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December 31, 2021

The Rampe des Grottes in St Germain en Laye!!!

Now I like to bring you in to a new post text and older picture something  I have left behind but needs to be in my blog. Once upon a time, I lived not far from Saint Germain en Laye and visit the city often, especially for its castle and market. One particular spot very historical was the rampes des grottes or caves ramp wall; and that is the reason of this post. Hope you enjoy it as I.

For the geographical, historically incline in me, Saint Germain en Laye is in dept 78 of my beloved Yvelines, in the Île de France region of my belle France. The city if about 17 km from Paris and 13 km from the dept capital city of Versailles. OF course, well connected to both by public transports.

I like to tell you about something I used to do with my boys climbing up and down on the steps of history of France. As it is along with the Henri IV (now restaurant see post) ,and Sully pavilions (latter located in the town of Le Pecq), the Rampe des Grottes ,and the Lions’ wall constitute the only surviving witnesses of the Château-Neuf (birthplace of Louis XIV) ,and of the magnificent composition of successive terraced gardens organized on the slope between the château and the Seine river. Picture below from the ramp in St Germain en Laye to the city of Le Pecq below and afar Paris!

SGL rampe des grottes or caves facing the city of Le Pecq nov13

Under the  terraces, there were seven caves, fitted out in a grandiose manner, in which hydraulic entertainments delighted the King and visitors. But these caves are above all, for Henri IV, a real entertainment. He notably took the ladies of the court there. The Château-Neuf was for the young Louis XIII his most usual place to walk, but the caves inspired him with particular terror and he asked that the keys be handed over to him for fear of being locked up ! This set created at the end of the 16C under Henri IV. is abandoned by Louis XIV in favor of Versailles and the crumbling began.  

 After a second restoration campaign undertaken in 2012, the Doric gallery, fitted with a wrought iron balustrade, was completely restored in 2014, as part of a third work campaign. Some of the more interesting me think are :

The Grotte du Dragon or Dragon Cave animated by a furious dragon who flapped its wings vomiting torrents of water, The Dragon Cave (located in the center of the Doric gallery) is a large gallery of 49 meters long and nearly 10 meters from above.

The Grotte de Neptune had the forehead of God was crowned with reeds; from his beard and hair flowed the waves which mingled with the waters over which he appeared in triumph, while newts and nereids, swimming around him, announced to the humid empire, to the sound of their conches, his dominator and his master. Four winds blew, as treacherous jets of water sprayed on the spectators.

The Grotte des Orgues cave was inhabited by a young and beautiful nymph, whose fingers, set in motion by the force of the waters, produced from an organ sometimes sweet and melancholy chords, sometimes hunting and war tunes. Opposite her, a serpent, seemingly annoyed by the melody of its instrument, was making powerless efforts to reach her with the waves that its gaping mouth threw. Between the nymph and the snake, a black marble table rose from which emitted various jets of water which, when they joined together, represented cups, vases, images. To the sounds of the organ and the sound of the waters, The songs of a large number of nightingales mingled, interrupted by the sinister cry of this ominous bird that an unhappy husband never hears without shivering in the various niches, craftsmen suspended their work as soon as the organ is heard. Near the window, Mercury, one foot in the air, sounded the trumpet as a cuckoo sang its melancholy tune.

The Rampe des Grottes cave ramp wall, located under the Henri IV Pavilion (restaurant now) has collapsed. The staircase giving access to the Castle terrace is therefore closed until further notice. Access is still possible, however, by the opposite ramp located opposite Avenue du Pavillon Sully. This should be temporary , check before coming but worth the detour indeed,.

The St Germain boucles de Seine tourist office on the Caves ramps

There you go folks, a dandy of history and architecture in royal Saint Germain en Laye! This take a bit of walking and descend steps but worth it me think. Hope you enjoy the Rampe des Grottes!

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

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December 31, 2021

Happy New Year, Bonne Année, Feliz Año Nuevo, Feliz Ano Novo 2022!!!

This is probably will be my shortest post but with the most intense desire in me. I like to thanks all my readers, followers, posters, well wishers during 2021 for their kind following of my blog.

Happy New Year, Bonne Année, Feliz Año Nuevo, Feliz Ano Novo 2022!!! Some traditions I Like

Happy New Year 2022

In Italy, Lentils in a New Year’s dish serve the same function as the black-eyed peas in Hoppin’ John, with their round shape representing coins. And in the Philippines, it’s customary to eat 12 round fruits, one for every month, to ensure a year of abundance. The fruits usually take center stage at the table for the media noche or middle night or the midnight meal.

And in the Philippines, revelers don’t just try to eat circles — partygoers wear them, too. Polka dots are all the rage on December 31, increasing the chances for a fortunate new year.

New York City’s Times Square to watch the ball drop since 1907. And while the first one was just iron and wood, today you can watch a 12-foot, 11,875-pound geodesic sphere covered in 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles and 32,256 LEDs make its descent, even from the warmth and comfort of your own home. Me saw it from 1974 to 1985!

Plymouth, Wisconsin hosts a Big Cheese Drop; Kennett Square, PA uses a giant mushroom, and New Orleans drops a fleur de lis (à la française).Brazil makes it easier too choose your New Year’s Eve outfit ,everyone wears white for good luck and peace. Also in Brazil, if you head to the beach, you can increase your luck by heading to the water and jumping over seven waves. You get one wish for each wave.

You might think that making resolutions for the new years is a relatively recent trend, historically speaking, but the tradition is very old, probably more than 4,000 years old, in fact. Historians believe Babylonians, one of the first cultures to actually celebrate the changing of the year made promises to pay debts or return borrowed objects. It’s a common superstition that opening the doors and windows will let the old year out, and the new year in unimpeded.

In Denmark, broken dishes are a good thing , people go around breaking dishware on the doorsteps of their friends and family.

Yes, exactly 12,one at each stroke of midnight. That’s what they do in Spain , pop one grape for every month of the New Year. If you fail to conscientiously finish your grapes by the time the clock stops chiming, you’ll face misfortune in the new year.

On New Year’s Eve, families in Greece hang bundles of onions above their doors as a means of inviting that prosperity into the home. It’s also said that, on New Year’s Day, parents wake up their children in the morning by gently bonking their kids on the head with the onions that were outside.

In Germany and Austria, there are a few different lucky symbols that you’d gift to friends and family to bring them good fortune. These include pigs, mushrooms, clovers and chimney sweeps.

Walloon and Flemish farmers in Belgium make sure everyone can get in on the festivities,  even the livestock. They rise early on January 1 to wish a “Happy New Year” to all the cows, horses, pigs, chickens and other farm animals. That way, they’ll have a good farming year.

Ireland’s most interesting tradition doesn’t involve eating. Instead, the Irish bang on the walls of their homes with Christmas bread. It’s said to chase any bad spirits out of the house to start the new year off with a clean slate.

In Colombia, people take empty suitcases and run around the block as fast as they can. It’s supposed to guarantee a year filled with travel.

In Japan, it’s traditional to eat “toshikoshi soba” a dish with long, buckwheat noodles that’s served hot or cold. The noodles symbolize longevity, and the hearty buckwheat plant represents resilience. In Japan, for ōmisoka, buddhist temple bells ring out 108 times as in the lead up to the new year. Each chime is supposed to root out a worldly passion, such as anger, suspicion or lust. The last toll comes at midnight.

In Turkey, pomegranates are symbols of abundance. Eating them is great, sure, but if you really want a good 2022, you’ll smash the fruit on your doorstep.

Singapore decorates its Singapore River with the wishing spheres containing the hopes and dreams of new year revelers.

In Ecuador, the bad parts of the old year or año viejo are turned into effigies and burned. People make sawdust-filled dummies out politicians, pop-culture figures and other characters, and then burn them at midnight as a sort of cleansing ritual. For extra good-luck points, participants try to jump over the flames 12 times, once for every month.

In Scotland, the Isle of Man and some other parts of Northern England, the “first footer,” as it was called, was extremely important. Tradition in those parts of the world states to select a man who is tall and dark (as a protection against Vikings), who would come with simple gifts of coal, salt, shortbread and whisky, representing the basic needs of heat, food and drink. Choosing wisely meant good luck for the upcoming year.

In my belle France we usually ring in the New Year with a huge feast, commonly know as le réveillon de la Saint-Sylvestre. The meal is full of traditional, decadent eats, including foie gras, oysters, lobster and escargot. And, Champagne is the drink of choice.

This is for the memories the New Year’s celebration from the Château de Chantilly awesome!!! Also, to thank you again for your loyal following as 2021 gave my blog 48 629 views ,23 487 visitors, 26 980 likes, 839 comments, and did 1 215 posts! Thank you all!!!!

Chantilly castle entr new year 2022 dec21

Some of the traditions not all. Hoping they are alright, you let me know ok. I just know for sure France , Spain, and the New York USA. Again

Happy New Year, Bonne Année, Feliz Año Nuevo, Feliz Ano Novo 2022!!!

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

December 31, 2021

Hôtel de Ville of Fontainebleau!

So love this town, read my post and you know it was the first castle/town visited in France back in 1990, and it has been a love affair ever since Friends of the Castle since 2012. I like to update this older post on an unusual building that have great architecture and history; the City/Town Hall or Hôtel de Ville de Fontainebleau!! Hope you enjoy the post as I.


As like to tell, Fontainebleau is in dept 77 Seine et Marne of the region of Île de France. The city of Fontainebleau is located 57 km (about 35 miles) from Paris. The streets of Fontainebleau are wide with the main artery, called Rue Grande, stretching for 2,600 meters long. The transversal artery, which passes in front of the Church Saint Louis (see post) and the City/Town hall, extends on 1 200 meters. A few squares in the city of note are the place Solférino, the Place Denecourt, where the gate of the Jardin de Diane opens, the Place d’Armes or place François-Ier, the Place de l’Hotel-de-Ville, the Place de l’Étape-aux-Vins and the Place de la République.  

I have always come here by car, with great road connections ; easiest from Paris along the A6B from Porte d’Italie to connect the road D637 connects to the road D607 and entering the city by the Avenue de Verdun, /Rue de la Paroisse to corner slight right onto Rue Grande and the City hall or Hôtel de Ville.  From my dear late wife Martine native town of  Meaux ; we took the A140 to A4 to N36 at Melun take the D606 which is the bd du Maréchal Foch and it becomes the Rue Grande main street to Hôtel de Ville/castle.

I have overlook in the past , and is an interesting building from both architecture and history. The Hôtel de Ville or mayor’s office of the city of Fontainebleau has a longer history than official sites tells you. All has to do with the French revolution. In actuality, all started way back when conversations were held as far as 1584! It is necessary to arrive at the letters of Louis XIV to find a duke of Maine, his son legitimated, Louis Auguste de Bourbon, born of Madame de Montespan, then aged 6 years. Shortly after, in 1678, that the king acquires the Hôtel de l’Epargne and as of 1679 appears the name of the Hôtel de Maine. The Hôtel de l’Epargne was located at rue Basse with a right of passage on the Rue Grande. The Hôtel de Maine since its creation is a property of the duke of Maine. On his death, his son Count d’Eu, the Duke of Penthievre inherits it and sells it to King Louis XVI , and the king installed the stables of the Vénerie. 

The city council of 1784 established the headquarters of its administration in a local loaned by Louis XVI to the provost, at Place d’Armes, opposite the portal Henry IV, then the main entrance to the Château de Fontainebleau. This project included the construction, on the site of the provost, of an important city hall  which would have been endowed by the king without untied the purse. The work was begun  but suspended in 1788 due to insufficient resources, the French revolution stopped it all.  The Committee obtained permission from the Grand Master of Water and Forests, to meet at its hotel, rue Basse at the Maison d’Andigné, currently the École libre des frères. At the provisional City/Town Hall was annexed a small adjoining house at rue Basse, to serve as a jail pending the construction of the City/Town Hall in the Place d’Armes

The new city of Fontainebleau, constituted under the events of 1789, held its meetings at the Hôtel des Eaux et Forets from 1790. The inauguration took place on April 3, 1790; when the city threw its sights on the Hôtel du Maine, at that time occupied by the vénerie. This building had for it the advantage of being located on the main market square in the center of the city, and on the most advantageous location This is the current City/Town Hall whose reconstruction almost total occurred in 1864.  The new City/Town Hall was rebuilt in 1864 under Napoleon III, as a replica of that of Rueil-Malmaison (Hauts de Seine dept 92). The coat of arms of the city was conceded by Napoleon III in 1864. It is located at 40 rue Grande. In 1865, the mayor completely rebuilt the city/town hall in a renaissance style. In 1889, the city acquired the part that had been conceded during the French revolution. The last transformation of the City/Town Hall dates back to 1963. The mayor of the time destroyed the barn adjoining the City/Town Hall and instead built a modern building while using the same materials used for the rest of the City/town Hall. And voilà, this is what you see today in Fontainebleau!   

The city of Fontainebleau on tourist attractions

The Fontainebleau tourist office on its heritage

There you go folks, another nice building in my belle France and nostalgic Seine et Marne dept 77 and historical architecturally stunning Fontainebleau! Hope you enjoy the tour of the Hôtel de Ville!!

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

December 30, 2021

AFP ,Agence France Presse in Paris!

Well here is another of my off the beaten path road/or foot warrior thrills of my eternal Paris. I have been by here lots of time as had many functions in the across the street Palais Brongniart (see post) and saw the building. Weird at first, need to look again , as have heard of AFP but never figure where they were! my gosh they were just across the street from my management conventions !!! So, let me tell you a bit about AFP or Agence France Presse; it that can be had guided visits.

AFP is a global news agency, providing rapid, comprehensive and verified coverage of current events and issues that shape our daily lives. With an unrivaled network of journalists, deployed in 151 countries, AFP is also a world leader in digital investigation. It has, they say 2,400 employees, of 100 different nationalities, cover the world in six languages, with a unique quality of multimedia production in video, text, photo and computer graphics. Cross-checking and disseminating information, in a neutral, reliable form that can be used directly by all types of media (radio , television, written press, websites) as well as with large companies and administrations.

Paris AFP agence France Presse bdlg 13 pl de la bourse sep15

AFP took over the premises and customers of the Havas company founded in 1836 by Charles-Louis Havas, son of the royal inspector of the Librairie de Rouen (76)  and who became a cotton merchant after the French revolution. The agency moved to 111-15 place de la Bourse, in the Champeaux restaurant building, then faced competition from American agencies, before taking advantage in the 1920s of the financial advertising boom.

It was only under the Nazis occupation that a change took place: the agency’s advertising sector became a mixed company with German participation and kept the name Havas; the information branch is nationalized and is now called the French Information Office (OFI).  During the Liberation of Paris, August 20, 1944, journalists members of the Resistance seize the OFI, five days before the arrival of Gen Leclerc’s tanks, They issued the first dispatch of a free agency which would take the name of Agence France-Presse (AFP) on September 30, 1944. For its part, the Havas advertising agency is nationalised.

AFP takes over the OFI building, created by Vichy from the Havas agency, which the occupier had transformed into a propaganda center, in defiance of a history dating back to 1835. AFP also inherited structures born under the occupation: the French Information Agency (AFI) launched in London in 1940, the France-Africa Agency in Algiers in 1942, and the Information and Documentation Agency (AID), created in 1944.

AFP wanted to become autonomous, rather than a semi-governmental agency. This wish was granted on January 10, 1957, thanks to the unanimous vote by parliament of a specific law on its status. The former resistant Jean Marin, first president elected according to this law, directs AFP until 1975, developing the network, the technical means and an ever wider clientele. AFP is one of the four world news agencies with the American Bloomberg, Associated Press (AP) and the British Reuters.

It is located at 11-15 Place de la Bourse, 2éme arrondissement of Paris across from the Palais Brongniart (see post), You can reach it on metro line 3 Bourse, and on bus lines 20/29/39/74/85 arrêt/stop Bourse.

The official AFP webpage in English :

There you go folks, another dandy off the beaten path monument that is right smack in a wonderful neighborhood of Paris with plenty to see, shop, and eat! Hope you enjoy the post on AFP as I. Nice to have found it indeed

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

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December 30, 2021

Musée National de la Legion d’Honneur et Ordres de Chevalerie of Paris!

And as the wintery weather continues chez nous ;I like to update and bring you back into my eternal Paris. There are no words to describe the city, why bothered , millions have tried and there is always something new.  And , there is always something old seldom seen or off the beaten path of Paris. This is the case of the Musée National de la Legion d’Honneur et des ordres de chevalerie, something like the National Museum of the legion of honor and the orders of chivalry. Let me tell you something about it ok.

I have to admit, never thought of coming here until my oldest son got a training job on his restaurant degree at the Maison des Polytechniciens , a very presitigious school nearby , which students often call the X , and even after trips to the Musée d’Orsay right across it, never had ventured here before. Well so much to see even if living here ,there is always more and more, more lots more to see. For info the X webpage :

The National Museum of the Legion of Honour and orders of Chivalry , a national Museum of Art and History dedicated to the orders of chivalry and merit, decorations and medals, both French and foreign. It is located in the Hotel de Salm in the 7éme arrondissement of Paris, right across from the Orsay Museum ,and school,

The museum was created on the initiative of General Dubail, Grand Chancellor of the Legion of Honour, and financed by an open subscription among the legionaries and military medalists, whose success was particularly keen in the United States. It was inaugurated in 1925. The initial nucleus of the collections, composed of the Grand Chancellery Fund, of National Museum deposits, have been added, over time, to numerous donations of collectors , but also donations made by foreign States in order to complete the existing collections , finally prestigious purchases and items.

The museum occupies a modern wing built between 1922 and 1925 on the site of the former stables of the Hotel de Salm, overlooking the forecourt of the Musée d’Orsay. The museum presents its permanent collections on several levels, in thematic areas dedicated to: the history of the palace and the creation of the museum, the chivalrous and religious orders, the French royal orders,  the Legion of Honor, Imperial orders and memories of the first Empire, foreign orders, and  the French orders, decorations and medals of 1789 to the present day.

It is to this day, the only museum dedicated to the Phaleristics ( an auxiliary science of history which studies orders, fraternities, and award items such as medals and other decorations).  The museum regularly organizes large-scale exhibitions, as well as exhibits of interest in orders, decorations and medals. The Phaleristics on the Legion of Honor of France:

Some webpages to help you plan and understand your visit here are:

The official legion of honor museum

The Paris tourist office on the museum :

The Society of Friends of the National Museum of the Legion of Honor and orders of Chivalry was founded in 1970 :

The Association of Ancient Hereditary Honors (AHH), is a non profit association created in 1967 that brings together in a friendly circle families of which at least three consecutive generations were received in the Order of the Legion of Honor.

And one very much on the museum and all over France, Napoleon’s official family webpage

There you go folks ,another nice spot to visit while in Paris, and it should be given more recognition indeed, and more it is so close to the Orsay museum , it should be a 1-2 punch with the National Legion of Honor and Chivalry museum. Hope you enjoy it as I !

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

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December 30, 2021

The old archieves of Paris!!

Now I thought had this one in my blog but after searching could not find anything, pity. It deserves to be in my blog for the memories of family walking in the Marais of Paris. The story is fascinating from the resident of a Duke , to the archieves of Paris to a Jewish museum, this is my eternal Paris. I like to tell you a bit on the old and new archieves of Paris!!

The new archives of Paris are a service of the city of Paris. They are located at 18 boulevard Sérurier, at the end of allée Marius-Barroux, in the 19éme arrondissement of Paris and have an annex ,not open to the public in Villemoisson-sur-Orge. (Essonne 91) This site is served by the metro station Porte des Lilas line 11.

The new archieves building was built in 1989, with two archive silos placed at the rear, marking the verticality, are a landmark in the landscape. Their facade is compact, in washed gravel, punctuated with small holes. To the front are several rooms accessible to the public (including a reading room) with complex geometry. This building holds the territorial archives of the city and the department of Paris (75), the archives of decentralized state services in Paris and Ile-de-France region, as well as private archives. Reading room opening hours: Monday 13h30 to 17h30, Tuesday to Friday 9h30 to 17h30, Saturday 9h30 to 17h

The official archives of Paris how to reach it

The interesting part here is where they were before, right in the Marais of Paris and the building I am familiar with as walked by several times, No need yet to see the archives !! On this old building at 60 rue des Francs-Bourgeois 3éme arrondissement, the history tells us that part of the Paris archives disappeared during the fires during the Paris Commune in May 1871, in particular most of the parish and civil status registers ranging from the 16C to 1860. After the renovation of the Hôtel de Saint -Aignan in 1978, the archives of Paris are installed there. They left it at the end of the 1990s for Boulevard Sérurier.See above.

Paris grand archieves de France 60 rue des Francs-Bourgeois 3eme

The Hôtel de Saint-Aignan was built in 1644-1650 for Claude de Mesmes, count of Avaux, superintendent of finances of Mazarin, outside the enclosure wall of Philippe-Auguste. In 1688, the hotel was bought by Paul de Beauvilliers, Duke of Saint-Aignan,(therefore the name) who undertook a campaign of renovation and modernization. He converted the first floor into apartments and called on André Le Nôtre to redesign a French garden.

In 1792, during the French revolution, the Hôtel de Saint-Aignan was seized and placed under sequestration. It became the seat of the seventh municipality in 1795, then of the seventh arrondissement until 1823, before being divided into commercial premises of all kinds. By 1842, the hotel was devoted to commerce and small industry, where Jewish artisans who had immigrated from Poland, Romania and Ukraine then lived.  The Hôtel de Saint-Aignan was bought by the City of Paris in 1962 , and assigned to the archives of Paris (see above). A second hotel restoration campaign started in 1991. In 1998, following an initiative by Jacques Chirac when he was the mayor of Paris, the Saint-Aignan hotel was assigned to the installation of a museum dedicated to Jewish civilization: the Museum of Art and History of Judaism. For info, the official Jewish art and history museum of Paris :

The Hôtel de Saint-Aignan had he usual plan of large aristocratic mansions, main building set back from the street, at the end of a large, slightly rectangular courtyard and a single wing back to the right with a large gallery upstairs. On the ground floor of the right wing were the kitchens, refurbished today to accommodate workshops, as well as the dining room, now attached to the MAHJ bookstore (the Jewish museum) , which has an exceptional fresco decor. On the left, a trompe-l’oeil facade, known as a “fox”, which in fact hides a wall resting on the outline of the enclosure wall of Philippe Auguste. On the same principle of continuity, the four facades which frame the courtyard are identical, not particularly distinguishing the main building, contrary to custom. A passage leads to the small farmyard, where sheds and stables had a direct exit onto the street.

There you go folks, a dandy story of my eternal Paris me think. One of the glorious benefits of walking the streets of the most beautiful city in the world!!! The building is nice, architecture and history galore, and the museum educational. Hope you enjoy this small tour of the off the beaten paths of my Paris.

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

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December 29, 2021

The Banque de France in Paris!

This is a classic building of gorgeous architecture and wonderful history I passed by it several times. See my other posts on what is on the square or Place du Général-Catroux in the 17éme arrondissement of Paris. However, let me tell you a bit of an off the beaten path monument , the banque de France in Paris!

A bit on its history I like

The Banque de France is the central bank of France. It is a bicentennial institution, with private capital when it was created on January 18, 1800 under the Consulate (Napoléon), then became the property of the French State on January 1, 1946 when it was nationalized by Charles de Gaulle. Independent since 1994, the Banque de France became a member of the Eurosystem and of the European System of Central Banks in 1999. Its three main missions are monetary strategy, financial stability and services to the economy. However, since the creation of the Eurosystem, the European Central Bank has taken on much more importance in matters of monetary strategy.

On February 13, 1800, the first General Meeting of the Bank’s shareholders was held, including the First Consul (Napoléon ), his mother, the Beauharnais and the Murats. It acquires a clientele by merging with the Caisse des comptes sociaux (social savings bank), Napoléon Bonaparte was its first shareholder, In 1811, the Banque de France set up its headquarters in the Hôtel de Toulouse, the former private mansion of the Count of Toulouse, Louis-Alexandre de Bourbon, rue de la Vrillière, in the 1éme arrondissement of Paris, However, since 1997, the Banque de France can no longer be legally qualified. Indeed, it is no longer under the supervision of a French administrative authority, but of the European Central Bank, at least as regards to the metropolitan territory as well as the overseas departments and territories having the European statute of the outermost regions of the European Union.

In order to protect the gold reserves from the Nazis during WWII, they were transferred out of the headquarters in 1933, a few tons were sent to branches located near the coast, to Brest and to Toulon, then in 1938, 600 tons were transported by cruisers of the French Navy to the Federal Reserve of the United States. Finally, between May 17 and June 23, 1940, the transfer of the remaining gold which was transported by 35 convoys of 300 trucks then by ships in more than 20,000 packages and crates, mainly to Dakar, the West Indies and the Americas, The transfer of 400 tons to Canada is carried out aboard the liner SS Pasteur ,and the same ship transported to Halifax in Canada, 213 tons of the reserves of the Bank of France which are sheltered at the Royal Bank of Canada at Ottawa , Also, in June 18, 1940, 736 tons of gold reserves of the Bank of France leave from Brest towards Dakar in AOF. 275 tons of gold from the National Bank of Belgium and the Bank of Poland will join the trip aboard the auxiliary cruiser Victor-Schœlcher , The gold reserves will be repatriated to France in 1946,

Head office in Paris 39, rue Croix-des-Petits-Champs 75001 with postal address: 31, rue Croix-des-Petits-Champs 75049 Paris Cedex 01, Opening hours Monday to Tuesday: from 9h to 12h30 ; only for transactions on banknotes and collection of coins and Thursday: from 9h to 12h30 p.m, only for transactions on banknotes and collection of collector coins.

The official Banque de France

However, the most interesting thing about this post and building is the creation of the Le Cité de l’Économie or Citéco , a museum dedicated to the economy . it was open to the public on June 14, 2019 ,This educational venue, aimed at explaining the concepts and mechanisms of the economy, is funded by sponsorship from the Banque de France. It is housed in the Hotel Gaillard, located at 1, place du Général-Catroux, a historic neo-Renaissance monument, located in the 17éme arrondissement in Paris .This neo-Renaissance mansion, whose construction was completed in 1882 , The hôtel Gaillard was sold to the Banque de France in 1919 , and was the most beautiful branch of the Banque de France. I passed by it several times before the museum was open so the picture.

paris banque de france old 17eme 1 pl du gen cartroux feb20

The Cité de l’Economie is the first museum in Europe devoted to economic mechanisms. It allows you to discover the concepts and economic issues in an interactive and fun way, through a scenographic space of 2,400 m2. This place of life and exchanges also offers thematic meetings, shows and temporary exhibitions to approach the economy differently and make it accessible to all.  The spaces that can be privatized are :

Les Toits Malesherbes or roofstop of Malesherbes, located at the top of the monument, the Toits Malesherbes consist of an interior and an exterior: a modern room divided into two zones (240 m2 + 95 m2), unfolding around a 200 m2 terrace. m2 with a view out of the ordinary.

The Salle des Coffres or vault room: thousands of safes line the walls of this room, which once housed the most valuable goods of bank branch customers. Today, it has become one of the museum’s must-see rooms, thanks to its fascinating numismatic collections. Protected by a moat and a modern drawbridge, this prestigious room is full of surprises.

The Tourelle Space or tower space: this old courtyard has been transformed into a warm interior space thanks to a contemporary glass roof. Adorned with a sublime historic turret, this room has a vast overhead light.

The Monceau Auditorium: equipped with 95 places (+ 3 places for people in wheelchairs), this modern auditorium is equipped with a video protection and sound system.

The meeting rooms ,the Chopin lounge, and the North or South workshop can be rented in combination with the other spaces. Good to know, for lovers of cultural heritage, Citéco offers tours on the history of the place and its architecture.

The official Citeco economic museum

There you go folks, a unique monument in my eternal Paris and now open to the public with guided tours on the economic working of the European Union, educational and on a historic building to boot. Hope you enjoy the post as I

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

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December 29, 2021

Admiral de Coligny of Paris!

Many folks passed by the monument and try to figure who it is in Paris! There were even guessing post in a popular travel forum as to who it was! Well I happened to passed by there quite often while working in Paris, and have a picture. Enough to write this post and tell you a bit more on who was Admiral de Coligny of Paris! Oh this is in rue de Rivoli corner with rue de l’Oratoire ,1ér arrondissement, across the street from the Louvre.

And of course, as I am an amateur of history and we have plenty in our belle France; let me tell briefly on the Admiral. Hope you enjoy it as I.

Gaspard de Coligny was born in Châtillon-sur-Loing (today Châtillon-Coligny) and died in Paris, assassinated during the Saint-Barthélemy massacre. Count of Coligny, baron of Beaupont and Beauvoir, Montjuif, Roissiat, Chevignat and other places, lord of Châtillon, admiral of France, he is one of the best known members of the house of Coligny, which extincts in 1694. He is the son of Gaspard Ier de Coligny, Marshal of France under François Ier, and his wife Louise de Montmorency. He is the brother of Odet, Cardinal de Châtillon and François d’Andelot.

In 1533, the year of the schism between Rome and England, Francis I married his son Henry, the Dauphin, to Pope Clement VII’s niece, Catherine de Medici. Grateful, the Pope offered France seven cardinal positions, of which Odet de Coligny, who was barely 16, was one of the beneficiaries. During this time, Coligny continued his studies in the company of the king’s children. In 1542, the Colignys were going to make their debut. The war declared against Charles Quint, Gaspard campaigned in Luxembourg, in the County of Flanders, and in Italy where he participated in the victory without a day after Cerisoles. Peace signed with the emperor in 1544, he took part in the naval offensive commanded by Claude d’Annebault against the English. Several times wounded in these combats, he distinguished himself by his daring. Peace was signed with Henry VIII of England in 1546 leaving Coligny discharge of duties,

King Henri II had as one of his first acts to recall the uncle of Gaspard, the constable of Montmorency. Gaspard, for his part, was appointed ordinary gentleman of the king’s chamber and decorated with the Order of Saint-Michel. England was then eyeing the throne of Scotland, which Mary Stuart had inherited on the death of King James V of Scotland in 1542. A marriage with Edward VI of England, who had just succeeded Henry VIII who died in 1547, would have united the crowns of England and Scotland, which the Guises, in particular François, uncle of Marie Stuart by his sister Marie, wanted at no cost. Coligny was part of the delegation that went to London to negotiate peace. On returning to Paris, judging himself poorly rewarded for the efforts he had made in the service of the king, Coligny retired to his land and took advantage of his free time to write a very rigorous military code which aimed to moralize the behavior of the troops.  The king soon recalled him and Coligny set out again on the campaign. Removed from the siege of Metz by François de Guise, he contributed to Renty’s victory, notably seizing the Spanish artillery. He was appointed admiral of France in 1552 and governor of Picardy.  In 1557, after the breaking of the truce of Vaucelles passed with Charles Quint, the imperial army, led by the duke Emmanuel-Philibert of Savoy, besieged the city of Saint-Quentin, defended by Coligny. After long resistance, he had to surrender on September 27. The battle of Saint-Quentin was a very heavy defeat for France: it led to the Treaty of Cateau-Cambrésis in 1559.

At court, he urged Catherine de Medici to adopt a policy of conciliation with regard to the Reformation. Originally, very moderate in his adherence to the Protestant Reformation, he refused, out of loyalty to the king, the path of violence and condemned the conspiracy of Amboise. But, weary of court intrigues and removed from power by the Guises, he retired regularly to his home in Châtillon-sur-Loing; in this retreat, reading the books of the innovators changed his religious opinions, and at the instigation of his wife and his brother Andelot, he converted to Protestantism.

In 1562, when war broke out between the Protestant party and the Catholic party, Coligny joined forces with the Prince de Condé. Having difficulty maintaining an army, he negotiated financial aid with Queen Elizabeth I of England and was led to cede the port of Le Havre to her in the Treaty of Hampton Court. He took part in the Battle of Dreux which marked the defeat of the Protestant army against the royal army. With the authorization of King Charles IX, he chose the Huguenot captain Jean Ribault in 1562 to establish a colony in Fort Caroline, Florida (today Jacksonville) with 150 of his co-religionists. French Florida, after two unsuccessful attempts, only lived from 1562 to 1565.

And with Louis I of Condé, François de Coligny and Guyonne de Rieux, he was considered one of the instigators of the surprise of Meaux in 1567, an attempt by the Protestants to seize King Charles IX of France and the queen’s mother Catherine de Medici. The third religious war saw the defeats accumulate: first Jarnac (March 13, 1569), where Condé was assassinated. Then, despite the victory of La Roche-l’Abeille, he wasted time at the siege of Poitiers because his unpaid mercenaries wanted booty, and he had to lift the siege before being beaten and wounded at Moncontour (October 3 1569), where he was defeated by the Duke of Anjou, the future Henri III.  Coligny then fled south with his troops, escaped Monluc and Montmorency-Damville, and joined the army of viscounts in Languedoc. He was then able to regain the initiative, raised troops, plundered the Catholic villages, took Saint-Étienne, won the victory of Arnay-le-Duc and went back in 1570 to La Charité-sur-Loire, thus threatening Paris. The king yielded, and it was then the peace of Saint-Germain-en-Laye (August 8, 1570).

On August 22, 1572, shortly after the marriage of Henri de Navarre (future Henri IV), Charles de Louviers, Lord of Maurevert, who had killed the Calvinist leader Vaudrez de Mouy in 1569, shot and wounded Coligny from a house belonging to a faithful des Guise, the canon of Villemur, former tutor to the Duke of Guise (an assassination attempt). Having previously sent his surgeon Ambroise Paré, Charles IX, accompanied by his mother and his brother, went to the bedside of the injured, promising him justice. But the assassination of all the Protestant leaders was then decided and, on the night of August 23-24, 1572, the St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre took place. Three lords ,the Duke of Guise, the Duke of Aumale and the half-brother of King Henri, Grand Prior of France were responsible for organizing the assassination of the admiral at his home, at 144 rue de Béthisy. Coligny was finished off in his bed, with a dagger, by Charles Danowitz dit Besme, a captain from Bohemia; his body was thrown out the window, gutted, emasculated and beheaded in the courtyard, again by Besme. The body was then carried to the Seine river, before being dragged through the streets by children and then hanged from the gallows of Montfaucon, place of ordinary executions, where it was exhibited, hanged by the feet.

The axis of the Louvre Oratory passes through the center of the square courtyard. At the beginning of the 17C, Louis XIII realized that the Louvre, under construction, did not have a chapel. He then came up with the idea of ​​having this role play in the church that Jacques Lemercier was building for the Order of the Oratory. The church and the palace were ultimately never reunited. Under Napoleon I, the chapel will become a Protestant temple, but its name, Temple of the Oratory and its orientation recalls its historical link with the Louvre. One of the best known members of the illustrious house of Coligny. Gaspard Ier de Coligny, Marshal of France under François Ier, and his wife Louise de Montmorency. He is the brother of Odet, Cardinal de Châtillon and François d’Andelot. In his honor was inaugurated, on July 24, 1889, the statue of the Admiral, erected, rue de Rivoli, at the bedside of the Oratory of the Louvre, a former Roman Catholic church made available to the Reformation cult. by Napoleon I on February 23, 1811.

paris gaston d orleans rue de rivoli c2009

Gaspard first married, in 1547, Charlotte de Laval, daughter of Count Guy XVI of Laval, in the chapel of the castle of Montmuran in Ille-et-Vilaine (dept35). Charlotte de Laval died in 1568. They had eight children including: Louise de Coligny, wife of Charles de Téligny, then William I of Orange-Nassau, stadtholder of Holland, mother of Frédéric-Henri of Orange-Nassau; François de Coligny, Charles de Coligny, who became Catholic and joined the League camp. In his second marriage, on March 25, 1571 in La Rochelle, he married Jacqueline de Montbel, Countess of Entremont and of Nottage. He died assassinated in 1572, while Jacqueline was pregnant with Béatrice, who was born 4 months after the death of her father.

The Oratory of the Louvre on monument to Coligny :

The Musée d’Orsay to our great men, on Coligny

The Paris tourist office on the oratory of the Louvre

There you go folks, a dandy in my Paris,and now you know the story. I love these spots all over Paris; they are just so many will need time and space! Hope you enjoy the post on the monument to Coligny, and do stop by it while in Paris; its a great area!

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

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December 29, 2021

Memories of shopping in Paris!

I found two new pictures not in my blog, and felled they need to be here. This blog is the story of my life and its all here if you look… It takes a lot of travels, already 81 countries, working in 4 citizen of 4, and other things. Some of the nice things happening to me was to work in Paris while living in Versailles in my early entry into France, a citizen since 2000.

I like to tell you briefly on two unique stores found all over France ,but these in Paris dear to my memories. Hope you enjoy my story on the Orange and Monoprix stores of which I am a client.

The Orange telephone, internet etc store at Place de la Madeleine was unique because for a couple of years passed by it every day to work and back. So very handy to do all my telecom needs there. Over the years , I have suggested the store to many visitors looking to hook up cellular/mobile phones to use while in France. The staff there was very knowledgeable and spoked English/Spanish!

paris orange store madeleine mar13

Orange is a telecommunications chain providing Internet and telephone services and portable devices. My fav store while working in Paris was at 16 place de la madeleine,it was the biggest in the city and easily connection right there with metro lines 8, 12, and 14. Just walking by or up from the metro station the store was on your back. Now the store is gone, here for the memories, and in its place there is a Café Pouchkine but also read it is under renovations until May 29 2022. The faces of Paris are changing…

The Orange store locator for Paris

Another mythical store of mine in Paris was Monoprix. I have already a historical account of the stores in my other post on the store in Vannes. Briefly, they have been around for more than 80 years, and has maintained its ambition to make the good and the beautiful accessible to all. It shows a wide choice of quality products: food, drinks, beauty, hygiene. Also find an exclusive fashion collection.

I have passed by this particular store at 51 Rue Réaumur, however news made me come back for it while still working in Paris. The Monoprix -Réaumur-Sébastopol, in the 2éme arrondissement, which is located on the site of the old medieval hospital of the Trinity, made it possible to discover in 2015 many pits and human bones linked to the hospital cemetery ! This became news all over Paris so obviously was there so took a peek to where it was allowed, far away, A bit of history on the building is interesting for the architecture and history of it that I like.

paris monoprix front by reaumur sebastopol burials below found sept15

The Monoprix Réaumur-Sébastopol store, is in a former Félix-Potin building, and was built on the site of the former Trinité hospital, founded in the 12C and destroyed at the end of the 18C during the French revolution. In 2015, they have found eight mass graves, Seven of them received between five and twenty-five individuals. The eighth, much larger, counts one hundred and fifty deceased who seem to have died on the same date and bear witness to a crisis of mortality whose cause will have to be found. Many diseases going on in Paris at the time.

The building itself is with a polychrome corner rotunda, decorative elements in the round: garlands of fruit, caduceus, attributes of Hermes. Former headquarters of Félix Potin chain stores. Félix Potin opened his first store in Paris in 1844. In 1860, he inaugurated the first large store on two levels, boulevard de Sébastopol in Paris. After the death of Félix Potin in 1871, his heirs registered the Félix Potin brand in 1886. Everything followed and success grew. A Félix Potin factory is built in La Villette. It will be enlarged in 1864 and will include a distillery and a chocolate factory. The store on boulevard Malesherbes will open in 1864 and the home delivery service will be put into service in 1870 , Currently the ground floor (1 fl US) and the first floor (2nd fl US) are occupied by the Monoprix store.The store can be reach on Metro Réaumur-Sébastopol of lines 3 and 4 as well as bus lines 38/39/47 Réaumur-Sébastopol stop/arrêt.

The Monoprix store Réamur-Sébastopol:

There you go folks, a dandy memory lane reminder of two nice stores in Paris , that I still shop elsewhere. One more reason to come to Paris, shopping is a delight!! Hope you enjoy this nostalgic post from me, and thanks for reading me since November 2010!

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

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December 28, 2021

Some news from France, CCCLIV

And here we go again closing 2021 and hoping for the best in 2022. I like to first wish all my readers and followers a very Happy New Year and best wishes for 2022. There is lots going on in my belle France , and here are the latest of my series some news from France. Hope it can be useful for your planning.

Always there, Ile-de-France Mobilités and RATP will accompany you on the night of December 31, whether near your home or even a little further away. And yes, transport will run from 21h on December 31 and until 5h30 on January 1 2022.
Here are the lines that will run all night:
Line 1: Château de Vincennes, Nation, Gare de Lyon, Bastille, Châtelet, Concorde, Franklin-D-Roosevelt, George V, Charles de Gaulle-Étoile, Porte Maillot, Pont de Neuilly, Grande Arche de La Défense
Line 2: Nation, Père Lachaise, Belleville, Jaurès, La Chapelle, Anvers, Pigalle, Place de Clichy, Charles de Gaulle-Étoile, Porte Dauphine
Line 5:Place d’Italie, Quai de la râpée, Bastille, Oberkampf, Jacques Bonsergent, Gare du Nord, Gare de l’Est, Jaurès, Laumière, Porte de Pantin, Church of Pantin, Bobigny-Pablo Picasso
Line 6: Nation, Bercy, Place d’Italie, Denfert-Rochereau, Montparnasse, Cambronne, La Motte Picquet-Grenelle, Bir-Hakeim, Trocadéro, Boissière, Kléber, Charles de Gaulle-Étoile
Line 9:Montreuil town hall, Porte de Montreuil, Nation, Oberkampf, Grands Boulevards, Havre-Caumartin, Saint Augustin, Franklin-D-Roosevelt, Alma-Marceau, Trocadéro, La Muette, Porte de Saint-Cloud, Pont de Sèvres
Line 14: Olympiads, Library, Cour Saint-Émilion, Bercy, Gare de Lyon, Châtelet, Pyramides, Madeleine, Saint Lazare, Pont Cardinet, Porte de Clichy, Clichy-Saint-Ouen, Mairie de Saint-Ouen.
On the RER side, you can count on lines A, B, C and D. The noctiliens, for their part, will circulate exactly like a classic weekend night.

Due to the preparatory work for the extension of metro line 14 to Orly Airport and for the arrival of 8-car trains, traffic was interrupted on the entire line on a regular basis. From January 9, 2022, the line will be closed from 22h on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, until July 27, 2022. A replacement bus is available between Gare de Lyon and Olympiades. Saint-Ouen and Gare de Lyon, we invite you to take the connections.

Adaptation work on Metro line 4 and its stations is continuing. They require regular closings over the year 2022: Line closed in the evenings from 10h15, Monday to Thursday, from January 3 to June 30 inclusive; Line closed Sunday morning until noon, from January 9 to June 26 inclusive (except April 17, May 1 and 8, and June 5); Line closed all day on Sundays January 30, February 20, March 6, April 3 and May 15.

The blues of VTC drivers, who increasingly snub Paris. Traffic jams, forbidden bus lanes, drop in speed, weight of applications … The VTCs of Greater Paris point out the obstacles which increasingly complicate their working conditions. Between traffic changes and traffic jams, VTCs are avoiding the center of Paris more and more, such as rue Royale (8éme) .

Sales of Champagne increased by 40% compared to 2020, which leaves you speechless when you consider that the health crisis is far from over. Case shipments this year will be even larger than in 2019. The reason for the success can be found in foreign countries, where demand for Champagne has exploded since January 2021. Also famous brands and winegrowers, who export up to 80% of their production, are benefiting from the improvement, more than those who sell their bottles in France only. It should also be noted that carriers have increased their prices because of the Covid-19, which will affect the prices of champagne from January 1, 2022. Stay tune we got ours already great prices !!

The Château and the Grandes Ecuries of Chantilly, will be the setting for three shows during the end of the year celebrations. The equestrian show “Alana and the city of Opal” at the Grandes Écuries. A show written and directed by Virginie Bienaimé, especially for Christmas, telling the story of a young girl who wants to stand on her own feet and goes in search of the mythical Amazons. A creation which brings together around fifteen horses, their riders and riders, and which it is always possible to go and applaud at the Grandes Écuries until January 2 2022.

The viewers of France 2 TV will find the dome of the Grandes Écuries on the evening of December 31 for a New Year’s Eve hosted by Stéphane Bern, surrounded by an audience of celebrities. Clara Luciani, Pascal Obispo, Nolwenn Leroy ‚Zaz, Juliette Armanet, Bénabar, Gérard Lenorman, Julien Doré, Nicoletta, Garou, Tayc appear in the program, along with the Moulin Rouge, Lido and Paradis Latin troupes, and of course the equestrian company of the Grandes Écuries. An evening where we will not fail to evoke the famous Chantilly cream, by the presence of Mickaël Ejzenbaum, member of the Brotherhood of Whipping Knights . At midnight will be fired what will undoubtedly be the only fireworks display in France since the all pyrotechnic events have been banned to limit the circulation of Covid-19. That of the Château de Chantilly will not have an audience but will benefit from a soundtrack prepared by DJ Michaël Canitrot.

With the nightclub closure announced earlier this month, we need plans to at least have a good time on the last day of 2021! The wings of the Moulin Rouge and the great Féérie review will make your head spin. Extend the evening until the early hours: on December 31, the Bal du Moulin Rouge offers you a magical New Year’s Eve, the Féérie review and its 100 artists, 1,000 costumes with feathers, rhinestones and sequins, sets and breathtaking special effects … and of course, the giant aquarium. A parade of the greatest cabaret acts performed by internationally renowned artists. Le Moulin Rouge, 82 bd de Clichy 18éme.

The Lido is Paris, and Paris is the Lido! Located on the Champs-Élysées, this cabaret and its magazines are essentials of the City of Light Lido, 116 av des Champs-Élysées 8éme.

Lumières en Seine invites you to the national Domaine de Saint-Cloud for a magical night stroll on the outskirts of Paris. From the entrance to the Grille Clémenceau, Lumières en Seine promises to offer you a spectacular evening in an enchanting setting, along an immersive course of about two km, where the magic of the end of year celebrations mingle. year and the magic of winter. Lumiéres en Seine, 1 av de la Grille d’Honneur ,Saint-Cloud (Hauts de Seine 92)

Croisière Paris Seine La Marina offers lunch and dinner cruises on the Seine in the heart of the City of Light, panoramic boats, refined cuisine made from market products, warm and professional service … not to mention the passage in front of a illuminated Eiffel tower. So many elements brought together to give you a magical and unforgettable moment to start the year 2022. Paris Seine cruise La Marina Port Solférino, at the foot of the Musée d´Orsay 7éme.

The New Year’s concert at Saint-Germain des Prés Church, Come and listen to the Great New Year’s Concert, La Voix du Ciel, The 4 Seasons by Vivaldi, Meditation by Thaïs by Massenet, and great opera arias such as Mozart, Handel , Puccini, Verdi, Bellini … Great New Year’s Concert Saint-Germain des Prés Church 3 place Saint-Germain-des-Prés 6éme.

The Madeleine New Year’s concert. For those who will be in the fittest, this great concert will take place … on January 1, the day after a New Year’s Eve that may have been too wet. But don’t stop at nothing! Go listen to Les Valses de Strauss played by the Hélios orchestra, to start the year 2022 on a good note. New Year’s concert Madeleine Church, Place de la Madeleine 8éme.

The French are about to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Molière’s baptism. No less than nine plays by the playwright will be performed until next summer. Unpublished sets, made-to-measure costumes, paintings and furniture … For several weeks now, everyone has focused on the sets for the next Tartuffe or the Hypocrite.

Marcel Proust, a Parisian at the Carnavalet Museum, the author of “In Search of Lost Time” has spent most of his life in Paris. For the first time, an exhibition examines the close links between the city and the writer. examining the links between Marcel Proust and the city of Paris, where the writer was born and where he spent most of the fifty-one years of his existence. Marcel Proust, a Parisian novel is rich, very rich. Period photos, paintings, handwritten documents, advertising posters, furniture, fashion accessories .. A total of 280 pieces are on display, some of which have never been shown to the public, such as this touching photo of young Marcel at 15, his eyes already smoky and down on his lip. “We approached 35 institutions and 19 private lenders. But a third of the works also come from our collections, ”explains Valérie Guillaume, director of the Carnavalet Museum. The first part looks at the Paris where the author lived. From the apartment in Auteuil, where he was born, in 1871, to that in rue Hamelin, not far from the Arc de Triomphe, where he died, in 1922, the writer has never left the right bank of Paris. He knew seven homes, all located in the 16éme and 8éme arrondissements, where most of social life took place. Proust was fundamentally a Parisian !

It is the most visited amusement park in Europe! When many doubted the American instrution well…yankee doodle dandy! Before the health crisis, Disneyland Paris attracted 15 million visitors per year. While the vast majority of them, back since the park reopened in June 2021, are occasional visitors who come once or a few times a year, some are die-hard devotees for whom Disneyland Paris is a second home. We have been 3 times and already planning for early 2022 to back with the boys!!

The members of the Old Paris Commission, responsible for ensuring the proper architectural performance of Paris, looked into the future of the building that had housed the Tati sign for decades. There, on Boulevard Rochechouart (18éme), Immobel won the call for projects aimed at rethinking the historic 8,000 square meter store, abandoned by its historic owner. Housing, shops, offices, hotel accommodation and cultural space are on the program. We are increasingly seeing perfect alignments of buildings. But that’s not the story of Paris. And from a climatic point of view, these openings are important for the passage of air and light.Oh well now see Paris Bio lol!

In the chalet of the royal park of Nandy,Seine et Marne dept 77, Grand Paris Sud sees a cultural gem. Its construction dates back to the end of the 19C, 150 years after the creation of the 70-hectare park in which it is located. Imagined by Etienne-Michel Bouret, great financier of the reign of Louis XV, this park unfolded according to a regular grid, with the castle as central point, the destroyed, named royal pavilion after the stay of Louis XV for a hunt. Placed in the center of the park, on the remains of a masonry terrace-belvedere dating from the 18C garden, it sits on a prime location, very overhanging, which opens onto the vast panorama of the Seine valley. This will be worth saving thanks.

In Châtres, Seine et Marne dept 77; the medieval Church of Saint-Antonin built from a period estimated between 1180 and 1220, the church of Châtres has just been labeled Heritage of Regional Interest. The awarding of this label should help its future restoration, in particular that of its roof. It would house, under the altar of the Virgin Mary, the relics of Saint-Roch and Saint-Félix. The latter was a bishop of Nantes and a great figure of the Merovingian episcopate. The Saint-Antonin Church, in Châtres, could even be named after the second bishop of Meaux, who lived in the 2C or, according to other sources, 3C. There are a number of listed objects, including an 18C mahogany pulpit, brought back from the islands by a sailor, and a Cordoba leather painting from the same period. The sanctuary and the choir also display the characters of 13C architecture, with cross vault on ribs. As for the frame in the form of the hull of an overturned boat, it would have been built in the 16C. Its bell dates from 1782. It is baptized Antoinette and was blessed in 1789!

On January 1, 2022 to celebrate the New Year and make your wildest dreams come true, the Topbun restaurant is offering its first 200 burgers free of charge after opening to the bravest. On the program, gourmet and completely decadent smash burgers largely inspired by the American brand Shake Shack, all 100% organic. Topbun 5 Rue Eugène Freyssinet 13éme January 1, 2022 at noon group Big Mamma webpage:

To finisht with a wonderful dish of grandma confection and redone plenty of times at home, eaten anywhere! The Tortilla in Spain is a thick and chewy omelet, often with potatoes, with or without onion. The purists only put potatoes, candied in hot oil, the creatives add grilled peppers, sautéed chard or roasted mushrooms. And even Chorizos lol! The Ingredients for 1 tortilla (4 to 6 people). 4 large fresh eggs, 1 kg of melting potatoes (Bintje type), vegetable oil or we use Olive oil virgin extra, 1 large sweet white onion, Salt, pepper to taste.
The preparation: Peel the washed potatoes and cut them into slices (about 5 mm thick). Liberally pour oil into a curved-sided skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the potatoes. When they are soft but without coloring (candied and not fried), remove them from the oil and drain them on paper towels or in a colander. Salt. Beat the eggs in a bowl, add the lukewarm potatoes and mix. Leave this preparation to stand for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, mince the onion and sauté in the remaining oil. Drain and add to the egg-potato mixture. Adjust the seasoning. Heat the pan (uncleaned) over medium heat, add a little oil if necessary and pour in the preparation. Sear, stirring constantly so that the tortilla does not stick. When the underside is golden brown, pour the excess oil into a container (or a second pan). Flip the omelet. Resume cooking the second side. Brown, making sure the tortilla keeps its soft interior. Finish by sliding the tortilla onto a platter. Serve hot, warm, or cold. We do it hot but for tapas or apéros can be cold. There you go Buen Provecho ::)

There you go folks, another dandy from my belle France. Hope you enjoy the post and again be safe enjoy the end of year or Año Viejo and best wishes for 2022 to all.

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

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