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August 9, 2022

The Nantes airport !!!

I have used it so many times over the years ! It’s about time I update this older post of many memories. Ever since moved to the Morbihan in 2011, this has been my airport, Nantes where all flights were taken business or family trips, my getaway to the world ! Always looking forward to use it again, eventually, I hope you enjoy the post as I.

The Aéroport Nantes-Atlantique , (IATA code: NTE), is an international airport located on the territory of the towns of Bouguenais and Saint-Aignan-Grandlieu near Nantes, but as geography have it, takes the name of the bigger town.  This is in dept 44 Loire Atlantique and region of Pays de la Loire. It is the second most important airport in the West of France, after that of Bordeaux, and the 9th of France in number of passengers as of 2018. Of course, the pandemic had its struggles and me going by there too.


A bit of history I like

In 1928, an aviation camp was created for essentially military use, on a 50-hectare site on the banks of the road N23 from Nantes to Paimbœuf  (now RD 723), near Château de Bougon. Built in 1932, it welcomed in 1934-1935 a factory Breguet establishments, with a connection to the airfield. In 1939, the grass track was replaced by a 900 m × 40 m concrete track. During the occupation, the Nazis made it a real camp with barracks, blockhouses, and concrete casemates, etc. From there the Luftwaffe bombers headed for England. At the end of the war, the French Air Force regains possession of the land, which the Nazis had  destroyed the infrastructure at the time of their retirement.

The Terminals of Nantes airport which I have used them all by now !!!, The airport has a terminal consisting of three main parts called Hall 1, 2, 3 ,and later 4 was added with a lighter architecture, initially dedicated to the regional subsidiary of Air France. There is Hall 1, reserved for arrivals and you will also find a number of shops and restaurants there, as well as the information point and the “lost property” counter, open from 6h to 22h. Hall 2 mainly used for registration check ins. Hall 3 allows access to check-in gates 21 to 67 and is also used to gain access to Hall 4. It is mainly used by low-cost airlines. Hall 4 was initially planned to accommodate only Air France flights, then opened up to regional flights and the low-cost airlines. It allows access to gates 71 to 77 and is also used for arrivals.

There are 2 Relay stores (in the public area of Hall 2 and in the boarding area of Hall 3), where you can buy magazines, press, snacks and other travel accessories. Also, a new space Monop’Daily fast food. Aelia DutyFree, the duty-free store at Nantes airport, located in the boarding area of Hall 3 (be careful, to benefit from a tax-free price, you will have to comply with certain conditions regarding your country of destination ).

Restaurants have change a bit now available in the terminals are: La Brioche Dorée (Hall 3 & 4 in the boarding area) where you can find pastries and hot and cold sandwiches.  La Buvette du Voyage , on the first floor of Hall 1, resto or wrap you have it.  La Terrasse, in Hall 3, a café also offering fast food. Starbucks ground level .  La Grande Tablée first floor (2nd US) Prêt A Manger street level registration area.

Foreign exchange outlet CIC at Hall 2, and  outside Hall 3, open 7/24. You can temporarily leave your valuables at the Reception – Information counter in Hall 1.  The conditions and prices are as of today for items that can be kept in an envelope measuring no more than 28 cm x 36 cm.

For the lost and found:  Items found in, or in the immediate vicinity of, the terminal are handed in at the Reception-Information counter in Hall 1.  VAT refund (sales tax): For more information on the VAT refunds procedure in France and the instructions for use of the Pablo terminal, go to:

Hotels nearby are Hotel Oceania ****, Hotel Escale Oceania ***, and Hotel B&B ** ; I have used them all! Rental cars counters of Avis , Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Enterprise, and Sixt, (I have used Hertz and Europcar) .Regular bus network TAN between 6 h and 21 are lines 48 and 98, However, the best is the Express Aeroport Bus, taken many times just superbe ! By taxi (allow about 30 to 35 euros each way to get to the center), Best outfits Taxis-Nantes, Hep-Taxis, easily online.



The most practical here is the Express Aeroport bus connecting the airport with the train station Sud or South terminal at Nantes, of many glorious easy transfers from Vannes/Auray. The ride is very nice, every 25 minutes or so and leaves you at both in just across the entrances. I have used it extensively these last several years. The cost today is 9€ one way. You go outside cross the arrival road across Hall 2, clearly mark. Official TAN (bus/tramway network of Nantes) schedule and prices for the bus is here in French:




Coming by car as I have done most of the time, there is a pre booking parking space at reduce prices,webpage :

The automobile parkings are the P Minute (only for quick drop offs), P1 covered (direct access to airport most often use), P2 priximity, P3 Proximity, P4 Proximity P5 Proximity, P6 Proximity ,P7 Eco, P8 Eco, P9 Eco, P10 Eco, Rental A and Rental B for rental cars parkings.   My trips by car were easy, taking the N165 expressway all the way to the rocade ouest or west of Nantes follow direction Nantes-Atlantique on the N444 road continue on the N844 same direction over the Pont de Cheviré then exit/sortie 51 still direction airport until the terminal which road is the D85. The main thing follow the signs for Nantes-Atlantique, easy,1h30 from my house !


The official Nantes airport :

The official city of Nantes transports network TAN

The official Nantes tourist office:

There you go folks, another nice memory easy way in and out of my belle France. I like the fact that the airport of Nantes-Atlantique is still small enough to walk thru it and big enough to allow easy flights in and out in addition to great train, plane, connections. Hope you enjoy the post and do not hesitate on taking it, its great! I look forward to do so again,eventually, And for the latest travel contraints check your airline, travel agency or government sites.

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

August 9, 2022

Some news from France , CCCLXVI

It’s time again to tell you my latest rants about some news from France. An eventful post in my blog that I have enjoyed together with you for the last 12 years now!! And for those non Roman CCCLXVI is 366 , another dandy round of news of my belle France , of course, chosen by me; there are many others. We are in Summer ,and temps already back to canicule level so drink,,,anything, and we continue eating out in our veranda porch , grand! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

Now for the lovers of doors, which i see plenty bloggers are, the one unique and the best for me is at 29 avenue Rapp 7éme arrondissement of Paris. This is an Art Nouveau building and door and done by Jules Lavirotte the best example of the belle epoque. The entry door with a heading of a women head sculpture around Adam and Eve chase from paradise is awesome to look at. I used to have a picture of it but can’t find it, if you like doors go by there is a must really.

The recruitment campaign completed last March 2022 has enabled eighteen new sellers to set up shop on the banks of the Seine, alongside the famous green boxes filled with books Paris has seen 18 street booksellers set up shop on the banks of the Seine, On the Quai de l’Hôtel-de-Ville in Paris (4éme), exits from the Pont-Marie metro. These are the new famous Bouquinistes de Paris !!!

Competition for the most beautiful terrace in Paris: merchants invited to sublimate “the French art of living”. Selection criteria: aesthetics, vegetation, quality of materials and respect for environmental issues. The vote is on in the city of Paris !

The A1 closed for nearly three days to lay the footbridge connecting the Stade de France to the Olympic Aquatic Center, A spectacular operation will be carried out in Saint-Denis (Seine-Saint-Denis 93), between this Monday evening from 22h and Thursday at 04h in order to remove the bridge linking these two major Olympic Games 2024 sites. It will lead to the closure of part of the highway/ motorway for 54 hours.

How customs fight against fraud and trafficking on the A1 highway/motorway, On the busiest motorway in Europe, the forty customs officers of the internal surveillance brigade (BSI) of Nogent-sur-Oise are increasing the seizures of illicit products. Report on the outskirts of Chamant, the largest toll gate in the Hauts-de-France region. The agent asks a few questions: “Where are you from? », « What were you doing there? “, ” Where are you going ? “, ” Why ? “. “The idea is to understand the logic of their journey.” And perhaps also to detect an ounce of feverishness? It’s mostly a matter of experience, Big brother is watching you on the roads of France, And of course, this goes up wonder why huh !

The Domaine Chabrand-Thibault estate, a veritable green lung that was once private ,the local govt now will install a promenade there. Beyond a breathtaking view of the Seine valley and the Paris region, the Chabrand-Thibault estate, in Cormeilles-en-Parisis, definitely conceals many treasures. this vast green lung of nine hectares, owned by the region since 2014 and included in the regional space of the buttes du Parisis, to open it to the public in March 2023. There will be a paved promenade in balcony and a staircase of 180 steps, which will cross this island historically attached to the private estate of La Châtaigneraie. Located in the historic city center, and along the strategic road, the park is crossed by a forest and a meadow. It owes its name to Jean-Victor Thibault, a notary who married Anne Émilie Gabrielle Chabrand, daughter of an important landowner, and who donated a lot of land to the city. Visitors will therefore soon be able to walk around the site to discover its alleys populated by bicentenary oaks and chestnut trees, but also its remains of a romantic park , and in particular white arches whose origin remains unexplained as well as its many species of birds such as the Woodpecker, the Jay of the oaks or the Blackcap. The domain having been closed for fifty years ! , it is rather the non-humans who have taken up residence there.Until now,,,info webpage in French :

The national forest of Compiègne (Oise 60 ) attracts around 1.5 million visitors a year. Among the most frequented sites are the belvedere of Beaux-Monts and the ponds of Saint-Pierre in Vieux-Moulin. A little corner of paradise among swans, dragonflies and moorhens. is adorned with a pedestrian path, an educational trail and many other surprises Parking area, pedestrian path, cycle path, educational trail…Nice lung to wandered around me think, webpage :

In the Palace of Versailles there are very elaborate, the souvenir shops of the residence of the Sun King offer thousands of handpicked references. Each product has been validated to ensure that it complies with the image of the castle. A business that targets both new visitors and regulars. The Palace of Versailles, its Hall of Mirrors, its Trianon, its gardens… and its shops. Each more neat than the other. In the middle of summer, that of the Dufour Pavilion, located at the end of the visit, is teeming with tourists. Each year, they are 7 million to hurry to the Sun King. And so many potential customers. I have a post about the castle shops! Webpage :

The RATP strikes very hard and invites you to explore, thanks to its interactive map, all the underground street art works it has listed. To carry out this project, the Parisian transport group has joined forces with Notorious Brand, an artists’ collective and Quai 36, an art production house. RATP pdf map :

It is possible to enjoy a breathtaking 360 degree view of all of Paris from the colonnade of the Pantheon! Until now reserved for guided tours, you can now take advantage of this entry visit for only 11.50 euros. The Panthéon, Place du Panthéon 5éme Paris, webpage:

The Paris Zoological Park, located in the Bois de Vincennes, in the 12éme arrondissement, offers a new experience to come and discover: Sundays at the zoo “Between friends”. Every last Sunday of the month, you can recharge your batteries with your friends: note August 28, September 25 and October 23. Paris Zoological Park Avenue Daumesnil 12éme, webpage:

At the beginning of July, the Abbey of Maubuisson inaugurated “AVA” a Virtual Assistant of Archeology which allows to discover the history of the place in an original and alternative way. Let yourself be transported by this sound journey and come and live an unforgettable interactive experience! Maubuisson Abbey Abbey Park, Avenue Richard de Tour – 95310 Saint-Ouen l’Aumône, Every day From 8h to 20h, Until October 10, From 8h to 18h30, From October 11 to March 31 webpage :

The Basilica Sacre Coeur or Sacred Heart, have you visited it from the inside? At almost 130 meters above sea level, enjoy a view of all of Paris. Located at the Butte Montmartre, it is open to the public every day. With the strong summer heat, take the time to cool off inside the place and admire the many stained glass windows and the impressive mosaic of Christ in Glory! Basilica of the Sacred Heart, 35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre 18éme, webpage:

Located in the heart of the Bois de Vincennes, La Ferme de Paris is managed according to organic farming practices, with respect for the environment and animal welfare! On its 5 hectares available, meet very cute animals and enjoy the vegetable gardens, orchards, fields and forests! La Ferme De Paris, 1 Route du Pesage 12éme, Vincennes tourist office on the farm :

Since its reopening on June 3, come and have a good time at Jardin21 and enjoy its beautiful space of 1850 square meters. The cultural third place located on the edge of the Canal de l’Ourcq concocts beautiful afternoons but also beautiful summer evenings! Jardin21 ,12A rue Ella Fitzgerald 19éme ,webpage:

La Brasserie Fondamentale invites you to quench your thirst around a good beer with friends at more than 200 meters in height. Perched at the top of the Montparnasse Tower, we promise you a breathtaking view and a nice rooftop on the left bank! Tour Montparnasse, La Brasserie Fondamentale, Open 7 days a week, From 9h30 to 23h30, webpage:

The ephemeral terrace of the Trianon Palace in Versailles is hosting a new concept of “country barbecue” this summer. A unique grilled menu cooked in front of customers by chef Frédéric Larquemin. Every Thursday and Friday evening, as well as Saturday noon, the braziers are set up on the lawn to cook a selection of grilled meats in front of customers In this friendly atmosphere animated by a DJ, the codes of the palace are respected, The “Trianon Champêtre” formula is offered at 55 euros per person. It should last until the end of September, weather permitting, Bon appétit !webpage:

There you go folks, another round of my some news from France coming to you freely by the road warrior of this blog. Hope you enjoy the post and do prepare for an eventful Summer! And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

August 3, 2022

The Domaine de Trevarez of St Goazec !!

We headed north to our neighbor Finistére dept 29 and were in and around the town of St Goazec where we saw marvels such as this one the wonderful Domaine de Trévarez , a castle and park just outside of city center before arriving on the D36 road.  This one I feld needed a post on its own because its wonderfully beautiful and still in renovations, however you can see two of the three floors of the castle and the vast park/gardens. Therefore, let me update this older post for you and me and tell you a bit more on the Domaine de Trévarez.


The Château de Trévarez is located in the limits of the town of Saint-Goazec, but outside no the road D36 that leads you to city center/downtown. Built at the end of the 19C by James de Kerjégu, president of the general council of Finistère to welcome his worldly relations, it is, with its park open to the public, an important monument of Finistère. The castle is both an example of eclectic style, combining Victorian and Neo-Gothic styles with elements of Breton decor, and a prototype of the house equipped with the latest technological advances of the time: elevator, central heating, running water, electricity , etc. Its wrought iron door, was also exhibited and awarded in 1903 at the Grand Palais in Paris before being installed in the castle. Very damaged in 1944 by an Allied bombing, it has since been bought and put in value by the general council of Finistère.


A bit of history I like

The name of Trévarez is of Breton origin. It comes from “Trev”, which means district or place formerly inhabited. In 1567, the barony is erected in Marquis de la Roche by Henry III, for the benefit of the knight Troilus de Mesgouez, who was page at the court of Catherine de Medici before being the lover. Governor of the city of Morlaix, then viceroy of New France in 1578. It was his niece, Anne de Coëtanezre, Marquise de la Roche and Laz, and wife of Charles de Kernezne, who made the manor of Trévarez their ordinary residence . The mansion was totally rebuilt during the 17C.

It was inherit by Louise de Bot du Grégo, only daughter of Charles-François Jules du Bot and Marquess du Grégo, wife of Viscount Antoine-Henry d’Amphernet of Pontbellanger, who was Chouan (rebel vs the French revolution) and she denounced him to the troops of Gen. Hoche (Gen of the army of the west to crutch the rebellion), which was her lover. Louise du Grégo will succeed, thanks to her relations, to spare Trévarez from revolutionary looting. Widow, she will then marry General Bonté in the chapel of Trévarez. The castle remains today the manor, completely modified and modernized in 1860 by François de Kerjégu, the Chapel Saint-Hubert, formerly dedicated to Notre-Dame, then rebuilt in 1699 and placed under the patronage of Saint Hubert, patron of hunters, and the Fontaine Saint-Hubert, dated 1700, nestled at the foot of the current Castle.


During WWII, the Castle of Trévarez served, from October 1939, to receive the classified objects and collections of museums, from the Pas-de-Calais. In July 1940, the castle will be requisitioned by the Nazi occupation forces and serves as a resting place for kriegsmarine submariners stationed at the port of Brest between two missions at sea and Japanese submariners stationed at the port of Lorient.


In 1968 , it will be bought by the General Council of Finistère, which will start a progressive renovation, starting with the outside of the castle and the gardens. The roof of the castle will be restored in 1993, revealing its metallic structure. However, a chimney will be missing on the new roof, which disappeared during the bombing. Reopened in 1971, the garden, now 85 hectares, is labeled “Remarkable Garden”. There was an impressive colony of bats, protected species, in the attic or basement. Eight different species coexisted in the abandoned castle. They now have a special place at the entrance of the attic. Today, it houses the National Collection of Rhododendron Cultivars, with about 700 varieties, the Certified Collections of Cultivars as well as botanical species of the genus Camellia, some of which are extremely rare, as well as extensive collections of heathergrass ( Camellia, Hydrangea, Pieris …), as well as various trees, such as Japanese maples, oaks, Virginia tulip trees, silver limes, as well as several hundred-year-old conifer species (Monterey pines, Scots pines, Sequoia, Sequoiadendron , Sciadopitys, Thujopsis, Thuja plicata ‘Aurea’).



The Finistére dept 29 heritage site on the castle

The official parks and gardens of Brittany on the castle

The Châteauneuf du Faou local tourist office on the castle :

There you go folks, you have all you need to come enjoy this wonderful domaine about an hour from my house by car. The best entry is to take from front office to the stables and then the chemin des camélias hilly but wonderful trees and takes you right in front of the castle. Good for a whole day if you are into nature , and there is a cafe inside on the stable building as well as a boutique at the left entrance to the castle. Hope you have enjoy the Domaine de Trévarez of St Goazec as I

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

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August 2, 2022

Some news from France , CCCLX 

It’s time again to tell you my latest rants about some news from France. An eventful post in my blog that I have enjoyed together with you for the last 12 years now!! And for those non Roman CCCLX is 365 , another dandy round of news of my belle France , of course, chosen by me; there are many others. We are in Summer ,and temps already back to canicule level so drink,,,anything, and we continue eating out in our veranda porch , grand! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

The canicule is back ! This third round starts from last Sunday July 31 until (at least) Wednesday August 3. Sunday starts nicely with temperatures approaching 30°C in the northern half of France and exceeding 32-33°C in the southern half. Then, each day, the mercury will take 1 or 2°C higher to reach up to 35°C in the south. Temperatures could remain above normal for the season until August 8, so says Météo France !

This Tuesday (today), the prefectural services placed Paris and all the towns of Hauts-de-Seine (92) , Seine-Saint-Denis (93) and Val-de-Marne (94) in “drought vigilance”. The “vigilance” level, called “orange”, is the first of 4 levels of dryness. This vigilance does not provide for restrictions but for measures to encourage water savings: limiting the cleaning of cars, roads, sidewalks or the watering of green spaces, but also the reduction of water consumption to home , A heat wave is confirmed for the middle of the week, centered on Wednesday and Thursday with maximum temperatures between 34 to 38 ° C and locally 40 ° C, said Météo France. As a result, four departments in the South-East (Ardèche, Drôme, Gard and Vaucluse) and the Pyrénées-Orientales remain on orange alert. Fifty other departments, south of a line from Charente-Maritime to Alsace, are on yellow alert, The heat is on, and get out the cold ones lol !!!

Ricard, Coca-Cola and Nutella: despite the crises, remains the favorite products of the French ! The health crisis and inflation have upset many habits. But not the list of food items that we consume without moderation, and with regularity, over the years. we continue to consume, with imperturbable regularity, certain favorite products, as evidenced by the latest hit parade published by the Nielsen IQ institute for the first half of 2022. I only do Coca Cola once in a while ,the others nope !

Will the future “Paris Centre – Saint-Germain peaceful zone” keep the contours defended by the Paris City Hall? Or will it be returned to its original perimeter, the historic heart of the capital? Intended to eliminate all transit traffic in the heart of Paris, the project comes up against the reservations of the police headquarters and the mayors of the left bank arrondissements. The latter could win their case, and see their territory excluded from the zone. This intention by the mayor of Paris will create more havoc in Paris as it is now more trafic than ever due to closing of some roads !! The end is not near, be prepare for heavy trafic and overloaded public transist network for years !

Since 1996, the central and tourist section of the RER C in Paris has been interrupted every summer to consolidate the tunnel built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900. And this should last several more years !! This summer again, work on the RER C continues with an interruption of the line since July 15. It must be said that they are dantesque. The objective is to consolidate the tunnel built at the beginning of the last century for the Universal Exhibition of 1900 in Paris, on the intramural part of the current line between the Musée d’Orsay and the Champ-de-Mars (7éme). On the ground, exposed to allow digging, we can still see the stones dating from this period. Part of the line that goes to Versailles so be aware folks.

Metro line 14 (Mairie de Saint-Ouen – Olympiades) is one of the most impacted. Due to the work, the stations on the line between Châtelet and Olympiades are no longer served until August 20. Please note that the entire line will also experience complete closures on August 14 and 21 until 4 p.m. On the RATP website, maps with the main alternative routes are available. For journeys between Gare de Lyon and Olympiades, replacement buses are in service. On the RER B side, modernization work between Gare du Nord and Charles-de-Gaulle airport is continuing. Heavy disruptions are therefore to be expected in August. On the weekend of August 13 to 15 inclusive, traffic will be interrupted between Gare du Nord and CDG2 Airport, substitute buses will be made available. Thursday August 18 from 10:30 p.m. and between Aulnay-sous-Bois in Seine-Saint-Denis and CDG2 Airport from 11 p.m., from July 4 to September 2 inclusive (except the weekend of August 15). the RER A, major disruptions are to be expected on weekends in August. There will be no trains between Nanterre-Préfecture and Cergy/Poissy on August 6 and 7 and August 13 and 14 (This is also the case for line J Saint-Lazare and Mantes-la-Jolie via Poissy in the Yvelines). Traffic will also be interrupted between Auber and La Défense every day from Saturday August 13 to Friday August 19 inclusive. On the lines of the RER C work started in July which is continuing. For C, the very impactful work started on July 15 will last until Saturday August 20 inclusive. Trains therefore remain canceled in both directions between the stations of Musée d’Orsay and Pontoise (95), Musée d’Orsay and Versailles-Rive-Gauche and Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (78), Pont-de-Rungis (94) and Massy-Palaiseau (91). There too buses replace trains.

Rising animal abandonments, falling adoptions… the sad summer of the SPA, in search of foster families, With 2,590 animals abandoned in Île-de-France region alone between May 1 and July 27 ,and 11,461 in France, the shelters of the Humane Society (SPA) are literally overflowing at the end of July, So sad people do not realise these are lovabe creature and should be taken with responsability ! These will be prone to drop their kids too at the dire moments in life !!! We love animals !!!

The restoration work on the facade of the Saint-Eustache Church is on track. This project, which started in January 2022, should be completed in October 2023. The unsealing phase will end at the end of August. And the actual restoration work, which should last a year, will begin at the beginning of September 2022, The church will continue to be open.

An anecdote told in some of my posts, and have the priviledge to visit while working next door for several years, In Paris (9éme), a reservoir was dug under the Palais Garnier during its construction in the 1860s. This underground “lake”, which serves as a training ground for firefighters, has fueled many legends, including that of the Phantom of the Opera. In 2018, this vast tank, located 15 meters below the stage of the Opéra Garnier, was emptied for major cleaning , A secret body of water of more than 1,800 m2 in the heart of Paris, 15 meters below the stage of the Opéra Garnier.

This past Saturday morning at Aventure Land, the ticket office has barely opened when visitors are already crowding the aisles. The signs of a “normal season” for this outdoor amusement park located in Magny-en-Vexin (Val-d’Oise 95), after two years marked by the Covid. Aventure Land opened with new attractions perched in the trees for the busiest park in Val-d’Oise, and many courses in the trees including tree climbing and zip lines, webpage :

The Antoine-Vivenel museum wants to gain popularity. The cultural place is being transformed: new entrance, access for people with reduced mobility, new rooms… It will host an immersive historical center, the objective of which will be to present the different sites to visit in the Compiégnois region. Work began in early July last to open the Vivenel museum in Songeons park. A new entrance, but also an elevator, a reorganization of the reception, an immersive historical center. . The Antoine-Vivenel museum, located in the former home of the collector who gave it its name, is one of them. Webpage :

All summer long, the Parc des Impressionnistes in Clichy (Hauts de Seine 92) hosts the Kiosque Contours, a festive guinguette where it is good to have an aperitif far from the bustle of the city. Webpage :

At the Palais de Tokyo, Aïcha Snoussi and her sunken treasures Like an archaeologist, the 33-year-old visual artist stages the artifacts of a strange vanished civilization with fluid genres. A way for this Tunisian to show her attachment to queer identity. Webpage :

On the occasion of the bicentenary of Napoleon’s death, (re)discover the greatest moments of the Emperor’s life during this 50-minute screening. A return to the Napoleonic era, for an evening that reveals the legacy that his epic left behind. An unmissable show that promises to be majestic and monumental! For its 9th edition, the Nuit aux Invalides is thinking big and has a new immersive show in store for us that will amaze us! A colourful, 360-degree projection on the stone facades of the Invalides, which immerses us in total immersion in a wonderful world , The Night at the Invalides: Napoleon, The Flight of the Eagle, 129 rue de Grenelle 7éme, Up to September 1, 2022, Tuesday to Saturday, 22h in August, webpage:

From September 3 to 5,2022 for its 7th edition, the new Traversées du Marais festival will take place, in collaboration with the Museum of Hunting and Nature, to highlight the diversity of places that will participate in the festival. The festival will take place in around thirty emblematic places in the neighborhood, through multidisciplinary and free artistic proposals. A great way to discover the Marais like you’ve never seen it before. Webpage:

I like to give you out of many my favorite most beautiful beaches in the Basque Country of France,

We have Lafitenia, the well-kept secret of Saint-Jean-de-Luz, is our favorite! Unspoiled, bordered by an embankment of fern moorland enveloping a perfect cove, this magnificent beach is known to surfers who appreciate its “left wave”, slightly offshore. It is accessible from the coastal path, by a slightly steep descent in the embankment. A somewhat hidden beach, therefore, far from the main roads and of which we give each other the word among insiders…!

Erromardie, a summer atmosphere, This is the largest beach in Saint-Jean-de-Luz. Located north of the city, this “two-in-one” beach is separated by a small river, the Grand Isaka. Surrounded by campsites, it benefits from strong seasonal activity and the presence of fishermen on foot, who come at low tide to collect small crabs from the rocks. Great novelty on this site also popular for its restaurants, and since spring 2022, cars no longer have access in front of this sensitive coastal area

Grande Plage, the icon of Saint-Jean-de-Luz, From Sainte-Barbe point, the view opens onto the famous Luzian bay, with its dikes, the white facades of Ciboure, the fort of Socoa in the distance and , of course, the immense beach nestled in the perfect amphitheater of the cove of Saint-Jean. Here, everything is designed for relaxation. The impeccable blond sand, the absence of swell, the coastal promenade and the covered gallery La Pergola – the “planks” of Saint-Jean-de-Luz! , with its side-by-side restaurant-terraces, make up an ideal setting for a seaside stay.

And further south you have Hendaye, the border beach, Between the rocks of Pointe Sainte-Anne and the mouth of the Bidassoa, it is the last beach on the French Atlantic coast. Just before the Spanish border symbolized by the river, it is impossible to miss this long strip of fine sand of almost 3 km, considered by some to be the most beautiful in the Basque Country. Ideal for learning to surf and stand-up, safe for family swimming, it also welcomes volleyball players and joggers on its hard sand. Without a doubt, a real holiday beach! Enjoy them all !!!

Did I told you about the most beautiful villages in my lovely Bretagne/Brittany ? Yes, and here are some as told by various travel publications in France ! My favorites too,

Locronan, one of the most beautiful corners of France (Finistère 29) Its famous Grand’place, lined with Renaissance houses of dark granite, attracts many visitors wishing to take a leap into the past and pilgrims who come to accomplish the most famous troménie of Brittany.

Rochefort-en-Terre, a highly flowery Breton village (Morbihan 56) owes its remarkable state of preservation to two historical benefactors, first Anne de Bretagne, then in the 20C, the painter Alfred Klots. Falling in love with Rochefort-en-Terre, the American invested his fortune in the ruins of the castle and stimulated many tourist initiatives, including the first competition for flowered windows (now the villages fleuries de France!). Even today, spring sees the city adorned with a profusion of geraniums and other fragrant flowers. Winter is no exception, since the end of year celebrations are the occasion of a real festival of illuminations, for its wonderful Christmas market !

Ploumanac’h, a village at the end of the world in Perros-Guirec (Côtes d’Armor 22) It is a stopover of choice for hikers on the Chemin des Douaniers, attracted by the emblematic and very photogenic lighthouse of Mean Ruz. All in red stone, it opens the passage to the port of Ploumanach’, naturally sheltered from the strong currents that have sculpted the emblematic rocky chaos of the coast.

Moncontour, a medieval town in Brittany (Côtes d’Armor 22) This medieval town is the only one in the department to win the title of “Most Beautiful Village in France”. From this period, remain beautiful bourgeois residences. Imposing ramparts dating from the 13C and 14C still surround the city.

Landevennec, palm trees in Brittany (Finistère 29), The microclimate it enjoys sometimes earns it the nickname of “Little Nice”. Its abbey, founded according to legend by Saint Guénolé, still houses around forty Benedictines. Close to the building they now occupy, on the archaeological site of the former monastery, a museum retraces 13 centuries of Breton history.

The island of Saint-Cado in the Ria d’Étel (Morbihan 56), The stone bridge that connects the hamlet to the mainland is the subject of a very singular legend. At the request of Saint-Cado, it would have been built by the devil himself, persuaded to receive in exchange, the soul of the first creature that would cross the structure. Cunningly, the monk arranged for it to be a cat!

And here are two new tendance restos I am told by Paris friends looks good, open for August 2022, Of course, looking forward to taste them eventually,

Nestled in the heart of the famous neighborhood or quartier of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, this address offers you delicious recipes to taste. La Diva des Près occupies the premises of a former historic butcher’s shop in the 6éme arrondissement. Moreover, we still find the old rotisserie remained intact inside the restaurant, as well as the incredible wine cellar. A trendy place, where pink clearly dominates the chic atmosphere of the restaurant , La Diva des Près, 79, rue de Seine 6éme, Monday to Friday from 11h to 02h, Saturdays and Sundays from 8h30 to 02h webpage :

We remain in the spirit of conviviality with this beautiful address located in the Motte-Picquet neighborhood in the 15éme arrondissement or district. Here, we share the plates with a generous and sunny menu that will make you travel. In an atmosphere with a refined design, Abstinence makes it a point of honor to work exclusively in short circuit, with seasonal products. As for drinks, the restaurant offers around fifty wines with a French dominance and delicious cocktails signed by their team of mixologists. Abstinence, 47 avenue de la Motte-Picquet 15éme, Open 7 days a week, 12h 14h30 and 19h to 00h,webpage :

There you go folks, another round of my some news from France coming to you freely by the road warrior of this blog. Hope you enjoy the post and do prepare for an eventful Summer! And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

August 1, 2022

The Tour Tanguy of Brest !

 I have written several posts on this quant city of Brest, of the Finistére dept 29 of my lovely Bretagne. However, this part is rather nice so figure deserves a post on its own. I am updating this older post; hope you enjoy the Tour Tanguy of Brest as I. 

As arrive by car and park in front of the Château, (see post) then do our walks all over the city. While passing by the Recouvrance bridge ,(see post) we noted this ancient tower right in the harbor not knowing what it was we headed for it. Well, it is a very nice museum of the city of Brest. I like to tell you a bit more on it.

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The Bastille Quilbignon or Motte-Tanguy tower is built on a rocky mound along the Penfeld river, Recouvrance, facing the castle of Brest (see post). It is accessed from Rue de la Porte by the Place Pierre-Péron, at the foot of the Recouvrance bridge (see post). This tower of the 14C houses the museum of old Brest.


The origin of the medieval tower could not be determined very precisely. Tradition give it as founder Tanguy I of Chastel, lord at the castle of Trémazan in Landunvez, which was illustrated in the struggle of Brittany against England and contributed to the development of the right bank. But the construction is probably posterior.  In 1386 the Duke of Brittany Jean IV undertook the siege of the castle of Brest occupied by the English. To ensure the blockade he leaned on two bastilles: one facing the castle, the other at Quilbignon on the right bank, called Bastille Kerneguez, simple wooden fort. The Bastille of Kerneguez was taken and destroyed by the Duke of Lancaster. In 1387 Jean IV rebuilt the two stone buildings, much stronger than before.

It is very likely that this Bastille Kerneguez, mentioned as being on the edge of the Penfeld river facing the castle, became the property of the family of Chastel after the departure of the English in 1397. The name of the Bastille gave way to that of Tanguy tower, first name worn by several members of this line. Their weapons are engraved above the door.  Until about 1580, the Tanguy tower served as the seat of justice of the lords of the Châtel, before they transfer it to a neighboring house. Then neglected, the tower became the property of the Rohan-Guéméné family in 1786 then passed into the Royal domain before being sold as national property during the French revolution to the Sieur Gabon. It becomes at this time the Cabon Tower. In 1862, it is acquired by the architect Barillé who transforms it into a dwelling house. It’s last resident and private owner, Dr. Joseph Thielmans, leaves her after the fire during the fighting of 1944 in WWII.

The city of Brest becomes the owner in 1954. The Tanguy tower is restored and inaugurates the museum of old Brest in 1962 which then had only two rooms. A third room was opened to the public in July 1964. In 1971, a pepper mill was added to it and its neo-Gothic cornice was replaced with crenellations to give it a medieval silhouette. The museum houses a set of models and historical reconstructions that constitute a walk through the picturesque streets of Brest before 1939, that is to say in the city as it was before the Allied bombing during  WWII. On two floors, there are models, huge dioramas (paintings painted in relief), official documents of several eras, photos and rare postcards, a collection of coats of arms or the map of the old Brest with the Vauban fortifications. Dioramas made by the Brest artist Jim Sévellec represent the great episodes in the history of Brest.  The tour Tanguy is divided into three section, the street level, (1fl US etc ), first floor and second floor, all very nice.


The city of Brest on the Tanguy tower :

The Brest tourist office on the Tanguy tower :

There you go folks, another dandy in nice Brest. The Tanguy tower museum is worth the detour in the city and close to the main museums in the castle.

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

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August 1, 2022

Curiosities of Le Faouët !

Let me tell you on something I had left out on my blog from a previous visit to Le Faouët, part of the Cornouaille Morbihannaise (the cornwall of Morbihan).  The Road D769, a fast track connecting Lorient to Roscoff, bypasses the town on the east by a large curve-beltway.  However, from home, I went inland thru the D102 past Languidic and Plouay into the D769 to Le Faouët. The town is 60 km (about 37 mi ) from my house !

Le Faouët owes its origin to a feudal castle that no longer exists. Anne de Bretagne raised the lordship of Faouët, belonging at the time to the Boutteville family, to the rank of barony in 1495. The City Hall or mairie of Le Faouët is located at 9 Rue Victor Robic. Between the mairie and the Halles (see post) you find the Monument to the aviator Corentin Carré,(have it on its back…) Volunteer in the 410th Infantry at age 15, died in aerial combat at the age of 18 in WWI or Great War.


The parish church of Faouët is placed today under that of Notre-Dame de l’Assomption, located at rue Poher. This Church Notre Dame de l’Assomption, which is mentioned as early as 1446, has undergone many alterations over the centuries. The oldest part is the interior door on which the tribune rests; it would be the witness of a first church of the 13C according to some, of the 14C according to others.  In 1917, the people of Faouët were awakened by the tocsin: their church was on fire. The damage is considerable: no more roof, frame, wooden vault, altarpiece, altar, stained glass statues, furniture. Everything is ashes. Only the porch tower and the bell tower are intact. They have to rebuild in three years, from 1924 to 1927, the major works were carried out.  The massive bell tower immediately attracts attention ; its slate roof with four sides and multiple breaks, gives it a certain originality tinged with an exotic note. It also houses two very old tombstones decorated with the recumbent effigies of Peronelle de Bouteville and Bertrand of Trogoff, local lords. Front tower is a monument to the fallen.


The town of Le Faouët on the Notre Dame Church

The town of Le Faouët on its history

The Morbihan dept. 56 regional tourist office on Le Faouët

There you go another dandy a wonderful place , one of the off the beaten path sites you must come to Le Faouët. In my beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne. Come to see other curiosities of Le Faouët !

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

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August 1, 2022

The Chapel St Fiacre of Le Faouët !

Let me update this older post on an interesting monument seen in my many road warrior trips in my area. This is Le Faouët in my beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of the lovely region of Brittany. I like to tell you a bit more on the Chapel Saint Fiacre of Le Faouët !


About 2 km south of Le Faouêt on the village of Saint-Fiacre, which developed near the chapel of the same name. The Chapel of Saint Fiacre was rebuilt from 1450 with an  exceptional polychrome wood rood dating from 1480 It also has quality stained glass windows It has a facade cut into triodes with a bell-gable often found in Brittany. That of Saint-Fiacre is however triple flanked by two side turrets and a balcony. The interior is composed of five bays with a square chevet at their end.


Concerning the preserved objects, the Chapel of St Fiacre is especially famous for its exceptional jubé in polychrome wooden style flamboyant realized from 1480 to 1492 . The side of the nave illustrates scenes of the temptation of Adam and Eve, the Annunciation of Mary, and the passion of Christ. The choir side represents certain deadly sins and vices, with theft (of fruit in a tree), drunkenness (a man vomiting a fox), lust (a man and a woman), laziness (a Breton musician) . The stained glass windows date from the 16C probably around 1557. The stone altarpiece illustrates the martyrdom of Saint Sebastian. Many painters represented the Chapel and its pardon such as Henri Barnoin: The pardon of Saint-Fiacre, oil on canvas and Edward Henri Guyonnet; Pardon of Saint-Fiacre at Faouet, oil on canvas; Chapel of Saint-Fiacre, oil on canvas.


I was able to gather some brochures in the chapel and will transcribe here what it says in a shorter version.

On the facade, there is a beautiful bell tower mounted on the gable surrounded by two turrets, the one on the right contains the staircase that provides access to the bell tower, the other has a decorative purpose. The porch with vault of stones is admirable for the delicacy of its sculpture and its double basket handle door.  The ducal banner and the ermine shows that the Chapel Saint-Fiacre owes its magnificence to the ducal protection.

The oak rood screen (jube) consists of a perforated fence surmounted by a corbelled gallery. Between the two, a richly decorated cross. The rood screen was used until the middle of the 16C to separate the clergy, admitted to the sanctuary where the sacred mysteries were celebrated, the people who had to stay at a distance. It was from the platform of the gallery that the clergy addressed the people for the proclamation of the Gospel. Whoever read the text first asked the priest to bless him by asking “jube, dominate, benedicere” (please, you who preside, give me your blessing).


You will note the rood on the nave side ;facing the people, the decor represents the Mysteries of Christ and the symbols of faith. Are represented: Christ on the cross surrounded by good and bad thieves, Mary and St. John. On the right, Adam and Eve, chased out of earthly paradise by the sword-bearer angel, and on the left, it is the announcement made to Mary that she will be the mother of the one who will redeem humanity from the original fault. the sandpit dominating the six fence grilles evokes the celebration of the Mass, memorial of the death and resurrection of Christ (Mass of Saint Gregory). To the left of this central scene appear various episodes borrowed from the life of Saint Martin of Tours. On the right, the fox devil, disguised as a monk tries to break into the barnyard before seeing his deceit foiled and himself undermined by those he wanted to take: the scene is borrowed from the “Roman de Renard ” or the romance novel of the fox sort of… which enjoyed immense success in the European literature of the Middle Ages.


On the Chorus side, the other side of the rood screen, the show is totally different, even if the work of the wood is equally admirable. They wanted you to see in the characters of this facade of the rood screen of the representations of the capital sins to the scenes of the daily life. From left to right: a peasant carrying a sheep and a fowl, a man vomiting a skinned fox (“skinning the fox” meant in the middle ages vomiting after excessive drinking), a couple of lovers holding hands (the lust), a bingo player and a bombard player (laziness).


The painted altarpiece which represents the martyrdom of Saint Sebastien. A beautiful statue of the Madonna and Child in polychrome wood of the 15C. A polychrome wooden statue of duke Jean V. A set of precious stained glass windows from the 15-16C. Above the high altar, the stained glass window of the Passion; north arm of the transept, east wall, a window of the tree of Jesse; in the same south arm, a stained glass window depicting the life of Saint Fiacre dated 1552. (Saint Fiacre is an abbot of Irish origin who founded a monastery-hospice east of Meaux (77 see post) in the 8C or even the 7C, he is also the Saint of gardeners); in the north arm of the transept, a window of St. John the Baptist of the 16C; in the north aisle of the chapel, a stained glass window dedicated to Saint Anne and her three daughters, as attributed by medieval legend following three successive marriages with Joachim, Salomas and Cleophas.

The city of Le Faouët on the chapel:

The local Pays du Roi Morvan tourist office on the chapel

The Morbihan dept 56 tourist board on the Chapel:

There you go folks, another gem in my beautiful Morbihan , never stop to amaze me the bounties in my region, not even counting my entire belle France. Hope you enjoy it too and do come to see the Chapel of St Fiacre , a beautiful monument worth keeping for eternity.

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

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July 31, 2022

Le Halles du Faouët !!!

And on my road warrior trips on weekends in my beautiful Morbihan of my lovely Brittany I take you again to a wonderful town about an hour from me that I have other posts, but need to tell you about the market here; this is my best to showcase the Le Faouët !!! I will update this older post with new text and links to tell you about the covered market or Halles of Le Faouët. This is a wonderful place very old , and the center of life in the town even today. There are food market and flea markets held here regularly. It is an imposing building in city center.


The Halles of Faouët or market were built between the end of the 15C and the beginning of the 16C, north of the Place Plantée. They are 53 meters long and 19 meters wide, the halles cover an area of 940 m2 . Covered with a large roof resting on small granite columns, the building opens on each side by two imposing porticoes. The existence of the halles is attested from 1542, as these are mentioned in an admission of the Lord of Faouët where it is said that they belonged to him from time immemorial. There was market every Wednesday, as well as nine annual fairs, then fourteen from the 17C. They constituted a substantial income for the lord of the place who collected various taxes. The most profitable was the so-called Grand Verge levied on paper , followed by the place des estaulx (stables), the place de cuyr (leather) , the place de Laine (wool); and the mareschaulx (marshals) custom. The building will be purchased by the town in 1815 to the family of Argouges de Ranes while it is half in ruins and will be the subject of many subsequent restoration work. A clock chamber will be installed on the ridge, then replaced by a bell tower.


The Place des Halles were surrounded by pillar constructions allowing to go around without being wet which makes say to the Marquis De Robien in 1756 that the front of the houses supported by pillars surrounding the square form a porch pleasant to the view. The last pillared house of the halles, located rue du Château, were destroyed in the 1950s.



Today, the market is held every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month or a 5th if the month has five wednesdays , but also do flea market or brocantes on special days. As said, the center of activities in the town of Le Faouët.

The city of Le Faouët on the market

The Pays du Roi Morvan local tourist office on the market

The Morbihan dept 56 tourist board on the market of Le Faouët

There you go folks, a wonderful outing, we have been there on flea market day and it is wonderful ambiance. Today was a quiet day but allow us to see up close the inside construction of the Halles of Faouët! Worth the detour I say. Hope you enjoy the post as I,

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

July 31, 2022

The port of Vannes and al. !!!

And of course, cannot be too far from my beautiful capital city of Vannes only 27 km from my house!  We were there again today, a ride with my Dad and our dog Rex, wonderful views of the Gulf of Morbihan and the port of Vannes! Let me tell you briefly of this latest road warrior escapade and new pictures! See the draught going on with lack of water all over. Hope you enjoy it as I.

 We went by car up the right bank of the canal marina along the famous Promenade de la Rabine with its long avenue of trees that borders the water to the Pont de Kerino bridge. We went up the Butte de Kerino hill with great views and a wonderful Calvary of Christ overlooking the Port of Vannes and the Gulf of Morbihan.

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Vannes pont kerino low tide jul22

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While in the hill of Kerino we did a lot of walking even pulling the Dad’s wheelchair on lawn! Of course, my boys help and it was a nice family outing indeed.

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We came down to Le Port area , the most lively in Vannes. It covers an area of 1.5 km². It has many corners of greenery such as the Butte de Kérino. The place Gambetta, of hemispherical plan, marks the end of the port of Vannes and puts it in contact with the historic center by the Porte Saint-Vincent.

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The port of Vannes is a commercial port, a passenger port and a Marina located north of the Gulf of Morbihan along a 1 200 meters channel that leads the boats from the commercial port of Pont-Vert to the afloat basin marina. The port of Vannes is a floating basin, maintained at a minimum depth of 2.10 meters by a lock gate, whose opening times follow the tide times. In addition, access to the port is also constrained by crossing the pont de Kérino bridge built on the channel, downstream from the lock gate. The Marina has a capacity to host 280 boats on pontoons. It can accommodate 34 boats on dead body. The port of Vannes has a visitor area for your stopovers with 60 places available.

Vannes Kerino to port commercial jul22

Vannes canal marina to city jul22

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The city of Vannes on the pont de Kerino and port:

The city of Vannes on its heritage

The Gulf of Morbihan tourist office on Vannes

There you go folks, a dandy in my Vannes. The Le Port area all along the Promenade de la Rabine into the Butte de Kerino overlooking the passenger and commercial terminal into the Gulf of Morbihan is a sublime walk. A must really to do while in town; hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

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July 30, 2022

The port of Arradon !!!

And here I am back again on my road warrior trips in my beautiful Morbihan and lovely Bretagne ! I have written several posts on this wonderful coastal town and I stopped by it today again.  Therefore, let me tell you a bit more on pretty Arradon!

The port of Arradon at the Pointe or tip and its wonderful sea life only found in Bretagne with its old sea traditions. Let me tell you about Arradon, just next to Vannes and south of me by 30 minutes by car. From me I take the D768 to the beaches direction Arradon then cross over the expressway or N165 and take the road D127 straight to town!  This town is bounded to the east by the Vincin river. It borders the cities of Vannes, Ploeren and Baden. The town of Arradon has a coastline of 15 km , and is located opposite the Ile aux Moines and the Ile d’Arz with which this town provides transport. Besides, the two Logoden Islands and the small island of Irus belong to Arradon Indeed, and is one of the deepest passes in the Gulf of Morbihan.

Arradon port de Arradon marina jul22

It has a nice marina harbor  , the Pointe d’Arradon is a small peninsula of 700 meters long by 200 meters wide at its widest point and it serves as a boarding terminal for passenger boats visiting  for the nearby island of lIle-aux-Moines (Monks island but there are no monks now), and great seafood!! The Pointe d’ Arradon is in the Gulf of Morbihan. It faces the Pointe du Trec’h located on Île-aux-Moines.

The town of Arradon  on nautical activities:

The Gulf of Morbihan tourist office on the port of Arradon:

There you go folks, another escapade you can have while in the area for just a getaway day or weekend by the sea. Beautiful marina, great boating, kayak canoe kite sailing etc and wonderful seafood!  Hope you enjoy the good life at the Port of Arradon !! 

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

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