Some news from France CXCXVIIII

So back to my column self made of news from my belle France! The time here is 15h12 and cloudy, cool a bit breezy but no rain temps are in 15C or about 57F and in Paris is 59F cloudy. Just a wonderful Autumn day in my belle France and beautiful Morbihan.

Now for the latest that I pick up from various sources on the news of France according to yours truly are

The Argonaut submarine, in the Parc de la Villette , 19éme, rediscovers itself through a new exhibition that plunges us into the depths of the ocean. This great black submarine, installed since 1989 a few steps from the Géode, in the Parc de la Villette. How does a submarine work, what is oceanography, what species are found in the abyss, what are the political, economic, and climatic stakes of the seas?. Finally discover the gear used to observe the depths, beacons, robots that scrutinize the oceans and advance scientific research. Clou de l’Expo (Nail of the Expo) a simulator where we go to the gamepads, as a true commander of a submarine. You know that 80 to 90% of world trade traffic are done by the sea? The deepest known point of the Earth’s crust, the Mariana Trench, in the Pacific, more than 11 000 meters deep. You know that sound propagation is much better in water 1 500 meters per second, than in air at 350 meters per second?. The Argonaut has carried out 24 years of good and loyal services to travel the seas of the globe. From 1958 to 1982, it accumulated more than 32 000 hours of diving and traveled a distance equivalent to ten times the circumference of the Earth. See it Sous l’océan (under the ocean), at the Argonaut, Parc de la Villette, 19éme, every day except Mondays from 10h. to 18h. and on Sundays until 19h; admission between 9 and 12 Euros.

Christmas comes back to the parvis of the La Defénse from November 22nd. While the 250 chalets are being installed, for the 2018 edition. And as a good Frenchman, we have charitable associations participating this year. This is the Maison de l’amitié (house of Friendship), located near the Place Carpeaux square, which welcomes in daytime the homeless people of the Parisian association the La Cloche ( Bell) which mobilizes local businesses by encouraging them to make small services to persons in precariousness. There will also be the online platform Entourage, which federates the solidarity initiatives, and the missing link, which fights the food waste by retrieving the unsold ones from the shops to redistribute them immediately to the structures of reception.

The Satory-West Concerted Development Zone (ZAC), Versailles! on the horizon of 2035, will completely change the physiognomy of this area of 330 ha that is not used today, except by the military. The arrival of the train station of Line 18 of the Metro in 2030 which will act as a trigger and make this sector more virtuous in matters of transport and the environment. Located a few steps from the present Bir-Hakeim roundabout, on the road D91, this station should meet the needs of the thousands of inhabitants expected at its doorstep. To the North, 3 500 housing units facing South towards a tree park. The army will retain its stranglehold on this sector along the road N12. A new exchanger is in the works for 2025 between the D91 and N12. The transport agency DIRIF works on this subject in order to eliminate the influx of cars during peak hours on the ramp of the N12 and facilitate access to Satory without thwarting the flow going towards Versailles. Eventually, the huge current roundabout of the D91, which serves Satory west today, is simply called to disappear to give way to a bypass traffic near the subway station. To relieve the traffic coming from St Cyr l’école by the creation, by 2025, of a bus line on own site in the direction of Gare de Saint-Cyr. It will be based on the military railway, which joins the site of Matelots at Versailles. Just a bit of road transport news, which will remind me and those road warriors readers!

The farm or La ferme de Saint-Cyr-l’École in the Yvelines my old dept 78, offers individuals the right to pick up fruit and vegetables directly in the fields for years and something we used to do; great for the family and real good stuff direct from mother earth.

The Maison du Vietnam, ( Vietnam House), the quintessential Vietnamese deli, organizes two free and exceptional days that will water your mouths. On the program: exhibitions, concerts, tastings of local produce, savory and sweet dishes, and discovery of the Asian Dragon crafts. The opportunity to (re) discover the culinary, artistic and cultural traditions of this incredible country. Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 November 2018 from 9h to 19h at 4, rue du Bourg l’Abbé 3éme Paris

Ok so it rains in Paris so what, the city is even more gorgeous in the rain ,and here are some tips to do otherwise : Rain in Paris is good news: This is a first advantage to rain: You no longer need to water your plants (at least those that survived without water for 3 weeks). We don’t need to wash the car anymore. You’re late all the time. So for once, enjoy the rain to have a good excuse to cancel an appointment or to arrive late at the party’. “I’m Singin’ ‘ in the rain, just Singin’ ‘ in the Rain.” Finally a good excuse to sing in the rain without being ridiculous. What could be more romantic than rain? Enjoy it to slip under the umbrella of your crushing mate… And why not try a rapprochement? The rain is charged with negative ions that limit pathologies such as asthma. Roughly speaking, it renews the air we breathe! It rains heavily, and you want to go outside to smoke? No, I can’t. Stay warm and use a good coffee. You can finally take out its finest wax and plastic boots; Since the time you bought it, we were really wondering when you were going to wear it! A sad advantage of the rain is to clean the Parisian streets of all their cigarette butts in the sewers. Next time, instead of throwing your butt on the floor, put it in the trash! Otherwise it’s 68€ fine. Are you having trouble falling asleep? Listen to the rain. Are you stressed? Listen to the rain. Are you melancholy? Listen to the rain. You…well anyway, you got it!. It’s time to react to enjoy the winds and tides of our beautiful city , dry of course. Reflex number one, the cinema. Second option: Expos or shopping. With the rain everything becomes super comforting. Do not be gloomy in the face of the boredom of rainy days. Yes, rain is a great reason to stay in bed in good company.lol! So enjoy the rain in Paris!!!

Know that there are 27 aerial stations, especially on métro lines 2 and 6, where you can discover incredible monuments, all without making any effort. And as said in my blog many times you come here whether visiting or in country because you want to see Paris above ground so do as I do use aerial metro stations or the bus! Here are something to make you change if not already!

13.6 km long, of which 6 km in above ground (or 45% of its route), Métro line 6 is the sixth busiest line of the network. It offers unique viewpoints on several monuments such as : the Pont de Bir-Hakeim, you can distinguish the Eiffel Tower dominating the Seine and l’île aux Cygnes (Swan Island). The Palais de Chaillot; the bell tower of the Church of Saint Augustine; the top of the canopy of the Grand Palais; the famous tour Montparnasse; the Invalides dome, the Francois Mitterand Library, the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Maison de Radio France, before the Cambronne station, you can see the Invalides, then the Avenue de Breteuil on the Invalides before plunging back underground.

The Métro line 2 offers to a lesser extent points of view on Paris thanks to an aerial section between the stations Antwerp and Colonel Fabien. You can therefore observe, the Bassin and the rotunda of La Villette, the canal Saint-Martin, the Sacré-Coeur, the train station of Austerlitz, the National Museum of Natural History, the train station of Lyon, La Cité de la mode et du design ( city of fashion and design) , or the Cathedral of Notre-Dame.

As said enjoy Paris above ground, simply the best most beautiful city in the world!

And to finish this short post …..ha ha ha. Let me tell you about a nice story and wonderful resto of my eternal Paris;really nice.

The story goes that after a career in agri-food, Alexandra Lepage founded, five years ago, the fine grocery store/restaurant Papa Sapiens. She is from the old Berry region but grew up in Kaysersberg, a small village of winegrowers, in Alsace. She first worked for eleven years at Kraft Foods, a huge group that is now called Mondelez (includes brands such as Côte d’Or, Suchard, Milka, Carte Noire, Jacques Vabre, Philadelphia, Carambar, Lu). And then she spent a year in the United States, where she discovered Mac and cheese, instant sauces, ultratransformed products. And realized that all of this was downright disgusting, she was really struggling to defend these products. It was the end of a cycle. On her return to France, she left her salaried job, and started organizing evenings, Alexandra’s dinners: Twelve Diners, a chef and an expert to talk about a topic. It was great, and not profitable at all. She ,then, partnered with her husband and two friends, and launched Papa Sapiens in 2013. Papa, for the unifying, paternalistic and somewhat outdated side. Sapiens, because we have the will to know, to transmit and to tell stories. This is what I like, in the kitchen and the good things: they are always beautiful stories. Papa Sapiens, Grocery-restaurant, at 24, rue Feydeau, 2éme Paris. More info here:  Papa Sapiens

Stay tune, Paris , France has always more and more and more! It’s eternal you know, and we love it , even if for living will say preferred Versailles lol! Cheers

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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