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August 1, 2021

Some news from France, CCCXL

And here we are folks already August 2021 and still with this madness of the pandemic which government have us continue in it seems a perpetual scary rollercoaster without telling you exactly what is going on……….. Already big demonstrations all over France against the pass. Now we are into the health pass soon to show at just about any place you want to go in or travel! Sort of like a second passport! Oh well enough of my rant on sad news. Let me bring you back to my series Some news from France already in its 340th edition thanks to my readers over the years.

Since parking in the streets of Paris is free on Sundays and on public holidays, it is this past Monday at 9h that the price increase will take effect. In zone 1 (from the 1st to the 11th arrondissement), parking per hour will now cost you 6€ compared to 4€ until now (an increase of 50%!). In zone 2 (from the 12th to the 20th arrondissement), you will have to pay  4€ for one hour compared to  2.40€ currently. In the first 11 arrondissements, the fines increased from 50 to 75 € (i.e. an increase of 50%!) and from 35 to 50 € in zone 2! Oh well it seems Paris will be alone soon.

No change for the “greens” but increases to be expected for the “blues”. The new price list aims to rebalance the uses between the different Vélib ‘models. In detail, the new rental prices will therefore remain unchanged for green bicycles ‚with a first free period of use then a flat rate of 1 euro per additional half hour. For Vélib’bleus, on the other hand, the cost of the first period of use (extended to 45 minutes instead of 30 minutes in the previous formula to take into account the expansion of the service now available in Paris and in 56 outlying towns ) goes from 2 to 3 € for the V-free package and from 1 to 2 € for the V-Plus package. The price of the additional half hour (2 € for these two packages) is also doubled compared to the previous grid. Before the summer, Vélib ‘electric bikes constituted only” 35% of the fleet of the 19,000 two-wheelers in circulation, but carried out … 50 to 60% of the courses recorded. Smovengo, which is due to take delivery of 3,000 new Vélib’ Électriques in September 2021, hopes to be able to improve the reliability of its VAE (electrically assisted bicycles) before that date. So all transport prices goes up, soon horses will move in but would they pay parking and cleaning?

In the Île-de-France region , the unconceded national road network managed by state services stretches over 1,300 km (almost the distance from Paris to Rome). It has 300 interchanges, 25 tunnels, more than 1,200 bridges and viaducts … And these infrastructures are deteriorating faster than elsewhere due to their very high use. With 4 million daily users, excluding weekends and holiday periods, the Ile-de-France road network is in fact the busiest in France. Of course, also more populated too! The Dirif gov network thus identifies 26 areas where work will take place by September 2021, against 35 in 2020 … and only 21 a year earlier. Some will only result in nightly shutdowns. But other sites, carried out continuously, will require the total closure to the circulation of sections on certain major axes. This will be the case on the A6 and A3 highways in Essonne (91)  and Seine-Saint-Denis (93), the national 10 in Trappes (Yvelines 78) or the national  104 closed throughout the Mesnil-Amelot (Seine-et-Marne 77) crossing. to allow the construction of the eastern bypass of Roissy CDG airport. Yes catch up or we will be needing helicopter pads soon!!

In the 17éme arrondissement, the small square of Batignolles, glued to the tracks that leave from the Saint-Lazare train station, tells the story of Paris of the Belle Epoque. Its neighbor, Martin-Luther-King Park, opened in 2007, plays the card of modernity and space. The singer Barbara was born a stone’s throw away, at number 6 rue Brochant.  And we know that as a child, she came to play at the Square des Batignolles. She evokes it in her song “Perlimpinpin”. It is therefore quite naturally that the main alley of this Parisian garden was named after the artist. Great place parked free around it and visit the market on that street also shop nearby for my  Spanish grocery store in Paris (see posts).

Salvador Dali and Pink Floyd, a hovering wedding at the Atelier des Lumières. The digital art center based in Paris 11éme district devotes its summer show to the genius, whose works are screened with music by the flagship group of the 1970s to accompany it. Packing. Dali, the endless enigma at the Atelier des Lumières, 38, rue Saint-Maur , until January 2022, from 10h to 20h every day. Prices: from 12 to 15 euros. Reservations webpage: https://www.atelier-lumieres.com/fr/dali-lenigme-sans-fin

The most famous of Spanish architects will soon be honored in a gigantic exhibition in Paris, at the Musée d´Orsay. Gaudi, that’s the name of the exhibition, will first be on view at the end of 2021 at the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya in Barcelona before moving to Paris. This is the first major exhibition dedicated to Antoni Gaudi in France for more than 50 years! his workshop, his working techniques, his drawings, models, sketches of his numerous creations of palaces, hotels, churches… Gaudí From April 11 to 24 July 2022 Musée d’Orsay – 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 7éme. Webpage: https://www.musee-orsay.fr/fr/expositions/gaudi-498

Imagine: sleeping on the 27th floor of a giant bulding facing a dizzying view that overlooks the entire city of Paris. This will soon be possible since within a few months, a 4-star hotel will open in the sky of Paris. The hotel will invest the top 10 floors of the Tour Duo 2, which has 27 of them. Composed of 139 rooms and suites, a restaurant and a bar with a terrace perched in the sky of Paris, the establishment was designed by Philippe Starck in association with Pascal Donat and under the MGallery brand. Hotel des Tours Duo. 51 rue Bruneseau, 13éme. Estimated opening Sept 2022 ; more in Starck webpage: https://www.starck.fr/un-hotel-survolte-suspendu-au-sommet-des-tours-duo-p4030

In mid-July, Christo’s teams embarked on the pharaonic posthumous project of the plastic artist, who died in May 2020. Thirty-five years after the Pont Neuf, the Arc de Triomphe will be carefully packaged.  A work  visible from September 18 to October 3 2021. The Arc de Triomphe will soon be covered with 25,000 m2 of recyclable bluish silver polypropylene fabric! Webpage: https://christojeanneclaude.net/artworks/arc-de-triomphe-wrapped/

Van Gogh’s painted roots found in a 1907 photo of Auvers-sur-Oise. The site that inspired Van Gogh’s final painting was found last year, thanks to an old postcard. But this previous photo, found by a resident of Auvers, provides irrefutable proof. Yeah! More in museum webpage: https://www.vangoghmuseum.nl/en/collection/s0195V1962

In Cergy, the new attraction of the regional leisure island throws in the towel for this year. The Aquapark closed its doors this Sunday and until next year. Visitors are too rare because of the weather and especially sanitary restrictions because the sanitary pass is required at the entrance to the leisure island. There you go enough of hard times by these places and lost of jobs seldom mentioned in the media! Since this Sunday, it is no longer possible to access the Aquapark, this set of inflatable structures located on 2,500 m2 near the swimming area. Webpage: https://cergy-pontoise.iledeloisirs.fr/activite/aquajump/

The Trianon Palace, a famous hotel nestled in the heart of Versailles, offers to enjoy a country picnic in its gardens, for a unique experience, worthy of the most beautiful fairy tales.  Waldorf Astoria Trianon Palace 1, boulevard de la Reine – Versailles (78)  webpage : https://www.waldorfastoriaversailles.fr/restaurants-et-bar/pique-nique-detox/

On the occasion of the third edition of the Top 50 of the best pizzerias in Europe (outside of Italy), the first place was awarded to the Peppe Pizzeria in Paris! There are 5 Parisian addresses in the Top 50 2021 of the best European pizzerias. These are 1) Peppe Pizzeria, 20eme. 16) Dalmata,  2éme. 23)  Faggio Pizzeria, 9éme. 25) Guillaume Grasso La vera pizza Napolitana, 15éme and 33) Bijou, 18éme.

The pastrami sandwich recipe of chef Simon Horwitz. Delicious one of favorite all time sandwich we did it at home great ! He is at Elmer 3éme near Pl de la République. webpage: https://www.elmer-restaurant.fr/elmer-restaurant

 For 2 sandwiches! ingredients: 4 slices of white bread, 1 or 2 ripe avocados (depending on the size), 1 bunch of coriander, 1 lime, ½ red cabbage, 25 grams mustard seeds, 25 ml of Banyuls vinegar, 4 slices of old cheddar, 200 g of very thinly sliced pastrami, Salt, freshly ground pepper, 50 g of melted butter.  For the mustard seeds in pickles: ½ cup of mustard seeds, ¾ cup cider vinegar, ¼ cup white vinegar, ½ vs. to s. coarse salt, and 1 tbsp of sugar.

Preparation:  Rinse the mustard seeds with water. Soak them with apple cider vinegar, salt and sugar for 3 hours, bring to a boil and cook for 30 minutes over low heat, stirring regularly. Remove from the heat and let cool in the open air. Once cold, add the white vinegar. Prepare the avocado puree: mash the avocado flesh with the lime juice and half a bunch of coriander, season with salt and pepper. Strip the other half of the bunch of cilantro. Reserve in the fridge. Prepare the red cabbage salad: very finely slice (with a knife or mandolin) the red cabbage. Add the mustard seeds in pickles and the Banyuls vinegar. Leave to marinate for 5 to 10 minutes, add a little salt and freshly ground pepper. Adjust seasoning. Add the rest of the finely chopped cilantro at the last moment, before assembling your sandwiches.

Spread avocado puree on each slice of sandwich bread spread out on the counter. Place 1 slice of old cheddar on top. Divide the pastrami on half of the slices, add a dollop of red coleslaw, then close with the other part of the sandwich. Spread each side of the sandwiches with the melted butter. On the very hot grill, toast 2 to 3 minutes on each side,and voilà. A family affairs! Bon Appétit!!

There you go folks,another wonderful things to do and see in my belle France! And do enjoy your time as much as allow nowdays. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

July 25, 2021

Château de Versailles , Salon d’Apollon/Salle du Trône !!!

And this is again a wonderful update of my fav palace museum in my dear Versailles. I love to tell you all about this great city of my belle France, and this is one of the intriguing rooms of the palace still with a throne room! Therefore , let me tell you a bit more on the Salon d’Apollon and its Salle du Trône of the Château de Versailles!

So I am coming back again to my beloved old home of Versailles. What can I say when you are lucky enough to lived there for about 9 glorious years and worked in Paris.… Well I have come back several times and have many posts on it in my blog. However, there are areas missing a bit more of it me think. This is the case with a nice living room of Apollo or Salon d’Apollon or more commonly call by us locals as the Throne room or Salle du Trône.

It is inside the wonderful beautiful palace/museum of  Versailles, holding its name from the ceiling representing Apollo on its chariot. The living room of Apollo is located on the first floor of the Château de Versailles, in the King’s large apartments. It is adjacent to the mercury and war rooms (Salon de Mercure et Salon de la Guerre).  Serving as the King’s room from 1673 to 1682 and then as the Throne room as soon as the king and the court settled in Versailles, the king granted his ordinary hearings here. The room was also reserved for dancing during the evenings of apartments.

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The living room of Apollo is dedicated to the Greek god, god of the Sun, to whom the Sun King identified himself. Commissioned by king Louis XIV, the ceiling is a painting by Charles de la Fosse which represents Apollo on his chariot dragged by four couriers, accompanied by the figures of France, the Magnanimity and Magnificence and the procession of the seasons figured by Flora, Ceres, Bacchus and Saturn in the center. The covings represent Porus led in front of Alexander, Coriolanus raising the Siege of Rome at the request of his mother, Vespasian raising the Colosseum in Rome, and   Augustus building the port of Miseno . The four continents are represented in the four angles of the ceiling.

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The chimney was surmounted by the portrait standing of king Louis XIV in a royal suit, wearing the insignia given to the Kings on the day of their coronation. Painted in 1701 by Hyacinthe Rigaud to illustrate the power of the king and his natural majesty. This portrait is now preserved at the Louvre museum, a copy replaces the original in the living room of Apollo. In front of the painting is a portrait of king Louis XVI.

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The living room of Apollo or Salon d’Apollon or Salle du Trône  was restored last in 2014.

The official Palace/museum of Versailles on the rooms including the Apollon: https://en.chateauversailles.fr/discover/estate/palace/king-state-apartment#the-mars-room

The whole palace/museum of Versailles is magical and to think it was once practically my backyard literally used to play and jog with my boys in the gardens! magical sublime nostalgia setting in and vacation time is coming again!  Versailles it is! Enjoy the post and thanks for stopping by.

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

July 23, 2021

Some news from France, CCCXXXIX

Let me get back to my regular series of Some news from France, already in its 339 run thanks to you all! As the weather turns, well it is hot in France this week with in my area up to 32C or about 90F; I went out to sea and got tan naturally lol! There is still a lot going on with the repeated news of the virus pandemic covid19 ,etc I took my second pfizer because its sort of obligatory if want to go to a bar or travel abroad like Spain… We will see when this game ends as now more variants (mutations) and there is talk of a third vaccine shot lol! If they can ever put this effort into cancer yikes! Anyway ,there is my latest news rants all included!

Faced with the influx of bathers, the Calanques ( creeks)  of Marseille want to end free access. To prevent overcrowding in the summer months, the Calanques National Park plans to introduce a daily gauge of authorized people on the site, using a digital reservation platform. The 8,500 hectares of Calanques National Park, divided between the municipalities of Marseille, Cassis and La Ciotat, are home to around a hundred protected animal and plant species. However, overcrowding has a serious impact on the environment. So there you go even outdoors will be limited too! Webpage: http://www.calanques-parcnational.fr/fr

The last guardians of Cordouan, the lighthouse of kings. There are only six gatekeepers left in France, who take turns here in pairs. 7 km (about 4 mi) from any coast, Cordouan has watched over the Gironde estuary for four centuries, the largest in Europe. In front of it, the infinite horizon of the Atlantic. On the right, Royan (Charente-Maritime), on the left, Le Verdon-sur-Mer (Gironde), the two ports allowing it to be reached. Behind it, the mixed waters of the Garonne and the Dordogne, which flow together into the ocean. And at the end of this long notch in the western facade of the country, Bordeaux. A wonderful lighthouse or phare de Cordouan.  Webpage: https://www.phare-de-cordouan.fr/en/home/

At the Bioparc de Doué-la-Fontaine (Maine-et-Loire), Jangali and Makalu, the two little snow leopards born on May 23 in a sort of nest set up for their mother, Junga. Only sixteen of their congeners were born in the last twelve months in an animal park in Europe. In the mountains of Central Asia, the threatened species is estimated to number only around 6,500 individuals. One good reason to visit the zoo park.webpage: https://www.bioparc-zoo.fr/your-visit/

The Provencal city, the Mecca of Photography Meetings, Arles is home to the Fragonard guest house, one of the bedrooms of which evokes the small lounges of yesteryear. Vintage ceramic table, 18C paintings, terracotta floor tiles, etc. The decor of the rooms of this guest house synthesizes the spirit of Fragonard, a family business and historical specialist in Grasse perfumery, which has extended its activity to fashion and to the decoration. which give all their character to the six rooms of this family home in the center of Arles, located a stone’s throw from the ancient theater. Webpage: https://www.fragonard.com/fr-int/maison-fragonard-arles

At the end of the Tokyo Olympics on August 8, Paris will officially enter its 2024 Olympic event. The city is already preparing for the celebration with, from today and for two weeks, activities at the Trocadero. The festivities will begin each day at noon (exceptionally at 10h on July 23, 27, 30 and August 5). On the program, the retransmission of the events taking place in Tokyo on a giant screen, but also cultural and sporting events, or meetings with athletes. With the French athletes competing in the Games having to leave Japan 48 hours after the end of their events, most of them will come to the Trocadero upon their return to Paris. On Friday, it will be possible to learn 3×3 basketball, judo or BMX. Until August 8, activities are also planned in Île-de-France region, at future Olympic venues. Webpage: https://www.sortiraparis.com/actualites/a-paris/articles/253431-jo-de-tokyo-une-fan-zone-gratuite-dans-les-jardins-du-trocadero-a-paris

No lead contamination after the Notre-Dame Cathedral of Paris fire, according to Public Health France. This is confirmed by a survey published  last Tuesday. While cases of lead poisoning have been identified in children living near the building, their contamination is linked to at least one other factor. The Plomb Notre-Dame collective is perplexed. Weird !!!

The Eiffel Tower will offer antigenic tests for visitors without a health pass. The antigenic tests will be carried out at the foot of the tower, they will cost 25 euros for foreign tourists and will be free for the French. Since Friday, this symbol of Paris has received between 10,000 and 13,000 tourists per day, the expected level which corresponds to half of its usual summer attendance. If no sanitary gauge is provided at the entrance, the elevators of the first two floors can only take 50% of their usual load to enforce social distancing. The mask is also compulsory. Its already overcrowded now I am afraid even more be really early!

The craftsmen (artisans) of Notre-Dame Cathedral of Paris put their talent at the service of the Château de Vigny. The facade and roof of the Château de Vigny in Val-d’Oise (dept 95 ) are currently being restored by specialist craftsmen. For this exceptional site, the same companies are involved as those working in the Parisian cathedral, in particular for the scaffolding and the roof. The idea is to renovated and save it, good deed!! Webpage: https://www.chateauvigny.com/en/

Some foodie info I like with some interesting places that are popping in popular circles of mine in Paris

If you needed a good reason to set foot in the 7éme arrondissement, it’s Coya, its small garden and its Peruvian menu. Here, we feast on traditional Peruvian cuisine with South American, Japanese and Chinese influences. Le Jardin de Coya,  83 rue du Bac. Webpage : https://www.coyarestaurant.com/le-jardin-de-coya/

Laïa is the new little address hidden away . At the end of the dining room, illuminated by the large bay window, we can see the chef working in the kitchen, who offers us good robata cuisine. Improved by the Spaniards, we sit on the vegetated terrace to feast on well-executed Mediterranean cuisine. Laïa 226, boulevard Voltaire 11eme. .webpage : https://laia-restaurant.com/

On this small cobbled lane which lights up with small lights as the sun disappears. The talented gang of Caché treats us with gourmet and refined tapas including the addictive croquetas of Iberian jamòn (ham) and their runny tortilla (omelet). Amagat 23 Villa Riberolle, 20éme. Webpage: https://www.amagatparis.fr/

And the beat goes on, c’est la vie!!

From August,2021 professionals in cafes, bars and restaurants are asked to carry out systematic checks of the health pass!! GNI, the union of self-employed workers in the hotel and catering industry is upset. They rightfully claim it is up to the police to carry out systematic checks. In addition to the rush of the service environment, it also argues that the staff of bars and restaurants are not allowed to ask their customers for an identity card, making it impossible to control. Instead, it suggests installing a QR code at the entrance to establishments, which can be flashed to prove that you are in good standing. Good idea. The GNI is who? Webpage:  https://www.gni-hcr.fr/qui-sommes-nous/

Disneyland Paris will ask its visitors from July 21 2021! for proof of vaccination, a negative PCR test of less than 48 hours or a positive test proving that the person has contracted the Covid for more than eleven days and less than six months. It’s obligatory right!

The French singers Vianney, Yseult, Patrick Bruel, Julien Clerc etc serve the royal plateau this weekend at the Fontainebleau festival. The first edition of FBLO kicks off tomorrow Friday and ends on Sunday. Organizer Live Nation has seen it big for this first edition. Julien Clerc, Vianney and Patrick Bruel will perform on the lawn of the Grand Parquet ground of honor, accompanied by rising stars of French song like Noraa, Yseult, etc. Info webpage: https://www.livenation.fr/fblofestival

The ponds of Yvelines, whims of the Sun King. In Perray-en-Yvelines .This complex, which extends over 310 hectares and concerns eight ponds spread over as many towns, was once used to supply water to the ponds of the Palace of Versailles. Today a haunt for nature lovers, the ensemble has just been classified as a nature reserve. More detail info for nature lovers in French webpage: https://www.reserves-naturelles.org/etangs-et-rigoles-d-yvelines

Now this is some tips given by the French chefs and used of course very much in France. The 6 things to never order in a restaurant according to the chefs. 1) never order fish on Monday. Why ? Because most restaurants order their fresh fish on Thursday or Friday in anticipation of the busy weekend. 2 ) And if by chance you stumble upon a restaurant that offers Kobe beef just barely more than its traditional steak, no need to stop, it surely is a scam. 3)  Many chefs disavow chicken dishes because they tend to be less creative and yet not cheaper. In addition, the portions are often doubled or even tripled, which encourages us to overeat. 4) it is better not to ask for too much cooking for your meat. If you don’t like rare meat, the chef suggests simply opting for another dish. () never ask that this or that ingredient be replaced by another in your dish. In a good restaurant, the chef masters the combinations of flavours. -) Stay away from pasta in a pizza place, fish in a steakhouse, teriyaki chicken in a sushi restaurant, etc.  Pure logic in itself.

There you go folks, another episode of my France’s odyssey . Hope you enjoy the reading and stay ahead, much needed in our fast moving world. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

July 20, 2021

Avenue de Paris and the D10 of Versailles!

So this is the big one in my dear Versailles; many walked it without realising the history and of course only visit the palace/museum of Versailles….However, there is a lot more in the royal city, capital of the Yvelines dept 78 in the region of Ïle de France in my belle France! Let me update this post and tell you a bit more on the Avenue de Paris, the D10 of Versailles!

I believe left out the main street, and my favorite way to drive to Paris on a weekend family visit nowdays as it was the limits of my neighborhood in Versailles.  Let me tell you of a road warrior story of my beloved Versailles. And what way to tell you is about a historic road and street, the Avenue de Paris in Versailles aka D10 national road today. The old way Castle to fortress, Versailles to the Louvre when kings were around.

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The Avenue de Paris is one of three lanes that radiate in a fan from the Place d’Armes, in front of the Château de Versailles, with the Avenue de Saint-Cloud in the north and the Avenue de Sceaux in the south. The Avenue de Paris, in the center, is located in the axis of the castle. It heads southeast for about 1 500 meters, before oblique eastward for 1 km to place Louis-XIV where it ends. It is extended, on the other side of the square, by the Avenue du General-Léclerc. With 90 meters wide, the avenue is one of the widest in France. It takes its name from the fact that it leads towards Paris, passing through Sèvres. It is also the old Royal route to the Louvre that still can be done today! This is my beloved Versailles!  The Avenue de Paris coincides with the D 10 road for most of its course.  In Versailles, the Avenue de Paris borders the following buildings (many if not all with posts in my blog) of simply my preference:

Grand Ecurie , including the facades on the Cour d’Honneur and on the avenues of Paris and Saint-Cloud, the facades of the two pavilions and the grids bordering on the place d’Armes; the Petite Ecurie, between Ave de Paris and Avenue de Sceaux. At no. 6: Pavilion of the Constables, at no. 19: former stables of Madame Du Barry, built from 1773 by the architect Claude-Nicolas Ledoux for the last favorite of King Louis XV; she wanted to shelter the staff and to store the crews of her teams in this building adjoining the pavilion it had acquired in 1772 (see No. 21, below). The works were suspended at the death of the King in1774 and completed according to the plans of Ledoux by Jean-François Chalgrin for the Comte de Provence, brother of King Louis XVI, then titled Monsieur (future king Louis XVIII), owner of the stables from 1775, and at no 21: former Madame du Barry Pavilion, at no. 22: Hotel des Menus-Plaisirs,here having welcomed the meeting of the Notables of 1787, that of 1788 and above all the Estate General of 1789, the last of the former regime. At no. 57: laiterie de Madame (old Dairy of Madame). At no. 111: Former music Pavilion of Madame, the Pavilion of Music of the Countess of Provence, which is located at Avenue Chauchard (at the level of no 111, avenue de Paris) , the government regional of the Prefecture of Yvelines; Domaine de Montreuil aka Domaine de Madame Elizabeth, (sister of Louis XVI).

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Entering Versailles from Paris on this road D10 you will see upon arriving at the city two enclosures houses or gates. There were the fees/taxes generators for allowing you to enter the royal city, there are still there! These two pavilions framing the Avenue de Paris symbolically sign the entrance into Versailles, located there since 1787, the date of annexation to Versailles of the towns of Montreuil and Porchefontaine. The two existing grant pavilions were built in 1824, and connected by iron Gates that closed the avenue. Real treat to drive by now for free! But this old road has a lot more history outside the limits of Versailles. This is a leasure driving trip from Paris (used to be from the Louvre) anywhere you can link up with it to the Chateau de Versailles. 

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With the transfer of the court and political power to Versailles in 1684 by king Louis XIV, the road between the Louvre and the new castle was experiencing intense activity. Previously a part of the national road No. 10, called Route de Versailles or Route de la Reine (queen’s road), an order of 1877 gave it its present name of Avenue de Versailles. All along the Seine and then some; you can see some interesting buildings before you leave Paris such as No 123 Avenue de Versailles now occupies the location of the hotel of Hortense Schneider , famous interpreter of  Offenbach. At no 142-Jassedé Building, in Art nouveau style, by Hector Guimard with a remarkable staircase. And at no 211bis ,the painter Albert Marquez lived here in 1903-1904. He painted the Avenue de Versailles and the district of the Point-du-Jour.

Interesting to know that leaving Paris is called Avenue de Versailles and entering Versailles is call Avenue de Paris! But go on read more and continue our leasure drive of France’s best two cities combination of course I can say so !

In Paris, the route of Versailles runs along the right bank of the Seine river, crosses the neighborhoods of Passy and Auteuil in the 16éme arrondissement; before arriving in Boulogne-Billancourt. Much later, in 1860, the limits of Paris are now fixed to the location of the old ramparts and doors(portes) that allowed to enter the capital. In 1877, the Route de Versailles was renamed Avenue de Versailles before it uncorked to the site of the former Porte-de-Saint-Cloud. It is after crossing the Porte-Saint-Cloud that the D 910 actually starts on entering Boulogne-Billancourt in the form of a long avenue that bears the name of General Leclerc since 1945.

The avenue leads to the Sèvres bridge that crosses the Seine river. Originally built of wood in 1685 with the first route of the road to Versailles, the bridge is rebuilt under the Empire first in stone before giving way to a vast metal work in 1963. Just before embarking on the bridge, a stele recalls the memory of General Leclerc and the 2nd Armoured Division whose squadron commanded by Captain Morel-Deville crosses the Seine here before entering Paris on August 25, 1944; for its liberation of WWII.  On the west bank of the Seine, the D 10 enters Sèvres by road km 11 by taking the route of the royal road opened in 1686 at the bottom of the valley of Marivel brook. About this period, it was through this still embryonic route that the materials needed for the construction of Versailles were transported from the port of Saint Cloud. On the right, you can see the national porcelain Manufactory installed here by the Marquise de Pompadour in 1756. This vast building is still home to a school, workshops and an important ceramics museum of Sévres.  The main street crosses Sèvres by climbing along the Parc de Saint-Cloud. The initial royal road of 1686 was enlarged under Louis XV. This street was the scene of many historical events such as the march of the Parisians on Versailles on October 5, 1789 and the passage of the royal family back to Paris the next day. The Grande Rue de Sèvres is still in its 18C configuration, more really adapted to the growth of traffic. It will be considerably enlarged in the 1970’s at the cost of the demolition of many buildings.

The road, in fact a long commuter road, continues towards Chaville at road km 15 (a nice picturesque train station here always love to see it), the last town of Hauts-de-Seine dept 92 crossed by the D10 road (these sections call D910 same road). The royal road, then national, first crossed the Bas Chaville under the name of Grande Rue before becoming rue Roger Salengro, in memory of the minister of the popular Front tragically disappeared in 1936. The main street, which became Rue Salengro, in 1960. On leaving the city, at La Pointe de Chaville , sharp turn, there is still the junction between the royal road and the route du Pavé des Gardes. This route linking Paris to Versailles by the Forest of Meudon had the advantage of being the shortest way between the two cities but at the cost of steep passages particularly dreaded in winter. Essentially used by the royal army, to whom it owes its name, the pavement of the guards was impracticable by the drawn cars forced to take the royal road in the valley of the Marivel.  The road continues towards Viroflay at road km 18 and enters the Yvelines (dept 78 !). The D10 crosses this department created in 1964 on more than 60 km, Versailles and Rambouillet are the main cities crossed.

Becoming Avenue Leclerc since the liberation, the D10 passes under the imposing railway viaduct also called the arcades because of the height of its arches. The work of art inaugurated in 1852 supports the extension to Chartres of the rail line Versailles-Rive Droite (my old train station) connecting Versailles to Paris. The Viroflay railway viaduct straddles the D10 since its inauguration in 1852. Leaving Viroflay, the D10 abruptly changes its physiognomy to the approach of Versailles at road km 20!. The modest road is then transformed into the majestic Avenue of Paris leading directly to the Palace/Museum’s Place d’Armes. In the place d’Armes, it converges with the other two avenues, that of Saint-Cloud and that of Sceaux. Until the French revolution, it was here that the Great Royal Road ended, which still put Versailles at nearly three hours of the Louvre..!!! And yes we can do it in less than an hour today!

Of course, if like me you have to drive around here all the time, you can continue once facing the Palace/museum to your left going around the Palace direction Saint Cyr l’école along the Orangerie and the Piéce d’eau des Suisses pond all the way to Saint Cyr l’école and Les Quatre-Pavés-du-Roi in Montigny-le-Bretonneux. And sightseeing galores! just to reaching Yvelines 78 dept territory moving on to Rambouillet etc. And you can drive today and do a fairy tail trip by Royals while by passing some wonderful historical and stunning architecture monuments of many periods,not to mention mingle up a bit with the locals! Enjoy the roads of my belle France! My eternal Paris, and my royally sublime Versailles! Many of the buildings mentioned here have already post on them in my blog before.

There you go folks, a dandy avenue of Paris in my sublime Versailles! Hope you enjoy the ride and try it sometime is awesome! And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

July 16, 2021

Musée Lambinet of Versailles!

Coming to Versailles most go to the palace as said this is an unfortunate routine as said Versailles has a lot more than a castle. One very nice place to understand the whole story of Versailles is to go to the museum of the city, the Musée Lambinet very near my old home and a worth the detour off the beaten path place to go. Hope you like the post to do so.

And here I am again to tell you about the off the beaten paths sites of my beloved Versailles. Again, step away from the castle/museum and see the “other” museums of Versailles. It’s a treasure throve of historical facts about Versailles and the events on this Royal city. Enjoy the Lambinet museum.

The City of Versailles has a museum dedicated mainly to the arts of the 18C, but also to religious art, to the French revolution and to the history of Versailles. Installed in a mansion built in 1750 and bequeathed to the city in 1929, the Lambinet Museum has no fewer than thirty-five rooms. Some are arranged as in the great century, with woodwork, paintings, furniture, sculptures, precious objects, porcelain, etc.  The Lambinet museum being a former place of habitation, the rooms are quite small. A room is reserved for Charlotte Corday and Marat. In 2010, conservation had a charming apartment, typical of the18C mansions. The museum is located on the boulevard de la Reine, Notre Dame district of Versailles. Again, do not miss the visit of this nice museum if you go to Versailles.

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The museum is installed since 1932 in the Hotel Lambinet, built in the 2nd half of the 18C. This mansion was built in 1750 in a parcel of the pond of Clagny dried up in 1737 . Victor Lambinet , former lawyer, then judge at the Court of Versailles, son of a mayor of the city, buys it in 1852. He occupies it in 1859, using one of the hotel’s wings as a reporting building. In 1921, the building was bequeathed to Mr. Dagincourt and Dénériaz by Nathalie Lambinet, stepdaughter of Victor Lambinet and last owner of the hotel; with the hope that they turned it into a museum. The city decided to transfer the previously preserved works to the Municipal library, the former Ministry of Marine and Foreign Affairs of Louis XV and Louis XVI to it. 

The museum has 35 rooms, some of which have preserved their period panels. There are collections that evoke the history of Versailles: stamped furniture, ceramics or art objects, as well as old portraits and works by Versailles artists, sculptures (notably by Jean-Antoine Houdon who lents his name to the museum in 1932), paintings and also copper plates that were used to print the paintings of Jouy.The collections of the Musée Lambinet are divided into three departments: History of France, History of the city and parts related to the French revolution, the reconstruction of an apartment of the 18C, and the Department of Fine Arts.  To find your way around it, it’s simple: the Department of Fine Arts is located on the ground floor (1st US) , and on the first floor (2nd US). It is also on the first floor that we visit the famous Apartment, which plunges you into the atmosphere of a mansion in the 18C. Finally, the third floor (4th US) concentrates the collections on the French revolution, including a room dedicated to Charlotte Corday and Marat, and the history of the Royal city, with a series of small paintings painted in 1890 by Auguste-Alexandre Baudran, witness of a bygone Versailles.

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In 2010, the conservators of the Lambinet museum recreated an apartment of the late 18C as could have been seen in Versailles, towards the end of the day. With the aim of recreating the ambiance and décor of the time. The choice of the end of the day explains the very pronounced twilight of some rooms. This small apartment was of course furnished with period furniture. The dining room table is represented in the middle of the meal, with a porcelain service. A harp comes to brighten the living room.  The Musée Lambinet, tells the history of the city and all in it. There you can see wonderful things such as the Carreaux de Faîence provenant du Trianon de Porcelaine,  the faience porcelain tiles coming from the old Trianon. By order of Louis XIV, Le Vau builts in 1670 a house or pavillon all covered in porcelain and parterre gardens done by Le Bouteux( son of the nephew of Le Notre). Two millions pots were ready at the disposal , with plants including onions from Holland/ The faience were done by Delft. The house could not withstand the cold weather very well, and it turn in ruins. Louis XIV change its tastes and in 1684 ordered it destroyed. In turn he orders the marble house or Trianon that we know today as the Grand Trianon!

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Lambinet Museum , 54, boulevard de la Reine. (closest from Montparnasse to rive droite train station out turn left into bd Maréchal Foch to bd de la Reine turn right into the museum on left hand sidewalk). Check the site for latest update but last it was open daily from 14h to 18h, except Fridays, Holidays and annual closing in the summer. The Salon de thé (tearoom) is open on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Permanent Collections: full price admission is 5€. Temporary exhibits: full price admission is 6€. All worth it.

The City of Versailles on the Lambinet museum: https://www.versailles.fr/culture/etablissements/musee-lambinet/

The Versailles tourist office on the Lambinet museum: https://www.versailles-tourisme.com/musee-lambinet.html

The Yvelines dept 78 tourist office on the Lambinent museum: https://www.sortir-yvelines.fr/Art-et-culture/Art-et-culture-dans-les-Yvelines/musee-yvelines/musee-lambinet-versailles

There you go folks, hope you enjoy the visit half a day will do to the Lambinet museum , and as said Versailles is a lot more than the Palace. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

July 14, 2021

Gare Chantiers train station of Versailles!

Ok will update this older post in my blog on one of the train stations of my dear Versailles. There are five and have posts on all of them or most me think;;; however, one of the least visited was the post herewith of the Gare Chantiers of Versailles! Really it was my sons who used it and especially one to accompany his girlfriend to it from school….Let me tell you a bit on the train station ok bear with me.

Ohh yes even Versailles has places not been too much or nothing at all. This one is in another land, the district of Chantiers and it even has a train station! I will tell you a bit more on the Gare Chantiers of Versailles.  The only thing that brings me here is that my sons took it to go to Montparnasse area for video games competitions and one of their girlfriends came in and out by here to their high school where they met. I just sometimes will bring them over by car that is all. However, it is a major train station of Versailles and worthty of its mention. Especially if you are in the Montparnasse area of Paris, take the train there to Chantiers and then the phebus bus network all over even to the Palace. Or just walk is not far either just a bit over 21 minutes.

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The Gare de Versailles-Chantiers is on the line of Paris-Montparnasse to Brest and of the line of the Grande Ceinture or grand belt of Paris, located in Versailles, district of Chantiers, in the Department of Yvelines no 78 , in the Île-de-France region.  It is in the center of a seven-branched railway star layout connecting it: towards Paris: At the Gare Montparnasse (Transilien N and Direct Line Montparnasse-Chartres), at the Gare d’ Austerlitz by Pont du Garigliano in the north-south direction and by Massy-Palaiseau in the south-north direction on line RER C, at the station of Gare Saint-Lazare via la Défense (line Transilien U), by the connection of Viroflay which joins the line of Saint-Lazare at Versailles-Rive-Droite; towards the southwest, in Rambouillet, Chartres, and beyond to the west of France; To the West: in Granville (line of Saint-Cyr to Surdon) and Mantes-la-Jolie by the line of Plaisirs-Grignon in Épône-Mézières; and towards the east, in Massy-Palaiseau and Valenton of the Grande Ceinture.

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A bit of history I like

The history of the gare Chantiers of Versailles has already begun when the opening of the station of Versailles-Chantiers was done on 12 July 1849. Its name of “Chantiers” work construction area ,comes from the fact that during the construction of the Palace in the 17C, the district in which it is located was composed essentially of constructions dedicated to the size of the stones.  This new station is characterized by a convex façade, which is part of the classical architectural tradition with curved bays, pilasters and cornices. A few touches of modernity are read in the low wings that flank the central building body symmetrically. The buildings located at the back are treated in the style of the 1930’s.   A bridge crosses the tracks to reach the observation post. It contains the stairs that serve the quays.   At the inauguration of the buildings, in 1932, the press bursts with enthusiasm, journalists wrote: It is the most modern and daring of all the major stations of France by its conception.

It is a train station which has a passenger building with counters adapted for disabled people, automatons Transilien, automatons, the information system on the traffic of real-time trains, elevators, Device for controlling expanded notes and magnetic loops for hearing impaired persons. A free Wi-Fi network is available since 2016.   It is equipped with four central platforms framing eight lanes. A passenger hall overlooking the tracks transversely allows access to the various quays.  A new footbridge with a length of 65 meters for a width of 10 meters was inaugurated on April 5, 2016 to a hundred meters to the west of the existing bridge, this gateway is accessible by a new hall, connected itself to the existing hall by a large gallery on the front of the current station. The designers chose to maintain an architectural style of the 1930’s in harmony with the existing building and to use the natural light for the lighting in a maximum way, with large windows and a rectangular dome above the New Hall.

It is a station still in constant renovation but the trains continue to come. It is as said easly reach from Paris with good link up transportation to the Palace/museum and the city. However, the best is to walk it. From the Chantiers station in front of Place Raymond Poincaré you come into Rue des Etats Généraux and turn left.  Continue straight into Avenue de Paris and turn left. Continue straight into the Château de Versailles. I never measured it of course but google tells me is about 1.6 km or 21 minutes walking.

The SNCF gare et connexions webpage on the Chantiers train station: https://www.garesetconnexions.sncf/fr/gare/frdht/versailles-chantiers

The Transilien regional transports webpage on the Chantiers train stationhttps://www.transilien.com/fr/gare/8739300

Lots of renovations and works around it and inside since my times there with new undeground parking garage! A bus terminal with spaces for 14 bus stops! It will be nice to be back and see all these changes. More on the Grand Paris Express webpage in French: https://www.societedugrandparis.fr/gpe/gare/versailles-chantiers

There you go folks, an alternative to come to beautiful Versailles. Hope you enjoy it as I telling you. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

July 13, 2021

Gare Rive Droite of Versailles!

Hey now you are getting closer to my life’s history. Of course, I lived in Versailles for 9 years (glorious) and while there worked in Paris (sublime), but I needed to move about and in my belle France trains are it for work and even leisure. Yes, you have read I am a road warrior sure, but if you live in France or Europe for that matter, trains are very important. So , therefore, let me tell you a bit more updating this older post on my train station; the right bank or Rive Droite of Versailles!

I feel nostalgic about my Versailles and my travels to work in Paris as did use public transport like anyone else here (well for a time I could use my car love it) but only at work, personal took my car ok ok ! I like to tell you a bit more on my train station in Versailles; done transport routine in other previous posts you can find in my blog, but only on the nice old quant Versailles Rive Droite (right bank) alone this is it. My train station!

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The Gare de Versailles-Rive-Droite is a train station terminus of the Paris-Saint-Lazare to Versailles-Rive-Droite, located in the Notre-Dame district of Versailles at 40 rue du Maréchal Foch. (You can see if walk a bit more after the Notre Dame market ). Opened in August 2, 1839. It was my closest station to our house! From Paris Saint Lazare ,it will take you about 28 minutes to reach it  , depending on problems can be as much as 36 minutes sometimes. Trains do have slowdowns and especially technical problems.

It owes its name of Rive Droite (right bank) to the fact that it is located on an established line, departing from Paris, on the right bank of the Seine river. It is managed by the SNCF serviced by the trains of the L line of the Transilien (network Paris-Saint-Lazare). It is located at a distance of about 23 km from the station of Paris-Saint-Lazare. This train station is one of the oldest in the French railway network and has relatively little evolved since its inauguration, preserving its configuration and its original passenger building. It is one of the five stations of Versailles (the others been gare de Porchefontaine RER C , gare de Montreuil line L Saint Lazare trains (stop before rive droite), Chantiers Montparnasse trains ,and Rive Gauche (left bank) RER C (closest to the castle/museum). The station with its six sidings , and two more for night and sometimes daytime, it serves as a parking point and train of the South Line.

A bit of history I like

The project to built it was granted to James de Rothschild, on the project of the Paris line to Versailles by the right bank of the Seine, had until the station of Asnières, a common trunk with the line of Paris in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, that opened in 1837.

The passenger building is made up of a single building perpendicular to the tracks and level with them. The tracks are arranged in two bundles in cul-de-sac around a central wharf. They are connected to the ends by rotating plates in order to rotate the locomotives, allowing them to be placed at the head of the convoys. After the arrival of a train, the locomotive was detached, returned to the plate and joined the other end of the convoy by the adjoining track, to which it connected after a manoeuvre to return to the other way. On August 2, 1839, the sons of Louis-Philippe (king of the French) inaugurated the new line. The depot is built along the ramp to the Rue de Clagny. It comprises a five-lane building, separated into two groups of two and three lanes; Each is equipped with a 20-meters long sting pit, designed to collect the slag falling from the fireplaces of the locomotives. The installations are reworked during the electrification of the line, by a third side rail and then by catenary, respectively in 1927 and 1978.

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In 2011, a counter is open daily from 6h to 01h40. As before, there was a one person handling the tickets or you bought it in advance online! . The Transilien and Grande Lignes ( big lines) automatons are also available, and the station tickets can be purchase for the Grandes Lignes (big lines intercity Europe) from Monday to Friday from 8h30 to 19h30, and Saturday from 10h to 18h30. A Relay magazine and snacks store are present in the lobby, as well as beverage or snack vending machines, an automatic photo booth, a telephone booth, a photocopier and a custom postcard distributor. A bicycle park is located outside the train station, but apart from a few parking spaces in front of the passenger building, it has very little parking area.

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The station is served by the  Phebus Versailles bus network. You can come to from Paris to the Rive Droite train station ; for example take the bus 1 towards the 3 Versailles train stations; take the bus 171 direction Pont de Sèvres ,to terminus in Paris or back reverse order. There you can then connect to all of Paris on metro line 9 as well as tramway line T2 or other bus lines such as 160 169 179 279 389 and 467. See my post on transport modes in Versailles.

The official Transilien on the rive droite of Versailles: https://www.transilien.com/fr/gare/8738286

The Château de Versailles on the rive droite train station: https://bienvenue.chateauversailles.fr/en/overview/train-stations/16_versailles-rive-droite-station

There you go folks, a bit of an introduction to my dear rive droite train station of Versailles. Hope it helps guide you well into my favorite city aside from new home of course! Enjoy Royal Versailles!!!

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

July 13, 2021

The rue de l’Independance Americaine of Versailles!!

One of the least known streets of Versailles for visitors yet so close to the palace/museum. This is Saint Louis district facing the palace on your left hand side. Very big mansions here and home of government buildings and library today. Let me tell you about this unique street, the rue de l’Indépendance Américaine of Versailles. Or the American Independence street.

My beloved Versailles has a punch and as it is my kind of town, will tell you a bit on them. The one dear to me is the rue de l’ndépendance Américaine or the American Independence street of Versailles. Do I need to tell you more? Well, ok here I go

The rue de l’Indépendance-Américaine in the immediate vicinity of the Château de Versailles, which it runs along a wing, is located in the Saint-Louis district. The street has a roughly north-south orientation, with a marked slope ,lower to the south. It begins at the end of rue Pierre de Nolhac, at the right of a passage to the Cour d’Honneur of the château by the height of the Pavillon Dufour. It ends on Rue de l’Orangerie, facing the pièce d’eau des Suisses (lake and statue of Louis XVI! ) along the D10 road.

It was previously named “Rue Gambetta” (1885), formerly “Rue de la Bibliothèque” (1841), formerly “Rue de la Superintendence” (1693-1793 and 1804-1841, before 1793 sometimes “rue de la Superintendence and Quatre fermes”), and “Rue de la Fédération” Or “Rue de l’Union” (1793-1804) before taking its current name from 1935.

Ok so you have to make a sharp right out of the palace/museum of Versailles and take the street parallel to the castle walls along rue Pierre de Nohac on another right. and at the end turn left into the rue de l’indépendance Américaine. You will see beautiful architecture and American history as well. Under the former regime, it housed numerous official services of the monarchy with the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, War, Superintendence and the general control of finances in addition to the Grand Commun (see post) which housed the feeding services of the Castle, making the street an administrative city of the time.

You have the following observation on the street to the west.

South wing of the palace/museum of Versailles, built in 1679, called the former wing as opposed to the north, raised in 1685, known as the new wing. At No. 6: Former Hotel de la Surintendance des bâtiments du roi, built in 1670, one of the oldest houses of Versailles. Having become too small to meet the surface needs of the administrative staff, in 1683, a new superintendence of larger buildings on the other side of the same street (see # 9) was built, while maintaining the housing of the Superintendents of Buildings in this House. Louvois occupied an apartment on the first floor where he died in 1691; To No. 8, 8bis, 10 and 10bis: Different historical buildings, some of which were made by the architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart. At No. 12: Hôtel du Grand Contrôle. (All this area has a contract by grand chef Alain Ducasse to convert into a luxury hotel opened June 1st 2021.

The same observations can be made to the East.

At No. 1: Grand Commun (the bldg of the servants of the court); At No. 3: Hotel de la Guerre (war ministry), at No. 5: Hotel of Foreign Affairs and the Navy, present Central Library of Versailles. It was in this building that the Treaty of Paris of 1783 ending the American War of Independence was negotiated. At No. 9: Barracks Vauban, formerly New Hotel of the Superintendence of the king’s buildings, built in 1683 (see No. 6).

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More on the history USA/Versailles from the Château de Versailles webpage: https://en.chateauversailles.fr/discover/history/key-dates/versailles-and-united-states-america-1778-1783

The City of Versailles on the municipal LIbrary (change language on the globe): https://www.versailles.fr/culture/etablissements/bibliotheques-municipales/histoire-et-patrimoine/

There you go folks, just walk this historical Saint Louis district of Versailles and see architecture, history and the power of government before your eyes. Versailles is worth a kingdom ::)

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

July 13, 2021

The ladies of Versailles, Adelaide and Victoire!!

This is a wondeful post me think, and I will gladly update for you and me. Back in my beautiful magnificent Versailles and its prime monument, the palace/museum of Versailles. So many thrills there , great family time and will tell you a bit more on a wonderful part of it and two of the off the beaten path ladies, Adelaide and Victoire!

And I continue with my saga of Versailles. My beloved old home in the Yvelines dept 78 of the region of ïle de France.  You need time to see it and better yet understanded all but 3 days should be it for the castle and anothe for the gardens to fully enjoy it. In my local opinion of course. If you have read my blog, you know that in my rumbling mumbling of words I love history. I am living in the right country of Western civilisation. Versailles has the most as it is the de facto capital of France by the constitution because history matters even more than governments. While telling you of this history, I am always  intrigue by the Royal families and their experiences and histories especially after the French revolution. This is my take on telling you a bit more on two remarkable ladies that history did not serve them well after all.

I like to tell you a bit apart on the lives of Mrs or Madame Victoire and Marie-Adelaide ;whose rooms you can see in the Palace museum of Versailles.  The Daughters of Louis XV bear the title of “Madame”. The four cadets, Victoire, Sophie, Thérèse and Louise, were thus placed at the abbey of Fontevraud, while the elders, Louise-Elisabeth, Anne-Henriette, Marie-Louise and Marie-Adelaide, remained alongside the king.

Victoire Louise Marie Thérèse de France, called Madame Fourth then Madame Victoire in 1745, was born in Versailles on May 11, 1733 , baptised in the Notre Dame Collegiate Church of Versailles on 27 April 1737, died in Trieste, Italy on June 7, 1799, was one of the eight daughters of Louis XV and Marie Leszczynska.  With her younger sisters, Victoire de France was raised from 1738 by the nuns of the abbey of Fontevrault (the queen of the abbeys). Madame Fourth received baptism in 1745, at the same time as her sisters, and was now called Victoire (victory). Victoire learned as her brother and sisters to play various musical instruments.

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During the French revolution, she and Madame Adelaide were left with the ten children that Louis XV had with the Queen. The two princesses, opposed to the anti-Christian politics of the revolutionary assembly, left France in February 1791, not without having suffered some affronts on their way of exile. They only were lucky and thanks of their salvation because of the intervention of Mirabeau in the revolutioinary assembly. They took refuge in Italy. First in Turin, where their niece Clotilde, wife of the Prince of Piedmont and then in Rome, protected by Pope Pius VI who hosted them at the Palais Farnese. Upon the arrival of the French troops, they joined Naples, where a sister of Marie-Antoinette, Marie-Caroline of Austria, was the ruler, very little delighted to see them. The two old ladies had to flee again in 1798 and crossed the Adriatic on an oil boat.

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Madame Victoire was extinguished the first, in Trieste, of breast cancer, on June 7, 1799. Adelaide only survived her for eight months. Their bodies were repatriated to France under king Louis XVIII, another of their nephews, and were buried in the abbey-Basilica of Saint-Denis, the tomb of the Royal family. A novel by Frédéric Lenormand, Les Princesses Vagabondes (the Vagabond Princesses ) of 1998, describes the escape of the ladies to Italy from 1791 and until their death. In her biography Mesdames de France (Ladies of France), Bruno Cortequisse honors the daughters of Louis XV and describes their existence full of emptiness

Marie Adelaide of France, called Madame Adelaide, then from 1752, Madame, fourth daughter and sixth child of Louis XV and Marie Leszczyńska, was born on 23 March 1732 in Versailles, baptised in the Notre Dame Collegiate Church of Versailles on 27 April 1737, and died on 27 February 1800 in Trieste, Italy. Madame Adelaide rooms were the former bedroom of Madame de Pompadour ,where she died in 1764.

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Sent to complete their education at the Abbey of FontevraudMadame Adelaide succeeded in softening her father and remained in Versailles, where she was raised with her two eldest sisters Madame Elisabeth (who married as early as 1739 the infant Philip of Spain) and Madame Henriette. The three girls lived there in the shadow of their brother the Dauphin Louis. Louis XV, who loved her very much, was amused to name her Madame Rag because of her taste for housework. Endowed with a lively character, she knew how to impose herself as a true head of the family with her sisters. Only the young lady Louise, who entered Carmel in 1770, escaped her ascendancy.

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On the death of the Dauphin in 1765 and then of the Dauphine in 1767, Madame Adelaide had been the custodian of their papers, as well as an instruction destined for the future king. This document was opened two days after the death of the King, on May 12, 1774, in a small family council, in the presence of the new king Louis XVI. He designated three possible premiers minister Maurepas, d’Aiguillon and Machault . At the dawn of the French revolution, no one remained alive as children of Louis XV and the Queen as Madame Adelaide and her sister Victoire.

The two princesses had to leave Versailles and prefer to settle in Bellevue, near Meudon , on a Castle offered by their nephew Louis XVI rather than at the Tuileries. The laws against the Church prompted them to flee France to join Italy on February 20, 1791. Their departure aroused some emotion and they were arrested and detained for a few days in Arnay-le-Duc. Mirabeau defended them before the assembly. Mocking the assembly which had deliberated for hours on the fate of the two ladies who preferred to hear Mass in Rome rather than at Versailles, the Tribunal obtained that the princesses could enter the Savoy whose heir had married their niece Clotilde de France. They arrived in Rome on April 16, 1791, where they met from the day after their arrival in a private audience, Pope Pius VI. However, Napoleon Bonaparte’s rise to power and his conquests forced them to flee even further, first to Naples in 1796, then to Corfu in 1799 and finally to Trieste, where Madame Victoire soon died, Madame Adelaide passed away a few months later, On 18 Februray 1800, at the age of 68 years.

The palace of Versailles on the ladies: https://en.chateauversailles.fr/discover/history/great-characters/mesdames

The palace of Versailles on the ladies’s apartments: https://en.chateauversailles.fr/discover/estate/palace/louis-xv-daughters-apartments#madame-victoires-first-antechamber

There you go folks, the sad stories of how folks can go up and come down harder due to revolutions. Hope you enjoy the brief introduction and allows for your curiosity to take flight and learn more of these fascinating characters of our history.  All of course, in royal Versailles, where else!

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

July 8, 2021

Place Hoche, Versailles!

Now I need to update this older post on one of my emblematic streets of Versailles, and very near my former home. The area is sublime to say the least with views of the palace and collegiate church in my former district of Notre Dame. Hope you enjoy the post on the place Hoche as I.

I have to come back to my gorgeous historical Royal and Imperial Versailles. It needs to be seen more.   And no, it is not a thing to do from Paris, it is on its own thank you. Ok ok, I am biased, even thus work in Paris for several years and visit often, I used to lived in VERSAILLES for 9 glorious years! It will always be in my mind. One more reason why I think buddy papa Hemingway was short as he should had written a second volume on France is a mouvable feast ! Ok enough of my propaganda lol! Let me tell you up close and personal about a square, street very close to me where I spent all those wonderful years!!

The Place Hoche sits in the middle of the street of the same name that has a direct view from the Notre Dame Collegiate Church pass the square and pass Avenue Nepvue then into Avenue Rockefeller and  into the Place d’Armes in front of the Palace/Museum of Versailles. One of the most pleasant walks to do in my Versailles and plenty of architectural and tidbits historical facts along the way.  A fact, if the French constitution needs to be modified, change, altered in any way, the entire French government needs to deliberate here including the President, making Versailles the de facto capital of France by Constitutional rights.

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Located in the heart of the Notre-Dame district, the place Hoche is marked by history, and part of these squares of Versailles laden with history and ignored wrongly by visitors/tourists. As said in previous posts, the city of Versailles conducted a survey on visitors and found that 98% only come here for the palace/museum only!!!  Located in the perspective of the Notre-Dame Collegiate Church, it was drawn up in 1671 and was at the time called Place Dauphine. It was the first in France to adopt an octagonal shape. It shows well as to the trio of Avenues  Sceaux, Paris and Saint-Cloud  that linen up from the palace into the city, for the appeal of the king for a thoughtful planning.

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You will find looking carefully at the square at No 4 a former hotel Jacques Bénigne Bossuet , Bishop of Meaux and preceptor of the Grand Dauphin in 1674 as well as advisor that became known as the Eagle of Meaux  (dept Seine et Marne 77 my dear late wife Martine birthplace). And it was the building of the local  Chamber of Notaries in 1832.  At No 6 you see the Hotellerie de la Belle Image (beautiful Image), where in 1783 or 85 , the Countess of La Motte had an appointment with the Cardinal de Rohan to be handed over the necklace of Queen Marie Antoinette who had never ordered the jewel. The scam was discovered shortly thereafter, under the restoration of the Café des Gondoles. At No 7 you will see the residence of the architect who created the Théâtre Montansier, Jean-François Heurtier. At the corner of the square accommodated a hotel built in 1769, whose façade with the mention “to the Queen of France” is one of the most remarkable of the square. It was the home of Jean-François Heurtier also inspector General of the buildings of the king. At No 9: house of Jacques Rayer, Cook to the General Common, then in 1869  to the chief medical officer of the Hospital of Versailles and his son-in-law the historian Emile Bourgeois, member of the Institute de France.

Another peculiarity of the square, it allows Versailles to find shade under its large chestnut trees, identified among the remarkable tree of the town alongside the sycamores of the city/town hall. At the center of this square is the statue of Lazare Hoche, General at the age of 25 and famous citizen of Versailles. Louis Lazare Hoche, born June 24, 1768, at 18 ,rue de Satory. He died on 19 September 1797 in Wetzlar,Hesse (Germany). He is buried in Weißenthurm, a small town near Koblenz.  The place of the monument General Hoche there is called  “Auf dem Frauenberg”. Which the help of a dictionary tells me means Pilgrimage Church of Frauenberg. German speakers can correct me ,welcome. One of his sad actions concerning the region where I now lived in Brittany and the Morbihan dept 56 in particular is that he not only  repressed the British landings, but also, of the immigrant Bretons entering by the Quiberon Peninsula, commanded by de Puisaye, Hervilly and Sombreuil, from 23 June to 21 July 1795, and defeated the Chouans (rebels peasants against the French revolution). He was,  then obtained command of all the armies of the West, including those in the Vendée.

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The place Hoche was the place of public access to the wheelbarrows and blue chairs in the 18C and the capital executions during the French revolution .  The guillotine made seven victims here. The statue to Gen Hoche was erected in 1836 and a public garden in 1853.. Finally, during WWII, the place Hoche was marked by the arrest and deportation of seven resistance fighters aged 22 to 50. A plaque hung on a wall reminds us of their sacrifice.

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My Versailles ,le quartier Notre-Dame, my neighborhood where I lived. Terrible in describing things but this is gorgeous place to live in. The neighborhood or district here is the new place after the Church and it grew quickly between the avenues leading to Saint-Cloud and the Clagny lake (now the market of Notre Dame). Destined to welcome the population in the service of the Court and the King, it is drawn by the architect Louis Le Vau and his partner François Orbay. The place Hoche (former place Dauphine) connects it, in 1674, to the castle, according to a device that will be permanently established as a model of urbanism. A bit later, in 1686, the architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart was responsible for the construction of the Notre-Dame Collegiate Church, which would be held as a Royal parish (where the birth and baptismal and some marriages records of the Kings descendants are still kept in the crypt in the basement!)

The city of Versailles Notre Dame neighborhoodhttps://en.versailles-tourisme.com/notre-dame-area.html

Across the square cutting it thru it is the Rue Hoche , before known as Place Dauphine, Place de la République, Place de la Loi, Place de la Colonne, Place Napoleon,and finally Place Hoche under  Louis-Philippe in 1832. Some interesting things to see are at No 5 , the temple or Protestant Church since 1820 ,with a renovation done 1880-1882  at 3, Rue Hoche. Also the Ancient Chapel of the Reposoir of the Procession of the Holy Sacrament under the former regime, and a high place of the Theophilanthropists’  under the Revolution.  At No 16 the house ordered built by André Le Nôtre, master gardener of  Louis XIV. We have difficulty proven he lived here but know he sold it in 1686, and before Mirabeau lodge here in 1789.  Along the street, well sorry but my most frequent place was the pharmacy at 6 Place Hoche lol! However, there are nice restaurants here such as the Au Chapeu Gris, and Bagelstein bagels place and delicious.

In all a wonderful city , and do come walk it is a lot more than the palace, history of France before your eyes. Enjoy it as much as I did/do. Crowds of course, we lived with it for 9 years I am sure you can live it for a day!  VERSAILLES!

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

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