Archive for July, 2016

July 29, 2016

Some news from Spain XXIIII

Ok so today was my last day at work and vacation begins !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and after doing some errands I should be ready to roll out to Spain by next Thursday. IN the meantime, here are some news of my beloved Spain.

Hotel Fuerte Conil Costa Azul in Cadiz offers surfing clases from 35€ per person at Playa de la Fontanilla; more info on it here,

The aquatic park at Siam Park of Tenerife is great for the families with 11 tobogans and Dragon, Vulcano or Kinnaree, and for the parents the  Siam Beach  or the Mai Thai River.

Great vacation spot for kids near where I am going this time is the beach resort of Hervidero de Cofrentes in the confluence of the rivers Júcar and Cabriel, where you can look up to the volcano of Cofrentes.

At Madrid there is a snow zone even in summer. the second biggest covered slope in the world ,Madrid SnowZone has 18000 M2 and constants -2C; the main slope is 250 meters long ;all in the Centro Comercial Madrid Xanadú (Autovía A-5, Km. 22. Arroyomolinos, Madrid), open Sundays to Thursdays from 10h to 22h Fridays, Saturdays and eve of holidays from 10h to 00h.

Solmarket Foodstrucks Festival ,  near where I am going too, and on until August 15 at the  El Puig, Valencia (Passeig Maritim). 30 meters from the beach all the best food trucks from the area will be here. More info in Facebook.

The 64th edition of the San Sébastian Festival is on by September 16-24,2016. More here:

Sad note Francisco Cano Lorenza “Canito has passed away in Valencia at the age of 103  yrs old from a cerebral infactus. Here goes away one of the greatest if not the greatest photographers of the bullfight and the bull of Spain. His coffin will laid at the bullfight arena of Valencia all day.  Cano  born in Alicante in 1912 was a boxer, cyclist, swimmer,and novillero of Young bulls until becoming a photographer  In his lenses he saw Ava Gardner, Orson Welles, Grace Kelly, Raniero de Mónaco, Sofía Loren, Bing Crosby, Ortega y Gasset,Duchesse of  Alba, Concha Piquer, Lola Flores, Charlton Heston or Ernest Hemingway ;also, the bullfighters such as Domingo Ortega, Pepe Luis Vázquez or Luis Miguel Dominguín, and his most famous photo that one taken in August  28  1947 in  Linares (Jaén),that a Miura bull named islero  fatally horned the great  Manuel Rodríguez,( Manolete).  RIP

As I am planning my trip with all variables these are some webpages that I followed over the years and now share here!

For finding gas stations, route planning, weather,and road conditions see Diesel Gasolina, in Spanish,

The traffic, weather and route planning of Repsol gas stations here:

another to find gas stations in Spain, Gasofa, here:

To find traffic conditions in Spain, from the government agency DGT(direccion general de trafico)  here:

And more gas stations from the ministry of industry energy and tourism here:

Parkvia ,parking in selected cities here:

Europe Wise parking webpage for Spain  Parkopedia , here:

traffic monitoring from the RACE or Real Automobile Club of Spain here :

to know the weather  AEMET all over Spain ,see the official link here :

These are my favorites there are many others ,but after trying many over the last 40 years, these I have found to be most reliable.

From France the day we are leaving will be Orange which medium heavy traffic as Red and Black are worse. We usually leave very early in mid week to avoid the heavy weekend traffic ,and on our trips to Spain we stop for a night rest this time by Bordeaux.

I, also, check viamichelin and mappy as well as carrying a paper map from Michelin, IGN , Mappy, and Repsol,  with me. The modern GPS helps but mostly around metropolitan areas not so much out in the countryside.,0,-2.75581,47.65787/Z11/

Be aware the police is out in force on these holidays, and Spain had a record year of fines in 2015.  The record speed was on a Porsche 911 at 297 kph or about 184 mph on the toll road outside Madrid the R-4 connecting with the M-50.

Be careful , take rests and follow the law, not hard to do especially in our times ::) Cheers





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July 24, 2016

Some news from France, CXXXVIIII

Here I am deciding whether to go to a huge flea market going on in my town with over 800 stands! The day is sunny at 28C and a nice breeze looking over my terrace. First, will have to do lunch soon ::)

Now to tell you some of my favorites events have gone or planned to go here is the latest line up. Enjoy it, it’s La Belle France.

I think I mentioned this before but a popular train line used to take a lot;  RER line A will have to take tyour patience. The most heavily travel train line in Europe is cut off a month for work between  La Defence and Nation, from July 23 to August 21, included 2016.  The RATP has again programmed complete cuts of one month in the summer 2017 (between Charles de Gaulle and Nation) and summer 2018 (between La Defence and Nation). They will be then by night (between 22h30 and 05h) during the summers of 2019, 2020 and 2021.  Line 1 of the metro (which complements the RER A) will benefit from a higher frequency at peak with a train every 95 seconds. Reinforcements are also planned on lines 2, 3, 6, 9, 10, 13 and 14 of the metro, trams T2 and T3 and 63, 73, 275 and 43 buses. Shuttles will operate morning and evening on weekdays between Charles de Gaulle and La Defence. On the Transilien network, the L line will be exceptionally extended to Poissy and line J will also be enhanced destined to Poissy. Follow the work if thinking of traveling by it here :

Some misc news: Villette cinema en Plein Air trying to stay open due to security measures lately; FNAC Beaugrenelle shopping center giving layoffs 68 for lack of sales, and they FNAC in turn buying Darty another chain of stores. Pool Joséphine Baker is closed until further notice. Tour de France ends today with C Froome to win it for the third time and the French Baudet in 2nd place over 4 minutes behind. Not too much excitement this year probably for all the terrorist news going on.

The opening to the public of the garden of the Hôpital Saint-Louis (10éme) at 1 rue Claude-Vellefaux. All weekend between April 1 and October 31. The first visitors can now tread, every Saturday and Sunday from 11: 00 p.m. The 9 400 m2 of the square of greenery in the heart of historic hospital buildings, created in the 17C by the architect of the place des Vosges! Lovely indeed, see it:

Airport at Orly is going thru some resurfacing of runway 4. Everything about 2,400 meters  long .  A large-scale project began Monday last to resurface the runway 4 from the Orly airport, one of the two main runs with an average of 300 flights per day. A  first phase of six weeks until August 28 on 2 400 meters and a second  next year on the 1 250 meters remaining. In French with official pub.

Time for food is Paris is tops; some of my latest were  Merguez & Pastrami, 57 rue Rodier (9éme) tel +33 (0) 1 77 13 56 57. pastrami sandwich NYC style by Pigalle!

A nice bar that gives one euro for each cockail purchase to caring organisations, Le Juste Pigalle, 1 rue Frochot (9éme). They are in Facebook.

Same owner as the patisserie at 9 rue Ravignan(18éme) opens a biscuit company La Compagnie Générale de Biscuiterie, 1 rue Constance (18éme).

Halle St Pierre, 2 Rue Ronsard, ‘L’Esprit Singulier “ OR Singular spirit’, some 600 works from the collection of the Abbey of Auberive. Among the 70 artists, major figures: Witkin, Boix-Vives, Fred Deux, and Combat. A nice place renovated when i worked in Paris and visited, and glad it continues so well.

Wonderful period library in Montmartre,  the L’Attrape-Coeurs. 4, pl. Constantin-Pecqueur (18éme). Tél +33 (0) 1 42 52 05 61. One of the classic there and visited by locals and yours truly often while working in the city.

See the musée de montmartre at 2 rue Cortot (18éme). museum of artist painters like Toulouse-Lautrec, Modigliani, Kupka, Steinlen, Valadon, Utrillo and others. This is a must a highlight of the visit to the hill of Montmartre.

If you want to know more this wonderful district of Paris a bit away from the center ,read this link by local friends. Really a romantic wonderful part of Paris.

And the official tourist info office for Montmartre in English here:

From June 17, the Streat Market will rattle and buzzle until July 29 , on Fridays from 18h to 23h at  the parvis of the Place Clignancourt (18éme) with a dozen food trucks and outdoor countertops. Place Django Reinhart (18éme). Free admission. menus from 10€. Someof the participating trucks will be le Camion que fumes (burgers), spices & Love (Indian chapati), Lo Zio (Italian piadina), Urben Grill ( Near East), Cheesers (grilled American cheese), Pick & Taste (Asian marinated skewers) or The BBQ Brother (burgers on the barbecue).

From April 09 to October 10, 2016 the Musée de l’homme offers exposure the Korea and its origins. More here:

From July 4-September 25, 2016, the city of Arles welcomes contemporary photography in the Festival Les Rencontres D’Arles.

From July 1 to August 28, 2016, the city of Nantes offers the festival journey in Nantes or les Voyages in the île de Nantes showcasing the latest innovations and less known works ;more here :

From July 05 to September 18, 2016, the Bibliothèque François Mitterrand offers exposure Globes in 3D. These objects made between the 16C to 19C are scanned the project “DNP Museum Lab”.  More here to see the best collection of globes of the world from ancient times;

Every Saturday, the château de Vaux-le-Vicomte once again dives into the good old days, with its magnificent evenings by candlelight. Until October 1 2016. More here on this wonderful must see castle.

Until October 30th 2016 the Great Musical Waters of the Chateau de Versailles, the tops, of course you have to see it, my old home, homesick maybe….

Royal Serenade at the Chateau de Versailles Rediscover the splendor of Versailles enhanced by the Royal Serenade, fountains and fireworks at nightfall. Until September 17 2016. Of course, do I am repeating myself, see the Royal class at Versailles, what France is all about :

Until November 1st 2016 take the direct train from Paris  Gare du Nord to Auvers sur Oise  and follow in the footsteps of Impressionist painters such as Van Gogh 35 minutes from Paris; great ride really and more visitors if they do it year around.

La Grenouillére at the time of the Impressionists . Discover this charming museum which reopens after having moved. Until December 23rd 2017, Musée de la Grenouillére, Espace Chanorier ,Croissy sur Seine; great area home of the British School.

The place conjures up La Grenouillère, a now disappeared floating boat connected to Camembert Island. Very popular with Parisians in the 19C for its relaxed, festive and country atmosphere, the place was a tavern on the water, with coffee, games, cold baths… Artists such as Monet and Renoir could be seen there painting and relaxing. Paintings, prints and objects bring to life this era, La Grenouillère and its surroundings. The memories of this place, which burned down in 1889 and was reopened until 1928, will surely delight you. Extend your visit with a walk around Camembert Island, which was restored in 1999. More here :

From December 1st, 2016, to April 23, 2017, the Musée d’Arts Décoratifs of Paris (pavillions Marsans of the Louvre) will have the exhibition: when the garment made a scandal or Quand le vêtement fait scandale. More here :

The Feast of the Lodges, in the forest of Saint Germain en Laye until August 14 2016; From the famous ghost train to the timeless roller coaster, to line fishing and even rifle shooting, dodgem cars… visitors young and old come to enjoy the 200 attractions installed in the Saint-Germain-en-Laye forest. a great event we enjoyed as a family when lived nearby in Versailles.

FunFair at the Jardin des Tuileries, now for more than 20 yrs here and just across one of my old working areas, and my kids always love it This is an inmense fairground until August 21 2016 . Wooden horses dating back to 1900, enjoy a 360° view in the new big wheel (70 meters high) or have a scare in the ghost trains. The smartest can test their skills in the coconut shy or on the rifle shooting range, while the bravest can have a go on the trampolines and other slides. For the hungrier guests: toffee apples, churros and candyfloss are also available. More in tourist office of Paris:

The Great Fire of Saint Cloud simply the greatest firework display in Europe held in the park of Saint Cloud or Domaine St Cloud.  September 10 2016; more here :

The Montmartre Grape Harvesting Festival, going on from October 5 –9 2016 by the vignes du Clos Montmartre On the agenda of this 83rd edition: fashion show, concerts, shows, film projections, exhibitions, workshops, guided tours, excursions, wine-tasting, taste trails with passionate artisans and producers, not forgetting the firework fired at the foot of the Sacré-Cœur; just great a missed event will again try to visit from Brittany this time. More here :

Well now it’s time for my lunch at hom; been call to the table lol!!! Enjoy your Sunday, and my France.

July 22, 2016

Some news from Spain XXIII

Well it has been hot here in the late 20’s C cloudy ,and looking at my Spain there is in the middle upper 30’s C sunny. Thinking ahead to next month, Esperame España!

Some of the latest on Spain, my favorites things to write about.  You have heard of all those travel booking places we all like, well in Spain, the ones used the most are, Atrápalo, eDreams, Trivago, and Kayak. I have always use  well most of the time El Corte Inglés travel section, Viajes El Corte Inglés as well.

I will be in many places next month but one of them will be Valencia, my aunt used to lived there before passing away many years ago, and not been ever since. It is time to go on site and taste the best Paella in the world, from the source. Some of the family and friends favorites are

La Pepica,  avenida de Neptuno, 6    Tel +34 96 371 03 66.

El Racó de la Paella  calle Mossen Raussel, 17  Tel +34 96 348 82 52.

Ricard Camarena Restaurant calle Dr. Sumsi, 4 Tel +34  96 335 54 18.

Looking for some family oriented resorts in Spain, these are the latest on an article in guia del ocio , the Entertainment publication in Spain for several cities.

Hotel del Juguete, Ibi, Alicante;

and across the hotel you can go to the Museo del Juguete or toys museum:

Hotel PortAventura. Salou, Tarragona;

Barceló Punta Umbría. Punta Umbría, Huelva:

Magic Aqua Rock Gardens. Benidorm, Alicante:

Hotel Holiday Palace. Benalmádena, Málaga:

Skytrax World Airline 2016 just published their best Airlines of the year ranking and they were: 1.- Emirates 2.- Qatar Airways 3.- Singapore Airlines 4.- Cathay Pacific 5.- ANA All Nippon Airways 6.- Etihad Airways 7.- Turkish Airlines 8.- EVA Air 9.- Qantas Airways 10.- Lufthansa . Iberia of Spain came in at no 52 moving four slots from 2015 but still unfortunately way behind. I am still waiting for credit on my miles on a Partner airline Latam for almost 3 months now lol!

If you want to match your Horoscope to the place you should be in vacation well here they are from Guia del Ocio as well. Horoscope of the travelers. Aries: Formentera (Spain), Tauro: Favignana (Italy), Géminis: Malta, Cáncer: Isquia (Italy),Leo: Corsica (France), Virgo: Skye (Scotland), Libra: Hvar (Croatia),Scorpio: Senja (Norway), Sagitarius: Cefalonia (Greece), Capricorn: Creta (Greece), Aquarius: Madeira (Portugal), Pisces: Fehmarn (Germany).

And here is one for the modern inclination in all of us, the best nudist beaches in Spain as per Guia del Ocio are:

Cala de Ambolo, Jàvea:

Moraig ,El Poblenou de Benitatxell :

Cala dels Pinets, Benissa

Cala de la Barra Grande, Altea

Ràco Conill ,Villajoyosa :

Llomes de Reixes, El Campello :

Saladar , Alicante :

Carabassi, Elche :

Playa del Pinet, Elx-Santa-Pola :

Els Tossals , Guardamar del Segura:

You want to be in a nice pool with great views of Madrid then head for these hôtels and escape the heat of August: Hotel Emperador (my favorite), Hotel Santo Domingo, Gymage Lounge Resort, O2 Centro Wellness Manuel Becerra, Room Mate Oscar, Holiday Inn Bernabéu (for the games I stayed here always) ,Hotel NH Colón, hotel Índigo, Hotel Urban, Hotel The Principal, and Hotel EXE Moncloa.

And the prettiest interior towns of Spain as per the Guia del Ocio de Madrid are: Vejer de la Frontera (Cádiz) Santa Eulalia de Oscos (Asturias) Pedraza (Segovia) Hervás (Cáceres) Potes (Cantabria) Valverde de los Arroyos (Guadalajara) Ronda (Málaga) O’Cebreiro (Lugo) Montefrío (Granada) Albarracín (Teruel) Candelario (Salamanca) Santillana del Mar (Cantabria) Laguardia (Álava) Priego de Córdoba (Córdoba), and  Alquézar (Huesca) . Highlights the ones I have been to.

For the centenary celebration you can see the exposition until September 11 2016 in the Museo del Prado. For more of the painter you can come to the Monasterio  de El Escorial to see more of  El Bosco ( until November 1st 2016) with the royal collection of Spain.

More on this year celebration of the IV centenary of Cervantes’s death.

You can see it in August at  the Espacio de Arte Contemporario de Almagro, Ciudad Leal en Miguel en Cervantes until September 15,2016 .

In the Church of San Agustin, Almagro, Ciudad Real, “Escenificando a Cervantes” extended until September 15.

In the Museum of Bellas Artes of Granada you have the expo Zuloaga and Falla , history of a friendship until September 18 see the wonderful  ‘El retablo de maese Pedro’.

And at the Royal Palace or Palacio Real the work of  “from  Caravaggio to Bernini” until October 16 including paintings and sculptures of the royal collection done by artists from the Italian  Seicento.

At the Museo Thyssen Bornemisza, see the expo ” Caravaggio and the painters of the north” until September 18. An opportunity to see the barocco artist and Caillebotte, the painter gardener until October 30th to see the them of gardens from the impressionist artist.

And to follow up with the Phillips collection on Impressionists and modernistes until October 23 showing work of Manet, Courbet, Sisley, Van Gogh, Degas, Picasso, Modigliani, Kandinski, Pollock ,and Rothko. At the CaixaForum:

Festivals for summer are:

Dreambeach Villaricos 2016 in Almeria August 11-13 2016;

Benidorm Low Festival 2016 until July 31;

Músicos en la Naturaleza 2016 Avila until July 30;

Medusa Sunbeach Festival 2016,Cullera August 12-14 2016;

Festival de Teatro Clàsico de Mérida, classical theater in the Roman theater of Mérida. Various presentation of the classics, happening this  coming weekend, more in Spanish:

The summer wonders of the Cine Garden Conde Duque until September 18 in Centro Comercial Conde Duque, Madrid. A giant screen of 300 m2 with space for 800 spectators with drinks, foodtrucks to the rimes of a DJ at the end of the movie.

Enjoy Spain, everything Under the sun ::)

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July 20, 2016

Some news from France CXXXVIII

On the last couple of day we have gone back to the canicule with temps in my area in the upper 30’sC not good when you have to work but great for the many visitors that are jamming our area. That is the Morbihan of course.

Something to think about when deciding to buy real estate in France. If you have 1000 euros to pay for an apartment in Paris it will be enough to find something like a 25 M2 space or about 269 Sq feet!!! For the same amount you can buy a 53 m2 in Lyon, 59 m2 in Bordeaux,  73 m2 in Lille, 74 m2 in Rennes, 79 m2 in Marseille.  At the other end of the scale the cities where you can buy the biggest size apartment are Saint- Etienne buys you one of 155 m2 , le Mans 133 m2 and Nîmes 117 m2. Source Les Echos journal.

Go up the tower or  tour Saint-Jacques in Paris now open.This is the departing point in the city for the pilgrims to St James in Spain (Santiago de Compostela). You can go up the 300 steps . The tower is from the 16C and recently has receive complete renovation. At the top you can see a beautiful panorama of Paris. Visits each Fridays,Saturdays and Sundays from 10h to 18h.  Duration of about 55 minutes, and reservation is compulsory. More here:

Paris Plage or beach is coming up!!! 3500 tons of sand arrives this morning by the Seine river. The voie Georges Pompidou and along the bridges of Change and Notre Dame.  The festivities this year are extended for 15 days! until September 4th.  However, the city has ordered 1500 tons less than last year…

Until August 27, we will have the renewal of 1 km of track in the heart of the line REC C. Therefore, the service will be interrupted during this period between the gare d’Austerlitz and those of Avenue Henri-Martin (Northern Branch) and Javel (West Branch). The RATP will reinforce the line 10 Metro and bus 63, bordering part of the RER C. A shuttle train will also be put in place between the stations of Javel and Invalids.  More here in French;

Charles-Édouard Jeanneret  ,his works has been made part of UNESCO World Heritage sites since this past Sunday. He is better known as  Le Corbusier. The famous Swiss architect (d. August 1965) is finally recognized. In Paris, you can find him at the Cité du Refuge (13th) but also the maison La Roche (19th), the Switzerland Pavilion of the Cité universitaire (14th),the House of Ozenfant (14th), or even that of Dr. Pathak (13th) but also his apartment workshop ( 16th). The villa Savoye, Poissy, also of note in the Yvelines dept 78.

The place de la contrescarpe in the neighborhood of Mouffetard (5th) will also make its small revolution. The median surrounded by chains and studs will disappear in favor of sawn tiles between which will grow the herbetandis that the feet of trees are flowering. While today the circulation is normally limited to 30 km/h, hopes to transform the place in ‘meeting zone’, where pedestrians would be priority and the speed limited to 20 km/h. This, it is still being discussed with the résidents.

Travel alone the Grande Ceinture, between Noisy-le-Sec and Épinay: trains of the future tramway T11 Express (former north tangential road) began to roll last week. The 11 km of new tracks, built parallel to the freight line of the Grande Ceinture line, will serve 7 stations, Epinay at le Bourget from Villetaneuse, Pierrefitte and Stains, Dugny – La Courneuve, in 14 minutes. A year of tests is planned, before the commissioning of the tram-train in July 2017. Extensions East to Noisy-le-Sec and West to Sartrouville (Yvelines) are planned in the years to come, but yet unfunded. More in French here:

Meaux, place Henri IV. The townspeople are trying to reuse an old prison(b1854-1857)  here abandone in 2005 into a cultural place to subsidied works of artistic workshops, exhibitions, courses.,etc. Good idea in my Wife’s native town and close to Disneyland Paris for cheaper alternatives for lodgings and restos. More in French here:

The French vineyard produces 3 240 different wines grouped under 383 designations over 80 departments. Bordeaux offers about 40 (bordeaux, bordeaux supérieur ,moulis, pauillac, Saint-Julien.etc..), Bourgogne 83, Aloxe-Corton, Chablis,Chassagne-Montrachet, etc, Languedoc-Roussillon,28 , Loire 52, Provence 13, Rhône 28, etc. The system of designations, based on a decree-law of 1935 is managed by the INAO, the body responsible for their definition, their protection and control the INAO delivers two to three new AOC wine per year in France.

Nestled in the extreme south of the Vaucluse, less than an hour of Avignon and Aix-en-Provence, Luberon has everything nature ask in the hands of an attentive gardener. Everyone knows the Luberon more or less.. Without necessarily  gone there. Some for Albert Camus or Camille Corot, others for Pierre Cardin, others still for its incredible perch villages of Ménerbes, Bonnieux, Lacoste, and Oppède. But we rarely know its wines. In the Luberon, Marrenon is the brand banner it provides 80% of the production, next to the family estates of the Citadelle, Castle the Canorgue, and a few others. Here the light is hot with sunny days and a little chilly nights. Its there that gushes the originality of the Luberon appellation. Temperature range between day and night gives it different characteristics from the other wines of the Rhone Valley. A slow ripening of the grapes, at the foot of the Luberon mountain, gives freshness and fruit aromas. The Luberon Wine offers a rich range of quality wines under name Luberon or Ventoux, much of it organic(Bio). A rich Brazilian, Petula Garcia, had launched the movement in the 1960s, inviting people from around the world to come discover this part of Provence, where she had inherited a house; the artists are likely to have fallen under the spell of the Luberon ,John Malkovich in Bonnieux, Patrick Bruel at Isle-sur-La-Sorgue, Ridley Scott in Oppède, Michel Leeb, Pierre Arditi… They appreciated the  local wines. The filmmaker Yves Rousset-Rouard, producer of Emmanuelle et les Bronzées movie, was Mayor of Ménerbes for 19 years. With money earned in the cinema, created a winery on 39 acres, Citadelle, considered as a reference. His son Alexis, who joined him in 1995, has taken over now.

In Provence,(PACA) rosé wine is currently over 88.5% of total production, 154 million bottles. Sacha Lichine, owner of the castle of Esclans,  has not hesitated to offer its customers the most expensive rosé of the world, the cuvée Gamon (approximately 90€ a bottle). Developed with the same principles that the red or white wines, it comes from a patchy selection of old vines and it is high in wood, like any other wine of keeps. This very high range wine finds its place naturally on the markets for export, especially in Russia where it was served recently in jeroboam (3 liters) in the vintage 2013 and 2014 on a dinner of exception tables at the Grand Hotel Europe (owned by the chain of luxury Belmond) of Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

On the Loire Valley, the white chenin grape-based wines, also remain an attractive alternative. Especially in the appellations of Vouvray and Montlouis. In Bordeaux it export (28 million bottles worth 115 million euros), in effect, big hopes on this color. Land of red wine par excellence, the first wine region in France seems to rediscover this beverage a bit later. Yet, even in the 1970s, the production of white wines was far superior to that of the red. Happy hour or after work are real trends. Bright and fruity, often made from sauvignon blanc, semillon and muscadelle, Bordeaux white (including those of the Entre-Deux-Mers and the Côtes de Bordeaux presents aromas of lemon and acacia honey identical to those found in white white champagnes.

The French consume an average of 20 bottles of Rosé wine a year. France produces 30% of the world production of Rosé in the 2015 vintage; Provence has produced 74 million bottles. The production is 88.5% consisting of rosé wine, 154 million bottles. In 2015, 79% of the volumes wines of Provence were sold in France, with 40% in the region of production. The export represents 21% of the total production wines from Provence. 66% of French restaurants offer a wine from Provence in their menu cartes. 30 million bottles of roses of Provence have been marketed directly at the cellar. Wine tourism activity represents a significant part of the income of the winemaker. With 11 million bottles destined for the United States, the country of Uncle Sam remains the most important market for the roses of Provence.  Source Les Echos

For a good meal at sweet prices. The restaurant the CasseNoix is a must even if a bit crowded, shining as a pearl in the 15th district of Paris. The chef, Pierre-Olivier Lenormand, indeed offers – for 34 euros – a spectacular entrance-main course-dessert formula, hallmark of good the bistronomy geniuses. And I had it recently as my office is nearby when in the city. (see previous posts on it) The CasseNoix, 56, rue de la Fédération, 75015. Tel.+33 ( 0)1 45 66 09 01. 34 euros, without drinks.

Giuseppe Messina open in 2009 a Sicilian trattoria at the end of the Ranelagh Street, surrounded by the buildings of architects and private mansions.(My favorite area too see my other posts on La Gare ). And has christened it Non Solo Cucina, =”not only in the kitchen”. It is stunning, vibrant as Etna and Stromboli gathered, and the pasta triumph. Delicious busiata trapanese to the swordfish tartare ; let yourself be tempted also to the front and the apres-pates: Spritz, first, one of the best in Paris, fish, squid and other cuttlefish fried, caponata, homey sincere desserts, including the mother of the Chief secret cake. Non Solo Cucina, 135, avenue du Ranelagh, 75016. Tel.+33 (0) 1 45 27 99 93. Open lunch and dinner from Tuesday to Saturday. Expect 60 to 80 euros per Person and enjoy !!!.

And do not forget the Festival Rock en Seine at the Domaine de Saint Cloud. August 26-28 , since 2003 one of the best in Europe. 5 stages in the heart of the French garden just like a country setting with music of Rock, Pop,Electro, etc. For the 2016 edition artists like  FOALS, Iggy Pop, Massive Attack, Cassius, Eagles of Death Metal, Casseurs Flowters ,and many more …métro Boulogne Pont de Saint-Cloud | Pont de Sèvres line 10. More here in English:

Enjoy your week, mine is cruising alone today at 28C rain, sunshine. Cheers


July 13, 2016

Some news from France,CXXXVII

This was a mix rainy in the morning and cloudy in the afternoon, and we go up to 20C in my Morbihan Breton. Tomorrow is the big party here Fête Nationale or National Day or old Bastille Day, 14 of July. IN Vannes we have the Fête Historiques with special presentation of the life and history of Napoléon III and in Brest the great Sailing event with the Hermione on tap (the boat that took Marquis de Lafayette to help the American independance) ,the replica of the boat.

However, just fresh off Portugal winning the Euro16, here are some places to taste the Portugal in Paris from Le Figaro.

Don Antonia 8, rue de la Grange-aux-Belles (10eme). Near the Canal Saint Martin; line 5 metro Jacques Bonsergent .  Tél. +34 (0) 1 42 45 72 06. Open every day except Mondays from  8h30 to 19h.  You taste here the pastéis de nata ;pastel de coco, bola de berlim, pastel de feijao, bolo de arroz. All at good prices.

Nata Republic , 68, rue du Temple (3éme). Tél. +34 (0) 1 42 78 27 34. open every day from  8h30 to 20h30. You can try here sandwichs bifana (ground iberico pig, and sauce paprika) or assado (Young pork grill with  coleslaw) and salads Lisbon (chick peas, codfish, coriander) or thins beans ,tuna ( thins beans ,tuna and red onions). A corner of Lisbon in Paris.

Portologia, 42, rue Chapon (3eme). Tél. +34( 0) 9 52 59 22 29. Open every day except Mondays from  10h to 20h (until 22h30  Thursdays to Saturdays). Open since last December ’15, and already visited myself as an avid porto fan. Showcasing more than  200  different portos  rosé, white, tawny or ruby; but , also, rare wines from the Valley of the Douro. And  cold meats, cheeses, and preserves.

Passarito Mon Amour,  10, rue des Goncourt (11eme). Tél. +34 (0) 9 83 31 25 06.  Open every day except Sundays evenings and Mondays. Other than food from SouthWest of France it has Portuguese especialties such as  feijao frade salads, caldo verde ( sort of a soup of  cabbage), cold meats, cheeses, and again the great pastéis de Nata. Also, vinho verde with a small grocery store and cellar.

La Caravelle des Saveurs, 12, rue du Faubourg St Martin (10eme). Tél. +34 (0) 1 40 37 67 69. Open every day except Mondays from  10h30 to 20h. Cheeses of figs from the Algarve,jellies of white/red berries,  oils and wines from many régions of Portugal and beyond Cape Verde, Brazil, Angola…). Sandwichs, sweets and pasteis de nata to taste on site and apéro or happy hour sort of from 19h30 to 21h30.

And after this gourmet tour of Portugal in Paris we move on to well Saint-Germain-des-Prés of Paris.

L’Avant Comptoir de la Mer,  3, carrefour de l’Odéon (6eme). Tél. +34 (0) 1 42 38 47 55. This is seafood and tapas from the great restaurant chain led by Yves Camderborde I have been to the resto next door ,great place.  More on it in Facebook.

L’Alcazar, 62, rue Mazarine (6eme). Tél. +34 (0) 1 53 10 19 99. Tropical setting brasserie and concerts, used to come here a lot, it’s a great place , resto and then dancing….

L’Hotel, 13, rue des Beaux-Arts (6eme). Tél. +34 (0) 1 44 41 99 00. The last stop of Oscar Wilde ;wonderful Paris:

Musée de Cluny,  6, place Paul-Painlevé (5eme).Tél. +34 (0) 1 53 73 78 00. Middle ages and one of the nicest places to visit, one of my first visits to a museum in France with a history professor of univ of Paris IV!

Henri Le Roux,  1, rue Bourbon-le-Château (6eme). Tél. +34 (0) 1 82 28 49 80. Visit something Breton in Paris and great chocolates especially the first salted caramel chocolate candy.  The original is near me in Quiberon.

Prescription Cocktail Club,  23, rue Mazarine (6eme). Tél. +34 (0) 9 50 35 72 87.  Great anglo saxon spirit in decor and music, original recettes in shaker style and good ambiance, pretty crowd

6, rue de Fürstenberg (6eme). Tél. +34 (0) 1 44 41 86 50. Another of the nice small muséums of Paris.  Delacroix last of the renaissance and first of the modernist managed by the Louvre and a great enclosed garden by place de Fürstenberg.

Goût de Brioche, 54, rue Mazarine (6eme). Tél. +34 (0) 1 40 46 91 67.  The emblematic  brioche feuilletée aux champignons et truffes of Guy Savoy now in a store and still done by his master pastrymaker Christian Boudard to die for it. Go!

And to finish the post, 3 muséums that are very near to me in my beloved Versailles.

Musée Lambinet, for the history of Versailles a lot more than the castle. 54 boulevard de la Reine;built in 1751 the building in Louis XV style with 35 rooms of showcasing Versailles.  You can get here on Phébus bus network on lines A, B, D, E, H, G, T Express, or Tri, stops of  “Gare-Rive Droite”, “Reine-Gare-Rive-Droite” or “Place du Marché Notre-Dame”.

Orangerie du Domaine de Madame Elizabeth (the home of the sister of Louis XVI also beheaded by the revolutionaries in 1794) ,26 rue Champ Lagarde , but you can walk from the castle up rue de Paris to no 73 on left hand side and go in to the park and the house is there as the city tells you. From Paris on the bus 171 stop Jean Mermoz.

And the story of Madame Elizabeth is told here too;

And L’Osmothèque de Versailles. 36 rue du parc-de-Clagny. This a perfum museum of all samples done during the monarchy and more, the original of Marie-Antoinette is here. You need to contact the tourist office for a visit.  Best to leave Paris by Gare Saint Lazare to my old home station of Versailles rive droite and then take phebus bus G stop Général Mangin.

Enjoy it, if one famous said Paris is a mouvable feast, he was short, as the second volume should have read France is a mouvable feast ! Happy 14 Juillet France.


July 4, 2016

Some news from France CXXXVI

And now it seems we are getting hotter, today was up to 25C or about 77F around Brittany. So things looking good, and we are ready for some of France’s good news.

The exhibition : THE AMERICAN FRIEND, THE FRENCH AND THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION (1775 – 1783)  From Tuesday July 5 to Saturday, October 8, 2016 – Library of Versailles – Gallery of Foreign Affairs – 5, rue de l’Indépendance Américaine. The story has not spread enough of the initial help France and King Louis XVI gave to the new nation of the USA, from the Marquis de Lafayette to the less known Marquis de La Rouërie.

By the way Happy 4th of July to all Americans wherever you are ::)  And along these lines, we have the organisation  Pershing La Fayette  doing a ceremony today at 11h at the monument of the same name, located on des Etats Unis ( United States)  at Versailles and near  the town of Ville-d’Avray (Hauts-de-Seine 92 ). The day of July 4 is not selected by chance because it’s the anniversary of American independence. The association will benefit to make the point on his project of restoration of the two statues of Pershing and La Fayette at the top of the monument. She hopes to raise €500,000 to make such the statues are reinstall   by  June 13, 2017, that corresponds to the centenary of the arrival of General Pershing in Versailles . We remember ,and this it with nice pictures text in French:

NEW YORK TIMES did a survey where it places Amsterdam in the lead to take over from London as the European financial capital. Paris is far behind due to low English speaking abilities 39% , high cost of living, difficult airports, as well as French hostility to the wealthy. More here,

The UK want it Brexit but the folks who fought for it now are resigning, first was Boris Johnson (the ex mayor of London and American born), and now is Nigel Farage the UKIP. Lol! What a bunch of confusing folks it seems to me the UK got a bit of the Chavez syndrome….::) .The EU isn’t just a marriage of economic convenience. It’s a bulwark against the nationalism, militarism, and plain hatred that caused two world wars. Before the vote, European Council President Donald Tusk, a former Polish prime minister, told the German newspaper Bild, “As a historian I fear that Brexit could in fact be the start of the process of destruction of not only the EU but also of Western political civilization.” And to add see why it was never a Union per se ;the U.K. is outside a lot of Europe’s circles of authority. By choice, it’s not 1 of the 19 countries using the euro currency. It’s also not part of the 26-nation Schengen Area, which prohibits border controls between members. It’s inside the EU’s Customs Union, a free-trade zone that negotiates tariffs with nonmembers. The British will want to keep that arrangement with the EU even after leaving. Source Bloomberg

EURO16  Now we are into the semi finals and the game between France and Germany is historical and always full of drama. As France never been able to break away with a win first in 1982, 1986, 2014 ,and 2015.  These four dates are critical in the memory of the two teams. The third time they will face in semi final level in official competition after those of 1982 and 1984.  Never mind, Germany had never beaten Italy in Worlds or Euro competition and they did this time, so France can do the same ::) .  The other semifinals are between Wales and Portugal and since both have Real Madrid players I am neutral on this one ::).

About 30 owners of old cars gave themselves an appointment in the Place Vauban (7éme) , near the Invalides to protest against the traffic restrictions put in place by the Mayor of Paris: since Friday, cars registered before 1 January 1997 and powered two-wheelers  before June 1, 2000 can no longer circulate in Paris workdays between 8h and 20h. Gathered under the banner of the French Federation of citizens motorists (FFAC), they denounced “unjust and environmentally ineffective measure. A 1995 Mini which uses 4 liters per 100 kms cannot move freely in the capital while a 4 x 4 2010 which engulfs 15 per 100 kms can. Indeed another twisted rule by Paris , you cannot regulate years but individual polluters. Source Le Parisien
The hamlet (Hameau) and the Musée Fournaise, located on the île d’Impressionistes at Chatou , welcome starting today the exhibition Beyond the Frame” of the American sculptor John Seward Johnson Jr.  The 85-year-old artist is known for his bronzes life-size scenes of daily life, for its monumental statues and its reproductions in three dimensions from existing works. Three of them, inspired by famous Impressionist paintings, will be visible until November 7. It‘s ‘Dance at Bougival’ and ‘Two sisters’, two signed paintings Auguste Renoir, and “in the greenhouse” by Edouard Manet. Source Le Parisien.
The Airports of Lyon and Nice-Côte d’Azur are candidates for privatization by airport groups, still held 60% by the State, had indeed until this Monday, 12 hours to file their offers firm and definitive with the interests of the State Agency. Seven consortia are still in contention, on the present nine depositing indicative tenders, from April 28 last. Five have applied for Nice and Lyon. Two are 100% french. It is the case of the consortium comprising Vinci Airports, second french airport operator, Caisse des dépôts and the insurer Predica (Crédit Agricole). It is also the case of the grouping formed by the Fund Ardian, owner, amongt others , of the London Luton Airport, with JCDecaux and Caisse d’Epargne in Nice. In addition to the latter it has mobilized also in Lyon, Ardian has partnered with the Fund LBO, the owner of Olympique Lyonnais, Jean-Michel Aulas, the institutional (Groupama, Apicil, Credit Agricole EC) and enjoys local nonfinancial support (Adecco, April, etc.) Other are from abroad, this is the case of the German insurer Allianz, associated with 50-50 to the American Fund GIP for the airport of Nice, and the tandem formed by Australian investor Macquarie, world‘s leading airport group, with holding FFP of the Peugeot family, for the Lyon Airport. Moreover, the Principality of Monaco  have  intention to join the winners of Nice, with up to 10% participation,  but without wishing to participate in the bidding. A going thing now in many towns of Europe. Source  Les Echos
It‘s time for the Tour de France bicycle race. Starting this year from the Mont Saint Michel on last Saturday, July 2. The 103rd  edition placed under high security as all the major sporting events of the moment in the context of terrorist threat. And ,still on which still hovers the shadow of dopingDuring the race, the 198 riders must run thru  3,535 kilometers in 21 stages ,the longest, between Saumur and Limoges, totalling 232 km and cross 600 municipalities. The Spanish Alberto Contador, British Chris Froome and Colombian Nairo Quintana are the favorites. The Tour de France, as always highly publicized, will be attended by 2,000 journalists and broadcast in 190 countries around the world, over 100 television channels including 60 live. Finally, today ,Monday, the peloton will start from Granville and then will leave the Department and the region, in the direction of Angers, Maine-et-Loire. Follow it , is great and wonderful sights.
The ile de France region will declare its support for EuropaCity, tonite. At a public meeting organised in Gonesse(Val d’Oise, 95) in the Grand-Roissy le Bourget area as one of the first global aviation  and powerful cluster of international tradeA pole mounted on the dept 95 (Val d’Oise) and the 93(Seine-Saint-Denis) , in which EuropaCity would fit alongside the Bourget and Roissy airports. As long as the project helps get local employment by a minimum of 30%. Another point: the need that EuropaCity “differentiates the local shops of the sector”, to not cannibalize. The area for transportation, the region asked to ensure to avoid any impact on the French highway network Meeting of this motion to be held for public debate, tonite at  20h., salle Jacques Brel, Rue Commander Maurice Fourneau in Gonesse. Source the Parisien. This is a huge shopping and entertainement center to be built.
The monumental clock adorning the pediment of the Château in Saint Germain en Laye again gives the exact time. Done in the 1870s, it has been  refurbish  as part of the extensive restoration work .  The enamelled lava dial has thus regained its original colors. Technicians have also adapted a new timer and changed all of the clock driver, i.e. the mechanism allowing needles of animate. Source the Parisien and
From this morning, motorists who travel the A12 and the N10 roads  will have to let go of the pedal.  The maximum speed is reduced on these two sections by 20 km/h in both directions of traffic. It passes from 130 km/h to 110 km/h on the highway A12 between the triangle de Rocquencourt and tunnel of Fontenay-le-Fleury and 110 km/h to 90 km/h on the N10 between the tunnel and the interchange with the D910 . In Ile-de-France, four other areas are concerned; this is the case on the A115 in the Val-d’Oise, the A104 in Seine-et-Marne or even the N6 in Essonne. Advanced objective: reduce congestion, noise and pollution. Source the Parisien
Enjoy your time in France.
July 1, 2016

Some news from Spain XXII

More on sunny Spain where températures already reaching the late 30’s C or about 90’s F . And we are just waiting to go in August…!!! Here are some news from Spain, Everything Under the Sun.

Just what I needed more controls on the roads, announcing a new wave of checkpoints and security on the roads of Spain getting ready for the Summer avalanche on the roads. 60 new radars, more surveillance helicopters Pegasus in motorways and highways and signage for 300 sections of conventional roads where there is frequent excess  of speed are part of the conditions the  traffic department  has prepared for the exodus of the summer, which will support 84 million trips! .  It is predicted a 3.5% increase in the number of  vehicles on the road expected for July (41 million) and August (43 million). And  increase surveillance in those sections where there is high accident rate and speeding.
In this sense, during the next few weeks will also start a new system that will identify those considered the 300 most dangerous sections of secondary roads in the country (excluding Catalonia and Basque country). In this way, users will find themselves  with vertical signs of Orange which warns of the intensification of surveillance by radar, which will be at some point in those sections. (see photo map).  This traffic plan has three more phases, comprising between July 29 and August 1, from July 12 to 15 (coinciding with the holiday on this date) and from  August 26 to 28.  Soure El Mundo journal
Spain received in the first five months of the year 2016  more than 25.2 million foreign tourists, up 11.4% more than in the same period in 2015, according to the survey of tourist movements at frontiers (Frontur), released today by the National Institute of statistics (INE). The major emitting countries in the period were the United Kingdom (with 5.8 million tourists, up 16.1%), Germany (3.7 million tourists, up 5.6%) and France (with 3.7 million tourists, 7.6% more). Between January and May, the communities that received more tourists were Cataluña( 5,8 millions, increase of  4,1 %), the Canary Islands (with 5.4 million and an increase of 11%) and Andalusia (with 3.7 million and a growth of 18.1%). Being especially prominent a rise in tourists from Ireland, from 23.7%, and the Netherlands, of 19.1%Between January and May, the main tourists destination communities with the best progress, was the community of Valencia, 20.5%. The length of the majority stay between January and May was 4 to 7 nights, with 12.5 million tourists and a rise of 12.2%. The airport  was  the best way of entering by the largest  number of tourists in the first five months of the year, with 20.7 million tourists, up 12.3%. Source El Mundo journal
The great Gloria Gaynor (Newark New Jersey, 1949)  has the true story as I live it, which until the music hit the disco scene, in the mid-70s, in the clubs of the United States, dancing was still segregated. They had spent two decades of the movement for civil rights, “but remained white clubs and clubs for blacks; that all changed with the Disco.  People of all races together and celebrating life together. It was something really amazing and socially inspiring”, says Gloria . Her new tour name Never Can Say Goodbye”, as well as her  first big hit of 1974, “I Will Survive” version of the Jackson 5, with two stops in Barcelona (July 27) and Madrid (July 29). The latter, as a closing of the cycle nights of the botanical garden of Madrid ,that is since yesterday occupied the Royal Botanical Garden Alfonso XIII in the Ciudad Universidad (universary city)  and which also will  have shows by Wilco (2 July), Patti Smith (July 8), M83 (July 10), Robert Plant (July 14). John McLaughlin (July 19), Seal (22 July) and the Festival Charco (pond)  (16 and 17 July), with Jorge Drexler, Xoel López, Molotov or Toundra.
The sixth edition of the Atlantis Film Fest. From June 27 to July 3  will have 12 feature films screened free in four cinemas in Palma de Mallorca (CineCiutat, Castell de Bellver, Ses Voltes and Museum of Mallorca). The films shown in Palma – and other 33 more, along with 16 short films – will be available at Filmin until July 27. There will also be a place for discussion on the seven scheduled conferences and, on the other hand, groups such as Lili’s House or of the Purissima will best soundtrack  of the Festival in six planned concerts.
Universal Music Festival has become everything a reference for the cultural life of the capital in the summer. The majestic Teatro Real (Royal Theater)  opens its doors to all kinds of genres in this cycle which in its  2nd edition and will feature Rufus Wainwright, Rod Stewart, Diana Krall, Enrique Bunbury, José Luis Perales and Archangel.
Since its founding 14 years ago, the Madrid Flamenco Ballet company, directed by Luciano Ruiz, has released a dozen shows. Now presenting Carmina Burana, choreographed by Iván Gallego and Luciano Ruiz . prices: from 30 euros Hours: Mondays to Fridays  to 19h. Saturdays  at 18h and 20h and Sundays at 18h. Early booking: Ticket Office Mondays to Sundas  from 11h30 to 13h30 and from 17h to start of function; tel. +34  902 488 488 El Corte Ingles tel.+34 902 400 222.  Metro: Tirso de Molina. Going on from June 28, to July 24 2016

Some nice tapas in the Latina district that I like over the years are:

Inaugurated in 1882 and run by five generations of the same family, Casa Gerardo offers artisan beers, selection of wines of Madrid, selection of Spanish cheeses, Iberian sausages, hot toast and thousands of stories. From my webpage in blogroll bottom of my blog page ,this one Spanish version: The fork=el tenedor=le fourchette.
As a tavern that is out of the classic in terms of style, has a renewed decoration and more plain than normal, although retains the essence of the typical traditional taverns in their environment and in their rations. Although one at Casa Lucas is going so far: to enjoy hot or cold snacks accompanied by a freshly pulled beer or a wine from his cellar.

Many sources agree in placing the sausage (Salchicha) , as it is the case with many cultural landmarks, somewhere in Mesopotamia around 3000 B.c. The Eastern variant notes that similar products can be found in the China of the 580BC  However, we prefer the version offered in an interview with ‘The Sunday Post’ Gary Allen: “Probably, at some time in antiquity, a Hunter realized that intestines, stomach and skin of animals could give a practical way to the remains of meat and organs that otherwise would have been wasted”. And agree to it, because it is probably one of the great world experts in the matter, since he is the author of  Sausage: a Global History’ (Reaktion Book)The word “sausage” helps us understand what exactly is the dish: its origin is in latin, which in turn gave rise to the Italian “salciccia”. “Ciccia” was  used by children to refer to meat, while “salt” is, in fact, “salt”, an essential ingredient when it comes to preserving the surplus remains of meat. What is the first cultural reference to sausage? Perhaps it‘s a comedy written by Epicarmo called “Sausage”, but it seems that there was already a reference to a blood sausage in the Odyssey. More evident sign are the Festival Lupercalia, a fertility festival celebrated by elites where the sausages were playing an essential role. And Yes, it seems to be due to what the misunderstood reader has heard. The similarity between this food and the male sexual organ became the central food of this feast marked by sacrifices of dogs and goats. So much so that Emperor Constantine I forbade such parties during its Christianization project, replacing them with Valentine. Why  you still like Sausage? Perhaps the best answer to it is by  Sam Bompas, founder of Bompas & Parr, in an article published in ‘Atlas Obscura’: “Is its combination of salt, fat and texture, and sometimes a little sugar, which causes that it is much valued in terms of its taste, but also make it a comfortable food”.  It is one of the favorite meals of the children, both alone and in the form of hot dog, they just need preparation, which is very useful to overwhelmed parents in preparing dinner. Last October, the sausage was a serious setback after the World Health Organization included it in the list of foods that cause cancer, along with the bacon and other processed meats. According to a controversial report published by the Organization, the consumption of 50 grams per day of sausages (the equivalent of a unit) would increase by 18% the possibility of cancer. Article from El Confidencial 

If you thought you were going to go to Casa Corona nothing but to steep elbow and cool off in the summer, you‘re very but very wrong. In the bar of Madrid that strives to have Beach Chueca inside, made to walk barefoot, music, fashion, decoration and even sport congregate. This Saturday, without going any further, there is yoga of 12 to 13 h and creation workshop of Peseta from 17 to 19 h. And this Sunday, surf lessons Indoboard by origin Surf from 12 to 13 h, urban garden from 11 to 13 h and ‘brunch’ 13 to 16 h. In addition, from 20h30 to 22 h, evening radio: ‘The man who fell in love with the Moon’, with two of the groups of the live music of the moment, Sidecar and Dorian. Theirs is a month‘s vacation: 9 June to 10 July, and Wednesday through Sunday. Important: you must pre-register on the website.
La Cornada, this BBQ place with covered terrace will encourage your days and your nights in the Azca area and the torre Picasso, there where stands the Business district of Madrid. La Cornada boasts bringing  to the table the best meat of Spain. In another way, the most prized breeds of national beef quality: the Galician blonde and the Iberian Avileña-Black. A grill here before the proliferation of the beyond, Argentine and Brazilian. Everything from the pine wood tables and chairs to the tableware, passing by the wine and rum, is 100% Spanish product. Let’s see: the bread, from Majadahonda; salt, the Valley of Añana (Vitoria); linens, Valencia; knives, indeed, Albacete, and BBQ, Basque. His aesthetics? Carefree and very summer.
The Auto Driving permit or Carné  by points came 10 years ago wrapped in controversy. Not everyone trusted that this formula, imported from France, will be successful. And indeed it was!  If in 2006 deaths in all kinds of accidents were 4.104 persons, the number last year was reduced to 1.688. However, some studies estimate that up to 14% of the reduction is due to the effect on drivers, of which 7.5 million have lost 38 million points. The majority, after being punished for taking more speeding than necessary. Because, so far in 2016, there are more deaths in the accident than in the first half of 2015. Something expected once the reduction in claims is reduced the previous two years. With data until  this past Sunday , the numbers are 511 persons on the Spanish roads , 39 more than in the same period in 2015. In addition, five months, increased the number of deaths in four of them. And June along the same path: until day 19, 64 victims by 51 a year earlier. Traveling more and more light: in 2015 there were 373 million long distance movements, a 4% increase. The paradigmatic case are secondary roads, which are still the scene where it is  produced 8 of every 10 deaths despite the intensification of the tasks of control and surveillance, especially of the considered most dangerous stretches

Festival Frinje 2016. Friday 1 to Sunday 17  July in Madrid (Matadero). Several years  which has been celebrating this traditional version of the Scottish Fringe. Like that, it offers a tour of 23 contemporary spectacles that include Theater, music and performanceand which boasts the presence of companies and international artists such as Teatro Sotterraneo, map Theatre, Voadora, Soledad Vélez, Grumelot, Aurora & The Betrayers…

Enjoy Spain I can’t wait to be there in August!! Cheers and have a great weekend everyone!

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July 1, 2016

Some news from France CXXXV

Here here, we are having better weather today, just up to 62F or 17C with shades of sunshine. And we finish June, and for me ,we close the fiscal year for my company. Now the fun begins with the reports lol!!! My usual blah blah blah on la Belle France and especially the Paris in all of us ::)

First something I dwell on a few times is beer. Well in France the popularity and sales of it is growing. 5% higher than last year’s sale with 70% of them made in France! And more than 2000 brand names!   All this was from a popular phenomenon of drink local that said  M.  François Loos, président  of the Association des Brasseurs de France.  It all started in 1985 and in my Brittany with the creation of the brewery  brasserie Coreff at Carhaix-Plouguer.  Taken from article in the  Le Figaro journal.

The AOC Cassis of wines is celebrating 80 years since the nomination as AOC wines. The Rosé wines contributes more than 70% of the vinicole production of Cassis, but the Whites with 11 winemakers and an area of 215 hectares showing very small area in comparison with other AOC areas of France. They will come soon 100% Bio and have implemented a Customer service training to help tourists visit the vinyards! The predominant grapes are the Clairette and the Marsanne for the whites; consider the best from Provence here. The Rosés grapes are  the Grenache, Cinsault, Barbaroux, Carignan, and the Mourvédre. More of this wonderful wine here:

Prohibited to drive in Paris, new law says all cars put into circulation before January 1997 ,but also minivans registered before October 1997 are not allowed to drive in Paris according to AutoScout24, some 600,000 vehicles are concerned in the Paris  region.  Also concerned two-wheelers on the road before June 1999, and heavy trucks and buses dating from before October 2001, but not vans, moving trucks, firefighters, tankers refrigerated trucks and vintage cars. The ban is valid from Monday to Friday, from 8h to 20h (heavy goods  vehicles are prohibited 7 days a week). Ticketing will intervene only in October 2016 . The fine: 35 euros, or 45 euros for failure to have stamp (vignette). per City of Paris.

The exposition last summer of the magical theater Olympia “yesterday, today, and tomorrow”, allowed fans to discover or rediscover with photographs, film, stage costumes evoking the most memorable concerts of this mythical place. The renovations began in 1996 that helped rebuilt the Olympia 60 meters lower. An Underground street with an area for trucks dumping, parking for 16 trucks, 3 tractor trailers and unloading docks. To ventilate the room, four power air machines were installed doing 155K m3 of air per hour  with opening to cool each seat and avoid tensions on the structure, when the public has too much noise and energy, the room is place on springs that helps when the floor collapse 10 cms. The new room has preserved the soul of the original. Red or blood red or red Coquatrix and curtains, night blue ceilings, and lyre shape mezzanine. The Olympia has kept its logo with the deformed “O” symbolizing the contours of the city of Paris and the pedestrian bright letters from the time of Piaf. The reality is far removed from the caption for this address that makes 10 million euros of sales per year. The Olympia can be reserved for those who have the means to afford it – at 20 500 euros per day.

The “Longines Paris Eiffel Jumping”, which opens today July 1st for 3 days, around the obstacle course on the playground of Bagatelle in the Bois de Boulogne. Metro line 1 Pont de Neuilly takes you there. Today the horse jumping show is from 9h to 22h (Including the Eiffel Record in the high jump of the city of Paris at 8h30 today , Saturday from 9h to  21h and Sunday from 9h 20h30 . Tariffs 1500 seats in free access in the stands, or two other paid for 45€ and 75€ the day of the competition. The Village is open to the general public. Many events around such as artisans, authors, photographers, and painters.Sunday at 14h30 the Christie’s House Orchestra will have an unprecedented auction of items from the obstacles course.

As told here before, the Navigo pass is going up from 70€ to 73€ per month from August 1st. In the same proportions or increase of 4,3% the subscribers from zones 2-3,3-4, ,4-5 will paid less than 70€.  The metro single unit ticket will go up too, from 1, 80€ to 1, 90€ and increase of 5, 5% and the carnet or book of 10 tickets will cost now 14.50€ (an increase of 2.8%. RATP

Bison Futé advise motorists to delay their departure today July 1st (the first day of vacation time in France)  to before 14h or after 20h or even 22h. The 3 lanes on A6 not usually enough will be slower due to construction work between Village and Ormoy, by then the highway of the Sun (A6) may be called the highway of the misery of motorists. Le Parisien

Would Beauvais Airport be an impregnable Citadel?

Bus companies Flixbus and Frethelle come once again to face a closed door. According to the syndicate mixte de l ’Aéroport (SMABT) owner of the platform bus terminal the trajectory Between Beauvais and Paris for the second time has failed to be adopted. As early as November, bus companies have attempted to tackle the monopoly of the Airport on passenger bus service.  “We believe that the price of 16.50€ on average to connect Paris to Beauvais is aberrant, scandalous, and not justified according to Yvan Lefranc-Morin, Director of Development for Flixbus. And of course, he is correct!!! Le Parisien.

Enjoy your weekend ,wherever you are.

Just the latest news,the RATP is having free WIFI on several stations and point connect stations in others starting now. The 20 minutes free connections are at the following stations: Porte Maillot line 1, Chaussée d’Antin RER A, CDG étoile RER A, Gare de Lyon line 1, Gallieni line 3, La Defense RER A, Gare du Nord line 4, St Lazare line 14, Cité Universitaire RER B, Auber RER A. And the point connect stations are at St Denis Université, line 13, Bibliothéque François Mitterrand line 14, Val de Fontaney RER A, and Noisy le Grand RER A. More in French here:

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