Posts tagged ‘France’

November 26, 2022

The Place Saint Pierre of Vannes !!!

I am hugely surprise not written a post on this wonderful square of my dear Vannes! I had mentioned it in some post briefly, but really it needs a post of its own. Therefore, new text and older pictures not yet in my blog, here is my bit on the Place Saint Pierre of Vannes !!!

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The Place Saint Pierre square has a few old houses adjoining La Cohue (fine arts museum), opposite the St Peter’s Cathedral (see posts). La Cohue designating the old partly Romanesque halls, remains dating from the 16C. The ground floor was occupied by the stalls of merchants, mostly butchers and the first floor reserved for courts of law. The Parliament of Brittany sat there when it was exiled to Vannes. In the last century, a theater occupied the first floor which now houses the museum. At No. 9 Place Saint Pierre is one of the oldest houses in the city, recognizable by its many small windows, testimonies of civil architecture from the beginning of the 15C.  Of course, the must visit in town is that here you have the Cathédrale Saint Pierre (see posts) or St Peter’s Cathedral built in the 13C-15-16C-19C.

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This is of course a very old square located between the cathedral and the Cohue, bordered mainly by half-timbered houses and two important buildings facing each other and which give it the character of a square. In the ducal rentier of 1455-1458, it is called “placeix Saint Pere”. It is found referred to as a street on old city maps. It is joined to Place Henri IV (see post) by a narrow passage between two houses. The square is now clear of 3  houses which were attached to the west portal of the cathedral.

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The house at 15 place Saint-Pierre 15C includes an undated elevation for the development of the attic, the framework of which shows a high room under the attic. The house is one of the rare examples of houses built almost entirely in half-timbered construction, visible here on three sides. It was subsequently the subject during the 4th quarter of the 20C of a restoration and very important works during its acquisition. by the city for the development of the Musée des Beaux Arts or Fine Arts Museum, also known as Cohue. The corbel brackets on the first floor are recent and of the polygonal base type with rings sculpted with faces, made after the one in place in the room on the ground floor. The base of the house retains two old corner posts.

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The house at 2 place Saint-Pierre 16C is a wooden house with overhanging floors. Beautiful sculpted beam between the first and second floors. The second floor almost forms the bridge with that of the house at the other corner of the square.

The house at 7 place Saint-Pierre was built on the edge of the Cohue from which it is separated by an alley. Its facade framework shows that it has retained a first floor from the 15C. This one also shows the remains of the small windows that once ran along the facade. It shows alterations by its second Renaissance wall in the basement and an elevation in the 19C. The place is occupied in the rentier of the ducal domain in 1455.

This is a must to walk it while near or in Vannes, the place Saint Pierre is gorgeous and we always walk by it when in town; which is at least weekly. 

The City of Vannes on its heritagehttps://www.mairie-vannes.fr/lieux-remarquables

The Gulf of Morbihan tourist office on Vannes :https://www.golfedumorbihan.co.uk/explore/meet-the-exceptionnal/visit-vannes/

There you go folks, feel better now, to show this gem of my capital city of Vannes. It is as said, a must to visit and you will be glad, the looks at it are awesome, full of wonderful architecture and history of this fine city. Hope you enjoy the post on the place Saint Pierre and do visit it

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

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November 25, 2022

The Grand Plage of Quiberon, part III

I have written posts on this great big beach near me, but as the season is unwind, let me remind you of what is best in summer here me think. If one day you are passing near me and head for the beaches, you will probably won’t need to contact me just go directly to the Grande Plage or big beach of Quiberon. We are there even in w inter time! 

This, of course,  is my beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne and this is the Big Beach of Quiberon! Let me tell you a bit more on the Grande Plage of the town of Quiberon in the Presqu’ïle or peninsula of Quiberon!

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We come by car , D768 ,from its exit on the expressway N165, the best way to get here as it is a long peninsula. However, in summer there is the tire bouchon train from Auray, and bus no 1 of Keolis network from Auray train station. You can make connections to it from Vannes and even my little town of Pluvigner! I parked my car almost all the time at the practical and near Parking Varquez in city center except on market days which is held there or come after the market by 14h. There is also parking by the gare or train station Résistance or Butoir ,and a nice easy walk to it.

The Grande Plage is 900 meters of fine sand! This beach, in the heart of the resort, is accessible to all and has a parking for bicycles, a carpet and an armchair hipocampe for people with reduced mobility. In summer it offers a kids’ club and a beach bar. For your safety this beach is supervised in the summer and has a first aid station. Showers and toilets. We do enjoy the Grande plage or big beach, the center of it all here. It has kiddies areas, and grownups. Large beach with white sandy sands and wide enough to play games. This our favorite as it comes with easy parking, great eating/drinking places and very nice people. Can’t tell you enough. The Fischer beach bar is awesome right on the sand! and the front place Hoche has plenty to keep you for a day especially our favorite friendly owner l’Esplanade Café.

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The Grand Plage faces south facing Belle-Île and is protected from the winds. The Gare Maritime is at one end with ferries to the out islands such as Belle Île en Mer.  It is bounded to the east by the casino and to the west by the port of Port-Maria and the ferry terminal. See trawlers in clouds of gulls. Along an esplanade around the beach at the foot of buildings from the Belle Epoque. There are many bars and restaurants with lively terraces as well as ice cream parlors. We love it !!

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The City of Quiberon and its beacheshttps://www.ville-quiberon.fr/plages-de-quiberon/

The local Bay of Quiberon  tourist office on the Grande Plage :https://www.baiedequiberon.co.uk/to-see-to-do/water-sports-and-beaches/beaches/grande-plage-de-quiberon

My favorite beach site Plages TV on the Grande Plage: https://en.plages.tv/detail/grande-plage-quiberon-56170

There you go folks, a beautiful dandy of a beach in a nice town. The Grande Plage of Quiberon is all you need. The best in Quiberon in my opinion and been all over here by now. Hope you enjoy the post and come on over! 

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

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November 25, 2022

Again Notre Dame of Arzon !!

Many times in this lovely town in the Rhuys peninsula and some posts on it but again found me older new pictures not yet in my blog and they should be me think. I have written on the wonderful Church Notre Dame de l’Assomption in the town of Arzon; and its time for  showcasing it again.  Hope you enjoy as I.

Arzon is a town located at the end of the presqu’île de Rhuys ( Rhuys peninsula), it is bordered to the north by the Gulf of Morbihan, south by the bay of Quiberon, western part of Mor Braz (the big sea by the Breton just before going out into the Atlantic ocean) , and to the east by the town of Saint-Gildas-de-Rhuys (see post). The town of Arzon has two seaside resorts of very different characters: Port-Navalo (see post), dating from the early 20C (see post) , and Le Crouesty (see post).

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The nice monument to see here is the Church Notre Dame de l’Assomption . The parish church of Arzon was completely remodeled in the 19C, but the site is, in fact, much older. Indeed, historically, the town of Locmaria (now the town center of Arzon) has developed around a priory, a small monastery dependent on the great abbey of Redon. The site consisted of a chapel, monks’ accommodation and a tithe barn. Only the latter survived, south of the current church.

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The Church Notre-Dame de l’Assomption was restored in 1815. In 1848-1849, the bell tower was built (consolidated in 1890) and the nave was lengthened. The blessing of the two bells took place on June 5, 1855. It has been restored several times: the sanctuary (in 1880), the vault (in 1920). A complete renovation of the interior of the church took place in 1951. Note that from the beginning of the parish, there was a church in Locmaria. The local ceremonial of the Abbaye de Rhuys mentions the chapel of Saint-Sauveur until around 1500. A stained glass window, reminds pilgrims of the vow that 42 sailors from Arzon made to Sainte Anne in 1673 , during the battle of Schooneveldt which opposed on June 7, 1673 the Anglo-French fleet to the Dutch ships.The parish church has a model of a three-masted bark, a warship with stern and bow sculptures, where you can see a sailor boarding sword in hand. The deck and the ports have many guns.

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The parish of Arzon on the Notre Dame of the Assumption Church:https://www.paroisse-arzon56.com/eglise-notre-dame-de-l-ascension

The Gulf of Morbihan tourist office Arzon: https://www.golfedumorbihan.bzh/explorer-vannes/decouvrir-vannes/golfe-morbihan/presquile-rhuys/arzon/

There you go foks, a bit more on the wonderful church of Arzon. Hope you enjoy the tour and Arzon in the Rhuys Peninsula of my beautiful Morbihan dept 56!

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

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November 25, 2022

More of Châteauneuf du Faou !!

The town of Châteauneuf-du-Faou is in department of Finistère 29 region of my lovely Bretagne. The town is bathed by the Aulne river, important Breton coastal river. I have written on the town and the churches before in my blog, but found me more pictures that I think should be in so therefore , here is a bit more on the Chapelle Notre Dame des Portes and the Church Saint Julien.

The Chapelle Notre-Dame-des-Portes combining Neo-Roman and Neo-Gothic styles  dates from 1892. The statue of Notre Dame (Our Lady) was crowned in 1894; the day before the coronation took place the procession of miracles, which took place traditionally every year and ended with an edifying spectacle; the feast of the coronation ended with fireworks and the illumination of the whole city, thirty parishes came with their crosses and their banners the chapel was restored in 1953. The pardon of Notre-Dame- des-Portes, which takes place every penultimate Sunday of August, remains very busy.

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The Saint-Julien Church dates from the 18-19C. The current church includes a nave with six bays and a choir with a polygonal chevet. The bell tower with its dome and its lantern is from a previous church built in 1737, as well as many statues that adorn it such as those of St. Margaret, St. Michael, St. Maudez, Ste. Barbara, St. Pierre and a stone Pietà. A statuary group representing St. Anne and the Virgin and Child dates back to 1632. The church is adorned with murals by Paul Sérusier dated from 1914 to 1919 which represent the Annunciation, the Assumption, the Baptism of Christ, the Last Supper, the Crucifixion and the Resurrection.

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The City of Châteauneuf du Faou on the churcheshttps://www.chateauneuf-du-faou.com/page.php?rubrique=4&section=5

The Châteauneuf du Faou tourist office on its heritagehttps://www.tourisme-chateauneufdufaou.com/fr/decouvrir/les-incontournables/

There you go another jewel in my off the beaten path trails of Bretagne, this one in pretty Finistére dept 29 and nice Chateauneuf du Faou, and its Churches! Hope you enjoy it as I.

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

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November 25, 2022

Curiosities of Pont Aven !!!

Well is not far from my house and we have been here several times even from the old museum to the new museum of Pont Aven. Really all is around the painters, but it has several nice areas and great shopping of traditional goodies. I found, again, some pictures not in the blog so I will do a new post with these pictures now ; do see my other posts on the town, We love it and will tell you a bit more so you might love it too!

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 The Church of Saint Joseph was built in entre 1874 et 1875, at Place de l’Eglise, smallist by local standards more like a chapel. The modern neo-Gothic church, which replaced in 1875 at almost the same place the primitive chapel, too cramped for the needs of worship. It hides modestly between two blocks and is away from the hustle and bustle of the shopping streets. It was solemnly consecrated on April 30, 1878. In 1885, the new Stations of the Cross were erected and in 1888, the choir and the vault were painted, It had two bells in 1807,name the Joseph-Marie-Thaïs Élisabeth and the Joseph Alain Marie of 1841 to continue parish life. They were replaced in 1897 by Christine Emmanuel of 308 kg, Mathilde Alain of 213 kg and Anastasie-Baptiste of 151 kg from the names of their respective godfather and godmother.

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Inside, among the current decoration, it is worth noting 3 paintings by Émile Bernard, a way of the cross, a crucifixion and a descent from the cross. Another crucifixion, the work of André Even, a local artist from the 20C, is dedicated “To my native parish”. And a work by Father Alain Bouler, also a painter and child of the country. Modern stained glass windows evoke the life of Saint Joseph or the cult of Saint Mathurin, patrons of the parish. Another pays homage to the Abbots Tanguy, priest and vicar of Pont-Aven deported and died in the camps during WWII. Another where Saint Guénolé presents Saint Guénaël to his companions.

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The quant romantic nice promenade Xavier Grall; a wonderful laberinth of trails along the Aven river giving you an allure of old and just perfect for a family walk with windmills and river rapids, nice for a picnic in summer. We always take the walk here! The Xavier Grall’s promenade, called promenade des laundries, is dedicated to the poet who lived from 1930 to 1981. Laid out along the Aven river, it allows you to discover the diversion bays and the floodgates which at the time ensured the distribution of water. water at the mills as well as several light footbridges spanning the river. Stone stairs are also found along the promenade. Beautifully blooming in all seasons.

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The windmills or moulins of Pont Aven by 1880 ,there were 15 ! We like the moulin de Rosmadec mill. It dates from the 15C and depended, like all the others, on a castle, that of the Marquis de Rosmadec. It ceased its activity the year Théodore Botrel died in 1925. It has been a gourmet restaurant ever since. Inside, you can admire the 2 millstones named “millstone martinet” and “millstone arondel” , At the time, it was part of the castle of the Marquis of Rosmadec, Le Moulin de Rosmadec has not been in operation since 1925. Which as above became a wonderful restaurant very much in vogue, reservations days ahead is a must, and we love it here too. The restaurant webpage: https://rosmadec.com/

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The City of Pont Aven on the church and others: https://www.pontaven.fr/Edifices-religieux

The local Concarneau Pont Aven tourist office on Pont Aven :https://www.deconcarneauapontaven.com/en/explore/brittany/pont-aven/

The Finistére dept 29 tourist office on things to see in Pont Avenhttps://www.toutcommenceenfinistere.com/article/pont-aven-cite-des-peintres

There you go folks, a dandy quant town not far from me and we love to visit even for a road warrior ride, lovely Pont Aven or the bridge by the Aven river! A wonderful family day recommended to all. Hope you enjoy it and do visit when possible.

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

November 24, 2022

A tender story on Bréal sous Montfort !!!

The town of Bréal-sous-Montfort is located in the department 35 of Ille-et-Vilaine, in my lovely region of Bretagne. It is just over 20 km from Rennes via the RN 24 Rennes-Lorient expressway ; which I have taken zillion times and the memories of always to write this post. Hope you enjoy it as I.

In my taking a new job in Saint Nolff near Vannes I left behind the family until the house in Versailles was sold, In the meantime, I needed to make several trips on weekends to see them and start carrying boxes for our moving to the appartment I got in Brec’h near Auray, This continue for a few months until house sold and the family moved in to the appartment, The thing is on the road and quick roundtrips ,and with the boys on tow , of course, for lunch, breaks, etc we stop at Bréal sous Montfort to eat at the local McDonald’s, yes !! The story go we came back to it several times afterward in our road warrior trips until about 2018, I found me a pictures of the parking lot and got me to write this memorial stop in my life and as I said, my blog is my lifé’s history, it should be in.

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Let me tell you briefly on Bréal sous Montfort:

The earliest occurrences of Bréal appear in records from the late 12C and early 13C. No doubt to distinguish the two towns in the name of Bréal in the department of Ille et Vilaine 35, the determination “sous-Montfort” was added at some time after the creation of the towns under the French revolution by November 1789, This replaces the name of the old regime or monarchy ,however, this complement was not imposed in official acts until the Second Empire.(Napoléon III),

The church of Bréal is first mentioned in documents in the 12C as the Church of Saint-Malo. There is no trace of a permanent castle in Bréal before the end of the 13C. For the 15C and the beginning of the 16C, 28 mansions and a hotel have been identified, of which approximately 13 currently remain , You have two castles but in private hands today, these are the Château du Molant, built between 1775 and 1786,and the Château de la Haute-Forêt, built between 1858 and 1866, As an anecdote, on August 13, 1532, François Dauphin de France, son of Claude de France and François I spent the night in Bréal. The next day he was crowned Duke of Brittany at Rennes as the coat of arms of the town of Bréal take over those of François.

Not been to it but for info there is a reputable garden near that many said is worth the detour. This is the Jardin de Broceliande at a village call Les Mesnils which is part of  Bréal sous Montfort. Their webpage: https://www.jardinsdebroceliande.fr/en/home/

The town of Bréal Sous Montfort on its history/heritagehttps://www.brealsousmontfort.fr/histoire-et-patrimoine.asp#demoTab1

There you go folks, a dandy memorable spot with my family; sometimes the little things are worth more in weight than the more exotic popular places; we love these spots all over the world. Hope you enjoy my memorable post on Bréal sous Montfort as I

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

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November 24, 2022

I bring you back to amazing Pleyben !!!

I have written posts on this town, and even surprise my collegues all Bretons with the information I gave them after my visit , Pleyben is a small town ,but loaded with architecture and history to take you a while. I lookup my vault and found some pictures not yet in my blog, and feel they should on this marvel of the Finistére dept 29 in my lovely Bretagne,  Let me tell you about the Parish Enclosure of Pleyben, and hope you enjoy as I.See my other two post on the parish enclosure.

I have written so much on the history and architecture of it, that will make the text brief just to show you new pictures in my blog. Actually, you know, I came here for the chocolates florentines (see post) but end up been amazed by the parish enclosure. This is their story as told by me on the Parish Enclosure of Pleyben , which brings together the Church of Saint-Germain, the monumental Calvary, the Ossuary and the Arc de Triomphe . This is one of the Seven wonders of Brittany, and you should see them all, this one is special been to it several times. Magical place! And I only give the basics, these is huge!

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A typical enclosure is made up of 5 inseparable elements: the Church, the Calvary, the Ossuary, the Monumental Gate and the surrounding wall which closes everything and which gave its name to the parish enclosure. It is from the privilege granted by Henri II in 1548 to organize 4 annual provincial fairs and a local monthly that Pleyben will begin a significant economic development allowing it to erect a prestigious religious building. Brittany is living its golden age. In Pleyben, the inhabitants are rich and pious and show it by erecting this superb religious complex. Tanners and linen fabric manufacturers accumulated fortunes between the 16C and 17C, allowing them, in this very religious country, to build these treasures of granite and kersantite that amazed everyone. As for that of Pleyben, it is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and above all the most complete in Brittany. Its construction dates from the 16-17C.

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The Saint Germain l’Auxerrois Church was built on the site of an old sanctuary, between 1530 and 1690 as evidenced by numerous dates inscribed in different places. The large porch is done to fully understand the function of this porch, it is necessary to know that the choir of the church is the territory of the ecclesiastics while the nave, the porch and the tower are the responsibility of the council of parishioners. This is why the porch is embellished with a small stone bench on the side walls where the council stood for its meetings.

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The Calvary built in 1555 and moved in 1738 is one of the three important calvaries of Finistère. Built in the shape of a tetrapyle with 4 entrances, it looks like a triumphal arch where you can admire around thirty scenes from the life of Christ, carved in Kersanton stone and staged on two levels.

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The Ossuary was built in 1560, resembles a house. It takes on the architectural style of Flamboyant Gothic with very beautiful twin bays. Today it is a museum which contains a very beautiful statue of the Virgin and the Child of the 16C having the particularity of being in a nursing position, the bare breast, which remains quite exceptional.

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The Monumental Gate or Arch de Triomphe, dates from 1725 and it is the door that symbolically separates the world of the living from that of the dead. A monumental semi-circular arch embellished with a niche on each side which houses statues, surmounted by a stone cross.

The town of Pleyben on its heritage: https://www.mairiepleyben.fr/index.php/fr/decouvrir-bouger/histoire-et-patrimoine/patrimoine-naturel

The Finistére dept 29 tourist office on the parish enclosure of Pleybenhttps://www.toutcommenceenfinistere.com/article/les-enclos-paroissiaux-en-finistere-nord

The principal Calvaries of Brittany on Pleyben: http://www.7calvaires.fr/en/pleyben/

There you go folks , I feel better now to tell you all about the beautiful parish enclosure of Pleyben , a must to see, something wondeful in my lovely Bretagne. Hope you enjoy it as I

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

November 24, 2022

My treasure watercolors of my belle France !!! Part 2

The Aquarelles or Watercolor is a water color on paper., so they tell me,,, In French, we distinguish watercolor, transparent, from gouache, of identical composition, but opaque. The binder that attaches the pigments to the support fibers is almost always gum arabic. Watercolor or gouache colors consist of pigments, a water-soluble binder and additives to aid in application and storage. Watercolors can only be exhibited in suitable conditions, low light and protected by glass. Which is how I keep them for many years already,

I have many so again , as the first one was well received here is more of my favorites out to show in my blog, Hope you enjoy this wonderful aquarelles or watercolors shots of wonderful monuments of my belle France as I.

The Luxembourg Garden Located on the edge of Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter, was inspired by the Florentine garden Boboli was created on the initiative of Queen Marie de Medici in 1612. Covering an area of 25 hectares, the garden is divided into a French-style part and an English-style part. Between the two stretches a geometric forest and a large pool. There is also an orchard with varieties of old and forgotten apples, an apiary to learn about beekeeping, greenhouses with a collection of breathtaking orchids and a rose garden. The garden has 106 statues scattered across the park, The view shows the Panthéon as well.  webpage :https://www.senat.fr/visite/jardin/index.html

Paris jardin du luxembourg vue sur le panthéon

Ainhoa and its beautiful houses of the main street, Located between the Nive valley and the Navarre border, Ainhoa is classified among the most beautiful villages in France. This 12C bastide-street created to welcome pilgrims on the way to Saint-James of Compostella, combines the green of its hills with the white and red facades of its old houses. Webpage : https://www.en-pays-basque.fr/en/territory-and-destination/nivelle-valley/ainhoa/

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The Chaine des Puys is an alignment of 80 volcanoes that spans nearly 32 kms long and 4 kms wide. This natural site brings together all forms of volcanism and is a fascinating visual spectacle. Webpage : https://volcan.puy-de-dome.fr/volcans/chaine-des-puys.html

Auvergne volcans la chaine des puys

This is Beynac et Cazenac, between the Dordogne river and the immense rocky promontory, there is no longer any doubt that you have arrived! Stone alleys, blond stone houses… for a total immersion in the time of the Middle Ages. Webpage : https://en.sarlat-tourisme.com/discover-sarlat-and-the-perigord/villages-around-sarlat/what-is-there-to-do-and-see-in-beynac-et-cazenac-the-must-sees/

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Béziers old town is packed with historical monuments you’ll love exploring. Whether it be the Canal du Midi itself, its bridges and locks or Béziers Cathedral, Allées Paul Riquet and Jardin des Poètes. Webpage : https://www.beziers-mediterranee.uk/explore/city-of-beziers/visit-beziers-old-town/

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Located at the foot of the medieval quarter, the Marais de Bourges offer a space for relaxation  and discovery close to the historic center of Bourges. Thus, 135 hectares are  lovingly cultivated as family gardens by their owners and offer a  surprising nature walk in the heart of the city. In the Middle Ages, these marshy lands ensured the defense of the city and in the 17C,  the Jesuits bought the marshes and rented them to private individuals, who cultivated them. Market  gardening will last until the 19C. Webpage : https://www.bourgesberrytourisme.com/destination-bourges/best-of/les-marais-de-bourges/

Bourges les marais

Between beach, dunes, wet meadows, reedbeds and ponds, this natural site offers a very varied walk and viewpoints not to be missed. The Bay of Wissant is a magnificent link between the famous Cap Gris-Nez and Cap Blanc-Nez., webpage : https://www.lesdeuxcaps.fr/uk/Visit-the-Deux-Caps/Unique-life-experiences/Walking-between-Gris-Nez-and-Blanc-Nez

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This natural Pont d’Arc is a geological curiosity which is one-of-its-kind in the world, it was created in the rock in the most natural way possible, by the passing Ardèche river. Located at the entrance of the Ardèche Gorges, it is 54 metres high, 60 metres wide, and at least 500,000 years old! Webpage : https://en.pontdarc-ardeche.fr/discovery/the-must-sees/the-pont-darc-natural-arch/

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The Loire river by Gennes, Between the banks of the Loire and the wooded hillside, the natural wealth associated with the historical heritage, make this village an essential tourist stopover. Hiking or cycling is the ideal way to discover the megaliths, the Gallo-Roman amphitheater, the Memorial des Cadets de Saumur but also the preserved biotopes of the Joreau pond. Webpage : https://www.ot-saumur.fr/GENNES_a16444.html

Loire river not far from Gennes

The Saint Emilion monuments testify to this rich spiritual, commercial and wine-growing life inside and outside the city. The steep alleys make it possible to discover a village spread out in the shape of an amphitheater on the southern slope of the limestone plateau; from it were extracted all the stones used in the construction of houses, ramparts, churches and monasteries over the centuries. The underground part of the village presents as many testimonies of the past as its built part, in particular the monolithic church. Webpage : https://www.saint-emilion-tourisme.com/uk/

Saint Emilion

There you go folks, now I have another nice personal touch to my blog, again. These have been kept for many years do not even remember exactly but goes back to early 2004-06, and they are still in good condition. Hope you enjoy the aquarelles as I, and thanks for stopping by as always.

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

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November 23, 2022

My Vannes revisited !!!

I am sure have several posts about Vannes in my post and for good reason. One is the capital city of the beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne. Second, it has a huge concentration of medieval buildings in good conditions, ,and third, plenty of sights/attraction to keep you busy for a few days. For us, it has a lot more, the shopping,eating, outing place to be and only 27 km from my house! I was there again,and let me tell you a bit more of it. Hope you enjoy my Vannes revisited as I.

Let me put the city in perspective first. Vannes in the local Breton language is Gwened, Morbihan is the only department in France whose name is not French but Breton, in  French would be petite mer but Morbihan is mor=sea bihan=small. Brittany which in French is Bretagne, in Breton is Breizh. Ok now lets go on with the visit.

The main reason, we were there is to get our sea rations, wonderful fish and seafood from the canned experts of La Belle Iloise.

In Quiberon, in Morbihan, the cannery created by the Hilliet family has been defending craftsmanship and local riches since 1932. Born in the heyday of sardine fishing, it has endured, outside the mass distribution circuit, with great blows of astonishing recipes and colorful boxes. They bets on direct sales and opens their first store within the factory, by the sea, in 1967.This is La Belle Iloise and we love to go to the stores at Place du Poids Public and Place des Lices in Vannes,as well as the original in QuiberonThe first store in Vannes, opened on Place Lucien-Laroche in 2000. It was small only 36 m2 (about 387 sq ft) , and they were aware this will outgrow soon as it did. Freeing up a commercial space on the ground floor of the Hôtel Minier (formerly Francheville see post) is an opportunity that they seized. Until February 2014, before the launch of the renovation of the building, this location had been occupied since 2000 by the Marionnaud perfumery, which moved to rue Saint-Vincent. This new store has 75 m2 (about 807 sq ft).

Vannes la Belle Iloise store front nov22

Vannes La Belle Iloise store inside nov22

The official La Belle Iloise store on Vannes https://www.labelleiloise.fr/fr/nos-boutiques/vannes-place-poids-public?id_shop_type=1

The building where the store is located is historical (Hôtel Minier) and was built during the period of extension of the city following the arrival of the Parliament of Brittany in 1675. It is estimated that the building was built on an older building of which we find , in the lower part, certain elements: ogival bay, 15C fireplace, etc. It is built on land on the edge of the rocky hillside corresponding to the old town, just on the edge of the marsh area reclaimed from the old port land. The rocky hillside drops steeply to the level of the staircase. Surveys have allowed to verify this,according to architects. The foundations on soft ground have undergone settling over the years, resulting in the disorders that can currently be read on the facades. You have floor archeological sediments kept for history sake inside the La Belle Iloise store !!

Vannes La Belle Iloise old archeo floor nov22

The Place du Poids Public ou roi is irregular in shape, it was, in the Middle Ages, only built on its western and northern sides, the southern and eastern sides being occupied by the Lices mill and its weir. Some of its half-timbered houses have been preserved, the others having been rebuilt in the 17C and 18C and at the end of the 19C. The Hôtel de Francheville, built in the 17C,(see post) strongly marks the transition between this square and that of Les Lices with its corner watchtower on a squinch.

Vannes pl du poids public towards nicolas nov22

The City of Vannes on the place du poids publichttps://www.mairie-vannes.fr/place-du-poids-public

The Place des Lices is of medieval origin. It is linked to the extension of the enclosure which took place at the end of the 14C when Vannes became the place where ducal power was exercised and the favorite place of residence of Dukes Jean IV and Jean V. Located north of this extension adjoins to the east the outbuildings of the ducal mansion (the Chancellery, the Chamber of Accounts and the Mint workshop) which take place in the lower courtyard of the Château de l’Hermine (see post). The square takes its name from the many tournaments that took place there in the Middle Ages.

Vannes pl des Lices nov22

The City of Vannes on the place des lices : https://www.mairie-vannes.fr/place-des-lices

The Rue Saint Vincent was created on land returned to the inhabitants of Vannes by the Duke of Vendôme in 1610. The first buildings were built at the end of the 16C, but most of the hotels were built in the 2nd half of the 17C for or by parliamentarians during the exile of the Parliament in Vannes between 1675 and January 1690. The opening of the Porte Saint-Vincent gate (see post) in 1624 allows an outlet from the street to the port. A major breakthrough in the intra-muros, Rue Saint-Vincent can be considered the first attempt at urban development in the city, the first real link between the city and its port, via the very demonstrative Porte Saint-Vincent.

Vannes Rue Saint Vincent to porte nov22

The City of Vannes on the Rue Saint Vincent: https://www.mairie-vannes.fr/rue-saint-vincent

There you go folks, a dandy of a city that needs to be visited more by all. We love it and you can always found us there Wednesdays for the market and on the weekends. Again, hope you enjoy the post on my Vannes revisited as I

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

November 23, 2022

My memorable restaurants in México !

Well this is a fun update post of a memorable country visits since 1994 and family living. I have been to many restaurants over the years in Mexico, even before blogging and surely some will be missed, forgotten; however, will put the ones that brings the most memories and remembered them .  This is my treat on the Mexican cuisine, over the latter last few years, restaurants in no particular order or place. Of course, they are, also in the individual posts on the occasions, therefore, this will be on my black and white series, no pictures. These are my memorable restaurant in Mexico! Buen provecho !!!

I had gone to the Wing’s Army bar on Insurgentes Sur to see the football/soccer match between the PSG and Bayern Munich as a French team was playing and won 3×0, the ambiance was nice and plenty of good Miller High Life beers by the liter which have been a long time not drank again, this was neat and the Army hamburger great with good company I later came back in the week and it was equally impressive, definitively will be back here. webpage: http://www.wingsarmy.com/mx/

I had another lunch at a great find: Restaurante La Bella Lula , Oaxaqueño style food (Oaxaca) and had a very nice Tasajo de Res con Enfrijoladas with another nice set of local Dos X beers, nice flan dessert to kill for as well. Ah the dish is about four slices of beef with a tortilla spread in black beans soup, delicious! webpage: https://labellalula.com/

El Bajio for my first dinner there, nice place if a bit hurry up to get rid of me lol! The lady kept giving me dishes to try and I keep saying no thank you have enough, endless, but the food panoches, chicharones, and the pork dish with black mole and sauce and drinks were good, bohemia black beers or negra bohemia. webpage: https://www.restauranteelbajio.com.mx/sucursales

After doing some walking around safe in DF! lol! I met some old friends at the Olive Garden in the Patio Universidad shopping;  here with ravioli stuff champignon and a great Trapiche malbec Argentinian wine, coffee nice, great memories. webpage: https://olivegardenmexico.com.mx/

On another night went for TGI Fridays hahaha yes very original , I remember this resto from back in USA and love them. Found them here with a nice big burger and try Victoria and Pacifico beers !! This was ,also, in the Patio Universidad shopping! webpage: http://www.fridays.mx/tufridays.php?idres=6

Hoot hoot anyone? well did stop by at another old timer joint, this one in DF; Hooters another of my old favorites ::) Great Indio beer and nachos snacks with cheese and the action was good with friendly crowd. webpage: https://hooters.com.mx/

El Paisa, a more rustic restaurant in a working class area with a nice second floor terrace, a very nice welcome with lots of Mexicans families there; nice ambiance and great conversation with many. The area is nice around a corner, and serve in the terrace in the back upper level. One of the places to go when you know the area and want to get away from tourists. Here we had more goodies of the Mexican cuisine such as the alambre with meat and cheese melted sort like a pizza but chewy and yummy, pacifico beers and coffee expresso, first we had some chicharones and all good. yelp webpage: https://www.yelp.com/biz/el-paisa-m%C3%A9xico-3

At the corner of Hamburgo and Niza streets, there is El Lugar del Mariachi, its a restaurant with live music pop and mariachis alternatively, and a dance floor !!! This is right smack in tourist central so a bit high price but very good food, secure,and a very good group of musicians playing from pop to bolero to cha cha cha and then a group of mariachi singers playing their songs as well; a very good ambiance with romantic overtones or in family. webpage: https://ellugardelmariachi.com/contacto/

The wonderful Tezka restaurant basque cuisine of Spain and next to the Royal hotel in Amberes street, Zona Rosa close to Chapultepec always good chic reliable international cuisine. The hotel has been my central for many years, and it has an indoor door directly to the restaurant. This one has closed but keep it for the memories of meeting good friends there still in touch. nostalgic reference to it here: https://www.opentable.com/tezka-zona-rosa

Los Panchos in Condesa, Tolstoi 9, Col. Anzures, open Mondays to Sundays from  9h to 22h authentic Mexican food, I try all different dishes from tacos de carnitas, chicharrones, stuffed peppers , etc etc so much food down with agua de jamaica and agua de leche delicious. webpage: Yelp on Los Panchos: https://www.yelp.com/biz/los-panchos-ciudad-de-m%C3%A9xico

The Sanborns,is a chain very popular in Mexico, my old firm used to sell to them and we of course stop there many times to eat and also to buy essentials electronics. Always had a wonderful time eating at the Peña Pobre mall, by Av. Insurgentes sur y Av. San Fernando, its a shopping center with many stores and restaurant ; clothing, electronics , music, gifts are sold here too. It is one of many all over the city, another one I ate was at the Centro Insurgentes Sanborn’s cafeteria  ,Avenida de los Insurgentes Sur 1605.  webpage: https://www.sanborns.com.mx/c/restaurante/

The Gran Leon de Oro restaurant on calle Mercaderes off Insurgentes Sur is wonderful, very business like and refine, service superb and the food delicious, great tacos con lechon (roast pig) and Victoria beer. webpage: https://www.elgranleondeoro.com.mx/

Puerto Lapice, here it was the filete tampiqueño (Tampico) real beef that was the plate with Mexican wine chateau Domecq. Located at Poniente 128 647 ,Azcapotzalco, corner of Norte 45. RestaurantGuru webpage: https://restaurantguru.com/Puerto-Lapice-Mexico-City

 Cambalache, an Argentine jewel small but all kinds of cuts beef that is, at Insurgentes Sur 1384.webpage: https://www.cambalacherestaurantes.com/#insurgentes

Taqueria Senele at Polanco great tacos alambre and taquitos al pastor,,,,calle Leibnitz, Col Anzures, 11590 just at the corner coming out of hotel Camino Real Polanco back door. webpage: http://www.taqueria-selene.com/

I had to have my Spanish even in Mexico! Wonderfully refined great food and wine service of Spain at the Centro Castellano inside the Camino Real hotel,in Polanco. Webpage: https://grupocastellano.com.mx/restaurantes-2/

I had repeated good experiences at the steakhouse Angus Butcher House, Copenhage 31 , this branch is closed but have other branches in the city. Steaks are big, beers are cold, and the ladies are all beautiful ! webpage: https://www.angus.com.mx/

 VIPS cafeteria chain, the one at Insurgentes Sur 1581 and Mercaderes st is very nice indeed. I ate there several times lunch and dinner there as it was near my hotel. webpage: https://vips.com.mx/

This one is in Mexico City at the airport terminal 1 lol! great nachos and bohemia oscura (dark) beer as well as mashed potatoes chili’s . Oh yes the chain is Chili’s of course to remind me of Miami lol! webpage: https://www.mexico-airport.com/restaurants-and-food/terminal-1/chilis-aeropuerto-t1

 Le Pain Quotidien Belgian chain at Insurgentes Sur.  The Roast Beef platter and a Bohemia oscura beer did the trick as well as tartines later on! webpage: https://www.lepainquotidien.com/mx/es/locations/insurgentes/insurgentes-sur-#1630

Another wonderful Argentinian resto with huge delicious burgers Angus beef, while looking the nice world going by is El Diego, Insurgentes Sur 1581. This has closed but keep here for the memories of always. For reference Yelp on El Diego: https://www.yelp.com/biz/el-diego-m%C3%A9xico-2

Café Paris in the Grand Hotel of Tepatitlàn de Morelos, Jalisco, there is an old world ambiance with the hotel rooms decorated with a theme from Europe like I stayed in rooms Napoléon, and Rangel, and ate at the café, upper floor chic nice refined and all made to order. webpage: https://www.grandhotelboutique.com/

I was introduce to the restaurant Don K, in Tepatitlàn de Morelos,Jalisco.  The sport TV all over, the friendly service, good food, good company was all it took; I came back always to eat here!!! It is at Dr. J. Ricardo Alcala Iñiguez 284, Alameda, 47650 Tepatitlán de Morelos. webpage: https://donkrestaurant.com/

A wonderful place for dinner Bistro 77 right in city center of Tepatitlàn de Morelos, Jalisco,near the wonderful Cathedral and kiosk in the park. Wonderful Pulpo beers and pizzas with hot chili mexican here, great tv screens and wonderful friendly service. Cannot confirm if open but keep it for the memories of always. RestaurantGuru webpage: https://restaurantguru.com/Bistro-77-Tepatitlan-de-Morelos

I had a wonderful lunch while watching a football/soccer game France vs Germany, and really this is heaven around you of natural beauty and the food and cold beers was great; a must. Cenote Azul restaurant in Bacalar , Quintana Roo. Yelp on Cenote Azul Webpage: https://www.yelp.com/biz/restaurante-cenote-azul-bacalar

The above is an incredible site of a lake cave up to 90 meters deep great for scuba diving, the resto is on site, the place webpage: https://cenoteazulbacalar.com/

I had my drinks here at Hotel La Laguna in Bacalar ,Quintana Roo gorgeous place with wonderful views of the lake and I was allowed to roam free afterward, the site picture tells it all !! webpage: https://www.lagunabacalarhotel.com/ubicacion#top

In Quintana Roo had lunch as well in Las Tortugas resto in Calderitas just next to Bacalar, along the Bay of Chetumal, wonderful fresh fried fish, fries, sweet bananas, yellow rice, and beers Modelo Especial, nice. Facebook webpage: https://www.facebook.com/LasTortugasCalderitas/

Had lunch on the road at Birreria Chololo with goat meat and beers Indio oscura. An institution in the area, they are at Carretera  Chapala Km 17, Tlajomulco de Zuñiga.Jalisco. Again, cannot confirm if open but here for the memories of always. Yelp webpage: https://www.yelp.com/biz/birrieria-chololo-tlaquepaque 

And yes, sometimes you have to eat at the airport, and my good one there is this one at Wings in the Guadalajara airport. Guadalajara airport is small and nice. airport webpage: https://www.aeropuertosgap.com.mx/en/guadalajara-3/food.html?limitstart=0

I had lunch at Los Bisquets de Obregon , Ecatepec ,Estado de México, local cuisine restaurant with a great cecina steak (salted and dried by means of air, sun or smoke) with mashed potatoes, Mexican rice, and mango/papaya juices. webpage: https://bisquetsobregon.com/restaurante

I went north into the Sonora State at Ciudad Obregon, and had my lunch here at Los Arbolitos de Cajeme . A great mero fish with butter. webpage: https://www.mariscoslosarbolitos.com/#/

There you go folks, I am sure there are others, and perhaps more famous, but these are the ones that were special for the company kept and the good friendship that endures to this day. Again, the city has a world of food and culinary delights to offer for all tastes and pockets. Hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

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