Some news from France LXVIII

Well here I am just getting ready to go back to Versailles and then Paris for a conference of 2 days. My twin boys arrive just now on TGV from Montparnasse Paris,and were so lucky as has been raining here on and off with golf balls of ice!!! then the sun came out; great ;we have the power lol!!!!

The going back  got me my Paris bugs flying so here is another episode of Paris and France for you.

The Désert de Retz, popular with artists for many years, then closed for several years,and now its officially open ( I told you was going to open on previous news)  238 years of history comes back, 20 hectares of land bordering the golf course of Joyenval,just by the town of Chambourcy (dept 78 Yvelines) . the visits will be until October with two Saturdays per month and only with reservation. Complete information as  visits the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the months of April to October. Time to be prepared to spent is about 2 hrs  obligatory reservation by calling +33  (0) or at the tourist office of  Poissy, tél. +33  (0), Saint-Germain-en-Laye, tél. +33 (0) or Marly-le-Roi, tél. +33 (0) admission is  10 € adults and 5 € enfants from 8 yrs up .  You have the webpage for the towns tourist office as well here

Some ideas in Paris Matisse au Centre Pompidou , enjoy the night days from Thursdays to Mondays until 23h (closed Tuesdays, and at 21h Wednesdays). Place Georges-Pompidou ,webpage

“Degas et le nu ” at  Orsay . Edgar Degas  shows  nudity in paintings présenting  170 paintings, posters and designs as well as sculptures of the artist. Every day except Mondays from 9h30-18h (21h45 on Thursdays). Admission is 9€ adults and 6,50 € children. webpage[backPid]=254&cHash=9cb3345b8a

A new renovated Palais de Tokyo is open,  showing the work of contemporary artists with a huge opening exposition call « la Triennale ». Every day excepts Tuesdays from mid day to mid night .Admission is 8€ and 6€ ; 13, avenue du Président-Wilson webpage

then to to the Grand Palais where Helmut Newton will show its big photos of mannequins ,erotism, and the violence in the fashion world. Especially see the photos on Isabelle Huppert, Catherine Deneuve and Jean-Marie Le Pen. From wednesdays to Mondays and 10h-22h Admission are 11€ and 8€ . Avenue Winston-Churchill  webpage

Go to the Cité des sciences and see the latest discoveries by the inhabitant the Gaulois,and their  agriculture…From Tuesdays to Saturdays and from 10h-18h, Sundays until 19h. Admission 11€ and 8€ . 30, avenue Corentin-Cariou , webpage

Tropicomania,see the social life of plants tracing their journey from tropics such as the banana, pineapple,etc to your supermarket. Free admission from Tuesdays to Saturday and hours 11h-19h . see it at 9 esplanade Pierre Vidal-Naquet Halle aux Farines 75013 nearest metro  Bibliothèque François Mitterrand (line 14) webpage

The jazz joint is back in operation again, newly renovated, Le Trabendo, 211 avenue Jean Jaurès  Parc de la Villette. so if you like Jazz check it out, webpage  hey hey who doesn’t like jazz ?

And a sweet news, last March 5th was born  Loango, a male Mangabey monkey (Cercocebus atys lunulatus),in the infirmery of the Jardin des Plantes . He was rejected by the mother and the jardin keepers took care of him.. You can come to see how he is fed with biberons (fruits and veggy cook) every day from 12h-16h. webpage

 The tourist office of Versailles is full of activities, too numerous to mention in my little blog but I will put the webpage there and it is in English (we are so good ::))  You have the wars of Napoleon as well as horse shows in the ecuries, and the water musical events as well as Jazz ::)
One in Amboise in the castle laden Loire, my favorite one and city, we do a promenade gourmande into the vinyards tasting local goodies and their wine including my house wine Domaine Dutertre. The proceeds go to the Lions International of the Loire, Amboise les 2 Vallées. Good food ,great wine, and a good cause in beautiful territory, it is one day on a Sunday July 1st and now thru my blog you are all invited. webpage
Closer to me now, the Tonnerre de Brest boat show:race is coming July 13-19 2012. More than 2500 boats from all over the world. Done every four years now its that time again at Brest . About 30 countries are invited to each festival and for one week Brest is transformed into the biggest port in the world. Over 7 kilometres, the quaysides roll out the red carpet to hundred-year-old sailing boats and other remarkable vessels. An invincible armada, with around 20,000 sailors parading their uniforms to the tune of dozens of musical performances and the backdrop of villages draped in the colours of the world. the Brest Maritime Festival a global exhibition of the maritime world. webpage
Have a great rest of weekend everyone ,cheers.

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