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March 25, 2023

My routine in my old dear Versailles !!!

You know, well lived in Versailles, once in the royal City you never forget, this is grand, huge, love at first sight, and then more, The City does not get enough recognition induce by the central government ,but it has more then that other city.  I found me some nostalgic pictures again and they should be in my blog, It is my life’s history anyway, a road warrior globettroter of 81 countries, and many more cities all over the world ; living in 5, living/working in 4, I had enough fun to last me a lifetime, Now retired, things slow down but still looking for dear places, Let me tell you again about some of my routine in my old dear Versailles, Hope you enjoy it as I.

The Avenue de Saint Cloud (road D185) is in the Montreuil district bordering Notre-Dame district of Versailles(mine). Named after the town of Saint-Cloud (see post) whose avenue was the road to go to. At 33 Avenue de Saint Cloud corner with Avenue de l’Europe parking Indigo, convenient for those daring to enjoy the thrill of coming by car, is right next to the flower market or Marché aux fleurs (see post). It is a straight shot to the Château de Versailles , a grand avenue indeed worth to walk it ,all of it.

Versailles avenue Saint Cloud to palace

Right at the corner of Ave St Cloud and Ave de l’Europe ,there is a nice bus depot or terminal with many lines intersecting, The back building is the director of public finance or the local tax collector’s office, This is where my boys converge to take the bus to their school in Le Chesnay, The town merge with Rocquencourt to become today Le Chesnay-Rocquencourt, They took after me showing them the route ! The bus line 3 Le Chesnay-Rocquencourt – André Mignot Hospital – Reception ↔ Versailles – Satory ,the stop was at Hôpital A Mignot and then cross street to the school (see post)

Versailles ave de l'Europe bus stop Dir Dép des Fin Publi bldg

However, I still nostalgic of the old system so cool with letters! For the nostalgics like me the old network as compare to the new is as follow:  Bus A now line 3 . B is 1,2,3,5, C is 5, D is 6 and 14, E is 10 and 13, F is 10, G is 4, H is 2, F is 9 , K is 6, M is 9, N is 12, O is 8 P is 11, R are 1 ,6 ,13. S is 5, 7,9. U is 7 and W is 6 and X is 6. The new office for ticketing, information, maps you name , help if get lost in Versailles (what!) is at the new Agence Navigo Phébus Europe at 18 Avenue de l’Europe. Open Mondays to Fridays from 9h to 12h30 and 13h30 to 18h. Saturdays from 10h to 12h30 and 13h30 to 18h.  This office is right next to the Monoprix store near intersection with Avenue de Saint Cloud. The city bus info center is at the new name Agence Phébus les Ménages (old Espace Clients Phébus) located at 12 av. du Général  de Gaulle. Open Mondays to Fridays from 9h to 13h and 14h30 to 17h30; Saturdays, Sundays ,and Holidays is closed. The office is right across the train station RER C rive gauche-château near the Hôtel de Ville.

Le Chesnay hopital mignot bus stop for twins school bel air

The Phebus Versailles bus network on line 3

The city of Versailles on public transports

The greater Grand Parc agglo area of Versailles on public transports :

There you go folks, another wonderful post of my dear Versailles, a lot more than a Palace/museum I said. Again, hope you enjoy the post on my routine in my old dear Versailles as I.

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

March 25, 2023

The Petite Ecurie of Versailles !!!

This is in my beloved former home of Versailles. Needless, to say more about this wonderful royal town of my belle France, just read the monuments that have proven essential in the history of France. I have written on the royal stables but needed to take the small out for a post of its own, worth it me think, Therefore ; let me tell you about the Petite Ecurie of Versailles !!!


The Petite Écurie is a monument located on Place d’Armes, opposite the palace/museum, between Avenue de Paris and Avenue de Sceaux. From 1683 to 1685, La Maréchalerie was built behind the Petite Écurie. This establishment completes the activities of two stables. It replaced the modest King’s stable, which then became the Queen’s stable. From 1935 to 1939, it was the barracks of the Air Force School, with Air Base 134 Versailles. Since 1969, it has housed the National School of Architecture of Versailles. Between 1970 and 1973, a gypsotheque, a collection of castings after the Antique from the Louve museum began to settle there. Since 1999, it has also housed the restoration workshops of the research and restoration center of the museums of France. In 2004, La Maréchalerie became a contemporary art center of the National School of Architecture of Versailles. It organizes several exhibitions a year.

The buildings are organized around five courtyards: the Great Court bordered by a semicircular colonnade and two symmetrical wings, the two middle courtyards framed at the rear, the two small side yards called “manure yards”, In the left wing, which gives side avenue de Paris there are the restoration workshops of the Ministry of Culture. In the right wing on the avenue de Sceaux side, there is the School of Architecture of Versailles.


The gallery of sculptures and moldings (gypsotheque) located in the Petite Ecurie of the Palace of Versailles. These spaces are open free of charge, every Saturday and Sunday, from 12h30 to 18h30. The collection of casts from the Louvre, that of the School of Fine Arts and that of the Institute of Art and Archeology which depends on the Sorbonne. There are very old pieces there which attest to Louis XIV’s taste for the antique.  Since 2012, the Petite Ecurie has presented to the public a gypsothèque containing a collection of about 5000 sculptures and casts according to the ancient times, especially Roman, since it was only in the 18C that archaeologists were interested in an advanced way to Greece. Under the direction of Louis XIV, Jean-Baptiste Colbert had indeed imposed on the residents of the Académie de France in Rome to copy old pieces so that they would serve as inspiration to the sculptors of Versailles.  The gypsothéque on the château de Versailles webpage :

The Petite Ecurie constituting with the Grande Ecurie (see post) the royal stables and completed in 1681. It now houses the National Higher School of Architecture of Versailles. Identical to the Grande Ecurie, under the former regime (monarchy) , it was under the orders of the first squire. The Petite Ecurie has the care of ordinary mounts, hitch horses and wagons as well as fancy vehicles, sleighs of gondolas. From 1683 to 1685, the blacksmith was built behind the small stable. This property complements the activities of two stables.. In 2004, the La Maréchalerie   (blacksmiting) became a center of contemporary art at the National Higher School of Architecture of Versailles. It organizes several exhibitions a year. In 1787, to make economies, the activities of the Petite Ecurie were abolished and attached to the Grande Ecurie. From 1935 to 1939, it was the barracks of the Air school, with the air Base 134 Versailles. Since 1969, it has been home to the National Higher School of Architecture of Versailles. Since 1999, it also houses the restoration workshops of the Center for Research and Restoration of the museums of France. The later is under renovation until 2025 with reduce hours and activities in Versailles.

The National Higher School of Architecture on the Maréchalerie

The Center for Research and Restoration of the museums of France ,see Versailles

Inside the Petite Ecurie, you have the huge gallery or Vestibule des sculptures des Fontaines du Labyrinthe,  keeping the sculptures from the 17C, 39 fountains, with 333 animals designs from the bosquet du laberinthe dating 1660-1677/ You have the history of the stories of Charles Perrault and Jean de La Fontaine, dedicated to the Grand Dauphin, Mme de Montespan, and the Duke of Burgundy (grandson of Louis XIV). Charles Perrault brings them to Versailles, as de La Fontaine was not favored due to his support for Nicolas Fouquet. A wonderful place to be !!

The official Château de Versailles on the Petite Ecurie :

There you go folks, another fascinating monument in my dear beautiful Versailles , you ought to spent more time here. This is part of the history of France and Europe, you must visit the Petite Ecurie of Versailles ; my royal and imperial City of my belle France!!! Again, hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

March 25, 2023

The Avenue de New York of Paris !!

I come back with another memorable street of my eternal Paris. I am amazed of the material in my vault of so many years hanging around my belle France. And ,again, found me some new older pictures to help me update this older post on a street spent many times on it. Let me tell you a bit on the Avenue de New York of Paris !! Hope you enjoy it as I

The Avenue de New-York located in part on the quartier de la Muette no 62, and the quartier de Chaillot no 64 ,neighborhoods of the 16éme arrondissement or district of Paris. Its one of my fav avenue and is served by metro line 9 at Alma and Iéna stations some distance away and by the RATP bus line 72 stop at the Musée d’Art moderne – Palais de Tokyo. It is named after the city of New York in the United States.  A street I take several times by car coming from Versailles and entering Paris by the Porte Saint Cloud, the D910 or (D10 opposite is the Avenue de Paris in Versailles!) Continuing onto Ave de Versailles, and the crossing the Seine at places like the Pont Mirabeau ; Pont de Grenelle, Pont de Bir-Hakeim , Pont d’Iéna, and passing passarelle Delbilly, and the Pont de l´Alma. (see posts), This is part of the old Royal road from the Palace of Versailles to the Fortress of the Louvre.

Paris ave New York to pont d'iena

A bit of history I like

The Avenue de New York has been named successively quai des Bonshommes because it bordered the convent of Bonshommes, then quai de la Conférence, quai de Chaillot and quai de la Savonnerie ,  because it ran alongside the Savonnerie soap factory established at the location of the current Palais de Tokyo in 1631 and transferred in 1825 to the Gobelins district, it took the name of quai de Billy and quai Debilly in 1807. In 1918, the quai Debilly was renamed avenue de Tokio, named after the capital of Japan whose spelling Tokio was the norm at the beginning of the century. Then on February 26, 1945, by decree, the avenue de Tokio took the name of Avenue de New-York. Recall that Japan was an ally of France during the Great War (WWI) , however, during WWII, this same Japan was the ally of Nazi Germany so replaced the capital of the enemy country with the city of New York from the United States who had just liberated France!. In addition, in 1964, the Quai de Passy, which extends the avenue de New-York downstream of the Seine, took the name avenue du Président-Kennedy which also refers to the United States. The palace of Tokyo, built for the 1937 Exposition, kept its name with its new spelling after 1945.

A bit on the configuration of this avenue and surroundings is useful to know from a historical and architectural basis me think

The Quai de Chaillot then Debilly stretched between the old Conference barrier, at the end of Cours la Reine, the fiscal limit for the rights for taxes of Paris from the mid-18C to the Passy barrier opened in 1788 in the wall of the Farmers General. From this date, the quay is included in the city of Paris with the whole of the old village of Chaillot up to the quay of Passy, current Avenue du Président-Kennedy, which was on the territory of the town of Passy until its annexation by the city of Paris in 1860 downstream of the Passy barrier, which was removed at that time. The part between rue de la Manutention and avenue Albert-de-Mun remains a little-built space until the middle of the 19C where a large Cail locomotive construction factory was set up, destroyed by a fire in 1865 which was not rebuilt. The land between avenue d’Iéna and the quay which belonged to the City of Paris in 1877 was then sold and subdivided with an easement limiting the height of the buildings on the quay of No 32 to 42 to 14.30 meters to preserve the view at the rear of the buildings on avenue d’Iéna. From Avenue Albert de Mun to rue Le Nôtre, the quay runs alongside a space that was part of the Visitation de Chaillot convent until 1790. Land sold as national property after 1790, purchased by the State from 1811 to 1813 for the abandoned project of the Palace of the King of Rome and sat   vacant until the Trocadero gardens were laid out in 1878. From rue Le Nôtre to rue Beethoven, the quay ran alongside the Couvent des Minimes or Bonshommes domain, at the bottom of which was built in 1788 the wall granting tax rights the corner of rue de la Montagne, now rue Beethoven, where was established the barrier of Passy, beyond the location of the current rue Le Nôtre to then follow, in the space of the current Trocadéro gardens,perpendicular to the Seine river to the top of the hill of Chaillot. The wall was destroyed in 1860 and the land sold to the City of Paris which levelled it and then subdivided it in 1877 to create the rue Chardin and rue Le Nôtre, the southern part of the Trocadéro gardens and allow the construction of buildings on the quay at nos. 60 to 66, the existing ones dating from 1925 and the 1950s.


The Avenue de New York   was crossed from 1855 by the American railroad, the first urban tramway line in France whose vehicles were towed by horses, which linked the Place de la Concorde to the Pont de Sèvres, then extended until Versailles. The Avenue de New York is not continuously bordered by a low quay because the passage between the relatively narrow Port Debilly and the upstream Port de la Conferénce is interrupted under the Pont de l’Alma bridge. The Avenue de New York has two central level tracks with underground passages at the mouth of the bridges but also pedestrian crossings. This busy road, which does not however have a highway/motorway character on this section, is part of the Georges-Pompidou river banks connection road. The avenue has side streets with heavy traffic including fairly narrow bus-bicycle lanes and also narrow sidewalks, the one on the river side comprising a narrow one-way cycle path which cyclists can access, after a section of rue Le Nôtre at rue Beethoven and a crossing at the pedestrian crossing at this level, to the two-way cycle path that runs along the Voie Georges-Pompidou on the low quay or port de Passy to the limit of Boulogne-Billancourt.


Nice buildings I like here are the No 4: home of Ambassador Pamela Harriman (USA but born in London), while she is in a relationship with the businessman Giovanni Agnelli (FIAT). It shows the presence of a History of Paris sign reminiscent of Chaillot’s fire pump. At No 10: home of landscape architects father and son Henri Duchêne and Achille Duchêne and of the latter’s wife, feminist and peace activist Gabrielle Duchêne. No 32: French Federation of Motor Sports. And No 34: Mona Bismarck now American Arts Center, where the American socialite Mona Bismarck lived. French-American Foundation, Many events visits here by yours truly.( see post).

The Paris tourist office on the 16éme district

There you go folks, a wonderful avenue de Newy York in my eternal Paris. Again, hope you enjoy the walk in the Avenue de New York as I.

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

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