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June 28, 2022

The Javel of Paris !

Well here I found a good one in my vault! This is really an off the beaten path of Paris, but amazing I passed on train by here!  Glad I found the picture ,and can add it to my life’s history in my blog. I will tell you about the district, neighborhood of Javel of Paris !

The Javel neighborhood or quartier is the 60th administrative neighborhood , located in the 15éme district or arrondissement of Paris. If you read my blog, you know Paris is divided into 20 arrondissements or districts, the most commonly known to visitors ,but also, 80 quartiers or neighborhood (4 per district) that is how the Parisiens know each other.

The neighborhood or quartier as known today, was in the 15C, a place called “Javetz”. In the 18C and until the 20C, these places sometimes use the spelling “Javelle”.  The 20C standardization retained the Javel form. Before its attachment to the capital in 1860, it was an integral part of the village of Issy. Further javel is the French word for bleach.  It was in this neighborhood, in a chemical factory founded in 1777 by the Count of Artois (Charles X king of France and younger brother of Louis XVI) , that a disinfectant with sodium hypochlorite base (since known as eau de Javel or bleach) was researched by Claude Louis Berthollet and then produced. A History of Paris panel located on the Place de la Laïcité specifies these innovations.

The anecdote is that believe or not, I have rode the trains by here! The Javel station of the Invalides line in Versailles-Rive-Gauche! This is an SNCF station served by trains of the RER line C. On April 12, 1900, the line was opened in a trench along the Seine as soon as it entered Paris in order to eliminate all level crossings and four new intermediate stations were built on the occasion, including the current Javel station, named initially Pont Mirabeau. This building is since 1937 the only one remaining of those made for the extension of the Moulineaux line. The station later takes the name of Javel André-Citroën as today (due that gets you closer tot he parc André Citroën).

Paris javel metro train station

The Transilien SNCF on Javel

The port of Javel is located at the starts at the Pont de Grenelle and ends at the Pont du Garigliano. It measures 1460 meters and is divided into two parts by the Pont Mirabeau bridge, upper and lower. This port, formed in 1866, raised in 1896, owes its name to the vicinity of the quai de Javel, currently quai André-Citroën.

Some of the things you see here, and some worth the detour are:

The Georges-Pompidou hospital and large office buildings and television studios.  The headquarters of the National Printing Office, formerly rue de la Convention, was closed in 2005. At the same location are located various services of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.  In this district, we find the port of Javel, the rue de Javel, the Fontaine des Polypores, the Javel station of the RER line C and the metro stations Balard, Lourmel, Boucicaut, Félix Faure on the line 8) and Javel – André Citroën on line 10. The Saint-Christophe-de-Javel Church located on rue Saint-Christophe near the intersection with rue de la Convention. The Georgian Orthodox Parish of Saint-Nino of Paris, founded in 1929, is a parish which depends on the Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of France, also President of the Assembly of Orthodox Bishops of France.

The Paris tourist office on the 15éme arrondissement or district of Paris

There you go folks, another dandy spot in my eternal Paris. The area by the quays is very nice and indeed a great walk, away from the bussle and hussle of Paris center; you will love the real Paris daily routines. Hope you enjoy the post of Javel station as I

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

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June 28, 2022

Curiosities of Suresnes, part II !!

As my blog is part wholly of my life, let me tell you about a place I worked for a couple of years and still with good friends in touch even coming for visits to me in my new Morbihan. I like to tell you about SuresnesHauts de Seine dept 92 in the Île de France region of my belle FranceAnd of course from Suresnes why not drive into the Bois de Boulogne! I found me new pictures in my vault and prompt me to do another post on this fine city by the Seine river ! All nice memories flashing as I write, never to be forgotten.

The Pont de Suresnes is over the Seine river. It connects the Bois de Boulogne (Paris 75) to the city of Suresnes (Hauts-de-Seine 92). Four bridges have existed here before, the suspension bridge (1842-1870), the boat bridge (1870-1874), the metal bridge (1874-1950) and the current bridge since the latter date. Historically, the only way to cross the Seine at Suresnes was by ferry. The oldest mention of this type of flat-bottomed boat in Suresnes dates back to 1590.  On the Suresnes side, the bridge outlet is now directly with the current Boulevard Henri-Sellier (old Versailles), a much more important communication route. It also overlooks the platforms which are perpendicular to it, access ramps being fitted out to connect the tracks together. The new bridge was erected upstream of the old bridge. It was inaugurated on February 22, 1951. At this point, the Seine is bordered on the Bois de Boulogne side by the Allée du Bord-de-l’Eau, and on the Suresnes side by Quai Gallieni and Quai Léon-Blum. The bridge extends the bd Henri-Sellier, at the exit of which side lanes provide access to the quays. On the side of the Bois de Boulogne, the bridge, which follows the route of the old national road 185 now departamental D 985, is in the axis of the road to Suresnes.

Suresnes pont de suresnes seine to boulogne paris

The barrage-écluse de Suresnes  or dam-lock of Suresnes is a river building located on the Seine at Suresnes (Hauts-de-Seine 92 ), along the Quai Gallieni. It is made up of three locks and two dams, the latter being separated by the island of Puteaux. On December 6, 1861, the prefect (Baron) Haussmann signed an investigation to create a dam in Suresnes; the construction of a lock and a fixed weir, the work of which was completed around 1869.  On April 6, 1878, a law was passed to carry out major works improving navigation between Paris and Rouen. The Suresnes lock must therefore be modified, the Suresnes dam is rebuilt and that of Neuilly is replaced by another on the right arm of Suresnes. To do this, on the Suresnes side, you have to encroach on the towpath, move the lock keeper’s house and expropriate land from residents. The work, carried out from 1880 to 1885, led to the extension of the old lock by 57 meters and the construction of a second one 180 meters long.

Suresnes ecluse boat passing seine
A spillway 66 meters wide and divided into two passes of 30.5 meters, separated by a stack of five meters, was thus built from 1930 to 1933, A new section was built in 1972 along the first locks and through the dam, This lock is 185 meters long, 18 meters wide and 5 meters deep. Nowadays, the dams and the lock are fully automated. It is the only river gateway to Paris. The
Suresnes dam-lock has a command post controlling the 17 km of the Seine which separates it from that of Maisons-Alfort (Val-de-Marne 94). it is also responsible for protecting Paris from flooding during floods.

Suresnes ecluse cargo boat pusher boat seine

The city of Suresnes on its heritage

The Suresnes tourist office on its heritage

The Suresnes magazine on historical facts I like

There you go folks, hope you stop by ; this is a very nice area of Suresnes,  in the off the beaten path of my belle France. The best part was coming back and seeing the familiar places still open! Luck will have it will come back when possible.

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

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June 28, 2022

Again by Neuilly sur Seine!

This is one of my stumping grounds while working in Paris and living in Versailles several years back. I did had to come for business reasons first, and know the city well, but then came for other and with family as the area is quite chic nice. I have mentioned a lot of the history on the town but need to tell you more about its monuments with new found pictures. Therefore, here is again by Neuilly sur Seine in dept 92 of Hauts de Seine, region of ïle de France!  

The parish Church Saint-Pierre, located at 90 Avenue du Roule (Avenue Achille-Peretti), was built between 1883 and 1914. It includes a Grand-Orgue  Mutin-Cavaillé-Coll from 1898. It is an impressive belltower coming up on the avenue!

Neuilly sur seine ch st pierre belltower front

The Church Saint-Pierre blessing of the first stone takes place on October 30, 1887 on July 5, 1896, Cardinal Richard proceeds to the blessing of the church, The official consecration of the church by Cardinal Dubois takes place after the Great War, on June 6, 1922. The church, however, remains unfinished because the exterior sculpted decoration was never finalized, with the exception of that of the porch and the side portals after 1945. There is a nice outdoor statue of Joan of Arc acquired in 1903, then installed the following year, for about ten months, at the bottom of the main staircase of the City Hall, It was inaugurated in the square located in front of the church on Sunday, May 7, 1905.

The official parish of the Church St Pierre

There is a big wonderful solemn monument on the same street a bit further on , this is the monument to the fallen policemen or the Monument aux morts de la police nationale of the 1914-1918 , and 1939-1945 world wars at place Winston-Churchill.

Neuilly sur Seine ave Achille Peretti Monument aux Héros de la Police Morts pour la France

The city of Neuilly sur Seine on its heritage

The Hauts de Seine dept 92 tourist office on the architectural promenade of Neuilly sur Seine

There you go folks,an oasis of tranquility and class just bordering Paris, the off the beaten path, Neuilly sur Seine. Worth the detour by the Church of St Pierre and wonderful monument as well as others (see post ). Hope you enjoy it as I.

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

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