Some news from France XXXV

well definitively spring is in the air and summer is not far behind. Temps have been in the South almost summer with folks invading the beaches already. We had highs of 32°C yesterday, and in my area 25°C. Today and for the next 10 days is more of the same. I will be on the road in the afternoon and evenings by the St Germain des Prés area of Paris.

New law in France forbidden the use of covers of your figure, so as head with anything that obstruct your body, unless it is for a religious or feast procession. This is for all French as well as visitors, fines of  150€ and up to 1 yrs inprisonement and 30K€, if it is forced on a minor than it is 2 yrs in jail and 60k€ fines. Its time we separate Church and State in public places, France is the first but already Belgium and Germany are studying similar laws. To follow closely.

Something dear to me and already reported previously on my posts ” Some news from France…” parking will be more expensive in Paris and at the same time more difficult to find it. Pretty much it will make folks use the underground parking paying, as the streets will be almost impossible.  The article on the Le Parisien newspaper goes on as saying  that already 124 parkings are under concession by the city offering about  70000 places of which adds about  80000 places available in the public parking and garages. It is now under consideration using the parking spaces in the shopping centers and big dept stores that are closed on Sundays and at nights. All this because the automobile traffic has decrease by 24%, dont say it ,but probably because of the hassle of paying big for parking such as this statistics ,parking costs of between 70 € to 300 € per month depending on the neighborhoods for locals is just too much.  There is a webpage in France for the defense of the automobilists of which I am a member, many advances are been made ,and I believe this will be the next battle, affordable parking!

Reservation open for Air France Airbus 380 Paris-San Francisco!!! Recently Air France was voted the best online airline webpage in France, yes! The dates are for this new travel corridor with the new airplane is from June 6 to September 4 2011. the flights will leave Roissy CDG  by 10h30 to arrive at San Francisco at 12h40. The return will be from SFO at 16h10 and arrive the next day by 11h35 at CDG. webpage

Vacationing is now done more and more on apartments and not hotel rooms, the sites Abritel and Homelidays  (groupe homeaway) have gotten a 32% increase in booking from 2009-2010 period.  With an average price of 50% less than a hotel, the group expect 2011 to be even bigger. , at abritel France , and homelidays (use it and they are good)

Another lover in the long list of Edith Piaf (dit Gassano), the champion cyclist Louis Gérardin. Between Nov 1951 and Sep 1952 many letters are now surfacing of this long distance love affairs.  The letters were put for sale by Christie’s in 2009 ,and now its in a book call  “Mon amour bleu , lettres inédites, d’Edith Piaf ” , préface BY Cécile Guilbert, Editor Grasset, 197p., 17€.

Well nice article in Le Figaro as to where to eat after the cinema in Paris ? Some suggestions that I can vouched for them are Joe Allen for a bacon cheeseburger a la Americain ::) 30, rue Pierre-Lescot, 75001. Tél. +33 01 42 36 70 13. every day menus : 23,50 €.webpage

Le Fumoir, for a st jacques rôti , at 6, rue de l’Amiral-Coligny, 75001. Tél. +33 01 42 92 00 24. every day menus : 32 €. webpage (actually using the same site as I wordpress!)

La Conserverie, just bits and pieces for a late night with friends after the movie, at 37 bis, rue du Sentier, 75002. Tél. +33  01 40 26 14 94. Every evenings except Sundays from 18 h- 2 h.  Carte from 25€, no web between metro Bonne Nouvelles and Grands Boulevards.

Jambon, Jambon, at 4, rue Lobineau, 75006. Tél. +33 01 46 33 82 51. every day except Mondays from  18 h 30 to 22 h, and from  12 h to 15 h on Sundays!. Carte from. 15-20 €. You know it Spanish jabugo hams, and lomo, the very best. Name from the movie by Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem!!! no web, metro Odeon or Mabillon.

La Cerisaie, small place indeed, but worth for its porc noir de Bigorre, black pig from Bigorre southwest France. at 70, boulevard Edgar-Quinet, 75014 Tel. +33  01 43 20 98 98. every day except Saturdays and Sundays. Carte about. 35-40 €.  webpage

The best places to buy gifts and souvenirs at the Paris Museums ,a list I can concur is  La Pinacothéque, 28, place de la Madeleine (VIIIe).  every day from  10 h 30 to 19 h 30. There are two the boutique and the library, the boutique is entered by rue de Sèze and the library is at the angle of  rue de Sèze and rue Vignon. webpage at

Of course, the LouvreRue de Rivoli (75001). every day except Tuesdays from 9 h 30 to 19 heures. night opening on wednesdays and thursdays until  21 h 45.  try the new magnet of the Mona Lisa (Joconde)

One very nice even small and a bit difficult to walk but nice is the Opera Garnier. Boutique is facing 8, rue Halévy (75002). every day from 10 h to 18 h 30 , and the evenings of shows until the end of event.

Absolutely need to go at Chateau de Versailles, the boutique is wonderful, cant get enough, Pl d’Armes, Versailles ,upon entering to your left follow the wall of the building to your right hand side, the webpage

 And one ongoing renovations but still open, and wonderfully classic Paris , La Comédie Française at 2, rue de Richelieu (75001). From tuesdays to saturdays hours 11h to 20h30,Sundays and Holidays from 13h to 20h30 , it is close at 19H30 the evenings of  rest for the troops.

And now the summer is coming so terraces in Paris are open and glorious the best part of being in Paris; So many but my favorites over the years and still in vogue are Rosa Bonheur at the Buttes Chaumont, 2, allée de la Cascade – 75019 . Le Moulin de la Galette, at Montmartre, 83, rue Lepic – 75018. The 7th, on top of a hotel with wonderful views, Terrass Hôtel – 12-14, rue Joseph de Maistre – 75018 . Well known to my readers,my favorite area of Paris, Le Bagatelle, great views on the garden,42, route de Sèvres à Neuilly – 75016. La Pâtisserie des rêves, 111, rue de Longchamp – 75016, less known but the sweets are inmense, you need to get out of central Paris!! webpage .I will pass by it this evening hehehe yes!  Café de l’odéon, place de l’Odéon – 75006. Le Saut du Loup, at 107, rue de Rivoli – 75001 with a nice view of the Jardin des Tuileries. Carette des Vosges at 25, place des Vosges – 75003 ,and see it too at Trocadero. Le Salon du Panthéon, decorated by Catherine Deneuve ,at13, rue Victor Cousin – 75005. Le Café Branly at the museum with views of the Eiffel ,27, quai Branly – 75007. Enjoy Paris ::)

And why not suggestion for families with kids coming over or staying in lol! its a movable feast the whole hexagone!!! how about Disneyland Paris for comparison and a treat! Jardin des Plantes, rue Cuvier, 75005. for education,and learning of our world; musée de la marine at trocadero to know the boats of the world until October 23rd, 7, place du Trocadéro, 75016, 8 € admission,webpage .  Palais de Chaillot right there at Trocadero, webpage . Musée d’Histoire Naturelle, or natural history museum at 36, rue Geoffroy- Saint-Hilaire, 75005, story about the dinosaurs, webpage . How about a movie in Imax at 26, avenue Corentin-Cariou  75019; La Géode,with webpage

  My favorite when my kids were under 16 is the Jardin d’Acclimatation at Porte Maillot take the petit train combination ride and admission is superb, the webpage . The marionnettes are in, by the Canal de l’Ourcq, lovely setting at Péniche Antipode, 55, quai de Seine (75019 ), the webpage is at , and for the circus, acts ,acrobats, clowns visit the Théatre de Paris at  15, rue Blanche (75009 ), the act done by  Ecla Théatre,  webpage  .  And for the cooking inclined from 6 yrs old! why not you are in France!  training sessions in vacation time are from 10 h-12 h or 14 h-16 h, 140 €  for the five days or 30 €  for one. at  11-13, rue George-Bernard-Shaw,75015. webpage

And for something adventures a bit away from Paris why not, its very niceUn prince russe a Chantilly, the cosaques are coming with a Russian prince, at the Musée vivant du cheval, Grandes Écuries, 60631, Chantilly,webpage .  For the little ones you can make him/her a toy maker par excellence at the Musée du Jouet (toy museum) at 1, enclos de l’Abbaye, 78300,  Poissy near me in the Yvelines, until June 22nd, wednesdays at 10 h, 5 €, tél. +33 01 39 65 06 06  webpage for the city of Poissy in French but nice photos and video of museum, . For those chevaliers in horse, plenty to do on Sundays for horse riding learning days from 6 yrs old kids, Auteuil, Longchamps, and Saint Cloud until May 21th, webpage for info in French here . At the Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte, an egg hunt big eggs every 45 minutes on the wonderful garden will be held as well as shops to learn the secrets of making chocolates and origami  the 24 and 25 april from 10h-18h, at Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, 77950 Maincy,webpage .

A general site for children with plenty of activities and can change to English is mercredi aprés midi or wednesdays afternoons (many children have that time off from school here) ,

Have a great week in Paris and its regions. Cheers!!!



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