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November 5, 2017

The gates or portes de Paris!

Ok so we always speak about the wonderful bridges of Paris and it has plenty. However, what about the gates or portes of Paris…..There are many and some are really nice.

Without going into details on all as they are many, these are the gates of Paris today.

On the North East area on the 18éme arrondissement there is the popular Porte de la Chapelle. Then the 19éme arrondissement you have the Porte d’Aubersvilliers ,porte de la Villette, Porte de Pantin, Porte Chaumont, Porte Brunel, Porte du Pré-Saint Gervais, and Porte des Lilas. In the 20éme arrondissement you have Porte de Lilas, Porte de Ménilmontant, Porte de Bagnolet (A13 road), Porte de Montreuil (N302 road) ; the 12éme arrondissement has the Porte de Vincennes, Porte Jaune (in Bois de Vincennes) ; porte du Bel-Air (in Bois de Vincennes), Porte de Sant Mandé (in bois de Vincennes) ,porte de Momtempoivre, porte Dorée, Porte de Reuilly, Porte de Charenton (A6), Porte de Bercy (A4).

In the South left bank on the 13éme arrondissement you have the Porte de la Gare, Porte de Vitry, Porte d’Ivry, Porte de Choisy (N305) , porte d’Italie (N7), Poterne des Peupliers, and Porte de Gentilly.  Moving to the 14éme arrondissement you have the Porte de Gentilly, Porte d’Arcueil, Porte d’Orléans (N20), Porte de Montrouge, Porte de Chatillon, Porte Didot, and Porte de Vanves. In the 15éme arrondissement ,you have the Porte Brancion, Porte de Plaisance, Porte de la Plaine, Porte de Versailles, Porte d’Issy, Porte de Sévres, and Porte du Bas-Meudon (quai d’Issy).

In the West on the 16éme arrondissement, you have the porte du Pont-du-Jour, Porte de Saint Cloud (N10), Porte Molitor, Porte de Boulogne (bois de Boulogne), Porte de l’Hippodrome (bois de Boulogne), Porte d’Auteuil (A13), Porte de Passy, Porte de la Muette, Porte Dauphine, Porte de la Seine (bois de Boulogne), Porte de Bagatelle (bois de Boulogne) , Porte de Madrid (bois de Boulogne), Porte Saint-James (bois de Boulogne) ; Porte de Neuilly (Bois de Boulogne), Porte des Sablons (bois de Boulogne) ; and Porte Maillot (N13).

While in the North West ,in the 17éme arrondissement you have the Porte de Ternes, Porte de Villiers, Porte de Champerret, Porte de Courcelles, Porte d’Asniéres, Porte de Clichy, Porte Pouchet. In the 18éme arrondissement you have the Porte de Saint Ouen, Porte de Montmartre, Porte de Clignancourt (N14) Porte des Poissonniers.

To go into some examples as the text is very long,on my favorite district 16 of Paris the Porte Saint Cloud is on the same route as the Bourbon kings had planned the road of the Avenue de Paris in Versailles to Paris Porte Saint Cloud to reach the Louvre fortress and you can still do this route by car!

There is a nice map of many if not all of them I have joined here and some of my pictures passing by them.

There are some special such as the Porte Saint Martin (b 1674) in honor of king Louix XIV and Porte Saint Denis (b 1672) to king Louix XIV on the 10éme arrondissement as well.

The Porte de Pantin was my first entry by car into Paris coming from Meaux in Seine-et-Marne (native town of my wife). Built in early 19C and name as such since WWII.  Another I have gone thru or walked thru often are the Porte d’Orléans, Porte d’Italie , Porte de Gentilly, Porte de Montrouge, Porte de l’Hippodrome , Porte d’Auteuil (A13), Porte de Passy, Porte de la Muette, Porte Dauphine,  Porte de Bagatelle (bois de Boulogne) , Porte de Madrid, and Porte Maillot. The Porte de Champerret, and Porte de Clichy.

Again, they provide a free traffic flow into the city and out, with a bit of history and architectural taste to make your walking or driving very pleasant. Enjoy the gates of Paris , enjoy your Sunday wherever you are. Cheers!



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November 5, 2017

Only in a name Sainte Anne d’Auray

It a sunny cool Sunday, and Bretagne that is going to Church. There is none better here than at Sainte Anne d’Auray, a town about 12 minutes by car from my town. I was there this morning.

I went before the grand Mass of 11H, where persons I came to see were to attend. It gave me the opportunity to come back to this town. Sometimes we passed by, and sometimes we take time in coming here. Sometimes, you are not aware of the beauty, peace, historical and religious significance of places you have around you. I admit the pictures are not that well done even if I am an amateur on it, took them with my old nokia phone ::)

A bit here, Sainte Anne according to the Bible is the mother of Mary, grandmother of Jesus; and the Patron Saint of Brittany!  Pope John Paul II came here and he is remembered with a plaque. The Memorial to the fallen of Brittany in the WW is here too. As well as many statues and fountain of the Saint all over a beautiful park including a wonderful inspiring stair of prayer where folks climb to pray even on their knees!!!

The story here is long, so try to make it shorter. A farm worker named , Yvon Nicolazic,heard voices in breton language that told him  “Me zo Anna mamm Mari” or in French «Je suis la mère de Marie”, which means I am the mother of Mary.   This was July 25 1624, the eve of the feast of Sainte Anne. On March 7 after the call, the farm worker discover in his field in the area of Bocenno, a statue of Sainte Anne that came from an old chapel then in ruins. This event prove the authenticity of the apparitions. More than 400 years later pilgrimages happenned here, with thousands of folks, the most important was Pope John Paul II in September 20, 1996.

And ,there is a statue call  Sainte Anne et les marins in memory of mariners or fisherman who have a strong devotion to the sainte.  The statue with the child enfant Jesus weights 12.50 ton, and high of  5.64 meters, done with 3 blocks of granite stone from  Kersanton  is magnificent. There is a chapel of the Immaculate Conception to the east of cloister built in 1890. To the east of the chapel you will find the place where Yvon Nicolazic the farmer who had the visions was born, now the house dates from 1907.  The statue in front of basilica of Sainte Anne looking over a fountain is the only one representing Mary showing her mother (Ste Anne) . The others show her showing the heavens as was the mision “Sainte Anne, Mère de Marie, conduis-nous vers Jésus”. or Saint Anne, mother of Mary, guide us towards Jesus.

There are wonderful crêperies some we have tried and are great, and historical quaint unique lodgings ,one I visited this morning after passing in front of it for years ::)

The lodging is the L’Auberge right near the Basilica and on the main road to Vannes, D17. It has a wonderful entry lobby with nice leather bucket seats , TV ,magazines and books to read; all the tourist information for the area. A beautiful stairs to take you up to the dining room for a wonderful breakfast, and very well kept rooms. In addition, to a quaint pretty patio with terrace on back. All of these right on the main street in town close to all and walking distance to the Basilica.

I was impressed by the attentive service given to me and the hellos by all even if just there did not stay, waiting for take this person to my house.  From a simple building outside that I passed by many times, the inside look and description by all, tell me this is very nice place to stay while in the area.

The webpage is here: L’Auberge

The hotel is part of the Logis de France ,and this year won the excellence prize from the as well as Gault Millau as well as the site I recommend in my blogroll below front page of my blog La Fourchette or fork.

The Logis de France in English is here: Logis de France

Gault MIllau site here: Gault Millau

The Fourchette site here: La Fourchette

Of course the main to come here is to get to know history, and faith. The biggest event is July 24-26 where Sainte Anne d’Auray becomes the center of Catholism in France, second only to Lourdes.

In the Basilica cloisters there are nice permanent and temporary exhibition on the history of Brittany.

Enjoy your Sunday, mine is just arriving lunch time and we will have the cassoulet of Toulouse ::)  Cheers!

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