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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.


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 Carrousel

The city of Fontainebleau on its heritage

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.


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 :

The Paris tourist office on the Dumas statues on Pl Gen Catroux

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:

The Paris tourist office on the 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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