Archive for October, 2021

October 31, 2021

Church St. Clement of Nantes!

Let me take you to the wonderful city of Nantes. Needless to say you must put it in your to do list when visiting my belle France, another jewel south of me in the Loire Atlantique dept 44 of the Pays de la Loire region (former Bretagne,,,). I like to showcase this time the nice Church St Clément of Nantes, Worth a detour in the city of dukes of Brittany. Hope you enjoy it as I.

The Church St. Clément was built in the 19C. The priestly Fraternity of St. Peter celebrates offices according to the Tridentine Rite. It began as the Chapel of the Hospice Saint-Clément in the 5C,probably circa 490, a Chapel serving a hospice of charity is erected, about 200 meters from the location of the present Church. At that time, the Church is located outside the city walls, between the current rue de Sully and Rue Geoffroy-Drouet. The sponsor of the chapel, Bishop Gérimius, is buried there in 498.

The first Church St. Clément  was erected in 1227, dedicated to St. Clément, 4th Pope and Bishop of Rome (Clément I) , patron Saint of the bargemen, and built at the corner of the current rue Maréchal-Joffre and Rue Guibourg-de-Luzinais. The Church facing west-east , and occupies the location of the present forecourt, and encroaches two meters on the  current  rue  Maréchal-Joffre. During the construction of the 19C Church, the old Church was still standing; it was only destroyed during the construction of the façade of the new Church, except for the north wall which was used as a work area limits. The old southern nave was located at the level of the steeple of the present Church.


The new rectangular Church Saint Clément, consists of a single nave, before two aisles are added, all dominated by a pointed steeple covered with slates, and containing three bells. In front of the entrance, a canopy shelter allows to shelter before the opening of the doors.  At the time of the French revolution, in 1791, the Church was closed to worship and sold as a national property under the name of Liberty and Demosthenes. In 1803, the Masses resumed, the Church then welcomed Abbé Duproz, his first priest under the Concordat laws.


The Church St Clément Gothic works were started for nine years, assigned to the parish of Saint-Clément in 1838. The first stone was blessed  on the new Church in 1841 and the first completed parts were the three naves, the transept, as well as the bedside, oriented north-west/southeast, located between rue Lorette-de-la-Refoulais and Rue Guibourg-de-Luzinais. In 1851, the work resumes, and lasted for six years. Starting from 1854, the installation of the vault on the central nave and the aisles is initiated. The realization of doors and stained glass in 1857 beautified the Church Saint Clément.


In 1860, the renovation of the façade was initiated with the spire completed in 1868, and surmounted in 1875 by a Holy Cross in 1874. First equipped with a harmonium, the Church Saint Clément received a Cavaillon-Coll organ in 1867. A newer organ in 1892 with a revolutionary instrument, equipped with an electric transmission system this innovation allows the organ to be installed in two buffets, located in two lateral arches. The instrument is restored, in 1978, and again in 2012.


Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are:

The metro Nantes webpage on its heritage/church:

The Nantes tourist office on things to see

The parish of Nantes on St Clément Church

There you go folks, another jewel in my belle France ,and one usually side stepped when visiting this wonderful city of Nantes for many still in old Brittany!  Hope you enjoy the post and think of the Church Saint Clément next time in town!

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

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October 31, 2021

The House museum of Jules Verne in Amiens!

And cruising right along on my belle France, coming to another wonderful town , really on the off the beaten path that should not be. This is Amiens in the Somme dept 80 of the Hauts de France region, Let me update this post on another jewel of our territory. I come to you with Jules Verne !!! worth the detour indeed.  I have passed several times and even stop for lunch here, and then we came in and voilà we were impressed by the nice city of Amiens and came back a few times to marvel of its offerings. One of them that we like a lot is the House museum of Jules Verne ! Hope you enjoy the post as I!

The House museum of Jules Verne, now houses a museum that evokes the life, work and public action of the writer, who composed most of his works of more than 30 novels here. Built from 1845 to 1854 for the local public notary Jean-Baptiste-Gustave Riquier, like the other houses of the district, the “House at the Tower” as it was known was built in red bricks, coated in pink on the street and with clear joints on the courtyard. The lintels, cornices and window supports are of limestone. The first floor of the house was reserved for the living rooms, which were accessed by the spiral staircase of the tower.

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Jules Verne lived 34 years ,from 1871 to 1905 in Amiens. He lived as a tenant for 18 years, from1882 to 1900 in the Maison à la Tour at 2 rue Charles-Dubois. The house was completely renovated in 2006, is one of the most beautiful writers’ houses open to the public in Europe. The writer’s office was located on the second floor at the corner of the building. In 1882, Jules Verne and his wife, Honorine, settled in this House. They are tenants until 1900. Jules Verne is 54 years old, he is at the top of his glory.

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From the ground floor to the attic, the house evokes through 700 books and objects The personality, the sources of inspiration and the memories of Jules Verne. It contains the authentic atmosphere of a particular hotel in Amiens with its 19C furniture. On four floors, visitors can discover its history and that of its inhabitants, but also the history of the characters born here in the imaginary of a writer whose work still reads today on the whole planet. A real place of memory, the house in the tower allows to plunge into the intimacy and richness of the famous author of “Extraordinary Travels”.

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Guided tours in costumes by characters from the work and the life of Jules Verne, family games around the novels of the writer on Sundays, literary evenings and meetings with artists, poets and writers, storytelling shows, theme lectures, the House of Jules Verne in Amiens offers you to enter, as well as in the nine rooms of the house, by so many doors in the literary life of our time.

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In 1980, the city of Amiens buys and opens the house to the public, which is then managed by the Jules Verne documentation Center and hosts the association’s Fund. The Jules-Verne international Center,  then developed Jules Verne ‘s house from 2000 to 2010. Since 2011, the house of Jules Verne is administered by the libraries network of Amiens Métropole.

There is another house where the Verne’s lived here, It is located at 44, boulevard Jules-Verne (formerly boulevard Longueville), is less known to the general public. It was nevertheless there that Jules and Honorine Verne settled in 1873 after two years on Boulevard Guyencourt. A 285 m2 house bought by the mutualist wealth management consultancy group Le Conservateur. Where now it is an office building.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip are:

The city of Amiens on the house

The Amiens tourist office on the house

The Centre International de Jules Verne all about him :

The Maison d’Ecrivains or Writer’s house on Jules Verne

The Somme dept 80 tourist board on the house

There you go folks, I hope you like the tour, Amiens  is a nice city to walk too, and plenty more to see. I have written as usual already in a general sense on the city and now Jules Verne is on the must see list here.

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

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October 31, 2021

Galerie des Glaces, Château de Versailles !!!

Let me update this older post to show you again my presentation of my beloved dearest Versailles ; where I spent 9 glorious years of my life. Always memorable our jogging walking in the garden, I have written on it in several posts in parts, but I think it deserves a post of its own. What do you think? Anyway, let me tell you a bit more on the Galeries des Glaces or Gallery of Mirrors of the Palace/museum of Versailles.


The Gallery of Mirrors is a large baroque-style gallery which is one of the emblematic pieces of the Château de Versailles. Conceived and built from 1678 to 1684 by the architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart, it was then intended to illustrate the power of the absolute monarch Louis XIV and to dazzle its visitors, by its ornamentation, by its rich iconography and by its original dimensions of 73 meters long, 10.50 meters wide, and covered with 357 mirrors, or 21 mirrors at each of its 17 arches facing 17 windows. Located on the first floor of the central body of the palace, it faces, the gardens of the palace, of which it gives a great perspective.


Several galleries were able to serve as models: that of the Château de Clagny of  Madame de Montespan (favorite of Louis XIV) in Clagny-Glatigny (today one of the districts of the City of Versailles) work began at the site of a terrace ( whose remains can still be seen in the attic above the vaults) overlooking the west facade of the castle of Louis XIII which connected the two wings housing the large apartments to that built to the north and south of it in order to wrap it around it , As a result of the construction of this gallery, no façade of the old castle will give to the park or the garden.

The painter and decorator Charles Le Brun began the decoration in 1680. The gallery was inaugurated in 1684. The Gallery of Mirrors is located in the alignment of the green carpet, between the halls of War and Peace, (see posts) the latter giving respectively access to the Grand apartments of the king and Queen. The mirrors were made at the glass manufacturer La Glacerie south of Cherbourg. The 17 arched windows give rise to as many arcades adorned with mirrors held by chopsticks and chiseled bronze cabochons. The arcades are surmounted alternately by a head of Apollo and the remains of the lion of Nemea. The ceiling is decorated with nearly 1 000 m2 of paintings from the atelier of Charles Le Brun illustrating the achievements of the reign of Louis XIV, staging the king himself in 30 large compositions. The furniture and numerous statues that originally decorated it were dispersed at the French revolution unfortunately.


The capitals of the marble pilasters of Rance on white marble background are adorned with a fleur de Lys and Gallic roosters. The Golden Bronze trophies, which adorn the piers in Campan’s green marble, were chiselled. The eight busts of Roman emperors, in marble and porphyry, accompanied eight statues, including seven ancients, representing Bacchus, Venus (Venus of Arles and Troas), Urany, Hermes, Nemesis and Diane of Versailles. The latter, moved to the Louvre in 1798, was replaced by a Diane sculpted for the gardens of the Château de Marly until the restoration of the Gallery of Mirrors of 2004-2007 where she is in turn replaced by a casting of the Diane de Versailles in restored marble.


During the reign of Louis XIV, the gallery is essentially a place of passage, the King preferring to receive the guests of prestige in the lounges of the Grand apartments. However, several hearings were granted, including the one at the Doge of Genoa in 1685, the ambassadors of Siam in 1686 and those of the Shah of Persia in 1715. Louis XV also received the ambassador of King Mahmud I of Turkey in 1742. Anecdotally, the gallery saw the arrest of the great chaplain of France the imprudent Cardinal Rohan in 1785, before his incarceration in the Bastille (epilogue of the Affair of the Queen’s necklace).

The Gallery of Mirrors was also part of major festivities such as the marriage of the future dolphin Louis XVI with Marie-Antoinette of Austria in 1770, a ball given by Napoleon III in honor of Queen Victoria on August 25, 1855;   reception by General de Gaulle of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy and his wife, that given in the honor of the last Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi by Valéry Giscard d’Estaing in 1974 or the invitation of representatives of the “G7” by President François Mitterrand from 4-6 June 1982.

It is symbolically in the Gallery of Mirrors, in reference to the wars and annexations led by Louis XIV in Germany that illustrate the painted decorations (notably the passage of the Rhine, 1672), which proclaimed the creation of the German Empire after the French defeat in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870. The accession to the new imperial throne of his first emperor, William I, took place on January 18, 1871, before the assembly of the German princes and the Chancellor Otto von Bismarck, a true political architect of the Empire.  In this spirit of revenge, it was in the Gallery of Mirrors that was signed between the Allies and representatives of the young German democracy, the Treaty of Versailles ending WWI, and redrawing the borders of Europe and the colonies,on June 28, 1919. It was the humiliation of the “diktat of Versailles”, which was one of Adolf Hitler’s political tools for his rise to power against the Democrats of the Weimar Republic, and the rearming of Nazi Germany to crush France in 1940.

The Gallery of Mirrors has undergone many restorations. It was abandoned shortly after the French revolution, rapidly degrading. king Louis XVIII reconditioned it from 1814-1815. The mirrors are polished and retinnted in 1820. The paints are cleaned and restored between 1825 and 1832, then once again between 1949 and 1952. In 1980, the gallery was refurnished. A new program of restoration was done between July 2004 and 2012. 70% of the mirrors are from the period, 30% poorly restored in the 19C have been replaced by old mirrors.


The palace of Versailles on the Gallery of Mirrors

The Versailles gallery of mirrors private webpage on the description of the mirrors in the Gallery of Mirrors

There you go folks,its a lot more than a glass gallery; it is the history of the modern world done here at the galeries des glaces in the Château de Versailles,  glorious Versailles, wonderful Yvelines dept 78 of the Ïle de France region of my belle France. Enjoy the awesome beauty of the most beautiful palace/museum in the world! yes !!! And its equally wonderful Galerie des Glaces !!

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

October 30, 2021

Maison des Musiciens Italiens of Versailles!

And here happy to update this wonderful spot in my beloved and former home of Versailles. As I indulge myself in my beautiful royal town of Versailles and try my best to take you away from the palace/museum (hard to do I know) but there in town, there are so much punch as far as history, architecture and traditions to account for a lot more than what the general visiting public give to the town. Let me tell you about the house of the Italian musicians in a nice area of Versailles.


The Maison des Musiciens Italiens or House of the Italians musicians in Versailles,  is a house of rocaille rock  style, erected in 1752 at No 15 rue Champ-Lagarde by Jacques Hardouin-Mansart , for the Countess of Argenson  separate wife of the count of Argenson. It is since 1986 the seat of the Union Compagnonnique des Compagnons du tour de France des devoirs unis (or something like the  Union of the Companions of the United Tour de France , that restores ancient buildings according to tradition) It is open all year round but for visits is on previous reservation only.


A bit of history I like

Unlike a legend conveyed since the 19C, the present house is not the house originally created by the Italian castrates of Louis XIV. It is indeed the pleasure House of the Countess of Argenson erected at the site of the primitive house of the castrati, as evidenced by various deeds of property as well as documents recently discovered. Anyway, it is a wonderful house and museum to visit in the off the beaten path of my beloved Versailles.

The house in the period under king Louis XIV tells us that between 1686-1691 , the Italian castrato of the Chapel of the King, acquired several pieces of land in Montreuil, village located then near Versailles (today one of its districts, and where many nobles lived to be away from the hassles of the court near the Palace including many who later were kings like Louis XVIII (count of Artois) and Charles X ( count of Provence). In 1691, an ordinary officer of the King’s music chamber, gave as gift his nearby music pavilion, a pavilion that served as an embryo for the future house. This pavilion was then composed of a circular lounge covered, inside, a dome and tiles on the outside, open of 3 crossing and a window-door.  In 1708, this pavilion was increased by two lateral wings while the estate was fenced with walls. That same year, the property was bequeath  to the brothers and friends of the music guild, who had participated in its constitution.

The house under the reign of king Louis XV ,after the main owners of the music guild passed away in 1726, 1733 and 1740, the house  remained in the hands of the last two members Carli and Ridolfi, the last to come. They ceded the property in 1748 and again the house was ceded in 1751 to Anne Larcher, Countess of Argenson, the wife of Louis XV’s minister of war. The Countess of Argenson decided to have the pavilion fully rebuilt to her liking. This house was for the Countess, her residence in Versailles at the same time as her play house, according to the expression of the time, i.e. her party house . Indeed, she sheltered her love with the Marquis de Valfons, here. The Count of Argenson also had a gallant house in the village of Montreuil, on the side of Avenue de Saint-Cloud, where the Countess d’Estrades lived as his lover. The Countess de Marsan remained there from 1759 to 1776.

The house under the reign of king Louis XVI tells us that by 1776, the countess of Marsan gave the house to Louis-Guillaume Lemmonier, the first ordinary Doctor of the King and a professor of botany at the jardin des plantes in Paris, which made it one of the high places of the French botanical gardens of the 18C. Besides the various species of trees planted in the garden of the house, Lemmonier had a greenhouse at the end of it which he will constantly modify to accommodate his many varieties of plants, as evidenced by the inventory after the death of his wife in 1793. It is here that Lemmonier will trained several travelling botanists, especially André Michaux, who had first been plowing the farm of Satory (by rue de Satory off ave de Sceaux) in Versailles. The garden of Lemmonier will remain, until its dismantlement in the middle of the 19C, the botanical garden of the city of Versailles. It gave birth to the horticultural vocation of the village of Montreuil, which will remain until the mid-1960’s. Lemmonier, who also made the house, his residence in Versailles, established on the left flank of the courtyard, the buildings now visible whose extension on the side of the garden. Extension that contained the new dining room of the house today.

The house after the fall of king Louis XVI; by the time of the death of Lemmonier in 1799, the house passed on to his three nieces. The beautiful garden of their uncle was gradually dismantled from the 1800’s. The heirs of the latter, began the fragmentation of the estate so dearly constituted by Lemmonier;  it then encompassed almost the entire triangle formed by the streets rue Champs-Lagarde, rue Pasteur and rue des Condamines (very nice area in Versailles for a walk). The point of the triangle on the side of the current high school or lycée Rameau passed to the town in 1881 which establishes in the old greenhouses of Lemmonier, a school, greenhouses that will disappear in the 1950’s during the reconstruction of it. The house of the musicians  nowadays passed from hand to hand until its acquisition by the City of Versailles in December 1978; then house  passed on in May 1986 to the Union Compagnonnique des Compagnons du tour de France des devoirs unis as it stands today. Another off the beaten path of my beloved Versailles.

The Versailles tourist office

The city of Versailles on the house, see in French « La “passion” du premier médecin de Louis XVI « :

And to show you once again, my Versailles is a lot more than the palace/museum 98% of you come to see when in Versailles. You need to spend more time and see more of glorious royal Versailles!

As the main sites are in French and for the benefit of those reading who do not speak French, I will tell you how to get the house from the palace/museum. Well ready! walk! the best way to see a city, go up from the place d’Armes in front of the palace/museum onwards on avenue de Paris, for about 24 minutes (guiding by google as me never counted) turn by the University of Versailles-Saint Quentin building on your left hand side is the beginning of rue Champ Lagarde a bit more on your left is the house at no 15. So better go all the way on foot, see more , enjoy Versailles more! Hope it helps,

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

October 30, 2021

Gare Château-Rive Gauche of Versailles !!

I will update this older post telling you about the train station closest to the Château de Versailles! I have written posts in general on transportation in and around Versailles but this one needs a separate entry me think. Hope you find it useful.

The Gare de Versailles-Château-Rive-Gauche (formerly called Versailles-Rive-gauche), but still commonly called simply Rive Gauche , is one of the terminus of the line RER C . The word “Château” comes from its proximity to the Château de Versailles; The terms “rive gauche” are explained by the fact that it is located on an established line, departing from Paris, on the left bank of the Seine river. This station has three platforms (two central wharves and one outside wharf) for five dead-ends (plus a service lane).


A bit of history I like

The opening of the station of Versailles-Rive-Gauche, in the district of Saint-Louis, takes place on September 10, 1840 at the inauguration of the line of Paris – Versailles by the left bank of the Seine river. It is the closest station to the Château de Versailles (about 500 meters to the entrance gate of the castle, by the Avenue de Sceaux, which folks usually go a longer way by the Avenue de Paris). In order to facilitate the access of the site to its many visitors, the old name of the station nevertheless included the mention Château de Versailles. Its new name now includes the historical mention Rive-gauche as well. It is accessible from the center of Paris on the line C5 with stations such as Bibliothèque François Mitterrand ,Gare d’Austerlitz, Notre-Dame St Michel, Musée d’Orsay, Invalides, Pont de l’Alma, Champ de Mars and Tour Eiffel, etc. This station gets very busy, so I suggest that you buy a return ticket so you won’t have to waste time queuing to buy your ticket back to Paris.


This  Transilien train station, has a passenger building with open counters every day. It is equipped with  automation machines and Grandes lignes (big lines and even to Europe). facilities, equipment and services are available for people with reduced mobility. A press magazine snacks Relay is present, as well as distributors of fresh and hot beverages and snacks, an automatic photograph booth, and a photocopier are also available.


The Château-Rive Gauche train station is served by the bus lines 1 , 2 ,3 ,10, 13 ,22, and 103 of the Phebus bus network of Versailles , The RER C train station is on Avenue du Général de Gaulle ,closer with corner with Avenue de Sceaux, so coming out turn left and get on Sceaux you will get to the palace quicker on foot, Right across there is the bus depot with many lines as above, This is place Lyautey with starbuck coffee, and around the corner a Buffalo Grill resto and Brasserie le Lyautey, Plenty of shops souvenirs etc.



The line RER C into Versailles many times is decorated with sumptous wagons and I caught one for the memories here.


Some webpages to help you plan your trip are :

The official Transilien trains RER C Versailles :

The official Château de Versailles on transports château-rive gauche :!panel-80

The city of Versailles tourist office on public transports :

Now the RER C is a lot more than this station for reference the French site RER facile or RER easy with all RER C stations:

There you have it folks, in a nutshell if still need more, ask me. We did took several times for the thrill of public transport with the boys as they came in front of it all the time from their school and they use the same buses as all.  The Gare Château-Rive Gauche is tops, and Versailles is sublime ; do walk it and see more than the palace/museum. Hope you enjoy the post and thanks for reading me since November 2010,

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

October 30, 2021

Church Saint Martin of Pau!

Let me update this older post on a wonderful historical city we love. We have passed by it, stayed in it, and even watch several running of the Tour de France here, This is Pau  down in the Pyrénées Atlantiques department in 64  in the region of Nouvelle Aquitaine. Folks come here for the views of the Pyrénées from the boulevard des Pyrénées, the Castle, and the tour de France which passes by here almost every year. However, we love to walk around and go into different places in town.  I like to tell you a bit more about the Church Saint Martin, simply because it is related in history to the castle (see post) been just around it. It is a nice church worth a detour in town, me think,



A bit of history I like

The Church Saint Martin is located in the heart of the city at the gates of the Castle of Pau district.  A first St. Martin Church was built between 1468 and 1472 on a site opposite the castle of Pau where a small Chapel occupied the location of the present Place de la Deportation near the castle. This chapel was enlarged in 1468 by the decision of Viscount Gaston IV and became the Church St Martin which will remain the only parish church of Pau until 1801. Under the influence of the Albret family, the church became a Protestant temple between 1563 and 1620. Too cramped for the population of the district, the Church St. Martin was replaced in 1871 by a new sanctuary placed a little further east. It will therefore be decided to destroy the old Church St. Martin in 1885. Only its steeple remains;  it is the current tower of the Parliament of Navarre.

The new Church St Martin is of Gothic architecture with Byzantine influences.   A ciborium covers the altar. The warhead of the arcades is overridden, a form of Moorish inspiration.  This is found in the broken arch, the ribbed arches, the elongated windows, the hooks and the foliage that adorn the capitals. The stained glass windows are the collaboration of Boeswillwad with the painter glassmaker Louis Steinheil, quite famous at the time for his works at the Holy Chapel (Sainte Chapelle of Paris) already in collaboration with Boeswillwald.


The Church St Martin consists of a central nave, flanked by two secondary naves, a transept (the arm of the Cross), a chorus (the head of Christ) completed by a seven-piece apse cut, and four other flanks, two square and two of polygonal shape. The Church St Martin definitive location was only chosen in 1860, the old hotel Gontaut of which family was expulsed by imperial decree of 1856. The first stone was laid in 1863 and the works finally began in 1864. The church was inaugurated in 1871. The materials used are the stone of Arudy and the clearer stone of Angoulême . The dimensions are 71 meters long,36 meters wide, and 77 meters high of bell tower.

The high altar is covered by the ciborium, which rests on four fine columns of white marble, the spherical cap is gilded copper. Christ in Majesty is at the center of the Tabernacle, and on both sides the emblems of the four Evangelists, in repelled and gilded copper, are detached.



It has a Werner organ as well as a carillon. Inside, a painting by the painter Eugène Devéria and precious objects were offered by Queen Isabel II, who was driven from Spain and donated them during her visit to Pau in 1868.

The Pau Pyrénées tourist office on the church :

The city of Pau on the church:–leglise-saintmartin

As many things there are to see in Pau ,this one is something different nice, worth a detour. We like it and the grand square in front of it. Hope you enjoy the Church St Martin as we,

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

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October 29, 2021

The good times ,and sights of the Philippines!

I will remind myself of the good night time in the Philippines, and update this older post, I made several trips to the country the last few years, 6 times to be exact from 2014 to November 2018, all memorable with many friends. This post will be on fun and sights of the Philippines, Do see my other posts and hope you enjoy them as I.

At Cebu, (Mandaue city) we went to the Jump Shot Sports Bar, a rather rocking place with a terrace overlooking the main street. Plenty of cheers good beers and friendly company. We had great fun here and came back couple times more to the Jump Shot Sports Bar. Recommended. Yelp reviews webpage:


Then,over in Manila we went to the Road House Manila Bay,and it was rocking live with a good band and friendly nice service. The band was Spank Me Regor and was again very good indeed worth going back for them, very nice vocals music from the 80’s! The Yelp reviews webpage:



We were there by the harbor in Manila, so there was a nice big wheel that remainded me of the one in Paris place de la Concorde.


 All on the road warrior ways ,I like and nice memories of the Philippines. As said, many other visits there and been to several islands, great memories, great friends and many souvenirs. Do not know when back but if long the memories will lingered forever. Thanks Philippines.

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

October 29, 2021

Las Majadas!!!

Ok so nostalgia and memories flashing I saw the pictures of the park were not included in previous post on magical wonderful sublime Las Majadas, in the province of Cuenca, Autonomous community of Castilla La Mancha, Kingdom of Spain! Therefore, let me tell you a bit on this memorable spot of ours!

Las Majadas will be in our mind forever, we stayed here with wonderful vacation time renting a home with the entire family ,and using it as a base to see all of central Spain from the coast of Valencia to upwards of Segovia and down to Toledo. The town has an area of 87,25 km2 (about 34 sq miles) with a winter population of 317 folks, at a height of 1393 meters (about 4570 feet).

The town of Las Majadas is part of the Serrania de Cuenca , about 36 km from the Unesco World Heritage site of Cuenca. The thrill each day was driving down and up its winding and zig zag’s roads with gorgeous mountains views with lookout stops along the way to enjoy the scenery even more.


We walked each day to the small garden park at the entrance of the village; along the road CUV 9113 (carretera Villalba de la Sierra) and calle del Horno , around this latter you reach the Plaza Mayor of Las Majadas, continue and reach Calle Atanasio Lasso turn left and reach our reliable nice rental house,Casa Rural Pitu (see post). There is a nice garden here with a fountain and benches, nice to have a cold one and look around the hills in a quant Castilian mountain town! Superb!




As told several times, Spain is in me no matter where I go, or live, and so lucky to found a French women who spoked Spanish and like the idea of vacationing there even were thinking of retirement. Well the luck of the devil it could not be done as she passed away last April 30th 2018 from pancreatic cancer. My hopes were dashed and a new life is slowly coming together. However, the memories ,the souvenirs, the joys of the past with my dear late wife Martine will always be there intact. Las Majadas was a great place to be at. We are always remembering and réminiscences of times past where we had so much family joy here. It will be with me for the rest of my life.

Hope you too can enjoy these off the beaten path of my dear Spain, and remember , you read it here first jejeje! It will be worth your while to visit Las Majadas for the outdoors in us and visit wonderful Cuenca nearby. An excellent one two punch!!! recommended!!!

Some webpages to help you plan your trip are:

The Cuenca province tourist board on Las Majadas

The Cuenca tourist office on places to see in Las Majadas

The Castilla La Mancha tourist board on Las Majadas

The Guia Repsol of Spain on Las Majadas (Michelin of Spain):

There you go folks, a sentimental, memorable place for us, but worth the detour by all. Wonderful unique deep Castilla of Spain. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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October 29, 2021

Schiphol, Amsterdam’s airport!!

So looking at my vault of pictures found some not shown in my blog on Schiphol airport. Even, thus written a post on it, will like to share these pictures and provide more information on an airport  I have taken many times in my travels around the world. Therefore, this post is Schiphol, Amsterdam’s airport!!

I have come most of the time by transfer/connection to Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport located less than 20 minutes by train from the Centraal train station in city center. The best way to get to the city ,and if first time or more, head for the tourist office of Amsterdam just across…


The Schiphol airport has six runways. The airport has a single terminal, which under one roof brings together three interconnected halls, themselves made up of boarding branches from  B to H.  There are hall buildings at Schiphol Airport: Hall 1 for flights within the Schengen area, Hall 2 for flights inside and outside the Schengen area, and Hall 3 for international non-Schengen flights and low cost airlines (also Schengen flights). The airport is the third in Europe in passenger volume.


Most air passengers give Schiphol Amsterdam Airport high marks (me too) because it is extremely easy to reach by public transport, and because of its modern architecture, services and craftsmanship. At Schiphol Airport, besides take off, landing and stops, you also have great opportunities for shopping, going out, relaxing and … even visiting a museum! A branch of the famous Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. You can admire the works of great Dutch masters there between Lounges 2 and 3.


In the fascinating airport buildings of Schiphol, you will find a shopping center, a casino, spas, and several restaurants. Schiphol even has its own library with works from Dutch literature, translated into several languages. From the panoramic terrace, in Hall 1, you will have a fascinating view of the planes taking off and landing. Most if not all activity of any kind is along Holland boulevard in the one terminal airport.



You cross Schiphol Plaza when you leave Schiphol Airport. This hall is equipped with a giant steel roof and a magnificent glass facade. It houses shops, restaurants, the hallway for a hotel, and another for the parking lot and metro station. At Schiphol Plaza you will be able to shop even if you are not a passenger. Under the Schiphol Plaza is the Schiphol Airport train station. The train is the best connection between the airport and the city center (even I said that). It has departures each 10 minutes and the travel time is 10-15 minutes. You will arrive at Amsterdam Centraal train station where a lot of hotels are located. This is also the central stop for the departure of taxi´s, metro´s, tram´s and busses. Take it from Platforms 1 and 2 in the main arrival plaza. You can find the platforms at the main hall (take the stairs down to go to platform 1 and 2). The Amsterdam Airport Express Bus (line 397) offers a convenient and direct transfer from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam city center as an option but never taken it.


The official Schiphol Amsterdam airport:

The Amsterdam tourist office on Schiphol airport:

The official Schiphol plaza webpage:

There you go folks, a bit more on the popular Schiphol Amsterdam airport! Lots of memories by here and eating/shopping on its wonderful facilities. Hope it helps your travel plans.

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

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October 28, 2021

Teatro Nacional D. Maria II of Lisbon!

I passed by it several times until finally curiosity took me in, and have a souvenir picture. To me is more of the architecture and history which I like. Visiting Lisbon, Portugal is always a pleasure and many times there and many friends. I like to update this older post to continue giving justice to this cultural monument in the old town. I like to tell you a bit more about the Dom Maria II National Theater or Teatro Nacional D. Maria II of Lisbon.


The National Theatre Dona Maria II or Teatro Nacional D. Maria II is located on the Rossio neighborhood at Praça D. Pedro IV in the historic heart of the old town of Lisbon. The theatre is one of the most prestigious venues in the country. It is built on the northern façade of the Rossio square at the site of the former Estaus Palace , built around 1450 to house the foreign dignitaries and the nobles visiting Lisbon. In the 16C, the Estaus Palace became the seat of the Portuguese Inquisition. The palace was spared by the 1755 Lisbon earthquake but is completely destroyed by a fire in 1836.

Thanks to the stubborn efforts of the Romantic poet and writer Almeida Garrett, it is decided to replace the old palace with a modern theatre dedicated to Queen Mary II of Portugal. The construction began in 1842 on plans of the Italian neoclassical to finish in 1846.

The Theater of D Maria II  is one of the best representatives of the influence of neo-Palladianism in Lisbon. The main element of the façade is a portico of six Ionic columns supporting a triangular pediment. The tympanum is decorated with bas-reliefs representing Apollo and the Muses. The pediment is surmounted by a statue of the Renaissance playwright Gil Vicente, considered the father of the Portuguese theater. Some of Gil Vicente’s plays were censored by the Inquisition at the end of the 16C.

The interior is decorated by the best Portuguese artists of the 19C, but the bulk of the original decoration was lost in a fire that occurred in 1964. The theater D. Maria II had to be completely renovated and only re-opened its doors in 1978. The building that you see today was reconstructed preserving the original neoclassical style from the 1840s. There are guided tours that lead you from the performance rooms to the unseen areas in the theater backstage, including dressing rooms, technical areas, prop and costume-making rooms. The guided tours take approximately one hour, and are available in Portuguese, English, French, Spanish, Italian and German. 

Some webpages to help you plan your visit are: 

The official Theater D Maria II webpage:

The Lisbon tourist office on the theater

There you go folks, a cultural stop on your glorious walking of Lisbon as we did; and plenty to see and taste around it too. Enjoy the theater of D Maria II of Lisbon!

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

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