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August 21, 2021

Some news from Spain CVIIII

And what about this nice some news from Spain posts of mine! Really enjoy them and again thanks for reading it with me since November 2010! We have still the pandemic, it will be long as government still do not tell all and the vaccines are shown quicker than any other cure in history! However, things are beginning to open up if you have the obligatory health pass to go just about everything. Let me tell you more positive news of my beloved Spain!

After 2020 in which the effects of the pandemic caused a historic fall, national trips are essential in the face of the recovery of a key sector for the Spanish economy (it represents 12.4% of the country’s GDP), For this summer , the occupancy in this type of tourism reaches a figure higher than that of the summers prior to the pandemic, five points above the 41% of the summer of 2019, although it does not reach the 55% reached in 2020. The recent data published by Enaire indicate that domestic flights in July reached 91% of those in the same month of 2019. Spain is the third country in the world with the most UNESCO World Heritage designations, including 15 cities and four natural assets.

We review the places highlighted by UNESCO after the proclamation of El Paisaje de la Luz or the Landscape of Light as a World Heritage Site in the Comunidad de Madrid. Such as the Paseo del Prado, El Retiro Park, the Royal Monastery of El Escorial and the Historic Site of Alcalà de Henares with its most illustrious neighbor Don Miguel de Cervantes and its most famous creations Don Quijote de la Mancha and Sancho Panza. And it is that the aroma that the city gives off smells of literature and its Roman past. Its Plaza Cervantes, Calle Mayor, the Colegio Mayor de San Ildefonso, the university, the cathedral and the Archbishop’s Palace ; the Cultural Landscape of Aranjuez, includes practically all the natural elements and historical attributes that make it up: crossed by the riverbeds of the Tagus and Jarama rivers and their groves, it integrates a large part of the irrigation systems and traditional hydraulic structures, all the orchards, gardens, the layout of streets and tree-lined squares, the Royal Palace and the 18C town center . And the Hayedo de Montejo located entrance at Calle Real, 64. Montejo de la Sierra is a mixed beech and fir forest of more than 250 hectares delimited by the Jarama River. All except the last shown in posts in my blog.

Through Galicia, we can admire the views from the old fortified fortress of Baroña, which dates back to the Iron Age, or contemplate the sunsets at the Playa de Area Longa, in Camariñas (A Coruña), go to Asturias, discovering small treasures like the Chorrón waterfall, near Villamayor, or be amazed by the jesters of Pría, spectacular rock formations on the edge of a cliff. the Quebrada de Cantabria coast, or we take a break in the peaceful corners of the Piquio Gardens, on Santander’s Playa del Sardinero. We can witness a sunset at Orio Beach, in Guipúzcoa, or the Valvanera Monastery, in La Rioja. The vast Castilla y León offers a choice, with surprises such as the landscapes of Puebla de Sanabria, while if we look towards Aragon, we will see the monumental Monastery of Rueda. Also down south see the Las Sirenas Reef, in Cabo de Gata (Almería), or the Pinsapos Forest, within the Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park (Málaga), or getting lost in the corners and fountains of Priego de Córdoba. And what about the many attractions of the Canary Islands, among which we can highlight the spectacular Cascada de Colores in La Palma, or the quiet of Charco Manso, in El Hierro, Some ideas to get lost in Spain, everything under the sun !

And I did this road warrior tour many times, see my blog for more but this is a reminder to take this wonderful ride by car or bike ; enjoy it, You can start with royalty , in a Royal Site favorite of many kings, Aranjuez, arrived too at the Casa del Labrador continued (now in restoration) , its 18C theater, the historic and so graceful Puente Largo over the Jarama river, one of the two rivers that bathe the city, making its confluence with the Tagus a very pleasant place that the locals call “lajuntalosríos” (the joining of the rivers). Before continuing the road excursion, you go through the beautiful Royal Palace, with a strong but elegant front and an interior that starts grandly in the access staircase, with the same entrance, you can visit the Museum of Royal Barges, those ornate boats, most of the 18C, which evoke monarchical leisure activities less stormy than the current ones. At about 25 km (about 15 miles) later, you arrive at Chinchón and its National Parador which is a few meters from the Plaza Mayor. The dirt floor and the green-painted balconies are the two most notable components of this square, whose profile is very well framed by the silhouette of the two rear temples, one closed and the second not easily accessible, the rotund Church of the Asunción, which keeps a Virgin of Goya. At the opposite end of the town, and although impracticable, the Chinchón castle, or what remains of it, has a very suggestive picture, between the fortress that was and the romantic ruin that it seems today. Continue at six km (less 4 miles) away, and another destination with a beautiful square square, Colmenar de Oreja, Ulpiano Checa, with its own recommended museum, although his most powerful works are the three immense frescoes that he painted for the nearby Church of Santa María la Mayor. Checa, who died in 1916 where he lived the longest, France, but is buried in the parish cemetery of his town, is a pompier who is sometimes bombastic but with a consummate technique, which he applies to both portraiture and Andalusian prints, his forte being and what gave him world renown the great historical machines of Eastern and Greco-Roman antiquity.

And now you arrive at my memorable Villarejo de Salvanés (almost purchase a house here if my dear wife Martine was still living) ,a town that cares for its treasures from the past, among which the extraordinary castle stands out, which is actually nothing but the old keep of the fortress of the Order of Santiago to which the passage of time and anonymous imagination gave it its most original present form, with eight stone lobes added to its square plan. But Villarejo de Salvanés offers another great modern novelty, this one from a well-known father. It is about his Museum of Cinema, a private collection that Carlos Jiménez, an enthusiastic fan as well as a scholar, son and grandson of local theater owners, has been treasuring and is now showing in his old family cinema, the Paris, converted from as ingenious as it is in a cave of the wonders of the seventh art. Here is the history of cinema in all its aspects; from archeology, with its rich amount of machines and precious contraptions, predecessors of the moving image, to the mythology of film fictions and the great stars of the screen. A cinematographic museum, in short, comparable to those of Turin and Girona, being the one from Villarejo de Silvanes more valuable for its audacity and its practically one-man maintenance.Wonderful tour recommended by yours truly,

About 2,500 years ago, on the hill of San Vicente, in the center of the old city of Salamanca, stood a peculiar walled village, occupied at the beginning of the Iron Age (900-400 BC). It was presided over by a large circular adobe house where the lord of the town resided and which was surrounded, in turn, by the houses of his sons and daughters-in-law. Now, a team of archeologists has excavated this house and has found, among other materials, a surprising amulet that represents the Egyptian goddess Hathor, the deity of love, fertility, and above all, of the West. The patriarch used or received them as gifts or exchanges at his festivals. Including the goddess of love, music and the West. Keep digging there will be more in my beloved Spain!

The Prado Museum has inaugurated a permanent exhibition around the 200-year history of the institution. Among the 265 pieces on display there are more than 50 photographs, 9 models, documents, postcards, engravings, plans and objects from the daily life of the institution that will allow the visitor to get closer to the more than 200 years of the museum’s history. Among these testimonies is, for example, the appointment of Picasso as Director of the Museum, the Princess of Asturias Award granted to the Prado in 2019, an informative poster of entrance prices in the 1920s or a cabinet with tools and historic restoration tools.

The regulars of the Camino de Santiago already know that Burguete is the first existing landmark from Roncesvalles; The first stop on your pilgrimage to Compostela. Among all of them, the most outstanding accommodation for its history and appearance is the Loizu hotel, which is located at the end of the town, in the direction of Pamplona. It boasts centuries-old stones with the structure of Navarrese stately homes: timber framing seen on the façade, four bayed floors, large overhang eaves and continuous balconies in some sections. Of the 27 rooms, eight are oxygenated with a balcony open to the landscape. Just 20 km away is the Irati Forest, one of the largest beech forests in Europe. Not stayed but passed by and looks nice the article is from the Santiago route in Spanish, The Loizu hotel webpage :

And now let me show some nice attractions especially for families in my ancestral home of Tenerife ! The Siam Park, the Loro Parque and also other less obvious visits such as the Enchanted Forest of Anaga. This is a recommended tour to do with the little ones, Tenerife is one special place for them ; its temperate climate, diversity of landscapes, the striking of its volcanoes, the largest water park in Europe … There are all kinds of plans on the island, to young and old, and without spending too much money. In the south you will find some of the best beaches on the island, such as Los Cristianos (perfect if you go with children or prefer calmer waters). Also, do not forget to visit Las Américas beach (perfect for water sports). The Costa del Silencio also deserves its mention: it is a quieter bathing area and with the characteristic volcanic landscape of the island. In addition, you can go scuba diving and snorkelling. Los Gigantes cliffs. In addition to enjoying the views of the cliffs, there is a marina where you can practice many sports such as paddle-surfing or kayaking. From here you can take the opportunity to take a boat and watch whales etc. In addition, you can also visit the Guios beach. Of volcanic origin, the state of the sea is usually optimal for children to bathe without problems.

Take a tour of Vilaflor de la Chasna, a haven of peace and tranquility surrounded by pine forests and a rural landscape that is well worth a visit. It is close to the Teide National Park and it is one of the highest villages in Spain, located 1500 meters above sea level. It preserves a rich historical heritage and its economy highlights the cultivation of potatoes, vines and almonds. Perfect to include in your excursion to the Teide (ancestral god of the Guanches (originals of Tenerife people!), The Teide. Is neither north nor south, but rather in the center of the island. In any case, wherever you are, it is one of the obligatory and perfect stops to do with children. And, although there are those who dare to walk up (be careful, it is about four hours and you must go with suitable shoes), there is a cable car with which you can go up and down in a few minutes. It is not cheap (the adult ticket is almost 40 euros) and it is better to book in advance and choose the date and time, since the only way to get passes is online (the ticket office is not in operation for now). The ascent to the base of the cable car is well worth it, a unique opportunity to contemplate a spectacular lunar landscape and enjoy the views. Gorgeous Tenerife anichet !!

This is Cristiano Ronaldo’s hotel in Madrid and his gastronomic offer Pestana CR7 Gran Vía (Gran Vía, 29) has a gourmet pizzeria, a sports bar and a large roof terrace with different heights and spectacular views. Behind this is Cristiano Ronaldo, perhaps a hyper-famous footballer and one of the most media sportsmen in the world, he is also a hotelier in full expansion that opens hotels almost in pairs. All open with the Pestana CR7 Lifestyle Hotels banner, a company founded in 2015 by the former Real Madrid player and Pestana Hotel Group, an international chain of Portuguese origin with more than 100 hotels in 16 countries, whose president, Dionisio Pestana, shares a country spot with Ronaldo (Funchal, island of Madeira). Like the spectacular Pestana CR7 Gran Vía, with a rooftop with 360-degree views of the Madrid skyline. A building from the 20s of the last century that has been rehabilitated to offer everything that the lifestyle philosophy of the brand entails (it maintains a certain residue that recalls the golden age of that old Madrid). We start with the Pizzeria and a gourmet proposal that bears the stamp of Mauro Soggiu ,one of the ideologues of Roberta’s, the famous Brooklyn pizzeria, whose Neapolitan pizzas are among the best in New York, and Borja Veguillas, executive chef of this hotel and also from the Pestana Plaza Mayor, from the Pestana Hotel Group. We are on Floor 9 CR7, in the Sports Bar, a space designed to follow sports competitions, bent at its bar, sitting in its armchairs, in its high chairs or on its terrace from which the city is scanned. Here, the proposal revolves around tapas, beers and cocktails. And, we arrived at the Rooftop, that spectacular rooftop with various heights and 360-degree views of the city. These are different terraces connected to each other, with different environments, from a plunge pool to an area with low and high tables or another with sun loungers; with live music; mixed drinks and a menu that focuses on appetizers and tapas Cristiano Ronaldo, finally, has his hotel in Madrid and, after New York, there are new openings planned: Marrakech, Paris and Manchester. The Madrid hotel webpage :

So there you go folks, another round of my some news from Spain. A bit of news and especially many ideas to travel when possible. Spain is everything under the sun! Hope you enjoy reading as I. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

August 21, 2021

What to see in the Place Valencia of Vannes!!

The title is enticing but is more historical than anything else. This is Vannes in the Morbihan breton of Brittany. And Place Valencia is Plaza Valencia or Valence would be in French, for a good reason. Let me tell you what to see in the Place Valence of Vannes!!

I like to tell you more into the things to see here, and Vannes and her women or Vannes et sa femme is very well known and seen by all visitors. Therefore, here is a bit more on it.  Vannes and her women or Vannes et sa femme is a polychrome stone sign depicting the busts of a couple and probably dating from the 16C. Integrated into the façade of a half-timbered house of the old town of Vannes, in what is now the Villa Valencia restaurant. It is a famous emblem of the city.


The sculpture known as Vannes and her women consists of two busts side by side: a woman on the left and a man on the right. Their faces are jovial and very expressive. Their hands, amputated, could have worn an object. The two characters are carved in granite and painted. Tops of a few tens of centimeters, they come out from the corner of the house located at 3, rue du Bienheureux Pierre-René Rogue,(blessed Pierre René Rogue) at the corner of Rue Noé, in a corner of the place Valence. The façade and the roof of this house, dating from the 15-16C.


The origin of the bust remains mysterious, its nickname was already attested in the early 19C, the meaning of this sculpture is unknown. It could be a commercial sign , possibly for a cabaret.   Other assumptions imagine links with the Château-Gaillard (now museum of history and archaeology see post), located just opposite. The place Valencia is located inside the first precincts of the old town of Vannes. A very nice place for walks and wonderful architecture with quant shops.  The place Valencia opens at the crossroads of Rue des Hallesrue Noé and Rue des Orfeèvres. Irregular plan, it occupies no more than 500 m2.

The place Valencia is named after Valencia, the hometown in Spain of Saint Vincent Ferrier, (see post) who came to preach in Vannes in 1418-19. The preacher would have lived in a house on the square. This beautiful half-timbered house and on the ground floor in stone is located at no. 17 of the place Valencia. According to tradition, it was reportedly inhabited by Saint Vincent Ferrier in 1418-1419. It was revamped in 1574. It is now an old library store. The house plans are wooden of two corbally square floors . The façade frame shows strands of fern and regular poles following repeated occasions. The house is of massaged plan with lateral posterior returns in a wooden panel around a courtyard comprising on the left the stairwell and right a small body with small advance on two levels, covered in a shed. The basement is made up of stone pillars and Doric pilasters. The profile of the lateral walls embraces the stone door. Presence of a basement. The staircase is wooden back with return passage.


The Bretagne region tourist board on Vannes

The local Gulf of Morbihan tourist board on the Vannes et sa femme

A wonderful area to walk amongt so much beautiful architecture and many quant shops and restos in the old town section untouched by time and human events. This is Vannes et sa femme!

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

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August 21, 2021

Unique monuments of my Vannes!!!

Well in my turns and twists around my lovely Bretagne sometimes life goes so fast no time to see it all and do not realise the bounties available in your own town even less area of living. This is the case of today’s post in my medieval nice capital city of Vannes in my beautiful Morbihan. I am glad looking back at these older posts and enjoying life again. Hope you folllow it along with me.

I did some errands with the boys as usual and have heard of things but never pass by this part of the city ….  routine oblige! Today ,was different! I went by these areas of everyday living of the Vannetais (locals of Vannes) and found some nice monuments with good deeds about them. I like to share them with my readers.  This neighborhood or quartier of Vannes call Cliscouet is one that I past all the time but never dwell into their things as figure wrongly is just another local road. But there was something nice in it!

The neighborhood of Cliscouet is traversed by a series of old paths that have survived in the current layout of the city, such as the extension of the rue Madame Molé . The rue de Cliscouet is the main artery in these neck of the woods. The path bypassing the property of the Hermitage, now gone, is preserved as a pathway. Besides the Hermitage, Keravelo or the Chevinière are still preserved, remains of 17C manor houses. The village of Cliscouet has not undergone any notable transformations in its structure compared to the old cadastre of Vannes. The construction of new neighbourhoods or housing complexes in the 1960’s and 1970’s has prompted the creation of a new parish, Notre-Dame de Lourdes.

The construction of this new Church Notre Dame de Lourdes lasts just under two years. It is consecrated on the day of Palm Sunday 1962. It is going towards Conleau but in the neighborhood of Kercado. The Emmanuel community managed the Church, located at 52 rue de la Brise with access parking via Rue Lindbergh. This is a modern effort and now under the wonderful Emmanuel community of helping hands to the needy all over.


The official Emmanuel community on the Church Notre Dame de Lourdes:

Having written of the Cathedral St Peter who jealousy keeps the tomb of Saint Vincent Ferrier and on the coming festivities of his presence in Bretagne ,finally got me the push to see another church this one name after him. I always past by it and see the panel but never had the input to see it as it is in a residential area. However, today it was different.

The Church Saint Vincent Ferrier at 59 rue Vénétes in the neighborhood of Cliscouët ,been the name of the manor house  located near the Vincin river which gave its name to this district born in the late 19C and which develops especially after WWII along the land plots of the rue Schuman and north of the old road of Bel-Air are the first to be built of small houses in the late 19C early 20C. The area is bordered to the north by the rue des Venetes and the rue Victor Basch, to the east by the rue Albert 1er and the rue de la Brise separating them from the neighborhood of Trussac. It stretches west to the Boulevard de la Résistance and descends south to the  chemin du Borgne and rue Cliscouët. Two major axes intersecting the limits to the north and east the area of land intervention of the city, rue Gillot de Kerarden and Avenue Winston Churchill. 


The offiical parish of St Vincent Ferrier

Other than the parish center not much is written on the church. Vicent Ferrer, Vincent Ferrier in French, Uisant Ferrié in Breton, or Master Vincent for his contemporaries, is considered one of the most remarkable and enigmatic figures of the 15C. He was born in Valencia Spain, and died in Vannes in 1419, after arriving in Nantes fourteen months earlier. It is in the very last stage of his life, and at the end of nearly twenty years of itinerant popular preaching across Western Europe that he arrives in the distant Armorican peninsula (Bretagne) which will be his final apostolic campaign.

The journey and the work of Vincent Ferrier in Brittany in particular are given to know through a chronology reconstructed from the testimonies collected in “the investigation for the canonization process.” Thirty-two years after the Dominican’s death, four apostolic inquiries were carried out by the Holy See: in Avignon, Toulouse, Naples and Vannes. The Brittany investigation brings together the largest number of witnesses heard and testimonies.

Vincent Ferrier is solemnly welcomed by the greatest representatives of the religious and temporal powers who go to meet him, reserving him a welcome in quality, that is to say as a great figure of Christendom linked to the papacy of Avignon and to the powers in the Iberian Peninsula and, of course, of Légat a Latere Christi (Legate of Christ), a title vested in him by Pope Benedict XIII. In Vannes, the Duke and Duchess in person, with all their court, the flower of the nobility as well as the bishop and his clergy received him. Vincent Ferrier’s mission is to evangelize the Breton people and put them back on the right path as requested by Duke Jean. He indulges in it, crisscrossing the vast peninsula, and with all the more fervor that he may have a presentiment of his last major evangelization campaign.

I have more on him in another post, and the story is long and beautiful but I hope you get the idea from the above text from the Cathedral St Peter in Vannes. He is ,also, the Patron Saint of the Valencian community region in Spain.

So now I have something different for you here ,and a reminder of cataloguing my beautiful Vannes for as long as my blog lasts. Thanks again for reading me!! Enjoy the off the beaten paths monuments of my capital city of Vannes!

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

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