Orléans, a lot more than Jeanne!

And continuing in my saga of updating older posts to relieve wonderful family moments of our travels; it has been a blast and thank you for reading me since November  2010!! I bring us back to the magical Orléans loaded with the history of France and Europe but also beautiful architecture. Indeed, Orléans is a lot more than Jeanne!

So needless to say have other posts on Orléans in my blog and speaking of Jeanne oh yes Joan of Arc or Jeanne d’Arc (Fr) it is a nice city to visit and even thus we use the car, it has direct train service from Paris for an easy day outing. It is worth it. Let me tell you a bit more on Orléans. The very essence of mentioning Orléans brings back my history coming to France. It was on my trip to know my dear late wife Martine, that I passed by here on our way to Spain, right down the center of town back in 1990, still going strong, and many visits afterward.

This is the epicenter of the history of modern France, when Jeanne d’Arc gave back the city to the French king Charles VII from the English invaders. This is the epic story of a young lady rise to military genius and more importantly to be later the Patron Saint of France, doctor of the Catholic Church.  It is a city in the department of the Loiret No 45 in the region Centre-Val-de-Loire.  It is easily reachable on the autoroute A10 direction Bordeaux from Paris. Near it passes the A71 towards the mediterranean becoming later the A75 . The A19 linked the city with the A10 and A6 north of the city. By the way I have visited the city only by car. However, it is well linked by train from Paris Austerlitz station , the SNCF train station is at avenue de Paris near shopping center place d’Arc; the bus station is also next to the train station. Just to add this was the route to go to Paris at Gare d’Orsay, today its the museum. There is a local bus/tramway service Tao, but again never use it.

The city goes back several thousands years but the most important event was that took place with Jeanne d’Arc and its liberation. Liberated on May 8 1429. Later after much destruction in WWII it was liberated again by Gen Patton of the US 3rd Army in 1945. The history associated with it its huge not enough space for this post .  The feast of Jeanne d’Arc is held every year on the 29 of April to May 8 celebrations, there is a video reproduction and more in French at the metro Orléans tourist office webpage, keep an eye for it: https://www.orleans-metropole.fr/fetes-de-jeanne-d-arc/

However, as an introductory post to Orléans there is plenty others things to see and have some on separate posts in my blog. Below a sentimental picture of my boys and dear Martine front of Hôtel de Ville or city hall of Orléans!


One must come here to see the Cathédrale Sainte-Croix (see post ) at 10 rue Gobelets,where Jeanne d’Arc came to celebrate Mass in 1429. There is a church here since 330 destroyed ,fires, and always rebuilt from kings of France to 1829 when finally all restored. its great inside and statue of Jeanne d’Arc is superb.  The Hôtel Groslot,(see post ) built between 1550-1555 by Jacques Groslot bailif of Orleans. kings Charles IX, Henri III,and Henri IV stayed here ! It now houses the mayors office of the city since 1790, it is splendidly richly decorated. The Maison de Jeanne d’Arc (see post) is where she lodged from april 24 to May 9 1429, rebuilt to identical after its destruction with the bombings of WWII.   The place du Martroi, symbolic heart of the city has a huge equestrian statue of Jeanne d’Arc where she is bigger than the horse, at WWII this sculpture was partially destroyed and it was rebuilt by sculptor Paul Belmondo ,father of the famous actor Jean-Paul Belmondo.  The Hôtel Hatte, 15C, where it now houses the Center Charles Péguy, a native writer/poet who felled in WWI in the battle of the Marne in Villeroy (Seine-et-Marne).  The Church of Notre Dame de Recouvrance built between 1513-1519 has a choir altar from Second Empire in renaissance style. For walks do it by rue de Bourgogne and rue de l’Empereur for wonderful medieval ambiance as well as Rue Royale. The Musée des Beaux-Arts, Place Ste Croix, is very nice with works from Velazquez, Van Dyck, Jan Brueghel, Tintoret,  and works of Rodin,Maillol, Picasso etc, really nice. Walk too the pont George V the oldest bridge in the city, built in 1751-1760 and runs for about 1,2 km.





On this particular trip we stayed gloriously at the Mercure Centre Hotel at 44-46 quai Barentin overlooking the Loire river and near pont George V. As usual great service by the chain,pool and good resto. walking distance to the best and easy in and out of the city by car. However,there is plenty of accommodation in the city to choose for all budgets.  The Mercure hotel resto Le Chaland (now call Le M)  was good too and cheaper at menus from 13,50€.  the picture on happier times for me and my dearl late wife Martine (picture caught me eating! ). The Mercure Accor webpage: https://all.accor.com/hotel/0581/index.fr.shtml

Orleans mercure centre hotel le chaland resto PF et MF aug07

And need to have in this post, we ate dinner at Le Viking restaurant French gastronomique at 233 Rue de Bourgogne. We just walk up to it and had a table! Unfortunately looking back it is now closed; here just for the memories. update

The Metro Orléans city tourist office on its heritagehttps://www.orleans-metropole.fr/histoire-patrimoine/lieux-celebres

The Metro Orléans tourist office on the walks of Joan of Archttps://en.tourisme-orleansmetropole.com/walking-joan-arcs-footsteps

The local Loire Valley tourist office on Orléanshttps://www.loirevalley-france.co.uk/outings/city-visits/orleans-town-authentic-tourism

There you go folks, enjoy the city of Orléans . We did too!!! The city really needs more attention. Hope you have enjoy the post as I!  And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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