Some news from France , CXLV

Hi there, and welcome to 2017 on my blog Paris1972-Versailles2003. For those new, I name my blog back in November 2010 after my very first encounter with the most beautiful city in the world, PARIS; coming on the heels of the great movie The Last Tango in Paris with Marlon Brandon, and Maria Schneider. Thereafter, added my year of permanent resident citizen in France on August 2003 in royal Versailles.

Ahh for my own sake, the CXLV is post No 145 in the series.::)

Some happenings and anecdotes from France and Paris in particular.

Between 2009 and 2014, the number of Parisian went from 2 234 105 to 2 220 445. Or a loss of  13 660 inhabitants in less than five years.  14 out of 20 districts are concerned.  Only four peripheral districts escape this trend and see their population increase between 2009 and 2014: the 12th, 14th, 17th and 19th. The reasons according to the mayor’s office is the lower birth rate affecting cities and an increase in the number of second homes in Paris. Now the next Council of Paris (30, 31 January and 1 February)a tax on second homes will be increased and will multiply the devices to encourage homeowners to put their apartment with the devices ‘multiloc’ or ‘ rent solidarity” Just to fight against Airbnb. Big battle on renters in Paris trying to make some additional income because not only they escape paying some taxes, but the homes remain off hands for permanent renters. They make more money on the tourists! Source: INSEE

After the BHV, Galeries Lafayette ,and Le Bon Marché ;the Au Printemps will finally be allowed to open its doors Sundays. Employees working occasionally on Sunday in addition to their working time, can make up to 12 maximum Sundays per year and will benefit by Sunday worked 100% of the salary increase, a compensatory rest day  due to work on a day not worked and 60€  child care assistance.  And further, ,employees normally scheduled Sunday as a day of work will enjoy the same benefits with the exception of the compensatory ceilings of 12 Sundays. Great idea, finally catching up here in la Belle France.

This small structure created in 1960 in a beautiful 17C  house surrounded by gardens, in the rue Cortot, and a high place in the history of art, where successive painters Auguste Renoir, Raoul Dufy, Suzanne Valadon and Maurice  Utrillo came to paint and lived. Yet for four years the Museum of Montmartre is fighting for its entry into the fold of the Inter Museum Association which about 56 cultural venues in Paris and the and Ile-de-France region and proposes the Paris Museum Pass, which allows visitors free access to museums. Only here, Montmartre is excluded from the Pass.

Well surprise right? Not really if you live here. Parisians rarely visit the monuments of their beautiful city. Even when they walk in the streets of the capital on the weekend. They don’t know the history of their neighborhood. Given this situation, a start-up embarked on market tours specifically designed for Parisians . For a year, “My Beautiful Paris” offers to help discovered the secrets of the city of light. Visits take place in small groups max 15 persons and last for 2 hours, renewed every month. To find out the full program, the dates to visits and buy a box online or an individual visit the webpage  For info a gift giving card for two cost 39€, for 4 cost 74€ and for 6 places cost 99€ and 12 it is 199€.

something interesting and part of the French everyday life is the baguette well here is one of the best and most historical flour makers.  The Bourgeois Mills settled in Verdelot, if not there by chance 25 kms west of the commune of  La Ferté-under-Jouarres in the Seine and Marne, dept 77. Stones were  made,for several centuries to grind the seeds.

“The global benchmark of the wheel was there”, says David Bourgeois.  The last Mills closed in the 19C. “The Millers tradition  continues: it was the best stone to crush the grain.  There are millstones of La Ferté  to Asia and South America as early as the 16C, the know-how of the millers of La Ferté who made these circular stones was recognized worldwide.  Milling was good from the siliceous rock, stone as it is very porous. The stones  was, also, used to build the houses of  île-de-France region for the millers. The French Revolution at the end of the 18C 3000 people lived directly from this activity at  La Ferté. Bourgeois Mills  by the numbers:

200 million. The number of baguettes made annually by the Bourgeois flour.   40M€ The annual turnover of the Bourgeois mills.50 000 tons. The amount of flour per year. 1,000. The number of customers bakers, within a radius of 300 km. 95 the number of employees; 22 the number of company  delivery led trucks.

One museum I passed by on my last visit to Paris is the musée Jeu de Paume at the Jardin des Tuileries. Showing now Soulévements, L’histoire de la geste populaire. Until January 15 2017. 282 works coming from 105 lenders on 1000 sq meters of space with 210 enlevements seen by 21 partner institutions. It gives the space to the philosopher and art historian Georges Didi-Huberman. 

Talking about Montmartre do not missed the seafood of La Mascotte, 52 rue des Abbesses ;webpage here

For something down, get the roasted chicken of Le Coq Rico at 98 ,rue Lepic, webpage here:

And for the ladies you find those wonderful Parisian creations at Spree , 16 rue la Vieuville; webpage here : 

The activities of Versailles are great with this extravaganza going on until March 26, 2017. An exhibition showing varieties and ingenuity of entertainment provided by the court, making Versailles simply monumental, extraordinary and fantastic to show off its parties and shows. More in English here:

And to end with a bit of nostalgia for the Circus with CirkaCuba by Circus Phénix in the Pelouse de Reuilly, 75012 until January 15 in Paris and then on tour in France. These are Cubans artists doing their best which is dancing and acrobatic dancing acts, more info here: and the show info CirkaCuba is here:


Last minute on the Louvre museum in Abu Dhabi, The Louvre Abu Dhabi – annex of the famous Paris Museum in the Emirates – open end of 2017, on the island of Saadiyat, with two years behind the original schedule.The building housing the future Museum, in the form of rose of the sands and capped by a huge dome inspired by the traditional Arab architecture, was designed by the french architect Jean Nouvel. Its construction, which started in January 2013, cost 582 million euros, according to AFP. A collection of 600 works of arts. The Louvre Abu Dhabi will bring together 8600 m2 of space, not to mention the outdoor areas , works of all civilizations and all periods, including contemporary arts unlike its French home . It has already built up a collection of more than 600 pieces including 300 loaned b French partner museums for the opening.

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