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,






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