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August 9, 2017

Some news from France and Spain

 

Hello y’all, this is my last post before my long summer vacation in Spain, and won’t be back to the last day in August. Therefore, I like to thank you all for following my blog up to now and looking forward to more posts for all to enjoy including me ::)

Here in my lovable Morbihan it is sunny ! temps around 18C or 60F Méteo France calls for rain in the afternoon but can’t tell by looking out.  In fact they call for rain into the night …..The Weather Channel has it at 62F cloudy with risk of rain by midday…well I am looking out bright sunny no clouds oh well here goes the weather again.

Paris is at 64F cloudy as well ……and chance of rain today and tomorrow. Madrid is at 73F a bit cloudy but no rain, hey where is the heat wave !! well it says goes up to 95F by Sunday!

A bit more on both countries coming up.

The INSEE, the French statistical office has an increase in tourist for the 2nd trimester of 2017 with hotel nights at 56,6 Millions or a 6,3 % increase over same period last year. The foreign visitors are back with an increase of 10% and it tells France could reach 88-89 million visitors this year or an increase of 5-6% over 2016. Of course, if all else stays the same. Like the latest attempt in Levalois-Perret (92) outside Paris of military Sentinelle security personnel been run over by a car with 6 wounded ,two serious but not death threatening just this morning.

Know about tourism in France from the official French page here: http://uk.france.fr/

In Spain things are popping, according to the provisions of the Spanish hoteliers, Confederation Espanhola de Hoteles y Alojamientos Turisticos (CEHAT) ,they expect 56,7 million hotel nights or an increase of 8,8% over the same period last year. On the whole, they expect to have 80 million visitors this year 2017. The main foreign market is the UK and even the Brexit still has not cause any differences. They have increase by 14% the visits to Spain and increase expending by 19%. IN the long range visitors, the leading market is the USA with an increase of 19,4%, the Asians 34,5% (Japan, China,South Korea,and India), all due to better air connections, weak Euro and terrorist insecurity elsewhere.

Know about tourism in Spain from the official Spanish page here: http://www.spain.info/en/actividades/

There is a new contest on popularity by the site El Viajero Fisgon, that gives the favorite town of the Spaniards to visit. These are in order Ronda, Pastrana, Albarracín, Cadaqués (Cataluña), Alcalá de Júcar (Castilla-La Mancha), Cudillero (Asturias), Santillana del Mar (Cantabria), La Alberca (Castilla y León), Trujillo (Extremadura), Colmenar de Oreja (Madrid), Frigiliana (Málaga), Hondarribia (País Vasco), Altea (Valencia) ,and Vejer de la Frontera (Andalucía) to name a few. More here: http://www.elviajerofisgon.com/

And have you heard the news lately, the song Despacito by Luis Fonsi has become the first video to surpass the 3M views in Youtube and the most likes in history! The video has been seen in 40 countries with translations.  I would not post the video here but easy to find in YouTube.

Why people comes to Spain, well for sun and beach , but not really there is so much to see.  Unesco declares 46 sites for world heritage sites only the third country behind Italy (53) and China (52) and surpassing France (43) and Germany(42)!

Some statistics from Wikipedia ,Eurostat;etc on most hit cities to come:

París is the Unesco Heritage site most recherche

Number of Visits in Wikipedia to these sites during  2015,en millions. París,6,82 m; Rome,5,76 m,,Istanbul,4,78 mi,,Auschwitz,4,64 m, Statue of Liberty NYC;4,09m, The Great Wall of China,3,82 mi,Taj Mahal,3,69 m,Vienna,3,48 m,Budapest,3,43 m,Vatican City,3,34 m,Mexico City,3,26 m,Prague,3,25 m,Pompeii Italy,3,17 m,Venice Italy,3,16 m,Machu Picchu Peru,3,02 m,Moscow,2,81 m,Warsaw Poland,2,7 m,Rio de Janeiro,2,49 m,Stonehenge,2,46 m. Etc etc

And something not done yet, but have folks doing it and sure one to pop over is camping cars. Some tips from Erwyn Himer Group.

To choose the model, caravaning market you have basically four types, the Camper, freer movement, Capuchina, space with bedroom for driver, families or groups, Integrated almost like a bus design and the profil with good quality price ratio. The speed for camping cars is 90 KPH on conventional roads and 100 KPH in expressways/motorways. Parking is allow on designated areas for campings. The rights such as shower, lavabo, and sink need to be empty in spaces designated for that. The leftout water are to be kept in tanks and to evacuate them need to find a sewer or pvc exit pipe like.  Like I said ,not an expert but always curious about them for later on in life ….. more on this here: http://www.erwinhymergroup.com/?lang=en

And where I am going next, well Spain all over the Castilla and Leon and Castilla La Mancha regions. Base here:

 

Enjoy your vacations as I am looking forward to enjoy mine, today is my last day at work lol!!!  Happy camper indeed!!! And a road warrior soon on the motorways of France and Spain!! Cheers

August 6, 2017

My new home of Pluvigner in the Morbihan Breton XX

Here we are on a tranquil Sunday midday already and a bit cloudy temps at 19C about 67F. And time to stop and reflect on my blog and new things coming up.

We are preparing our long summer vacation in our beloved Spain, right with all the family;sad my Dad will stay behind as too frail to do much walking. We have what is call here operation tranquilité vacances; where you can alert the gendarmerie police that the house is empty for vacation and who stayed behind like senior citizens; the police will make rounds to your house even check if doors are well closed etc.

The packing is done with all involved , well me I am always vacation ready so have my things on a corner ready to go already lol!!  The boys will need to organize their equipment ::) video games dvd, iphones etc cables chargers all the works. The brochure for sightseeing all pack, and map ideas done.

We are traveling by car all the way by non tolls roads as we do not like to travel paying taxes ! All the way down to Pau, where we will rest in a hotel for the night before the second leg straight to our house in the mountains of the Serrania de Cuenca at 1400 meters high. We have done this trips before so we have our stopping point for rest, eat, and shop along the way even in the Pyrénées mountains (more of this on our return in late August/early September. The weather calls for cloudy but no rains temps from 13C to 27C depending on the day and whether morning or afternoon, so nice for car travel!!!

I like to thanks all those who follow, read, comment ,like my blog along the years since November 2010 ,it has been a wonderful experience and I thank my friend from Madrid who encourage me to do it on WordPress. Again many thanks to all, you make it enjoyable.

It has been 465 111 views of my posts with the highest day at 977!!! 865 comments, and 331 blogs followers. My viewers are from countries of my original intention and prove correct. Most come from the USA and France, with bit down the line UK, Germany,Canada, Spain, Italy,Brazil, Netherlands, and Poland; and more. I have already 1057 posts !!! not counting this one…

While still here will be able to watch the UEFA Super Cup in Skopje August 8th between my Real Madrid FC vs Manchester United. More here: http://www.uefa.com/uefasupercup/index.html#/pg

And while in Spain, I will be to watch live! the Super Cup of Spain between my Real Madrid FC vs Barcelona on August 13(at Barcelona), 16(at Madrid) two match series. More here: http://www.realmadrid.com/en/football/games/spanish-super-cup

Then, on August 23rd in Madrid , we host the 38th edition of the trophy or Trofeo Bernabeu  against guest club Fiorentina of Italy. More here: http://www.realmadrid.com/en/news/2017/07/the-xxxvii-santiago-bernabeu-trophy-will-be-played-on-23-august-against-fiorentina

And the official La Liga Santander, first division starts on August 20th vs Deportivo La Coruña at Riazor to kick off the season; second game at home vs Valencia August 27th. The key games as usual the derby  against Atletico Madrid will be on matchday 12 (the weekend of November 19th) at the Wanda Metropolitano and matchday 31, either the 7th or 8th April, at the Santiago Bernabéu. And the  Clasico at home on matchday 17, which will be played on Wednesday, December 20th. The return tie will be played on matchday 36, on the weekend of May 6th.  The full schedule here: http://www.realmadrid.com/en/news/2017/07/presenting-real-madrids-2017-18-laliga-schedule

My temple, Santiago Bernabeu stadium: http://www.realmadrid.com/en/santiago-bernabeu-stadium

The Club World Cup this year played in the United Arab Emirates will be held December 13  with the semifinals leg and a team to be determine. We are here thanks for being the reigning European Champions. More on this tournament here:http://www.realmadrid.com/en/news/2017/07/real-madrid-to-kick-off-club-world-cup-campaign-on-13-december

Our junior team the Castilla Real Madrid pending confirmation will begin their league 2nd B group I ,on August 20th vs Rayo Majadahonda .More on them and the rest of the farm clubs of Real Madrid here: http://www.realmadrid.com/en/football/academy/castilla

The basketball section of Real Madrid which of course, I ,also, follow will start with the Liga Endesa on September 30th,October 1st vs Retabet Bilbao Basket at the WiZink Center.  The first Clásico will take place on Matchday 8, on 11 or 12 November at the WiZink Center with the return being played on the weekend of 10 and 11 March, corresponding to Matchday 22. The derbies against Movistar Estudiantes will be on Matchday 14 at home on the weekend of 30 and 31 December and n Matchday 31 on 5 or 6 May. More on the schedule here: http://www.realmadrid.com/en/news/2017/07/real-madrid-retabet-bilbao-basket-in-the-first-round-of-the-endesa-league

The Euroleague will have the Real Madrid at the home of Anadolu Efes in Istanbul on Thursday the 12th of October, and will close out the Regular Season at home against Brose Bamberg on the 6th of April 2018.  The Clàsico here vs Barcelona of the season will be played on match day 12 at the WiZink Center on the 14th of December, with the return leg on match day 23 at the Palau, on the 23rd of February 2018  More here with schedules:  http://www.realmadrid.com/en/news/2017/07/real-madrids-fixtures-revealed-for-the-euro-league-2017-18

The Endesa Super Cup will be Real Madrid vs Herbalife Gran Canaria  on Friday the 22nd of September at the island court. The other semi-final sees Valencia Basket take on Unicaja de Malaga. It will be the seventh consecutive season that Real Madrid have taken part in the Endesa Super Cup, having already won the trophy on three occasions (2012, 2013 and 2014). More here: http://www.realmadrid.com/en/news/2017/07/real-madrid-to-face-herbalife-gran-canaria-in-the-endesa-super-cup-2017

The WiZink Center for basketball is modern, wonderful right in the city close to the center, a long way from the originals arenas and the one I went first Vista Alegre!!! More on the new Center here: http://www.realmadrid.com/en/basketball/arena

To start your history with the club, Madridista card is perfect for all no matter where you live; the road starts here, and I encourage my readers to be Madridistas, of course ::) More here: (oh by the way Socio is tops ::)) http://www.realmadrid.com/en/fans

So, therefore, I will have plenty of football/soccer to see even on vacation lol!! Can’t be too far from it;my lifelong club is like a family with many friends along the years because of it.In Spain and abroad.

Be good, happy travels, enjoy it now not later, and keep up with the blog please ::) Thanks and Cheers y’all.

 

 

 

 

August 5, 2017

My travels in the Morbihan ,XXXVI

Well, this is my last weekend before the trip and then will be no writing until September. I will get plenty of photos hopefully good ones and new ones with some oldie favorites in my beloved Spain.

For now , here in my gorgeous Morbihan Breton, it was nice hot and sunny with temps in the 23C until later in the afternoon we had a nice breeze and temps down to 20C. Still sunny and no rain.

We had to get ready for our trip so we did not plan anything far out, just going to our local favorite towns of Auray and Vannes. Plenty written on it in my blog, just do search.

We started in our town of Pluvigner, and drove by the place St Michel , with the Church of Saint Gildas and before the poissonnerie or fish market in town we do shop.  From the real food of France, reason major we are here, this is the fish market in Pluvigner; http://www.maplanetealimentaire.fr/les-artisans/2904-poisonnerie-kervarrec.html

Then, we went to Auray for some pressing tailor needs and we went into city center and the lovely Chapelle Saint Héléne or L’Hôpital. It was a hospital for the poor and sick and today a center of community events and the adjoining tourist office of the area.  We went crossing the railroad tracks near the train station of Auray that I used so much for trips to Paris and Nantes. There just before getting to the expressway N165 ,you see the marshes of the river Loc’h/Auray always wet. The chapel here: http://www.auray-tourisme.com/tabid/9029/OffreId/c05e8748-ae3e-4d74-ad73-a510c2f7c479/Default.aspx

We continue onwards to Vannes, where it was absolutely packed like never before. The tourists are in great numbers. We park as always easy and free by the canal in le Port harbor area.

There ,you see how we arrive at Le Port harbor area and all the traffic and crowds , we went by the old Chapelle des Ursulines now part of the lycée St Paul.St George (high school now).

We went around Le Port and saw our usual hangouts that did not stop this time but worth a picture, such as Gambetta and Le Tarmac along the harbor marina. I took a picture of the fish in the harbor came out ok, more than ever, the fishes are back , a good sign indeed! See the Gambetta on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/legambettavannes/

And Le Tarmac : https://www.facebook.com/tarmacvannes/

Then, we got into the marché or market day in Vannes . Absolutely the best in the region; where we do our fresh shopping from cherries to fish and mussels to mangoes! All wonderful , simply the best. More here in French:http://www.tourisme-vannes.com/deguster/marches

A walk along the place du poids public, and place des lices coming in under the gate or porte Saint Vincent into rue Saint Vincent is magical for all to come in by there. You will then, head up uptown the old town into another time, a medieval time.

And we came home to start our packing, a whole family trip needs careful planning and packing. We are leaving middle of week next for Castilla la Mancha, Spain ::)

You all enjoy the weekend and happy travels wherever you are or going. Cheers

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August 3, 2017

Some news from France CLXVII

It seems I am blogging a lot on the latest in France, but later on will be resting on my vacation in Spain; and there is so much to tell you of my belle France!  Today was a windy cooler day with hardly any sun in my Morbihan Breton, temp is now at 19C or about 67F. While in Paris eternal is 78F and more sunshine;low tonite will be around 63F.

In continuing with the mayor’s office of Paris trying to get rid of the car/auto and many businesses as well; we have a good allied in the Prefect of Police of the region of île de France who is in charge of regulating and enforcing traffic laws on the whole. He does not like the Mayor’s ideas , and you know neither do I ::)

The Mayor idea is to redo completely the beautiful street rue de Rivoli, a central axis of the city running from the Place de la Concorde to the Place de la Bastille…!!The crazy idea is to create a cycling lane in double direction! They will get rid of the two-way lanes of automobiles today.  From now the automobile folks will conduct their travels on one Indian file lane !!!next to the bus lane and a cycling lane bidirectional of 4 meters (about 13 feet).  To this end the préfet de police or Police chief ask to get rid of this project and maintain the double lanes for automobiles next to the bus lane. Now even the taxis are complaining especially those from the taxi stand at Saint Paul (4eme) as they said rightfully so with two lanes there is already a traffic jam , and the bus lane they have to get out because of deliveries to the merchants; with one lane it will at least hell on wheels!!! To be Continue….Now see nice photo from Le Parisien newspaper here!

Paris

One more finding in France of archeological significant. They have found a little Pompeii at Sainte Colombe in the Rhône. It has already been declared by the Minister of Culture as an “exceptional discovery!” They estimate the site was occupied about 3 centuries ago and it is of 7000 m2 space quite a size. They will continue the search until September but from August it can be visited. More in French here: http://www.france24.com/fr/20170802-decouverte-petite-pompei-archeologie-rhone-vienne-france-bord-rhone

In on the archeological mindset I continue on the matter. While building some apartments in Marseille, they have found something wonderful that will save about 600 M2!!! The vestiges of the Greeks, old of 2600 years coming from the first time of the Phoenician city. Marseille is known as the oldest city in France!  The first Greek colony in Gaul founded by the Phoenicians who came from Ionia (today the Turkish coast) in 600 BC.  The quarries of the Greek antique or La Corderie done against the backdrop of the Church Notre Dame de la Garde on Bd de la Corderie, by the search of the Institut national de Recherches Archéologiques Préventive or INRAP. We are on the first times of the city about 50 years after its foundation, with the oldest traces coming from early the 6C BC. The quarries were exploited until about the 2C BC. The place is about 1200 square meters with 5-6 meters high, very near the Vieux Port where at the times it was a harbor here in the shape of a horseshoe. More here in French: http://www.tourisme-marseille.com/fiche/carriere-antique-grecque-de-la-corderie-marseille-provence/

And not antique but new design coming up as well;  on the square des Larrys,  at Puteaux. They have installed a wonderful Clock that can be seen from the lower street of the rue Monge. This is a luminous floral clock ! It was done in the shop of Huchez,from  Ferrières (Oise),and it measure 2,80 meters in diameter (about 9 feet) ; all inspired, design and assemble there. This is a well-known jeweller with a family tradition since 1832 and have done more than 2000 clocks in France with 1200 sold each year. More on Huchez here in French: https://www.horloges-huchez.fr/

Something nice ,for all ,but especially for visitors me think. The Greeters, beginning in France in the years 2000, these are volunteer guides where 60% are retirees that welcome tourists French and foreigners for tours of the city on areas they know well. The origins of this movement started in New York back in 1992; today they are present in 34 countries and 150 towns. Here in France ,they are under the Fédération France Greeters ; and the Paris branch has about 400 members able to offer you a guide in about 15 languages including Chinese! You simply need to go their site and sign on for the areas of interests to you and available dates . Not too far from me in Nantes, was one of the first branch in France and one of the most active today with about 40 members hosting about 300 tourists on average with about 30% foreigners. More on them here: http://www.greeters.online/?lang=en

There is a professional competing organization, this is the Fédération nationale des guides interprètes et conférenciers (FNGIC), 1 000 members, and not as open as the greeters. This was created in 2115 and officially open in April 2017. Their webpage is https://www.fngic.fr/en .  Then, you have the newest one the LocalBini  , trying to be the first platform of collaboration community economic dedicated to Tourist and Cultural experiences in Europe. They propose tours in Paris, Geneva, Zurich, Lisbon and since July London and Rome. The idea is simple, you sign up for free on the site and reserve an activity.  Their webpage is here! https://localbini.com/paris

Something visitors probably do not or will not understand, there is a lot more than Paris in France. And now according to a survey by Empruntis, a real estate broker one over two Parisian wants to leave Paris. Leaving a capricious climate, pollution, and crowded places or searching for better pay.  According to this study  46%  of Parisians wants to leave the city. The more expensive districts are the ones where the people wants to leave the most. Two third wants to leave the arrondissement or districts 1er, 3e, 4e, 6e ,and 8e. While a whopping 70%  of the districts 18e and 20e arrondissements would want to do that.  Even, if as a whole the region of ile-de-France  stays the one that attracts the most buyers of property. More in French on where we like to go all else been equal: http://www.empruntis.com/financement/actualites/immobilier-ou-les-francais-envisagent-ils-dacheter,8119

And now for some interesting Summer cruises in Paris:

In August the non-profit org  Freegan Pony,  that serves the unsold food at the huge market south of Paris ,Rungis,  go on a cruise !  You will see serve all along the cruise sandwiches du monde or world’s sandwiches  done with products non caliber and with a glass of rosé wine. August 26 and 27 departs from the bassin de la Villette at 19h30 , duration 2h; more here: https://www.tourisme93.com/visites/en/2384-en-juillet-le-freegan-pony-part-en-croisiere.html

A more romantic cruise ,Croisiere du vieux Paris , along the Seine to find the secrets of the canal Saint-Martin !  There will be a cruise of 2h30 making you pass by the vault tunnel of the Bastille, the wonderful passerelles of the Canal , the levies and the bridge or pont levant de Crimée ! Departing every day at 9h45 and 14h40 from the Port de l’Arsenal and 9h45 and 14h45 from the bassin de la Villette. Fridays and Saturdays at 18h from the basin de la Villette or the pont de l’Arsenal, duration 2h30. More here: https://www.tourisme93.com/visites/1743-croisiere-du-vieux-paris-sur-le-canal-saint-martin.html

Then, you have the cool Safari Boat, a cruise with music each Wednesday at sundown. Along the Seine with rhythm concerts with live DJ’s from the best at the moment such as Agar Agar, les Naive New Beaters or the  Fishback  to name a few.  You need to come quick Wednesdays from 19h departing from 2 quai Saint Bernard (5eme), reservation is obligatory. More here: http://safariboat.fr/

A Paris favorite foodies place and now in the west ,dept 92 Hauts-de-Seine. In the lower part of the harbor of Port bas d’Asniéres by the quai du Docteur Dervaux.  Here Rosa Bonheur in the west is born! The menu has tapas ham Serrano, cream of Artichoke, tarama with urchins corals or pizzas in wooden fire. La Rosa Bonheur à l’Ouest, 20  quai du Docteur Dervaux – 92600 Asnières. Open Wednesdays to Saturdays from mid day to 23h45 and Sundays from mid day to 21h. More here: http://rosabonheur.fr/events/rosa-bonheur-a-louest-cest-ouvert

The MoMA is coming to Paris. from October 11, is giving some of its works of arts to the Fondation Louis Vuitton until March 5 2018. The exposition “Etre Moderne: le MoMA à Paris, presents collections of exceptional value some never before shown in France. More than 200 works of arts retracing the history as a role of collections in the world are presented. The museum of Modern Art was created in 1929 interested in plastic arts of the times. Etre Moderne : le MoMA à Paris will show all the works acquired by the museum during this time. From the first movements of the modern art to the expressionism abstract passing by the minimalism and the pop art. You will see paintings, sculptures, stamps, photos ,films, numeric works, performances, architectural objects and design. Works from Paul Cézanne, Edward Hopper, Constantin Brancusi, Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Marcel Duchamp ,and Alexander Calder to name a few will be on display. Some of the works never shown in France before will be  Les boîtes de soupe (soups cans) Campbell of Andy Warhol (1962) , and the  Identical Twins, Roselle, New Jersey of  Diane Arbus 1967.  Fondation Louis Vuitton, 8 avenue du Mahatma Gandhi , (16eme). More info here: http://www.fondationlouisvuitton.fr/en/expositions/exposition-moma0.html

All Summer from early on 7h (7am) the écurie enchantée is proposing to extend your time in the afternoons with an equestrian show. An excuse to stay later on in the day with a nice place.  It all begins from August 6th at the Villette. The place has 3000 m2  and is ready to welcome the weekends of summer all comers even the insomniacs like some of us.  In the exterior you will see the night light on the vast space of trails . Many other activities such as baby-foot, jacuzzi, badminton, arcade games or society games. All with a mega floor of dance of about 1000 m2 and the mini shops like a market, yoga courses, tattoos etc and about 500 m2 of restauration. All on Sundays in August 6-13-20-27 from 7h to 21h. More here in Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EcurieEchantee/

And let’s close this post with something all should do in Paris. Forget the public transport or even the car, the best way to see Paris is walking. Do it, try it, and keep at it. The more you walk the more you will love Paris. I have done it ,and I am not known for walking in the French sense,which is done a lot here. However, I have come used to and it is wonderful. Some of my favorite walks in Paris ,the city of romance and more.

You give yourselves a start from the métro Censier-Daubenton ; take the street rue Daubenton and go towards the Mosquée de Paris. IT would be worth to enter, admission needed but the gardens are just worth it. Come out and go back  towards the rue Monge, on the right you will pass by the discreet entrance to the  arènes de Lutèce at No 49, a jewel of Roman architecture. Go towards the Place Maubert, and stop by the Church  Saint-Julien le Pauvre by the rue Lagrange, then the  rue Galande (dating from the 12C).  Continue on to the square Viviani.The old grand tree here in the entrance to the garden is the oldest tree in Paris ! The walks continue right here to the rue de la Bucherie that allows you to walk along the bergers of the quais de Seine to come to the pretty Anglophone library of the Shakespeare & Company. We keep walking, yes!!! straight into the rue de la Huchette. You will arrive at the nice wonderful  place Saint-Michel and see the wonderful fountain here. Go around to the little pretty place Saint-André-des-Arts to link up with the boulevard Saint-Germain by the rue Suger.  I encourage you to take some time here to see the Church Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the oldest in Paris built in 1163.  Take the street rue de l’Abbaye, and look at the entrance door at no. 14, you will see the wall the hall lobby of the remains of a monks dormitory, a nice medieval vestige ! Come back to the  boulevard Saint-Germain,and take rue Bonaparte until the Church  Saint-Sulpice. You need to go in to see the paintings by Eugène Delacroix.

Another nice walk is to start from the métro Raspail.  You should see the passage d’Enfer, on the right of the rue Campagne-Première, even if unfortunately it has wrought iron grills to cover it.  You notice the beautiful house at 242 boulevard Raspail where Picasso lived for a while in 1911! Take again the  rue Campagne-Première, and see the house on no 31. Again at no 17, you will a pretty small street full of shops. And you arrive at the boulevard du Montparnasse, turn right then go until the restaurant brewery  Closerie des Lilas. This  brasserie was the site of encounters of several intellectuals like Gide or Apollinaire.  You turn to the left and take the avenue de l’Observatoire. You will end up at the Fontaine des Quatre Parties du Monde, a symbol of the urban art of the 19C.  And you see a wonderful view of the jardin du Luxembourg. You walk pass the jardin des Grands Explorateurs  until the jardin du Luxembourg  then turn left  and take the  rue Auguste Comte , then  rue Vavin,at no 26 you will see a nice building in white ceramics built by the architect Henri Sauvage.  You continue walking to rue Notre-Dame-des-Champs until rue de la Grande-Chaumière.  At the end of the street you will reach the Carrefour Vavin, today call place Pablo Picasso.  Here you will find four great brasseries or brewery restaurants such as the  Le Dôme, La Coupole, La Rotonde ,and le Select. Several artists come to here for discussions and redo the world. You cross the square Picasso and take the rue Huyghens. Continue straight until the cemetery or  cimetière du Montparnasse. Here many famous are buried such as see the tomb of  Jean-Paul Sartre ,and  Serge Gainsbourg. You come out from here and take the boulevard Edgar Quinet until the rue de la Gaîté, quant in full of theaters and bistros (one of my favorite areas of Paris!) ; you take left to the avenue du Maine until the rue Raymond Losserand, the business street of the district  and walk a further 500 meters to the rue des Thermopyles,a pretty paved street. End

The best to buy for walks in Paris is the book you can buy in all tabacs, FNAC etc is the L’Indispensable :le petit parisien. Enjoy the walks.

And have a great Friday, TGIF indeed and the weekend! Cheers

 

 

August 2, 2017

Always special ,Vannes

Again a special day is any day in Vannes, our capital city and my work city. It is nice not so cool and not so warm ,just perfect with the sun out and in. Temps still in 19C or about 71F.

I was out with colleagues after work , as we had to say goodbye to one, and why not do a bit of an au revoir or good bye in Vannes.

I was the first one in the bar ::) got easy parking by the ramparts of the old castle and did a bit of walking around the beautiful medieval buildings. Finally, I headed for the bar just before 19H.(7PM).

Before, the bar did some walking around the old city and took some pictures with my mobile/cellular telephone, not the best but will do for this amateur photographer ::)

The gate or porte Poterne is very old (1678-1680) and nice over a stone bridge getting you into the old town just by the bar mentioned below. Here you have the wonderful Jardin de la Garenne and the Tour du Connétable (constable tower) , les lavoirs or laundries, wonderful views over the Cathedral St Peter (St Pierre) and Church of St Patern; a great façade of the cinema Cinéville Garenne just in front of the Chateau de l’Hermine (old hotel Lagorce), at 12 Rue Alexandre le Pontois. A nice view from the back of the marché couvert des lices or covered market which I usually take the picture from the front!

We went to the Les Valseuses, a popular bar here near the gate or porte Potern and behind the Chateau de l’Hermine and the gardens of the Garenne.  The bar is name after a popular movie of the same name that came out in 1974. More on the bar from the tourist office here: http://en.tourisme-vannes.com/what%E2%80%99s/going-out/824273-les-valseuses

We/I come here often and it is very friendly service, good prices and historical place on one side the ramparts and the beforementioned chateau de l’Hermine and on the other side is Place des Lices and medieval Vannes. A city untouch by the ravishes of war and with buildings originals from as far back as the 14C.

This was just a sentimental goodbye as you should know on jobs ,the friendship enduring ones are what counts. And we will be back to the Les Valseuses eventually to continue our ins and outs of Vannes.

It is all over my blog but for ease of reference this is the main tourist office of the city in English here: http://en.tourisme-vannes.com/discover/vannes

Until next time and enjoy the photos of a beautiful city even with my cellular/mobile telephone they came out not too bad ::) Cheers

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August 2, 2017

Some news from France CLXVI

Yesterday was a sunny calm wind day in the Morbihan Breton, looking out of my window ,it feels a slight breeze, temps at 21C or 72F. It is bug time again to write about my belle France. The countdown began for my long European summer vacation soon.

If anybody around will be by the Les Valseuses bar in old town Vannes tonite ::)  Just behind the Chateau de l’Hermine and close by the ramparts of Vannes. more here:  http://en.tourisme-vannes.com/what%E2%80%99s/going-out/824273-les-valseuses

Issues with public transport, always a nightmare in Paris if you happened to have worked there like me for 10 years; lucky some visitors that do not have to go thru this everyday.

there is work going on to renew and renovate the rails for 3,7 km (2,2 miles) of the RER A requiring the closing of the line between La Défense and Nation until August 27th. As you come out of the RER A station Auber, you will see water in the tunnel coming from the phreatic nappe at about 30 meters deep and one of the lowest point in this line. There is extraction of stones here needing to close four stations Charles-de-Gaulle/Etoile, Auber, Châtelet-les-Halles, and Gare de Lyon.  There are seven trains of 200-400 meters long doing this work according to the SNCF (France rail authority).

The work continues in the rue de Rivoli to make a bicycle lane on the bus lane now ; this will this line stop between rue de Fourcy ,and the rue Lobau in the 4eme arrondissement. They will maintain the two lanes road for cars/autos until mid October 2017. This according to the city of Paris

There is a new entrance by the rue Custine for the new station of Château-Rouge requiring closing the old entrance at the crossing of boulevard Barbés and rue Poulet in the 18eme arrondissement. The new station will be on the metro line 4 .  This according to the RATP ,the Paris region transport authority.

If you follow the news, there has been a huge delay at Montparnasse (my station luckily no need to travel there now!) The delays are going on two days! Many of the trains are been change to the station gare Austerlitz and some others to the one at Massy-Palaiseau.  This in the effort to make it possible for 3 out of 4 TGV to continue working. The SNCF has indicated the motive of this huge delays was a defect in the isolation of an electrical installation on a signal post !!!. Of course, the government criticize them for this delay but the govt knows they are on the red and do not want to bail out again!!

And Paris France has it’s Olympic Games for 2024!! making the 100 anniversary of the first one in 1924! Credit goes to Bernard Lapasset and Tony Estanguet.  The first one is former President of the International Federation of Rugby and the latter is former Olympic Champion in canoe and member of the CIO; and will be the organsier boss of the organisation committee. Los Angeles were given the games of  2028.  Giving them a bit more on Marketing period that will give them better revenues. More here: http://www.paris2024.org/fr

A landmark gone and too sad to report here from my beloved Versailles.

The librairie Puzin library opened in 1908 in the 30, rue de la Paroisse (not far from the marche Notre Dame and the Church of same name) my area…! has stop activity! The webpage here: http://librairiepuzin.com/

The last books were sold to another wonderful library in Versailles, Le Facteur Cheval. Georges Robert Puzin, a Parisien already established in Paris at the avenue Wagram, opened another one in Versailles because his wife wanted to be close to the Royal town  where her sister lived.  They first, opened at the  rue de Maurepas, and shortly after at the current address at the rue de la Paroisse. The family library story will continue as one nephew has a library in Senlis (Oise-60). History abound here, as once Marcel Proust came to lived not far at the Hôtel des Réservoirs and a year later writes in his book “L’affaire Lemoine” telling about a witness of a customer from the librairie Puzin! Versailles the owners rightfully said are of gentle, curious and culture people! Yes indeed.

I will missed stopping by or passing by for many years and even visiting the city now always stop by there. 1908 is a long time to have a library, 109 years!!!!

And after this still sad news, we go eat ice creams in Paris! Many popular ones, these are my hidden favorites.

You come to Hugo & Victor 40 bd Raspail (7eme) Mondays to Fridays and Sundays from 10h to 19h ,Saturdays from 9h to 20h, one scoop 3€ on site or 3,50€ take away. Flavors change every month, like Herbacé for August, and chocolate in September. there are more than a dozen flavors in cone or cup great:more here: http://www.hugovictor.com/shop.php

Continue onto Géronimi, 5 rue Férou (6eme) from Tuesdays to Sundays from 9h30 to 20h ,3,80€ to take away, 4,50€ on site. The owner are from Corsica and just open the shop last December. About 30 flavors with a nice Salon de Thé or in terrace.  More here: http://glacespierregeronimi.com/index.php/boutique-paris/

Lastly , in my choices you come to Senoble, 11 rue des petits-champs (1eme) open every day from 10h to 22h, minimum two scoops 3,70€ to take away or 5€ on site. It has two stores one at the île Saint Louis and other near the Palais Royal. it does 7 sorbet done on site home made with season fruits like the mandarine kalamansi or the fraise mara des bois (strawberries).  More here: https://www.senoble.com/fr

And this one is closer to me but saw an article in Le Figaro that just need to tell you about it.

In the bay of Lorient only 6 kms from the continent you have the island or île de Groix. It only has 8 kms long and 3 kms wide but it has many mysteries to geologists. On the North side as well as South is rocky coast but it has some beautiful beaches like the one at anse de Locmaria, on the south side or the beach at Grands Sables, one of the only beaches in Europe to have a convex shape! Info on the beaches here in English: http://en.plages.tv/seaside-resorts/groix-56590

The traject lasts about 45 minutes arriving at the harbor or Port Tudy by the Compagnie Océane serving the island all year around departing from the maritime station of Lorient. Round trip cost is  34,50€ per adult . There is Escal’Ouest that links the island from May to September as well  leaving from the harbor at the Cité de la Voile or Port Louis. Round trip are between  20€ to 28€ for an adult.  The island can be done with a car but is is very nice by bus with  3 lines of them with spaces ; there is one individualise minibus you can contact the  «chauffeur de Groix», at +33 (0)7.68.79.13.80. You have many bike rentals at Port Tudy as well. You can see a natural reserve such as the réserve naturelle François Le Bail, with a great mineralogical value in its rocks, schists, blue and green, micaschists unique in France. The association Bretagne Vivante organises tours and if you like to go under water the club de plongée Subagrec does baptism ,explorations, and training for scuba diving.

Links:

Compagnie Océane: http://www.compagnie-oceane.fr/reservation/?rub_code=77

Escal’Ouest: http://www.escalouest.com/lorient-groix.html

réserve naturelle François Le Bail: http://www.reserves-naturelles.org/francois-le-bail-ile-de-groix

Bretagne Vivante: http://www.bretagne-vivante.org/

Club de plongée Subagrec: http://www.subagrec.fr/

The tourist office of the île de Groix is here(French): http://www.groix.fr/?mode=presentation

And I was here on business luncheon once ,and nice memories and history behind it. For the lovers of chic Paris. The mythical Le Pére Claude, 51 avenue de la Motte-Picquet, 15eme, tel +33 (0) 1 47 34 03 05; menus at 29,50€ and 35€. Open every day. This is where Jacques Chirac and his cabinet came to eat what was offered by the previous owner a name Michel Troigros. A minimum is 3 plates serving dinner or lunch to choose from 5. We had the 29,50€ menu of  entrée, plat, café gourmand, glass of wine and water; great value/price ratio. You have 7 other specialties totaling 17 dishes to choose from ! More info here: http://www.lepereclaude.fr/

Now, let’s close this post with one of my favorite staying in France, the wines. And especially at this time, what to drink with the heat, hot summer months.  In reality all three main colors can be serve in Summer as long as we know which ones.

The rosé wines are evidently the first ones to think when we think of sun and summer, however, careful not all rosés are refreshing. The more corsés with a sustain robe are for the cooler summer times. The more dry will be be cooler and you put them all in the fridge or in a bucket of ice while serving it.

The red wines can be light and fruity for the strong heat of summers. The wines from the Val de Loire (my favorites), or the pinot noir of Alsace are good for this time. We drink them between 12 and 14C and not at room temperature. We put them in the fridge to cool and bring out the perfums.

The white wines of summer are to be drank between 8c to 12C and some like the grands of Burgundy or those of Alsace better around 10C to preserve their perfum. The most refreshing are again those from the Val de Loire, Corbiéres and Corsica.

We can serve the Champagne between 8-10C. On some are more appropiate than others in Summer. We tend to go for the extra brut with a sugar content less important.  And a final tip, serve all of them about 2C degrees less of the temperature recommended because they can warm up fast in the glass.

And, one final point on wines from Le Figaro.  The prestigious house of the Côtes-du-Rhône of the family Marcel Guigal ,especially present in the Côte-Rôtie and Saint-Joseph  just came to purchase a vinyard in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the Domaine de Nalys with 50 hectares and well known for its white wines. It was owned by the insurance group Groupama, now this vinyard oldest in the appellation with origins going back to the 17C.

The family Guigal webpage here: http://www.guigal.com/fr/

The Domaine de Nalys here: http://www.domainedenalys.com/en/

Have fun, we are in AUGUST in France; do you know what that means ? Lol!! Cheers

July 29, 2017

Presqu’île de Rhuys and the star Port du Crouesty!

Oh well another rainy day in the Morbihan, but no need to stay home with the place pack with tourists and the beaches restos loaded and of course traffic is well heavy black rating. We cut across the coastal roads and avoid the traffic so again we went out to one of our favorite places.

We like the peninsula because they have a laidback beach/ocean ambiance, nice natural settings, historical sometimes, and nice seafood restos/bars to just relax and see the world. This is the case for the Presqu’île de Rhuys and it’s star spot the Port du Crouesty.

I have written before and you can find those posts in search space. The tourist office for the area is http://www.rhuys.com/accueil/decouvrir/une-destination-5-communes

We went out on our fast motorway/expressway the N165 direction Nantes and got off the exit for Sarzeau following the signs always for it until past it you see Port du Crouesty. First thing you see is the nice Casino JOA of Arzon, the town of which the port is part of.  Great for sporting events on TV, nice drinks and relax ambiance without careful not to spend your mortgage…more info here: http://www.joa-casino.com/Casinos-Loisirs/CASINO-JOA-D-ARZON

Arzon is a small nice town with a quaint city center/downtown and Church that you can see the belltower from the harbor marina of Crouesty. ON the tourism webpage bit more on Arzon here: http://www.rhuys.com/accueil/decouvrir/la-presquile-de-rhuys/arzon

We passed this time by Sarzeau, a medium size town for our area with a quaint city center:downtown and some interesting market we stop by on our merry go around ways in our area. You are well worth the stop at Le Comptoir Breton for all kinds of locally made goodies from food items to souvenirs. Open every day you can stop by the store or order online. More on it here: http://www.lecomptoirbreton.fr/PBCPPlayer.asp?ID=1701037

And the tourist office take on the town here: http://www.rhuys.com/accueil/decouvrir/la-presquile-de-rhuys/sarzeau

The next town you should visit is Saint Gildas de Rhuys , this is a bit bigger town , and you have nice quaint local markets to buy goodies such as the Spar Supermarket.  Spar is a general grocery market very much in coastal areas which we have tried in several spots all over France; their local webpage is here:  http://www.rhuys.com/accueil/decouvrir/la-presquile-de-rhuys/arzon

We went around St Gildas one of the oldest town in the area, and it has full of nice beaches and a great abbey. More on it on the tourist office here: http://www.rhuys.com/accueil/decouvrir/la-presquile-de-rhuys/sarzeau

The best beach at St Gildas for the wild look at it and nice dunes is  plage du Goh Vélin beach , this a vast beachfront wild with nice rocks and the impressive Pointe du Grand Mont rocky overlook nice above it.  For the beach here is more in English: http://www.rhuys.com/st-gildas-de-rhuys/plage-du-goh-velin/tabid/4488/offreid/f458f379-0ecc-492c-8f55-5f14119573d8

For the rocky mount Grand Mont is a medium effort walkers route all bordering the beaches and also a bit inland into the marshes; more here in English. I put this for info; as we are not really into walking around ::) http://www.rhuys.com/accueil/a-faire/randonnee-pedestre/rando-du-grand-mont

See the photo map for the location of the Grand Mont ,and the beach of Gov Vélin.

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Another better beach we like around this area is the Kerver beach or plage du Kerver.  This beach goes into the city limits of Arzon and Port du Crousty as well. It is very expansive white sand beach with plenty of water sports available and snacks beach hut across it. Simply a great family beach and safe waters too; highly recommended. More in English here: http://www.rhuys.com/st-gildas-de-rhuys/plage-du-kerver/tabid/4488/offreid/d1f6c448-d1e6-4f4e-8109-b35bc3b7b534

Another nice family beach we like for the amenities, friendly services and great white sandy beach is Fogeo beach or Plage du Fogeo; more here: http://www.rhuys.com/arzon/plage-du-fogeo/tabid/4488/offreid/fa64ae37-07b1-439b-8022-74bd6ef78b5c

There are beautiful views from the beach of Goh Vélin  into the outlaying’s islands of Houat and Hoedic and the Quiberon peninsula to the right. You can see the photo map with location of these islands.

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We finally arrive at our final destination in Port du Crouesty harbor marina, gorgeous area we have been here several times since arriving in the region and my boys enjoyed the tandem bicycle rides on the beaches!  More on the tourist office here: http://www.rhuys.com/accueil/decouvrir/la-presquile-de-rhuys/port-du-crouesty

This is a huge marina with several sections, a wonderful lighthouse, great harbormaster and resto Le Cargo, carrousel rides for the kiddies, bike rentals (Abbis), boating rides, cruises, you name it On the water. It is surrounded by a long line of restaurants and shops all wonderful ::) we love to shop here and especially eat!!!

There is a nice Notre Dame du Croisty Chapel at the tip (it was here in 565AD they found the intact body of Saint Gildas) , and from the marina promenade you can walk to the wonderful Miramar La Cigale thalassa spa.

We have eaten on several restaurants here ,all good. The last one this lunch was at the Crous’ty Pains bakery,at the place d’Artimon, one of the newest addition to the harbor marina area. The experience was great, big tuna sandwich, nice gourmet caramel filled and glaze cake, big bottle(50 cl) of orangina and a large coffee for 9,40€, good deal, excellent service, good well done for others had all kinds of sandwiches and cakes and it was all good. no webpage yet but not far from main square at wharf marker M on the marina.

You will see the nice Maison du Port or harbor house done for all kinds of events and activities with a nice seafaring architecture, and the Capitainerie or harbormaster building with the Le Cargo resto next to it and on top. More on the harbormaster here: https://www.passeportescales.com/fr/port-du-crouesty/318-port-du-crouesty

You will see plenty of seafaring facades of homes and apartment building that gives it a nice quaint old look and pleasant for walks at any time.  Again the rain was on and off but another nice outing in the Morbihan Breton, here water is not for discussion; we go out. Another wonderful spot in my Breton lands and you area all welcome to try it.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend wherever you are, and happy travels. Cheers!

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July 24, 2017

My new home of Pluvigner in the Morbihan Breton XVIIII

Well, do not know you, but me, once have a photo need to do something about it or forgot it all. As tomorrow is back to work after a long five day weekend, need to catch up. Awaiting of course, our summer vacation in August.

We had a visitor from the Americas with us for these last few days and it was nice to talk to someone we had met and renew the friendship again. Today was the last day as she was leaving in the afternoon to Montparnasse Paris and onwards in her trip.

Therefore, we settled for a quick trip around my town, small quiet and cloudy but no rain!! We went walking as all is within walking distance. My boys joined us for the walk, so good company.

We did a town reconnaissance walk going by our family haircutter Annie, then the convenience supermarket store Proxi.  We stop by le Stadium bar to go across street to a field where there is a stone memorial to a B17 American bombardier that crash landed here, all dead except the radiomen. The family member came back and a ceremony was held in 1994 for the stone memorial; nice town.

We went by the mediathéque or library in town, and past into the residential area to visit the fountain of St Guigner (c. 1526)and laundry of Tanin.

The highlight of the trip was to visit the Church of Saint Guigner  (16C) in city center, our main Church. The legend has been told before in other posts where he was the son of an Irish king  named Clyton who was made Christian by St Patrick,and  came here to evangelize the area in around 406AD. More in French or Breton in our city page here: http://www.pluvigner.fr/eglise-paroissiale-saint-guigner/

Tourist office info here in French: http://www.pluvigner.fr/contacts/office-de-tourisme/

And the local area tourist office in French here: http://www.auray-tourisme.com/home/nos-villes-et-villages/pluvigner.aspx

After this nice walk in town, we came back home for lunch. And we took our friend to the train station in Auray for her TGV to Montparnasse Paris. It was nice to be with friendly company for a few days, and we wish her good continuation of her trip in France, Germany and the USA.

We came back home to have our apero snacks with porto red and now relaxing getting mentally prepare to go back to work tomorrow. You all have an excellent week. Until next time in my blog; Cheers.

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July 24, 2017

Landerneau in the Finistére Breton!

So driving around with a visiting friend we decided to take her to Landerneau a very old town in the Finistére Breton dept 29. Always raining so typical but we told her rain is part of Brittany and it does not stop us from going out and visiting. The temps was mild cool ,cloudy raining all day all over the route on the N165 and D770 as well as on site. I had briefly written on the town back in August 2012!

It goes to show once again the diversity of places here , so many things to see , we take time to come back to old ones ::) The tourist office of Landerneau is at http://www.pays-landerneau-daoulas.fr/patrimoine/

Some info in English from the Finistére tourist office here: http://www.finisterebrittany.com/landerneau

So, the drive was easy but rainy along the N165 to the D770 and Landerneau. We arrived by the Pont de Rohan (b. 1510) parking along the quai de Léon. Alongside the River Elorn .Metered parking but as Sunday it is free. We then set out on foot.

We went to see the Church Saint Thomas and the next door Ossuary of Saint Cadou.

The Church of Saint Thomas was in honor of Thomas Becket , bishop of Canterbury, died as martyr in 1170. The lords of Léon founders of the abbey of Daoulas and owners of Landerneau had a Church built in honor of St Thomas that became the priory of St Thomas since the middle of the 13C. The original Church was rebuilt in the end of the 16C and the tower founded the day of the Trinity in 1607. The Church was again renovated in 1849. The 3 level bell tower was also renovated in 1849. The front façade with the porch is decorated with statues in stone of St Francis de Assisi, St Eloi, and a Virgin in calvary on top of the entrance. Inside you see a nice altar of 1711,and a statue in wood of the Virgin lying down from the 15C. Not much more but a bit more here: http://www.patrimoine-religieux.fr/eglises_edifices/29-Finistere/29103-Landerneau/124737-EgliseSaint-Thomas-de-Cantorbery

The ossuaire de Saint Cadou, just facing the above Church is the old ossuary of Saint Thomas dedicated to Saint Cadou with a date of 1635.  This is a rectangular building with four windows and two chapters in the door. the funerary chapel was taken in 1794 by the French revolution to be a factory of laces and leather shoes for the soldiers. Later, it served for housing of the sacristan priest and later as of today a museum of stone statues from the area. Fairly new the newspaper Ouest France has news in French here: http://www.ouest-france.fr/bretagne/landerneau-29800/landerneau-l-ossuaire-saint-cadou-ouvert-au-public-5101434

Right around this area you will see the fountain in the Place des 4 Pompes  that used to gather the water of the prairies of Saint Thomas ,after the realignment of the street it was redone in a modern style in 1774. It has four spouts to spring water from and it is probably why it is call 4 pompes.  You than come to the Galerie de Rohan. Contemporary arts at its best in 180 square meters of space. More from the city in French here: http://www.ville-landerneau.fr/Culture-Sport/La-Galerie-de-Rohan

We had a break and went for lunch, so been raining and not much to walk about on a Sunday, we entered the Ar Vamm Fave créperie right on the rue du Pont next to the river Elorn. This was a pleasant surprise as the food was delicious and the ambiance very Breton with nice decorations to boot. The group had several things from complete galette ,to Andouille the Breton sausage type of many unnamed things inside, the ti bragou with sausages of Moléne, together with crêpes flambée, and coffees, all wash down with cider Kerne demi sec; coming to 12.90€ per person. Very good. webpage here: http://www.landerneau-boutiques.com/les-boutiques.html?pid=58&sid=116:creperie-ar-vamm-fave

Once fed, we continue a bit more into the Church Saint Houardon starting from the 16C at rue Alain Daniel not far from the river Elorn. After the French revolution, the Church was in bad state and very small for the new parrishgoers. The Church was rebuilt in 1858-1860 in neo gothic style. The bell tower is of 63 meters dating from 1589 and done in 1860. The sculpture porch is from 1604 high of 22 meters and an older one on top dating from the 16C. The roof was renovated in 1957; it has many gargouilles mostly dating from 1860 representing animals. Not much on it, just a bit more from Yelp in French here: https://www.yelp.fr/biz/eglise-saint-houardon-landerneau

More on the city heritage in French here: http://www.ville-landerneau.fr/Culture-Sport/Archives-et-patrimoine/Tout-sur-le-patrimoine/Histoire-de-Landerneau/Des-origines-a-la-Revolution

After a bit of stretch walking , we took the car back home same direction before stopping in previous post of Plougastel-Daoulas. We reach home in time for dinner and some TV ::) And Sunday was gone! Enjoy yours , Cheers

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July 23, 2017

Plougastel Daoulas memories again in the Finistére breton

Well running around with a friend , took her to see this town and when realize again in my surprise, the last time wrote on it was in July 2012!! Even when my sons celebrated birthdays here!!!

The town is Plougastel-Daoulas , the center of Strawberry in Brittany! You can see a museum on it. The beautiful Calvary and the nice Church of Saint Pierre (St Peter).

I am not going to go long on this one as have several posts on the town. You can search for it in my blog.

Needless , to say, the Calvary is one of the better ones in Brittany.  It was built between 1602 and 1604 as an offering for saving the town from the plague of 1598.

The story of the restoration is a nice one me think.  On August 23, 1944 American bombs as they move their army from Brest partially destroyed the calvary with several statues completely destroyed. Here comes an American officer , John D. Skilton,  who was a conservator of a museum in Washington while a civilian and was present in Plougastel-Daoulas  at the moment of the bombardment. He heroically saved several of the statues and stone and created back in the USA, the Plougastel Calvary Restoration Fund Inc , with the goal of raising funds to restore the Calvary. This was done !

You can see the position of the Saints and Angels as well as Christ on the three pictures describing the Calvary joined here.

See ,also, the monument to the fallen on the Church and Calvary property dedicated to the fallen in previous wars of France.

The Church Saint Pierre;(St Peter) , the Church was built in 1870 but damaged with the bombings of August 1944. It was restored by 1950. The Church has a nice rosary dating from 1654-1656 and an altar on top of a entombment of Christ from the 16C.

Info on tourism in French here: http://www.mairie-plougastel.fr/tourisme/decouvrir/patrimoine/architecture/

Tourism on the region of Brittany and this town in English: http://www.brittanytourism.com/discover-our-destinations/brest-terres-oceanes/unmissable-sites/presqu-ile-de-plougastel-and-daoulas-abbey

Enjoy the ride into the Finistére, always fascinating at the end of the  World ::) Cheers

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