Some news from France CXII

Here this is the day of the middle of the work week; so here we are again with sunny skies temps in the late 20C and just heat;but of course to my lovely family and dear friends , I work so no beach no time off no nothing but work my butts offs.

This is Vannes the city I work, and then go home by Auray,and then well here in the internet in the shade and cool. Something happening around France, yes , you heard of the Tour de France, they run on the roads up hills and mountains and flats ,and they get some substances in my old days you went to jail but heck its the Pros. So what else is there.

The federation des tonneliers de France or the coopers federation of France says that in 2012 France had  525 100 units sold (that is barrels for wines) or a +2,7 % over last year  2011  with a turnover of 328.5 million euros or a + 6.8% over last year. Doing very well coming back to the levels of 2007 , while maintaining its position as world leader. According to the press release, the French production of barrels is exported to 66%. The first destinations are the United States,  Italy,  Australia and Spain. The sector employs 1 805 people in France.

At the Musée des Lettres et de Manuscripts, 222 blvd Saint-Germain ,75007. the Museum of letters and manuscripts, has on display the original of the declaration of rights of men or the déclaration des Droits de l’Homme dating from 1793. Next to it you will see the original of the testament or will of king Louis XVI   Tuesdays to Sundays from 10h to 19h, nights Thursdays to 21h30 admission is 7€ adults.

And Until September 29 at my beloved Chateau de Versailles, the expo “Fleurs du Roi, Peintures, Vélins et Parterres” the gardens of the domaine de Trianon, and the paintings of flowers that were gifts to Louis XIV on minituare paintings that lasted to Louis XVI. The gardeners have done the gardens in the style of the 17C!!! Sublime my gardens ; go see it pleaseeee!!

Get a guided visit to the Republican Guard or the Garde Républicaine at the hq at 18 bd Henri IV, 75004,cost is 12,50€ adult await a group max of 25 persons so booked early. Push the door of the quarteir or district of Célestins and discover the place of training of the horsemen of the Republican Guard. Built in 1895, the district houses since that date headquarters the cavalry regiment of the Republican Guard.  The stables today welcome 140 horses 1 Squadron, and the brass band of cavalry. You will begin your guided visit by the traditions room dedicated to the history of the Garde républicaine from 1802 to the present day and housed in a former stable. You will be captivated by the magnificent structure type Eiffel of the ride where the riders of the district train daily. Your guide will detail you within the Grande Ecurie and the stable of the staff, the characteristics of majestic horses. A guided tour unusual in the heart of Paris, with scenes of the Cavalry of the Republican Guard, contact for appointment at

Lets take a walk shall we, now that we are in the 4éme arrondissement of Paris la belle. I would begin at the Place du Marché Saint Catherine, houses from the 18C around you; you past by the Church St Paul St Louis at 99 rue Saint Antoine;  the only Jesuist church of Paris; the Lycée or high school Charlemagne is now house adjacent in the old house of the Jesuist dating from the 17C; walk along the Hôtel de Sully at 62 Rue Saint Antoine; the  Caisse Nationale des Monuments Historiques et des sites is now installed there,  at the end of the garden there is a passage way to the Place des Vosges at No 7 it is the old orangerie built by the Duke de Sully, superintendant of Finance of king Henri IV. AFter stop by the Hôtel de Mayenne at 22 rue Saint Antoine, built in 1613 . at 11 rue Saint Paul , you arrive at the musée de la magie et des automates, with wonderful magical and automated gadgets. You enter the village Saint Paul by here, and see at 1 rue de Figuier the emblematic Hôtel de Sens,middle ages examples like Cluny in Paris built for the bishops of Sens;and now a library Fornier email; by the garden you arrive at the Hôtel Aumont that now houses the administrative courts and on the other side of the garden the youth hostal MIJE at 11 rue du 5 rue de Fourcy, you see the Maison Européenne de la photographie; .Here you enter the quartier or neighborhood of Saint Gervais, with medieval streets along rue François Miron and rue de Barres. At 66 rue François Miron, you find the Hôtel Beauvais built in 1655, further at 44-46 rue François Miron ,you have the Maison de l’Association pour la sauvegarde et la mise en valeur du Paris historique  that sees that the tradition and architecture of Paris is not lost. See the wonderful houses from the middle ages along 11-13 rue François Miron.  Take a left into the rue Geoffroy at No 17 see the Mémorial du martyr juif inconnu , housing the center contemporary of the Jews people, arriving at the Place Baudoyer; over direction of the SEine you are in pretty rue de Barres to come to the place Saint Gervais and the Church of Saint Gervais, very old houses and the tradition that men of justice swear to a tree here, the French revolution and later a bomb in WWI did lots of damage, the city restore it ,and from 1975 the monks of Jerusalem resides.  . Here on the same plaza you have the Maison des Compagnons du devoirs, see work of carpenters masons etc. End of trip. Enjoy the walk of Paris, avoid as much as possible the trains, metro,buses, cars, once in it WALK IT!

There was a huge electrical cut off today at Paris, apparently according to the Le Parisien newspaper, they were working on cable lines at the gare d’Austerlitz and accidentically cut off a cable that feeds electricity to the metro system, therefore, many hours of no service on lines 2,3,6,8,9,and 10!!! now its ok

There is a new Hilton hotel coming up this time in wonderful Chantilly.  Opening end of 2014 at Avilly-Saint-Léonard,near Chantilly. The hotel will have expo room, reception rooms, showroom with 1000 seats, 28 rooms of gastronomic restaurant,9 suites,22 rooms around these complex than another 150 standard rooms in the front,all surrounded by a huge banquet restaurant. The promoting real estate cabinet Arthur Bras has the agreement to do it according to the Le Parisien newspaper.

ok so what is open in Paris this summer, as usual many will,including the popular Chateaubriand, 129 avenue parmentier. Auberge Flora,44 blvd Richard Lenoir, Café Constant, 139 rue Saint Dominique, Le Comptoir du Relais, 9 carrefour de l’Odéon, La Cigale Récamier, 4 rue Récamier,  Jaja, 3, rue Sainte-Croix-de-la- Bretonnerie; Mama Shelter, 109  rue de Bagnolet, Brasserie Thoumieux, 79 Rue Saint Dominique; atelier Robuchon, 5, rue de Montalembert; Coq Rico,98 rue de Lépic; L’Essentiel, 168 rue d’Alésia; amongst my favorites.

And to finish this book, lol! Versailles again, always Versailles, Les Grandes Eaux Musicales,2013 ;in the gardens of the castle museum; still until October 27 2013. In the 400th anniversary of the birth of gardener André Le Nôtre, see it this year is glorious.

See you soon around your favorite blog. Cheers.


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