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March 22, 2017

Some news from France CXLXVI

Hi y’all, here I am back. Today was cloudy windy and cool at low of 8C or about 44F, the rest of the week looks to be the same or worse. And this is Spring time already lol!!!

So I got good news of my international travels as going back to Spain next month and May will be in Poland and Brazil. Now for some news going on in the Belle France!

The return of night racing at the Vincenne racecourse or Vincennes Hippodrome de Paris are back each Tuesdays and Fridays evenings starting today. You will be able to have a dinner at the restaurant Le Panoramique. You can, also, get a tour of the racecourse. More info here :

Shhh from the advise of chef Yves Camdeborge according to interview in the le Figaro newspaper. The chef started at Crillon, then Régalade, and now has around the Odeon that are tops like the Comptoir du Relais.

For a coffee L’Express Bar, 23, rue du Roule (Ieme). Tél.: 01 45  08 11 41.

For a breakfast by the hands Le Servan,  32, rue Saint Maur (11eme). Tél.: 01 55 28 51 82.

For a dinner for two ; Saturne, 17, rue Notre-Dame-des-Victoires (2eme). Tél.: 01 42 60 31 90.

For a last glass of the night Castel15, rue Princesse (6eme). Tél.: 01 40  51 52 80.

For an exceptional dinner  Le Clarence. 31, av. Franklin-Roosevelt (8eme). Tél.: 01 82 82 10 10.

To do your market shopping Place d’Aligre (12eme),

To buy your bread, baguette La Pointe du Grouin, 8, rue de Belzunce (10eme). Tlj. Pas de tél.

To indulge on a sweet dessert Sébastien Dégardin 200, rue Saint-Jacques (5eme). Tél.: 01 43  07 77 59.

Bosquets of the gardens of the Château de Versailles will have several contemporary arts exhibits this year instead of just one as in the past. The work exposed will be in cooperation with the Palais de Tokyo in Paris this coming summer. Stay tune here:

One of the biggest hotels in Paris is undergoing renovation that will keep it minimum load until December 2017. The hotel is visible in the Porte Maillot with its 34 floors and 995 rooms. It was known for a long time under the name of Concorde La Fayette, and it is now under the name Hyatt Regency Paris-Etoile since 2013. Only 193 rooms will be available for reservation and the entry lobby will be located at 62, boulevard Gouvion Saint-Cyr (17eme). OF course the great panoramic bar in the 34st floor will be totally redone as well. See it here:

Initiatives-Coeur , the innovators of the long sailing boat with red and white colors will be at the 1st level of the Tour Eiffel from today. This monocoque of nearly 8 tons and 18 meters long was carried here by a huge towing system of 300 tons capaciy. The sailing boat is dedicated to the campaign for donation and awareness of the association Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque, that allows lesser able children suffering from cardiac problems to be operated in the best condition for free. The boat will be here until May 10. It wil be exposed on the lawn of the Champ-de-Mars to be able to be accessable to all as well taken pictures. There are photos and film on the job done by this boat inside/ A great way to see something nice and do something good for all Children. More here in French;

The porte de Montmartre (18eme), as the local saying goes when you leave Paris by this gate you dont said we passed the péripherique or beltway but rather you say we pass by the Passage-miroir or mirror passage. This is the way to the flea market of Saint Ouen and for many years hosted a clandestine market with about 400-500 biffins or chiffonier ( second hand merchants). From 2009, the mayor’s office of Paris has authorized about 200 of them at this location. They are there Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. They are supervised by the Aurora Association to help the poor. More in French from the Mayor’s office of the 18 arrondissement (district) of Paris here:

world water day, the metro area of Paris or Grand Paris will have ready for bathing the river Marne in 2022 and the Seine in 2024.  There will be a section of about 700 meters on the river Bièvre ,that runs from Antony to Paris and completely covered early in the 20C because of the pollution. It will be clean up by the area near the Parc du Coteau,in the cities of Arcueil and Gentilly by 2020. Bit more here:

The work of the Grand Paris transports hubs is coming along with the Grand Paris Express. It envisions four new stations of automatic metro by 2030 such as lines 15,16,17,and 18 , and four lines will be extended such as line 4 by 2020, Line 11 by 2022, Line 12 by 2019, and line 14 between 2019 and 2024. Are you lost already lol!!! A great interactive map by Les Echos business journal here/

From March 24 to the 26, you will have the occassion to taste many different brews of black coffees that will be offered by the merchants coffeegrinders of the region of Ile-de-France ,and the Oise. There are 42 that will open their doors in the day dedicated to coffees organizing tastings ,shops, and training on coffee grinding with hors d’ouvres.  One of the participant I know from my days in the Yvelines dept 78; this Joris Pfaff, best coffeegrinder of France in 2014 , and Champion of the Expresso black coffee in  2013, that will be there during the event of the  Comité français du café (French Coffee Committee). The business is located in Triel-sur-Seine since 1930.  Today in France there are about  more than 1000  of this artists of the coffee grinding each year becoming better at the trade.  The best or the « Rolls » of this preparations by Pfaff, is the  100 % Geisha  of Colombia, very floral, and cost about  25,90€ , the 250 grams (about 9 ounces).  The cheapest blend he has goes for about  3,90€ for the same quantity ; but we can have pleasure on nice ones from 5-8€. More here:

Places to have a great lunch outdoors in Paris/ Some of my favorites are :

The jardin de l’Arsenal by the water with shade and sunny spots linking to the Canal Saint-Martin to the Seine river. Always great to have an apéro drink on the banks of the canal Saint-Martin and Canal de l’Ourq. There are plenty of bars and restos very nice there such as the Okay Café, Point Éphémère, Marcel, etc etc.

We can taste the oysters on the lawn by the level of the bridge or pont Louis-Philippe on the road voie Georges Pompidou, it is now pedestrian and cost 14€ for 12 oysters not bad for the location ! You can sit at the end of the island or île Saint-Louis, under the quai de Bourbon facing the Hôtel de Ville.

At the end of the rue de l’Abreuvoir and the rue Girardon, next to the château des Brouillards,few steps from the house of Dalida in the rue d’Orchampt, place Dalida has a nice bust of her with a view towards the Sacré-Cœur to drop for sublime. !

In the heights of the parc de Belleville you have a great view of all Paris. Regular musical events are organize there on Saturdays, and a great bakery up the steps!

In the parc de la Villette at the end of the Canal de l’Ourcq this is quiet sublime and nice spots hidden sometimes and layout gardens along it without getting wet. Also at the Vignes Montmartre, a little square facing the vines very nice and cute ,good for a date ,romantic interlude at the Rue des Saules. The jardin des Rosiers in the square des Francs Bourgeois a little haven of peace and calm right between three mansions, and a garden here to see Paris. Not the closest to inner Paris but less frequented as well with nice architecture of the bridges and stairs you see it by the Allée des Cygnes 15eme.

This is Paris always eternal, and it is in la belle France, where else ! Cheers

And update do not want to wait for next time so here are the latest from la Belle France, and thanks for stopping by.

Welcome to the Duty Free of Galeries Lafayette recently opened at 21 , boulevard Haussmann (9eme). It is located at the old stores of Surcouf and the la Halle, and the façade is typical of the department store with the name « Shopping & Welcome Center ». A complete center dedicated to the Chinese visitors that represent about 25% of total sales of the store or about 2B€., with an average purchase of 1400€ per visitor.  This shopping space of 4 200 m2 will be in two levels renovated by the Architect Ora-ïto. It offers the articles preferred by the Chinese from leather goods jewelry, sun glasses, deluxe pens all on the street level, and on the basement beauty, parapharmacy, groceries, tea, caviar, wine and liquors, kitchen accessories, and gifts

The spectacles hall of the Bal Blomet (ex-bal nègre), mythical place of the folly years will re-open this week at 33, rue Blomet  (15eme). The name will simply be the Bal de la rue Blomet. Every Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays you will have shows on cabaret, musical comedy, jazz, and classical music. A space for 70 tables will be available for dining. The shows will cost between 10-20€. More information at Tel +33 (0) 1 44 93 00 27 or

And taking from my coffee talk above, where to drink a good black express coffee in Paris, here are some nice ones :

Araku Coffee : 14 rue de Bretagne ,3eme, from 11,50€ the 200 grams or about 7 ounces

Belleville Brûlerie : 10 rue Pradier ,19eme, from 13,50€ the 300 grams or about 11 ounces

Les cafés Pfaff (see previous post in my blog) 6 rue Sauval ,1eme , from 3,90€ the 250 grams or about 9 ounces

Télescope café : 5 rue Villedo, 1eme from 2,50expressos

If you want to know where to find flea markets and garage sales etc, the best sit that I use is , with dates of events a month in advance.

The 2017 edition of the faire of trones or Foire du Trône will start on March 31st at 18h30. You paid 25€ and can use all the rides inside. The proceeds will be renverse on the association Petits Princes. It will be on the lawn of Reuilly at the entrance to the Bois de Vincennes (11eme). They will have about 350 rides ,stands and restaurants. The star attraction will be the  «sky fall»  that can give you a free fall from 80 meters. Many more on site you can see on the webpage below.  The fair will then be open every day from midday to midnight (1h am on Saturdays and eve of Holidays) until May 28 2017. More here:  Tickets and deals on entrance can be had here in French:

See you around ::)

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