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July 26, 2018

Ok, it’s Summer and wine is in the…..!

And we are still hot folks , temps in Paris to 36C (97F) and by neck of the woods closer to the ocean it was 31C (88F). Sunny no rain in sight, and we are thirsty!!! So refreshing wines and wines tastings are in order.

First let me tell you if around, I will be in Guérande, Loire-Atlantique dept 44 this coming Saturday for a nice tasting of local wines. The Place du Vieux Marché is very quaint nice but small so we already have figure out how to park our car lol! this is the city featuring the event in French, of course. Fête Vignerons Guérande

And of course, planning on visiting some local friends ex coworkers that now live there. So, now for the tastings and trivia and good points on wine in my belle France.

The Foires or festival of wines for 2018  in the supermarkets, this is an annual event and sometimes twice a year.  I will give all and highlight in black my favorites.

Auchan hypermarchés : Sept 25 to Oct 9
Auchan supermarchés : Sept 21 to Oct 7
Badie : Sept 7 to Sept 30
Biocoop :  Sept 4 to Oct 15

Carrefour hypermarchés : Sept 12 to Sept 24
Carrefour Market : Sept 21 to Sept 30
Casino supermarchés: Aug 31 to Sept 16
Casino hypermarchés: Sept 4 to Sept 16
Franprix : Sept 19 to Sept 30
Intérmarché : Sept 11 to SEpt 30
Lafayette Gourmet : Sept 7 to Sept 30
Lavinia : Sept 17 to Oct 15
Leader Price : Sept 4 to Sept 16
Leclerc : Oct 2 to Oct 13
Lidl : From SEpt 5th
Monoprix : Sept 12 to Oct 27
Naturalia :  Sept 12 to Sept 30
Netto : Sept 4 to Sept 16
Nicolas : Sept 12 to Oct 16
Repaire de Bacchus : Sept 6 to Oct 16

And ,if you are into internet purchases of wines, not me mind you, here are some of the popular ones here

20 sur Vin, Sept 14 to Sept 30; Cavissima, Sept 3 to Sept 23, C Discount, from Sept 6th, Chateaunet, Sept 7 to Sept 30, Ideal Wine Sept 6 to Sept 25, La Grande Cave, Sept 3 to Sept 30, Millésimes, Sept 5 to Sept 28, Netvin Sept 6 to Oct 11, Vente-Privée from Sept 4th, and Vinatis, from Sept 4th

Also, let me tell you about some nice getaways on wine country here. All compliments of my favorite newspaper and magazine Le Figaro.

Leaving from the cellars, picnic basket 48€ for 2 persons electric ATV bike half day 35€ Chateau Malherbe,  1 Route du Bout du Monde 83230 Bormes-les-Mimosas . The cellars open every day from 10h – 20h. Reservations at +33 (0) 4 94 64 80 11 . Chateau Malherbe

The cooperative cellars of Rauzan in the Entre-deux-Mers region of Bordeaux will give some get to know on the biodiversity. 1 km from the cellars a country walk of about 5.5 km with 13 different ecosystems. All along the circuit there will be explanation panels on the natural environment encounter. Caves de Rauzan ,1 l’Aiguilley 33420 Rauzan www.cavederauzan.comTel. +33 (0) 5 57 84 13 22

The cellars of the Château La Dominique welcomes you until August 26th with the exposition « Le rouge des villes et des forêts », something like the red of towns and forests.  About 30 works of art with photos, installations, sculptures, designs, lithographies, and paintings created by the international artists on the theme of nature culture and all phases of color. This will go on from 10h to 18h every day with reservation a must. Château La DominiqueExpo and tasting of two wines 15€. Tél. +33 ( 0) 5 57 55 20 73 or email:visite@chateau-ladominique.com

In the plains of the Maures, the Château Saint-Roux  serves a traditional cuisine done with vegetables of its garden of  3800 m2  to the table of their farm auberge. They have a many goats from which they do their own cheese , a producers market, a store, where you can taste a glass of wine with some cold cuts. Staying here goes from 150€ per night.Château Saint-Roux, Route de la Garde Freinet 83340 Le Cannet-des-Maures Tél. +33+ (0) 4 98 10 02 61

The Château le Crock, Cru Bourgeois in Saint Emilion has started this Summer with a escape game around wines  call  “Escape Ô Crock” ! During one hour the players divided in 4 teams try to figure out the enigmas .  The objective is to find the code that will free a bottle enclosed in a coffret.  All this goes on in the cellars of the Château Le Crock. You go August 8th for the next round, 30€ with reservation a must, includes wine tastings and a local products sample tasting too  at Tel +33 (0) 5 56 59 73 05 or email:  visitecrock@orange.fr More at   Chateau le Crock

Down by the appellation Bandol, facing Sainte-Baume and Mont Caume you have a farm auberge  of the wine domaine of La Font des Péres just opening its doors.  At the heart of a wonderful property of  15 hectares of vines, and the best products in your plate . A vegetable garden , fruit trees, and chickens all around you all the chef needs. Other local products available are goat cheese of  Cadière, fish from Sanary or mussels from Tamaris. Open lunch and dinner with reservations except Sunday evenings and Mondays.Lunch menu (entrée-plat or plat-dessert  from tuesdays to Fridays, from 19€, full menu evening 29€. Chemin de la Font des Pères 83330 Le Beausset. Tél. 04 94 15 21 21 more atDomaine la Font des Péres

Since already 10 years, the Château Le Bouïs, located in the Massif de La Clape, developped their oenotouristism center. A new cellar for tastings of  300 m2 just open in the historic vaulted cellars of the castle.  ALl with natural materials and sobre lines you see 15 cuvées of the property.  You have initiation to tasting wine as well as soon tasting from amphoras will be offered.  You will get the apps La Légende du Bouïs that accompanies you in 5 steps of the parcours to understand the visit of a multimedia expo gallery Route Bleue 11430 Gruissan Tél. +33 (0) 4 68 75 25 25. More here:Chateau le Bouis

Until Sept 30th the Chateau Sainte-Roseline , cru classé  from the AOP of Côtes de Provence presents the 18th exposition of monumental sculptures and contemporary arts in collaboration with the galerie Catherine Issert in Saint-Paul de Vence.  The works by artists such as Vincent Mauger, David Nash, Vincent Barré, Benjamin Sabatier ,and Vladimir Skoda will be displayed around the property. Free admission every day of the week. Château Sainte-Roseline, Route de Sainte-Roseline 83460 Les Arcs sur Argens Tél. +33 (0) 4 94 99 50 30 email:  contact@sainte-roseline.com. More here: Chateau Sainte Roseline

The grand site of France of Aven d’Orgnac, will provide a wine visit hors norm starting every thursday in Summer. You will be guided by an expert trained by  Néovinum-Vignerons Ardéchois,The amateurs of wines will reach a platform of tastings located 50 meters below ground.  There are preserved  10 000 bottles of the best years from the Vignerons Ardéchois.  You will be tasting 3 cuvées.  The visit continues at  121 meters underground for a wonderful show of lights and sound. All reservations is a must until August 30th at 18h30 and also Saturday September 22dn at 18h 19€ with tastings included. More atOrgnac site

The Château du Palanquey  has just been renovated with the opening of five rooms and suites in an authentic vineyard château of the Gironde. It has a spa, host tables and cuisine courses in the middle of 11 hectares of vines.  IF you ask they can give you a tour around the property. The night from 280€ per night, at 2 Lieu dit Palanquey 33350 Sainte-Colombe. Tél. +33 (0) 5 47 84 99 83; email:  contact@palanquey.com .more here: Chateau de Palanquey

And if thats not all, the Food truck festival of the Château de Berne ; a wine property and 5 star hotel ,spa, gastronomic restaurant, bistrot, cooking school, and back for a new edition !  There will be about 15 food trucks on October 14  facing the cellars of the château. World food, street food or country cooking; there will be for all tastes matching the wines of the property.  Live Music and election of the best food trucks of the event. All from 10h to 19h free admission at the property, Chemin des Imbert, 83480 Flayosc-Lorgues. More info here.Chateau de Berne

There you go , enjoy the wines is good for you with moderation. I just had my glasses with red from the Béarn area of the cave de Jurançon in Gan, we are direct with them.

And remember, happy travels ,good health, and many cheers to all!! and en vino veritas!

 

July 26, 2018

What about those transit airports!

Often in my travels I have to go thru some exotic airports never been there, not planned to be there , but need to go thru on our crazy airline scheduling of today’s air transportation schèmes.

I usually buried them in some of my blog posts going to more steady places in our world ,and that is it. However, it has become so common to use them lately that I thought of mentioning in my blog on a permanent basis. It anything as a souvenir of me passing by them. Happy travels includes these airports. Therefore here they are briefly with some airport pictures taken in the past. Enjoy it,and do comment your experiences corresponding, transfering thru these please.

Dubai International Airport  is an airport in the United Arab Emirates, serving the city of Dubai and the largest in the country.  The airport has three terminals:

Terminal 1 (also known as Rashid Terminal Sheikh) . Hall C measures approximately 800 meters long and is connected to Terminal 1 (check-in area) by a 300-meters long underground tunnel (shuttle).  At present, nearly 100 airlines operate from this terminal. Terminal 1a the capacity to handle 40 million of passengers annually (Concourse C + D).

Terminal 2 is intended for charter flights and serves regional destinations.  Currently, some 50 airlines operate from this terminal.

Terminal 3 aspires to become the personified opulence. With its 1 500 000 m2 of floor space, it is one of the largest buildings in the world. Its annual capacity is 43 million passengers. Architecturally, it adopts the shape of an airplane wing and is a kilometer long. Terminal A, consisting of twenty boarding gates, is intended to accommodate only the A380s of Emirates Air. Its 15 000 m2 of commercial surface allowed to double the merchant space of the airport of Dubaï.

More on Dubai airport here: Dubai airports

 

 

Kuala Lumpur International airport  with head office in the Malaysia Airports Corporate Office in the Persiaran Korporat KLIA in the airport complex.  The airport KLIA is the result of a visionary strategy to meet the needs of new large aircraft and the traffic demand of the 21C.  It is located in the Sepang district of Selangor , approximately 45 km (28 mi) south of Kuala Lumpur city center and serves the Greater Klang Valley metro area.

The airport’s site spans 100 square kilometres (39 sq mi)  The airport is part of the KLIA Aeropolis, and is made up of two main terminals; the original Main Terminal Building and the new terminal 2, or also known as KLIA2. The KLIA Main Terminal Building (MTB) is located in between the two runways satellite building accommodates international flights departing and arriving at KLIA. Passengers have to travel to the satellite building via the Aerotrain. It is the largest purpose built terminal optimised for low cost carriers in response to the exponential growth of low cost travel in the region. It was built to replace the previous Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT).

More on the airport here: Kuala Lumpur international airport

Kuala Lumpur

Hamad International Airport is the airport of Doha, capital city of Qatar. It has a Terminal 1 with  Concourse A has 10 passenger gates connected to jet bridges and is located west of the check-in area and Main Terminal. Two of the gates are designed to accommodate the  Airbus A380.

Concourse B has 10 passenger gates connected to jet bridges and is located east of the check-in area.  Two of the gates are built to accommodate the Airbus A380. There is a small coffee shop located at the end of Concourse B, as well as smoking rooms, family areas, and an express duty-free store.

Concourse C has 13 passenger gates connected to jet bridges, two of them built specifically for the Airbus A380. There are 10 remote gates without a fixed jet bridge link connected to Concourse C.

Concourse D Is fully operational. Gates 1–4 are on the first floor and Gates 20–24 on the ground floor.

Concourse E Is fully operational. Gates 1–4 are on the first floor and Gates 20–24 on the ground floor.

Concourse D & Concourse E are due to be extended with a possible Concourse F although plans are still to be finalised. Terminal 1 features First and Business Class lounges which were opened by Qatar Airways. Some articles say that terminal 2 is a confirmed project due to the anticipated passenger load from the  2022 FIFA World Cup of football/soccer.

More on Doha airport here: Doha Airport

Doha

Doha

 

Doha

Hong Kong International Airport is the regional airport (Special Administrative Region) of Hong Kong, China near the island of Lantau, about 30 km from the city center. The international Airport is located on an artificial island born from the meeting of the two natural islands of Chep Lap Kok and Lam Chau, located just north of the island of Lantau the airport has two parallel tracks, each of a length of 3 800 meters and a width of 60 meters, which should allow them to host the next generation of aircraft. The South runway belongs to the “category II precision Approach”, while the north runway belongs to the upper category (“Category IIIA”), allowing pilots to land with only 200 meters of visibility.

More on Hong Kong airport: Hong Kong airport

Hong Kong

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, is the name of the international airport of the City of Canton (Guangzhou, in the province of Guangdong)  this is a new airport, located 28 km from the city center  with only one runway in the city, in the District of Baiyun Mountain (white Cloud) and have a larger platform, able to accommodate greater traffic. It keeps the same name and codes as the old one. The airport is served by the Guangzhou Metro Line 3, airport South station which is the terminus.  There are 5 Airport Express bus lines and 6 Airport Non-stop lines to round-trip between airport and downtown

The terminal 1 has three components, Main Terminal, Area A and Area B. All check-in counters and most retail stores are placed at the Main Terminal. The two concourses controlled by individual security checkpoints, named Area A and Area B, are the boarding gates, security checkpoints, border control, custom & quarantine, baggage reclaim and relative facilities.

Terminal 2, recently opened  with an area measuring over 600,000 square meters. When Terminal 2 officially operates, it will be typically home to China Southern Airlines. In addition, most of  SkyTeam member airlines will also typically operate in Terminal 2.

More on the Guangzhou airport here: Guangzhou airport

Guangzhou

Guangzhou

Guangzhou

There you go brief I say, I have come to all of them on transfering to other countries or even within China transfering at Guangzhou but have been in the country an exception. I will be back in the Fall so maybe again or new ones to try, the quest for cheaper lines of air travel is on and not just families.

Hope you enjoy this brief encounter of the fourth kind and know the long journeys these changes entails. I will post some photos.

And remember , still happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

July 26, 2018

Simply other Passages of Paris!

As I sit in my window looking out a hot breezy summer day in the Morbihan breton, I can’t help thinking of my walks in Paris. As said, Paris is an outdoor living museum, like no other, and by far the most beautiful city in the World. I did and do a lot of walking in Paris, if need to take the bus above ground Paris is glorious.

Some of these walks made me realize further the beauty of the city, in its history, architectures and facts. One of these pleasant walks took me to see two passages or covered walkways of Paris seldom seen and full of charm. I like to tell you about them now.

The Passage du Bourg-l’Abbé  with a length of 43 meters allows to pass from 120, rue Saint-Denis to 3, Rue de  Palestro, originally  extended until the passage de l’Ancre, but it was notched by the piercing of the boulevard de Sébastopol.  It was built in 1828 ,and the mezzanine retains original ornaments, the entrance to the side of the Rue de Palestro, designed by the architect Henri Blondel in 1863,, also architect of the Bourse de Commerce (trade exchange house) . Henri Blondel will come back in 1889 on the Rue de Palestro for a house built  at 15 rue du Louvre , but will give more scope to its composition by doubling the entrance arcade and accompanying the opening of powerful figures of Atlantis’s.   The Cariatides, sculpted by Aimé Millet, in 1863 author of the Grand Apollon of the Opéra Garnier are allegories of trade and industry, symbolized respectively by the anchor, attribute of the Merchant Navy, and by Machines parts.  The nooks of it is filled with a beehive, emblem of economic activity.

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It is located at 120, rue Saint-Denis – 3, Rue Palestro, with access on Metro: Etienne Marcel ,line 4 and Bus 29 arrêt/stop Etienne Marcel.  Open from Monday to Saturday from 7h30 to 19h30. It bears the name of a village called “Le Bourg l’abbé”, which bore this name because it depended on the abbot of St. Martin.

It has little activity today and hardly ever notice not even in the Paris tourist office lineup, however, it is very nice historical piece of covered passageways in Paris and will do good to stop by passing by here.

In 1825, the House of the Taxi of the Grand Cerf, which was the terminus of the Royal Couriers, was demolished. The opening date of the passage remains unclear. It was probably opened in 1835. The style of the canopy is however of a later period. The history of the Passage du Grand Cerf is closely linked to the history of the neighborhood ( quartier)  Saint-Denis which was in 1830 the most popular and industrious of Paris where there were small factories and workshops.  Its height, 11.80 meters, the highest in Paris, and a lenght of 113 meters was the most important of all the Parisian passages. It’s partially metallic structure allowed building two levels of fully glass facade. The house only starts from the third floor. Thus, it was said that this Passage was more intended for production and handicrafts than for the luxury and sale of its products. In 1862, it was bequeathed to Public Assistance. A gradual disaffection interfered with its maintenance. Abandoned for many years, the Passage of the Grand Cerf was rehabilitated in 1990. It is today one of the most attractive passages in Paris. The “fleas” market of contemporary furniture are held twice a year.

The passage of the Grand Cerf, connects the 145, rue de Saint Denis to 8, rue Dussoubs, in the 2éme arrondissement of Paris, in the neighborhood or quartier of Bonne-Nouvelle. The name of the passage refers to the old sign of a hotel. The passage is open in 1825 on the site of the Grand Cerf Hotel. This hotel, which belonged to the Hospices administration, is also across the passage of the Bourg-l’Abbé which faces it, in rue Saint-Denis, was inaugurated in April 1828 and ,however, a guide dated 1831 indicates that the passage of the Grand-Cerf is still under construction…  The current architecture of the passage makes it rather go back to the year 1845 than 1825. This is actually the year where this passage was covered by a large canopy. The use of metal structures made it possible to situate it at a high height and thus to raised large glass surfaces in height, at the level of the interior facades of the shops.

The passage was built on the location of the Terminus house of the Grand Cerf where the Royal stagecoaches brought the courier destined for the east of France. The decoration is in neoclassical style, the metal walkways and the woodwork showcases bring a chic and sober side, two floors of skylights illuminate the passage. The shops of the passage of the Grand Cerf are mainly those of designers and creators (jewelers, furniture.etc..). It was necessary to invest to maintain it and finally the Public Assistance plans to sell it. After failure to sell it , it was finally sold in 1985. This allowed to restore it and rebuild it identically.

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A sequence of the film by Louis Malle ,Zazie  dans le Métro (in the metro/subway/tube ) was shot in 1960 in the passage.  Anne Français (1909-1995), painter, lived at 4, passage du Grand-Cerf. The birthplace of the French politician, Léon Blum is located next to the passage, at number 151, formerly number 243. An episode of the series Les Cinq Derniére Minutes (the last five minutes), with Jacques Debary, was shot in the passage du Grand Cerf.  The TV show Un Coeur sur Mesure ( a custom-made heart), is first broadcast  on 25 July 1981. The crime takes place in a tailor shop located in the gallery.

It is located at  145, rue Saint-Denis – 8, rue Dussoubs with access on Metro Etienne Marcel line 4 or Bus  29, arrêt/stop Etienne Marcel.

A more popular and active passage, with a reference in the Paris tourist office. Info here: Passage du Grand Cerf

And there it goes folks, another trivia walking tour of Paris. And some interesting nice building passageways as well. Not far from the Palais Brongniart, post written earlier in my blog.

Hope it helps your curiosity. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

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