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March 18, 2023

The Jardin des Plantes of Toulouse !

Well if you walk, then gardens are a must, and they are all beautiful! Often overlook by visitors because they want to see monuments but a wonderful part of any city and gorgeous statues fountains etc as well. A great way to rest amongst this beauty after a long city walk. Toulouse has some that I like and will update telling you on one historical at least ; this is Jardin des Plantes of Toulouse !


The Jardin des Plantes is a public garden; formerly it was a garden of plants and it has retained its name but not its status. It is part, with the Boulingrin and the Jardin Royal garden, (see posts) of a set of three gardens located southeast of city center/downtown Toulouse. It extends over seven hectares between Allée Jules-Guesde, Allée Serge Ravanel, Rue Alfred-Duméril and Rue Lamarck.


The first Jardin des Plantes was created in 1730 by the Toulouse Science Society. But it was not at its current location, it was in the Saint-Sernin district, not far from Porte Matabiau.   As the quality of the soil was not satisfactory, the collection had to be moved in 1756 to rue de la Sénéchaussée (current rue des Fleurs). It is in 1794 by the will of Philippe Picot de Lapeyrouse, naturalist, that the Capitouls decreed that the Jardin des Plantes will be located in an enclosure almost identical to that which it occupies today. It takes up part of the old enclosure of the Barefoot Carmelites. With a collection of 1,300 species, local or acclimatizing, the Jardin des Plantes became a large botanical garden but also a place where the poor can collect medicinal plants. By decree of July 27, 1808, Napoleon I   gave the city the land and the buildings of the garden. During the Battle of Toulouse (April 10, 1814), the garden was used as an artillery point from one of its mounds.  In 1817, a pond was created, fed by the nearby Canal du Midi. The garden was transformed for the coming of the international exhibition of 1887: it became a public garden. Seals, bears, monkeys, etc. populated the garden until 1976, then there now are only water hens , ducks, geese, swans, and peacocks. The current Jardin des Plantes is located in city center, in the Busca district near the Pont des Demoiselles district, towards the Canal du Midi.



When it was moved to this location, it was outside the city walls, now it is right in the center in a very dense residential area mixing old buildings and newer buildings. It is bordered by the School of Medicine, the Museum of Natural History, the Daniel-Sorano Theater and the Saint-Exupère Church. (see posts) ,It is very close to Boulingrin (Grand Pond garden) but a wide avenue separates it. However, a metal walkway allows pedestrians to join these two public parks. Several entrances serve it. The oldest is the Capitol gate, dating from 1555, which was moved from the Capitol compound to the eastern side of the garden. The most common is the so-called Virebent entrance at the Allées Jules Guesde . It is connected to it by the allée des justes des Nations street. The Jardin des Plantes garden brings together several vestiges, old or renovated buildings. Among these, the Museum dates from the end of the 16C. The east entrance gate to the garden is a reconstruction dating from 1886 of one of the gates of the old Capitol. The North gate overlooking rue Ozenne is there since March 6, 1805.


The city of Toulouse on the Jardin des Plantes :

The Toulouse tourist office on the jardin des plantes

There you go folks, another wonderful place to be full of culture all around you. Indeed a wonderful place and as you can read full of interesting things to see in lovely Toulouse. Again, hope you enjoy the Jardin des Plantes as I.

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

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March 18, 2023

The Le Louchebem restaurant of Toulouse !!!

One of my favorite cities in France, and of sentimental value as there was family from the wife’s side! Of course, we have come here often and several posts in my blog, but I feld this place needs to be told more and we love it! Let me tell you on one of our first visits to the Le Louchebem restaurant at 3, place Victor-Hugo ; Loges 3, 4 et 5, this is inside the Marché Victor Hugo market! (see post), Sublime ! Hope you enjoy it as I

The Le Louchebem opened its doors in 1994, above the Victor Hugo market. And we were there on our visits in the late 1990’s even if the family picture is from 2010, This traditional establishment is a family home that makes both   restaurant and butcher shop. It holds the title of Master Restaurateur. The cuisine prepared here is made from fresh and carefully chosen products. The setting is picturesque, the atmosphere friendly, the service as professional as smiling. That is to say if it is a good address for the local Toulousans as for visitors passing through. It is essential to taste the homemade specialties, as hearty as delicious as our favorite cassoulet. The Févoulet is the ancestor of cassoulet and is a very old Occitan recipe made with beans, duck confit, pork rinds and sausage, before the féves especial beans are replaced by the white beans brought back from Latin America in the 16C. For over 20 years, every first weekend of the month at the Victor-Hugo marketLe Louchebem has been honouring its sublime féves bean cassoulet to the delight of its loyal clientele. There are also the classic cuts of meats such as the faux filet steaks XL , XXL , and XXXL; the   veal kidney, XXL beef fillet. And the plate of the 4 meats “La Gilbe” with walnut, bib, faux fillet, steak , the works, only meat eaters allowed lol ! A very busy place of 12h lunch.  Every time I passed in Toulouse I find with great pleasure this place of sharing and for lovers of good meat and cassoulet . The pleasant terrace, the service always professional, smiling and caring waiters and waitresses. Don’t miss it while in Toulouse.


And where is it? One of the best spots in Toulouse; here is a brief history. It was not until 1827, after the demolition of the ramparts surrounding the heart of the city since the Middle Ages, that the square where the Victor Hugo market stands today will be built. It took place in 1827 under the name of Place du Marché-au-Bois and hosted from its inception a market with wood, fodder and then flea market. The Place du Marché-au-Bois was renamed the Place Victor Hugo in 1886 at the occasion of a coronation of the poet by the Floral Games. In 1892, the new Victor Hugo market was inaugurated. Under its metal halls there were 283 shops. Modern and functional, it is the largest covered market in Toulouse. It was in 1959 that the current market-parking was born. this new Victor Hugo market which will become the first paid car park in Toulouse, with 670 parking spaces and a market of 100 exhibitors. It went again renovations in 2016 and now it is sparkling wonderful even better place to be at in Toulouse.See my post on it for more,

The official Le Louchebem resto :

The RestaurantGuru reviews on Le Louchebem :

There you go folks, another dandy in the pink city of Toulouse. Wonderful town, and lovely folks , and great memories of forever ! Do not missed the town, and of course cannot missed Le Louchebem or rather come in just for it, all worth it I say. Again, hope you enjoy the post as I

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

March 18, 2023

The Chapelle Sainte Thérése of Paris !!!

A bit further you have the Notre Dame Church of Auteuil of which I passed many times into and out of Paris by the Avenue de Versailles, Not far from here there is another monument that passing by lack pictures …., this is the Saint Theresa Chapel and the reason of this black and white series,no pictures, However, a reminder for me to later on stop by here more in details, For now enjoy this off the beaten path instroduction to the nice and historical Chapelle Sainte Thérése of Paris !!! Hope you enjoy it as I.

The Sainte-Thérèse Chapel is located in the 16éme arrondissement of Paris, within the premises of the headquarters of the Apprentis d’Auteuil. It was the first shrine to be dedicated to Sainte Thérèse of Lisieux, in 1925, after her beatification. There are relics of Saint Thérèse and the tomb of Blessed Daniel Brottier. Father Daniel Brottier is buried there. A transept is dedicated to him. Father Brottier launched the site in 1925, the very year of Sainte Thérèse’s canonization. Consecrated in 1930, it is the first sanctuary in the world erected in honour of Sainte Thérèse of Lisieux. The chapel is very pure in lines and of small dimensions. The stained-glass windows and the mosaics are beautiful decorations.

The chapel is in neo-Gothic style, The activities of the orphans of Auteuil are carved on the capitals . The chapel has around fifty stained glass windows from the company Mauméjean frères, made in 1927, The facade is flanked by two turrets decorated with arcades and foliage, gargoyles proliferate around the building. The two oak doors of the porch under the large glass roof were executed and sculpted by the apprentices of the carpentry of Auteuil, they welcome a statuette of Saint Thérèse.

The nine stained-glass windows in the choir depict angels bearing the instruments of the Passion of Christ, while the twelve bays in the nave refer to the litanies of the Virgin. The rose window on the facade evokes the “rain of roses” announced by Saint Thérèse (“After my death, I will cause a rain of roses to fall”). Four smaller berries represent lilies and roses. Fourteen bays evoke saints presented as models for the orphans of Auteuil: Antoine de Padoue, Genevieve of Paris, Joan of Arc, Vincent de Paul, as well as missionaries.

The Chapel of Sainte Thérése is located at 40 rue Jean-de-la-Fontaine 16éme arrondissement of Paris, You can get there by metro line 9 Jasmin sortie/exit 2 rue Ribera , And bus lines 22 stop Jasmin, and 52 stop Léopold II

The official Chapelle Sainte Thérése of Paris :

The official Apprentis d’Auteuil (orphans): http://The official Apprentis d’Auteuil 

There you go folks, a nice historical and archhitectural. The Chapelle Sainte Thérése inside the building of the Apprentis d’Auteuil ;a stunning little chapel hidden in the outer rings of Paris, It would be worth the stop especially following the steps of Sainte Thérése, Another sight to see in my eternal Paris, Hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

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