SQY,,,Montigny,,, memories of the Yvelines!

On a sunny day in my neck of the woods I take the blog to remind myself of wonderful times of the past, sometimes bits of it in my blog but feel they merit more. This is an area near my old home that I frequented a lot with the family for shopping, entertainment and just plain sightseeing in the Yvelines dept 78 of the ïle de France region. I like to dwell on them a bit if i may, thanks.

I never figure this out but in France, the trend in the last 20-30 years is to do regrouping of towns into intercity communities or agglomérations and create new towns. Vive la différence!! This is the case with Saint Quentin en Yvelines.

The agglo area of Saint Quentin en Yvelines new town union includes the towns of Coignières,Élancourt,Guyancourt,La Verrière,Les Clayes-sous-Bois,Magny-les-Hameaux,Maurepas,Montigny-le-Bretonneux,Plaisir,Trappes, Voisins-le-Bretonneux,  and Villepreux.  I had hightlight the towns where we spent lots of time while in the area.  Just to mention this is not the only agglo or intercity zones here. These are all in the Yvelines dept 78 with their French names: Communauté d’agglomération de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Communauté d’agglomération Rambouillet Territoires,  Communauté d’agglomération Saint-Germain Boucle de la Seine,  Communauté d’agglomération Versailles Grand Parc, Communauté de communes Coeur d’Yvelines,  Communauté de communes des Portes de l’Ile-de-France, Communauté de communes du Pays Houdanais,  Communauté de communes Gally – Mauldre,  Communauté de communes Haute Vallée de Chevreuse ,et Communauté urbaine Grand Paris Seine & Oise.

Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines is an agglomeration community  in the department of Yvelines (78) , west of Versailles. It owes its name to the Chapel Saint-Quentin, in which rested the remains of Saint Quentin, chapel located on the site of the present leisure base, whose site was chosen to become the center of a new city. Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines at about  20 km from Paris.

The outdoor and leisure base (base de loisirs) , offers an area of ​​600 hectares including a lake of 120 hectares. There is a unique whitewater course in Europe, a sandy beach of 5,000 m2 dedicated to swimming, and a water ski lift. The base also has a golf course, an equestrian center and a pony club. It also houses 90 hectares of nature reserve classified Natura 2000.  The velodrome of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, which hosts the headquarters of the French Cycling Federation, was inaugurated in December 2013. The city hosted the world championships in track cycling in 2015.

Montigny-le-Bretonneux is a simple town that had  discovered prehistoric remains in the last century, near the pond Caillon, confirms the distant existence of this locality. However, its history will remain, until the early 1970s, that of a small traditional village in the Ile-de-France countryside, naturally devoted to agriculture. Montigny-le-Bretonneux is the central and main town of the agglomeration of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines. The city is made up of nine neighborhoods, including Saint-Quentin, which is at the same time the main center of the agglomeration and that of the town.  Go figure!

In Saint Quentin en Yvelines we love to come shopping at the mall there ,for the cinema and celebrated many younger days birthdays for my kids with friends at the bowling alley. The cinema Cine Cité SQY :  http://www.kiosq.sqy.fr/cinema?structures%5B0%5D=structure%2Fugc-cine-cite-sqy-ouest

saint quentin en yvelines

A cinema webpage allôcine in France:  http://www.allocine.fr/seance/salle_gen_csalle=B9052.html

Saint Quentin en Yvelines

saint quentin en yvelines

A beautiful shopping area where we find the main brands around the Carrefour hypermarket. In any case, the purchases have always been made in serenity …. with free parking 3h nearby, just convenient and essential.Just came back again after worries of demolition for a housing project!

Shopping center and cinema SQY here: https://www.espacestquentin.com/

saint quentin en yvelines

The shopping center has many stores and the memories are many . The bowling center is mentioned in the town’s site of Montigny-les-Bretonneux which is part of the Agglo area of SQY.   The info is here: https://www.montigny78.fr/sports-et-loisirs/equipements/bowling-billards.htm

The town of Montigny-le-Bretonneux ,we used to go to see the baseball games of the Montigny Cougars playing in the French second division or like Triple A level; since 2017 thereabouts ,they have move up to the First division top league in France, their stadium was on our way to the shopping center/cinema/bowling;  here is their official site  http://www.montigny-baseball.com/

The new agglo area of the new towns of Saint Quentin en Yvelines now grouping also Montigny-les-Bretonneux  as tourist info are here:



The Saint-Quentin / Montigny-le-Bretonneux train station hosts, in particular, RER  line C towards the Paris, as well as a connection to La Défense in about twenty minutes. You can reach the Montparnasse train station in about forty minutes maximum. Bus Nigh Line N145 route: Gare de l’Est / La Verrière with main stops at  Paris Chatelet, Montparnasse, Versailles-Chantiers, Saint-Cyr, Gare de Montigny – Saint Quentin en Yvelines, and Trappes.

The bus network SQYBUS can take you to Paris with the line 475 : Elancourt- De Lattre de Tassigny → Paris Porte d’Orléans ;The network webpage here: https://www.sqybus.fr/

To move in the region of ïle de France use ViaNavigo site here:  https://www.vianavigo.com/accueil

The area has a huge amount of cultural centers and heritage monuments as well as theme parks that I have touch briefly in previous posts in my blog. This entry is for the memories but at the same time to get you ,hopefully, to get out of Paris and see France, the Yvelines especially a huge history of France was played in this area ïle de France or Island of France and the Yvelines played a major role with its several Royal towns like my beloved Versailles.

Hope you have enjoy the brief tour and hope can see your posts on this wonderful memorable area of mine and my family.  Saint Quentin en Yvelines, Montigny-le-Bretonneux are just two spots in my life.

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



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