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July 27, 2021

Savigny-les-Beaune , castle and museum!

And updating this older post it brings back many memories of old with good family times on our road warrior mode in Bourgogne/Burgundy where we stayed many times renting gîtes or rental houses. We took it as a base around Buxy and then rode all over the region. One of the highlight of this particular trip was a visit to Savigny-les-Beaune. It is with great pleasure that I bring back the visit to the Château de Savigny and its museum! Hope you enjoy it as I.

I do have traveled a lot and love it; thankful to be able to do it. Lucky to be in the world’s No 1 most visited country by international official counts (UN-WTO) ,France, and it shows so much to see. As said will need a lifetime and then may not be able to see everything. But I am trying hard! The Bourgogne-Franche-Comté is a region of my belle France with a lot of wealth when it comes to monuments and vineyards, however, I like to combine my love for aviation with wines and one of the best if not the best place to do this is at Savigny-les-Beaune a town close to another famous ,Beaune.(see posts).  When my travels takes me away with the family I try to combine all that is of interest to all of us. Its the best way to enjoy your vacation,especially if you have kids. Since I have 3 boys, our interests are pretty much the same, we all like women, wines, autos ,and airplanes. Therefore what better way to enjoy our vacation then to go to Savigny-les-Beaune in Burgundy.

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Its one of my secret get away, the family rents a gîte or a house rental in the area, this time was in near Buxy in the Côte Chalonnaise of southern Burgundy. From there with a car we expand to all horizons but deeply submerge in the wine country. In fact the house was surrounded by vineyards, and we purchase the wine right from the owner at 5€ the bottle of red. Yummy!!  One of the highlights of the long summer vacation trip was to see the vineyard of Chateau Savigny les Beaune  with 20 hectares (49,4 acres) which includes the appellations of Auxey-Duresses, Beaune, Monthelie, Pommard, Volnay and Savigny-lès-Beaune.

Where Michel Pont has not only added a magnificent bottle but also a diehard fanatics of cars and planes, he has established a museum indoors and outdoors of these marvels. He is especially in love with FIAT 500 Abarth ,and all the previous models going back to 1956. He keeps 149 cars in his car museum plus 36 he has competed. Inside there is a minituare displays of cars from all over the world. There are,also, 250 motocycles from 1903 to 1960.  In the park of the castle spread around like ants he has kept 80 fighter airplanes of French, American, and Russian manufactured.  You are ,also, to see engines, and airplanes parts from many models . Inside, you will see 2400 small sides models of airplanes of the world. The view of these aerodrome of vintage war planes is awesome, and should not be missed when in the area, especially with kids.

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I like to give some history of the castle as I like it,

The Château de Savigny-lès-Beaune is a 14C castle on a wine estate of 20 hectares of the Côte de Beaune vineyard, in Savigny-lès-Beaune in the Côte-d’Or dept 21 of the region of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté. This castle was built around 1340 for the Duke Eudes IV of Burgundy. It was destroyed in 1478 by order of king Louis XI, in retaliation for what his owner had taken the part of the Duchess Marie of Burgundy and her husband the future Emperor Maximilian I against him during the War of the succession of Burgundy. Only the crows of the machicolations still visible on two towers are preserved. At the beginning of the 17C, the castle was restored by the family of Lords Bouhier with the addition of the little castle after 1671.

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In 1689, the castle started changing hands by several families .In 1979, the castle was purchased by Michel Pont, a winegrower operating an important wine estate of 20 hectares of the Côte de Beaune vineyards, which undertook major restoration work. Former racing driver Abarth of the 1960’s, and important collector of mechanics, he founded several museums with important mechanical collections and housing, in 2018, the most important private collection in the world of fighter planes, approved by the Guinness Book of Records !

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are:

The Château de Savigny on the museums info webpage: https://www.chateau-savigny.com/musees/

The Beaune tourist office on the Château de Savignyhttps://www.beaune-tourism.com/discover/chateaux-abbeys-burgundy/chateau-de-savigny-les-beaune

The Côte d’Or dept 21 on Savigny-les-Beaunehttps://www.cotedor-tourisme.com/sit/chateau-de-savigny-les-beaune

Hope you enjoy the visit with the entire family to this pretty castle and its awesome museums. Savigny-les-Beaune is worth the detour, and a must if an aviation/automobile amateur! And again thanks for reading me since November 2010!!

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

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July 27, 2021

Simply E R A U ,Eagles Soar! My alma mater!

A thrill and lots of good memories to update this older post to you and me. Relieving wonderful moments of youth! There you go folks!  I have said my blog is about travel and anecdotes, well it’s time to come back to a bit of a story on my past. We write about beautiful interesting places we visit and or live/d and I recount my every day living on my series Some news from …. ,but I have souvenirs never to be forgotten either ,such as my university days. Do you have university days stories to tell? I have plenty but let’s keep it clean lol! I will tell you a bit more on my university ERAU, Daytona Beach, Florida, USA. I was living in New Jersey where I grew up, and college time came in, my dream at those tender ages was to go into aviation and from a friend heard about ERAU= Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. One application form and I was accepted right away,this was back in August 1977 !!! And fully graduated honor roll and dean’s listed on April 24, 1982!! Ceremonies at the Peabody Auditorium of Daytona Beach!

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Now I want to tell you a bit more on the University per se. As brief as possible, here is my story.

Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) is a private university offering associate, bachelor, master’s, and PhD degree programs in arts and sciences, aviation, business, engineering, computer programming, cyber security and security and intelligence,etc. It is the largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, and has campuses in Daytona Beach, Florida and Prescott, Arizona, and about other 22 locations around the world mostly in US military bases.  On December 17, 1925,Talton Higbee Embry and John Paul Riddle founded the Embry-Riddle Company at Lunken Airport in Cincinnati, Ohio. In spring 1926, the company opened the Embry-Riddle School of Aviation. In 1939 Riddle, John Graham McKay and wife Isabel re-established the school in Opa-Locka airport near Miami, Florida. The airport is still there as a general aviation/business airport, webpage: http://www.miami-airport.com/opalocka.asp

John Paul Riddle, I had the pleasure of meeting him! He had admission to both the US Naval Academy and West Point and finally chose the first one. He met later on one of his former flying student now with some wealth Talon Higbee Embry and with a contract from Waco Aircraft both founded the Embry-Riddle Company in 1925! They only had two Jenny airplanes and a dream. They won several air mail routes and eventually Cincinnati got air mail service. By now the service was flawless and by 1927 was the only of two companies that could fly passengers, the other was the Boeing Air Transport Company. On a led by Gen Doolittle the flying school got to be one of the first instrument flight instruction in the USA. The Aeronautic Board of the Dept of Commerce gave the school the endorsement as a safe flight company, only five in the USA in 1929. As the business grew financing was found by W Averell Harriman and Co and Lehman Brothers to create a financial aviation company, Aviation Corporation of Delaware in March 1929. They purchase several smaller companies and this company later became the famous AVCO. By 1930, a new holding company was founded called American Airways (today still goes on as American Airlines)!

In Florida, he came to continue his dreams by purchasing other companies in the aviation industry. In 1939, he founded in association with John G Mckay the Embry-Riddle School of Aviation, leaving the name of the original founder on the name of the school. The school flew even seaplanes on the McArthur Causeway in Miami. The school provided help to Great Britain in WWII, they were exposed directly as continental Europe had surrender to Nazi Germany and needed pilots to defend the island. The British were shipped to Jacksonville (now major naval base at Mayport).  Where I still have Alumni friends who resides there! Webpage: https://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrse/installations/nas_jacksonville/about/history.html

From there ,they were transported by bus to the now famous fields of Carlstrom, Clewiston (no 5 British flying training school) , Dorr field, and the seaplane base in Miami. ERAU trainers did all the work on them, and later trained American pilots too! they have lease the Old Fritz hotel in Miami as headquarters located at 3240 NW 27 avenue or SR9 (now a courthouse). They trained pilots up to August 6 1945. By the time of the peace treaty more than 26K men and women had graduated their wings by the school.

In 1944 however, they have created the first flight training school in Brazil under the Escola Tecnica de Aviaçao in the neighborhood of Mooca in Sao Paulo, training 3500 Brazilians on how to flight before turning it over to the government. The School was now called the Embry-Riddle International School of Aviation. It signed contracts for training for advance flight to the Free French Republic pilots. By October 1947, the school finally moved to Opa-Locka. The school contracted with the US Air Force to trained pilots there with more than 1500 graduating. Later, it continue training USAF pilots in the ROTC program ( Reserve Officers’ Training Corps). The school grew internationally training pilots from many countries including Cuba, China, Turkey, Belgium, England, Canada, etc. etc. By 1958 the 1000 students came from 21 countries and 44 US States. By 1963, the facilities at Opa Locka were too small for this growth. While the operations in South Florida the school trained over 40K students!

The new president (with John Paul Riddle on the board) became Jack Reed Hunt, he was famous as been the one piloting the first non stop round trip flight across the Atlantic in a US Navy blimp ZPG-2 in March 1957. The route was Massachusetts to Portugal, Africa, Puerto Rico, Cuba, to Florida. He received his presidential medals.  President Hunt (my school president during my time) did immediately the decision to move to bigger place a location needed to be found, candidates were Sebring, Fort Pierce, Plant City, outside Miami in Dade County ,and Daytona Beach. The city of Daytona Beach got going and did all it could to win the prize, and I am so glad they did!! Operation Bootstrap started moving the school ,setting up new campus there and all help from shoestrings by donations and help from the business community there. All was moved by themselves and on trucks. Ormond Beach (where I later lived!) decided against the move so the decision was to set up by the Daytona Beach Regional Airport (now international airport) ,and also next to the Daytona Beach Speedway (NASCAR auto racing) on 185 acres of land. This indeed proved to be a top notch location! The school arrived at Daytona Beach operational on May 19 1965. Only 239 students including the 168 relocated from Opa Locka.

By 1968, we had Cessna 150s, Piper Cherokee, single engine Aero Commanders, twin engine Beech B-18 and some biplane stearmen; by 1968 the school was accredited to the SACS or Southern Association of Schools and Colleges! By 1968 the first dormitory was built to housed 386 students, this was known as Doolittle Dorm 1 (my first dorm)!! three stories high. By 1970, the school was known as the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Institute earning approval by the FAA =Federal Aviation Administration. The info on the Dorm 1 Doolittle now see in school webpage: http://daytonabeach.erau.edu/campus-life/housing/residence-halls/doolittle/index.html

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By 1972, the school is known as we know it today , Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the one I came in on August 23 1977 to start classes! I visited many times President Hunt residence on the beach at Ormond by the Sea (now sold and gone a while back). This house we call it the Battleship (was sold now gone) as it look one from the distance, and we had the University Center where the cafeteria was at ,to eat and mingle you know. By my first year 1977, the school already counted with 2 725 students! me included lol!  By 1979, Times Magazine called us the “Harvard of the sky” And before that in 1978, we purchase Prescott college in Prescott Arizona to serve as our western campus. The International Campus was started ,now call the Extended Campus with over 100 locations many online. Now the Daytona Beach and Prescott campuses have both about 5000 students. President Jack Hunt passed away of cancer in January 7 1984 RIP. He said, ” it may be easy to get in to Embry-Riddle, but it is not easy to get out” Amen.

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As the new team took over the school continues to grow and influence the world of aviation. In 1986 , the school was awarded the management training of the FAA and a specific center was opened in Palm Coast, Florida.  The school has won several prizes in aviation flight competition; these are call NIFA/SAFECON, and remain the provider of about 50% of US Air Force pilots the best flyboys in the world!!!Following a short illness, on April 6 1989, John Paul Riddle passed away at his home in Coral Gables, near Miami he was 87 yrs. old. RIP Sir. His last airplane ride took place on April 10th when following funeral services and a memorial service at the University, his ashes were sprinkled over Biscayne Bay and in the Oak Ridge cemetery at Arcadia, Florida.

Ok not all is goody goody, the Administration announced in July 2014 that Embry-Riddle has been accepted into the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II membership. Embry-Riddle began intercollegiate athletics competition on its Daytona Beach Campus in 1988. Well not really, from the photos you will see that I participated in the NCAA Div 2 soccer program already in 1978-1980 playing against much bigger schools like FIU, Univ of Florida, Univ Central Florida, South Florida Tampa, etc with good results, winning records. However, the school decided to leave sports in 1981 and even with petitions by students the decision remained until starting again in 1988. The unfortunate thingy here is that those who participated before are not been recognized in school records!!! We had , also, baseball, tennis, and golf teams.  And of course, we had intramural sports and I did volleyball and softball ,where I was also the captain. The special school webpage for athletics now: http://erauathletics.com/index.aspx

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There is an ERAU alumni network, that has tattled with lack of support for a long time. I was on the first meeting to do an alumni network at the Harley Hotel in Atlanta, GA back in 1984; then another try from Florida at the city hall of Hollywood Fl back in 1994, and finally was the Director of Alumni relations in France until 2017, where we have over 60 French students graduated from my university now working in French aviation/Aerospace industry, some of them quite well designing the wings for the A 380 to test pilot on maiden mission Toulouse-Hamburg, to working on the Arianne rocket etc. I helped organized the Paris Air Show of several years back believe it was 2009 with a dinner organized by me at the prestigious  Aero Club de France ; 6 rue Galilée, Paris 16éme ,but nothing of support so I decided to leave the organizing back in early 2017. The position still vacant!! More on the alumni ERAU : https://alumni.erau.edu/s/867/bp20/home.aspx

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Another organization that does not exist no more and I was very active was the Management Club; I was the Treasurer 1981-82 and helped created the club as a non profit organization with the help of Accounting professor Mr Campbell and created the first scholarship fund to helped students pay for their book with the help of my Finance professor Mr De la Rosa back in 1980.  Both with the help of my/club councilor professor Mr Knabe. Memories forever, and thank you profs!

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I, even kept some pictures from class trips, this one visiting the Hartfield Atlanta International Airport on a thrill bus ride and fun antics in the Days Inn hotel we stayed, location forgotten but the actions did not ::) The planes are Lockheed 1011 from Delta!

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Some more facts on Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University :

Embry-Riddle’s aerospace engineering program is the largest in the nation. Embry-Riddle’s engineering physics program is one of the largest of all such ABET-accredited programs in the nation. Aeronautical science (professional pilot) program is the largest in the nation. Student flight teams have won numerous national championships in NIFA SAFECON competitions, more than any other institution in the last decade, and are top performers in the women’s Air Race Classic. The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, USA Today, and others rank Embry-Riddle highly in the categories of best undergraduate aerospace engineering programs, best undergraduate engineering programs, best bachelor’s degrees in engineering, best colleges in Arizona and Florida, best regional universities (South), and best college astronomy observatories. U.S. News & World Report, Military Times, Military Advanced Education, U.S. Veterans, and G.I. Jobs publications consistently name Embry-Riddle in the categories of best for veterans, top military-friendly school, top veteran-friendly school, best online bachelor’s programs for veterans, best regional universities (South) for military and veterans, best online MBA programs for veterans, and best online non-MBA graduate business programs for veterans. U.S. News & World Report and College Choice list Embry-Riddle’s Worldwide Campus in the categories of best online bachelor’s programs, best online graduate MBA programs, best online graduate non-MBA programs, and best online engineering degree programs.  Embry-Riddle is ranked highly among private colleges for best value, best starting salary, and best return on investment by Forbes, Best Value Colleges, PayScale, SmartAsset, College Choice, and Affordable Colleges Online.   Embry-Riddle’s two Air Force ROTC detachments form the largest university-based Air Force commissioning source in the nation. Embry-Riddle’s Air Force ROTC detachments also produce more commissioned officers and more pilots and other rated officers for the Air Force than any other institution in the nation except the Air Force Academy. Embry-Riddle is the nation’s largest supplier of air traffic controllers with bachelor degrees to the FAA. Seven Embry-Riddle alumni are current or former astronauts. Embry-Riddle was named by U.S. News & World Report as the No. 1 provider of online bachelor’s degrees programs and undergraduate programs for veterans in 2021. ERAU has provided so far 7 astronauts to the Space program over the years.

Some of the reading I did while attending or as an alumni were: The LIFT magazine webpage: https://lift.erau.edu/

And the still call Avion campus newspaper webpage: http://theavion.com/

The text above the information was gathered from memories, yearbook Phoenix from graduation 1982,  and the book “The Sky is Home”, (by former prof John McCollister) and the Alumni directory of 1998 all jealousy guarded by yours truly.

My last visit to ERAU campus in Daytona Beach Fl was back in August, 2009, I visited Florida with the family and did pay a visit to ERAU as to show my boys the thrill of college non existent in France. We got a nice ride from the Alumni office to all of us, memories of young at heart. Memories forever, thanks Chris.

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There you go folks, an adventure recommended to all, college life is awesome. Those that tried should tell you, a thrill and an experience never to be forgotten. And more when you are an Eagle, of ERAU Daytona Beach FL Campus, Eagles forever!! Hope you enjoy the post as I and if an Eagle do stop by anytime.

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

July 26, 2021

The passages de Paris!!

Ah here I am in a cloudy fresh day after the heat of the last days in my belle France. I thought about a nice thing to do in Paris full of history and especially architecture. I had written on some passages or covered lanes of Paris before, but let me give you and me an overall view of them, all of them in Paris.

As the pictures are on the previous post I just will do this one in my black and white series, no pictures. Hope you enjoy this wonderful thing to do in Paris, shop and eat in a covered corridor or passage de Paris!

The ancestor of today’s shopping centers, the unique charm of Parisian covered passages will immediately transport you back to the 19C.  So what is a passage? It is a private lane open to the public, a shortcut between several lanes, whether it is covered or not. A pedestrian space, the passage can house both commerce and housing. Only the abundant decoration and the luxury of the shops differentiate a gallery from a passage.

Typically, the covered passages of Paris form galleries pierced through buildings or built at the same time as them. These galleries are covered by a glass roof offering overhead lighting which gives them a special light.  Almost all of the covered passages are on the right bank of the Seine, within the limits of Paris before its extension in 1860, mainly near the Grands Boulevards, that is to say in areas draining customers. easy at the time of their construction

Most of the covered passages were built in the first half of the 19C, in order to shelter a wealthy clientele from inclement weather and usually offer a variety of shops. Haussmann’s work, which opened up neighborhoods by piercing large avenues, and competition from department stores led to the disappearance of most of the passages.

I have posts on the passages which will post here as references and minimize repetition.

The Passage du Havre: https://paris1972-versailles2003.com/2019/12/22/passage-du-havre-paris/

The Passage du Grand Cerf and Passage du Bourg-l’Abbé  : https://paris1972-versailles2003.com/2018/07/26/simply-other-passages-of-paris/

These are the other passages of Paris:

Passage des Panoramas (2éme) , Galerie Vivienne (2éme) , Passage Brady (10éme) , Passage Choiseul (2éme) , Passage Verdeau (9éme) , Passage Jouffroy (9éme) , Passage Vendôme (3éme) , Passage Molière (3éme) , Galerie Véro-Dodat (1éme) , Passage du Caire (2éme) , Passage des Princes (2éme) , Galerie Colbert (2éme) , and  Galerie de la Madeleine (8éme).

The list of covered passages still accessable to the public continues with the passage du Prado (10éme),  passage Puteaux (8éme), passage Sainte-Anne ( 2éme),  passage du Ponceau ( 2éme), passage Ben Aïad ( 2éme) ,and the passage des Deux-Pavillons (1éme).

I am sure you can find full description on them, I just leave you with the names and the thoughts of getting to see them in person in better times.

The Association of passages et galeries of Paris : http://passagesetgaleries.fr/passages-parisiens/

The city of Paris on the passages: https://www.sortiraparis.com/arts-culture/histoire-patrimoine/articles/172520-les-plus-beaux-passages-couverts-de-paris

The Paris tourist office on the passages: https://en.parisinfo.com/discovering-paris/museums-monuments-heritage-paris/the-unique-charm-of-parisian-covered-passages

There you go folks, a wonderful way to see Paris at its best, with great shopping and foodies galore, simply sublime! The passages are seldom seen or mention sort of an off the beaten paths of Paris; however, they are worth the detour!

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

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July 25, 2021

Château de Versailles , Salon d’Apollon/Salle du Trône !!!

And this is again a wonderful update of my fav palace museum in my dear Versailles. I love to tell you all about this great city of my belle France, and this is one of the intriguing rooms of the palace still with a throne room! Therefore , let me tell you a bit more on the Salon d’Apollon and its Salle du Trône of the Château de Versailles!

So I am coming back again to my beloved old home of Versailles. What can I say when you are lucky enough to lived there for about 9 glorious years and worked in Paris.… Well I have come back several times and have many posts on it in my blog. However, there are areas missing a bit more of it me think. This is the case with a nice living room of Apollo or Salon d’Apollon or more commonly call by us locals as the Throne room or Salle du Trône.

It is inside the wonderful beautiful palace/museum of  Versailles, holding its name from the ceiling representing Apollo on its chariot. The living room of Apollo is located on the first floor of the Château de Versailles, in the King’s large apartments. It is adjacent to the mercury and war rooms (Salon de Mercure et Salon de la Guerre).  Serving as the King’s room from 1673 to 1682 and then as the Throne room as soon as the king and the court settled in Versailles, the king granted his ordinary hearings here. The room was also reserved for dancing during the evenings of apartments.

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The living room of Apollo is dedicated to the Greek god, god of the Sun, to whom the Sun King identified himself. Commissioned by king Louis XIV, the ceiling is a painting by Charles de la Fosse which represents Apollo on his chariot dragged by four couriers, accompanied by the figures of France, the Magnanimity and Magnificence and the procession of the seasons figured by Flora, Ceres, Bacchus and Saturn in the center. The covings represent Porus led in front of Alexander, Coriolanus raising the Siege of Rome at the request of his mother, Vespasian raising the Colosseum in Rome, and   Augustus building the port of Miseno . The four continents are represented in the four angles of the ceiling.

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The chimney was surmounted by the portrait standing of king Louis XIV in a royal suit, wearing the insignia given to the Kings on the day of their coronation. Painted in 1701 by Hyacinthe Rigaud to illustrate the power of the king and his natural majesty. This portrait is now preserved at the Louvre museum, a copy replaces the original in the living room of Apollo. In front of the painting is a portrait of king Louis XVI.

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The living room of Apollo or Salon d’Apollon or Salle du Trône  was restored last in 2014.

The official Palace/museum of Versailles on the rooms including the Apollon: https://en.chateauversailles.fr/discover/estate/palace/king-state-apartment#the-mars-room

The whole palace/museum of Versailles is magical and to think it was once practically my backyard literally used to play and jog with my boys in the gardens! magical sublime nostalgia setting in and vacation time is coming again!  Versailles it is! Enjoy the post and thanks for stopping by.

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

July 25, 2021

The Villeroy & Boch ceramics of Mettlach!

We have been fan of this brand for years and we love it. Little did we know it was close to where we were staying in Germany, exactly Trier. Therefore ,we took a road warrior trip to the nice town of Mettlach and found this beauty of ours, the Villeroy & Boch ceramics. Let me update this older post and show you a bit more on it. Hope you enjoy it as I.

I had other posts on wonderful Mettlach, Germany on my road warrior trips with the family in that neighboring country. The city center is very nice quant old pretty, and the monuments are nicely put historically and architecturally as I like. However, there is one store we like.  Again, I am not the heavy shopper but on somethings I rather go along with the wife, she is no longer with me due to the dreadful cancer, but all the memories still are intact forever. She love it here and did some heavy duty shopping my dear late wife Martine. This is my bit of story on the Villeroy & Boch ceramics store in Mettlach, Germany!

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Initially a manufacturer and distributor of pottery, the Villeroy & Boch company, created in 1748 in Audun-le-Tiche in Lorraine(still French), has evolved into multiple ceramic products for the private sector and major construction sites.  An outlet specializing in the arts of the table that leaves also fashionable. In the south of the country, close to the French and Luxembourg borders, Mettlach houses 9 factory shops and first of all the seat of the Villeroy & Boch company, whose origin dates back to 1748, specialist in the art of the table, porcelain, crystal and cutlery. At Villeroy & Boch Mettlach, prices are between 30 and 50% cheaper than in a classic store and you find a shop dedicated to Christmas open all year round.

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Behind the facade of the ancient Benedictine abbey of Mettlach, today’s headquarters of the specialist of the Art of Living Villeroy & Boch, 260 years of history of ceramics and business relive.  The Keravision, the Museum of Ceramics and the Museum Café dating from 1892 traces the course and the success of a family dynasty.

The Villeroy & Boch Discovery Center presents centuries of tradition of ceramics and future-oriented ideas on the theme of live and living. The Keravision in the Discovery Center showcase an exhibition of the current palette of products. In the neighboring Ceramics museum , you will discover the evolution of the art of ceramics and culture through time. In front of the table, the Arts Information Center invites you to an innovative exhibition of tables staged with different dishes services. Among the many exhibits in the Ceramics museum, you can admire the dishes of Pope Benedict XVI. The Information center bathrooms, kitchens, tiles and well-being will give you ideas for your interiors decoration.  Close to the Discovery Center, take a break at the museum cafe, decorated in the style of the Dresden Dairy. More than 15,000 tiles, decorated by hand from original pieces of the 19C, were made for its decoration. Not far from the Villeroy & Boch Discovery Center, the city center of Mettlach invites you to do good shopping in these different factory stores as well such as Land End, Trigema, and many more.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here and its all worth it me think ,are:

The official Villeroy & Boch in German but can be translated bottom of page: https://www.villeroy-boch.de/

The Mettlach outlet center store on the  Villeroy & Boch in English: http://www.mettlachoutletcenter.de/en/brands/villeroyboch.html

Hope you like the shopping tour and again it is worth it ,the old abbey building is gorgeous from a historical/architecture point of view and facing the Sarre river! A tributary of the Moselle river . Enjoy Villeroy & Boch at Mettlach!

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

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July 24, 2021

Athens for the old times’ sake!!

It has been a while I was thinking of writing on this wonderful city of Athens, Greece. I was here back in 2006 and had pictures but could not find, so there is only one and will dare do a post for Athens for the old times’ sake!! Another of my life’s trails and now in my blog. Hope you enjoy it as I.

First a bit on the country of Greece. Mostly the text taken from wikipedia fyi

Greece officially the Hellenic Republic , and is situated on the southern tip of the Balkans, at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa. It shares land borders with Albania to the northwest, North Macedonia and Bulgaria to the north, and Turkey to the northeast. The Aegean Sea lies to the east of the mainland, the Ionian Sea to the west, the Cretan Sea and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. Greece has the longest coastline on the Mediterranean Basin , and the 11th longest coastline in the world; featuring many islands, of which 227 are inhabited.

Greece is considered the cradle of Western civilization, being the birthplace of democracy, western philosophy, western literature, historiography, political science, major scientific and mathematical principles, theatre and the Olympic Games. Greece one of the most visited countries in Europe in the recent years.

The Greece tourist boardhttps://www.visitgreece.gr/

Now let me give some info on Athens again mostly from wikipedia as would be unfair to tell my story from so many years back.

Athens dominates the Attica region and is one of the world’s oldest cities, with its recorded history spanning over 3,400 years , and its earliest human presence starting somewhere between the 11C and 7C BC. It was a center for the arts, learning and philosophy, and the home of Plato’s Academy and Aristotle’s Lyceum. It is widely referred to as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy, largely because of its cultural and political impact on the European continent, particularly Ancient Rome.

The heritage of the classical era is still evident in the city, represented by ancient monuments and works of art, the most famous of all being the Parthenon, considered a key landmark of early Western civilization. The city also retains Roman and Byzantine monuments, as well as a smaller number of Ottoman monuments, while its historical urban core features elements of continuity through its millennia of history.  The oldest known human presence in Athens is the Cave of Schist, which has been dated to between the 11C and 7C BC. Athens has been continuously inhabited for at least 5,000 years. Athens is built around a number of hills. Lycabettus is one of the tallest hills of the city proper and provides a view of the entire Attica Basin The Cephissus river, the Ilisos and the Eridanos stream are the historical rivers of Athens.

Some of the most interesting areas me think are the Omonoia Square, the oldest square in Athens. It is surrounded by hotels and fast food outlets, and contains a metro station, named Omonia station. Syntagma Square,(Constitution Square), is the capital’s central and largest square, lying adjacent to the Greek Parliament (the former Royal Palace) and the city’s most notable hotels.   At Ermou Street, an approximately one km-long (.6 mile) pedestrian road connecting Syntagma Square to Monastiraki, is a consumer paradise for both locals and tourists.

Plaka, lying just beneath the Acropolis, is famous for its plentiful neoclassical architecture, making up one of the most scenic districts of the city. It remains a prime tourist destination with tavernas, live performances and street salesmen. Nearby Monastiraki, for its part, is known for its string of small shops and markets, as well as its crowded flea market and tavernas specialising in souvlaki. Another district known for its student-crammed, stylish cafés is Theseum or Thission, lying just west of Monastiraki. Thission is home to the ancient Temple of Hephaestus, standing atop a small hill. This area also has a picturesque 11C Byzantine church, as well as a 15C Ottoman mosque. Kolonaki is the area at the base of Lycabettus hill, full of boutiques catering to well-heeled customers by day, and bars and more fashionable restaurants by night, with galleries and museums. This is often regarded as one of the more prestigious areas of the capital. Exarcheia located north of Kolonaki, often regarded as the city’s anarchist scene and as a student quarter with cafés, bars and bookshops. Exarcheia is home to the Athens Polytechnic and the National Archaeological Museum.

The Athens International Airport (ATH), locally Eleftherios Venizelos is located near the town of Spata,some 35 km (22 mi) from Athens. The airport is served by the Metro, the suburban rail, buses to Piraeus port, Athens’ City Center/downtown, Liosion and Kifisos Intercity bus stations and Elliniko metro’s line 2 southern terminal, and also taxis. I came in by Nantes, Roissy CDG and this airport and then took taxi to hotels from which I did my walks except taxi to the restaurant below.

The Athens Metropolitan Area in particular is served by some of the most modern and efficient transport infrastructure in Europe, such as the Athens International Airport, the privately run A6 (Attiki Odos) highway network and the expanded Athens Metro system.

The Athens tourist officehttps://destination.thisisathens.org/en

A useful private Athens tourist webpage: https://www.thisisathens.org/

As for the memories of my visit in about 2006 to Athens.

I stayed at the Athenateum IHG hotel with a wonderful experience of pampering and good company. Located within 3 km from the Acropolis and close to Metro stations and the business district of Athens, the Athenaeum Intercontinental features award-winning restaurants, a spa centre and a 24-hour gym. The spacious, elegant rooms include marble bathrooms and a seating area. Featuring wooden furnishings, soft colours and carpets. The restaurant located on the 10th floor, offering spectacular views of the Parthenon and the city of Athens.   The scenic Old Town of Athens, Plaka, is just 1.5 km away. Ermou shopping area is within 2 km. Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport is at 23 km.

The IHG on the Athenaeum hotel: https://www.ihg.com/intercontinental/hotels/fr/fr/athens/athha/hoteldetail

The official Athenaeum hotel webpage: https://athenaeumgrand.com.gr/portal/

Other than the hotel facilities ,and some quick snacks on the streets around the hotel, I remember went to a fancy resto recommended by taxi from the hotel. You’ll find Strofi in an old mid-war mansion at the foothills of the Acropolis, in the surrounding and elegant suburb of Thissio. The restois at 25 Rovertou Galli. This is the restaurant I had dinner and with view of the Acropolis with a Greek dance show and on which I received the paperweight of Alexander the Great as souvenir of the visit. I am sure many years ago but believe it was this one. Webpage: https://www.strofi.gr/en/

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There you go folks, I had to have it in my blog for the old times’s sake of my travels and Athens ,Greece was one of them. Hope you enjoy it and do feel free to tell me your stories on Athens and if know the restaurant!

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

July 24, 2021

Giardino Degli Aranci and Parco Savello of Rome!

This was a nice find walking up and up streets we came to this beautiful park garden and love it, we rested here! I am updating this older post of our family visit to Rome. Hope you enjoy the post on the Giardino Degli Aranci  and Parco Savello of Rome!

Ok so this was a dandy I need to tell you more about it. As I told you, we go to a city by plane, car or train and then we walk all over , staying above ground. In my opinion, the best way to see a city and its monuments. No different in Italy and especially Rome. As we walk we came to a high point with great views of the city and a nice story. So with different names but in English, Orange Garden or Giardino Degli Aranci  and Savelo Park or Parco Savello.

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The Orange Garden is the name used in Rome to describe the Savello Park. It has a surface area of 7,800 square meters and is located on the Aventin Hill. The Park is famous for offering an excellent view of the city. The garden, as it is today, was designed in 1932. It has been designed to offer the public access to the view on the other side of the Hill, creating a new viewpoint, to be added to the viewpoints already existing in Rome, such as the Pincio and the Janiculum. We were actually in Trastevere and decided to walk towards the Tiber river crossed it a the ponte sublicio going along the river and saw these huge building above us which was actually the Basilica di Santa Sabina all’Aventino (see post) or the Saint Sabine basilica, and right next to it is the parco Savello!

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A bit of history I like

The Orange Garden, whose name comes from the many orange trees that grow there, stretches over the area of the ancient fortress built near the Basilica of Santa Sabina by the Savelli family between 1285 and 1287. It was built on an ancient castle built by the Crescentii family in the 10C. The garden is bordered by a wall that surrounds the Castle Savelli and other remains of the castle are still visible. The castle was later given to the order of the Dominicans of Santa Sabina, which transformed it into a monastery, and the small park, in vegetable garden. According to legend, St. Dominic gave the garden his first orange tree, after transporting a graphe from Spain. The legend also tells that Catherine of Siena picked the oranges from this tree, and made candied fruits, which she gave to Pope Urbain VI.  The garden is very symmetrical, with a central avenue aligned with perspective, later named in honor of actor Nino Manfredi. The central square is named after another Roman actor, Fiorenzo Fiorentini, who for several years had led the summer theatrical season in the Savello Park.

The fountain at the entrance is composed of two separate rooms: an antique Roman bath basin, and a monumental marble mask. This mask was originally backed by a fountain built in 1593 for a cattle market (Campo Vaccino) in the center of Rome. The mask has a long history. After the dismantling, in 1816, the fountain of Campo Vaccino, it was recovered and then in 1827 used to decorate a fountain erected on the right bank of the Tiber river. This fountain was demolished in 1890, and the sculpture was kept in a municipal depot before being moved to its current location.

The Rome tourist office on the savello park/gardenhttps://www.turismoroma.it/en/places/savello-park-and-orange-garden

Indeed the views of Rome are splendid and worth the detour in your travel plans . Enjoy the oranges and the park (do not eat the oranges lol!) One of the nicest walk you can do in Rome with plenty of architecture, garden and history all around you. Ciao Roma!

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

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July 24, 2021

Church of the Trinity of the Mounts of Rome!

I like again taking advantage of these times of ours to update this older post of a wonderful family visit to Rome. This church is important for the French as well… Let me tell you a bit more on the Church of the Trinity of the Mounts of Rome! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

And now I take you back to the eternal Rome! There are so many old stone to see there with lots of history and architecture features as well. However, I like the open spaces and some special monuments such as the Church of the Trinity of the Mounts. This France in Rome! There are several but I like this one better for its location and feats of faith inside. Let me tell you a bit more on it ok, hope you enjoy it as I do.

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The Church of the Trinity of the Mounts or Trinità dei Monti (Ita) or église de la Trinité des Monts (Fr)  is one of the French national churches of Rome. It is located on the Pincio, at the top of the staircase of the trinity of the mount dominating the Spanish Steps and has a world famous façade with its two symmetrical steeples dating back to 1495. In front of this elevation stands an Egyptian obelisk.  In fact, this obelisk originates from the gardens of Sallust and contains pseudo-hieroglyphs carved by the Roman artisans, imitating the obelisk of Augustus of the Circus Maximus; it seems however that the stone block is of Egyptian origin.

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A bit of history I like

This convent ensemble was founded by king Charles VIII in 1495 for the benefit of the Minimes, in recognition of the assistance of Saint Francis of Paula who came to Plessis-Lez-Tours to try to heal his father Louis XI. He bought four hectares to build a royal convent and a Gothic-style church from 1502 to 1595.  The order of the Minimes settled there until 1828, with an interruption during the French revolution and the First Empire, before being replaced by the Nuns of the Sacred Heart. The Institute of the Ladies of the Sacred Heart in the Trinity of the Monts was one of the most prestigious girls ‘ establishments in Europe for most of the 20C, where the teaching was entirely in French, and the instruction Christian. They closed the convent, which became mixed in 2006 and were replaced by the Brotherhoods of Jerusalem until 2016.

The Church of the Trinity of the Mounts, long abandoned as a result of the collapse of part of the vault, had been reinstated and restored in 1816 thanks to Count de Blacas, the French ambassador to Italy, by artists from France. This church, like that of the ensemble dedicated to Saint Louis of the French, belongs to the pious establishments of France and Lorette. As such, the management and maintenance of this building are the responsibility of the French State.  In the old gardens of Lucullus, a reception house opened in 1975 to welcome Francophone tourists and pilgrims.  On 25 July 2016, agreements were signed in Rome between the Holy See and the French Republic in order to entrust to the Emmanuel community the management of the domain of the Trinity of the Mounts.

It is in this church, that in 1544, Felipe Neri experienced a mystical experience, that he named his “personal Pentecost” experience that led him to the priesthood and the foundation of the Congregation of the Oratory.

A bit on the interior description.

Since its construction began during the Gothic period, the Church of the Trinity of the Mounts consists of a single nave with seven chapels on each side. Visitors can only visit part of the church because at two-thirds of the nave, a grid rises to limit access to the altar and to several chapels that are reserved for worship.  The chapels are of different styles and are composed of various ornaments. We can observe frescoes and paintings made, for the majority of them, in the 16C. Some, however, are more recent and date from the 19C. Among them, we can underline the frescoes of Naldini on Saint Jean the Baptist, the famous assumption of 1541 by Daniele da Volterra, disciple of Michelangelo, in one of the first chapels, frescoes of the Florentine Perino del Vaga or The monuments Burial of the Orsini Chapel, an important Italian family. I especially recommend you to walk through the chapels and enjoy the art that abound in this church.

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Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are:

The official Church of the Trinity of the Mounts webpage: https://trinitadeimonti.net/en/homepage/

Welcome center for pilgrims to the Church: http://www.centreaccueilrome.com/eglises/la-trinite-des-monts

A webpage for French churches in Rome including this Church: https://eglisesfrancaisesarome.it/

There you go folks, hope again you enjoy it is on a beautiful area of Rome with not only the Piazza di Spagna but the Villa Medici and great views over Rome. A place to visit and a bit of France in Italy!, which was unique for us to see.

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

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July 23, 2021

The Colosseum of Rome !

And why not staying in Rome, well this is awesome. I like to update this older post of our family visit to eternal Rome. We enjoyed the walks all over and when facing the grand Colosseum it was tops. Let me tell you a bit more on it ,and hope you enjoy as I.

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Ok so I am moving back to old pretty Italy again and of course to my favorite city there Roma , Rome where all started for many ::) I have written several posts over the years on it and as always touch base on a general nature. I like to bring you a bit more on one of the emblematic monuments of Rome and maybe even Italy; the Colosseum or Colosseo in italian! Much has been written on it elsewhere and everywhere so will give you the basis and the hope you do visit it.  Of course, the history and architecture is the most for me.

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The Colosseum originally the Flavian amphitheater, is a huge ovoid amphitheater located in the center of the city of Rome, between the Esquiline and the Caelian, the largest ever built in the Roman Empire. It is one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and engineering.  Its construction, just east of the Roman Forum, began between 70 and 72, under Emperor Vespasian, and ended in 80  under Titus. Further changes were then made during the reign of Domitian 81-96. The name of the amphitheater Flavian derives from the surname of Flavii of Emperor Vespasian and his sons Titus and Domitian.

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It was more likely to accommodate 50 000 spectators , the Colosseum was used for venations (fights of wild animals), the Munera (fights of gladiators) and other public performances, such as executions of condemned to death, re-enactments of famous battles and dramas based on Roman mythology. It remained in service for nearly 500 years, the last games extending to the 6C.   The Colosseum continues to give the measure of the ancient power of imperial Rome. Today it is one of the symbols of modern Rome, one of its most popular tourist attractions.

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After the Great fire of Rome in 64, Nero built a sumptuous palace. Having seized land at the bottom of a low valley at the bottom of which ran a channeled stream, between the Caelian, the Esquiline and the Palatine, he built the magnificent Domus Aurea. In front of pavilions, gardens, and porticoes, he created an artificial lake and placed Nero’s colossus palace not far from the entrance to the estate. The pre-existing aqueduct of the Aqua Claudia was extended for the water supply of this area. The lake was filled and the land reused for the construction of the new Flavian Amphitheater which was destined to replace the amphitheater of Statilius Taurus totally ravaged during the great fire of Rome.

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In 1749, Pope Benedict XIV decided that the official policy of the Church would be to make the Colosseum the sacred place where the first Christians were martyred. He forbade the use of the Colosseum as a quarry, and consecrated the edifice to the Passion of Christ and set up a Way of the Cross, declaring it sanctified by the blood of the Christian martyrs who perished there. Today, still has close ties with the Roman Catholic Church as on every Good Friday, the Pope leads a procession to the torches on a way of the cross culminating in the amphitheater. In 2001, a museum dedicated to Eros is located on the upper floor of the building. A part of the floor of the arena is reconstituted in the same year.

Inside the Colosseum there is the Church of Santa Maria della Pietà al Colosseo which is a place of Catholic worship. Small in size, it is inserted in one of the arcades of the Flavian Amphitheater and was probably built between the 6C and the 7C, although the first certain information about its existence dates back to the 14C. This church has always been a place of worship in memory of the Christian martyrs who lost their lives inside the Colosseum; it was frequented by many Saints, notably Ignatius of Loyola, Felipe Neri and Camille de Lellis.

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Under the French first empire, the façade was reinforced by bricks in 1807 and 1827, with Napoleon I having employed the army in the restoration and excavation of the main monuments of Rome from 1811 to 1814. Following the occupation of Rome, in the second empire Napoleon III continued the restoration and excavation work.  In 1995, the Colosseum started a restoration site, the most important since 1836, whose objective was to reduce the number of fragments of the monument detaching and to open 85% of the monument to the public against 15% in 1995.  Work finally started in 2013, and after a 33-month facelift, during which the travertine façade was hosed with a fine water spray, the symbol of Rome ,if not of Italy gleams creamy white by day and even flushes pink as the sun sets.

Some webpages to help plan your trip here are:

The Rome tourist ofice on the Colosseumhttps://www.turismoroma.it/en/places/flavian-amphitheatre-colosseum

The Lazio region tourist office on the Colosseumhttp://www.060608.it/en/cultura-e-svago/beni-culturali/beni-archeologici/colosseo-anfiteatro-flavio.html

The official webpage of the Colosseumhttps://www.il-colosseo.it/en/index.php?

There you go folks,now you have a bit more on this wonderful monument , and I feel better for the credit to this wonderful monument of Rome, the Colosseum. Hope you have enjoyed it and do visit if not done so by now.

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

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July 23, 2021

Some news from France, CCCXXXIX

Let me get back to my regular series of Some news from France, already in its 339 run thanks to you all! As the weather turns, well it is hot in France this week with in my area up to 32C or about 90F; I went out to sea and got tan naturally lol! There is still a lot going on with the repeated news of the virus pandemic covid19 ,etc I took my second pfizer because its sort of obligatory if want to go to a bar or travel abroad like Spain… We will see when this game ends as now more variants (mutations) and there is talk of a third vaccine shot lol! If they can ever put this effort into cancer yikes! Anyway ,there is my latest news rants all included!

Faced with the influx of bathers, the Calanques ( creeks)  of Marseille want to end free access. To prevent overcrowding in the summer months, the Calanques National Park plans to introduce a daily gauge of authorized people on the site, using a digital reservation platform. The 8,500 hectares of Calanques National Park, divided between the municipalities of Marseille, Cassis and La Ciotat, are home to around a hundred protected animal and plant species. However, overcrowding has a serious impact on the environment. So there you go even outdoors will be limited too! Webpage: http://www.calanques-parcnational.fr/fr

The last guardians of Cordouan, the lighthouse of kings. There are only six gatekeepers left in France, who take turns here in pairs. 7 km (about 4 mi) from any coast, Cordouan has watched over the Gironde estuary for four centuries, the largest in Europe. In front of it, the infinite horizon of the Atlantic. On the right, Royan (Charente-Maritime), on the left, Le Verdon-sur-Mer (Gironde), the two ports allowing it to be reached. Behind it, the mixed waters of the Garonne and the Dordogne, which flow together into the ocean. And at the end of this long notch in the western facade of the country, Bordeaux. A wonderful lighthouse or phare de Cordouan.  Webpage: https://www.phare-de-cordouan.fr/en/home/

At the Bioparc de Doué-la-Fontaine (Maine-et-Loire), Jangali and Makalu, the two little snow leopards born on May 23 in a sort of nest set up for their mother, Junga. Only sixteen of their congeners were born in the last twelve months in an animal park in Europe. In the mountains of Central Asia, the threatened species is estimated to number only around 6,500 individuals. One good reason to visit the zoo park.webpage: https://www.bioparc-zoo.fr/your-visit/

The Provencal city, the Mecca of Photography Meetings, Arles is home to the Fragonard guest house, one of the bedrooms of which evokes the small lounges of yesteryear. Vintage ceramic table, 18C paintings, terracotta floor tiles, etc. The decor of the rooms of this guest house synthesizes the spirit of Fragonard, a family business and historical specialist in Grasse perfumery, which has extended its activity to fashion and to the decoration. which give all their character to the six rooms of this family home in the center of Arles, located a stone’s throw from the ancient theater. Webpage: https://www.fragonard.com/fr-int/maison-fragonard-arles

At the end of the Tokyo Olympics on August 8, Paris will officially enter its 2024 Olympic event. The city is already preparing for the celebration with, from today and for two weeks, activities at the Trocadero. The festivities will begin each day at noon (exceptionally at 10h on July 23, 27, 30 and August 5). On the program, the retransmission of the events taking place in Tokyo on a giant screen, but also cultural and sporting events, or meetings with athletes. With the French athletes competing in the Games having to leave Japan 48 hours after the end of their events, most of them will come to the Trocadero upon their return to Paris. On Friday, it will be possible to learn 3×3 basketball, judo or BMX. Until August 8, activities are also planned in Île-de-France region, at future Olympic venues. Webpage: https://www.sortiraparis.com/actualites/a-paris/articles/253431-jo-de-tokyo-une-fan-zone-gratuite-dans-les-jardins-du-trocadero-a-paris

No lead contamination after the Notre-Dame Cathedral of Paris fire, according to Public Health France. This is confirmed by a survey published  last Tuesday. While cases of lead poisoning have been identified in children living near the building, their contamination is linked to at least one other factor. The Plomb Notre-Dame collective is perplexed. Weird !!!

The Eiffel Tower will offer antigenic tests for visitors without a health pass. The antigenic tests will be carried out at the foot of the tower, they will cost 25 euros for foreign tourists and will be free for the French. Since Friday, this symbol of Paris has received between 10,000 and 13,000 tourists per day, the expected level which corresponds to half of its usual summer attendance. If no sanitary gauge is provided at the entrance, the elevators of the first two floors can only take 50% of their usual load to enforce social distancing. The mask is also compulsory. Its already overcrowded now I am afraid even more be really early!

The craftsmen (artisans) of Notre-Dame Cathedral of Paris put their talent at the service of the Château de Vigny. The facade and roof of the Château de Vigny in Val-d’Oise (dept 95 ) are currently being restored by specialist craftsmen. For this exceptional site, the same companies are involved as those working in the Parisian cathedral, in particular for the scaffolding and the roof. The idea is to renovated and save it, good deed!! Webpage: https://www.chateauvigny.com/en/

Some foodie info I like with some interesting places that are popping in popular circles of mine in Paris

If you needed a good reason to set foot in the 7éme arrondissement, it’s Coya, its small garden and its Peruvian menu. Here, we feast on traditional Peruvian cuisine with South American, Japanese and Chinese influences. Le Jardin de Coya,  83 rue du Bac. Webpage : https://www.coyarestaurant.com/le-jardin-de-coya/

Laïa is the new little address hidden away . At the end of the dining room, illuminated by the large bay window, we can see the chef working in the kitchen, who offers us good robata cuisine. Improved by the Spaniards, we sit on the vegetated terrace to feast on well-executed Mediterranean cuisine. Laïa 226, boulevard Voltaire 11eme. .webpage : https://laia-restaurant.com/

On this small cobbled lane which lights up with small lights as the sun disappears. The talented gang of Caché treats us with gourmet and refined tapas including the addictive croquetas of Iberian jamòn (ham) and their runny tortilla (omelet). Amagat 23 Villa Riberolle, 20éme. Webpage: https://www.amagatparis.fr/

And the beat goes on, c’est la vie!!

From August,2021 professionals in cafes, bars and restaurants are asked to carry out systematic checks of the health pass!! GNI, the union of self-employed workers in the hotel and catering industry is upset. They rightfully claim it is up to the police to carry out systematic checks. In addition to the rush of the service environment, it also argues that the staff of bars and restaurants are not allowed to ask their customers for an identity card, making it impossible to control. Instead, it suggests installing a QR code at the entrance to establishments, which can be flashed to prove that you are in good standing. Good idea. The GNI is who? Webpage:  https://www.gni-hcr.fr/qui-sommes-nous/

Disneyland Paris will ask its visitors from July 21 2021! for proof of vaccination, a negative PCR test of less than 48 hours or a positive test proving that the person has contracted the Covid for more than eleven days and less than six months. It’s obligatory right!

The French singers Vianney, Yseult, Patrick Bruel, Julien Clerc etc serve the royal plateau this weekend at the Fontainebleau festival. The first edition of FBLO kicks off tomorrow Friday and ends on Sunday. Organizer Live Nation has seen it big for this first edition. Julien Clerc, Vianney and Patrick Bruel will perform on the lawn of the Grand Parquet ground of honor, accompanied by rising stars of French song like Noraa, Yseult, etc. Info webpage: https://www.livenation.fr/fblofestival

The ponds of Yvelines, whims of the Sun King. In Perray-en-Yvelines .This complex, which extends over 310 hectares and concerns eight ponds spread over as many towns, was once used to supply water to the ponds of the Palace of Versailles. Today a haunt for nature lovers, the ensemble has just been classified as a nature reserve. More detail info for nature lovers in French webpage: https://www.reserves-naturelles.org/etangs-et-rigoles-d-yvelines

Now this is some tips given by the French chefs and used of course very much in France. The 6 things to never order in a restaurant according to the chefs. 1) never order fish on Monday. Why ? Because most restaurants order their fresh fish on Thursday or Friday in anticipation of the busy weekend. 2 ) And if by chance you stumble upon a restaurant that offers Kobe beef just barely more than its traditional steak, no need to stop, it surely is a scam. 3)  Many chefs disavow chicken dishes because they tend to be less creative and yet not cheaper. In addition, the portions are often doubled or even tripled, which encourages us to overeat. 4) it is better not to ask for too much cooking for your meat. If you don’t like rare meat, the chef suggests simply opting for another dish. () never ask that this or that ingredient be replaced by another in your dish. In a good restaurant, the chef masters the combinations of flavours. -) Stay away from pasta in a pizza place, fish in a steakhouse, teriyaki chicken in a sushi restaurant, etc.  Pure logic in itself.

There you go folks, another episode of my France’s odyssey . Hope you enjoy the reading and stay ahead, much needed in our fast moving world. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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