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October 15, 2021

Le Bono of Morbihan!!!

A typical day here is to get on the car and ride the beautiful spots around the Morbihan. The choices are endless with many creeks, bays ,harbors, beaches you name it as far as architecture and history the area is loaded. The Morbihan is a very popular destination for the French and many Europeans, already the region is the 3rd most visited in the most visited country in the world according to official UN-WTO figures.

I like to update this older post on a nice town by the coast (see posts) ,this is Le Bono or in Breton language it is Ar Bonoù. We went there of course by car as Le Bono is only 19 km or about 12 miles from my house, and just wonderful. You can come off the fastway N165 to get off exit for the D101/Le Bono, I first heard of the town by collegues who lives there! The town is also 4 km from Auray and 15 km from the capital Vannes.

Le Bono is a small, peaceful village of around 2,300 inhabitants which has preserved its authenticity. This magnificent port, located near Auray, is a real pleasure for those who love the picturesque. The Le Bono once enjoyed significant activity with around four hundred sailors and over one hundred boats. Do enjoy it fully !


The modern  Pont Joseph le Brix (bridge name after an aviator born in nearby Baden) has 320 meters long done to connect the towns in a circle of Auray to Vannes   However, the beauty is beneath it!!!! Just a lovely ria or inland bay river of Ria du Bono, with green phospherus waters and lovely sailboats. It takes you out into the Gulf of Morbihan.


You come into the Port area, lovely quant, fisherman paradise, more lovely sailboats,and a nice city center bar Le Petit Mousse (see post)  to have a light lunch while gulping some Grimbergens  beers!

Here you get to see boating par excellence including the beautiful black boat taken out on special occassions and historical,call the Forban du Bono Notre Dame de Béquerel, a replica of a chaloupe type boat from 1910 ,and rebuilt to identical in 1991.  The boat has an association for its preservation and can contact them; city of Le Bono webpage:


There is an older bridge from 1835 that was approved for construction by king Louis Philippe I, in 1837, to cover the ria du Bono, its stil there for pedestrian use.  For those who enjoy long walks there is a circuit of 7,4 kms.  It has a map and the trip begins from the harbor or Port area, The city of Le Bono on coastal walks in pdf and French :


For those looking to come in with their boat or go boating info on the harbor or ask me on the city of Le Bono in French :


Oh yes plenty more to see here, other than above are : The tumulus and tombs of Kernours Chapel of Notre Dame de Bequerel, the oysters beds cultivation,sale , the parish Church of Stella Maris, Moulin à marée de Kervilio (tide mill) and the Croix de Lavarion (Cross of ).

The city of Le Bono on its heritage :

There you go folks another dandy in my beautiful Morbihan. Le Bono is a wonderful place to visit, and I am sure you will like it if into the sea/boats and just plain la vie en rose ! Le Bono is nice.

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

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October 15, 2021

Remembering Curitiba, State of Paranà, Brazil!

I like to remember this wonderful city and decided to update this older post, it has been a while without returning to Curitiba, State of Paranà in Brazil. I was lucky to visit the country several times over the last years ,and even thus not there since 2018, the memories will lingered for a long time. I like to bring it alive ,these wonderful memories of forever. This was my introductory post and then, there were many more.

Let me tell you about Curitiba where I spent 3 months of glorious residency, and great lasting memories, experiences ,and worth it going there for all. The city of Curitiba has world reputation for its outlook on the ecology, durable development, quality of life, and performing infrastructure’s as well as a dynamic economy.  The city is an example of urban planning especially with the invention of the above surface metro (sort like a big long bus) . It has been call the City model of Latin America by many experts. The city is divided today into 75 neighborhoods and into 10 administrative districts.

A bit of history I like.

The city of Curitiba was founded in 1654 and raised to City status in 1693 under the name of Vila de Nossa Senhora da Luz dos Pinhais or City of Our Lady of Light of Pines. The current name was officially given by an act of Congress in 1721 and come from the Tupi Indian word Coré Etuba, that means many pines making reference to the many pines on the hills surrounding the city. In the 1700s, Curitiba possessed a favorable location between cattle-breeding country and marketplaces, leading to a successful cattle trade and the city’s first major expansion. Beginning in 1870, many immigrants started to arrive due to a government land expansion program to inhabits large tracks of lands in Brazil. The majority of these immigrants came from Germany, Poland, Italy, and also French, Japanese, English, and Swiss.  The Germans came in by 1872, and Polish by 1871, the Italians by 1872 founding the district of Santa Felicidade in 1878 (very good restos here !). You, also, have the Ukrainians coming in by 1895, and the Japanese by 1915 and many from 1924 onwards. The Syrians/Lebanese came in also around this time as well. The first federal University in Brazil was founded here in 1913 as well the year of the electrification of the trolley bus .

The gateway to wild Brazil and the Iguazu Falls, plus Pantanal, Ile da Mielhe, and Morrete, Ruta  Gracioza  , Serra Verde train ride!, marvelous terrain and inland historical Lapa ,  What is there ,well a very nice cosmopolitan city.  I spent over the years the most consecutive time here,3 months!! its an enchanting city! My home the apart hotel the Mercure Curitiba Batel  ; you come in from the airport on avenida vicomte de guarapauva and leave on ave sete de septembro. The mercure webpage:

Batel is a noble/chic neighborhood where you will be in good safe areas, full of everything around you. That is where the Mercure hotel is on; at the corner of the appart hotel you have a grocery store, mercadorama. Walking distace from here you can see the tower font de jerusalemmercado central, rodoferraria bus and train, praça Japao (Japan Plaza), and the main downtown city center shopping mall like Batel Novo shops, and Shopping Crystal as well as shopping Curitiba, and Shopping Estaçao Central with a railroad museum inside!  Your typical Wal-Mart store with my car for shopping , and the most time went to the Carrefour store on my way to from work at Pinais just outside the city , the other I went sometimes was the Extra supermarket , Other shopping pleasures are shopping Mueller, by Passeio Publico, and the biggest just outside by the park Barigui is  Shopping Barigui , and yet in city center you have,also,  shopping Italia!

There are various restaurants/bars  in town ,my hangouts were places such as Emporio San Francisco with great beers and live music ; Jokers Pub Cafe in center city, great ambiance at nights, Restaurant Familia Fadanelli (wonderful place ) in neighborhood of Santa Felicidade, great Italian tradition and the farewell restaurant for me last time in the city with many friends,  Churrasqueria Batel Grill, the great Brazilian steak houses, cant beat it , Mustang Sally for the real Mexican in you ,right in Batel. For an American in Curitiba, and great burgers deluxe head for Peggy Sue (closed here for the memories), For the Cuban mojito and some salsa then head for Guantanamera (now closed here for the memories). For the real Brazilian taste and home cooking head for Tropilha Grill, and Chimarrao Grill . For the Spanish in me go to Pata Negra, Rua Fernando Simas,23, in the area of Batel, Praça de Espanha, flamenco music live on Fridays. Spanish and great cooking, like I was at home. If you want to bring home some Brazilian wines with an Italian twist then head for Durigans winery, a real wine store, winery in one.

And for things to see there are so many in and around the city and not far from it if with a car as I had, my Chevy Prisma lol!

For tourist attractions ,my favorites were/are Bosque Alemao (German black forest), Cathedral (Basílica Menor de Nossa Senhora da Luz de Curitiba) , Centro historico or city historical center walks, Jardim Botanico or botanical gardens where in 2007 in Brazil poll it was declared one of the seven wonders of Brazil! it houses a part of the University  ,Memorial Ucraniano(Ukranian memorial) at Parque Tingui, Opéra de Arame (Wire Opera House) at the Parque da Pedreiras , built in 1992 in a circular design of metal tubes covered with polycarbonate fiber given it a cage feel , Parque Barigui( with an antique automobile museum webpage auto museum in Portuguese) my best park , Parque Tangua (impressive!), Passeio Publico (first park n Curitiba 1886) right in quant city center (see pic) , Praça do Japao (Japan plaza),Praça Tiradentes (center and birthplace of the city),Torre Panoramica (panoramic tower of 109.5 meters), Santa Felicidade neighborhood (Little North Italy),Castelo do Batel or castle inspired by the French castles owners saw in France, now a cultural center, walk from my hotel. The Contemporary Arts museum of Oscar Niemeyer, A great historical center of learning the Universidade Federal do Parana, oldest in Brazil. The Municipal Market is not a normal market, there are a lot of organic products, and vegan food. The food court has a lot of Asian food, vegan food and organic too. There you will find everything and more. It is located in downtown, next to the bus station of Curitiba.


A modern city of our world, public transport is second to none in Brazil, even I tried it lol!  There is a Linha Turismo bus service that take you to the 22  principal spots in the city coming out from Centro praça tiradentes from 9h to 17h30 every 30 minutes city of Curitiba govt webpage :

The main bus terminal is at avenida Presidente Afonso Camargo,340 Centro right across from mercado central, praça rua Barosa, The airport for all arrivals and departures is the Afonso Pena international airport, just outside the city at Sao Jose des Pinhas, best inexpensive take taxi to city , airport webpage: webpage :

One of the best ways to see the coastal areas from Curitiba is to take the Serra Verde train, a wonderful ride into time with magnificent views like to Morretes,webpage :

Another nice areas to visit from Curitiba other than Foz de Iguaçu are Morretes ( the summer get away of folks in Curitiba), and Lapa (epic battle for the federal union of Brazil), they were weekends escapes for me while there by car!!

Some further webpages to help you plan your trip are:

The Curitiba tourist office:

The Curitiba City Hall prefecture on its history in Portuguese:

You need to check for updates but in my time there you could go by bus to Foz do Iguaçu,(Iguazú Falls) and you can choose a conventional or convencional bus or a couch bed bus Leito. The line was Catarinense. webpage:

There you go folks, wonderful memories forever, could be great if able to go back for a visit, Hope you can, it is recommended by yours truly, Curitiba was is wonderful.

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

October 15, 2021

Some news from Spain CXII

And here I am again back to my dear Spain. Lots of things going on as time is of the essence for stepping out! We are carefully monitoring the finishing of the Santiago Bernabeu stadium to go to my dear Madrid!!! For now from my breton neck of the woods , this is another episode of some news from Spain; brought to you by yours truly with care. Hope you enjoy it as I.

The Prado Museum’s sensitivity to 17C Spanish painting explains the pictorial, iconographic and even detective interest of the exhibition dedicated to Murillo. It impresses the vicissitudes of the paintings and the outcome that has allowed them to be recovered since they came out in 1867. Queen Isabel II then agreed to give them to Pope Pius IX. And the Vatican sold them to a British collector, the Earl of Dudley, although the Murillos, like the false currency, would pass from hand to hand until they settled in Ireland owned by the Beit family. They were not safe. They ‘survived’ a fire. The IRA Stole them in 1974 . And the illustrious criminal Martin Cahill stole them again in 1986, in such a way that the kind Beit finally agreed to donate them to the National Gallery Museum. The collaboration consists of the pictorial and artistic interest of a Dublin loan that can be enjoyed in Madrid until January 23 2022, webpage:

A painting from the series ‘Musketeer with a pipe’ that Pablo Picasso painted in 1968 will go on sale in November at Christie’s in New York for an initial price of $30 million (25.8 million euros), as the firm itself has reported in a statement, The oil painting ‘Musketeer with a pipe II’ (with dimensions of 146 by 96.5 centimeters) contains the artist’s signature in the upper right corner and is dated November 5, 1968. According to Christie’s until now it was the property of a distinguished American collector who, for the moment, does not wish to reveal his identity. Webpage :

The appearance of the Roman wall solves the great archaeological mystery of Sevilla ! The construction of the 3C, whose layout until now was hypothesis, is in front of the City Hall, 2.10 meters below the ground ! Since archeology was born as a historical discipline, in the middle of the 18C, researchers have put forward the most varied hypotheses about the route of the wall of the Romula Híspalis colony, a great work cited by Julio Cesar and by other written sources, but which no one, until now, had found. At number 11 Plaza de San Francisco, in front of the Plateresque façade of the City Hall, 2.10 meters below the current level of the street, they have unearthed large limestone ashlars from the project for the construction of a hotel, they began to excavate from there and went down almost three meters more until they reached a linear segment of 9.30 meters of wall from the middle of the 3C. with a total width of 4.80 meters, the result of the addition of a 1.70 meter high plinth and the preserved elevation of the wall, 3.25 wide in the section that has been discovered during the construction works from the service basement of a five-star luxury hotel that will open in September 2022 part of the Millenium Hotels Real Estate,webpage:

The prize Planeta was, with its 601,000 euros, the prize best endowed with Spanish letters, accompanied by the tagline, “only surpassed by the Nobel.” This will have been the case until this edition: by surprise, the president of Grupo Planeta, Josep Creuheras, has announced that the award will now award its winner one million euros. The Planeta thus narrowly exceeds the Nobel prize, which is around 980,000 euros. The million euros comes in the year in which the award breaks records for originals presented, 654 novels, a clear trace of the recent covid past: it is 11% higher than those presented in 2020 (582 originals) the celebration of an edition round as it is the 70th anniversary with the presence of the Kings of Spain The group also owns the Casa del Libro chain of bookstores, and despite the ravages of the pandemic, the objective is still to extend the network even further : This year five bookstores have been opened and the forecast is to open another six next year.Great !! webpage:

The portrait of José de Toro-Zambrano, first director of the Banco de San Carlos, painted by Goya ,was the first portrait that Goya would paint for the Banco de San Carlos, an exhibition with which a brand new exhibition space is inaugurated in the heart of the Golden Mile of art in Madrid, which adds carats to the Paseo del Prado-Recoletos axis, recently declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. On a corner of the Plaza de Cibeles, flanked by the Paseo del Prado and Calle de Alcalá, stands one of the most outstanding buildings in Madrid: the Bank of Spain, its splendid collection, made up of more than 5,300 works (paintings, sculptures , drawings, photographs, prints and pieces of decorative arts), divided into two sets: the historical part (20%) and the contemporary (80%). , A collection that has Francisco de Goya as its standard. A treasure that in the almost 240 years of the institution’s history, only bank workers and those who attended guided tours have been able to enjoy (yes!!). The opening sequence will be ; first, in the middle of the pandemic, the raison d’être, in three volumes, of the collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures of the Bank of Spain, with 1,200 works. Later those of engraving and decorative arts will be undertaken. A heritage web portal was also launched. And now open to the public, which was inaugurated by the King. It will be free to access, although for now you have to reserve tickets ‘online’. This is a small room with capacity for 80 persons ; barely 350 square meters, divided between a central room and two adjoining triangular rooms, The exhibition will run to February 26, 2022, The singularities of the collections of the Bank of Spain prevail. 28 paintings, a sculpture, a drawing, 7 pieces of decorative arts and 96 documents from the Historical Archive and Library of the Bank of Spain are exhibited. They date back to the Banco de San Carlos (founded in 1782), whose leaders commissioned the most powerful artists of the time to portray the Kings, heads of state, finance ministers, directors and governors of the institution, which decorated different rooms of its headquarters. . It is one of the best galleries of official portraits in Spain. Over the years, funds from the Bank of San Fernando and the Bank of Isabel II were added, from whose merger the current Bank of Spain would be born in 1856. Webpage :

We are almost five hundred million, or what seems the same, four hundred and ninety-three million (four more than in 2020), 6.5% of the world population, That is the headline that throws the traditional yearbook published by the Cervantes Institute every October , Which does not hide the weight of inertia in this success as projections indicate that the Spanish-speaking community will continue to grow gradually until 2068, when it will exceed the seven hundred and twenty-six million, with different degrees of command of the language. The Spanish in the world. Cervantes Institute Yearbook 2021. According to Cervantes, Spanish is the native language of 493 million people; only Mandarin Chinese has more. If you add to the account those non-native speakers but who have some linguistic competence, the figure rises to 591 million people. English and Chinese are ahead. The language appears as the second preferred language in educational programs in the United Kingdom and the United States and in 18 of the 27 states of the European Union. The White House has relaunched its website in Spanish, the language that represents 7.5% of the world’s population, 9% of global GDP and will soon be spoken by 27% of Americans. Spanish is also the third most used language on the internet and the second on channels such as YouTube, Netflix or Spotify. There you go, yo lo sabia !!! Webpage :

It has plenty of titles: pretty and historical complex … this year it adds one more: the most beautiful in Castilla y León. The town San Felipe de los Gallegos transport the visitor back to the Middle Ages. It is a very well preserved villa. The legendary foundation of San Felices takes place in the year 690. Felix, who was Bishop of Porto, ordered the founding of a town here in honor of his saint. And since he brought a Galician colony with him, he has just completed the name. So we are the town of the three lies: we are neither saints, nor are we happy, nor are we Galicians “.hehehe !

San Felices de los Gallegos is ‘The most beautiful town in Castilla y León‘, after winning the Castilla y León Television contest in the category of town with less than 1,000 inhabitants. It was Don Dionís, the Portuguese king, who after seizing the town of San Felices in 1296 built the fortress on a promontory that dominates the entire plain. It was between the end of the 13C and the first decade of the 14C. The old fence is preserved from that time, although the castle had up to five walled enclosures. The town would return to Castilian hands in the year 1326 and there begins the parade from one owner to another. Among its noblest inhabitants, Leonor de Albuquerque, mother of four kings and grandmother of Fernando ,the Catholic. ( later husband of Isabel the Catholic) Although it would be the Casa de Alba, at the beginning of the 16C, which would give it a more palatial appearance. In the 20C it was abandoned. To such an extent that some neighbors took possession of it with the intention of selling it stone by stone to a quarry. Angel de Dios prevented it by buying it from Alba’s house , The castle was inherited by his son Francisco, a priest who donated it to the town in 2013 for its use and enjoyment. Today, any curious person can climb its keep. San Felices also has two stunning churches. Everything is two steps away. One belongs to the Augustinian convent of La Pasión. There are only seven sisters, but they continues to make her sweets: puff pastry, peeled, perronillas … they have a huge poster with all the offer on the façade. The route continues along Nuestra Señora entre dos Álamos, which is surprising due to its large size. Opposite, you have to stop at the peculiar Bell Tower, another of the town’s landmarks. The Casa de los Mayorazgos, one of the largest civil buildings. One is the stonework museum and the other is the Oil Museum, called El Lagar del Mudo. With a meticulous restoration, this mill built in the 18C preserves all the charm of yesteryear and tells in detail the immemorial history of olive cultivation in this land. Or all the way by car, a thrill !! webpage:

Circusland, covers 250 years of the history of the greatest show in the world through 6,000 pieces inside an old monastery in the Girona town of Besalú. It has the largest collection of stamps on this theme, the largest miniature circus on the planet and haute couture garments of famous clowns. the first professional museum on the circus in Europe, just opened in Besalú, the beautiful medieval town of Garrotxa in Girona, with its photogenic 11C Old Bridge over the River Fluvià as one of its main architectural emblems. Another of them is the old Benedictine monastery of Sant Pere, in whose Casa del Abad (later it would become a textile factory), the new 1,500-square-meter exhibition complex now stands (and the idea is to expand it to 10,000) divided into three plants. The tour of Circusland is made through 60,000 pieces including costumes, posters, photographs, stamps, engravings, postcards, autographs, books, porcelain, sculptures … They are divided into different specialties, from illusionism to acrobatics, comedy, magic, juggling or animal artists. Not surprisingly, here is the largest collection of philately on thecircus theme on the planet, with more than 900 stamps from 115 countries signed by illustrious artists such as Picasso, Chéret or Toulouse-Lautrec. Without forgetting the 27 haute couture dresses used by different clowns of the Cara Blanca typology, made between 1950 and 1980 by the prestigious Maison Vicaire tailor shop in Paris. Note: Each garment took more than 400 hours to make. What’s more, there is no such professional museum in Europe, and there are only two in the world, both in the United States, in Florida and Wisconsin. The question is: why is Besalú the headquarters of the museum? “In Girona and Catalonia in general there is a lot of tradition for this discipline. Here is the Golden Elephant Circus, one of the five most important in the world, the Great Girona Christmas Circus and the Circus World Market fair”, says the director of Circusland, who is also a jury member of the main international festivals of this type of show, as well as the first doctor in History of Circus in Europe. Circusland. Plaza del Prat de Sant Pere, 15, Besalú (Girona). Webpage:

One more year, and for just one day, the Teatro Real will be the setting for the Madrid Fado Festival, an event that will feature the presence of three of the great stars of this musical genre, Carminho, (she sang duo with Pablo Alboràn !) Camané and Teresinha Landeiro. In its eleventh edition, it will pay tribute to the cradle of fado: Lisbon, with a complete program that will revolve around the Portuguese capital, the cultural epicenter of the life of fado. Teatro Real ,Plaza de Isabel II, s / n. Sunday October 17, from 10h. Admission 0 to 20 euros. Webpage :

Gettysburg, 1863 is the name of the original exhibition in the Moda Shopping Mall in Madrid that recalls the famous battle of the American Civil War with 11 dioramas and more than 500 authentic objects, relics and replicas of weapons, ammunition, documents, maps and different belongings of the contest. Moda Shopping Mall ,Avenida. General Perón, 38-40. Shown until October 31, 2021 Free !.Great fashion/moda shopping center too near the Santiago Bernabeu stadium of Real Madrid CF !! webpage :

There you go folks, another dandy from my dandy Spain. Hope you are all ready to go, it is a welcome sign to come to Spain, everything under the Sun!!! And remember,happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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