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January 26, 2022

Some news from France, CCCLVI

Therefore, here I go with my regular series on some news from France. This has become my longest running regular series and I thank you all my readers and followers. The days are now wintery with temps in 32F or 0C gray well winter at least we have no snow!! Let me get off these news report for you and me. Hope you enjoy it as I.

From this Monday, January 24, 2022 the vaccination pass comes into force and replaces the health pass ! Here we go again folks!! Concretely, this means that presenting a negative test is no longer enough: it is now necessary to justify a complete vaccination schedule, i.e. one or two doses depending on the vaccine. , and its booster dose. And that concerns anyone over the age of 16; minors aged 12 to 15, for their part, remain with the simple health pass. This vaccine is now in force will be requested in all restaurants, bars and cafes, like its big health brother. But it will also be necessary to count on it to access all the leisure activities, from the cinema to the sports hall, as well as to transport, that is to say all the planes and the coaches and interregional trains, except in the event of compelling reason. We are forcibly taken all the shots and we are ready to go out! Even if the demonstration against the pass are gaining ground,

The travel site Tripadvisor (one I left long ago) has compiled its list of the world’s 10 best eating cities by compiling data shared by its users. Rome takes first place, followed by London then Paris. (this is no surprise as after it all is heavily influence by the readers there), Paris closes the top 3 with food critics who nevertheless praised the quality of the French products such as cheese! London has seduced the hearts of its travelers with its unmissable fish and chips, its Borough Market or the Hand and Flowers, the only two-Michelin-starred pub in England. Finally, Rome takes first place with its famous pizzas and authentic pasta recipes. The ranking with my experiences in black are 1. Rome, 2. London, 3. Paris, 4. Dubai, 5. Barcelona, ​​6. Madrid, 7. São Paulo, 8. New York, 9. Bangkok, and 10. Singapore.

Placed under the supervision of the Commission des Monuments Historiques, the museum covers the history of the arts from Antiquity to the Renaissance. Since 2015, the museum has been engaged in a vast modernization project: creation of a new reception building, accessibility and resumption of visitor routes which will allow, by 2022, to bring the museum into the 21st century. The Cluny Museum, the medieval world is reopening during Spring 2022 , 6, place Paul Painlevé 5éme, webpage: https://www.musee-moyenage.fr/en/

This new wasteland is the work of Yes We Camp (the co-founding collective of Les Grands Voisins), Plateau Urbain, Ancoats, Coups deousses and Aurore who won a call for tenders. For the moment, it’s a vast wasteland in the Bercy-Charenton ZAC, but to make the place more fun and lively than ever, there could be biodiversity, bars, barbecues in a few months in self-service, an urban garden, yurts and culture, here you go… A great program in perspective! Stay on for more news! Wasteland Les Grands Voisins, 22, boulevard Poniatowski, 12éme, Nearest stop metro line 8 Porte de Charenton and Tramway T3a, More info contact webpage: https://lesgrandsvoisins.org/les-lieux/

From this Monday, January 10, 2022, the Navigo pass is transformed into a cultural pass in more than 300 places in Paris. Using public transport offers you many advantages and discounts from this Monday ; among the addresses concerned are: 147 cinemas, 63 museums, 52 performance halls, 26 cultural centers and 12 festivals. To enjoy the benefits, your pass will simply be scanned at the entrance to the facility to verify its validity. Welcome gifts, preferential rates, invitations to openings and other discounts are yours! Webpage : https://www.iledefrance-mobilites.fr/navigo-avantages-culture

At the Maison de Balzac, the artists to the test of the “unknown masterpiece”, Disparate works, Picasso or Bernard Dufour in particular, illustrate the famous news of the writer, dialogue with him or refer to it. The unknown masterpiece is a news of Honoré de Balzac, whose first publication dates from 1831 and the final version of 1847. The protagonists are three painters: the imaginary Frenhofer, the real Pourbus (Frans Pourbus) and Poussin (Nicolas Poussin) as well as the friend of this one, the beautiful Gillette. The young Poussin visits his elder Frenhofer , which Balzac presents as a student of Mabuse , the Flemish Jan Mabuse, which is more often called Jan Gossaert and who died in 1532, webpage : https://www.maisondebalzac.paris.fr/en/discover-museum

On January 21, 2002 was inaugurated a contemporary art center in the Tokyo Palace in Paris. Twenty years later, the pandemic questioned a once winning model, based on the rental of space and patronage. The building was built on the occasion of the 1937 World Expo. The Bureau of the President of the Palace of Tokyo only resembles that of a President of French Cultural Institution. Of course, the view of the sky of Paris gives a prestigious impression. And the folders to sign and to parapher pile up. But here there is nothing ceremonial that we find elsewhere. There is strictly not even a desktop, but a huge circular table that invites disorder and collective meetings. Palais of Tokyo, the largest center of contemporary art in Europe, needs help=visitors, webpage : https://www.palaisdetokyo.com/en/list/whats

This is the impression that this new fashion season autumn-winter 2022-2023, which took place in Paris from 18 to 24 January: 59 of the 76 houses listed in the official calendar played caution with a video or presentations (appointments face-to-face between designer and professionals). Only 17 brands organized physical parades with guests. So again , a new way to see the Fashion Week in Paris ! There is more coming here ,Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode webpage : https://fhcm.paris/en/paris-fashion-week-en/dates-3/

The gardens of Luxembourg and the Tuileries offers are of real very popular bonuses, but are not determining factors to develop or stay in Saint-Germain-des-Pres. The Saint-Germain-des-Prés , quartier or neighbohood no 24 and on the 6éme arrondissement or district of Paris, is a very privileged area with its old buildings and its proximity to many and famous green spaces. Only nature at hand does not seem to be a criteria determining and staying in the neighborhood. Although they occupy a small square in the daily lives of its inhabitants, green spaces do not always ever in first place when it has to skip the footsteps and invest. Living here, you hope to have a beautiful view of the Seine, on Saint-Sulpice. You want a Haussmann building to see older. But you do not think about parks. squares, there are everywhere. Here you look for a certain way of life in a bourgeois district. But this “way of life” also has its disadvantages. Everything is expensive, the pharmacy at 61, rue de la Seine is the most expensive of all Paris ! Yes even in the most beautiful city in the world, you cannot have it all !!! The Paris tourist office walks in the neighborhood : https://en.parisinfo.com/discovering-paris/walks-in-paris/A-walk-in-Saint-Germain-des-Pr%C3%A9s

The future of Orlyval compromised after the extension of metro line 14 to the airport, the opening, in 2024, a direct connection between Paris and Orly (Val-de-Marne 94 ) will remove a lot of its interest , At this automatic shuttle that connects the airport to Antony Rer B Station (Hauts-de-Seine 92 ), already low frequented. Ile-de-France Mobilité has not yet decided on its future. From 2024, to go from Paris to Orly Airport , public transport users will have the choice. Either a direct trip by the prolonged line 14 at the price of a metro ticket. Either a correspondence route to Antony by RER B, then the Orlyval automatic shuttle at the price of 9.30 euros (the shuttle price, not included in the Pass Navigo) plus the ticket from RER … which will still choose option B, the longest and most expensive? Of not many huge price difference and time.

At the Château de Chantilly, the Logis wing was a beauty for reopening, In the old owner of the duke of Aumale, in the Oise (60) the winter closure made it possible to operate renovations, and to restore certain works, in tight calendar to allow the reopening, this coming Saturday January 29. And expectations are large for 2022. Despite a rise in attendance in 2021, the past year was more marked by news related to the financial management of the Institute of France, the owner of the castle, strongly criticized. Managers would now like to focus on the cultural aspect. During this winter break, the big operation was therefore the Cabinet de Giotto, which brings together Italian works of the 14C to the 17C. This is one of the seven enfilade pieces that make up the paint galleries of the Logis wing. After the renovation of the private apartments of the Duke of Aumale, whose 200 years of birth are celebrated, it is the great project that will occupy the teams until 2024. What to put a little light on this part of the castle, less known than others. Watteau, Géricault, Delacroix or Ingres, however, there are all masterpieces to be shown ! Webpage : https://chateaudechantilly.fr/en/

The Saudade Portuguese resto is recognised as the embassy of Portuguese gastronomy in France. Saudade (given for good deeds, health, and prosperity) offers a setting faithful to its country of origin. Wooden furniture, earthenware on the wall and especially large tables, we go there to listen to fado, a traditional local song imbued with… nostalgia Saudade, 34 rue des Bourdonnais, 1éme, webpage: http://www.restaurantsaudade.fr/

Have you fallen in love with Portuguese pastry? If gluttony is a sin, it is easily forgotten when entering the shop. Also perfect at lunchtime, we leave with a dish (bacalhau a bras, baked chicken and baby vegetables, octopus with potatoes and salad…), a pastel and a drink for 11€. Café Nata, 58, rue Richer 9éme, webpage: https://www.cafenata.com/nos-adresses

Difficult to forget his passage as he marked the spirits. Mallory Gabsi, 23 at the time of Top Chef, had his audience languishing for nearly two years. In an interview with Sudinfo, the news broke: Mallory will soon open its first restaurant in the 17éme arrondissement of Paris near the Arc de Triomphe. Be alert webpage: https://mallory-gabsi.com/

A journey through time, from the 80’s to today, a scenography punctuated by ghetto blasters, jukeboxes, disco balls or collector skates while free access vintage consoles will bring together all retrogaming enthusiasts… As for food, beware the eyes: we travel around the world , minus the jetlag , with Asian burgers from Little BaoBei or street version fish from Père & Fish, passing through the recipes (pizzas in mind) from Magna and its chef Julien Serri or the Japanese-inspired rolls from Kantine (Kumo). iconik
28bis, avenue d’Italie, 13éme, Opened by December 9, 2021, webpage: https://www.iconik-paris.com/

Last but not least another great one fades away…Thierry Mugler or fashion as a total art, in the 1970s, the Creator had imposed a line exacerbating femininity, and had transformed his parades into disproportionate shows. Later, his perfume Angel had had a phenomenal success, (presented by Eva Mendes) opening the doors of haute couture. Producer of shows, choreographer, he died on January 23, at the age of 73 of natural causes in Paris. RIP. Webpage: https://www.mugler.fr/vision.html

Great Update, wonderful France! Historical scoop. The National Assembly, the first chamber of the French Parliament, has approved tonight the bill that will allow the return to the heirs of their first owners of the works that have been, for years, the property of the Louvre Museum and other great national heritage institutions, that you can return them to the heirs of their owners. They were looted by the Nazis. Fifteen works, including a Klimt and a Chagall, will be the first to benefit from the bill, after its final approval. The concordant works of several independent historians discovered, five years ago, that more than 100,000 works of art, among which were approximately a thousand masterpieces by great creators (Monet, Degas, Picasso, among others), were transferred from France to Germany, between 1940 and 1945. But the global importance of the works stolen by the Nazis that today are part of the national heritage. And the identity of the heirs of the victims of Nazi looting is also unknown. After its final approval, the new Law will allow an unprecedented historical review and restitution to begin. Great news I know of many works of arts in the Louvre; as I am friend of the museum since 2004.

There you go folks, another some news from France, and just great fun. Paris, one told us is a mouvable feast,and I said needs to be expanded to France is a mouvable feast. Hope you enjoy the post and do stop by will you!!

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

January 17, 2022

Wines news of France XIIII !!

This is a relatively new series I am doing as realise my blog was all about travels, sports but not about the food and wine we as a family enjoys so much. I am the wino in the group and have the last few years teaching my boys the art of wines, they are enthusiastically joining me! Proud of our traditions, and moving on in life. Therefore, here is my latest wines news of France!!

How do you know if a wine is good to drink? Well here are some tips from yours truly,
If a wine smells more of dust, cellar or floorcloth than fresh grapes, there is no doubt that it is corked. TCA (trichloroanisol), the molecule responsible for the famous “cork taste” interferes everywhere, from the cellar and contaminates the bottles. Only one solution: the sink. And do not keep it especially for a sauce, under penalty of making a double failure.
Yellow or even orange for a white wine, dull or brown for a red wine: as with fish, color can sometimes be a good indicator of freshness. A wine in great shape, even if it is a few years old, should be bright and with a clean complexion.
A mid-full or low-full bottle of wine is likely to lack freshness at best, in the worst case to be oxidized.
The cork is removed but there is a bad smell of mold and humidity. It’s a bad sign, but give the wine the benefit of the doubt and aerate it for a few minutes before writing a cross on it. If there is a cauliflower smell, it is probably a wine that has been altered by UV rays, a defect also called “light taste”.
You remove the lid, and there, bad surprise, the cork is damaged, oozing or on the contrary very dry, cracked. Worse: it crumbles as soon as you want to pierce it with your corkscrew. The specter of poor preservation then passes before your frightened eyes. Warning: in the case of an old bottle, the cork may be damaged, but the wine is sumptuous!

Keeping an open bottle of wine: Close it well, immediately after serving, If you have a pump to empty air the bottle, that’s ideal. Once the air is evacuated from the bottle, you will be able to keep it for two to three more days in the fridge. Place it in the refrigerator Cold preserves food, especially wine. Do not forget to take it out 30 minutes before serving so that it slowly rises to the desired temperature. Avoid any source of light, Recycle it into wine vinegar or in cooking,

So thinking of going into the wine trade ? I did it for a while but continue in finance later on after got two diplomas from France and Spain on wine connaisseur, Here is the trade,

Winemaker. He is a recognized agricultural craftsman in France. He differs from the winegrower, because he is a more complete worker. Indeed, the winemaker participates in all stages of the wine-growing activity, unlike the winegrower who is only present at the start of production. Generally, he is responsible for a plot of vines.
Oenology is the science of wine and therefore the oenologist is the expert. Like a sociologist or an economist, he/she will disseminate his science to make known and help understand his discipline.
The sommelier is the other wine professional and expert. He knows the name, the year and the glass to use for each bottle he/she opens.
The salesperson in wine is better. For anyone with a business background and a passion for this beverage, this is the perfect profession.
Closer to the average customer, the wine merchant is one of the people behind the events of your life: birthdays, retirement, parties, chill evenings…
Lawyer specializing in vine and wine law, Also called lawyer of the wine sector, he is the other expert in wine, but on the legislative aspect. This specialization implies that the lawyer likes or is interested in wine in general. Go for it!

The 2018 vintage is considered exceptional, especially in the prestigious Saint-Emilion appellation. Here are my favorites:
Château Fontenil, Fronsac, A carmine border underlines the black and opaque color of this pretty wine with a nose of raspberry and cherry. Ample, harmonious, the wine from the first sip immediately makes you want to come back with avidity. The lovely fruity, juicy, salivating acidity ardently compensates for the power and volume highlighted by fine, racy tannins. A delight.

Château Hostens- Picant Cuvée Lucullus 2018 Sainte Foy de Bordeaux , It offers itself to the eye in a dark cherry color, opaque with purple reflections. On the nose, warm, the fragrances of ripe and stewed black fruits prefigure the voluminous mouth, full of flesh and crunch, full-bodied, energized by a juicy, saline finish, relayed by cocoa notes after aeration. Decant it before enjoying it young.

A leading player in Burgundy with the Bouchard Père & Fils houses, in Chablis with William Fèvre, in Champagne with Henriot, but also in Oregon (USA) with the Beaux Frères estate, the Maisons et Domaines Henriot group still wants to draw the quality of its wines towards the top . Today, we see a growing interest in vintage champagnes, rare champagnes. There are arguably more gourmet consumers than party consumers than before. A trend ? Yes ,webpage : https://www.maisonsetdomaineshenriot.com/en/maisons-terroirs/

The sister of five-time Ballon d’Or winner (football/soccer) Cristiano Ronaldo is to launch her brand of Champagne. The cuvée called “The 777 Goals” developed specifically in honor of this football star, pays tribute to his brother who celebrated the 777th goal of his professional career in May 2021, This cuvée was produced by the Clément Victor Champagne house in Janvry, near Reims. It is made from a blend of equal parts Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the 2016 vintage. A very luxurious cuvée in a limited series numbered from 1 to 777, i.e. 777 bottles. The precious bottle delivered in its tin case is paid for at the golden price of 1777 euros…oh yeah !! webpage : https://champagne-elma-aveiro.com/the777goals/

A visit, tasting or a wedding as one of my friends did a while back and now even better, The Château Marquis de Terme offers 2 rooms: the cellar room which can hold 150 people with a view of the barrels or the Parc room with 50 seats with its pretty light and view of the castle. Château Marquis de Terme en Margaux is a Grand Cru Classé 1855, located at 3 route de Rauzan – 33460 Margaux – Cantenac
webpage: https://chateau-marquis-de-terme.com/workshops-and-visits/?lang=en

More than 1,100 hectares in production, a wide range of wine which is sold both abroad and in France, substantial stocks of Armagnac, the eau-de-vie which is making a comeback… Despite the bad weather, the Domaine Tariquet estate is doing well. An up and coming wine n our house for apéritifs nice, Another success to the credit of the Grassa family, located two km from Eauze, in the Gers. The Tariquet range includes around ten white cuvées, two rosé cuvées, and one sparkling cuvée. Today, Tariquet has 1,125 ha in production, i.e. an average of 9 million bottles bottled each year (for a turnover of 35 million euros) without purchasing grapes outside. Webpage : http://www.tariquet.com/default_uk.asp

It all started with Auguste, the great-grandfather of Jean-Claude Mas. In 1892, he bought his first vineyard: 9 hectares of vines located not far from Saint-Pons-de-Mauchiens, in the heart of the Hérault department. He established, without knowing it, a line that would lead, nearly 110 years later, to the creation of Domaines Paul Mas. It took off really by 2000, on the 35 hectares developed the family estate. In 1992, Jean Claude met Giorgio Grai, one of the greatest Italian oenologists, who taught him the art of blending. A decisive encounter for what followed , From a trader, he moved on to a manipulative trader to master the entire production chain, then he started buying vineyards, The Domaines Paul Mas now represent 850 hectares in ownership, spread over 15 estates, 30% of which are organic. They extend from the Gard department to Perpignan, in the Pyrénées-Orientales. Added to this are 1,500 hectares of vineyards in partnership with winegrowers, In Montagnac he created On the Côté Mas, a large sales cellar, a gourmet restaurant and two comfortable suites, One of the wines I am following lately, very good value/quality wise, webpage : https://www.paulmas.com/en/

Two great losses I have followed over the years have passed away RIP

Claude Taittinger died last Monday at the age of 94. Managing Director of the family business from 1960 to 2005, he was able through his vision to support the prodigious development of the brand internationally for nearly half a century. the son of Pierre Taittinger, founder of the House of Tattinger, webpage ! https://www.taittinger.com/brut-reserve

The death of Ricardo Bofill on Friday, January 14 2022 at the age of 82 following complications linked to Covid-19, has left the international community of architects in mourning. He was one of the first to bring design into the universe of great wines, by designing the underground cellar of Château Lafite Rothschild in 1987. The whole is an impressive sanctuary of 4000 m2 that can accommodate up to 2200 barrels. The tour de force is all the more remarkable in that the cellar was dug under the vines and not seen from the outside, Any “spectacular signature”, thus being part of the culture of discretion dear to Lafite Rothschild. Inaugurated in 1987, this cellar paved the way for many Bordeaux properties which have since called on other renowned architects to design and dress their technical installations. Webpage on Mr Bofill profile ; http://www.spainisculture.com/en/artistas_creadores/ricardo_bofill.html

webpage of Lafite Rothschild : http://www.lafite.com/en/chateau-lafite-rothschild/

There you go folks, a wonderful page on the wines of France. Sorry and my condolences to the families of Mr Tattinger and Mr Bofil, knew the first one in person at a salon in Paris in the Palais Brongniart. Hope you enjoy the post, even better the wines with moderation; this is a tradition….

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

January 13, 2022

Some news from France, CCCLV 

Ande here I am back at you in my wonderful series now in its 355 edition or CCCLV roman numerals I use for it. Thanks for reading it since December 2010!!! My blog started in November 26 2010 woo that is a lot of years, and thanks for coming along with me in this adventure. It is that time to tell you about my some news from France again. And I have a long lineup in the new France of 2022!!

The building in which the Jean-Drouant hotel school is located, in the 17éme arrondissement of Paris, belongs to a trade union which manages a CFA (centres de formation d’apprentis  or apprenticeship training centers) of more than 700 students there. It plans to expand. To do this, the establishment providing training in hospitality and catering trades must leave its “historic” place, which it has occupied for more than eighty years. Is the Jean-Drouant high school for the hotel and catering trades, better known as the “hotel school of Paris” for more than eighty years, risk disappearing? In any case, the will have to move, leave his cradle on rue Médéric (17éme) to make way for the large “Médéric 2024” project, led by the owner of the building and manager of the hotel training center, It seems we will have one less historic building in Paris,,,My son graduated from a CFA in La Verriére, Yvelines dept 78, IF you want to see the school, here is direction on their webpage: http://www.lyceejeandrouant.fr/informations-pratiques/

The plan to redesign the Eiffel Tower site has continued to generate ink and arouse criticism. Last month, the two guarantors of the national public debate commission submitted specific observations on the points to be reviewed, in particular green spaces, traffic, events or the heritage side. entire arteries would be blocked if cars could no longer circulate as they do today around the equestrian statue of Marshal Foch, Oh well more congestion coming to congested Paris if the mayor gets the way to continue cancelling roads to cars !!! Sadly, I know her ,and she is a native of Cadiz Spain !!! The works going no at the Eiffel webpage: https://www.toureiffel.paris/en/news/works

At the 121 Rue de Ménilmontant, the Pavillon Carré de Baudouin, a rare 18C country house, inspired by the villas of the Veneto with its triangular pediment supported by four columns, enjoys an exceptional character in Paris. A historic monument since 1928, today it is an emblematic cultural facility of the 20éme arrondissement. The Carré de Baudouin pavilion deserves further refurbishment. But the project is at the heart of a battle with the defenders of heritage, the architect of a first restoration, At the origin of the project of the participatory budget, and historians, trying to face off, Oh well another emblematic building going to haggle and hassels will see if it is kept ; to be continue, In French but this is what it is folks : https://www.pavilloncarredebaudouin.fr/presentation/

In the Bois de Boulogne, a ton of fish exfiltrated from the Lac Supérieur before the major works, Future works require that this body of water be emptied. Due to upcoming works, the fishing federations have recovered a ton of fish from the lake higher to transfer them to another body of water. More on the park from the mayor’s office of the 16éme arrondissement or district webpage : https://mairie16.paris.fr/equipements/bois-de-boulogne-2779

The La Roche-Guyon distillery, in Val-d’Oise (95), was created by the descendants of the La Rochefoucauld family. Two recipes for this beverage made with plants are already on the market. The aromas of fourteen and even up to thirty plants and roots brought together in a translucent bottle. It is a subtle and surprising alcoholic drink that comes out of the outbuildings of the Château de La Roche-Guyon. Louis-Antoine de la Rochefoucauld set up the La Roche-Guyon distillery. He prepares a gin there which is available for the moment in two recipes, Monsieur and Madame, The Roche Guyon Distillerie webpage : https://distillerie-de-la-roche-guyon.myshopify.com/

This past Monday January10 2022 , Disneyland Paris fans will find the famous parade that punctuated the daily life of the park before the health crisis. A form of return to normalcy two months before the park’s thirtieth anniversary celebrations, 2022 promises to be the year of rebirth at Disneyland Paris, after several months of forced sleep in 2020 and 2021. The Disney Stars on Parade is thus resuming service with seven tanks and two carriages had stopped wandering in the alleys of the first European amusement park The tanks carrying Mickey, Daisy, Peter Pan or even Woody or Buzz Lightyear from the Toy Story franchise as well as a fire-breathing dragon , will roam the park again, surrounded by fifty costumed dancers. A stroll that will resume its usual route starting near the “It’s a small world” attraction, before going around Sleeping Beauty’s castle in Central Plaza, then down Main Street USA , Since January 3, the Disney show Illuminations, which had been back on December 21, is on hold and the Frozen show is being temporarily replaced with selfie points featuring characters from the franchise. Bars will continue to be open, but drinking while standing will be prohibited. These measures are currently in place for a period of three weeks, at the moment stay tune, Disneyland 30th Anniversary Celebration webpage : https://www.disneylandparis.com/en-us/events/30th-anniversary/

Work on the Meaux (77) Majestic cinema, operated by UGC, was suspended because a building next to the theaters threatened to collapse. In September 2021, the mayor, Jean-François Copé, insisted that the site resume before March. It is still at a standstill … In the meantime, further expert reports must take place. It has been closed since October 2020, So sad to read this as it was my first cinema in France back in Sept 1990 as Meaux is the native town of my dear late wife Martine.

The start-up Dartagnans hopes to buy back the Château de Boulogne-la-Grasse (Oise 60) thanks to an online crowdfunding pot. Individuals can acquire part of the 19C building, erected by a wealthy Belgian, and thus become “co-lords”. The castle was built in reinforced concrete and mixes several influences, A great initiative I am in ! There are several of them in France to save these beautiful monuments of all time, Get involved !! Here is your chance, the official Dartagnans webpage : https://dartagnans.fr/en/projects/devenez-co-chatelain-d-un-chateau-a-1-h-de-paris/campaign

The Beauvais airport expects at least 3 million passengers in 2022, While the airport is idling, after a year 2021 during which it has already received half as many visitors as expected, In 2019, the airport had welcomed 4 million passengers. This figure went down to 1.2 million in 2020, then to 2 million last year, due to the health crisis. Airport webpage: https://www.aeroportparisbeauvais.com/passagers/

The new terminus of metro line 4, the Bagneux – Lucie-Aubrac station, opens its doors tomorrow Thursday 13 January 2022 at noon (Paris time), The axis connecting Porte-de-Clignancourt (18éme) to Mairie-de-Montrouge (Hauts-de-Seine dept 92) is extended by 1.8 km. And two new stations are thus coming into service in the department: Barbara, in Montrouge, and Bagneux – Lucie-Aubrac, now the southern terminus of the line. In French read all about it here : https://www.prolongement-m4.fr/ligne-4-rejoint-bagneux

What are the favorite comics of the French in 2021 ? According to data released at the end of December by the National Publishing Union, sales have increased by 19% since 2019. The most prominent sector in this spectacular increase: comics or BD in French.

1,« Astérix et le Griffon », de Jean-Yves Ferri et Didier Conrad, (éditions Albert René) ; 1,547 million sold.

2 « Les aventures de Blake et Mortimer. Vol. 28 Le Dernier espadon », de Jean Van Hamme, Teun Berserik, Peter Van Dongen, from work of Edgar Pierre Jacobs (éditions Blake et Mortimer) ; 211 211 sold.

3« Mortelle Adèle. vol. 18. Toi, je te zut ! », de M. Tan (Bayard) ; 197 827 sold.

4« Goldorak » de Xavier Dorison, Denis Bajram and Brice Cossu (Kana) ; 189 505 sold.

5« Blacksad, vol. 6. Alors tout tombe (première partie) », from Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido (Dargaud) ; 157 656 sold.

6« Les Aventures de Vincent Lacoste au cinéma », from Riad Sattouf (Les livres du futur) ; 155 556 sold.

7« Mortelle Adèle. Show Bizarre », from Mr Tan (Bayard) ; 144 412 sold.

8« Spy X Family, Vol. 3 », from Tatsuya Endo (Kurokawa) ; 129 758 sold.

9« Le monde sans fin », from Christophe Blain and Jean-Marc Jancovici (Dargaud) ; 122 565 sold.

10« One Piece : édition originale », tome 97 (Glénat) – 122 101 sold.

The Nantes Art Museum compares 18C outfits and pictorial works, emphasizing the dialogue and reciprocal influence between painters and creators. A time that saw the desire to please and to appear to be exacerbated. Museum webpage : https://museedartsdenantes.nantesmetropole.fr/a-la-mode

Not far from the center of the Episcopal City, in Albi, a building from the 1930s has been converted into a guest house. This is worth telling you as we know the building from before and its previous owners, Now the new owners have done wonders to it, From the living room of the “Zen” suite, the majestic Sainte-Cécile Cathedral is revealed., The guest house has an area of ​​nearly 700 square meters and its location close to the city center, On the ground floor, the mosaic floors and woodwork with contemporary design pieces by Matière Grise, Inga Sempé or Constance Guisset, while that modern consoles and lightings stand side by side with marble fireplaces. The “Zen” suite is on the first floor (2nd US) , facing the grand staircase. From its living room, you can see the Sainte-Cécile Cathedral, a few hundred meters away. To reach the Episcopal City from the house, just cross the Tarn river by taking the Pont-Vieux bridge. The L’Autre Rives guest house, at 60 rue Cantepau , Albi. Official webpage : https://lautrerives.com/

Never seen before !!. Yves Saint Laurent at the Museums is an anniversary exhibition that takes place in six Parisian museums: the Center Pompidou, the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, the Louvre Museum, the Musée d’Orsay, the Musée national Picasso-Paris and the Musée Yves Saint Laurent. On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the fashion designer (couturier) first fashion show, everyone highlights the links the designer had with art and French public collections. The master indeed ! The museums showing the exhibition « Yves Saint Laurent at the museums »

Musée national Picasso-Paris – 3éme (from January 29 to April 15, 2022)
Center Pompidou – 4éme (from January 29 to May 15, 2022)
Museum of Modern Art – 16éme (from January 29 to May 15, 2022)
Louvre Museum – 1éme (from January 29 to May 15, 2022)
Musée d’Orsay – 7éme (from January 29 to May 15, 2022)
Yves Saint Laurent Museum – 16éme (from January 29 to September 18, 2022)

Info webpage : https://museeyslparis.com/en/exhibitions/yves-saint-laurent-au-5-avenue-marceau

A stone’s throw from Place d’Italie, a new Potterheads paradise has just opened! On the program, an escape game, first. « Le Défi des sorciers » or The Wizard’s Challenge, a real immersive experience, will make you put on a cape, ride a broom and go through trials, each more magical than the next. You’ll have to solve puzzles to escape and uncover the secret hidden in the Wizarding School! Le Défi des sorciers, 30 Av. D’Italie 13éme, I think have mentioned this before huh, Inside the shopping mall Italie Deux, Until March 6, 2022, Webpage :https://www.italiedeux.com/boutiques/le-defi-des-sorciers

After a first opening in Lyon in June 2020, a second food court is about to open in the heart of the new district of La Gaîté Montparnasse. On the program: 6,000 m2 and 15 restaurants bringing together tapas bar, trattoria, Syrian cuisine, sandwich shop, pastry shop, cocktail bar and grocery store, not to mention the large central bar and the terrace overlooking Avenue du Maine. The place will be punctuated by highlights such as food events, concerts and aperitifs throughout the year. you will be able to roam freely from kiosk to kiosk for lunch on the go or to take away, dinner with friends, have a drink with your colleagues or brunch with family Food Society Paris Gaîté, Les Ateliers Gaîté (new shopping mall) 68, avenue du Maine 14éme ,Opening spring 2022 ,Open 7 days a week from morning to evening, This should be awesome my old work neighborhood I will be there!me hope, Even the fabulous petit journal jazz will close with a new Jazz Cafe,!! official webpage : https://www.lesateliersgaite.com/chantier

La Poste du Louvre will reopen its doors to the public. And the least we can say is that this large building of 35,000 m2 nestled on rue Etienne-Marcel promises to be grandiose. will open to the public on January 18 2022, This is very much waited for as it was my post office when worked nearby ! See it soon, official webpage : https://lapostedulouvre.fr/

And city, one of my Yvelines (78) friends move to is Saint Etienne. I need to get there in my belle France , quite a territory to cover, trying my best lol !! The workers’ city finds color in the streets, the plates, the museums. With, of course, a preference for green, that of the Pilat massif . Imaginative at the Cité du design or on the Le Corbusier site, lover of the arts in the street or at the museum, gourmet in a chocolate factory or in the covered market, lover of the outdoors in the Pilat massif, The future is dreamed of in the vast 19C buildings of the National Arms Manufactory, which has become a “creative district” with an art and design school, fab labs, La Fabuleuse Cantine restaurant, and, above all, the Cité du design , open to the public, From April 6 to July 31, 2022 , the International Biennale will spill over into a city infused with design, from the silhouette of the tram to street furniture and hotel rooms. The avant-garde has never frightened this city which revered technical progress, exhibited at the Museum of Art and Industry. Evidenced by the Art Nouveau facades around the avenue de la Liberation or, in Firminy (13 km away), the modernist architecture of Le Corbusier with its “housing unit”, its cultural center, its swimming pool. and its stadium still alive. Failing to be consecrated, its church sings the possible beauty of concrete.The Comédie de Saint-Etienne, a theater founded in 1947 has become one of the first national drama centers in France. . It’s not just football in the city. Saint-Etienne (the most championships in France with 10), which has long combined the words “culture” and “popular”, offers plenty to occupy its weekend: if not at the Comédie de Saint-Etienne, the national drama center installed for four years in a magnificently restored old factory, or at Le Fil for a concert by the new Stéphanoise scene, it is on the hill of the Jardin des Plantes that it is good to go. There is the Opera, the only one in France with that of Paris to have integrated workshops for its costumes and sets (open to the public on certain Saturdays). Another jewel in its black setting, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art has the largest collection after the Center Pompidou, with nearly 20,000 works that feed exhibitions that are still relevant such as the “The Self-Taught Enigma until 3 April 2022. The St Etiénne tourist office: https://www.saint-etienne-hors-cadre.fr/en/cultural-week-end-in-saint-etienne/

The years 2020 and 2021 were marked by a drop in short work stoppages and an increase in long stoppages for employees exhausted by massive remote work. In 2021, 18% of teleworker stoppages are due to psychosocial risks against 13% for others. Teleworking increases the intensity of work. People do not take the breaks at home that they have in the office, illustrates Benoît Serre, deputy vice-president of the National Association of HRDs (ANDRH) and HRD France (human ressources director) of L’Oréal. In 2021, 65% of companies were thus affected by long shutdowns, largely linked to trauma, accidents and psychological disorders, details the annual barometer of mutualist Malakoff Humanis (mine!), carried out from 23 August to 24 September 2021 with 2 500 employees and managers of private sector companies. Multiple stops, also on the rise, affected 41% of employees. But of course, darling who would work in a cage ! Remember to tell that to Macron or yours !

And last but not least as the saying goes, we are all curious to know what is the trendy first name of the moment (or the one, precisely, to avoid for a future toddler). Well imagine that that changes according to the cities, the official site of the City of Paris reveals the top 10 of the first names most allotted in 2021. For the girls, one finds Louise, Alma, Emma, ​​Adèle, Chloé, Anna , Olivia, Eva, Jeanne and Rose. On the boys’ side, the first names Gabriel, Adam, Louis, Raphaël, Arthur, Noah, Isaac, Joseph, Mohamed and Léon occupy the first ten places of the podium. For Nantes parents favored the first names Louise, Alice, Adèle, Rose, Jeanne, Juliette, Emma, ​​Alba, Agathe and Lou for their little girls, . Among boys, the first names Arthur, Léo, Raphaël, Gabriel, Lucas, Léon, Noah, Hugo, Jules and Malo were particularly popular, says 20 Minutes . In Toulouse, indicates France Bleu. For boys, the most common first names were Louis, Gabriel, Léo, Raphaël, Arhur, Adam, Jules, Noah, Lucas and Hugo. On the girls’ side, the first names Louise, Alice, Jade, Camille, Alva, Lina, Anna, Ambre, Emma, ​​Julia, Chloé, Mila and Léa. And of course, mine or my boys is not on these lists lol !

There you go folks, plenty to do and see in my belle France. Looking forward to more travels, pending more of the Loire and my Seine et Marne (77). Paris still pending….For 2022, best wishes and stay healthy for all and Happy New Year 2022 or Bonne Année, meilleurs voeux à tous!

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

January 9, 2022

The Bosquets or Groves of the Palace of Versailles !!!

Ok so even thus written on the gardens of the palace/museum of Versailles, there are areas dear to me that have not given the full credit they deserve. Therefore, let me update this older post to tell you a bit more on the bosquets or groves in the garden of the Palace of Versailles. Even thus, I will say again, there is a lot more to see in the city than the palace, just browse thru my blog search Versailles; you will be amaze of what you find here!

They are many but I do have my favorites. Nevertheless, will tell you  a bit on all and then some. Hope you enjoy it as I. Info: Of the fifteen current groves, only five groves of Le Nôtre have been preserved or found their original appearance: the grove of the Girandole and the grove of the Dauphin which are essentially lounges of greenery, the grove of Enceladus, the Grove of the Three Fountains and that of the Ballroom.

The Queen’s grove. This grove replaced the famous Labyrinth grove, installed in 1665-1666 and enhanced in 1677 with a series of thirty-nine painted lead fountains in a lifelike representation of the animals in Aesop’s fables. This wonder was destroyed when the gardens were replanted in 1775-1776 and replaced by today’s grove. Initially called Venus’s Grove and later the Queen’s Grove.

The Ballroom grove is one of my favorites.  The Ballroom Grove was the last grove to be laid out in the gardens by Le Nôtre. The works began in 1680 and were completed in 1685. The Bosquet des Rocailles or Salle du Bal is located near the following places for direction: to the north, the rampe du Midi, which separates it from the parterre de Latone, to the east, the parterre du Midi, to the south, the bosquet de la Reine, scattered by the allée de Bacchus-and Allée de Saturne ,to the west the bosquet de la Girandole. The Bassin de Bacchus is located at the southwest corner, the fontaine du Midi at the northeast corner.  The Ballroom grove has three entrances on the Allée de Bacchus-and-Allée de Saturne, in the middle. The Salle de Bal is decorated by several vases and torches in golden lead. Arranged by André Le Nôtre between 1680 and 1683, the grove is the last compound before the installation of king Louis XIV at Versailles. It was inaugurated in 1685. The central zone originally had an oval dance floor, delimited by a small canal. This track is destroyed in the early 18C.

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The Girandole grove was one of the first groves to be laid out by Le Nôtre in 1663. Designed as green bowers, each has a central chamber adorned with a fountain installed in 1669. To the south, the border of the pool was decorated in 1682 with a reed motif: water jets converged toward the centre of the pool, where a water spout sprang from a metal basket of flowers painted in a lifelike manner. In 2000 the grove and their fountains were restored to their original state.

The Colonnade grove, started in 1685 by Jules Hardouin-Mansart, the Colonnade replaced the Spring Grove created by Le Nôtre in 1679. In the center, the original pool was replaced in 1696 by the group sculpture by Girardon: The Abduction of Proserpine by Pluto.

The Chestnut grove. The layout of the Chestnut Grove resembles a verdant gallery adorned with a fountain at each end. It replaced a grove designed by Le Nôtre in 1678 .The extremities of this veritable open-air museum were enhanced with fountains. In 1704 Jules Hardouin-Mansart eliminated the fountains and the central island, replacing them with two rows of chestnut trees.

The Grove of the Domes. This grove was frequently refashioned and its name changed as the decor was modified. Created by Le Nôtre in 1675, it has an amphitheatre design with the central arena occupied by a hexagonal pool surrounded by a golden metal balustrade adorned with eighteen pillars, each projecting water that gushes into the pool. Between 1684 and 1705, the grove was home to the three sculpted groups from the Grotto of Thetis, which had just been demolished. Finally, in 1708, the central fountain was replaced by a white marble bowl propped up by dolphins.

The Enceladus grove , has a fountain made of lead by Gaspard Marsy between 1675 and 1677. The subject is borrowed from the fall of the Titans, buried under the rocks of Olympus by the gods they had wished to dethrone. The design of the grove, its surroundings punctuated with trellis pavilions linked by bowers, was entirely modified in 1706 by Jules Hardouin-Mansart. A restoration programme conducted between 1992 and 1998 restored the original appearance of the grove.

The Obelisk grove has a general outline that iss all that remains of the Feasting Chamber Grove laid out by Le Nôtre between 1671 and 1674 and completely redesigned by Jules Hardouin-Mansart in 1705-1706.

The Apollo’s baths grove is another of my favorites. Today’s Apollo’s Baths Grove dates from the reign of Louis XVI and was laid out between 1778 and 1781. The painter Hubert Robert designed an English-style garden with its centre occupied by a lake, overlooked by an immense artificial rock enhanced with cascades and a grotto where the Apollo group was installed, while the two Horses of the Sun groups were positioned on either side. The Bosquet des Bains d’Apollon is a decoration in the gardens of the Palace of Versailles. Located immediately west of the castle, it was made in the romantic spirit under the reign of king Louis XVI, between 1776 and 1778. In 1778, the former Bosquet du Marais created by Jules Hardouin-Mansart in 1704 under the probable instigation of Madame de Montespan, becomes the Bosquet des Bains d’Apollon. In 1704, the three groups were installed in the bosquet de la Renommée , which occupied the northeast corner of the current grove and took the name of Bosquet des Bains d’Apollon.   To protect the works, frail iron canopies trimmed golden lead ornaments were completed in 1705.

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In 1778, the statues were moved in the bosquet du Marais redesigned for the occasion and which then takes the name of the bosquet des bains d’Apollon. For the redevelopment of the grove an artificial cave in the middle of a green landscape dotted with waterfalls and small pools of water, in the Anglo-Chinese style then fashionable. An English garden whose center is occupied by a lake dominated by a huge dummy rock adorned with waterfalls and dug a cave in which is installed the group of Apollo, while the two groups of the Horses of the Sun are placed from either side. Apollo is accompanied by five nymphs, in the grotto of the Bosquet des Bains d’Apollon, a set of seven statues, the first masterpiece carved in marble and probably the most important for Versailles. The central figure of the composition was freely inspired by the Apollo Belvedere and also evoked that of the King, two side groups representing the Horses of the Sun which replaced those of December 1667.

The Star grove was laid out in 1666, took its name from its shape, one of the most complex in the garden. It was reached by four pathways leading from the corners of the surrounding woods. Early in the 18C the grove was modified profoundly and its complicated layout was eliminated along with the pool. A restoration programme has recently reproduced a part of the plan used by Le Nôtre , such as a circular pathway and meandering paths, with the heart of the grove remaining a lawn.

The Water Theatre Grove was laid out between 1671 and 1674 and enabled the hydraulics engineers François and Pierre Francine to deploy their talents to the full. Being extremely costly to maintain, the Water Theatre was replaced at the end of the 18C by the more modest Green Ring Grove.  The Palace of Versailles launched an international competition in 2009 to restore the grove, and the new grove was inaugurated in 2015.

The Grove of the three fountains was created by Le Nôtre in 1677 and is the only one mentioned on an old map as being “the King’s idea”. Running parallel to the Water Walk, the natural slope dictated the layout over three distinct levels linked by cascades. It was restored in 2005.

The Triumphal arch grove installed by Le Nôtre between 1677 and 1684 ;only remaining part is the lower part, near the Neptune Fountain. It was reached, and is still reached, from the upper terrace, by a great Triumphal Arch of golden metal gleaming with water jets and cascades.

The official Palace of Versailles on its groves (most info above taken from): https://en.chateauversailles.fr/discover/estate/gardens/groves#triumphal-arch-grove

The gardens are a must to visit and will take you a whole day to see it all. This is a huge property and unfortunately most foreign guides tells you to head for the inside and then the rest. To me it should be the other way around one day gardens one day inside and then maybe another half day for the Trianons/Hameau. Then , you can leave saying you saw the Domaine de Versailles , and not just the palace! Enjoy the bosquets or groves of my beloved Palace of Versailles.

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

January 9, 2022

Some walks around Versailles!!!

Well walking is a pleasant and educational way to see a city. I try as hard as I can to walk as much as possible when visiting any city. My former city is no different, even if passing by car, I am always curious to walk those streets !  Versailles been trace by a King, is easy to walk, it is not hilly ,and only a small cluster of a couple of areas where the streets are narrow and old. The rest is wide boulevards and street spreading furiously from the Palace/museum. The main mayor’s office or Hôtel de Ville is at 4 avenue de Paris.

I will try to tell you my favorite city districts , and what’s in it for the visitor, as much as I can describe them. Bear in mind many of these I have done individual posts in my blog. As said, Versailles is a lot more than the palace/museum! No pictures just my black and white series ,a bit long but the city is worth it me think.

First from as far as possible to the Palace/museum, you have the district of Montreuil. This used to be the preferred residential area of the royal families trying to be away from the court in the castle and some privacy. It is, also, the biggest district of Versailles.  The limits is more or less the avenue de Paris on the limit with the town of  Viroflay until rue Montbauron , making detours by the avenue de St Cloud,  rue de Provence, boulevard de la Reine and ending at the boulevard de la République. 

Some of the best monument/attractions here is the Domaine de Madame Elizabeth, 73 avenue de Paris. She was the sister of king Louis XVI, and also guillotine in 1794, now in process of beatification. Across the park from it, you have the Maison des Musiciens Italiens, 15 rue Champ-la-Garde, 17C architecture and home of the musicians that king Louis XIV made come from Italy in 1676. The Church of Saint Symphorien,Place St Symphorien built from 1764-1770 was the favorite of Madame Elizabeth; and act as the neighborhood main church.  Finally ,see the Pavillon de Musique de la Comtesse de Provence, 111 avenue de Paris. This was built for her, the sister in law of king Louis XVI, at the revolution it was sold in 3 lots and split again in the 19C to its current much smaller size.

We can now embark on a closer district to my old home,the Vieux Versailles (old Versailles). This is an area not draw out into an administrative jurisdiction, but it really is around the district of  Saint Louis. However, for historical/tourism purposes, it is offer separate here. As can imagine, it is the smaller district of Versailles. It lies to the right of the Palace/museum when you stand at the Place d’Armes back on it you look towards the right. Here you will find the Jeu de Paume, on the very small street of rue du Jeu de Paume, built in 1686, and it preserve the best jeu de paume or ancestor of tennis of our time. it was here that the sermon (June 20,1789) by the deputies was done in order not to leave the room until the constitution was completed. The Hôtel du Grand Contrôle, 12 rue de l’Indépendance Américaine, it was purchase by king Louis XV to house its finance ministry, now it is a military club or circle. Hôtel de la Surintendance des Bâtiments, 9 rue de l’Indépendance Américain, built early 18C to house the administration of buildings and paintings of the king.  Hôtel de la Guerre, 3 rue de l’Indépendance Américain, built in 1759 on the site of the vegetable garden of king Louis XIII. L’Hôtel des Affaires Etrangéres et de la Marine, 5 rue de l’Indépendance Américain, built in 1761, and still has its original salons or rooms. It is here that the treaty acknowledging the American Independance was signed in 1783 ,and the support of France for the American troops. It is now a very prestigious library with books of the kings  that have lived at Versailles.  Convent of the Recollets, 9 rue des Récollets,(hotel was going to be built here I heard) built in 1684, today it still preserve the cloister, the main portal door of the chapel partially destroyed during the French revolution.  Old Hôtel des Postes, 2 rue Saint Julien, built in 1752, at the expense of king Louis XV to serve as the post office. Grand Commun, 1 rue de l’Indépendance Américain, built by Mansart in 1684 on the site of the church of St Julien, heart of the old village., this is the old living quarters of the domestic service of the court of Versailles. I have taken a peek and it is gorgeous!  and of course, here they put the Palace of Versailles too Lol! you know the one !!!  The Grande et Petit Ecurie, place d’Armes, built by Mansart to house the horses and stables of the king, they know houses the dept archives,architecture shops to restore whats in the palace, and Bartabas as well as carriage museum.  The Hôtel de la Chancellerie, 24 rue de la Chancellerie, built in 1670 to house the Chancellor of France, abandon after the French revolution of 1789; after renovations in 1951 the city of Versailles houses now the Conservatory of Music and Dramatic Arts.

We are in the district of  Saint Louis. Now a bit smaller as the rest is put in the designated old Versailles or Vieux Versailles (see above) . Here you will marvel at the Hôtel des Gardes du Corps du Roi, 5 rue Royale, built in 1750 to update the building of old built during king Louis XIV, it is the official body guards of the king or the Suisses (Swiss). The Carrés Saint Louis, adjacent to rue Royale and rue d’Anjou, this was an old market from 1737, with many boutiques of each a trade. There were held on sticks/columns  in a square such as “au puits”, “à la Fontaine”, ” à l’Avoine”, and “à la Terre” ; therefore the name Carrés or square Saint Louis.  The Réservoir des Carrés, just by the north side of the Carrés, it collected the water from the Seine and its sources it fed the fountains of the district; built in 1766. At the ground floor it serves as the fire dept. The Chapelle de la Providence, Place Saint Louis, built in 1767,  it provide the cathacism to the children, and a funeral chapel for the people of the court. The Cathédrale Saint Louis, Place Saint Louis, built between 1743-1754. It houses the organ of Cliquot, and became a Cathedral in 1802. The king Louis XIV promise and king Louis XV delivered as wanted to pay tribute to king Louis IX (Saint Louis). The Maison des Prêtres Lazaristes, Place Saint Louis, built in 1760;  the priest serving the Cathedral came here,and still has its presbyterian functions today.  La Fontaine, Place Saint Louis, built in 1766; fed by the water of the Réservoir Carré, it provided water to the people of the district. The Potager du roi, 4-6 rue Hardy, built by La Quintinie in 1778 to fed the inmense needs of the court. The old section of the garden and plants have been preserved, it is extended today to the jardin/Parc de Balbi, and every wednesday morning a market is held to sell its bounty . The Maison natale du Général Hoche, (native house of Gen Hoche) ,18 rue Satory, born in Versailles in 1768, Lazare Hoche was under the French revolution a General at the age of 25! He stop the insurrection of the Vendée/Bretagne and at the head of the army of Sambre-et-Meuse he died at the age of 29. Propertly the Rive Gauche-Château RER C train station is in this district.

And, the best for last ,we move on to my old district, Notre Dame. It has by far the most monuments of old Versailles with the exception of the Palace/museum,and the most beautiful !!!  king Louis XIV gave us the Marché de Notre Dame in 1721. The actual place was given out after the Domaine de Clagny built in 1665 was demolished. It was renovated with today’s halls in 1841. It is the center of the city, if you want to know us!  The old Hôtel de Madame de Pompadour, 7 rue des Réservoirs, just attached to the castle, built in 1752 for the Marquise de Pompadour; after her death in 1764 the house came back to her brother the marquis de Marigny who sell it to king Louis XV to make a government building until it became in the 20C a hôtel des réservoirs or water reserves dept.  The Théatre Montansier, 13 rue des Réservoirs,built in 1777 and open by Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette themselves. Its decorations in blue have given it one of the most beautiful in France. Still a theater today!!!  The Ecuries de la Reine, 5 rue Carnot, built in 1672, stables of the king, then the Duchesse of Burgundy under Louis XIV it finally became the stables of the queen of France until 1789. The popular Place Hoche, rue Hoche, and rue Carnot, the old place Dauphine, design under Louis XIV according to the octagonal designs that were to be the urbanism school for all Europe.  The Hôtel du Baillage et l’Anciénne Geôle, at the angle of rue Ducis and rue de la Pourvoirie, built in 1724 around the marché Notre Dame, to use for the bailifs or justice minister as well as prison, it became the Court of Conferences until 1938. It houses today a gallery of antiques.  The Collegiate Church of Notre Dame, 35 rue de la Paroisse, built by Mansart in 1684, it is the church of the castle of Versailles. Its registries are consigned to the acts of baptism, marriages, death of the royal families. It is from here that the cortege procession of the General Estates takes place in May 4, 1789. It is wonderful inside!!! The Musée Lambert, 54 blvd de la Reine, built from the 18C, and now the museum of the city of Versailles including the work of sculptor Jean Houdon, to religious arts of the middle ages.  The Chapelle de l’Hôpital Civil, 76 blvd de la Reine, built end of the 18C, it is now a modern building of luxury apartments that has left the chapel intact.  The Lycée Hoche or high school Hoche, 73 avenue de Saint Cloud, The queen Marie Leszinska ordered the building of the school to house the congregation of the Augustins of Compiégne in charge of the education of the young girls. they left the place in October 1, 1792 under the French revolution.  The Lycée Imperial for boys was established  on May 7, 1807 ,and it carries since 1888 the name of an a native of Versailles, General Hoche. It is one of the most prestigious learning centers in France. The Hôtel de la Préfecture, 11-13 avenue de Paris, built between 1864-1866 . In 1870 it houses the Headquarters of the Prussian chief of staff, and in 1880 it comes back to be the préfecture or regional government of the dept 78 of Yvelines. For your car registration and immigration etc purposes today. Also, my wonderful Rive Droite train station to Paris-Saint Lazare!

A bit more on the district of Chantiers. The Hôtel de Ville, 4 avenue de Paris, built in 1670 , king Louis XIV buys it for the kids of the Duchese de la Valliére and eventually it passes in 1683 to the Princess de Conti. It was repurchase in 1723 by king Louis XV to house the duke of Bourbon, Grand Master of the House and stays until 1760 ,from which date it houses the municipal city hall or mayor’s office. It was enlarged in 1899. The Hôtel des Menus Plaisirs, 22 avenue de Paris, built for king Louis XV to house the menus pleasers or game materials and decoration shops to do parties and theatrical presentations.  It is here on May 5 1789 that the deputies were concocted to the Estates General or Etats Généraux; shortly after the deputies abandoned it to be in Paris on October 12, 1789. The room was destroyed in 1800 and the mansion became a police house in the 19C, and today too ! The Hôtel du Barry, 21 avenue de Paris, built in 1751 for Mr Binet, the first valet of the king, and sold by his ancestors to Madame du Barry in 1772, and resold after the death of Louis XV by the Count of Provence. It houses today the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Versailles/Yvelines. Also, the Chantiers train station to Paris-Montparnasse.

Of course, Versailles has other districts, but less known to visitors as not much of monuments, such as the districts of Glagny-Glatingny (monument to Pershing, American Gen of WWI), Bernard de Jussieu Petit Bois Picardie, and Porchefontaine ( RER C station, and near forest) with Satory as well. You can take it as a walk by district contacting the tourist office of Versailles or if need further help ask me. Hope you have a better understanding of the city, its more than a castle.  No matter how long I live in France, the architecture still manages to surprise me, and Versailles is tops on the list!

Now for some curiosities of the ever wonderful Versailles; more walks and more wonders, read on! Bear in mind most of these are not visited as they are today in private hands or government owned. The info shows the street location, period of construction and some info related to be protected as heritage property in France.  My walk in my beloved Versailles allowed seeing some and enjoying the history and architecture on all!

Former Queen Convent, currently Hoche High School, Avenue de Saint-Cloud , 73: The convent chapel, including the former choir of the nuns and the boarders; the two old sacristies and the two before-choirs. Former Hotel of the Superintendence of the Buildings of the King, then former minor seminary, then Vauban Barracks. Rue de l’Independence-Americaine,  9. Former Chapel of Bethune , Place Edouard-de-Laboulaye , 6 2nd half 18C. Buildings of the Stables, Avenue de Paris; Avenue du General-de-Gaulle, 3rd quarter 19C: Grand central portal of the Avenue de Paris; small gate of the Avenue du General-de-Gaulle; eagle gate of the Farrier’s Court. Across from Rive Gauche-Château RER C station.  Chapel of the Hermitage , rue de l’Hermitage 1, 18C.

Former Pavillon des Sources, rue Carnot, 11, 17-18C, facade on street and roof. Hôtel Reservoirs  rue des Reservoirs , 7, 9 ; 3rd quarter 18C. Filters Pavilion  Avenue des Etats Unis 51, 1st quarter 19C. Reservoirs of Picardy ,Avenue des Etats Unis,  18C. The pond, the remaining part of the old fence wall of the enclosure. Former stables of the Comtesse d’Artois ,Rue Maréchal Joffre, 29 18C, facade on the street and roofs. Fontaine des Quatre Pavés ,59 Rue Royale. Fountain on the Place Saint-Louis (square), 3rd quarter 18C.  Former Hotel of the Navy and Galleys , then Barracks of the Seals , Avenue de Sceaux 10, Facades on the avenue and roofs. Former Hôtel de Mademoiselle , Rue  Colbert 9, 2nd half 18C, Façades and roofs.

Hôtel du Gouvernement, dit Hôtel R or Government Hotel, aka Hotel R , Rue des Reservoirs 2, 4, 2nd half 17C; 4th quarter 18C, currently  Engineering dept. Gateway to the Military School of Engineering; Facade on the street and roofs of the barracks of the war offices (Ecole militaire du Génie). Former Hotel or Quarters of Noailles  or former barracks of the mister (Monsieur)  or former stables of the Madame Du Barry, Avenue de Paris 19, 3rd quarter 18C; Facades on the avenue and roof; Facades surrounding courtyards 1 and  2 and the corresponding roofs; Façades and roofs. Private mansion called La Colette house or Schonen hotel, Rue St. Louis, 20, 2nd quarter 18C. Former dairy of Madame Avenue de Paris 57. House Cassandre  Rue Albert-Joly  11, 1st half 20C, façades and roofs, as well as the stairwell.

House known as the Doctor Le-Monnier, doctor of the  King  Rue des Champs-Lagarde, 11bis,: 4th quarter 18C. Wall said of the Federated ,Avenue Guichard 28 ,  2nd half 19C, Wall and land delimited by a quarter circle with 50 meters radius, from the inside corner of the wall.  Pavilion of the grant King (Boulevard du roi) 30, 18th century. Entry tax (Octroi) Pavilion ,west pavilion of the Saint-Germain Gate,Boulevard du Roi 33, 18C.. Music Pavilion of the Madame,Avenue de Paris 61, 2nd half 18C; 1st half 19C. Police gate or Porte des Gendarmes or Pavillon des Gendarmes or former Hôtel des Gendarmes de la Garde , protection of the king guards, Avenue de Paris 6. The land bordering the watering trough of Louis XIV, Avenue de Sceaux , land limited to the north by the Hoche barracks, to the east by the reservoirs of the water service of Versailles and to the south by the property of Madame Picquois.  Villa Bomsel, Rue René-Aubert, 12, 1st quarter 20C, Façades and roofs. Villa Moricet  Place Alexander de Yugoslavie, 2, 18C. Large living room, sitting room, boudoir on the ground floor; facade and roof of the central part, garden side. Additional buildings/houses that have some part as preserve as national heritage of France in Versailles, I counted about 60 additional ones !!!

The official city of Versailles on its heritage/history: https://www.versailles.fr/ma-ville/

The official city of Versailles has a page on some less known siteshttps://www.versailles.fr/ma-ville/decouvrir/histoire-de-versailles/versailles-meconnu/

There you go folks, again Versailles is unique worth a kingdom me think ! Hope you enjoy the walks and helps you discover these marvelous sites in your next walks of the city,

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

January 8, 2022

Curiosities of Versailles, always more !!!

In my beloved former city of Versailles, there is always more curiosities to tell you. As said, the city is more than a palace/museum, I know. However, there is so much still to see inside and I am afraid folks rush thru it on just a one day trip from Paris! It really deserves more, really! I like to tell you a bit on some of the nice curiosities of Versailles . You will be in heaven! Make sure you know it, Versailles is the capital city of the Yvelines dept 78 of the Ïle de France region, ok!

Let’s get to the meat of the matter and tell you about more wonders of Versailles .

The Librarie des Princes, by the Cour d’honneur for books and music. The Library of Princes  is on 200 m2, and in the form of an apartment. From the boudoir to the dining room, by way of the library and the bedrooms, works and objects celebrating the French way of life are on offer. These rooms with very marked atmospheres will allow the public to discover more than 1000 different books presented alongside objects and by-products. The disguises of princess, marquise and queen, rub shoulders with the chivalrous world of budding musketeers. Reproductions of 18C toys such as totems, spinning tops, bilboquets, drums and rattles of princes and princesses, invite to playful moments to shared. And many books as well. Worth the visit indeed!

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The official Palace of Versailles on the Library of the Princehttps://en.chateauversailles.fr/plan-your-visit/facilities/librairie-princes

And the official Palace of Versailles on admission to the library of Princes as you do not need ticket admission to the palace to come here: https://www.boutique-chateauversailles.fr/fr/155-la-librairie-des-princes

The  Boutique de l’Ancienne Comédie, for souvenirs and nice local castle oriented gifts. The boutique is located at the exit of the tour circuits of the Palace/museum, this shop occupies the historic space of the old cisterns of the bouche du Roi (King’s mouth), under the cour des Princes.

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You can see what is available on the official Palace of Versailles webpage : https://www.boutique-chateauversailles.fr/en/

And of course, when talking about Versailles there is never enough on me. There are about 4 places in the world that are just too much of souvenirs! One of them is Versailles, of course. While now in Bretagne, my soul is still there and why not combine the two while in town , Breton foods and the Versailles ambiance! The wonderful rue Satory off ave de Sceaux, (walk easy from palace) ,and of course a nice Breton lunch at Le Blé Noir, 9 rue de Satory, (see street post) from a true citizen of Quiberon, Morbihan ,(now change name to Jeanne) was my stop when in town, lots of local discussion indeed took place; and we both agree we have the best of the world, Versailles and the Morbihan !!  Great galette de chévre or goat cheese,lardons and tomatoes, 50Cl  pitcher of cider,and expresso coffee. Great!. And now part of a group with two other outlets in Paris! The first name chosen by the clients, honors an emblematic woman of the court of Louis XV: Jeanne Poisson known as Marquise de Pompadour. A woman of influence both politically and artistically, she quickly became a favorite of the king!

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The Blé Noir group on the new Jeannehttps://www.blenoirgroup.com/creperie-blenoir-jeanne-versailles

One emblem of the city that actually divides Versailles from Le Chesnay (now new town of Le Chesnay-Rocquencourt (which is actually the union of two neighboring towns) ) is the Monument aux Morts (monument to the fallen)  at Place de la Loi. Lovely picture taken so much to see my boys in school or take them

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There you go folks, another wonderful episode of my great time in my beloved Versailles, oh yes eternal Versailles! The soul of France ! Hope you enjoy the post as I

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

January 8, 2022

My streets of Versailles!!!

And going in these time for nostalgia lane, I take you back to my beloved Versailles. One of the must see cities of my belle France. I happened to have lived here and it was a glorious moment in my life when all the family was present; in addition to lived in one of the most prestigious districts if not the most of Versailles, Notre Dame. Let me tell you some streets life that I have left out but needs to be in my blog. Hope you enjoy it as I.

The Rue du Maréchal Foch was one of my most frequented streets while living in Versailles, not far from home ,meters, So we patronised several businesses here as well as taken the Rive-Droite train station to gare St Lazare in Paris,(see posts)

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Let me tell you about the places we went sort of a nostalgia lane for me and hopefully for you when visiting at least for its wonderful architecture and history, We went of course to the post office or La Poste at 47B Rue Du Marechal Foch. Our insurance needs (still do) from MMA ,18 Rue du Maréchal Foch, The eyeglasses place (still do) Optic 2000, 47, Rue du Maréchal Foch, opposite the train station Rive Droite, Our notaries for housing needs were 60 Foch Notaries, 60 rue du Maréchal Foch (they handle international needs as well) and the hangout for quick cheap meals and memories of older homes the Subway at 35 Rue Du Marechal Foch,

The Rue du Maréchal Foch belongs to the Notre-Dame and Clagny neighborhood since 1918. It was formally called rue de l’Etang, then, Duplessis, then Sainte-Elizabeth (1775), then Voltaire (1793) until finally the current name. It provides access to the Place du Marché and the Rive-Droite train station (see post). The new name was given on August 2, 1839 by the Duke of Orleans., The street is name after after Marshal Ferdinand Foch, Generalissimo of the Allied armies of the Western Front during the Great War or WWI.

Some of the interesting building from an architecture/history point of view I like are :
N ° 1 to 7 was the Hôtel du Plessis
N ° 27-28: was the former Auberge de la Petite Sirène
N ° 29: Accommodation for Robespierre and the deputies of Artois
N ° 37: Former restaurant of the Boule d’or closed in 1989
N ° 38 to 42: access portal of the Rive Droite train station inaugurated in 1839.
N ° 46 ter: Corner, superb Hôtel de la Caisse d’épargne replacing the one on rue Saint-Simon in 1908
N ° 48: Former “Epicerie des villas de Clagny” or grocery store at the beginning of the 20C now gone
N ° 58: Art Deco building, 1923

And voilà my street!! shhhh. Short but beautiful and a great location, the Rue Saint Lazare.

The Rue Saint Lazare was my street and is a continuation of the Rue Sainte Geneviéve that is on the left side of the Collegiate Church Notre Dame (see post) ,and continues to the Bd de la Reine, This street was open in 1777 to reach the new cemetery at Rue La Bruyère during the French révolution. It got its name from the Mission of Saint Lazare where the priests served the Collegiate Church Notre Dame, Just wonderful Haussmanian buildings here now!

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Off Rue de la Paroisse at the corner of the Collegiate Church Notre Dame was the Rue Sainte-Geneviéve  as above, It has one of our favorite restos in Versailles, that is the L’Aparthé at 1bis Rue Sainte Geneviéve

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It is such name since 1742. Former rue des Gracques. From the name of the lost Sainte-Geneviève chapel. It was located near the door of the Notre-Dame Collegiate Church in place of the new cemetery and the Saint-Julien church, which was disused in 1686 with the inauguration of the Notre-Dame Church. The cemetery was moved to Clagny after 1777.

Some of the interesting things to see here are:
N ° 3 and 3bis: Old college of Orleans
N ° 5: Mission and school of the brothers of the Christian Doctrine
N ° 9: Private school of mural art of Versailles. The artists are at the origin of the paintings of false fountain or after the fables of the Fountain at Versailles, created on the telephone relay boards in certain streets of the Saint-Louis and Notre-Dame districts.

Another quant picturesque old street is the small Rue Rameau has the interesting nice cosy UGC Cyrano cinema with 8 rooms at 7 rue Rameau, Also, for a quick grocery needs the Franprix at 5 Rue Rameau, and our saviors for all sewing needs the La Retoucherie Versaillaise at 2 Rue Rameau.  The name of Rue Rameau was given in 1892. The name comes from that of Charles Chevrey-Rameau , lawyer, mayor of Versailles , and deputy who distinguished himself during the Prussian occupation of 1870.

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I take you all the way to the other side of my Versailles and the rue Satory, off Avenue de Sceaux, in the Vieux Versailles neighborhood. The name comes from the name of the hill to the south of the city to which it gave access. Former rue de la Montagne which united the rue du Maréchal-Joffre and the current rue Satory.

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Some of the interesting buildings here with plenty of restos as well are:
N ° 1: Beautiful facade in Art Deco style at the corner of Avenue de Sceaux, restored in 2012  Now Restaurant Limousin. Ernest Renan lived there in 1848 (he was a teacher at the Lycée Hoche)
N ° 7: Former Blaizot bookstore which was a literary cabinet for reading the press at the time of the French revolution
N ° 13: One grocer and then butchers have succeeded since 1778 until today
n ° 17: Balconies from 1790, geometric: one of the entrances to the caserne des cavaliers Chevau-légers or old barracks of the Lightweight riders. Their motto was “Slay the giants”
N ° 18: Birthplace of General Lazare Hoche, who died at the age of 29 after having “pacified” the Vendée and Bretagne. Balconies with curved railings. Purchased by the city in 1986.
N ° 22: False windows, of an 18C house at the corner of the rue du Vieux Versailles: a Louis XV corner balcony
N ° 23: Former courier office
N ° 26: Military café of the Maison du Roi in 1814, then pastry chef, ice cream parlor, tea room as today.
N ° 27: Former hotel of Lannion and former cabaret of the Royal Garden before the French revolution
N ° 28: A refreshment bar with a tobacco shop in 1882
N 30: A grocer in 1756 in a house similar to today’s, then in 1807 and today again
N ° 33: Pharmacy since 1768
The street now ends at the old Quatre Bornes crossroads with the rue de l’Orangerie.

Our hangouts here were to come to the Satory Market at 12 rue Satory, and the unique créperie Le Blé Noir, 9 rue Satory.

The city of Versailles on its heritage/historyhttps://www.versailles.fr/ma-ville/

There you go folks, a dandy of streets of my beloved Versailles, and my hangouts!!! The city is awesome for a walk away from the Palace/museum awesome architecture and plenty of the history of France and Europe at least. Hope you enjoy the post as I, and give a shot on your next visit to historically awesome Versailles!!!

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

January 8, 2022

Château de Versailles, Salle 1792!!!

So this is a room you might just past by and see the many portraits wondering what it is? Well is another wonderful historical room in the Palace of Versailles, Room 1792. This marks the end of absolute monarchy in France after 948 years on September 21, and the beginning of the 1st Republic! Let me tell you a bit more on it ok: hope you enjoy it as I.

And of course, as many know, this was not the end really just a bit of a change in words. By the gracius coup d’état of Napoléon I we had the first empire, (1804-1814), and then Waterloo 1815, and then, the monarchy restoration of the Bourbons, under a parlamentary monarchy of Louis XVIII (bro of Louis XVI!). And then, his youngest brother Charles X took over in 1824; his absolute tendencies brought again the monarchy under the July revolution of 1830. Thereafter, the parliament chamber elected a king of the French in Louis Philippe I. He tried to mingle in absolutism with common sense but to no avail too many opposition.  The opposition of the King was composed of Legitimists supporting the Count of Chambord (Duke of Bordeaux heir as Henri V) Bourbon claimant to the throne, and of Imperial Bonapartists and revolutionary Republicans, who fought against royalty and supported the principles of democracy. (even thus the Bonapartists did it early by a coup d’état overthrown government). All these brought about the February 1848 revolution (another one!) . On 24 February 1848, the monarchy was abolished and the Second Republic was proclaimed (No 2) with its first elected President  Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte! Who unfortunately later became a dictator as well as the I from 1852 to 1873.  Since, then we have had the Third Republic (1870-1940) , the Fourth Republic (1946-1958) and the current Fifth Republic since 1958. I have a post on the last possible effort to bring the monarchy back in 1881 by Henri-Charles-Ferdinand-Marie Dieudonné D’artois, Count De Chambord ,  last heir of the elder branch of the Bourbons and, as Henry V, pretender to the French throne, and offered it ,but refuse to be king under the current revolutionary tricolor French flag ,but rather under the royal white flag of France! He was descendant by Louis XV and on his death in 1883 left no heir. This follows as to this date a dispute between the House of Bourbon of Spain, and the House of Orléans seeking the true legitimacy of the crown of France if ever will be doubted…

And after this brief, condense historical note, brings me finally you might said to the Room 1792. History needs to be told however.

The Palace of Versailles on the Room 1792 ,also call the Revolution room, symmetrical to the Salon of Hercules, this room brings together the Wing of the Midi, or Wing of the Princes, with the central body of the palace. The room 1792 is nearly 155 m2 re-developed by Louis-Philippe on the site of the former Salle des Marchands under the reign of Louis XV, which became the Salle des Cent Suisses in the time of Louis XVI.

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Louis-Philippe, who created the current decor, will dedicate the Room 1792 to war, the Galerie des Batailles to the great victories of France, and the Salle 1830 room to national reconciliation. This triptych was, in his mind, to mirror the Salon de la Guerre, the Galerie des Glaces and the Salon de la Paix of Louis XIV. The monarch will assemble portraits of heroes of the revolutionary and empire wars in the 1792 room, bearing the insignia of their rank in September of that year, when the French Republic (France) was proclaimed. The citizen-king, then Duke of Chartres, will thus be represented in the uniform of a lieutenant-general.

The only survivor of the rooms of the Louis-Philippe museum dedicated to the French Revolution, the Room 1792, alone provides the keys to understanding the historical and political project of the King of the French. It marks both the end of a world, the French absolut monarchy falls on August 10, 1792 , and the opening of a new era full of hopes and worries too. Monarchical Europe is united against revolutionary France, which finds in itself the living forces that will unite to defend it.

The main paintings evoke the call to arms to defend “the Fatherland in danger” The National Guard of Paris leaves for the army, September 1792, from Cogniet as well as some of the emblematic battles of the French revolution such as Valmy, the 20 September 1792, by Mauzaisse after Horace Vernet, and Jemmapes, November 6, 1792, by H. Scheffer after Horace Vernet, and the many warlords to whom she owes the victories of her armies.

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Next to Kellermann, Dumouriez, Luckner, are represented Rochambeau, veteran of the American War of Independence, La Fayette, his most famous fighter, and Louis-Philippe himself, who fought in Valmy and Jemmapes. The portraits of the future heroes of the Empire occupy the embrasures of the windows, and Napoleon Bonaparte occupies a prominent place above the front door. A subtle hierarchy is established between the portraits, and Louis-Philippe presents himself as a fighter of the French revolution, heir to the Enlightenment and guarantor of new ideas.

The Palace of Versailles on the Room 1792https://en.chateauversailles.fr/discover/estate/palace/1792-room

There you go folks, a dandy historical room in architecturally and historically fascinating Palace of Versailles!! Room 1792 is part of the history of France and you should visit it while there. I have taken some of the text from the palace and some from my books on the subject; hope you enjoy it as I

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

January 1, 2022

The Belvedere du Petit Trianon of Versailles!!!

Here I am bringing you back to my beloved Versailles of wonderful family times living in one of the most visited cities in the world, for good reason. The Domaine de Versailles is a masterpiece all over, and not just the castle/château when we say Domaine it means the whole incluing the gorgeous little Petit Trianon (see post) and its Belvedere and Rock. I have mentioned it briefly in previous posts, therefore, let me tell you a bit more on them in one deserving post.Hope you enjoy it as I.

The Belvédère du Petit Trianon ,or Pavillon du rocher, (Rock pavilion) is a neoclassical garden factory, erected between 1778 and 1781 by Richard Mique, for the queen of France Marie-Antoinette, within the English Garden of the Petit Trianon, in the Domaine de Versailles. We used to go a lot as our jogging leisure walks were by there along the Allée Saint Antoine road coming off the Porte Saint Antoine (see post) by entrance on the Bd Saint Antoine. Walking in on your right you had first the Hameau of Marie Antoinette (see post). Glorious !!! 

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It is a small pavilion of octagonal architecture, it is part of the factories arranged in the new garden of the Petit Trianon by the architect of the Queen and serves as a music room. It is flanked by an artificial rock from which a waterfall springs and is surrounded by miniature mountains, the whole forming an alpine garden. It is guarded by eight stone sphinxes , and the decoration of the eight facades, whose bas-reliefs are an allegory to the four seasons and whose pediments are decorated with the attributes of hunting and gardening. The interior lounge is luxuriously decorated, the arabesques painted on stucco represent scenes from nature, the floor is paved with marble and the ceiling, evokes cherubs moving in a blue sky.

For the realization of this English garden, one applies the ideas of the return to nature of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, which one mixes abrupt changes of decoration, characteristics of the countryside of across the Channel, and French intellectual and literary notes.. A sign of this landscape instability, the belvédère, the only element visible from the castle, appears isolated, while, from the other side of the small lake, it is integrated into a rugged landscape The belvédère is the main building of this alpine garden , itself an integral part of the Anglo-Chinese garden thus created.

This small octagonal pavilion, surmounted by a lead dome hidden by a balustrade, stands on a hill overlooking the small lake. Its exterior architecture is octagonal while the interior is circular. The pavilion is raised on a stone plinth also octagonal which accesses four steps guarded by pairs of sphinxes. These were made in 1778 , Very damaged after the French revolution and some even disappeared during the 19C, these statues were restored or copied in Tercé stone; four originals are kept in the reserves, The eight facades of the building are open with four doors and four alternating windows The bas-reliefs overhanging the windows represent seated figures in profile allegory of the four seasons

The pavilion houses a luxurious circular living room, The interior walls are covered with stucco and are painted with arabesques oil , The eastern dome represents cupids in a blue sky, playing with flowers among light clouds, The ground is , paved with a mosaic of turquoise blue, green, veined white and red marble inspired by 16C pavements, This small pavilion was used by Marie-Antoinette as a music room. A piece of furniture of eight shepherdess armchairs and eight chairs with arched backs in plan, like the curve of the room, was delivered in 1781, it was covered with painted white and blue silk and trimmed with luxurious trimmings, Under the Ancien Régime(monarchy) , the pavilion is only furnished when the Queen goes there and only in summer

The Grand Rocher or large rock, whose laborious construction took four years, is the natural counterpart of the belvedere, This artificial mountain, surrounded by conifers, is the very source of the aquatic effect of this little Switzerland sometimes also nicknamed the Alpine garden . From a reservoir located at the back and fed by the Trèfle basin, the waters flow in torrential waters into the lake. A wooden footbridge with a columned pergola for the look. The small lake flows into the meandering river that crosses the English garden to form an island within which is the  temple de l’Amour or temple of love ,and separate into two arms, one of which ends in a ravine intended to conceal the discharge of water and located near the porte verte or green door, Under the Ancien Régime, it is stocked with carp, perch and barbels, for the pleasure of fishing, but also allows rides in boats or gondolas, A landing stage allows easy access to the mountains of the alpine garden

The Palace of Versailles on the English garden and al, : https://en.chateauversailles.fr/discover/estate/estate-trianon/english-gardens

There you go folks, another dandy beautiful monument in the most beautiful castle property in the world. The Domaine de Versailles and its gorgeous Belvédère and Grand Rocher is a must to see while in Versailles me think.

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

January 1, 2022

The Grand Canal of Versailles!!!

Well had this on other towns and not in my beloved Versailles! I need to put this in my blog and use my pictures from my vault to tell you a bit on the wonderful gorgeous Grand Canal of the Palace of Versailles!!!

We come to the Grand Canal, occupies 24 ha, measuring 1500 meters long and 62 meters wide ,and 1070 meters by 80 meters for the transverse arm with an average depth of 2 meters, and a total periphery of 5.5 km, extends in its main axis the perspective of the garden of the Palace of Versailles towards infinity. Bordered by beeches, oaks, fresnes and cherry trees, it forms a harmonious whole.

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In 1674, king Louis  XIV  ordered the construction of the Petite Venise; located by the septentrinal arm of the Grand Canal.  The Grand Canal in the Palace of Versailles is the largest basin in the park. In the shape of a cross, it was built between 1667 and 1679, at the instigation of Le Nôtre. Before that date the park, closed by a gate, stopped behind the bassin des Cygnes or Swan Basin. This monumental piece of water was nevertheless successfully built, cutting off the Ru de Gally which was used to feed the canal.

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The plan of the Grand Canal is today in the form of a cross whose main east-west perspective is located in the axis of the castle, The work completed in 1679, the Grand Canal will serve as the starting point for the fireworks given during the sumptuous royal festivals that Louis XIV organized in the palace. The Grand Canal also played a practical role. Indeed, located at a low point in the park, it received the water which flowed from the fountains located in the gardens upstream. This was then pumped using a network of pumps driven by windmills and horse-powered mills, then returned to the reservoir placed on the roof of the grotte de Thétys or Thetys cave in order to replenish the fountains. This hydraulic system then operated in a closed circuit.

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During the French revolution, the Grand Canal will be filled in and will serve as a wheat field ! Fortunately , king Louis XVIII (brother of Louis XVI) will restore it to his original vocation.

Tradition holds the king Louis XIV will sail a substantial fleet there such as a three-masted vessel “Le Grand Vaisseau”, a galley, longboats, galiotes, brigantines, gondolas (offered by the Doge of Venice) and, from 1675, two yachts from England, You can ,now rent boats on the Grand Canal. Boat rental is open every day from 10h to 16h45 (last departure at 6h15). Annual closing: December, January and February , the most winter months,

You can do a tour of the Grand Canal that will allow you to discover superb views of the Palace of Versailles. The distance to be covered is 5.5 km. It takes approximately: 1h to 1h15 by walk, 25 to 30 minutes by bike ,and 35 to 40 minutes in rollerblading.

The Nautical Circle of Versailles organizes in partnership with the Palace of Versailles, once every 2 years, the Regattas of Versailles. Thus, 400 international boats, 1500 rowers take part in one of the biggest rowing races in France,check it out.  Also, the Trophée des Rois (kings trophy) is the rowing regatta organized each year by the Club Aviron ESSEC. The most prestigious French universities have been meeting here for 25 years to compete and compete against invited foreign universities …Indeed check it out

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One more temporary event coming here is for the 2024 Paris Olympics Games !! This will allow for certain sports events to find an exceptional setting steeped in history to welcome them. A temporary quarry flanked by several stands will be installed at the Etoile Royale, an esplanade which sits west of the Grand Canal, in the heart of the park of the Palace of Versailles. This arena will host two eventing events with one dressage test and one show jumping as well as the show jumping and dressage competitions (Olympic and Paralympic). The cross-country individual and team events will take place near the Grand Canal, and the five components of the modern pentathlon will also be held at the Palace of Versailles ! Be ready it check it out !

The official Château de Versailles on the park and canalhttps://en.chateauversailles.fr/discover/estate/park

The Versailles tourist office on the palace (2 bis avenue de Paris) https://en.versailles-tourisme.com/visit-and-explore-versailles-the-royal-town/palace-of-versailles-visits

The city of Versailles on the palace: https://www.versailles.fr/ma-ville/decouvrir/chateau-de-versailles/

There you go folks, enjoy this masterpiece of a pond in a gorgeous sublime palace for all humanity. We love it, hope you do too, its a must even for it alone! indeed our favorite playground with the boys! The Grand Canal of the palace/museum of Versailles! Awesome !!!

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

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