Posts tagged ‘Bretagne’

August 4, 2016

My travels in the Morbihan X

It is a breezy rainy day today temps in the 15C and cloudy as well. This did not stop the visitors coming to our area, already voted the preferred vacation region by the French, that is Brittany or Bretagne or Breizh. We are in the Morbihan or small sea or petite mer or Mor=sea bihan=small in Breton language. Departément 56, the only one in France that does not have a French name!

We were no different even if on our last day before our summer vacation in the mountains of Spain.  The Morbihan tourist site is here: http://www.morbihan-tourism.co.uk/?_ga=1.224210387.958352348.1413123956

We took a ride again to the simple village town of Theix near Vannes along the road N165. Upon entering the town the first thing we head out was the Chapelle Notre Dame la Blanche, built in 1239 and rebuilt in 1536.  Constructed in a rectangular fashion,it has two entrance door one on the southside dates from 1742 and the other one from the 16C with a key door adorn with a figurine in stone. It has a cadran  on top of a bull dating from 1782. A nice back or chevet finished at the same time as the choir in 1698. Inside there are like 18 statues from the 15C and onwards, as it is summer time the Chapelle was closed. The town is about 45 minutes from our house so we should be back ::) More on the city page in French here: http://www.theix-noyalo.fr/module-Galerie_multimedia-browse-aid-218-mid-1849.html

Next , we walked over the Church Sainte Cécile ; dating from the gothic period and gone over many rénovations in the 17C and 18C ; rebuilt between 1852-55 ,and many interior renovation from 1880 to 1900.  Done in the style of a Latin Cross ,the stained glass dates from 1883.  Dedicated to Sainte Cécile the patron Saint of Musicians, it has a statue of Her in the tower niche dating from 1895.  Inside it has many relics from the Sainte, as in August it was closed, but near us so will be back eventually again. More in French in the town’s page here : http://www.theix-noyalo.fr/module-Galerie_multimedia-browse-aid-218-mid-1850.html

We continue our journey on the road D7 along nice country into the picturesque village of Le Gorvello ,part of Sulniac, and a re visit to the Café owns by Americans from Chicago who is also a chambre d’hôte rental hotel.  Here, we first went to take a look at the Church St Jean Baptiste or St John the Baptist.  It is the work of the hospitaliers of St John the Baptist of Jérusalem as the current Church replaces a primitive Chapel in the 16C. Many additions since and for the reason of the chapels that comes out from the main body as seen from the exterior. Inside it has the Statues of St Marc and St Isidore, the patron Saints of laborers;nice again closed in summer vacation crazy France. More in French here from a religious site: http://www.doyenne-elven.com/paroisse_le_gorvello.php  , and from the tourist office in general: http://www.tourisme-vannes.com/decouvrir/autour-de-vannes/sulniac

It was time for lunch so we went to visit the Americans at Le Gorvello Café. We had our two rounds of Thor draft beers, platters of cold cuts and cheeses with bread and butter, chocolate cake in a raspberry sauce and expresso coffees all for 15.40€ per person. There is a miniature pool table and we had a couple of rounds, Dad winning of course ::)  This is the tourist office take on it in French: http://en.tourisme-vannes.com/what%E2%80%99s/going-out/649897-gorvello-cafe  ; and the cafe official site that can be read in English of course, and Spanish ! http://www.gorvellocafe.com/eng/index.php

Our journey took us to briefly visit the Château Le Plessis-Josso just up the road D7, and then D183.  This is a well preserved castle and still partially inhabited by the descendants.  It tells the history of Brittany in the middle ages and thereafter. Built in the 15C by the Josso family attach to the house of the Dukes of Brittany. The family Rosmadec comes into it in the 17C and enlarged it giving it the current look. It has ,also, serve as the residence of many Bishops of Vannes. You have guided visits only for 6€ from July 14 to August 31st this year and from 14h to 19h. For visits you can contact Mme Salmon-Legagneur at email eliane.lemintier@Wanadoo.fr  More here  http://www.plessis-josso.com/anglais/index.php

Finally, we on the road looking for goodies found a new one and we will be back! this is the nearby Distillerie du Gorvello just before reaching the above castle off the road to your left and then left again.  From the expressway N165 take exit 22 Le Gorvello/Surzur at traffic circle follow direction Le Gorvello and follow the arrows to the Distillery. A wonderful place making cider, apple juice, liquors from apples such as pommeau de Bretagne, Fine de Bretagne, vinager of cider, etc as well as cold cuts canned goods. It has won many medals in the region and a family business. It is better to call ahead for tours as they change all the time; we did not go on it as we already visited the making of cider here, but did tasted the apple juice gullivec and tradition and gullivec ciders as well as pig canned good terrines, all purchased as well for home and the road trip!!!  Prices are great from 3 euros the bottles and up. More here in French ; http://www.distilleriedugorvello.fr/  ;and the tourist office : http://www.morbihan-tourism.co.uk/sulniac/distillerie-du-gorvello/tabid/8482/offreid/a9cfcbe1-fffe-41f8-bcea-5c7c763c2179

And we came home ,all planned ready to go for our long vacation in Spain, so will be out of internet for quite a while and won’t be writing on my blog again until late end August. Enjoy your summer and happy traveling y’all.

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August 3, 2016

My new home of Pluvigner in the Morbihan Breton X

Well finishing off the last minute errands and taking care of my father doctors appointments for our return , busy as always even if officially on vacation. Today was no different.

We sat out to get our car look over even if new it’s a long trip so it is with the dealer for a checkup and I have a replacement Fiesta lol!!! very small compare to our Kuga(Escape).

We had last minute hou.se shopping at Gamm Vert garden store, and Brico Marché housing Tools, and on Leroy Merlin for bathroom small fixtures before returning home for our local bakery in city center/downtown at Tual festival des pains boulangerie. http://www.pluvigner.fr/module-Contenus-viewpub-tid-9-pid-17.html

As always (any place in France)n when away for several days we stop by our town Gendarmerie police to make our declaration of empty home owners away or Operation tranquillité-Vacances. They will make rounds to your house every couple of days and check on it so ,it’s better than nothing and will help declaration if indeed something happened with our homeowners insurance. http://www.info-administration.fr/56-pluvigner.html

Back at home we had our meal of the day ,and nice Belgian/German beers that I will try to post the photos here.  The Leclerc where we did our last shop and the place V&B where we got our last beers.

The roads on the beach areas are packed with visitors from everywhere, and Bretagne was just name the most visited region of France by the French !!! I know why!!!!!

However on my inland side there is hardly anything already. The temps are 21C about 70F and cloudy breezy but no rain yet. Tomorrow I will get back my car at the Ford Mustiére dealer in Vannes, and they are pretty big here in our region; http://www.ford-nantes.com/nos-autres-concessions/

At last got my car back all shining new ready for the trip to Spain. On our way back we had our breads at the Boulangerie centre ville in Grand Champ on the road D779 ,nice baguettes for a nice soft landing yesterday. Enjoy your week y’all. Cheers!!Grand Champ

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July 31, 2016

My new home of Pluvigner in the Morbihan Breton VIIII

Well in my continuing saga to present my home town and following up on several posts lately this one;

https://paris1972.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=13303&action=edit

I will like to show you a bit more if i may please.

Yesterday we heard of a new concept in grocery store or supermarket that we knew about from our previous home in Versailles’s area. The place is call Grand Frais and it’s a bit far to go often but we decided to give a try Saturday. The store in the town of Cesson-Sevigné just outside Rennes on the Le Mans side about an 1h30 from us by car along the N24 and the N137 and finally go around the messy Rennes traffic at this time of the year on the D34 to Cesson-Sevigné and the store.

The store is not a huge one nor it has all items but what it has is super produce, meats,cheeses and world food very fresh and good prices! The store link is here: http://www.grandfrais.com/cesson-sevigne/magasin-183.html

We load up on the best items at best prices and had a wonderful shopping experience with the family, some of which exotic finds are been prepare today like Yucca (French)  or Yuca (Spanish) with mojo a Cuban traditional dish. That is like this: http://www.food.com/recipe/yucca-with-garlic-sauce-yuca-con-mojo-148632

Of course,been on the American swing we did our sin of the week and ate at the McDonald’s in the town of Bruz off the road  N137 to connect with the N136 beltway of Rennes and onwards to the N24 and home… Our American boys love it and don’t panic France has the most McDonalds of any country more than 3200 of them.  Here we won a Florida blue mug and a CocaCola plastic cooler bag that are very nice and the boys were happy ,well we call them boys but they are in their 20’s ::) The restaurant is this one : https://www.restaurants.mcdonalds.fr/mcdonalds-bruz

As today Sunday is full of sunshine, and we are preparing for our summer trip , we decided to stay home do some home cooking and gather planning and strengh for our trip. The first thing ,the Car Wash! At home, with our karcher power machine and all the right liquids and creams and sponges and most of all everybody participating we did a good job on my car and my father’s car too.

I took some additional pictures of our house on open areas to show to all my readers and friends here in WordPress and beyond.  Today at 14h or 2pm is still sunny very clear nice,and temps at 21C (about 70F).  Tomorrow we expects more of the same, time to focus on our trip as we are going by car to Spain.

Yes, going back home to my Madrid ,however will be base on a rural house 1400 meters high in the Serrania de Cuenca mountains near Cuenca Unesco site and about half distance between Madrid and Valencia. Going by car stopping resting in Bordeaux both ways for a night. Done it so many times not leaving nothing undone we always planned everything. We will have no internet and not planning on posting until end of August upon our return. However, sure to take hundreds of pictures for later posts.

We will leave in weekday very early to have time to see Bordeaux and do our groceries shopping there so when arriving to the house on Saturday evening we will have to eat for the weekend without needing to go hungry or worrying about finding food. Of course, where the supermarkets are including our old favorite Auchan whereby there are call AlCampo (the literally translation of Auchan).

I will be around to Watch the SuperCup of Europe between Real Madrid and Sevilla from Norway on local bars with a lot more ambiance than here. …. And,also, the 37th Torneo Bernabeu in Madrid on August 16 vs Stade de Reims of France commemorating the first European Cup in 1956 of Real Madrid beating the same Stade de Reims. The Spanish Liga now call Santander for the sponsoring bank will begin August 21st vs Real Sociedad for our club. It will end on May 21 2017; Schedule official here in Spanish: pdf file:  http://cdn1.sefutbol.com/sites/default/files/pdf/calendario/calendario_1_2016-17_TW_GP.pdf

And for now a rest, maybe one more post before leaving Wednesday ::) Enjoy your vacations and happy summer! Cheers

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July 27, 2016

My new home of Pluvigner in the Morbihan Breton VIII

Well we have been here already five years and even thus we missed Versailles (and who wouldn’t) the area has been fantastic and it has taken its roots on all of us already. Of course, this is my town now Pluvigner, in the departément 56 =Morbihan of the region of Bretagne or Brittany or Breizh.

I have written some on the town before, just will put up a couple post for the newbies to my blog here

https://paris1972-versailles2003.com/2013/09/08/my-new-home-of-pluvigner-in-the-morbihan-breton/

 https://paris1972-versailles2003.com/2013/09/13/my-new-home-in-the-morbihan-breton-ii/

One thing thus , even with some pictures on the town itself ,done very little of our house, and will like to post some photos not so personal here.

In fact, we are only about 30 kms from the coast, that is about 18 miles, and at the crossroads of national and departementals roads with a bus line (wow!) and the train station in Auray at about 15 minutes from us linking us to the world and Paris in 3h20. The closest airport is in Lorient but very few flights there so we go to Nantes at about 1h30 from us by car. The city is part of the district of Lorient and member of the metropolitan area of Pays d’Auray.

Our city mayor’s office is here : http://www.pluvigner.fr/module-pagesetter-viewpub-tid-2-pid-2.html

And it has tourist info in French. The metro area webpage is here : http://scot-pays-auray.proscot.fr/index.php?p=1&s=1&ct=187

And even thus we have a tourist office in town , it is govern by the one in Auray, here in English : http://auray-tourism.com/home/our-towns-and-villages/pluvigner.aspx

The name of the town comes from the roots of Plou =parrish and Guigner or Saint Guigner ;one of the Kings of Ireland converted to Catholicism by Saint Patrick; left him and came over to this area to create a monastery. He died killed by a Breton prince  Théodoric.  The main Church that bears his name was built in 1781 and later renovated last in 1932; Inside you will see the relics of Saint  Guiguer and a statue of him.

We live more or less…about 500 meters from the city center or downtown that is about five blocks. So still very close in a nice home of 255 M2 (about 2745 SF) and a land space of 1000 M2 (about 10 760 SF). 4 brms, 2 baths, office space, game room, attic complete, covered garage for 3 cars; and an enclosed veranda as well as an open air terrace. Also, full basement. All the land is fence in and wonderful Neighbors especially the ones on our left and back.

There is a school like a middle school and a huge sports complex Goh Lanno near us. It has two handball courts, basketball court,  two Tennis courts  and roller blade circuit. Five football :soccer fields and a rugby field as well as an track and field stadium;wonderful and a huge place for flea markets and events in town; http://www.pluvigner.fr/module-Contenus-viewpub-tid-2-pid-23.html

As we are near downtown or city center or centre ville, all amenities are nearby too. Even a Super U supêrmarket in about one kilometer, less than a mile.

A historic feat was in January 23  1943,an American B-17 bomber plane already damaged by fire fell in town nearby Kéronic forest . Seven aviators were killed and 3 survived. Two stone monument were done in November 5 1994 in the presence of one of the survivors  Charles Roth.

In all is a very nice country town of about 7500 folks and once you go into  a business, they remember you. The laborers artisans already know us (from the work on the house) and we just call once and they come, even one tomorrow coming to help my kids finished putting up a roof cover to the entrance of our garage.  Just the kind of world I always look forward to.

If you ever in this area, let us know , we will love to entertain you with the Pluvignoise hospitality. Cheers

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July 24, 2016

Some news from France, CXXXVIIII

Here I am deciding whether to go to a huge flea market going on in my town with over 800 stands! The day is sunny at 28C and a nice breeze looking over my terrace. First, will have to do lunch soon ::)

Now to tell you some of my favorites events have gone or planned to go here is the latest line up. Enjoy it, it’s La Belle France.

I think I mentioned this before but a popular train line used to take a lot;  RER line A will have to take tyour patience. The most heavily travel train line in Europe is cut off a month for work between  La Defence and Nation, from July 23 to August 21, included 2016.  The RATP has again programmed complete cuts of one month in the summer 2017 (between Charles de Gaulle and Nation) and summer 2018 (between La Defence and Nation). They will be then by night (between 22h30 and 05h) during the summers of 2019, 2020 and 2021.  Line 1 of the metro (which complements the RER A) will benefit from a higher frequency at peak with a train every 95 seconds. Reinforcements are also planned on lines 2, 3, 6, 9, 10, 13 and 14 of the metro, trams T2 and T3 and 63, 73, 275 and 43 buses. Shuttles will operate morning and evening on weekdays between Charles de Gaulle and La Defence. On the Transilien network, the L line will be exceptionally extended to Poissy and line J will also be enhanced destined to Poissy. Follow the work if thinking of traveling by it here : http://travaux-ete-rera.ratp.fr/fr/

Some misc news: Villette cinema en Plein Air trying to stay open due to security measures lately; FNAC Beaugrenelle shopping center giving layoffs 68 for lack of sales, and they FNAC in turn buying Darty another chain of stores. Pool Joséphine Baker is closed until further notice. Tour de France ends today with C Froome to win it for the third time and the French Baudet in 2nd place over 4 minutes behind. Not too much excitement this year probably for all the terrorist news going on.

The opening to the public of the garden of the Hôpital Saint-Louis (10éme) at 1 rue Claude-Vellefaux. All weekend between April 1 and October 31. The first visitors can now tread, every Saturday and Sunday from 11: 00 p.m. The 9 400 m2 of the square of greenery in the heart of historic hospital buildings, created in the 17C by the architect of the place des Vosges! Lovely indeed, see it: http://equipement.paris.fr/jardin-de-l-hopital-saint-louis-8893

Airport at Orly is going thru some resurfacing of runway 4. Everything about 2,400 meters  long .  A large-scale project began Monday last to resurface the runway 4 from the Orly airport, one of the two main runs with an average of 300 flights per day. A  first phase of six weeks until August 28 on 2 400 meters and a second  next year on the 1 250 meters remaining. In French with official pub. http://www.air-journal.fr/2016-07-18-laeroport-de-paris-orly-en-travaux-pour-six-semaines-5166417.html

Time for food is Paris is tops; some of my latest were  Merguez & Pastrami, 57 rue Rodier (9éme) tel +33 (0) 1 77 13 56 57. pastrami sandwich NYC style by Pigalle! http://www.merguezandpastrami.com/#about

A nice bar that gives one euro for each cockail purchase to caring organisations, Le Juste Pigalle, 1 rue Frochot (9éme). They are in Facebook.

Same owner as the patisserie at 9 rue Ravignan(18éme) opens a biscuit company La Compagnie Générale de Biscuiterie, 1 rue Constance (18éme). http://www.ciegeneralebiscuiterie.fr/

Halle St Pierre, 2 Rue Ronsard, ‘L’Esprit Singulier “ OR Singular spirit’, some 600 works from the collection of the Abbey of Auberive. Among the 70 artists, major figures: Witkin, Boix-Vives, Fred Deux, and Combat. A nice place renovated when i worked in Paris and visited, and glad it continues so well.  http://en.parisinfo.com/paris-museum-monument/71509/La-Halle-Saint-Pierre

Wonderful period library in Montmartre,  the L’Attrape-Coeurs. 4, pl. Constantin-Pecqueur (18éme). Tél +33 (0) 1 42 52 05 61. One of the classic there and visited by locals and yours truly often while working in the city. http://www.zulma.fr/librairie-librairie-l-attrape-cur-62.html

See the musée de montmartre at 2 rue Cortot (18éme). museum of artist painters like Toulouse-Lautrec, Modigliani, Kupka, Steinlen, Valadon, Utrillo and others. This is a must a highlight of the visit to the hill of Montmartre. http://www.museedemontmartre.fr/

If you want to know more this wonderful district of Paris a bit away from the center ,read this link by local friends. Really a romantic wonderful part of Paris. http://www.montmartre-site.com/

And the official tourist info office for Montmartre in English here: http://www.montmartre-guide.com/en/

From June 17, the Streat Market will rattle and buzzle until July 29 , on Fridays from 18h to 23h at  the parvis of the Place Clignancourt (18éme) with a dozen food trucks and outdoor countertops. Place Django Reinhart (18éme). Free admission. menus from 10€. Someof the participating trucks will be le Camion que fumes (burgers), spices & Love (Indian chapati), Lo Zio (Italian piadina), Urben Grill ( Near East), Cheesers (grilled American cheese), Pick & Taste (Asian marinated skewers) or The BBQ Brother (burgers on the barbecue). http://www.fastandfood.fr/2016/06/24/streat-market-le-rendez-vous-street-food-de-lete-a-clignancourt/

From April 09 to October 10, 2016 the Musée de l’homme offers exposure the Korea and its origins. More here: http://www.museedelhomme.fr/en/node/3695

From July 4-September 25, 2016, the city of Arles welcomes contemporary photography in the Festival Les Rencontres D’Arles.  https://www.rencontres-arles.com/Home

From July 1 to August 28, 2016, the city of Nantes offers the festival journey in Nantes or les Voyages in the île de Nantes showcasing the latest innovations and less known works ;more here : http://www.levoyageanantes.fr/

From July 05 to September 18, 2016, the Bibliothèque François Mitterrand offers exposure Globes in 3D. These objects made between the 16C to 19C are scanned the project “DNP Museum Lab”.  More here to see the best collection of globes of the world from ancient times; http://www.bnf.fr/fr/evenements_et_culture/expositions/f.globes_numerises.html

Every Saturday, the château de Vaux-le-Vicomte once again dives into the good old days, with its magnificent evenings by candlelight. Until October 1 2016. More here on this wonderful must see castle. http://www.vaux-le-vicomte.com/decouvrir/visitez-aux-chandelles/

Until October 30th 2016 the Great Musical Waters of the Chateau de Versailles, the tops, of course you have to see it, my old home, homesick maybe…. http://www.chateauversailles-spectacles.fr/spectacles/2016/les-grandes-eaux-musicales

Royal Serenade at the Chateau de Versailles Rediscover the splendor of Versailles enhanced by the Royal Serenade, fountains and fireworks at nightfall. Until September 17 2016. Of course, do I am repeating myself, see the Royal class at Versailles, what France is all about :http://www.chateauversailles-spectacles.fr/spectacles/2016/la-serenade-royale-de-la-galerie-des-glaces

Until November 1st 2016 take the direct train from Paris  Gare du Nord to Auvers sur Oise  and follow in the footsteps of Impressionist painters such as Van Gogh 35 minutes from Paris; great ride really and more visitors if they do it year around. http://en.visitparisregion.com/events-paris/festivals/direct-train-to-auvers-sur-oise-334386.html

La Grenouillére at the time of the Impressionists . Discover this charming museum which reopens after having moved. Until December 23rd 2017, Musée de la Grenouillére, Espace Chanorier ,Croissy sur Seine; great area home of the British School.

The place conjures up La Grenouillère, a now disappeared floating boat connected to Camembert Island. Very popular with Parisians in the 19C for its relaxed, festive and country atmosphere, the place was a tavern on the water, with coffee, games, cold baths… Artists such as Monet and Renoir could be seen there painting and relaxing. Paintings, prints and objects bring to life this era, La Grenouillère and its surroundings. The memories of this place, which burned down in 1889 and was reopened until 1928, will surely delight you. Extend your visit with a walk around Camembert Island, which was restored in 1999. More here : http://www.grenouillere-museum.com/grenouillere/

From December 1st, 2016, to April 23, 2017, the Musée d’Arts Décoratifs of Paris (pavillions Marsans of the Louvre) will have the exhibition: when the garment made a scandal or Quand le vêtement fait scandale. More here : http://www.lesartsdecoratifs.fr/francais/musees/musee-des-arts-decoratifs/actualites/expositions-a-venir/mode-et-textile/tenue-correcte-exigee-quand-le-vetement-fait-scandale/

The Feast of the Lodges, in the forest of Saint Germain en Laye until August 14 2016; From the famous ghost train to the timeless roller coaster, to line fishing and even rifle shooting, dodgem cars… visitors young and old come to enjoy the 200 attractions installed in the Saint-Germain-en-Laye forest. a great event we enjoyed as a family when lived nearby in Versailles. http://en.visitparisregion.com/events-paris/festivals/the-feast-of-the-lodges-334908.html

FunFair at the Jardin des Tuileries, now for more than 20 yrs here and just across one of my old working areas, and my kids always love it This is an inmense fairground until August 21 2016 . Wooden horses dating back to 1900, enjoy a 360° view in the new big wheel (70 meters high) or have a scare in the ghost trains. The smartest can test their skills in the coconut shy or on the rifle shooting range, while the bravest can have a go on the trampolines and other slides. For the hungrier guests: toffee apples, churros and candyfloss are also available. More in tourist office of Paris: http://en.parisinfo.com/paris-show-exhibition/135470/fete-des-tuileries

The Great Fire of Saint Cloud simply the greatest firework display in Europe held in the park of Saint Cloud or Domaine St Cloud.  September 10 2016; more here : http://www.le-grand-feu.com/

The Montmartre Grape Harvesting Festival, going on from October 5 –9 2016 by the vignes du Clos Montmartre On the agenda of this 83rd edition: fashion show, concerts, shows, film projections, exhibitions, workshops, guided tours, excursions, wine-tasting, taste trails with passionate artisans and producers, not forgetting the firework fired at the foot of the Sacré-Cœur; just great a missed event will again try to visit from Brittany this time. More here : http://www.fetedesvendangesdemontmartre.com/

Well now it’s time for my lunch at hom; been call to the table lol!!! Enjoy your Sunday, and my France.

July 20, 2016

Some news from France CXXXVIII

On the last couple of day we have gone back to the canicule with temps in my area in the upper 30’sC not good when you have to work but great for the many visitors that are jamming our area. That is the Morbihan of course.

Something to think about when deciding to buy real estate in France. If you have 1000 euros to pay for an apartment in Paris it will be enough to find something like a 25 M2 space or about 269 Sq feet!!! For the same amount you can buy a 53 m2 in Lyon, 59 m2 in Bordeaux,  73 m2 in Lille, 74 m2 in Rennes, 79 m2 in Marseille.  At the other end of the scale the cities where you can buy the biggest size apartment are Saint- Etienne buys you one of 155 m2 , le Mans 133 m2 and Nîmes 117 m2. Source Les Echos journal.

Go up the tower or  tour Saint-Jacques in Paris now open.This is the departing point in the city for the pilgrims to St James in Spain (Santiago de Compostela). You can go up the 300 steps . The tower is from the 16C and recently has receive complete renovation. At the top you can see a beautiful panorama of Paris. Visits each Fridays,Saturdays and Sundays from 10h to 18h.  Duration of about 55 minutes, and reservation is compulsory. More here:  http://www.desmotsetdesarts.com/offres/visites-guidees-paris/visite-de-la-tour-saint-jacques

Paris Plage or beach is coming up!!! 3500 tons of sand arrives this morning by the Seine river. The voie Georges Pompidou and along the bridges of Change and Notre Dame.  The festivities this year are extended for 15 days! until September 4th.  However, the city has ordered 1500 tons less than last year…http://www.paris.fr/parisplages2016

Until August 27, we will have the renewal of 1 km of track in the heart of the line REC C. Therefore, the service will be interrupted during this period between the gare d’Austerlitz and those of Avenue Henri-Martin (Northern Branch) and Javel (West Branch). The RATP will reinforce the line 10 Metro and bus 63, bordering part of the RER C. A shuttle train will also be put in place between the stations of Javel and Invalids.  More here in French; http://travauxrerc.transilien.com/

Charles-Édouard Jeanneret  ,his works has been made part of UNESCO World Heritage sites since this past Sunday. He is better known as  Le Corbusier. The famous Swiss architect (d. August 1965) is finally recognized. In Paris, you can find him at the Cité du Refuge (13th) but also the maison La Roche (19th), the Switzerland Pavilion of the Cité universitaire (14th),the House of Ozenfant (14th), or even that of Dr. Pathak (13th) but also his apartment workshop ( 16th). The villa Savoye, Poissy, also of note in the Yvelines dept 78.  http://www.fondationlecorbusier.fr/

The place de la contrescarpe in the neighborhood of Mouffetard (5th) will also make its small revolution. The median surrounded by chains and studs will disappear in favor of sawn tiles between which will grow the herbetandis that the feet of trees are flowering. While today the circulation is normally limited to 30 km/h, hopes to transform the place in ‘meeting zone’, where pedestrians would be priority and the speed limited to 20 km/h. This, it is still being discussed with the résidents. http://www.leparisien.fr/paris-75005/paris-la-place-de-la-contrescarpe-va-s-offrir-un-lifting-17-07-2016-5974623.php

Travel alone the Grande Ceinture, between Noisy-le-Sec and Épinay: trains of the future tramway T11 Express (former north tangential road) began to roll last week. The 11 km of new tracks, built parallel to the freight line of the Grande Ceinture line, will serve 7 stations, Epinay at le Bourget from Villetaneuse, Pierrefitte and Stains, Dugny – La Courneuve, in 14 minutes. A year of tests is planned, before the commissioning of the tram-train in July 2017. Extensions East to Noisy-le-Sec and West to Sartrouville (Yvelines) are planned in the years to come, but yet unfunded. More in French here: http://www.tangentiellenord.fr/

Meaux, place Henri IV. The townspeople are trying to reuse an old prison(b1854-1857)  here abandone in 2005 into a cultural place to subsidied works of artistic workshops, exhibitions, courses.,etc. Good idea in my Wife’s native town and close to Disneyland Paris for cheaper alternatives for lodgings and restos. More in French here: http://patrimoines.iledefrance.fr/zoom-quelques-etudes/ancienne-prison-meaux-reconversion

The French vineyard produces 3 240 different wines grouped under 383 designations over 80 departments. Bordeaux offers about 40 (bordeaux, bordeaux supérieur ,moulis, pauillac, Saint-Julien.etc..), Bourgogne 83, Aloxe-Corton, Chablis,Chassagne-Montrachet, etc, Languedoc-Roussillon,28 , Loire 52, Provence 13, Rhône 28, etc. The system of designations, based on a decree-law of 1935 is managed by the INAO, the body responsible for their definition, their protection and control the INAO delivers two to three new AOC wine per year in France.

Nestled in the extreme south of the Vaucluse, less than an hour of Avignon and Aix-en-Provence, Luberon has everything nature ask in the hands of an attentive gardener. Everyone knows the Luberon more or less.. Without necessarily  gone there. Some for Albert Camus or Camille Corot, others for Pierre Cardin, others still for its incredible perch villages of Ménerbes, Bonnieux, Lacoste, and Oppède. But we rarely know its wines. In the Luberon, Marrenon is the brand banner it provides 80% of the production, next to the family estates of the Citadelle, Castle the Canorgue, and a few others. Here the light is hot with sunny days and a little chilly nights. Its there that gushes the originality of the Luberon appellation. Temperature range between day and night gives it different characteristics from the other wines of the Rhone Valley. A slow ripening of the grapes, at the foot of the Luberon mountain, gives freshness and fruit aromas. The Luberon Wine offers a rich range of quality wines under name Luberon or Ventoux, much of it organic(Bio). A rich Brazilian, Petula Garcia, had launched the movement in the 1960s, inviting people from around the world to come discover this part of Provence, where she had inherited a house; the artists are likely to have fallen under the spell of the Luberon ,John Malkovich in Bonnieux, Patrick Bruel at Isle-sur-La-Sorgue, Ridley Scott in Oppède, Michel Leeb, Pierre Arditi… They appreciated the  local wines. The filmmaker Yves Rousset-Rouard, producer of Emmanuelle et les Bronzées movie, was Mayor of Ménerbes for 19 years. With money earned in the cinema, created a winery on 39 acres, Citadelle, considered as a reference. His son Alexis, who joined him in 1995, has taken over now.

In Provence,(PACA) rosé wine is currently over 88.5% of total production, 154 million bottles. Sacha Lichine, owner of the castle of Esclans,  has not hesitated to offer its customers the most expensive rosé of the world, the cuvée Gamon (approximately 90€ a bottle). Developed with the same principles that the red or white wines, it comes from a patchy selection of old vines and it is high in wood, like any other wine of keeps. This very high range wine finds its place naturally on the markets for export, especially in Russia where it was served recently in jeroboam (3 liters) in the vintage 2013 and 2014 on a dinner of exception tables at the Grand Hotel Europe (owned by the chain of luxury Belmond) of Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

On the Loire Valley, the white chenin grape-based wines, also remain an attractive alternative. Especially in the appellations of Vouvray and Montlouis. In Bordeaux it export (28 million bottles worth 115 million euros), in effect, big hopes on this color. Land of red wine par excellence, the first wine region in France seems to rediscover this beverage a bit later. Yet, even in the 1970s, the production of white wines was far superior to that of the red. Happy hour or after work are real trends. Bright and fruity, often made from sauvignon blanc, semillon and muscadelle, Bordeaux white (including those of the Entre-Deux-Mers and the Côtes de Bordeaux presents aromas of lemon and acacia honey identical to those found in white white champagnes.

The French consume an average of 20 bottles of Rosé wine a year. France produces 30% of the world production of Rosé in the 2015 vintage; Provence has produced 74 million bottles. The production is 88.5% consisting of rosé wine, 154 million bottles. In 2015, 79% of the volumes wines of Provence were sold in France, with 40% in the region of production. The export represents 21% of the total production wines from Provence. 66% of French restaurants offer a wine from Provence in their menu cartes. 30 million bottles of roses of Provence have been marketed directly at the cellar. Wine tourism activity represents a significant part of the income of the winemaker. With 11 million bottles destined for the United States, the country of Uncle Sam remains the most important market for the roses of Provence.  Source Les Echos

For a good meal at sweet prices. The restaurant the CasseNoix is a must even if a bit crowded, shining as a pearl in the 15th district of Paris. The chef, Pierre-Olivier Lenormand, indeed offers – for 34 euros – a spectacular entrance-main course-dessert formula, hallmark of good the bistronomy geniuses. And I had it recently as my office is nearby when in the city. (see previous posts on it) The CasseNoix, 56, rue de la Fédération, 75015. Tel.+33 ( 0)1 45 66 09 01. 34 euros, without drinks. http://www.le-cassenoix.fr/en/

Giuseppe Messina open in 2009 a Sicilian trattoria at the end of the Ranelagh Street, surrounded by the buildings of architects and private mansions.(My favorite area too see my other posts on La Gare ). And has christened it Non Solo Cucina, =”not only in the kitchen”. It is stunning, vibrant as Etna and Stromboli gathered, and the pasta triumph. Delicious busiata trapanese to the swordfish tartare ; let yourself be tempted also to the front and the apres-pates: Spritz, first, one of the best in Paris, fish, squid and other cuttlefish fried, caponata, homey sincere desserts, including the mother of the Chief secret cake. Non Solo Cucina, 135, avenue du Ranelagh, 75016. Tel.+33 (0) 1 45 27 99 93. Open lunch and dinner from Tuesday to Saturday. Expect 60 to 80 euros per Person and enjoy !!!. http://www.non-solo-cucina.fr/

And do not forget the Festival Rock en Seine at the Domaine de Saint Cloud. August 26-28 , since 2003 one of the best in Europe. 5 stages in the heart of the French garden just like a country setting with music of Rock, Pop,Electro, etc. For the 2016 edition artists like  FOALS, Iggy Pop, Massive Attack, Cassius, Eagles of Death Metal, Casseurs Flowters ,and many more …métro Boulogne Pont de Saint-Cloud | Pont de Sèvres line 10. More here in English: http://www.rockenseine.com/en/

Enjoy your week, mine is cruising alone today at 28C  better.no rain, sunshine. Cheers

 

July 18, 2016

My new home of Pluvigner in the Morbihan Breton VII

Well time to talk to you again about my small town in the Morbihan breton. This past weekend it was awesome.

Not only did we celebrated my father’s 81, ahead of time as it falls in the week, but there was an American event in town lol!

For the birthday, took Dad out to eat his favorite pork concoction in Créperie Le Vorlen resto that each 3rd Sunday of the Month does the Rost en Forn Breton pig dish with baked potatoes (see photo), green rice salad, a 1/4 wine jar and ice cream or mousse de chocolate dessert, we added expresso coffee and the apéros of various mixes from kir breton to porto rouge all for 21.70€ per person. http://www.creperie-le-vorlen.fr/la-creperie/

Then, we headed into the place St Michel in city center for the US Loch Festival showcasing American old cars, motos, and military vehicules with plenty of American flags, food,and rock concert all day long. They were given rides on the trucks, motos and cars as well which was a treat. http://www.pluvigner.fr/module-Contenus-viewpub-tid-19-pid-1111.html

The area tourist office of Auray has more in French; http://www.auray-tourisme.com/tabid/9029/OffreId/bc7289b4-ed5a-4765-9947-e6d7d5cce79f/Default.aspx

Even showcase in our area newspapers ! http://www.letelegramme.fr/morbihan/pluvigner/loch-festival-ambiance-usa-a-pluvigner-16-07-2016-11150434.php

http://www.ouest-france.fr/bretagne/pluvigner-56330/pluvigner-un-festival-americain-pour-aider-les-enfants-malades-3531019

This is an event held every year but in my recollection the first time themed after the USA.  Done for a good cause to help sick children. It was fun for the whole family and the time to show off my native Floridians ::)

A quiet Sunday at home and sunny hot 26C well today it reach 34C and tomorrow it says 36C wow!! heat coming for a couple of days, this is about 97F!

Again, enjoy your week, mine is just over the big work duties and cruising to my August long family vacation. Cheers

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July 17, 2016

Guivapas, and the cactus

Well , the only other time past by here was on the way to the airport of Brest ,which is actually in the town of Guivapas on the other side or past Brest centre. Guivapas where it is on city page here: http://www.mairie-guipavas.fr/mairie/decouvrir-guipavas/venir-a-guipavas/

And the airport of Brest-Guivapas is here ,of course all started in 1917 by the Americans:http://www.brest.aeroport.fr/en/about-the-airport/history

We came here because the other half wanted to search for cactus trees and she found a place near here that has a large selection. So we went for it from our car trips around the Brest region this weekend.

The cactuseraie  sits on the road D712 between Guivapas and Landerneau in the village of Creisméas. It has over 6000 m2 of space and over 2000 varieties of suculents or cactus varieties ! It is open all year on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 14h to 18h, during our local school vacations it is open Mondays to Saturdays from 14h to 18H, and from July 4 to September 3 , Mondays to Saturdays from 14h to 18h.

You can visit a part of it call the museum for 3€ adults. no bank cards all is French checks or cash euros. The museum has some amazing plants on display.

The selection was very friendly and informative by the both gentlemen and we came out with about 7 plants from 4€ to 15€ for our garden décorations. Very good and very good prices indeed. The selection as said is huge.

As you can see in their pictures very nice ambiance indeed; more here in French : http://www.cactuseraie.fr/?page_id=7

Passing in town one cannot overlook the two churches, the one right smack in city center as you entered on the D712, is the Church of St Pierre et St Paul. The foundations are from the 14C ,restored in 1840;then rebuilt after fire from bombings in 1944 finally done in 1955.  The religious Catholic site in French is here: http://egliseinfo.catholique.fr/public/fiche.php?valcode=29075_01#lieu:29/guipavas/guipavas-saints-pierre-et-paul-

More info in French, from the religious heritage of France site in French here: http://www.patrimoine-religieux.fr/eglises_edifices/29-Finistere/29075-Guipavas/124603-EgliseSaint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul

Then, looking into the city center passing on the D712, you see the Chapelle Notre Dame du Rhun, from the 15C; during the French revolution it serves as a headquarters of the Republicans army here .  it has been restored in 1805.  It was heavily damaged during the bombings of August 1944; the spiral was destroyed in August 11, 1944,and restored finally between work of 1951-1952.  The religious heritage of France has somethin in French here: http://www.patrimoine-religieux.fr/eglises_edifices/29-Finistere/29075-Guipavas/124600-ChapelleNotre-Dame-du-Rhun

Some of the nice places you find in my Brittany/Bretagne/Breizh and just touching the surface ! Enjoy your Sunday I did more later in the week now rest ::)

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July 17, 2016

Plougastel-Daoulas, remember the name!

Well here ,I am ,again, this town has magic. I have been in it several times including to celebrate my sons birthdays but now in rapid fire postings on it,  realise ,my last post on it dates from Nov 17, 2012!!! exactly the birthday of my twin boys lol!

Plougastel-Daoulas is full of tradition, and the only town in Brittany where stepping into a bistro you can hear Breton language been spoken!  The tourist office is here: http://www.brest-terres-oceanes.fr/office-de-tourisme/office-de-tourisme-de-brest-metropole-bureau-de-plougastel-daoulas

And the regional Brittany office on it here :http://www.tourismebretagne.com/decouvrir-les-destinations/brest-terres-oceanes/les-incontournables/de-la-presqu-ile-de-plougastel-daoulas-a-logonna-daoulas

The city of Plougastel on tourism here: http://www.mairie-plougastel.fr/tourisme/decouvrir/patrimoine/

And the region in English here: http://www.finisterebrittany.com/parish-closes-Brittany

You come in on the N165 expressway and take exit 33A to centre or city center/downtown. there is parking in there easy to find always around the Church/Calvary unless service is going on.

The first that you see is the Church of Saint Peter (église Saint Pierre) rising above the place de l’église, monumental front and great belltower. The Church was built in 1870 amazingly new for French timelines and was destroyed during the bombings of 1944. It was rebuilt as it is today in 1950.  The current Church was rebuilt in crossshaped, style  with a recessed Spire, a nave of five bays with aisles, a crossroads with lantern and wings at the centre of which is the choir, then another nave of three bays with aisles terminated by a right chevet. The Church of the 19Ct has retained a beautiful retable of the Rosary (dated 1654-1656) and topped by an altar the tomb of 16C (sse photo of Fallen Christ). The modern altar, made with marble of Mayenne dedicated in 1957.  There is a path of modern cross and the baptismal fonts from the 12C. The Church houses a statue of St. Peter and a Pietà. Nice.

Right behind it or to the side as you wish ;lies the Calvary or Closed Parish. This is a tremendous beautiful gorgeous magnificent calvary that is a must see even passing just for it is good. My best in the region simple yet detailing of such love and history of Christ. It was first built in 1602-1604 and restored in 1860. It was originally done to bear thanks for the eradication of the black death épidémies of the region; the original date is Under the statue of Christ.It has 171 statuettes giving life to the calvary. the frieze is decorated with a multitude of bas-reliefs depicting the life of Jesus Christ. There is the Nativity, the flight to Egypt, the Last Supper, and the washing of the feet. The great drama of the passion then unfolds in an army of actors among different groups of statuettes. One is the one depicting the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ in Jérusalem. It is old done in kersanton granite stone dominated by three large crosses in the center.  Destroyed during the period of the terror (French revolution), it was restored again after the liberation after been damaged during the siege of Brest(WWII).

Right in the place de l’église and to the side of the Church you see the fountain of the imagery or fontaine de l’imageur. This fountain is indeed rich in symbols, evocative of the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela(St James/St Jacques).  But beyond the symbols, carved in granite and bronze for any other reasons, the story of this fountain tells Saint James in several ways rendering honor to those artists, painters and sculptors who builds these calvaries, retables etc.

And of course, as in all these trips , we need to eat. We came back to our favorite where we have held our twin boys birthdays and the folks are really friendly; even setting up a table for us in the middle of the square or place de l’église overlooking the wonderful Church Saint Peter/église St Pierre. Le Bistrot de Plougastel resto we had our mussels and fries and fish and chips with tall glasses of Royal Beer (pints) for 18€ per person. No direct webpage but a French site on reviews all good here: http://leclubdesbonsvivants.com/restaurant/Bretagne/Finistere/Plougastel-Daoulas/29215808/BISTROT-DE-PLOUGASTEL/carte-et-menus.0.html

For desserts we just walk around the Church to the Boulangerie/Pâtesserie/Salon de Thé Mulliner on 5 Rue de l’Église. Here we had several sweets and sodas, such as belle hélene, trois chocolates, etc all for 2€ each and serve on the table! Recognise as the best in Plougastel-Daoulas. info to find it here: https://www.yelp.fr/biz/milliner-guy-plougastel-daoulas

Enjoy your Sunday , I am heading out again ::) Cheers

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July 17, 2016

Plougastel-Daoulas Museum of the Strawberry and Heritage

This is a small museum fully loaded that on our trips here missed each time due to timing. The Saturday hours starts at 14h to 18H. It is the Musée de la Fraise & du Patrimoine; right in city center. 5€ adult admission is fair.

The webpage is here: http://musee-fraise.net/

You can see it from the Church of St Pierre (more later post), the back of it, nicely decorated in mosaics; and if you go around to your right past the tourist office ,there is the main entrance to the museum ; a very nice modern buiding on two floors.

The first floor tells you the history of the strawberry and the commerce with Europe ,especially England. From types of strawberries to harvesting, collecting, and packagings; as well as shipping it. It tells you the strawberries here are the local variety and the white strawberry brought all the way from Chile in South America. And yes the strawberries here are the best, we buy them in all kinds of versions yoghurts are great!

The second floor or 1er étage here, tells you about the traditions , customs of the local Breton families and paintings/objects of arts depicting the life and time of the area and the strawberry harvesters. You can taste them in the boutique below where you will find very nice objects dedicated to the strawberry. We got our jams and tea flavor strawberry .

The welcome is very friendly and informative and the family trip is wonderful;especially as it involves food lol!  Enjoy it on your way in the area or if visiting bigger towns like Brest across the passage and the Iroise bridge. Have a great Sunday and enjoy the pictures as we did/do.

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