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April 9, 2022

The Convent of San José of Segovia!!

Another of those sites that were missing from my blog…..A big vault sometimes hard to find them….Anyway, this is another example of the great architecture and history found in lovely Segovia. One of my favorite cities of my dear Spain, I must add. Let me put this on my blog, finally, and tell you a bit on the Convent of San José or St Joseph of Segovia!!

The Convent of San José is a cloistered convent for Barefoot Carmelite nuns that is located in the city of Segovia. This is the ninth conventual foundation carried out by Santa Teresa de Jesús. In 1574 Teresa de Jesús traveled from Salamanca to found the convent together with her companions Isabel de Jesús and María de Jesús, from Segovia; Juan de la Cruz and Julián de Ávila. Santa Teresa ordered some sisters to come from the Pastrana convent to live in the new convent.


The new foundation was favored by the nobility of the city, highlighting Ana de Jimena and her daughter María de Bracamonte, who would later profess in the convent itself under the names of Ana de Jesús and María de la Encarnación. The convent was under the patronage of the Marquises of Lozoya. Later they left this convent to found others, such as:

In 1576: Bárbara del Espíritu Santo, Ana de la Encarnación and Catalina de la Asunción; to found the convent of San José in Caravaca de la Cruz; in 1581: Juana del Espíritu Santo and María de San José, to found the convent of Nuestra Señora del Carmen in Soria; and in 1586: Isabel de Santo Domingo, Inés de Jesús, Ana de la Trinidad, Catalina de la Concepción, María de la Visitación, María de San José and Catalina de la Encarnación; to found the convent of Santa Teresa in Zaragoza.

Currently ,as of December 2020 the Convent de San José continues to function with a community of about 10-11 nuns, You can visit during service to attend or contact them for any other hours, they can be accommodating to your visit. Email:

The monastery occupies a large piece of land in the area of ​​the old town of Segovia, on Calle Daoiz, near the parish Church of San Andrés. The most interesting element of the convent is the church, which runs parallel to Calle Daoíz. It has a baroque-style nave, with important plasterwork, a false dome, a high choir ,and a low choir. The altarpiece of the main altar, in baroque style, has a carved image of the patron Saint of the convent (St Joseph) and another of the Virgen del Carmen. The altarpiece is topped by a sculptural group representing a Calvary. In the pendentives of the false dome there are lunettes representing saints related to the Carmelite order: Teresa de Jesús, Elías, Juan de la Cruz, as well as Ana de Jesús.

Towards the middle of the nave, on both sides there are two altarpieces, in the Baroque style of the 17C, smaller in size than that of the main altar. The altarpiece on the epistle side is dedicated to Santiago (St James) and the one on the gospel side is dedicated to Santa Teresa. The convent also has a lathe, parlor, orchard and other typical elements of the convents of the Barefoot Carmelites in Spain.

The footprints of Santa Teresa de Jesus on the convent in Segovia :

The Segovia tourist office on the convent :

The Mass webpage on the services of the convent of St Joseph Barefoot Carmelites :

There you go folks, another dandy building with great architecture and even greater history of Segovia, Spain, the world! Hope you have enjoy the post on the Convent of San José of the Barefoot Carmelites!!

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

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April 9, 2022

Restaurant La Oja Blanca of Segovia!!

This time need to update this memorable trip and restaurant with the familly taken them to one of my favorites since childhood ,Segovia. The city of Segovia sits in the Province of Segovia, and the Autonomous Community of Castilla y Léon,in the kingdom of Spain! I like to keep this memorable trip and lunch alive in my blog ; as told you first came here with my dear late mom Gladys and later my dear late wife Martine ,and of course our 3 boys and Dad, always wonderful to walk its streets and see the gorgeous sights. We will be back again for sure. Below terrace on Plaza Mayor with La Oja Blanca!


For now , let me tell you about a memorable stop for lunch at the resto  La Oja Blanca, Plaza Mayor 7. We walked a lot here even on its steep cobblestone streets, and as hunger strikes we end up either by the Aqueduct or the Plaza Mayor. The one we enjoy for the service, food, prices, and wonderful view of the square was La Oja Blanca.


This is a small spot in the Plaza Mayor for the morning tapas, coffees or afternoon infusions or drinks from the first hour of the night. The music goes according to the time of day, in such a way that you can hear from Tchaikovsvy to La Polla Records. Occasionally they organize painting and photography exhibitions. Good terrace for the hot months, with great views of the music kiosk.


We had of course our bathful of Mahou beers (of Madrid) , codfish croquettes, chorizo a la cazuela, hot dogs! and omelettes all for about 8€ per person. The services were very generous,  fast and courteous. Good for a beer and a snack. Prices were reasonable. If you expect cold beer and reasonable prices you will not be disappointed here.

There is no official webpage so will give some others for reference , we like,  reviews of Sluurpy:

And gastoranking

The good sign is that it has no official webpage simply very local for more than 30 years there. We really enjoyed it and hopefully you will too once stop by in Segovia. The name is La Oja Blanca or the white stream as there was a water source there in ancient times.

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

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April 9, 2022

Château de Rimaison of Pluvigner !!!

I told you my small town is packed with goodies of old and now. Lots of heritage monuments all over and of course castles we have plenty. Even if most are private properties there is still some who are open to the public sort of… Let me tell you about another gem of Pluvigner right in city center, the Château de Rimaison. I am updating this older post with new text and pictures in the blog, Hope you enjoy it as I.

Update: We have come to know the owners well, and shhh it is for sale for about 1,3M Euros if interested,,,,,,I have heard, cannot confirm but a buyer has been found and kept private for now. The creperie site is down so maybe it will not be , sad if it is. This castle/créperie is part of our history here in Pluvigner! Oh well confirm it has been sold to an Islander (Iceland) for a bit over 1 million euros. He is a builder of longboats or drakkars! He is 70 yrs old so maybe thinking of retirement here, and wife of Russian/Ukranian according to the local newspaper Telegramme. Oh well the créperie is gone, let’s see what would do to the castle. Like I said a history of Pluvigner is turning and I am part of it!! News article Telegramme:

The Château de Rimaison was abandoned in the 18C, the castle, then located in Bieuzy-les-Eaux, was gradually dismantled and its stones were reused in the surrounding villages. In the mid-1950s, the ruins were bought by Mr Xavier Olivier L’Oreal Commercial Manager and transferred to the current site in Pluvigner.

The castle is rebuilt with three bodies of buildings connected in part by a two-stilt round path. The castle thus has a north wing, or houses of the Guards, from the 14-15C, a south wing, or House of the Dog, a 16C house and two large towers, the Hermine Tower and the Registry Tower. On a plot of 7,000 m2 , Fourteen rooms including seven bedrooms on four levels, the building covers 700 m2 with an outbuilding.

The castle was built in the 16C perhaps in 1579, in place of a first manor house of the previous century . The lands of Rimaison belong to the Rimaison family from the 15C to the 18C. They passed on to the Guergolay family in 1749. It was ruined in 1794 during the French revolution, when it was sold as national property. It then served as a stone quarry for the residents; purchased by Patern Le Mouel in 1817, these stones are used for the construction of the Kerdanet farm the Le Sourn. The castle was sold in 1957 to Xavier Ollivier, who transported the stones to rebuild Kergluyar Castle in Pluvigner.

The remains of the old castle located in Bieuzy-les-Eaux (today called Pluméliau-Bieuzy) included the ruins of a two-level house in shale and granite, where a Renaissance-style turret remains.The entrance was through a large vestibule accessible by two arcades, from which radiated a grand staircase and through which access to the underground the remains of various other bodies of buildings, including a chapel dedicated to St. Remy, were also found. Only the remains of the vestibule remain in place after the sale and removal of the stones to Pluvigner. It has a wonderful garden and gorgeous enclosed terrace veranda The property has a fountain with a figure of a Virgin and a Chapel where celebration are held on special dates.

The castle hosts an a typical Créperie shop and restaurant run by the descendants of Xavier Olivier. The setting is superb and the welcome is very warm. Indeed we agree. Do you dream of having lunch or dinner in a castle? Look no further, you’re at the right address.

The Bay of Quiberon tourist office on the chapel in the castle :
The Detours d’Art cultural heritage local site on the chapel of Rimaison :
The Restaurantguru resto reviews site on the creperie in the castle :

There you go folks, another gem in Pluvigner . They do allow into the Chapel on heritage days or like us we are clients. They do all kinds of festivities here from weddings to birthdays and school parties. Nice property indeed worth a detour for the architecture and the crêperie ! Enjoy the Château de Rimaison.

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

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