Archive for November, 2011

November 27, 2011

What about the Real Madrid !!!

Here we are just after playing the derby vs Atletico de Madrid, and my REAL MADRID is leader by 6 points over the culés. It was a wonderful weekend indeed.

It started by taking Atletico out of the stadium in a 4X1 victory with a double by CR, then our neighbors Getafe beat the culés 1X0, and the timing is set at 6 points advantage,and one more game vs Sporting Gijon on Dec 3rd, before the first clasico vs the culés which if we win and no doubt this time we will we will sentence the Liga for good.

Then its on to the Champions already first in our group with one last formality game vs ajax there Dec 7th ,and on to the eighth finals at top in our group winner. The Copa del Rey or King’s Cup still coming up playing a very small team Ponferradina on Dec 13th ,that if we put our heads to it we will surpass easily too. In all it looks like the year of the Merengues, and it confirm the latest findings.

The French sports daily L’Equipe which was an integral part in the creation of the Champions league or as it was call before the Cup of Europe ,has just named the Real Madrid as the best team in the history of the competition. In the overall 56 editions of the Champions, Real Madrid is first ,followed by AC Milan, and Bayern Munich. The much publicize culés only arrives in fourth place. The top ten are Real Madrid 483 points, AC Milan 330, Bayern Munich 288,Barcelona 250,Liverpool 237,Manchester United 229, Ajax Amsterdam 220, Benfica 217, Juventus 215, Inter Milan 184 points.

The magazine L’Equipe also created an all star selection of those that played in those Champions over the years. In this selection, there are two players that have wore the shirt of Real Madrid are Alfredo Di Stefano and Clarence Seedorf.

In another developement for the first time in 38 years the Real Madrid is wearing red shirts as second uniform or away games. Before it was in 1971 and 1973 my times of living in the city!!!!

In basketball the team played in the caja magica, then went back to the Palacio de los deportes or sports palace . The team is in tied in points with the cules but second on points average in the league. IN the Euroliga we are second to Maccabi in our group, which is passing for the second round. We play Milan Nov 30, Dec 1 on our next match there. Last liga Endesa result we beat CAI Zaragoza on a great performance by Ibaka. Our next game here is vs Valencia in Madrid palacio de los deportes on Dec 10th;

In all is a great year, the only concern I have is the expenses done to get here, totally against the team historic handling of mixing international with nationals, it seems today we pay out checks to bring known players from abroad and the farm system is left to nothing or bait to exchange like a stockmarket. This is what is done when you bring an entrepreneur lke Florentino Perez as president of the club. The jury is out on his actions that are more on the business side and less on the football side. The team is winning on galactic signatures including the coach. Time will tell if the investment was worth it.

Our farm team in tercera or third division is Real Madrid Castilla beating previously first Lugo 1X0 now we are the leaders there. It has 3 players champion of Europe under 19 in Carvajal, Morata, and Alex. Next game vs Atletico B on Nov 27th.

ON history let me tell you that the Real Madrid is the only team that hve beaten a current world champion when on May 30,1954 we beat reigning world champion Uruguay 2×0 at Chamartin stadium with goals by Di Stefano, min 30, and Zàrraga min 54.

The club is trying to improve the facilities n the training grounds at Valdebebas, now even a hotel for the players and staff is envision. More of this on the club official webpage http://www.realmadrid.com/cs/Satellite/en/Club/1193041516878/Historia/Real_Madrid_City.htm . This project started in SEpt 30,2005 given it a new name as Real Madrid City and the farms teams a new name as the Fabrica or factory team.

The next big project in union with the above is to renovate the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid ! There since Dec 14, 1947 and already a FIFA top rated stadium as a five stars rating. One of the improvements will be the enlargement of the trophy room/museum (oh yes it will grow for sure::)) and the tour Bernabeu will be expanded inside facilities to see (already 750 000 persons paid visits per year). It will have a plaza in front of stadium on paseo de la castellana and another one by the current esquina del Bernabeu. A new underground parking for capacity of 1000 cars and improvement on the current one at padre Damian and concha Espina with 500 places. More of it in the official club webpage at http://www.realmadrid.com/cs/Satellite/en/1193041512791/Historia/Santiago_Bernabeu.htm

In all again, a wonderful weekend, and all looks very promising, I will keep an eye on with my friends from Plataforma Blanca so the club continues to enforce its sporting objectives ahead of the material ones. http://www.plataformablanca.com/

Until next round ball news and very white wishes to all our followers worldwide, we are one family;love you all. Hala Madrid !!!!

November 20, 2011

Paris the Christmas season and the twins 18 b-day

Here we are in another year ends, Christmas is my favorite time of the year. What better way to do so than plan for it at Paris. I was in Paris because its always an excuse, because it was my twin boys 18 birthday wow!! now big men, times flies, and because it was the start of decorations, and Christmas market in the Champs-Elysées.

I took off from Vannes in Bretagne by car as usual, with my twins boys who goes to school here while the mom and older plus my father stays in Versailles waiting for the house to be sold(have two realtors working on it). The ride was as usual very smooth on the N165,N24,A84,and A13;gas was at 1,359 euros per liter and tolls were 14,30 euros one way. Still a lot cheaper than going by train or plane or else. We arrive Friday night late just enough to sleep and ready for Paris the next day.

The day was begun at the George V parking lot underground ,one of my favorites spots to park my car as in several others. Of course,no question we drive a car, yes and a Ford to boot,nothing is better than driving. You see all, and visit all nooks and crannies of the city at your will .

We then proceeded to a  huge visit and Dad/Mom hefty price tag at Virgin Megastore (now closed) at the Champs-Elysées. This was great as usual and they got their X360 videogame machine plus all kinds of tapes,and videogames. We then walk the Champs-Elysées just like tourists do, and it was fun, we heard/saw folks from many countries enjoying themselves in the big avenue; and lots of shopping too, who says there is a crisis lol!!!

We walk as far as the place de la concorde, and the big wheel or grande roue was there flashing already a Paris landmark and waited by many. The chalets or market stalls were abundant and nice with wood from the French vosges , all kinds of them, and they were already busy with the crowds. We notice some over pricing, as my oldest son work in the business of souvenirs stores in Versailles, there the prices sometimes are half of those in Paris ::) However, it seems of little importance as folks were gathering gadgets all over the avenue.

We visit the Sport24 store to see some nice shirts by Real Madrid but again a bit overprice than I could pay in Madrid ::) The main point was the walk and seeing all the lights been ready,and the festive mood of the people, lots of French kisses on the avenue, young lovers abound….

Finally it was time to head back, to find something to eat, well we were in tourist heaven so not much choice,however, we had eaten at Pizza Pino at montparnasse before and it was good portions at good pricing so we opted for it. Pizza Pino has a branch in the Champs-Elysées right in front of l’entrecote and next to pizza roma, cant missed it. The food and service was as always with us very good, the whole gang really enjoy it, the prices were a bit higher than montparnasse but then again you are in tourist central::: The experience was good overall. two bottles in pitchers of beaujolais nouveau, four goat cheese pizzas, one bruno and one palerme, ice creams,and creme brulée, plus cafe plaisirs-2 with sweets, plus 3 reg coffees, for 32.20 euros per person. We left happy as it was, also, my twins birthdays and as they wanted to shop for their gadgets there we ate on site.

We did not finish shopping we went across to FNAC another dept store , at the Champs-Elysées, and we purchase two samsung digital cameras there plus more cd, and dvds tapes for the kids and Dad ::) We then went over to the George V parking garage got in my car and drove over to the port de Suffren where the boat Maxim’s is anchored.

The boat Maxim’s is a double decker maroons off the Seine just below the Tour Eiffel, and own by Pierre Cardin. Every year I get invitations to the tastings of wine and goodies there, you can eat on the upper deck or just buy and go home. Over the years we have done both, this time we just bought our regular house wines from the Loire,beaujolais nouveau, and plenty of chocolates, French chocolates home made by artists of the genre, really good. The parking there is free with attendance,and you get to see and walk around the Eiffel tower which after so many trps over the years no need to go up again lol!

The Maxim’s as usual was packed, parking in and out difficult because by the quais is one way only same road, the tops of the Eiffel tower esplanade was full of folks and the glow of the tower was as always nice. We were loaded ,more broked ,but very happy as usual of our Paris escapades.

We headed home but knowing it was late and just the hour for folks coming in and out of Paris for the night activities we took the direction of La Defense, went around the N13 direction Suresnes and reach the A13 at just Versailles, nice ride by the road warrior once again. The day made more special because of my twins boys 18 birthday !!!

Enjoy Paris/Versailles combo, simply awesome. Cheers!

November 4, 2011

Versailles/Paris at night is sublime….Superb

Just a visit to the tourist center is enough to know why Versailles is the most popular castle in the world… very nice streets lighted up and quaint to walk by with good company in a world of its own.

I came back home and quickly went out shopping near Paris just north of Versailles in quai des marques,Franconville, dept val d’oise-95. Then went took a stroll in by rive gauche train station, and to see my ” second home” the castle at night is very romantic ,glorious, magnificent !

This morning went to pick up my other son,at Villepreux , coming back from visiting grandpa of girlfriend in Nantes, so she lives just south of Versailles. They met at the private high school in Le Chesnay, all in the Yvelines ,dept 78 west of Paris.

Now we are ready to head out to Paris, have some get together with folks from travel forums and close friends that will meet us there at Au Trappiste by Chatelet. My 3 boys are going with me for a boys night out ::) Paris its always any excuse to come back to it.

We will be back late, and then Versailles will be cooler,nighty, exotic, romantic, just glamorous under the stars. Versailles it is worth a kingdom for France lol!

Halloween, it is more and more done here, but not as much as in the USA. We dont participate anymore but do buy the candies for the neighborhood kids. Then on Nov 1st is a holiday All Saints Day, or Toussaints ,no work for us so relax. This is ,also, the day we head back to Bretagne and back to work on Nov 2nd. I will be back for work meetings in Paris on Nov 8th, and will see what the job holds for me as far as travel to branches around the world.

Lately Le Figaro is putting out some top 10 list, and the latest was on the best poulet roti or roast chicken in Paris. The Winner was L’Ami Louis, 32 rue du Vertbois, 3eme, but my favorites were rank high again on this list; such as Au Pére Claude,51 av de la Motte-Picquet, 15eme, J’Go, 4 rue Droout, 9eme (also at Toulouse main one), Chez Clement, 17 bd des Capucines (closed) , 2eme near Opera;and my perennial one La Gare, 19 Chaussée de la Muette, 16eme,bon apétit!!!

The meaning is the same, Versailles / Paris is a combination not to forget ever . Cheers.

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