Archive for October, 2016

October 22, 2016

Some news from Spain XXXI

So time to speak about Spain, and do stay tune on TVE for October 31, the 15th anniversary of Operacion Triunfo, a TV show of young talent singing favorite tunes the whole group is coming back for an anniversary edition already well known singers in the Spanish speaking world. You will have David Bisbal, David Bustamente, and Chenoa amongst the 16 participants. More about it here in Spanish;

The restoration work being carried out in the South Tower of the Cathedral of Santiago have allowed to locate a sculpture from the school of master Mateo ,the statue is coming from the medieval facade of the Pórtico de la Gloria, which is semi buried in a small cabin on the base. The  sculpture, 1.85 meters tall and probably representing a prophet, could be placed in this location in the 16C, when the medieval facade that then covered the Pórtico de la Gloria was removed. In this place it was covered of dirt and it has remained lost until now. The figure, which has no wings but a Nimbus holder, also a large figure and barefoot, so experts, dating it from around the year 1200, believe that it could be a prophet. The piece is complete with the exception of the head, which is missing, since it was common that when the figures were disintegrating it was withdrawn the head.  More here in English:

Bershka Collection ,Gran Vía, 25 metro Gran Vía/ Sol | Tel +34 91 522 20 96 . The famous Spanish brand part of the group Inditex, and dedicated to the latest tendencies of young folks fashion has presented the opening of their newest store at the Gran Vía, Madrid. More here :

The Canada or canyon of the Real Segoviana nestle between Galapagar  and Collado Villalba in the community of Madrid is something to marvel.  You get there by the highway direction to A Coruña, the  A6,until exit or salida 18,direction El Escorial on the road  M-505, you continue until about the km 20 passing the town of Galapagar and just before passing the bridge that crosses the swap embalse of  Valmayor. Keep going for about a km until reaching the parking just before the college(school) of San Diego del Escorial.  Or take bus from intercambio de Moncloa , the línea 661A just to the school of San Diego del Escorial. It has pathways of about 72 meters established by edict of 1273 done under king Alfonso X El Sabio (the sage). Therefore, this road pathways conserve it’s original paths from 13 centuries as when the king walked it they were already done many years before. All part of the Parque Regional de Guadarrama; more here in Spanish:

comprehensive exhibition that will take place in the Thyssen Museum, until January 22, dedicated to the Impressionist master ,Renoir, a sample of its evolution and its sensitivity to treat female intimacy. If we are to believe Henry James, the women in 1890 (which are contemporary to the painted by the Impressionists), despite the gloves, parasols, boas, corsets, hats with feathers and skirts that graze the ground, they had a public life surprisingly released in comparison with that of our grandmothers or mothers in the 1950s. But, how were those women in their privacy? The marriageable, lovers, mothers, girls…? That is the fascinating question that is Renoir exhibition: intimacy through five sections titled: Impressionism, portraits, landscapes, family and domestic scenes and bathers. More here:
The Festival Movistar + Series, which you can enjoy in the capital from 28 to 30 October. It has change their usual enclosure to relocate, this time in the Chamartín train station. The admission, as always, is free. Noteworthy are the exclusive pre-premières of Buena Conducta, with the Colloquium of Juan Diego Botto, and the Medici: Lords of Florence, with the visit of its creator, Frank Spotnitz. David Trueba and Manuel Jabois, among others, will talk about the limits of humour and we see Mad Men, Twin Peaks, The Big Bang Theory, Mr. Robots or game of thrones, among a host of options. But as there is no space in this text for the activities programmed and not you should miss any. For more information see the webpage :
Until October 30 is celebrated in the District of Lavapiés and surroundings the  VI Multicultural route of the Tapas and the Music. There will be about 88 participating bars along the route offer 120 snacks prepared for the occasion. Each one costs just €1.50 and for one euro more may accompany him bottle or Caña of  Estrella Damm beer, sponsor of the event. But the best of this quote is that, in addition to eating and drinking, the party has room for different musical acts and a good number of activities on the street. More here in Spanish:
For the first time Irene Escolar (Madrid, 1988) climbed to a stage was to interpret Mariana Pineda, of Lorca. She was nine years old. Last season, already with 27,she show it to the public. It is clear their “intimate relationship” with the poet from Granada. Just doing it at the Residencia de Estudiantes, within the Festival of (Otoño y Primavera) autumn to spring, reading Lorca, a recital which will lead to the to the Teatro Pavón Kamikaze in November. More in Spanish here:
The Festival of the Trashumancia will be in Madrid this weekend a bit late on posting but something that is a tradition happening every year and worth the detour!  I translated at best the information from the city of Madrid page that follows in Spanish.

“The sheeps will enter the Friday 21 October in the evening  by the Casa de Campo. They will leave by the King‘s gate (Puerta del Rey)  at 10h (10AM). At Sunday 23 October, they will go on the gardens of Virgen del Puerto, then  walk the paseo of Ciudad de Plasencia (Athens Park) and go up Cuesta de la Vega, Calle Mayor, Puerta del Sol and calle de Alcalá to the Cibeles Palace.  Between 12h30 and 13h a  greeting will take place in front of the Palacio de Cibeles to the representatives of the Municipal government and payment of the maravedis, in compliance with the Concord of 2 March 1418, the good men of the Mesta and the procurators of the Council of the town, with the participation of the Mayor Manuela Carmena. The Herds will surround the fountain of Cibeles nonstop continuing his return to the Casa de Campo by calle de Alcalá, Puerta del Sol, calle Mayor, Cuesta de la Vega, Paseo de la ciudad de Plasencia and Virgen del Puerto, being provided to pass over the bridge of the King  Puente del Rey) between the 14h and 14h30In Cibeles, after the ceremony of the Mayor,  at the  workshop in the Gallery of crystals in which children’s participants will have the opportunity of working with raw wool from flocks of sheeps.” and from the TV station of Madrid more in Spanish:
Vascongadas of Sorolla.(Basques) .Intimate Sorolla. Until January 8 in A Coruña (Museum of fine arts). For the first time, shows 32 sketches made by Joaquín Sorolla (do see the museum of his work in Madrid superb)  for his work Vision of Spain. The work was one of the most demanding of his career and ended up becoming one of its most emblematic products. This set of drawings and gouaches was the result of trips of the Valencian throughout Spain, which attempted to capture spot colors, traditions, customs, festivals and work from different parts of the country.  More here in Spanish:
And Halloween is coming and even in Spain lol! Skulls and pumpkins ( Calaveras y Calabazas). Up to Tuesday 1 November in Gijón (Botanical Garden). The Halloween party is just around the corner and to celebrate it as it deserves. These activities, which will take place in various forms until 1 November include gastronomic workshops on pumpkin, chestnut and Apple; children‘s Theatre, concerts, gymkhanas, exhibitions and much more.  More in Spanish here:
The Festival Periferias  has until Sunday, October 30, in Huesca (at several spaces). The 17th of the multi-disciplinary Peripheriques festival. In the tight schedule, concerts, performances, fashion shows, screening movies, performing arts, exhibitions, performances of humor, dance and literary tributes are scanned. More in Spanish here:
A Jazz festival in Madrid!  JazzMadrid 2016; from October 25th to November 30th. Playing at different places all over Madrid, with the main one at Conde Duque 11.  The festival page in English here:  ,and the conde duque place here in English:
Of course, why not take a tour of the best soccer/football stadium of the world and the world’s best club, Santiago Bernabeu stadium (Real Madrid FC); tickets here:
And how about visit to the tomb of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra at the Convent of the Barefoot Trinitarians in Madrid, the author of from best the Spanish language is known literally. From 2015 it is a new thing to do in Madrid and well worth the detour. More in English here:
And to close out this post, last but not the least, see the changing of the Royal guard at the Royal Palace in MadridOn Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11h (except in the month of July and August that will be from 10h until 12h), always and when permitted by official acts or weather) at the Puerta del Principe (Prince’s gate). The sentinels of the Palace (two on foot and two on horses) dressed with gala – blue, white and red – uniforms similar to that used by the Spanish army in times of King Alfonso XIII, make a changing of the guard every  30 minutes – until 14h-, accompanied by a Fife (piccolo‘s high-pitched tone used in military bands) and a drum to interpret military marches following orders and regulations voices. More here in Spanish, (English is not available):
Until next time by Spain, enjoy , Spain everything under the Sun ! Cheers
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October 19, 2016

Some news from France CXLV

Here I am again, so fast  ::) yes there are things going on even the All Saints’ day in France, Toussaint.

The Tour de France of cycling will start from Düsseldorf, on July 1, 2017 . It will be hit’s 20th starting from abroad and its fourth from Germany. The riders of the ‘Grande Boucle’ were indeed  in  1965 Cologne, Frankfurt in 1980, and West Berlin in 1987. After Germany, the peloton of the Tour, which will take a total of 3.516 km, will also make a foray in Belgium and then in the Luxembourg. In France, the beautiful part will be made in the mountain stages, with five massive crossed: the Alps, the Pyrenees, the Massif central, Vosges and the Jura . The race ends with a time trial in Marseille, before a last step to the departure of Montgeron,  in the Essonne department 91 (city that welcomed, in 1903, the first start of the Tour de France) and arrival , as per usual, on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. Previously, the 198 riders will cross, the nave of the Grand palais in its full length which will be impressive indeed; simple the best on bikes.
The history of Paris is jealously guarded at the Musée Carnavalet. A rich collection of about 613,000 works that goes from the Mesolithic to the present day. For the first time since its opening in 1880, the Museum Carnavalet, located in the heart of the Marais, in the 4éme arrondissement or district, will have a full move as it has known extensions, renovations, or the union in 1989 with the hotel Peletier of Saint – Fargeau. The Museum, which spans some 14,000 m2, will be completely empty, and the works stored north of Paris in temporary offices . The closure of the Museum to the public, on October 2, and will continue until the beginning of 2017.
The first vacation of the year indeed begin on Thursday and end two weeks later, on Thursday, November 2. “the school year has thirty-six weeks in the less divided into five periods of work, of comparable length, separated by four holiday periods. Or periods of work about seven weeks, separated from two weeks of vacation on average. Respecting this rule, holidays should begin on 14 October and students home on 31 October. On the eve of 1 November. “exceptional holiday toussaint this year.” Vacation heavens of France. I will be off Oct 31 and Nov 1 which will make a four day weekend Vive la France!
One that I have been with my kids is still going strong at Les Ferme de Gally à Saint-Cyr-l’École ; From 26 to 31 October, young and old can thus have fun digging a pumpkin. Before or after, they will go to meet the animals, will walk and visit buildings decorated in the colours of autumn. And each will leave with his masterpiece. More here :
Ludwig van“, the Beethoven myth . The expo is made fun with an audio guide and a booklet for children from 7 years old. Extracts of letters of Beethoven, excerpts of the composer‘s work, the sound the tone shifted course staged a Ludwig parachuted in the 21st century. Possibility to start family with a workshop that addresses the major themes of Beethoven with a variety of musical instruments. Until January 29 2017. More here :
And on June 17 2017 we have the exposition Espèces d’Ours or the  world of bears in the Grande Galerie de l’Evolution, jardin des plantes, more here;
“Doctor Strange in preview (age 10 and up); Fans of the Marvel Universe have appointment on 25 October at the Grand Rex  for exceptional projection of the adventures of doctor Stephen Strange, Scott Derrickson. More here :
Cinekids (age 7 and up) , Be not afraid! Costumes in order to participate in the Halloween special screening on October 30 at the Forum of images (1éme). On the screen, the mouse of Gore Verbinski (Rango, 2011): a House haunted by a small mouse ready to do anything to scare off newcomers… A funny and hilarious movie. More here;
Where else but France and Paris in particular. Enjoy it. Oh yes temps is 61F or about 15C afternoon. Cloudy cool yes ,yes it is la vie est belle! Cheers


October 18, 2016

Some news from France CXLIIII

Well been busy and a bit behind on my blog, but will catch up. Today more of the Fall season and the days becoming shorter or darker, temps about 15C or 62F and cloudy cool humid, real Breton ambiance!

Check out the food for cold days and cloudy nights, at Les Fondus de la Raclette, a wonderful resto in Paris where to try the great Raclette, a dish we do at home often and even more in Fall/Winter time like now.

In the Théatre du Palais Royal see the exibition until January 8 2017 of Edmond Rostang; a new work to see,that was not written yet but eventually only had a name,Cyrano de Bergerac more here

Some things to do in Marseille, more than the usual sites  , a city have been and love the vieux port area. See the Vieille Charité built in 1640 to care for the poor people.

See the Grotte Cosquer  by the cap Morgiou in the Calanques between Marseille and Cassis . It was discovered in 1991 by Henri Cosquer, at 37 meters above sea level ; it has three rooms with only one decorated see more here: in French;

Visit the Calanques is a must. All in French here:

At the Picasso Museum, until February 5 ,2017 you see an exhibition of two great masters Picasso and Giacometti , Picasso of the giant protean work , violent and voluptuous and Giacometti known for his three dimensional distant and elongated style. More here:
Discover immediately at the Théatre du Rond-Point and the play  “The cry of the potato of Connecticut”, the poem absurd and hilarious by comic traveler Patrick Robine, staged by Jean-Michel Ribes affectionately done. Until October 30th , last one hour.  More here in French:
Museum promenade of Marly-Louveciennes.  According to management, at least 300 works of art on the 3,000 that the Museum would have suffered from the sudden flood that occurred Saturday night in the basement, following a burst pipe the historical collection is intact. The affected objects are from  the graphic arts supply. Fortunately, none seems unrecoverable for the time being”the Museum closed to the public”until further notice “. It evokes a minimum duration of six weeks. This is a beautiful site off the beaten path you all should plan on visiting, it is near where I used to live in Versailles; more here :
The association of the friends of the organ of Senlis to restore the great organ of the Cathedral. The rehabilitation is expected to be completed by 2020 the city of Senlis expends on  average 1 M€ annually for the maintenance of its rich historical heritage. In near future, the walls of the city, the West portal of the Cathedral or the hotel of the Vermandois could benefit from the same patronage.  More on the organs here:
Michel Colucci or the great comedian Coluche will have an exhibition of his life and belonging in the hotel de ville de Paris until January 7 2017. More on the city of Paris webpage here in French:
Until October 23rd on 19 train stations in France;Chefs de Gare ,  such as  Amiens, Agen, Avignon TGV, Dijon,Limoges Bénédictins, Lille Flandres, Lyon Part Dieu, Marseille Saint Charles, Metz Ville, Nantes, Paris gare du Nord, Paris Est, Paris Saint Lazare, Paris Bercy Bourgogne-Pays d’Auvergne, Paris gare de Lyon, Paris Montparnasse, Reims, Strasbourg, and Tours  you will have a chance to taste the gastronomy Française with local chefs, more in French here:
The Opéra de Paris honored the choreographer George Balanchine, gone in 1983, with four ballets programme from October 22nd to November 15 2016; these are Mozartiana, that gave him a start, Sonatine, created in 1975  with sharing on Maurice Ravel, Brahms-Schönberg Quartet  and the Violin Concerto. The decoration will be by Karl Lagerfeld. More here:
And until next time, stay safe, be good and enjoy travel a nice way of life indeed;Cheers
ps oh yes we work less and enjoy it more  lol!!!
October 8, 2016

Some news from France CXLIII

Ok so another weekend and here I am before my next trip. Nostalgia of leaving on business trip and my father still in hospital ,doing better, but still for a few days more. Hard to go by his room and not there, eerie feeling of things that hope will give me a few more years.  Yesterday in Vannes temp was about 15C or 62F aprox. cloudy and it looks as Fall is here to stay.

Some of the latest news from France and Paris in particular dear to me are as follows:

The extension work of the tennis Stadium Roland Garros of the porte d’ Auteuil, where stands the second lifting of the Grand Slam of the year, can resume construction pending the judgment planned before the end of the year.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900). Born in Dublin; the almost universal celebrity of the author of The Portrait of Dorian Gray, translated in all languages and illustrated one hundred times, will have an exhibition “Oscar Wilde, the absolute impertinent”, – so informative that it would be enjoyed longer at the Petit Palais . A first in Paris, although Wilde has often stayed there, he is buried in the cemetery of Père Lachaise in a monumental Tomb in sphinx androgynous figures. Wilde was a rabid celebrity and entertainment idol.

Marc Chagall in particular: violinists, the lovers on their cloud, the Red roosters and donkeys Green Apple, very little for us… And yet! When the former Director of the Foundation Maeght in St. Paul-de-Vence (Alpes-Maritimes), Jean-Louis Prat, designed an exhibition in Landerneau (Finistère) on this strange artist, we say it must be seen. some 300 works of art – paintings, sculptures (these are less well-known), drawings or prints – from the exhibition. We discover a friends Chagall of writers of his time, but also familiar with the maestro such as Malraux (which binds a beautiful friendship which will culminate with the command of the ceiling of the Paris Opera, including the model shown), but also the Don Quixote of Cervantes. Louis Aragon, but also Nicolas Gogol; Jean Paulhan and Jean Fontaine; the Decameron of Boccaccio, as the Bible… When the imagination of Chagall confronts the words, his painting frequents anyone. “Chagall, from poetry to painting”. Fund Helene & Edouard Leclerc for the culture, the Capuchins, Landerneau (Finistère). Tel.: 02-29-62-47-78. Every day from 10 to 18 hours. Until November 1. €35.

And more here :

Manuel Falla at his best in Volver Amar with Olivia Ruiz playing at the Théatre Chaillot, more here;

The July column(colonne de juillet) , which stands in the middle of the place de Bastille since 1840. An injustice soon repaired  in the spring of 2018, the lower parts of the  column , containing the tombs of 700 revolutionaries in 1830 and 1848, will reopen to the public after more than 30 years of closure. But the real revolution will take place with the redevelopment of the place by the city by 2018-2019. It plans to create a vast pedestrian median meeting the monument to the basin of the Arsenal.  19. This is the number of maximum visitors who will visit the July column at the same time from its opening to the public in the spring of 2018 it will be also impossible to climb to the top of the 50 meters high column “it would be much too dangerous because, at the top, the platform is extremely  tight.  Source Le Figaro

the site of the Versailles Tourist Office,, which support approximately 90% of requests for information to tourists, gets a makeover. In the coming weeks, a new version in English and Spanish will be developed.

The Samaritaine very big renovation which should be done by the end of 2018,New areas with shops, a hotel of luxury, offices, a hundred social housing and a crib. The 4,000 tons of debris will be transported by barge to the Paprec group processing center on the banks of the Seine in Gennevilliers (Hauts-de-Seine). The equivalent of no less than 850 trucks on the road. Before be loaded onto a barge, they must travel six kilometers, from the pont Neuf to Ivry

The Nacre hotel should open its doors in March or April 2017. Housed in a building of the former factory Desmarest, it has 22 rooms, including two suites, and a 64-seat restaurant. . In the middle of the building will be the main entrance, with the lobby and the check-in counter. On the side, to the left, the restaurant that will have a terrace for sunny days. At the rear, kitchen, reserves, the offices and the staff room. To access both floors, where are located the rooms, a grand staircase or an elevator. On the first floor spacious and bright rooms await guests. Some overlook the nearby Museum of Pearl through large windows. Second, the rooms are attic, but larger. They will accommodate families. The hotel will be entrusted to a Management company still to be chosen

The hotel site is in the works, here is the newspaper article in French:

For great dog and even cat grooming come to the Ho Doc Chic 26 rue Vavin.

Plenty of shops here dedicated to the horse , at the Village Suisse.

A wonderful library of literary greats has been renovated and reopen.

The great Musée Jacquemart-Andre has the exhibition “Rembrandt Intime”.



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