Archive for October, 2013

October 30, 2013

Some news from France CXVII

A storm that was to be passed and nothing in my area, just some heavy gusts but all is ok.  The Mr Winter yes,that has arrive, temps of 5C this morning moving up to 12C during the day.  The house is coming along, slowly putting up with workers to do their job, slow here. We have the garden all cut, now waiting for getting the tree trunks out, and finish a terrace that eventually will have tiles. The beat goes on with a house we never end doing things.

For the France beat, many things as always.

The bibliothéque nationale François Mitterrand is doing an expo on Astérix; From now thru 14 january 2014. Tuesdays to Saturdays at 10h and Sundays at 13H.  There will be 120 designs color and not colored from the two first albums of the collection “Astérix le Gaulois” and “La serpe d’or”, but ,also of the last one signed by René Goscinny, “Astérix chez les Belges”. webpage

Of course, tomorrow is Halloween, here is not that big although in the Paris area is more known.  So some places there such as Le Manoir de Paris, its the biggest there and will have 2 themes in two floors; deambulation to the doors of hell , where two demons will face each other,and asylum, a medical cabinet where the shaking and cold IV will be sharing front court.

The galerie W will have  a contest of work of art brooms of witches for a funny Halloween ;they will expose on 30 octobre  at the gallery in Montmartre,before been offered to the sick kids at the Hôpital Necker, the  31 october during a candy tasting. Nice cause; webpage

A night with Fantômas. The théâtre du Châtelet  will dedicated the night of Halloween to Fantômas, mythical heroe of the French fiction born out of the pen of Pierre Souvestre  and Marcel Allain.  The francophones will remember these were put into cinema with the great Louis de Funes, and I learn my French watching them as a Young boy.

For the  11-15 yrs old, the Aquarium de Paris propose «l’Aquaparty», its a giant  boom aquatic!  An evening of terrifying proportions where the teens will dance in front of a giant pool of  8  meters high.  Lighted podiums, diabolic cocktails (no alcohol) and contests for the most horrible costume are in the program Under the eyes of zombie animators.

One of my favorite American restaurants of Paris, Trick or treat, a real American Halloween at Joe Allen near Halles, an institution in Paris since 1972. There will be a costume party until 3H morning, buffet of American goodies until 00h30. Located at  30, rue Pierre Lescot, Ier. Tél.: 01 42 36 70 13.  Adultes: 30€, children: 20€ (until 21h). drinks not included. Réservations advice.

In other world, during 11 days from  11h to 19h, at the  place de La Bastille  there is the rendez-vous of antiques lovers at the biannual salon  Antiquité Brocante  welcoming  70 antiquaires, that will installed their wares on the tent and  480  fleas spread all over the bassin de l’arsenal; admission 10€ and more here

So Happy Halloween to all Young and old, and there be plenty of candies, be safe and responsable. Cheers from the Morbihan Breton.

October 25, 2013

Some news from France CXVI

Time to enlarge the news on wonderful France. I am now back from trip and getting for next month another place in Europe ::)

The Palais Galliera is opening with a nice fashion show on Alaîa. The museum of fashion of the city of Paris. What a way to reopen the museum…! The show on until January 26 2014.

1925 the Art Deco in Paris now is back to seduce you again; this is the period from 1919-1940 but especial showcasing the 1925 year. see it at the Cité de l’architecture et du Patrimoine at 1 pl du Trocadéro et du 11 novembre.

A new cabaret in Paris, by the great Thierry Mugler opening at Le Comedia, 4 bd de Strasbourg;  It will open from December 10,2013, be on the lookout for it, prime news here…

The nautical salon of Paris is coming again ,this year from 7-15 December 2013 at the porte de Versailles convention center.

See wonderful Lyon, France’s 3rd largest city. 6-9 December 2013 its the Fête des Lumières or festival of lights, and take advantage of a visit to the wonderful Bibliothéque des Arts .   bibliothèques or libraries of lyon here

The Vélib system of bikes in Paris in its 6th year already with 224 000 plus subscribers!  And to honor them 15 station bears the names of the most users! This is Paris.  The Swiss are the world’s biggest consumers of chocolates at about 11,9 kgs per capita, the French are seventh in the world with 6,4 kgs. How about seen the Tour Eiffel from Google 360° views ,awesome!

Just passed by the gare de Bellegarde on my way to Switzerland, opened in May 10 2010 this has a very nice engineering touch of double dome which is opaque and transparent good for summer and winter. air circulation provides the energy Inside. Went there leaving from Gare de Lyon Paris, the 3rd station in terms of traffic in Paris about 83 million pass per year;  A new restaurant  the Montreux Jazz Cafe  Under the famous Train Bleu resto  will open next month. Of course, the name coming from the famous Jazz festival there that I love so much, can’t wait ;

On my old gare Saint lazare whre I went thru so many times while working in Paris, (first train station in Paris since 1837 a boating docks ,2nd train station in Europe with about 100 millions pass per year) Completely renovated and gorgeous; the great chef Eric Fréchon of Le Bristol just opened a restaurant there, La Lazare! can’ wait.

As the French drink less wine, the quality they drink is increasing lol!!!  According to the IWSR=international wine and spirit Research.  So whre is the myth all French drink wines, when only 17% do it regularly. France is still the world’s biggest Producer with 6 million bottles per year or about 19% of the market.  40% of the French wines are exported; with the most Bordeaux.  The United States are still where most are exported ,then the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium ,and China  coming along.  With according to the Wine Intelligence, they have 750 millions folks of wine drinking age today!  French production for 2013 is up 13% good news for the producers. Em Vino Veritas.

Take advantages of the adagio aparthotel chain in Europe( No 1 chain) and France; great places to stay.  jointly owned by the leading hotel chain in France Accor,   ,and the leading vacation rental in France Pierre & Vacances,

Just a reminder from an early post, this year is the 850 anniversary of the Cathedral Notre Dame of Paris!! A wonders in its own right and a must visit while in Paris;even the long lines is Worth it.  They do 13 million visitors per year; 5 offices per day from Mondays to Saturdays, and 7 on Sundays; in all the festivities and activities they do more than 2000 célébrations per year. metro line 4 Cité or Saint Michel, Line 1 Hôtel de Ville, line 10 Maubert-Mutualité, or Cluny-La Sorbonne, line 7,11,and 14 at Châtelet are all take you there. Not to leave out the RER B/RER C Saint-Michel-Notre Dame.

To boot a nice boutique hotel nearby at Hotel Le Notre Dame, 1 quai Saint Michel,  with great views of Paris and the cathedral. Christian Lacroix decoration! Each room is different deco; just great.

At the Galeries Lafayette now they have the Bordeauxtheque 250 sq meters of wines space.  open from 9h30 to 20h and on Thursdays late to 21h.

A wonderful place showcase here before but now is open to the public is the Elephant paname, centre d’art et de danse, 10 rue Volney,  The mansion was built by the Russian ambassador Under Napoleon III. Very lavish rooms and décorations, Under the same roof you have an exhibition hall, five dance studios, a theater, and Goust the Italian restaurant of Enrico Bernardo.

Last have a great éclairs in Paris, An éclair is an oblong pastry made with choux dough filled with a cream and topped with icing. These are my favorites in Paris and one I still seach when in town. L’éclair de Genie, 14 rue Pavée, 75004 ; la Maison du Chocolat, 225 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008; ; L”Atelier de l’éclair, 16 rue Bachaumont, 75002,






October 2, 2013

Some news from France CXV

Well its time I get back to my France posts and Paris in particular. This was a cloudy some light rain day and my favorite bakery is closed. So time for some latest à la Française.

one thing that I have notice for some time and finally getting into France ,and Paris latest journals or newspapers is the 13éme arrondissement of Paris.

The Biennale de Belleville comes back in September 2014 with new artists in vogue, al. ways something to look forward to.  Look for this site for the updates, it’s a great event.

In the same vein, the Ateliers de Ménilmontant come back in September  each year and again for  2014 with 150 artists that take over the streets with great art extravaganza, the site to follow is here

You have two good ones in the 11éme arrondissement in Le Perchoir,with a dancing rooftop.  Typical  new-yorker on top of an industrial building. The bar offers great folks and magnificent views 360° of Paris.  Cocktails, tapas ,and music pop will gladly welcome an Indian summer at, 14, rue Crespin-du-Gast site here ,

Freddie’s Deli continues the new york experience at  22, rue Crespin du Gast, more here 

Some new boutique hotel in Paris, as folks always looking for something new and unique , is the Hotel Joséphine  with much glamour. It is open just this last summer, small distance from the  Moulin-Rouge, and it has a spirit of  cabaret design. it is at  67, rue Blanche (75009), website

For the noctambules , the latest disco music hangout is Le Dandy at the district of  Pigalle.  It was made out of an old house from the 1930’s, redone in an intimate apartment with furniture of fleas market. Concerts pop rock with DJ as well as electro. It is at  26, rue  Pierre Fontaine ( 75009)  webpage,1,1424.html

At the Hotel Salomon de Rothchilds at 222 blvd Saint-Germain, from October 4,5,6 the European days of letters or the Journées Européen des lettres manuscrits will be on display at the museum.  webpage

Les Docks encircle a whole block. at the banks of the river Seine, just open last year and already life in the district. Boutiques ,bars, restos, salons de thé, night clubs such as Nûba and Baron, then the star ,the  Wanderlust at the street level with a restaurant le WE, a club, lots of night activity with films shows in plain air and a huge terrace with all kinds of performers even yoga on Saturdays: located at  34, quai d’Austerlitz (75013) webpage for more  at

At short steps from the cemetary of  Père-Lachaise,in a small street surrounding the  place Gambetta, La Colline, théâtre national  is the excellent hidden of contemporary modern art. Two rooms, a bar, a light food restaurant, a library, and many acts is a living breathing center of this district nowadays. Plenty of bistros and small restaurants in the area very much in vogue by the youth or young at heart like me. Located at  15 rue Malte-Brun ( 75020) webpage at

The metallos of Culture. With a great effort of local neighborhood associations the city of Paris purchase this house in 1997, The Maison des métallos, was an old factory of the metallurgical union. From 2007, it is a cultural center with an auditorium, audio and video studios, expositions for all publics. NExt will have work showing the work at Rwanda by the group Groupov with La Cantate de Biserero located at  94, rue Jean-Pierre-Timbaud (75011). webpage at

And last but not least, for the nostalgic Francophones like me, the Innocent are coming back, October 4 -11. In the course of the Festival Les rendezvous de la Lune,at the  Fondation Biermans-Lapôtre; the Les Innocents, a French pop group formed in 1982 and separated in  2000,make a comeback very intime. You will have the occasion to listen to their famous songs such as  “Colore”, “L’autre finistère” or “Saint Sylvestre”, that plays in the radios of France in the 90’s.  Held at the Cité internationale universitaire de Paris -75014; webpage for more info here

Have a great week y’all Cheers.

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