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February 5, 2022

Some news from France, CCCLVII

And here we are in the middle of winter in my beautiful Morbihan, and lovely Bretagne of my belle France. Our winters are mild just low of 38F in the mornings and then goes up to 50F now, no snow no rain la vie est belle! Let me bring you and I up to date on my series and yours , some news from France.

This Wednesday, February 2,2022 marks the end of major restrictions: no more outdoor masks, no more compulsory teleworking, no more gauge in places receiving a seated public. Are we experiencing the end of the Covid? From now on, wearing a mask will no longer be compulsory outdoors throughout the country. Another highly anticipated change: the gauges in places receiving a seated public (stadiums, cultural establishments, etc.) have been removed. Finally, teleworking will no longer be compulsory for three to four days, but only recommended. Discotheques and standing concerts will wait another two weeks before being authorized again. You will also have to wait until February 16 to be able to consume standing up in a bar, café or restaurant. Until this date, consumption is only authorized in a seated position and the mask remains compulsory indoors to circulate. According to scientists, it is therefore possible that after the Omicron wave, the virus will become endemic. In other words, the virus would still be present in our society but in less severe forms, Of course, the virus will never leave us like the flu , grippe etc life goes on,

The history of Europe, of which France has just taken the presidency, was invented in a small thatched cottage in a hamlet of Bazoches-sur-Guyonne (Yvelines 78). Considered a founding father, Jean Monnet lived there from 1945 until his death in 1979. Visit his house-museum, which has become the property of the European Parliament. Webpage :

In appearance, it is only a small store with a blue front, adorned with the name of the sign in gold letters. But once inside, the back room reveals a place steeped in history. Since 1906, the noyau blanc or white core has been made here, but the origin of the recipe dates back to the 17C. The white core, also called silver goblet, is one of the two house liqueurs. The other is the amber core or seal of Saint-Louis: this one has been made here since the 1960s. The shop produces between 25 and 30,000 bottles a year. Two products, two different processes but one common ingredient: the apricot kernel . Of regional origin before WWII, it is no longer cultivated enough in France. The product is recovered around the Mediterranean basin. On the other hand, the manufacture of the base of the core must obligatorily occur in Poissy, Only the bottling is ensured by Vedrenne, which bought the Noyau destillery in 1999, in the town of Nuits-Saint-Georges (Côte-d’Or 21) Here, no robot. everything is handmade. What will change, however, is the packaging, after 25 years. A new design for bottles that will retain their colors, to the delight of loyal customers The Distillerie de noyau de Poissy 105, rue du Général-de-Gaulle in Poissy, webpage :

With three-quarters of visitors from Hauts-de-France, the Louvre-Lens celebrates 10 years of successful local presence. The establishment, which hosts the Louvre’s “Le Scribe accroupi” for eleven months, has taken up its challenge of attracting a population far from museums but remains economically fragile. Despite its small size 47 centimeters , and its 4,500 years of age, the statue of the Crouching Scribe devours all the space in the Louvre-Lens Museum, to which the work was loaned to celebrate its tenth anniversary. Webpage :

Just 14 years old and unable to wield a sword, the young Philip, son of King John II, thus won at the lost battle of Poitiers (1356) his nickname “Philip the Bold”. He was rewarded with the gift of the Duchy of Burgundy, which he knew how to enlarge almost to the scale of a kingdom. Less by war than by love: it was his marriage to Marguerite de Male, heiress of the counties of Flanders, Artois, Nevers and we forget some, which made his duchy one of the most powerful in France. The Beaune exhibition, presented in three places, hardly mentions him, any more than his son Jean sans Peur, preferring to focus on their successors, Philippe le Bon and Charles le Téméraire . The English owe to the first the capture of Joan of Arc and the knights of high lineage the creation of the Order of the Golden Fleece. It is the latter, with its necklace entangling the briquets of Burgundy , shaped metal tools that caused sparks , and supporting a golden ram’s skin, which serves as the red thread of the interesting titled exhibition. , in western mode, “The Good, the Bold and the Chancellor”. the Hospices de Beaune, a luxurious hospital for the time and intended for the “poor”, where part of the exhibition is held. Another is installed at the local Fine Arts Museum and a third at the Wine Museum, The city of Beaune on the exhibition :

The Cluny Museum is reborn in a new light ,Closed for two years for works, the Parisian establishment dedicated to medieval art will reopen in the spring, with a new chronological route and more works on display. The Smell, one of the six tapestries composing The Lady with the Unicorn, lent for two and a half months to the Abattoirs de Toulouse, where it attracted nearly 50,000 visitors, the tapestry is back at the National Museum of the Middle Ages, whose reopening is announced for early 2022. webpage :

The RATP has taken matters into its own hands to combat traffic jams. The idea? An urban cable car that will fly over the Seine and connect to line 13 of the metro. Renamed Cable 1, the cable car will offer 5 stations accessible from 2025. It will thus be possible to reach the 4.5 km between Pointe-du-Lac in Créteil and Bois-Matar in Villeneuve-St-Georges in 17 minutes. Up to 1,600 passengers per hour and per direction of traffic will be able to use the cable car, enough to relieve road traffic. Work will begin this spring. It remains to be seen how the pylons will fit into the Parisian landscape… !

Finally , after almost five years delays, the new metro stations on line 12 in Aubervilliers are just waiting for travelers, All that remains is to carry out the finishing work in the future Aimé-Césaire and Mairie d’Aubervilliers stations, The new section, 2 km long underground, of line 12 from its current terminus at the Front-Populaire station to the Mairie d’Aubervilliers is finally (almost) ready to welcome passengers, Line 12, which currently welcomes 250,000 passengers per day, should have 37,000 additional daily users after the opening of the new section. At peak times, the 31 stations on the line (after extension) will be served by a train every 2.10 minutes. Webpage:

The Association of Towns and Villages where life is good has put all our French towns to the test, and unsurprisingly, Paris is far from the top 10… The best rated in this again new top 10 are : Angers, Annecy, Bayonne, La Rochelle, Caen, Le Mans, Nice, Lorient ,Brest, and Rennes, webpage :

Le Donjon de Vez , located in the heart of the Oise (dept 60), this contemporary medieval residence reopened its doors on May 20,2021 after long months of work to offer a high-level cultural program. Built during the Hundred Years War, this high place in the history of Valois, Philippe Auguste, King of France from 1165 to 1223, made it his home and even Joan of Arc stayed there. This medieval fortress, with its walls, its curtain walls, and its battlements, became a place dedicated to contemporary creation in 1987. Great contemporary artists such as Sol LeWitt, Jean-Pierre Raynaud, Daniel Buren, François Morellet or Bernar Venet thus found their inspiration in the majestic garden, webpage :

The highest ice rink in France opens this Saturday (today), on the 56th floor of the Montparnasse tower. The ice is synthetic but the experience is unique and the view of Paris, 210 meters high, breathtaking. Open until March 6 2022, On the financial side, tickets are quite expensive: 20 euros for adults (skates included). In addition, skating time is limited to 30 minutes and a gauge limits the number of simultaneous visitors to 200. pass. Webpage:

In another ,to save the paintings of the école militaire or Military School In barely two years, seven of the nine paintings in the chapel of Saint-Louis have found a patron to enable their restoration. But while the total bill should reach 405,000 euros, the quest for private funding continues. Facing the Trocadéro, the vast buildings of the Military School, built in the perspective of the Champ-de-Mars, are well guarded. However, every Sunday, for the 11h Mass, the large central porch opens to let parishioners from the 7éme arrondissement enter. And it is in this Saint-Louis Chapel that nine huge paintings are the subject of a restoration campaign, under the leadership of the Ministry of the Armed Forces. The Paris tourist office:

Ten years ago, Grand-Marnier left Neauphle-le-Château (Yvelines 78). This small town hosted the production of the famous liqueur for 130 years. But the new European standards have not made it possible to perpetuate the future of this site in the Yvelines. One of the most famous liqueurs in the world has long been made in the heart of the Yvelines. For almost 130 years, Neauphle-le-Château hosted the production of Grand-Marnier, right in the middle of this large village near Thoiry. At the beginning of the 19C, the Lapostolles, owners of a bistro in the heart of the town, opened a small distillery. It produces eau-de-vie from fruits of the region. Word of mouth, the marriage of a Lapostolle daughter to Louis-Alexandre Marnier, an ambitious and busy young man, his meeting with the owner of the famous Ritz hotel, will make Grand-Marnier a drink known throughout the world. Unfortunately for Neauphle, the adventure came to an end in 2012. New, more stringent European regulations forced the closure of this factory, deemed too dangerous for this urban environment. Since 2012, the processing of oranges has been relocated to Cognac (Charente dept 16 ) and bottling takes place in Gaillon, (Eure dept 27). webpage:

In Rouen, the gallery organ of Saint-Nicaise will move to settle in the Parisian Church of the Saint Esprit or Holy Spirit to be restored and find a new life there. The Church of the Holy Spirit, was built in the 1930s , At the heart of an ambitious renovation which should transform it into a brasserie by 2024, the Saint-Nicaise church in Rouen (Seine-Maritime 76 ), deconsecrated and closed since 2006, will have to separate from its two organs. And if the smallest, that of choir, has to find refuge in the Halle aux toiles, a municipal building in the city center, the gallery organ will take the road to Paris. Webpage :

The circus Arlette Gruss, a crazy adventure for more than 35 years, Since the 1980s, the acrobats, trainers, clowns and technicians of the Arlette Gruss troupe have deployed their gigantic marquee all over France and have thus created an itinerant village, See it at a city near you, webpage :

La Pièce Unique or The Unique Piece, the first European roller disco franchise, crowned in Reims, In two years, the concept a franchise that has already spread to Charleville-Mézières, Troyes and Lille (North), pending Epinal, Châlons and Chambéry. Two store formulas, a small one which offers retro and pop culture products (video games, toys, derivative products, clothing, snacks, etc.) and a large one, which incorporates the same elements, but also arcade terminals, a cereal bar and… a roller disco track, With an impressive collection of several thousand Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles products is rapidly becoming a success. With young customers, but also with older ones. Dragon Ball figurines, Chilli M&Ms and video game cartridges are selling like hotcakes, The Piéce Unique establishment opened on January 28, 2022 in premises of 1,000 m2, in the commercial area of ​​Cormontreuil, a quarter of an hour from Reims, offers what made the first successes of the franchise, but has been embellished with an American-style bar (drinks, ice cream, cereals, milkshakes, etc.), an area dedicated to arcade games and a 1980s-style roller-skating track. Great to see it soon, Webpage :

One we have been eating quite a bit lately in our winter ! This Haute-Savoie cheese is the star of winter menus. But it is not only made for the tartiflette. They produce 16,500 tons of Reblochon each year, but it’s true that at the moment, if they produced twice as much, they will sell it without any problem, admits Bernard Mounier, of the Syndicat Interprofessionnel du Reblochon , The AOP area is recognized since 1958, comprises 80% of the territory of Haute-Savoie, to which must be added the Val d’Arly, in Savoie. They cannot extend this area, or change the breeds, Abundance, Montbéliarde, Tarine, for more productive cows. The small town of Thônes, the “capital” of reblochon surrounded by spruce forests, to climb a little higher in the Aravis massif, and reach the town of Manigod. We will put it in our map the soonest, More ideas of the Reblouchon cheese  :

Why not end with our recipe of Tartiflette which we take from Marmiton:

Ingredients for a real Tartiflette ! 1 kg potatoes, 200 grams onion cutup, one round of Reblochon cheese Two spoonful of oil one head of garlic salt and pepperand 200 grams of smoked bacon, The preparation takes about 1h15 total

Peel the potatoes, cut them into cubes, rinse them well and dry them with a clean cloth. Heat the oil in a frying pan, sauté the onions. When the onions are melted, add the potatoes and brown them on all sides. When they are golden, add the bacon bits and finish cooking. Blot excess fat with a paper towel. On the other hand, scrape the rind of the Reblochon and cut it in half (or in four). Preheat the oven to 200°C (thermostat 6-7) and prepare a gratin dish by rubbing the bottom and edges with the peeled clove of garlic. In the gratin dish, spread a layer of potatoes with bacon bits, place half of the Reblochon on top, then more potatoes. Finish with the rest of the Reblochon (crust towards the potatoes). Bake for about 20 minutes of cooking.

There you go folks, another dandy from my belle France. Again, thanks for reading me over the years. Hope the post will give some ideas to come into France, we are already have two spots to go next, surprise.

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

February 5, 2022

The Ports of Lorient!!

I have come to this town often close to me and the sub prefecture of the Morbihan dept 56 .  It really not well known off the beaten path even if has nice things to see especially as it relates to the sea. The city of Lorient means in breton An Oriant or the Orient as the companies that sail to the new world , the Americas were done here and across the bay at Port Louis (see post), The ports of Lorient, we can go back to the Vikings! Indeed, between the 8C and the 10C, they used the harbor of Lorient to go up the Blavet river !

The Company of the East Indies fix its naval establishment at the mouth of the Blavet river, towards the middle of the summer of 1665. One year later, that is to say in the month of June 1666, a royal ordinance sanctioned this choice and grants this company the most extensive rights and privileges to found and develop its establishment, by investing it with all the king’s rights over what may belong to him, both in the city of Port-Louis and on the banks of the Blavet and du Scorff rivers, and particularly at Faouëdic. The history of Lorient begins in 1666 with the aim of providing a base for the French East India Company. This role was to be reinforced in 1675 when it was decided to abandon the company’s other location, in Le Havre, where the Compagnie de l’Orient (East India Company) moved there in 1643, for the sole benefit of Lorient. In the 17C, the harbor served as a haven for the king’s vessels and the ships of the East India Company. It was the birth of the port of Lorient, which very quickly became the stronghold of the global spice trade. Today, the port lives to the rhythm of its many activities. The Royal Navy also settled there in 1688 to have boats built there. The Lorient Arsenal produced many ships over the following centuries,including the first French battleships.

The commercial port of Lorient located by 3 Bd de la Rade , leading port in the Brittany region, I have not told you about it in my many posts on Lorient, I like to do so now with some found old pictures from my vault, The oldest of the ports of Lorient, created in 1666 by Colbert, to respond to the development of the East India Company, has fundamentally shaped the territory. Lorient has been able to adapt over time and today the commercial port claims to be a raw and industrial place. The coming and going of cargo ships invites contemplation and offers an opening to the world through the floating pavilions of moored cargo ships.

lorient marina boat to water jul13

Built in the 1910s, it was enlarged after WWII during the reconstruction of the city, the rubble being used to fill the handle of Kergroise. Its quays were extended again in the 1970s and new equipment made it possible to diversify its activities. Its access channel was dredged in the early 2010s, to facilitate access for Panamax type vessels. Its activities are mainly oriented towards the importation, mainly of hydrocarbons, agrifood products and construction materials. It is also occasionally used for the transport of passengers and by military ships in connection with the Lorient arsenal.

Lorient thalassa boat anchor mars12

The commercial port, whose operation is delegated to the Lorient Bretagne Sud commercial ports SAS, has many facilities. These are the 150 meters quay built in 1985, which accommodates reefer ships, ships with conventional cargo and liners, The 656 meters multipurpose quay, made up of 8 different structures built between 1913 and 2010, which accommodates ships transporting mostly bulk for animal feed, and at its northern end multipurpose trafic, The 125 meters oil station built in 2009, which can accommodate vessels of up to 50,000 tonnes, The Ro-ro station for accommodating ro-ro ships, The 100 meters Rohu unloading dock receiving hourglass ships.

Lorient pass loading port and lighthouse nov11

A cruise ship reception activity is also provided at the commercial port. The only deep-water port between Brest and Saint-Nazaire, it allows boats up to 240 meters long to call; the city then serves as a starting point for excursions to other tourist sites in the region, such as Carnac or Saint-Goustan.

The Lorient commercial port

There are other ports in Lorient and I have mentioned already in previous posts many of them, For reference, these are the Keroman fishing port: second fishing port in France in terms of tonnage and first in added value with 700 embarked and 130 boats registered at the port of Lorient. The Fishing port with an “Elidra 650” boat lift ,the largest equipment of this type operating in Europe, The fishing port of Lorient thus maintains its reputation as a complex always at the forefront of modernity as its creators wished at the beginning of the 20C.
The Pleasure Marina at 2 Bd Adolphe Pierre with numerous pontoon places spread over the port of Lorient, 370 to give you a number in addition to the 880 meters of pontoons of the offshore racing pole fitted out on the site of the former Keroman submarine base, and reserved for racing, rental and passenger boats.
The Passenger port or gare maritime sailing cruises and ferries towards the islands of Groix and Belle-Île-en-Mer.
The Military port with the arsenal and Lann-Bihoué
The Lorient Dry port PC de La Base, a marina for motor boats of 280 spaces.

Lorient port de plaisance end nov11

The Lorient South Brittany tourist office on the ports :

The city of Lorient on its heritage :

The city of Lorient on its history

There you go folks, a nice way to do some walking around beautiful ports of Lorient,and past the afternoon with the family, while looking into some historical facts of our past such as the old submarine base and museum (see post). Hope you enjoy this brief on the ports of Lorient and especially the commercial port. Boasting ,Lorient is only about 30 minutes from my house. If you like the sea ,then this town is for you. Remember to search in my blog for more posts on the city.

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

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February 5, 2022

The streets of Josselin!!

Now this is a wonderful medieval town just up from my house and we love it. It has a wonderful castle and dolls museum and of course, plenty written in my blog on them. However, some of the streets are gorgeous way to walk it just for the architecture and history that embrace them. I like to tell you a bit more on the streets of Josselin!!

Josselin is in my beautiful Morbihan department 56,of my lovely Bretagne. It is located between the Rennes/Lorient Expressway  (N24) and the Nantes-Brest Canal on the Oust river. Also, 44 km from Vannes, 73 km from Lorient and 81 km from Rennes, as well as 50 km from my house.

Josselin is a castle town that was established from the 11C. Indeed, at the beginning of the 11C (around 1008), Guéthenoc, younger of the ducal house of Brittany and viscount of Porhoët, left his residence in Château-Tro , and undertook to build a new fortified castle. on a steep rock on the banks of the Oust , riverand near a chapel, the Chapel of Notre-Dame-du-Roncier, on the site where a statue of the Virgin, discovered by a poor plowman two centuries earlier is venerated year 808. For several centuries the town of Josselin will be linked to that of the powerful lordship of the Rohan family. Abandoned in the 18C by the Rohans, the fortress will remain in poor condition until its renovation in the 19C, still live by Josselin Rohan and wife.

The streets of the picturesque little town of Josselin are rich in half-timbered houses from the 16-17C, The census tells us there are 79 houses date from the 16-17C; 36 houses date from the 18C; and 106 houses were built between 1850 and 1930!

A wonderful monument of the rooster, here is the story, In the aftermath of the Great War or WWI, the promenade became a place of memory; the monument to the dead, imagined in 1922 , uses a fairly common type, that of the granite column, here surmounted by a Gallic rooster, not only an allegory of France and the Fatherland, but also a symbol of vigilance, courage and victory. In 1760, the town purchase land in order to make a public promenade. The project, executed in the last quarter of the 18C, includes an avenue of trees leading to the war memorial. One of the rare walks of this type preserved in a small Breton town. The walkway known as the Promenade du Mail, Place de la Resistance along rue Lucien-Briend. The Mail measures approximately 120 meters in length and approximately 30 meters in width. The city’s war memorial occupies the eastern end of it, while its main access is via a staircase located to the west. The space of the Mail is delimited by a closing wall.

Josselin mon mem coq pl de la liberation jan12

Parking Alzey is a dandy at Place d’Alzey. This has a post office ,media library behind the city/town hall not far from the Basilica Notre Dame du Roncier at Place Notre Dame.


The Place Notre Dame where the Basilica Notre-Dame du Roncier (see post) is located, Also, corner of the Place Notre-Dame and rue Olivier-de-Clisson see a half timbered house from the 15C, The Le Guethenoc (see post) our favorite resto is located here too.


The Rue Beaumanoir or road D793 the city has decided every summer to pedestrianize rue Beaumanoir on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 20h to 23h, and Sundays from 13h to 23h, At 4 Rue de Beaumanoir is home to the Association of tourism providers in the Pays de Josselin, Pro travel experts who gets together to bring more ideas and cooperation amongst pros.


The Rue de Trente is a historical spot as well, The name of this street comes from the fight that took place in 1351 between Josselin and Ploërmel. This battle takes place within the framework of the War of Succession between the Montfort supported by the English and the Penthièvre supported by the French. Jean de Beaumanoir, captain of the defense of Josselin castle, won with thirty Franco-Bretons against Richard Bemborough with his thirty Anglo-Bretons. The victor gains control of the territory. Nowdays, the city of Josselin has decided to pedestrianize rue des Trente on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m., from July 15 to September 15, 2021, in Summer.  You look up here for 5 rue des Trente, a house dated 1563 with date and V R monogram engraved in a cartouche located on the lower plate; 18C interior distribution and return wing; reworked in the 20C. Front elevation in wood section; posterior elevation, return wing and gable in shale rubble, Also, the No 7, rue des Trente done in 1624, aka Louyo Piechel house, The 34 Rue des Trente house dated between the end of the 15C and the beginning of the 16C. Two-story main building and attic. Half-timbered facade on cantilevered beams forming consoles and connected by molded runners, superbe !


The Rue des Vierges presents old merchant houses dating from the 16C and recently renovated. These witnesses of the half-timbered architecture have a stone ground floor, surmounted by a cantilever in a wooden structure. This architecture will tend to disappear with the generalization of the use of stone in the 17C. It comes alongside the Basilica Notre Dame du Roncier into Place Notre Dame!


The city of Josselin and its heritage

The Broceliande area tourist office on Josselin

The Morbihan dept 56 tourist office on Josselin

There you go folks, another dandy walk in my beautiful Morbihan of my lovely Bretagne. Josselin is nice, quant, worth the detour me think. Hope you enjoy this bit of walks on the wonderful streets of Josselin.

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

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