Archive for May, 2013

May 23, 2013

Some news from France CV

This is the weather, always folks asking questions well the weather is hard to predict even by the pros. We are in Spring bu today is chilly, a Fall feeling still within us,and Summer well ,we will see.

Something to dream on are the gardens of France.  Giuseppe Penone of Italy is all over the Chateau de Versailles, he is the invited artist of 2013, until October 21st. His sculptures ,some especifically done for the exhibition will be presented to the public by the  Grande Perspective (big parvis going out to gardens back of castle) ,and in the Bosquet de l’Etoile. . Also,  the great garden and reading expo show going on

At the Grand Palais, work by  Aude de Thuin back after an absent of 10 years, transforming the Grand Palais into a giant garden around the vegetables and small gardens such as  jardin de papier from parfumeur Francis Kurkdjian, potager vintage of Truffaut, etc. run is until June 3rd.

You have the beautiful  jardin-forêt de la BnF François Miterrand the 1 and 2 June from 13h to 18h.  and at Milly-là-Fôret you have the opportunity to meet  Cyclop of Jean Tinguely  that gives an eye opener on the environmental forest. June 1 and 2nd from 13h30  to 18h , réservation tel +33 01 64 98 95 18

 At Vallée aux Loups, 46-56, rue de Chateaubriand, 92290, Châtenay-Malabry, you have guided visits Saturday and Sunday from 14H30 to 16h, retracing the history of the du parc de Chateaubriand. Same activity at Saint-Cloud on the traces of  Le Nôtre, Contant d’Ivry ,and  Hurtault ( june 1 and 2 at 14h30) or at the garden of the Domaine de Villarceaux (june 1 and 2 from 14h to 18h) ,with the theme of contemporary arts into gardens , . At  Gerard Garouste with the song of «Défi du Soleil» in Saint-Cloud to help children of ,  or at Domaine de Chamarande with artists interventions . To note, in the  jardin des Douves de Marcoussis, you will have the possibility of seeing students of the work done on the project of gardening paysage.

You have all of the above and more at the culture gardening site of France

at the Museum d’histoire Naturelle, you have rare plants and small animals given away many activities of the festivities of gardening for free. Such as initiation to naturalist designs, analyse the song of birds, construction of an insect mound,games, films, animation, and birthing of butterflies.  All this in the running fo the Fête de la Nature or nature party on May 25 and 26 just around the corner.

Secrets of gardens in the Essonne dept 91 south of Paris, you will find from June 1 to 9, activities at flower garden at Saint-Jean-de-Beauregard, Noces de Figaro at Courson, game of roots at Courances, and ,also, opening of gardens to the public such as the collection of roses at the jardin d’Igor and Tamara at Saclas,the collection of bamboos of the Symphorine at  Janville-sur-Juine. more here

And Until June 2 at the grand jardin des Tuileries, where Le Nôtre grew up and died at the Tuileries after redesigned the gardens there ,you will have Jardins, Jardin to celebrate its 10the edition with an expo at the Louvre on  Le Nôtre and a new perspective on the new urban ideas. Demonstration of 14 gardens and 10 terraces by the gardeners paysagistes themselves on site. Next to this, 100’s of expo stand, designers and garden growers showing their creation from all over the area and France.  More here 

To continue with Le Nôtre celebration, the Galerie des Puces shows many objects of arts life on gardens, tapisseries, garden utensils, tables chairs, dishes all design by Olivier Riols, founder of  Jardins Jardin, and extending over the  marchés Paul Bert and Serpette.all until July 29 ;more here

La Galerie verte, will showcase advise on gardening from paysagiste Amaury Gallon, ,graduate of the école Tecomah (Jouy-en-Josas) ,who specialise in vegetable walls. The owner of the Jardins de Babylone, will present vegetable paintings in small and medium sizes (from 80 to 200 €),where the leaves and flowers have been fossilise thanks to the glycérine, that will allow to live for 10 years in the portrait. location: 6, rue des Jeûneurs,75002. Tél. +33 (0) 1 40 41 90 40. A field of Lin at  Palais-Royal, the American designer Hilton McConnico will plant a field of lin of about  1000 m²  in front of the  Louvre,from June 3 to 9.  An idea of the Confédération européenne  du lin et du chanvre (CELC) ,that helps build this form of art ,which had ask the previous decorator of cinema and scenary , lover of the vegetable world to come to do this here. La chaise Fermob, icône du Luco, the ambiance will be recreated at the Jardin du Luxembourg ,choosing 24 new colors from the mythical chair created in 1923 and redone by the designer  Frédéric Sofia for Fermob.  Lighter, bend ,the new model of aluminum is the latest vogue at about 169 €. Find it at Fermob83, av. Ledru-Rollin (75012) ,more info here

Not that the museum is not nice, but the best here is the Salon de Thé,right in the terrace gardens at the Musée de la Vie Romantique, 16 Rue Chaptal, (75009) . Info here . And last but def not least , the Le Relais du Parc  started the season with a new menu under chef  Stéphane Duchiron ,have lunch under the sun in a beautiful terrace ,ice cream sublimes under nice leafy trees. 55-57, avenue Raymond-Poincaré,(75016)  right inside Marriott hotel trocadéro,

Until next time, enjoy your week. Cheers.

May 15, 2013

Some news from France CIIII

Here is midweek, our house hunting continues and just cloudy,rainy ,cool nice typical Breton weather in May. Some of the new buzz around are;

The Cannes Film Festival is going on with the stars walking on the Croisette, Michael Douglas, Steven Speilberg,Nicole Kidman,Cindy Crawford, Georgia May Jagger,Bérénice Bejo,Alain Delon,Sharon Stone, Lana Del Rey,  and many others arriving. This year the President of the jury and the jury are

Président du jury :
Steven Spielberg

Les membres du jury :

Vidya Balan
Naomi Kawase
Nicole Kidman
Lynne Ramsay
Daniel Auteuil
Ang Lee
Cristian Mungiu
Christoph Waltz

the selection for this year’s films are;:

Behind the Candelabra de Steven Soderbergh
Borgman de Alex Van Warmerdam
Grigris de Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
Heli d’Amat Escalante
Inside Llewyn Davis de Joel et Ethan Coen
Jeune et jolie de François Ozon
Jimmy P. d’Arnaud Desplechin
La Vénus à la fourrure de Roman Polanski
La vie d’Adèle de Abdellatif Kechiche
Le passé d’Asghar Farhadi
Like Father Like Son de Kore-Eda Hirokazu
Michael Kohlhaas d’Arnaud Des Pallières
Nebraska d’Alexander Payne
Only God Forgives de Nicolas Winding Refn
Only Lovers Left Alive de Jim Jarmusch
Shield of Straw de Takashi Miike
The great Beauty de Paolo Sorrentino
The immigrant de James Gray
Touch of sin de Jia Zhang Ke
Un château en Italie de Valeria Bruni Tedeschi

and the official site is going on until May 26 2013.

This weekend is the nuit des musées or night of museums with many opening for free on May 18 saturday. Some of the best presentations will be of

Musée National de l’Orangerie, the students of the music conservatory will play pieces of jazz in the room or Salles Matisse-Picasso, from 21h30 to 23h30. THe Musée Carnavalet will show scenes of the Trois Mousquetaires of Alexandre Dumas in the gardens every three quarter hour from 19h30. Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature will have several artists , stories ,concerts until   midnite. Musée des Arts

 et Métiers, will encounter the play La Liberté éclairant le monde and a biplane Breguet 1911. Musée du service de santé des armées au Val de Grace, rarely open will have guided tours of the museum and the church from 19h30, reservations advised. Musée national de la Légion d’honneur et des Ordres de chevalerie, will have the grand maitre or grand master present to discuss with the public until midnite.  Musée d’Orsay, just across the parvis will have a free visit to the current exposition L’Ange du Bizarre,Le romanticism black from Goya to Max Ernst. Until 

23h. The Petit Palais will have some new works  from its reserves such as paintings by Félix Ziem,the sculptures of Jules Dalou, and the collection of medals. The Musée de la Franc-Maçonnerie, will have public conferences and guide visit to it s temple from 19h to 23h. The musée du Général Leclerc de Hauteclocque, Musée Jean Moulin in the 15éme arrondissement will have the theater presentation of Prémier combat:La Croix text from Jean Moulin from 19h to 20h30 reservation is obligatory at tel +33  01 40 64 39 44. Musée national des arts asiatiques Guimet, expo on the «Mystérieuses cités d’or» you will see dances and music of the students of the national conservatory. The Musée de Balzac, evening dedicated to woman as Balzac saw them. Musée national de la Marine, models and marine stories by the students of the École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs.  This is all in Paris.

While in the region of Île-de-France, you have the following favorites;

Musée d’art et d’histoire de Melun in Seine et Marne dept 77, a theater spectacle at 20h30, 21h30 and 22h done by the company of the castles of sand or  compagnie Les Châteaux de sable. My nostalgic favorite the Musée Bossuet in Meaux also dept 77, passarelle of Venetian costumes until  23 h, and musical nights with carriages until midnite. Musée départemental de préhistoire d’Ile de France at Nemours,dept 77.  You will see the last mammouth found in France, baptise  Helmut. At the famous Chateau de Fontainebleau, dept 77, you will see the  grands appartements until midnite with an animation around the theme of lights and bulbs in the exterior gardens. Maison natale de Louis Braille at Coupvray dept 77, the native home of Louis Braille to start on his system of writing. The musée rambolitrain ,another nostalgic favorite in Rambouillet dept 78 Yvelines. collection of trains toys, and vapor train ride in the garden  from 20h to 01h only 1,50€. The musée français de la  photographie in Biévres dept 91 Essonne, guided visit ,and shops around the photo, creation of photograms with an inscription at tel +33 01 69 35 16 50. Musée des années trente-Espace Landowski, at Boulogne-Billancourt dept 92 Hauts de Seine, visit to the collections, the kids are invited to do their creations ,until midnite. Cité de la Céramique, at Sévres dept 92, porcelain expo on the music instruments in porcelain!done by Nicolas Frize. The musée de l’Air et de l”Espace at Le Bourget, dept 93 Seine Saint Denis; kiss the nose of the Concorde and an air orchestra playing music until 22h45.

and I close with a Bagel yes the popular American bagel is here to stay thanks to places like this one, you must stop by in Paris .L’Atelier du Bagel, 31, rue Saint-Lazare – 75009, Tél.+33 01 44 63 71 59. Open mondays to fridays from  11h30 to 14h30, and monday to Saturdays from  19h to  22h30 (eat in or take out as well as deliveries) webpage

Cheers Enjoy France!

May 11, 2013

Some news from Bretagne XII

This has been a nice long five days weekend due to holidays and rest days in France. We have done many things but for later, now let me tell you what’s going on in my part of the world.

First ,the Zoo at Pont Scorff  is celebrating 40 years this  year wow!  You have five hours of visit in a nice setting from an effort of local people who care about these animals; a nice family outing for a day near Lorient and me; see the new baby elephant born there…

And ,then several events coming up that I like and chose for my blog, go there ,they are good. First, at the museum of fine arts or musée des Beaux-Arts of Quimper you have the exhibition of  De Véronése à Casanova an Italian journey until September 30 2013.

The Tara Oceans Polar Circle trip will depart from the Cité Eric Tabarly on May 19 at 14h, expo will be shown free on may 18 and 19 in Lorient. This is a sailing expedition and grand for the whole family, one of our favorite spots here.

The nice post cards museum Cartopole near me at Baud will have a free admission day during the Nuit des Musées Saturday May 18. All about post cards and history of the region thru post cards ,unique and nice. in French but go here to know about schedules and admissions remember that day is free admission, Renseignements ( horaires, tarifs… )

Get closer to nature and come to the Fête de la Nature, all over France and of course the Morbihan dept 56 where I live, here a nice show is done May 18 and 19 at Gestel, in Domaine du Lain, free admission, Saturday from 14-19H and Sunday from 10h to 19h;

More on the music scene come to Astropolis in pays de Brest from July 4-14 2013. Some good artists like Pachanga boys, Elisa do Brasil etc will be performing live. Here are the artists

City center Brest on May 25 the Le Printemps des Sonneurs will be back with big band style from 14h to 19h with bands marching and a big Fez Noz by 20h at the Caréne. Tourism of Brittany info here , in French but a bit of history of the Celtic big band you will encounter in pure traditional ambiance, peu d’histoire

Not officially in Brittany but very well connected is the festival Les 3 eléphants held in Laval, from May 2′-26 2013. Great music especially from Don Cavalli,woodkid, Sallie Ford etc, the whole line up is here;

The Festival du bout du monde at the presqu’ ile de Crozon dept finistére 29 from august 2-4 2013 will be back with the great one Joe Cocker, Yasmin Levy, Cali,Amparo Sanchez, Kool and the Gang, and Jacques Higelin to mention my favorites, a must. The program here,

Just over the other side of Normandy, we have one that I used to go and still goes strong ,so many oh my, but in July I will be traveling on business a lot so so, here it is for you. July 5-7 2013; the Festival Beauregard is a smash with this year The Smashing Pumpkins Local Natives, The hives, The Dusty rainbow experience, juveniles,Olivia Ruiz,  Benjamin Biolay,and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion to name a few known ones. Of course ,it will be held as always in th wonderful Chateau Beauregard at Hérouville-St-Clair n Calvados dept 14. the festival site And while at it you might make it an extra time to visit the adventures in the park gardens of the castle and the castle too,  The off and on resident owner is English and a friend from the Paris days.

Back close to me at Landerneau we have on August 9-11 2013 the Fête du Bruit or noise party with amongst others Snoop Dogg, Saez, Madness, Sinead O’Connor,and the Jim Jones Revue.

Another that I heard from collegues here is pretty good is the Bobital Festival at Parc du Louvre à Bobital or about 10 kms from Dinan. YOu can go by train there then taxi over or car pooling as the best way to reach the park is by car; you will see Cali here as well as Lilly Wood & the Pricks,and The Octopus amongst others.

Last at Brest a nice place under renovation even when I visit is now open, in the  château-musée national de la Marine de Brest, the reopening of the tours Paradis  allows five new halls for expos inside the historical museum here since 1923 . The nex expo is dedicated to the contemporary Marines presenting the arsenal of Brest from after the industrial revolution to our days And of cours on the night of museums or nuit des musées on May 18 it will be free to the public,

Click on the following link for the programme in your region, about the museum night, or nuit des musées in France;

Have a great end weekend everybody. Cheers



May 5, 2013

Some news from France CIII

Leisure Sunday today semi cloudy sunny temps  high of 18C or about 55F. Awaiting the big break end of next week two holidays and a bridge so only two days of work in la belle France!!!

We watch the TV program Top Chef, in the TV chain M6 here,and there is a new winner, Le Figaro ,came up with the previous winners and where they are now, so interesting for the culinary mind in us to tell you about them a bit.

It is Mme Naoêlle d’Hainaut the previous sous-chef of the Hotel Bristol,Paris that won! the 2013 edition. The Bristol is the only palace hotel in Paris with a four stars from Michelin.  Naoêlle now is looking to open her own restaurant coming up soon…. The first winner back in 2010 was Romain Tischenko,and since then he ,also, has a restaurant in Paris, Le Galopin, 34, rue Sainte-Marthe (75009) , tel +33 (0) 1 42 06 05 03. Open tuesdays to saturdays in the evenings and wednesdays to fridays for lunch. Formules of 20-25€, lunch and dinner 46€;

The third winner of the competition in 2012 was Jean Imbert, trained at the famous Lyonnaise school or école Bocuse. He, too,has a restaurant , L’Acajou,  35 bis, rue la Fontaine, (75016). Tél. +33 (0) 1 42 88 04 47. Open every day except saturday, for lunch and dinner. formule lunch about 40€,and dinner about  60€.

The next is a semi finalist of the second competition in 2011 was Pierre-Sang Boyer, of Korean origin ,and trained in London, previously the chef of the Opéra of Lyon.  Open as him with Pierre Sang in Oberkampf, 55 rue Oberkampf, 75011; Open tuesdays to fridays  12-14h30 and 19-22h30  saturdays 19h_22h30, for lunch and dinner, formules from 15-25€ lunch, evening dinner about 35€.

Semi finalist of the first edition in 2010, Brice Morvent, open the restaurant Au Comptoir de Brice at the covered market or Marché couvert Saint Martin, 33 rue du Château d’Eau/20 rue Bouchardon ,75010. Open tuesdays to saturdays from 12h à 18h (continuous service) , and Sundays from  11h- 14h.  average formules from 30-40€.

Semi finalist in 2011, the young  Toulousain  Paul-Artur Berlan, that took cooking classes with Franck Putelat in Carcassonne, the at Toulouse with Michel Serran, went to  Oslo,Norway ,before joining  chef Yannick Alléno at the Hôtel Meurice in  Paris from  2007-2010. He ,then did tours in March  2011 with the group of La Classe and Chez Vous (75009). He too ,open his restaurant as Metropolitain 8, rue de Jouy, (75004). Open every day except saturdays for the lunch and dinner; formules for dinner 35-55€. Lunch about  17-22€.  The resto is decorated with posters from the Metro=metropolitain.

And with a provençal cuisine and decor,  Stéphanie Le Quellec, winner of the second edition of Top Chef 2011, has been named the executive chef of the restaurant named La Scéne inside the Hôtel Prince de Galles (75003); the hotel(renovated) and resto is to open May 16.

The nuit européenne des musées or the European Museum Nights is opening with free visits to museums all over France on May 18 2013.  You can check out the activities by town here at official site,

Also, for those seeking great Jazz and I am one a good one is coming up in the popular district of Saint-Germain-des-Prés in Paris and its festival. Running from May 19 to June 3 2013, more here  a great way to meet some new ones and come back to good oldies.

And you want a Food Revolution well its on its way to Paris on May 19, we need to stand up for good food not junk; and we have the final word. So get up and buy natural good farmers stuff not the industrialise crap.  It starts on May 17 in about 75 countries, and why not join in near you!  Info, most of the activities in Paris will be in the 19éme arrondissement from 10h on. You will have a nice burger at La Cantoche  or in the lawns of the parc des Buttes Chaumont doing a nice pique nique as well as visit the jardins du Ruisseau,

or participate on a blind test organoleptic at the Bellevilloise.

And I leave you with  my belle France! Cheers!!!


May 1, 2013

My travels in the Morbihan ,part III

I continue seek out new places and some I return to in my new area. This time in our search for a house we went back to a town I almost live in. This is Saint Avé in the agglomeration or metropolitan area of Vannes,a city of about 11K people.

When I first came into the area there was an apartment offered here but thought the stairs were a bit tight to go to the second floor so decided not to. This is how I got to know Saint Avé. Thereafter, came by several times to eat and shop at the Hyper U hypermarket here.

This time came in with the whole gang to seek some addresses for houses and see the neighborhood. Needless to say, the area is tops, very nice,big homes,clean, and a quiet feel even if on May 1 Labor day here in France.

The town has a walkpath on the camp de César as records have it the great Cesar of Rome had a camp here . Difficult to determine the exact date, but there it was at 125 meters high surrounded by wells and canals to protect its access and a good view over the gulf down Vannes way. It is a historical place named in France. More on the Saint Avé city govt page in French

The church of Saint Gervais et Saint Protais suffered a lot on humidity problems, was destroyed in the 19C and rebuilt between 1830 and 1834 where the building of today is from. The old church dates back to the 15C and those parts dates from  1426 to 1481.  Read more in French at the city govt page ,

The other more known and kept is the Chapel of Notre Dame du Loc where built from  1475 to 1494 is still an example of the Breton religious art. Amongst the richest inside you will find retables in sand, a chancel cross from 1500, granite retables and an alabaster from England, a formidable collection of polychrome statues from the 15C to 19C where the it has the Virgin and the Child recently restored. More in French at the city govt page

There are many nice castles and manoirs or mansion houses around the city, a nice forest area, and great lively city center,a potential for the family,and a nice getaway for visitors and guest alike!

It is attached touristically to the Vannes regional government center and capital of the Morbihan, unfortunately the info on Saint Avé is not translated, you can see the items some of them posted here and use a translation service like google or bing, it will be a nice exercise to do so because of my post ::) Enjoy the tour.

Tags: ,
%d bloggers like this: