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January 2, 2019

My travels in the Morbihan, LXXVIIII

So I am back taken a break from my beloved Versailles and coming back with the routine of life in beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of Brittany. The winter temps are fast approaching with going down tonite into the 1C and so on the rest of the week. We are ready! At least not raining and defiinitively no snow lol!!!

This was an off day as I am still on vacation lol! Vive la France!!! and with the boys we are working on things so rather than wait for the usual weekend we went out to do our errands today. All quiet on the western front, the yellow jackets are low key especially today but is not over yet folks!

We slept well this morning getting up late and taken care of our now big boy Rex, the boy dog. We went to get more goodies at our favorite animal store Maxi Zoo in the town of Séné ,next to Vannes.

First, the duties of our govt needs and we drop off the forms at our social security office on the internal mail box as they are off until Jan 4th !!! La vie est belle !!! This was in the town of Auray.

On our way back from Séné, we stop by our capital city of Vannes. Here we loaded up on after Chiristmas sales at our favorite clothing store Armand Thiery!! discounts up to 50%! And we know the prices there so this were real discounts!



We did stop by another landmark store here Monoprix in Vannes next door to Columbus Café so rather handy. Great choices and chic items from a group member of Groupe Casino who is slowly bringing better prices to the stores, known as a bit overprice when under the umbrella of Groupe Galeries Lafayette.


We continue to the E leclerc cultural center for more books and dvd’s for the boys lol! and while there we did our advance groceries which leaves us ready for the rest of the week and weekend to think of what to do next lol!!



While in Vannes, we stop for coffee muffins cheesecakes and hot chocolates at the wonderful Columbus Café, rather nice always.

And of course , we did our usual walking around the medieval wonderful quant streets of Vannes.

We came home and now while they watch their latest dvd’s Jupiter, destiny of the Universe , I am tapping on my blog lol!!!

Enjoy your rest of the week wherever you are; Happy New Year 2019 and best wishes to all. Bonne Année et meilleurs vœux!!!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and best wishes for all!!!



January 2, 2019

Musée Lambinet museum of Versailles!

And here I am again to tell you about the off the beaten paths sites of my beloved Versailles. Again, step away from the castle/museum and see the “other” museums of Versailles. I admit , believe been here once, but is a treasure throve of historical facts about Versailles and the events on this Royal city. Enjoy the Lambinet museum.

The City of Versailles has a museum dedicated mainly to the arts of the 18C, but also to religious art, to the French revolution and to the history of Versailles. Installed in a mansion built in 1750 and bequeathed to the city in 1929, the Lambinet Museum has no fewer than thirty-five rooms. Some are arranged as in the great century, with woodwork, paintings, furniture, sculptures, precious objects, porcelain, etc.


The Lambinet museum being a former place of habitation, the rooms are quite small. A room is reserved for Charlotte Corday and Marat. In 2010, conservation had a charming apartment, typical of the18C mansions. The museum is located on the boulevard de la Reine, Notre Dame district of Versailles. Do not miss the visit of this nice museum if you go to Versailles.

The museum is installed since 1932 in the Hotel Lambinet, built in the 2nd half of the 18C. This mansion was built in 1750 in a parcel of the pond of Clagny dried up in 1737 . Victor Lambinet , former lawyer, then judge at the Court of Versailles, son of a mayor of the city, buys it in 1852. He occupies it in 1859, using one of the hotel’s wings as a reporting building.


In 1921, the building was bequeathed to Mr. Dagincourt and Dénériaz by Nathalie Lambinet, stepdaughter of Victor Lambinet and last owner of the hotel; with the hope that they turned it into a museum. The city decided to transfer the previously preserved works to the Municipal library, the former Ministry of Marine and Foreign Affairs of Louis XV and Louis XVI to it.

The museum has 35 rooms, some of which have preserved their period panels. There are collections that evoke the history of Versailles: stamped furniture, ceramics or art objects, as well as old portraits and works by Versailles artists, sculptures (notably by Jean-Antoine Houdon who lents his name to the museum in 1932), paintings and also copper plates that were used to print the paintings of Jouy.The collections of the Musée Lambinet are divided into three departments: History of France, History of the city and parts related to the French revolution, the reconstruction of an apartment of the 18C, and the Department of Fine Arts.

To find your way around it, it’s simple: the Department of Fine Arts is located on the ground floor (1st US) , and on the first floor (2nd US). It is also on the first floor that we visit the famous Apartment, which plunges you into the atmosphere of a mansion in the 18C. Finally, the third floor (4th US) concentrates the collections on the French revolution, including a room dedicated to Charlotte Corday and Marat, and the history of the Royal city, with a series of small paintings painted in 1890 by Auguste-Alexandre Baudran, witness of a bygone Versailles.


In 2010, the conservators of the Lambinet museum recreated an apartment of the late 18C as could have been seen in Versailles, towards the end of the day. With the aim of recreating the ambiance and décor of the time. The choice of the end of the day explains the very pronounced twilight of some rooms. This small apartment was of course furnished with period furniture. The dining room table is represented in the middle of the meal, with a porcelain service. A harp comes to brighten the living room.

Lambinet Museum , 54, boulevard de la Reine. (closest from Montparnasse to rive droite train station out turn left into bd Maréchal Foch to bd de la Reine turn right into the museum on left hand sidewalk). Check the site for latest update but last it was open daily from 14h to 18h, except Fridays, Holidays and annual closing in the summer. Permanent Collections: full price admission is 4€. Temporary exhibits: full price admission is 6€. All worth it.

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

City of Versailles on the Lambinet museum

Tourist office of dept 78 Yvelines on the Lambinet museum in French

Hope you enjoy the visit half a day will do and as said Versailles is a lot more than the castle. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!





January 2, 2019

Rue des Reservoirs, Versailles of course!

And to continue on the streets of my beautiful and beloved Versailles, I take you to one very near the Castle but still in my old Notre Dame district. This is a very historical street, famous for its aqueducts which you can still see today if now all is underground. I am talking about the street of Rue des Reservoirs.

Notre-Dame is my old district of Versailles,department 78 of   Yvelines, in the Ïle de France region. The district is located north of the axis of the Château by the Avenue de Paris, and takes its name from the Church of Notre-Dame the old parish of the castle. This is the first district, built during the creation of the new city under Louis XIV. It includes the theater Montansier opened in 1777, the museum Lambinet, the hotel of the Bailif which housed the local court under the old regime-today the heart of the picturesque district of antique dealers-and still has the most commercial streets in Versailles; like the Rue des Reservoirs. Really, here I got all my living needs with the market Notre Dame nearby so it was very sedentary life in the beautiful city.

The city of Versailles tourist office on the Notre Dame district is here: Tourist office of Versailles on the Notre Dame district

Close to the castle, and having a south-north axis from it, the Rue des Reservoirs is located as well in the Notre-Dame district, north of the castle and is on a section of the road RN 186, from the crossing of rue Carnot to the place Gambetta. It takes its name from the large reservoirs built to power the basins and water games of the Domaine de Versailles, reservoirs now extinct. The current reservoirs of the opera that were along the street were built after the creation of the rue des reservoirs and further below.


On the apparent wall of these reservoirs were backed by 3 houses (at no 3, 5 and 7) which were demolished in the first half of the 19C. At no 11, where the Hotel du Garde-Meuble was then built, were initially wells which communicated by aqueducts with the Clagny pond located at the bottom of the rue des Reservoirs. Four covered pumps then lifted the water from the sumps to the reservoirs and fed the basins of the domaine. Later, a bit higher on the street, at the location of the Hotel des Reservoirs was built a hexagonal tower to house a new sump surmounted by a strong hydraulic pump called the Pump or the water tower. This was intended to feed the reservoir of the Tethys Cave built above it and thus higher than the 3 initial reservoirs fed by the other 4 sumps.   The cave was destroyed a few years later, in 1686 to give way to the new Chapel of the castle.


Later, in 1752 , king Louis XV built for Madame de Pompadour on this site a particular hotel, called Hôtel de Pompadour or Hotel des Reservoirs, connected to the castle by a covered corridor along the wall of the reservoir beside the park. In 1765, it was to house the Governor of Versailles. During the 19C this hotel became a luxury hotel that will house one of the most famous restaurants in the city. It saw itself adding two floors at the beginning of the 20C. Now extinct.

In 1774, the land located at present No. 11, formerly occupied by the 4 pumps and houses of caretakers, was given by Monsieur, (Louis XVIII) the brother of King Louis XVI, to Thierry de D’Avray, Commissioner-General of the House of the King responsible for the storage/stocks of the Crown. This was then Hotel de Conti, judged too far from the castle and too narrow (today the City/town Hall of Versailles); the works began in 1780 and the hotel of the storage was completed in 1783. It also had the advantage of being able to use the covered corridor connecting the castle to the Hôtel de Pompadour, located just next door.

In 1778, Heurtier built, at present No 2, the large buildings that surround the body of the middle. At this location was under king Louis XIV, the Hotel de Louvois, a hotel occupied under king Louis XV by the Governor of Versailles which earned him his name as a government hotel. Under the Empire, the military staff of Versailles and the engineering administration settled there, in 1816, the building became a dependency of the castle before being re-used by the army in 1830. In 1855, the municipality built sidewalks and planted two rows of trees in what was then, off avenues, one of the widest streets of Versailles, between 32 and 38 meters. It then had a length of 481 meters.

In the Rue des Reservoirs, the numbering starts south of the street, the pairs number are to the east, the odd numbers to the West. The remarkable buildings here are

Reservoirs of the castle, at no 2-4, Hotel du government, former hotel of Louvois built in 1672, renovated by Heurtier in 1778; At no 6, hotel Ecquevilly; at no. 7-9, Hotel des Reservoirs or Hôtel de Pompadour; at no 8, Hotel de Serent, at no 11, Hotel du Garde-meuble which served as a storage of the castle and then housed the prefecture of Seine-et-Oise (current Yvelines) from 1800 to 186. At no 15, Théâter of Montansier, present Municipal Theater of Versailles. At no 19 (at the intersection with the rue de la Paroisse ),the building where Ferdinand de Lesseps was born in 1805. At no 21, the house where Blaise de Jouvencel lived , former mayor of Versailles. At no 22, Hôtel de Condé, built in 1679 and raised in the 19C, where lived and died Jean de La Bruyère, and was born the General Gaspard Gourgaud , Napoléon’s biographer, and lived a few years from 1950 the writer Maurice Martin du Gard. And at no 27 (at the intersection with the Boulevard de la Reine), a building where the painter Henri-Eugène le Sidaner lived.




There you go something to spent your good times in marvelous Versailles, a must I say to get a picture of France, Paris is not enough,and Versailles is a must. Hope you enjoy it

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

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