North France And Loire Valley

Prejudices about countries are shaped by international political structures, military tensions, newspaper and television news. All this depends on the ability of politicians who govern the country to manage and direct international interests. Our judgments against France are generally not very sympathetic.

We go to the Normandy coast in northern France, where there are old castles.

We went to Paris, we rented the car, we set off. Crazy rain is taking floods, water curtains in front of us .. we could not get used to the car yet, we can not follow the road exactly, the address of the navigation device could not be full, excitement uneasiness .. Anyway smoothly everything under control, the rain stopped, the sun showed his face.

We’re at Giverny de Monet’s house. Claude Monet is a French Impressionist painter who lived in 1840-1926 for his work on impressionism, modern art and realism. Monet, who loves nature, loves and settles in Giverny, a small town while traveling around France. He stayed here until his death, and he did many of his works here. Today, the house, which is in a wonderful garden with pond and colorful flowers, has been turned into a museum and exhibited along with the works of famous Japanese painters. A place where art finds value, envy and envy.

After the fatigue coffee, we continue on the road and we come to Honfleur, a small port city, where the Selne River, which has a population of ten thousand, is two hours away. We are here for the night and have a pleasant dinner in a cozy restaurant which we have booked in advance. Really quaint place, surrounding the harbor town square, music and cafe restaurants. Everyone is trying to relieve the tiredness of the day. As we move away from metropolises from big cities, people become more sincere and human. We’re trying to enjoy the night. There are so many art galleries, even in such a small settlement that I have noticed. When art becomes social cultural values ​​differentiate, humanity becomes.

“Because the world isn’t perfect, we need art.”

Ile We can only reach the virtue of living with the importance given to art. ”


We are on the road in the morning, French style street breakfast at Leovill, the day starts enjoyable. First a short city tour, a modern civilized coastal city built with respect to history without destroying the old. Miles of sandy beach along Leowill coast. Wooden walkway parallel to the sea. According to the season, the weather is windy and there is not much demand to the sea. However, those who run, sports sides, watching the sea is quite crowded. The last visits are okay, we pass Bayeux in the afternoon.

In Bayeux, we go to the Bayeux carpet museum, which has the world’s longest carpet. Bayeux Tapestry is one of the most important and interesting works of art produced in medieval Europe. It is accepted that the work was made in approximately 1073-1083 after the invasion of England. It is 70 meters long, 50 cm wide and embroidered on woolen linen fabric with Latin stitch. In 1066, the native people of this place passed between the Normans and the British Duke of Normandy William, King of England II. His victory over Harold is depicted in detailed depictions. It is clear how difficult the war is. The carpet has been exhibited in length so that all the details are visible. Headphones in hand, listen to all the details about the war and the period. It has been kept intact for 954 years. If you’re interested, you’ll need an hour or so, and there’s no other exhibition in the museum.

We visit Notre Dame, which is the biggest cathedral of the region in the name of the Virgin Mary, the magnificent church with all its details and embroideries. This is where Normandy landings occurred during the Second World War. We go to the war museum, like all war museums, the weapons used, the people who died with these weapons, the people who were killed, the sorrows.

Every aspect of the city is very clean and modern, with no mess and disorder.

We go to Utah beach, which is a long coastline where Normandy landing is fully done. Tom Seleck’s D-Day and the Longest Day are still in memory.

On June 6, 1944, British, American, Canadian and French troops launched an offensive against German troops and land troops of unprecedented magnitude in order to save the Normandy region on the western edge of France, which was occupied by Nazi Germany. With the start of the operation, it raises tens of thousands of soldiers at the same time to five different coasts of the French coastal city of Normandy. The German army did not have enough intelligence to determine exactly where this landing was expected. Allied forces were constantly giving false information about the location of the landing with false radio speeches and misleading the German intelligence listeners. German forces were also very close to England, thinking that they were going to take off to the north of La Havre, but they had barricaded it with heavy weapons, but the main extraction was from other regions.

In the first days of the Normandy landing, one of the most important military operations that determined the fate of the Second World War, more than 10,000 people lost their lives and hundreds of thousands were injured.

Looking at the sea from a hill, I think for a moment, hundreds of warships, thousands of people, gunfire … the brutality of war pains, hell such a thing makes it people.

  The world that cannot be shared because of our egos bir something like this ..

We come to Port-en Bessin, a charming fishing town with fishing boats on both sides of the canal that opens to the sea. A nice feast with all kinds of seafood on the boat in the evening ..


Omaha Beach, one of the places where the landing took place Now the cemetery for American soldiers who died at the landing in Normandy. Extremely nicely arranged place on a large area. First of all, the destroyed, burned villages, houses, bombed places where the war took place. Disaster, pain, misery. Films shown, photographs, war materials used, all of them hurt inside.

We have been fighting in the filth called the same war for years, martyrs, dead people, destroyed nests, lost souls, great pain. The vile, savage, blood-drinking monsters that feed on them play games in the name of their ambition to rule the world for their interests.

One of the must-see places in this region is Mont Saint Michel Abbey. In fact, when the waters rise as a result of the island, the monastery is built on a large rock in the plain. As such, it is a protected place against external dangers.

In the 12th century, the clergy wanted to build a monastery on behalf of the prince of heavenly army Saint Michel. For the choice of location, the scream of the bull stranded on top of the rock as a result of the rise of the sea and allegedly on the rocks. Michel’s fingerprint is perceived as the place pointed out by God and a three-storey monastery is built. With its dominant position in the Normindia and British regions, this monastery has been the center of religious interest for centuries. One of the important pilgrimage places is Mont snt. Michel Monastery, 12th century, King of France VII. Louis II and King of England. When it hosted the peace talks between Henry, the monastery’s reputation increased further.

The increase of the spiritual importance of the monastery led to the increase of the political effectiveness of the high priest who became the ruler and the monastery became the most important banker of the region. The monastery’s wealth has caused political and religious strife for centuries.

Money, money, money… political power, the cornerstone of every religion and belief…

When you entered the monastery through a small door, all the residential areas where the clergy used to stay in the narrow streets have now become cafes and restaurants. You know, there are serious places, I think there are a lot of rental income!

When you pass the shops selling touristic goods and start to climb, this is the monastery. You can feel the details of the medieval architecture., It is a really impressive building with many places like meeting rooms, places of worship, reception rooms.

When you reach the roof level of the cathedral and go up to the terrace, the glory of Mont Saint-Michel is right in front of you. When you look up, the statue of St. Michel watches the vast horizon from a height of 170 meters. A truly magnificent structure, one of the must-see places when it comes to these places is as important as the Eiffel Tower.

 We are going to the city of Dinan, which was built in the 13th century in the Breton region in gothic style. This is a city where artists, sculptors and handcrafts are concentrated. Narrow streets, shops, cafes, street painters, are enjoying with icy beer ..

We’re going to the city of Saint Malo, we are here at night, one of the most curious places.

St. Malo is a city built on a rocky peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean, surrounded by gray granite walls. However, they were attacked by pirates, foreign ships, especially British and Dutch ships using the region, and shared the loot with the king.

St. In Malo, pirates sometimes took it so far that they declared their independence in 1590 by saying “I am neither French, Breton, I am a pirate için in order not to share the loot with the central authority, but these adventures only lasted 4 years.

 The main entrance to the city is Porte St. Vincent, from the moment you enter, you find yourself in the shops, restaurants, cafes and bars. The city is very stylish, warm and friendly. Inside the thick high walls, an old but well-kept city has kept exactly what was used. There is no gloomy atmosphere in the cities in Sur. It is not a small place, every corner is another realm. We ended up in a nice restaurant among the crowd.


We are going to Rennes, the past capital city of the Breton region. This is one of France’s prominent places in culture and art. Saint Pierre Cathedral, town hall, stone houses. When the facades are shaped with unsymmetrical painted timber and played with a little bit of color, the buildings look like a crooked curve. Squares, cafes, streets, we spent a lot of time here. Rennes is one of the most vibrant sweats of France with its calm natural beauties.

We will stay at Chateau Colbert Castle in the Maulevrier area at night.

I’ve had the excitement of this place from the beginning. A real castle; The story of Chateau Colbert Castle dates back to the 11th century and was built in 1677 by two local masters, Michel Guémas and Jean Leconte in Maulévrier. The castle is integrated with the Maulevrier region, where many intrigues have taken place over time and massacres have been carried out in its name. Renovated by architect Alexandre Marcel in the early 1900s. From 1946 to 1977, the castle was conquered by religious communities called ”The Fathers of the Holy Spirit” and “Shepherd Sisters ve and in 1977 the castle was transformed into a restaurant.

 In 2001, the present-day owners Jean-Louis and Dominique Popihn took over Château Colbert and decided to make it an important gastronomic destination in the region. All the necessary vegetables and some fruits are grown in their own garden under natural conditions.

In its own grounds, the magnificent Oriental Maulévrier East Park is the largest Japanese-style garden in Europe.

In the evening, a nice neat atmosphere in the castle, some neat clothes! with wine. It was a very enjoyable evening.


In the morning, we go to Puy du Fou, Grand Park. It is a place where there are many different shows on a large area. In the program you’ve identified the shows that you like and appropriate in terms of time, then starts the run, to get out from one to the other. The first demonstration is a representation of the war between the Romans and the Carians. The demonstrations of the gladiators with their four horsemen, the runners, the fighters, then the lions on the stage. In fact, there is a serious technological system.

From here, demonstrations of the Musketeers. A huge hall for at least a thousand people. The scenery is incredibly big, horses run on the stage, changing decors, and suddenly the scene starts to gush water from everywhere. The floods all around, the reflection of the scene due to the wetness of the floor looks very good.

It is not easy to control so many tons of water in such an environment. The dancer girl who made his mark on the game was really great. When we get out of here, we chase again, to catch up with the other show. After waiting for a while in the queue to attack. This time, the Vikings show, which was nice, let’s say, compared to others. Another show, birds, we first called the bird mus but 600 different breeds and lengths of the bird shows. If you think that birds with huge wingspan fly just over the top of your head, the storks are amazed at how they trained.

The demonstrations are 30-40 minutes, but the distances are not too small, the rush to catch up with the other is the hard part.

Beautiful, but there are more beautiful examples of such places called such thematic parks.


We’re going to Chenonceau Castle in Breton, north-west France. A magnificent castle in the village of Chenonceaux in the Loire Valley, with many rooms on the Cher River that joins the Loire River, a small church, resting on the arch-like legs of the river, with beautiful gardens behind it. It is a very important place, famous for its gossip and intrigue.

The castle dates back to the 1230s, and was built on a 50×55 meters in 1432. At the end of the 15th century, it was demolished by its new owner Thomas Bohier and rebuilt as a larger building. When Thomas Bohier died in 1524, King François I. seized the castle, claiming that he had embezzled money in the past, and the castle became royal property. When François I died in 1547, his son, Henry II, passed to the throne and II. Henri gives this castle to his mistress Diane de Poitiers in 1547! After Poitiers settled in the castle, he built a two-hectare Diane Botanical Garden in his own name, and with the following additions and changes, it becomes the perfect form of today. One of the most interesting events in this castle Diane de Poitiers, lover king II. Henri and his wife Catherine de Medici. As a result, the women’s war began, and the king’s wife began to make plans for the castle. 1559, II. When Henri dies, his son, who will succeed him to the throne, is succeeded by Catherine de Medici. The queen, who lived in this castle, gave the mistress his own castle and settled in this magnificent castle. Catherine de Medici has the Catherine Botanical Garden built on the other side of the castle. Today, the castle is named after Diane de Poitiers on one side, Catherine Garden on the other and still today with its own names. You should see what the situation is going on, even at that time. This is the shortest and most honorable version of the story.

The castle was used as a military hospital during World War I. When the Nazi German armies occupied France in World War II, the border crossed the middle of this castle. So the north of the castle was left by the Germans and the south by the French.

The Chenonceau Castle, which has been part of the Menier family since 1853, is undergoing high restoration and maintenance work with the support of the Fansa government.

The most boring part of this visit is the long waiting queues. No exaggeration if we say for hours. We finally went in and saw that it was worth what we expected.

We are in a small village with 350 inhabitants in the immediate vicinity of the castle. If we say the village is wrong, it is a very modern and civilized place in terms of all infrastructure and settlement architecture, buildings and roads. There’s even a bar,

After a pleasant coffee, we left for Amboise in the evening on the banks of the Loire River.

So far in all cities and settlements, life is quiet, the streets do not seem too many people did not have the hustle and bustle. Amboise is more vibrant and vibrant. Very nice dinner on top of all the fatigue after a short tour.

At night we stay in Amboise, a historical mansion, formerly used as a library, whose four rooms are regarded as hotel service and now known as Les Fleurons. Elegant, tastefully furnished and very pleasant place run by English husband and wife.


In the Breton region of the northwestern region of France, there are more than 80 castles in the Loire valley.

In the morning we go to the Amboise Castle in Amboise, a charming place on the banks of the Loire River.

In the Middle Ages, the elite of the castle were also in control of the region. As such, the intrigues of games in every sense have never been missing. Another important aspect of the castle of Amboise is that the grave of Leonardo da Vinci is here. In 1516, King Francois invites Vinci, who was in his 60s at the time, to the castle and instructs his assistants, trainers on engineering, architecture, painting and the arts, and talks with him every day for 700 gold coins per year. It also allocates a castle at a location very close. The money paid at that time is not much.

Later, the king’s sister, Vinci also enjoyed these conversations, and even said that he was getting closer to his sister. Rumors don’t stop.

The famous Italian painter and scientist Leonardo da Vinci, who we all know from the Mona Lisa painting, lived in Amboise from 1516 until his death in 1519, and after his death he was buried in the Saint Hubert Chapel built in the garden of the Amboise Castle. His house was arranged as a museum with his belongings.

 Leonardo da Vinci comes to mind first, the Mona Lisa painting, the discoveries in the fields of engineering, the picture showing the human proportions in the circle with hands and arms expressing the golden ratio, and the last food table and story of Jesus.

Leonardo Da Vinci is the most important scientist, artist and mathematician of the Middle Ages. As a result of his studies on the arrangement of numbers in mathematics, he realized the golden ratio and applied it to his works. Gold ratio is a geometric and numerical ratio which is accepted to give the most appropriate dimensions in terms of the harmony observed between the parts of a whole. This ratio is 1.618, expressed as the ratio of the largest to the smallest. This ratio can be seen in many places in nature, is the universal description of beauty. The size of the models that are accepted as beautiful and pleasing to the eye is the golden ratio. For example, if the ratio of shoulder width to elbow shoulder distance, hand length to arm length, leg length to body ratio is 1.68, it is ideal.

When Jesus said ğinde one of you will betray me ğinde at the last supper with the 12 apostles who believe in him, the word “betrayal yarat creates a very different reaction in 12 percent. This is exactly what Leonardo da Vinci wants to paint.

He starts painting but after a while he takes a break for two years. This process disturbs the monastery high priest and rumors start around. In the streets of Milan, however, Leonardo seeks spiritual faces that will inspire him. The face he sees records his mind in full detail before watching for days. With the live models he finds from the street, most of the painting completes quickly.

But the face of two people is missing. Jesus and Jehuda. So, the Prophet and the traitor! That’s why Leonardo can’t finish the painting. At the end of the second year, he finally finds the face of a young disciple, Jesus, the face that expresses the innocence of both this world and the other world. Only Yehuda remains. Streets, under bridges, harbors, bars, prisons, there is no place to look. But betrayal has no face. In the end, the abbot complains to Ludovico, who ordered the painting, only to see that Yehuda’s head has not touched the painting for a very long period of time, more than a year.

 Ludovico, who ordered the painting, immediately calls Leonardo.

 Leonardo understands that the high priest has complained about him and gives the ironic answer …

 Ları His Excellency knows that only Jehuda is the head of what must be finished. As everyone knows, Jehuda was a scoundrel who was conspicuous with his wickedness, which must be portrayed with a face that fits his sinfulness. For at least a year I have been going to Borghetto where all the thugs of the city live day and night. However, I have not yet found a face of evil in my mind. When I find this face, I will finish it in one day. However, if my research is inconclusive, I will use the face of the high priest who comes to complain to His Excellency and complies with the qualities sought. ” In response to this ironic answer, Luduvico bursts out laughter and tells Leonardo to continue looking.

 Rumor has it that Leonardo continues searching for another year and finally finds his face in a prison. For a long time in prison, the prisoner watches the prisoner from afar, and with some of the details he draws to his mind and notebook, he finally sits down and completes the painting in one day.

 Unaware of what is happening, the prisoner wants to know what kind of picture he is in. Leonardo invites the prisoner to the monastery and when he shows the painting, the prisoner;

 “I know this painting,” he says. Leonardo confused: “How can you“ no one has seen it yet, how do you know? Leonardo

 Önce Before I fell into these situations, as a student, I modeled this painting as a Jesus in a monastery! ”

 The prisoner’s answer is as important to many as the painting itself.

 Perhaps the greatest divine play for Leonardo.

 Who is Jesus, who is Jehuda?

 Much has been said so far about Da Vinci’s last meal. But I think the most important thing is the story of that prisoner.

 Who is faithful, who is traitor, who is good, who is bad? Or is it the same as good and bad?

Amboise Castle is one of the most important places that have hosted many French kings throughout history. From the outside it looks quite sumptuous and looks great, but as you walk inside, it’s not as swanky. The history of the castle of Amboise dates back to the Middle Ages. After the death penalty for the conspiracies against Charles VIII. Charles confiscated the castle. When he found such a place, the king got married and settled here, and the additions and changes he made later were preserved.

Abulkadir al-Jazairi, who once fought for the independence of Algeria, was held in this castle as a prisoner in the hands of the French between 1848-1852.

In the Loire valley of France, we go to the region’s largest castle, the Chambord Sato, near the city of Blois. The Chambord Castle, a blend of traditional French medieval and Italian Renaissance architecture, is one of the most spectacular in the world.

Impressed by the Italian Renaissance architecture, King Francis I was ordered to be built as a hunting lodge in 1519, and because of the long-lasting construction, the king could not remain in the castle for only 72 days. The castle, which was later used by many kings and commanders to make short-term residences or parties, was not, in spite of all its splendor, much claimed. 77 stairs, 282 fireplaces, 426 rooms, 90 work and meeting hall in the 500-year history of the unfortunate castle has been living for about 12 years. The castle, which was built on behalf of reputation, was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1981 as a cultural asset.

One of the first features that come to mind is the Leonardo da Vinci stairs. Spiral staircases up to the top floor, which do not see each other. It is similar to the stairs of Mimar Sinan in Selimiye Mosque. The Chambord Castle, which was looted during the French Revolution, was used as a military hospital during the German-French war between 1870 and 1871. During the Second World War, a part of the Louvre Museum collection was moved here for security purposes, but Mona Lisa, which was among the works, was captured by Hitler for a while and then taken back.

In the evening we took out all the tiredness of the day in a nice restaurant.


Our trip was about seeing some of the 80 castles in the Loire region.

We are going to Paris, to experience the joy of the big city. When there are problems starting with traffic and parking, we prefer to leave the rented car and walk around with public vehicles or other facilities.

First, the Champs-Elysees Boulevard, the most beautiful street of Paris, named after the plains of Elysion, which was named as heaven in Greek mythology. Enjoying a coffee here is a must on the street. Rich poor, ugly beauty, the best of the bad, the weak of the fat every brand of any color, any kind of people ..

Let ‘s come to Paris, to refresh the memories, what has changed according to the past, what has changed, we started to look at the streets. When it comes to these places, of course, there are always places to see, places that have become the symbol of this place. The National Assembly building, one of the important streets next to the river Seine, Saint Germain, we said the places like the evening. When the riots started to walk so lightly, we ended the day in a nice restaurant.


Today it is rainy, preferring indoor spaces that are most accurate in such weather. In order to protect against rain, I suggested that we visit the metro stations as kapalı indoor space kimse, and no one ate. Bak Look at the work opened by the rain, the shops were preferred as indoor spaces, we were in Paris shopping stores, I said an accident and we came, we came across the world famous, almost Galleries Lafayette came out with all the solid brands, no escape, fortunately our prayers were accepted and we survived the day with minor scratches.

Let’s enjoy a nice place in the evening, we said on recommendation we are going to Relais de l ‘Tentrecote restaurant. The rain pushed down, we turned around the corner at least thirty people in front of the restaurant waiting for the queue at the door! We have attached to the end of the tail, but to stay, do you say the waitress ran a big umbrella girl running, wow or something when we say that the tail bi extended it up. There is a miracle we said we waited in the rain after an hour we entered. Wonderful steak sliced ​​with special sauce accompanied by plenty of potatoes. Wine dessert is okay. You know that the price is not very suitable according to its peers, marketing is such a thing, to make you feel pleasure while being kissed ..

Increasingly feminine changes in societies’ developmental processes, increasing interest in men’s ornamentation, living together with men is a natural state, there is no distinction between men and women toilets, while the woman peeing in the male urinal on one side, the woman waiting for the booth to be emptied on the same sink woman, men washing her hand next to her brushing teeth …

The world in which the dominant effects of women increase, men become passive, the timid, shy, introverted, insecure lonely states of the younger generation increase.

Fifty years later, what kind of a social world would you say, modernization is like this … or the success of social engineering to control the world more easily?


Today is our last day, we are going to Montmatre, the famous nightclub Moulin Rouge caught my eye from afar, maybe I postponed my visit here again. Always a place to come, always a difference, always a thrill. It’s a nice place with a lot of painters in the middle.

We visit the Sacre Coeur Basilica, a white-domed Roman Catholic Church, which means the final, holy book.

We look at Paris from the top of Montmatre, one of the highest places in Paris dönüş back home.

yours affectionately

Hayrettin KAFNICI

August 2019

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