Some News about France XIV

Well temps are back like Indian summer up to 11°C cool nice, the weekend looks great.  Temps from 4°C to 11°C with no rain in sight if the Meteo France folks are right.

The great even is beginning tonite the IV Nations of rugby is on, tonite England vs Wales. France plays tom vs Scotland at the STade de France,St Denis-Paris. webpage to follow it and in Paris head for the stadium or Au Metro ,the cradle of Rugby in Paris for years, and its great fun ,count on me , webpage

While in Madrid ,they are working on a grand project to improve the green areas of the city ,and become more cosmopolitan as such…The Madrid Rio project .Some of the issues are making greens or ecological sound areas by planting more trees with boulevard going to the river Manzanares. Demolished the building of the Mercado de los Mostenses and create more commercial spaces. At the Plaza de España  will try to increase the pedestrian area that connect the  Jardines de Sabatini with the Temple Debod, as well as widening the calle Bailén ,and improve access to Calle Conde Duque.  On the roads of  Arganzuela it will be made underground those that comes from Atocha, remodeled the museum of Railroad and create a green alleyway next to the Vias to park or parque Tierno Galván. The Riviera concert hall will be demolished ,and a big green park left in its place. The army gardens now by Cibeles will be open to the public as well as the Palace of Buenavista seat of the Ministry of Defense as well as encourage commercial activity at the calle Prim. In the AZCA complex will be improved its lower areas left in dispair and beggars area by making open spaces with more clear mark access. In Las Descalzas, it is ask to make pedestrian area around the convent and change the entrance to the parking, improving the commercial look of stores, and open the cloister for the inhabitants and passerbys. At the city garden or Ciudad Jardin, the streets of  Alfonso XIII and Ramón y Cajal can be converted in green trees boulevards and the intersection of  Concha Espina  with the road M 30 can be made underground to gain space. By Moncloa, will try to improve the pedestrian link to Parque del Oeste and Ciudad Universitaria (University city), and open the esplanade in front of the ministry of the air force. For the Salon or hall Felipe II it could be slow the traffic in Salamanca district and make the street  calle Jorge Juan connect with the Plaza de Colón. By the river at Las Vistillas, they are asking to take the cars out ,and create a look out at the viaduct  of  Segovia as well as widening the sidewalks near the Cathedral de la Almudena. At Plaza Mayor, renovated fronts, support columns ,and stores front inside and open the houses of  Panadería(bakery)  and Carnicería (butchery). city of Madrid webpage

This is a youtube video that was made aware to me in Spanish but shows all the above changes in Madrid,

Real Madrid vs Barcelona for the Kings Cup or Copa del Rey final will be played April 20th at the Valencia stadium Mestalla.  Spain will played a friendly match vs Colombia on February 9th at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium ,Madrid at 21h30

Air Transat will increase flights to Canada and add more cities in France ie Toulouse and NIce in its schedules abroad. Air France will increase long trip travel by 20€ to pay for fuel per roundtrip starting this month.

The actress Maria Schneider, fame for the Last Tango in Paris died yesterday in Paris at age 58 due to a long illness, RIP Paris1972.

The Chinese New Year in the year of the Rabbit began celebration yesterday. At the Paris district or arrondissement 15,17, and 20.  This morning a march was done in the 17éme to the avenue de Clichy. The most important will be in the 13 that houses the largest Chinese community in Paris; it will be held on Sunday   by 13h30 from 44, avenue d’Ivry and continues the routing as follows  avenue de Choisy, place d’Italie, avenue d’Italie, rue de Tolbiac, avenue de Choisy, boulevard Masséna ,and return to avenue d’Ivry .

And tonite I am having a home made Tartiflette , something the Savoyards have taken as their own but it arrives on the ski station many moons ago from visitors coming there, the exact origins are not really known. My house recipe for 6 is with the following ingredients , 2 kg ( about 4.4 lbs)of potatoes , a pot of fresh cream 30% mat gras, a whole Reblochon cheese wheel ,200 grams of lardons or ham bacon bits, 2 onions, and 20cl of white wine or about a 8oz glass. Cook the potatoes for about 20 mins in a pressure pot, let them cool off, and cut them in pieces like cubes and put them in a porcelain or ceramic bowl, at the same time make reduce the lardons in a saucepan without any oil,when the lardons become pinky cook add the onions and cook all until the onions becomes soft , put the oven to start warm up at 180°C, to the saucepan add the white wine , mix so that it wont stick ,lower the temperature and add the salt and pepper to taste as well as the fresh cream 30% mat gras, and let them cook for a couple of minutes ,put all from the saucepan to the porcelain bowl where the potatoes are , and well mix them in, then cut the Reblochon cheese in along the lenght in pieces that will cover the mixture as much as possible having the skin of the cheese up facing you; put all this in the oven for about 30 minutes at 180°C or thermostat 6, this is about 350°F. Have it with white wine of course, and if from the Savoy better ::) Cheers,and have a nice weekend everyone.

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