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November 13, 2021

The Gare de Meaux!!

Now I cannot believe not included this spot in my blog yet! OF course, I used it a couple of times but a very memorable spot for me. I have several posts on the city of Meaux in Seine et Marne dept 77 of the Ïle de France region of my belle France!!! This is the native town of my dear late wife Martine. I first came to the city believe or not taking a bus from Roissypôle in Roissy CDG airport, and then used the train couple time for Paris Est or Gare de l’Est in Paris as it was the route of my wife to work before marriage. Memories of always, that I am very happy to share with you all now. Picture arriving Meaux on the A140/N330 road!

Meaux N3 coming to town see afar St Etienne Cat 2011

This of course, is a new post with older pictures, enjoy it as I. I am presenting you with Meaux, a historical town east of Paris , near Disneyland Paris (best lodging deal), and the Champagne region, but most importantly the fields of war of the Great War or WWI and its  wonderful Gothic Cathedral , one of the best in France.

The Gare de Meaux train station is served by trains on three axes: Paris-Est (gare de l’est) – Château-Thierry: direct trains between Paris and Meaux, then omnibus to Château-Thierry; Paris-Est – Meaux: direct trains from Paris to Chelles then omnibus to Meaux; and  Meaux – La Ferté-Milon: omnibus trains, for some trains having a point of departure or arrival at the Paris-Est station (they are then direct between Paris and Meaux). These three axes are part of the northern branch of the P line of the Transilien (Paris-Est network).


The Meaux train station represents an important hub for connections, with the proximity of the bus station, opposite the passenger building of the station. Buses are parked for the ascent of travelers along platforms, numbered from A to R, while the descent is in front of the passenger building for direct access to the train. The station also has a bicycle park, and car parks are set up in its surroundings. Ultimately, it is planned that the Meaux train station will become the terminus of line RER E , replacing the current Paris – Meaux link via Chelles. This will allow the city of Meaux to have easy access to Paris, at the heart of the Magenta and Haussmann – Saint-Lazare hubs.Nice going indeed.Below 2011 picture and then a 2021 picture.

Meaux gare train station to paris est 2011


Some webpages to help you plan your trip are!

The country of Meaux tourist office on coming by train

The city of Meaux on public transports

The SNCF train station on Meaux

The TER ïle de France region on Meaux:

In all, always memorable moments that stayed with you no matter what, time does not diminished the sadness of not having my dear late wife Martine who introduce me to this train line going to her job in Paris arriving at gare de l’est from Meaux. Hope you enjoy the post and do visit this city of Meaux now a great inexpensive alternative to Disneyland. Thanks for reading me over these years.  See my other posts on Meaux.  Enjoy Meaux , the Meldois of the east of Parisi !!

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

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November 13, 2021

Curiosities of Suresnes!!

And I come full circle back to my early steps in my belle France. These are the types of places you never forget, appreciate and glad they happened. I have my jobs in Paris, lived in Versailles, and worked in Cergy St Christophe (95) and this wonderful Suresnes (92) (memorable Rue du Port aux Vins! )before kicking myself into the celtic world of the Bretons of the Morbihan (56) where I am now.

I have other posts on Suresnes and the things to see there but looking back, found some pictures that were left out so decided to give them credit in my life’s trail in this post. Curiosities of Suresnes or the good life; hope you enjoy it as I.

As my blog is part wholly of my life, let me tell you about a place I worked for a couple of years and still with good friends in touch even coming for visits to me in my new Morbihan! Oh yes for the geographical incline, Suresnes is in Hauts de Seine dept 92 of the Ïle de France region! 

There are many wonderful to things to see , and I have told you about them in other posts ,such as the inspiring American Cementary , and the moving Mont Valérien. We walked around the town for me nice memories of a good company and friends that still in touch, one must move on for better without forgetting the old good moments,  and Suresnes was a very good moment. And of course great public transports to leave my car in the basement garage at work and just go over quick to Paris by metro, bus or tramway…. for more enjoyment!  And of course from Suresnes why not drive into the Bois de Boulogne! This is just done going over the pont de Suresnes bridge and into the Porte Maillot Paris ! All nice memories flashing as I write, never to be forgotten. 

After working in town, decided to bring the family to see my footsteps as I usually have done in many places. I chose the Campanile hotel right before going into the Pont de Suresnes; a wonderful chain that I have used before in France. The Suresnes property front lobby and to resto webpage:


It was always a great moment at lunch or even before leaving for home to stop by just across my job to the dam-lock on the Seine river  along the Quai Gallieni. It is made up of three locks and two dams (the latter being separated by the island of Puteaux). It is 185 meters long, 18 meters wide and 5 meters deep. A great feeling by the sea and the Seine to boot!


And yes why not, I took the train here too; just to show my family the area as to work came by car…you know…The Suresnes-Mont Valérien train station is hilly but easy from the Gare Saint Lazare in Paris. Another world but worth a look, especially if visiting the area. Nice hilly climb from the Seine, good for you …….


Of course, as most will be coming by public transports, you know coming to Suresnes from Paris is very easy. Any train station can get you here by train, RER E , metro, bus 93  etc. Both Roissy CDG and Orly are accessable as well in combination direct bus roissybus ,and tramway.  All in less than an hour. As I walked down the train station or walking around at lunch time, you can see the wonderful Hôtel de Ville of Suresnes. Built in a neo Classical style, and moving into in 1889, the city/town hall was bombarded in 1940 during WWII ,and the reconstruction took long until 1992! Inside it houses a monumental double revolution staircase and high attics. The statues of its facade are adorned with statues of Law and Justice. Inside there are many frescoes on the walls and ceilings.


The city of Suresnes on its heritage

The Suresnes tourist office on its heritage

There you go folks, hope you stop by ; this is a very nice area of Suresnes,  in the off the beaten path of my belle France. The best part was coming back and seeing the familiar places still open! Luck will have it will come back when possible.

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

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