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 :

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 :

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 :

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 places

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 info

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 plage

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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