Tourist site: Mont des Avaloirs

In the list of tourist sites that I already wanted to visit before, let’s go in the direction of Swiss Normandy to the Site: Mont des Avaloirs, this granite relief, this time located in the North-West of France, and which is located the northern end of the Mayenne department and at the edge of the Orne department.

This mount rises to an altitude of 416.30 meters, exactly, without doubt the highest peak in the North-West and in all of Western France (in the South-West, there are the Pyrenees), just in front of the ‘Signal d’Écouves’, 413 m, a few kilometers further north in the Orne.

Relief map of France, established by Paul Vidal de La Blache in 1918

Mont des Avaloirs, altitude 416,30 m, located the northern end of the Mayenne department

[See the GPS coordinates of Mont des Avaloirs on the deconfinement map]

Mont des Avaloirs belvedere. Altitude 416.30 meters.

A belvedere has been built on the Site: ‘Mont des Avaloirs’ to contemplate the landscape on the horizon.
A clear sky will probably be expected to satisfy the observation of the panorama, as well as for a possible walk in the Normandy-Maine Regional Natural Park just around.

In addition, a list of the different reliefs marking a significant altitude of the sector:
  • South of Mont des Avaloirs, from the border with the Sarthe department

– Butte de la Frette, 293 m, with the N-E extension, 292 m, then
– Col de la Croix Lamare, 273 m, then 287 m
– mont Rochard, 357 m
– mont de Saule, 328 m
– Signal de Villepail, 355 m
– Corniche de Pail, 382 m
– Perseigne belvedere, 341 m

  • North of Mont des Avaloirs

– Butte Chaumont, 378 m
– mont Ormel, 262 m
– mont Hurel, 259 m
– Further west, mont Margentin, 270 m
– mont Gérôme, 304 m
– Signal de Charlemagne, 345 m
– mont Brûlé, 307 m
– mont de Cerisy, 246 m
– And a few more, grouped between Flers, Vire and Avranches, as well as further north, toward the Channel sea, not far from another famous tourist site, Mont Saint-Michel.

Sources :
  • Wikipedia

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mont_des_Avaloirs

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Signal d’Écouves

  • Cartography

https://carte-sortie-confinement.fr

Sites: the birthplace and the Tomb of Clemenceau

To start this series of blog posts on the tourist sites I wanted to visit before, here is the birthplace of Georges Clemenceau in Vendée, probably the most famous Vendéen to date. It is located in the town of Mouilleron-en-Pareds in the department of Vendée (85).

This was the house from his mother’s family, while he grew up, later, in the town of Mouchamps, at his father’s house, located near their tombs.

Also it should be noted that this house in Mouilleron-en-Pareds has become a museum, and that this “national Clemenceau-de-Lattre museum“. It is also composed of the birthplace of Jean de Lattre de Tassigny, near, in another street in the same town.

The two men each had a preponderant role for France during the two world wars. Clemenceau having won the nickname “Father of victory” during the war 14-18.

Birthplace Clemenceau museum
Clemenceau's birthplace in Mouilleron-en-pareds[See the GPS coordinates of Clemenceau’s birthplace on the deconfinement map]
Georges Clemenceau around 1865Georges Clemenceau on a photography around 1865
Portrait of Georges Clemenceau by Edouard ManetPortrait of Clemenceau, painted by Edouard Manet

 

Clemenceau, then Minister of the Interior in 1907 is also nicknamed “the Tiger”; he thus participated in creating the Tiger Brigades

Clemenceau, police logo

Also, not far from Mouilleron-en-Pareds is the Georges Clemenceau in Vendée, a few km further north-west, at Mouchamps, in the town of his father’s origin. Father and son are buried there together.

Tomb of Clemenceau, in Mouchamps[See the GPS coordinates of the Tomb of Clemenceau in Mouchamps on the deconfinement map]

Tomb of Clemenceau, in Mouchamps
Tomb of Clemenceau in Mouchamps

 

Then, if you feel like it, and if the distance to the Atlantic Ocean allows it, there is also the house by the sea, where he retired, in Saint-Vincent-sur-Jard, on the Vendée coast.

Seaside house in Saint-Vincent-sur-Jard, in the Vendée departmentSeaside house in Saint-Vincent-sur-Jard, in the Vendée department
Seaside house in Saint-Vincent-sur-Jard, in the Vendée department[See the GPS coordinates of the Clemenceau seaside house on the deconfinement map]

 

Sources :
  • Musee Clemenceau-de-Lattre
https://musee-clemenceau-delattre.fr/
  • Wikipedia
Georges_Clemenceau, (Wikipedia)
Tomb of Georges Clemenceau in Vendée (Wikipedia)
Edouard Manet, the famous painter (Wikipedia)
Claude Monet, the famous painter, friend of Clemenceau (Wikipedia)
  • Seaside house
Maison de clemenceau/en His great friend, the Impressionist painter Claude Monet helped Georges Clemenceau to create at his seaside house the beautifully colourful garden on the dune.
  • Cartography
https://carte-sortie-confinement.fr

www.skoultrek.org about tourist sites ‘radius of 100 km’

I am going to start a series of posts on the sites that I already wanted to visit beforehand. www.skoultrek.org about tourist sites ‘Within a radius of 100 km’, for now.

[Edit June 2020: this list www.skoultrek.org about tourist sites will continue, although the limitation is lifted. Actually the fact remains that 100 km correspond to 3/4 h – 1 hour and a half, depending on the quality of the communication axes; and then you never know, if the epidemic returns, it can always be useful]

“but which, at the moment, are too far as the crow flies for my current geolocation.

I will use this site ‘Confinement: map of the exit area’ (at this address: https://carte-sortie-confinement.fr) to quickly assess the area affected by the 100 km limit. Thus everyone can check who is able to get there from his home.

(It is possible to move within a radius of 100 km as the crow flies from your vacation in France during deconfinement. Or more than 100 km, provided you stay within the territorial limits of your department)”

While waiting, of course, to be able to go there later as I had planned! 😉

Here is a pretty good old map by famous french geographer Paul Vidal de La Blache; about the main rivers and streams in France.

Carte Paul Vidal de La Blache - Les Cours d Eau de France

Further, I add more here than ‘www.skoultrek.org about tourist sites’ with a list of historic sites that I had drawn up on twitter; (use ‘translate’, it works fine). Also, there’s a serie of tweet about cycling, funny facts and informations, ranking, cities and lanes in France, and around, abroad:

Soviet Era, like in Space, Photos

Photos: Soviet Era like in Space. Following this previous article ‘Photos: Soviet Era, like frozen in time‘ by Russian photographer Danila Tkachenko, here is a more intimate approach, almost in a case, of machines linked to the Soviet Era:
2017, Project “Lost Horizon”.

Soviet Era, like in Space: Model of the first artificial satellite of the Earth. St-Petersburg, 2016
Model of the first artificial satellite of the Earth. St-Petersburg, 2016

Soviet Era, like in Space: Model of the rocket which carried the first cosmonaut into space. Moscow, 2016
Model of the rocket which carried the first cosmonaut into space. Moscow, 2016

Soviet Era, like in Space: Marx generator for highenergy-energy physics experiments. Moscow Oblast, 2016
Marx generator for high-energy physics experiments. Moscow Oblast, 2016

Soviet Era, like in Space: Hotel ''Saucer''. Dombai, 2016
Hotel ”Saucer”. Dombai, 2016

Summary list of the photos

  1. Model of the first artificial satellite of the Earth. St-Petersburg, 2016
  2. Model of the rocket which carried the first cosmonaut into space. Moscow, 2016
  3. Marx generator for high-energy physics experiments. Moscow Oblast, 2016
  4. Hotel ”Saucer”. Dombai, 2016

More photographies of Soviet Era like in Space by Russian photographer Danila Tkachenko, from the project “Lost Horizon” on the author’s website.

Also, check this post Photos: Soviet Era, like frozen in time from same photographer Danila Tkachenko; then you’d maybe find interest to this post, by photographer Andrey Shapran Photos: Soviet Era, like frozen in time, different perspective.