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    Chateau d'Ermenonville

    by gwened Updated Jul 18, 2014

    one of the wonderful castles of Picardie region France. Located at Rue René de Girardin, 60950 Ermenonville;from Paris take the A1 direction CDG to the road D922 direction ermenonville, take the road N330 direction Senlis but go right at the first road the Rue René de Girardin direction centre ville, the castle is on your left hand side.

    The first castle here was built in 987AD! a donjon came up by 1724, and later renovated and enlarge under the Marquis René de Girardin. Stayed in the family until about 1878.In 1932 Ettore Bugatti (fame auto) creates a real estate company but in 1941 it is occupied by the Nazis, and Bugatti needs to sell it;in 1963, the brand Bugatti is purchased by Hispano-Suiza, and in 1964 the castle is sold to the Dr Henri Mortanal in a dire strait of conditions.

    There it is established a retirement home that close down in 1978,and the castle stays empty until 1981, when the owner Mme Biestro, daughter of Dr Mortanal, rents it out to a hiindu sect call the Conscience of Krishna. This decision is not well taken by the village and it all ends with the castle in fire the night of November 14, 1987. Mme Biestro goes on to do reparations and open again the retirement home on 1988. Not able to reimburse the banks for the money loaned she loses the property to the banks in 1991. The castle is finally purchased by the chain of hotels , Les Hôtels Particuliers of the group of Philippe Savry, that renovates the castle into a hotel restaurant of prestige and luxury.

    The castle serve as scene for the films such as Elena et les Hommes (1955-1956) with Jean Renoir, Les Visiteurs (1993) of Jean-Marie Poiré, Les Couloirs du temps : Les Visiteurs 2 (1998), Arlette (1997) of Claude Zidi, Belle-maman (1999) of Gabriel Aghion.

    You can see it for free from outside as inside it is private now of course. I have come here for business meetings banquets.

    Chateau d'Ermenonville entrance back of castle from the gardens
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    Horloge dewally,Amiens

    by gwened Written Jun 3, 2014

    the clock of Dewally of Amiens is nice and architeturally stunning up close the better.

    It is located between the rue Dusevel and rue des Sergents, very close to the Cathedral Notre Dame where you can see this clock from the top floor. The clock survive the bombings of the city in 1940 during WWII.

    The story goes that the mayor of Amiens Louis Dewailly had bequested a large sum of money to the city in 1892 to built a clock tower. The conception of the clock was done by architect Émile Ricquier with the help fo sculptor Albert Roze.

    The work took a long time and finally done on November 17, 1898. In its conception the clocktower houses a statue of a woman and the local resident call her Marie-sans-Chemise, or the Mary without a shirt that today we see partially redone with the only original part of the clock tower is the statue of the woman Marie-sans-chemise.

    nice story come and see it up close.

    clock/Horloge Dewally
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    Porte d'Ardon,Laon

    by gwened Written Jun 2, 2014

    The town had 14 gates and now only 3 remain from the middle ages; this door or gate d'Ardon gave to a palace of the Caroligians Kings. It is here that Roland ,the nephew (or illegimate child) of Charlemagne spent his youth.

    At the end of the rampart du Midi, the door or Gate of Ardon (13C) is flanked by bartizans pepper; It overlooks an old washing-trough( laundry/lavoirs). The rampart is revealed pleasant views over the plain. The wall leads to the citadel built by Jean Errard, on the orders of Henri IV.

    A nice gate to see and walk by it in medieval Laon

    Porte d'Ardon
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    Monument des Anglais, Soissons

    by gwened Written Jun 2, 2014

    a moving monument to the English in city center Soissons. Link to genealogy of fallenn family members, this site in French tells you more about it and gorgeous pictures
    http://www.memorial-genweb.org/~memorial2/html/fr/com_global.php?insee=02722&dpt=02&comm=Soissons&

    It is the work of Herbet Hart and Eric Henry Kennington sculptors and architects Gordon H. Holt and Verner O. Rees. Its construction was launched by the British imperial Commission of military burials as early as 1923. It was inaugurated on July 28, 1928.

    The text of dedication is as follows:

    "When the French armies stopped and drove back the enemy on the Aisne and the Marne from May to July 1918, the 8th, 15th, 19th, 21st, 25th, 34th, 50th, 51st and 32nd division of the British armed forces fought alongside them and took their share of the common sacrifice.

    Here are engraved the names of 3987 officers and soldiers of the division which the fortune of war denied a known burial and honors rendered to their comrades in death."

    The names are engraved on the "inner" walls of the monument, classified by regiment. Behind it you see the Church of Saint Pierre.

    Very moving and nice to remember them. in contact the tourist office in FRench with rememberance of the 100th anniversary of WWI. And here is the city in French with tourist office information
    http://www.ville-soissons.fr/decouverte-ville-soissons/office-de-tourisme-soissons/

    Monument des Anglais
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    Stop in Fontaine-Chaalis

    by hquittner Written May 30, 2008

    We have stayed in Fontaine-Chaalis at an Auberge (See Tips) twice as a base for exploring the area and as a covenient last night before flying out of de Gaulle Airport (an easy 15-20 minute traffic-free car return away). The ruined Abbey and the Jacquemart-Andre Museum are a good low-key last visit (or first). This is a way to see parts of France you might otherwise miss. See our Tips on Fontaine-Chaalis pages about these experiences.

    A Part of the Ruined Abbey A Statue in the Park of the Chateau
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    Gerberoy

    by DanielF Written Apr 11, 2005

    This tiny hamlet has the privilege of having being admitted to the exclusive club of the most beautiful villages in France.

    Most of the houses date back to the XVII and XVIII centuries and make of Gerberoy a really pleasant destination for a romantic get-away.

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