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September 8, 2016

Some news from France , CXLI

We are getting there to another fine weekend of wonderful weather in the Morbihan Breton right around 20C or about 68F and nicely sunny. So now let’s see what is going on in my belle France.

And now we are having jungles in Paris, the city has agree to set up refugees camps by the Blvd Néry up to the Porte de la Chapelle starting early October. And only for men, go figure, as per Le Parisien newspaper. More in French here:

The Château de Fontainebleau is looking for donations to save about 46 works of arts . You can see the collection at the Galerie d’Art Aveline in front of the Palais de l’Elysée in Paris, they will be shown there until October 9th. These pièces were done at the Manufacture de Sévres. More here in French ;

A big bar Ephémere is being setup at the blvd Richard Lenoir; on the corner of blvd Voltaire and Richard Lenoir what would later be a garden will be open until November .Open Mondays to Sundays from midday to 21h ,free admission More here:

The Paris Aquarium by the Trocadéro will host red fishes like those you keep in your house or back patio pond. More in the French page of the Aquarium here:

The famous elite corp of chevaliers of the Cadre Noir de Saumur could move into the Château de Versailles;anyway that is what the court  of Accounts or revenue court said. The Institut français du cheval et de l’équitation, of which the Cadre Noir are attached is not making money so to bring in more revenue ,but the Château is not so much convince as they already have Bartàbas in the Grande Ecurie. Time will tell  all. It would be great and something added value to the city and if you need to know who are the Cadre Noir de Saumur, here is their official page in English:

Something on French liquors here folks some of the best in the world too. Have you try the Pineau de Charentes a liquor muted with the Cognac; where it is aged as much as 12 months. Here the drink is drank as an apéritif or apéro just before the meals. You can taste this and others at one of the best in Paris, A La Française, here:

These liquors are even more known outside of France from London to New York, but gradually the French are taken then as happy hour, after work or apéros. Another great place to taste these and has no webpage is La Coq ,12 rue du Château d’Eau, 10éme Métro :  Jacques Bonsergent / Château d’Eau / République. Some others well known here are the Chartreuse, Suze, Picon, Dubonnet, Calvados, Armagnac, Saint-Raphaël, Noilly Prat, Bénédictine, Byrrh, and Absinthe.In the different régions of France you find,also, the Whisky, Vodka (Grey Goose, Pyla, Lactalium…); fruit liquors such as the Joseph Cartron, and Vedrenne or plant base as the Verveine du Velay from  Puy-en-Velay, in the heart of Auverge ,Haute-Loire since 1859. The rum from the islands such as Saint James or Rhum Trois Rivières; not to forget the Cognac such as the Louis XIII, and to know more about them nothing best then the BNIC, more here in English;

Couple other good bars to try these liquors and more are the  Andy Wahloo bar, more here :  ; and the Le Syndicat, here:

And the MisterGoodBeer folks tells you where to get the cheapest beer in Paris!!! by metro stop !!! these are Parmentier, Cadet and Couronnes. The cheapest metro line is line 4 at 3,90€ and the most expensive is line 9 and 14 at 4,80€.  The most expensive at above 6€ are metro stop at Chaussée d’Antin – La Fayette, Franklin Roosevelt, Sèvres-Babylone or  Ecole Militaire.  You can get some reasonable price beers by Miromesnil (4€), Rue du Bac (4€) or Louvre-Rivoli (4€).

For bowling go to Strike Beach at Bercy from September 5th to 30th Inside the hotel Pullman Paris Centre Bercy . It will be held from Monday to Friday from 11h to 22h, Sundays 11h to 16h ,the admission price is 5€ for a game of bowling or the Package Pastis & bowling 8€ . Pastis drink in various levels, the full address is at  1, rue de libourne 75012 Paris (Line 14 stop Cour Saint-Émilion). More from Le Figaro here:

And down at Toulon, where the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup sailing event will have a stop at plage Mourillon , where you get front seat to see the five challengers including the French  Groupama captain by Franck Cammas, against the defending champion the American  Defender by Oracle.  This is this weekend Sept 9,10, 11h to 14h Friday and 14h30  to 16h Saturday and Sunday.More here:

How about having the best Chaussons aux Pommes in Paris. One of our favorite desserts here. The winner in Le Figaro contest was Ladurée, 16 Rue Royale, Laurent Duchéne, 2 rue de Wurtz, and Des Gâteaux et du Pains, 80 rue du Bac as the top 3.

Ladurée Paris

Laurent Duchéne

Des Gateaux et du Pains

Some places to visit and enjoy in Paris as we call the re entry or rentrée from normal vacation time in France are these

Gaumont Alésia, 73 avenue Général Leclerc more for the cinema here:

Librairie le Divan, after many years by Saint-Germain-des-Prés now in the 15éme arrondissement; 203 rue de la Convention, more here:

And this will be in Facebook by September 20th but the bar Le Bluebird. 12, rue Saint Bernard (11éme). It will have nights of Gin cocktails from 11 to 13€ in a Californian ambiance.

The  Parc de la Folie Saint-James 16 avenue de Madrid, Neuilly sur Seine has reopen after years of work 2 hectares and about 6000 plants nicely done ,it recall the 18C origins of anglo chinese gardens here.  The story in French from the city page here:

Away in the gardens of the Château de Chantilly (Domaine) you have this wonderful corner, L’Auberge du Jeu de Paume , 4 rue du Connétable, from the school of Guy Savoy, chic French, more here:

To honor the Montmartre of yesteryear, Le Bistrot de la Galette, 102 ter rue Lépic , from galettes to full meals classy French, more here :

The famous Café de Flore reunited the artists of each generation such as Guillaume Apollanaire, Jean-Paul Sartre, Robert Doisneau, Françoise Sagan, and Serge Gainsbourg. The Galerie Anne & Just Jaeckin shows an exposition to honor these periods in a mythical place. From September 22nd to December 2 2016; 19 rue Guénégaud, 6éme, Tuesdays to Saturdays from 13h to 19h. More here:

At the Plaza Athénée,27 Avenue Montaigne(the Illusionist Stefan Leyshon  opens a series of mysterious dinners ( Secret dinings) on 16 dates to relive a sensorial experience with magic in 3D, mentalism and new technologies as well as a dinner; 295€ per person ;more here:

“Carl Andre, Sculpture as Place, 1958-2010” , expo from October 18 to February 12 2017 at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (16éme). One of the great minimalistic exponent of the art will put on display about 40 sculptures, poems, photos, works on paper and unclassable objects. More here:

Manolo Valdez of Spain will come to the Place Vendôme until October 5th with the Marlborough Gallery with 6 monumental works inspired from the 20C from Matisse to Picasso. More here in English:

And the lingerie queen Chantal Thomas will invade the Crazy Horse ,12 Avenue George V with four portraits of belles showing the new collection from October 5th:more in French here:

The department store the Bon Marché is showcasing Paris of course until October 15.  You will see it on the Windows of the store all decorated with themes of Paris, nice. More here:

And the Musée d’Orsay is not left behind, the expo “Spectaculaire Second Empire” from September 27 to January 15 2017. More here in English:

And the Musée du Quai de Branly-Jasques Chirac, will have from October 4th the exposition; “The Color Line”.  It retraces 150 years of Afro American art history showing more than 200 works of artists like David Hammons, Jacob Lawrence, Aaron Douglas, Elizabeth Catlett, and Ellen Gallagher. More here in English:

There you go something to make come back , Paris and France is waiting. Enjoy your end of week, mine is good going back to my Paris end of September !!!! Cheers



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