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September 17, 2020

Cergy Saint Christophe!!!

Oh yes just a name , going thru my vault of old photos and getting them shot again to use in  my blog. I have found some gems that I need to have it documented in my blog and hope all enjoy it as well. Let me tell you a bit of a story.

Now it seems an eternity when I first came to France but it was in August 2003, coming in from Miramar, FL USA. My first job was base at Cergy Saint Christophe with a CAC 40 French company in the Finance department in charge of 9 regions of the world, world management duties. It was a very nice job and plenty of nice experiences ,like visiting San Francisco CA USA on a week long business trip! And others in Europe.

The town of Cergy Saint Christophe is in the Val d’Oise dept 95 of the Ïle de France region along the A15 highway taking you to Rouen too which we took often. I have written before on its main monument the Axe Majeur. However, there is more to tell and this is the right moment on recalling memories and old photos.

Even thus I use sparingly   ,I did use it and need it here for the old times’ sake. The Cergy-Saint-Christophe train station on the line of the bifurcation from Neuville to Cergy-Préfecture or  Cergy line, located in the territory of the town of Cergy. It was put into service in 1985 by the French National Railways Company (SNCF). It is an SNCF station served by trains of line RER A , and those of line L of Transilien to Paris-Saint-Lazare.

Here is the Transilien train line I used:

The station building has the largest clock in Europe!. The tourist office of Cergy-Pontoise has these lines

This double clock, 10 meters in diameter, is an integral part of the contemporary heritage of the new town of Cergy. A landmark in the district, the RER Saint Christophe station is framed by two twin clocks linked together by a tubular structure housing the hall and the covered passage of the station. The double clock, the work of architects Martine and Philippe Deslandes and watchmaker Huchez, is the largest in Europe at 10 meters in diameter. It is located in the axis of the pedestrian street which leads to the tour Belvédère tower, the first station of the Axe Majeur.

The tourist office of Cergy-Pontoise on the clock:

And a bit more from my brochures on the technical aspect.

The course of the Horloge or Clock leads to the bus station, then on the RER station. Its large needle measures 5.76 meters for a weight of 145kg, its small needle measures 3,80 meters for a weight of 75 kg. His second hand 6 meters long weighs 130 kg and moves at the speed of 3.52m / second, travelling thus 45 km per day! The mechanism of the whole clock weighs 400 kg, and the hand movement can resist  winds up to 160 km / h. The two dials, in hammered glass, are regulated by a quartz mechanism. During daylight saving time and Winter time, a watchmaker from Neuchâtel (Switzerland) performs its synchronization and reset. The two dials are linked together by a tubular structure which supports the glass roof housing the hall and the covered passage from the train station.


And there you go folks, I always wanted to come here for lunch at the Place du Marché as on market day it has one of the biggest one in the area too. And of course the clock was always impressive. Glad still is! Hope you enjoy the anecdote and the clock at Cergy Saint Christophe.


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

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September 17, 2020

Vannes and Roadside!!

So once again by Vannes, well try not to put up too many as we are always by here. However, this is unique as usually dont take a post to describe a restaurant but its so much us!

We have been for the first time to the branch in Lorient, and then came to the one in Vannes. However, only have pictures of the Lorient property in my blog and figure its about time for Vannes and the Roadside burgers!

For memory, the one in Lorient is at Roadside Burgers, 28 rue Auguste Nayel very near the Place Aristide Briand, central square there. I did a previous some news Morbihan post on it. My first taste of the chain.

A bit more on the concept, very French huh!

Roadside is a fast food concept that offers artisan American cuisine at fast food prices to eat in or take away. Roadside is inspired by the real burger as it can be tasted in the United States. Its positioning is unique, halfway between fast food restaurants and traditional restaurants whose burgers are to be eaten on site.

vannes roadside burgers counter sep20

Roadside was born in Rennes in 2014, and already conquered the centers of the largest cities in the West,such as Vannes, Rennes, Nantes, Lorient and Brest. It has already opened in Fougères and Laval as well.

vannes roadside burgers left side sep20

A 100% US universe with about 160 photos of the United States hanging on the walls with cuisine based on products from the West… of France. The dishes are prepared on site, to order, in front of the customer and served in ten minutes maximum, which is about right on our experiences. The meat is minced on site and the homemade French fries are cooked twice Belgian style in a deep fryer bought at the Plat Pays. Vegetarian burgers, Hot-dogs, milkshakes, coffee-shops, USA sodas, American beers and Californian wines complete a menu with a strong American flavor. Entry price of a menu (burger, fries, drink): 8.90€.

vannes roadside burgers right side dining sep20

This time I ordered the new burger Kansas, with mushrooms, bacon and the works on two patties of beef. The regular cone filled fries, real can of Fanta orange soda , and my Strawberry milkshake. In all the bill came to 17 Euros per person but my sons eat and eat double!!!!

vannes roadside burgers buzzer sep20

The restaurant is very central in the new section of Vannes surrounded by all our popular stores who are on either side of the voie express or expressway N165. Exact location 135 Avenue de la Marne. And there hope you enjoy it as we did in our routine in beautiful Vannes.

The official Roadside webpage on the Vannes branch here:

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

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