Archive for January, 2020

January 26, 2020

Some news from Bretagne, XXVIII

And it has been a while not giving you news of my lovely region of Bretagne or Brittany or Breizh. Well been away on jobs and vacation so now is time to catch up on my marvelous region and its events coming up that I like. The weather has been cold down to 1C or 34F some rain but no snow ,or worse as in other parts of the country. Right now we are cloudy and 11C (about 51F= with lows of 7C . In looking at our eternal Paris they have it cloudy too but 45F degrees.

Discovery Walking Tours at Saint Gildas de Rhuys (in the Rhuys peninsula). For this outing at low tide, discover in the company of Gwen, the shells of our coasts (cockles, clams …). Travel by individual cars. Wearing boots and a bucket is recommended. Equip yourself with spoons or knives with round ends to facilitate fishing. Prices: € 6.50 / adult and € 5.00 / child (5 to 12 years old). Info & reservations essential at the latest the day before at Tel Mob +33 ( 0) 6 82 18 34 36. The next closest trips are schedule for February: Monday 10 (sea coef 106) at 9h45: March: Monday 9 (sea coef 99) at 8h45

Tourist Information Office, Rue Saint Goustan, Saint Gildas de Rhuys. Tel mob +33 06 82 18 34 36 More info here : https://www.golfedumorbihan.bzh/accueil/preparer-son-sejour/infos-pratiques/office-de-tourisme/bit-de-saint-gildas-de-rhuys

7 years later, without ever having left, Eiffel returns to the top of his game to defend on stage his 6th opus “Stupor Machine”. Romain Humeau and his three musicians are finally back with the same desire to do battle. Through inhabited and ambitious rock, the group proves once again that by constantly reinventing itself, it knows how to do what it does best: federate the troops while taking pleasure in being afraid. Next Saturday, March 28, 2020 Opening, La Pietà invites you into its quirky and multidisciplinary universe, a concentrate of edgy texts (in French!), Punk attitude, noise guitars, electro beats … A noisy and efficient live, that promises! More info here:  L’Echonova on Eiffel La Pieta

Sayag Jazz Machine is finally back on stage with a brand new album, 13 years after No Me Digas (don’t tell me). Embark on a crazy road movie, a clever mix of jazz, electro jungle and drum’n’bass with hip-hop accents accompanied by an electric flow. The show promises to be hot! Prices: addict 9 € • 12-25 years 10 € • presale 12 € • on site 14 € Info and reservations: 02 97 62 20 40 email: infos@lechonova.com More info here:  L’Echonova on the sayag Jazz Machine
Above on the whole Hivernales du Jazz (Winter jazz) more info here: Les Hivernales du Jazz Festival

The Californians of The Mystery Lights are revisiting the golden age of US rock without nostalgic revivalism. Between garage-psyche of the 60’s, punk of the 70’s and well-felt synths, they are the spearhead of Wick, the rock division of the label Daptone. King Biscuit is back with his new album “Hammer it! “. A resolutely rocky blues blues, a fiddled experimental violin and careful arrangements that make you want to stamp your feet … we are already looking forward! This tray will be completed by Rod Hamdallah, discovery of this 15th edition, fed with antique blues and garage rock, soulful and nervous. After having scoured all the bars in Atlanta, he comes to preach the good word for the first time in France.  More info here: http://www.lechonova.com/les-nuits-de-lalligator-the-mystery-lights-king-biscuit-rod-hamdallah-concert-758.html

All the above at the cultural concerts complex of St Avé,  L’Echonova, located at 1 rue Léon Griffon, 56890 St Avé. From the freeway N165 get off centre ville direction St Avé stay on the D126 towards city center and after the second traffic circle turn left you will see the complex Echonova well mark.

Something nice and serious to me. Come dance at the Grand Bal Masqué (mask ball) which will take place at the Palais des Arts in Vannes on Saturday February 1st at 20h30 (8:30 p.m.)  The INNER WHEEL Service Club in Vannes is organizing a major charity event for the benefit of the Vannes Association Faire Face Ensemble, (face it together) which has been working for 10 years to provide support, comfort and improved well-being to people with cancer and their relatives. Information:  Entrance fee 30 euros (1 drink and sweets)
Table reservation by SMS to mob tel +33 (0) 681141517.  Check payable to the Inner-Wheel Club of Vannes address: Hôtel le Roof-Presqu’île de Conleau-56000-Vannes
follow our facebook page: masked ball from the InnerWheel club in Vannes with more info here: Facebook page of the bal masque of Inner Wheel Club

This is a wonderful Association Faire Face Ensemble (Face it Together) that even if we did not need to use them it is worth recognising and help; their webpage in French is here: Association Faire Face Ensemble of Vannes

Festival Jeune Public or for young audiences Prom Nons Nous from January 27 to February 12, 2020. The Great Journey of Georges Poisson. The story goes that the evening of December 31, Georges Poisson, lighthouse keeper, invited Marinette and Lucienne to celebrate the new year. Outside, it’s a storm … Our two friends disembark in this strange place, breathless and soaked … 304 steps higher, Georges is not there. His boat is not there. If his boat is not there, it is worrying. It’s that he left. Left ? But where ? Go around the world? Marinette and Lucienne try to find the trace of their friend and take us on the great voyage of Georges Poisson. A spectacle that takes you into the imagination, into the unknown and the great adventure. More info here: Festival prom nons nous of young public on Georges Poisson

For the above: reservations at L’Hermine > Sarzeau Rue du Père Coudrin tel +33 02 97 48 29 40. Tickecting at  https://billetterie.lhermine.bzh/?id_categ=1

And to arrive at the above:  Cultural space Hermine – rue du Père Coudrin – 56370 Sarzeau. Direction take the freeway N165 to exit Sarzeau and continue on the road D780 to city/town center/downtown Sarzeau along allée des ducs de Bretagne panels well mark.

And how about a nice historical walk in quant old historical Auray!  Implanted at the bottom of a ria since the Middle Ages, the city of Auray has evolved over the centuries. You will be invited to discover the architectural and historical evolution of the city through four emblematic places: the castle, the city/town hall, the Saint-Gildas Church and the small theater. Places of power, prayer and culture. A stroll through Auray from the Middle Ages to the 20C.  Meeting place at Place du République (front of city/town hall) at 14h30. Visit time 1h30 to 2h. Payment on site, without reservation Tel +33 (0) 2 97 84 18 32.  And to know a bit more other than my posts in my blog here is the region tourist office of the Bay of Quiberon in English: Tourist office of the Bay of Quiberon on Auray

The Vannes Festival of Photos: 20 Years of the 2000 years. From Friday April 10th to Sunday May 10th the event 2000 to 20 years. This is the theme of Vannes Photos Festival for this new edition! On the program: the place of new technologies, ecological concern, the link to territories, to communities a great event indeed!. More info here: Official Vannes Photos Festival

The Morbihan Paddle Trophy West France on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June in the Gulf of Morbihan and in the Auray river. 6th edition of the Morbihan Paddle Trophy Ouest-France in the Gulf of Morbihan!! Be ready!! The program

Saturday June 15: 13h. The Grand Marche sur l’Eau (walk on water) (4.5km), non-timed and open to everyone between Le Bono and Auray. 14h. Derby Giants Sup and 100 m launched in the port of St Goustan. 18h SNSM (volunteer lifeguard at beaches and at sea wonderful group) in the port of Vannes. 20h dinner

Sunday June 16: 11h30 Elites long distance race (28 km) from Vannes (Kérino dry dock) to Auray.  12h30 long distance Raiders (16 km) from Locmariaquer to Auray.  13h. Leisure race (8.5km) from Baden (Dreven) to Auray.  13h Youth race (under 15) from Crac’h Fort Espagnol to Auray (7 km).  15h30. 1/2 final and final Derby Giants Sup and 100 m launched in the port of St Goustan. 16h Prize giving at Auray.

Prices:50€ Elite,40€ Raiders and Leisure, 25€ Young people (under 15). Info & reservations : Official Morbihan Paddle Trophy

The Ultra Marin Raid Golfe du Morbihan  is back ,and spend a pleasant sporting moment in an exceptional setting in Bretagne. A human adventure during which discovery, conviviality and solidarity take on their full meaning!  Grand Raid: 177 km of racing around one of the most beautiful bays in the world.  Raid 87 km; Trail 56 km, Customs round 36 km; Nordic walking 25 km . Team relay; Great solidarity challenge. Many friends here participating every year!! me watch lol!! More info here: Official Ultra Marin event

4th edition of the Quiberon Scrabbles Festival. From February 5 to 9, 2020, at Espace Louison Bobet. The CoupeJean Louis Genis February 5, TH3 10h- 14h 16h30. Etape du GrandPrix Coupe Originale Breizh February 6 and 7 TH4 in PO, 3 min per move :16:30 p.m. Etape du Grand Prix Scrabble Classic February 7 and 8. 2 nd rounds 9h30 to 10h30. Saturday 14h – 16h30. Sunday 9h30- 13h30 . Stage of the Grand Prize Prize list. More info here: Official Scrabbles Bretagne Festival at Quiberon

This is it for now winter reporting from my beautiful Morbihan in lovely Bretagne of my belle France! Hope you get the chance to enjoy one of these events.

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

 

 

 

 

January 26, 2020

Monastery of Sainte Claire, Lavaur!

So continue on my saga of off the beaten path places in the beautiful cocagne and cathar countryside we stay in Lavaur. This is the Tarn dept 81 in Occitanie region of my belle France.

And will tell you about a little known place that was here we passed by it and look up but never imagine the history of it.  Again not much written on it either, a real find.

In 1398, a community of Clarisses settled in Lavaur. In 1642 the Sainte-Claire monastery was founded, then in 1685, the Order of the Daughters of the Cross.

Lavaur

The Monastery of the Clarisses founded in 1642 by Sérène de Vézins, a Clarisse nun from the Salin monastery in Toulouse. Destroyed during the French revolution, it was repair and brought back in 1802. The current chapel c. 1837, has housed since 1852, in a shrine, the body of Saint Clementine, Virgin and Roman martyr, discovered in a catacomb in Rome. A real story here

Lavaur

Unfortunately other than in some religious sites there is nothing in the tourist office on it. It is by the agout river and past the Esplanade de Plô (see previous post) at 1 rue Mairie.

The webpages available are

Monastical services of the Clarisses on the Ste Claire of Lavaur in French

Catholic Lavaur on the orders in town in French

As we did our walks along the last street bordering the river Agout we came up with lots of nice sites such as this one to see. And as always, the best is on foot, enjoy Lavaur and its monuments

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

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January 25, 2020

The garden promenade of Plô,Lavaur!

And now I take to some off the beaten paths of off the beaten path town of Lavaur. It is in the Cocagne country of pastels and Cathar tradition and very sentimental to me as mentioned before do not want to repeat.

We have come here many times and did walks all over for reminicents times, but hardly not to many pictures. I guess when you have it no need to show it. This time came with my 3 young men and our dog Rex and walk again all over but did took pictures.

Therefore, let me tell you a bit on the Esplanade de Plô in Lavaur, the Tarn dept 81 of Occitanie in my belle France.

Le Plô is the site of the Lavaur castle which no longer exists. The Plô site, bought from the king by the consuls in 1622, was laid out as a public promenade and then as an esplanade from the 17C. The Esplanade du Plô, will immerse you in the history of the Cathars as you can imagine the bonshommes trying to repel the troops of Simon de Montfort besieging the city to capture and kill these heretics. This epic past, this site has now become a place of rest, calm and relaxation where you can soak up the charitable soul of Dame Guiraude. It is the ideal place for an improvised nap or a family picnic!   Petanque or here Boules lovers, a bowling alley or Boulodrom awaits you!

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It , also ,has wonderful views over the river banks and valley of the Agout, the main river here. It is worth the detour to see the natural beauty of this area and think of the history above that took place here!  A bit on the river if I may.

The Agout river passes in the two departments of Hérault and Tarn, in the Occitanie region. It is an important left tributary of the Tarn river, therefore a sub-tributary of the Garonne river. The length of the Agout river is 194 km . In the dept 81 of the Tarn it passes by the towns of Brassac, Castelnau-de-Brassac, Castres, Coufouleux, Giroussens, Burlats, Lavaur, Rabastens, Saint-Sulpice-la-Pointe, and Vielmur-sur-Agout. For info much of these have written in my blog.

Lavaur

Its flow was observed over a period of 56 years (1946-2001), at Lavaur. The river catchment area at this location is 2,300 km2 (or approximately 66.3% of its total which is 3,497 km2.). After a passage in the Tarn river, then the Garonne river , the waters of Agout river will finish their race in the Atlantic Ocean. The official vigicrues or river levels in France on the passing by Lavaur in French is here: Official Vigicrues river water levels on the Agout at Lavaur in French

Lavaur

The town of Lavaur in French has plenty on the things to see and pdf files on the heritage and history not to mention on doors which seems to be a popular post in several blogs in wordpress….::) City of Lavaur on heritage in French

And my info translated came from the tourist office of the Tarn dept 81 on the Plô here in French: Tourist office of the Tarn dept 81 on the Le Plo of Lavaur

And voilà the quant old Lavaur and its off the beaten paths beauties, hope you enjoy it and do pass by on your rounds in cathar country! Love Lavaur!

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

 

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January 25, 2020

The Halle aux Grains, Lavaur!

So I am sticking around Lavaur, a sentimental favorite. Down by the Tarn dept 81 in the region of Occitanie right in cocagne and cathar country! And after doing lots of visits and walks finally got some pictures lol!

One of the sights you see entering the city and finding parking at the allée Jean Jaurés is this imposingo circular building. The Halle aux Grains, well it was to stock silk then grains and now its a cultural center with great events in the city.

Let me tell you a bit on it ok

The Halle aux Grains at Place Stalingrad, Lavaur. It was built from 1879 to 1881 by Guillaume Aurignac, architect of the city. On the ground of the cooler (former underground ice warehouse) it was intended for the silkworm cocoon market, which lacked space at the Old Market. It is hexadecagonal and offers a lot of space because it has no pillars.

Lavaur

The fall of the silk trade in the Vaurais, at the end of 19C, confined it only to the sale of grains. The central lightning rod vane represents a winged dragon no info as to why is there but leyend says it was to dissuade the grain thieves or bird eaters of the grain.

Lavaur

It is now part of the cultural calendar of the town of Lavaur and if there is an event you can see the inside. One of the photo shots with my dear late wife Martine and a must stop by when in town by us now.

And as we were right in city center, we decided it was time for lunch , and again came back to an old favorite with the family right at the traffic circle coming in from the road D112 from Toulouse and walking distance 3 minutes on foot to the Halle aux Grains. This is the Les Américains as known at 1 allée Jean Jaurés or the full name Le Grand Café des Américains. A great place in town known by all; every weekend, they offer a live musical group to liven up your evening. And the evenings of major football and rugby matches will be broadcast on a flat screen. And great tripel karmelite Belgian beers to boot with Guinness with formule or menus at 12€! expresso coffee and it came out to just a bit over 17€ and our wonderful good boy dog Rex was allowed in too!!! And he behave wonderfully too!!! Always a perfect stop in Lavaur!

Lavaur

Lavaur

Lavaur

REX at Les Américains Lavaur 81!!!

A bit of webpages on the heritage of Lavaur here: Tourist office of Tarn Agout on Lavaur heritage in French

Restaurant Les Américains of Lavaur

Enjoy Lavaur, the Tarn and Occitanie, and remember, happy travels, good health ,and many cheers to all!!!

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January 25, 2020

Church Saint Francois of Lavaur!

We make a must stop when visiting our sentimental Lavaur, and love it. The Church of Saint François is old and beautifully done right in city center, in fact you entered from the sidewalk into the church! It is at Grande Rue which is the main merchant street in town!

I wrote briefly on it long ago so let me bring you up to date, and my blog! Here is my take on the St François Church of Lavaur. Also known as the Cordeliers (12C-15C) with its large Puget organ 1866. Former convent of the Cordeliers (Franciscans), founded by Sicard, baron of Ambres. After the abolition of the convent, the church became parish from 1802 to 1963.

Lavaur

The Saint-François Church inspires respect. Majestic, it consists mainly of bricks and remains today the largest Franciscan church in the Southwest of France!. The current church brings together a polygonal choir from the 13C, an apse from the 14C, a nave from the 15C and a Stations of the Cross designed around 1880. Its interior decor from the 19C was mainly created by artists and craftsmen from Toulouse: paintings of vaults , stained glass windows and terracotta tiles , and large organ c 1866.

Lavaur

The Church of Saint François is located in Lavaur, dept 81 of the Tarn in the region of Occitanie. The church is oriented north-south. The choir of the Saint-François Church and two spans of the nave dates from the 13C, the apse from the 14C, the nave from the 15C. The church was consecrated in 1350, then again in 1512 The church was unoccupied during the French revolution. It served as a fodder store between 1790 and 1800.

Lavaur

The Church of Saint François was returned to worship in 1801. A gallery was built in 1848 above the entrance. The interior decor of the church dates from the 19C.  The church was built in bricks of a single nave, adopting a fairly usual plan in the Gothic churches of the Languedoc.

Lavaur

In the four spans to the south, the side chapels are integrated between the buttresses of the nave. In the 15C, the brotherhoods multiply in the Saint-François Church which have their chapels. The first chapel, to the right of the entrance, is that of the Saint-Côme-Saint-Damien brotherhood founded in 1501. The fourth chapel, on the same side, has Saint Eutrope whose cult was introduced in 1450. The organ was built by Toulouse organ builder Théodore Puget, between 1863 and the end of 1865. It was inaugurated in January 1866.

Lavaur

Lavaur

The webpages are limited on this Church for unknown reasons to me making it even more interesting to see it Below is the Catholic parish of Albi of which the town of Lavaur depend on for religious reasons.

Catholic Diocese of Albi on the Church St Francois of Lavaur

You will enjoy the monuments of Lavaur, small town but packed with goodies see my next posts on it. And do walk, we did the whole town lol!

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

 

 

 

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January 24, 2020

The streets of Lavaur!!

So been in the lovely Toulouse could not resist visiting Lavaur for sentimental reasons. We have crisscross this beautiful cathar area of France for many years, and Lavaur is the native town of my dear late wife Martine ,late father Pierre, who still had cousins in the area but now move further closer to Gaillac.

We spent many trips walking the streets of this lovely old town of the Tarn dept 81 in Occitanie and been so close could not avoided visiting it again this time only with the boys. Hope you enjoy it too on your way out of Toulouse into Cathar country!

We came in as always from Toulouse on the road D112 right into city center  Lavaur and parked free at the Allée Jean Jaurés by the grains market of old.  Before thus as you turn into the parking you come into a small square call the Place  de la Patience and a very nice fountain statue , a very nice way to welcome you into the town.

Lavaur

Lavaur

You can help it but see the enclosed canopy at the beginning of the alley sort of like a rest stop for the sights and bus routes of the town of Lavaur.

Lavaur

You could go on walking all along this alley (allée Jean Jaurés) along the road and past the halle aux grains or grains market that will tell you later.

Lavaur

You come across a real kiosque à musique  or music kiosk walking towards the city/town hall of Lavaur and right in front of a school.

Lavaur

And you do come to the end which is the Mairie or city/town hall of Lavaur , a nice building as usually they are.

Lavaur

And you get an idea of the quant old town that Lavaur is with a rich history some of which will tell you in the next posts. Enjoy Lavaur, in the Tarn in Cathar country of old, the traditions and history of my belle France. Hope you have enjoy the walk and see the capital of the Cocagne country=Lavaur. The tourist office in French of this traditional town is Tarn Agout (the rivers) here: Tourist office of the Tarn Agout area on Lavaur

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

 

 

 

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January 23, 2020

Other eateries of Toulouse!

So already written on a institution here in Toulouse, Le Loubechem at pl Victor Hugo (see previous post in my blog), I come to the other finds of this trip.

We had several runs of drinks and quick meals but will post the most memorable ones of our trip here, just for the memories. Hope you enjoy it too

The first one we encounter by just walking around Place Esquirol where we had parked my car. We came upon L’Esquirol bar just facing us right on.

Toulouse

This was a one stop deal, we came in with our dog Rex and voilà they accepted it in the terrace which was fine. He love it outdoors and ate too lol!!! We had our usual beers and me menu entrée of seafood goodies and then a pizza chévre miel all down with a fondue de chocolat and expresso coffee all for 22€ per person which included lots of beer pints lol!

Toulouse

no webpage but my fav tips place YELP has some guidance. Yelp on the bar L’Esquirol Place Esquirol

Then, on another we were tempted for ice cream go figure with crazy boys hanging around Toulouse, they decided wanted to eat ice cream!! in January! and remember the good place of Haagen Dazs at Place Wilson so we went for it. Another dandy as very receptive to our dog Rex in upper floor and lots of goodies with coffees and of course ice cream.

Toulouse

Toulouse

Toulouse

 

The official webpage is here at Place Wilson; Official Haagen Dazs at Pl Wilson Toulouse

And we came to the dandy of them all a new find and sure to be back here. This is at  Port Saint Sauveur on the Canal du Midi section and we found Le Bistro du Port. Super friendly service upper floor view of the marina and canal, Cuban salsa blaring on loud speakers and great seafood .fish beer combination. And of course, our Rex! Recommended.

Toulouse

I had as entrée another round of seafood platter with lots of shrimp and then a salmon steak very nicely done! for dessert another round of Fondue de Chocolat and the local blonde beer of the house all for 18€ per person! nice

Toulouse

Toulouse

No webpage of course but they do have a Facebook page here: Facebook on Le Bistro du Port Toulouse

In all a nice short trip where we walk a lot , had fun , found new places to see and eat and came back loaded with goodies. Enjoy the pink city of  Toulouse, there is more to my belle France than my eternal Paris! Bon appétit!

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

January 23, 2020

Port Saint Sauveur, Toulouse!

So moving right along to the edges of the city of Toulouse and walking do the talking we came upon an area not seen before alas! So much to see in my belle France I am telling you! We were walking along the big boulevard and alleys seeing gardens and museums buildings and look up this spot so decided to take a closer look.

As usual for us, we hit a dandy. The Port Saint Sauveur is wonderful and great food with a Cuban beat lol! This is pure Canal du Midi folks down under!!! Enjoy it

Toulouse

The Port Saint-Sauveur district is a small district on the edge of Toulouse city center, attached to district 1. It is located southeast of the historic center, between the Canal du Midi and Boulingrin (Grand Rond garden). Its name comes from one of the two river ports of Toulouse located on the Canal du Midi, the other being the port of l’Embouchure. These ports are intended for the management of goods passing through the canal.

A bit of translation from the city of Toulouse.

A stopover at Port Saint-Sauveur allows you to discover a city steeped in history, very lively, and full of charm. The port, close to all shops, well served by public transport, is still popular with French and foreign customers. In 2008, it won the Stopover Trophy in the freshwater category for its action in favor of respect for the environment and the quality of the services provided to boaters. Since 2014, the Saint-Sauveur port has been awarded the Pavillon Bleu. This label created by the French office of the foundation for environmental education in Europe in 1985, promotes sustainable actions in favor of a quality environment carried out by the port.

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The Port St-Sauveur was inaugurated in September 2001 and is the result of the will of the Voies Navigables de France (VNF) and of the City of Toulouse to create a reception point for boaters who use the Canal du Midi. The Capitanerie or Harbor Master’s Office, which today accommodates yachtsmen, was the old hangar for storing goods. Magisterially restored, it offers a large reception area with a breathtaking view of the Canal du Midi.

Toulouse

With a capacity of around 40 berths, the port receives an average of 400/450 boaters per year: speedboats, barges, rental boats, a few sailboats, etc. The boats are passing boats which can stay from 1 night to the week or even the month, but also wintering boats which will spend 6 months or more, from October to March-April. Each year, more than 40 boats are received in winter. Since 2017, boaters have had 24-hour access to sanitary facilities and the Harbor Master’s Office. The port benefits from a very good frequentation: a French clientele, but also foreign with mainly English, Australian, German, American, Belgian, and Swiss.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip are

City of Toulouse on Port Saint Sauveur

Private site on the Canal du Midi webpage on the Port Saint Sauveur

A dandy trip while enjoying the seafood and fish on a wonderful resto by the canal blaring Cuban salsa music to our delight!! Enjoy the Port Saint Sauveur a bit out of central Toulouse!

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

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January 22, 2020

Quai des Savoirs, Toulouse!

Ok once again the walking always reveal interesting places that before you just cruise by either by car, public transport or even walking. This time with the boys we were, I guess, more curious. We dwell into an area full of gardens, museums and monuments that was great to walked it and we came upon a dandy that needs more time for a next trip to my pink city of Toulouse.

Let me tell you a bit now on the Quai des Savoirs venture in Toulouse. I translated it from the city page.

The Quai des Savoirs is located at 39, allées Jules-Guesde, in the heart of the city, in place of the old science faculty, just opposite the brand new Welcom desk at the Federal University of Toulouse. The project combines architecture, heritage and modernity. In front, the largely restored building lets glimpse this sublime heritage of bricks, white stones and sculptures. It is dedicated to scientific, technical and industrial culture and is innovative in its uses as in its vocation.

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This project builds on the strength of several breeding grounds in Toulouse and its metropolis: research, education, as well as cutting-edge companies and industries or the digital galaxy. Inside, you will find the “Passage” between the Federal University of Toulouse at 41 and the Quai des Savoirs at 39 ,and will put the visitor in the mood, with its two glass “Signal Boxes” which will display works of art. digital art.

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The Quay includes three levels on a total surface of 3500 m2. On the ground floor where the general public activities take place, you will find: the reception hall, science cafe, the “Great Hall” of exhibition, all white with its trompe l’oeil windows, dedicated to events, the Quai des petits, where free discoveries will be offered for children who are not readers, workshop rooms … The “Hall des Manips” will offer free access to various fun and interactive experiences.

The Quai des Savoirs is a place open to all, part of which will be accessible free of charge and open to the general public. The place dedicates each of its floors to specific uses and audiences: the ground floor is open to everyone; the first and second floors are reserved for professionals: offices of Quai teams, companies, laboratories, academics, researchers, engineers, associations, etc. A whole area is entirely devoted to the digital economy (La Cantine, etc.)

In the Great Hall will be organized not only interactive and participative exhibitions on scientific themes (the city of the future, the great mysteries of science, robots …), but also major events: European Night of Researchers, Festival of Science, Futurapolis … Workshops, internships, training, and even a thematic leisure center, to build your robot or discover the medicine of the future, make a rocket, are also in the pipeline.  Also to discover, interactive installations and augmented reality without forgetting knowledge cafes to listen to conferences over a drink.

Some additional webpages to help you plan your trip here are

Official Quai des Savoirs in English

City of Toulouse on the urban projet Quai des Savoirs in French

Tourist office of Toulouse on the Quai des Savoirs in English

It seems an interesting place to know more about it for our next trip to Toulouse. It is full of contemporary innovation worth a look. Hope you enjoy this primer on the Quai des Savoirs of Toulouse

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

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January 22, 2020

Jardin des Plantes of Toulouse!

Well if you walk, then gardens are a must, and they are all beautiful! Often overlook by visitors because they want to see monuments but here are a wonderful part of any city and gorgeous statues fountains etc as well. A great way to rest amongst this beauty after a long city walk.
Toulouse has some that I like and will tell you here on one historical at least. I like to tell you now about the Jardin des Plantes!

The Jardin des Plantes is a public garden in Toulouse; formerly it was a garden of plants and it has retained its name but not its status. It is part, with the Boulingrin and the Jardin Royal garden, of a set of three gardens located southeast of city center/downtown Toulouse. It extends over seven hectares between Allée Jules-Guesde, Allée Serge Ravanel, Rue Alfred-Duméril and Rue Lamarck.

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The first Toulouse Jardin des Plantes was created in 1730 by the Toulouse Science Society. But it was not at its current location, it was in the Saint-Sernin district, not far from Porte Matabiau.   As the quality of the soil was not satisfactory, the collection had to be moved in 1756 to rue de la Sénéchaussée (current rue des Fleurs). It is in 1794 by the will of Philippe Picot de Lapeyrouse, naturalist, that the Capitouls decreed that the Jardin des Plantes will be located in an enclosure almost identical to that which it occupies today. It takes up part of the old enclosure of the Barefoot Carmelites. With a collection of 1,300 species, local or acclimatizing, the Jardin des Plantes became a large botanical garden but also a place where the poor can collect medicinal plants. By decree of July 27, 1808, Napoleon I   gave the city the land and the buildings of the garden. During the Battle of Toulouse (April 10, 1814), the garden was used as an artillery point from one of its mounds.

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In 1817, a pond was created, fed by the nearby Canal du Midi. The garden was transformed for the coming of the international exhibition of 1887: it became a public garden. Seals, bears, monkeys, etc. populated the garden until 1976, then there are only water hens , ducks, geese, swans, and peacocks. The current Jardin des Plantes is located southwest of the city center, in the Busca district near the Pont des Demoiselles district, towards the Canal du Midi.

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When it was moved to this location, it was outside the city walls, now it is right in the center in a very dense residential area mixing old buildings and newer buildings. It is bordered by the School of Medicine, the Museum of Natural History, the Daniel-Sorano Theater and the Saint-Exupère Church. It is very close to Boulingrin (Grand Pond garden) but a wide avenue separates it. However, a metal walkway allows pedestrians to join these two public parks. Several entrances serve it. The oldest is the Toulouse Capitol gate, dating from 1555, which was moved from the Capitol compound to the eastern side of the garden. The most common is the so-called Virebent entrance at the Allées Jules Guesde . It is connected to it by the allée des justes des Nations street. The Jardin des Plantes garden brings together several vestiges, old or renovated buildings. Among these, the Museum dates from the end of the 16C. The east entrance gate to the garden is a reconstruction dating from 1886 of one of the gates of the old Capitol. The North gate overlooking rue Ozenne is there since March 6, 1805.

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Indeed a wonderful place and as you can read full of interesting things to see in lovely Toulouse. The tourist office has more on it here: Tourist office of Toulouse on the Jardin des Plantes

And the city of Toulouse on gardens has a bit more in French: City of Toulouse on its gardens

There you go another wonderful place to be full of culture all around you. Enjoy this walkable area of the pink city of Toulouse. The Jardin des Plantes is small today but nice for a visit.

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

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