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October 28, 2020

My best restaurants in Versailles!!!

Well since I am with the resto bug, might as well continue. Versailles was my town where I lived for 10 years, and it’s time to update this list now that I come back just to visit from Brittany. The original post was done in 2011!!! Looking back, I realized was not into going out so much as cooking in house but then again there are a few.

By now, I have done Restaurant lists in some of the mayor areas I have been so see France, Brittany, Madrid, Mexico etc in my blog. The France post I did some times for eating habits here ,but for the rest I just tell you about the names of my favorite local restos,bars, cafes, etc.

Le Boeuf à la Mode, 4 Rue au Pain, 78000, ,this is the sublime cozy romantic, French traditional restaurant of old I like to seek and keep. It was our favorite while there. Very near Castle on the marche Notre Dame area tuck away in rue au pain ,but well known.  You wont go wrong here for an evening in Versailles.  webpage:

Relais de Poste, 2 Rue des Etats Généreaux. Well this one is a simple clasic old post relay place tuck by the direction of the Chantiers train station ; but close enough to the Rive Gauche train station too. If you want simple French food amongst locals then come here, its one of my favorites for lunch. Now new owner and name Le Paris Versailles is there, their webpage:

Broadway Cafe, 15 rue Ducis, by the marche Notre Dame around the old bays of the market the street goes around them. Tex-Mex well done and nice Coronas, great for lunch and inexpensive. No webpage

Sister’s Cafe, 15 rue des Réservoirs.An American in Versailles. hamburgers, big juicy like back in the old home all made to order, plus big salads another great lunch suggestions. Right by the street on the right side of chateau looking at it,cant missed it right past the théatre Montansier same sidewalk. More here:

Au Chien qui Fume, 72 rue de la paroisse, Tel  +33 01 39 53 14 56,
near church Notre Dame and marché Notre Dame. A great institution of the highest French culinary experience, great for dinner,you can’t go wrong here.  Here since 1839 serving delicious oyesters dishes. webpage

Angelina, Cour des Princes, pavillon d’Orléans, Chateau de Versailles.  Tel  +33 01 39 20 08 32.  It also has a coffee shop at the Maison du Suisses in the Petit Trianon building inside chateau properties. Refine as the Paris legendary store, a must for pastries and hot chocolates for me! Our break from walks and jogging in the gardens by the Petit Trianon! More here:

La Flotille, Parc du Chateau, by the Grand Canal inside Chateau property.  Another classic in the Chateau de Versailles with great views over the Grand Canal in the terrace in summers. Great menus from 26€ but try the monkfish dish delicious . webpage

Taverne de Maitre Kanter, 5 Rue Colbert. Later it became the Pavillon Colbert by 2019 , and now closed.  Tuck away right to your left coming out of chateau, little street, cozy with great views over the parvis ,and splendind Alsacien cuisine, I go for the Choucroutes Lol! Here just for the memories

Brasserie du Théatre, 15 rue des Réservoirs, Just next to you guess it, Théatre Montansier(marie antoinette love it), I love the food and be in history right in my city, cant go wrong for the ambiance and decor.  webpage:

Bistrot du Boucher, 12 rue André Chénier, in the marché Notre Dame area as well. It’s a chain but great, traditional old fashion French cuisine and great cuts of beef par excellence. webpage here :

Le Montbauron, 23 rue Jouvencel . This is the perfect place to have a nice simple dinner and a great evening of pool playing American and European styles. Great ambiance.  Best way to get here is come up chateau on ave de Paris straight past govt building on your left ave de l’Europe, continue 100 meters and the next street to your left is rue Jouvencel. More info here:

Le Saint Claire, 2 Rue de Satory, right by castle on the Sceaux side to your right coming out of Chateau. Great terrace in summers looking at Chateau for wonderful views, service is continous. Live music. Traditional French cuisine, webpage:

La Crêperie Royale, 5 Boulevard du Roi. If you want something light and very French try a Crêpe, great tasting with different combinations, and wont bulge your wallet. Walk to your left from Chateau, continue going around it and you will get to rue des Résérvoirs stay on this road that changes name to boulevard du Roi ,the crêperie is on your left hand side. Easy walk and see the city Lol!!! webpage:

Pizzeria César by Simone Zanoni , 8 avenue due Général de Gaulle. When you want to eat pizza but not from the chains, this is it, and live karaoke music too, great ambiance especially in the evening, and great for the budget menus from 14,50€ to 18€ in the evenings. From rive gauche train station RER cross the street and its on the Les Manéges building. webpage:

Subway , 35 rue du Maréchal Foch. Yes you got it its the American sandwich chain, all over Paris but has one in Versailles, when my rave for the old calls for this is the place to go ,close to me and my kids school. Very friendly fast service. So bring your simple big inexpensive appetite to this store. More here:

Pub O’ Paris, 15 rue Colbert. The place for sports and beer and have a great time very near the Chateau just to your left going out. This is the rugby and football/soccer place to be in the evenings, live music, and just great friendly time. Come and be merry; webpage

Les Caves du Roi Soleil, 5 Passage Géole. An old institution of prison for reformers,now a bar/danse club, great ambiance and very quiet normal people great for all ages. you have different themes with especially the Tuesday evening champagne soirée. Just by the marché Notre Dame north area to your left. Something to let you loose while in old Versailles ;more here:

Planéte Food, 7 Rue du Général Leclerc,  simple kebabs Lebanese and Greek foods well done, clean, inexpensive delicious for the lunch taker or quick bite family. Many students come here including mine. Very near Castle, from train rive gauche turn right on second street turn right the resto is on your right hand side. From castle ,turn right take first at Sceaux left then on Satory turn right into Rue du Gen Leclerc turn left , resto on your left hand side. Now open for take outs.

Le Canard d’Or, 30 bis rue des Résérvoirs. The best Chinese resto in town, very near Castle just go around to your left coming out and take the last street as rue des résérvoirs turn right and the resto is on your right hand side about 200 meters.  webpage:

Not really a full restaurant per se, but as the only hotel that I can recommend because been there as a lodging tourist and visit as a resident and know it very well is the Hotel du Cheval Rouge , 18 Rue André Chenier off the Marché Notre Dame. You are in the middle of it all ,walking distance maybe 7 minutes to the chateau, it is an old horse stables of the king and now a hotel with breakfast and inner court private parking. webpage :

Well these are my favorites,over time living and visiting Versailles and its area. There are many more to explore! I was last there in November 2019. Hope you can enjoy them when stopping by my beloved Versailles.

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

October 28, 2020

My best Shopping in Versailles!!!

Ok so here I am again ,updating my blog as this post was done early on when I started blogging! And of course, it needs a complete revamping. Just short lived in Versailles for almost sublime 10 years! and last visited in November 2019.

Everybody’s favorite subject,and the family past time lol! Having a large family shopping is an event, and one to have patient and enjoy it. I would like to share with my readers some of my favorites hunts in Versailles and nearby, these are my choices for a local living point of view but it can be use by visitors too. Of course, will leave you the shopping inside the castle in another post. Hope it helps.

We are big fan of the L’Occitane for many many years, the store in Versailles is very nice and friendly getting you nice products from Provence. 39 rue de la Paroisse.  It is very near the collegiale Notre Dame Church and our former home. Open from tuesdays to fridays 10h-13h30 and 14h30-19h, Saturdays 10h-19h; Sundays 10h-13h and English is spoken.,74,1,b02OCST059.htm

For jewerly, watches, etc the favorite in town is Eté Joaillier 38 rue de la Paroisse, next to l’Occitane store above Open tuesdays to saturdays 10h30-13h and 14h30-19h.

Bags ,handbags, leather, and travel accessories the ultimate is the Le Tanneur, 7 place Hoche, not far from us neither. open tuesdays to saturdays from 10h to 1çh30, Saturdays and Sundays from 10h -19h30.

For gifts, souvenirs, t shirts , you come here Select Souvenir, 6 ave Gén de Gaulle, in the Les Manéges building across from RER C station rive gauche-château. Plenty to see on way in or out of Versailles.  Open tuesdays to Saturdays from 10h to 19h. And you might had met my oldest son worked here!!! And no webpage!

For flowers , the lady in the house went just over Au Nom De La Rose at nearby 21 rue de la Paroisse.

For toys, kids games of European and French design and fabrication you cant beat. La Cabane De Louison, 69 rue de la Paroisse.

For wines ,other than going to the chain Nicolas, my favorite is at  50 rue de la Paroisse . Open tuesdays to fridays 9h30-13h and 15h to 20h , Saturdays 9h30 to 13h and 15h-20h ,Sundays 9h30 to 13h.

You can definitively be satisfied at Aux Caves du Chateau, 9 place Hoche. Wines, spirits,champagnes, with gifts in mind too, and artisan beers all since 1840. Open tuesdays to saturdays from10h-13h and 15h-19h30. Sundays in the mornings 10h-13h too. English spoken.

For cheeses go to Fromagerie Le Gall ,in the marché Notre Dame building named Carré à la Marée. open tuesdays to sundays 7h30 to 13h and 16h to 19h, closed Wednesday ,and sundays afternoons. English spoken. the best cheeses in town from all regions of France including the real ones from the farm to you.

For teas from around the world and to find that rare one, the one to visit is La Route du Thé, 26 rue de Satory,on the ave Sceaux side of chateau. open tuesdays to saturdays from 10h30 to 19h, English spoken.

For chocolates try the real thing from a local chocolatier, Yves Thuriés Chocolatier, 37 rue de la Paroisse, near church collegiale de Notre Dame. All is made in house from 100% cocoa beans of the best regions, also try the macarons and pâtes de fruit.

Of course, have a separate post on this but could not forget, the market or marché public, my all time favorite, and regular as noted above in the cheese store is the Marché de Notre Dame and Halles Notre Dame, the difference is the Marché is open air, fruits, veggies, etc alternating with a clothing market while the Halles are covered market dating from the domaine de Clagny c1665. There in the carré Notre Dame . You get here from chateau follow straight out to your left and take ave Saint Cloud to the corner of ave de l’Europe and rue Marechal Foch, you take a left and the marché is right in front of your eyes. Marché open Tuesdays, Fridays,and Sundays from 7h30 to 14h , and the Halles open tuesdays to saturdays 7h to 19h30, some Mondays and Sundays from 7h to 14h. 

If you prefer buying flowers in a market to take home, then the best is at sidewalks on ave Saint Cloud just by the underground parking Saint Cloud corner ave de l’Europe. Open Tuesdays,Fridays,Saturdays all day and Sunday mornings. There are ,also, flowers at the Marché Notre Dame see above.

For all your Cigars needs, and pens, and wallets, and the best advice from all over the world products of great quality. Gifts, pens, and tabac specialties like lotto, and English spoken try La Havane, 21 rue Hoche.

For fish and seafood, of course I know, you need to have a kitchen but so what I also know many of you do when visiting so I am giving away my poissonnerie or fish market L’Espadon, Halles Notre Dame, Carré à la Marée, open as the Halles Market above.

And of course the bakeries cannot be forgotten, several are good, but my choice for the blog will be Boulangerie (Maison) Guinon at 60 rue de la Paroisse , doing it since 1802 and still the best, go for it when in town. Open Tuesdays to Fridays 9h To 14h.

For coffee lovers try La Finca, 15 rue de deux Portes.  At the area around the marche de Notre Dame on the chateau side as you stand in the center. Go around the Halles Notre Dame and it is there its a tiny place full of coffee grounders machines. And no webpage.

For groceries there are the Leader Price chain store at 58 rue de Chantiers (near train SNCF station)

Monoprix, 5 ave Georges Clémenceau (also a Monop by 27 Rue Carnot). 

Carrefour City is at 67 Avenue de Saint Cloud, end of Rue de la Paroisse. M-S 7h to 21h and Sundays 7h to 13h.

Franprix, 5 rue Rameau near our Notre Dame Collegiale Church. 7h30 to 20h30 Mondays to Saturdays and 9h to 12h Sundays!

You have bigger supermarkets outside if you have a car, but these in town are pretty good for your needs.

There are several good libraries or book stores in town , however, my favorite is Gibert & Joseph, 62 rue de la Paroisse, near Collegiale Church Notre Dame,  chain also in Paris.

For photos and we always need those we headed for Photo Station,  50 rue de la Paroisse. They are franchises, and have a general webpage here:

For clothing we shop sometimes at Damart as was my dear late wife Martine favorite at 43-45 rue de la Paroisse. Damart is a chain all over France.

I shop at Burton; 11 rue Georges Clemenceau.10h to 19h30. Mens clothing! and we have one out west near my current home now.

Another one we shop while in town Eram, 13 rue du maréchal Foch. Clothing for the family.

Haircuts at Jean Louis David when the family wanted as I did my own. 15 rue du maréchal Foch. Could not verify if still there but we did had at the Parly II shopping center in Le Chesnay-Rocquencourt. :

Pharmacies are many but my is at Pharmacie de la Place de Hoche, 6 Pl de Hoche. On the other side of the square nearer the palace of Versailles.

Several post offices too the one I use most is at La Poste ,47bis rue du Marechal Foch; between the market of Notre Dame and the train station rive droite.

Several banks including the Banque Populaire, Caisse d’Epargne, CIC , Credit Agricole, HSBC, La Poste, LCL , Societé Générale, but I did most the  BNP Paribas at 1 rue du Marechal Foch the most.

If you have problems with your laptop or computer while here like we did the moment we landed go to the pros at  VART electronique will definitively help you. They are at 42 ave de Saint Cloud. Any country will do, they do them all !!!  just north of the ave de l’Europe and ave saint cloud you go right to a side street call allée de l’avenue saint cloud. They have been there for ages…

if you are looking for antiques, head here first The Antiquaires de Versailles , you might save yourselves time. The site has all the info you need and good direction, see post. 

If you want to walk in a quaint old fashion street full of goodies and feel like in times past while enjoying nice little restos and small misc stores ready to wear clothing, then head for the Rue de deux Portes off rue Carnot to the marché Notre Dame . A wonderful old world walk that we enjoyed very much to take especially along on weekends.

Well I think I touch the most of old memories with updated text and webpages. Again, hope you enjoy this magical walk thru my beloved Versailles.

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

October 28, 2020

Fort La Latte!!!

And to finish my road warrior tour of the Côtes d’Armor dept 22 of my beautiful Bretagne I take you to a wonderful castle fort. This believe or not is my first time here as we have so much to see and I am catching up! The road D34 is a wonderful trip to take and you can see my post on it before.

For now let me tell you a bit on the Fort La Latte at Plévenon!

The Fort La Latte, or Château de la Roche Goyon, is a fortified castle located on the pointe de la Latte, near Cap Fréhel in the Côtes-d’Armor department 22 in the town of Plévenon in the bay of Saint-Malo. The castle was built in the 14C by the lord of Matignon, Étienne III Goüyon.

fort latte arriving oct20

Construction of the castle began in the 1340’s, its keep dates from 1365-1370. In 1379, following the return from exile of the Duke of Brittany Jean IV, the castle was besieged by Bertrand Du Guesclin. The castle was attacked and taken a second time in 1597 during the Wars of Religion, this attack by the Catholic League against the occupants loyal to Henry IV marked a time of abandonment of the castle which was partially burnt down. It was not until the 18C, under king Louis XIV, that the castle regained its strategic interest and was bastioned. From 1892 it was sold to various private owners before being bought by a passionate Frédéric Joüon Des Longrais in 1931 who undertook extensive restoration work. Electricity did not arrive at the castle until 2001. Albert II prince of Monaco pays a private visit to the castle, July 5, 2012 in the footsteps of his ancestors the Goyon Matignon.

fort latte entr trail oct20

The Fort La Latte has two towers, one opening onto the barbican, the other onto the courtyard of the castle; each has its own drawbridge. In the courtyard, there is a water cistern, a chapel, the various defensive means in particular the locations of the gun batteries, and of course the keep. On the way leading to the castle, one can observe a small standing menhir which according to legend would be Gargantua’s “tooth” or “finger”. In front of this first tower, there is also a ram and a pillory. The barbican is decorated with a small medieval garden. A tinker, a kind of catapult, as well as a panorama of the bay of St Malo are also present.   The courtyard is home to many amenities, such as the cistern, the chapel built under king Louis XIV, the governor’s home and the keep. Completely backfilled in the 17C to use cannons, the original medieval soil is up to eight meters deep below the current soil. The water tank cistern has a capacity of 20,000 Liters, was to be able to serve the entire garrison. There were eight guns under king Louis XIV. The larger ones had a shaft eight meters long. Fort La Latte also has a ball oven which used to heat the cannon balls red. The keep is equipped with machicolations and several types of loopholes: crossbow-shaped crossbows for crossbow shooting and very elongated single-slit archers for archery. Holes for shooting arquebus or smaller holes located on each side of the loopholes and bombard or larger holes. A line of bombardment is visible at the level of these loopholes and corresponds to the capture of the castle in the 16C which was accompanied by a cannonade of the keep.

fort latte entrance oct20

fort latte tower oct20

The tourist office of Dinan Cap Fréhel has more on the Fort La Latte in English:

The tourist office of Brittany on Cap Fréhel and Fort La Latte in English:

Official Fort La Latte webpage in French:

Hope you enjoy this marvel of architecture and history at Fort La Latte in Plévenon, Côtes d’Armor dept 22 of my lovely Bretagne. Another spot on my map and worth the detour indeed. We will be back for more.

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

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