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July 10, 2022

There is a museum in CDG airport !!!

On my last trip abroad due to the pandemic I visited again Vietnam. On my way , passed by CDG at Roissy-en-France or Paris airport (as many call it for marketing purposes),  and always hearing about the museum, walk by it several times, and now finally went in. It was a pleasant surprise and another French innovation that is gaining visitors to stayed longer at the airport! 

So where is this museum? Well, it is terminal 2 section E Satellite M right next to the Air France lounge I so lazely go to and again never went inside the museum! Of course, this had to be done right, so the Musée d’Orsay is responsable for setting it up. While visiting, they had an exhibition of the work of Dina Vierny, the model of sculptor Aristide Maillol. The connections are very easy and a snap just read the signs really.  T2 E Sat M is connected by transit train.  The transit train connects the main building (hall K) with hall L & hall M.ok!

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And I gather some info on Dina Vierny . She came to Paris at age 15 escaping the Soviet Stalin’s gulag. She arrived in Paris and immediately work for Aristide Maillol. In 1947 she opened  a painting gallery in Paris welcoming all the Russian emigres of the times.  She created a foundation that was part of the Eiffel tower. Then, the foundation that will host the musée Malliol. An exhibition now going on that illustrates the life and the collection of an unusual personality, actress and witness of the great history of Art of the 20C, and to whom Paris owes the creation of the Maillol Museum.Ten years after her disappearance, Roissy CDG pays homage to her by presenting 21 works at the Espace Musées, coming from the special collection of her sons, Olivier and Bertrand Lorquin, allowing to trace her history in a new way in partnership with the Fondation Dina Vierny .An unprecedented exhibition, which offers you a pleasant moment and an original look behind the scenes of the world of Parisian art of the 20C

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Espace Museums organizes two new and free temporary exhibitions every year. The space is an architectural setting of 250 square meters of Museum area. It exhibits at the airport Roissy -Charles de Gaulle art works from the largest museums in Paris and thus offers to travellers an exceptional and original cultural experience. 

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With the pandemic covid or other names we had, the exhibition were put on hold, and cannot verify if still going on, Anyway if flying by CDG check it out is worth the detour and great time usage, me think.

The official Espaces Museum at CDG airporthttp://espacemusees.com/index_en.php

The official Musée Maillol Paris : https://www.museemaillol.com/qui-sommes-nous/

The official Galerie Dina Vierny Parishttps://galeriedinavierny.fr/en/la-galerie/

There you go folks, indeed a wonderful experience and free to all with a boarding pass and on trips to Asia and the Americas. Hope you enjoy the Espace Musée at Roissy CDG airport, Not Paris but it gets all the credits, not always by me, be fair, this is Roissy en France, (Val d’Oise 95) ,Tremblay en France (Seine St Denis 93) ,parts of two different departments with a small portion falling on Mitry-Mory (Seine et Marne 77), And need to say this further, my dear late wife Martine worked at DHL (need to say too, a great company and wonderful group of people) in the airport cargo area in Tremblay-en-France

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

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July 10, 2022

The Church Saint Méen of Cancale !!

This is another first by yours truly the road warrior. Well Bretagne has a bunch and I am working on it. We reach Cancale, another beauty of the Ille et Vilaine department,35 in my lovely Bretagne, in my belle France. Therefore, let me tell you about the Church Saint Méen of Cancale !!

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Impressive, majestic, imposing, As soon as you arrive in Cancale, you only see her. a neo-Gothic style from the 13C, The Church Saint Méen is about 36 meters wide and its vault culminates at 22 meters in height. the tower done in 1932, rises to 34 meters, Two vestibules placed on each side finalize the facade with a stained glass window representing Saint Jeanne Jugan, born in Cancale in 1792, founder of the Congregation of the Little Sisters of the Poor, beatified in 1982, and canonized in 2009.

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Cancale ch St Méen chapel virgin et child jul22

The Saint-Méen Church was built in 1875 on the remains of the former Bellevue manor, but for lack of money, part of the choir, the aisles and the bell tower are not carried out at the end of the work in 1886. A fire destroys the roof in 1906. completes the church in 1931-32, respecting the plans of 1875, adds to the tower of the bell tower, a lantern of the dead. From the upper platform of the new church, there is an extensive panorama over the bay of Mont-Saint-Michel, Granville and around forty bell towers. On a clear day, views of the Chausey Islands. A first church dedicated to Saint Méen was built between 1715 and 1727, on the site of a primitive church dating back to the Middle Ages. The building is in the form of a Latin cross, with a high central nave and two lower sides, a transept and the choir in the apse ending in the canted apse. The raised choir is surrounded by an ambulatory.

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The remarkable , Church of Saint-Méen, in addition to its ex-votos, replicas of the famous “bisquine de Cancale”, tuna-dundee or Newfoundland ship, has a chapel entirely dedicated to sailors, the Chapelle des Péris en Mer, as well as an oratory in honor of Jeanne Jugan where there is also a Cancale bisquine. Jeanne Jugan, child of Cancale and daughter of a fisherman (she became an orphan in 1798 at the age of 5, her father having disappeared on the banks of Newfoundland) is this sister at the origin of the foundation of the ” Little Sisters of the Poor”.

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There is a nice organ ,it has no upper cases, leaving only the front pipes of the Grand-Orgue and the Positif de dos visible. This arrangement, as well as the sound composition are typical of this neo-classical era of the 1950s/1960s.  The organ was completed in 1959, and was inaugurated in July 1960 , Then, they raise a new organ . A new console was built, reusing the original keyboards and pedalboard. The layout respects the neo-classical style desired by its creator, while retaining the presence of a large Symphonic Récit. The inauguration of this organ took place on December 15, 2013 , To note, the church has a choir organ, built in 1873 for the old church. This unrestored instrument is in its original condition.

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The Parish of the Church Saint Méen of Cancalehttps://www.paroisse-cancale.fr/lieux-de-culte-horaires/eglise-st-meen-de-cancale/

The city of Cancale and its history (brief on the church)http://www.ville-cancale.fr/histoire_pays_cancalais.html

The Ille et Vilaine dept 35 tourist office on Cancale (brief on church): https://www.brittany-tourism.com/discover-ille-et-vilaine/the-loveliest-places/cancale/

The Saint Malo tourist office on the Church Saint Méen of Cancalehttps://www.saint-malo-tourisme.co.uk/explore/local-history/culture-and-heritage/heritage/eglise-st-meen-2421575

There you go folks, a dandy of a town, and glad finally there, already looking forward to be back, eventually. Hope you enjoy the Church Saint Méen of Cancale as I.

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

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July 10, 2022

Curiosities of Cancale !!!

This is another first by yours truly the road warrior. Well Bretagne has a bunch and I am working on it. We reach Cancale, another beauty of the Ille et Vilaine department,35 in my lovely Bretagne, in my belle France.  Therefore, let me give you some curiosities of Cancale !

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As we entered the city, we saw this first in the bourg or city center of Cancale!  On the Place de l’église stands a fountain with a sculpture, bronze composed of two oyster washers symbolizing the work of the Cancalaises at the beginning of the 20C before mechanization, The fountain Les laveuses d’huîtres or the oyster washers is made of bronze, this statue shows local women washing oysters by hand. They represent the women of Cancale who guarded the city, while the men went to sea for months to fish. It is a true symbol for the city.

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At the end of the port de la Houle, quai Administrator Chef Thomas, oyster lovers will be delighted. Freshly harvested, the hollow and flat overflow baskets on the stalls of producers. If your mouth is watering, taste them plain or lemony on the terrace of one of the many restaurants in the port or on the marché aux huîtres or oyster market facing the open sea, in a friendly and lively atmosphere. This is awesome !!!

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The Houle district is located at the entrance to Cancale. It is quite traditional because it is mainly fishermen’s houses dating from the 18C and 19C that are found there, below the cliff. The district is also marked by the small niches installed in the streets, in homage to the Virgin Mary. The first would have appeared following the cholera epidemic which ravaged Cancale in the 1850s.The port, called Port de la Houle. The comings and goings of the dumpers loaded with oysters, the merchants, the return of the fishing boats at high tide. The port is bordered by a district leaning against the cliff, with narrow streets and where the fishermen lived.

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The beach of the small port of Cancale is a small beach. During high tides, it disappears under the water and as a result, the sand can remain wet when the water recedes. It’s not necessarily the best if you want to tan, but it’s still very nice to be able to rest for a few moments.

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The city of Cancale and its heritagehttp://www.ville-cancale.fr/infos_touristiques_cancale.html

The Ille et Vilaine dept 35 tourist office on Cancalehttps://www.brittany-tourism.com/discover-ille-et-vilaine/the-loveliest-places/cancale/

The Saint Malo tourist office on Cancale treasureshttps://www.saint-malo-tourisme.com/nos-tresors-preserves/les-perles-de-la-cote-cancalaise-cancale-les-perles-de-la-cote/

There you go folks, a dandy of a town, and glad finally there, already looking forward to be back, eventually. See my next post on the monument of Cancale in my blog. Hope you enjoy the curiosities of Cancale as I.

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

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