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November 26, 2018

Lovely nearby Auray!

Ok so we are getting into cold nights and dark , so winter is coming and the season to be merrier too. I used to lived here when moved into the Morbihan breton dept 56 and later purchase my house elsewhere. However, the town has charm and we always come here and shop here too.

What is here, Auray, the historical town where Benjamin Franklin landed to ask help from king Louis XVI for the American independance war with England, and he got it. Marquis de Lafayette but also Marquis de la Roulie of Fougéres Brittany and General Rochembau and Admiral Grace and his 29 French Caribbean flotilla to block Yorktown. And so on….Gen Pershing later said, Lafayette , we are here in WWI. And so on…

Let me tell you a bit more as have several posts on Auray in my blog but its been a while not by this area. Took advantage as my oldest is passing his driving licence here and I came to pick him up tonite.

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There is a nice small stadium here , the Loch. Stade du Loch, name after the river passing below in Saint Goustan.  It has Track and Field stadium in stabilized/ashen with 4 cloakrooms with showers and a 400-seating grandstand has a track of 400 meters. It includes 4 jump areas including 1 high jump, 1 long jump, 1 long jump and triple jump and 1 pole vault. Athletes will be able to find 3 pitches including 1 discus throw, 1 javelin throw and 1 hammer throw.   Football field in natural turf with lighting, 4 changing rooms with showers and a tribune of 400 seats.  Stabilized/ashen petanque/ball field with lighting. This sports equipment consists of 10 corridors (or runways, stations). And an asphalt basketball court.

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Right in the middle you have the Loch tower or la tour du Loch, a remnant of history I like.

The Tour du Loch is a tower located in Place du Loch, behind the football field (Loch Stadium).  It was on this lookout that Duke Arthur 1er built his castle. In 1364, a battle for the succession to the Duchy of Brittany pitted Count Charles de Blois, loyal to the king of France, and Jean de Montfort, supported by the English. The winner, Jean de Montfort, took the title of Duke Jean IV. The castle was destroyed in 1558 by order of the grandson of Anne of Brittany, Henri II, and his stones were sent to Belle-Ile to allow the construction of the Vauban citadel.

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This belvedere dominates the Loch river , where the port of Saint-Goustan was once very active. A walk through terraced gardens and large trees descends towards the quays without going through the Rue du Château. Or going from haute ville to basse ville in Auray.

At the end of the development of the port in the 17C, a pyramid tower was built for the monitoring of maritime traffic. But the development of the trees on the hillsides of the Loch obscuring the view, it became ineffective, therefore useless. In 1721, a new square tower at degrees, with a spiral staircase rising up to a cross, was built to replace the pyramid. From there one could then watch for the arrival of the ships. But here too the trees have grown. And if you go up the tower, it’s no longer for boats, but rather to watch matches from a privileged place.

Behind this tower, you can descend on the ruins of the old castle all the way down to the port of Saint Goustan, the beautiful harbor of Auray.

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You can go to the Place de la République where the city/town hall is located and go down on Rue du Château to Saint Goustan harbor as well. This is  a very steep hilly street so be prepared. Or as I do by car come around the parking Keriolet into the harbor or along the road D765 by the back side.

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I went a bit into the old town of Auray lovely old world street so romantic me think, I can be dwelling here forever and nice places to drink and eat here too, that is in other posts.

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All a lovely small town nestled between the regional government powerhouses Lorient and Vannes as well as down from my town of Pluvigner.

Enjoy it as I do, Morbihan, Brittany, France the very best combination in the world. When can I see you around here? So far two of my internet travel sites friends have come fyi.

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

 

 

 

November 26, 2018

Some news from France CCX

So here we are and back to my blog after a while it begins to be missed, just a rest day from my last trip (vive la France!) and back to work this week to finish November. Until my next trip to Asia in December to close out 2018 and awaits my Christmas break!

Some of the latest on the season to be the best of all seasons; Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays to all. Joyeux Nôel et Bonne Année!

Christmas in Paris : City/ Town Hall of Paris parvis de l’hotel de Ville from December 14th to January 6th 2019.

Sport on the quays ,from December 22 to January 2, 2019   all along the 4éme quais with light images on the banks. From the banks of the Seine, between the Notre-Dame Cathedral 4éme to the Pont au Change, from 17h to midnight, pictures on Paris and Christmas. The opportunity to immerse yourself fully in the magic of Christmas on this natural screen of 140 meters long by 8 meters high.

A ball at Place de La Concorde from December 28th to the 30th and from 19h to midnight Sounds and lights on the Arc de Triomphe projected on the Arc de Triomphe at 23h30, a sound and light some 150 streets and 70 neighborhoods or quartiers of Paris will also be illuminated from the end of November to the beginning of January 2019..

The Jardin des Plantes reveals its facilities for the holiday season. And this time since November 16th, it treats us with species in the process of illumination, missing animals version XXL. Species in the process of enlightenment at the jardin des Plantes 2 place Valhubert 5éme until January 15 2019, adult ticket 15€. Every year, the jardin des Plantes this year has a mammoth, a saber-toothed tiger or even a Tasmanian wolf. As if to fire the alarm of a planet that is getting worse, here we enlighten the consciences, we remind that we must preserve the fauna and the flora, at least what is left of it. Spectacular lanterns represent extinct creatures more than 60 million years ago, but not only a 30-meter-long white shark, accompanied by other endangered species, is also installed in the garden. The course is done at night, to enjoy the light installations of course, and will delight the adults with live shows on the theme of nature, but also the children with workshops to build his own lantern. A nice trip plan!

Right now and until January 6 2019, run to the giant ice rink set in the heart of the Tuileries garden, a few steps from the Christmas market. A few slips followed by a pancake and a hot wine, it is atmosphere cocooning enchanting assured! 1200 m2 of surface for 100 meters long, there is enough to do for the young and the young at heart! Jardin des Tuileries ;   from 11h to midnight.

Find the above and more at the tourist office of Paris: Tourist office of Paris Christmas 2018

Away but in the region back to my dear late wife Martine home ground in Seine-et-Marne 77.

From November 24th, the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte illuminates thousands of decorations for you to discover the magic of the Christmas of yesteryear, for its 13th edition. A true fairy tale come true with its splendid Christmas showcases of the Museum of Crews, its trains, sledges and wooden trucks sublimated by garlands and golden fir, its authentic small trains of the 1900’s   exposed on a course of 20 m2, its kiosk Gourmet with Christmas specialties in the courtyard of the museum, its toy palace and its puppet theatre, its snowy firs and teddy bears and even its sumptuous banquets, not to mention its large living room, centerpiece of the castle, and its hot air balloon decorative 10 meters high floating over a fairy forest. The Festival of Lights arrives in Paris for the first time, and here is a good introduction to the magic of Christmas. Beautiful Chinese lanterns and other illuminations of all kinds will warm your heart and put you in full view until 2019! Vaux-le-Vicomte fête Noël. Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte  . Until January 6 2019. tickets from 13-19€. More info here: Christmas 2018 at the Chateau Vaux le Vicomte

And in my old lovely gorgeous Versailles, Christmas is in the air at the Castle/museum. The hours days are all Saturdays from December 1-29, Fridays on December 21 and 28.The hours on all days above will be 18h, 18h20, 18h45, 19h10, and 19h35. More info here still in French: Christmas 2018 at the Chateau de Versailles

And all the plays at the Royal Chapel during December 2018,info here still in French: Royal Chapel plays at Versailles in Dec 2018

The city of Versailles will have shows in horse wagons with illuminations on December 26 17-18h, December 29 17-18h ,and January 5 2019 17-18h. Rides are at 23€. More info at the tourist office in English: Tourist office of Versailles on Christmas 2018

The wonderful Waldorf Trianon de Versailles hotel has many Christmas activities, more in French at their site here: Trianon Palace Christmas 2018

Saving heritage is all worth it, it is our DNA. Through the windows of the Château de Bagatelle 16C when they can open (which is no longer the case for those in the dining room) the park’s joggers are happy to take pictures of the music room, of the playroom or the small boudoirs of the 18C. But you mustn’t raise your head. above, on the cornice, protective nets were placed this summer to prevent the fall of plasters victims of severe infiltration of water. This madness was finished by  1777 by the count of Artois in 67 days. The construction of this small castle, which passed the French revolution, which was bought by the English and where Richard Wallace lived and where he died. Before being taken over by the city of Paris. A petition has been launched.no less than 737 signatures were collected, including of course Stéphane Bern, for the Heritage Foundation, Yves Cana, curator general of the Château de Versailles or Xavier Bray, director of the Wallace Collection in London. All worth it kudos to them. More info here: Tourist office of Paris on the Chateau de Bagatelle

It is here!, after several years of work, the new section of the T3 tramway from the Porte de la Chapelle to the porte d’Asnières enters into service this past Saturday 24 November 2018!  Official site here: Tramway of Paris official webpage in French

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Well you can see that beneath our feet is the first Cathedral of Paris and its crypt, the ancient Church of St. Mary of the Champs destroyed during the French revolution. It resurfaces today because it may well become accessible to the public! The keeper of the building of 14 bis, rue Pierre Nicole in the 5éme arrondissement no longer authorizes the curious and/or historians to cross the doors that separate them from this jewel of yesteryear. 14 Rue Pierre Nicole soon open to the public one of the secret jewels of Paris until now. Stay tune ! For now a site on the history of Paris monuments in French: History of Paris on Church of Sainte Marie des Champs

All we can do with a 10€ bill in Paris! Yes it can be done folks stop reading those fancy books. 10 euros that is can get you !

A pack of cigarettes 8€. A bottle of wine (if drinking the sting well does not bother you, you can even find bottles for 3€. A pack of beers 6 or 7€. Nice clothes in thrift, you can find at all prices! Beauty products from small brands like a varnish to 2€, a lipstick for 5€ for your galleys of last minute. A disposable camera 6€. A pint of beer in a bar 7-10€, not to mention Happy hours in the moonlight with pints between 3.50-4.70€, at Clair du Lune or at the Cordonnerie bar with the pint at 2.80€.   A cocktail (you can find at 5€, after you do not guarantee anything about its quality at Syphax for example .Go to the cinema as if you are under 26 years old it is 4.90€ at the MK2, 6.50€ at the UGC. If you’re older, forget it!!!. Go to the Museum such as the Musée d’Orsay 9€ The first rate, the IMA 4€ for under 26 years and 8€ the full price, Museum of modern Art at reduced rate, the Jeu de Paume 7.50€ reduced rate and 10€ full price, the Grand Palais 9€ in reduced rate. Moreover, you should also know that all museums are free on the first Sundays of the month from November 1st to March 1st. Go to the Cinémathèque ,the entrance to the cinema, the museum or the lectures between 3-6.50€. A nice stroll in the sewers of Paris, this is atypical! Discover this gigantic underground network for 4.20€. Go one hour before a performing theater to catch the last places that are still sold at 10€. Get acquainted with the Quidditch au bois de Vincennes, 5€ for 3hrs with a maximum of 4 persons. Make a game of track in Paris to better know your city while having fun with your buddies, for 9.50€.Rent a boat in the Bois de Boulogne or the Bois de Vincennes for an unusual stroll at 10€. Eternal Paris indeed!!!

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

 

 

 

November 26, 2018

The good times , sights and architecture beauty of the Philippines!

I will do this post on the bars and sights on my last trip there or my 4th overall to the Philippines. This one is on fun and architecture with mostly photos. Enjoy it!

I like to start with some night spots I went and truly enyoyed with locals.

At Cebu, (Mandaue city) we went to the Jump shot Sports Bar, a rather rocking place with a terrace overlooking the main street. Plenty of cheers good beers and friendly company. More here: Jump Shot Sports Bar

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We had great fun here and another on the book for a return visit. Recommended.

Then, in Manila we went to the Road House Manila Bay,and it was rocking live with a good band and friendly nice service. The band was Spank Me Regor and was again very good indeed worth going back for them, very nice vocals music from the 80’s! The place official webpage is here: The Road House Manila Bay

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We were there by the harbor so there was a nice big wheel that remainded me of the one in Paris place de la concorde.

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I went up to Lemery in Isabela province for breathtaking views of Twin Lakes.

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While passing by the nice fruit market of Tagaytay. 

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All on the road warrior I like and nice memories of the Philippines. As said, this was my fourth trip there and been to several islands, great memories, great friends and many souvenirs. Do not know when back but if long the memories will lingered forever. Thanks Philippines.

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

 

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