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May 7, 2021

Some news from France, CCCXXXII

And here I am again on my series some news from France. A wonderful time to tell you tidbits of stories from my belle France. Hope you are enjoying them as I do. Today was cook here temps in 13C but sunny and no rain. I did my tuneup or revision on my car and got medical checkups for my Dad, now all home. Let met tell you about these news ok.

How about a bit of history on the metro/train ticket of Paris ? Well it is a nice story I like to tell you thanks to the folks of the RATP. In 1900, when the Metro opened, three types of tickets existed: a pink ticket for 1st class, a cream ticket for 2nd class and a green ticket for round trips. In 1947, a single ticket was issued and marked the end of the 1st class … for a short period since the latter would be put back in place in 1948. It would be definitively deleted in 1991. In 1981, the ticket became yellow with the campaign RATP “T’as le ticket chic” which is a huge success, the music is even played in nightclubs. In 1992, the ticket adopted jade green, color of RATP and ecology, of course. In 2003, it turned purple. And finally, four years later, the ticket changes to white in its current version and only the logo of Stif (the organizing authority) appears in blue and orange. Cute story me think!

And another RATP dandy. At Porte des Lilas station, on line 11 of the Paris metro, a hidden door opens onto an underground passage closed to the public. It is at the end of this corridor, on a dead platform, that for decades series, commercials and hundreds of film sequences have been shot, some of which have marked the history of cinema. It is the only French station dedicated to cinematographic creation. It has two platforms and has the advantage of being able to circulate a train without disturbing it, thanks to its one km tunnel which leads to a dead end. On the quays we find the atmosphere of the 1920s. The wooden folding seat of the punching machine, and on the wall, the famous bevelled tiles as well as the advertising panels. The station is modular in order to be able to cover all eras from 1920 to today. At the rate of about sixty shoots per year (when the health context allows it of course). We can no longer count the number of celebrities who have set foot on these docks, and in particular: Kevin Costner, Meryl Streep, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Sophie Marceau, Audrey Tautou, Mélanie Thierry, Romain Duris, Jérôme Commandeur, Ramzy Bedia, etc. As well as renowned directors such as Jean-Pierre Jeunet with “The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain” (2001), Jean-Paul Salomé with “the women of the shadows” (2008), François Ozon with “l’Amant double ”(2017) and many others.Who would have thought that behind this simple door, so many masterpieces would emerge? And there are others….

Since May 2014, a revamped Serge the Rabbit (lapin) has appeared on the doors of metro and RER trains, in order to make travelers aware of the right reflexes to adopt when opening the doors. But when was he born? The “Metro Rabbit” was born on February 15, 1977. First deployed on line 1, the Metro Lapin will be extended to the entire network.  Since May 28, 2014, it is therefore a “new” Serge le Lapin which is gradually deployed on the 24,000 metro and RER doors, as and when existing stickers are replaced (when they are damaged or missing. for example). It made its appearance primarily on board the trains of lines 1 and 14. Since February 15, 2017, a new series of stickers of the mascot Serge the Rabbit has appeared. Cute rabbit indeed!

And this is a good site ,RATP, I am adherent since my days of using Paris public transports; it shows how to get around in English very useful to check before coming over. Webpage:

Details of all the lines concerned will be finalized and communicated in the coming days by SNCF and RATP. This is just a sampler known as of today. For the seventh consecutive year, the RER A will be idling this summer to complete the rail and ballast renewal project. Work on the central section will take place on the western part, from June 26 to August 29 inclusive, between Auber and Nanterre-Université in Hauts-de-Seine (92) , Cergy (95) and Poissy (78). From August 9 to 13 and from August 16 to 20, traffic will also be interrupted all day, between Auber and La Défense and on the Poissy branch. Some slowdowns are also expected. Please note, it is advisable to check your route on RER B this summer before going to the station (good advise) . On June 5, 6, 26 and 27, train traffic will be completely interrupted between Aulnay-sous-Bois in Seine-Saint-Denis and Charles-de-Gaulle T2 airport. Idem, on June 12 and 13, between Gare du Nord and Aulnay-sous-Bois. From July 10 to July 23, all day long, between the Guichet and Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse stations in the Yvelines (78). The construction works of the “drawer of Orsay” in Essonne  a development which should allow the reversal of trains without hindering the passage of other trains; and the commissioning of equipment at Saint-Rémy will involve stopping links in both directions. On August 14 and 15, between Gare du Nord and CDG T2 Airport, train traffic will be interrupted in both directions throughout the day. Stops will not be marked at several stations. CDG T2 airport: July 3 and 4. Denfert Rochereau: every weekend, from July 24 to August 22., and Luxembourg: July 1 to 31.

This private blog has excellent info on the RER B and I use it too. Fyi webpage:

Unlike in previous years, several axes of the RER C will be affected by the summer works which will take place from July 15 to August 21. During this period, in both directions of travel, no train will run between the Pontoise (95) and Musée-d’Orsay stations;  Versailles-Château-Rive-Gauche (78) and Musée-d´Orsay; from Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (78) and Musée-d´Orsay; and Massy-Palaiseau (91) and Pont-de-Rungis

Metro Line 6, between Montparnasse-Bienvenüe and Trocadéro, the metro will not run on this line at all from June 26 to August 27,. From July 20 to 25 inclusive, all day long, this interruption will even extend from Montparnasse-Bienvenüe to Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile. Replacement buses will run on these routes during these blackout periods. Be aware or be square if around here then.

The RER E work site has taken four years to drill 170 meters of tunnel!  The so-called entonnement tunnel, making the junction between Haussmann-Saint-Lazare station in Paris and the line extension to the west, has been completed. It must have been dug “old-fashioned” without a tunnel boring machine.  These essential 170 meters could not have been excavated by the tunnel boring machine  because of metro line 14 which goes over it. It remains to install cables, lights and of course the railway equipment (tracks and catenaries) while waiting for the final junction. Scheduled for 2022 but delayed due to the health crisis, the extension to Nanterre should come into service in mid-2023. The rest up to Mantes-la-Jolie (78) is planned before 2025.

The gardens will be open to the public from tomorrow Saturday May 8th at the Château Vaux-le-Vicomte (Maincy 78). Still to go inside we need to wait until May 22nd .Be ready we are re opening all for Summer 2021!!! Booking is going strong all over and traffic as well.

The Jardin des Plantes Paris once again puts animals in the spotlight with the installation of five monumental works by artist Michel Bassompierre. From Gorilla to Polar Bear via Brown Bear, Michel Bassompierre invites us to observe the fragility of these species and the threats hanging over them. “ Fragiles Colosses “ by Michel Bassompierre Jardin des Plantes 57 rue Cuvier, 5eme. Every day from 7h30 to 18h30.

Something of history I like: In Gironde, on the road to Compostela, several Templar commanderies still stand. Often poorly maintained, they owe their survival to the work of volunteers. The story is told in the book “The Templar Commandery of Arveyres” by JeanLuc PIAT, Archeologist ,Regional Scientific Director Aquitaine – Limousin EVEHA; I am still reading… The Templars, members of a military-religious order created in the 12C to protect pilgrims during the Crusades, were dissolved in the early 14C by Pope Clement V and king Philip the Fair. If their leaders were burned, most of them joined other orders with similar goals, including that of the Hospitallers, created in the 11C.  Established in Bordeaux, Gironde, from 1159, the Templars founded in Arveyres an important commandery, name given to large farms, often built in the shape of a square and comprising the residence of the commander, the house of the brothers, kitchens, barns, cellars, stables, a pond where fish were raised and a garden etc.

From there, they swarmed to Marcenais, Saint-Laurent-d’Arce, Targon, Queynac and Magrigne, then later to La Grave-d’Ambarès and Sautuges-en-Médoc. The first mention of their presence dates from 1170, when the Church of Saint-Pierre-de-Vaux was donated by Bertrand de Montault, Archbishop of Bordeaux, to the Order of the Temple.  In 1231, Raymond Gombaud, Lord of Vayres, added to it to have the good graces of the order the territory of Arveyres; one of the places of passage of the way of Saint-James (Santiago). The pilgrims coming from Périgueux crossed the Dordogne at the Pont du Noyer and stopped there. The Templars then established a hospitable house on the hill overlooking the Dordogne, to which they added a Romanesque church, placed under the invocation of Notre-Dame, and kept it until 1314, the year of the extinction of the order. The Hospitallers succeed them, and the commandery occupies a prominent place in the military system of Bordeaux until the French revolution. Interesting reading always part of the history of France, Europe and the World. I think so anyway!

The gastronomic/wine lover in me will like to tell about some newbies in Paris ready for you from this month!

At the foot of the legendary Butte de Montmartre, facing the Basilica Sacré-Coeur, the Coeur Sacré has been established, a new place of life and sharing that we can’t wait to discover opening on May 19. At Coeur Sacré, we love the concept, but we especially can’t wait for the rooftop, which offers a breathtaking view of Paris! Can you imagine a summer afternoon, sunbathing with a drink in hand, enjoying the view, perched on this rooftop in the 18éme arrondissement? Sublime! More in Paris entertainment webpage:

And more first told here first! Hanami,  take out your caps and sunglasses, from May 19 a huge ephemeral terrace will take up residence in the middle of the cherry trees of the Jardins du Trocadéro. And just to make it even hotter, you will be in Japan in Paris with a food court dedicated to Japanese culture. On the menu: ramen, udon, donburi, sushi, gua bao, bubble tea, yakitori or even macduck, all prepared and concocted by chef Yoaké San. Where? Jardins du Trocadéro , 5, avenue Albert de Mun 16éme. Opening on May 19, 2021 and every day of the week from 12pm to 21h. no web yet

Bringing you back to Europe, the largest food hall in Europe with 35 restaurant counters and bars set up in an area of over 5,000 m2. This is the new Food Society project that will open its doors in the Ateliers Gaîté, in the heart of Montparnasse. A la carte? Restaurant counters and bars from different backgrounds, to make sure everyone’s okay with it. The place will also offer culinary events and entertainment. Food Society,  Atelier Gaîté; 14éme. Opening in September 2021. Again more in Paris entertainment webpage in French:

Bring on the Mediterranean!  Bocca sur Seine puts the sails on the banks of the Seine river and drops anchor at Quai Ouest. Wolverines, tapas and large tables with their feet in the water await us all summer long! Located opposite the Bois de Boulogne, between the bridges of Suresnes and Saint-Cloud, a XXL sun-drenched terrace with your feet in the water, cocktails well mixed by the team and a delicious Mediterranean menu in a flat way to share. Bocca sur Seine will also export the atmosphere of the Riviera to the sounds of catchy playlists and DJ Sets until late to party (at a good distance) Bocca sur Seine Quai Ouest 1200 Quai Marcel Dassault; Saint-Cloud. Opening June 1st. Reservation from May 19 at tel +33 (0) 1 46 02 35 54. Official webpage:

And about ending with a recipe we all love and we do at home just had today again ! home made mind you. This  is the so call French fries and recipe by Boris Tavernier.  For 4 to 6 people you will need  1 kg of firm-fleshed potatoes,( Bintje type) , 1.5 liters of sunflower oil (deodorized if organic), and fine salt fleur de sel.

The Preparation: Peel the potatoes, cut them with a knife or with a French fries cutter, into regular sticks and not too thin: 1 cm minimum thickness, all equivalent. Soak the sticks in cold water, then dry them carefully with a kitchen towel to remove the starch and dry them perfectly. And the cooking: Cook for the first time in a deep fryer in an oil bath at 170 ° C for 6 to 7 minutes. Drain the fries well and let them rest for at least 10 minutes, or even several hours. For the second cooking, at 190 ° C, it can last from 2 to 4 minutes, depending on whether you like more or less grilled fries.

After the second bath, drain the fries on absorbent paper, transfer them and immediately salt them in a bowl, stirring them. Before serving, add a pinch of fleur de sel. Enjoy hot fries with mayonnaise, or as an accompaniment to grilled chicken, a piece of beef or mussels in the sea. Or anything we had the piece of beef!  And bon appétit!!!

And there you go folks, plenty coming up in my belle France and especially my eternal Paris! Stay tune summer should be rocking good and we are starting early in May 2021!!! Bring on the crowds! of course proper health protection will be appreciated.

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

April 27, 2021

Some news from France, CCCXXX

And I am back at you with my series of some news from France. Again thanks for reading me over the years since 2010! It has been a wonderful ride alongside. We are now getting good signals to go out as the President will speak this week and all points out to May 8th, fingers crossed! Let me give some of my favorite current news in my belle France!!

The oldest bridge in Paris has just started the last phase of its restoration. Seven months of work will be necessary to renovate the Place du Pont-Neuf, on which stands the equestrian statue of Henri IV. Built between 1578 and 1607, the Pont-Neuf had already been the subject of restoration work. An eighteen-year project, completed in 2007, notably allowed the renovation of each of the twelve arches of this 238-meter-long bridge. This new restoration will also be accompanied by the installation of stained glass windows (as for the Pont des Arts and the Pont de l’Archevêché) in order to limit the installation of padlocks which distort and endanger the bridge (good deal!). Renovated at the factory, the guardrails will be slightly modified to accommodate the glass panels, while retaining their original appearance. The seven-month project will also be an opportunity to restore the retaining walls of the Place du Pont-Neuf as well as some masks ornament , cleaned and renovated.

Will the major redevelopment project of the Eiffel Tower sector win the approval of Parisians? In a few weeks, the OnE Site project will be submitted to residents not through a classic public inquiry, but through the unprecedented procedure of Electronic Public Participation (PPVE), which should allow Parisians to consult the overall project, and verify its compatibility with the town planning documents of the sector concerned by the ambitious transformation of the site, between the Trocadéro (16éme arrondissement) and the Champ-de-Mars (7éme arrondissement). The Friends of Champ-de-Mars, reinforced by the detailed remarks made by the Environmental Authority (AE), have therefore just sent them a letter and point to “inadequacies” in the OnE Site project, the work of which is supposed to start before end of 2021  Another wish of the mayor Mme Hidalgo that the locals are not in agreement….  

 Old quarries of Paris are far from being spared the risk of collapse. The undergrounds of the city may have been mapped for more than two centuries, Paris is not immune to sudden collapses, as last June in the 19éme arrondissement. Some 770 hectares of emptiness still remain under the streets of the cityl!

Walkers in the Champs-Elysées gardens in Paris may have noticed the renovation of a pretty old pergola, also called the vacherie Anglaise  or English cowhouse, as well as the bandstand. Near the Champs-Elysées roundabout, a pergola has been restored. Nice!

Parc Monceau, with its hundred-year-old trees, its romantic works , and a crazy charm. This mythical and very frequented park in the 8éme arrondissement of Paris, one of the most beautiful in the city with its remarkable trees and romantic sculptures, has long been the garden of a private residence. This antique-style colonnade, originally intended to adorn the tomb of Henri II which remained unfinished, has become the emblematic Naumachie, named after the ancient naval jousts, which adorns the basin of Parc Monceau. A must to see!

The Palais de la Découverte sparkles at the Citroën park. Colorful capitals pointed towards the sky, pine fences in the middle of a mineral decoration, for the moment nothing escapes from the small enclosure installed on the edge of the André-Citroën park (15éme arrondissement) and its “white garden”, (now Caroline Aigle garden), but the place promises to soon,. sparkles. This is the name of the ephemeral The The Palais de la Découverte or Discovery Palace, which will allow the historical museum on Avenue Franklin-D. Roosevelt (8éme), renovated with the Grand Palais, to continue to exist. Like the latter, relocated to the Champ-de-Mars (7éme) and almost completed, the scale-model Discovery Palace, since it is “only” 750 m2, is in the interior fittings of its structures. modular and all in wood, the 6 points of which give a playful side to this bituminous corner of the Balard neighborhood. In the meantime, the site is expected to open by June, at least before the summer. The interior fittings of Les Étincelles also have an air of déjà vu: a good part of the partitions, furniture and materials of the 82me palace could be reused to make something new with old. For example, oak parquet, the slats of which have been transformed into platforms, or partitions that have become straw mattresses, pieces of old platforms revalued in Mendeleev’s table of chemical elements! Under the marquees, visitors will in any case find the main of each universe of the Palais de la Découverte, from chemistry to geosciences, physics or mathematics, the animal world, geology on Mars etc. webpage:

To honor the Château de Chantilly (Oise dept 60), which is currently closed due to the epidemic, the auction house Christie’s has reconstituted in its lounges at 9, avenue Matignon (8éme), one of the most famous decors from the Chantilly estate: “La petite singerie” by Christophe Huet. Painted in the 1730s, these 6 paintings on wood represent life at Court, the originality being that the courtiers appear as monkeys!  This trompe-oeil decor is the backdrop for the exhibition of 400 pieces of furniture and decorative art from the 18C and 19C which will be auctioned off on Tuesday, April 27 from 10h30 . From the curvaceous and counter-curved console of the Marquise de Pompadour, estimated at 40,000 to 60,000 euros, to the mirror with gilt bronze frame and elephant ivory marquetry by Sarah Bernhardt 4,000-6,000 euros, There is something for every taste ! Of course, the Château de Chantilly does not offer anything for sale. The lots on offer come from castles, private mansions, collectors’ apartments located in France or in other European countries. Free access Friday, Saturday and Monday from 10h to 18h  and Tuesday from 10h to noon.

Vélib ’adopted a new price list this past Friday morning, which will come into force this coming summer 2021. The price increases will concern exclusively the rentals of electric models , victims of their success. The blue Electric Vélib are preferred to mechanical bikes by a majority of users. Therefore, pocket pays for the ecolos!

Now is the time to have sleepless nights and roll your eyes. Until April 30, series of meteor showers are expected and will be visible everywhere in France. This coming Monday will therefore be more of an opportunity to observe the pink super moon, while the other nights will be reserved for stargazing. The best time to go out? Very early in the morning, before the sun rises and when the moon is less bright … And if you find a quiet place away from any city light, it’s the best. Look east, and after about 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adjust and you will start to see meteors, NASA says. Events not to be missed in the sky in 2021: The night of April 21/22: Lyrids – April 27: the Pink moon – May 26: Lunar eclipse – June 10: Solar eclipse – August 22: Blue moon!

We Demain made estimates with these experts on the places affected by global warming in France by 2050: where will the French live and invest? How will they adapt? For 2050, it is more or less clearer because we have figures, we know that we will have about one degree more in France. The factors of ” good living ” were calculated from several daily aspects of life , in the city as in the countryside, at work as at leisure, the general climate, the possibilities of agriculture, tourist areas, etc. Here are some results: The Yvelines would be, in 2050, a first choice destination for Ile-de-France residents to take a breath of fresh air, swim in a few corners of the loops of the Seine or take cool hikes in forests. We had already noticed this during these last heatwave periods: the Brittany region remains fairly untouched by heat waves. It is more particularly Finistère which would be more populated in 2050, bubbling with cultural life – the region would even become hyper touristy. The Normandy region would even develop ideal conditions to welcome its first Norman wine in thirty years. For the rest of the regions, it will be necessary to adapt to drier climates, to change the grape varieties to those that withstand hot summers and extreme heat. Provence OK, but in the off-season. The charm of the south of France may well wear off over time. The best times to live there would be Easter and All Saints’ Day, when temperatures will not exceed 35 ° C. The Mediterranean climate is said to have reached the region of central France, attracting many tourists to Mâcon, Dijon or Beaune. The lakes and waterfalls of the Jura will be ideal for cooling off. The Bay of Somme would replace the destination of the Arcachon basin, the air of which would have become too suffocating. Oh well, we are ok in Brittany as I have said!! More in French:

The Cassini Grand Paris application, 100% online and free, offers to explore the different maps of Paris that have made its history since 1731. It was launched by the Atelier Parisien d’Urbanisme (APUR): in total, you will find 19 maps.and you will be able to discover and understand thanks to the explanations accompanying each of them. Cassini Grand Paris is the name of the family of cartographers who produced the first topographic and geometric map of the kingdom of France in the 18C. Thanks to the map overlay function, you can easily compare the Paris of yesterday and today! Neat!! webpage:

The  pandemic is making waves in wine consumption. Repeated closures of bars and restaurants, muted events, limitation of tourism have shaken up habits. As a result, the volumes of wine drunk to the four corners of the planet fell by 3% in 2020, according to data published on Tuesday, April 20, by the International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV). They reach the lowest level since 2002!, with an estimate of 234 million hectoliters.  In China, wine consumption plunged by 17% in 2020, which now ranks it sixth in the world among countries who adore the bottle. The Spaniards have also shown temperance with a decline of 6.8%. Conversely, the Italians increased the dose by 7.5%. So much so that Italy is now on the heels of France, ready to compete for the place of the second largest consumer country. Especially since, in France, as in the United States, a leading country, the number of sold glasses has remained stable. On the harvest side, the OIV estimates that the world’s vines produced 258 million hectoliters in 2020, a slight increase of 1%. The surprise came from the usual top three of Italy, France and Spain. Its bottling increased by 8%, to 165 million hectoliters, offering a rebound after a rather meager 2019 harvest. The wine triplet alone weighs 53% of global volumes!

And there you go folks, some news from France keeps kicking since 2010 thanks to you all! As said, I see the light at the end of the tunnel in order to travel again, so keep you engines running, this will take off like wildfire!oh by the way think of making reservations from now with the right to cancel as places will be tight ,the world will be out!

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

April 23, 2021

The galerie des Carrosses, Versailles!!

And back again to my beloved Versailles, never to forget the wonderful family times we had there while living in the city for almost 9 years. One of the emblematic places of course was the palace but there are many things in it and around the city to see. One place that was renovated and back open is the galerie des Carrosses where the coaches that carry the nobility of Versailles is kept just across from the palace. Let me bring you and me back to this beautiful monument.

This is part of the Chateau de Versailles but apart in a separate building across the street so maybe you go for the nice horse show and by pass this beauty just back open to the public not far back. I was here before they renovated it as Versailles has so much more than the palace. I told you so!  The new galerie des Carrosses or Gallery of Coaches/carriages is a wonderful place indeed. One place on my list to be back when possible ,and to take more pictures as like i said living and visiting are two different things. The galerie des carrosses is in the Grande Ecurie or Great stables of the king across from the palace.

The galerie des Carrosses or Gallery of coaches-formerly Museum of Carriages (until 2006) is done as a museum which presents a collection of coaches mainly from the 19C.  It is attached to the public establishment of the palace, the museum and the Domaine de Versailles and housed in the Grand Ecurie across from the palace.

A bit of history I like

After the carriages were dispersed during the revolutionary period, and selling at the end of the French revolution, this museum was created by King Louis-Philippe I in 1833 when he decided to transform Versailles into a museum of All the glories of France (and therefore saving the palace and dependencies from demolition!!!). It is then installed in the Grand Trianon, in a small building. The first museum of the Trianon opened its doors to the public in 1851.

Both Museum of the history of France and Salon of Automobile of the 18-19C, the gallery of coaches presents the most beautiful prototypes and the latest advances of the French bodywork in terms of comfort, performance and technique as well as traction, suspension, and first cut convertible.  The collection consists mainly as said of 19C vehicles with sedan and gala cars of the imperial Court of Napoleon I, the funeral chariot of Louis XVIII; and the carriage of the coronation of Charles X. The museum has only a few vehicles dating from the old regime (monarchy) with the sedan of the Dauphin Louis de France chairs with carriers and six sleds. The coaches of the gallery are the creations of the best artists and artisans of luxury of the court: architects, carpenter, saddler-bodywork, shimmerer, locksmith, bronzier, chaser, gilder, melter, painter, plasterer, trimmers, and knitters.etc.


In 1978, the collection at the Museum of the Carriages or wagons of Trianon, built in 1851, was moved to the Grande Ecurie. In 1985, the Museum of Carriages was opened to the public. In 2007, the Museum of Carriages closed its doors for the expansion work. In 2016, the museum is open again to the public. the Gallery of Coaches or La Galerie des Carrosses in the Grande Ecurie is the new name.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are:

The official Château de Versailles on the galerie des Carrosses

The Versailles tourist office on the galerie des Carrosses

Hope you enjoy it with the family lots of nice wagon/coaches and even more history in them.  The galerie des Carrosses is worth the detour in Versailles, one more reason it takes more than one day to see it all!!

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

April 23, 2021

Rue de la Paroisse in Versailles!!

So this was one of favorite walks in Versailles from the time living there to when I later visited. Walking give you a different dimension seeing a city and get to know it up close and personal. This Versailles is personal to me more so than a tourist spot. I like to walk you again thru the streets of Versailles, and this time take you to the Rue de la Paroisse!!


A bit on some of the more personal and remarkable streets of the city of Versailles. A genuine effort to bring you out of the palace to the off the beaten paths, and fully enjoy this royal magnificent city.  I will tell you a bit on my main street where I drove/walked and spent most of my time in the city, this is the rue de la Paroisse. Other than been a hugely commercial street with all commodities walking distance from me and near the marvelous Notre Dame market; well there is the hugely historical ,royal and magnificent district church, Notre Dame Collegiate Church of Versailles (see post but one for the memories).


Notre-Dame is my old district of Versailles, department 78 of Yvelines, in the Ïle de France region of France. The district is located north of the axis of the palace by the Avenue de Paris, and takes its name from the Church of Notre-Dame the old parish of the palace. This is the first district, built during the creation of the new city under Louis XIV. It includes the theater Montansier opened in 1777, the museum Lambinet, the hotel of the Bailif which housed the local court under the old regime-today the heart of the picturesque district of antique dealers-and still has the most commercial streets in Versailles; like the Rue de la Paroisse.   Really, here I got all my living needs with the market Notre Dame (see post but one for the memories) nearby so it was very sedentary life in the beautiful city.


A bit of architecture and history I like

The rue de la Paroisse is an old street from the east to the west. It takes its name from the Notre-Dame parish from 1686 to 1793, then again from 1806. Filled with the sandy terrains of the hill of Montbauron under king Louis XIV.

The remarkable buildings on the odd numbers side are at no 1 the location of the trough removed with the drying of the Clagny pond from 1770, then land acquired by Soufflot architect of the Pantheon. At no 7a the house of the lawyer Albert Joly in 1869. at no 11 the Hôtel Pièche from the beginning of the 18C with facade ornaments of the late 19C (Jean-Joseph Pièche was a musician from the King’s chamber. See the dogs seated and the garlands of flowers carved between the windows. He would have seen Rameau and Boucher passed). It was restored between the two wars. At nos 3-5-7-7 bis-11-21 are facades of houses established in the 18C. At no 15 there is a house with the sign of the royal mark in the 18C; at no 32 there is a 19C cast-iron balcony guardrail, at no 35, this is it the Notre-Dame Collegiale Church created in 1686. at no 37-39-41 lies the former house of the mission of Notre-Dame from 1686; Order founded by Saint-Vincent-de-Paul. At no 43 the house of Dionis surgeon of king Louis XIV, at no 49 the house of Félix de Tassy, surgeon of king Louis XIV ; at no 53 the Hôtel de Bretagne, house of Guy Fagon, surgeon of king Louis XIV , at no 63 the House of the Grande Fontaine, by the name of Fontaine the public works contractor who lived there under king Louis XIV, at no 79 the building at the sign of the Rising Sun, the birth house of the poet Jean-François Ducis.

On the even numbers side the remarkable buildings are at no 2 and 4 the House of the Caretakers built under king Louis XVI. At no. 4 lived Joseph-Adrien Le Roi, head of Clinic at the hospice and historian of the Streets of Versailles in 1860. At no 6-6 bis 8-10, the Hôtel de Soissons stable of the Dauphine mother of Louis XVI, then Hôtel de Berry belonging to the Count of Provence. At no 28 the Restaurant of the Count of Toulouse. At no 32 by 1811, owned by the wife of Etienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire , zoologist at the Natural History Museum. At no 14 or 15 the charitable home of Madame de Maintenon, rebuilt in 1772. At no 108 ,the former property of Jean-Baptiste Faugeron, geographer of the Ministry of War who had the two balconies built in 1783, bearing his initials and the motto “Fidem Fortuna Coronat” or fortune rewards loyalty . At no 110, a 19C cast iron balcony guardrail. At no 112 it was in 1734 the Auberge Au Roi Charlemagne; a cabaret.

The Versailles tourist office on the Notre Dame district which inclus the rue de la Paroisse:

If you are curious to know more of this district and the streets in it visit the maison de quartier at 7, rue Sainte Sophie. Easy walk out of palace by the Chapel into Rue des Réservoirs continue until Bd de la Reine, take a right here, continue until rue Sainte Sophie take a right here until the house at about 150 meters on your left hand side.


Really a lovely street not to lived on it but just side of it was a wonderful experience indeed, and great memories. I hope you enjoy the post on the rue de la Paroisse as much as I reliving it, and provide some curiosity to come over and walk it when possible again, the beautiful Versailles.

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

April 23, 2021

Rue des Reservoirs in Versailles!!

So this was one of favorite walks in Versailles from the time living there to when I later visited. Walking give you a different dimension seeing a city and get to know it up close and personal. This Versailles is personal to me more so than a tourist spot. I like to walk you again thru the streets of Versailles, and this time take you to the Rue des Réservoirs!! 

I take you to one very near the palace/museum, but still in my old Notre Dame district. This is a very historical street, famous for its aqueducts which you can still see today if now all is underground. I am talking about the street of Rue des Réservoirs.

Notre-Dame was my old district of Versailles, department 78 of Yvelines, in the Ïle de France region. The district is located north of the axis of the palace by the Avenue de Paris, and takes its name from the Church of Notre-Dame the old parish of the palace. This is the first district, built during the creation of the new city under Louis XIV. It includes the theater Montansier opened in 1777, the museum Lambinet, the hotel of the Bailif which housed the local court under the old regime-today the heart of the picturesque district of antique dealers-and still has the most commercial streets in Versailles; like the Rue des Réservoirs. Really, here I got all my living needs with the market Notre Dame nearby so it was very sedentary life in the beautiful city. Of course, the sights above have their post in my blog.


Close to the Palace of Versailles, and having a south-north axis from it, the Rue des Réservoirs is located north of the palace and is on a section of the road RN 186, from the crossing of rue Carnot to the place Gambetta. It takes its name from the large reservoirs built to power the basins and water games of the Domaine de Versailles, reservoirs now extinct. The current reservoirs of the opera that were along the street were built after the creation of the Rue des Réservoirs.

On the apparent wall of these réservoirs were backed by 3 houses (at no 3, 5 and 7) which were demolished in the first half of the 19C. At no 11, where the Hotel du Garde-Meuble was then built, were initially wells which communicated by aqueducts with the Clagny pond located at the bottom of the rue des Réservoirs. Four covered pumps then lifted the water from the sumps to the reservoirs and fed the basins of the domaine. Later, a bit higher on the street, at the location of the Hôtel des Réservoirs was built a hexagonal tower to house a new sump surmounted by a strong hydraulic pump called the water tower. This was intended to feed the reservoir of the Tethys Cave built above it and thus higher than the 3 initial reservoirs fed by the other 4 sumps. The cave was destroyed a few years later, in 1686 to give way to the new Chapel of the palace.


Later, in 1752 , king Louis XV built for Madame de Pompadour on this site a particular hotel, called Hôtel de Pompadour or Hôtel des Réservoirs, connected to the castle by a covered corridor along the wall of the reservoir beside the park. In 1765, it was to house the Governor of Versailles. During the 19C this hotel became a luxury hotel that will house one of the most famous restaurants in the city. It saw itself adding two floors at the beginning of the 20C. Now extinct. In 1774, the land located at present No. 11, formerly occupied by the 4 pumps and houses of caretakers, was given by Monsieur, (Louis XVIII) the brother of King Louis XVI, to Thierry de D’Avray, Commissioner-General of the House of the King responsible for the storage/stocks of the Crown. This was then Hôtel de Conti, judged too far from the palace and too narrow (today the City/town Hall of Versailles); the works began in 1780 and the hotel of the storage was completed in 1783. It also had the advantage of being able to use the covered corridor connecting the castle to the Hôtel de Pompadour, located just next door. In 1778, it was built, at present No 2, the large buildings that surround the body of the middle. At this location was under king Louis XIV, the Hôtel de Louvois, a hotel occupied under king Louis XV by the Governor of Versailles which earned him his name as a government hotel. Under the Empire, the military staff of Versailles and the engineering administration settled there, in 1816, the building became a dependency of the palace before being re-used by the army in 1830. In 1855, the town built sidewalks and planted two rows of trees in what was then, off avenues, one of the widest streets of Versailles, between 32 and 38 meters. It then had a length of 481 meters.

In the Rue des Réservoirs, the numbering starts south of the street, the pairs number are to the East, the odd numbers to the West. The remarkable buildings here are

Reservoirs of the castle, at no 2-4, Hotel du government, former hotel of Louvois built in 1672, renovated by Heurtier in 1778; At no 6, hotel Ecquevilly; at no. 7-9, Hotel des Reservoirs or Hôtel de Pompadour; at no 8, Hotel de Serent, at no 11, Hotel du Garde-meuble which served as a storage of the castle and then housed the prefecture of Seine-et-Oise (current Yvelines) from 1800 to 186. At no 15, Théâter of Montansier, present Municipal Theater of Versailles. At no 19 (at the intersection with the rue de la Paroisse ),the building where Ferdinand de Lesseps was born in 1805. At no 21, the house where Blaise de Jouvencel lived , former mayor of Versailles. At no 22, Hôtel de Condé, built in 1679 and raised in the 19C, where lived and died Jean de La Bruyère, and was born the General Gaspard Gourgaud , Napoléon’s biographer, and lived a few years from 1950 the writer Maurice Martin du Gard. And at no 27 (at the intersection with the Boulevard de la Reine), a building where the painter Henri-Eugène le Sidaner lived.


The Versailles tourist office on the Notre Dame district includes the Rue des Réservoirs:

If you are curious to know more of this district and the streets in it visit the maison de quartier at 7, rue Sainte Sophie. Easy walk out of palace by the Chapel into Rue des Réservoirs continue until Bd de la Reine, take a right here, continue until rue Sainte Sophie take a right here until the house at about 150 meters on your left hand side.

There you go something to spent your good times in marvelous Versailles, a must I say to get a picture of France, Paris is not enough, and Versailles is a must. Hope you enjoy it as I.

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

April 22, 2021

Galerie des Batailles, Versailles !!!

It is with great pleasure and memories ringing that I am updating this older post on my beloved Versailles. Indeed wonderful memories with the whole family in a beautiful historical royal town of my belle France. Let me tell you about the Galerie des Batailles in the Palace of Versailles one with many portraits of many Nations. Hope you enjoy as much as I.

I like to expand a bit on a wonderful place inside the Château de Versailles. I have written in my blog before and you know you can search but not in a post by itself , which I think merits one.  Therefore, I will tell you a bit more on the Galerie des Batailles or gallery of battles of the Palace of Versailles. This is my take on it.


In the 19C, the Château de Versailles experienced a new destiny: to become the Museum of the History of France, dedicated to “all the glories” of France, according to the wishes of the king of the French, Louis-Philippe I in 1830. The Museum of the history of France was created in 1837 by Louis-Philippe, who entrusted the organization to the Count of Montalivet. Installed in the wings of the Château de Versailles, then in a state close to abandonment, it brings together a vast ensemble of portraits and historical scenes, canvases commissioned for the most part to artists of the time. A unique ensemble in Europe, it has recently undergone restorations. It includes the Galerie des Batailles (gallery of battles), a gallery of 120 meters long with large paintings illustrating the major military events in the history of France. Not many realized this is a museum and think only of a palace; but it was saved by Louis Philippe creating the idea of all the glories of France and creating a museum here!


The collections of the Museum of the History of France include today almost 6 000 paintings and 1 500 sculptures, dated from the 15-20C, of which almost half are orders of Louis-Philippe for his museum (works of creation, copies and die castings). Since the fall of Louis-Philippe in 1848, the collections have continued to enrich themselves, by orders or purchases of the French Republic, but also by numerous legacies and donations. Most of these works are in the official art and have been used for generations to illustrate countless books of history, literature, dictionaries and encyclopaedias.

The Gallery of Battles is a gallery in the Museum of the History of France, located on the first floor of the south wing of the Château de Versailles. This gallery measures 120 meters long by 13 meters wide and occupies the length of the first floor of the central wing or aile du Midi. The architects Pierre-François-Léonard Fontaine and Frédéric Nepveu created the solemn decor. A large cornice supports a painted coffered vault and encasements supported by corinthian columns chant the length of the gallery. On sixteen bronze tables are the names of princes, admirals, constables, marshals, great warriors killed or wounded to death fighting for France.   The busts are placed on sheaths between the tables and against the columns. The Battle Hall features the busts of French soldiers who died in combat. The paintings cover fourteen centuries of the history of France, since the Battle of Tolbiac, delivered by Clovis in 496, to that of Wagram, won by Napoleon Ier in 1809. A bit of credit on architect Frédéric Nepveu of which street directly to your left out of the palace and before getting into the avenue Saint Cloud is name after.

If you want to know more of Mr Nepvue , the Palace of Versailles has a section on him here:


Its creation was decided by King Louis-Philippe in the place of apartments which had been successively occupied, in the 17-18C by the Duke of Orléans Philippe de France, said Monsieur, brother of Louis XIV, and by his second wife, Elisabeth-Charlotte Palatine Princess of Bavaria; The Duke and Duchess of Chartres, Philippe d’Orléans, regent during the minority of Louis XV; The Duke of Orléans, son of the regent, Louis d’Orléans; the Dauphine; the Count of Artois (future king Charles X) ; and Madame. Elisabeth (sister of Louis XVI).

There was some renovations to house the gallery from the above apartments: mainly a metal structure and a large overhead window similar to the Grand Gallery at the Louvre museum. French history is presented from Clovis to Napoléon by reading left to right with special mention of Tolbiac, Poitiers, Bouvines, Marignan, Rocroi, Yorktown (my favorite ::) , Rivoli , and Austerlitz. In the center , among the heroes ,the historical sequence portrays the horsemen, the statement, the wounded, and the leader or legitimate sovereign who prefigured the new king of France.

You can enjoy, Delacroix painting of the battle of Taillebourg part of a series devoted to the Hundred Years’ War. Also, works by Horace Vernet, Heim and Bard who did paintings on the inauguration festivities of the Gallery of Battles in 1837. You will see the portrait of the battle of Saint Louis vs Hugues de Lusignan rebel vassal allied with king Henry II of England (a sketch is at the Louvre museum as well). The revolt of Cairo 1798, painted by Anne Louis Girodet showing General Dupuy trying to disperse the crowds on which he was assassinated (similar work by the painter in the Coronation room at the Chateau de Versailles on the battle of Abukir. Of course, for me, nothing better than the battle of Yorktown showing  George Washington Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, count of Rochambeau, and Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette painted by Auguste Couder.


Some webpages to help you plan your trip here ,and you must when possible are:

The official Château de Versailles on the Galerie des Batailles

The official Château de Versailles on the famous persons in it

The official Château de Versailles on its collections from palace to museum:

Just one single spot worth coming to the Palace/museum of Versailles indeed!!! I could stay long time glancing of these paintings and busts and did come several times.  Enjoy the Galerie des Batailles in my beloved Versailles!!.

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

April 22, 2021

Church Saint Symphorien of Versailles!!

And coming back to update this off the beaten path monument of my beloved Versailles. You need to know the city and go back into residential areas to see this beauty, but a walk is well recommended. I like to tell you more about the Church Saint Symphorien of Versailles!! This is my challenge to you to come to see more than the palace in Versailles.  Hope you enjoy it as I.

And I have to tell you more of my beloved Versailles! The city did a study where 98% of visitors only come to the palace/museum, what a pity!! You are missing out on a Royal and de facto capital of France with numerous things to see of great value.  I like to tell you a bit more on the Church Saint Symphorien in the district of Montreuil , just north of my former home district following the same line on the avenue Saint Cloud and Avenue de Paris up. See Versailles at its best!

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The old village of Montreuil was only attached to Versailles in 1787. So it developed a little out of the way and kept the charm of a village, massaged around the Church Saint Symphorien.  It is an early example of neoclassical architecture. It was in this district that, under king Louis XIV, the Italian musicians (see post) who were assigned to the palace’ Chapel settled. Visit their home, which now houses the Compagnonnique Union Museum . Its proximity to the Château also brought Montreuil to be chosen by some of the great ladies of the court in the 18C for the installation of beautiful resorts, like the estate of Madame Elisabeth,(see post) sister of Louis XVI, whose park you will enjoy! (again see previous post on her).

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The Church Saint Symphorien is on a square at the end of bd Lesseps, and at the intersection of rue Saint-Charles, rue de Montreuil and rue d’Artois . The square of the church gives a place of the same name as the church, the place Saint Symphorien. This is in the district of Montreuil a royal neighborhood of which the construction was done between 1764 and 1770. There are wonderful paintings and the next to is a colourful commercial street rue de Montreuil leading to Avenue des Etats Unis full of shops, bistros, very lively at nights.

The Church Saint Symphorien is a south-facing building with an elongated plan ending with a semicircular apse surmounted by a steeple. The west and east sides are grafted into a chapel. The nave is three aisles and seven bays. The style is Neo-Classical and 18C. The nave is vaulted in cradle. Colonnades separate the central nave from the aisles. The cradle vault is decorated with a coffered ceiling. The arch in the end of the apse is adorned with a fresco by Demachy. The total length of St Symphorien is 52 meters by its bell steeple rises to 30 meters.  The vault fresco are as far as the shades of clothing are concerned, red is the color of sacrifice, the blue, that of the sky and the white, the symbol of purity. In the fresco, Saint-Symphorien is on the right, Sainte Geneviève on the left. The Resurrection of Christ painting was behind the altar until the French revolution. In the 19C, when the apse was painted, it was placed in a lateral chapel.



The main façade is advanced by an antique portico, enhanced by stair steps, with a pediment decorated with a clock. The side walls are pierced by eight rectangular bays. A second entry is on the north end. It is surrounded by two columns and a triangular pediment. It is also topped by a square steeple, pierced by a bay and decorated with a clock. The roof is double-sloped.

A bit of history I like

The history of the Church of St. Symphorien begins in the early 6C when a first building is built at the corner of current rue St. Symphorien and rue de l’école des postes. A second church would have succeeded it and then the Célestins monks of Paris, owners of the land, had a third sanctuary rebuilt in 1472. A project to expand the old Church is signed by the King dated September 15, 1754. But it is finally a new Church that is built. On January 1, 1787, the new Church of Montreuil became the third parish of Versailles. The aisles are adorned with great paintings from the 17C and 18C. Note that there is no stained glass in the church of St. Symphorien. With the French revolution, the Church of St. Symphorien was desecrated, the vases stolen, the furniture scattered. Then the building was closed. The cult of reason was not celebrated there. With the Concordat of July 1801 the Church found its status as an official place of worship.

A bit of current history on the separation of State and Church very vividly lived here. This is from the archives of Versailles , translation by yours truly.  At the end of the law of 9 December 1905, the priests were no longer paid and the State became the owner of the Church property which remained at the disposal of the clergy, but without any legal title. When the officials of the French Republic came to compile an inventory of the property of the Church Saint Symphorien, on February 8, 1906, there was an insurrection. Here are the facts.

The priests were informed that the inventory has to start from 8h to 14h . By 11h, merchants closed their shop, the population began to assembled around the Church. Fearing incidents, the security forces take a stand (gendarmerie, Genie, Dragons) to block access to the church. A violent brawl erupts with punches, cane and chair. There are some slight casualties. Demonstrators manage to return to the Church where the defence is organized. The small front door is only open, it is blocked by a barrage of chairs. The double central door remains closed. At 14h, everyone is there: the priests and the Council , the prefect and an inspector of the fields. The troop is ordered to roll back the demonstrators. They take that order for provocation. Cries of anger in the crowd, young men hold the horses of the constables, notables are arrested. With difficulty, the police come to the end of the dam of chairs that blocks the door . The Prefect enters the Church with the estate agent. Chairs are thrown from the organ gallery. The prefect is hit in the head. He orders to clean the tribune and leave to be bandaged. The gendarmes enter the nave by protecting themselves with chairs. A shower of projectiles falls on them. The door of the staircase leading to the Tribune is driven by an axe. The troop rushes, clears the crowded staircase, and then pushes the top door. Finally six defenders are arrested, including a Vicar. An official protest is read to the domain officer who recognizes that the inventory is impossible in this mess. The prisoners, gathered at the rue Saint-Pierre prison, immediately appear in a hearing of flagrant offences. The convictions, including that of the prelate, will be severe. Postscript: things never change in my belle France!

Hope you enjoy the ride and do visit this wonderful Church Saint Symphorien of Versailles, history and a nice neighborhood of great architecture and history too, many of the nobles of the court of Versailles own homes here, but that is another story to be read in my blog.

oh yes the ride well there is little on it the walk is about 22-25 minutes from the Chateau de Versailles a wonderful walk full of French history. Best to come out left on place d’Armes by the horse statue of Louis XIV, continue walking left until the Avenue de Saint Cloud, take a right here and continue walking on it. You will pass the famous Lycée Hoche on your left keep walking to the round traffic circle ,this is Place Alexandre Ier; bear right and on the 3rd street turn right this is rue de Montreuil; this street takes you straight into place Saint Symphorien , look right and the Church is facing you!

There is one webpage from the official Parish of Church Saint Symphorien in French here:

Again, a recommended walk into the off the beaten path of my beloved Versailles ,hope you enjoy it and do walk it, and see beautiful architecture and history at it.

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

April 20, 2021

Grande and Petite Ecuries of Versailles!!!

And of course, great pleasure to update/revise this older post for you and me! This is in my beloved former home of Versailles. Needless, to say more about this wonderful royal town of my belle France, just read the monuments that have proven essential in the history of France. Let me tell you a bit more on the Grande and Petite Ecuries of Versailles!!!

And yes indeed, its been a while not written anything on my wonderful Royal and Imperial city of Versailles.  The city of Versailles once did a survey on visitor and found out that to their surprise not me, 98% of visitors only see the Palace/Museum of Versailles. Pity when the Domaine of Versailles outside its walls of the palace, hameau, trianons, orangerie etc is much larger and with wonderful things to see. The fault is that on many sites they have Versailles as a thing to do in Paris lol! Well , first the only similarity is that it is in the same region of ïle de France. Then, it is not in the same department, county area as Paris has a proper one as 75 , and Versailles has a department 78 Yvelines all apart. Then, for history, Versailles is classic France while Paris is for the world.You get it right, cheers ::)

I like to tell you a bit more on two classic buildings that are outside the Domaine physical location but administrative part of it. The Royal Stables are the Great and Small Stable or in French, the Grande Ecuries and the Petite Ecuries.

The Grand Ecurie (stables) are right in the Place d’Armes, in front of the castle, between the avenues of Saint-Cloud and Paris. Constituting with the Petite Ecuries , the Royal stables that gave work to over 1000 persons under king Louis XIV. They were built under the direction of the architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart and completed in 1682. With a merry-go-round, it sheltered the king’s hunting and war horses.


Same as the Petite ecurie, which is separated by the Avenue de Paris, under the monarchy, it was under the command of the Great squire of France and housed the school of the pages of the King, reserved for the sons of the families of the military nobility until 1550 . It also welcomed in its walls, between 1680 and 1830, the cradle of French horse riding: the School of Versailles. Between 1793 and 1794, the emblem at the pediment was removed. From 1854, the stable was occupied by the Army.


In 1978, the collection at the Museum of the Carriages or wagons of Trianon, built in 1851, was moved to the Grande Ecuries. In 1985, the Museum was opened to the public. In 2007, the Museum closed its doors for the expansion work. In 2016, the museum is open again to the public. The official château de Versailles on the gallery museum webpage:

Inside the Petite Ecurie, you have the huge gallery or Vestibule des sculptures des Fontaines du Labyrinthe,  keeping the sculptures from the 17C, 39 fountains, with 333 animals designs from the bosquet du laberinthe dating 1660-1677/ You have the history of the stories of Charles Perrault and Jean de La Fontaine, dedicated to the Grand Dauphin, Mme de Montespan, and the Duke of Burgundy (grandson of Louis XIV). Charles Perrault brings them to Versailles, as de La Fontaine was not favored due to his support for Nicolas Fouquet.

In 2002, the Château de Versailles returned to these places their initial function by choosing Bartabas, squire and founder of the equestrian show Zingaro. In 2003, the National Equestrian Academy of the Domaine de Versailles was inaugurated. The academy webpage:


Establishments located at the Grande Ecurie are: Gallery museum of Carriages or wagons, Equestrian Show Academy of Bartabas, and the city Archives of Versailles.  The buildings are organized around five courses: The large courtyard bordered by a colonnade in the hemicycle and two symmetrical wings;the two middle courses framed at the rear; the two small lateral courses say les manages.


Behind the large gate, there was a rectangular carousel, which is now the theater of the National Equestrian Academy of the Domaine de Versailles. The Académie du spectacle équestre led by its director Bartabas. If you love horses with themes of history you will love it. It is located at the Grande Ecurie of the castle right across the street from pl d’Armes the building to your left. You will see lusitanians horses, high above riders, fencing on a horse, choreographies of many actions and jockey changes by the master Bartabas. There are seances in the mornings call Matinales des Ecuyers with baroque music , you can visit the stables or ecuries or a visit to just the building done by Jules Hardouin-Mansart, the architect of the court in 1683, which was renovated for this spectacle in 2003. The stables keep about 40 horses today.


The galleries are simple to the Grande Ecurie while the Petite Ecurie has double galleries separated by the Colonnades. The ceilings of the galleries are vaulted. The visible walls of the castle are of stone, the other less visible are red brick with stone siding. The rectangular crusaders upstairs and skylights at the attic; The sculptures are presented at the pediment, eardrum and jambs of the Grand portal. The side entrances are on the Avenue de Saint-Cloud and the Avenue de Paris. In 2016, on the occasion of the opening of the gallery/museum of carriages, the sign Ecuries du Roi or King’s stables was installed on the wrough iron grille gate.

The Petite Ecurie on the Place d’Armes, in front of the castle, between the avenues of Paris and Sceaux. Constituting with the Grande Ecuries the royal stables and completed in 1681. It now houses the National School of Architecture of Versailles. Identical to the Grande Ecuries, which it is separated by the Avenue de Paris, under the former regime, it was under the orders of the first squire. The webpage :


The Petite Ecurie has the care of ordinary mounts, hitch horses and wagons as well as fancy vehicles, sleighs of gondolas. From 1683 to 1685, the blacksmith was built behind the small stable. This property complements the activities of two stables.. In 2004, the La Maréchalerie   (blacksmiting) became a center of contemporary art at the National Higher School of Architecture of Versailles. It organizes several exhibitions a year. In 1787, to make economies, the activities of the Petite Ecuries were abolished and attached to the Grande Ecuries. From 1935 to 1939, it was the barracks of the Air school, with the air Base 134 Versailles. Since 1969, it has been home to the National Higher School of Architecture of Versailles. Since 1999, it also houses the restoration workshops of the Center for Research and Restoration of the museums of France. The restoration webpage

Since 2012, the Petite Ecurie has presented to the public a gypsothèque containing a collection of about 5000 sculptures and casts according to the ancient times, especially Roman, since it was only in the 18C that archaeologists were interested in an advanced way to Greece. It is the casting collection of the Louvre Museum, the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and the Sorbonne Institute of Art and Archaeology; Under the direction of Louis XIV, Jean-Baptiste Colbert had indeed imposed on the residents of the Académie de France in Rome to copy old pieces so that they would serve as inspiration to the sculptors of Versailles.  The gypsothéque on the château de Versailles webpage:

Since 2008, as part of the castle’s rescue campaign, several statues are housed in the sculpture gallery and replaced with copies. The statue of Latone of the basin of the Latone in 2015 or the-groups of sculptures in the Bosquet des Bains d’Apollon in 2010. There is a vast campaign to adopt a statue or a bust in the Domaine de Versailles with donations, more info in French at the castle webpage:

Some webpages to help you further your discovered of the many things to do in Versailles are:

The official Château de Versailles on the Royal Stables

Another fascinating page on my beautiful and good city of Versailles , you ought to spent more time here. Even if crowds , of course, it is very popular place after all for the Palace/Museum, but do walk out and see much more in Royal and Imperial Versailles.

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

April 19, 2021

Some news from France, CCCXXIX

And let me get back to my fav series on some news from my belle France. It is happening, the weather is still cool but sunny and even if still with restrictions until May 3rd, we have news many more will be open by mid May. I am afraid for the avalanche of people coming over once all is open, the thirst is huge out there! In the meantime, here are my latest rumblings.

Despite the uncertainty created by the virus’ variants, a meeting devoted to the deconfinement strategy was held this past Thursday evening, April 15 at the Elysee Palace (presidential) . Gabriel Attal, the government spokesperson revealed to Les Echos business journal , the first reopening measures. Certain cultural venues and certain terraces will reopen in mid-May. Nurseries and primary schools will be able to reopen on April 26, while high school and middle school students will resume on May 3. Its about time!

The traveling exhibition of the Rolling Stones sets down its suitcases at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille. “Unzipped”, the immersive exhibition dedicated to the rock band’s 60-year career, will be held from June 10 to September 5 2021, where it first performed in 1966. The event is called “Unzipped” , certainly in reference to the iconic Sticky Fingers pouch in 1971, opening on the fly of a pants. To celebrate its 60 years of career, the band to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, returns with great fanfare with this immersive exhibition in Marseille Nearly 400 objects from the Rolling Stones will be presented, including guitars by Richards and costumes by Jagger. The route will also end with an immersion in the group’s legendary concert in Havana, Cuba.

I told several times my region rocks, Bretagne/Brittany/Breizh and the Figaro newspaper is telling the world about it. Saint-Malo the corsair, Rennes the medieval, the coasts of pink granite or Emerald, the enchanted woods of Brocéliande. From north to south, Brittany offers tourists its grandiose natural and historical sites and breathtaking landscapes. On a territory with a strong identity, Côtes d’Armor, Finistère, Ille-et-Vilaine and Morbihan reserve the most tumultuous worlds like the Pointe du Raz, and the most peaceful, like the Gulf of Morbihan. Weekend ideas, best activities for walks to the beaches, hotels, restaurants, etc etc.

From the desert mountains of Monts d’Arrée to the famous pink granite blocks of Ploumanac’h, passing through the Huelgoat forest and the Pointe du Raz, Brittany has lost count of its natural treasures. Cap Fréhel, on the Emerald Coast, is the second most visited natural site in Brittany, after Pointe du Raz. The Côte de Granit Rose stretches for about fifteen km between Perros-Guirec and Trébeurden. Alternating beautiful beaches and spectacular granite chaos dating back to 300 million years ago, this famous coastline is best explored on foot, taking the GR34 trail. And Ouessant Island , a supernatural setting, from the end of the world. Steep coasts, dizzying cliffs, offshore reefs, fierce winter storms. Inland, a gentle savagery arranged by the hand of man: Ouessant has five lighthouses with that of Créac’h is the most powerful in Europe!, a church, two chapels, 18 calvaries and a village.  The Monts d’Arrée in Finistère, mythical Druidic mountains. 500 million years old, this land of moors and rocky chaos is home to korrigans, hideous and facetious dwarves that we tame by treating them with courtesy. Dominating from its 381 meters the Youdig hill, the other gates of Hell, with that of Huelgoat, Mont Saint-Michel-de-Brasparts and its isolated chapel offer a superb view of this brown and red expanse, that the gorse punctuates in spring with touches of gold, and the heather with purple when autumn comes. Gorgeous all I am telling you!!

The Pont des Arts, to embrace Paris. The Pont des Arts remains, for all lovers of Paris, and of the left bank in particular, the obligatory point of passage to span the Seine. Whatever the color of the sky, spectacle and poetry are always there. The wooden footbridge, built under Napoleon Bonaparte, freed from its padlocks (yeah!!), now welcomes performers as well as strollers, always quick to immortalize the moment. And a wonderful moment it is!!

This emblematic place is, of course, frequented by a good number of tourists, but it is so Parisian too! The atmosphere pleases me, the welcome is always great and the family side is omnipresent. This café steeped in history and once frequented by great authors and novelists has now become a must-see, very current. Of course, I am talking about the mythical Café de Flore, 172, boulevard Saint-Germain. 6éme can’t wait to be back. Webpage:

I often make sure, in my walks, to pass in front of this building. I have managed to enter it discreetly and the studious atmosphere gives me real energy. I find a certain emotion emanating from this place. This place is the école des Beaux-Arts or School of Fine Arts, 14, rue Bonaparte 6éme. Webpage:

I have always been fascinated by this building, whose architecture I find grandiose and balanced. I find it hard to imagine the thousands of people running around the platforms of this old train station at the turn of the century! You might think at first that the place is cold, but I feel good there. I have to tell you, I even go there sometimes, just for a walk! And of course, each time I visit the museum, I take the opportunity to go up to the terrace, which offers a breathtaking view of Paris. Yes indeed magical Musée d’Orsay Museum, 1, rue de la Légion d’honneur 7éme. Webpage:

The Musée de la toile de Jouy is set to move in several years, an opportunity to set up partnerships with the universities in the area. It is in Jouy-en-Josas (Yvelines 78) , future Cité du textile or fabric city. Soon, it will be possible to live the canvas as it did then, and begin the digitization of the 10,000 patterns produced by Oberkampf at the end of the 18C! A nice off the beaten path trip in my beloved Yvelines 78. Webpage:

And at my other fav Saint-Germain-en-Laye (Yvelines 78) there will be a more open festival to replace the Estival. The fall rendezvous for French-speaking songs is disappearing from the cultural program in favor of a new event that the city wishes to be more international. But the association which organized it for more than thirty years is not dissolving it will continue. Webpage:

The question is the Jardin du Luxembourg are better maintained than the gardens of the city of Paris? I say yes! Disgruntled Parisians say so too. They launched a petition to request the attachment of the two nearby municipal gardens to the “Luco” as locals call the Luxembourg garden, managed by the Senate. Separated from the Luxembourg Gardens (6éme) by rue Auguste-Comte, the two Parisian public gardens are at the heart of a petition demanding their integration into the bosom of the Senate, more virtuous in the management of its green spaces, according to the petitioners Yes and by car I always park by Auguste Comte!

The part of rue du Temple located between rue de la Verrerie and rue Sainte-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie will be permanently pedestrianized and vegetated. around the new “Hôtel-de-Ville” metro station, at the bottom of rue du Temple 4éme. The start of work is scheduled for January 2022. Get out on foot is the norm!

Seven hardwoods installed in large pots on the square look pale on this winter outing. This spectacle of desolation revives the controversy over the greening policy of the city hall of Paris. Seven trees planted in pots on the Place du Panthéon look so sad that passers-by imagine they are dead. Well Paris if you want to go green it has its costs too.

Pap Ndiaye, new director of the Palais de la Porte-Dorée in Paris. The 55-year-old historian awaits visitors at the Immigration Museum and Tropical Aquarium 12éme. He wants to make this former colonial monument a “must-see” in Paris. Webpage:

The French State is making funds available for securing and restoring Saint-Etienne Cathedral of Meaux. (Seine et Marne 77) . The French State representative in the Ile-de-France region visited the episcopal city, the gardens and the Bossuet museum in Meaux. And it has been confirmed . This money will be used to renovate the building, its surroundings and conduct a fire safety diagnosis.Great!!!

I offer my sites to have a breathtaking view of Paris and gain height on the panoramic terraces and discover Greater Paris at the same time! All within 10 km. As the roofs and terraces of the Pompidou Center, the Orsay Museum, the Arab World Institute or the Arc de Triomphe are closed for the moment, I have chosen some others; some been once and the first one several times! Views for the best panoramic spots in Paris for you. First, the Mont-Valérien is itself a magnificent place full of history. The terrace allows you to observe Paris, the Bois de Boulogne and the towers of La Défense, without vis-à-vis. Located in Hauts-de-Seine dept 92, you can get there by train from Saint Lazare station towards Suresnes, Mont-Valérien stop, lines L and U.

Another is located in Argenteuil, (Val d’Oise dept 95) the two Buttes d’Orgemont and des Châtaigners are worthy of your time. You have to climb 250 steps to access the first and 360 for the second. But the two vast roof terraces are particularly pleasant for a picnic perched in the open air with a view of Montmartre, the Eiffel Tower, La Défense… All the symbols of Paris and more await you as a reward! Access from Gare Saint Lazare dir: Argenteuil train station, Line J for the Butte d´Orgemont (with a 20-minute walk) and Sannois station, still line J, for the Butte des Châtaigners.

The wonderful Parc de Saint-Cloud (Hauts-de-Seine dept 92). It must be said that this park really offers a historical and natural journey that is worth the detour. The 460-hectare space is filled with small English-style parks, sculptures and fountains to stroll around in peace. The park also offers a panoramic view of Greater Paris. The most impressive for us is the one that is visible from the Lantern terrace or from the Belvédère, with a highest point at 160 meters altitude. Opt for the entrance to the park through the Breteuil pavilion for direct access to the Lanterne terrace. Access: Sèvres-Rive-Gauche train station, line N.

And last but not least, the Plateau Departmental Park in Champigny-sur-Marne (Val de Marne dept 94) This 18.6 hectare natural space is ideal for a short country walk while enjoying a panoramic view of Greater Paris: in the distance you can see the skyline of the buildings of the Defense , the view of the Eiffel Tower and the Sacré-Cœur is also very clear. You will recognize at first glance the vast wooded area of the Bois de Vincennes in the background. Access: RER A from Nation to Champigny, then bus 306, Parc Départemental stop/arrêt.

I had mentioned before and even a post in my blog on Louis de Funès but here is again the show at the Bercy Village .It is one of the favorite actors of the French that Bercy Village is honoring in 2021: Louis de Funès then invites himself in the shopping aisle until the end of May 2021. In this partially open place, since it houses stores considered essential at the moment, you will find around thirty movie posters by this fantastic artist. Thus, in the 4 passages that allow you to enter or leave the place, you will be able to see the posters of the most emblematic films such as The Adventures of Rabbi Jacob, La Grande Vadrouille or even The Wing or the Thigh … All this to give you movie ideas to (re) see when you get home at 19h! Bercy Village,  Cour Saint Emilion 12éme exhibition until 31 May 2021. webpage:

At Le Bristol Hotel, a delicatessen with homemade products is open! You can’t say that bakeries, food shops and other neighborhood grocery stores are jostling in this part of rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. A godsend for Le Bristol: since last December, the palace adjacent to the Élysée Palace has opened its own grocery store, “L’Épicerie des Ateliers” in a former gallery. A shop that was supposed to be ephemeral and only last for the end of the year holidays … but which found its regular clientele. In the grocery store, you can find “homemade” products directly from the Palace workshops: bread, chocolate etc etc should be heaven to be there when possible!! webpage:

And always innovating and now with cause of the curfew, it’s a a good way to do your shopping once the supermarkets are closed: fruit and vegetable distributors are opening 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and there are baskets there. garnished with fresh and local products. The first, installed at Ermont-Eaubonne train station in the Val d´Oise dept 95, promises to be the first in a long series. The following should see the light of day in different parts of the region, first in Andrésy, Yvelines dept 78, and if the concept works, you will see it spread further. Convenience always !!! Quality to be tested. More info this webpage:

Gallia beer quintupled its production to conquer the province or countryside away from Paris. Heineken’s investment allows the Parisian beer to open a production site in Sucy-en-Brie (Val-de-Marne dept 94), with 40,000 hectoliters planned per year. Brewed until now in Pantin (Seine-Saint-Denis dept 93 ), it thus becomes the largest brewery in the region. This is dubbed the Parisian beer but not tried yet if I recall. Gallia webpage:

And finally, last but not least let me give a recipe of a popular sandwich we do it at home often too with the boys as it is easy to make. We have try this recipe and its good of course! Éric Fréchon, three-star chef at Épicure restaurant at Bristol Hotel Paris,( apero had there)  unveiled the recipe for his delicious and gourmet croque-monsieur.

Ingredients for 4 people: 75 cl of whole milk. 40 cl of liquid cream. 150 g of polenta semolina. 4 slices of Paris ham. 200 g emmental. 4 slices of sandwich bread. 4 knobs of butter. Salt/ pepper.

The recipe calls for Preheat the oven to 160 °Celsius. Meanwhile, cut 8 slices of Emmental and 8 slices of ham into squares of the same size (10×10 cm). In a saucepan, pour the milk until it boils, then slowly pour in the semolina while stirring. Gradually add the liquid cream and cook for 20 minutes, stirring so that the preparation does not stick to the bottom. Once cooked, spread the polenta in a baking sheet (1 cm thick) then leave to cool in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes. Once the consistency is firm, cut 12 squares of the same size (10×10 cm). On a baking sheet, arrange 4 squares of polenta, and top with a square of Emmental and a square of ham. Repeat the operation, ending with a square of polenta. Remove the crust from the white bread, and mix the crumb to obtain a very fine breadcrumbs. Then top the squares with bread crumbs and a knob of butter. Put in the oven and let warm for 5 minutes, then put each sandwich in the grill for 30 seconds to color them. Serve and enjoy with a cream of your choice. The chef’s advice, a parmesan or truffle cream! And voilà bon appétit!!

And there you go folks another dandy from dandy France! The world awaits the moment to come in so be prepare, it will be an avalanche! And of course, I will be there too. If Paris is eternal and the most beautiful city in the world by most, than you need to come more into the countryside and see my belle France, the most visited country in the world by UN-WTO standards (official).

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

April 10, 2021

Wine news of France XII !!!

Well here coming back to my a bit regular posts on wines! of France, of course. The very best and again had tasted and/or visit all the major producing countries in our world ! I like to tell you the latest buzz on my favorite subject chosen by yours truly from various French wine pro publications that I received online or on paper.

We do not really know if Christmas was on the balcony, but Easter was indeed in the fire. Since last Monday, temperatures have fallen below zero in several northern wine regions. The nocturnal efforts of winegrowers to limit frost damage were not enough: crops are severely affected in several regions of France. According to the Interprofessional Council for Bordeaux Wines (CIVB), it is “already certain that this spring frost will severely impact the volume of the 2021 harvest”: the frost has “hit hard” on large areas of the Bordeaux vineyard. In the Rhone Valley, the first land rise in temp let fear the worst. Last Friday, according to Météo France, it will still be cold in the early morning in the lands north of the Loire, over a large north-eastern quarter, in the Massif Central and in the interior of Provence, with frequent frosts reaching locally – 4 to -2 degrees on the Grand Est.

Last Monday evening, on the Champagne side, there was still hope to pass between the drops. The Champagne Salon said “we experience disasters every day, at all levels. It is important to stay positive.” Overall, Champagne is doing quite well. A calm behind which hides cellars much less empty than in previous years, the health crisis having led to a significant drop in sales in France and abroad. At Drouhin-Laroze, in Burgundy, the candles have nevertheless succeeded in limiting breakage. But the Burgundy vineyard will undoubtedly be one of the most impacted. There is talk about black jelly, with buds literally roasted by the cold. However, some estates are reluctant to use candles, which are very expensive, preferring the traditional straw fires prohibited in Burgundy such as at the Breton estates, in Touraine, whose plots of Vouvray have been protected, to the detriment of those located in Bourgueil. At Château Coutet, 43 hectares in the town of Barsac, in the Bordeaux region, it was a disaster, with temperatures dropping to -3.9 ° C. Despite straw fires lit every 80 meters, it is estimated that more than 90% of the vineyard has been affected. Even if since 2017, they have been used to this kind of events. April 2021 has a strong chance of staying in the memories of many.

SJB, the Bollinger family holding company, acquires Ponzi Vineyards, a historic estate in the Willamette Valley, in the United States. Domaine Ponzi Vineyards, was created in the late 1970s by Dick and Nancy Ponzi. For its part, the Ponzi family remains the owner of 40 hectares under a supply contract with the estate. The total needs of the winery represent in all and for all 140 hectares of vines. Production hovers around 480,000 bottles, at prices ranging from 25 to 120 US Dollars. SJB which brings together the brands Bollinger, Ayala, Chanson, Langlois-Chateau and Delamain.

These vines largely dominated by Pinot Noir, but Pozzi also produces Pinot Gris and Chardonnay located in Laurelwood. Last June 2020 they joined the AVI (American Culture Area, equivalent of the French AOC) of the Willamette Valley which brings together the terroirs of Chehalem Mountains, Dundee Hills, Eola-Amity Hills, McMinnville, Ribbon Ridge, and Yamhill-Carlton. The strategy is to get closer to the American consumer who is especially fond of local wines, as well as to the zone where the consumption of high-end wine is the most important. The acquisition of this property forms the basis of Bollinger’s new US strategy. Bollinger is not, far from it, the first Champagne house to attempt an adventure in Oregon. Four years ago, under the leadership of Gilles de Larouzière, the Maisons & Domaines Henriot group became the majority shareholder of the Beaux Frères estate, owned by Michael Etzel, Robert Parker and Robert Troy, in the historic Willamette Valley. Long before that, at the end of the 1980s, the region had been brought to light by the Burgundians Robert Drouhin and his daughter Véronique, true pioneers. Since then, the Jadots, Meo Camuzets and others have joined them. With success…. Now how the wine will be best if all is from France lol !

Soon the rebirth of a forgotten vineyard? Chef Yannick Alléno and the prestigious Domaine Marquis d´Angerville have just replanted 30 acres of biodynamic vines … about thirty km from Paris. It was on the initiative of chef Yannick Alléno that an astonishing adventure two years ago began, that of replanting vines in the town of Conflans- Ste-Honorine (Yvelines 78) . And decided to plant two thirds of pinot noir and one third of gamay, intended to produce a wine that I like, the passetoutgrain. The vines will be cultivated biodynamically, with the help of the teams from the Domaine de Volnay, present to advise and support Laurent Berrurier in his new role as winegrower. In four years, if all goes well, we will be able to taste the first cuvée of Clos Bellevue, and drink to the health of a still confidential vineyard, which we would be wrong not to keep an eye. To be continue…

While canned wine has enjoyed tremendous success across the world, the French still seem reluctant to taste their national drink in an aluminum container. And I hope they don’t follow this!!! Jean-Pierre Robinot ; the Angevin winegrower is about to launch his 25cl cans (conditioned by the Winestar brand) containing a Cabernet-Franc in red and a Chenin in white. Juices in conversion to organic, vinified in nature, intended to be consumed quickly … as we would a soda lol!!!. However, although the French are large consumers of cans, they remain difficult to associate with wine, as if this traditional product could only tolerate a noble glass case. Of course, the canned wine is already enjoying enormous success in the United States. The research firm WICResearch analyzes the phenomenon from all angles and the figures are striking: the supply of wine in cans has tripled since 2018, with some 900 references available today on the US market. Followers of cans for all kinds of beverage, the United States are much more receptive to wine in a metal ring and favor this product, which has become trendy thanks to its multiplied marketing possibilities. Better stay over there!!!

The film star director Francis Ford Coppola (why can he stay with films) understood this well, he who launched several cuvées of his wines sold in packs of four cans (pinot noir, pinot gris, chardonnay, sauvignon) and even a very glam rosé wine called “Sofia”, named after his daughter, also a famous filmmaker. Among the myriad of brands, we can also mention Bev, Love & Exile or Backpack, which focus on fresh, fruity and light wines, with ultra-graphic packaging (and industrially made). Because if this method of conservation does not lend itself to all grape varieties or all vinifications , it makes it possible to broaden the opportunities for consuming wine (picnics , outdoor events, transport) and to rejuvenate its target by targeting 18-25 year olds as a priority to then bring them to more demanding bottles? What if the can formed the fine tasters of the future? . So anything is possible. The only snag in this beautiful story: Robinot cans are priced at 8 euros for 25cl… A high price that seems to contradict the purchasing power of its target. Of course, innovation has its costs but really better stay with sodas!

In the category of nature wines, it seems that the Drappier family is one step ahead of many Champagne winemakers. Brut Zero, a wine without sugar, filtration and sulfur, was released in 1998. An oenological success. The rosé will follow. The first draw comes from the 2004 and 2005 harvests. This wine is claimed to be unfiltered, not discolored, not dose. It feels like a field of strawberries on a beautiful end of summer day. On the palate, some tangy notes, peppery hints and over-controlled acidity. What sounds I like about Drappier: the total mastery of the wine which remains very balanced even when it comes to the most cutting-edge products. It is recommended to serve this rosé at 8 ° C. At the table, it will be the ideal companion for langoustines, shrimps, crabs and other sushi.

In a context of tension between the various candidates for the takeover, Château Beauséjour Duffau-Lagarrosse, premier grand cru classé B of Saint-Emilion, will be sold for 75 million euros to the cosmetics group Clarins, associated with Joséphine Duffau-Lagarrosse. Cosmetics and wine well I guess that is diversification. To note , Clarins cosmetics were the first gift of my dear late wife Martine to my dear late mother Gladys!

The recent owner of Château Fourcas Dupré, Gérard Gicquel, confirmed his thirst for Médoc by purchasing Château d’Agassac from Groupama. It was after many commas, parentheses and dashes that the sale was finalized with a signature, bottom right. Thus, Groupama, which owned Château d’Agassac since 1996, was promoted to Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel last year. This project responds to the development of the family group with ambitious investments in business services, around “hospitality” carried by the Beautiful Life Hotels group with already 10 high-end hotel establishments and in the wine sector with the acquisition of Château Fourcas Dupré indicates the press release. Beautiful Life Group thus consolidates its presence in the Médoc vineyards with a volume of 500,000 bottles. One of my favorite wines of the Médoc, track since 1990.

What to drink with … a sea bream? (Daurade, Fr.) Its flesh is tender, its skin tasty and salty; with a lemon juice seasoning, it gains a tangy touch; roasted in the oven with a little fennel, it is enriched with anise-flavored flavors. It will obviously need an aromatic, fruity, young white wine, not too complicated on the palate. The Domaine Meo-Camuzet Hautes côtes de Nuit a fruity and herbaceous nose, a round and charming mouth with a fat that will round off the salty and iodized character of the fish, here is a great label with ease. More unexpected, but just as appropriate, a Roussette de Savoie signed Guy Justin. Still little known until 1993, its wine was only sold in bulk ; this very pretty estate has another particularity, since the vineyard occupies only a small place there, and the rest of the activity is divided between market gardening and breeding. Its Marestel cru will match sea bream exactly, with a blooming bouquet, hints of dill, citrus fruits (orange) and white pepper. The palate has a roundness very softened by the fat, with a lively finish. Its silky side will rebalance the iodized character of the fish, itself underlined by the minerality of the wine. Nice meal to be had we get ours from a traiteur or ready made take out gourmet place in town! The wines webpage are

Domaine Méo-Camuzet

Domaine Guy Justin

And there you folks, en vino veritas; with moderation but do enjoy the wonderful wines of France and the world. We drank it every day with meals…and we love it. The only French way!! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

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