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March 30, 2019

Vannes ,again, its a must to see!

So this is beginning to look a lot like Spring or even summer temps today at 18C or about 64F and sunny, very nice. It must have a walk a short trip somewhere from our town, so what would it be? well there are so many difficult to pick one, even thus we have some in my grinder for later longer trip, the decision was to go to our capital city of Vannes, in the Morbihan breton of our beautiful Brittany.

There was the usual errand as well as my boys wanted some japanese BD/mangas thing at Japanim the specialist store in old town Vannes. And of course ,on the way back the groceries at our usual E Leclerc but there were other goodies as well. As you can tell we are busy lol!

Back to Friday night I had a lunch with collegues at a restaurant never been even thus been to the one next door! The experience was very nice and should go back with the family. However, waiting for my collegues to arrive i had my first apéro or before meal drink or after work or happy hours whatever at a friendly bar near the city town hall of Vannes. This turn out to be rather nice as there were visiting Americans on job assignments here so you guess it the conversation turn into current events and sports for a while. The place is nice for this sort of thing a drink snacks and then continue the night; oh yes the place is Café Arthur at Place Maurice Marchais facing the city hall. It is only open since November 2018 but the new owner was very pleasant and I did had my German beer Warsteiner ,not bad.

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From there I join my collègues at the Le Sous-Sol restaurant on the other side of the square next to the city hall. The restaurant is very innovative in food and name layout as le sous-sol means basement and it is there. We opted for the main table at street level. There were very nouvelle cuisine dishes with codfish, shrimps, and desserts I never had and probably won’t opt for them in the future but for the curious culinary mind it should work. The service was very friendly and even the waiter spoked English! More about it here:Restaurant Le Sous-Sol Vannes

Morbihan tourist office in French: Tourist office of Morbihann dept 56 on Le Sous-Sol

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Now forward to today Saturday. The area is very nice and I usually parked by the Place de la Liberation where there is the bus terminal amongt the ones stopping there is our town bus line 5 coming and going to Vannes that my boys take often for their things.. My new Ford car is there, ready for 2019, as well as my boys behind.

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vannes

We walk in the area and cannot passed by our wonderful capital city or town hall building with the impressive horse statue of duke of Brittany John IV (Jean) and the wonderful college Jules Simon (middle school) and its wonderful Chapel St Yves. 

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vannes

We then continue today down to the Le Port or harbor marina with its wonderful canal of sailing boats that goes all the way out into the Gulf of Morbihan and its 12 islands! and then out into the Atlantic ocean!

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We went a bit into the market that still was going on usually until about 13h30 or 1:30 pm. and goes all the way around from place Lucien Laroche to place du poid public to place des lices along the old ramparts of Vannes! and see backside its magnificent Constable tower or Tour du Connetable.

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And of course we ate, who wouldn’t in this magical place by the harbor marina Le Port is very nice and many places we had eaten here over the last 8 years. We came back to one not been in a while, the L’Atlantique plenty of good sea and land combination and mad crowd to get in, we were lucky without reservation because arrive at exactly 12h midday ;many others were turn away without reservations!

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vannes

Here we had as entrée oysters of course!! a half dozen , and then the main dish was for me the hashis parmontier au canard or sort of a potato purée over a bed of duck meat, and for dessert the dome aux chocolat with crunchy bottom, ice cream and a cupola or dome of dark chocolate! all wash down with a nice red 2016 from our neighbors in the Loire, Domaine Octavie Les Vieux Moines all pinot noir! nice.

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Finally, it was a big day in town for a very special person at the Cathedral of St Peter but that is another post. For now enjoy Vannes always exciting to see in my Morbihan breton.

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

 

 

 

March 30, 2019

Forum of Peace or Foro della Pace, of course, Rome!

Ok so, again,  this was a dandy I needed to tell you more about it, almost forgot from my vault of over 50K photos, yes! As I told you, we go to a city by plane car or train and then we walk all over , staying above ground. In my opinion, the best way to see a city and its monuments. No different in Italy and especially Rome!

The Forum of Peace (Foro della Pace) is the third of the Imperial forums. The term peace did not have the same meaning as it may have in the 21C; it was the peace imposed by the Emperor of Rome or Pax Romana eventually imposed by the arms. Vespasian ,Imperator Cæsar Vespasianus Augustus had also built it, between 71 and 75, to commemorate his victory over the Jews of Judea.

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It is a monumental ensemble of 145 meters over 85 meters, surrounded by a wall of walls on three sides and a large portico with columns on the fourth side. It was built to the east of the Nerva Forum, at the site of the former Macellum burned down in 64.

On the site of the Forum of Peace you could find,  the Temple of Peace at about 34 meters by 22 meters, which contained the treasure recovered during the capture of the second temple of Jerusalem and many other works of art. The library of the Forum of Peace (tabularium) which contained the archives of the urban Prefecture, the cadastral plans and a series of documents concerning the work of the world, notably under Vespasian and Septime Severa, as well as a very large number of the works of the doctor Galen. The famous Forma Urbis , a marble cadastral plan of Rome, new edition supplemented and updated the plan of Agrippa, executed in 73, and destroyed during the great fire of 191 or 192. There is also, a nice garden. The location of the Forum of Peace in modern Rome is located in the space between Via Cavour , corner with the Via dei Fori Imperiali and between the Colosseum, and the Monument to Vittorio Emanuelle II.

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As we walking the before mention popular area it was not hard to by pass this Foro della Pace on your left side coming from the Colosseo or Coliseum. Great walk and plenty to eat ok in this area in off the beaten path restos especially on the Via Cavour side.

Hope you enjoy it as we did. Here is a webpage with some more info on the Foro della Pace or Forum of Peace (Roman peace that is!) . Fori Imperiali webpage on foro della pace in Italian

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

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March 30, 2019

Hostal Restaurant Palacios ,Toledo!

Ok so today will go into again uncharted territory for me. I do travel whether business or pleasure always try to sneek in and see things in our beautiful world. Spain is like my home, I am Spanish citizen since birth from my grandparents of Tenerife.  I have lived in Madrid and still cousins there and near north of Toledo. I do visit Spain at least once every year since upteem times. All said and done.

However, when I write I tell you about experiences and things to see eat do, but I like to bring one dear place to give it the credit it deserves in my arsenal of memories ,hoping they become yours too. My family was taken to Spain by my insistance for several years now and they became to love it too; no question every year vacation time Spain came out on top and get away from our beloved France where we have lived for the last 16 years.

The visit to Toledo is a must for all, and no different for us Spaniards to see the history of our country ,the tolerance of Toledo is awesome(search my many posts on it). While walking its narrow cobblestone streets in the center and beyond and got to the point of been hungry we stop at a restaurant that is also a hostal (inexpensive hotel) right in the tourist central! We thought would be crazy to eat there but the price was right, amazing even 7,95€ complete meal with wine/beer so we took the opportunity.

It has been our must stop each time in the city for lunch for the last several years except 2018 when my dear late wife Martine passed away from pancreatic cancer. She loved this place so much. I would tell you briefly on Hostal Restaurant Palacios in Toledo!

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The magic lunch menu price has been kept from 7,50€ to 7,95€ over the years and always fully loaded with entrée, main dish, dessert, drink of juice sodas/wines/beers and coffee! It changes every time often. The food is terrific and the place very quant with very nice people we have come to know, they even remember us!!

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This Small and modern Hostel-Restaurant is located in the heart of the old town of Toledo next to the Cathedral and 200 meters from the Plaza de Zocodover and the Alcázar de Toledo.

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Restaurant Palacios is part of the facilities of the Hostal Palacios, located in Calle Alfonso X the Wise. In this restaurant they have been satisfying the tastes of the most exquisite palates with their wide variety of dishes and portions and the excellent quality of their products. Enjoy homemade food and typical Toledo dishes.

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In General, Toledo eats well. It Is true that not always cheap, as many stand out, but if you look a bit, you will find gems like Palacios.

Hostal Palacios (this not tried yet) offers comfortable accommodation in this impressive city. The air-conditioned rooms are decorated in a warm and rustic style and feature a plasma-screen satellite TV and views of the old town of Toledo. The hotel offers an Internet point from where you can organise your excursion to the beautiful Alcázar and other sights.

I like to give you handy some webpages to help you plan your trip to this wonderful property worthy of my recommendation.

Official Hostal Palacios

Tourist office of Toledo on the Hostal Palacios

And two of my favorites sites already mentioned in my blogroll end of my front blog page are The Fork or Tenedor or Fourchette ,and Yelp

The Tenedor or fork reviews on Restaurant Palacios

Yelp reviews on Hostal Restaurant Palacios

There you go, I feel better now, it is worth mention good memorable places when we travel even if humble places, they are part of the thrill of traveling and family stories to last a lifetime. I know Martine would be happy to tell you about it too!

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One for the memories forever my dear late wife Martine!

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

 

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