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June 26, 2022

The Château de Kerisper of Pluneret !

So, back again in my local road warrior moods and decided to have a ride by the coast very close to my home.  I have done a post on this castle but came back for a repeat visit, love castles. I have to say was disappointed because it looks more rundown than my previous visit, even if it is private and rented out for events and mariages. Let me tell you a bit more on the Château de Kerisper of Pluneret !

Pluneret ch Kerisper front jun22

The owners of the Château de Kerisper are the same as the Sainte-Avoye Chapel  (see post) , The castle is between the rivers of Auray and Bono  at the spot call Kérisper belonging to the town of Pluneret. You get there on the D101 direction Le Bono, which town limits are closer to it.

Pluneret chat Kerisper front jun22

The Château de Kerisper is located in the Gulf of Morbihan and accessible by boat, the castle has parts that date from the 14C. Bordered by a wooded forest on one side and by a river on the other, it is an enchanted setting. The castle alone is more than 1300 m² of living space. There is also the pavilion, the old chapel, the kennel, the well, the farm, the pond, and the park.

Pluneret cha Kerisper dependencies jun22

The Château de Kerisper can be rented for events and has several rooms available to you during your event (capacity of 300 people) and your cocktail party can be organized outside if the weather permits. In 1990, the castle housed the Théâtre de l’Écume and an exhibition of floral art. The Kerisper castle is the seat of a former lordship and successive property of the families of Lestrelin (in 1426), Cadoret (at the end of the 15C), Montigny (in 1601 and until the French revolution), Montaigu (in the 19C), Saint-Pern (1876), Grand (1897), Douault (1900), Pommois (in 1979), and from 1998 Yvan Hurst It once had a private chapel. Modernized at the beginning of the 20C.

Pluneret ch Kerisper guard house jun22

The official Château de Kerisperhttp://mariagechateau56.fr/

There you go folks, some nice place to visit in off the beaten path in my beautiful Morbihan The Kerisper castle is private but open on heritage or gardens days, Hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

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June 26, 2022

Curiosities of France !! Part III

Looking at my vault, found some older pictures on paper and took my electronic camera to take picture of the pictures and use them in my blog. This allows me to show in my blog places not shown or pics with new angles of places shown in the blog. Nostalgia sets in and here I go on the curiosities of France !! Part III

These are pictures before my blogging effort and even before coming to live in France! Hope you enjoy these marvels of my belle France!!!

It all began in the States General room of the Château de Blois on December 23, 1588. Henri de Guise, Duke of Guise had an appointment with King Henri III who called him into his study. Deeply hating the Protestants, who murdered his father in 1563, he was one of the instigators of the Saint-Barthélemy massacre. Head of the Holy Union (1584), he aspired to govern to reduce the political influence of Protestants. Henri III brings together the Estates General in Blois to thwart him and lays a trap for him. The Duc de Guise is assassinated by the king’s personal guard in the royal apartments. The next day, his brother the Cardinal of Lorraine was imprisoned and executed in turn. That is me in the pic of course ::)

Blois castle room duke de guise portrait assasin et PF

The official Château de Blois :https://en.chateaudeblois.fr/

The Rue d’Alsace-Lorraine marks the boundary between the districts of Capitole and Carmes, to the west, and Saint-Étienne and Saint-Georges, to the east, all in Sector 1 – Center. This is one of Toulouse’s main thoroughfares. Also one of the city’s main shopping streets. It is also one of the main Haussmann arteries of the Ville Rose. The Rue d’Alsace-Lorraine stretches for one km in a straight line facing due north. It arises from the extension of the rue du Languedoc at the height of the entrance to the Hôtel de Ciron-Fumel, At the height of the Musée des Augustins it receives on its right side the rue de Metz and borders the eastern flank of the square Esquirol; it then becomes pedestrian. It gives birth on its right side to rue Antonin-Mercié and receives rue Genty-Magre on the opposite side. It crosses rue du Fourbastard perpendicularly, before receiving rue Baour-Lormian on its left side; it crosses rue de la Pomme before giving birth on the right to rue du Lieutenant-Colonel-Pélissier and then to rue Lapeyrouse. At Square Charles-de-Gaulle, which it borders on its eastern flank, it crosses Rue du Poids-de-l’Huile and Rue Lafayette, All this glorious paragraph is to tell you that we love walking it and shopping here, and one memorable spot now close is the Virgin Megastore that was at 28 Rue d’Alsace Lorraine that my boys love it each time in the city, One of my boys in the pic below, A site Toulouse Boutiques to find stores in the rue Alsace Lorraine : https://toulouseboutiques.com/boutiques-rue-alsace-lorraine-toulouse/

Toulouse rue alsace lorraine to virgin megastore closed XF

Covering an area of 130 hectares and extending beyond the drop in the Cascades basin, the park of Fontainebleau castle once marked the limits of the royal domain to the east. From the village of Avon, it was crossed by the main access road to the castle. Its current configuration, the organization of the network of star-shaped alleys and waterfalls, results from the creation of the canal under Henri IV, 2,000 m long and 40 m wide, Initially planted with more than sixty thousand trees where the rows of white poplars, oaks and fruit trees, this “closed park” and its canal were the pride of the king, who followed the construction site, monitoring the progress of the work. In 1609, it took more than a week to fill it and, from autumn, the king sailed there with his Dauphin.

Fontainebleau garden to back of castle

Fontainebleau garden by ave de maintenon

The official Château de Fontainebleau and its gardens and park :https://www.chateaudefontainebleau.fr/en/explore-the-castle-and-gardens/discover-the-courtyards-and-gardens/

The cour Royale or Royal court is located in front of the Palace of Versailles, in an alignment of 3 courtyards, before the Cour de Marbre and behind the Cour d’Honneur from which it is separated by the Grille Royale or Royal gate. It is flanked to the north by the Gabriel Wing and to the south by the Dufour Pavilion. The Cour de Marbre is a courtyard of the Palace of Versailles paved with black and white marble, located in the recess of the old castle, at the foot of the King’s chamber. Separated by five steps from the cour Royale.

Versailles cour royale to cour marbre

The official Palace of Versailles on descriptions of placeshttps://bienvenue.chateauversailles.fr/en/palace/welcome

Located on the road D186 arriving from Le Chesnay (Roquencourt), Porte Saint Antoine provides access to all Domaine’s park, and was our favorite entry point, The Allée Saint-Antoine begins to the south in front of the Grand Canal and ends approximately 1,350 meters to the north on the Boulevard Saint-Antoine, where the triumphal arch of Porte Saint-Antoine is located. Walking it you are much closer the Hameau of Marie Antoinette and the Trianons.

Versailles from porte st antoine on allee st antoine by the hameau of M A

The official Palace of Versailles on practical infohttps://en.chateauversailles.fr/discover/estate

The Plage Centrale or central beach of Carcans Plage is the closest beach to the seaside center a few streets away. This large sandy beach is a continuation of the southern beach but it is supervised in summer. Access to the beach is quite simple via a path in the dunes. There is no parking for this beach, you have to use the one on the south beach.

Carcans plage dune from beach to town

The official Médoc Atlantique tourist office on Carcans plagehttps://www.medoc-atlantique.co.uk/14-towns-with-1001-possibilities/holidays-in-carcans-maubuisson/

There you go folks, a walk of nostalgia from my very earlier trips to my belle France. The wonders of France, the most visited country in the world (UN WTO). I say that still rings a bell to my ears on each stretch of meter I take on this world. Hope you enjoy the post as I reviving these old pictures into the life of my blog

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

June 26, 2022

Curiosities of France !! Part II

Looking at my vault, found some older pictures on paper and took my electronic camera to take picture of the pictures and use them in my blog. This allows me to show in my blog places not shown or pics with new angles of places shown in the blog. Nostalgia sets in and here I go on the curiosities of France !! Part II

These are pictures before my blogging effort and even before coming to live in France! Hope you enjoy these marvels of my belle France!!!

The Place du Parlement is located in the city center of Bordeaux, Saint Pierre district, close to Place de la Bourse. It is surrounded by the rue des Lauriers; the rue du Parlement Saint-Catherine; rue Fernand-Philippart, and rue du Pas-Saint-Georges. The Place du Parlement was created in 1760 as Place du Marché Royal and then renamed Place de la Liberté during the French revolution. Its current name keeps the memory of the Parliament of Bordeaux established in 1451 and suppressed in 1790. The buildings that border it date from the first half of the 18C. The Parliament fountain dates from the Second Empire. It was installed in 1865, a beautiful illustration of the English neogothic style.

Bordeaux pl du parliament

The Bordeaux tourist office on the old town neighborhoodhttps://www.bordeaux-tourism.co.uk/district/old-town.html

The place du marché or market place of Castelnau-de-Montmiral, commonly called the place des arcades as I know it , is also a marvel of medieval architecture. This is one of the treasures that Castelnau-de-Montmiral has in store. Bordered on 4 sides by houses on arcades. 

Castelnau de Montmiral pl des arcades

The Toscane Occitane local tourist office on Castelnau de Montmiral arcadeshttps://www.la-toscane-occitane.com/place-castelnau-de-montmiral

The square was first named Place du marché à la paille, then Place Louis-Philippe (named after the reigning monarch who reviewed the National Guard troops on this site in 1831) and finally Place de la République in 1881.  In Epernay ,this large, circular square was redeveloped from 1840 onwards to connect the old centre to Faubourg de la Folie, now Avenue de Champagne. Some beautiful Neo-Classical houses enhance its appearance by creating a sense of architectural unity. It features a streetlight with multiple gas lamps. Water sprayed out of its base, on all four sides . You can see the monument to the fallen and the belltower of the Notre Dame Church in the picture.

Epernay pl de la Republique mon fallen et ch Notre Dame belltower

The city of Epernay on its heritagehttps://www.epernay.fr/decouvertes-patrimoine/tourisme

The City/Town Hall of Niort is at 1 Pl. Martin Bastard in the City center neighborhood, The city hall was built on the site of the old chapel and part of the House of the former College of the Oratory. On April 27, 1897, the first stone of the city hall was laid. The construction lasted 4 years from 1897 to 1901, The inauguration took place from May 25 to 28, 1901.

Niort hotel de ville front

The city of Niort on the Centre neighborhood of its Hôtel de Villehttps://www.vivre-a-niort.com/cadre-de-vie/quartiers/centre-ville/index.html

The City/Town Hall of Valenciennes is located at Place d’Armes, In 1611, the provost of the city decided to rebuild the house of aldermen. The work lasted three years, replacing the previous building with a new building of Gothic architecture typical of the Spanish Netherlands and northern France. In 1825, the chapel of Saint-Pierre was demolished, which made it possible to enlarge the facade. In 1838, the facade will be restored mainly for its sculptures. In 1846, a campanile with a dial and a bell indicating the hours will be placed to replace the disappeared belfry. The major bombings of 1940 left only the facade on the Place d’Armes, work began in 1953. The facade became an element of the urban decor and deliberately contrasted with the brutality of the other facades, lateral and rear, made up of blocks of stone arranged staggered, forming in this way a game of checkers.

Valencienne hotel de ville front

The city of Valenciennes and its heritagehttps://www.valenciennes.fr/decouvrir-la-ville/son-patrimoine/

From Place de la Nation nice parking we walked to see the Porte Chaussée ! The Porte Chaussée gate, or Tour Chaussée tower, is a city gate in Verdun, in the dept 55 of the Meuse in the Grand Est region Built in 1380 along the Meuse river redesigned in 1690, it served as a state military prison from 1755 in 1860 before being bought by the city in 1889. The monument is composed of two circular twin towers crowned with battlements 20 meters high, their outer walls are almost 2 meters thick. They are connected by a portico comprising a semicircular portal surmounted by a Tuscan pediment. The monument is Gothic in style, decorated with gargoyles and trefoil carvings.

Verdun pl de la nation et porte chaussée

The Tour Chaussée takes its name from the road that was established in the 12C from the right bank of the Meuse river, towards the East. The tower has three floors above the cellar and ends in a terrace bearing a crowning with battlements . In 1690, following a subsidence of the ground, it was necessary to completely destroy the southern part which was rebuilt identically with the old stones. Only the entrance was modified with the construction of a pediment and a semicircular arcade in place of the ogival arcade.

The Verdun tourist office on the porte Chausséehttps://en.tourisme-verdun.com/decouverte/post/porte-chaussee-also-called-the-tour-chaussee?template=tpl-cms

The castle of La Roche-Guyon in ruins, dominated by its keep, at the top of the hillside received important additions in the 18C at the foot of the hillside, The Saint-Samson Church construction began in 1404, when King Charles VI granted permission to build a parish church outside the perimeter of the castle. the finishes are in the style of the Renaissance.

La Roche Guyon communs et ch st samson

The city of Lar Roche Guyon on its heritagehttps://larocheguyon.fr/decouvrir-roche-guyon/histoire-et-patrimoine/

The Plage Centrale or central beach in Lacanau-Océan is the best known and most frequented. In season, it’s hard to find a spot of sand to put down your towel! Especially at high tide, the beach is considerably reduced and you have to go as close as possible to the rocks to settle down. This beach continues to attract the greatest number of people with its easy access and proximity to shops and takeaway sandwiches, Ice cream vendors roam the beach , This is unquestionably the liveliest part of the beach in the resort. This long sandy beach stretches between the Sud/south and Nord/north beaches (our favorite was the nord ,gorgeous!). To access this beach, no need to cross high dunes, you arrive directly from the top where there are several car parks (paying in season) and stairs allowing you to go directly to the beach. This beach is also emblematic in the culture of surfing in Nouvelle Aquitaine region! Indeed, every year in August, it hosts a sporting event: the Caraïbos Lacanau Pro, which is one of the oldest stages of a world-renowned surfing championship!

Lacanau ocean plage centrale

The city of Lacanau-Océan on the central beach or plage centrale : https://lacanauocean.com/fr/lacanau-plage-centrale.htm

There you go folks, a walk of nostalgia from my very earlier trips to my belle France. The wonders of France, the most visited country in the world (UN WTO). I say that still rings a bell to my ears on each stretch of meter I take on this world. Hope you enjoy the post as I reviving these old pictures into the life of my blog

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

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