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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.


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:

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. 



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!




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:

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.


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.


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 :


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 :


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 :

The Darmstadt tourist office on things to see

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 Mall

The Middlesex County Gov site on Roosevelt Park

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 :

The New Jersey tourist board on Edison township

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 !!!

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