Archive for June, 2022

June 30, 2022

The Hôtel des Menus-Plaisirs of Versailles!

And back again to update this wonderful post of a venerable monument of my dear Versailles.  The de facto Capital of France! The royal and imperial city of France, my home for 9 glorious years! I like to take you into another off the beaten path site in my beloved city. If you move out of the castle and come to know the city a bit more, you will learn not only French history but World history as well. I like to enlighten you into know a bit more on the Hôtel des Menus-Plaisirs.

The Hôtel des Menus Plaisirs is located at 22 Avenue de Paris. It remained famous in the history of France for having welcomed the Assembly of the Notables of 1787, that of 1788 and above all the General Estates of 1789, the last that the former regime had experienced. It is an integral part of the history of France, and a must to visit even if today has other functions, read on…


A bit of history I like

This hotel was built on orders of king Louis XV around 1745, in order to house the decoration workshops and the equipment of the games related to the festivities of the King and the Court called “Menus-plaisirs”. It will include sports accessories (especially for jeu de paume play), theater sets, musical instruments.etc.. There are also workshops for models, costumes, paintings and other sculptures, In 1759, the hotel also contains a physics office installed by Abbé Nollet for the instruction of the children of France, starting with the future Louis XVI. The architectural ensemble then revolves around two buildings located at different levels. The lower court opens on No. 22, avenue de Paris, while the High Court is located by No. 19 rue des Etats Géneraux. It was at the site of the latter court that a provisional room hosted a meeting of notables in 1787, then end 1788. On the inside, the sovereign is then installed under a canopy, located in front of the covered staircase which currently provides communication between the two courtyards. The three orders (nobles laymen ,and clerby) are seated separately in the stands arranged in horseshoes, while high grandstands greet the public.

It was in this room that the abolition of privileges was voted in 1789 and the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen was made. The Hôtel des Menus Plaisirs includes the election of Maximilian Robespierre as president of the District Court. The judges of the Criminal court settled there in 1792, waiting for the former bailiwick to be transformed into a house of justice. Thereafter, the hotel serves as a food store for the army, although many theater props are still kept on reserve, which also stirs up the lust of directors of Parisian halls who regularly come to used (take) them.

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The Hôtel des Menus Plaisirs was transformed into a barracks for the volunteers of the Gendarmerie (police) Corps, it became a center of distribution of bread for the troops before being finally sold to a certain Dubusc in 1800. However, the prefect ordered the cancellation of the sale a year later, but already the damage is done: In the meantime, the buyer has unfortunately already demolished a large part of the historic premises including the famous room of the General Estates! . The hotel would then become a cavalry barracks, then be abandoned for more than a century until the city of Versailles installed its technical services in 1942. The State will restore these places as part of the celebrations of the bicentennial of the French revolution in 1989.

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Under the restoration, it was tried to return to its first assignment, but without regaining the glow of the pre-revolution festivities. After the revolution of 1830, the Hôtel des Menus-Plaisirs became a conservatory of music under the name of Royal School of Music and Declamation. Since 1996, part of the hotel is now home to the Baroque music Center of Versailles. The remains of the Hall of the General Estates remain in the high courtyard used for the recess of the students of the Centre de Musique Baroque in Versailles. The pavements of the ground expose the layout of the hall, with the Royal Tribune at the bottom, the grandstands for the nobility and the clergy on the sides, the Great Tribune for the third-state in front which can be seen today.

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The official Baroque music center on the Hôtel des Menus Plaisirs of Versailles

The official Château de Versailles on the Hôtel des Menus Plaisirs :

There you go folks, Indeed a must for the lovers of architecture and history of France and the world really a must to see. Just come out of the palace on avenue de Paris and walk up the Hôtel Menus Plaisirs is on the right hand side of the street and just a few minutes easily accessable. Hope you enjoy the post as I

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

June 30, 2022

The Museum promenade/Aqueduct of Marly le Roi !!

And here I am again updating this wonderful post in Marly le Roi, the Yvelines dept 78 of the ïle de France region. This is heavens ,history, architecture and good views all over. I have seen a lot but just touching the surface, there is so much more to see in my belle France! I like to tell you about a walk, promenade, that became a museum. About an idea of an aqueduct that became just a dream, and about impressionists painters, some of the best all in one area. This is Marly-le-roi and Louveciennes towns. I passed by them often and even visited Franco-American friends at Marly-le-roi. Not to mention walked these places of history and beautiful quant villages/towns.

You will walked/visit the national domain of Marly-le-Roi , even if today there is nothing left of the castle of the time, pavilions and basins built for king Louis XIV, (thanks to the French revolution) , the estate retains a royal charm with its many aisles, its statues and the remains of the old buildings. You can visit the Musée-Promenade de Marly-le-Roi-Louveciennes , The museum traces and illustrates, with the help of an interactive model of the estate and its fine arts collections , archaeology and decorative arts, the splendour of the ancient residence of the Sun King. Models and technical objects present the famous machine of Marly, admirable hydraulic prowess, built under king Louis XIV to supply water to the fountains of Marly and Versailles. A room is dedicated to the favorite of king Louis XV, Madame du Barry, and to Madame Vigée Lebrun, portraitist of Marie-Antoinette, both residents of  Louveciennes. The museum regularly offers temporary exhibitions, animations, guided tours, lectures, concerts…etc.

Marly le Roi

Think of going back down to the village in front of the sublime place de l’Abreuvoir which served as a diverting the waters of the gardens of the estate. Now to the banks of the Seine river, whose changing and dazzling colors attracted many painters: Corot, Sisley, Pissaro, all painted these recognizable views from Port-Marly. Many have come to settle there to enjoy the tranquility of this pretty town on the banks of the Seine. Follow the banks of the Seine, and you will discover the representations of the most beautiful impressionist paintings, posed, at the same place where the painters laid their easels! In the program « Le village de Voisins »  (neighbors) painted by Pissarro in 1872, the « Barrage de la Machine de Marly » (Dam ) by Alfred Sisley or the « Route de Versailles » by Renoir.


The aqueduct of Louveciennes, sometimes called the aqueduct of Marly, is a aqueduct bridge built in the 17C during the reign of king Louis XIV. Located in the town of Louveciennes (Bougival also claim it !) in the Yvelines dept 78. It was part of the hydraulic system designed to supply water to the gardens of the Château de Marly and the park of the Château de Versailles from the Seine river. The aqueduct was composed of 36 arches. Its length was 643 meters for a width varying from 2 to 4.4 meters and a height of 10 to 20 meters; a monumental machine, the machine of Marly, located on the Seine river below, at the height of Bougival, pumped the water of the river with the aid of fourteen impeller’s washers . By pipes laid on two paved ramps, it made it climb the nearly 150 meters of elevation of Louveciennes Hill. The aqueduct was taken out of service in 1866 and replaced by underground pipes during the Siege of Paris in 1870, the Tower of the Levant served as an observation post to the future Emperor William 1er and to Chancellor Bismarck. This tower was renovated between 1998 and 2000.


The city of Marly le Roi on the museum :

The Seine St Germain en Laye tourist office on the Royal Domaine museum of Marly le Roi :

The Association Friends of the Domaine de Marly to keep it and improve it nicely for the future :

The Seine St Germain en Laye tourist office on the Louveciennes aqueduct :

There you folks, there is a lot more to see than castles here, and you should enjoy it all surrounded by lush surrounding in noble French traditions. Marly le Roi is a chic nice place to stroll and see the wonders of my belle France, Hope you enjoy it as I

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

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June 29, 2022

Again by St Germain en Laye !!

And I come back to my beloved old living area, department Yvelines dept 78 of the Ïle de France region just near Paris but not Paris at all. This is Saint Germain en Laye!  The Château de St Germain en Laye is now an archeological museum which is recommended to see. However, for me the architecture and history of the castle is it. Many memorable moments here with the family, as we love to come and shop in the city as well. I have found some pictures not in my blog and they should so here I am again to tell you about the castle of Saint Germain en Laye! 

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Just 20-25 minutes by RER A from Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile ,Arc de Triomphe, Paris !  As soon as you arrive, the castle faces you. A former royal residence, it stands out in particular for the elegance of its Renaissance silhouette and for its Saint-Louis Chapel, which is a true masterpiece of the radiant Gothic style. In particular, you can admire its permanent archaeological collections, which are among the richest in the world. From the Paleolithic to the First Middle Ages, some 29,000 objects, vestiges of the oldest techniques and arts, are available to you. The museum also offers themed temporary exhibitions and conference visits to learn more about the archeology and history of the castle. Just behind it, in what it was the old castle Louis XIV was born, now covered by the fame restaurant Le Pavillon Henri IV.

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However, just as wonderful is to walk its domain property and its gardens paths. The national estate and the gardens surrounding the castle welcome you for a stroll on the large terrace, 2.5 km long and 30 meters wide, laid out by André Le Nôtre, gardener to Louis XIV. Overlooking La Défense and the Seine, it is a masterpiece of perspective!

The National Domain of Saint-Germain-en-Laye offers 40 ha of preserved areas which adjoin the former royal forest. This popular place for walking allows you to admire the French gardens designed by André Le Nôtre for Louis XIV or stroll through the English Garden created in the 19C and home to several rare trees. If today it represents a place of walk and relaxation very frequented by the inhabitants of the region thanks to its many paths and marked paths, it was formerly one of the favorite hunting grounds of the kings of France. Thus, François I, passionate about hunting, had the royal forest laid out for hunting with bridle paths crossing in a star, so that, placed in the center of these crossroads, hunters could see game crossing an alley. These alleys still exist, as does the La Muette hunting lodge, built in the 18C on the site of a first castle built by François I.

The official St Germain en Laye castle museum info :

The Seine St Germain en Laye tourist office on the castle/museum

The city of Saint Germain en Laye on its heritage:

There you go folks, seeing it alone is worth the trip, a marvel of our times, I have always enjoyed my visits in St Germain en Laye ,and the castle/museum is tops. Hope you enjoy this memorable post as much as I. The castle/museum of Saint Germain en Laye is superbe!

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

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June 29, 2022

My Rue de la Fédération of Paris !!

I want to tell now that I can, where was my last work office spot in my eternal Paris last there before the pandemic in 2019, This was at the nice Rue de la Fédération which is splendid positioned between the rue Desaix, which you can come by the Bassins de Champ de Mars and the Champ de Mars park which was my break time while visiting there. Further on the other way you have the Quai Branly and beyond port de Suffren (see post) . My regular trips there , I took the bus from Montparnasse no 82 stop Champ de Mars – Suffren (see post) ,which was easy walking distance to the office. Also, sometimes if weather made it better, the metro line 6 Bir-Hakeim.

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The Rue de la Fédération is in the 15éme arrondissement of Paris. The neighborhood of the Champ-de-Mars gave it its current name, in honor of the feast of the first Fête de la Fédération, which was celebrated on July 14, 1790, the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille. This street was called Rue Kléber by a decision of September 1 1802 (revolutionary year 14 Fructidor Year X ), Again by decree of 1879,the street takes the name of Rue de la Fédération. Its layout was modified in 1897 to allow for the expansion of the Champ de Mars – Tour Eiffel train station.

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It was in this street that the Revillon Frères establishments were located, founded in 1839 and whose origins date back to 1723, is the main French company and one of the world’s largest fur traders until 1936.  It was bought in 1982 by the Belgian group Cora, and becomes the Revillon Luxe brand. Today split into various independent companies, the Revillon brand is available in haute couture fur and as a perfumer and cosmetics. My most memorable meal in this area was done at the Le Cassenoix restaurant , 56 rue de la Fédération ,(see post).

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The other street I took often as off the bus was the Rue Desaix, 402 meters long, begins at 38, avenue de Suffren and ends at 99, boulevard de Grenelle. This street, which has existed since the 18C, was named “Chemin des Charbonniers” then “Chemin de l’Orme-de-Grenelle” and “Rue Saint-Dominique” in 1798. It took its current name on September 1 1802 (revolutionary calendar 14 Fructidor an X ) Right on this street at no 14 is the very nice Comedie Tour Eiffel theater.,which not been inside yet.  Right on the Champ de Mars parc which again was a nice way to walk off lunch and get back to work you have the nice Bassins du Champ de Mars located at place Jacques Rueff Built since 1908 to 1928. After this I took the sublime Avenue Joseph Bouvard. The avenue connects Avenue de Suffren to the crossroads of Avenue de la Bourdonnais, Avenue Rapp and Rue Saint-Dominique, The route took its current name in 1921. In 1984, the central roundabout of Avenue sur le Champ-de-Mars was detached from it and took the name of Place Jacques-Rueff.

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This is all a sublime walk, and so happy to have know it well ,and worked nearby for several years as was my main company meeting place for the Finance committee, The other huge place here that just barely mentioned was the Champ de Mars Park ! I have several entries on the Tour Eiffel but just brief mentioned of this marvelous park.

The Champ-de-Mars is a large, fully open public garden/park located between the Eiffel Tower and the école Militaire or Military school. With its 24.5 ha, the Champ-de-Mars park is one of of the largest green spaces in Paris. Its name comes from the Roman Field of Mars and therefore from the Roman god of war, Mars, echoing the neighboring Military School. It encompasses the area between Avenue Gustave-Eiffel, which separates the park from the Eiffel Tower and Avenue de La Motte-Picquet, which borders it, The Champ-de-Mars is 780 meters long. In width, there are 220 meters between Allée Thomy-Thierry and Allée Adrienne-Lecouvreur. My Dad below !

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Some of the events held here me think were on July 14, 1790 ,the feast of Federation. In the center of the esplanade stood the Altar of the Fatherland. Before the French revolution It was a country space, The construction of the Military School, by Gabriel, led to its destination in 1765 as the choice of the esplanade led to the construction of the noble facade which today closes the Champ- de-Mars and which was a witness and ceremonial setting for some of the greatest celebrations of the French revolution. The ground was leveled, surrounding it with a wide ditch and a long avenue of elm trees, and the esplanade was closed off with a fine gate. The Ile des Cygnes, which was at the location of the foot of the Eiffel Tower, was then attached to the left bank by the Pont des Cygnes.  This is where the Paris World’s Fairs of 1867, 1878, 1889, 1900 and 1937 were held. At the Paris World’s Fair of 1889 ,and to celebrate the centenary of the French revolution, Gustave Eiffel built the Eiffel Tower on the Champ-de-Mars esplanade. The Champ-de-Mars also hosted the foil and saber events of the 1900 Summer Olympics. The Champ-de-Mars has become a vast public garden, with central lawn paths. It is the site of many performances and activities, whether concerts, exhibitions or fireworks, all free. This is,also, where the New Year fireworks of lately are held, In the early 2020s, the Grand Palais underwent renovations (see post). A temporary structure is therefore built in the Champ-de-Mars, as an “ephemeral Grand Palais”, which was inaugurated in early 2021 , It will host several events, including certain events of the 2024 Paris Summer Olympics.

The City of Paris on the Champ de Mars park

The Paris tourist office on the Champ de Mars park

There you go folks, a memorable spot for me, again!  Well my travels as many notice are much, and in my eternal Paris ,well worked for 9 years, and lived off of it in Versailles! The best one-two combination one can have, and I am bragging, sorry! The area is awesome for walks, sights, and foodies, and at night over the Seine is sublime. Hope you enjoy the pictures from my office.

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

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June 29, 2022

The Wall of Philippe Auguste in Paris!!!

A while back I did a long post…on medieval Paris! As I am an amateur of architecture and history, and lucky to have travel plenty already I figure it would be interesting to post it. Thanks to you all , it was well received. I, looking at my vault of pictures saw one on an street of rue Clovis and motivated me to write this one. After all, Paris is today thanks to these old pioneers who designed and treated Paris like it is, the most beautiful city in the world!!  Therefore, let me tell you another long post on the Wall of Philippe Auguste in Paris !!!

The rue Clovis , a street in the 5éme arrondissement  or district of Paris located mostly in the Sorbonne quartier or neighborhood. This road connects the Place du Pantheon and the rue du Cardinal-Lemoine located mostly in the Sorbonne but, also the Saint-Victor neighborhoods or quartiers. The breakthrough of the road in the 19C requires the demolition of the Church Abbey Sainte-Geneviève, of which only the bell tower known as the Tour Clovis or Clovis tower  remains in the premises of the Lycée Henri -IV, (a high school) located at No. 23 rue Clovis  Near the 5-7 rue du Cardinal-Lemoine, remains a remnant of the wall of Philippe Auguste. The street owes its name to King Clovis I of the Franks. During these works, the rue Clotilde was also created, named after Clotilde, the wife of Clovis, on the back side of the Pantheon. On or near rue Clovis ,you can see the Lycée Henri-IV and its main entrance at no 23 rue Clovis. The Church of Saint-Étienne-du-Mont (see post) that the street runs along. The presbytery of the church ,the former hotel of Louis d’Orléans dit le Pieux. Near rue du Cardinal-Lemoine, at nos 5-7, remains a remnant of Philippe Auguste’s surrounding wall, which was restored in 2010. See picture.

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I like to go into a condense story of the  Wall of Philippe Auguste trying to mention current spots only. Bear with me, it is long…..

Over the centuries, the city of Paris was surrounded by seven successive enclosures, punctuating and thus promoting its expansion. These enclosures, which took the appearance of real walls in the city, acted as a system of fortification in times of war and more generally made it possible to delimit the urban heart of the capital.  The construction of the enclosure takes place in the context of the struggles between Philip Augustus and the English Plantagenet dynasty. In order to protect Paris from possible attacks,  the King of France, before leaving for the Third Crusade, ordered the construction of a stone wall to protect the capital in his absence.  The right bank was fortified first, from 1190 to 1209, then the left bank, from 1200 to 1215. Philippe Auguste’s enclosure encompassed an area of ​​253 hectares and was 2,500 meters long on the left bank and 2,600 meters long on the right bank.

Despite the construction in the 14C of the enclosure of Charles V including that of Philippe Auguste on the right bank, the latter was not demolished. However, the enclosure of Charles V concerned only the right bank. The left bank, always much less populated, had to be content with the old enclosure of Philippe Auguste until the 16C.  On the right bank, François I had the gates demolished in 1533 and authorized the rental of the grounds of the enclosure without authorize its demolition. From the second half of the 16C,  these lands were sold to individuals, often causing the dismantling of large portions of the wall. The wall on the left bank side underwent the same evolution under Henry IV; in 1590, it was preferred to dig ditches beyond the outskirts of the city rather than to modernize the enclosure again.

This new enclosure, which was almost round and of which the City was the center, contained 739 arpents and enclosed in Paris several boroughs which had been formed. Philippe Auguste’s enclosure crossed the current 1éme, 4éme, 5éme and 6éme arrondissements or districts of Paris. On the right bank, apart from the small section rue des Jardins-Saint-Paul, its layout has completely disappeared.  On the left bank, its layout can be deduced from that of the streets which run along it on the outside. There were eight gates and the wall began on the other side of the Seine.  Entirely crenellated, and equipped with a walkway along its entire length, the rampart measured 6-8 meters in height, even 9 including the parapet, for a thickness of 4-6 meters at the base. the wall had a walkway about 2 meters wide and battlements. It was accessed by ladders leaning against the wall or by the stairs of the gates.

It was flanked by 77 semi-cylindrical towers that did not project into the interior of the city and were integrated into the curtain wall every 60 meters (39 on the right bank, 38 on the left bank). They were about 6 meters in diameter including the one meter thick walls. Their height reached about 15 meters. Each of the towers had 3 floors. Four strong towers 25 meters high and 10 meters in diameter located at the junction of the enclosure with the Seine made it possible to control river navigation.  During the construction of the enclosure, 11 main gates were fitted out. Four other main gates and many posterns were added to cope with the growth of the city. The main gates were flanked by sloping base towers 15 meters high and 8 meters in diameter.  Originally, the left bank had only five gates opening the city onto the main traffic axes which joined the Paris of that time.  Additional openings were then made , thus 3 other posterns were added on the left bank, from West to East . Additional openings were then made at the end of the 13C.  The right bank was accessible by six main gates when the enclosure was built. In addition, two posterns complete the list. During the 13C other posterns were added; on the right bank, from west to east.

The enclosure or rather I call it, the wall of Philippe Auguste has become almost invisible since the 17C, the remains are often difficult to spot. A large part of them are located on private property, not accessible to the public. However, I will give where to find them thanks to my library, tourist and city of Paris, and wikipedia as I have done my homework, and walked it. Enjoy it as I

In the 1éme arrondissement ,can be seen at 7, 9 rue du Jour, 62 rue Jean-Jacques-Rousseau, 21, 23 rue du Jour, 70 rue Jean-Jacques-Rousseau, 11, 13 rue du Louvre, 20 rue Jean-Jacques-Rousseau ;  from 9 rue du Louvre, it is possible to see the back of a tower, as well as its base at  metro line 14, and 146, 148, 150 rue Saint-Honoré.

2éme arrondissement , can be seen at 16 rue Étienne-Marcel, 15 rue Tiquetonne,  and 20 rue Étienne-Marcel

3éme arrondissement, can be seen at 69, 71 rue du Temple; nearby the route is still visible on the map of the district or through architectural curiosities such as the blind facade of the courtyard of the Hôtel de Saint-Aignan at no 71 rue du Temple.

4éme arrondissement, can be seen at 15 rue de l’Ave-Maria, 9 to 15 rue Charlemagne, 17, 19, 21 rue des Jardins-Saint-Paul by the corner of rue Charlemagne and rue des Jardins-Saint-Paul is visible the most long portion preserved ,about 60 meters. You can see a quarter of Montgommery Tower, named after the captain of Henry II’s Scottish Guard who is believed to have been imprisoned there after accidentally killing the king during a joust. This tower was to be flanked by another in order to defend the Saint-Paul postern. In the middle of the sports field is another restored tower. A 7 meters high curtain wall connects the two towers.  7 rue de Sévigné: former Hôtel d’Evreux (which also occupied no 9) then Hôtel Poulletier or Hôtel de Chavigny; in the cellars of No. 7, remains of a tower from the enclosure of Philippe Auguste; today fire station. 57, 59 rue des Francs-Bourgeois,  at the level of the narrow entrance located between numbers 57 and 59 overlooking the courtyard of the Crédit municipal de Paris, it is possible to see from the public road a brick tower dating from the 19C whose basis is medieval. Two lines drawn in the paving of the courtyard mark the location of the curtain wall, which has since been razed. A plaque appearing on the premises of the Crédit Municipal takes up the layout of this former enclosure. Nos 8, 10, 14, 16 rue des Rosiers; remains visible in the Jardin de Rosiers – Joseph-Migneret.

5éme arrondissement, can be seen at 9, 11 rue d’Arras, 38, 40, 42 rue du Cardinal-Lemoine, 23, 25, 27 rue d’Arras (now rue Jacques-Henri-Lartigue), 48, 50 rue du Cardinal-Lemoine , 17, 19 rue du Cardinal-Lemoine, 28 rue des Fossés-Saint-Bernard, 30 bis rue du Cardinal-Lemoine, under the Jussieu post office; remains of the arch that allowed the Bièvre river to cross the enclosure of Philippe-Auguste to enter the city. 45, 47 rue Descartes, 4 rue Thouin, 60 to 68 rue du Cardinal-Lemoine, rue Clovis (see above), between 1 and 5 rue Clovis, one of the best preserved parts of the curtain wall is visible. However, the part where the original walkway is passable, inserted into private properties, is not accessible to the public. Remains are also visible at numbers 10, 12 and 16 rue Thouin. An indirect vestige also remains at no 7 bis boulevard Saint-Germain,  a very narrow building built between two buildings of more traditional invoice on the site of the old enclosure.

6éme arrondissement, can be seen at Cour du Commerce-Saint-André, Cour de Rohan, 11 quai de Conti; 34 rue Dauphine, passage Dauphine, 35 rue Mazarine; 13 rue de Nesle, impasse de Nevers, and 27, 29 rue Guénégaud.

The city of Paris on the wall of Philippe Auguste

The city of Paris going out guide on the wall of Philippe Auguste

The Paris tourist office on medieval Paris

There you go folks, Paris will amaze you still of its wonders. The walk around these streets is wonderful and additional architecture and history booth for me and surely will be for you . Hope you enjoy this long post on the wall of Philippe Auguste in Paris!

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

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June 28, 2022

The Javel of Paris !

Well here I found a good one in my vault! This is really an off the beaten path of Paris, but amazing I passed on train by here!  Glad I found the picture ,and can add it to my life’s history in my blog. I will tell you about the district, neighborhood of Javel of Paris !

The Javel neighborhood or quartier is the 60th administrative neighborhood , located in the 15éme district or arrondissement of Paris. If you read my blog, you know Paris is divided into 20 arrondissements or districts, the most commonly known to visitors ,but also, 80 quartiers or neighborhood (4 per district) that is how the Parisiens know each other.

The neighborhood or quartier as known today, was in the 15C, a place called “Javetz”. In the 18C and until the 20C, these places sometimes use the spelling “Javelle”.  The 20C standardization retained the Javel form. Before its attachment to the capital in 1860, it was an integral part of the village of Issy. Further javel is the French word for bleach.  It was in this neighborhood, in a chemical factory founded in 1777 by the Count of Artois (Charles X king of France and younger brother of Louis XVI) , that a disinfectant with sodium hypochlorite base (since known as eau de Javel or bleach) was researched by Claude Louis Berthollet and then produced. A History of Paris panel located on the Place de la Laïcité specifies these innovations.

The anecdote is that believe or not, I have rode the trains by here! The Javel station of the Invalides line in Versailles-Rive-Gauche! This is an SNCF station served by trains of the RER line C. On April 12, 1900, the line was opened in a trench along the Seine as soon as it entered Paris in order to eliminate all level crossings and four new intermediate stations were built on the occasion, including the current Javel station, named initially Pont Mirabeau. This building is since 1937 the only one remaining of those made for the extension of the Moulineaux line. The station later takes the name of Javel André-Citroën as today (due that gets you closer tot he parc André Citroën).

Paris javel metro train station

The Transilien SNCF on Javel

The port of Javel is located at the starts at the Pont de Grenelle and ends at the Pont du Garigliano. It measures 1460 meters and is divided into two parts by the Pont Mirabeau bridge, upper and lower. This port, formed in 1866, raised in 1896, owes its name to the vicinity of the quai de Javel, currently quai André-Citroën.

Some of the things you see here, and some worth the detour are:

The Georges-Pompidou hospital and large office buildings and television studios.  The headquarters of the National Printing Office, formerly rue de la Convention, was closed in 2005. At the same location are located various services of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.  In this district, we find the port of Javel, the rue de Javel, the Fontaine des Polypores, the Javel station of the RER line C and the metro stations Balard, Lourmel, Boucicaut, Félix Faure on the line 8) and Javel – André Citroën on line 10. The Saint-Christophe-de-Javel Church located on rue Saint-Christophe near the intersection with rue de la Convention. The Georgian Orthodox Parish of Saint-Nino of Paris, founded in 1929, is a parish which depends on the Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of France, also President of the Assembly of Orthodox Bishops of France.

The Paris tourist office on the 15éme arrondissement or district of Paris

There you go folks, another dandy spot in my eternal Paris. The area by the quays is very nice and indeed a great walk, away from the bussle and hussle of Paris center; you will love the real Paris daily routines. Hope you enjoy the post of Javel station as I

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June 28, 2022

Curiosities of Suresnes, part II !!

As my blog is part wholly of my life, let me tell you about a place I worked for a couple of years and still with good friends in touch even coming for visits to me in my new Morbihan. I like to tell you about SuresnesHauts de Seine dept 92 in the Île de France region of my belle FranceAnd of course from Suresnes why not drive into the Bois de Boulogne! I found me new pictures in my vault and prompt me to do another post on this fine city by the Seine river ! All nice memories flashing as I write, never to be forgotten.

The Pont de Suresnes is over the Seine river. It connects the Bois de Boulogne (Paris 75) to the city of Suresnes (Hauts-de-Seine 92). Four bridges have existed here before, the suspension bridge (1842-1870), the boat bridge (1870-1874), the metal bridge (1874-1950) and the current bridge since the latter date. Historically, the only way to cross the Seine at Suresnes was by ferry. The oldest mention of this type of flat-bottomed boat in Suresnes dates back to 1590.  On the Suresnes side, the bridge outlet is now directly with the current Boulevard Henri-Sellier (old Versailles), a much more important communication route. It also overlooks the platforms which are perpendicular to it, access ramps being fitted out to connect the tracks together. The new bridge was erected upstream of the old bridge. It was inaugurated on February 22, 1951. At this point, the Seine is bordered on the Bois de Boulogne side by the Allée du Bord-de-l’Eau, and on the Suresnes side by Quai Gallieni and Quai Léon-Blum. The bridge extends the bd Henri-Sellier, at the exit of which side lanes provide access to the quays. On the side of the Bois de Boulogne, the bridge, which follows the route of the old national road 185 now departamental D 985, is in the axis of the road to Suresnes.

Suresnes pont de suresnes seine to boulogne paris

The barrage-écluse de Suresnes  or dam-lock of Suresnes is a river building located on the Seine at Suresnes (Hauts-de-Seine 92 ), along the Quai Gallieni. It is made up of three locks and two dams, the latter being separated by the island of Puteaux. On December 6, 1861, the prefect (Baron) Haussmann signed an investigation to create a dam in Suresnes; the construction of a lock and a fixed weir, the work of which was completed around 1869.  On April 6, 1878, a law was passed to carry out major works improving navigation between Paris and Rouen. The Suresnes lock must therefore be modified, the Suresnes dam is rebuilt and that of Neuilly is replaced by another on the right arm of Suresnes. To do this, on the Suresnes side, you have to encroach on the towpath, move the lock keeper’s house and expropriate land from residents. The work, carried out from 1880 to 1885, led to the extension of the old lock by 57 meters and the construction of a second one 180 meters long.

Suresnes ecluse boat passing seine
A spillway 66 meters wide and divided into two passes of 30.5 meters, separated by a stack of five meters, was thus built from 1930 to 1933, A new section was built in 1972 along the first locks and through the dam, This lock is 185 meters long, 18 meters wide and 5 meters deep. Nowadays, the dams and the lock are fully automated. It is the only river gateway to Paris. The
Suresnes dam-lock has a command post controlling the 17 km of the Seine which separates it from that of Maisons-Alfort (Val-de-Marne 94). it is also responsible for protecting Paris from flooding during floods.

Suresnes ecluse cargo boat pusher boat seine

The city of Suresnes on its heritage

The Suresnes tourist office on its heritage

The Suresnes magazine on historical facts I like

There you go folks, hope you stop by ; this is a very nice area of Suresnes,  in the off the beaten path of my belle France. The best part was coming back and seeing the familiar places still open! Luck will have it will come back when possible.

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

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June 28, 2022

Again by Neuilly sur Seine!

This is one of my stumping grounds while working in Paris and living in Versailles several years back. I did had to come for business reasons first, and know the city well, but then came for other and with family as the area is quite chic nice. I have mentioned a lot of the history on the town but need to tell you more about its monuments with new found pictures. Therefore, here is again by Neuilly sur Seine in dept 92 of Hauts de Seine, region of ïle de France!  

The parish Church Saint-Pierre, located at 90 Avenue du Roule (Avenue Achille-Peretti), was built between 1883 and 1914. It includes a Grand-Orgue  Mutin-Cavaillé-Coll from 1898. It is an impressive belltower coming up on the avenue!

Neuilly sur seine ch st pierre belltower front

The Church Saint-Pierre blessing of the first stone takes place on October 30, 1887 on July 5, 1896, Cardinal Richard proceeds to the blessing of the church, The official consecration of the church by Cardinal Dubois takes place after the Great War, on June 6, 1922. The church, however, remains unfinished because the exterior sculpted decoration was never finalized, with the exception of that of the porch and the side portals after 1945. There is a nice outdoor statue of Joan of Arc acquired in 1903, then installed the following year, for about ten months, at the bottom of the main staircase of the City Hall, It was inaugurated in the square located in front of the church on Sunday, May 7, 1905.

The official parish of the Church St Pierre

There is a big wonderful solemn monument on the same street a bit further on , this is the monument to the fallen policemen or the Monument aux morts de la police nationale of the 1914-1918 , and 1939-1945 world wars at place Winston-Churchill.

Neuilly sur Seine ave Achille Peretti Monument aux Héros de la Police Morts pour la France

The city of Neuilly sur Seine on its heritage

The Hauts de Seine dept 92 tourist office on the architectural promenade of Neuilly sur Seine

There you go folks,an oasis of tranquility and class just bordering Paris, the off the beaten path, Neuilly sur Seine. Worth the detour by the Church of St Pierre and wonderful monument as well as others (see post ). Hope you enjoy it as I.

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June 27, 2022

The Hôtel de Ville of Reims!

Well, I do have several city halls in my blog, as said, these can be wonderful monuments in itself with great architecture and history. This is again the case at Reims; where have the excuse to find me a picture in my vault! This is the Champagne area and plenty written on it but this is an off the beaten path spot worth the detour , me think. Therefore, here is City Hall of Reims which is in the Department 51 of the Marne in the region now of Grand Est.

Reims is the unofficial capital of the Champagne-producing region, and most of the major champagne houses based there offer tastings and tours of their cellars. The triumphal arch of the Porte de Mars dating from the 3C bears witness to the city’s past under Roman rule. For over 1,000 years, French kings were crowned at Notre-Dame Cathedral (see post), Lots of things to see here and you must come, easy from Paris.

The City/Town Hall of Reims is the building that has housed the municipal institutions since 1499. The first stone of the building was laid down on June 18, 1627, The first wing was on what is today the rue du Général-Sarrail, was quickly delivered and the Council sat there from 1628. It was raised in Lagery stone and the campanile already had a bell. A first statue of the king is made, it is perhaps made of wood and was destroyed during the French revolution. It burned down on March 3, 1917 during WWI and was rebuilt; the first works began in 1924 ;Gaston Doumergue the President of the French Republic (France) inaugurated it on June 10, 1928.

Reims hotel de ville front pl de l'hotel de ville

Before the fire, the building had housed a museum since Year III, (revolutionary year 1794 and 1795 ), the archives, the savings bank, a library since 1764 by the confiscation of the books of the Jesuit College, the court or the police, and the Chamber of Commerce, depending on the era, Currently it is intended for municipal services that extend throughout the city in annexes and other decentralized services.

reims rue colbert to hotel de ville aug11
The architecture has it as a square building, or almost, with four similar wings which delimit a courtyard which shelters a statue of René de Saint-Marceaux which symbolizes the vine and the foam of Champagne. Each angle is materialized by a square tower. The roof is cutaway slate. The large salon d’honneur at the top of the grand staircase has been particularly cared for with its balcony overlooking the square and a chosen decoration. In the Salon d’Honneur (or Hall of Ceremonies) are the Great Organs. This is a unique monument, as it is the Organ of the French Republic, the only one that was built for a city/town hall in France ! This Art-Deco instrument is the work of the Reims organbuilder Fortin, and was built in 1928, However, by 1985 , the city/town hall tried to restore the organ, without success, and it is currently in a state of ruin.

The city of Reims city hall

The Reims tourist office on its heritage

There you go folks, a dandy nice architecutural and historical monument to see in wonderful sublime Reims! Hope you enjoy the post on the City Hall ,and do visit worth the detour, Reims is a lot more than Champagne!

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

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June 27, 2022

The Auray River by Le Bono !!

And moving right along in my road warrior local version, I came back to Le Bono and the Auray river or ria before connecting with the Bono river ! This is beautiful scenery to fall in love or stay forever. We have many creeks and coves like it in my beautiful Morbihan, and for now let me tell you about the Auray river by Le Bono !!  and the bay out to the Gulf of Morbihan. Therefore, let me tell you a bit more of it, and hope you enjoy it as I.

Le Bono auray river jun22

The Auray River is a ria that begins at Auray, empties into the Gulf of Morbihan and is navigable. The length of its water course is 56.3 km ! The Auray river or the ria du Loch, another name given to the river. But is it really a river or already the Little Sea? Indeed, the degree of salinity is such that oysters can live on the pillars of the Pont d’Auray in Saint Goustan (see post).

Le Bono bay Auray river far jun22
Le Bono bay auray river to port jun22

The Loc’h originates at Plaudren and heads west ,then branches off to the south halfway through its course. It becomes the Auray River, northern outcrop of the Gulf of Morbihan, in the town of Auray, just west of Pluneret. The Auray river overlooks the Gulf of Morbihan between Locmariaquer to the south, and Pointe du Blair and Sept Îles, in the town of Baden to the north. It joins the mouth of the Gulf of Morbihan located between Port-Navalo, end of the Rhuys peninsula to the east, seaside resort and port of the town of Arzon and Locmariaquer to the west. The Auray river crosses these towns : Plaudren (source/origin), Locqueltas, Locmaria-Grand-Champ, Grand-Champ, Brandivy, Plumergat, Pluvigner, Brech, Pluneret, and Auray (mouth).

Le Bono bay auray river out gulf jun22

The town of Le Bono on its port

The town of Le Bono on its promenades, see suspended bridge picture for my spot

There you go folks, one of the highlights of living in beautiful Morbihan is the fact of there are coves and creeks all over with great natural beauty. They are all over the Morbihan and the one in Le Bono is a beautiful setting surrounded by interesting things to see as you can tell from my many posts on the area. Hope you enjoy the natural environment of the Auray river !

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

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