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June 25, 2022

The Chapelle St Avoye of Pluneret

A while back I came here as was told by collegues it is a historical nice chapel in the Morbihan. The readings at the time read “There are so many chapels around here it could fill up your year.  A wonderful architecture marvel from the 16C in the middle of country farms. Very nice indeed, took some shots, not open yet but will surely come back ” Well, was back this morning, but this time was closed temporary for renovations, oh well, I took pictures of the outside which is impressive too.

As written in two previous posts before will not indulge into the history/architecture of it so much than to show you the new pictures, Therefore, let me tell you a bit more on the Chapelle Sainte Avoye, 32, Route de Sainte Avoye , Pluneret. Hope you enjoy the post as I.

Pluneret chapelle st avoye side arriving jun22

More precisely, the Chapelle de Sainte-Avoye is located in the village of Sainte-Avoye, in the town of Pluneret in my beautiful Morbihan. The chapel is located on the heights of the right bank of the Bono river.

Pluneret chapelle st avoye front near jun22

It has an emblematic bell tower and its Renaissance-style rood screen. It is a stately chapel built in the 16C by the Lestrelin family who lived in the Château de Kerisper,(see post) near the village.  The rood screen shows 12 saints on the nave side, and personalities characters on the choir side, entirely sculpted with characters, fantastic animals and decorations, It is an entirely sculpted polychrome Renaissance-style rood screen. In oak wood, it separates the choir from the nave and delimits the space reserved for the lords and the clergy at the choir from that reserved for the faithful on the nave.

Pluneret chapelle st avoye front truncated belltower jun22
After much digging, maybe the reason is closed for most of the time unless guided tour is because it is decaying even after a million euros restoration, It shows green soil, mold under the benches, deterioration of the paintings, the ambient humidity is wreaking havoc. As a result, dating from the 16C, Sainte Avoye currently visits are trickling out.

Pluneret chapelle st avoye back side jun22

The city of Pluneret on the Chapelle Sainte Avoye: https://www.pluneret.fr/culture-tourisme/tourisme/patrimoine/chapelle-de-ste-avoye/

The Bay of Quiberon local tourist office on the Chapelle Sainte Avoye : https://www.baiedequiberon.co.uk/to-see-to-do/culture-and-heritage/chapels-and-churches/chapelle-sainte-avoye

There you go folks, a beautiful jewel in nearby Pluneret , only 18 km from my house ! Enough to make me come back again shortly. The Chapelle Sainte Avoye is well known and very inspiring for the Bretons, you will do well to try and see it. Worth the detour me think.

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

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June 25, 2022

The Church Saint-Pierre and Saint-Paul of Pluneret !

And continue my tour of traditional beautiful Morbihan, lovely Bretagne and my belle France. I am on my road warrior trips, and just passed by here again, anyway one of my routine ways in my region. I have written posts before but now new text and new pictures of today with inside look!  Therefore, let me tell you some more on the Church Saint Peter and Saint Paul of Pluneret. The town is very central and we passed by it several times as it comes very near Auray.

Pluneret ch st pierre et st paul belltower side right jun22

I came to see again the Church Saint-Pierre and Saint-Paul from the 19C, built on the site of a former 11C church  in Gothic style, completed in 1885 by the construction of a square bell tower in the same style crowned with a beautiful spire, and also, modern stained glass windows. The exact location is aRue des Tilleuls, Pluneret.

Pluneret ch st pierre et st paul front belltower jun22

The Church St Pierre et St Paul is built in the ogival style in the shape of a Latin cross, The spire of the tower was only built in 1885, and is 75 meters high in pink granite. Then in 1909, the clock was installed,

Finally, able to come inside and tell you about it. The high altar is in white marble, the foot is decorated with statues representing: Virgin with the child crowned, St Joachim, St Jean, Jesus, and Ste Anne. It was consecrated “Privileged Altar” in 1879; this practice linked to indulgences has now fallen into disuse. It is dominated by the statues of the holy apostles Peter and Paul, patron saints of the parish and, on the side of the epistle, a statue of St Isidore, protector of farmers. There are 2 reliquaries with a piece of the True Cross. The three windows of the sanctuary represents St Peter and St Paul, the middle one the Holy Family and the right one Ste Anne and St Joachim. There are 2 altars at the entrance to the choir dedicated to the Sacred Heart and the Blessed Virgin. An ambo, place of speech, reading of holy books and the homily , which thus replaces the use of the pulpit.

Pluneret ch st pierre et st paul altar jun22

In the left transept, an altar dedicated to St Joseph. St Joseph is surrounded by St Joachim and St Anne, the parents of Mary, and the altar is dominated by the Virgin Mary carrying the Child Jesus.

Pluneret ch st pierre et st paul chapel st Joseph jun22

In the right transept dedicated to the Virgin Mary and dominating the altar, a huge fresco sculpted in stone dated 1880 which represents the coronation of the Virgin; at the foot of the altar a bas-relief representing the visitation. A painting depicting the Virgin Mary entrusting the rosary to St Dominic. The stained glass windows of the transept represent the Virgin Mary surrounded by the 2 archangels Michael and Gabriel. St Michael slaying the dragon , symbol of original sin from which Mary was spared , and St Gabriel, messenger of the Annunciation. The statues of St Cornely, protector of livestock, and St Thérèse of the Child Jesus.

Pluneret ch st pierre et st paul chapel virgin et child near jun22

The pulpit is carved in oak. 8 sculptures around the platform with the 4 evangelists Matthew, Luke, Mark and John, the 3 theological virtues Charity, Hope, Faith and a Trinitarian St Anne. The immense canopy, also in sculpted oak with 7 statues including the cardinal virtues and, crowning it all.

Pluneret ch st pierre et st paul pulpit jun22

The woodwork of the choir and the transepts, very nicely worked, are due to local cabinetmakers. They form, with the 14 paintings of the 14 Stations of the Cross and the 6 bronze chandeliers, a particularly homogeneous whole.

Pluneret ch st pierre et st paul nave to altar jun22

Pluneret ch st pierre et st paul back wall jun22

The city of Pluneret on its churches: https://www.pluneret.fr/culture-tourisme/tourisme/patrimoine/eglise-croix-et-calvaire/

The Bay of Quiberon local tourist office on Plunerethttps://www.baiedequiberon.co.uk/pluneret

There you go folks, now i feel better to fully showcase this pretty Church St Peter and St Paul of Pluneret. The town which is full of history and pleasant city center enough for a rest stop and see the church.

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

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June 24, 2022

Curiosities of Paris, !!! Part III

Looking at my vault, found some older pictures on paper and took my electronic camera to take picture of the pictures and use them in my blog. This allows me to show in my blog places not shown or pics with new angles of places shown in the blog. Nostalgia sets in and here I go on the curiosities of Paris, part III

These are pictures before my blogging effort and even before coming to live in France! Hope you enjoy these marvels of my eternal Paris!!!

Anvers is a station of line 2 of the Paris metro, located on the border of the 9éme and 18éme arrondissements, The station is located under the boulevard Marguerite-de-Rochechouart, at the level of the place d’Anvers, The station carries as a sub- title Sacré-Coeur, in order to recall its relative proximity to the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Montmartre, The Anvers station has a single access called “boulevard de Rochechouart – Sacré-Coeur”, leading to the central reservation of this boulevard, on the place d’Anvers opposite the square of the same name. Consisting of a fixed staircase, it is decorated with a Guimard aedicula, It owes its name to its proximity to the Place d’Anvers , which bear the name of the Belgian city of Antwerp (which is Anvers in Fr) where French troops won a victory over the Dutch during of the siege of the citadel of Antwerp in 1832. I have come by car here too good underground parking at the Saemes Anvers car park, 41 boulevard de Rochechouart, The picture is actually coming out from this parking walking to Sacré Cœur !

Paris anvers metro station to sacre coeur

The RATP of Paris on the Anvers metro stationhttps://www.ratp.fr/en/discover/sorties-et-visites/culture/one-station-a-day-anvers-station-foot-montmartre

The Saemes parking Anvershttps://www.saemes.fr/en/parking/parking-anvers-sacre-coeur-en

The Saint-Pierre Church of Montmartre is located in the 18éme arrondissement of Paris, at the top of the Montmartre hill, at No. 2 rue du Mont-Cenis, west of the Sacré-Coeur basilica. Since the French revolution it has been the oldest parish church in Paris after that of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. It succeeded a Merovingian basilica dedicated to Saint Denis, of which five capitals and four marble columns were reused in the current church, the columns coming in turn from an ancient temple, Very dilapidated at the beginning of the 12C, the old basilica was acquired by King Louis le Gros in 1133, who replaced it with a new Romanesque church consecrated in 1147 by Pope Eugene III. Queen Adelaide of Savoy at the same time founded an abbey of Benedictine nuns south of the church, known as the Royal Abbey of Montmartre. The church is therefore parish and abbey at the same time , The restoration was undertaken between 1900 and 1905, and the Church of Saint-Pierre then obtains its current face. Today, is a center of Christian spirituality in the north of Paris.

Paris ch st pierre side montmartre

The official St Pierre Church of Montmartrehttps://www.saintpierredemontmartre.net/page-1/

The Sainte-Chapelle, also known as Sainte-Chapelle du Palais, is a palatine chapel built on the Ile de la Cité, in Paris, at the request of Saint Louis to house the Holy Crown of Thorns, a piece of the True Cross, as well as various other relics of the Passion which he had acquired from 1239. Although , the Sainte-Chapelle has been officially decommissioned since the French revolution, it is periodically returned to its original purpose. Thus, the Catholic Group of the Palace, which brings together magistrates, lawyers, clerks, and members of the staff of the Paris courthouse, has ensured since the interwar period, the Catholic spiritual presence in the Sainte-Chapelle. The group’s chaplain celebrates a remembrance mass every year on All Saints’ Day, as well as a mass for Saint-Yves in May, one of the patron saints of Jurists. On March 21, 2014, on the occasion of the opening of the year of Saint-Louis, Cardinal André Vingt-Trois, Archbishop of Paris, led in procession the Holy Crown of Thorns from Notre-Dame Cathedral to the Sainte-Chapelle for the first time since the Ancien Régime (monarchy). A solemn mass was celebrated there, and broadcast live on a giant screen installed on Place Louis-Lépine. The Palais de Justice of Paris courthouse with a footprint of approximately four hectares ,surrounds the Sainte-Chapelle, adjacent to 36, quai des Orfèvres.

Paris sainte chapelle et palais de justice

The official Sainte Chapelle of Parishttp://www.sainte-chapelle.fr/en/

The port of Suffren is a thoroughfare in the 7éme and 15éme arrondissements of Paris, located on the left bank of the Seine. It bears this name because of the vicinity of the avenue de Suffren which takes its name from the French vice-admiral Pierre André de Suffren.  This port bears its present name since 1905. It starts at the Pont d’Iéna and ends at the Pont de Bir-Hakeïm , measuring 600 meters long. Enter by the Quai Branly.  I came here for several gastronomic events in the Pierre Cardin boat, Maxim’s (see post) and brings always nice memories, The pic looks out to the Palais Chaillot! It is also, the base for the Seine boat ride of Vedettes de Paris, webpage: https://www.vedettesdeparis.fr/en/

Paris port suffren to palais chaillot

The Grand Palais is located on the edge of the Champs-Élysées, separated by Avenue Winston-Churchill, in the 8éme arrondissement. The “Grand Palais des Beaux-Arts” was built in Paris from 1897, for the Universal Exhibition scheduled from April 15 to November 12, 1900 , The main vessel, nearly 240 meters long, consists of a imposing space surmounted by a large glass roof. The slightly lowered barrel vault of the north and south naves and the cross nave (paddock), the pendentive cupola and the dome weigh approximately 8,500 tons of steel, iron and glass. The total weight of metal used reached 9,057 tons The summit of this set culminates at an altitude of 45 meters. The Grand Palais, is closed until the spring of 2023, in order to carry out a larger renovation before 2024, the date on which the fencing events of the Paris Olympic Games are to take place there. The initial project for the Grand Palais, deemed too expensive and poorly suited to current ecological and health requirements, has been abandoned in favor of a more modest and more classic renovation. The Grand Palais now is planned for the Paris Olympic Games for the nave and the galleries and for spring 2025 for the rest of the works, During the construction period, a temporary structure was built on the Champ-de-Mars to host major events, this structure also being used for the Olympic Games. This “ephemeral Grand Palais”, was inaugurated in early 2021.

Paris Grand Palais from C E

The official Grand Palaishttps://www.grandpalais.fr/en

The Hôtel de Ville de Paris or City Hall, is the building that has housed the municipal institutions of Paris since 1357. It is located Place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville, in the 4éme arrondissement part now of Paris Centre. The main facade, 143 meters long and 18.80 meters high (26.80 meters for that of the corner pavilions and 50 meters for the campanile), includes a central avant-corps corresponding to the old monument built under the Renaissance.  The Hôtel de Ville can be visited free of charge after prior registration with the public relations department of the City of Paris. The spaces offered for viewing are all the reception rooms (Arcades rooms, Jean-Paul Laurens room, Bertrand room and party room), the main staircase and the Paris Council room. The Pic from the Quai aux Fleurs , notice the bronze equestrian statue of Etienne Marcel provost of merchants from 1354 to 1358, The statue was inaugurated in 1888.

Paris hotel de ville across seine

The city of Paris what to dohttps://www.paris.fr/quefaire

The Quai André-Citroën is located along the Seine, left bank, in the 15éme arrondissement, The quay is extended, by the Quai de Grenelle, from the Pont de Grenelle and, to the Quai d’Issy-les-Moulineaux, from the Pont du Garigliano. Between the two, the Pont Mirabeau bridge also overlooks the quay. The entire quay, on the Seine side, is occupied by the port of Javel. It takes over from the Pont de Mirabeau to the Quai André Citroën to the Eiffel Tower! As my pic ! Some nice things to see driving or walking are between the bridges of Grenelle and Mirabeau, the port of Javel Haut is home to the Yachts of Paris-Ouest which is composed of the La Barge Liberty, at the foot of the Statue of Liberty, with a view of the Eiffel Tower, The Front-de-Seine is an area of ​​Paris, located just downstream from the Eiffel Tower. It includes one of the largest concentrations of high-rise buildings in the city. And the Beaugrenelle shopping center with an area of ​​45,000 m2 of shops and leisure, 110 brands, a department store, restaurants and a multiplex. Located in Front-de-Seine Javel train station on the Invalides line, The nice parc André-Citroën park , a public garden ,located on the grounds of the former Citroën factory, in the Javel quartier or neighborhood. It is an SNCF station served by trains on RER C line.

Paris driving quai andre citroen to eiffel tower

The Paris tourist office on the parc André Citroënhttps://en.parisinfo.com/paris-museum-monument/71445/Parc-Andre-Citroen

The Eiffel Tower is a 330 meter high wrought iron tower (with antennas) located at the northwest end of the Parc du Champ-de-Mars along the Seine in the 7éme arrondissement. Its official address is 5, avenue Anatole-France, Paris. Plenty in my blog on it, and the pictures are from my visit in 1990 from it to the city of Paris. Enjoy it as I did finding them!!  On March 15, 2022, a new antenna compatible with the DAB+ network is installed by helicopter at the top of the tower, thus increasing it from 324  to 330 meters high!

 

The official Tour Eiffel : https://www.toureiffel.paris/en

Pigalle is the name of a quartier or neighborhood of Paris, located around Place Pigalle, it includes the streets located on both sides of boulevards de Clichy and Marguerite-de-Rochechouart, and spans the 9éme and 18éme arrondissements. It grew with a few more sex shops and specialty bars, nightclubs, the famous cabarets, the multicolored and neon signs that give the image of a red-light district. The history of Pigalle, as a red-light district, began in 1881 with the opening, in premises previously occupied by a post office, of the cabaret Le Chat noir de Salis located at the current 84, boulevard Marguerite-de- Rochechouart where Aristide Bruant worked. Pigalle’s golden age was between the 1930s and 1960s , From the beginning of the 1970s, with the liberation of morals, the first pornographic cinemas were set up, sex shops multiplied as well as sex salons. massages, and the first live-shows appear, in which couples make love in public.

Paris pigalle sexodrome

Paris pigalle sex shops

The Paris tourist office on the quartier or neighborhood of Pigalle : https://en.parisinfo.com/transport/73267/Quartier-Pigalle

There you go folks, a walk of nostalgia from my very earlier trips to my eternal Paris. The wonders of Paris, the most beautiful city in the world, I say, that still rings a bell to my ears on each stretch of meter I take on this world. Hope you enjoy the post curiosities of Paris, part III, as I reviving these old pictures into the life of my blog.

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

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June 24, 2022

Curiosities of Paris !!! Part II

Looking at my vault, found some older pictures on paper and took my electronic camera to take picture of the pictures and use them in my blog. This allows me to show in my blog places not shown or pics with new angles of places shown in the blog. Nostalgia sets in and here I go on curiosities of Paris !!! Part II

The Rue de la Bonne is located in the 18éme arrondissement of Paris. It begins at 30, rue du Chevalier-de-La-Barre and ends at 7, rue Becquerel and 23, rue Lamarck. In its upper part, it is bordered on one side by the place Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet (see photo) , and, on the other side, by a long and high blind wall behind which is the Carmel of Montmartre. The Basilica of the Sacred Heart, known as the National Vow, located at the top of the Montmartre hill, in the Clignancourt neighborhood or quartier of the 18éme arrondissement or district, is a major Parisian religious building, known as the sanctuary of Eucharistic adoration and divine mercy and property of the Archdiocese of Paris.

Paris basilica sacre coeur from jardin carmel rue de la bonne

The Rue Norvins is located on the Montmartre hill, in the Clignancourt and the Grandes-Carrières neighborhoods or quartiers of the 18éme or district of Paris. The street connects Place du Tertre to Avenue Junot. It runs along Place Marcel-Aymé. It intersects the top of rue Lepic and rue des Saules, rue Girardon and rue de l’Abreuvoir. It bears the name of Jacques Marquet, Baron de Montbreton de Norvins, author of a History of Napoleon I. This road in the former village of Montmartre was called “rue Traînée”, or “rue Trenette”, between the streets of Mont- Cenis et des Saules and “rue des Moulins”, between rue des Saules and rue Girardon. it is the street that has best preserved the image of the old village of Montmartre. Today, this historic street has become a very lively tourist spot. At number 9 is the rest of the impasse Trainée which is the remnant of a 14C lane. Bar-crêperie, Le Tire-Bouchon, refuge of Jacques Brel in his early days,

Paris rue Norvins 18eme

The Abbesses metro station on line 12 ,and located in the 18éme arrondissement of Paris. Due to the uneven surface, the station’s platforms are located 36 meters below the surface, making it the deepest station in the Paris network, The station was opened on January 30, 1913 , and the name comes from Place des Abbesses , which refers to the leaders of the Abbey of the Ladies of Montmartre, figures of the district at the time, and many of whom had streets named after them in the 9éme and 18éme arrondissements. In the 1950s, the station received a metal camber with decorative plaques fixed to the vertical walls, blue horizontal uprights, illuminated gold advertising frames complemented by “sit-stand” bars and blue “Motte” seats. This bodywork was urgently removed in 2006 due to major water infiltrations and the decoration of the platforms was completely redone in the original style in 2007. The station has a single access located on Place des Abbesses, opposite 2, rue La Vieuville, which has retained its original decorations on the chess walls. It is adorned with a Guimard aedicula originally present at the Hôtel de Ville metro station. It was moved to Abbesses metro station in 1974.

Paris metro Abbesses

The popular Place du Tertre is located on the Montmartre hill, in the Clignancourt neighborhood or quartier of the 18éme arrondissement or district of Paris, at an altitude of 130 meters. It is the main square of the old village of Montmartre and famous all over the world for its painters and its terraces, many artists set up their easels here every day for tourists, In the late 19C and early 20C, many painters like Toulouse-Lautrec, Picasso, Modigliani and Utrillo lived there, The Church Saint-Pierre de Montmartre ,see facade ,at no 2 rue du Mont-Cenis, west of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart , see belltower. The church is considered the second place of Christian worship on the Montmartre hill. The first would have been the chapel dedicated to the Holy Martyrs, which was located further down the slope of the hill. As therefore, hill of martyrs or mont martre,,,,

Paris place du tertre belltower bas sacre coeur facade ch st pierre

The gorgeous jardin des Tuileries garden,is a Parisian fenced park in the 1éme arrondissement created in the 16C, on the site of the former tiles factory which gave it its name. It is bounded by the Louvre Palace , Rue de Rivoli , Place de la Concorde, and the Seine river. It is the largest and oldest French-style garden in Paris, which was once that of the Tuileries Palace, a former royal and imperial residence, which has now disappeared thanks to the Communards of Paris , Unlike most green spaces in Paris, the Tuileries Garden is not the responsibility of the city, Since 2005, the management of the Tuileries Garden has been entrusted to the Louvre Museum, which ensures its development. It is maintained by the sub-directorate in charge of gardens, the Architectural Heritage and Gardens Department of the Louvre Museum and its team made up of 17 art gardeners, a heritage curator, a landscape engineer and two works managers. of art ! All worth it !!

Paris jardin du louvre

The now call Place Félix-Éboué, previously called Place Daumesnil (as in photo), is located in the Picpus neighborhood or quartier of the 12éme arrondissement of Paris. The Place Félix-Éboué forms a crossroads with Avenue Daumesnil, Boulevard de Reuilly, Rue de Reuilly, Rue Claude-Decaen and Rue Lamblardie. The name of the square is a tribute to the colonial administrator and French politician Félix Éboué who was one of the very first to rally to Free France from General de Gaulle in August 1940. The square is set up on the site of the Barrière de Reuilly on the wall of the Farmers General, was first called place de la Barrière-de-Reuilly, then, in 1864, place Daumesnil. The center of the square is adorned by the water tower fountain (or lion fountain), the work of Gabriel Davioud, on the instructions of Baron Haussmann.

Paris place Daumesnil

The Pont des Arts, or Passerelle des Arts, is a bridge crossing the Seine in the center of Paris. It connects the Quais Malaquais and Conti at the level of the Institut de France, in the 6éme arrondissement, with the Quai François-Mitterrand and the Louvre at the level of the Cour Carrée of the Louvre Palace (which was called “Palais des Arts” under the First Empire-Napoléon I)), in the 1éme arrondissement of Paris. Its name comes from the Louvre Palace, which bore the title of Palace of the Arts between 1801 and 1804, a footbridge of nine cast iron arches reserved for pedestrians was built on the site of the current Pont des Arts: it is the first metal bridge in Paris. The current bridge was rebuilt between 1981 and 1984 “identically” reducing the number of arches to seven instead of nine, which allows them to be aligned with those of the Pont Neuf, while by resuming the appearance of the old footbridge, From 2008, the mesh parapets of the Pont des Arts became the support for many love padlocks hung by couples. the city/town hall of Paris decides to put an end to it in September 2014. Thus, the fences are definitively removed on June 1, 2015, One good thing by the city of Paris, credit where credit is due. The pic below is from the pont du Carrouse towards the Pont des Arts and after the pont neuf !!

Paris pont des Arts from pont du carrousel to pont neuf

There you go folks, a walk of nostalgia from my very earlier trips to Paris. The wonders of my eternal Paris that since 1972 never cease to amaze me for its beauty and ambiance; many memories that still rings a bell to my ears on each stretch of meter I take on this world. Hope you enjoy the post as I reviving these old pictures into the life of my blog.

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

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June 24, 2022

Curiosities of Paris !!!

Looking at my vault, found some older pictures on paper and took my digital camera to take picture of the pictures and use them in my blog. This allows me to show in my blog places not shown or pics with new angles of places shown in the blog. Nostalgia sets in and here I go on the curiosities of Paris !!!

These are pictures before my blogging effort and even before coming to live in France! Hope you enjoy these marvels of my eternal Paris!!!

The Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile, often simply called the Arc de Triomphe, is located at a high point at the junction of the territories of the 8éme, 16éme and 17éme arrondissements or districts, notably at the top of the Avenue des Champs -Élysées and the avenue de la Grande-Armée, which constitute a major east-west Parisian axis starting from the pyramid of the Louvre, passing by the obelisk of La Concorde, the Arc de Triomphe itself and ending at away via the Arche de la Défense. Its construction, decided by Emperor Napoleon I, began in 1806 and was completed in 1836 under the reign of Louis-Philippe I.

From the renovation of Parc Monceau in 1861 by Baron Haussmann , it was decided that the main entrance to Parc Monceau (see pic above) would be on Boulevard de Courcelles, at the level of the rotunda. Two other entrances were also planned for horse-drawn carriages: on rue de Courcelles, then leading to avenue Hoche and place de l’Etoile, and on boulevard Malesherbes. Three secondary entrances were also added on boulevard de Courcelles , opposite rue de Prony, Avenue de Messine and on a new road, rue Rembrandt leading to rue de Courcelles, Five gates pierce the grid of rue de Courcelles: a large one is placed in the center. There are then two more on the sides for cars, then two more for pedestrians.

Paris arc de triomphe from grille parc monceau 1999

The Place de la Concorde, which covers 8.64 hectares, is the largest square in Paris. The name would have been chosen by the Directory to mark the reconciliation of the French after the excesses of the Terror during the French revolution. Located on the right bank in the 8éme arrondissement, at the foot of the Champs-Élysées, it connects these, which goes to the Jardin des Tuileries.  Via rue Royale, it opens to the Church of the Madeleine (on pic too) ,and via the Pont de la Concorde which crosses the Seine towards the 7éme arrondissement, on the Palais Bourbon. Administratively, the square itself is located in the Champs-Élysées neighborhood or quartier. But the two buildings that border it to the north, on either side of rue Royale, are in the Madeleine neighborhood or quartier, still in the 8éme arrondissement or district, while the Tuileries garden which adjoins it is located in the Saint -Germain-l’Auxerrois neighborhood or quartier from the 1éme arrondissement or district of Paris.

Paris pl de la concorde to side ch madeleine 1999

The Pont Alexandre-III bridge allows the crossing of the Seine river between the 7éme and 8éme arrondissements of Paris. It connects the Esplanade des Invalides and the Avenue Winston-Churchill, where the Petit Palais and the Grand Palais are located. This bridge bears the name of the Tsar of Russia Alexander III a,d was inaugurated for the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1900, It is a metal bridge 45 meters wide consisting of a single arch of 107 meters long with three points of articulation, allowing to cross the Seine without an intermediate point of support. Two stone tunnels are located at its ends. And you know who is gleaming over the Seine !

Paris pont alexandre III et tour Eiffel 1999

The Pont Marie bridge crosses the Seine river in Paris. It connects Île Saint-Louis to the Quai de l’Hôtel-de-Ville in the 4éme arrondissement. The five arches that compose it are different. The Pont Marie constitutes the kilometer point 0 for the part of the Seine located downstream of the bridge (the part upstream having its kilometer point 0 at Marcilly-sur-Seine, Marne dept 51 Grand Est region), The total length is about 92 meters between abutments, width of the beam of the deck 22.60 meters,: roadway 14.60 meters two sidewalks of 4 meters. The avant-becs are surmounted by niches, always remained empty of statues. The Pont Marie owes its name to the engineer-entrepreneur Christophe Marie. This bridge dates from the 17C, making it one of the oldest bridges in Paris.

Paris pont marie ile st louis 1999

There you go folks, a walk of nostalgia from my very earlier trips to my eternal Paris. The wonders of Paris, the most beautiful city in the world, I say that still rings a bell to my ears on each stretch of meter I take on this world. Hope you enjoy the post as I reviving these old pictures into the life of my blog.

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

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June 23, 2022

French family restaurant Les Trois Soleils of Plescop !!

I saw this written in a piece of a previous post, and decided for the memories’ sake of my family to have it in my blog. After all, as said, my blog is a compilation of mine and my family’s history on this world. This is in quant lovely Plescop very near Vannes our capital city of my beautiful Morbihan dept 56, and lovely Bretagne, and in my belle France !

Over the years we came with the family here and the friendly welcome, good food ,and great prices made us return again. My dear late wife Martine love it. We have not been back since her passing but look forward to the sentimental trip again soon.

Our last memorable visit to Les Trois Soleils of Plescop was in early 2018. We passed by it every day and always remembered it, just not yet back.

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We went for lunch in our humble simple country French restaurant Les Trois Soleils, in Plescop just outside Vannes. This is a worker’s lunch place and real local foods and customs. We love it for the friendly country service, the good food and the good family ambiance. There is a menu formule set of second dish and dessert or first dish and second dish for 11,50€ including drink of beer, wine, sodas or water. Or the full whammy of entrée (first dish), plat (second dish), dessert ,and drink (beer, wine, sodas, water) all for 13,30€ which we split as in the family. I had the full swing !!!

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Their simple official Les Trois Soleils webpage: https://bar-brasserie-les-3-soleils-plescop.eatbu.com/?lang=fr#journals

The RestaurantGuru reviews on the Les Trois Soleilshttps://restaurantguru.com/Les-Trois-Soleil-Restaurant-Plescop

The restaurant is a small shopping center call  Zone Commerciale Les Trois Soleils, along the road D779,in the village of Trehuinec,part of the city of Plescop.

There you go folks, I am happy finally a post in my blog on this sentimental nice simple country restaurant, Les Trois  Soleils of Plescop ! Memories forever !! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

June 23, 2022

The Church Saint Pierre aux Liens of Plescop !!

I have written on it before, but was not able to go in even if passed by here often on my way to my former job. I was on my local road warrior tour today and lucky to found it open at last. I feels it deserve more so here is my new post and pictures on the Church Saint Pierre aux Liens of Plescop.

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Plescop is surrounded by the towns of Grand-Champ, Meucon, Saint-Avé, Vannes, Ploeren, Pluneret and Plumergat. It is only 6 km from Vannes, and 23 km from my house. In my way on the D779 and D135 roads! Plescop is an old primitive parish. It is reasonable to think that the territory of Plescop belonged directly from Gallo-Roman times to the bishop of Vannes.

The Church Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens parish church has the oldest parts in the apse and south wall of the nave dating back to the 16C. The rest of the church seems to date from the 18C, with the exception of the sacristy, built in the 19C. I have plenty of history and description on the previous post so will be brief here with the opportunity to show you and me the inside of it.

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The Church Saint-Pierre-ès-Liens is basically 15-16C that has been altered many times and has no architectural character. There is a small stone font dated 1629. The three altarpieces, in stone and wood, date from the end of the 17C. The altarpiece of the high altar is decorated with a painting representing the Coronation of the Virgin: on either side of the altarpiece are the statues of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, and the whole is surmounted by a Virgin at the Child. The northern altarpiece is surmounted by a Virgin. The southern altarpiece is surmounted by a woman showing the sky to her son. The Virgin of Mercy, in polychrome stone and leaning against the wall of the southern chapel, dates from the 16C. The painting entitled “Vision of Saint Francis of Assisi”, work of Vincent Lhermitais, dates from 1768. Another canvas, located in the north transept, represents the “Descent from the Cross and the Assumption of the Virgin”. In the cemetery there was once a 17C ossuary near which we saw a curious statuette of a 15C monk. The parish church, dedicated to Saint Pierre-ès-liens , has the shape of a Latin cross. The windows are ogival. The side altars are dedicated to the Rosary, Saint Francis of Assisi and Sainte Anne.

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Plescop ch ND aux liens ressurection chapel jun22

The city of Plescop on heritage: https://www.plescop.bzh/patrimoine-c92.html

The Gulf of Morbihan tourist office on Plescop : https://www.golfedumorbihan.bzh/explorer-vannes/decouvrir-vannes/golfe-morbihan/landes-de-lanvaux/plescop/

There you go folks, now i feel better to fully showcase this wonderful Church Saint Pierre aux Liens of Plescop. It has a city center enough for a rest stop and see the church . I have to say Plescop is the crematorium where my dear late wife Martine were care.

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

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June 23, 2022

The Church Saint Mériadec !!

I have written before on this church but was not able to get inside even if passed by it almost every day,,,, Now ,finally found my way in , and would like to tell you more about it, My previous post told you enough of the history and description so therefore, will tell you a bit more with new and inside pictures of the Church of Saint Mériadec!

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The town of Plumergat, which includes the village of Mériadec has an almost triangular configuration, and is bounded by Brandivy , Pluvigner,  Brech, Pluneret, Plescop and Grand-Champ ! Administratevely, the village of Mériadec is held between Plumergat and Pluneret ! So, the town of two city halls !! And only 14 km from my house!

The chapel dedicated to Saint-Mériadec, bishop of Vannes in 659, located at the current location of the parking park, was built around 1383. Falling into ruin, it was demolished in 1938. 

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The Church of Saint Mériadec dates from 1913. Inside, there is an altarpiece-tabernacle and a processional cross from the 17C. The Church Saint-Mériadec has today,still, the western facade still waiting for its bell tower, whose financing had been refused by the general council in 1923. The altarpiece-tabernacle (17C), in gilded wood, would come from the old Sainte-Anne-d’Auray Chapel. The current church replaces a primitive chapel. The primitive chapel was a rectangular building, rather archaic, completed in 1383, where one saw some Romanesque windows in semicircular arch and others in pointed arch. A small square pinnacle covered with slates stood at the entrance to the choir. To the south was a small square porch, very simple, with a stone bench on either side. The chapel was covered with a rather crude framework and had been enriched with beautiful 17C wooden altarpieces from the Carmelite convent of Sainte-Anne.

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Mériadec was born in Armorica (western France) in 628, he was from the family of Conan Mériadec, the first king of this region. He did not change anything in the austerity of his life; but, filled more and more with charity for all the wretched, he showed that he had accepted the crook only in order to be the nourisher, the doctor, the consoler, the father of his flock. Zealous for the relief of bodily ills, he was even more so for saving souls. He made himself as essential a duty of edification as of holiness. Equipped with the holy viaticum, he died on June 6, 666, He was Bishop of Vannes (7C), He evangelized Brittany, probably an itinerant missionary bishop, as he was so many at that time, Saint Mériadec was a hermit , there is a village Mériadec, which before the French revolution was Saint Mériadec, this first name means ‘the pure forehead’ we find his statue in the Chapel of Querrien.

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The city of Plumergat on the village of Mériadechttps://www.plumergat.fr/plumergat-meriadec/

The city of Pluneret on the village of Mériadec: https://www.pluneret.fr/vie-municipale/meriadec-villages/

There you go folks, a nice story and with many truths to it on the life of Saint Mériadec. I must say I live close to these towns sort of like my living area. Hope you enjoy and do pass by the Church of Saint Mériadec on the D19 road !

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

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June 22, 2022

The carrousel de la tour Eiffel of Paris!

Well, I just notice this quant merry go around was very little mentioned in previous posts and no pictures. I found a couple! in my vault and is a good thing to have it in my blog. After all, our earlier long ago trips to the area my kids climb aboard for a ride or two. Nice pictures brings to life memorable moments of my family ,and glad can tell you about the carrousel de la tour Eiffel of Paris!

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The Quai Branly is a road located along the Seine (left bank) in the 7éme arrondissement. On April 14, 2021, the Council of Paris voted to rename most of Quai Branly (the portion located in front of the museum from Quai Branly to Place des Martyrs-Juifs-du-Vélodrome-d’Hiver, in the 7éme and 15éme arrondissements) Quai Jacques-Chirac, in honor of the former President of the French Republic (France). The Eiffel Tower, on the Champ-de-Mars is nearer the Pont d’Iéna, and the carrousel de la tour Eiffel. 

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The sometimes call the carrousel du Trocadéro is actually at the foot of the Eiffel Tower side, corner of Quai Branly and Pont d’Iéna, Therefore, the correct name is the carrousel de la tour Eiffel.  A typical Parisian merry-go-round with a retro look illuminated by its gilding and lanterns. The little extra: its breathtaking view of the Eiffel Tower on one side, and the Palais de Chaillot on the other. Unique to it is the staircase of wrought iron that curves round the base leading to smaller horses on the top deck. It is also the only carousel in Paris that goes in a clockwise direction ! 

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See above pic carrousel on the right far side. You can get here on metro line 6 Bir-Hakeim best or RER C Champ de Mars, Tour Eiffel. 

The Paris tourist office on things to see around the Tour Eiffelhttps://en.parisinfo.com/discovering-paris/walks-in-paris/paris-and-its-neighbourhoods/paris-eiffel-tower/By-the-Eiffel-Tower

I put up the city of Paris going out guide because it has a wonderful picture with the carrousel on bottom left hand side! https://www.sortiraparis.com/arts-culture/histoire-patrimoine/articles/173592-histoire-du-pont-d-iena

There you go folks, a nice quant merry go around in a wonderful spot in my eternal Paris. Things can get crowded here and the rides with lines but patient is a virtue and you are here to enjoy Paris anyway; all worth it me think. Hope you enjoy the post on the carrousel de la tour Eiffel of Paris!

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

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June 20, 2022

The Seminole Gulf Railway of Ft Myers!!

And again in nostalgia lane of my beloved Florida. I had the opportunity while living there to criss cross the entire State, and keep wonderful memories of my 18 years there. I had the great opportunity to visit it with the family in 2009 and again on a business trip in 2015. All beautiful wonderful memories of my Sunshine State of Florida. Pulling from my vault , got me a picture of a ride took with the boys in Fort Myers and the Seminole Gulf Railway train ride at the time back in about 1997. Let me tell you about it now, and hope you enjoy it as I.

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A bit of history I like to start

The Seminole Gulf Railway is a short line freight and passenger excursion railroad headquartered in Fort Myers, Florida, that operates two former CSX Transportation railroad lines in Southwest Florida. The company’s Fort Myers Division, which was previously the southernmost segment of CSX’s Fort Myers Subdivision, runs from Arcadia south to North Naples via Punta Gorda, Fort Myers, Estero, and Bonita Springs. 

And the concept we love as done both the day ride and the murder mystery ride! And they still do the runs!!

Ft Myers seminole gulf train ride

Seminole Gulf Railway also operates a popular Murder Mystery Dinner Train from Fort Myers. The dinner train runs five nights a week, year-round from a station at Colonial Boulevard north to a point just south of Punta Gorda before returning. The dinner train uses a fleet of 1930s-era vintage rail cars named after nearby barrier islands (some of which were previously Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus rail cars). The dinner train includes a five-course dinner and has featured over 80 different murder mystery productions throughout its history.

The official Seminole Gulf Railwayhttps://semgulf.com/ 

The Ft Myers tourist office on the train ridehttps://www.visitfortmyers.com/visit/editorial/go-for-a-ride-on-the-murder-mystery-dinner-train

We passed by but never inside, however, I will post here as it is related in Fort Myers and a good idea combination with the above ride. So here is the Railroad Museum of South Florida.

The Railroad Museum of South Florida operates a 3,200-square foot museum located in Lakes Regional Park. The museum is open 7 days a week, although ,do have a shorter summer schedule in August and September. Located in the museum are “S” and “N” scale model train layouts, as well as an overhead “G” scale train, a “live steam” scale locomotive, and artifacts including an authentic brass bell from a steam locomotive, rail tracks, lanterns, ticket punches, spikes, tools, and baggage carts on display. There is an interactive locomotive simulator, featuring the actual control console from a decommissioned diesel locomotive. The museum also houses a movie theater where you can sit and watch a video giving some history of the park and railroad. 

The Railroad Museum of South Florida in Ft Myershttps://rrmsf.org/#home

There you go folks, another nostalgic look back of my beloved Florida, the one that needs to be seen to appreciate the boundaries of this Sunshine State! Fort Myers has many other things to see and just south is my family at Cape Coral, and north more family in Tampa ;well all over the State of Florida. Hope you enjoy the ride or visit as I

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

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