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November 30, 2021

Casement Bock of Luxembourg city!!!

And here is another gem I had overlook!! Incredible. I have post on the Grund/Petrusse but not the Casement Bock! Well thanks for the times, I look into it and will give it credit in this blog with new text and older pictures. I hope you enjoy the Casement Bock or just Bock of Luxembourg city!!!

Needless to tell you as you can read from my many posts on Luxembourg that this is one of our favorite spot in Europe. One I almost came to work and have collegues from the country who worked with me in France.  Bragging to tell you met the Duchess is a native of Cuba. Let me get to the history of it I like.

The Bock sits at 2 montée de Clausen just over the Castle bridge, you cross the Pont du Stierchen bridge and over the Alzette viaduc train rails, A lovely spot for walks and full of architecture and historical buildings, We parked in the city by the theater and walk all over but if public transports you need, the bus lines 9,14, and 15 pass by the Bock.


The Bock rock or the Bock is a promontory located in the Ville-Haute, the historic center of Luxembourg city, offering a natural fortification to the city, thanks to its rocky cliffs overlooking the Alzette which surrounds it on three sides. Le Bock is the site where Sigefroid de Luxembourg established its castle in 963 and founded the current Grand-Ducal city. Nowadays, the ruins of the old castle and the casemates, the underground galleries of the fortifications, remain and constitute a major tourist spot of the city, forming part of the sector classified as World Heritage by UNESCO.

The main passage, which still exists, is 110 meters long and measures up to 7 meters wide. The branches starting from either side were equipped with no less than 25 gun positions, 12 in the north and 13 in the south, offering considerable firepower. In the event of war, the Bock casemates, with an area of ​​1,100 m2, could be used as barracks for several hundred soldiers. The water came from a well 47 meters deep.


A bit of history I like

The first historical mention of Bock is in fact in connection with a watchtower or fortification on the Roman road from Reims to Trier which, in 723, was ceded by Charles Martel, Duke of the Franks, to the Saint-Maximin Abbey in Trier, It was in 963 that Count Sigefroid of Luxembourg, in search of a site where he could defend his properties, obtained the Bock and its surroundings from the Saint-Maximin Abbey in Trier (see post) in exchange for the land he owned. in Feulen in the Ardennes to the north.

Over the centuries, the castle of Sigefroid on the Bock was considerably enlarged and protected by ramparts and additional defenses. In 987, the chapel of the castle was built at the Marché-aux-Poissons (fish market) nearby. The current Saint-Michel Church (see post) is on the same site.The Bock was also reinforced with three forts, the Grand Bock, the Moyen Bock and the Petit Bock , separated from each other by notches in the rock and connected by bridges. As a result, little remains of the medieval castle

A little later in 1684, in the name of Louis XIV, Vauban succeeded in seizing the city of Luxembourg after a month-long siege under which the fortifications of Bock were completely razed. Subsequently Vauban, undertook significant additions to the defenses, realizing that the 23 km of underground passages and chambers were just as important as the surface installations. This multi-story defense system included galleries dug up to 40 meters deep. This is where the city got its nickname “Gibraltar of the North”. The Grand Bock, linked to the old town by the Castle Bridge, has been reinforced. Surrounded by a wall twelve meters high, it was the major element of the new fortress. In addition to these structures, the Bock also included a system of casemates from the cellars of the medieval castle. The Castle Bridge built in 1735 by the Austrians, this bridge connects the Bock to the old town. On two levels, it offers four passage ways: the upper road, the passage under the arches of the second level, a spiral staircase and a road under the arch supporting the first level. The fortifications enabled the city to withstand a seven-month siege in 1794, during the French revolutionary wars. When the garrison finally surrendered, the fortifications remained intact. The fortifications were finally demolished under the terms of the Treaty of London of 1867.

The Luxembourg city tourist office on the bock

The service of sites and national monuments of Luxembourg on the bock

There you go folks, another dandy spot in quant nice Luxembourg Ville. We love it and the Bock is an excellent spot to visit while in town. Hope you enjoy the post and do visit as I will again.

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

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November 30, 2021

Curiosities of Lisbon!!!

Ok so this is a quant nice city I like. Growing up near Portuguese communites I always heard about the country and even learn the language first. It so happened was lucky enough to eventually visit the whole lenght of the country and confirm my thoughts on the niceties of it. Lisbon is with us since heard the song Lisboa Antigua and again lucky enough to eventually visit it several times. As in many cases in my blog, have pictures not yet included and feel they must be in my blog. Therefore, here are some additional niceties of my curiosities of Lisbon; hope you enjoy it as I.

Coming by air from Nantes, France was always the route direct to Lisbon or Porto or routed by Madrid. The Humberto Delgado Airport of Lisbon is smallish but modern and nice easy to navigate. The airport webpage has plenty of easy to follow information told better than I can explain it, but again very easy believe me. The Lisbon airport webpage:

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Once arriving, the way into the city is by taxi or the easy metro. The metro has four lines with colors as green, red, blue, and yellow. In Portuguese these are verde, vermelha, azul and amarela. The cost is 1,50€ very nice and I did get a chargeup card or Viva Viagem very convenient it cost 50 cents euro. Recommended if planning several trips by metro in Lisbon. From the airport you take the line vermelha or red. The metro of Lisbon webpage:

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I then proceeded to my hotel, this change once use one twice the rest of the times there use a different hotel each time. The anecdote that was fun at the end was staying at the Radisson Blu nearest the airport. The hotel was the Radisson Blu at Campo Grande; just wonderful facilities, great service, excellent food. I had missed my flight due to the connection arriving late so needed to stay an extra night in Lisbon (nice after all), and got me booked this hotel. Memorable moment and welcome was awesome. 2nd pic is from my hotel room…The hotel webpage:

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From the city center I went out by car to different parts of Portugal always memorable. My favorite trip was going to PortoThe main north south are A1 taken all the time going north to Porto by Vila Franca de Xira. The roads are good easy to use me think and we found ways to avoid the tolls (extra driving time but glorious ride). The  estrada highway traffic official webpage :

And this in English, tells you how to pay and go about on the tolls of the highways of Portugal


One of the delights of visiting Lisbon is to find my favorite Spanish dept store El Corte Inglés there. It has everything and if with short on time a nice one stop shopping. The store is in a nice area just northern entry to the parque Eduardo VII nearest metro Sao Sebastiâo line red and blue(vermelha and azul). This is a great walk and super store , recommended. The official webpage:

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Not my experience with trains in Portugal but the train station in Ferro de Rossio is a wonderful architectural gem worth seeing.  Praça de Dom Pedro IV (better known as Rossio). officially is the Pedro IV Square  or  Praça de D. Pedro IV  is located in the other extreme. Being one of the main squares since the Middle Ages. It has been the setting of popular revolts and celebrations, bullfights and executions, and is now a preferred meeting place of Lisbon natives and tourists alike. The current name of the Rossio pays homage to Pedro IV, King of Portugal. The Column of Pedro IV is in the middle of the square. Here you have another metro station Rossio on the Green line as well as the train station by same name (previously called Central). 



Another interesting building past by and worthy for it architecture is the city hall of Lisbon. The Lisbon City Hall , built in the neoclassical style, its monumental façade features a large pediment over a central balcony with sculptures , and four oculi. Inside, it has a remarkable central staircase, and paintings by several artists. Since the 1930s and 1940s, the building had seen successive architectural additions, to the point where even a new floor was added over the rooftop.


The Lisbon tourist office

The Portugal tourist board on Lisbon

The city of Lisbon what to do/see

There you go folks, another dandy spots from pretty quant Lisbon. Hope you enjoy the post, and see my many other posts on Lisbon and Portugal in my blog. I am always looking forward to be back….

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

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November 29, 2021

Curiosities of Prague!!

Here i go again the deeper I look the more gems I find! I have written on Prague before in my blog and several posts, however, feel left some nice monuments out. This is a post to give credit to these wonderful architecture gems of Prague and tell you a bit more about them. Hope you enjoy it as I.

The Municipal House is a architectural complex belonging to the city of Prague. It brings together a concert hall dedicated to Bedřich Smetana, an exhibition space, reception rooms, a café and an Art Nouveau-style restaurant on the ground floor, a cocktail bar, a brasserie and a dance hall in the basement.


The Municipal House was built between 1905 and 1912, Under a copper dome, the pediment of the building is dominated by an impressive mosaic on a cardboard by Karel Špillar. Two “V” wings, the base of which would be the main entrance, frame the concert hall known as “Salle Smetana” in honor of the musician Bedřich Smetana. It can accommodate 1200 listeners and is used, among other things, for concerts as part of the Prague Spring Festival, The Municipal House was completely restored between 1994 and 1997.


Originally, on the site of the Municipal House, was the Royal Palace of the Sovereigns of Bohemia, the construction of which was undertaken in 1380 by Wenceslaus IV and which served for a century, from 1383 to 1484, as the main residence of the kings. of Bohemia, Sigismund I, Ladislas the Posthumous, George of Poděbrady before Vladislas IV Jagiello returned to Prague Castle. It is, symbolically, from the balcony of the Municipal House that on October 28, 1918, the independence of the country was proclaimed and the creation of the First Czechoslovak Republic. It was also within its walls that, following the Velvet Revolution, negotiations took place between representatives of the Civic Forum, headed by Václav Havel (later first President of Free Czech Republic) and those of the Czechoslovak Communist Party.

The official Municipal House of Prague

The Prague tourist office on the Municipal House

The National Gallery of Prague is the Czech museum , which houses the national art collections from Antiquity to the 21C.  The story goes that on February 5, 1796, the Society of Nationalist Friends of Fine Arts was created in Prague. Its initial members are mainly the representatives of the great Czech noble families who give it part of their collections of Baroque paintings. The Society founded an Academy of Fine Arts and a Gallery of Paintings open to the public. In 1902, the Emperor Franz Joseph added the Modern Gallery of the Kingdom of Bohemia to collect the Czech art of the 20C, In 1919, the Painting Gallery became de facto the museum institution of the new Czechoslovak state.

The collections of the National Gallery cover all eras and are distributed among various buildings, historical monuments and specialized repositories according to the era:

Saint Agnes Convent – ancient art collections (Middle Ages in Bohemia and Central Europe)
Saint-Georges cloister – collections of ancient art (mannerism under Rudolph II and baroque art)
Kinský Palace – the Czech landscape from the 17C to the 20C.
Šternberk Palace – European art from antiquity to the present day.
Exhibition Palace (Veletržní palác) – Fine Arts of the 19C and 20C.
Stables of Prague Castle and Stables of Wallenstein Palace – temporary exhibitions.
House of the Black Madonna – Museum of Czech Cubism.
Zbraslav Castle – collections of Asian and Oriental arts.


The official National Gallery of Prague

The Prague tourist office on the national gallery

The Wax Museum (Tussauds) has its address in Prague’s Old Town, where visitors can meet their favorite heroes, artists and other celebrities face to face. The exhibition is extensive, it is divided into several floors and thematic sections.


In the first, those interested will get acquainted with important figures of the Czech Middle Ages, including Charles IV. or Rudolf II. This is followed by well-known personalities of cultural and political life – President T. G. Masaryk, writer Karel Čapek or Dobrý voják Švejk.  Whoever prefers sports, both Czech and world, will be pleased, not only by the manikin of Jaromír Jágr. The cultural and musical world is represented by the Dalai Lama, Karel Gott or Tina Turner or Mick Jagger, and there is also a section dedicated to important dictators – Adolf Hitler, Mao Zedong, Klement Gottwald or Stalin.

The official Wax Museum of Prague

The Prague tourist office on the wax museum

There you go folks, another set of dandy monuments in pretty Prague, Czech Republic! A wonderful city to walk and see the beautiful architecture and history; hope you have enjoy the post as i.

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

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November 27, 2021

A dolls museum in Josselin!!!

Ane here I am again finding goodies from my vault that have not written enough or nothing at all. This is a wonderful city to visit, Josselin , very famous for its castle but inside it there is a wonderful dolls museum I like to tell you a bit more about it. Hope you enjoy it as I.

We remember Josselin, a nice town not far from us about 60 km that we enjoy it’s medieval look city center. So here I am creating a new post from older pictures on the museum as have plenty on the castle of Josselin. Of course, this is in my beautiful department 56, Morbihan of my lovely Bretagne.  Josselin has a nice castle,  doll  museum , nice basilica and wonderful lovely inner street with wooden houses of old. A perfect getaway for a day any time.

The old stables have been upgraded to accommodate the Musée des Poupées or dolls museum of historical dolls collected by the Duchees of Rohan and very interesting especially for children. This is in the castle but entrance by 3 rue de Trente.


The story goes that more than 30 years ago, Antoinette de Rohan discovered in the attic of the Castle, a collection of dolls started at the end of the 19C by Herminie de Rohan, the great-grandmother of her husband, Josselin de Rohan. In 1984, Antoinette de Rohan inaugurated the Museum with hundreds of dolls, the oldest dating from the 17C. The Rohan collection currently has a total of nearly 5,000 pieces, in particular a large collection of dolls in Breton costume, an exceptional set of dolls from Japan, as well as many toys, board games, dollhouses, dinettes, animals, trains , planes of yesterday and today. This collection is considered the most important private collection of dolls and toys in France.


They have different events in the year but while we were there and took a peek  they had on the first floor, exhibition: “From Noah’s Ark to Paddington Bear, animals through toys”. This unique presentation of games and animals, accompanied by dolls also evoking many regions of the world, is offered on the first floor (2nd US) of the museum. On the ground floor (1st US), and we admire the exhibition which marks the 30th anniversary of the Museum, in which the rarest pieces from this exceptional collection were presented.

For reference, Antoinette and Josselin de Rohan are the current lords of the castle , Mr Josseling de Rohan is the eldest of the house of Rohan-Chabot.

The official castle webpage on the dolls museum

There you go folks, a dandy within a dandy castle of Josselin, another wonder of my beautiful Morbihan. Very much recommended for a visit of the whole in your next foray into my neck of the woods ok. Hope this helps you plan your trip and enjoy it as I

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

November 27, 2021

The Yacht Club of Carnac!

There is so much to see and do in my beautiful Morbihan of my lovely Bretagne and in my belle France. I have come to Carnac several times as it lies just south of me just 27 km or about 17 miles. Passing we saw a nice building at first on the beach, and realise it was the Yacht Club of Carnac! We took a further look and always a visit once on the beach of Carnac. I  had mentioned briefly in my blog, but feel deserves a post of its own. Therefore, here is my take on the Yacht Club of Carnac!!


The Yacht Club welcomes you all year round to experience all kinds of sea sports intensely.  And a must stop on Carnac plage or beach area and we love to walked by it and great picture taking is the Yacht Club de Carnac. A wonderful set up in a great beach spot on the bd de l’océan of Carnac. A bit of history tells us that already in the summer of 1960, on the main beach, a few families, more grouped together in the center of the beach , had beyond a dinghy Rascal especially, little guy, boy. The boats were pulled over the sand, past the tents or access passages. In the spring of 1961 it was rumored that a group of users “in all kinds of gear” was going to be formed on the eastern part of the Grande Plage or large beach under the name “Club n ° 1” at the initiative of Mr. Chupot. The rest is history as the saying goes. The Carnac Yacht Club invites you to come and sail on the magnificent lake of the Baie de Quiberon. Protected from the winds and the ocean swell, a wide choice of activities awaits you such as sailing course, rental, private lessons, discovery outing, activity for children, coastal license training, kayaking, paddle and rowing, year-round activity.

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Alone, with family or friends, a team of professionals will respond to your request. They offer sailing courses, rentals, private lessons and supervised outings. By catamaran, dinghy, windsurfing, kayak, paddle, rowing, traditional sailboat, sportboat or foil, come and sail on recent, suitable and quality equipment. You can also come and take your boat license , Sailing courses, for children and adults, are organized during school holidays (Easter, summer, All Saints), from Monday to Friday on half days. They guarantee you quality supervision and supports adapted to all levels. The club was labeled “Best Sailing School” for the second time in 2018.

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The sailing school opened on June 20, 1966 and the inauguration took place on July 23. The main building of the club house measures 20 m x 14 m on two levels: on the ground floor, workshops, equipment depots, easement rooms; upstairs, surrounded by windows overlooking the sea to the south and the beach to the east, reception hall, bar, toilets, club secretariat and secretary’s apartment. A wing on one level extends the building to the north. It houses cabins with three berths each, accommodating 32 students and 10 monitors.

The official Yacht Club of Carnac:

The city of Carnac on the Yacht Club :

The Carnac tourist office on the Yacht Club :

There you go folks, now you can even come for a sailing class right on the big beach or Grand Plage of Carnac ,gorgeous setting indeed. Worth the visit and let me know when in Carnac a special kind of town! Hope you have enjoy the tour as I.

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

November 26, 2021

Shopping the Champs-Élysées of Paris!!

Ok so here I am going over my blog and seeing many posts on shopping, something I am a total amateur but did move along with my parents, my wife and now boys for necessary sake! Even if as you know, shopping in France is marvelous and in Paris is sublime! I like to make this new post using some older pictures of shopping the Champs-Élysées of Paris!! Hope you enjoy it as I.

Oh yes, we like to go to individual stores but sometimes we indulge in going to the shopping centers or malls, or as best describe on the Avenue des Champs Élysées, the galleriesI like to tell you perhaps about some off the beaten path buildings when you walk the Avenue des Champs-Elysées, that we have indulged into them,

From the Arc de Triomphe to the Champs-Élysées roundabout, the most beautiful avenue in the world unfolds a long ribbon of luxurious boutiques and prestigious stores, interspersed with legendary restaurants, cinemas and other cafes. Adorned with light, the Avenue des Champs-Élysées stands out as the essential stopover in a Parisian getaway. From Place de la Concorde to Place Charles-de-Gaulle, the avenue takes its name from the Champs-Élysées, the place of the underworld where virtuous souls stayed in Greek mythology. Day and night, this magical avenue owes its legendary reputation to its breathtaking beauty and its range of luxury, which makes it one of the main tourist spots in Paris.

The Galerie des Arcades or Lido at 78 Av. Des Champs-Élysées . This is a gallery in blond and black marble with Lalique bronze sconces. The glass slabs of the ceiling are supported by marble columns. It differs from the galleries and passages of the 19C by its exceptional width, fifteen meters, and by an almost exclusive use of artificial lighting. In 1929, the Lido opened, one of the most prestigious Parisian cabarets. The Lido move out in 1977. The high-rise building at this address has a shopping arcade on the ground floor that overlooks the Champs-Élysées on one side and the rue de Ponthieu on the other. The Arcades des Champs-Élysées, a permanent fairs of luxury shops, were built in 1925 on the site of the former Dufayel hotel. The Arcades were inaugurated on October 1, 1926. A few marble columns, from the old Dufayel hotel, are used in the construction. Closest transports metro line 1 George V or bus 73 George V stop/arrêt. 



Georges Jules Dufayel , was also the owner of the Grands Magasins Dufayel, the largest department store in the world at the time, in the Goutte-d’Or neighborhood in Paris where one found a jumble of furniture and household items. The store was closed in 1930, He,also, acquired a house on the avenue des Champs-Élysées previously owned by the Duchess of Uzès. He had it demolished and replaced it with a more imposing mansion built in 1902. This hotel was in turn demolished in 1924 to make way for the “Arcades des Champs-Elysées”, a shopping mall. These arcades connect the Champs-Elysées to the rue de Ponthieu. In 1929, the vast basement was transformed into an upscale entertainment venue, called the Lido. In a Venetian setting, the public had a large swimming pool (33 m by 9 m), a hammam, a beauty salon, a dance hall. Nautical reviews take place in the swimming pool. Grand as in Paris !

The Galerie des Champs-Elysées at 86 Avenue des Champs-Elysées was entirely redesigned by Jean Nouvel, It has regained pride and elegance with its refined style. The new concept store developed by L’Occitane and Pierre Hermé as well as ephemeral kiosks. The new H&M store in Paris designed by Jean Nouvel too even if announced they think of closing this store, The ground floor and the basement are dedicated to women. The man lives on the first floor, the child is absent. To navigate from one floor to another, a wide staircase, an elevator, escalators, there are many choices. There are even these giant screens that go up and down, stop when they meet a visitor, just to show them the flagship silhouettes of the season In the dressing rooms, it can be adjusted, just like the second mirror placed behind you, in order to better visualize the chosen part.

The Paris tourist office on the Galerie des Champs-Elysées :


The Galerie du Claridge at 74 Av. Des Champs-Élysées, Our favorite store ; a few years ago when FNAC arrived. This was able to revitalize this place and give it a new identity.  There is an astonishing clock housed in the Galerie du Claridge combined with the Greeks’ clepsydra which therefore indicates the time thanks to the flow of water and the traditional , which give the time with greater precision. The whole, made up of pump, siphons, balance and colored liquid moving in a transparent medium, is constantly animated. On the left, the spheres in column give the hours and on the right, the ringed column, the minutes. It’s quite fascinating to watch the time go by, it is the case to put it, this way. Interesting !!

At this spot was the Claridge hotel ,a large hotel built in 1914 on the eve of the Great War or WWI, During WWII, the hotel was requisitioned by the French Army , then the Nazis. After the conflict, the hotel once again became the meeting place for luxury tourists, businessmen and political figures. The Claridge closed its doors on December 31, 1976. Many personalities frequented the Claridge such as Marlène Dietrich, Édith Piaf, Jean Gabin, Salvador Dali who brought goats to his apartments, the boxer Sugar Ray Robinson, Georges Simenon, Jean Cocteau, Colette, etc, The hotel was taken over and subsequently reopened today as a serviced apartment. It belongs to the Fraser group and offers 114 rooms. Closest transports is metro lines 1 and 9 Franklin D. Roosevelt ,and bus lines 32/73 stop/arrêt La Boétie-Champs-Elysées.

The Paris tourist office on the FNAC store there:

The official webpage of the new Claridge-Fraser hotel on top of gallery


Some additional webpages on the Champs Elysées to help you enjoy even more this great Avenue!

The Paris tourist office on the Champs Elysées

The Paris tourist office on shopping in the Champs-Elysées

The Champs-Elysées Committee, a non-profit association, was created in 1916. It acts in favor of the promotion, development and international notoriety of the avenue and the Champs-Elysées district in Paris. The Comité Champs-Elysées on the stores in the avenue :

There you go folks, another nice shopping walk in dandy Paris and the most famous avenue in the world, the Avenue des Champs-Elysées! Plenty to shop here and these galleries are nice, architecturally and historically impressive as in Paris. Hope you enjoy it and do shop by them!

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

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November 25, 2021

Place de la Concorde!!!

Really should I give it a different name, this short one says it all to the world, this is the Place de la Concorde of my eternal Paris. A must to walk it and see its wonders of architecture and history all around it.  So this is a very popular spot in my eternal Paris. It seems the world convenes here after a long walk along the Ave de Champs Elysées or the Rue de Rivoli! I was lucky enough to even worked just around the corner from it and walk to work from the Gare Saint Lazare passing close and seeing it every day . Of course, I have told you about it before in my blog, but this is new text , more history and new older photos not in my blog yet. Hope you enjoy the Place de la Concorde of Paris!

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Well this is the most famous square in Paris, me and many others think.  However, do you know it started out named “Place Louis XV” in 1763. Later named “Place de la Révolution”  during the period of terror in the French revolution, and finally took the name of the  Place de la Concorde” in  1795, to mark the reconciliation of a Nation. Again, it was re-named  “Place Louis XV” in 1814, and further  “Place Louis XVI” in 1826.  It was not until the reign of king of the French Louis-Philippe in 1830, that it takes the current name for good of the  Place de la Concorde”. As Concord or harmony of a nation. King Louis XVI was guillotined on January 21, 1793 as well as Queen Marie-Antoinette, the Girondins, Danton, Mme Roland, Robespierre and many others. During the reign of Terror, 1119 people died there.

Public transport passing by here or close are bus lines 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 24, 26, 27, and 28. Metro stations  Concorde- Line 1 | station Balard -Line 8 | station Porte de la Chapelle / Mairie d’Issy – Line 12. Also, the wonderful underground parking Concorde !webpage:

More of this wonderful unique Place de la Concorde!

The Place de la Concorde is located at the center via the Pont de la Concorde which crosses the Seine towards the 7éme arrondissement, on the Palais Bourbon.  Administratively, the square itself is located in the Champs-Élysées district of which it is the eastern end. But the two buildings that border it to the north, on either side of the rue Royale, are in the Madeleine district, still in the 8éme arrondissement, while the Tuileries garden which adjoins it is located in the Saint -Germain-l’Auxerrois of the 1éme arrondissement.

Looking around we can say the Place de la Concorde has the following landmarks, On the north side, at the end of rue Royale, you will see the Madeleine Church. The building to the east is the Hôtel de la Marine, On the west side, the buildings were initially mansions of senior officials. They are now partly home to the Hôtel de Crillon, one of the most luxurious palaces in the world, and the Automobile Club de France, a private club. Finally, to the left of these buildings, set back, is the United States Embassy, ​​built in the 20C. In contrast, on the south side of the square, behind the Pont de la Concorde, you will see the Palais Bourbon, an 18C building which is today the parliament of French deputies, the National Assembly (see post). On the east side is the Tuileries Garden, (see post) one of the most beautiful gardens in Paris, and on the west side is the Avenue des Champs-Elysées, (see post) the most beautiful avenue in the world !

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The ditches were filled in, two fountains were installed, statues representing towns in France, rostral columns and above all the Luxor obelisk which had been offered to King Charles X. It is the largest square in Paris, and one of the most famous sites in Paris with its emblematic obelisk. Eight statues are placed on the corner sentry boxes representing eight French towns. Lyon, Marseille, Lille, Strasbourg, Lyon, Marseille, Bordeaux and Nantes, In 1795, a famous sculpted group, the horses of Marly was placed at the entrance to the Champs-Elysées. On either side of the obelisk, are place two large cast iron fountains, called the Fountain of the Seas and the Fountain of the Rivers. The square was surrounded by candelabra and rostral columns.

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In 1913, Camille Flammarion proposed to the City of Paris to draw on the Place de la Concorde the lines of the largest sundial in the world. The City released funds in 1938, but WWII interrupted the progress of the work. Flammarion’s dream was finally realized on June 21, 1999, the day of the summer solstice, at the initiative of the Astronomical Society of France. The 31.4 meter high obelisk serves as a style for the dial. The curves of the solstices, the lines of the equinoxes and the lines of hours were marked, on the pedestrian zones, by heat-sealed bands in bronze color and, on the roadway, by 400 bronze nails.

A curious plaque remains visible at the corner of Place de la Concorde and rue Boissy d´Anglas. Protected by a piece of plexiglas, it mentions a curious name to say the least. It is in fact the Place Louis XVI. It recalls the name that the square bore between 1826 and 1828 and the beheading of the king on this same square on January 21, 1793. Difficult to read and difficult to admit that this mark has survived when we know what happened on this so-called Royal square at the time.

The last architectural development was in 1931 with the disappearance of the Hotel Grimod de La Reynière, built in 1775 in compliance with Gabriel’s ordinance but disfigured over time by successive additions, and its replacement by the United States Embassy in accordance with the original project. Since 1937, no notable change can affect the place which is classified as a whole a historical monument of France.

The Paris tourist office on the Place de la Concorde:

The outings webpage of the city of Paris sortir Paris on the Place de la Concorde in French:

There you go folks, a wonderful must see while in Paris. Get the inmense feeling of this eternal beautiful city with the sights of architecture and history all around you in the Place de la Concorde!!! Paris is indeed a mouvable feast!

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

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November 24, 2021

Curiosities of the Jardin du Luxembourg!!!

Ok so looking back again, saw several of my posts on the Jardin du Luxembourg of Paris. As often happenning lately, saw several pictures of mine not in those posts! Therefore, they need to be in it, this is a must garden to visit while in Paris or nearby! Let me tell you about some curiosities of the Jardin du Luxembourg!!!

One of the grand site of my eternal Paris. Coming here since neons times and then with my boys to ride the boats in the basin, and more. Coming for work, I even stop by bus 82 to take glimpses of it. It is a sublime garden park, that is the Jardin du Luxembourg of Paris!!!

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The Luxembourg garden was created in 1612 at the request of Marie de Médicis to accompany the Luxembourg Palace. It has been the subject of a restoration under the second empire and now belongs to the domaine of the Senate of France. It covers 23 hectares of which 21 are open to the public. In 2010, the Senate delegated the management of the museum to the Réunion des Musées Nationaux-Grand Palais with the mission of organizing exhibitions there.

The Senat (senate) of France is entered by the 15 Rue de Vaugirard also the closest to the petit luxembourg, orangerie, museum. It can be reach by Metro Odéon lines 4 and 10, Maubillon line 10, and St Germain des Prés line 4, also, RER B stop Luxembourg-Senat.Several bus lines stop here I have taken bus 82 leaving you at rue de Médicis corner with Rue Soufflot you have a view of the Panthéon, ,The Medicis fountain is best reach by Rue de Médicis near the RER B station and bus stop 82 ! By the Observatoire entrance west or ouest (fr) on rue Auguste Comté I have often found on street parking !

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The Senat (never been but did twice the Assemblée Nationale) debates, usually on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, are open to the public. Those wishing to attend must obtain an invitation from a senator . With this invitation ticket and an identity card, they must then go to the Senat reception at 15, rue de Vaugirard. Access to the session is guaranteed subject to availability. Alternatively, you can ask the Paris tourist office for a guided visit. The official Senat of France on the garden heritage

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The Orangerie built in 1839 is located in the Allée Delacroix ; in the summer the Orangerie serves as temporary exhibitions. The current orangerie, located in the western part of the garden, dates from 1839. It houses around 180 crate plants including 60 citrus fruits, mainly sour orange (34 bitter oranges), but also date palms (19 phoenix, 7 chamaerops), oleanders (46) and pomegranates (24). The finest and oldest specimens of sour orange are exhibited every year in the garden, from May to October, along the southern facade of the Palace. Their age is estimated to be around 250 to 300 years.

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The Carrousel du Jardin du Luxembourg turned for the first time in 1904. In 1906 he was celebrated in a poem by Rainer Maria Rilke. The music kiosk is closer by the RER B stop on Rue de Médicis , The oldest merry-go-round in Paris is hidden in the shade of the chestnut trees of the Jardin du Luxembourg. Inaugurated in 1879, it is built to the plans of Charles Garnier, four years after the architect completed the Opera which bears his name. 22 white, brown and black horses, three pairs of deer, an elephant, giraffes and two cradles make up this sublime rotating machine, but that’s not all! Beyond making the delighted children twirl, the merry-go-round is also a set of rings to the delight of the little ones who twist themselves to unhook the hanging rings.The pic is not the carrousel could not find it, but have one on the kiosque à musique or gazebo bandstand, where music concerts and cultural events are held and it was built in 1888.

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Robert Desarthis created the first puppet theater in France in 1933! Indeed, the theater of the Jardin du Luxembourg  is the only room devoted only to puppets. In 1930, the first turning point: it obtained the concession of Parc Montsouris. He created the “Guignolia” theater, the first of its kind built in hard. In 1932, the company gave a series of performances at the Paris theater. The same year, the little wooden Guignol in the Luxembourg garden, falling into ruins, was razed by order of the Senate. The children of Senate employees were gathered to applaud the three shows and thus choose the lucky candidate for the concession. Tournament winner: Robert Desarthis with “Reviens Guignol”. It was the second turning point. In April 1933, the theater finally had its puppet theater. It was in 1933! To this day, it is still the only theater of its kind. 275 seats, machinery ahead of its time, a proscenium for attractions, an orchestra pit, a projection room, an advanced sound system, 150 projectors, a system engineer … string puppet. Today, puppets, sets and accessories are countless. Translated from the official webpage, a unique theater my boys like it, maybe yours too.  The official Theater of Luxembourg garden

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And one caught while passing at night!  The Davioud Pavilion at 55 bis rue d’Assas, inside the Jardin du Luxembourg was formerly called the buffet de la Pépinière in 1867, this pavilion, originally a café-restaurant, was built by Gabriel Davioud. The small building now houses free public lessons of the Luxembourg Horticultural School, as well as the lectures given by the association of court auditors , and by the central beekeeping society. In summer, the Davioud pavilion hosts various exhibitions of artists, painters, sculptors, visual artists, Who was Mr Davioud ? Well he was the Inspector general of architectural works of the city of Paris, and chief architect in the service of walks and plantations working under the direction of Baron Haussmann, sculptor, and landscape designer, We ,also ,owe him, the fountain very close to the garden of the Observatory , surmounted by the sculpture by Carpeaux “The four parts of the world”, the two theaters on the Place du Châtelet, and the Saint-Michel fountain, He will also draw the plans for the Champs-Elysées gardens, the gates of the Parc Monceau, the magasins réunis or stores together on the Place de la République, the fountain of the water tower on the Place Daumesnil, the Palais du Trocadéro (now destroyed), entrance pavilions in the Bois de Boulogne, Nice architecture layout for this building indeed ! I translated the above from The Senat on the  Davioud pavillion:

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Some webpages to further help you plan your trip and is a must are:

The city of Paris on the garden

The Paris tourist office on the garden

There you go folks, always a happening place, full of Parisians and visiting families fun for all and a must to visit while in Paris. The jardin du Luxembourg are sublime. Hope you enjoy it as I.

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

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November 23, 2021

Jardin des Tuileries!!!

And I am coming back to my eternal Paris, never too far away mentally and physically. And of course, to tell you a bit more anecdotes of the wonderful Jardin des Tuileries!!! It has many memorable moments in my life visiting it and working across from it and visiting again. Hope you enjoy this latests post on it as I do!

The Jardin des Tuileries is located in the 1éme arrondissement of Paris, and was created in the 16C. It is the oldest and largest garden in Paris with 28 hectares, It is, in fact, at the crossroads of the Louvre Palace/Museum, the Place de la Concorde, the Seine river, and the rue de Rivoli. Right along the Terrasse des Feuillants exit onto rue de Rivoli and into the rue de Castiglione you have a nice carrousel , nearby a Children’s playground and before your eyes lit up seeing the wonderful Obelisk of the Place Vendôme, Just magical!!! The jardin des Tuileries memories forever and glad to have worked next to it for about 2 yrs and visited zillions of times, my by far favorite garden/park in Paris, Other than walking into it you can reach it by taking the Métro on line 1 Tuileries station, or lines 1 ,8, and 12 Concorde, Also, most convenient bus lines 42, 69,and 72. The above was the entrance to the garden I took to go in just to relax at lunch, walk, sights and sound awesome!


In the 13C, this area of ​​the city included fields of squash, or cucurbits according to their scientific name, as well as tile factories. Queen Catherine de Medici was behind the construction of the Palais des Tuileries (Tuileries Palace) (see post) in 1564. Many rulers lived there. This palace no longer exists today. It was destroyed during the Paris Commune 1871. However, the garden still exist !!! In this garden, there is also a fountain, a menagerie, as well as a cave dating from the Middle Ages and decorated by Bernard Palissy, a famous ceramist. About fifty years later, the orangery and silkworm farm, a building in which silkworms are raised, will emerge. The orangery houses citrus fruits in winter, which cannot stand frost. However, the garden was rehabilitated during the reign of King Louis XIV. The latter, as well as his Prime Minister, Jean-Baptiste Colbert, ordered that it be completely redesigned by André Le Nôtre, the famous gardener of the king who was at the origin of the development of the gardens of Versailles and Vaux-Le- Vicomte palaces(see posts). By entering this garden, you are a historical witness of the redevelopment carried out by André Le Nôtre, who made it into a French garden. Le Nôtre carefully studied painting and optical effects to redesign the Grand Carré, which is remarkable for its play on perspective. He corrected the distortion due to the distance by shifting towards the East the small round basins of the reserved gardens, located to the left and to the right of the round basin (on the Place du Carrousel side), which seems much larger than the Octagonal Basin while it is twice as small! The Tuileries Garden has a multitude of entrances. Entering from the Place de la Concorde side, you can see on your left the Terrasse des Feuillants, the Jeu de Paume museum, built in the 19C, On your right, La Terrasse du Bord de l’Eau, symmetrically, is located the Musée de l’Orangerie. Today, it no longer hosts citrus fruits, but the famous Water Lilies by Claude Monet !

From the rehab of the 1990’s about 125,000 plants are placed each year by the estate’s gardeners, the irrigation water being channeled from the Ourcq canal (whose river has its source in the Aisne, 80 km from Paris), thanks to a high pressure pump and computerized management. Yes techno keeps the beautiful old running smoothly for all of us, I thanks the gardeners of Paris !!!  In the center of the Jardin des Tuileries, stands the octagonal Basin, near which chairs have been placed so that you can rest, read, chat, and even sunbathe! You can also daydream and stroll on the Terrasse du Bord de l’Eau or Waterfront Terrace which overlooks the elegant Orangerie building and borders the Seine river ! The central alley, as well as the narrower paths perpendicular to it, are lined with elm trees and lime trees. Many sculptures are scattered around the park. At the entrance near Place de la Concorde, you can admire statues from Greek mythology. This garden also hosts statues of Rodin, the most famous of which is the thinker, statutes of Giacometti, known for his characters with slender limbs, but also works by Jean Dubuffet, Henri Moore, Max Ernst ,etc etc.

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Of the many beautiful ones, I like to single out my all time favorites in sublime gorgeous Jardin des Tuileries of my eternal Paris. The ones I comtemplated the most while using my time from work or family visits. These are :

The statue “La Fame mounted on Pegasus“, the work of Antoine Coysevox , is located at the entrance to the Jardin des Tuileries, on the Place de la Concorde side, to the right as you enter, where it dominates the main gate.

Statue of Diane a la Biche. It can be found in allée de Diane near the entrance on rue de Rivoli. It is the work of Guillaume 1er Coustou.

Statue of Apollo. This bronze statue is the work of Paul Belmondo. The father of Jean-Paul Belmondo cinema actor recently passed away,RIP

Statue “Cassandre putting into the protection of Pallas”. This statue, located around the small basin, near the Carrousel garden, is the work of Aimé Millet, and dates from 1875. It was exhibited at the Salon of 1877, at the Universal Exhibition of 1878 and at the Luxembourg Museum, before being installed in the Tuileries garden.

Statue “The Centaure Nessus removing Dejanire”.  This statue, located around the small basin, is in marble and was sculpted in 1892 and placed in the Tuileries in 1894.

The Sphinge des Tuileries. A sphinx has the body of a lion and the bust of a woman. A very fine copy is on a pillar of a small entrance to the Jardin des Tuileries overlooking avenue du Général Lemonnier, at the corner of the Quai des Tuileries.
Statue of « EVE », The statue of Eve was made in 1881 by Auguste Rodin.

The statue « Le Baiser » or the Kiss by Auguste Rodin is on the right side of the Tuileries garden, opposite the Orangerie. Before creating the marble version, Rodin produced several smaller sculptures in plaster, terracotta and bronze.

Statue “RETURN FROM HUNTING” . The statue is located in the Tuileries garden near rue de Rivoli and avenue Lemonnier.

As part of the statues representing rivers, the Concorde entrance to the Jardin des Tuileries allows you to admire four sets dedicated to the Nile and the Tiber and for the French rivers to the Seine and the Marne on the one hand and to the Loire and Loiret on the other hand. 

The Paris tourist office on the Jardin des Tuileries

The city of Paris on the Jardin des Tuileries

There you go folks another dandy post by yours truly on the most beautiful garden in Paris, me think. The Jardin des Tuileries showing history, architecture and gardening desings beauties all in one and central to the best of my Paris. Hope you enjoy the post and see you soon around Paris, the most beautiful city in the world, and most visited by UN-WTO standards.

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

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November 22, 2021

Curiosities of Angers!!

Once again looking back into my older posts realised I have several pictures not included and they should. This is again on Angers , a wonderful city in the dept 49 of Maine et Loire and in the region Centre Val de Loire of my belle France. There are some nice buildings here that should be mentioned fully and I take this opportunity to offer me and you this new post with older pictures.

France Loisirs is a chain specializing in the sale of books, CDs, DVDs, video games and other cultural products and services. We have use it once in a while, they are a good source for these types of items and the one in Angers is very nice indeed France Loisirs at Galerie le Palace, 16 Rue Louis de Romain , webpage :


A wonderful walk to do  as a must in Angers is to climb up and down the Montée St MauriceThe Montée St Maurice was under the Ancien Régime (monarchy), only a steep and winding alley, going up from the rue Baudrière ( nice current Pied-Boulet fountain) to the Cathedral St Maurice (see post) ,wonderful steps. The houses that accompany it date from different periods, between the end of the Middle Ages and the 18C. After several attempts at development in the end ,the decision to pass an expressway along the Maine river led at the end of the 1970s to the complete destruction of all the slums at the foot of the rock of the Cité , and the Montée Saint-Maurice therefore ends on an esplanade (now Promenade Jean Turc) converted into a garden with a large circular basin in the axis of the cathedral, inaugurated in 1986.Walk it is wonderful and great views from the top.


The Place Mondain Chanlouineau next to the Les Halles and not far from the Cathedrale St Maurice, and walking distance to the castle of Angers, A very nice shopping/eataries spot in Angers, Easy for the road warrior in us, parking Ralliement webpage :


The Logis Pincé is a Renaissance-style building built between 1528 and 1535.This mansion, located rue Lenepveu, in the heart of the city of Angers. In 1861, the painter Angevin Guillaume Bodinier bought it to offer it to the city of ‘Angers to create a museum there from the collections of the painter Lancelot-Théodore Turpin de Crissé. In 1889, the museum was opened to the public. It is devoted to Greek, Roman, Etruscan and Egyptian antiquities, as well as Chinese and Japanese art. The collections are dedicated to Mediterranean antiques and oriental arts. Greek and Roman ceramics, glassware and bronzes; representations of Egyptian gods, funeral rites, hieroglyphics and everyday life; bronzes, ceramics, prints, lacquers, porcelains and Japanese theatrical masks; bronzes, ceramics, glassware and Chinese art fabrics. The collections come in particular from generous donors of the 19-20C such as Lancelot-Théodore Turpin de Crissé, Edouard Moll, the Count of Saint-Genys or even Le Bault de la Morinière. webpage:


The Episcopal Palace of Angers, dating from the middle of the 9C, reflects the successive changes made over the centuries to take into account the changes in taste and functions attributed to this building. The residence of the bishops of Angers has been documented on this site since the middle of the 9C. However, the original building was completely rebuilt in the second quarter of the 12C at the initiative of Bishop Ulger , It was perhaps the bishop himself, present in 1131 at the coronation of King Louis VII, who inspired the choice of the Tau-shaped architecture, the only one of its kind with Reims preserved in France. The low vaulted hall and the synodal hall still bear witness to the high architectural and decorative quality of the construction of this time. In the 16C, Bishop François de Rohan had the main staircase on the main courtyard rebuilt, However, it was especially under the episcopate of Mgrs Angebault and Freppel, in the 19C, that the building underwent major transformations, a second entrance courtyard rue de l’Oisellerie bordered by a new wing, and completes the staircase of the main courtyard, commonly called the staircase of Rohan. Thus composed, attached to the cathedral of which it has always been an ornament and complement, this building is a rare witness to eight centuries of history. Webpage:


There are more than fifty sculptures in the streets and parks of Angers. Erected on May 31, 1853, the statue of King René was the first to be installed in the city. It is the work of the sculptor David d’Angers who has his gallery-museum a few steps away (see post), The statue was paid for by Count Théodore de Quatrebarbes. The base of the statue is adorned with twelve statuettes of characters who embody history from the province of Anjou: the Gaul Dumnacus, Roland, Robert le Fort, Foulques Nerra, Foulques V, Henri II Plantagenet, Philippe Auguste, Charles I of Anjou, Louis I of Anjou, Isabelle of Lorraine (first wife of the king René), Jeanne de Laval (his second wife), Marguerite d’Anjou (his daughter). The plasters of these twelve statuettes are visible at the entrance to the David-d’Angers gallery. City of Angers on statues:


The Tour St Aubin at Rue des Lices is part of the former Saint-Aubin abbey, which was founded in the 7C, and which was dispersed during the French revolution. The bell tower of the Saint-Aubin abbey is less old than its adjoining abbey. It was erected in the 12C. It dominates the city of Angers from its 54 meters high. In the Middle Ages, the Saint-Aubin tower served as a watchtower. This tower alone formed a small fortress with loopholes and wells. Like other abbey towers from the same period, it was erected outside the abbey itself. With the ravages of time and the various successive occupations and multiple uses, the tower ended up falling into ruin. During the 19C, the belfry, the campanile and the roof were destroyed. It later became a plumb tower for the manufacture of shotguns. In the first half of the 20C, it housed the Museum of Industry, then a meteorological observatory. Nowadays, it hosts temporary artistic exhibitions. webpage:


There you go folks, a nice walk to see some wonderful architectural stunning building in pretty Angers. Enjoy the walk, the best way to see a place, and Angers is no difference. Again, hope you enjoy the post as I. And remember, happy travels, good health, andn many cheers to all!!!

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