June 27, 2022

The Hôtel de Ville of Reims!

Well, I do have several city halls in my blog, as said, these can be wonderful monuments in itself with great architecture and history. This is again the case at Reims; where have the excuse to find me a picture in my vault! This is the Champagne area and plenty written on it but this is an off the beaten path spot worth the detour , me think. Therefore, here is City Hall of Reims which is in the Department 51 of the Marne in the region now of Grand Est.

Reims is the unofficial capital of the Champagne-producing region, and most of the major champagne houses based there offer tastings and tours of their cellars. The triumphal arch of the Porte de Mars dating from the 3C bears witness to the city’s past under Roman rule. For over 1,000 years, French kings were crowned at Notre-Dame Cathedral (see post), Lots of things to see here and you must come, easy from Paris.

The City/Town Hall of Reims is the building that has housed the municipal institutions since 1499. The first stone of the building was laid down on June 18, 1627, The first wing was on what is today the rue du Général-Sarrail, was quickly delivered and the Council sat there from 1628. It was raised in Lagery stone and the campanile already had a bell. A first statue of the king is made, it is perhaps made of wood and was destroyed during the French revolution. It burned down on March 3, 1917 during WWI and was rebuilt; the first works began in 1924 ;Gaston Doumergue the President of the French Republic (France) inaugurated it on June 10, 1928.

Reims hotel de ville front pl de l'hotel de ville

Before the fire, the building had housed a museum since Year III, (revolutionary year 1794 and 1795 ), the archives, the savings bank, a library since 1764 by the confiscation of the books of the Jesuit College, the court or the police, and the Chamber of Commerce, depending on the era, Currently it is intended for municipal services that extend throughout the city in annexes and other decentralized services.

reims rue colbert to hotel de ville aug11
The architecture has it as a square building, or almost, with four similar wings which delimit a courtyard which shelters a statue of René de Saint-Marceaux which symbolizes the vine and the foam of Champagne. Each angle is materialized by a square tower. The roof is cutaway slate. The large salon d’honneur at the top of the grand staircase has been particularly cared for with its balcony overlooking the square and a chosen decoration. In the Salon d’Honneur (or Hall of Ceremonies) are the Great Organs. This is a unique monument, as it is the Organ of the French Republic, the only one that was built for a city/town hall in France ! This Art-Deco instrument is the work of the Reims organbuilder Fortin, and was built in 1928, However, by 1985 , the city/town hall tried to restore the organ, without success, and it is currently in a state of ruin.

The city of Reims city hallhttps://www.reims-tourisme.com/hotel-de-ville/reims/pcucha051v504o0o

The Reims tourist office on its heritagehttps://en.reims-tourisme.com/monuments-and-museums

There you go folks, a dandy nice architecutural and historical monument to see in wonderful sublime Reims! Hope you enjoy the post on the City Hall ,and do visit worth the detour, Reims is a lot more than Champagne!

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

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June 27, 2022

The Auray River by Le Bono !!

And moving right along in my road warrior local version, I came back to Le Bono and the Auray river or ria before connecting with the Bono river ! This is beautiful scenery to fall in love or stay forever. We have many creeks and coves like it in my beautiful Morbihan, and for now let me tell you about the Auray river by Le Bono !!  and the bay out to the Gulf of Morbihan. Therefore, let me tell you a bit more of it, and hope you enjoy it as I.

Le Bono auray river jun22

The Auray River is a ria that begins at Auray, empties into the Gulf of Morbihan and is navigable. The length of its water course is 56.3 km ! The Auray river or the ria du Loch, another name given to the river. But is it really a river or already the Little Sea? Indeed, the degree of salinity is such that oysters can live on the pillars of the Pont d’Auray in Saint Goustan (see post).

Le Bono bay Auray river far jun22
Le Bono bay auray river to port jun22

The Loc’h originates at Plaudren and heads west ,then branches off to the south halfway through its course. It becomes the Auray River, northern outcrop of the Gulf of Morbihan, in the town of Auray, just west of Pluneret. The Auray river overlooks the Gulf of Morbihan between Locmariaquer to the south, and Pointe du Blair and Sept Îles, in the town of Baden to the north. It joins the mouth of the Gulf of Morbihan located between Port-Navalo, end of the Rhuys peninsula to the east, seaside resort and port of the town of Arzon and Locmariaquer to the west. The Auray river crosses these towns : Plaudren (source/origin), Locqueltas, Locmaria-Grand-Champ, Grand-Champ, Brandivy, Plumergat, Pluvigner, Brech, Pluneret, and Auray (mouth).

Le Bono bay auray river out gulf jun22

The town of Le Bono on its porthttps://www.lebono.fr/decouvrir-le-bono/patrimoine/le-port/

The town of Le Bono on its promenades, see suspended bridge picture for my spothttps://www.lebono.fr/decouvrir-le-bono/sentiers-cotiers-de-randonnees/

There you go folks, one of the highlights of living in beautiful Morbihan is the fact of there are coves and creeks all over with great natural beauty. They are all over the Morbihan and the one in Le Bono is a beautiful setting surrounded by interesting things to see as you can tell from my many posts on the area. Hope you enjoy the natural environment of the Auray river !

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

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June 27, 2022

The Tumulus de Kernours of Le Bono !

And moving right along in my road warrior local version, I came back to Le Bono and the Tumulus of Kernours! This is very interesting sites and very much revered by the Bretons. We have tons of stone all over, and this one is unique because sits right by the Auray river and the bay out to the Gulf of Morbihan. Therefore, let me tell you a bit more of it, and hope you enjoy it as I.

The Kernours tumulus is located at a site called “Le Rocher”, in the town of Le Bono, in my beautiful Morbihan, only 19 km from my house. I was on my local road warrior mood and decided to stop by after passing by another property in nearby Pluneret.  Again, I have a previous post on them but this additional info and new pictures, You get off the D101 and enter a local road rue Jean Jaurés until a parking and panel tells you of the Tumulus de Kernours, You walked in the rest of the way and you see the tumulus ,further you see the beautiful bay, FYI you better to bring a real lamp because the torch of the smartphone is simply not good enough,

Le Bono tombes kernours entr jun22

These are circular burials under a burial mound. Beneath the tumulus is a dolmen with a covered aisle, bent in L, 18 meters long, 35 meters in diameter composed of 36 stones supporting 14 tables. The totem of a maritime tribe, the octopus, is engraved on certain pillars. Its dating puts it back to the late 40C BC. It is a common burial. It is surrounded by six circular burials, or tombs, which are believed to date from the Iron Age 15C BC. Some of the 24 bronze bracelets found in these tombs are on display at the Museum of Prehistory in Carnac.(see post).

Le Bono tombes kernours end stele jun22

The Megalithism was quickly forgotten. At the time of the Gauls, we move on to individual burials. In the Bronze Age, it is the same, the alignments are sometimes transformed into individual burials. In the time of Christianity, the Church tries to eradicate from the surface of the ground these megaliths because they generate pagan beliefs. In the Middle Ages, all these masses of stones were used as quarries to stone paths, make embankments or build sheepfolds. It is only in the 19C that we are interested in it. And especially in the 20C with the creation of France’s Ministry of Culture.

The City of Le Bono on the Tumulus de Kernourshttps://www.lebono.fr/decouvrir-le-bono/patrimoine/le-tumulus-et-les-tombelles-de-kernours/

The Megaliths of the Morbihan on Kernours :https://www.megalithes-morbihan.fr/les-sites/dolmen-sous-tumulus-du-rocher-a-kernours.html

The Breton megaliths site on the tumulus of Kernourshttp://megalithes-breton.fr/56/tu/kernouz.html

There you go folks, one of the highlights of living in beautiful Morbihan is the fact of these stones that are world famous and practically impossible to estimate exactly their age. They are all over the Morbihan and the one in Le Bono is a nice one indeed. Hope you enjoy the educational historical and architecturally story of the tumulus of Kernours !

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

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June 26, 2022

The Château de Kerisper of Pluneret !

So, back again in my local road warrior moods and decided to have a ride by the coast very close to my home.  I have done a post on this castle but came back for a repeat visit, love castles. I have to say was disappointed because it looks more rundown than my previous visit, even if it is private and rented out for events and mariages. Let me tell you a bit more on the Château de Kerisper of Pluneret !

Pluneret ch Kerisper front jun22

The owners of the Château de Kerisper are the same as the Sainte-Avoye Chapel  (see post) , The castle is between the rivers of Auray and Bono  at the spot call Kérisper belonging to the town of Pluneret. You get there on the D101 direction Le Bono, which town limits are closer to it.

Pluneret chat Kerisper front jun22

The Château de Kerisper is located in the Gulf of Morbihan and accessible by boat, the castle has parts that date from the 14C. Bordered by a wooded forest on one side and by a river on the other, it is an enchanted setting. The castle alone is more than 1300 m² of living space. There is also the pavilion, the old chapel, the kennel, the well, the farm, the pond, and the park.

Pluneret cha Kerisper dependencies jun22

The Château de Kerisper can be rented for events and has several rooms available to you during your event (capacity of 300 people) and your cocktail party can be organized outside if the weather permits. In 1990, the castle housed the Théâtre de l’Écume and an exhibition of floral art. The Kerisper castle is the seat of a former lordship and successive property of the families of Lestrelin (in 1426), Cadoret (at the end of the 15C), Montigny (in 1601 and until the French revolution), Montaigu (in the 19C), Saint-Pern (1876), Grand (1897), Douault (1900), Pommois (in 1979), and from 1998 Yvan Hurst It once had a private chapel. Modernized at the beginning of the 20C.

Pluneret ch Kerisper guard house jun22

The official Château de Kerisperhttp://mariagechateau56.fr/

There you go folks, some nice place to visit in off the beaten path in my beautiful Morbihan The Kerisper castle is private but open on heritage or gardens days, Hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

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June 26, 2022

Curiosities of France !! Part III

Looking at my vault, found some older pictures on paper and took my electronic camera to take picture of the pictures and use them in my blog. This allows me to show in my blog places not shown or pics with new angles of places shown in the blog. Nostalgia sets in and here I go on the curiosities of France !! Part III

These are pictures before my blogging effort and even before coming to live in France! Hope you enjoy these marvels of my belle France!!!

It all began in the States General room of the Château de Blois on December 23, 1588. Henri de Guise, Duke of Guise had an appointment with King Henri III who called him into his study. Deeply hating the Protestants, who murdered his father in 1563, he was one of the instigators of the Saint-Barthélemy massacre. Head of the Holy Union (1584), he aspired to govern to reduce the political influence of Protestants. Henri III brings together the Estates General in Blois to thwart him and lays a trap for him. The Duc de Guise is assassinated by the king’s personal guard in the royal apartments. The next day, his brother the Cardinal of Lorraine was imprisoned and executed in turn. That is me in the pic of course ::)

Blois castle room duke de guise portrait assasin et PF

The official Château de Blois :https://en.chateaudeblois.fr/

The Rue d’Alsace-Lorraine marks the boundary between the districts of Capitole and Carmes, to the west, and Saint-Étienne and Saint-Georges, to the east, all in Sector 1 – Center. This is one of Toulouse’s main thoroughfares. Also one of the city’s main shopping streets. It is also one of the main Haussmann arteries of the Ville Rose. The Rue d’Alsace-Lorraine stretches for one km in a straight line facing due north. It arises from the extension of the rue du Languedoc at the height of the entrance to the Hôtel de Ciron-Fumel, At the height of the Musée des Augustins it receives on its right side the rue de Metz and borders the eastern flank of the square Esquirol; it then becomes pedestrian. It gives birth on its right side to rue Antonin-Mercié and receives rue Genty-Magre on the opposite side. It crosses rue du Fourbastard perpendicularly, before receiving rue Baour-Lormian on its left side; it crosses rue de la Pomme before giving birth on the right to rue du Lieutenant-Colonel-Pélissier and then to rue Lapeyrouse. At Square Charles-de-Gaulle, which it borders on its eastern flank, it crosses Rue du Poids-de-l’Huile and Rue Lafayette, All this glorious paragraph is to tell you that we love walking it and shopping here, and one memorable spot now close is the Virgin Megastore that was at 28 Rue d’Alsace Lorraine that my boys love it each time in the city, One of my boys in the pic below, A site Toulouse Boutiques to find stores in the rue Alsace Lorraine : https://toulouseboutiques.com/boutiques-rue-alsace-lorraine-toulouse/

Toulouse rue alsace lorraine to virgin megastore closed XF

Covering an area of 130 hectares and extending beyond the drop in the Cascades basin, the park of Fontainebleau castle once marked the limits of the royal domain to the east. From the village of Avon, it was crossed by the main access road to the castle. Its current configuration, the organization of the network of star-shaped alleys and waterfalls, results from the creation of the canal under Henri IV, 2,000 m long and 40 m wide, Initially planted with more than sixty thousand trees where the rows of white poplars, oaks and fruit trees, this “closed park” and its canal were the pride of the king, who followed the construction site, monitoring the progress of the work. In 1609, it took more than a week to fill it and, from autumn, the king sailed there with his Dauphin.

Fontainebleau garden to back of castle

Fontainebleau garden by ave de maintenon

The official Château de Fontainebleau and its gardens and park :https://www.chateaudefontainebleau.fr/en/explore-the-castle-and-gardens/discover-the-courtyards-and-gardens/

The cour Royale or Royal court is located in front of the Palace of Versailles, in an alignment of 3 courtyards, before the Cour de Marbre and behind the Cour d’Honneur from which it is separated by the Grille Royale or Royal gate. It is flanked to the north by the Gabriel Wing and to the south by the Dufour Pavilion. The Cour de Marbre is a courtyard of the Palace of Versailles paved with black and white marble, located in the recess of the old castle, at the foot of the King’s chamber. Separated by five steps from the cour Royale.

Versailles cour royale to cour marbre

The official Palace of Versailles on descriptions of placeshttps://bienvenue.chateauversailles.fr/en/palace/welcome

Located on the road D186 arriving from Le Chesnay (Roquencourt), Porte Saint Antoine provides access to all Domaine’s park, and was our favorite entry point, The Allée Saint-Antoine begins to the south in front of the Grand Canal and ends approximately 1,350 meters to the north on the Boulevard Saint-Antoine, where the triumphal arch of Porte Saint-Antoine is located. Walking it you are much closer the Hameau of Marie Antoinette and the Trianons.

Versailles from porte st antoine on allee st antoine by the hameau of M A

The official Palace of Versailles on practical infohttps://en.chateauversailles.fr/discover/estate

The Plage Centrale or central beach of Carcans Plage is the closest beach to the seaside center a few streets away. This large sandy beach is a continuation of the southern beach but it is supervised in summer. Access to the beach is quite simple via a path in the dunes. There is no parking for this beach, you have to use the one on the south beach.

Carcans plage dune from beach to town

The official Médoc Atlantique tourist office on Carcans plagehttps://www.medoc-atlantique.co.uk/14-towns-with-1001-possibilities/holidays-in-carcans-maubuisson/

There you go folks, a walk of nostalgia from my very earlier trips to my belle France. The wonders of France, the most visited country in the world (UN WTO). I say that still rings a bell to my ears on each stretch of meter I take on this world. Hope you enjoy the post as I reviving these old pictures into the life of my blog

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

June 26, 2022

Curiosities of France !! Part II

Looking at my vault, found some older pictures on paper and took my electronic camera to take picture of the pictures and use them in my blog. This allows me to show in my blog places not shown or pics with new angles of places shown in the blog. Nostalgia sets in and here I go on the curiosities of France !! Part II

These are pictures before my blogging effort and even before coming to live in France! Hope you enjoy these marvels of my belle France!!!

The Place du Parlement is located in the city center of Bordeaux, Saint Pierre district, close to Place de la Bourse. It is surrounded by the rue des Lauriers; the rue du Parlement Saint-Catherine; rue Fernand-Philippart, and rue du Pas-Saint-Georges. The Place du Parlement was created in 1760 as Place du Marché Royal and then renamed Place de la Liberté during the French revolution. Its current name keeps the memory of the Parliament of Bordeaux established in 1451 and suppressed in 1790. The buildings that border it date from the first half of the 18C. The Parliament fountain dates from the Second Empire. It was installed in 1865, a beautiful illustration of the English neogothic style.

Bordeaux pl du parliament

The Bordeaux tourist office on the old town neighborhoodhttps://www.bordeaux-tourism.co.uk/district/old-town.html

The place du marché or market place of Castelnau-de-Montmiral, commonly called the place des arcades as I know it , is also a marvel of medieval architecture. This is one of the treasures that Castelnau-de-Montmiral has in store. Bordered on 4 sides by houses on arcades. 

Castelnau de Montmiral pl des arcades

The Toscane Occitane local tourist office on Castelnau de Montmiral arcadeshttps://www.la-toscane-occitane.com/place-castelnau-de-montmiral

The square was first named Place du marché à la paille, then Place Louis-Philippe (named after the reigning monarch who reviewed the National Guard troops on this site in 1831) and finally Place de la République in 1881.  In Epernay ,this large, circular square was redeveloped from 1840 onwards to connect the old centre to Faubourg de la Folie, now Avenue de Champagne. Some beautiful Neo-Classical houses enhance its appearance by creating a sense of architectural unity. It features a streetlight with multiple gas lamps. Water sprayed out of its base, on all four sides . You can see the monument to the fallen and the belltower of the Notre Dame Church in the picture.

Epernay pl de la Republique mon fallen et ch Notre Dame belltower

The city of Epernay on its heritagehttps://www.epernay.fr/decouvertes-patrimoine/tourisme

The City/Town Hall of Niort is at 1 Pl. Martin Bastard in the City center neighborhood, The city hall was built on the site of the old chapel and part of the House of the former College of the Oratory. On April 27, 1897, the first stone of the city hall was laid. The construction lasted 4 years from 1897 to 1901, The inauguration took place from May 25 to 28, 1901.

Niort hotel de ville front

The city of Niort on the Centre neighborhood of its Hôtel de Villehttps://www.vivre-a-niort.com/cadre-de-vie/quartiers/centre-ville/index.html

The City/Town Hall of Valenciennes is located at Place d’Armes, In 1611, the provost of the city decided to rebuild the house of aldermen. The work lasted three years, replacing the previous building with a new building of Gothic architecture typical of the Spanish Netherlands and northern France. In 1825, the chapel of Saint-Pierre was demolished, which made it possible to enlarge the facade. In 1838, the facade will be restored mainly for its sculptures. In 1846, a campanile with a dial and a bell indicating the hours will be placed to replace the disappeared belfry. The major bombings of 1940 left only the facade on the Place d’Armes, work began in 1953. The facade became an element of the urban decor and deliberately contrasted with the brutality of the other facades, lateral and rear, made up of blocks of stone arranged staggered, forming in this way a game of checkers.

Valencienne hotel de ville front

The city of Valenciennes and its heritagehttps://www.valenciennes.fr/decouvrir-la-ville/son-patrimoine/

From Place de la Nation nice parking we walked to see the Porte Chaussée ! The Porte Chaussée gate, or Tour Chaussée tower, is a city gate in Verdun, in the dept 55 of the Meuse in the Grand Est region Built in 1380 along the Meuse river redesigned in 1690, it served as a state military prison from 1755 in 1860 before being bought by the city in 1889. The monument is composed of two circular twin towers crowned with battlements 20 meters high, their outer walls are almost 2 meters thick. They are connected by a portico comprising a semicircular portal surmounted by a Tuscan pediment. The monument is Gothic in style, decorated with gargoyles and trefoil carvings.

Verdun pl de la nation et porte chaussée

The Tour Chaussée takes its name from the road that was established in the 12C from the right bank of the Meuse river, towards the East. The tower has three floors above the cellar and ends in a terrace bearing a crowning with battlements . In 1690, following a subsidence of the ground, it was necessary to completely destroy the southern part which was rebuilt identically with the old stones. Only the entrance was modified with the construction of a pediment and a semicircular arcade in place of the ogival arcade.

The Verdun tourist office on the porte Chausséehttps://en.tourisme-verdun.com/decouverte/post/porte-chaussee-also-called-the-tour-chaussee?template=tpl-cms

The castle of La Roche-Guyon in ruins, dominated by its keep, at the top of the hillside received important additions in the 18C at the foot of the hillside, The Saint-Samson Church construction began in 1404, when King Charles VI granted permission to build a parish church outside the perimeter of the castle. the finishes are in the style of the Renaissance.

La Roche Guyon communs et ch st samson

The city of Lar Roche Guyon on its heritagehttps://larocheguyon.fr/decouvrir-roche-guyon/histoire-et-patrimoine/

The Plage Centrale or central beach in Lacanau-Océan is the best known and most frequented. In season, it’s hard to find a spot of sand to put down your towel! Especially at high tide, the beach is considerably reduced and you have to go as close as possible to the rocks to settle down. This beach continues to attract the greatest number of people with its easy access and proximity to shops and takeaway sandwiches, Ice cream vendors roam the beach , This is unquestionably the liveliest part of the beach in the resort. This long sandy beach stretches between the Sud/south and Nord/north beaches (our favorite was the nord ,gorgeous!). To access this beach, no need to cross high dunes, you arrive directly from the top where there are several car parks (paying in season) and stairs allowing you to go directly to the beach. This beach is also emblematic in the culture of surfing in Nouvelle Aquitaine region! Indeed, every year in August, it hosts a sporting event: the Caraïbos Lacanau Pro, which is one of the oldest stages of a world-renowned surfing championship!

Lacanau ocean plage centrale

The city of Lacanau-Océan on the central beach or plage centrale : https://lacanauocean.com/fr/lacanau-plage-centrale.htm

There you go folks, a walk of nostalgia from my very earlier trips to my belle France. The wonders of France, the most visited country in the world (UN WTO). I say that still rings a bell to my ears on each stretch of meter I take on this world. Hope you enjoy the post as I reviving these old pictures into the life of my blog

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

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June 25, 2022

Curiosities of France !! Part I

Looking at my vault, found some older pictures on paper and took my digital camera to take picture of the pictures and use them in my blog. This allows me to show in my blog places not shown or pics with new angles of places shown in the blog. Nostalgia sets in and here I go on the curiosities of France !! Part I

These are pictures before my blogging effort and even before coming to live in France! Hope you enjoy these marvels of my belle France!!!

Meaux Marne river to old town and Cathedral as per picture.  Meaux is crossed by the Marne river. This waterway offer magnificent landscapes with a variety of fauna and lush flora. You can enjoy their calm during a walk or a guided tour. The Marne, the main tributary of the Seine, crosses through Meaux and gradually changed course in the Middle Ages. It now forms a loop and makes the city bucolic. Nothing is more relaxing than a moment of relaxation at the water’s edge… Electric boat rental with Marin d’eau douce is open from March until the end of November webpage: https://www.marindeaudouce.fr/meaux/

Meaux marne river bridge to cathedral and old town

The pays de Meaux tourist office on the Marne riverhttps://www.tourisme-paysdemeaux.com/en/1798-la-marne

Château Vaux le Vicomte, bassin de la couronne as per picture.  Out of 36 basins created by Le Nôtre at the request of Nicolas Fouquet, 20 basins still exist today. The crown was built in homage to King Louis XIV who stayed at Vaux le Vicomte on the occasion of a grand celebration given in his honor on August 17, 1661. The beauty of the park, its ponds and its fountains dazzled the king who later wanted to reproduce this decor at Versailles. The Parterre de la Couronne has a golden royal crown in the center of a basin, in homage to the King, whose ground floor bedroom is also on the left side of the park. These two parterres are asymmetrical with respect to the central axis of the garden.

Maincy Castle vaux le vicomte bassin de la couronne

The official Château Vaux-le-Vicomte on its gardenshttps://vaux-le-vicomte.com/en/decouvrir/the-french-formal-garden/

Fontainebleau cour de la Fontaine, etang des carpes et old 17C buildings as per picture. At the Château de Fontainebleau to access the Cour de la Fontaine or courtyard of the Fountain, you have to cross the courtyard of the white horse and a passage leads to the courtyard of the fountain, In the center of this courtyard is the fountain dating from 1812, it is surmounted by a sculpture representing Ulysses that was put here in 1824, The courtyard name of the fountain recalls that here in 1541 had been placed a fountain (by Primatice) which was then surmounted by Hercules by Michelangelo. This fountain courtyard overlooks the étang aux carpes or carp pond. Sublime spot !

Fontainebleau castle cour de la fontaine etang des carpes back

The official Château de Fontainebleau on its courts and gardenshttps://www.chateaudefontainebleau.fr/en/explore-the-castle-and-gardens/discover-the-courtyards-and-gardens/

Versailles Grille d’Honneur to Royal Chapel and aile Gabriel as per picture.

The grille d’honneur of the Château de Versailles is a gate separating the Place d’Armes from the Cour d’Honneur. The gate is framed by two gatehouses surmounted by two groups sculpted in Saint-Leu stone: Victory over the Empire, north side, by Gaspard Marsy and Anselme Flamen (presumed) Victory over Spain, south side, by François Girardon , It is closed to the north and south by the Aile or wing of the Ministers, to the east by the main gate , and to the west by the royal gate , The Grille d’Honneur is the first you see when you arrive from the city, separating the Place d’Armes from the Cour d’Honneur. Built in 1682, it will be redone in the 19C. Today it is the main entrance to the Palace of Versailles. webpage:http://The official Château de Versailles on its Grille d’honneur or honor gate :

The Aile Gabriel wing was built under Louis XV by Ange-Jacques Gabriel. Located between the Cour d’Honneur and the Chapel, it serves as an entry point for groups of visitors. It houses a grand staircase designed by Gabriel, the construction of which began in 1772 but was not completed until 1985 due to insufficient funds !  The Royal Chapel is a palatial chapel , Five sanctuaries followed one another, according to the architectural transformations of the castle. The current Royal Chapel was blessed in 1710, after a project started in 1687. It is the part of the castle that has been the least modified by history.. It has been totally restored to its old magical self,wonderful !!! webpage: https://en.chateauversailles.fr/discover/estate/palace/royal-chapel#the-last-building-of-louis-xiv

Versailles castle grille d'honneur royal chapel right and aile gabriel left

Versailles salle du sacre or coronation room as per picture.  The Salle du Sacre or Coronation Room is a room dedicated to the glory of Napoleon I, and named after David’s painting : The Coronation of Napoleon. The Coronation Room is located on the first floor (2nd US) of the Palace of Versailles, it is adjacent to the Queen’s Guard Room. The room was built on the site of the second chapel of the castle, transferred in 1682 to the North wing, on the site of the current Salon d’Hercule. It was then planked and the ground floor became the apartment of the Dauphine while the first floor then became a guard room, intended to bring together the guards of the castle to assign them to their day of service. The room was used for a few significant events: Louis XV dismissed the parliament there on April 13, 1771 and the revolutionary rioters entered the Queen’s apartments through this room on October 6, 1789,

The ceiling is a painting by Antoine-François Callet titled Allegory of the Eighteenth Brumaire or La France Sauve, commissioned under the Consulate for the Tuileries and dated 1801. On the wall are three paintings: The Coronation of Napoleon, or Coronation of the ‘Empress Josephine, at Notre-Dame de Paris, December 2, 1804, by Jacques-Louis David, moved to the Louvre in 1889 and replaced by a second copy commissioned from David by a group of American businessmen in 1807, begun in 1808 and completed in 1822 during his exile in Brussels; this painting gives its name to the room, The Battle of Aboukir, commissioned from Antoine-Jean Gros by Joachim Murat, The Distribution of the Eagles, or Oath of the army made to the Emperor after the distribution of the eagles, December 5, 1804 , by Jacques-Louis David. Above each door, other paintings are visible. They are allegories of courage, genius, generosity and constancy commissioned by king Louis XVIII: Warrior Courage (represented in the guise of a Gallic fighter), Genius rising despite Envy, Clemency s leaning on Strength, Constance leaning on an anchor. Portraits of Napoleon and his wives are placed between the windows.

Versailles castle salle du sacre Napoleon I

The official Château de Versailles on the salle du Sacrehttps://en.chateauversailles.fr/discover/estate/palace/coronation-room

There you go folks, a walk of nostalgia from my very earlier trips to my belle France. The wonders of France, the most visited country in the world (UN WTO). I say that still rings a bell to my ears on each stretch of meter I take on this world. Hope you enjoy the post as I reviving these old pictures into the life of my blog.

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

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June 25, 2022

The Chapelle St Avoye of Pluneret

A while back I came here as was told by collegues it is a historical nice chapel in the Morbihan. The readings at the time read “There are so many chapels around here it could fill up your year.  A wonderful architecture marvel from the 16C in the middle of country farms. Very nice indeed, took some shots, not open yet but will surely come back ” Well, was back this morning, but this time was closed temporary for renovations, oh well, I took pictures of the outside which is impressive too.

As written in two previous posts before will not indulge into the history/architecture of it so much than to show you the new pictures, Therefore, let me tell you a bit more on the Chapelle Sainte Avoye, 32, Route de Sainte Avoye , Pluneret. Hope you enjoy the post as I.

Pluneret chapelle st avoye side arriving jun22

More precisely, the Chapelle de Sainte-Avoye is located in the village of Sainte-Avoye, in the town of Pluneret in my beautiful Morbihan. The chapel is located on the heights of the right bank of the Bono river.

Pluneret chapelle st avoye front near jun22

It has an emblematic bell tower and its Renaissance-style rood screen. It is a stately chapel built in the 16C by the Lestrelin family who lived in the Château de Kerisper,(see post) near the village.  The rood screen shows 12 saints on the nave side, and personalities characters on the choir side, entirely sculpted with characters, fantastic animals and decorations, It is an entirely sculpted polychrome Renaissance-style rood screen. In oak wood, it separates the choir from the nave and delimits the space reserved for the lords and the clergy at the choir from that reserved for the faithful on the nave.

Pluneret chapelle st avoye front truncated belltower jun22
After much digging, maybe the reason is closed for most of the time unless guided tour is because it is decaying even after a million euros restoration, It shows green soil, mold under the benches, deterioration of the paintings, the ambient humidity is wreaking havoc. As a result, dating from the 16C, Sainte Avoye currently visits are trickling out.

Pluneret chapelle st avoye back side jun22

The city of Pluneret on the Chapelle Sainte Avoye: https://www.pluneret.fr/culture-tourisme/tourisme/patrimoine/chapelle-de-ste-avoye/

The Bay of Quiberon local tourist office on the Chapelle Sainte Avoye : https://www.baiedequiberon.co.uk/to-see-to-do/culture-and-heritage/chapels-and-churches/chapelle-sainte-avoye

There you go folks, a beautiful jewel in nearby Pluneret , only 18 km from my house ! Enough to make me come back again shortly. The Chapelle Sainte Avoye is well known and very inspiring for the Bretons, you will do well to try and see it. Worth the detour me think.

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

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June 25, 2022

The Church Saint-Pierre and Saint-Paul of Pluneret !

And continue my tour of traditional beautiful Morbihan, lovely Bretagne and my belle France. I am on my road warrior trips, and just passed by here again, anyway one of my routine ways in my region. I have written posts before but now new text and new pictures of today with inside look!  Therefore, let me tell you some more on the Church Saint Peter and Saint Paul of Pluneret. The town is very central and we passed by it several times as it comes very near Auray.

Pluneret ch st pierre et st paul belltower side right jun22

I came to see again the Church Saint-Pierre and Saint-Paul from the 19C, built on the site of a former 11C church  in Gothic style, completed in 1885 by the construction of a square bell tower in the same style crowned with a beautiful spire, and also, modern stained glass windows. The exact location is aRue des Tilleuls, Pluneret.

Pluneret ch st pierre et st paul front belltower jun22

The Church St Pierre et St Paul is built in the ogival style in the shape of a Latin cross, The spire of the tower was only built in 1885, and is 75 meters high in pink granite. Then in 1909, the clock was installed,

Finally, able to come inside and tell you about it. The high altar is in white marble, the foot is decorated with statues representing: Virgin with the child crowned, St Joachim, St Jean, Jesus, and Ste Anne. It was consecrated “Privileged Altar” in 1879; this practice linked to indulgences has now fallen into disuse. It is dominated by the statues of the holy apostles Peter and Paul, patron saints of the parish and, on the side of the epistle, a statue of St Isidore, protector of farmers. There are 2 reliquaries with a piece of the True Cross. The three windows of the sanctuary represents St Peter and St Paul, the middle one the Holy Family and the right one Ste Anne and St Joachim. There are 2 altars at the entrance to the choir dedicated to the Sacred Heart and the Blessed Virgin. An ambo, place of speech, reading of holy books and the homily , which thus replaces the use of the pulpit.

Pluneret ch st pierre et st paul altar jun22

In the left transept, an altar dedicated to St Joseph. St Joseph is surrounded by St Joachim and St Anne, the parents of Mary, and the altar is dominated by the Virgin Mary carrying the Child Jesus.

Pluneret ch st pierre et st paul chapel st Joseph jun22

In the right transept dedicated to the Virgin Mary and dominating the altar, a huge fresco sculpted in stone dated 1880 which represents the coronation of the Virgin; at the foot of the altar a bas-relief representing the visitation. A painting depicting the Virgin Mary entrusting the rosary to St Dominic. The stained glass windows of the transept represent the Virgin Mary surrounded by the 2 archangels Michael and Gabriel. St Michael slaying the dragon , symbol of original sin from which Mary was spared , and St Gabriel, messenger of the Annunciation. The statues of St Cornely, protector of livestock, and St Thérèse of the Child Jesus.

Pluneret ch st pierre et st paul chapel virgin et child near jun22

The pulpit is carved in oak. 8 sculptures around the platform with the 4 evangelists Matthew, Luke, Mark and John, the 3 theological virtues Charity, Hope, Faith and a Trinitarian St Anne. The immense canopy, also in sculpted oak with 7 statues including the cardinal virtues and, crowning it all.

Pluneret ch st pierre et st paul pulpit jun22

The woodwork of the choir and the transepts, very nicely worked, are due to local cabinetmakers. They form, with the 14 paintings of the 14 Stations of the Cross and the 6 bronze chandeliers, a particularly homogeneous whole.

Pluneret ch st pierre et st paul nave to altar jun22

Pluneret ch st pierre et st paul back wall jun22

The city of Pluneret on its churches: https://www.pluneret.fr/culture-tourisme/tourisme/patrimoine/eglise-croix-et-calvaire/

The Bay of Quiberon local tourist office on Plunerethttps://www.baiedequiberon.co.uk/pluneret

There you go folks, now i feel better to fully showcase this pretty Church St Peter and St Paul of Pluneret. The town which is full of history and pleasant city center enough for a rest stop and see the church.

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

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June 24, 2022

Curiosities of Paris, !!! Part III

Looking at my vault, found some older pictures on paper and took my electronic camera to take picture of the pictures and use them in my blog. This allows me to show in my blog places not shown or pics with new angles of places shown in the blog. Nostalgia sets in and here I go on the curiosities of Paris, part III

These are pictures before my blogging effort and even before coming to live in France! Hope you enjoy these marvels of my eternal Paris!!!

Anvers is a station of line 2 of the Paris metro, located on the border of the 9éme and 18éme arrondissements, The station is located under the boulevard Marguerite-de-Rochechouart, at the level of the place d’Anvers, The station carries as a sub- title Sacré-Coeur, in order to recall its relative proximity to the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Montmartre, The Anvers station has a single access called “boulevard de Rochechouart – Sacré-Coeur”, leading to the central reservation of this boulevard, on the place d’Anvers opposite the square of the same name. Consisting of a fixed staircase, it is decorated with a Guimard aedicula, It owes its name to its proximity to the Place d’Anvers , which bear the name of the Belgian city of Antwerp (which is Anvers in Fr) where French troops won a victory over the Dutch during of the siege of the citadel of Antwerp in 1832. I have come by car here too good underground parking at the Saemes Anvers car park, 41 boulevard de Rochechouart, The picture is actually coming out from this parking walking to Sacré Cœur !

Paris anvers metro station to sacre coeur

The RATP of Paris on the Anvers metro stationhttps://www.ratp.fr/en/discover/sorties-et-visites/culture/one-station-a-day-anvers-station-foot-montmartre

The Saemes parking Anvershttps://www.saemes.fr/en/parking/parking-anvers-sacre-coeur-en

The Saint-Pierre Church of Montmartre is located in the 18éme arrondissement of Paris, at the top of the Montmartre hill, at No. 2 rue du Mont-Cenis, west of the Sacré-Coeur basilica. Since the French revolution it has been the oldest parish church in Paris after that of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. It succeeded a Merovingian basilica dedicated to Saint Denis, of which five capitals and four marble columns were reused in the current church, the columns coming in turn from an ancient temple, Very dilapidated at the beginning of the 12C, the old basilica was acquired by King Louis le Gros in 1133, who replaced it with a new Romanesque church consecrated in 1147 by Pope Eugene III. Queen Adelaide of Savoy at the same time founded an abbey of Benedictine nuns south of the church, known as the Royal Abbey of Montmartre. The church is therefore parish and abbey at the same time , The restoration was undertaken between 1900 and 1905, and the Church of Saint-Pierre then obtains its current face. Today, is a center of Christian spirituality in the north of Paris.

Paris ch st pierre side montmartre

The official St Pierre Church of Montmartrehttps://www.saintpierredemontmartre.net/page-1/

The Sainte-Chapelle, also known as Sainte-Chapelle du Palais, is a palatine chapel built on the Ile de la Cité, in Paris, at the request of Saint Louis to house the Holy Crown of Thorns, a piece of the True Cross, as well as various other relics of the Passion which he had acquired from 1239. Although , the Sainte-Chapelle has been officially decommissioned since the French revolution, it is periodically returned to its original purpose. Thus, the Catholic Group of the Palace, which brings together magistrates, lawyers, clerks, and members of the staff of the Paris courthouse, has ensured since the interwar period, the Catholic spiritual presence in the Sainte-Chapelle. The group’s chaplain celebrates a remembrance mass every year on All Saints’ Day, as well as a mass for Saint-Yves in May, one of the patron saints of Jurists. On March 21, 2014, on the occasion of the opening of the year of Saint-Louis, Cardinal André Vingt-Trois, Archbishop of Paris, led in procession the Holy Crown of Thorns from Notre-Dame Cathedral to the Sainte-Chapelle for the first time since the Ancien Régime (monarchy). A solemn mass was celebrated there, and broadcast live on a giant screen installed on Place Louis-Lépine. The Palais de Justice of Paris courthouse with a footprint of approximately four hectares ,surrounds the Sainte-Chapelle, adjacent to 36, quai des Orfèvres.

Paris sainte chapelle et palais de justice

The official Sainte Chapelle of Parishttp://www.sainte-chapelle.fr/en/

The port of Suffren is a thoroughfare in the 7éme and 15éme arrondissements of Paris, located on the left bank of the Seine. It bears this name because of the vicinity of the avenue de Suffren which takes its name from the French vice-admiral Pierre André de Suffren.  This port bears its present name since 1905. It starts at the Pont d’Iéna and ends at the Pont de Bir-Hakeïm , measuring 600 meters long. Enter by the Quai Branly.  I came here for several gastronomic events in the Pierre Cardin boat, Maxim’s (see post) and brings always nice memories, The pic looks out to the Palais Chaillot! It is also, the base for the Seine boat ride of Vedettes de Paris, webpage: https://www.vedettesdeparis.fr/en/

Paris port suffren to palais chaillot

The Grand Palais is located on the edge of the Champs-Élysées, separated by Avenue Winston-Churchill, in the 8éme arrondissement. The “Grand Palais des Beaux-Arts” was built in Paris from 1897, for the Universal Exhibition scheduled from April 15 to November 12, 1900 , The main vessel, nearly 240 meters long, consists of a imposing space surmounted by a large glass roof. The slightly lowered barrel vault of the north and south naves and the cross nave (paddock), the pendentive cupola and the dome weigh approximately 8,500 tons of steel, iron and glass. The total weight of metal used reached 9,057 tons The summit of this set culminates at an altitude of 45 meters. The Grand Palais, is closed until the spring of 2023, in order to carry out a larger renovation before 2024, the date on which the fencing events of the Paris Olympic Games are to take place there. The initial project for the Grand Palais, deemed too expensive and poorly suited to current ecological and health requirements, has been abandoned in favor of a more modest and more classic renovation. The Grand Palais now is planned for the Paris Olympic Games for the nave and the galleries and for spring 2025 for the rest of the works, During the construction period, a temporary structure was built on the Champ-de-Mars to host major events, this structure also being used for the Olympic Games. This “ephemeral Grand Palais”, was inaugurated in early 2021.

Paris Grand Palais from C E

The official Grand Palaishttps://www.grandpalais.fr/en

The Hôtel de Ville de Paris or City Hall, is the building that has housed the municipal institutions of Paris since 1357. It is located Place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville, in the 4éme arrondissement part now of Paris Centre. The main facade, 143 meters long and 18.80 meters high (26.80 meters for that of the corner pavilions and 50 meters for the campanile), includes a central avant-corps corresponding to the old monument built under the Renaissance.  The Hôtel de Ville can be visited free of charge after prior registration with the public relations department of the City of Paris. The spaces offered for viewing are all the reception rooms (Arcades rooms, Jean-Paul Laurens room, Bertrand room and party room), the main staircase and the Paris Council room. The Pic from the Quai aux Fleurs , notice the bronze equestrian statue of Etienne Marcel provost of merchants from 1354 to 1358, The statue was inaugurated in 1888.

Paris hotel de ville across seine

The city of Paris what to dohttps://www.paris.fr/quefaire

The Quai André-Citroën is located along the Seine, left bank, in the 15éme arrondissement, The quay is extended, by the Quai de Grenelle, from the Pont de Grenelle and, to the Quai d’Issy-les-Moulineaux, from the Pont du Garigliano. Between the two, the Pont Mirabeau bridge also overlooks the quay. The entire quay, on the Seine side, is occupied by the port of Javel. It takes over from the Pont de Mirabeau to the Quai André Citroën to the Eiffel Tower! As my pic ! Some nice things to see driving or walking are between the bridges of Grenelle and Mirabeau, the port of Javel Haut is home to the Yachts of Paris-Ouest which is composed of the La Barge Liberty, at the foot of the Statue of Liberty, with a view of the Eiffel Tower, The Front-de-Seine is an area of ​​Paris, located just downstream from the Eiffel Tower. It includes one of the largest concentrations of high-rise buildings in the city. And the Beaugrenelle shopping center with an area of ​​45,000 m2 of shops and leisure, 110 brands, a department store, restaurants and a multiplex. Located in Front-de-Seine Javel train station on the Invalides line, The nice parc André-Citroën park , a public garden ,located on the grounds of the former Citroën factory, in the Javel quartier or neighborhood. It is an SNCF station served by trains on RER C line.

Paris driving quai andre citroen to eiffel tower

The Paris tourist office on the parc André Citroënhttps://en.parisinfo.com/paris-museum-monument/71445/Parc-Andre-Citroen

The Eiffel Tower is a 330 meter high wrought iron tower (with antennas) located at the northwest end of the Parc du Champ-de-Mars along the Seine in the 7éme arrondissement. Its official address is 5, avenue Anatole-France, Paris. Plenty in my blog on it, and the pictures are from my visit in 1990 from it to the city of Paris. Enjoy it as I did finding them!!  On March 15, 2022, a new antenna compatible with the DAB+ network is installed by helicopter at the top of the tower, thus increasing it from 324  to 330 meters high!


The official Tour Eiffel : https://www.toureiffel.paris/en

Pigalle is the name of a quartier or neighborhood of Paris, located around Place Pigalle, it includes the streets located on both sides of boulevards de Clichy and Marguerite-de-Rochechouart, and spans the 9éme and 18éme arrondissements. It grew with a few more sex shops and specialty bars, nightclubs, the famous cabarets, the multicolored and neon signs that give the image of a red-light district. The history of Pigalle, as a red-light district, began in 1881 with the opening, in premises previously occupied by a post office, of the cabaret Le Chat noir de Salis located at the current 84, boulevard Marguerite-de- Rochechouart where Aristide Bruant worked. Pigalle’s golden age was between the 1930s and 1960s , From the beginning of the 1970s, with the liberation of morals, the first pornographic cinemas were set up, sex shops multiplied as well as sex salons. massages, and the first live-shows appear, in which couples make love in public.

Paris pigalle sexodrome

Paris pigalle sex shops

The Paris tourist office on the quartier or neighborhood of Pigalle : https://en.parisinfo.com/transport/73267/Quartier-Pigalle

There you go folks, a walk of nostalgia from my very earlier trips to my eternal Paris. The wonders of Paris, the most beautiful city in the world, I say, that still rings a bell to my ears on each stretch of meter I take on this world. Hope you enjoy the post curiosities of Paris, part III, as I reviving these old pictures into the life of my blog.

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

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