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December 21, 2018

My travels in the Morbihan, LXXVI

Need to have a break from all those glorious towns and come back to my lovely Morbihan and our errands. The season to be merrier is near and we will try to do our best after our losses of dear wife and mother. The weather is definitevely more wintery cold and gray, and light rain falling on Friday but sometimes is worse somewhere else. We take the best of what we can get.

Let me bring up to date. The pastries snacks order for Christmas is done, and will cook something local with great Champagnes and wines to at least get a family unity here far from the rest of the family; the closest been 6 hrs away by car. We are planning to visit the grandmother in Seine-et-Marne (77) after Christmas, mainly because my oldest son is ongoing auto school for his license until Friday.

As my oldest school is in Auray and my Dad needed some adjustment to his hearing aid also in Auray, we took some time to walk around our previous home as nowdays not much there, spending more time in Vannes. Here are basically a pictorial.

We set out early to get bedding for our dog Rex already one year old and nice, we love him to death! He is a mix labrador, border collier, more on the collier side we think. Right now he is already sleeping in his new bedding in the living room!!!  We got that at Maxi Zoo in the town of Séné (next to Vannes). As we were there, had our lunch at a new place.

We passed by it and finally decided to stop in. Le Triangle brasserie restaurant in Séné. Nothing fancy just a regular French mom and pop resto.We had our usual pint of Leffe blonde beer with a bib of sirloin steak, fries,and salad, and expresso coffee for 20.50€ per person ok for lunch. It is diagonally opposite the Maxi Zoo store.  Here is a bit more on it: Le Triangle Séné

Sene

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sene

From there we went to Auray, drop off my oldest at his auto school (for driving license) and then walk around inner city Auray taking some photos which usually have no time to take on this historical wonderful small town by the Loch/Auray river that flows into the Gulf of Morbihan and then the Atlantic ocean! Enjoy the pictorial!

Auray

from upper town to lower town St Goustan port

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pl de la République behind hotel de ville Christmas tree and market

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upper town to lower town auray river to gulf of morbihan and atlantic ocean

Auray

from old castle to st goustan quai Franklin and the auray river

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Christmas market area at pl de la République behind hotel de ville

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pl de la République from hotel de ville towards lower town and st goustan port

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port of St Goustan from above castle ruins, inner harbor place st sauveur back loch river front auray river to gulf of morbihan love it

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from above castle ruins to st goustan and the L’Armoric bar resto ourhangout! at pl St Sauveur!

Enjoy it the season to be merrier, Merry Christmas to all my readers and best wishes from the heart!

I have to give it again, the Auray area tourist office : Tourist office of Auray

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

 

December 21, 2018

The 3 Dumas, only in Paris of course!

Let’s continue the saga of the ïle de France region, well the island of France has it all, it is France then the rest oops sorry! There was a guy who published a book after passing unfortunately they call it A Movable Feast (for Paris) but I always tell folks he was short on travels, if he had done more out of Paris, he would have left some writing on the second volume, France is a movable feast; thank you E Hemingway.

However, let’s stay with just Paris for the moment shall we! There is a simple square I passed by now less often, that has the particularity of showcasing the history anecdote of 3 Dumas; and I like to bring that to life in a humble way in my post now.

The story is told on this square. The place Général-Catroux is on the 17éme arrondissement of Paris. This rectangular square is crossed by Boulevard Malesherbes and Avenue de Villiers; It receives the rue Henri-Rochefort, rue de Phalsbourg, rue de Thann, rue Georges-Berger, rue Legendre and rue Jacques-Bingen. This site is served by metro line 3 at the Malesherbes station as well even thus I always been by here with my car.

Opened in 1862 on the site of a park, this square retained for a long time the nickname “Place des Trois Dumas”, (square of the 3 Dumas) because of the three statues of the Dumas, which adorned the center of this square. It was actually called “Place Malesherbes” and was renamed in 1977. And as my travels goes my pictures of only of Dumas of D’Artagnan , one of my all time favorite with the family spirit of All for One and One for All!

The nice building architecture around the square can be summarize as follows:

At No. 1: Hôtel Gaillard, built for Émile Gaillard, regent of the Banque de France, collector of art, to house his collections of furniture, trinkets, paintings, etc. The red brick building inspired by the architecture of the castles of Blois and Gien was built from 1878 to 1882. After the death of Émile Gaillard in 1902, his collections were dispersed and the hotel was bought by the Banque de France in 1919 to become a branch. An entry exists by No. 11ter, rue Georges-Berger, where the building is referred to as Hôtel Berger. It is something very noticeable and I love it!

At No. 6: the building here was built in 1907, in return on No. 31 Avenue de Villiers. At No. 12: Embassy of Liberia. This building was the headquarters of the propaganda service of the French Legion of Volunteers against the Bolshevism (LVF) under the occupation of Paris, whose head office was 19, rue Saint-Georges. At No. 14: Russian news agency RIA Novosti (now Rossiya Sevodnya). At No. 20: a mansion where the composer Charles Gounod lived from 1878 to his death in 1893.

Some of the monument/statues to see here (and other than the bank building the reason to stop by) are:

The Monument to General Thomas Alexandre Dumas, erected in 1912. It is represented taking over a rifle. It was sent to the cast under the Vichy regime in 1942. The city of Paris replaced it with Irons, made in 2008, representing a monumental broken chain in memory of General Dumas, born a slave in Haïti.

The Monument to Alexandre Dumas (father) It was inaugurated on 4 November 1883 in the presence of a huge crowd. A statue of d’Artagnan cantoned the rear face of the pedestal.

The Monument to Alexandre Dumas (son) was erected in 1906. Alexandre Dumas (son). is one of the first writers to live in the plain of Monceau, place of painters, actors and musicians. He resided at No. 98 Avenue de Villiers.

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paris

The Monument to Sarah Bernhardt, 1926, represents the actress in the title role of Phaedra de Racine. It had a hotel at the end of the square, at the corner of Avenue de Villiers and rue Fortuny.

One of the architectural delights of walking, biking or driving thru Paris or at least a bus where you can see the marvels of the city; there is so much to Paris, I say  ,will need a lifetime and more to see it all. Just lucky to be near.

Enjoy walking it, very nice indeed and of course very near of another gem of Paris, the parc Monceau; see my post on it.

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

 

 

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