Archive for November, 2013

November 22, 2013

Some news from Spain XII

This is time to write about Spain, its been a while but when you are far ,well busy…..

My team the Real Madrid , that have written so much on it here, is now in third place but will have that change at the end of the season ::) They are getting ready for the next Liga BBVA match vs Almeria;in the 14 game of the season in Almeria.  We have 31 points with 13 matches ,10 wins,1 tied,2 losses ,35 goals in favor, and 17 goals against (poor).

We play the first round of the King’s Cup (Copa del Rey) vs Olimpic de Xàtiva, on Dec 7 and the return on Dec 12 2013. And the bigger Champions league of Europe, we are playing the group rounds in Group B, vs Galatarasay of Turkey, Copenhagen of Denmark, and Juventus of Italy. We are in first place with 10 points our seconds only have 4! so we will go thru the next round.

In basketball, we are in first place undefeated 6×0, in the Liga Endesa with our next match Nov 24 vs our derby Estudiantes at home. In the Euroleague or basketball equivalent of the Champions league we are in Group B with Milano Italy, Efes Pilsen Turkey, Zalguiris Lithuania,Brose of Germany, and Strasbourg of France.

The sorting of the groups for the World Cup in Brazil next June 2014 will be held on december 6, and Spain will not be with France for the group ::)

In a contest in metropoli of El Mundo newspaper they had chosen as the best souvenir boutiques of the muséums in Spain as the Prado, Thyssen-Bornemizra, both of Madrid, then Alhambra of Granada, Fundacion Joan Miro , Barcelona ,and the Guggenheim of Bilbao.

In Spain we rendered honor to the 50 years of the Pirelli calendar;you know the one with the beautiful women…

And now that its about the time to be Christmas i missed most my times in Spain, Castilla y Leon, Zamora, Leon, Salamanca, Valladolid, Segovia, Soria, Avila y Palencia. memories….

The Centro Cubano, 41-1º Calle Claudio Coello, Madrid, the oldest Cuban restaurant in Europe (open in 1967) closed in 2011. Now I hear that members of the family are trying to open a new one in José Ortega y Gasset street. no name yet. Stay tuned.

I will be back again early December 2013 ::) Have a great weekend.



November 17, 2013

To Vannes and my boys 20 birthday !!!

Ok today is short and sassy. It is so nice that a special date falls on a Sunday. My twin boys are 20 years old today.

I am proud of them for been good, well behave kids. Always helpful around the house, and already on their way to adult life with their first job.

One is pursuing his wish of working in a garden wooden housing building here, the ones you see as tool sheds in your patio.. The other is working with cabinet and hospital suplies Equipment, building them such as the medical cabinet you see in hospital rooms and the beds that takes you into emergency rooms and operating rooms…

They chose the restaurant today as they are not level headed kids. Vannes is the perfect town as it is lively , biggest town in the area,and beautiful inner city still preserve as nothing was damage during the wars. I was happy that my father could join us as he is a diabètes patient and Under heavy medication. He took the trip just for his grandchildren :::)))

We went to Vannes and had reservation at A l’Aise Breizh Café, right in the  capitainerie in the Le Port area of Vannes. This is the pleasure marina with berths for 3000 boats!!! You eat on top of the capitainerie and see the canal with all those boats. webpage

The ambiance here is excellent, very helfpul happy, prompt service always.  The food is great well done and well presented. You need réservations for the evenings and weekends as it is packed with locals. ON Sundays you have many families from the area bringing their eldest to eat together. The dining room was packed and I love it.

I usually don’t go into what we eat here, (don’t want to make folks jealous ::)) but this is a special date and simple eating with family. We started with the apéritifs or apéros, we have Americano, juices, water  (grandpa), and breizh mojitos;all nicely done.

After that and some chat, we went for entrées or plat main dish as each had different tastes and hunger! I had the excellent fish soup, and then the dos de cabillaud with vegetables dish of the day or plat du jour; here always call the poisson du jour(fish of the day); then a banana split, and finally a expresso coffee. All that we drank a wonderful Rioja red Navajas bottle to blend in all origins lol!!!

We took a little walk in Le Port area as my father can’t walk too much, and then went back home. In the restaurant , my twins got a nice gift as a coffee mug from A l’Aise Breizh Café ,which ,also, has a boutique on each of their location ,and more alone.

it is a chilly 8C, day started cloudy but then went sunny in the afternoon, now in the evening is back to cloudy. We had expectations of 4C during the night;winter is here early….! Stay warm and have a great Sunday  and week.Cheers!!!

November 7, 2013

Some news from France CXVIII

Here we are in the fall, well almost winter. and we still doing house work on the new home. I just started opening my travel Library of boxes and hopefully finding my cdrom of photos lol!

The Le Figaro ran a competition on the best kouglofs of Paris, the nice alsacien specialty. The winner was Boulangerie Vandermeerch , 278, avenue Daumesnil,(75012). Tél. +33 (0) 1 43 47 21 66.  open every day except mondays and tuesdays. Again another winner from the overcrowdely touristic center districts of Paris. Like I said…

France benefits from one of the biggest and most dense network of libraries in the world. It has about  2500 of them (compare with only  1000 in the UK).  In Paris,there is a Library for each  4800 inhabitants – a record. The government just came to help more with an aide package of 9M€ to help the indépendants. there is even a new internet site that regroup them all.  It will help find your book, choose the Library closest to you, and reserve to pick up there. THe site is in French,

The fleas, brocantes, markets are plenty in France,and plenty also in Paris, there are two sites that will help you find them all. one is  le site  , and the other is the site ;now go shopping the season is coming and so is New Years…

Now you can even have alcohol delivered  in 30 minutes!  it is on from 19h to 6h.  Allo Apero Night. You can choose from  champagne,  whisky,liquors,  Baileys, vodka,  gin, rum, and wine, also, apéritifs,beers, softdrinks and  salads ! webpage

nice place to stay ,the Hotel de l’Abbaye, 10, rue Cassette, 75006. Room done a la English with flower wallpapers, just magical to look ,so to stay is sublime. webpage

Until March 8 2014 at the Salle Saint Jean de l’Hôtel de Ville de Paris, you will see wonderful photographs of inmense Paris by Brassaî, call  Brassaï : Pour l’amour de Paris.  For more than 50 years Brassaî ,the writer, photographer, and movie maker had with Paris a total passion.  The city that made the red cord of his work and the heart of his réflexions all along his career.

Short and sassy, enjoy the week, here rains continue lol!!! AND just notice, this is my 550th post ,wohoo!!! I am smoking the WordPress page!

November 2, 2013

Some news from Bretagne XIII

On a cloudy rainy Saturday night, here are somethings that will happenned in my neck of the woods.

We are having the salon habitat November 16-18 at Vannes Parc Expo; this is the event to see al lthe latests on home ,decoration,renovation, énergies, gardens, pools, you name it for the home.  and the chorus park is here with more information

They follow with the  Salon des Vins et de la Gastronomie de Quimper, in the GRAND HALL du Parc des expositions de Penvillers , this is November 16, 17,and 18 2013.

We will have a wonderful event from November 30th to December 1st 2013 the Salon Festi’Vini 2013 at Lorient and later on at Quimper. 30 winegrowers will show their wares and tastings purchases on site. Also, whiskies, rhums, chocolates ,and goodies gastronomiques.  This around one of the top wines and gourmand store in the area VINIGUSTO – 4 Rue  Jacques Brel, ZA Du Plénéno – 56100 Lorient webpage here  The area will be by the Brit Hotel, Le Kerotel,  1 rue Simone Signoret, traffic circle or Rd point du Plénéno(sortie or exit Lorient Centre).

At the parc du Chorus in Vannes (see link as in salon habitat above), we will have the Salon du Chocolat from November 8-11 2013, delicious eating all around, this is the 4th edition of this event ever so more popular. You have it all here

We have a unique festival of mimics here call the Festi’Mômes 2013 running from now to the 11 November at Questembert in inland Morbihan dept. Mimics from all over Europe comes over, and its great for the kids at all ages or the Young at heart like me. I have the webpage of the city of Questembert here just go to programme “télecharger le programme” and download the program

At the cinéville cinémas of Vannes, you have a whole season of opéra right on the screen, cinema style, There are presentation from the Metropolitan Opera like Tosca, Prince Igor, La Bohéme, and Falstaffs, then the Bolshoi theater will have présentations on Spartacus,the Golden age, (l’age d’or), and others for the 2013-14 season running now; click on the booklet to see the entire program in pdf file here

A unique lodging experience, go in the woods and rent a house on a tree or a train wagon turn lodging. This is the Dihan Evasion of different housing choices, all in a natural environment.  It is a space of 25 hectares with spa, hamman, sauna, tissanerie) , polynesian massages etc. it is at the lieu dit dihan-Kerganiet 56400 Ploemel near me, see more here

I like to go over some restaurants that I have written before, they are still in vogue and we frequent them such, today again .

A new one with new owners and totally remodeled is Le West, 14 allée des Menhirs, Carnac plage, glass, woods, sculptures, panoramic mezzanine, jardin and pergola all wonderful ambiance and great food. Beef angus from Scotland, and breton raised pigs with real ocean shrimps.—west-pub-compagny/741aba91-15d5-4271-891f-22e1778efe59

One of my favorites in old section of Vannes (town I work) is Chez la Mére 6 sous, 11 rue de Closmadeuc (at the end of street sort of alley). here you are like in a parisien bistro of old, pizza à la flammenkûche, hachis parmentier on site, are just to kill for, plenty of hearty dishes and great company. open Tuesdays to Saturdays.

La Gargouille, 9 rue Aristide Briand (near hotel la marébaudiére) open 7/7!!! a medieval restaurant setting, with a huge chimney, with traditional brochettes cook in front of you; st jacques, shrimps, beef, lamb, and diethetique dishes. The foie gras is done on site, unique, and the chocolate cake is known by many including my boys !!) Its unique for anniversaries and parties as the places is old, marvelously done.

Closer to new home and the happening place at nights is L’Armoric at the St Goustan district of Auray (my previous town). This is concerts with live music, evenings karaoki, etc, great bar drinks, sports TV, and great restaurant next door all same complex by the river Loch. Great food and great times here;we are back often.  The magrets and foie gras are sublime here.  3 place St Sauveur, St Goustan, Auray.

And right in my new town of Pluvigner, one of our best spots is a castle!!! Inside the Château de Rimaison, you have the créperie du château, at road D768 just before getting into city center.  You have a beautiful park, a chapel, and wonderful trees all around you. , and this is their own site in a blog!  ,and this is their blog for the castle,

Enjoy Bretagne, and especially the Morbihan dept 56 ::)

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