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November 28, 2022

A train station at Houilles !

I have found me another old picture of our boys and parents using public transport in the Paris area and why not included it in my blog. Part of family memorabilia and using public transport as not always on the road warrior mode in my belle France. The town of Houilles is located 7 km from Paris (Porte Maillot) and about 8 km from Saint-Germain-en-Laye, It is in the dept 78 of the Yvelines and in the Île de France region,

This was in the Houilles-Carriéres sur Seine train station, and I was there with my twin boys coming from Paris I believe or going to Paris, The Houilles – Carrières-sur-Seine train station is on the Paris-Saint-Lazare line to Le Havre,and is located on the territory of the town of Houilles, near Carrières-sur-Seine which it share ownership, The station is listed at 80, place André Malraux ,but if you go there like me it is really at 7 Rue Robespierre.

Houilles train station twins oct05

The station is served by RER line A trains running on branches A3 (Cergy) and A5 (Poissy) and by Transilien lines J and L. RER A trains are from or to Cergy-le-Haut or Poissy on one side, and from or to Boissy-Saint-Léger, Torcy or Marne-la-Vallée – Chessy (Disneyland) on the other, Line L trains come from or go to Maisons-Laffitte or Cergy-le-Haut on one side, and Paris-Saint-Lazare via Nanterre-Université on the other side, . Line J trains come from or go to Mantes-la-Jolie on one side, and Paris-Saint-Lazare on the other. The fastest Paris journey from Gare du Nord to Houilles Carrières-sur-Seine takes 25 minutes. This route takes you with only a single change at Châtelet – Les Halles station. The complete route passes through 8 stations, The exits here are on the RER A
St-Germain or Cergy or Poissy / Boissy or MLV Chessy, exit/sortie 1 Place de la Gare, 2 Rue du 4 Septembre ,3 Rue Robespierere ,and 4 Rue Maurice Berteaux.

The things to see here which I have not are the Saint-Nicolas Church, dating from the 19C. The City center has nearby the country house of Victor Schœlcher,and where he died on December 25, 1893. He was a French journalist and politician, He is known to have acted in favor of the definitive abolition of the slavery in France, via the decree of abolition, signed by the provisional government of the Second Republic4 on April 27, 1848. He was also elected deputy of Martinique and then of Guadeloupe. His father sent him to Mexico in 1828, the United States and Cuba in 1828 until 1830 as a sales representative for the family business. When he is in Cuba, he is revolted by slavery. This house, acquired by the City of Houilles in December 2011 is at the old Rue d’Argenteuil, which was renamed Avenue Schœlcher in tribute to its illustrious resident.

The official Transilien public transport of Ïle de France region on the station

The town of Houilles on the station and connections

The town of Houilles and its history

There you go folks, a simple passage of time and more memories into my blog. This was territory we by passed by train and car and glad I have the Houilles-Carriéres sur Seine train station in my blog. Hope you enjoy the post as I

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

November 28, 2022

My boy REX, our dog!!!

This is a memorable opportunity to talk again about my faithful companion, men best friend indeed, This is the saga of Rex, our dog, I like to update this older post on him and for him, He came into my life in a sad moment and he has been magical, I like to tell you a bit about Rex, the dog !!! Hope you enjoy it as I.

plu house patio barbecue Rex and his ball apr22

I always had dogs in my single life; and even as I was married back in 1990 with my Frenchie Martine. As we began to have kids, it was difficult to handle both and my previous dog was almost 12 yrs old and became a bit jealous been female and aggressive so my parents kept her until her last days and me went on without a dog for years.

plu Rex in terrace looking out going out feb22

As my boys became older, the need to have a dog grew , but my wife wanted none of it. Finally, we convince her as the boys also wanted a dog. She was very enthusiastic once the decision taken, and was the first one to go and buy him a bed ,and ball toys etc. We are customers of Maxi Zoo stores, and visited the ones in Séné, Vannes, and Auray. The closest store to us is in Auray but photo is from Séné. webpage :

sene maxi zoo for rex mar18

Unfortunately, for us, my Martine could only enjoyed Rex, our borador dog for 19 days before she went into the hospital and finally passed away last April 30th 2018 19h from cancer. We will missed her tremendously, and no words can describe my and the boys pain. However, we have Rex.

plu house Rex on guard duty at home apr22

Rex is our boy ,and her legacy with us. We love him very much, and he is very active and well behave. I have my three young men to help me out doing everything with me. Rex will go on as a memorial to Martine, and warm and happy moments we had. He will go to sea at Honfleur Normandie as her and us.

plu Rex sleeps in canape feb21

As said, Rex is a borador, that is pure mix Border Collier and Labrador Retriever taken from a cattle/milk farm nearby in Moustoir Ac. He is now fully up to date on all his needs with the former Clinique Vétérinaire du Chêne in our town. Already 5 years old and 28 kg or about 62 lbs, The clinique vet now under new management and same friendly service name the Clinique Vétérinaire de Pluvigner (GASB) also with several locations, webpage :

Pluv clinique vet du Chenes front apr18

There you go folks, a nice memorable post on our dog Rex, we love so much. For all animal lovers out there , this is Rex , our dog !!!.  And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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November 28, 2022

Wines news of Spain III

As we are sitting in the middle of Fall 2022, its time to tell you once again on the wines of my dear Spain, As said, this goes back from my beginnings ,and I still go for them everywhere, Therefore, will try the monumental task of telling you about my favorites anecdotes and news of Spanish wines and hope to continue this series as my others with your blessing and likes. Here it is ,again coming back at you my wines news of Spain III !!

The Gourmet Wine Guide (GVG), one of the best and most complete winegrowers’ manuals in Spain, which has recently published its latest edition, the “37 Gourmet Wine Guide 2022”. Some of the best and known/tasted by me are the Dalmau 2017 (Marqués de Murrieta) DOCa Rioja, Pingus 2018 (Dominio de Pingus) DO Ribera del Duero, Tío Pepe Cuatro Palmas (Bodega González Byass Jerez) DO Jerez-Xérès-Sherry, Vega Sicilia Único 2012 (Bodegas Vega Sicilia) DO Ribera del Duero The D.O Ribera del Duero has risen as the Best Red Crianza, specifically, the wine from the Tinto Pesquera winery.

In the last twelve interannual months to September 2022, (October 2021 to September 2022), the latest update available by the OEMV, Spanish wine has achieved a new record figure in wine exports, close to 3,000 million euros in turnover. In addition, this achievement is even greater if we take into account that it has been achieved by reducing the volume exported, that is, by charging more for its wine, as the French and Italians do. However, the average price stands at 1.40 euros per liter, a figure that is still far from 3 euros/liter for Italians and almost 8 euros/liter for French. Bottled wines represent 83% of the total turnover of Spanish wine exports, and bulk wines the remaining 17%, although more than half of the wine exported (55%) is in bulk.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPA) has just published the 2021 Organic Production Statistics. In Spain there are around 4,000 wineries and wine bottling companies, of which 1,334 are related to organic production. MAPA offers the area of ​​organic vineyards by provinces and by autonomous communities. According to these data, Castilla-la Mancha is the community with the largest organic vineyard area in 2021, with 62,270 hectares (-0.7%). It is followed by Catalonia, with 27,161 ha (+14.3%), the Valencian Community, with 16,691 ha (+22%), and Murcia, which closed last year with 13,267 ha and an increase of 16.7%.

By country, according to OEMV data, there are 13 main markets that represent 72% of the value and 71% of the total volume of world wine imports made year-on-year to June 2022, with 7,677.6 million liters ( -1.9%) and €26,143.6 million (+12%). The most notable is that the USA surpasses Germany as the world’s leading wine importer in volume, thus becoming the world’s leading wine market, both in value and volume. Too bad the consumption per capita is still one of the lowest around 11 liters!France 46 Spain

Last May, the Airbnb platform presented a new way to search through its categories, including vineyards, where 120,000 accommodations are found worldwide and whose number of hosts increased by 60% in the first semester. of 2022 compared to the same period of the previous year. By region, the ones with the highest revenues were the Balearic Islands (around 8 million euros), Catalonia (around 8 million euros), Andalusia (around 3 million euros), the Canary Islands (around 2 million euros) and Valencia (1 million euros). of euros). Followed by the Basque Country (about 520 thousand euros), Galicia (about 493 thousand euros), La Rioja (about 144 thousand euros), Castilla y León (about 72 thousand euros) and Navarra (about 43 thousand euros).

Bodegas Tío Pepe stands out for its wine tourism proposal One of the best wine tourism destinations in the world is closer than many think… In fact, it is not necessary to leave Spain, just travel to the province of Cádiz, specifically Jerez de la Frontera, to find one of the most unique wineries on the planet. This has been proclaimed in the list published by “The World’s Best Vineyards” which has climbed to sixth place from the ninth place it acquired in the previous edition for its authenticity, emotion, personalization and sustainability. When you walk through the winery, it is a unique opportunity to discover the world of Jerez, the culture, history, heritage, landscape and gastronomy of the territory. In addition, the firm belonging to González Byass, the family winery founded in Jerez in 1835 and dedicated to the production of wines and spirits, organizes numerous activities every year to publicize its great potential and create unforgettable memories such as the experiences “Veranea en la bodega” or “Tío Pepe Festival”, as well as its gastronomic proposal from the Pedro Nolasco Restaurant. And for all those who want to rest after visiting the winery or touring its patios and old trellised streets inside, they can do so at the Bodega Tío Pepe Hotel, the first Sherry Hotel in the world located inside the winery, which has 27 rooms and It is located a few meters from the Cathedral and the Alcázar de Jerez. With this great wine tourism offer, Tío Pepe becomes the second Spanish winery in the ranking and the only one in DO Jerez. Webpage:

One of my all time favorites Bodegas ENATE is the best definition of what Somontano was and is today, a land of wines that perfectly define the environment where they are born. An environment that has allowed some of the best and renowned French varieties such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah or Chardonnay to feel at home. ENATE is a winery and museum. It is both a wine bar and an exhibition hall and has defined its personality in the exquisiteness of both. Webpage:

In Spain there are currently 96 different protected designations of origin (DOP). Among them, we find another higher classification level that differentiates us between Vinos de Pago (VP), Wines with Qualified Designation of Origin (DOCa), Wines with Designation of Origin (DO) and Quality Wines with Geographical Indication (VC). There are 3 super zones such as Protected Denominations of Origin of supraautonomous scope: DOCa Rioja, DO Cava and DO Jumilla.

Then, there are: Protected Designations of Origin in Andalusia: DO Condado de Huelva, VC Granada,
DO Jerez-Xérès-Sherry: VC Lebrija, DO Málaga, DO Manzanilla Sanlúcar de Barrameda, DO Montilla-Moriles and DO Sierras de Málaga

Protected Designations of Origin in Aragon: VP Aylés, DO Calatayud, DO Campo de Borja, DO Cariñena, and DO Somontano
Protected Designations of Origin in Asturias: DO Cangas
Protected Designations of Origin in the Canary Islands: DO Abona, DO El Hierro, DO Gran Canaria, VC Islas Canarias, DO La Gomera, DO La Palma, DO Lanzarote, DO Tacoronte-Acentejo, DO Valle de Güimar, DO Valle de la Orotava, and DO Ycoden-Daute-Isora

Protected Designations of Origin in Castilla-La Mancha: DO Almansa, VP Calzadilla, VP Campo de la Guardia, VP Casa del Blanco, VP Dehesa del Carrizal, VP Dominio de Valdepusa, VP El Vicario, VP Finca Élez, VP Guijoso and VP La jaraba
DO La Mancha; VP Los Cerrillos, DO Manchuela, DO Méntrida, DO Mondéjar, VP Pago Florentino, DO Ribera del Júcar and DO Uclés
DO Valdepeñas: VP Vallegarcía

Protected Designations of Origin in Castilla y León: DO Arlanza, DO Arribes, DO Bierzo, VC Cebreros, DO Cigales and DO León
DO Ribera del Duero: DO Rueda: VC Sierra de Salamanca, DO Tierra del Vino de Zamora, DO Toro, VC Valles de Benavente and VC Valtiendas

Protected Designations of Origin in Catalonia: DO Alella, DO Catalunya, DO Conca de Barberà, DO Costers del Segre, DO Empordà, DO Montsant. DO Penedes: DO Pla de Bages. DOCa Priorat: DO Tarragona and DO Terra Alta

Protected Denominations of Origin Extremadura: DO Ribera del Guadiana

Protected Designations of Origin in Galicia: DO Monterrei. DO Rias Baixas: DO Ribeira Sacra: DO Ribeiro: DO Valdeorras

Protected Designations of Origin in the Balearic Islands: DO Binissalem and DO Pla i Llevant

Protected Denominations of Origin in Madrid: DO Wines of Madrid

Protected Designations of Origin in Murcia: DO Bullas and DO Yecla

Protected Designations of Origin in Navarra: DO Navarra: VP Pago de Arínzano, VP Pago de Otazu and VP Prado de Irache

Protected Designations of Origin in the Basque Country: DO Chacolí de Álava – Arabako Txacolina, DO Chacolí de Bizkaia – Bizkaiko Txacolina and DO Chacolí de Getaria – Getariako Txacolina

Protected Designations of Origin in the Valencian Community: DO Alicante, VP El Terrerazo and VP Los Balagueses
DO Utiel-Requena: DO Valencia and VP Vera de Estenas

There you go folks, another wonderful post on my dear Spanish wines, Hoping for a long lasting memories of my dear Spain and its wine news, An area already shining for several years, and getting better me think, Hope you enjoy the new series of wines news from Spain as I

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

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