This is Cergy , jobs and views!!!

Well here I am digging deep again as my latest posts doing update on those early towns of our lives in our belle France. This is particularily fond as not only visit but I worked my first job nearby Cergy St Christophe, and my dear late wife Martine took as her route to work in Roissy CDG airport. So sit back and come along with me in some nice memories of me and my family in an off the beaten path town  of Cergy you might as well visit to be different..!

So in my travels as I was saying, I have been to many places, and most never written on it. They are not on the tourist trail and nowhere in any travel book, but they are worth it for the real local experience and some facts about France to enrich your understanding of why France is the most visited country in the world according to the official UN-WTO. And no, it is not always Paris….  I like to talk a bit today about Cergy. This is Cergy in the department 95 of Val-d’Oise in the région of Île-de-France. As I have a post on its main monument this will be on my black and white series, no pictures. Hope you enjoy it as I.

Cergy is located on the right bank of the Oise river on the limits south of the park of the Vexin français at about 28 km from Paris. It is the principal city in the metro area of  Cergy-Pontoise. It is cross by the autoroute A15 towards Paris or Rouen, and cut on the La Francilienne N104 towards Roissy CDG airport, Versailles on the N186 etc.  The A15  ends at sortie or exit 9 in the district of Grand Centre between the wonderful and favorite shopping center of the  Trois-Fontaines (see post)  in the plains of  Saint-Martin in Pontoise. However, the road continues without interruptions as the N14 and later the D14  by sortie or exit 13, and continues on as the scenic route to Rouen in Normandy; very nice indeed. The wonderful boulevard du Port takes you to Pontoise and Cergy-Village as well as the very nice Port-Cergy; the D915 takes you as far as Dieppe in Normandy.  For public transports, Cergy is in zone 5 at the end of the line RER A ending at Cergy-le-Haut  and passing by Cergy-Préfecture and Cergy-Saint-Christophe (my first job site was here in France ! which of course came by car!! ). The train stations of Cergy-Préfecture and Cergy-le-Haut have exchange poles to take you to several towns and bus depot such as well the intercity long distance buses even to Roissy CDG airport. The local public transport site is call STIVO,the network of the metropolitan area of Cergy-Pontoise.

My dear late wife, Martine , used to worked for many years at Roissy CDG airport in cargo area for DHL Global Forwarding at 27 Rue de la Belle Borne,in cargo zone 7, in the limits of the town of Tremblay en France, and she came by bus changing here at Cergy. The bus was the 95-18, Cergy Préfecture to Zone Technique . The Transdev bus network for it, webpage: https://www.transdev-idf.com/ligne-9518/express_9518_cergy_roissy_212/212-CG95

Better than the trains!  As DHL was a memorable nice job for my wife and lots of help on her passing I will put their webpage here as a thank you: https://www.dhl.com/fr-en/home/our-divisions/global-forwarding.html

The shopping center or centre commercial les 4 Fontaines were a favorite for the grocery shopping at Auchan, the car rental Hertz by the Esso gas station (great deals to Spain! ), FNAC, Armand Thierry fashions,and the Micromania video games store. As we took the road warrior theme seriously from wherever we live lol! webpage: https://www.3fontaines.com/

Being part of a new city or nouvelle villes of France , the history is surprisingly very short.  A bit of history I like; tells you a bit that the current town of Cergy is the union of several villages. Cergy  was first called Cergiacum in 1069 and Sergy in 1731,then other villages were Gency called Gentiacum in 1072, Menandon called Monlandon in 1135, Les Veaurois called Vaulx-Rouez in 1528, Le Brûloir, Ham was annexed to Eragny sur Oise in 1687, then back to Cergy after the French revolution, and finally, Les Clobilles.

Things to see at Cergy

Saint Christophe Church at rue de Neuville, as Cergy was elevated to a parish in 1120, the monks of the priery of the abbey of Saint Denis built the first Church in the Roman style that today left only the belltower until the second level (3rd US) , the transept, and some chapters. From early 18C, the gothic choir was done to replace the roman one. This choir with the collateral chapels represent the principal elements of the Church today. The lateral Chapels of the organ and the sacristy were added in the 14C. Today, only is left the fortified tower and a pigeon tower; the south gate entrance to the Church once closed has recently been open and renovated . The pierre-Fouret also known as the menhir de Gency is a megalith stone in the village of Gency, rue de Vauréal,in the garden of the a retirement home today.

The major things to see here are the Axe majeur,(see post) in the district of the Axe Majeur/Horloge done in a sculptural and garden style monuments from 1980. By 1985 ,Ricardo Bofill did a semicircular space around the original point of the Axe. It has great views of Paris; very relaxing place we came here often.

Another not been too yet is the Château de Gency  located on 96 rue de Vauréal or road D922 near the village of Gency dominating the Oise river descending from one side of the road to the road chemin de halage with apple trees and cow pastures. The park has 5 hectares of space on a miniature Buttes-Chaumont of Paris look done during the Second Empire (Napoleon III ) period. The place full of history was built in 1860, today the castle of  Gency  is a place for receptions not open to the public.

The other is the Port Cergy on the Oise river marina with yachts and nice contemporary housing and gardens given to the canals. It has a nice pleasure boat marina. More on the port Cergy in French webpage: https://portcergy.com/

.A great entertainment place came here often for lunch or happy hour/after work/apéro when worked nearby in Cergy St Christophe and even took the family here for lunches on Saturdays. The favorites were Hippopotamus with webpage: https://restaurants.hippopotamus.fr/hippopotamus-steakhouse-d16ad56c642a

And our tops the La Créperie du Port an English Pub style lovely place, webpagehttps://www.lacreperieduport.fr/

The city of Cergy on its heritagehttps://www.cergy.fr/notre-ville/lieux-cles/culture-patrimoine/lieux-remarquables/

The Cergy-Pontoise tourist office on Cergy in English: https://www.ot-cergypontoise.fr/en/the-cergy-pontoise-agglomeration/cergy/

The Val d’Oise dept 95 tourist office on things to see: https://www.valdoise-tourisme.com/les-incontournables/cergy-pontoise/

There you have it folks, something new in my blog that should have been on it long ago. The always memorable Cergy. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!

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