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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.


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:

The Versailles tourist office to know the Notre Dame neighborhood (quartier) more:

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:

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 :

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:

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:

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:

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;

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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 :

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!!!

May 29, 2021

Hôtel du Cheval Rouge, Versailles!

And after a bit of a road warrior trip will bring you back to my beloved Versailles, a city so dear and close to me. No need to tell you more  ,just read my blog. Today, I will update a memorable spot even if not on the tourist tour of the palace; this is real city of Versailles. Therefore, let me tell you a bit more on the Hôtel du Cheval Rouge!

I seldom write about a particular hotel unless in the body of a travel visit but never alone. This time I will make an exception because its quant historical and darn right good. There is a history.  I like to tell you about the Hôtel du Cheval Rouge of Versailles. It is a sentimental favorite and we have even visited later on without staying when we lived in Versailles just for the memories. This is the first and only hotel we have stayed in Versailles as visitors way back in 2000, before moving permanently to France in 2003. And behold, we end up living there not far from it!! I guess we like the neighborhood…Notre Dame!!!


The building was built in 1676,was then used by  king Louis XIV as his livery and storeroom. From that time on, the hotel was able to maintain the tradition of the inn where it is good to rest. Ideally located in the cross-aisle of a very busy market place Notre-Dame precisely at 18 Rue André Chernier, only 5 min walk from the palace/museum, the hotel surprises by its calm.

To the endorsement of this tranquility also illustrated by the hotel garden, the comfort of its rooms and the breakfast room. There are eight recently renovated family rooms and other furnished studios; As for the double rooms, the classics have a shower room, the superior ones, more spacious, a bathtub. All have satellite TV and a Wifi connection. And free parking inside!

versailles hotel cheval rouge jan2011

It is the perfect spot to see the best of Versailles not just the palace/museum but the wonderful Notre Dame market, the Lambinet museum, menus-plaisirs, madame du Barry stables, the grande and petite ecuries, the grand commun, and much more of wonderful royal beautiful Versailles.

Have a great stay here and why not, do the inverse of what most do, stay here and visit Paris! Hotel du Cheval Rouge (yes Red Horse Hotel)  is great, friendly, historical, and has lots of souvenirs of my family as well. Recommended of course.

The official Hôtel du Cheval Rouge webpage:

The Versailles tourist office on the Hôtel du Cheval Rouge

Hoping you will have a great stay or had one already ,and hope you have enjoy and come to this jewel property of the city of Versailles. 

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

May 29, 2021

Other monuments of the Trier-Saarburg!!

And again updating these older posts of our family trip to Germany which was as usual for us a memorable trip. The boys decided to go to Germany for some reason, and we were stuck with trying something different than our beloved Spain. We headed by car ,rented a house in Trier, and went out in our road warrior mode all over the western part of Germany. It was awesome! Let me update for you and me our trip to see off the beaten paths areas and other monuments of the Trier-Saarburg area!!

I am coming back to Germany to tell you about some interestings monuments -churches in small towns along my road warrior ways. We drove all over western Germany ,especially along the border with France and Luxembourg. Great rides!!!  Let me tell you about some other monuments in the lovely towns of Ayl, Ockfen, Schoden, and Wiltingen all in the district of Trier-Saarburg and the State of Rhineland-Palatinate!  These are the towns you yearned to visit off the beaten path country towns with nice monuments to boot.

Ayl is a village located in the district of Trier-Saarburg, in the State of Rhineland-Palatinate. Its estimated population is at 1558 inhabitants. It is located west of the State, near the city of Trier, on the banks of the Moselle river, one of the main tributaries of the Rhine river, and the border with Luxembourg.  Here rising in the country side over vineyards you come to see the great spiral of St. Bartholomäus Church.  The nave construction, round arch style, from 1845/48, and the renovations and rectory  from 1873/74. There is a Catholic club and youth house from 1929/33.


The official parish of Ayl on the church in German:

The Saar Obemosel tourist office on Ayl in German:

The Mosel tourist board on Ayl in German:

Wiltingen am Saar belongs to the town of Konz.  It is located about 9 km southwest of Trier on the lower Saar.  Wiltingen has an old St. Martin’s Church in the center of the village, which is already known as the Mother Church in 1030. It belonged to the Abbey of St. Mary in Trier.  The present St Martin’s Church was built in 1909/10. In addition to the magnificently carved high altar of 1910, there are several old depictions of the patron Saint of the  in the church, such as a keystone of 1590 or the part of a stone altar around 1630. A wooden figure on the high altar shows the St. Martin as Bishop: Guardian and Teacher of Faith in His time as today.



The town of Wiltingen am Saar on its heritage in German:

The Saar Obemosel tourist office on Wiltingen in German:

The Mosel tourist board on Wiltingen in German:

Ockfen was first mentioned in 975 in a document by the Archbishop of Trier, Thierry I, as Occava in possession of the abbey of Saint Martin in Trier.  The St Valentin Church at an exposed location 1904-1906 ,the neo-Gothic step hall, was picturesquely composed. Part of the structure inserted into the slope, which sloping sharply to the south, it was additively assembled. The plain construction with sandstone elements and slate fragment insertions ,and moving slate covered rooftop.

The Church of St Valentin, which approaches the floor plan of the cross form, consists of a main nave and narrowly spreading side aisles. The tower builds over a side nave lean on the south side. An overcrowded widening on the side nave gives the exterior building the accent of a cross-ship. In the Tympanum, a three-quartered crucifix deposited by vines. The tower is significantly highlighted with an octagonal staircase.  The interior is on massive round pillars cross rib vaults. The furnishings mainly from the construction period, such as the high altar, the baptism and the pulpit. The original tile floor is also preserved. The left side altar on the side of the choir is the Chapel with Queen of Heaven under a canopy. In the left aisle arm, the late Gothic wooden figure of the patron Saint of the Church from around 1500.  After severe damage in 1945, the Church of St Valentin was restored. The Church merging with the place and the landscape. The protected environment encompasses the rectory, built in 1914 and now modified a simple palm-roof building.



The town of Ockfen on the church in German:

The Mosel tourist board on Ockfen in German:

Schoden belongs to the town of Saarburg-Kell. The village is located directly on the lower Saar. Viticulture is practiced on the rising slopes. From 18 July 1946 to 6 June 1947 Schoden, formed part of the Saar Protectorate. Partitioned from Germany after its defeat in WWII; it was administered by the French Fourth Republic. On rejoining, West Germany in 1957, it became the smallest area state in the Saarland, not counting the city states of Berlin, Hamburg, and Bremen. It is named after the Saar River.

The Church St Paul, built in 1842, is in the tradition of plain chapels in Trier. The three-sided choir end meets the Romanesque east tower of the Church. The two-story tower of the 12C under the roof of the tent set the eaves for the Church hall.  The tower, which is visible from the choir tower and then included as a sacristy in the new Church, shows round-board sound windows. The new Church of St Paul is done  in classicist style, accentuated by a single-neat arched window.  The neo-Gothic roofer, destroyed in 1945, replaces a simple, boxy structure. The wooden gallery is from around 1900. The neo-Gothic high altar with the paintings referring to the patron Saints of the Church work of art depicting Christ appearing to Mary Magdalene after His Resurrection and the leyend of St Paul. There is a crucifixion group from the neoclassical secondary altars of around 1900.  The two-story tower of the 12C under the roof of the tent set the eaves for the church hall.  The simple gable front is enriched on both sides of the portal by the monuments to the fallen of WWI and WWII. On the left, including the relief of a Cross, an arch artificial stone pedicel with contemporary ornamentation of 1923.



The Saar Obemosel tourist office on Schoden in German:

The Mosel tourist board on Schoden in German:

This is one site in German I gather most of the detail information on the above towns as on site there was little to have. The Dekanat or Décanat in French is a religious residence of a dean. All towns are there under “pfarreiengemeinsch”. webpage:

There you go folks, splendid car ride or even by bike (more strenous) we rode all over these towns and it was lovely to go out and come back in each day. The picturesque small towns was great for the bread, the snack and the visit to the Other monuments of the Trier-Saarburg district, in the Rhineland-Palatinate State! Hope you have enjoyed the ride!

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

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