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October 21, 2019

Some streets of Toulouse!!!

I will take you south deep cathar country and home of family on wifes side. We have been here many many times and have posts on several locations ,however, most have been brief comments of the sights to see. I think they deserve more so will do several posts on the things to see and we like in the pink city of Toulouse! The city is in the Haute Garonne department 31 of the region of Occitanie. Hope you enjoy the series.

Now this is heavens, walking the streets of Toulouse must be require to all those walkers lovers of architecture and history like me ::) Enjoy it

At the end of the allée Jean Jaurés you find the Place Wilson, its a place of gathering for Toulousains today and near the tourist office at its end.  It extends the Allée Jean-Jaurès, connecting the heart of the city to the Canal du Midi. Built around the square, cafes and cinemas concentrate the student nightlife. It is with the place Saint-Pierre one of the lively places of Toulouse. Accessible by metro stations Capitole and Jean-Jaurès. The place is named after Woodrow Wilson 28th President of the United States  a major player of WWI as an ally of France.

It was here that Simon de Montfort met the consuls during the siege of 1216. It was then a meadow outside the ramparts, closed here by the Porte Villeneuve. Since 1908, a sculpture and a fountain honor the poet Pierre Goudouli. In 2005-2006, pedestrianization work was carried out, reducing the number of car lanes from two to one, and paving the entire porphyry and pink marble pavement, like other pedestrian areas in the city center/downtown core. In 2007, the carousel of Toulouse, with a photograph of the city, which had been on  Place Saint George for 17 years, moved to Place Wilson. The square today includes a bald cypress, coniferous losing its needles in winter; a female ginkgo biloba; a red oak from America; a soap maker; a tulip tree; a pine laricio; a green oak; a hackberry tree; linden trees and a weeping cedar.

The rue Boulbonne  is a street in the historic center of Toulouse, The street has retained the appearance it had at the end of the 18C because most of the buildings built during this century, although modest, have been preserved, with their classic facades and their windows adorned with wrought iron railings. It was however cut in two, at the turn of the 20C, by the piercing of the rue de Metz: it kept from this time several buildings typical of the eclectic Toulouse style. Starting in the 1980s, the rue  Boulbonne benefited from an embellishment program, by erecting the Boulbonne fountain in 1984, and paving and pedestrianization of the street in 2005. Today, it is particularly its second part, full of shops and cafes.

The rue Boulbonne meets the following roads, in order of increasing numbers Rue Croix-Baragnon, Place Saint-Etienne, Rue de Metz, Rue d’Astorg, Rue Cantegril and Place Saint-Georges. Some remarkable buildings here are such as No. 9: building in coronations 16C; Thibaud Maistrier’s house (end of the 17C); house of Guillaume Chaillon (early 18C) .It was the home of the sculptor Thibaud Maistrier in 1679, and that of the painter Guillaume Chaillon in 1721. The facade is built in wood pan covered with plaster. The three floors are separated by wooden cords. On the 1st and 2nd floors, the left and right side windows are framed by a jam and a wooden support, the latter being supported by small consoles, while the central windows, larger, have a wooden balcony, also supported by consoles and equipped with guardrails. The third floor is open on a loggia, punctuated by four thin wooden Ionic columns, which support a molded cornice

At the old numbers  24-30 was the location of the house of architect Nicolas Bachelier, and  then Dominique Bachelier, 16C; and the Grand Hotel and Tivollier (1900-1901); prefecture of Haute-Garonne. built on the site of older houses, two of which had belonged to the architect Nicolas Bachelier, then to his son, also architect, Dominique Bachelier  formerly No. 26 and 28.

The Boulbonne fountain was built in 1984 on the site of the former Quatre-Carres well. It consists of a brick wall made of four pillars crowned with stone spheres and surmounted by a curvilinear pediment, which is inspired by the architecture of neighboring buildings. Water gushes out of three lion’s muzzles. The carved group rests on the central base. It is part of a larger ensemble designed to decorate the place du Capitole, but remained in the city’s reserves. It represents the Garonne river offering electricity to the city of Toulouse, thanks to the mills of Bazacle. The Garonne, a female figure bent under the arch of a bridge, leans on a paddle wheel. Above, the city of Toulouse, dressed in local costume, holds with her right hand a rudder.


The Toulouse tourist office on its walks et al

There you go another dandy in my belle France, and lovely territory of many memories from and with the family over the years. Again, very nice area ,hope you enjoy the series posts to come on Toulouse, the pink city!

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

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October 21, 2019

Museum of Fine Arts and Lace of Alençon!!

And the beat goes on in this wonderful off the beaten path city of Alençon in the Orne dept 61 of the region of Normandy in my belle France! There is so much to see and I am just tapping the surface. Enjoy the museum of fine arts and lace of Alençon!

The Musée des Beaux Arts et la Dentelle or Museum of Fine Arts and Lace of Alencon, adjoining the library, is devoted, to the schools of French and Italian painting of the 4C to the beginning of the 20C and to the arts of Cambodia at 1900. Temporary exhibitions, especially on famous fashion designers, are organized regularly.


In 1857, an establishment intended to spread the taste of the arts and sciences was officially founded in Alençon, following a regrouping of a cabinet of natural history and some works created after the French revolution.

It was in the second half of the 19C that most of the museum’s collection was formed. Among the donors are Chennevières, Horace His de La Salle, Leriche, Jacquette, Noblesse, etc. But it was not until the end of the 19C  that the lace of Alençon made its appearance in the museum. The Museum of Fine Arts and Lace currently occupies part of the former Jesuit College restored in 1981. In 2018, the Polish artist of urban art NeSpoon intervenes on the facade of the museum


The Museum of Fine Arts and Lace exhibits paintings by among others Willem Key, Philippe de Champaigne, Le Dominiquin, Antonie Palamedesz, Nicolas Maes, Pieter Boel, Luca Giordano, Charles de la Fosse, Jean Jouvenet, Alexandre-François Desportes, Jean-Francois de Troy, Jean Restout, Etienne Allegrain, Charles-Paul Landon, Charles Thevenin, Jean-Paul Laurens, Gustave Courbet, Henri Fantin-Latour, Eugene Boudin, Georges Lacombe, and Bernard Buffet.


Some webpages to help you plan your trip here and you must are

Official museum of fine arts and lace of Alencon

City of Alencon on the museum of fine arts and lace

Tourist office of Alencon on the museum of fine arts and lace

And there you go a gem in off the beaten path Alençon in the Orne 61 of Normandy. You will do well to take a detour just for it. Hope you enjoy the introduction of the Museum of Fine Arts and Lace.

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

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