Archive for February, 2014

February 15, 2014

Some news from France CXXIIII

Here I am back, and lots to write , always invigorating passing by Paris, the eternal city of love oops its Valentine’s, did you did you!!! A late but meaningful happy Valentine’s day to all.

You need to try the chocolates of our local boy Henri Le Roux, created the wonderful caramel chocolates in 1977, and have a store in Paris at 9 rue des Martyrs, 9éme. It is now run with great Japanese flair by Makoto Ishii since 2006.

And ,continue with French flair with Guerlain parfums: hip store at 68 avenue des Champs-Elysées, 8éme.  It has been there since 1914!!! and of course the next door restaurant Le 68 is managed by chef Guy Martin of Vefour fame…

well we had our Daniel Hechter, L’Air du temps, Hugo Boss, Lacoste ,and YSL so we cover all the price ranges at home lol!!! Another great store is the Le 66, at 66 ave des champs elysées, for men and women having over 150 brands represented on 3 floors.

A great New York import we are always looking for, especially us romantic Americans ho ho ho! is La Buvette, the great west village emporium now finally in Paris too. breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 28 rue Henri-Monnier,9éme,

Talking about an out of the way museum in Paris, but in my favorite area of the city, musée Marmottan-Monet is celebrating plenty this year. Les impressionistes en privé, célébrâtes 80 years of the museum. From September 2014 to January 2015 the museum will be celebrating the 140 years of impressionistes paintings school. Get on at 6 rue Louis-Boilly,

Continuing with the smashing success of the presentation of HOW TO BECOME PARISIAN IN ONE HOUR by Olivier Giraud in the Théatre des Nouveautés, 24 bd Poissonniére. Fridays and Saturdays at 19H Sundays at 18h, and Mondays at 20h. metro Grands Boulevards, and his webpage,

Keep an eye for the French movie coming out this year of the La Belle et la Bête or the beauty and the beast 70 years after the great work by Jean Cocteau it is coming tothe big screen totally .

And on the mood of love, after all this is February, one at least me like to remember those wonderful films we fell in love with Paris,like the title of my blog paris1972 for that Le Dernier tango à Paris, Marlon Brandon, and Maria Schneider. However, don’t forget Charade with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn wow!  If you go to the musée Carnavalet to admire the Roméo et Juliette au tombeau des Capulet. Le Baiser by Rodin at the musée Rodin, and how about the musée de la vie romantique 16 rue Chaptal 9éme.

Visit the wall of love or the Mur des Je t’aime in the heart of Montmartre in the romantic gardens of the place Jehan-Rictus where the words of I love you are written in 280 languages!!! near metro Abbesses, up rue la vieuville. Also, have your lock at the passarelle des arts  or the fontaine Médicis in the cave of the jardin du Luxembourg.

How about a kiss in Paris, well many places he he he! but the classic ones you should try are at the very top of the hill of Montmartre on the street of vinyards near Sacre-Coeur, yes this is at the corner of rue Saint Vincent and rue de la Bonne. How about the île Saint-Louis or the île de la Cité; or get off the popular into the private of the île aux cygnes facing the statue de la liberté. Last for me should be the Butte-Chaumont park, in the temple call Sybille why not.

Yes, it is 850 years of Notre Dame, the grand dame by the Seine. 14 millions visitors last year and why not, get in line, wait, see it. its Worth it. The grand orgue or organ is the most important in France; five keyboards, 109 stops, and 8000 pipes it is also the largest. It has 10 bells . The construction lasted 107 years and a great French expression comes from this event. “Je ne t’attendrai pas 107 ans”  OR I won’t wait 107 years. or forever. Nice , tranquil beautiful Paris.

men, women looking for French outfits well go Parisian for a real fashion local look go to Zadig & Voltaire store, clothing, accessories ,and jewerly. Here is the addresses where to find them,

machines call PABLO are been installed in the airports for the tax rebate to non EU Citizen visiting France. as well as customs formalities, several languages like English, Spanish, Portuguese, Arab, Chinese, Russian and Japanese. The machines are at CDG Terminals 1,3, 2A,2C,2D,2E,and 2F. at Orly they are at Sud and Ouest terminals.

Last news that croisieurope is coming up with a new cruise on the river Loire, staring in April 2014, there will be 6-10 days cruises from Nantes, Saint Nazaire or Angers on a 90×15 boat with 48 cabins name the MS Loire Princesse.  ;

Have a great weekend everybody. Cheers.


February 8, 2014

Some news from Bretagne XV

I am on the run as will be leaving for a week to Vietnam, no time for internet then. Today in Brittany was windy, cool, and rainy with hail ice cubes and heavy rains at times, but we were out like a true Breton ::)

Something to keep in mind is to go fishing on foot (pêche à pieds) at Carnac, a popular thing here of course weather permitting. You learn to fish for clams, crabs, etc. The next outings will be February 17, 10h30 and 12h, February 24 16h15, March 10 at 17h,; and so on  admission to the event is 7€ adults: you can buy the trip at the tourist office of Carnac Plage, webpage

The best preserve WWII submarine training center is at Lorient. At the Musée sous-marine du pays de Lorient. They do tours every Sundays from 14h to 18h, resa at +33 (0) 6 07 10 69 or webpage

If you are looking for some good chow, great drinks and live music in the area then head for the Pub d’Arradon, 2 rue Bouruet Aubertot, Arradon a full line up of performers already on for February and March, Bob and Mimosa on the 15 February and Groovy Jam on the 21 February are good, more info at the webpage

In my old town of Auray, the Méliscénes festival will be on for the 14th edition from March 13-22 2014. the tickets will be on sale from February 18. great entertainement in town at different locations. Great for the whole family. the whole program from the city of Auray in pdf file here

Another great place for a great meal and all surrounded by 16C construction period; great beef, and the choucroute de la mer (seafood ) and the andouillette artisanale are just wonderful. The place has been recently renovated right in city center Vannes. the Brasserie des Halles, 9-11, rue des Halles, with webpage

We did our groceries before coming home at E. Leclerc in Vannes, and found out our favorite shopping center resto les Vannetis has close out, Under renovation it will re open as a Flunch cafeteria later on. So we came to our other restaurant the Bistro Saint Edouard, where we have the plat dessert combi for 10,30€ with Pelforth beers and coffee for 13,88€ per person, tel +33 (0) 2 97 63 83 45. For direction here is the leclerc webpage

I am looking forward to coming back with more from Vietnam, and a trip to Paris later on. Have a great weekend and stay dry lol!!!

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February 1, 2014

Some news from Bretagne XIIII

Here I am on a Saturday that began nice and now it is raining again in Brittany!!! My car is at the shop repairs for maintenance usual stuff,and will be in Madrid next tuesday to thursday. Temps here in lovely Morbihan is at 6C!!

Some of my favorite events planned or recommended for my region are coming up:

the 1988 Jazz Club at 27 pl du Colombier, Rennes has events Schedule such as KellyLee Evans stet, Benjamin Coum, and Bernard Allison.

La Caréne at 30 Rue Jean Marie le Bris, Brest has a whole Schedule which I will try for Nashville Pussy but won’t be here, and it is very good like hard blues music.

Espace Avel Vor, at Plougastel, by the post office follow panels,  will have the 21 February the performance of Tété, and Bobby & Sue event opener.French soul for Tété and 25€ admission.

L’Archipel, at Rue des Îles, 29170 Fouesnant, will have the great Fado music of Katia Guerreiro 20 February at 20h30; and before that the new Cuban star in France Yilian Cañizares on February 1 ochumare , she is a composer, violinist,and singer; 20h30 is today late but good mentioning that I missed it!

Closer to me at Orcade Spectacles Lorient,30 Boulevard Cosmao Dumanoir, we have the big ensemble March 30 , of the Feast of Saint Patrick, withe celtic dances, Scottish pipe band,and the Breton Bagad de Lann Bihoue group.

At my favorite site le Chorus de Vannes,Parc du Golfe, I am waiting for Franck Dubosc, a comedian actor of many popular summer movies here such as camping.6 February which again will be out and missed!yikes!

Later on February 22nd I will not missed it, is the salon de vins et de la gastronomie ,

After several years of renovation the nice Church of Notre Dame,Quimperlé will re open February 22nd.éouverture-de-l-église-notre-dame.html

The event to follow on several towns of the Morbihan is the Hivernales du Jazz, jazz all over in different sites, Nelson Veras, Lionel Suarez, Raices,Reggie Washington, Agathe jazz quartet a few of the performers. Going on now thru February 16.

Finally, at Baden, 2 Place Weilheim, you will find a unique museum, the Musée des Passions et des Ailes, or museum of passions and wings relates the story of local boy Joseph le Brix,in 1928,he does the first flight of the South Atlantic , died 3 years later trying to do the same Paris to Tokyo trip. In the same building you have the collection of Jean and Anne Farkas, with a beautiful collection of toys, porcelains,automates that attract visitors from the whole world. A room with boat models by Aimé Malry, and another on accordions by Francis le Pipec.  admission is 3,50€ adults and opens from  July 1 to August 31 every  day from 10h-12h and 15h-18h. Closed Sunday afternoons. June 15 to June 30 and September 1 to 7 is open every mornings from 10h-12h, Saturdays from 15h-18h.  Outside of these dates it is open the Saturdays from 15h -18h. webpage

Enjoy Bretagne!


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