Archive for May, 2011

May 28, 2011

Some news from France L

Hi y’all well lovely sunny nice 16°C weather in Versailles. The days are summer again, and even folks heading to the beaches where during the week it even went up to 31°C!!! The next 10 days temps will be from 8°C to 26°C and sunny.

I am here just getting ready to pack my things for my moved to Brech,near Auray,near Vannes, department of Morbihan in Brittany, France. My next home for me and soon for the rest of the family. The schools transfers have been asked so paperwork heavens we are in. I was just exchanging with some friends in Paris by Chatelet yesterday, and told them it will be my record intact of a new home every 7 years since my birth. Amazing isn’t it? Well goes to show you ,I am a globetrotter for real!

The Chatelet area of Paris was loud ,noisy and full of folks, there were a congregation playing drums by the Place Victoire,and we had some nice beers in Au Trappiste, 4 rue St Denis, my all time best place in Paris for a happy hour. It will be missed but I am sure with my luggage new ones will be found ,and the rich history of pedmar10 will continue to grow.

Tonite will pick up my oldest son at his job in Versailles, and we all heading for a tex-mex dinner at El Rancho,just by the rive gauche train station in Versailles. Then tomorrow ,well its Mother’s day in France, May 29,and we will have a Champagne dinner at home with flowers and all compliments of me,and finish packing for my head trip to the Morbihan.

Had encounters with many friends over the last few days, saying until next time, never goodbye as I only will be 5 hrs by car and 3h52 by train ride away ,but the wisdom of  the internet will keep us close, and we will meet again one day by Paris or in my area. I have only but great reviews of my new area, it seems every French person I spoked to love it.

In other country,area matters ,the Institute Great Place to Work (GPTW) came up with the best companies to work in Europe,and you guess it Microsoft came out on top. The next 2’4 places were by Amgen,Mars,Cisco Systems, 3M,NetApp, MacDonalds, SAS institute, WL Gore, Kelloggs, Diageo, Hilt, Pepsico, Accenture, Fedex,Novo Nordisk,Télefonica, Medtronics,Baxters, SC Johnson, Novartis,Abbott,Quintiles, Mundipharma, and Danone.

The Grand Paris Express, the automatic metro around Paris is a Go; the project will be from 2017 to 20275, and it will carry by 2025 2 millions additional passengers. It will circumvent Paris to connect with existing lines and carry the extend of travel well beyond the inner core of the city. Nice map here compliments of Le Figaro newspaper.

Paris

Grand Paris Metro Project 2017-2027

In the Domaine de Saint Cloud, a beautiful royal park just outside Paris in Hauts de Seine dept 92 you can have a nice brunch on weekends  ,the fountain has 24 spouts of water at the  allée de la Glacière. It is on every Saturday and Sunday from 11h30 to 18h,until October 30 ,2011. cost for the brunch all you can eat is 35€ adult, 20€ child.

Other great summer terraces in the city are Jaja,  3, rue Sainte-Croix- de-la-Bretonnerie, 75004. Tél. +33 01 42 74 71 52. every day from  12h -14h and 20h -23 h. Menus at 16 € and 21 € (lunch). Right in the Marais inside the courtyard of a mansion from the 16C, trés belle!  Another by a quaint bohemian area near Canal St Martin is Philou, 12, avenue Richerand, 7501 . Tél. +33 01 42 08 00 13. Open every day except Sundays and Mondays ; lunch brunch at 25€. Try the mille feuille fruits rouges or napoleon with red fruits. If you want to be under the Arc de Triomphe and eat in a splendid terrace then come to  L’Arc, 12, rue de Presbourg, 75016. Tél. +33 01 45 00 78 70. Every day except Saturdays(at lunch)  and Sundays . Menu carte from  50-70 €. valet parking available of course. Webpage for a very chic place isat http://larc-paris.com/ .  Another one in my favorite area of Paris is La Grande Verriére,at the  Jardin d’Acclimatation, you enter at metro Sablons, bois de Boulogne, 75016. Tél. +33 01 45 02 09 32. open every day from  10h-19h. Menu-carte at 35 €. webpage http://www.jardindacclimatation.fr/article/la-grande-verriere/  Cant get any open air than this one in Paris, and great for kids too. And the more popular and central La Terrasse7e floor of the store Galeries Lafayette (Mode side), 40, bd Haussmann, 75009. Tél. +33 01 73 71 90 50. open every day except Sundays from 12h-18h. Carte from 20-35 €.

Tomorrow Sunday is Mother’s Day in France, this year it falls on May 29th. If not at home like us, as we use the day for packing, you can go to the great Pinacothéque de Paris and see the exposition by Hugo Pratts  where you will see more than 150 aquarelles many not known to the general public and historic plaques including about 164 of the mythic “Ballade de la mer salée”. There until August 21st, webpage http://www.pinacotheque.com/en.html

As summer is coming some nice spots in the city for a picnic (pique-nique)  and layout is allowed are the following places,Les Jardins des Francsbourgeois-Rosiers, 35-37, rue des Francs-Bourgeois (75004). Just behind the Maison de l’Europe, hidden a bit but wonderful place for a stop and snack. The jardin Catherine Labouré, 29, rue de Babylone (75007), just next to the old veggie garden of the convent  Filles de la Charité de Saint-Vincent-de-Paul. A wonderful place, the Square Villemin, av. de Verdun/rue des Récollets/quai de Valmy (75010). Located between the gare de l’Est and the canal Saint-Martin, at the old location of the convent des Récollets,this square is the biggest green space in the 10éme arr. The Parc Floral , Esplanade du château de Vincennes, route de la Pyramide (75012) wonderful place indeed and a nice jazz festival from June 11 to July 31!!   With a great views over the boats on the Seine and the tour Eiffel you can go to the Ile aux Cygnes, Allée des Cygnes (75015. You entered it by the pont Bir-Hakeim, at the foot of the statue of Liberty,just 11 meters wide( 36.3 ft)  but gorgeous lookout and picnic.  The Parc André Citroên, Quai André Citroën, rue Saint-Charles (75015).  A great all time favorite and one of my first visits to a park in Paris back in 1990 is the Parc Monceau,  35, bd de Courcelles (75017); you go on the main alley from the dome ,past the fourth smaller alley into the great green area .The Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, 1, rue Botzaris (75019).  And some not so obvious but available are, Jardin du Palais-Royal. around the main fountain, quick they are taken fast, Rue de Montpensier, 75001 . Jardin de l’Observatoire, two green areas are allowed for picnics at the end of the luco. Av. de l’Observatoire, 75006 . And ,the  Pont des Arts. a great place to see Paris like a postcard hanging underneath the river Seine. Quai du Louvre (75001)or place de l’Institut (75006).

And lastly but not least, the Paris Air Show is coming to town!!!  Love Aviation so this is big for me. My US University ERAU will be in town, and in addition to the festivities of June 22nd, we the alumni will be having a dinner at the prestigious and oldest aviation club in France, The Aero Club de France, 6 rue Galilée, Paris 75016. near the Arc de Triomphe. You will see me there ::)  To see more take a look at this webpage http://www.paris-exception.com/uk/individuals/restaurants-in-paris/paris-hotels-particuliers/l-aero-club-de-france.html

Again do not forget the Grandes Eaux Musicales at the Chateau de Versailles nor the night events going on now.

I will probably, most likely, take a time away from my blog as will be moving, starting a new job in a new area ,and internet access might take a few days from my new home. However, I will be back better than ever ::) Stay tune, and happy weekend, and if French, Happy Mothers’s Day tomorrow May 29th. I wont have mine but she will be in my heart, thanks Mom.

cheers

Versailles

I will not forget VERSAILLES !!!!!

May 25, 2011

Some news from France XLVIIII

Well another week is closely going under, sitting at home ,waiting my last few days in the area of Versailles. Time seems to be going slower…..

I made another trip to Bretagne, and this time got my apartment nice property of four bedrooms, two baths, one car garage overlooking the main road of town and only 30 minutes by car from my new place of work. I do it all the time many like it in the past few years, this time hope I can stay a bit longer ::)

I will be in a village the whole metropolis has about 6K folks but divided into several comunes, along a country road, link to the main expressway linking Brest to Nantes, N165. The town main webpage is this one, oh its call Brech in French or Brec’h in Breton, http://www.brech.fr/

Lots of historical stones, churches, museums, and doldums around, very old , rusty country living, it sure will be different this time. Fortunately the family has all embrace it ,and all looking forward to it. Pershaps we were really country folks at heart anyway.

Tomorrow  I will pickup my suits that I had purchased, and then do some last minute shopping in the area , Friday evening will be viewing Paris, Champs-Elysées with some old business folks and then later by Chatelet for a round of beer with friends, going away from the big city. Not for long, as I said to many, Paris will always remains in you no matter how far you will be from it, once biten , the love is eternal. I will be baaaack !!!

So my writings will diminish a bit as will be in moving mode and new business procedures setup that will require concentration.  I am hoping in a couple of weeks to have some new material for the blog for that region.

I did visit Vannes yesterday and walk its old quarters, just wonderful like in a time capsule. Really looking forward to explore this part of France, another movable feast in the making.

If you are around Paris see me at Au Trappiste,4 rue St Denis by metro Chatelet Friday evening.  I will be leaving for Brech May 31st,and the beginning of a new adventure in my life. Stick around and see it with me as we walk,ride, and cheer the beautiful Bretagne region.

Have a great weekend ,and do keep in touch y’all. I leave you with one of my favorite photos, a lifesaver boat in Honfleur harbor ready to save seaman and boaters at sea,and to seek those revere possession of buried at sea like my Mom.

Honfleur

Sauveteurs de mer, boat Notre Dame, at Honfleur

May 22, 2011

Some news from Spain VIIII

Well the biggest news out of Spain nowdays is the sitting by Puerta del Sol in Madrid. Long time coming as I hear my family and friends there talking about the economic problems there ,and especially the high unemployment rate. The demontrators have been told by the Supreme court it is illegal to camp out there, but they have vow to continue for at least a week more until reforms are brought in. Naturally the present govt of is not going for re election as if they knew already the outcome. the voting is still going on today in the Communidad de Madrid with higher voter turnover than anticipated about 35,7%  by 14h according to El Mundo newspaper.You can follow the voting in Spanish here http://www.votosycifras.com/

In more lighter news the football league or Liga is over after 38 games, the winner of course is Barcelona, with Real Madrid close in second again. They ,however, can feel some reliefs as winning the King’s Cup this year for the first time in 18 yrs. The team finish with 102 goals and Cristiano Ronaldo tops all time scorer with 41 goals !!! In other the Deportivo La Coruña will say goodbye to the first division Liga after 20 years there, and also ,will go down to second Hercules and Almeria.  Sevilla and Atletic Bilbao will play next year in the Europa League and the Champions league contenders will be Barcelona, Real Madrid, Valencia, and Villareal.

In Germany our beloved Raul Gonzalez Blanco, our my Captain of Real Madrid won what was missing from his record a Cup, winning the German Cup competition with Schalke 04 against Duisburg 5×0!!

While in the Liga ACB basketball playoffs, the Real Madrid goes to semifinals after beating Fuenlabrada again last night. Next opponent will be Baskonia Bilbao in the semifinals while the other will pit Barcelona vs Caja Laboral. Depending on the TV choices of the chains, the dates for the five game semifinal series will be May 26 , 27 , 28 , and 29, the second games will be May 31 and June 1 and if goes to four games then June 2 and 3 , if a fifth game is needed it will be June 4 and 5.

In the second divisio or Liga Adelante, and after the news of  Betis of Sevilla to move up next year to the big game, the second team is a soft nostalgic for me, it will be the fourth Madrid team in the first league or Liga BBVA (others are Getafe, Atletico de Madrid, and Real Madrid) , Rayo Vallecano from the district of Vallecas.olé Congrats. There is still two games remaining to see who else will accompany them to the top contenders are the Barcelona B and Granada.  In Segunda B or like the third divison already the Real Madrid Castilla is in third place and qualified for the playoff to move up as the top 4 goes into a complicated system to bring 3 to the second division.  The first playoff game vs Alcoyano was lost 0X2 in Madrid now they need to overcome this deficit to continue in the competition. Hala Madrid chicos !!!

A agreement has been reach with the mayor of Madrid for Apple inc to occupy an emblematic building in the Puerta del Sol, the Tio Pepe building that was teh Hotel Paris and some stores that long gone for lack of rent payment. The hotel Paris was ,also, abandoned.

And all under sunny skies great to be out, and they are ::) Cheers ,and have a great week.

May 21, 2011

Some news from France XLVIII

Well it is 12h30 in Versailles and I have some time to tell again some wonderful things about France to all my readers, friends, and family.

The sad news is that I am leaving the area by June 1st,2011. The good news is that I am leaving for a better management position with a highly recognise French company in the region of Morbihan, Bretagne. Its a decision that weighted heavily on the fact of not only  the pay, but the conditions, and the area. It is after all a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Gulf of Morbihan (small sea in Breton language).

My family will stay behind some time in order to get all the paperwork of selling the house,finding schools for the sons, and the usual moving madness that we are so used to having moved several times in our life from regions to regions and from countries to countries. The Versailles area is wonderful, will leave many friends but will stay in touch, the area is superb cant have enough words for it. The palace driving by it every day to work is sublime, the food,the people ,and the closeness to the city, Paris, a movable feast was awesome. As all my previous residences, it will be remembered fondly and with great joy of having lived in a wonderful area.

My new area is known a bit from passing by and visiting Nantes,and Rennes especially on business trips;now it will be by Vannes in the Morbihan department 56 region of Brittany or Bretagne. A wonderful area full of crepes, cider,and ancient stones plus all the other wonderful things you can find in France. I am seeking an apartment either in the city of Vannes or small villages nearby for that country feeling.

Some webpages to know my new area better for you and me ::) The agglo Vannes with 24 cities belonging to a metropolitan scheme of services, http://www.agglo-vannes.fr/accueil 

The city hall or mairie de Vannes as well as their tourism office are here even in several languages lol! http://www.mairie-vannes.fr/  ,http://www.tourisme-vannes.com/

Vannes is a wonderful city with ramparts of old, towers, castle ,museum even in halles from the 13C, and a great Cathedral St Pierre, pleasure boat marina, and of course the way to the Golfe de Morbihan as well as many wooden and stone houses from centuries past in a rich and medieval city center.  Cruising the gulf and inland rivers with many pleasure cruise companies that takes you to outlying islands  is a delight I am sure.  The big event now which I will take on the last days is the “La semaine du Golfe” with boat parades and fishing talk, traditional music and food, all at the special webpage (by the way it happenned every year so plan for coming lol!) http://semainedugolfe.fr/

This is a webpage with tourist info on the Gulf of Morbihan and all its outlying communities, very nice, http://www.golfedumorbihan.fr/ Further afield you have monolithics stones that still ongoing discovery all over the most famous I am told are those of Gavrinis where you need to go out by boat to see it, webpage http://sagemorw.alias.domicile.fr/gavrinis/index.php3 , and petit Mont where a causeway somehow was open a long time ago, webpage http://www.petit-mont.info/index.php3

For a nice look of the French resistance during WWII in the Bretagne region see this wonderful place, a must to go for me, http://www.resistance-bretonne.com/ , and one that will remind me of my Everglades in Florida is the natural reserve of Séné, just south of Vannes, webpage http://www.sene.com/reserve-naturelle/reserve-naturelle-sene.php , and one to see make and buy the salt de Guérande so famous, that I use at home, and now so close, about an hour drive ,the land of salt marshes . webpage http://www.terredesel.fr/

there is so much to see and do as usual in France, so only gave the general sites, now its Breton language, most sites are in  both French and Breton, so here are some words

Bretagne is in French but in Breton is Breizh.  Morbihan is in French but in Breton is Mor Bihan. Vannes is French, Breton is Gwened. and then some polite words ,first in French then in Breton

Bonjour, Demat, good morning

Bon aprés midi, Demat deoc’h, good afternoon

Bonsoir, Nozvezh vat, gooe evening

Au revoir, Kenavo, goodbye

s’il vous plait, mar plij, please

oui, ya, yes

non, ket, no

The wonderful Crêpe is Krampouezh, the Galettes are Galetez, Bon appetit you can say Kalon digor, unique. The tourist page for the whole region of Bretagne is at http://www.tourismebretagne.com/

It is sunny but clouds come back in by Versailles, the gang is out and I am nostalgic inside. One is with a friend birthday party, south of Versailles ,and the others went southwest of Versailles to the movie Pirates of the Caribbean. My father is watching his Spanish TV from Spain.

I have our family lunch at Bougival near us at chez Clément restaurant. Monday take my father to buy his misc at Mantes la Jolie in the morning and go to Paris by 6éme for dinner with local friends. Tuesday is to close deal on my new apartment, and wednesday take wife for appointments, then thursday pickup my new business suits that should be done in west of Paris quai des Marques an outlet store with brand names very nice and good prices; another store in Bordeaux ,this one closer to me at Franconville, webpage http://www.quaidesmarques.com/franconville ;you can get good prices here if dare to come out of Paris ::) ,then next weekend will be my last officially in the area so planning already some outings with the family, probably a walk in the Chateau de Versailles gardens we enjoy so much over the 8 years we lived here.

Enough for my mumbling of nostalgia, I will keep up the blog, for sure; and looking forward to come back to the Paris/Versailles area already lol!! I know ,after a while there it will be hard to leave it as well, it happenned with every place I have been , a lot visiting 55 countries and living as citizen of 4 lol! Cheers

May 19, 2011

Some news from France XLVII

Well I am back with some time after spending my days between the Morbihan and Yvelines departments in France. The weather has been beautiful no rain, sunshine, temps over 20°C, with lows of 5°C in the mornings. Traffic has been fabulous around Rouen, Caen, Rennes, and Versailles.

I will test Paris again with my car on Monday,and will have lunch with my family Sunday in my wonderful Yvelines at Bougival. Ready for a new beginning as it seems moving will be shortly, my jobs takes me all over France (lucky me) and some foreign countries as well (nice) ,however, I am in the process of securing a permanent high level management position in the Morbihan area, that if done (will know by june 1) might make me move there permanently, money talks and bs walks as we said. Its about 5 hours by car from Versailles so it will still be at driving distance for long weekends in this area.

The new thing going on in the Bretagne region is at Quimper, where the Musée des Beaux-Arts (fine arts museum) has until August 31,2011 the exposition, “De Turner à Monet, la découverte de la Bretagne par les paysagistes au XIXe” or from Turner to Monet, the discovery of the region of Bretagne by the painters of the 19C. This is the information to come and official webpage http://musee-beauxarts.quimper.fr/htdocs/infos.htm

If you are closer to Paris this weekend there is a celebration at all gardens in the area, its call the Fete de la nature or nature’s feast.  For example, at bois de Vincennes, you will discover the biodiversity; at Jardin des Plantes, there are guide visits with the gardeners and visit of the tropical agronomy garden, search of treasures by the little ones at the Jardin d’Eole, etc. To know more of each celebration see the official webpage.  www.fetedelanature.com

Many folks visiting Paris asked about flea markets and gadgets sales in Paris so these are call vide greniers or brocantesand they are plentiful with the nice weather we are having, here are some of my favorites places over the years.Paris 16 arrondissement 
Vide-greniers
Saturday as much as 200 stands from 7h to 19h 
at Avenue de Versailles , metro Porte de Saint Cloud line 10

Brocante
Saturday and Sunday about 100 stands at  Avenue Mozart , metro Ranelagh line 9.

and this is the site in French with information about all vide greniers in France, I have it on my region Ile de France that covers Paris/Versailles.http://www.les-vide-greniers.com/brocantes/braderies/en/ile-de-france

If you want the authentic traditional bread ( pain de campagne cook in wooden oven) in Paris go to one of my favorites at  Moulin de la Vierge64, rue Saint-Dominique, 75007. Tél. +33  01 47 05 98 50. This is their webpage and all their locations, the site is in renovation, http://www.lemoulindelavierge.com/ . One of the most active and best in the city with implantations internationally already is Eric Kayser, his bakeries are all over Paris but I have try the ones at the 16arr at 79 ave Mozart, and St Germain en Laye at 3 rue de Pologne/3 rue de Poissy.  webpage http://www.maison-kayser.com/ He serves at the palais d’Elysée and Joêl Robuchon the chef amongst others.

For one of the best club sandwich in Paris and excellent view of passerbyers, the must in Paris head for Café de l’Alma,5 ave de Rapp,75007.It has wifi and great tapenades as well from Provence. Great views, friendly service. webpage http://www.cafe-de-l-alma.com/ and right on the same area why not combine it with a great movie afternoon at La Pagode, now showing Minuit à Paris or midnight Paris the new Woody Allen movie about Paris and other things ::) located at 57, rue de Babylone,75007 ,metro Saint François Xavier, line 13 ,Vaneau line 10  , Sèvres Babylone,line 10 and 12 plus Invalides on RER C , webpage http://www.etoile-cinemas.com/salle/pagode/44/98-informations-pratiques.html

I had my tries at Locomotive the discotheque next to the Moulin Rouge, now the more younger tells me theMachine du Moulin Rouge (the Moulin Rouge owns now)  ,the new name, it kicking well and high in the area nights under the moon.  Great DJ’s of Paris plus a rock ,electro combination in music, with live concerts. Ideas in the near future to built a brasserie in its roofstop and a suite on top of it for a nice finish ::)  located at 90, bd de Clichy (75018). Tél. +33 01 53 41 88 89. webpage http://www.lamachinedumoulinrouge.com/

Coming out a bit out of Paris just over the Seine river towards La Defense but first stopping at the city of Neuilly sur Seine in dept Hauts de Seine no 92.  The city of Pres Sarkozy of France, and 37 hectares (91 .3 acres) of green spaces with the famous  parc de Bagatelle ,and the well hidden but nice parc de la Folie Saint-James , at  34, avenue de Madrid, and undergoing renovations now. The elegant headquartes of Chanel are based here too at 135 ave Charles de Gaulle. Also the cinemas Gaumont with a nice museum on movie history Musée Gaumont, it is at the basement of the HQ of the company Gaumont at 13 Rue du Midi, 92200 Neuilly sur Seine, metro Porte Maillot line 1 and RER C, webpage http://www.gaumont-le-musee.fr/

 The great pizzeria with the great views on the avenue and arches is Il Giardino at 144, avenue Charles-de-Gaulle, tél. +33 01 47 47 05 05, no web by Metro pont de Neuilly line 1. For a more refine seating and evening meal try the Vivin at 114 ave Achilles Peretti, no web tel +33 01 46 24 19 19, metro Pont de Neuilly line 1 as well. The avenue Achilles Peretti is the one behind the main ave CDG and is more of the city lifestyle area, the one I go most on business. Further more, for an authentic view of old Paris or nearby, and French tradition try the Guinguette de Neuilly (do come for the terraces). its an institution in the island in the middle of the Seine call île de la Jatte right over the Pont de Courbevoir, that preserves its authentic canoe or small boat stop of old, and gave birth to the tradition of these boats on the Seine.  Located at 12, bd Georges-Seurat, tél. +33 01 46 24 25 04 . I have the gorgeous webpage in the directions page in English http://www.la-guinguette-de-neuilly.com/english/situation.html

And back in Paris proper the Aperos de Bordeaux are in town, this is wine tasting of course from Bordeaux region (simply the best !) around some amuse bouché or hors d’ouvres around the city, the two tempting this year for me are at L’Escargot Montorgueil, 38 rue Montorgueil,75001, line 4 metro Etienne Martel, now web; on June 14  with  Flavio Nervegna. and on June 8 at the Point Ephémère , 200 Quai de Valmy, 75010 with an expo of vinyl records and books with the DJ of the set of  Dirty Sound Système, with the founder of label Dirty. webpage is with directions at http://www.pointephemere.org/spip.php?article6

And going back towards the west this time Normandy at Caen the museum of Normandie there will have an exposition as part of the celebration of the 1 100 years of the founding of Normandy by the Viking Rollon with the treaty at Saint Claire-sur-Epte. The program is call the Viking Russia towards another Normandy.  The webpage with the agenda is at http://www.musee-de-normandie.caen.fr/agenda/resultattotal.asp . The museums has tariffs from 3 to 7€  depending on the exposition, and you can get there once in Caen (Paris gare St Lazare) at Tramways A or B, stop or arrêts St Pierre or Université. The train and bus stations are about  5 minutes from the chateau by tramway which where the museum is.

And closer to me ,dont forget the Grandes Eaux Musicales are on throught October 31 2011. Discover the gardens of the sun king Louis XIV at the sound of baroque music and water spouting at great speeds from fountains and canals. Schedule is for the Grandes Eaux Musicales the Saturdays and Sundays from April 2nd to October 30th as well as June 2, and 14 july and the tuesdays of May 24 to June 28th from hours of 9h to 18h30. The Grandes Eaux Nocturnes (night time) are all Saturdays from June 18 to September 3 from 21h to 23h30 hours . The admission to these are as follows

Grandes eaux musicales from  6 to 8 € ,free for less than 5 yrs old.
Grandes eaux nocturnes from 18 to 22 € ,free for the less than 6 yrs old .official webpage in English for updates and current info is at http://en.chateauversailles.fr/homepage

Have a great rest of the week and weekend everybody.

May 17, 2011

Some news from Spain VIII

Well here I am ready to go out but not without letting you know a bit of my old street Calle Alcala in Madrid.  Temps there will be from 9° to 25°C in the next few days.

I lived right on Calle Alcala for four years, it was magical, times never to be forgotten. It is with nostalgia and pleasure that I will tell you some bits of history and things to see right on it.

First you have the magnificent Real Casa de la Aduana (Royal customs house) at no 5,7,9,and 11. Built in 1645 on the Léña now call Calle de la Bolsa. It was in 1761-1769  that king Charles III ordered Sabatini to built the one on Alcala street. It was dotted with 3 huge patios of which 2 were made apart by a huge hallway that linked with a star of two tears and had large rooms that later served as warehouse . In 1848 the ministry of Hacienda ( treasury) . In 1944 new additions were done, and as of today the Treasury dept of Spain is still there.

The Palacio de la Equitativa or Banco Español de Credito at Calle Alcala no 14. Banks were growing in Spain and by the 1882-1891 right around Calle Alcalá  and Calle  Sevilla, it was built the Sociedad de Seguros La Equitativa (insurance company la equitativa or equitable) .  It went thru several occupants until 1910 it was housing the dependancies of the Casino de Madrid; later it housed the Embassy of Japan , and finally the seat of the  Círculo de Bellas Artes until its transfer to the new building in Calle Alcala. then in 1920 it was the  Banco Español de Crédito .

Casino de Madrid, calle Alcala 15, it opens its door in January 16,1837 at Calle de la Visitación no 7,and rooms adjacing to the Café del Sólito. In 1840 it was translated again to calle del Príncipe,next to  Teatro de la Comedia. Then it was moved to the corner of calle de Alcalá and Calle Sevilla in the same building as the  Café Suizo. Shortly afterward razed to built the building of the Banco de Bilbao. The casino was moved again in 1891 to a building at the corner of the before mentioned Sociedad de Seguros La Equitativa, at the same area. in 1903 the company of the Casino bought land to the  Veloz Club at Calle Alcalá 15, and on 1905 the construction of the new Casino was begun.

Banco de Bilbao, Calle Alcala no 16 corner with Calle Sevilla.  Built from 1919-1923. Banco Central built in 1925 at Calle Alcala 49. Banco Mercantil Industrial at Calle Alcala 39 built 1933-1945. Banco de Vizcaya, Calle Alcala 45 where it was once a convent or  Convento de San Hermenegildo, built between  1733-1742 , then Teatro Apollo in 1873 to 1929, here the most famous zarzuelas and opera plays of Madrid were first shown such as La verbena de la Paloma, La revoltosa, Doña Francisquita, that gave it the name of Cathedral of the small genre.  The new buiilding dates from  between 1931-1934.

Edifico de La Union y Fenix Español at Calle Alcala,23 next to the church of Calatravas, and the building done from 1928-1930.  The tower is shown with an ave Fenix or a bird fenix on top, and has American building characteristics such as glass in its concrete design.

The Casa del  Párroco de San José  at  Calle de Alcalá, 41  corner with Calle del Marqués de Valdeiglesias. Built between 1910-1912.  To give a line to the new Gran Via that was to be built. Part of the church of same name.

Perhaps the most famous building of all is the Metropolis at Calle Alcala 39. The insurance company La Unión and the Fénix made a contest to Spanish and French architects for the building of its head office. They had acquired land between the Calle Alcala and Calle  Caballero de GraciaThe French team won the contest and building began in 1907 with a Spanish architect finishing them in 1910.  It is beautifully done with a tower or  torreón,in which second floor has a wonderful rotonda of pairs of corinthian columns holding a third floor decorated with statues and artistics designs.The dome  was crowned by a ave fenix that represented the company that owned the building but in 1975 a new company replaced it with victory symbol.

Teatro Alcazar, Calle Alcala  20 built in 1921, in 1924 it is shown the work of Madame Pompadour, and from 1940 its a cinema. (the one I went the most in my youth) . Nuevo Teatro Alcala, Calle Jorge Juan 62 ,corner with Calle Alcala, done in 1925 and it was here that the theatrical work of Jesus Christ Superstar was first shown in Spain. Today it serves as a cabaret with very modern equipement.

The Aguirre School at Calle Alcala 62, built from 1881-1886 , by 1911 the school stop, and today it has out offices of the Mayor of Madrid, mostly for statistical information departments.  Real Academia de Bellas Artes, Calle Alcala 13. modeled after other fine arts academies in Europe king Felipe V (born in Versailles and grandson of  FRench king Louis XIV) founded the one in Madrid in 1744. king Charles III, transfer the academy to its present location in 1773. In 1873, during the First Republic it took the royal out of it calling it  Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, and when the royal restauration of king Alfonso XII it change the name to the one today as Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando.  However ,the building was built in 1725.

Some building to note in addition to those mentioned in my previous posts here in paris1972.

One eternal favorite and old standing now gone  is the  El Parnasillo, Calle Principe 33  at the Cafe del Principe, next to Teatro Español , the site of gatherings of some of Spain literary gentiles from 1829. Some of the names you might recall are José de Espronceda, Ventura de la Vega, Patricio de la Escosura, Mariano José de Larra, Ramón Mesonero Romanos, Juan Eugenio Hartzenbusch, José Zorrilla, Enrique Gil y Carrasco,Fermín Caballero, Bravo Murillo, Juan Donoso Cortés,Madrazo, Rivera, Villamil,  and the theater entreprenur Juan Grimald amongst many more. Today you can continue this tradition at Cafe El Parnasillo, Calle San Andres 33 ,no web ,Tel +34  91 447 00 79 ;almost corner with Calle de Carranza at metro Bilbao ,lines 1 and 4.

The market of San Anton ,in the popular district of Chueca has reopened after four years of renovations. 38 stands now offering anything from flowers to fish to meats. parking for 80 cars, and even a supermarket.  Located between the streets of  Barbieri and Augusto Figueroa near Plaza de Chueca and metro Chueca. line 5.

There is one more game remaining in the Spanish Liga, with Real Madrid vs Almeria and Barcelona vs Malaga in week 38 and last. the Liga has been decided in favor of Barcelona, but but Real Madrid has shown some good vibes finally. The Liga will end only four points behind, the Champions we went this time to the semifinals before been robbed, and the Kings cup was won against the same cules, so all in all , its a good year under wonderful new coash Mourinho of Portugal. Muito obrigado.

And lastly, wont be surprise to hear nonsense coming out of Spain especially the Madrid area where elections are heating up and canditates use all form of tourist or cultural mediums to tell their broken stories of old.  The show is in the huge demonstration been carry out at Puerta del Sol by many young people tired of the same routine and no jobs, etc  etc. chao por ahora.

Hasta pronto. cheers

May 15, 2011

Some news from France XLVI

Well here I am on a leisure Sunday morning, the gang is already in their electronic moods, mother cooking some dessert, and papa on the blog ::)

It is a bit cool but the sun is trying to go up so usually afternoons are warmer. I am getting ready for another week of hectic running back and forth. I will be in the Morbihan area of Bretagne Tuesday ,before I do my car maintenance check.

Next saturday one of my son is going to a birthday south of Versailles, while the other two are going shopping in La Defense. On Sunday we will have our going out dinner at Chez Clement before I head back out to the Morbihan again.

We love the Chez Clement restos and the one in Bougival in my department Yvelines no 78 is historical. You have four rooms with exquisite decorations such as véranda Saint Michel, color glass mirrors of Champs-Elysées, Rotonde de Petit Clamart, or flower garden of Bougival. This restaurant was founder by Clement Blanc , the same who started in the butchery business founded in Paris the popular Au Pied de Cochon near Les Halles.  The restaurant at Bougival is enclosed by 2 hectares of gardens (5 acres), and the original here was the local famouse Coq Hardi. The location is at  15 bis, quai Rennequin Sualem, 78380 Bougival, Tél. +33 01 30 78 20 00; this is just off the N13 that linked Saint Germain en Laye with Versailles and its just across from the Seine river passing by here. the chain webpage is at http://www.chezclement.com/ we come here regularly so if in the area ::)

Next we are getting ready to show a dvd on Bretagne for places to visit eventually, part of the family planning. Even on a weekend we hardly ever stay home, so much to see here, in the la belle France. If you want to see more of this UNESCO world heritage site, at the gulfe de Morbihan check out their tourist webpage http://www.morbihan.com/

I might have to come back into Paris by thursday next, depends on the meetings, but it will by by fontaine St Michel area. Always on my car, my second home. Driving and taking all the scenary is the best way to travel and see France at its best. Regardless of all those travel books, driving here is very easy. I will probably have my lunch at the cafe just facing the fontaine,Saint Severin. Lovely views, nice contempo place, great service, and lovely food.  3, Place St Michel ,Tel +33 01 43 54 19 36 ,just coming off metro Saint Michel.

School is winding down here, mai has its vacation at the end of month,then june and for some july is vacation of summer ,my oldest will wait until august as he is working man like us… While late last month, they went on their school trips, one to Pont l’Eveque and the other to Val Cenis in the alps ,the other working man stay with us to visit nearby towns on weekends. some of the photos are here for their trips.

Also, I was honored to have a visit by one of my favorites persons from my previous travel forum ,he came all the way from Australia with a group of about 19 Aussies. We had a blast at Cafe du Commerce,51 rue du commerce,75015. The service,the food and the wine was good. But must important the company we share and the love for travel was shown. Its not everyday you finally see someone you have been sharing travel tips and memories over the years and suddently you are seating next to each other chatting like we have known each other for years….Thanks Wal. My old camera broked just days before and leaving Vannes I purchase a cheap one that was water proof encaissing for 3 meters lol!(10 feet). The crunker will be going for developement this coming week for sharing here. He is still driving around France like a rabbit and into Switzerland and Italy before coming back to France. Maybe I can still catch up with him again at Versailles ::)

Let me give you my favorite walk around place Saint Michel, and some buildings to see, just an overall hints to see on your next visit. ok. The place Saint Michel ,one of the must to walk by in Paris, amongst many I know, I know. …right there you will see the Fontaine Saint Michel, an architectural  symbol of Paris.However, right the kiosque that sells postcards, newspaper etc on the west side of the plaza ,you will find one of the smallest street in Paris, rue de l’Hirondelle.  You entered on the old Paris , Hirondelle, Gît-le-Cœur, Grands Augustins, tour de Nesle ,these are buildings from the 18C and sometimes 17C with names intact.  rue Gît-le-Cœur give you the idea of a romantic leyend but in reality it means  Gilles le Queux (that means “cuisinier” or cook in old French).  At this street my dear French teacher was born, she still strong at 90 living in the USA where I first learned my French in Perth Amboy, New Jersey!

You continue on by que quais and you will come to the Hôtel des Monnaies ,built in 1771 with a long facade of 120 meters (396 feet) that made legal tender coins until 1973. Continue on the quais by the Seine and you will come to the Institut de France, Mazarin creates a college of four nations that in 1775 became the Institut de France on the old site of the Tour de Nesle, and today it houses the famous French institution like the Académie française (founded1635),the Académie des inscriptions et belles-lettres (founded  1663), the Académie des sciences (founded 1666), the Académie des beaux-arts (created in 1816) ,and finally the Académie des sciences morales et politiques (founded 1795).  if you turn at the quais here into rue Bonaparte, just there you will see a building, that is the  école nationale des Beaux Arts or the National fine arts school.  The building is between rue Bonaparte and the quai Malaquais. The oldest section is the chapel dating from early 17C and was erected for the the Couvent des Petits-Augustins. Here it was the first French museum during the period of the French revolution and the Empire !!!  If you continue on rue Bonaparte you will come to the old Church of St Germain dés Prés, one of the landmarks of Paris.

Continue on rue Bonaparte and cross blvd Saint Germain, take a left
into the  rue du Four and then a quick right into the rue des Canettes.
it is the same rue or street since 1260! with plenty of small bars to have a nice old world new beer!  Plenty of student area for the last 400 years! and right after you come to place St Sulpice , and the church built in 1643  and it was the queen Anne of Austria who put the first stone on the construction. Its two towers of 70 meters high (231 ft) its four meters higher than Notre Dame! and made famous for the Da Vinci Code movie.Just by the church on the rue de Saint-Sulpice , on the north side of the church, take the rue Garancière to its end, and you will be in front of the Palais du Luxembourg( now the site of the French Senate), and the beautiful garden or jardin du Luxembourg. You continue on the rue de Vaugirard (the longest street in Paris),then turn left on  rue Rotrou, at its end you are at place de l’Odéon in front of the theater of the same name. The Théatre de l’Odéon was built in 1782 to house the French theater. It was the centerpiece of the student revolts of May 1968. Get around it to rue Racine at the west of the plaza turn quickly left to head on rue de l’Ecole de Médecine. Here you will be walking in an old gallo roman road between two winegrows, its sidewalk to the left you go down to see a plaque to honor Sarah Bernhardt, a large door give access to the Couvent des Cordeliers or the refactory as it all that is left of it that served as meeting site for the Jacobins during the French revolution.

Coming down on the  rue de l’Ecole-de-Médecine, you will arrive at the  carrefour de l’Odéon (not to be confused with the place de l’Odéon). This is one of my favorite areas in Paris to hang out by the way.  You will a statue to Danton,  at the same site where the house that he lived during the French revolution!!. On the other side of boulevard Saint-Germain, you will see many buildings of standing this is the street cour du Commerce Saint-André. This cour or passageway was open in 1735. At the beginning it was twice as big but needed to slim down to create the boulevard Saint-Germain . Here lies the famous, just that Cafe Procope ,and from here the attack on the Palais des Tuileries was planned in June 20 and August 10, 1792. In the middle of this passageway, you have a discreet door not always available for passing but if you can will take you to wonderful place of beauty call the cour de l’Hôtel de Rohan. It was actually before the Hôtel des évêques or bishops resident hotel of the city of  Rouen. Inside it has 3 small courtyards in succession with one of the most medieval and renaissane ambiances still preserve in Paris. You can see the last  “Pas-de-Mûle” of Paris (stone that serve to help the horseman mount the horse), finally you will leave this fairy tale place by the  rue du Jardinet.

You take the rue du Jardinet until the end, on its crossing you will come to a street call rue Serpente, then take your left to rue Hautefeuille. You will see a small tower or tourelle in French. Nobody is sure of the name of the street rue Hautefeuille, some think it was the site of the  Chateau de Hautefeuille ,and other a Roman temple, for certain is one of the oldest streets in Paris . At no 5, you will discover the beautiful tourelle or small tower giving to the street , and it is the most important proof of the old Hôtel des Abbées of Fécamp , that was built first in 1292 then rebuilt during the renaissance. If you continue to the end of rue Hautefeuille, you will find your starting point at the place Saint-Michel. Voilà , is it Paris gorgeous ::)

May 15, 2011

The archways of Paris or portes

Well how about in a late Saturday night talk about archways or doors in Paris, yes the city has two still standing in excellent condition. Lets talk a bit about them, and you should glazed at them as you walk by,and do walk in Paris its glorious.

The portes de Saint Martin and Saint Denis. Another wonderful symbols of Paris. The porte de Saint Martin ,was built in 1674 on orders of king Louis XIV to honor his victories at the Rhine and Franche Comté . It is found at the crossing of rue Saint Martin and rue du Faubourg Saint Martin in the 10 arrondissement or district of Paris and the Grands Boulevards (blvd Saint Denis and Saint Martin), done ordered by Colbert to open up these boulevard while taking away some fortifications there. It is easily reachable on metro Strasbourg-Saint Denis ,line 4. The archway or door or porte, is like an arc de triomphe of 18 meters high ( 59.4) built with calcaric stone and marble. At the northern extremes you have sculpture on it the taking of Limbourg in 1675 as a woman seating near a resting lion. Then the defeat of the Germans , Louis XIV in Mars! wearing the emblem of France and resting on a germanic eagle to protect the family and an old man. At the extreme south ,you have the breaking up of the Triple Alliance, Louis XIV  as Hercules semi nude wearing its hairpiece and extending his body to fall at the feet of Acheloos and Géryon., The taking of Besançon  and again Louis XIV mounted  on a tree standing to a palmier and olive tree while receiving the keys from a woman having the knees to the floor.

The porte de Saint Denis, was done in 1672 ordered by king Louis XIV. It is best serve by the metro Strasbourg-Saint Denis, line 4. It is found at the crossing of the axis rue Saint Denis with rue du Faubourg Saint Denis, and the Grands Boulevards  (blvd Bonne Nouvelle and Saint Denis).  The door archway or porte was also done to honor the victories at the Rhine and Franche-Comté under king Louis XIV, on the site of previous fortifications that were replace to allow the boulevards to be built by Colbert.  The dimensions are 24,65 meters wide( 81.3 ft)  by 25 meters high (82.5 ft) , and 5 meters thick (16.5 ft), the arch is 15,35 meters under to the top( 50.7 ft)  and 8 meters to the bottom of the arch( 26.4 ft). The small portes or doors have  3,30 by 1,70 meters (10.9 x5.6 ft). The porte is a arc de triomphe modeled after that of the arc de Titus in Rome. The description is of a great arch and two small doors link to footing glue to right footed bolders. On the extreme south it is at the same height the pedestals and the arch,you have the obelisks loaded with trophies. At their feet  you see tow sculptures seating representing the united provinces.  On top of the Archway you see bas-reliefs decorative figures such as the Passage of the Rhine with allegoric figures of the Rhine and the defeated Holland sur le traces of a sad woman. At the extreme north, you have Louis XIV in the path of the city of Maastricht. In the front of the archway you see the inscription in bronze as « Ludovico magno » (To Louis the Great alluring to Louis XIV).

Both of these doors were renovated last in 1998 ,and they look fabulous. The area in between is very bohemian ,nice, great to walk.  Some of the nice places to eat in this area, one of first ones to visit in Paris back in 1990 was Les Comptoir des Artistes, 25 rue du Faubourg Saint Martin, for its lamb chops,no web tel +33  01 42 08 34 33 . Resto Da Mimmo, just Italian great at 39 blvd Magenta, tiramisu and girasole at tartufo is great stuff, (giant raviolis stuff with truffes), webpage http://www.damimmo.fr/

May 12, 2011

Some news from France XLV

Here is a cool breeze today, and I am home this morning telling myself well what? So went up to the vexin français natural park near me and just drove around visiting places for a next post. the weather is cool indeed and the sun is hot ,go figure these times. Rain is announced for the weekend oh well times change so fast. At these times always come prepare with a rainjacket.

A test for Paris, from June 1st  to August 31th the police in the Champs-Elysées area will have electric tricycles to ride on !!! They chose the California USA base  T3 i Motion  equipment. Some other cities like Nice already use Sedways.  The T3 i Motion can turn 360° angles and with speed of up to 40 km/h.(25 mph) ,they are 1,38 m long (4.55 ft)and have a 50 kms autonomy with recharge electric in a few hours.

Some irregularities found in the giving of the lighting contract for the city of Paris, so the prefet of  IDF is filing suit to have it removed and bring back to bidding. Yes, the places you see lit at night such as  Arc de Triomphe, Louvre, Panthéon, etc (not includes the Eiffel tower) as well as ten of thousands of lamp posts and red lights in the city  ,the contract was for 800M€  given to  Bouygues and Vinci, for Ten years was attacked by the prefet of ile de France region  Daniel Canepa. It seems to me its political more than anything else.

Due to the increase in highway death the region of Ile de France where Paris/Versailles are will enforce the highway safety including the idea of eliminating the warning panels on over speed on the roads now shown. Any excess of speed of more than  50 km/h  over the legal limit will be qualify as a crime,which means the driver could face prison terms and not just a fine. Alcohol while driving the level stays at 0,8 g (with between  0,5g and 0,79g, it is a fine or taking of points),however anything over that will be penalised with 8 points!! (we have max of 12 or no more license).  The telephone cellular/mobile will have the sanctions increase as well by given you a fourth class penalty which means 4 points and min of 90€ fine. This is just dandy before the summer vacation big time in France, again another political motivation deal as elections are next year.

Coming on summer indeed, so here comes the tartes au fraises or strawberry pies abound. The recent survey by Le Figaro shows the best in Paris to be Gérard Mulot, 76 rue de Seine 6éme. Jacques Genin, 133 rue de Turenne 3éme, Dalloyau, 101 Faubourg Saint-Honoré 8éme, Ladurée, 16 Rue Royale 8éme, and my favorite Carette at 25 pl des Vosges 3éme came in 8th place.

My other passion is eating out ,see my blogroll at the bottom of my blog for Cityvox, I write reviews in French there; the 2011 ranking of the best restos in Paris by the locals came out as such,the list is 273 strong with a rating of 3,5 or more from max of 5 stars. So just glad to know some of my favorites are in the top 10 such as Chez Chartier, Le Chalets des Iles, Le Vin qui Danse, etc.  Some other of my favorites towns and my marks wre there are at Lille where Chez Max is on top, Nantes ,La Cigale 2nd, Strasbourg, Le Tire Bouchon,3rd, Lyon, Brasserie Georges 1836 , 1st. Restaurant d’Olivier ,9th. Bordeaux, Au Bouchon des Chartrons, 6th, La Belle Epoque, 10th, see them all here http://www.cityvox.fr/bienvenue_france/LancementSelection

Come and enjoy a nice meal in the beautiful gardens of the Maison de l’Amérique latine in Paris, nothing latin american in the meals ,all is French ::) Plus see over 10 sculptures in bronze by the Mexican artist Juan Soriano (1920-2006) in the  Cour Ovale  until July 13 from tuesdays to saturdays at 14h. metro sulferino rue de bac, 217 blvd Saint Germain; webpage for the Maison at http://www.mal217.org/ 

The event Paris,quartier d’ êté will come back this year to its usual place at the Palais Royal in the cour des Invalides. There it will host dance, music,cinema from July 14 to August 9th,especially dont missed the free nights on July 14  The Manganiyar, a great spectacle of Indian music and dance,and the August 9th the show of the movie under the stars, of  Duellistes, of Ridley Scott, and Hôtel des Invalides  of Georges Franju. webpage http://www.quartierdete.com/

The IN place for the best of Spanish products is Bellota Bellota at 18, rue Jean-Nicot, tél. +33 01 53 59 96 96 , this is celler and grocery store with the best hams iberians, oils, and canned goods. You can snack on site midday and evenings if a bit pricey. webpage http://www.bellota-bellota.com/

The new movie by Woody Allen is out,  Midnght at  Paris, (Minuit à Paris) is a rave, all is looking forward to see it , another American dream for Paris, and this one is just as good as the other ones, Paris Je t’aime !!! This is what Mr Allen said at the Le Figaro newspaper which I am translating here,  “I felled in love with Paris in 1964, I was writing one day for the play of the movie what’s New Pussycat. I was staying at the Hôtel George V. This adventure lasted 8 months! At the end I was thinking of staying permanently.  I would have been able to purchase a small apartment on the attic types, and lived at the heart of Paris city of Lights. I was young, single,and love this city. I spent my times on the Champs-Élysées, to read wholly the books at  library Shakespeare & Company,or just walked in the streets of the  Quartier latin. However, all my friends were at  New York. Alors, and I stop thinking about this dream. I regret a bit today having done that decision”.  A bit more on the interview, He stayed for the movie a the Hotel Bristol, and ” One more time, it was marvelous, like all New Yorkers we like to walk a lot , and I love to walk on parc Monceau, go on by the quais or edge of the Seine river, take coffee at the Saint Germain area, and cross the bridges over the Seine, like the sumptous  pont Alexandre-III”  In the last film  there are scenes at Maxim’s and the Moulin Rouge, lower end of rue Mouffetard, and high on the montagne Sainte-Geneviève. ­ And as he told in mid voice, ” Paris, its  New York, but a bit more beautiful !”.

Cheers, yes Paris is eternal, a movable feast but so is France ::)

May 12, 2011

Some news from Spain VII

Well here we are on Spain, the biggest news is the quake that just hit twice the town of Lorca in the province of Murcia. Richter scale of 5,2, already about 10 deaths and over 170 wounded, and many more on the streets without a home.  The A7 road has been cut direction Almeria for precaution, and many building some historic has been destroyed. It is estimated that 80% of the houses have been damage to some extend. The Army and Civil Guard has sent renforcement for the law and order and to help on the cleaning. The National govt has promised help in any way possible no matter the expenses. I hope the locals are able to be ok and pull out of this one.

For most temps are from 11°C to 24°C and rain only in the northeast areas of Spain, generally speaking.

Real Madrid has won and Barcelona tied so mathematically the champion of the Liga 2010-11 is Barcelona. Real Madrid beat Getafe 4×0 with 3 goals from CRonaldo that puts him in the league for the pichichi or league top scorer with 34 goals .

The singer Carlos Baute has officially open the feast of San Isidro in Madrid with a song “pregon” or prayer song, so the party is officially on.  San Isidro is the patron saint of Madrid.  More on the program in this pdf file http://sanisidro.esmadrid.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Programa_San_Isidro_2011_WEB.pdf 

The third football/soccer team from Madrid the Rayo Vallecano is due to move up to the premier division or Liga BBVA in its next game vs Elche today at 22h at home in the stadium Teresa Rivero at Vallecas,Madrid.

The public channel of the Autonomous Region of Madrid, Telemadrid will show from the Feria de San Isidro the best bullfight of the event, with toreros Morante de la Puebla, Alejandro Talavante ,and Arturo Saldívar this Sunday at 19h.

In Alcala de Henares this weekend coming will be the Ruta de las Tapas or route of the tapas with many restos participating such as Bar Mesón Castilla La Mancha,Sidrería Sagasti,La Taberna de Rusty,Nino,Casa de Extremadura,Gambrinus Alcalá,Lola,El Corte Inglés,13 Vinos,El Caserón Plaza,Macondo,Mushka,La Gran Pulpería de Alcalá, and Mesón el Gallego.

The XXVIII Festival de Otoño en Primavera or Festival of Fall in the Spring has this year 34 shows of  Theater, Dance, and Music plus Circus. There will be about 30 companies from 13 countries, 26 international shows and 31 grand opening shows unique. You will see it from May 11 to June 5 in various places in Madrid and province of Madrid.  Some of these places will be Teatros del Canal, Circo Price, La Casa Encendida, Teatro Fernàn Gomez, Matadero-naves del Español, Teatro de La Abadia, Teatro Español, and Sala Cuarta Pared. More info at http://www.madrid.org/fo/2011/es/index.html

Real Cafe Bernabeu at the stadium, emblematic ,and my hangout when in Madrid. It has two floors with a huge glass window that lets you see the playing field for more than 50 meters (165 feet) . You can enjoy a mediterranean cuisine like ham croquettes, torta del Casar ( a great cheese), ham of Guijuelo(Salamanca, best iberian ham)  russian salads, tenderloin carpaccio and cheese, or Iberian  pig bones with wine sauce, as well as lighter dishes while sipping some great Madrid wines or Rioja. At Door 30 of the stadium , metro Line 10 Santiago Bernabeu ,webpage http://www.realcafebernabeu.es/

The history and sound of the Flamenco art of living from its birth at the end of the 18C top today will be shown at the Caixa Forum, Paseo del Prado,36, Madrid. From now until June 6th, webpage http://www.esmadrid.com/en/portal.do?TR=C&IDR=641

Another great family restaurant of many events with local friends and family in Madrid, Resto Ribeira do Miño, if you want Galicia in your plate then come here, as typical and genuine as it gets away from Galicia, just try the marisqueria in the picture for 45€ for two persons for dinner. Metro Tribunal at santa brigida, 1, webpage http://www.marisqueriaribeiradomino.com/es/estaticas/index.asp?wm=752&id=255

And for some nice apartment rentals at good prices try this site http://www.casasmadrid.com/en/

Have a wonderful week and coming week end. Cheers

Madrid

Have to say the best photo ever at Real Cafe Bernabeu

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