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December 30, 2013

Some news from France CXXI

ok so this is short and sassy, just to wish all my readers ,friends,and family the very best in 2014. Without fanfare but an honest wish to provide you with all you are seeking in this world, health especially so we can continue to go for glory,gold and the pursue of happiness

So therefore, Happy New Year 2014 to all.

Feliz Año Nuevo 2014 a todos

Bonne Année 2014 à tous

Feliz Ano Novo a todos.

This one is for you all. And thanks again for following my most precious hobby of traveling around this beautiful country and the world. More in 2014.

And from my favorite city to you, Cheers!!

December 25, 2013

Some news from France CXX

Its weird to write right on Christmas Day, but we were early waiting for all to be awake and see the gifts from Papa Noêl Under the tree, yes we still follow traditions in my house. Merry Christmas to all who celebrated and whatever its your day with the good side.

The tree is lit and the boxes are full, and I am looking at them now and the gang just Wake up its 10h30 lol!!! and later on we will have the left overs from last night and more Champagne !

Now for the news from my belle France:

Fondation Cartier – Paris 19éme, will have a showcase of America Latina 1960-2013 until April 6 2014. they are open every day except Mondays from 11H to 20h, and on Tuesdays they are open until 22h, tel +33 (0) 1 42 18 56 50.

and where to celebrate the New Year in Paris, questions comes up again and again from friends and readers alike, so here again my selection, bear in mind ,its my selection on those that I have tried over the years.

Do it at the Villette, Happy end à La Villette Enchantée. 211 avenue Jean Jaurès,19. From  23h30 to  07h. admission is 10€ (in advance), or  15€ (on site). 100% électro from the go go, with the special London invitation of  Fort Romeau, the  DJ Zaltan (Antinote),and the  Parisien Acid Wolf Band of the label  Taapion.

Tous la frite au Point Ephémére. 200 quai de Valmy, 10.From  22h to 06h. admission 18€ (in advance), 20€ (on site).  Here you have the works, with the resident DJ’s  Jean-Poulpe Pieuvre & Marionette, Thierry Theolier  from the Syndicat du Hype, DJ LA from Paris from Red House record, Morgan Pa from Newtrack, DJ Mannekenpis, DJ Tantôt, DJ Wallou, DJ Moultafrite and their guests) will make you dance all night and morning on two dance floors. To make a pause, there will be a space  chill out, four bars, a covered and heated terrace, hot gaufres, Belgian beers, and of course the french fries.  Finally,don’t forget to come in with your best outfit masquarade.

NYE au Wanderlust. 32 quai d’Austerlitz, 13. From 22h to 06h. admission 15€ (in advance).  Special invitation to the  «godfather» of the New York house  Kenny «Dope» Gonzalez. this New yorker organise block parties from 1985, member of the  duo Masters At Work, creator of the label  Kay-Dee ,and  4 times nominated for a Grammy Awards.  He will be join by the  Boston Bun of the label Ed Banger,  Glenn Dale, from Arnaud l’Aquarium (resident DJ ) ,and  Sven Love. After midnight ,the restaurant will have a special menu at  50€ (with prior reservation including the admission), it will transfrom into a dancing hall with two sound systems and two themes.

Le réveillon des annés 80 at the Bus Palladium. 6 rue Fontaine, 9. From 22h to 06h. admission  49€ (in advance with 3 drinks), 59€ (in advance with  10 drinks). party the new year to the sound of the 80’s music . In the program, a cocktail of songs from the generation flashy done by DJ Jeff De Schilton (Do You 80/Generation 80-90). Eurythmics, Depeche Mode, Mickael Jackson, Wham, U2, Tears For Fears, Kylie Minogue,The Cure, Queen, Rita Mitsouko, Étienne Daho, Mylène Farmer, Lio, at the beginning of the evening , Téléphone, Indochine, and a surprise.

Did I told you the Zoo de Vincennes will reopen in April 2014? YES; the mythical zoo is back and better than ever for what I saw driving by it last week. light greenhouse of 4.000 square meters of dozens of birds in freedom, lazy on lianas, where the visitor gets deep with the smell and wetness of thousands of tropical plants. Reconstituted steppes. A vivarium and a last cry giraferie. And, of course, more than a thousand animals – 170 species – from the most classic to the most exotic. Landscaping prowess, ode to biodiversity, the Vincennes zoo (now renamed Parc zoologique de Paris). No longer has much to do with the Wildlife Park that has populated the imaginations of generations of small Parisians. The ever-present Grand rock overlooking the new five biozones is still there. Giraffes, lemurs and baboons will resume service. webpage new too,

Revolution in the parfums business,  the British group Designer Parfums founded by a family of Indian origins, the  Mehta,has purchase parfums  Jean Patou in July 2011 from Procter & Gamble.  Now they are on the move to give this brand that once rival that of Chanel the luster it had, so JP is back.

Some of the better known art galleries outside of the Paris region, has great showing coming up, such as

Joel Shapiro, Saint Etienne, musée d’art moderne de Saint Etienne métropole,

Motopoetique , the motocycle in motion in the Arts, Feb 21 to April 20 2014? at the musée d’art contemporain de Lyon ;

George de la tour,passage Sainte Croix, at the musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, until February 8 2014,

expo Michael Smith , une archeologie de l’humanité, from 4-30 march  2014, musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux,

And I leave with these, as the gifts are opened, and I got my, a CD of Florent Pagny, my best singer of France! ,a leather belt with artsful letters, and a nice winter coat short from my favorite Armand Thiery!!! I am set for 2014, bring it on !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cheers and Merry Christmas!


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December 6, 2013

Some news from France CXVIIII

well passing by Paris alerted me to tell you some new things going on there, and my favorite places when lived nearby and worked in the city.

The new things first, LA Belle Iloise, that great Breton institution has open in Paris! 7, rue de l’Ancienne-Comédie ,open everyday from 9h30 to 20h30, webpage

Angelina rive gauche, the famous chocolat chaud is coming to the left bank, at 108, rue du Bac, open everyday except Sundays morning.

The famous restauranteur now has a pâtisserie as well call Gâteaux Thoumieux, at  79, rue Saint-Dominique; open everyday except sundays afternoons and Tuesdays.

Disneyland Paris has a big Christmas as usual, even for a park its one of the best in the area. 46€ tickets for the event.

Histories of Parisien lifestyles: Hérmes; is now Under the sixth generation of family who owns it. Next February 2014 it will be Axel Dumas time to take the helm.  And do you know that Air France business class the cuisine is well French, tops. The winner of the Bocuse d’or 2013 is in charge of the kitchen, Thibaut Ruggieri; and now it has a new menu!! Delicious!

The Fair Lady is coming to the Théatre du Châtelet from December 5 to  January 1st 2014. Splendid,

How about going to see the insolite, the unknown of Paris. For those that always ask me what is there to see in Paris new ,unique and not too many tourists ::)

See the musée de la lettre et des manuscrits,  ; the musée de la magie,  , and musée Dupuytren, at the Sorbonne,

Visit the Buddhist Panthéon near the Arc de Triomphe, 16 avenue d’Iéna, where you can see the over 250 works taken back in 1876 by Emile Guimet, where his museum is just next door.

Take a walk alone the Petite Alsace,  that bring back memories that before 1860 and the Haussmann landscape change ,Paris was divided into 11 towns.   A quiet place but you can walk it. Done in 1912 with about 40 houses, plonging to the petite Russie at district Durval in the Buttes aux Cailles of the 13éme arrondissement.

You can visit the old hôtel de Soissons built in the 16C by Catherine de Médicis; it is not much left but a tower, next to the bourse de Paris in the gardens of the halles, you see the column tower; it is now a place of pilgrimage for those who believe in reincarnation. As the prediction by Nostrademus, that the queen built it to serve as observation tower for the reincarnated… See the plaque Under the pont neuf about the burning there of the grand master of the order of Templars , Jacques de Molay, or the hear the psychics at the cementary Pére lachaise from the tomb of Allan Kardec, father of the spirituarism in France. To finish this eery trip, stop by the librarie de l’Inconnu, 84 rue du Cherche-Midi where you will find treasures of the sorcery, alchimist,and the kabbale.

Paris has many churches, but go to the one call Church of Saint Christophe de Javel built in 1926 in a working class district and beautiful enough for all to come see it. It has cross of Christ in wood, with frescoes of cyclists, aviators, and automobilists.  28 rue de la convention ,webpage

Do you remember the old Paris stores? how about magasins Prisunic… 136-138 rue de Rennes, 75006. Done in 1906, it is today the FNAC store at Montparnasse since 1974. how about the palais du Trocadéro? , well at the hill of Chaillot, following the universal expo of 1878 a palace was built in a néo-moorish style, a new one was built at the place in 1932 for the other universal exposition in Paris.  The tower on each side you see now, were really a dome in the middle , now it is flat. At the gare de la bastille or train station done in September 1859 ,it was closed when the RER A open, in 1969. From 1984 it is now the opéra Bastille!

In 1923 before the well known cafe Le Select opens, the place was call the Dingo Bar at 10 rue Delambre; here Americans used to come way back such as Erza Pound,Henry Miller, John Dos Santos,Ernest Hemingway met Francis Scott Fitzgerald!!!

Visit the auction house of Drouot, founded in 1852 , comes out with a sale of old toys  from the 1980’s and Grendizer gadgets.

don’t forget to have a glass at the Gaîté Lyrique, it is a former theater done in 1862; a shrine of digital transformation with exhibitions.  However, at night it becomes a trendy nightspot,hosting concerts and parties with rock and electro crowds. Beautiful baroque frescoes with a boho chic crowd to tow. 3bis rue Papin, 75003; webpage

Enjoy the weekend!


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