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November 27, 2019

More streets and squares of Paris!!

And I continue walking in Paris , it is sublime gorgeous cant find words , Paris is eternal! No other city in the world has such charm chic beauty since it was discovered by god knows who lol!

The train station of Paris-Est,or Gare de l’Est ,initially called Gare de Strasbourg , is one of the six great train stations terminus of the network of the SNCF in Paris. It is located in the Saint-Vincent-de-Paul neighborhood or quartier , in the 10éme arrondissement or district of Paris. Its facade closes the perspective of the north-south axis pierced by Baron Haussmann and mainly constituted by the Boulevard de Strasbourg. I went by it because it was the first train station I tried in France coming to see the office where my girlfriend then dear late wife Martine worked in Paris 10éme arrondissement or district.


The Place de la Nation, formerly known as Place du Trône and then Place du Trône -Renversée, is a square on the border of the 11 and 12 arrondissements. Routes from the Place de la Nation in a clockwise direction starting from the Avenue du Trône between the two columns are the Avenue du Trône continuing to the Porte de Vincennes via the Cours de Vincennes; Avenue Bel-Air; Rue Fabre-d’Eglantine ; rue Jaucourt; Avenue Dorian  boulevard Diderot, rue du Faubourg-Saint-Antoine, leading to Place de la Bastille, boulevard Voltaire leading to the Place de la République through the city hall of the 11éme arrondissement, avenue Philippe-Auguste leading to the cemetery of Père-Lachaise,rue de Tunis; Avenue de Bouvines; and Avenue de Taillebourg.  In 1787, Michel-Nicolas Ledoux erects two columns to frame the grant barrier (wall of Farmers General) and the entrance of the racecourse of Vincennes. They were not yet surmounted by the statues of Philippe Auguste and Saint Louis which were not added until 1845. The square takes the current name of Place de la Nation on the occasion of the national holiday of July 14, 1880, under the Third Republic.


The Place de la Bastille is a symbolic place of the French revolution, where the old fortress of the Bastille was destroyed between July 14, 1789 and July 14, 1790. You have clockwise, starting in front of the angel of the column: Rue Saint-Antoine, continuing along Rue de Rivoli, passing through the Hôtel de Ville and the Châtelet and leading to the Place de la  Concorde; the rue de la Bastille; boulevard Beaumarchais (leading to Place de la République); boulevard Richard-Lenoir extended by boulevard Jules-Ferry, then the quai de Valmy, continuing the canal Saint-Martin which leads to Stalingrad; Rue de la Roquette, passing through Place Léon-Blum ,where the 11éme arrondissement city hall is located , and leading to the Père-Lachaise cemetery; the rue du Faubourg-Saint-Antoine, leading to Place de la Nation; rue de Charenton, leading to the Porte de Charenton via the 12éme arrondissement  city hall; the passage de Cheval-Blanc, the rue de Lyon, leading to the Gare de Lyon; boulevard de la Bastille and boulevard Bourdon, both skirting the port of Arsenal to the Seine; and Boulevard Henri IV.

The provost of the merchants of Paris, Etienne Marcel, built a fortified gate that defended the Rue Saint-Antoine and was flanked by a small bastion, a bastille. Charles V., wishing to preserve his hotel at Saint-Paul from a sudden attack, ordered the rebuilding of these fortifications on a much larger scale. Hugues Aubriot, provost of the merchants of Paris, laid the first stone in 1370. From 9 to 14 June 1794, the guillotine was installed in the square, cleared of the remains of the fortress of the Bastille, now called Place Antoine. 75 persons were guillotined on the Place de la Bastille. Louis-Philippe decided in 1830 to build the column of July, already planned in 1792, but this time to commemorate the revolution of the Trois Glorieuses or Three Glorious days. Nowdays ,the Place de la Bastille is very much appreciated by the young crowd especially on Fridays and Saturdays with several cafés, restaurants, cinemas and nightclubs !


The Place des Victoires is a square dedicated to Louis XIV, it is, with the Place des Vosges, Place Dauphine, Place Vendome and Place de la Concorde, one of the five royal squares in Paris. Starting from the north, and in a clockwise direction, the square gives access to the following streets ; rue  Vide-Gousset, the only street that does not leave the square in the axis of its radius;  rue d’Aboukir; rue Etienne-Marcel,  rue Croix-des-Petits-Champs; rue Catinat;  Rue La Feuillade. The square  is dedicated to the military victories of Louis XIV.


The Place Saint-André-des-Arts is a square located in the quartier of La Monnaie in the 6éme arrondissement. This route is located at the outlet of Place Saint-Michel, Rue Fran cisque-Gay, rue Hautefeuille, rue Danton and rue Saint-André-des-Arts. This street takes its name from the former church of Saint-André-des-Arts that was there and was demolished during the French revolution. At No. 30 in 1830,was the location of the Bureau des Journal des Artistes where the first meeting of the office of the Free Society of Fine Arts of Paris took place on October 18, 1830. The composer Charles Gounod was born there; a panel History of Paris pays homage to him at the crossing with the rue Suger. Simone Veil lived there at the beginning of her professional career.


Old walls of Paris can be seen by the Porte Saint-Antoine, or Porte Baudoyer. It then crossed the Lycée Charlemagne, the Rue de Jouy, the Convent of the Ave-Maria then arrived at the Rue des Barrés, the Porte des Barrés (also known as the Porte des Béguines) to end on the upstream edge from the Seine river to the Tour Barbeau. This one is off Cluny!


There you a wonderful ride on a combination of car driving and walking that was excellent even with the demonstrations in my Paris , routine!

This is an activities site in French sponsored by the city of Paris, good info here: Que faire à Paris or what to do in Paris!

City of Paris on walking in place de la Bastille: City of Paris on pedestrian trails around Pl de la Bastille

City of Paris magazine in French: City of Paris magazine in French

And of course what else Culture in Paris:  City of Paris on cultural offers

And last from me for now but not least the tourist office of Paris: Tourist office of Paris in English

Enjoy the sublime beautiful Paris and walk its streets , squares alleys bridges the works/ because I said Paris is eternal. Salut de Paris!

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

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November 27, 2019

Some news from Spain LXXXVIII

Ok so here I am again but this time is my beloved Spain. Never a moment without it even in this destabilizing times. Spain never change always like this but somehow moves along. Spain everything under the Sun!

Some of my favorite latest from Spain are

The city of Salamanca is always ready to trick anyone who approaches the banks of the Tormes river  and is sure to be trapped by the heritage, culture and gastronomy of what is one of the main inland tourist destinations in Spain. Well known its most emblematic buildings, after approaching the charismatic Plaza Mayor, its mythical University or the unique Casa de las Conchas, it is worth enjoying the Charra capital from another perspective, from the top, to decipher its streets to flush its heaven. This is possible from the towers of the Cathedral; the towers of the Clerecía,(Clergy), Scala Coeli; and the viewpoint of the Convent of San Esteban, which open its doors for all those who want to look out at their battlements, caress their pinnacles and ring their bells. a wide range of museums, such as the History of Automotive, Commerce, the Art Nouveau Art Dèco-Casa Lis Museum, the Monterrey Palace or Monumenta Salmanticae.

Tourist office of Salamanca in English :

Clean skies in which to identify the light emitted by other planets or stars that carry there much more than us and that will survive us. One of them is the Sierra de Gredos. one of the corners of Spain recognized with the Starlight destination certificate for its magnificent conditions for astronomical observation and astrophotography: altitude, minimum light pollution and clear days, which allow tourists a unique experience.

The extensive Sierra de Gredos, to facilitate observation there is a network of stellar viewpoints, which is deployed by the towns of San Martín del Pimpollar, Navarredonda de Gredos, Hoyos del Espino, Navalperal de Tormes, Santiago de Tormes, Zapardiel de la Ribera, Navatejares, Puerto Castilla, Umbrías and Nava del Barco. All of them include panels, an observation platform, terrain conditioning, elementary astronomical information designed for a non-specialized family audience, parking area and fenced perimeter for added security. As well able for mobility impair folks.

And although it is the night views that give the singular touch, in the light of day the views in which Unamuno defined the “Castile roof and stone heart of Spain”, declared a regional park in 1996, the Natural Reserve of the Sierra de Gredos is one of the greatest natural and tourist attractions in the province of Ávila, which highlights not only its relief, but also the diversity that is within it.

Tourist office Castilla y Léon on Sierra de Gredos in English :

The paradox nests in the gaze of the artist Andrés Rábago, in his incarnation of El Roto, which admire so many readers. This week, the Prado Museum inaugurated the exhibition «No se puede mirar» (Can’t Look), that shows thirty-six drawings in which El Roto talks with Francisco de Goya, the paradoxical genius caught these days in an impressionist debate about whether he was anti-bullfighting or not.

Prado Museum on El Roto in English :

Such day as today, 27 November,  200 years ago, the most important art gallery in Spain opened its doors. Between the corridors of the Prado Museum, the immortals of El Greco, Velázquez or Rubens continue to exchange glances as a remembrance of a past of patrons on this side of the Atlantic and conquests to the other, but as in every story in history, there is a part that it is left out: specifically, the basements of the Villanueva building guard more than 2,500 works that the general public does not see, except on exceptional occasions. The key to access these 6,000 square meters of warehouses is only in the hands of the ‘brigade’ , a team of just seven people with the delicate work of transporting and escorting centuries of artistic creation, and the museum’s security personnel. Yes many museum have the same including the Louvre kept as far as Chartres, no different here. If only there is more space and money to show them ! I have seen the Louvre collection underground.

Prado Museum on the 200 years in English :

A determined Rafael Campallo, (22 Nov) dressed in a burgundy red suit, pays homage to the mining origin of Flamenco over the starry sky of the Isabel II Ballroom of the Royal Theater. Without hesitation, with a tense face, a collected and sober dance begins. On the floors of the two heels he makes laps on himself and alternates between zapateadas (shoes taps) and flew laps, rather than being a dramatic dance it seems a sentimental dance. Campallo zapateado is accompanied by the singing of Miguel Soto and Jesús Corbacho, while David Vargas and Jesús Rodríguez channel the rhythm with the guitars. The Isabel II Ballroom was initially used for parties and masked balls, in fact between 1841 and 1850 it was the provisional headquarters of the General Courts. But since 2018 it has become a flamenco tablao. This show is passed but here are the next ones at this beautiful salon

Teatro Real or Royal Theater on the show :

Today Tordesillas has about 8,000 inhabitants and, at first sight, nothing invites you to think of a link with America, not least with lands as far away as the Moluccas, the final destination of a mythical journey, of the homeric odyssey of the Renaissance. You are in Castilla la Vieja (old name for what today is mostly Castilla y Léon) , hard and austere land and little entrepreneur in tourism promotion. A small museum without too many pretensions recalls the treaty signed in this noble village on June 7, 1494, by which Spain and Portugal divided the world as was known. Negotiations took place in the oldest of these two noble masonry and brick buildings that now house the museum dedicated to the agreement and that stand next to the imposing Church of San Antolin. If one lets the imagination fly, one can believe to see the entourage of the Catholic Monarchs and of Juan II of Portugal through these streets, crossing the bridge over the Douro river, reaching to negotiate the treaty by which the world that was being disputed would be distributed and that they didn’t even know. The treaty came to calm the tensions between both powers by agreeing the dividing line of the territories to be discovered in the meridian located 370 leagues (2,054 kilometers) from Cape Verde. As seen in the maps and simple explanations of the museum, all the lands to the west of the meridian would belong to Castilla-Aragón, while those located in the east would correspond to Portugal.

The original of the Treaty of Tordesillas (the Portuguese version), in fact, is not found here, but in the Archivo de Indias, in Sevilla, in a safe that only two people have access to. On the occasion of the ephemeris, the valuable document was during three weeks of this past July in the houses where it was signed. Other events related to the V Centenary include the theatrical visits organized by the Tourist Office of Tordesillas.

Tourist office of Tordesillas on the museum :

An anecdote I like

Because of its flavor, its aroma and because it clears us … Coffee has become, behind water, the second most consumed natural drink in the world. In the last 35 years, its intake has increased by 35% reaching almost 10 billion kilos a year. According to Mundo del Café, on average one person consumes 1.3 kilos of coffee in 365 days.  Spain outperforms the US by one position, in terms of its annual intake per person. Specifically, it is ranked 19th in the world ranking, with 4.5 kilos per year. In Spain, more than 22 million people (63% of Spaniards over 15 years old) drink at least one cup of coffee a day, an average that rises to 3.6 daily coffees during the week. In this sense, a Spanish work of CIBEROBN (Network Biomedical Research Center. Pathophysiology of Obesity and Nutrition), attached to the group of Preventive Medicine at the University of Navarra, found a greater longevity associated with coffee consumption after studying a total of 20,000 volunteers, university graduates from all over Spain, for an average of 10 years. The study found that, at the same age and many other relevant factors, consuming coffee was usually significantly associated with lower mortality. He has been the author of this research, Giuseppe Grosso, from the University of Catania (Italy), along with Estefanía Toledo, from the University of Navarra and researcher at CIBEROBN, who have presented the report ‘Coffee and metabolic syndrome: a review of the latest research ‘during the 13th European Nutrition Conference, organized by the Federation of European Nutrition Societies (FENS) this week in Dublin, Ireland. Of course, this is coffee done in Spain, you need to be here to have the same effects :😊))

More on the coffee here :

Thanksgiving with class in Madrid well head for the mythical restaurant Horcher, Calle Alfonso XII, 6 it raises a Thanksgiving Day based on some of its best known dishes: those of hunting. And it does it on a very special date, in celebration of the 76th anniversary of the opening of the restaurant. Webpage :

For who prefers something sweet to put in the mouth, what better than to visit The Cookie Lab , Calle Serrano, 149. It is the quintessential American store in Madrid and in which bite by bite it is capable of moving to New York, Chicago, the West Coast and even Minnesota. And they weren’t going to miss the chance to do something special. Therefore, throughout the whole day 28, they will be offering special creations dedicated to this day such as pumpkin cookies, apples with cinnamon or pecans, a delight for the senses. Webpage :

And Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends !

On November 28, CVNE will celebrate its 140th anniversary with a visit to the new facilities of the Haro winery, following its recent expansion. One of my all time favorite wine bodegas of my Spain.

The history of CVNE begins in 1879 with the arrival of the Real de Asúa brothers in Haro and after 100 years of history, the winery is in the hands of the fifth generation of the family, whose focus is on the production of quality wine , handmade and traditional. The group currently has seven wineries and its next major project is the rehabilitation of Davalillo Castle, an icon of La Rioja. Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana  (CVNE) is a family business born in the area called Rioja Alta within the Rioja Qualified Denomination of Origin classification. Its first and main winery is located in Haro, in its original location, in the Barrio de la Estacion. It also has another winery in Rioja Alavesa, in the town of Laserna, next to Laguardia, under the Vinedos del Contino.  In the summer of 2004 a new winery was opened in Laguardia, under the Vina Real teaching, which will support the company’s growth plans for the coming years. Currently, CVNE cultivates about 600 hectares of vineyards, whose production represents 50% of its needs. The rest is bought in the best areas of La Rioja following a rigorous quality control method.  The winery has acquired in 2019 vineyards in the frameworks of Ribera del Duero, Valdeorras and Cava, within a clear expansion program. Webpage :

And there you go folks, lovely indomidable Spain awaiting for you and yours. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!


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November 27, 2019

Marche aux Fleurs, Paris of course!

Ok so here I am back in my eternal Paris, never too far from it but now just around the corner! And on my free time don’t hesitate to come to see it again, never enough of my Paris in my belle France!

The one I am going to tell a bit more is on the flower and birds market at Cité in my Paris. I believe done some reference to it in my previous posts on Paris but never a single post on it and it is deserving and now with photos lol! My dear late wife Martine came here and took me here first , many memories she loves the gardens and gardening. I just carried the bags !


The market is nestled on the Île de la Cité, the Marché aux Fleurs et Oiseaux or flower and bird market ,since 2014 call the Queen Elizabeth II Flower Market, has been an institution since it settled there at the dawn of the 19C. Located at the exit of metro Cité, this picturesque market has kept its charm and authenticity despite the thousands of tourists who flock every day to go to the nearby Notre-Dame Cathedral.  It is located on Place Louis-Lépine. It is surrounded by the quai de la Corse along the Seine river, the building housing the commercial courthouse along the rue Aubé , that of the police headquarters bordered by the rue de Lutèce , and the Hotel-Dieu separated by the rue de la Cité. Most of the flower market is housed in six metal pavilions on both sides of tree-lined avenues. The loop formed by the Allée Célestin-Hennion is the main internal service road. Some of the flower shops are located at the northern end of the market, on the north sidewalk of the quai de la Corse, in dismountable premises next to the stone parapet overlooking the Seine river.

paris marche aux fleurs front nov19

A bit of history I like

In 1808, a vacant lot located between the Quai Desaix (current quai de la Corse) and the Rue de la Pelleterie (now gone ) was transferred to the city to transfer the flower and shrub market that had been established until then. At the quai de la Megisserie. The market is circumscribed by landmarks that separate it from Quai Desaix, rue de la Pelleterie, rue de la Barillerie (boulevard du Palais) and rue de la Lanterne (rue de la Cité since 1834). It is also planted with trees and two basins were established. It was inaugurated on August 16, 1809. In 1840-1843, the administration had the market renovated (rebuilding the two basins, laying granite borders around the market and paving with bitumen, etc.).

The commercial courthouse of Paris was built between 1860 and 1864 on the western part of the market. The rest of rue de la Pelleterie and that of rue de Marché-aux-Fleurs (breakthrough after the demolition of the Saint-Pierre-des-Arcis Church in 1797), as well as rue Gervais-Laurent, rue Saint-Pierre- des-Arcis and rue Sainte-Croix-en-la-Cité were demolished in 1866 to develop a new market. The current market is inaugurated in 1873.

It is composed today of about twenty iron and cast iron shelters and some Wallace fountains, the market offers only flowers. It is in 1881 that the fowlers of the old Marché Saint-Martin join the florists of Île de la Cité. Since then, every Sunday, the flower market gives way to a beautiful bird market, to the delight of Sunday walkers who discover and hear hundreds of birds squealing in their cage.

The other days of the week, the twenty metal constructions erected on the Place Louis-Lépine shelters all kinds of plants, trees and plants. Whether you are looking for seasonal flowers in a greenhouse in the Paris region or rarities reported from around the world, difficult not to find happiness among this varied colorful and scented treasures! Strolling the green alleys of this picturesque market, you can also discover rodents, fish and even decorative objects. The flower market promises a pleasant walk in the heart of Old Paris which, in the absence of clean air, will offer us a good bowl of floral scents !!!


It is located as the Marché aux fleurs Reine Elizabeth II or Queen Elizabeth II Flower Market at Place Louis-Lépine (square) 4éme arrondissement of Paris. Metro: Cité line 4. Open Monday to Saturday from 08h to 19h30 for the flower market, Sunday for the bird market.



It is a wonderful place to be and be a real Parisien indeed. You will find great conversation here and wonderful flowers and planting tools. We love it and brings back many nice souvenirs to stop by again as I did, very much.

Some webpages to help you plan your visit here are

City of Paris on the flower market in French

Tourist office of Paris on the flower market in English

There you go now it is in my blog love it, you will too. The Marché aux Fleurs of my eternal Paris. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!


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