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

Paris

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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