Archive for September, 2012

September 26, 2012

Some news from France LXXXIII

This is something I missed the most from the Paris/Versailles region where I lived and worked for almost 10 years. The sports bars, here in Brittany they are a lot more subdue and fewer.

I just read an article in Le Figaro about them and decided why not give them a bit of advertising ,its really very British but all do partake ::)

I have written on some of  them in my blog previously but these are some new joints that are worth checking them out.

Liverpool. You can come acroos at it folks following this club, call  Rush Bar , you will see the shirt colors there even when there is no match ; they even have a certificate on a frame on the wall to prove it.  location : 32, rue Saint-Sébastien (75011).Tél. +33 (0) 1 43 57 32 04.  A sport bars webpage

Manchester City.Au Bombardier, you are more discreet, but the fans do enjoy it here. Location:  68, rue de la Montagne-Sainte-Geneviève (75005). Tél.+33 (0) 1 43 54 79 22.

Manchester United. For the diehard fan of the team leader in Manchester you come here and diehard fan open this joint , Sacha Toubart, The Coq & Bulldog ;location  64, rue de Clichy (75009). Tél. +33 (0) 9 82 40 56 36. They use a Facebook site for info,

Hull City AFC.  Its a bit more confidential at the  The Cricketer  for the diehard fans of the club Hull City AFC, second division in UK but a following here at  41, rue des Mathurins (75008).Tél. +33 (0) 1 40 07 01 45. From my French writing site,

Celtic Glasgow. «Glory glory Glasgow Celtic!» the evenings of victory chants  can be heard on the place Blanche 43 times Champion of Scotland . The Harp, 118, bd de Clichy (75018). Tél.+33 ( 0) 1 43 87 64 99.

Fiorentina. On 8 to 10 TV screens at  Havane ,the only Parisien café to show all the matches of the club at  70, bd Auguste-Blanqui (75013).Tél. +33  (0) 1 43 37 48 64.

Napoli Calcio. Here you only will see the colors blue like in Calcio at the  Bambolina Caffé at 13, rue Rougemont (75009).Tél. +33( 0) 1 48 24 57 49. From the sports bars webpage

Real Madrid. Another place to see my team, and great it is of course ::)  You see it at Pirada,  7, rue de Lappe (75001).Tél. +33  (0) 1 47 00 73

Where to play it, yes indeed there are fields in Paris.

The five on five side game of course; you can use the fields for an hour, and all awaits the opening of the Elite 5 Soccer in about 10 more days at two minutes from La Défense with a bonus  Jacuzzi. location: 46, rue des Courrières, Nanterre (92). Tél. +33 (0) 6 52 80 43 23.

Open since June, the Le Five Paris is the only place in inner Paris, it is a prestigious address with 12 fields that you can even video the games at  32, rue Moussorgski (75018). Tél. +33 (0) 1 48 40 24 06.

Le Street, located in nearby department 95 of  Val-d’Oise,was founded amongst others by a journalist  of the magazine So Foot: ,chic,branché. At 200-208, chaussée Jules-César, Beauchamp (95).Tél. +33 (0) 1 39 60 90

And lets not forget  UrbanFootball, one of the first firms that created these centers in the Paris region.

The younger crowd has them too:

At the jardin des Tuileries, the students from the school of  Notre-Dame de Saint-Roch, have three shops of football/soccer by age brackets every wednesday afternoon from 12h30 to 17h. Open to kids from outside the school as well. Cost is  285 € per year at  37, rue Saint-Roch (75001). Tél. +33 (0) 1 42 61 21

More  BCBG, the PO cultural association near the church of  Saint-Sulpice is an institution on the rive gauche. The children from 6 to 15 years old play every Wednesday afternoons i their stadium at  Châtenay-Malabry. 66, rue d’Assas (75006). email:  webpage

And to be equipped nothing than the best of course, its Paris.

The boutique NSH  has a small selection of shirts of leyends like the famous  Johnny Rep of Saint-Étienne in the years 1980 (60 €).location  2, bd Saint-Martin (75010).Tél.+33 (0) 1 40 18 10

More references can be found in the webpage of the  Les Voyages en Ballon, that also, organise an annual football  «rétro-vintage» at Parc du

And face with the demand the makers of the round ball have duplications of the best shirts of footballers such as the «Authentic» (120 €) of the PSG and the team of  France are available at the main store  Nike at 67, avenue des Champs-Élysées (75008). Tél. +33  (0) 1 42 25 93 80.

Happy footing in Paris. Cheers


September 9, 2012

Some news from Bretagne VIII

Lets talk about Brittany or Bretagne or Breizh (Breton). The days are a bit cloudy and cooler but surprise yesterday was sunny and hot and even beach time; we were by Port du Crouesty and Port Navalo in the presqu’ile de Rhuys. Today its cloudy and muggy with some wind, and we are home, as the work week begins in earnest as well as school time.

I like to tell you about a wonderful place near me in Saint Avé near Vannes where I work. They told me about it and just try it last week, it was a wonderful experience of artistic expressions,music and arts.  The L’Echonova is at 1 Rue Léon Griffon, 56890, Saint Avé, and the webpage in French is here The best by car is to take the expressway N165 coming from Rennes or Paris take exit Saint Avé, coming from city center Vannes go out towards rue de bilaire on the road D126. You can, also, take the bus line 4  to stop arrêt Briqueterie right at the corner of the auditorium.

Another great event is the Celti’Vannes, coming up September 20-23 2012. It is already 17 years of events showing the Celtic tradition of the Bretons. You will have expos, theater plays,conferences,concerts in cooperation of the many Breton associations and schools in the Vannes area. webpage in French from the mayor’s office of Vannes,

Very quickly all over France will be the days of heritage celebrations or the Journées du Patrimoine ,where many historical and artistic buildings are open to the public,allowing you to see a bit more of the beautiful history of France. Our area is no exception and on September 15-16 2012,the area will have many buildings open to all.  These are the activities in the Vannes area in French and pdf file,

For info this is the official site of the French Ministry of Culture for all of France journées du Patrimoine, of course, in French,  and for the lovers of Paris ::) here is the events there  ,cityvox is below in my links on this blog, I write resto reviews in French there anonimously with another alias ::)

Didn’t wanted to wait ,but just by it and it was great, the exposition of Sur les Rails du Morbihan 1850-1947, at the Achieves Départementales, 80 Rue des Vénétes, tel +33 (0) 2 97 46 32 52, free admission. All about the railroads in the Morbihan , last until April 19 2013.

And thats all for now, have a great rest of Sunday . And of course, a good week next back at work. I will be by Versailles to finally sign off the closing sale of my house,and bid farewell officially to my other love VERSAILLES. Life goes on but memories lingers forever. Cheers!!!

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