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May 31, 2022

Looking forward to Disneyland Paris !!!

Well, preparing on what to do for a long vacation as we are usually road warriors and the only time we spent more than a week is when we go to Spain. And indeed my boys convince me again to be back to Disneyland Paris! Again with lots of memories of my dear mom Gladys and my dear wife Martine , two dear women missing but always with us in spirit. We will be back with our dog Rex and my Dad in wheelchair. I have some pictures from our last trip (see posts) and as we are ready to be back in September 2022, better put them up now for the memories of always in my blog. The Disney properies in Orlando and Marne la Vallée are special for my boys and nowdays hard to convince them to go elsewhere as was one of the favorites of their mother. Therefore,  Disneyland Paris is here to stay with us; hope you enjoy this post as I.

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As have so much written on the property and rides will be short this time just to show the new older pictures not yet in my blog. Bear with me please

The last trip in 2021 and this one will be again with me sacrificing some rides as will be standing guard with my Dad on wheelchairs and taking turns with my boys to ride on some. My other boy Rex stayed very nicely well behave in the hotel as not allowed in the parks ,and will be rewarded with another trip to  Disneyland hotels.

Last year,  we stayed at the Village Nature Paris by Center Parcs and part of Pierre & Vacances group. The service for the beers was slow as you need to pay for them and then they bring it to you,too long! Othewise, nice experience for the family including our dog Rex! The hotel is about 10 min car ride from the park and we got the forfait hotel + park so parking was included. It is a forest like setting out in the country and good for taking Rex out for walks. The next hotel is a secret but will be an official Disney hotel and allowed dogs !! For reference the Village Nature webpage: https://www.disneylandparis.com/en-usd/hotels/villages-nature-paris/

The boys went to many rides too numerous to count them !!! or remember them lol! However, they have a list of rides, restaurants, and shops to see on a prioritize list which you all should do coming over. One they will repeat , I know is the Buzz Lightyear  laser, Stars tours, Autopia, and Pirates of the Caribbean ! The rides are listed by areas such as Frontierland, Fantasyland, Discoveryland, and Adventureland. On each there are rides and as time goes by we will numbered them from best to see to not so much care if do not see or 1 thru …… as many as possible. 

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We will hit Walt Disney Studios briefly with Ratatouille, and Car Quatre Roues Rallye. The restaurands we will be back to Disney Village, Rainforest Café, and the favorite Last Chance Café, Victoria’s Home Style resto, and Casey’s CornerWe will passed again by many rides but did not go in either because we had a priority list to see or because we are not fond of them. This is it!

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And of course, lots of shopping, the boys are savings to load up lol!! They like the stores Constellations, Harringtons, World of Disney, The Leyends of Hollywood, the Captain’s coffre, and Thunder Mesa! At least these.

The official Disneyland Paris: https://www.disneylandparis.com/en-gb/

As usual on the way back, we will try to hit the area of Meaux for a quick sentimental reminder and visit family around it. The road warrior is ready with our National Lampoon’s Vacation ! (Bonjour les vacances in French) !! Again, hope you enjoy the trip as we are looking forward to do so again.

There you go folks, another dandy in my Seine et Marne dept 77 , and Disneyland which call Paris for marketing purposes as not in Paris but Marne la Vallée. Still the No 1 visited park in France and Europe!!  Disneyland Parc is a must while in France ,again especially if with young children .  

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

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May 31, 2022

Curiosities of Darmstadt !

Darmstadt is a city in the state of Hesse in Germany. Since 1997, it has been called by the Ministry of Hesse , the City of Science, The city also favors art and culture, promoting the Jugendstil or Art Nouveau works of the “Colony of Artists” founded in 1899 by Grand Duke Ernest-Louis at the Mathildenhöhe. I told you how I came to know this city well one of my business branches was here and I visited; then later visiting with the family took them here to show them my trail. It is a memorable moment in my life.  We were staying by Trier (see posts) and all of a sudden I thought of places I have been and not the family.  Therefore, took them to visit Darmstadt!  Hope you enjoy it as me relieving wonderful family time.

Darmstadt is not far from Frankfurt, which is where I landed on the airport (20 km or 12 mi) and then moved by taxi to the city on my business trips. This time we came by car all the way from Trier!  We left Trier on the B51 direction Saarburg,and then here took the 407 direction Hermeskell, where we change road number to 327 direction Morbach; here took 422 direction Idar Oberstein, and here took again 41 direction Gensingen.  At Gensingen, we took the expressway 61 to Grosheim and here took quick the 60 direction Mainz, connect with the 67 directioin Darmstadt where we came in on the 672, road 26 into the city at Rheinstrabe. Wonderful road warrior trip!!!

Some of the things to see and not told before will be my curiosities of Darmstadt!

Markplatz near the old city hall is home of the residential palace. It was built as a moated castle by the Counts of Katzenelnbogen in the first third of the 13C. Large parts of the half-timbered complex burned down during the Schmalkaldic War of 1546. In 1567 ,the palace continued to be built in Renaissance style. After the great castle fire of 1715, a new baroque style castle with a four-winged castle complex that was never finished due to financing problems. The palace complex is still an exciting hodgepodge of different architectural styles. The buildings of the Renaissance are still behind the baroque facade of the palace. Today the castle also houses various departments of the TU Darmstadt and the university and state library. Here too, since the 14C, the Markplatz or market square has been an important commercial center of the city. Today, the weekly market takes place on the square on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The fountain on the market square dates from 1546. The locally brew beer can be enjoyed on the ground floor of the Ratskeller , and in summer in the beer garden in front of the old town hall. Today is one of the main centers of public transports in Darmstadt.

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Schlossgarten are the gardens in the residential palace of Darmstadt ,and are referred to as palace gardens. Up until 1814, the moat of Darmstadt Castle was fed with water from the Darmbach river ,and the latter from the sewage from the neighboring old town, which caused an unbearable stench in the summer months. It was proposed draining and founding a botanical garden on the newly acquired site, which Grand Duke Ludwig I commissioned. Due to space requirements, the botanical garden was relocated to today’s Herrngarten in 1830. A small wildlife park and a pleasure garden were created in the castle moat.Up until the 20th century, the park appeared as a circular path with a winding network of paths and dense shrub and tree plantings alternating with lawns through the castle moat. This part was opened in June 2014. The western part was completed in June 2017 and opened to the public. The southern part, and thus the entire moat, was to be rebuilt by 2020 ,due to the covid this was delay and do not know the current situation.

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The Archieves of Hesse State house are located in the “House of History” a cultural service located in the city of Darmstadt which also houses the Darmstadt City Archives These archives come from the archives of the Chancellery of the Landgraviate of Hesse-Darmstadt constituted from the 16C , now the State Archives of the Grand Duchy of Hesse. They were united in 1725 in the castle-residence in Darmstadt. After 1918 they became the People’s State Archive of Hesse. The castle was partially destroyed and suffered heavy losses during the bombings of September 1944, like the entire center of the city. Following the creation of the Land of Hesse State at the end of 1946, the archives took on the role of regional archives for the district . The documents preserved after 1945 also come from the old municipal archives of Darmstadt, despite some losses due to WWII. Since 1993, the former Moller-Bau court theater has been transformed to now house several archive services and historical associations. The official Archieves of Hesse today : https://landesarchiv.hessen.de/

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The Hessisches Landesmuseum or Hesse State Museum is a large multidisciplinary museum founded in 1820 through the donation of the collections of the ruling family of the local princely state, which ended as the Grand Duchy of Hesse. The current main building was inaugurated in 1897, and a large extension was completed in 1980. The museum is particularly renowned for its art collection, including Pieter Brueghel the Elder’s Magpie on the Gallows, and one of the Magdeburg Ivory Coast plaques (c. 968). There are also solid collections of objects Art Nouveau from several countries, as well as German, Dutch and Flemish paintings. It also includes an important natural history collection, including fossils from the nearby Messel Pit and a historic American mastodon purchased by Darmstadt naturalist Johann Jakob Kaup. The museum webpage : https://www.hlmd.de/en/index.html

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We came back to our base in Trier taking the same 26 out into the 672 and took the 5 direction Frankfurt ,we took the 66 outside Frankfurt and cut across left or west to Wiesbaden on theh 66,and then just south of Wiesbaden took the 683 south to Gensingen to connect with the 41 to Bad Kreuznach and here continue until connect Nohfelden and the 62 and go north towards Hermeskell and the road 1,then 602 into Trier beltway on the B49 road. Another road warrior thrill!!

The city of Darmstadt on its heritage : https://www.darmstadt.de/sprachversionen/english/discover-darmstadt

The Darmstadt tourist office on things to seehttps://www.darmstadt-tourismus.de/en/visit/darmstadt-is-culture.html

There you go folks, another dandy road warrior family trip of many memorable moments, just see my other posts. I have, always wonderful family memories that won’t go away of Darmstadt with family and friends/collegues.  Hope you get a chance to see this wonderful city , and us the opportunity to be back.

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

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May 31, 2022

Edison Township , NJ!!

Coming back at you as found one picture from a memorable place that needs to be in my blog. As you have read in previous posts on New Jersey and towns in my blog will cut it short right into the memorable town of Edison township, Middlesex County , New Jersey, Part of my early life in the USA and still very much in my mind. Even if came to live in France and have worked/lived in several countries , Middlesex County , New Jersey ,the Garden State rings loud and clear in my mind. I and my family will always be thankful of the New Jersey experience. This is my humble homage to one of its towns we played and shop a lot there, Edison Township!!

Ok so we move on to the county I lived for 13 years of my early life; Middlesex County.  Middlesex is part of the New York metropolitan area, and its county seat is New Brunswick (where i became US Citizen in 1980) . The center of population of the state of New Jersey is located in Middlesex County, in East Brunswick Township, just east of the New Jersey Turnpike.

A bit of history I like

The town of Edison Township (or Menlo Park before 1954), What is now Edison Township was originally incorporated as Raritan Township by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 17, 1870, from portions of both Piscataway Township and Woodbridge Township (see post), portions of the township were taken to form Metuchen on March 20, 1900, and Highland Park on March 15, 1905. The township got its original name from the Raritan indigenous people. In 1954 the town originally named Menlo Park  was renamed Edison in honor of its famous resident inventor (Thomas Edison ,nicknamed The Wizard of Menlo Park) one of America’s most important electrical pioneer inventors , founder of General Electric, one of the world’s first industrial empires. In December 1877, Thomas Edison demonstrated his phonograph there, burning a brief recording onto a cylinder and playing the result again to an astounded audience. On December 31, 1879, over 3,000 people witnessed the first public demonstration of Thomas Edison’s light bulbs, the experiment proving the validity of the halogen incandescent lamp !

My most vivid memories here is coming to the fame Menlo Park Mall that opened here in 1959, a two level shopping mall right next to the road US 1, My parents love it so I came along and nice memories still, (see pic ). One park I went to play catch and just stroll with my parents was Roosevelt Park, located between Parsonage Road and Route 1, west of the Edison Mall, covers 88 Ha or about 217 acres , including the 3 Ha or about 8 acres Roosevelt Park Lake. The park was established in 1917, making it the oldest county park in Middlesex County.

Edison menlo park mall pipo y mima

The Menlo Park Mallhttps://www.simon.com/mall/menlo-park-mall

The Middlesex County Gov site on Roosevelt Parkhttps://www.middlesexcountynj.gov/Home/Components/FacilityDirectory/FacilityDirectory/89/261

A bit more on the Edison Township, The town is primarily a middle-class community with more than 75 ethnic communities represented. Edison has a large Jewish community with multiple synagogues . Edison also has a growing Indian community and a number of temples serving the religious needs . Reflecting the number of Edison’s residents from India and China, the township has sister city arrangements with Shijiazhuang, China and Baroda, India. It is the largest and most diverse South Asian cultural hub in the United States. In Middlesex County, election ballots are printed in English,  Spanish,  Gujarati,  Hindi, and Punjabi

The  Edison township  borders the towns of East Brunswick, Highland Park, New Brunswick,  Piscataway, Sayreville, South Plainfield and Woodbridge Township in Middlesex County; Clark, Plainfield and Scotch Plains in Union County. Edison is about halfway between Midtown Manhattan, and New Jersey’s capitol, Trenton, being about 48 km or 30 miles from both. Edison Township is a transportation hub, with an extensive network of highways passing through the township and connecting to major Northeast cities, State roads include Route 27  and 440, (my favorites too) . U.S. Route 1 (glorious road of memories) ,also passes through the township,  Interstate 287 passes through Edison, where it houses its southern end at I-95. The town, also houses about a 5-mile (8.0 km) section of the New Jersey Turnpike ( I-95) Exit 10 is located in Edison, featuring a 13-lane toll gate and a unique interchange design (awesome!) , Never taken but Edison train station, located in South Edison, is served by NJ Transit northbound trains to Newark Penn Station and Penn Station New York, and southbound to the Trenton Transit Center via the Northeast Corridor Line, with connecting service to Amtrak, and SEPTA (PA transit network).

The Edison township on its history : https://www.edisonnj.org/about_edison/township_history/index.php

The New Jersey tourist board on Edison townshiphttps://visitnj.org/nj/edison/attractions

There you go folks, a bit of nostalgia of Edison Township, Middlesex County, and the great State of New Jersey! My Garden State !  The memories lingered even if last time there was 2007 on a brief 3 day visit ; these memories forever for me now glad told in my blog, my history. Again, thanks for coming along and hope you enjoy it as I. And, thanks for reading me since November 2010!!

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

May 30, 2022

Take a look at St Augustine, Florida !

So looking back into my blog I sadly realised have not written much on the city of St Augustine, Florida! It is a shock to me as used to lived for many years just 55 minutes from it and went there even for lunch/dinner, played soccer/football, and just plain sightseeing first with my parents and later with wife and kids. Well ,found me some old pictures in my vault and decided to do justice with another post on wonderful St Augustine, Florida !

St. Augustine is on the Atlantic coast of Florida. This is the county seat of Saint Johns. about 60 km (37 mi) from Jacksonville and 90 km ( 56mi) from Daytona Beach. Today, Saint Augustine is one of Florida’s most popular destinations. It is ,also, the oldest city in the United States ,founded in 1565 by Pedro Menendez de Aviles for Spain!

The Bridge of Lions completed in 1927 was constructed during the extravagant land boom times in Florida. It was designed as a work of art as much as a transport for cars, connecting downtown St. Augustine with Anastasia Island (great beach!),across Matanzas Bay. A double-leaf bascule bridge, or drawbridge, it opens for boat traffic several times throughout the day. The bridge gets its name from two white marble lion statues guarding the bridge on the west side name Fiel and Firme,or Faithful and Firm, In 2015, two new granite lions were added to the east side of the bridge ,name Pax and Peli, or Peace and Happiness.  A walk across the bridge and back to see all four lions is about a mile (about 1,6 km), and worth every step. From its earliest days, it was hailed as “The Most Beautiful Bridge in Dixie.” (south US), It has long been a symbol of the US oldest city.  Renovation work was completed on March 17, 2010 when it reopened for use. The restored Lion statues were returned after a 6-year absence, early in the morning of March 15, 2011. The current bridge’s west entrance features manicured gazebos, landscaped palm trees and a new publicly accessible dock extending partially into the bay.

Saint Augustine bridge of lions into town from beach side

The city of Saint Augustine tourist office on the Bridge of Lions:https://www.visitstaugustine.com/thing-to-do/bridge-lions

One of my best memories of the town is the Flagler College (univ) a wonderful place where I came to play soccer/football against them and usually won! I came later to show it off to parents, wife and boys for many more years.  Flagler College 74 King St.: is a unique combination of the past and present, and an architectural icon of the city of St. AugustineThe college, founded in 1968, is centered on a former luxury hotel, the Ponce de Leon hotel, built in 1888 at the request of the industrialist Henry Morrison Flagler. Originally for women only, the college became coeducational in 1971.

Saint Augustine

In 1887, Thomas Edison and the Edison Electric Company installed the world’s largest incandescent lighting plant at Hotel Ponce de Leon, also making it the first building in the country to be designed with electric wiring throughout. Upon opening in January 1888, the structure was considered an engineering and architectural marvel due to it being the largest structure made of poured concrete at the time, plus modern amenities like electricity, running water, game rooms, private parlors , and of course all of the Gilded Age splendor inside and out. The hotel notable guests include Presidents Grover Cleveland, Theodore Roosevelt, and John F Kennedy, Vice President Lyndon B Johnson, writers Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), Ernest Hemingway, Edna Ferber, star athlete Babe Ruth, and so many more. The Ponce de Leon saw major success which prompted Mr Flagler to build Hotel Alcazar across the street, now the Lightner Museum and City Hall. The hotel was taken over by the federal government during WWII. It was primarily used as a Coast Guard Training Centre; the hotel was permanently closed in 1967. In 1968, it was reopened as the Flagler college.

The city of St Augustine tourist office on Flagler college :https://www.visitstaugustine.com/thing-to-do/flagler-college

The Lightner Museum 75 King Street . Enjoy the atmosphere and artwork of another age at this elegant Museum, formerly the Alcazar Hotel. The Lightner Museum is a museum of antiques, mostly American Gilded Age pieces .The Hotel Alcazar was commissioned by Henry Flagler, to appeal to wealthy tourists who traveled south for the winter on his railroad, the Florida East Coast Railway.  The hotel had a steam room, massage parlor, sulfur baths, gymnasium, a three-story ballroom, and the world’s largest indoor swimming pool; however, after years as an elegant winter resort for wealthy patrons, the hotel closed in 1932. On August 20, 1947 Chicago publisher Otto C. Lightner purchased the building to convert the old hotel into a hobbies museum. He used the space to house several collections, including his own extensive collection of Victorian era art . He then turned it over to the city of St. Augustine and the museum opened to the public in 1948.  The museum occupies three floors of the former Hotel Alcazar and is housed in the former health facilities of the hotel, including the spa and the Turkish bath, in addition to its three-story ballroom.

Saint Augustine

The official Lightner Museumhttps://lightnermuseum.org/

The Castillo de San Marcos  1 South Castillo Drive: The oldest masonry fort in the continental U.S., the castle fortress is the focal point of historical St. Augustine. The Castillo de San Marcos built by the Spanish, is the oldest fort built between 1672-1695. It changed its name several times: it was called Fort St. Mark during the British period (1763-1784) then Fort Marion between 1821 and 1942.

Saint Augustine castle San Marcos

In 1670, the establishment of Charles Town (current Charleston in South Carolina) located only two days of navigation by the English made the construction of the fort all the more necessary. Work on the Castillo de San Marcos began in October 1672 , done with Anastasia Island coquina  used for the walls; this is a limestone sedimentary rock formed mainly from incompletely consolidated shells found on the coasts of Florida . The manpower that is lacking on site comes partly from Havana (Cuba), as does the military engineer in charge of the work, Ignacio Daza. Native Americans are also involved.  The Castillo de San Marcos site covers 8.3 hectares. The fort is surrounded by water ditches whose height is regulated by a gate according to the tides. Several bastions and turrets are there to avoid blind spots. The fort has a square plan, each vertex of which is extended by a diamond-shaped bastion. Each bastion has at least one cannon. In the center of the building is the plaza de armas around which the different rooms are distributed.

The National Parks Service on the Castillo San Marcoshttps://www.nps.gov/casa/index.htm

The city of St Augustine tourist office on the Castillo San Marcoshttps://www.visitstaugustine.com/thing-to-do/castillo-de-san-marcos

The Basilica Cathedral of St. Augustine 38 Cathedral Place.  America’s first parish and the oldest Catholic Church in the city. Explore this exquisite building and view the Spanish-inspired architecture. The Basilica Cathedral of Saint Augustine, was built over five years between 1793–1797. It’s congregation, founded in 1565, is the oldest in the United States. This pic is a repeat and newer but I like it ::)

St Augustine cathedral panel PF 1990s

The first church of Saint Augustine was only a frame construction, decorated with disparate materials. The original parish had only an ephemeral existence, since it was sacked and burned in 1586 by the English privateer Francis Drake.  The church raised an extraordinary tithe in Spain, which made it possible to build a permanent church in 1605, with the participation of masons and carpenters already familiar with the materials available in the New World. This new building lasted 95 years this time despite visible dilapidation, before being burnt down in 1702 during a failed raid on the city, led by James Moore. When Spain recovered these lands in 1784, a civic and patriotic revival pushed the fortunes of the country to undertake the construction of a cathedral, between 1793 and 1797. Florida had been a U.S. state since 1845; on April 12, 1887, the cathedral was again engulfed in fire but this time the coquina masonry was repairable.  Thanks to donations from Henry Flagler and a nationwide campaign to expand the building to give it a Latin cross basilica plan, and a European-style transept.

Saint Augustine Cathedral main altar

The facade of the Basilica Cathedral of St Augustine, marries the neoclassical style with the architecture of the Spanish missions characterized by their scrolled gable , austere interior lighting, a roof in tiles in terracotta, a semi-circular tympanum, abundant niche statuary and bare walls.  At Saint Augustine, neoclassical elements frame the portal: the entablature decorated with triglyphs is enhanced by a pediment and rests on two Doric columns. Nice

The Diocese of St Augutine virtual tour of the Cathedralhttps://thefirstparish.org/virtual-tour/

The city of St Augustine tourist office on the Cathedralhttps://www.visitstaugustine.com/thing-to-do/cathedral-basilica-st-augustine

For more on Saint Augustine, the area tourist office of Saint Augustine and Ponte Vedrahttps://www.floridashistoriccoast.com/things-to-do/

There you go folks, ths is a must when visiting FLorida . Enjoy St Augustine, as I always had, and looking forward one day eventually to revisit. Hope you enjoy this retrospective with older photos as I

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

May 30, 2022

Orlando of Florida!!!

Let me stay in nostalgia lane shall we ! I am remembering my fav places in my dear Florida USA, a State I lived for 18 yrs of my life, graduated from university, got married, has my best pro job experiences there, and my 3 boys were born, Let me tell you a bit more about Orlando ,Orange county, Florida , bringing back many memorable moments in my life that should be in my blog, Hope you enjoy the post and do come visit , a very popular place indeed,

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One anecdote for credit when credit is due, my last girlfriend before marrying my Frenchie was met at Nichols’s Alley (now closed) at 70 West Amelia avenue, Orlando while she was going to the University of Central Florida but was a native of Daytona Beach, ok, done deal was not to be.

Orlando attracts about 75 million tourists a year and is the second largest hotel city in the USA, The City of Orlando is nicknamed “the City Beautiful”, and its symbol is the Linton E. Allen Memorial Fountain, commonly referred to as simply the “Lake Eola fountain” at Lake Eola Park, Together with the University of Central Florida, the seventh-largest university in the United States by capacity, Within its urban area, there are more than 100 lakes, the largest being Apopka, Eustis, Griffin, Harney, Harris, Jesup, Monroe, Sand Lake, Conway, and Tohopekaliga, Some of the best neighborhoods and suburbs ,me think are Downtown Orlando ,Winter Park, Celebration, Lake Buena Vista (disney), Winter Garden, and Altamonte Springs.

The area is very well serve by the Orlando International Airport which have used, and from where my Frenchie came to marry me in 1990! Another major factor in Orlando’s growth occurred in 1962, when the new Orlando Jetport, the precursor of the present-day Orlando International Airport, was built from a portion of the McCoy Air Force Base. By 1970, four major airlines (Delta Air Lines, National Airlines, Eastern Airlines, and Southern Airways;(flew on the first 3 all gone now except Delta) were providing scheduled flights. McCoy Air Force Base officially closed in 1975, and most of it is now part of the airport. The airport still retains the former Air Force Base airport code (MCO).

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A bit of history I like on Orlando

Prior to being known by its current name, Orlando was once known as Jernigan. This name originates from the first European permanent settlers, Issac and Aaron Jernigan, cattlemen who moved from the state of Georgia , and chose the name after the protagonist in the Shakespeare play As You Like It. Prior to the arrival of Europeans in 1536, Orlando was populated by Native Americans including the Creeks. Few archaeological sites exist today except for the ruins of Fort Gatlin on Lake Gatlin south of Orlando. This fort was built in 1838 by the American army during the wars against the Seminoles, but was abandoned after the end of the Third Seminole War, Most pioneers did not arrive until after hostilities in 1850.

And the things to see oh my my loaded in Orlando !

Along the I-4 expressway, you reach the Orlando magical area, what can I say,,,The Walt Disney World resort is the area’s largest attraction with its many facets such as the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach, and Disney Springs. The Walt Disney World Resort is located about 30 km from Orlando, actually by the Lake Buena Vista city area but commonly call Orlando. Perhaps the most critical event for Orlando’s economy occurred in 1965 when Walt Disney announced plans to build Walt Disney World. The vacation resort opened in October 1971.

orlando magic kingdom me and twin 1993

Others like  Universal Studios, is a multi-faceted resort comprising Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, Volcano Bay, and Universal CityWalk.,  SeaWorld is a large park that features numerous zoological displays and marine animals alongside an amusement park with roller coasters like Mako, Manta, and Kraken. The property also comprises more than one park, alongside Aquatica water park and Discovery Cove. Fun Spot Orlando is a more typical amusement parks with big thrills in a small space with roller coasters like White Lightning and Freedom Flyer. Orlando is also home to I-Drive 360 on International Drive home to The Wheel at ICON Park Orlando, Madame Tussauds, and Sealife Aquarium. Also, WonderWorks an amusement park for the mind ,and Ripley ‘s Believe it or Not ! Memories forever!!!!

Orlando wonderworks on I drive

Some of the shopping centers or malls that we frequented while living there were the The Florida Mall is the largest mall in Orlando and one of the largest single-story malls in the USA . There are over 250 stores, seven anchor department stores, and the Florida Mall Hotel & Conference Center Tower. Orlando Fashion Square is located on East Colonial Drive, near Downtown Orlando. Orlando International Premium Outlets is an outdoor outlet mall with over 180 stores. Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores is a strip mall style open-air outlet center, that is located 2 miles from Walt Disney World near US-192, Orlando Premium Outlet mall, 4951 International Drive,now call Orlando Vineland, and the Pointe in I-drive.

We had many many nights out to eat , and many have closed after so many years but the most memorable one , and still open was at TGIFridays I-Drive, This one will post the webpage : https://locations.tgifridays.com/fl/orlando/8955-international-dr.html

The Orlando Tourist office on things to do : https://www.visitorlando.com/things-to-do/

The city of Orlando on transports : https://www.orlando.gov/Parking-Transportation

The Florida State tourist board on Orlando things to do : https://www.visitflorida.com/places-to-go/central/orlando/

There you go folks, even if pictures are few as in those days were not important the memories lingered forever, This is my youthful life in the Sunshine State of Florida and Orlando was a big part of it. Family came and we still went at even in my last visit in 2009 to visit my cousin who now lives there, Hope you enjoy the post and have the opportunity to visit this marvel city of Orlando, Florida.

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

May 30, 2022

Tampa of Florida!!!

Again on my nostalgic mode, just glance at some old pictures and gave me the idea to do this post on Tampa dear to me. I have several posts on my dear Florida , but needed to do justice on Tampa. I will try to bring it to life in my blog for memories’s sake. Hope you enjoy it as I.

The quick anecdote in my road warrior youthful ways of Florida, came to Tampa as my university played soccer/football vs Univ of Tampa and USF=Univ of South Florida and came to know the city well. So well one of my longest running girlfriend was met at USF she been from PA=Pennsylvania. In later years, came to take my family with my Frenchie to see Busch Garden and other parks, restaurants, and sights and eventually with my boys. One sight closer to home was Ybor City and the Columbia restaurant.  Nowdays, 3 cousins live in Tampa so the memories continue strong. 

Let me tell you a bit on the history of the city of Tampa, the county seat of Hillsborough on the west coast of the State of Florida. It is located about 300 km from Miami, on Tampa Bay. It was discovered in the early 16C by the Spaniards, the town was founded around Fort Brooke. The conquistador Pánfilo de Narváez was the first European to discovered the Tampa region in April 1528. The following year, another Spaniard, Hernando de Soto, rescued the members of the Narvaez expedition. In the 18C, the region of Tampa saw the installation of Cuban fishermen, in the current district of Hyde Park. When Great Britain acquired Florida in 1763, in the treaty of Paris (Spain, GB, Cuba) ,the bay was baptized Hillsborough Bay (which is the name of the river). After a second period of Spanish domination, the Territory of Florida integrated the United States in 1821,finally becoming the 27th State in March 3,1845.

Tampa was a major center of cigar production, when Vicente Martinez Ybor relocated his tobacco factories from Key West to Tampa in 1886 (after coming from Cuba to Key West). Tobacco was imported from Cuba and processed by Cuban and Spanish workers. At its peak, Ybor City had nearly 12,000 tabaqueros (cigar workers) in 200 factories ! There are still a couple left in Ybor City (name after Vicente) , The Ybor City district has many historic buildings, including two former cigar factories, the El Pasaje Hotel, the Ritz Theater and the Ferlita Bakery, which now houses the Ybor City State Museum. It was the center of Cuban revolutionary actions for independence from Spain. The Cuban revolutionary party founded by independence hero José Marti.

In 1891, Henry B. Plant had the Tampa Bay Hotel built in the then fashionable Moorish style. 400 meters long and with more than 500 rooms, it was equipped with electric lighting and the city’s first elevator. The building is a testament to the tourist boom in Florida in the last years of the 19C. Three years after its closure in 1930, its premises were taken over by the University of Tampa (which I played soccer against them) In 1956 the University of South Florida was created (which I played soccer against them and had my girlfriend from PA,,,see above). 

The wonderful road I-4 reach the Tampa area from Orlando and Daytona Beach areas, I remember fondly visiting Busch Gardens (a zoo and beer park owned by Budweiser), Ybor City , where you will find the oldest Spanish restaurant in the USA ,est, 1905. Columbia our home away from home wherever they were in Florida, several location now.  Also Shells restaurant home of show business,  and shopping at Channelside, Hyde Park Village, Westshore Plaza,and Ybor City own stores. Also, the Florida Aquarium, Lowry Park Zoo, etc ; nice memories here. I ,stayed in nice hotels like the Grand Hyatt, Marriotts, Intercontinental, Embassy Suites, and Holiday Inn Busch Gardens locations.

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The memories of going to Tampa Stadium at 4201 North Dale Mabry Highway are huge this stadium was called Houlihan’s Stadium from 1996-1998 known also as the Big Sombrero (hat), then demolished to built the  Raymond James Stadium. The new Raymond James stadium webpage : https://raymondjamesstadium.com/

And for the historical incline like me info on the old Tampa Stadium where I came to see the Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) football/soccer team with leyends like Rodney Marsh,  etc!! : http://football.ballparks.com/NFL/TampaBayBucs/oldindex.htm

I have an old picture from the later name Steinbreinner stadium for the spring training of the New York Yankees baseball team, my team since birth, their webpage :  https://www.gmsfield.com/spring-training

Tampa old yankee spring training stadium visiting with abuelo manolo

The city of Tampa on thing to do/see :https://www.tampa.gov/info/things-to-do

The Tampa Bay Area tourist office: https://www.visittampabay.com/

There you go folks, a short but very memorable post to have on Tampa in my blog for us. Hopefully, it will help your planning too visiting a wonderful part of my dear Florida. I lived last there 18 yrs in Central and South Florida before coming for good to France!  A lovely life only cut short for losses to dear mom and wife. Enjoy the post as I doing it for you , them ,and me.

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

May 29, 2022

Cape Coral of Florida!!

Ok here I am again in nostalgia lane, memories never to be forgotten and need to be in my blog of course. Hopefully, they will help others enjoy the wonderful Sunshine State of Florida as I.  I look at my many posts on Florida and lack one on a special town found me a couple pics ,and gave me the idea to do this post on Cape Coral, dear to me. I will bring it to life in my blog for memories’s sake. Hope you enjoy it as I.

To start off , let me tell you that many years ago my parents purchase two lots of land here in order to one build our houses, one for them and one for me! However, after many visits and the town not getting up to speed as it is a new town, really; our hopes dimmed. Then, it was the decision to move to France and that did it my parents sold their lots upon arriving in France, and the rest is history. Until a couple of cousins decided to moved to Cape Coral, and now live there, having visited them last in 2009.

The city of Cape Coral is in Lee County. The town contains one of the largest canal networks in the world (640 km) on the edge of which many houses are built which have direct access to these canals via a pontoon, Most of these canals are navigable and allow access to the Gulf of Mexico. Cape Coral is a large peninsula and is bordered by the Caloosahatchee River.  The town’s origins can be traced back to 1957 when developers Leonard and Jack Rosen purchased 270 square kilometers of land in Lee County. The development of the city began in 1958: canals were dug, streets cobbled, houses and businesses built. The first homes were completed in May 1958 on Riverside Drive and Flamingo Drive. 

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I am doing the post as found couple pictures from the bridge crossing into the Cape Coral Gulf side, The Cape Coral Bridge spans the Caloosahatchee River connecting McGregor and Cape Coral. It is made up of two parallel fixed spans, each 3,400 feet (1,000 m) long. The original span opened for traffic on March 14, 1964, with one lane in each direction. The Cape Coral Bridge was the only link between Fort Myers and Cape Coral until 1997, when the Midpoint Memorial Bridge opened just north of the Cape Coral Bridge on the Caloosahatchee River now allows Colonial Boulevard to extend, connecting to Veterans Parkway on the other side of the river.

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You can reach it from the I-4 to the I-75 south or the Tamiami Trail I-75 all the way to Cape Coral  , When visiting we stayed at the Holiday Inn Express at the entrance to the city nice property, as well as the Casa Loma Motel  (see pic my dear late wife Martine) (now the Oyo hotel complex).  Shopping best is by the Coralwood Shopping Center or the Miromar Outlet mall other land side of the I-75 highway.

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The city of Cape Coral on things to do /see: https://www.capecoral.gov/department/parks_and_recreationhome/beaches.php

The Lee County gouv webpage on the Cape Coral bridge: https://www.leegov.com/dot/tolls/lw_facilities/cc

There you go folks, a short but very memorable post to have on Cape Coral in my blog for us. Hopefully, it will help your planning too visiting a wonderful part of my dear Florida. I lived 18 yrs in Central and South Florida before coming for good to France !!!  A lovely life only cut short for losses to dear mom and wife. Enjoy the post as I doing it for you , them, and me.

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

May 29, 2022

Point Pleasant Beach of NJ!!

I am happy to be able to relive wonderful moments of my travels. Also, and just as awesome, to find in my vaults personal pictures (me, parents, and paternal grandpa) of places dear to me that should be in my blog. After all, my blog is a recompilation of my travel, and family history to keep for the future of children and grand childrens to come. Let me tell you about a memorable spot in my dear New Jersey USA ; the beach town of Point Pleasant Beach ! Hope you enjoy the story as I.

Point Pleasant Beach is a borough in Ocean County, New Jersey. The town became an independent town of Brick Township in May 1886. It is named after a place separating the Atlantic Ocean and Manasquan Inlet, The area that includes Point Pleasant Beach was first occupied by the Lenape Native Americans.  The first European settlers were fisherman and farmers who first arrived in the 18C. The 1870s was an era of major tourism expansion, driven by developers who subdivided old farms for vacation home lots.

How to get there, well we went always by car , The State road 35 (it passed by my town then Perth Amboy too) is the main highway serving Point Pleasant Beach. The highway traverses the borough north to south, connecting Point Pleasant Beach to Bay Head and Brielle.  The State road 88 has its terminus at Route 35 along Point Pleasant Beach, from which point it heads west through Point Pleasant and onward to Lakewood further south, For info only as never taken it, NJ Transit trains stop at the Point Pleasant Beach station on Arnold Avenue with service on the North Jersey Coast Line north to Penn Station Newark, Hoboken Terminal, and Penn Station New York in Midtown Manhattan.

The borough’s boardwalk is approximately one mile long, (1,6 km) spanning the coastline from the Manasquan Inlet at the north to New Jersey Avenue in the south. The central third of the boardwalk is largely amusement rides, the Jenkinson’s Aquarium, the Jenkinsons Arcades, pizza joints, ice cream parlors, games-of-chance and miniature golf courses. The boardwalk pavilion became the center of nightlife, featuring sophisticated dancing, well-known big bands, and occasional live nationally broadcast radio. Today it features a number of amusement rides, video arcades, and diverse cuisine, ranging from sausage sandwiches to sushi. Point Pleasant Beach hosts an annual Seafood Festival in September.

A bit on the county ok!  Ocean County was established on February 15, 1850, from portions of Monmouth County, with the addition of Little Egg Harbor Township which was annexed from Burlington County on March 30, 1891. Ocean County is located 50 miles (80 km) from Philadelphia, 70 miles (110 km) from New York City, and 25 miles (40 km) from Atlantic City, making it a prime destination for residents of these cities during the summer. It gets loaded!!!

The Ocean County tourist office on beaches/amusement parks :https://oceancountytourism.com/beaches-boardwalks/

In my early road warrior trips we went south into that wonderful Route 1/9 (Bruce Springsteen fame) or even closer coastal Route 35 you come into our fav city to go fishing , something I did a lot when young even still university studies coming up from Daytona Beach. I went down with my parents into Point Pleasant Beach and there rented the boat Dauntless. Wonderful family memories, was lucky glad to bring my paternal grandfather Manolo on these trips too back in the early 80’s. The city has a wonderful beach , one of the best me think, and plenty of family activities.  Jenkinson’s Beach will be open the weekend before Memorial Day, weather permitting. Starting Friday, May 28th,2022 Jenkinson’s Beach will be open daily, with lifeguards on duty, through September 6th, weather permitting. The beach is payable of 4 Usdollars and 5 on weekend for the day.

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Other than beach time, we came even in winter to go fishing from here, love it many nice memories of always with my parents and later my paternal grandfather!! Amazing looking for info on the internet the Dauntless boat is still going on by the same family!! This is from their webpage: They will clean your catch for a nominal fee. Drinks and snacks available. Music on board for your enjoyment. The cabin is centrally heated and heated handrails for your year round comfort. Clean Ladies and Men’s accommodations. Ample Free Parking at the dock. Bring your Family fishing on the 85′ DAUNTLESS for one of the most enjoyable and memorable trips of your vacation. The official Dauntless webpage: https://www.dauntlessfishing.com/

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The Point Pleasant chamber of commerce with tourism information :https://www.pointpleasantbeachchamber.com/

The Boardwalk attractions by Jenkinsons on Point Pleasant Beach :https://jenkinsons.com/

The New Jersey State tourist board on Point Pleasant Beachhttps://visitnj.org/city/point-pleasant-beach

There you go folks, a bit of nostalgia of Point Pleasant Beach of New Jersey! The glory for my parents and I making the American dream. Memories forever for me now glad told in my blog, my history. Again, thanks for coming along and hope you enjoy it as I. Thanks for reading me since November 2010!!

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

May 29, 2022

Marineland of St Augustine!!

Now let me take you way back, back back, for a time I was not even blogging but collecting travel postcards (for info had over 4K from 76 countries). I was living in Ormond by the Sea, Florida and took a ride to see Marineland in Saint Augustine and the dolphins. It was a youthful wonderful experience and at least found an oldie picture of it that took me to write this post. Hope you enjoy it as I remembering nice memories!

I like to continue in memory lane and bring back this wonderful experience to remember forever. Let me tell you about this wonderful aquarium which should be a fantastic one two combination of Marineland and St Augustine. Hope you enjoy as I and thanks again for reading me over the years! If you search my blog you will see several posts on Florida.  

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Marineland is one of Florida’s oldest amusement parks and bills itself as the world’s first oceanarium. In particular, it allows the public to swim with the dolphins. The circular oceanarium held 400,000 gallons of water circulated at 3,000 gallons per minute. This oceanarium was also 12 feet ( about 4 meters) deep and 80 feet (about 24 meters) across. with some rocks laid in on the sandy bottom. The rectangular oceanarium nicknamed “the rec tank” by staff, held 450,000 gallons (1.7 millions liters) of water circulated at 2,500 gallons ( 9450 liters) a minute.  Other exhibits complemented the shows including “Wonders of the Sea” allowing a close up of marine specimens in aquariums, an electric eel demonstrations, a penguin and flamingo displays. Just east of the circular oceanarium was another tank that originally held fresh water dolphins, manatees then was used for a shark nursery for a while then was set up as fresh water spring in the 1980s. In between shows visitors could walk freely around the oceanariums and sometimes even play catch with a friendly dolphin on the top deck. Marineland  operated a reverse osmosis water plant converting salt water to fresh water.

However, during the renovations the original 1938 Circular Oceanarium (400,000 US gallons (1,500,000 l; 330,000 imp gal)) and Rectangular Oceanarium (450,000 US gallons (1,700,000 l; 370,000 imp gal)) along with the 1952 stadium and tanks were demolished as they were well beyond repair. The old Marineland lab was also demolished. Large new tanks which contain close to 485,000 gallons of water were constructed as part of a new structure built where Whitney Park once stood. This would become the centerpiece of the new Marineland. This state of the art facility includes modern buildings, pumping station, equipment and a small museum featuring artifacts of Marineland of old. Where the original oceanariums once stood became a parking area. The old main entrance, walkway and gift shop were preserved being the only original structures left on the east side of ocean road  A1A. Areas along the old main entrance walkway were repurposed with holding tanks for sharks and rehabbed sea turtles standing in the area where the Flamingo Pond once existed. Fresh water for Marineland now arrives from an expansion of the new city of Palm Coast (godparents of my oldest son lived there before going back to Portugal)  utility system. A new water line was installed along A1A due to development in the area. The age of the original Dolphin Show at Marineland ended as the park transformed, reopened as a hands-on educational and environmental facility as the Marineland Dolphin Adventure. Guests can now interact directly with the dolphins in the new facility as well see other marine life. 

Even if a bit long would like to tell in this post the history of Marineland for old times’s sake.

The Marineland project was first conceived by W. Douglas Burden, Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, Sherman Pratt, and Ilia Tolstoy (grandson of Tolstoy) as an oceanarium that could be used for marine life films. A site south of St. Augustine on the Atlantic seaboard was chosen, which became known as the town of Marineland. Originally, the 81 km2 land was granted to the London lawyer Levett Blackborne in 1767. Grandson of the Mayor of London Sir Richard Levett, he never came to settle on these Florida lands which he entrusted to John Graham, a Georgian Loyalist who fled during the American Revolution. Subsequently, the area of ​​the current Marineland was divided into smaller plots. After solving the problem of capturing sea animals, Marine Studios opened on June 23, 1938 (the name Marineland was later adopted) with dolphins as its main attraction.

The fact that the project was developed by Leo Tolstoy’s grandson brought writers such as Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, John Dos Passos and Ernest Hemingway to the local Moby Dick’s Bar. Marineland’s facilities were used for the filming of films like The Curious Creature from Black Lake in 1954 and Revenge of the Creature in 1955. In the 1960s, the park became the busiest in Florida.  Walt Disney World Resort opened in 1971 created significant competition and led to a decline in attendance, However, Sea World’s entry into the Florida market eventually had a very negative impact on Marineland from the late 1970s through 2009.

In 2003, (the year me /us left Florida for France) buildings west of the A1A highway were demolished and only the original structures remained along the Atlantic coast. The following year, Marineland was completely closed for renovation, until March 4, 2006. During the works, the circular Oceanarium and the rectangular Oceanarium were destroyed. Part of the park passed into the hands of Flagler County to become the River to the Sea Preserve. Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney donated 12,000 square meters of land in 1974 and the University of Florida opened Whitney Marine Laboratory next to Marineland. This allows you to study marine mammals. In 2008 the Dolphin Conservation Center was built. In 2011, the park was purchased by the Georgia Aquarium . In 2019 the park was sold once again to Dolphin Discovery who currently operates the park.

The official Marineland  Dolphin Adventure : https://marineland.net/

The St Augustine tourist office on Marinelandhttps://www.visitstaugustine.com/thing-to-do/marineland

There you go folks, one of the original Florida amusement parks indeed and a wonderful experience with now great memories for me. Marineland was up the alley and visited several times in my youthful days of the Sunshine State of Florida. Hope you enjoy the post and do visit , a wonderful marine life experience for all.

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

May 28, 2022

Some news from France, CCCLV

And its time as time flies to tell you my latest rants about some news from France. An eventful post in my blog that I have enjoyed together with you for the last 12 years now!! And for those non Roman CCCLV is no 355::) And I thank you. The weather is now more steady as summer wants to take over already in my belle France !! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

On the occasion of the Champions League final, fan zones, devices and festivities came to settle in , already ready to welcome Liverpool and Real Madrid fans. So a little advice to Parisians: leave the city quickly because it promises to be hectic !!! This Saturday, more than 10,000 English and Spanish supporters are expected in Paris to attend this major event planned at the Stade de France which will oppose Liverpool and Real Madrid , If 44,000 tickets have been reserved for supporters of both clubs, there should be even more of them staying in Paris for a weekend so get ready! In Paris, it is on the Parvis de lHôtel de Ville that you will have to go. On the program: a mini-football field, photo booths, shooting and dribbling activities as well as a freestyle football demonstration area. As for Saint-Denis, it is on Place Victor Hugo and Place Jean Jaurès that you will have to go from 10h until kick-off at 21h, Apart from a giant 12 meters high trophy, a precision ball shooting range and a giant foot-dart target will be made available. A ball tennis court, a 1v1 arena and photo animations are also planned , A specific security device will be deployed around the Stade de France where security officers will carry out the usual pat-downs on an extended perimeter, going up to one km around the gates of the stadium. There will also be a circulation perimeter subject to authorization which will be set up around the Stade de France with effective checkpoints from 12h and until the end of the match, The sale of alcohol will be authorized, until three hours before the start of the meeting, i.e. 18H, Due to strikes at the RATP will interfere in this Champions League final. After the RER B, the RATP unions have called for a strike on the RER A for the day on Saturday which risks disrupting journeys to and from the Stade de France on the RER B. It will be shown on French national TV channel TF1 21h,,,,!

A TGV that will connect Paris and Berlin in seven hours. SNCF and Deutsche Bahn intend to launch a direct TGV between Paris and Berlin at the end of 2023 , There should initially be one round trip per day via Frankfurt, operated in partnership between SNCF and Deutsche Bahn with ICEs , Since their launch, the TGV Paris-Milan or even Paris-Barcelona have been a huge success, so why not Paris-Berlin? In addition, a night train connection between the two capitals to be operated by Austrian Railways ÖBB, in cooperation with SNCF and Deutsche Bahn, also from the end of 2023. Europe is coming closer,,,

Paris-Deauville, the Autoroute de Normandie or A13 toll gates soon to be removed, no more traffic jams? I hope !! Sanef announces the withdrawal of tolls. But beware, it will not be free. From 2024, the toll barriers should disappear on the A13. Instead, gates will be installed, This is what the motorway company of Sanef (Company of the motorways of the North and East of France) promises on the A13, from 2024, with its motorway in “free flow” . Facilitated by the law on mobility, this project provides for the removal of all physical tolls between Paris and Caen. I will need to check it out indeed !

Canal de l’Ourcq: the port of Pantin scheduled to open in spring 2023 ! The port of 45 rings will be built here, along the old General Stores which goes from the Bassin de la Villette (19éme) to Meaux (Seine-et-Marne dept 77), The wishes to have a new marina, in addition to the two it already has in Paris, that of the Arsenal in the 12éme and the nautical stopover of La Villette in the 19éme.

The residents of the Canal Saint-Martin denounce a development of the quays “tinkered”, For two years, the quays of Jemmapes and Valmy have been pedestrianised. But the project launched by the City Town Hall of Paris has not been completed, according to local residents. They denounce a “lack of facilities and signs” for passers-by, as well as an “anarchy” in the circulation of bicycles. All yes less cars more of everything else, and no coordination, that is Paris today folks, Good luck !

Free-wheeling bicycles and scooters, feeling of insecurity… Pedestrianization in Paris is not won. The mayor of the 9éme arrondissement is calling for at least a new decree so that the cohabitation between passers-by and bicycle vehicles goes better. The other morning, a person going to the Pont Alexandre-III bridge from the Petit Palais, when two scooters ran into him as walking !. If the person hadn’t stopped, don’t know what would have happened to him, The person still can’t believe the speed at which the two mini-racing cars were arriving straight at him. Yeah, more dare devils on the sidewalks, streets and still no coordination by the mayor of Paris !! Good luck,,,,

By the frequented ,rue La Fayette has had enough of construction sites this street straddling the 9éme and 10éme arrondissements. At the intersection with rue Châteaudun, motorists, delivery trucks and other buses share a single lane on the roadway due to road works, Well less roads more congestions and if you add work, good luck in Paris.

The renovation of the planks of the Passerelle des Arts (6éme) should begin at the end of the year 2022. It will take 8 months of work to finish it, So bear in mind crossing the Seine river !

After a vast restoration project, the Richelieu site, the historic address of the National Library of France (BNF), only has a few weeks left to complete the removal of 20 million documents, books, photos, maps and works of art. It is impossible to count the number of books as there are so many. But they know that have to move 42 linear km of collections !. With the extra services, they hope that everything will be finished on June 24th 2022,,,. The Oval Room, 18 meters high under the ceiling, built in 1897, has had its mosaics restored and its glass roof redone as well.

Every year since 1982, this popular meeting retraces 2000 years of the history of Meaux and the Meldois (the local people celtic tribe). A human adventure and a technical challenge. “Folles Époques” will be played nine times from Saturday June 4, 2022 , It tells the story ranging from the Middle Ages to the end of the Industrial Revolution and the armistice of November 11, 1918 of events in Meaux, City of Meaux webpage: https://www.ville-meaux.fr/fr/tourisme/le-spectacle-historique.html

The Château de Fontainebleau is embarking on catering… for its visitors! A restaurant and a café have opened their doors there and not only to visitors since they can be accessed without going through the ticket office. The restaurant which opened in the heart of the Maison des Siècles allows you to taste original verrines in front of the pond on which the kings and queens had fun in the boat. The best tables, placed between the Etang aux Carpes and the Lenôtre parterres of the Château de Fontainebleau, offer an enchanting setting for a meal in the heart of the Maison des Siècles. Les Petites Bouches de l’Empereur, offered by the Monument Café chain, Castle webpage : https://www.chateaudefontainebleau.fr/en/restauration-au-chateau/

Puy du Fou, Parc Astérix, Futuroscope… the amusement parks are full and smile again after the Covid, Since their reopening, for the most part in mid-April, the attendance figures are often higher than those of 2019, pre-Covid year, from 15 to 30% higher ! La Mer de sable d’Ermenonville (Oise 60) got off to a good start with an increase of +28% between April 8 and May 8. Yes all is coming back, and it feels like well summer !

Come and discover Bercy Beaucoup !, the new cultural garden which invests a wasteland of 8,000 square meters south of the 12éme arrondissement “Bercy Beaucoup” was inaugurated this past Saturday May 21, 2022 for an opening weekend which directly announced the color with many animations. We can then enjoy a multitude of emerging and creative activities around the workshops, offices and gardens of this green space. a rich and varied program, including concerts, conferences and shows. Bercy Beaucoup ,facing 20 boulevard Poniatowski 12éme of Paris.

Founded a thousand years ago, the Notre-Dame-du-Fort Church in Etampes saw the Virgin at its window , The Virgin is said to have briefly appeared to the sick in the past. This year, they celebrate the millennium of the foundation of the collegiate by King Robert the Pious, not its construction this date of 1022 finds its origin in the introduction of a collection of charters written in Latin at the end of the 19C, it is writes that in 1022, King Robert Le Pieux founded two churches in Étampes; King Robert Le Pieux went to Italy to find the bones of three persecuted little children, Cant, Cantien and Cantienne who had their heads cut off. Legend has it that at the place of their persecution, a fountain of milk appeared. We find this story on the painting which is exposed above the relics, inside Notre-Dame-du-Fort, where their clothes are transformed into milk, Worth the detour me think, City of Etampes webpage : https://www.mairie-etampes.fr/agenda/le-millenaire-notre-dame-du-fort/

An orca in difficulty in the Seine river between Rouen and Le Havre will be attracted to the sea using sound stimuli, announced this Friday the prefecture of Seine-Maritime which favors “a gentle method of intervention” , Preview for the first time on May 16 between Honfleur and Le Havre, near the Pont de Normandie, the killer whale very probably arrived already weakened towards the Seine estuary, as indicated by Gérard Mauger, vice-president of the GECC, an association based in Cherbourg commissioned by the French Office for Biodiversity (OFB) for the study and preservation of marine mammals in the Channel. To be watch,,,,

The prize for the best pizza in Europe remains in Paris. Coming first in the ranking of the transalpine guide 50 Top Pizza, the Neapolitan Guiseppe Cutraro once again won the prize for the best pizza in Europe, outside Italy. It is in the 20éme arrondissement, rue Saint-Blaise that the pizzeria Peppe is constantly a hit. In the ranking Peppe Pizzeria is followed by Fratelli Figurato in Madrid and 50 Kalò di Ciro Salvo in London. 3 other addresses located in Île-de-France region, also appear in the ranking, the new 400° Laboratorio in the 11éme, Guillaume Grasso in the 15éme, and IMperfetto in Puteaux (Hauts-de-Seine dept 92). Webpage: https://www.peppeparis.fr/

The former boss of the Louvre museum, Jean-Luc Martinez, was indicted this past Wednesday May 25 2022 for money laundering and complicity in organized fraud and placed under judicial supervision in an investigation into antiquities trafficking , Two of his collaborators, the head of the Egyptian antiquities department, and an Egyptologist were taken into police custody on Monday by police officers from the Central Office for the Fight against Trafficking in Cultural Property (OCBC). The two specialists were released without prosecution at this stage, according to a judicial source. The three men are suspected of having taken part in the trafficking of works, among which is a stele of Tutankhamun. The case dates back to 2016. That year, the Louvre in Abu Dhabi, a branch of the Parisian museum, acquired several Egyptian antiquities, for several tens of millions of euros, indicates Le Canard enchaîné newsjournal,

There you go folks, another dandy round of news of my belle France , of course, chosen by me; there are many others. We are marching on to Summer and eating out in our veranda porch every day now , grand! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

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