Some news from France, XCXXXVI

Good evening folks, I think I am running out of Roman numerals lol! This is France again and Paris in particular ;we can never feel tired of it.

The water levels are continuing to descend, and the cleanup is just on the horizon, with lots of dirt and mosquitos.  The transports are still on strike , and still on strong Union/Syndicate willing to continue it. Oh well ,this is Paris France too.

Until June 14, in Paris there is the Champs Elysées Film Festival going on. Already in its 4th year representing the Franco-American films extravaganza. Cost is 35€ admission, more on it here,

The grill door of the Ritz Hotel 15 Place Vendôme will open June 13, to welcome our first guests after re opening. However, be aware the cost of a room is , €1,000 for the smallest room 35 m2; € 7,000 for room César Ritz, with its 120 m2 and up to 28 €000 for the suite overlooking the Place Vendôme. You can offer yourselves a dip in the pool of 17 m, with hammam and sauna for €200. Body care massages at the Ritz club. Massage, body treatments, beauty of the hands and feet, will cost between €200 and €600. A cocktail at the bar Hemingway; the favorite of the writer Ernest Hemingway will cost €30 for a glass.Lunch at the bistro, on the side of rue Cambon, open from 8h to 02h in the morning, the Ritz bar offer a bistro style meal for around €60. There are the gardens of swordfish(Espadon), for lunch in one of the large greenhouses; Or dinner at the Table of swordfish(Espadon) . Count for €350. A tea in the salon Proust ; teas accompanied by gourmet creations: cake marbled chocolate, madeleine, rolls, meringues… €55. Brunch   weekend. From June 18, you can come and enjoy weekends of swordfish, in the great Hall of the restaurant, from 12h to 14h at €125. A cooking class place Vendôme. Go behind the stoves during 1 h 15. “pause Ritzy” is €65. The course of pastry is €85.

RER C Quai Branly (15éme),This underground passage which links the platforms of the station Champ-de-Mars was drowned under two meters of water. It has been dry as the whole of the central section which should reopen shortly.

The maison Giguel has just added this old Tavern, frequented by Impressionists painters at the end of the 19C, to the list of remarkable monuments of the city. Rueil-Malmaison

Despite appearances, the imperial theatre of Compiègne prepares to celebrate its 25th anniversary in October.

France will host the Euro16 from June 10th to July 10th 2016. This is the European Football Championship (Soccer ,Calcio). The organizing body ,UEFA,has invested at least 34M Euros to insured the safety of the event , in the stadiums, training sites and hotels all HQ at the international center for communication in the Porte de Versailles, Paris. To this , you add 4M euros for the security ring on the Fan Zones insured by France for another 8M€ , and the host cities another 12M€ for a total of 24M€ with 13.000 security agents. Outside the stadiums and fan zones France will deploy 42.000 policeman, 30.000 state police or gendarmes, 5.200 civil security personnel , and 10.000 military personnel. The fan zone in the Champs-de-Mars will be open during the entire period of the competition, including the evenings matches at Paris, and Saint-Denis. The Euro16 is the third biggest sporting event in the world behind the World Cup and the Olympic Games and will be transmitted to more than 130 TV stations in 230 zones of diffusion in the world, seen by an average of 150 millions spectators per match . In France,the TV chain TF1 (spending about 40M€) will show 22 games , the TV chain , M6 (25M€) 11 games including the Final,and the private BeIN Sports will show 51 games including the exclusivity of showing 18 matches.

The event ,the. Les Nuits de Fourvière 2016 in Lyon will be theme around the Circus.The show star will be Triptyque until July 31 tel +33 04 72 32 00 00. Other events for the nights will be PJ Harvey (14 June), Tame Impala (4 July), Offspring (5 July), Sigur Ros 6 july), The Last Shadow Puppets (7 July),and the Pixies (20 July). More will be Michel Polnareff roman emperor in the theater antique on July 21. Before will be Benjamin Biolay (June 17), Dionysos et Philippe Katherine (27 june), Zazie (july 1), Jeanne Added et Christophe with the musicians of the CCR (July 11), William Sheller (12 july), Francis Cabrel (18 july) , Louise Attaque (19 july), Souchon et Voulzy (25 july) and Thomas Dutronc (26 july). On june 28 will an evening with French rock with Feu Chatterton, Sage, Radio Elvis and June 29 an Italian night with Sono Pasolini with Giovanna Marini on 30 june the night of soul on July 2, rumba 3 july and the Balkans july 8 etc etc.

The travel site Trivago did a Survey on the preferred cities of Europeans to visit in France.  It found that the Germans are the ones with the most research into coming here followed by the Italians, British, Belgians, and the Swiss. Of course, Paris remains ahead but the rest were mostly in the South.  Second and onwards were Nice, Cannes, Porto Vecchio, Marseille, Antibes, Saint Tropez, Ajaccio,Calvi, and Sainte Maxime. Taken from Le Figaro and the site for Trivago is here;

Until September 18 2016,at the abbey of  Maubuisson, in the region of Val d’Oise ; it is showing an expo on The flowers in the abbey or L’Abbaye fleurie” by Régis Perray. the abbey is located at Rue Richard de Tour,  95310 – Saint-Ouen-l’Aumône.  Open Mondays to Fridays from  13h-18h week-ends and holidays from 14h-18h.

Safety in travel, Paris is no different, the security tips to a better stay are from the Police dept in English here:

A close to home anecdote on the Streets of Paris. There is one Rue Jose Maria de Heredia 7éme, name after the French Cuban poet , and named from 1909 in his memory. Born in La Fortuna, Cuba Nov 22nd 1842 and died in Houdan (Yvelines 78) in October 2, 1905.  He is part of literary groups such as the conference La Bruyère and became an influential member of the Parnassian school. In 1863, he met Leconte de Lisle and collaborates in the contemporary Parnassus, while binding friendship to authors such as Sully Prudhomme, Catulle Mendès, or even Anatole France.  In 1884, Guy de Maupassant dedicated the book Garçon, a bock!…Elected to the Académie Française on 22 February 1894, the Chair of Charles de Mazade.During the voyage of the Russian rulers in Paris, in 1896, he composed the Salut à l’ Empereur. Member of the Board of the dictionary, he became in 1901 curator of the Bibliothèque de L’arsenal. In 1902, he founded with Sully Prudhomme and Léon Dierx  the French poets society.  Heredia and his wife, who, in 1901 and 1902, had spent their summer in Montfort-L’Amaury(Yvelines 78)  on vacation, decided in 1903 to change  home and choose the Château de Bourdonné, near Houdan (Yvelines 78) . He was buried on October 7 at the cemetery of Bonsecours, Rouen  (Seine-Maritime 76). In his tomb No 26, rang 19 of the 1 division of the cementary are ,also, laid to rest his mother, the husband of his first daughter, his wife, and his daughter Hélene. He has a monument in the Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris.

Enjoy your day we had a high of 23C today sunny wonderful. This is in Vannes, Morbihan, Brittany. In Paris it was 23C also, but cloudy. This is about 74F. Enjoy your week.



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