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August 27, 2018

Church of Saint Leonard at Honfleur

Once again coming back to Honfleur. It is special and lucky to be able to do all the things I was entrusted to do ,and be able to come back to it several times. You can read my blog and will understand more. I was just back from it.

Honfleur is special and its Churches are the soul that rings with history, traditions, architecture ,and just quaint neighborhoods of old and today. Just lovely for a walk, see ,do eat, drink and be merrier for life’s given. I have done many posts on Honfleur over the years in my blog, today will pick just one a Church. And I am sure have more pictures of this Church in those other posts but these are the latest.

Let me tell you a bit more on the Church of Saint Leonard of Honfleur.

The Saint-Léonard district overlooks the library and the Tourist office and stands out in particular by the presence of its imposing Church, dedicated to Saint-Léonard . The fountains and laundry or lavoir of Saint-Léonard, which borders the Church, belong also to history. Their existence has been attested since the 15C. It is in the heart of the Faubourg Saint Léonard, that the recently arranged garden of Tripot  is located. You will discover the Claire River, crossing Honfleur, and the old Tanners ‘ district.

The Church of Saint-Léonard of Honfleur, was there already a sanctuary in 1186 at the site of the present Church as evidenced by a charter of the abbey of Grestain. Leonard, young man of the Court of king Clovis and patron Saint of the prisoners , died near Limoges in 559AD.

Honfleur

The Church consists of a large nave with two aisles and a choir completed by a three-sided bedside. The façade is of flamboyant Gothic style and only surviving part of the old Gothic Church. The main gate is considered one of the most beautiful expressions of flamboyant Gothic. There are also some rebirth elements. The majority of the Church was burned by the Huguenots (protestants) at the time of the wars of Religion in the 16C. Most of the Church was rebuilt in the 17C and 18C, which explains the peculiar shape of the dome tower, rare in Normandy, but which evokes those that are encountered in eastern France. The large octagonal bell tower dates from 1760. It is decorated in its upper part of elegant bas-reliefs representing instruments of Music.

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The interior is fully decorated with murals, as well as the wood vault with apparent framing. The stained glass windows date from the 19C, in the apse, in the center, the life of Saint Leonard. The stained glass windows of the lower sides represent the stations of the Cross. The Organ of the Tribune is by Aristide Cavaillon-Coll ;however by 1901, Charles Mutin, successor to Cavaile-Coll, rebuilt the instrument in its present layout. He reused some of the old piping and rebuilt box springs, mechanics, blower and console.

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Some webpages to help your visit to this nice Church are

City of Honfleur on Church of Saint Leonard : http://www.ville-honfleur.com/decouvrir-honfleur/honfleur-terre-de-patrimoines/un-patrimoine-culturel/

The parish of Honfleur on the Church Saint Leonard in French: http://www.paroisse-honfleur.com/eglises.html#LEONARD

There you go a bit of walking past the old basin and you reach this wonderful Church in a very quaint old neighborhood of Saint Leonard in Honfleur.

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

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August 27, 2018

Lovely, quaint Dublin!

And let me bring back memories of my trip into Dublin. This was needed,and first came on a business conference of two days and later came back for a week! personal visit. It is time we go back if the will and force is still with me to go traveling out with the boys. Time will tell.

Let me bring you up to date on wonderful Dublin. I have a previous blog post on it here: Dublin more than just green

I like to go into more of the history and  a general overview of the best to see in my opinion of course.

Dublin The city is located near the central point of the eastern coast of the island of Ireland and in the center of Dublin County The name “Dublin” is generally considered from the original Gaelic Dubh Linn (“The Black Pond”) which now means “bay “Smoke”, the name of a basin of a tributary of the Liffey, near which was erected the first stronghold of the Irish Vikings, or Gall Gàidheal. OF course, here I came by plane direct from Nantes to Dublin international airport and then the airport bus to old city center where from there did a lot of walking, great!

A bit of history I like

In the year 837, Thorgis returned there for the second time, accompanied this time by a fleet of one hundred and twenty Viking boats. Sixty of them go up the Boyne River, the other sixty the Liffey River. According to the Annals of the time, this formidable military force gathers under his authority. Unknown in his own country, all the tales relating to his conquests are found in Ireland and the British Isles. Upon their arrival in Dublin, his men took over this community of fishermen and farmers and erected a strong fort according to the Scandinavian construction methods, on the hill where is the present Castle of Dublin. King Brian Boru, nicknamed Boroimhe, Brian Mac Cenneidigh, born in the year 941 in the Thomond in Ireland, was buried in Dublin in the year 1014, at the age of 73 years. He tried to unify Ireland; He died at the Battle of Clontarf on April 23, 1014, in his tent, on a Good Friday.

After the invasion of Ireland by the Normans (1170/1171), Dublin replaced the hill of Tara as the capital of Ireland, the power settling at the Castle of Dublin until independence. After their victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, the Protestant troops of William of Orange, among them 3 000 French Huguenots, installed many of their men in Dublin, to stand out from the controversial Protestants who had colonized Ulster and Munster for a century. The 239 Huguenots of Dublin have a collective burial, Huguenot House in the small street of Mansion Row near the park of St Stephen Green, created in 1693 in the new Dublin, where are engraved the names of 239 of them, listed in alphabetical order.

Since the beginning of the English occupation in the 12C, the city has played the role of the Capital of the Irish Island, in all forms that political authority has taken: The Lordship of Ireland (1171-1541); The Kingdom of Ireland (1541-1800); The island as a member of the United Kingdom (1801-1922); and the Irish Republic (1919-1922).

The Easter Uprising in 1916 placed the Capital in instability, and the Anglo-Irish War, while the Irish Civil War left the city in ruins, many of its most beautiful buildings having been destroyed. From 1922, following the partition of Ireland, Dublin is the capital of the Free State of Ireland (1922 – 1937) and then of the Republic of Ireland. After WWII (known as “the Emergency”) in reference to the state of emergency decreed from 1939 to 1946). Today, it is still the Republic of Ireland or Eirie.

Dublin

Things to see abound some are

Of course, plenty of theater choices and good ones. The most famous theatres are the Abbey Theater, the Gate Theater, the Gaiety Theater and the Olympia. The Abbey Theater was founded in 1904 by a group of writers, including Yeats, in order to promote the literary talents of Irish authors. It allowed the discovery of works by authors such as Shaw, Synge, O’Casey, and at the same time to serve as a springboard for national and political revival of the early 20C. The Gate Theater was founded in 1928 to promote avant-garde European and American works. The Gaiety Theater specializes in musical productions: operas, musical comedies, ballets. The greatest theater is the Mahony Hall,and Ambassador theater is not bad at all!

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Kells’s book is kept in the Trinity College library. The Chester Beatty Library has many manuscripts, drawings and other rare books whose oldest documents date back to 2700 B.C. The main museums are the National Gallery of Ireland, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery and the National Museum of Ireland divided into three sites, archaeology in Kildare Street, decorative arts and history in Collins Barracks and Natural history in Merrion Street..

There is a vibrant nightlife in Dublin, indeed is true. Dublin is dotted with pubs, especially around Temple Bar, located on the south shore of the Liffey, is the attraction of a crowd from all over the city and many tourists who come to take the pubs by assault.   This area was developed as a cultural district with art galleries, the National Film Center (Irish Film Institute), and photography Studios. The streets around St Stephen Green,Harcourt Street, Camden Street, Wexford Street and Leeson Street, in particular, there are a lot of nightclubs. The brewery of St. James Gate , where the famous Guinness has been produced since 1759. O’Connell Street is one of the main avenues with many places and squares of Georgian architectural treasures such as   St Stephen Green, Merrion Square, Ely Place, Fitzwilliam Squares

Dublin

Trinity College, a university founded in 1592 by queen Elisabeth I of England and home to the book of Kells, a illuminated manuscript dating from about 800, making it one of the oldest books in the world. Christ Church Cathedral, some parts of which date back to the original Danish construction. St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Pro-St. Mary’s Cathedral, Dublin Catholic Cathedral;   Dublin Castle, Dublin Writers Museum, and the Ha’penny Bridge, which owes its name to the price (half a penny) that had to pay any person to have the right to cross it and enter the city.

Dublin

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

Tourist office of DublinDublin tourist office

City of Dublin; https://dublin.ie/living/things-to-do/

Tourist office of Ireland on Dublin https://www.ireland.com/en-us/destinations/republic-of-ireland/dublin/dublin-city/

Dublin city council site: http://www.dublincity.ie/

There you go a nice city to visit and we are looking forward for a repeat. Enjoy it fully.

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

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August 27, 2018

How about Bitburg, Germany!

On a nice cool cloudy day in my beautiful Morbihan and away from the beaches, let me tell you about our escapades to the neighboring country of Germany. Specifically, Bitburg.Just a note ,plenty of Germans in our area now ::)

I admit was not really into going to Germany, for some reasons had enough in my neck of the wood. My sons interest in heavy metal music and German groups finally convince me to go. Of course, been there on business trips several times, but never on a personal trip until then. The boys love it of course, and we came to like it too, learning very well the full scope of opportunities for travel in compact Europe. And as the Euro is plenty around so much easier.

And we went to Bitburg from our base just south of Trier. Here is our blog post on Bitburg: Bitburg and the Bitburger beer

Bitburg is the capital of the district Bitburg-Prüm in Rhineland-Palatinate State, 30 km (about 18 mi) north of Trier in the southern part of the Eifel.  The traditional talk is a local variation of Luxembourgish language.

A bit of history I like

Bitburg was founded about 2000 years ago as a crossing point on the road between Lyon and Cologne by Metz and Trier. Its first name was Vicus Beda

In the middle of the 10C, the town was acquired by the County of Luxembourg (later Duchy), then in 1443 by the Duchy of Burgundy. Since 1506 the city has successively belonged to the Spanish Netherlands, then to the Austrian Netherlands from 1714. The city fell into the hands of the French in 1794 (during the French revolution) and became in 1798 the seat of a the department of the Forests (fôrets). According to the agreements of the Congress of Vienna, the city was entrusted in 1815 to the Kingdom of Prussia, where it was successively city-arrondissement of the Grand Duchy of Bas-Rhin, then of the province of Rhineland-Prussian

Towards the end of WWII, Bitburg was devastated at 85% of its surface by bombardment and declared “Dead City” by the Americans. Although located in the French zone of occupation, the forces that stationed in the city after the war were made up of Luxembourg troops, replaced in 1955 by French forces stationed in Germany. In 1965, an American-controlled NATO support base was added. At the end of the 1980’s, the French withdrew their last men and NATO took over the former French barracks. After the Gulf War successively settled the 525e tactical Fighter Squadron (TFS) “Bulldogs”, the 53rd TFS “Tigers” (after moved to Spangdahlem), the 22nd TFS “Stingers” and finally in 1994 Bitburg Airport was occupied by the 36th TFW.  The US present ended in 1994. Currently, only a few parts of the Bitburg barracks are still governed by NATO. Needs to see which ones….not sure.

Transports in and around Bitburg

The B51 is an important link between the north and the south. Like the Roman road between Trier and Cologne, it joins the region of Trier and Luxembourg with the north. And this was the road we took always there. In recent years, the A60 Liège-Wittlich has been passing close to the city; but as a beltway preferred the B51.

The rest not try at all just for information; there is a train station of Bitburg-Erdorf frequented by the Eifelbahn of the line Gerolstein-Trier and the Eifel-Mosel-Express (RE 12) of the line Cologne – Euskirchen – Gerolstein – Trier. The DB Regio Südwest Eifel-Mosel-Express also passes through Bitburg-Erdorf.

Things to see

In the buildings of the old School of Agriculture of 1882 today is the Museum of the region Bitburg-Prüm. The latter proposes, through many objects, a good retrospective on the 2 000 years of history of Bitburg and the Eifel. There is a nice Church of Our Lady in city center with quaint restos and architecture around it, Nice bells outside the Church.

Birburg

Bitburg

Bitburg

And the main reason we came is for the brewery lol! Bitburg bier, one of the best. A German blonde beer of low fermentation (pils) brewed at Bitburg since 1817. Their famous slogan is “Bitte ein bit “. Not fluent in German took it from the web as meaning   Please, a Bit,” or “A Bit, please” . Johann Peter Wallenborn founded the brewery in Bitburg in 1817 at the age of 33.  The beer was featured in the 2011 film, X-Men : First Class. The only lags is the tour is only given in German on most days, English is by appointment. So we took it in German anyway, the main thing was the beer lol! It is a must to visit in town indeed.

Bitburg

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

Tourist office of Bitburg : https://www.eifel-direkt.de/en

City of Bitburg and history: https://www.bitburg.de/cgi-bin/cms?_SID=fake&_sprache=en&_bereich=artikel&_aktion=detail&idrubrik=1002&idartikel=100052

Luxembourg, Trier tourist info page in English: https://www.lux-trier.info/en/explore/city-diversity/bitburg-2

Brewery Bitburg: https://www.bitburger-international.com/bitburger/

There you go another dot on the world map for us and hopefully for you too. Enjoy it!!

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

 

 

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