Archive for May, 2021

May 31, 2021

Quiberon always fun!!

Well we are stepping out slowly with the new freedom of our controlled governments allowing us to be out from the virus. I was doing some heavy shopping on furniture with sofabed, dining chairs, and office chair , one of my twins got a new iphone as well and we did the groceries! uff load of things and driving around in two cars! Well we needed a break I thought , so why not go to our favorite beach area bar! I have written plenty on Quiberon and this bar in my blog but this is another stop and more newer pictures. Enjoy it as we always do!

And we went out to see my world and needed to visit my fav place to see it up close and personal again. Quiberon is it!! In case not reading before, this is the Presqu’île de Quiberon , a peninsula stretching out into the Atlantic ocean and the city of Quiberon sits at the end tip. Of course, in my beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne, and in my belle France!

We parked always nearby coming early at Parking Varquez, and easy not too many cars. And once settle down we walk the beat, all over the city center and the sea boulevard ,however, we end up at the Place Hoche, more like an esplanade really but officially a square Hoche. You have plenty to choose from all around as well as a wonderful promenade boulevard facing the beach and plenty of goodies.

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The air of the big beach or Grande Plage (see posts) is cooling you off while you stroll this square full of shops and especially places to eat and drink. We have tried them all! However, our favorite and a great friend by now is the L’Esplanade Café right on Place Hoche.

The spot is great for people watching as folks from the parkings need to walk by it to access the big beach or Grande Plage of Quiberon, simply awesome! We sat my Dad and he got his small glass of beer loving it I let him enjoy it as not supposed to have alcohol with his diabetes.

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I have a pint of Belzebuth beer a specialty here only place to have it. It is from the Brasserie Goudale and coming in at 8.5% golden lager is awesome. We love it as my sons follow me lol!!! We had at our fav spot the L’Esplanade Café where by now everybody knows us !!!

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Again, we took some walks around but no beach picture as plenty already and will wait for beach season here which is by July…even if today was 24C and sunny hot!!! plenty of passerbys !! We will be back of course and if in the area let me know ,this is a great place to meet daytime is for all, nightime is well crazy fun!

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They have no webpage and only the Morbihan dept 56 tourist office has some information public: https://www.morbihan.com/quiberon/bar-esplanade-cafe/tabid/12660/offreid/9d3ecb87-f588-4511-966e-009553b4eae4

Again, just a quick ride out into Quiberon, taking fresh air and a nice cold one for the road warrior! Oh do not worry about drink and drive doing for 45 years and never a problem, not even a point! I learned from my Dad who own a nightclub when I was a middle teen in NJ! Enjoy it life is short if you do not believe me ask the doctor how many years you will be dead! Salut

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

May 31, 2021

Pluvigner and its castles!!!

Ok ok so this is for the bragging rights! This is my little town of just over 7K folks and its loaded with architecture and historical monuments! I have to admit not seeing them all, but will do as soon as possible. I have written posts on these castles but had an older post that I will update here for you and me! Hope you enjoy as I, the castles of Kerlois and Keronic of Pluvigner!  And it is here that I wanted to stop by living just 2-5 km from them!

The first one encounter was the Château de Kéronic, a private residence sitting in a long one way road that at the end into the woods you come across the castle right at you!!  Beautiful property that is usually open on heritage days in September.  A bit of history, my hobby amateur but doing it for many years and volunteer and or friend of many here in France.  It is an imposing remake of the  15C / 17C reworked by  the family Harscouët  Saint George circa 1860.

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Its still the property of this family, currently represented by the vicomte Christian de la Tullaye. The lordship of Queronic or Keronic was Henry de Launay in 1427.  In 1717 it passed by marriage to the Lenvos Carpenter, who kept the castle  until the French revolution. In the 19C, the Castle entered the family Harscouët Saint George, it is  always in this family. The Saint-Joseph Chapel with its altarpiece as well as the home decor ,18C lounges, baluster staircase with its stained glass window, library, oriental style wallpaper ,also contribute to the heritage interest of this castle

The entrance to the cour d’honneur ,several times restored, has a pond , private chapel, surrounded by a large forest. The park of Keronic  was designed  by Legendre in the 1880s,  is remarkable  with its land plants  from heather,  rhododendrons,  camellias and hydrangeas, as well as exotic trees such as sequioas, araucarias, etc.  It has a pond and French style garden. The castle can be seen from afar, from the grid at he end of a long beautiful road of trees, 2,5 km from Pluvigner right on the road D 102 direction Languidic.

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We moved on to the other side of Pluvigner to visit another private property, the Château de Kerlois; This is even more difficult to find as there is no panel on the road D102 and we found it by pinpointing the lieu-dits on the map and figuring the grassy wooden entry off the road looks like a grand house was there. Well, it proved right as once going thru this narrow one way road, passing some rusted gate, we came across the beauty of this castle.

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A bit of history here too, of course. The castle dates mostly from the 17C (facade) but retains some elements of the 15C. At the beginning of this 15C, it then belonged in 1407 to Eon of Kernigues, Squire of the Duke Jean V of Brittany. In 1607, the lordship of Kerlois was acquired by Olivier Le Gouvello, Lord of Keriolet. His son, Pierre de Keriolet, spent his childhood. He became Abbot Pierre de Keriolet, he then founded in Auray a general hospital dedicated to beggars who came to implore Sainte-Anne. Nicknamed the “Bandit of God”, he died in 1660 and was buried in the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-d’Auray. The private chapel was built by the mother, in Thanksgiving for the conversion of her son in Loudun.

The garden was planted of medicinal plants and a vegetable garden. It must be said that at the end of his life the man without faith nor law, housed a hospice at the rear of the Castle. The 17C marked the transformation of the Park in a French style garden. The 2 highlights of this park are camellias with over 15 varieties and remarkable charms; you can admire a beautiful cedar of the bicentennial Lebanon brought back by an ancestor of the current owner, who was Captain in the Royal Navy. Its chapel was restored in the 18C, as well as its beautiful stables. Acquired around 1800, by Armand de Bobinnec. The Castle is now the property of his descendants, the  family Bourjac.

As both of the above castles are still in private family hands and are only available for seeing in heritage days and then some not, passing by them is nice enough me think, and they are just so near that I do passed by them often.

The city of Pluvigner on castles and manor houses as the two above: http://www.pluvigner.fr/manoirs-et-chateaux/

And there you go folks, these are wonderful properties right in Pluvigner city limits and we enjoy passing by them every week. Of course, pictures are rare been private castles but will try harder in coming months. For now do enjoy the Castles of Kerlois and Keronic of Pluvigner!

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

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May 31, 2021

Landaul and its castle!

Well I am on the run telling you about the wonderful monuments closer to me here in my beautiful Morbihan! I take you this time to quant small Landaul just under 10 km from my house. It has other posts but this time let me tell you about its castle of Kerambar’h. 

The town of Landaul and its nice Church or église Saint-Théleau (see post) in city center.  However, I wanted to stop by a castle open to the public for the gardens that locals have talked to me about. We headed for the Château de Kerambar’h in Landaul.

Its tricky to get to it as it is in the country off the N165 road get off at exit Landevant or 36.1 go first direction Landaul and then direction Auray and bear right on the small road running next to the N165; you then see the signs for Château de Kerambar’h on your right hand side. Follow these signs into a narrow road all the way in, with space for one car! and then you reach a sign saying the Jardins de Kerambar’h and turn right on it. You will see the ruins and manoir house and the famous gardens. Schedules to check it change every year but normally they run april 19 to July 13 and July 14 to August 31, open from 14-18H and in summer from 11h to 18h; September open 14h-18h and October is only on weekends from 14h to 17h30. Admission adults is 6€.

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The Castle of Kerambar’h offer a walk through time from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance with portraits of the dukes of Brittany from the 1000 to the 16C. The gardens with 33 toises or form of measurement, Charlegmane capitulary, and other like the garden of courtly pleasures, with cloister and moats.   A pleasant trip indeed and especially awesome for those into gardening.

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Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are:

The Morbihan dept 56 tourist office on the Château parc of Kerambar’hhttps://www.morbihan.com/landaul/jardins-du-chateau-de-kerambar-h/tabid/12562/offreid/e5b354f4-b8ed-4980-bfb2-ca0db68e907a

Parks and Gardens of France on the Château parc of Kerambar’hhttps://www.parcsetjardins.fr/jardins/376-les-jardins-du-chateau-de-kerambar-h

The Association of parks and gardens of Bretagne on the Château parc of Kerambar’hhttp://www.apjb.org/fr/parcs/kerambarh.html

The town of Landaul on its heritagehttp://www.landaul.fr/landaul/patrimoine.html

There you go folks, a wonderful castle and even more beautiful garden park for all to enjoy it. Do visit the Castle gardens of Kerambar’h in country Landaul!

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

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May 31, 2021

Bieuzy-Lanvaux!!!

So just the name… most people even French won’t know about it. Bieuzy-Lanvaux is a village part of my town Pluvigner in the beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne and in my belle France! One of the most off the beaten path areas you can find in France, but for the local Breton ,very historical. I like to tell you a bit more on it as only brief notes in my previous posts on the area. Hope you enjoy the story on Bieuzy Lanvaux!

A wonderful sunny day in my area and home , so again took advantage and took our little ride with the family as usual.    I set out this morning into the country near me on the D16 road, at Bieuzy Lanvaux, there are a wonderful Church of Saint Bieuzy , small typical looking chapel like so many in Brittany. This one is high on a hill overlooking the Loch plateau, and better park at the bottom and walk up as the streets are very narrow and steep difficult for a turnaround.

Saint Bieuzy  is  also  called  Saint Bihui. The  legend  says  that the Saint was struck  in the  skull  with a knife because he did not want to interrupt his mass to cure  of rabies  the dogs of  the Lord of Melrand.  He wished to make a last visit to his friend Saint Gildas and made a stop at Bieuzy-Lanvaux. The Chapel is built in the memory of its passage. Built on a hillside, the Church overlook the village. The southern facade is from  1593, year where the  Church has been modified. The western  façade was transformed when the chapel  became the parish church, annex.

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On this occasion, a slightly protruding massif has been integrated as well in the Portal full arch dated 1838.  On the back wall  of the choir is  arranged a table of the Holy Family. There are also two side niches of carved wood from the 17C,  located in the choir. On the left the statue  of Saint  Bieuzy is presented on the right a  throne to  Madonna and  Child.  Several other statues are present in the Church: those  of Sainte Brigid, Notre-Dame de Lourdes, Saint Joseph and Saint Theresa.  A statue can intrigue the visitor: that of a Holy  Knight dressed  in a coat and holding a shield but no sword. It could be Saint Michel.

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Last but not least  , we went by the front of the Abbaye de Lanvaux, on the road D16 direction Locminé; this is private, but full of history. When the local rebels ,the Chouans, gathered here with General Cadoudal (of Auray) , waiting for the immigrant breton to arrive from England by Quiberon, this is where they camp out. Unfortunately the landing was discovered, and the link up never happened, instead many immigrants 795 were sentence to the firing squad, and today ,the remains are buried in the Chartreuse of Bre’ch.

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A bit of history , on this abbey near the old Castle of Lanvaux and the fief of the Barony,  the construction is set as in  1138!!! by the Abbot Ruaud and  Cistercian monks, with the support of the baron Alain de Lanvaux who donated to the monks of Bégard of a Manor House on the right bank of the river Loch. In the 18C a Abbey House is built near the convent. It eventually installs a glassworks in 1824 and a smelter in 1827.

In 1824,  was built at a small distance of the convent, a glassworks,  which was  replaced,  three years later,  by a foundry.  The property of the convent and the  neighboring  properties  has passed, then by various hands. But , the park and the forest of Lanvaux with 207 hectares and the forest of the abbey with 45 hectares remained the property of the State.

We past effortless thru the city center of Pluvigner as it is market day or jour du marché, and got some goodies as usual. Bieuzy Lanvaux is only about 6 km from our city on the D16 road. Hope you enjoy this small bit of history and off the beaten paths on the road warrior mode of my beautiful Morbihan.

There is more info on the above church in the city of Pluvigner webpage in French of course: http://www.pluvigner.fr/eglise-saint-bieuzy/

This is an area very much appreciated of walkers and bikers for its beautiful landscape, hilly roads, and just some interesting historical spots along the way.  Again showing off my area lol!

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

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May 30, 2021

St Avé on my old way to work!!

Moving right along in my local road warrior mode I will bring you to another off the beaten path area of my beautiful Morbihan but very much known to me as used to passed every day to work by here and had my lunches and apéros in city center with friends. This is also the spot where saw one stage of the Tour de France (see post). Therefore, let me tell you about a hidden gem in Saint Avé on my old way to work!!

We went specifically to see the Château de Beauregard in the town of St Avé, off the N165 take the D779E direction St Avé, turn right into the D135 direction St Avé and down by the Chapel of Notre Dame du Loch turn left direction St Nolff on the next traffic circle bear left and quick right for the castle entrance. This is a private property so you cannot go all the way in but close enough. I have been once on a business conference but no pictures of the inside allowed.

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Taking my translation from the official site in French:

As its name suggests, the Castle of Beauregard is located on a height from which one can discover a landscape extended towards the Gulf of Morbihan. Access to the castle is via a majestic 500-meter bridle path, lined with beeches and hundred-year-old plane trees.

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The Château de Beauregard is a large 18-19C L-shaped residence located on a height from which we discover a very extensive landscape towards the Gulf of Morbihan. It comes from a first Manor existing in 1514 which was called “Le Manoir de Kerspihuiry”, belonging to Pierre Roland and which served as a hunting lodge. It was rebuilt in the 18C by undergoing several transformations, including the raising of a floor, which caused the disappearance of remains of the old Manor.  During WWII the Nazis occupied the castle, leaving the owners and some refugees in the outbuildings.

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This is a magnificent property  with its flowery cour d’honneur , a majestic French garden of 3000m2 inspire by the master André Le Nôtre (Versailles). Amongst other things there is a green well-kept park of 40 hectares.  The history of it of importance was that here the treaty of pacification of Brittany was signed in February 14 1800 between  Georges Cadoudal (hero of Brittany) ,and Général Brune,of the French ,ending the chouannerie (the local farmers and country people of the area who fought the French revolution) in Morbihan.

It is now use by wedding, events, exhibits, anniversary, family gathering, etc all for rental. You can have as much as 600 seated persons in one activity here. In all a wonderful property and one of the nice ones in the area.

The official webpage of the castle of Beauregardhttps://www.chateau-de-beauregard-56.fr/

There you go folks a wonderful property to see in the alleys even if not allowed in the view is impressive ,very beautiful looking castle indeed. Enjoy my Morbihan and remember, happy travels good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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May 30, 2021

St Avé and its monuments!!!

So lets stay in nice quant St Avé in my beautiful Morbihan and lovely Bretagne of my belle France. As you have read my blog, this is a town I passed to work every day for many years so know it very well even if there is always more pictures needed…Hope you enjoy this post on St Avé and its monuments as I.

The neighbouring towns of Saint-Avé are Saint-Nolff (worked here), Locqueltas, Meucon, Plescop, Vannes and Monterblanc. Saint-Avé was originally part of the former parish of Saint Patern of Vannes dismembered around the year 1000. It also included the territory of Meucon which subsequently became detached. Saint-Avé was erected in town during the French revolution in 1790. There are two interesting monuments here, the Church of Saint Gervais and Saint Protais that I passed by its side every day and the Chapelle Notre Dame du Loch that I passed in front every day!

The Church Saint Gervais and Saint Protais is dedicated to the Italian twin brothers, Saint Gervais and Saint Protais. The old church was reportedly built in the 15C. between 1426 and 1481 and other churches would have preceded it on the same site. Apart from some ancient elements including the left transept dating from the 15C, the church destroyed in the early 19C was rebuilt from 1830 to 1834. The current  Church, in its almost all, dates from that time. The nave is redone in the fashionable Neo-Gothic style of the times.

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From the old Church of Saint Gervais and Saint Protais remain only the wings of the transept-the south transept being the chapel of the Lords of Lesnevé and the north transept that of the Lords of Beauregard, two Lordships of the old important regime of the town, also, some sections of the walls and structural elements, and above all three Gothic stained glass windows which are the most beautiful ornament. In the nave, the door in the basket, which overlooks the old baptistery, is adorned with elegant moldings, probably surviving from the old Church. All the other bays are modern. Work was carried out in 1975, due to the poor condition of the vault and to adapt the choir to the new liturgical norms of Vatican Council II. In 2000, work in the city center redesigned the square, the Church’s surroundings and the public lighting, and the bell tower, including its stone Spire, was sealed in 2001. The altarpiece was also completely renovated and the clock refurbished.

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Next to the Church of Saint Gervais and Saint Protais , there is a Gaullist or Lech stele is topped by a granite cross  near the Chapelle Notre Dame du Loch. This stele, linked to the funeral rites, was Christianized.  In the space of the old cemetery, there is a much wrought granite Calvary: the plinth, the fut and the panel are adorned with sculptures of Saints. On the banner-shaped panel, a Madonna and Child is surrounded by Angels. This is a 16C Calvary ordeal.

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The Chapel Saint-Avé, also called Chapelle Notre-Dame du Loch, was built from 1475 to 1494. In the form of a Latin cross topped by a slate steeple, it has a main façade adorned with a beautiful portal with arches flanked by two buttresses with pinnacles and topped by a large oculus which, despite transformations, retains its medieval style authentic. It is surrounded by a paddock, where a fountain and a calvary are erected.

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The city of St Avé on its must to seehttps://www.saint-ave.bzh/les-incontournables/

The parish of St Avé on the Church St Gervais St Protaishttps://www.paroissesaintave.fr/eglise-saint-ave/

The parish of St Avé on the Chapelle Notre Dame du Loch: https://www.paroissesaintave.fr/chapelle-notre-dame-du-loch/

There you go folks, another dandy road warrior ride into my beautiful Morbihan. Saint Avé will be memorable, not for nothing passed by it and these monuments for 8,5 yrs!!! they will be missed now in my retirement. Of course, will need to pass by them again eventually, even if just for the memories. Hope you enjoy the ride and thanks for coming along with me.

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

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May 30, 2021

The Church St Melaine in Moëlan-sur-Mer!

And here I continue updating older posts and again by the coast of Finistére dept 29 in my lovely Bretagne. There is more than the ocean and beaches here with great oysters too. However, I will tell you this time on the wonderful Church St Melaine in Moëlan sur Mer!

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 Let me tell you a bit about a nice small harbor sea town and its church I like.  Moëlan-sur-Mer is located along the Atlantic coast stretching over 47.3 km².  It is surrounded by the towns of Clohars-Carnoët, Riec-sur-Bélon and Baye. Moëlan-sur-Mer is only 9 km from the bigger city nearby of Quimperlé. The town is at 54 meters above sea level, the Rivière Le Belon, the Rivière de Brigneau are the main streams that pass through the town of Moëlan-sur-Mer. The town is also close to the regional natural park of Armorique.

 However, as monument that caught our attention was the Church of Saint-Melaine built between 1876-1878 on the site of a former oratory destroyed in the 9C and an ancient Church restored in 1599. The old church, of the 15-16C, small, low, inadequate, gave way to a new building, built in 1876-1878 and consecrated in June 1879. Built in the style of the 13C, it has a very nice appearance. The beautiful confessional of the ancient Church, dating from the 18C is very nice. The Church of Moëlan has the titular Saint Melaine, Bishop of Rennes, whose statue is seen in the Chapel of Saint-Philibert, in the vicinity of the village.

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The Church St Melaine, which was consecrated in June 1879, comprises a nave of five bays with aisles, a transept and a choir consisting of two straight spans with aisles and a three-span roundabout surrounded by a carole on which three chapels radiates from. The Bell Tower is without a gallery. The Church of St Melaine houses the statues of Saint John the Baptist, Saint Melaine and Saint Corentin.

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One worth mention here as final point on this wonderful trip was the beach of plage Kerfany , you have a nice one offering a protected area a few steps from the mouth of the Belon. This supervised beach is ideal for families, who can enjoy the sea baths and many water activities: sailing, kayaking, and paddle.

The town of Moëlan sur Mer on its heritagehttp://www.moelan-sur-mer.fr/moelan-sur-mer/decouvrir-moelan-sur-mer

The local tourist office of Quimperle Terre Océane on Moëlan sur Mer : https://www.quimperle-terreoceane.com/en/discover/our-towns/moelan-sur-mer/

A nice walk in this quant harbor sea town is very nice and excellent seafood as always here. Great for the whole family. Enjoy Moëlan-sur-Mer!

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

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May 30, 2021

Church of the Holy Cross in Le Conquet!

Going up to the Finistére of my Bretagne to update this quant small town by the sea and its beautiful monument. This is again one of the thrills of this opportunity in our times that allows me to go back into forgotten posts. Hope you enjoy reading the Church of the Holy Cross in Le Conquet!

The wonderful ocean coast town of Le Conquet, the most westerly continental town in France! The town of Le Conquet is located in the pointe Saint Mathieu, part of the town of Plougonvelin. In addition, the territory of Le Conquet includes the islands of the Archipielago of Moléne.  However, I like to tell you about a nice monument there and leave you the harbor and beach already in another post. Let me tell you a bit on the Church of the Holy Cross or église de Sainte Croix. The interesting thing here is that the church was undergoing restoration on the outside bu the inside was great for visiting! Always a first…

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Once in town you get to it coming from  Brest, continue straight to the city center and turn left to park at Place Llandello. Coming from Pointe St-Mathieu, facing a parking lot, turn left onto rue de Verdun and park right on Place Llandello.  The entrance to the Church of the Holy Cross is at 100 meters in rue Poncelin.

The Church of Saint Croix at Le Conquet with its Gothic appearance, the ancient statues adoring its façade, its 18C tomb and its large flamboyant stained glass, all these elements seems several times centenary . However, the church was built in the mid-19C. In fact, It has travel over time.

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The construction date for this building is 1856, and listed above the entrance gate. However this is not a construction entirely of that time. The first stone of the new church was laid in 1857. The final reception of the church took place in 1858. Only fifteen months will have been enough to carry out these gigantic works. But the work has been considerably simplified by reusing most of the stones from the old Church of Lochrist and the Chapel of St. Christopher. The new Church of the Holy Cross… or Sainte Croix is a little bigger than the old one. It has the form of a real Latin cross and its Bell Tower, copied on the old one, is no longer flanked by the high turret which housed the staircase leading to the galleries and the bells chamber.  In August 1944, the Church was severely damaged by the bombing of WWII. It was not until the 1950’s that the Spire was rebuilt and carry out restoration work. The zinc gutters were laid in 2005 and the Arrow spiral Cross in 2012. And more repairs… As in the past, three statues dominate the entrance gate. Two others are at the corners of the façade. The most beautiful, the most moving is this Christ of pity, or Christ of the bonds, who, stripped of his clothes, waits peacefully, to be judged by the Sanhedrin.  The state of repairs of all these statues betrays their seniority. They are likely prior to the construction of the ancient Church of Lochrist dating from the 16C. Perhaps they were already decorating the previous Church, the experts date them in the 15C.

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The Bell Tower has two beautiful galleries. Under the first, there are prominent sculptures that resemble gargoyles. At both angles of the façade, they represent fantastic animals and they are actually gargoyles intended to evacuate from the walls the rainwater coming from the gallery. At opposite angles, they are cannons and you can  see very well that erect to the sky, they would not allow the water to flow outward. 

The very classical Interior plan of the Church of the Holy Cross (Sainte Croix) as well as the Interior restorations of the 1950’s , you have to go through it with curiosity to measure all the riches. The lateral walls, for example, are adorned with decorative sculpted elements that come from the ancient children of the Church of Lochrist. In the right wing of the transept, you see an imposing tomb of black marble that surmounts a magnificent statue.

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This is the tomb of Dom Michel Le Nobletz, a famous Breton missionary priest of the time of Richelieu. Ardent advocate of the most deprived, fervent preacher of the Catholic Counter-Reformation to the point of being nicknamed (ar Beleg foll =Breton language), or the mad priest, by his critics, he spent the last twelve years of his life at Le Conquet in a house transformed since Chapel, the Dom Michel Chapel. His talents as a speaker and his very pedagogical method of illustrating his words by large drawings, the taolennoù, which he commented to the public, are at the origin of his fame.

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The stained glass windows, from three different eras, deserve special attention. At the ends of the transept which houses the tomb of Dom Michel Le Nobletz, you can admire two beautiful stained glass windows painted in 1932. The other stained glass windows of the nave, by their modernity, differ greatly with the previous ones. Made in 1960 and 1970, with the theme of the great characters of the Church.

Finally you have to take a look at the superb organ buffet overlooking the entrance to the nave. This great instrument was made in 1872 in the shop in Quimper of Jules Heyer. This famous factor of Polish origins had contributed with Aristide Cavaillé to the construction of the great organs of Cathedral of Notre-Dame of Paris. Jules Heyer has built the organ of the Cathedral of Quimper as well as most of the organs of Brittany.

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Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are:

The town of Le Conquet: http://www.leconquet.info/accueil/

The Iroise area tourist office on Le Conquet: https://www.iroise-bretagne.bzh/decouvrir/actualites/le-conquet-trebabu-53830

The Finistére dept 29 tourist office on the port of Conquet: https://www.toutcommenceenfinistere.com/loisir/port-du-conquet-le-conquet

The heritage sites of the Iroise area on the Church of the Holy Cross in Le Conquet: https://www.patrimoine-iroise.fr/culturel/religieux/Sainte-Croix.php

And there you go folks, a nice monument sitting in a lovely coastal town in the confines of the Bretagne. Hope you enjoy this Church of the Holy Cross of Le Conquet

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

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May 29, 2021

Rue des Deux Portes in Versailles!

And giving you and me a lift by updating this memorable post on my beloved Versailles. Tempting but could not avoid it, I lived in the city for 9 glorious years and we have great memories of it, forever. I did a run of posts on several streets of Versailles and would like to take this one for an update. Hope you enjoy as I, the Rue des Deux Portes in Versailles!

So taking you back to Versailles , never too far away my old lovely home.. I could write a book on Versailles but I am too lazy for that, so just enjoying my several posts on the city in my blog.  There is so much to tell on a relatively small city about 100K it can have a big punch. And yes, do walk it and do get out from the palace/museum you will be surprise.  And by the way, this is not a thing to do from Paris but a place to be visit on its own, talking like a real Versaillaise!

This is a very quant nice street in my old district of Notre Dame (see posts) , and one of the shortest nicest streets you can find in any town. The Rue des Deux Portes!

In the old Versailles, Notre-Dame district, the pedestrian street of Rue des Deux Portes is a place full of charm, calm, out of time. The rue des Deux Portes is an old passage of about 100 meters connecting rue Carnot and Place du Marché. It was formely closed by two doors. The rue Carnot (former rue de la pompe) is coming right off Avenue de Saint Cloud and takes you into rue des deux portes to the Notre Dame market! Very quant!! It dates from 1687 and has small balconies of the 18C.  Over a hundred meters along the neighboring gardens of the former Hôtel de Toulouse, this passage had twelve houses spread on each side. of the way. The centuries have passed, but the Rue des Deux Portes has kept its character. This is certainly what gives it its so authentic spot.

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A bit of history tell us that at No 17 in 1789 , the brother of the poet Jean-François Ducis was holding a shop of earthenware and porcelain of Sevres. On the market side, a plot corresponds to one of the exits of the former hotel of the Count of Toulouse which led to the rue de la Paroisse at No. 66 (today there is a LCL bank). Nowdays you can find nice eating places here such as the L’Elephant d’Argent at No 6; the Créperie des 2 Portes at No 12, and the Les Biscuits de Madame Georges at No 7. Coming into the Place du Marché (Notre Dame) you have on your right our old Orange tel internet store and next our fav must resto in Versailles Le Boeuf à la Mode ( see post).

And even if not there anymore, let me add a bit of old history of Versailles on the before mentioned Hôtel of the Count of Toulouse.

The Hôtel de Toulouse was at the rue de la Pompe today rue Carnot. It was given this name from the Count of Toulouse ,natural son of king Louis XIV and Madame de Montespan. After the death of the count the hotel passes to his son the Duke de Penthiévre, great admiral and governor of Bretagne, he stayed at the hotel and kept all his important papers there. In 1739, the secretary of the duke monsieur Delalot had a monkey with him and one evening very cold left the room, the monkey trying to imitate the master took the torch to bring more fire to the chimney and causing as a result a fire which destroyed the important papers of the State of Bretagne and the Marine!, while suffering heavy damage the hotel itself. It never recovered and is no longer there.

This is my old neighborhood , Notre Dame, full of charm indeed, and lovely and beautiful ok so get out of the palace/museum and walk Versailles, the city that is,enjoy it as I do.

The city of Versailles on its heritage: https://www.versailles.fr/ma-ville/decouvrir/patrimoine-et-monuments/

The Versailles tourist office to know the Notre Dame neighborhood (quartier) more: https://en.versailles-tourisme.com/notre-dame-area.html

And there you go folks, another jewel in the crown of Versailles, a city to walk and embark yourselves in the history of France, Europe and even the World!

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

May 29, 2021

Some news from France, CCCXXXV

And back at you with some news from France in my condense style already in my 335th post. Thanks for reading me over these years, it has been a blast together I am sure. We are opening up to the world and my favorite bars are now open so looking forward for a great Summer. Already book for Disneyland Paris with the boys, Dad and the dog !!! Let me tell you what is going on that I like.

Let me start by telling some of the most beautiful gardens in France in my opinion and many others.

The Domaine de Trévarez with its multicolored groves and a pink castle. For those visiting the Trévarez estate, in central Finistère dept 29 of my lovely Bretagne, a change of scenery is guaranteed. All in brick, the building was built between 1893 and 1907 by James Marie Antoine Monjaret de Kerjégu, French diplomat. In 1944, the building then went into slow decline. Abandoned, the domain bought by the General Council of Finistère was gradually brought back to life. Today, its park combines multiple atmospheres, between its camellias – to be seen between November and March , its hundred-year-old rhododendrons and its azaleas  from April to May, followed by the heads of hydrangeas until October. Bring good shoes: the area covers 85 hectares! Domaine de Trévarez, Route de Laz, Saint-Goazec (see post) The Finistére dept 29 on the Domaine de Trévarez Webpage: https://www.cdp29.fr/fr/presentation-trevarez-le-domaine-de-trevarez

The Château de Saint-Jean de Beauregard in Essonne dept 91 of the Ïle de France region, in the Salmouille valley, the castle of Saint-Jean-de Beauregard blossoms between forest and fields. Still inhabited, this 17C chateau has the particularity of presenting a French-style vegetable walled garden of two hectares. Composed of four squares themselves subdivided into four squares, it mixes squares of vegetables and flowers and is decorated in its center with a round basin which recalls the symbolic importance of water in ancient gardens. The outskirts are bordered by fruit trees (old-fashioned trellises, palmettes, cords), greenhouses. In spring, hellebores, bulbs and flowering orchards follow a period of hollow  flowers in winter. Then between May and June come the dazzling clematis, iris, peonies and roses. Summer sees the emergence of annuals and the herb garden, while October heralds asters, cardoons and fruit. And garden enthusiasts can also take advantage of the two Fêtes des Plantes (May 28-30, 2021 and September 24-26, 2021), on the theme of long-flowering plants to discover rare or forgotten productions such as square peas and apples.of earth horn of gatte or vitelotte! Wonderful Château de Saint Jean de Beauregard, rue du Château, Saint-Jean-de-Beauregard. The castle webpage : http://www.chateaudesaintjeandebeauregard.com/preparez-votre-visite/individuels/

The Château de Marqueyssac like an air of Italy, a stone’s throw from Sarlat, in the heart of Périgord. A surprising atmosphere awaits you on the heights: the gardens of the estate of the Château de Marqueyssac. Their particularity: thousands of hand-pruned, hundred-year-old box trees, all round or airy! An arboreal madness that we owe to Julien de Cerval, passionate about Italy, where he discovered around 1850 the art of gardens. Neither one nor two, he undertook to install in 1861 cyclamen of Naples, umbrella pines, cypresses, box trees … Restored by Kléber Roussillon in the years 1997, the 22-hectare park is now one of the jewels from the Dordogne valley. Stunning views over the Dordogne valley and the villages, delicate or delicate curves, small winding alleys, labyrinth, 6 km of walk punctuated by the cries of peacocks await you! Hanging Gardens of Marqueyssac in Vézac. The castle webpage: https://www.marqueyssac.com/

The beautiful Château de Villandry. It’s an open-air, French-style decor. Built for Jean le Breton, the Minister of Finance of king François 1er, the Renaissance castle of Villandry owes a proud candle to a couple of American-Spanish enthusiasts, Joachim Carvallo and his wife Ann Coleman, extremely wealthy daughter of a giant in the steel industry. At the start of the 20C, they razed the old English garden and began to reorganize it into different gardens, in the Renaissance spirit. We are in 1906. Today, it is these fabulous gardens that make the visit a success. Divided into four parts, they reflect the aesthetic principle of Joachim Carvallo. The decorative vegetable garden is all about this: here the blue of the leek meets the red of the beet, and the green of the carrot tops, all delicately edged with boxwood. Other visual pleasures: the labyrinth, the gardens of the Herbs, Water and Ornament  divided into green rooms dedicated to love. So many wonders to admire by taking the height and climbing on the belvedere or the windows of the castle. The view is breathtaking. Château de Villandry, 3 rue Principale in Villandry. The castle webpage: https://www.chateauvillandry.fr/

The Château de Chenonceau gardens was described by the writer Gustave Flaubert as a place “peaceful and gentle, elegant and robust. Its calm is not boring and its melancholy is not bitterness”. Everything is in fact peace of mind in Chenonceau . Its arches spanning the bed of the Cher river, and its turrets make this white castle in Indre-et-Loire dept 37 of the Centre Val de Loire region ,one of the most beautiful in France. Built by Thomas Bohier and his wife Katherine Briçonnet in 1513, improved by Diane de Poitiers, enlarged under Catherine de Médicis who added the famous arches, the “château des Dames”  or Ladies’ Castle ,now belongs to the Menier family (creator of chocolate wafers). the gardens delight all the senses. Their harmony rests the walker, from the long avenue of plane trees to the French formal gardens of Catherine de Medici or Diane. Do not miss the maze of yews and the flowered vegetable garden with 400 rose bushes. The castle grounds are also part of the present thanks to the Russell Page garden , named after the great British landscape painter. Developed in 2018 by botanical director Nicholas Tomlan from drawings designed in the 1950s, this walled garden welcomes young and old visitors who will be surprised to see some sheep by François-Xavier Lalanne. Chenonceau castle, in Chenonceaux town. The castle webpage: https://www.chenonceau.com/

The “Bathing Plan” launched in 2018 targets the Paris 2024 Olympic Games to clean up the Seine river  in Paris. The City and its partners want to speed up the compliance of household sewage connections. And could perpetuate these new bathing places after the sports competition. Bathing in the depolluted Seine by 2024? Tourists and Parisians remain skeptical about the cleanliness of the river. Me too, it’s a huge investment that even if tried will take more time.

Talking about bathing, the Paris Plages 2021 has big news at the Trocadéro, with a huge site dedicated to basketball, the Olympic and Paralympic Games and … fashion. More from Paris tourist office; https://en.parisinfo.com/paris-show-exhibition/135161/paris-plages

The Le Parisien newspaper recently took  a dip into fiscal news and brought out a list of top Ile-de-France region towns with the wealthiest households ,which no surprise to me are all located in the west of Paris. Just over 880,000 tax households benefited in 2019 from a reference tax income (RFR) of more than 100,000 euros, or 2% of tax households in France. Yes the beat goes on…. In Ile-de-France, they number nearly 329,000. They are first found in Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche (Yvelines 78) and Neuilly-sur-Seine (Hauts-de-Seine 92). The many private mansions of Neuilly-sur-Seine have long borne witness to the ease of the city’s taxpayers…..  With its two million plus inhabitants, Paris alone has 118,327 of these very well-off households, many of which are concentrated in the 7éme, 8éme and 16éme arrondissements. Then come Hauts-de-Seine dept 92 with: 74,749. At the other end with a similar population, 1.6 million inhabitants Seine-Saint-Denis dept 93  has only 9,729 equally well-off households. In Yvelines dept 78, the westernmost department of Ile-de-France, one of the largest too, a large part of the 48,409 wealthiest households are concentrated within a radius of 20 km, around Saint-Nom- la-Bretèche, Vaucresson and Le Vésinet. Languished on the slope of the fruit hills of Chambourcy, the discreet village of Feucherolles thus has 340 households declaring this comfortable threshold of 100,000 euros per year, for 3,000 inhabitants! and 1,425 households liable to tax or one in four. The 7 tops towns  are: Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche(78) 661 tax households having declared 100,000 euros of RFR in 2019, or 27.4% of taxable households in the town. Neuilly-sur-Seine (92) 8617, or 25.1% Feucherolles (78) 340, or 23.9% Fourqueux  (78)  461, or 23.7% Paris 7éme arrondissement 7236, or 23.3% L’Etang-la-Ville (78) 532 , i.e. 23% Paris 8éme arrondissement 5,336, or 22.8%, and  Le Vésinet (78)1875, or 22.6%. I knew this…and you see even Versailles is not on the top list nice value!

The largest cancer research center in France, the Marie-Curie Institute is 100 years old! The famous institute in the Panthéon district (5éme) celebrated its centenary this past Thursday. Take a look behind the scenes at an establishment unlike any other, where 3,000 researchers and caregivers take care of cancer patients, 10,000 of whom are treated each year. Thank you Marie Curie and glad to be part of the donors. Webpage for info only: https://institut-curie.org/

Ok not a travel related but yikes need to have it as it was our favorite butcher in Versailles!! A native of Versailles, Joel Lombert just received the Lamb of Gold award this past Friday, an award usually given at the Salon de l’Agriculture, which recognizes the work of the best producers of the year. The butcher of the Carré à la Farine, on the Place du Marché Notre-Dame. Yes congrats Joel!

The Foire aux fromages et aux vins de Compiègne (Dept 60 Oise) or the Compiègne cheese and wine fair, a taste of normality on its 32nd edition. they are always a blast and know more of the best of France. More from the city of Compiégne:  https://www.agglo-compiegne.fr/marche-fromages-vins-2021

The favorite monument of the French is making a comeback on France 3 television on the occasion of the 38th European Heritage Days. Stéphane Bern invites you to take a trip on the roads of France to discover the prodigious wealth of the cultural, architectural and historical heritage of our country, France.  Of course, my favorite areas of living in France voted for Carnac and Rambouillet. You can vote here: https://www.francetelevisions.fr/et-vous/participer-a-une-emission/le-monument-prefere-des-francais-2915

Two centuries after king Louis XVI, people come to be vaccinated at the Orangerie of Versailles. Ahhh !!! I am going to be in Vannes in June 8th 2021 but so much would love to be vaccinated there!

And techno will have us look like star wars soon would it improve the congestions and pollution? Two autonomous electric shuttles will come into service at the ArianeGroup (European Space Agency rocket builder) site, which employs 2,700 people in Les Mureaux (78) . By 2023, the goal is also to connect the establishment to the Mureaux and Verneuil-sur-Seine train stations. Webpage with video: https://www.yvelines-infos.fr/navetty-des-navettes-100-autonomes-dans-les-yvelines/

After four years of renovation, the Musée de l’histoire de Paris, which occupies two splendid mansions in the Marais, will reopen today May 29 2021.The opportunity to rediscover his collections in spectacular settings. Closed since 2016, the Musée Carnavalet, is ready to welcome the public today!!, after a long renovation. the oldest museum in Paris, where the history of Paris has been written since 1880, from the Neolithic to the present day. Official webpage: https://www.carnavalet.paris.fr/musee-carnavalet

Ok so  Fontainebleau, to go, again!. This green treasure receives more than ten million visits per year. But on 25,000 hectares! And it is enough to move away a little from the paths or the car parks to find what you are looking for and a quiet corner. The forest of Fontainebleau, in Seine-et-Marne,(dept 77) opens its branches to them with 25,000 hectares of oaks, Scots pines, beeches ,etc. And this green treasure is within reach of roads, since the forest is crossed by the A6 highway, national roads and the Transilien public transport. Not too far from the castle another world indeed fun! More on the Fountainebleau tourist office: https://www.fontainebleau-tourisme.com/en/the-forest/the-forest-2/

On October 9, 2021 , if you like running and beer!  you can combine your two passions in a whole new kind of racing: Beerun. And it’s happening on the Loire-Atlantique dept 44 side, in Joué-sur-Erdre near Nantes.  There will be two beer points (beer tasting points) on the 6 km course, four on the 13 km and six on the 18 km. Be careful, these will not be mugs, but 12 cl tasting glasses! And the beers will all be craft beers from microbreweries in the region. The race is inspired in particular by the Beers Lover’s Marathon de Belgique or the Marathon du Médoc where you can taste great wines. More on their Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/Beerun44-106677231116127

Ok another top 10 list never my liking but it comes from le Bonbon journal not bad. The top 10 of the most beautiful metro stations in Paris, and I agree even if rather walk above ground.

We have the Franklin D. Roosevelt station (lines 1 and 9). We take in the view with a magnificent decor in gold and black colors, both on the side of line 1 and line 9 … a super classy station!

The Louvre-Rivoli station (line 1). Stopping just at the foot of the Louvre, this station is a veritable mini-museum since the cultural installations of 2016 with its nine reproductions of sculptures from Antiquity exhibited on the quays.

The Arts et Métiers station (line 11). We dive into a fantastic universe that makes us travel aboard a submarine. A mix of references to Jules Verne’s Nautilus (Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, 1870), with its portholes and copper plates, and to the nearby Museum of Arts and Crafts, with its cogs on the ceiling.

The Pont-Neuf – La Monnaie station (line 7). Money does not fall from the sky, no … But on the other hand, you can find all kinds of huge pieces on display on the walls of the Pont-Neuf station. You can also admire a small collection of pieces on display under windows on the platforms, some of which bear the likeness of Harry Potter.

The  Concorde station (line 12). Small historical point by discovering the walls of the Concorde station: one sees small blue letters anchored on the tiling of the station. No, this is not a giant crossword, but it is actually the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen of 1789. When working in Paris and not walking this one took the most!

The Bastille station (line 1). Return to the past at Bastille station, where we relive the highlights that marked the history of France with the immense ceramic fresco displayed on the walls of the station. Obviously, the storming of the Bastille is honored there on this 180-meter work.

The Gare de Lyon station (line 14). No no, we didn’t land right in the middle of a lost garden, far from Paris … but in a metro station. Arriving on the side of line 1, we are immersed in the heart of an exotic green garden and the station is ultra bright.

The Cluny – La Sorbonne station (line 10). An artistic touch in this station which brings together the signatures, made in mosaics, of famous students graduating from the Sorbonne such as Rimbaud or George Sand… And, this, just above our heads!

The Madeleine station (line 12 and 14). At Madeleine station, you can find a huge 40m2 hen that lays golden eggs, colorful, designed by a Russian artist .

The Bir-Hakeim station (line 6).A little nugget. This station hides a work of glass letting in light, both day and night. As a bonus, line 6, unlike most other lines, is not underground all the way through and passes through the Bir-Hakeim bridge … overlooking a magnificent view of the Eiffle tower (iron lady). When visiting Paris from the Morbihan breton, this one used the most.

 And an interesting trend going on for several years here especially around Paris (where else?) . Soul food, the culinary heritage of African Americans, permeates Paris. Chicken waffles, Mac and cheese, Cornbread, etc. The iconic dishes of African Americans have established themselves in the United States. Supported by iconic dishes such as fried chicken (fried chicken thighs seasoned with a mixture of Cajun spices), Mac and cheese (these macaroni au gratin in the oven with melted cheese) or Cornbread (a baked cornbread pan borrowed from the Amerindians), the cuisine of Afro- Americans has come to establish itself as one of the main markers of North American culinary culture. Comforting cuisine, steeped in history and feelings, which now finds an echo in France as more and more restaurants, such as Gumbo Yaya, Mama Jackson or New Soul Food even claim to have this affiliation. For me cornbreads! At Mama Jackson 12 Rue Claude Tillier, 12éme.

The Alain Baraton’s recipe from Le Monde newspaper.  The head gardener of the great park of Versailles delivers a recipe concocted by his wife. This plate combines prawns and fresh vegetables from the garden.

The ingredients for 2 people are: 4 green asparagus, 6 radishes, 300 grams of fresh peas, 200 grams of fresh beans, a few sprigs of chives, 1 tbsp. to taste of mustard, 1 tbsp. to taste of sherry vinegar, 3 tbsp. To taste of olive oil, salt, pepper, 1 clove of garlic, ¼ of a bunch of parsley, and 8 prawns.

The preparation: open the beans and peas. Peel the stems of the asparagus. Steam everything, al dente. Cut the asparagus into sections, keep the heads whole, remove the skin from the beans.  Dice the radishes or thin slices. Chop the chives. Prepare the dressing by whisking the mustard, vinegar, then salt, pepper and finally olive oil. Toss the peas, broad beans, asparagus, radish and chives with the vinaigrette. open the prawns, remove the casing. Prepare a minced parsley, garlic, salt, pepper. Cook the prawns very quickly in a drizzle of hot olive oil, incorporating the parsley at the end. Serve immediately, accompanying spring vegetables.ok a good start to summer coming up!!!

And there you go folks another round of some news from France! Hope you enjoy it reading as me writing it. We are moving on, la vie est belle! And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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