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January 19, 2020

Some news from France, CCXCVIIII

And as trips goes cannot be too far from my run of some news from France. There has been a lot going on since I left on a little trip to Toulouse/Lavaur (more coming up)  .However, its time to tell you what is going on and some tips.

There are strikes all over France , as said this is a rather a customs than a nuisance unless you need to go to work in Paris region of Ïle de France. We were in Toulouse the day of a big strike but it was all confined to Saint Cyprien areas and we did not notice anything until we were back and saw the news lol!!!

So therefore, if coming in the next month read the news as some of your transport option may not be available in France. Here are the latest scoops.

The social protest was deployed in several forms yesterday  Saturday January 18 2020 in Paris as a protest against the pension reform, the Gilets Jaunes or Yellow Vests took part in their 62nd protest in the streets of Paris. A relatively large crowd, compared to the past few weeks. Leaving the Porte de Champerret around 11h, the procession joined the Gare de Lyon in a very hostile climate. The demonstrators recalled their global opposition to the policy led by Emmanuel Macron and the government . Mobilizations also took place in many cities in France such as Marseille, Bordeaux, Strasbourg, Toulouse, and Clermont-Ferrand, where lawyers marched there alongside Yellow Vests and Unionists.

Who set fire to the famous restaurant La Rotonde? Has the legendary Montparnasse brasserie, prized by Emmanuel Macron (he celebrated his winnings there), been the target of arsonists? Against the background of political demands? The police officers of the territorial direction of security of Paris, to whom the Paris public prosecutor’s office entrusted the investigation, asked themselves the question and raked the scene of the restaurant !La Rotonde, 105, boulevard du Montparnasse (6éme), in search of indices. Stay tune for more

Thirty people gathered Friday in Paris in front of the Bouffes du Nord Theater where Emmanuel Macron attended a performance. According to the Elysee Palace, the president was “secure” for a few minutes but was able to attend the performance until the end.

The historic strike at the Opera Garnier may be prolonged, for lack of compromise between the artists and machinists, attached to their special pension scheme, and the gov of Macron determined to abolish it. This Saturday, 200 people from all trades at the Opera, but also from the “Maison de Molière”, organized a free concert in front of the Palais Garnier. In front of a dense crowd, the orchestra and the choir of the Paris Opera performed, among other things, an extract from “Carmen” by Bizet and “La Marseillaise”, with loud applause or “long live the strike!” launched by spectators. This new show was organized as part of the protest against the pension reform.

So these events will continue and you were told here, be prepared.

It is a sea or rather freshwater snake which resurfaces. Like others before her, candidate Anne Souyris, head of the environmental list in the 13éme arrondissement, dreams of reviving the Bièvre! , this river buried since the beginning of the 20C in Paris. Based on studies carried out by the Parisian Urban Planning Workshop (APUR) in 2000 and the Paris Region Institute (formerly IAURIF), the project studied at the time by the architect Pierre-Marie Tricaud, and now carried by the ecologist, aims to make the forgotten river flow in Parc Kellerman (13éme), Square René-Le Gall (13éme and the Natural History Museum (5éme). New: the project will also be accompanied by a green corridor along the route of the Bièvre for pedestrians, cyclists and soft mobility. In the longer term and based on feasibility studies, Anne Souyris wants to reopen canals connecting these green spaces and develop a “blue flow” from the ring road at the Porte des Peupliers to the Seine river up to Austerlitz.  This is a political promise as such it rest to her to win and see the outcome. Source: Le Parisien newspaper

Brief history : The Bièvre is a river that rises in Guyancourt (Yvelines dept 78) and once flowed into the Seine river near the Gare d’Austerlitz station after a 33 km journey through the Essonne (91) , Hauts-de-Seine (92) and the Val -de-Marne (94) departments. It entered Paris (75) at the Poterne des Peupliers and crossed the 13éme and 5éme arrondissements. It was covered at the beginning of the 20C and its route diverted towards the sewers of Paris. If the Bièvre river still follows its natural course for around twenty kilometers, in Paris, there are only commemorative plaques scattered throughout its route today. In Paris see it better at my usual business spot rue de Bièvre, name so because the river passes by here underneath still….

Here all about it;  Nearly 500 employees will be recruited before the New York hotel reopens on June 15 2020. In five months, it will have welcomed its first customers. Closed for a year for a major renovation on the Marvel theme, one of the three universes of the Disneyland Paris extension, the New York hotel is in the process of recruiting personnel.ok. More here: Disneyland Paris Hotel New York

And one of my magical spots in my old beloved Yvelines dept 78 Marly-le-Roi

Built in 1679, the Château de Marly (Yvelines 78) and its park only welcomed the Sun King and his friends, far from the noises of Versailles. The museum of the royal domain, which recounts this era, reopens on Saturday January 18 2020. There, the king had built a palace and a garden reserved for the elite of the elite. The Musée du domaine de Marly, which reopens on Saturday after three years of work in a revised version, is working to restore it. Because unfortunately, of the castle itself, only ruins remain: it was destroyed in 1806. The vast park, always very pleasant for a walk, has only kept its plan and some of its many pools , like the l’Abreuvoir. Another wonder was to make Marly an object of fascination across the continent: Its machine! To supply the multiple fountains with gushing water, an ingenious system had to be found. They imagine an immense wooden machine, fitted with 14 wheels 12 m in diameter, to pump water from the Seine 2.5 km below and raise it, in several stages, 160 meters higher. A real scientific performance at the time, which the museum evokes through numerous reproductions but also two interactive models which should make the happiness of the children. As recalled by the paintings and objects in the museum windows, one of the favorite occupations remains the hunting in the park and the surrounding forest. It seems that at Versailles it was entirely business and that in Marly it was entirely for him and his pleasure ”, wrote Racine to Boileau in 1687.

At the Musée de Marly, her portrait, made around 1700, stands enthroned among those of the locals. No wonder: Elisabeth-Charlotte of Bavaria, known as Princess Palatine, is the second wife of Philippe d’Orléans, the brother of Louis XIV. As a sister-in-law, she was practically all of the monarch’s stays in his “second home”. The princess had an easy and inexhaustible pen. Sort of feminine Saint-Simon, more raw, it is even nicknamed the “Ocean of ink” for its correspondence which reaches 60,000 letters! Documents which constitute a very important source in the knowledge of Marly at the time of the Sun King.

Musée du domaine royal de Marly (Yvelines 78). Open wednesdays to fridays from 9h30 to 12h30 and 14h to 17h; as well as weekends from 10h30 to 17h. Admission is 7 € general adult. The garden park is free. More info here :

The above is a wonderful place near my old home and have written before in my blog; see here: My post on museum park at Marly le Roi

Two major changes in France!

The legendary restaurant of Paul Bocuse has just lost its third star. In 2019, four of them left the gastronomic firmament (few), with injuries still alive. Paul Bocuse, who passed away in 2018; how would he have reacted on January 16, when he learned that his restaurant L’Auberge du Pont de Collonges (Rhône), triple star since 1965, had just lost his third badge? Guide Michelin is in a cleaning out move and many controversial calls here in France.

Clapping an end for Jean Paul Gaultier, who announces his last fashion parade. The famous 67-year-old French couturier presented his final haute couture show last Wednesday at the Théâtre du Châtelet, in Paris, and announces that he is embarking on a “new project” with his house. In fifty years of career, Jean Paul Gaultier has become one of the symbols of French luxury. This fashion icon will bid farewell to haute couture shows in Paris.

In the Marais, the Galerie de l’Instant puts Jane Birkin in the spotlight. Sublimated by the photographic eye of her brother Andrew Birkin, and by that of her friend Tony Franck: the photos are all the more intimate, and striking. Guaranteed nostalgia. Immersed in the intimacy of Jane B, we are entitled to two points of view on the life and the beauty of the most French of English women. In the studio, with the family, at the fair .The two photographers, moreover, each captured very closely the daily life of the couple Jane B / Gainsbourg, remained legendary in the collective unconscious See the expo Jane B at The Gallery of L’Instant 44, rue de Poitou 3éme; until March 1st, 2020. More info here: La Galerie de l’Instant Paris

Something from my Morbihan Breton that is big in Paris too. Go for it!!

Maison Georges Larnicol: Georges by his first name is a Breton by birth. Even though he has come a long way since then, the artisanal values of his origins have never left him. With pure butter and coarse salt, the house kouign-amann is, for many of us, the best we have had the opportunity to eat in Paris. The favorite? The kouignettes (smaller kouign-amanns delicious!! ), just to take several without regretting it!! Maison Georges Larnicol ,14, rue de Rivoli ; 4éme Paris too !! Of course in Paris other stores at 19 rue de l’Harpe 5éme and 132 Bd Saint Germain 6éme, and 7 rue de Steinkerque 18éme. More info here: Maison Georges Larnicol and stores

For those who are French and/or permanently live in France. The poll on Parisians to reveal the undisputed signs of the passage to the thirties in the city. If you recognize yourself in more than 5 statements, you are 30 years old (or maybe 50). Have fun! I am ::)

Did you know the metro in working order. You’re trying to buy an apartment, and you tell yourself that you wouldn’t be so bad in the suburbs actually. You bought an electric bike. Your body is slower, time flies faster. You drink natural wine (Bio). You are more emotionally stable. At least that’s what you think. You don’t care what people think of you. In pajamas downstairs to buy milk with your hair still in a mess? Don’t care. You have already sworn that you would never ride an electric scooter … before changing your mind. You are subscribed to the weekly basket of organic vegetables closest to you. You make dinners between couples and you bring back “a small organic bottle found in a small wine shop at the bottom of rue Lamartine”. You get up early on Sunday without GDB (complaining ok). You have a favorite brand of tea, and you even bought a teapot. You follow the Marie Kondo method and it changed your life. You bought yourself a juicer to make yourself some juices. You do meditation and it changed your life. You start to take pleasure in telling young people that they are young. Young people take pleasure in telling you that you are old. You became the oldest or the oldest in your box / startup. Sunday is brunch! But healthy, be careful. And, you eat no more McDo because “it hurts you”. You have an unlimited UGC cinema card and you go to the cinema at least once a week. RTL2 is not that bad after all as a radio. You wake up earlier than your alarm clock and you take the opportunity to jog. Even when you are not tired, your dark circles do not fade. You see babies and you think that you may have one, one day, when you have money and you have a house with a garden in the provinces / suburbs. You fuck less and less often, but the sex is better. You have no weekend free because you are invited to full weddings / BJW / BGD / family reunion. All your friends are starting to have children. You plan to buy a Dyson vacuum cleaner for 1000 € because the low-cost version of your cordless vacuum cleaner is dead after 2 months. You start to understand your parents. You start having friends the age of your parents. You can no longer chain two evenings in a row and you take 3 days to recover from an evening that was a little too drunk. You go to bed late in the week, like 22h45 . We ask you when you plan to get married or when you plan to have babies. You are going less and less after .You no longer support certain music. You plan to save all your money and eat rice for 15 years to open a ditch and leave this superficial world. Or a house by the river in Averyon (more realistic). You can’t take it anymore from Paris but you can’t stand the province. Source: Le Bonbon

So there you folks, enjoy your Sunday and thanks for reading my Some news from France series and my blog; appreciated.  And I just clean my garden from and back of the house and the basement and air the house and clean the windows, and car wash my car with my boys help. Cheers

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



January 5, 2020

Some news from France, CCXCVIII

Ok so here I am to talk to you about the latest news in France according to and always looking forward for you to enjoy it and I thank you. Here is the latest news

With 4,000 people a day since the start of the Christmas holidays, the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte (Maincy 77) celebrates Christmas event creates queues never seen before. which generated closings to the public last week around   16h for four days. More info here:

At Rambouillet (Yvelines 78) discover board games from the time of king Louis XV. The new exhibition of the Palace of the King of Rome in Rambouillet presents games that are several hundred years old. Some had to be restored; some details of the games of the goose are clues to life in the time of Louis XV and Louis XVI. More info here:

At Buchelay (Yvelines 78) one of my old stomping ground there is a new shopping center doing already wonders with customers approvals. The first 27 stores of “Mon Beau Buchelay” (my beautiful Buchelay) had opened just before the end-of-year holidays. A13 autoroute de Normandie direction Rouen/Caen from Paris but go in at sortie or exit 13. More info here:

The old Parisian barracks are getting a makeover for saving them and looking great. That of Reuilly allowed the creation of housing, located in the heart of the 12éme arrondissement of Paris, between rue de Reuilly, rue de Chaligny and boulevard Diderot, this 39,000 m2 complex that had housed up to 2,500 soldiers were no longer occupied except by a branch of the Armed Forces Information and Recruitment Center (Cirfa). Built in 1830 to accommodate the regiments of infantry, cavalry and artillery on a site which had seen prosperity, on the initiative of Colbert, the Royal Ice Factory, it served as a base, during WWII, at the Wehrmacht and the French militia, before being reinvested by the army at the Liberation, then gradually deserted with the approach of the 21st century. In 2013, the State ceded the property to the City of Paris with the obligation, imposed by the local urban plan (PLU), to build at least 50% of social housing there. . More info here in French :

and that of Lourcine (13éme) has become a university annex. The Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne Ilot Lourcine University, which represents a constructed area of 10,750 m² in which teaching and research spaces will be fitted out as well as a 2,000 m² library. More info here:

Head to the Chevreuse Valley (Yvelines 78 ), 45 minutes from Paris, for a weekend or more, in order to purify your body and calm your mind at the Hotel Le Barn. This completely restored 19C farmhouse, nestled in a 200 hectare park, has kept the spirit of a family home in the countryside. Had the pleasure of visit it on a business conference full of history, architecture just awesome for a longer stay. More info here :

And of course, could not leave without telling you of the French pastime of Gréves or strikes, which are continuing and just be alert on your travel plans. On Thursday January 9 there will be another big demonstration against the pension reform, where all professions are expected. The rest of January will see the strike in full swing, with in particular citizen actions organized by the CFDT union. Laurent Berger, secretary general of the CFDT, announced to Matignon (prime minister Edourard Philippe home) on December 20, “I’m telling you: it will go up very, very strong in January (…). And the CFDT, from January 6, will challenge parliamentarians, it will also have mobilization actions ”. It will be a blast in January, and I will be in Toulouse….

And while we have strikes, the public transport is modernizing.. In the night test on line 1 for almost a year, the MP14 metro is coming soon! It will carry more passengers for the extension of line 14. 120 meters long, this new train will be 24% larger than a normal metro, with 8 cars against 6 currently. Inside, the noise will be reduced by 40%, the seats will be more ergonomic and the lighting more economical. The equipment should meanwhile reduce the energy consumption of the trains by 20% and bring more comfort to passengers, with more places reserved for people with reduced mobility. While it was possible since September to buy a book ticket or carnet or a Navigo pass on certain smartphones, you can now buy a single ticket and weekend youth tickets. The renovated RER B trains (the one to CDG Paris!) will resume service on the line, which has more than a million daily passengers, but still no double-level trains. These modernized, larger and more luminous trains will already be a great improvement for the 980,000 daily users of line B!!, who suffer frequent incidents and difficult transport conditions (if you work here you know it). We will have to wait until 2025 for much larger trains, the MINGs, to considerably improve passenger comfort. Châtelet, Place de Clichy, Arts et Métiers stations will unveil their modernization this year. Thanks to renovated quays and corridors and refurbished reception rooms, to a recovery and ordering of all components, from floor to ceiling. These actions are accompanied by more legible and more complete signage – intermodal, tourist and urban – new seats, more suitable and more efficient lighting.  Well at least is not all doom!

And how about Paris losing inhabitants yes of course, I know it. Get out into the country side for a better life !!! These are the latest figures from INSEE (gov statistical office). According to the most recent census, Paris has 2,187,526 inhabitants, which represents a loss of 0.5% per year since 2011. An average of 11,000 inhabitants less each year, or -2.4% over five years . According to the census, it is the 15éme arrondissement the most popular, with 233,392 inhabitants. It is followed by the 20éme arrondissement with 195,814 inhabitants, the 18éme with 195,233 inhabitants and the 13éme, with 182,099 Parisians. The 1éme, 2éme and 4éme arrondissements very touristy districts….register the least number of residents with respectively: 16,266, 20,900 and 28,088 inhabitants. In all of Paris, only the 19éme   arrondissement has gained population, with a slight increase of 0.2% in its number of inhabitants, thanks in particular to housing programs set up by the government. The trend will continue in the next few years at least.

And something we take very seriously and enjoy the best in the world..yes!! According to the northern newspaper, la Voix du Nord   has done a count on the holidays of 2020, proposing that we only ask 25 days off to get… 60 days of vacation!!!!. Let’s start today, since by putting down its Thursday January 2 and Friday January 3, we were gaining 5 days of rest with the weekend. Now that you are well rested, you can wait until April when Monday the 13th is a public Holiday, you just have to ask 4 short days from 14 to 17 to get 9 days of vacation!   Fortunately for us, the month of May is very mild since it is full of public holidays, the 1st, the 8th and the 21st. You just have to ask 4 days, from May 4 to 7, then 4 other days from 18 to 22, and you will get the modest sum of 19 DAYS of vacation!!!. Or how to transform 8 days off into 3 weeks of pure happiness. In June, posing 4 days on 2, 3, 4 and 5 allows you to get 9 days of vacation since Monday 1st is a holiday. Same story in July, where we take advantage of July 14 to ask 4 more days and leave with 9. We must then do a little manoeuvre this Summer and work in August, but do not worry, November 11 being holidays, we can ask Monday 9 and Tuesday 10 to have 5 days of vacation. Until the Christmas holidays, when it’s bingo: Christmas falls on a Friday, so we ask the previous 4 days to have 9 days of vacation. In total, it’s 60 days that we take advantage of for only 25 days asked. And happy New Year 2020!!!!! Can’t wait lol!!

Some new restaurant to seek out in my eternal Paris and yours truly will be seeking them out especially with all those vacation days lol!

We no longer present the unique and prestigious double-starred chef Marc Veyrat, one foot in Paris, the other in Haute-Savoie. From January 2020, the grand chef will settle in the iconic La Fontaine Gaillon and will offer an iodized menu for the occasion. All in a chic Parisian decor. The generous terrace will be one of the most pleasant in Paris, and this “new” address thought above all in the continuity of a neighborhood institution. Le Fontaine Gaillon; 15, rue Gaillon – 2éme, Opening January 2020 . More info on NewTable here:

Mon Square, this is the crazy new trendy address in the 7éme arrondissement just across from Square Samuel Rousseau and Sainte-Clotilde Church. In its decor at the same time arty, vegetable and girly, we find pretty flowered fabrics which decorate the walls of the Green Room and the Pink Room, ceramic birds made by hand and a monumental ceramic tree overhanging the big central bar, but also a private Kiss room more commonly known as a “privatized lounge” all dressed in mirrors. On the plate, seasonal French cuisine that mixes classy brasserie chic with more original notes. Mon Square; 31, rue Saint-Dominique, 7éme; Opening January 2020 . More info here :

The mythical Passage des Panoramas has a new spot. With a colorful decor, this new address showcases cuisine with Italian influences. On the menu, chubby pizzas and more than generous pasta. On two floors, we are immersed in a pop and ultra colorful decor with terracotta floor tiles, walls in polished concrete or flanked with shiny neon lights, a gold pizza oven and plates with psychedelic designs. In the basement, the green course dinner Majorelle blue color is the perfect place for an exclusive evening in large tables. Zola is sharing, friendliness and generosity! Zola, 62, passage des Panoramas – 2éme; Opening January 2020 . More info on NewTable here :

This old 16C institution has a new look! Olivier Flottes and Michel Boiron, already at the head of Gilberte and Huguette, promise a complete renaissance for the Le Petit Victor Hugo who sets out to conquer the coasts of the world with a real unusual “Maison Mer”. We will find all the iconic dishes of the world around fish, including King Crab, paellas, fish tacos, enchiladas, ceviches, multiple taramas, octopus chawarma, california rolls, poke bowls, fish tagines or noodles with shrimp. Designer Laura Gonzalez has struck again, and will end up astonishing the eye with lush vegetation, wave-shaped benches, a huge sunroof and even an incredible colorful rooftop . Le petit Victor Hugo; 143, avenue Victor Hugo , 16éme; Opening for April 2020. More info here :

 The Sir Winston is one of the oldest English pubs in Paris. In Spring, it will turn into a spicy table, halfway between the English pub and an Indian table, like an incredible home of the English colonies, decorated by the talented Laura Gonzalez. This new table will be open every day from breakfast to dinner, for a moment with friends, a business lunch or even a family Indian brunch on Sunday. Sir Winston will offer a sharing cuisine flavored with spices and signed by an Indian chef in a colorful setting. In the basement, there is an amazing speakeasy and ideal for sipping great cocktails . Sir Winston ; 5, rue de Presbourg ,16éme; Opening Spring 2020. More info here :

 Cali Sisters, it’s the most anticipated new Californian restaurant of 2020. Behind this welcoming and comfortable new address, two sisters, Capucine and Juliette Vigand, passionate about this sunny region of the United States. Here you can eat all day long, good Californian cuisine, as delicious as it is healthy and above all at very affordable prices. This bohemian and vibrant restaurant located a stone’s throw from the Place de la Bourse will seat around 100 people and all the classics of Californian cuisine on its plates. Lemon and ricotta pancakes, casserole meatballs, smoked short rib and spiced roasted butternut squash, broccoli snacked with pesto or multicolored lemon carrots. Cali Sisters ; 17, rue Notre-Dame-des-Victoires , 2éme;   Opening March 2020. More info at l’hotellerie here :

And lastly on the arts, Paris is eternal.

A repeat call for one of my favorites. Domenikos Theotokopoulos (1541-1614) is better known by the name of El Greco. Painter of Cretan origin, he stayed in Italy before settling in Spain in 1577. Last grand master of the Renaissance, he was also the first painter of the Spanish Golden Age. This retrospective, the first major French monographic exhibition dedicated to him, highlights his fiery and inventive work, rediscovered at the turn of the 19-20C by the avant-garde. Goes on until February 10, 2020. More info here:

See Nourrir Paris or feed Paris, between permanence and transfer; nourish Paris, a specific identity; feed Paris, a question of abundance; feed Paris, multiple challenges; Parisian supply; les Halles, belly of Paris; consume in Paris: so many themes to be discovered at the heart of an exhibition route that highlights food in the broad sense, and throughout history. The History Committee of the City of Paris devotes an exhibition to the Forney Library to the means of production and transport, enabling the great question posed by the inhabitants of the capital to be answered. Bibliothéque Forney at Hôtel de Sens 1 rue du Figuier 4éme; Métro : Pont Marie (line 7). More info here :

There you go we will always have Paris my dears. Enjoy it as we do

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




January 4, 2020

La Trinité sur Mer , heavens on boats!

This is a wonderful heavens and boater’s paradise about 33 Kms ( 20 miles) from my house. Weekends specially in good weather is glorious to have it as your backyard, even in winter . Not to mention the whole of the coastal department 56 of Morbihan in Bretagne. I will be telling you a bit more about La Trinité sur Mer.

We go by car along the D768 to the N165 and then turn direction Vannes for a while on this road before hooking up again with the D768 direction Carnac and hooking up with the road D186 direction La Trinité sur Mer. There is a bus line 1 from train station Gare d’Auray that can take you here too but never taken it.

Plenty of parking by the pleasure marina and along the harbor as well as the St Joseph parking lot up by the Church St Joseph, it is a public parking.  There are nice eateries up here too,and the quaint house to repair your bike or your small boat with antiques fixtures right by the Church behind it next to the memorial to the fallen.

La Trinite sur Mer

And of course, the harbor, all glorious boats of it, restos, bars, shops. Always great to walk it leisurely and no hurry.  The boat capacity here afloat has 1,290 places (1,070 on pontoons and 180 on mooring).  A technical reserve for 200 boats. Dry port in partnership with the company Multipôle 56: 510 berths ; reception of habitable boats from 9 m to 14 m and motor boats of 7.50 m / 8 m.

La Trinite sur Mer

La Trinité-sur-Mer is the third port in Bretagne and the fifth on the Atlantic coast. Its privileged location at the bottom of an estuary allows it to accommodate moored multihulls during their preparation for races around the world.

la trinite sur mer

It is one of the most important regatta places in Europe. Indeed, the city is particularly renowned for its nautical competitions. Its small fishing and sailing port is a popular stopover for internationally renowned boaters and skippers who have made it their home port.  Its exceptional geographical location allows it to organize very beautiful regattas in the Bay of Quiberon as well as deep-sea races along the coasts of southern Brittany and around the Ponant Islands.

La Trinite sur Mer

Admire the port of  La Trinité sur Mer on the heights of the Kerisper Bridge. Walk the mythical customs path and discover the breathtaking view of the port, the Kerisper bridge and the entrance to Quiberon Bay. Also visit the region’s oyster yards and enjoy a hearty seafood platter at one of the city’s restaurants. Immerse yourself in La Trinité sur Mer for a weekend or more, and let yourself be told the thousand and one stories of all the lovers of the sea that the famous marina shelters. Renowned skippers, passionate oyster farmers, occasional boaters or seasoned fishermen, each plays with a pencil to offer the visitor a rich and colorful picture. La Trinité-sur-Mer, a colorful seaside resort!

La Trinite sur Mer

The wonderful SNSM lifesavers at sea volunteer force which I proudly support by the fish market or halles aux poisons.

La Trinite sur Mer

Our lunch or drink central is the usual A l’étage right by the harbor and overlooking it with  a top floor terrace for drinks only. You come down to second level to drink more and eat some big burgers and fries, fish harengs, and Serrano ham, grimbergen and corona beers and expresso coffee etc etc with great views of the beautiful harbor.

La Trinite sur Mer

La Trinite sur Mer

The tourist office in English is here: Tourist office of La Trinité sur Mer

The city page in French on nautical activities; City of La Trinité sur Mer on nautical activities

If you love the sea and I do, and boating and I do and all related to the sea including scuba diving which I cannot do anymore, then you must come here. A must for the nautical incline. Enjoy La Trinité sur Mer or Trinity on the Sea.

And enjoy this wonderful short and to the point youtube video on La Trinité sur Mer

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

January 4, 2020

Peaceful Conleau Peninsula!

And here I am starting my blog in 2020 amazing to start to tell you if someone had told me would be here I probably would have said nahh but it all began in November 2010 and thanks to you all I still keep on ticking the wonderful world of travel and family life. Thanks again my dear readers and followers!

So , let me tell you a bit more on a wonderful quiet peaceful peninsula just off Vannes or rather part of it. The Conleau peninsula. We love it for just family good times.


It is located at the south west of the city of Vannes at the end of the Gulf of Morbihan; it is a district of the city also call by the same name. Nowdays you find old mansions houses, whre the architecture its inspired of Swiss chalets. there is an open pool into the bay of sea water classify pavillon bleu or excellent for swimming. There is a good size children playground where local families bring their little ones for pass time and play, all bordering the gulf and its river Vincin. Large trees of shade and benches all over provides a nice rest area for a picnic or rest or just look at the sailboats in the marina and harbor out to sea!


Public transport from the Le Port area of Vannes takes you here in line 3 in 22 minutes and 2 euros. The official site for transports KICEO is here: Vannes bus network Kiceo

pdf line 3 Kiceo is here: Kiceo Vannes bus network line 3 to Conleau

Line 1 can do it too but more walking;  take it Le Port direction : Cliscouët – Cassard.

However, I do the run by car and its easy along the N165 to exit 779E follow signs for Le Port and on the last roundpoint, get right following ile Conleau sign, 20 mins and you are there off the freeway. Plenty of parking with meters by the resto or entrance to the Best Western hotel or free parking at the entrance to the islet along the river and bay road.


There is great views of the bay walking on a trail just from the open sea pool all around the building and housing complex, just great walks along the sea sublime!!

For eating, there is a nice restaurant inside the hotel Best Western at the tip of the islet or peninsula Conleau,the local name is Le Roof, at Best Western Le Roof restos cafe bar  for a formal dinng or the le Cafe Conleau for lighter fare, and also a bar area. Then for quaint, local and family warm go to my favorite there La Guinguette de Conleau , at 3 Allée Frères Cadoret  tel +33 (0) 2 97 26 25 68, you cant missed with its colorful design and the last before the hotel private entrance across from the port office and public bathrooms (for free!). You have the typical breton galettes and crepes plus seafood and steack platters, cider, wines,  liquors, beers ,coffees, teas and ice cream. Their Facebook page is here: Facebook on La Guinguette de Conleau

The tourist office of the Gulf of Morbihan on ConleauGolfe du Morbihan tourist office on Conleau

For those in the mood for a city nature combination walk here is the path from Le Port old town harbor to the presqu’île de Conleau peninsula: City of Vannes on walks le Port to Conleau

And there you go a nice walk and dogs on leash allowed, we take our Rex here and he loves it too walking along the bay!!! wonderful site. Hope you enjoy in 2020! Conleau!!

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



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January 3, 2020

Oysters anyone? come to Sarzeau!

Ok so let’s talk about something we do eat a lot here and especially around the season to be merrier into New Year; they are all over here so lucky me because I love them. However, I have chosen one area that we have been going since moving to Bretagne and the Morbihan dept 56 back in 2011. The oysters of the Rhuys peninsula by the town of Sarzeau!

A bit on the area for orientation…

The Pointe de Bénance is in the Gulf of Morbihan, in the town of Sarzeau. Located on the Rhuys peninsula, the Pointe de Bénance extends along the north-south axis. It is approximately 450 meters long and 200 meters wide. It is located north of the village of Bénance. It faces many islands in the Gulf of Morbihan, the Île des Œufs is 1,200 meters in the north-west, Penn Bleï is located 2,500 meters in the north-east and Île aux Oiseaux is 2 600 meters in the east.

Some of the wonders of our sea to try here fresh and from the real source are these favorites and one must out of the many here, really all over!.

La Nursery du Golfe; Oyster farming at 9 chemin Pointe Benance 56370 Sarzeau.  The Nursery du Golfe is the ideal place to savor these iodized flavors while discovering the secrets of oyster making! From the production of phytoplankton to spat, the aquaculture farm reveals to the curious the different stages of the nursery of the “pearls” of the region. In season, the tables overlooking the Gulf of Morbihan invite you to taste aperitif plates, for lunch or during storytelling evenings. The opportunity to discover the new range of creative products that the farm now produces, “Spiru Breizh”, 100% marine spirulina in seawater! This one is our favorite here. More info: Nursery du Golfe at Sarzeau

EARL Benance Ets–Guillemette Michel ,Oyster farming at 4 chemin Pointe Benance 56370 Sarzeau. This one is straight producer right off the sea , smaller more family and just as good. A choice no webpage but  direct sale to individuals sublime: From Mondays to Fridays from 8h -12h and 13h30 to 17h. Tel +33 (0) 2 97 41 84 89.


From our immersion in the area we have become quite knowledable on oysters (huîtres) which we love so let me give you a brief story on its cultivation.

The fertilization gives birth to a larva. For about twenty days, it evolves quietly in the water, gradually takes on the appearance of a “D” and acquires a kind of foot that will allow it to crawl to find the best place to settle. The larva becomes a spat, a baby oyster pampered particularly by oyster farmers for three years. The oyster will then go through all the breeding cycles before enthroned as queen on the seafood platters.


On the Rhuys peninsula, the oyster farms are located on the foreshore, the strip of coastline that is discovered at low tide. The influence of the tides thus regularly and naturally provides the plankton necessary for the growth of oysters. Breeding is practiced in different ways. On the ground: the oysters are directly “sown” on the sandy soil. Or on raised metal tables: the oysters are then protected from predators in mesh pockets. Oyster farmers access their parks aboard their barge, and, like sea gardeners, tirelessly rake the shells deposited on the ground or turn their pockets over and over again to avoid the proliferation of algae, aerate the oysters to give them a good size and nice shape.


The oyster then assumes its best attributes to be sold retail on the premises of farms or in markets. The oysters can then be kept for a short week, between 5 and 15 degrees in the vegetable drawer of the refrigerator, flat, the curved part of the shell at the bottom. However, it is better to buy your hamper the same day as the tasting! The explosion of flavors is guaranteed! Yes indeed and we are so lucky to have this possibility here!!!

Ok following the local ritual of walks , not yet into the forest park walks but along the coast is gorgeous ,and then have a bushel of oysters with muscadet white wine sublime!! Enjoy this walk please!!

Need to go by car and park at the parking start of Rue du Pont Févis, at the end of the Bénance cove. Then, start your walking! Come back towards the town of Sarzeau to pass the bottom of the cove and take the path which leaves on the left (walking trails are posted!). Magnificent meadows bordered by large trees spread out on the right side of the path which leads to the outbuildings and to the Château du Néret. Pass in front of the majestic porch of the castle (private) house, and follow the high walls along the path, reaching the crossroads of a path that starts on the left between two walls.

Continue opposite to the edge of the Château de Truscat (private). Decks have been installed to cross the wettest parts of this part of the circuit. Reach the gate of the castle and pass in front of this gate and continue the route by the path which turns your back on the houses of the village. Shortly after a fountain, the high enclosure wall disappears to leave the view over the sea (wonderful!). Here, you can already guess the overlapping of the land and the sea. Reach a crossroads with 4 perpendicular directions.

Turn left at right angles to reach the Truscat saltworks (old salt mines). Go around it then take the same path to return to the previous crossroads. Turn left, reach the village of Kerbodec. After passing the line of small houses, turn left to reach the coast. A wide alley ends facing the sea, and a landscaped path starts on its right side. By taking it, pass in front of the Château de Kergeorget,(private), a pretty castle planted slightly behind the coastline.

Continue on the coastal path to reach the crossroads of Duer. Extend opposite on the coastal path to reach Pointe de Duer. Turns south, then deviate somewhat from the coast to avoid the bird sanctuary. Join the coastal path and then go left to the observation tower which stands a little further. Return to the path and continue to the left, towards the village of Duer. At the crossroads, turn right and cross the village from side to side, to reach the seaside. Turn left, take the outward path.

After Kerbodec, ignore the path on the right which leads to the salt marshes (seen above), then go back to the gate of the Truscat castle. Continue along the stone wall, until you find the first crossroads past on the outward journey.Turn right to descend this path which leads to the sea. Here two possibilities:

Reach the starting point along the old dikes that separated the Gulf of marshes or tidal mill ponds that border it, but beware this passage is not always passable or convenient, turn back to return to the previous crossroads. Turn right and resume the outward journey to return to the parking lot at the end of cove of Bénance. A wonderful recommended walk indeed!!

Enjoy the oysters info Tourist office Gulf of Morbihan on oysters producers

City of Sarzeau tourist office: City of Sarzeau tourist office info

And you are all set for a wonderful sea nature and oysters of the Rhuys in Sarzeau a killer combination, recommended. Enjoy it, cheers!!

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





January 3, 2020

Goh Lanno at Pluvigner!

This is ,me think ,the best sports complex in the dept 56 of Morbihan and just lucky to have it in my town. I have written in details on it before in my blog but today’s is special. Let me tell you about the sports park complex of Goh Lanno in my town of Pluvigner!

I actually went on a dog walk with my boys!! They usually do this task but on a humid cool day of January 2020 I decided to take the walk with them. It was very nice and my boy dog Rex, a mix border collier/labrador or Borador is just marvelous.


We have it since he was 4 months old taken from a dairy farm nearby and it has been a joy. I had dogs always and finally convince my wife to have one, unfortunately for her Martine passed away April 30 2018 due to cancer… and the dog means a lot to me now. Even more , it is a link with the glorious nice family past.


The Goh Lanno sports complex is huge and one of my son’s plays for the local team B and starter and already score a goal so very happy for him. The park is been improved with a fan seated stands been build. Info on the team the Keriolets de Pluvigner! Keriolets de Pluvigner football team page


It is the part of town where you can meet other locals for sports , dog walking or city events activity like the National Day 14 July. It is very close to our house mind you so just walking distance.


If you stop by we sure will take you here especially if it is a sports football /soccer game although it also, host the local basketball and volleyball teams in the nice fieldhouse. The city page in French with the sports park Goh Lanno: City of Pluvigner on Goh Lanno



The Rugby and Tennis parts are been improved and there is even a rugby clubhouse on site. The chapter here is associated with the Auray rugby club which one of my son’s try it a while back with no chance.


Too bad not many writes about the town they live in but I do and plenty of posts in my blog under the town’s name or some news from Bretagne or Morbihan etc. It is a town with about 7K folks very wide spread out in superficie. Our city page in French: City of Pluvigner

And we even have a tourist office right by the mayor’s office or city hall or mairie:  Office de Tourisme de la Baie de Quiberon – Accueil de Pluvigner : Permanent information desk Tuesdays to Fridays from 9h30 – 12h and 14h – 17h30. Saturdays from 9h-12h. Email contact: 

And even a page in the area tourist office Bay of Quiberon!! in English too!!! More info.: Tourist office of Bay of Quiberon on Pluvigner

And a webpage site Detours d’Art showcasing the monuments of heritage in my area such as churches and chapels is here in French, they do offer guided visits: Detours d’Art on heritage around Pluvigner

So are you ready for the real back country of the Morbihan and Bretagne, then stop by and do let me know it ok.

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

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January 2, 2020

My recap of year 2019!

So again on the trail of past year’s time on my blog and as a thank you for all my readers and followers I am doing this short post.

2019 was very special ;my first full year alone with my boys having lost my dear late wife Martine in 2018. Time they tell me soothes the pain, actually is the other way around but we go on with responsabilities and challenges into 2020 probably my last full year as a full time working person.

The blog started in November 26 2010 with the encouragement of many friends from well known travel forums has been a godsend to me for the entertainment and the rich exchanges with folks of many lands over the years. I thank you all. You can see a synopsis of my post in my pages here:

Really, when I started no where could I believe I would reach 775 blog followers and so many nice comments. And I thank you all. So far 2588 posts articles in my blog and more than 40K photos!! Do not know how far can I go as already using 74% of my memory capacity in wordpress blog. …and it becomes expensive afterward.

My blog’s name for those new is a combination of my life’s travels. Paris1972 because when living in Madrid visit Paris for the first time during the coming out of the movie Last Tango in Paris with Marlon Brandon and Maria Schneider.It has stuck with me as a classic film. Versailles2003 because that is when I came to live as a French citizen permanently in France at Versailles…and working in Paris. So a fitting name me think

We live now in the region of Bretagne, department 56 Morbihan, town of Pluvigner for the last 6 years already more than my average per domicile in my life!! Bretagne or Brittany or Breizh has been good to us overall and we have a decision to make whether continue here or move on in retirement. I am here since June 2011 and at the house since August 2013.

I will continue to write and already booked trip to Toulouse next week to reminicent of one of the favorite cities of my dear wife and a possible retirement spot for me later on. We are thinking Dublin afterward and come back to Honfleur so far.

There are bits and pieces of my life throughout the blog all the way since birth, it is a living exposure to me now and a heritage souvenir for my sons and family and close friends.

Some numbers wordpress blog give us tells me that in 2019 I had 35 556 views, 17742 visitors, 11959 likes and 1184 comments. My most view posts were Some news from France XCXXXV  192 Notre Dame Cathedral update Aug19 185, and Somport tunnel port and peaks 139, and My best restaurants in Versailles 122. My most visitors by country were USA 10 928 (figure they would follow me), France 4562 (surprise indeed as wrote the blog in English), UK 3751, India 1345, Spain 1258 , Germany 1153.

Again to all, thank you very much to keep me company. I will continue with wonderful spots of my life and count on you to follow me thru.

Happy New Year 2020 and may your best wishes come thru for you and yours. Yours truly, pedmar10

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




January 2, 2020

The tradition of the king’s cake in France!

So now we are in 2020 and the new year starts with all those usual new year’s resolution. And we get on with an old tradition of the King’s cake or Galette des Rois which we have taken as a French family very fond of.

We have multiple passports and lived in several countries so we carry on the tradition of many as well which we find family uplifting. One going on now in my beloved Spain with preparations is the wonderful story of the 3 Wise Kings who on Epiphany day usually falling on January 6 , we give gifts to our children as the kings gave to the enfant Jesus in Bethlehem. However, we give now one gift hehehe and on December 25th. The January 6 tradition is kept ceremoniously .

Let me tell you here about the Galette des Rois (king’s cake) we are just having again this afternoon!  The Galette des rois is a galette traditionally made and consumed in most of France, on the occasion of the Epiphany, Christian feast which celebrates the visit of the three wise men to the baby Jesus, celebrated on January 6 of each year .

This cake is also sometimes called Parisienne in the regions of the south of France where one consumes not the Galette but the cake of the kings. In most of France, the galette des rois is originally a pancake made from puff pastry, simply browned in the oven and eaten with jams; it can also be stuffed with various preparations: frangipane, fruit, creams, chocolate, frangipane mixed with applesauce, for example. In the extreme south of France, the use for the Epiphany is to prepare the cake of kings, a large sweet bread, in the shape of a crown, with a more or less airy dough and scented with flower water. orange. The person who discovers the bean has the right to wear a fancy crown and then chooses his queen or king.

A bit of history I like

The Galette des rois has its origins in Saturnalia (Roman festivals located between the end of December and the beginning of January), during which the Romans designated a slave as “king for a day” . During the banquet (at the beginning or at the end of the Saturnalia, according to the different eras of ancient Rome) within each great family, the Romans used the bean of a cake as if to draw lots for the “Saturnalicius princeps” (Prince of Saturnalia or of disorder) . The “king of a day” had the power to grant all his wishes during the day (like giving orders to his master) before being put to death, or more likely to return to his servile life. This made it possible to tighten domestic affections.

The sharing of the cake is also associated with the celebration of the Magi during the Epiphany, for Christians. Many French kings followed the tradition more or less and Louis XIV always retained the use of the cake of kings, even at a time when his court was subject to a rigorous label.

When the French revolution came, the very name “cake of kings” was a danger. a decree of the Commune having changed, in the session of December 31, 1791, the day of the kings in “day of the sans-culottes” (,sans-culotte, which is opposed to that of the Aristocrats as in opposite meaning) the cake had no longer its raison d’être. This disappearance was, however, only momentary because the sans-culottes having renamed the Epiphany to “feast of the Good Neighbor and the Galette of equality”.

A survey was carried out in France in 2014 (unfortunately cannot find the sources) 97% of French people taste this holiday cake, but 85% according to another source. They eat for: 70% a puff pastry and frangipane cake, mainly in the 3/4 north of France (us too); 11% a more or less dense dough cake flavored with orange blossom water, mainly in the far south; 9% consume more than five (we do about 3) ; and 68% cheat to give the bean to the youngest.(fierce competition at home no giveaways! )

At the seat of the French Republic (Palais de l’Elysée), a giant cake is delivered each year to the President of the French Republic (aka France) since 1975. But according to the same principle as the galette de l’égalité or equality cake of the revolutionary period, the cake offered each year to the president does not have beans, in memory of the heritage of the French revolution and respect for the principles of the French Republic.

And how about what to drink with it? Well we do with the below and also comparable bottles over the years. Hope it help you choose yours if in France these days.

Whether you prefer the delicious frangipane version or the candied fruit brioche, or even the apple or raspberry ones, you can’t savor it without choosing the right wine to accompany it … So here are two nice choices amongst the many!

Its gourmet translation nevertheless followed the border which separates the country of origin: “Galette des rois or king’s pancake in the north,” ” cake of kings in the south”. The first, now made of golden puff pastry in the oven and generally filled with frangipane cream, is best enjoyed above the Loire, while the second, a simple circular brioche with candied fruit, is shared in sunny regions.   As for the broad bean, a long religious porcelain figurine, today it covers all themes and covers all materials, arousing the passion of collectors , fabophiles (bean figurines followers)   some of whom have long abandoned short pants.

In either case, the wine will obviously be white, and sweet enough to match the sweetness of the dessert. With the pancake, the “fat” of the preparation will play a determining role, to which the sparkle of a Champagne will usefully oppose; for its part, the frangipane cream calls for a young, lively, fresh wine. I would therefore without hesitation choose a demi-sec (semi dry) Champagne, preferably the one produced by Taittinger which seems to me to be perfectly balanced. Made from exactly the same blend as the famous Brut Réserve from the same house (40% chardonnay, 60% pinot, noir and meunier), it is more generously dosed with sugar (35 g / l), which will create a harmonious whole with the dish. With candied fruit brioche, it is precisely sugar that dominates, both in the preparation itself and in the ingredients that accompany it (candied fruit). This time, I can see a mutated Muscat, whose fermentation was brutally stopped by the addition of pure alcohol. Rich in residual unprocessed sugars , it will accompany the dessert without countering it. This time I will choose a great Beaumes-de-Venise classic: the Domaine des Bernardins. Its richness in sugar and its fruity will allow it to hold head gently, while its intensity and its length in mouth will accompany those of the cake. A classic with us!

Official sources for the drinks here:

Offiical Taittinger demi sec Champagne

Official Domaine des Bernadins on Muscat des Beaumes de Venicede Venice

And there you now you are set to enjoy of one France nicest tradition, the Galette des Rois. And this is the time to do it if you are in France. Hope you enjoy it and follow it as we do.

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


January 1, 2020

Let’s say Mont Saint Michel!

So let’s say Mont Saint Michel. Oh yes for many years I used to passed by it on my road warrior trips between the Paris region and the west of Normandy. Then, one year my twin sons got a school trip there and came back with some pictures and saying it was nice. Finally, I took the whole family and went there to see it and indeed it was nice. And this is my first post of 2020!!!! Happy New Year to all!!!

Well more like one of the wonders of our world really, a must to see in France. I have written some posts on the sights there and the food, this time will just remind you of how to get there and enjoy the walks along its marvelous old streets. Again, no other words are needed when we speak of this marvel of our world, the Mont Saint Michel in Normandy, (but Bretons claim it too!).

I waited to be living already in the Morbihan breton to make the family run there. Going we took the D768 to the N24 direction Rennes, all the way to the beltway  coming around the rocade nord or north beltway as if going to Paris but once on the A84 got off on the exit 33 for the Durcey Mont Saint Michel exit on the N175. Coming back we took off by Pontorson on the D43 and went to the D766 , N176, N164, and by Josselin the return back on the N24 home. We came into the parking area P10 , which is very expensive for a monument unless you spend the whole day and night there, 12,50€ for 6 hours it is expensive even for France ::)

mont saint michel

mont saint michel

The compensation is that you have a long navette bus that makes the run to the foot of the front entrance to the mount for free. they go instantly almost like every 4 -5 minutes intervals. The second link above has great info on this. There is another service that you pay almost like a bus type but drawn by horses, the Maringote. We took the bus navette faster and easier and free.

mont saint michel

mont saint michel

Once inside there is a laberinth of narrow street,like the Grande rue,  rue Principal, and blvd de l’Avancée ,step stairs, and hilly terrain which you must be in shape to do. It is semicircular and if you go to the ramparts you have great views over the sea. By the way, the area had the big waves or grand marée recently but we were there it was all sandy and plenty of walkers even a tour group in the sand on foot coming over. The walking on the sand to the mount is handle by expert guides as they can be very dangerous. Waves come back at 15 meters within minutes to surround the mound like an island.

mont saint michel

The mount of St Michael or Mont Saint Michel has many towers around it starting from the entrance Tour du roi or king’s tower. To the right is Tour de la Liberté or liberty tower, then Tour Basse or lower tower, Bastion de la tour Boucle or tower bastion of the Loop, tour Demi Lune or half moon tower, tour du nord or north tower, tour Gabriel or Gabriel’s tower.

mont saint michel

On the left side back you see the Chapelle of St Aubert just after the tour Gabriel. There is a very nice swampy lawn in between best seen from the tour du nord

mont saint michel

The Grande rue street goes in layers upwards to the next loop of streets or the chemin du ronde abbatial and another layer known as the Grand Degré de l’Abbaye to the abbaye or abbey church. On the side to the left there is a gorgeous terrace or Grande Terrasse de l’Ouest with great views to the streem of Le Quesnon the great debate between Normandy and Brittany for ownership settle by the French revolution and France on the side of Normandy.

mont saint michel

Upon entering to your left go to the échauguette de la pillette or pillbox watchtower up Montée aux Poulains street near the tour Gabriel for great views of the sea . Grande-Rue, a narrow street that takes on the assault on Mont-Saint-Michel, is lined with 15C and 16C mansions. with evocative names from medieval times. Mythical addresses such as the La Mère Poulard whose omelette makes the world run,  and numerous souvenir stalls dot this street, invaded by a dense and multilingual crowd which, for some, evokes the assemblies of pilgrims of long ago.

mont saint michel

A bit of history and info for enjoying this wonderful spot on our belle France

The origin of the city merges with that of the monastery at Mont Saint Michel. Upon the arrival of the first monks, the first huts of traders, artisans, fishermen, etc. are built at the foot of the rock to enjoy and participate in the development of this new place of worship.

If today most of the houses in the village are made of stone, at that time wood was widely used, which would largely contribute to multiple destruction, then reconstruction of the village by fires over the centuries. The houses are built on the south and east sides of the rock, where its escarpment allowed the houses to sit securely.

In the 15C, the construction of the defensive system of the abbey being completed, the protection of the city was considered. Three gates defend the entrance to the city. The first, attached to the bourgeois guardhouse (where the Tourist Office is today), is known as the Porte de l’Avancée. Its defenses are summary. The second gate, defended by a redoubt and a half-moon, is called the Porte du Boulevard. The most defensive gate is undoubtedly that of the King, protected by the towers of the Arcade and of the King, it could hardly be crossed because a drawbridge and a portcullis blocked its passage.

Passed the threshold of the Porte du Roi, the visitor finds himself under an arched passage which served as a guardhouse. The rooms located above this passage now house the city/town hall of Mont Saint-Michel. You now have the Grande Rue in front of you. Unique street of Mont Saint Michel, it turns around the rock to lead the visitor to the foot of the large outdoor step. In summer, the ascent of the street is made, between the shops of souvenir merchants, in the middle of a compact and cosmopolitan crowd. Under these conditions, it becomes very difficult to appreciate the constructions bordering this street and it is better to leave it without regret. So, taking the alleys and other passages deserted by tourists eager for trinkets makes it possible to plunge back into an era when the beauty of things makes us forget the vicissitudes of current life.

Couple of webpages to help you plan your trip here are

City of Mont Saint MIchel in English

Tourist office of Mont Saint Michel in English

There you a must to visit in France I said, and repeat. One of the wonders of our world and even if overly run by tourists today, it is for a good reason after all is famous and all should come here. Oh yes prices are for a top tourist spot in a crowded space so you were told. In all, enjoy the Mont Saint Michel!

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


December 31, 2019

My year 2019!!! thank you all!!!!!!

So here we are , another year went by today is December 31 2019 in most parts of the world. I like to first tell you thank you for all your likes and comments during this year, it is appreciated. I write about my travels, likes and fun things to keep a history of my life for my future generations and hopefully encourage others to do the same and do travel.

Let me say a few words on the New Year’s Eve and New Year Day.

In the Gregorian calendar , New Year’s Eve (also known as Old Year’s Day or Saint Sylvester’s Day in many countries), the last day of the year, is on 31 December. In many countries, New Year’s Eve is celebrated at evening social gatherings, where many people dance, eat, drink, and watch or light fireworks. Some Christians attend a watchnight service. The celebrations generally go on past midnight into New Year’s Day  January 1.

We do have a late night meal with friends after drinking all day (we just began with Porto red lol!) and do see out the fireworks to await the New Year in my current country of France.

New Year is the time or day at which a new calendar year begins and the calendar’s year count increments by one. Many cultures celebrate the event in some manner and the 1st day of January is often marked as a National Holiday. In the Gregorian calendar,  the most widely used calendar system today, New Year occurs on January 1 as New Year’s Day. This was also the first day of the year in the original Julian calendar and of the Roman calendar after 153 BC.

During the Middle Ages in western Europe, while the Julian calendar was still in use, authorities moved New Year’s Day, depending upon locale, to one of several other days, including March 1, March 25, Easter, September 1, and December 25. Beginning in 1582, the adoption of the Gregorian calendar has meant that many national or local dates in the Western World and beyond have changed to using one fixed date for New Year’s Day, January 1. During the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire years beginning on the date on which each consul first entered the office. This was probably May 1 before 222 BC, March 15 from 222 BC to 154 BC, and January 1 from 153 BC.

Other cultures observe their traditional or religious New Year’s Day according to their own customs, sometimes in addition to a (Gregorian) civil calendar. Chinese New Year, Islamic New Year, traditional Japanese New Year, and the Jewish New Year are the more well-known examples. India and other countries continue to celebrate New Year on different dates. The official dates in some countries were Holy Roman Empire (Germany) 1544 .Spain, Portugal,   Poland 1556. France (edit of Roussillon) 1564. Great Britain (Ireland, British empire) 1752, Scotland 1600.

In my current adopted country of France, New Year’s Eve (la Saint-Sylvestre) is usually celebrated with a feast, le Réveillon de la Saint-Sylvestre. This feast customarily includes special dishes including foie gras, seafood such as oysters, and Champagne (plenty of it!). The celebration can be a simple, intimate dinner with friends and family or, une soirée dansante, (dancing night away)  a much fancier ball. On New Year’s Day friends and family exchange  New Year’s resolutions, kisses, and wishes.  We are all alone out west so will have my Dad and 3 sons and our dog borador Rex. Some people eat ice cream, actually we do eat logs or Bûches of different flavors. The holiday period ends on 6 January with the celebration of Epiphany (the 3 wise kings brings gift to the child Jesus and we get our gifts on this day).  A traditional type of flat pastry cake, la galette des rois, made of two sheets of puff pastry, filled with frangipane (almond paste) is eaten; nowdays we have in chocolate, raspberries flavors too . The cake contains a fève, a small china doll (can be of different characters) ; whomever finds it becomes king or queen and gets to wear a gold paper crown and choose his or her partner. This tradition starts nowdays practically right after Christmas on December 25 and go on to January 6.

More info on it here by Local news journal in English: The Local news journal on New Year’s Day to do things

In my other dear country of mine in Europe, also citizen as Spain. New Year’s Eve (Nochevieja  or old night) celebrations usually begin with a family dinner, traditionally including shrimp or prawns, and lamb or capon. The actual countdown is primarily followed from the clock on top of the Royal House of the Post Office in Puerta del Sol square in Madrid (many years waiting for it here!) . It is traditional to eat  twelve grapes, one on each chime of the clock (and we in my family had a 13 the last one we threw away making a wish for the new year) . Nowadays, the tradition is followed by almost every Spaniard, and the twelve grapes have become synonymous with the New Year. After the clock has finished striking twelve, people greet each other and toast with sparkling wine such as cava,Champagne or cider. Earlier in the evening at around 20h, there is a 10k run called the San Silvestre Vallecana, which starts on Paseo de la Castellana next to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium (Real Madrid!), and ends at the Vallecas stadius (Rayo Vallecano). Professional runners come to Madrid for this 10k. After the family dinner and the grapes, many young people attend cotillones de nochevieja parties (named for the Spanish word cotillón, which refers to party supplies like confetti, party blowers, and party hats) at pubs, clubs, and similar places. Parties usually last until the next morning and range from small, personal celebrations at local bars to huge parties with guests numbering the thousands at hotel convention rooms. Early the next morning, party attendees usually gather to have the traditional winter breakfast of hot chocolate and fried pastry (chocolate con churros). Yes indeed i have to say a more vibrant celebration than in France.

More info from the Local news journal in English: The Local news journal on New Year’s things to do

Now to follow the groupies, some of the towns I have been in 2019 (and can remember lol!!) have been in no chronological order

Pays de la Loire: Nantes, Clisson, Le Mans, Angers, Guérande, Piriac sur Mer, Brissac-Quincé, Montreuil-Bellay,

Bretagne: Josselin, Guidel, Larmor-Plage, Baden, Gourin, Vannes, Auray, Concarneau, Quimper, Saint Armel, Guidel plage, Quiberon, Carnac, Sainte Anne d’Auray, Saint Nolff, Questembert, Rochefort en Terre, Locronan, Châteauneuf-du-Faou, Sarzeau,

ïle de France: Paris, Versailles, Saint Denis

Hauts de France: Chantilly

Normandie: Alençon

Spain: Madrid

Just doing this count realise, not much foreign visits in 2019 due to a reduce family and lack of envy, will see if 2020 can improve on it. Again thanks for following me in my travels, and always hoping you enjoy it as much as I

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!! As well as Happy New Year 2020, Bonne Année, Feliz Año Nuevo and Feliz Ano Novo!!!




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