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July 9, 2020

Notre Dame Cathedral , Update July2020!

So here I am back on the subject of Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris. Not back since my last update in Nov19! but things are moving again after the covid19.  There is a lot of work to go but the final date of 2024 has been kept and promise for the reopening!

Let me give you the latest on Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris, France, Europe, the World.

The dismantling of the scaffolding of the spire of Notre-Dame de Paris, deformed and welded by the heat of the cathedral fire in April 2019, began this past Monday Around 9h45, workers began to climb inside the scaffolding, via an elevator. This scaffolding, made up of 40,000 pieces, of 200 tonnes half of which is more than 40 meters high, was first consolidated and then surrounded by metal beams on three levels to stabilize it and prevent any risk of collapse. A second scaffolding has been put in place and from this past Monday, two alternating teams of five rope access technicians will descend as close as possible to the burnt out parts to cut, using saber saws, the metal tubes melted one on top of the other .They will be evacuated with an 80 meter crane. This operation will take place throughout the summer.

The President Macron has acquired the conviction that the cathedral must be restored to its original state, the Élysée said Thursday evening, after a meeting of the National Commission for Heritage and Architecture (CNPA), bringing together elected officials, experts and architects of the site. This Thursday afternoon, the members of the National Commission for Heritage and Architecture, a consultative and scientific body, all voted for an identical restoration of the spire. At the opening of the debates, General Georgelin, president of the public establishment of Notre-Dame, had also revealed to them the new intentions of the president. In the morning, the Minister of Culture, Roselyne Bachelot, had also spoken of a consensus around the arrow!.

Part of the roof as well as the 13C framework must also be rebuilt. For these two structuring elements, President Emmanuel Macron will not give his opinion. The president leaves it to the experts to decide which materials will be chosen,” adds the Élysée. Commission asked for oak frame and argued for lead roofing.

The president trusted the experts and pre-approved the outline of the project presented by the chief architect Philippe Villeneuve, which plans to reconstruct the spire identically,” said the Elysee. This project globally proposes a restoration of the cathedral and its spire in the manner closest to its state just before the fire that occurred on the evening of April 15, 2019. The CNPA “unanimously approved the proposed restoration party consisting in restoring the architecture of Viollet-le-Duc, with regard to the cover and the spire while respecting the original materials”

Regarding the frame, on which there was debate, an upcoming study will specify exactly the contours of its reconstruction which will be made of wood. “If there is a contemporary gesture, it can be there”, according to the presidency, which also recalls the project of an ephemeral structure, of a “building site museum” which could be installed in the courtyard of the Hôtel-Dieu , near the cathedral.

Postponed due to confinement, the delicate dismantling of the scaffolding that surrounds Notre-Dame, deformed and welded by the heat of the fire, will be completed “at the latest in September”, assured General Georgelin a week ago . This dismantling conditions the possibility of starting the actual restoration of Notre-Dame. The president is still planning a reconstruction in five years with a reopening in 2024. There will be beautiful pages of debates, no doubt less Homeric, will still be written on Notre-Dame. But in 2024, if the deadlines are met, the whole world should find the familiar silhouette of the monument General Jean-Louis Georgelin reaffirms that Notre-Dame should be able to open its doors again in April 2024.

As to the cause of the fire still is a mystery huh! I like this to move rather quicker but…I have spoken to several firemen there , here ,and other parts of France. Confirming what is written in the French press…

It is a long and complex investigation that fascinates even beyond its challenges. An extraordinary survey, the size of Notre-Dame de Paris. For months, the cathedral was the scene of an intense ballet led by experts from the central laboratory of the police headquarters and the best heritage specialists. One by one, the stones of the collapsed vault were examined, the rubble was sorted, the cables, the electric wires and even what was left of the cigarette butts found on the site were analyzed and some placed under seal. Site personnel, workers, cathedral employees, members of the clergy, residents, merchants … more than a hundred witnesses were heard by the police of the criminal brigade, responsible for discovering the causes of the disaster. Accident, act of anti-Christian vandalism, criminal track, terrorist attack? Everything has been considered. The craziest as the most hazy. To the point that several “conspiracy theories” quickly emerge!

The causes of the fire are only part of the problem. Another equally important part is the arrangements made to protect the site in particular and the cathedral in general. We note that they came under the Ministry of Culture and that its services were particularly weak. It is nevertheless strange that with the current means of investigation, the cause is “unknown”. It is therefore a safe bet that this is a well prepared attack from the Freemason government who wants to destroy any Catholic symbol in France. The presence of the rabbi after the destruction of the cathedral is strange to say the least, as are the laughs of Macron and his (now former) prime minister Philippe … The investigation is all the more difficult since the will to find is absent: A professional firefighter friend assured me that such old oak beams do not burn: they burn slowly. So there needed a combustion activator, an “energy”. The oxidizer being oxygen, and “energy” being activated, the frame burned down completely in an hour …Energy? A spark would not have been enough.   So the conclusion is obvious, but the omerta is in the media, and for good reason …It is indeed strange like some higher up is been protected!

I believe we might take more time in finding out than in rebuilding the Notre Dame Cathedral; time will tell. IN the meantime, we are moving on and on schedule!!!

For reference official webpage of Notre Dame Cathedral in French: Notre Dame de Paris

And you will be able to see an identical Cathedral in 2024 maybe the month will change but 2024 will be it. Thankfully, in time for the Paris Olympics!!!

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

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July 9, 2020

Getting around Cholet!

So , we decided to re-visit Cholet in the département no. 49 of the Maine-et-Loire in the région of Pays de la Loire. This is a historical town of very much links to the Vendéen wars against the French revolution. In what was the Anjou area. It is a very pleasant town and plenty to see and of course great walking

And as usual, I went by auto; taken the N165 direction Nantes hooking up direct to the N844  direction Poitiers/Angers ,on exit sortie 44 porte de Vignobles  linking with the N249 direction Poitiers  exit 38 and into the D753 that takes you into Cholet Centre or city  center. However, before going into city center we got around and parked first off street parking at Bd Guy Chouteau to see a church (more of this later) and then move on to the covered market by place du Huit Mai 1945 square (more of this later) and then move on for lunch by the Place Travot (more of this later). In all very easy by car and walks on site to minimize fatigue. In and out of Cholet is very easy.

Other parkings are Arcades Rougé (see shopping center post), Travot and Mondement, as well as closed parkings of Prisset, Mail , and Turpault. However, the covered market or Les Halles is a very good spot to park as well when the market is not on.

There is a bus terminal or Gare Routiére at Boulevard du Général Faidherbe, the local network here Choletbus : Choletbus network of buses

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However, right by rue Travot next to the Hôtel de Ville agglo and Parc François Tharreau (more of this later) you have an excellent bus depot of lines 1-6 and others passing by which we saw but of course never tried it. Just for information.

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The train station or Gare de Cholet located at 2 place du 77eme Régiment d’Infanterie. It has been totally re done and it looks very modern with all amenities of course never tried it here. Just for information.

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More on these official webpages :

Gare SNCF of Cholet: Gare de Cholet train station

TER trains on CholetTER Pays de la Loire on Cholet

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The Nantes Atlantique airport is within an hour so they say as never taken it from here just for information.   Airport of Nantes in English here: Nantes Atlantique airport

The webpage site Destinéo tells you itineraries and schedules of public transport in the region available in English: Destineo public transport tool

There is a connected public transport site Aleop for the Pays de la Loire region in French here: ALEOP Pays de la Loire public transports

You can, also, rent bikes or vélos to ride in the city, but did not saw anybody doing this while we were there on weekdays. The rental locations are  – Casavélo Tél : 02 41 62 08 41,  Culture Vélo Tél : 02 41 65 70 40, Cycles Bouyer Giant Cholet Tél : 02 41 28 53 39, and Cycles Chauvière Tél : 02 41 65 15 03. Again for information as never done it.

As you can tell, this is close to me at less than 2 hrs so we move by car very convenient and always easy parking even on street like in Cholet. The cost is 40 cents per hour if need to pay because if come between 12h and 14h is free as well as the first hour at other times. Then once in there, you can walk all over great fun indeed, the best combination!

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Hope you enjoy the post and see the coming posts on nice Cholet in the Maine et Loire 49niners! We again enjoy it even if this time there was one dear late wife Martine not with us physically.

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

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July 9, 2020

Wines news of France IIII !!

Well here I am again on one of my hobbies wines! And getting the habit of it, this might be the beginning of a new series already on its 4th version without counting the many others not numbered over my blog. Hope you enjoy the posts, with moderation but en vino veritas!!

A fun and above all free activity for young holidaymakers in Nouvelle-Aquitaine. The Cité du Vin de Bordeaux has decided to offer to people under 18 free until August 31.

In compliance with the sanitary rules provided for by the coronavirus – including the wearing of a mask from 11 years old , the establishment has announced the possibility for juniors accompanying their parents, upon request at reception, to come and discover its permanent route as well as the Belvedere.

With 3,000 m², the Permanent Route includes nearly ten hours of content from twenty different interactive themes relating to culture and heritage around the theme of the vine in the region and its many vineyards, accompanied by a digital guide to discover the different stories. The terroir table, a tactile table with 50 winemakers from ten regions of the world trusting in their work and anecdotes, the “e-vine” area to learn how professionals select grape varieties, prune vines, take care of their grapes and their harvests or “around the world of vineyards” with the representation of many landscapes are part of the different spaces making up the route. Everything is in place to put yourself in the shoes of a winemaker or a wine merchant. Finally, head to the 8th floor of the establishment to go to the Belvedere which, 35 meters high, offers a 360-degree view of the city and its surroundings and sip organic reason juice. For health reasons, adults are invited to book their tickets online.

More info at La Cité du Vin – 134 Quai de Bacalan 33300 Bordeaux . Open every day from 10h to 19h. More info here: La Cité du Vin Bordeaux

Worth mentioning, the surges of solidarity towards the nursing staff multiplied during confinement and continue beyond. Thus, the Maison Ruinart announced last Friday that it was joining the united and unifying operation “A table, les soignants !” or at the table, the carers!, Launched by chef Arnaud Donckele, chef of the triple-star restaurant La Vague d’Or, at the Hôtel Cheval Blanc Saint-Tropez, supported in particular by LVMH, Cheval Blanc, and the Michelin Guide. Created out of generosity and as a sign of recognition by restaurateurs, this national initiative consists of an invitation to an establishment for each caregiver, accompanied by the person of their choice. During the summer season, the champagne house founded in 1729 offers professionals in the medical world, twenty tables for two , after registering the dedicated platform for two professionals per week to taste the brunch made by Valérie Radou, chef en residence, at Maison Ruinart in Reims. As a sign of recognition, Ruinart has also decided to make a case of bottles of Ruinart’s cuvée R available to partner establishments of the house and participants in the operation to offer a cup to the caregivers present on the premises. More info here: A Table les Soignants info site

The French are crazy about gin. The proof again with Thomas and Charlotte Jourdan, founders of the young brand Malouin’s. They are found in Brittany. In their 4×4 with camouflage interior, they take us to the ramparts of Saint-Malo. Facing a turquoise sea we go, wicker basket in the bend of the elbow, picnic of crustaceans and a loaf of fresh bread. Following star chef Roellinger’s recipe, Thomas pours a centiliter of his gin into an oyster, accompanied by a round of pepper mill and a few drops of lemon. They use juniper, of course, coriander and their flagship ingredient, seaweed, kombu, kelp and sea spaghetti, which is collect by hand on the beach at Rochebonne. Add to that yuzu and orange for balance, and that’s it. A heady iodized scent that makes it a strong alcohol and pure seafood! In 2018, after seven years together at the head of the Bistrot de Louise et Manon and a whole life anchored in Neuilly-sur-Seine (92), near Paris, the duo, as a couple in the city as on the scene, decided to sell the establishment and change of life, the frantic pace becoming difficult to reconcile with two children to raise Among them, the upcoming release of their apple gin, based on apple alcohol, or the opening of the first distillery in Saint-Malo intra- muros. And then, finally, they think about growing their own junipers, and making Malouin’s gin a real product of local crafts. Malouins gin Breton more info here: Malouins Gin St Malo

In the Basque Country, the 39 winegrowers on 50 hectares of the Irouleguy appellation have suffered from the health crisis. Indeed as many but I am drinking Irouleguy right now, so help is on its way! “50% of our activity is based on cafes and restaurants. It therefore found itself nullified for two months due to covid19. We also had a very noticeable drop in mass distribution because people went to entry-level products. Even there, we lost 70% of market share”. From now on, the Irouleguy winery, which produces 500,000 bottles per year and represents 60% of the AOC, focuses on the return of French and even foreign tourists. “The Nordic populations, from Belgium and even higher, are big fans of our wines,” says the director general. Christophe Mazaud, directeur général de la cave coopérative Irouleguy at Saint-Etienne-de-Baïgorry (Pyrénées-Atlantiques). More on the cellars in English here : Cave Irouleguy

Another region hurting even if less is Burgundy. Burgundy wines expect a “decent” decline in sales in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. At the end of April, sales posted a decline of only 2% in volume, and 8% in value. At the end of May, they should have fallen by 12% in exports but by 25 to 30% in France. More than half (56%) of Burgundy wines are exported, the first market being the United States (20% of total exports). Exports came close to a billion euros in 2019. Over the whole year, the drop in sales in value should be between 10% and “15-20%”. Burgundy, with 3,659 estates, represents 4% of the French vineyard but almost 9% of the turnover of French AOCs and 20% of their exports. explains Monday June 29 the president of the Interprofessional Office of Burgundy wines (BIVB), Louis-Fabrice Latour. More info in English here: Burgundy Wines

The first to announce their Fall Wine fairs! At supermarkets Système U, Hyper U and magasin U stores take place from September 29 to October 10, 2020. Système U , which includes Hyper U, Super U, and Magasin U stores offers a 2020 wine fair made up of 752 references, including 60 organic, biodynamic or HVE (High Environmental Value) wines. The offer is thus much narrower than last year (around 1,000 references) the range of wines available remains considerable and can cover 14 French wine regions, with a rich diversity of appellations. Bordeaux wines are in the majority among this 2020 wine fair catalog of U stores. The average price of a bottle on the brand’s catalog is 10.98€, which positions System U in a wine fair that tends to towards the middle range. The heart of the selection is displayed at prices between 5 and 10 euros.

Despite health constraints, the 1st edition of the Festival Vallée du Rhône en musique or the Rhône Valley Music Festival will be organized from July 31 to August 19, 2020. Under the artistic direction of Grégory Girard, cellist, and under the patronage of Frédéric Lodéon, it will be punctuated by eight concerts by songs or classical music in different sites or wine-growing areas: at the Château du Barroux (84, Mont ventoux), at the Domaine de la Palud (Orange), at the Château de la Croix Chabrières (Bollène), or at the Château de Suze-la-Rousse , where the festival will end on August 19. More info here: Vallée du Rhône en musique

To wrap up this post some overall information: The French vineyard produces 3,240 different wines for 1,313 different names in 80 departments and 16 major vineyards. The 16 French vineyards, with 3245 labeled wines (2959 AOC-AOP, 286 IGP), and the 25,000 French wine-growing towns!. La vie est belle; en vino veritas!

Some webpages that I have used over the years and never a faute are:

Hachette vins here : https://www.hachette-vins.com/a-propos/

The online Vinatis when not able to go direct you can have it in French, German, Italian and I have it in English; the prices are for delivery in France: https://www.vinatis.co.uk/

And my all time favorite, cannot even remember when I started shopping here for wines, liquors, porto etc and present in many towns in France lucky to have it here in Vannes and Lorient nearby. Nicolas wine stores more info in English, also in French and deliveries ok in Europe. https://www.nicolas.com/en/

Even thus my first priority is to visit on site the vineyards and come back for more. Only in need time do I ordered online and sometimes stop by the store like the Nicolas. Hope It helps

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

July 9, 2020

L’église de la Trinité de Brélévenez,Lannion!

And why not continue a bit up north in my beloved Bretagne and stay on nice Lannion in the Côtes d’Armor dept 22. As said, need to give credit to these places that I have almost forgotten in my blog , so therefore time to remedy this omission. Let me tell you a bit more on the Church of the Trinity at Brélévenez, Lannion. or église de la Trinité de Brélévenez.

You go down a steep road , and you can get to the Church of the Trinity in Brélénevez. There is a stair with 142 steps downward that we did not took. This is a Roman style Church done at the end of the 12C to early 13C with rénovations to the 14C. There is a mise au tombeau from the 18C , portraits and statues of Saint Gilles and Saint Loup with a retable in marbre white and black in the altar.

However, let me give you a bit more on its architecture and history ok.

The Church of the Trinity of Brélévenez is located in the former village of Brélévenez, which has become a district of Lannion since 1961, The church is a remarkable witness to the architecture of transition between Romanesque and Gothic art. The Church of the Trinity is built on top of the Crec’h Tanet hill or fire hill overlooking the city. It is about 50 meters above sea level. It is reached from the city center by a staircase of 142 steps, bordered by houses on one side. It seems to have been built from the end of the 12C on 11C substructures. Construction began with the choir and the crypt, then continued with the nave. No archive background shedding light on the stages of construction and modifications of the church, the dates are based solely on stylistic analysis.

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In the 13C, two side chapels forming a false transept were added to the long volume of the church. In the 14C, due to its dominant position, the church was fortified by Olivier V, Constable of Clisson, during the War of  Succession of Brittany . Jean IV, Duke of Brittany, brought in Philippe Le Hardi, Duke of Burgundy in order to obtain the demilitarization of the church to return it to worship . The fortifications built by Olivier de Clisson were dismantled, leading to the recovery of the walls of the nave. During the same period, the side aisles were taken over and the side chapels enlarged. The bell tower was built in the 15C. The choir was altered in the 17C to place the imposing Baroque altarpiece commissioned in 1660 by Count Pierre de Laval and his wife in the 18C. The chapel of Mont Carmel was built at the junction of the nave and the northern chapel. The sacristy was rebuilt in 1845 on the site of an older one, obstructing Romanesque windows .In the middle of the 19C, the staircase which connects the church to the lower town was rebuilt, weakened by the extraction of shale.

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The large church is over 50 meters long. It has a Latin cross plan ending in an ambulatory choir with a single axial chapel. The two side chapels, built from the 13C, form a false transept ;without correspondence with the central, continuous volume, built from the end of the 12C. The north chapel is more important than the south chapel, creating an asymmetry. The most remarkable exterior part is the beautiful chevet from late 12C of pink granite, still Romanesque in its design with its buttresses formed by columns engaged with sculpted capitals, its modillions where heads can be distinguished despite the pronounced wear and its tall narrow semicircular windows. The south porch, in pink granite, also dates from the end of the 12C. The south side, reinforced with masonry buttresses, is pierced with Gothic windows with fillings. The south transept of green shale is pierced by a beautiful flamboyant window, moved from the north chapel during the construction of the sacristy in 1845.  The church is dominated to the west by a bell tower-porch in pink granite from the 15C . At the top, the recessed bell chamber is surmounted by an openwork octagonal arrow. Each of the two levels is surrounded by an open balustrade of three-lobed arcades.

The long nave of 11 travers spans wide including that of the bell tower, leads directly to the choir, without transept. Covered with painted paneling resting on sculpted sand pits, the long volume opens onto the aisles by broken arches resting on large round stacks. The crypt contains a remarkable polychrome Entombment from the 18C whose life-size figures are carved out of limestone. The church has five altarpieces. The back of the choir is occupied by a huge Baroque altarpiece which obscures the roundabout. Dating from 1660, it is built in tufa and adorned with black marble columns. Four other Baroque altarpieces from the 17C adorn the side chapels. In the south chapel, the Weavers’ Altarpiece frames a painting representing Pentecost. In the north chapel, an altarpiece dedicated to Saint Gilles and Saint Loup and the altarpiece of the brotherhood of the Trépassés, decorated with skulls. In the Chapel of Mont Carmel is a stucco altarpiece depicting the Virgin giving the scapular to Saint Dominic and Saint Catherine of Siena.

The Church of the Trinity ,also houses three classified sculptures: Christ of the Links, 16C, Virgin and Child with Saint John the Baptist, 16C. Above the door of the sacristy, a beautiful 15C bas-relief depicts the Virgin as an orante surrounded by six Apostles, with traces of polychromy. The large rectangular font included in the wall to the left of the front door is an old 13C grain measure engraved with an inscription in Latin and reused. In the Chapel of Mont Carmel, the vase of the 15C baptismal font, decorated with the heads of angels and hammered escutcheons, was purchased from the parish of Plestin-les-Grèves in the 19C. The pulpit and the lectern date from the 18C. The organ case is a work by organ builder Jules Heyer, a pupil of Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, made in 1862. It replaced the 17C organ destroyed during the French revolution. It was restored and extended in 1980 by Jean Renaud, from Nantes.

Some webpages in French but helps describe this beautiful monument even more are

L’association Sauvegarde du patrimoine Religieux En Vie (SPREV)  or the Association for the Safeguarding of Living Religious Heritage. SPREV on the Church of the Trinity in Brélévenez

The Paroisse de la Bonne Nouvelle Lannion Pleumeur-Bodou or Parish of the Good News Lannion Pleumeur-Bodou.  Parish of Lannion Pleumeur Bodou on Church of the Trinity of Brélévenez

And now I feel better to have in my blog this wonderful monument fully explain best I can. Hoping you enjoy visiting the Church of the Trinity at Brélévenez in Lannion.

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

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July 8, 2020

Monastery Sainte Anne and library of Lannion!

Ok so here I am back home in lovely Lannion north of me in department Côtes d’Armor 22 of my beautiful Bretagne in my belle France. I have written before on Lannion of course, but left wonderful monuments out and need to remedy that. I like to tell you a bit about the former Monastery of Sainte Anne today the Mediathéque or library complex of Lannion!

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The Monastery of Sainte Anne , story goes that first there was a Hôtel-Dieu or hospice here in the 12C until replaced in the 17C by a convent housing the order of the Augustinians (misericordia of Jesus) . In the French revolution, they were expelled only to come back in 1805. In 2006, it was converted into the Library or mediathéque of the city. You can now rent the Chapelle de Sainte Anne done in 1902, and the Chapelle des Ursulines from the 17C is also attach offering a cultural exhibition space today.

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I like to tell you about the architecture and history of it ,I like

The Sainte-Anne Hospital or the primitive Hôtel-Dieu was founded by the Kergomar family who affixed their coat of arms in 1630. It was then located in the parish of Loguivy. The building would have suffered greatly from the wars of the League towards the end of the 16C. In the second half of the 17C,  it looked like a wooden bridge building, adjoining a small chapel dedicated to Saint Anne. This building contained two rooms for the poor and ran along the rue de Kérampont. The whole then becomes the property of the Augustines or Hospitallers of the Mercy of Jesus. In February 1667, five hospitable nuns from Quimper took possession of this hospice and its outbuildings. Between 1667 and 1672, they restored and enlarged the buildings thanks to the generosity of several benefactors. A priest, Father Corentin de Kermeno de Plivern cousin of the superior and close collaborator of Father Maunoir, took charge of the establishment and devoted his personal fortune to it. The chaplain remained until his death in 1716. He was buried in the Sainte-Anne chapel (his grave was transferred in 1900 to the new chapel while his original funeral plaque is in the Avant-Choeur) where you could see his tomb emblazoned with his arms: fashioned of gold and silver with six pieces. In the 17C, the hospital depended on the bishopric of Dol, of which the abbot of Kermeno was the vicar general his tomb was the large chapel.

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In 1753, the restoration of the convent chapel began, and in 1767 that of the buildings of the Hospice. During the terror of the French revolution, the Sisters were imprisoned in Tréguier, but the hospital was returned to them in 1805. It was rebuilt under the second empire and inaugurated on October 23, 1866. During the 19-20C, it was enlarged. The large chapel was raised to the glory of Sainte-Anne and inaugurated in 1900. Disused at the end of the 19C, the old chapel was rented in 1935 to an ironworker, before being taken over by the nuns to settle there. a home for young workers. From December 1975 the hospital was transferred to the new buildings near the Kergomar manor, which then became a retirement home. Part of the monastery buildings will be transformed into a home for the elderly, and another part into housing for able-bodied people. In June 2003, the Sainte-Anne Community sold its heritage and the municipal council of the time, decided to acquire the monastery in 2003. The building was then converted into the media library we see today.

Acquired by the City of Lannion in 2003 following the sale by the Sainte-Anne Community. The Espace Sainte Anne offers you today: The Alain Gouriou Media Library, or mediathéque. Dare to stroll around and discover the 100,000 documents at your disposal in this splendid 1500 m² building! Access to the multimedia library and to printed documents, reading and individual listening on site are free. A conference room, An entertainment room, Meeting rooms, Permanence rooms, A cafeteria, An exhibition gallery, A digital space, Dedicated association premises, The Youth Information Point (PIJ), The Information and Orientation Center (CIO), the offices of the service of cultural life, the offices of the municipal opposition, and an interior courtyard that can accommodate entertainment concludes the complex.

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The Library Alain Gouriou and al of Lannion in French here: City of Lannion on the Espace Sainte Anne

The official webpage of the library of Lannion in French: Lannion library page

There you go blending architecture, history , and modern facilities to boot all under one roof at nice Lannion up north. Hope you enjoy and why not visit a library in France ! Hope it helps you decide.

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

July 8, 2020

Jerez de la Frontera: Alcàzar!!!

And looking over my previous posts on my beloved Spain, found out did several on the sherry wines but not on the monument. And of course, one is very important there so cannot believe it when not written about it. Let me tell you now a bit on the Alcàzar of Jerez de la Frontera!

Here we are again with a piece of my beloved Spain. This is deep Spain, in fact when visitors comes to Spain or hear about it, what they really see / hear is Andalucia. Not bad to wandered around Spain, as we say Spain is everything under the sun ::)

Jerez de la Frontera is the most populated province of Cádiz in Andalusia. It is 6 km from El Puerto de Santa María, 12 km from the Atlantic Ocean and 85 km from the Strait of Gibraltar. The city is one of the 6 towns that make up the Bahía de Cádiz-Jerez metropolitan area, a polynuclear urban agglomeration formed by the towns of Cádiz, Chiclana de la Frontera, Jerez de la Frontera, Puerto Real, El Puerto de Santa María and San Fernando located in the Bay of Cádiz.

The Discovery of America and the Conquest of Granada, in 1492, made Jerez one of the most prosperous cities in Andalusia thanks to trade and its proximity to the ports of Sevilla and Cádiz. In fact, the strategic situation of the city made king Felipe II consider building a navigable estuary so that ships could get from the city’s jetty in El Portal to the city through the Guadalete river and that the city was included among the 480 cities of the world that are part of the Civitates Orbis Terrarum. (It was an editorial project conceived as a complement to Abraham Ortelius’ world atlas, Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (1570), which became the most complete collection of panoramic views, plans and commentaries textual of cities published during the Modern Age.)

The one I like to tell you here is the Alcàzar ,old arab fortress and inside of it has the Palacio de Villavicencio and a hidden camera; as well as the ramparts walls with pieces of it on several streets, open or encrusted in buildings today. Need to tell you Jerez de la Frontera, means Jerez at the frontier as this was the name given to towns conquered by the Catholic kings army marching thru liberating it from muslim rule and after conquest and stop the area became the frontier between the two worlds. Hence, Jerez de la Frontera was a frontier town.

The Alcázar de Jerez de la Frontera, is a group of fortified buildings of Almohad origin ,probably the 12C, being the oldest Almohad building on the Iberian peninsula, to which later palatial baroque buildings were added, and which is one of the main monuments of the city; It is located in the corner of the wall that surrounded the city, next to the Alameda Vieja. It is considered one of the few examples of Almohad architecture that exists in the Iberian Peninsula.

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In the middle of the 11C, Jerez swore allegiance to the Banu Jizrun of the Taifa kingdom of Arcos. It is precisely to this time that the first architectural remains located in the fortress belong, although these are reduced to a few foundations, made with stones locked with mud. In the 12C, in response to the authority of the Almoravids, Jerez proclaimed an independent taifa under the government of Abul Gamar ibn Garrun, king of Ronda. From 1146 he swore allegiance to the Almohads, who will take control of Al Andalus (Andalucia) in their fight against the Christians of the north. Most of the Islamic buildings that remain in the quarterdeck belong to this stage, which lasts until 1248, when Jerez declared himself a vassal of the Kingdom of Castilla, reigning in this Fernando III El Santo. Between 1248 and 1255, the Alcàzar will remain in the hands of its Muslim governor, named Aben Obeit in Christian literary sources, until Jerez is besieged by the Castilians, and the Alcazar is conquered. However, in 1264 the Muslims of Jerez rebelled against Christian rule, entering the quarterdeck and passing the entire Christian garrison to the knife! king Alfonso X reacts against the revolt, besieging the city for five months, in 1264. As a result of this siege, Jerez surrenders to the Castilian troops, all the Islamic inhabitants of the city being expelled, who sought refuge in nearby towns or emigrated to Africa.

From the original Islamic fortress, the doors, the mosque, the Arab baths, the octagonal tower and the Pavilion of the patio of Doña Blanca de Borbón are preserved. From later stages, the Torre del Homenaje 15C, and the Baroque palace of Villavicencio and the Molino de Aceite or Oil mill  18C stand out. Partially surrounded by the large Alameda Vieja, the imposing Torre Octagonal or octagonal tower stands out with its presence, with its characteristic Almohad double curb, as well as the Torre del Homenaje de los Ponce de León. Later, a Renaissance facade replaced the old wall of passage to the Arab baths.

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The Mosque and the Arab Baths built by the Almohad sovereigns, this mosque is the only one that remains in the city of the eighteen that existed during the Islamic period. Its interior, now suitably restored, preserves, in addition to its classic horseshoe arches, the substantial parts for the Muslim rite, such as the minaret, the courtyard of ablutions, the prayer room and the mihrab, as well as an altar that reminds us that the first Christian Chapel of Santa María del Alcázar was created here. The Arab Baths keep the three classic rooms of this type of facility in very good condition. Built with sober solid and rough brick, starry skylights open in the domes of their ceilings, giving them the intimacy with which they were conceived. The Pabellon Real or royal pavilion has undergone archaeological excavations  being carried out.

Palacio de Villavicencio.  This stately palace was created by Don Lorenzo Fernández de Villavicencio, one of the first wardens of the city, and stands on one of its sides from the year 1664 on the remains of previous Arab buildings. It is a remarkable baroque palace that served as a residence for this and other city wardens and public representatives.  Inside it is housed what was saved from the pharmacy of the Municipal Pharmacy originally in the Convento de la Merced de Jerez de la Frontera. It is in perfect condition and completed with various furniture from the period 19C.

The Camera obscura or hidden camera, inside the main tower of the Palacio de Villavicencio, the tallest in the city. A simple set of lenses and mirrors with which you can see in real time and bird’s eye view of everything that happens at the moment in the streets and squares of the city; as well as the main monuments, church steeples and steeple and, roofs of palaces and mansions, and the distant farmland of the Jerez countryside.

Jardines or gardens in the Alcázar has several landscaped areas that include olive trees, cypresses and various flowers and fish ponds. Currently you can access much of the surface, leaving a small extension attached to finish completing. Attached to the mill building are the gardens of the old teatro Eslava which are used for cultural activities.
The Patio de Armas is the most spacious area of ​​the complex, the place where in times of Almohad rule the governor formed his troops. The main buildings of the Alcázar are arranged around this space, and it currently houses all kinds of social and cultural activities.

And now i feel better showing this wonderful complex that still needs to be seen fully. Hope you have enjoy this wonderful Alcàzar of Jerez de la Frontera!

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here and is a must are

The city of Jerez de la Frontera on the Alcàzar complex: City of Jerez on the Alcazar

The Jerez de la Frontera tourist office on the Alcàzar and especially the palace: Jerez tourist office on the Alcazar

The Cadiz province tourist office on Jerez de la FronteraCadiz province tourist office on Jerez de la Frontera

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

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July 5, 2020

Dinan, the crossroad of Brittany!

So here I am to tell you about a wonderful town of my Bretagne and the dept 22 of the Côtes d’Armor. I hav written several posts on Dinan, but feel a general overview should do justice with some of the things usually not mention by the passing tourist/visitor.

And in our rambling rides in our beautiful region we visited again Dinan, this time a bit more. We went by car of course. Dinan is indeed at the road crossing of Saint Malo, Rennes, Lorient,Quimper, Vannes you name it. We set out and took off on the road D768 direction Pontivy. We went all the way past Pontivy to hook up at Loudéac with the N164 direction Rennes. Continue until we hit Saint Meen le Grand and got on shortly on the D125 already direction Dinan/St Malo. This road same direction change to the D166 passing Caulnes and then we smoothly fell on the road D766 passing the nice Saint Jouan de l’Isles town with nice story on St John the Baptist. At a traffic circle just still direction only Dinan now we hook up with the D795 straight into Rue de Marchix in Dinan and the underground parking at my favorite hotel de ville ,near the castle. In all , we had 141 kms and did it in 1h36 and still free. It has train service to Paris and bus terminal right by the train station, all transports now found at Breizhgo Brittany transports webpage on Dinan

We got out of the parking and immediately you see the Hôtel de Ville to your right ;built from 17-19C, and located at 21, rue du Marchix. Before 1822, when the City/Town Hall settled there definitively, after having successively occupied the salle de l’Horloge,the buildings of de la Victoire, des Jacobins, and hôtel dit du Gouvernement,at the rue de l’Horloge , it was the old Hôtel-Dieu. Instead of following the ramparts from there we took off for the tourist office which is right next to the entrance to the Castle (see post) but came down on the ramparts and saw there was the Fête Foraine du Liége by the Promenade des petits fossés with lots of rides for old and young and food, and music all the way to the night; last March 22, 2020.

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We walk into the gorgeous city old center with wooden houses from as far back as the 14C, and came up to see the tour d’Horloge, or Clock Tower, a 15C belfry, 45 meters high, which symbolizes the prosperity of the city. He still has the bell offered by the Duchess Anne. The clock was purchased by the city in 1498.

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Theâtre des Jacobins,before being a theater inaugurated in 1966, the Jacobins were a convent founded by monks in 1232. In 1824, the city bought the building which was to undergo throughout the 19C a series of architectural modifications.

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The Basilica Minor of Saint Sauveur (see post), Church of  Saint Malo (see post) ; jardin Anglais, traced in 1852 on the old parish cemetery, it also allows you to discover a superb panorama of the Rance valley.

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With more walk on the ramparts along the Tour Saint Catherine with a nice view of the viaduc de Rennes over the Rance river, this grandiose granite monument is 250 meters long including the abutments; its height is 40 meters above the towpath and 50 meters including the foundations. It is made up of 10 arches 16 meters wide, separated by straight feet 4 meters thick; the width of the cart track is 5 meters; it is bordered by sidewalks 1 meter wide.

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The port of Dinan from the castle. Here, you walk along the small harbor, take the time to sit on the benches and contemplate the boaters who moor. In the shade of the palm trees, relaxation is guaranteed!

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Inside the tourist office you can see the history of Dinan in the museum of centre d’interpretation et du Patrimoine with nice interactive booths. More info on the museum here at Coriosolis:Coriosolis of Dinan

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The historical Chapelle Sainte Catherine, the chapel houses the most remarkable collection of statues, the oldest of all the churches in Dinan. These statues are a Saint-Antoine 17-18C, Saint-François d’Assise 16C  in limestone, two bishops 17-18C, Saint-Pierre 16C, and a Christ on the Cross . There is also the oldest and the most exceptional, “The education of the Virgin”, from the beginning of the 14C,another, a limestone Virgin 15C, did not budge from the chapel because it was intact. She had been found in the 1930s, buried in a garden.

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jardin Val Cocherel by the promenade des pétit-fossés along the ramparts.

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The old maison du gouverneur or governor’s house, at  24 rue du Petit-Fort, 15C house, old weaver’s house, temporary exhibition in July and August. Regional objects and loom. The whole day was spent very nice.

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We did our shopping at Les Terny thés for my Harley Davidson mug and 1960’s Paris placemats for drinks,  they are at  11 rue de la Poissonnerie with official webpage at : Les Terny Thes Dinan

My sons got their leather belts at TM Cuir at 8 rue de la Poissonnerie with official webpage here: TM Cuir Dinan

We loaded for the day when hunger struck with goodies of baguettes and dejeunettes sandwich breads at Boulangerie Royer-Gana at corner of the Grand Rue and Rue du Marchix with webpage here: Boulangerie Gana Boyer Dinan

And finally we did eat at the wonderful service and food of Pizzeria Cecco at 3 rue de la Lainerie. Nice quatre saisons or four seasons pizza, banana splits and a bottle of red Italina Negroamaro from Salento ,Lecce ;diabolo menthe, other desserts and pasta/pizzas total came out to 21€ per person,ok and nice ambiance with currency money frames and bucket lounge style tables and chairs in the old section of town. Official webpage here: Pizzeria Cecco Dinan

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Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

The city of Dinan and things to see in French: City of Dinan things to see

The Dinan-Cap Frehel tourist office on Dinan: Dinan Cap Frehel tourist office on Dinan

The Côtes d’Armor dept 22 tourist office on Dinan: Cotes d’Armor tourist office on Dinan

The tourist office of Bretagne on Dinan: Tourist office of Brittany on Dinan

And with that we came home leaisurely nice in our lovely Bretagne. Dinan we came back, it is worth it, I say one of the must cities to visit in the region. Hope you enjoy the brief introduction and do see the other main things to see posts .

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

July 5, 2020

Tour Perret and more of Amiens!

So would like to take you a bit to the old Picardie, now Hauts de France region and a very nice city with a lot of history of the struggle to be free in world wars. This is Amiens , and we have been here all over but feel not enough written in my blog about Amiens. I would like to give you a couple of places often overlook but very much part of the everyday life of Amiens. Hope you enjoy it as we did.

A symbol of the reconstruction of Amiens after WWII is the Tower or Tour Perret near the gare or train station , of which area was totally destroyed by bombings of 1944. The tower opened in 1952 and has the name of the architect that built it, Auguste Perret. It has a height of 110 meters and for a long time was the highest building in Europe, visible from several km around the city. The tower remains initially uninhabited: contrary to the initial wish of Auguste Perret, it is decided to provide housing there but it does not win the support of the locals. After the interior fittings, the Perret Tower was finally inaugurated on July 24, 1960. The first occupants settled there in 1962.

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In 2005, the project to modify the top of the Perret tower was completed. A glass cube that marks the hours by means of a luminous breath raises its top by six meters. This cube, made of an innovative material, active glass, is placed on the top floors of the tower. In light operation, it is supplied with low voltage; otherwise, when the glass is off, it remains opaque. A computer implements a device associated with a play of lights which, by reviewing all the colors of the rainbow, gives a variation of luminosity with each change of hour by a system of neon lights. Thanks to an adapted distribution of power and light sources, the lighting of the tower body has been studied so as not to cause any discomfort for its inhabitants.

Indeed seen from all over the town and even afar, it is an essential monument in the city of Amiens today.

You have more and address on the tourist office of the Somme dept 80 in French: The Somme 80 tourist office on the tour Perret

And one for the memories of our visits here while living in the Yvelines dept 78 which allows us to come often from Versailles, was to have our lunch here. We came first , we like it and kept coming back wherever in town or passing by . This was the old Brasserie Le Queen’s at 3 Place Gambetta.

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At 3 place gambetta, there was the Brasserie Le Queen’s. A very pleasant place with a charming reception! There were a variety of delicious dishes! Also, the price rhymes with the quality offered! This is an address we always hit it! Very good brasserie, you could eat traditional dishes, and the plates were plentiful, fair price, super-friendly welcome, for a lunch.

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Unfortunately, my opinion did not go well with the rest of you and the place has since closed down. At the same spot there is now the Les 3 Cailloux but have not try it yet. More info on the new on their Facebook page: Facebook page of Les 3 Cailloux Amiens

There was another nice building we like to past by even if not gone in (see post on cathedral) but for the memories of the post and Amiens will include. This is the Church of Saint Leu.

The Saint-Leu Church is located in the Saint-Leu district in the city center of Amiens. It is, after the cathedral to which it is very close, the oldest church in Amiens. The history of the Church of Saint Leu is truly known to us from the 15C, a period of prosperity found for the city of Amiens. The church was rebuilt and returned to worship in 1449. It is in flamboyant Gothic style. It was enlarged at the end of the 15C. The bell tower-porch was built around 1500. The entrance gate located at the southern base of the bell tower was redone in the 19C.

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The naves are covered with broken wooden cradles made in the 15C The cradle of the southern collateral is furnished with keystones sculpted in the shape of an angel holding a coat of arms painted in the 19C. The choir retains a high altar surmounted by a glory of the 19C. In the north nave, an altar dedicated to the Virgin is surmounted by a statue of the Virgin and Child, on each side of the altar is a statue including a Saint Joseph on the left. In the south nave, an altar is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus with on each side a statue: Saint Louis on the left, Saint Elisabeth on the right.  The grandstand organ have it that the first organ of which there is almost no trace would date back to the 16C. The 18C buffet consists of a large body with five turrets and a back positive with three turrets. In 1793, during the French revolution, the Saint Leu Church was stripped of its furniture and transformed into a fodder store for the army. Under the Directory, the Church of Saint Leu was returned to worship in 1796.  In 1918, the last old stained glass windows in the church were destroyed by bombing during the German offensive in WWI. In WWII bombing spared the church.

The Somme dept 80 tourist office on the Church of Saint Leu in French: Somme tourist office on St Leu Church Amiens

Last but not least in this nostalgic look at Amiens , you can see other posts with the main things to see. I like to tell you about the Hôtel de Ville or city hall.

The Hôtel de Ville or City/Town hall of Amiens is a building from the 18-19C located in the city center of Amiens, in the Somme department no 80 of the Hauts de France region. The City/Town hall of Amiens was built on the site of the Gallo-Roman amphitheater built between the end of the 1C and the middle of the 2C. At the end of the 3C, the amphitheater was transformed into a castrum. The town had to acquire a private mansion, the Hôtel des Cloquiers, to hold meetings of the Alderman Council and house its administrative services. In the middle of the 16C, the city of Amiens built a City/Town hall there. From this first City/Town hall, built between 1551 and 1600, we have an engraving of Le Soing c 1704 representing the brick and stone facade with its decoration of pilasters, pediment, trophies and royal and municipal coats of arms. In 1756, ordered was given to build a new City/Town hall to overcome the shortcomings of the old one. The main facade looked at the Place au Fil and the Beffroi or Belfry. In the middle of the 19C, due to population growth, the enlargement of the City/Town hall was decided . From 1856 to 1886, the two wings and the two pavilions at each end were added. The main entrance was now placed on the south facade overlooking the main courtyard closed by a gate.The construction of these two wings led to the destruction of vestiges of the Gallo-Roman amphitheatre. In 1992, the gates were dismantled and reassembled at the entrance to the Parc de la Hotoie.  The main facade overlooking the main courtyard where stone and brick alternate. The entrance is marked by a slightly projecting pavilion, which is reached by a staircase of about ten steps. Upstairs, a gallery gives access to the reception rooms. The frontispiece is framed by the four statues at the foot of the gallery: at the ends, two aldermen who tried to resist the Spaniards during the capture of Amiens in 1597, François de Blayries (on the left) ; Le Mattre (right); in the center, Charles-Florimond Le Roux, last mayor of the Ancien Régime and deputy of the Third Estate at the Estates General of 1789 (left), and Antoine Clabaut, mayor of the 15C (right).

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The city of Amiens on things to see, history and heritage in French: City of Amiens on history and heritage

And there you a nice walk will allow you to see all the above rather nicely and with time to spare for a day up nord in the Somme of the Hauts de France of my belle France. Hope you enjoy the brief tour of Amiens!

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

July 4, 2020

The family in Florida USA!

So bear with me , I am on the mood for things nostalgic again. I have written plenty in my blog and I thank you. However, missing out on my family, very dear to me. Therefore, let me tell you a bit about it, up close and personal. And happy 4th of July!

A wonderful 18 years in the State of Florida, my biggest chunk of life so far (France total so far is 17). Memories that will not go away easy. The State was sunshine, friendly, and happy; so many things to do it will take an entire blog history to tell. Of course, left for my belle France in 2003, and just back once with the family in 2009 and a couple days business conference in 2016. Life moves on, but the memories remain. Even many have change.

Starting with the Daytona Beach for college then Ormond Beach for living. Then , North Miami, Hialeah, and Miramar while working in Miami. Hope you have enjoyed this overview of my memories in Florida on my many posts on the great State. I told you about me and my places lived and visited all over the State. However, let me give some of my family still there as some are too shy to even have a FB page never mind a blog! Even if I send them my posts via email or FB lol!

So obviously a family portrait of Florida and those visiting from abroad while we were there; therefore not much text. Hope you enjoy it as we do , for the memories, for the times, forever family ,the rock or foundation of human life. Thank you for all you have taught over the years and still going strong!!

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Cape Coral family with wife and boys

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Cape Coral family with wife and boys

Hialeah

Hialeah family with wife ,father, and boys

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Miami Lakes family pool and my boys

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Miami Lakes family pigout Father and friends forever

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Ocala family cousins aunt and my Parents

Orlando

Orlando family, my wife and boys

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Daytona Beach market parents and paternal grandpa visiting

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Miami me, paternal grandfather and his brother

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Ocala old Silver springs my mom and visiting aunt visiting family

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Orlando Epcot France pavilion of course my dear Frenchie need to put up

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Ormond Beach my parents, wife and oldest son godparent (Portugal)

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Miramar walmartmy parents and paternal grandfather visiting

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Saint Augustine with my late Mom and late wife’s Grandma visiting from France!

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St Augustine statue ponce de leon me and aunt visiting

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Tampa Ybor City Columbia oldest Spanish resto in USA facade my dear wife and me

Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach my office aunt visiting now in Mexico!

Hope you enjoy this family post as much as I doing it. Florida will be a part of my heart wherever I go in our world. Thanks for sharing these moment with me.

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

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July 4, 2020

My early US history, Perth Amboy NJ!

It is said, that in times of need/worries in this case due to the covid19 virus, the roots come out and make you stronger. I believe it. I have an entertaining blog that keeps my time thanks to all my readers it helps. I sometimes write about glamorous places that I have been lucky to visit or lived! but the roots always comes back to you. And happy 4th of July.

On a cloudy cool day at about 17C or 64F in my new neck of the woods Pluvigner, Morbihan 56, Bretagne in my belle France, let me get back on my feet. I came finally into freedom after avoiding communism and fascism into the United States. I was 13,5 years old arriving in unknown town of Perth Amboy New Jersey USA!

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I spoked no English, no money and the clothes I was wearing arriving with my Mother (passed away in Versailles 2007) to join my Father there in Amboy as we locally call it. And the good times began!! Date: May 10 1972.

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Perth Amboy

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The early life was working very hard ,helping my parents who had branch out into small businesses such as the grocery store , clothing store, restaurant, delivery services,and nightclub activities. As hard working immigrants, it was a period of learning English, and new rules, laws, and way of living ,adjusting to the American work ethics that so much carry on in my life today. Even if by now also enjoying the la vie en rose à la Française!

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Perth Amboy

I became a US citizen in the municipal courthouse of New Brunswick, Middlesex county, New Jersey on December 13, 1980. I learn my ways and language like a native ::) I continue playing my beloved football/soccer (learned in Madrid), and some baseball at high school, and amateur team levels. I played in the Garden State Soccer league known as Schaeffer league for the local beer who sponsored it,and the LISA, or Luso-Iberian Soccer Association with Portuguese and Spanish clubs.

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My sports were intercepted around the help needed on my parents businesses,so I was very busy ,sometimes working at nights so to have some daytime free for sports and girls ::). The city that welcome me to America was Perth Amboy ,in Middlesex County, NJ. It was a city of about 50 000 inhabitants, full of immigrants from all over,there were sections call Budapest, Dublin, Little Italy, Holy Cross, etc, I lived by the one call the Waterfront (facing Staten Island, New York City).

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I graduated a Panther from Perth Amboy High School in June of 1977,and went to university in Florida (later my second and last home in the USA). In Perth Amboy I lived for 13 years, hard working and full of learning a new surroundings and customs/language but full of great memories and many many friends that will eventually stop by here. Forever, Go Panthers !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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In the Summers , we played at Rudyk Park complex underneath the Outerbridge to Staten Island, NYC, which was used by many to play summer league soccer/football sometimes with as many as 40 nationalities playing!  The wonderful tennis courts by the waterfront was entertaining, and with great views of the bay of NY all in Bayview Park. It has a vibrant downtown or city center area around the Five Corners as five avenues coincide at this junction. The roads are very easy as it is at the crossroads of the NJ Turnpike, the Garden State Parkway, and the Routes 1-9, 35 (to the Jersey shore and The Boss/Bon Jovi days), and 440.

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These were what I call the learning years, the real adult fun began in Florida, but have several posts on it too in my blog.  And then , of course, my belle France (French citizen since 2000) and have many many posts on that in my blog too!

The Perth Amboy is full of American history from the times of the colonies and later, just browse my other entries on it. It was the right city to be acclimated to the American way of life indeed. I am still attach to the city and high school with groups in FB!

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The Amboy Guardian local newspaper here! Amboy guardian newspaper

The Perth Amboy schools have it on the High School (lycée): Perth Amboy Publis Schools on the High School

The Middlesex County NJ webpage on Perth AmboyMiddlesex County on Perth Amboy

The city of Perth AmboyCity of Perth Amboy

Just for the memories and if by the area NY/NJ a must stop to get to know about early American history as it was the home of the British colonial governor of NJ and many battles were held there. Hope you enjoy this personal post. And thank you Perth Amboy!

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

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