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October 2, 2022

Some news from France , CCCLXX

Well news in my belle France happens fast and need to tell you more, always more. Therefore, time again to tell you my latest rants about some news from France. An eventful post in my blog that I have enjoyed together with you for the last 12 years now!! And for those non Roman CCCLXX is 370 ! , another dandy round of news of my belle France , of course, chosen by me; there are many others. We are in Fall season ! ,and temps came to 19C, rainy humid time changing. Times like this are great to be in house warm and tidy and a glass of wine, and we will come back eating in dining room! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

Pascal Faracci, new director of the Cognacq-Jay museum The former director of the museums of Poitiers (Vienne 86) highlights the permanent collections of the 18C museum of the city of Paris through a new hanging to discover from October 1st 2022, Mr Faracci first exercised in the years 1990-2000 the functions of administrative and financial director in multinationals such as BNP Paribas, Essilor, Bonduelle, etc. webpage:

The Place des Vosges! Built in the 17C and lined with 36 private mansions with illustrious inhabitants, it is the oldest of the royal squares in Paris.If it was Napoleon who gave it its definitive name in 1800, it was King Henri IV, great urban planner, who had the idea of ​​creating the Place des Vosges , Taste the charms of the green lung of the Marais district, astride like the central statue of Louis XIII, the 3éme and 4éme arrondissements, is for sure offering oneself a suspended moment. Normal: upon arrival, a very special scent of eternity takes hold of the walker. Indeed sublime spot of my eternal Paris,webpage:

Perched at the top of the Montparnasse tower, discover the sensational exhibition that celebrates the streets of the capital, to the delight of fans of unusual images! On the program: a colorful and vertiginous “infinity room”, improbable and yet very real street intersections and works by street-artists in love with Paris. Every Saturday at 16h30, you can also attend two street dance shows by the Juste Debout School. Paris Montparnasse Observatory, 33, avenue du Maine, 15éme,until mid-November 2022. info webpage :

This Autumn, Maison FRED opens the doors to its first retrospective exhibition. You will be invited to dive into its solar universe and its jewelry full of light and joie de vivre, during an immersive journey inspired by the life and personality of its founder, Fred Samuel. More than 450 jewels and emblematic accessories of the house will be exhibited. Among them, iconic jewelry from Hollywood stars, such as the famous necklace from the movie Pretty Woman, the swords of academicians or jewelry worn by Grace Kelly. You will also discover unique drawings and archival documents, photographs, videos and even exclusive testimonials. Fred Joaillier, designer since 1936, Palais de Tokyo, 13, avenue du Président-Wilson 16éme From September 28 to October 24, 2022. webpage:

If Claude Monet and Joan Mitchell did not live at the same time, you will nevertheless see them in dialogue with each other within the Louis Vuitton Foundation, through their respective works. Artists who marked their times but also generations of painters after them, Monet and Mitchell show their singular perceptions of the same composite landscape, often expressed in particularly immersive formats. Monet – Mitchell, Fondation Louis Vuitton, 8, avenue du Mahatma-Gandhi 16éme .From October 5, 2022 to February 27, 2023,webpage:

From the first edition of Tintin in the land of the Soviets in 1929 to the most recent releases, Tintin, the immersive adventure will honor the famous reporter with the powder puff, whose adventures around the world have been part of popular culture for nearly 100 years old. Promising a singular and immersive reinterpretation of Hergé’s work, this digital exhibition will allow young and old alike to (re)immerse themselves in the creative and fictional universe of one of the greatest comic strip authors of 20C cartoon. Tintin, the immersive adventure Atelier des Lumières, 38, rue Saint-Maur 11éme .From October 21 to November 20, 2022 webpage:

Bringing the essence of French chic back to life is the creative bet that the Mobilier national has taken on. From October 12 to January 29,2023, we come to discover nearly 200 works on the theme of decorative arts and furniture from 1930 to 1960, in a scenographed route full of charm. CHIC ! Decorative arts and furniture from 1930 to 1960, Mobilier national – Manufacture des Gobelins, 42, avenue des Gobelins 13éme. From October 12, 2022 to January 29, 2023 webpage:

It will still take a little patience to find the connection between RER B and C at Saint-Michel. The station will remain closed until mid-December 2022 due to renovation work. There had been nothing since 1989, when the RER B interconnected. There will be a large influx of travellers. We have therefore launched these heavy renovation works now in preparation for Paris 2024. Because in Saint-Michel ( 5éme / 6éme arrondissements), 30 million people tread the quays on average: It’s more than Lille, Strasbourg or Austerlitz train station. But dark and a little dilapidated, the station deserved a facelift. Indeed

Faced with the density of transit traffic at rush hour, the city of Beynes (Yvelines 78) is testing an astonishing device: it has decided to dot a portion of the D 191 road with stop signs, even if it means creating a certain mess at first. The aim is to encourage drivers to use other routes. The Rue de La République is regularly saturated, and will no longer be a priority, which should force motorists to change their usual routes. Aha this was my short cut to go south when living in Versailles and I guess many others have found the way to cut time and km even better than Michelin lol !! Be aware or be square.

And here is a twist on travel. Undisputed stars of this initiative of the French Federation of Bicycle Users (FUB), the big cities act as gondola heads. The best-rated category in the barometer, many cities have benefited in recent years from the gradual commissioning of increasingly qualitative cycling networks. The barometer of cycling cities has once again designated Grenoble as the best-equipped large city in France for cycling. According to the sensors installed by the metropolis, the practice of cycling would have increased there by 32% between June 2020 and June 2021. Strasbourg, the heavyweight doubled during the second edition of the barometer by Grenoble, it nevertheless remains number 1 in the category of cities with more than 200,000 inhabitants. Strasbourg has a total of 560 km of cycle paths, with the added bonus of a very strong cycling culture among its inhabitants. Rennes, bronze medal! While there is still a lot to do to catch up with the two leaders in the category, the cycling policies initiated jointly by the city/town hall and the metropolis are already bearing fruit. The transitional arrangements made in the context of the health crisis, and since made permanent, play a significant role in improving infrastructure. The city of Rennes even boasts of a 66% increase in bicycle traffic in 2021 compared to 2019. The FUB webpage:

Occupied for more than fifty years by the Health Insurance Fund, the Château des Tourelles of Bois-Colombes at 98, rue Paul-Déroulède, (Hauts-de-Seine 92). has been completely renovated to accommodate a new artistic space. It opens its doors this weekend with two exhibitions. This building which sits in the heart of Square Franklin-Roosevelt has been renovated from top to bottom. This municipal building dating from the 19C has three levels and a basement for a total area of 500 m2. webpage:

The Château de Montgeroult was the home of a talented musician with an extraordinary destiny at the time of the French revolution. It has been inhabited by the same family since 1831. The Friends of Hélène de Montgeroult association is participating in the Baroque festival of Pontoise, which opens this weekend, has thus decided to ring out again the notes of the composer who worked on a pianoforte (the ancestor of the piano). Born in 1764, Hélène de Nervo has indeed married the Marquis André Marie Gautier de Montgeroult. The couple spent time in their Vexin castle before the French revolution. If their work is, by dates, between Mozart and Beethoven, it embodies in the eyes of specialists a real bridge to the Romantics. Webpage:

At the Château de Pierrefonds, discover the monumental model of the Salle des Preuses. The artist Camille Bloch has just inaugurated, after five months of preparation, the exhibition of his model of the Salle des Preuses. It now sits at the heart of the mythical castle of the Oise (60). webpage: http://Château de Pierrefonds

At the Château de Chantilly,(Oise 60) you can “adopt” a book from one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. The famous castle is calling for crowdfunding to speed up the restoration of the Book Cabinet. The public is invited to “adopt” works by participating in their maintenance or restoration. 14,000 volumes dating from the end of the 10C to the beginning of the 19C are kept in the Book Cabinet of the Château de Chantilly. Henri d’Orléans, Duke of Aumale , the “prince of bibliophiles” bequeathed the Chantilly estate and all its collections in 1884 to the Institut de France to preserve its integrity. The bequest was transformed into a donation in 1886. The condition of the donation was the opening of the château and its collections to the public. Materials that react to the humidity of the air and that must be protected from a whole fauna of insects and a varied flora of molds. For 200 euros, you can contribute to the maintenance of the bindings, for 500 euros to their restoration. From 3,500 euros, you will be offered to adopt one of the treasures of the book cabinet by participating in the restoration of a remarkable volume. I am in Friends of the castle since 2008; worthy cause and keeping a beautiful library alive for generations to come,do it if you can please. Webpage:

The Friends of the Chantilly castle:

Medieval, fortified or troglodyte… The exceptional villages are reputed to be difficult to access. This is to forget that some of them are served by train or bus. Ok so see not only road warrior but given you some alternatives ways to see my belle France. These are some of my favorites:

Belvès (Dordogne 24) Besieged during the Hundred Years War and the wars of religion, the “city of seven steeples” keeps miraculously preserved vestiges. Among them, underground troglodyte dwellings inhabited since the 13C, a 500-year-old wooden hall and Renaissance-style mansions. At the gates of the city, the forest of Bessède is an ideal playground for hikers and mountain bikers who wish to venture into the Périgord Noir. Access: Belvès train station, 1h15 from Agen and Périgueux.

La Roche-Guyon (Val-d’Oise 95), Unique “Most Beautiful Village of France” in the Paris region, La Roche-Guyon is located on a meander of the Seine, at the gates of Normandy and the Vexin Regional Natural Park. It stands out for its medieval castle leaning against a white chalk cliff. Now owned by the La Rochefoucauld family, the building was frequented by the kings of France and the philosophers of the Enlightenment. Below, the 3.5 hectare vegetable garden, restored in 2004, uses the original plans dating from the 18C. Access: Mantes-la-Jolie (78) train station on Transilien J and N from gare Saint Lazare Paris, then bus 95-11,

Montsoreau (Maine-et-Loire 49), Alexandre Dumas made it the location of his novel La Dame de Monsoreau. Subsequently, several film adaptations of The Three Musketeers were filmed there. Welcome to Montsoreau, a medieval village located 15 km from Saumur. Its 15C castle, which houses a museum of contemporary art, dominates the confluence of the Loire and the Vienne rivers, After a walk in the flowery streets of Montsoreau, follow the Loire for 2 km to the neighboring town of Candes-Saint-Martin (Indre-et-Loire 37), also labeled “Most Beautiful Village of France”. Access: Saumur train station, then bus line 1 or summer line of the Agglobus network,

Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port (Pyrénées-Atlantiques 64), Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port is an unmissable stop on the way to Santiago de Compostela. The Basque village was awarded the “Plus Beau Village de France” label recently, in 2016. It owes its name to its location at the foot of the Roncesvalles pass, the pass being nicknamed “port” in the Pyrenees. Founded in the 12C, Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, also called “Donibane Garazi” in Basque, was part of the Kingdom of Navarre. The Notre-Dame-du-Bout-du-Pont Church, the second Gothic building in the Basque Country, and the citadel remodeled by Vauban are among the must-sees in the village. Access: Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port train station, 1 hour by TER trains from Bayonne.

One hundred and fifty years later, what remains of the Seine of the Impressionists? The Chatou, Bougival, Louveciennes.etc, In the 21C, can we still find the rural charm of the 200 magnificent works created along these banks that Monet, Sisley and Renoir frequented assiduously? Yes we can, a tribute to France love of the arts and wonderful history and architecture to be seen all throughout, This is my contribution to let it known to all the world!

On August 24, 1837, the first French railway line to transport passengers was inaugurated: Paris Saint-Lazare-Le Pecq (Yvelines 78). The green setting of the department of Seine-et-Oise (which became Yvelines in 1968) attracts painters who lay on the canvas in fine touches of color luminous landscapes filled with poetry. Scorned by the critics, disdainfully nicknamed the “Impressionists”, Sisley, Renoir, Pissarro, Monet, Morisot paint the reflections of chestnut trees, birches and maples on the golden waters of this loop of the Seine. Today, their paintings proudly line museums around the world, including the Marmottan, the Orangerie and the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. On the banks of the Seine, 35 enamelled replicas of their paintings allow you to shine in their footsteps. A thematic map of the routes is even published by the tourist office Webpage: -to-do/outings-and-leisure/hiking-walks/on-foot/circuit-monet/

Renoir and Monet, innovators in Croissy-sur-Seine (Yvelines 78). La Grenouillère ,this is how the Conty guide to the surroundings of Paris describes this guinguette which you can get to by ferry. Even if since May 18, 1852, a municipal decree requires swimmers to wear a bathing suit, it is only slightly respected. Suffice to say that this naughty place is very popular. Side by side, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Claude Monet together invent a new way of painting and produce a set of six paintings of the guinguette and its islet planted with a single tree connected to the pontoon boat by narrow and slippery planks. La Grenouillère burned down in October 1889. Rebuilt, the establishment was destroyed in 1920 during work to widen the Seine. Within the Espace Chanorier at 12, Grande Rue, the Grenouillere Museum houses reconstructions of life scenes (music, absinthe) with models in period costumes from the famous guinguette. Next door, the Local History Pavilion (free admission on Saturdays and Sundays from 14h30-18h) recalls the town’s market gardening past. The Grenouillere Museum webpage :

The Pavilion of local history, memories of Croissy:

Chatou, (Yvelines 78) the romantic Pierre-Auguste Renoir immortalizes the Luncheon of the Boating Party from the balcony of the inn run by Louise Fournaise on the island of Chatou. Her husband Alphonse, a boat carpenter, has set up a workshop and rents boats. Renoir will obviously paint these skiffs on the Seine. The balcony of the Maison Fournaise is identical to that of Renoir’s painting and the atmosphere on the banks of the Seine has not changed. The island now bears the name of the Impressionists. the Maison Fournaise, which has become a museum with immersive holograms, virtual paintings, videos featuring Renoir and his setbacks The Maison Fournaise webpage:

Bougival, (Yvelines 78) the bucolic. Installed in the hamlet of Saint-Michel, Claude Monet represents the bridge of Bougival inaugurated on November 7, 1858. In the evening, the sun tints the Seine with silver reflections, which he paints tirelessly. Alfred Sisley comes to join him: barges, locks, Marly machine, Île de la Loge are his favorite areas. Berthe Morisot spent all her summers there from 1881 to 1884, renting a house surrounded by a very large flower garden of hollyhocks where she painted her husband Eugène Manet and their daughter Julie. Two arches over the river and an aedicule that housed wooden needles responsible for protecting the machine from floating objects. The Hameau Saint-Michel winegrowers’ houses are as typical as when Monet lived there. Hollyhocks bloom on the sidewalks. At 4 rue de la Princesse where Berthe Morisot lived, which has become n°1 avenue de la Drionne, will become a space dedicated to the artist at the end of 2023. webpage:

Louveciennes,(Yvelines 78) the Pissarro family and Sisley lived in Louveciennes, a village of 900 inhabitants that Renoir also frequents, visiting his family and friends. Renoir immortalizes the Route de Versailles, the Rue du Village or the Promenades des Poules. Pissarro paints the streets of Voisins, the chestnut trees and Sisley, the Allée de la Machine and the Aqueduct. His painting represents very exactly the Tour du Levant where the water from the Seine arrived, pumped in Bougival by the Machine de Marly and transported to Versailles for the fountains of Louis XIV. He also painted the mid-side farmhouse, a forge intended for the maintenance of the Machine. The yellow house with green shutters of Renoir’s mother at 23, rue de Voisins is similar in all respects to that of 1870. The Allée de la Machine is strictly identical to the painting, the trees are simply taller and thicker. The mid-coast farm is in ruins and lush vegetation has taken over the place, but the paved path still allows you to descend to the Bougival lock. The Aqueduct is sumptuous. You can leisurely walk the 643 meters of the Aqueduct, admire the 36 arches and the work of the builders of yesteryear. Webpage:

Marly, (Yvelines 78) .Sisley’s obsession .In flood, the Seine invades Port-Marly and Sisley seizes the sheets of water which surround the quiet house of a wine and spirits merchant (at St Nicolas). Resident of 2, avenue de l’Abreuvoir, he painted the watering hole in the park of the castle of Marly-le-Roi 17 times: summer, winter, under snow or frost, bathing horses…The name of the inn has changed, it is now a café for regulars, the Brazza. At the edge of the quays, house barges are permanently moored, with gates and letterboxes. A cycle path leads to Le Pecq or Bougival. In Marly-le-Roi, the horse trough dating from Louis XIV, the long wooded road that climbs along the park towards the museum of the Royal Estate of Marly… Everything is strictly identical, admire the shells of the trough, pond semicircular built by Jules Hardouin-Mansart in 1698 and restored in 2006. Port Marly webpage:

Marly le Roi webpage:

And I bet you thought Paris was all museums and parks, well there are some unusual places still around. Be safe. 300 prostitution parlors pinned in Paris, the 17éme particularly affected. Are there really a lot of massage parlors hiding places of prostitution in the 17éme? In any case, this is what the association Zéromacho (org for men against prostitution and for equality) asserts. The 17éme arrondissement would concentrate, on its own, around fifty prostitution parlors disguised as massage parlors . The district is certainly very affected, but it is far from being the only one . The 14éme, 15éme, and 9éme ,also include around thirty fake massage parlors each. According to the police headquarters, in 2021, four networks of pimps would have been dismantled in Paris, leading to the closure of only three businesses of this type in 2022, in the 17éme !! A far cry from the 53 fake salons listed by the Zéromacho association in this district/arrondissement. Oh those boys in blue need to do better, they are very easy to spot!

And now as usual some eat out in my eternal Paris!

The starred chef Yannick Alléno takes over the historic Prunier restaurant, in Paris opening on October 3, 2022. Webpage :

Jeffrey Cagnes, the former pastry chef of the historic Maison Stohrer is now flying on his own and this is anything but bad news. Free, he signs a range of inspired contemporary pastries without neglecting pastries. Like the brownie, the financier takes the form of a small domed corolla, sprinkled with icing sugar. Quite dense and with a good almond taste, it is available in two recipes: pistachio paste or caramel, each in a flowing insert, revealing itself when cut. Roasted pistachios for the first and hazelnut for the second give the crunchy side. 24, rue des Moines (17éme). Galeries Lafayette Le Gourmet, 35, boulevard Haussmann (9éme), webpage :

At the Hôtel Meurice ,Au Bar 228 until Saturday October 8, 2022 the caviar-smoked egg-brioche bread trio, staged on a small individual platter, accompanies a glass of Dom Pérignon vintage 2004 this Dom Pérignon “pairing”, designed as the marriage of a dish and a wine on the “by the glass” mode, includes a 30 gram box of caviar associated with a brioche tartlet garnished with a creamy smoked egg and horseradish surrounded by a lace of oxalis, fragile tangy aromatic growth. Webpage :

There you go folks, another round of my some news from France coming to you freely by the road warrior of this blog. Hope you enjoy the post and do prepare for a wonderful Fall season with a bang. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

October 2, 2022

Wines news of France XXXII !!

Well, we are now in Fall season , and October 2022 , so we are all ready for the cold weather indeed. Anyway, always good to bring the best of Wine news of France. First ,thanks to all my readers and/or followers! Oh yeah, the wines of France are just super simply awesome and a great tradition. Often imitated, some time equaled ,but never surpass! Let me give some news shall we; hope you enjoy it as I.

Artémis Domaines, owned by the Pinault family, merges with Maisons & Domaines Henriot and becomes a leading player in the wine sector. This operation is effective as of September 30, 2022.

Artémis Domaines is a group with unanimously recognized know-how for cultivating prestigious terroirs and producing exceptional wines with strict respect for the environment. Property of the Pinault family, the group owns Château Latour, 1er grand cru classé in Pauillac, the Clos de Tart in Morey-Saint-Denis and the Eugénie estate in Vosne-Romanée in Burgundy, the Château Grillet vineyard in the valley du Rhône, or the Eisele Vineyard located in the Napa Valley in California, as well as a minority stake in Champagne Jacquesson. Artemis Domaines webpage :

The Maisons & Domaines Henriot family group owns Bouchard Père & Fils in Beaune, William Fèvre in Chablis, Maison Henriot in Champagne and Beaux-Frères in Oregon. Champagne Henriot has belonged since 1808 to the very restricted circle of historic Champagne Houses that have remained entirely independent and family owned. Since 1731, Bouchard Père & Fils has brought together a fabulous wine-growing heritage of nearly 100 hectares in the Côte-d’Or, including many precious plots, such as Montrachet, Chevalier Montrachet, Vigne de l’Enfant Jésus, Corton Charlemagne, Bonnes Mares, Chambertin or Meursault Genevrières. Domaine William Fèvre is the most important operator of Grands Crus in Chablis. Founded in 1986, Beaux-Frères has established itself today as a benchmark estate in Oregon. Maisons & Domaines Henriot webpage :

Bollinger’s grand design! The house of Aÿ is preparing for its bicentenary with a large format program that includes new cuvées but also the creation of a hotel and a restaurant. Webpage :

In just four years of existence, the La Bouche du Roi estate, located in Davron in the Yvelines,(dept 78) has imposed its production on the most beautiful tables in the region. Their chardonnay caught the eye of chef Thierry Marx, who selected it for its Madame Brasserie restaurant on the 1st fl (2nd US) of the Eiffel Tower, and their full range is served on the tables of Alain Ducasse at the Palace of Versailles. In barely four years, the wines of the La Bouche du Roi estate, produced in the Yvelines by Adrien Pélissié, Julien Bengue and Julien Brustis, have seduced the most demanding palates. For the past few days, their vats have been welcoming the first harvests of the six farmers from Essonne and Yvelines who have just embarked on viticulture with ambition. Versailles tourist office info :

La Tour d’Argent organizes an online sale of old vintages,until October 8 2022, The resto is currently closed for restoration, but holds an exceptional sale of 1000 bottles initially intended to be served at its gastronomic table. The wine selection made by Victor González, the restaurant’s head sommelier, is made up of emblematic wines from the French terroir, including many Burgundy wines, but also little-known appellations from the national vineyard.More info webpage :

Traditionally organized in June in Bordeaux, Gironde dept 33 in odd-numbered years, alternating with the River Festival, the wine tourism festival will now thrill the Bordeaux metropolis every June. See you from June 22 to 25, 2023, and in preview from June 15 The other major aspect highlighted by the Bordeaux Métropole Tourist and Convention Bureau, organizer of the event in coordination with the CIVB Bordeaux Wine Interprofessional Council (with the assistance of the Bordeaux Métropole Tourism Mission, the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Food Agency AANA, and the support of the City of Bordeaux, Bordeaux Métropole, the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region, Aquitaine, the Departmental Council with Gironde Tourisme and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Bordeaux), it is the environmental aspect. Webpage :

Not wine, but worth mentioning . The oldest brewery in France, Meteor beers have been produced on the same Alsatian site, in Hochfelden, since 1640. In the Haag family since 1844, it is now run by Edouard, who embodies the eighth generation at the head of the company, The brewery achieves a production of 500,000 hectoliters of beer per year, a struggle to find a place in this competitive market which had 2,300 French breweries in 2020, In order to reduce its impact on the environment but also its costs, Meteor has set up a bottle return system,and an unique marketing campaign, webpage :

And again not wine but goes with it marvelous !!! The first Great Mussel Festival arrives in October 2022 in Paris , The Great Mussel Festival takes up residence in the 4éme, 9éme and 13éme arrondissements, but also in Nogent-sur-Marne (Val de Marne 94). Organized by the catering group Cie Les Maquereaux, To take advantage of this popular meal, the organizers are offering you a single price of 15€ , La Grande Fête de la Moule at 14, quai de l’Hôtel-de-Ville – 4éme , 47-49 , avenue de Trudaine 9éme, 66, quai d’Austerlitz 13éme, and Square Tino-Rossi, Nogent-sur-Marne (94),From October 13, 2022 and from 19h30, Paris going out guide webpage :

There you go folks, another wine episode of my belle France! The wines of France that is, superbe, sublime, wonderful, gorgeous, enjoy without moderation but accompanying a meal, family table just perfect. See you in the vineyards of France.

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

October 2, 2022

My personal life in Central and South Florida !!!

As usually the case exchanging with a fellow blogger Valenciartist came upon the idea of telling you a bit more than just travel and anecdotes in my blog. After all, my life has been very rich and why not have some in my blog which is after all my life’s stories. Therefore , here is a bit extra on me from my life in Central and South Florida !!!, and in Volusia, Broward and Miami-Dade counties !!! Of course, I have other posts in my blog. Hope you enjoy this bit of personal trivia as I.

Let me tell you a bit more on my personal life in the Central and South Florida of mine. It is said that to remember is to live again, well I am doing just that with this post and the one on NJ. Florida was the last land lived before my moved to my belle France in 2003. My nostalgic moments of our time in Florida, several years, college graduation, marriage, sons to show for it, the works.

I lived for 18 years in Florida in addition to four years of University studies!!!while living in NJ (see post).  My first contact with the State of Florida took place in 1974 when I went from New Jersey to visit my father’s side aunt in Miami Lakes; it didnt seem that great, I guess I was already used to the cold weather from Spain and New Jersey lol! Then in August of 1977,  I went to pursue my university studies there, and settled at Daytona Beach. It was instant love, the city was warm, sunny but also cool in winter, nice folks and the beach and the girls was awesome. Spring Break is an event all American college students need or do go thru in their life,and its not to be missed.

On January 5 1985 arrived for good, this time living at Seaside Drive, Ormond by the Sea (North peninsula) on a house my parents had bought for their retirement ::) Beach bum boy was using it first Lol!!! Living was great as I could use the school library ,and became active in the soccer/football team that was playing in the Daytona Beach YMCA fields. I did obtain sponsorship with Coronado Title Co for a Co-ed indoor soccer team that finish Champion in 1986!! It was easy as my team was made up of women from the Univ Central Florida(rank in top 10 in USA soccer) and resident guys from England , Greece, and Germany!

For a shorter story, time went on and while traveling met a young French girl (Martine) working in Paris living in Meaux Seine-et-Marne dept 77 Île de France region in 1989.  This was quickly followed by visits to her family and hers to mine and before I knew it, this independent young men was married on December 26, 1990 at City Island municipal courthouse in Daytona Beach, deciding to live there. We went all over together, visiting France every year thereafter.

 My last home was in Miramar ,Silver Lakes divison of Sapphire Bay sub-division in Broward county . While there came down to Biscayne Blvd and the French Consulat to become a French citizen in 2000; before moving permanently to France in August 23, 2003.  We had 3 wonderful boys, one older (born in DB) and then identical twins,(born in Hialeah). While continuing to work in Miami Beacon Center area and my wife by the MIA airport. I have to add again here, sorry, the trip was not without losses as upon arriving in France my dear late mother Gladys passed away on December 27 2007, and later in the Morbihan breton my dear late wife Martine passed away on April 30 2018, so life is a beach cannot be all glory, there are ups and downs , and these were really deep downs; still sad and will always be sad, there is no words. My blog posts sweeting the pain a bit.

While in Florida early on was very much involved in my University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University ,Eagles Soar as told by the Duke of Edinburg to our Pres John Paul Riddle upon training the British aviation personnel for the defense of their island nation before and during WWII.

Daytona Beach ERAU diploma BS av management PF 24april1982

Daytona Beach ERAU student card 1982

I took part in the ERAU univ Soccer/football team as libero or central defender where we played all over the State of Florida from 1980 to 1982. Also, participated in intramural Volleyball, beach Volleyball ,and Softball always reaching semis or finals, and winning one in Volleyball ,and co ed indoor soccer at the YMCA of Daytona Beach,  and Beach volleyball in Miramar !!

Daytona Beach ymca co ed soccer champion 1986

db ERAU management club softball team pedro in green in front seated 1981

Miramar JL audio beach volley team Pedro left seated front row 2001

Daytona Beach ERAU certificate Volleyball intramural PF 1977

I,also, participated and was name Treasurer of the Univ Management Club, a great honor indeed as was voted by my peers. I signed myself the id card lol !!

Daytona Beach ERAU management club member PF 03jan1981

I did my jury duty in the criminal courthouse of Fort Lauderdale, which gladly escape been chosen for the final jury. It was awful sad there…I was picked twice for the selection but escape both times !

Ft Lauderdale courthouse PF jury duty sep95

I became involved with associations that were part of my job such as the National Association of Credit Management in USA. We had our branch out of Tampa, and also , Orlando.

Miami NACM member Inter High Tech PF30august1997

I had my first management job function with an outfit called Promark Distributors out of Beacon center in Miami. This allows me to be member of the above organisation. In the mean time I was call up by big Microsoft for a job interview, it went so well the HR person told me the only candidate send to met them was me! I interview with a whole gang including the 2nd men Steve Ballmer at the time who came in for a handshake , another indication I was on the lead. However, after discussing with the wife, we decided the move was too far from France, and the area we lived was better so I refuse to the astonishement of my collegues, you have refuse Microsoft!! Yep I did it my way !

Miami Promark commercial with PF c1993

Hialeah visit job interview schedule Microsoft Redmond WA 4april1997

Hialeah visit job interview schedule Microsoft Redmond WA my refusal PF 14May1997

I was involved with the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Miami and importing wines from France with Philippe Dreyfus, a great great great…nephew of Captain Dreyfus famous affair in France. Also, participated on the first Spanish wines tapas event held at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables that after I left it has become the now famous South Florida Wine Festival! The event at the Biltmore Hotel counted with 35 Spanish bodegas and several Spanish oriented restaurants in the greater Miami area. I , also, participated with Alberto Mueller a journalist with Diario de Las Americas and hooked up with Gourmet Group of Spain introducing Spanish wines at Sunset Corners store at 8701 SW 72nd St. I went up to be awarded certificate as knowledable of Spanish wines by ICEX and French wines by SOPEXA. I was invited by dinner/wine tastings by Chuck Cassidy senior buyer of Crown Wines & Spirits, which I patronise first the store in Biscayne blvd North Miami and later the US 1 1590 South Dixie Highway, Coral Gables. I,also, worked for a short period at the ABC Wines and Liquors store that was in US 1, 725 S. Yonge Street, Ormond Beach and was in charge of wine stock and ordering under manager JD Brandy !! 

Miramar Sopexa diploma on wine knowledge

 And my last forays into politics were in the early 90’s before my eyes open up to American politics and no more.  I continued to received recognition by Republican groups, which I kept them all for the tell tell of any bar lol !!!

In closing, I had the distinct pleasure to start using Cruises into the Caribbean with an outfit called Windjammers Barefoot Cruises. I did a post on it but it was great and many memorable moments of my stayed in Florida. Unfortunately, the boat Fantôme was sank and destroyed with crews on board by hurricane Mitch. I have the book of the sad story and a post in my blog. I have found me the certificate of participation!

Ormond Beach windjammers fantome certificate c1984

As I am having lots of personal items here and my name, let me remind you all these are personal private properties and are not to be use in any way or manner falling under the US DMCA copyright rules which I have posted in my blog here:

The Daytona Beach tourist office (my oldest boy was born here):

The city of Ormond Beach on leisure services (we lived here):

The city of Hialeah on things to see (my twin boys were born here):

The city of Miramar on parks and recreation (we lived here last) :

My last Greater Fort Lauderdale tourist office:

The Visit Florida tourist board on Central East Fla

 The Visit Florida tourist board on South East Fla:

There you go folks, a lot more about me and my personal life in Central and South Florida ,where my working life took off exponentially ,that eventually took me to my belle France. My Florida will always be remembered !!!

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

October 2, 2022

My Florida !!!

Now far away in my new neck of the woods, the Morbihan Breton,sunny and clear reminds me of my Florida, The old Central and South Florida of my family and birthplace of my 3 sons, and I am nostalgic enough to update this older post with family trivia and less history of the place. After doing the trajects America ,Europe, America , and back to Europe, I like to remind myself of one special place ; the title is simple but the meaning is huge for us, this my story in Florida, the Sunshine State !! (see posts). Hope you enjoy it as I.

I had a brief visit in 1974 on the old National airline to visit my aunt (dad’s sister) in Miami Lake, However, it was my searching for an University to go to, saw one of my liking and trade in Daytona Beach, Florida and went there for 4 years Bachelor of Sciences degree.  This was ERAU or Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, simply the best in its field ; the Harvard of the Air ! Liking it so much or rather liking Daytona Beach so much, once back to worked in New Jersey could not remain there so decided to moved back to DB to live to the surprise of my parents. The independant boy was a determine young men and the beaches and bikinis was it lol!!!  This was the beginning of a beautiful story as was said in Casablanca, the movie.


I convince my parents to buy another home in Ormond by the Sea , north peninsula area while working in Daytona Beach, Volusia County, My parents did not took long to follow me within a year ) welcome, really we were very close and are with my Dad still with me. Growing up there made me visit other lands ,mostly in the Caribbean and Central ,South America, However, at the time Daytona Beach  was the spring training site for the baseball team of the Montreal Expos (French Canadians). French taken as a language in High School stayed with me and friendly with French students at the University.  For a shorter story,as already told in other post, as time went on and while traveling met a young French girl (Martine) working in Paris,born and  living in Meaux ,Seine-et-Marne dept 77 of the Île de France region in 1989.  This was quickly followed by visits to her family and hers to mine and before I knew it, this independent young men was married on December 26, 1990 at City Island municipal courthouse in Daytona Beach, deciding to live there. We went all over together, visiting France every year  then moved south to live and work at  North Miami, then Hialeah,in Miami-Dade county, and last Miramar in Broward county , While living in Silver Lakes division, Sapphire Bay sub division I became a  French citizen at the French consulate in Miami in 2000 , Eventually, moving permanently to France me in August 23, 2003, and after the house sold ,the rest of my family on December 13, 2003.  My parents again followed me and were given residency status immediately in France, We had 3 wonderful boys, one older (born in DB) and then identical twins,(born in Hialeah); the moved was not without sad events as my dear late mother Gladys passed away on December 27 2007 while living in Versailles, and with my dear late wife Martine passed away on April 30 2018,in our current home of Pluvigner, of my beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of the lovely region of Bretagne , The saying goes we cannot have it all, sad and still sad and will always be sad, there is no words. My blog posts sweeting the pain a bit.Thank you all for reading my blog all these years since 2010.

I like to tell you briefly, really short as too many towns and places in dear Florida, a State will never forget the experiences and which have many family members still living all over.  I will go into nostalgia lane to tell you of places we lived for 18 years ! I am used by now on Europe to use kilometers ,but below anything in km to miles is equal to 1 km = 0,621371 miles.ok.

Florida is bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico, to the north by Alabama and Georgia and to the east by the Atlantic Ocean. Florida is a peninsula of 700 km and a narrow part in the form of a narrow “stove tail” (Panhandle).Climate change from North (cold really) to South (warmer) The coast of Florida extends for some 1 930 km. Considering the bays and capes, the cumulative length reaches about 13 600 km. No other U.S. state, except Alaska, has a longer coastline then Florida with as well more than 4 500 islands. Florida ; with almost 18% of its area under waters , it has nearly 1 700 courses of water, 7 800 sweet water lakes, 700 springs, 44 500 km2 of wetlands;  Florida has the largest concentration of  springs/water sources in the World. Okeechobee is the most extensive with more than 1 800 km2; It is shallow ,between 4.5 and 6 meters, like most Floridian lakes. Florida has five geographical areas such as the East Coast, West Coast, Central Florida, Panhandle (North), Southern Tip (Keys), and 12 National Park Service parks. The main highways are Interstate 4, Interstate 10, Interstate 75 and Interstate 95. The U. S. Route 1 connects Key West to the Canadian border. This section of the US Route 1, in the Keys, called Overseas Highway, is about 150 km long and has 42 bridges including the Seven Mile Bridge, the longest in Florida with 10.8 km . It has four international airports which I have used two,Orlando, Miami, with Fort Lauderdale and Tampa as well. A bit of history I like.  Since its discovery, in 1513, by the Spaniard Juan Ponce de León who baptized it “La Pascua Florida” (“Easter Flowers” in reference to Palm Sunday), Florida is an issue for the European colonial powers before integrating  it into the United States in 1845. The Pánfilo de Narváez expedition discovered the West coast of Florida, but he is killed in an Amerindian attack in 1528. In 1539, Hernando de Soto landed near the present day Bradenton near Tampa Bay and explored the interior of the land. The French Huguenot Jean Ribault approached the eastern coast of Florida in 1562 and took possession of Florida in the name of the king of France. He built the Charlesfort fortress to defend the new colony of French Florida. In 1564, René de Laudonnière founded a second fort in French Florida, Fort Caroline (Jacksonville).  In 1565,  after a great battle with the French at Fort Matanzas (massacre of the French…)  the Spanish colony of San Augustin was founded in 1565 by Pedro Menéndez de Avilés: It thus became the oldest colony of the United States occupied continuously by Europeans. The Treaty of Paris (1783) gave Florida back to Spain, without specifying its borders. The United States wants the old pre-1767 limit to be resumed. The Treaty of San Lorenzo ratified this choice in 1795. Florida was ceded to the United States by the Adams-Onís Treaty, signed in 1819, and formed a territory in 1822. The capital is located in Tallahassee, halfway between Saint Augustine and Pensacola. On March 3, 1845, Florida became the 27th state of the United States. The Cold War (1947-1991) intensified the development of the military-industrial complex; Florida is becoming a major issue because of its proximity to the communist island of Cuba. It accommodates thousands of Cuban refugees. Due to this immigration, Miami gradually became one of the major economic centers of Latin America. During the Missile crisis of 1962, the region could be directly threatened by Soviet nuclear missiles. As part of the competition with the USSR and because of its geographical location, Florida hosts the Patrick Air Force base and the launch base of Cape Canaveral (NASA).

My dear Volusia County stretches between the St. Johns River and the Atlantic Ocean. Volusia County was named after its largest community, Volusia, when the Florida legislature created it by dividing Orange County on December 29, 1854. The county is geographically divided into East Volusia,  also known as the Greater Daytona Beach Area, or the Halifax Area;  Southeast Volusia,  also known as the Greater New Smyrna Beach Area, and  West Volusia,  also called Saint John’s River Country (named for the Saint John’s River which lies nearby),  Adjacent counties are on the north ,Flagler , on the south Brevard, also south is Orange, and southwest is Seminole, west is Lake ,and northwest is Marion and Putnam counties. Interstate 95 is the main south-to-north interstate highway along the east coast of the state (an up to Canada)  as well as in Volusia County it has eight interchanges  or exits, three of them in Daytona BeachInterstate I-4 is the main west-to-east interstate highway through Central Florida (going from DB to Orlando to Tampa), however it also serves as the westernmost interstate highway in the county. It has  seven interchanges and becomes State Road 400 east of I-95. US the main local road through eastern Volusia County, running south to north. This one is more city central and slower traffic. US 17  is the main local road through western Volusia County, running south to north. US 92 (can go to Deland and Orlando)  west-to-east route shares a concurrency with US 17 further south in Polk County until branching off onto the International Speedway Boulevard in DB. Florida the scenic coastal alternate route to US 1, which also includes some county road spurs and extensions. It goes parallel to the Atlantic Ocean.  SR 40, a west-to-east road in northern Volusia County enters the county from the Astor Bridge over the St. Johns River and heads east towards Ormond Beach or towards Ocala and west Florida on the other direction.


My glorious little town of Ormond by the Sea boundaries include the Volusia/Flagler county line on the north, the city of Ormond Beach on the south, the Atlantic Ocean on the east, and the Halifax River on the west. The area has traditionally been called the North Peninsula, although other nicknames such as OBC or OBTS are sometimes used.  My oldest boy was born in Halifax Hospital in nearby Daytona Beach. There are two principal roads, State Road A1A (also known as Ocean Shore Boulevard), which runs along the Atlantic Ocean, and John Anderson Drive, which runs along the Halifax River. A bit of history I like . The Timucuan Indians, who in the 16C occupied a large village called Nocoroco, located at the site of Tomoka State Park. Another nice area which I used a lot is the North Peninsula State Park, comprising approximately 800 acres (3.2 km2) along the A1A Atlantic Ocean road facing the sea! This is where I lived most. The wonderful  Bicentennial park facing the ocean we love , and then some more later on, The city we live is not a city but an incorporated area of the county of Volusia, however, our services and leisure activities like the park most were done out of the city of Ormond Beach.



And we came south to the newly name Miami Dade County . The old Dade County was created on January 18, 1836, under the Territorial Act of the United States. The county was named after Major Francis L. Dade, a soldier killed in 1835 in the Second Seminole War, at what has since been named the Dade Battlefield. On November 13, 1997, voters changed the name of the county from Dade to Miami-Dade  to acknowledge the international name recognition of Miami. Adjacent counties are north, Broward, southwest Monroe, and northwest Collier. It has great wonderful National Park Service such as the Big Cypress National Preserve, Biscayne National Park, and Everglades National Park.  Miami International Airport, located in an unincorporated area in the county, serves as the primary international airport of the Miami Area. One of the busiest international airports in the world , Miami-Dade County has 10 major expressways such as  I-75,(to go home!) ,  I-95, I-195 / SR 112,  I-395 / SR 836,  US 1,  US 27,  US 41,  US 441, and  SR A1A(ocean).

Our first foot on Dade County or later Miam-Dade county was North Miami, The city lies on Biscayne Bay.  Originally the town of “Arch Creek”, the area was incorporated as the “Town of Miami Shores”, which was renamed the “Town of North Miami” in 1931. It was reincorporated as a city in 1953. The city is also home to the Oleta River State Park, which is the state’s largest urban park. The park contains one of the largest concentrations of Australian pine trees found in a Florida state park. The Arch Creek Park  opened in 1982. Today, Arch Creek is an 8-acre (32,000 m2) site at the junction of N.E. 135th Street (right where our apt was!!!) and Biscayne Boulevard, and offers many opportunities for botanical, historical and archaeological study. It has a museum/nature center modeled after an early Florida pioneer home, displaying Indian artifacts dug from the grounds, and live animals from the nearby hammock. Remains of the original coontie mill are still visible across the creek, and the park exists as the only preserved archaeological site in the County.

And memorable close Hialeah ,the sixth-largest city in Florida and is the only place in the county, other than Homestead, Florida, to have its own street grid numbered separately from the rest of the county (which is otherwise based on Miami Avenue at Flagler Street in downtown Miami, the county seat).  Hialeah has the highest percentage of Hispanic population in the USA with almost 98% . My twin boys were born in Hialeah Hospital! The city’s name is most commonly attributed to Muskogee origin, “Haiyakpo” (prairie) and “hili” (pretty) combining in “Hialeah” to mean “pretty prairie”. Alternatively, the word is of Seminole origin meaning “Upland Prairie”. The city is located upon a large prairie between Biscayne Bay and the Everglades.


Broward County Its county seat is Fort Lauderdale. It was founded on April 30, 1915. It was intended to be named Everglades County, but then-Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives Ion Farris amended the bill that established the county to be named in honor of Napoleon Bonaparte Broward, Governor of Florida from 1905 to 1909. In 1915, Palm Beach County and Dade County contributed nearly equal portions of land to create Broward County.  Adjacent counties are north Palm Beach, south Miami Dade, west Collier, and northwest Hendry. The Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport serves as the primary airport of the Broward County area. The airport is bounded by the cities Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood and Dania Beach;  three miles (5 km) southwest of downtown Fort Lauderdale  and 21 miles (34 km) north of Miami. The airport is near cruise line terminals at Port Everglades and is popular among tourists bound for the Caribbean. Te major roads passing by it are the Interstate 95, I-75 ,I-595 (Port Everglades Expressway), Florida’s Turnpike (SR 91) Florida’s Turnpike Homestead Extension (SR 821) ,and Toll State Road 869 (Sawgrass Expressway).

And our last foothold in the USA was Miramar in Broward county, and it was name after the city of Miramar in Havana, Cuba (also near where I was born). The city has adjacent towns such as Pembroke Pines, Hollywood, West Park ,and  Miami Gardens. To the extreme west you find the Everglades! Miramar (en. seaview) was founded by A.L. Mailman to serve as a “bedroom community” for nearby Miami and Fort Lauderdale. He bought the original property he was to develop from H.D. Perry, Sr. in 1953.  The city was incorporated on May 26, 1955 bordered by the following cities,Pembroke Pines to the northwest and north,Hollywood to the  northeast, east West Park, and south Hialeah, Hialeah Gardens, and a bit of Miami Lakes. My sons went to school here at Silver Lakes Elementary School, memorable last school in the USA and they fondly remember it as well as their teachers! We lived at Silver Lakes Division west of I-75 interstate road on Sapphire Bay sub division our last spot in the USA and very fondly remembered it.



There you go folks , now you got all you need on Florida,and heck even me lol !! We fondly remembered the Sunshine State, and love it. We made a decision to move to France and we do not regretted either as it has been a roller coaster of fun and memories. Now ,the French reason is gone, but we still very much attach to France thanks to her courage and determination. My Martine, never to be forgotten. For now hope you enjoy my Florida.

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

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