Archive for October, 2012

October 31, 2012

Some news from France LXXXVI

Ok, so this is a short entry just to remind you all the 18th Salon du Chocolat started today, but this year will miss it ,as I will be in Brest during the All Saints holiday or Toussaints in France

This are the small details , From Octobr 31 to November 4  2012. From 10h to 19h (time). at the Porte de Versailles, pavillons 5/2 and 5/3, admission is  13€, 3-12 yrs pay  6,50€, younger than  3 yrs are free.

The major details and for me the must to see are (numbers are the stand where they are located)

Bernachon (#D42) : the famous lyonnaise house, go for the palets d’or and its pralinés.

Henri Le Roux (#D17) : the master from my new region of Brittany exactly from Quiberon, for its  “truffes de truffe” ,and its caramel beurre salé.

Jean-Paul Hévin (#D21) :the Parisien master for its excellent hot chocolat or chocolat chaud, serve on site!

Philippe Pascoët (#C24) :the exile Breton living in Switzerland, for its orangettes and ganaches recherchées (absinthe, basilic, thym…).

Pierre Marcolini (#D26) : the most famous of the Belgians are here, for its “chocolat primitif” and his  grands crus from Brazil, Ecuador,and Madagascar

and here is the site in English,

The winter is here so come prepared temps here now at 12C or about 55F, mornings and late nights even colder.  Ahh and forget the overly pricey and touristic Angelina , been there many time even the one by the petit trianon in Versailles nice but try this one  chocolaterie Jacques Genin;133 Rue de Turenne, 75003, closed mondays and open tuesdays to fridays 11 to 19h and Saturdays 11-20h nearest metro Filles du Calvaire webpage And ,an oldie Amorino, my fav store at 4 Rue de Buci, 75006 , open mondays to sundays from 12 to 00H midnight! nearest transport metro Mabillon, webpage

Enjoy the weekend everyone!! I will be out tom early to a destination to be showcase in my blog next week. Cheers

October 27, 2012

Some news from Bretagne X

Well winter is here or is it autumn? Really can’t tell the difference. We have the temps go down to 4C and during the day went up to 12C then down to 8C now, and tomorrow it’s expected to go down to 1C in the morning. So ho ho ho winter is here.

Nevertheless, life goes on ,and having nothing to do and awaiting for my next weekend All Saint’s Day mini vacation, decided to take a stroll out with the fam.

We hit the stores!!!! shopping for furniture for 3 young men is not easy , or is it hard to do at all? At the end ,nothing was purchase and the decision is pending for Monday evening. Then ,we went for lunch or rather late lunch and after walking around deciding where to go too ….lol! passing A la Breizh Cafe and Patty O’Dowds Irish pub, we headed for Le CatWay our favorite at the pl Gambetta, Le Port area of the pleasure marina, Vannes. webpages to follow in order, : : catway no web but is at 3 pl Gambetta, tel +33    (0) 2 97 47 25 50 .

I took advantage of some wine buying as there is a foire or sale going on, so obligatory stop at Nicolas, pl du poids public in Vannes. Oh did I said went shopping for furniture, yes BUT is one of the stores we went. And ,check out La Foir Fouille for misc housing stuff, very good prices and handy items there always ,also, in Vannes. webpages to follow; , ,

We end the day by having a glass at the Irish Pub just opening time lol!!! before heading out to do our groceries at a new place we haven’t try , Intermarché supermarket in Vannes . Well the prices are pretty much the same all over, and we still like best Leclerc at Vannes. Finally we came home loaded and waiting for the night’s TV lineup before getting ready for our next week and winter, yes ,cold is not our thing . webpage

So ,here it is a bit more of my new area ,and you all have a wonderful weekend. Cheers.


October 24, 2012

Some news from France LXXXV

Some briefs news in between week to tell you about the big race Tour de France, the schedule is on, and hopefully there will be riders lol! It favors the grimpers, the mountain guys and its the 100th edition on June 29 to July 21 2013.

We will stages passing by Bretagne/Brittany and as well as my beloved Versailles, the link is here

The kids are winners in Kidexpo , from Saturday October 27 to 30 every day from 10h to  19 h. At Porte de Versailles, halls 6 and 8, metro porte de Versailles line 12, Tramways T2 and T3, and bus 39 (station Desnouettes or bus 80. Admission is 12€ adults, 6€ for the for under 4 and education folks. Webpage

Favorites places of mine to be with kids, Bobino, 20, rue de la Gaîté, ; Atelier-théâtre de Montmartre , 7, rue Coustou, ; Théatre du Marais,  37, rue Volta; ; Bouffes Parisiens, 14, rue Monsigny; , Cirque d’Hiver, 110, rue Amelot;

See the wonderful story of Tea, yes the most drinkable after water in the world. See it display its history at the Musée Guimet, until January 7 2013,from 10h to 18h, webpage

And where would you eat the best cheesecakes in Paris, well there are those and then there are mine, here is my favorites; Rachel’s cakes , 22, rue Crespin-du-Gast , an American in Paris of course,which only sells to restaurants and hotels etc, I know I once worked for deluxe hotels in Paris, lol!! ,Schwartz’s Deli, 16 rue des Ecouffes,   Smith’s Bakery, 12 rue de Buci, Columbus Café, 25 rue du Vieille du temple,

and do not miss this one at the Louvre, in cooperation with the Prado museum of Madrid, all for Raphaël, the Italian painter of the renaissance. Until January  14  2013, every day except Tuesdays from 9h to 18h, night showing on wednesdays and fridays until 21h45 and saturdays and sundays until 20h.

Have a great rest of week,and dont forget next weekend in France we move one hour behind !!! Sunday October 28 you move the time back one  hour.


October 12, 2012

Some news from Bretagne VIIII

This was a sunny day after flooding with rain the last few days. Time to report on my new hunting ground of Brittany or Bretagne, or Breizh (breton). Did I say my city is Auray or An Alre in breton. YES!

Going on now until November 18 2012 its the Le Pays d’Auray-Baie de Quiberon is the Fête un automne autremont or any other autumn. It involves several communities from Belle-île-en-Mer ,Auray,Carnac, Etel, Quiberon,St Anne d’Auray, La Trinité sur Mer etc. webpage Auray tourist site   it is arts ,streets events all over these towns. see link above on telecharge documents 1,2,and 3 for all the information

At Lorient, the Salon du Livre de Mer will be held from October 27 to 28 at the Eric Tabarly Cité de la Voile with over 40 authors and illustrators present.  Admission is free and if want to see the la Cité special price of 4€!  You can telecharger le programme complete in French at this site

At the area Cineville cinemas now comes the Opera season 2012-2013, great plays to see on screen in the cinemas of Cinéville Lorient, Vannes Garennes, Vannes parc Lann(mine), one opera for 21€ 5 for 85€ and 10 for 150€ the best and most famous from Rigoletto, Marie Stuart, Otello etc and as well presentations of the Bolshoi Ballet such as Don Quijote, and Romeo and Juliette. webpage   ,and program pdf file

The théatre Anne de Bretagne is continuing with great selection of artists from ballet Antonio Gades, Marc Jolivet, Raul Paz, and others. By place de Bretagne near palais des arts, webpage

Parc des Expos in Vannes will have the Salon Habitat, all about real estate, decoration, furniture, energies, gardens, ecos well homes in general; Coming up November 17-19 2012.  As we are looking well a good one to be in it ;;) webpage Admission 5€ and the parc webpage is here

La Lucarne at Arradon near Vannes, great events place and coming up nice presentations of Faust, Gargantua, Rose is a Rose, Daphnis é Chloeé, SpiriTAngo Quartet. All along the year, one of my favorite places here webpage

The Atlantique Jazz Festival at Brest until October 28 2012, with Gerry Hemingway, and Soweto Kinch amongst others, see at Espace Vauban, Quartz, salle du Clous and Mac Orlan all over the city. webpage

At the Le Chorus parc des expositions of Vannes, on Dec 6 at 20H the St Petersburgh Ballet Theater will play the Le Lacs des Cygnes or Swan Lake!  tickets at all FNAC stores, tickenet,and francebillet, plus hypermarkets.

And why not something about foodies, the sweets gastronomiques of our region, such as chocolates, caramels au beurre salé, dry fruits, tea in many colors and flavors, wines, champagnes, and mugs deco great at Aux Mille Délices, 23 Rue des Halles, Vannes webpage

We stop for a light snack and coffee Macchiato and Cappucchino at Brooklyn Café, on our way home in the Atlanville shops and restos complex off Rue Sainte Anne, webpage have on the cafe and you can see the other restos there in French, great area;  it has internet connection for free, and great newsmedia to catch up on the latest in the area.

And tonite is lazy social Friday night so we have opted for pizza yeahhh!!! Just in time to watch the football/soccer game France vs Japon friendly match on TV with the family. I ordered my Los Angeles favorite of pepperoni and they delivered home lol!!! Pizza Sprint that is. Here is the webpage and our city page store location, its all over the area too;

Cheers from Brittany or Salut de Bretagne or Salud de Breizh.


October 10, 2012

Some news from France LXXXIIII

To continue with tradition is to add to it once in a while and never forget so this is the post about France, Paris really or is it Versailles ,why not Brittany lol!!! Too many wonderful experiences of my life. Openly share with good heart and good cheers for the world to read.

Paris is having a great American painter’s expo at the Grand Palais itself ! Edward Hopper ,from now to January 28  2013. Schedules from Wednesday to Saturday from 10H to 22H and Sundays , Mondays from 10H to 20H, closed Tuesdays at the Grand Palais. tariffs or admission at 12€ webpage American art of the XX century and coming from a great show at Madrid’s Thyssen-Bornemisza museum.

Given you some of my favorites cuisine and many memorable trips is the sud ouest or southwest region of France. Some of my all time favorite restaurants in Paris from there are here: L’Ami Jean, 27, rue Malar, (75007). Tél. +33 (0) 1 47 05 86 89. open everyday except Sundays and Mondays . Menus: 35, 42, 55 € ( lunch.), 75 €. Carte: avg. 65-80 €. just do that for lunch as a warning that the prices goes up high for dinner ok. webpage

Pinxo Saint-Germain, 82, rue Mazarine,(75006).  Tél. +33 (0) 1 43 54 02 21. Open every day. Formules: 18-29 € (lunch.). Carte: avg. 40-50 €. Second resto of Alain Dutournier, pinxos are the basque tapas and it is great ambiance too. webpage

And my must , had try it at the roots in Toulouse place victor hugo and here in Paris, J’Go, 4, rue Drouot, (75009). Tél +33 (0) 1 40 22 09 09. Open every day except Sundays and Mondays. Formule: 16 € (lunch), menu à 22 € (lunch). Carte: avg. 30-40 €. webpage

And good news for the Bretons, the Musée Grévin, that celebrates its 130 years old this year has a new wax star in Breton Nolwenn Leroy. Its a winning event for this woman of 30, her last album of Breton songs sold over 800000 albums coming second in sales in 2011 in France. Nolwenn is getting ready for another album which the going out is schedule for Christmas. webpage

See and taste and buy the USA Cupcakes at the original entry to France at  Synie’s Cupcakes, 23, rue de l’Abbé-Grégoire, (75006). Tél. +33 (0) 1 45 44 54 23. open every day except sundays. webpage

And one event will missed this year but always a nice one to go too is the  79e édition of the Fêtes des Vendages de Montmartre ,this year from October 10-14 in Montmartre on the theme of gourmandise.  The main points will be Thursday the 10th with the chocolate as the guest of honor, with animations and the participation of pâtissiers-chocolatiers from the district.  Friday 11th Oct. it is the day of cheeses and the market of the chapelle as well as  the five beers of the Goutte d’Or with his founder  Thierry Roche (28-30, rue de la Goutte d’Or).

Saturday the grand march with  1600 strong march from 15h to 18h, from the Jules Joffrin to gym  Ronsard.  Many events like Confréries fo wines, marionnettes, fanfares, business shop owner, associations and inhabitants of the district in a parade  followed by the traditional  fireworks shot from the square Louise Michel, and a musical display by 21h45. The not to be missed ride of taste or  parcours de goût at the summit of the hill between the place du  Tertre and the  Sacré Coeur, with  160 stands of winemakers, artists and producers from all of France that will allowed to taste their products from Friday to Sunday from 10h to 22h Friday and Saturday  to  23h Sunday to 19h.

The ceremony of singles in marriage done every year on the place des Abbesses by th mayor’s office of the 18éme arrondissement Daniel Vaillant, will take place on Sunday from 10h30 to 12h and will be follow by a dance of singles from 12h30 to 15h. It will have secret baskets fruits,  and candies to enhance the lovers. Finally, Sunday evening the concert to closing ceremonies at la Cigale with more than 15 artists  including Thomas Fersen from 16h to 18h, free ticket to grab at  la Cigale ,friday October 12 between 12h to 17h, and Saturday Oct 13 from  14h to 17h. An event all should try year after year if you can ::)

To see something magical go to Musée Maillol, see Canaletto ,the most famous of the 18th century Venetians  with fifty paintings and expo of his work until February 10 2013 ; see it all here webpage

More than 400 pieces of jewerly of Van Cleef & Arpels will be on display at the musée des Arts Decoratifs, 107 rue de Rivoli, until February 10 2013, classic

A hotel recently renovated and classic boutique Hotel Verneuil, 8 rue de Verneuil, 75007. facing the old home of Serge Gainsbourg , only 26 rooms classic webpage

How about delis in Paris ,yes these little grocery stores selling wonders to your taste and mine. I like the old cliché , La Petite Maison dans La Prairie (the little house on the prairie) 43 rue de Verneuil, 75007; from a fashion house worker just openend this wonder.  Great for the picnics in you ,webpage from aeroports de Paris,

Until october 14 2012 the salon mondial de l’automobile or the world auto show at Paris, the way to see with class the best cars of now and the future.  At the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles,for the car lover in me ,another one will missed from being now away from the area ,darn it. Here is the webpage for the lucky ones

Why not a thinking man a la Rodin, visit the Musée Rodin, where the master Auguste Rodin and his wife Rose Beuret are buried under the statue of the Le Penseur or the The Thinker in the garden.  Mr Rodin bought the house in 1895 in Meudon when he was 55 yrs old,and he died here with his wife which he married in 1917. He came here after his breakup with Camille Claudel. Here he received the world to mingle and inquire about his work.  You get here at 19 ave Auguste Rodin, 92130 ,Meudon on the train RER C to station Meudon-Val Fleury, then bus No 169 stop/arrêt Paul Bert; this is not the one in Paris, here he lived, died and worked, see webpage

Another trip into wonderful Paris,enjoy the ride, its eternal. Cheers!

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