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June 12, 2020

La Vuelta de España 2020! bike race

In one of previous Some news from Spain series I mentioned the Vuelta de España bike race for 2020. I copy the writing here for reference. Something follow for more years that I like to count , La Vuelta! More in official webpage in English:  Official La Vuelta cycling event of Spain

The organization of La Vuelta bike race of Spain, in agreement with the UCI (International Cycling Union), agreed to postpone the 75th edition of the race. The Vuelta was originally to be held between August 14 and September 6, departing from the Netherlands. However, the forced reorganization of the annual cycling calendar, following the world health crisis caused by COVID-19, has forced a change in plans. The Vuelta 2020 will be held in autumn, on dates yet to be determined, it will have 18 stages and will start in the Basque Country. The start the Spanish round with the Irun – Arrate stage. Eibar in the reorganization of the calendar with the exceptional variable of a 20-day Tour and not with the 23 initially planned. The 75th edition of La Vuelta will be marked as a historic race in many ways. It will be the first time in the last 35 years that it has less than 21 stages. The last time this circumstance occurred was in 1985, in an edition that had 19 stages. Likewise, for the first time since Unipublic took over the race in 1979, La Vuelta will start in the Basque Country. The Basque Country had spent almost five decades without hosting a first stage of the race. In 1961, La Vuelta started in San Sebastián, with a team time trial with a start and finish in the city of San Sebastián.

The new dates have been announced on the new schedule of the Vuelta 2020 due to the wuhan virus.

It will start on October 20 in Irún and end on November 8 in Madrid, with 18 stages, a lot of mountains, a time trial with a trap … and pending the weather. Due to the cancellation of the start in the Netherlands, they set up a course that continues to maintain many of its attractions. Its complete layout in the north of the peninsula makes the climate one more element to take into account.

Stage 1. Irún-Arrate (Tuesday, October 20);

Stage 2. Pamplona-Lekunberri (Wednesday, October 21);

Stage 3. Lodosa-Laguna Negra (Thursday, October 22),

Stage 4. Garray-Ejea de los Caballeros (Friday, October 23), going to barren land and lots of memories;

Stage 5. Huesca-Sabiñánigo (Saturday, October 24), great run!

Stage 6. Biescas-Tourmalet (Sunday, October 25),

Stage 7. Vitoria-Villanueva de Valdegobia (Tuesday, October 27);

Stage 8. Logroño-Moncalvillo (Wednesday, October 28), wine galore;

Stage 9. Castrillo-Aguilar de Campoo (Thursday, October 29);

Stage 10. Castro Urdiales-Suances (Friday, October 30);

Stage 11. Villaviciosa-La Farrapona (Saturday, October 31);

Stage 12. Pola de Laviana-Angliru (Sunday, November 1);

Stage 13. CRI Muros-Ézaro (Tuesday, November 3);

Stage 14. Lugo-Ourense (Wednesday, November 4), I sing to Galicia! ;

Stage 15. Mos-Puebla de Sanabria (Thursday, November 5);

Stage 16. Salamanca-Ciudad Rodrigo (Friday, November 6), study hard!

Stage 17. Sequeros-La Covatilla (Saturday, November 7);

Stage 18. Madrid-Madrid (Sunday, November 8); to Madrid to heaven and a hole in the sky to look down on it everyday !!

And there you go folks, all ready finally. This time should be it, and do not know if can go at that time but have Spanish TV in my house so should see it anyway. Enjoy the Vuelta of Spain bike race sublime.

Hope you are able to enjoy on site or on TV, should be a good one as always. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!

June 12, 2020

Place de Clichy, Paris!

And to continue my renew series on streets and places of my eternal Paris , here I bring you one I have driven into and out of Paris several times by car.  This is a traffic nuts nightmare that Paris does not seen to solve even with all the patchup gadgets they use on public transports!

Let me tell you a bit and history on the famous place de Clichy!

The Place de Clichy is one of the three places in Paris where four arrondissements or districts meet; these are the 8, 9, 17 and 18 éme. The others are the Pont St Michel and the Carrefour de Belleville.

It is very busy day and night, the square is bordered by shops of all kinds, including restaurants and a cinema ,the Pathé-Wepler. I can confirm the busy day and night as I have passed by there several times and always need re direction to get out from the terrible lately Paris traffic. The Place de Clichy is served by: two metro lines, Place de Clichy lines 2 and 13; also, seven bus lines 30, 54, 68, 74, 80, 81, and 95; four lines of Noctilien night bus lines N01, N02, N15 and N51; and a taxi rank stand.

It was named Place de Clichy because it occupies the site of the barrier of Clichy, an old gateway to Paris located on the wall of the Farmers General, which served as an exit to go to the village of Clichy. It was classified in its entirety in the Parisian roads on May 23, 1863 and took its current name on December 30, 1864. It was previously located in the former commune of Batignolles and called square and “barriére de Clichy” from 1789 to 1814. It was built on the site of the old buildings of the barrier de Clichy which, in 1793, during the French revolution ,had been called ” Fructidor barrier ”. It’s opening included part of the Batignolles and Clichy boulevards and part of the ramparts of Clichy and chemins de ronde de Clichy and the barrière Blanche as well as the barrière de Clichy.

A historic patriotic story lies here as during March 1814: the Napoleonic Empire comes to an end. With 800,000 soldiers, the foreign armies marched on Paris. After having forced the barriers of Belleville and Pantin, they take the Montmartre hill. The north and north-west of the city, from Clichy to Neuilly, are protected by 70,000 National Guard men. In front of the advance of the enemy armies, the marshal Moncey, then major-general of the Parisian guard, goes to the barrier of Clichy. Volunteers, skirmishers, students from the École Polytechnique and veterinary school, Moncey’s troops brought together 15,000 men. Their lack of experience did not prevent them from valiantly resisting the Russian contingent until the proclamation of the armistice on March 30, 1814. We remember.

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In the center of the square stands the Monument to Marshal Moncey erected in 1870: sitting on the pedestal, 8 meters high and decorated with bas-reliefs, a group of bronze six meters high represents the defense of Paris by him.

The Paris tourist office this time has some more on the Place de Clichy here in English: Paris tourist office on Place de Clichy

And there you another nice spot to go by in Paris. And of course due stop to see the monument it is worth remembering the heroes. Hope you enjoy the brief on the Place de Clichy of Paris

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

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June 12, 2020

Place des Ternes, Paris!

Hi , again giving you some of the faces of Paris bit by bit and fond of my memorable moments working in the city and visiting afterward. I had run a series of streets of Paris posts and fell was short,hehehe well you never finish with Paris. its eternal!!!  Therefore, here is my bit of take on the Place des Ternes.

The Place des Ternes is located touching the 8éme and 17éme arrondissements of Paris. It is located at the crossroads of avenue de Wagram, boulevard de Courcelles, rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré and avenue des Ternes, near place de l’Etoile. Its site is served by the line 2 at the Ternes metro station, located in the middle of the square.

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It takes its name from its neighborhood with the avenue des Ternes which crossed the old hamlet of Ternes. The place is pierced and takes its current name in 1893 on the right-of-way of part of the avenue de Wagram. The square is located on the site of the old granting barrier, the Barriére du Roule. It is famous for having seen Louis the XVI captured on his return from Varennes.  This Roule barrier was a tall building of four fronts on a fronton of a very impressive strong look . From 1860 ,the 55 barriers that encircled Paris were demolished   one after the other.

The Ternes neighborhood or quartier is the 65th of Paris, and located in the 17éme arrondissement or district. It is also considered one of the most posh in Paris. It is crossed right through by the avenue des Ternes which has formed its central axis for centuries. In Ternes, the first urban nucleus was not formed around a religious establishment but a feudal residence. The origins it was a farm between between Haut Roule and the forest of Rouvray (Bois de Boulogne) called villa externa   This property came into ownership by the Castle of Ternes belonging to Neuilly , and annexed to Paris in 1860.

I come here when not already in Paris, by car, and do find nice one underground. Very clean, airy and huge parking lot. Located at 38 avenue des Ternes with the pedestrian access is located right on avenue des Ternes. To access the reception, take the staircase E and descend to level – 2 (minus 2).

Well for a change no webpages as Paris does not show the square too bad for them. Here is the parking above thus; happy motoring::) Park Indigo Ternes Paris

I hope you enjoy the brief introduction to one of Paris’s best, the Place des Ternes. And do walk it, superbe neighborhood. I have posts on things around there including eateries.

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

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June 12, 2020

Port de Suffren, Paris!

Back again to my eternal Paris, can’t be too far away from it… This is another memorable spot for us and done the event but not the place so here is my take on it. Let me tell you about the Port de Suffren very near the Eiffel tower 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 (see post) . 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. 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 down and on your left.  The port of Suffren is a straight dividing lane in the 7éme and 15éme arrondissements of Paris, located on the left bank of the Seine river.

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One of my fond memories of my eternal Paris as had to go to an office nearby much nearer the Tour Eiffel Seine river side; and was invited to a wine gourmand event here hosted by Maxim’s the famous house. First time came first, then over the years living near, was on their emailing list and came back several times with the family. It was a glorious moment of now many memories and happy moments. See my post on it in my blog.

The port of Suffren is full of boats peniche and entertainment center just steps below the Eiffel tower which most people go unnoticed but very much worth the look and partake. There is also a stop for the Seine boat taxi or Batobus here!

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Perhaps, the most famous is the Vedette de Paris cruising boats. Les Vedettes de Paris was created in 1976 with a new approach to touristic discovery of Paris with quality and friendly cruises on traditional and comfortable boats. Event hosting has been added to these services. The Vedettes de Paris was purchased in 2006 by the Socatra group (French oil tanker shipping company) in alliance with one of the world’s largest ship broker companies, the BRS group. More official info in English here: Vedette de Paris

The other eventful peniche boat here is the Bal de la Marine , another wonderful long beautiful boat. Le Bal De La Marine was born in June 2017 from the merger with Le Cercle De La Mer, host association and owner of the boat. Located at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, it is made up of a restaurant boat and a quay terrace on which are installed a bar, a stage and a dance floor. Your hosts are former sailors, former admirals and quite simply lovers of the sea. The Bal de la Marine or navy ballroom dance is first and foremost a cross-cultural cultural exchange around the theme of the sea. More info here: Bal de la Marine

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Le Maxim’s as stated is my sentimental peniche boat and still available for events, restaurant sitting and the famous Saveurs et Vins gastronomic event I attended for several years, and still in contact with many of its producers. Le Maxim’s peniche boat is located at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, a real floating palace, welcomes you on two levels, in a refined Belle Epoque setting. More info here: Le Maxim’s

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The Circle de la Mer peniche is another nice thing to see and partake here. Since June 2017, the catering-event part is provided by the Bal de la Marine (see above). it offers differentiated restorations in the morning and in the evening with reservations, privatizations etc. During the summer a terrace welcomes you on the quay, with frequent entertainment, suitable catering and various musical atmospheres offered by talented artists. More info here: Cercle de la Mer

I have another post in my blog on the event mentioned above Saveurs et Vins so wont go into it here, but for reference their webpage is in French here: Saveurs et Vins

And there you go folks ,another dandy in my eternal Paris. Always something wonderful out of nowhere, but out of the Seine river they are plenty … good ones. Hope you enjoy the Port de Suffren and do walk on it at night is sublime looking up the Tour Eiffel light up!

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

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