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July 16, 2021

Tour de France in Ste Anne d’Auray!!!

Ok so as promise in my previous posts on some news from France, the tour de France passed very near me. In fact, the road that I always take to go to our capital city of Vannes, as they came from the coast on the D17 into city center Sainte Anne d’Auray! This town is about 12 km from home which we reach by the D102 road most often. I have written before on the Tour de France in my blog, and on the times we were there and pictures to show, last time by here by St Avé in 2015.

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This time they came even closer on the 3rd stage of the tour de France passing by many towns in my Morbihan 56 breton. We waited for them here in Sainte Anne d’Auray which written on its famous lovely basilica in my posts. My Dad came with us for the first time in his new wheelchair!! It was easy and nice ,he love it did not stop talking!!!

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We arrived by 12h30 and had excellent spot by the entrance to the Basilica de Sainte Anne on the road D19. We parked on the side of the monument to the fallen Bretons on a grassy field and walked five minutes to the above spot. Leaving was easy and orderly very nice organisation in my neck of the woods! There is the parade first!

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The third stage of the Tour de France took place between Lorient and Pontivy, in Morbihan dept 56 , today Monday June 28 on 182.9 km from Lorient to Pontivy. The Tour de France were marked by the return of a festive atmosphere, with many spectators along the roads.

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Nice towns we passed many times and even daily, the 3rd stage was awesome to say the least. You can see posts on these towns in my blog!

The start   of the 3rd stage will be given in Lorient, on the Quai Mansion, at 13h10. The peloton will then pass near Kervignac, Merlevenez, Plouhinec and Belz before joining Erdeven (13h50) then Plouharnel ( 14h). The peloton will then take the direction of Carnac, La Trinité-sur-Mer, Crac’h and Auray ( 14h30) before continuing towards Pluneret and Sainte-Anne-d´Auray , passing at 14h36 ( 2:36 p.m exactly!!). The runners will pass through Grand-Champ (14h55) before continuing towards Locmaria-Grand-Champ, Locqueltas, and Plaudren ( 15h15 ). They are expected between 15h20 and 15h30 at the top of the Cadoudal hill in Plumelec. The peloton will then join Cruguel, Guégon, and Josselin (15h50), then Forges-de-Lanouée and Pleugriffet ( 16h) where the intermediate sprint will be contested. Then direction Radenac, Moréac, and Locminé (16h30) then the Pluméliau coast (16h45). The riders will then start the last 30 kilometers of the event with a passage through Pluméliau-Bieuzy, Melrand and Guern ( 17h). They will pass through Malguénac before arriving in Pontivy where the winner of the stage should be determined around 17h30.

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These are the participating runners born in the Morbihan: Warren Barguil (Hennebont), Jean Gainche (Remingol), Pierre le Bigaut (Guémené sur Scorff), Jean Le Guilly(Le Faouët), François Mahé (Arradon), and Joseph Morvan (Moustoir-Ac).

The official tour de France on the 3rd Stage in French: https://www.letour.fr/fr/la-course/grands-departs/grand-depart-2021

The winner at Pontivy is Tim Merlier (Belgium) with the Alpecin Fenix team, and still overall yellow jersey is Mathieu Van Der Poel of the Netherlands, and, also, Alpecin Fenix team. The best French is second in the general with Julian Alaphilippe of theDeceuninck -Quick- STEP Belgium base.

The race continues in Bretagne with the 4th stage from Redon to Fougéres! And do not forget we still have the Tour de Bretagne coming up September 20 to 26 2021. Official webpage in French: https://www.tourdebretagne.bzh/le-parcours/les-infos-des-7-etapes/

A fun family day near me and we love it, we came home for some real cooking rose wine from Château Cavalier and now resting as the needs are great starting Thursday July 1st. Stay tune!!!

Hope you enjoy the post and the tour de France in general and already looking forward to watching the rest on TV. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

July 16, 2021

Musée Lambinet of Versailles!

Coming to Versailles most go to the palace as said this is an unfortunate routine as said Versailles has a lot more than a castle. One very nice place to understand the whole story of Versailles is to go to the museum of the city, the Musée Lambinet very near my old home and a worth the detour off the beaten path place to go. Hope you like the post to do so.

And here I am again to tell you about the off the beaten paths sites of my beloved Versailles. Again, step away from the castle/museum and see the “other” museums of Versailles. It’s a treasure throve of historical facts about Versailles and the events on this Royal city. Enjoy the Lambinet museum.

The City of Versailles has a museum dedicated mainly to the arts of the 18C, but also to religious art, to the French revolution and to the history of Versailles. Installed in a mansion built in 1750 and bequeathed to the city in 1929, the Lambinet Museum has no fewer than thirty-five rooms. Some are arranged as in the great century, with woodwork, paintings, furniture, sculptures, precious objects, porcelain, etc.  The Lambinet museum being a former place of habitation, the rooms are quite small. A room is reserved for Charlotte Corday and Marat. In 2010, conservation had a charming apartment, typical of the18C mansions. The museum is located on the boulevard de la Reine, Notre Dame district of Versailles. Again, do not miss the visit of this nice museum if you go to Versailles.

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The museum is installed since 1932 in the Hotel Lambinet, built in the 2nd half of the 18C. This mansion was built in 1750 in a parcel of the pond of Clagny dried up in 1737 . Victor Lambinet , former lawyer, then judge at the Court of Versailles, son of a mayor of the city, buys it in 1852. He occupies it in 1859, using one of the hotel’s wings as a reporting building. In 1921, the building was bequeathed to Mr. Dagincourt and Dénériaz by Nathalie Lambinet, stepdaughter of Victor Lambinet and last owner of the hotel; with the hope that they turned it into a museum. The city decided to transfer the previously preserved works to the Municipal library, the former Ministry of Marine and Foreign Affairs of Louis XV and Louis XVI to it. 

The museum has 35 rooms, some of which have preserved their period panels. There are collections that evoke the history of Versailles: stamped furniture, ceramics or art objects, as well as old portraits and works by Versailles artists, sculptures (notably by Jean-Antoine Houdon who lents his name to the museum in 1932), paintings and also copper plates that were used to print the paintings of Jouy.The collections of the Musée Lambinet are divided into three departments: History of France, History of the city and parts related to the French revolution, the reconstruction of an apartment of the 18C, and the Department of Fine Arts.  To find your way around it, it’s simple: the Department of Fine Arts is located on the ground floor (1st US) , and on the first floor (2nd US). It is also on the first floor that we visit the famous Apartment, which plunges you into the atmosphere of a mansion in the 18C. Finally, the third floor (4th US) concentrates the collections on the French revolution, including a room dedicated to Charlotte Corday and Marat, and the history of the Royal city, with a series of small paintings painted in 1890 by Auguste-Alexandre Baudran, witness of a bygone Versailles.

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In 2010, the conservators of the Lambinet museum recreated an apartment of the late 18C as could have been seen in Versailles, towards the end of the day. With the aim of recreating the ambiance and décor of the time. The choice of the end of the day explains the very pronounced twilight of some rooms. This small apartment was of course furnished with period furniture. The dining room table is represented in the middle of the meal, with a porcelain service. A harp comes to brighten the living room.  The Musée Lambinet, tells the history of the city and all in it. There you can see wonderful things such as the Carreaux de Faîence provenant du Trianon de Porcelaine,  the faience porcelain tiles coming from the old Trianon. By order of Louis XIV, Le Vau builts in 1670 a house or pavillon all covered in porcelain and parterre gardens done by Le Bouteux( son of the nephew of Le Notre). Two millions pots were ready at the disposal , with plants including onions from Holland/ The faience were done by Delft. The house could not withstand the cold weather very well, and it turn in ruins. Louis XIV change its tastes and in 1684 ordered it destroyed. In turn he orders the marble house or Trianon that we know today as the Grand Trianon!

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Lambinet Museum , 54, boulevard de la Reine. (closest from Montparnasse to rive droite train station out turn left into bd Maréchal Foch to bd de la Reine turn right into the museum on left hand sidewalk). Check the site for latest update but last it was open daily from 14h to 18h, except Fridays, Holidays and annual closing in the summer. The Salon de thé (tearoom) is open on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Permanent Collections: full price admission is 5€. Temporary exhibits: full price admission is 6€. All worth it.

The City of Versailles on the Lambinet museum: https://www.versailles.fr/culture/etablissements/musee-lambinet/

The Versailles tourist office on the Lambinet museum: https://www.versailles-tourisme.com/musee-lambinet.html

The Yvelines dept 78 tourist office on the Lambinent museum: https://www.sortir-yvelines.fr/Art-et-culture/Art-et-culture-dans-les-Yvelines/musee-yvelines/musee-lambinet-versailles

There you go folks, hope you enjoy the visit half a day will do to the Lambinet museum , and as said Versailles is a lot more than the Palace. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

July 16, 2021

Church of Notre Dame de la Couture ,Le Mans!

Here is a dandy in medieval nice Le Mans, we love it, the whole city of course. One of the nicest things to see here is the Church of Notre Dame de la Couture. I like to update this older post with text and links for you and me. Hope you enjoy it as I.

Hi there you all, thanks for reading my blog since Nov 2010! I come back to you on another that can be call off the beaten path sites in my belle France. The town is world famous but most folks come here for the car races and on sights go to the Cathedral, however, there is a lot more in Le Mans.  I like to tell you a bit on the Church of Notre Dame de la Couture. It is of course, in Le Mans, dept 72 of the Sarthe in the Pays de la Loire region.

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The Church of Notre Dame de la Couture is the former abbey of the Abbey of Saint-Pierre de la Couture. And therefore, now name Notre Dame de la Couture Church.  It is located in the city center/downtown at about 500 meters from the train station. The Church has a large western massif framed by two very different towers. The other buildings of the old abbey are juxtaposed with the Church, on its southern flank and are occupied today by the prefecture (dept reg govt) of the Sarthe. This major monument of the city of Le Mans, comes mainly from the 12C; In the same way as St. Julien Cathedral (see my post). The two buildings have many similarities starting with their imposing mass. The seam has a common architecture with the Cathedral of Angers(see my post), despite the fact that the Le Mans’ Church is not built in limestone. Their plans were roughly the same while their time of construction was very close, even simultaneous.

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A bit of history I like

It is restored and rebuilt around the year 1000. The Church was then renamed Saint-Pierre de la Couture by a monk in the abbey while he left another Abbot  to take part in his previous duties. Remnants of the old version of the Church are still visible above the south cloister, 18 meters high.  In 1180, the Great fire of Le Mans ravaged everything. The Church Notre Dame de la Couture  was severely affected. It was rebuilt in the 12C. The nave is 42 meters long and was done with 3 bays on a square plane. This plan was taken from the Cathedral of Angers. The Dominicans vaults are longer than average with 16 meters long, reaching more than 22 meters under dome. Some columns exceed 5 meters in thickness while the outer walls must also be thickened. Rare thing, the central nave is illuminated by geminate windows surmounted by an oculus. The two towers of the western part date from the 13C, while the porch is open between the latter two. In 1533, the Lord John II of the Escotais offered a richly sculpted altarpiece to the Chapel of the baptismal font.

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The Concordat of 1801 (accord between the Church and the State ) authorized the reopening of the churches. Notre Dame de la Couture Church was the first parish in Le Mans to do so. Now known as Notre-Dame de la Couture, her priest, Pierre-René Huard, returned to his ministry after ten years of exile and devoted himself to the difficult task of reconstructing and restoring the church that had suffered during these years of abandonment and neglect. Father Joseph de Lisle, who had been exiled with Huard, settled from that time to Notre-Dame de la Couture Church as a priest-in-residence.

Some interior description of the Church of Notre Dame de la Couture :

The gothic nave of three bays took the place of an ancient Romanesque nave of seven bays. There is a walkway  of the braces towards the nave. The choir, the high parts are gothic; The ambulatory kept its Romanesque vault: ridges on doubles. There were originally five radiant apsidioles. There is only one Romanesque apsidiole in the southeast remaining. It has some surviving Romanesque arches. The vast Crypt with three aisles vaulted with ridges. The pillars are often made of monolithic marble columns, probably used. One can see a stained glass window dedicated to the Virgin dating from the 19C, and which is one of the first windows designed in medieval fashion, called archaeological window. Nice!

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Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are:

The official parish of Notre Dame de la Couturehttp://www.ndcouture.org/

The Le Mans tourist office on the churchhttps://www.lemans-tourisme.com/en/partenaire/view/id/2901/category/12

The Sarthe dept 72 tourist office on the ND de la Couture Churchhttps://www.sarthe-tourism.co.uk/patrimoine-culturel/eglise-notre-dame-de-la-couture

There you go folks, another dandy in superbe Le Mans and of course plenty to see there but this one is one on my book of must sees while in town. Enjoy the Church of Notre Dame de la Couture!

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

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