Enghien-les-Bains

Enghien-les- Bains is situated 13.5 kilometres (8.4 miles) from the centre of Paris, in the département of Val-d’Oise.

Before the French Revolution, what is now Enghien-les-Bains was a lake and a marshland under the jurisdiction ofMontmorency.

In 1766, a priest at the oratory of Montmorency discovered a warm sulphur spring near the lake of Enghien, and the area began to develop as a spa resort.

Enghien-les-Bains is famous as a spa resort and a well-to-do suburb of Paris, developed in the nineteenth century around the scenic lake of Enghien. A casino, the only casino in the vicinity of Paris, is located on the shores of the lake.

The Casino near the lake

During the month of June Enghien has its own Jazz festival but all along the year you can benefit from the proximity of the lake, the Casino and its theatre,the shops on the beautiful streets and the coffee shops with crepes and pastries, ice-creams or hot chocolate.

This year there was also a merry-go-round for the kids, only for kids.

But on a closer look, what was the artist thinking about?

Enghien is an easy and nice place to go if you’re visiting Paris.Hope you enjoy it.

Random facts about Chantilly

Chantilly  is  38.4 km  north-northeast from the centre of Paris.The village has enough charm to merit a visit but the Château de Chantilly , its gardens and the Stables are like a magic kingdom to visit.

The Château de Chantilly was home to the cousins of the kings of France, having for that reason belonged to various families trough the centuries.

The Great Stables were built by the order of one of the  Princes of Conde  and is the second jewel of the Domaine de Chantilly. Unique in the world in size, the quality of their architecture, the magnificence of their surroundings and their situation, they were built in the eighteenth century by the architect Jean Aubert.Popular legend says that the Prince though that he would reincarnate as a horse so he decided to build the stables so that he would have all the commodities possible.

The Great Stables shelter since 1982, the Living Horse Museum and during summer time have several horse shows .

I always though it was unrelated but actually Chantilly gave its name to Chantilly cream(whipped cream), and was popularised by the “maître d’hôtel”of the princes of Condé, François Vatel.

L’Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe is a monument in Paris that stands in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle, also known as the Place de l’Étoile. It is located at the western end of the Champs-Élysées. Its design was inspired by the Roman Arch of Titus.

The triumphal arch honours those who fought for France, particularly during the Napoleonic Wars. On the inside and the top of the arc there are all of the names of generals and wars fought. Underneath is the tomb of the unknown soldier from World War I.

The Arc stands in the middle of the historic axis (Axe historique) — a sequence of monuments and grand thoroughfares on a route that goes from the courtyard of the Louvre Palace, to the Arche de la Défense.

So imagine that you’re standing on top of the Arch,with the Louvre in front of you.

This will stand on your left side:

Sacre Coeur and Montmartre.In the same neighbourhood a beautiful Basilica , artists and places of entertainment like Le Moulin Rouge.

In front of you  Les Champs-Élysées and Louvre and a bit to the right Notre Dame.

On your right side La Tour Eiffel, almost synonymous of Paris.

Finally behind you La Défense, the opening arch for the future of this city.

Deauville

Deauville is a commune in the department of Calvados in the Basse-Normandie. .

It is  considered, with its casino, luxury hotels, its racecourse, its harbors, its Festival of American cinema, its golf courses and clubs as one of the most prestigious in France . It annually attracts thousands of tourists, especially Parisians because of its relative proximity (about 2 hours drive).

His reputation as a luxury resort earned him regularly frequented by many celebrities from film, music, television, fashion and the world economically and politically.

It was here that Coco Chanel opened her second store , the first ever that had more than hats to sell.

But this city is not all about the stores.There are many sites and monuments ,to see.I have a few to show.

The first picture shows the walk to the beach, “the Boards”.It is said that it brings you good fortune if you walk there, maybe because of the famous names that you see written along the walk.

The Casino

(I have to say that you actually pay to cross the bridge you see bellow.)

City Hall, renovated in neo-Norman  style in 1961 by Mayor Robert Fossorier,

The  Place Morny, its fountains and its covered market, surrounded by coffee shops with the tables outside is also a beautiful place to visit although there is no picture here.

And, of course, the beach.

If you can visit, it is a beautiful place.

Parque das Nações -Lisboa

As promised (some time ago, I admit) today I’m going to show you a part of Lisbon.But I realised that I only had a couple of good photos.Sorry about that.

This is not one of the oldest or more typical parts of the city, quite the contrary.But cities are always evolving and I want to believe that a city I love so much can adapt continuously and look to the future along with the past.

In the year of 1998 it was held in Lisbon the Universal Exibithion.The place where everything was going to take place was a place north of the city and that was used as a docking place.Although people were not happy because they could not take advantage of the riverside they were also not very happy with the amount of money that was going to be spent in this enterprise.

Turns out that the Expo98 was a big success and the city gained a new place where people can entertain themselves in many different ways and many people live there now.


In this picture you can see the dome of the multi-purposes pavilion and a couple of the many restaurants that exist along the river.

On the left the big tower belongs to a shopping mall that I didn’t take pictures of.

There is also other pavilions dedicated to science and new technologies and the Oceanario where you can almost get into the ocean and swim with the fishes

and also with the people who take care of the aquarium 🙂

This is a bright and fresh place to visit if you ever travel to Lisbon.And because I feel so guilty about the lack of photos I leave here the homepage.It,s worth taking a look.

Thoiry

What do this two images have in common?Well, they both belong to the Thoiry Park in Thoiry.

The Animal Park is a zoo opened to the public  since 1968 in the Château de Thoiry (Yvelines). First managed by Count Antoine de la Panouse then by his son, Count Paul de la Panouse, it is now the responsibility of the Vicomte Edmond de la Panouse. Unlike conventional zoos, visitors can walk( inside your own car) among 20 species of herbivorous African  on the same territory. This is the first safari park of its kind opened in France.

The zoo, which covers 150 hectares in the middle of the 380-hectare area, presents 46 species of mammals (550 animals), 26 species of birds (132 individuals), 9 species of reptiles (33 individuals) and 10 species invertebrates. The creation of a landscape, where the composition of the clearings, woods and ponds facilitate the expression of animal behavior.

It includes some more traditional zoo and a botanical park of 126 hectares with several themed gardens: gardens Autumn, perfume, English, labyrinth, rose garden.

The African Reserve, Bear Park, the glass tunnel running through the parks of tigers and lions and many other achievements were world premieres and many of them are still exclusives.

You can also walk along the amazing lawn enjoying the view, and visit the Chateaux itself that belongs to the Renassaince Period and started to be constructed in 1559.

If you follow the itenerary given to you in the entrance you will be able to visit everything and spend a day like you never tought you would in France.