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September 9, 2018

Two symbols of Mexico City!

Let me bring you up to the top, high up symbols of Mexico DF or Ciudad Mexico, or simply DF in of course , Mexico. I have several blog posts on Mexico having visited the country in numerous occassions and with family now there for several years who married into Mexicans both at DF and Yucatàn peninsula area.

I like to bring you up to two symbols of the Mexico lindo y querido I know. The Mexico pretty and loved that I know. These are the Angel de la Independencia tower and the Fountain of Diana Cazadora, both around the Paseo de la Reforma. I have written many posts as said, but will pick just one as reference for my new entry, here is that post: Mexico Glorious and Friends

Now let me tell you a bit more about these two wonderful symbols of Mexico.

The fuente de la Diana Cazadora (eng. Huntress Diana Fountain) or originally La flechadora de las estrellas del norte (eng. the arrow of the stars of the North), is a monument located in the roundabout at Paseo de la Reforma and Calle Río Misisipí and Calle Sevilla, on the border of the neighborhoods of Colonia Cuauhtémoc and Colonia Juàrez, and was begun in 1938.

The sculpture of the Diana , was started to create when a program of beautification of the city that included the creation of several monumental fountains in roundabouts or representative corners was designed.  The model was then 16 years old, it was called Helvia Martínez Verdayes and worked in the evenings as secretary in the offices of Petroleos Mexicanos, (petroleum of Mexico pemex). It was there that it was proposed to her the model for the sculpture. The young woman accepted and the sculpture was elaborated from April to September of 1942, month in which finally the bronze smelting of the same one was made. During all that time, Helvia Martínez Verdayes posed naked for the sculptor without receiving another pay than the vanity of seeing her body immortalized in one of the most beautiful avenues of the city. The Fountain of the Arrow star of the North was inaugurated on October 10, 1942 and from that moment the affection of the people was won, who began to call it the Diana the huntress fountain.

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Mexico

To take advantage of the celebration of the Olympics of Mexico 1968, it was decided to remove the bronze loincloth of the sculpture, and thus after 25 years, the Diana returned to show its original beauty in 1967. However, in doing so, the statue suffered some damage. To solve the situation, it was decided to melt a new piece without defects to occupy that place, while the one that was damaged was sold by the artist to the regent to avoid that the piece was destroyed. This piece was donated by the politician to the city of  Ixmiquilpan, in Hidalgo, his hometown, where it remains since 1970. For 1974 with the construction of the Interior Circuit (today Bicentennial Circuit) The Diana was removed from her place and kept for two years. After the works, in 1976 it was relocated to one side of the extinct cinema Chapultepec, in the Parque Ariel, in that place the singular lady remained forgotten for a space of 16 years. Faced with the pressures of the citizens, the Diana returned in 1992 to the Paseo de la Reforma, but this time at the crossroads of Calle Rio Misisipi and Calle Sevilla, where she remains until today wearing her firm body, wavy hair, eternal beauty and her bow without arrow.

Let me jump in to the next symbol of Mexico on this post, the Angel de la Independencia or the Independance Angel.  El Ángel de la Independencia is a column located on a roundabout in the end of the Paseo de la Reforma. The column has 36 meters high, and the statue, which weighs 7 tons,  and about 7 meters, for a total of 43 meters. Made with gold leaves.  El Ángel was built in 1910 to celebrate the centenary of the independence of Mexico. In 1925, a mausoleum was made at its base containing the remains of the heroes of the Independence of Mexico. The statue of the winged Victory located at its summit is inspired and is a quasi-conforming copy of the statue of the Genius of Liberty located on the column of July, Place de la Bastille in Paris, France.

Mexico

Mexico

Mexico

Visitors are allowed to enter the monument, view the memorial plaques at the base level, and climb to the top of the tower. Entrance is free. To go up people must get a permit at the Cuauhtémoc borough where you must show ID. Groups of no more than 6 are then allowed into the monument for about 15 minutes.  As things can change you need to check the information with the tourist office or the borough (Delegacion) of Cuauhtémoc . More here: Govt webpage Cuauhtemoc contact

There are 200 stairs, and the climb is arduous. The first approximately 15 stairs, in the base, are wide and comfortable. The stairs in the column itself, approximately 185, are circular, metal, very narrow and without a landing or resting point until one reaches the top. Visitors who are not in good physical shape will find the climb exhausting, and those not comfortable with tight spaces should avoid the climb as there is insufficient room to allow others to bypass. Some areas of the staircase are very dark, and there are only a few slits to let in light. The top balcony, though narrow, offers a commanding view of the wide avenues that surround the column. The return trip down is by way of the same circular staircase. But of course, there is always the challenge to see it , me not climb yet lol!

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here in addition to my previous blogs are

Tourist office of Mexico Chapultepec forest and sites

Good private webpage DEFE on the Angel

Good private webpage Chilango on Diana

There you go enjoy Mexico DF or city of Mexico or Ciudad  de Mexico; a fascinating world awaits you. Enjoy it

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

 

 

 

September 9, 2018

Domaine de Kerguéhennec at Bignan! part 2

Again, I have written on the town of Bignan and its Domaine de Kerguéhennec already in my blog. However, it is less than half an hour from me and we go often, even to just to walk our dog Rex. It really gets him exercise and us too.

This morning we were doing some of the chores of our house and decided to have a late lunch/brunch and take Rex to the Domaine de Kerguéhennec to walk him there. The trip was short and the time spent there too but the outing was well and Rex really enjoyed it.

The place is managed by the department Morbihan no 56 in Brittany and it a place for arts, and exhibitions now . Fortunately for us its a huge domaine and dogs are allowed in with  a leash.  Parking is free too so great for families with domestic animals.  The official webpage is here in French: http://www.kerguehennec.fr/le-domaine

As have many posts on it and pictures, here will just have a pictorial of the best shots from this morning. Enjoy them as we do

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Enjoy the photos, and the place is great for picnic with families too as well as many enjoyable events. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

September 9, 2018

The Passage Pommeraye of Nantes!

And what about going out west! We love it in Nantes , and this is one chic nice architecturally historical place to do the shopping in Nantes in or around it . Let me tell you a bit more on the passage Pommeraye of Nantes.

It is a magical place taking you into times past surrounded by chic boutiques and the area outside just magical as well. For me the best part of Nantes. We have come here often with the family, will see now our next time. See in search my other blog posts on Nantes.  I like to tell you a bit more about the passage here.

The passage Pommeraye is a shopping mall in the city center of Nantes, built from the end of 1840, it is put into service on July 3, 1843 drawing its peculiarity to be built on a land with a steep gradient. It extends on three levels distributed by a central staircase. If its construction resulted in the ruin of its promoter, Louis Pommeraye, the passage, considered an architectural success, remained a flourishing place of commerce. It has benefited from a renovation completed in 2015.

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It connects the Rue de la Fosse to the Rue Santeuil and the Rue du Puits-d’Argent, putting a hyphen between the district of the Place du Commerce and that of the place Graslin.  It has a difference of nine meters, and is organized on three levels, around a monumental central staircase: at the lower level, the Galerie de la Fosse opening onto the rue de la Fosse.  At the intermediate level, the  Galerie Regnier a mezzanine connected on its north side to the Rue du Puits-d’Argent by a lateral gallery. On its southern side, leads to the Passage Coeur de Nantes. At the upper level, the Galerie Santeuil opens onto the rue de Santeuil.  The Pommeraye passage is a private space, closed to the public during the night by wrough iron grill doors.

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A bit of history I like

In Nantes the first passage dates only from 1827: It is the passage of Orléans, still existing, of a modest length of about 20 meters, connecting the rue d’Orléans to the place Félix-Fournier.

In the first half of the 19C, the rue de la Fosse, rue Santeuil and rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau framed an islet of dilapidated buildings, which was only traversed by the Rue du Puits-d’Argent and the place du Commerce. The study of the development of a restaurant at rue Santeuil by the restaurateur Charles Guilloux, takes up the idea of building a covered passage in the neighborhood. Guilloux acquirer as of August 1837 of a portion of the building at 18, rue de La Fosse joins an ambitious notary public, Louis Pommeraye, who submits to the mayor of Nantes the idea of building a covered passage in this ignored neighborhood, according to his own terms. It is a matter of creating a new link between the business district (Bourse Palace, Place du Commerce) and the Culture District (place Graslin), and, to a lesser extent, between the Bourse palace (stock exchange) and the main post office then located on Rue Santeuil.

However, five years later, the operation was a failure linked to the economic crisis of 1848. The company is liquidated in 1849. Baron Henri Baillardel de Lareinty, principal creditor, bought the passage in 1851. In 1852 the new owner is allowed to connect the passage, by the Galerie Reignier, to Rue du Puits-d’Argent, to facilitate access to rue Crébillon via the rue Régnier, but with the arrival of the department stores in the last third of the 19C, the covered passages fall into desuetude. IT was then used as student housing, the Santeuil University Residence, is installed in 1949 closing in 2008. The maintenance work now is financed by a co-ownership of some sixty members, supported by the State and the Region governments.

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From the original 31 shops in operation now are opened on the Galerie de la Fosse, Galerie Réignier, Rue du Puits-d’Argent, and Galerie Santeuil , 26 shops. The most famous showing of the passage Pommeraye was shown in the cinema with the movie Lola (1961) and Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (the umbrella of Cherbourg) in 1964.

As an extension of these covered passes way there is another Passage annex called Passage Coeur-de-Nantes located southwest of the historic passage built at the site of the building of the commercial printing store, long occupied by Presse Océan, and demolished in October 2013. It officially opened its doors in 2016. The entrance is located on rue Santeuil , facing the outlet on rue Rameau about 50 meters south of one of the two main entrances of the passage Pommeraye.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

Official Passage Pommeraye : http://www.passagepommeraye.fr/

City of Nantes on the passage Pommeraye : https://www.nantes.fr/home/a-nantes-et-pas-ailleurs/decouvrir-nantes/les-symboles-nantais/le-passage-pommeraye.html

Tourist office of Nantes: https://www.nantes-tourisme.com/en/heritage/passage-pommeraye

There you go ,enjoy a fascinating way to shop or window shop as you like; this is magical and well recommended. Enjoy it.

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

 

 

 

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