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January 9, 2023

Le Capitole of Le Mans !

Many restaurant visits all over the world, fun times and hope not to stop in the future as a retired guy ! This was a wonderful family memory and would like to update this older post for me and you on the experience, Le Mans is not far from my house so hardly ever need to eat there just making same day trips, However, this was different, in world famous Le Mans in the Sarthe department 72 of the Pays de la Loire region of my belle France.

The city of Le Mans is located at the confluence of the Sarthe and Huisne rivers. Former provincial capital of Maine and Perch from the 17C on, it saw the marriage of Geoffroy V of Anjou and Mathilde the Emperesse, daughter of the King of England, thus laying the foundations of the Plantagenet Empire, and the birth of Henry II. Old Mans, known as the Plantagenet City, is the historic district of the city. Le Mans is an ancient red city because of the particular color of its partly preserved Gallo-Roman enclosure dating back to the 3C!  The City of Le Mans on its history :

The highway/motorway node, composed by the A 11 (Paris-Nantes), the A 81 (Le Mans-Rennes) and the A 28 (Rouen-Tours) which serves the city, encompasses three-fourths of Le Mans (Mancelle)  agglomeration. Estimated average time from Le Mans are 2h30 from Paris via the A11, 2 hours from Nantes by the A11 and from Rouen by the A28., at 1h40  from Rennes by the A81 and then by the RN157. 50 minutes from Tours on the A28. And 40 minutes from Alençon on the A28.All well connected and good roads we have tested!

And now let me tell you about the Restaurant Pizzeria Le Capitole !

The Pizzeria Le Capitole, 1 rue des Jacobins is located in the heart of the city, and close to the new theater, it offers hearty French/ Italian cuisine at more than just the right price! A varied menu for all tastes: Pizza, Salads, Grills, Pasta, Ice Cream and Desserts. In an elegant atmosphere, the colors are sober (black, gray, linen) warmed by a set of fixtures of originality.



We were walking by and took a look at its quant façade so we went in as usual and had a very good lunch!! Interesting and diverse menu, quick and friendly service. Very good pizzeria, pizzas are well stocked, friendly and smiling staff. I’d love to come back. The room is nice, the service is just as nice. Arrived without reservation, installed immediately. Price really reasonable given what you eat, food provided and vegetables that are tops! To know and come back !



The official Pizzeria Le Capitole

The Le Mans tourist office on the Pizzeria Le Capitole

There you go folks ,a nice spot in Le Mans for the whole family and be at the center of the old town to walk into history and see gorgeous architecture. All this while enjoying a nice meal at the Pizzeria Le Capitole !

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

January 9, 2023

The Saint-Julien Hospital and Chapel of Laval

Wonderful memories indeed and glad we came to Laval. I have several entries on Laval, located in the Mayenne dept 53 of the Pays de la Loire region. I like to tell you with new text and picture on this forgotten one in my vault gladly now in my blog. This is the Hospital and Chapel of Saint Julien ,more about it and hope you enjoy the post as I.

The Saint-Julien Hospital and Chapel of Laval is located at 29-43 quai Paul-Boudet. The hospital disappeared and was also named Saint-Joseph in the 19C.The city had its church by Julien du Mans as early as the 9C. It was not a parish church, but the chapel of the Maison-Dieu, built at the end of the bridge, on the side opposite the town. This hospitable house was at the same time a rather considerable benefice, usually conferred on a personage of distinction. This church, which was doubtless rebuilt several times, or at least enlarged and modified, still existed in the 19C; thus it was, for ten centuries, the main center of the cult of Saint Julien for all the neighboring populations. In 1830, the ancient church of Saint-Julien and the almost ruined buildings of the old hospital were sold to a company of speculators who had the bazaar or passage Saint-Julien built on this site, The hospital archives escaped the French revolution;and they still exist, and are considerable ,The archives of the hospitals of Laval – Saint-Julien and Saint-Louis are kept in the Departmental Archives of Mayenne.


Nothing is known about the time of its foundation. Some historians give the date as the 10C; but by the 15C all the titles which could have made known the truth on this point had already been lost. Everything suggests that this foundation was a benefit of the lords of Laval. Originally it consisted only of a lower room at the level of the Mayenne river at the bottom of the Valley of Saint-Julien. Later a great hall was established against the causeway or turcia of the bridge and on the same level. This room served at the same time as accommodation for the poor and as a chapel for divine service. Later still, it kept only this last destination and Guy XVI de Laval had built for the sick, in 1528, along the wall of the church, a kind of gallery supported by granite columns whose base was in the river In the early days, this house was administered by people forming a kind of brotherhood, and taking the quality of brothers and sisters of the chaplaincy ,This corporation was replaced towards the end of the 13C by ecclesiastics who formed a kind of chapter, and which had a particular cemetery, which was called the Cimetière-Dieu or God cementery, The administration of the Maison-Dieu was changed in the 16C. The Count of Laval, Guy XVII de Laval, or rather his tutor because he was still a minor, withdrew, on February 8, 1556, from the master of the chaplaincy, all authority over this house. At that time, the Maison-Dieu gave her help at home, and received the sick, but it still had neither a doctor nor a surgeon in charge of caring for them. It was only in 1577 that a barber-surgeon was permanently attached to this service. The community of Saint-Joseph suffered less than other religious establishments during the French revolution. The hospital had been declared a military hospice. It was rebuilt at the end of the 19C and was completed in 1899. The Maison Saint Julien Hospital Care Center has owned the chapel since 1987. After its disaffection with worship in the 1980s, the chapel was used as a exhibition space. Since 2000, it has been used as a museum reserve.

The Saint Julien Chapel is of Latin cross and Romano-Byzantine style, it is distinguished by its richly decorated entrance: bas-relief sculptures including a Virgin and Child holding a lily and a statue of Saint Joseph, rose, arcades, etc. A campanile with polygonal spire contains a bell ,The left arm of the transept, formerly the choir of the nuns, consists of a low room with two rows of five arcades and a floor., The ceiling of the lower room is covered with carved oak joists. What corresponds to the nave stricto sensu was formerly reserved for the sick and communicated with the hospital. The choir which describes as a semi-circle is shallow. The interior decor is particularly worthy of interest: The stained glass windows were made between 1901 and 1902, and there are monumental paintings by the painters Maurice Chabas and Emmanuel Cavaillé-Col, sculptures by Joseph Vallet.

The Space Saint Julien, health house for the needy now

The city of Laval on its heritage

The Laval tourist office on its heritage

There you go folks, another dandy find in my vault on the nice City of Laval ,Worth a detour me think, Very little information on them now but from my library and brochures was able to provide general info on it, Again hope you have enjoy the post on the Hospital and Chapel of St Julien as I.

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

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January 9, 2023

The Quai Ligny promenade or promenade Jean Turc of Angers !

My travel curiosity took me to this nice City ,and it was great! I just visited Angers, a city in the Maine-et-Loiredept 49 of the Pays de la Loireregion. Let me tell you a bit about the Quai Ligny promenade or promenade Jean Turc, Of course, I have other posts on Angers on several posts ,see them for more,

The Quai Ligny promenade, renamed Jean Turc promenade in 2006, is a garden walkway, The Esplanade du Port-Ligny is a large and beautiful space in the city center where you can sit down to chat with friends and have a good time, especially when the weather is nice. Especially if my wants to contemplate the view offered by the Quai du Verdun which is just nearby, the fountain which is there, the castle, the Pont du Verdun and many other wonders to see. My boys by the fountain below pic.


Quai Ligny is one of the oldest settlement areas in Angers. It was formed near the Pont du Verdun bridge, which remained the only crossing over the Maine river until 1838. In 1028, the Count of Anjou Foulques Nerra rebuilt the Verdun bridge in stone, The name of the Port Ligny comes from “woody port”: it was a mecca for trading in wood, essential for the manufacture of barrels and boats in particular. But it was also in this port that we got our supplies of slate and freestone. Port Ligny remained a natural shore in the ground until the French revolution. Thereafter, began a vast period of development of the banks of the Maine. From 1791 to 1806, the city erected the Quai de la Poissonnerie, where the port reserved for cereals was located. It was not until 1839 that Port Ligny became Quai Ligny, a year after the construction of the pont de la Basse-Chaîne or Low-string bridge. A pier is set up there for steamboat travelers on the Nantes-Orléans line. Finally, in 1979, the last house on Quai Ligny was razed. Seven years later, the gardens of Quai Ligny and the tunnel under Place Molière, which removed the last traffic light from the expressway.

The Angers tourist office :

The city of Angers on the promenade Jean Turc :

There you go folks, you have a lot to see in Angers.  In all a wonderful promenade or walkway, we will be back ,eventually. Again, hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

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