Some news from France LXXX

Well some sunshine and some rain, and we are in August, my vacation starts after tomorrow’s last day of work. We have no dates nor sites as usual we will go on a limb and see whats out there to see.

In the meantime, wines from Bordeaux are kicking off a Route du Vin, or a wine trail to publicise their wine trade. The number of visiting caves in the Gironde dep is at  5 466 ,including 50 cooperatives; that is 87% of the caves of all the region of Aquitaine!!!  The average tourist spend 103€ in wines! From the tourist office all the wine tours available webpage http://www.bordeaux-tourisme.com/pl/visites.pl?sts=4&lg=uk

The Festival d’ile de France is coming up,  proposing every year from september to october, about 30+ concerts in historical monument places in the region. The programs are from classical music to renaissance , contemporary, world music ,and those of today.  Webpage here http://www.festival-idf.fr/2012/concerts.php

There is still time to enjoy the Paris plage or beach until August 12.

A bit of British in Paris now as the Olympics are going on in London, there is a new Marks & Spencer store at   100, av. des Champs-Élysées ,open everyday until 22H. http://www.marksandspencer.fr/Trouver-un-magasin/store-finder,fr_FR,pg.html

The chain pret à manger is very British and has locations in Paris at http://www.pret.com/fr/nos_adresses/restaurants/

Frog & Rosbif, very British by rue St Denis, and others , webpage http://www.frogpubs.com/pub-rosbif-paris.php

WH Smith my favorite bookstore in Paris, by 248 rue de Rivoli, webpage http://www.whsmith.fr/

or the wonderful Crabtree & Evelyn. THe essence of fruit, flowers and plants is wonderful, a family favorite and you can find in one of my shopping street at   18, rue Tronchet,  Tel +33  (0) 1 40 98 02 02. as a branch of the famous outfit.

The musée Grévin is enlarging its collection of about 250 figures. After the recent Scrat, Lambert Wilson, Nicolas Cage, Le Petit Prince,Sebastien Loeb ,now comes Penélope Cruz of Spain. http://www.grevin.com/en

The Senegalese artist Youssou N’Dour  will sing in front of the pyramide du Louvre, on September 29th on the occasion of the opening of the Islamic arts department in the museum.

The chef Camdeborde moved to Le Comptoir du Relais at 9, carrefour de l’Odéon, and the menu is fantastic, one of my all time favorite restaurants in Paris, webpage http://www.hotel-paris-relais-saint-germain.com/flash/fr/  very chic, Parisien at its best.

For ice cream time, you know the Berthillon, and the Amarone, now I give you Pozzetto, 39 rue Roi de Sicile, 75004 at metro St Paul, http://www.pozzetto.biz/  . Grom ,81 rue de Seine, 75006, metro Mabillon;  web: http://www.grom.it/fra/index.php  ,and Mary, 1 rue Charles-François Dupuis, metro Temple. no webpage.

This is a great site to all of us in love with Paris, beautiful photos, not related to my blog but worth seeing them. http://photographyofparis.com/

Enjoy France, I will be on the road next few weeks. Hopefully some ideas for my blog will come up, stay tune. Cheers

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