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July 24, 2019

Restaurant : Toulouse!

And why not mention this before! One of my favorite cities in France, and of sentimental value as there is family from the wife’s side! Of course, we have come here often and several posts in my blog, but I feld this place needs to be told more and we love it!

Let me tell you a bit more on the Le Louchebem,  at 3, place Victor-Hugo ; Loges 3, 4 et 5. In the Marché Victor Hugo market! and in Toulouse of course!

The Le Louchebem opened its doors in 1994, above the Victor Hugo market. This traditional establishment is a family home that makes both   restaurant and butcher shop. It holds the title of Master Restaurateur. The cuisine prepared here is made from fresh and carefully chosen products. The setting is picturesque, the atmosphere friendly, the service as professional as smiling. That is to say if it is a good address for the local Toulousans as for visitors passing through. It is essential to taste the homemade specialties, as hearty as delicious as our favorite cassoulet. The Févoulet is the ancestor of cassoulet and is a very old Occitan recipe made with beans, duck confit, pork rinds and sausage, before the féves especial beans are replaced by the white beans brought back from Latin America in the 16C. For over 20 years, every first weekend of the month at the Victor-Hugo market in Toulouse, Le Louchebem has been honouring its sublime féves bean cassoulet to the delight of its loyal clientele. There are also the classic cuts of meats such as the faux filet steaks XL , XXL , and XXXL; the   veal kidney, XXL beef fillet. And the plate of the 4 meats “La Gilbe” with walnut, bib, faux fillet, steak.

A very busy place of 12h lunch.  Every time I passed in Toulouse I find with great pleasure this place of sharing and for lovers of good meat and cassoulet . The pleasant terrace, the service always professional, smiling and caring waiters and waitresses. Don’t miss it while in Toulouse.

Official webpage for Le Louchebem of Toulouse

Yelp reviews on Le Louchebem at Toulouse

Toulouse

And where is it? One of the best spots in Toulouse; here is a brief history.

It was not until 1827, after the demolition of the ramparts surrounding the heart of the city since the Middle Ages, that the square where the Victor Hugo market stands today will be built. It took place in 1827 under the name of Place du Marché-au-Bois and hosted from its inception a market with wood, fodder and then flea market.

The Place du Marché-au-Bois was renamed the Place Victor Hugo in 1886 at the occasion of a coronation of the poet by the Floral Games. In 1892, the new Victor Hugo market was inaugurated. Under its metal halls there were 283 shops. Modern and functional, it is the largest covered market in Toulouse. It was in 1959 that the current market-parking was born. this new Victor Hugo market which will become the first paid car park in Toulouse, with 670 parking spaces and a market of 100 exhibitors. It went again renovations in 2016 and now it is sparkling wonderful even better place to be at in Toulouse.

Official webpage for the Marché Victor Hugo

There you go another dandy in the pink city of Toulouse. Wonderful town, and lovely folks of course! Do not missed the town, and of course cannot missed Le Louchebem if in town or rather come in just for it, all worth it I say. Enjoy it as we do.

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

 

 

July 24, 2019

Restaurant: Saumur!

So coming into the wonders of the Loire river and my belle France,continuing our road warrior trips and enjoying the best of the country. There have been many but I am choosing the most memorable times with my family.  We came to Saumur!

I have written on Saumur wonders before but let me give you a brief introduction to the town here ok.  Saumur is a sub-prefecture of the department of Maine-et-Loire, No. 49 in the Pays de la Loire region. It is particularly known for his cavalry school, castle and wines.

Saumur is located in the natural region and former division of the province of Anjou. Nearby towns are Thouars (Deux-Sèvres), Loudun (Vienne), Angers and Baugé (Maine-et-Loire), Chinon, and  Tours (Indre-et-Loire). The town of Saumur has five associated towns since February 1, 1973: the city of Saumur itself in the center (on the left bank of the Loire and the right bank of its tributary Le Thouet), Dampierre sur Loire in the south-east ( on the left bank of the Loire and on the northwestern half of the island of Souzay which it shares with the neighboring commune of Souzay-Champigny) Bagneux in the south-west (on the left banks of the Thouet then of the Loire Saint-Hilaire-Saint-Florent to the west (on the left bank of the Loire and northwest of Bagneux on the outside of the west ring road, and including the village of Terrefort and the aerodrome of Saumur – Saint -Florent), and Saint-Lambert-des-Levées to the north (on the right bank of the Loire). Saumur is located in the heart of the Loire-Anjou-Touraine Regional Nature Park, of which it is the largest town.

City of Saumur on its history in French

Tourist office of Saumur on things to do and see in English

Saumur

And now to our fav brasserie in town, again as we do just without reservations just pop in as in your house, the real French welcome with real people, and real food. Enjoy it

The Café Brasserie La Bourse, 1 place de la Bilange , Saumur.  It is an institution in Saumur with its large terrace. Depending on the affluence at lunch, we will be more or less quickly serve and when a big service is on the way, we will cut a little attention. Like all institutions, it must constantly give the desire to return, so the card is renewed according to the seasons and desires of the chef. Traditional Brasserie Saumurois, at the foot of the theater and a few meters from the Loire river, with magnificent views worth it to take a walk along after eating. La Bourse has a large capacity, outside, on the large terrace, as indoors.

saumur

It is fast but above all we were impressed by the service of the team. They are fast, efficient with a good memory and communicate with each other to provide water, bread, etc. A nice menu and value for money very interesting indeed. They exchange their role with amazing dexterity. All with a smile always shown; we will return!

Tourist office of Saumur on the Brasserie La Bourse

Facebook page of Brasserie La Bourse at Saumur

Saumur

There you go another dandy to try it in your visits or travels in my belle France. Very nice location in Saumur, and wonderful service and food at the Café Brasserie La Bourse!

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

 

July 24, 2019

Restaurant: Le Mans!

So let’s get back to my series on personal experiences on restaurants around the world. These are a selection only , there are many others. Many if not all already written about it in my blog on the particular trip but feel that a single post on them is worth it for the family souvenir. Hopefully, they will become yours too.

I like to take you to a very famous spot in my belle France, Le Mans. Let me give a bit introduction to the city first ok.

The city of Le Mans is located in the Pays de la Loire region and the Sarthe department no. 72 of which it is the prefecture. The city is located at the confluence of the Sarthe and Huisne rivers. Former provincial capital of Maine and Perch from the 17C on, it saw the marriage of Geoffroy V of Anjou and Mathilde the Emperesse, daughter of the King of England, thus laying the foundations of the Plantagenet Empire, and the birth of Henry II. Old Mans, known as the Plantagenet City, is the historic district of the city. Le Mans is an ancient red city because of the particular color of its partly preserved Gallo-Roman enclosure dating back to the 3C!

The highway/motorway node, composed by the A 11 (Paris-Nantes), the A 81 (Le Mans-Rennes) and the A 28 (Rouen-Tours) which serves the city, encompasses three-fourths of Le Mans (Mancelle)  agglomeration. Estimated average time from Le Mans are 2h30 from Paris via the A11, 2 hours from Nantes by the A11 and from Rouen by the A28., at 1h40  from Rennes by the A81 and then by the RN157. 50 minutes from Tours on the A28. And 40 minutes from Alençon on the A28.All well connected and good roads we have tested!

City of Le Mans on its history in French

And now let me tell you about the Restaurant Pizzeria Le Capitole of Le Mans!

The Pizzeria Le Capitole, 1 rue des Jacobins is located in the heart of the city, and close to the new Theater, it offers hearty French/ Italian cuisine at more than just the right price! A varied menu for all tastes: Pizza, Salads, Grills, Pasta, Ice Cream and Desserts. In an elegant atmosphere, the colors are sober (black, gray, linen) warmed by a set of fixtures of originality.

Le mans

Le Mans

We were walking by and took a look at its quant façade so we went in as usual and had a very good lunch!! Interesting and diverse menu, quick and friendly service. Very good pizzeria, pizzas are well stocked, friendly and smiling staff. I’d love to come back. The room is nice, the service is just as nice. Arrived without reservation, installed immediately. Price really reasonable given what you eat, food provided and vegetables that are tops! To know and come back!

Le Mans

Official Pizzeria Le Capitole

Tourist office of Le Mans on Le Capitole

There you go a nice spot in Le Mans for the whole family and be at the center of the old town to walk into history and see gorgeous architecture. Enjoy Le Mans and Le Capitole!

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

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