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February 1, 2023

The sights of Port Navalo !!!

This is the gorgeous presqu’île de Rhuys peninsula in my beautiful Morbihan of my lovely Bretagne in my belle France. I come here often to the wonderful Port Navalo. Again, I found me some older pictures not yet in my blog and they should, Therefore, here is a bit more on the sights of Port Navalo ; hope you enjoy the post as I

Let me tell you, this is a harbor area with the sea, beaches, boats of all sorts and great seafood restaurant to boot. We love it!!! It is about an hour from my house. I have written before on Port Navalo as said we come here often even to ride tandem bikes!  You take the expressway N165 from Vannes along the Nantes Brest axis,direction Nantes   and get off at exit or sortie Sarzeau, Rhuys on the road D780, all the way to the end.

The Grande Plage de Port-Navalo ; which is ,also, the best. aka  Port Blanc plage:. Located on the tip of the Rhuys peninsula, this pleasant sandy beach is particularly popular with families. The services nearby are numerous: parking, first aid station, picnic tables, restaurants, beach clubs and playground. Little extra: The Breizh Sable Tour stops here every year for a week to introduce children to the art of sand sculpture free of charge.

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I have told you about the La Grande Cale resto on 29 rue Général de Gaulle which is actually sitting between the big beach and the port walking distance leaisurely easy. A pleasure to tell you, good food and great views.

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This Port Navalo port also hosts five maritime transport companies offering the possibility of carrying out cruises on the Gulf of Morbihan, with or without stopovers, to Île aux Moines, Île d’Arz, Gavrinis and the Auray River. Other destinations such as Belle-île-en-mer, Houat and Hoëdic are also possible from Port-Navalo. Some companies also offer regular crossings between Port-Navalo and Locmariaquer from April to the end of September.

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The Pointe de Bilgroix dolmen looks like a long corridor about 10 meters long, on which only a single cover stone rests, enclosed in a restored cairn of dry stones established in two successive facings . A vertical slab closes the corridor to the west. The monument dates from prehistoric times, around 2700 BC., The Pointe de Bilgroix or tip of Belgroix is exposed to the winds, offers a 180 degree view of the Gulf of Morbihan. On one side the entrance and on the other the islands and the currents of the Gulf of Morbihan. At this point is a granite statue of Sainte Anne (Patroness of Brittany), erected on July 26, 1988.

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You take the coastal path on foot leaving the Logeo, the coastal path passes over the dyke of the Pen Castel mill, one of the most beautiful tide mills in Brittany. The path then runs through a succession of classified tips like St Nicolas, Kerners, Penbert, Le Monteno, Bilgroix, and opens up different perspectives on the Gulf of Morbihan and the islands. On the way you can observe several megaliths, such as the tumulus called “Butte de Tumiac” aka “Butte de César” or the covered alley of Graniol north of the town of Arzon. After skirting the tips you will reach the bay of Port Navalo and its traditional port. Once animated by fishing, it is now a holiday resort. The view dominates the currents of the narrow inlet that marks the entrance to the gulf and its islands that close the horizon. Opposite, you can see the shores of Locmariaquer. After rounding the tip of Port Navalo, your steps will lead you to the Chemin du Petit Mousse, named after the tomb where an unidentified young sailor whose body was washed up on the coast is believed to be buried. And I am not a walker but this is a wonderful path to take, very nice views !

The ports of Arzon on port Navalohttps://www.ports-arzon.fr/page/port-navalo

The tidal waves info on Port Navalo: http://maree.info/104

My fav beach site plages tv on the main beach of Port Navalo: https://en.plages.tv/detail/port-navalo-beach-arzon-56640

The Morbihan dept 56 tourist office on the Grande Cale restohttps://www.morbihan.com/arzon/restaurant-la-grande-cale/tabid/12660/offreid/60fc30a9-f887-42fc-a8f2-cf63f12bace1

The RestaurantGuru reviews on the Grande Cale restohttps://restaurantguru.com/La-Grande-Cale-Arzon

There you go folks, a wonderful place to be especially in Summers, You should stop by  Port Navalo in Arzon, in the Rhuys peninsula of my beautiful Morbihan. Again, hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

January 29, 2023

Wines news of Spain VI

We are fully in Winter 2023, its time to tell you once again on the wines of my dear Spain, As said, this goes back from my beginnings ,and I still go for them everywhere, Therefore, will try the monumental task of telling you about my favorites anecdotes and news of Spanish wines and hope to continue this series as my others with your blessing and likes. Here it is ,again coming back at you my wines news of Spain VI !!

And we arrive at Madrid Fusión, The Wine Edition 2023 kicked off this past Monday with an opening day that gives clues to the most relevant topics and trends on the scene. The Master of Wine Pedro Ballesteros has led a talk about the territories to be explored in our country; exploration in the broadest sense has been addressed, including the recovery of historic areas such as Betanzos, the study of the best acclimatized native varieties, or the wines of origin over those of style. Copa Jerez international competition in search of the perfect pairing with Sherry wines, in which seven countries participate. The finalists for the selection of the Spanish candidate have been the Ambivium, Atrio, Casa Marcial and Slow&Low restaurants ,The winners have been the tandem formed by Laura Rodriguez and Cristobal Muñoz from the Ambivium restaurant in Peñafiel, They will be the representatives of our country in the international final that will be held on October 3 and 4 in Jerez. In the tasting room, the Tenerife wines have been used for a walk through the six denominations of origin that occur on the island , To conclude, there has been a review of the sixty-year history of the Jean Léon winery, with a selection of vintages from the winery founded by the brilliant visionary Webpage: https://www.madridfusion.net/en/programa

On the last day of the congress, Madrid Fusión The Wine Edition 2023 and Spanish Wine Academy awarded the III Juli Soler Future and Talent Award from the World of Wine to young people with the greatest projection in the different fields of the sector. This award, promoted by Ramón Bilbao through the Spanish Wine Academy and delivered by Rita Soler, daughter of Juli Soler, aims to discover the new generation of wine professionals. The five winners this year have been: Sara González (vine grower and winemaker at Bodegas Margón, León), Tomás Ucha Altamirano (head sommelier at Berria Wine Bar, Madrid), Pol Contreras (pastry chef at El Portal de Echaurren restaurant, La Rioja ), Rocío Benito (sommelier at Jaleo restaurant, Dubai) and Frederic Oliva (sommelier at Enigma restaurant, Barcelona). Webpage : see above

The gastronomic tourism association Saborea España (Taste Spain) has spent a decade bringing out the flavors of the main destinations in Spain. It is the first national platform that works to promote gastronomic heritage as a tourist attraction and already brings together 25 routes: A Coruña, Badajoz, Cambrils , Ciudad Real, Cullera, Dénia, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, La Palma, Lanzarote, León, Logroño, Madrid, Mallorca, Oviedo, Pamplona, Segovia, Seville, Talavera de la Reina, Tenerife, Tudela, Valencia, Valladolid, Vinaròs and Zaragoza . The Canary Islands, with four destinations (Fuerteventura, La Palma Lanzarote and Tenerife), is the autonomous community with the greatest representation, followed by Castilla y León (Segovia, León and Valladolid) and the Valencian Community (Cullera, Dénia and Valencia), Saborea España from which is part of the Association of Gastronomic Destinations, It is made up of the Spanish Hospitality Federation (FEHR), the Spanish Association of Destinations for the Promotion of Gastronomic Tourism, the European Chef Organization (Euro-Toques), the Federation of Associations of Chefs and Pastry Chefs of Spain (FACYRE) and Paradores de Turismo. Webpage : https://tastingspain.es/en/

Wine consumption in Spain has fallen to 9.64 million hectoliters, 7.2%, in the interannual period to November 2022, according to information provided by INFOVI (Market Information System for the Wine Sector ). The TAM (acronym in English for the size of the market) already showed a slight fall of 0.4% in October, which worsened at the end of a very negative month of November, according to the Spanish Wine Market Observatory. Of course, still reeling from the covid and wars etc, As steady as it goes it should improve this year 2023.

The X Feroz Awards toast with Ribera del Duero, which continues to celebrate its 40th anniversary at this festival of cinema and series that celebrates its tenth edition in Zaragoza this past Saturday, January 28 2023. The Ribera Spirit will flood every moment of the Feroz Awards . Guests will receive a special gift before walking down the red carpet, a unique edition personalized bottle of Ribera del Duero that pays homage to their artistic facets. A particular award that will be given to all the professionals nominated in the 20 different categories, who attend the gala as guests, and to Pedro Almodóvar, recognized for his entire career. All of them will also receive a special gift courtesy of the Bodegas of Briego, Fuentespina, Briones Abad, Yllera, Ismael Arroyo, Nabal, Resalte, Valdubón, Alílian, Bardos, Tamaral, Tierra Aranda, Carrasvilla, Finca Villacreces, Vegaclara, Viña Mambrilla, Viña Mayor and Figueroa. You can also enjoy the suggestive Ribera del Duero proposal during the pre-gala cocktail, in the wine bar that will be set up for the occasion. The Bodegas Avelino Vegas, Milvus, Yllera, Nabal, Resalte, Valdubón, Alílian, Bardos, Tamaral, Fuentespina, Carrasvilla, Viña Mayor, Finca Villacreces, Sociedad Vitivinícola Villalba , Vegaclara, Figuero, Arzuaga, Briones Abad, and Neo wineries.Hola magazine with the winners webpage : https://www.hola.com/actualidad/20230129225340/premios-feroz-2023-ganadores/

From June 5 to 9, the 44th edition of the World Congress of Vine and Wine and the 21st General Assembly of the International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV) will be held in Jerez de la Frontera (province of Cádiz). More info webpage : https://www.oiv.int/44th-world-congress-of-vine-and-wine

These are the best Spanish wines according to the 37th Gourmet Wine Guide 2022: I am only telling you my favorites because the list is long, highlighted tops ! Cappuccino Palo Cortado VORS (Osborne) DO Jerez-Xérès-Sherry; Dalmau 2017 (Marqués de Murrieta) DOCa Rioja; Don PX Convent Selection 1958 (Bodegas Toro Albalá) DO Montilla-Moriles; Noé VORS (Bodega González Byass) DO Jerez-Xérès-Sherry, Pingus 2018 (Dominio de Pingus) DO Ribera del Duero, Tío Pepe Cuatro Palmas (Bodega González Byass Jerez) DO Jerez-Xérès-Sherry and Vega Sicilia Único 2012 (Bodegas Vega Sicily) DO Ribera del Duero.

The Ribera del Duero DO, forty years of a denomination with the name of a river, In 1982, forty years ago, Spain became modern and I was at the Soccer World Cup in Madrid! The movement began in 1976 on the anniversary of the Santa Eulalia cooperative in La Horra, In 1980 a provisional Regulatory Council was formed in Aranda to create a first regulation. Those who founded this were a true family ; only five wineries, in addition to the cooperatives, which were the ones who had the strength as they produced 85% of the wine in the area at that time , and, without them, the Denomination could hardly have been created. The ‘château’ of Aranda was where the first provisional Regulatory Council met in this city especially, Torremilanos, The winery occupies a building next to the four-star hotel, a large building from whose windows part of the 200-hectare vineyard can be seen , and it seems as if moved to a Castilian Médoc The first Ribera ,before the D.O. only included terroirs in Burgos and struggled to extend the line of the Duero to Protos and Vega Sicilia, in Valladolid. In fact, the Denomination includes grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot precisely for this reason, From those early years, in which they entered the D.O. some reference brands: Alejandro Fernández with his Tinto Pesquera,(family carries on) which did very well positioning itself in the Anglo-Saxon market, Vega Sicilia and Protos. The creation of the D.O. has been the salvation of these peoples. If it hadn’t been for work, people would have gone to live in other places. Thanks to the vineyard today there are young people, in the village nursery and in the school you have children. And a vineyard has been planted again. And the history goes on I admit prefer these Riberas over the Riojas, DO webpage: https://www.riberadelduero.es/la-do-ribera-del-duero

One of my favorites over the years and this year is no exception is Viña Ardanza Reserva 2016 , It is a wine steeped in history. And as such, its easily recognizable style remains unchanged while its presence evolves with a single objective: to be a little better every day. The blend, dominated by Tempranillo, 80% exhibits a percentage of Garnacha 20% much higher than what is usual in those lands. Clusters of one variety and another that have come from their own vineyards for a few harvests. The aging, separated by variety and time (three years for Tempranillo and two and a half for Garnacha), is carried out in used American oak barrels. . One of its hallmarks and one of its clearest nuances integrated into the whole like nobody or almost nobody knows how to do. The result boasts aromatic beauty (ripe red fruits and abundant spicy tones) crossed by intense flavors, sweet nuances and outstanding freshness. Elegance, depth, balance and strength -combined with the counterpoint of its smooth texture- that allow this red to surpass itself once again Bodega Rioja Alta webpage : https://www.riojalta.com/en/wines_rioja-alta/vina-ardanza/

It was the 1960s and various artists, including Fernando Zóbel, Gustavo Torner, Antonio Saura, Manolo Millares, Luis Feito and Rafael Canogar, chose Cuenca to exhibit their works, turning it into an avant-garde city. The chosen place was the most famous monument of the capital: the Casas Colgadas or Hanging Houses. A building dating from the 14C, whose balconies overlook the Hoz del Huécar and which, since 1966, houses the headquarters of the Spanish Abstract Museum and also gives life to one of its best-known restaurants in the old town, called, of course, Casas Colgadas. Jesús Segura, the new chef at Las Casas Colgadas, confesses that many years ago he dreamed that he ran this restaurant at number 3 Calle Canónigos. After going through more than 38 kitchens and having achieved a Michelin star in his first restaurant, Trivio, in the lower part of the city, his dream has came true twice. sublime !! webpage : https://restaurantecasascolgadas.com/

There you go folks, another wonderful post on my dear Spanish wines, Hoping for a long lasting memories of my dear Spain and its wine news, An area already shining for several years, and getting better me think, Hope you enjoy the new series of wines news from Spain as I

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

January 29, 2023

Some news from Spain, CXLI

This is yours truly with another episode of some news from Spain !!! thanks to you all. There is lots of things going on in my beloved Spain, and Winter is here already! I am eagerly looking forward to be back to Spain too!! Let me tell you the latest tidbits of news chosen by yours truly, By the way CXLI is old Roman for 141, Enjoy it as Spain is everything under the Sun!

‘La Dolores‘ sings 100 years without Tomàs Bretón, After the success of ‘La verbena de la Paloma’, Bizet from Salamanca, he elevated Spanish opera to the altars with ‘La Dolores’, which returns to the Teatro de la Zarzuela on the occasion of the centenary of the composer’s death, Between January 27 and February 12, 2023 the Theater will offer thirteen performances of La Dolores, an opera that was premiered in the same room in 1895 and that since then has remained a symbol of the best of the Spanish opera. Theater webpage : https://teatrodelazarzuela.mcu.es/es/temporada/lirica-2022-2023/la-dolores-2022-2023

The San Isidro Fair 2023, the earliest in history, already has posters with the presence of the main figures hired for three afternoons -Morante de la Puebla, El Juli in his 25th anniversary of alternative, Alejandro Talavante and Roca Rey- and the quadruple presence of Emilio de Justo, who adds his fourth appointment as head of the Charity series, The fair will start on May 10 with two very strong posters, breaking the tradition of starting from less to more, The very early preparation of San Isidro 2023, with the intention of of better marketing. It will be the first fair, by the way, with the release of prices for single tickets, out of subscription, that is. Webpage mundotoro (Spanish): https://www.mundotoro.com/noticia/recta-final-en-la-confeccion-de-un-gran-san-isidro/1670820

Emeritus King Juan Carlos I plans to be in Paris on February 9, 2023 where he will attend the ceremony of access to the Académie Française or French Academy of Mario Vargas Llosa as a guest. It should be remembered that Mario Vargas Llosa was awarded a marquisate by Don Juan Carlos in 2011, Don Juan Carlos was the first person who called him when he received Spanish nationality in 1993, as Vargas Llosa recalls , Vargas Llosa, lived for a few years in Paris, The academy (French) webpage : https://www.academie-francaise.fr/les-immortels/mario-vargas-llosa

The new house of Ortega y Gasset and Gregorio Marañón, after six years of construction, goes forward to open, The José Ortega y Gasset-Gregorio Marañón Foundation can now boast its renovated headquarters. The 1847 mansion on Calle Fortuny, 53, which has a window from which it is easy to dream of a better world, same house as the foundation, Webpage foundation : https://ortegaygasset.edu/

The Royal Collections Gallery, built in the Royal Palace complex in Madrid, will open next summer 2023. For now, the process of assembling the museographic elements that will house the 650 pieces of the inaugural exhibition continues, a third of which will rotate continuously. From what is known so far, the main access will be through the Plaza de la Almudena, (by the cathedral) although it will also be possible to enter from the Campo del Moro, National heritage webpage : https://www.patrimonionacional.es/en/future-museum-royal-collections

The great hotel of Canfranc train station. There is no official opening date yet, but Barceló is already selling rooms at Canfranc Estación hotel , a Royal Hideaway Hotel 5*, for February 1 2023. This station was inaugurated in 1928 , and railroad and history buffs know that the Canfranc International Station (Huesca) was one of the most important railway complexes in Europe in the first part of the 20C. The railroad is open up to here, from Zaragoza awaiting ok between France and Spain to continue into Pau as before Stay tune, Webpage : https://www.barcelo.com/en-es/canfranc-estacion-a-royal-hideaway-hotel/

The Best European Destinations association, dependent on the EU, has drawn up a list of the most beautiful places in Spain preferred by foreigners, I just pick my favorites ok, Their webpage : https://www.europeanbestdestinations.com/

RONDA (province of Màlaga), The New Bridge is the main protagonist of this Malaga town, as it is prodigiously raised over the Guadalevín river, saving the so-called Ronda pit, a spectacular gorge. Built in the 18C, the bridge was considered the highest in the world (it measures 98 meters) until 1839. You should also visit the town for its taverns, its ancestral homes, its palaces, its gardens, its museums, its bullring and its literary corners that writers such as Ernest Hemingway or Rainer Maria Rilke fell in love with.,

CUDILLERO (Principality of Asturias), It is one of the most beautiful towns in Spain and also one of the favorites for foreign tourists. Its hanging houses, its cozy port, its seafood taverns, its intricate alleyways… Everything in Cudillero is a fairy tale.

AGÜERO (province of Huesca), Located just 40 kilometers from the Huesca capital, this beautiful mountain town stands out for its imposing rock formation known as Los Mallos,(saw them many times passing by!) some stone monoliths attached to the old town. One of them, Peña Sola, exceeds 200 meters on its western slope. To get here you have to go through a lush forest and a winding road.

SAN ANDRÉS (Province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife), The town of San Andrés, was founded in the 15C, making it one of the oldest on the island, which can be seen in its architecture, of colonial court. Its colorful houses and its Teresitas beach are two of the hallmarks of the largest town in the Anaga district.

PEÑÍSCOLA (province of Castellon), One of the hidden jewels for the Best European Destinations association due to its monumental castle of Papa Luna, its beaches, its charming streets and its privileged climate, which makes the sun rise 300 days a year !

Born in the 13C to serve the nearby Monastery of Santa María la Real, today the town of San Martín de Valdeiglesias is a prosperous town located at the western end of the Community of Madrid, where it borders the Castilian provinces of Ávila. and Toledo. For its part, the aforementioned monastery located next to the nearby and well-known San Juan swamp, is undergoing a slow and laborious restoration after decades submerged in abandonment and ruin. The castle of La Coracera is the emblem of this town. It was built in the 15C by Don Álvaro de Luna, a patron of King Juan II, father of Enrique IV and his sister, the all-powerful Queen Isabel la Católica. Not surprisingly, the castle functioned as the monarch’s chamber during her proclamation as Queen of Castile in the nearby town of El Tiemblo in Avila. We must not forget that it was even the headquarters of dictator Napoleon’s French troops during the War of Independence (peninsular wars). Close to the castle is the Enchanted Forest, another of the essentials of the town. It is a well-kept botanical garden that integrates more than 500 plant species. More than this, it stands out because more than three hundred sculptures have been created inside it from plants. Bordering the San Juan swamp, at other times of the year it would be obligatory to go to the so-called Madrid beach to take a bath and sunbathe on the shores of this enclave in the Sierra Oeste of the Comunidad de Madrid. Even so, there is always some adventurer who does not hesitate to enter its waters in the middle of the winter months to practice kayaking, wakeboarding or paddle-surfing, some of the water activities most frequented in these parts. You can also sail, paraglide or mark a hiking route in its surroundings. The town on tourism: https://www.sanmartindevaldeiglesias.es/municipio/turismo/

Guadalajara can boast of being the second Spanish province with the most castles in the country behind Jaén. In total, this corner of my nostalgic Castilla La Mancha has 198 fortresses spread throughout its territory, many of which are in an admirable state of preservation. The Torija castle is located in a privileged area as a crossroads and natural transit to Aragon. The origin of its current plan dates from the 15C and was the work of the Mendonza family. Since the end of the 16C it has ceased to be inhabited and only on exceptional occasions was it used to house kings such as Carlos V or Felipe II and other distinguished visitors. In the 19C it would be occupied by the French occupying troops of General Hugo and later by Juan Martín el Empecinado who blew it up, leaving it in ruins. The current restoration was carried out in 1962., The castle of Sigüenza, erected in the 12C on top of a pronounced hill in this town, was used continuously as the residence of the bishops until the middle of the 19C. In the 15C it served as a refuge against the raids carried out by the Navarrese during the war of the Infantes of Aragon. During the Napoleonic occupation, the castle abandoned its character as a bishop’s residence to be the headquarters of the occupying French troops from 1808. In 1827 it returned to being the residence of bishops. It served as a fortress in the Carlist Wars for the last time, suffering extensive damage, a ruin that was completed in the Spanish Civil War (1936-39). One visited recently briefly see post is the Molina de Aragón castle located in the north of the province, perched on the slopes of the mountain that rises above the town and the valley of the River Gallo, the Molina de Aragón castle is the largest and most monumental of all that remain today in Guadalajara, The set consists of a first walled belt known as albacara that has numerous defensive towers and whose main access is the Puerta del Reloj. (clock gate) The interior is made up of the fortress itself, with six towers of which the remains of two remain and another four in good condition and which are connected by a crenellated wall walk, and by a large space , In this flat interior terrain are also the remains of the Romanesque church of Santa María del Collado and a natural chasm known as Cueva de la Mora. From the castle you can also reach what is known as the Torre de Aragón, a three-story pentagonal tower surrounded by a wall with battlements. It is a reconstruction from the 19C, although an Arab fortress was located here, which in turn was built on a Celtiberian castro.!Awesome !

The Exit Alcalá cocido roll, prepared by the chef Roseny Brito and stuffed with the traditional meats of the Madrid stew, has been the winning tapa in the final of the 1st Official Championship of Tapas and Skewers of the Community of Madrid, organized by the Higher School of Hospitality and Tourism of Madrid. In the final, the cocido roll from Exit Alcalá faced the bola de cocido from Taberna Casa Maravillas, the Madrid chotis from Welkhome Club (also made with stew) and the Asian reinterpretation of the squid sandwich from BLT. The winner Exit Alcalà from Alcalà de Henares webpage : http://www.restaurantesexit.com/cgi-bin/area_alcala.asp

And finally, my rant of the month or year . I do not know if just me but I have been noticing many folks trying to follow my blog giving a few likes and once ok the « friend » contact they just disappears ! I do not know why people follow , but to me , me think, you follow me because you like my content lol ! Just goes without saying that once in a while you should stop by to say Hi ,give a « like » and so on, I have taken many down from as much as 3000 followers to just over a thousand, Still a lot with hardly any real following, Is it me ? Or is just my mind ? What do you think ?

There you go folks, another dandy tour of my beloved Spain ! We are in Winter and cold weather and snow are showing up, and will be colder from now on ; just enough to be cozy and homey again. Time to enjoy my some news from Spain once again, and we are gear up for it! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

January 27, 2023

Some news from France , CCCLXXX

This is my latest from my belle France ; as we are in Winter and the rain has stopped ! Most said winter will be harsh but with the exception of a brief few days the temps are been warmer than usual, However, is that time again to tell you my latest rants about some news from France. An eventful post in my blog that I have enjoyed together with you for the last 12+ years , And for those non Roman CCCLXXX is 380 ! ,with another dandy round of news of my belle France , of course, chosen by me; there are many others. We will be tidy and drinking a nice glass of wine! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

Paul Pairet, known to the general public as a juror of Top chef, the cooking show of M6 TV, inaugurates this past Wednesday January 18 2023 , Nonos. Its new restaurant located within the Hôtel de Crillon, the famous palace on the Place de la Concorde. If you find dishes on the menu for less than 10 euros, the steak and fries is charged 28 euros, the prime rib (for six people) flies away at 250 euros and the matured meat flames even more. Webpage : https://www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/hotel-de-crillon/dining/nonos-comestibles-paul-pairet

Responding to the call of Fabien Roussel, National Secretary of the Communist Party. The mayor (Socialist Pary) of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, (who else!) announced this Thursday morning January 19 2023 , that the City/Town Hall would close its doors on January 31, on the occasion of the day of mobilization against the pension reform. Of course, they show their true colors lol !!

Police, soldiers and security guards by the hundreds to the the Gare du Nord where they wants to put an end to delinquency. What is really happening in the bowels of the largest station in Europe, placed night and day under high surveillance, Yes as said Paris is a big City not all is gleaters, stay away from big train stations at very early mornings or late nights, You were told

The future planned urban forest on Place du Colonel-Fabien, Located at the junction between the 10éme and 19éme arrondissements of Paris, should be redeveloped by December 2025. Partly pedestrianized and vegetated, it will also host an 800 square meter urban forest. Welcome to Place du Colonel-Fabien in the new Paris,

The beforementioned Tramway T13: from Saint-Germain en Laye to Poissy, Achères, Conflans and Cergy has well as usual delayed extension, While the commissioning of the first section between Saint-Cyr-l’École and Saint-Germain-en-Laye dates from the summer of 2022, the cities of Poissy and Achères should not be served before… 2027. Concerning the terminus in Cergy, the works should not start before 2029, La vie en rose ,,,By the time is done, it will already be congested lol ! This is now Transilien info webpage : https://www.transilien.com/fr/page-lignes/tramway-t13

Jean Castex Director RATP promises more transparent information for RATP users in the event of an incident on the metro trains. While this change is unfortunately not likely to resolve traffic incidents any faster, it will nevertheless allow users to be better informed. Oh yeah like before going all the way to the track to find out a technical problem and having to walk all the passageways back again lol ! I hope they do it for good ! More info from BFMTV news in French webpage : https://www.bfmtv.com/economie/entreprises/transports/metros-et-trains-bondes-et-retardes-que-veulent-dire-les-messages-abscons-de-la-ratp-et-de-la-sncf_AV-202210260279.html

And finally, the Line 6 of the Paris metro is about to say goodbye to the MP73 (1970’s) and their iconic green seats for trains coming from line 4. The very first will be put into circulation in a completely renovated version before the end of January 2023. Completely refurbished MP89s from line 4 will be appearing very soon. Brighter, modernized and automated, users of metro 6 will be able to enjoy greater comfort with the entry into service of the very first train before the end of January 2023. Fully renovated seats and ceilings, the installation of placement of doors that open on both sides of the train, the installation of signage on board… this is what awaits users of the historic line 6. And for more security, on-board video protection will be installed, Ok let’s have them for my dear old line 6 yeah !! Here is BFMTV news in French webpage : https://www.bfmtv.com/paris/paris-bientot-de-nouvelles-rames-de-metro-modernisees-pour-la-ligne-6_AV-202301100731.html

¡Viva Villa!” , an immersion in Avignon in the process of creation of the Villa Médicis, the Villa Kujoyama and the Casa de Velazquez, The three major French institutions for artist residencies abroad exhibit, at the Collection Lambert, the works more than seventy of their boarders. What is happening at the Villa Medici (French Academy in Rome), the Casa de Velazquez (French Academy in Madrid) and the Villa Kujoyama in Kyoto, Japan , participates remotely in the vitality of the French scene. However, since 2016, the prestigious trio of artist residency institutions has chosen to give a common echo, and in France, to these activities by organizing “¡Viva Villa!” », an event now hosted by the Collection Lambert, in Avignon. Webpage : https://collectionlambert.com/en/exposition/viva-villa-4/

You know you live in the 18éme arrondissement of Paris when..lol !. You have your breakfast at Francis la Butte even if you know that the best croissants are at the bakery at the intersection rue Hermel, You have concrete buttocks by going up and down 1573027 steps at each health walk in the neighborhood, You cried when Michou died, You know that Etienne Daho and Angèle are your neighbors and, even if you rarely see them, if at all everything, you feel oddly close to them in a way, cutest theatre? The Workshop, of course! For an aperitif at sunset, forget the steps of the Sacré-Coeur full of tourists, you know you have to meet at the Soleil de la Butte, The market on rue du Poteau is one of the nicest and nothing can’t make you say otherwise, Amélie Poulain who? “The 18éme is really a village honestly”, You finish all your evenings at the Soleil de la Butte, You’ve never been able to use a bike other than an electric one, You live 5 minutes from Sacré-Coeur but you had to go home about twice inside to break everything in your life, You can scour the Boule Noire, the Cigale and the Trianon and walk home all tipsy. When you discovered the existence of the Hôtel Particulier Montmartre you felt. super important and aware of a secret, now everyone hangs out there but you were there before first, During confinement you walked alone.in a deserted Montmartre and rediscovered the beauty of the neighborhood usually in full of touristic excitement ,They will say what they want, you know that the stairs of Abbesses when the elevator is broken are the closest to hell that a human being can experience on Earth ! Yes, you can really be a Montmartreois !!!

What to see around Paris, me think,

In the spring, the “Divine” Sarah Bernhardt is honored with an exceptional exhibition in the heart of the Petit Palais. An emblematic figure at the turn of the 19C and 20C, the indomitable Sarah Bernhardt was a real star before her time. Using her image for her own publicity and always keeping up to date with new releases, the “golden-voiced” actress and entertainer has triumphed on stages around the world. With more than 400 works on display, the route retraces both the life and career of the multifaceted artist Sarah Bernhardt  Et la femme créa la star or and the woman created the star ,Petit Palais Avenue Winston Churchill 8éme, From April 14 to August 27 , 2023 ,Webpage: http://https ://www.petitpalais.paris.fr/en/exhibitions/sarah-bernhardt

Essential painters of the 1860s-80s, Édouard Manet and Edgar Degas will soon be exhibited together at the Musée d’Orsay, in a unique journey, rich in masterpieces never before brought together. Manet / Degas, Musée d’Orsay, 1, rue de la Légion-d’Honneur – 7éme, From March 28 to July 3 2023. Webpage:https://www.musee-orsay.fr/en/whats-on/exhibitions/manet -degas

In the heart of the kingdom of Ramses II, great pharaoh of the Egyptian golden age. Discover an exceptional collection of more than 180 original pieces, with works exhibited for the first time outside Egypt , Ramsès et l’Or des pharaons or Ramses and the Gold of the Pharaohs, Grande Halle de la Villette, 211, avenue Jean-Jaurès 19éme, From April 7 to September 6 2023, Webpage: https://en.lavillette.com/programming/ramses-the-great_e1111

With the return of fine weather, the Musée Jacquemart-André makes you (re)discover the work of the great master of painting Giovanni Bellini who, all his life, led a quest for new influences. Through fifty works, retrace the journey of the father of the Venetian school, who paved the way for an art of color and tone, which became the hallmark of the Venetian 16C, Giovanni Bellini, Influences Croisées or Cross Influences, Musée Jacquemart- Andrew, 158, boulevard Haussmann 8éme, From March 3 to July 17 2023, Webpage:https://www.musee-jacquemart-andre.com/en/node/2256

My picks of pizzerias to liven up lunches (and dinners)! By experience are Peppe, at webpage : https://www.peppeparis.fr/en/ ,and La Vera Pizza Napoletana,(actually says the true Napolitan pizza) at webpage : https://www.guillaume-grasso.com/pizzeria/#contact

And hot plates for the winter I like: Beef bourguignon with shells from Bouillon Pigalle 22, boulevard de Clichy 18éme, Savoyard fondue from Marmottes, 26, rue de la Grande-Truanderie 1éme, Ultra-melting tartiflette from Monbleu, 37, rue du Faubourg -Montmartre 9éme, Ultra comforting onion soup from Au Pied de Cochon
6, rue Coquillière 1éme, The very Frenchy Le pot-au-feu stew from Drouant 16-18, rue Gaillon 2éme, and The ancestral veal blanquette from Chez la Vieille 1, rue Bailleul 1éme, All Paris !

And finally, my rant of the month or year . I do not know if just me but I have been noticing many folks trying to follow my blog giving a few likes and once ok the « friend » contact they just disappears ! I do not know why people follow , but to me , me think, you follow me because you like my content lol ! Just goes without saying that once in a while you should stop by to say Hi ,give a « like » and so on, I have taken many down from as much as 3000 followers to just over a thousand, Still a lot with hardly any real following, Is it me ? Or is just my mind ? What do you think ?

There you go folks, another round of my some news from France coming to you freely by the road warrior travel guy . Hope you enjoy this post and do take care of winter but still not feld as much, and the white one, well has stay away from me , great,,, And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all 

January 27, 2023

The 3 of Vannes !!

I have written on them in spots in different posts but need to have one with more information on these wonderful restaurants of my capital City of Vannes in my beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne in my belle France, I have gone to many restaurants,as it is part of my hobbies on a foodie level and would to tell you about three memorable ones in this post. Let me tell you a bit on these wonderful restaurants : A l’Aise Breizh Café, La Saigonnaise, and Chez la Mére 6 sous , I wanted to say the 3 muskeeters of Vannes that was too much me think lol ! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

The A l’Aise Breizh Café, right on top of the  capitainerie in the Le Port marina area of Vannes. This is the pleasure marina with berths for 3000 boats!!! You eat on top of the capitainerie and see the canal with all those boats.

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The ambiance here is excellent, very helfpul happy, prompt service always.  The food is great well done and well presented. You need réservations for the evenings and weekends as it is packed with locals. On Sundays you have many families from the area bringing their eldest to eat together. The dining room is packed and I love it.

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In the restaurant , my twins got a nice gift as a coffee mug from A l’Aise Breizh Café ,which ,also, has a boutique on each of their location , Nice ,great treat indeed.

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The A L’Aise Breizh Café :https://www.alaisebreizhcafe.fr/en/

The RestaurantGuru reviews on the Breizh Caféhttps://restaurantguru.com/A-lAise-Breizh-Cafe-Vannes

One of my colleagues at work here told me about an Asian resto, and as my wife like that food, and I have been taking it on lately on my travels in Asia, we decided to try today. It was a find, wonderful family very helpful Vietnameses, great service, the food is all home made on site, and good prices, prompt personalise service, and we left feeling like we have found a home in Vannes. The place La Saigonnaise, 2 Place de la Madeleine. They have take out service for 15% less than the menu carte prices. Indeed we went overboard with Chinese and Vietnamese beers, then the menu for entrée, plat, and dessert . An assortments of samoassas, nems, raviolis,papillottes with shrimp, cantonese rice, chinese fry noodles, with two distinct sauces, I had the bœuf au saté or beef satay sauce; great, and for desserts dame de saigon (coco,banana ice cream and chantilly cream with a vietnamese nougat on top).

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The La Saigonnaisehttps://la-saigonnaise-restaurant-vannes.eatbu.com/?lang=en

The RestaurantGuru reviews on La Saigonnaise: https://restaurantguru.com/La-saigonnaise-Vannes

This one is by old town, walking around all day we needed to eat and we stop at one of the quant places to eat in Vannes , the resto Chez la Mére 6 Sous, 11 Rue Thomas de Closmadeuc; great goat cheese salad, mussels and fries, chorizo spanish pizzas , a bottle of brut cider from the Val du Rance all good.

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Chez la Mère 6 Sous is an art bistro nicely tucked away in a colorful cul-de-sac in the pedestrianized center of Vannes, they do home cooking and good casual food with . traditional cuisine with local specialities such as Breton dishes, oysters from the Gulf of Morbihan, scallops, sea sauerkraut, certified organic wines. The owners are there since December 1 2019 ,after 12 years in La Trinité-sur-Mer in the restaurant Le Carré, Jean-Marie and Véronique Launey , Anyway they figure this is a restaurant with a good 30 years of history!

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The Chez la Mére 6 sous : https://www.chezlameresixsous.com/

The RestaurantGuru reviews on the Chez la Mére 6 sous: https://restaurantguru.com/Chez-la-Mere-6-Sous-Vannes

There you go folks, yes we have been out a lot ,and of course now with more vivid memories than ever as my dear late wife Martine was the motor that got me going to these places. I think you would love it in these wonderful places in my dear Vannes. Bon appétit, and drink wines, cider, beers all in moderation , good for the economy and the traditions of France. Unesco World Heritage Intangible listed ! Again, hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

January 22, 2023

Go shopping in Carnac !!

How I forgot the shopping in Carnac ! We have come so many times to a beautiful wonderful town and beach, lost count, very close to our house about 27 km or 17 miles, Therefore, let me tell you about the Le Passage de la Fontaine of Carnac. Hope you enjoy the post as I.

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The shops and restos at the Passage de la Fontaine,located between avenue des Druides and allée du Parc, a charming small shopping center right off the beaches  There are about 20 businesses in the shopping area, The main ones for us are St James (clothing men women and children) Papa Pique et Maman Coud (fashion accessories), Olson’s (gift shop), Louis & Victorie(children clothing), Grandeur Nature,Le Kawa (cafe music), Mobileboard(cycles, trotis etc);Chica’s Guapa (women clothing), Teddy Shop,(clothing and shoes) and La Péché Gourmand (resto pizzeria).

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We walked and shopped so many times by and in here that is just a wonderful place of many memorable days with my dear late wife Martine, Indeed, we have gone less afterward but nevertheless we always stop by even if just for the memories, This is a wonderful place full of great country ambiance with the beach just 550 meters or about 7 minutes walk, its just superbe !! Again do stop by or even better shop at the Le Passage de la Fontaine of Carnac !!

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The City of Carnac on shopping areas :https://www.carnac.fr/Economie-emploi/Pratique/Commerces-et-marches-locaux/Com, merces

The Carnac tourist office on shoppinghttps://www.ot-carnac.fr/preparer/idees-sorties/shopping-et-commerces

There you go folks, so much to do/see in Carnac. I give you a shopping glimpse to come with the whole family , and right off the beaches. This is  a lovely town again I insist a must to see with the family. We love it and now many memories for us coming here with my dear late wife Martine! For the shopping at Le Passage de la Fontaine !! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

January 20, 2023

Shopping in Vannes , always memorable !!!

We were hanging around our area and of course, we needed to come to Vannes, this is the capital city of my beautiful Morbihan dept 56 in my lovely Bretagne,and in my belle France. This will always be a memorable trip for shopping in Vannes ; as we are sentimental and close family, Hope you enjoy the post as I

We could not come with my dear mom Gladys as she passed away in Versailles on December 27, 2007, We moved to the Morbihan , first at Brech (June 2011 )and then as now at Pluvigner in July 2013, Thereafter, we continue our shopping trips to Vannes and elsewhere even back to Versailles and Paris, My dear late wife Martine passed away at CHBA hospital of Vannes on April 30, 2018 and it was a very sad moment for us, our Frenchie mamie bleu was gone physically, Lately, I lost my dear Dad Elio on January 7 2023 at home and it was more soothing as he was 87 and lived a wonderful life with us, always taking him everywhere,

Now, is only me and my 3 young men that continue the route of life always together like Dumas’s three Muskeeteers , one for all and all for one !! We still enjoy going shopping in Vannes with memories flashing by. Today was 1C (34F) in the morning and now it is at 6C (43F). Winter is here to stay for a while.  This is one of the wonderful things we do here, going shopping in Vannes!!! We love the fact that we have such a great capital city not big not small just right, next to the Gulf of Morbihan and we live in a small quiet nice town just 27 km or  about 17 miles from it. Let me tell you of our latest escapades on shopping in Vannes!!! 

We went to the Carrefour shopping center and first hit the anchor store Carrefour for some papers , pillows ,etc This is the hypermarket Carrefour at Avenue de la Marne, There is a great underground parking here which is central to even go to outside stores.

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Of course, we visit our old by now friends staff at the Micromania video games store and said Hi ! My boys got their stuff as always and good to know all in the store know us well , Heck, the most popular customers in the store , even the store manager had lunch in our house ! Another favorite store of my dear late wife is Yves Rocher the famous French natural cosmetic firm base in La Gacilly (see post), The store is a fairly good size with all the trimming, We have come back just for the memories of always !

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Vannes Carrefour stores yves rocher jan23

The whole shopping center or Centre Commercial Carrefour has many stores outside all around it including one of my wife’s favorite Damart, There is even construction of a new burger restaurant chain Holly’s going on.

Vannes Carrefour stores in front jan23

The Carrefour shopping center on its 67 stores :https://www.centre-commercial.fr/carrefour-vannes/boutiques/

There you go folks, many years of wonderful time and happier moments to remember forever. Thanks to all for following my blog all these years since November 26 2010, and yes some of you go that far back. My pleasure to partake the wonderful world of travel with you all. Hope my posts brings ideas and memorable moments to you too. Again, hope you enjoy the newest shopping in Vannes post as I

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

January 19, 2023

Memories of Auray !!!

As the old saying says, see your country first and the world later. Well , not that I have not seen my Brittany, but now more so. This is the administrative first town of us moving to the Morbihan dept 56 and we have been many many times here and many many posts, However, why not tell you of our daily lives in my belle France, This is the off the beaten path of many but really needed to know the country better, Hope you enjoy my memories of Auray as I

A bit sadder as now missing my dear mom Gladys, wife Martine and latest dad Elio , we are left with me and my three young men, We still need one more trip for the ashes to Honfleur Normandy and in the meantime think of places to go. Let me tell you about some of our normal weekly errands in Auray. Paris is Paris and it seems all think is France lol! Well the central government have done a good job of moving everything there lol ! , but most came from the regions….

We did some grocery shopping at the supermarket Super U l! We shop here once in a while when in a hurry or convenience sake as normally is crowded as folks from the beaches come up to load up for their apartment/hotels etc. We have one in our town but we always on the run lol!!! The Super U Auray : https://www.magasins-u.com/magasin/superu-auray

Next door and part of the  Les Mousquetaires group is the home supplies store Brico Marché where we shop as well, The Brico Marché Auray : https://www.bricomarche.com/magasin/auray/20176

Auray Brico marché front jan23

Even thus is not the season we have come here since moving to the area back in 2011 and my dear late wife Martine and boys love it, This is the  L’Igloo ice cream, 60 rue du Château down in Saint Goustan port, Many flavors, great friendly service and good prices love it, Their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/igloo.auray

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We have ordered many times from Domino’s pizza where is just a take out service, We ordered in advance and on our way home picked up the pizzas, Just great service and excellent prices on Thursdays pizzas are for 8 euros, A nostalgic look back to our American past, webpage : https://www.dominos.fr/magasin/auray_56400

auray dominos pizza store aristide briand RF et NF aug18

One of our nostalgic ways and do’s is when my dear wife Martine would take my business suits for cleaning at Alre Pressing 24 Rue Aristide Briand in Auray, The service was always nice prompt and neat, still past by it and memories flash in my mind even if no need to use them anymore in my retirement, No webpage

auray alre pressing MF did for me may19

While doing errands we need to eat too ! While waiting for the stores to open at 14h we had our lunch with simple American style sandwiches of tuna, ham, and chicken and of course a round of good Grimbergen Belgian beers at…..well we never been but it was very nice, friendly folks and good deal Restaurant Le Grenier inside the Super U commercial center in Auray. An impromtus lunch but nice with the boys, we enjoy it and the server was a nice guy too. Just to show France can have good things even in the least expected place and no star Michelin but a star from us. We will be back! The RestaurantGuru reviews on the resto: https://restaurantguru.com/Le-Grenier-Auray

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So, here we are just doing our daily life in my beautiful Morbihan and lovely Bretagne. The best experience so far, if only those wonderful missing persons in our life were here oh la la la! Memories of many travels, never to be forgotten and a thank you for all that was given. We will continue in our neck of the wood after all , we will be walking known routes, spots, etc for memories’s sake, Hope you enjoy this most personal post and to get an idea of when other posts are done with experience, love, and caring for the world. No need for medals, diplomas or awards, we are humans. And do see my other many posts on Auray.

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

January 18, 2023

Wines news of Spain V

We are in Winter 2023, its time to tell you once again on the wines of my dear Spain, As said, this goes back from my beginnings ,and I still go for them everywhere, Therefore, will try the monumental task of telling you about my favorites anecdotes and news of Spanish wines and hope to continue this series as my others with your blessing and likes. Here it is ,again coming back at you mywines news of Spain V !!

The Riojan winery Bodega Marqués de Murrieta has managed to position one of its wines, Marqués de Murrieta Reserva, in fourth place in its Top 10 Wine Values of 2022 ranking prepared by Wine Spectator magazine, recognized for being one of the most influential in the industry, and which usually drink French, American and Italian wines. This recognition of Marqués de Murrieta Reserva comes months after the pioneering Rioja winery was recognized in November last year with the Best Of 2023 award, which ranks it as the best winery in the world and was awarded by the World Network of Large Wine Capitals. In 2020, Wine Spectator had already chosen another of the Marqués de Murrieta wines as the best wine in the world, on this occasion Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial. Webpage : https://marquesdemurrieta.com/en/

The Familia Fernández Rivera, a family wine group led by women, whose iconic Tinto Pesquera winery celebrates 50 years of history. The Fernández Rivera family includes the Hotel AF Pesquera and the Condado de Haza wineries; Dehesa La Granja; El Vínculo y Tinto Pesquera, promoter of the DO Ribera del Duero and flagship that celebrates 50 years of history. Lucía Fernández Rivera, daughter of the founder, Alejandro and Esperanza, who I met them ! The work soon paid off, because in the 80s they began to export Tinto Pesquera. “That the first country we sent wines to was the US meant everything, it opened doors for us; also Robert Parker’s points, although no one around here knew him…”, Lucia says with a smile. Indeed I was there when it poured in Coral Gables Biltmore Hotel Fl USA !! Memories forever !!! webpage : https://familiafernandezrivera.com/en/history/#

The Remírez de Ganuza’s Reserva 2009 has been chosen as one of the best wines of 2022 by the prestigious wine magazine The Drinks Business. The news serves to highlight the great moment the winery is experiencing, which in 2022 has managed to reach the goal of selling 50,000 bottles over €50. Until now Vega Sicilia was the only Spanish winery to achieve this. Located in the small town of Samaniego in Alava, it was founded in 1989 by Fernando Remírez de Ganuza. In 2010, his Gran Reserva 2004 obtained the coveted 100 Parker points. That same year, the Urtasun family became part of the winery, first as Fernando’s partners but since 2019 they own the entirety. Of its Reserva 2009, it stands out that with more than ten years of age, it is at its best moment, with ripe notes, leather and sweet balsamic, along with stewed fruit. Complementing these aromas is a touch of cedar, dark chocolate and spices, as well as a lovely texture, which starts out meaty, ending chewy and fresh. With a price of 90 euros, some bottles can still be found in specialized points of sale ! Webpage : https://www.remirezdeganuza.com/eng-vinos-remirez-ganuza.html

The prestige and recognition achieved by Bodega Fillaboa and its elaborations follow one another without rest. It is one of the three spirits and Orujo that the brand makes that is now attracting attention. The Spanish Association of Wine Journalists and Writers (AEPEV) awards in its XIV edition of Best Wines and Spirits of Spain 2022 the Aged Orujo Fillaboa in the category of Orujos Spirits, Grape Spirits and Liqueurs. The Aged Fillaboa Orujo of the I.G. Orujo de Galicia has been presented since last year 2022 in a new and stylish bottle. This brandy is obtained from the aging of the Orujo Blanco. The brandy ages for at least seven years in 225L French Limousine oak barrels. located in the warehouse. Of an amber color, this distillate is clean and bright. On the nose it gives off aromas of vanilla, toast and hints of French oak. It has notes of orange peel, dried fruit and hints of toffee. On the palate it is complex, unctuous and soft. It is recommended to serve at a temperature of 15-18º and it has a potential aging of 20 years. Fillaboa is a historic estate that has remained indivisible throughout the centuries, being one of the largest, most beautiful and oldest in Galicia and the only one that, due to its special characteristics, it belongs to Grandes Pagos de España. Behind the 1,600 meter thick stone wall that protects the property, in addition to the vineyards, the winery and a spectacular rebuilt manor house are hidden. 50 hectares of Albariño grape vineyards planted on undulating slopes make up the Fillaboa estate, which is located in Salvaterra do Miño, on the natural border with Portugal, next to the Tea and Miño rivers, and comprises a total of 74 hectares spread over 12 different pagos, Webpage Fillaboa with the orujo : https://bodegasfillaboa.com/fillaboa-aged-brandy/?lang=en

The Orujo the skin of the grape, after it has been pressed and all its substance has been removed, A sort of aguardiente from grapes, Aguardiente is an alcoholic beverage distilled from an alcoholic fermentation. It can be sugar cane etc, The orujo is very popular in Galicia which my friends always offered ! To explain a bit on the above words, let me tell you a pagos is a word coming from the Latin pagus, which the Romans used to designate a geographical and territorial unit into which a city was divided and which formed part of the land cadastral organization. However, obtaining great wines associated with specific places was already present in ancient Greece where the pagos of the mountain of Tmolos, those of Fanes or those of Plentia (in Alexandria) were famous. The Great Pagos of Spain are here with Fillaboa : https://grandespagos.com/en/vineyards-and-wineries/

It is known in the DO Toro and elsewhere as Tinto Aragones. It is Garnacha, a variety that has coexisted there with tinta de toro in unequal conditions. Its always interesting participation in coupages was limited to 25% , Now the situation is very different. Not only is the door open to the creation of Garnacha monovarietals protected by the denomination of origin, but a greater pride is perceived among those who use this grape, The tinta de toro in Prima 2020. Abundant fruity memories, finesse and restrained strength -softly wrapped in oak- stand out in this wine. It is made with the youngest vines (although some have exceeded half a century) from his Toro winery. It is easy and comfortable to drink without giving up its seriousness and character. A successful approach to the greatness of a terroir, also present in this brand, which has the blessing of a few drops of Garnacha. Webpage : https://www.bodegasanroman.com/vinos/

Vega Sicilia expanded its legend with a historic tasting in which it quoted the best of the sector’s press and where it honored those present with eight decades of its best vintages. With the act, It celebrated the 40th anniversary since the Álvarez saga acquired the best winery in Spain for around 300 million pesetas and whose origins date back to 1848 when Toribio Lecanda acquired a 2,000-hectare estate from the Marquis of Valbuena. The winery, based in Valbuena de Duero (province of Valladolid, Castilla y Léon) tasted at the Asador Etxebarri (Atxondo, Vizcaya) , two Valbuenas (2018 and 2005 magnum) to give way to a collection of unforgettable Único vintages, some relics that would make more than one collector lose their heads: 2013, 2010, 2009, 2004, 1999 , 1996, 1994, 1991, 1990 magnum, 1989, 1986, 1981 magnum, 1980, 1975, 1974, 1970, 1968, 1962, 1960, 1957, 1953 and 1942. The vineyard has been our obsession for 40 years. And it still is. The vineyard is the biggest and most beautiful thing we have”, endorsed Álvarez. Amen ! Webpage : https://www.temposvegasicilia.com/en/wines

And I cannot leave this post without again mentioning Herederos del Marqués de Riscal, my first taste ever of wine given by my dear maternal grandmother Amparo of Pajarà, Tenerife always remembered abuela Amparo, Her favorite words was in those earlier days , the wine may be sour but is our wine ! (Spain of course), The Marqués de Riscal is one of the oldest wineries in Rioja, founded in Elciego ( province of Álava) in 1858 by Guillermo Hurtado de Amézaga. Since its inception it has been a benchmark in the wine industry, being the first Rioja winery to produce wines according to Bordeaux methods (first winemaker was Jean Pineau of Bordeaux). In 1972 it became the first winery to promote the Rueda Designation of Origin ,where its famous white wines are made ,and in 1991 it launched Barón de Chirel, the first “high expression wine”. In 2006, the Ciudad del Vino or City of wine was inaugurated, with a hotel designed by the architect Frank O. Gehry, which is the most avant-garde work carried out to date by a Spanish winery. Marqués de Riscal has always had a clear export vocation. Today it is present in more than 110 countries to which it exports more than 60% of its production. In 2021 Marqués de Riscal has been named the second best vineyard in the world and the first in Europe in the World’s Best Vineyards 2021 contest. The Ciudad del Vino de Marqués de Riscal offers the experience of going through the history of the winery from its foundation in 1858 to the present day with the possibility of enjoying wine through the five senses: guided tours with which the visitor will visit the most and you will be able to see first-hand how they make their wines. All tours include tasting of their wines and appetizers. Hotel Marqués de Riscal, A Luxury Collection Hotel, designed by Frank O. Gehry. Center for meetings, conventions and events. Caudalie wine therapy spa. Wide gastronomic offer, Gastronomic Restaurant, with a Michelin Star and the advice of the La Rioja chef Francis Paniego, 1860 Tradición Restaurant, Vinoteca y Bistró, Asador Torrea and bar and cafeteria. Sublime ! Webpage : https://www.marquesderiscal.com/en/our-wines

The Denominación de Origen Calificada Rioja or Rioja Qualified Designation of Origin will become the epicenter of national and international wine tourism activity by being chosen as the venue for the World’s Best Vineyards 2023 convention, an annual event famous for revealing the ranking of the best experiences offered by vineyards and wineries, enjoyed by of enormous prestige and great worldwide media coverage. The contest, which will take place from July 10 to 13 ,2023, offers the opportunity to show the potential of Rioja before the eyes of the delegation, made up of more than a hundred people including the organization, the jury, national and international journalists, as well as great exponents and experts from the sector, who will have the opportunity to learn first-hand about the Denomination through an extensive program with different itineraries, which will include tastings, visits to wineries and leisure activities, among others, to enjoy the rich diversity of the Region so that they can appreciate all the elements that make Rioja a unique place , Within the program of visits organized in collaboration with the Regulatory Council of the DOCa, the announcement of the 50 Best Vineyards and Wineries occupies a prominent place of the World (World’s Best Vineyards) of 2023, which will take place on July 12, at which time the global ranking will be announced. Rioja, is the oldest Qualified Designation of Origin in Spain, dating back to 1925, and the first to receive Qualified certification in 1991, is positioned as one of the Designations of Origin in the world that offers the best guarantees regarding quality and authenticity. of its wines, thanks to the demanding regulations and self-control developed by its Regulatory Council. With more than 66,000 hectares, the DOCa Rioja is made up of three zones with different wine-growing characteristics ,Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Oriental , which cover 144 towns through which the Denomination extends, with 600 wineries and more than 14,000 winegrowers. Rioja wines webpage : https://www.riojawine.com/en/home-en/

As far as Decanter magazine ( me a former subscriber for many years of learning) the best wines for winter, and my favorites are : R Lopez de Heredia, Viña Gravonia Blanco, Crianza, 2014, La Rioja Alta, Gran Reserva 890, 2005, Remírez de Ganuza, Reserva, 2006,  Bodegas Ramón Bilbao, Límite Sur, 2017, Bodegas Riojanas, Monte Real Gran Reserva, 2014 , CVNE, Cune Reserva, 2017, and Faustino, I Gran Reserva, 2011 , You won’t go wrong with any of these fyi, Decanter webpage: https://www.decanter.com/decanter-best/top-riojas-to-enjoy-this-winter-495443/

And why not leave you with a nice recipe of my dear Spain, this time from Burgos, The Cobo Vintage style roast lamb in a convection oven. This roast chooses a piece of Arce Carne IGP, from La Bureba in Burgos, which is macerated with garlic, lemon, salt and white vinegar before being subjected to the most traditional and avant-garde cuisine by Miguel Cobo.

The Ingredients : Piece of Arce lamb Meat IGP 5 liters of water, 1 head of garlic, 150 ml of white vinegar, 1 lemon ,and Salt, The making of it: We put the piece to soak in the water for 12 hours with the garlic, lemon, salt and vinegar. Then we will roast the piece in a convection oven subjecting it to three round and round maneuvers every 40, 30 and 15 minutes, at 160º or 180º., This is the mythical Vallés, in Briviesca; Cobo Vintage opened in 2014, in Burgos; He achieved his Michelin star in 2016 and in 2020 he undertook the ambitious Cobo Estratos project, with two restaurants that share access and two different culinary styles: traditional Burgos and cosmopolitan avant-garde. Now, the new project is called Cobo Evolución, and it is a gastronomic restaurant that is located within the Cobo Estratos space of almost 1,500 square meters. It is located in Plaza de la Libertad ,9, in the historic center of Burgos. Buen provecho ! His webpage : https://coboestratos.com/nosotros/

There you go folks, another wonderful post on my dear Spanish wines, Hoping for a long lasting memories of my dear Spain and its wine news, An area already shining for several years, and getting better me think, Hope you enjoy the new series of wines news from Spain as I

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

January 18, 2023

More of Paris Christmas 2016, and marché de Noël !!!

I need to tell you more as found me pictures in my vault not in my blog yet and they should, Do not know why but the first post only had a handful of pictures and left many out for some reason,,I like to make up for this lost to do a follow up post on the Paris Christmas 2016 and its marché de Noël. We were in Paris ,visiting from our new home in the Morbihan breton, and this is my take on this now famous Christmas spot in Paris. Hope you enjoy it as I.

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The Avenue des Champs Elysées was the first in Paris we went out once in France,  and really honestly thought back then would never make it as it was almost empty ,but over the years has grown to a really nice good Christmas market or Marché de Noël.  We walked down the Avenue des Champs Elysées from the Arc de Triomphe all the way to the metro Roosevelt square rond-point des Champs-Elysées and into the Place de la Concorde and the big wheel or Grande Roué in front of the entrance to the jardin des Tuileries.

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The Christmas market on the Champs-Elysées has made a real effort since it offers 5 villages 100% made in France this year: artisans, crafts, regional delicacies, the magical forest of France and the village of charities.

In between, there was a plethora of chalets, kiosks, bank ATM, rides and food stalls even full restaurants serving season’s fare and trinkets from as far away as Brazil. The ambiance was very nice and locals mingle with tourists alike in a wonderful holiday spirit. We love it !!

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For us it was sublime, wonderful family time which we will cherish for life.  Now looking forward to the next ones which have become even better, I have most of the write up in my previous post on it ,this one will be more on the missing pictures, Hope you get the spirit and be here next time by Paris !

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The Paris tourist office on the last Christmas market in 2022:  https://en.parisinfo.com/discovering-paris/major-events/christmas-in-paris/christmas-markets-in-paris/christmas-markets-in-paris

There you go folks, a wonderful moment to be in Paris as the most me think, The season to be merrier and Paris is the perfect combination to be at.  Again, hope you enjoy the post with the new older pictures as I.

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

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