Archive for April, 2014

April 17, 2014

Some news from France CXXXV

Wow so much going on, to start my team of my life, (if you read I used to play as benjamin alavin player) ,the Real Madrid just won the Kings’s Cup in Spain over rival culés de Barcelona 1X2 with goals from Di Maria and G Bale. So Champions for the 19th time of this competition. I am happy.

Then, temps in the 20C here lovely Bretagne, and sunny and big weekend coming nice Easter. And my house work continues I see the light at the end of the tunnel on my terrace and cellar.

Now for more, on la belle France, and Paris especially, there is a nice American owned resto there, cool,and not expensive. Verjus Wine Bar,located next to the jardin du palais royal at 52 rue de Richelieu.   For €15, you’ll get a beverage, one delicious sandwich (choose between Mr. Chang’s Buns, Bakesale Betty and Midnight Cuban), and a little dessert. And any local will tell you—nothing beats one of Verjus’s heavenly caramel brownies or cookies. Lunch is served at the bar between 12:30 and 2 p.m. every weekday, but get there early to nab a spot in the cozy space. More here

Another good one that I have already mentioned previously but did stop by this week on one of my business runs to Paris, La Caféothèque , also offers the largest selection of coffee in the city, and it’s especially cozy in the winter time. Sit by the window and watch the world go by, or spend the day reading in the corner. (52 Rue de l’Hôtel de ville; +33 1 53 01 83 84). more here

and how about movies, cinémas, well love them ,and had already told you about the renovated Louxor and the great Pagode, but here they are again with some more.

Cinéma du Panthéon: In the heart of the Latin Quarter, the Panthéon, opened in 1907, is the oldest functioning movie theater in Paris. It  promoted the French New Wave, while also being one of the first to show foreign films in their original language. A special highlight of the theater is its living room-esque “salon,” designed by on-screen legend Catherine Deneuve in 2006. (13 rue Victor-Cousin); more here

Le Champo:  the Champo is a Parisian film institution. Established in 1938, it boasts a screening room with an unusual mirror-based “periscope” projection technology that allows for the projector and the screen to be housed in different floors of the building. In addition to being considered by François Truffaut as his “headquarters” and Claude Chabrol his “second university.” (51 rue des Écoles);more here,

La Pagode: Of all the movie theaters in Paris, the Pagoda least resembles a cinema.  And it is nicer for it,one of my favorites like I said. The building was imported piece by piece from Japan and was initially used mainly for receptions. It was converted into a cinema in 1931 and became an important feature of the film landscape in the 1950s and 60s, with screenings of movies by Ingmar Bergman, Jean Cocteau, as well as the Nouvelle Vague’s Jacques Rozier and François Truffaut. Today it features art house international movies which can be discussed afterwards over tea in the lush Japanese garden. (57 bis, rue de Babylone), more here,

Le Grand Rex: The Grandest of Parisian historic cinemas, this Art Deco palace features the largest screening room in Europe: la Grande Salle, with 2800 seats. It  has been drawing in crowds since it was completed in 1932. Inspired by American movie theatres of the time, its vast baroque interior includes a starry night sky adorning the 100-foot-high ceiling of the grande salle, along running fountains and reliefs evoking an old Mediterranean village. Its days darkened during the Occupation when the cinema was requisitioned by the German army and reserved exclusively for German soldiers. While the programming includes mainly blockbusters (and concerts), the cinema is still independently owned and just the sight of it takes cinephiles back to another era. (1 blvd. Poissonière); more here,

Le Studio 28: Dubbed “the cinema of masterpieces, the masterpiece of cinemas” by Jean Cocteau, Studio 28 opened in 1928 with Abel Gance’s “Napoléon” and by 1930, it was already making headlines. The cinema is today’s  perhaps best known for its cameo in the 2001 international success Amélie. (10 Rue Tholozé); more here,

Le Louxor:  Inaugurated in 1921, its appearance lives up to its name; a neo-Egyptian façade highlighted by colorful mosaics with floral/exotic animal motifs greets filmgoers as they enter the renovated theater. At the time, it was one of the largest cinemas in the city with just over 1,000 seats. While it originally screened French and American movies, the 1970s saw the cinema turn toward Indian and Arab films in keeping with the population of the neighborhood.  It was bought by the city of Paris in 2003—and, reopened in April 2013, proof that the projection camera is not about to be shut off on the city’s film scene just yet. (10 Rue Tholozé); more info here

Something from the old (railroad tracks of Vincennes) that was brought back and its a hit as everything touching Paris is, we have, you have the promenade Plantée; French for ”tree-lined walkway,”  is an elevated linear park in Paris’s 12th arrondissement. It starts just a few steps away from Opéra Bastille and stretches almost three miles to Bois de Vincennes. Though it’s known as a Parisian High Line of sorts, the Promenade was actually built first, in 1993—and until 2010 was the only elevated urban park in the world.  Parts of the Promenade boast expansive views; other parts such as the Viaduc des Arts feature shops selling local arts and crafts. more here,

And last, but not least don’t forget to go up in the tower, the tower I mean is Montparnasse my entry point to Paris nowdays. And, you have wonderful views of Paris ,including that other tower, the Eiffel tower.


Enjoy Paris, and France! Cheers

April 16, 2014

Some news from France CXXXIIII

Ok so we are enjoying great sunshine, and today is the football/soccer match in Spain of Barcelona and Real Madrid, you know I am a Madridista. Then, I need to talk about things going on in the world of France…

vinyl records ,remember them, I do, ,heheehe, well they are back in force even in the fashion capital of France. Some places to check them out

La Source, 46, rue Albert-Thomas (10éme). Tél.: 09 83 38 04 88.

Toolbox Records, 30, rue Saint-Ambroise (11éme ). Tél.: 01 48 05 80 16.

Crocodisc , 40-42, rue des Écoles et 64, rue de la Montagne-Sainte-Geneviève (5éme). Tél.: 01 43 54 47 95.

The restaurant Rossi comes alive with a sandwich trattoria style, Rossi & Co ,9, rue Mandar,  2éme. Tél.: 09 73 65 06 60.  open every day except Sundays . Métro: Sentier, Les Halles.  Now they have a page in Facebook, I don’t like to mix with them, but Rossi is a great place, so here it is, exceptionally for you.

and do you know the line 14 of metro is going long ,just around areas where I shop for my Spanish specialties in Paris,(tip here somewhere!) ,  the line 14 will go to the Mairie de Saint-Ouen  by  2017,now Under construction and it will go by Pont Cardinet, just where cap hispania is and I parked by there my car.

If you want a store in Paris full of headgears and music lovers paradise then go to Casquade, 58 rue D’Argout, 2éme, open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 11h30-14h30 and 15h30-20h.

Crazy Horse is coming up with a new spectacle call Désirs, 12 avenue George V, Metro : George V and Alma-Marceau.

From 22 april to June 8 at Bobino ,you have the spectacle Tierra de Amor (Land of Love), find men and women who have left their land of origin, of Cuba and Santo Domingo, from the Caribbean to Africa… Their common passion for dance will unite them and transform their lives. Stories of love, exile and of crossed destinies, are told to latinos, African and contemporary rhythms: salsa, samba, tango, bolero, Cha Cha Cha, merengue, gwoka, reggaeton…see here

See at the musée Maillol at Paris, the expo the Treasures of Naples Italy or le Trésor de Naples, the jewels of San Gennaro. San Gennaro, saint January, died as a martyr of the Diocletian persecution, is the great patron saint of the city of Naples. His blood, collected in two bulbs, liquefies three times a year, on the same dates for centuries, a phenomenon that even today science can explain. more here in English,

And finally, Versailles, will have an exhibition marking the 100 years anniversary of  of World War I, see it all here in English,

Enjoy your week, cheers.

April 3, 2014

Some news from France CXXXIII

Another wonderful day in Brittany with temps in the upper teens and sunny,no rain. We are hoping for a very nice weekend. I am in the area for a change. Some of the latest from France are on:

The beers of Paris, yes we have some local beers too, some were gone and now back on, such as Gallia and Demory. The Gallias is brewed about 60 kms from Paris and the Demory is brewed in Germany with the hops from France. Some are from the district of Château Rouge, 28, rue de la Goutte-d’Or, 18éme.

Some bars do brewed their own in Paris such as French Beer Factory ,176, rue Montmartre, 2éme,   the pubs chain The Frog with five addresses in Paris, and O’Neil, 20, rue des Canettes, 6éme. La Volcelest, in my old Yvelines dept 78, My Beer Company in Hauts-de-Seine, dept 92, the Biére de l’Ourcq in Seine-et-Marne dept 77, the La Parisis in the Essonne ,dept 91 or the Biére du Vexin in Val-d’Oise, dept 95.  webpages to follow:

And to along with a local beer ,why not a local fashion made here with local colors and designs, such as the following;

The Parisian label Gat Rimona unveiled two weeks ago a t-shirt displaying large characters,  American football shirt,  they are found at  104, rue Longchamp (16th). Brand Bazaar, 33, rue de Sèvres (6th); BIBA, 18, rue de Sèvres (7th).

To give himself an air more rabble, is better opt for a Paris Nord sweat. Models are labelled and packaged in the workshop-shop located  oddly, in the Marais. The company, 15, rue Charlot (3rd).; Isakin, 9, rue André-del-Sarte (18th)

Precursor, of the Pigalle store landed in 2008 by editing its name, white on black clothing. The aura of the sector has done the rest. Rihanna has several sweatshirts. Pigalle, 7, rue Henry Monnier (9th).no web it has a facebook page, but I do not put facebook in my blog.

The nostalgic Brandon and Kelly will melt on the ‘Belleville Hills’ pastiche displayed by No/One printed in the workshop Amelot (11th). Studio Store, 57, rue de Charenton (12th). Also at Colette and Isakin.  and

For travel incognito from the Porte de la Chapelle to the Place de la Concorde  metro line 12, we choose printing “river droite”. Attention: the passing to the “rive gauche” model is required past the ­Seine.

Saint Laurent, Bardot and Gainsbourg, among other retro icons appear on the creations of Rue JacobAvailable soon in Heaven Dauphine, 40, rue Dauphine (6th).

Photographer Theo Mouvras (of the Racket claw) prints his own images with a certain sense of telescoping: t-shirt “Place des Vosges” is illustrated with a decor of HLM.  high with the effigy of the Church Saint-Gervais  or the place des Victoires (2éme).Racket, 47, rue d’aboukir.

and if you are on the run like me many times in Paris for a quick sandwich of ham and butter à la française, you to go to the new gare Saint lazare, LAZARE. and if can indulge a bit more time head over to L’Avant Comptoir ,3 ,carrefour de l’Odéon, 6éme.

And to finish with something classic and way away from Paris, try to see this wonderful gardens, the jardins secrets de l’Abbaye Saint-André, on top of the mont Mont-Andaon,  in the town of  Villeneuve-lès-Avignon (the one next to Avignon) with a beautiful view over the Rhône river and valley,  mont Ventoux , and the  palais des Papes.It is open to the public now to November 1st, where nature and heritage comes together. more info here

Cheers and enjoy your week wherever you are.

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