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March 25, 2014

More of Paris, do we ever stop !!!

Do we ever stop of seeing Paris? well never, its a movable feast, eternal city of lights. Every opportunity is a welcome mat to civilisation, fun, history, architecture and specially the arts and culture we so much drank from it on each trip.

I was again by Paris yesterday, like so many posts before, (you can go to research and find them all here in my blog), the city never ceased to amazed me. More so because of a good friend from Algeria was coming over with his family and at least I had the opportunity to say hello , that is Paris the sublime meeting point of the world, or as Bogart used to say in Casablance, We will always have Paris.

We had our drinks at La Terrasse resto on the place de l’école militaire, all there in the square is good and sublime.  http://www.laterrassedu7.com/

Of course, I came by TGV train from Auray to Montparnasse direct, as much as don’t like trains many times  I have no choice, I took the metro line 6 because it goes above ground on the way in ok. However, on the way back, I took the wonderful bus 92 from place de l’école militaire to gare de Montparnasse , much better ride and wonderful Paris scènes ,above ground. I still amazed at the number of visitors that insist on taking these trains, its like a tourist attraction lol!!! Then on the TGV from Montparnasse back home and  because of railroad tracks works after Rennes are Under repairs, I have the distinct pleasure of taking the SNCF buses or cars. from the Gare de Rennes to Auray  in 2 hours! nice ride as it was very late but boy going out of a train station to go to a bus station this late at night almost midnight was not my cup of tea even in the smallist station like Rennes. I arrive well at my car for the last 15 minutes trip home. The Paris buses, métros, tramways etc are in the ever popular http://www.ratp.fr, and the gare de Rennes is here http://www.gares-en-mouvement.com/en/frrns/accueil/

While in Paris, I had sublime 10 floor views of the city towards the Eiffel tower,and the Invalides Church. I walk around the Eiffel, and went around the école Militaire. Walking past Place Joffre you see of course still the Eiffel tower but also,a unique monument to Peace;http://www.murpourlapaix.org/site/mur.html

Walking Paris is always good, and I did around these areas, walking in Paris is to live longer,Cheers!!!

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March 22, 2014

Some news from France CXXXII

We are continuing with good weather even thus today this morning we had a brief moment of hailstorm rains; then it stop and now sunny back up again, temps in 8C or about 48F. The work on the house is coming along, and I am ready for another trip to Paris.

In the meantime, this is the latest from la Belle France.

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express , in service since 1982 will expands it routings  from May 2014 onwards. It will have itineraries to Brussels coming from  Venise, Vienna,and Budapest, with five new frequencies including one at night. The first trip leaving Venise towards Brussels will be the 17 May 2014. It will be offered at from 2 020 € per person in double cabin and complete meals except drinks. hot off the press from Les Echos not yet on the official site here  http://www.vsoe.com/web/vsoe/venice_simplon_orient_express.jsp?hll=1

Another first in Paris, and hear it here in the blog first, know what you eat. Eat good without necessarily eating organic. Know the producer almost almost. Responsible for eating. Eat natural. Eat committed.  This is exactly what thought Cédric Naudon – stitched design and gastronomy businessman – dreaming jeune rue.  Mouth tempting  shops which blueprints to places of culture, of exceptional products sold at the right price, a work highlighting artisans… Altogether 18 of the biggest names of design and architecture (Tom Dixon, Jasper Morrison, Paola Navone, Eugeni Quitllet…) will sign milling, covered, market bar to tapas, pastry, cheese, Korean street food, glacier or cinema around the rue du Vertbois in the 3rd arrondissement. A beautiful madness. Opening scheduled for late may, at best.

Near my old working grounds, you have the magnificent Le Salon sur l’eau, a veritable peniche boat with wonderful delights. The détails to get there are  at 5,quai Marcel Dassault, 92150 Suresnes, tel +34 (0) 1 41 38 93 73, open Mondays to Sundays lunch and dinner, with a nice Sunday  Brunch from 12h to 16h for 29€ per person ,and 19€ for those Under 12 yrs old. I give you three reasons to be there asap, Number 1: it is a vessel of 500 m2! Uncovered terrace is really fun when our friend Sun is there, otherwise we moved indoors with views on the water.  Number 2: you eat well. For the Sunday brunch (my favorite) You begin with a hot drink, a juice or a smoothy with fresh fruit then place buffet sweet and salty! Hot croissants, fruit or cottage cheese with grout and then salad. Gazpacho, guacamole, scrambled eggs, ham, chicken with Morels or even net bar, the choice is wide. It ends on a half-cooked chocolate or other sweet treats. Be sure to spend a little bit of  time to book reservation. The side restaurant, the menu is just as varied. We remember duck foie gras scallops to the griddle and the sweet dark chocolate.  Number 3: managers know how to party. During the week (weekend included), the boat is a restaurant lunch and dinner and it is not uncommon to see djs invade the boat around 11 pm. If you are hot, the evening can finish later! Don’t worry, the team has also thought of your darlings and offers entertainment during brunch, just for them. Great! more info here http://www.salonsurleau.fr/

Le Figaro did a story about the favorites dogs of Parisiens, they are all over here lol!!! The saying goes that if by 50 you don’t have or had a dog you are not Parisien at heart. So,therefore, I left because don’t have a dog (had it when a kid), and don’t intend to have one now, but here are the tops breeds for Parisiens. The chihuahua. you can see them at the t L’astrance for dinners. Favorite terrain: 16th (16éme arrondissement).  The bichon, tied with yorkshire. In residential neighborhoods to bourgeois tendency, it is customary to offer a Playmate to her offspring. Hundred times more affectionate than plush. Favorite terrain: 17th. The labrador. This dog of water and open spaces (in Paris, we prefer the sand color) pique a head every Sunday in the Lake Daumesnil. Favorite terrain: 12th. The jack russell. A dynamic race for dynamic city dweller. The darling of the thirtysomethings on the Pierre Hardy shoes. Favorite terrain: 4th. The ‘ akita-inu. This little dog to Wolf’s head has a rating of hell. Originally from Japan, he is paraded preferably by leash at rue Sainte-Anne . Favorite terrain: 2nd.

And ,of course, can’t get away for telling you something about the places they are most welcome according to the article. Danny Hills , 84, avenue Secrétan (XIXe). Tél.: 01 84 14 05 95; Le Cette, 7, rue Campagne-Première (XIVe). Tél.: 01 43 21 05 47. Café Trama 83, rue du Cherche-Midi (VIe). Tél.: 01 45 48 33 71. Café de L’Odéon, Place de l’Odéon (VIe). Tél.: 01 44 85 41 30 (Watch your steps around here on the sidewalks!) .Monsieur Bleu,20, avenue de New York (XVIe). Tél.: 01 47 20 90 47. Non Solo Pizza ,5, rue Mesnil (XVIe). Tél.: 01 47 04 69 03 ,Chinchin, 25, avenue de Reille (XIVe). Tél.: 01 45 89 25 06. and Café du Marché. 38, rue Cler (VIIe). Tél.: 01 47 05 51 27.

For trips in the park,when you arrive too late and they get up too soon, see these places , www.dogwalking.fr and www.holidog.com . For dogs sitting , but of course, a good one is www.dogsitter.fr  If you need to leave for extended time, try  Actuel Dogs (Vincennes). Tél.: 01 48 08 00 97. De 20 to 150 € per day according to the room and services ask. http://www.actueldogs.com/

And for a proper Paris outifitting worthy of a fashion capital ,then head for these places. Marie Poirier, 84, bd des Batignolles (XVIIe). Tél.: 01 45 22 22 50, and La niche du BHV Marais (the great dept store), 42, rue de la Verrerie (IVe). Tél.: 09 77 40 14 00.

To commemorate the 2000 years of his death, talking Emperor Augustus of the Roman Empire, the Grand Palais and the Musée du Louvre are doing some joint efforts. Now to July 13 2014 at the galeries nationales de Grand Palais, every day except tuesday May 1 and Tuesdays, from 10h-20h, wednesdays until 22h admission  13€,adults. Not in English yet but in French will do ::) http://www.grandpalais.fr/fr/evenement/moi-auguste-empereur-de-rome

I will leave you with my latest escapades into the culinary exquisite choices we have in France, and not just French. One of my colleagues at work here told me about a asian resto, and as my wife like that food, and I have been taking it on lately on my travels in Asia, we decided to try today. IT was a find, wonderful family very helpful Vietnameses, great service, the food is all home made on site, and good prices, prompt personalise service, and we left feeling like we have found a home in Vannes. The place La Saigonnaise, 2 Place de la Madeleine, Vannes, tel +33 (0) 2 97 68 49 80. They have take out service for 15% less than the menu carte prices. Indeed we went overboard with Chinese and Vietnamese beers, at 4€ each. then the menu for entrée, plat, and dessert for 17,90€ per person. An assortments of samoassas, nems, raviolis,papillottes with shrimp, cantonese rice, chinese fry noodles, with two distinct sauces, I had the bœuf au saté or beef satay sauce; great, and for desserts dame de saigon (coco,banana ice cream and chantilly cream with a vietnamese nougat on top). more here http://www.la-saigonnaise.com/

Have a great end of weekend.  I will be in Paris Monday, business but meeting some old friends in the evening. Tomorrow is municipal élections here and I will vote for the first time in Brittany!!! http://www.pluvigner.fr/module-Contenus-viewpub-tid-2-pid-235.html  Cheers!

 

March 15, 2014

Some news from France CXXXI

Hello, allô , hola ola, well just another passing by Paris and it feels like a new-born. The weather has help , as sunny and cool just nice. We were as high as 18C, just back from another trip to East Europa. And ,finally got me the workers to do my terrace. Some shopping, some new phones, and now something about France and Paris in specific.

On the arrival of spring, these are the places recommended by the Air France folks on Paris.

1) musée de la vie romantique, just a lovely tea break in the garden is romantic! it is at the building hôtel Scheffer-Renan, 16 rue Chaptal, tel +33 (0) 1 55 31 95 67. info and access in English here, http://parismusees.paris.fr/en/city-paris-museums/city-paris-museums-network/museum-romantics

2) Detaille, from 1905 great parfums are made here with engrave glass containers, at 10 rue Saint Lazare, Tel +33 (0) 1 48 78 68 50. www.detaille.com

3) Musée Carnavalet, a must one of my favorites and the history of Paris within. It has a beautiful garden à la française.23 rue de Sévigné, tel +33 (0) 1 44 59 58 58. www.carnavalet.fr

4) Musée des Archives Nationales, a wonderful garden surrounded by four beautiful buildings the hôtel Soubise, hôtels d’Assy, and Breteuil with a tree gardens, and the hôtel rohan. at 60 rue des Francs-Bourgeois, tel +33 (0) 1 40 27 60 96: www.archivesnationales.culture.gouv.fr

5) The best coffee in town coming from 72 countries in beans , roasted on site, wonderful flavor do stop by, La Caféothéque de Paris at 52 rue de l’Hôtel de Ville;tel +33 (0) 1 53 01 83 84. www.lacafeotheque.com

6) to taste delicious white wines in Paris on site, and books in a library! go  to the Chapitre 20, at 8 rue Saint-Paul, from 19 to 21h every thursday. tel +33 (0) 1 77 15 20 72, www.chapitre20.fr

7) Musée Rodin, the must for the great Rodin, with one of the best gardens in Paris, 3hectares of it. And the great sculptures of course. see it at 79 rue de Varennes, tel +33 (0) 1 44 18 61 10 , www.musee-rodin.fr

8) the Musée Galliera, has a wonderful garden on the lawn you can have a picnic, great spot recently renovated, see it at 10 avenue Pierre Iér-de-Serbie, tel +33 (0)1 56 52 86 00. www.palaisgalliera.paris.fr

9) the Musée Bourdelle, scupltures of bronze around flower and plants, with red bricks in an urban oasis in Paris at 18 rue Antoine Bourdelle, tel +33 (0) 1 49 54 73 73. www.bourdelle.paris.fr

10) the famous and wonderful Musée de Cluny, walking in the forest with the dame à la licorne, with plants lineup as per their utilisation in the middle ages; at 6 place Paul-Painlevé, tel +33 (0) 1 53 73 78 00. www.musee-moyenage.fr

11) the wonderful Musée Delacroix, recently renovated gardens in 2012 as they influence the painter in 1857, see it at 6 rue de Fürstenberg, tel +33 (0) 1 44 41 86 50 , www.musee-delacroix.fr

12) the excentric musée Zadkine, abundant vegetation with different scents with beautiful bronze sculptures of Ossip Zadkine; he lived here from 1928 to 1967! see at 100 bis rue d’Assas, tel +33 (0) 1 55 42 77 20. http://parismusees.paris.fr/en/city-paris-museums/city-paris-museums-network/zadkine-museum

If you want to eat in a palace and with a great chef go to the Palais de Brongniart, by the Bourse de Paris at 28 place de la bourse, in the bottom you will find  the Terroir Parisien of Yannick Alléno with a deco like a New York loft apartment. Very chic and not expensive from the carte from 20€ see more at www.yannick-alleno.com

The great building of louis Vuitton at 102 avenue des champs Elysées, has now more than shopping but a museum in the espace culturel. www.louisvuitton.fr

One of my old hangout areas as used to work for many years just around and went bar hopping there, the Hôtel Burgundy has been renovated  with a beautiful spa with Thai, Indian, and Hawaiian style treatments from 150€ at 6-8 rue Duphot, tel +33 (0) 1 42 60 34 12, www.legurgundy.fr

Continuing with the best of Paris, see the wonderful neo classical facade , Inside all done with interior designer Jean-Louis Deniot for the hôtel Thérèse at 5:7 rue Thérèse, tel +33 (0) 1 42 96 10 01; www.hoteltherese.com  again just up my alley n my old beautiful Paris.

Come to see the wonderful exhibition on Van Gogh thru the writings of Antonin Artaud, who did it in text first in 1947.  The exhibition centers around the writing in the book by Artaud, all this at the even wonderful Musée d’Orsay. ah the work is entitled “Van Gogh, l suicidé de la societé” OR Van Gogh ,the man suicided by society. lasts until July 6. see at 1 rue de la légion-d’honneur, www.musee-orsay.fr

Americans are in vogue see Bill Viola, on his art videos at the Grand Palais until July 23, www.grandpalais.fr  and Robert Adams photos of the American west at the musée du  jeu de Paume  until May 18; www.jeudepaume.org

And more in Paris, from Watteau to Fragonard until July 21 at the jacquemart-andré, www.jacquemart-andre.com  and the story of the obelisk of Pairs done first in 1836 back to Egypt and then finally at the place de la concorde, see the travels of it until July 6 at the marines museum or Musée National de la Marine , www.musee-marine.fr

The judicial police of Paris is moving out (the tradition of the CSI or Scotland yard) from the traditional 36 quai des Grands-Augustins to the Batignolles district. Many crimes were investigated here even that of Princess Diana accident. The new building in the 17éme of Paris will have a courthouse next door all now Under construction, you read it here first on the blogweb…..

There are many Cuban restaurants in Paris last read they were 14 but only a handful are real restaurants the rest are mostly cigar and salsa places; one that can stand out do both pretty good is Cuba Compagnie in the 11éme arrondissement 48 bd Beaumarchais not far from the Bastille, http://www.cubacompagnie.com/

If you want to go to the jungle in Paris , yes you can too, Paris has it all. See the aquarium tropical de la porte Dorée, 293 avenue Daumesnil,, created in 1931, www.aquarium-portedoree.fr  or the equally impressive Grandes Serres du jardin des Plantes at 9 rue Cuvier, www.jardindesplantes.net  and the secluded and nice Jardins des Serres d’Auteuil, my favorite place to get lost, at 3 avenue de la porte d’Auteuil, no web simple unique founded in 1761 all surrounding a garden à la française with five greenhouses of 19C architecture, and do come during the music festival to evoque mother nature at its best.

And while passing by Charles de Gaulle, the airport CDG do stop by terminal 2E hall M for the airport museum, showing until September 17 2014 works from the heritage furniture and Gobelins tapestries  including the armory of objects kept from the time of Louis XIV you will see work by Charles le Brun, le Corbusier, Alexander Calder, André-charles Boulle, Joan Miro, and even the more recent collection by Sylvain Dubuisson.

See y’ah around, cheers.

March 7, 2014

Some news from France CXXX

Beautiful weather has return , and sunshine in the skies. We are getting ready to another wonderful weekend in Brittany. Tomorrow we celebrated my oldest birthday in Rennes.

 

Louis de Funes is a French movie star of the 1960-80’s ,made famous in France for the movie le Gendarme de Saint Tropez (1964) , I know him since the series Fantomas (even before a james bond), and on those movies I took my first steps to Learning French long ago. We are celebrating 100 years of his birth. He began his movie career in 1945, taking him long to establish himself as a great actor. showing at the Crous culturel de Paris, http://www.bsc-crousparis.fr/exposition-louis-de-funes-100-ans/

The Collection Lambert  in Avignon is now closed for renovations.  The project has it that will bring together the hôtel de Caumet (current building) and that one of hôtel  de Montfaucon (an old art school). The renovation will take about 18 months.

For the new Arts center in Arles, the regional government and arts organisation has chosen amongst  the 176 nominations, 5 teams of architects for the project of relocation of the NPHS. These are : Eduardo Souto de Moura, Portuguese architect, 2011 Pritzker Prize, Prix Wolf 2013;  Corinne Vezzoni and Associates, architect based in Marseille, born in Arles; Rudy Ricciotti, Grand national prize of architecture 2006;  Francis Soler, Grand national prize of architecture 1990; and Marc Barani, ‘ Équerre D’Argent 2003, national Grand Prix of architecture 2013.  the project of Frank Gehry that will house the Luma Foundation. The future building of 4000 m² will offer spaces of courses and vocational training, of laboratories dedicated to film and digital techniques an exhibition space and a conference area. It will also help to confirm the identity and the international influence of Arles as territory of photography and contemporary art. The jury will meet June 12, 2014 in Arles to elect the winner team among the five chosen candidates.

The mondial du tatouage (world tattoo) , Grande Halle de la Villette ,  41, rue de Verneuil – 75007 Paris; http://www.mondialdutatouage.com/

and more at musée  du quai Branly from 6 May to 18 October 2014, tattoos and tattuages, http://www.quaibranly.fr/fr/programmation.html

From 23 march to 5 April the Atelier des peintres du Marais expose their work at  72 rue François Miron
75004 , webpage here http://www.lespeintresdumarais.fr/

 

My wonderful Versailles, will have the Grands Eaux Musicales : Saturdays and Sundays from April 5 to October 26, 2014 + Tuesdays from May 20 to June 24 + some holidays. Getting water from 11: 00 to 12: 00 and 15:30 to 17: 00. and Exceptional Grandes Eaux Musicales dates on Friday, April 18, Thursday, may 8, and Friday, August 15. The Jardins Musicaux: Tuesday April 01 to May 13, and then from July 01 to October 28 from 9:00 to 18:00. Attention: during the musical gardens, there is no great waters music

Lots to do for the weekend so need to go, but stay tune, more to come in Paris1972-Versailles2003.

 

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