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March 12, 2018

The big beautiful and samba country, Brazil!

Well ,it’s about time I recap my previous trip to this huge beautiful country. Of course ,a few post won’t do justice to everything in it, but I will try . I have been coming here since 1994-5 , first from the USA and then continue from France until just last year. Of course, I am talking about Brazil.

As usual on these nostalgic posts, I will give you the link to my previous blog posts on the country.

https://wordpress.com/post/paris1972-versailles2003.com/780

https://wordpress.com/post/paris1972-versailles2003.com/5457

https://wordpress.com/post/paris1972-versailles2003.com/9884

https://wordpress.com/post/paris1972-versailles2003.com/11635

https://wordpress.com/post/paris1972-versailles2003.com/12721

https://wordpress.com/post/paris1972-versailles2003.com/16366

https://wordpress.com/post/paris1972-versailles2003.com/16421

https://wordpress.com/post/paris1972-versailles2003.com/16450

https://wordpress.com/post/paris1972-versailles2003.com/16472

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Well , do not know where to start, just to tell you that in addition to regular visits for several years from a week to three weeks for which I learned the language-Portuguese, I did eventually went there for a job of 3 months with an apart hotel valet parking and all expenses paid! So always living is different than visiting, you learned more and get more from the experience. Nice memories and nicer friendships that endure even over 30 years!

A bit on the history I like:

Brasil /Brazil/ Brésil is officially the Federal Republic of Brazil, the biggest country in the Latin America covering almost half the surface of South America. It shares borders with Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana (also France), and Surinam; only Chile and Ecuador do not have borders. The country is ,also, the 5th biggest in the World and the only heritage of Portugal in the Americas. It is, also, the second Christian country in the world and the first Catholic (per population).

The Brazilian flag has a yellow triangle as a background in green meaning the imperial union upon the birth of Brazilian Royal house . The green represent the Royal house of Braganza  of which belonged the first emperor of Brazil , Pedro I .  The yellow represent the Austrian Royal house of Habsbourg  because Maria-Leopoldine of Austria, was the wife of Pedro I and was an Austrian princess. As far as language ,the Portuguese is the official language but also has Indian heritage in languages such as the tupi-guarani, macro-jê  ,and Arawak (the same later went to the Caribbean islands).The main tribes are the  Tupiniquims,  Guaranís, and  Tupinambas. The tribe of Tupis was the first one to be in contact with the arriving Portuguese, therefore the cultural attachment is more important today.

In 1500, Pedro Alvares Cabral discovered the Brazilian coasts coming from Portugal and declare the new lands as part of Portugal. Brazil is the country that have received the largest number of black African slaves, mostly from West Africa in the 16C to the 1850’s. By 1807, to avoid the attack of emperor Napoléon to Portugal, the Royal family of king John VI escapes to Brazil. In 1815, Portugal raise Brazil as a Vice kingdom and the Capital of its empire. Brazil becomes the Vice-monarchy of Brazil and the Algarves. In 1821, king John VI returns to Portugal but Dom Pedro became the regent prince of Brazil and starts the war of independence facing the Portuguese army against the colonial army . By 1822, Pedro takes side with the locals and declare the independence finishing in 1824 with the victory of the Brazilian troops and the signing of the Treaty of Rio de Janeiro of 1825. The first constitution was done in March 1824. Pedro II continues and make the most prosperous period of the history of Brazil.

During early in the 1860’s Brazil face two critical periods.  A war beginning with a civil war in Uruguay (at the time a province of Brazil) and the Army is sent to put down the rebellion  with final victory in 1865. The, real danger comes when the Paraguayan army taking advantage of the situation in Uruguay invade the Brazilian province of Mato Grosso, and four months later invades the Argentina as well.  This campaign was also pacified in favor of Brazil. By 1889, the emperor is dethroned and a Republic is proclaimed but not a democracy but led by an oligarchy of rich landowners, local electors, and Coronels until the crises of the 1930’s. By 1930, on a coup d’Etat the country goes into dictatorships. Brazil entered WWII in 1942 on the side of the Allies and by 1945 the dictator Vargas leave. From 1964 there were many military juntas and stays for over 20 years. Democracy comes in an economic and financial difficult time and a new constitution is erected in 1988.  All difficult moments afterward , due to corruption in democratic elected government to our days still in critical cycle.

The Brazil has known three Capitals, which are Salvador from 1549-1763, Rio de Janeiro from 1763-1960, and Brasilia, since 1960 and current Capital. The country is divided into States and they are in no particular order Paraná, Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina , Espírito Santo, Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Alagoas, Bahia, Ceará, Maranhão, Paraíba, Pernambouro, Piauí, Rio Grande do Norte ,Sergipe, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Goiás ,Brasilia,Acre, Amapá, Amazonas, Pará, Rondônia, Roraima ,and Tocantins.

It is a vast country so transport is best by air as much as possible. this is the way I have done it. Took a bus once in Curitiba, rode the Serra Verde Express train to Paranagua, which I would highly recommend, the site in Portuguese is here: https://serraverdeexpress.com.br/

Curitiba

Botanical gardens Curitiba

And drove myself a car in the Paranà State area around Curitiba. The rest was done by airplane.  For brief information: Cities with metro/Subway/tube that I have tried are Belo Horizonte ,Fortaleza ,Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro, and  São Paulo. The tramway is ok in Rio de Janeiro. The airports were the  São Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão International Airport. Belo Horizonte is the main international airport outside Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Natal, and  Fortaleza has accepted international flights. Some city buses can get extremely crowded during rush hours (7h – 10h and  17h – 20h, You should also refrain from riding buses after dark.

Rio de Janeiro

view from my hotel Othon palace Copacabana beach

The bus network are (only rode in Curitiba)

Sao Paulo: http://www.sptrans.com.br/

Rio de Janeiro: http://www.rioonibus.com/servicos/terminais/

Belo Horizonte: http://www.bhtrans.pbh.gov.br/portal/page/portal/portalpublico/Temas/Onibus/novo-terminal-rodoviario-2013

Curitiba : http://www.urbs.curitiba.pr.gov.br/horario-de-onibus

Bus terminal Curitiba: http://www.urbs.curitiba.pr.gov.br/comunidade/rodoferroviaria

The main city metro sites which not taken any are:

Sao Paulo:  http://www.metro.sp.gov.br

Rio de Janeiro:  http://www.metrorio.com.br

Belo Horizonte: www.metrobh.gov.br

And the airports of my trips are here:

Airport Curitiba

http://www.aeroportocuritiba.net/en/

Sao Paulo

https://www.gru.com.br/en

Rio de Janeiro

http://www.aeroportosantosdumont.net/en/

Porto Alegre

http://www.aeroportoportoalegre.net/en/

Natal

http://www.natal.aero/en/

Fortaleza

http://www.aeroportofortaleza.net/en/

Fortaleza

arriving airport Fortaleza

Manaus

http://www4.infraero.gov.br/aeroportos/aeroporto-internacional-de-manaus-eduardo-gomes/

Belo Horizonte

http://www.bh-airport.com.br/en/p/1/home.aspx

And I leave for last some of the things to see in Brazil , of course I have a few good ones in my blog posts above, these are the ones everyone has on their agenda when they think of Brazil.

Pao do açuçar, Christ the Redeemer statue, Carnaval of Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu Falls,  Copacabana beach, Amazon Rain Forests ,  Salvador’s Pelourinho ,Ouro Preto MG, Pernambuco Beaches ; Belo Horizonte; Art Museums of Sao Paulo;  Ipanema Beach; Maracanã stadium, Villa Morretes; in  Petrópolis  the  Cervejaria Bohemia;  Fernando de Noronha, an archipelago of 21 islands that sit 330 miles off the northeast coast. Some of the beaches here are considered to be among the very best in the world, like Baia do Sancho.

Morretes

My restaurant off the river at Morretes

Brazil has many choices for all, and they are all wonderful experiences. Hope it helps plan your trip to the country of carnival,samba, and Churrascarias!!  Have a great week everybody. Cheers!

 

 

February 25, 2018

Some distant cities in the USA!

Ok on a Sunday evening, I kind of becoming nostalgic and try to remember places I have been in the USA but not lived. Well , if read my blog ,you know I lived in New Jersey and Florida for a total of 31 years…. yes.

However, I did went out to other areas and can’t believe very little pictures or memories that can be recall now. These areas were Boston, Washington DC ,Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Richmond/Midlothian, New York, and Omaha ,Nebraska, also Chicago. Then, from France, I did visit San Francisco for a week and again little pictures. These were older times before blogging and love of pictures.

I used to collect post cards and have still over 4000 of them from about 79 countries. Once, began to like photos ,stop collecting postcards. In the switch something go lost…

Maybe the kind readers of my blog can help me remember some of these places. Just let it all out !!!

I will start with Boston, I remember going to Brighton. It must have been many many years back, as one of my cousins was going to marry someone from there, (which eventually did not lol!!) We met the family,stayed in their home, and got a car tour of the city center, even to Harvard and MIT campuses. It is said that it was later had the area change to become Cambridge and the part of old Brighton became part of the city of Boston in 1874 as a neighborhood. Brighton/Allston (aka Brighton, MA and Allston, MA, 2 subdivisions of Boston proper) are known for their large population of students. Boston University and Boston College bookend the Brighton/Allston neighborhood. Found out here: https://www.bostonusa.com/about-boston/boston-neighborhoods/brighton-allston/

Then, it was Pittsburgh, I remember staying in the Hilton by the water point across from Three rivers stadium as 3 rivers do meet at the point (Allegheny,Monongahela,and Ohio). We went up in a group of friends up to Liberty avenue and had a good time indeed… the hotel was tops first time staying in a fancy hotel it was an experience. There was the Three Rivers Park and then the Point Park with lush looks over the rivers. I believe the hotel name has been change, do not recall been a Garden, just a plain Hilton back then in and around 1984 ::) I believe this was the hotel:  http://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/pennsylvania/hilton-garden-inn-pittsburgh-downtown-PITFAGI/index.html

 Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Hilton postcard

 Pittsburgh

Three Rivers Stadium Pittsburgh postcard

I like to tell you about Omaha ,Nebraska. This was way back to around 1984/85 and believe me the city was pretty serious not much to do then watch an American football game, and of course go Cornhuskers! I remember was there trying to become an insurance salesperson right out of college, and the company well still there ,as of 2017, Mutual of Omaha holds the 367th rank on Fortune 500’s top companies !! but did not stayed with them lol! We stayed in a nice hotel ,can’t remember the name, and ate in fancy restaurant taken a taxi with a group of us but do not remember the restaurant name lol!  Ok got one picture of the training class, hope somebody remembers me not sorry.

Omaha

Class training MO Omaha I am on left

Chicago, went part of the same training class as Omaha, it was the first test and we were put in an hotel by the waterfront can’t even remember the name. WE were just in the hotel for about 3 days with all day testings. But again , I was there ::)  The class picture here:

Chicago

MO training class in Chicago

Washington DC was even older, it was a high school trip to see the Smithsonian Institute complex of museums, very nice air museum there is all I can remember. It was a bus tour for a day, and all I know we had a great time on the bus !!! I came back later with my mother to do some paperwork but also a roundtrip in one day. just can say, I were here ! https://www.si.edu/museums

Going from high school in NJ to university in FL did by bar cheapest and awesome ride along the I-95. Well my car a Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1977 had break problem from the factory, and I was left without breaks near Richmond VA. The tow truck from the highway took me to Martin Chevrolet in downtown Richmond and there was taken care by Sales Manager Ray Palmer. The part needed to be ordered from Petersburg down south a bit so needed an overnight stay. The gracious Mr Palmer took me to his house!! his older son was hunting in the VA mountain and slept in his room! played Atari games with the younger son , got dinner and breakfast with the family, got my car fix at no cost, not even for the tow truck; and went on my way. Amazing good Samaritan gesture, and I kept in touch with uncle Ray for many years. Even from France, he was 81 and retired, now handling his farm of 100 cows near Midlothian west of Richmond, this was a couple years ago. I need to get back at him. Anyway I did not see much of Richmond other than the dealer. It was at Cowardin ave US301, and now I read is the Richmond Christian Center !!!

Back in around 1980, while in university got a tour of the Delta airlines facilities at Atlanta international airport and stayed at a Days Inn. The fun part was the bus and me waking up everybody at 6h when we needed to get out at 8h, I just fake the school guide voice over the phone and got everyone up earlier ,terrible feeling lol!! The Delta L-1011 airplane were cool. indeed. The hotel is shown with Wyndham webpage but I believe it was this one:  https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/days-inn/college-park-georgia/days-inn-and-suite-college-park-atlanta-airport-west/overview

Atlanta

Me ready to take off Delta L 1011 jet

Atlanta

people mover transport at Atlanta Hartsfield Inter Airport and me

Atlanta

bus trip rest stop and me indulging to Atlanta HIA

Atlanta

bus trip Atlanta HIA break down panic and me taking pictures

atlanta

breakfast at the Days Innn airport Atlanta with buddies me on right bottom maybe

Atlanta

Days Inn atlanta airport party room me in front

Atlanta

hangar Delta L 1011 Atlanta HIA

Atlanta

Postcard shot Atlanta downtown believe Peachtree

I went several times with my father to Philadelphia as he had business there and I accompany him. We were on the road selling to grocery stores, discount,convenience stores and went in the city along Broad and Market Street that I can remember. I was still a teenager and later took my first car ride getting lost into the city, a State trooper police help me out get out lol! terrible times I know…..::) We never stayed in hotels ,these were just in and out same day trips.

Then, it was New York, well this was across the street I mean the Hudson river, and my first going trip just fresh from my driver’s license was to see Yankee Stadium in the Bronx! well on the way back read above the end in Philadelphia along the Garden State Parkway!! Here went also by bus to Shea Stadium in the Queens borough and had a train ride on the World Trade Center to see the Yankees again (of course unfortunately the old World Trade Center, it was destroyed by terrorists attacks). Then, went several time for dance clubs and just plain ride even by car on those crazy young days always lots of fun . Went to Madison Square Garden to see the NY Knicks basketball and NY Rangers ice hockey lol! great times. And waited New Year’s in time Square and skated in Rockefeller center , and did my walks in Central Park. I again help my father go into the meat market area around 14st and the Bronx Terminal Market for groceries for our store in NJ. This was tough wakeup at 4am all day work…but it help my future face to reality in the real world. Also, spent my high school senior class trip at the Rocky Horse Ranch in the mountains with horse rides and wild pool activities which cannot mention here lol! Which I see now is an all inclusive resort of world renown wow!! here is the webpage:  http://www.rockinghorseranch.com/

New York

the Brooklyn bridge over to New York postcard

New York

Rockefeller Center NY postcard

New York

Rocky Horse Ranch graduating class HS77 me on right cheap camera!

New York

NY Yankees Bronx stadium postcard

New york

statue of liberty New York postcard

Of course, if I drove to college along I -95 I passed by many states, and several times stop for a night sleep at South Carolina or Georgia or Virginia. I passed from New Jersey to Delaware, Maryland, W DC, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. The trip took from 17-20 hrs depending on the driving ::) did that twice in the summer and twice at Christmas every year for 4 years! In Virginia I stopped around Emporia, South Carolina around Santee, and Georgia around Savannah or Brunswick.

While coming and going from college, I did rode with a college buddy to drop him off at Lancaster, PA on the I-83 to York and then the US30 to Lancaster. I continue on the D30 to Downingtown to connect with the I-95 home north of Philadelphia. Those were the roaring days on the road. Or put your pedal to the metal and rock !!!

I even did a post here in my blog on the trip to San Francisco but no photos. I spent a week there at the Hotel Nikko and got around to Pier 39, the Golden Gate bridge, and Union square area, several places;road the tramway trolley cars, and ate at Bastille Cafe, and John’s Grill where the Maltese Falcon movie was filmed part of it.  Here is the post I did on early in my blog: https://paris1972-versailles2003.com/2011/05/09/san-francisco-golden-and-more/

San Francisco

multiview sights San Francisco postcard

San Francisco

believe union sq postcard

I search for photos but not too many, too old on paper copies ,and had to resort to some postcards for the post. So sad, no wonder nowadays we keep things better with better technology, back them paper photos were shuffle in moves, and I do average one every 5 years ! so thinks gets lost or trip where a camera was not necessary as was thinking more postcards. Well you get the picture, any heads up on the places is appreciated for my memories of the good old days ::) Enjoy your week, mine is tomorrow yikes! Cheers!!!!

December 31, 2017

Happy New Year, Bonne Année, Feliz Año Nuevo 2018!!!

 

One photo from AP Thibault Camus to celebrate the New Year on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe of Paris!!!

Paris

A very special brief post on wishing you all a very very Happy New Year and best wishes for 2018. May all your hopes and dreams come true in good health. We stay home as in the last few years, with the kids grown and far from family we do not want to go out into the crowds of end of year.

We decided to cook a nice roast duck  breast in Madeira sauce all home made by the expert French cook in the family, my wife. Then, we added dauphiné potatoes, and dish of cheeses like goat, brie, awe milk ,and comtal , and ice cream log or buché glacé of various flavors. All wash down with Champagne Tsarine Brut for the apéro, and Chateau Patache d’Aux  Médoc 2012, and Chateau Saint Martin red Listrac-Médoc 2012 , both wines from the Bordeaux region.

We started with various amuse buche biscuits, coated peanuts in fruit flavors, potato chips chorizo and cheese, olives in garlic without seeds, and the Wolfberger Gewurztraminer Alsacien white 2016.  A grand total of 6 persons, including my immediate family and my father. We had some wonderful jelly of passion fruit from Guadaloupe as well as the chocolate ice cream log.

All the while we switch TV from the celebration in the Champs-Elysées news flash, as well as the TVE celebration in the Puerta del Sol at Madrid . It was wonderful, I had a cam camera of it and was great indeed! Just for a bit of ambiance as best we can. We constantly stay in touch with family and close friends by Facebook and Skype and this year Whatsapp.

The town was quiet and with police training on avoiding firecrackers in my area. The temps is a bit rough as we are having the storm Carmen passing by temps are at 9C or about 48F but high winds heavey rains at times ,and expecting the high tide to go by coefficient of 100 that can create flooding in coastal towns.

Another year goes by, and I to begin work tomorrow January 2nd after two weeks vacation; it’s going to be tough. Then, by mid month will fly out to Asia for a week as last year! The year will be critical as we will know our retirement options by end year and then can really prepare for it. So far, we think we will remain here in lovely Morbihan Breton.  Too far to figure where we will be going on trips, but me on India and China and maybe Tenerife, Spain looms possibles. Anyway , we are not long range planners but last minute ::)

Will have some personal photos here ,not a fan but for the special day it is worth it, me think. Again happy travels and best wishes for all followers and readers of my blog in 2018. Cheers!!!

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December 12, 2017

For me it all began here a looong time ago, Cuba

Cuba Cuba Cuba Cuba Cuba Cuba Cuba Cuba Cuba Cuba CubaIn continuing my saga of remembrance of my life’s corners and meandering places I now take you back to where it all began for me a looong time ago, Cuba. As a holder of four passports, the first one was Cuban.

I was born there in the town of Punta Brava, a once historical town of Cuba,where the war of Independence from Spain saw one of our greatest hero fall in combat. Now with the new revolution, all that history is gone and hardly ever mentioned. Cuba has change a lot ,it is not the same and for me it will never be the same.

Now, only memories lingered, and some places of share family values and love. Far far away, it seems difficult to even write that upon my latest visit in 2012, the area where I grew up seems different;;;well unrecognizable;;; well poorer. It seems to me like I was not from there. It required some days of adjustment for things to come back again.

This post is to all and especially to me as  a reminder of what it was, a lingering space in time of a once upon a time place call Punta Brava, city of Havana metropolitan area, Republic of Cuba.

Enjoy the stories, I read them myself once in a while just to keep my feet on the ground. Glance the photos some are new some are very old, all meaningful as a source of my DNA. Enjoy the pictures, and feel the people when visiting , they are the main things, the regular guy on the street. Cheers

My previous entries on Cuba in my blog are here:

https://paris1972-versailles2003.com/2012/04/20/my-trip-to-the-roots-where-all-begun-cuba/

 https://paris1972-versailles2003.com/2011/01/22/san-cristobal-de-la-habana-havanacuba/

 https://paris1972-versailles2003.com/2016/09/09/the-torreons-of-havana-los-torreons-de-la-habana/

 https://paris1972-versailles2003.com/2012/02/25/havana-la-habana-a-beautiful-postcard-of-vintage-beauty/

 https://paris1972-versailles2003.com/2011/04/23/cathedral-of-havana-or-la-habana/

 https://paris1972-versailles2003.com/message-to-havana-la-habana/

 https://paris1972-versailles2003.com/2010/11/28/havana-nights-and-more-of-la-habana/

 https://paris1972-versailles2003.com/2011/04/22/habana-hilton-or-libre-and-yara-or-radiocentro/

  

 

December 9, 2017

New Jersey ,a story of human triumph: My American life!

I think I came up with a poetic title to this post. After running from left and right wing dictatorships I finally landed in democracy. Not an easy adjustment with a totally different culture and language, but we persevered the American dream , and I made it with my parents. American as apple pie and proud of it ,even on further lands we came to know and be part of, we will always be thankful of the New Jersey experience. This is my humble homage on the season to be merrier 2017.

There is so much to tell, I start with the New Jersey official tourist center here: http://www.visitnj.org/

The State Government further information here: http://www.nj.gov/nj/things/

And an external site that offers lots of things to do in the county of Middlesex , State of New Jersey: https://www.funnewjersey.com/upload_user/cool_things_to_do/top_50_attractions/top_50_attractions_in_middlesex_county_nj.htm

Some background info on the State of New Jersey: New Jersey is a state in the Northeastern and mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. It is a peninsula, bordered on the north and east by the state of New York; on the east, southeast, and south by the Atlantic Ocean; on the west by the Delaware River and Pennsylvania; and on the southwest by the Delaware Bay and Delaware. New Jersey is the fourth-smallest state by area but the 11th-most populous and the most densely populated of the 50 U.S. states! Three geographic regions: North Jersey, Central Jersey, and South Jersey.

Ok so we move on to the county I lived for 13 years of my early life; Middlesex County. Middlesex County or Central Jersey area. Middlesex is part of the New York metropolitan area, and its county seat is New Brunswick. The center of population of the state of New Jersey is located in Middlesex County, in East Brunswick Township, just east of the New Jersey Turnpike. The county was primarily settled due to its ideal location near the Raritan River and was established as of March 7, 1683, as part of the Province of East Jersey and was partitioned as of October 31, 1693, into the townships of Piscataway, Perth Amboy and Woodbridge ; The county’s first court met in June 1683 in Piscataway, and held session at alternating sites over the next century in Perth Amboy, Piscataway and Woodbridge before relocating permanently to New Brunswick in 1778.

Something on Middlesex county official government page on history and things to do : http://www.middlesexcountynj.gov/About/Pages/History.aspx

The tourist info is gathered into the Central New Jersey area here: http://www.gocentraljersey.com/Things-to-Do/Historical-Sites-and-Tours.aspx

And now to the town I lived for 13 years and my first contact with the American scene. My English is from here, my last years of middle elementary school, high school, my first driving license, sports, work in parents small businesses as well as industry to save for University studies in Florida. Wonderful early life ,always fondly remember; Perth Amboy Panther forever !!!

Perth Amboy was formed by Royal charter on August 4, 1718, within various townships and again by New Jersey Legislature on December 21, 1784, within Perth Amboy Township and from part of Woodbridge Township. Perth Amboy Township was formed on October 31, 1693, and was enlarged during the 1720s to encompass Perth Amboy city. Perth Amboy Township was incorporated as one of New Jersey’s initial 104 townships through the Township Act of 1798 on February 21, 1798. The township was replaced by Perth Amboy city on April 8, 1844. Perth Amboy served as a capital of the Province of New Jersey from 1686 until 1776. In 1684, Perth Amboy became the capital of East Jersey and remained the capital until the union of East and West Jersey in 1702, and became an alternate colonial capital with Burlington until 1776. thanks for several sites of historical government sites and Wikipedia to gather all the information above.

Some of the colonial legacy is still around such as the Proprietary House, the home of William Franklin, the last Royal Governor of New Jersey and estranged son of Benjamin Franklin, still stands in the waterfront area of the city. St. Peter’s Church was founded in 1718 by the first Episcopal congregation in the state. Its current building, dating from 1875, is surrounded by a graveyard of early inhabitants and displays a collection of stained-glass windows with religious scenes as well as early depictions of New Jersey receiving her charter and a meeting between William Franklin and his father, Benjamin. Perth Amboy City Hall, first built as a courthouse in 1714, survived major fires in 1731 and 1764 and is the oldest city hall in continuous use in the United States, since 1789.  The Kearny Cottage, moved from its original location, is a remaining example of 18th Century vernacular architecture. The site of a ferry that crossed the Arthur Kill to Tottenville, Staten Island. Regular service began in 1709. This ferry became less important when the Outerbridge Crossing opened in 1928, but continued to operate until 1963. In 1998, the Perth Amboy Ferry Slip was restored to its 1904 appearance.  A replica of the ticket office has been constructed and is used as a small museum. The Waterfront, This is where the city was first settled and one of the few places left in New Jersey that has a historic and marina culture surrounded by water. Local attractions include the Perth Amboy Ferry Slip, two small museums, an art gallery, a yacht club, and a marina. Near the marina lies a park with a small bandshell. And this is the area of my last residence before moving on to Florida.

The Outerbridge Crossing, which opened to traffic on June 29, 1928, is a cantilever bridge over the Arthur Kill that connects Perth Amboy with Staten Island, NYC. Known locally as the “Outerbridge”, it is part of a popular route on NY-440 / NJ-440 from the south and west to New York City and Long Island. The bridge clears the channel by 143 ft (44 m), providing passage for some of the largest ships entering the Port of New York and New Jersey. The Victory Bridge carries Route 35 over the Raritan River, connecting Perth Amboy on the north with the borough of Sayreville to the south. A project completed in 2005 replaced a swing bridge that carried four lanes of traffic with twin bridges, each carrying two lanes of traffic, an outside shoulder and a bike lane. The city has NJ Transit train service at Perth Amboy station. The station provides service on the North Jersey Coast Line to Newark Penn Station, Hoboken Terminal, Secaucus Junction, New York Penn Station and the Jersey Shore. NJ Transit buses serve the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

My schools! The William C. McGinnis Middle School for grades 5–8; and Perth Amboy High School for grades 9–12.  All from the 7th grade onwards , memories never forgotten and fondly remembered.  The school board here: https://www.paps.net/

Finally the city of Perth Amboy page is here http://www.ci.perthamboy.nj.us/

And more on the history of the city of Perth Amboy here http://ci.perthamboy.nj.us/pa-all-about-us.html

harborside marina above link and the bit on the history of the city here: http://ci.perthamboy.nj.us/the-history-of-perth-amboy.html

We came in renting an apartment at 349 Oak Street, then move on to a bigger second floor apartment house at 809 State Street,and finally my parents were able to buy our first house ever at 106 State Street by the waterfront area. My parents had several small businesses in town that I of course help out; from grocery story, men’s clothing store, nightclub with live music and dancers, restaurant, and handyman sales of sundry items all over the State and even into NYC and Philadelphia, PA.

I played baseball on the Babe Ruth World Series sponsored by Chicken Delight restaurant and we won! Played baseball Freshman and JV at High School, intramural Volleyball, and foremost continue my soccer/football paths at the High School as I came over from Madrid, Spain.

All many memories, friendships that I must tell you endure today even after 40-46 years!!! My last visit to the State dates from 2007 for four days! coming there from France.  A blog post or even a blog won’t be enough to cover it all but the heart is on this post. Thank you Perth Amboy, Middlesex County, New Jersey, USA; from a grateful citizen.

Enjoy some of the pictures still holding on from those days. Enjoy your weekend as here in lovely Brittany, France is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas to all.Cheers!!!

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March 26, 2017

My travels in the Morbihan ,XXXI

We had a bit cloudy Sunday here with temps in the 14C or about 65F range; bit windy and cool ,but a great day to find out about an old sport played when teen and now here.

I look at my old sports that is Baseball, and looking at the team I knew in France the Huskies de Rouen went into the French federation and found the ligue de Bretagne ! oh well baseball here in Brittany wow! More about them here: http://www.rouenbaseball76.com/

The French baseball and Softball federation webpage is here: https://ffbs.fr/#softball

Looking further into the Ligue de Bretagne, I was surprise to hear that there are about 15 teams in Brittany , many without fields so they share. More about it here in French: http://bzhbaseball.com/

The page on the teams is here: http://bzhbaseball.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=87:les-clubs-de-la-ligue&catid=42:slide-show

And surprise there is a team in Grand Champ ,which is only about 11kms from me,and I pass by it everyday to work! So contacted the team , got a hold of one guy, and voilà training was this afternoon at 14h30 and I was there with the entire family. This is the Gregams Griffons. Gregam Breton language in French is Grand Champ or big field or campo grande in Spanish.

The team webpage is here in French : http://www.gregam-baseball.com/

So, we went by the field next to the water tower or chateau d’eau , this is Queneach Guen field.

There was a practice day between the team of Grand Champ and Quimper, that as Quimper has no field they are joining together to hold as one team for now.

There were quite a few enough to make two teams and more, with one referee. They went thru their excersise and warmups and then some batting and fielding session, before getting to play a game on both sides. Quite interesting to see folks here play the sport even in rudimentary fashion.

I was surprise to see Italian and even Cuban here on the team , who ,also serves as coach. Quite an interesting afternoon , and I will check them out again. I have some of my kids old gloves, balls,and bats that will give as they also have an U12 (under 12 yrs old) and U15 (under 15 yrs old) teams and a softball team too.

You never know what you can find in Brittany, and Baseball is certainly one big nice surprise. Something to get involved with in the future.

Enjoy baseball in the Morbihan Breton; cheers and have a great Sunday.

PS. A bit as to why I like baseball, well born in Cuba, our national sport, play in under 15 teams even if was 10, all select all stars of Havana province; left as Spanish to Spain,and there played for the Real Madrid organization in Elipa park on the Madrid junior league with 8 teams; left that for New Jersey USA and played in freshman Perth Amboy High School team and then, Babe Ruth World Series Chicken Delight team reaching finals; also played softball intramural in the University in Florida. The sport stop after high school really, playing it, but following my NY Yankees has continue to this day.

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August 23, 2015

Luxembourg keeps the braves!

Well lots to write about and over 1200 pictures from my latest trips to Germany and Luxembourg passing by my France of course. This is an area I have passed by and always left out, so now took the family in and it was great, glad it was done.

By taking the A3 into Luxembourg and then going around the beltway on the A1 ,and get off at N2 you come into signs on Reimech that also tell you of the cementary. The actual town on which the cementary is call Hamm. The American battle monument association keeps it clean and upkeeps it , their webpage is here

https://www.abmc.gov/cemeteries-memorials/europe/luxembourg-american-cemetery#.Vdnwg_3ovIU

this is from Luxembourg tourisme ; http://www.visitluxembourg.com/en/place/misc/american-military-cemetery-luxembourg-hamm

And for the most famous name buried there , General George Patton, US 3rd army , thank you Sir. http://www.pattonhq.com/funeral.html

The entrance is nice and has a wrough iron arch door, with a welcoming house on the left. As you go in, sheer adreline pumps up with so many beautiful crosses. The stone plaque on the floor tells of the debt of gratitude we owe these men. There is a tower with a female angel, and the inscription “Here is enshrined the memory of valor and sacrifice”. There are huge stone walls depicting the battle movement and on the back the names of the fallen.

Inside the tower, there is a nice chapel with flanks US flags and the inscription ” I give unto them eternal life and they shall never perish”.

I have not arrive at my lodging destination but already thrill to be here in beautiful Luxembourg. In all I stayed on the German side but criss cross the two countries every day ::) Stay tuned for more in the coming posts.

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April 19, 2015

L’hermione en route l’Amérique. On its way to Yorktown USA!

This is the boat that Gilbert du Motier de La Fayette ,the Marquis de Lafayette, came to America and helped  the continental army of Gen George T.  Washington obtain the USA independence from England in 1780, and a birth of a new nation, United States of America. He is now an honorary USA Citizen! And now update it has reach Yorktown PA USA and France is all for it see newspaper in my area.France

The French have done it, they have completely rebuilt the boat taken more than 17 years, but its done, and on its way to Yorktown with a crew of  80 persons. It left the Ile d’Aix in the Charente-Maritime at 22h45 or 10:45PM

The boat big mast is of pure Oregon (USA) pine at 54 meters high or about 182 feet.  The boat will arrive by June 5th at Yorktown and after will do stops at  Baltimore, New York, Annapolis, Philadelphia, Newport, and  Boston.

At  Yorktown will be the big stop as it was the decisive battle in the independence war when American patriots and their French allies won the battle again a strong English army on October 19, 1781.  There will be huge celebrations when the Hermione arrives in the bay of New York escorted by several sailing boats and motorized as well for the big parade of July 4 2015, the date of celebration for the USA Independence while giving a closer eye passing by the Statue of Liberty; another gift of France to the USA by Mr Bertholdi…..

For those who can read/speak French more here in the Le Parisien with a video commemoration by President Hollande of France, http://www.leparisien.fr/poitou-charentes/videos-l-hermione-a-pris-la-mer-vers-les-ameriques-18-04-2015-4705367.php#xtor=EREC-109—-2172612@1

And I have taken the picture from the article in Le Parisien to show it bigger here, a wonderful event and beautiful boat. Thank you L’Hermione, Vive la France et les Etats Unis d’Amérique!!!

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December 30, 2014

Happy New Year 2015 to all of my followers and readers , thank you.

https://paris1972-versailles2003.com/2014/annual-report/

and of course to add as the old song said, “I wish you a Merry Christmas, I wish you a  Merry Christmas ,AND a Happy New Year”

Some photos of our Christmas market in La Rochelle with a festive mood we are all loaded for waiting the New Year here.

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Carrousel at place de verdun Christmas chalets

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Christmas chalets by cours des dames vieux port

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Grosse Horloge and festive Christmas markets

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live music at Christmas market by cours des dames vieux port

Wishing all a very healthy , prosperous and beautiful travels expériences in 2015. Cheers!!!

January 1, 2014

2013 in review, Thank you all, Best wishes for 2014.

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