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July 29, 2019

Port de Suffren and gourmet Paris!

So I am on the foodie mode again ,and getting some souvenirs of my vault to share here first time or expand on bits from previous posts in my blog. One of the best advantage of living in France is the gastronomy and wines etc are the best in the world. Yes often imitated but never surpass ,it was the first region by Unesco on World Heritage Immaterial mention on it.

Anyway , let me tell you about the Port de Suffren very near the Eiffel tower. And more importantly about an event that has mark my hunger and thirst ever since, the Saveurs et vins encounter at the Maxim’s peniche boat now Le Paris.

The port de Suffren at the Quai Branly off the pont Bir Hakeim bridge or just coming from the Eiffel tower and go down on your left to the Seine river. The name Suffren comes from 1905 that was the avenue found next to it . The port is about 600 meters long from the Pont d’Iéna to the Pont de Bir-Hakeim and is mostly filled with housing peniche boats.

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There are two other nice eating places here such as the Bar de la Marine, and the Peniche Cercle de la Mer. On the left side of Pont d’Iéna you have the Vedettes de Paris cruise boats and on the right side the Bateaux Parisiens cruise boats. And you should know this so won’t dwell on them.

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The event that took me to find out about this area was the Saveurs et Vins or tastes and wines that was held back in 2008 at the Maxim’s peniche boat own by Pierre Cardin fame. The best houses came here for you to taste. The Maxim’s otherwise official page is here: Maxim’s de Paris

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I was looking forward every year to the event. When I came to the Morbihan breton it was too far to go just for a day so instead had made friendship with many of the participants and contacted them to go direct to their place to taste and purchase. It has become a family tradition.

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The event at the  Maxim’s peniche or boat event call saveurs et vins or tastes and wines event on the Seine river  at the port de Suffren just down the left stairs from crossing the tour Eiffel. It goes on every year in March usually around the 18-20. More on it here: Official Saveurs et Vins at Suffren

You can reach in Paris by taking métro Bir Hakeim line 6 or RER C Champ de Mars/Tour Eiffel, you go down the stairs by the carrusel side with your back on the Tour Eiffel its your left, walk along the Seine river at the  Port de Suffren for about 100 meters and the boat peniche Maxim’s is there anchored.

Many wonderful independant producers come here, and the offering is the best in country France. Some of my favorites that still attend this event are

Chocolats de Beussent-Lachelle (pas de Calais  62 ,but 25 stores nationwide: Chocolats Beussent -Lachelle

Champagne Philippe Gonet (Le Mesnil-sur-Oger  51 ,south of Epernay): Champagne Philippe Gonet

Domaine Dutertre (Amboise-Touraine 37 near Amboise ) : Domaine Dutertre wines

Souleilles terre de foie gras , (north east of Agen 47 ): Souleilles foie gras from Agen

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Hope you like this gastronomic tour of some of the best of my belle France. You too can come and visit while in Paris and maybe you get hook on some of them as we did and have and still do! The properties above are visit at least once a year and or follow into other fairs like the one in my capital city of Vannes 56.

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

 

 

 

July 29, 2019

The Bretons of America from Gourin!

Ok this as said in previous post is only one hour from my house but this is our first time in town! So much to see in our beautiful Morbihan, lovely Brittany and belle France! We are working on it! This was something that I have heard about a fund raising to repair and build new a statue of Liberty to honor the Bretons from this time who had emigrated to North America. Well we finally came!

It was fantastic and recommended to all especially North Americans , that is USA and Canada. The history is interwined with those of these countries and Brittany, and I just even learned more of this fascinating friendship that has its roots and the immigration between these countries. Gourin is it!!

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All is base at the Château de Tronjoly that I have mentioned in my previous post. From city center next to the mayor’s office take the D1E road and right at the cemetery turn right into the chemin du roz to end. Here you arrive at another world.

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Here you will see the history of immigration between Gourin, Morbihan, Brittany and Canada and especially the USA! All richly shown and arrange really beautiful a must to visit and we will be back!

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There is a special show going on now. Ces Bretons d’Amérique or those Bretons of America.

Château Tronjoly will also open its doors to painters Lena Le Caignec, Alix Naudot-Guillerm and Bryan Mitchell Theriot; photographers Frédéric Bourrigaud and Jean-Marc Arthot; the engraver Aurélien Besson; to the sculptor Christian Georget.

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The exhibitions will be punctuated by lectures on Aboriginal art and a musical painting on the evening, August 11, 2019 during which the artist Alix Naudot-Guillerm will paint, accompanied by the music of the duo Fragance of love. As every year, the Brittany TransAmerica association will open the exhibition Ces Bretons d’Amérique .More info here: https://bretagnetransamerica.com/

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You will be able to see and read about lointime stories seldom heard nowdays such as one not yet known to me! On  February 14 1778 the cruiser Ranger led by Commodore John Paul Jones arrived in the Bay of Quiberon , it showcase the pride of the USA . The French squadron of admiral de la Motte Picquet (like a street in Paris…) born at Rennes (Ile et Vilaine dept 35) is at wharf in the protected harbor. All of a sudden all the guns from the French ship started firing its canons giving surprises to all those around the bay. This was the first salutation of a foreign country (France) to the birth from the 13 colonies to a new Nation (USA) .Yes very nice anecdote from the Castle of Tronjoly!

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And known to me but seldom shown for obvious reasons here but love to see it here,such as our  Armand Tuffin , marquis de la Rouërie better know as Coronel Armand one of the most oustanding volunteers Bretons that fought in the American Independence war. Born at Fougéres, (Ile et Vilaine dept 35 now) ; he sailed from Nantes (loire-atlantique dept 44 now) when help and support was asked by Benjamin Franklin . His boat is sunk by three English naval vessels and he reaches American land swimming!   A few days later he was given a meeting with General George T Washington , head of the American army. Washington is impressed by this young Breton who spoked fluent English and gives him the rank of Coronel in charge of raising a force of adventurers, cavalry and food soldiers that became the legion of Armand or the 3rd Cavarly regiment ! He is considered as the founder of the US cavalry!   What the expo at the Castle of Tronjoly cannot tell you as politically incorrect is that he came back to France in 1791 created the Association Bretonne a group seeking independence from France (the base of the Chouans)  into the old duchy of Bretagne and conspired to toppled Napoléon Ier. He was caught found guilty and beheaded without trial, his body still has not been found. There is a statue of him in Fougéres at the Place des 12 Fusillées. Until now at Gourin!!!

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yeah!!! my Sunshine State!

This is the castle of Tronjoly from the city of Gourin: City of Gourin on the castle

Local tourist office of pays du roi morvan on the castle

More on the current activities of the Castle of Tronjoly.  A lodging or Gîte d’Etapes   on the road of Santiago de Compostela, and rural lodgings ;arranged in an old farm of the castle are also available. More info here: http://www.gourin.fr/node/134

Activities hall at Tronjoly , more info here: http://www.gourin.fr/node/160

In all a wonderful property, very friendly folks and of course English spoken! Beautifully decorated and display for the enjoyment of all. Do dare to come to the west you will be surprise of the bounties of my belle France! Truly enjoy the château de Tronjoly at Gourin , and its expositions.

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

 

 

 

July 29, 2019

Château de Tronjoly at Gourin!

And of course, a town with a castle is a must for us, so after reading about it, I found a collegue in town who is native of Gourin so he mentioned it again and it had an exposition. Therefore, off we went to see this castle of Tronjoly in Gourin.

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I will cut it short on two posts. One to show you some pictures of the castle properties and other to show you the wonderful exposition there.ok bear with me please.

The Château of the Traon Joliff or the pretty valley or Tronjoly as it is known today is a nice construction of the 18C that we can still see the ruins of the 19C of the castle. On the western wall you see the date 1768 as well as on the west façade on a small niche that housed a clock with the inscription my bell sound at an exact hour. The first lords of the castle were the Kergoët living there from 1426 to 1660; follow by the L’Ollivier , de la Villeneuve Lochrist; which the Tronjoly branch shows its coat of arms as money in the face of blatter mouths , golden grilles accompany the a trio of cinquefoils of the blatter mouths or the meaning could be money in the face of envy. In 1796, Anne-Jacquette L’Ollivier, wife of Jean Baptiste Rouxel, lord of Lescoët, took advantage of the authorization granted to the families of the emigrants (those returning after the French revolution) to buy the lands seized and sold as national property (by the French revolution)  to buy the castle and its domain back and held it until 1900. It is a Rouxel de Lescoët who restores the eastern wing at the end of the 19C, following a fire. Hermine de Lescoët marries Baron Guy de Salvaing of Boissieu, who dies in 1954 and leaves the castle to his daughter Madeleine. The castle once had a private chapel, a park and a dovecote. The estate is bought by the town of Gourin in 1984.

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Its park is now a place of walk for the local Gourinois and the castle houses exhibitions of art and crafts; the theater of greenery is used in the summer for various cultural events and festivals. To wander through the park, visitors can take the many lanes, bridges spanning picturesque streams and multiple trails. The wooded area of the park has majestic trees, many centuries old, whose name and geographical origin are reported.

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Some webpages to help  you plan your trip to Gourin and the castle are

City of Gourin on the castle of Tronjoly

Tourist office of the Morbihan dept 56 on the Castle at Gourin

Local tourist office of the pays du roi morvan on the castle at Gourin

And there you go for now, enjoy the castle of Tronjoly a wonderful reminder of the history of Brittany and France, come on out west it is better by the Montagne Noirs (black mountains), and enjoy Gourin.

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

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