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June 2, 2022

The market or marché of Vannes is sublime !!!

I was again by the wonderful market in Vannes, It has been about 4 yrs not there as do not have my dear Martine with us, It took some courage to come back to a place she lived by, the market, This time we came on Wednesday, when we usually would come on Saturday, The market is one of the best , and again running for the best of France competition where it has been ranked as high as 4 and always in the top 10 of France ! In passing will tell you again on one of my favorite cities and my wonderful beautiful capital city of Vannes in my Morbihan breton dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne and in my belle France!  This is an underrated city that must be visit more and I know we have plenty to see here but you come and will be hook by it, I know because all friends that have come love it as I. I will tell you again on the market with new text and pictures, and updated links ; this is it, the market of Vannes! 

vannes market rue hellec jun22

It covers a large area and today it look as it has grown ! It can access by the place Lucien-Laroche, but also by Rue Saint-Vincent and rue Le Hellec, opposite the post office, where we parked in parking République. It is spread over the Place des Lices and the Place du Poids Public, that offer you all the fresh products you want. We come here for the cheeses, fruits, veggies, and odds on ends, The market is held on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8h to 13h30.

Vannes market pl du poids public jun22

Vannes market rue poissonnerie jun22

We were so happy and impressed by the fact that the merchants recognise us !!! I could not believe it ! After all these years missing, I was standing in front of our favorite fruit and veggies stand, and both the lady and guy came out to greet us and to say Hi ! Giving us freebies to taste and to take home as usual, Market life at its best human form ! We love it !!!

vannes market aldebarran stand fruits jun22

The city of Vannes on its markets :

The Gulf of Morbihan local tourist office on the market of Vannes :

There are, also, a covered market Halles des Lices, and a fish market Halle aux Poissons on the same spot, (see posts),

While there we stop by at our favorite wine store in France, Nicolas right in the middle of the market in place du poids public. And again we were greeted nicely and long conversation with the store manager that we have known for years, We loaded our usual 6 cartons lol !!! Nicolas is tops, recommended for all your wine needs in France, Their property in Vannes :

Vannes pl du poids public Nicolas front jun22

There you go folks, we really enjoy it , always a treat and very friendly merchants that we have come to know on a first name basis with the best of France and the world! We were so glad to be back !Do not miss the markets of Vannes.

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

June 2, 2022

More of Bucharest!!

Well I have been lucky to visit Bucharest 7 times in the last 10 years,and even if slow down nowdays the memories will stay for a longer time. The pictures were found in my vault and should be in my blog, therefore, he is more of Bucharest!!  The city has been called the Little Paris, and even the Paris of the East , folks there even told me so. I like to show you my share and see it for yourselves. Hope you enjoy the post as I.

I remember my hotels by the congress center and near the Romanian-American University . This was my Bucharest central , going to the Ramada Plaza hotel and the Crown Plaza Hotel.

The Ramada Plaza at Poligrafiei boulevard 3-5 in district 1.  This was always a nice welcome even coming at night.  The Ramada Plaza Hotel was built in 1974 and last renovated in 2008, The Vitality Wellness Club features an indoor heated pool, wet and dry sauna, aerobics room, spinning center and full gym. The hotel ,also has a beauty center and a souvenir shop. Guests can enjoy international dishes at the Red Pepper restaurant. In addition, the La Parc restaurant serves cuisine combining Romanian and international influences, in a traditional atmosphere with modern elements and live entertainment. Its garden is the perfect place to spend the afternoon or evening. I really enjoyed here fyi.  The official Ramada Plaza Hotel

bucharest ramada plaza hotel parking snow dec15

The Crown Plaza Hotel, part of the Intercontinental hôtels group, also in the same park as above, I stayed couple times for one night but love the buffet.The rooms are big and well stocked, the elevator works fine and fast, checkin and checkout is smooth, just another wonderful IHG property. You start the day with a rich American buffet breakfast. Overlooking the garden and featuring a summer terrace, the Pine Restaurant serves international cuisine made from fresh local produce. The Crown Café-Bar is the ideal place to enjoy a drink during a relaxed meeting or a business session. Guests can relax at the ANA Spa, which is equipped with a swimming pool, gym, steam room, dry sauna, steam sauna and frigidarium. The Crowne Plaza Bucharest also offers a concierge service and on-site parking. You can walk and use facilities at the Ramada Plaza as well. The official Crown Plaza Hotel

bucharest crown plaza hotel entr mar14

Next door, to the Ramada Plaza Hotel you have the Casa Doina Restaurant , since 2003, located at Kiseleff Street, The restaurant is one of Bucharest’s historical edifices which impresses by its one-of-a-kind architecture signed by maestro Ion Mincu, graduated from the National School of Fine Arts in Paris. The restaurant is an authentic Romanian construction from the 19C, fully renovated and restored, where fine cuisine, a spectacular ambiance and high quality services come together to create the perfect invitation even for the most fastidious of clients. And we were, coming from all angles but always nicely friendly served, great memories here.

bucharest casa doina resto dining feb13

A bit on the architecture just as good as the food/service, The main living room being at the level of a raised ground floor, preceded by a porch, access to this building is facilitated by an external ramp with steps, the latter being protected from the weather thanks to a marginal extension of the roof. With regard to the main facade, the dominant perspective is vertical, starting from the basement, marked by a veranda with glass walls, the skeleton of which takes the form of the Romanian arches, right in the center. If we look up, we discover the fabulous veranda, supported by several carved wooden columns, crowned by a rectangular, pointed dome, made of ceramic tiles. Gorgeous too !

bucharest casa doina resto back apr13

The official Casa Doina restaurant:

To stretch out and see the city of Bucharest a bit more, will give you another restaurant posted now as found pictures lol ! A wonderful place sure to come back to it, the Taverna Sarbului at Stada Tipografilor 31. The terrace ambiance and friendly service to the superb local cuisine and good friends made it special, Huge portions, good wine, a lot of meat dishes, lively place, excellent environment, very polite, and helpful staff, fascinating traditional menu, nice wine list, seductive and subtle live music. A must to be lunch or dinner ; I could have stay here longer! 

bucharest taverne sarbului ent jul13

bucharest taverne sarbului inside jul13

The official Taverna Sarbului

And for a bit more info on Bucharest and its things to do / see in addition to see my previous posts in my blog, here are two sources.

The Visit Bucharest private site on Bucharest

The Tourist office of Romania on Bucharest

There you go folks, feel better now to have shown more of this friendly memorable city of Bucharest. Hope you enjoy the post as I. Bucharest  is a city to detour in Europe.

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

June 2, 2022

The Saint Nicholas’ Basilica Church of Amsterdam!

And I am carving this picture of an older post to do justice to the church with a post of its own.  I have come to Amsterdam by plane and train and of course stepping out Centraal train station across it you find the Saint Nicholas’ Basilica Church. And the beautiful vibrant city is right upon your eyes. Hope you enjoy the post giving justice to this venerated monument of Amsterdam, Netherlands!


.The Saint Nicholas’ Basilica Church is located in downtown Amsterdam,opposite Amsterdam Central Train Station. This neo-Renaissance church was built in honor of Saint Nicholas, the patron saint of sailors. It has black marble columns and a wooden vault. plans with a combination of neo-renaissance and neo-baroque historicist styles. The church was built between 1884 and 1887 and solemnly consecrated on February 7, 1887. It was elevated to the rank of minor basilica by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012.  The main facade is flanked by two towers, with a rose window in between. The center of this window contains a bas-relief sculpture, depicting Christ and the four Evangelists, done in 1886. A sculpture of the patron saint of both the church and the city of Amsterdam is also placed in a niche in the upper section of the gable top, done in 1886.

ams church Saint Nicolas left of centraal apr13

The crossing of the main body of the church is articulated by a large octagonal tower with a baroque style dome and lantern, crowned by a cross. The basis of the floor plan is a classic three-aisled cross-basilica, with a nave, two aisles and a single transept. The choir is located at the end of the nave. At the ends of each side aisle, two chapels are located: one devoted to Mary and one to Joseph. The basilica has a number of religious murals. Above the high altar is the crown of Maximilian I, which is a symbol seen throughout Amsterdam, The central dome is highly ornate as viewed from below and contains four levels of stained glass, encircling the dome. Above the main entrance of the church, beneath the rose window, a 19C Sauer Organ can be found, on which concerts are given and Mass is accompanied.

The official parish of the St Nicolas Church

The cultural site museums of Amsterdam on the Basilica Church St Nicolas

The Amsterdam Tourist Office:

There you go folks, ,you have a whole wonderful northern city to see and a beautiful Basilica Church of St Nicolas. Well deserving of a post, hope you enjoy it as I

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

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