Archive for June, 2012

June 21, 2012

Some news from France LXXVII

allo allo today is the first day of Summer and also the 31st Fête de la musique. A wonderful event started in 1982 by culture minister Jack Lang of France. Today it is held in 110 countries around the world announcing the beginning of summer.

I have participated in several but unfortunately this year been in moving transit I am in Brittany and waiting for work travel next week to Brazil.

The site to see it all and you can click for each area in France is the  Culture ministry of France webpage

and why not see a good movie at the MK2 Bibliothéque , webpage 128 ave de France 13éme. The photomaton at the renovated Palais de Tokyo, great show at avenue du President Wilson, 16éme , webpage

Looking for a fairly new hotel Hotel Thérese at 5-7, rue Thérèse 1éme, 43 rooms very romantic ,webpage   .You can take a romantic ride at night on the Funiculaire or cable car up Montmartre. at  Place Suzanne-Valadon 18éme until 0h30 (just past midnight).  The little boats at the park  Buttes-Chaumont, you can rent them by the hour or more and glide on the lake ,  Rue Botzaris  ,19éme every day from 7h30 to 21H,and in summer to 23h.

See a wonderful museum very little known at  6, rue Furstenberg ,6éme.  the Musée Delacroix, webpage

Two wonderful theaters one is the Théatre éphémére de la Comédie Française, pl. Colette galerie d’Orléans du Palais-Royal, will be showing nos plus belle chansons or our most beautiful songs to july, webpage   Then you have the romantic at the musée de la vie Romantique ,6 rue Chaptal , 9éme until July 15 webpage at city of Paris mayor’s site,

In a survery by Le Figaro newspaper , the places Parisiens find the most romantics will have some surprises for visitors, the most is by the banks of the Palais-Royal, with 15,4 %  of votes. next came the gardens of the Musée Rodin,with 14,5 % , then comes the  tour Eiffel (illuminated version),bringing in  11,1 %  of votes, then the steps of the church of  Sacré-Cœur,and then the  pont Marie,  square du Vert-Galant, Bagatelle ,and lakes of the park  des Buttes-Chaumont.

And the cinema is of the honor in summer, from June 22 to 27  at the 13zme we have the Italian week or the semaine italienne at the cinema Escurial . At the  11, bd de Port-Royal ,13éme.webpage

From June 29 to July 10, you have the forum des images at different sites in Paris,  this year honoring Hong Kong, with more than 80 films. webpage

From July 25 to August 26 at the prairie of  Triangle de la Villette ,19éme you can come to the Cinema in plein air or open air cinema on the program films such as  La science des rêves de Michel Gondry, Gran Torino de Clint Eastwood, A History of Violence  de David Cronenberg ou encore Virgin Suicides de Sofia Coppola (free admission).webpage

Finally for me as a choice will be the Festival Silhouette from September 1-9 in the parc des Buttes Chaumont ,19éme , with concerts and short films in open aire, free admission. webpage

And of course, in closing why not a galette breton, from my new area ,but you can have it in Paris too,La Compagnie de Bretagne  ,6éme, done by the  Roellinger, and the Rochon family. At  9, rue de l’École-de-Médecine. webpage

Have a great time, will be back there mid july for the move lol!!! Cheers.


June 10, 2012

Some news from France LXXVI

Well a bit raiiny today in my neck of the woods but did went out and will have more posts. However, a bit and tips about places in Bretagne and France in general are in order.Hope you can enjoy it in your visits or deplacements en France lol!

Want to speed race at 300 kph and legal, head for Pariswest at Maurepas in dept 78, mine; Universal Circuits, a games place will get you into a Formula I simulator. Thrill of 20 minutes for 20€. Open every day inclusing Sundays from  10h to  19h. Tél.+33 ( 0) webpage

Climb the famous Buttes-Chaumont park. Do a descend of 20 meters high in the middle of Paris . The comité départemental de spéléologie  de Paris(CDS 75)is giving every Sunday an initiation in the parc des Buttes-Chaumont. The thrills are free and the materials is given on site.  the hours are from 11h to 18h and inscription on site from  10h30 in front of the pavillon Armand-Carrel, entry in front of the mayor’s office;direction Metro Buttes-Chaumont. Local information tel +33 (0)

the stamps collectors will have a field day in France ( I am not but do buy the nice stamps when mailings to my friends and family) .One of the main event is a stamp on the Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte! They have even installed a temporary post office in front of the grille door to castle. The package is call « La France que j’aime » or the France that I love.  There are 12 historical monuments showcase,and will be made available from tomorrow in all post offices here.

Moving closer to where I live now, (pending my sale of house in Versailles, live in Auray). The July 24-29 2012 will be the Cornouaille at Quimper. Music and dance of different genres .You can come here on TGV from Paris montparnasse easy. These are parties done since 1923 and ecome a festival in 1982 on. Becoming the most important Breton event of the year, many music and dance is from our region now mine ::)  For info email  or webpage in French,

The rockers can come to malestroit July 27-28 for the Au Pont du Rock; the Revolvers, Sally Ford and the Sound Outside will be there.  webpage

See the tango in Bretagne, and the name of my blog (in case not notice is paris1972 for the last tango in Paris movielol!!!simply the best). Now at wonderful La Roche Bernard you can see it here from July 12-15, the Escale Tango; with an hommage to the late  Roberto Navarro, see more at webpage  and try  the video,  in French but go to programmation and see all the artists and schedules.

Close to me at Vannes, the wonderful Jazz à Vannes, great wonderful with the great Yuri Buenaventura(a must) singing the great songs of old and now, this is a classic event from  July 30 to August 4 2012. Its the 33rd edition so its good lol! in French of course but under programmation and billeterie you have schedules and pricings, and directions webpage

You have the Fêtes Médiévales de Hennebont near Lorient, medieval events all over city center with animations in many streets,and a huge artisans market as well as chevalier tournaments with food on site, a great event in an old town. July 28 and 29 the 17th edition with free admission. webpage in location site but under programmation you can see all, in French,

Another great event from July 15-25 2012 at Polignac, the Festival de Polignac, violins music and poetry recitals from Patrick Poivre d’Arvor, as well as dance and accordéon, percussions music and soirée flamenco with LInea del Sur. Nice event see it at the church of Guidel. webpage you can hear music like fado at the site.

For the arts, sculptures, potteries, jewerly , paintings etc head for the peninsula of Rhuys and Sarzeau on Sunday June 24 , Les Arts dans la Rue in city center. Its the 4th edition, tourist office of Sarzeau

Same month in Vannes you have the 5th edition of the  Salon en Bretagne du Livre , book faire at the jardins des Remparts or the ramparts gardens of old castle in city center Vannes. June 22-24. from 10h to 19h free admission. webpage

Near Lorient at Pont Scorff, you have a wonderful zoo doing great things this summer. Les Nuits Blanches des Animaux or the white night of animals will be on from June 26-28 july and from 19h. see it here,

And of course dont forget the cinema, our ,the best is at Vannes, Cinéville, where we saw 21 jump Street today, very hilarious cops and bad guys game. The schedule is heavy as I have some more mark to go see there. You can come off the N165 expressway into exit 779 road and follow cineville/centre commercial signs, webpage

Have a great Sunday everyone, cheers.


June 5, 2012

Some news from France LXXV

Here is a little post on new things happening in France and especially the Paris region.

shop tasting for 2 persons for one hour at the  Cave à Bulles, 45 rue Quincampoix, 75004. For 5 beers and dish of cheese for 29€ hurry up special is running over at Living Social ,you to enter a valid email address to sign up.  Also I have it at the museum of wines in Paris for another special,

As everything French the fashion world is going on with new Galeries Lafayette stores all over the world, yes we are coming at you if you dont come to Paris lol!! It has been announce by the group  the opening of five to seven new stores from now to 2015. In the first trimester of  2013 the chain will open a store in Jakarta ,Indonesia.  Two stores will open eventually at  Jakarta, as well as in  Pékin, Doha and Istanbul. The stores in Istanbul and Doha should open by  2015.  The group  Galeries Lafayette had open their first store outside of France at Berlin in 1996, then  Dubaï in 2009 , and  Casablanca in 2011.  The group ,also,have 55 stores in France, especially the historic store at  boulevard Haussmann in Paris.  If you are into Fashion, this is the publ to read on, in French but la vie est belle en France,

The Hip Hop is coming to Paris ,see the Festival all over the city but specially check out La Rotonde by metro stalingrad and the Arsenal area of Paris 19, the hottest place in Paris nowdays. by June 25th; see the place here,

Some of the best squares/plazas  in France to walk ,show off your best outfits outside of Paris, from my experience and that of leading people magazines in France are, Lille, place aux Oignons; Montpellier, Place de la Comédie; Mulhouse, place de la Réunion; Nimês, place de l’horloge; Lyon, place des Terreaux; Reims,Place Drouet d’Erlon; Bordeaux,  Place du Palais; Clermont-Ferrand,  Place Jaude; Strasbourg,Place Kléber; Nice, Place Rossetti; Rennes,Place Sainte-Anne; Metz,Place Saint-Louis; Nancy, Place Stanislas; Grenoble,   Place Victor Hugo; and Toulon, Place Victor Hugo .Just need to add Paris, place Victor Hugo to be complete.

Some of my favorites gardens in Paris, known to the world, and appreciated by me are, Jardin des Tuileries, place de la concorde design by Le Notre for king Louis XIV in the 16-17C. Jardin des Archives, 60 rue des Francs-Bourgeois ,75003, Square Jean XXIII, ilé de la Cité, Jardin des Plantes,allée Cuvier,75005, Jardin d’Inspiration de Cluny, 6 place Paul-Painlevé, 75005; Jardin du Luxembourg, blvd Saint-Michel,75006, Jardin de L’HÖTEL Matignon, 36 rue de Babylone, 75007, design by Claude Desgot (nephew of Le Notre) and Achillé Duchéne. Parc du Champ de Mars,Champ de Mars near Tour Eiffel; Jardin du Ranelagh, Chaussée de la Muette, 75016 (heavens on earth), and the wonderful parc Monceau of course. Recently there was an event on gardens that is going every year, I missed the event ,but reading gave me the idea to write about my favorite gardens ,the site for future use is here,  its the 9thEdition so next year keep an eye for it.

Have a great week everyone, I will be by Champagne region for the next two days,see what I can find…Cheers


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