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October 23, 2019

Musée Saint-Raymond , Toulouse!!

I will take you south deep cathar country and home of family on wifes side. We have been here many many times and have posts on several locations ,however, most have been brief comments of the sights to see. I think they deserve more so will do several posts on the things to see and we like in the pink city of Toulouse! The city is in the Haute Garonne department 31 of the region of Occitanie. Hope you enjoy the series.

The Saint-Raymond Museum, formerly known as the Antiques Museum, is the archaeological museum of Toulouse opened in 1892. It is housed in the walls of the former Saint-Raymond university college dating from the 16C, which adjoins Saint-Sernin basilica. It preserves and presents archaeological collections from early medieval Protohistory, mainly from the Celtic, Roman and early Christian periods.


Originally at this site was a necropolis Christian dating back to the 4C that stretched on both sides of the Roman road around the tomb of Saturnin, the first bishop of Toulouse near the Basilica of St. Sernin. In the years 1075-1080, instead of the current building, a hospital reserved for the poor and pilgrims making the way to Santiago de Compostela via Tolosane, is founded by Raymond Gayrard and funded by the Counts of Toulouse. On his death around 1120, Raymond Gayrard was buried in the Saint John chapel adjoining the hospital which took the name of Saint-Raymond chapel in 1122. By decision of the abbot of Saint-Sernin, the place becomes In the 19C, when the University was created, the College Saint-Raymond, reserved for the poor students of the University of Toulouse and will retain this function until the French revolution. The City of Toulouse bought it in 1836 to destine it to various functions such as those of stables and barracks. Between 1868 and 1871, it was restored by Eugène Viollet-le-Duc who removes the traces of the demolished chapel and built a fourth angle turret, adds two walls of the interior and many crenellated chimneys that accentuate the medieval aspect of the whole. He also built a neo-Gothic house in the old courtyard of the college, which became a garden.

The building then served as presbytery at the Basilica of St. Sernin until  1890, when the City wished to recover the monument to install the Labor Exchange or the Academies and Learned Societies and eventually opt for the installation of ‘a museum. it is one of the few surviving testimonies of Toulouse university architecture of the late Middle Ages.  The building becomes a “museum of ancient and exotic decorative art” by law of the city council in 1891 and it is inaugurated on April 24, 1892. It is then reserved for small antiquities, that is to say to small works dimensions (ethnographic objects, works of art, furniture, coins and medals and archaeological objects) at all periods. The building is adapted to its new functions and stairs, partitions and cupboards are cut down to create larger exhibition spaces. Many windows are drilled to better illuminate the rooms.

It is named in 1935 the museum of Cluny of Toulouse. In 1939 is created the Society of Friends of the Saint-Raymond Museum and Ancient Arts. It becomes in 1949, the archaeological museum of Toulouse and thus receives the collections of the Antiquity and the high Middle Ages of the city. In 1980, in order to liberate all of the museum’s 2,500 m2 spaces and open them to the public, the City of Toulouse acquired the neighboring building located at 11 rue des Trois-Renards to relocate the offices. and technical services and create meeting rooms, documentation and the conservation library. A building was built between 1992 and 1994 in the district of Bourrassol to accommodate the reserves. Between 1994 and 1996, archaeological excavations were undertaken to uncover the necropolis of Saint-Sernin, located near the tomb of the martyr Saint Saturnin, and its burials dating back to the 4C. It is on this occasion that is discovered the lime kiln dating from the 5C or 6C and today visible in situ. It reopened its doors to the public in 1999, after more than four years of renovation during which the building was restored to its original appearance of 1523 and a part of the ancient Paleochristian necropolis dating from the 4-5C has been uncovered.!

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here and you must are

Official Museum of St Raymond

Tourist office of Toulouse on the museum St Raymond

There you go another dandy in my belle France, and lovely territory of many memories from and with the family over the years. Again, very nice area ,hope you enjoy the series posts to come on Toulouse, the pink city!

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


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October 9, 2019

St Malo, another magical place in my new Bretagne.

You should have heard of St Malo in the north of Brittany, have been here and need to put this post in front as was done in august 2012 while there took the time to visit some friend from old VT travel forum! It is a must to visit in Brittany or Bretagne. Hope you enjoy the repost exact as it was. And remember, happy travels ,good health, and many cheers to all!!!


Today was time to visit this city with the family. I have past by rather quickly several times, and even gone in for some shots (see my other post on it here), but this time was an in-depth visit. Even if in-depth always leaves a lot to be desire, one more time at least is merit it. This is a very nice quaint inner old city town.

Saint Malo, sits in departement 35 ille et Vilaine, on the north section of Brittany.  The sea waves here by the bay are amongst the most important in Europe, with the ampleur between low tide and high tide can reach 14 meters (46 feet), therefore it is double what the ampleur of the Atlantic ocean!

A bit of history, it is a very old city dating to celtique times, and once the Romans retreated from the area around the year 423 AD, the area known as…

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October 6, 2019

Meaux, brie, mustard and WWI ,the Marne.

With my post on memorials and monuments of the Marne I though opportune to bring back the post on the museum of the First World War in Meaux. It is a great educational trip and very nicely done, there is a bus that takes you there from the train station connection in Paris at Gare de l’Est. or by car. Hope you can visit it one day it is recommended. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!


This is a wonderful town on the banks of the river Marne not far from Paris nor Disneyland. It is where all started for me in France as married a native ::) It is funny sometimes the places most dear to you are the least visited afterward.  Of course, not counting family visits which are different than visitors, the last time I wrote something on the town in my blog was in February 24, 2011!!!

The tourist office is here

and the city tourism window is here

However, the main reason I came back this time as “visiting tourist ” if I can be there, is to see the new museum of the WWI history on the Marne .The museum opened a couple years ago and always trying but always family ,so this time went straight for it.

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July 8, 2019

Versailles has Parly II in Le Chesnay for shopping!

Need to update this post and tell you about a wonderful place in my Versailles area. More on the property here:
Parly 2 is a regional shopping center and a condominium located at Chesnay-Rocquencourt (Yvelines 78). It officially opened in November 4, 1969 with 150 shops, it was the second largest shopping center in France, just two weeks after the opening of Cap 3000 near Nice. Designed for the automobile, it is located at an exit of the A 13 (autoroute de Normandie )and has extensive parking on two and three levels!. The shopping center includes a covered three-level gallery, in which are located branches of Parisian department stores (Le Printemps, BHV), many shops and cinemas recently opened (june2019 )and modernized. It was enlarged for the first time in 1987 and covered 107,000 m2. The second extension was inaugurated in November 2017 increasing the commercial surface by 10 000 m2. In 2017, it has 187 stores, receiving each year about 11.5 million visitors. The center offers a complete and varied commercial offer, to meet the needs of West Parisian customers.
At the same time as the shopping center, was built the condominium of Chesnay-Trianon (Parly 2). The largest co-ownership in Europe, it includes 7,500 homes for more than 18,000 inhabitants (the Parlysiens). And just behind this was my kids’s middle school!!! More on the residences here:
The shopping center is served by 2 bus stops (Les Comtesses, Parly 2), lines B, H, M, S, Express, U, V and Night 1 of the Phébus bus network of Versailles, lines 17, 17S and 76 from the Transdev d’Ecquevilly establishment, via the D line of the Bus en Seine bus network, by line 51 from the STAVO transport company and by the Express 1 line from the Transdev establishment in Montesson Les Rabaux. Also the bus 19 of Transdev ïle de France stops at the Arboretum just across from the shopping center, and we took it to go from ave de l’Europe corner with Ave Saint Cloud in Versailles to the shopping center and back! Also, a few hundred meters down you can walk into the domaine of Versailles (palace ) by the Porte Saint Antoine and the hameau of M-A and the Trianons, where we did our walks/jogs! More info here:


Well, you probably come from a country of big malls or shopping centers and these are rare in France, a centre commercial is all you get with a handful of stores anchored by a big Carrefour, E Leclerc or else spread over open space. Well ,we were lucky to lived for 10 years in Versailles (see search our many posts on the city here), and we always shopped at Parly II in nearby cross the street Le Chesnay.

My boys went to middle school or collége here in Le Chesnay a very nice town chic a bit upscale and the mall is just an extention of it. The big Paris stores are here like BHV and Au Printemps, as well as the fancy Hédiard, and Lenôtre chains, all you need under one roof is here with class.

The mall webpage is here:

The shopping official address…

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June 23, 2019

Basilica de Jesus de Medinaceli, Madrid

This is one that needs to be seen more in my Madrid. the post is from Sept 2017. the church is near the Palace Hotel and the Congress of Deputies of Spain very nice area I will be again this Summer.Very venerable and one of the most visited by Madrileños; it will be worth your detour at the Basilica de Jésus de Medinaceli


I have come by here several times over the years and taken some pictures but never enough and never a post. It is time this wonderful Church Basilica gets it’s worth from me. This is Madrid!

The Basilica de Jésus de Medinaceli is located at the Plaza de Jésus near the Westin Palace Hotel and the wonderful Cerveceria Cervantes and other spots in my previous posts.

This is one of five basilicas in Madrid, and is located on the site of the previous Convento de Trinitarios Descalzos de Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación ( convent of the barefoot Trinitarian of Our Lady of the Incarnation b. 1606) . It is ,also, the seat of the order of the Archicofradia Primaria de la Real e Ilustre Esclavitud de Nuestro Padre Jésus Nazareno de Medinaceli; b. 1710 , and given status in 1928 by Pope Pius XI; yes it is long ::) the fraternity…

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June 23, 2019

Biblioteca Nacional de España, Madrid

The National LIbrary of Spain or Biblioteca Nacional de España. It is in Madrid and if you really want to know Spain then you must come here and read , see hear the history of the Kingdom of Spain. reblog from sept 2017. Enjoy it.


Another highlight building passed many times and even played at Plaza Colon since youth is the Biblioteca Nacionalde España or National Library of Spain ,right on Paseo de Recoletos just below the Plaza Colon.

The official webpage is here:

To read the books here you need a batch and authorization but there is plenty of areas where you can have a guided tour. The Exhibition Rooms and the Library Museum, where various exhibitions and cultural activities are held, are open to all.

The library was founded by King Philip (Felipe) V of Spain in 1712 as the Palace Public Library (Biblioteca Pública de Palacio). All publications done in Spain needed to deposit a copy here first. In 1836, the library’s status as Crown property was revoked and ownership was transferred to the Ministry of Governance (Ministerio de la Gobernación). At the same time, it was renamed the…

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