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June 18, 2022

The Collége de Juilly, the oldest college of France !!

I was watching a program on TV and saw an article about this institution that I remembered passing close to read the panels, And as my series black and white, no pictures, fit well into it decided to write a post on its history been so close to my dear city of Meaux, This is my rendition homage to the Collége de Juilly, the oldest college of France !! Hope you enjoy it as I. The material taken from my records, the below webpages and wikipedia.

The town of Juilly is located in the Seine-et-Marne department 77, in the Île-de-France region. It is only 13 km from Meaux and about 30+ km from Paris. You can come to the town by bus line 711: Meaux – Moussy-le-Neuf, I have driven the road D27 from Meaux passing by Juilly on my way taking the Francilienne N104 road around Roissy CDG airport and home, From Paris you can take the BP at Porte de Bercy direction Saint Mande and get on the A3 by Bagnolet direction Rosny sur Bois to the exit/sortie 1 of the La Francilienne here name A104 continue on the N2 same road really,,, direction Saint Mard where you get off on the D404 direction Juilly bear right on the road D9E into city center Juilly, about one hour, By public transports take about 1h30 taking train at Gare de l’Est to Meaux and there the above bus 711 to Juilly.

The Collége de Juilly institution and its park laid out in the 18C, famous for its boarding school created in 1638 and closed in 2012. In the 1960s, it was among the pioneers of teaching English by total immersion on the south coast of England, a method immortalized in Michel Lang’s film: À nous les petits Anglaises.(To us little English girls), The College of Juilly is an educational institution, placed under the supervision of the Oratory of France, which operates almost continuously from 1638 to 2012. It included a kindergarten, a primary school, a college and a high school. Reserved for boys, it had become mixed in the 1980s and then welcomed students, boys and girls, in boarding, half-board and day schools. It is unused abandon ! but still standing as the oldest college of France !! Read on………………..

A bit long history I like

In 470, Saint Geneviève accompanied by Saint Celine stopped in the village of Juilly. According to legend, she kneels there to pray, thus revealing a spring whose water gave them the strength to go to Paris. This spring quickly became a place of pilgrimage to which many sick people flocked. It is still in the center of the college, at the foot of the statue of Saint Geneviève.

Around the spring, the Counts of Dammartin created a domain which they gave as a fief to the Garlandes at the beginning of the 12C. In 1251, Blanche de Castille, mother of Saint Louis, (Louis IX) decided to set up an orphanage there for the children of the dead knights on crusades. It was in 1429 or 1430 that Joan of Arc would have stayed there. Nicolas Dangu, was appointed Abbot of Juilly when he was a simple cleric of the diocese of Chartres. He would later become adviser, master of requests and chancellor to the King of Navarre Antoine de Bourbon, father of Henri IV in 1555. This is how Antoine de Bourbon probably often came to meet Nicolas Dangu in Juilly. Dangu undertook to restore the abbey from 1552 to 1561, thanks to the munificence of Henri II d’Albret (grandfather of Henri IV), whose heart is still preserved today in the chapel of the college. In this chapel there is also still a kneeling statue of Nicolas Dangu erected in 1561. In 1637, the last abbot of Juilly resigned his decadent and dilapidated Abbey in favor of the Oratorians.

The Fathers of the Oratory then founded the college in 1638. During this same period, Louis XIII wanted to found a college that he could visit regularly for the education of the sons of the French nobility, who fell on the battlefields but did not according to him, was not always sufficiently attached to the king. The college therefore received, presumably through letters patent, the title of Royal Academy. Thus, even today, the coat of arms of the College of Juilly associates the arms of France (fleurs de lys) with those of the Oratory (Jesus Maria surrounded by a crown of thorns). Bossuet, then bishop of Meaux, stays at the College in 1689, 1692, 1696 and 1697.

The French revolution brings to the life of the college a certain number of difficulties. The obligation of the oath of the clergy, voted by the Assembly on July 12 and November 27, 1790, is the first of them. Then comes the law of August 18, 1792, which abolishes secular congregations. The Oratory therefore no longer exists. In August 1792, a crowd entered the college under the orders of a commissioner from the Directory of Meaux, broke down the doors of the chapel, mutilated its cross, its vases, its torches, piled up its ornaments, its paintings and the carved wood of the old stalls in the large courtyard and turns it into a bonfire, around which the students are forced to sing the Carmagnole (revolutionary song). These were the only excesses that took place at Juilly. The corridors, which bore the names of Bérulle, Condren, Saint Thomas Aquinas and Bossuet, were renamed Robespierre, Marat, Saint-Just, Billaud and Couthon. In 1793, the college served for the first time as a hospital for the wounded of the armies of the North and of the Rhine. The few remaining students, notably those from the American colonies, were dismissed following the food shortage of 1794. After the thermidorian reaction, the college was put up for sale as national property.

The buildings, meanwhile, were not too affected and from 1796, the students were brought back. Moreover, the benevolence of the First Consul, (Napoleon I) who had visited his brother Jérôme at the college when the latter was a student there, helped to restore Juilly’s fortunes. The college thus became the Institution of Juilly in 1809. A decree signed by Napoléon I on August 29, 1813 in Dresden made it a real high school (lycée). In 1814, the Cossacks plundered the college. The fall of the Empire also marks the end of the use of any designation other than institution. The Royal Academy and Royal College designations, therefore no longer apply. The name maison de Juilly will be printed until 1828 on circulars, then, from 1829, the name Collège de Juilly is taken over.

On January 6, 1815, three priests, former Oratorians, bought the college but not too long after the dead priests, the difficulties in raising the college and reviving the oratory had repercussions on the life of the college , It was therefore necessary to give up the college The college was sold on July 12, 1828. It was then sought to transfer the college to a teaching congregation to ensure, once again, the long-term future of the college. But at that time, the Jesuits were expelled and the other congregations were still subject to revolutionary laws. Therefore , it was decided to turn it a congregation in the process of formation, the Congregation of Saint-Pierre, founded in 1828, But on August 15, 1832, the abolition of the Avenir (future), the disappearance of the agency and the dissolution of the Congregation of Saint -Pierre, came to stop the college.

The Oratory was reborn in 1852. Surprisingly, however, the new Oratory showed no rush to take possession of the most beautiful jewel of its heritage, which it nevertheless did on May 13, 1867. The fathers of the Oratory took over the direction of Juilly. Six Oratorian fathers, successively ensured the direction of the establishment until 1903. It is particularly important to remember from this period the construction, from 1887 to 1889, of the current chapel and, just below it, of the hall of Busts. In 1903, the religious congregations responsible for Catholic education were dissolved in France.(law of separation of State and Church), The Oratorians dispersed, and the management of the college was successively taken over by two priests from the diocese of Meaux. In fact, from 1913 to 1930 the college experienced a period of recovery and vigor.

During the Great War or WWI, on Father Sabatier’s proposal, a large hospital room was opened in the halle de Bustes or hall of busts, while the teachers’ refectory, whitewashed with ripolin, became an operating room. Then three dormitories, other operating rooms and an x-ray room were opened, making the college a branch of the American Red Cross (doctors from New York arrived to practice there). Almost normal school activity continued until 1918. In June, the entire college was made available to the American Red Cross, which set up fifteen tents and a thousand beds there and treated victims of the Battle of Belleau Wood.(the first engagement of American troops of the American Expeditionary Force, Lafayette we are here !)

When the war was over, the interior of most of the college buildings had to be restored, as well as many roof tiles. In the chapel, the side chapels of the transept had stained glass windows evoking the two patron saints of Juilly: Saint Geneviève and Joan of Arc . A Cavaillé-Coll parlor organ, coming from a castle in Sologne, was also purchased in 1925 and placed in the gallery. The other major improvement of this period was the construction of the library in 1928.

In the years 1980-1990, the college educated a thousand students, including 600 boys in boarding school. After several years of financial difficulties, the establishment was placed in receivership in March 2012. On May 16, 2012, the High Court instance of Meaux pronounces the judicial liquidation of the establishment. The Collége de Juilly closes its doors on Wednesday, July 4, 2012. In 2018, the buildings are in an advanced state of disrepair, the main courtyard is fallow, the library housing thousands of books is vandalized. The college bell, recast in its original form in 1849 ,and the clock dated 1596 are still save inside, The college has a very fine library which includes a reproduction of the Declaration of Independence of the United States, which was offered to La Fayette, as well as the Encyclopedia of Diderot and d’Alembert in its original edition. In 2018, it was vandalized and thousands of works disappeared. The chapel threatens to fall into ruin. The college park It has not been maintained since 2012 and has returned to the wild state.

Many illustrious names in the history of France were students or visited the college/lycee de Juilly such as Joan of Arc, Bossuet, Jean de la Fontaine, Charles de Montesquieu, Paul Marmottan, Alexandre de Beauharnais, Jérôme Bonaparte, Vaucanson, Jean-Dominique Cassini, Auguste Marseille Barthélemy, François-Joseph-Marie Fayolle, Philippe Noiret, and Michel Polnareff to name just a few.

The town of Juilly on public transports : 

A bit more on the national archives of France on Juilly college :–mxp7s2ieog5j

One of the sites I read, Histoire et Patrimoine or history and heritage of France on juilly college :

There you go folks, another wonderful historical and architectural gem of my belle France. There is so much here, many are preserve and kept open for the pleasure of all. Many more are not, and cannot be visited as the place is under surveillance, but worth the detour to see it, eventually. The Collége de Juilly is part of the history of France as still the oldest school in France ! Again, hope you have enjoy it as I

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

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June 18, 2022

Father’s Day in my beautiful Morbihan, something to celebrate !!

Another Father’s Day in my beautiful Morbihan, lovely Bretagne and belle France.  I am still very lucky to have mine alive at 87,not so lucky with my Mom who passed away in 2007 and my wife in 2018. I take care of my Dad at home as he is on wheelchair.

Thanks to my boys who handle everything and more importantly paid for the meal we had a nice one with everybody except our dog Rex , he is not a father yet and stayed home. Maybe he was better, as the temperature today was 35C or 95F lol really hot as the curvature of Earth makes the sun hotter in our part of the world, so they tell me …

I  have voted in all French elections since 2003 but the one tomorrow the second round of the municipal elections I will skip and stay home. The turnouts are low and no blame as the candidates are well weak to put it mildly no choices only extremes. It looks out as the president will need to negotiate as will have no majority according to the polls. Typical deals behind doors and the life goes on as usual.

Tomorrow June 19 is the official Father’s Day too. However, we went out today as our new restaurant will be closed tomorrow.  We arrived at the Trattoria Italiana resto by 12h05 and had a front table seeing the street; shortly afterward the resto began to be full. This is a new restaurant in town in the spot where the now closed Steak & Shake resto was. Below the parking with elevator/lifts.

Vannes trattoria Italiana resto parking elevators jun22

The founding family of this chain hails from Gizzeria,a small village of the province of Catanzaro in the region of Calabria, Italy. It is a chain in France with several location, mostly in the ïle de France region. In Bretagne/Brittany it has one in Vannes and another at Cesson-Sévigny near Rennes. Also in Nantes.

Vannes trattoria Italiana resto back cucina kitchen jun22

Vannes trattoria Italiana resto bar counter orders jun22

We went and had our diavolo , margharita, for the Dads with tiramisu caramel, water, lemonade Polara from Sicily for Dad, and I share a bottle of Chianti red with the boys. The only drawback was that with the heat outside ,the AC inside was not tops. The rest is a very nice concept good food and friendly service by all.

The official Trattoria Italiana resto

The RestaurantGuru reviews on the Trattoria

And there just wanted to have this day in my blog for memories’s sake. You have a wonderful Sunday and a great Father’s Day if celebrating it, and keep cool. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

June 18, 2022

Some news from France ,CCCLVII

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 CCCLVII is no 357::) And I thank you. The weather is now more as pure heat with high of 33C or 91F chez moi, only that from Sunday the temps will drop drastically again to around 20C. Enjoy my belle France !! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

On the Galeries Lafayette terrace, the panoramic view gives the impression of being on top of the world. The Opera and the chimneys of Paris serve as a backdrop to the La Scène French Touch festival organized by the department store. From July 5 to 10 2022 . At Haussmann on the 9éme arrondissement. Webpage:

The Quai Branly museum offers a refreshing break with its Jardin d’été or summer garden. Many activities take place in its vast green space It is protected from the street by a glass palisade. Games, writing workshops, readings, gardening, walks or even quizzes, everything has the theme of nature, the environment and the living. Among the major events in the program, the Hip-Hop Collections festival dedicated to hip-hop culture and non-European music is launched on July 3 From July 3 to August 28 2022 at the Quai Branly museum (7éme). Webpage:

L’Escale Royale offers nights in suites moored in Port Ilon in the Yvelines (78) After just over an hour’s journey from the capital: surprise to be immersed in this rural universe. This still grows on arrival at Port-Ilon, a marina where the suite where you come to spend the night is moored, between barges, yachts and river cruise ships. Like a 100-hectare lake opening onto the Seine, the Ilon, in Saint-Martin-la-Garenne in the Yvelines, hides an unsuspected beauty. Entirely bordered by trees, it is classified Natura 2000 for its great ornithological richness in particular. An exceptional setting for the floating houses of the Escale Royal. Webpage:

With ever more shops and restaurants, the Forum des Halles is completing its transformation. The old wing located between Place Carrée and Porte du Louvre is getting a facelift and will house 23 brands and restaurants over more than 8,000 m2. Passersby will be able to take the renovated driveway from July 19, 2022. webpage:

L’Arena de la porte de la Chapelle or the Porte de la Chapelle Arena will be delivered in the summer of 2023 to host the Olympic Games the following year. The building will be the pillar of the renewal of the district. It will host shops, restaurants but also school activities and local sports associations. More on Paris2024 webpage:

Well folks, again, the Fête de la Musique! will be held next June 21 2022. What good memories, aren’t they? This year, the one that marks the (official) beginning of summer, celebrates its 40th anniversary. Free concerts, highlighting of amateur groups, festive wanderings in the streets… All levels and all genres come together in harmony for an evening. Official Ministry of Culture of France ;

Radio France is preparing, as usual, a great program for the Fête de la Musique. France Inter at the Olympia, FIP at the Arènes de Lutèce, France Musique at Studio 104, Viva l’Orchestra at the Auditorium… The whole of Paris will be covered by the coolest French radio. The little extra? This year, the establishment of a “Char Radio France” will wander the streets of Paris. This house and disco-sounding truck will leave the turntables to Young Pulsa to set the mood for the whole city. From the Pont Grenelle, to the Maison de la Radio et de la Musique, via the Institute of the Arab World… webpage:

The Ministry of Culture also has an exceptional evening in store for us. At the Domaine national du Palais-Royal, a series of concerts that will show us the musical universe from A to Z. Sopico, Julien Clerc, Anne Paceo, DakhaBrakha, Temenik Electric… A music festival as we like it, in the heart of Paris. Make the music again! Ministry of Culture – Music Festival, Domaine du Palais-Royal, 8 Rue de Montpensier, 1éme arrondissement of Paris. Doors open at 17h30. webpage:

Where to swim near Paris, let me give a couple spots that are nice as per moi

L’île de loisirs de Jablines or the leisure island of Jablines: the closest of the least close, this superb place is located 42 km from Paris. Lots of activities are possible there: there is an equestrian center, and two white sand beaches. You can also practice hiking and of course: swimming! It takes about forty minutes by car to get there from the city. A very nice place to swim close to Paris! Rue du Bac Base Loisirs , Jablines, Seine et Marne 77. webpage:

Les Étangs de Hollande, the royal spot for swimming near Paris, Very close to the forest of Rambouillet, in the natural park of the Haute Vallée des Chèvreuses, are the artificial ponds of Holland. Originally they were created to supply the fountains of the Palace of Versailles, today they are absolutely perfect for swimming near Paris. The ponds are 55 kilometers from Paris. Route des Etangs de Hollande – 78, Les Bréviaires, The natural park of the Haute Vallée des Chévreuses on the ponds: 

Ile aux loisirs de Bois-Le-Roi , the most family-friendly, This place 50 km from Paris is very pretty, and also very popular with families. Very close to Fontainebleau, this place offers lots of different ways to have fun: picnics, swimming, sunbathing, and even horse riding… The beach is super pretty and the trees caress the surface of the clear water: a great spot where escape from the city and where to swim near Paris. Rue de Fournezy, Bois-Le-Roi, Seine et Marne 77, webpage:

Meaux Plage ,the most natural , and sentimental for me, It is the ideal place to get your fill of nature: so much so that some animals also show up there to quench their thirst or warm up in the sun if you are lucky. You can play a game of mini-golf there, jump on trampolines to let off steam or even a good football match with family or friends to relieve the pressure of the week. A great spot to relax, exercise and swim near Paris. (54 km to be precise. 2 Chemin de la Marine, Meaux, Seine et Marne 77. webpage:

And if you want something to do with the ocean, there are 4 beaches less than 2h30 from Paris by train!

Le Crotoy. As soon as you arrive at Noyelles-sur-mer train station, hop on the Baie de Somme railway for a real trip back in time. There are not 1 but 4 beaches that you have to discover in Le Crotoy. 2h30 from Gare du Nord, My fav Plages TV on Crotoy beaches:

Deauville, the prettiest. Often considered the 21st arrondissement of Paris, Deauville is for you. As a couple or with the family, enjoy the 643 meter long beach! the racecourse is also very nice. To end the day in style, head to the casino. 2 hours from Gare Saint-Lazare. Plages TV webpage:

Dieppe, for the sporty (and the lazy) you can try to reach the beaches of Dieppe by bike… from Paris! And yes it is possible! You will pass by “L’Avenue Verte”, or green avenue a very pleasant walk which crosses landscapes as magnificent as each other If you do not like sand, you will appreciate the magnificent pebble beach of Dieppe. 2h15 from Gare Saint Lazare . Plages TV webpage:

Cabourg, the most relaxing. A sort of little Deauville, with fewer people and less expensive, it does exist, it’s Cabourg! There are the same activities: casino, racetrack, beaches and umbrellas. We especially take advantage of the superb Marcel Proust promenade to breathe the sea air, stretch our legs, or, for the most motivated, do our morning jog. 2h15 from Gare Saint-Lazare. Plages TV webpage:

The Oscar Hotel building is in the pure modernist style of Auguste Perret, the architect who rebuilt the city after WWII. A return to the 1950s even in the decoration of the rooms, including n°8, with a view of Le Volcan by Oscar Niemeyer (see post). Seen from Place Niemeyer, the Oscar Hotel blends into the gray of Le Havre. The product of the reconstruction the architect Auguste Perret, charged after WWII by the French government with the reconstruction ex nihilo of the 150 hectares of the city center, destroyed by the bombings of 1944. From the reception, the memory machine starts. transform this modest family hotel in the spirit of the 1950s and rename it after the modular furniture manufacturer Oscar, in vogue at the time. This wooden counter edged with blue Formica, this fringed velvet sofa, this large television set… The decor, furiously vintage, takes guests back a few decades. In the breakfast corner, served in dishes found at Emmaüs, magazines evoke the election of President René Coty or the dresses of Jackie Kennedy. A staircase serves the 14 rooms spread over two levels and remained “in their own juice” webpage:

For our greatest pleasure, some public transport lines are air-conditioned (at last) and we will not hesitate to take advantage of it. Note that the RATP distinguishes between three types of ventilation: refrigerated ventilation (air conditioning), forced mechanical ventilation (the outside air is sucked in and diffused inside) and natural ventilation (opening of windows and drafts). These are:

Air-conditioned lines: In the metro: Lines 1,2,5,9,14. In the RER: RER A, part of the RER B trains, a third of the RER C. In the tram: All lines of the tram except T1. On the bus: 1,198 buses are air-conditioned out of 4,886. Lines in forced mechanical ventilation: In the metro: Lines 4,7, 7bis, 8, 13. In the RER: Part of the RER B trains. Lines with natural ventilation: In the metro: Lines 3, 3bis, 6, 10, 11 and 12. Now you know in hot weather what to take best ok

For years, an ice cream parlor dominated the Parisian scene, famous for the quality, the taste, and the natural raw materials it used: Berthillon. Since 1954, on Île Saint-Louis, the house has continued to spin its ice cream and sorbets every day. But in recent years, the level of artisans has continued to climb. Fabien Foenix, the nugget of Paris. Installed for 40 years, this artisan ice cream maker offers 70 flavors of ice cream and sorbets and 15 frozen desserts including the fabulous pot of nougatine with can be garnished with the flavors of your choice to order. We love homemade cones to enjoy with a cocoa sorbet, fresh mint or mojito. We can also be tempted by the plum ice cream and the memorable Rothschild soufflé with Grand Marnier. The official Fabien Foenix webpage:

And for the record, the official Berthillon webpage:

Restaurant Salvaje in Paris: remake of the superprods of the 2000s, On the one hand, an ageless house in search of youth; on the other, one of these little superprods like the year 2000 was leaving the surroundings of the Champs-Élysées full of them. They were called Barfly, Buddha Bar, (memories here! )Man Ray, Nobu, released impossible rooms of cardboard, waitresses all in legs, decibels per pack, tracking shots of bar and prices heavy as show. On the plate, it was fun to tangle the spindles while cooking fusion and, take out the chopsticks, a pretext from Japan already offered the round back of sushi, perfect not to disturb the lipsticks and the peremptory gentlemen. From those years and on the side of Monceau, we are frankly not far with this first copy of a Spanish chain. Restaurant Salvaje (wild) inside the Hotel du Collectionneur, 51 Rue de Courcelles, 8éme. Webpage:

The Parisian institution (and mine see post) ,Au Petit Riche is modernizing with a wine bar and a terrace. It is thus to wonder if a certain Paris is not starting to seriously get tired of these dragonfly tables which chirp on the plates as in the garden. To wonder just as well if this same certain Paris has had enough of these dinette decorations where the walls bring in the belly while the benches kick ass. The fact remains that, in recent months, the veterans of the nostalgic bistro have brought back their strawberries, their encaustic rooms, their century of memory by promising a little new on the side of the sauce boat. Indeed recommended. Webpage:

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 rather quickly with the first wave of heat 93F or 35C, 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 !!!

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