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    My favorite gardens in ile de France

    by gwened Written Jul 30, 2013

    My favorites in the ile de France over the almost 10 years that I lived there.

    Seine et Marne ,dept 77; Jardin du Domaine National de Champs-sur-Marne, French and English style gardens with a castle of course! http://champs-sur-marne.monuments-nationaux.fr/en/

    Jardin Médiéval de la Commanderie des Templiers, at Couloummiers, medieval gardens and the Templars story, http://www.commanderie-templiers.fr/

    Domaine National du chateau de Fontainebleu, of course at famous Fontainbleau, http://www.musee-chateau-fontainebleau.fr/

    La Fontaine aux Pigeons on medieval, La Ferté-sous-Jouarre, English gardens of 6 hectares, http://www.la-ferte-sous-jouarre.fr/component/content/article/20/886.html

    Jardin de Vaux-le-Vicomte, of course the other beautiful castle of the Paris region, French style gardens, http://www.vaux-le-vicomte.com/

    One near to me as my wife was born here, and we first talk dated walking this garden, Jardin Bossuet, in Meaux (as in brie cheese) ;French garden next to Cathedral,where the Bossuet rose was created, see it better in French, http://www.ville-meaux.fr/Le-Jardin-Bossuet.html

    La Roseraie, see the rose of Provins, http://www.roseraie-provins.com/ gorgeous

    Moving to the Yvelines, dept 78, where have my house. Abbaye des Vaux de Cernay, private gardens in an abbey see on weekend or with appointment in weekdays, http://www.abbayedecernay.com/

    Jardins du Chateau de Breteuil, French gardens, http://www.breteuil.fr/castle/accueil.php

    Musée Promenade de Marly-le-Roi, where kings used to walk, wonderful, many of the statues now at the Louvre. http://www.musee-promenade.fr/

    Musée National de Port-Royal des Champs,historical gardens ,protected, see it, http://www.port-royal-des-champs.eu/

    Domaine National de Rambouillet-Bergerie nationale, English gardens and regular,historical, and animals, http://www.bergerie-nationale.educagri.fr/

    Arboretum de Chévreloup, English gardens and trees, plants, near Versailles, http://www.mnhn.fr/chevreloup/

    Domaine National de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, by the castle, gardens 18C, traces of renaissance, http://www.musee-archeologienationale.fr/ , Jardin du Musée Experimental Maurice Denis, in town, garden of the artist, http://www.musee-mauricedenis.fr/

    Chateau et Parc de Vaux-sur-Seine, landscape garden from the 19C, http://www.vauxsurseine.fr/Le-chateau-de-Vaux-sur-Seine.html

    Versailles, of course, my town, the one and only in the world, French and English style gardens, and veggie and fruit potager du roi lol! http://en.chateauversailles.fr/gardens-and-park-of-the-chateau- and http://www.potager-du-roi.fr/ensp/default/EN/all/potager/index.htm

    The Essonne dept 91, we have Conservatoire National des Plantes Médicinales, at nice Milly-la-Fôret, http://www.cnpmai.net/

    Potager Fleuri du Domaine de Saint-Jean-de-Beauregard, flower veggy plots from the 17C! and castle, http://www.domsaintjeanbeauregard.com/v2/

    We move now to Hauts-de-Seine, dept 92 ,just near Paris, Musée et Jardins Albert Kahn, parc and scenes with oriental motifs, http://albert-kahn.hauts-de-seine.net/

    Parc de Boulogne, Edmond de Rothschild, landscape garden and japonese dating from 19C, http://www.boulognebillancourt.com/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=231?&leftid=477&mpid=3&submid=0&submid2=1&Itemid=489

    Parc de la Maison de Chateaubriand et Arboretum, La Vallée aux Loups, romantic gardens, http://maison-de-chateaubriand.hauts-de-seine.net/web/chateaubriand/le-parc-de-la-maison-de-chateaubriand

    Parc des impressionists, modern with rosaries, http://www.rueil-tourisme.com/FR/visite-le-parc-des-impressionnistes_4623.html ,and on same town of Rueil-Malmaison, the castle of the lady of Napoleon, Josephine. Parc du Chateau de Malmaison, nice gardens, http://www.chateau-malmaison.fr/

    Domaine de Saint-Cloud, landscape huge nice, many events here like rock on the seine, http://saint-cloud.monuments-nationaux.fr/en/ and near there ,also, the Jardin Stern, design by JCN Forestier, to allow her handicapped daughter to walk inwheelchair in the gardens from back in 1927, nice, http://www.jardinstern.com/

    Domaine de Sceaux, parc et musée d’ile de France, a museum of the region, and garden design by the great Le Notre. Wonderfully nice and big, http://domaine-de-sceaux.hauts-de-seine.net/

    We end at dept Val d’Oise or no 95 where the airport of Paris CDG is (not Paris), Parc et Jardins de l’Abbaye Royale de Royaumont, http://www.royaumont.com/fondation_abbaye/

    Jardin de l’Atelier de Daubigny, http://www.atelier-daubigny.com/ , also same town, Jardins duMusée de l’Absinthé, http://www.musee-absinthe.com/ , continue in the area of Van Gogh with the jardins du Chateau d’Auvers, http://www.chateau-auvers.fr/index.php?PHPSESSID=1e1022b3c98c8aa32e0fdec046610e01

    Maison du Docteur Gachet, garden from 19C, http://www.valdoise.fr/6387-la-maison-du-docteur-gachet-a-auvers-sur-oise.htm

    Domaine de Villarceaux, a gem, go there for shopping farm goodies too, and a gourmet event everyyear, http://www.iledefrance.fr/villarceaux

    Parc du Chateau D’Ecouen, also a museum of the renaissance, http://www.musee-renaissance.fr/homes/home_id20392_u1l2.htm

    Chateau de Stors, English style terrace gardens, town of L’isle-Adam, http://chateaudestors.com/

    Chateau de la Roche-Guyon, fruits gardens and views of the Seine, nice tunnel withhistory of wwII, http://www.chateaudelarocheguyon.fr/

    Parc et Chateau de Méry-sur-Oise, with great water fountain, lakes, http://www.merysuroise.fr/download//horaires-parc.JPG.pdf

    Jardin du Musée Jean-Jacques Rousseau, http://museejjrousseau.montmorency.fr/fr

    Parc de l’Abbaye de Maubuisson, old abbatial park, nice, http://www.valdoise-tourisme.com/diffusio/fr/voir-faire/nature/st-ouen-l-aumone/parc-de-l-abbaye-de-maubuisson_TFO106590495640.php

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    fashion in the Yvelines dept 78

    by gwened Written May 5, 2013

    My old department of almost 10 years is great for fashion and coming up something most don't know sticking to the more famous city of Paris. Here are some of our area tops fashion designers;

    underwear for men and women by Andréas Gantner as Frenchpaks; proposing 9 cuts, 5 colors, and 32 items with prices from 23 to 28 €. It is already wear by famous here such as TV personality Xavier Delarue of the series « Secret Story ». see it at www.frenchpaks.com

    For the women, Valérie Touya, under the brand Elise Anderegg, offers bras, night gowns and body suits. It is already distributed by the big department store houses of Los Angeles, Londres, Geneva, Zurich ,and the stores of top class of Casablanca, Prague ,and even Kazakhstan. see it at www.eliseanderegg.com

    de luxe shirts for men, in a little over a year Gerardo Marcotti, resident of Le Vésinet,and his associate, Pierre-Yves Menes, decider to launch the old brand of Rhodes & Brousse. The concept, shirts done on order with the help of a home advisor that visit you!. They are done by hand with the best fabrics and an unique model with prices between 85 € to 125 €. Rhodes & Brousse think of coming out with polos in the next few weeks; see it at www.rhodesbrousse.com

    DoDuDinDon dresses children, and its creator Anouchka Protopopoff is loaded with orders. A mother of 31 years old started two years ago with the brand DoDuDinDon, a brand of clothing chic for the children. She designs pulls ,pants, and shirts from her house at Jumeauville. Several stores such as one in Maule,sells her work. IN September 2013 she will open in Paris if the plans work out. She now sells on line too. See it at www.dodudindon.com

    Sports clothing under the brand Baring launch by Edgard Ebami from Clayes-sous-Bois. With about 15 different models from t-shirts, sweats, and shorts on sale online. Pro football/soccer players like Alexandre Song (Cameroon), wears the outfits already and ,also, already on TV ads in the show « Groland » at Canal +. See it at www.baring.fr

    Another sports brand Diego Sport provides supplies to teams on the amateur level all over France from the North (nord) to Guadeloupe and Martinique. The brand has an ambassador in Amara Simba, former pro player of PSG. See it at www.diegosport.com

    T-shirts for fun is the idea of a student of only 20 yrs old. Louis Dulac sells a line of t-shirts and accessories under the theme of Marie-Antoinette ,and the château de Versailles, they are call Versailles in shirt. See it at www.versaillesinshirt.spreadshirt.fr

    Sandals with tops of the tiles of Jouy. The charentaises, are back in fashion! you can try the model sold at the museum of toiles in Jouy-en-Josas. You can find Ties and scarfs there too. See it at www.museedelatoiledejouy.fr

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    Festival of ile de France

    by gwened Updated Apr 7, 2013

    This is an event I have participated 3 times, and will recommend toany passing by the region for the next one, coming up in September 7 to October 13 2013 in its 37the edition.

    You several concerts done in national heritage monuments all over the region. The music is varied from classical, renaissance, contemporary, world music of many countries. Its a great combination of listening to great artists with good music and in wonderful historical places of the region of Ile de France .

    It you buy a Pass before July 12 you get the right to a free placing in the concert of Villarceaux (Sunday September 9), preferential prices for the Festival de l'Imaginaire 2013 of the house of world culture or the Maison des Cultures du Monde, the Festival Banlieues Bleues 2013 ( suburbian Paris blues event), the programming of Parc de la Villette (except festivals and special events), and the Parisien concerts of the 'Orchestre National d'Ile de France(national orchestra of ile de France). The venue at Villarceaux is wonderful, I have been there, more on the place here http://www.iledefrance.fr/villarceaux/le-domaine/ one of the hidden jewels of France.

    To buy these passes there are two the Pass 3 (entry into 3 concerts except Villarceaux). You have an unique price of 17 € per concert ( all activities but for the first one you have to go early as seats are not guaranteed) .

    For the better deal is the Pass 6 (entry to 6 concerts except Villaceaux) You have a special price of 15 € per concert ( all activities but the first one you have to go early as seats are not guaranteed). With this Pass, you have preferential seating per concert that takes place at Taverny, Vincennes, Saint-Sulpice-de-FavieÌres, Vaux de Cernay, Dourdan, and Larchant.

    for tickets contact Festival d'Ile de France +33 (0) 1 58 71 01 01 open from June 18 to July 12 and from August 21 to October 13. Monday to Fridays from 13h to 19h, Saturdays from September 3 at 11h to 16h payment by bank card credit/debit. the tickets are not remboursable nor exchange.

    You can buy it at any store of FNAC, Carrefour, or Bon Marché department store . A great cultural local event to take in the local culture. Enjoy it.

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    Au pays de la baguette

    by mariev Updated Oct 16, 2005

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    Remember the cliche : the frenchman with his beret, his bottle of wine and his BAGUETTE ?

    While it is difficult to find berets (most are now imports - especially from ...USA) and while french people drink less wine than before, the baguette (and generally speaking the bread) is part of the daily life.

    No meal, no snack is complete without it.

    There may be less varieties of bread than of cheeses in France but still...
    Yyou can always find a bread to your liking :
    - White, dark, complete
    - Round, Squarish, long (again : baguette) ...
    - Crispy or soft
    - Plain bread, including nuts, raisines, olives, cheese, lardons ...

    It can even become an art form, you will often see bread sculptures (hmm! i prefer to look at them than to eat them : the odd shapes often make for unevenly baked and a bit dry bread)

    When you are in Paris, try more than a type of bread (plus, it's a cheap component for a snack), for instance, go chez PAUL (a chain of traditional bakeries selling breads, pastries, viennoiseries, sandwiches and serving small meals, chose and enjoy !

    Bon appetit !

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    hospital by the Seine

    by gwened Written Dec 1, 2013

    my dear late mother was taken care in her last days from home going for cures here,sentimental favorite spot on the river Seine, the boat is the hospital cafeteria.
    great staff at Les Mureaux

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