Orléans, a lot more than Jeanne!

So needless to say have other posts on Orléans in my blog and speaking of Jeanne oh yes Joan of Arc or Jeanne d’Arc (fr) it is a nice city to visit and even thus we use the car, it has direct train service from Paris for an easy day outing. It is worth it. Let me tell you a bit more on Orléans.

The very essence of mentioning Orléans brings back my history coming to France. It was on my trip to know my dear late wife now Martine, that I passed by here on our way to Spain, right down the center of town back in 1990, still going strong, and many visits afterward.

This is the epicenter of the history of modern France, when Jeanne d’Arc gave back the city to the French king Charles VII from the English invaders. This is the epic story of a young lady rise to military genius and more importantly to be later the Patron Saint of France, doctor of the Catholic Church.

orleans pl du martroi

orleans

It is a city in the department of the Loiret No 45 in the region Centre-Val-de-Loire.  It is easily reachable on the autoroute A10 direction Bordeaux from Paris. Near it passes the A71 towards the mediterranean becoming later the A75 . The A19 linked the city with the A10 and A6 north of the city. Route planning is ok with viamichelin at http://www.viamichelin.co.uk/  or the use of GPS is the only way I have visited the city ,by car. However, it is well linked by train from Paris Austerlitz station , the SNCF train station is at avenue de Paris near shopping center place d’Arc;the bus station is also next to the train station. The TER centre train webpage is here  TER Centre Val de Loire , just to add this was the route to go to Paris at Gare d’Orsay, today its the museum. There is a local bus/tramway service Tao here  TAO network of Orléans

orleans

orleans

The city goes back several thousands years but the most important event was that took place with Jeanne d’Arc and its liberation. Liberated on May 8 1429. Later after much destruction in WWII it was liberated again by Gen Patton of the US Army in 1945. The history associated with it its huge not enough space for this blog.  The feast of Jeanne d’Arc is held every year on the 29 of April to May 8 celebrations, there is a video reproduction and more in French at this webpage, keep an eye for it. Tourist office of Orleans on the feast of Joan of Arc

orleans

One must come here to see the Cathédrale Sainte-Croix (see post apart) at 10 rue Gobelets,where Jeanne d’Arc came to celebrate Mass in 1429AD. There is a church here since 330AD destroyed ,fires, and always rebuilt from kings of France to 1829 when finally all restored. its great inside and statue of Jeanne d’Arc is superb.  The Hôtel Groslot,(see post apart) built between 1550-1555 by Jacques Groslot bailif of Orleans. kings Charles IX, Henri III,and Henri IV stayed here ! It now houses the mayors office of the city since 1790, it is splendidly richly decorated. The Maison de Jeanne d’Arc is where she lodge from april 24 to May 9 1429AD, rebuilt to identical after its destruction with the bombings of WWII.   The place du Martroi, symbolic heart of the city has a huge equestrian statue of Jeanne d’Arc where she is bigger than the horse, at WWII this sculpture was partially destroyed and it was rebuilt by sculptor Paul Belmondo ,father of the famous actor Jean-Paul Belmonde.  The Hôtel Hatte, 15C, where it now houses the Center Charles Péguy, a native writer/poet .  The Church of Notre Dame de Recouvrance built between 1513-1519 has a choir altar from Second Empire in renaissance style. For walks do it by rue de Bourgogne and rue de l’Empereur for wonderful medieval ambiance as well as Rue Royale. The Musée des Beaux-Arts, Place Ste Croix, is very nice with works from Velazquez, Van Dyck, Jan Brueghel, Tintoret,  and works of Rodin,Maillol, Picasso etc, really nice. admission is 3€ only for adults.open tuesdays to saturdays and sundays afternoons. Walk too the pont George V the oldest bridge in the city, built in 1751-1760 and runs for about 1,2 kms.

orleans

orleans

We stayed there at the Mercure hotel at 44-46 quai Barentin overlooking the river Loire and near pont George V.  Mercure hotel Centre at Orleans, usual great service by the chain,pool and good resto. walking distance to the best and easy in and out of the city by car. However,there is plenty of accommodation in the city to choose for all budgets.  The Mercure hotel resto Le Chaland was good too and cheaper at menus from 13,50€.

The tourist office for the city of Orléans is at Tourist office of Orléans on things to see    , and  and area metro of Orléans in French : Metro Orleans tourist office on Joan of Arc in French , and the regional Loire Valley here: Regional Loire Valley tourist office on Orleans

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my family front of city hall Orléans

Enjoy the city of Orléans . We did too!!! See more pictures on sights posts in the blog.

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

 

 

 

 

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One Comment to “Orléans, a lot more than Jeanne!”

  1. We loved Orléans and hope to return soon: a beautiful city indeed.

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