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October 1, 2021

Memories of my wine routes in the Médoc !!!

This is one of my fav hobbies and the family has follow along throughtout the years. Do not want to make it long but all is in my blog, my wine history goes back to been a boy of grandma and the rest has been a wonderful history enjoying these fruits of our Earth, I will update this wonderful story of some of my trails in the Médoc, Haut-Médoc of the area of Bordeaux, There are plenty of wine posts in my blog fyi ! The whole of the Médoc is a peninsula between the confluence of the Dordogne and Garonne rivers and the Atlantic ocean. You just go up from the rocade of Bordeaux up road D2 !

Let me tell you about some of my all time favorite properties as I have found some pictures from my vault and even if personal are dated and will complement rather nicely this post. But first , a bit about the Médoc.

The Médoc is in the Gironde department 33 of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. There are three parts to it: Bas-Médoc, Haut-Médoc and Landes, and two terroirs, the famous Médoc vineyard along the estuary, and Landes du Médoc towards the ocean. The coast is dotted with small seaside resorts: Soulac, Montalivet, Carcans, Hourtin or Lacanau, which is wonderful and many times with the family here (see posts). The wine part of the Médoc is a condense piece of land with some of the world’s greatest wines if not the very best. The Médoc vineyard includes the following appellations: Médoc, Haut-Médoc, Saint-Estèphe, Pauillac, Saint -Julien, Listrac-Médoc, Moulis-en-Médoc and Margaux. After been around, these for me are the best in the world!!!

Here is a sampler of properties of various social levels, hope you enjoy them all as we do!

The Château Lanessan, located in Cussac Fort-Médoc , Haut Médoc ,has already had the distinction of belonging to one and the same family since 1793. For eight generations, the Bouteiller family has exploited this 80 ha vineyard in one piece, rather rare in the region, surrounded by a 145 ha of forest lands. The wine is 70% sold abroad and available in France among wine merchants and in large retailers: Some of the other properties are Château Sainte-Gemme and Château Lachesnaye, neighboring properties acquired in the 20C by the Bouteiller family. Les Calèches de Lanessan , the second wine named in honor of the Belle Epoque collection of vehicles from the Horse Carriage Museum located in the heart of the estate. And of course Château Lanessan, the flagship of the group, a highly rated Haut Médoc which is not, however, part of the official classification of Bordeaux wines of 1855. You will find 3 grape varieties: 60% cabernet sauvignon, 36% merlot and 4% petit verdot. Thus was born a wine with a complex and elegant nose, a well structured mouth, with fleshy tannins and a persistent finish. Good vintages can be kept for more than 10 years. Here the curiosity is we came for the horse carriage museum when the boys were little and we love the place as well as the wines. It has been a favorite of the family for about 18 yrs already. Webpage:

Cussac Fort Medoc chateau-lanessan PF aug11

The Château Palmer is a wine estate located in Cantenac. In AOC Margaux, it is classified third grand cru in the official classification of Bordeaux wines of 1855. In the 18C, the castle was already a wine estate recognized for its wines, which were tasted at the court of Versailles. This property belonged to Madame de Gasq and was then called Domaine de Gasq. It was sold in 1814 to British lieutenant-colonel Charles Palmer, who gave it its current name. It has been one of my house favorite over the years and still do drink it. Margaux is good! Webpage:


The Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande is an 85 hectare wine estate located in Pauillac. Located in AOC Pauillac, it is classified second grand cru in the official classification of Bordeaux wines of 1855. In 1850 after the owner’s death, Baron Joseph de Pichon-Longueville, Virginie, one of his daughters, took over the management of the estate and commissioned a castle inspired by the Hôtel de Lalande located in Bordeaux where her husband Henri-Charles Raymond, Count of Lalande had spent his childhood. In 1978, May-Eliane de Lencquesaing in turn received this beautiful estate and devoted herself entirely to it. She gave it an international reputation due to a constant quality and an undeniable dynamic. The Maison de Champagne Louis Roederer, became its owner in 2007, It is an exception within the Pauillac appellation because 11 hectares are located in the town of Saint-Julien. Its grape varieties are composed of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 8% Petit Verdot. One of the classics of Bordeaux and we love the story of Elaine and have followed it ever since!  Webpage:

Pauillac chateau pichon longueville comtesse de lalande PF Aug11

It was in 1300, at the initiative of the Commanderie des Templiers, that this vineyard was born. The Château d’Arcins is a rectangular dwelling surrounded by two lateral, square and projecting pavilions. The main elevations, on the road, form a courtyard closed by a portal and a low wall supporting a metal grid. The house is framed by two wings in return, built in the extension of the pavilions. The upper window, preceded by a metal railing bearing the initials C and A for Château d´Arcins, is crowned with a circular pediment. The buildings have 7 spans for the one h ousing the offices and 9 for the other, corresponding to the old vat room. It is own since 1971 by the Castel group of wineries. It is one of my favorites since 1990 and we enjoy at home a lot . The Castel group is one of the biggest distributors of wine in the world and are base in Provence. Webpage:


The Château Cantenac Brown, is a 48 hectare wine estate located in Cantenac In AOC Margaux, it is classified third grand cru in the official classification of Bordeaux wines of 1855. Jacques Boyd, squire of the King, bought in 1754 some land in the parish of Cantenac, thus creating a wine estate which gave birth to two properties: Boyd-Cantenac and Cantenac Brown. In 1806, John Lewis Brown, a Frenchman of Scottish origin, bought vines which took the name of Cantenac-Brown.  It was there that John-Lewis Brown, future animal painter and grandson of the founder of the property, spent his childhood. The castle was sold in 1843 to a banker named Gromard. The latter was at the head of the estate in 1855, when the property was classified as the third Grand Cru Classé under the name of Boyd. In 1860, the vineyard was sold to Louis Armand Lalande who gave it the final name of Cantenac Brown. At the end of 2019, Cantenac Brown changed hands and came under the control of the Le Lous brothers, a family of French medical entrepreneurs (Urgo group ). Excellent wines and a house favorite of ours. Webpage:

Cantenac chateau cantenac brown PF Aug11

The Château Cos d’Estournel, is a wine estate spanning 91 hectares, located in Saint-Estèphe. Cos d’Estournel produces wine under the appellation Saint-Estèphe, classified among the second grands crus in the 1855 classification. The estate was founded by Louis-Gaspard d’Estournel , who inherited vines near the village from Cos in 1811.  He travelled a lot and this allows him distant exports, in particular to India attracting him the nickname of Maharajah. In 1830, to celebrate this, he surmounted his cellars of Chinese pagodas, which would then be the exotic image of Cos, and brought a door from the 17C from Zanzibar. In 1917, Fernand Ginestet, a famous Bordeaux wine merchant and also co-owner of Château Margaux, bought the estate. His grandchildren Yves, Jean-Marie and Bruno Prats inherited the estate in 1970. The estate was sold in 2000 to the passionate industrialist, Michel Reybier. In 2006, a restoration of the buildings allowed the pagodas to regain their original appearance. One of the curiosity wine castles and very much matching quality, again one of my house favorite for years !  Webpage:


Located in the town of Parempuyre near Bordeaux, the Château Clément-Pichon estate bore the name of “La Motte Caupène” in the 14C. Durand-Dassier will rebuild the castle with an original architecture of the Renaissance type following a fire in 1881. It is finally Clément Fayat, entrepreneur in construction and already owner of the Château La Dominique in Saint Emilion, which acquires it in 1976. He recreates there from the ground up on 25 hectares of a Haut-Médoc vineyard, established on a coarse gravel terroir on the surface, the basement consisting of iron grime. The vines are 25 years old on average with the grape varieties distributed between 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc.  A simple property we came upon looong ago and has been our house favorite for years still do.  Webpage:


The Château de Lescombes is located at 198 avenue du Taillan ,Eysines and was called under the Old Regime (monarchy) , the Château de la Plane, name of the rural lordship which surrounded it. The rectangular building is flanked by 4 towers covered in a pepper shaker. It is marked by classic fashion, sobriety of architecture and symmetry. Nearby, the dovecote-well is a cylindrical tower covered with a stone dome where a collection of market gardening tools from the eco-museum are on display. The castle was bought in 1989 by the city of Eysines and has become the Contemporary Art center of Château Lescombes. It is 7 km from Bordeaux. The property has long stop producing wines at least since the 1980’s but was a regular of mine long ago in my beginnings so still have a picture of it, and here for the memories. Webpage:


For general info the Médoc tourist office on the wines :

The Bordeaux wines CIVB organisation on the Médoc

There you go folks, a dandy region of my belle France, Hope you enjoy it like us and do come to visit on site these properties are awesome as it is the whole Médoc peninsula , and what is commonly call Bordeaux!

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

October 1, 2021

Some news from France, CCCXLIIII

And its time to tell you about some news from France, my regular news bulletins of what I think are best to tell. We are now in the Fall season and temps beginning to come down all over France. The vaccin drome complex are beginning to be closed like the Stade de France north of Paris. And the beat goes on,,,Here are my latests !

As usual the great Paris public transport network goes thru some interruptions for the weekend of 2-3 October 2021; and this is not over folks it will continue into Winter, I always recommend people checking ahead for this, As I have friends coming over in December to Paris, I have already alerted them to check in on last minutes changes.

RER B. Due to the many construction sites that are continuing in the northern sector of line B, traffic will be interrupted all weekend between Aulnay-sous-Bois and terminal 2 at Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle. A substitute bus service is in place. RER C. Trains connecting Juvisy to Versailles Chantiers and Pont de Rungis to Massy-Palaiseau are canceled on Saturday and Sunday. In addition to setting up substitute buses, a strengthening of regular bus lines is planned. Sunday evening, the entire southern branch will be stopped from the Orsay museum station. RER D. Watch out for the stops canceled this Sunday. From 22h50, the RER trains heading towards Melun or Corbeil-Essonnes will not serve Créteil-Pompadour and Villeneuve-Triage stations. Replacement buses are being put in place.

For the Transilien network: Line K. Traffic is suspended, all weekend long and in both directions, between Mitry-Claye in Seine-et-Marne and Gare du Nord. Users can go to the “east” branch of the RER B which makes the same journey and operates normally. Line L. No train will run, Saturday and Sunday, on the sections between Saint-Lazare on the one hand and La Défense and Maisons-Laffitte (Yvelines) on the other. Traffic on the rest of line L will be normal except between Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche and Saint-Cloud (Hauts-de-Seine) where trains will be canceled, from 22h to 7h, overnight from Saturday to Sunday . Line R. Like last week, line R will terminate at Melun in Seine-et-Marne, Saturday and Sunday. Trains to Montargis and Montereau are canceled and replaced by buses serving all intermediate stations.

Metro Line 4. Continuation of automation work. Like every Sunday, line 4 will only open to travelers from noon. It will work normally on Saturday. The Tramways; T1. Due to modernization work, the trams no longer stop at Escadrille Normandie-Niemen, Marché Saint-Denis, Hôpital Delafontaine and Courneuve 6 routes stations. T4. Beware of extended travel times this Saturday morning. Before 5h, the T4 line trams are replaced by buses. Allow 15 minutes more than by tram between Aulnay-sous-Bois and Bondy in Seine-Saint-Denis.

And on the road: pedestrian Champs-Élysées. Like every first Sunday of the month, the Champs-Élysées sector and almost all of Paris-Centre (the first 4 arrondissements) are added to the districts of the “Paris breathes” Sunday pedestrianization plan. This Sunday, from 10h to 17h, motor vehicle traffic will be completely prohibited on the Champs-Élysées and only reserved for motorists with an exemption in the hypercentre. And the beat goes on, Paris will be super crowded!!

This Saturday, from 19h to 02h, you can wear your hiking boots and set off on one of the three GR75 routes. More than 100 events are scheduled for the 20th edition of Nuit Blanche. The theme – art and sport – imposes its rhythm and its style. Anquetil (in the Bois de Vincennes) or the Georges-Vallerey swimming pool (20éme arrondissement), major Olympic sites of 1900 and 1924. Start at the Hôtel-de-Ville square. Obviously, you have to start with the meeting place at Place de l’Hotel-de-Ville. From 19h to 20h, this is the last moment to see Christo’s runaway on the Arc de Triomphe. It will be dismantled the day after the Nuit Blanche. The exhibition at the city’s Modern Art Museum presents for the first time commissions from five young artists who won the 2nd edition of the 1% Art Market Prize. The Carnavalet Museum provides a setting for a performance by an artist choreographer. The Centre Pompidou will be completely open with lighting on the facade. Finally, go to Church Saint-Eustache to witness the song of the whales, a video and hologram installation. Other churches put on their own performances. Nuit Blanche begins at 19h, especially with the opening of museums. Everything is free. But unlike in years past, Nuit Blanche does not last until the end of the night. The program will end at 02h, in order to respect the metro schedule.

And traditions ends again at Tati,sadly. In Barbès, nostalgic customers came to say “one last goodbye” to Tati. Between wave in the soul and buying fever, the last customers looked for good deals in the almost empty shelves of the historic store in the 18éme arrondissement in this last day before the final closing. Before lowering its curtain forever, the emblematic store of Barbès-Rochechouart, welcomed this past Thursday, the day of definitive closure, its last customers from all walks of life….

In addition to the behind-the-scenes film immersion with Rex Studios, the big Rex now also offers an escape game called “Save the Cinema”, designed by Team Break. Their mission: to stop the infernal machine hidden in the bowels of the mythical institution of the Grands Boulevards, which is causing the great classics of the 7th art to disappear one after the other. Grand Rex 1, rue Poissonnières (2éme arrondissement). Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, public holidays and every day during school holidays, from 13h to 19h. From 2 to 7 players. From 10 years old. Price: from 23 euros. Information on the Le Grand Rex website:

The Société du Grand Paris is opening 40 supermetro work sites to the public on October 16 2021. But better not to wait to book. At the half-time of its course, this titanic project, which began 5 years ago and whose first commissioning is scheduled in less than 5 years, needs to show the backdrop. The baptism of a tunnel boring machine and the closing of an important stage in the progress of the structural work. The next, the “KM9” will take place on the evening of October 16, in Massy (Essonne dept 91). There is no need to register there. Meet on site in front of 241 avenue du Maréchal Leclerc in Massy at 18h Webpage:

This Sunday, October 3,2021, an exceptional sale of three works by François-Xavier and Claude Lalanne, created for the European Center for Permanent Education (Cedep), and never seen by the general public, is being organized. The possible exhibition before the sale allows everyone to discover the work of these artists from Seine-et-Marne, of international renown. Claude Lalanne had produced in 1969 “The Man with the Head of Cabbage”, a sculpture which inspired Serge Gainbourg to title a song and an album. Her husband François-Xavier had created an egg-shaped bar for fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent. Did you know that this couple of artists from Seine-et-Marne, rather original and of international renown, had made three sculptures installed in a campus of Fontainebleau, out of sight! For the first time, the public will be able to discover them in the park of the campus of the European Center for Continuing Education (Cedep), next to Insead, before their auction this Sunday, October 3.2021.webpage:

Ten years after an aborted first project in Bussy-Saint-Georges , Costco France is back in Seine-et-Marne. The American brand will finally finalize its installation in the eastern part of the Ile-de-France region, around mid-November in Pontault-Combault. In the meantime, the hard discounter opened its first store in France in 2017, in Villebon-sur-Yvette (Essonne 91 ), where 165,000 membership cards were issued. Already a success. We hope to have four to six Costco’s in Ile-de-France, at all cardinal points around Paris, ”said Gary Swindells, president of Costco France. And there you go folks, our Costco is now fully growing in France, hoping to come by Bretagne soon! webpage:

The Palace of Versailles: more than twenty years after the storm, the allée de Saint-Cyr is back with its trees, 450 oaks have just been planted in the gardens of the castle that the storm of 1999 had ravaged. Thanks to sponsorship, the palace is definitely turning this dark page in its history. The Allée de Saint-Cyr, one of the axes leading from l’Étoile Royale (Royal Star) of the Palace of Versailles, has been given a facelift. 450 trees were planted in four symmetrical rows, recreating a long-lost perspective. Beautiful will need to see!

The bicentenary of Napoleon’s death, commemorated in 2021 (not my favorite historical figure as was an imperialist dictator), highlights the tourist route that bears his name, between Golfe-Juan, in the Alpes-Maritimes, and Grenoble. The Napoleon route revolves around the stages that were those of the “flight of the Eagle”. The stèle, plaques and monuments that can be admired faithfully mark its passage. On the other hand, the actual route of the road deviates in several places from that actually followed by Napoleon in 1815, for example in the beautiful hairpin bends that precede Seranon [Alpes-Maritimes]. The idea of ​​naming the RN 85 “Route Napoléon” was launched in 1913 by a priest from the Var, but it was not until 1932 for the creation of the label. Today, the network of “imperial towns” founded at the initiative of Rueil-Malmaison [Hauts-de-Seine] in 2011; where La Malmaison is located, emblematic home of the Napoleon-Joséphine de Beauharnais couple, continues to develop. . Napoleon has become a real tourist brand. The Imperial cities webpage:

And a webpage in French on the Route Napoléon:

From Monday, September 27, 2021 , the RER C will unveil its Paris Museums Train with wagons completely redecorated with works by Parisian institutions. In its Parisian portion, the RER C serves several emblematic museums of the capital such as the Petit Palais at the Invalides stop, the Cognacq-Jay museum in Saint-Michel Notre-Dame, the Maison de Victor Hugo in Austerlitz or the museum of ‘Modern art of Paris at the Champs-de-Mars Eiffel Tower and Pont de l’Alma. To pay tribute to its great institutions and the treasures they contain, the interior of a train on the RER C line will be entirely filmed with works. In each of the trains, you will be able to admire the creations of Amedeo Modigliani, Robert and Sonia Delaunay or even Raoul Dufy. A real journey into masterpieces. The city of Paris Museums webpage:

In Mid-2022, cars should be definitively banned from the Butte Montmartre … This is the wish of the socialist city/town hall of the 18éme arrondissement, as part of the “Embellish Paris” project, and the candidacy of the hill as a world heritage site by UNESCO. The Paris tourist office on Montmartre:

And last but not least, far from imagining that rapper Maître Gims would one day launch his own pizzeria. Well there you go, it’s done: Fya Pizza has just popped up, with the possibility of delivery on Deliveroo. Location the dandy 18 Avenue du Président Kennedy, 16éme arrondissement, right under the pont Bir Hakeim. Deliverioo (meal delivery site) webpage:

There you go folks, a dandy of news from beautiful Paris and France, can’t beat the one-two punch! Hope you enjoy it as I.

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

October 1, 2021

The arrondissement or districts of Paris!

I did this post a while back to explain something trivial but confusing to many visitors. I am updating now with especially new links in my black and white series,no pictures ; hope you enjoy it as I. Apparently I see a lot of confusion on what is an arrondissement and a quartier (see post). When in 1860, Baron Haussmann did the architectural and urbanistic changes in Paris it was done with the creation of 20 arrondissement or districts. These are the ones folks coming over remember and the best way administravely Paris function with a mayor’s office in each and a greater Paris council headed by the top Mayor of Paris. However, there are ,also, quartier or neighborhoods , done four per district or 80 total and these are the ones the Parisiens understand as their living quarters.

One of my favorites subject while coming and living here now, is the increase in size of Paris and the transformation from an ordinary city to the grand city of lights we know today. Paris was not always like you see today in fact, it was pretty sad and dirty not too long ago. When Napoleon III came to power, he found a city in waste, dirty ,and not sufficient to be considered a grand capital of Europe. He took it upon himself to enlarge it, modernise it, and beautify it. This been tried before in 1840 to make Paris well defended and increase the fluid of traffic started by President Thiers under the 3rd Republic was adopted to give a circular road but also defensive around the city. Napoleon III continue by in around 1860 ordering Baron Haussmann, the big work ahead. This is the story of the arrondissements or districts of Paris and what you see today.

What many people do not know is that it was Napoleon I  who had the idea of a Grand Paris reaching as far as St Cloud in Hauts de Seine dept 92 today. After a risk of France and Paris being invaded again around 1840 that the prefet Rambuteau (the same street now around centre pompidou) desired to begin this expansion.  A wall was done in 1844 to defend Paris if attacked; several communities became IN Paris if not officially yet such as Grenelle,Vaugirard, Bercy, Charonne,, Belleville, La Villette, La Chapelle, Montmartre, les Batignolles, Passy and Auteuil. On orders of Napoleon III a public order is done in February 2, 1859 to debate on annexing propertly these communities to give a physical rounder to Paris. After this public consultation it was voted to annexed the communities and enlarge Paris on June 16 1859, becoming effective law of the nation on January 1, 1860.  Paris immediately went from 3438 hectares to 7802 hectares, with the administrative repartition passing from 12 to 20 arrondissements or districts. It has been over 160 years and the concept of Grand Paris is still in the air for public debate today.

Further, the arrondissements or districts starts with the Paris city postal code which is also for the region as it is both as 75, then the first arrondissement will be 001 ,therefore all the addresses in the first district will have the zip /postal code as 75001. The quartiers or neighborhood, also have names and numbers starting in the 1éme arrondissement with quartier 01 all the way to 80. Example, on the 1 district (1éme arrondissement) the four quartiers or neighborhoods of which all will have the zip/postal code 75001 will be Saint-Germain-l’Auxerrois quartier no 1,  Halles quartier no 2, Palais-Royal quartier no 3, and Place-Vendôme as quartier no 4. Its very simple really !

The mairies or city hall govt building in each arrondissement are done in touch with the local architecture of each.

The Paris 1 has it after the church Saint Germain l’Auxerrois next to the end of the Louvre.  This is the forum les Halles,Arc du Carrousel,church of Saint Eustache,Jeu de Paume,Louvre,Orangerie, Conciergerie, Sainte Chapelle, Palais Royal, Jardin des Tuileries, and the Place Vendôme Paris 2, is done in 1847 after opening the rue de la Banque, inside a mariage hall done in 1879 decorated with the 3rd Republic emblems.  Paris 3 was the first done with an initial space virgin, looking more like a renaissance castle with Doric columns and clock evoking Chambord. This is the Archives Nationales, Arts et Métiers,Carnavalet museum,Picasso museum,amongst others. Paris 4 done with column first realized for the Chateau des Tuileries (today gone extension of the Louvre), This is the Arsenal,Centre Pompidou, Crypte de Notre Dame,church saint louis saint paul,hotel de ville,memorial de la shoah, Cathedral of Notre Dame, and tour Saint Jacques. 

The above 4 arrondissements are now group administratively into Paris Centre or the center downtown of Paris, The number continue to be use but in reality now are only 17 arrondissements or districts of Paris, Their central mayor’s office webpage :

Paris 5  was done to accompany the silhouette of the Pantheon in the center of a big plaza ,rue Soufflot with two monumental columns holding a massive fronton one is entering an university the other the mairie or mayor’s office. This is Arénes de Lutéce,church Saint Etienne du Mont, Church Saint Julien le Pauvre,Mosquée de Paris, Sorbonne, Cluny, and church Val de Grâce, webpage :

Paris 6 facing the facade of the Church Saint Sulpice practically shown behind the church and as a second stage to it. This is the church of Saint Germain des Prés, Delacroix museum, palais and museum of Luxembourg,gardens of Luxembourg amongst others.webpage :

Paris 7 is in a mansion of the 17C built between 1645-1647, acquired in 1710 then Robert de Cotte,then Laroux,finally in 1862 the city of Paris buys it and put the mairie or city hall there. This is  the Army museum,Assamblée Nationale, Ecole Militaire,Egouts or sewers of Paris,Invalides, Legion of Honor museum, Orsay museum,Rodin museum, UNESCO,and the Tour Eiffel. Webpage :

Paris 8 at rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré and integrated in 1926 to the hotel Cail or mansion cail;built during the Second Empire between 1865-1867. This is the Arc de Triomphe,Chapelle Expiatoire,pl de la Concorde,church of the Madeleine,Palais d’Elysées, Grand and Petit Palais,Jacquemart museum,NIssim de Camondo museum, and palais de la Decouverte. Webpage :

Paris 9 design and built between 1846-1848 with an entry of an old cour de service or domestic entrance. The city acquired it in 1848 keeping the municipal services of the 2nd arrondissement de Paris, lateral wings are added in 1860 it is kept and became the mairie for the 9th district. This is the Grévin wax museum,Opéra Garnier,and Vie Romantique museum ,and Gare Saint Lazare, amongst others. Webpage:

Paris 10  began built in 1892 making it look like a renaissance castle with facades similar to those of Chambord with the uniqueness of having its main structure of metal attached to the facade just like the Grand Palais years later. This is the Pinacothéque de Paris. Gare du Nord and Gare de l’Est. Webpage :

Paris 11 supporting the boulevard Voltaire and rue Parmentier it was built between 1862-1865. This is the Bastille  bordering also Republique and Nation. Webpage :

Paris 12 built in 1876 in a classical composition following other similar buildings with a woman statue on top meaning the city of Paris.  The 12éme is the rendez-vous point for all Parisiens around place de la Bastille and place de la Nation. The fame Marché d’Aligre, and the cours de Vincennes the old entry point for the king Louis XIV and Maria Teresa. Faubourg Saint Antoine the art of the wood/furniture is still present today from times of long ago. Not long ago the cementary of Picpus is located past avenue de Saint-Mandé, you go there by 35 rue de Picpus. Here the bodies of 1306 persons guillotine are located and it is today private, the only one in Paris, but you can visit in the afternoons. This is the Cinémathéque Française,Palais de la porte Dorée, Opéra Bastille, and Palais omnisport de Paris Bercy Gare de Lyon, Gare de Bercy as well as Bercy Village. Webpage:

Paris 13 facade design and built between 1864-1867 similar to those typical buildings of mairies or city halls. In the 13éme the mansion or hôtel queen Blanche its at 17 rue des Gobelins, here Marguerite the wife of king Louis IX (Saint Louis) came to guard silence, as well as in the 14C Blanche of Bourgogne wife of king Charles IV lived. At 73 rue des Gobelins you will have a building with a loggia around columns and pillastres, in it there are two statues(1869)  work of a young sculptor name Auguste Rodin. This is the Bibliothéque Nationale Fraçois Mitterrand, Manufacture des Gobelins ,with its Place d’Italie. Webpage :

Paris 14 built between 1852-1858 for the town of Montrouge, after annexation it is at the centre of the 14 district so name its mairie. In the 14éme, you have the Observatoire de Paris ,the oldest in the world.1667. the astronomic cupola dates from 1845. Coming out of the observatoire you turn left and see the Maison du Fontainer, distribution of water from Rungis, and store in the aqueduct of Medicis, from here it provided water to the Palais de Luxemburg and Parisiens with 14 fountains! This is the Catacombs de Paris, and the Cimetiére de Montparnasse. Webpage :

Paris 15 built  between 1876-1876 with extensions designed  in 1913 but finally done between 1925-1928. In the 15éme done around the village of Vaugirard and old agricultural land in sand and construction materials. Near the metro Javel old Citroen car factory today no longer and nice walks alone the Seine. This is the Bourdelle museum,Institut Pasteur,Jean Moulin memorial, Tour Montparnasse , Gare de Montparnasse, and the post office museum. webpage :

Paris 16 the towns of Passy and Auteuil could have done it by rue Francklin and pl Jean Lorain but not in agreement the mairie was finally done behind rue Henri Martin built between 1875-1877. In the 16éme, the villages of Passy and Auteuil were annexed to neighborhood of Chaillot to create the 16 arrondissement! on June 16 1859! becoming the biggest district in Paris ! OF course, 52% of it is the Bois de Boulogne!  Here was the hunting area of the locals at the time. Napoleon I wanted to have a triumphant arch build in this area to link a great avenue Bastille to the Louvre, he never saw it done, but the successor king Louis-Philippe completed. The body of Napoleon I was finally able to pass it under in 1840. Here you have the Maison de Balzac with the writers memoirs, it still has vinyards around it. Now it is a museum Balzac. Here the musée du vin or wine museum is located at rue des Eaux on the old fortification from the middle ages that serves as cellars to the brothers of the order of Minimes (Passy) producing a wine very much like by king Louis XIII. It became the cellars of the wines serve in the Tour Eiffel until becoming today the museum. This is Arc de Triomphe, Palais de Tokyo, Baccarat museum, Palais de Chaillot, Guimet museum, museum of man, navy museum or marine, Marmottan-Monet museum, Parc des Princes, Bismarck Foundation, amongst others. Webpage :

Paris 17 an exception as it is built in 1971! replacing the old mairie of Batignolles, indeed very modern looking. In the 17éme  is the union of Ternes (lordship from 1318) to those of Monceau (lordship from 1549) under the village of Batignolles. You can see an area rich in theaters because inside Paris at the time only 8 theaters were allow! you go to 78 boulevard des Batignolles the theater of Batignolles was built in 1838 in an Italian salon with 630 seats, then it takes the name of theatre des Arts in 1906 and finally the name of Théatre Jacques Hébertot that leds it until 1840 as director. At the place Villiers, now name place Prospére-Parfait Goubaux, but locals still call it place Villiers at the center of the square you have a bust of actor Henri Becque, the bust has no signature of its makers but it is no doubt Auguste Rodin the maker !This is part of Arc de Triomphe, porte Maillot, and lingering with Place de Clichy. Webpage :

Paris 18 it was for a while at place des Abbesses but the admin imposed its will in 1882  to have a new one done at the same spot, done in a renaissance style. In the 18éme  officially born on january 1 ,1860, this is the commonly call Montmartre a union of the neighborhoods of La Chapelle and Montmartre plus a small section of Batignolles. It is history since the passing of Saint Denis giving an equal footing with the city below, something that symbolically still carries today as Montmartre has a mayor as the Free City of Montmartre. At rue Lepic you will find one of the remaining windmills in Paris today power by electricity. Many painters from Renoir to Van Gogh describe them in their paintings. This is the Espace Montmartre, Halle Saint Pierre, Church of Sacre Coeur, Church of Saint Pierre, Place du Tertre, cimétiere de Montmartre, vinyards of montmartre by rue Saint Vincent, and the cabaret Lapin Agile. Webpage :

Paris 19 facing the park parc des Buttes Chaumont  with five arcades similar to renaissance castles built between 1876-1878. In the 19éme, the village of La Villette and portions of Pantin, Belleville,and Aubervilliers were added to create this arrondissement. The water to supply Paris started from here and the Parisiens finally could taste clean pure water in 1822! here you have the Rotonde de la Villette, a barrier to pay your taxes to come into Paris built in 1785 When the are joined Paris this was abolished,and it became a depot for salt then the seat of the commission for old Paris from 1959.This is the cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, Parc de la Villette, La Géode,La Grande Halle, Zénith cabaret, Cité et musée de la musique. Webpage:

Paris 20 place gambetta and built between 1887-1897.  In the 20éme ,was the union of the villages of Belleville, Menilmontant, and Charonne.  Even in 1871 they fought for Paris during the uprising of the commune that gave them the name of the red hill or colline rouge. Here the cementary Pére Lachaise (name François d’Aix de la Chaise, confessor to king Louis XIV) is omnipresent.  It is 58 hectares big ( 143.2 acres).This is the Eurolines Gallieni bus terminal just outside it, Chinatown by Belleville area. Webpage:

What of the boulevard péripherique ,that big circular road that goes around Paris? Yours truly took it regularly.  It came from the idea of protecting Paris from invaders! The decision was taken in 1840 and the idea of Adolphe Thiers was chosen. A new defensive wall attached to fortresses towers was built in four years, it was composed of 94 towers with a length of 34 kms. the fortifications took about a strip of 140 meters with a zone of about 250 meters where no construction was allowed all around it!  Taken into account villages that eventually were annexed to Paris in 1860 such as La Villette, Vaugirard, Auteuil, Passy, Bercy and Montmartre amongst others. After the construction it was decided under Baron Haussmann that the wall was obsolete as the artillery of the times had improved!!! It was a difficult task on what to use of 1400 hectares! About 3458 acres. The first towers were destroyed in 1919 ,the final concept presented to the municipal govt of Paris calls for the destruction of the towers only but what about the land in between? It was decided to build low income housing or HBM (the equivalent of today’s HLM); the other was given to private investors such as those who built the Cité universitaire de Paris from 1923.  After WWII, the ministry of reconstruction tries to improve the highway system in France, it is under this idea that the land became the boulevard péripherique or BP that we see today. Remember speed limit is 70 km per hour Lol!!!!and they have speed radars all over !

The built up of Paris and projects now and for the future see the le Grand Paris project webpage:

The overall future projects of Paris on Paris Futur webpage :

The Plan de Paris on maps and info on arrondissements and all of Paris :

The city of Paris on finding places link:

The Paris tourist office, search arrondissements:

There you go folks, now you should know what is proper Paris and all the rest is not in Paris ! Hope it helps your location and be daring Paris has a lot to offer not on the popular travel guides. Enjoy Paris at its best ,WALK IT!!!

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

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October 1, 2021

Hôtel de Limur of Vannes!

Another of the pretty sights we have in our capital city of Vannes, Morbihan dept 56 of Brittany in my belle France. Needless to tell you about me and Vannes, many posts on it and worked here, but there are things only written in the general sense and I believe needs more exposure and tell of the richness of the city of Vannes. Therefore, let me update this older post to tell you a bit more on the Hôtel de Limur, hotel in the French sense ! I can call it a mansion…

The Hotel de Limur is at 31 Rue Thiers not far from mayor’s office or Hôtel de Ville (see post) ,and was built in th 17C for Raymond Le Doulx, Canon of the Cathedral of Vannes. At the time of the French revolution, it was seized from Marie-Joseph-Armand de Gouvello, who had left on emigration. Mr. de Gouvello was then a Colonel in the Royal Grenadier Regiment of Brittany. And in 1795, the military Commission responsible for judging the prisoners of Quiberon sat there.


The Hotel subsequently became the property of Mayor François Mahé de Villeneuve, and then of the Receiver General Joseph-François Danet. Elder Danet was, during the revolutionary period, Chairman of the Directory of the Morbihan, then elected in 1799, Member of the Council of elders; he was then admitted by the Senate to the legislature. Appointed Receiver General of Morbihan during the reorganization of 1800 was he who created our current financial administrations, he resigned his duties in 1810, and his son Joseph-François was appointed by the Emperor in his replacement on August 6, 1811, purchased from Mahé-Villeneuve in 1819 from the Gouvello family, the Hôtel de Penhouët, which Mr. Chanu de Limur, a former naval officer  renamed it, Hôtel de Limur. It remains in his family from 1820 to 1947. The latter sold it in 1947 to the city of Vannes. From 1955 to 1968, the Hôtel de Limur welcomes the Museum of fine arts. It is now use for Arts exhibitions on a temporary basis by the city.


A bit on the construction of the Hôtel de Limur:

This pretty and cold architecture, without a great sense of artistic mind, without ornamentation, is characteristic of the Louis XIV style, which aimed primarily at giving an impression of greatness. It has three floors and a French garden in the back; inside it has a grand white marble stairs style Louis XIII built by 1685 . The lower floor rooms, with their vaults of a skillful and variable path; the beautiful staircase, with its pillars and light arches boldly rising to the ridge of the building; the apartments with their ample and harmonious proportions; shows it in splendid proportions. Many think that because Mr Gouvello family having lived at Bordeaux and Versailles had an idea of a building like this here. Oh yes of course!


The Hôtel de Limur land is located at the tip of a triangular square placed at the foot of the wall, it offers a layout, not reflecting the traditional structure of a hotel between courtyard and garden. The staircase is from the end of the 18C or the beginning of the 19C. The architecture of the façade today feels the changes that were made to it in the 19C ,enlargement of the bays, as well as the interior decorations: only two rooms have preserved their authenticity.

The city of Vannes on the Hôtel de Limur:

I go by it every time in Vannes, this is just another gem seen walking rue Thiers from the Hôtel de Ville or city/town hall to the le Port harbor marina glorious walk. Enjoy the Hôtel de Limur of Vannes!

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

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