Archive for June, 2013

June 26, 2013

Some news from France CVIIII

Mid week is always fun around here, light work and little school so we come home earlier. The big news is the Summer sales begins today all over with few exceptions in FRance!! Soldes d’éte.

They began wednesday June 26 at 8H and will finish on Tuesday July 30. see more of it here, you know 64% of French people do their shopping during this period! according to an article in L’Express of today.

In other news ,the heritage days will be this year on September 14-15. The sites will be up with the programs by July 15. This is the journée du patrimoine where many site usually or always closed to the public are open, and it has catch up all over Europe too.  The site will let you know,

You can splash in a 15 meter  pool at the hotel Shangri-La. 10, av. d’Iéna  this summer for 250€,

You can have a nice dinner at the Comptoir du Relais and then ask for room  n° 56, attached to resto, and available for the night. The room is next to a wonderful nid nest of swallows on the roofstops of Paris. They will leave in the morning. Hotel Relais Saint-Germain 6, carrefour de l’Odéon ;  I must add one of my favorite spots in Paris!

In the Jardin des Plantes we have the bats night event coming back and ever so popular, a film by 19h30 and the see the bats by 21h;this is for August 24, and see webpage

Before that for the July 14 National Day festivities or Bastille day, at the Chateau de Rambouillet, a fireworks display to remember. From 22h45 to 02h and then a bal dance at place de la liberation. Catch the tourist office for details as the event approaches,

and for summer with 50 tons of sand, come for the best beach in the area city wise that is. At La Plage. From June 21 to September 15. at  Glazart, 7-15, av. de la Porte-de-la-Villette;

Paris to the conquest of the Seine is ready since June 19 ,the Bergers du Seine, and many innovations along the mythical river of Paris.  Among the facilities already in place, a climbing wall, a space picnic, teepees for kids, containers housing games. The restaurants have more difficult to finalize their project, including Faust and Rosa Bonheur. It also expected with curiosity the garden floating and the five islands moored near the pont de L’alma, forming five different atmospheres, illustrating biodiversity.  Some more traffic congestions but the city is not for the car anyway, we just try harder ::) The city plans a private monitoring device and rounds mountain bike police day and night. Life isn’t always a bed of roses. more on a webpage

At the Stade de France June 29 we will have Bruce Springteen, with tickets from 57€ to 99€! yikes

WELL JUST IN CAN’T WAIT FOR NEXT POSTING SO HERE IT IS. The chateau de Champs sur Marne is finally open after restorations. 31 Rue de Paris  77420 Champs-sur-Marne, this is just outside Paris(18 kms on RER A)  and on the Seine-et-Marne dept where my wife is from.  Built in the 18C , it had many famous tenants from the Duke of Valliére, Duke de Lévis, and Marquise de Pompadour. In 1895, Louis Cahen d’Anvers, a great collectionist in love with the 18C ask architect Destailleur to restore it and call upon Henri Duchêne for the park/gardens. webpage

Well this is it for now, happy trails in France, the movable feast country !!!!!!!


June 19, 2013

Some news from France CVIII

Another midweek stage n wonderful Brittany. The weather is cloudy, sun ,cloudy,and cool with light rain; but then again this is Brittany. I said this is Brittany lol!

Summer is coming and work ,construction, and improvement are here as well. This is Paris RATP transport site given the latest that I receive instantly, the best way to plan.  So June 30,July 7,21, and 28 line 1 of metro will be close  until 10h. Station Barbés-Rochechouart line 2 closed june 24 to August 30 to do the glass protective walls. Line 5 between place d’Italie and Bastille, close July 1 to August 30 to do viaducs work. Line 7bis station Jaurés renovation of station from August 5 to October 27. line 13 between Saint Lazare and porte de Clichy and porte de Saint Ouen closed August 3-4 for track work.

Continue with the tramway T1 between Théatre Gérard Philipe and Hôtel de ville de La Courneuve , closed from 20h work on tracks between june 18 and July 2. Between La Courneuve 8mai 1945 and Bobigny-Pablo Picasso closed from 20h on June 25. Between La Courneuve,Six Routes and La Courneuve 8 mai 1945 closed from July 8 to August 30th.

OrlyVal, between Antony and Orly airport ouest /west terminal closed until July 31 from Monday to Thursday from 21h to end of service. RER A, between Rueil-Malmaison and Saint-Germain-en-laye modif train circulation from July 22 to August 25. and RER B between Lozére and Orsay-Ville, same from July 14 to August 18. WELCOME TO PARIS!

The group restauranteur Bertram who manage several known restaurant is now the manager of all the restos and event rooms at the department store Au Printemps. Brasserie Printemps, the next door ,salon Montmartre, and Le Déli-cieux, located in the roofs of the store with a magnificent 360 ° view of Paris to Sacre Coeur and al.  and for detail on their restos ,some are my all time favorites in Paris like la Gare,

The first automobile in France was a peugeot in 1891!  since then a lot asphalt has been done, today there are over 38 million of them with 31 million private cars. The average time to hold on to a car in France is 8,3 years, (me I am well  under lol!)  Cars with gasoline reach  38,7%, of the market while those with diesel or gazole reaches  61,3%.  Here they tell us that if you use the car for under 15 000 kms it is better the gasoline and if over 15K then its diesel (good too I have diesel and go about 25K lol!!).

The Autolib electric car rental in Paris in place after 18 months is holding up well. The first one in December 2011 at Rue Victor-Hugo (75016). At that time there were only 60 cars, today they are 1800 Bluecar in circulation with almost  30 000 users. The system will be expanding in France to another dozen cities soon. It even has its site in English as well,

a marvelous market in Paris, the flea market of Porte de Vanves, avenue Georges Lafenestre. Métro Porte de Vanves, open Saturday all day and Sunday from 7h to 13h, avenue M Sangnier 7h to 15h and to 17h by avenue G Lafenestre. The story: for hygiene and taxes the market were done outside the city, then in 1920 this one was done after been moved twice; first for the low income rising buildings or HBM and then when the beltway périphérique was done the famous BP in 1965.  Now under the trees you have 350 vendors of second hand items, objects of the arts of the table, glassware and silverware, ceramics and pottery, but also furniture and objects of 18th, 19th, 20C , various vintage furniture from classical to the sharp vintage lace. webpage

A destination from Paris Gare du Nord, in about 45 minutes you arrive at L’isle Adam in the dept 95 Val d’Oise. Balzac said of l’Isle-Adam that she was ‘the earthly paradise ‘… Even today this metaphor has its meaning… Located 32 km from Paris, in a green setting, l’Isle-Adam is a haven of peace and tranquility. A beautiful forest ideal for hiking, a verdant Park of 6 hectares in the city centre, a guided path for peaceful walks on the seafront of the river Oise, la Garenne that host swans, ducks and other coots, a fragrant rose garden and ponds of many gardens and alleys flower according to the seasons, are what makes  the Isle-Adam deserves of  its epithet “City Park”. L’Isle-Adam is also its rich heritage: it is the bridge of the Cabouillet dating from the 17C, it is the Church Saint-Martin that the Constable Anne de Montmorency was completed in 1567, it is the castle of blinds witness of the history of the town since the 18th century and which is currently undergoing renovation, the streets of the City Centre with their fountains and statues and it is the Chinese Pavilion pretty “factory” of the 18th century which has benefited from a high quality restoration. Built in the Carolina Park, it is now open to the public every Saturday and Sunday afternoon for free and tours.L’Isle-Adam, in summer, it is its famous sandy beach with its cabins dating back to 1920 and which served as decorations in many films, its two basins and its great outdoor games space. L’Isle-Adam is still the culture with the Centre of Art Jacques Henri Lartigue, which submits each year two exhibitions of the Museum of Art and history Louis Senlecq. L’Isle-Adam is finally rich associative and sports (golf 18 holes, tennis courts, equestrian centres,…) and animations throughout the year: Carnival, the Art market, the Salon des Antiquaires, the fair in books, the horticultural fair, the race of bathtubs, flea, exhibitions, concerts, river cruises… and its inevitable market TuesdayFriday and Sunday mornings under the Hall from the city centre. L’Isle-Adam also allows boaters from all over Europe to dock on the banks of the Oise thanks to its pontoon equipped with a hydrant water supply and electricity. A heaven to be discovered and now you know, the webpage

See you around in the roads of France. Cheers.

June 11, 2013

Some news from France CVII

ok ok so this is the season of strikes, a national past time here but if you are a regular user of public transport (not me) then you know its hell.

We are having announce pre strike notice of the air traffic controllers for June 11 to 13 and the SNCF from June 12 to 14 all over France, so if coming over check before you leave home and seek alternatives.

In the meantime, here I am telling my wine buds how to enjoy drinking in nice company.  Françoise Pauly,  and his daughter Roxane Brooke  will launch the Vinea site Love June 16, 2013, during the inauguration of the  Vinexpo. is both dating site, social and professional network, site cash together amateurs as professionals of the wine.

The “vinealovers” from around the world will therefore find profiles that their match to seduce or simply friendly or professional contacts. They can also share links, photos or videos and participate in discussion groups via the public forum. Registration to the website will be free until the thousandth Member, then the rate will vary between 15 and 18 euros/month. webpage
SOS for flamenco in Spain, I have been noticing for quite some time now, but recently it was an article in Orange about it. The best are leaving to perform in France !!! “The situation is very difficult in Spain: to dance, I almost have to put myself the money on the table”, exclaims Farruquito, passing through Paris to present “Abolengo” it will give on 6 July in Mont de Marsan with Mexican dancer Kallas Amaya.  Grandson of Farruco and son of the Farruca, two figures of flamenco “baile”, Farruquito made her first on the international stage at  5 years old  on Broadway.  It is part of the flamenco stars running for a long time abroad, like the dancer and choreographer Maria Pagés, who gives his latest creation “Utopia” at the opening of the festival Arte Flamenco de Marsan (South-West of the France).  “The export has always been a characteristic of flamenco,” explains Miguel Mora, correspondent of El País in Paris and author of the book “La voz de los flamencos” (2008).
In France the art of Flamenco  is passionate since the 19th century , after travel of the romantics in Spain (Chateaubriand, Hugo, Musset…), Théophile Gautier and Prosper Mérimée, who found the inspiration for his “Carmen” there resumed subsequently for his opera by Bizet. Therefore, the first biennial of flamenco art at the Parisian Théâtre de Chaillot, in partnership with the regions of  Andalusia.  Among the ten given performances from 19 to 29 June at Chaillot, many come from Seville or international festival of music and dance of Granada, such “Federico según Lorca” of choreographer and dancer Eva Yerbabuena, children of the poet.

Chaillot also organizes “Personals” figures of flamenco (Eva Yerbabuena, Andres Marin) and contemporary artists (Carolyn Carlson, Kader Attou). A Sevillian ball ponctuera this first edition June 27, after a Spanish designers fashion parade in the foyer of Chaillot on 21 and 22 June; webpage for info at . And then,  At Mont de Marsan, “Arte Flamenco“, the most important flamenco festival on this side of the Pyrenees, this year celebrates its 25 years with a galaxy of artists (Mercedes Ruiz, Diego del Morao, Tomatito, La Moneta…). Two great Flamenco pianists of the time, Diego Amador and David Dorantes, will give a concert in continuation of their cooperation on the latest film by Carlos Saura “Flamenco, Flamenco” (July 3).webpage in French,
Well short for now, until next time. I am having problems with the computer internet, seens the screen freezes all over. Need to cut it short today. Enjoy France, its a movable feast….or is it Paris? ::)
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June 5, 2013

Some news from France CVI

Well amazing we had three straight days of sunshine in the middle 20’s Celsius this week;finally ,I think summer is here and even early lol!

Some of the news around France for now are,

Cinéma Paradiso at the Grand Palais, a drive in cinema !!! June 10 to 21 2013. From 11h.

A roomful of cars Fiat 500 family and cinema seats will be made available to Parisians to attend screenings of films on the big screen: Grease, psychosis, Goldfinger for an evening dedicated to the Intense 1 Million perfume by Paco Rabanne, and preview Star Trek Into Darkness by J.J. Abrams. The programming of meetings is available online on
The laboratory of cuisine contemporary, omnivorous joins the event by inventing the largest Food Court of Paris, with a dozen of poles of restoration unique in their kind, the nibbling at the head with the Gita Seaton Canadian or the French dinner Jean-François Piège. Official supplier of the Drive-In Cinema Paradiso, the champagne Moet & Chandon; with spaces for tastings!
Next to the Drive-In and catering, a huge play area will host, “The age of gold of Video game” exhibition with more than 100 games vintage collectors, and the flippers in open access. Many brands such as Sony, King or NVidia will unveil their novelties and Konami will host the final of the League PES on the spot, on Sunday, June 16.
Track roller for up to 100 people will be open from 11: 00 to 21: 00. At the end of the night, she will turn into dance. Every evening an actor of Paris nights will take orders for ‘Cinema Paradiso SuperClub’: Club, Sandwich, Kitsune, the Baron, O-Five, Wanderlust. Programming of the evenings on
To stay connected in the atmosphere of the day, it will listen to which, minute-by-minute rebroadcast the tone for the day. The program is in   where it will be also the Boogie Night roller contest or colette call Party People, organized by the most trendy Parisian concept-stores which also offer a selection of exclusive souvenir products in its gift shop.
Finally the corridors of the Grand Palais will receive within the exhibition “the twilight series Belle”, a movement composed of designers, artists, thinkers and entrepreneurs who take the opposite of the American rating system ‘AAA’ (more information on ). Culture, gastronomy, leisure, commitment and a few sleepless nights in perspective, it’s really the Parisian spring event.
And if the key to the origins of the city of Paris was hidden under the Police Headquarters? Since a few weeks, in the heart of the île de la Cité, archaeologists are conducting excavations which have already uncovered a medieval church!. church of St goval, founded by merovigian king Dagobert!!! wow!!! 10 tombs with human remains in the cloister section of the church wow!!! Paris is amazing!!!
And more detriment for the poor car drivers in us…. more rules and fines !

Paris City Hall or Hôtel de Ville  announced yesterday the establishment of new traffic rules which will force the road users to raise the foot. Dubbed ‘the street sharing’, the plan aims to restore the place to pedestrians and cyclists;of course. Protected tests will result in the creation of new zones 30 kph- and even areas 20 kph- in all of the districts… with the exception of the 8th, where the Mayor is not asking for them!!!Go the 8th and the Champs-Elysées. New speed reduction to 30 kph will be at  avenues de Clichy and Saint-Ouen (XVIIe), and rue du Faubourg-du-Temple (Xe) as well as  rue Oberkampf (XIe).

A client to coax, a patron for a continental breakfast time where Paris awakens. Then, at dawn or on the later, all this small world (from 2 to 6 pers.) embark aboard a boat-lounge, and on the deck, can be found at his coffee-growing taste much better than in a vulgar troquet. Green River, cruise breakfast from €36 / pers., from the port of the Arsenal at the Tuileries (1 h), or even more. Coffee, tea, orange juice and croissants. The new way to cruise the river Seine. webpage at 
Feelings strong safeguards in the cockpit of the Flight Experience ,21, quai d’Austerlitz (XIIIe) .On Flight Simulator chooses a destination, flight time, and we took off with an instructor on board a Boeing 737. Only downside: the turbulence does not shake the cockpit. From €169 for 30 minutes of flight. webpage
Invite his buddies to a spree in Paris aboard an authentic bus of the 1930s with benches in wood and rear platform? Memorable! Book (in advance), provide champagne and picnic, agree with the driver on the route. In the evening, when there is less traffic, it is better. It is recommended a group photo at the foot of the glittering Eiffel Tower, down the Champs-Elysees in singing Joe Dassin, loudly, a passage near the Louvre pyramid and a beautiful breakaway on the banks of the Seine. €1349 for 2 h on weekends and €1249 during the week. Reservations at +33  01 58 78 49 06. or email at  lovely!
Until next time by the waves of France. And tomorrow i have my corporate league indoor football/soccer match lol!!!we won 10X8!
and so much to tell don’t want to wait, these exciting events just hot off the press
The ministry of Transport has authorise the arrival of big cruising ships into the Seine for 2015!   The boats of 135 meters, the police or préfecture de police will modify the rules of navegation in the Seine river. Now only the boats up to 125 meters are authorised but to have them park they need to be not longer than 110 meters. The new rules will take effect from now to September 2014.
And at Chantilly, you will have the musical nights or Nuit Musicale with 80 concerts of classical music in open air, an equestrian show , fireworks all in one night. This is at the Domaine de Chantilly on June 22 2013. You will see presentations of  La Truite from Schubert, Wedding Cake from Saint- Saëns or the Casse-Noisette from Tchaïkovsky, the best gastronomy brought in by the area best traiteur to help you along the musical notes!!!. The time 18h to 23h admission  38€ (access to the park and concerts), 68€ (access to the park, concerts and 3 plats dish choices to taste/eat), and  200€ (access  VIP). It is FREE for the under 12 yrs old. Purchast tickets in advance at FNAC stores here
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