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September 11, 2020

Some news from Spain XCV

And here I am in my beloved Spain. And first, thank you for reading me! Today temps are sunny and 85F in my beloved Madrid! So, therefore, its time to tell you about some news from Spain!

The Madrid City Council converts the former Conde Duque Barracks into its cultural center of reference with a commitment to contemporary creativity and a daily program that challenges the pandemic depression a new chapter in the long history of walls built more than 300 years ago and which also house the Villa Archive and the Municipal Newspaper Library. Hence the new denomination of Center for Contemporary Culture Condeduque was born. And I have more in my blog, great wonderful place. More here:

The doors of the Teatro Español reopened with an exceptional musical grotesque. The play Con lo bien que nosotros (Ferretería Esteban) has inaugurated the 2020/2021 season of public theaters in Madrid, which has a total of 80 projects. with the live piano performance of Néstor Ballesteros, it revolves around a couple of hardware dealers, Esteban and Marigel, who one day decide to leave their routine to go to the theater. From there their lives takes a turn because music owns Esteban, turning his days into a grotesque musical. Shown until October 4, 2020. More here:

Morante and Juan Ortega will fight a heads-up on October 12 in Córdoba . Morante and Juan Ortega will fight a bullfight by Jandilla and Vegahermosa, hand in hand as a tribute to Joselito el Gallo, according to the poster that has been made public. More info in MundoToro or world of bulls…

If the Atlantic archipelago of the Canary Islands were a country (not at all farfetched) , it would be the fifth with the most tourists in the European Union. Its climate, the best in the world according to several studies, is joined by its level of safety, its nature and its beaches as reasons to extend the summer season for the rest of the year. As an example, its 40.5% of protected territory stands out (it measures a total of 7,493 km2), its four National Parks, seven Biosphere Reserves, 1,583 kms of coastline, 500 beaches and 60 natural saltwater pools.

The largest island in the archipelago ,Tenerife, is home to the Teno Rural Park and Teide, the highest mountain in Spain (3,718 meters) and the third highest volcano in the world. The homonymous National Park can be discovered on foot along the established trails or by car on the only asphalt road that crosses it. Regarding the beaches, there are both familiar (Las Teresitas) and wild (Benijo). It would be necessary to know Los Gigantes, those vertigo cliffs. There are other islands such as Gran Canaria; Fuerteventura,   Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro, and La Graciosa, the smallest of the Canary Islands. The touirist office of the Canary Islands:

And the tourist office of Tenerife

For seven years, the users of the Tripadvisor portal have chosen Siam Park, in Tenerife, as the best water park on the planet, the complex located in Costa Adeje, in the south of Tenerife and inaugurated in 2008. Siam Park occupies a 85,000 square meter extension that accommodates all kinds of attractions that have water as the protagonist between slides, pools of all sizes and shapes, giant donuts in which to slide, meandering rivers, exotic forests, shops and different restaurants. And all inspired by the ancient Thai kingdom of Siam, from which it takes its name.   More info here:

As of Thursday 10 September (yesterday), Madrid will become a cultural fair with 48 galleries open while showing, in a unique tour, works by 75 artists. In September Madrid spent more on art than ever and for four days it becomes the great city of contemporary art by the hand of Apertura Madrid Gallery Weekend 2020, a walk through the most current art. From Thursday 10 to Sunday 13 September, the 11th edition of this cultural festival is held, promoted by the Arte Madrid association, in which 48 Madrid galleries (from Albarrán Bourdais or Blanca Berlin to Xavier Fiol, passing through Juana de Aizpuru and Marlborough ) simultaneously inaugurate their exhibitions and present the work of 75 artists to the public for free, as if it were a unique tour. With long hours Thursday, from 12h to 22h; Friday and Saturday, from 11h to 20h., and check on site for Sundays to leisurely tour the exhibitions or follow itineraries devised for the occasion; dance shows (Dance is born in the galleries; thus, on the afternoons of Friday the 11th and Saturday the 12th, September the venues will host eight young resident dance companies of the Centro Coreográfico Canal, and virtual visits of all the exhibitions. In addition, from September 14 to 24, Apertura has a varied program of free activities for the entire public (prior online registration): guided tours of the city’s galleries, art centers and museums; walks through streets, squares and buildings to get to know some of the artistic gems that the city offers to the curious passerby.

Official Arte Madrid on Apertura:

The tourist office of Madrid on Apertura :

Official Centro Coreogràfico Canal:

The new season will start off at Caixaforum Madrid on October 9 with “The American Dream”, a colorful journey through the collection of prints and drawings of the British Museum by Lichtenstein, Rauschenberg, Ruscha, Johns, Bourgeois, Warhol and De Kooning. More on Caixaforum Madrid and The American Dream:

A wonderful town passed and visit several times in my visits to the serranias or mountain range of Aragon and Castilla La Mancha on my road warrior trips by car France-Spain. This is Albarracín, in the province of Teruel, Autonomous Region of Aragon, Kingdom of Spain.

Perched in the hills above a bend in the Guadalaviar River, the town of Teruel is one of the most beautiful in Spain. Former capital of a Taifa kingdom, Albarracín has preserved all its medieval flavor. Its old town is declared an Asset of Cultural Interest and the first thing that surprises when arriving at the town is its imposing fortified enclosure, whose perimeter far exceeds the surface of the urban area. At its highest point is the Torre del Andador, from the 10C, and in the old town, the castle ruins stand on a cliff. The Cathedral of El Salvador, dating from the 16C, includes a bell tower that was built on the remains of a Romanesque temple. The tourist office of the Sierras of Albarracin

The tourist office of Aragon on  Albarracin

And last but not least ,something I like to share. Vuelta a Madrid ( tour of Madrid) is the loyalty program of the city of Madrid with which you can enjoy advantages and exclusive offers in a selection of the best restaurants, shops, museums, nightlife shows and many more places.

I have used it even if know the city like the palm of my hand, and the programs are very good and the discount for real and available. Being a member is free and to enjoy your benefits and prizes you just have to return to Madrid. No matter the reason for your visit to Madrid, leisure or business. It will always be a great time to take advantage of the benefits that Vuelve a Madrid offers you. Only thing the site is only in Spanish and English. More info here:

There you go for now on my news from Spain, always a wonderful place to be. Spain, everything under the Sun, and more. Hope you enjoy the post as me writing it.

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

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September 11, 2020

Vannes and its curiosities!!!

And why not bring you back live to my beloved capital city of Vannes. This is perhaps where I spent as much or maybe more time than in my domicile town. Not only worked in its outskirts and go in for quick trips and meals, but the family comes here on every break and weekends. Vannes or Gwened (Breton) is in my beautiful Morbihan (Breton for Petite Mer or small sea) dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne or Breizh (Breton) and in my belle France.

Let me tell you some items sometimes mentioned in previous posts but with new text and photos to show you my Vannes ,again.

The Rue de la Fontaine is in the St Patern district. It starts at the Bd de la Paix and ends at the Rue Saint Patern / Rue Saint Nicolas. Saint-Patern is the Montmartre of Vannes! It is a small village where everyone is very friendly and hospitable. The merchants seems to me they get along well and help each other with referrals as all are complementary. There is really a beautiful historical part of Vannes and Saint-Patern with its village ambiance is tops.

vannes rue de la fontaine le gavroche, et St Patern church sep20

It is here at the site of the ancient Darioritum, Saint-Patern which contains many remains in its soil, is the oldest district of Vannes. Around the Church Saint Patern developed, in the Middle Ages and in modern times, a very active district. Tanners, craftsmen, traders live in the half-timbered houses that can still be admired today on rue de La Fontaine. Hostels welcomed travelers from Nantes or Rennes.

vannes rue de la fontaine to bd de la paix sep20

One example I always look up is at 1 rue de la Fontaine. The house dating back to the 1st half of the 16C according to the type of molding applied and the trace of the primitive windows. The shape of its fireplace, the spiral staircase and the roof frame confirm this dating. The house is mentioned in 1677 in the archives of the Reformation as belonging to Gabriel Morandeau, saddler, who acquired it from Pierre Le Vacher in 1667 and sold it in 1683 to Jacques Hulcoq. it occupies a hollow tooth in the plot of the suburb. The house has a massed plan with gable on street, built in half-timbered on a stone base without side walls. The building is composed of one room per level served by a wooden staircase located in work at the end of the room opposite the side entrance. The chimneys are established in the gutter wall. Fabulous!

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Every year, the Nocturnes de St-Patern welcome us to music! Take advantage of the free concerts offered on rue Saint-Patern and rue de la Fontaine This past 14th edition of the Nocturnes de St-Patern was again free concerts on rue de la Fontaine, at the foot of the Saint-Patern Church and at the bottom of the Jules Ferry school. More info on this event and keep an eye for next year is here:

I have here often for the library! There is a quant library here, La Yamouna 6 rue de la Fontaine. Passing the door, you enter a world where time seems to have stood still. A scent of old paper floats in the air and wherever you look, it meets a forest of books. Here you can find all kinds of art, classical, travel, history, geography, police, etc. Books sold between 2 EUR and 500 EUR. Their Facebook page here:

vannes rue de la fontaine indies library books out sep20

One place I go for lunches especially when I am at work is at the Balade en Crepanie. The crêperie with exposed stones and beams is installed in a 16th century half-timbered house. On sunny days, you will be happy to show you around the terrace which is located in a flowered and shaded backyard. The walls of the creperie are graciously made available to artists (painters, photographers, etc.). Come and discover their works. More info here:

However, the one I do come for lunch, dinner, dayweeks and weekends ,business or pleasure is the wonderful unique Le Gavroche!!! Recommended as the others.

Vannes Le Gavroche resto rue de la fontaine sep20

The Le Gavroche restaurant is located in the historic Saint Patern district, it offers traditional home-made cuisine le coup de fusil: a home-made rum is offered to you at the end of the meal. The owner.chef Francis Têtue began with an apprenticeship in the Hautes Pyrénées where he comes from. His professional career began in London at a highly renowned gourmet restaurant, Le Keat’s, where he discovered the art of cooking. Back in France, he joined Maximin’s team at Négresco in Nice, then that of Roger Vergé, great Chef in Mougins. The time has come to realize his dream: to cook in his restaurant. He chooses Brittany and it will be Le Ricordeau in Domagné. Home cooking is his trademark. Guingamp is the next step. La Mandoline seduced him with its charm and the possibility of providing home-made cuisine. Arrived in Vannes in January 2012, the restaurant Le Gavroche corresponds perfectly to his wishes: A warm setting, a friendly atmosphere, traditional home-made cuisine, a lively district in a dynamic city, everything is there for a new adventure. Wonderful, recommended.

vannes le Gavroche resto dining room to ent sep20

vannes le Gavroche resto dolls by table sep20

A note, the painted decorations of the restaurant was done by Olivier a local artist,and my dear late wife Martine hired him to do similar at our house glass veranda! a work of art at home!!! So this is memories of old days always pleasant even if now is hard but the good times wins.

Their webpage is here:

And oh yes ,almost forgot lol!! The lunch today with my father and 3 young men was celebrating my birthday ahead of time as it is on the 12 but we were all free today. I have my apéro porto red, then ,salad of crab and salmon entrée, the duck and mashed potatoes main dish, the tiramisu à l’amaretto dessert. All wash down with a rosé from Gasgogne ,the Domaine de Millet , the grapes here are 80% égiodola ( a basque grape we have in the Loire and do make it one of our house wines, and  20 % Cabernet Franc! Delicious!! For info this is the webpage of the Domaine:

I will throw in together some photos of the meal here.

Hope you enjoy the post as much as we did, another glorious trip to old beautiful quant Vannes.

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

September 11, 2020

Vannes and Saint Patern!!!

Ok so here I was in my beloved Vannes as you know already reading my blog; which I thank you. And was in the Saint Patern district as was going to celebrate my birthday with my father and boys.

The oldest church in town deserves more than just stopping by.  Even if my bad luck each time by it has been closed! I  look up the belltower and remind myself of this bad luck. And went for it to see if it was open. Well ,finally surprise!! it was open!! Even if forgot my mask which is required to go into these buildings and needed to take quick photos… Let me tell you a bit more as plenty written on it already, of the Church of Saint Patern.

Sure done posts but this is new text and photos and I will like to tell you a bit more of a wonderful neighborhood we love and the Church of Saint Patern of Vannes. Bien sûr in the Morbihan dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne!

vannes rue de la fontaine to ramparts et ch St Patern left sep20

I will keep the text to a bare minimum as already recently did a post on the St Patern Church, on August 27 2020! The above is the belltower of the church on Rue de la Fontaine going down to the ramparts of Vannes.

Let me give you the new photos here

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vannes ch St Patern chapel virgin ent right sep20

Vannes ch St Patern chapel baptismal font left side sep20

And there you go , I feel now given you the whole story on this wonderful old Church of Saint Patern. Which of course ,I will be back again. Hope you enjoy the architectural and historical presentation that I have done in the past and the new photos here. It is worth your detour not only for the church but the district one of the nicest seen, in fact many here call it the Montmartre of Vannes: Saint Patern district!!

Just for reference for those looking at only this post, here are webpages to help you visit the Church of Saint Patern

The Parish of Saint Patern Vannes on the church:

The city of Vannes on the church:

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

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