Some news from France CXXXIIII

Here is another episode on the news of France and Paris in particular. Today was a rainy day light rain in about 14C weather was ok, and the job went smooth as end of month, the worse is yet to come closing month end and fiscal year end !

While we enjoy the summer and the decline in crowds  that goes alone with that (-30% less from normal time of year) to carry out several operations of  renovation of the Ile-de-France transport network. RER A from July 23 to August 21, included,  the most important railway line in Europe in terms of traffic (1.2 million passengers per day on average), commissioning over 40 years ago, will close between the La Defense and Nation stations for work for the renewal of the track, ballast and switch systems. The line 1 of the metro, the main alternative to join La Defense from Châtelet or gare de Lyon, with peak hours, even if the number of trains in circulation will increase the RATP  ask not to rush on this line, and offers several alternative routes including through the Transilien J and L lines departing from the gare Saint-LazareThe RER C (540,000 passengers daily) will be in 2016  in it’s 20th year of summer works, intended to renovate the tunnels of a line built for the universal exhibition of 1900. Traffic will be consequently interrupted on almost all of the sections inside. The line between Dreux and Plaisir-Grignon will renew 55 kms of track, dating back to the 1950s, trains will not operate in the evening from Monday to Friday in July and August. Users who will not be able to stagger journeys but  will have to go through bus rides, which will lengthen the time by about an hour and a quarter. See photo diagrams from Le Parisien and Les Echos journals, RATP, and SNCF.
The Fashion Week man summer 2017 continues in Paris with fashion houses  Givenchy, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, or even Paul Smith. Only absence noted, Yves-Saint Laurent.
Some nice places to stay around gardens in  Brittany is La Ballue  .  Here a roomful of grass decorated with a reserved ifs and wisteria, there a labyrinth inspired  by a project of Le Corbusier, a Music  Chamber planted with charms inviting them to listen to the song of birds and the rustle of the leaves, a  green theater in beech decor. And at the bottom, nod to the antique, a temple of Diana at the front and pilasters of Cedar borrowed from a project of ClaudeNicolas Ledoux. All plant folies playing on the diversity of the Greens. Canopy, woodwork and chestnut paneling, waxed floors, high ceilings, four rooms and suite offer sets refined in harmony with the beauty of the place.  And to adds access to a stunning heated pool and an outdoor spa and sauna in private gardens. From 210€ per night. Château de la Ballue, 35560 Bazouges-la-Pérouse.  Tél. +33 (0) 2 99 97 47 86.

While in Normandy  you have a dreamy Park bordered by aisles of century-old beech  around Miromesnil. At the foot of the castle where was born Guy de Maupassant, a spectacular grass parterre leads to infinity while under the windows of the old kitchens, an extraordinary garden where the beautiful nearby flourishesGuarded by high walls of brick which warm them and protect them from the nearby sea winds, squares of vegetables and flowers wisely aligned are organized along Green alleys. The show is an enchantment of artichokes, turnips, carrots, salads and ancient vegetables that follow the seasons and to which mingles a flowery palette of asters, roses, delphiniums, cosmos, zinnias, and Hamenagees in the Castle, a guest room and four suites sets  authenticity offer stunning views of the Park and the vegetable  garden. While in common, two cottages can accommodate from four to ten people. From 115€ the night. Château de Miromesnil, Terres de Miromesnil, 76550 Tourville-sur-Arques. Tel. +33 (0) 2 35 85 02 80.   

Brexit issues with UK ; not written on political subjects but many of my British friends are worry that this was an impromptu decision by an uneducated crowd. Time will tell.  Angela Merkel warned that the United Kingdom could not choose its relations with the European Union “à la carte”. A few hours later, François Holland has also warned London. “If the United Kingdom wishes to remain in the single market, it need that it pays in every sense of the term, including freedom of movement,” said the french president before journalists at the Summit of the European Union in Brussels. Things are still unraveling what will be a long summer and now 27 EU practically. Further unveiling of  ins and out will follow eventually and the EU will never be the same. Best of luck to all.
An 1, 350 bus network, more than 300 stations of metro, RER, thousands of Vélib ‘ and Autolib’… In theory Paris is the ideal city to get rid of the car and take advantage of public transportation or rental in self-service.  However,  many remain attached to their car or their two-wheelers for objective reasons: 65% believe that the car remains the fastest mobility medium. The mairie de Paris poll in the Le Parisien journal.  Further, the result is no surprise as 76% are against the reduction to 70 km/h of speed on the BP =boulevard périphérique  and 70% opposed to the ban on vehicle traffic from before 1997 introduced Friday in the capital.  As the motorist rights association 40 million d’Automobilistes.
The parc Saint-James in Neuilly-sur-Seine was in restauration for nearly a year. It is  own by the Department of the Hauts-de-Seine, no 92 since 2009. The aim was to restore the Park to the state where it was (or almost) when it was created in the 18C. The Grand rock, the Palladian bridge, the Doric column, antique vases and garden dating back to 1925 have been restore.  It was a nice walk after attending the many meetings in the city for many years for me
A past event, sorry for late posting , but since I am a motocycle fan (growing up in Daytona Beach) I leave here for next year’s reference. For the fourth year, motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the world gathered at the racetrack at Linas-Montlhéry, a few miles south of Paris, to showcase vintage and custom bikes as part of the annual Cafe Racer Festival. Over the course of two days in June, the autodrome, which is nearly 100 years old, saw hundreds of bikes cross its tarmac.
For years, vintages of Burgundy have been smaller and smaller, while prices have gone up and up. Rain, floods, and hailstorms have decimated vineyards since 2010, especially in the Côte de Beaune (the southern part of the famous limestone strip that’s home to the most famous vineyards). Growers invested in weird anti hail devices, but, alas, they haven’t worked. Regional businesses are facing a crisis of how to survive. In 2014, which had some of the worst weather in recent memory, some winemakers  lost 90 percent of their crop; 2016 is already looking to be worse, weatherwise. This means the remaining grapes are much more expensive, and businesses that depend on making wines from them will be forced to pay a premium they increasingly can’t afford. Even in years without weather problems, the famous Côte-d’Or, the heart of the region, makes only 1 percent of the wine in France. The patchwork of tiny plots of vines is classified into basic Bourgogne, village-level cuvées, and at the top, premier and grand cru vineyards that account for only 19 percent of the wines. The Strategy says Bloomberg article from these are excerpts says Go for basic Bourgogne rouge and blanc from famous names, and buy village level Burgundies, especially those labeled vieilles vignes (old vines), and less expensive premiers crus from small negociants. More here:
In the town of Kremlin-Bicêtre, south of Paris suburbs the street or rue Pierre-Curie exist since 1926.  However, Marie Curie who died  8 years later was never added to the street name until now. Cérémonies are for today at 19h on the rue Pierre-et-Marie-Curie.
In my old neck of the woods, nearby Maisons-Laffitte is been name an Imperial city of France! This is a title given already by an association created in 2011 upon the initiative of the city of Rueil-Malmaison (Hauts-de-Seine), together with the cities of Compiègne (Oise), Fontainebleau (Seine-et-Marne),and Saint-Cloud (Hauts-de-Seine).  The city includes the Castle visited many times by emperor Napoléon 1er, the parc de Jacques Laffitte, the banker of the Emperor, and many villas built Under the Second Empire as well as a collection of objects of arts and engraving dating from the two periods.
The Flâneries musicales de Reims 2016 held from June 23 to July 12 2016 at several sites including the city of Reims. This is the 27th edition with more than 50 concerts Under the direction of artistic director of the festival Jean-Philippe Collard. It will be held in about 50 sites in the city and surrounding areas.  More info in French at official site :
Near me in the Morbihan Breton you have the La Gacilly town (home of Yves Rocher cosmetics etc) Now going on the Festival Photo de La Gacilly 2016.  Until September 30 on it’s 13th edition; more here in French :
And not far from me at Paimpol, you have the boats arriving today in parade, between 14h and 14h45 grouped since Tuesday to Paimpol, the estuary of the Trieux deepwater port, border nature between these two Breton country: to  Goelo, Paimpol and its namesake Bay, and, 6 km to the West, the Trégor. Only the weather can upset this choreography timed based on the tide.  Because the port of Paimpol deserves it. It is reached between two hours and a half hours before the tide high and two hours and a half after. A channel then a lock are the passages required for berthing in the basins afloat arranged at the end of the 19C, when the cod fishing  was in full swing, when 80 wood schooners hoisted their white sails each end of winter for campaign. The armada of yachts has changed. These are pleasure boats now. Even beasts of race, as the Figaro Bénéteau, came first in 2012 for the kickoff of the Solitaire. And repeat this year, a stopover, between the second stage in the long course, 475 miles from the Isle of Wight  and the final struggle up to La Rochelle, except if Wind is against it until  July 5. More here :
And the Le Figaro excellent guide on what to do in Paris during July and August , our summer break. Translated by yours truly with big help from Bing (lazy I know).

take advantage of happy hour to discover the many bars and restaurants that offer bite-sized pieces €2 at the hour of the aperitif (from 6 to 8 July).  play investigators during the hunt for the treasures of Paris, on Saturday, July 2see Boss Bruce Springsteen on stage at the Accor Hotels Arena (12th), 11 or 13 July (there are some places in categories 1 and 2). admire New York City Ballet on the stage of the Théâtre du Châtelet (life) in the context of the Étés de la Danse (until July 16). taste the best of Lebanese cuisine at thanks (3rd), which welcomes in residence in Kamal Mouzarak (Tawlet) restaurants, from June 27 to July 2laugh and dance with the second edition of the hammock Festival in different places of the 9th (from June 30 to July participate in SUPERB, huge gay night at the Grand Palais with Zazie concert, dj sets by Giorgio Moroder and Charli GNB, performances, cabaret (July 9, from 7 p.m. to dawn) twist of laughter once fiftieth before La Grande Vadrouille, which emerges in version restored on 13 Julydialect in a barracks for the traditional fire ball, 13 or 14 July. visit the Parc Zoologique (12th) at night (until 22:30) and enjoy the return of animals (Thursdays until end of July) out his best breakdance to Menelik or Charlie on evenings moves from there Club stars, all Friday night of the month of July (10th). enjoy family of the expos, inflatable attractions, rides vintage, live matches and football public young workshops fair at la Villette (20th, until July 10). play Benjamin Clementine, Mogwai, Cat Power, Kurt Vile, or Woodkid at the Philharmonie in Days Off (19th, from June 30 to July 10). push to Vitry-sur-Seine (94) to discover the very nice theatrical festival “We will not go to Avignon” station at the Theatre (from 6 to 24 July).  to send in the air with the projection to the beautiful star of my life in the air by Rémi Bezançon, July 29 at 9: 30 pm in the garden of the madness-Titon (11th), in the context of the Chair and the screen. enjoy 32 free concerts from Fnac Live on the square in front of the Town Hall: Yael Naim, Vianney, Louise Attaque, Katerine, Keren Ann(IVe, 2023 July).  letting go on electro rhythm during the nights of the festival The Peacock Society in Parc Floral (12th, from 13 to 16 July). let short his creativity on the 24 pianos self-service scattered throughout the capital by Play me I’m yours (until July 13) to settle comfortably in the gardens of the Quai Branly and enjoy electronic napping (Sunday 3, 10 and 17 July). watch a match of the Euro in the middle of the fans in the Fan zone of the Champ-de-Mars (7th).  arise in a garden of the 18th arrondissement and listen to free concerts outdoors of Rhizomes (until July 10). listen to a concert of jazz to the free green (once paid admission € 6) to Parc Floral every weekend until July 31, the Paris Jazz Festivalsoar in Africa with performances, concerts, workshops and initiations of mythical Rosa Bonheur at the time of the festival «Rosa Africa» (19th, 1 to Thursday, July 23).  If offer a cocooning aperitif at le Meurice (Ier), who regales manicure, massage or hairdresser on the terrace of its spa transformed into range for a cocktail consumption charged €30 (the sea and game from 5 pm to 9 pm, until July 15). crack on a little dress or a short multi-coloured balances (until August 2)feast at the Buttes Chaumont sipping the cream of Parisian gastronomy (Inaki Aizpitarte, Yann Roofer, Sylvestre Wahid) when the House national du Fooding (July 13).  Marvel at the talent of the European picture Festival Circulations of the 104 (19th, until August 7). dinner at Maloka (9th), excellent Brazilian table of Raphaël Rego, pending the Rio OJ (from 5 to 21 August).  observe the Parisian celestial Vault from the Museum of Air and space of le Bourget (93) during the nights of the stars (from 5 to 7 August). embark aboard the USS Enterprise with the last Star Trek: without limits of Justin Lin (exit 17 August). enjoy a concert of classical music in the gardens of the Parc Floral (12th) with classic green (all weekends from August 6 to 18 September)

 (Re) see the best of the Big Apple on the big screen through the festival outdoor Cinema au clair de lune (from July 29 to August 14  contemplate the iguana Iggy Pop on stage at the festival Rock en Seine of the domaine de Saint-Cloud (92, 26-28 August).  ask the Butte du Chapeau Rouge Park to enjoy short films and free concerts of the 15th edition of the festival Silhouette (from August 26 to September 23). feel in Bombay for a day (August 28) thanks to the colorful feast of Ganesh in the 10th and 18th arrondissementsenjoy the Chamber music festival of the Orangerie de Sceaux (from August 13 to September 18).
well see what I mean, so much to do in Paris, a mouvable feast indeed. Cheers

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