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February 28, 2018

Rouen, Joanne of Arc ,and the history of France!

As on my day off, taken the winds out of my blog and given you all kinds of choices to come visit my belle France. This time will like to tell you a bit of the history of Rouen, I enjoy history, and Rouen has plenty of it. I used to come often to this city, many times even for lunch with the family or to see the Rouen Huskies, baseball champions of France !!! yes. Now I am looking into other areas, distant lands but Rouen remains very much in my top of the list of French cities.

My previous post talked more about the tourist sites that I like to visit. Here is the post with photos. https://paris1972-versailles2003.com/2011/03/24/rouen-normand-and-jeanne-darc/

Well, here we go. Rouen is a city cross by the Seine river in the department 76 of Seine-Maritime in the region of Normandy (Normandie). After the new administrative alignment in France bringing the two Normandies low and high back together again, it was decided that Rouen will be the administrative Capital or prefecture of the region, and Caen will be the host of the regional council or political Capital. it is now part of the  metropole Rouen-Normandie ,6th in size in France and 2nd on the west. Their site on the tourism page in French is here: http://www.metropole-rouen-normandie.fr/laissez-vous-conter-la-metropole

The city of Rouen was between 911 and 1204, the capital of the duchy of Normandy and for many years always in dispute between the French and the English especially during the War of 100 years. It was on its soil that Joanne of Arc or Jeanne d’Arc was imprisoned , judge, and burned at the stake on May 30 , 1431. She is now a patron Saint of France, doctor of the Catholic Church. The city was heavily bombarded during WWII in 1944 and revive later thanks to its wonderful harbor 5th port in France. The Seine river covers 179 hectares of the city area.  In 949, the Duke of Normandy, Richard 1 known as the Fearless wins a decisive battle over a coalition of forces which included the king of France, Louis IV , Emperor Othon the Great and the Count of Flandres. A plaque commemorating this victory is at the Place de la Rougemare.  The work (invasion and conquest of England) by William the Conqueror Duke of Normandy allows the region to be the most powerful in Europe. Rouen becomes the economic and religious capital while Caen is the political capital; it is at Rouen that William the Conqueror died in 1087. It is after the burning of Jeanne d’Arc by the instigation of the Duke of Bedford and the Burgundian party majority in the city; same year a young Henri IV is crowned king of France and England in Paris before coming to Rouen where he is acclaimed by the people.  The king Henri IV takes the city of Rouen in  1449, 18 years after the death of Jeanne d’Arc and 30 years after the English occupation.

During the French revolution, in 1792 on the last days of the monarchy, several members loyal to the king are united in  Rouen and put in place all the necessary preparation for host the King and fight back. However, the always indecisive Louis XVI decides to stayed in Paris; this stopping all possibilities of an uprising to reverse the revolutionary process. Therefore, Rouen was the last chance for the monarchy to win back the monarchy.

Symbolize by a statue done by Jean-Pierre Cortot, erected in 1838, makes Rouen one of the 8 cities represented in the Place de la Concorde in Paris. During the war of 1870, Rouen is occupied by the Prussians  with 16 battalions and 16 squadrons under General Ferdinand von Bentheim. During the Great War or WWI, Rouen served as a base for the British army, and on August 2 1944 the general mobilization for the war is call for in the city. The city welcome many Belgians escaping from the Germans and the city turns out to help them out with donations, the city hall of Rouen decided to change the name of the blvd Cauchoise to blvd des Belges (or blvd of Belgians) to honor them.  Rouen was again occupied by the Nazis in WWII on June 1940 and suffered greatly the bombardments and fires practically destroying the whole of the old town between the Cathedral and the Seine river ; August 30 1944 the Nazis retreat and the city is finally liberated by the Canadians.

The city has excellent and nice train station direct with gare Saint Lazare in Paris which I have taken as well. This is the Rouen Rive Droite gare de Rouen. Also, local train transport on the Intercités Normandie lines and the TER Normandie lines.  The main SNCF rive droite info and TGV included is here: https://www.gares-sncf.com/fr/gare/frurd/rouen-rive-droite

For the TER trains here is their site in French; https://www.ter.sncf.com/normandie/gares/87411017/Rouen-Rive-Droite/pratique

There are locally two metro lines on a north south axis, three lines of TEOR bus of high level of service on a east to west axis; 33 bus lines and 4 lines of taxis, there is a park relay for cars using the public transport system with 1500 spaces for free or free upon presentation of a transport ticket.  The network running all this are ASTUCE and VTNI. Their webpages here:

https://reseau-astuce.fr/

http://www.vtni76.fr/presentation/?rub_code=8

The metro lines also cover adjacent towns such as  Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, Sotteville-lés-Rouen, le Petit-Quevilly, and Le Grand-Quevilly. The bus system TEOR also reaches the towns of  Déville-lés-Rouen, Bihorel, Mont-Saint-Aignan, Darnétal, Canteleu, Notre-Dame-de-Bondeville, and Maromme.

The city tourism page is here: http://en.rouentourisme.com/

As well as the tourist section of the city of Rouen : https://www.rouen.fr/tourisme

Now the road network is extensive and for the novice can be difficult, but once in the habit it becomes easy.  The city does not have a beltway or péripherique/rocade so all traffic is around the city center and along bordering the Seine river. Some of these roads are the N338, expressway A13 (autoroute de normandie) and the bridge Gustave Flaubert. There is a link to the bridge on the A150 from Barentin; the N28 linking the A28 towards Abbeville on blvd de la Europe by the bridge  Mathilde and the tunnel de la Grand’Mare. On the west there is the A151 to Dieppe and the A28 to Le Mans and Tours, on the east the A28 and the north the A154 on the section Tourville-la-Riviére to Evreux. On our travels we have taken the A13 and A28 as well as the A150.

Some of the interesting thing of Rouen is that as well as been name a City of Arts and History of France; Stendhal called it The Athens of the Gothic style.  What can you see here, well I did a post on some of the buildings I like here, these are  The primate Cathedral of Notre Dame, gothic architecture that inspired Claude Monet to paint her on the series of  « Cathédrales ». The abbey of Saint Ouen flamboyant gothic architecture . The symbol of Rouen,(we have a painting from a local artist on it) is the Gros-Horloge or big clock astronomic with a mechanism of the 14C and a cadran of the 16C located in a building over the rue du Gros-Horloge with a renaissance arch next to the bell tower or beffroi of gothic style; just a marvelous sight always.  The current city hall  from 1800 now in the dormitory of the old abbey of Saint Ouen. The finance bureau of the Bureau des finances,built between 1509-1540 upon the request of Cardinal George d’Amboise ,the oldest renaissance building in Rouen. it is, also, known as the place where Claude Monet painted most of his 11 portraits in the series « Cathédrales ». The justice palace or courthouse of Rouen is the former building of the Parliament of Normandy.  To note the Hôtel de Bourgtheroulde in the place de la Pucelle with flamboyant gothic and renaissance styles built in the first part of the 16C and today a very nice hotel. The Saint Maclou Church a flamboyant gothic style Church built between 1437 and 1517; it has a rosary façade. The Aitre Saint Maclou is an ancient ossuary consisting of four stone and half timbered wings surrounding a square courtyard. Its history goes back to the black plague of 1348 that killed a large part of the population; the cementary around the Church Saint Maclou becoming too small. the Aitre which was then a courtyard ,was transformed into a necropolis. In 1526, a new epidemic led to the construction of three half timbered galleries.

The square that we always headed for is the place du Vieux-Marché, for the market and around it the old museum of Jeanne d’Art, the Cross at the spot of the burning, and the Church of Jeanne d’Arc (see photo below) built at the same spot of the martyrdom.  The tower of  Jeanne d’Arc that was part of the old Castle of Rouen built in 1204 by king Philippe Auguste on the ruins of a Gallo-Roman amphitheater of Rotomagus; it is on this castle that Jeanne d’Arc was imprisons and where the charges against her were given.  The Fierte Saint-Romain, attach to the Halle aux Toiles, the only renaissance style building remaining after the  bombardment of WWII. The Hôtel-Dieu hospital built in after 1127 is today the seat of department and regional government entities such as the Préfecture de la Région Normandie and Préfecture de la Seine-Maritime.  There are many more minor historical places here but so many to mention, the city is an oasis of history and architecture. One particular one that always cought my attention is the Church of Saint-Laurent , flamboyant gothic style sold during the French revolution and renovated to house the Museum of Le Secq des Tournelles where there is a nice collection of  Ironwork.

Rouen  is a model of the romantic town celebrated by Victor Hugo in his famous poem of the Autumn leaves or Les Feuilles d’Automme.  The city, also, has nearly 2000 houses in wood especially in the streets of  rue du Gros-Horloge, rue Saint-Romain, rue Damiette, rue des Faulx, rue d’Eau de Robec , the rue Martinville. The museum or musée des Beaux-Arts one of the most important in France, second only to Paris and opening in 1801 and noted as such by 1878. The museum of natural history or the Muséum d’histoire naturelle, the second in France after the one in Paris for the richness of tis collection. the museum or musée Flaubert et d’histoire de la medicine on his native house showing a collection of objects and document related to medicine and pharmacy.  The theater or Théâtre de Rouen holding up to 1350 spectators was first built between 1774 and 1776 , destroyed by a fire in 1876, a new building was built on the ruins of the old one. Partially ,destroyed during WWII bombardments of 1944 ,the new theater was built between 1952 and 1962 on rue Jeanne d’Arc.

The tourist board for the department 76 is here: https://www.seine-maritime-tourisme.com/en/

And the region of Normandy tourist board is here: http://en.normandie-tourisme.fr/normandy-tourism-1-2.html

There you go, I think I pay my respects to Rouen, a wonderful town, history, architecture and good food as the Norman hole or the trou Normand ::) A picture to me means Rouen ,Jeanne d’Arc or Joanne of Arc, or Juana de Arcos. Happy travels, and good health to all. Cheers!

 

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February 28, 2018

The Nord Lille ,and Pas de Calais, Arras!

So in the times of cold and snow , let’s go north, lol! This is an area I have visited while visiting family and then use them as a base. The wonderful towns of Lille and Arras.

I have written on these and other before and even the Christmas market in Arras is tops. Here are my previous posts in my blog. Now, let’s give you a bit more on the history, I like.
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Lille is a great city often overlook and now really link by train from Paris and even London, Brussels, Amsterdam etc. The city center is wonderful and the shopping phenomenal.  Lille is a city in the Nord 59 departément of the region of Hauts-de-France. It is often calle the Capital of Flandres as it used to belong to the roman flandres which in turn belongs to the historic French Flandres, old territory of the Count of Flandres and not part of the Flemish speaking area.

The city of Lille has gone thru many monumental periods in its history and count as one of the cities most invaded in France. Lille has belong to the counts of Flandres, kingdom of France, Burgundian state, Holy Roman Empire ,the Spanish low countries before coming back to France taken by king Louis XIV during the war of Spanish succession. Theh city was again invaded in 1792 during the Franco Austrian war and very much touch by the two World wars. During WWI the city was occupied by the Germans from 1914 to 1918, and it was the English under Gen Birdwood that liberated the city in October 17,1918. The city was in ruins. Lille was taken in WWII since May 1940 by the Nazis and attach to the nazi commander HQ in Brussels and not from the Vichy regime, so totally detached from the rest of France. Lille is finally liberated again by the British on September 3, 1944.

It is for this reason that the city did not developed into a typical city center layout but a mosaic of districts with their own identity. The historic heart that today is composed of the old Lille and Center Lille or Vieux-Lille and Lille-Centre; these two districts are extensions of the city in the 17C to 19C. Then, coming the districts born out of annexations in the 19C such as the Bois Blancs, Vauban Esquermes, Wazemmes, Lille-Moulins, Faubourg de Béthune, Lille-Sud, Saint-Maurice Pellevoisin , and Fives as the better ones and then coming those born out of the 20C such as Hellemmes ,and Lomme.

Some of the things to see here are The Collegiale Church of Saint Pierre and its crypt, Church of Saint-Maurice, and Church of Sainte-Catherine, the old stock exchange or Vieille Bourse house or maison de Gilles de la Boë, Church of Saint Etienne, Church of Saint André, the wonderful Citadelle known as the Queen of Citadelles , the Cathedral of Notre-Dame-de-la-Treille, new stock exchange or ouvelle bourse, city hall or hôtel de ville, and wonderful shopping train complex of Euralille. A memory lane shot in EuraLille.

lille

Other wonderful streets to walk on and see old Lille are rue des Chats-Bossus, Place du Lion-d’Or, rue de la Monnaie, rue des Arts ,rue Saint Jacques, place aux Bleuets, or the house of old men or Maison des Vieux-Hommes built in 1624 at rue de Roubaix. And do not missed the Grand’Place this to me is Lille at its best. You wonderful art at the Palais des Beaux-Arts, B. 1885,the Théâtre Sébastopol B. 1903, and the Opéra B. 1907. The wonderful park of Bois de Boulogne in Lille next to the Citadelle,with a zoo, an attraction park. Not to leave out the other museums such as the native house/museum of Charles de Gaulle at rue Princesse, and the wonderful musée des Canonniers at rue des Canonniers house in an old convent tracing the history of the military actions in town and especially the sieges of Lille.

Some of the must dishes to try here in the northern cuisine mixing French and Flemish traditions are other than the local beer, The Flemish Carbonade, simmered beef stew with beer, often embellished with gingerbread; the Potjevleesch, a terrine of four white meats taken with jelly; the Waterzoï, chicken or fish stew with cream and small vegetables. The Petit Salé Lille, made only from lean ham, and the mussels and fries, a dish obliged to the great sale of Lille, are also part of the culinary heritage of the city. The city of Lille tourist page in French is here:  http://www.lille.fr/Que-faire-a-Lille/Decouvrir-Lille
The tourist office of Lille in English here: http://en.lilletourism.com/

Then, we go down to Arras, a nice town with lots of war history to remember. Also, in my opinion , the best Christmas market in the dept 59. Arras is the historic capital of the departement 62 of Pas-de-Calais, in the region of Hauts de France; 45 km from Lille,and 160 km from Paris. We go here on the A1 who has an important exchange with the A26 here. And we do take the D 939. Trains to Paris Gare du Nord are regular. The core historical of the city is along the ramparts with the oldest construction there around the bell tower or beffroi,and by the beautiful Grand’Place.

Arras

A bit of history I like: the treaty of Madrid of 1526 attached Arras to the Spanish lower countries but was never respected by king François I and conflicts continue until the end of his reign. The city is conquered by king Louis XIII in 1640 and later siege by the Spanish in 1654 ; however , the attachement to France does not happenned until the Treat of the Pyrénées in 1659.

WWI or the Great War gives considerable damaged to the city and destruction of its heritage buildings as the town was only 10 km from the front. The beffroi is destroyed then the Cathedral and the palace of Saint-Vaast are bombarded in 1915. In secret the British built the stone quarries of chalk under the city to house the soldiers necessary for the battle of Arras of April 9 1917; the quarry of Wellington is open today to remember what heroic actions were taken place here. After the war, Arras was demolished in 3/4 of it and was rebuilt almost identical later. Arras had some damaged in WWII but not nearly as much than during the Great War 1914-1918.

Some of the things to see here are; well let me tell you this little town has a punch. Arras is a City of Arts and History designation, and member of the Vauban network; it has 225 monuments classified as historical monuments that makes it the 7th city in France! The wonderful place des Héros,rue de la Taillerie, and the Grand’Place form an extraordinary monumental group of buildings unique in Europe.

The bell tower or beffroi in the city hall or hôtel de ville was built between 1463-1554, destroyed by Germans in WWI it was rebuilt to the identical after the war. The huge abbey of Saint-Vaast rebuilt in the 18C in classical architecture today houses the fine arts museum or musée des Beaux-Arts d’Arras, and the municipal library. Originally founded in the 7C ; the Church became the Cathedral of Notre-Dame-et-Saint-Vaast after the old cathedral was destroyed during the French revolution. The lower town has the district that link the city to the Citadelle, around the place Victor-Hugo, built in 1756 in an octagonal shape of which in the center an obelisk was placed. The Citadelle was built between 1668-1672 as a defense in square format as wanted by Vauban, to protect the kingdom from invasion by the Spanish low countries but was never attack.

Arras

There is a theater on the Italian model built in 1785 and renovated last in 2007. The fine arts museum has sculptures, objects of art, and painting collections from the Flemish, Dutch, Italian, and French schools . There is an agreement between the city and the chateau de Versailles to offered collaboration that will give the museum a royal domain look (of course).

The culinary traditions here are other than the beer… Chocolate Hearts: In the 12C the heart-shaped pastries were done and still do. In the 17C, the Gingerbread hearts became the “hearts of Arras”. Since the years 1950, they are made of chocolate, and they are great! Since the Middle Ages, the home grown pigs perpetuate the traditional recipe of the antler of Arras, elaborated from veal strawberries prepared by hand. The antler of Arras has its brotherhood and its annual feast. The city of Arras tourist page in French here:  https://www.arras.fr/fr/mes-loisirs/tourisme-patrimoine

 

The tourist office of Arras in English here:  http://www.explorearras.com/?lng=en

There you have it, two wonderful towns of the North that needs to be visited more, and me included with relatives nearby. So much to see here you know ::)

There are factory outlets in the outskirts of Lille such as at Roubaix the Usines we have been with the family and they are pretty good if you know what you are looking for and prices. here is the link to the Usines:  http://www.usineroubaix.fr/en/

Also,McArthur Glen factory outlet here:  https://www.mcarthurglen.com/fr/mcarthurglen-roubaix/en/

Roubaix

Great shopping indeed just one for old memories’ sake at McArthur Glen. I remember when was preparing moving to France permanently, I met a collegue at the Novotel hotel at the airport at Lille-Lesquin to go over my resumé/CV in give it a French format; I drove from my wife’s older brother home in Caudry (see that recent post). The meeting went well, we still in touch ,and I got the job right away!! memories of 2003. Airport site here for the memories!! http://www.lille.aeroport.fr/home/

And the Novotel hotel at Lesquin. https://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-0427-novotel-lille-airport/index.shtml

Enjoy your week, happy travels and good health to all. Cheers!

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February 28, 2018

Some news from France CLXXXVI

Well we have a wave of cold glacier weather and folks here are jumping literally! Even total strangers are telling me this morning (day off ::)) that it was chilling cold; ça caille!  Well c’mon it is about 17F not that bad from one who had lived in minus zero Fahrenheit’s , here it was -8C windy in Vannes today. Anyway, the beat goes on.

Even snow was felled in the west ! not here…. it was in the Paris region of Ile-de-France. My old département 78 of  Yvelines was the worse hit by snow falling according to Météo France. They anticipate having 1cm to 3cm in the country side (that is max 1 inch folks)  of lower Normandy, and Pays de la Loire.  The region of Hauts-de-France  to the Pyrénées  passing by Paris ,the snow will be humid so it will go away quickly and it did.  Higher than 500 meters the snow fall could reach 5 cm to 10 cm ( for info  2,54cm = 1 inch) .  In Paris the police is advising folks not to use the car lol!! they will make a mess if they go out ::) , and of course use public transport if enough space lol!  on all the western part of the region of Île-de-France. At the old school on the rue de Monceau (8éme) the city of Paris has setup beds refuge for the homeless ; which according to a recent survey , they are 3000 in Paris alone, well I think it’s a government conservative figure.  The region of PACA = Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur, and Corsica have clouds bringing snow storms where even Nice has been covered in white even extending to all the coastline.  The snow here will be 2cm in city to 5 cm in the interior lands with winds of 60 KPH or about 36 MPH. Here in my lovely Brittany we have no snow, but it’s unusual cold with temps down to minus 8C and very windy especially in city center Vannes that makes it for even lower temperatures due to the wind chill factor.  There small cloudy waves with snow in the Grand Est region and the point of the Cotentin. snow storms at the foot of the Pyrénées  with sunny skies.  The cold there will be  -4C to  -8C inland and  -8C to  -12C on the highs and  -1C to  -4C by the sea. Excepting the Mediterranean coastline we expect to have maximums of 2-5C  with no further warming so be careful on the roads; the temps will be higher than -4C to 0C in the plains. All from Méteo France weather report.

Paris

A view of Paris from the bridge Bir Hakeim and Eiffel on the way, by the Le Parisien journal credit Olivier Arandel.

And Disneyland Paris just announce a 2B € investment over the coming years !!! in Seine-et-Marne dept 77. The new expansion plan calls for the transformation of the Walt Disney Studios park including three new themes zones such as those dedicated to Marvel, The Snow Queen, and Star Wars as well as new spectacles and attractions.  The work will be done in phases starting in 2021 to enlarge the Walt Disney Studios park; including a new lake, theater of new spectacles that will be link to the new themes zones . the second park of Disneyland Paris, the Walt Disney Studios opened in 2002 after the opening of Disneyland in 1992; that celebrated its 25th anniversary last year. More here: http://www.france24.com/en/20180227-france-disneyland-paris-2bn-upgrade-star-wars-zone

Ok ok so once in a while we get visitors to the Grand Canal of the Chateau de Versailles, and wild pigs are the most numerous . As they go in not realising there is no slow wave early in the morning the waters takes them in and find it difficult to get back up , the pigglies . The wild pigs or sangliers were each of 100+ kg each so kind of big and they end up drowning. The park worker will need now to wait a few days for their bodies to surface again on the lake to be able to pick them up .  Of course, this after they made a mess of the garbage cans, and fences holes and causing damages to the nearby wonderful Arboretum de Chèvreloup  that is just alongside the Castle domain.  This park, the Arboretum already has several wild pigs that hides in the holes during the day and come out at night when there are no visitors to do their work. Here is a picture from the Le Parisien journal.

Versailles

Another good news to save a wonderful French heritage. At the parc naturel regional de la Haute-Vallée de Chevreuse there is the Château de la Madeleine  in bad condition and no gov money to save it. The castle looks over the Chevreuse for over thousand years .  The Yvelines council ,its owner since 1982 look for a solution and found it.  Without putting it for sale, the castle will be given to a renter who in exchange will make the expenses necessary; the work should begin by 2020, and will require the park management now in the castle to find a new home, tant pis ;it’s all worth it. The Castle already was attracting over 60K persons per year.  More here in French with gorgeous photos better than I. https://www.parc-naturel-chevreuse.fr/destination-parc/chateau-de-la-madeleine-maison-du-parc

A new great movie on the Nordistes or the folks of the Nord or the Ch’tis. The movie is in French, La Ch’tite Famille directed by great French actor/producer/director Dany Boon and starting himself and Laurence Arné, Guy Lecluyse, Line Renaud ,Valérie Bonneton, and François Berléand, out this year. The story of a couple of architects designer very famous at the turn of their best moment in their careers. a retro expo at the  Palais de Tokyo in Paris will change their lives. Everybody thinks Valentin (Dany Boon) is Parisien to help fit in in a very snob world without telling that he was from the nord or region of Hauts-de-France. His mother, brother, and sister in law want to give him a surprise  and land on a day of showing arts or  vernissage.  For Valentin the risk of been discover is a catastrophic.  While leaving the museum (Tokyo) , he is hit by a car and by consequence finds his accent; his wife will do anything to make sure he loses the accent of the Nord lol!!! hilarious, you need to know France has many dialects, accents ,languages etc. and funny things are done to them.  A movie site here in French and a trailer : http://www.allocine.fr/video/player_gen_cmedia=19576950&cfilm=235236.html

For those looking for after movie Paris, well since 2010, you have Le Pompon nightclub right in a old synagogue. The place had change hands and names before a group got together and got this portion of the rue des Petites-Écuries. They open the  Hôtel Bourbon, a house of  insomnious. Between re done shiny furniture, benches, low wooden tables and encrusted on walls, with Rougier lamps on a very contemporary style  with graphics and neons models on two levels .  a wonderful menu of numbered cocktails (10€) to drink on an ambiance disco rock , Chicago house  and even hip-hop in the basement played by different groups.  see it all at the Hôtel Bourbon , 39, rue des Petites-Écuries (10éme). From Wednesdays to Saturdays and from 23h to 5h mornings. More here:   http://hotelbourbon.fr/

How about some dancing in Paris, and not in the rain ::)

Éléphant Paname , has dance nights from the folks who choreograph the famous Single Ladies that made the world tour. Now just for starter in a sexy mood you can go for two hours of training and a final 3 minutes, an intense dance course to get you to the level of a  Queen B. This is one of favorite nights spot in Paris for many years in the area, Elephant Paname , 10 rue Volney (2éme). Tél. +33 (0) 1 49 27 83 33.  the dance course lasts 2 hours on Sundays March 25 and April 15 from 14-16H price 40€.

you can enjoy waltz in Paris too.  They organize events so you can dance without fancy clothing or finding your place and many formulas on the webpage as well as the opportunity to participate in the Bal des Parisiennes next June 16th. You find the place Votre Bal, Place du Louvre (Iéme). 10 classes of 1h30 from 150 € to 195 € ; one class without commitment for only 19,50 €. More on the courses here: http://www.votrebal.com/apprendre-a-danser-la-valse-viennoise.html

On the dance competition Bal des Parisiennes here: http://www.baldesparisiennes.com/

located not far from the parc des Buttes-Chaumont, the small room welcome the lvoers of Tango for about 15 years now. One Saturday per month the debutants with or without partner can start on the fundamentals of the Argentinian dance and participate for their first Bal ( next stage is March 10th at  15h to 20h, price 66 €). Or you can come to tango for pleasure every Tuesdays and Fridays from 16h to 19h, for  6€ only! At the La Casa del Tango ,11, allée Darius-Milhaud (19éme). Tél. +33 (0) 1 40 40 73 60. More in French here: http://www.lacasadeltango.net/

Lots of new places to tell you, and good ones in Paris.

You have Le 975 ,25, rue Guy-Môquet (17éme). Tél.+33 (0) 9 53 75 67 71. open every day except Saturdays and Sundays ;menu Formules lunch: 17 € (Entrée-Plat or Plat-Dessert).  there is a Menu at 39 €.  Straight from the menu Carte: 40-50 €. The dining room is cozy in the form of a V, and the lunch menu is unbelievable, coffee included ! More here: http://www.le-975.com/

In while landing by the Gare du Nord in the spring of 2016 with its décor of broken floor, old buffet tables, zinc and bistro tables and its good service, the nice cellars from natural wines also to take home and the bread from neighbor Thierry Breton. Les Arlots, 136 rue du Faubourg-Poissonnière (10éme). Tél. +33 (0) 1 42 82 92 01. open everyday except Sundays and Mondays. menu Formules lunch for 19 € (Entrée- plat or plat -dessert) , and 23 € (Entrée, plat, dessert. menu Carte: 30-50 € for dinners.

You have nice ballet like the all time famous Bolero version Maurice Béjart that was declare vulgar by the Americans is always an event here. the opening by Daphnis and Chloé  of Benjamin Millepied with a choreography of Daniel Buren at the Opéra Bastille, until March 24, More here: https://www.operadeparis.fr/saison-17-18/ballet/benjamin-millepied-maurice-bejart

The work of Tchaïkovski (Fr) Onéguine  played by the Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris at the wonderful Palais Garnier opera house until March 7th.  More here: https://www.operadeparis.fr/en/season-17-18/ballet/oneguine

And the wonderful Romeo et Juliette, the nice version of Sasha Waltz with the music of  Berlioz. the symphonic ballet is full of images that gives passion to the play and it continues in a nice flux all this at the Opéra Bastille from April 10 to May 4 2018. More here: https://www.operadeparis.fr/en/season-17-18/ballet/romeo-and-Juliet

Now,then ,enjoy France and Paris the best 1-2 combination in the world…well do not forget Brittany ::) enjoy your week, Cheers!

 

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