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 22, 2012

Madrid, Madrid walking and memories of teenager, always Madrid

Another chance in life to visit Madrid, for four days last week. Always great feeling as this was my entry into Europe,and lived there with my mother for several years in quintana. This time was a business trip but plenty of time to walk and see my areas, my neighborhood of old Quintana;line 5 in the metro de Madrid.

I stayed as always recently at the Ayre hotels Gran Colon at Calle del Pez Volador, 1: this is an excellent hotel, with cafe resto dj music disco style at nights, big rooms, nice friendly service, and central to all of Madrid on lines 6 circular and 9 at calle doctor Esquerdo or the buses 56,143,156 stops right there. webpage

The Café Ayre is wonderful with dj music ,big sports TV, (saw my Real Madrid vs Manchester City, we won !!! 3×2)  , and a Champions records win.  The breakfast are full style with plenty to eat and great display of goodies,nice. I needed taxi service once to get to office and they were very efficient and on time. Nice hotel complex.

I walk Madrid, like any city ,the best way to really get to know it. I walk the areas that I ran and hide to go out in my early teens years; the walk up to the Torre España or Spain tower ,with 220 meters high (232 with TV antennas), and the tree line calle del alcalde sainz de baranda to get to calle Menendez Pelayo and the wonderful Retiro park or Parque del Buen Retiro, and see the place I went to birthday parties etc now a fine resto Florida Park, the wonderful fountains and alleyways of the park, the monument to General Martinez Campos with the inscriptions of his campaigns like a major one in Cuba in the 1876-1895. You come behind the monumental arch and statue to king Alfonso XIII and the lake or estanco del Retiro with its magical boats, that I once rode my girlfriends on it lol!!! Still the place to be if you are in love ::)

I went over Menendez Pelayo, and doctor Esquerdo streets, see the nice church of the Santisimo Samontinos,  Calle del Alcalde Sáinz de Baranda, 3 off Menendez Pelayo; info webpage

Had my wonderful merluza with almonds garlic,olive oil dish, and chips and nice cruzcampo beers,and Mahou 5 Estrellas try them all lol!! again. Finish with a nice coffee, all for 32€ yes the fish dish was huge! and the beers plenty just needed to walk back to hotel ::) This was at Cerveceria Cruz Blanca at calle Menendez Pelayo,47, with branches all over Spain webpage :

Of course, I visited my old neighborhood of Quintana, right off metro line 5 at Alcala 331, always a pilgrimage when in town. The plaza Quintana with my old Docamar was the site of heavy mahou beers and patatas bravas, just across my old piso, apartment. The place was packed with people out mingling, talking, playing cards, just a bustle and hustle of a vibrant lively city as always the times or needs dont change in Madrid. From Madrid to heaven and a hole in the sky to look down on it everyday!!!!!

I have the chance to be driven around by the office management folks very nice people, and at nights the time to walk my favorites areas, just a great week in Madrid. I had the great chance to see Trujillo in Extremadura,and thats another post ::) Enjoy Madrid, always I will have Madrid.

Ahh I flew from Nantes on Iberia and this time they were on time handled by Air Nostrum. The ride was by car as I was nicely pick up at Barajas T4 by management.  I then try line 5,6,9 on the metro, and the rest of times walking;wonderful. I will be back, as it seems never left it or Madrid has never left me!!!

Hope you enjoy the tour, and remember to have wonderful travel experiences with good health and a cheerful look always!

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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