  ; and if need to get some local souvenirs stop by at Souvenirs Breton, right next to the city or town hall and the parking lot where i always parked. http://www.morbihan.com/erdeven/souvenirs-bretons/tabid/2256/offreid/f9fed981-24e9-4147-9882-ad8defd058cc

Finally , we reach Etel, this is a wonderful tuna fishing old tradition town now with a nice museum that sits on an apartment building lower floors in a residential area by the end of the port area. Retracing the history of tuna fishing and canning here of yesteryears: Musée des Thoniers: http://www.museedesthoniers.fr/

This is a wonderful town with nice beaches in the Ria all around the bay before going out into the ocean. Great center of sailings, canoe, kayak etc sports as well.  The town was part of Erdeven until local Citizens  did a petition to have their own town and won in 1850. Not having a Church they slowly built one until 1857 the current Church of Notre Dame des Flots ,it was closed when we arrive but it has nice interiors according to local friends  such as per the tourist office stained glass from the 19C and statues of  Sainte Anne (patron sainte of all Brittany), and the Virgin protector of the seamen

The town has several fountains and laundry such as the one by the port the Fontaine du Port done in 1810 with two laundries and a third one added in 1858; just at the end of the port as you walk towards the museum .

The SNSM is a voluntary organisation in France to lifeguard the sea aficionados and boat owners getting them save out of the water in case of mishaps; they do other functions such as taking my mother out to sea burial at Honfleur. I am very attach and supporter; the base at Etel is the nicest and biggest of them in my new area. The station at Etel was done in 1866! The newest lifesaving boat from 2012 is the SNS 205 Nohic of which will have photos here.  http://www.snsm.org/

To reach Etel without car you can take the region TIM bus 16  Lorient- Etel – Auray or bus 18  Port-Louis – Étel – La Trinité-sur-mer.http://www.morbihan.fr/les-services/vos-deplacements/transports-collectifs/fiches-horaires-tim/?idDos=71&id=4650

The harbor crossing from the marina to the naval chantier across at Magouër is done with a taxi boat service Le Magouër doing service from  the ports of Etel and Magouër to Plouhinec. More here : http://www.etel-tourisme.com/on-fait-quoi/activit%C3%A9s-nautiques/110-le-passeur-etel-le-magouer.html

The surrender of the Nazis in this region was done at Etel on May 8 1945 the day of Saint Joanne d’Arc ; it is now a bar restaurant BB Bar Breton at 2 rue du 8 mai 1945; see photo.

We were there on the day of the Salon du Bateau Transportable or the transporable boats salon fair, with lots of displays of small boats motor or not, kayak, canoe, etc and clothing, accessories etc; around the marina port area just nice and good family ambiance. http://www.salon-du-bateau-transportable-d-etel.com/

And of course , we needed to catch up on something to eat. We were by the above event so try a different restaurant than last time I was with my sons; with the whole family we pick Le Chat Qui Pêche at 2 Cours des Quais. This is a great site in French for the local area and resto has some extra photos: http://www.ma-ria.com/content/le-chat-qui-peche

And the tourist office has it, in French too : http://www.etel-tourisme.com/ou-manger/restaurants/93-le-chat-qui-peche.html  ; we had our usual beers Grimbergens, diabolo menthe, and burgers those with goat cheese were the most ,I settle for the local beef and andouillette breton all for 17.40 euros per person, included fries and green salads and water. And we came home.

Enjoy the coastal Morbihan is the best here,and so many choices ,not seen all yet lol! Enjoy the photos!

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April 22, 2016

Some news from France, XCXXXII

Back to the regular post on things going on in France my choices:

A new place to try eat the best of France pâtisserie in Paris, this is Fou de Pâtisserie or crazy about pastries; 45 ,rue Montorgueil 2éme ;Tel +33 (0) 140410061. Open Tuesdays to Fridays from 11h to 20h, Saturdays from 9h30 to 20h and Sundays from 9h30 to 18h. Try the greatest expression of French pastries such as the Baba Rhum of Cyril Lignac, the napoleon or mille feuille of Hugo & Victor, the eclair caramel butter salé of Christophe Adma, the macaroons of Pierre Hermé and the madeleines of Gilles Marchal. http://www.foudepatisserie.com/

See the music of Carmen la Cubana until April 30th at the Théatre du Châtelet . http://chatelet-theatre.com/fr/event/carmen-la-cubana

Five zoos around and in Paris great for the entire family are here:  Parc Zoologique de Vincennes ,at the angle of Avenue Daumesnil and route de la ceinture du lac Daumesnil : http://www.parczoologiquedeparis.fr/fr

ZooParc de Beauval, Route du Blanc, 41110 Saint-Aignan :https://www.zoobeauval.com/

Parc de Thoiry, Château de Thoiry, 7877,Thoiry ,near my old home, https://www.thoiry.net/fr

Parc des Félins, Domaine de la Fotelle, 77540, Lumigny-Nesles-Ormeaux; http://www.parc-des-felins.com/fr/

And the La ménagerie du Jardin des plantes or petting zoo in Paris; Rue Cuvier, 75007, Paris :http://www.mnhn.fr/fr/visitez/lieux/menagerie-zoo-jardin-plantes

Recently, the Le  Figaro magazine ask the US Ambassador Jane D Hartly what was the best example of the spirit of Paris that makes here recall the USA and these were the Jardin des Tuileries,Jardin du Luxembourg,Tour Eiffel and the firework on the 14th of July; and the Spanish ambassador Ramon de Miguel responded as the Tour St Jacques or St James, the musée Picasso, and the avenue des Champs-Elysées, the Pont Alexandre III, and the Hôtel des Invalides. And so on many others ambassadors.

The wrough iron gate or the grille de la Chapelle,located at the side of the royal chapel or Chapelle-Royale next to the square or place Gambetta in the Chateau de Versailles is open to the public once again. This will help the merchants of the side street rue des Réservoirs that was closed due to anti terrorists action under Vigipirate that closed most of the entrance to the castle on this side. Now the figh is on to have open the others by Chesnay and Saint-Cyr-L’école.Le Parisien

The château de Monte Cristo at Port Marly reopen its theatrical visits ;after much work of renovations. The tickets will be sold on a first comes first serve basis with limited seating capacity. Tariffs are 9€ adults information at the tel +33 (0) 30 61 61 35 or chateau-monte-cristo.com/mai…

The Festival « Série Séries, will have place in Fontainebleau from June 29 to July 1st at the municipal theater, showcasing all the great European series on TV. http://www.serieseries.fr/

The famous concert hall Elysée Montmartre by blvd Rochechouart in the 18éme . arrondissement opened in 1807 ,and since 2011 closed due to fire will open its doors in the Fall of 2016. It will have a configuration of 1000 seats and 1500 more on foot. In 1900,it was the dancing hall and center of French Cancans ; in the years 1970’s it was the time for Coluche to start his career here and later turn into music hall and concerts saw many famous played here such as Alain Souchon, Alain Bashung, Bérurier Noir, Noir Désir, and Iron Maiden and as well international stars such as David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Daft Punk.There are now four concerts already booked that should open by September 15 next the singers will be Romain Humeau,Nov 23rd then Christophe Maé, Nov 26rd,already full. Follow in December by Marillon on the 10th and the group Hyphen Hyphen on the 16th. You can see the program starting from June 1st at this site :www.elysee-montmartre.com

See you around folks!

 

April 16, 2016

Inland Morbihan :Elven and Trédion

Well here I am again after some errands around the house and for the house, this morning went out for lunch and a ride with my new car into inland Morbihan. Elven wrote before here in October 2011 and Trédion is new ! So much to see just in my backyard.

I have change car ,really no big deal, the very old road warrior just gave in after 241K+ kms about 150K miles and looking ahead for long driving trips this summer, decided it was time to change. Another Ford of course, a Kuga or Escape and looking forward to the available Mustangs in France now, just saw one,gorgeous!

Going back to the visits, the tourist office is here in French, http://www.tourisme-vannes.com/decouvrir/autour-de-vannes/elven ; for more and others in English here: http://en.tourisme-vannes.com/discover

At Elven , we came back for a look at the fortress tower of Largoët, built in the 13-16C and residence of the Lords of Largoët,and most notable here lived  Jean IV de Rieux, tutor of the duchess Anne of Brittany(and queen of France twice!only one).  Great site here but in French, http://www.largoet.com/

tourist office in English here: http://en.tourisme-vannes.com/activities/visits-and-discovery/112326-forteresse-de-largoet—les-tours-delven

You have a beautiful simple Church of  Saint-Alban, rebuilt in the 17C and again in the 19C, it still hold the roman choir of the original Church, see the mechanical clock and replica in wood of Church. and the pretty  Chapelle of Sainte Anne built in 1902. Both of them in the Catholic site in French, http://www.doyenne-elven.com/paroisse_elven.php

We got our breads here at the Boulangerie Le Texier at the place de l’église in city center, very nice good breads even some with chorizos Inside yummy!!! http://www.banette.fr/boulangerie/le-texier-arnaud-elven.html

And of course, before moving on, a collegue had recommended a restaurant here Under new management took the card and went for it, amazingly, he was walking his town city center and we met by chance in front of the resto wow! It does happened often to find your work friends on the Streets just to show you this is country at its best.

The place Le Lion d’Or Hotel et Restaurant at 5 place Adrien le Franc, Elven, just across from the place de l’église and the Church. Their site is still Under construction so I will give you the city page in French, http://www.mairie-elven.fr/module-Contenus-viewpub-tid-9-pid-116.html

This is a very nice surprise, friendly home grown owner service, nice spacious room slightly decorated not overdone, and the food to kill for. Menus from 15,19,and 28 euros, we took the 19euros menu. Several dishes but mine were terrine de canard or terrine of duck with cutup pickles and salad; then dish of magret de canard or duck breast with potatoes and cooked vegetables, all down with the local beer Duchesse Anne from Lancelot , 2 breton beers. The dessert was a tiramisu breton with caramel. all for 28.80€ per person, a bit pricey for a country restaurant but this is Worth it;we will be back.

Well fed we move on after seeing a sign for a castle at Trédion; seen the name before but we so much to do and see overpassed it several times;this time we were there.  Again tourism in French here, http://www.tourisme-vannes.com/decouvrir/autour-de-vannes/tredion

The castle was an old residence of the Dukes of Brittany,built in 1350 . We did not spend much time in the gardens but are nice indeed and the interior was given a local tour as the castle is used for weddings, events etc.  You can rent the 26 apartments managed  by RCI, a timeshare company. It is own by Guy Turpin since 1977. So is not really a castle to see Inside, many modern facilities are there now.  The castle page is here ; http://www.chateau-tredion.com/

The main areas in the garden to look at are the Clos du Roy  (The King’s field) a French style garden. The Jardin de curé (The priest’s garden) , traditional garden.  The Jardin des druides  (The druids’ garden); fontains, bridge of secrets, chalices, the Druid’s tree, the fine gold standing stone in the middle of 3 cascading ponds, etc. ,and the Jardin des Korrigans  (The Korrigans garden) and the legend of the hidden treasure.

Diagonally from the castle on a premontory you will see a simple Church of Saint Martin; you can use the same link above for the Church of Elven as both are in the same parrish. The Church was done from 1870-1873 and has a silver calice from the 16C, also the belltower was done in 1892. Just between the two the castle and the Church there is a small grotto of a Virgin with flower dedications very nice.

Enjoy the inland country of my Morbihan, Brittany (Morbihan is small sea in Breton ,not French word) Brittany in Breton language is Breizh, French is Bretagne.

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April 7, 2016

Some News from Spain, XVIII

As have time today, will continue with the Spanish conquest ::) Many of us try to get into attractions, monuments, muséums  for the least possible cost ,meaning Free. Well ,Spain has many opportunities for this, and I will name most of them below. Just always check the official site before coming to them, you never know when they decide to change things.

Andalucia: Cordoba, Alcàzar de los Reyes Cristianos, Wednesdays to Fridays except holidays from 8h30 to 9h30

Granada, Huerta de San Vicente, Casa Museo Federico Garcia Lorca, everyday outside of Holidays.

Malaga, Fundacion Picasso Museo-Casa Natal Sundays is free.

Sevilla, Museo Naval Torre de Oro, on Mondays, Monasterio de la Cartuja, Wednesdays to Fridays from 19h onwards and Saturdays all day.

Castilla y Léon: Palencia, museo de Palencia, Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays is free

Segovia, Museo de Arte Contemporàneo Estéban Vicente, Thursdays is free but closed until October 23rd

Léon, Museo de Léon ,free Saturdays and Sundays.

Valladolid, Casa-Museo de Cervantes, free on Sundays

Cantabria: Museo de Altamira, Saturdays from 14h and Sundays is free

Castilla-La Mancha: Toledo, Museo del Greco, Saturdays from 14h and Sundays is free

Cataluña/Catalunya: Museu Picasso de Barcelona First Sunday of each month from 9h to 18h30, and other Sundays from 15h to 18h30.
Museo Nacional de Arte de Cataluña MNAC , first Sundays of each month and Saturdays from 15h.
Museo de Historia de Cataluña-MHC , last wednesday of each month except July, August ,and September.

Communidad de Madrid: Museo del Prado, only museum collection Mondays to Saturdays from  18h,Sundays and Holidays from 17H.
Museo Reina Sofia, Mondays to Saturdays from 19h Sundays from 13h30 (from 14h30 only open for the collection 1 and some temporary exposition.
Museo Thyssen -Bornemisza, only the museum collection; Mondays from 12h (Mastercard Mondays) and the exposition of the program  ‘Miradas cruzadas’,every day.
Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando . Days not holidays ,some temporary expositions.
Museo Arqueologico Nacional, Museo Sorolla, Museo Nacional de Antropologia.Saturdays from 14h and Sundays.
Museo de America, on Sundays.
Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas, Sundays and Thursdays from 17h (from September to June), some temporary expositions and extraordinary openings.
Museo Cerralbo, Thursdays not holidays from 17h  (extraordinary opening), Saturdays from 14h and Sundays.
Museo del Traje ( permanent exhibition closed temporarly). Saturdays from 14h and Sundays. Also, July and August from 19h.
Museo del Romanticismo,Saturdays from 14h and Sundays.
Museo Làzaro Galdiano, Wednesdays to Saturdays from 15h30 ;Sundays from 14h ,and first Friday of each month  (From October 2nd 2015 to September 2016.
Palacio Real de Madrid, Mondays to Thursdays from 18h  (April to SEptember.) and from 16h  (October to March).
Real Monasterio de El Escorial , Palacio Real de Aranjuez, and Palacio Real de El Pardo , Holidays and Thursdays from 17h(April to September) ,and from 15h  (October to March).
Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales , and Real Monasterio de la Encarnacion. Holidays and Thursdays from 16h.

Comunidad Valenciana: IVAM Centro Julio Gonzàlez, Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, on Sundays .
Centro Cultural Bancaja, Salas Picasso, Damià Forment and Sorolla, free on Sundays.
Museo Valenciano de la Illustracion y la Modernidad -MuVIM, Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays.

Alicante, Museo Arqueologico y de Historia de Elche, MAHE, free on Sundays

Extremadura:  Museo Nacional de Arte Romano,Saturdays from 14h and Sundays

Navarra:  Museo de Navarra, Saturdays from 17h and Sundays.

Pais Vasco/Euskadi: Vizcaya, Museo Vasco-Euskal Museoa, Thursdays is free
Museo Maritimo Ria de Bilbao on Wednesdays is free
Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, free on Holidays.

Guipúzcoa: Museo de San Telmo, free on Wednesdays.

Principado de Asturias:  Museo del Ferrocarril de Asturias, free on Sundays

Also, the mayority of these sites name above usually give free admission on dates such as April 18 ( International Day of Monuments and Sites),May 18 ( International Day of Museums),October 12 (National Day of Spain), December 6th  (Constitution day  in Spain), and as well on the anniversary of the museum.

Enjoy them with moderation ::) Spain everything Under the Sun.

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April 7, 2016

Some news from Spain XVII

Well getting back to my Spain and just a primer will be there in May and August so far booked this year . Some of the latest from the land of everything under the Sun.

Some of the wonderful Roman ruins and not so ruins in Spain are here some of my favorites spots:

Going to the villa Olmeda and the La Tejada in Quintanilla de la Cueza; rather than go into my short and sassy writing here is a page in English that tells you better about it, a must to see.

http://www.villaromanalaolmeda.com/contenido?id=a1de68ac-0727-11de-9688-fb9baaa14523&lang=en

You can continue the route by going to Fuente Alamo, Puente Genil, Cordoba as well as the nearby El Ruedo, Almendinilla. Again better explained here

http://www.turismopuentegenil.es/en/tourism/fuente-alamo-roman-village

Following on we arrive at Villa Arellano, Navarra another wonderful manifestation of mosaics and walls decorated from Roman Times!

http://www.turismo.navarra.es/eng/organice-viaje/recurso.aspx?o=4338

We arrive by Carranque, Toledo visiting the Casa de Materno; and going over to nearby province of Cuenca for visiting the places of Segóbrida and Valeria; more on them below

http://www.parquearqueologico.org/es/

http://www.spainisculture.com/en/monumentos/cuenca/ruinas_romanas_de_valeria.html

http://www.spainisculture.com/en//monumentos/cuenca/parque_arqueologico_de_segobriga.html

Following our story we get to see Centcelles, Constanti ,Tarragona; and the nearby formation of Dels Munts in Altafulla;more here http://www.patrimonioculturaldearagon.es/bienes-culturales/villa-fortunatus-fraga-Huesca

Following our trails we reach Veranes, Gijon, Asturias; and not to missed the Roman spas of Campo Valdés in the center of Gijon and also visit the Parque Arqueológico Natural de la Campa Torres; again more info here ; https://museos.gijon.es/page/5280-villa-romana-de-veranes

We move on to Villaricos, Mula, Murcia and see the Fuente Caputa looking at the Roman site of Cerro de La Almagra,in the same Banks of the river Mula. more info here in Spanish; http://www.losvillaricos.es/?page_id=13 ; and Murcia Today English language paper has a nice story on it here; http://murciatoday.com/mula-the-roman-villa-of-los-villaricos_4711-a.html

Next , we stop by Brunel , Quesada, Jaén ,just in front of the mountains of Sierra de Quesada ,more on it here

http://www.sierrasdecazorlaseguraylasvillas.es/en/index.php?option=com_sobi2&sobi2Task=sobi2Details&sobi2Id=462&Itemid=

OF course, these are just some of my favorites, Spain is loaded with Roman past and Worth the detour.

Now changing the subject how about those good deal restaurants including one of my all time favorite from my district in Madrid.  Plaza Quintana, Docamar! here since 1963 claiming the best patatas bravas of Madrid https://www.docamar.com/

And of course , more like Casa Mingo and the Asturian connection in Madrid, here since 1888. A classic! http://www.casamingo.es/?lang=en

Casa Hortensia, with the best fabada of Madrid….http://www.casahortensia.com/

La Gloria de Montera, nice decor with great traditional food at good price/quality ratio; http://www.grupandilana.com/es/restaurantes/la-gloria-de-montera

right in tourist central Plaza Mayor but very good price/quality ratio is Casa Maria http://www.casamariaplazamayor.com/;

And Orio, by Fuencarral, and Plaza Mayor, very good bar of buffets style goodies , good prices; http://www.oriogastronomiavasca.com/restaurantes/33/Madrid

And last but not least two wonderful events coming up in Madrid; Prado and Attraction park, two old favorites of mine.

At the Attraction park in Casa de Campo you will find the wonderful Parque de
Atracciones de Madrid. I came here when a kid and then my kids came here nice
memories always;these days it is held the Comic Fan, an event that will bring you to the
park and the world of fantasy, science fiction and images. You will learn how to use a
laser sword and do comic shops and maquillage FX or pose for a theme photocall so you
look like a real actor/heroe. You will go into the world of Warcraft and do your own trailer
of a movie with a visual experience. There will be expositions, collection pieces,
boutiques, and animated spectacles .Of course, as well as enjoying the rides In the park
from April 9,10,16,17,23 and 24. The admission for all is 19,90€ per adult.
http://parquedeatracciones.es/en/comicfan?_ga=1.256949451.1179216715.1460033957
The great exhibition of French painter George La Tour continues in the Prado. The
baroque painter will have presented 31 works from his total around 40+. George La
Tour,was born in the current región of Lorraine,France, and remains a misterieuse
personaje. Very little documentation exist of him only that was attached to his family
in a difficult period of the Thirty years War and the plague, and that he already saw
fame while living. He had clients such as the King of Spain Cardinal Richelieu and
the Dukes of Lorraine, and his painting had a high price. He disappeared and was
difficult to identified his paintings later on. His daytime scenes were confused with
that of other Spanish painters like Zurbarán,and the nightimes with the Dutch school
of painters. Showing at the Museo del Prado , Mondays to Saturdays from 10h to
20h, Sundays and Holidays from 10h To 19h; admission 14€ adults. 50% discount if
coming Mondays to Saturdays from 18h to 20h and Sundays/Holidays from 17h to
19h. The exhibition will be on until June 12 2016.
https://www.museodelprado.es/en/whatson/exhibition/georges-de-la-tour-1593
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Enjoy Spain !!!

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April 4, 2016

Some news from France, XCXXI

Here I am again trying the new feature of posting in WordPress. This is what the latest buzz I have for France in general and Paris in specific.

The 48 arms of the big wheel of Paris or the grande roue de la Concorde with a height of 70 meters (231 ft) will be in the colors of the Euro 2016 starting from today. A film on the Euro16 will be shown on a big screen located at the foot of the big wheel. This operation will be on until September according to the city of Paris, source Le Parisien.

The new vedette de paris boat rides are starting to show theater plays on the rides. The first two are from the theater Le Palace,and are played on the boat cruising the river Seine, they are the «Les 39 marches » ,and the «Welcome à St-Tropez ». The first is a parody burlesque from the film by Alfred Hitchcock, and the other is a light comedy. The show with a glass of Champagne is 34 €. www.vedettesdeparis.fr

The Québécois Michel Goulet has taken some chairs from 1921 in the jardin du Palais-Royal and written poems on them with laser , the poems are by French and foreigners such as Baudelaire, Eluard, Cocteau, and Pasolini…etc. They are now been call the poetry chairs or chasse poémes.

The creation by Le Corbusier in 1933, the Cité de Refuge or house of refugee is not a museum but can be visited as well starting from May or June once the renovation is wholly done. They will be organize visits by reservation. The building is at 12 rue Cantagrel (8éme). The house is run by the Salvation Army of Paris, armeedusalut.fr/etablissemen…

The city of Paris will redo several squares to make it more pedestrian accessable on a project from now to 2020 according to the mayor Anne Hidalgo, and more info in the city webpage www.paris.fr The squares will be Bastille, Nation,Panthéon, Madeleine, Gambetta, des Fêtes, and Italie.

Hotel de la marine is due for a complete makeover costing about 100M€. This was the furniture guardhouse of king Louix XV and later the Ministry of the Marine was here for about 200 years, now there is a twist. The plan is to create a gastronomic center to complement France been named UNESCO world heritage of gastronomy and wines . Plans for a restaurant of 100 seats, and a Café in the street level (first floor ) floor , also , cooking classes, and tastings of wines ,conferences and exhibition space. Stay tune the works just begun this week 09 March 2016 ,according to the Le Parisien newspaper

And about those Parisien hôtels and the trend to go away from the “center” that I have been telling many here, well hôtels are going to the BP=boulevard périphérique road. 1588 is the numbers of hotels Paris has at end of 2014. About 82, 227 rooms, most in the VIIIe, IXe, Xe et XVIIe arrondissements or districts, they have an average of 75,6 % occupancy with an average price of 180,80 € per night per room. And they are new ones coming along in the Boulevard Périphérique, such as the Porte Pouchet Résidence Odalys city by 1st trimester 2017. Qualys by Porte de Montmartre by 2018. Residence Residhome by Porte d’Aubervilliers; by 2107. Hipark residence by Porte de Pantin by April 2016. Hotel Meininger by 2018 at Porte de Vincennes, Motel One by 2018 on Porte Dorée, another Hotel by 2018 on the Porte d’Italie, Novotel suite Paris Expo by April 2016 at Porte de Vanves; Hotel Mama Shelter by 2019 at Porte de Versailles, Hotel de la tour Triangle by 2020 at Porte by Porte de Versailles, and Okko Hotel by 2017 at Porte de Sévres. keep an eye on them. Le Parisien.

The garden of the musée Nissim de Camondo will be open to visitors until April 3 from 10H to 16h45. They were done in 1912 bordering the Parc Monceau. The visit will allow you to see the imposing façade of the mansion built between 1911 and 1914 for the Count of Camondo (1860-1935). The Musée Nissim de Camondo is located at 63, rue de Monceau (8émee). admission is 9 € normal adults. Metro Villiers and Monceau ,bus lines 30 ,94, and 84.Le Parisien

The big building in an Art Deco style at 52, avenue des Champs-Élysées (old Virgin Megastore) is in construction to build a Galeries Lafayette by October 2018 The department store will have about 9000 m2 in four levels including one in the basement. This historical building was purchase initially by the creator of the Galeries Lafayette Théophile Bader in 1927 to build one here but the world crisis of 1929 did not allowed it. The name was the Hôtel de Massa that was taken stone by stone and rebuilt in the gardens of the Observatoire de Paris. In the 1930’s the building host the City Bank of New York. Le Parisien

Fondation Louis Vuitton, has an expo on Chinese works inside. And on the outside a new canopy in glass with many colors; it will be done by May 10th. The canopy in wood covered with glass is similar to the one installed in the Les Halles de Paris

In the voie Georges Pompidou next to the pont Sully in the quais of the Seine will be build by November 1918 a monument to the fallen in WWI from Paris, about 93000 of them died between 1914 and 1918. The monument is schedule to be done by November 11 2016 Armistice Day here. It will a succession of plaques with the name of the fallen in alphabetical order;which will be about 100 meters long memorial14-18.paris.fr/memor…

The boats return to the lake at the Castle of Rambouillet starting this Saturday 26 March 2016. You will be able to ride the boats around the islet or îles des Rochers or Festin from April 2 do it all the weekends from 10h30 to 19h. They will be available everyday in July and August from 12h to 19h. You will have available , electric boats and tandem bicycles as well. Rides of ½ hour of boating will cost 10€, more information at +33 (0) 6 14 08 82 80. Le Parisien

The museum Albert Kahn and garden covering 4 ha in Boulogne-Billancourt with a Japanese,French,and English gardens, a prairie and a blue forest will have this Saturday a new renovation project to enlarge it. At early 2018 we will see a new building of 2300 m² and several open spaces with a detail trail explaining each space for better explain the museum garden to the visitors.

The project of the supermetro line 18 linking Orly (Val-de-Marne) to Versailles by 2030 is now in the negotiation phase with the city. This line will connect between 2024 and 2030 the towns of Châteaufort, Magny-les-Hameaux, Voisins-le-Bretonneux,Guyancourt and Versailles

Decision to convert the buildings of the Grand Contrôle, du Petit Contrôle, and du Pavillon des 100 prémieres marches , built by Jules Hardouin-Mansart, with a surface of 2 800 m2, all along the extension of the Midi wing in the Château de Versailles. The palace managing body will give some time for reflection before given order for bids on the construction which already attracts several hotel groups. Stay tune….

Indeed.

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