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October 18, 2021

The Cathedral Notre Dame of Luxembourg Ville !!!

I am back to this small beautiful country, first encounter in 1990 and love it ever since. Many memorable trips, sometimes even just for lunch from my beloved Versailles with the family. And lucky to have been able to do this run from my now Morbihan breton dept 56, WE all love the city of Luxembourg. After the years, we began to see the rest of the country and it was just as quant magical nice, friendly. Memories never to forget , that I kept going there with my dear late wife Martine and the boys.

I like to tell you about a special place for them, for us, for all. Folks go there for the Casements or the Gund or even the Ducal Palace; we think magical is the Cathedral of Notre Dame! And the story goes… The Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Luxembourg is located in Luxembourg City. Built from 1613 to 1621 as a Church of the College of  Jesuit, it became the Cathedral and seat of the Archbishopric of Luxembourg in 1870. It is also a Marian shrine, housing the statue of  Notre Dame (Our Lady) Comforter of the Afflicted , protector of the city of Luxembourg (Patron Saint).


A bit of history I like

The history of the Cathedral is linked to that of the Society of Jesus. In 1594, Jesuits settled in Luxembourg, the city which was then part of the Spanish Netherlands. They opened a college there in 1603 ; by 1613, the rector of the College, lays the first stone. The work lasts eight years. By 1621, the Church is solemnly consecrated by the Bishop of Trier, and dedicated to the Immaculate Conception.

In 1773, the Society of Jesus was suppressed by Pope Clement XIV. Their Church in Luxembourg became, in 1778, a parish Church, under the name of Saint-Nicolas-et-Sainte-Thérèse. In 1794, the Church welcomed the miraculous statue of Notre-Dame, comforter of the afflicted, which was formerly in a Chapel outside the city walls. In 1801, the Church changed its name again by being dedicated to Saint Peter, before regaining its dedication to the Virgin Mary in 1848.

In 1840, the Grand duchy was erected by Pope Gregory XVI in Apostolic Vicariate. The Diocese of Luxembourg was erected in 1870 and the Church of the former Jesuit college became the Cathedral. A century later, on 23 April 1988, the Diocese of Luxembourg was raised to the rank of archdiocese by Pope John Paul II. An extension of the Cathedral began in 1935 and continue until 1938. The Choir was remodelled in 1962 – 1963, after which the Cathedral was again consecrated on December 8, 1963, the feast day of the Immaculate Conception. A crypt is built under the choir and dedicated to Saint Peter which contains the tombs of the bishops of Luxembourg. Communicating with the latter, there is also the necropolis of the Grand Ducal family, closed by a grid surrounded by two bronze lions , dated 1936-37.

It was in this crypt that John the Blind, King of Bohemia and Count of Luxembourg found his last rest. This tireless knight that is found all over Europe, whether it is his native county or the Kingdom of Bohemia, Germany where he was the lieutenant of his father or in northern Italy, to the court and to the battlefields of the kings of France or to the Popes in Avignon or Lithuania during the Crusades of the Teutonic Order, was the son of Emperor Henry VII and father of Charles IV. He found death in 1346 at the battlefield of Crécy in the service of the king of France, in one of the first campaigns of the Hundred Years War.

The Cathedral of Notre-Dame of Luxembourg, by its history, has become a temple of Luxembourg memory. The national character of the building is emphasized on the day of the national holiday when the official ceremony organized by the Government takes the form of a service of Thanksgiving in which the Luxembourg authorities and the diplomatic corps participate.

Some description on the architecture

The 17C Notre Dame Cathedral is a late Gothic Church. On its main portal in the primitive Baroque style is the statue of the Blessed Virgin, surrounded by the Apostles Peter and Paul, as well as Ignatius of Loyola and Francis  Xavier, founders of the Society of Jesus. Later a statue of St. Nicholas completed the ensemble. The portal of the new part of the Cathedral, marked by the ornamentation  comprises a hundred human figures, about fifty animal representations and a rich vegetal decoration. The bronze shutters of the doors also all made by Auguste Trémont.


Among the works present in the cathedral, one can see:  The large canopies of the Choir. The canopies of the Grand Ducal Tribune, representing the characters of the medieval Comtal house.  The stained glass windows  representing biblical scenes (episode of Tobie in the eardrum of the door of the inner courtyard, issuance of Saint Peter in the eardrum of the Chapel of the Sacred Heart) or of the Jesuit Saints (Pierre Canisius, Robert Bellarmine, François Xavier, Ignace de Loyola, Jean Berchmans) and other well-known Jesuits in Luxembourg, such as Alexandre Wiltheim or Jacques Brocquart.  The stained glass windows of the years 1848-1860 depicting scenes from the life of the Virgin.  The abstract canopies of 1966 located at the organ stand , inspired by the canopies of Notre-Dame de Paris. The rood decorated with alabaster statues dating back to the late Renaissance.  The cylindrical pillars adorned with a system of interlaced bands. A painting, the Adoration of the Magi, of Jacques Nikolai, of the School of Rubens.  The mural paintings , dated 1897. The two organs: the Haupt symphonic organ of 1938, and the classical organ of Westenfelder installed in 1995. In the Crypt: you will see the stations of the way of the Cross ,and the altars,  adorned with reliefs representing the Saints Henri and Cunegonde, Hubert and Willibrord.



The main figure to come here and see and  blessed is Notre-Dame, comforter of the afflicted the statue which is kept at the Cathedral of Luxembourg has been attested since the beginning of the 17C. It is an effigy of a woman bearing her child, carved in Linden Wood, with a height of 73 cm, and established that its date of manufacture dates back to the end of the 16C. In addition, the style and technique of shearing would indicate that the sculptor would come from the greater German region, not from Flanders or Champagne as it has been assumed for a long time. It is a woman standing, the hair untied, the feet laid on the moon, capped with a crown of stars, appearing in the narrative of the Apocalypse according to the traditional Catholic interpretation, this woman is the Virgin Mary, the Sun represents The New Covenant, the moon the Old covenant or heresy. She carries a scepter of the right hand and on the left hand the Child-Jesus seated, wearing a royal crown and carrying  a globe surmounted by a Cross. These symbols evoke the kingship of Mary in heaven and of Jesus on Earth, Christ the king. The sculpture depicts her wearing a tunic, a belt and a cloak. Following a medieval and long-preserved use in Spain, the statue was clad in richly embroidered and ornamented garments, in particular a large cloak in the shape of a cape or a screed descending to the ground and concealing its feet placed on the moon. These ornaments were renewed several times, adapting to the style of the time, as attested by the various representations of the statue published over the centuries. The Crown of the Virgin lost its stars, attributes were added later.


After the election of Notre-Dame comforter as patron of the city in 1666 and as patron-protector of the Duchy of Luxembourg in 1678, the statue is preserved in the Chapel of the Jesuit college. Since 1766 it is placed during the Octave on a particular votive altar of rock-style, designed in wrought iron and richly adorned. Nowadays it is still the object of veneration, especially from the fourth to the sixth Sunday of Easter. The pilgrimage to the comforter of the afflicted, can be considered as a national pilgrimage. Thus each year the solemn vows of 1678 are renewed in the presence of the Grand Duke, the government and the municipal authorities.

In the crypt of the cathedral are the tombs of the ducal family: such as : John, Count of  Luxembourg, King of Bohemia (10 August 1296-26 August 1346)-(son of Henry VII of the Holy Roman Empire).  Marie-Anne of Portugal (13 July 1861-1 August 1942)-(wife of Grand Duke Guillaume IV of Luxembourg). Marie-Adelaide I of Luxembourg, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg (14 June 1894-24 January 1924)-(eldest daughter of Grand Duke Guillaume IV of Luxembourg). Charlotte I, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg (23 January 1896-9 July 1985)-(daughter of Guillaume IV of Luxembourg).  Félix de Bourbon-Parma (28 October 1893-8 April 1970)-(husband of the Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg).  Charles of Luxembourg (7 August 1927-26 July 1977)-(son of the Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg).Josephine-Charlotte of Belgium (11 October 1927-10 January 2005)-(married to the  Grand Duke Jean).



Some webpages to help you plan your trip , and is worth the detour are:

The Luxembourg tourist office on the Cathedral: 

The City of Luxembourg on the Cathedral:

The city of Luxembourg on its heritage:

And there you go folks ,another jewel of in Luxembourg ville, do not forget to visit the Notre Dame Cathedral. A wonderful city state of Luxembourg, we love it so much. Enjoy the visit as we have over the years, it is recommended.

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

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October 18, 2021

This is Barcelona!!

A nice city of Spain, and always of Spain; been here several times family and business ,and even my oldest son in school exchange program. The city of Barcelona has a rich independent history facing the Mediterranean Sea and open to Europe. This was my introductory post on the city and love the opportunity to update the post for you and me. Hope you enjoy it as I, There is much to do here and a few blog posts are not enough, will tell you more in my black and white series, no pictures.

Barcelona capital of the Autonomous Community of Catalunya and the province of Barcelona, kingdom of Spain. Located on the Mediterranean coastline, it is crossed by the rivers Llobregat and Besòs and bordered to the west by the Serra de Collserola which culminates at 512 meters (summit: Tibidabo). Barcelona is located 180 km from the pass of Perthus and the French border. On the other side of the Pyrenees lies the Pyrénées-Orientales, dept 66 of France.

To get in and around the Barcelona International Airport at 15 km in El Prat ,but also those of Girona and Reus at about one hour, the maritime port is one of the most important of the Mediterranean with plenty of cruises, Train service is good and well connected to Madrid by a high-speed line; the stations are  Barcelona Sants main station to the west of the city and Barcelona França by the seaside. A network of commuter trains, Rodalies de Catalunya, composed of seven lines and operated by the RENFE, thus allowing to reach the various cities of Catalunya. And highways  such as to  Madrid by AP-2 and to Valencia and France by the AP-7; both good and taken. The Metro has 11 lines including three automatic lines.  There is a Tramway, reintroduced with the inauguration in May 2004 of four lanes (broken down into six lines) with a total length of 45 km, all governed by the Autoritat del Transport Metropolità (ATM). Their function is to provide service to the peripheral areas while creating connections with the metro lines. These are two independent tramway networks: the Trambaix and the Trambesòs.

The town is divided into six districts and themselves into neighborhoods. In my opinion for the visitors the best are the old city: El Raval, Gothic, Barceloneta, and Ribera. The Eixample with Sant Antoni,  new left side of the Eixample, the old Left of the Eixample , the right side of Barcelona’s Eixample, the Sagrada Família, and Fort Pienc. Sants-Montjuïc  with the  Poble Sec, La Marina del Prat Vermell, La Marina de Port, , Hostafrancs, Sants, Badal-Corral, the Saints, le parc de Montjuïc Les Corts with the  Les Corts, la Maternitat i Sant Ramon ,and  Pedralbes. Sant Martí with El Camp de l’Arpa del Clot, the Clot, the Park and the Laguna del Poblenou , The Vila Olimpica del Poblenou , the Poblenou, Diagonal Mar and Front Marítim del Poblenou , The Waterfront and the Maresme , Provençals del Poblenou  , Sant Martí de Provençals, and the La Verneda i la Pau.

A bit of history I like

A Roman city of Barcino attribute this construction to the son of Emperor Augustus, apparently on a Iberian site. In December 414, Barcino was taken by the Visigoths of Athaulf from Italy. At the fall of the Roman Empire, it became the capital of the Visigothic kingdom (415, 507-510 and 531-548). In 714-716, the Muslim armies under the command of Mûsâ Ibn Nusayr took over the city during the first assault. They called it Barshalûna where the present name derives, and named as Governor Sulayman ibn Yaqzan ibn al-Arabi. Barcelona is then part of al-Andalus.  In 801, the Carolingians conquered the city. They transformed it into the capital of the county of Barcelona, in 856, it was again occupied by the Muslims. In 859, Barcelona was looted by the Vikings of Chief Hasting, who came from Nantes, France, and had overwintered in the French Camargue. In 985, al-Mansur, the almighty minister of the Caliph Umayyad of Córdoba, a town south of Al-Andalus, took Barcelona by assault. Count Borrell II asked for help from his overlord of France. Neither he nor his Byzantine ally could help him, as a feudal law required, the county denounced its ties of suzerainty and took a de facto independence.

The Counts-Kings (later became kings of Aragon, Valencia and Majorca) had to contend with their third state. The establishment of a feudal state in Catalonia during the 11C did not only involve the county of Barcelona, which took some dominance over the other counties. From the 14C onwards, the city entered a period of decline following the extinction of the Catalan dynasty and the succession by the Castilian family of the Trastamara, culminating with the marriage of king Fernando II of Aragon and queen Isabel of Castilla (the Catholic Kings).  Later on to make the story short on only the main points, by  1931, following the municipal elections, the candidate of the Catalan Republican Party ERC, one hour before the proclamation of the Spanish Republic, proclaimed the Catalan Republic which ultimately led to the autonomy of Catalonia. From 1936, Spain embraced during the Spanish Civil War; Barcelona supported the Republican forces and organized in July 1936 the popular Olympics to challenge the organization of the Berlin Olympics. It was severely bombarded by the Italians in March 1938 before being taken by the Franco forces in February 1939.

Some things to see ,my favorites are :

The Ramblas are the emblematic avenue and promenade of Barcelona connecting the Plaça de Catalunya, the nerve center of the city, to the old Port where the Christopher Columbus column stands. The heart of the Old Town, the Barri Gòtic is the oldest district in Barcelona. It includes vestiges of Roman Barcelona such as the wall or columns of the temple of Augustus as well as many medieval buildings including the Cathedral of St. Eulalie and houses various administrative buildings of Medieval origins including the Casa de la Ciutat (City Hall) or the palace of the Generalitat of Catalunya. From the maze of alleys, Plaça Nova has two cylindrical towers dating back to Roman times or Plaça del Rei, seat of the Palau Reial Major, County and Royal Residence . Also very popular, Plaça del Pi is one of the central hubs of this area stretching to the edge of the Born.

The Eixample is the result of a planned extension of the city (in Catalan, eixample means “widen, enlarge”)  it was divided into 9 km2 that make up this part of the city in 550 blocks called Poma , themselves interspersed by perfectly parallel streets and boulevards, with the exception of three avenues: the Meridian, to the north whose north/south route runs along an arc of Meridian, the Parallel to the south whose east/west path follows a parallel and the avenue Diagonal (Avinguda Diagonal) which crosses the entire city from the southwest to the northeast.  There are a large number of modernist buildings and, in particular the famous Sagrada Família, an unfinished work by Antoni Gaudí, the works of the three main Catalan architects are found at Passeig de Gràcia: La Casa Amatller by Josep Puig i Cadafalch; The Casa Batlló and La Pedrera by Antoni Gaudí; and La Casa Lleó Morea de Lluís Domènech i Montaner.

The Basilica of Sagrada Família has become the emblem of Barcelona. Started in 1882, its construction still continues. Only the facade of the Nativity and its four slender towers are definitively finished. Tehre will be a total of 18 towers but the new date of completion is for 2026! The  Parc de la Ciutadella is the place where the Universal exhibition of 1888 was held. From that time on, there was the Arc de Triomphe  by which was entered into the exhibition grounds and the present Museum of Zoology, which housed a café-restaurant. The park is named because king Felipe V (the representative of the Bourbons during the war of Succession from 1702 to 1717) built a citadel at this place by removing a district: It was used to monitor the inhabitants and above all to avoid a certain rebellion . The interior of the park is in addition to the Museum of Zoology, a Museum of Geology, the ancient arsenal of the Citadel that hosts the Parliament of Catalunya, a waterfall of Antoni Gaudí and the Zoological Garden of Barcelona where you can admire dolphins.

The Parc Güell, located on the heights of the city; here nature and architecture merge and complement each other in these places. The Castell de Montjuïc castle dominates the city and its harbor offering a magnificent viewpoint. A gondola allows access to it. Below is the Olympic site of 1992 and, even lower, the site of the Universal Exhibition of 1929, dominated by the Palau Nacional which hosts the National Museum of Art of Catalonia (MNAC) as well as by the Font Màgica whose games of water, sound and light has welcome many tourists at night.  The Barceloneta bordering the old Port (port Vell) of the city has undergone significant changes since the creation of the Vila Olimpica for the Games of 1992, with its twin towers of the Torre Mapfre and the Hotel Arts.  Going around the layout of the beach, bordered by a casino, restaurants, private clubs, luxury hotels ,and bars, and that of the Port Vell with its Rambla de Mar, the shopping centre Maremagnum and The Aquarium of Barcelona.

One of these two exceptional museums is the one dedicated to Joan Miró (collection bequeathed by the painter himself). The other is the museum dedicated to Pablo Picasso (the works of this artist are exhibited in an ancient medieval palace). The city also houses the National Art Museum of Catalunya (MNAC) with many original Romanesque frescoes, while copies have been exhibited at the site of the discovery of the original works, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona (MACBA), the Museum of History of Barcelona (MUHBA), or the Archaeological Museum of Catalunya.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip are:

The Barcelona tourist office:

The city of Barcelona:

There you go folks, you will do well to visit Barcelona , is a different Spain but still Spain. It has a more central European feel to it. Enjoy it as we did.

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

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October 18, 2021

Some news from France, CCCXLVI

It is passing fast, we are moving full steam ahead, as well as the cold weather lol! Nahh here still a piece of cake… Travel is in the air but now I believe we will be more choosy and finding new places me think. I am giving some suggestions at the end of page. Hope you enjoy this some news from France.

The founder of Louis Vuitton would be 200 years old in 2022. A face and a story eclipsed by exceptional posterity, which the house celebrates around the world on its anniversary. A tribute to the founding father continued to this day from his grandson, who only wore it as a middle name. Gaston-Louis, Henry-Louis, Claude-Louis, Jacques-Louis, Patrick-Louis…etc, And it is true that there are a few of all these Louis ,some more than others, obviously in Louis Vuitton, the house, the brand, the company: as if the shared first name summarized all the generational contributions.

He came from a young miller’s son from the Jura forests, motherless, who, in 1835, at the age of 13, left his reconstituted family to travel, in wooden clogs, the 420 km that separate the Anchay mill from Paris, He arrived in Paris in 1837, poor land as an apprentice with Romain Maréchal, layetier-packeur, where, for sixteen years, he made boxes, crates , and protected precious objects and voluminous dresses, until his savings, increased penny by penny, enabled him to settle in his name in 1854. He was then 32 years old. In 1854, he married Clémence-Émilie Parriaux and establishes his house on rue Neuve-des-Capucines, in the milliners and dressmakers district.

By moving in near rue de la Paix, he plays on the proximity to the nerve center of fashion of the time; he was also friends with fashion designer Charles Frederick Worth, who moved there soon after. He prepares boxes made ad hoc by his suppliers, that are rudimentary in shape and technicality certainly not suitable for calling “trunks”. In 1858, Louis set up a workshop near the Saint-Lazare train station, where he found his first love, wood. In 1880, he hands over the rue Scribe store to his son Georges and retires to the Asnières factory, where he is only concerned with the manufacture and design of new models. In 1892, he passed away at age 71. His son, Georges, is now alone in command. Webpage :

Displayed in all the galleries of the Fondation Louis Vuitton, the exhibition “Icons of modern art”. The Morozov collection presents the masterpieces of one of the most famous collections of French modern art (Matisse, Gauguin, Bonnard, Picasso, Van Gogh, Degas, Monet, Renoir, Maurice Denis, Cézanne…) and Russian (Vroubel, Chagall, Malevich, Larionov, Serov…) brought together by the brothers Mikhaïl and Ivan Morozov . Wealthy Muscovite industrialists, art lovers, they were among the greatest patrons and collectors of the early 20C. Louis Vuitton Foundation, 8, avenue du Mahatma Gandhi; 16éme, webpage :

The campaign of the great Gallo-Roman sanctuary of Autricum , the current Chartres led the team to a discovery that some do not hesitate to qualify as “pure miracle”. The wasteland where the old sanctuary was located was occupied by slaughterhouses between 1836 and their destruction in the early 2000s. Since then, the space has been used to see a crèche and an Olympic swimming pool, Le bassin d ‘. Apollon was discovered by chance, during the removal of charred wood, remains of the suspended ceiling. With a side of 5.50 meters, its floor is in white limestone, its walls in colored marble, imported from Italy and Turkey. more than 1,500 pieces of ornamental woodwork dated from Antiquity. Their perfect state of preservation is due to the water present in the Apollo basin, discovered under the charred beams. Still amaze of what if found in my belle France, A great discovery indeed. webpage:

In Lens, the story of love and hate between Picasso and the Louvre revealed, The story between the painter and the museum, made up of cannibalization and provocation, is told on neutral ground, through 450 works and documents. See is in the Nord ! Webpage :

The Daurade Basilica of Toulouse, inaugurates its large raised organ !! The great organ of the Daurade was installed in 1864 in the basilica which borders the Garonne river, The event is rare and important for music lovers. This past Wednesday, October 13 at 20h30, the resident organist of the Daurade Basilica Willem Jensen and the cellist Christophe Coin are giving a joint concert as part of the Toulouse Les Orgues festival. The opportunity to celebrate the great organ of the church, freshly renovated. Nice ! Webpage :

n 2018, a study by the Paris Urban Planning Workshop (Apur) recorded 8.8 million intra-muros trips, while the Global Transport Survey highlighted a 10% increase in these trips in eight years. It is on the basis of this observation that the city was embarking on a mad race to push cars outside the walls, crystallized by the implementation of the Cycling and Active Mobility plan, sponsored by the government. The same year, a thousand Vélib ‘terminals were spread across the city, totaling nearly 19,500. The Yego, launched this summer in Paris, after Madrid and Bordeaux, have the look of a mint-colored Vespa, Yes hope 2022 to change this mentality of confrontation instead of solution solving the crowded Paris!! Or we will be like Jakarta/HCMC lol!!

I am inserting a bit of trivia I like, On June 17, 1885, to cheers, the Statue of Liberty arrived in pieces, in New York harbor. Departing from Paris to Rouen by train, the famous work of Bartholdi sets out to cross the Atlantic aboard the “Isère”. Nearly 200 boxes contain the carefully numbered pieces of the colossus. On its arrival, the frigate is greeted by artillery salutes and cheers from the immense crowd. It was not until October 28, 1886 to attend the official inauguration. And still there, telling you all about the Franco-American cooperation, oldest in the world (1776 get it).

La Répu was available, Chez Jenny too, a long brewery legend which we will eventually miss as now closed. In the meantime, it’s off to the broth side, two floors, 400 seats and it is better to disembark at sharp noon so as not to have to eat the other house specialty: the queue !! Bouillon République has 2 floors and 400 seats, In the great tradition of the Bouillons this one is to try soon, webpage :

Taillevent, the return of a great French restaurant, New chef, a new chapter in the work of Taillevent and, please do not rush to turn the page. welcome the arrival of Giuliano Sperandio, long second applied to the irreproachable Christophe Pelé at the Clarence, now stoic as a stimulus to shed light on the institution of rue Lamennais. A leyend is back ! Webpage :

Neva Cuisine (neo-bistro) is now open ,For ten years now, Beatriz Gonzalez, a chef of Mexican origin who has worked with Lucas Carton and the Grande Cascade in particular, has been delighting the area around Saint-Lazare train station with this first address , followed since by the equally successful Coretta (17éme). The Neva Cuisine with an old bistro decor mixed with contemporary touches ;vintage chandeliers in subdued light, large mirrors, columns, parquet, the just quadra offers a solid bistronomic repertoire of the author, She is good, will need to try this address, webpage :

The oenologist Xavier Charvin d’Andlau and his parents, the count and the countess of Andlau-Hombourg, revive the winegrowing tradition of Île-de-France by producing a sparkling white wine in the 16éme arrondissement. His pocket vine from the Bagatelle-Paris estate has only 470 vines, arranged in 27 rows. They are planted a few meters from the family home of the Count and Countess of Andlau-Hombourg, a private mansion on the route du Champ-d’entraînement , built in 1926 by the Maharaja of Kapurthala for his wife, an irresistible dancer. flamenco. Here, we appreciate the fantasy. More info webpage :

Le musée des égouts de Paris, or the Paris Sewer Museum, which was to reopen in 2020, is finally making its return on October 23, 2021 The museum created in 1975 should now be able to accommodate all audiences. Disabled people will be able to access the museum in particular, as the site has been impossible for them to access until now. Explanatory panels and interactive screens now punctuate the route of the visit. There are also some old machines, staged with sewer mannequins from different eras. Indeed, the sewer museum allows you to take a real trip back in time: the installations can go back to the time when Paris was called Lutèce, in antiquity. The great historical periods that have marked Paris are all found in these basements and we cross them during a one-hour visit. Now have your nose ready ! Paris Sewer Museum, Opposite 93 quai d´ Orsay Paris 7éme webpage :

On October 31, 2021, come experience the funniest Halloween of all! During its Disney Halloween Festival, the Disneyland Paris park takes you into the night in the craziest of autumn parties on a very special evening. Come and shiver at your favorite attractions (Phantom Manor, Big Thunder Mountain, Peter Pan’s Flight or Pirates of the Caribbean) exceptionally open from 17h and until 02h, And to get you in the mood, consider putting on your scariest costume, The best Halloween in France ! Webpage :

A Historical monument of the Halles district, restored and transformed into a museum, the Bourse de Commerce-Pinault Collection, establishes an unprecedented dialogue between heritage and contemporary creation. With a program of exhibitions, meetings and events, it presents a point of view on contemporary art through the Pinault Collection. Painting, sculpture, photography, video, performance, installations: open to all disciplines, to all audiences, it offers a committed, unique, always renewed look at the art of our time. 2 rue de Viarmes 1éme, webpage :

The neo-Gothic style castle of Monte Cristo, with entirely sculpted facades, It houses memories of the writer: portraits, letters, books… It is full of treasures, starting with the astonishing, very finely decorated Moorish living room, where you will find the busts of Dante, Shakespeare and Molière, his favorite writers, and a host of exotic objects brought back from his travels. Opposite, discover the Château d’If, a small Gothic castle surrounded by water that served as a study. It’s up to you to locate the 88 titles of his novels, sculpted on the facades , A fine tucked away nicely we love in the Yvelines dept 78 our old home, you get there by RER A – Saint-Germain-en-Laye stop ; then bus 10, Les Lampes stop , By train: From Paris Saint-Lazare line L direction Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche, Marly-le-Roi station then bus 10 stop Les Lampes, 5 minutes walk, Reception pavilion, Chemin du Haut des Ormes, 78560 Le Port-Marly, webpage :

For the first time, the Musée national Picasso-Paris and the Musée Rodin have joined forces to present the “Picasso-Rodin” exhibition-event. This exceptional partnership between two great monographic museums offers an unprecedented look at these genius artists who paved the way for modernity in art. This rich exhibition of more than 500 works, paintings, sculptures, ceramics, drawings, archival documents, photographs invites the visitor to an unprecedented reinterpretation of their abundant and innovative artistic journey. National Picasso Paris Museum, 5, rue de Thorigny, 3éme, webpage :

Located in the heart of Paris, Square Louis XVI, not far from the Gare St Lazare, the Expiatory Chapel, built under the Restoration, is a place of memory of the Ancien Régime (monarchy) and the French revolution. This exceptional neoclassical and romantic building is dedicated to the memory of the royal family. It was built from 1815 under the orders of king Louis XVIII, on the site of a former revolutionary cemetery (Madeleine). In 1793, Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette, (later transfered to the Bas St Denis) but also the Comtesse du Barry, Charlotte Corday and Olympe de Gouges were buried there. Webpage :

There you go folks, another dandy some news from France, with some news and some suggestions for a visit to marvelous eternal Paris. Get in before it is change, by the mayor! And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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