Archive for January, 2019

January 31, 2019

Church of St. Clement ,Nantes!

Ok so now let me take you to a lot more familiar grounds, just south of me ,about 1h30 from my house lies the wonderful city of Nantes. Needless to say you must put it in your to do list when visiting my belle France, another jewel in my belle France.

As I have written several posts on Nantes, telling you about many things, I believe fair to showcase some monuments that I think are worth visiting if only for a few moments. This is the case of the Church of Saint Clément in Nantes.

The Church of St. Clément of Nantes, dept Loire Atlantique 44 in the Pays de la Loire region, and was built in the 19C. The priestly Fraternity of St. Peter celebrates offices according to the Tridentine Rite.

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It began as the Chapel of the Hospice Saint-Clément in the 5C,probably circa 490, a Chapel serving a hospice of charity is erected, about 200 meters from the location of the present Church. At that time, the Church is located outside the city walls, between the current rue de Sully and Rue Geoffroy-Drouet. The sponsor of the chapel, Bishop Gérimius, is buried there in 498.

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The first Church of St. Clément  was erected in 1227, dedicated to St. Clément, 4th Pope and Bishop of Rome, patron Saint of the bargemen, and built at the corner of the current rue Maréchal-Joffre and Rue Guibourg-de-Luzinais. The Church facing west-east , and occupies the location of the present forecourt, and encroaches two meters on the  current  rue  Maréchal-Joffre. During the construction of the 19C Church, the old Church was still standing; it was only destroyed during the construction of the façade of the new Church, except for the north wall which was used as a work area limits. The old southern nave was located at the level of the steeple of the present Church.

The new rectangular Church of Saint Clément, consists of a single nave, before two aisles are added, all dominated by a pointed steeple covered with slates, and containing three bells. In front of the entrance, a canopy shelter allows to shelter before the opening of the doors.  At the time of the French revolution, in 1791, the Church was closed to worship and sold as a national property under the name of Liberty and Demosthenes. In 1803, the Masses resumed, the Church then welcomed Abbé Duproz, his first priest under the Concordat laws.

The Church Gothic works were started for nine years, assigned to the parish of Saint-Clément in 1838. The first stone was blessed  on the new Church in 1841 and the first completed parts were the three naves, the transept, as well as the bedside, oriented north-west/southeast, located between rue Lorette-de-la-Refoulais and Rue Guibourg-de-Luzinais. In 1851, the work resumes, and lasted for six years. Starting from 1854, the installation of the vault on the central nave and the aisles is initiated. The realization of doors and stained glass in 1857 beautified the Church of Saint Clément.

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In 1860, the renovation of the façade was initiated with the spire completed in 1868, and surmounted in 1875 by a Holy Cross in 1874. First equipped with a harmonium, the Church of Saint Clément received a Cavaillon-Coll organ in 1867. A newer organ in 1892 with a revolutionary instrument, equipped with an electric transmission system this innovation allows the organ to be installed in two buffets, located in two lateral arches. The instrument is restored, in 1978, and again in 2012.

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Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

Official on the Church of Saint Clement

City of Nantes on Church Saint Clement in French

Tourist office of Nantes on heritage

There you go another jewel in my belle France ,and one usually side steped when visiting this wonderful city of the Loire-Atlantique for many still in old Brittany!  Hope you enjoy the post and think of the Church of Saint Clément next time in town!

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

ps. this is my 1900 posts in my blog!!! Thank you all very much!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

January 31, 2019

Church of Notre Dame de la Couture ,Le Mans!

Hi there you all, thanks for reading my blog. I come back to you on another that can be call off the beaten path sites in my belle France. The town is world famous but most folks come here for the car races and on sights go to the Cathedral, however, there is a lot more in Le Mans.

I like to tell you a bit on the Church of Notre Dame de la Couture. It is of course, in Le Mans, dept 72 of the Sarthe in the Pays de la Loire region.

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The Church of Notre Dame de la Couture is the former abbey of the Abbey of Saint-Pierre de la Couture. And therefore, now name Notre Dame de la Couture Church.  It is located in Le Mans, in the dept Sarthe of the Pays de la Loire region. Located in the city center/downtown at about 500 meters from the train station. The Church has a large western massif framed by two very different towers. The other buildings of the old abbey are juxtaposed with the Church, on its southern flank and are occupied today by the prefecture (dept reg govt) of the Sarthe. This major monument of the city of Le Mans, comes mainly from the 12C; In the same way as St. Julien Cathedral (see my post on it). The two buildings have many similarities starting with their imposing mass. The seam has a common architecture with the Cathedral of Angers(see my post on it), despite the fact that the Le Mans’ Church is not built in limestone. Their plans were roughly the same while their time of construction was very close, even simultaneous.

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A bit of history I like

The Abbey of Couture was founded thanks to the generosity of Bishop Bertrand du Mans, a faithful of  Clotaire II after 605AD. It is then called the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. In his will, written in 616, Bertrand donates the lands of Couture  to the monks, which is the origin of the abbey’s nickname. Destroyed by the Normans in the 9C, the abbey were rebuilt around the year 1000AD  and were baptized  Saint-Pierre de la Couture  or, more simply,  the Couture ( seam). The body of Saint Bertrand was placed in the Crypt. From the reconstruction in the 10C  century on the bases of the primitive sanctuary, there remain the bedside, as well as some rousers walls in small forms of the nave and transepts. The Abbey of Saint-Pierre de la Couture of which remains the Church of Notre-Dame de la Couture ,and the cloister. The rest of the buildings constitute the premises of the present prefecture of the Sarthe. The monastery dates from the 11C but the buildings currently visible were rebuilt between 1760 and 1775. It is to be considered one of the most powerful abbeys in the west of France before the French revolution.

It is restored and rebuilt around the year 1000AD. The Church was then renamed Saint-Pierre de la Couture by a monk in the abbey while he left another Abbot  to take part in his previous duties. Remnants of the old version of the Church are still visible above the south cloister, 18 meters high.  In 1180, the Great fire of Le Mans ravaged everything. The Church Notre Dame de la Couture  was severely affected. It was rebuilt in the 12C. The nave is 42 meters long and was done with 3 bays on a square plane. This plan was taken from the Cathedral of Angers. The Dominicans vaults are longer than average with 16 meters long, reaching more than 22 meters under dome. Some columns exceed 5 meters in thickness while the outer walls must also be thickened. Rare thing, the central nave is illuminated by geminate windows surmounted by an oculus. The two towers of the western part date from the 13C, while the porch is open between the latter two. In 1533, the Lord John II of the Escotais offered a richly sculpted altarpiece to the Chapel of the baptismal font.

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The Concordat of 1801 (accord between the Church and the State ) authorized the reopening of the Churches. Notre Dame de la Couture Church was the first parish in Le Mans to do so. Now known as Notre-Dame de la Couture, her priest, Pierre-René Huard, returned to his ministry after ten years of exile and devoted himself to the difficult task of reconstructing and restoring the Church that had suffered during these years of abandonment and neglect. Father Joseph de Lisle, who had been exiled with Huard, settled from that time to Notre-Dame de la Couture Church as a priest-in-residence.

Some interior description of the Church of Notre Dame de la Couture :

The gothic nave of three bays took the place of an ancient Romanesque nave of seven bays. There is a walkway  of the braces towards the nave. The choir, the high parts are gothic; The ambulatory kept its Romanesque vault: ridges on doubles. There were originally five radiant apsidioles. There is only one Romanesque apsidiole in the southeast remaining. It has some surviving Romanesque arches. The vast Crypt with three aisles vaulted with ridges. The pillars are often made of monolithic marble columns, probably used. One can see a stained glass window dedicated to the Virgin dating from the 19C, and which is one of the first windows designed in medieval fashion, called archaeological window. Nice!

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Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

Official Parish site of Notre Dame de la Couture

Tourist office of Le Mans on heritage

Tourist office of Sarthe dept 72 on the Church

There you go another dandy in superb Le Mans and of course plenty to see there but this one is one on my book of must sees while in town. Enjoy the Church of Notre Dame de la Couture!

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

 

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January 31, 2019

Cathedral St Maurice, Angers!

And just noticing the wonderful monuments of my belle France, on one previous post notice mentioning the Cathedral of Angers. Upon further checking in my blog realize never written a post on it!!! pity it is a wonderful Cathedral. Well on a cold night in the Morbihan breton I will remedy that right away!

I would like to tell you a bit on the history and architecture of this wonderful Cathedral of Saint Maurice in Angers. Dept 49 of the Maine-et-Loire in the region of Pays de la Loire.

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The Cathedral of St. Maurice of Angers, at Place Monseigneur-Chapoulie  is the Cathedral Church of the Diocese of Angers. The work is intermediate between Romanesque and Gothic styles. The Cathedral is a testament to Angevin Gothic art.

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A bit of history I like

The first Church mentioned in 470 is burned by the Franks. At the beginning of the 11C Bishop Hubert de Vendôme built a new Romanesque Cathedral with a single nave, which was consecrated in 1025. Barely finished, this building burned down in 1032. Bishop Geoffroy of Tours renovated the Cathedral to its former state during the second half of the 11C. The altar of the Crucifix was blessed in 1051 and the new master altar was consecrated in 1096 shortly after the Bishops Renaud de Martigné and Ulger undertook the reconstruction of this place of worship. This took place gradually under the impetus of the Norman Bishops of Doué and Guillaume de Beaumont. The basic structures of the walls of the nave, Romanesque in style, have survived up to mid-height. In the middle of the 12C they received columns and vaults of warheads: it is the birth of the Gothic Angevin. The single-vessel Romanesque nave thus opens onto a Gothic transept and chorus, the latter has been laid out on the late-ancient enclosure of the city.

In the 16C, was added to the base of the two towers, the gallery of the characters representing the Knights, companions of Saint Maurice. On this gallery, was done in the Renaissance style, a second level, having the appearance of a square turret surmounted by a hexagonal belfry . The Cathedral Saint Maurice consists of two spires ,that of the North was built in 1518 and that of the South in 1523. Overlooking its bell tower and its 73 meters the entire city with its beautiful staircase joining the Maine and the Doutre. In 1806, was destroyed because of dilapidated, a monumental porch which stood in front of the facade of the Cathedral, facing the forecourt remain nowadays, four orgival arches, only testimonies of this ancient medieval porch.

A bit of description on the interior of the St Maurice Cathedral.

The four-poster high altar with its summit glory, in gilded Baroque-style wood, dates from 1758. The canopy is inspired by the Saint-Pierre canopy in Rome , and the Val-de-Grâce in Paris. The base and the two columns are made of marble. The upper part is oak. The altar of the north arm of the transept is dedicated to the Virgin, the one in the south arm is to Saint Maurice. The pulpit to be preached dates back to the mid-19C and is a Gothic style. It was installed in 1870 and blessed in 1871. The upper part represents the glorious Church like Father, Son and Holy Spirit as well the lower part illustrates the Church in its earthly struggles such as with Adam, Noah and Abraham in the center; the old Law on the left; and scenes from the New Testament to the right. Facing the pulpit are the stalls of the Cathedral. The first organ was built in 1416 ; a new organ was erected in 1507-1513. In 1873, Aristide Cavaillon-Coll installed a new organ. It was severely tested by the bombardment of 1944 ,and again another new organ was inaugurated in November 1959.

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Until the French revolution, 30 canons served the service of the Cathedral. The Chapel of St. Anne, adjacent at the Cathedral on one side and the Chapel Notre-Dame-de-pitié on the other balance the perspective.

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Among the significant works present in the Saint Maurice Cathedral are:

A sculpted ensemble influenced by the royal portal of Chartres; a 13C painted decor discovered around 1980 and presenting the Life of Saint Maurille; a canopy of the life of Saint Julien ,located in the transept, considered as a masterpiece of painting on Glass of the 13C. Stained glass windows, in particular the two rosettes, the transepts of great richness, made in 1451. The renovation of a number of stained glass windows were done in the 1960’s. In 1453, remade the paving of the north transept of the Cathedral, the staircase on a straight flight of access to the library, in the south transept.   Altarpiece Beaussant, Crucifixion, Pietà and donor, painting on wood, attributed to the master of the altarpiece Beaussant, given by General Beaussant in 2004. It was covered by a painting of the assumption dated 1699.

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Some webpages to help you plan your visit here and it is a must are

Official Cathedral of Saint Maurice Angers

Tourist office of Angers on the Cathedral

Tourist office of Anjou area on the Cathedral

There you go ,another jewel in the crown of France or French Republic!! The Cathedral Saint Maurice of Angers, enjoy it

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

 

 

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January 30, 2019

Collegiate Church of Saint Aubin, Guérande!

So lets get back south of me in familiar territory with friends visited and wine purchase, the wonderful fortified town of Guérande, in old Brittany, now Loire-Atlantique dept 44 of the Pays de la Loire region.  The town and things to see has been written several times in my blog and it is worth visiting as a whole.

However, I think will do justice to it by having a post just on the Collegiate Church of Saint Aubin , a wonderful place to visit while in town or nearby. Enjoy it!!!

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The Collegiate Church of Saint Aubin is located in Guérande in the dept 44 of the Loire-Atlantique in the region of Pays de la Loire. The Church is located in the center of the medieval old city area surrounded by the castle ramparts.

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A first building is located on the present site in the 6C, according to tradition, under the aegis of the King of Vannes, Waroc’h II. After the transfers of the relics of Saint-Aubin of Angers, a second larger building was built in the late 9C or 10C. The Norman incursions, with significant consequences in the region, gave the necessary the reconstruction of the Church and other buildings in late Romanesque style. This phase began after the middle of the 12C and ended with the construction of the main façade in the 13C. This is probably more of an extension with a construction of an enlarged nave, than a complete reconstruction of the Church. The 10C choir was probably preserved, at least in part. The north wall of the choir was probably rebuilt at the end of this construction cycle. Some of the visible elements from this period are the 8 columns with historiated capitals in the nave (7 of the Capitals are Romanesque 12C), the 8th was remade in the 19C following the collapse of the facade, as well as sculptures in replaced of the 13C in the current facade.

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After the sack of  Guérande  by the troops of Louis de la Cerda in 1342 in the context of the War of the Succession of Brittany, the ruined Collegiate Church is rebuilt from 1380 in Gothic style with the south transept and the crypt in the 14C , the north transept is then resumed and the choir and bedside are rebuilt in the 15C. A new Gothic façade finishes the Church, the frame on the transepts are laid in 1541.

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In the 16C  the laying of the stained glass windows of Saint-Aubin and Saint-Julien ,to the left and right of the Choir was done , then in the 17C , the laying of the great stained glass of the coronation of the Virgin, in the center of the bedside and finally, the furniture of the Church: stalls, altars, rood (removed in 1804, and put in the National Museum of the Middle Ages (Cluny in Paris),  and from its central gate is deposited in the Museum of the Porte Saint-Michel, and layout of the sacristy.

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The Collegiate Church of Saint-Aubin has always been the second episcopal seat of the Diocese of Nantes. The interior surprises by the imposing grandeur of the uniqueness of its ship and the elevation of its transept. See the historiated marquees, the large canopy, the stained glass windows and the alternating game of columns. The Choir seems more elongated, higher and more enlightened than the nave, justifying the term architectural illusionist. The lower Chapel is home to the belying of Tristan de Carné and his wife, Jeanne de La Salle and a sarcophagus  of the Middle Ages. Its recently appointed forecourt offers the south side an original fountain in hollow rock and the north side in procession, behind Saint-Aubin, the characters of the life of the city. The building retains many characteristics of the Breton religious architecture of the late Middle Ages.

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In 1789-1790, the Church is dilapidated, the pipes of the organ are melted, the bells also. The Church will temporarily serve the worship of the Supreme Being. The Church was returned to Catholic worship in 1802.  By 1864 , the construction of the vaults in Tufa stone, above the heart and the transepts. The vaults of the nave and its collateral will be carried out between 1876 and 1885. In 1872, the construction of an arrow steeple  in neo-Gothic style at the top of the façade on the base of the Renaissance belfry.  On 28 November 1876, the clock tower on the façade collapsed in full mass and took with it a large part of the façade and the first crossing of the nave. The spire built 4 years ago was too heavy and the foundations of the building too old. The restoration of the Collegiate Church of Saint Aubin is completed in 1885, the façade is rebuilt by taking up the maximum of old blocks. The outer pulpit is of the 15C, an architectural rarity, although partially dismantled and done identical. In 1891, the laying of the relics of Saint Solomon III ,Duke of Brittany and founder of the Sacred College. Finally, in 1903 the construction of the central steeple, replacing a small bell tower in pepper-pots built in 1580.

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There you go another jewel of the west of France, and my belle France of course. Where else we can keep so much treasury for the world to see even after devastating wars from 1789 onwards! France a movable feast! Come to see the Collegiate Church of Saint Aubin and enjoy the fortified town of Guérande!

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

City of Guerande on the Collegiate Church

Tourist office of Guerande on the Collegiate Church

Tourist office of Guerande on heritage in English

Heritage webpage of Pays de la Loire region

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

 

January 30, 2019

Basilica of Notre-Dame-du-Roncier at Josselin!

So now that I was in and around the Loire-Atlantiques area ,why not go up a bit thru Brittany oops well old Brittany we said. As the topic was Olivier V of Clisson, why not tell you something on where he rests in peace and another jewel of my belle France!

I like to give you more than briefly on my other posts on Josselin, and talk to you about the Basilica of Notre-Dame-du-Roncier.  

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The Basilica of Notre-Dame-du-Roncier, also a parish Church, built at the end of the 12C and several times enlarged and modified. It houses the tombs of Olivier V de Clisson, Constable de France, and his second wife Marguerite de Rohan. All succeeded all the major events in Josselin of the family of chevalier Olivier de Clisson, and Marguerite de Rohan, therefore the story of the Rohan family in the castle. There is a pilgrimage here and one of the most important of the Morbihan, after that of Sainte Anne d’Auray (for Sainte Anne). The town of Josselin is in the Morbihan dept 56 of the region of Brittany. My dept! It is the site of the pardon or forgiveness celebration of the virgen for 1200+ years!  every september 8th. You can climb the tower 138 steps at a height of 61 meters. Inside its richly decorated.

Catholic parish of Vannes on the Basilica

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The Basilique Notre Dame du Roncier, in 808D leyend has it, a farmer who worked the land finds a statue of the Virgin and takes it home, however, the Virgin always comes back to the place where he found it ,and several times as well. The bishop ask him to rend a cult in her memory; the daughter of the farmer who was blind recovered her sight and people flock to the place until finally a Church is ordered built.

Official webpage of the Basilica Notre Dame du Roncier

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The old furniture kept in the Basilica Notre Dame du Roncier is remarkable. The decor of the south porch is taken up in the 16C and expresses Renaissance influences. The organ is from the 17C, pulpit  18C wrought iron, stained glass of the 15-20C. New bell tower in 1949.

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Some further webpages to help you plan your trip here are

Tourist office of Morbihan 56 on the Basilica

Tourist office of Broceliande area on the Basilica

So , therefore, now you have the whole story , not much to write because I think is monumental and beyond my humble creative writing; but the Basilica Notre Dame du Roncier is worth to visit, a must I would say if by this area, which is in itself a must to visit and say hello ::)

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

 

January 30, 2019

Notre Dame Church of Clisson!

So here I am in these lands of the Loire yes, a lot more than castles! Well for me its the wines as my house wines even if special occasions I take the Médoc. The town of Clisson is rich in history and architecture combine with excellent price/quality ratio of my belle France makes for a nice visit from me or you anytime.

I like to tell you a bit on one thing to see in this would say off the beaten path town of my belle France. The Notre Dame Church of Clisson, that is. Ah yes, where is Clisson? well is in dept Loire-Atlantique no 44 in the region of Pays de la Loire (old brittany!), just south from me.

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The Notre Dame Church was originally founded by Constable of France Olivier V de Clisson around the 14-15C. In his will, Olivier ordained to the Church in 1406, a college of secular canons, composed of a dean, six canons, and six semis-prepends, six singers and four altar children. For this foundation he gave all the land of the castelany of Monfaucon. He also founded the convent of the Cordeliers by a codicil dated in 1406. The magnificent tomb of Olivier V of Clisson and his second wife Marguerite de Rohan, mutilated in the French revolution, is now in the Chapel of Sainte-Marguerite, in the southern transept of the Basilica of Notre-Dame-du-Roncier located between in  the Rue Olivier de Clisson and the Place Alain de Rohan at Josselin (Morbihan 56).

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The Notre Dame Church  underwent some modifications during the following centuries  such as the addition of the Chapel of Saint Anne to the nave in the 17C. Burned and ransacked during the wars of the Vendée, the Church was restored under the Empire, early 19C. This new shrine, in Neo-Classical-Romanesque style, is strongly inspired by the older Church of St. John and St. Paul of Rome.

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The Notre Dame Church has a tripartite, low and chunky façade, typical of the Roman churches.  Supported by columns, the tympanum of the main gate presents the effigy of Notre Dame and the lateral tympanums  of St Joachim and Ste Anne. Outside, the bell tower and the bedside of the Church are characteristic of the Italian churches.

Inside ,the fresco of the Choir, like that of the baptismal font, is the work of Georges Lusseau, a local painter. The fresco that decorates the stone-vaulted Choir represents the Assumption of the Virgin. The characters are very stylized, lanky in homage to the Italian artists of the Renaissance. The composition is very symmetrical. A modern statue of the Virgin, carved in Oak, was erected after WWII, in recognition of the protection afforded to the city.

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Built on the site of the Collegial of the Lords of Clisson, it was once the Church of the fortified closed city, then burned and ransacked during the wars of Vendée. A commemorative plaque of persecution under the French revolution was affixed in 1961 on the wall to the right of the Choir, in honor of the eight priests of Clisson, killed in the reign of terror. Five were drowned in the Loire. They were between 58 and 68 years old; another 71 years old was burned alive in his house.  This martyrology also honors the 107 victims from Clisson, killed in hatred of the faith in 1793 and 1794. The Notre Dame Church was rebuilt in 1887-88 with again, Italy is in the spotlight, with its remarkable Tuscan-style campanile and its body inspired by a basilica of Rome; Romanesque neo-classical style, it offers a superb view of the valley. The organ was done in 1903 and renovated in 1986.

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Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

City of Clisson on heritage

Tourist office of Clisson area on the Notre Dame Church

Historical Clisson site on the Notre Dame Church

Historical Vendée on the history of Clisson

Now you know where to come see beautiful architecture and history and enjoy some good wines of the Loire. The typical region Nantaise, especially its Muscadet Maine et Sévre sur lie whites but all other kinds are available too. Enjoy Clisson!

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

 

 

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January 29, 2019

Church of Saint Peter’s, Saumur!

And I bring back swing into the center of France, in a wonderful region that has given so much beauty to France and many visitors over the years! This is an area I go even now often, sometimes into castles but mostly into towns and see the history and architecture of it, and especially the wines we drink at home!

I like to tell you a bit more on the town of Saumur, and the nice Church of St Peter’s. Enjoy the off the beaten paths of my belle France!

Saint-Pierre-du-Marais (St. Peter’s Church)  in Saumur,  dept 49 of the Maine-et-Loire, in the Pays de la Loire region.

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A bit of history I like

The neighborhood of Saint-Pierre  was developed in the 12C. Its Church, dedicated to Saint Peter, was built from the 12C to the 17C,at the hinges of the Romanesque and Gothic Angevin styles. The building is constructed of limestone and white stone. It features a Romanesque portal, a Plantagenet-style nave, a small 14C lateral chapel, two Renaissance chapels, etc. Its bell tower has a slightly twisted polygonal arrow with a height of 69 meters. The roof of St. Peter’s Church is impressive, with long-shaped roofs, as well as an arrow and a polygonal dome of the most beautiful effect. The great facade of Tufa was rebuilt after its collapse in 1674 in the Classical style.  The Church will be the subject of several restoration campaigns.

In the entrance inside the Church, you can admired in front of the beautiful staircase to reach the floor as well as the vaults and keys of vaults of the ceiling.  A beautiful liturgical furniture, remarkable sculptures, numerous paintings as well as colorful stained glass windows.

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A facade rebuilt in the 17C hides a Gothic Plantagenet building that has kept the right brace a Romanesque door to the beautiful covings. Embedded in the square of the same name between the splendid mansions dating from the 16C to 20C. It lost its original portal in 1674 when lightning felled on it and was rebuilt in Counter-Reformation style. It features a superb Plantagenet vault, from the 15C stalls to the sculpted figures, but above all a magnificent series of 16C tapestries that trace the life of Saint Peter and Saint Florent. On Saturday morning, the regional product market animates the area.

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Like I said another off the beaten path site of my belle France. One passing by magical Saumur and its many attractions or distractions ::) you can come and see these marvels waiting for you to show their history, architecture, and quant neighborhood ambiances.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

City of Saumur on St Peter’s Church

Tourist office of Saumur on St Peter’s Church

There you go a short and sassy description of another monument for locals and visitors alike; fully enjoy these marvels of the off the beaten path routine, and spread out your horizons of my belle France.

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

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January 29, 2019

Some news from France, CCXVIII

So let me put a pause on my posting on wonderful travel places to come to you on the latest in my belle France. It is light raining in my neck of the breton woods Morbihan but hardly any winds and definitively no snow. I believe the weather might get worse as the day go by with storm Gabriel around Europe. The Paris region will be hit worse because of the snow. Be careful if driving around here visiting from those other European countries!

UPDATE !!!!

February 1 2 3 2019. The 8th edition of Paris Face Cachée or Paris hidden face with the city of Paris and RATP transport network to go and discover the off the beaten paths of the Grand Paris area.  The metro station Porte de Lilas, not in use but only for films.! This was the metro abbesses in the film Le Fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain.  The station was called Haxo done in 1921 but never used. In a building of 6 floors not far from the train station Gare du Nord where you do not see nothing from the exterior but in the interior is an air space for the RER trains extraction of air!  There is an anti-aircraft bunker under the Monnaie de Paris in the 6éme. On the other side of the BP =boulevard périphérique or beltway of Paris in Montreuil (Seine-et-Denis 93) there is a studio for doubling voices and to do it for real with recordings and all. Over 100 experiences will be serve this year with hoping of reaching 10000 curious visitors. The only holdup the places are hard to come by as the demand is big and only done on the online site. The official site in French: Paris Face Cachée 2019

The entire programming for reservation online here: Paris Face Cachée reservations online a must

The Weather Channel  has placed 33 departments on alert Orange(next to highest) such as the Ariège,  Haute-Garonne, Hautes-Pyrénées and the Pyrénées-Atlantiques for avalanche hazards; The Charente-Maritime,  Gironde and  Vendée  for violent winds; The Aisne,  Ardennes,  Aube,  Eure, Eure-et-Loir, Loiret, Marne, Haut-Marne,  Meurthe-et-Moselle, Meuse, Moselle, Nord, Oise, Orne, Pas-de-Calais, Paris,  Seine-Maritime,  Yvelines , Seine-et-Marne,  Somme, Yonne,  Essonne, Hauts-de-Seine, Seine-Saint-Denis, Val-de-Marne and the Val-d’Oise for snow.  From the morning, this Atlantic disturbance will bring rain between Brittany (it did but not much chez moi)  and Aquitaine. The winds became violent on the southern coasts of Finistère and Morbihan (not inland just the coasts) with gusts between 90 and 110 km/h. This afternoon, the wind will strengthen near the ocean with gusts up to 130 km/h on the south coast of Finistère and up to 110 km/h on the coasts of Vendée and Charente. In the east, ice can affect the pavement in the morning between the east and the north of the Alps.  Tonight and in the night, the disturbance will collide with cold air. When contacted, the first flakes will appear in the northwest before winning the central regions to the north in the evening. These snowfalls, sometimes strong, will be directed in the night to the Grand-Est and the Rhône-Alpes region. At the same time, winds will increase on the Vendée and Charente coasts with gusts of up to 130 km/h (115 km/h in the land).  Normandy, Paris region, Hauts-de-France and Champagne and Ardennes for snow with an average of 3 to 8 cm, locally between 10 and 15 cm and to a lesser extent peripheral regions with 2 to 5 cm on average. In prevention, the road N 118, which connects Pont-de-Sevres (Hauts-de-Seine) to the Ulis (Essonne) via the Yvelines, will thus be closed to all traffic, in both directions, finally starting at 15h  on Tuesday. Have it on F degrees but can be change to C on top right. https://weather.com/fr-FR/temps/10jours/l/FRXX0076:1:FR

Salvador Dali, who died just 30 years ago, said: “The only difference between a madman and me is that I am not crazy.” Yet his face and that of the misunderstood genius Vincent Van Gogh appear on the poster of the event “The madness of the artist.” And  “at the edge of the Abyss” at the Library des Batignolles 17éme, 30th January at 19H. The Georges Brassens Library 14éme, organizes a writing workshop “Madness in All States” (19 January and 2 February from 10h30 to 12h30 pm), inspired by excerpts from Antonin Artaud, Marguerite Duras and others. Then, an evening of reading the texts of the participants by two actresses will take place (February 2 from 19h to 21h). The  exhibition of the Museum of Art and History of the Hospital, ” The art of the fools at the Art psychopathological/the collection Sainte-Anne around 1960» at the library André Malraux  6éme. It will be followed by a guided tour of the latter (February 9th at 13h).

“Dice-integrated” (Feb. 14 from 19h  to 21h) is a dramatized reading of Albert London’s madmen, his investigation and immersion in insane asylums. It will be held at the Bibliothèque François Villon  10éme. One of the members, Alex Adarjan, will host a 14h30 workshop (February 21 from 17h  to 19h30) where participants take possession of a plateau of the Valeyre Library 11éme to feel what the incarnation of a crazy character is. How to interpret a disturbed personality with accuracy and fragility? At the Library Andrée Chedid  15éme, the troupe revived Camille Claudel, interned during the last thirty years of her life, through archives and letters (7 February from 19h to 20h). The Library of Police Literature  5éme will deal with the relationship between madness and crime. The first French serial killer, the Ripper Vacher will be at the heart of this subject that defies reason (February 2 from 16h to 17h. More in link below

https://bibliotheques.paris.fr/les-frontieres-de-la-folie.aspx?_lg=fr-FR#

The Festival Jazz a Saint Germain des Prés ,Paris unveils the first names of the programming of its 19th edition, including Richard Galliano on May 17 or the Biréli Lagrène Trio on May 23rd. To not miss these concerts events, the passes are already on sale for a very jazzy spring. More here:   http://festivaljazzsaintgermainparis.com/accueil/

I love these anywhere but these orangettes, are delicious at the Sous les Amandiers,  65, rue de Maubeuge  9éme. Tél.: 09 86 08 19 40.Metro line 7 Poissonniére. They have a facebook page no web.

The story Un Regard Moderne à rue Gît-le-Cœur is an Ali Baba cavern full of books everywhere by a great enthuastic owner . Philippe le Libraire. 32, rue des Vinaigriers 10éme. Tél.: 01 40 38 11 39. https://www.petitscommerces.fr/page/philippelelibraire/

Wonderful Cinema which we have enjoyed and the boys love it is the MK2 Quai de Seine. 14, quai de la Seine  19éme. More here : https://www.mk2.com/salles/mk2-quai-seine-quai-loire

It is an Australian who has settled in a large warehouse and who produces his own beer, with a restaurant menu inviting ; it is very nice in the summer. Paname Brewing Company. 41 bis, quai de la Loire 19éme. Tél.: 01 40 36 43 55  http://www.panamebrewingcompany.com/

The Charles. If only the bar of the Burgundy Hotel in the Saint-Honoré neighborhood, (great area my walking rounds to go to work in Paris by there for 2,5 yrs!) freshly revamped, is much more chic than Bohemian. A monumental fresco on the ceiling of the bar around the collection of Baudelaire. On the bar side, Marco Del Re’s wall collages have been preserved, making a vibrant homage to Matisse. Where the cocktails are re invented for 17-18€ inspired by music, from Walt Disney’s film and history, naming his cocktails by key dates like 1492, 1515, 1789..And big names such as Oscar Wilde, who, like Rimbaud, Joyce, Hemingway, Poe and Baudelaire frequented this muse to the excesses. In homage to these illustrious characters, the  Barman has listed a selection of absinthes on his card, accompanied by a menu of light tapas from 9€. Le Charles (Hôtel Burgundy). 6-8, rue Duphot, 1éme. Tél.: 01 42 60 34 12. Hours every day from 18h to 0h30. More here : https://www.leburgundy.com/restaurant-le-baudelaire

News of the street ! While the Oscar de la Renta brand was about to settle in its new Parisian boutique, but it is a majestic 17C oil painting that was discovered behind a wall.. The old Reed Krakoff shop, located in the 8 rue Marignan, dates back to the 19C. The family that owned it demolished its walls to connect two floors, when a piece of wall broke loose, unveiling the work of art. The oil on the discovery canvas dates from 1674 and would be signed by the painter  Arnould de Vuez, close to the court of king Louis XIV. It shows to recount the adventures of the Marquis de Nointel, Ambassador of Louis XIV to the Ottoman court, when he arrives in Jerusalem with a procession and meets Oriental characters. ! http://madame.lefigaro.fr/style/une-peinture-mystere-retrouvee-dans-la-boutique-oscar-de-la-renta-230119-163277

Every Thursday from February 7, the restaurant everyone talks about organizes an open raclette (with or without pork) from 19h to 23h, with open white and red wine as well as open softdrinks. On the program, a raclette dinner will be from 19h to 21h, followed by a clubbing atmosphere with the best of general sounds to eliminate the raclette smoothly. The rooftop  of the Tout le Monde en Parle,  above the Galeries Lafayette and the C&A, at the foot of the Montparnasse tower, 4, rue du Départ – 15. Reservations : https://www.weezevent.com/chalet-d-hiver-sur-les-toits-de-paris-all-inclusive-open-raclette-tlmp

After the Place de la Bastille, Pantheon , and  Nation, it is the turn of the Place Gambetta to be refurbished, within the framework of the program Reinvent our squares in Paris; which concerns 7 squares of the capital. It’s the beginning of seven months of work. The configuration of the Gambetta sector will not be transformed, and only one small section of the rue du Cambodge will become pedestrian, while on the square, the traffic will continue to be done in the roundabout around the main Fontaine Jean Dismier. The terminus of  bus lines 60, 69 and 102 will be transferred to the rue du Japon, behind the City/Town Hall. https://www.paris.fr/services-et-infos-pratiques/urbanisme-et-architecture/projets-urbains-et-architecturaux/reinventons-nos-places-2540

With 2 217 new cars sold in 2018 in Paris intramuros (Paris city only 1-20 arrondissements or districts) where 14 383 vehicles were sold in total in the region, Peugeot, according to the figures of the AAA Data study that we publish this past  Monday, arrives at the top of the sales in the automobile market in the capital. In front of Renault which has sold 1 860 cars, Volkswagen 1 261, Toyota 1 099 and Citroën 960. https://www.aaa-data.fr/actualites/

There you my latest tidbits from the most visited country in the World ,again. 90M in 2018 and we say merci beaucoup! And of course, Paris, 32M!! in 2018 and we say Paris ça fête or a movable feast! And 2019 is looking great! thank you all merci à tous et toutes!

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

January 29, 2019

Centro Comercial La Vaguada, Madrid!

Hello blogging world, here I am again trying to go into new terrain of story telling you about my travels. Well the city is not new and very well known having even lived there for 4 years and visited every year since 2003. However, touristic places abound I will deal with a new subject that can ,also help some visitors as well.

As we all need to shop someday and even browse the goodies of the country/city we visit and many times not having enough time to seek these needed things while indulging in our sightseeing, let me tell you about my favorite shopping center mall in Madrid proper.

I have come here practically since it opened, and then came back to bring my girlfriend from France,and later my wife Martine ,and later my boys now young men. These places are nostalgic and sentimental for us as my dear wife passed away in 2018 and she love to come here as all related to shopping. Oh no she was a good buyer indeed. Hoping to have learned some shopping habits from her.

However, enough, let me tell you about the Shopping center mall La Vaguada. It is located at Avenida Monforte de Lemos,30, metro Barrio del Pilar line 9 is the closest by far but you can do Herrera Oria line 9 as well. Shopping center with all you need in one stop shopping plus great movies! Bus lines passing by here or close by are the lines 42, 49, 67, 83, 124, 126, 127, 128, 132, 133, 134, 135, 137, 147, N18, and N19(the latest two are night lines).  The shopping center entrance is by the Avenida de Monforte de Lemos and Avenida de la Ilustración. The mall is as the metro station in the neighborhood of Barrio del Pilar , district of Fuencarral-El Pardo. The mall was the first shopping center that opened in Madrid!

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A bit of history I like

In 1973, the construction company Banús sold the land where the commercial center would be built to the French company La Henin. Before its construction, the project had a wide rejection of the neighbors of the neighborhood of Barrio del Pilar. The offer of fifty-six jobs to unemployed of the neighborhood and the promise that part of the space was dedicated to the construction of the cultural center, the library, the municipal swimming pool, the health center and the park of the Vaguada resolved to a great extent the conflict. It has integrated natural environments inside the building such as resting areas with waterfalls and fountains and natural light entrance from the ceiling. It was inaugurated on October 24th, 1983.

Until 2005, an area called Plaza of the Artesanos or artisans square was maintained in which during 22 years craftsmen of various guilds offered their articles and worked under the gaze of the pedestrians. As the number of artisans descended the property of the mall decided to give another use to that space.   In 2008, the shopping center La Vaguada went through an important and controversial remodeling in which the new logo was fixed, the name was shortened (which previously was «Centro Comercial Madrid 2 La Vaguada») and the marquee of the main entrance was added, among other changes.

A bit on the construction if I try the inside layout as well ok

It is a rectangular building with 5 floors. Two of them, under ground , configure the parking (for 3600 vehicles), while the other three have the area commercial, in which highlights the vegetation through the use of hanging gardeners with a traditional market, in addition to various anchor stores, such as department stores and hypermarkets. In addition, it has pharmacy, tobacconist, post Office,and on the terrace are the cinemas and most of the catering/restaurant offer.

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The La Vaguada mall appears repeatedly in the work of Fernando San Basilio, both in his novels my great novel about the Vaguada “Mi gran novella sobre La Vaguada” and “El joven vendedor y el estilo de vida fluido” , and the story of “El principio Dios creo La Vaguada” (at first God created the Vaguada).

Inside La Vaguada has more than 85,500 square meters, and you can find around 250 shops spread over three floors. The shopping center is divided into several areas: the commercial, the catering, the leisure, cinemas and the hypermarket. But what really differentiates this mall from others is the feeling of happiness that intoxicates you when you are in it. La Vaguada is one of the most visited shopping centers of Madrid is by the presence of the El Corte Inglés, the hypermarket Alcampo and the cinemas La Vaguada with nine rooms. But this is not the main reason. People view the center thanks to the services it offers, which are unique. For example, each Sunday offers concerts in its facilities. In addition the shopping center is thinking for everyone and after a hard day of shopping with their parents the little ones can enjoy in the playroom or Ludoteca or in the Sould Park enabled to delight the little ones.

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Indeed a wholesome family affair and for the visiting families as well; recommended. Some webpages to help you plan your visit here are

Official La Vaguada shopping Mall on stores

Tourist office of Madrid on La Vaguada Mall

There you a little piece of Madrid off the beaten path, a bit away from the touristic centro/center but well worth the visit if shopping is in your mind and kids alone the ride;mine enjoy it still today. La Vaguada is one of those spots , one is never tired of visiting while in town.

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

 

 

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January 28, 2019

Chocolateria San Ginés, Madrid!

Ok so as I told you was on a nostalgic run , for that, needed to stay in Madrid. We say, from Madrid to heaven, and a hole in the sky to look down on it every day! yes! As I told you about my youthful days , teens, in my Madrid and lucky to visit it every year now!

I told you about the metro line and the sports park, nostalgic now closed restaurant, and now the best family eatery for years, including those cousins still there is the chocolateria San Ginés! an institution!! I have many souvenirs of this place coming with my dear late mom Gladys and then my wife and my dear late wife Martine, and our 3 boys (now young men) as recently as 2017. For me is more than that ,I came as a teen ,first to teatro Eslava (now joy eslava) to do community dances for youths, and while leaving late, we hop over to San Ginés to recompose the body and soul; it was a ritual of younger years.

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Today, do not follow the same ritual of late night partying ,but do come still each time in Madrid is a must with the family. You too can make it your own mark stop in Madrid or Madri…. Let me delight you with a bit more on it , as usual done bits of it in my other posts on Madrid in my blog.

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The Chocolatería San Ginés is one of the most famous churrería in Madrid. It is located in Calle del Arenal 11 (Pasadizo de San Ginés) in the heart of the city near the Puerta del Sol. This is one of the most popular places to take a chocolate with churros, and this since it was founded in 1894. Today it is a tourist place where visitors and locals gather to taste the chocolate with churros.

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San Ginés is also known as Buñolería Modernista, name given by the writer Valle-Inclán in his novel Bohemian Lights. As you can read on the plaque hanging on the facade of the bar: “ This bar served as inspiration to D. Ramón María Valle-Inclán for his literary work Bohemian lights in 1929 “. But Valle-Inclán was not the only one, the location of the bar was halfway between the Teatro Real and Puerta del Sol, so it became a bar frequently visited by artists and intellectuals of the time.

The Churrería is located next to the Teatro Eslava and its fame began when at the exit of the theater, people got used to go there to take a chocolate with churros.  Later, its opening until late hours, made people who were leaving the night club of Joy Eslava late at night or early in the morning could have breakfast before returning home. It has become a meeting place for the night owls. Many souvenirs myself doing this lol!

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The bar was built in 1890 to make it a hostel but it was converted into Churrería in 1894. It is a bar reminiscent of the cafes of the late 19C. It has two floors where there are traditional white marble tables and a counter paved with tiled and where you can take the traditional chocolate with churros or any other refreshment or a coffee accompanied by pastries. In general the churrería is open every day of the year.  During the Spanish Second Republic it was known as the “La Escondida”, (the hidden) as many intellectuals and folks hided there when in trouble, and had their meetings.

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In 2010, a Chocolatería San Ginés opened in Tokyo, in the Shibuya district, adapting its products to the tastes of the Japanese. Later they opened in 2013 in Bogotá, Colombia and soon is planned for opening in  Mexico city.

In Madrid ,there is already another outlet at the market or Mercado de Prosperidad, in Calle López de Hoyos ,81, it will have 110 square meters distributed on two floors. Unlike the local at San Ginés , it won’t open 24 hours every day of the year, but it will adapt to the timetable of the rest of the market hours from 6h to 22h  uninterrupted.

And after all the above, you may ask what are Churros? Well not a cooker even less a chef but this tells it like it is. The Churros are long sticks of dough created from water, salt and flour. Typically, dough is for a vat of hot oil, deep-fried and stirred with a very long stick, which helps the dough form into long spiral sticks, similar to a donut, but not round. The sticks are then cut down and a bit of sugar may be added on top. The hot chocolate is served the authentic Spanish way: thick and steaming, perfect for dipping churros into. If you’ve already tried churros, Porras are a thicker, more doughy version and well worth a try.

Some webpages to help your full  enjoyment of this place are

Official chocolateria San Ginés

Tourist office of Madrid on San Ginés

YELP reviews on the Chocolateria San Ginés

And there you have an institution in Madrid, a must stop, ok go the sights the museums the parks but do come here lunch or dinner late night better again is a must stop in Madrid at the Chocolateria San Ginés. Hope you get the idea, is a must! Cheers!!!

Y allí tienes una institución en Madrid, una parada obligada, vale, ir a los lugares de interés los museos ,los parques pero vienen aquí  para almuerzo o cena tarde mejor otra vez es una parada obligada en Madrid en la chocolateria San Ginés. Espero que tengas la idea, es una necesidad! ¡¡¡Saludos!!!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!! Thanks so much for reading my blog!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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