February 26, 2015

Some news from France, XCVIIII


Ok so we have time to talk about France and Paris in detail; this is winter still here but all we get is some rains today temp is 8C or about 45F. I had a busy day at work and now is time to tell you about my favorite spots in France.

Many times people ask me where to eat in Paris that can hold large number of people like 8-10 or more persons , well these are some of the favorites.

Le Mordant, 61, rue de Chabrol, 75010 with walls in brick and floor from the 19C with sardines and carpaccio of st jacques or scallops. Where I write in French, cityvox, http://www.cityvox.fr/restaurants_paris/le-mordant_200220344/Profil-Lieu

a bit more expats ambiance you have Au Passage, 1 bis, passage Saint-Sébastien, 75011 with a head of pig and choucroute. http://www.restaurant-aupassage.fr/

and A Noste, 6 bis, rue du 4-Septembre, 75002 southwest cuisine with a food truck in street level and first floor a resto with grill beefs really nice. http://www.a-noste.com/

For some brunch in Paris, you know, breakfast and lunch specials, these are the new trend in the city lol!

Les Parigots, 5, rue du Château d’eau  23€ brunch ;http://www.lesparigots.fr/

Le Comptoir Général, 80, Quai De Jemmapes ,very cool place , brunch is 19€, and a museum on the art of ghetto, nice, see http://www.lecomptoirgeneral.com/fr/about

Café Charlot, 38, rue de Bretagne , brunch 19€, the most refine, http://www.cafecharlotparis.com/

You need to go beyond the tourist Paris of the Quartier Latin and the Marais, into the Faubourgs!!!  Go into the Faubourg Poissonnerie, with Michalak take away, 60, rue du Faubourg-Poissonnière  with great patisserie; http://www.christophemichalak.com/

by Faubourg Saint Denis you have the Le Syndicat 51, rue du Faubourg-Saint-Denis ,Young clientele with wooden tables and nice bucket seats and music hip hop. http://www.syndicatcocktailclub.com/

And the omnipresent USA hot dogs place Hutch Hot Dogs House, 63, rue du Faubourg-Saint-Denis ;http://hutchhotdogs.com/

Madame Gen. 1, rue Martel (10éme)  it is here that the artist community come to mingle. It is close to the New Morning where each night jazz, afrocuban music and blues bring long lines of aficionados.

And after 100 years of interdiction in Paris the distillery is open ; Distillerie de Paris, 54, rue du Faubourg-Saint-Denis ;http://www.distilleriedeparis.com/

And by Faubourg-Saint Martin, we have the Allegra , 70, rue du Faubourg-Saint-Martin . Open continuously as a café pizzeria near the mayor’s house of the 10éme . ALl done with Italian flour bio, and creative coverings cook on site.  https://www.facebook.com/retaurantallegra

and why not go up to Montmartre , and visit La Boîte aux Lettres,108, rue Lepic . poule au pot, is great here, chicken casserole type. http://www.restaurantlaboiteauxlettres.fr/

and something to see in Paris , Musée  du Luxembourg “Les Tudors” reign from 1485 to 1603; March 18 to 19 july 2015. http://museeduluxembourg.fr/expositions/expositions-0

Nàpoléon à Paris, from April 8 to August 30 2015; at the Musée Carnavalet, http://www.carnavalet.paris.fr/fr/expositions/napoleon-et-paris

Enjoy it , its a blast. cheers

February 21, 2015

A special post to visit Paris ,Versailles and Fontainebleau

Just a short special announcement, I do write quite a bit of travel tips and advice on a couple of other sites besides my blog, and doing something special in June 2015.

For those reading my blog and passing by Paris in June 24,25,26,2015 next I am hosting a tour of several places in Paris(where I worked), Versailles (Where I lived), and Fontainebleau (my first place visited in France and my wife’s region).

The visit will be as everyone pays its own and visit as much as they wish to visit on each day ,two days or all three days. I will have a place to meet on each day and we will go from there as a group. The basic visits are explained here;

June 24th 2015, Fontainebleau

We will meet at the castle main horseshoe entrance by 9AM as I will be driving  by car;  you can come a bit late if coming delays on public transport it will be fine. We will be able to see for the first time the apartment of the Pope.  The Musée Napoléon 1er , prince apartments, portraits of pageantry, sumptuous weapons, luxury works of art but also a reconstituted tent evoking the life of the Emperor in the countryside.  Also,  small apartments, the Chinese Museum, the jeu de paume, the Gallery of furniture… and is a very precious decorative arts museum. I will try to get you in to the Salle de la Belle Cheminée which off to the public but I have done conferences there. This is Belle-Cheminée du Primatice  building by the cour de la Fontaine. And of course, the 3 gardens styles .

June 25th 2015 ,Paris

We will meet by the statue of Gustave Eiffel on the Nord Pylon . Going to the underground of the Tour Eiffel, (price will be around 20 euros per person) and to get it I need 10 min.)FYI, and visit the Chapelle Expiatoire where the remains of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette were first place and now a restful place and private of the Bourbon family. Go into some of the historical monuments in the Parisian deluxe Hotels done by Charles Garnier (opéra etc fame). We have the Chapelle Expiatoire open ok for Thursday June 25th so depending on when the tour Eiffel can fit us we will do this first or second.  We will do this as time permitting.

June 26th , Versailles

We will meet in front at the Place d’Armes outside castle. We will see the whole of the castle (private apartment of the kings),the Royal Chapel ,and Opéra theater, then out into the Trianons, and Hameau of M-A, with a passport pass 18€, this includes in addition, the Great water shows,musical gardens that will be playing in June and temporary exhibitions. I will walk you to my jogging trails and family picnics beyond the Grand Canal, into the farm at St Cyr that fed the palace in its heydays and still operated by descendants since 1741.  I have some surprises but will wait to have confirm by the castle and should be available before you get to it.

So if anyone is interested and will be available on those dates, let me know here. Check back here for any updates, and be there. And hopefull, we can finally meet in person ::) cheers

February 21, 2015

And here is Port Louis again on the radar scope ::)

Well this one is not far from where we live and the family visited back in October 2011 post is here. Then, with all the news about the high tides coming around in the area along the western coast of France, and the urge to go out, we pick this nearby town again this morning. This is Port Louis, and it is only 25 kms from my house. the tourist info first the city in French, http://www.ville-portlouis.fr/Tourisme_et_patrimoine/Accueil_et_information/default.aspx?Art=2020

Then you have the area tourist office  by Lorient some in English, http://www.lorientbretagnesudtourisme.fr/decouvrez-le-territoire/commune.cfm?region=port-louis

and here is the region of Brittany tourist office in English, http://www.brittanytourism.com/discover-brittany/heritage/port-louis

Of course, we come by car, but do not take the autoroutes or N when possible to see more and pay less tolls. We use the D33 direction Nostang, Riantec, and Port Louis entering by the D781 and coming out from it .

Really ,the main urge to come here is the citadelle and its museum of the Indies. It is an impressive fortress and must visit if in the area. However, we have seen it so we move on. The museum  of the Marine  is a wonderful recollection of the seafaring French/Breton and its seafaring skills. The site is here http://www.musee-marine.fr/musee-national-de-la-marine-port-louis

the other museum Inside that covers more of the compagnie des  indies épisodes to far régions such as Africa, Asia, and the Americas, http://musee.lorient.fr/musee/?L=0

The  Citadelle de Port-Louis was built in the 16C by the Spanish and modified in the 17C by the French.

There is a nice Church  Notre Dame de l’Assomption, done between 1660-1670, and renovated in 1835, located at the Place Notre-Dame. The Church was burned by the wild crowds in 1910 and rebuilt later.  From the old church we see the facade from the renaissance pseudo classic , it has a square belltower pierce by bays decorated with pilastres. The bell dates from  1853.

The port locmalo is very picturesque and part of the old trade on sardines fishing here. You see the fishing harbor and the Chapelle Saint Pierre done in 1553 , rebuilt in 1859 ,and very much appreciated by the fisherman.  Move on to see the Grand Poudriére (built 1750-1752) or big powder house, to keep that old ammunition all along the ramparts leading to the citadelle. See the harbor or Port de la Pointe, a tuna fishing harbor since 1902.

You past still along the harbor and ramparts leading to the citadelle on the fountain of Récollets (17C) , and next to it the laundry or lavoirs of Récollets (17C). All the ramparts along here were built between 1649 and 1653,  this bastion takes the name of Papegaut Under king Louis XIV while the confraternity of the Chevaliers de l’Arquebuse (founded by Henri II in 1575) leave the old papegaut or  «Vieil Papegay» of Driasker to do their firing range practice here.

You have a nice Grande Plage or big beach here good in summer with plenty of changing rooms and restauration on the beach next to the citadelle. along the garden of the Mail you will see a somber reminder of the atrocities of WWII with a monument to the 69 résistants killed by the Nazis here. The harbor with its pleasure boats and the ria boat service to Lorient from the embarkadére is very nice. The transport site for buses and boat is here the CTRL ,http://www.ctrl.fr/se-deplacer/horaires/mobilite/

The harbor info on the capitainerie is here http://www.ports-paysdelorient.fr/ports/le-port-de-port-louis

We decided to leave and move on to do some shopping in Lanester, where there is a big shopping center CC Deux Rivières and plenty of stores all around it, huge. http://www.c-les-deux-rivieres.com/

Here we shop in a huge Hyper Géant Casino supermarket for some sundries and had our lunch in the nice quaint unique restaurant outside next to the parking.  The supermarket is the main Anchor of the shopping center and also has its own webpage here http://www.geantcasino.fr/pages/magasins/magasin-geant-casino-lanester-CG305.aspx

This is right off the N165 free road here and a nice stop for everything. The resto is à la bonne heure ,and its part of the Casino chain.  All in bare pine wood outside and nicely done Inside with shade colors , great host, friendly folks who said good afternoon, and great concept. You have many menus for kids at 3,95€ and going all the way to 14,99€; we took the 8,99€ menu that was an entrée and desserts all you can eat !!! plus a bottle of red Bordeaux wine and coffee, the boys had a more hearty meal with steaks, all for 13,40€ per person. And the good thing is they have outlets in many other cities in France, http://www.restaurant-alabonneheure.fr/ou-nous-trouver/

Afterward we headed home and rest as next week I will be busy with visitors , and travel préparations at work. Enjoy your weekend you all ,cheers.

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February 17, 2015

Angers, the castle and the tapestry!!!

Well continuing with my thirst for getting to know all of France, ( long ::) ) I just visited Angers, a city where I have job duties nearby but never took the family;this time they went and like it.  The tourist office site is http://www.angersloiretourisme.com/fr

We went by car of course, heading without paying tolls on the countryside for about 3 hrs driving from home to the parking in city center. We took the N165 to the beltway or péripherique around Nantes on the A844 and continue following all panels for Angers linking with the road D723 by Carquefou and onwards on the same road  again direction Angers  ,took briefly the D523 and then the D323 direction Angers/Paris until Angers centre ville and got up by the Parc République parking underneath the centre commercial Fleurs d’Eau on rue Plantagenêt. All daytime for 5,60€! http://www.sara-angers.fr/stationnement/parking-republique.php

Once we arrive out of parking we headed straight for the Castle of Angers, a wonderful building and a must see, plenty on it, we like the fact there is a restaurant Inside! and the logis and chapel were recently renovated sparkling nice. http://angers.monuments-nationaux.fr/en/

We continue to the magnificent Cathedral Saint Maurice a jewel of a Church and another must see there, do try to climb the montée Saint Maurice stairs lovely view up and down. http://www.angersloiretourisme.com/en/discover/places/cathedral-saint-Maurice

We wandered about the town , just clean lovely, lively and Young, full of life, very nice, the family like it.  Of course, they have the usual Galeries Lafayette, FNAC stores as well as France Loisirs at the Palace, and great tea/coffee place at La Feve d’Or, and the gourmand will love La Gourmandise even with Spanish nougats !!!  It has a wonderful train/bus terminal very modern and clean as http://www.gares-en-mouvement.com/en/fracl/votre-gare/

We love the tour Saint Aubin or tower in city center old town, and the Church Notre Dame des Victoires, and the shopping center Fleurs d’Eau at rue Plantagenêt where we parked our car at parc République. http://www.fleurdeau-angers.com/rubrique/votre-centre

Not to mention take a look at the Church St Laud near the train station and castle. And of course, the galerie David d’Angers , and the museum of Beaux-Arts or fine arts, http://musees.angers.fr/langues-etrangeres/english/galerie-david-d-angers/the-site/index.html

And see the grand théatre d Angers wonderful at place du ralliement. There we ate at superb Le Pub Ralliement with a meter of beer glass serving and wonderful pizzas, steak, and pasta. all with Cafe gourmand with sweets and coffee with a banana split for about 25,30 euros per person. http://www.pub-ralliement.fr/

You have a lot to see not to mention by the airport you have a wonderful old planes museum. and the nearby castles like Serrant and the vinyards of Anjou. All a wonderful time in a nice town which we will be back. Enjoy it.

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February 8, 2015

Le Mans, Sarthe and 24 hrs racing

Ok so after passing by it and briefly stopping there on several times, decided it was time to bring the family over for more closer look to this old fortified city of Le Mans, in the Sarthe dept 72 in Pays de la Loire region.  The tourist office for it is at http://www.lemans-tourisme.com/fr/

I come by car, and it was about 3 hrs from me avoiding tolls which do not like if can avoided, why paid more taxes ::) We took off on the N24 towards Rennes and there connected with the N157 passing Vitré, then at Laval, gettting around the D900, briefly on the N162, and then theh D57 towards Le Mans that becomes the D357 and into the city by the place du pré and the free parking next to Church Notre Dame du Pré (11C)  now Under renovation and close. From here we walk all over the city.

We cross the river Sarthe and turn right into of going straight for city center, we walk along the river to see the arch of place St Hilaire, saw the Church Saint Benoit(12C) , and continue on to rue Gambetta towards place de la République. We saw the rénovations on the Chapelle de la Visitation (or Church from 1634)  and all the wonderful stores there from a Monoprix, to a Galeries Lafayette,and a shopping passage du Commerce and to the side the mall or shopping center of Centre Jacobins with a C&A and FNAC stores amongst many. http://www.club-onlyou.com/Jacobins

We continue visiting the Church Notre Dame de la Couture , http://www.ndcouture.org/paroisse/ ; near the prefecture govt building and walk all the way to the train station that I have used on several ocassions but never time to venture out of it.

We went to the Cinema Pathé , http://www.cinemasgaumontpathe.com/cinemas/cinema-pathe-le-mans-quinconces/   and the théatre des Quinconces, http://www.theatre-espal.net/ and it was time to eat, after passing several we finally decided to take on something new even for me, so we try Le Capitole, rue des jacobins, http://www.pizzerialecapitole.com/  It was ok just the service was a bit slow, we undertand as there was only one waiter for two floors. Otherwise all very good pizzas and ceasars salads, and tagliattoni pasta with cafe gourmand (with sweets) and a bottle of Chinon red  Domaine de la Perreire, excellent all for 21€ per person.

We passed by the Collégiale Saint Pierre la Cour, wonderful Church originally here since 865AD and renovated until 1834, now its a site of concerts and expositions, and events organise by the city, just to the left of the Cathedral.

We ,then, visited the jewel of the city the Cathedral Saint Julien, this is big and beautiful, so many wonderful chapels and the back of the altar is gorgeous, I am terrible of descriptions, rather give you the hint to visit ,its a must, fantastic Church, deserves more fame. http://www.cathedraledumans.fr/

You have more of the above in the tourist office, but here either the left or right nave has gorgeous chapels as well. The stained glass is wonderful and look up the Christ in wood arms raise at the altar, the chapel of the Virgin and musiciens angels, are gorgeous. A must to see if only reason to visit Le Mans.

Not to mention the cité Plantagénet with its old wooden houses and quaint old Streets, and the ramparts well preserve.  After getting some goods supplies in breads and chocolates and terrine du mans, we headed for the Museum of 24 hours of Le Mans.

The Musée des 24 Heures-Circuit de la Sarthe is a bit outside the city center. It is located right next to the circuit of races for the famous car race the 24 hours of Le Mans. It has a wonderful boutique shop where we took some souvenirs with the boys. From the city center we went out into the D357 road and hook up with the D338 (Blvd Gen Patton) to rue de laigné turn right  the panels leading you to the museum. Of course from Paris you will take direction Angers get on the d323 road and follow signs to museum. this is a must and we will be back for more as the main race is in June 13-15, 2015.  The 24 heures du Mans race course webpage is here http://www.24h-lemans.com/

The museum is set up along a path consisting of the heroes, great car racing folks, then the Legend on the history of the race, then the genious of the car developements, the side pit stops story , the history in technical terms and the actors or the cars themselves.  It is open April to mid  October from 10h to 19h and cost 8,50€ admission; from January to March opens 11h to 18h, as well as Oct to Dec. check for the holidays the museum is closed. http://www.lemusee24h.com/

And we took the road from there to get back home in 3h15 hours. You can see a lot if well planned, and of course, we will be back, so much to see so little time. Having growing up in Daytona Beach and the 24 hrs of Daytona , this is a must to return just for the races, stay tune. Enjoy Le Mans.

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February 4, 2015

Some news from France XCVIII

Here we are the first day of snow in my area, wow; just enough to cover the ground with it and traffic was so easy nobody on the roads, even if Wednesdays mom stay home here , most of them, still the traffic was due to the snow announcement. Anyway by the time I got to work it was gone, and temps in 33F/1C sunny nice.

Time to tell you the latest news from the world of Paris ,France and others…. Have you heard of the Marais, well this is the place most people mention to me when coming to Paris, its tourist central for me but the attraction is big on visitors and the businesses there just can’t wait to see you.

The favorite sites on it are  in my opinion these





Then, you have the new cantines for eating and fun such as Boot Café. 19, rue du Pont-aux-Choux (3éme).Tél.: 06 26 41 10 66. Every day from  10h to 18h.http://cargocollective.com/bootcafe/  Anahi, 49, rue Volta (3éme). Tél.: 01 48 87 88 24.Every evening.http://anahirestaurant.fr/   Gyoza Bar 38, rue Saintonge (3éme). Tél.: 01 42 71 15 34. every day except Sundays. The site is Under construction for the new location but have it all here  at lefooding, http://lefooding.com/fr/restaurants/restaurant-gyoza-bar-paris . The Broken Arm, 12, rue Perrée (3éme). Tél.: 01 44 61 53 60. every day except Sundays and Mondays from  9h to 18 h (café). http://the-broken-arm.com/fr/  Mary Céleste 1, rue Commines (3éme). Every evening from 18h. Réservation only on the internet for the dinner.http://www.lemaryceleste.com/

And the places to see there are L’Institut Suédois has an  Exposition call “Plus que de la Pub”  from February 12 to May 2 2015. 11, rue Payenne (3éme). https://paris.si.se/

and the places to shop, Galerie BSL, 23, rue Charlot,( 3éme), http://www.galeriebsl.com/ .This is the breeding ground of Young fashion designers including the best in the moment such as  Nacho Carbonell, Taher Chemirik , Charlotte Cornaton, Noé Duchaufour Lawrance, amongst others.  You, also, have new spaces or galleries there such as Galerie Mitterand enlarge with direct access to  79, rue du Temple showing «Jonah Freeman & Justin Lowe, Minutes to Go», until March 21st, http://galeriemitterrand.com/  and the Galerie Max Hetzler 57, rue du Temple showing «Günther Förg, Stations of the Cross», until March 7th. http://www.maxhetzler.com/

The dept store BHV Marais open “Paperlab”,  a space dedicated to the international press at street level and plenty of magazines and books.http://www.bhv.fr/actus/paperlab-laboratoire-presse-internationale-inaugure-au-bhv-marais/

You have Hint Hunt, 58, rue Beaubourg (3éme) has installed a detective bureau of  James Murdoch and the  Zen Room – where you can closed in during one hour trying to solve the mysteries. http://hinthunt.fr/

And the Maison Dior comes out with a new commercial here for the new perfum Miss Dior and chose Nathalie Portman to show case it.http://www.dior.com/home/fr_fr

Versailles just name it and brings back wonderful memories of my 10 years living there, a Royal Town of France.  The great restaurant Lenôtre is right there at the  Cour des Senteurs. A new concept of  restaurant-salon de thé -boutique.  Cour des Senteurs, 8 rue de la Chancellerie ; Tuesdays to Sundays  10h to 19h, is it this wonderful , http://www.versailles.fr/tourisme/la-cour-des-senteurs-et-le-jardin/

And finally , as we leading up to Saint Valentin, why not at my old neighbor Saint Germain en Laye and the famous spot of restaurant Pavillon Henri IV right on the spot of the birth of Louis XIV. Menu 145€ per person. http://www.pavillon-henri-4.com/uk/#restaurant-panoramique-et-bar-galerie.php

Enjoy my France!

February 1, 2015

Quimperlé after the floods still looks wonderful!!!

I was here before the floods, even thus is only 50 minutes from me by car, decided to go back and check out the city of Quimperlé,in the Finistére 29 département of France.Region of Brittany. The tourist office for it in English is http://www.quimperle-terreoceane.com/en This is a town of floods at least since the 1600’s and until recently as early Feb 2014. One year later is as if nothing had happenned . The city center was flooded with 1,50 meters of water from the rivers Ellé,Isole, and Laita. You can come here by train( direct to Paris Montparnasse in TGV) , bus(Cocopaq) or car (N165), we do by car and even with it there are alternatives ways to do it. Today,we choose the back roads of the D102, D22,D724,D765 to get there in about one hour. We walk the city center after free parking by Place Charles de Gaulle,right next to the river Laita. All along to the city we past by wonderful towns such as Malachappe, a commune part of Pluvigner on the D102, then Languidic, Plouay, Arzano, and Quimperlé. Some of the most impressive buildings are the churches here, some I will put the photos too. We do walk Quimperlé around the river and into the old town, around our favorite Church Sainte Croix and over the small bridge pont fleuri where our favorite restaurant creperie du pont fleuri is located ,ready for us for lunch as it is open Sundays from 12-14H, http://www.quimperle-terreoceane.com/fr/restaurants/restaurant–creperie-du-pont-fleuri We went nearby the Church and parking to the covered market halles right next to the Church Sainte Croix , where we had some intense coffee special blend, and we got our baguettes and pastries for this evening at the bakery open on Sundays until 19h30! Au Palet d’Or, 3 Rue Brémond d’Ars. After tries and démolitions from the first one in 1886, the Halles or covered market is redone in 2002 at Place Hevo near the above places. There still the impressive facade of the old convent now a cineam Le Bobine.  Had the picture but not the writing on it, the library of les mots des voyageurs on place Hevo is great for travel books all over and good service and selection, just behind the halles or covered market, site here http://www.editionsluigicastelli.com/editionsluigicastelli/index.php?sp=page&c=9328

One of the advantages of living in history and monument rich Brittany, and just for info passed by two chapel churches and a private castle that will have to wait for next time in my region lol! So much to see and little time…. Until next time in Brittany, Morbihan and Finistére 1 2 punch. cheers Languidic Languidic  Quimperlé  Quimperlé  Quimperlé  Quimperlé  Quimperlé  Quimperlé  Quimperlé  Quimperlé  Quimperlé  Quimperlé  Quimperlé  Quimperlé  Quimperlé  Quimperlé  Quimperlé  Quimperlé  Quimperlé  Quimperlé  Quimperlé  Quimperlé

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January 29, 2015

Bucharest is coming along just fine!

I had a quick trip again here, and again on a cold rainy , drizzle days in Bucharest the feeling was good. A vibrant youthful, active city and pack all over even the hotel was packed. I flew my usual run Nantes, CDG T2, Otopeni Bucharest airport known also as Henri Coanda on AF both ways.http://www.bucharestairports.ro/en I took the shuttle ride for 20 euros nice new car English speaking driver good conversation about the city ins and out..This was pre arranged through the hotel. The trip was both in and out . I stayed at the Ramada Plaza hotel, about 6 kms from the old city center but nice places to go around there too and the hotel is full of amenities, TV international channels, heated indoor pool, massages, gym room, business center. A great restaurant Le Parc and a nice bistro bar Red Pepper and the bar with large counter Anais. http://www.ramadaplazabucharest.ro/en/bar-restaurants The city is undergoing modernisation with a new underground road to the airport into the city center, and additional metro /subway/tube lines such as M4 Under construction.  Tourism on Bucharest is here http://romaniatourism.com/bucharest.html While eating other than at the Le Parc hotel resto, I went out with friends to first dinner at the Caru cu Bere beer restaurant with old world decoration near the National Bank building of Romania. The building is neo gothic located at Stavropoleos street across from Calea Victoriel street the famous city center of Bucharest.  The National Bank here was built in 1884-1890 at the location of the largest inn in Bucharest the, Serban Voda Inn, and you still see traces of it Under a small pedestrian area behind the bank covered in glass. Here we had traditional Romanian food with sausages, hams, pork meats, and nice home grown beer. http://www.carucubere.ro/ Next for lunch the following day we went to the City 18 Lounge on top 18th floor of the Millenium building. It has a 15 meters long bar, and tables all around with wonderful views of the city and the lake Herastrau. Open Mondays to Fridays from 12 noon  until 4PM (16h) is lunch, then 4-6PM is closed and opens again at 6pm (18H), Saturday and Sunday no menu direct from carte. Here we had a leek soup, and then pork spare ribs in a romanian sauce with Calsberg beer. Great business and romantic place packed with locals and visitors alike. The views alone are Worth coming here. http://www.18lounge.ro/ There is more in the horizon, of these quick escapades all over and we began planning our long summer vacation. Enjoy Bucharest for now. Cheers Paris Bucharest Bucharest Bucharest Bucharest Bucharest Bucharest Bucharest Bucharest Bucharest Bucharest

January 11, 2015

My Travels in the Morbihan VIII

I had the opportunity once again to travel in my Morbihan on several fronts to realise how Lucky I am to be able to live here. The Morbihan once again is Breton language for small sea or in French petite mer; Mor=sea bihan=small. tourism site http://www.morbihan-tourism.co.uk/

My day started by going to Carnac and to our surprise winter had come and most was close. We then past by Plouharnel and past by the gorgeous abbey of Kergonan, before continuing to our favorite Quiberon.

Some of the things we saw in Carnac was the casino Barriére , http://www.lucienbarriere.com/fr/Casino/Carnac/accueil.html  ,and we past by a hotel Best Western Celtique that looks great to spent some time just about 150 meters from the Grande Plage de Carnac. http://en.hotel-celtique.com/  The tourist office of Carnac , http://www.ot-carnac.fr/

The abbey of Sainte Anne de Kergonan at Plouharnel ;it all started in 1897  when  10 monks who came from Solesmes, under the guidance of dom Paulin Joumier (1854-1917), are welcomed at Kergonan . In 1901 the religious buildings are not allowed and the monks leave for Belgium, the property is turn into a school; in 1914 the community becomes autonomous; and the monks come back from exile in 1920.  In 1942, the monastery, close to the « Atlantic Wall » of WWII, and  is commandeered by the Nazis. The monks seek refuge in the Chartreuse of Auray. By 1943, the community settles at the castle of  Nétumières, near Vitré.By  1946, the monks come back from exile. In 1968 the construction of the abbey Church is began. You need to come here by car along the D768/781 to Quiberon and in summer you can take the train tire bouchon from Auray with a stop at Plouharnel.Direction Quiberon. http://www.kergonan.org/EN/welcome.aspx

adjacent there is the abbey benedictine of Saint Michel , at the end of WWI it was house by US troops; a link with the above at same site; http://saintmicheldekergonan.org/  ,and this is the tourist office of Plouharnel, http://www.plouharnel.com/

We arrive at Quiberon and quickly for food lol! the biscutierie de Quiberon is one nice small delightful store. Tourist office of Quiberon, http://en.quiberon.com/

Here you find the link for the biscuiterie de Quiberon, http://en.quiberon.com/practical/shops-and-services/323741-biscuiterie-de-quiberon , and so wonderful we had our hot coffee and lotto ticket at the Café Hoche, taken over from brasserie de 3 masts, here, http://www.quibactiv.fr/commerces/le-cafe-hoche/

Some of the nice places to support and enjoy your visit here which we always enjoy inmensibly is the Hotel Albatros, http://www.hotel-albatros-quiberon.com/ and the Hotel des Druides, http://www.hotel-des-druides.com/ ; great for those thinking of staying here.

And we finally got our apéro drinks and sausages here at the new and friendly L’Esplanade Café , where the owner had previously try a stint as chef in Marco Island , Florida USA.  Great beers Goudale and sausages and screen TV to have a great time. http://www.quibactiv.fr/commerces/lesplanade-cafe/

We past by the La Trinitaine local cannery store of fish seafood and biscuits local products , our overall favorite in the region. http://www.latrinitaine.com/magasins/quiberon/  ,and we went on to this time past by one of our favorite the restaurant L’Huitriére, seafood and of course oysters par excellence, locally good, http://www.restaurantlhuitriere.fr/  ,and the quaint typical island style fun for food and drink and location near the Grande Plage is the La Cabana, another of our favorite hangouts here, http://www.quibactiv.fr/commerces/la-cabana/

The wonderful chic gourmand Villa Margot with view on the grande plage and entrance on rue port maria. http://www.villamargot.fr/ ; the wonderful Gare Maritime for the cruises on the gulf island UNESCO world heritage site. http://en.quiberon.com/discover/islands-and-golfe-du-Morbihan

A new beach discovered of the several here, we past by it but we went in on a curious ride on the plage de les Sables Blancs on the road to Quiberon in the peninsula at the town of Plouharnel, great for the camping cars lovers, http://www.plouharnel.fr/camping/les-sables-blancs-Plouharnel.html

And ,finally coming home we had dinner in our town of pluvigner at Le Scampi, the award winning pizza  maker of father and son 2014 first and second in the West of France competition. And Petit Futé travel magazine best, http://lescampi.ipizzaphone.fr/

Of course the pictures will speak for itself and hope you read the link and know more about this wonderful area just 35-40 minutes by car to Quiberon ,closer to the others, South of me. Cheers

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January 8, 2015

Some news from France XCVII

On a grey windy cool day of winter I write to you about new things opening up culturally at Paris and elsewhere when possible.

La Philharmonie de Paris.   8 days before its opening in the new building at La Villette  221 avenue Jean-Jaurés  (19éme) done by architect Jean Nouvel ,all in aluminum as its already call the centre Pompidou of music and still not done ok, opens January 15,but a first here, http://www.sgbfrance.fr/nos_references?view=1998

 Musée Gustave Moreau.  After a year of work this nice museum open with the 6 rooms in street level that are now back to the original look. You will see part of the collection of moldings that was not shown since  2002, as well as a cabinet of graphic arts. This is at 14 rue de la Rochefoucauld (9éme) opens January 22nd. http://www.musee-moreau.fr/

Musée Auguste Comte. This is the last house of the philosopher one of the original thinkers of Sociology; you visit only the wednesday afternoons or by appointment. Open January 23rd;  it is at 10 rue Monsieur-le-Prince (6éme). http://www.augustecomte.org/

 Musée Bourdelle.  The actor of Héraklès archer will showcase its creations, sculpture or painted in the middle of furniture taken from flea markets. It is open with the renovation of the shop of this man who was the trainer of Rodin , and later of  Matisse, Maillol ,and Giacometti. It is at 16-18 rue Antoine-Bourdelle, (15éme), open this month. http://www.paris.fr/pratique/paris-pratique/p9627

La coupole du Panthéon. or the dome of the Panthéon is already 37 meters high on scaffolds and will soon be taken off, stay tune. http://pantheon.monuments-nationaux.fr/en/

Château de Versailles.  the work done by architect Dominique Perrault will soon be open at the castle. This is the entrance that will be completely redone by spring next.  Then, you will enter by the  pavillon Dufour ,and the pavillon Gabriel, on each side of the  Cour royale.  You will go thru a gallery decorated by the architect,and on the first floor (2nd US) there will be a salon de thé . Probably done after March 2015. http://www.chateauversailles.fr/les-actualites-du-domaine/evenements/evenements/autres-evenements/amenagement-du-pavillon-dufour/dufour/projet-architectural-de-dominique-perrault-1

Médiathèque.  Before summer, the old hospital of  Saint-Lazare will be transform into the  Médiathèque Françoise-Sagan  to house the important collection of youth literature of the funds of  L’Heure Joyeuse, previously closed in 2004. It is at 8 rue Léon-Schwartzenberg (10éme) and open from next May 2015. https://mediathequeducarresaintlazare.wordpress.com/

Cinéma. the old cinema Gaumont des Gobelins will be replace by end of first trimester of 2015 by the Les Fauvettes, a hall where the programs will be on great restore films. It is at 58 avenue des Gobelins (13éme) and should be done by next summer 2015. http://www.cinemasgaumontpathe.com/cinemas/cinema-gaumont-gobelins/

 Musée de l’homme.  this is a wonderful museum long time closed with collections of pre historic objects and anthropology, and the new collection will show the new man of the future, and a collection of 120 mommies!!. It is at 17, place du Trocadéro (16éme). Opening Schedule for October 17 2015. http://www.mnhn.fr/fr

 Petite ceinture.  the train station gare de Saint-Ouen  will be renovated to become the Hasard Ludique, a cultural center. Here they will have Concerts, spectacles ,and practical shops of artistics orientation and a bistrot. It is located at 128 avenue de Saint-Ouen (18éme), opening in next Fall 2015.  http://lehasardludique.paris/

Hip-hop et compagnie(s).  The second floor (3rd US) of the future Canopée des Halles will welcome a new antenna of the house of practical artistics arts or in French MPAA.  They will have 6 salons to practice music, dance, and theater. The La Place, a cultural center dedicated to  hip-hop with lessons, concerts, spectacles, discussions , expos…etc will see the day in 2015. It will be at the Forum des Halles (1éme). http://www.parisleshalles.fr/le-projet/la-canopee-0027?prehome=0

Musée Henner.  It is in a mansion of the 19C this shop apartment is a typical home of the artist. Renovation of the salon with columns and its winter garden with a new glass verriére and a Café.  Great paintings here too. It is located at 43 avenue de Villiers (17éme) and expected open by November 2015.  http://www.musee-henner.fr/

And on the music scene, the Les Bains will open.  It was a famous club of the  1980’s.  The owner of the building , Jean-Pierre Marois, has an ambitious plan of turning it into a 5 stars hotel with 39 rooms with a restaurant by Young chef Michael Riess. It will have an artsy look and  style chic à la française, all design by Denis Montel.  In the basement, the club will hold mini  rock’n’roll. This is at 7 rue du Bourg-L’Abbé (3éme). opening by March 2015. http://www.lesbains-paris.com/

and something chic and romantic a new hotel  ,the Hotel La Parizienne33, bd du Montparnasse (6éme),opening by end January 2015.  http://www.hotel-laparizienne.com/fr/

encore, to finish with a taste of the times, the galette des rois or king’s cake is a tradition this month around epiphany here. My favorite when there or passing by in Paris is Fauchon. .24/26 Place de la Madeleine, where i walked by every day to work!!! Tel +33 01 70 39 38 00. They have one good for 4 persons for  30€. Get it while they last !!! coconut and pineapple a gourmand delight,  http://www.fauchon.com/fr/galette-ananas.html

Thanks for Le Figaro for these wonderful news from my Paris. And now heading into the weekend ! Happy Friday or TGIF ::)


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