Posts tagged ‘France’

November 10, 2019

My early life in my blog!

So on the Armistice weekend (celebrated Monday November 11) in Europe (the end of the Great War or WWI)  and Veteran’s Day in the USA (for all combine) ,I come to end my nice weekend with the family in my Pluvigner, Morbihan , Bretagne and head back to the CDG Paris area to continue my job mission. These will be many weekends back and forth until May 2020 at the latest.

Just the re start of my finance consultant life into retirement and thereafter. Life on the road is nice but sometimes missed the boys back home even if we also celebrated early this weekend my twin boys 26 yrs old birthday. We went to eat out at favorite family restaurant Tablapizza , then shopping in the Armand Thiery store and others , doing the groceries at Carrefour with them and next day like today went to the cinema Cineville to see the Maléfique : Le Pouvoir du Mal or Maleficent: Mistress of Evil   movie and then more gifts to them and eat out at the old Burger King lol! they love it.

Now reminicent in a sentimental way of my life travels and efforts starting with my dear late mother Gladys and continue with my dear late wife Martine , still going strong out of faith with my 3 boys and Dad. I have to tell you a bit of my early post when I started this blog out of inspiration of many in the famous travel forums and friend in Madrid. Most if not all these early posts have no pictures as used elsewhere but they tell my early steps in life in a chronological manner. Hope you enjoy reading it as I did/do.

So these were my entry into my first blog posts ever!!! It all started back in November 2010!!! wow already 9 years time flies when having fun. Thank you all!!

Well I am finally into a blog after many years posting elsewhere. Hopefully this will allow me to share with my friends and family my travels and favorites pastimes over the years,and to hear back from folks similar stories. It will grow with us,looking forward to it. Posted: November 26 2010

Havana/La Habana it was once the Paris of the Americas, the Pearl of the Antilles, the most chic city of Latin America until the revolution destroyed everything;streets names were changed, city names were change, people left in hordes, and more poverty than ever sets in all under the glorious revolution still there.  Posted: November 28 2010

Madrid .I arrived from Havana, Cuba on December 30th 1971 in a lonely long flight of 16 hours aboard a Britannia four propellers aircraft with a fueling stop in Santa Maria, Azores islands of Portugal. After much political pressure and the help of the Spanish government as Spanish citizens to leave the island dictatorship. I end up in another one Lol! Posted: November 28 2010

Where it all began for me and my family finally arriving in freedom at Perth Amboy , New Jersey ,USA on may 10, 1974. From Madrid ,Spain. After successful avoiding two dictatorships of the left and right, freedom sets in. Posted: November 28 2010

Daytona Beach/Ormond Beach /North Miami/ Hialeah/ Miramar. My first contact with the State of Florida took place in 1973 when I went from New Jersey to visit my Aunt in Miami Lakes; it didnt seem that great, I guess I was already used to the cold weather from Spain and New Jersey. Then in August of 1977 I went to pursue my university studies there, and settled at Daytona Beach. It was instant love, the city was warm, sunny but also cool in winter, nice folks and the beach and the girls was awesome. Posted:  November 29 2010

Versailles. Coming around my life, as a family we decided way back that one day we might end up in France. Being married to a French woman, and all French citizens, the time was just any minute. Life in South Florida has been great, and we were visiting France every year since 1990 together,even sometimes with my parents. The decision was made to come to live in France permanently in August 2003. Posted: November 30 2010

Auray/Brech . Well here I am back and with new photos to share the wonderful world of  France. Today, I will talk a bit about my new area the Pays ‘Auray. Its a agglomaration of several towns into a metropolitan system of cities. The capital and main city is Auray or An Alre in Breton language.  I arrived here in May 30 2011. Posted: June 26 2011

Pluvigner. The town we are now is call Pluvigner, same department of Morbihan 56, in fact only about 11 kms from where we were, but a much bigger home. 255 sq meters of home and 1000 m2 of land!!! The house is great, we will do some adjustment to our convenience but no major works needed. I arrived here on July 2013. Posted: September 8 2013.

Now you know a bit more of me for those new to my blog in a nutshell!!! Again thank you very much for keeping with me these last few years (9) and hopefully many more to come on our roads of our world.

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

 

 

 

November 10, 2019

Place Vendôme and Opéra Garnier, Paris of course!

Again the tour continues taking advantage of my new role by CDG airport, with a car! So Paris here I come again, watch out the road warrior is out there. However, once parked please walk, walk Paris until you drop, its awesome! the best way to see a city in my opinion and that goes for several major medium small cities in our world you name it.

Once parked by the wonderful Indigo underground parking at Place de la Concorde , I set out on foot to see my beautiful Paris. Of course, written on these spots before in my blog ,but this are new pictures and my favorites areas even if by now taken over by the world and they are welcome!

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I went out of the jardin des Tuileries into rue de Castiglione one of my old work spots and took a peek at the Westin Vendôme Paris hotel. If you read my posts, you know I worked here in management accounting when it was call the Intercontinental Hotel yes part of that chain and we lovingly called it the L’Inter!

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paris

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There went past the wonderful Place Vendôme again written on it before so will spare you my love for it, you can tell right? this is classic chic the very best and no need money to indulge yourselves in the best money can buy. Walking along the Avenue de l’Opéra was awesome to see my Opéra Garnier when was at managing the Le Grand Hotel Intercontinental (still with the group IHG) my office window was looking at the left side of the Opéra! This house is beautiful, architecturally stunning in a must to see even if not into the plays of opera is a must I say! I missed some friends not there but saw a couple still there from my times wonderful memories always.

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paris

The Obelisk at the center of the Place Vendôme has a wonderful history and still can see the emperor Napoleon on top. There is lots of construction going on all around it but still the obelisk was intact clean beautiful.

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The walk over to the Opéra Garnier was sentimental for the above, and seeing next to it my favorite lunch spot the Café de la Paix historical spot where I never pay the bill lol!!! And many of friends have been invited to see the wonderful work inside by Mr Charles Garnier who did the Opéra Garnier as well!!!

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Hope you enjoy the pictures, granted taken with my samsung mobile telephone but heck I am not a photographer I enjoy views and memories deep in my mind! A never ending thrill to be back in Paris and able to walk these spots of so much time and so much cheers spent on them. Again hope you enjoy it. Paris is a movable feast indeed!!!

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

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November 9, 2019

Again Place de la Concorde,Paris!

And just great took advantage of a job mission by my CDG and of course took a jump into my eternal Paris! Just to know ,have written on this subject before in my blog but these are new pictures, and I can never be tired of writing talking about the Place de la Concorde, or before Place Royale or after Place de la Revolution, and then peace, concordia Place de la Concorde!

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Not going into details and history as have written that in my previous posts; just new pictures and the feel of walking all around it again! I came in by car of course!!! lol! and coming in by the Arc de Triomphe into the Avenue des Champs-Elysées and into the indigo underground parking at the Place de la Concorde. From here went walking into my eternal Paris!

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I started by the gate statue in front of the Hôtel Crillon and de la Marine walking into the wonderful Obelisk of Egyptian origins and right into the wonderful sublime sentimental Jardin des Tuileries. Here came by the museum of the Orangerie and Jeu de Paume as well as the pond; looking straight into the Arc du Carrousel and far to the Louvre.

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paris

I took a peek at the wonderful architecture of the Assamblée Nationale or house of representatives of the French Republic or France! There were great shots me think of the Grand Palais roofs and the far away Tour Eiffel and even took a shot at the US Embassy complex at Avenue Gabriel!

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paris

A wonderful walk that in between had the sublime sensation of having lunch at my old work hangouts Café l’Imperial at rue de Rivoli corner with Rue Roget de Lisle! A wonderful group of people still there with the frame old saying by Gustave Flaubert in 1913 Imperialists are wonderful people, very honest plausible and intelligents! Well I help that out with a wonderful stuff quail with petit pois with a nice glass of Red Médoc house wine, water and expresso coffee, bread all for 21 euros! while looking the world pass at rue de Rivoli and the gorgeous Jardin des Tuileries across!

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I came back to my underground parking at the end of the day but first did a few more walking , next post, stay tune, Paris is always there! oh yes the traffic from CDG along the usual roads took me 2 hrs when should be 50 minutes, so much for the car politics, the solution is better roads and more parking parks.

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Stay tune for more of my eternal Paris and my hangouts back in the ïle de France region of my belle France.  And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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November 9, 2019

The great CDG near Paris!

Ok my dear readers I have some time now in my nice looking hotel room overlooking the great CDG in Tremblay en France/Roissy en France dept 93 Seine Saint Denis and 95 Val d’Oise commonly call the main Paris airport…. but not in Paris!!! These pictures are from last week.

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I am hook to my blog as a way of pastime and it feels great to be able to write a piece even in the hectic new job start up away from home! I am in Tremblay en France dept 93 of Seine Saint Denis and the region of Ïle de France! near Paris!

roissy en france

roissy en france

So far mostly around my hotel Holiday Inn and the Aeroville shopping center which finally try it and its super and really enjoyed the Big Ben pub there see pics. I have also venture into Paris Nord II shopping center too a huge spread out place.

roissy en france

roissy en france

roissy en france

Very busy with the setup of the new position, getting my computer and still waiting for my cellular/mobile telephone! A nice Europcar rental car and a nice hotel. Of course all these hotels were made to use the public transports really if by car you need a GPS lol!! mine street is not even on it lol!

Anyway tomorrow into Paris and see my old areas, then next weekend Armistice Day monday 11 November  back in the USA Veteran’s Day off and will go home for the 3 days of course by car!!! Then next week more time in my eternal Paris and beginning to meet all friends!

Anyway, the startup has begun beautiful and looking forward to more. I will need to be prepare for a hectic Christmas and a good start in 2020! Looking forward to that day with no more jobs lol!!!

Stay tune be good, thanks for reading me all these years and hopefully many more to share as some already mentioned, thank you! Have a wonderful long weekend for most and remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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November 2, 2019

Saint Nolff, memories, souvenirs!!!

Well nostalgia sets in now. I have written pieces of it in previous posts without giving out too much of it. However, this is the end, sadly. I came to this little community to work for a worldwide big company of 1,6B euros and now it has been sold! I was planning my retirement next October 2020 but I decided to do it as we say here retraite anticipée or early retirement. I will still be base in the Morbihan , precious Pluvigner but will be a consultant all over the world; first stop CDG Paris. Of course, this is when i say i work near Vannes in a 1504 castle ruin property the town is Saint Nolff. As the run of the jobs will be all over and sometimes without internet, post will be fewer and more space out but the blog will continue and eventually even more busy than ever! Stay tune please. Thank you for been such avids readers of my posts over the years.

While working in Paris and living in Versailles my dear late wife Martine asked me to slow down on my journeys around the world to stay closer to the family. Of course, I obliged and found me the management job here in Saint Nolff, the Morbihan dept 56 of the region of Bretagne/Brittany. It has been a wonderful rollercoaster ride indeed!!!

It’s a very nice job,or was as of November 4 2019 it will be another one. It provided me  with plenty of travel opportunity as we have branches in 28 countries, and my job requires a lot of travel. One of the hidden benefits of the job! The people are/were very friendly and nice, and we are allowed to work pretty much independant. We are next to Vannes in quiet, small, cozy country heaven, a big change from my previous post near and in Paris. Yes a loving job if I can call it that.

I live about 35 minutes from the job by car on the road N165 or can take a semi detour and come into the country road D19 or even better the D779 . Traffic is minimum, and so far so good. Even thus notice traffic and people are picking up!  The job is/was in an old castle originally built in 1504 ,now only the ruins of its walls remains, and the face of the manoir or mansion call Chateau, where the main administrative office is (so far) ,and where I had my office.  For a while now ,the memories kept coming in as next year is my legal age retirement limit here so thinking already of the consultancy route to stay busy and more time to enjoy my belle France! ,and lovely Brittany !! Well it has happened earlier!

There will be many memories here, nice souvenirs after 8,5 years many new friends, but as the old saying life keeps on trucking and we must move along with it. Always looking forward to the future as long as our minds allow it. My first consultant work setting up finance procedures and some travel will be by Tremblay-en-France (Seine Saint Denis dept 93 just over the border with Roissy en France dept 95 Val d’Oise what most call Paris airport but not in Paris limits! ) the cargo zone of the Paris airport CDG. It’s a job on the subject of my university degree and same finance function as now in addition to been about 34 km from my in-laws and wife’s sisters houses in Seine-et-Marne dept 77

For the nostalgia, let me tell you a bit more on the town of Saint Nolff.

The town of Saint-Nolff comes from Saint Mayeul, Abbot of Cluny. The oldest document concerning Saint-Nolff dates from 1375, evoking a fact dating back to the second quarter of the 13C. It is unclear whether the parish actually existed before 1230. In the middle ages, the lordship of Gourvinec was one of the most powerful in Saint-Nolff. In 1790, the parish of Saint-Nolff was erected in town during the French revolution. The town, located at the bottom of a valley, where flows the Condat brook and where the railroad passes, it is only 19 km (about 12 miles) from Vannes.

The main thing to see here and it is very nice my stopping point for lunch many times next to the bakery and small resto around the mayor’s office is the Church of Saint-Mayeul b. 15-16C, renovated in the 17-19C. A cross-shaped Church, the two transept arms are formed by two juxtaposed bays having each gable and window with mullets on the sides.The bedside is square and pierced by a canopy. It originally included a nave without a aisle, a transept and a flat bedside choir. From this old church there remains only the choir whose bedside is pierced by a window with flamboyant lattice and a door of the south brace. The north cross brace dates from 1677.  At the end of the 19C the two cross-braces were extended to the western façade to form aisles and the Church was vaulted, which made a carved sand-pit structure disappear. The bell tower dates from 1783. A small side door dates from the 16C. The pulpit and the confessional date back to the 19C. The stained glass windows of the choir and transepts are in a broken arch with flamboyant filling and the stained glass is from 1882 to 1886. The confessional and the pulpit date from the 19C. A statue of Saint Mayeul, patron Saint of St. Nolff, is visible in the Church.

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st nolff

The Chapelle of Sainte-Anne was built in 1493 in the immediate vicinity of the Saint-Mayeul Church. You can see a statue of St. Anne of the 16C preserved in the presbytery and the unusual presence of lily flowers in the mullions windows and stained glass, at a time when Brittany was still independent (union of Brittany with France was in 1532).

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Other significant chapels here are the Chapel Saint-Aman or Saint-Amand. This chapel was built in 1528. The Chapel of Saint-Colomban was probably built at the beginning of the 16C and then deeply reworked in the 17C. The Moulin du Gourvinec, this mill was built by the family of Gourvinec, lords of Bézit. The first mention of this mill dates from 1503. Three wheels are driven by the Condat River, in order to turn wheat into flour. In 1930, it will be transformed into a sawmill, activity that will end in 1951. A time used as breeding poultry, it will be bought by the town in 1989, which ensured the restoration.

The town is famous for its festivals that are very much in demand so in this little town we rock!! The Festivals are: The Festival of hard heavy metal music Motocultor Festival, since 2013 during the month of August. It host more than 40 Groups local national and international, starting this year  2019,held over four days !.More info : http://www.motocultor-festival.com/wordpress/home/

Mamm Douar, since  2013, this is a festive and militant festival the name is Breton meaning the motherland  or in French terre mère.  It was created in 2009 in Brittany and since  2013, it is held in Saint-Nolff. More info : https://www.touslesfestivals.com/mamm-douar

The Festival of noise or La Fête du Bruit, a rock contemporary music festival in St Nolff ! More here: https://stnolff.festival-fetedubruit.com/

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here and why not, authentive Brittany or Breizh !!!

City of Saint Nolff on heritage in French

flower cities and towns of France on St Nolff

And there you go in a way my hommage to Saint Nolff, a town very small but by now very much attach to my world globe of wonderful places to be in . Not saying will not stop by but this is the end of the fix attachement. I still will be base in the Morbihan which we love it so much by now, and I will do my missions all over from here. Once in full retirement than my activities will be even less and spend more time in the area, hopefully start of 2021, adg. Thank you for reading this post.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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November 2, 2019

La Turballe, Loire Atlantique!!!

So now in my continuing road warrior trips in my beautiful area of the west of France, and after visiting some new places I came to another one where we had a meal. This is very nice coastal La Turballe.

The town of La Turballe is located in the department of Loire-Atlantique 44, in Pays de la Loire region. It is historically part of Bretagne/Brittany. It is only 7 km from Guérande and 20 km from Saint-Nazaire. The town was created in 1865, but its history dates back to 854. From 1837, the opening of sardine canneries directly in La Turballe boosted fishing activities and led to an increase in population. The port of La Turballe is the first fishing port in the Pays de la Loire, with eighty-one trawlers, and the eighth largest in France. It is the first port of the Atlantic coast for anchovies and sardines, which are usually celebrated in mid-July on the occasion of the sardine festival.!!

La Turballe

Despite health concerns, the Emperor Napoleon III began a second trip to Algeria in 1865, confiding in his absence the regency to his wife Empress Eugénie. It is therefore she who cosigns, on May 17, 1865, with the minister Eugène Rouher, the decree raising La Turballe to the rank of a town.

La Turballe

Some of the wonderful things to see here are

Built in the middle of the 18C, the Moulin or windmill of Kerbroué was one of the banal windmills of the Lordship of Lauvergnac which itself depended on the Barony of Campzillon. Since 1810, date of the first leasing before notary there has been several owners until 1971. It was equipped with an electric crusher installed in the windmill in 1977. Today, it is known under the name of Moulin à Fernand (windmill Fernand), name of the last miller, Fernand Nogues. The town bought it in 2000 and has spent 5 years renovating it to make it operational. The windmill of Kerbroué is located on the road of Saint-Molf, D139 at a place called the Four Routes and can be visited directly to the windmill or to the association “Au Gré des Vents” which manages it tel +33   (0) 2.40 .11.71.31.  More in the area tourist office in French: Tourit office La Baule Guérande on La Tourballe mouliln de Kerbroué

La Turballe

A bit on the Church Notre Dame de Miséricorde. In 1505, Anne de Bretagne (Ann of Brittany) made a gracious gift by offering three crowns in the same pattern of fleurs-de-lis, which for centuries had caped the brides of the countryside. Guérande was endowed with a crown of gold, Saillé of a silver and Trescalan of a gilded copper. The first two disappeared during the French revolution, but that of Trescalan still exists. History tells us that this 15C crown was restored in the 19C. In 1698, the villagers of Trescalan made a petition to build a chapel at the top of the hill; this chapel was erected and dedicated to Notre-Dame de Miséricorde or Our Lady of Mercy. In 1852, the present church was erected on the site of the old chapel. The bell tower has a height of 33 meters from the ground of the Church. At the beginning of the construction, the tower was finished at its upper part by a domed roof. From the platform, one can admire in a complete horizon all the landscape extending from the mouth of the Loire river to that of the Vilaine river, towards the wide and towards the big Brière. For access to this platform, you need to climb 110 steps and after a first landing you will discover the vault of the frame of the Church. Visitable only in season (July and August).

Other things to see here which we will need to return are the Château de Lauvergnac a manor house seen from the road it looks meticously kept. The Chapel Notre-Dame is located at the tip of the Pen-Bron peninsula. It is part of the old marine center of Pen-Bron. From north to south, the beaches of La Turballe bear the following names from Piriac-sur-Mer to the port of La Turballe;  Belmont beach , Port Creux, Ker Elisabeth, Bastille; and the port at the Pointe de Pen Bron (very nice we were there!) Bretons beach, Croix de l’Anse beach, Grande Falaise beach, Pen Bron beach. The pristine Pointe de Pen-Bron is classify a natural area of ecological interest, fauna and flora (ZNIEFF) category 1 under the name Pointe de Pen-Bron, salt marshes and hillsides of Guérande ( about 38+ km2) since 1991 The dunes Pen bron are classified sensitive natural area and integrate the Natura 2000 network with Le Croisic and the salt marshes of Guérande (about 44 km2).

La Turballe

The beach of BretonsPlages tv beach webpage on the Breton beach at La Turballe

The beach at Pen BroPlages tv on pen bro beach at La Turballe

La Turballe

La Turballe

And we had our meal here and just guessing pick this place, as almost always was right on. The La Marie Galante pizzeria restaurant at 24 quai Saint Paul .Facing the fishing port, Pizzas (on the spot or take away), fish and grilled meats. great welcome. Excellent cuisine. Mussels fries, a pizza all nicely serve with a friendly smile a great meal for 4 overlooking the port . A very nice discovery this afternoon. Super menu from A to Z. Super attentive staff, polite and available. We will be returning soon and more often. The tourist office has something on them here: Tourist office La Baule Guérande on La Marie Galante resto

Also, they have a Facebook page here: Facebook page of La Marie Galante

La Turballe

La Turballe

La Turballe

Some additional webpage to help you enjoy this wonderful town by the sea a must while passing by the region.

The pleasure boat port of La Turballe

City of La Turballe on heritage sites

Tourist office La Baule Guérande on things to see at La Turballe

And there you go another jewel about an hour from my house as said so much to see will need a lifetime and maybe not enough, France is a movable feast! For now enjoy La Turballe in the neighboring Loire Atlantique dept 44!

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

November 1, 2019

Piriac sur Mer and St Sébastien!

Ok this one briefly, needed to put into a new post as even thus the bourg or village is part of the town of Piriac sur Mer has an interesting history and beautiful little chapel I like to tell you all about it.

The town of Piriac-sur-Mer in the Loire Atlantique dept 44 of the new region of Pays de la Loire...  This is just neighboring Morbihan dept 56 and old Bretagne! The town of Piriac-sur-Mer is only 11 km from Guérande and 25 km from Saint-Nazaire. The closest major cities.

The foundation of the village of Saint Sébastien dates back to the 13-14C. It is originally an extension and dependence of the important neighboring village of Kéroudigué, founded by the monks of the abbey of Saint-Sauveur Redon to house their sharecroppers. It is today a bourg or annex to the town of Piriac-sur-Mer.

The Chapelle de Saint-Sébastien is located here. It is founded and endowed in 1543. It is dedicated to Saint Sébastien, a Roman officer killed in 288AD, who became the protector from the plague and epidemics. Inside are a stone statue of the Madonna and Child of the 18C, a polychrome wood statue dating from the 17C representing St. Sebastian, to whom the chapel is dedicated, two wooden statues of worshiping angels dating from the 18C from the church of Piriac, a Christ on the cross above the east gate, the altar, the neo-Byzantine tiled mosaic of the choir and the stained glass window of Saint Sébastien are set up in 1904. The Way of the Cross dates from 1937. Inside, a common curiosity in Brittany is found as far as Saintonge: a stone bench runs along the walls of the nave to the choir.

Piriac sur mer

Piriac sur mer

Piriac sur mer

It was open and quant so we stop by and it was a pleasant surprise to see this little chapel on a main road , old and so well kept. Love it’s architecture and history. Enjoy it at St Sébastien before entering Piriac sur Mer on the road D333.

The tourist office for the area is the La Baule Guérande on Piriac sur Mer but unfortunatley not much info on the chapel. I need to go inside to find a bit more on it. Anyway this is the tourist office webpage: Tourit office La Baule Guerande on Piriac sur Mer

If you ever by this area, which is nice to be, do get a detour to see this small quant well kept historical Chapel of St Sebastian in English. Hope you enjoy it

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

 

November 1, 2019

Piriac sur Mer,the Loire Atlantique!

Moving along my road warrior trip in the deep country away from the hordes of public transport, this is pristine country full air and nothing but beautiful natural country roads! I like to take you to Piriac-sur-Mer in the Loire Atlantique dept 44 of the new region of Pays de la Loire...

This is just neighboring Morbihan dept 56 and old Bretagne! The town of Piriac-sur-Mer is only 11 km from Guérande and 25 km from Saint-Nazaire. The closest major cities.

Piriac-sur-Mer  has a deep-water port, reserved for pleasure boats and some fishing boats that remain in the harbor. The town was a major producer of wine from the 10C, but this activity ceased with the phylloxera epidemic of the 1880’s. In the surrounding countryside you still find the remains of this agriculture, the vines growing among the brambles. Piriac-sur-Mer has long been a strategic place, because it is located near the mouth of the Vilaine river and also has an island Ïle Dumet , a fort still occupies it   today. It is classified a small town of character of France. Piriac-sur-Mer has welcome in particular Emile Zola who lived near the Church, Alphonse Daudet who resided on the port and other curious in search of cultural exoticism. Also, Gustave Flaubert n and Jean-Paul Belmondo who came here on vacation during his youth. Today, Piriac-sur-Mer lives mainly from tourism and sea leisure activities

Piriac sur mer

The city center is Breton style with old houses of the 17C, gable and roof and steep slope. They form a compact whole, predominantly of gray granite. The old port hotel was built in 1626, and later embellished with a tufa turret. In the middle of this historic center is a massive church. When we got there we got into the local market day and it was wonderful as usual, some goodies were brought home!!!

Piriac sur mer

Piriac sur mer

The Church Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens built in 1766, raised on the site of an old chapel or church. The first dates from 570, the second from the 11C and the third from 1350 with its crypt still exists today. The contemporary church dates from 1766, it was built with the stones of the old Chapel Saint-Jean of the château de Kerjean with the cross of the old cemetery was embedded in one of its walls. This church has a single nave and cruciform. Its porch is square and has an imperial dome. The altarpiece dates from the 17C. Christ on the Cross, in painted wood, dates from the 16C. The carved granite font dates from the 17C. The altarpiece is from the 18C. The marble baptistery dates from the 19C The old church had a very high bell tower that served as bitter seafarers. We have the name of two chapels of this church, the Chapel Saint Jean serving as enfeu to the lords and the Chapel of the Rosary.

Piriac sur mer

Piriac sur mer

This is basically a very touristic chic town with beautiful beaches older world charm and very concentrated city center near the beach front. It is nice for a short visit or passing by as we did.  So enjoy coastal beach town of Piriac-sur-Mer or something like  Piriac by the sea. Just to mention this town has the label in France of Small town of character for its good keep of its architecture and old ambiance. We did not spent much time on the beaches not summer really but very nice they are specially St Michel the main one.

Piriac sur mer

Piriac sur mer

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

Tourist office of the are la baule guerande on Piriac sur Mer heritage

The pleasure ports on the Atlantique ocean about Piriac sur Mer

My favorite Plages TV beach webpage on St Michel beach at Piriac sur Mer

And there you go another dandy indeed as said good for the beach or a one day passing trip and lunch by the sea sublime. Enjoy it at Piriac sur Mer.

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

 

 

 

October 31, 2019

Pénestin ,the coastal Morbihan!

And why not tell you more of my lovely Morbihan dept 56 of the region of Bretagne! Well I have many posts on the region and always amaze of the amount of beautiful spots we have  ,always room for more. This is the case on the next posts, passed by it but never been until now. The choices are endless.

Let me tell you more about Pénestin, coastal Morbihan less than an hour from me. The town of Pénestin is 25 km of coastline,and is the southernmost town of the Morbihan dept. 56.

penestin

A bit of history I like

Pénestin was the former parish of Assérac, the new parish of Pénestin was created in 1767, and was until the French revolution, the town than was created as a city in 1790. In 1806,a study commissioned by Napoleon Ier to define the linguistic border between French and Breton , the town of Pénestin was Breton and faced Herbignac, French-speaking town.   In 1843, according to the dictionary of Ogée, the town became French-speaking. Generally as Breton is still spoken.

Pénestin was occupied by the Nazis in 1940, the town became part of the Atlantic Wall which formed an impressive line of fortified works to prevent any landing of the Allies. The strategic position par excellence of the town, located at the northern end of the Pocket of Saint-Nazaire, therefore justified the construction of a multitude of blockhouses. The Pointe de Halguen tip is located northwest of the town, where the fresh waters of the Vilaine river   and the salt waters of the Atlantic meet. The Lomer, again, the occupation troops had bunkers built by the local workforce, employed and directed by the Todt organization. The two main works are less substantial than those of Halguen but benefit from a wide opening on the ocean.

Some of the things to see here that I like are

One of the sights to see here are the wonderful beach and cliff of the gold mine or Mine d’Or which overlooks the beach of choice of holiday makers and which gave it its name. The cliff was exploited as a gold mine in the 19C, hence its name! At the time, it aroused the wildest hopes but was closed during WWI for lack of sufficient return.No gold!

For this and the beaches see the tourist office of the area here: The tourist office of La Baule Guerande on the beaches of Penestin

On our way here we passed by the picturesque town of Assérac and saw some wonderful sea salt ponds at the Beauregard saline .From the ocean to the salt harvest, discover how a salt works and the profession of salt. Passing by the Marais Salant de Port d’Arme . We will need more time to see this lol!

Asserac

At one time there were 7 windmills but today only 2 remains. The lighthouse or phare de Tréhiguer built in 1881 and since 1995 is the home of mussel culture or Maison de la Mytiliculture. The House of Mussel culture is a museum structure dedicated to the discovery, enhancement and promotion of mussel farming, ie the breeding of mussels, one of the most important economic niches of the town and very famous as one of the best in the world!. Famous for its production qualities and its appeal of the palate, the bouchot mussel of Pénestin delivers all its secrets here. From the entrance of the lighthouse-exhibition, you are projected in the world of the mussel farmer by a forest of piles, life-size reconstruction of a small mussel park. This one presents you the technical evolutions of the stakes, denominated bouchots, which serve as support to the growth of the molds. On the ground floor, the first room reveals the life of the mussel, from birth to harvest through nutrition and predation, in an underwater atmosphere. Upstairs, two rooms illustrate the profession of the mussel farmer and its evolutions through photographs, models and old tools. At the top, at the end of the spiral staircase, you will be rewarded for your climb by accessing the balcony, window open on one of the most beautiful panoramas of the estuary of the Vilaine river basin. Do not forget to visit the last room of the museum: the documentation room near the exit. General or specialized books and press clippings await you, especially to introduce you to the best mussel recipes … of course!

More on the house of mussels culture here: Tourist office of Penestin on the Maison de la Mytiliculture in English

Another nice building is the Saint-Gildas Church built and consecrated in 1880, this neo-Gothic church replaces an older church in the current cemetery. Inaugurated in a meadow, the church has some statues, one of which is Saint Gildas, the patron saint of the town. The capitals on the pillars of the nave represent flower motifs and the stained glass windows represent the life of Christ or that of Saint Gildas. Each arm of the transept contains a wooden altar of the 19C. The bottom of the choir wall is paneled.

Penestin

Penestin

Penestin

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here and worth a detour are

City of Penestin on heritage and culture

Tourist office of Penestin on heritage and history in English

Toursit office of Brittany on Penestin in English

And there you go my brief tour of another wonderful magical spot in my lovely Morbihan and by the sea is always better me think. Enjoy the tip of Penestin in beautiful Bretagne or Brittany or local Breizh!

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

October 31, 2019

War memorials of France and USA!

This is one of my old job cities in France, I worked here for 2 years and many  nice memories of the place and friends. Suresnes is in dept 92 Hauts de Seine just west of Paris easy over the Bois de Boulogne.  Been on a hill rolling down to the Seine river makes a picturesque town of quant streets and nice city center which I had enjoyed many times and even visited.

However, the reason for the post is that on this nice city of Suresnes lies two wonderful monuments of things never to be repeated. And it’s up to each and everyone of us to make sure it does not happened again. I will tell you a bit about the American Cemetery and the Memorial to the fighting French in the hill of Mont Valerien in the city of Suresnes! Ah before I forget ,you can easily reach Suresnes from Gare Saint Lazare in Paris, to Mont Valerien station go out and get on the exit Mont Valerien climb the street at the top are the memorial and cemetery.

Once on top you will go to the American Cemetery with souls of WWI and WWII on territory given by France to the USA ; this is a beautiful cemetery and on top has great views of Paris. You can go down to the esplanade to the left of the cemetery and the views to Paris on clear days is great; the best way to see the monuments. At night is sublime and romantic.

Suresnes

suresnes

The American Cemetery at Suresnes is an American military cemetery, located on the slope of Mont Valerién facing Paris. It contains, on an area of ​​more than three hectares, the graves of 1,541 American soldiers who died during WWI and 24 unknown soldiers who died during WWII. In addition, a wall of the lost perpetuates the memory of 974 missing at sea or on the battlefields during WWI. Rosettes were placed in front of the names of former missing persons later found. It is the only American military cemetery in Europe that combines the two WW. The land was granted for free in perpetuity by the French people to the USA.

Suresnes

The cemetery was established in 1917 by the Graves Registration Service of the Army Quartermaster Corps. Unlike the other cemeteries of WWI, located near the battlefields, this one was chosen because of its proximity to Parisian hospitals.  It was inaugurated by President Woodrow Wilson on Memorial Day May 1919, in the presence of General Pershing and Marshal Foch. The American Battle Monuments Commission then builds the chapel and landscaping. This work was completed in 1932 and the administration of the estate was entrusted to the American Battle Monuments Commission in 1934. The part dedicated to WWII was inaugurated at a grand ceremony in 1952, by General George Marshall, then President of the American Battle Monuments Commission. At that time, the loggias adjoining the chapel, as well as memorial rooms decorated with sculptures and engraved inscriptions were made. The stelae of white marble are mostly decorated with a Cross, or a Star of David for Jewish soldiers. On November 11, 2018, on the occasion of the centenary of the armistice of 1918, the American president Donald Trump came to collect himself at the American cemetery of Suresnes

The American Battle Monument Commission on the Suresnes cemetery

The roads of memories of the French govt on the Suresnes cemetery

Cacing the cemetery to the left side you go up to the  Mémorial Nationale dedicated to French veterans a solemn place with a never ending flame of gratitude to all those fallen under the nazism, many here were held and shot dead. It has a nice chapel and on top you can see the old fortress where there is a military fort still operational. if you go on the right side of the American Cemetery the distance will be longer but you see more high views of Paris and a nice walkers sentry on the parc promenade Jacques Baumel.

The Mémorial de la France Combattante or Memorial of the fighting French is a monument of homage to French fighters, resistant and deported which is in the city of Suresnes on the slope of Mont Valérien, at the foot of the fortress of Mont Valerien

Suresnes

The fortress of Mont-Valérien was the site of more than a thousand executions of resistants fighters in WWII such as Honoré d’Estienne d’Orves or 22 members of the Manouchian group. On June 18, 1946, General de Gaulle paid homage to the massacred and shot on November 11, 1946, under the direction of the Minister of Prisoners, deportees and refugees of the Provisional Government, fifteen corps of WWII fighters from France and settlements, including two women buried in a temporary crypt.

Suresnes

The design  was inspired by the symbol of the Unknown Soldier of the Great War (WWI is known in France), and adapted it to the specificities of  WWII. The different categories of combatants (fighters of 1940, FFL, resistant, deportees, prisoners, men of the France of Overseas) are represented by the remains of one of theirs. In 1952, one also places the body of a French soldier from Indochina killed by the Japanese. In 1958, General de Gaulle, returned to power, commissioned the architect of civil buildings and national palaces to build a real monument, inaugurated on June 18, 1960

Suresnes

The esplanade of the monument is over 1,000 m2. A wall 150 meters long, in pink sandstone of the Vosges, is attached to the rampart in millstone of the fortress. In the middle of this wall, a large Lorraine cross 12 meters high marks the entrance to the crypt where the 16 fighters rest. Vault 9 awaits the last companion of the Liberation. The 17 vaults are arranged in an arc of circle, with in the center an urn containing ashes collected in concentration camps, decorated with a metal sculpture representing a flame. On the foot of the cross is engraved the inscription extracted from the Appeal of June 18: “Whatever happened to the flame of resistance it will not be  turn off.  June 18, 1940 Charles De Gaulle”

Suresnes

In front of the cross of Lorraine, a flame springs permanently from a bronze burner. Along the wall, 16 different sculptures, equivalent to the Greek metopic, in bronze, symbolize the different forms of fighting for the Liberation. Built from 2008, an information and reception center has been open since 2009.

Memorial of Mont Valerien in French

Roads of memories French govt on the Mont Valerien memorial

Tourist office of Paris on the French memorial in English

And there you go a place of solemn memory and peaceful surrounding to guard and keep these brave men and women of our mother Earth. I thank them eternally! You go a lot to Paris, you should make a detour and visit Mont Valérien, Suresnes

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

 

 

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