SQY, and Montigny, my memories of the Yvelines!

On a sunny day in my neck of the woods I take the blog to remind myself of wonderful times of the past, sometimes bits of it in my blog but feel they merit more. This is an area near my old home that I frequented a lot with the family for shopping, entertainment and just plain sightseeing in the Yvelines dept 78 of the ïle de France region. I like to dwell on them a bit if i may, thanks for reading me !  I never figure this out but in France, the trend in the last 25-30 years is to do regrouping of smaller towns into intercity communities or agglomérations and create new bigger towns. Vive la différence!! This is the case with Saint Quentin en Yvelines.

The agglo area of Saint Quentin en Yvelines new town union includes the towns of Coignières, Élancourt, Guyancourt,La Verrière,Les Clayes-sous-Bois,Magny-les-Hameaux,Maurepas, Montigny-le-Bretonneux, Plaisir,Trappes, Voisins-le-Bretonneux,  and Villepreux.  I had hightlight the towns where we spent lots of time while in the area.  Just to mention this is not the only agglo or intercity zones in the Yvelines alone there are plenty more maybe more than 15 agglo or metro areas ! Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines is an agglomeration community  west of Versailles. It owes its name to the Chapel Saint-Quentin, in which rested the remains of Saint Quentin, chapel located on the site of the present leisure base, whose site was chosen to become the center of a new city. Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines at about  20 km from Paris.

The outdoor and leisure base (base de loisirs) , offers an area of ​​600 hectares including a lake of 120 hectares. There is a unique whitewater course in Europe, a sandy beach of 5,000 m2 dedicated to swimming, and a water ski lift. The base also has a golf course, an equestrian center and a pony club. It also houses 90 hectares of nature reserve classified Natura 2000.  The Vélodrome of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, which hosts the headquarters of the French Cycling Federation, was inaugurated in December 2013. The city hosted the world championships in track cycling in 2015. Base de Loisirs webpage: https://saint-quentin-en-yvelines.iledeloisirs.fr/

Vélodrome webpage: https://www.velodrome-national.com/

Montigny-le-Bretonneux is a simple town that had  discovered prehistoric remains in the last century, near the pond Caillon, confirms the distant existence of this locality. However, its history will remain, until the early 1970s, that of a small traditional village in the Ile-de-France countryside, naturally devoted to agriculture. Montigny-le-Bretonneux is the central and main town of the agglomeration of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines. The city is made up of nine neighborhoods, including Saint-Quentin, which is at the same time the main center of the agglomeration and that of the town.  Go figure!

I have personal pictures here as the area we went always together as a family, older pics of course when we lived in Versailles and short road warrior trips abound. Hope you enjoy them as I.

In Saint Quentin en Yvelines we used to love to come shopping at the mall there ,for the cinema and celebrated many younger days birthdays for my kids with friends at the bowling alley. The cinema Cine Cité SQY: http://www.kiosq.sqy.fr/cinema?structures=all

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A beautiful shopping area where we find the main brands around the Carrefour hypermarket. In any case, the purchases have always been made in serenity …. with free parking 3h nearby, just convenient and essential. Shopping center Espace St Quentin : https://www.espacestquentin.com/

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The shopping center has many stores and the memories are many . The bowling center is mentioned in the town’s site of Montigny-les-Bretonneux which is part of the Agglo area of SQY. Webpage : https://www.montigny78.fr/275/sports-et-loisirs/equipements/bowling-billards.htm

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The town of Montigny-le-Bretonneux ,we used to go to see the baseball games of the Montigny Cougars playing in the French second division or like Triple A level; since 2017 There abouts ,they have move up to the First division top league in France, their stadium was on our way to the shopping center/cinema/bowling; webpage:  http://www.montigny-baseball.com/

The new agglo area of the new towns of Saint Quentin en Yvelines now grouping also Montigny-les-Bretonneux  as tourist info on them: 

Town of Saint Quentinhttp://www.tourisme.sqy.fr/decouvrir/decouvrir-saint-quentin/

Town of Montignyhttps://www.montigny78.fr/36/decouvrir-montigny/patrimoine.htm

We came here by car with me but my sons did took public transports here too and it was ok even if the road warrior trips were better aha! For info. ;the Saint-Quentin / Montigny-le-Bretonneux train station hosts, in particular, RER  line C towards the Paris, as well as a connection to La Défense in about twenty minutes. You can reach the Montparnasse train station in about forty minutes maximum. The bus network SQYBUS can take you to Paris with the line 475 To move in the region of ïle de France use Mobilités IDF:   https://me-deplacer.iledefrance-mobilites.fr/itineraire

The area has a huge amount of cultural centers and heritage monuments as well as theme parks that I have touch briefly in previous posts in my blog. This entry is for the memories but at the same time to get you ,hopefully, to get out of Paris and see the beautiful region and especially royal Yvelines,  especially a huge history of France was played in this area  and the Yvelines played a major role with its several Royal towns like my beloved Versailles.

There you go folks, another dandy in my belle France, Hope you have enjoy the brief tour and hope you can see my other posts on this wonderful memorable area of mine and my family.  Saint Quentin en YvelinesMontigny-le-Bretonneux are just two wonderful happy spots in my life.

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

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