This is Cergy in Val d’Oise by the Oise river!!!!!

Ok so this is May, no rain and pure sun all around me, too bad still need to work, as the beaches are glorious nowdays. It is 25C or 77F folks, come over to my belle France.

So in my travels as I was saying, I have been to many places, and most never written on it. They are not on the tourist trail and nowhere in any travel book, but they are worth it for the real local experience and some facts about France to enrich your understanding of why France is the most visited country in the world, 85M latest figures. And no, it is not always Paris….

I like to talk a bit today about Cergy.   This is Cergy in the department 95 of Val-d’Oise in the région of Île-de-France.

Cergy is located on the right bank of the Oise river on the limits south of the park of the Vexin français at about 28 km from Paris. It is the principal city in the metro area of  Cergy-Pontoise. It is cross by the autoroute A15 towards Paris or Rouen, and cut on the La Francilienne N104 towards CDG airport, Versailles on the N186 etc.  The A15  ends at sortie or exit 9 in the district of Grand Centre between the wonderful and favorite shopping center of the  Trois-Fontaines the plains of  Saint-Martinin in Pontoise. However, the road continues without interruptions as the N14 and later the D14  by sortie or exit 13, and continues on as the scenic route to Rouen in Normandy; very nice indeed. The wonderful boulevard du Port takes you to Pontoise and Cergy-Village  as well as the very nice Port-Cergy; the D915 takes you as far as Dieppe in Normandy.  For public transports, Cergy is in zone 5 at the end of the line RER A ending at Cergy-le-Haut  and passing by Cergy-Préfecture  and Cergy-Saint-Christophe (my first job site was here in France !). The train stations of Cergy-Préfecture and Cergy-le-Haut have exchange poles to take you to several towns and bus depot such as well the intercity long distance buses even to CDG  Paris airport. The local public transport site is call STIVO,the network of the metropolitan area of Cergy-Pontoise.

My dear late wife, Martine ,  used to work for many years at CDG Roissy in cargo area for DHL Global Forwarding and she came by bus changing here at Cergy. The bus was the 95-18, now reading about it, no longer does the run!! Better than the trains! Just in case you need deliveries ! https://www.logistics.dhl/fr-fr/home/nos-divisions/expediteur-mondial.html

The shopping center or centre commercial les 4 Fontaines were a favorite for the grocery shopping at Auchan, the car rental Hertz, FNAC, Armand Thiery fashions,and the micromania games store. More here: https://www.3fontaines.com/

Being part of a new city or nouvelle villes of France , the history is surprisingly very short.  A bit of history I like; tells you a bit that the current town of Cergy is the union of several villages. Cergy  was first called Cergiacum in 1069 and Sergy in 1731,then other villages were Gency called Gentiacum in 1072, Menandon called Monlandon in 1135, Les Veaurois called Vaulx-Rouez in 1528, Le Brûloir, Ham  was annexed to Eragny sur Oise in 1687, then back to Cergy after the French revolution, and finally, Les Clobilles.

Things to see at Cergy

Saint Christophe Church at rue de Neuville, as Cergy was elevated to a parish in 1120, the monks of the priery of the abbey of Saint Denis built the first Church in the Roman style that today left only the belltower until the second level (3rd US) , the transept, and some chapters. From early 18C, the gothic choir was done to replace the roman one. This choir with the collateral chapels represent the principal elements of the Church today. The lateral Chapels of the organ and the sacristy were added in the 14C. The fortified gate and old tower of the priory next to the Church ,the current building was a modest construction in 1120 by Louis the Fat something like a lodging farm . Today, only is left the fortified tower and a pigeon tower; the south gate entrance to the Church once closed has recently been open and renovated . The pierre-Fouret also known as the menhir de Gency is a megalith stone in the village of Gency, rue de Vauréal,in the garden of the a retirement home today.

The major things to see here are the Axe majeur, in the district of the  Axe Majeur/Horloge done in a sculptural and garden style monuments from 1980. By 1985 ,Ricardo Bofill did a semicircular space around the original point of the Axe. It has great views of Paris; very relaxing place we came here often.

Cergy

Axe Majeur towards Paris

The other is the Port Cergy on the Oise river marina with yachts and nice contemporary housing and gardens given to the canals. A great entertainment place came here often for lunch or happy hour/after work/apéro ride bys as on the Old English Pub!  A bit more here on the dept tourist page:The Old English Pub

It has a nice pleasure boat marina. More on the port in French here: Port de Cergy

Another nice one is the Château de Gency  located on the road D922 near the village of Gency dominating the Oise river descending from one side of the road to the road chemin de halage with apple trees and cow pastures. The park has 5 hectares of space on a miniature Buttes-Chaumont of Paris look done during the Second Empire period. The place full of history was built in 1860, today the castle of  Gency  is a place for receptions. More here in French: Chateau de Gency

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here and why not it is just a train ride from Paris.

City of Cergy on tourism in French: http://www.cergy.fr/notre-ville/lieux-cles/culture-patrimoine/lieux-remarquables/

Tourism Cergy in English: http://www.ot-cergypontoise.fr/Decouvrir/Sites-majeurs/Axe-majeur

Val d’Oise dept 95 tourist page in English: http://www.valdoise-tourisme.com/diffusio/en/to-see-and-to-do/culture/cergy/axe-majeur_TFO106499520181.php?tfo[gC]=|MoCulturePatrimoine|CulturePatrimoine|ComPlusAlpha||-TT|&tfo[page]=15#.WwUo-O6FPIU

Ile de France tourist page: http://en.visitparisregion.com/

The axe majeur of Cergy : https://www.axe-majeur.fr/menu-axe-majeur.html

There you have it something new in my blog that should have been on it long ago. Remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!

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