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March 17, 2022

Quai des Marques of Franconville!!

Another gem and older picture found in my vault. This town we visited quite often while living in Versailles and working in Paris for 9 years, before moving west to the Morbihan breton! We came here for the ride, the shopping and our lunch. Therefore, it should be in my blog!! Let me tell you a bit more of the Quai des Marques of Franconville!!

The town of Franconville or Franconville-la-Garenne, the official name of the town, is located in the department of Val-d’Oise,95 in the Île-de-France region. 20 km from Paris, Its main roads are, from east to west, rue de l’Orme-Saint-Edme, rue de la Station, boulevard Maurice-Berteaux, rue du Plessis-Bouchard and, from the south to the north, rue du Général-Leclerc, boulevard Rhin-et-Danube and chaussée Jules-César.

The town is crossed by the A15 highway which connects Gennevilliers to Cergy, the A115 from Franconville to Méry-sur-Oise and Auvers-sur-Oise and the D14 road which connects Paris to Rouen via Pontoise and Vexin. Franconville is served by the Franconville – Le Plessis-Bouchard train station in town. The Paris – Pontoise line has been crossing the city since 1846, becoming Line H of the Transilien Paris-Nord connecting Gare du Nord to Pontoise. In addition, Franconville is serve by the RER C. I always came by here with my

However, the main reason we came and found out about Franconville as we know it was the nice outlet mall  off the A15 exit/sortie 4 ; the Quai des Marques   for especially my brand names business suits and coats. It’s takes a bit time by public transport from Paris but with a car is always easier.  Here we came to see sales of some of our favorite stores such as Adidas, Arrow, Levi’s, Le Creuset, San Marina, Dim outlet, Charles le Golf, Lacoste and eateries Jeff de Bruges ! There are many other stores outside such as Ikea ,Culture , and C&A , as well as eateries such as Hippopotamus, Buffalo Grill , and the nostalgic (now closed) El Rancho tex-mex resto, Memories forever !!!

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The official Quai des Marques of Franconville

A bit of history I like, tell us that in the 11-12C, the land of Franconville was divided between various lords: the abbey of Saint-Denis, the barons of Montmorency but also the commandery of Cernay of the Templars. One of the vassals of the barons of Montmorency, Guillaume Bateste, is the first identified resident lord of Franconville. At the beginning of the 13C, he built a castle of modest dimensions near the current rue de Cormeilles. He is also credited with building the first church in Franconville. Finally, it was at this time that the Saint-Marc leper colony was founded, or malmaison, intended to accommodate lepers.

Over the 18C,Franconville even became a sought-after place of residence. Beautiful residences were built, including the Cadet-de-Vaux castle (1758). Wealthy families, bourgeois or noble, came to settle or stay there. Some famous residents or visitors have left a souvenir of their visit: the chemist Antoine-Alexis Cadet de Vaux, the American statesman Benjamin Franklin, the astronomer Jean-Dominique Cassini… The town of Franconville was born on Sunday August 12, 1787,

Some of the things to see here if more time are :

The Sainte-Madeleine Church, built from 1903 on the site of the former 15C sanctuary which was falling into ruin. The choir and the neo-Romanesque style transept were built first, the bell tower in the 1950s. Several degraded and unattractive stained glass windows were replaced in 1963, as was the missing rooster bell tower. The stained glass window that can be seen near the entrance to the church is that of the choir of the previous church on the same place, today 79 rue du Général-Leclerc.

The Cadet-de-Vaux Castle: Characteristic of the 18C, it was built by the Becquet family on a large plot of land. It was then acquired on August 22, 1788 by the scholar and philanthropist Antoine Alexis Cadet de Vaux who gave it his name. The Suger House: It was built around 1850 by the Baudouin family. After WWII, the Suger Foundation moved there and gave it its name. It gave way, following financial difficulties, to a private, open-air school, where the very young conductor Roberto Benzi would study, which closed its doors in 1970. Bought by the town of Franconville, it was renovated and it houses the municipal school of music, dance and dramatic art.

The city of Franconville on its heritage

The agglo metro area of Val Parisis of which Franconville is member :

There you go folks, another dandy spot in my belle France. A town full of wonderful family visits and great shopping of older days, always remembered with fondness. Quai des Marques of Franconville is worth the detour for good bargains from Paris. Hope you enjoy the post as I

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

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March 17, 2022

Curiosities of Le Mans!!!

So here I go again digging into my vault of pictures, and finding some gems that should be in my blog. In my road warrior campaigns of my belle France, I have visited several times Le Mans and have plenty of posts on it in my blog. However, left out a couple pictures of neat off the beaten path places that should be in ,so therefore, here are my latest curiosities of Le Mans!!!

As you know, for reference, Le Mans is in the dept Sarthe no 72 of the region of Pays de la Loire

By the Place Saint Nicolas see the statue of one for the l’Emprente des Vainqueurs or the Footprint of the Winners, These statues are a set of bronze plaques located in the center of the city of Le Mans and inserted on the pedestrian roadway to honor the winners of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, modeled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Launched in 1991, they include the name of the person(s) honored, the year concerned, the fingerprints, as well as a facsimile of their signature. The shape is inspired by a wheel in opposition to the stars of the famous American walk of fame, In 2011 for the 20th anniversary, 20 plaques were inaugurated in the streets of the Saint Nicolas district of Le Mans, In 2019 the majority of these plates are deposited to allow the renovation of the streets. Their reassembly is planned for the centenary ceremonies in 2023.


The neighborhood or quartier Saint-Nicolas has a dynamic shopping district, rich in many streets organized around the Place Saint-Nicolas (to the east) and the Place de La République (to the west), a rallying point for all locals and all tourists. The ideal area for shopping. The Place Saint Nicolas is a small charming square not far from Place de la République, you can find some buildings there with beautiful architecture, a view of the cathedral and as well the footprints of the 24 hours of Le Mans.

The official 24hrs of Le Mans on the footprints

By the Quai Louis Blanc between the Sarthe river and the Roman ramparts, there is a big parking even for camping cars and you have a look of the ramparts and the belltower the Cathedral Saint Julian, See picture


You can see by here the nice bucolic garden along the Sarthe, magnificent view of the Roman wall and the Cité Plantagenêt, as well. The Jardin des Tanneries or the Tanneries garden on the banks of the Sarthe, left bank, at the foot of the Cité Plantagenêt and its Roman walls. Built at the end of the 3C (280-295), the Roman wall forms an irregular quadrilateral 450 meters long and 200 meters wide. This perimeter of 1300 meters surrounded for more than 17 centuries, the heart of the city. A rare monument, unique in France, the wall remains standing, although without real foundations. Twelve towers, a gate and three posterns are visible. Don’t miss the Tour du Vivier, the Tour de la Madeleine, the Tour de Tucé, the Tour des Pans de Gorron, and the Grande Postern.

The city of Le Mans on its heritage

The Le Mans tourist office on its heritage

There you go folks, a wonderful , gorgeous, curiosities of Le Mans with stunning architecture, a must to see in my belle France. Hope you have enjoy the post and welcome eventually to this nice town by the Sarthe river.

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

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March 17, 2022

The Chapelle Notre Dame des Fleurs of Languidic!

I need to update this older post on Languidic, in the Morbihan dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne. This town by its area, is the largest town of the Morbihan and since 1 January 2016, the fourth largest in Bretagne. Established on the left bank of the Blavet river, the town is bordered by a towpath of 18 km, the main tourist activity. In addition, fourteen chapels, housing rich liturgical furniture, are scattered throughout the territory. It   is located 35 km from Vannes, 30 km from Pontivy and 18.5 km from Lorient, 10 km from Hennebont , and 14 km from my town!. The expressway N 24, connecting Rennes to Lorient, crosses Languidic for about 15 km and from my town the road D 102, takes you there easily.

And to me what is worth coming here is the Chapelle Notre Dame des Fleurs! Or my best Our Lady of Flowers Chapel, It is worth a detour, me think, The Chapelle Notre-Dame-des-Fleurs, of Flamboyant Gothic style, was built in the 15C (begun in 1451 and restored in the 18-19C) . A Calvary, dating from the 17C, stands at the entrance. It is located at the corner of the Rue des Fleurs and rue Saint-Aubin, and a few meters from the presbytery. The blue flower means at the same time the Mother and the Virgin.


The construction of the Chapelle Notre Dame des Fleurs was in devotion to the Virgin Mary. The chapel was restored once in 1741. At the French revolution, the cult of reason and the Supreme Being is intended to replace Catholic religion; St. Peter’s Church (see post) is considered too large, the temple of the reason of Languidic was installed in the Chapel. When not in service, the rest of the time, the Chapel was used as a school. In 1794, the constitutional priest refused to deliver his priesthood letters to the authorities. Arrested and locked up at the Notre-Dame-de-Joye abbey, he resigned himself to questioning the documents. However, to punish him for his attitude, he is forbidden to officiate at the church. For nearly two years he gives the sacraments in the chapel. In the 19C, the chapel was once again restored to repair the damage suffered during the French revolution, and on this occasion, the chapel is equipped with a new bell. The Chapel undergoes a third restoration from 1892. It had some further restoration lastly in 1993.


The Chapelle Notre Dame des Fleurs was built on a Latin cross-shaped plan comprising of a single nave, a transept and a flat chevet choir. It is 25 meters long and 6.5 meters wide. Large windows with flamboyant lattices light the chapel. The gate of the southern cross is composed of two bays in a basket form under a large brace with perforated tympanum. The tower, built on a cornice projecting from the western gable, is flanked to the north by a turret in the style of the 15C. A stone tribune, composed of four decorated panels, on small vaults of ogives and three square pillars, topped with pinnacles with hooks, occupies, in the west, the whole width of the bottom of the nave. You can, also note the stone lecterns, worn on columns with capitals carved with foliage, the nave and the north cross. The interior is organized in four bays: two for the nave and two for the transept.


A bit of history I like

The parish of Languidic seems to exist at least as early as the 9C. The War of Succession of Brittany; initially supporters of Jeanne de Penthièvre, Henry de Spinefort, captain of the city of Rennes, and his brother Olivier, captain of the city of Hennebont, rally shortly after Jean de Montfort (keep Brittany independent). They defend the city of Hennebont during the siege of Charles de Blois (bring Brittany to France) ; the Languidic campaigns are then plundered by the Breton and French soldiers. During the eighth war of religion (1585-1598), the governor of Brittany, the duke of Mercœur, put himself at the head of the Breton league. Philip II (Felipe II)  of Spain, who supports and finances the League, sends him troops. From 1590, the cities of Blavet (former name of Port-Louis) and Hennebont are fiercely disputed; the soldiers do not hesitate to loot the villagers of Languidic. The Chouannerie (local rebels vs the French revolution) was gaining more and more supporters, especially in the countryside, and threatens communal power. With the fall of the First Empire, the municipal council affirms its attachment to the Royalist regime. In 1820, Languidic participates in the national subscription of the castle of Chambord; it votes in 1822 subsidies for the erection of a monument to the dead of the Quiberon expedition (Breton immigrants coming from England to fight vs the French revolution )and a monument to Georges Cadoudal (chouan general fought vs the French revolution buried in Auray).

The city of Languidic on the Chapelle Notre Dame des Fleurs :

The Lorient South Brittany tourist office on Languidic

There you go folks, another nice gem of my beautiful Morbihan that does not stop to amaze me for its beauty whether by the coast or inland. Languidic is very near me so lets meet !!! Worth the detour I said just to see this nice Chapelle Notre Dame des Fleurs, Hope you have enjoy the post as I.

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

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