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August 29, 2021

The beach in Locmariaquer!!

Oh well we went out as my oldest was on work break and took the gang including my father and our dog Rex into the coastal Morbihan we love so much, we came driving by Crac’h ,St Philibert,La Trinité sur Mer and finally settle in by beautiful Locmariaquer. Let me tell you a bit more of this latest adventure by yours truly! 

I must say the center town and several beaches were packed as I guess all have the health pass…. We just stop in the most quiet and empty spot by the Pointe de Kerpenhir in Locmariaquer.

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The town of Locmariaquer is located at the western mouth of the Gulf of Morbihan and has many beaches overlooking the Bay of Quiberon, western part of Mor Braz which opens access to the Atlantic Ocean. Love to come here for a drink or lunch by the port.

Locmariaquer is a wonderful coastal town with several beaches such as the fine sandy beaches of Saint-Pierre beach, Falaise beach, Rolay beach and Valy beach. I have several posts on Locmariaquer in my blog and the Falaise beach in particular, This time went yesterday morning with our dog Rex to visit walked more the Rolay beach, Here is my take on it ; hope you enjoy it as I.

locmariaquer kerpenhir rolay plage along sea aug21

This pointe de Kerpenhir is wonderful with a very nice beach and plenty of picnics and parking along the beaches. We love to come here even in winter and walked on them for a pint by the port.

locmariaquer kerpenhir rolay beach front aug21

The plage du Rolay or rolay beach is located between the Falaise beach and Pointe de Kerpenhir headland, facing Port Navalo (see post), and overlooks the ocean. Swimming in complete serenity since an exclusion zone for navigation has been delimited on the site . There are parking spaces along the road. Rolay beach, has just been fitted out to allow people with reduced mobility to enjoy the joys of swimming. A launching mat has been installed recently,

locmariaquer kerpenhir rolay beach to isles aug21

As a reminder , Locmariaquer is one of the renowned exceptional testimony to the funeral rites of the Neolithic, with its archaeological site of megaliths, renowned throughout the world There are 3 emblematic monuments reigning majestically including the Grand Menhir Brisé. With a height of 21 meters and 280 tons, it is the largest stele ever erected by man at that time! A few steps away, the Er Grahet tumulus and the Table des Marchands dolmen are real archaeological nuggets. Adorned with 2 magnificent golden slabs, the Merchants’ Table is part of the passage tombs, and, like the Er Grah tumulus, offers an overview of funeral rites in Neolithic times from about 4,500 to 3,500 years BC !! Worth the detour just for this alone !

The Bay of Quiberon tourist office on Locmariaquer :

The town of Locmariaquer on its heritage :

My fav beach webpage of Plages TV on the Rolay beach of Locmariaquer:

This is heavens on earth in the coastal Morbihan; on a nice Rolay beach in lovely Locmariaquer.  Hope you have enjoy the post as it, And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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August 29, 2021

Place de la République of Paris!!

So back to my eternal Paris again, yes again. Paris is eternal there is no time limit or enough writing on it. We just keep on ticking on Paris forever. This is an update on text and links on a very popular square dear to me as one of the properties that reported to me sits here still, and when in Paris visiting on personal time, always stayed in hotels around it.  It is a magical place and one you need to know the schedule or news so not be squeezed in with crowds (strikes), you know what I mean. I am going to tell you a bit more on the Place de la République or Republic square of Paris. Enough has been written on it, this is my take more on the history part I like.

paris pl de la republique from Indiana cafe sep15

The Place de la République, formerly known as Place du Château d’Eau, was designed by Baron Haussmann in 1854. In its midst stands the Statue of the Republic of 10 meters high on a space of 3.4 ha, and located bordering the 3éme, 10éme, and 11éme arrondissements of Paris. The streets coming off of it are in a clockwise direction: Boulevard de Magenta, rue Beaurepaire, rue Léon-Jouhaux, rue du Faubourg-du-Temple, Avenue de la Republique, Boulevard Voltaire, Boulevard du Temple, rue du Temple, Boulevard Saint-Martin, and rue René-Boulanger. The place de la République was the subject of a complete redevelopment in order to leave more room for pedestrians, done and now easier flow of traffic as well. The year 1904 saw the end of the construction of Line 3 of the Metro and the inauguration of the metro station République under the square. Metro Lines 5, 8, and 9 will later be built and also serve the square. The last, the line 11 is inaugurated in 1935!


The north side of the square is occupied by buildings on the site of what was the Diorama founded in 1822 by Daguerre. The shops together, the barracks of the Place de la République, built in 1854, originally named Prince Eugene Barracks, it takes the name of Vérines. The Statue of the Republic in bronze, 10 meters high, rests on a pedestal of 15.50 meters was installed from 1880 to 1883. The three large stone statues of the pedestal represent freedom, equality and brotherhood. The stone pedestal is surrounded by twelve bronze bas-reliefs which represent the major events at the origin of the birth of the French Republic, between 1789 and 1880. A green bronze lion, 3 meters high, is lying at the foot of the monument. Initially it was in its center, the fountain of the Nubian Lions which became too small when the square was widened ,and place instead in front of the Grand Halle de la Villette. It was then replaced by the Fontaine aux Lions in 1875, which was itself transferred at present place Félix Eboué following the installation in 1880 of the current Statue of the Republic.


A bit of history I like

In the years 1670-1680, the enclosure of Charles V, built in the 14C, is razed and a course is laid out in its location. A small triangular square is located at the site of the bastion of the Temple gate the square was slightly further west than the present square. It was located above the Rue des Fosses-Saint-Martin (later known as Rue Bondy, then Rue René-Boulanger). This street marks the limit of the old square it is originally only part of Boulevard Saint-Martin But it takes in the 19C the name of Place du Château d’Eau in reference to a fountain called   Château d’Eau (watertower), installed on the square in 1811.

The place takes its present physiognomy in the context of the transformations of Paris under the Second Empire (Napoleon III). The Prince Eugene Barracks, later called Château d’Eau barracks and later still Vérines barracks. Subsequently, several boulevards are projected: piercing of the Boulevard du Prince-Eugène (current boulevard Voltaire) and the beginning of the present Avenue de la République, declared public utility in 1857 and extension of the Boulevard du Nord (current Boulevard de Magenta) between Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Martin and the Château l’Eau, declared public utility in 1859. The administration of Baron Haussmann produces a large rectangular square of 280 meters long by 120 meters wide. A large part of the theaters of the Boulevard du Temple are then razed; notably the theatre-history or theatre-lyric founded by Alexandre Dumas in 1847, and disappeared by 1850. In 1866 it was built on the square the magasins réunies.

The square takes its present name in 1879 the monument consists of a colossal statue of Marianne (representing the French Republic)  in bronze of 10 meters high on a stone base of 15 meters high where are seated allegories of freedom, equality and brotherhood. The fountain of the Château d’Eau of Davioud was resettled in 1880 to the Place Daumesnil (present place Félix-Éboué), in the 12éme arrondissement. On 1 July 2013 the Terrace Emilian-Moreau-Évrard, the Esplanade André-Tollet, and the terrace of the   commander-Jacques-Blasquez were inaugurated, in homage to their acts of resistance during WWII. Sometimes, because of its name and the symbolism linked to it, but mainly because of its accessibility and its location at the crossroads of great avenues, this is one of the usual places of the Parisian demonstrations, most often at the initiative of Political organizations of the left or trade unions. But the place de la République was also the framework chosen in 1958 by General de Gaulle for a demonstration, on September 4, in favour of the yes to the referendum establishing the Constitution of the fifth Républic as it rules France today.


Some building of note according to me are at No. 1: Passage Vendôme, No. 10: Magasins Réunis and Hotel Crowne Plaza; (One old work property reported to me while working in Paris! ), and No. 12: Vérines Barracks; It has been hosting the Republican Guard since 1947.

The Paris tourist office on the place de la République

It is really one of the squares to be in, and many nice places to eat around it as well as close to many sights and great transportation hub. Place de la République, enjoy it as I do each time in Paris.

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

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August 29, 2021

Church Saint Merri of Paris!

Ok so I told you how much I have walked all over Paris and that I worked in it for 9 years while living just next door in Versailles! Well, I have, also told you that there is so many things to see here that you will need a lifetime. Ok so this is one monument I had never been inside! Passed by it as it is in a popular area, had my pints but never occur to me to go inside until now. There is always time to indulge in Paris and there is always new things to see . Let me tell you a bit on the Church Saint Merri of Paris!


The Saint-Merri Church is located near the Centre Georges-Pompidou (see post) at the intersection of rue Saint-Martin and rue de la Verrerie  by No 76 in the 4éme arrondissement of Paris. The name Saint-Merri comes from the abbot St. Mederic, who died in the year 700, canonized and renamed Saint Merri by contraction. The remains of this Saint still rest in the crypt of the church!

A bit of history I like

Tradition has it that Médéric, abbot of the abbey of Saint-Martin d’Autun, came to live as a hermit in a hut near the oratory Saint-Pierre-des-Bois which stood at this place. He died in 700 and was buried there and the oratory was transformed into a chapel under the name of Saint-Pierre-des-Bois Chapel or more simply Saint-Pierre Chapel. In 884, the bishop of Paris exhumed the body , and put in a shrine the remains of Saint-Médéric, which will become Saint-Merri, now considered as relics. It is at this time that Saint-Médéric is chosen to become the patron Saint of the rive droite or right bank of Paris, and the chapel then taking the name of Saint-Médéric Chapel or Chapel Saint-Merri.  Around 1010, the bishop of Paris, donated it to the chapter of Notre-Dame. Becoming collegiate, it is then served by a community of seven canons from the chapter. In 1200, the church built in its place is erected in parish under the name of Saint-Merri. It is thus one of the four daughters of Notre Dame, and the last remaining one today.

The current Church St Merri was built between 1515 and 1612. The crypt, the nave, and the aisles date from 1515-1520, the arms and the cross of the transept from 1526-1530, the choir and the apse were completed in 1552, while the work ended in 1612, when the bell tower is raised one floor. The  18C is for the church an era of reshuffle , when the rood screen of 1558 is destroyed in 1709, rework the choir whose arched bows are bent and covered as the pillars of a marble veneer and stucco. The floor is covered with a marble pavement, the furniture is renewed and the stained glass windows are partly replaced by white glass.  Closed in 1793 because of the French revolution, the Church of Saint Merri becomes a saltpetre factory. From 1797 to 1801, theophilanthropes made it the “Temple of Commerce”.  The church ended up being returned to Catholic worship in 1803.


The Church Saint Merri is entirely flamboyant Gothic, with no trace of Renaissance architecture. Its layout evokes that of the Cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris. It was administered by seven canons of the cathedral and was nicknamed Notre Dame le petit or little Notre Dame.  The facade is flamboyant Gothic style. A little further up is a slender, narrow campanile whose wooden top contains a very old bell dating back to 1331, which would probably be the oldest in Paris!


The nave with five spans and ogive vault was completed in 1520. The transept was completed in 1526.  The choir, completed in 1552, its length is substantially the same as the nave. The Chapel of the communion was built in 1743 , it consists of three square bays symbolizing the real world, lit by three oval lanterns, with arches separated by Corinthian pilasters. The openwork cupolas symbolize the celestial vault. The square bell tower having been endowed with a third floor in 1612, has found since the fire of 1871 its height of origin of two floors. On the left, you can see an octagonal turret decorated with arcatures, surmounted by a campanile sheltering the oldest bell of Paris c. 1331. The crypt, completed in 1515 under the fifth chapel on the left of the nave, houses since 1884 the shrine containing the relics of Saint Merri. Dating from the 16C, the presbytery of Saint-Merri was remodeled in 1731.


The decorative elements of the current Church Saint Merri are inspired by themes honored after the Council of Trent and during the spiritual renewal of the 17C. Saint-Merri Church has a large collection of paintings from the 17C to the 19C.  The organ with five turrets was built from 1647 to 1650. The turret buffet was made in 1647. Two angels with bird bodies support the large side turrets. The wooden stand is work of 1755, and it is supported by four fluted wooden pillars surmounted by Ionic capitals. A frieze of reeds and ears, a lion mask and two fire pots complete the carved decoration. The instrument was expanded by François-Henri Clicquot in 1779, then transformed from 1855 to 1857 by Cavaillé-Coll and in 1947 by Victor Gonzalez . There is Choir organ or Organ Merklin from 1880. The wooden pulpit dates from 1753. The former baptismal font with the arms of Louis XII and Anne of Brittany. In all a nice Church.


An anecdote worth noticing. The Baphomet, that is to say for some the Devil, for others the idol possibly venerated by the Templars whose main house was very close to Saint-Merri, or finally simply the westernisation of Mahomet. This little devil, being horned half man and half woman with bat wings, evokes the publications of Eliphas Levi (born Alphonse-Louis Constant). It belongs to the occult iconography of the 19C, inspired by ancient figures found in the Templars. This unusual presence is reported by Claude Seignolle in his collection of short stories La Nuit des Halles, Umberto Eco in his novel The Pendulum of Foucault as well as by the writers Eric Giacometti and Jacques Ravenne in their novel The Seventh Templar (page 429). Like the entire main facade, it was restored during the work done in 2013-2014.

The official Parish of St Merri:

The city of Paris on the Church St Merri renovations done still the organ this year 2021.

So there you go folks,  a masterpiece church often overlook and totally bypassed by yours truly until now. Paris is always amazing and so is my belle France. Now, enjoy the Church Saint Merri of Paris

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

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