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July 3, 2019

Wines news of France I !

So back to my tastings hobby or is it drinking or definitely not collecting although I have some bottles…. The subject pops up again and can ‘t resist writing on it when I hear some exciting news on them. This time is finally been recognise as happening. So on a sunny bright 25C or 77F weather let me tell you a bit about the wines of France I ! The best!!!

Bordeaux wineries took a bold step last week, authorizing seven new wine grapes for Bordeaux AOC and Bordeaux Supérieur wines. It still needs to be approved by France’s national oversight body, INAO. It’s a huge move for one of the most conservative areas of the wine world.  For now, the only wines that will be allowed to use these grapes are those with the entry-level Bordeaux or the geographic Bordeaux Supérieur labels. The famous appellations of Bordeaux, such as Pauillac and Saint-Émilion, will not be affected.

Merlot is the most-planted grape in Bordeaux and is the bulwark of most red wines east of the Gironde river. The problem with Merlot in overly hot weather is not that heat is bad for the vines or the crop. In fact, Merlot in an overly hot year presents the definition of a first-world problem: it produces grapes that have too much sugar, so the wine has too much alcohol. But in France, it’s illegal to add water unlike California for example!

There are not so many ways French farmers can legally cut back on the alcohol content of their wines. Picking earlier is the easiest method, but there’s a limit to how early a farmer can pick, because often the sugar that becomes alcohol develops in grapes faster than the flavor compounds that make wine delicious. Picked too early, a wine might taste like alcohol and tannin and not much else. Different grape varieties ripen at different times, though.

The big name here is Touriga Nacional, perhaps the best grape in Portugal’s hot Douro Valley. Touriga Nacional makes wines of great complexity and elegance even in hot, dry conditions. Bordeaux’s white wines are not as expensive or important to the market as its reds, but they will get a boost with the white grape Albariño, which makes terrific wines from the coasts of both Portugal and Spain. Especially famous for the Galicia region of Spain.

The third-most important grape on the new list is Marselan, a cross between Cabernet Sauvignon and heat-tolerant Grenache created in a French research institute in 1961. Marselan appears in some southern French red wines but it is a major varietal wine in China. The other four grapes are obscure. They are:  Petit Manseng, a white variety usually used in sweet wines;  Arinarnoa, a cross between Cabernet Sauvignon and Tannat;  Castets, a rare red variety first identified in Bordeaux in 1870. It was down to less than one hectare in France in 2008, according to Wine Grapes by Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding and José Vouillamoz and  Liliorila, a rare white variety that is a cross between Chardonnay and another obscure grape with the evocative name Baroque.

Growers are only being allowed to plant up to 5 percent of their vineyards with them, and can only add up to 10 percent in their final blend of any bottling. the new regulations are just an approval of experiments that are already happening even in the most expensive vineyards in Bordeaux. There are some people who do some Carmenère in Pauillac today for instance.

The canicule (heat wave) had catastrophic effets on the wines, cultures and growing. Some winemakers in the south of France lost as much as 80% of the harvest!!! And the effect on the other areas has not been determine yet.

At least 150 bottles of vintage wines have been stolen from a restaurant in Paris, for an estimated amount between 400,000 and 600,000 euros. According to wine mag LRVF .The malefactor entered last Monday in the cellar currently under construction of the Maison Rostang restaurant, a two-star establishment located in the 17éme arrondissement , not far from the Arc de Triomphe, digging a hole about 50 cm in diameter ((bit less than 20 inches). Of course , they knew what to look for as they took mostly Petrus and Romanée Conti bottles!!! Now under Police investigation .More on the nice restaurant here:

The highest court in France (cour de cassation)  found that the Bordeaux Court of Appeal was right in April 2018 to dismiss the lawsuits of the prestigious Château Petrus against CGM, the company of  the Coureau brothers, merchants and owners in Saint-Savin (Gironde), accused  of counterfeit trademark and deceptive marketing practice. The dispute goes back eight years, when the Coureau brothers decided to name their wine “Petrus Lambertini Major Burdegalensis 1208” in reference to the first mayor of Bordeaux in the 11C. Petrus immediately tried to block the initiative by opposing the filing of marks of the brothers at INPI (National Institute of Industrial Property). In vain.

Château Petrus, property in Pomerol of the Moueix family and a Colombian-American minority partner, does not give up and in 2017, continues in correctional court after CGM after the publication on the internet of an announcement of an individual wishing to resell bottles of  second wine of Petrus. The name “second wine” appearing on the label.  In the first instance, Petrus wins, the court considering that there is a risk of confusion, even if the wine of the brothers Coureau is selling around 10 euros a bottle, far from the astronomical sums reached by the prestigious vintage.

A year later, the Court of Appeal sweeps this judgment, saying that if the Coureau brothers had indeed made a skillful use of the mark, a good consumer moderately aware of the wine would not be deceived, recalls the judgment of the Court of Cassation. Attracting the customer’s attention does not mean deceiving or misleading, the Court of Appeal noted. And the name of a second wine is not prohibited, even in the absence of first wine. There you Petrus name is not exclusive anymore!

And to close have a bottle find it , very good , recommended. Enjoy it

Vitatge Vielh ( in old Béarnais means old vintage) is the name of a plot planted in the 1940’s and in which are planted three grape varieties: Gros Manseng, Petit Manseng and Courbu. A very old vine behaves like an old fruit tree: it is less vegetative, better regulates its vigor and its production and gives fruits more tasty. Its firm structure makes it a dry white wine of care and gastronomy. It will perfectly accompany cooked sea fish, but also a grilled chicken or a roast veal served with a white sauce,  chanterelles or morels … and mature cheeses. For the 2014 vintage, a vintage with grape harvests in summer weather conditions, ideal! In tasting, You will feel a note of  exotic fruit, honey, acacia flower, very complex, and an acidity that arrives pleasantly, especially fruity, floral, it remains long in the mouth! The Clos Lapeyre is located 15 minutes south of Pau on the slopes of Jurançon (house wines here!) . Mr Jean-Bernard Larrieu (3rd generation) took over in 1985. The vineyard, between 350 and 400 meters above sea level, today has 18 ha of which half in terraces facing the Pyrenees. It consists mainly of Mansengs varieties.  It is from Clos Lapeyre  Chemin du Couday – Chapelle de Rousse;  More info here in English: Clos Lapeyre Jurançon

There you go and now in Summer enjoy the roses too. We are on !!! Enjoy the wines and especially try those from France. Cheers

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

July 3, 2019

Some news from Spain LXXXI

So lets get ready for Summer in my beloved Spain, and I will be back again! There is so much going on sometimes its hard to pick my favorites for the now some news from Spain series in its 81th edition, thank you all. The temperatures in my beloved Madrid are 91F or about 33C; while in my neck of the woods are now 78F or about 26C both sunny bright and well nice too as the temp for Madrid is typical of the times.

Let’s get going with some news from Spain!

The National Museums of the PradoReina Sofia and the Thyssen have increased the number of visitors during this first half of 2019 compared to the same period of the previous year, according to data provided to the Europa Press agency by the institutions.

In particular, the Museo Nacional del Prado has received 8% more visitors during the first six months of the year compared to the first half of 2018. The exhibitions that have been seen are “A painting for a nation. The shooting of Torrijos’; the exhibition dedicated to the work of Alberto Giacometti; “The Resting Cabinet of His Majesties”; “Fra Angelico and the beginnings of the Renaissance in Florence” or the recently inaugurated “Velázquez, Rembrandt, Vermeer. Like-minded looks’, which can be visited until September 2019..

The Reina Sofía has been the museum that has experienced the greatest growth in this period, with an increase of around 46% in the number of visitors, of this period since 2017. The exhibitions of “Avant-garde networks. Amauta and Latin America, 1926-1930”; “Personalien”, by the filmmaker Albert Serra or “Paris despite everything. Foreign artists, 1944-1968”, which began in November 2018 and has been until April this year.

Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum have noted that the museum has recorded a 9% increase in the number of visitors,in the same period this year. Among the exhibitions that visitors have seen are highlighted “Pioneers. Women of the Russian avant-garde”, “Balthus”, “Beckmann. Figures from exile”, the installations of the Indian artist Amar Kanwar or the exhibition “Balenciaga and Spanish painting”, which can be seen until 22 September 2019.

The Ministry of Culture and Sport and Carmen Thyssen will extend the current agreement on the Baroness’s collection of paintings by six more months until December 30 2019 to reach an agreement. it will be extended for another year to continue to seek a definitive agreement on this collection, consisting of 429 works by artists such as Picasso, Rodin, Matisse, Gauguin, Courbet, Boudin, Monet, Sisley or Canaletto, among others. Carmen Thyssen’s collection loan was signed in 1991 with a ten-year duration and has since been renewed annually since 2011.

The  Feria de San Fermín 2019, will have a continuous cycle of bulls and bullfighters in which the main base is the Peruvian  Andrés Roca Rey. The pamplonic serial consists of eight bullfights, one of rejones and a novillada. The latter opens the subscription next Friday. Lockdowns start on Sunday . Complete program here:

The ceremony of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants held  this past Tuesday in Singapore has left good news for Spanish cuisine. A third place Asador Etxebarri Plaza de San Juan 1, 48291 Atxondo, Bizkaia;webpage: Asador Etxebarri widespread rises on the list, some as outstanding as that of Azurmendi (29 places, from 43rd place in 2018 to 14 this time). In the second part of the list, which goes from 51 to 100, announced last week, six other Spanish restaurants appear: 53, Arzak; 75, Diverxo; 81, Quique Dacosta; 82, Enogma; 87, Berasategui; 94, Aponiente. All with enough merits to be in the first half. Especially Diverxo and Aponiente, two of the most creative restaurants of the moment In the case of the second, which has appeared for the first time this year on the list it seems that it will be projected to highlights in future editions. The very best rank are:

º 7. MUGARITZ. Aldura Aldea, 20. Rentería (Guipúzcoa).

Nº 9. DISFRUTAR. Villarroel, 163. Barcelona.

Nº 14. AZURMENDI. Barrio Legina s/n. Larrabetzu (Vizcaya).

Nº 20. TICKETS. Avenida del Paralelo, 164.

Nº 30. ELKANO. Herrerieta, 2. Guetaria (Guipúzcoa).

Nº 32. NERUA. Museo Guggenheim. Bilbao.

The lighthouse of (faro) Chipiona is considered the highest in Spain, with 69 meters of height from the base. It takes 344 steps (according to the data of the Provincial Council, although other sources count 322) to see the landscape from above. It is also one of the highest in the world operating today. Since its inauguration it has never ceased to function, except in 1898 during the Cuban-Spanish-American War and the Spanish Civil War, when it was off for three years. The mission was to indicate the entrance of the Guadalquivir River. More info here: Tourist office of Chipiona on the lighthouse

In the eastern Pyrenees, within the region of La Garrocha in the province of Girona, is the best example of the volcanic landscape of the Peninsula, a Natural Park with 40 cones and 10 craters. One of the most visited and undoubtedly most amazing points of the Natural Park is the volcano of Santa Margarita, in the municipality of Santa Pau (Olot). Today, it is covered with holm oaks and has a height of 682 meters. In the inside of its crater, about 2 km and covered with grass and shrubs, a Romanesque hermitage invites meditation. The small church, which gives its name to the volcano, was destroyed during the earthquake of Catalunya in 1428 while the current building dates from 1865. Inside the temple, of a single nave and ashlars, is venerated the image of Santa Margarita de la Cot, replica of the original of the 6C and which is located in the Diocesan Museum of Girona. A curiosity regarding most Natural Parks is that 98 percent of this territory is privately owned. More on the park here in English: Natural park of La Garrocha or Garrotxa

Spain has 669 Blue Flag badges that prove the good condition of the area, water, infrastructure and services. The seven beaches that debut blue flag this year are located in: Melilla (the beaches of Galapagos and San Lorenzo), Badajoz (in the swamp of Cheles), La Gomera (Beach of La Cueva), Castellón (in Nules, Marines), Balearic Islands (in Santanyí, S’Amarador beach) and in Alicante ( L’Espigó beach in Altea). More on blue flags here: Official Blue Flag on beaches

A jury of notables has decided that the best ham croquette in the world is in Toledo. Javier Ugidos, of Tobiko Restaurante, has won the award of the V Joselito International Championship in the framework of the XVII edition of the Reale Seguros Madrid Fusion! Congrats!.More on the resto here: Tobiko Restaurant of Toledo

Enjoy the wonderful summer festivals of Spain, here is a favorites sampler.

Up to July 28 2019 see the night of moles (nuit des taupes)  of Kevin Johnson and Joan as Police woman at the Madrid Veranos de la Villa festival (summers in the city festival):   : .

See in the Festival of Merida: “Old Friend Ciceron”, with Joso Maria Pou, Prometeo with Luis Homar, The Metamorfosis with Concha Velasco and Maria Hervas  .

The Festival de Almagro, see spectacles such as  “The Castigo without Venganza”, of the National Company of Classic Theater; «The Silver Quijote», from the National Bellet Sodre of Uruguay…

The Summer Festival of San Lorenzo de El Escorial , see The Silver Quijote and Antitgona…

Festival Teatro de Olite, see “La Valentia”; and “Erritu”… The incomparable setting sounds clichéd, but really the castle of the Navarrese town, in whose square of arms is developed part of this contest, deserves the qualifier for its romantic stamp.

The Santander International Festival  See the London Symphony Orchestra; Amsterdam Baroque & Choir with Javier Camarena…

Just in more in later post but Bordeaux is in revolution! The appellations of origin Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur have unanimously approved the legalization of the plantations of seven new white and red grapes supposedly adapted to this change, and among them is the Albariño (Galicia). Apart from the Albariño, the new approved grapes are the white Petit Manseng and Liliorila and the reds Arinarnoa, National Touriga, Marselan and Castets. The plantation will be very controlled: up to 5% of the area of vineyards owned by a winegrower, and up to 10% of the final assembly of the wines of those two generic Bordeaux names. Planting rights will be granted for 10 years. !!!

Enjoy  Spain, everything under the Sun! And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!



July 3, 2019

Some news from France, CCXXXVII

So here is my belle France again, and time to provide you with some news from France , a bit, just the way I like them. And thank you for reading, this is my 237th posts on the series!!!  A bit on the front well the canicule is gone now is bright sunny breezy cool temperature of 24C or about 76F , and in my eternal Paris is the same at 75F.

And now some news shall we! Plenty ,these are just the tip of the iceberg!

Paris Plage or beach which will deploy its sunbeds from Saturday, July 6, on the right bank of the Seine (1éme and 4éme arrondissements) and around the basin of Villette, (19éme). Almost seaside atmosphere ensured until Sunday 1st September. Not to be missed either, the Fnac Live festival (free entrance) which starts this Wednesday until Friday on the forecourt of the Hôtel de Ville (city hall 4éme). Clara Luciani and Eddy from Pretto will perform on Thursday night. As for film buffs, they look forward to July 17, date of the first open-air cinema at La Villette (until August 18). To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Liberation, the new Museum of the Liberation of Paris – General Leclerc museum – Jean Moulin museum will open on August 25 place Denfert-Rochereau (14éme arrondissement). Being new ,here is their official webpage: Museum of the Liberation of Paris Leclerc Moulin

The tourists will have trouble moving at the end of the bridge Bir-Hakeim, the side of the metro station Passy 16éme, on a sunny Tuesday (yesterday). it is actually the filming of “Treadstone”, an American series created by Tim Kring, the father of fantasy fiction “Heroes” (broadcast from 2006 to 2010). Commissioned in the United States by the cable channel USA Network, this fiction is inspired by the universe of the literary and cinematographic saga Jason Bourne (“Memory in the skin”, “Death in the skin” …). It features the CIA agents of the confidential Treadstone project, designed to train unparalleled assassins (the same program from which Jason Bourne was born). Jeremy Irvine (seen at the movies in “War Horse” or “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again”), Brian J. Smith (“Sense8”) or Michelle Forbes (“True Blood”, “The Killing”) ). Filming began last June, in Budapest (Hungary) in particular.

Bezons – Nanterre, the footbridge dedicated to pedestrians and cyclists comes out of the water The steel structure of 650 meters which spans the two arms of the Seine could revolutionize the daily life of cyclists. Coming over La Defense into Paris. See the work here on Nanterre-La Défense:

Events leading to the July 4th USA independence Day in Paris.

A new stage for the Mona Bismarck, (many times here! )which officially becomes this day , the American Center for Art and Culture. The ambition of this name change: to become the only American center dedicated to contemporary art in Paris Live special Independence Day. Mona Bismarck American Center. 34, New York Avenue (16éme). July 4, 2019. Free admission.

The Ralph’s restaurant (not try yet) puts America in the spotlight by proposing a new menu as well as several musical animations. A special menu only served on July 4th, in the inner courtyard of Ralph’s. The Ralph’s Restaurant. 173, boulevard Saint-Germain (6éme). Until 7 July 2019. Prices: 75 € for the lunch menu, 110 € for the dinner menu

Celebrate 4 years of the Belleville Food Market (lovely market indeed) on July 4th, with a special edition Independence Day that puts the great classics of street food US in the spotlight (burgers, hot dogs, mac n ‘cheese, lobster roll, cookies .. .) prepared by the best addresses in Paris (PNY, Echo, The Beast, Homer, Gumbo Ya Ya …). 4th anniversary of the Food Market. Thursday, July 4, 2019, from 18h to 22h30. Boulevard de Belleville (11éme / 20éme arrondissements). Free entry. menus less than 10 €.

An important point that not only is seen by locals like me , but more and more by visitors alike, Paris is becoming saturated with visitors and people in general. And nothing concrete is done about but to scare away people by the Mayor’s office!!!

So the city is trying to eliminate tourist buses coming in as well !!! The reception of tourists buses which is very benevolent  does not bring too much nuisance. In addition to the hyper touristic sites where this is not a problem, we see developing in some districts of eastern Paris, in the 11éme, around Bastille, Republique and Oberkampf, tourist gatherings that combine with places of celebration. We do not want any more tour buses as we observe in Paris in a totally anarchic way. The other big concern is the inflationary pressure on housing especially because of Airbnb is another common theme for major tourist sites. Pickpockets take advantage of the situation. But crime in Paris is rather low compared to other major cities in the world. Line 1 of the metro is particularly targeted. The police prefecture works there. All during a Le Parisien journal  interview with Emmanuel Grégoire (PS), first deputy to Mayor of Paris ,Anne Hidalgo.

The City of Paris organized a conference on the theme: “Are there too many tourists in Paris? “ With 50 million visitors recorded in 2018 in Paris and its region, although these tourist flows contribute to the economic and cultural development of the territories, rapid and poorly regulated growth can disrupt the daily lives of residents with noise, pressure on rents , commercial fabric transformation, transport congestion, blah and given us jobs too!!. The Fédération nationale des guides interprètes et conférenciers or National Federation of Guides and Interpreters (FNGIC), which brings together in France 1200 professionals, half of them in Paris, has another angle … that of tourists and of what they feel when visiting the capital. “No, there are not too many tourists. All spotted the paying toilets at 1.50 euros on the Champs-Elysees, at the entrance of the Tuileries Garden or in the parking lot of the Louvre. “But when you have a kids’ s in a tourist bus, it’s a real budget. They are part of the landscape of Paris: near the monuments as in the metro on the lines used by tourists. “Every day, we are confronted with pickpockets that attack our groups. Security is the number one problem for tourism in Paris, according to Aude Deboaisne, Vice President of the Confédération des Guides et Conférenciers or Confederation of Guides and Speakers. But even the police say they are overwhelmed by the phenomenon. ” Of course, the Mayor’s office does little for these situation instead comes to stop the flow of people coming into Paris lol!

The provence folks (as we call folks from outside Paris region in France) are the most numerous tourists in the capital where they represent, according to the Paris tourist office, 46% of hotel arrivals. Next come visitors from other continents (29% of hotel arrivals) and finally other Europeans (25% of hotel arrivals). In the list of Europeans, the British led the way (1.2 million people!), followed by the Germans (900,000) and the Spaniards (740,000). The North American market is doing very well: since 2017, we have ironed over 2 million! people a year in Paris. It is a very loyal public and does not travel in low-cost. Huge numbers in the Paris hotels  from outside France too!

The National Federation of Guides and Interpreters recognizes that the Louvre is doing its utmost to find solutions to museum entrance tickets. But the facts are there: on major sites such as the Louvre or the Eiffel Tower, finding a ticket has become a galley. The sellers on the run have felt the vein for a few months. They are now all at the exit of the Carrousel, and ask the tourists to give them back their tickets which can be used  in theory  three times. The guides who denounce the traffic where the tickets are resold 20 or even 25 euros!!!

This is Summer so work is always at maximum in Paris transports sites as they need maintenance ! And poorly done so, I know have family here who works in transports of Paris.  These are the lines and something to do about it.

RER A – traffic interrupted between Auber and Vincennes every evening and weekend from Saturday 13 July to Friday 9 August, in full from Saturday 10 August to Sunday 18 August, then again every evening and every weekend from Monday 19 August to Sunday, September 1st. – Traffic interrupted between Sartrouville and Poissy on the weekends of 6-7 and 13-14 July.

RER B – traffic interrupted between Lozère and Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse from Saturday 20th to Sunday 28th July. – Closure of Bagneux station from Monday 29 July to Sunday 25 August. – interruption of traffic between Orsay Ville and Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse from Monday, July 29 to Sunday, August 25. The solution ? Take the bus lines 197, 297 and N14 or the replacement buses provided.

RER C traffic interrupted between Invalides and Musée d’Orsay every week-ends and holidays until Sunday 29 December included. – closing of the Pont de l’Alma station until August 25th. – stopped traffic between the stations of Saint-Martin d’Etampes and Gare d’Austerlitz from Monday 1st July to Friday 30th August from 23h10.- interruption of traffic between the stations of Musée d’Orsay and Pont de Rungis on Monday 1st July to Friday 23 August (except Saturdays and Sundays and Thursday 15 and Friday 16 August) from 22h30. – non-served stations between Paris Austerlitz and Juvisy in the evening (from 23h) except weekends, from Monday 1st July to 30th August and from Monday 2nd to Monday 30th September. – interruption of traffic between Paris Austerlitz and Avenue Henri Martin / Javel from Monday, July 15 to Saturday, August 24. – traffic stopped from 23h between Pontoise and Ermont Eaubonne from Monday, July 1 to Friday, August 30 (except weekends, and August 13 and 14). The solution ? Metro lines 10 and 13, bus 63 or replacement buses provided.

RER E – interruption of traffic between Nogent – Le Perreux and Tournan and between Tournan and Paris-Est from Monday 1st July to Friday 5th July from 23h. The solution ? Take metro line 7 which will be reinforced.

Metro Line 4 – stop traffic all the way until Sunday, July 28 every Sunday morning before 10h and Monday, June 17 to Thursday, July 25 on weekdays from 23h30.

Line 6 – traffic stopped between Montparnasse-Bienvenue and Trocadéro from Monday 1st July to Sunday 1st September. – Interruption of traffic between Trocadero and Charles de Gaulle-Etoile stations from Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th August. The solution ? Replacement buses will be set up to serve unsupported stations during the works. Bus lines 22 and 30 will also be reinforced.

Line 7 – connecting corridor between Auber station and the closed Opera station for work lasting about 2 years.

Line 11 – closure of the Châtelet station platforms until December 16th.

Line 14 – Stop the traffic all the way on Mondays and Tuesdays from the 3rd to the 25th of June from 22h15 to the end of the service. The solution ? Replacement buses are planned

There you go, nobody told you to come in public transports in Paris in Summer did I!!!. And take the bus or walk as much as you can , best way to see the city!

On a lighter note, until September 1, 2019,  several parks and gardens in Paris open until 01h (1am) to allow everyone to observe a beautiful starry sky. No need to bring amenities, except a little wool for cooler evenings. Ideal for solo, to share with family or in love for a so romantic moment, here are all the evenings this Summer:

Saturday 06/07 at Séverine square – 20éme Tuesday 09/07 place des Vosges – 4éme Friday 12/07 at Parc Montsouris – 14éme Tuesday 16/07 for the lunar eclipse at Parc de Belleville – 19éme Saturday 20/07 at the Jardin d ‘Eole – 18éme Friday 26/07 at Georges-Méliès Square – 12éme Saturday 27/07 at Jardin des Grands-Explorateurs – 6éme Monday 29/07 at André-Citroën Park – 15éme Wednesday 07/08 at Belleville Park – 19éme Friday 09 / 08 at Villemin garden – 10éme Saturday 10/08 at Buttes-Chaumont park – 19éme Wednesday 15/08 place des Vosges – 4éme Friday 23/08 at Georges-Méliès square – 12éme Saturday 24/08 at the garden of Eole – 18éme Tuesday 28/08 at Parc Montsouris – 14éme Saturday 31/08 at Villemin Garden – 10éme. This is Paris at its best! Enjoy it!

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





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July 3, 2019

The Castle at Trédion!

And why not bring you back to my beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne in my belle France! Giving you a tour of the country and sometimes the world and thank you for coming along. Today will tell you about an off the beaten path castle that is not visited per se but you can come to the gardens and maybe have a room in it ::)

We move on after seeing a sign for a Castle at Trédion; seen the name before but with so much to do and see overpassed it several times;this time we were there.  The main areas in the garden to look at are the Clos du Roy  (The King’s field) a French style garden. The Jardin de curé (The priest’s garden) , traditional garden.  The Jardin des druides  (The druids’ garden); fountains, bridge of secrets, chalices, the Druid’s tree, the fine gold standing stone in the middle of 3 cascading ponds, etc. ,and the Jardin des Korrigans  (The Korrigans garden) and the legend of the hidden treasure.  The Trédion castle is located in Trédion in the department 56  of Morbihan.


A bit on the architecture/construction of it

It has an irregular plan building composed of several U-shaped buildings around a backyard. The two main houses are flanked by circular towers on the corners; the entrance pavilion is framed by two turrets. A tower and polygonal turrets occupy the re-entering corners of the courtyard. The building includes a basement level, a raised ground floor, a square floor and a top floor, only the back lodge has two square floors. The shell is in rubble partially coated with basement, frames of bays, balconies, horizontal bands, machicoulis, cornices and skylights in stone. The elevation is ordered, its ornamentation is neo-Gothic style.


A bit of history I like

The Castle of Trédion was built in the 1350s, the Manor of Trédion was the property of the Dukes of Brittany. The vast forests that surrounded it made it a favorite hunting rendezvous. Great names possessed over the centuries the lands of Trédion. Among them, the Malestroit, John IV of Rieux, the Marquis de Nesle, Guy Paul de Coligny, the Princess of Salm, Peter II of Sérent, Charles Fouquet in 1683, distant relative of the Intendant Nicolas Fouquet, the origin of the legend of Trédion’s treasure which would be buried at the foot of an oak tree!


If the Castle of Trédion knew illustrious owners during this period, it received more illustrious guests still. King François I, who in 1518 was rested  and lodged at the Castle one night, before joining the next day Vannes . The Queen Mother Catherine de Medici  Regent of the Kingdom of France and a host of Coligny, lived at the Castle at least two weeks in  May of 1570.


The park drawn in the 19C around 1820, with its irregular alley, artificial river, waterfall, pond, pond and vegetable garden and orchard. It is an  English park sporting many different species with the gardens of sculptures and themes such as the clos du Roy, a  French garden, surrounded by walls of 4000m ², with basins. The parish garden (kitchen garden), the garden of the Druids of 5000m ² (with the menhir covered with fine gold).  Plenty of cascade ponds, stream, fountains, bridges, animal enclosure.  A fun route for visitors. During a 2-km walk in the park’s alleys, punctuated by 18 stages, families are invited to elucidate enigmas. The goal ? Take a maximum of Louis d’Or to Korrigans, the guardians of the treasure for three centuries. A fun game for the whole family!


It is in 1834, that Hippolyte du Fresne de Virel acquires the Castle and  lands of Trédion. He established in 1840 a high furnace  for the assembly of cast iron objects, and began the transformation of the manor to make a “Castle”.  In 1977, the Estate is sold by the heirs of Virel to Guy Turpin , a real estate promoter  in Vannes. Considerable renovations  were done in  both in the castle and in the park. You can rent the 26 apartments managed  by RCI, a timeshare company.


Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

Official Chateau de Trédion

Parks and Garden site of France on Trédion

Lovely setting great for a walk or a wedding or just relaxing in its great golf course, etc. We are glad to have it in our department 56 Morbihan. Enjoy the Castle of Trédion! 

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


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