This is mid week and already at the blog, lol! this is a virus of enormous proportion , when I started in 2010 I never thought it would be this fun, and it has been. Now here it’s cloudy with 20C or about 62F bit humid cool it feels but no rains, oh here is Vannes, Morbihan, Brittany, France.
I like to dwell on some things happening in France in general and Paris in particular.
at the Centre Pompidou, you have the exhibit “René Magritte, la Trahison des images” until Jan 23rd 2017. More here in English : https://www.centrepompidou.fr/cpv/ressource.action?param.id=FR_R-5eb6563d265bc29ee4435e693f322ec¶m.idSource=FR_E-45018ba5-54f4-43be-81c6-dd37eb7844d8
The pedestrian only Paris this year (past sept 26th but will be practice every year) has been enlarge from 11h to 18h and 45% more space intra-muros that is inside Paris proper. Many activities and shops will be showcase along the routes. More here : http://capgeo.sig.paris.fr/apps/ParisSansVoiture/
Soul Train of old !!! remember the show, now the Mona Bismarck American Center comes back to the source with a program November 12 on films and presentations such as Shabba Doo, and Jean-Paul Goude. More here: http://www.monabismarck.org/events/soultrain?lang=f
You can see « Faust » in the Théâtre du Châtelet, open door with performers with rock of Robert Wilson going on until tomorrow (sorry for late reporting); more here: http://chatelet-theatre.com/fr/event/faust-i-et-ii
Anybody tried the wine apps out there? well not a techie myself but plenty to choose from and more coming up. Wine Ring is one but do not score high with the experts. Delectable and Banquet, works in tandem and they score very high. A tad below is Vivino, and bit further down Wine Searcher . Not good at all were Snooth, Drync, Corkz, Hello Vino, and Cellar Tracker. The newest one is Omnipair that according to the experts looks promising. I will be far from all of them, but hey you can read it here too ::) More at Bloomberg here: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-09-26/the-best-wine-apps-for-choosing-buying-and-remembering-bottles
You heard here on the CDG Express or the Charles-de-Gaulle Express. This is a straight line from Roissy CDG airport to the Gare de l’Est in Paris for 2023. It will have a price of about 24€ and get you in within 20 minutes. Now, the closest one is the RER B in about 50 minutes and 10€ but going thru some of the worse areas of outer Paris. The new CDG Express will use about 24 kms of the 32K route using as well the line K (Paris-Crépy-en-Valois line) and even the RER B in case of accidents. There is talk of a new tax to help pay for this of 1€ on the airplane tickets with work Schedule to start in 2018. The runway 2 of CDG is already doing preparatory work on it including an underground tunnel to host the CDG Express train. More in French at the Le Parisien here : http://www.leparisien.fr/info-paris-ile-de-france-oise/transports/coup-d-accelerateur-pour-la-liaison-express-roissy-paris-26-09-2016-6152395.php
The survivor from the Colonial Exposition of 1878, the old aquarium of Trocadéro needed to closed in 1985. It opened again built underground in 2006. This year it has 17000 fishes and 4 million liters of water to celebrate its 10th anniversary .Aquarium au jardin du Trocadéro, Admission is 19,90 € adults . Open every day from 10h to 19h. On Saturday October 1st each senior paying will give the chance to enter for free two persons between 1-59 yrs of age. More here http://www.cineaqua.com/index.php/en/
The concession for the Jardin d’Acclimatation has been extended for an additional 25 yrs to a group which includes 80% LVMH and 20% by Compagnie des Alpes (also handles Astérix). The gardens were opened by Napoléon III in 1860 and has 60 hectares along the Bois de Boulogne. 18 new attractions will be created including 9 free and 26 existing attractions will be renovated. The goal is to reach 2,5 million visitors per year. One of my family favorite parks in Paris for years… http://www.jardindacclimatation.fr/
king Charles X rests since 1836 in the convent of Kostanjevica, present day Slovenia. The last king of the Second Restauration ruling from 1824 to 1830 before taking exile. There is a group trying to bring the rests back to his native France and to the Basilica of Saint Denis, Charles X, the last of the Bourbon kings ,but also his son Louis de France and niece Marie-Thérèse (oldest daughter of king Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette) to be alongside at Saint Denis royal necropolis. Webpage in French here: http://www.leretourdecharlesx.fr/
The others that were brought back from outside of France are those of emperor Napoléon Ier, died in island of Saint-Hélène (south Atlantic) in 1821,to joined the Invalides during an official ceremony in 1 840. Those of king Louis-Philippe Ier, called the king of the French or « roi des Français » in 1 830 (under a constitutional monarchy), died in 1850 at Claremont (UK), and transferred to the chapel of Saint-Louis of Dreux in 1876.
The opera of the Fantôme de l’Opéra will now be shown in by before November at the Théâtre Mogador… This after a fire on last Sunday morning at the theater touching the main salon as well as the decorations. More here : http://www.stage-entertainment.fr/theatre-Mogador
There will be a new exchange on the autoroute linking the A86 to the N118 at Vélizy. In this axe that will be in service by 2019 closing passing the shopping center centre commercial Vélizy 2 ,and will connected to the street rue du Général Valérie-André. Badly needed as when we lived nearby it was always traffic jams there so imagine now it’s worse. More here in French : http://fva-velizy.fr/un-nouvel-echangeur-sur-la86-en-2018-a-velizy/
How to get around Paris within 3 hrs away , well come to my department 56 Morbihan, Le Figaro says so! And more on Chartres, Reims, Orleans, Dijon ,Saint-Malo, La Grande-Motte, Cheverny, Biarritz, Le Havre, Sophia-Antipolis(Biot), Dinard, Montgaudry, Marseille, Lyon, Pyla-sur-Mer, Strasbourg,Roquebrune-Cap-Martin,Pommard, La Rochelle, and Les Sables d’Olonne. Of course, all these in several weeks lol! Come to think as people ask what to see around Paris, well the whole of France ::)
And coming up is the Nuit Blanche or white night in France. From October 1 to the 2nd overnight that is 19h to 7h. The transformation is the theme this year and the place tops will be the berges de Seine or along the river Seine. The love theme of course will be here as there will be a walk starting from rue Lobau, just behind the Hôtel de Ville all the way to the island or ile Saint-Germain, at Issy-les-Moulineaux. Many institutions participate on this year themes such as the Musée du Quai Branly, Pavillon de l’Arsenal, Petit Palais, Théâtre du Châtelet, Monnaie de Paris, or the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts.
Other places to check it out and it is worth all of it, are (my favorite spots but not all of them) : FAÇADE DE LA CONCIERGERIE (see it best from quai de la Mégisserie), VOIE GEORGES-POMPIDOU (pont neuf or quai de la Mégisserie ), PARVIS DE L’HÔTEL DE VILLE, LE BHV MARAIS ,HÔTEL-DIEU (place du Parvis de Notre-Dame) ,PONT DES ARTS, PASSERELLE LÉOPOLD-SÉDAR-SENGHOR, PONT DES INVALIDES, GALERIES DES FRESQUES GARE DE LYON, PONT BIR-HAKEIM, ESPLANADE DU PALAIS DE TOKYO, 59 RUE DE RIVOLI , ÉGLISE SAINT-EUSTACHE ,ARCHIVES NATIONALES , BIBLIOTHÈQUE HISTORIQUE DE LA VILLE DE PARIS, ÉGLISE SAINT-MERRY , FONTAINE STRAVINSKY (place Igor Stravinsky) , COLLÈGE DES BERNARDINS (corner of the rue Saint-Jacques and rue de la Parcheminerie), ÉGLISE SAINT-SÉVERIN ,PLACE SAINT-GERMAIN DES PRÉS, BASILIQUE SAINTE-CLOTILDE ,JARDIN DU PETIT PALAIS ,CHAPELLE EXPIATOIRE (29 rue Pasquier), PLACE PIGALLE , PLACE HENRI FRENAY, THÉÂTRE DUNOIS (108 rue du Chevaleret), LES DOCKS CITÉ DE LA MODE ET DU DESIGN ,PLACE DE LA FONTAINE ,SQUARE AUGUSTE RENOIR ,ÉGLISE NOTRE-DAME DE L’ASSOMPTION, and VILLA BELLEVILLE (23 rue Ramponeau). More on it here in English: http://quefaire.paris.fr/articles/428
and tourist office: http://en.parisinfo.com/paris-show-exhibition/135251/nuit-blanche-a-paris
Enjoy it all;until next time Cheers!!! And tomorrow another day off lol!!!