Posts tagged ‘Bretagne’

January 17, 2019

Schoolboys in France, our take!

So on a cold night in the Morbihan Breton, I like to be a bit nostalgic of my previous home in France. This is my 16th year living here and 19th as citizen of France. Basically, broken down evenly now between the Yvelines 78 (ïle de France), and the Morbihan 56 (Bretagne).

One subject dear to me and the family I have not touch in my blog yet, and its about time, is the question of schooling for the kids. I have 3 boys now young men. When I first had the idea from my dear late wife Martine (French native of Meaux ,Seine-et-Marne 77, ïle de France), the first thing we thought was the schooling for the boys. Back in the previous old home of Florida there were in A rated schools by the School system there so we wanted to stay the same in France.

We went out and spoked with the French family on the schooling and was a bit surprise of the strict ruling as compare to what we knew. Also, the easy school days as they are no substitute teachers here, and kids are sent home. The homework was constant every day! In all subjects!

We found out it was true. We ,also, got in touch with the American community in Paris which is numerous and we are acquainted. They refered us to the AAWE organisation or tha Association of American Women in Europe. They published a book detailing the differences and equalities of the US and French educational systems that was invaluable. https://www.aaweparis.org/

The landing was easy ,soft and we found out our boys were getting good notes from the start. Due in fact for the training at home with the mother, an import/export custom agent who was very good of grammar , an important subject in French schools.

We got in and found out the schools ;free public schools were better in the smaller towns in Yvelines. I do not want to give away all the addresses but will put some pictures here of younger days.

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The schooling in towns like Verneuil-sur-Seine on the college John Zay was super and the staff always gave us compliments of our boys. It was a nice trip for them fully enjoyed with the bus and train as it is usual here. It gives you freedom. Here all 3 boys came together the college is like a middle school back in the USA; they spent all here in France. http://www.clg-zay-verneuil.ac-versailles.fr/spip.php?rubrique127

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Then, came the Lycée or high school Blanche de Castille in the nearer town of Le Chesnay It was fantastic! We really enjoy it and the nearby Bel Air complex with many friends meeting on the park, and a miniature statue of the Eiffel tower! The bus system was the same as the one in Versailles so very convenient and the boys love it. https://www.blanche-de-castille.fr/infos-pratiques

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Then came big decisions. The university system here as compare to the USA is very weak, but practically free. The ones we saw near us were about 500 euros per year! Most of the best jobs are had in the Grande Ecoles and they are like Ivy league schools ,very expensive. I had experience with universities and my skills were home grown , not too positive about universities; I think they are just business. My opinion of course.

Therefore, I told my boys to choose: univ or special technical schools that provide a skill and a job. They chose the later one.

My boys were split with my twins going into specialized schools in gardening:building: plumbing, and wood work which gave them job experiences . France does not have a system of funnelling the students into jobs so the youth unemployment is very high unofficially at 25% .The yound spent a lot of time in interim, training jobs for long periods and unemployment until finally with lots of work experience they can land a permanent job. They are now on the right track and getting paid for it.

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My oldest boy, went to commercial business school , very good CFA Affida at La Verriére 78 Yvelines. Here he got his commerce training as he wanted to go into Sales and did had the chance to work at the Chateau de Versailles and the gift stores across from the rive gauche train station in Versailles. Moving over to Bretagne, he went to the IBEP Vannes. Now getting his driving license and search for a permanent job in the meantime he gets support income from the mission locale who puts him into training program by working alongside local businesses for more time on the job and training for eventually getting a permanent job. The CFA Affida: https://www.affida.fr/nos-2-centres/cfa-affida-la-verriere-yvelines-78

The IBEP Vannes:  http://www.ibepformation.fr/fr/centre-formation-bretagne

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The life here is nice and friendly but the will to excel is a bit behind. If you have experience then coming will be no problems I found mine before arriving for a big CAC 40 company in management and have not stopped.   For the young, its an uphill battle.

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So this is nothing compare to what we get here ,however, as free persons, we know the job market in France is not the best and needs a lot of improvements. Maybe the yellow vests (jilets jaunes) can do something about it!

The Great Debate  or Grand Débat is on in France at the mayor’s office level and creating lots of suggestions in a truly democratic way where the citizens participate. The online site is to be functional by January 21st so they said. https://granddebat.fr/

Hope it gives you another look on France from a worldly person and experiences on both sides of the pond! I lived 31 years in the USA between NJ and FL!

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

 

 

 

January 17, 2019

Some news from France CCXVI

And I am back on my regular news coverage of France , my take, my opinion, my tastes. Today is sunny!!! temp 6C or about 45F no rain of course just lovely in my beautiful Morbihan breton 56. In eternal Paris is about the same at 43F as well as in my beloved Versailles.

Let me tell you the latest news on my belle France.

There are three weeks of filming in Paris for the production of Roman Polanski’s film, “J’Accuse or I Accuse”, a feature film devoted to the Dreyfus affair with the principal actors Jean-Dujardin and Louis Garrel. The shooting started last November 26th to end on March 7, 2019 for allow a release in early December 2019. The Church of Saint-Germain L’ Auxerrois, was in the spotlight. Inside, while a huge luminous veil occupies the top of the church, an ambient mist creates an atmosphere of the end of the 19C. J’ accuse, the tribune of Emile Zola, denouncing one of the largest anti-Semitic cases in France, starring Louis Garrel in the role of Captain Dreyfus, accused of espionage. Jean-Dujardin is Colonel Marie-Georges Picquart, head of counter-espionage, who will eventually discover that the evidence against Dreyfus was false. More here in Allôcine: http://www.allocine.fr/film/fichefilm_gen_cfilm=229982.html

In this period of Epiphany (I am a bit late sorry), the galette de Rois is in the spotlight on all the displays of our bakeries. This winter pastry, more commonly known as Parisienne, makes the happiness of the 7 to 77 years old. Glazed, caramelized or creamy, these artisans of the capital revisit in their own way this traditional dessert, of the New Year. At Douceurs et Traditions, 85, rue Saint-Dominique, 7éme, Metro La Tour-Maubourg. At Karamel Paris, 67, rue Saint-Dominique ,7éme, Metro La Tour-Maubourg.  And  Un Glace à Paris, 15, rue Saint Croix de la Bretonnerie , 4éme, Metro Hôtel de Ville.

Webpages for above pâtisseries :

https://www.yelp.com/biz/nelly-julien-douceurs-et-traditions-paris

https://karamelparis.com/

http://uneglaceaparis.fr/web/

Beans and patties of kings are the inseparable of the pastry. Celebrating the 500th anniversary of Château de Chambord ( dept Loir-et-Cher), slips in his patties, beans with the effigies of historical figures, such as François I and Louis XIV, who contributed to the fame of the castle. Gluttony, the beans of the houses Hugo and Victor ,7éme and Karamel Paris, 7éme celebrate the desserts with unpublished pieces. More sporting, the 11 winning and red beans of the boutique Un Glace à Paris 4éme, will make you meet Emmanuel Petit, world Champion 98 and Emmanuel Ryon, best worker of France, to celebrate together the Epiphany. The wine of course will be white, and sweet enough to embrace the sweetness of the dessert. A semi-dry Champagne; or a muted Muscat ,whose fermentation was brutally halted by adding pure alcohol are in order.

A story of France and the people that belongs as French. 1954,the cold envelops France, at Saint-Denis, Smaïl, a worker, is sleeping outside, at minus 13 °C, on the site where he works. A few steps away from the location of the future Stade de France, where 44 years later, his son, help gave the football World Cup for France in 1998; his son Zinedine Zidane. Histoire d’Une Nation or Stories of a nation,will be projected this Thursday evening today 20h15  at the cinema L’Ecran  in Saint-Denis. This series in four episodes was aired in September and October last on France 2 TV. It interweaves the little stories and the great, drawing the portrait of a France that was built, sometimes in pain, according to successive waves of immigration, from 1870 to 2005. This suburb, where the generations of immigrants from Spain, Italy, Algerians, Malians mingled, inevitably fed the work. The film also gives the floor to immigrants and children of immigrants from Marseille, Toulouse, Clermont-Ferrand… There is a common history, a French history that has not been told. And from this point of view, the Seine-Saint-Denis is not atypical, Free entrance.More here in French: https://www.lecranstdenis.org/evenements/on-en-parle-histoire-dune-nation/

During the night of 12 or 13 October 1973, five wooden sculptures dating from the 16C and 18C were stolen. Only Sainte-Anne and the Virgin could be found. Forty-six years after being stolen from Houdan, a statue representing St. Anne and the Virgin will return to her place in  the Church of St. James (St Jacques) the Major of Houdan. The statue of Sainte-Anne and the Virgin, with a height of 94 cm in polychrome wood, was to be auctioned  last December 8th by a sales hall which has a street-corner in Heidelberg (Germany) for a starting price of 6 000€. Luckily it was found before the sale by Eurojust an European service tracking these stolen goods. In a similar story, a statue of St. Christopher in Wood, stolen from the church of Cergy-Village in Cergy (Val-d’oise 95) in November 1973, resurfaced last October. The work was spotted in Frankfurt (Germany) when it was to be sold. Be aware of what you buy in these markets in Europe.

A WWII bomb was discovered on the site of the future Tramway line 13. The bomb discovered in St Cyr l’Ecole, right next to the train station. It’s an English bomb dating back to WWII, weighing 500 pounds or about 250 kg and 115 kg of explosives, this bomb, in the event of an explosion, could cause a crater 4 meters wide and 3 meters deep by projecting splinters within a radius of 300 meters. This kind of discoveries remains rather common in this area.More from the agglo area here in French: https://www.versaillesgrandparc.fr/actualites/toute-lactualite/details/article/operation-de-deminage-a-sai/

A chemical transformation, more accurately, carried out by micro-organisms, bacteria, yeast or mold on the sugar in the absence of oxygen. And now it gives us the three pillars of French gastronomy: bread, cheese and wine. Moreover, two of them (hint: not the cheese) symbolize the body and blood of Jesus Christ. The fermentation holds the divine. When it is controlled by the human hand, fermentation gives a more complex taste to the food and keeps it longer. It’s useful. Enjoy it the tip.More in French from the La Revue du Vin de France: https://www.larvf.com/,fermentation-definition-dictionnaire-du-vin-vocabulaire-lexique,10355,4025490.asp

In the opinion of professional buyers like designers, Paris offers this season the most beautiful stage for the fashion of men. The American, British and Japanese labels feast on the public. Fashion Weeks, from last Tuesday night, first day of parades in the city.  56 shows (10 more compared to the previous edition) , and 26 presentations, 15 nationalities are on the program until  this coming Sunday evening, making once again (and even more than ever) Paris the great capital of men’s fashion; definitively, Paris is a springboard to fame and fashion for the youngest but especially for the most adventurous. The LVMH brand is set up under the dome of the Opéra Garnier; where the men’s fashion has never paraded. The company eco-friendly Lime will make available to the small world of fashion, a fleet of electric scooters, in partnership with Paris Fashion Week. More here in French on the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode: https://fhcm.paris/fr/paris-fashion-week-fr/calendrier-des-defiles/?session=session_1539768337

The first 12 cars sold in France are indeed produced by one of the two French car groups,no surprise very local mindset. The top 3 is made up of the Renault Clio, followed by the Peugeot 208 and the compact SUV Peugeot 3008. In fourth position , the first model of the Citroën C3. Next comes the entry-level model of the low-cost Dacia manufacturer, the Sandero. In sixth place is the Renault  Captur, followed by  the Peugeot 2008 and the compact 308. Dacia Duster in 9th, Renault Twingo ,10th, Renault Megane ,11th and Citroën C3 Aircross 12th. The first foreign car on the list is German. This is the Volkswagen Polo, which is followed by a Japanese: the Toyota Yaris produced in France in Valenciennes! . Follow again by locals Peugeot 5008 and the Renault Kadjar. A second Volkswagen, the Golf, slips to 17th place, been the most sold car in Europe, and due for a generation change this year. The 18th place is occupied by the Opel Corsa which will also change generation this year. It will be developed on the platform of DS3 Crossback and Peugeot 208, Opel being passed into the lap of PSA. In the penultimate position is the small Fiat 500. The Ford Fiesta manages to climb to 20th place.Of course, I am a Ford lover, but not the Fiesta, mine  done in Saarbruken and Valencia!  According to the French Automobile Manufacturers Assoc or CCFA: https://ccfa.fr/

My Ford dealer has invited me to a party this coming Saturday with food and drinks and maybe can get another deal from my salesperson lol!! Always out you never know…Stay tune ::)

The company Novaxia is planning to reallocate the phantom metro station Croix Rouge into a culinary space. Located in the 6éme arrondissement, the station will be transformed into a Halle halfway between an underground market and a restaurant with a cocktail bar on long quays of 75 meters. Another project is the Le Chai subaquatique or the underwater cellar; here not only can you have a drink (or two) but you can dive! Led by Winereef , the project includes a diving pit, a food market and urban agriculture garden. Réservoirs de Passy 16éme arrondissement. These and more new to paris at Reinventer Paris webpage : http://www.reinventer.paris/fr/resultats/

Do not recall if told you before but a classic is coming nearer me at Montparnasse (my entry point to Paris for the last few years).

It’s the Bouillon, the real, the only, the first in the matter.At the bottom of a small courtyard, the Bouillon Chartier captivated by its beauty preserved since 1896. Here is all the traditional French cuisine that is in the spotlight with low prices that make the house proud. And this, the group Joulie (owner of the Bouillon Chartier) understood it well, since a second  Bouillon  will open its doors at 59, boulevard de Montparnasse. More here: https://www.bouillon-chartier.com/fr/

The Le Chalet des îles on an island in the Bois de Boulogne, is since its creation under Napoleon III,  been a high-level spot for meetings. In the evening for  the social evenings and the day to sink into one of those armchairs by the fireside. As a country house that you would never want to leave, you can stay for hours to enjoy the quiet, yet so close to Paris. Le Chalet des ïles; 14, Chemin de Ceinture du Lac Inférieur 16éme arrondissement, open very day from noon to 22h30.  Webpage here: http://chalet-des-iles.com/en

We are painting you think of period furniture, grand piano and monumental chimney. You want some more? At the bar of the hotel Aubusson you can spend the evening enjoying the Jazz concerts (from Wednesday to Saturday evening) sipping a whisky by the fire. For the workers (or the most connected) the WiFi is free. Café Laurent, 33, rue Dauphine 6éme arrondissement, open daily from 12h to Midnight. Webpage here:  http://www.hoteldaubusson.com/en/cafe-laurent.html

On a non tourist news, I close out this news bulletin,  but me think worth telling you.  On Saturday 12 January at 9h (9am), a violent explosion caused by a gas leak erupted in the Boulangerie Hubert at rue de Trévise in the 9éme arrondissement of Paris. Since then, the city Hall of Paris has indicated that 6 Parisian buildings are at risk of collapse. Nine buildings are temporarily banned from occupancy, six of which threaten to collapse. The city of Paris remains fully mobilized in support of the victims. At the request of the mayor of Paris, they will all benefit from an accompaniment in their rehousing. They will also do everything they could to facilitate their efforts, particularly with regard to insurance. The commitment is clear: they will be at their side in this very difficult moment and we will not leave anyone without accommodation solution, City of Paris, the eternal city. A tribute was given this Thursday to Simon Cartannaz and Nathanael Josselin, the two firefighters killed in the explosion of the rue de Trévise in Paris. The Barracks Champerret,(HQ of firefighers brigades of Paris)  in the 17éme arrondissement of  Sergeant Simon Cartannaz and Corporal Nathanael Josselin had a farewell emotional tribute to these under 30 men who risk all to save, according to police more than 20 lives here. RIP

http://www.pompiersparis.fr/fr/news/interventions/deces-du-caporal-chef-simon-cartannaz-et-du-sapeur-de-premiere-classe-nathanael-josselin

Enjoy your visit to our eternal Paris  you are in good hands here. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

 

January 12, 2019

My travels in the Morbihan, LXXXI

And on a cold cloudy wintery day in my beloved Morbihan just back from doing my routine and temps at 3C ,let me bring you up to date on my ramblings in my neck of the woods.

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nice city town hall of Vannes passing

Today is another round of the gilet jaunes or yellow vests protest that are now in their 9th Saturday. Just trying for more social justice and stopping the plans of an opportunistic President Macron who should not be there but that is another long story. There was more than 100 at the La Fôret area of Auray with police looking at them at a distance so far calm. However , others like in Paris and Bourges not so much. It will continue until we get a new government, period. This is the people, by the people,and for the people democracy power at its best; and France is leading the way again!

We got up early and by 9h we were out ,first to the bank in Auray to do our paperwork routine and found out our best account manager is leaving the bank on February 6th yikes!!! so bad she was the best we had there . We will have a farewell meeting and to meet our account manager on January 26th; it will be emotional I am sure. She was our account manager for 6 years and was tops!

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From here we went to EasyCash store for my son to sell his old guitar that actually was hardly ever use! and of course from there to their must stop Micromania for more video games all in Vannes. We parked at place de la République underground parking! 2.50€!

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parking République Vannes

We continue onwards to the market as this is the best market in the department on Saturday mornings at Vannes Place du Poids Public and Place des LIces areas. Here we got our usual fruits and cheeses from our favorite vendors of always. We come late for best prices and more talk!

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While in the market we went to visit the new Belle Iloise and not having our fish soup available , the counter lady call her other store up the road at the place des Lices where they waited for us open to sale us the fish soup Breton style, simply awesome!

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On our way down, we stop at our friendly Nicolas store for some red porto and Bordeaux wines  which were on sale as this is winter sales days in France!

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inside Nicolas at Vannes

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Ramos Pinto Porto red reserve collector at Nicolas

once done, I got around those round points or traffic circles to avoid the yellow vests folks and come to our hypermarket E Leclerc in Vannes for the rest of our groceries. This is in Vannes but over the expressway N165. We took some time here as the boys were a bit slow in shopping lol! habits of the mother…. We finally finished and came back to relax and let this hectic day of protesting ease on down.

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kiceo bus ln 6 at rue thiers vannes

We settled in our lovely home of Pluvigner in our beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of the gorgeous region of Brittany. You all have a wonderful weekend!

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

 

 

 

 

January 9, 2019

Winter Sales are on in France!!!

So usually post this on a Some News regular postings but this year is different. Different because the laws are in the process of probably change by the time Summer 2019 is here and this could be the last. Different because all the upheavals going on in France now with the yellow vests/jackets and what’s not , the streets will be different. Sales already are down 25% according to several news media here.

So let me give you a quick rundown and if in France do take advantage of them. One rule know the prices for the items you want, then you would know is the sales is worth it.

Today January 9 2019 starts the Winter Sales in France! These sales will last during all of January and will end on February 19.  These sales are very regulated such as the articles for sale needed to be offered for sales at least one month before sales can be allowed.  The shops could bring the prices down to empty their stock during this period and only on the period of sales as before mentioned. The shops can even bring the price down to a loss to sale the article.  The online sales are also to respect the same rules as in the shops without distinction of site or brand.

All this is regulated by the  DGCCRF=Direction générale de la concurrence, de la consommation et de la répression des fraudes. Something like the General Direction of the competition consumers and repression of frauds and it is dependant on the Ministry of the Economy… here  https://www.economie.gouv.fr/particuliers/dates-soldes

It is important to tell you all that the project call PACTE  or Plan d’action pour la croissance et la transformation des entreprises; something like the plan of action for the growth and transformation of the entreprises is currently in discussion in the Parliament to reduce the sales period from the current 6 weeks to 4 weeks hoping for better impact on sales.  This law even if pass will not include the current Winter Sales but will take effect in the Summer Sales of 2019. The general public will be inform if the new law is passed;

Some of the nice centers in my area to go for these sales in addition to individual stores are:

Centre Commercial Carrefour of Vanneshttps://www.carrefour.fr/evenements/soldes

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Centre Commercial Leclerc of Vanneshttp://www.e-leclerc.com/auray/evenements/soldes-hiver-1

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The Center La Galerie Geant of Lanester: https://www.la-galerie.com/geant-lanester/boutiques.html

The Centre Commercial Atlantis of Nantes: https://www.atlantis-nantes.com/evenements

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and my old reliable Parly II of Le Chesnay (next to Versailles 78): https://www.parly-2.com/stores

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Going to the big plaza of Paris we have the department stores such as :

Galeries Lafayette Haussmann : open normally will have exceptional opening hours today until 20h .

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Galerie Lafayette Montparnasse  another often visited store has normal hours , and for the winter sales will open today from 8h to 21h and Thursday to Saturday next from 10h to 21h Sunday next from 11h to 19h

Printemps Haussmann : open Mondays to Saturdays  9h35 to 20h, Sunday 11h to 19h, night opening Thursday until  20h45

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Bon Marché : open Mondays to Saturdays from 10h to 20h, night opening Thursday and Fridays until 20h45 with an exceptional opening today from 9h to 21h

BHV Marais : open Mondays to Saturdays from 9h30 to 20h, Sundays from  11h to 19h30

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Citadium Caumartin : open Monday to Saturday from 10h to 20h, night opening Thursday until  21h

The shopping centers of Paris will be open as such :

Carrousel du Louvre normal every day from 10h to 20h ;  Forum des Halles normal every day from  10h to 20h;  Passage du Havre by gare Saint Lazare open Mondays to Saturdays from  9h30 to 20h,Sundays from 11h to 19h ; Bercy Village normal open every day from  11h to 21h;  Italie 2  open normal Mondays to Saturdays from 10h to 20h, Sundays from 11h to 19h;  Montparnasse Rive Gauche  normal open Mondays to Saturdays from 10h to 19h30;  Beaugrenelle  normal open Mondays to Saturdays from  10h to 20h30, Sundays from  10h to 19h;  Passy Plaza  normal open from Mondays to Saturdays  10h to 19h30;   Les boutiques du Palais normal open Mondays to Saturdays from 10h30 to 19h30, Sundays from  11h to 19h.

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Then, some of my favorites in Seine et Marne dept 77 is near Disneyland  Val d’Europe (Marne la Vallée) normal open Mondays to Saturdays from 10h to 21h,Sundays  10h to 20h, and  La Vallée Village (Marne la Vallée) normal open every day from  10h to 19h, Sundays  10h to 18h.

In my beloved Yvelines 78 my favorites webpage posted above are the Parly 2 (Le Chesnay) normal open Mondays to Saturdays from 10h to 21h ;   Vélizy 2 (Vélizy-Villacoublay) normal open Mondays to Saturdays from 10h to 21h, Sundays from  10h to 19h;  L’Usine Mode et Maison (Vélizy Villacoublay) normal open Tuesdays to Fridays from  11h to 20h, Saturdays and Sundays from  10h to 20h.

And in my old work area and neighbor Hauts de Seine 92, my favorie is  4 Temps – CNIT (La Défense) open every day from 10h to 20h30.

Another old working area and neighbor is  Val d’Oise 95 at  Quai des Marques (Franconville) open Mondays to Saturdays from 10h to 20h, and Art de Vivre (Eragny) open every day from  10h to 20h.

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Voilà , and it even get me the opportunity to put up some old nice memorable photos of these places that I had handy in my hard drive. Enjoy the shopping thus, I will be out this weekend lol!

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

 

January 8, 2019

Spiritual birth house of Saint Theresa of Lisieux at Alençon!!!

And I come to the end of my journey in Alençon and the most simple and beautiful of it all, alone worth the trip to the city. Alençon is in the Orne dept 61 of Normandy region. It was little known that it is actually the native town of Saint Théresa. I have passed by it several times, and stop in it without really looking forward to its sights until this past weekend with the boys.

She is better known as where she created her convents and followers flock to Lisieux ,Calvados dept 14 of Normandy. However, she was born at Alénçon and made her first pass towards the life that will carry her in her little 24 years of life. IN Alençon she spent the first 5 years of her life. I like to tell you a bit more on her here, bear with me please.

A bit on her and the family i will put pictures of the house of course and the hallway pictorial, the inside of the house and chapel no pictures are allow.

Louis, Joseph, Stanislas Martin (b. Bordeaux, 1823- d.Lisieux, Calvados, 1894), watchmaker, and his wife born Azélie-Marie Guérin called “Zélie ” (b. Gandelain, near Saint-Denis-sur-Sarthon, 1831- d Alençon, 1877) Lacemaker, belong to the small Bourgeoisie of Alençon. They were beatified on 19 October 2008 in Lisieux, for the exemplary of their life as a couple, and canonized in Rome on 18 October 2015 by Pope Francis. They are the parents of Thérèse of Lisieux, in religion Sister Therese of the Child-Jesus and the Holy Face and of her four sisters, all religious.   In 1858, on the Pont de Sarthe in Alençon, their looks intersect, they immediately understand that they are made for each other. Here begins your pilgrimage in the footsteps of these Saints who are so close to us by time and space.

From 1860 to 1873, Louis and Zélie Martin had nine children (seven daughters and two boys), four of whom died at an early age. Their five daughters become all religious: Marie (b. 22 February 1860-d. 19 January 1940), in religion Sister Mary of the Sacred Heart, Carmelite at Lisieux; Pauline (b. September 7, 1861- d. July 28, 1951), in Religion Mother Agnes of Jesus, Carmelite at Lisieux; Léonie (b. June 3, 1863- d. June 16, 1941), in religion Sister Françoise-Thérèse, Visitandine in Caen, buried in the crypt of the Chapel of the Monastery of the Visitandines of Caen. (beatification trial is open);   Céline (b. April 28, 1869-d. February 25, 1959), in religion Sister Geneviève de la Sainte-Face, Carmelite in Lisieux; and Thérèse, (b. January 2, 1873- d. September 30, 1897), in religion Sister Thérèse of the Child-Jesus and of the Holy Face, Carmelite in Lisieux, canonized in 1925. Françoise Marie Thérèse Martin is the last of a family of nine children the Martin family. Very often the family spends their holidays in Lisieux with Isidore Guérin, the brother of Zélie, pharmacist, and his wife Céline. Zélie also has a sister, Elise, Sister Marie-Dosithée, Visitandine at the Monastery of the Visitation at Le Mans. The elders Marie and Pauline will be boarders. Therese loses her mother at 4 and a half years and remains very marked. Marie and Pauline, the two eldest daughters will then take over the three youngest; until they entered the Carmel of Lisieux.

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Sainte Thérèse de Lisieux, Doctor of the Catholic Church known as Thérèse Martin, daughter of Louis and Zélie Martin, marked the Norman religious history, Ornaise and more precisely alençonnaise. It is in this same Church Notre-Dame (now Basilica minor see previous post and picture below) that St. Theresa will be baptized. Her baptismal dress is still on display. You can admire a contemporary stained glass window that represents the ceremony and the baptistery. The funeral of Zélie (her mother) will also be celebrated in 1877 at Notre Dame Church. Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face, better known as Saint Theresa of Lisieux or Saint Theresa of the Child-Jesus was canonized in 1925. She will also return to the Carmel of Lisieux at the age of 15 and remain there until she is struck by tuberculosis. The disease will take off on September 30, 1897 in her 24 yrs of life.

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Saint Theresa will be considered one of the greatest nuns of the 20C, following the enthusiasm aroused by her posthumous publications. Pope Pius XI saw in her the star of her pontificate. In 1997, Pope John Paul II made her the 33rd Doctor of the Catholic Church. It is at the origin of a new theology called the “Little Voice” which consists in carrying out trivial acts of everyday life for the sake of God. In 1877, her father moved to Lisieux in the House of the Buissonnets with his 5 daughters. It is a retired home, where the Martin family lives in solitude away from the city. In 1887, Louis Martin took his daughters Céline and Thérèse to the diocesan pilgrimage to Rome, and she claimed Ah! … these beauties of nature… I didn’t have enough eyes to look at. Standing at the door I almost lost my breath; I wanted to be on both sides of the wagon. During this stay, Theresa has the audacity to ask the Pope for permission to enter the Carmel at age of 15 despite the opposition of the superiors. The bishop finally gives her their permission. Thérèse pronounces her final vows on September 8, 1890, at the age of 17 and a half, in the hands of Mother Mary of Gonzaga, her protector Mother.

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In 1894, Thérèse wrote her first pious recreations or small plays, played on the days of big parties by some sisters for the rest of the community. She also writes spiritual poems.   On July 29, 1894, Louis Martin, her father died. Her sister Céline enters the Carmel of Lisieux on September 14, 1894. In August 1895, the four Martin sisters were joined by their cousin, Marie Guérin. At the end of 1894, Thérèse discovers her little path and experiences it more and more, to offer herself to the merciful Love. On June 9, 1895 at the request of her Sister Pauline, Mother Agnes of Jesus, she undertakes the writing of her childhood memories, which will become a part of the book of memories Histoire d’une âme (History of a Soul).

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On the night of Thursday to Friday Saint 1896, Therese spits blood.. A few days later, she is plunged into the thickest spiritual darkness of which she will no longer come out. On 30 May, Mother Mary of Gonzaga entrusted her with a second missionary after Abbé Bellière, Father Rathod, of the Foreign Missions of Paris, who was about to leave for China. He will be a true soul brother to her. Therese’s health is deteriorating quickly, she suffers a lot. She is located in the infirmary of the monastery. Mother Agnes and sister Geneviève begin to note the words of their sister. In June, at the suggestion of Mother Agnes, mother Mary of Gonzaga asks Therese to note her Carmelite memories. What she does during this month of June, using her last forces. It will end the manuscript with the word Amour (love), as each of all her autobiographical manuscripts. On September 30, 1897 at night, she died at the age of 24. She says “I’m not dying, I’m entering life.” Built in her honor, the Basilica of Lisieux is the second largest pilgrimage site in France after Lourdes.

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And the place still under the ownership of the Bishop diocese of Sees, and religious folks is very moving with a touching personal tour. Hope you enjoy it and do visit is also part of the history of France,and many French do follow it. In been there ,there were mothers with little girls been told how to pray and follow up the tour,then they ask to go back to the Chapel alone.. Alençon is  nice indeed

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Passing quickly on the sidewalk, it is difficult to locate the chapel dedicated to St. Teresa of Lisieux. It is nestled between two houses, one of the two being the house of the Martin family, the parents of St. Theresa, a house that is possible to visit. It is also the birthplace of the Future Saint . The Chapel is built between 1925 and 1928. It obviously gives access to the house of Martin. We see a room from the chapel. The place is obviously dedicated to the Holy One, died of tuberculosis at 24 years old! . One of the walls is covered with an impressive cloak of ex-voto. The altar and its beautiful altarpiece are contemporary creations. The Chapel was built on an annex house purchase by the Bishop of Sees to created it next to the house where she was born. 52 rue Blaize is her native house, next the Chapel is at 54 Rue Blaize.

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Some webpages to help you plan your trip here and more info are

tourist office of Alencon on Sainte Theresa

official parents site on jubilee 160 yrs

Tourist office of Alencon on the native home of St Theresa

Tourist office dept Orne 61 on native house of St Theresa

Official Religious site on St Theresa of Lisieux

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

 

 

 

 

January 7, 2019

Some news from France CCXV

Ok hey been a while not on my routine news of my belle France! Well with the holidays and vacation and just getting back to work today…. Oh yes need to tell you more of my France, with all the extra exciting news happening always in the Hexagone... I leave those to others more sadder folks. Let me concentrate on the beauty of it and the positives of it all.

Update on gare du nord Paris!  The administrative steps taken, the the work will be able to start at the end of 2019-after obtaining the building permit. The lifting of the first European railway station-222 million passengers per year-must be completed before the 2024, and looks spectacular. Some 600 million euros of work are programmed to accompany the increase of the passenger flow-800,000 in 2024 against 700,000 today-with the creation of a starting terminal, modernize, secure, open the building and adapt it to the new Mobility.  Three times larger, the new station with a 300-meters platform will include 100,000 square meters dedicated to railway activity, traffic, shops,restaurants, and leisure. The project also has a collaborative workspace. The station will remains open, the work will have to take place at night. Noise and anti-dust devices had to be imagined. It may be necessaire to relocate some of the nearby residents. It sure will be awesome!

France has become the sexiest destination in the world. The proof, while the cruise collections are usually shown in exotic and exceptional destinations, Louis Vuitton and Gucci decide to “cruiser” in the south of France. It will be at the Fondation Maeght in Saint-Paul-de-Vence for Louis Vuitton with parade between the sculptures of Miró, Calder or Giacometti.More here: https://wwd.com/runway/cruise-2019/paris/louis-vuitton/review/

The abundant music of John Williams will be performed live by the Orchestre National of Ile-de-France, to the rhythm of the images of the saga to the planetary success.. Originally, George Lucas, designer of the “Star Wars” and director of the first film (1977), wanted, on the model of “2001: The Odyssey of Space”, to use classical music (“The Bolero” of Ravel, in particular). But Steven Spielberg advised John Williams, who had composed the very effective music of the “Jaws of the sea.” The sequel is known. The adventure lasts for more than thirty years..More info here:. http://www.orchestre-ile.com/saison.php?id=651&lang=fr#ticketfin

There are places that make their space, immediately. The Brach,opened only two months ago, and here the all-Paris has taken it in a bang  with its superb terrace overlooking the Eiffel Tower. The Brach is the last creation of the Evok group, which already has two chalets in Courchevel, a restaurant in the Palais Royal and another 5 stars in the Opéra, the Nolinski, this former sorting center of the post office in the 1970’s, between the Rue de la Pompe and rue Jean-Richepin.  Everything has been deconstructed and rebuilt to create this hotel of glass, with its restaurant of 150 covered with DJ in the evening, starting at 19h30. Mediterranean menu. The decoration is thought from A to Z by Philippe Starck, the inevitable. This summer the big terrace should make a bang, with its young and trendy clientele. The open kitchen lets the chef see the floor. A pastry, at the entrance, presents succulent cakes. In the floors, 52 rooms, including seven suites with their incredible terraces, will certainly be rented for endless celebrations, with plunge in the Jacuzzi and immense loungers with welcoming cushions. The interior decorations are loaded with desire. Warm. With dressing and ample marble bathroom. The gym is open to people who are not members of the hotel as well. The address: Le Brach, 1-7 Rue Jean Richepin (16éme). Tél. +33 (0) 1.44.30.10.00. More info here: Le Brach Hotel Paris

The Disney’s Hotel New York before it closes its doors for renovation work, which will last until the summer of 2020. Inaugurated at the same time as the Disneyland Paris Park in 1992, this hotel is the first of six that the amusement park has to be closed for renovation. More than just a facelift, it is a real makeover that will know the four star hotel, which will be redecorated in the colors of the Marvel universe. Disney’s 2009 comic book franchise is one of three universes in the planned expansion of the Walt Disney Studios between 2019 and 2025, with the Snow Queen and Star Wars. The hotel’s future logo, which will be renamed “Disney’s Hotel New York-the Art of Marvel”, surrounded by extras embodying several superheroes of the franchise universe. The spirit of New York will be preserved but all the spaces will be redecorated, with unique works such as posters, statues or derived objects. The hall will be embellished with comic drawings in black and white retro lit and superheroes engravings, on stainless steel plates that adorn the columns. Three Ironman armours will welcome visitors to the New York City Bar and a panoramic view from the top of a Big Apple skyscraper. At each of the eight floors of the art galleries work in the hallways recall a different Marvel hero like Captain America, Spiderman or Ironman. All according to Disneyland. More here: http://disneylandparis-news.com/en/first-details-on-the-future-disneys-hotel-new-york-the-art-of-marvel/

 Saint-Serge Church, in the 19éme arrondissement, near the park of Buttes-Chaumont. The wrought iron grate contrasts with the illuminated signs of the rue de Crimée . After a winding dirt road that rises to the hill, a wooden pavilion appears, hidden in the middle of the greenery: it is the Orthodox Church of Saint Serge. Everything is gilding, profusion of ornaments and colors… Blue walls, green columns, a red carpet that stretches to the iconostasis. From the ceiling frescoes to the carved benches, the meticulousness of the motifs is striking.   Back in 1857. A German, a certain von Bodelschwing, seduced by the magic of the place, decides to build a Lutheran temple. The style is clean and simple, unique to Protestant buildings. In 1924, the Orthodox Committee bought the land and ordered sketches from Dimitri Stelletsky, a prominent theater decorator. The artist after finishing his work left a plaque with the inscription “I started painting the church on November 6, 1925. I finished on December 1, 1927. Dimitri Stelletsky. » Princess Elena Sergueievna Lvova. her father is no other than the brother of Prince Lvov, President of the Provisional Government after the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II. She was one of those Russian aristocrats forced to leave their homeland after the 1917 Bolshevik revolution. It is only after her arrival in France that she dedicates herself to the art that will occupy her whole life: the iconography. By the end of the 1920’s, she had become one of the best of her time. From Finland to Tunisia, through the Notre-Dame-du-Signe Church of bd Exelmans 16éme arrondissement, its icons are everywhere.   In 1924, when many Russians joined France after the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, Metropolitan,Euloge,  the figure of local orthodoxy, was looking for a church for the formation of his priests.  Thanks to donations raised by his community, he manages to acquire the land of the hill at an auction… on July 24, 1924. The feast day of Saint Serge de Radonége. From then on, the Parisian building was dedicated to this inescapable personality of Russian religious history.  Church of Saint Serge, 93 rue de Crimea . Visits outside the offices by appointment at mob +33 (0) 6.32.68.41.92. or by email at  milanjrad@gmail.com. Entry is Free. Tourist office of Paristourist office of Paris on St Serge Church

Chambourcy (78)  – La Defense (92) in half an hour chrono, it is now possible. Precisely from 7h30. This  Monday morning as I write, when the first shuttle of the new express bus line set up by Ile-de-France Mobilité, (old STIF) will leave the stop Renaissance, direction the most business district of Europe, via the autoroute  A 14. Two departures in the morning, at 55 minutes apart, and two returns, at 18h and 19h, are programmed daily. An excellent solution to prevent motorists from going into the city centers  of Saint-Germain or Poissy to take the RER A. In time was coming would have been great! Fopublic transports in the region of Ïle de France: ViaNavigo ile de France transports

The Parc Saint-Paul still innovates with a new attraction: Dino Disk’O. proof of the park’s good health. At Parc Saint-Paul, all the attractions are accessible to children over 1.20 meters (3ft 11 in). And it works.  the park is off the road D931 in Saint-Paul, dept Oise 60 Hauts de France, and only 8km west of  Beauvais. More here: Official Parc Saint Paul

The largest private European collection of objects in the saga imagined by George Lucas is entering the Espace Expo Lafayette Drouot. A new exhibition site extending over 1000 m2 and which will host almost 600 exclusive objects, owned by Daniel Prada, an intergalactic fan of Star Wars. The Expo takes us into the universe of this iconic work through a series of mythical pieces and a unique scenography . Star Wars : The Fans counter-attack.  Espace Expo Lafayette Drouot  44, rue du Faubourg-Montmartre 9éme arrondissement until February 28 2019. More info here : https://www.centre-expo-lafayette-drouot.com/project/les-fans-contre-attaquent/

Les Beaux-Arts de Paris (Paris fine arts) pays homage to Leonardo da Vinci and his contemporaries, exposing for the first time thirty drawings of masters of the Italian Renaissance, including four drawings by Leonardo da Vinci and those of other great painters. A prestigious and exclusive collection!  Léonard de Vinci et la Renaissance Italienne, Beaux-Arts de Paris, 14, rue Bonaparte ,6éme arrondissement ; from January 25 to April 19 2019. More info here : http://www.beauxartsparis.fr/fr/expositions/expositions-futures

A landmark of many poets, musicians and painters, the Butte becomes, starting from 1870, a magnificent playground for all these artists. The Museum of Montmartre plunges us back into this artistically fast period, through a playful and poetic route where we can stroll through the village, from workshop to workshop. A nice way to rediscover the neighborhood! Artists in Montmartre, mythical places and workshops     Musée de Montmartre  12, rue Cortot ,18éme arrondissement , Until February 10 2019.More info here:  http://museedemontmartre.fr/exposition/lieux-ateliers-mythiques/

In three key periods, this expo focuses on the representation of black figures in the visual arts, the abolition of slavery in France (1794) to the present day. It is also interested in the dialogue between the artist and the model, through the major works of Théodore Géricault, Charles Cordier, Edouard Manet, Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, and the photographers Nadar and Carjat. The black model, from Géricault to Matisse   at the   Musée d’Orsay  1, rue de la Légion-d’Honneur ,7éme arrondissement ; will be from March 26 to July 21 2019, SEE IT ; more info here :  https://m.musee-orsay.fr/en/exhibitions/article/black-models-47692.html

The Paris Council approved the launch of the operation “Eiffel Tower Site”. The programe: a space of 54 ha (about 133 acres) around the monument with the aim of rebalancing the public use for the benefit of pedestrians and improving the accessibility to the monument. And a bonus: You can find information points for tourism, cultural animations, toilets or even shops! Stay tune. More in French here: Paris Council news

Everything is part of the project Reinvent the Seine. By this way, in the summer of 2017, Fluctuart entered and won the project. We are talking about an urban center whose access will be totally free. However, it must be stated that it is not about any center… We still talk about a building nestled on the Seine at the edge of the Invalides bridge overlooking the Grand Palais. We’ll be dealing with a mastodon of 1000 m2 on three floors. So the place is full of surprises. In addition to a permanent collection, we will have access to temporary exhibitions. Fluctuart will also house a bookstore and a large terrace where it is possible to consume cocktails and brunch in particular. Waiting for this building full of promises planned for the spring 2019. Stay Tune!!! More here in English! Reinventer la Seine Paris

And I leave you with something to try at home, we will , I promise!

Catalan-Breton Paella: The recipe of Catherine Roig: chicken thighs, rabbit legs, smoked breast, Catalan rice and Breton scampi. This multi-influences paella is a family heirloom for the journalist Catherine Roig, born to a Spanish father and a Breton mother.

Preparation time: 1 h 15;  Cooking time: 1 h 50;  Difficulty: Medium ; Ingredients for 6 persons

20 cloves of garlic (+ 2 for parsley); 2 onions; 2 red peppers; 2 green peppers;  2 chicken thighs, cut in four;  3 rabbit thighs, cut in four;  100 g smoked breast cut into large bacon;  3 Chipolatas sausages cut into 2 cm pieces;  500 g of mussels; 6 Live lobsters;  400 g of calamari in pieces or rings; 500 g of Spanish round (or long) rice;  800 g peeled tomatoes (Datterini are ideal);  1 large pinch of saffron pistils;  6 strands of parsley; 4 to 6 soup spoons. of olive oil;  Salt, sweet pepper

Step 1: The confit of onions and the compote of peppers. Chop garlic and onions, make them come back in a paella dish with olive oil. They should not burn but cook for 15 to 20 minutes. clean, seed out and cut the diced peppers, add to the dish, salt, pepper, cook for 15 minutes stirring. All this has to be soft…

Step 2: Meat and calamari. Add the bacon, turn 5 minutes, then add the chicken and rabbit, mix 5 minutes, add the Chipolatas and calamari, mix 10 minutes and simmer for 20 minutes stirring regularly.

Step 3: Tomatoes, mussels and scampi.  Pour the tomatoes with their juice into the dish, cook for 20 minutes, stirring. Boil 1.5 L  (about half a gallon US) of water, infuse the saffron, reserve. Sprinkle the rice over the entire surface of the dish, mix well, and watered half of the saffron. Pour the remainder gradually until the rice is cooked. Don’t stir the paella again. Then, 5 minutes after the rice, add the mussels and the lobsters. The rice should be very slightly crunchy, and it must remain juicy. It can take 20 to 30 minutes. Chop together the remaining garlic and parsley, and sprinkle the paella. Voilà ! buen provecho ou bon appétit! kalon digor!!!

There you go ,enjoy it fully, its all worth it. And remember, happy travels ,good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

 

 

 

January 4, 2019

My travels in the Morbihan, LXXX

I am back with the routine of life in beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of Brittany. The winter temps are here, this morning -3C or about 26F  so on the rest of the week. We are ready! At least not raining and defiinitively no snow lol!!! You stay tune for my blog in 2019…I am reminder my memory is fast approaching maximum at 72% ,and wordpress invites me to sign up for the business level at 25 USD per month!!! I can’t believe I am approaching 40K photos in my blog!!!  Will see if continue with this one or need to start a new one, suggestions?

I will try to continue telling you about our daily life here , the real thing ,not the glamour of Paris but the real French life. You will find out is the same as anywhere else, same clothing, similar foods, and drinks, and the same headaches of tax season lol!! And me from two countries with the USA been an ass!!

I could have call it Auray but already one under that so not to repeat will put in my routine My travels serie ,this one on the Morbihan. Tomorrow off to Normandy and new surrounding, always something new in my belle France!

I went into Auray, to drop off some clothing for the needy, we always do never throw anything away ,someone can use it. The Les Relais of Emmaus are very good for this. More on what they do in French here:  Les Relais

We then headed to take my oldest to his driving license course on the highway code, still with possible up for the test end January 2019. This is in Auray too by the city center. While he was there , I took off with my twin boys to Leclerc shopping center in Auray for a coffee at L’Océa bar café inside and kill off some time perousing at the Espace Culturel there on what else travel books and maps!!!

 

We then went over to put gas/petrol at Leclerc, the lowest prices in the area for my diesel yeah!! and load up for the trip tomorrow early am.

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After this we pickup my oldest at his driving school by place Maréchal Leclerc. Auray.

On the way home, we stop at our bank as my Dad needed some cash, he always still think cash, bank card still not his thing lol! Our bank (BNP)  is in Auray too, the closest branch and opening accounts for us, very nice people very friendly solve all issues fast we love it.

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And it was a bit late in the day ,still me on vacation waiting for this weekend Epiphany which we Spanish descend folks still celebrate if a bit low key no gifts we do that at Papà Noêl time Dec 25th. We were hungry nothing prepare at home with a bunch of guys so right across the bank is the friendly Domino’s pizza outlet and we like that from way back in the U S A! So we jump in for pizzas of different kinds, do not know I just know mine had beef and potatoes lol! yummy with a nice glass of red wine! at home take out ok!! We are all set until tonite!

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And now ready for preparating the trip overnite Saturday maybe depends on what we see, we are road warriors so who knows. Another round of gilet jaunes or yellow vests in France tomorrow act VII and who knows but who cares, we go on: the motto is do not leave for tomorrow what you can do today, life is too short and believe me I know unfortunately.

Enjoy my routine mumblings and wanderings and who knows what I write but is real nothing imitated but the real thing of living in real France, the most beautiful country in the world oh wait is that was for Paris only lol!

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

 

January 3, 2019

Again back to lovely Auray!

So this is still a nice place to visit, very historical for many countries and my former home in Brittany. I took some walks in the town again, it is always lovely to walk its streets, this wonderfully lovely Auray ,in the Morbihan breton.

I happened to be with my father who elderly cannot walk too much, so I drove to a city center parking, left him there and did my walks around the town. We were waiting to pick up my oldest son from driving school here in town, where he is taking the dreadful difficult French highway code.

I left my car in the Keriolet parking, this is the closest to city center and all amenities in the Haute Ville or upper town of Auray.

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And here is a map of city center rigth in the Keriolet parking…You can see the round red button saying vous etes ici or you are here!

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I walk down to the place de la République or Republic square where the city/town hall is and the wonderful covered market for fresh fish/seafood early in the mornings. A very nice area of wooden houses too or maisons en bois.

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Right at place de la République there is the photo shop we do all our photos here. This was before a Photo studio of a friend of our photo studio in Versailles!!! And we were recommended lol! Well one of the principals just purchase the whole thing but the friendlies continues.

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I went walking up rue du lait or milk street a very old street with many picturesques stores and some we patronized such as the bag leathers place sacamania. You go up by the covered market and city hall and up you reach the Place Notre Dame and the Church of Saint Gildas ,the main Church in town.

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On the other side of the covered market and the main entrance (as above) you come into rue JM Barre , also, full of shops and many we patronized such as the take out traiteur and bakeries and our Optic 2000 old store (we have a partner now in our town). On this street you have a mini supermarket Sparr now completely renovated and very nice.

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Auray

As we did this street Rue JM Barre can, also take you towards the Church of Saint Gildas, the main Church in town. And been so nice ,and visited many times, could not resist to see it again inside.

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Finally, on the way back , took first a ride with my father to the Saint Goustan harbor area of Baisse ville lower town of Auray. This is the place to be and was already full on the places we like to go at 16h30, actually after 19h all comes alive and the whole Place St Sauveur gets full of people, as this time of the year mostly locals. Summer times we get many tourist from the British isles.

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And from here we went up again with the car to pick up my oldest boy at driving school! and we came home to have a nice steak , and rabbit terrine dinner with Bordeaux red wine of the Mouton-Rothschild stable…

Hope you enjoy the tour! And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

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January 2, 2019

My travels in the Morbihan, LXXVIIII

So I am back taken a break from my beloved Versailles and coming back with the routine of life in beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of Brittany. The winter temps are fast approaching with going down tonite into the 1C and so on the rest of the week. We are ready! At least not raining and defiinitively no snow lol!!!

This was an off day as I am still on vacation lol! Vive la France!!! and with the boys we are working on things so rather than wait for the usual weekend we went out to do our errands today. All quiet on the western front, the yellow jackets are low key especially today but is not over yet folks!

We slept well this morning getting up late and taken care of our now big boy Rex, the boy dog. We went to get more goodies at our favorite animal store Maxi Zoo in the town of Séné ,next to Vannes.

First, the duties of our govt needs and we drop off the forms at our social security office on the internal mail box as they are off until Jan 4th !!! La vie est belle !!! This was in the town of Auray.

On our way back from Séné, we stop by our capital city of Vannes. Here we loaded up on after Chiristmas sales at our favorite clothing store Armand Thiery!! discounts up to 50%! And we know the prices there so this were real discounts!

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We did stop by another landmark store here Monoprix in Vannes next door to Columbus Café so rather handy. Great choices and chic items from a group member of Groupe Casino who is slowly bringing better prices to the stores, known as a bit overprice when under the umbrella of Groupe Galeries Lafayette.

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We continue to the E leclerc cultural center for more books and dvd’s for the boys lol! and while there we did our advance groceries which leaves us ready for the rest of the week and weekend to think of what to do next lol!!

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vannes

While in Vannes, we stop for coffee muffins cheesecakes and hot chocolates at the wonderful Columbus Café, rather nice always.

And of course , we did our usual walking around the medieval wonderful quant streets of Vannes.

We came home and now while they watch their latest dvd’s Jupiter, destiny of the Universe , I am tapping on my blog lol!!!

Enjoy your rest of the week wherever you are; Happy New Year 2019 and best wishes to all. Bonne Année et meilleurs vœux!!!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and best wishes for all!!!

 

 

December 30, 2018

The roads of my belle France,visiting family!

So we are arriving at the end of 2018 , I am glad is over, not a good year for me, as you know, still vivid memories of my dear late wife Martine. I drove this week to her mom house, the grandmother of my boys and the rest of aunts and cousins in Seine et Marne. It was a memorable trip of many nice good souvenirs that will be with me forever.

As I will have this trip and one post on my beloved Versailles,  I have decided to brake it down in sections. This one of course is my driving  love the roads and my car is my second home. So therefore, here are some pictures of my round trip this week, a personal one!

On the way there I took the old fashion road , the one from Paris took first to meet my wife; now coming from Brittany it was the N165 to the N166 to past Rennes and then the A84 to the exit at Fougéres to get on the N12 all the way to Versailles by the N186 , did a brief tour of my beloved city in my old neighborhood , had a walk with my dog Rex, and then kept going on the D985 by Villa d’Avray all the way thru my old job hunt at Suresnes crossing the Pont de Suresnes into the allée de longchamp in the Bois de Bolougne, to the boulevard Périphérique into the Porte Maillot and follow the BP all the way to the Porte de Pantin to take the old reliable and slow N3 .

 

The N3 or nationale 3 is going thru every town next to Paris and every red light you can imagine but it is the old road I took to meet my later wife in 1990! We used to come by the Porte de Pantin, parked by the Church St Germain in Pantin, free parking and take there the metro into Paris at the Eglise de Pantin line 5! taking us to Gare de l’Est station and sometimes taking the train back to Meaux in Seine et Marne her native town.  This was the old days, now I would not recommend novice or tourists to take this road or traject.

Pantin

This N3 takes you right into Meaux and and then the town sightseeing to rearch my inlaws in the tiny village of Chambry right by the Battle of the Marne WWI area and the wonderful Museum of the Great War next to the territory of the USA in the Monument Américain.  I reach the town by the country side on a great field of wheat !!!

chambry

meaux

meaux

The trip with the stops for my father who is on diabetes medication at 83 and my dog Rex pit stops plus our eating and sightseeing a trip that normaly took 6 hrs this time we did 10 hrs of car driving all by yours truly and I love it!!! Glad always to see the family ,more of those stories later , stay tune.

The way back was easier the modern way. I left the village on the A140 to connect with the A4 past Disneyland Paris (which is in Seine et Marne dept  77 ::)). I went straight into the BP=boulevard périphérique of Paris , easy (dont read all those scary cats transport books) , I continue into the A86 towards Versailles and this will bring you right into the N12 back to Fougéres, and then the A84 to Rennes and then N166 to Vannes and the N165 to our home easy 6h30 hrs even stopping for lunch and walks of Rex!

 

So, therefore some road pictures into my memory bank here at wordpress which is running up!!! Again ,thanks for reading , and more for liking it and Happy New Year 2019 and best wishes or as we say here Bonne Année et meilleurs voeux!!!

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

 

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