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October 27, 2022

Memories of Reims !!!

One of my favorite cities, region,and one of the first cities that I visit in France way back in 1990. It has become a fixture ever since with many family trips and even weekend getaways; even if lately from the Morbihan has not been so. It is a tender family story as my dear late wife Martine used to work picking grapes near here to save for schooling together with her other sisters and brothers who followed.  Reims is in the Department of the Marne No 51 in the region now of Grand Est old Champagne-Ardenne; east of Paris. I like to tell you about my memorable moment with the family that has remained very vivid. Of course, I have several other posts on Reims in my

One spot I always like to walk and marvel of its architecture and history is the Place Royale. In the center, was a monument dedicated to Louis XV .The royal statue was destroyed during the French revolution, then, replaced in 1818 by a bronze representing the king as a Roman emperor. Sublime walks of Reims and a new picture in the blog with another angle.

reims pl royale prefecture aug11

Next, even if has closed a while back, it remained a favorite anecdote for the family. We/I rush in my road warrior ways into city center Reims looking for the Cathedral and it was past mid day. Knowing my adopted country things for eating would be scarse. Just by the corner facing the Notre Dame Cathedral I saw the restaurant Le Colibri and went in without any reservation. The welcome was awesome, and immediately found us a table by the piano in the back, which was already playing!!

The Le Colibri was at  12 rue Chanzy. As said, it has been closed for a while but nevertheless this blog is my life’s history and this place is part of it, memories forever.  Very cozy French traditional, and elegant. Our family love it. A pleasant setting, friendly and welcoming staff… Simple and smiling people, professionals to boot… A kitchen to die for, for me this experience was an explosion of flavors… Extremely good products presented and highlighted .. The reception was impeccable, the room decor and plates is relevant and pretty. Our meal was very pleasant,too bad it has closed. Again ,here for the memories of always.

Reims Le colibri resto front view may07 closed

Reims Le Colibri resto may07 closed

My fav Yelp reviews still has a feature of the Le Colibri with pictures to enjoy again:

For further references:

The city of Reims on its heritage

The official Reims tourist office:

The Champagne/Marne tourist office on Reims things to see

There you go folks, a dandy set of beautiful streets in wonderful sublime Reims! Travel is for memories of always and sometimes we are lucky to be back, I will, eventually. Hope you enjoy the post as I.  And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

October 27, 2022

The shopping center Topaze of Mersch !

Coming ,writing about Luxembourg brings back many memorable family trips, and makes me once again wanting to go back, which we will eventually. We like the country and road warrior it all over but initially started out on Luxembourg city, the capital. After a few trips we decided to venture out into the countryside and read a brochure about a shopping center so we went for a shopping spree in Mersch. This is an updated post with fresh text and links, Hope you enjoy the post as I.

One of the smallest but nicest countries in Europe, and one of our favorites. The fairy tale Duchy of Luxembourg, right smack in between Germany and France. It was not far from me and the autoroute /expressway got me there in four hours legal speed driving time. Now it is almost double far but we have visited anyway. Let me tell you a bit about the shopping center Topaze of Mersch !  We were in Luxembourg city wondering what to do next and saw a shopping center here, oooh well the wife got on and we came, simple as that…!  We drove north to Mersch, and here you have the shopping center Topaze ,and great bargains there too. But first let me tell you a bit about Mersch that we like for future visits.

Now we really came here for Topaze.  At Shopping Center Topaze located at Route de Colmar-Berg  easy access from the  N7 (where we were) or the autoroute A7 exit/Sortie N°5 Mierscherbierg. Here you can find more than 45 different brands on 2 floors .The Match supermarket The fitness center in upper floor . Free parking and gas/petro station very convinient. The stores we like were the Supermarché Match ,Pizza Hut, C&A , H&M( now gone) , and Mano shoes. We did some groceries, lunch atPizza Hut as well for the good old time’s sake! (see post)


Mersch is located in the Alzette valley a tributary of the Sûre river, the town is located at the confluence of the Mamer and Eisch rivers . The geographical center of Luxembourg is located on the territory of the town!  The town has a train station ,but we have none of it, It is connected to the national road network by the national roads N7 and N8 as well as by the A7. Which roads are what we do here!  Some of the things to see here ,and worth the detour and return are : the castle erected by the first lord of Mersch, Theodoric, as a fortified castle in 1232. In 1603, during the disorder caused by the conflict between the King of Spain (who was also Duke of Luxembourg) and the Spanish Netherlands, the castle was burned down. At the end of the 17C, Count Jean Frédéric d’Autel had the castle rebuilt in its current state. The town became the owner of the castle in 1957. In 1988, it installed its administration there as city and canton hall. The Saint-Michel Church was built in the mid-19C in the neoclassical style and the frescoes in the choir date from 1936. There is ,also, the menhir of Reckingen.

The official Shopping Center Topaze:

The city of Mersch on things to do and see:

The Luxembourg country tourist office on Mersch:

There you go folks, a nice ride and wonderful shopping and our favorite pizza chain can’t beat the ride. If you combine that with picturesque beautiful Mersch, Luxembourg than you are in for a treat. Hope you enjoy the post as I and do visit.

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

October 27, 2022

The Church St Alphonse of Luxembourg ville!

We love to visit here over the years. In our walking rounds we passed by this church several times and finally we pay a visit. A nice church and great memories of hurry up to go eat lunch afterward! Nice family anecdotes of always!! Let me update this pretty Church St Alphonse of Luxembourg ville for you and I.


We have come here many times can’t count them , making the trip even for lunch from our beloved Versailles! And we have continue to stop by from our lovely Bretagne. It is a small country but full of charm, history and good things to see. Some of them unique!  Of course, I am talking about  Luxembourg. The city by the same name is awesome we fell in love with it in 1990 and it has not stop; do not know why, don’t ask me why it is just that magical when we set in at the Place d’Armes. I like to tell you a bit more on some of the off the beaten paths of it such as the Church St Alphonse!


First of all, the Church Saint Alphonse embraces the English speaking community there and Mass is held in English. It has a wonderful organ with great music concerts as well. It is located in a nice area at Rue Beaumont, corner with rue des Capucins, by the Place du Théatre. 


The Church Saint-Alphonse is interesting from an external point of view. Inside, a great sobriety reigns… Nevertheless, the impressive height of the nave is worth the peek! Note in passing the monumental organ as well as the various sculptures at the bottom of the right aisle. Saint Alphonse is easily remarkable for its great size, its lacrosse and his gesture of blessing with his left hand. He is accompanied by several saints: Clément, Gérard, Neumann and Onders. The stained-glass windows adorning the collateral, embedded in trefoil arches, are distinguished by their vivid colour. Finally, coming out on your left, do not miss to admire the icon of the Madonna with the child of Byzantine inspiration.


The official Catholic parishes of Luxembourg on the Church St Alphonse :

The city of Luxembourg on things to see:

The country of Luxembourg tourist office on Luxembourg ville:

There you go folks, it is a nice area to walk and we love to do that, wonderful architecture, quant shops and restos, and always something unique to see like this Church Saint Alphonse of Luxembourg Ville. Hope you enjoy it as I.

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

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