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June 7, 2021

Pont George V of Orléans!

This one escape telling  you all about it, tant pis. Or as the old saying better late than never. We have visited the wonderful historical city of Orléans and was very memorable walking its streets and the sights. Several posts on them in my blog. However, I missed this important bridge, the Pont George V of Orléans, and will gladly tell you about it now.

The nice historical pont George V is the oldest bridge in the city, built in 1751-1763 and runs for about 1,2 kms.  The Orleans Bridge, known as the Royal Bridge, then the National Bridge and, during WWI, the George-V Bridge, in honor of the King of England George V, is a masonry arched bridge crossing the Loire river in the Loiret department 45 of the Centre Val de Loire region of my belle France. It is located 1.2 km downstream from the René-Thinat bridge and 700 meters upstream from the Maréchal-Joffre bridge, in the axis of rue Royale on the right bank and avenue Dauphine on the left bank.

orleans pont George V over Loire to city aug07

The George V Bridge is composed of nine arches of unequal openings decreasing weakly from the center to the banks. The vaults are in the shape of a basket handle with five centers, the large radius of which is approximately 28 meters. When commissioned, the central arch measures about 32 meters in opening and those of the abutments, the smallest, 30 meters each. The total length was 325 meters between abutments, or 339 meters, including the thickness of the abutments. The width was about 15 meters from head to head. Two pavilions adorned the southern end. As a result of the destruction of several arches in WWII and their subsequent reconstruction, some dimensions have changed slightly.

The Pont George V bridge now has two lanes of traffic for cars, two lanes for tramways and a sidewalk. Tramway line A then runs from the Hôpital de la Source in the south to Jules-Verne station in the north and takes the George-V bridge. Of course, we rode on it just for the thrill! 

The city metro area of Orléans on the pont George V

The Orléans tourist office on the pont George V

There you go folks, a nice city structure with a long history and nicely done going over one of the emblematic rivers of my France, the Loire. Hope you enjoy the brief post and do see the Pont George V, worth the detour me think.

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

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June 7, 2021


This is a mix post of old stories from other older posts and some new text to argument the presentation of Barceloneta beach in Barcelona, Spain. I have visited the city several times and have several posts on it, but feel this area of my antics deserve more. Therefore will dedicate on post to Barceloneta beach and one new pictures sort of telling you this is awesome party time especially at night. Hope you enjoy it as I do the memories.

Barceloneta is one of the most authentic and popular neighborhoods in Barcelona. Located in the Port Vell district, it is an old fishing area full of magic and history. The neighborhood is shaped like a triangle and is connected to the Olympic Port, the Ronda Litoral freeway and the seafront, including Barceloneta beach, Somorrostro beach, Sant Sebastia beach and Sant Miquel beach.

Barceloneta was practically uninhabited until the mid-18C. In 1754,fishermen living in neighboring areas slowly but surely began to populate this part of town due to its closeness to the sea. Although La Barceloneta has been renovated and is now rather modern, it has somehow maintained its unique charm. The neighborhood is packed withnarrow alleyways that are flanked on both sides by old buildings, churches, stores and restaurants that look just as they did 200 years ago.

Some things worth visiting here are, the Museu d’Historia de Catalunya or history museum of Catalonia, and the Barcelona’s clock tower, which was formerly built as a lighthouse in 1772 and is nowadays the oldest structure in La Barceloneta. You can take the cable car from Barceloneta beach to get to the Miramar gardens viewpoint and enjoy stunning views of the port. A few feet from La Barceloneta is Port Vell, where you can do a bit of shopping in the Maremagnum shopping center, see a movie in the IMAX Theatre or visit Barcelona’s remarkable Aquarium.

I always come here taking a taxi from the hotel I am staying but the metro line 4 stop Barceloneta is an option.

The Barceloneta bordering the old Port (port Vell see post) of the city has undergone significant changes since the creation of the Vila Olimpica for the Games of 1992, with its twin towers of the Torre Mapfre and the Hotel Arts.  Going around the layout of the beach, bordered by a casino, restaurants, private clubs, luxury hotels ,and bars.

My thing was not about to end the night, so I went to the Casino de Barcelona, for a look at slots machines that I did go last back in Atlantic City ,New Jersey ,USA!!! The casino is nearby at the Port Olympic, but we took a taxi to get here for about 15 euros. We went around checking out all the machines, and table games, the restaurant /bar in lower level. casino webpage:

And finally went out into into the late night searching for more thrills and events;;;;; walking around it we cave in to a wonderful place where you go down a stair of tall wooden men like Egyptian or Indian statues into the lower floor , tables and couch awaits you ,where you can take off your shoes and go into a sofa style bedding/table awaits for your drinks and be merry life full ahead, massages available extra. We stumbled into the Carpe Diem Lounge Club describe above or the CDLC, a wonderful place Worth coming back for it. Portos away and classy beautiful sights and looks! webpage:


The city of Barcelona on Barceloneta beach

The Barcelona tourist office on Barceloneta beach

And there you go folks another face of Barcelona, not too many pictures as could not too busy having fun, but with the mobile phone did took one out for the memories and this post. From me to you, enjoy Barceloneta beach and again at night is better…

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

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June 7, 2021

Belize – México border crossing!

This is something I had hidden in older posts and really need to share it with you with more details and a post of its own. One of the nicest experience of traveling in the Americas was crossing the border at Belize to/from Mexico!!! Let me tell you a bit about with new text and same old photo. Hope you enjoy it.

The land border between Belize and Mexico is an international border of 193 km by land and 85 km by sea. Its current route, almost entirely delimited by rivers such as the Río Hondo or the Río Azul, dates back to 1893. Oh yes this is Central America in the Americas folks.

A bit of history I like

The border between Mexico and Belize was very difficult to explore and demarcate around 1860 because of its isolated position, in a very sparsely populated region, on the borders of the Mexican State whose capital is located several hundred kilometers to the north. The weak Mexican presence in the region allowed the British to form the colony of British Honduras in 1871, currently Belize.   From that time on, the Mexican position shifted due to the government’s desire to end the smuggling of arms from Belize which fed the rebel Mayans fighting against Mexico in what was called the War of the Castes between 1847 to 1901.

The treaty between the two countries to minimize the above was signed on July 8, 1893 in Mexico City, and an additional convention was added to it on April 7, 1897. It is made up of four articles: the first fixes the border; by the second the United Kingdom undertakes not to supply any more weapons to the Mayan rebels, the third establishes the obligation for each state to prevent the Amerindians of their respective territories from engaging in incursions into the neighboring country and, finally, the fourth establishes the ratification of the treaty by the respective governments . The additional convention of 1897 established the freedom for Mexican merchant ships to navigate without restriction through the Boca Bacalar Chico and within the entire Chetumal Bay. On the other hand, the military navy could not do it, and, to allow its access to the bay through Mexican territory, it was decided to dig the Zaragoza Canal.

And the road warrior trip Mexico/Belize!

There are two entry points between the two countries. The main one being located between Subteniente López, in the State of Quintana Roo, Mexico, and Santa Elena, in the district of Corozal, Belize. It is close to the capital of Quintana Roo and main town in the region, Chetumal 10 km away. This is how I got in and out.

The second crossing point is located between La Unión, Mexico, and Blue Creek Village, in the Orange Walk District, Belize, near the confluence between the Río Azul and the Río Bravo, which form from this place the Río Hondo.

Significant commercial and legal tourism activity has also taken place, especially in Belize, which has established a free zone at the northern crossing point and authorized the construction of casinos, which are prohibited in Mexico, and which constitute an important tourist attraction. And we stop here to eat , see , shop and rest on both ways.

mex duty free passing border belize jul14

I came by rental car from Chetumal but there were local friends who did this so the paperwork I was not involved. There is a fee at about 7 dollars to enter and again out of Belize per person and you need a copy of your passport. I have heard there are other fees like for fumigation, insurance etc but not my experience so cannot tell you; just check it out from official sources.

However, did see and acknowledge bus service into Belize from Chetumal, Mexico. The bus station I saw are ADO and first class buses,located at Av. Insugentes at Calle Palermo (close to Plaza Las Americas and my hotel way back for one nigh see post) , and the old ADO bus station, located at Calle Salvador Novo near Av. Insurgentes and Av. Belice.

As said, we rented a car in Chetumal done by my friends and before we came by air from Mexico city. This way is cheaper than if flying from CDMEX to Belize City by air! Somehow I was told.

As I read in local newspaper, the dredging of the Zaragoza canal (see above) will allow tours from Islas Mujeres and other points in the Caribbean to Chetumal!! This should be ready by mid 2022. I invite you to see my other posts on Belize, Chetumal, Bacalar Mexico in my blog.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip are:

The official Free Zone of Belize webpage:

The Duty Free Zone independent webpage:

There you go folks, really an off the beaten path road trip between two countries with lots of memories forever. We stay in Chetumal on the way back and see my posts. In Belize , we stay by Plasencia and rode most of it and see posts. Hope you enjoy this post of the unique border crossing between two countries .

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

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