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October 15, 2021

Le Bono of Morbihan!!!

A typical day here is to get on the car and ride the beautiful spots around the Morbihan. The choices are endless with many creeks, bays ,harbors, beaches you name it as far as architecture and history the area is loaded. The Morbihan is a very popular destination for the French and many Europeans, already the region is the 3rd most visited in the most visited country in the world according to official UN-WTO figures.

I like to update this older post on a nice town by the coast (see posts) ,this is Le Bono or in Breton language it is Ar Bonoù. We went there of course by car as Le Bono is only 19 km or about 12 miles from my house, and just wonderful. You can come off the fastway N165 to get off exit for the D101/Le Bono, I first heard of the town by collegues who lives there! The town is also 4 km from Auray and 15 km from the capital Vannes.

Le Bono is a small, peaceful village of around 2,300 inhabitants which has preserved its authenticity. This magnificent port, located near Auray, is a real pleasure for those who love the picturesque. The Le Bono once enjoyed significant activity with around four hundred sailors and over one hundred boats. Do enjoy it fully !

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The modern  Pont Joseph le Brix (bridge name after an aviator born in nearby Baden) has 320 meters long done to connect the towns in a circle of Auray to Vannes   However, the beauty is beneath it!!!! Just a lovely ria or inland bay river of Ria du Bono, with green phospherus waters and lovely sailboats. It takes you out into the Gulf of Morbihan.

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You come into the Port area, lovely quant, fisherman paradise, more lovely sailboats,and a nice city center bar Le Petit Mousse (see post)  to have a light lunch while gulping some Grimbergens  beers!

Here you get to see boating par excellence including the beautiful black boat taken out on special occassions and historical,call the Forban du Bono Notre Dame de Béquerel, a replica of a chaloupe type boat from 1910 ,and rebuilt to identical in 1991.  The boat has an association for its preservation and can contact them; city of Le Bono webpage:  https://www.lebono.fr/decouvrir-le-bono/tourisme/activites/

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There is an older bridge from 1835 that was approved for construction by king Louis Philippe I, in 1837, to cover the ria du Bono, its stil there for pedestrian use.  For those who enjoy long walks there is a circuit of 7,4 kms.  It has a map and the trip begins from the harbor or Port area, The city of Le Bono on coastal walks in pdf and French : https://www.lebono.fr/decouvrir-le-bono/sentiers-cotiers-de-randonnees/

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For those looking to come in with their boat or go boating info on the harbor or ask me on the city of Le Bono in French :   https://www.lebono.fr/cote-mer/port-et-mouillages/

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Oh yes plenty more to see here, other than above are : The tumulus and tombs of Kernours Chapel of Notre Dame de Bequerel, the oysters beds cultivation,sale , the parish Church of Stella Maris, Moulin à marée de Kervilio (tide mill) and the Croix de Lavarion (Cross of ).

The city of Le Bono on its heritage : https://www.lebono.fr/decouvrir-le-bono/patrimoine/

There you go folks another dandy in my beautiful Morbihan. Le Bono is a wonderful place to visit, and I am sure you will like it if into the sea/boats and just plain la vie en rose ! Le Bono is nice.

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

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October 14, 2021

Some news from France, CCCXLV

And here I am on a sunny day in my beautiful Morbihan breton telling you once again of some news from France. Lots of going on, as the times are picking up and on my neck of the woods everything goes smoothly having the lowest incident in France of the virus… And we are vaccinated with our health pass; our choice. Now let me tell you the latest from the hexagone! or République Française or my belle France!

The wonderful Place Vendôme is once again becoming a showcase for contemporary art. Until Friday October 15 2021, a monumental work by Alexander Calder is being installed in front of the facades of fashion houses and jewelers. The International Contemporary Art Fair (FIAC) which will take place from Thursday October 21 to Sunday October 24 at the Grand Palais Éphémère thus provides the opportunity to discover creations in the heart of Paris, free of charge. Place Vendôme, in the Tuileries garden (which exhibits 24 artists) but also in the Eugène Delacroix museum that creations will thus be to be discovered. That of Calder with its “red signal” and its 18 tons of metal is enough to impress. On last Wednesday, the two large wings that should give it a wingspan of 17 meters long, 9 high and 6.5 meters wide were not yet in place. But the work, created in 1975 by the artist and set up here on the initiative of the Gagosian gallery, already hinted at the monumental impression this Flying Dragon will give. A year before his death Alexander Calder had also created the red spider – Le Grand Stabile Rouge – which has been sitting on the forecourt of La Défense (92) since 1976. Gagosian’s third gallery, which will open next Tuesday October 19, at 9, rue de Castiglione (1éme) in the historic complex of Hotel Lotti, will present, alongside other works dating from 1975, various archive documents related to the sculpture as well as the original model of this flagship piece of the FIAC.webpage : https://www.fiac.com/en-gb.html

The “OnE Site” project for the global transformation of the Eiffel Tower sector into a large pedestrian garden of nearly 50 ha, from the école militaire to the Trocadéro, from the 7éme to the 16éme arrondissement through the Pont d’Iéna, will not be a road to roses. Two years after the presentation of the “Grand site Eiffel Tower” project that the mayor of Paris wants to be emblematic of her term of office, the unprecedented CPPV, for “electronic public consultation”, opened on Monday October 11 2021 evening with a public meeting at the Hôtel de Ville, the cradle of this project, the green ambition of which has crystallized critics since its inception. To be continue,,,Here is the project in French : https://www.concertationsitetoureiffel.fr/lewe-projet/decouvrir-le-projet/

A Bruitparif report shows that, in the liveliest districts of Paris, the noise generated by bars and restaurants can be more annoying than that coming from road traffic. Especially in the evening and at the beginning of the night In some areas, up to 75 decibels were recorded at night due to the terraces of bars and restaurants. It is more than in other exposed to road trafic, Oh well get rid of the restaurants/bars to make Paris the utopian city many radicals want lol !! webpage : https://www.bruitparif.fr/mesures-de-bruit-au-sein-des-quartiers-animes-dans-paris/

It was seduced by the exceptional setting of the Chamarande estate and its 17C castle. Michel Nedjar, the most exhibited artist of the art brut in the world, presents his works there until January 9,2022 in partnership with the Lille Métropole Museum of Modern Art, Contemporary Art and Art Brut. The opportunity to discover in particular the famous dolls for which it is famous. Wednesday to Sunday, 13h to 18h, in October and Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 13h to 17h, November to January. Free entry. Domaine de Chamarande (Essonne 91), 35 km south of Evry, access by RER C Chamarande station (200 meters), or by car by N 20 between Arpajon and Etampes, exit Etréchy-Chamarande. Expo webpage: http://chamarande.essonne.fr/exposition-michel-nedjar-filiations-du-25-septembre-2021-au-9-janvier-2022/

At the Manufacture de Sèvres factory, the large wood-fired oven rekindles the flame for two days. The work dating from 1877 is only put back into operation every five years The masterful wood-fired oven at the Sèvres factory comes back to life. Since Wednesday morning, logs and small birch wood have supplied the imposing 150-year-old building for the delicate firing of twenty-seven vases decorated by three renowned artists: Annette Messager, Hélène Delprat and Ulla von Brandenburg. Webpage : https://www.sevresciteceramique.fr/en.html

They seduced Stéphane Bern ! A general mobilization for the rebirth of the stables of Gennevilliers, The site of the stables of Richelieu is one of the last vestiges of a distant and sumptuous past, which saw the first performance of the “Marriage of Figaro” by Beaumarchais . A work in progress to rehabilitate the stables with national lotto and donations, The city of Gennevilliers (92) on the stables/écuries : https://www.ville-gennevilliers.fr/800/sortir-et-bouger/histoire-et-patrimoine/les-ecuries-de-richelieu.htm

The houses emerges as a big winner in the upheaval in the post-Covid real estate market, This trend, which began with the first confinement, is confirmed at the end of 2021. A dynamism which is reflected in the evolution of prices since houses have increased by 6% in one year in France against 3.4% for apartments, And if this is true in all regions, it is even more marked in Île-de-France. Families continue to leave the City of Lights (Paris told you so), trying as best they can to sell their “big” apartments. They take the direction of the Grande Couronne and even beyond that. They look for a house located an hour or even an hour and a half from Paris by train. Beauvais, Chartres, Évreux or Poitiers are among the favorites of buyers. Same phenomenon in the departments of Yvelines (78) , Val-d’Oise (95) , Essonne (91) and Seine-et-Marne (77). There will need to be a larger budget, especially to settle in Hauts-de-Seine (92). The sales, high, show prices which do not cease increasing. According to the latest figures published by the notaries of Greater Paris, their development is even much faster in the Grande Couronne (outer suburbs) 6.1%, than in the Petite Couronne (inner suburbs), 5.6%. And the largest annual increases are observed mainly for houses (7.7% in the inner suburbs against 7.5% in the inner suburbs). Source: Meilleurs Agents,webpage : https://www.meilleursagents.com/estimation-immobiliere/

The exhibition «les Animaux du Roi» or the King’s Animals, at the Palace of Versailles, revives an era long gone, when the court hosted a parade of animals brought to shine or have fun and not to fight … An animal paradise and exotic, lost and found. One could be seen at the menagerie of the Palace of Versailles, in the years 1730-1740, Just like an elephant, a rhinoceros, hyenas, or a couagga. A what ? This hybrid of the zebra and the horse, immortalized in drawing by the artist Nicolas Maréchal, had been bought by Louis XVI from a governor of South Africa in 1784. The animal died a few years after the king guillotined, in 1797. The couagga, victim of overhunting, disappeared from the species in 1883. Palace of Versailles webpage : https://en.chateauversailles.fr/news/exhibitions/king-animals

And again, in Versailles, a new royal tourist office for the 2024 Olympic Games, The imposing and bright building will be located just outside the Versailles Château Rive-Gauche RER train station, offering a showcase on the city and its tourist activities. A relaxation area will be inaugurated in 2022 with a grove in the middle of which will be a statue of Molière. Versailles is preparing to host the horse riding events of the 2024 Olympic Games, Stay tune folks,,,Olympic Games 2024 webpage: https://www.paris2024.org/en/

After scooters, operator Dott is rolling out its fleet of self-service electric bicycles, The Franco-Dutch operator is expanding its range by offering bicycles from last Tuesday ,October 12 in the streets of Paris. The fleet is expected to reach 3,000 vehicles by the end of the year 2021. It will be possible to rent the new machines, at the same price as the 5,000 scooters it already operates. Webpage : https://ridedott.com/ride-with-us/paris

The green corridor of the south of Paris, between Paris and Massy ,16 km long, La Véloscénie, It is this 470 km route which connects Paris to Mont-Saint-Michel (Manche 50). The first of the fifteen stages follows the green corridor of the south of Paris for 16 km. It is accessible to everyone, young and old. Fully equipped for cyclists, the green corridor is the ideal place for a family walk. More info webpage : https://www.veloscenic.com/cycle-route/paris-massy

In the Ile-de-France region there will be fewer subways, RER, trains ,etc… until next year,2022, The virus phenomenon of Teleworking, “vélotaf”, return of the car etc has its impact, The use of public transport is far from be back to its pre-health crisis level. Consequently, Ile-de-France Mobilités (transport network) has decided to keep reduced frequencies. The network of ïle de France Mobilités : https://www.iledefrance-mobilites.fr/en/the-network

RATP (Paris transports) has equips itself to calculate air quality in real time … and improve it, The RATP completes its measurement system with two new devices and launches a promising experiment to reduce particulate emissions when braking of trains ! . The machines have been installed on the RER A platforms of Châtelet and Nation, There you go keep tracking of you too!!!Here is the webpage for the Châtelet station in French of course : http://www.iseo.fr/ratp/RATP.php

The Electronic guidance systems (GPS) have failed to eradicate printed maps ! Yes, we keep them in the car always reliable for years,,,, road warrior savvy ! They are modernized, reinvented, and are once again popular with holidaymakers and hikers. at Michelin, where maps at 1/200 000 are still made, with their paper now tear-proof (because it is partly synthetic). In summer 2021, sales increased by 5.8% compared to summer 2020. Atlases , collections of maps, spiraled or not, enriched with information for truck drivers or motorhomes, in particular are even progressing by 19.3%. They have an overview of the region, and you can easily look at it with others, you can write on it as well. In recent years, they have added tourist information such as the stars of their Green Guides Michelin for sites to visit. This summer, the regions of central France were particularly sought after: Périgord, Limousin, and Auvergne … The same goes for the IGN maps, where the famous Top 25 map at 1 / 25,000th scale is the ally of hikers. In the summer of 2021, sales were up 20% compared to the same period in 2019, before the pandemic. Indispensable when the phones get stuck or the network weakens, the IGN maps allows you to walk in complete safety. There is a new one ! Cartomania France, its unusual atlas of general culture, has fun locating a wealth of information in France: waterways, nuclear power plants, the 130 Napoleonic departments, wines and cheeses, film shooting locations cult… Large format, this coffee table book will makes you want to set out again on the roads of France !!! and elsewhere, On the list to buy it !! Cartomania France, the unusual atlas of general culture, by E. Didal and Atelier Cartographik (La Martinière), 26,50 € (price as suggested in France) You can order it from Amazon,,,,

How about the best Neapolitan pizzas in Paris ! Well at least some of my favorites ok ; and we love pizzas !!!

The Brooklyn Pizzeria, 33, bd Beaumarchais Paris 3éme you can still leave for Naples, thanks to this pizzeria which keeps the promise of 26 centimeters Neapolitan, cooked at 450 ° in a traditional oven, at unbeatable prices, even compared to Italian rates. Webpage :https://www.thebrooklynpizzeriaparis.fr/

The Daroco, 6, rue Vivienne Paris 2éme ,Ceiling 6 meters high, massive concrete columns, it is in this setting worthy of the Cinecittà that maestro Federico Schiavon and his Italian team awaken the pizza star. Webpage :https://www.daroco.fr/restaurant/daroco-bourse

And Giorgio, 21, rue de Charonne Paris 11éme, Chez Giorgio, in a setting so vintage that you expect to see John Travolta appear, The dough is so soft and swollen that you have the impression that an airbag has been fitted on the plate! You will devour the homemade napoletana pizza ! Webpage : https://www.gruppodalmata.com/restaurant/giorgio

The Salatim team has struck again! Already at the head of two gourmet institutions, it is preparing to open the Boulangerie du Sentier. It will offer the simple, the good, the timeless and the homemade, always with those little Israeli and Mediterranean influences that we love so much. An address that is likely to quickly get talked about, La Boulagerie du Sentier, 47 rue du Caire 2éme, métro Sentier line 3, the closest also bus 20 and 39, Now web new read it here first!

Lucky Folks! a stone’s throw from the Westfield Carré Sénart shopping center in Seine-et-Marne (77) an hour from Paris, Lucky Folks offers a whole new form of catering between good food, immersive decoration and fun. There is a brasserie cuisine made from 90% fresh produce served for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week. Offers its customers a whole series of unique games at the same time. Revisited electronic darts games (with metal darts and cameras that film the arrows, a real revolution on the market) to funky indoor pétanque (nightclub atmosphere with mirror ball) through karaoke, arcade terminals and the shuffleboard made in USA (unique in France), There is something to have fun before, after and even during dinner or a drink with friends. Lucky Folks immerses us in a very immersive setting where we find, in particular, an ax throwing wall, dabbing cars, clairvoyance balls and even a big lucky wheel that allows you to win many prizes. The icing on the cake: a board games bar is also integrated into the restaurant with more than 300 board games in free access and animators (called lucky masters) at your service to give you valuable advice. And the space is absolutely gigantic: 250 seats inside, 90 seats on the terrace and a huge beer garden equipped with wooden tables, candles and outdoor games to immerse ourselves in this Berlin atmosphere that we love so much, yes!!! Lucky Folks, Westfield Carré Sénart, 5-7 Trait d’Union – 77127 Lieusaint, Open every day from noon, webpage: https://www.luckyfolks.fr/

And last, voilà news to you ? Nahh,,, Parisians and others, like to say that Paris is the most beautiful city in the world. And for good reason, it is one of the most popular destinations in the world. Known for its iconic monuments, world-renowned museums and mouth-watering cuisine, the City of Light is also infamous for … its dirty streets. In the city, there are more than 5 million rats ! , that’s two per Parisien ! Worse still, no less than 10 million cigarette butts are thrown into public spaces every day, not to mention mattresses and other furniture left on the sidewalk. According to an Ifop poll, no less than 84% of residents consider the city dirty in 2021. They were already 82% in 1974 to make the same observation mind you !. Among the solutions to which respondents adhere are : Make people pay fines who dirty comes first with 61% of votes. One in two people also demand that the workforce and resources be reinforced in the city, and 22% want the city to multiply street wastebaskets. Another unexpected measure: 21% of Parisians want to eliminate pigeons !!! Poor beasts. Not sure whether they are responsible for the overturned trash cans, strewn cigarette ends and dog poop on the sidewalk …yeah !! So when walking be careful stay alert Paris is overall dirty,,,And even the Le Point journal says is 92% dirty according to its readers ,,,article April 2021 webpage: https://www.lepoint.fr/sondages-oui-non/les-rues-de-paris-sont-elles-plus-sales-qu-il-y-a-dix-ans-11-04-2021-2421625_1923.php

And the city of Paris has an app to report dirty streets too, call Dansmarue (or in my street) webpage: https://teleservices.paris.fr/dansmarue/jsp/site/Portal.jsp?page=fodansmarue

There you go folks, another dandy some news from France! Reporting live from yours truly, the truth and nothing but the truth of my belle France. Hope you enjoy the post as I…And remember, happy travels,good health, and many cheers to all!!!

October 11, 2021

Re-visit my Montparnasse!

I am going to update this older post sort of an introduction to an area dear to me as worked there several years, This is the wonderful historical part of Paris that is one of my favorites and one of my work hangouts while working right by rue de Départ!! Of course, I am talking about Montparnasse, the neighborhood or quartier in the 14éme arrondissement or district of Paris!

The name itself brings out the artsy, vibrant, gaiety of the Paris we came to love and enjoy , and still do. I was lucky to worked by this area and enjoy all its splendor and many good restaurants and bars lol! I like to use this post thus on the history of the area as have many other posts on Montparnasse in my blog, Pictures will be minimal for the same reason.

The name of Montparnasse is used since the 17C on the old square of the Vaugirard neighborhood in the  14éme  arrondissement and Notre-Dame-des-Champs neighborhood in the 6éme arrondissement of Paris.  The name given made reference to the  Mont Parnasse, a hill in the center of Greece that according to Greek mythology lived the muses; the students of the Latin quarter by  1725, call it a hill of garbage , on an artificial hill between the roads of boulevard du Montparnasse ,and  boulevard Raspail. The name took force after the creation of the street rue du Montparnasse in 1773 and after been called cours du Midy since 1700. The name of  Mont Parnasse  was given to the whole neighborhood in the middle of the 19C. However, the name of  Montparnasse has a larger perimeter as many of its most emblematic places are in the neighborhoods of  Notre-Dame-des-Champs, Necker , and Plaisance. It is surrounded  on the North by the blvd du Montparnasse and blvd de Port Royal, to the east by the rue de la Santé, to the south by the plains of the bvld Saint-Jacques (along the line 6 of Metro), place Denfert-Rochereau,  a section of the rue Froidevaux,  rue Boulard , and rue Daguerre,  to the southwest a section of the avenue du Maine , and on the northwest by the  rue du Départ.  A large part is occupy by the cemetery of Montparnasse.

The Quartier or neighborhood  Montparnasse No 53  in the 14éme arrondissement or district (see my posts on quartiers and arrondissements),  created in 1860 and with emblematic streets such as rue du Montparnasse , boulevard du Montparnasse, and  place Pablo-Picasso . There is a remnants of a barrier wall built in 1786 and now demolished on what is now the Metro Edgar Quinet;  and the barrier of hell or Barrière d’Enfer still existing on the wall of the  general farmers building. The cemetery of Montparnasse , where rest in peace  Charles Baudelaire, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Samuel Beckett, Guy de Maupassant, Serge Gainsbourg , and many more notables. The wonderful train station, my own now coming into Paris from Brittany ,the gare Montparnasse, as well as the convenient metro station Montparnasse – Bienvenüe. You go out and see the big one, the  tour Montparnasse  with 59 floors and 210 meters high.

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Other nice things around here are the Casino Montparnasse at  35, rue de la Gaîté, where it was created the operetta  La Belle de Cadix in  1945, and actor/comedian Bourvil came to be known. The theater Montparnasse nearby in  rue de la Gaîté built in  1886, and renovated in 1930. Finally the catacombs from the end of the 18C with 6 millions bones put into subterranean galleries  with an entrance at  1, avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy. The wonderful green garden of  jardin Atlantique on the upper levels of the gare Montparnasse since  1990. The sculpture of the lion of Belfort,on the  place Denfert-Rochereau. The Fondation Cartier for contemporary arts , the  Observatoire de Paris. The neighborhood is also crossed by the meridian of Paris ; and the health prison or Prison de la Santé.  Not to forget the museum of Montparnasse  at 21 avenue du Maine, and the Galerie Les Montparnos, at  5 rue Stanislas, that specialise on the school of Paris of the 1920’s and the discovery of artists painters forgotten  of the Montparnasse painting between the two world wars. Wonderful shopping even with Galeries Lafayette at Montparnasse rive gauche mall in the Necker neighborhood or quartier of the 15éme arrondissement or district of Paris ! The works!!

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Books, plays, cinema all about Montparnasse made famous over the years with the restaurants La Coupole , and Le Dôme.  And many Americans seeking arts with their fortunes such as Gertrude Stein, Peggy Guggenheim, Edith Wharton ,and Harry Crosby  as well as critics like D.H Lawrence, Archibald MacLeish, James Joyce, Kay Boyle, Hart Crane, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Dorothy Parker, and many more.

The Paris tourist office on Montparnasse neighborhood or quartierhttps://en.parisinfo.com/transport/73171/Quartier-de-Montparnasse

The city of Paris, entertainment webpage on what is on in Montparnasse in French: https://www.sortiraparis.com/arts-culture/balades/articles/162658-ou-sortir-dans-le-quartier-de-montparnasse-a-paris

My wonderful train station arriving from Bretagne, the gare Montparnasse: https://www.garesetconnexions.sncf/fr/gare/frpmo/paris-montparnasse

A wonderful arrondissement/district and even gorgeous neighborhoods/quartiers of plenty to do all day and night long. Hope you have enjoy it as I do. This is wonderful Montparnasse ! Of Paris ,of course !

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

October 11, 2021

Goh Lanno sports park of Pluvigner!!!

I have written many posts on my town of Pluvigner and glad to do it, as not always should be places visited far away but up close and personal as my blog is, In the running, also written on the parc Goh Lanno, which is not far from my house ; so much we walked our dog Rex there every day, This time went to see how the new stands are doing and took new pictures, therefore, this is the time for an update on the Goh Lanno sports complex of Pluvigner. This is my town in the beautiful Morbihan breton dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne and my belle France.

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Surely, for a small town of about 7.5K folks , this is one of the best sports complex around and we are very happy about it and even more so because it is walking distance from my house. The parc Goh Lanno is not to be confused to the adjoint collége Goh Lanno or middle school. One of my sons plays for the football/soccer team but today were playing away in Mendon, and I did not go,,,,not in every game lol !

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In my previous post, told you about the history of the park and even a bit on Pluvigner but this time will base it on the new construction with new pictures. There is a new basketball court, a renovated petanque (a sort of open air bowling with precision throws) , a huge sports complex for indoor basketball/volleyball, and others like judo etc, A rugby field and the best 3 football/soccer fields.

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One football/soccer field is a training ground and jogging conditioning. There is a second artificial grass field for official games, and the main stands field with sports booth. On the main stadium there are changing rooms and showers as well.

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For a recap, the facilities there in two halls green and blue were put into service between 1975-1984, this sports space is of the multisports hall type, it has a synthetic floor ,and has 100 seats in the grandstand. The development area is 1484 m2 on the main stadium, You can practice 9 sports activities at Complexe Sportif De Goh Lanno: handball, mini hand, beach handball, basketball , track running, other dances, karate, karate jutsu , goshin jutsu, kobudo, nihon tai-jutsu, taijitsu, nambudo, ninjutsu, nunchaku, …also, indoor hockey, field hockey, badminton, shuttlecock game , volleyball, beach volleyball, green volleyball, and tennis.

The city of Pluvigner on the parks and Goh Lannohttps://www.pluvigner.fr/equipements-sportifs/

There you go folks, a nice walk from my house to showcase the wonderful Goh Lanno sports park of Pluvigner. Of course, if you stop by , this is a nice place to meet and there are even picnic tables there…! A nice rest stop on your way to the beaches south. Hope you enjoy the personal sports post!

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

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October 8, 2021

The Church St Pierre in Sérent!!

We came to see the museum in St Marcel (see post) but as the town was on our way home and not stopped before, figure this to be the time as good as any for a walk in town of Sérent. Another nice quant town of my Morbihan. Let me tell you a bit about it ok; hope you enjoy it as we did.

The town of Sérent is located in my beautiful Morbihan department 56 in my lovely Bretagne region, near Ploërmel. Sérent is 30 km from Vannes and 70 km from Rennes, The city is crossed by the N 166, (Vannes Ploërmel, Rennes), and is served by bus line 4 of the BreizhGo coach service of Brittany, OF course , we came here by car going on the N166 getting off at St Marcel (see next post) and then taking the D151 to Sérent, then took the D10 to reach back our house one way 40 minutes, We came on our way back home after visiting the museum in St Marcel (see post).

A bit of history I like

The first allusion to Sérent dates from the end of the 9C in the cartulary of Redon, The La Terre de Sérent or La Chapelle en Sérent was erected into a barony in 1318 by John III, Duke of Brittany in favor of Olivier II, sire de La Chapelle, Marshal of Brittany, The town had an eventful history during the French revolution when the opposition between Chouans and “Bleus” (Republicans) ravaged the countryside, The Catholic and Royal Army of Morbihan was even made up of a column called “Column of Sérent” which, with that of Bignan and that of Pleugriffet, made up the Legion of Bignan. During , WWII, the maquis of Saint-Marcel , a mecca of the French /Breton Resistance, was in fact located mainly in the town of Sérent around the farm of La Nouette. Serent therefore had to deplore the exactions of the Nazi occupier (the great majority of Georgian soldiers engaged in the Nazi army).

The main thing we like here and is right in city center is the Church St Peter’s (église St Pierre) ,Built in the 15-16C, the church is in the shape of a Latin cross: 3 naves, 2 transepts and a choir. The choir is from the 15C and its decoration from the classical period. The 3 naves date from the 16C and the central nave measures 37 by 20 meters. All around the church, magnificent stained-glass windows represent the patrons of the various chapels of the parish and the names of the donors. A false gargoyle representing a washer kneeling with her dog, recalls the legend of the barkers of Josselin.

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The large arched arches, are supported by heavy pillars with engaged columns. The nave was redone in the 16C and it communicates with the aisles by means of three-point arcades penetrating into polygonal pillars. The exterior decoration of the windows, surmounted by gables, and that of the portals are made of flamboyant and Renaissance elements. The bell tower, which stood on the last bay of the nave, was rebuilt between 1885 and 1890 . The church is covered with a frame dated, on the quarry stones, from 1601. The church has eight gables, a monumental staircase, a long-sided roof, a polygonal spire punctuated by four bell towers and twelve stained-glass windows. The stained-glass window of the “Sacred Heart of the Calvary of Saint Suzanne”, dates from 1893-1898. The Pietà, in oak wood, dates from the 16C. The church contains a silver chalice coated with gold, which dates from 1672. In the past and from 1300, we could see the tomb of the Sérent family, the preeminent lords. Jean de Sérent, Lord of Tromeur, is exhumed there in a white marble tomb, adorned with a reclining statue.

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Other things to see here me think are:

The Manor of Tromeur (15-16C), property of Jean de Sérent; The Manoir de la Ville Gros (17C) ; the successive property of the Le Blaye or Blay families (in the 15-16C, The castle of La Salle (17C) : The estate has a main house of the 17C partially rebuilt in the 19C ( circa 1820). It has a well, a private chapel and a Calvary, Le manoir de Bohurel dated 1613, The manor house was restored in the 18C. Burned down in 1944 and partially rebuilt at that time, La Houletière castle: seat of the former lordship of La Ville-Raix or Ville-Rée, The castle of La Rivière: seat of the former lordship of La Rivière which belonged to a younger branch of the Sérent family, owned by Geoffroy de Sérent in 1464 and François de Serent in 1536. It formerly had a private chapel; a cromlech is located not far from the castle, it has a diameter of 2.70 meters; the seven stones that compose it are, on average, 70 cm high, The castle of Rohéan (15C), in ruins around 1840. In 1919, it became the property of the Briand family; The Calvary of Sainte-Suzanne (16C) its central shaft – framed by four columns topped with spheres, represents the agony of Christ; this Calvary has a large base preceded by an altar and dominated by five stepped balusters.

The town of Sérent is a typical breton town , in country agricultural and very much attach to family traditions. It is a picturesque town nice clean and a great square with shops/restos around the Church St Pierre. A nice stop indeed in my road warrior travels of my lovely Bretagne.

The city of Sérent and its heritage: https://www.serent.fr/tourisme/a-decouvrir/le-patrimoine.html

There you go folks, another dandy day out ,close to home ,and a nice detour indeed in our road warrior trips of my beautiful Morbihan. Hope you enjoy the post and do dare come into these off the beaten path ways of Brittany/Bretagne/Breizh!

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

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October 8, 2021

The Museum of the Resistance in Brittany of St Marcel!

I have written before on this museum on the old format ; and heard of the renovations going on for the last two years, Therefore, once it was open again, took the family to it.  A very pleasant surprise of a nice museum well done, This is a lot of history here, and great men, I like to rend hommage to them again, and new text and new pictures on the new museum of the resistance in Brittany during WWII, Hope you enjoy it as I !

The best is by car from Vannes take the N166 direction Rennes and come off at exit/sortie D112 direction Bohal-Pleucadeuc / Saint-Marcel Malestroit , and follows direction Malestroit/Saint-Marcel on the D776, follow the signs for the city and museum.

The Museum of the Resistance in Brittany, until 2021 was called the Museum of the Breton Resistance, is a museum located on the territory of the town of Saint-Marcel in Morbihan dept 56. It is devoted to the history of the resistance in Brittany during WWII and in particular of the largest Breton maquis(resistant fighters), the maquis of Saint-Marcel.

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This museum traces the history of resistance in Brittany during the Nazi Occupation. It was created on the site of the Saint-Marcel maquis, one of the main Breton maquis during WWII. Since 1994, it has also housed the national exhibition on the history of paratroopers in Free France.
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The Museum of the Resistance in Brittany, was under renovation ,and just reopens its doors on September 18, 2021, after 2 years of architectural and scenographic renovation work. The museum has now an entirely renewed scenography presenting more than 1,000 objects among the 12,000 carefully preserved, witnesses of the daily life of men and women under the Nazi occupation and of the commitment of the Bretons in the army of Shadows.
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Saint Marcel was one of the hotspots of the French resistance. This is where, on June 18, 1944, one of the very first battles fought by French fighters against the Nazi occupiers took place after the Allied landings in Normandy. A victory for souls rather than weapons, the battle of Saint-Marcel has symbolic value. It was made possible thanks to the mobilization of the local children in a maquis of several thousand young resistance fighters, to the support of SAS paratroopers from Free France and to the benevolent and often active complicity of the inhabitants of the neighboring localities. This example of a combined action between internal and external resistance, brought together and supported by the local population, was a first. The Museum is located on the site of these battles.

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The museum of the Resistance in Brittany webpage: https://www.musee-resistance-bretagne.com/

The city of Saint Marcel and its heritagehttps://www.saint-marcel.bzh/accueil_saint_marcel/decouvrir_saint_marcel/patrimoine

The Morbihan dept 56 tourist board on the museumhttps://www.morbihan.com/st-marcel/musee-de-la-resistance-bretonne/tabid/12562/offreid/dfbf68c4-bfbe-4c82-8b42-6f18490af179

The Bretagne region tourist board on the museumhttps://www.brittanytourism.com/offers/musee-de-la-resistance-en-bretagne-saint-marcel-en-1988488/

There you go folks, some of the off the beaten path wonders of my beautiful Morbihan and plenty of recent glorious history here ; a wonderful learning lesson indeed, Hope you enjoy and come to visit the Musée de la Resistance en Bretagne at St Marcel !

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

October 5, 2021

Church Notre-Dame de Croaz Batz of Roscoff!

And let go north again in my Bretagne on the coast of Finistére dept 29 to take you to the quant nice town of Roscoff. I have written several posts on it in the past in my blog, but again feel a single post on its Church is merited.  Therefore, here is my take on the Church of Notre Dame of Croaz Batz of Roscoff!

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As to the name of Croaz Batz ,this is the best explanation for this term. There was on the plains, not far from the present church a small mound formed by a pile of rocks; it was there that you embarked to move to the island of Batz, the l’Ile Basse or low Island of the Gallo-Roman period. A cross planted at the top of the mound protected the passage, from or the name of Croaz-baz. The plain was thus created with a vast land-lot, which was attached to the coast, and that was where the Church was built.ok!

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The granite construction of the Church of Notre Dame de Croaz Batz in Gothic and Renaissance style, decided in 1515, was undertaken between 1522 and 1545, on land taken from the sea, near the cross of the pier of the Isle of Batz, on the initiative of the ship-owners, despite the reluctance and the pressures of the Bishop of Saint Pol. The construction was financed by the same ship-owners who joined the merchants of Roscoff. It was only in 1550 that the inhabitants were granted the right to have their children baptized and to bury their dead and the Church was consecrated only in 1590.  The sacred enclosure contain in the Notre Dame of Croaz Batz Church are two ossuary chapels, one Gothic, the other Henri II style, and the funeral monument of Dorothée Silburne, who hosted in London, Mgr de la Marche, the last Bishop of Leon, emigrated in 1790 fleeing the French revolution. In the Center of the city, the Renaissance bell tower rises since 1585. There are balustrades, domes and lanterns. The rest of the Church, before, remains Gothic. The roof of the nave is paved, at the jointing of two panels of slate, of granite slabs that form like a narrow staircase to the sky. Three naves carved in the walls recall the craft of the donor’s ship-owners.

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Inside, many altarpieces are exhibited such as the Rosary, Agonizing, Saint-Pierre, Sainte-Geneviève. A painting of our Lady of Guadeloupe standing in front of a leather of Cordoba altar recalls the ties with new Spain. The frame paneling was laid in 1610-1611. The most notable is the alabaster Chapel, dedicated to Saint Joseph and built in 1634 instead of a porch. It presents seven 15C Alabaster bas-reliefs reported from Nottingham during regular exchanges on both sides of the channel. The baptismal font was melted in 1690 in reported pewter from Cornwall. The northern Chapel was added in 1701. The Interior was refurbished in 1777.

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The first organs, dating from 1606, were deposited in 1649 to be replaced by more grandiose ones, inaugurated in 1650. In 1887, they were strident. The current organs were received in 1888 and supplemented by three new games plays delivered in 1929.

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Some webpages to help you plan your trip and worth it me think are:

The Roscoff tourist office on the church: https://www.roscoff-tourisme.com/fr/fiche/patrimoine-culturel/eglise-notre-dame-de-croas-batz-roscoff_TFOPCUBRE029V52BJZ2/

The Finistére dept 29 tourist office on Roscoff: https://www.toutcommenceenfinistere.com/article/roscoff

The Bretagne tourist board on Roscoff: https://www.brittanytourism.com/destinations/the-10-destinations/pink-granite-coast-morlaix-bay/roscoff/

There you go folks, again another lovely town and beautiful monument of my lovely Bretagne. Hope you enjoy the post and do visit ,the Church Notre Dame de Croaz-Batz , nice and worth the visit me think in Roscoff.

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

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October 4, 2021

Grand Aquarium of Saint Malo!

So up we go to the corsair city of Saint Malo. Yes a very popular spot in our beautiful Brittany, however, there are places off the beaten path most visitors by passed by going to the city center. Of course, this is in Saint Malo, dept 35 of Ille et Vilaine in the region of Bretagne. I like update a wonderful family trip my boys enjoyed very much, the Grand Aquarium of Saint Malo.

The Grand Aquarium of Saint Malo is located at the entrance of the Corsair city of Saint-Malo, in the heart of the malouin basin. It opened its doors in 1996. Owned since 2011 by the Looping Group, a European operator of amusement parks, this property is one of the main public aquariums in France, and the most visited private park in Brittany!. With a total of 4 000 m2 and 2 500 000 liters of water (including 600 000 liters for the largest of the 46 basins ,excluding Nautibus attraction), there are 11 000 animals from the marine world and 600 different species.

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The Grand Aquarium offers to discover the underwater world in different rooms that address; the cold and temperate seas with the ballet of the jellyfish, the giant crabs of Japan (up to 3.80 meters large), the anemones, the wolf fishes, the barracudas, etc. The tropical collection with its clown fish, its surgeon fish, the coral, the garden eels and the nautilus. The mangrove with the four-eyed fish, the turtle, the piranha, etc. A wreck of a galleon inhabited by white-tipped sharks, blacktip sharks and harangues.

In addition, there are three attractions such as the tactile basin of 120 m2 tracing the contours of Brittany allows to touch the marine species that populate the Breton coasts such as bats, rays, starfish or sea spiders. Also a large shark ring. The basin, in which seven sharks (of four different species), one giant grouper and three sea turtles, one at more than 30 years of age, contains 600 000 liters of water and fully encircles the room. The Grand Aquarium offered the originality of being able to spend a night in the heart of this ring, surrounded by sharks. The “Nautibus”, submarine following a course among 5 000 fish swimming in a basin of 1 500 000 liters.

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Some webpages to help you plan your visit are:

The official Aquarium of St Malo: https://www.aquarium-st-malo.com/

The St Malo tourist office on the aquarium: https://www.saint-malo-tourisme.co.uk/to-see-and-do/out-and-about-fresh-air/leisure/grand-aquarium-de-saint-malo-1567756

There you go folks, fun for the whole family and something even in this fortified city an off the beaten path idea, just at the entrance to the city.  The Grand Aquarium of Saint Malo, nice, recommended for all. Hope you enjoy it as we!!!

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

October 4, 2021

A rainy day in Saint Nazaire!

This was our first trip to this neck of the woods as we heard wonderful things about the cruise ship building here as well as the site of the landing of the American expeditionary force in WWI with Gen Pershing and the famous words “Lafayette we are here” . I am glad to update this post for you and me. We were starting to spread out a bit into outlying areas of our base in the Morbihan. Today we did a quick visit to Saint Nazaire, in dept 44 Loire-Atlantique of the Pays de la Loire region. It is another seldom visited off the beaten path of my belle France, but worth the detour me think.

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As we had little time and no plans to visit, we only touch bases by going into the city center/centre ville/downtown area. The usual shopping we do near us ,we did it there this time. That is shopping for the wife, lots lots of it lol!!! then shopping for the kids lots of it, and little for me as I do the driving slave slave slave lol!!! We did purchase some clothings  at C&A and pillows ,and household items at GIFI, then  went over to see the big centre commercial of SavineGrand Champs, both full of stores, restaurants amazing place so much in one place all in the neighboring town of Trignac. Of course, it was a rainy day all day long oh well; c’est la vie et la vie est belle!!!

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While there we ate at a picturesque restaurant call Poivre & Rouge, in the nearby town of Trignac ,and it was a pleasant surprise with great family welcome, funny folks, great service, and the food was great, had 400 grams steaks, Iberico spanish pork ham, cold cuts and melted camembert cheese, duck maigret steak of 200 grams, and all with grimbergen blonde/blanche beers, cafe gourmand, banana splits, and cheesecake ice cream, strawberries, and another of caramel and apple flavors, all for about 27.80€ per person within our budget! Like I said, we will be back soon. Good. This is a chain but each time less restaurants, the one here and the latter one in Vannes are closed. For the memories, the restos webpage: http://restaurants-grill.poivre-rouge.com/home.asp

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We walk the center of Saint Nazaire around the shopping Republique, many nice shops and restos there too, all the way to the Hôtel de Ville or city hall, and pass by the train bus station upon entering the center of town. The buses were working well, even on a rainy windy there, that is still going on by me. Ruban Bleu shopping center for our shopping today; official webpage: https://www.rubanbleu-saintnazaire.com/

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On our way back , we just did our groceries at Auchan, heck its only 110 kms from us so on a cool day it was no problems, this is our former hypermarket from the Yvelines(78)! The Shopping Trignac and Auchan  hypermarket here for reference: https://trignac.aushopping.com/fr/magasins/shops/auchan-trignac

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In all, its a place to combine it with the beaches of La Baule, Pornic, Pornichet etc and do the shopping back here on way back, nice planning, check, noted,written,and schedule. See you around here in summer. Well the real one because today we are already in summer time here lol!!! Those meteologists folks still missing the point rain all day lol!! Need to be back, I will,promise!

The city of Saint Nazaire :https://www.saintnazaire.fr/notre-territoire/our-territory

The Saint Nazaire tourist office: https://www.saint-nazaire-tourisme.uk/

There you go folks, a quick tour of the off the beaten path Saint Nazaire. Hope you enjoy the post and remember, the biggest cruise ships in the world are done here like the Wonder of the Seas!!

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

October 1, 2021

Some news from France, CCCXLIIII

And its time to tell you about some news from France, my regular news bulletins of what I think are best to tell. We are now in the Fall season and temps beginning to come down all over France. The vaccin drome complex are beginning to be closed like the Stade de France north of Paris. And the beat goes on,,,Here are my latests !

As usual the great Paris public transport network goes thru some interruptions for the weekend of 2-3 October 2021; and this is not over folks it will continue into Winter, I always recommend people checking ahead for this, As I have friends coming over in December to Paris, I have already alerted them to check in on last minutes changes.

RER B. Due to the many construction sites that are continuing in the northern sector of line B, traffic will be interrupted all weekend between Aulnay-sous-Bois and terminal 2 at Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle. A substitute bus service is in place. RER C. Trains connecting Juvisy to Versailles Chantiers and Pont de Rungis to Massy-Palaiseau are canceled on Saturday and Sunday. In addition to setting up substitute buses, a strengthening of regular bus lines is planned. Sunday evening, the entire southern branch will be stopped from the Orsay museum station. RER D. Watch out for the stops canceled this Sunday. From 22h50, the RER trains heading towards Melun or Corbeil-Essonnes will not serve Créteil-Pompadour and Villeneuve-Triage stations. Replacement buses are being put in place.

For the Transilien network: Line K. Traffic is suspended, all weekend long and in both directions, between Mitry-Claye in Seine-et-Marne and Gare du Nord. Users can go to the “east” branch of the RER B which makes the same journey and operates normally. Line L. No train will run, Saturday and Sunday, on the sections between Saint-Lazare on the one hand and La Défense and Maisons-Laffitte (Yvelines) on the other. Traffic on the rest of line L will be normal except between Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche and Saint-Cloud (Hauts-de-Seine) where trains will be canceled, from 22h to 7h, overnight from Saturday to Sunday . Line R. Like last week, line R will terminate at Melun in Seine-et-Marne, Saturday and Sunday. Trains to Montargis and Montereau are canceled and replaced by buses serving all intermediate stations.

Metro Line 4. Continuation of automation work. Like every Sunday, line 4 will only open to travelers from noon. It will work normally on Saturday. The Tramways; T1. Due to modernization work, the trams no longer stop at Escadrille Normandie-Niemen, Marché Saint-Denis, Hôpital Delafontaine and Courneuve 6 routes stations. T4. Beware of extended travel times this Saturday morning. Before 5h, the T4 line trams are replaced by buses. Allow 15 minutes more than by tram between Aulnay-sous-Bois and Bondy in Seine-Saint-Denis.

And on the road: pedestrian Champs-Élysées. Like every first Sunday of the month, the Champs-Élysées sector and almost all of Paris-Centre (the first 4 arrondissements) are added to the districts of the “Paris breathes” Sunday pedestrianization plan. This Sunday, from 10h to 17h, motor vehicle traffic will be completely prohibited on the Champs-Élysées and only reserved for motorists with an exemption in the hypercentre. And the beat goes on, Paris will be super crowded!!

This Saturday, from 19h to 02h, you can wear your hiking boots and set off on one of the three GR75 routes. More than 100 events are scheduled for the 20th edition of Nuit Blanche. The theme – art and sport – imposes its rhythm and its style. Anquetil (in the Bois de Vincennes) or the Georges-Vallerey swimming pool (20éme arrondissement), major Olympic sites of 1900 and 1924. Start at the Hôtel-de-Ville square. Obviously, you have to start with the meeting place at Place de l’Hotel-de-Ville. From 19h to 20h, this is the last moment to see Christo’s runaway on the Arc de Triomphe. It will be dismantled the day after the Nuit Blanche. The exhibition at the city’s Modern Art Museum presents for the first time commissions from five young artists who won the 2nd edition of the 1% Art Market Prize. The Carnavalet Museum provides a setting for a performance by an artist choreographer. The Centre Pompidou will be completely open with lighting on the facade. Finally, go to Church Saint-Eustache to witness the song of the whales, a video and hologram installation. Other churches put on their own performances. Nuit Blanche begins at 19h, especially with the opening of museums. Everything is free. But unlike in years past, Nuit Blanche does not last until the end of the night. The program will end at 02h, in order to respect the metro schedule.

And traditions ends again at Tati,sadly. In Barbès, nostalgic customers came to say “one last goodbye” to Tati. Between wave in the soul and buying fever, the last customers looked for good deals in the almost empty shelves of the historic store in the 18éme arrondissement in this last day before the final closing. Before lowering its curtain forever, the emblematic store of Barbès-Rochechouart, welcomed this past Thursday, the day of definitive closure, its last customers from all walks of life….

In addition to the behind-the-scenes film immersion with Rex Studios, the big Rex now also offers an escape game called “Save the Cinema”, designed by Team Break. Their mission: to stop the infernal machine hidden in the bowels of the mythical institution of the Grands Boulevards, which is causing the great classics of the 7th art to disappear one after the other. Grand Rex 1, rue Poissonnières (2éme arrondissement). Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, public holidays and every day during school holidays, from 13h to 19h. From 2 to 7 players. From 10 years old. Price: from 23 euros. Information on the Le Grand Rex website: https://www.legrandrex.com/cinema/3479

The Société du Grand Paris is opening 40 supermetro work sites to the public on October 16 2021. But better not to wait to book. At the half-time of its course, this titanic project, which began 5 years ago and whose first commissioning is scheduled in less than 5 years, needs to show the backdrop. The baptism of a tunnel boring machine and the closing of an important stage in the progress of the structural work. The next, the “KM9” will take place on the evening of October 16, in Massy (Essonne dept 91). There is no need to register there. Meet on site in front of 241 avenue du Maréchal Leclerc in Massy at 18h Webpage: https://visitezlegrandparisexpress.societedugrandparis.fr/

This Sunday, October 3,2021, an exceptional sale of three works by François-Xavier and Claude Lalanne, created for the European Center for Permanent Education (Cedep), and never seen by the general public, is being organized. The possible exhibition before the sale allows everyone to discover the work of these artists from Seine-et-Marne, of international renown. Claude Lalanne had produced in 1969 “The Man with the Head of Cabbage”, a sculpture which inspired Serge Gainbourg to title a song and an album. Her husband François-Xavier had created an egg-shaped bar for fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent. Did you know that this couple of artists from Seine-et-Marne, rather original and of international renown, had made three sculptures installed in a campus of Fontainebleau, out of sight! For the first time, the public will be able to discover them in the park of the campus of the European Center for Continuing Education (Cedep), next to Insead, before their auction this Sunday, October 3.2021.webpage: https://www.cedep.fr/

Ten years after an aborted first project in Bussy-Saint-Georges , Costco France is back in Seine-et-Marne. The American brand will finally finalize its installation in the eastern part of the Ile-de-France region, around mid-November in Pontault-Combault. In the meantime, the hard discounter opened its first store in France in 2017, in Villebon-sur-Yvette (Essonne 91 ), where 165,000 membership cards were issued. Already a success. We hope to have four to six Costco’s in Ile-de-France, at all cardinal points around Paris, ”said Gary Swindells, president of Costco France. And there you go folks, our Costco is now fully growing in France, hoping to come by Bretagne soon! webpage: https://www.costco.fr/store-finder

The Palace of Versailles: more than twenty years after the storm, the allée de Saint-Cyr is back with its trees, 450 oaks have just been planted in the gardens of the castle that the storm of 1999 had ravaged. Thanks to sponsorship, the palace is definitely turning this dark page in its history. The Allée de Saint-Cyr, one of the axes leading from l’Étoile Royale (Royal Star) of the Palace of Versailles, has been given a facelift. 450 trees were planted in four symmetrical rows, recreating a long-lost perspective. Beautiful will need to see!

The bicentenary of Napoleon’s death, commemorated in 2021 (not my favorite historical figure as was an imperialist dictator), highlights the tourist route that bears his name, between Golfe-Juan, in the Alpes-Maritimes, and Grenoble. The Napoleon route revolves around the stages that were those of the “flight of the Eagle”. The stèle, plaques and monuments that can be admired faithfully mark its passage. On the other hand, the actual route of the road deviates in several places from that actually followed by Napoleon in 1815, for example in the beautiful hairpin bends that precede Seranon [Alpes-Maritimes]. The idea of ​​naming the RN 85 “Route Napoléon” was launched in 1913 by a priest from the Var, but it was not until 1932 for the creation of the label. Today, the network of “imperial towns” founded at the initiative of Rueil-Malmaison [Hauts-de-Seine] in 2011; where La Malmaison is located, emblematic home of the Napoleon-Joséphine de Beauharnais couple, continues to develop. . Napoleon has become a real tourist brand. The Imperial cities webpage: https://www.ville-imperiale.com/en/

And a webpage in French on the Route Napoléon: https://route-napoleon.com/#

From Monday, September 27, 2021 , the RER C will unveil its Paris Museums Train with wagons completely redecorated with works by Parisian institutions. In its Parisian portion, the RER C serves several emblematic museums of the capital such as the Petit Palais at the Invalides stop, the Cognacq-Jay museum in Saint-Michel Notre-Dame, the Maison de Victor Hugo in Austerlitz or the museum of ‘Modern art of Paris at the Champs-de-Mars Eiffel Tower and Pont de l’Alma. To pay tribute to its great institutions and the treasures they contain, the interior of a train on the RER C line will be entirely filmed with works. In each of the trains, you will be able to admire the creations of Amedeo Modigliani, Robert and Sonia Delaunay or even Raoul Dufy. A real journey into masterpieces. The city of Paris Museums webpage: http://www.parismusees.paris.fr/fr/actualite/lancement-du-train-paris-musees-sur-la-ligne-c-du-rer

In Mid-2022, cars should be definitively banned from the Butte Montmartre … This is the wish of the socialist city/town hall of the 18éme arrondissement, as part of the “Embellish Paris” project, and the candidacy of the hill as a world heritage site by UNESCO. The Paris tourist office on Montmartre: https://en.parisinfo.com/discovering-paris/walks-in-paris/montmartre-village-in-paris

And last but not least, far from imagining that rapper Maître Gims would one day launch his own pizzeria. Well there you go, it’s done: Fya Pizza has just popped up, with the possibility of delivery on Deliveroo. Location the dandy 18 Avenue du Président Kennedy, 16éme arrondissement, right under the pont Bir Hakeim. Deliverioo (meal delivery site) webpage: https://deliveroo.fr/fr/menu/paris/Passy/fya-kennedy

There you go folks, a dandy of news from beautiful Paris and France, can’t beat the one-two punch! Hope you enjoy it as I.

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

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