Archive for November, 2012

November 30, 2012

Some news from France LXXXVIIII

Well I am back from traveling and just came back from Paris, so here are some interesting things I heard and or read.

€The musée Dapper is showing about the Ashanti people of Ghana until July 7 2013; entitled Design en Afrique, the museum is located at 35bis rue Paul Valéry, webpage

The Fragonard parfums folks are out with its Christmas collection see it at

The wonderful Paris CDG airport has an entire area dedicated to children. The kids unaccompany are pampered to all places.  Air France alone bring over 3M children alone in its planes.  The service cost 50€ to 75€ per traject. On long trips the kids are assembled at terminals S3 and T2E and hall 4 at Orly too!

the jardin d’acclimatation one of my all time favorites is getting a face lift  , getting a change over to integrate the building thought out by Frank Gehry  for the Fondation Louis Vuitton. It will have free Wi Fi, free admission every Fridays from Jan 2013, an area of 3,5 kms for jogging, and next spring it will open to public a fifth of its area so about 4 hectares of terrain. The park is now managed by LVMH ,and they will plant as much as 90 trees and landscaping, fountains and playareas for free

Since I recently came from there, where is the best bo bun of  Paris? this is Vietnamese cuisine at its best, the recipe is  made up of a base of  vermicelle rice, soja, onions, sauté beef, cucumber, sometimes carrots, finely cut salads, lemon, unwrap peanuts coriander, and mint. The dish sometimes is served covered with pieces of nems and a sauce  nuoc-mâm. In Paris, you can try this marvel around the Asian quarters of the district of Belleville, the 13éme, and the little restos elbow to elbow in the 3éme. My favorite places over the years have been, Tricotin, 15 ave de Choisy 13ar, and the Pagondon, 21 rue des Grands Augustins 6ar. The link I write reviews in French for Tricotin, for Pagondon,

And close out with my favorite 10éme from the Canal Saint Martin to Chez Jeannette to the New Morning concert hall for Cuban music,this is tops and real French style.  This is the city mayor’s office on the Canal SM in French, it gives you more, you can translate with many internet sites or google but in French again it provides more,  and take a look of chez jeannette, lovely and the wonderful never old New Morning, Have it your Paris way. Cheers


November 14, 2012

Some news from France LXXXVIII

It is time to talk about what’s going on in the Paris region and even the rest of France.

Let’s start with Modern Arts at the city of Paris Musée d’Art Moderne, at the expo the Art and war or arts et guerre, running thru February 13 2013 see more info at the webpage , this is at 11, avenue du Président Wilson next to palais de Tokyo.

The Vendée Globe sailing boat race around the world has begun from Les Sables d’Olonne , where it will also ends, but before passing by the Atlantic, Indian ,and Pacific oceans and the three major capes in the world  Good Hope, Leeuwin and cape Horn.  This is the traject from the official site  and you can see more in English here

Drink, bare glass of the pure absinthe  at Laperouse (15 €). Or trry the nice  «fée verte», the drink of the bar that replaces the  bourbon in the composition of the Mint Julep (18 €).  51, quai des Grands-Augustins (75006). Tél.:+33  (0) 1 43 26 68 04. All in a wonderful ambiance of old, weppage

And tomorrow it comes out in France the Beaujolais Nouveau, and I will be after work at my favorite wine merchant Nicolas near me to get my share lol! Its in my favorite links below in my blog but here it is the webpage

Then if you are lucky enough to be by Paris try it and have a great snapper or sole at La Marée Passy, in my dear 16éme at 71, avenue Paul Doumer  open 7/7 days and all fish and seafood at the best. webpage

Don’t forget to try Carette ,one of my all time favorites there, and the patisseries are sublime,,,, Trocadero my love and also by Pl de Vosges.

You have a lot shopping here, now some is for reference as obviously I dont shop for girls but do pass by and look !!) and the boys well , I am a boy lol! Alice à Paris (for the little fellas in you household)  at 11, rue de l’Annonciation, Tel +33 01 45 27 98 05) light and classic cuts , Cordelia de Castellane  at 3, rue Claude-Chahu,+33  01 45 20 06 52),selling gorgeous outfits even for the little ones ; Sœur at 5, rue Pierre-Guérin,+33  01 45 25 73 04), one of the stores fétiches of Inès de La Fressange(Miss France contest MC) this is for the  12-18 yrs and their mothers.  The olders can go to  COS at 60, rue de Passy, +33 01 53 92 52 60, and  NGR at  40 bis, rue de Boulainvilliers, +33 01 45 27 32 42)  dedicated to deluxe brands at good prices with collections changing all the time as well as at  KB Stock (several stores but the one at  rue Duban, +33  01 45 24 25 50 is great), this the discount haut gamme clothing or second hand items . Also at  Paradis Blanc , at 1, rue François-Ponsard, +33 01 42 24 16 61), simple forms on stock . For the second hand clothing depots you can try  Réciproque at 89 à 101, rue de la Pompe, +33 01 47 04 30 28), with several stores and the Dépôt-vente de Passy at  14, rue de la Tour, +33 01 45 03 95 21.

You go visit the only library in Paris dedicated to travel books,at  bibliothèque du Trocadéro Germaine-Tillon  at 6, rue du Commandant-Schloesing, old Bibliothéque du Trocadero simply, city of Paris webpage for more info

For other curiosities always fond of my passing there is the Musée du vin at 5, square Charles-Dickens, with a collection of wine objects and wine tastings, webpage . If you want to stay sane and sound of alcohol go to the  Pavillon de l’Eau at 77, avenue de Versailles, to see a permanent expo on water in the city and know the secret of its floating navy as well as temp expos. webpage showing how to get there, . You can cap it with the beautiful glass displays at Musée Baccarat  at 11, place des États-Unis, retracing the history of glass with a rich collection and historical documents, webpage .  Give it a artful visit to the Maison de Balzac at  47, rue Raynouard, right in the heart of a pretty garden where we can admire now the expo on the  Grisettes, along collections of manuscripts and objects belonging to the writer; webpage at city of Paris ,attention the museum is closed until April 2013,  And finally, the Cité de l’Architecture at  1, place du Trocadéro,where you have nice workshop for children and the wonderful architecture of Pairs thru its history. This better known as Chaillot, but the webpage is here

For antiquities in Versailles do not stop from visiting the Saint Louis district ,the area of the Cathedral, and see this man, wonderful objects , simply the best,

Wait not done yet, once a week is enough for this post.  I have come into knowledge of wonderful perfumeries open in Paris these are  Jovoy, at chic rue de castiglione, webpage  , le Labo , internationally known with boutique on the 6éme , webpage  Nose , new concept on the 2éme webpage ,  and  Acqua di Parma from Italy with love, store at 6, Rue des Francs Bourgeois ;webpage

Good and bad news, the renovations at Chateau de Versailles will be delayed and the Galerie des glace will be open,  The renovation of the Grands  Appartements will be delayed . However ,more news the pavillon Dufour, that now houses the administration of the palace and areas private of the palace will be entirely renovated; this to offer a better entrance to visitors modeled after the Pyramide of the Louvres, Paris. The administration will then be move to the Grand Comun at ave de l’independance Americain that will be finish soon and already renovated.

And yes finally , the Paris CDG airport will house a museum of  250 m2 with expositions renewing every 6 months. This will be by T2E on the new satellite wing at S4.  It will take turn with work from all the Paris museum, and word has it the first one display will be from the Musée Rodin.  It should have been finished by December but now it has been delayed into the new year. Look out for it here. 

Have a great week ,cheers.

November 7, 2012

Some news from France LXXXVII

Let’s get it rolling, another wonderful escape to Paris, am I lucky? It seems the city nevers gets away from me and that’s fine too.

It was a long journey by TGV train from Auray stopping by Vannes, Redon, and Rennes before reaching Paris Montparnasse. Going was ok, taken the Metro to reach Levallois Perret for my business meeting was OK; the problem was coming back in the evening.

Metro was stop underground scary don’t like that, electric problems, on line 3, then arrive late for my TGV and luckily same rate so they just exchange for free but but, the next train was two hours later lol!!! So kill time at the gare is not fun, venturing out was fun a bit, and then the TGV was late,and slow down en route so I was supposed to reach home by 20h30 instead arrive at 23h30!! those are trains for you. BY car it would have been better lol!!!

I had the chance to visit my old office at rue depart, and then venture out a bit, and saw some of lovely Paris getting ready for Christmas season, by the way the lights are out at champs-elysées, must see. Went on for my business meeting alright with a nice lunch at classic French resto Chartier, classic was the St Jacques with wild rice, and the saucison de Lyon with red wine from the Côte Roannaise and coffee. Nice. One for the future reference, very well served and great food, in a nice elegant old world ambiance. This is at Levallois Perret ,dep 92 Hauts de Seine.

Now some of the latest from my pickup fresh air in Paris with a bit of pollution to balance your diet ::)

The Vélib bikes is in for sure with 23 801 bikes per day in 1 742 stations, however, complaints are falling in as there is a shortages of 5500 bikes as promised and the verification system is lacking so now the city will put an audit to find out.  No panic this is just to have some quality measurements in place to monitor quality of service.

Great even at Domaine de Chantilly (castle)  7, rue du Connétable, 60500 Chantilly. Tél. +33  (0) 3 44 27 31 80. open every day except Tuesdays from 10h30 to 17h.  Last until January 7 2013. Entitled «Delacroix et l’aube de l’orientalisme»,shows the affection of the Duke d’Amale for the Oriental culture , 22 paintings and designs retracing the history of orientalism, the expedition of Napoleon Bonaparte, the beginning of Romanticism, showcasing the artists  and travelers of the military oriental world. webpageénements-à-laffiche/delacroix-et-l’aube-de-l’orientalisme

Something new just very near Paris, Marks & Spencer has another store at the end of metro line 3 station Louise-Michel to find your  cheddar, sandwichs poulet tikka masala and others  poulet korma. The new store has  7 000 m² !!! open in the new commercial shopping center of So Ouest ,  31, rue d’Alsace, 92300 Levallois-Perret. Also,  RER C Pereire or the train sncf  line L, Clichy-Levallois. webpage of center and webpage of the store which does not even have the new one in it yet, first news from me lol!!!

Have some fantastic seafood at Le Garnier,111, rue Saint Lazare ,you may be wondering this is an old place Mallards nownew name and same good seafood, excellent dish like this one  cabillaud doré au beurre entouré de petits cèpes bouchons. Something like young codfish golden butter roast with small mushrooms buttons. email reservations here  part of the group Menut webpage

And the magnificent favorite of mine for years,  Café Prunier, 15, place de la Madeleine,. open every day except Sundays. Formule: at 35 €, menus at 40 € and 99 € (all caviar). Carte:between  60-70 €.webpage

up my alley, a new restaurant South African style , Restaurant Cap, 42, boulevard Pereire,. Tél.:+33  (0) 1 44 40 04 15. For lunch open every day except Saturdays, Sundays,and Mondays. For dîner,from Wednesdays to Saturdays  Métro: Wagram. webpage see more at bottom of my blog for the site,

And I left you with a nice parc Saint Cloud in dept 92 Saint Cloud easy at end of line 10 metro de Paris, seee it all here in French, a breath of fresh in the outer lungs of Paris.

Enjoy my belle France. Cheers!!!


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