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November 16, 2020

Ploumanac’h in Côtes d’Armor!!

Moving right along with the updates on my older posts some since I began blogging, and staying on the Côtes d’Armor in the north of my lovely Bretagne I bring you to Ploumanac’h!

Well the intended trip was to reach this town of Ploumanac’h as we have seen on TV it was named the favorite town of the French , this was a survey contest on France FR2 television voted by the French. So , in addition , one of my colleagues at work is a native of the area , so more power for us to check it out.

We came following the D768  to the N12 then hooking up to Lannion again on the D767 ,and once pass it taking the D788 into the Ploumanac’h borough. Plenty of parking, we did it by the plage St Guirec

This borough or village is only about 3 km from Perros Guirec,(see post) and you can use the bus 15 coming from Lannion into Perros Guirec and Ploumanac’h. Coming to the village you see the parc des sculptures, and the port harbor , one of the most protected in all of Brittany.  You have the windmill or Moulin of Traouiero. There is a small beach call Bastille between the beach of Saint Guirec and the harbor of Ploumanac’h.

Another thing to see is the Chapelle Saint-Guirec from the 16C and restored in the 18C.  The lighthouse or phare de Ploumanac’h or better  phare de Mean Ruz originally from 1860 ,destroyed in 1944 and rebuilt in 1945! From this lighthouse you can see nicely the castle of Costaérés , and islands or île Renote as well as the Sept-îles.

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The best part and the one we walked all over is on the pointe du Skewell that follows on the Sentier des Douaniers. Lastly ,on to the Oratory of Saint Guirec, done on a rock in the bottom of the Anse Saint Guirec.

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The Sentier des Douaniers is wonderful beautiful sites along the coast and the rose granite rocks coming out of the water. The effect of having a huge swimming pool right in the ocean! A must to see and no wonders once called one of the most beautiful towns of France! Ploumanac’h that is.

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This is the tourist office of Perros Guirec with a webcam on the Sentier des  Douaniers in Ploumanac’hhttp://tourisme.perros-guirec.com/acces-direct/les-webcams-de-perros-guirec/webcam-du-grand-site-de-ploumanac-h.html

And the tourist office of Perros Guirec on the rocks of Ploumanac’hhttp://tourisme.perros-guirec.com/decouvrez/rochers-et-landes-de-ploumanac-h.html

The tourist office of dept 22 Côtes d’Armor on Ploumanac’hhttps://www.cotesdarmor.com/Decouvrir/Les-sites-incontournables/Ploumanac-h-et-la-Cote-de-Granit-Rose

The tourist office of Brittany on Ploumanac’hhttps://www.brittanytourism.com/destinations/the-10-destinations/pink-granite-coast-morlaix-bay/ploumanach-perros-guirec/

There you go a small spot in the area but packing a huge colorful environment of pure air and blue seas as well as sculpture stones! Hope you can make it one day to Ploumanac’h!

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

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November 16, 2020

Perros Guirec in the Côtes d’Armor!!!

And continuing on my updating old posts in my blog and staying in the Côtes d’Armor of my lovely Bretagne; I take you this time to the wonderful beautiful Perros Guirec! Of course, this was an introductory post on the town, there is more in my blog.

We decided to rent a hotel for the night and go for the weekend to Perros Guirec (see post on Lannion). I have heard about it on French TV and my colleague at work is from here, so more reason to come and check it out.

We came following the road D768 up towards Pontivy, then passed it to the N12 direction Lannion, taking the D767 direction Guingamp first then Lannion and past it get on the D788 to Perros Guirec. Easy 2h30 by car.

Perros Guirec is a town in the departément 22 Côtes d’Armor in the region of Bretagne/Brittany/Breizh (breton language), the name means  Penn that means extremity end of the line and roz means a mount or promontory. It was called Penros in texts in  1198, 1267, 1453 ,and 1630, then  Penros Quiroc in the 16C,  Penros Guirec in 1516, Perros in 1592 ,and Peros-Quirec  in 1779.

We came into town along the coastal bay and the Port harbor and take up the corniche road boulevard de la mer up to the upper town with breathtaking views of the ocean. You past the Port Miniature a small kiddie boat ride on a lake. The Musée de l’Histoire et des Traditions de Bretagne (a wax museum) is by there very nice indeed. webpage: http://ville.perros-guirec.com/mes-loisirs/culture/le-musee-de-l-histoire-et-des-traditions-de-bretagne.html

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We arrive in city center and immediately struck by the historical monuments such as the Church of Saint James (St Jacques) in place de l’église.  The Church is built with blocks of granite rose ,the bells sits in a dome with a pyramidal tower from the 17C; Inside there is roman style nave with beautiful arches, and chapters telling the story of the old testament where Adam and Eve are present. The second part of the Church was done in the 14C and there are renovation up to 1951.  You have magnificent statues such as the Christ aux outrages » near the door of the sacristy , end of the 15C early 16C. Another the  Christ en croix   that is under the transept in the middle dates from the 15C. There two others statue of the Virgin and of St John of recent work. The Saint Jacques in the altar retable from the 17C and Saint Guirec  from the 18C about the same time as the  statue of  Saint Yves ,  The Saint Laurent, from the 16C, the   Sainte Catherine , with a crown head as a queen from the same time of the 16C. The Pietà is damaged dates from the 16C ,the Saint Jean-Baptisteon the wall end of the baptism chapel is from the 17C. Passing the central nave you see two stained glass of modern work on the right dedicated to Notre Dame and on the left to Saint Yves.(see post)

We move on a bit uptown to see the Chapelle de la Clarté or Clarity, another historical monument in town. The Chapelle has great traditions, the main one tell us that from the 15C a Sir de Barac’h fell off the islands of the Sept Îles with heavey fog the death of the marines seems inevitable. All on their knees praying they made a vow to the Virgin of Notre Dame, they will built a chapel if they are saved from the fog. The miracle was done and Sir Barac’h built the Chapelle de Notre Dame de la Clarté. It was done in the flamboyant breton style and it has a block in the entry porch with a representation of the Annonciation facing a pieta. The traditions continue today with the Tantad (pardon/repent), done on August 14st by 21h  and the most solemn act on August 15 . Some of the nice statues inside are from the 17C in polychrome wood such as The Virgin and the Child, Sainte Anne (patron saint of the Breton since 1914, mother of Mary and grandmother of Jesus), and Saint Peter. Also , the evangelists Saint Matthieu, Saint Marc, Saint Luc, and Saint Jean(John) in the angle of the Ascension. On the windows in the main oak door you see the portraits of St John the Baptist, Saint Peter, the Virgin of the Annociation and Angel with the sceptre in hand, the Vigin and the Child, Saint Paul armed with a sword symbol of the power of God expressed by his letters. All wonderful! (see post)

The port marina is wonderful with classy boats and benches, including some on tour with the typical breton boat the Sant C’hireg . webpage: https://www.santguirec.com/

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The port marina webpage: http://nautisme.perros-guirec.com/faites-escale-aux-ports.html

You can past across from the port on the side street a wonderful parc des sculptures Christian Gad and Daniel Chée or sculptures park with granite rose stone in statues of Breton significance.

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You can visit many beaches here, but our favorites  were the Plage de Trestrignel with free parking a seductive hilly road up the chemin de la messe, and the pointe du Château ;wonderful architecture in homes, and the Plage de Saint Guirec, with great shops, restos street parking and hôtels of beauty in nearby Ploumanac’h. There is Trestraou but in city center and bigger was not attractive to our tastes of a beach. See post.

One thing, at the chemin de la messe you past a small park with a great view of the sea. This is the Square Per Jakez Hélias. Just in front lies at 80 meters of water the British naval vessel Charybdis, who perished with 800 sailors on board after been sunk by the nazis in October 23, 1943. It is a mémorial resting place at sea and the view from the square reminds you of them; RIP and thank you.

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And last but not least, see the Sentier des Douaniers, you can go by car park for free and then walk along the cliffs of the coast with excellent views of the sea, its adjacent islands, and continue on the granite rose coast to Plouamanac’h. Superbe!!

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The tourist office of Perros Guirechttp://tourisme.perros-guirec.com/

Hope you enjoy this introduction to Perros Guirec take a closer look on my monument posts in my blog, this is a wonderful area many times mentioned in French publication as one of the best, and for good reason. Hope you enjoy as I did updating it.

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

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November 16, 2020

Lannion in the Côtes d’Armor!!

And my saga continues in my already loaded blog on many stories of travel over the years. I am doing some and by now many posts updating and revising the links info and some old and new photos to bring them to life again. I hope you are enjoying the route as well as I. There is more pictures in the individual sight posts!

We had a nice lunch near home in Camors before leaving for Lannion, that is worth mentioning here, Au Coin du Feu, excellent for about 28 euros per person. This is on the road D768 near our house and well recommended.  In the forest of Camors, Breton longére house traditional with great owners serving and host all local products from the farm to your table. webpage:https://restaurantaucoindufeu-56.fr/

This time I bring you to Lannion.  We took off for  Lannion in the dept 22 of the Côtes d’Armor taking in the area , and staying overnight in a nice country hotel. We took off on the D768 taking the N24 direction Guingamp and later the D767 all the way to Lannion. Nice ride,no rain and cool, pleasant ride.

We stayed overnight at the Brit Hotel Aux Hortensias , Route de Perros Guirec , where very quickly we found a family room for 5 for 80 euros the night and took it. Very well located on the road D788 between Perros Guirec and Lannion, nice bedroom/bath, and breakfast for 7,20 per person buffet nicely stock. Very warm friendly service greeting by hand shake, and free parking.  Brit is a nice local chain I have used before and never disappointed. webpage:   https://hotel-lannion.brithotel.fr/

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Nice night sleep and ready for the road again, coming home on the D767 to the N12 to Baud on the D768 back to the house for a nice weekend in my Brittany.

We went into town first for a quick look around, the wonderful parking at Gunzburg was great and then move along the river Léguer and the parking Aiguillon with the wonderful wooden houses was superb!

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Some of the monument in detail in other posts were:

See the nice Church of  St John du Baly in city center place de l’église, started built in 1519 and finished in 1548. .  In the 15C it replaces the chapel in the castle dedicated to Notre Dame until 1625;then in 1760 we take away the Arrow tower. It has a wonderful Calvary done in 1867 outside back side. Many portraits and statues of different Saints, pulpits from the 17C, and stained glass from 1925 in art deco style done at Sacre Cœur in Paris. Very imposing building in a mount hilly area with looks at the place de l’Aiguillon and the river Léguer downway.

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

Nice Hôtel de Ville and Les Halles behind it or covered market very nice; as well as a carrousel in the place de l’Aiguillon with kiddier rides overlooking the river Léguer. Here across the river you see the magnificent building, this was the Monastery of Sainte Anne. First there was a hospice here in the 12C until replaced in the 17C by a convent housing the order of the Augustinians (misericordia of Jesus) . In the French revolution, they were expelled only to come back in 1805. In 2006, it was converted into the Library or mediathéque of the city. You can now rent the Chapel Sainte Anne done in 1902, and the Chapelle des Ursulines from the 17C is also attach  offering a cultural exhibition space today.

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Next to the Church of St John du Baly, you will see a statue of Charles Le Goffic,  born and died here in Lannion, he was a poet, romancier, literary critic who dedicated his times and work celebrating Brittany/Bretagne. Member of the Académie Française in 1930.

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For dinner, we went the family way and shop at the Intermarché Supermarket in Saint Quay Perros on our way in road D788, getting all the usual  Sodas, sandwiches, cheeses, yougurts, cookies, orange juice,etc for about 40 euros to feed a family of five. I guess we were in family savings mode today! webpage: https://www.intermarche.com/magasins/04142/saint-quay-perros-22700/infos-pratiques

The tourist office of the Granite Rose Coast for Lannion: https://www.bretagne-cotedegranitrose.com/mon-sejour/visites-et-decouvertes/les-visites-historiques-et-contees/visite-sensorielle-de-lannion-et-decouverte-de-ses-ateliers-dartistes/

There you go folks a brief first introduction to the wonderful old Lannion, and invite you to look for my detail posts of the monuments in this town in my blog. Lannion was a first experience here and we came back, nice.

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

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November 15, 2020

Le Mont Saint Michel…. !

Ok so needed to update this one with pictures. I will update the text and links. The anecdote of this is that my sons saw it first as they went on school trips!!! I have heard about it but never got the effort to visit, and after they came back from it  ,I got the itch. Back in 2015, the family made it together for the first time to the Mont Saint Michel. There has been several trips afterward and always looking forward to come back.

No other words are needed when we speak of this marvel of our world, the Mont Saint Michel in Normandie, but Bretagne has a said…. And ,yes is overloaded, small space too many people and away from it all the prices are higher but the sights, the feeling, the architecture,the history of it all, makes you forget the rest. Enjoy it!

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We of course came by car from the Morbihan in my lovely Bretagne. Each way a different route for the heck of it and seeing more on the road, as we are road warriors ::) Going we took the D768 to the N24 direction Rennes, all the way to the périphérique/beltway coming around the nord  as if going to Paris but once on the A84 get off on the exit 33 for the Durcey Mont Saint Michel exit on the D175 or N175.  Coming back we took off by Pontorson on the D43 and went to the D766 , N176, N164, and by Josselin back on the N24 home. We came into the parking area P10 , which was ok but been in the countryside or provence the prices were a bit high me think, 12,50€ for 6 hours (and they have gone up!)  The compensation is that you have a long bus navette that makes the run to the foot of the front entrance to the mount for free. they go instantly almost like every 4 -5 minutes intervals. There is another service that you pay almost like a bus type but drawn by horses, the Maringote. We took the bus navette faster and easier and free. You can ,also, walk about 40-50 mins.

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Info on the parking, bus, and horse carriage is on this webpage just go to accessing the site in English:https://www.bienvenueaumontsaintmichel.com/en/preparing-your-visit/prices 

Once inside there is a laberinth of narrow street, steep stairs, and hilly terrain which you must be in shape to do. It is semi circular and if you go to the ramparts you have great views over the sea. By the way, the area had the big waves or grand marée recently but today it was all sandy and plenty of walkers even a tour group in the sand on foot coming over. The walking on the sand to the mount is handle by expert guides as they can be very dangerous. Waves come back at 15 meters within minutes to surround the mound like an island! It is a sight to see too

We have purchase trinkets and gifts,  especially in the La Porte du Roy, La Siréne,(créperie and boutique),le Grand Bazaar(no longer there), and the boutiques of the Mére Poulard. This time we just went for the walk and to spend more time in the abbey and church.

We stopped for lunch of the many choices all touristy priced and not the greatest culinary exhibition of France we chose the La Vieille Auberge a hotel restaurant on the Grande Rue. This is a very nicely decorated resto with terrace and first floor overlooking the bay of Mont Saint Michel. The service was nice and prompt , the prices we control with a main dish, bottle of rose wine, extra dishes of fries, and coffee expresso, I had the menu at 18€ with salad entrée, steak =entrecote, fries and a tarte normande or apple pie that was the best of it all. All came out to 23.40€ per person. webpage: https://www.lavieilleauberge-montsaintmichel.com/en/

As we got out, we notice the parrish Church of Saint Peter. saw first time. Small but as usual very nice church. Masses are celebrated Sundays to Fridays at 11H Saturdays 18h and in July and August an additional mass at 17H on Sundays. The church has construction from the 11C but was renovated in the 15C and 16C. It has a roof covered with tiles and a small bell on the nave. In the interior the retable columns are from 1660, Virgin of the Child, and education of the Virgin (Sainte Anne teaching Mary) dating from the 15-16C and a copy statue of Saint Michael in silver. There is a nice view from here down to the Grande Rue and the entrance to the Mont Saint Michel bay.

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We then were ready to climb the Abbey Church . It is huge , inmense ,with a great feeling of peace. All stone, not much decoration but the simplicity of the place in such a marvel of Human monument over imposed any doubts on its beauty, a must to see here by all on Earth.  There are several masses done here all week and on special religious dates. It has about 20 rooms open for visitors to see with one of the most remarkable examples of religious and military architecture of medieval times.  See the wonderful cloisterthe refectory, the monk’s promenade, the gardens of la Merveille,and western terrace overlooking the bay. A wonderful big wheel or grande roué; the guest’s hall or salledes hôteschapel Sainte Madeleine (with its black Madonna), the Crypt of Saint Martin,chapel of Sainte Etienne (St Stephen), the north south stair or escalier nord-sud, Gentlemen room or salledes chevaliers.

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The city of Mont Saint Michel: https://www.bienvenueaumontsaintmichel.com/en

The tourist office of Mont Saint Michel: https://www.ot-montsaintmichel.com/je-decouvre/visiter-le-mont-saint-michel/je-visite-le-mont-saint-michel/

The Normandy tourist office on the Mont Saint Michel tides: https://en.normandie-tourisme.fr/the-tides-of-the-mont-saint-michel/

The Abbey of Mont Saint Michel from the national monuments of France: http://www.abbaye-mont-saint-michel.fr/en/

All magical ,and to think this wonder is only about 1h50 from my house by car !!!Hope you get the brief tour and do visit , its still well worth it. Mont Saint Michel the name says it all. Enjoy it when you can.

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

November 15, 2020

The best of the beach: Carnac and Quiberon!

And again continuing my cleaning house and updating revising very old posts in my blog, I take you to very close and familiar grounds. This is beach heavens just south of me. This is Carnac and Quiberon!

The day was windy ,cloudy, and a bit of rain with cool temps but anyway there is always a good time to go out in my Morbihan. As we said, when there is a will , there is a way. So we headed for our favorite beach towns with a visiting friend. it is a wonderful beach about 30 minutes from my house and an Unesco World Heritage Site on the megalith stones!!!

We took a ride by La Trinité sur Mer, Plouharnel, and then headed for Carnac arriving in city center doing some walks checking the high prices on the shops and then headed for a the Grande Plage or big beach here. Of course ,nobody on the water , too cold and windy , just the thrill of been on a nice flat sandy beach.

Carnac is sublime, a beautiful big beach=grande plage and plenty of bars/restos and shops all close in in a couple blocks, its like having a big street party with a beach lol!  

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We come here often on weekends when at home. Go early and you have all the parkings you need, go by noon and scramble to find one. So we leave home about 9h (9am) and always parking right by the entrance of the grande plage. 

We went by our favorite places such as Memestra ( now closed) new owners and name in there)  brasserie facing the grande plage and the Fisher’s Club right on the sand, both wonderful to spend a day there. We had some drinks here while looking at the grande plage and the boys went into the water yikes! a bit cold for me even if the temp outside was 24C the water was like 16C! 

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Then, we moved on to Quiberon, our favorite spot on a peninsula. We did came back thru the Côte Sauvage or wild coast, both previously written on it. We came straight to our favorite water hole here L’Esplanade Café on the place Hoche facing the Grande Plage or big beach here. You have plenty to choose from all around as well as a wonderful promenade boulevard facing the beach and plenty of goodies. You, also, have a Fisher’s Club here.

The city of Carnac on the Grande Plage: https://www.carnactourism.co.uk/node/454

My fav plages tv on the Grande Plage of Carnac: https://en.plages.tv/detail/grande-plage-carnac-56340

We did our normal walks in town and by residential areas with the great beach mansions, did a bit of the tourist office visit (always recommended visiting or living here), did some shopping visiting our favorites la Trinitaine store next to the tourist office.

At the L’Esplanade Café you can drink the famous Belzubeth 8,5% beers as well as the St Omer premium drafts. All very friendly and nice ambiance always. The Esplanade Hoche here is surrounded by shops, restos, bars galore on a central compact location in the beach. You can, also, spent a day here or combine the day with the above Carnac.

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The tourist office of the Bay of Quiberon on Quiberon: https://www.baiedequiberon.co.uk/quiberon

We did some walks,rode around a bit, went by favorite areas like the mesme tra resto facing the grande plage of Carnac. Went along the beaches of St Colomban, and Legénere, and the inner streets of the beach town.  Nice walk and an excuse to be away from home.

Then ,we headed back to the city center or bourg or town of Carnac is really about 2 kms away, and there we had the big Church of  Saint Cornély. 

We ate at Carnac bourg or city center at Restaurant Le Cozy (now closed) and its just that very cozy at the end of a courtyard with open air, very well serve, nice st jacques dish with terrine de colin a fish and local bonnets rouges beers, coffee, just wonderful  restaurant at 2 rue Saint Cornély. Here just for the memories.

Along the route des kerlescan or D196, the  route of the dolmens, menhirs, megaliths and alignements in French. These are stones from thousands of years that were move here in line on differents fields of which the main ones are along this road, Menec, Kermario and Kerlescan. It is thousands of stones all line up with meaning still to be found really. It is UNESCO heritage site indeed worth it.

At first , I saw them and wonder why would anybody would come here to see old stones, but then once here, realize it has a greater meaning to the local Bretons. Our homes like mine is full of them and gardens decorated with stones and house front with stones, it has a deep heritage meaning here. There is a house museum by the Menec site call the  Maison des Mégalithes. And visited the museum or musée de Préhistoire ,very educational about the area stones or megaliths.

You have the stones or menhirs, and the funeral enclosing from Dolmens,couloir ,and cistes. At Kermario you have 1 100 meters long of stone alignments with over  980 stones.  Kerlescan is the smallest but the best preserve; with 350 meters long of alignments and 140 meters wide, the great stone known as the giant of manio or  “le géant du Manio” it is about 300 meters west of the center of the ensemble.  The Champ de Menec the most westerly and in front of the maison des mégalithes is 1050 stones along  950 meters long. Here you find the tallest with more than 3 meters high call the giant du menec or  “géant du Menec”.

The tourist office of Carnac on the alignments, stones: https://www.ot-carnac.fr/decouvrir/menhirs-et-patrimoine/alignements-de-carnac

The National Monuments of France on the alignment of Carnac: http://www.menhirs-carnac.fr/en/

Ministry of Culture of France arts panorama site on the alignment: https://www.panoramadelart.com/alignements-de-carnac

The culture section of the Morbihan dept 56 on the alignment of Carnac: http://www.megalithes-morbihan.com/sites/carnac-alignments.html

Always a fascinating subject to many indeed. It is a wonderful one two punch to have while in the Morbihan, Carnac and Quiberon are our backyard and we go often even just for a ride. Hope you enjoy the post and do visit these wild wonderul part of my lovely Bretagne and my belle France. Browse the many posts on them in my blog and I thank you for reading.

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

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November 15, 2020

Brest for the seaman in all of us!!!

Again, my saga of updating old posts in my blog sometimes going back to 2011, I bring you to Brest and updating revising post from 2014. This post will have some photos of that time. Hope you enjoy this update of Brest and of course, take a look at my newer posts on this wonderful city by the sea in my lovely Bretagne.

We have been here before ,and kept good memories, even visited in Christmas time. We came back to Brest in the Finistére breton today, just back from it.  We were celebrating my oldest birthday!  We rode the 166 km from our home and made in about 2 hrs, by car on the N165 all the way and went into the city to park underground at the Place de la Liberté, right in the thick of things (that is my father walking ahead as usual he is the expert lol!) . Once before we had parked off street by the Place Wilson, automatic parking meter with credit/debit  card allowed. We came back down towards the gardens overlooking the harbor of Brest.

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We decided to spent more time here so we stayed for one night at the inexpensive ibis hotel outside the city  by Plougastel -Daoulas as we had a car, it was easy in and out, in fact, we love the car ::)  The rate  was  great at 35€ per night, and as we were only there for shower and sleep kept the price right for five  persons.  https://all.accor.com/hotel/5042/index.en.shtml#origin=ibis

We have been to the monuments and you can see those posts, this trip we highlighted the other things to do!

There is a nice shopping center up rue de Siam  and onwards to rue Jean Jaurés along the tramway tracks with bilevels of loaded nice stores and the Anchor across the street link by an overpass hall is the Au Printemps dept store of Paris fame. However, we came here for the FNAC stores for the boys ….and to our pleasant surprise the new Burger King had openned just next to it !!! Niveau 2 (level 2), 65 Rue Jean Jaurès. Webpage: https://www.burgerking.fr/restaurant/brest-jean-jaures

The centre commercial Cour de Jaurés: https://www.coeurdejaures.com/

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We did shop at our favorite Armand Thiery store for men, and grab some more gifts, and then my dear late wife Martine got a nice Hexagona bag at the Pavillon de la Maroquinerie at 44 rue de Siam ;  very nice brands and good prices here, ours was 50% off ::) The boys went on to Dock Games on rue de Siam. And Lacoste store as well , all on the same street and close by, a shopper’s paradise. The centre commercial Coat Ar Gueven was another stop for the shopping family away from home! http://www.coatargueven.com/Presentation.html

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And oh well, we needed to eat, oh yes, that is what we came here to do , my oldest 23 birthday and he been such a humble guy pick the old Au Bureau ,when there first we ate at Au Bureau, 10 rue de Siam as well . Last time had a Juicy burgers, the fish and chip and the camembert roti with desserts from coupe giante of 6 scoops of ice cream to banana split, with plenty of leffe blonde beers was for 24 euros per person.  And as so often happened when visiting and not coming back soon even if we live close ….. the restaurant had change ownership, now call the Rest Au Pub; however, pretty much same menu ambiance, and friendly service.  This time under the new name , we got the 9 scoops of ice cream dish back upon request!!! and of course he had his Triple burger with a nice bottle of Saumur Champigny,  red  2013 Les Longes (in memory of the great school of cavarly Cadre Noir of Saumur). webpage: https://www.facebook.com/RestAuPub/?rf=831895263565461

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The monument Américain cours Dajot or American Monument built on land given in perpetuity  and free by France to the USA. It overlooks the harbor or port de commerce and the rade or harbor with a rose tower of 50 meters high with three levels in commemoration of the American help in WWI that had more than 800 000 men landed here from November 12 1917 to November 28 1918. Destroyed by the Nazis in WWII it was rebuilt to the identical details in 1958 on land given to the USA by France. Right on the garden and to the right of the monument you see a wall stone plaque with the figurehead of comte de Rochambeau and comte de Grasse, the general (and Count) and admiral (and Count) respectively who participated in the battle of Yorktown ,that finally gave advantage and independence to the USA from UK with the help of France.

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The views to the harbor and port are wonderful sublime from the monument Americain indeed; a nice way to begin your visit to the city. One monument in particular I like and a donor is the SNSM ,and at Brest it has its training headquarter. SNSM=Sociétè Nationale de Sauvetage en Mer (the National Society for Sea Rescue) . More on this wonderful society here at Brest: https://cfi-brest.snsm.org/

We passed by the Castle this time, a wonderful structure and even better Marine Museum that we have spoked about in posts after. More on it here:  http://www.musee-marine.fr/brest

Walking just along the castle you will come to see the pont de Recouvrance ,and right next to it the Tanguy tower ,and its old Brest museum on the history of the city, and the arbre émpathique or empathetic tree right next to the bridge. The bridge or  pont de Recouvrance gives you a very nice view on the old city; looking towards the harbor you see the castle citadel, where the local marine government office and the marine museum as above; on the right bank you see the district of Recouvrance with the famous Tanguy tower and the arsenal that goes to both banks of the river until the bridge or pont de l’Harteloire; this area is mostly a military off limits zone but you can see from above the bridge on its many gunboats, helicopters, and canons.

Walking along past the bridge ,and after seeing the arsenal on the right bank or rive droite you will see the cable car! The téléphérique de Brest or the line C of the local transport network call bibus links the two banks of the river Penfeld that separates the districts of Siam and Capucins. It is the first of its kind in France and started in 2016. Each of its cabins can transport up to 60 persons at the same time. A unique experience for next time as we were short on time on our typical one day flash.  The line C is here:https://www.bibus.fr/fr/se-deplacer/nos-modes-transport/telepherique-ligne-c

Can’t missed even for sentimental reasons, the Church or église Saint Louis de Brest. It is now build in modern style as was reconstructed after WWII (1953-1958) on the ruins of the old Church Saint Louis built between 1686 and 1785, and consecrated to King Louis IX or Saint Louis.  Then, right next to it you find the wonderful Halles Saint Louis or covered market St Louis. A must on any visit to the city for the local ambiance, the goodies from the French countryside, and the history.

We came back to city center and the shopping paradise of the rue de Siam always vibrant with great ambiance, a shopper’s delight. You have the big square Liberty where Christmas market is held, and the city hall or Hôtel de Ville next to it the nice Ciné Liberté; (now part of Pathé Gaumont chain of cinemas) the boys had tried one movie here and it was nice if you have time or an overnight stay. All transports from taxis, buses, and trams passes by here: https://www.cinemaspathegaumont.com/cinemas/cinema-multiplexe-liberte

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For a relaxing moment and dwell into the local scene need to stop by the librarie Dialogue by the street , Square Mgr Roull and into the rue Louis Pasteur and the shopping artery rue de Siam. A local independent library started here in 1976 and now elsewhere even Paris. Wonderful choices and loving local care for the avid readers; more here: https://www.librairiedialogues.fr/

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Still walking…., we stop by the train station or Gare de Brest as an anecdote for the travelers reading the blog, we are the road warrior family but do take public transport as in France! It’s a nice complex with plenty of restaurants and parking; and a modern station,now with staring in July 2nd, faster service to Paris saving 1h25 in time! More here: https://www.garesetconnexions.sncf/fr/gare/frbes/brest

Right next to it is the Gare Routiére or bus terminal. Here is more at the transports site for dept 29 Finistére (in Breton Penn-ar-Bed). And of course, got our baguette at La Fournée à Brest .Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/lafourneeabrest/

And we needed to eat a heartier meal so looking at the  A l’Aise Breizh Café at the port moulin blanc by the port de plaisance or pleasure boats marina just right as you get out of oceanopolis. Great as always here, great burgers, desserts like banana splits, bottle of rose de provence Real, and coffees for 25 euros per person. We have visited the one in Vannes too. More here: http://www.alaisebreizhcafe.com/v2/index.php/plans-d-acces

Coming back home passing  Plougastel-Daoulas on the country roads without number you reach wonderful inner beautiful areas in real country! Leading direction La Croix Neuve  you go direction Kerougar and then see signs for the harbor of Keralliou with beautiful views of the passage to Brest at sea and the bridges of Albert Louppé and l’Iroise (N165 road).. There are plenty of Oyster harvesters here for that wonderful direct purchase  from the Cooperative of Les Hûitres de Keraliou/Les Viviers. You come back on same road but at the small hilly traffic circle you turn right direction Kernisi. Here there is a Natural Reserve park of Kernisi and a great lookout point into the bay of Brest and the boats!!! Gorgeous views walking along a path facing the harbor of Brest across water, wooded area and hilly, stony; good shoes and good health a must. The wonders of my Bretagne!

And we continue on towards home with another wonderful outing in our lovely Bretagne, and this time the big city by the sea of Brest. Hope you enjoy the ride, the update and do come in for a visit all worth it.

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

November 15, 2020

Port Louis, Citadel and more!!!

And continuing my saga of revising old posts and updating text and pictures , I take you to the citadel city of Port Louis. A very nice quant place, hope you enjoy the post and thanks for reading my revisions.

Well this one is not far from where we live and we have visited several time. We saw news of the high tides coming around in the area along the western coast of France, and the urge to go out, we pick this nearby town again this morning. This is Port Louis, and it is only 25 kms from my house in the Morbihan dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne.

Of course, we come by car, but do not take the autoroutes or N when possible to see more and pay less tolls even if in Bretagne there are none! We use the D33 direction Nostang, Riantec, and Port Louis entering by the D781 and coming out from it .

Really ,the main urge to come here is the Citadelle and its museum of the Indies. It is an impressive fortress and must visit if in the area. However, we have seen it so we move on. The museum  of the Marine  is a wonderful recollection of the seafaring French/Breton and its seafaring skills. More here: http://www.musee-marine.fr/musee-national-de-la-marine-port-louis

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The other museum inside the Citadelle ,that covers more of the compagnie des  indies  and its travels to far régions such as Africa, Asia, and the Americas. More here: https://musee.lorient.bzh/museum-english-version/

The  Citadelle de Port-Louis was built in the 16C by the Spanish and modified in the 17C by the French. The two museums above are inside of it now.

There is a nice Church of Notre Dame de l’Assomption, done between 1660-1670, and renovated in 1835, located at the Place Notre-Dame. The Church was burned by the wild crowds in 1910 and rebuilt later.  From the old church we see the facade from the renaissance pseudo classic , it has a square belltower pierce by bays decorated with pilastres. The bell dates from  1853.

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The port Locmalo is very picturesque and part of the old trade on sardines fishing here. You see the fishing harbor and the Chapelle Saint Pierre done in 1553 , rebuilt in 1859 ,and very much appreciated by the fisherman.  Move on to see the Grand Poudriére built 1750-1752 or big powder house, to keep that old ammunition all along the ramparts leading to the citadelle. See the harbor or Port de la Pointe, a tuna fishing harbor since 1902. The harbor with its pleasure boats and the ria boat service to Lorient from the embarkadére is very nice. The harbor info on the capitainerie is here : https://www.ports-paysdelorient.fr/fr/ports/le-port-de-port-louis

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You have a nice Grande Plage or big beach here good in summer with plenty of changing rooms and restauration on the beach next to the citadelle. along the garden of the Mail you will see a somber reminder of the atrocities of WWII with a monument to the 69 résistants killed by the Nazis here.

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The city of Port Louis on its heritage: http://www.ville-portlouis.fr/64-decouverte/488-cite-d-art-et-de-patrimoine.html

The tourist office of Lorient and South Bretagne on Port Louishttps://www.lorientbretagnesudtourisme.fr/fr/immanquables/port-louis/

The tourist office of Bretagne on Port Louis: https://www.brittanytourism.com/destinations/the-10-destinations/southern-brittany-morbihan-gulf/port-louis/

We decided to leave and move on to do some shopping on the way home in Lanester, where there is a big shopping center CC Deux Rivières and plenty of stores all around it,on a huge shopping area. This has change ownership and has a new name as G La Galerie Géant ;webpage: https://www.la-galerie.com/geant-lanester

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Here we shop in a huge Hyper Géant Casino supermarket for some sundries and had our lunch in the nice quaint unique restaurant outside next to the parking.  The supermarket is the main anchor store of the shopping center and also has its own webpage: https://magasins.geantcasino.fr/magasin/lanester/CG305

This is right off the N165 free road here and a nice stop for everything. The resto is à la bonne heure ,and its part of the Casino chain.  All in bare pine wood outside and nicely done Inside with shade colors , great host, friendly folks who said good afternoon, and great concept. We took the 8,99€ menu that was an entrée and desserts all you can eat !!! plus a bottle of red Bordeaux wine and coffee, the boys had a more hearty meal with steaks, all for 13,40€ per person. My information is that the chain was sold or most of it and cannot confirm there is open, I know the one in Vannes is closed, so to verify.Anyway here for the memories of us.

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And there you go a brief tour of a nice citadelle town, more info and photos in subsequent posts on Port Louis. See posts in my blog. Hope you enjoy the introduction.

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

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November 14, 2020

The seafarer town of La Rochelle!!!

And on my black and white series saga this time I take you to La Rochelle. Again, the pictures are on the individual posts on the sights, this is an update, revision of an older post of my first visit. Hope you are enjoying these book type reviews of my belle France!

Wonderful energetic vibrant lively town, I have passed by it and been in it briefly several times and as usual the family comes after. My oldest son studied here in the restaurant/hôtels business and he love it too . We arrive by car of course, driving past Nantes on the A83  going down and then driving by the D937/949/746/165 back for free via La Roche sur Yon, Nantes and home ground. Plenty of parking by the Place de Verdun and the Vieux Port parking areas, and a nice park and relay by Jean Moulin at city entrance.

Oh yes we booked an appart hotel one room all the family, great, at the wonderfully renovated sparkling new clean nice all aboard Odalys Appart’Hotel Archipel at 27 rue de la Huguenotte in the Ville en Bois district.  webpage: http://www.odalys-vacation-rental.com/beach-holidays-france/poitou-charentes/la-rochelle/archipel.html

The appart hotel Odalys was just around the corner of two museum , the automates and the reduits, and you see in the Automates  museum figurines of old publicity periods in working order and they move, they sing etc. You are thrown back to another era with walks by Montmartre. We got out into the Reduits museum this one is of scale models of boats, like the Titanic, the trains, the planes, the cars and motocycles, very nice indeed as it relates more to our adult life. Webpage for both here: https://museeslarochelle.com/index.php?resultat=automates/automates.php

La Rochelle was wonderful on our first full day there, and the second day was no exception if better.  We had out on a tour of the town again, and again, we walk all over, wonderful town full of old wooden houses, and old historial buildings even now used as concert hall like the Oratory or Oratoire where Richelieu gave the first Catholic Mass after taking the town back from the Protestants. We did enjoy the rock scene at the Christmas market by the cours des dames near the vieux port.

We had plans to visit the aquarium as my boys love them, so we hit that first right off opening time at 10h (10am).  We walk into the main section where an elevator takes you down to the Atlantic cell, then more Mediterranean, Oceanique, to the amphitheater , and up again by walkways (there are elevators too) ; you see the corals, the indo pacific ocean, the lagoon, the Caribbean the sharks, go around the cornish  and the tropical jungle, then out back out to the boutique and restaurant on the top floor with great views of the old harbor or vieux port. The site tells you 2 hours are ok but we took 2h30 to see it all. webpage: https://www.aquarium-larochelle.com/en

Another nice museum is the naval museum or musée Maritime ,this is a wonderful home grown museum that shows the sea life in this area typical of the region and France. The sea is everywhere,and this is a seafarer town par excellence!  Since its inception in 1988, the Maritime museum of La Rochelle or Musée Maritime gathered a fleet of 8 ships such as the meteorological frigate France I, the trawler Augoumois, the tug Saint Gilles, the classic trawler, Manuel Joël, Joshua, Bernard Moitessier, the SNSM Commander Leverger , the canoe Ketch, the dredger TD6, and Duperré, and  the major canoe Star. La Rochelle Naval Museum has developed on its quays a reception policy of classic yachts whose owners are committed to sail and race. The project of restoration of the Slipway will complement this dynamic and will give La Rochelle of a tool suitable for the restoration, maintenance of the boats. Just great history for the whole family!!! webpage: https://museemaritime.larochelle.fr/

We continue to walk, and walk is really a walker paradise of quaint old streets and historical buildings. We walked by the tour de la chainetour de St Nicolas, and the scaffold tour de la lanterne ,the great Grosse Horloge at the vieux port,and the halles or market.

And of course the Cathedral St Pierre, and the Church of Saint Sauveur were nice, and a stop by the train station or Gare de La Rochelle, why not! We do the train here too, you know, its not like all my friends think I drive all over, well most places, I do take the trains sometimes, not too many times…we do preferred the car/auto!!

And of course , between all we had time to eat and shop at La Rochelle!

We had some sweets ,snacks at places like the La Panitiére, and  La mie Caline bakery. Finally, we sat for a formal dinner at Quai 22 restaurant, 22, Quai Duperré( sadly by now has closed and its place there is now The  Jolly Sailor)  This was like a metal boat with several floors and the funny anecdote was to find rest room or toilette hahaha.  I got me into the women side, lol!! oh well, those darn beers again; nothing major, the ladies behave lol!  The fish and chips was excellent too the best I had in France, so far.

And of course, some ice creams at D’Jolly, oh yes in zero temps C° !!! and chocolates at l’Atelier du chocolat.  And the boulangerie chain Roger Sicard, the boys tea atInfini Thé, the works!!!

Of course, they saw  Micromania and video games galore! The walk inside the covered market or Halles, the ramparts and the beach or plage de la concurrence. Oh well what a day and night; all wonderful!

In all it was a pleasant visit to La Rochelle ,and now that we know it better, another spot in our favorites map, and one to consider coming back. You too will be enchanted by this seafarer town of La Rochelle.

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

November 14, 2020

The haute Bretagne: Vitré!!!

In here I continue redoing my blog literally , updating and revising old posts with new text, sometimes photos when not repeated to bring these marvels to life. I have really enjoyed doing this and hope my readers too. I will bring you now to Vitré a wonderful castle town in my lovely Bretagne!!

As often the case, when you have so much to see this town needs more visits, haute Bretagne or high Brittany sits in the marshes of medieval times that were the frontier into the dukedom. Vitré is gorgeous and has more porch houses than any other in France!  The town is one of the Arts and History designation, 3 flowers towns , and best detour de France désignations 2012.  It is located South east of Rennes in departément 35 Ille et Vilaine. I am updating from 2014.

The town is about 2 hrs from our home. We took the N157 from Rennes into the D777 to Vitré by car is easy. The day was raining at home both ways but at Vitré it was wonderful a bit cloudy but no rains at all ::) Goes to show you when people ask us about weather,,huh? do not worry  just come and you will be surprise.

We came back to city center Vitré, where we hit right on the Church Saint Martin, imposing on a traffic circle that lines up with the historic center of the town.  The Church was closed but it is imposing and it can be seen from many places in the city. The other nice church was that of Notre Dame Church; nice  with beautiful chapels ,not much in tourist office but needs to see it as it is closer to the castle 

You have the wonderful laundrymat or pré lavandières by the river VIlaine where the wash clothing used to be done; the many wonderful wooden houses and porches the most of any city in France!

The one thing , in fact only second to the castle ,that we love was the jardin du parc or garden of the park, right at the entrance of the historic center, and very near where we park at parking place du champ de foire. This was a noble land that was taken by the city in 1867, and it is even now considered an eco garden designation. It has pagodas, huts, kiosk of music, wonderful lawn gardens , huge wonderful curved trees, and just a pleasure to be and walk; nice in the city center. http://www.mairie-vitre.com/Jardins-et-nature,173.html

It was time for the mid day break a religion in France so we got into it as usual. We had our lunch at Le Chene Vert, 2 pl du Général de Gaulle diagonilly across the train station of Vitré, great tagliatelle with scallops mushrooms and all others with porto rouge as apéro,grimbergen beers, coffee expresso for less than 16€ per person. I have on a newer post that we came back and this resto has closed ,with a new owner/name L’Odorico. So here for the memories.

We got our baguettes, pastries in double chocolat and strawberry caramels, éclairs, tarte à poires, etc at La Petite Marquise. Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Bakery/La-Petite-Marquise-Vitr%C3%A9-1684863461803632/

We had some chocolate sticks filled with fruits in chocolaterie Le Derf which we have one closer in Vannes, but they are delicious anywhere. Webpage: https://www.brunolederf.fr/les-boutiques/

And fully loaded, we continue to concentrate on the Château de Vitré, wonderful already with a post on it but here is a brief. The Château de Vitré, this is one of the most remarkable fortress in city center in France, and it is very nice richly decorated . The whole castle is in a parvis that once belongs to a monastery. The castle is done with huge walls surrounding it, and a huge courtyard, now housing the city hall or city govt offices, and a museum up the tour Saint Laurent across the ramparts to Tour de l’Argenterie and finally the tour de l’Oratoire. Each room is name after a famous personality related to the castle. I have been to the city hall on visit not tourism, and this time took the family so we saw the whole thing,and it is a must to visit here and Worth a detour just for it. The museum is loaded and richly shown with nice clean détails of life back then. There each room has a motif related to it like the Salle des Marchands d’Outre Mer saw how the merchants of the old French post lived, then Salle Henri de la Trémouille retraces the founders, Salle Claude-Etienne Savary, with silver utensils, Chapelle Seigneuriale in the tour de l’oratoire or prayers tower with religious objects of great value, Salle Raoul David with paintings of the master with many scènes of castle life, chemin de ronde, a small cozy space for family life and heated; Salle Aimée des Nétumiéres, tapestries and uniform of French nobility. Richly wonderful, Worth the detour for it. Webpage:https://chateau.vitre.bzh/en/home/

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You can continue by going along rue Pasteur at no 15 the museé Saint Nicolas with many more items than on the castle and the old building of the monastery of Saint Nicolas today a training center educational organism.

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We were genuingly impressed with the city layout, cleanliness and joyful ambiance. In addition, the rich historical values in the architecture and visiting places. It has a wonderful hippodrome or racecourse too, evidence of the rich horse tradition here,

We knew the Château de Mme Sévigné was closed for rénovations but we went to see the outside anyway, it is about 5 kms from Vitré on the D88 direction Argentré du Plessis, and right around the golf course of des Rochers. Nice horse country road and pity the rénovations, I past by here sometimes and family was looking forward to see it but it will be next time. It traces the story of Mme Sévigné in Brittany , this is at the Château Des Rochers -Sévigné, and the property extend to include the golf course. webpage: https://bretagne-vitre.com/le-chateau-des-rochers-sevigne/

There you go folks, this was the entry post to the wonderful town of Vitré. There were numerous posts afterward showcasing the different sights above. You can take a closer look of Vitré on them and do visit, worth the detour. Hope it helps

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

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November 14, 2020

Paris,it’s Paris, and with company better!

And I am updating this post for the memories and the friendships one can make in travel forums. I was heavily involved in the forum of many from less known to the world known and over the years I gather some virtual friends and sometimes met them in Paris or Vannes or Versailles. I like to bring one memorable encounter to live in my blog today.

I was to meet a couple from the state of  Georgia USA in Paris that have met thru the travel forums of Virtual Tourist (now part of Tripadvisor) way back in June 2015!

And already by Paris myself with my dear late wife Martine we took advantage to meet the couple. We arrive by car at Gare Saint Lazare and left our car there, we met our friends by the valises statue. If you buy in advance the tariffs is half price from 28€ per day to 14,20€!!! I do it all the time all over at Neoparking ; this has become parking AI now and the Saint Lazare parking is part of the network EFFIA new webpage: https://www.effia.com/parking/parking-paris-gare-saint-lazare-effia

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I first took them to Mount Valerien to see the monument to the fallen and the American cemetery there, in addition to the wonderful views all over Paris, the best site to see in Paris! We walked a lot and they were a bit surprise of how much walking we did! I have this souvenir photo

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We first, walked out into Paris with the Georgia couple in tow by going to one of my favorite off the hidden path places in Paris. The Chapelle Expiatoire,(see post) at rue Pasquier just walking down from Saint Lazare cross Haussmann and there it is. Encircle by a nice small park garden this is the old cementary of Madeleine, where during the French revolution many were literally dumped here such as Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette!

The cementary was open already since 1721, but more fame if any from the French revolution period of 1792-1794. Others dumped here were Charlotte Corday and the Girondins deputies. Also, Duchess d’Angoulême oldest daughter of Louis XVI.

During the the end of 1814 once the revolution losses some of its grips, the monarchy tried one more time to come back. this is what happened when a descendent brother still alive (after the oldest son of Louis XVI was mysteriously disappear and never to be found again,Louis XVII) , the brother came back as Louis XVIII, and order the remains of his brother and M-A removed from here and buried at the Basilica of Saint Denis where most of the kings/queens of France are buried now.

Louis XVIII decided to erect a chapel as the same spot where his brother and sister in law were dumped. The first stone for this chapel was put on January 21 1815, the anniversary of the death of Louis XVI;and the building was done in 1826 under the reign of Charles X. It was a controversial spot for many many years, lots of politics and hassle , many times decided to demolished it.  Finally , ironically it was declared a National Monument of France just at the beginning of 1914….

You entered through a large pavilion that takes you to the center of the chapel showing the wishes of Louis XVIII to erect this monument. Once in the vestibule you go through some steps then take you to the inside garden. Here you have the campo santo or saintly field, a garden where it was the execution point of the place during the French revolution, now a sacred spot. You have huge stones as a symbol of souvenir of the courageous Swiss guards executed in 1792 while the arrestation of the king and queen at the Palais des Tuileries (today destroyed but a cause is on to rebuild it, I was on it, but lots of problems raising money). The old site Tuileries.org has now been disconnected really a pity.

You enter the Chapelle with a wonderful inmense dome with religious connotations such as the passion of Christ, Eucharism, trinity, and the tables of the law or commandments. At the entry it shows the transition of the bones from here to the basilica of Saint Denis. You have statues in white marbre representing Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette.The will of Louis XVI is written on the black pedestal of the statue. Also, the last letter written to the sister of Louis XVI, madame Elizabeth is written on the marbre (sister also guillotine in 1794, just for being the sister),you can see here house in Versailles 73 rue de Paris). The crypt is reach by stairs at the end of the chapel the black marble altar is where the exact location the bones of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette were found. There is a confessional sacristy and lateral galleries of columns. The whole place small park and chapel is what today it is call square Louis XVI created in 1862.

The official webpage of the Chapelle Expiatoirehttp://www.chapelle-expiatoire-paris.fr/en

From here I had promise my friends will take them to another of old job hunts, where we spent many years of good cheers and many family vacation, The Le Grand Hotel intercontinental next to the marvelous Café de la Paix and Opéra Garnier.  I was met there by my old boss!, who as usual took my family and friends on a mini tour of the salon Opéra of the hotel ,historical monument of France, and done by Charles Garnier, the same as the Opéra Garnier, and many others. Also, into the Café de la Paix another historical monument of France where it was reminded the ceilings are worth more than those in the salon inside the hotel. And I worked here in finance management!!!

In all, a wonderful day in Paris, once again ! You are never far from grandeur ,beauty, and good cheers while in Paris. Thanks for the good company of my friends from Georgia USA, and from my old boss who still is as gentle as when worked under him. Merci beaucoup JC.

We departed at the Gare Saint Lazare, and we took our car back home. My friends continue their vacation in Paris. Nice memories indeed and looking forward to more, even at wordpress. Hope you enjoy the post!

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

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