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May 27, 2021

Museum Purna Bhakti Pertiwi of Jakarta!

And going back to an older post of my travels thru Indonesia. A far away land that have come to visit about 10 times in the last 9 years until 2018. I usually went around Jakarta and then spread out with domestic flights and couple times by car! However, on one of my earliest visit was in a hotel just across this wonderful museum Purna Bhakti Pertiwi and love it. Let me tell you a bit again on it, and hope you enjoy as I.

Ok so let me take you along my ways all the way east to the exotic wonderful Jakarta in Indonesia.  I have written several posts on Indonesia in my blog fyi.  However, have written about another important group of museums in TMII but left the very first one I went to without credit and it is a pity not to mention it, the area and museum are very nice indeed. Therefore, here is my credit to the Museum Purna Bhakti Pertiwi in Jakarta, Indonesia.

My historical cultural knowledge was by going briefly to this museum right outside my hotel Santika in Jakarta, Museum Purna Bhakti Pertiwi , the  museum specialized on the life of Suharto, former second president of Indonesia and a powerful political figure in modern Indonesia.  The museum houses and displays the large amount of Suharto’s collections; mostly valuable objects, artworks and souvenirs, received from various world leaders and Indonesian people, accumulated during the 32 years of his administration in Indonesia. The museum is a modern building with design took shape of tumpeng , a traditional Javanes cone-shaped rice, symbolized gratitude.  

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The Purna Bhakti Pertiwi Museum was built on the initiative of Madame Tien Suharto, as an expression of gratitude to God Almighty and high appreciation in honor of Indonesian and international community for their attention and support for President Suharto. It was built by Purna Bhakti Pertiwi Foundation for 5 years between 1987—1992 on an area of 19.73 ha. On August 23, 1993 the museum was inaugurated by President Suharto.

The complex of Purna Bhakti Pertiwi Museum consists of main building, supporting buildings, landscape, and house of painting. The main room stores various souvenirs given by the Soeharto’s state visitors, friends and acquaintances. The gifts collections also presented by Indonesian bureaucrats, political figures and businessman. The special hall stores the military decorations and medal of honors once granted to Suharto. The Asthabrata hall displays the philosophy of the leadership of Suharto. It is chronologically visualized in form of wayang. The hall also displays the story of Wahyu Makutha Rama, as well as literatures from different disciplines.

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The cone-shaped form of the main building is derived from the shape of the tumpeng, a traditional Javanese cone-shaped rice particularly important during slametan or syukuran thanks-giving ceremony, symbolized gratitude to God. The conical shape also symbolized the kalpataru three of life, other symbolic patterns such as Jayakusuma flower, Cakra Manggilingan batik pattern, reflected in the museum design. What can I say different and translated from the museum site.

The official webpage of the Purna Bhakti Pertiwi Museum of Jakarta: https://www.tamanmini.com/pesona_indonesia/museum-museum/museum-purna-bhakti-pertiwi

While finding this jewel in Jakarta was very easy. I was put in the Santika Taman Mini Hotel just walking across the street! Trying to be curious as always and walking the beat came upon it right away. The hotel is super and will put the webpage here for future reference and convenience to visitors. webpage: https://www.mysantika.com/indonesia/jakarta/hotel-santika-taman-mini-indonesia-indah/

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Hope you enjoy the cultural tour of exotic Jakarta ,Indonesia and really should make time to see this museum of Purna Bhakti Pertiwi! 

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

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May 27, 2021

Hospital Virgen de la Luz!

Looking over my blog and updating some older posts taking advantage of our times, I have notice some missing memories that even if hard need must include in my blog. After all, my blog is a history of my life put together in travel and anecdotes. One sad moment was the first recognition something was wrong health wise with my dear wife Martine. This is the missing part of the story. Bear with me please.

I have mentioned the ordeal from the last hospital in Vannes, and the checkup she had at the health clinic in Villalba de la Sierra in the Serrania de Cuenca. I like to show in my blog her second checkup at the Hospital Virgen de la Luz of Cuenca. This is the Province of Cuenca, in the Castilla de La Mancha region of my beloved Spain.

This is a memorable town if writing brings to life sad moments in my life. For the soul is good to have it, for the memories, for the good times we spent together as a family with my dear late wife Martine. And we came down the mountains of the Serrania de Cuenca to visit the main city , Cuenca. Unesco World Heritage Site! Indeed is worth the trip and as we rented a house nearby , we came often here in our trips but not since this sad last trip of August 2017.

The sad story is that my dear late wife Martine was treated for pains in the medical center or Centro de Salud in Villalba de la Sierra while on our summer vacation, the first signs of her terrible cancer. Not knowing what it was yet, we were told to take her to the main area hospital Virgen de la Luz in Cuenca. Here she went thru more tests still not pinpointing her problem until we reach home in Vannes in Sept 2017. She went April 30 2018 but will never be forgotten.  So even if it brings back tearful memories, I have to have it here as this blog is the soothing time for me over time, and have many memorials to her and pictures that will stay with me forever. She was a great wife and one heck of a mother, my Martine.

The main webpage for the Hospital Virgen de la Luz in Cuenca in Spanish: http://www.hvluz.es/bienvenida.htm

The health directory of the region of Castilla La Mancha on the hospital: https://sanidad.castillalamancha.es/ciudadanos/centros/hospital-virgen-de-la-luz-cuenca#zoom=15&lat=40.0755&lon=-2.14908&layers=BT

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My Martine goes in in black right

The Virgen de la Luz Hospital in Cuenca is a health center, dependent on the Castilla-La Mancha Health Service (SESCAM), since its inception in 1964. I must add quickly the hospital was very clean , fast friendly service, very nice folks who took care of us very well. I did then, and I say it again very thankful for the service given to my wife there; a group of great professionals.

The emergency room we got int was in sector B building on the lower level. The hospital is at  Calle Hermandad Donantes De Sangre 1 or brotherhood of blood donors street. For a modern twist the local newspaper reported April 4 2021 that there are no more covid19 patients in intensive care in the hospital , good!

However, there is a new hospital coming.  The new hospital complex being built in Cuenca by the Government of Castilla-La Mancha will have more than 114,000 square meters built, of which 74,800 square meters will be for hospital use, distributed in four large blocks: surgical, hospitalization, consultations and general services.  The future university hospital in Cuenca will have a total of 502 beds, 13 operating rooms, two of which will have special dimensions to house the so-called “smart operating rooms”, a maternal-infant block with Pediatric ICU, specialized consultation modules and even a thousand parking spaces for vehicles. More in Spanish in the city of  Cuenca: https://ayuntamiento.cuenca.es/default.aspx?tabid=26140&rowid=2835340,61488

Ah forgot this one, after the hospital visit the medications were taken at the pharmacy Graner y Molina on calle Fermin Caballeros of Cuenca. Again nice friendly folks and all rembursed as EU zone. Of course, this did not do anything but nice memories of the treatment given by the folks. I have a picture will include with this post.

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There you go folks, I need to have this in my blog for my memories of always. One reason I keep the blog to continue my and my family’s history of travels, and anecdotes! Paris1972 was the first time I saw Paris and stuck, Versailles2003 is when we moved to this beautiful Versailles in gorgeous France. It has been good more so for her spirit that have made us more French, allez les Bleus!

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

May 27, 2021

Other monuments of Le Mans!!

And here I am staying in my belle France with another gem . This time will update for you and me the other monuments of Le Mans which has plenty to see and do. I am choosing one post to tell abou these off the beaten path places ,hoping you enjoy them as I do. Remember, this is in the Sarthe dept 72 of the Pays de la Loire region.

I come back to Le Mans. Well ,this is a very popular city of many popular events. And, I have written plenty on it in my blog. However, as before, I like to bring out the best in each city and after a general  overview come back in details. These are some of the other monuments of Le Mans,maybe not a post on their own but a single post on them is well merited.

The Collegiate Church of Saint-Pierre-la-Cour is the old church dedicated to the counts of Maine whose palace was adjacent. The Collegiate Church now serves various cultural events. It is considered to be one of the five municipal museums of the city of Le Mans. The first Church was first built to prevent the Norman invasions, appearing as early as 865, and safekeeping the relics of Saint Scholastique. Thus the Chapel of St. Peter, located outside the fortifications, is not sufficient to protect the relics. A new St. Peter’s Church was created in the 10C by Count Hugues. It is located between the Saint-Martin and the Comtal Palace. It was restored in 1175 by Henri II Plantagenet, which embellished it with a span and a tower in the north-west. The chorus is lengthened, as a large arch goes as far as the Saint-Martin portal. The choir was finally consecrated only in 1378. During the Hundred Years ‘ War, the Church was fortified on three levels. In 1485, the Romanesque nave is connected to Notre-Dame, underground, by a straight staircase. Five chapels are built in arches around the choir. It is in the 16C that a high roof in the pavilion covers the tower. Many exhibitions are held here today.

The Le Mans tourist office on the collegiatehttps://www.lemans-tourisme.com/en/partenaire/view/id/2217/category/18

The Sarthe dept 72 tourist board on the collegiatehttps://www.sarthe-tourism.co.uk/patrimoine-culturel/collegiale-saint-pierre-la-cour

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The Saint-Benoît Church is in the historic city center. It was built for the first time in the 12C, then rebuilt in the 15C and 16C on Gallo-Romanesque and Merovingian ruins. It was greatly damaged thereafter which led to its reconstruction in 1903. It was reinaugurated in 1910. Its architecture nevertheless brings an original touch because its arrow pierces among the roofs of old Mans, in the crypt of Sainte-Scholastique, we have been able to find old epitaphs and numerous substructions of Merovingian origin. The Church is always rich in statues representative of the golden age of terracotta Mancelle (local Le Mans), proof of the know-how of the potters of the city.

The Le Mans tourist office on the churchhttps://www.lemans-tourisme.com/fr/architecture-patrimoine/eglise-saint-benoit.html

The Sarthe dept 72 tourist board on the churchhttps://www.sarthe-tourism.co.uk/patrimoine-culturel/eglise-saint-benoit

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The Church of the Visitation is located in the Place de la République central point of the city. The Church once depended on the Convent of the Visitandines, currently located just behind the building. A problem arises as to its name. The history books and the city name the monument Church of the Visitation while the Diocese of Le Mans lists it as the Chapel of the Visitation. The Church was founded in 1634 and depended on its origin from the former convent of the Visitandines. The interior is Regency style with a large central dome spreading its clarity over two short transepts adorned in Louis XV style. The large lantern visible from the outside is a kind of large helmet containing fifteen small bells. It’s plan follows a Latin cross of about 30 by 16 meters, while an 18C style dome rises some 40 meters above the street level. The nave is illuminated by four large windows while it is divided into four large ridge-vaulted bays. The current staircase was built in 1861 in order to suit the three-meters difference that appeared during the piercing of the Rue Gambetta. In 1792, the 33 nuns who remained in the convent were expelled and locked up in the nearby Ursulines ‘ prison. The enclosure and the garden were sold as national property. In 1793, the conventual buildings were transformed into a prison, the guillotine was installed, and in 1797, the civil and criminal courts settled there. If the Church is returned to worship from 1804, the remaining buildings will remain assigned as a court and as a prison until their respective move in 1990 and January 2010 respectively.

The Le Mans tourist office on the churchhttps://www.lemans-tourisme.com/fr/architecture-patrimoine/eglise-de-la-visitation.html

The Sarthe dept 72 tourist board on the church/chapel: https://www.sarthetourisme.com/patrimoine-culturel/chapelle-de-la-visitation-0

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The Notre-Dame de Pré Church was built between the 11C and 12C. The Church is located on the right bank of the Sarthe river, in the heart of the de Pré district. It was raised from the rubble of an ancient oratory built by Saint-Julien while his apostolate lasted. The Gothic vault was added in the 15C. The Church contains a crypt in which the relics of Saint-Julien were found, before being transferred to the Cathedral in 1835. The nave is a alternately round and square pillar with a Romanesque marquee. It was the abbey Church of the Abbey of Saint-Julien-du-Pré, which received Benedictine nuns. At the beginning of the 12C, construction was continued and the abbey was finished, which offered a great homogeneity to the monument. The Church is then entirely in Romanesque style. The stone vaults are added in the 15C . A general restoration in the second half of the 19C was complemented by the addition of a large porch-shaped steeple at the front of the façade. In 1950, Max Ingrand created a cross path and stained glass windows for the Church.

The city of Le Mans tourist office on the church: https://www.lemans-tourisme.com/en/partenaire/view/id/2903/category/12

The Sarthe dept 72 tourist board on the church: https://www.sarthetourisme.com/patrimoine-culturel/eglise-notre-dame-du-pre-0

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There you go folks, wonderful beautiful historical architecurally stunning old Le Mans a must to see for all its beauty and fame. The other monuments of Le Mans are worth a detour indeed. Enjoy them, and seek more as the above is just a brief introduction to each of them.

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

ps. I have to add here that wordpress tells me this is my 500 consecutive daily post! wow! and thank you all for coming along!

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