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February 10, 2011

Some news from France XVII

Hello folks, another week coming to an end, and still great weather althought some rain. The temps are in 12°C thus, winter still but it looks more like fall. The next few days will be from low of 4°C to a high of 11°C with cloudy and rainy days thru St Valentin day and then some sunny days afterward according to Meteo France.

From now to 2025 major transport projects are looming in my area of department 78 Yvelines, west of Paris. The RER E will be extended to reach the zone 6 of metro Paris, as well as been involved in the Grand Paris project, and the creation of the  Tangentielle Ouest, this is the tram to train project between the towns of Saint-Cyr-l’Ecole  and  Poissy-Achères axis.  The line on the extended RER E will link the towns of Mantes-la-Jolie to La Défense,then between La Defense and the train station gare St Lazare-Haussmann metro station. Times will be reduce in about 15-20 minutes on each line plus allow suburbia to come closer to Paris and vice versa.  In the Grand Paris project it will be integrated with Yvelines the lines with two stations at Versailles,Vélizy and  Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines.  The service of the Tangientelle will improve the service consist of increasing the reach of the todays line of the  Grande Ceinture Ouest, linking Saint-Germain-en-Laye to  Noisy-le-Roi, and make it continuous south until Saint-Cyr-l’Ecole RER ,and north until  Achères, then later on will reach Cergy-Pontoise as well.  All this will means more connections, closer distances, and better for commuters and visitors alike.

The tramway T6 is now under construction to link the towns stations of  metro “Châtillon-Montrouge” (line 13 ) and the station of Viroflay Rive-Droite via Vélizy. So the south of Yvelines will be connected as well with Paris via metro line 13.

Expos going on, my favorite which will try to see is Cranach et son temps or Cranach and its times, paintings and engraving of the great Germanic painter Lucas Cranach. Musée du Luxembourg 75006. Until  May 23 every day from 10h to 20h, and the Fridays and Saturdays until  22h. webpage

IN the Archieves National ,Hôtel de Soubise, rue des Francs Bourgeois 75003. The expo of “Dans l’Atéliers du Menus Plaisir du roi” Until April 24 2011,  every day except Tuesdays from 10h -12h30 and 14h-17h30. Saturdays and Sundays from  14h – 17h30. Spectacles, feast and ceremonies of the 17C and 18C with about 130 graphic works of art, showcasing the Royal parties.

Today is Theater day in Paris, and the newspaper Le Figaro has an excellent magazine to tell all about them. Here are some tips and theater for your future enjoyment when visiting or for those that live here too ::)

Seats to avoid in some theater so you know which to purchase and see the performance better are : Theatre du Palais Royal , on the sides, the seats No  27, 28, 29 and 30 (hardly ever put up for sale).  La Renaissance ; on each side of the scenario ,the seats nos 139, 141, 142, 166, 167, 191 and 192.  Marigny ,the two seats in the  circle ,seat No 177 and 179 are in a dead angle, you will need to lean over to see better . Bouffes Parisiens, the seats No  7, 8, 30 and 31  situated behind the columns of the gallery at 4éme and last floor FR(5th category for  12 euros). Hébertot, the seats No 66-1 and 66-2 along the lateral sides, the seats nos  403 and 404 in the circle and  the balcony , and the nos 649 and 680,behind the columns.  Michodiére, in the circle seat B31. La Madeleine , 3rd floor FR at the balcony avoid seats starting with  6 (657, 657, 668, 669, etc.). Montparnasse , Second floor FR, first balcony the seats nos 149 to 157  and the No  32  that requires to lean lower to see better. Théâtre des Variétés, in the galleries, seats nos G45 to G135 to the right and  G44 to G132 to the left.  Edouard VII , in the circle the seats nos H27 and H22 ,and at balcony the seats nos  A21 and A19.

By area the best ranks as to seating, program, welcome,comfort,and cost as per Le Figaro rankings are by zone ,from best to worse:

Paris Nord /north: Colline, Bouffes du Nord, Abbesses, Antoine, Comédia, Porte St Martin, Renaissance, Hébertot, and Atélier.

Paris Centre/ center: Athénée, Bouffes Parisiens, Michodiere, Edouard VII, L’Oeuvre, La Bruyére, Paris, and Variétés.

Paris Ouest/west:  Chaillot, Champs’Elysées, Comédie-Française, Madeleine, Marigny, Palais-Royal, Ranelagh, Rond-Point, Tristàn Bernard, and Mathurins.

Paris Sud/south : Théatre de la Ville, Montparnasse, Silvia Monfort, Odéon, Cartoucherie, and Poche Montparnasse.

Versailles, Montansier, comes as 6th rank in all suburbs around Paris ::) ,which is a huge area of many theaters.

A webpage in French to find programs and info on the above theater is one of my favorite sites  of course, this is in addition to check each individual theater webpage by name.

On the same theme for the Saint Valentin festivities coming up why not have a nice romantique dinner at 1728. Classy Paris 7éme decorated with a theater theme inside and food to dream by two. 8 rue d’Anjou ,angle with rue Faubourg Saint-Honoré . This is where the famous Lafayette of help to the American independance lived as a mansion, now restored as a restaurant.  Webpage

And last but not least France beat Brazil in football;Soccer 1×0 at Stade de France, with a goal from Karim Benzema, Real Madrid player. YES!!!!


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