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December 20, 2012

Some news from France LXXXXIII

Nice day one more and I am off on end of year vacation until Jan 2 2013. Where i will be is a secret until I come back ok.

I just had a bottle of muscat de rivesaltes muscat de Noêl from Domaine Brial had at my favorite store Nicolas in Vannes. There is the tradition in the Roussillon that was part of the kingdom of Mallorca, the catalan areas that started in the 14C, the first muscat from the harvest of the year was about this month and it was call the muscat de Noêl or Christmas muscat. It was full of fruits, passion fruit and grapefruits all in one, very sweet , great.

yesterday the Chateau de Versailles open to folks working for the French red cross,(croix rouge) a special day for them on their hard work. the ceremony was done in the Galerie des Batailles or battle room with a performance from the theater troopers. This was made possible by the Fondation of the Française de Jeux or lottery organism in France. Very nice gesture,and worth mentioning.

Boomer, 16 new speed radars are on in Paris, for speed ticketing and can be expensive at much as losing your license… the majority are red light radars or 11 of the 16, and can cost you 135€ plus four  points off your license (max of 12 points).

Here this out, the perfums of France. Promise Consulting Inc., a marketing and surveys company together with  have done for the f ourth time a survey between woman on which perfums they prefer (listen up you dudes ,guys out there) . The study was done with samples from  1082 persons from 18 yrs old and more between November 28 and December 15  2012. And with the rare exception of  Guerlain, the oldest perfumer house dating from  1828, and  Lancôme, cosmetics since  1935, the rest comes from high fashion houses/ This is the ranking,

1/ J’adore de DIOR

2/ Miss Dior de DIOR

3/ Chanel N°5

4/ Nina de Nina Ricci

5/ Flower de Kenzo

6/ Parisienne d’Yves Saint-Laurent

7/ La petite robe noire de Guerlain

8/ Trésor de Lancôme

9/ Le premier parfum de Lolita Lempicka

10/ L’air de Nina Ricci

born in 1919, CHANEL n°5  shows up almost a century but only in 3rd place, we find in first place  DIOR J’adore. One of the best sellers since 1999 in Europe. From here we find the advertising counts as present of Charlize Theron explains their success. Finally, LANCOME Trésor  is still here since 1990 thanjs to ads by  Isabella Rossellini, Inès Sastre ,and today Kate Winslet.

Great things in wine country, my favorite in the whole world of Bordeaux of course. All others try to imitate same grapes, same advisors, same barrils,same methods, but the land tells it all. 12M euros by the UE help to build the Cité des Civilisations du Vin. The project will begin construction by the first trimester of 2013 for a final opening in 2015.  A project to show off the magic of wine, mythological, mythical, sacre, from Egyptians, Greek,and Romans rites, and the vinyards and wine present  in the old testament and as a symbol of the Catholic lithurgy!!!  It will have a space of  14 000 m2, and a permanent exhibition area of  4 250 m2 ,and  750 m2 dedicated to temporary exhibitions with an admission price estimated to be between  5 and 20 €. webpage

The  Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins de Bordeaux, the organism that represent the Bordeaux wines estimates that from August 2011 to July 31  2012,  5,55 millions hectoliters of wine of bordeaux were commercialise for a value of  4,3 billions euros, with  an increase in sales in France of 2% and export 10% compare to the previous year. In Value, the UK is in first place with 420 millions euros,second is China with 354 millions €, and then Hong-Kong 295
millions €. webpage

One last one the Dîner de Noël  December 24 and meal of the 25, will be grand at the .Restaurant le Montparnasse 1900 at 59, bd du Montparnasse, webpage

and  for immediate boarding the super réveillon-croisière de Noël 2012  on the  Seine aboard the boat Capitaine Fracasse,at  Île au Cygnes
Pont de Bir-Hakeim – for 99 € inclus half a bottle of Bordeaux Château Guillot (menu of  89 €  for children under 10. webpage

UPDATE; public transport in Paris will be free from Dec 31 5Pm to Jan 1 2013 12pm midday. the site in French tells you all,

Also, increase security during the Christmas to New Year season in Paris and Versailles. Until Jan 15 2013 there will be  4700 police and gendarmes on the roads of Paris, with the tourist sites especially cover for your safety such as Opéra, Grands Boulevards, Champs-Elysées, Trocadéro, Montmartre, Saint-Germain etc with a special internet site to help the merchants react to these eventualities at          the city is safe!!!

 and dont forget to use the tourist office, a load of information in them just for the asking. Paris at , the region of Paris, Versailles etc Ile de France, at  , tourism in Brittany my new area at  , and the seldom use tourist site for France with addresses of all tourist offices, at


Merry Christmas and Happy New Years !!!


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