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May 6, 2023

My fav Château de Versailles stairs !!!

And here I go again with my memorable moments and new pictures found in my vault and not yet in my blog, and they should, I have been to the palace of Versailles many times, lost count ,and always marvel of its beauty, history, architecture, However, some of the sights overlook with so much opulence around are the stairs,,,I like to tell you about my fav Château de Versailles stairs !!! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

The château and gardens of Versailles, which count amongst the most illustrious monuments of the world heritage, represent the most beautiful and complete achievement of the 17C french arts. The former hunting lodge of King Louis XIII was transformed and enlarged by his son Louis XIV. Versailles became the siege of the Court and of the French government. The palace was embellished with new appartments decorated in the 18C under the reigns of Louix XV and XVI. In the 19C, the palace was dedicated to all the glories of France and partly transformed in an historical museum.

After the French revolution, the palace of Versailles was left empty, indeed it was actively emptied of all its furnishings, until King of the French, Louis-Philippe decided to turn it into a museum.  His interventions were destructive.  Most of the apartments of the princes and courtiers were demolished to make way for the history galleries of the new museum.  Fortunately, the state apartments and the king’s and queen’s rooms were largely spared Louis-Philippe’s attentions.  He did, however, make one useful addition: he built the last of the staircases of  the King’s private apartments.  In his honor, it’s still known as the escalier de Louis Philippe or staircase It was constructed in 1837, the same year that the museum opened , Today the Louis-Philippe Staircase is the main staircase on the north side of the Cour de marbre, and it’s the one that you exit the King’s private apartments from at the end of your tour of them.  Otherwise, it remains roped off.


The Escalier de Provence or Queen’s staircase built in 1680, this staircase quickly became the most frequented staircase in the palace, as it leads to the apartments of the Queen and the King. It was a counterpart to the former Grand Degré du Roi, or Ambassadors’ staircase. The vestibule giving access to it is decorated with a statue of Apollo, commissioned by the Marquise de Pompadour , Entirely decorated in polychrome marble, with the exception of the stone steps, the Queen’s staircase is adorned with a perspective of a palace with characters dressed in the Oriental style, The golden lead sculpture placed on the first floor landing symbolizes the marriage of Louis XIV and Marie-Thérèse of Austria. The escutcheon supported by Cupids, on which the intertwined figures of the King and Queen once appeared, is surmounted by two doves and torches of the Hymen. The first door, on the right, gives access to the Queen’s Guard Room, the second opens onto the large Guard Room or Coronation Room. The door placed to the left of the sculpted group gives access to the stucco staircase which leads to the rooms of the revolution, the consulate and the empire. The last door opens into the vestibule of the King’s apartment, also paneled in marble.


The Princes’ staircase has preserved most of its 17C decoration, connects the ground floor and the first floor of the wing of the South, or wing of the Princes, in which some members of the royal family, children of France and princes of the blood. Louis-Philippe will replace the original vault with a coffered ceiling. The entrance to the Grand Apartments of the King to climb the Gabriel staircase and admire the Gabriel chandelier which illuminates it , The Gabriel staircase, designed by Ange-Jacques Gabriel in 1772, had never been completed due to lack of sufficient funds . The project was resumed and completed in the 1980s. At the top of the stairs, we arrive in the Salon d’Hercule which gives access to the Grand Appartement du Roi.

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The official Château de Versailles:

The Versailles tourist office on the palace

There you go folks, a hugely wonderful awesome palace right in the middle of the City of Versailles, A must to visit while in or planned coming to France, My beautiful Versailles and its wonderful palace/museum, Glad to tell you more and again hope you enjoy the post as I

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

May 6, 2023

My fav restaurants of Versailles !!!

I am with the resto bug, and thought about my dear Versailles on a quiet Saturday, The memories flashing as always when I write about my Versailles, my former town, where I lived for 9 years+ , and it’s time to tell you a bit more about my most visited favorite hangouts for eating out in town. Therefore, here are my fav 3 restaurants in my dear Versailles !! Hope you enjoy them as I

I love to eat out and even if lately have slow down a bit as lonely life imposed still indulge myself with my boys to do so now in my beautiful Morbihan, I have been to many all over the world ,and while in Versailles these were it. So, without further ados, here is my fav 3 of glorious royal Versailles, capital of the Yvelines dept 78 in the Île de France region of my belle France.

The wonderful Le Boeuf à la Mode, 4 Rue au Pain, this is the sublime cozy romantic, French traditional restaurant of old I like to seek and keep. It was our favorite while there. Very near Castle on the marche Notre Dame area tuck away in rue au pain ,but well known. You wont go wrong here for an evening in Versailles. 


The Le Bœuf à la Mode, a must-see restaurant , welcomes you in an authentic 1930s bistro decor. It will offer you traditional cuisine and a menu based on market products. This restaurant offers refined and quality cuisine. Maître Restaurateur since January 2013, the restaurant is committed to keeping its “brasserie spirit”, its original and comfortable setting of the 1930s. Innovating while respecting traditions, such is the credo that makes its success . Lovers of traditional French cuisine are served. The old and authentic setting and decor give a friendly and warm spirit to this place. Wonderful a must me think…..


The official Le Boeuf à la Mode:

The RestaurantGuru reviews on Le Boeuf à la Mode

The Au Chien qui Fume, 72 rue de la paroisse, near Church Notre Dame and marché Notre Dame (see posts). A great institution of the highest French culinary experience, great for dinner,you can’t go wrong here.  Here since 1839 serving delicious oyesters dishes.  This is one of the oldest bistros in Versailles: it’s been around since 1839! We appreciated it for its retro, hushed style and its atypical decor: paintings of smoking dogs line the walls. For the record, the founder of the place entrusted his pipe to his dog! The setting is extremely pleasant with its many painted portraits of dogs and the jazz music that accompanies your meal in the background. Two rooms are available, one on the ground floor and the other upstairs. This restaurant was great , and the workers were probably some of the nicest people around.

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The official Au Chien qui Fume :

The RestaurantGuru reviews on Au Chien qui Fume

We came here first as the Tavern of Maître Kanter, a chain of Alsacien type style restaurants. It was located at 5 Rue Colbert , a small side street left of the Château de Versailles in the Notre Dame district (my former).  In the old Colbert Hotel that Louis XIV built to his chief minister, the former residence of Jean-Baptiste Colbert, the decor of the tavern is faithful to the tradition of the sign: purple, wood, mirrors, fountain and abundant shellfish pond.  Sadly, the resto as the chain has closed.

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There is something else there thus, Opposite the Palace of Versailles, in the shade of the lime trees on the back alley, hides the beautiful and peaceful private mansion of Colbert de Villacerf. In this place steeped in history, the Hôtel de France, when the Maître Kanter’s tavern was open every day until midnight, On fine days, service on the terrace with 20 seats. Now, the hotel can be rented for private or business gathering as well, There is a large room of 280 m² , the Le Salon des Glaces, a faithful reproduction of its illustrious neighbor La Galerie des Glaces du Château de Versailles ! , and renovated by the current owner, has kept its original parquet floor , its moldings, its chandeliers and its huge mirrors. The Salon Napoleon III is another wonderful spot. All spaces are air-conditioned and in daylight, with balcony overlooking the Palace of Versailles !! Sublime !

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The property Hôtel de France where the resto was:

There you go folks, 3 of my favorite hangouts when in Versailles, Sadly one is gone but the other stay strong and worth the detour, meaning recommended by yours truly, There are many ,but these are the ones went the most while there for a good reason. Again, hope you enjoy the post and the restaurants as I

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

May 6, 2023

Le Pecq !!

Again looking at my travel ,history books in my library I came upon this time that we visited several times while in living in the area you know where. I am shock that could only find one picture of something near it, but when you live in Versailles , hard to take pictures elsewhere ,,,,,nevertheless, need to have Le Pecq in my blog for the memories of always. Let me tell you about Le Pecq , and hope you enjoy the post as I.

Le Pecq is located in the Yvelines department 78 ,of the Île-de-France region, and my belle France, It is 19 km from Paris, at the foot of the castle of Saint-Germain-en-Laye. The town of Le Pecq borders the towns of Mesnil-le-Roi, Montesson, Vésinet, Croissy-sur-Seine, Port-Marly, Marly-le-Roi, Mareil-Marly and Saint-Germain-en-Laye.

From Paris, the RER A towards Saint-Germain-en-Laye, get off at Le Vésinet-Le Pecq station,(see post le Vésinet)  turn left after the gates , Also, from the Gare Saint Lazare, take the Train towards Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche – Forêt de Marly, get off at Marly-le-Roi then take local bus 21 towards Le Vésinet – Le Pecq – RER.station, I have dwell by here many times always by car of course, From Paris Porte Maillot, take RN13, cross Le Port-Marly then turn right into the road D186. Connect with the A13 autoroute de Normandie, take exit/sortie n°6 (Versailles Centre, Le Chesnay – Marly-le-Roi), follow direction Louveciennes – Marly-le-Roi, cross Le Port-Marly then turn right D186. From Versailles the D186 is it, Coming from the north or CDG get on A1 highway and take the A86 road exit for Aubervilliers, Nanterre, Stade de France, continue the A86 to Rueil Malmaison, turn right RN13, cross Le Port-Marly then turn right into the D186 to Le Pecq, The main roads here are the departmental road 186 (D186) which allows, on the left bank, to join the national road 13 and the national road 186 at Port-Marly and which, in the direction of the east, Vésinet and Chatou, crosses the Seine river at the Pont du Pecq bridge. The other important routes are the departmental road 190 which begins at the Pecq bridge and provides access to Saint-Germain-en-Laye to the west as well as the departmental road 159 towards Le Mesnil-le-Roi to the north and departmental road 7 towards Marly-le-Roi to the south.

Some of the things to see here are:

The royal residence of Château-Neuf built in 1557 for Henri II was remodeled by Henri IV, who created pavilions, royal apartments on the banks of the Seine. The Pavillon de Sully was occupied by the gardener of the King named Lavechef, known as “Duparcq. The gardens surrounding this private residence have regained their charm of yesteryear as well as their view of the historic valley so appreciated and admired by the kings. The Château Neuf was offered by Louis XIV to the Comte d’Artois, his brother and later king Charles X (1824-1830), . The building was demolished in 1784 for reconstruction. All that remains of the Château-Neuf is the King’s Chapel, the cave ramp and the Sully Pavilion. Many caves were arranged in these terraces such as the caves of Neptune, Hercules, Perseus and Andromeda, etc. Check out the Journées Européennes du Patrimoine or European Heritage Days, when in some years it is open to the public,


The Church Saint-Wandrille stands on the site of a priory founded in the 11C and overlooks the historic heart of Le Pecq. The superb view from the terrace is worth a detour! A charter drawn up in the year 704 records that King Childebert III donated the royal land of Aupec, rich in vines, to the Abbey of Saint-Wandrille at Saint-Wandrille in Normandy. The history of Pecq is linked for eight centuries (from 709 to 1570) to that of the abbey of Saint-Wandrille and to the kings of France. A second church built at the beginning of the 16C collapsed in 1723. The first stone of the current church was laid in 1739 by the Duke of Noailles, then governor of the royal domain of Saint-Germain , and inaugurated six years later, it was only consecrated on May 28, 1995 by Mgr Jean-Charles Thomas, Bishop of Versailles, in the presence of the Abbot of the Abbey of Saint-Wandrille de Fontenelle.

You see remnants of the Le Pecq railway viaduct: work dating from the end of the 19C. Comprising about twenty stone arches and extended by an iron bridge over the Seine and by two tunnels, it is laid out in curves and in unevenness to allow the line whose terminus was initially at Pecq to reach the Saint-Germain-en-Laye train station. The Pont du Pecq, officially called “Pont Georges-Pompidou”, is a road bridge that spans the Seine in the town whose territory extends on both banks of the river. This bridge is located between the Ile de la Loge bridge (upstream) and the Pecq railway viaduct (downstream).   In 2002, to maintain the cultural heritage left by the Impressionists in the Yvelines, Le Pecq, with eight other towns bordering the Seine river,such as Carrières-sur-Seine, Chatou, Croissy-sur-Seine, Bougival, Louveciennes, Marly-le -Roi, Le Port-Marly and Noisy-le-Roi, creates the label and the structure Pays des Impressionnistes or Country of the Impressionists, More on the Yvelines dept 78 tourist office in French:

A bit of history I like

The last Merovingian kings had a royal home at the Abbey of Aupec (Le Pecq). Childebert III gave the monks of this abbey, in 704, the land of Aupec and its outbuildings. They are mentioned for the first time in a charter of Childebert III, king of France, in 704. That year, the king responds, rather belatedly, to a request from Wandrille, formulated in 666 to Clotaire III and confirms to Abbey of Fontenelle a donation made to him by the family of Érembert who became a monk of this abbey. In 1595, Henri IV asked the inhabitants of Le Pecq to cede to him 18 to 20 arpents (0.342 ha/arpent) of land, necessary to extend the gardens of the Château Neuf to the Seine. In compensation, he exempted the local Alpicois from the size and various taxes, a privilege which they retained until the French revolution.

In 1837, the first passenger railway line was inaugurated between Paris and Le Pecq: it is the line from Paris-Saint-Lazare to Saint-Germain-en-Laye. At the time, the terminus of the line was at Port du Pecq, on the right bank of the Seine. In early 2017, the remains of this first station, whose exact location was no longer known, were discovered at the foot of the Georges-Pompidou bridge (known as Pont du Pecq) during work for the construction of a housing complex !

During WWII, on March 3, 1942, Le Pecq was hit hard by a Royal Air Force bombardment. It was long believed that it was a mistake, the English bombers who the same night were to bomb the Renault factories of Boulogne-Billancourt, Le Pecq will undergo three more bombardments. On April 30, 1944, from 23h50, the Cité district was again bombarded for about twenty minutes. On May 28, 1944, this time twelve American Mustangs of the IX USAAF again attacked the Cité and Mexico district. Finally, on June 5, 1944 around 20h45 as a prelude to the Normandy landing, it was the Le Pecq bridge that was targeted.

The town of Le Pecq on its history :

The Seine Saint Germain en Laye tourist office on Le Pecq :

There you go folks, a nice chic very residential town with a nice history and beautiful architecture all over, worth the detour. Le Pecq is one to know, and glad now fully in my blog. Again, hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

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