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December 19, 2020

Paris, here I come again !!!

I am running out of titles for Paris !! This is my continuation of the black and white old posts been rejuvenated, updated, revised. And me having fun going over them again, hope you too ,thanks for reading along. This is Paris, here I come again!!!

Yes, Paris is a place to come back again and again, And ,if you are lucky enough to have worked there and lived nearby in Versailles you have the best in the world. Now that I am away starting a new chapter in my life in Bretagne , especifically the Morbihan dept 56, every chance to come over is for excitement and nostalgia.

I was there by Montparnasse then Porte Maillot,and walk on the Champs-Elysées to the ave de la Grande Armée,grand indeed. Let me catch up with some of the latest from Paris. Little things to do in the most beautiful city in the world!!!!!!!!!

Electric cars will be available in the gare de Lyon to do your trip in the city, just go to the Avis counter there. This will begin November 21th 2011,  and you can rent for half a day or full day. Marseille will have it too. You should know due to heavy work to improve the railroad lines in France, (a never ending process lol!) schedules will change as of December 11th for 85% of the train network in France. The work will continue in 2012.

The Grand Palais there was an event on the story of video games at the galerie sud-est. Great it is stronger now these video games lol! A wonderful retrospective on Spanish paintings from Zuloaga to Velazquez was held at the Musée de l’Orangerie in the jardin des tuileries. There was a great showing of Chinese history at the Louvre to January 9 2012, every day from 9h to 18h except tuesdays, with night admission to 22h on wednesdays and fridays. You go in by the pyramide du louvre  cour napoleon .The program is call “La Cité Interdite”  or the forbidden city.

At the Musée du Luxembourg, you saw the “3Cézanne et Paris” expo to February 26 2012; from 9h to 22h on fridays to mondays,and 10h to 20h on tuesdays to thursdays. The museum is by the French senat and famous garden at 19 rue de Vaurigard, metro lines 4 and 10 Odéon as well as RER B Luxembourg. Also, buses 58, 82, 84,and 89 takes you there too.

The BHV store at rue de Rivoli ,near the Hôtel de Ville is opening from December 5 to the 18 a new resto bar at the top with great views of Paris, entrance on 55 rue de la Verrerie , the charge will be 10€ admission plus one cocktail included, from 17h to 20h.  Blue lights, lounge music,white tents for a polar and romantic ambiance !

More and more Parisien and France restos are using board, black tables, and chalk boards to announce the menu; the traditional cartes will slowly disappears. Wait now for the electronic tablettes and sms text menus too. One of my sons broke his D&G glasses but luckily wont cost to replace as we had insurance, done by next saturday lol!! He is happy now ,and dad too ::)

Versace will be sold at H&M stores all over, it will be under SA Collection name. Check it out in Paris too; at this moment Christmas is in the air in Paris, therefore, Karl Lagerfeld and Vanessa Paradis open the windows at Au Printemps, and Charles Winston after a concert at the rooftop did it for Galeries Lafayette. Tony Parker, the French basketball player did it at Disneyland, and Audrey Tautou, the French actress will do for the illuminations at the Champs-Elysées.

There is a new fragrance of Lolita Lempicka call Si Lolita now out.  Now the new thingy is that this Christmas will be a British Christmas in Paris. That means lots of British motifs and clothes, and fragrances, etc etc. My boys will love it. Just read Sylvia Fendi of the famous name just love South Beach, Miami Beach, Florida USA lol! And one of her favorites is to go by Little Havana, and eat at Garcia’s Seafood Grill and Fish market!

New areas chic to discover in Paris, around Bastille, go to Rue de Charonne, rue Keller, for a feast of colors, with plenty of mangas, tattoos, and bars until very late…. by the Rue Roquette, plenty of Latin bars awaits you. Getting near pl de la Republique (one of my best areas) check out Rue Oberkampf, rue Saint-Maur, at the crossing with rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud with the best bistros full of people with the world. Dont forget to stop by the new cultural info center at the Pavillon de l’Arsenal ,metro Sully-Morland, and Bastille.

Just in France will have again a luxury cruise liner call FRANCE in 2015. Alain Ducasse the great chef is designing the 8 restaurants the boat will have!!! A boat of 17 bridges, 260 meters long, and 640 passenger capacity. It will come of the shipyard of St Nazaire not far from Nantes and me. It will a vitrine or window shop for all that is luxury and good of France.  This of course to relieve the first boat call France, I am sure those cruisers will know what I am talking about, and those new should get on this one, it is the ultimate. However, the project was never completed and the story ended. For reference, the first France cruise liner became the Norway, and by the end of its life the Blue Lady. Finally, the cruise liner was completely dismantled in India in 2008.

As for us it was time to head back home to my new Morbihan in Bretagne near the coast ,another heaven in France. Hope you enjoy the updated version trying to keep some of the old info for nostalgia’s sake. Thanks for reading it

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

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December 19, 2020

The medieval in Paris!!!

And here we go deep , really back,no not in my blog, but in Paris, it is old you know. We seems to think after all those novels, and movies that Paris started in the 1920’s but is actually way back. We think of French history and is old, but really it goes way back. And I did a couple of posts on the medieval in Paris but wil condense, update in this post.  You can see my post on the wonderful Cluny elsewhere in my blog. This was to be a black and white post but found a couple believe not in the post as yet that coincide with this post!!!

When searching for old Paris, nothing can get any better than the areas around Cluny, Sens, and the Village Saint Paul. All on both side of the Seine river in the  rive droite or right bank  or rive gauche or left bank of Paris.

And if we come into the medieval in Paris , we see that is not surprising that the Seine river separates three parts of medieval Paris. These were the Center, Cité, and Seine island who was the religious center of the city with the Royal Palace on the east, University on the south and on the north the population with the shops etc. In the Cité, with the justice palace of today occupied until king  Charles V  that today we have the Holy Chapel or Sainte Chapelle ,and the Conciergerie. You have the Hôtel Saint Pol, built by  Charles V, the hôtel des Tournelles, royal residence of kings  Charles VIII to Henri II. Notre Dame Cathedral as well as the Churches of  Saint Germain l’Auxerrois, Saint Gervais, Saint Julien, big abbeys like that of Sainte Geneviève, and Saint Marcel.

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By the rue Saint-Denis (1éme), former rue des Triomphes, that was the old road to the Saint-Denis Basilica where the kings are buried, you had the fountain or  fontaine des Innocents done by the Mérovingiens kings. In 1187, king Philippe Auguste ordered built a wall to separate the neighboring markets and had built two buildings for the market which were eventually closed in 1780 for sanitary conditions.  Two million parisians are buried and their bones carried into the catacombes under the place called Tombe-Issoire (14éme). In the Marais, at the  rue des Jardins-Saint-Paul ,king Philippe Auguste ordered built a fortified wall around 1190 to 1209 before departing to the crusades. The remains of this wall of about 5,1 km long and 9 meters high with a tower of 60 meters high such as the tour Montgomery to the poterne Saint-Paul are to be seen in the sport field in the Jardins-Saint-Paul.

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The wooden houses with a typical architecture of the north of France and covered with plasters from the 17C to limit the risks of fire and later demolished in the 19C under Baron Haussmann ; you can still see some traces along  Rue François-Miron, two houses at No 11 and 13.  The plaques on the door tells you for the mower teacher or the enseigne du Faucheur ,and  the lambs teacher or the enseigne au mouton ; medieval house at No  12  of the rue des Barres on the angle of the rue du Grenier-sur-l’Eau.  The current youth lodging is the house of the Abbey of Maubuisson when they were in town it is at no 44-46 rue François-Miron.  The seat today of the historical Paris association is an old home that was owned by Cistercian monks from the abbey of Notre-Dame d’Ourscamp, received in donation in 1248; the current house dates from the end of the 16C with a surprise in the basement a cellar from the 13C of about 200 square meters; this house of d’Ourscamp had a treasury , a court of wood.  At the Rue des Archives, facade in bricks from the 15C is now an elementary school at  38- 42  before house a noble family member of  Jacques Cœur, the financier of the king Charles VII, that was for him ,himself originally from Bourges, seems never occupied it. The location is strange as the house was at rue de l’Homme-Armé, a street gone today after the enlargement of the  rue des Archives in the 19C.

You can easily trace a route on foot from the cour Carrée du Louvre and the donjon or fortress of the Louvre (now the museum) you come up and cross the street rue de l’Admiral de Coligny, and voilà you are in front of the Church of Saint Germain l’Auxerrois, one of the oldest in Paris. The tower next to it does not belong to the church but to the mayors office of the 1er arrondissement or district of Paris and built in the 19C. Better see the gothic porch in front of the church of flamboyant gothic style the only in Paris together with the Sainte-Chapelle. The royal family came many times to pray here,and about this time going on the quai de la Mégisserie along the Seine was the territory of the tanners and saddle makers.

By today’s pont du Change (old Grand-Pont) you have the great meatcutters area after being sold the animals from the nearby Champeaux (today Les Halles). The Church of Saint Jacques only remains the tower or Tour Saint-Jacques today. If coming back to the place du Chatelet you can imagine there once stood the Grand Châtelet ,a huge fortress where the provost of Paris lived and was raze in the First Empire period (Napoleon I). A bit down you will come to the place de la Gréve where stands the Hôtel de Ville. The most important harbor port of the city was here as boats load and discharge merchandise on the Seine.

One of my most marvel buildings is near the place de la République near the old port des Célestins stands the magnificent Hôtel de Sens, 1 rue de Figuier (today its the library Forney since 1961 (see post)). It has French style gardens and flamboyant  architecture style. The archbishop of Sens Tristan de Salazar ,made built his residence from 1475 to 1519 here. The famous queen Margot was one of its residents, and at less than 100 mèters (130 ft) the lycée (High School) Charlemagne where the kids played football (soccer) at the foot of the oldest longest remaining old fortress wall of Paris built by king Philippe Auguste(bordering the rue des jardins-Saint-Paul)  ,just in front of the Church of Saint Paul Saint Louis, and behind the beginnings of the Village Saint Paul, where the stores are now in the old garden of king Charles V that used to lived in the Hôtel Saint Pol destroyed in the 16C.

You can continue your walk towards rue Figuier et de Fourcy to reach rue François-Miron, and from here the rue des Archives where at No 58 you will see the door of Hôtel de Clisson (built 1371 and now the national archives museum). A bit down at No 24 rue des Archives a door hides the only medieval cloister still in Paris, this is the Cloître des Billettes with its magnificent flamboyant ceilings , something to come and see.

Moving now towards the rive gauche or left bank , you can continue see the old fortified walls of Paris of king Philippe Auguste. At No 27 rue Mazarine you can come to the basement of the public parking second lower level to see the wall for several meters. At No 34 rue Dauphine, a kino medical cabinet occupies an old wall where you can see the foundations coming to the cellars of the building (need permission from the private cabinet but usually granted),and you need a flashlight. At the window of the old Maison de la Catalogne (house of Catalunya) on No 4 cour du Commerce-Saint-André.  Cross over the carrefour de l’Odéon and go up rue de l’Ecole-de-Médecine to the old convent of Cordeliers (know by a rope monks carried around their waist) ,where the teaching were done even before the Sorbonne and where Danton had its club des Cordeliers in 1790.

At the other side of boulevard Saint-Michel you see the Hôtel de Cluny (see post)  ,another middle ages look in Paris.  It was the Paris residence of the abbeys of Cluny in Burgundy, it is a building from the end of the 15C and was build to put together all their colleges (first were by place de la Sorbonne) and their gardens (near the Thérmes). It now houses the museum of the Middle Ages at 6 place Paul-Painlevé, 5éme.  The temperatures are kept at 55% humidity levels constant, the tapisseries are hit with a low light as well as the Lady in the Unicorn, and temp are kept by room depending on the expose article. Do you know the American series Les Sopranos was filmed here? A must place to visit in Paris.

I did it all on my own with locals and family who works at the mairie or mayor’s office of Paris, but there are many good guides such as those shown in the city of Paris webpage: https://www.paris.fr/pages/sur-les-traces-du-paris-medieval-3584

More general information from the Paris tourist office on medieval Paris: https://en.parisinfo.com/what-to-see-in-paris/info/guides/history-of-paris/important-dates-in-the-history-of-paris/Medieval-Paris

Hope you have enjoy this little walking tour of medieval Paris!!! We love to walk this wonderfully beautiful city, not the glitter but the architecture and history in most of its buildings is awesome. A truly romantic place where anyone can fall in love, I did in 1990!!! Paris is eternal even back in medieval times!

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

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December 19, 2020

Wines news of France VIII !!

Again, my fav going back to my wines and of course when I say wines I mean France! The epicenter of it all, copied imitated but never surpassed, simply the best. I will indulge into this hobby of mine once in a while in my blog as part of my anecdotes of France as part of the slogan of my blog. Hope you enjoy it as I do!

And of the greatest event on wine just came to an end. In the most difficult of years and they had a record, goes to show you the power of French wines or in this case Burgundy/Bourgogne! 

The 160th Hospices de Beaune wine auction has the second best result in its history!!!  The 160th Hospices de Beaune Wine Sale, which took place last December 13, 2020 in a strict sanitary framework, achieved excellent results. The Grande Halle de Beaune was able to accommodate 170 people, 80 of which had bidding panels. During this sale, the estate offered 474 pieces of red wine and 156 pieces of white wine. With the Presidents’ Piece and the spirits (9 pieces), the entire sale totals the second best result for the sale of the Domaine des Hospices de Beaune.

Nine new records were recorded in average price:

BÂTARD MONTRACHET GRAND CRU CUVÉE DAMES DE FLANDRES. ECHÉZEAUX GRAND CRU CUVÉE JEAN-LUC BISSEY. CORTON BLANC GRAND CRU CUVÉE DOCTEUR PESTE.  CORTON GRAND CRU DOCTEUR PESTE.  CLOS DE LA ROCHE CUVÉE CYROT-CHAUDRON. CORTON GRAND CRU CUVÉE CHARLOTTE DUMAY.  POMMARD GRAND CRU – LES EPENOTS CUVÉE DOM GOBLET. MAZIS-CHAMBERTIN GRAND CRU CUVÉE COLLIGNON. MEURSAULT PREMIER CRU – LES GENEVRIÈRES CUVÉE PHILIPPE LE BON.

This year, the Hospices de Beaune had chosen to devote the funds raised by the Presidents’ Piece to hospital staff in France and their families directly affected by the epidemic via La Fédération hospitalière de France, supported by Marc Lavoine. Great initiative and cause well deserving.

For this anniversary edition, the Hospices de Beaune put on sale a unique 228-liter charity piece: Clos de la Roche Grand Cru. The sale allowed the Hospital Federation of France to collect the total sum of 780,000 euros.

And do you know, Aubert de Villaine in Vosne-Romanée? The owner of the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti! of Burgundy.  Because wine, for Monsieur de Villaine, is much more than wine , even if it is the most famous and the most sought after in the world. It is a point of crystallization of all aspects of civilization. Both a skill and one of the fine arts. In 2020, in Burgundy, the year was exceptional. In barrels, the cask and Romanée-Conti cuvées already have incomparable strength, elegance, liveliness, power and fruitiness. In 2020. From north to south and east to west of France, French winegrowers are talking about a fantastic year. Seek it out folks indeed glorious.

And one of my all time favorites is celebrating its 100th anniversary of the acquisition of Château Léoville Poyferré, the second classified growth of Saint-Julien, by the Cuvelier family in 1920, and should be celebrated with dignity. The H. Cuvelier & Fils trading house, specializing in the trade of great Bordeaux wines and Grands Crus Classés from Médoc in a geographical area which stretched from Normandy to Flanders via England , the three cousins, Paul, Albert and Gonzague Cuvelier, parted in the middle of their pomaded hair, gaited shoes, false collar, fitted waistcoat, cigar and jacket, have quite simply decided to treat themselves to Château Le Crock. A 32 hectare gravel vineyard estate and its splendid park on the Marbuzet plateau in Saint-Estèphe.  The Cuvelier Family estates includes Le Crock, Moulin Riche and Léoville Poyferré .

The 80-hectare estate is one of the stars of the smallest of the four flagship communes of the Médoc. Located between Margaux and Pauillac, left bank of the Gironde estuary, Saint-Julien is renowned for its homogeneity. Of the nineteen wineries that share the 920 hectares of the appellation, eleven are classified as an AOC that has no first or fifth. The origins of Léoville Poyferré go back to 1638

At that time, Maître Jean de Moytié, a notable Bordeaux resident, owned the largest wine-growing property in the region on Mont-Moytié. Taken over in 1740 by Alexandre de Gasq, Lord of Léoville, who gave it its name, it remained intact until the eve of the French revolution. Of course, nationalise and sold as national property, partly bought back in 1826 by its owner, the Marquis de Las Cases, (his own property!!) and the Irishman Hugh Barton, the estate was split for the first time. On the one hand, Léoville, on the other Léoville Barton. In 1840, the son Las Cases, Pierre-Jean, Marshal of the Empire and biographer of Napoleon at Sainte-Hélène, and his sister Jeanne, wife of Baron Jean-Marie de Poyferré, each took their share. Today, there are therefore three independent estates: Léoville Las Cases, Barton and Poyferré

Bought in 1920 by the Cuveliers, the heritage of Léoville Poyferré has remained in the same family and in its entirety since that date. The Léoville Poyferré, which belongs to Sara Lecompte-Cuvelier, is a terroir planted with 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc, the four king grape varieties of Saint-Julien. Wines of great elegance, they are aged with respect for the environment.

Due to the current virus, the 2020 vintage is excellent.  As well as the 2018, 2019 and 2020 an exceptional trilogy, the harvest has returned, the wine  warm in barrels… it is impossible to celebrate it. Everything is suspended. For the director, two options: either prepare a teasing in anticipation of the first fruits in spring 2021. Or, wait wisely 2022. After all, why not? What are twenty-four short months in the history of a cru as prestigious as Léoville Poyferré? Decisions decisions to bottled it or not, we will see the world awaits!

Inspired of the Champagne  authors capable of returning them to the bottles of the great houses, Anselme Selosse, the incomparable winegrower of Avize, promises a future other than standardization for the cooperatives which produce their vintages with grapes from different harvesters. The cooperative could become for a certain number of members a nursery of nuggets. the mention CM ( grape handling cooperative) on ​​the label. Let us direct it towards the Champagne Le Brun de Neuville produced in Bethon, a village with the Romanesque church of the 15C located on the chalky hillsides of the Sézannais, south of the Côte des Blancs. Year after year, it invites the 199 members of Champagne Le Brun de Neuville, who operate 150 ha, of which a third of the grapes are destined for cooperative, to move towards organic farming by resuming soil tillage.

It is the body and soul of Sézannais chardonnay (90% of the grape) that most of the 16 LBN Champagnes vintages allow to discover. According to our heart, an advantage to the Extra white, delicate, floral, full of freshness, to the 2008 vintage, a pulpy and sunny Chardonnay, and to the La Croisée des Chemins cuvée, a blanc de noirs et de blancs , a nice name to revisit the classic Champagne pinot (30%) and chardonnay (70%) blend which here manifests elegance and depth.

And I leave with some thoughts on wines by greater men;enjoy it

“In victory, you deserve Champagne. In defeat you need it.” Napoleon Bonaparte

“Beer is made by men, wine by God.” Martin Luther

“The discovery of a wine is of greater moment than the discovery of a constellation. The universe is too full of stars.” Benjamin Franklin

“Wine is the most healthful and most hygienic of beverages.” Louis Pasteur

“Wine is the most civilized thing in the world”. Ernest Hemingway

Wine… the intellectual part of the meal”. Alexandre Dumas

And there you go folks a bit of wines for the Holiday season could be heaven on earth. We are fully stocked and our Pommery is ready and cold, you are welcome. Again early perhaps but I am forgetful these days. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all my readers celebrating it as we do.

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

December 19, 2020

We do have a Fontainebleau!!!

Oh yes one of my favorite castles of France and my first ever visited back in 1990, when I came to be shown this castle by my girlfriend then wife of 28 years, my dear late Martine! It has a love affair ever since ,and proud member of the Friends of the castle. It has so much in architecture and history of France, its huge and of course of the world.

Let me tell you some areas not have touch base much yet and they are sublime. These I believe… are new pictures into my blog from various years. Oh yes ,we do have a Fontainebleau!

Between 1856 and 1858, Empress Eugenie undertook a complete renovation of the furnishings in her grand salon at the Château de Fontainebleau. Her choice fell on Louis XVI period furniture from two distinct sets which were covered with the same fabric with a white background embroidered with flowers; these were two sofas from the Garde-Meuble (the storage of royal belonging by the French govt)   belonging to a larger set and a series of richly decorated seats. And sculptures taken from the throne room and the chapel of the Château de Fontainebleau. Then she had another Louis XVI piece of painted wood furniture placed, which she then sent to the Petit Trianon. The most striking element in her approach was that she arranged in Fontainebleau antique furniture and not of style as can be seen in the large salons of the other imperial residences.

The dining table, place of the spectacle of power since the Ancien Régime, becomes for the Emperor the stake of a staging with great pomp of his regime reviving the monarchical tradition. Evolving in the codes of the old monarchy, the Emperor resuscitates, on the occasion of his marriage to Marie-Louise on April 1, 1810, a ceremonial large table where the monarchical etiquette reigns around a table drawn up with the large vermeil, some exceptional pieces of which are presented in the glass cabinet windows.

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The Grand Parterre or large garden, or even king’s garden was created under François Ier, and redrawn under Henri IV then redrawn by André Le Nôtre. The Tiber and Romulus basins take their name from a sculptural group that adorned them successively in the 16C and 17C. Melted during the French revolution, the Tiber, cast again after the original preserved in the Louvre, has now regained its place. The central basin was adorned in 1817 with a basin succeeding a rock-shaped fountain called the « pot bouillant » or boiling pot which existed on this site in the 17C. Enclosed by walls between 1528 and 1533, it was imagined a pleasure pavilion for this garden. Arranged between 1660 and 1664, it included scrolls forming the figures of King Louis XIV and Queen Mother Anne of Austria, which disappeared in the 18C. The terraces were planted with lime trees under Napoleon I. The waterfalls basin was built in 1661-1662 at the end of the Parterre, but since the 18C, it has only a basin with niches decorated with marble. The basin is decorated in its center, since 1866, with an Eagle defending its prey in bronze.To recap, the Bassin de Romulus, created by André le Nôtre between 1660- 1664 is the central basin in a square shape . In the round basin there is the statue to Tiber near the forest done in resin as souvenir of the bronze melted during the French revolution.

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Today it is the only Napoleonic salle du Trône or throne room still in existence with its furniture. The Grand Salon and the Empress’s bedroom are also in a First Empire state. Napoleon’s interior apartment was completely refurbished from 1804. The most spectacular room remains the Emperor’s bedroom which was then the bedroom of all the sovereigns until 1870. The small bedroom, the living room particular known as the « salon de l’Abdication » or abdication room, the « passage des bains » or alley of the baths, the living room of the field helpers constitute the continuation of an apartment magnificently restored from 1987 to 1995. The Small apartments of the Emperor and the Empress installed on the ground floor under the François Ier gallery were fitted out in 1808 and 1810 and reserved for the personal use of the imperial couple.

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In the Grand Parterre then in the courtyards of the Castle, you can walk along the aqueducts of François I and Henri IV, and will see the very complex water networks that are in particular the Cour Henri IV, Place d’Armes and Cour des Adieux. You can trace where the foundations of the first Saint Saturninus Chapel consecrated by Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury are located, foundations that have been sought for a long time. In the Jardin de Diane, it has been found the bases of the Fontaine de la Volière, the foundations of another chapel, the limits of the Orangery and the Galerie des Chevreuils, as well as an underground passage starting from the Oval Court and going towards the Porte des Mathurins.

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At Fontainebleau ,the water follows a fairly complex topography between high points and low point: the Grand Canal occupies the course of the Changis stream or creek and is located with the Grande Prairie at the bottom of three steep slopes. The Porte Blanche or white gate and the Porte Rouge or red gate, which have kept their original names, are located about 17 meters and 14 meters above the level of the Grand Canal respectively. The Miroir is at about 11 meters, the Pépinière at 12.5 meters, and the Grand Parterre at about 5 meters. The Ponds are at an altitude of 20 meters lower than that of the Porte Blanche. The Porte Blanche becomes a very frequented entrance to the Castle from the moment the train arrives at Avon in 1849. From the Porte Blanche veins leave at high volume towards the Porte de Changis, towards the Ponds, both at a altitude 20 meters lower, and towards the Napoleon’s Fountain where you can observe a change in the direction of flow of the waterfalls.

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A unique spot at least by us is the Place d’Armes, which is in the neighborhood of Henri IV in Fontainebleau. The square is dominated by the Grand Portail, worthy of a royal entrance. The Oval Court of François Ier , built on the medieval site, was the heart of the Castle. Henry IV decided to precede it with a forecourt to house his kitchens, hence the name of the Cour des Offices or the Uffizi Court. But since it also provided space for the mounts and cars of its guests, he made it the main entrance to the castle. The ensemble was built between 1606 and 1609. This majestic entrance deserved the creation of a royal square, largely open to the city and surrounded by beautiful, orderly houses. The king’s death in 1610 halted work and the place envisaged was not really marked out but simply cleared. To the left of the Henri IV façade, a gate allows you to reach the Grand Parterre, the largest in Europe, the work of the gardener André Le Nôtre . On your right, continuing along rue de la Chancellerie, you will reach the city center.

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And of course, changes again, we move on do not know if better. Our favorite parking since coming here in 1990 has been change. The parking lot at Place d’Armes is schedule to be removed by December 31, 2019. The castle and the city are coordinated around the project to renovate and manage the Henri IV neighborhood, which will soon have a new entrance. The project, which for the moment has not been disclosed in details by the castle, in fact plans to use the grandiose portal of the cour des offices or Uffizi by Henry IV, inspired by the Vatican Belvedere. The Henri IV neighborhood will eventually make it possible to welcome visitors for a new circuit visit, as well as new facilities such as a reception center for young audiences, an auditorium or even restaurants.   The castle was hoping for an opening in 2021, but due to current events will have to wait: This project is still relevant, it is a major stake for the development of the castle. The opening of the gates is scheduled between 2023 and 2025 now.

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The city of Fontainebleau on the castle: https://www.fontainebleau.fr/seduisante/fontainebleau-ville-imperiale-aux-portes-de-paris/la-vraie-demeure-des-rois-la-maison-des-siecles-524.html

The Fontainebleau tourist office on the castle: https://www.fontainebleau-tourisme.com/en/discover-the-region/patrimoine-2/the-chateau-a-grand-history-book-of-france/

The official Château de Fontainebleau: https://www.chateaudefontainebleau.fr/en/

There, is in, another special post for me on my beloved dear Fontainebleau, can’t wait to be back as soon as possible. There are places , one cannot be tired of seeing, and the city of Fontainebleau and its castle are top on the list. Hope you enjoy it as I did writing it.

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

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