Some news from France CXLXI

And at last Sunday, again wintery cool at 2C or about 35F, cloudy and just before mid day. At Paris we have about 36F feeling like 30F light rain maximum of 49F chance of rain 70%. Tomorrow a bit better at 54F low of 38F and no rain announce.

Continuing with our VI Nations rugby championship after yesterday thriller between England and Wales won by England, this afternoon our time, is France vs Scotland. Allez les Bleus!!!

The Catacombes that depository of bones in Paris closed again and finally reopen this weekend with its long line of waiting at the Place Denfert-Rochereau (14eme), one of the museums of the city of Paris most visited with 500K last year to discovered its 2km of underground deathly galleries. Bear in mind the number of visitors underground is limited to 200 at any time,and the entrance can be interrupted at any time if heavy affluence. You better come prepare for cold with some warm clothing as the temperature is never higher than 14C or 57F. The entry is done by 1 avenue du Colonel Henri-Rol-Tanguy (place Denfert-Rochereau) from 10h to 20h30 except Mondays.More info here:  http://www.catacombes.paris.fr/

And according to the Le Parisien newspaper the Apple store was given the ok to be at 114 avenue des Champs-Elysées, on top of a store IKKS already in the building ,and near the Lido cabaret.

The first ice skating ring 210 meters high in the Tour Montparnasse! open since this past Friday. A synthetic floor without water or electricity! It is at the Observatoire Panoramique de la tour Montparnasse, 33 avenue du Maine (15eme), open until March 5th from Mondays to Fridays midday to 20h and the weekends 10h to 20h, cost is 9,50 to 15€ free for the younger than 7 yrs old. More here : http://www.tourmontparnasse56.com/en/practical-information/rates/

Somethings nice to do in Paris , go to the Parc Floral near the Chateau de Vincennes open from 9h30 to 17H.  Floral collections, tuboggans and slides for kids or a walking tour of the park with admission.  More here: http://www.parcfloraldeparisjeux.com/info_pratique.html

While above see the wolfs at the parc zoologique de Vincennes. At 15H there is the feeding of the four wolfs and take advantage of say hello to the monkeys and giraffes etc ; it’s a zoo. open from 10h to 17h admission online are cheaper from 13€ more here: http://www.parczoologiquedeparis.fr/en

And do go to the Aquarium de la Porte Dorée, it has a beautiful building dating from the colonial exposition of 1931, with 5000 residents from 300 different species from all continents. There are shows for cocodriles and piranhas. Open from 10h to 19h admission from 3,50 to 5€ :metro Porte Dorée line 8; more here: http://www.aquarium-tropical.fr/

And on the cour d’Honneur of the Chateau de Fontainebleau the famous iron horse stairs or escalier en fer à cheval dating from Louis XIII is due for renovation taken one year and about 2M €; donations expected. More here: http://www.chateaudefontainebleau.fr/The-Cour-d-Honneur?lang=en

Caumont Centre d’Art ,3 Rue Joseph Cabassol  in  Aix-en-Provence show the exposition  “Marilyn” telling the history of the relationship of Marilyn Monroe and the photographs and photographers in her history. The show will be on until May 1st . Admission 13€ . More here: http://www.caumont-centredart.com/en/home

Until April 27th the exposition Ingrés et ses éléves-Dessins de la collection des Beaux-Arts. A multiplicity of graphic practices of the masters and their students;  more here  http://www.beauxartsparis.com/fr/expositions/expositions-en-cours

Down south nice town, often by pass, the Chalons-sur-Saône in Burgundy, has a wonderful museum ,musée Nicéphore Niepce, all about photography. 28 quai des Messageries, near the river Saône, open every day except Tuesdays and Holidays. Sept to June 9h30-11h45 / 14h-17h45, and July/August 10h to 18h continuous.  See from June 17 to September 17,2017 the exposition : Par-dessus tout :l’objet photographique. More here: http://www.museeniepce.com/index.php?/exposition/futures/Par-dessus-tout-objet-image-photographie

And as Saint Valentin approaches what better way to express it in PARIS!

At the Musée Rodin, you are in for a romantic evening with a background of Jazz and poems lectures, getting deeper into the artist love affair with Camille Claudel. An evening call Soirée Love au Musée Rodin, Tuesday February 14, 19h to 21h admission 20€ and 15€ for the 18-25 yrs old. More here: http://www.musee-rodin.fr/fr/agenda/activite/soiree-love

Get on the game Hunt, starting from looking for a mysterious cabaret dancer or chasing a pickpocket in the metro, each couple has its enigma. For those going further, there is even and asking for marriage game quick you have only 60 minutes to do it! Escape Hunt, 5 rue d’Hanovre (2eme) February 14-15, 76€ for two persons. More here :http://paris.escapehunt.com/en/

In Double Fond with its specialists on the closeup, magic, the evening starts with a dinner (champagne, cocktail hors-d’ouvres, win) by magician servers that will come to each table. Later ,the master Alexandra Duvivier takes the orders with an spectacle especially made for the evening with there is a mix of plays, magic and comedy. Each couple learn a trick of magic! I have done this one before and it is wonderful, recommended. Saint Valentin, au Double Fond, 1 place du Marché Sainte-Catherine, (4eme) Tuesday February 14 from 19h; 100€ per person. More here: http://www.doublefond.com/programmation/spectacles-en-soiree/les-rendez-vous-incontournables/saint-valentin/

In a industrial deco the Point Ephémère ( 200 quai de Valmy) or FMR for the locals is very alive . Here the Parisiens find themselves in a terrace with its restaurant bar, then see an exposition or listen to a concert,and on the big plaza talk, argue and listen with a plastic goblet in front of the Canal Saint Martin, before going to dance all night at the electro beat. A wonderful place to be for the young and the young at heart. http://www.pointephemere.org/agenda-global

Want a real Parisien night a la Prohibition times ,then come to the 12, rue Frochot and visit the Bonnie and Clyde. You go down into the cave underground at the rare bar allow to stay open until 6h in Paris. Open Wednesdays to Saturdays from 22h to 5h30, close Sundays , Mondays and Tuesdays.  off Place Pigalle and metro Pigalle. no webpage call ahead,cell/mob. +33 (0) 6 17 94 16 91

And when nearby my beloved Versailles do not forget to try O’Paris pub (15 Rue Colbert) very near the palace, and one of my favorite hangouts when lived in the city. Here you have in drafts such goodies as Guinness, Kilkenny, Stella Artois, Loburg, Hoegaarden, Leffe, Leffe Ruby, Magners, Becks, Beer of the month and other whiskies, like Jameson, William Lawson’s, Clan Campbell, Bushmills, Black Bush, Jack Daniel’s, Dewar’s, Aberlour, Four Roses, Southern Confort etc The Happy Hour is from 16h to 20h every day except weekends and holidays. In some evenings you have animated nights and on Mondays there are quizzes, blind test , games etc. Thursdays they have the after work. On large screen TV’s you have the major sporting events as well.  Regular hours are 16h to 02h and weekends from 14h. More here: http://www.puboparis.com/

And why not suggest the best place to eat in my town of old; Le Boeuf à la Mode, right behind the marché de Notre Dame market (4 rue au pain).  It has a 1930’s deco in all floors, try the first floor or 2nd floor for those from abroad; fresh produce, from the region, and well made. Continuous service from 12h to 23h . Coming to eat there regularly since 2003! http://www.leboeufalamode-versailles.com/en/

Above same owners in Paris at La Bombe, 20 rue du 4 septembre, La Planque, 17 rue de Choiseul, Le Carré, pl St Augustin (ate here too very good); 12 Place Saint Augustin (near gare St Lazare) :see the virtual tour at the one in Versailles here, go up the stairs ::) http://www.leboeufalamode-versailles.com/en/virtual-tour/

Again ,see the Galerie des Carosses in the Grand Ecurie across from the palace, great carriages drawn by the Kings of France. Open February 26 , March 19 , and April 16 and 30 2017. admission 10€ more here: http://reservation.versailles-tourisme.com/fouette-cocher-la-galerie-des-carrosses.html?&cid=1&action=result&resa_action=result#thaut

see the Opus at the Académie Equestre in the Grande Ecurie as well. horse show par excellent wonderful a must even if the price is 26,50€ it’s worth it. More here: http://reservation.versailles-tourisme.com/voie-de-l-ecuyer-opus-2017.html?&cid=1&action=result&resa_action=result#thaut

At the not far Chateau de MaisonsLaffitte, you can see in cinema splendeur the movies that have been filmed there . Until March 6 admission 8€. See the movies like Chéreau directing Adjani in the Queen Margot; the kitchen scene of Gérard Depardieu in Vatel, the monumental stairs of Uma Thurman playing Cécile de Volanges and given to the viscount of Valmont played by John Malkovich. The scenes of Surviving Picasso by James Ivory or the Love and Death of Woody Allen; the costumes series of D’Artagnan of Claude Barma or the last of the series Versailles etc etc.  From Paris you get here best by train, RER A from Saint Lazare. More here: http://www.chateau-maisons.fr/Actualites/Le-chateau-de-Maisons-au-cinema

And if you do get here for the movies, do not forget to get your gourmet goodies at one of my favorite stores in the area, Epicerie de Longueil; main street and not far from the RER A train station, more here: http://www.epiceriedelongueil.com/

Enjoy your Sunday, I stay with my memories of travels and good living, always trying harder. Cheers

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