Archive for July, 2011

July 30, 2011

Some news from France LV

Well here I am at home, a quick weekend getaway to be with family again. I am ready to go out to get my older boy and eat out in Versailles.

In the morning I went to Paris Orly to pick up my father from his month long vacation with his sister in Miami/Key West, Florida USA. He has lots of stories and many goodies from the old home.

The weather in the Paris area is gorgeous today, very sunny but not hot and clear, the buildings the monuments were clearly visible even from the A13 highway. tomorrow is more of the same so a nice weekend. I will head back home tomorrow too.

The good news is my twin boys have school to start in Sept near Vannes, Morbihan area, and my older boy has interview mid august with a school that will put us all there quicker. The house is for sale by owner for now, waiting to see how is the market reaction. Hopefully , we will be all together by Christmas.

I continue with my travels next week is near Anvers, Belgium ,and I just came back myself from Lisbon ,Portugal. Then August is kind of quiet here always, and september everything kicks off high with more trips around France and afar.

Now great events in Paris ,musée quai de Branly, arts-expositions, the MAYAS ,from the beginning to the top,  or better in French, Mayas, de l’aube au crépuscule. this is running now until October 2, tuesdays, wednesdays, and sundays from 11h to 19h, nighlty on thursdays, fridays and saturdays until 21h. 160 pieces shown coming from the Mayas civilization in Guatemala are on displays, wonderful! webpage http://www.quaibranly.fr/

Great cinemas runs in Paris now, my favorite all times is at LA VILLETTE. movies after movies shown the best and some to find, going on until August 21 2011, in the prairie du triangle du parc de la Villette, Paris 19, Tel +33  01 40 03 76 92. And its free!!!.webpage  www.villette.com

Paris plages is on again, with the usual warning to us locals to avoid the city center of PARIS for driving ::) Its their 10th anniversary with many special events, and its gaining in popularity ever since, Paris Plages, until august 21th on the parvis de l’hôtel de Ville , voie Georges Pompidou , and on the bassin de la Villette. Open from 8h to midnite, free admission. webpage . http://parisplages.paris.fr

If you want guided visits of Paris, this one is recommended by friends who came over, and other local know them with good reputation, weppage http://secretsdeparis.blogspirit.com/ head by Thomas Dufresne, tours are 10 euros and last about 2 hrs, check out the blog above,and enjoy Paris with company.

Well I am on my way out of the area, but as with many, we will always have Paris/Versailles , for me tops. And, and, I only be 5 hrs away by car and 3h50 mins by TGV train.

So see you in the Morbihan, Brittany of France. and enjoy France, its a movable feast all by itself. Cheers!!!

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July 20, 2011

Some news from Bretagne IV

Again the week weather wise has not been good here, cloudy and lots of rainy days and nights, poor tourists which are here already from all over Europe.

Its not going to get better for the next few days unfortunately.  Rain is in the weather person eyes.

As for me, getting ready to pick up the remnants of my family tomorrow at the train station of Auray coming from Paris Montparnasse. They will be here for the weekend to see schools on friday, then head back monday to begin my oldest work study courses.

Today was my Dad”s 76 birthday and having a great time in his sister house in Miami Lakes, Fl USA. The other of my sons is near Valencia Spain vacationing with his girlfriend’s family (lucky him). He is still there into August !!!

I will pick up my father at Orly by month’s end. In my job duties will be traveling to Lisbon Portugal end of this month, and already booked for Anvers Belgium first week of August. I will travel to the centre of France too in Sept. That is heavy with work travel as the company convention will be held in a nice hotel in Chantilly with a seminar by the ave George V in Paris.

I will try to bring the family here into another wonderful area of the MORBIHAN, that is check out this weekend the area of Sarzeau and its sea castle of Suscinio.

In the meantime stay safe, and keep in touch even if some lazy ones do it by email and not here ::) Go ahead make my day !!! Cheers!

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July 10, 2011

Some news from Bretagne III

Here I am in a cool cloudy Sunday sitting typing some words into my blog. My family left this morning to Paris Montparnasse and arrive safe and sound. Now its the start of another week and paperwork,and travel.

Paperwork because the schools seems ok, all willing to take them by next school year in september, and the older study course for his degree and job is also in the works, so in all it was a very frutiful week of stay with me.

Then ,one of my twin boys will travel to Calpe in Spain on july 14 with his girlfriend’s family to be there until August 9th; all in all a very good vacation;and first time that long away from us…HE is 17 and really looking forward to 18 in november.

My father will be returning from Florida USA by july 30th at Orly ,and I will be there to pick him up ,stop by the house Versailles, and return back on Sunday.

I will be going on business trips ,first to Prague on July 13-15, then Lisbon July 26-28, and then Anvers,Belgium on August 3-5 so far all are booked. I will then probably bring the family back in August for school confirmation meetings etc very busy times ahead

The blog will slow down a bit with all this planning and travel, but I will stay close looking into it for any comments. As I said the weather is rainy cloudy cool, hoping for better weather by next weekend. Stay tune and until we meet again ::) Cheers

July 8, 2011

Some news and food from Brittany or Bretagne II

Well today while I work ,the family was riding buses all around the area, and it was rainy and windy, typical of Britany or Bretagne lol!!!

The tourist season is here, the roads were packed, and traffic jams for the first time were seen on my way home. Luckily I know the area well and got to the gare d’Auray or train station where is ,also, a bus station or gare routiére to pick my family.

They went to the local FNAC store to get their video games, and found a goodie of a chocolate store, great chocolat which I had a field day just tonite. It is call Chocolats de Roland Réauté at Rue Theophraste Renaudot, Vannes at the ZAC de Kerlann, with webpage at www.chocolatsrolandreaute.com

After work ,and picking them at the train station, I took them for dinner at a wonderful town, the center of Breton religious fervor as it is their patron sainte town of St Anne d’Auray, just down the road D19 from me. There next to the Basilica of STe Anne we had a wonderful Breton dinner with crepes of andouille,eggs, and cheese, also, another call infirmiere or nurse with bacon, potatoes, fried onions, and then a banana split, plus coffee and capuchino, plus two bottles of Rose cider yes rose doux pink cider delicious ,all 5 persons the addition came to 88 Euros!! The place is Creperie Les Ajoncs, 4 rue de Vannes, ST Anne d’Auray, Tel +33 0297 57 62 94 it is also a slaon de thé; email creperiesainteanne@orange.fr

And tomorrow is Saturday I will be taken them to Quiberon for the day ,as they will head back to our principal home in Versailles. The schools went ok and sure will be here in september, then the house needs to be sold and move here ,so the song goes on or the beat goes on as the saying goes. Stay tune for more here tomorrow, and of course photos because as usual we forgot the camera today ::)

The tourist office webpages for Vannes and Ste Anne d’Auray follows; www.tourisme-vannes.com

 www.sainte-anne-auray.net/spip.php?rubrique6

 

July 6, 2011

Some news and food from Brittany or Bretagne I

Well gastronomy and wines is one thing that makes France famous, in fact the only UNESCO world heritage mention on it was won by France. Its a good reason to be here.

Every region has its part and goodies to savored, I like them all,been to all, but now living on a job assignement in the morbihan department of Brittany near Auray.

My forays has been to a lot of supermarkets those known names all over France such as Carrefour, Leclerc,Super U, and have a field day on bakeries.

Did I said bakeries yes Boulangeries and patisseries are wonderful and here is no exception. We just had a pain de campagne from the bakery across the street from my apt, just wonderful wheaties stuff with a fine hardy crust. And not forget those chocolate almond pastries they make oh my God oh la la la ,c’est super bien sur. Just drive by corn er hoet which in Breton means the end of the forest or the oree du bois _in FRench ::)

I have try the Bar Franklin at St Goustan old area of Auray, 21 Place St Sauveur, Tel +33 02 97 56 65 56as well as the Relais  Franklin , 8 Quai Benjamin Franklin Tel +33 02 97 50 78 67; both delicious crepes and galettes of breton fame with a nice view of the river Loch leading unto the ocean at the gulf of morbihan (another UNESCO World heritage site).

I did resto le Cozy, 2, rue Saint Cornély at Carnac, Tel +33  02 97 52 60 84  for hardy modern French cuisine of terrine de colin a fish, and ST Jacques en mustard sauce with pasta with the great local bonnets rouges beers!!!

Then we came back for the Creperie la Fromentin ,10 Rue Château, Tel+33  02 97 29 18 29, in city center Auray just going down hilly old world street into the St Goustan area, where for historical reason the name remains but the food is traditional French, having tuna in a sauce of poivre, squash, string beans,and potatoes ; my gang had steaks and fries of course, and hashis parmontier and crepes a l’oignion. All wash down with the house cider of course.

Not to leave out the local bar at Corn er Hoet ,bar restaurant in route de corn er hoet,Brech, even with an American flag hanging out always in front;good cold beers on the good is great.

I am sure that the culinary searches will increase as time goes on, we have our work cut out, back to Quiberon on saturday with the gang.

Not to leave out the goodies one can find here such as La Trinitaire biscuits and sweets etc of Breton originality, at Carnac and all over the region.

Come on now the beach season is just begun really, and folks are in, traffic will tell me that. Keep tune for more on the region and we will continue to report on it.

Enjoy it! Cheers!!!

 

July 2, 2011

Some news from France LIIII

Well  I am back in Versailles for the weekend before heading back towards work area with them for a week.

Whats new in the Paris region, lots of stuff and summer is here!! sunny lovely all over, just to be outdoors but I am with the blog ::)

Two great places one very familiar at the mini palace or mini palais in the Grand Palais , very grand with a now renovated terrace to die for it; see it at webpage http://www.minipalais.com/fr/cartes.html ; the other one was there once and now back very nice for the summer ,Terrazza Martini 9th floor with a gorgeous look at the champs-elysées, you have to be an adult of course its a Martini drink sponsored place. website http://stage.terrazzamartini-champselysees.com/

My event at the Aero Club de France turn out wonderful with almost 90 persons in assistance during the glorious Paris Air Show which once again beat records of attendance with over 345000 folks!! The old friends and new ones experience is always nice ::) Thanks guys. and Eagles Soar!!!!

The Grandes Eaux nocturnes at the chateau de Versailles continues with great perspectives over the Grand Canal and fireworks by 22h The show by the Grand Canal is from 21h-23h, and the Bosquets and fountains from 21h05 to 22h55, and at the bassin d’Apollon from 23h to 23h20;

the same at the Grandes Ecuries across the castle to your left, dressage and baroque music with a wonderful choreagraphy with the horses under Bartabas.12€ or combine with the chateau admission for 21€. Same with Bartabas dueling with swords in the jockeys galloping at full speed, the show is separate on weekends for 25€.

Festivals abound for summer in the Paris area, my favorites on past years been the Jazz festival until 31 july at parc Floral in Bois de Vincennes. Late August in the Domaine St Cloud at St Cloud dept 92 just outside Paris is the Rock ‘n Seine rock and roll music festival. Until 17 july Vivaldi is at the gardens of the Chateau de Versailles

All the info for events at Versailles find it here in English http://www.chateauversailles-spectacles.fr/?&lang=eng

I will be away a lot in July traveling all over Europe on business and hopefully some time to see things; then slow down a bit in August (routine vacation time here),then pickup activities in September with visits to Chantilly and Paris.

We have back in my new area a Jazz festival at Vannes coming up very good I am told and will check it out; July 26-30:the info concert site in French will tell you the artists coming such as Cassandra Wilson, etc webpage here http://www.infoconcert.com/festival/jazz-a-vannes-1925/concerts.html

Its slowing down time and family vacation time in France, already leaving yesterday was Rouge or red very heavy, fortunately for me I was opposite direction and found the traffic fantastically good!!! But every weekend from now on will be ins and out of folks so time it right and go early or night to avoid as much as possible the traffic.

Hopefully my kid’s girlfriend family will have an easy drive to south of Valencia ,Spain starting July 14,will be there for 3 weeks.

Cheers and until we read,hear,see again.

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