Archive for February, 2012

February 29, 2012

Paris and the Oscar, we won

Well France is in a party mood as The Artist won the Oscar, and now  Jean Dujardin  is all over. This is more remarkable because of a silent movie type. Unbelievable that in these days, a silent movie can win the Oscar, when you consider all the high-tech gadgets around us.

It tells us that there is a genuine desire to go back to gentler times, more humane, and less robotics, for that I welcome the winner as an example for the future. The movie gathered five Oscars all together and a magnificent show of force, persevarance, and great artistic movie making. The Artist will be an icon for years to come.

Just to show some of the areas of Paris that are a favorite hangout of Jean Dujardin according to the Le Figaro.  As a child he spent 10 years in my neighborhood or close by town of Plaisir, where there is now a huge shopping center area, here, he ,also took the first course of impro stand alone comedy at age 16, and frequented the Castle or Château de Plaisir, 282, rue de la Bretechelle, tél.:+33  01 30 54 63 14. the shopping I am talking about is at

He,also enjoy in Paris the Jardin des Plantes at 57 rue Cuvier, and webpage .  He did his debut in 1996 with the Bande du Carré Blanc at the theater-cafe at Le Carré blanc, 44 rue Fontaine ; it closed and now it is rename the  Nous C Nous. His favorite hotel in town was the Park Hyatt Vendome , at 5 rue de la paix, webpage

He enjoy do the jogging in the morning by the quais of the Seine, and enter the church early morning to avoid crowds such as the Cathedral de Notre Dame. He loves to go to the movies at UGC Lyon-Bastille, 12 rue de Lyon, webpage  He enjoys eating at Dérriere ,69 rue de Gravilliers, webpage

All his professional endeavors are celebrated at Le Bastille, 8 pl de la Bastille, from the time of  his success with OSS117 (seen last nite by the family on TV) . Another where a shot from OSS117 was done with a blanquette dish is the Auberge Pyrénées Cévennes ,106, rue de la Folie Méricourt, tel +33 01 43 57 33 78.  One of my favorite places for theater plays is also one of his favorites places in Paris, Théatre Edouard VII, 10 pl Edouard VII, webpage

And on something extra, one of my all time favorite places in Paris since my arrival in the city back in 2003 to live permanently, is L’Alcazar, 62, rue Mazarine, now is the center of the popular TV show in France Top Chef. webpage

And, last but not least, in my new area of Vannes, Morbihan, Bretagne, we have a one star Michelin restaurant just crowned after only 10 months open!!! LA Gourmandiére, talk about good, and one reason for me to try it. Here is the webpage in case someone wants to beat me to it.

February 8, 2012

Some News from France LXI

Well here we are surviving a great cold spell, once four or five years we get a heavy snow time, but this time is coming back to back. Snow and polar icy weather. Paris is -9°C and on Versailles -11°C!!! wind chill,,, where I am it went down to -2°C only ::)

All these region are on alert orange for the cold, these are Alsace, Auvergne, Bourgogne, Centre, Champagne-Ardenne, Franche-Comté, Limousin, Lorraine, Rhône-Alpes ainsi que : Ariège, Aude, Aveyron, Charente, Dordogne, Haute-Garonne, Gers, Lot, Lot-et-Garonne, Lozère, Deux-Sèvres, Tarn, Tarn-et-Garonne ,and  Vienne.  In Paris the only ice breaker on the river Seine came into action !!!  to clear the canals of Ourcq, Saint-Denis, and Saint-Martin, to allow river navigation and stop folks from walking on the river lol!!! Record of electricity generation in France with  100.500 mégawatts (MW) at 19 h yesterday and maybe broken again today.

In another better news, the Tramway T3 is coming alone to start by December 2012, will hook up the périphérique and the  canal de l’Ourcq, until the porte de Pantin (20éme) It will have 26 stations. And be on the look out for 2015 a direct line from airport CDG to Opera metro area.

The according to an article in Le Figaro ,the hamburgers are taken over Paris, well I knew that, they are all over France!!! frozen food Picard, and others, yet France remains the only and first name by UNESCO world heritage immaterial winner in Gastronomy and wines !!yeah!!! Some of the better burgers joints in the city are

Le Camion qui Fume ,makes its turn regularly by the  marché Madeleine (8éme), porte Maillot (16éme),and at  Point Éphémère (10éme). Burgers 8 €, 10 € with fries.   Big Ferdinand  55, rue du Faubourg-Poissonnière, 10éme Tél. +33 ( 0) 1 47 70 54 every day except saturdays and sundays, prices  Burgers 12-14 €. Livingstone Steak House 106, rue Saint-Honoré, (1éme). Tel +33  (0) 1 53 40 80 50. open every day. Bacon cheeseburger: 14 €. Fries: 3,50 €. several extras such as coleslaw, and salads): 5 €.

Some unique museums that you need to visit, while in town, apart from the popular ones are Musée de la chase et de la nature or museum of hunting and nature in the wonderful  hotel de Guénégaud, the Musée Picasso, vastly in renovation on the wonderful hôtel Salé  ,the renovation will take to reopen by june 2013, and the wonderful project of the  Maison de l’histoire de France that will be in the rectangle of the Archives Nationaleshôtels de Soubise and de Rohan). If the project is maintained it will open by  2014 or 2015. In this area of Paris 3éme you can try the first creperie in Paris,  Breizh Café 109, rue Vieille-du-Temple. Tél.+33 (0) 1 42 72 13 77), webpage    and the wonderful  Café des Musées 49, rue de Turenne. Tél. +33  (0) 1 42 72 96 17.

Well just a bit update on things around the big town, Paris is eternal ,cant be away from it too long, you will die sooner lol!!! Cheers

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