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June 11, 2022

And I show you Baye !!

Well lack of a better title , you know me. Again, on my road warrior escapades in my lovely region of Bretagne. I came to a town passed by never stop until today.  I did stop in other places but I was surprise to see a nice monument here. Let me show you a bit on Baye !!

The town of Baye is located in the Finistère department 29 of my lovely Bretagne. It borders Quimperlé to the east, Mellac to the north, Moëlan-sur-Mer to the south and Riec-sur-Bélon to the west. And it is less than an hour from my house, It has only artificial limits except with Riec-sur-Bélon that has the Belon river as border, Baye comes, it seems, from Baya, a Scottish virgin called Baya or Beya, companion of Saint Maure (moor).Historically, it belongs to the Cornouaille (Cornwall),

The Church Saint-Pierre-aux-liens (at the links) dating from 1842-1850, The current church replaces an old sanctuary. It is built in the shape of a Latin cross with a canted apse, and the nave has no aisles and the sacristy is built in the extension of the apse. The bell tower dates from the 17C. Among the statues which decorate the church, it is necessary to announce those of the Trinity, the Virgin-Mother, Notre-Dame de Pitié , Saint Pierre, Sainte Anne, Saint Barbe (Santa Barbara), Saint Aler, Saint Sebastian, Saint Antoine, Saint Ilec as a monk, Saint Yves, Saint Herbot, Saint Maurice de Carnoët, Saint Tugen, Saint Joseph, Saint Catherine, Saint Cornely. Three small wooden statues are carried in procession: Saint Peter, Saint Eloy and Saint Cornély.

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You will like to notice as I will on the altar, above the tabernacle, a statue of the Trinity, then on each side, Saint Pierre-ès-Liens and Saint Barbara, in wooden niches. The current church, which seems to date from the first half of the 19C, has an external length of 20 meters. See Saint Peter, keys, tiara, pointed chasuble on the arms, blessing right hand; Saint Barbara, her tower near her, delivers in her left hand, in her right hand a palm ,Notre Dame de Force or of Comfort, holding in her left hand an archbishop’s cross with a long foot; Saint Anne, without the Virgin, left hand holding a roll of parchment;Sant Aler (Saint Éloy), in cope, crosier, miter at the foot, flap, full beard, short curly hair, at the foot a horse; Saint Cornély, miter, cope, ox’s head at his feet, cross with three branches in hand; the Trinity, Eternal Father, having on the left arm a modern Christ, on the right a dove; Saint Anthony, long hooded robe, concrete in the right hand, book in the left, pig at his feet; Saint Sebastian pierced with arrows; Saint Yves, long dress, shorter coat with sleeves and hood, in left hand a book, wearing a hat raised in front; Saint Darbot (Saint Herbot), dress with tormented pleats, hood, a book, a rosary at the waist; Christ on the cross; Saint Yvi, or more probably Saint Tujean, white alb, red chasuble, side stole, long hair, at his feet a dog, in the left hand a book, in the right a piece of wood which must be the foot of a cross ; Saint Morice, abbot, white robe with hood and scapular, holding an open book in both hands; Saint Dilecq, dressed as a monk, brown robe, over which a dark green cloak; N.-D. de Pitié, seated, Christ on her knees; N.-D. of Bon-Secours, holds the Child Jesus, on a ball, beside her; another Virgin with the Child Jesus on the left arm, the right arm, outstretched, holds a sprig of orange blossom.

The town of Baye and its heritagehttps://www.baye.fr/index.php/la-commune/histoire-et-patrimoine

This was a quick passing front of the Church St Peter at the Links, and sure will be back for more pictures soon. For now, enjoy the post and me a new spot name in my blog, Baye, a find. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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June 11, 2022

The wonderful Le Boeuf à la Mode of Versailles !!!

In the my saga of Versailles told many times in my blog so no need to repeat again, just read on. I had written a post early on in my blogging on Restaurants of Versailles which turn out to be pretty popular! However, there is one restaurant we went a lot and more than the others,  that I like to emphasized in my blog. The one of lesser history but even better in my opinion. I like to tell you about the Le Boeuf à la Mode of Versailles !!!

Another less historical street but in my opinion a more family ambiance to eat out was and still is since 1999 Le Boeuf à la Mode on tranquil picturesque Rue au Pain around the Notre Dame market and behind the Carré aux Herbes pavillion (see posts).

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This is the Le Boeuf à la Mode, 4 Rue au Pain, of Versailles. A sublime cozy romantic, French traditional restaurant of old I like to seek and keep.  Very near tha palace on the marché Notre Dame area tuck away in rue au pain ,but well known.  You wont go wrong here for an evening in Versailles!

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This cosy brasserie of the 1930’s style with authentic décor serves traditional cuisine and beautiful quality. The establishment obtained the Master Restaurateur label in January 2013, and offers a menu that evolves according to the market and especially of the seasons. I repeat , you won’t go wrong here! France, and Versailles at its best!

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Despite its name, the menu offers a variety of dishes, from beef to fish to chicken and vegetables. In addition to the printed menu, the chalkboard lists daily specials, which take advantage of the market offerings.  We prefer to sit upstairs, in a charming old-world room that also gave us a view down to the bustling activity of the market.

A bit on Rue au pain which is on the south side of the Place du Marché Notre Dame. Some of the old section was before the rue des Fripiers. A baker’s street before , there is only one left today. Other remarkable buildings are at no 16, the Hôtellerie À l’enseigne de l’Écu de France in 1673 and at no 20, the Auberge à l’enseigne du Royal Vert galant in 1860.

The official Le Boeuf à la Modehttps://www.leboeufalamode-versailles.com/en/

The RestaurantGuru reviews on Le Boeuf à la Modehttps://restaurantguru.com/Le-Boeuf-a-la-Mode-Versailles

There you go folks, another dandy memorable spot in my dear Versailles. So many family memories and even visiting friends brought here over the years, Le Boeuf à la Mode is unique, sublime , memories forever. Hope you enjoy the post as I, and do explore beautiful Versailles !!

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

June 11, 2022

The old Kanter/Colbert of Versailles !!!

In the my saga of Versailles told many times in my blog so no need to repeat again, just read on. I had written a post early in my blogging life on Restaurants of Versailles which turn out to be pretty popular! However, there is one restaurant we went a lot that I like to update and tell you about it just for the memories as it has closed too. The one of great history and good food, I like to tell you about the old Le Pavillon Colbert ,and former Maitre Kanter of Versailles.

We came here first as the Tavern of Maître Kanter, a chain of Alsacien type style restaurants. It was located at 5 Rue Colbert , a small side street left of the Château de Versailles in the Notre Dame district (my former).  In the old Colbert Hotel that Louis XIV built to his chief minister, the former residence of Jean-Baptiste Colbert, the decor of the tavern is faithful to the tradition of the sign: purple, wood, mirrors, fountain and abundant shellfish pond. The location of this establishment makes you dream: to the right of the castle, near the Place d’Armes, the storefront dazzles the passers by its lights and its presence in this small counter-alley of the rue Colbert. This little street, cozy with great views over the parvis , and the great Choucroutes Lol!

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In the light of the Sun King, facing the sumptuous Chateau de Versailles, the Marquis de Villacerf opened the doors of his mansion and invites you to his table. Madam, Sir, welcome to the Le Pavillon Colbert or Colbert Pavilion. This 17C mansion owes its existence to the benevolence of Louis XIV who donated the site to his state councillor, Edouard Colbert de Villacerf. The latter built a pavilion, which he named Hôtel de Villacerf. Later Colbert Hotel and now Hotel de France!

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A place full of history since 1690. The lounges of the Hôtel de France combine: The Salon des Glaces (Ice salon) , which will enchant you with its warm colours, chandeliers and parquet of the period, the Salon Napoleon III, ideal for your sub-commissions or a private meal, the pretty Salon des Glaces or the salon Colbert. These salon are ready for rental for any occasion as the hotel also closed. All due to the pandemic and economics. 

For info, some of the other remarkable buildings on the Rue Colbert (known for short of Jean-Baptiste Colbert) are no. 1: Hotel de Grammont until 1809, at n ° 5: Hotel de Villacerf, property at the end of the 19C of Prince Roland Bonaparte (and now hotel de France and restaurant Pavillon Colbert), at N ° 7: Former hotel of Choiseul, then of Villeroy, which housed in 1870-71 the Prussian minister of War and its services. And No. 13: Current EDF, (electricity co of France) location of the former hotel of Aumont under the former regime , and home of Charles-Frédéric Nepveu, architect of the château under Louis-Philippe, at the end of his life.

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As this is a very famous area and very frequented by my family, with many trips to the tavern and later a couple times at the Pavillon I like to tell you a bit of history I like on Mr Colbert.

Mr Jean-Baptiste Colbert was a pupil of the Jesuits in Reims by 1634,  Clerk of a Notary as chaplain, then of a prosecutor , Commissioner of the troops in Nivernais by 1640, the Regiment of Tavanes by 1641, Clerk of Sublet de Noyer, Secretary of War, protected by Michel Le Tellier ( Brother-in-law of Saint-Pouange) by 1643, his special clerk by 1645, and patented councillor of State then Intendant of Cardinal Mazarin, Marquis of Seignelay by 1657 in the county of Auxerre, purchased in favor of his eldest son, Châteauneuf-sur-Cher and Blainville, Count of  Creully by 1682), Baron de Sceaux, Linières, Ormoy, etc., Lord of Torcy, Minister & Secretary of State of the King’s house from 1668, Marine & Commerce, from 1669, Intendant by 1662 and Comptroller-General of the King’s Finances, superintendent of Buildings, Arts & factories and purchases of France by 1664, Commander & Grand-treasurer of the orders of the King, Academician by 1667, he (inherits a fortune confiscated on an uncle Pussort passed to the enemy in 1647. Married in 1648 Marie Charron ,daughter of Jean-Jacques Charron , Lord of Menars, Grand-Bailiff of Blois, captain of the hunts of the county of Blois, and of Marie Begon. Together they had nine children.

 Mr. Jean-Baptiste Colbert, Comptroller General of the Finances of Louis XIV was responsible for the development of trade, industry, the Royal Navy, the planning of Paris and the growth of sciences. In constant relationship with the king, he remains one of his best trusted men. As in charge of buildings,  he, also took care of Paris with the layout of numerous squares and the Tuileries garden. Attached to the sciences, Colbert was at the origin of the creation of the Academy of Sciences in 1666, as well as of the Observatoire de Paris the following year. Colbert will never be disgraced. He is one of the few men whose Louis XIV will always be sure.

His name gave the Colbertism, economic theory which implies dirigisme state and protectionism.  Responsible for the management of the finances of the state, Colbert writes in October 1659 a brief on alleged mismanagements of the superintendent of Finance Nicolas Fouquet, (see post Vaux le Vicomte) pointing out that less than 50% of the taxes collected would reach the king!. On September 5, 1661, the superintendent Fouquet, fallen in disgrace following the analyses of Colbert, was arrested in Nantes by D’Artagnan (famous muskeeteer-see post). Following this arrest, king Louis XIV abolished the office of Superintendent of Finance and decided to exercise it himself with the help of a council created on 15 September 1661 , called the Royal Council of Finance. He died in 1683 and was buried at Saint-Eustache Church (see post) in Paris. And where his legs are kept, while the remainder of his remains was transferred to the catacombs of Paris in 1787.  So a great historical street as well isn’t it! And we love it by there.

There you go folks, another dandy in my dear Versailles! We love it by here and walked it many times more. Hope you enjoy the post and do explore beautiful Versailles !! This is one of those memorable posts that even if the places are no longer there, will always remained in our hearts.Of course, no webpages.

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

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