Some news from France CXLVI

And on a cool humid, foggy night I write to you on the latest in France and especially Paris. Temps here are now 43F and about 46F in Paris. This is about 6C overall +-

Well care for a sandwich in Paris? why not , it is the most ask food items for Parisiens.  On a very popular street , you have Chez Aline, 85, rue de la Roquette (9eme). Tél. +33 (0) 1 43 71 90 75. Every weekday from 11h to 17h30. The favorite Jambon-beurre: 4,50€. no webpage but easy to get to on metro line 1 Bastille, metro line 5 Bastille,metro line 8 Bastille, metro line 5 Bréguet – Sabin, and metro line 9 Voltaire.

Another  nice one is Les Niçois, 7, rue Lacharrière (11eme). Tél. +33 (0) 9 84 16 55 03. Open every day except Sundays evenings; the favorite Pan bagnat: 4€.

Continue on the foodie trend to tell you about some great restaurants that are just outside city limits of Paris but worth the detour,and see the real France.

La Ribote17, rue Paul-Chatrousse, Neuilly-sur-Seine (92). Tél. +33 (0) 1 47 47 73 17. This is a neo bistrot in Scandinavian style by a chef from the training of Guy Martin ,namely Florian Gouilly and Nicolas Ballin. no webpage yet but are in facebook.

Another is La Poudriére at Issy-les-Moulineaux (92), 58 Rue du Verger,tel +33 (0) 1 46 45 87 29. another bistrot residing in the old stone quarry of the fortress of the city. Baby boomers look and good products from the country and friendly prices.

We continue with Macaille, 29 quai Galliani, Suresnes (92) tel +33 (0)1 41 44 77 80. Done by Norbert Tarayre one of the Top Chef is now installed here.

Polpo 47 quai Charles-Pasqua, Levallois-Perret (92) tel +33 (0) 1 41 34 32 86. on the banks of the Seine river, replacing the boat penuche Ô Restaurant this is brasserie style with a contemporary look, lighty signed Laura Gonzalez where the seafood is king/queen such as the oysters of Saint-Vaast or the mussels of  Bouchot  from the islands of îles Chausey ,and even a lobster.

And more favorite of my old haunts working in the area is Plantxa, 58 rue Gallieni, Boulogne-Billancourt (92) tel +33 (0) 1 46 20 50 93. Held by a young Colombian Juan Arbelaez and chef but having gone to open Nubé de l’hôtel Marignan (8eme) he left the bistrot in the hands of  Maximilen Kuzniar with a very creative cuisine deco in street art and background Latin music. Food changes very week but a fix is the ceviche.

And yes folks, Paris is losing tourists ,due to the last world events , do not understand why ,but that is the tricky world of travel. So now the city is trying to bring folks back and how.

One thing the city is doing is creating a huge space of welcome at the foot of the Tour Eiffel on a Villa Médicis of the gastronomy . This is due to the fact the city lost 11% visitors in 2016 so far and even if they think of finishing the year with 23-24 millions visitors , the big loss is remarkable. The idea is to keep the city as the first world destination it has been with a plan that has 59 points of improvement to accomplish this push by 2% each year to 2022.

This will be accomplish with the creation of 7 new tourist districts such as the canals of Paris, Theaters and Cabarets, Street Art, Chinatown, Paris and its faubourgs, etc etc. As well as the know how in artists and a green tourism emphasizing its wooded areas.

 As Candidate for the 2024 Olympic games the city is ready to host one big international sporting event per year.
On the gastronomy side, young chefs will create a pavillon de l’Elysée at the foot of the Champs-Elysées that will become a gastronomic villa with the young chef in residence as well as a gastronomic city that will open at Rungis.
 On the side of business, the city will create congress centers at Orly and Val-d’Europe (near Disneyland) as well as the modernization of existing structures.  The city will continue to improve on the comfort, cleanliness , and security of tourists, with information tools, translations into several languages, and promoting the participative tourism as well as availability of mobility impaired facilities.
The actions are just starting but already huge progress made and more, we welcome the world here:
And see Guerres Secrétes, at the  musée de l’Armée (Invalides) until January 29 2017.  See the great times of the espionage and counter espionage of older and current days . For now showing only in French, here:
hey something wonderful is coming up; The Bataclan is re opening November 12 with a concert with Sting!!! Ticket sales will begin Tuesday 8th and the concert will benefit two ONG Life for Paris and 13 Novembre: Fraternité Verité that helps teh victims.

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