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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

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