November 20, 2017

Some news from France CLXXV

Here I go again with news of my belle France. It has been mild lately going down to 9C;  however,the afternoon has gone up to 12C, figure about 50F to 55F and cloudy with some sun out no rain.

Some of the latest from France are:

The Church of La Trinité (9éme) even with a fountain closed to avoid falling stones is open to all and celebrating 150 years as most of the buildings around it. Tomorrow the world is invited to participate on the meals service to the homeless in the Crypt. There will be a guided visit at 18H ; like every evening until Sunday it will be illuminated by 2000 candles and lanterns; then at 20h45 the parrish evening in the Church. At 11H Sunday the Mass for its 150 years will be held in the world day on poverty and at 16h30 a concert in the choir. For more than 25 years the crypt of the Church holds a dinner to the homeless with donations from many every Monday, Tuesday , Thursday and Friday; from mid October to mid June. Each week almost 800 meals are served with donation of as much as 6000 kgs of fruits and vegetables from local merchant of Rungis (the food market of Paris) .  By word of mouth  from 9h many are in the kitchen preparing to serve the meal by 12h45 . You can see this entering by the rue de La Trinité, from 12h45 to 13h30.  More here: La Trinité

Ready for the season to be merrier, the committee of Faubourg Saint-Honoré unveils tomorrow Thursday November 16 the lighting of Christmas on the street during this year program the  Winter Time 2017.  This year the festivities are link to the charitable organisation Laurette Fugain that fights leucemia. For this occasion the street will be pedestrian only from 18h30 to 19h30 between the streets of rue Boissy D’Anglas (8éme) and the rue Royale (1éme). At 18h45, the gospel choir of Paris will open the evening with traditional Christmas songs; by 19h a child will bring a lantern to singer Nolwenn Leroy (Brittany) so she can light up the fire that will lit up all the lanterns in the street ,and will be on until early January 2018. There will be a tombola open to all until January 27th,  The participants can already purchase their ticket on the site Winter Time 2017 or from the association Laurette Fugain. More here: Winter Time 2017

do you this now famous football/soccer club of Paris,PSG how it began? Well it was back in 1969 with the creation of the Paris Football club  and the wish of the French football league to have a team in Paris. However, no team wanted to fusion or be promoted for the idea. At the same time another club was moving up from Division 2 winning it in 1969-1970; this was the Stade Saint-Germanois, (St Germain en laye) founded in 1904. The stadium to play was just finished in 1972.  The all new Paris-Saint-Germain Football club had two years to reach the Division One ,and they needed only one season to do so. A few months later that the city of Paris did not want to sponsor a team in the suburbs while the Paris FC  stayed temporarely in Division one.  The Paris-Saint-Germain, that preserved the name but falls two levels down to allow the opportunity for the two clubs to merged. In 1973,the fashion creator Daniel Hechter becomes the owner by taken the second team,and the history of the PSG is on. More on them here: PSG

Want to see something different in Paris? come to the romantic squares where you can see the evolution of wild ducks, and hear the noice of the swings and admire the flowers that change each season; this is the Square des Batignolles and facing it is the new parc Martin Luther King with wonderful trees and a skatepark that children loves. This is at 144 bis, et 147, rue Cardinet (17éme). Behind the train station Gare Saint Lazare. It is closed until Nov 24th for cleaning.More of it here; Batignolles et MLK

And if you are in Paris and want to know more of Brittany before getting to me, this is their official information bureau. Maison de la Bretagne 8, rue de l’Arrivée – 75015 PARIS – Métro : Montparnasse  Tel +33 (0)1 53 63 11 50; just next to the Gare Montparnasse. More here: Maison de la Bretagne

On December 4 2017 the five aquarelles by Jacques Gotko will be up for sale at the Hôtel des ventes de Drouot in Paris. They were painted in the concentration camp of Royallieu in Compiegne between 1941 and 1942 showing life of the prisioners there on a daily basis. The Mémorial de l’Internement et de la Déportation would like to acquired them and has started a call for donations on the site http://www.Ulule.fr. They need 10K€ to get these paintings and are hoping for folks to help out. Now you can at Ulule.

With a beautiful sun covering their new site in a mansion at the corner of rue Saint-Honoré you can read « Louis Vuitton »  now celebrating the opening  since October of their new store in the Place Vendome. The store is a complete gamme of all their products ; see it here : http://fr.louisvuitton.com/fra-fr/notre-histoire/store-vendome#/page/city

At the forthcoming Salon du Cheval de Paris (horse show) between November 25 and December 3rd at the parc  des expositions de Paris Nord-Villepinte.  For the first time the  Garde républicaine parades their 250 horses and 110 jockeys with 40 carriages . Starting from the bois de Boulogne, the knights and their horses follow a path of 20 kms into Paris passing by the Opéra Garnier, Louvre, Champ-de-Mars , and Trocadéro.  More in French here: https://www.salon-cheval.com/

And we reach a world record according to the house of auctions Osenat. The laurel leave in gold coming from the crown of the coronation of emperor Napoléon Ier, were purchased for 625 000 euros, last Sunday at the Château de  Fontainebleau. This leave done by jeweler Martin Guillaume Biennais, was estimated at between 100k and 150K euros, was purchased by an international collector as told by the maison Osenat. More here and with video: http://www.osenat.fr/html/detailActualite.jsp?idActu=58886

Also, the red box a makeup box of the Impératrice Joséphine, estimated at between 40 to 50K euros was sold for 156 250 euros. A coffret for men entered by the National Museums and specifically the Louvre was sold for 58 750 euros. By the Maison Osenat as well.

The museum of romantic lives or the Musée de la vie Romantique 16 rue Chaptal in the 9éme arrondissement has closed its doors for renovations that will help the persons with mobility impaired to access the museum, an elevator will be installed in the shop on two levels located at the right of the entrance. The museum should open again in June 2018. Read it all here: http://museevieromantique.paris.fr/en

The historically famous Grand Rex  cinema with its 2 700 seats , starred skies, huge screen in a vault of more than 30 meters high with a visitation of about 1 million persons per year still shows magical moments. Since its opening in December 8 1932 and celebrating its 85 years. Really history tell us that it was until 1947 when Jean Hellmann took over that this cinema gained its fame. Her son Philippe, took over at the age of 22!!! He who later created the cinema network of UGC in France where the family is still majority shareholders . A Paris Landmark not to be missed especially if you like films.  Le Grand Rex, 1, boulevard Poissonnière (ééme). Metro Bonne Nouvelle. Adults admission 15 €  and children 12 €. See it here: http://www.legrandrex.com/home.php

And now the Disney-Pixar is shown exclusively in conjunction with the water fairy or Féerie des Eaux.  A great end of year Christmas spectacle that is sure to be a good one coupled with the film « Coco » of Disney-Pixar  studios (« Toy Story », « Vice-Versa »…)  the story of a young Mexican boy who is found stuck in the kingdom of the Dead. Shown at the above Le Grand Rex 

You can admire the numeric production of “Baiser” of Klimt shown on a wall 10 meters high with an outstanding musical sound that will be possible to see from next April 13 2018 on the opening of the « L’Atelier des Lumières », managed by Culturespaces, See it all here first in French: http://www.atelier-lumieres.com/

It is still going on with preparation works at  38, rue Saint-Maur (11éme), steps from the metro Voltaire. This was an old foundry from the 19C that conserved many of its original elements. For the price of a cinema ticket you will be able to see monumental presentation on the walls as it is currently shown on a similar site in  Baux-de-Provence (Bouches-de-Rhône).  The projections will be on all the walls and floor covering about  3 300 m2, and the public will be submerge into the moving images and the sound with the biggest video projection in the world!!!  The public will be parade it on the huge hall of  1 500 m2 where it will be projected in alternance programs of 35 minutes so the first one shown will be as explained above.  A studio of 160 m2, equipped with a bar thrown into the night will welcome artists of the numeric art or emerging talent .  « L’Atelier des Lumières » will open 365 days per year 7/7 from 10h to 18h during the week and 19H on weekends with a night session to 22h on Friday evenings. See the webpage above.

The nice historically famous Tour Jean Sans Peur in Paris organises until December 31 its 15th exposition entitled « Moyen Âge et publicité » or middle ages and publicity.  This tower of 27 meters high near the Halles is less frequented than others in Paris but all worth a detour.  It houses a ludic museum on daily life in the years 1400-1500.  The only civil medieval tower in Paris built between 1409  and 1411 by Jean Sans Peur, Duke of Burgundy. You can see with the family all the costumes of this period and the stories around them. The tour Jean Sans Peur, 20, rue Etienne-Marcel  (2éme). Open Wednesdays to Sundays from  13h30 and 18h. Free admission until 6 yrs old, 3,50€ for the 6-18 yrs old and 6€  for adults. More info here in a wordpress French blog: https://tourjeansanspeursite.wordpress.com/

Had to tell you about this exposition superb ,”Degas Danse Dessin”, November 28 to February 25 2018 at the museum or musée d’Orsay. More info in English here: http://www.musee-orsay.fr/en/events/exhibitions/in-the-musee-dorsay/exhibitions-in-the-musee-dorsay/article/degas-danse-dessin-46519.html?tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=254&cHash=5607894a8e

At the Mémorial Charles de Gaulle at Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises (Haute-Marne) there is going on an exposition «À table avec le général de Gaulle»  on the memories of dining with the General De Gaulle welcoming his guests. The period covers from 1959 when he became President to 1969 upon his retirement from politics . It shows the famous dinner given on June 1st 1961 to US President John F. Kennedy  and wife, Jackie. After this visit the US president encouraged the donations to support the Château de Versailles!!! The complete title of the exposition is  «À table avec le général de Gaulle, 10 ans de menus présidentiels (1959-1969)»  It will be on until December 30 2017. You can have dinner there for 25€ only on lunch time and except Mondays and Tuesdays; at  54, rue du Général-de-Gaulle, 52330 Colombey-les-Deux-Églises. Tél. +33 (0)3 25 01 51 69.

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his call for action on June 18 1940, the Champagne house of Drappier created in 1990 a special cuvee Charles-de-Gaulle with the same blending as he liked such as  80 %  pinot noir and 20 % chardonnay. Only the dosage is less today by about 7 grams making a a more dry Champagne but delicious as apéritif or to accompany meals . The production is still confidential but it is believe between 3000 to 4000 bottles per year.Champagne Drappier Charles-de-Gaulle. About 35 €. More here: http://www.champagne-drappier.com/en/charles-de-gaulle

And there is already coming up the season to be merrier and the ski slopes are waking up too. In the Savoy the season has started at Montgenèvre (Hautes-Alpes), Chamrousse (Isère), already welcoming skiers.  At 2300 meters high ,the station is the highest in all the Alpine arch with 3/4 of the stations ready for skiing on hundreds of km of trails mostly between  2300 and 2700 meters.  On the seven mechanical chairs going as high as 3000 meters and more only  Funitel Grand-Fond will work.  However, the cable car of  Cime Caron, terminus at 3200 meters and a panorama à 360 °, will starts in a few days. The prices are just, until November 24th the day will be at 33,60€ and the forfeit of 4 hours at 30,10€. The weekend the tariff will be special 2 days at 64€. The local tourist reservation desk will have a lodging and ski for 2 days 2 nights from 112€ per person; good for the weekend and the following. At Montgenévre (Hautes-Alpes) they have 8 trails ready with 700 meters of skiing on foot for 20€ per day.  At Chamrousse (Isére) there is a Nordic trail of 5 km for 1,50€ per day and ready to go! In the Alps at Tignes (Savoie) as always first in welcoming skiers on the glacier of Grande-Motte and this year it will be bigger on the trail Double M . So far only one cable car is going up from Tignes-Val-Claret with no connections.  At 32 €  for adults and 26 €  for children the forfaits (glacier and double M) are on a limited space available and a bit more expensive than the 100 km of trails available at  Val-Thorens,in the same valley. Finally, in the Alpes-Maritimes,just by Nice ,the Isola 2000 is already open with half the domaine skiable for 20€ per day.  One site I always used for my boys doing the runs is this one Skiinfo in French,but can change to English, just in French it gives you more info.  https://www.skiinfo.fr/france/stations-de-ski.html

And talking about Christmas , well I have been to many over the years and lately the local ones, but these are the best markets in France in my opinion.

Marché de Noël de Colmar, Marché de Noël de Strasbourg, Marché de Noël de Montbéliard, Marché de Noël d’Obernai, Marché de Noël de Mulhouse, Marché de Noël de Reims, Marché de Noël d’Amiens, Marché de Noël de Lille, Marché de Noël de Metz, and Marché de Noël d’Arras. Merry Christmas to all who believe.

Until next time on the airwaves of Paris1972-Versailles2003 ::) Cheers!!!!!

November 19, 2017

My travels in the Morbihan, L

We are on Sunday another cool autumn day in the Morbihan or petite mer or small sea in Breton language. Dept 56 of the region of Brittany/Bretagne or Breizh in Breton. My region; I live a bit in the center just above the wonderful beaches of Carnac ,La Trinité sur Mer, and Quiberon; past inland harbor Auray into the Breton lands of Pluvigner or the parrish of Guigner, Saint Guigner once a king in Ireland disagree with Saint Patrick and came over here to set up his followers; way way back in time.

I like to tell you of what is going on in my area and some suggestions to eat here.

At the great Cinéville cinema we go to in Vannes, there are schedule to show in March 8 (Thursday) 2018 the ¨Le petit-maître corrigé” of Marivaux at 20h15 and then on July 5 2018 “Britannicus” of Jean Racine also at 20h15.  This is at the cinema by the ramparts or cinéville Garenne, Keep an eye on it here: Cineville Garenne

On December 1st 2017 the entertainment complex Le Chorus at the parc du golfe is showing the great entertainer Patrick Sebastian in French of course, but a great way to dwell into French joie de vivre! Then on December 7 2017 they are showing Irish Celtic with a whole new spectacle of Irish , celtic music similar to what we have here as Breton. More here: Le Chorus Patrick Sebastian     and Le Chorus Irish Celtic

Two wonderful performers coming over are Cirque Farouche Zanzibar, with 18 artists and 5 musicians for an homage of Fellini!!! December 7-9 2017 at the Théatre Anne de Bretagne. Also, on December 12 2017, invited artist Rufus Wainwright of Canada who has collaborated with artists such as David Byrne, Elton John, Joni Mitchell, and Bob Wilson etc. at 20h both programs. More here: Theatre Anne de Bretagne circus   and  Theatre Anne de Bretagne Wainwright

We have great casinos in the area and with proper moderation they are great places to entertained many we go for the ambiance and to eat ::) Others enjoy the roulette tables and money machines lol! New and modern ones are installed at the Circus Casino de Carnac, more here; Casino de Carnac

The wonderful Casino d’Arzon in the peninsula or presqu’île de Rhuys is near the harbor and nice restaurant too. More here; Casino d’Arzon

There are encounters with artists such at the library l’archipel des mots (archipelago of words) with Véronique Durruty December 11-24 2017 the story of “Mondes Indiens” or the Indian worlds. This is an old quaint district of Vannes, near the oldest Church of St Patern facing the government building or prefecture du Morbihan.  15 Place du Général de Gaulle. Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10h to 19h. New event see it here posting soon. L’Archipel des Mots library

Also , at the library Le Silence de la Mer (silence of the sea) we have Anne Godard coming November 23rd soon, with a recount of the French literature on the mis interpretation of others to every day life according to the writer’s experience; it is facing the wonderful Cathedral of St Pierre at Place St Pierre (St Peter’s). Here is their facebook page: Librarie Le Silence de la Mer

At the nice quaint old museum of fine arts or musée des Beaux-Arts of Vannes; the La Cohue you can see until January 7 2018 the exposition of Regard(s) Jeanne-Marie Barbey from the photography to the paintings. This is a collaboration with the musée de Bretagne of Rennes where the photographs are kept and the musée du Faouët where the expo will be shown in spring 2018. There will be a conference presentation of the artists on November 24th 15h. more here: La Cohue JM Barbey

Now if you come here looking for some nice places to eat our local delicacies especially in our capital city of Vannes (my work city) well let me tell you a few of my favorites, jog them down ok

a wonderful heaven in the place du poids public the place of the market on Saturdays and great ambiance with great oysters of the island of Arz (gulf) local Breton andouilles and the Breizh tiramisu! This is Di’Vin at 15 bis rue Noé. Closed Sundays and Mondays. See here: Di’Vin

Another good one is Bibovino, 18 rue Emile Burgault in the old town very nicd quaint street to get lost in time. Here you have small tapas like dishes with fine wines bag in a box system and cubi of 2-3 liters of wine from great names such as Chateau le Tap, Cave de Clairmont (crozes-hermitage), etc they have 43 wines labels!  a great way to munch and enjoy a great glass of wine; also take home available.  A concept that is catching up all over France: more on Vannes here: BiboVino Vannes

One dear to me just celebrated my twins sons birthday there is la Crêperie du Château in the Château de Rimaision at Pluvigner. Recently compensated in a local TV TF1 program on arts of cooking. All ven with a Chapel of the 13C! You like to eat good Breton food in a castle ,then come here. More in their Facebook page here: Créperie du Château

Another crêperie brasserie is the Moulin du Roy at 14 place Gambetta facing the harbor pleasure marina all is done locally and on site and bio as well as burgers, fish and chips homemade and bagels on beef!!! great views over the canal and marina too.  More here: Moulin du Roy

Another one facing the harbor and canal of Vannes is the L’Atlantique this is fish and seafood delights all fresh from the local waters and 140 wine labels to choose from! It has a terrace just facing the harbor a great people watching spot and the food is top quality and prices to boot menus start at just 12€! More in yelp here: L’Atlantique

Another in old town just passing the porte Saint Vincent gate and around the corner from the fish market halle aux poissons is the Lecocq & Folks at 5 rue Saint Vincent. This is a brother and sister restaurant offering the bistronomique where dishes change every day and all done homemade on site. There is a Brunch every Sunday and Vegan dishes as well. All formules from 17€ !! More here in their facebook page: Lecocq & Folks

Going along the canal and before the harbormaster or Capitanerie you find the wonderful Le Vent d’Est a regular for 17 yrs here by same owners. The deco takes you back to a small street in Strasbourg with beautiful views over the sailing boats in the canal . The best is upstairs and has AC; the thighs of pork or jarret de porc au Münster with a Kougelhopf or the cheese Münster is golden here. More here: Le Vent d’Est

One I go every time my local colleagues decides to eat lunch out is the Anna & Paul, 23 place du Général de Gaulle not far from the Church of St Patern.  This is nouvelle cuisine almost very refine and nicely serve. The name is after the children of the owners….The foie gras au Serrano (ham) is done on site homemade as others nothing like a family of cooks aficionados to serve you. Menu Paul 25€ is sublime along great wine labels. More here: Anna & Paul

Going over  a bit to Auray, you have the Le Café qui Fume 22,place Joffre. Here coffee is king and you will be in heaven. A couple owners homemade making from the best coffees in the world. You see the roasting of your coffee live and can show you class tour on Saturdays at 10h30. There is a boutique side with all the parts and ingredients needed to do the same at home; professionally done as we do ::) There are ,also, teas,and local gourmet products from Brittany as well as wines and liquors from the region. At the restaurant, on site or take home from 8,90€ dishes;Closed Tuesdays from October. More here in their Facebook page : Le Café Qui Fume

To stay with coffee and I am a great café lover I take you to Columbus Café & Co 11 rue du Mené, Vannes. Many outlets in France as well. You find all kinds of cookies, muffins, donuts, brownies as well as coffee and chocolate drinks, teas etc there are sugary and salty menus all year long. More here Columbus Café

And why not finish the post with the le Qu4tre, 3 place Henri IV, very old quarters of Vannes next to the Cathedral St Pierre. Very relaxing in medieval surrounding and people watching, wooden houses from the 14C.  Nice terrace on the square; great sporting events shown . more here: LE Qu4tre

There enjoy the arts and food of the Morbihan and especially my capital and working city of Vannes/ Happy Sunday and health to continue enjoying our World. Cheers!

 

November 19, 2017

Granville and La Manche 50!

So on the run of a promise to visit a friend we set out Saturday for a little village in the dept 50 La Manche in the region of Normandie. We went by car of course about 2h45 on the N24 by Rennes onwards on the A84 to N175 to  Villedieu-lesPoêles  and then the D924 to the  D35  and Le Loreul…!!!

The tourist webpage for the department 50 la Manche is here : http://www.manche-tourism.com/

And for the region of Normandie here: http://en.normandie-tourisme.fr/normandy-tourism-1-2.html

We passed by pleasant little villages that are the true flavor of France, big cities are famous and concentrated ,but the little towns is what gives me in to France; the joie de vivre, la vie est belle!!!

Le Loreul is a country town just our hosts big horse lovers and famous in France, for privacy won’t mention name but he is a winner of the prix d’Amérique horse races  and others. We went for a private visit with the family and it was nice. Finish early and only other things to see is the simple Church Notre Dame next door on road rue de la liberté or D35. We passed by Champrepus on the D924 and it has a nice Church St John the Baptist on the D924 road. Both we took pictures.

Then, we went on for Granville. I have not been here in many many years and as always visiting Mont Saint Michel, we decided for our time to visit Granville. We were glad we did, a nice town my family enjoyed even if very hilly. You need to concentrate in one area and then  move on by car to the next one low town or high town (basse ville ou haut ville).

The city has a wonderful high town area  with gorgeous views over the city and the sea. The pointe du Roc is magnificent and plenty of old bunkers from WWII on the Atlantic wall construction by the Nazis. The walkpaths are wonderful and you need to be in good shape to walk all these.  Passing by the fishing harbor and then the pleasure marina with all those restaurants/bars along the way is nice.

Nice museum of arts and history; but we had no time for it; the name is the musée d’art et d’histoire de Granville , as well as the musée d’art moderne Richard Anacréon. The best part for us was the walk on the streets low town and high town both times moving our car; to be closer. The ambiance is turn of the century and rather chic; worth the detour…

We did went inside the Church Notre Dame du Cap Lihou because it is in us to do so on all towns we visit. Here a Chapel exists since the 13C in granite stones. In this Church Christian Dior was baptized in 1908.  The choir was done from 1628-1641 and the ambulatory; the big nave was done between 1643-1655, and the Chapels of Saint-Clément (patron of marines) , and Notre-Dame du Cap-Lihou ( the virgin found in fisherman netting first in 1113) were added in 1674-1676. A century later were added the western façade 1767, and the sacristy 1771.  There is an organ built in 1660-1662 that is quite nice. Very nice Church and worth the detour.

As we needed to eat again before leaving so not to do dinner at home we stop by on a wonderful place, very friendly, fast service, nice folks and great food quality/price excellent. Crêperie La Bolée, 17 rue Lecampion, in city center but away from the harbor area. Tel +33 (0) 2 33 50 18 04. More here as it has no webpage: Yelp is on my blogroll below my blog main page. https://www.yelp.fr/biz/la-bol%C3%A9e-normande-granville-3

We had an assortments of galettes and other goodies, but I had the Terroir which is with slices of duck, camembert cheese, and cooked apples!! sublime; the had share a dish of cheeses four kinds including of course more camembert::) expresso coffee, along a bottle of Chateau Pique-Ségue Bergerac rose wine 2014…very good! All for 21.90€ per person.

And on the way back we took the other road D973 passing into Avranches to hook up with the A84 back home. Avranches we know too, had runs for lunch and dinner there many times ::) The day was entirely foggy heavy in some sections so it was a good idea not to go to MSM anyway. We will need to do another zig zag trip in our belle France and already some ideas for next weekend.

You all enjoy your weekend wherever you are, and happy travels; cheers.

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November 17, 2017

It’s birthday time and on off day we had a blast ::)

Ok silly post title but what’s the heck it is a birthday of my twins sons, now 24 yrs young. We had a double celebration one outside and one inside.

We had a pastry maker do a cake for them as a surprise; that we took home. At the same time, we went out to our fad place in town to eat out with them and I took my old father along;total of 6. Me, my wife, father and three young men.

We make the cake at boulangerie/Pâtisserie Delumeau in our town , richly cream of chocolate with one layer of pistachio cream and other of strawberry cream, then eclairs of both flavor thrown on top. All with the local Le Guelin cider brut from nearby La Gacilly.  They have no webpage but has been our bakery since moving here; very good on the main road rue de la Gare into town also the D768 before the traffic circle of Vorlen

The out was at the Créperie du Château in the Château de Rimaison in our town. This is a castle built from scratch here and now belonging to a wonderful family who work it , a couple and six children…. More on it here:  http://lacreperieduchateau.blogspot.fr/

and ,also, their facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/LaCreperieDuChateau/

The castle is from the 18C destroyed and rebuilt with the stones of the old, until now. It has a wonderful garden and gorgeous enclosed terrace veranda. Recently they even have room to rent or chambre d’hôte. It is right across the street from the above bakery. However, with a car the entrance is on the back on the road D16 Route de Landaul.

It is a worthy detour for the good food , reasonable prices, great welcome and chat with the owners and history all around you. The property has a fountain with a figure of a Virgin and a Chapel where celebration are held on special dates.

We always have a great time here and well fed all local products of Brittany done by locals. You are wise to stop by and eat here. We had our usual wonderful time with the boys and plenty of Breton cider brut and doux (sweeter).

The meal was right off the menu with a galette of goat cheese and honey, brown cook onions in cider sauce and Andouille the local Breton sausage. Follow by a crêpe of bouganville or bananas on chocolate sauce and coconut ice cream. The start was aperitif of various sources from Breizh cola (the rival coca cola brand) , non alcoholic fruity drink, porto red to whisky and scotch. Along the meal 3 bottles of cider and many other dishes for about 27€ per person. A wonderful 24 birthday celebration.

Enjoy your weekend I am caught up and ready for more tomorrow. Have a great weekend. Cheers!!!

November 17, 2017

Always wonderful Paris, as eternal as ever!!!

And as usual it was another time to Paris for me. I lost count, nowdays every month; worked in the city for 10 years; and cannot ever get enough of it. Just the very mention of the word PARIS , bring out the best in me.

I am not going into a long speech, the city has enough written and spoken on it by millions; and even with its up and downs still is a movable feast ::) Paris forever, eternal, it never ceased to amazed me. I am just lucky enough to have worked in it and now able to visit every month at least once!!!

I made a quick usual business visit this time one day roundtrip TGV train from Vannes to Montparnasse.  You know the usual sites, and what most do not know  ,is that the famous TGV is always late on the Atlantique run!!! 25 minutes going and 45 minutes coming back.  On the way back it was very funny after all, my wagon should be 8 but it had 18 on it, and everybody was hesitant of getting on….we all looked around like if you dare…go. Now these are all savvy TGV travelers mostly French if not all on business hours.

I needed to get up early to get the TGV at Vannes by 5h55 (5:55am) and once in Montparnasse, took the metro line 6 to Bir Hakeim to meet with my boss and colleague.  Do not like metro/subways/tube, mine is above ground always. However, for the meeting very early on, and meeting at a cafe by the exit the metro was it. Line 6 is a line that goes above ground after all so not so bad indeed.  I arrived late thanks to the TGV but enough for the meeting.

We met at the Comptoir Principal , we were there only for a cup of coffee once early in the morning and another on the way out in the late afternoon as my boss chose it. However, the service was fast courteous and from what visitors are saying it seems a good place to be. Here is more; Comptoir Principal 

As I was there later on, was able to take my leasure walks alone the Seine river by the tour Eiffel. OMG, oh my God, things has change so much, me not in the tower since 2005 lol!! but they have put security barriers to get in and out so sad. They won’t get me in soon there.

The Seine river is always magical, and was able to see my favorite boat ride ever, the Bateaux Parisiens right there.  Metro line 6 is interesting as said because it is above ground and you get to see the magic of Paris above ground. Overlooking over the Seine is a must in Paris for all.

Impressive as it was, there was time for lunch and again my meeting lunch was at the nice Villa Verdi Italian restaurant. Very friendly , got even to practice on my Italian a bit ::) There , I had escalope de dinde in pâte bolognaise or something like breaded cheese turkey with pasta and meat. there was a chocolate pudding in amaretto dessert and coffee expresso, the drink was a nice Italian red Santa Cristina Chianti Superiori 2015; very nice indeed. Again very good reviews by all; More on the restaurant here: Villa Verdi

The restaurant do have their own webpage here: http://www.villaverdi.fr/en/

On the way back , after the beforementioned round of coffee at the Comptoir Principal; went around to say hello some old American friend from Paris before getting back into Suffren to get bus 82 to Montparnasse. Now this is the best deal many do not use, for the price of a metro ticket you can see the beauty of Paris passing by the very nice Avenue Suffren, into the Ecole Militaire, then passing by the Church Saint Louis (Invalides) before rejoining the blvd Montparnasse into the train station bus terminal. The map of bus 82 here: RATP Bus 82

The trip took and always does the same time as the metro line 6 and if off rush hours it goes quicker !!! Tested time and time again by yours truly.

At the end the tour Montparnasse always omnipresent and beautiful, and I worked here near it for a while. The entrance to the glass modern looking Gare Montparnasse train station is nice. Inside, my stop for a refreshement is the Brasserie Océane on the grandes lignes TGV platform and live music entertainment most often too. They are remodeling the brasserie and only the terrace is open but still the best place to be at Montparnasse. Here is more : brasserie Océane

I got to my free parking at Vannes train station and my car as always was there for the final trip home where the family was waiting for me. The trip was on the 16 and on the 17 my twins boys are 24 years young!! More of this later on my blog. Then, a trip to near Mont Saint Michel tomorrow will see the time and what can I come up with.

Stay tune is time for the cake and Breton cider, until next time in my blog enjoy your weekend wherever you are and happy travels. Cheers

 

 

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November 12, 2017

Guérande, Batz-sur-Mer, and Le Croisic ; can 3 be a charm!

Hi dear travelers, we went out on Sunday ,rare for us as usually this is family time at home. Today was rainy cool 11C and cloudy, but we had some friends in Guérande inviting us for lunch and we could not resist. We went to three wonderful towns where a lot more time is in order and we should be back next month; these are Guérande, Batz-sur-Mer, and Le Croisic.

We visited before at Guérande on our own and had pleasant surprises of the town and its ramparts. Here is my last post on it; https://paris1972-versailles2003.com/2015/12/15/guerande-the-best-salt-of-france-and-a-lot-more/

The tourist office for each of them are here for easy reference.

Guérande : http://en.ot-guerande.fr/

Batz-sur-Mer : http://en.ot-batzsurmer.fr/

Le Croisic : http://www.tourisme-lecroisic.fr/en/

We took the expressway N165 to the exit 17 La Baule, La Roche Bernard, and took the D774 direction Herbignac/Guérande. As we got earlier we walked a bit before meeting our friends in their house.

At Guérande, we walked around the ramparts and the wonderful Porte Vannetais, Porte Saint Michel, and Tour de la Gaudinais walking into the old town to take a look again at the Church Saint Aubin.

On our way out to Batz-sur-Mer we passed by the museum of salt marshes or Musée des Marais Salants and the wonderful salt marshes you see along the road is wonderful. This is the famous salt of Guérande, world famous. More here: http://www.cap-atlantique.fr/node/1482

We continue our journey with our friends into the harbor area and saw the nice Church and tower of Saint-Guénolé built in the 13C of gothic Breton style with a tower 70 meters high and nice views of the ocean. We went to the harbor port Saint Michel where we had our lunch at the Café de la  Plage, wonderful family service, where I had a cassoulet de la mer or sea casserole of shrimp, scallops and fish with a nice vegetable lettuce and a bottle of Kerisec cider, the others had different servings from mussels with Roquefort cheese , tagliatelles bolognaise, and four cheeses pizzas, desserts from bounty coconuts ice cream to banana splits , and of course another bottle of Kerisec cider brut.  The price we could not know as our friendly friends lol!! went ahead and pay for all five of us the bill !!! yes nice friends. However, no pictures as rather keep them private.

We went on by car to Le Croisic the end of the peninsula where the sea is king and we just the servants.  There was an exposition going on at the house of the rescue or Maison du Sauvetage right by the harbor. The fishing harbor and the pleasure boat harbor are sublime picturesques beautiful. More here only in French : http://www.tourisme-lecroisic.fr/fr/infos/decouvrir/patrimoine/la-maison-du-sauvetage

And the colorful train station or gare du Croisic right by the harbor! More here: https://www.gares-sncf.com/fr/gare/fregu/croisic

We found for a Sunday plenty of parking for free in all the towns.  In all, a short but pleasant trip to the beautiful old Brittany now Pays de la Loire region dept 44 Loire Atlantique. We will be back ::)

Enjoy your Sunday and happy travels to all my readers and friends/family. Cheers!!

ps I must add that if anyone is interested in an English guided tour of the Pays de la Loire you can reach out in confidence to this guy here his FB page: https://www.facebook.com/Tourer-44-1959910610914510/

 

 

 

 

November 11, 2017

My travels in the Morbihan XXXX

And another simple ride in my area of Morbihan Breton on a cloudy light rainy day and temps in the 11C we did our errands of a normal local family in France.

We decided to get earlier to get to the market at Vannes and get the vegetables and fruits ,cheeses etc. The market was doable today not too crowded so easy to move about and easy parking at République.

We went by our regular fromager or cheese merchant the Menager in the market or marché de Vannes. We pick up our usual goat fresh cheese, brie de Meaux, and ewes milk cheese from the Basque area of France. We move on to the fruit stand  Askil where we loaded on white grapes, figs, avocados, mangoes, clementines, oranges, raspberries, blackcurrants, strawberries, blueberries, and tomatoes. Next stand we got our Roscoffs onions, another we got our Batavia lettuce from Baden ,and yet another one we got our squash before heading to get our mussels and codfish in the Halle aux poissons , on way out we got our baguette breads and chorizo bread sticks at Bellanger right on same area in addition to the inside the Carrefour shopping center.  Bakery info here; http://www.carrefour-vannes.fr/boutique/boulangerie-bellanger/

We stopped next door in the place du poids public into the butchery Le Dru Pierre,  to get a roasted chicken from the local farm, always better, the real deal in France; here they are: https://www.yelp.fr/biz/boucherie-le-dru-pierre-vannes-2

Once out of this shopping we went to the new stores open by our centre commercial Carrefour in Vannes too. Here ,it just opens the Damart chain my wife likes so much where she purchase some blouses, and continue next door to another new one the Du Bruit Dans La Cuisine , where we got our blueberries ginger cake , and orange chocolate bars !!!

So for the new ones , here is the city of Vannes market days information. http://www.mairie-vannes.fr/vannesdecouverte/marches/

The Damart store is here: https://www.damart.fr/vannes

And the kitchen store is here: http://dubruitdanslacuisine.fr/nos-magasins/vannes-56/

Then, we headed for La Halle aux Chaussures to get some day shoes for my boys which they pay !! and we stop to see the latest fashions at our favorite store Armand Thiery same shopping area.  Continuing on to Babou to get some plastic containers and carpets.

La Halle aux chaussures here: https://www.lahalle.com/magasins/morbihan/vannes/la-halle-aux-chaussures-vannes-040334

Armand Thiery here: http://www.armandthiery.fr/fr/magasins.cfm

Babou : http://www.babou.fr/magasins/detail/magasin/106-VANNES

We came home to unload and relax ,and most important to  savors the victory over Wales yesterday in football/soccer 2×0 . We passed by city center/downtown with views of our place St Michel and our Church Saint Guigner as well as our pharmacy, and be prepared for another friendly tonite in rugby vs New Zealand All Blacks! already cruising for Sunday out to see friends in the Loire Atlantique 44 dept.

Enjoy your Saturday, happy travels and best of all health. Cheers!

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November 10, 2017

The wine is in me and sharing is always good to your health!

AmboiseOk so let’s get one more entry about wines, this is my passion even if seldom writes on it.  I am beginning to get the knack of telling you about wines.  You can see in my other posts, my credentials and experiences and get to know a bit of my cellar. Just waiting my latest lot from the de Rothschild (of the Mouton Rothschild family for the novice). More here, they have a wonderful museum as well we love: Museum Mouton Rothschild

And to order theses wonderful wines the site is La Baronie where I do my shopping : La Baronnie 

There is a new event coming up from an old one. THE chamber of commerce and industry of Bordeaux, the main shareholder in the Vinexpo Bordeaux will expand to do a biannual event in Paris too, Vinexpo Paris.  This event will be done in the even years and the first one will be January 13-15 2020 in the Porte de Versailles convention center. The next Vinexpo Bordeaux, that will be done in the odd years is schedule for May 13-16 2019. In 2017, about 2300 exhibitors attracted about 40 000 visitors and gave the event a healthy sales number of 16 million euros. News from le Figaro Vin, the webpage for Vinexpo is here: Vinexpo

Another article from my favorite place Le Figaro tells of the corks!  In 20 years of battling the pros now said the incident of TAC or odors in the cork that makes taste like an old wet cardboard are below 1% .  The incident comes from a molecule oxygenate  that in contamination with the air outside gives the taste humid rotten links to the humidity.  The Portuguese branch of the French group Laffitte acquired machines capable of control 12 000 corks per day where the air around the cork passes in a compartment humid proof. If it has more than a nanogram of TCA the cork is thrown out.  This is for high price wines because the extra cost is substantial according to spokesman of the group; count 15 cents euro extra for a cork where the price varies from 40 cents to 1,50€. And fight continues with higher technology.

François Pinault (the seventh richest person in France according to Challenges Magazine, and the world’s 65th most wealthy individual, according to Forbes) purchased the historic, Burgundian gem Clos de Tart  for an undisclosed sum. Across the wall, LVMH boss Bernard Arnault (France’s wealthiest person and the world’s 11th, according to the same sources) owns the Domaine des Lambrays. The question is, Will Burgundy go the way of Bordeaux with outside investors buying the region’s land and heritage? It seems inevitable. It is not just the price of land that is the issue; it is also the succession taxes. The two go hand-in-hand. While the calculation of France’s onerous succession taxes supposedly do not include glorified one-off purchases like Clos de Tart . François Pinault is now the fourth owner of a Burgundian property that – astonishingly, considering the Napoleonic succession laws – has never been divided in its 876-year history. Meanwhile, his rival across the wall is missing a tiny piece of the Clos des Lambrays. One can’t help but wonder what the value of that parcel of 0.004 hectare, now in the hands of Domaine Taupenot-Merme, might be worth?

The now famous wine fairs in France happening all over and in all types of establishment. These are the foire aux vins a heavy duty event with around 100 millions euros in sales!. The leaders are the hypermarkets Carrefour and Leclerc (who created the trend of fairs 44 years ago and the one we like best). These fairs provide about 15%  of all wine sales for the year for most of the stores name. The French take 70% of intention of going to them and 80% is done in hypermarkets according to a survey by Toluna.  Most folks in France like me received catalogues of the sales ahead of time, where we see 30-50% more choices from last year and even more in reference to 15 years ago with more famous names on it. The most shown in these fairs is the Bordeaux wines with a mix of regions that has nevertheless reduce their control from 41% to 36% in 10 years period.  The reduction help bring on wines from the Rhône and the Languedoc-Roussillon.

To help difference amongst the big name stores, Leclerc and Auchan keeps to the grands crus, while the coops like Intermarché or Système U talks about more autonomy in the choice of bottles according to regions. Monoprix keeps to their normal clientele more urban ,city center in their bottle selection. The internet sites are better stock which allows firms like Millésimes to offers rare bottles to bring in the amateurs. Something new, the Chatbot, high tech is a software of artificial intelligence that give a dialogue with the client and or a store. Carrefour took it out on their site   je me serve ma foire aux vins Carrefour, eventually they will take it out to all their webpages; the webpage has bottles that are usually only found in the cellars master stores . For instance my Leclerc site here: Ma Cave Leclerc

Some recommendation ups my sleeves or rather down my cellar.

Denis Vacheron  of the Domaine Vacheron has 48 hectares around the area of Sancerre, practicing biodynamic winemaking.  The lable Denis Vacheron 2015 is in the perfection level. It is an all terrain wine ,perfume nose of notes of passion fruit and citrics giving it a great energy and absolut precision. Price here at 19€ Domaine Vacheron

Domaine Vincent Delaporte  offering a wonderful Chavignol 2015.  This wine is a blend of sauvignon blanc issue from about 20 parcels with different soil composition. It’s a wine with nose, mineral identity and aromas of lemon , and rose grapefruit. In the mouth great juice pure and simple with a long finish. Price here at 15€ Chavignol 2015

 I always preferred the dry whites over the sweet whites and the revolution is catching up even in the venerable region of Sauternes. The production of dry whites have triple in the last 7 years according to the Chateau Guiraud, Premier Grand Cru Classé of Sauternes. It has 120 hectares of vinyards on the bio regime producing about 180K bottles of dry whites G de Guiraud agains 90K of the first wine Chateau Guiraud, and according to the year about 60-120K bottles of second wine Petit Guiraud / This is typical of the whole region. And as the region two main grapes for  Sauternes the Sauvignon and Sémillon are well into the white wine world it gives a strong commercialization force for the dry white wines as well in the export market. One of my favors here is the Chateau de Rieussec, sweet wine of course. This wine is done in the vineyards of the sweet wines flowery perfumes, in the mouth lemony aromas and can be kept in cellar for a few years for the 2015 version. More here:

The Americans love France, and they go all out for the wines. Now, they are putting their pocket where their tastes are investing again in French wine properties.  Mark Nunnelly and his wife Denise Dupre have invested in the production control not the property of the Burgundian Château de la Commaraine, in the Côte-d’Or, a clos of 3,75 hectares in the prestigious appellation of  Pommard 1er cru. The Clos de la Commaraine has the peculiarity of been a monopole with one owner in a clos of one tenant; until now their grapes were vinifie by the maison Louis Jadot. In addition the new controlling couple will like to make of the castle of the 12C a center of oenotourism of high class.  The couple ,also, own in the Marne the house of Champagen Leclerc-Briant at Epernay purchased in 2012 ,then the Hotel Royal Champagne in Champillon in 2014 currently under renovation. Last May in Burgundy ,they purchased the Domaine Belleville on 22 hectares at Rully  (Saône-et-Loire),later the negotiating house of the Le Manoir Murisaltien, at Meursault (Côte-d’Or).  Americans have a taste for Burgundy too; last January the millionaire Stanley Kroenke, main shareholder of the football/soccer club Arsenal, acquired the Domaine Bonneau du Martray of 11 hectares. In 2014, the Chateau de Pommard (20 hectares) was purchased by the Silicon Valley patron Michael Baum. And one, I know very well as know the principals here, the Maison Jadot was purchased in 1985 by the wine importer of the Kopf family; Kobrand Corp.
The wine production is at its lowest level since 1956 according to the International Organization of the Wine and already 8,2% less than last year with an estimated 246,7 million hectoliters. Lower production has been reported in Italy (39,3 Mhl, -23%), France (36,7 Mhl, -19%), and Spain (33,5 Mhl, -15%), these 3 countries represent 45% of world production of wines.  Not counting the repercussions of the fires in California, the USA 4th world producer should maintain their levels at  23,3 Mhl .  The most gainers are the Australians this year confirming their 5th place world with a production of 13,9 Mhl, or +6% more than 2016. Argentina the 6th producer will see a bounce back of 25% with production of 11,8 Mhl,  Brazil the 14th rank producer has gain quite a bit with  3,4 Mhl or million hectoliters. China, the 7th producer is absent of statistics for 2017 so far. South Africa with 10,8 Mhl saw a 2% increase placing them in the 8th position. The OIV (name in French) organization estimates that the world production of wines in 2017 will be between 240 and 245 Mhl. Both previous articles from the magazine in my blogroll below my main page La revue des vins de France.
And remember, the areas have changed in order to simplified a little the vast numbers of names in Europe and especially France. The old AOC (Appellations d’Origine Contrôlée) are now the AOP (Appellations d’Origine Protégée).  The middle level of VDQS (Vins Délimités de Qualité Supérieure) disappears. Now the wines that were VDQS need to choose to be AOP or IGP. The old Vins de Pays becomes IGP (Indications Géographiques Protégées). And the Vins de Table becomes now the Vins de France. Get it ::)

You can come to my favorite area where family lives, Gaillac. One of two best properties there and we love it are the Domaine du Moulin, 6st generation winemaker by Nicolas Hirissou; planting tannat grapes to complement the Syrah and Braucol (aka Fer Servadou), local variety. The winery is open from 9h to 12h and 14h to 19h closed Sundays in Jan, Feb, and Mar. More here: https://ledomainedumoulin.com/en/

 and , Domaine d’Escausses closer to Albi. Overlooking from the road the nice town of Cordes-sur-Ciel. Very good tastings and welcome here even a sparkler  with the method Gaillacoise. The best wine is the La Vigne de l’Oubli, an oak aged, sauvignon dominated blend a match for the top whites of Bordeaux. Open from 9h to 13h and 14h to 19H. More here: http://famillebalaran.com/

And a picture of me on my favorite wine house in the Loire near Amboise ::) And photos found around my computer lately lol!!! Enjoy wine in moderation but do drink it, it is good for your health. Cheers!!

 

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November 9, 2017

Back in the Yvelines 78 in a Royal town, there was pedmar10

This is the story of pedmar10 in the Royal magical town of Versailles and thereabouts, where I lived 10 years. Photos taken from other posts and pages in my blog. It is time to reminiscent and remember the good old days of France. This is my story mostly in photos of yesterday.

Brief, I married my Frenchie in December 26 1990, in Daytona Beach Florida USA,  became French citizen in December 17 2000 at the Consulat de France of Miami. We all came to France permanently me for the job in August and the rest of the family in December 2003 and lived in Versailles until 2011. We then moved to Brittany due to my job in June 2011 first near Auray and now in Pluvigner in the dept 56 Morbihan.

The pictures are a bit of my French history, a small grain of sand in the illustrious history of France.

Versailles from 1682 to 1789 held the power in France and all evolves around the city. It is only about 17 kms from Paris.  Capital city of the Yvelines dept 78 since 1968. The history tells us treaties were signed here such as the treaty of Paris 1783 to end the American war of Independence and the Treaty of Versailles to end the First World War. It is ,also, written in the French constitution that each time there is a change to it, amendment, etc the entire French government has to move here to do the changes becoming Versailles de facto capital of France; this last happened in 2009 under President Sarkozy term.

My boys went to school in nearby Verneuil sur Seine and Le Chesnay both memorable places. And we move on to Brittany. I worked in Paris and Suresnes. My wife worked at CDG Airport .

Here in Brittany we lived in  the Morbihan dept 56 in the town of Auray another historical town . The town is mentioned for the first time in 1069. In 1341 ,Charles de Blois legitime to the crown of Brittany takes possession just to his death in 1364 in the Battle of Auray that ends the war of succession of Brittany. In 1632, commander Isaac de Razilly accompanied several others to Port Royal in Acadia (Canada) under orders of Cardinal Richelieu. Benjamin Franklin lands here in the harbor of Saint Goustan in 1776 early in the war of independence of the USA to ask for military support from France and king Louis XVI, and he got it! Gen Cadoudal , chief of the rebellion against the French Republic was born in Auray and also buried near his family ancestral home here. In 1795, the expedition of Quiberon by immigrant Breton from England failed (lack of support from England) , and were taken prisoners here where they were summarily condemned to death by a military court, 795 were executed in the field today call Champ des Martyrs or Field of Martyrs on the Loch river near Brec’h. In 1829,the rests were exhumed and transferred to the Chartreuse of Auray in a chapel where they rest today. In WWII, the train station of Auray was the place to carried the cement block to built the blockhouses in the Atlantic wall by the Nazis.

My boys went to school in Sarzeau and Auray to finish. Another spot in our world  map.  I worked in Vannes and my wife retired. And we moved on.

After purchasing our house in Pluvigner. There was an important train station here; Opened in December 1864 on the line from Auray to Napoleonville (today is Pontivy) that passes by here with three trains per day; the line stopped in 1951 and the station finally closed in 1981.  On January 23 1943, an American B17 bomber was damaged and landed here in the forest of Kéronic . Seven aviators were killed and three survived; there are two stones commemorating this in 1994 in the presence of  survivor Charles Roth, and the regular member of the crew that was absent on this mission  Mel Schulstad. It is still here.

Of course I worked in Vannes, the capital of the department on the outside in an old manoir /castle of 1504 on which ruins our office is build and a 44 hectares park/garden.

This is me and have other posts on me here if you look the names of the towns ::)  Cheers

 

 

 

 

November 8, 2017

Some news from France CLXXIIII

+.+And back to France we go folks, this is Fall but it looks already like Winter.  Temps are as low as 5C and now 7C or about 43F; cloudy, gray and raining; and Paris is at 47F with lows of 40F. Well , I guess I always wanted to be a meteorologist even if it is not a perfect science ::)

This just in ,the Grande Epicerie de Paris has a new outlet in Paris, 80 rue de Passy 16éme , wonderful items in my favorite arrondissement of Paris… http://www.lagrandeepicerie.com/en.html

Problems in Paris, the Christmas market by the Champs-Elysées are cancelled pending the courts to determine if it goes on. The principal organizer of these markets is now fighting the decision of the Council of Paris in court to have reverse the decision. He has done or try to do some blocks of traffic which only enrage the people doing nothing to his cause with heavy traffics all over the Paris region. The contract with the city of Paris was signed in 2015 and by now the market attracts about 15 million visitors, with 240 merchants and providing about 2000 jobs according to the organizer but there is something fishy going on here.  He had about 70 trucks requisition by the police on the porte de la Muette and the esplanade du Château de Vincennes. The city counters that they want a more valuable choice with more upscale products and locally produce. Again, something fishy going on here….

Also, the festival by the Grand Palais has been cancelled, weird, the rides installed under the big glass dome of the Grand Palais will not be there this year. The closing of the Châtelet, the musical comedy Singin’in the Rain will be on stage from November 28 to January 11 2018. The rides are out… fish fish… The other grand rendezvous at the Bastille is cancelled without explanation too!!! Also, reduce by half the participants in the Foire du Trône on the lawn of the Reuilly!  The organizer of all these festivals is in court and the blockage of trucks has been stop. Like I said, the organizer is waiting for the Tribunal Administratif de Paris by way of his attorney to get the market re open by the court. The decision is to be done by November 14 2017. From articles in Le Parisien journal

However, there is something on Christmas days that will not change is the decoration of the Great department stores of Paris .

The windows of the Au Printemps Haussmann  are still blank but from Tuesday November 7 today, at 17h they will have a start done by Nicole Kidman, the cinema star. Eleven portraits on the eleven windows of au Printemps have been thought of and designed with a participation of  150 persons, painters, seamstress, electricians etc like a theater play they will do about 13 km of nylon cords in the windows with  70 little bears and others to accompany Jules with its aviator hat and aviator dress as well as  Violette adventurer with the sheets and rose  scarfs.  On the portrait of Bavaria the little rabbit that is trying to put all the suitcases in the VW beetle, and the head on the vault, the thighs on air, and the skirts offered to spectators should be one of the stars of the season.  The van new one of  Citroën, will be cut in half showing the length ,and the transatlantic trip or the over flight of Paris in zeppelin will be a great spectacle. It will be shown every day from 19H or 7PM until mid night and until mid January 2018. More here: http://departmentstoreparis.printemps.com/en

In the windows of the  Galeries Lafayette, it will start on Wednesday at 18h or 6pm with an fairs universe  of the Paris of early 20C.  You see Pierre ,the pigeon heroe and his sweet lady Coco that will  fly over a spectacular decoration of 12 animated windows.  All at the tune of an barbarian organ with wild rhythm.  Beyond the windows inside the store, a virtual reality that will make you travel along the rollercoasters in Paris to arrive at the grand dome of the store.  A free experience shown between December 9 to 31st 2017 in six sofas that moves for 2h30 minutes of crazy moves. Finally, each weekend the animations awaits you with magic and goddess of great adventures. More here: https://haussmann.galerieslafayette.com/votre-interieur-aux-couleurs-de-noel/

A bit of arts in my beloved Versailles.

At the turn of the 20C, he show the Orient to the world, painter and photographer, Georges Gasté (1869-1910) is given an exposition entitled  « Un Orient sans images » The Orient in images at the museum or musée Lambinet in Versailles.  He was a great traveler of Algéria, Égypt , and India, that he shows with photos and portraits.  Now from Mondays to Sundays and from 14h to 18h except Fridays and Holidays and until Sunday February 18 2018 at the museum located at  54, boulevard de la Reine, just around the market of Notre Dame.Admission adults 6€ and more info from the city page here :https://www.versailles.fr/culture/etablissements/musee-lambinet/expositions/un-orient-sans-mirages-georges-gaste/

And from the tourist office on the museum itself: http://www.versailles-tourisme.com/patrimoine-culturel/musee-lambinet-943172

The label of Ramsar that honors around the world the best natural sites like the golfe du Morbihan near me has just given the marais de Sacy the same prestigious title.  The marshes runs over 1 073 hectares, with a expansive plains one of the biggest of France. They keep some of the species in danger in our world such as the spider Dolomedes plantarius, that is able to dive into the water to avoids its preditors as well as the rats like amphibious vole. Today, there is a trail at the south entrance to Saint-Martin-Longueau, that allows you to walk for about 1 km bordering the marshes. There is an observation tower high of 10 meters with a view of the wet lands . For more information you can contact the marais de Sacy at tel +33 (0) 3.44.28.15.11. Further info here: http://www.syndicatmixtedesmarais.sitew.fr/#Home.A

And more info on Ramsar organization here: http://www.ramsar.org/

On March 23-24 2018, at Senlis you have the wonderful garden festival or the  17 Salon du Jardin we all enjoy here all over, Senlis is a nice historical medieval city center town. More on this event here: http://salon-du-jardin-a-senlis.fr/

Jog this down in your calendar for a grand special event in the Oise region of France. October 5-7 2018 there will be at historical Senlis the next International Festival of  Saint-Fiacre.  There will be groups visiting from Ireland, Belgium, Italy, Germany,and Luxembourg. The crucial moment of the 3 days event is the Saturday October 6, the Mass of Saint-Fiacre in the Cathedral.  All the Chapels will be decorated by the different visiting délégations and in town there will be religious cérémonies as well as civil with presentation by different European groups, such as solemn Mass, benediction of the flowery chariots on the parvis of the Cathedral, worshipping the patron saint of the gardeners.  In the afternoon there will be a vegetables parade with panels, statues, and banners, flower chariots, and musical groups. For now they are looking for volunteers to help on the event, info here: Mme Nicole Picart tel +33 (0) 3.44.53.74.50. or email picart.nicole@gmail.com

Something unique in Paris is the old museum of public works or ancienne Musée des Travaux Publics at the Palais d’Iéna. 9 Place d’Iéna. open every day from 12h to 19h. It is no longer a museum but it houses an economic council, however for the architecture is worth a detour. See it all here: https://en.parisinfo.com/paris-museum-monument/148921/Conseil-economique-social-et-environnemental-Palais-d-Iena

The army museum or musée de l’Armée  has an event on the experience of a soldier in the front entitled « dans la peau d’un soldat » or The Life of a  Soldier with visuals of 337 objects, some unique of the period of antiquity to our days.  An exposition showing to what point the military have been on the origin of many current tendances from style to designs : the expo will be until January 28 2018. More info here: http://musee-armee.fr/expoDansLaPeauDunSoldat/index-en.html

After 2,5 years of renovations the castle or Château de Rambouillet  has reopen its doors. This is the summer residence of the President of France which has seen passed by famous such as king François Ier to Nelson Mandela. A new exposition entitled the Princes of Rambouillet , family portrait or « Les princes de Rambouillet. Portraits de famille », dedicated to the illustrious previous owners as well as entertainment will be on until January 22 2018.  More here:  http://www.chateau-rambouillet.fr/en/

The forest is the invited guest to the Château de Maisons at Maisons Laffitte.You will emerge in a mysterious ambiance of a walk across storytelling and legends ; the walks are organize in 7 portraits that inspire each a imaginary representation of the forest. After the forest oexposition, you can visit the forest or forêt de Saint-Germain  with ONF on  there was once a forest or  « Il était une forêt… »,all until March 5 2018. More info here:  http://www.chateau-maisons.fr/en/

The third biannual of Flamenco art entitled the « Tablao » is on from November 10th a the  Théâtre national de la Danse for almost 3 weeks of dances.  It will let you see some espectacle of high quality like the dancer José Galvan, on for 3 exceptional dates. More here:  http://theatre-chaillot.fr/en/dance/tablao

During the work at Chatelet, the representations continues in the dome of the Grand Palais. It will show the musical comedy of  Singin’ in the Rain,  from November 28 to January 11 2018.  They have done a cinema studio in the palace and will have before and during the show ; food trucks, studio photo, makeup artist, claquettes courses ,video installations and  karaoke. More here: http://chatelet-theatre.com/

I have told you previously in my blog about the opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, well is now open this museum of sand . It is like an mirror, at the junction of the Arabian Gulf (Persian on the other side coast of Iran), tip of sea and military zone crossing the Emirates mixing urban and architecture as we reach the island of Saadiyat, « the island of happiness », we see like the arm of the sea, the rivers, and the canals; a vast complex very modern. More here: https://www.louvreabudhabi.ae/

Also, on previous posts I mentioned about the rescue of the Potager du Roi of Versailles. The vegetable garden created in 1678 by  Jean-Baptiste de la Quintinie as per request of king Louis XIV. Now officially the Potager du Roi  has been retained by the World Monuments Fund (WMF). It is on the list of world sites the American   charitable organization is ready to invest and preserve as per the last Fifty years the WMF, base in New York, has help support about  800 sites in 135 countries. Amongst the generous contribution to the Fund we can count on the Prince Aga Khan, the family of perfumer Lauder, the decorator Juan Pablo Molyneux or the American company American Express. This is good news indeed!!! More here: http://www.potager-du-roi.fr/site/pot_visites/

And the WMF here: https://www.wmf.org/project/potager-du-roi

And back to Paris for the opening of a historical swimming pool open to all. Art Nouveau and a cinema decoration this is the basin where Amélie Poulain did her swims in the famous film of same name of  2001; and now the swims in this 18éme arrondissement will be able to do again. After two years of renovations the pool or piscine des Amiraux  re opened its doors to the public today. The pool is open 7/7 and will have  43 hours for swimmers per week for the general public, 30 hours for the schoolchildren, and 26 hours for the sports club.  The pool is located at 6, rue Hermann-Lachapelle (18éme),nearest metro is Simplon, line 4. Bus 56 also stops here. More info here: http://equipement.paris.fr/piscine-des-amiraux-2944

To commemorate the 100 years of the Grand Guerre or WWI the Cathedral Notre Dame de Paris will light up the façade and even the interior with an illumination spectacle in 17 portraits for 23 minutes duration in four nights starting tonight  and until Saturday night on 19h30 and 21h each night. The event is free but get there early as there will be many for sure. It will have 8 huge projectors, with about 60 source of lights put on the wall of the Cathedral in addition to 80 projectors from inside the Cathedral with 400 candles. TO show the entry of Americans in WWI and it is the Americans by the Knights of Columbus organization founded in 1882 that are financing the event. More info here: http://www.notredamedeparis.fr/en/

Enjoy Paris, all of France is a movable feast. Enjoy your week and happy travels to all.Cheers!

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