Archive for March 22nd, 2022

March 22, 2022

The Musée de la Biére of Brussels!!!

The Musée de la Biére or Beer Museum displaying 18C equipment, with modern brewhouse and tavern offering tastings. This was the hightlight of the visit to the Grand Place of Brussels, Let me tell you a bit on it from a split of an older post,and new news! Hope you enjoy it as I.

The guild of brewers settled in the 16C, when it was founded, in this superb house on the Grand-Place, called the l’Arbre d’Or or golden tree. The wars of Louis XIV devastated Flanders and the corporation rebuilt it after it was bombed in 1695. We discover the techniques of brewing: utensils, brewing and fermentation tanks as well as a center of high technology in brewing, surrounded by old tankards and typical brewing objects, a bar concludes the visit and allows the tasting of two anonymous beers.  In the charming estaminet, memories of distant times are evoked: old tankards, antique porcelain as well as typical objects furnishing an inn of the time bear witness to what can undoubtedly be described as the “culture Belgian beer”. And indeed this is the place to be ! As a start, then it goes on and on and on lol !!!
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The visitor will have the opportunity to grasp at a glance all the modern techniques used to make beer, the raw materials (water, malt, hops, yeast), the current malting industry , the brewing room where It is in perfect harmony with the personal skill of the brewer, the new filtration and cooling techniques, the most efficient bottling lines and cylindrical-conical storage and fermentation tanks. After discovering this center of high technology in the brewery, the visitor will be able to appreciate the traditional, warm and welcoming atmosphere so closely linked to beer, by tasting in the estaminet a Belgian beer offered by the brewers.

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The new twist coming is that there will be a bigger beer museum ! Euronext was formed from the merger of the Brussels, Paris, and Amsterdam stock markets in 2000, and they inherited a building opened in 1873 by Belgium’s King Leopold II. The Bourse or stock exchange building will house a Beer Museum on its upper floors after it has been renovated in 2023. Over 100 beer brewers have confirmed their participation. The lower two floors of the building, as well as the large hall, will be made into public spaces for events. The main attraction of the renovated building will be the beer experience Center Belgian Beer World. Visitors will be able to discover why Belgian beer is recognised as world heritage by UNESCO, among other things.

It is the first time in its history that the 12,000 m² of the Bourse will be used, The large central hall would be transformed into a public space hosting events and exhibitions. The entrances would be adapted, with a new one on the side of the Grand Place, a new passageway created linking the streets flanking the Bourse, and a brasserie, shop, and restaurant installed on the building’s ground floor. Belgian Beer World would wind through the first and second floors, and culminate in a rooftop tasting bar, Exhibits will sketch the evolution of Belgian beer medieval brewing, the role of monasteries, the impact of revolution, independence and world wars, industrialization, and the rise, fall, and rise of Belgian beer in the 20C. Focus will then shift to the country’s “rebellious” brewers and their alchemical blurring of art and science that is the country’s brewing ethos. Then it’s up onto the roof for a tasting before exiting through the gift shop.

The official beer museum

The Brussels tourist office on the Beer museum

The stock exchange or bourse project for the new bigger beer museum

There you go folks, a dandy spot in a grand spot in lovely Brussels, do come to the old Beer Museum for the experience of old. And be ready by 2023 for the bigger one at the Bourse. It is indeed a nice experience for all.

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

March 22, 2022

A castle and a park in Poissy!!

This is a Royal town of France; birthplace of Saint Louis, king Louis IX, yet seems off the beaten path for many. So close to Paris even the RER A or trains from St Lazare takes you here easy. Yet few visits by folks perhaps too busy in Paris. France is a movable feast indeed, come on over. Let me tell you about a small castle and a nice park, my family spent many days here for a walk close to the Seine river, and the market (see post), this is another town in which the Seine river passes by too! My little story of Poissy in the Yvelines dept 78 of the Ïle de France region of my belle France.

Both of these can be access by the D153 road coming into Poissy from the autoroute de Normandie ,A13 sortie or exit 7. Follow centre ville Poissy and you hit them, continue and end up at the Collegiale Church Notre Dame (see post). We came here from Versailles to enjoy the park by the Seine river , festival by the Seine and also to eat on the peniche boats and restaurant . A nice way to combine a visit to the nice things to see in Poissy, see my previous posts on the city.

The Château de Villiers is located in Poissy, at 13 avenue du Bon Roi Saint-Louis in the area known as the Parc de Villard, west of Parc Meissonier (see below). It was built in Neo-Louis XIII style and the 1860s, and it served successively as a bourgeois residence for the Hély d’Oissel and Ségur families, where the wounded in the War of 1870 were cared for; then as a leisure center for the Kuhlmann Establishments in 1928 and finally, a municipal building own by the city of Poissy since 1976 hosting public or private events. The castle, closed to the public, is located in lush greenery, which hosts a mini farm. A nice walk around it thus and close to the Seine river and the peniche boats some of them are wonderful restaurants.


The current Château de Villiers was built in the 1860s for Baron Léonce Hély d’Oissel master of requests to the Council of State, banker, mayor of Poissy and his son Frédéric Then he passed into the Ségur family, through the marriage of his daughter on July 2, 1877 in Paris, Thérèse Jeanne Augustine Hély d’Oissel with Pierre Marie Maurice Henry de Ségur, a historian Only the park is open to the public. It covers an area of 12 ha and has a small farm with animals. The castle and the outbuildings host events organized by the town of Poissy (exhibitions, ceremonies), and can be rented for private receptions, but the castle is not visited.

The City of Poissy on the castle

The Yvelines dept 78 tourist board on the castle

The Parc Meissonier is a public garden located next to the Château above. It owes its name to the painter Ernest Meissonier, mayor of the city in 1878, who however never owned it. He resided in a house located in the enclosure of the Abbey which adjoins this garden.


It is a landscaped garden of 12 hectares, with a large pond, many remarkable trees and a rose garden. It is close to the city center, runs along the avenue du Bon Roi Saint-Louis in the north, which gives the main entrance, (and also along the Seine river) and extends south to the avenue Blanche de Castille. Towards the city center it adjoins the Abbey enclosure and on the opposite side to the west, it adjoins the Parc Villard and the Château de Villiers (see above). This garden is the former domain of the former Dominican Abbey which disappeared following the French revolution. It was owned by the painter Ernest Meissonier in the 19C. It was given to the city in 1952. In 1980, a statue of the painter, coming from the Louvre reserves and due to the sculptor Antonin Mercié, was installed at the entrance of the park overlooking the avenue du Bon Roi Saint-Louis. The oldest tree is a cedar from Lebanon, the plantation of which is estimated in 1740!

The City of Poissy on its parks

The Yvelines dept 78 tourist board on the parc Meissonier

 There you go folks, you have my little nostalgic Poissy by the Seine river in the Yvelines, a lovely town with many things to see too if you look search in my blog. Hope you have enjoy this bit of green away from Paris.

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

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March 22, 2022

The Berry museum of Bourges!

As an amateur lover of architecture and history, other than a castle, church or monastery, nothing beats coming to a museum. Especially if it relates to related subjects of mine. While traveling , I am always on the lookout for them, and if missed them noted down to come back on a later visit. This is the case of the Berry museum in Bourges.  I like to tell you a bit more on it. Hope you enjoy it as I,

The Musée du Berry  or the Berry museum located at 4 rue des Arénes corresponds to the first museum of Bourges founded in 1834 by Claude-Denis Mater, magistrate collector and friend of Balzac. First departmental, with the support of the prefect of Cher, then municipal, the museum moved in 1891 to the Hôtel de Cujas. This mansion was built in 1515 and was the home of jurist Jacques Cujac since 1585 , in brick and stone, for an Italian merchant, Durand Salvi; the name of Cujas remained to him, because it belonged in the 16C to this great jurist, who taught at the law university of Bourges between 1560 and 1566, then from 1575 to his death in 1590.


The rooms of the museum were fitted out in the years 1950-1960, emphasizing the Gallo-Roman period. A room dedicated to ancient Egypt opened in 1986. Another room now allows you to discover works related to Duke Jean de Berry ;late 14C and a selection of Romanesque works little known to the public. In 2014, four rooms on the first floor were refurbished to accommodate the “Unveiled Works”, a collection of paintings reflecting the richness of the museum’s collections. 

The search for acquisitions for the Berry museum, allowed, until the end of the 19C, enrichments in various fields: archeology, stained glass, painting, furniture, numismatics. Throughout the 19C, the State regularly granted works on deposit: paintings, sculptures, porcelain. The prehistoric collections increase especially at the end of the 19C and in the first half of the 20C, under the impulse which is then given to prehistoric archeology. In the second half of the 20C, two directions were favored: archeology, in particular with the purchase of part of the collection of the Société des antiquaires du Center, and ethnography.

It is wonderful from the historical perpective of the collection and the architecture of the building. Worth a detour as we did,Lately , there has been some structural damage to the building and the city is working to find a solution ; in the meantime the museum is closed until further notice.

The city of Bourges on the Berry museum—leisure_berry-museum

The Friends of the museums of Bourges on the Berry museum :

There you go folks , it is a very nice museum , and for the memories I hope they are able to reopen the Berry Museum soon. Nevertheless, I encourage you check in order to visit it if possible, worth the detour, and in a very nice old part of town ; you will be glad.

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

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