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December 1, 2022

The Espace Champerret of Paris !

This is another memorable spot that should be in my blog, and I have several pictures of the personal nature but a bit old and will include in this post about the Espace Champerret of Paris ! My times here have been to participate in the Independant winegrowers association wine fair, a memorable and wonderful event.

The Espace Champerret is at 6 rue Jean Oestreicher with the main entrance by the Place Auguste Balagny in the 17éme arrondissement of Paris, by the Porte de Champerret and serve by metro station Porte de Champerret line 3, exit/sortie 1 ,also, near is Louise Michel station with exit/sortie 2, It has correspondance with bus lines no 84,92, and 93 which I know of, As well as near RERLine C, Pereire-Levallois station,

The Espace Champerret has a huge accessible and human-sized site of 8450 m²,where it hosts a variety of professional and general public events every year. It includes three halls on one level from 1,450 m² to 5,000 m², both independent and complementary, which offer the possibility of organizing tailor-made events and easily setting up simple and efficient visitor routes.

The Espace Champerret is part of Viparis: a single brand that brings together the 10 main venues in Paris, and which hosts more than 330 trade fairs per year. Official Viparis webpage :

The Espace Champerret unique webpage

The Paris tourist office on the Espace Champerret

The last independent winegrowers event held here I did not attend and it was the 29ème Salon des Vins des Vignerons Indépendants ,held from March 18-21 2022, The properties of note to me were the Château Haut Mayne, Château Hourtin Ducasse, Château Eugénie,of Cahors, Château La Coustarelle of Cahors malbec, and Domaine Michel Girard et Fils of Sancerre.

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However, my last event attended here was the 26éme Salon des Vins des Vignerons Indépendants held from March 22-24 2019 ,and there I saw a lot more of my favorites ,such as :

Château D’Agassac, Château Lesparre, Château Paloumey, Château Bel Air ,Château Hourtin Ducasse ; Château Du Taillan ,Château La Valade, Canon Fronsac, As well as Domaine de la Rochelierre of Fitou ; Château Eugénie of Cahors , Domaine Cauhape of ,Jurançon Sec ; La Diligence, of Chinon, Domaine de la Rouletiére of Vouvray, Domaine Serge Dagueneau et Filles of Pouilly Fumé, Domaine Charles Joguet of Chinon, Domaine Vayssette of Gaillac, Château d’Aydie of Madiran, and Domaine L’Ancienne Curé of Bergerac.

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So, what is the Vignerons Indépendants de France? or the independent winegrowers of France. Let me explain ,briefly.

Everything began in the South of France, in the Languedoc Roussillon old region more especially. After WWII winemaking cooperatives grew so much they were weakening the independent winegrowers, although the latter had been strongly established in the region for several decades. To protect their independence they decided to create a counter-power in 1978 under the Confédération Nationale des Caves Particulières CNCP (National Confederation of Independent Cellars). The group grew up, a collective brand was created in 1985, a Wine Competition was launched in 1990 and in 2003, faithful to its founding spirit, the CNCP became the Vignerons Indépendants (Independent Winemakers) that now also federates bottlers. Today, the union counts 7000 members.

The independent winemakers are organized in CEVI (European Confederation of Independant Winemakers). Established in 2002, the CEVI defends the Common Agricultural Policy with 11 national organizations of independent winemakers united in a common voice in Brussels. VIF (Independant Winemakers of France). At the national level, the Independant Winemakers union has become a privileged interlocutor for the public authorities, various institutions and professional bodies. At last count, 11 Regional Federations of Independent Winemakers. They pursue the departmental federations’ initiatives and provide a representation role with regional authorities. At last count,  32 Departmental Federations of Independent Winemakers.  Despite their regional diversity, independent winemakers all have the same job and share common problems. The departmental federations defend the profession along with independent winemakers  on a day-to-day basis and provide them with numerous services: advice, preferential purchasing conditions, training, legal  or marketing help.

The Vignerons Indépendants Wine Fair in Paris is the largest fair in the world open to the general public, and the Vignerons Indépendants Wine Contest is the 3rd biggest competition in France !!

The official Vignerons Indépendants of France

There you go folks a wonderful way of life we enjoy enormously in my belle France. Wine has been a tradition in my family for many generations ,and I am happy to continue it thru my sons. The Vignerons Indépendants are just awesome, and the Espace Champerret a memorable spot in my life. One last note the pictures are memorable ones from the 2017 event. Hope you enjoy the post as I

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

December 1, 2022

The Place Denys-Cochin of Paris !

Ok so in my meandearing walks and road warrior trips in my eternal Paris, I have passed by many streets, and some catch my attention for come back and good memories of my run around Paris. The Place Denys Cochin is one example of wonderful walks and drives in Paris. Hope you enjoy the new text using older picture but first time in my blog.

The Place Denys-Cochin is a thoroughfare located in the École-Militaire quartier or neighborhood of the 7th arrondissement or district of Paris. It bears the name of the politician Denys Cochin defender of Catholicism. The square was created and took its current name in 1930. The square is actually a triangular shaped square situated in between the Avenue de Tourville, the Avenue de Lowendall and the Boulevard de la Tour-Maubourg looking over towards the immaculate gardens of Les Invalides.The square faces the Hôtel des Invalides.(see post).

The statue of General Mangin in 1932 and erected on the square, was melted under the Vichy regime at the request of the Nazis during the Occupation of Paris in 1940-1941, on the orders of Adolf Hitler. Only the head has survived, preserved today at the Cave of the Dragon. Another source mentions that it would be at the Army Museum, at the Invalides. A statue of General Mangin was reinstalled after the war at the bedside of the Saint-François-Xavier Church, in the same arrondissement, place du Président-Mithouard.  Since 1985, it has housed a statue of Marshal Hubert Lyautey.

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The polished pink granite stele, 2.60 meters high and 25 cm wide, was inaugurated in 1915. The mentions on both sides will be on the one hand the homage to the Goums and on the other hand the appeal in 1939 by Mohammed V to his people to support France.

The Place Denys-Cochin is served nearby by metro lines 13  at Saint-François-Xavier station and line 8  at École Militaire station, as well as nearby by RATP bus lines 82and  92. 

There is no webpage for a square as this one, but will put up the Paris tourist office on the Invalides which in front:

There you go folks, another dandy spot in my eternal Paris entering my blog for the memories of always in my eternal Paris. Hope you enjoy the post and do walk by the Place Denys Cochin, worth it.

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

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December 1, 2022

Curiosities of Paris, !!! Part IV

Looking at my vault, found some older pictures which need to be in my blog. This allows me to show additional looks of wonderful sights in my eternal Paris. Nostalgia sets in and here I go on the curiosities of Paris, !!! part IV.

The Fontaine Saint-Michel fountain was built under the second empire in 1860, It includes a bronze group, inspired by Raphael’s painting in the Louvre, representing Saint Michael slaying the demon, Both dragons were sculpted by Henri-Alfred Jacquemart, Four statues top the pink columns of the fountain ; these are : Prudence, holding a mirror and a serpent, by Jean-Auguste Barre, Justice, holding a sword, by Elias Robert, Temperance, by Charles Gumery , and La Force, dressed in the skin of the Nemean lion and armed with the club of Hercules, by Auguste-Hyacinthe Debay.

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The Fontaine Saint-Michel is part of the aeration plan of the city planned by Haussmann under Napoleon III. The piercing of Boulevard Saint-Michel in the axis of the Sainte-Chapelle forced the creation of a square at the outlet of the Pont Saint-Michel, Haussmann ordered the establishment of this fountain in order to fill the angle between the Boulevard Saint-Michel and the place Saint-André-des-Arts and give a visual outlet to the perspective of the Boulevard du Palais. It is 26 meters high and 15 meters wide. The Fontaine Saint-Michel differs from other Parisian fountains by the use of polychromy: Red marble of Languedoc (columns), green marble, blue stone of Soignies, yellow limestone of Saint-Yllie.

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The Paris tourist office on the fontaine de Saint Michel:

Of course, my loving memorable  wonderful Jardin des Tuileries!!! It has many memorable moments in my life visiting it and working across from it and visiting again.The basins were nice and somehow missing from my previous posts, so I am making up here.  Hope you enjoy it as I.  The Jardin des Tuileries is located in the 1éme arrondissement of Paris, and was created in the 16C. It is the oldest and largest garden in Paris with 28 hectares, It is, in fact, at the crossroads of the Louvre Palace/Museum, the Place de la Concorde, the Seine river, and the rue de Rivoli. Right along the Terrasse des Feuillants exit onto rue de Rivoli 

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Royal gardener Le Nôtre carefully studied painting and optical effects to redesign the Grand Carré, which is remarkable for its play on perspective. He corrected the distortion due to the distance by shifting towards the East the small round basins of the reserved gardens, located to the left and to the right of the round basin (on the Place du Carrousel side), which seems much larger than the Octagonal Basin while it is twice as small !  In the center of the Jardin des Tuileries, stands the octagonal Basin, near which chairs have been placed so that you can rest, read, chat, and even sunbathe! You can also daydream and stroll on the Terrasse du Bord de l’Eau or Waterfront Terrace which overlooks the elegant Orangerie museum (see post)  building and borders the Seine river !

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The large octagonal pool located near the Concorde gate is the largest of all the pools in the Jardin des Tuileries. It is adorned with a powerful central jet that reaches 12 meters high and eight inclined jets placed in each of the angles of the octagon. Located at the other end of the park near the Louvre, a large round pool has a basin supported by four consoles. It is a privileged place for children who take great joy in sailing the small sailing boats.  Two smaller round waterholes are found on the surrounding lawns. The statue of the Tigress bringing a peacock to her ; work by Auguste Cain dating from 1873, decorates the surroundings of the small round basin located on the south side, The small round basin on the north side faces the Marsan pavilion of the Louvre. It is the statue of the Tiger slaying a crocodile sculpted by Auguste Caïn in 1873, which marks this place.The two rectangular basins, the one on the north side and the one on the south side, are decorated with copies of two statues representing Atalanta and Hippomenes. The works were commissioned by Louis XIV to decorate the park of the Château de Marly. After the destruction of the Château de Marly, they were placed in the garden of the Tuileries Palace(also gone). They are respective works of Pierre Lepautre and Guillaume Coustou (father) dating from 1705. The originals are exhibited at the Louvre Museum (see post).  The basin located to the north also hosts in its round part the statue of the Faun with a kid, the work of Pierre Lepautre from 1685.


The Paris tourist office on the Jardin des Tuileries

There you go folks, two dandy wonderful spots in my eternal Paris, both a must to visit while you in Paris. I have enjoyed over the years my walks and road warrior rides around these places and each time is like the first time on them ! Again, hope you enjoy the latest curiosities of Paris post as I.

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

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