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October 1, 2019

The roads of Versailles!

Well for lack of a better title I put up the roads of Versailles to mean how to get around in the city by bus or car above ground! Yes Versailles the city of the palace/museum has an excellent transportation system and great roads/streets. Let me share some of it with you today.

Versailles has an excellent transport system and have written before on its main train stations in fact the city has five!  Rive Gauche,  Chantiers, Rive droite, Porchefontaine, and  Montreuil.  The first three I say you can walk to the palace/museum. Therefore, I will concentrate this time on the bus network and roads. Versailles is 40 km from Roissy CDG airport (dept Val d’Oise 95) and 25 km from Orly airport (dept  Val de Marne 94).

From Roissy CDG airport there you take the train RER B until Saint-Michel- Notre-Dame, connect here with the train RER C until terminus at  Versailles-Rive Gauche. You can also take the airport bus Air France to Porte Maillot, and take a taxi to Versailles. You can connect with the Gare Montparnasse, and later regular train to Versailles-Chantiers.  Or from Gare Saint Lazare take the regular train to Versailles Rive Droite.

By car is a breeze believe me don’t read the scary books! Take the expressway from Roissy CDG airport ,autoroute A1  direction  Paris, get on the boulevard périphérique Ouest (west), follow direction Rouen A13, and take the A13 direction Rouen/ Versailles, until exit or sortie n°5 Versailles Centre/Château. Follow this road avenue des Etats-Unis, which continues into avenue de Saint-Cloud, all the way to the palace/museum.

From Orly airport, take the Train RER B until  Massy Palaiseau, change there to take the train RER C direction Versailles-Rive Gauche. With the Air France bus take them to Gare des Invalides ,and there take the train RER C to terminus at Versailles-Rive Gauche. You can also arrive at Gare Montparnasse and take the regular train  SNCF until Versailles-Chantiers. Or from Gare Saint-Lazare take the regular train to Versailles-Rive Droit.

By car go out Orly and take the A106 direction Paris than shortly get on the outside beltway on the A86 exit or sortie Versailles Château. Follow this road avenue des Etats-Unis, which continues into avenue de Saint-Cloud, all the way to the palace/museum .

All train stations in Versailles, you can walk to the palace/museum or take in high season the bus TRI of Phebus that connects all train stations in Versailles with the palace/museum ,trianons etc.

There is the  RATP bus  n° 171  coming from the metro  station  pont de Sèvres line 9 until in front of the palace/museum on Avenue de Paris terminus.

The city bus info center is at the Espace Clients Phébus  Open Mondays to Fridays from  9h to 13h and 14h30 to 17h30. Office location at  12 av. du Général  de Gaulle. Right across the train station rive gauche near the Hôtel de Ville.

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Agence Navigo Phébus,  open Mondays to Fridays from  9h to 18h. Saturdays from  11h to 18h. Office located at 18 av. de l’Europe. Almost at the corner of ave de Saint Cloud near the Monoprix store.

There are several other kiosks ,shops that can sell the tickets but the above are the official ones and both close to the palace/museum. The main city bus terminal is at Place Lyautey ,across from the RER C train station rive gauche (left bank).

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Cost of ticket + is 1,90 euros and for the pack of 10 is 14,90 euros. Coming from Paris the price in train is 3,65 euros.  The bus lines Phebus were recently change from letters to numbers, the official webpage still is Phebus here: https://www.phebus.tm.fr/se-deplacer/toutes-les-fiches-horaires/horaires/main/Search/

My old line is now the no 3 passing by rive gauche (ave du Général de Gaulle)  and rive droite  (Ave du Maréchal Foch) very close to the palace/museum. In winter months there is line 14 easy taken in Ave de l’Europe or Place du marché Notre Dame (market).

The city of Versailles has a page showing all transports possibilities here: https://www.versailles.fr/ma-ville/se-deplacer/transports-en-commun/

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For car parking in Versailles, I never had problems finding off street parking, even visiting the city, but still it is easier if coming for a day per se to use the city public parkings. The closest to the palace/museum are right in front of the palace/museum in place d’Armes as well as at end of  avenue de Sceaux (passing ave du Général de Gaulle and near the rive gauche train RER C station, the train stations at Chantiers and rive Droite and the  place du marché Notre-Dame (I advise small cars here because the ramps are tight). Other parkings are Parking Europe (right across the gove building prefecture) Parking Saint-Cloud (at corner with ave de l’europe),Parking Saint-Louis (by the Cathedral) and Parking Reine-Richaud  (by the hospital apts complex behind the train station rive droite) on Blvd de la Reine.  The city has about  20 000 places for parking on street and  more than  3000 places with two above ground parkings such as Sceaux ,and Place d’Armes, and 4 underground parkings. You need to enter your license plate into the ticket machine or horodateur or on the application smartphone and can ask for a receipt. The city agents will be able to verify the payment via a portable gadget.  If infraction on parking like time expire you will have  FPS= Forfait Post Stationnement that is establish by the control agent. The fine is  33 € in Versailles but it can be reduce to  17 € if the payment is done in the next  5 days of the fine or  FPS.

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For my friends in camping cars, the best is at Parking de Sceaux if only for a day. However, if overnight you need to go to the  camping de Versailles Huttopia at 31, Rue Berthelot,contact  tél +33 (0) 1 39 51 23 61. Follow from palace/museum the ave de Paris and turn right after passing the Hôtel de Ville on Rue des Etats Généraux continue same road changes name to Rue des Chantiers, then turn left on Rue Yves Le Coz, and then right on Rue Berthelot!

There are many companies that cover Versailles in public transports such as RATP, SNCF (you know these from Paris), and other coming from other town such as Véolia, Savac, and Keolis. The city ,also has parking for bikes or vélos such as near 830 spots with nearly 600 spots on the road itself, 80 spaces are reserve at the train stations Rive Droite, Rive Gauche ,and Montreuil, and 80 spots in consignment at the train station Chantiers.

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To find place you can magnify this map of Versailles: https://www.versailles.fr/ma-ville/se-deplacer/plan-de-la-ville/

Some additional webpages to help you move in Versailles are

Tourist office of Versailles how to come here and more

Tourist office of Versailles on public transports modes

Hope it helps those coming or taking the bus and or car to Versailles; it is a very plausible city to drive on and only the areas around the palace/museum can be considered traffic prone. The bus well as I always said above ground you see more so take it, it goes everywhere even to around the Orangerie on the Route de Saint-Cyr  D10 or the Porte Saint Antoine (hameau trianons) on rue de Versailles D186! Enjoy the royal city of Versailles: my kind of town!

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

 

 

October 1, 2019

More streets of Versailles!

And here I am continuing my walks in the beautiful cities and towns of my belle France. Well this one needs no introduction me think ! I am bragging lol! I used to lived in Versailles for almost 10 years upon entering France! Since moved to Bretagne where I am still in the Morbihan breton for another 7 years! La vie est belle en France!

Let me tell you briefly about the streets of rue de Satory, Rue du Général Leclerc, and Rue du Maréchal Joffre in my beloved Versailles!

Well there is a Satory a district of Versailles, department of Yvelines (78) region of Ile de France.  Not to be confused with the rue de Satory  

Many deputies in the Etats Généraux (States General) were living in rue de Satory and rue du Vieux-Versailles. They met at the Libraire  Blaizot who published the minutes of the meetings. It is naturally in this familiar neighborhood that they gathered for the swearing in the Jeu de Paume , founder of the new French Republic (France) .

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The rue de Satory in the quartier or neighborhood of Saint Louis.  From the name of the hill south of the city to which it gave access. Old rue de la Montagne which reunited the rue du Maréchal-Joffre and the current rue de Satory. Some interesting buildings to see here me think are at

N ° 1: Beautiful Art Deco facade at the corner of avenue de Sceaux restored in 2012 (restaurant Limousin). Ernest Renan lived there in 1848 (he was a teacher at Lycée Hoche (high school)). No. 7: Former Librarie Blaizot which was a literary a firm to read the press at the time of the French Revolution.

N ° 13: Have followed since 1778, a grocery then butchers until today.  N ° 17: Balconies of 1790, geometrical: one of the entrance of the old barracks of the horsemen of Chevau-légers (light cavalry). Their motto was “To defeat the giants” ..

No. 18: Birthplace of General Lazare Hoche, who died at 29 after “pacifying” the Vendée and Bretagne. It has balconies with curved railings. Purchased  by the city in 1986. N ° 22: False windows, a house of the 18C at the corner of the rue du Vieux Versailles: a corner balcony style Louis XV. No. 26: Military cafe of the Maison du roi (King’s House) in 1814, then bakery, glacier, and tea room as today. N ° 27: Former Hôtel Lannion and former cabaret of the Jardin Royal (Royal garden)  before the French Revolution. N ° 33: A Pharmacy since 1768

The street ends today at the former crossroads of Quatre Bornes with the rue de l’Orangerie. By you know who.

A bit on the Rue du Général-Leclerc ,quartier or neighborhood of  Saint-Louis.

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In memory of General Philippe Leclerc de Hautecloque  who lived in Versailles as being an instructor at the military school of Saint-Cyr, and entered Versailles with his armored division on August 25, 1944 from Saint-Cyr.  The street was name in his honor in 1948. Some interesting points on the street are at

N ° 15: Old Hôtel Montesquiou . Passage of the Marquis de Lalonde (mayor of Versailles  under the monarchy Restoration) to avenue de Sceaux. .N ° 34: the former Mirabeau dwelling in 1789. See,also, the Fausse fountain at the corner of rue Royale ,now école d’art mural (art school) of Versailles.

And the Rue du Maréchal-Joffre, on same neighborhood of Saint-Louis. It was name as such in 1919.  This is the former rue de Satory named after the hill it crosses to the south. From the name of Joseph Joffre , Commander-in-Chief of the French Army from 1914 to 1916 during WWI.

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Some interesting buildings here that I like are at

N° 1 : Former restaurant of the Trois Marches (eventually the chef of Trianon)  N ° 2: Former small vegetable garden of the king (manure and sowing), lot in 1736. N ° 4: Lot attributed to Jean Loustonneau, surgeon of the Children of France, under king Louis XV. Awarded in 1864-1869 to the Chief Medical Officer of the Military Hospital. N ° 5: House where died in 1808 Mademoiselle de Romans, one of the mistresses of king Louis XV of which she had a son recognized Louis-Antoine de Bourbon. N. 7: Accommodation in 1789 of Isaac Le Chapelier, founder of the Breton club which met at Café Amaury , rue Carnot, and associated with the law prohibiting corporations. N ° 10: Current entrance of the Potager du Roi which was created from 1678 to 1683 under the direction of Jean-Baptiste de la Quintinie . Former vegetable garden and orchard of king Louis XIV and his successors. A neighborhood police station and housing for employees of the horticultural school were located at the corner of rue Hardy until the 1980s. The construction of artisans and tradesmen along the wall of the potager du roi were removed in 1853 and two grids open in front of the rue d’Anjou and rue des Bourdonnais. (See my post on the Potager du Roi).

N ° 12: Parc Balbi.  Former cul-de-sac of Satory giving access to the entrance to Balbi Park. From the name of the Countess of Balbi, Anne Jacobé de Caumont de la Force, for whom the Count of Provence, brother of Louis XVI and future Louis XVIII had built in 1785 the park and the adjoining pavilion In 1792, some of the rare plants has been moved to the Jardin des Plantes in Paris ,as usual!  (see my post on the Parc Balbi).

N ° 13: Former house of the family of the Marquis de Lalonde (mayor of Versailles until 1825) entrance of the cemetery of Saint-Louis. Depended in 1990 on the College of the Sacred Heart. N ° 14: Former Hôtel Letellier before the French revolution, then Grand Seminary in 1833, which became school Jules-Ferry in 1907 after the separation of the church and the state, then Lycée Jules-Ferry (high school) by extending to the place de l’ancienne caserne Denfert   (former barracks) across the street.

N ° 15: Angle of the rue des Bourdonnais. A cemetery from 1725 to 1776. Purchased in 1890 by the firm of disabilities services of Versailles. In 2015  the private school Saint-Louis. N ° 19: Former Hôtel de Choiseul d’Aillecourt. Salon of the Countess des Écotais under the monarchy Restoration, then by an American diplomat between the two WW. No. 24: Impasse Satory ;a Villa built from 1791 to 1804 with a view of the pièce d’eau des Suisses pond (see my post on it in my blog). Convent of Carmelites in 1900, then Grand Seminary in 1906 (displacement of seminarians from the Letellier pavilion) until 1972. Saint-Louis retreat house for elderly priests and some lay people since 1981 a retirement home for persons in need or EHPAD.

No. 29: Lycée Jules-Ferry. Former Hôtel du duc de la Vrillière in 1772, which served as stables to the Countess d’Artois, younger sister of the Countess of Provence. They contained 28 cars and 7 sedan chairs. The building then became the barracks of cavalry and infantry Denfert, then from 1981 the new Lycée Jules Ferry( high school) extension of the building on the other side of the avenue.

N ° 30: Old coolers or ice houses  in the area of ​​Satory ,exploited until 1879 by the Society of Glacières of Paris. No. 37: Land purchased by the Soeurs de l’Espérance (Sisters of Hope) in 1854; they built a chapel, which is now closed, and whose entrance is on the street. Then, a Retirement home in 1990. No. 39: former house of Jean Chavignat, first surgeon of the queen and his wife born Simonet of Tournelles, maid of the queen.

The webpage on the city of Versailles and its quartiers or neighborhoods: City of Versailles on its neighborhoods

And there you, I hope you like it and do walk Versailles , there is a lot more than the palace/museum here I keep telling you lol! And remember, happy travels, good health ,and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

October 1, 2019

Mexico DF from above!!!

And here I am going back to America, nahh not that one, the whole of it America as in Mexico. I have been there several times and sometimes even gone high , yes really high with great views of the city. Therefore, I like to tell you a bit more about it ok! As believe do not have these yet in my blog, DF from above!!

Metro Eje Central is a station on Line 12 of the Mexico City Metro. The station is located south of the city center, at the intersection between Eje Central (Lazaro Cardenas) and Avenida Popocatepetl. It is built underground. Right next to Plaza Universidad shopping center, in fact the hotel is connected to it inside.

The Avenida Popocatepetl is name after the famous volcano.. The Jewel, in the famous Paso de Cortés which connects the Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl volcanoes, from where the conquistador Hernán Cortés and his men saw the Mexican Valley for the first time on the way to Tenochtitlán (today Mexico City).!

Photo from City Express Patio Universidad Hotel. The corner is a very active area with lots of stores, malls and restaurants. As you can see the views are excellent too. More on the hotel here: City Express Hotel Popocatepetl and Universidad

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The Torre Mayor is a skyscraper located at number 505 of Paseo de la Reforma avenue, in the space previously occupied by the Chapultepec Cinema and near the Bosque de Chapultepec forest. The tower has a height of 225.meters from Paseo de la Reforma) and 55 floors, in addition to 4 levels of underground parking and 9 above street level, with more than 2,000 self-service spaces available. It is equipped with 29 elevators /lifts and 84,135 m² of office space, 2 pressurized emergency stairs, automatic air conditioning units, mechanical, electrical and telecommunications systems on each floor. Given the seismicity of Mexico City, a rigorous seismic engineering study was carried out for its construction, in order to be able to seismically isolate the tower, insulation within which the 98 seismic dampers are located. The Torre Mayor is considered one of the strongest skyscrapers in the world and the one with the highest seismic tolerance in the world, with a maximum tolerance of 9.0 on the Richter scale. Likewise, it is considered the most solid and resistant tower on the planet, for its anti-seismic attachments and implements. See the picture from the Torre Mayor!

More on the Torre Mayor here: Official Torre Mayor location

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Avenida Paseo de la Reforma is about 15 km long avenue. The name commemorates a series of liberal reforms carried out during the presidency and by the government of Benito Juárez in the 19C. It was traced on the orders of Emperor Maximilian I of Mexico and was first called “Paseo de la Emperatriz” (promenade of the emperatrice). Inspired by the great European boulevards, it was intended to link the Chapultepec Castle to the National Palace located in the center of the city. It begins at Chapultepec Park, passes along the Torre Mayor and crosses the Zona Rosa and then to the Plaza de la Constitución (popular name is Zócalo) along Avenida Juárez  and Calle Francisco I. Madero.

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The picture is from the bank building of Citibanamex at Av de los Insurgentes Sur 1602. More info here Citibanamex bank webpage on the location

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The Avenida de los Insurgentes is a group of three continuous avenues that form one of the main road axes of the west of Mexico City (DF). It has a combined length of about 29  km through most of the Mexican capital. It is divided into three avenues or zones: the north (norte), the central zone(centro), the southern zone(Sur).

Popularly called Insurgentes, this avenue has its antecedents in several streets, rural roads, and sections of avenues that date back at least to the first half of the 19C. At that time, almost entirely, the land that would house Avenida de los Insurgentes was part of what were the lakes of Texcoco and Lake Xochimilco, which were dried by the different works that were carried out since the colonial era to dislodge the waters of the basin of Mexico. It is until the administration of Manuel Camacho Solís (1988 to 1993) as Head of the Department of the Federal District that the legal situation of the Avenidad de los Insurgents is regularized with the official creation of the three sections. Avenida de los Insurgentes Norte, from the street of Mosqueta or Axis 1 North to the Aqueduct of Guadalupe. Avenida de los Insurgentes Centro, from the Calle de Mosqueta or Axis 1 North to the Paseo de la Reforma.  And Avenida de los Insurgentes Sur, from the Paseo de la Reforma, to the Monumento al Caminero.

The one I visit the most is the Avenida de los Insurgentes Sur: This area begins at the crossroads with Paseo de la Reforma and, due to its extension, will be divided into several zones. These are briefly:  Avenida de los Insurgentes Sur (Cuauhtémoc – Juárez). Avenida de los Insurgentes Sur (Roma). Avenida de los Insurgentes Sur (Napoles – Del Valle). Avenida de los Insurgentes Sur (Florida – Mixcoac). Avenida de los Insurgentes Sur (San Ángel). Avenida de los Insurgentes Sur (C.U. – Pedregal). Avenida de los Insurgentes Sur (Cuicuilco – Tlalpan).

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Currently the avenue has a system of rapid transit buses called Metrobús, based on other systems such as the RIT of Curitiba (Brazil) and the TransMilenio in Bogotá(Colombia). Both tried by yours truly too.  Here are some interesting places to visit including the one I go to the World Trade Center  Mexico. The Galerias Insurgentes shopping center,  Plaza Manacar shopping center (both great) ,and the Teatro de los Insurgentes (wonderful) . The Torre Mural is a great shopping area too.

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The Avenida de Chapultepec is one of the main roads of Mexico City located in the central and western part of it. It takes the vehicular route in both directions to communicate the central part of the city with the areas near the Bosque de Chapultepec, Tacubaya and Polanco districts. The name assigned to this avenue comes from the Nahuatl language Chapultepec, which in that language means “hill of crickets or grasshoppers”.

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Part of the layout of this avenue is due to the old Aqueduct of Chapultepec, an indigenous work that was built on the old lake of Texcoco to bring the waters of the springs of Chapultepec to the Aztec capital. The same route was taken towards the end of the 19c by the Imperial Committee of Emperor Maximilian I before the route of the so-called Paseo de la Emperatriz (the current Paseo de la Reforma).

With the growth of the city finished the Mexican Revolution and in the 20C, the decision was made to expand the avenue, for which part of the old colonial aqueduct is demolished. The idea was taken to conserve only 20 arcades of the old aqueduct located in the central ridge, near the Sevilla metro station. Likewise, the famous Glorieta de los Insurgentes  beautiful roundabout (see picture) was designed and a replica of the fountain was placed where the aqueduct in front of the hermitage of Salto del Agua was concluded. Passing the roundabout we find the Zona Rosa on our right.My old hangout area when in Mexico!!! My bags loading was at the Hotel Royal Reforma in calle Amberes 78 almost corner with Avenida de Chapultepec from which the picture was taken! More on the hotel here: Hotel Royal Reforma

So there you go a nice view of nice walking areas in Mexico city (DF) for all to enjoy and soak in the local culture. Not to leave great views of this huge city that you need to pinpoint the address very well to get to your location. Hope you enjoy the tour!

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

 

 

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