Archive for June, 2022

June 27, 2022

The Tumulus de Kernours of Le Bono !

And moving right along in my road warrior local version, I came back to Le Bono and the Tumulus of Kernours! This is very interesting sites and very much revered by the Bretons. We have tons of stone all over, and this one is unique because sits right by the Auray river and the bay out to the Gulf of Morbihan. Therefore, let me tell you a bit more of it, and hope you enjoy it as I.

The Kernours tumulus is located at a site called “Le Rocher”, in the town of Le Bono, in my beautiful Morbihan, only 19 km from my house. I was on my local road warrior mood and decided to stop by after passing by another property in nearby Pluneret.  Again, I have a previous post on them but this additional info and new pictures, You get off the D101 and enter a local road rue Jean Jaurés until a parking and panel tells you of the Tumulus de Kernours, You walked in the rest of the way and you see the tumulus ,further you see the beautiful bay, FYI you better to bring a real lamp because the torch of the smartphone is simply not good enough,

Le Bono tombes kernours entr jun22

These are circular burials under a burial mound. Beneath the tumulus is a dolmen with a covered aisle, bent in L, 18 meters long, 35 meters in diameter composed of 36 stones supporting 14 tables. The totem of a maritime tribe, the octopus, is engraved on certain pillars. Its dating puts it back to the late 40C BC. It is a common burial. It is surrounded by six circular burials, or tombs, which are believed to date from the Iron Age 15C BC. Some of the 24 bronze bracelets found in these tombs are on display at the Museum of Prehistory in Carnac.(see post).

Le Bono tombes kernours end stele jun22

The Megalithism was quickly forgotten. At the time of the Gauls, we move on to individual burials. In the Bronze Age, it is the same, the alignments are sometimes transformed into individual burials. In the time of Christianity, the Church tries to eradicate from the surface of the ground these megaliths because they generate pagan beliefs. In the Middle Ages, all these masses of stones were used as quarries to stone paths, make embankments or build sheepfolds. It is only in the 19C that we are interested in it. And especially in the 20C with the creation of France’s Ministry of Culture.

The City of Le Bono on the Tumulus de Kernours

The Megaliths of the Morbihan on Kernours :

The Breton megaliths site on the tumulus of Kernours

There you go folks, one of the highlights of living in beautiful Morbihan is the fact of these stones that are world famous and practically impossible to estimate exactly their age. They are all over the Morbihan and the one in Le Bono is a nice one indeed. Hope you enjoy the educational historical and architecturally story of the tumulus of Kernours !

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

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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 Kerisper

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 :

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 !!!

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 neighborhood

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 arcades

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 heritage

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 Ville

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 heritage

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 Chaussée

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 heritage

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 :

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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June 25, 2022

Curiosities of France !! Part I

Looking at my vault, found some older pictures on paper and took my digital 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 I

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

Meaux Marne river to old town and Cathedral as per picture.  Meaux is crossed by the Marne river. This waterway offer magnificent landscapes with a variety of fauna and lush flora. You can enjoy their calm during a walk or a guided tour. The Marne, the main tributary of the Seine, crosses through Meaux and gradually changed course in the Middle Ages. It now forms a loop and makes the city bucolic. Nothing is more relaxing than a moment of relaxation at the water’s edge… Electric boat rental with Marin d’eau douce is open from March until the end of November webpage:

Meaux marne river bridge to cathedral and old town

The pays de Meaux tourist office on the Marne river

Château Vaux le Vicomte, bassin de la couronne as per picture.  Out of 36 basins created by Le Nôtre at the request of Nicolas Fouquet, 20 basins still exist today. The crown was built in homage to King Louis XIV who stayed at Vaux le Vicomte on the occasion of a grand celebration given in his honor on August 17, 1661. The beauty of the park, its ponds and its fountains dazzled the king who later wanted to reproduce this decor at Versailles. The Parterre de la Couronne has a golden royal crown in the center of a basin, in homage to the King, whose ground floor bedroom is also on the left side of the park. These two parterres are asymmetrical with respect to the central axis of the garden.

Maincy Castle vaux le vicomte bassin de la couronne

The official Château Vaux-le-Vicomte on its gardens

Fontainebleau cour de la Fontaine, etang des carpes et old 17C buildings as per picture. At the Château de Fontainebleau to access the Cour de la Fontaine or courtyard of the Fountain, you have to cross the courtyard of the white horse and a passage leads to the courtyard of the fountain, In the center of this courtyard is the fountain dating from 1812, it is surmounted by a sculpture representing Ulysses that was put here in 1824, The courtyard name of the fountain recalls that here in 1541 had been placed a fountain (by Primatice) which was then surmounted by Hercules by Michelangelo. This fountain courtyard overlooks the étang aux carpes or carp pond. Sublime spot !

Fontainebleau castle cour de la fontaine etang des carpes back

The official Château de Fontainebleau on its courts and gardens

Versailles Grille d’Honneur to Royal Chapel and aile Gabriel as per picture.

The grille d’honneur of the Château de Versailles is a gate separating the Place d’Armes from the Cour d’Honneur. The gate is framed by two gatehouses surmounted by two groups sculpted in Saint-Leu stone: Victory over the Empire, north side, by Gaspard Marsy and Anselme Flamen (presumed) Victory over Spain, south side, by François Girardon , It is closed to the north and south by the Aile or wing of the Ministers, to the east by the main gate , and to the west by the royal gate , The Grille d’Honneur is the first you see when you arrive from the city, separating the Place d’Armes from the Cour d’Honneur. Built in 1682, it will be redone in the 19C. Today it is the main entrance to the Palace of Versailles. webpage:http://The official Château de Versailles on its Grille d’honneur or honor gate :

The Aile Gabriel wing was built under Louis XV by Ange-Jacques Gabriel. Located between the Cour d’Honneur and the Chapel, it serves as an entry point for groups of visitors. It houses a grand staircase designed by Gabriel, the construction of which began in 1772 but was not completed until 1985 due to insufficient funds !  The Royal Chapel is a palatial chapel , Five sanctuaries followed one another, according to the architectural transformations of the castle. The current Royal Chapel was blessed in 1710, after a project started in 1687. It is the part of the castle that has been the least modified by history.. It has been totally restored to its old magical self,wonderful !!! webpage:

Versailles castle grille d'honneur royal chapel right and aile gabriel left

Versailles salle du sacre or coronation room as per picture.  The Salle du Sacre or Coronation Room is a room dedicated to the glory of Napoleon I, and named after David’s painting : The Coronation of Napoleon. The Coronation Room is located on the first floor (2nd US) of the Palace of Versailles, it is adjacent to the Queen’s Guard Room. The room was built on the site of the second chapel of the castle, transferred in 1682 to the North wing, on the site of the current Salon d’Hercule. It was then planked and the ground floor became the apartment of the Dauphine while the first floor then became a guard room, intended to bring together the guards of the castle to assign them to their day of service. The room was used for a few significant events: Louis XV dismissed the parliament there on April 13, 1771 and the revolutionary rioters entered the Queen’s apartments through this room on October 6, 1789,

The ceiling is a painting by Antoine-François Callet titled Allegory of the Eighteenth Brumaire or La France Sauve, commissioned under the Consulate for the Tuileries and dated 1801. On the wall are three paintings: The Coronation of Napoleon, or Coronation of the ‘Empress Josephine, at Notre-Dame de Paris, December 2, 1804, by Jacques-Louis David, moved to the Louvre in 1889 and replaced by a second copy commissioned from David by a group of American businessmen in 1807, begun in 1808 and completed in 1822 during his exile in Brussels; this painting gives its name to the room, The Battle of Aboukir, commissioned from Antoine-Jean Gros by Joachim Murat, The Distribution of the Eagles, or Oath of the army made to the Emperor after the distribution of the eagles, December 5, 1804 , by Jacques-Louis David. Above each door, other paintings are visible. They are allegories of courage, genius, generosity and constancy commissioned by king Louis XVIII: Warrior Courage (represented in the guise of a Gallic fighter), Genius rising despite Envy, Clemency s leaning on Strength, Constance leaning on an anchor. Portraits of Napoleon and his wives are placed between the windows.

Versailles castle salle du sacre Napoleon I

The official Château de Versailles on the salle du Sacre

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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June 25, 2022

The Chapelle St Avoye of Pluneret

A while back I came here as was told by collegues it is a historical nice chapel in the Morbihan. The readings at the time read “There are so many chapels around here it could fill up your year.  A wonderful architecture marvel from the 16C in the middle of country farms. Very nice indeed, took some shots, not open yet but will surely come back ” Well, was back this morning, but this time was closed temporary for renovations, oh well, I took pictures of the outside which is impressive too.

As written in two previous posts before will not indulge into the history/architecture of it so much than to show you the new pictures, Therefore, let me tell you a bit more on the Chapelle Sainte Avoye, 32, Route de Sainte Avoye , Pluneret. Hope you enjoy the post as I.

Pluneret chapelle st avoye side arriving jun22

More precisely, the Chapelle de Sainte-Avoye is located in the village of Sainte-Avoye, in the town of Pluneret in my beautiful Morbihan. The chapel is located on the heights of the right bank of the Bono river.

Pluneret chapelle st avoye front near jun22

It has an emblematic bell tower and its Renaissance-style rood screen. It is a stately chapel built in the 16C by the Lestrelin family who lived in the Château de Kerisper,(see post) near the village.  The rood screen shows 12 saints on the nave side, and personalities characters on the choir side, entirely sculpted with characters, fantastic animals and decorations, It is an entirely sculpted polychrome Renaissance-style rood screen. In oak wood, it separates the choir from the nave and delimits the space reserved for the lords and the clergy at the choir from that reserved for the faithful on the nave.

Pluneret chapelle st avoye front truncated belltower jun22
After much digging, maybe the reason is closed for most of the time unless guided tour is because it is decaying even after a million euros restoration, It shows green soil, mold under the benches, deterioration of the paintings, the ambient humidity is wreaking havoc. As a result, dating from the 16C, Sainte Avoye currently visits are trickling out.

Pluneret chapelle st avoye back side jun22

The city of Pluneret on the Chapelle Sainte Avoye:

The Bay of Quiberon local tourist office on the Chapelle Sainte Avoye :

There you go folks, a beautiful jewel in nearby Pluneret , only 18 km from my house ! Enough to make me come back again shortly. The Chapelle Sainte Avoye is well known and very inspiring for the Bretons, you will do well to try and see it. Worth the detour me think.

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

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June 25, 2022

The Church Saint-Pierre and Saint-Paul of Pluneret !

And continue my tour of traditional beautiful Morbihan, lovely Bretagne and my belle France. I am on my road warrior trips, and just passed by here again, anyway one of my routine ways in my region. I have written posts before but now new text and new pictures of today with inside look!  Therefore, let me tell you some more on the Church Saint Peter and Saint Paul of Pluneret. The town is very central and we passed by it several times as it comes very near Auray.

Pluneret ch st pierre et st paul belltower side right jun22

I came to see again the Church Saint-Pierre and Saint-Paul from the 19C, built on the site of a former 11C church  in Gothic style, completed in 1885 by the construction of a square bell tower in the same style crowned with a beautiful spire, and also, modern stained glass windows. The exact location is aRue des Tilleuls, Pluneret.

Pluneret ch st pierre et st paul front belltower jun22

The Church St Pierre et St Paul is built in the ogival style in the shape of a Latin cross, The spire of the tower was only built in 1885, and is 75 meters high in pink granite. Then in 1909, the clock was installed,

Finally, able to come inside and tell you about it. The high altar is in white marble, the foot is decorated with statues representing: Virgin with the child crowned, St Joachim, St Jean, Jesus, and Ste Anne. It was consecrated “Privileged Altar” in 1879; this practice linked to indulgences has now fallen into disuse. It is dominated by the statues of the holy apostles Peter and Paul, patron saints of the parish and, on the side of the epistle, a statue of St Isidore, protector of farmers. There are 2 reliquaries with a piece of the True Cross. The three windows of the sanctuary represents St Peter and St Paul, the middle one the Holy Family and the right one Ste Anne and St Joachim. There are 2 altars at the entrance to the choir dedicated to the Sacred Heart and the Blessed Virgin. An ambo, place of speech, reading of holy books and the homily , which thus replaces the use of the pulpit.

Pluneret ch st pierre et st paul altar jun22

In the left transept, an altar dedicated to St Joseph. St Joseph is surrounded by St Joachim and St Anne, the parents of Mary, and the altar is dominated by the Virgin Mary carrying the Child Jesus.

Pluneret ch st pierre et st paul chapel st Joseph jun22

In the right transept dedicated to the Virgin Mary and dominating the altar, a huge fresco sculpted in stone dated 1880 which represents the coronation of the Virgin; at the foot of the altar a bas-relief representing the visitation. A painting depicting the Virgin Mary entrusting the rosary to St Dominic. The stained glass windows of the transept represent the Virgin Mary surrounded by the 2 archangels Michael and Gabriel. St Michael slaying the dragon , symbol of original sin from which Mary was spared , and St Gabriel, messenger of the Annunciation. The statues of St Cornely, protector of livestock, and St Thérèse of the Child Jesus.

Pluneret ch st pierre et st paul chapel virgin et child near jun22

The pulpit is carved in oak. 8 sculptures around the platform with the 4 evangelists Matthew, Luke, Mark and John, the 3 theological virtues Charity, Hope, Faith and a Trinitarian St Anne. The immense canopy, also in sculpted oak with 7 statues including the cardinal virtues and, crowning it all.

Pluneret ch st pierre et st paul pulpit jun22

The woodwork of the choir and the transepts, very nicely worked, are due to local cabinetmakers. They form, with the 14 paintings of the 14 Stations of the Cross and the 6 bronze chandeliers, a particularly homogeneous whole.

Pluneret ch st pierre et st paul nave to altar jun22

Pluneret ch st pierre et st paul back wall jun22

The city of Pluneret on its churches:

The Bay of Quiberon local tourist office on Pluneret

There you go folks, now i feel better to fully showcase this pretty Church St Peter and St Paul of Pluneret. The town which is full of history and pleasant city center enough for a rest stop and see the church.

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

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June 24, 2022

Curiosities of Paris, !!! 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 Paris, part III

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

Anvers is a station of line 2 of the Paris metro, located on the border of the 9éme and 18éme arrondissements, The station is located under the boulevard Marguerite-de-Rochechouart, at the level of the place d’Anvers, The station carries as a sub- title Sacré-Coeur, in order to recall its relative proximity to the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Montmartre, The Anvers station has a single access called “boulevard de Rochechouart – Sacré-Coeur”, leading to the central reservation of this boulevard, on the place d’Anvers opposite the square of the same name. Consisting of a fixed staircase, it is decorated with a Guimard aedicula, It owes its name to its proximity to the Place d’Anvers , which bear the name of the Belgian city of Antwerp (which is Anvers in Fr) where French troops won a victory over the Dutch during of the siege of the citadel of Antwerp in 1832. I have come by car here too good underground parking at the Saemes Anvers car park, 41 boulevard de Rochechouart, The picture is actually coming out from this parking walking to Sacré Cœur !

Paris anvers metro station to sacre coeur

The RATP of Paris on the Anvers metro station

The Saemes parking Anvers

The Saint-Pierre Church of Montmartre is located in the 18éme arrondissement of Paris, at the top of the Montmartre hill, at No. 2 rue du Mont-Cenis, west of the Sacré-Coeur basilica. Since the French revolution it has been the oldest parish church in Paris after that of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. It succeeded a Merovingian basilica dedicated to Saint Denis, of which five capitals and four marble columns were reused in the current church, the columns coming in turn from an ancient temple, Very dilapidated at the beginning of the 12C, the old basilica was acquired by King Louis le Gros in 1133, who replaced it with a new Romanesque church consecrated in 1147 by Pope Eugene III. Queen Adelaide of Savoy at the same time founded an abbey of Benedictine nuns south of the church, known as the Royal Abbey of Montmartre. The church is therefore parish and abbey at the same time , The restoration was undertaken between 1900 and 1905, and the Church of Saint-Pierre then obtains its current face. Today, is a center of Christian spirituality in the north of Paris.

Paris ch st pierre side montmartre

The official St Pierre Church of Montmartre

The Sainte-Chapelle, also known as Sainte-Chapelle du Palais, is a palatine chapel built on the Ile de la Cité, in Paris, at the request of Saint Louis to house the Holy Crown of Thorns, a piece of the True Cross, as well as various other relics of the Passion which he had acquired from 1239. Although , the Sainte-Chapelle has been officially decommissioned since the French revolution, it is periodically returned to its original purpose. Thus, the Catholic Group of the Palace, which brings together magistrates, lawyers, clerks, and members of the staff of the Paris courthouse, has ensured since the interwar period, the Catholic spiritual presence in the Sainte-Chapelle. The group’s chaplain celebrates a remembrance mass every year on All Saints’ Day, as well as a mass for Saint-Yves in May, one of the patron saints of Jurists. On March 21, 2014, on the occasion of the opening of the year of Saint-Louis, Cardinal André Vingt-Trois, Archbishop of Paris, led in procession the Holy Crown of Thorns from Notre-Dame Cathedral to the Sainte-Chapelle for the first time since the Ancien Régime (monarchy). A solemn mass was celebrated there, and broadcast live on a giant screen installed on Place Louis-Lépine. The Palais de Justice of Paris courthouse with a footprint of approximately four hectares ,surrounds the Sainte-Chapelle, adjacent to 36, quai des Orfèvres.

Paris sainte chapelle et palais de justice

The official Sainte Chapelle of Paris

The port of Suffren is a thoroughfare in the 7éme and 15éme arrondissements of Paris, located on the left bank of the Seine. It bears this name because of the vicinity of the avenue de Suffren which takes its name from the French vice-admiral Pierre André de Suffren.  This port bears its present name since 1905. It starts at the Pont d’Iéna and ends at the Pont de Bir-Hakeïm , measuring 600 meters long. Enter by the Quai Branly.  I came here for several gastronomic events in the Pierre Cardin boat, Maxim’s (see post) and brings always nice memories, The pic looks out to the Palais Chaillot! It is also, the base for the Seine boat ride of Vedettes de Paris, webpage:

Paris port suffren to palais chaillot

The Grand Palais is located on the edge of the Champs-Élysées, separated by Avenue Winston-Churchill, in the 8éme arrondissement. The “Grand Palais des Beaux-Arts” was built in Paris from 1897, for the Universal Exhibition scheduled from April 15 to November 12, 1900 , The main vessel, nearly 240 meters long, consists of a imposing space surmounted by a large glass roof. The slightly lowered barrel vault of the north and south naves and the cross nave (paddock), the pendentive cupola and the dome weigh approximately 8,500 tons of steel, iron and glass. The total weight of metal used reached 9,057 tons The summit of this set culminates at an altitude of 45 meters. The Grand Palais, is closed until the spring of 2023, in order to carry out a larger renovation before 2024, the date on which the fencing events of the Paris Olympic Games are to take place there. The initial project for the Grand Palais, deemed too expensive and poorly suited to current ecological and health requirements, has been abandoned in favor of a more modest and more classic renovation. The Grand Palais now is planned for the Paris Olympic Games for the nave and the galleries and for spring 2025 for the rest of the works, During the construction period, a temporary structure was built on the Champ-de-Mars to host major events, this structure also being used for the Olympic Games. This “ephemeral Grand Palais”, was inaugurated in early 2021.

Paris Grand Palais from C E

The official Grand Palais

The Hôtel de Ville de Paris or City Hall, is the building that has housed the municipal institutions of Paris since 1357. It is located Place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville, in the 4éme arrondissement part now of Paris Centre. The main facade, 143 meters long and 18.80 meters high (26.80 meters for that of the corner pavilions and 50 meters for the campanile), includes a central avant-corps corresponding to the old monument built under the Renaissance.  The Hôtel de Ville can be visited free of charge after prior registration with the public relations department of the City of Paris. The spaces offered for viewing are all the reception rooms (Arcades rooms, Jean-Paul Laurens room, Bertrand room and party room), the main staircase and the Paris Council room. The Pic from the Quai aux Fleurs , notice the bronze equestrian statue of Etienne Marcel provost of merchants from 1354 to 1358, The statue was inaugurated in 1888.

Paris hotel de ville across seine

The city of Paris what to do

The Quai André-Citroën is located along the Seine, left bank, in the 15éme arrondissement, The quay is extended, by the Quai de Grenelle, from the Pont de Grenelle and, to the Quai d’Issy-les-Moulineaux, from the Pont du Garigliano. Between the two, the Pont Mirabeau bridge also overlooks the quay. The entire quay, on the Seine side, is occupied by the port of Javel. It takes over from the Pont de Mirabeau to the Quai André Citroën to the Eiffel Tower! As my pic ! Some nice things to see driving or walking are between the bridges of Grenelle and Mirabeau, the port of Javel Haut is home to the Yachts of Paris-Ouest which is composed of the La Barge Liberty, at the foot of the Statue of Liberty, with a view of the Eiffel Tower, The Front-de-Seine is an area of ​​Paris, located just downstream from the Eiffel Tower. It includes one of the largest concentrations of high-rise buildings in the city. And the Beaugrenelle shopping center with an area of ​​45,000 m2 of shops and leisure, 110 brands, a department store, restaurants and a multiplex. Located in Front-de-Seine Javel train station on the Invalides line, The nice parc André-Citroën park , a public garden ,located on the grounds of the former Citroën factory, in the Javel quartier or neighborhood. It is an SNCF station served by trains on RER C line.

Paris driving quai andre citroen to eiffel tower

The Paris tourist office on the parc André Citroën

The Eiffel Tower is a 330 meter high wrought iron tower (with antennas) located at the northwest end of the Parc du Champ-de-Mars along the Seine in the 7éme arrondissement. Its official address is 5, avenue Anatole-France, Paris. Plenty in my blog on it, and the pictures are from my visit in 1990 from it to the city of Paris. Enjoy it as I did finding them!!  On March 15, 2022, a new antenna compatible with the DAB+ network is installed by helicopter at the top of the tower, thus increasing it from 324  to 330 meters high!


The official Tour Eiffel :

Pigalle is the name of a quartier or neighborhood of Paris, located around Place Pigalle, it includes the streets located on both sides of boulevards de Clichy and Marguerite-de-Rochechouart, and spans the 9éme and 18éme arrondissements. It grew with a few more sex shops and specialty bars, nightclubs, the famous cabarets, the multicolored and neon signs that give the image of a red-light district. The history of Pigalle, as a red-light district, began in 1881 with the opening, in premises previously occupied by a post office, of the cabaret Le Chat noir de Salis located at the current 84, boulevard Marguerite-de- Rochechouart where Aristide Bruant worked. Pigalle’s golden age was between the 1930s and 1960s , From the beginning of the 1970s, with the liberation of morals, the first pornographic cinemas were set up, sex shops multiplied as well as sex salons. massages, and the first live-shows appear, in which couples make love in public.

Paris pigalle sexodrome

Paris pigalle sex shops

The Paris tourist office on the quartier or neighborhood of Pigalle :

There you go folks, a walk of nostalgia from my very earlier trips to my eternal Paris. The wonders of Paris, the most beautiful city in the world, 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 curiosities of Paris, part III, 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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June 24, 2022

Curiosities of Paris !!! 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 curiosities of Paris !!! Part II

The Rue de la Bonne is located in the 18éme arrondissement of Paris. It begins at 30, rue du Chevalier-de-La-Barre and ends at 7, rue Becquerel and 23, rue Lamarck. In its upper part, it is bordered on one side by the place Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet (see photo) , and, on the other side, by a long and high blind wall behind which is the Carmel of Montmartre. The Basilica of the Sacred Heart, known as the National Vow, located at the top of the Montmartre hill, in the Clignancourt neighborhood or quartier of the 18éme arrondissement or district, is a major Parisian religious building, known as the sanctuary of Eucharistic adoration and divine mercy and property of the Archdiocese of Paris.

Paris basilica sacre coeur from jardin carmel rue de la bonne

The Rue Norvins is located on the Montmartre hill, in the Clignancourt and the Grandes-Carrières neighborhoods or quartiers of the 18éme or district of Paris. The street connects Place du Tertre to Avenue Junot. It runs along Place Marcel-Aymé. It intersects the top of rue Lepic and rue des Saules, rue Girardon and rue de l’Abreuvoir. It bears the name of Jacques Marquet, Baron de Montbreton de Norvins, author of a History of Napoleon I. This road in the former village of Montmartre was called “rue Traînée”, or “rue Trenette”, between the streets of Mont- Cenis et des Saules and “rue des Moulins”, between rue des Saules and rue Girardon. it is the street that has best preserved the image of the old village of Montmartre. Today, this historic street has become a very lively tourist spot. At number 9 is the rest of the impasse Trainée which is the remnant of a 14C lane. Bar-crêperie, Le Tire-Bouchon, refuge of Jacques Brel in his early days,

Paris rue Norvins 18eme

The Abbesses metro station on line 12 ,and located in the 18éme arrondissement of Paris. Due to the uneven surface, the station’s platforms are located 36 meters below the surface, making it the deepest station in the Paris network, The station was opened on January 30, 1913 , and the name comes from Place des Abbesses , which refers to the leaders of the Abbey of the Ladies of Montmartre, figures of the district at the time, and many of whom had streets named after them in the 9éme and 18éme arrondissements. In the 1950s, the station received a metal camber with decorative plaques fixed to the vertical walls, blue horizontal uprights, illuminated gold advertising frames complemented by “sit-stand” bars and blue “Motte” seats. This bodywork was urgently removed in 2006 due to major water infiltrations and the decoration of the platforms was completely redone in the original style in 2007. The station has a single access located on Place des Abbesses, opposite 2, rue La Vieuville, which has retained its original decorations on the chess walls. It is adorned with a Guimard aedicula originally present at the Hôtel de Ville metro station. It was moved to Abbesses metro station in 1974.

Paris metro Abbesses

The popular Place du Tertre is located on the Montmartre hill, in the Clignancourt neighborhood or quartier of the 18éme arrondissement or district of Paris, at an altitude of 130 meters. It is the main square of the old village of Montmartre and famous all over the world for its painters and its terraces, many artists set up their easels here every day for tourists, In the late 19C and early 20C, many painters like Toulouse-Lautrec, Picasso, Modigliani and Utrillo lived there, The Church Saint-Pierre de Montmartre ,see facade ,at no 2 rue du Mont-Cenis, west of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart , see belltower. The church is considered the second place of Christian worship on the Montmartre hill. The first would have been the chapel dedicated to the Holy Martyrs, which was located further down the slope of the hill. As therefore, hill of martyrs or mont martre,,,,

Paris place du tertre belltower bas sacre coeur facade ch st pierre

The gorgeous jardin des Tuileries garden,is a Parisian fenced park in the 1éme arrondissement created in the 16C, on the site of the former tiles factory which gave it its name. It is bounded by the Louvre Palace , Rue de Rivoli , Place de la Concorde, and the Seine river. It is the largest and oldest French-style garden in Paris, which was once that of the Tuileries Palace, a former royal and imperial residence, which has now disappeared thanks to the Communards of Paris , Unlike most green spaces in Paris, the Tuileries Garden is not the responsibility of the city, Since 2005, the management of the Tuileries Garden has been entrusted to the Louvre Museum, which ensures its development. It is maintained by the sub-directorate in charge of gardens, the Architectural Heritage and Gardens Department of the Louvre Museum and its team made up of 17 art gardeners, a heritage curator, a landscape engineer and two works managers. of art ! All worth it !!

Paris jardin du louvre

The now call Place Félix-Éboué, previously called Place Daumesnil (as in photo), is located in the Picpus neighborhood or quartier of the 12éme arrondissement of Paris. The Place Félix-Éboué forms a crossroads with Avenue Daumesnil, Boulevard de Reuilly, Rue de Reuilly, Rue Claude-Decaen and Rue Lamblardie. The name of the square is a tribute to the colonial administrator and French politician Félix Éboué who was one of the very first to rally to Free France from General de Gaulle in August 1940. The square is set up on the site of the Barrière de Reuilly on the wall of the Farmers General, was first called place de la Barrière-de-Reuilly, then, in 1864, place Daumesnil. The center of the square is adorned by the water tower fountain (or lion fountain), the work of Gabriel Davioud, on the instructions of Baron Haussmann.

Paris place Daumesnil

The Pont des Arts, or Passerelle des Arts, is a bridge crossing the Seine in the center of Paris. It connects the Quais Malaquais and Conti at the level of the Institut de France, in the 6éme arrondissement, with the Quai François-Mitterrand and the Louvre at the level of the Cour Carrée of the Louvre Palace (which was called “Palais des Arts” under the First Empire-Napoléon I)), in the 1éme arrondissement of Paris. Its name comes from the Louvre Palace, which bore the title of Palace of the Arts between 1801 and 1804, a footbridge of nine cast iron arches reserved for pedestrians was built on the site of the current Pont des Arts: it is the first metal bridge in Paris. The current bridge was rebuilt between 1981 and 1984 “identically” reducing the number of arches to seven instead of nine, which allows them to be aligned with those of the Pont Neuf, while by resuming the appearance of the old footbridge, From 2008, the mesh parapets of the Pont des Arts became the support for many love padlocks hung by couples. the city/town hall of Paris decides to put an end to it in September 2014. Thus, the fences are definitively removed on June 1, 2015, One good thing by the city of Paris, credit where credit is due. The pic below is from the pont du Carrouse towards the Pont des Arts and after the pont neuf !!

Paris pont des Arts from pont du carrousel to pont neuf

There you go folks, a walk of nostalgia from my very earlier trips to Paris. The wonders of my eternal Paris that since 1972 never cease to amaze me for its beauty and ambiance; many memories 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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June 24, 2022

Curiosities of Paris !!!

Looking at my vault, found some older pictures on paper and took my digital 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 Paris !!!

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

The Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile, often simply called the Arc de Triomphe, is located at a high point at the junction of the territories of the 8éme, 16éme and 17éme arrondissements or districts, notably at the top of the Avenue des Champs -Élysées and the avenue de la Grande-Armée, which constitute a major east-west Parisian axis starting from the pyramid of the Louvre, passing by the obelisk of La Concorde, the Arc de Triomphe itself and ending at away via the Arche de la Défense. Its construction, decided by Emperor Napoleon I, began in 1806 and was completed in 1836 under the reign of Louis-Philippe I.

From the renovation of Parc Monceau in 1861 by Baron Haussmann , it was decided that the main entrance to Parc Monceau (see pic above) would be on Boulevard de Courcelles, at the level of the rotunda. Two other entrances were also planned for horse-drawn carriages: on rue de Courcelles, then leading to avenue Hoche and place de l’Etoile, and on boulevard Malesherbes. Three secondary entrances were also added on boulevard de Courcelles , opposite rue de Prony, Avenue de Messine and on a new road, rue Rembrandt leading to rue de Courcelles, Five gates pierce the grid of rue de Courcelles: a large one is placed in the center. There are then two more on the sides for cars, then two more for pedestrians.

Paris arc de triomphe from grille parc monceau 1999

The Place de la Concorde, which covers 8.64 hectares, is the largest square in Paris. The name would have been chosen by the Directory to mark the reconciliation of the French after the excesses of the Terror during the French revolution. Located on the right bank in the 8éme arrondissement, at the foot of the Champs-Élysées, it connects these, which goes to the Jardin des Tuileries.  Via rue Royale, it opens to the Church of the Madeleine (on pic too) ,and via the Pont de la Concorde which crosses the Seine towards the 7éme arrondissement, on the Palais Bourbon. Administratively, the square itself is located in the Champs-Élysées neighborhood or quartier. But the two buildings that border it to the north, on either side of rue Royale, are in the Madeleine neighborhood or quartier, still in the 8éme arrondissement or district, while the Tuileries garden which adjoins it is located in the Saint -Germain-l’Auxerrois neighborhood or quartier from the 1éme arrondissement or district of Paris.

Paris pl de la concorde to side ch madeleine 1999

The Pont Alexandre-III bridge allows the crossing of the Seine river between the 7éme and 8éme arrondissements of Paris. It connects the Esplanade des Invalides and the Avenue Winston-Churchill, where the Petit Palais and the Grand Palais are located. This bridge bears the name of the Tsar of Russia Alexander III a,d was inaugurated for the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1900, It is a metal bridge 45 meters wide consisting of a single arch of 107 meters long with three points of articulation, allowing to cross the Seine without an intermediate point of support. Two stone tunnels are located at its ends. And you know who is gleaming over the Seine !

Paris pont alexandre III et tour Eiffel 1999

The Pont Marie bridge crosses the Seine river in Paris. It connects Île Saint-Louis to the Quai de l’Hôtel-de-Ville in the 4éme arrondissement. The five arches that compose it are different. The Pont Marie constitutes the kilometer point 0 for the part of the Seine located downstream of the bridge (the part upstream having its kilometer point 0 at Marcilly-sur-Seine, Marne dept 51 Grand Est region), The total length is about 92 meters between abutments, width of the beam of the deck 22.60 meters,: roadway 14.60 meters two sidewalks of 4 meters. The avant-becs are surmounted by niches, always remained empty of statues. The Pont Marie owes its name to the engineer-entrepreneur Christophe Marie. This bridge dates from the 17C, making it one of the oldest bridges in Paris.

Paris pont marie ile st louis 1999

There you go folks, a walk of nostalgia from my very earlier trips to my eternal Paris. The wonders of Paris, the most beautiful city in the world, 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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