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Le Tour 2005 - A Virtual Cultural Trip

 
 
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Wed 20 Jul, 2005 01:03 pm
Château de Saint-Privat

http://www.guide-chateaux.com/images/chateaux/saintprivat1a.jpg

Built of a Gardon's spur on the site of a Gallo-roman villa, this castle (11-18C) welcomed King Charles IX, Catherine of Medici, Henri III and Henri de Navarre, afterward Henri IV, in 1564. The first reformed religion meetings were held in this Mecca of Protestantism (Prophets' room) where Louis XIII signed the Alais' peace in 1629 (Peace room). The romantic gardens planted with centenary trees are echoed by a formal garden fitted with a nymph grotto and livened up by dancing and glassy waters.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Wed 20 Jul, 2005 01:12 pm
And at the end of this day, I think we may go ... to a destillery, for change

http://www.verveine.com/images/gamme.jpg

http://www.ot-lepuyenvelay.fr/hist/images/chais.jpghttp://www.ot-lepuyenvelay.fr/hist/images/bouteil.jpghttp://www.ot-lepuyenvelay.fr/hist/images/alambic.jpg

Link (in French only) to Distillerie de la Verveine du Velay

Salut - see you later.
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Francis
 
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Reply Wed 20 Jul, 2005 01:23 pm
Salut, Walter!
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Wed 20 Jul, 2005 01:37 pm
Here's to you! (With Bitter Orange, if you don't mind :wink: )
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 21 Jul, 2005 01:06 pm
Saturday, the Tour will be just and only in and around St. Etienne, an industrial city

http://tour.ard.de/tour/tdf/kultur_rezepte/img/k20_stadt_300.jpg

with everything, a nice French town has to offer

http://www.tourisme-st-etienne.com/site/photos/zav_liberation.jpg http://www.tourisme-st-etienne.com/site/photos/zmai_facade.jpg
http://www.tourisme-st-etienne.com/site/photos/zplace_du_peuple_fleur.jpg http://www.tourisme-st-etienne.com/site/photos/zdetail_architecture-av_libe.jpg
http://www.tourisme-st-etienne.com/site/photos/zdroguerie_tour.jpg http://www.tourisme-st-etienne.com/site/photos/zbalcon.jpg
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 21 Jul, 2005 01:09 pm
nifty wrought iron ...
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 21 Jul, 2005 01:21 pm
Let's go to visit a small village, just 8 km away: Rochetaillée

http://village.rochetaillee.free.fr/photos/village10.jpg

http://village.rochetaillee.free.fr/photos/village_de_haut.jpg



And those, who haven't seen enough from the Loire river, might like to walk some parts of the upper Loire valley for the last time ...

http://www.upperloirevalley.com/img_wall/1024/st-victor.jpg
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 21 Jul, 2005 02:32 pm
So we are coming to PARIS (on Sunday, the Tour will arrive there for the final stage).

http://www.pacific-promotion.com.fr/Boutique/Tahiti2_F0005_1208.jpg
http://travel.myx.net/pozeprograme/108_poza.jpg

What's worth mentioning about and in and around Paris .... what isn't already known or had already been posted hundred times (e.g. in last year's thread)?

Let's visit some chateaux around Paris, which aren't on the list of most tour operators!
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 21 Jul, 2005 02:41 pm
The first one is rather new (but not too far e.g. from Versailles):

http://www.guide-chateaux.com/images/chateaux/montecristo1a.jpg

Château de Monte-Cristo
Pavillon d'accueil
78560 Le Port-Marly


This whimsical neo-Renaissance residence was built in 1844 for Alexandre Dumas by the architect Hyppolite Durand. The façades are sculptured with medallion portraits of writers. Above the entrance door, that of Alexandre Dumas goes with the inscription 'J'aime qui m'aime' (I love whom that loves me). The landscape gardens are embellished by grottoes, cascades and rockworks, and conceals a neo-Gothic pavilion named 'le château d'If', the writer's study. It houses a museum dedicated to his work.


http://www.chateau-monte-cristo.com/images/home.jpg

http://www.chateau-monte-cristo.com/images/expoperma.jpg http://www.chateau-monte-cristo.com/images/smaure.jpg http://www.chateau-monte-cristo.com/images/chatif.jpg
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 21 Jul, 2005 02:56 pm
The next one is a little germ, and not only rather unknown but not crowded with tourists as well (which has a lot do with the opening hours: only Wednesday afternoons as well as the afternoons on weekends :wink: )

Domaine de Villarceaux
95710 Chaussy

http://www.guide-chateaux.com/images/chateaux/villarceaux1a.jpg

This estate is composed of a 13C manor, altered in the 17C and famous for having sheltered the romance of Ninon de Lenclos with Louis de Mornay, 'grand louvetier' (wolf hunting officer) to King Louis XIV, and of a second one, known as 'le Château d'en haut' (the upper castle), built between 1755 and 1759. The latter's reception rooms are adorned with 17C tapestries. Both are surrounded by prodigious gardens: gardens on water, vertugadin edged by statues (18C), half-moon basin, medieval terrace.

http://photos.jemenvol.net/img/12/chateau_haut_3.jpg

http://photos.jemenvol.net/img/12/manoir_et_parterre.jpg

http://photos.jemenvol.net/img/12/cascade_de_ninon_1.jpg

http://photos.jemenvol.net/img/12/parterre_sur_eau.jpg
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 21 Jul, 2005 03:21 pm
The third and last castle presented here, is a bit more frequented by tourists, but there are good reasons to do so:

Château de Vincennes
Avenue de Paris
94300 Vincennes

Vincennes, with the Louvre, is the only castle to have had such a long existence. Charles V and Charles VI turned it into a place fit for governing and administrating the kingdom.


http://www.guide-chateaux.com/images/chateaux/vincennes1a.jpghttp://www.chateau-vincennes.fr/ressources/1000245/794.jpg

http://www.chateau-vincennes.fr/ressources/1000245/p-950.jpg http://www.chateau-vincennes.fr/ressources/1000245/p-951.jpg http://www.chateau-vincennes.fr/ressources/1000245/p-952.jpg

http://www.chateau-vincennes.fr/ressources/1000245/p-799.jpg
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 21 Jul, 2005 04:33 pm
Villarceaux is quite a handsome domaine...
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Fri 22 Jul, 2005 08:36 am
Let's walk now a bit, along the promenade plantée.

http://www.promenade-plantee.org/lot0/i_pp9.jpg http://www.promenade-plantee.org/lot5/r_0008M16.jpg

The walk is along an ex railway track that's been planted up with all manner of roses, and various other beautiful flowers, shrubs and trees. It's so peaceful you could almost forget that you're in a city - except that you're looking into one or other of the appartment blocks that line the route. Some of the blocks are very architecturally interesting too. At various points along the way, you can look down on the city streets below.

http://www.promenade-plantee.org/lot0/i_na3.jpg http://www.promenade-plantee.org/lot5/r_0008M12.jpg

Eventually the path opens out into more of a park - the Jardin Reuilly, which is also really beautiful with it's cool, curved, wooden bridge, waterfall, flowerbeds and tiered garden overhanging the street.

http://83.243.20.58/Photos/00/00/06/39/ME0000063905_3.jpg
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Fri 22 Jul, 2005 08:48 am
Want to feel a bit like being in London?

Then enter the gates

http://www.phan-ngoc.com/paris/photos/_monceau2.jpg

to the Parc Monceau.

http://83.243.20.58/Photos/00/00/06/69/ME0000066950_3.jpg

http://www.atkielski.com/PhotoGallery/Paris/General/images/ParcMonceauLarge.jpg
http://www.parisbalades.com/Photo1/photo8/Parc_Monceau.jpg http://getup.free.fr/images/monceau2.jpg http://www.paris.fr/fr/environnement/jardins/liste_jardins/parc_monceau/colonnes_grand.jpg
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Fri 22 Jul, 2005 09:05 am
The beer was very cold and wonderful to drink. The pommes à l'huile were firm and marinated and the olive oil delicious. I ground black peper over the potatoes and moistened the bread in the olive oil. After the first heavy draft of beer I drank and ate very slowly. When the pommes à l'huile were gone I ordered another serving of cervelas. This was a sausage like a heavy, wide frankfurter split in two and covered with a special mustard sauce.
I mopped up all the oil and all of the sauce with bread and drank the beer slowly until it began to loose its coldness and finished it and ordered a demi ...


By Ernest Hemingway in his book A Moveable Feast, on the occasion(s) of his visits to the Brasserie Lipp

http://www.paris.org/Cafes/Lipp/gifs/lipp.jpg http://www.ila-chateau.com/lipp/pic04.jpg http://www.brasserie-lipp.fr/images/img14.gif
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Fri 22 Jul, 2005 09:49 am
After having had this rest in an art deco surrounding, let's explore what more to see in this style

By architect Jules Lavirotte

http://lartnouveau.com/artistes/lavirotte/mini/1sedillot.jpg
12, rue Sedillot Paris 7e

http://lartnouveau.com/artistes/lavirotte/mini/1avrapp.jpg
29, avenue Rapp Paris 7e

[My personal favourite - therefor another photo]

http://lartnouveau.ifrance.com/artistes/lavirotte/arapp29/facade.JPG


http://lartnouveau.com/artistes/lavirotte/mini/1gren151.JPG
151, rue de Grenelle Paris 7e
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Fri 22 Jul, 2005 09:58 am
Ceramics by Alexandre Bigot

http://lartnouveau.com/artistes/bigot/mini/1abb.JPG
14, rue d'Abbeville Paris 10e


http://lartnouveau.com/artistes/bigot/mini/1prem.JPG
31, rue Campagne Première Paris 14e


We leave the art deco period with a look at these wellknowm symbols

http://lartnouveau.com/oeuvres/guimard/metro/1eclairage.JPG http://lartnouveau.com/oeuvres/guimard/metro/verriere/1verriere5.JPG http://lartnouveau.com/oeuvres/guimard/metro/1blason.JPG
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Fri 22 Jul, 2005 10:50 am
I'm sure that you know all the most important museums in Paris.

So let's visit some others, like the

Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain

http://www.masdearte.com/imagenes/fotos/R_Paris_IMG_2522-FondationCartier1.jpg

http://sosparis.free.fr/6/612a.jpg

New building of the Cartier Foundation designed by the architect, Jean Nouvel (1994). The Foundation promotes and supports contemporary art. Exhibitions of contemporary and international artists, orders and acquisitions of contemporary works of art, international circulation of works through exhibitions and donations. Programming of living shows. Garden landscaped by Lothar Baumgarten.

http://www.unjourdanslavie.org/photos/220103-image2.jpg

http://www.lightningfield.com/2004/06/231.jpg http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/label_france/FRANCE/DOSSIER/architecture/images/02-03.jpg
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Fri 22 Jul, 2005 11:02 am
To much art?

The Musée du Vin (Rue des Eaux - 5 square Dickens , 75016 Paris) might be an alternative

http://www.museeduvinparis.com/img/moy_enxpB.jpg

Installed in the old cellars of the Abbey of Passy (fourteenth century), the museum presents the history of wine in France and the main wine-producing areas. Objects, tools, wax models. Tasting.

http://www.museeduvinparis.com/img/moy_boutB.jpg http://www.museeduvinparis.com/img/moy_moazG.jpg http://www.museeduvinparis.com/img/moy_bvbpC.jpg
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Fri 22 Jul, 2005 11:12 am
And finally:

Petit Musée de l'Argenterie

Ateliers du Cuivre et de l'Argent - Viaduc des Arts, 109/113, av. Daumesnil , 75012 Paris

http://www.parijs.nl/addimages/2284.jpg http://www.parijs.nl/addimages/2286.jpg http://www.parijs.nl/addimages/2282.jpg http://www.parijs.nl/addimages/237.jpg

An original collection, the testimony to a forgotten way of life and refinement. Presentation of a multitude of objects linked to tableware, wine, tea, tobacco or fashion: the moustache spoon, the marrow puller, chop holder, the "bourdaloue" and the pomander, the skirt-clip or the fork-knife for one-armed people, most now obsolete. Access to the museum after the visit of a living workshop where french plate pieces are made. Projection of a film on copper working.
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