Some news from France XVIII

Well here I am again starting a new week, the skies are cloudy and damp, but ok for walking. The temps announced are for the next 10 days about 2 to 11°C, rains are supposed to be from February 19-23 period. A romantic touch for wishing all a happy Saint Valentin.

The expansion and improvement to the Roland Garros tennis tournament will remain in Paris. Versailles was fighting hard for it, but at the end as usual nowdays the cheaper gets the win, not the best thus. The Versailles site would have been 500M€ while keeping it in Paris will cost about 300M€ voilà c’est la vie, tant pis pour Versailles.

I was by Suresnes yesterday, (hauts de seine dept 92 ) ,it was my old work area so came back to see the folks in the restos that I frequented, most closed of course but did enjoy the charlie birdy. There are great places to eat here and cheaper than just across the river Seine to Paris. Some of the places but closed on Sundays , and all within meters of each other are , oh yes you get there by the tramway longchamp stop from La Defense, or the train at Suresnes-mont valerien from gare Saint Lazare, all easy trips.

Couple photos from the area,

Le Berry, 30 rue Bourets, tel +33 01 41 38 20 60 .typical brasserie with the simple down to earth real French food. plat du jour always for about 9,50-10€

Le Richmond, 6 Rue Desbassayns de Richemont, tel +33 01 42 04 18 11. Another brasserie with the French flair next to the post office.

Donatello, 24 Esplanade Courtieux, tel +33 01 42 04 41 67. Italian real mamma mia on a elevated street section right up from the market or marche.

Le Pub, 15 Place Gén Leclerc, tel +33 01 46 97 70 04. The anglo touch in the area, great burgers, plats combiné, and beers including guinness. webpage http://www.le-pub-suresnes.com/

Lotus d’or, 7 Rue du Bac, tel +33 01 40 99 07 10. The Chinese,Thai, Viet touch in the are, always reliable,a nd a family favorite, menus from 11,50€ all you can eat. Great Chinese beers

Katsura,  15 Rue du Bac. Tél +33 01 47 28 83 88. The Japanese ,with great sushis, and brochettes or beef on pins, great Japanese beers.

 And the one that was open so we ate there again is the chain Charlie Birdy, 29 Quai Galliéni , tel +33 01 41 44 77 80. The closest here is the tramway Belvedere from La Defense, it is facing the river Seine, overlooking bois de boulougne and Paris. Nice bar drinks, beers, salads, and burgers especially the burgers are gourmet big for about 12-13€, there is a menu on weekdays for 13,90€. webpage
http://www.charliebirdy.com/charlie_birdy_restaurant.swf

Yesterday I had a mix end of weekend as my Real Madrid basketball lost the Kings Cup tournament to our ever rivals without name cules, only by 8 points, so we are getting closer. Then in football/soccer we beat Espanyol of Barcelona 1×0 and now only 5 points behind the cules. We continue this week with the Champions league where we are facing Lyon of France.

As far as my other love, the VI Nations rugby competition is in full gear, France visited Ireland and even thus was not a clean win, we did won 25 to 22, and stay unbeaten. We will play England on Feb 26 18H local time in England for an important match.

My sons went to see the movie TRON, and they like it. Especially sad as the father risk all to save its sons. I know Dads are pretty good ::)  The biggest preparation is for their annual school vacation in April, one is going to Normandy to see a working farm,and the other is going to the alps Val Cenis for skiing/Last year they did the reverse combination. My oldest is in the working world sort of so vacations will be in August with us. In July my father is visiting Florida with his sister so we are thinking where we are going, maybe England, Germany or Spain. OF course, this is the European long vacation, we will be cruising on weekends all over.

For Saint Valentin I just ordered to pick up my Love Duo at Lenôtre, near me in Le Chesnay Parly II shopping mall, webpage www.Parly2.net  and for the Lenôtre stores webpage here http://www.lenotre.fr/boutiques_lenotre/liste_boutiques_lenotre.php

For chocolates and refine pastries you can try Carette, my all time favorite at Trocadero but also at Vosges. webpage http://www.caretteparis.com/

For well dress, Parisien style and natives, see the Commune de Paris store. Ready to wear evoking the Communards revolt of old, stylish in blue, white ,and red ,the colors you know of Les Bleus. You find their garments at French Trotters, 116 , rue Vieille du Temple ,75003. and , 30, rue de Charonne ,75011. Or at my place the grand magasin  Au Bon Marché Rive Gauche, 24, rue de Sévres 75007. webpage http://www.communedeparis.fr/

Another beauty from a local maker and all made in France, is Kitsuné and Kitsuné Parisien, 52,  rue de Richelieu ,75001. Polos all 100% French. webpage http://www.kitsune.fr/

So again Happy Valentin to all, and in Paris is more lovely ::)

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