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February 15, 2023

The sublime Rue de Rivoli of Paris !!!

Walking Paris oh well many missed this sublime experience by taking underground/subway/metro a total waste, walking the streets of Paris is an experience to itself no need for more, Let me tell you about one of my nostalgic streets as worked off of it for two wonderful years in my eternal Paris. The sublime Rue de Rivoli of Paris, Hope you enjoy the post as I

I walked it and drove on it many times the lenght of it with friends and family patronizing many of its eateries and shops as well as some of the most important monuments in France and the world ! It will always stay with me as Paris is a mouvable feast indeed, and the Rue de Rivoli is part of its charm !

paris rue de rivoli passing louvre sep15

The Rue de Rivoli is located in the 1éme arrondissement or district of Paris ( heading from No. 41, odd side and heading No. 98, even side at the end) and the 4éme arrondissement or district of Paris ( heading from No, 39, odd side and from the beginning to No. 96, even side). It bears the name of a victory won by Napoleon Bonaparte over Austria in 1797. It extends for almost 3 km, from the Rue de Sévigné to the Place de la Concorde. It also crosses the Place de la Pyramide (famous for its statue of Joan of Arc). It is lined with arcades on its north side on a large part of its length. The western part of the street (which roughly corresponds to the arcade part) was pierced under the first Empire. The central and eastern parts were added during the work of Baron Haussmann in order to connect it to the rue Saint-Antoine to create a large east-west axis in the center of Paris.


Remarkable buildings and places of memory on the Rue de Rivoli (to keep an eye as you walk this wonderful street). A must to walk while in Paris folks.

From the Square de la Tour Saint-Jacques in the center of which is the Saint-Jacques Tower. At No. 10: Édouard Moreau de Beauvière lived here in 1871. At No. 25: City/Town Hall of the 4éme arrondissement or district of Paris.The former Napoleon Barracks, also known as the Lobau barracks, occupies the space between Place Saint-Gervais and Place Baudoyer and rue François-Miron, rue de Lobauet and rue de Rivoli. At No. 29: Hotel de Ville of Paris (City/town Hall of Paris). At No. 33: Japanese pianist Ken Sasaki lived there; A plaque pays homage to him. At Nos. 52 to 64: department store of the Bazaar de l’Hôtel de Ville (BHV). At Nos. 67 to 83: department store the Samaritaine (see the new store ! At No. 99: Carrousel du Louvre. At No. 99: Studio of the Comédie-Française. At Nos 99-107: Palais du Louvre (museum) and Palais des Tuileries (now gone). At No. 107: Museum of Decorative Arts. At No. 160: Protestant Temple of the Oratory of the Louvre. At No. 172 and 1, place André-Malraux the Hotel du Louvre which was the headquarters of an SS Sonderkommando during WWII , At No. 182: Plaque commemorating two clandestine meetings of the National Council of Resistance of Spring 1944. At No. 192: Plaque showing the location of the king’s former great stables and stating that Antoine de Pluvinel taught there. At No. 198: The comedian Jean Sarment lived here from 1940 to 1976; A plaque pays homage to him. At No. 202: Hôtel Saint-James. At No. 204,the mysterious “Persian” died there in 1868. at No. 206: The writer Léon Tolstoy lived here in 1857; A plaque pays homage to him. At No. 210: the writer Ivan Turgenev lived here between 1860 and 1864 and wrote Pères et Fils (fathers and sons) there; A plaque pays homage to him. At No. 218: Hotel Brighton. At No. 222: Formerly, Boutique of The dressmaker Madeleine Vionnet, inaugurated in 1912. At No. 228: Hotel Meurice. At No. 230 between this number and the terrace of the jardins des Feuillants, location of the hall of the Royal armory of the Tuileries, where was judged Louis XVI and where was proclaimed the 1st Républic of France. At No. 242, at this address, in 1895, the Swedish and Norwegian Circle, created in 1891, Alfred Nobel wrote his will, the year before his  death, which led to the creation of the Nobel Peace Prize awards. His office is still kept there, in premises that are shared today by the Swedish Circle and, since 1981, the Norwegian Circle of Paris (created in 1926). The building also houses, on the fourth floor, the offices of François Hollande since his departure from the presidency of the Republic in 2017. The building has in the past welcomed a queen of Sweden and the princes of Qatar. At No. 258: Plaques commemorating, in English and French, the 50th anniversary of the Marshall plan, set up at the Hôtel de Talleyrand. The mythical film Le Pacha 1968 of George Lautner with Jean Gabin was done here.

A really wonderful street that deserves more attention by visitors and one right at the corner of my old job in Paris. Yes sublime and full of memories. What is this street of Paris , the sublime Rue de Rivoli. Places to see, come and shop to death here, its an open shopper’s paradise and we love it.  The Rue de Rivoli is one of the most commercial streets of Paris, going from the Marais district by Saint Paul to the Louvre museum, passing by Châtelet over a hundred shops, staking out its sidewalks, what to delight the shopaholics. The most shops are open from 10h to 20h from Monday to Saturday. Some shops located in the tourist area of the Louvre are open on Sundays. These are the shops located in numbers 156 and 258 and numbers 91 and 155 of the street. I had give you all the shops but over time and the covid took its toll to will only highlight those we shopped in the past. Of course even them need to verify if still open,

The boutiques of Rue de Rivoli in the Marais district; until Nos. 25 and 50 between St Paul and the Hôtel de Ville of Paris:  Café Coton( shirts, neckties, men’s accessories) 8 rue de Rivoli:  San Marina (shoes), 16 rue de Rivoli: Vivaldi, (shoes for men and women) 38 rue de Rivoli: and Maison de la Press (bookshop and journals )13 rue de Rivoli.

The shops of Rue de Rivoli located between Hôtel de Ville   and Châtelet (from Nos 52 to 96 and from Nos 27 to 43). BHV Bazaar de l’Hôtel de Ville department store(Men/women-(clothing, fashion, shoes, art de vivre etc ) 52-64, rue de Rivoli: the Body Shop (beauty-care) 68 rue de Rivoli: L’Occitane Provence (Beauty-care) 84 rue de Rivoli: Etam Lingerie 78 rue de Rivoli: Bocage, (shoes for men and women), 84-86 rue de Rivoli: H&M (clothing women and men, shoes, accessories), 88 rue de Rivol.

Shops located between Châtelet and Musee du Louvre (from Nos 98 to 154 and from Nos 45 to 89. Foot Locker (sports shoe, sportswear); 45 Rue de Rivoli: Celio Club (Men’s Clothing): 49 rue de Rivoli: Zara Pont Neuf (clothing, fashion for women and men, Accessories) 75 rue de Rivoli: H&M (fashion Boutique, clothing, accessories) 120 rue de Rivoli Naf Naf (women’s clothing;) 63 rue de Rivoli: C&A Paris (Clothing for men, women and children), 126 rue de Rivoli: Zara (women’s clothing and fashion) 128 rue de Rivoli Célio (Men’s Clothing) 65, Rue de Rivoli: Sephora   (Fragrance – Beauty) 75 Rue de Rivoli, 

The shops in the tourist area of the Louvre open on Sundays – from Nos 156 to 258 and from Nos 91 to 155 Rue de Rivoli. Carrousel du Louvre (99 rue de Rivoli): Apple Store( telephony, computer science, multimedia), From Royal Palace to the Tuileries (beyond the Carrousel du Louvre) you have the Bally (Shoes) 156 rue de Rivoli Grenelle (women’s Clothing) 244 rue de Rivoli.

There is an old French saying on this street of unknown author who says « Le vieux Paris n’est plus qu’une rue éternelle, Qui s’étire élégante et droite comme un I En disant : Rivoli, Rivoli, Rivoli “ or in English : (Old Paris is now nothing more than one eternal road,   Stretching out, with the elegant straightness of a letter I, to the refrain: Rivoli, Rivoli, Rivoli). My eternal Paris, the most beautiful city in the world.

It is served by metro Line 1. The stations are (with brackets, the numbers of the other lines crossing line 1): Saint-Paul, Hôtel-de-Ville (line 11), Châtelet (lines A, B, D, 4, 7, 14), Louvre-Rivoli, Palais-Royal (line 7), Tuileries and Concorde (lines 8, 12).  As for the buses, two lines allow to travel the whole length of the street: the no 76 between the beginning of the street and the Châtelet and the no. 72 from the Hôtel-de-Ville until the Place de la Concorde. Lovely rides indeed above ground in eternal Paris !!

A bit of history I like

In 1801, a decree stipulated that “a street will be pierced along the entire length of the passage de Manége to that of  Saint-Florentin”. Later in 1802, the plans of the street, the width of which is fixed at 20.85 meters. The idea was to build the stone facades according to the plans and drawings of the architects of the palace, approved by the Government to stone the floor of the gallery; to pave the street width towards each division of land, in accordance with the regulations established on this subject.  Other conditions show the desire to make the street a space free from inconvenience: that is the houses or shops that would be built on this lot cannot be occupied by artisans and workers working the hammer; Nor can they be occupied by butchers, cold cuts butcheries, pastry-makers, bakers, or other artisans whose state requires the use of an oven; There shall be no painting, placard or indicative sign of the profession of the one who will occupy on the facades or porticos of the arcades which will decorate the front of the houses on the so-called design of the street. In 1804, the first consul Napoleon Bonaparte proclaimed a new decree. The piercing of this first part of the Rue de Rivoli makes disappeared, partially or totally several streets and squares so a redesigned of Paris before Haussmann. In 1817, Rue de Rivoli was located in the former 1éme arrondissement, in the Tuileries neighborhood and began at 1-2, rue Saint-Nicaise and Place du Carrousel and finished 2, rue Saint-Florentin and place Louis XV. The street numbers were black. There was no odd number, the latter being located along the Tuileries garden and the last even number was No. 58.  Several drafts of the Louvre and Tuileries meetings were presented at the beginning of the 19C. It provides for the extension of the Rue de Rivoli between the rue de Rohan and the Place de l’Oratoire. In 1848 a new project was designed in which it also, provided for the construction of a large gallery and the extension of the street.  By December 1852, the extension of the arcades between the Passage Delorme and the Rue du Louvre is declared to be of public use. The Grands Magasin du Louvre department stores and the first hotel du Louvre are then built. In 1844, the Rue de Rivoli, which was still located in the former 1éme arrondissement, in the Tuileries neighborhood, was 950 meters long and began at Rue de Rohan and finished at 2, rue Saint-Florentin and Place de la Concorde.The piercing of the street and its related operations, such as the extension of the Place de l’Hôtel de Ville   and the piercing of the Rue des Halles, for example, result in the disappearance, total or partial, of a large number of old streets: The Rue de Rivoli housed the Ministry of Economy and Finance until the fall of 1989 the building whose construction had begun in 1811 for the Administration of the Post Office finally assigned to the finances in 1822. In particular, it was set on fire in the commune uprising of Paris in 1871.

The city of Paris making Rue de Rivoli pedestrian!

The Paris tourist office bureau main one is at the Office du Tourisme et des Congrès de Paris – Bureau Hôtel de Ville, Hôtel de Ville – 29 rue de Rivoli – 75004 Le Marais. The Paris tourist office on walks in the Marais

The Paris tourist office on Shopping in the Marais

There you go folks, another wonderful sublime walk of my eternal Paris, The Rue de Rivoli was my home for two years working right next to it and walking it always, Hope you enjoy the walk on one of Paris most emblematic street to the world, the Rue de Rivol as I.

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

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February 15, 2023

More on the Arc de Triomphe of Paris !!!

One of the symbols of Paris and a wonderful view from the top, however, my biggest thrill is to drive it around lol!! 12 avenues in a traffic circle and no accidents seen by yours truly over the years! A wonderful experience !!! I know I see your eyebrows already but is a piece of cake!! I have written before on it plenty but as usual lately been founding pictures not in my blog and they should, Therefore, let me tell you a bit more on the magnificent Arc de Triomphe of Paris !!!

It is located at the crossroads of several arrondissements, the Arc de Triomphe enjoys a panoramic terrace 50 meters above the ground. Take to the skies by climbing the 284 steps of the staircase and judge for yourself. Day or night, it is one of the most extraordinary views of Paris. It allows you to admire the Champs-Élysées, the most beautiful avenue in the world, but also to grasp the scale of the city’s Haussmannian riches.

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The arch is 49.54 meters high, 44.82 meters wide and 22.21 meters deep,exactly, It sits in the middle of the place de l’étoile, in the 8éme arrondissement of Paris, and surrounded by a huge roundabout from which avenue Kléber, avenue de la Grande-Armée, avenue de Wagram or the avenue des Champs-Elysées as the main ones come out like a star formation.  At the top of the Arc de Triomphe, which offers one of the most beautiful viewpoints in Paris. To reach it you will have to climb 284 steps and another 46 steps to reach the panoramic terrace. But do not panic ! For the laziest, all you have to do is take the elevator/lift !

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Paris arc de triomphe top to C E jul13

A couple of anecdotes I always like to tell is that in 1919, pilot Charles Godefroy accomplished the feat of flying his plane under the Arc de Triomphe. Also, Victor Hugo’s (see post) body will be watched over there for one night after his death, before his burial !

The official Arc de Triomphe monument

The Paris tourist office on the Arc de Triomphe

There you go folks, one of the icons of Paris and not seen as much as it should be, This is the Arc de Triomphe of the most beautiful city in the world, Paris. Again, hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

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February 15, 2023

Curiosities of Quimperlé !!

In my latest road warrior rounds of my lovely Bretagne, I came back to wonderful Quimperlé, I have written plenty on this nice town, but took new pictures and therefore a new post on my curiosities of Quimperlé !! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

The Gare de Quimperlé or train station is on the line from Savenay to Landerneau, and located near the center of the town. It was put into service in 1863 , The Quimperlé train station is served by TGV inOui on the Paris-Montparnasse – Rennes – Quimper relationship, and by TER Bretagne trains which carry out missions between the stations of Quimper ,Lorient, Rennes, and Nantes.

Quimperle gare front feb23

Theodore Hersart de la Villemarque , wrote  Barzas-Breiz  (Breton popular songs and dance)  The Théa collection of songs collected, words and music, in the Breton language, written by Théodore Hersart de la Villemarque , wrote  Barzas-Breiz (= poems of Brittany ) ,which is a collection of songs , words and music, in the Breton part of Brittany in the 19C,See my post on his statue in town, This wall on the picture is where is native house stood.

Quimperle maison natale de Théodore Hersart de La Villemarqué former at place du Barza-Breizh dzb23

Recall that Quimperlé is located at the confluence of the Ellé and the Isole then forming a coastal river La Laïta , The Isole river has very clear waters. It has its source in the Montagnes Noires, in Morbihan. Its course is made up of many meanders, until it creates deep gorges at the level of the Cascadec forest, in Scaër. The Isole is a 48 km long river that crosses Morbihan and Finistère before flowing into the Laïta. Five bridges in the town of Quimperlé upstream from the confluence with the Ellé to form the Laïta.

Quimperle L'Isole river bridge Parking Barzaz Breiz feb23

Quimperle L'Isole river ecluse Parking Barzaz Breiz feb23

See houses nos 8 ,10 12 in quant nice Rue Brémond-d’Ars from the 16C renovated.

Quimperle Rue Brémond d'Ars feb23

 I went by my now Laita Ford dealer.  This is where my salesperson from Vannes is now and I follow him, very good guy and always giving me good deals for me and my son, We are Ford all the way back…. !!

Quimperle Laita Ford dealer passing bay feb23

The local Quimperlé Terre Océane tourist office on the heritage of Quimperlé:

There you go folks, another dandy run to wonderful Quimperlé , amazing architecture and history all over, we love it, Again, hope you have enjoy this post on my curiosities of Quimperlé as I

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

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