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March 31, 2022

Provincial Museum of Cuenca!

I have several posts on sentimental Cuenca in my blog. This one is an older post that I like to break down into each individual museum with a post of its own rather than one all post as before. I feel that on one of my favorite cities in Spain is worth it to tell you about their museums we like in a bit more details on each. So, therefore, here are my version of the Provincial Museum of  Cuenca, in Castilla La Mancha autonomous community! Hope you enjoy them as I.

The Museo Provincial de Cuenca museum is located in the Casa del Curato in the San Martín neighborhood, it is a space created to deepen the history, traditions and culture of the province of Cuenca. Inaugurated in 1974, it has three sections: Archeology, Ethnology and Fine Arts. It’s numismatic collection is also remarkable.  Each floor of the building shows a different historical period, the first is reserved for archaeological discoveries of prehistory and the second shows the passage of the Romans through the province. Finally, the third floor covers the period from the fall of the Roman Empire to the 18C.

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The breakdown is as follows:

Ground floor (1fl US): It is dedicated to Prehistory, from the Paleolithic to the Iron Age. The findings of the Verdelpino shelter (Valdecabras) stand out, which is a very significant deposit of the Neolithic peninsular. Of the Bronze Age  the idol of Chillarón and the sword of Carboneras stand out, whereas of the Iron Age  a model of the deposit of the source of the Mota is exposed , and diverse findings of the necropolis of the Hill of the Virgin.

First floor (2fl US): It is dedicated to the Roman world, being of special interest the three rooms dedicated to the three main Roman cities of the province of Cuenca: Segóbriga, Ercávica and Valeria. In them, in addition to a good number of materials found in the sites, you can see how a Roman city was born, how its public and private spaces are and what activities were developed in them. Also worth mentioning is the statue of Lucio César, executed in marble.

Second floor (3fl US): Rests from the 3C to the 18C are exhibited and the countryside of the Roman world and the traces left by the Visigoths, the Arabs and the later Christian settlers in the territory of Cuenca can be seen through the exposed materials.

The Cuenca province tourist office on the museumhttps://www.descubrecuenca.com/es/museos/Museo-de-Cuenca-20

The Cuenca tourist office on the museumhttps://visitacuenca.es/es/content/descubre-museos/museo-de-cuenca

The Cultural house of Castilla La Mancha on the museum of Cuencahttps://cultura.castillalamancha.es/museos/nuestros-museos/museo-de-cuenca

The Castilla La Mancha regional tourist office on the museum : http://en.www.turismocastillalamancha.es/patrimonio/museo-provincial-de-cuenca-3261/descripcion/

There you go folks, a nice museum to see in lovely Cuenca Unesco heritage site and very quant,nice, as a typical Castilian town should be. Enjoy the Provincial Museum of Cuenca !

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

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March 31, 2022

Museum of Spanish Abstract Art of Cuenca!

I have several posts on sentimental Cuenca in my blog. This one is an older post that I like to break down into each individual museum with a post of its own rather than one all post as before. I feel that on one of my favorite cities in Spain is worth it to tell you about their museums we like in a bit more details on each. So, therefore, here are my version of the Museum of Spanish Abstract Art of Cuenca, in Castilla La Mancha autonomous community! Hope you enjoy them as I.

The Museum of Spanish Abstract Art . The bit of history is that in 1961 Fernando Zóbel (full name Fernando Zóbel de Ayala y Montojo Torrontegui ) looking for the right location for an abstract art museum, and in June 1963 his friend, the Cuenca artist Gustavo Torner , suggested the location of the museum in one of the Hanging Houses of Cuenca,(see post) where the Museum of Spanish Abstract Art (Museo de Arte Abstracto Espanol) was opened to the public on July 1, 1966. The building is own by the City of Cuenca, who rented it for a symbolic amount. Initially there were a dozen sculptures and a hundred paintings that Fernando Zobel had previously gathered, although not less than half were exhibited, with the intention of always applying a slow rotation of the funds.

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In 1978 an extension was carried out, so that the Museum reopened. That same year of 1978, the Fundación Juan March took charge of the funds and its management, by donation from Fernando Zóbel, who also delivered more than 3,500 specialized books. The current manager, the Juan March Foundation, has continued to expand the funds, so that now there are more than 1,500 works belonging to the Museum’s funds, of which 515 are paintings or sculptures. An important collection of printed graphic work, in its beginnings by Abel Martín, later by other screen printers such as Javier Cebrián. Since 1994, and as a result of a series of improvements and extensions, the Museum has a specific room for temporary exhibitions that complements the permanent exhibition. And of course, the Casas Colgadas (15C see post) are in additional attraction to come here!

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This important museum houses a permanent exhibition made up of hundreds of paintings and sculptures signed by Spanish personalities of abstract art. Here you can admire works by Antoni Tàpies, Antonia Saura, Eduardo Chillida and Pablo Serrano, among many others.

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The official March Foundation on the museumhttps://www.march.es/es/cuenca

The Cuenca tourist office on the Museumhttps://visitacuenca.es/en/content/what-see-contemporary-art/museum-spanish-abstract-art

The Province of Cuenca on the Abstract museumhttps://www.descubrecuenca.com/es/museos/Museum-of-Abstract-Art-13

The Castilla La Mancha regional tourist office on the Museum http://en.www.turismocastillalamancha.es/patrimonio/museo-de-arte-abstracto-espanol-de-cuenca-1461/descripcion/

There you go folks, a nice museum to see in lovely Cuenca Unesco heritage site and very quant,nice, as a typical Castilian town should be. Enjoy the Spanish Abstract Arts Museum of Cuenca !

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

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March 31, 2022

Public transports in Barcelona!!

I have come here several times, and its time to update this older post on public transports in Barcelona. I won’t claim to be the expert on public transport ,but going here somehow has been always by plane and many years ago by train, and more recently a car ride from Madrid.  However, i will give you an introduction and hope it helps many in the future trips to Barcelona.

The plethora of taxis are there by the airport and many taxi stands in the city especially around the big hotel chain that are used for conventions seminars etc. The /metro/train/tram are nice ,but other than walking which i always do, the best is the aerobus from the airport and walking in the city.  

The Metro/subway/tube : the network is composed of 165 stations and 8 lines that cover 146 kms of extension, it all began in 1920, and in only four years the inauguration of the first section took place, which linked the Plaça de Catalunya and the Plaça de Lesseps. Not taken rather be above ground excuse me! Metro Barcelona webpage:https://www.tmb.cat/en/barcelona-transport/map/metro

The commuter trains are not only interesting to reach nearby towns, but they serve as a complement to the Metro to move around the city two companies that perform these services, Renfe, which operates most of the lines that start with R, and FGC ( Railways of the Generalitat of Catalunia), which operates the lines starting with S and some of the R. The letter R, comes from the word   “rodalies “ (cercanias), and the S, of Suburban’s. Taken the AVE from Madrid but not the local Rodalies trains. The R trains webpage: http://rodalies.gencat.cat/en/tarifes/servei_rodalia_barcelona/nomes_rodalies/

RENFE trains: https://www.renfe.com/es/en

FGC trains: https://www.fgc.cat/en/

The  tramway network has six lines, the first three calls Trambaix, and the last 3 Trambesòs. The T4, T5 and T6 lines are the one that runs through the center of Barcelona. Not taken, but webpage: https://www.tram.cat/en

At the Universal Exhibition of 1929, the Teleférico or cable car crosses the port of Barcelona from the Torre de San Sebastián, on the Barceloneta beach, to the Mirador de Miramar,(lookout point) on the hill of Montjuic. The total route is 1,292 meters reaching an altitude of 70 meters. Torre de San Sebastián can be reach by Metro: Barceloneta, Line 4. And Bus: lines 17, 39, 45, 64, 57, 59 and 157. webpage: https://www.telefericodebarcelona.com/en/telefericodebarcelonaen/

The tram Blau (blue Tramway) was inaugurated in 1901 to link the railway station on Avenida Tibidabo with the Tibidabo funicular to reach the blue tram, arriving by bus: stop tram Blau-Tibidabo. Also, Bus: lines 17, 22, 58, 73, 75, 126, 131 and 196. or Metro: Avinguda Tibidabo, line 7. Now temporarily out of service but for info webpage : https://www.barcelonabusturistic.cat/en/tramvia-blau-0

The Golondrinas (boat tours) has its pier in the vicinity of the Mirador de Colón, in the Portal de la Pau s/n. There you will find the ticket office for information and ticket Sales. Metro: Drassanes, Line 3. Bus: lines 14, 20, 21, 36, 57, 59, 64, 91, 120 and 15. Not taken but for info webpage: https://lasgolondrinas.com/en/

The more than 10,000 taxis that circulate in Barcelona are black with yellow doors and there are no problems to find them at any time of the day. Some of the companies are Associació Ràdio Taxi Miramar,   Cooperativa de Ràdio Taxi Metropolitana de Barcelona,. Ràdio Taxi, Servi Taxi,  and Taxi Groc. Easily found online. The route from the airport usually lasts between 20 and 30 minutes and the price is usually around 25€ with additional cost for extra luggage etc. Better get the rate before getting in the taxi. If not at the airport and you need it in the city I have used this one on business trips and it is good reliable service, Raido City webpage: https://radiotaxi033.com/

More than 1,000 buses make more than 80 different routes, reaching both the most touristy places and the most secluded corners of  Barcelona. Xiste is a night bus service, known as Nit bus, which covers a large part of the City. These city buses is what I used when not walking and they are great with good service. The Barcelona journey planner by bushttps://www.tmb.cat/en/barcelona-transport/map/bus

By road, Barcelona is located at a distance of 620 kms from Madrid, 350 kms from Valencia and 300 kms from Zaragoza . This is a great ride from Madrid on the A2 . The road guide in Spain is from the service/gas stations Repsol (just click “planificar tu viaje” ) webpage: https://www.guiarepsol.com/es/descubrir/

The main train station is the Barcelona Sants very busy station more in Renfe. Took it once from Paris gare de Lyon long ago, Webpage: https://www.renfe-sncf.com/es-es/servicios/estaciones/Paginas/barcelona-sants.aspx

The intercity bus company Alsa you can find routes and prices to get you in and out of Barcelona, never taken it but can take you for example to Madrid Ave de America or Estacion del Sur near Atocha! Webpage: https://www.alsa.com/en/web/bus/home

The Barcelona Airport (BCN), also known as El Prat airport, is located in the jurisdiction of this city along the coast, just 12 kms southwest of Barcelona. The Prat has two terminals, the modern T1, and the T2, which includes the old terminals A, B and C. This is what I have used the most over the years here and it is a nice medium size airport with wonderful shopping and eateries in airy spaces.  Webpage : https://www.aena.es/es/josep-tarradellas-barcelona-el-prat.html

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The best way is the bus service Aerobus, and is the service I have used the most from and to the airport to Plaça d’Espanya. The Aerobus makes the journey connectingthe airport with the city center in a time of approximately 35 minutes. There are twodifferent lines that connect the two terminals of the airport with the Plaça de Catalunya making stops in some other points of the city (plaza de la Universidad, Sepulveda-Urgell, Gran Via-Urgell and Plaça d’Espanya).  webpage: https://aerobusbarcelona.es/?lang=en

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Side offer if in a hurry the Barcelona city tour bus ride could be an option, again never taken it. webpage: https://barcelona.city-tour.com/en

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This is the official public transports site in Barcelona for many modes of transportation like metro bus etc. TMB webpage: https://www.tmb.cat/en/home

The City of Barcelona Hola on public transports: https://www.holabarcelona.com/how-to-discover

The Barcelona tourist office on public transportshttps://www.barcelonaturisme.com/wv3/en/page/5/getting-around-the-city.html

There you go folks with the above and some reading on the sites you should be a Champ in Barcelona. Big avenues broad streets, and plenty to do for all tastes. Barcelona by the northern Mediterranean of Spain. Hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

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March 30, 2022

The Natural History Museum of La Rochelle!

This museum I have spoken briefly in previous posts in my blog, however, feels deserves a page of its own. It is a wonderful history and great architecture which I like even if by there briefly. I like to tell you a bit more on the Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle or national history museum of La Rochelle.  The Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle or natural history museum is located in the town of La Rochelle, in Charente-Maritime dept 17 of the Nouvelle Aquitaine region. It is installed in the former palace of the governor of Aunis since 1831 that was given by Napoléon I in 1808. For info, now the museum is closed until June 2022.

A hotel was built on the site of the old Jesuit garden between 1708 and 1718, The hotel became the hotel of governors in 1748. In 1775, the city built two wings, one to the south adjoining the left wing of the existing hotel, on the garden of the royal college, the other north of the garden for outbuildings and stables. When Napoleon I passed to La Rochelle in 1808, he gave the city two wings to install the public library there. The left wing of the hotel was refurbished in 1832 to house the natural history collections donated in 1782 to the Académie des belles-lettres, sciences et arts (Academy of Literature, Sciences and Arts) ,which became the Lafaille Museum. The garden is landscaped in a botanical garden style.  Louis-Benjamin Fleuriau de Bellevue bequeathed most of his natural history and ethnography collections, as well as his library, to the City Museum in 1852. The Fleuriau Museum was opened in the north part of the building from 1874 to 1903, it receives the decoration which still remains. The episcopal palace was bought by the city in 1910 to allow the extension of museums and the botanical garden. The right wing was extended in 1914 to rue Albert-Ier, along rue Alcide-d’Orbigny. The Lafaille Museum was enlarged in 1920. It was restored between 1958 and 1960. The dolmen of La Jarne went up into the garden.

The Natural History Museum occupies all of the buildings. A new restoration was made in 1998, and the museum reopened on October 27, 2007 after almost ten years of work made it possible to create air-conditioned reserves, to redevelop the garden and above all to double the exhibition area, compared to that which existed formerly, by also increasing it by an auditorium for the conferences. The museum offers 2,300 m2 of exhibition spread over two areas, natural history and ethnography, very well represented by collections of primary importance due to the quality of the old collections, some of which come from 19C sailors and explorers of the region, while others come from large collections like that of André Breton: natural history collections: present since the 18C they are the fund of the museum Ethnographic collections.

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The official Natural History Museum of La Rochelle : https://museum.larochelle.fr/preparer-la-visite/parcours-de-visite

The La Rochelle tourist office on the museumhttps://www.holidays-la-rochelle.co.uk/museums-and-tourist-attractions/museum-d-histoire-naturelle

The Alienor Museums Council on the natural history museum of La Rochelle: https://www.alienor.org/musees/index.php/fre/La-liste-des-villes/La-Rochelle/Museum-d-Histoire-Naturelle/Presentation-du-musee

And there you go folks, I feel better, this wonderful Natural History Museum of La Rochelle. A nice architectural gem and nice history of La Rochelle. Hope you enjoy it as much as I.

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

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March 30, 2022

Conleau Peninsula of Vannes !!!

This is a wonderful off the beaten path secluded small peninsula south of me part of my capital city of Vannes in my beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne and in my belle France ! I like to update the text on this post and include new pictures taken just this week, I was able to have some great time with my boys and Rex our dog there in the wonderful Conleau peninsula !!!  We love it for just family good times.

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It is located as an extension of the city of Vannes at the end around its curve of the Gulf of Morbihan; it is a district of the city also call by the same name. Nowdays you find old mansions houses, where the architecture its inspired of Swiss chalets. There is an open pool into the bay of sea water classify pavillon bleu or excellent for swimming. There is a good size children playground where local families bring their little ones for pass time and play, all bordering the gulf and its Vincin river. Large trees of shade and benches all over provides a nice rest area for a picnic or rest or just look at the sailboats in the inner safe marina and harbor!

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There are buses from Vannes that get you here but , I do the run always by car and its easy along the N165 to exit 779E follow signs for Le Port and on the last roundpoint, get right following Conleau sign, 20 mins and you are there off the freeway. Plenty of parking by the entrance to the Best Western hotel or at the entrance to the islet along the Vincin river and bay road. Of course, there is picturesque Vélocéo bike station for rides around the peninsula if you wish. And for the anecdote, there is always the sign on the stone Bretons toujours, Français jamais!

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There is great views of the bay walking on a trail just from the open sea pool all around the building and housing complex, just great walks along the sea sublime!! You have great views over the channel that takes you out to sea and nice boats,

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For eating, there is a nice restaurant inside the hotel  Best Western at the tip of Conleau,the local name is Le Roof restaurant or the Conleau Cafe same building  for lighter fare, and also a bar area. We have tried them and are good, We used to come for lunch at the La Guinguette de Conleau  but it has closed and now there is a new resto 1930 that have not try yet,

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There is a nice harbor office and public bathrooms right across the resto above and open sea pool. There are better bathroom by the sailing club after the Roof resto along the bay area. If you need your boat fix, there is a shipyard too!

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The city of Vannes on Conleau peninsula: https://www.mairie-vannes.fr/presquile-de-conleau-et-le-golfe

The Gulf of Morbihan tourist office on the Conleau beach nice pic of the peninsula: https://www.golfedumorbihan.co.uk/fiche/plage-de-conleau-en/

There you go folks, a nice place with nature and sea all around you, A walk ,swim ,eat and have your dogs with leash run free, a perfect combination, We take our Rex often here and he loves it too walking along the bay!!! Hope you enjoy it as I, Conleau! Peninsula is wonderful!

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

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March 30, 2022

Fontainebleau, King of Rome!

Once again for my memories , the first castle ever visited in France because it was near my dear late wife Martine native town. We have been here several times and are friends of the castle members since 2004. I am updating this older post that we came to see the exposition of the Le Roi de Rome or King of Rome was going on. I like to tell you a bit about it,

Le Roi de Rome, un enfant, un prince as it is call in French. It is about the son of Napoléon I, who was so in love with all things Roman, that he created and bestowed the title of king of Rome on his only male son.  The son was born on March 20, 1811 at the Palais des Tuileries in Paris (was set on fire by communards in 1871 and raze by the city of Paris in 1884, no longer there).

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He never set foot in Fontainebleau ! as his father and later uncle (Napoleon III) did, because of the turmoils of the time.  When Josephine could not provide Napoleon I a child because of old age he decided to divorce her ,and marry the sister of the tsar Alexandre I, marrying Marie-Louise of Austria at age 18 yrs old who was sacrificed  by her father the emperor François II. He married her by procuration in Vienna, brought her over to Compiegne on March 27 1810, and spent the night with her there before the religious ceremony that took place later at the Salon Carré in the Louvre.

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The title of king of Rome or roi du Rome was to tell the Pope Pie VII that the new king was above him, as Rome was one of the States of the French empire.  At the same time taken away the power of the emperor of the Germanic Holy Roman empire  by given the new born the title of king of the Romans. And he name himself emperor do not know from where….

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The baptism was done on June 9 1811 at Notre Dame  Cathedral of Paris. The June 16 1811 a bal is organised in the Palais des Tuileries and again another one at the Chateau de Saint Cloud (today also lost in history, but still a nice garden) . Important work was done in the Palais des Tuileries to host the child, the Pavillon de Marsan was rename the appartement des Enfants de France. He,also, lived at chateau de Meudon in April of 1812, Compiégne in the summer of 1811, Rambouillet in 1812, where a mansion was built call the Palais du Roi de Rome still there. A castle was to be built in the Chaillot area of Paris right by the pont d’Iena but the wars and funds were never enough to do so.

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Without his father, and after the revolt first in 1814 and then in 1815, the child Napoleon François Joseph Charles, Prince of Parma, and King of Rome refuses to leave the Palais des Tuileries. Napoleon I relinquished his title in favor of his son as Napoleon II, but the enemy refuse the deal. The child is made to run, first Rambouillet, then Blois, and Orléans, finally he leaves France on May 2 1814 by Belfort at age 3, he never will return.  At Vienna with his grandfather he was given the title of Duke of Reichstadt, his link with France or French visitors is prohibited. However tuberculosis takes him in 1832 at age 21.

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The photos in this exposition were prohibited even without flash, the material presented is so precious but very much worth your trip if ever again it is shown. Instead I will show new photos of the museum in the Château de Fontainebleau.

The Castle of Fontainebleau on the museum of Napoléon :https://www.chateaudefontainebleau.fr/en/explore-the-castle-and-gardens/fontainebleau-rooms/napoleon-museum-fontainebleau/

The official foundation Napoléon on the museum of Fontainebleauhttps://www.napoleon.org/magazine/lieux/musee-national-du-chateau-de-fontainebleau/

There you go folks, enjoy it for its history,its architecture,and its wonderful gardens. Fontainebleau is France, Europe and the World to be understood. And great part of this is told in the Napoléon I Museum inside the castle of Fontainebleau !

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

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March 29, 2022

The Carrousel of Fontainebleau!!

As I have been saying, Fontainebleau has a nice special meaning to our family. We never lived there but it was the first castle visited in France ever by us. This as consequence that my dear late wife Martine was from the region and she took me there first proud of her Fontainebleau. We have come back several times, I am friend of the castle since 2004, and plenty of posts in my blog on it. However, let me tell you about a spot briefly mentioned but never a post of its own, which it deserves , me think. Therefore, here is my take on the Carrousel on Place Napoléon Bonaparte of Fontainebleau. Hope you enjoy it as I.

Thre retro carrousel or merry-go-round for children and adults. A fun place to be and even ride while on the back of the wonderful Château de Fontainebleau ! It has more than forty different subjects from wooden horses of all sizes, tigers, pigs, a 1900 clunker, an old motorcycle… The carrousel occupies Place Napoléon Bonaparte, in the heart of the city of Fontainebleau; close to the garden of Diane.Il is there throughout the year. It dates from the 1900s. It is made up of several types of wooden horses of all sizes, a small nod to the fact that Fontainebleau is renowned as being the capital of the horse…A beautiful sight and nice ride indeed.  The carrousel at the Place Napoléon-Bonaparte which is a pedestrian square in Fontainebleau. The square is bordered by rue Denecourt and rue de France and leads to passage Ronsin . It is located in front of Diane’s garden of the Château de Fontainebleau.  The square was renamed Place Napoléon-Bonaparte on April 23, 1969. An underground car park was built in 1989.

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A bit of history of the place now tell us that in order to house the chancellors of the kingdom, a Hostel des Chanceliers de France was built which was sold to François I. It was modified in 1679. It then welcomed princes and ambassadors from foreign powers. Louis XVIII stayed there while awaiting his marriage in 1771, and Charles X for the same reason in 1773. The Hôtel de la Chancellerie was not sold like others during the French revolution. It thus accommodated the municipal councils, the gendarmerie, the offices of the sub-prefecture and the court until 1806. The building and about twenty houses were written off under the July Monarchy and the materials were used to fill the ditches surrounding the Chateau,

You see the pretty Diane’s garden beginning to encroach on the village. A space is created thanks to a concession by Napoleon III of part of the garden of Diana from the castle to the city, at the end of the 19C, and the square space was created, From 1896 until 1953, the square was served by the Fontainebleau tramway line, along rue Denecourt, The monument to Rosa Bonheur in memory of Rosa Bonheur, painter, sculptor and first woman decorated with the Legion of Honor. The monument was erected in the center of the square on May 19, 1901, The bronze statue of the bull was an enlarged replica of the Walking Bull sculpted by Rosa Bonheur, Under the Vichy regime, as part of the mobilization of non-ferrous metals, the bull , most likely like other statues in the city, would have been shipped to Germany for recasting. Only two casts of the bronze plaques have survived and are now housed in the Dahesh Museum of Art in New York USA, A plaster reproduction of the bull’s head was made in 2013.

The Fontainebleau tourist office on the Carrouselhttps://www.fontainebleau-tourisme.com/en/file/726461/manege-les-chevaux-de-bois-1900/

The city of Fontainebleau on its heritagehttps://www.fontainebleau.fr/seduisante/fontainebleau-ville-imperiale-aux-portes-de-paris-520.html

There you go folks, enjoy Fontainebleau and its wonderful Carrousel as we always do. The city has history architecture and more to show you around outside the famous castle property, Do walk the town and be amazed of the beauty of Fontainebleau !

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

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March 29, 2022

The Avenue de Villiers of Paris!

Ok so have written several posts on the streets of Paris, yet this one only briefly mentioned!  I have come by it several times into Paris and walked it so really, need to have it in my blog. Let me tell you a more on a new post with older pictures on the Avenue de Villiers of Paris!

The Avenue de Villiers is in the 17éme arrondissement of Paris. The avenue starts from Boulevard de Courcelles and Rue de Lévis and arrives at Boulevard Gouvion-Saint-Cyr and Avenue Stéphane-Mallarmé. Its length is 1 775 meters, and its width of 30 meters. It owes its current name to the fact that it led, initially, to the village of Villiers-la-Garenne.

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Originally, this road led from Paris to the old village of Villiers-la-Garenne which was absorbed by the town of Levallois-Perret (see post) in 1860. The land at the even numbers of Avenue de Villiers between Place Pereire and Place du Brésil belonged to the Pereire brothers who had acquired them in property speculation operations and resold them around 1880, The crossroads formed by the avenue, Rue Jouffroy -d’Abbans and Rue Bremontier was named Place Monseigneur-Loutil in 1965. It crosses Place du Général-Catroux, which I have passed by many times and have a post on the statue of the famous muskeeteers of A Dumas ! Also, there is a nice carrousel by 4 avenue de Villiers just in front of restaurant Le Dôme Villiers.

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There is a nice parking there at Parking Villiers, 14 avenue de Villiers, near metro Villiers, Also, metro Villiers lines 2 and 3, And metro Malesherbes, Wagram ,Pereire Levallois and porte de Champeret on line 3, Also, bus line 30 stop Villiers and bus line 94 stop Place du Général Cartroux, and bus line 31 stop Jouffroy d’Abbans.

Some nice architecture and history around Avenue de Villiers, let me tell you about my favorites as there are more, Mine’s are:No 27 bis: private mansion built between 1882 and 1885 on behalf of Ernest May, director of the Franco-Egyptian Bank and art collector,
No 29: private mansion built in 1880 Its facade presents a remarkable work of assembly of red and black bricks drawing a pattern of diamonds between harps of white stones. Construction in the shape of a castel that borrows from the French Renaissance and the Gothic style. Currently houses the Claude-Debussy municipal music conservatory and the Maison de l’Europe de Paris.
No 31: corner building also overlooking 6, place du Général-Catroux, built in 1907,Nice looking,
No 34: Laure Hayman lived there.
Nos 42-44: private mansion of the bankers Gustave and Albert Mirabaud, built in 1880. These are two neo-Gothic buildings, in brick, connected by a portico of two arches under which are installed wrought iron gates. In 2021, local residents lodged an appeal to prevent the construction of a five-story building, on behalf of CERN, at the end of the courtyard of the two buildings.
No 43: private mansion (19C) on the site of a house inhabited by Jules Michelet in 1849. It was built in 1876 for the painter Roger Jourdain who sold it in 1878 to Guillaume Dubufe. He converted it into a family home, a place of reception and a place of work, then created in 1889 a new workshop on the third floor to replace the one located on the first floor until then. His heirs sold the hotel in 1921 to a niece by marriage of Jean-Jacques Henner. The residence then became the Jean-Jacques Henner Museum and was opened to the public in 1924.
No 53: private mansion of Mihály Munkácsy and Baroness Anne-Marie Cécile Papier de Marches who received the Hungarian composer Franz Liszt and the Hungarian Cardinal Lajos Haynald there.
No 70: Félix Lagrange, pseudonym of Félix-Hyacinthe Leroy, dramatic artist of Vaudeville, the Gymnasium and the Imperial Theater of Saint Petersburg died there on October 16, 1901.
No 71: home of René Quinton, student of the Lycée Chaptal, biologist, French physiologist, who developed the treatment of marine therapy in 1904 with Plasma Quinton which saved thousands of children. He was president of the National Air League which he created in 1907, allowing the development of French aviation.
No 74: Léontine-Victorine Beaugrand, dancer at the Paris Opera, died there on May 27, 1925.
No 89: Residence of Princess Marie Cantacuzène, where the painter Pierre Puvis de Chavannes died on October 24, 1898 (a commemorative plaque is affixed to the facade).
No 95: Narcisse Fournier French journalist, novelist and playwright died there on April 24, 1880.
No. 96: Alexandre Munié dramatic artist of Vaudeville, director of the theater of San Francisco died there on December 27, 1878.
No. 98: Alexandre Dumas fils lived there; a statue on the nearby Place du Général-Catroux pays homage to him (see post). Ferdinand Dreyfus, politician, publicist, deputy and senator died there on July 15, 1915.
No. 104: This Haussmann facade conceals the former workshops of Henri Billouin, engineer-constructor, who from 1905 to 1913 manufactured bicycles, motorcycles and automobiles marketed under the Albatros brand. This firm is known for its sporting track record on two wheels.
No 115: Paul Mahalin, pseudonym of Émile Blondet, writer and playwright died there on March 20, 1899.
No 127: house of the Franciscan reparatrices of Jesus-Host. They do “Your life is mixed, that is to say made up of action and contemplation; however, contemplation has the greatest part in it.” Father Louis Le Roux de Bretagne, Founder.
No 130: group of mansions built around 1880-1890 in brick and stone in the style of the Belle-Époque, characterized by a neo-Louis XIII façade.

The Paris tourist office on the National Museum Jean-Jacques Henner : https://en.parisinfo.com/paris-museum-monument/71428/Mus%C3%A9e-national-Jean-Jacques-Henner

The Paris tourist office on the Dumas statues on Pl Gen Catrouxhttps://en.parisinfo.com/paris-museum-monument/257932/Les-statues-des-trois-Dumas

There you go folks, a dandy avenue to walk and drive in the most beautiful city in the world, Paris! I agree!! The Avenue de Villiers has many memorable moments like going just to see the Dumas statues of the Muskeeteers! And starting out behind the Gare Saint Lazare on its continuing street Constantinople! And getting around the metro Villiers entrance to go into the Parc Monceau! Or getting around the Place du Maréchal Juin big roundabout circle ! And coming off the BP to the Porte de Champeret for the independant wine fair and continuing into inner Paris on the Avenue de Villiers! oh well nice stories indeed, glad the avenue is in my blog,finally!

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

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March 29, 2022

The Jardin des Tuileries of Paris!!!

Ok, sorry to repeat, I have several posts on the Jardin des Tuileries in my blog. It has and is my favorite garden of all the wonderful gardens of my eternal Paris. I used to worked for several years just across from it in Rue Castiglione. The memories are huge, and nice family outings as well as friendly get together like having a lunch in it with collegues!

I was looking in my vault of pictures, and found 3 not yet in my blog and they were of the Jardin des Tuileries so decided to have these pictures in my blog. Paris is never too far away mentally and physically, and the gardens are a huge part of it.

The Jardin des Tuileries is located in the 1éme arrondissement of Paris, and was created in the 16C. It is the oldest and largest garden in Paris with 28 hectares, It is, in fact, at the crossroads of the Louvre Palace/Museum, the Place de la Concorde, the Seine river, and the rue de Rivoli.

It is always grand to enter by the Place de la Concorde, especially when the grande roue or big wheel is there.

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However, I did get into every day from crossing Rue de Rivoli on the side entrance. You have a straight eye view of the Louvre museum!

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Once inside, you have heaven on earth, and one gorgeous view is looking at the musée de l’Orangerie from the back side of it; feels so romantic, me think.

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So, this post will be short, as so much description and pictures on the Jardin des Tuileries in my blog, do not want to repeat, just show the new pictures. I do, suggest, for you to search and read my other posts on the garden, just awesome , me think…

The managing Louvre museum on the Jardin des Tuileries:https://www.louvre.fr/en/explore/the-gardens

The Paris tourist office on the Jardin des Tuileries: https://en.parisinfo.com/paris-museum-monument/71304/Jardin-des-Tuileries

There you go folks, this is one enjoy by all Parisiens, even if loaded with tourists in a heavily visited area of Paris. The Jardin des Tuileries is a must to see ,no excuses. So much part of the history and landscape of   We love it!!!

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

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March 28, 2022

Notre Dame Cathedral update Mar2022

And time to come back to this wonderful epic work going on in my eternal Paris. I have follow thru on the reconstruction of Notre Dame Cathedral since its unfortunate fire in April 2019. There are several posts on the work going on in my blog; and feels it needs another update. Therefore, without further words here is the Notre Dame Cathedral update for March 2022.

A bit of historical facts: At the height of its 850 years, Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris has gone through centuries and history. From the laying of its first stone in 1163, to the fire of April 2019 which destroyed its framework and caused the collapse of its spire. Although its initial construction spanned from 1163 to 1351, Notre-Dame never ceased to evolve over the centuries it has gone through. It is more than a cathedral, is a symbol of Paris and France to the world!

The investigation is in the hands of three investigating judges. No communication filters. Will the mystery be lifted one day? Nothing is less certain, because the charred debris will not necessarily deliver a clue. However, prevention has also shown its limits: in September 2020, in a report, the Court of Auditors pointed to a lack of anticipation, especially when it was necessary to renew the fire safety market.

It is a verdict that was expected by many faithful and inhabitants of Paris. The fire that ravaged the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15, 2019, was not criminal, investigators from the Paris PJ criminal squad have concluded. After a long process and two years of investigation to reconstruct the course of the disaster, the experts believe that it was not caused by a voluntary act. These conclusions come as the release, last Wednesday, March 16, 2022, of Notre-Dame Brûle (is burning) , the film by Jean-Jacques Annaud which traces the thread of the disaster and the cascade of malfunctions which almost jeopardized the rescue of one of the most visited monuments in the world. While other expert reports are awaited, justice is currently retaining two leads to justify the accidental start of the fire: a cigarette butt or a short circuit . Jean-Jacques Annaud’s film shows both: one of the construction workers catering smokes, despite the ban, near the “forest” of thousand-year-old beams, while pigeons peck at the electric cables of the bells. A little further, a welder causes sparks near an abandoned bottle of flammable liquid. The police identified that the fire had started at the base of the large arrow, around 18h50 (6:50 p.m.) They suspect a fault in the electrical installation and a short circuit, the causes of which remain to be established. According to the investigators , they are wondering about the installation of an elevator on the site, but the hypothesis of a fire starting on a hot spot linked to a weld has not been ruled out.

The long way to what happened and the reconstruction of Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris.

Two chapels, out of the twenty-four in the cathedral, were chosen in order to test the cleaning and restoration protocols in real conditions, and in anticipation of the future construction site: that of Saint-Ferdinand, decorated by Eugène Viollet-le-Duc , and that of Our Lady of Guadalupe. In the chapel of Saint-Ferdinand, two techniques for cleaning painted decorations will be tested: either by mechanical stripping or by laser.

The cathedral is entirely “lined” with a “spider’s web” of metal. At different levels, floors make it possible to work at head height, without being suspended from harnesses. At its highest point, the scaffolding reaches more than 25 meters, just under the vaults, along the entire length of the cathedral and its transept.

This is an important stage of the project: the great organ and its 8,000 pipes have been dismantled in order to proceed with its restoration. It took four months to complete the removal. If the structure escaped the flames, the lead dust covered it and the summer heat waves damaged it.

A tow of lime had been applied last year to the vaults to prevent the stone from crumbling, pending this operation. Made to measure, the hangers are placed under all the weakened vaults to prepare their restoration. This is the last security operation which, once completed, makes it possible to officially declare Notre-Dame out of danger. They are the miracles of the fire; initially adorning the spire of Viollet-le-Duc, the 16 statues of the apostles had been removed and sent for restoration five days earlier. While waiting for the reconstruction of the spire, they are exhibited at the City of Architecture and Heritage in Paris. See the nicestatue of Saint Thomas in the guise of Viollet-le-Duc himself!

The reconstruction phase itself could not begin until the beginning of 2022. A thousand oak trees from France were offered, mostly from five regions (Burgundy, Center Val de Loire, Grand Est, Pays de la Loire, Normandy) for the main framework. Half of them come from public forests, half from nearly 150 private forests. After cutting, drying on site, “skidding” (transfer to the edge of the roads) and cutting, they had to be transported to around twenty sawmills. Towards the beginning of 2023, they will be transported to the workshops of the carpenters, who will follow the plans of Viollet-Le-Duc for an identical reconstruction. Oaks have also been donated by foreign donors. In a later phase, it will be necessary to redo the medieval frameworks of the nave and the choir with thousands of other trees, younger this time.

The real restoration can begin. This phase will be the long-awaited phase of the restoration of the spire and the collapsed vault. A major cleaning operation inside the cathedral has begun, on which the rest of the operations depend. This includes cleaning up the site. It is due to last until spring 2022. In parallel, scientific studies of stained glass windows are taking place, including the three large roses. The largest instrument in France has moved; its restoration is spread over three workshops of different organ builders and will last until autumn 2023. Reopening of Notre Dame Cathedral April 16, 2024. This is the date set to return the cathedral to worship, five years, day to day, after the fire. A Mass in the nave is already scheduled.

Things are moving right along, less news , more work. The end results is that they are on target and will have it as much as possible to the identical old cathedral , which I like. Hope for the best and pray for the wonders to be seen again. The Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris is a marvelous wonderful awesome beautiful building.

The Pelerin or Pilgrim webpage on the advances of Notre Dame in French: https://www.lepelerin.com/patrimoine/notre-dame-un-chantier-hors-norme/frise-interactive-les-grandes-etapes-de-la-reconstruction-de-notre-dame/

The official reconstruction of Notre Dame in French: https://www.rebatirnotredamedeparis.fr/

There you go folks, hope you enjoy the post as I. And we are all eagerly waiting for the moment even if events has been held and will be before full restoration. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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