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June 14, 2022

Some news from France ,CCCLVI

It’s time again 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 CCCLVI is no 356::) And I thank you. The weather is now more as summer wants to take over already in my belle France !! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

The Legislative elections in France 2022, The participation in the first round amounts to 18.43% at noon June 12 , down from 2017, For several years, the overall participation in legislative elections has continued to crumble, falling from 64.42% in 2002 60.44% in 2007, 57.22% in 2012 and 48.7% in 2017. This year voters are called to the polls on June 12 and then June 19, It is half as long as for the presidential election last April. But in reality, it is this presidential election that is an exception. For all other elections, legislative but also municipal or regional, only one week separates the two passages in the voting booth. In a presidential election, on the other hand, the second round takes place “the fourteenth day following (the first round)”, is it stated in Article 7 of the Constitution. This clarification was made in 1962, and no deadline was mentioned in the initial version of 1958. In 60 years, this rule has never known an exception. But where does this special status come from? The explanation for this extended deadline relates to the fact that the two finalist candidates need to gather and even broaden their political base, but also to meet as many French people as possible. The longer show continues with the same actors…..

Hear all about folks, strikes are back ! Threat of strike at Paris airports for the first weekend of July 2022, Already mobilized this past Thursday, the employees of the Roissy-Charles de Gaulle and Orly platforms have decided to relaunch new actions from July 2. The CGT, FO, CFDT, CFTC, Sud, Unsa and Solidaires unions are calling for a new strike on Saturday July 2 at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport (Val-d’Oise 95). In Orly (Val-de-Marne 94), an identical movement is planned. All airport staff are concerned by the call ,To deal with the health crisis, employees had to accept salary cuts of around 18% by eliminating bonuses and allowances. There had been big strikes last year and those who did not sign this amendment, 180 people, were dismissed, recalls a CGT official for ADP in Orly. 1,150 people also left as part of a collective contractual break. Oh yes the covid has not ended here…!

Originally, about forty trees had to be cut to build a ticketing area and two lockers on each side of the Iron Lady with toilets, snacks, and souvenir shops. The goal ? Better manage the flow of the 20 million visitors who come to admire the Eiffel Tower each year. And the major of Paris thinks eco right lol ! But this project has been called into question… Planted at the end of rue de Buenos-Aires in the 3éme arrondissement, a plane tree planted for more than 200 years is the oldest tree in the Champ-de-Mars. The bicentennial would be the only survivor of the two rows of trees that then took root in this place. For weeks, the association of Pierre Lamalattie and others have been fighting precisely to protect this plane tree and other trees that they believe are threatened by the site renovation project carried out by the City of Paris. The City then halved the number of planned cuts. Before Emmanuel Grégoire announced in early May that no tree would ultimately be cut or impacted. The associations have, for their part, an appointment with the City of Paris at the beginning of July to make a new point on the file. To be continued…Good for the real ecolos !

Forget the impersonal highway areas; on the holiday route, it’s time for real stopovers in one of the 73 villages étapes( stopover villages ) in France. A stopover village, what is it? It is a town located less than 5 km from a highway or a national road, but not always a village, sometimes a small town of less than 5,000 inhabitants. The stopover villages (which can be found in the guide Villages étapes of the Routard, Hachette, 160 pages, 9.90 euros FR) must offer shops and activities capable of welcoming travelers with dignity. There are currently 73, in 9 regions, 31 departments and on 36 roads. Had tried a couple but for my road warrior trips, still prefer the aires d’autoroute or rest stops, has it all and quick in and out, However, admit some of these villages étapes can be a nice find indeed, More info webpage :

The Hauts-de-Seine department 92 becomes an official partner of the Tour de France for three years. It’s a return to basics for the 92. From this Tour 2022 (July 1 to 24), an arch will be placed at kilometer 92 of each stage, and a contest will be launched on social networks to bet on the first rider to finish crossing this kilometer point. The winner drawn will be invited to a stage. The boss of the Tour, Christian Prudhomme, returned to the long history that links the cities of Hauts-de-Seine to the event, in particular the arrival of the 1st Tour, in Ville-d’Avray in 1903, or the big start de Boulogne-Billancourt in 1986, and therefore this famous kilometer 92. This arrival of the Hauts-de-Seine in the family of the partners of the Tour is therefore a form of homecoming. See it its wonderful webpage :

A total fiasco !! After the erased images of the Stade de France, are those of the metro. The RATP says this Friday to Parisien-Aujourd’hui en France newspaper that the video surveillance recordings of the day and the evening of May 28, the day of the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid (we won Hala Madrid!!), have been automatically deleted 72 hours after. And this without the justice making a requisition to obtain a copy of these images which could have helped to better understand the course of a chaotic evening. The SNCF, which manages the part of the RER B north of the Gare du Nord and therefore in Saint-Denis, as well as the RER D, had initially indicated that these sequences had also been deleted at the end of the same period. In the evening, the company finally explained to Parisien-Aujourd’hui in France that “the automatic deletion of the images was blocked and the images were kept, as authorized by the legislation for a period of 30 days”. The French Senate continues its hearings next week. The inter-ministerial delegate to the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games Michel Cadot, author of a report published on Friday which points to a series of “failures” at the origin of this fiasco, representatives of the SNCF and the RATP will be heard on Tuesday. To be continue but better get going for 2024 !!

The “so British” houses of the villa Léandre transport Montmartre to London, The villa Léandre, a 69 meters cul-de-sac overlooking avenue Junot, in the 18éme arrondissement of Paris, so much does the site give the impression of being in this typical London district. Thus, on the even numbered side, there are houses with these tiny flower gardens, bow windows and slate roofs. On the odd side, they are small red or white brick buildings. And it is not only in architecture that the site resembles the English capital. In terms of prices too, between 12,000 and 20,000 euros per square meter. There you go a nice window walk by in eternal Paris,,,Paris tourist office webpage :

A study published by YouGov for the Obs newspaper on April 29, 2019 revealed that one in three French people believe in ghosts. (not me,,,) No wonder then that old legends persist. In Île-de-France region, many sites still have the reputation of being haunted, from the most famous such as the catacombs or the Paris Opera, to abandoned houses. In the heart of Paris, rue de Bièvre (5éme my old meeting point), where François Mitterrand lived, a dark legend persists. In this pretty little street, there is an empty space, not built for decades. In “Rue des Maléfices”, the poet and resistance fighter Jacques Yonnet evokes the history of this house that no longer exists. He says that in the past, there was an old inn run by a couple. One day, a gypsy came in, he wanted to draw the cards from the innkeeper’s wife who, jealous, chased him away. The gypsy then returned for several days in a row and cast a spell on the husband. His dog died a few days later. He suffered from a kind of leprosy, and his wife disappeared. The house, eaten away by a fungus, was reduced to nothing in 1943. Since then, the plot has remained empty, a tree has grown there and the wall has been replaced by railings. Let’s take the road to Pigalle, still in Paris. There is this house in the neo-Gothic style at no. 1, avenue Frochot (9éme). According to the guide to unusual visits organized by Sous les Pavés, created by Guillaume Bertrand, a specialist in the legendary Parisian, this “evil house” is haunted by the spirit of a maid who was murdered there on the stairs. early 20C. Successive owners would have been victims of his torments. Like Sylvie Vartan, ( a singer) who had acquired the house in the 1970s but never moved in. The Manoir Pavlovich, which is located somewhere in Seine-et-Marne dept 77, has been abandoned for about ten years. Its address remains secret because the risks of collapse are real there. This house built in 1863 would have been cursed by its former owner. She would have lived there alone, abandoned by her husband following a road accident which had severely disfigured her. A curse would then have fallen on all the other couples who tried to invest the mansion.

In Germigny-l’Évêque, an exotic Indonesian-style garden. Batu Taman is used for filming and hosts an ephemeral restaurant for the summer season. Once through the doors, welcomed by two Indonesian statues, the visitor has the impression of finding himself in another world, an exotic Garden of Eden. On 1.2 ha, dozens of eucalyptus, banana trees, yuccas, bamboo from which one would almost expect to see an elephant appear. However, we are in Seine-et-Marne (77), in Germigny-l’Évêque, ten km from Meaux. Welcome to Batu Taman! Webpage :

For a month, the local Jérémie Villet spent his nights in the area to photograph the local fauna. Every day in June, a new snapshot is posted on Facebook and Instagram. A poetic way to discover the foxes, deer and birds that inhabit the royal city out of sight. According to the photographer, the couple of swans in the basin do not let any other animal approach their territory, The experience he had this spring in the domain of the Palace of Versailles (Yvelines 78) marked him. This 30-year-old photographer, a specialist in wildlife which he usually observes in the snow, is the author of the exhibition “Versailles sauvage”, of which a new snapshot is revealed every day on the establishment’s public social networks. (Facebook and Instagram), until June 25. More info palace of Versailles :

To discover the secrets of the Cheops pyramid, the l’Institut du monde arabe (Arab World Institute) invites you on an immersive virtual reality expedition. An incredible 45-minute course, tested for you. More info at the institute webpage :

The Maison Louis Vuitton publishes a beautiful work that pays tribute to those who, within its workshops and its factories, perpetuate an exceptional know-how. The words of the English historian Nicholas Foulkes placed in the introduction then guide the gaze and the imagination from workshops to factories. A world tour in 400 pages, and almost as many images taken all over France and around the globe, to highlight the factories, craftsmen and the mysteries that surround the making of Louis Vuitton luxury products. On each page of the book, from the ultramodern ranch of Rochambeau, in Texas, to Place Vendôme or Pont-Neuf, via Beaulieu-sur-Layon, Vendôme, Ducey, Drôme, Geneva, Veneto, the atmosphere is youthful, serene mood; the gestures, sure, precise, controlled, seem to punctuate the hours and give all their meaning to the days. Louis Vuitton Manufactures, Assouline Editions, 400 pages,95 Euros in France. Louis Vuitton webpage :

After Giverny, the city of Argenteuil opens the doors of the house inhabited by Claude Monet to the public. From September 17, 2022, come and discover the works and the house of the famous painter. On the program: a journey combining painting, scenography and digital devices. It was in this pink house with green shutters, typical of the 19C, that Claude Monet and his family settled from 1874 to 1878. During these four years, Monet began to paint and would never stop. Argenteuil became a real source of inspiration where he painted 259 paintings, more than 150 of which were about the city of Argenteuil. The Seine, Île Marante, the walk along the river… everything is a sign of motive and influence for Monet. On two floors, the narrative films of the route allow us to understand the link between the artist and the city, at a pivotal moment in its industrial history. The visit reaches its climax in the restitution of the cabin of Claude Monet’s boat-studio. It is the room where one immerses oneself in the lair of the painter to see, touch, smell and feel the pictorial movement that is Impressionism. La Maison Impressionniste Claude Monet or (the Impressionist House Claude Monet), The city of Argenteuil on the Monet house :

Architectures en boîte à la Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, As playful as it is educational, the Architectures in a Box exhibition looks back on the history of construction games through workshops. To better understand the history of these small objects from the institution’s archives, the Cité de l’Architecture has invited two guests of honor for a weekend of colorful carte blanche on Saturday 25 June and Sunday June 26: Aurélien Débat, author, illustrator and designer of games and toys, and Mai Li Bernard, illustrator and author of comic strips, will be present to imagine original cabins, by your side Architectures en boîte à la Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, 1, Place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre, (16éme), Until September 19, 2022, Cité webpage :

The Cité des sciences et de l’industrie invites the public to question our society, which is increasingly transformed by the process of industrialization. Between contemplative and immersive experiences, the exhibition Industrial Evolution examines our reality in depth by putting visitors face to face with situations of yesteryear. A way to better understand the current changes at the heart of our daily life and their impacts on human life to better emancipate ourselves from them. Évolutions industrielles Cité des sciences et de l’industrie, 30, avenue Corentin Cariou (19éme), From June 14, 2022 to March 5, 2023 webpage :

The National Museum of Asian Arts – Guimet lifts the veil throughout the summer on the art of ceramics in Japan by highlighting, exclusively, the work of women. Eclipsed for centuries for the benefit of men, female artists will have to wait until the end of WWII to reveal their talent and train with the great masters who handle this ancestral material like no one else. If this exhibition testifies to a great revival of interest in ceramics in our society, it above all takes a fascinating look at this meticulous art which now combines traditional art with more contemporary techniques. Toucher le feu. Femmes céramistes au Japon, Musée national des arts asiatiques – Guimet , 6 place d’Iéna (16éme) Until October 3 2022 , Every day from 10h to 18h,except Tuesdays, webpage :

In the heart of the Château de Chantilly, the designer Albrecht Dürer is honored ! In total, more than 200 works from the BNF and the Condé Museum testify to his genius and paint a rich and complete portrait of one of the greatest artists of all time who, among other things, revolutionized the art of engraving. during the Renaissance. In the idyllic setting of the castle park, Albrecht Dürer brings to life alongside his peers, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Andrea Mantegna or Lucas Cranach in a Europe in full effervescence. The opportunity to discover the most beautiful creations of the artist such as his Sea Monster, his Annunciation, his Melancholy or his Saint Jerome in his cell. Albrecht Dürer: Engraving and Renaissance, Château de Chantilly, Salle du Jeu de Paume, Chantilly Until October 2, 2022 Webpage :

The LGBTI+ bookstore Violette and Co will be reborn, The emblematic Parisian bookstore, specializing in feminist and lesbian writing, was saved thanks to a crowdfunding campaign. It hopes to reopen in the Fall at 102, rue de Charonne, in the 11éme arrondissement, Violette and Co was born in 2004 from a combination of circumstances. The founding couple wanted to embark on a new professional life. They decided to open the first feminist and lesbian bookstore in France. After deciding on the name in reference to the 20C lesbian novelist Violette Leduc, they settled by serendipity in the neighborhood where she lived. For now their Facebook page :

The M6 ​​Group and Stéphane Rotenberg in collaboration with the Bistrots Pas Parisiens are preparing to launch the first Top Chef bistro from Friday 8 July 2022. You can find the dishes of the emblematic chefs of the show, all inspired by the atmosphere of Top Chef! In Suresnes (Hauts de Seine 92), on the banks of the Seine, the first Top Chef bistro will open its doors! Between sets and props from the “real” set of Top Chef, culinary workshops and shows, but also a reproduction of one of the show’s legendary events, you’ll feel like you’ve passed through your screen and have immersed in the world of one of the most famous cooking shows! And for the impatient little ones who can’t wait and want to take advantage of this new experience as soon as it opens, reservations are open exclusively on TheFork (see bottom of my blog main page) from June 15, Bistrot Top Chef Suresnes ,Opening on Fridays July 8, 2022, Site not reveal yet,,,but I will bet is along the D7 Quai Galliani !!

Update! In Villenave-d’Ornon, a few kms south of Bordeaux, archaeologists from Inrap (National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research) are trying throughout the summer to unravel the mysteries of an extremely rare wreck, buried since 1300 years under an old arm of the Garonne river, According to the first dating of wood and ceramic pieces, the 12-meter long boat would have transported goods, probably agricultural, on the river and as far as the Atlantic coast between the years 680 and 720. At the time, the city of Bordeaux, under the control of the Merovingians, was part of an independent Duchy of Aquitaine. It was plundered in 732 by the emir Abd al-Raman, then besieged a century later by the Vikings. But the origin of the ship, whose excavations started in 2019, remains a mystery. Until the beginning of September, a team of 10 archaeologists will try to dismantle the 200 to 300 ribs (transverse beams) which structure the hull, via hundreds of pegs, to determine the architectural tradition of the boat, its real height, its capacity to tonnage, or even the techniques used at the time to make it watertight. To find its precise geographical origin, an archaeo-dendometer dispatched to the site analyzes the wood of the parts of the boat already dismantled , oak, Scots pine, chestnut ,etc to draw up its growth curve, via its rings, before comparing it to reference chronologies on forests compiled at European level. Ceramic boxes, animal bones and a wooden spoon will also be analyzed. The site will be open to the public next Saturday June 18 during the European Archeology Days.

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 !!!

June 14, 2022

Some news from Spain CXXV

And back at you with my series of some news from Spain !!! thanks to you all. There is lots of things going on in my beloved Spain, and it seems we will have a wonderful summer season. I am eagerly looking forward to that!! Let me tell you the latest tidbits of news chosen by yours truly, Enjoy it as Spain is everything under the Sun!

The Feria del Libro or Madrid Book Fair closed earlier this past Saturday due to the red heat alert, as announced by the organization of the Fair, after receiving an official notification from the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) according to which, due to adverse meteorological phenomena in the Jardines del Buen Retiro in Madrid, the red alert will be activated from 21h to 24h Saturday, Too much heat in Madrid ! High of 37C that is about 99F,,,fyi

And since it is hot in Summers in my Madrid you have places to cool off outside, My favorites are the Madrid Rio Beach, Three oval aquatic enclosures with water jets ideal for cooling off in summer, surrounded by a large rest area with hammocks. Fountains in operation from 11h to 21h The Madrid tourist office info :

Also , two other sports complexes I know well and have a great pool are the Centro Deportivo Municipal Casa de Campo at Paseo Puerta del Angel,7 and the Centro Deportivo Municipal La Elipa (see post played baseball here ! ) at Calle Alcalde Garrido Juaristi 17 Keep cool even visiting….

And I continue to warn you ahead for the Summers in Spain ; see too many fall like a red tomato from the heat, in Spain ,everything is under the Sun ! Therefore, some drinks to have cold on a terrace in Madrid are : A pitcher of ice-cold beer is one of the drinks that go down best in summer The typical brands that are ordered in Madrid are San Miguel, Cruz Blanca, Águila, Cruzcampo and Mahou (the traditional from Madrid and my meau!). Although you can also drink craft beers. Sangría is one of the most requested drinks in Madrid in summer, The kalimotxo is a fashionable drink and very popular among young people. It is made mainly with red wine and coke, which makes it go down wonderfully at any time. Coffee is a universal drink and practically everyone likes it. In addition, it can be enjoyed in many ways but it always feels great if it is with ice. The popular horchata (super, divine we love it) , made with rice, sesame, melon, morro, etc. horchata is it, In addition, other ingredients such as lime, vanilla, sugar, etc. can be added. The summer tinto de verano with a young red wine, a bottle of soda or lemon and some ice will suffice, we love it in Summer, Stay cool and enjoy them.

El Chorro de Navafria in the province of Segovia, Castilla y Léon region, In the heart of Sierra de Guadarrama, 34 km from Segovia and an hour and a half from Madrid, this paradise is located nestled in a forest with one of the largest extensions of Scots pine in Europe. 4 km from the town of Navafría is the El Chorro Recreational Area, which has beautiful natural pools, picnic tables, barbecues, a beach bar and a green esplanade for sunbathing. After about 15 minutes walking you will reach El Chorro, a spectacular waterfall with more than 20 meters high. Access to the recreational area is free, but parking is paid. More info in Guadarrama park webpage :

The Paulaner Biergarten (beer of Munich Germany) opens in Madrid, and one of the most typical plans in summer is to sit on an outdoor terrace, In September you have an appointment at Príncipe Pío, especially from Thursday to Sunday, days when you can enjoy live music shows. Take advantage of these hot nights, order a Paulaner while you listen to live music and eat something. You will be able to taste different typical dishes of German gastronomy such as col-slow salad, different types of sausages (Bockwurst, Bratwurst, Moruna, Vegi), knuckle, bretzels or Apfelstrudel. On June 11 the concerts will begin, which will take place at 21h on this outdoor terrace. Bonaparte Terrace (on the Principe Pío esplanade, in Madrid Río), Info webpage

After the success of Jardín Cervezas Alhambra in previous years, this urban oasis will land again in Madrid from June 21 to August 7 2022 to become the meeting point to enjoy a leisurely beer afternoon this summer. A space that will have an urban terrace, a restaurant area and a bar. The perfect setting to enjoy cultural and gastronomic activities and the acoustic concerts of Momentos Alhambra (of course a beer from Granada) in the emblematic Palacio Santa Bárbara palace in the Chueca neighbourhood. The Palace of the Count of Villagonzalo will become the Alhambra Beer Garden. A space dedicated to transmitting a lifestyle that defends the need to stop, listen to ourselves and reflect on what we really want to feel. Palace of Santa Bárbara ,Calle Hortaleza, 87, webpage :

The Cine de Verano in La Bombilla park or Summer Cinema. By Plaza San Antonio de la Florida 1 , It will open its doors from June 29, 2022 with the film “Canallas” by Daniel Guzmán and will be open until September. This is an open-air summer cinema with two giant screens facing each other, each of them broadcasts a different film at the same time, so that when you buy your ticket you can choose one of the two options. They open every day of the week during the summer. If you go by car, I as many others advise you to arrive early and look for a space in the car park just behind the Hermitage of San Antonio de la Florida,(see post) or look for a space in the street. In this car park there are folks guarding and ask for money small coins but, from my own experience, they take good care of your car and being somewhat dark areas is even appreciated. More info webpage :

One of the off the beaten path spots in my Madrid that should be visited, The visit to the Palacio de Liria palace (see post) is a sensory experience, different from the set of cultural visits to other palaces and museums. Surrounded by gardens, this 18C palace recently opened its doors to the public to display the artistic legacy of the Casa de Alba, one of the most traditional dynasties of the Spanish aristocracy. The historical-artistic collection was incorporated thanks to the patronage and collecting work of the Dukes of Berwick and Alba for more than five hundred years. Painting, sculpture, tapestries, furniture, engravings, documents and books, in addition to a wide range of porcelain and decorative arts, are distributed in the different rooms to be admired by their owners and visitors, allowing them to enjoy a unique collection. Of the complete set, great masters of painting such as Goya, Velázquez, Murillo, Zurbarán, Greco, Ribera, Rubens, Titian, Palma the Elder, Brueghel de Velours, Madrazo and Winterhalter stand out. Great personalities from culture, the arts and politics have visited this palace, such as Cole Porter, Arthur Rubinstein, Howard Carter, Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt, Oscar Wilde, Igor Stravinski, Ortega y Gasset or Charlie Chaplin. The visits will be made in groups, starting every 30 min. The visit lasts 65 min. Each entry will be assigned one hour of visit. Once the visit begins, you will not be able to access the Palace. It is essential to be 10 minutes in advance. The official Palacio de Liria webpage :

80 works make up the monographic exhibition that the Prado Museum has organized around the figure of Luis Paret . A contemporary of Francisco de Goya, he is considered the representative of French Rococo in Spain and his work is a true reflection of the society of the time. At the Museo Nacional del Prado, the exhibition is divided into nine sections to show an exhaustive journey through the career of this artist and discover his artistic conception and the keys to his technique that, without a doubt, place him alongside his great contemporary Francisco de Goya, Prado museum webpage :

EULEN Art, a brand of the EULEN Group, organizes from June 10 to December 31 2022 at the Palacio de las Alhajas , Madrid, the first and largest exhibition that is held exclusively around women in ancient Egypt in Spain, bringing together almost 300 pieces from 12 countries. The gallery is divided into four large areas and a final section: Women in ancient Egypt, Real women, Goddesses and temples, From death to eternity and Egyptomania. Through its sections, the assistant can verify the relevant role that women had in ancient Egypt, enjoying an independence unknown in other contemporary or even later cultures. Likewise, this equality covers a long period of time of more than 3500 years, during which the social, economic and religious structure was evolving, and of a vast territory, for which there were notable differences according to the geographical area. In the Palacio de las Alhajas, Plaza de San Martín, 1, info webpage :

The town of Mundaka,is among the 100 best places in the world to surf, The small Basque town nestled in the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve is internationally famous for having the longest left-hand wave in Europe, and one of the most challenging, according to those in the know. The wave forms precisely at the mouth of the estuary and rolls up on itself in a tube with a length that reaches 400 meters, which makes it a desired candy for expert surfers. The local surf scene is considered among the best in the world. This is confirmed in the specialized book that has just been published Surf. The 100 best waves in the world (Lunwerg Editores; 24.95 euros), made by the editors and photographers (experienced surfers) of the bible of this sport, the world-renowned specialized magazine TransWorld SURF. The town of Mundaka is located very close to Bermeo,a typical small town that is worth visiting to stroll through its charming narrow cobbled streets and enjoy the beautiful views. You to see the Plaza del Ayuntamiento (city hall square), and the magnificent Church of Santa María (16C), located on a watchtower, with its back to the sea. About five minutes walking on the outskirts of the town is the Hermitage of Santa Catalina, on a promontory in a privileged place with spectacular views from where you can enjoy the onslaught of the sea and control the entry and exit of the estuary. Towards the other side of the town, there is the quiet and tiny beach of Laidatxu. To enjoy some of the best beaches in Vizcaya, you have to cross the estuary, where the beautiful and extensive sandbanks of Laida are found and, a little further east, in the town of Ibarrangelu, the spectacular Laga, between forests and far from buildings. The Euskadi tourist office on Mundaka :

The town of Brihuega, the land of lavender, province of Guadalajara, region of Castilla la Mancha is a garden that, when it is most flowery, is in summer. In July, the lavender fields burst with color, more than a thousand hectares of purple flowers that attract swarms of tourists. In August the flowers are harvested, but their aroma, far from fading, multiplies: the distilleries then produce industrial quantities of essential oil and the local shops replenish their stocks of soaps, creams, candles, honeys, mikados, scented sachets, etc. A walk in the town is marvelous, go to the Plaza del Coso, the largest in the town, is the tourist office, which occupies what was the Royal Jail of Carlos III. They weren’t very tall in the 18C, judging by the bathroom door. In the opposite corner of the square, the Arab Caves hide 700 meters of underground galleries, built in the 10-11C, where wine was kept cool at a constant temperature of 11 degrees, In the Middle Ages the town conserves a good part of its kilometer-long wall and its main gates: La Cadena and Cozagón. And it preserves its Castle of Peña Bermeja. In the parade ground there is one of the most beautiful and romantic cemeteries in Spain, full of broken tombstones and tender epitaphs. And in the highest tower, a viewpoint to see it as those who go to heaven see it and, at the top, the Royal Cloth Factory from the 18C. Attached to the castle is the Church of Santa María de la Peña, the main church in Brihuega, from the early 13C. Its beautiful door stands out, in a transition style from Romanesque to Gothic,, You go to Plaza de Manu Leguineche, stands the old convent of San José, from the 16C, now home to the Brihuega History Museum. It has an interesting section dedicated to the battle of Guadalajara, which was fought in these fields in 1937, during the Spanish Civil War. The convent also houses the Professor Max Museum of Miniatures, which treasures and exhibits (with the help of magnifying glasses) the more than 30,000 tiny pieces that Juan Elegido Millán, alias Max, a hypnotist by profession, gathered during his hectic and artistic life. Take a break at the shady, cozy María Cristina park, ideal for taking a nap, The 14 fountains in the town, fountains with thick jets and water so cold that, even in the heat of summer, they anesthetize , Among all of them, the so-called Blanquina stands out, which has 12 beautiful pipes, not including those that, from the back, lead to the old laundry room, On july 16 2022 at 21h or 9pm, the 2022 Lavender Festival will be held in the fields of Brihuega. The Brihuega tourist office webpage :

The Lavender Festival of Brihuega:

UPDATE: Madrid will have its own Central Park. The new Central Park will be visible in a few years (you heard it here first !). The pharaonic project of Madrid Nuevo Norte, which extends over more than 3.3 million square meters (2.4 million if the part that will be occupied by the train tracks of the Chamartín train station is discounted) in one of the edges of the city, will have a green area of ​​more than 14.5 hectares (145,000 square meters). Or said in a more hackneyed way: about 14 football fields. El Retiro has 118 hectares and Madrid Río, 121. The park will have an iconic element, which will become a new benchmark for Madrid: the Jardín del Viento (wind garden). It is a singular green structure in the form of a spiral that will be erected in the middle of the park and will be covered by vegetation, producing its own microclimate. It will have different areas and environments with kiosks, restaurant terraces, service pavilions, food trucks and sports areas. The new park will surround the four towers and will also connect with the Bosque Metropolitano ( Metropolitan Forest) and the Arco Verde (Green Arch) , all around the Chamartín train station with works on the new station hall and the widening of the tracks, etc..

There you go folks, another dandy tour of my beloved Spain ! Summer is practically even if officially is June 21st. Time to enjoy sunny Spain once again, and we are gear up for it! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

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June 14, 2022

The markets of Clohars-Carnoët and Moëlan sur Mer !!!

Well to wrap this road warrior trip with the boys and Dad, I come to something we stop by if open or even passed by when closed. We love the markets in Bretagne and all over France. The markets of Clohars-Carnoët and Moëlan sur Mer are small but quant in city centers. Let me put them in my blog on this post and hope you enjoy them as I.

The town of Clohars-Carnoët is in the department 29 of Finistère, in the lovely region of Bretagne.  I have written several posts on the town, but got a quant picture of its new market and decided to add it to my blog, Hope you enjoy it and happy shopping !
The halles or market is dedicated to the sale of all food products., Located at street Chemin du Presbytére, near the Mairie or city hall of Clohars-Carnoët.

Clohars Carnoet halles jun22

The markets here are : On Saturday morning on the above, also call Place de l’église all year round. In the summer season, you have on Tuesday at the end of the day, from 16h, place du Général de Gaulle. On Wednesday mornings (in summer), at Le Pouldu, in the parking lot of the tourist office, and on Sunday evening, from 18h30 to 22h (period mid-June / mid-September), in the rue des Grands sables.

In the Pays de Quimperlé, direct sales of fish are made at the halle aux poissons of Doëlan (see post ) in Clohars-Carnoët.

The town of Clohars-Carnoët and its markets

The Quimperlé Terres Océand local tourist office on Clohars-Carnoët:

The town of Moëlan-sur-Mer is in the department 29 of Finistère, in the lovely region of Bretagne.  I have,also, written several posts on the town, but got a quant picture of its new market and decided to add it to my blog, Hope you enjoy it and happy shopping !

The markets at Moëlan sur Mer are Tuesdays morning at Place de l’Eglise, around the parish Church St Melaine (see post). A much more modest market (only food products) takes place on Saturday morning in Kergroës, 500 meters from the ti Goudoul gîte.Both open from 8h to 13h.

Moelan sur mer halles by ch Saint-Melaine jun22

In the Pays de Quimperlé, direct sales of fish are made on the quays of Port du Bélon, in Moëlan-sur-Mer

The town of Moëlan sur Mer on its city center see market

The Quimperlé Terres Océane local tourist office on Moëlan sur Mer

There you go folks, a nice ending to the latest road warrior trip of yours truly! The markets are wodnerful no matter where we go and shop on them; the very best of Brittany and France and the world! Hope you enjoy the post and the shopping!

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

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