Curiosities of France !! Part V

Looking at my house after some maintenance work saw many souvenirs of our trips in my belle France, and why not in my blog, After all this is my life and my family life’s history, This post allows me to show in my blog things collected over the years by my dear late wife Martine that still hangs and will forever in my house. Nostalgia sets in and here I go on my curiosities of France !! Part V, I will sneak one from London she bought even before marriage ! 1990 ! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

The town of Carcassonne is famous for its medieval citadel, La Cité, with its many watchtowers and double enclosure. The first walls were built in Gallo-Roman times, while the main additions were made in the 13-14C. The Château Comtal, which dates from the 12C offers archaeological exhibitions and a visit to the interior ramparts. This one is one purchase by my wife Martine before our marriage in 1990.


The Paris famous monuments such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, Louvre museum, Moulin Rouge cabaret , Place de la Concorde, Arc de Triomphe, and the Basilica Sacré Coeur or sacred heart, And many more, as Paris is eternal for all of us with many souvenirs of meeting there and visiting many times and both worked there !

Paris monuments

The yawning renaissance arcade of the Gros-Horloge of Rouen spans the cobbled street and houses one of the oldest clock mechanisms in Europe. Flanked by the belfry holding the town s bells, this magnificent, richly decorated time-piece with its extraordinary single-needle dials invites you inside to discover, a contemporary theatrical representation of the dial room and the clock keepers apartments. Extraordinary panorama over the city from the top.

Rouen gros horloge

Albertville is located in the Savoie department no. 73 in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. The town is a “Porte-Cities” of the Massif des Bauges regional natural park, which in September 2011 obtained the international label supported by UNESCO, Geopark, thus becoming the 1st hunting reserve (wildlife) and 3rd Geopark in France .In 2014, the city of Albertville was awarded the “Competition of towns and villages in bloom” with three flowers, It organized the 1992 Winter Olympics, from February 8 to 23, 1992. This dish was purchase by my dear late wife Martine before our marriage in 1990, and she worked there !


The Sainte-Thérèse Basilica at Lisieux was done thanks to the fervor of the faithful from all over the world, one of the largest churches of the 20C was erected in Lisieux in honor of Saint Thérèse. The construction of the Basilica began in 1929. Its consecration took place on July 11, 1954. Pope John Paul II came there on pilgrimage on June 2, 1980. Its walls and those of the crypt are covered with mosaics which evoke the message of Saint Thérèse drawn from the Gospel. Inside is a reliquary that contains the bones of the Saint’s right arm. The crypt houses the relics of Saints Louis and Zélie Martin canonized on October 18, 2015 (parents of Saint Thérése), One of my sons’s went on school trip and we followed a year later, now been there couple times and very nice indeed.

Lisieux basilica sta teresa

The London different guard regiments on duty : The Grenadier Guards. The Coldstream Guards. The Scots Guards. The Irish Guards. And The Welsh Guards. The order in which regiments form up when on parade together is: Grenadiers on right flank, then the Welsh Guards, Scots Guards in the centre, the Irish Guards and the Coldstream Guards on the left flank. The boys asked me to go to London as told them of my business trips and we decided to spent our summer vacation there with the whole family, nice trip. London tourist office:

London monuments

The official France tourist office

There you go folks, a walk of nostalgia from my belle France. The curiosities of France part V, still rings many nice memories to my mind on each stretch of meter I take on it. These were some souvenirs taken by my dear late wife Martine and still hang in my house forever, Including her purchase of the London plate, Again, hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

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