Some news from France, CCLXXXIX

Hi there well I am counting in Roman numerals this will be the 289 in Arabic numerals so thanks for the following. As always hope you enjoy the post on my Some news from France series. Today was rainy in my neck of the wood and calls for all day rain with temps now at 12C or about 53F while in our eternal Paris is cloudy at 61F.

Let’s get into the news and of course Halloween is coming around and we do have it too

Halloween à Paris :Bercy Village ,from 4 years old. Here, witches are more head-in-the-air than terrifying: they have lost their equipment to concoct magic potions. The children help them to find cauldron, utensils or pot of drool toad! Bercy Village 12éme. Oct. 30, 2019 from 14h to 17h Game booklet to pick up on the spot.

Parc zoologique de Paris , from age 5. Take a path full of pitfalls and attend the wizard meeting at the zoo. Visitors receive a 20% discount on the ticket if they are disguised. Zoological Park of Paris  12éme. October 31, 2019.

A curse Cruise from 6 years old.  This is the first escape game special Halloween on the Seine. 6 to 15 years old board a crazy boat besieged by witches and demonic creatures. Solve the riddles to free the ship from its terrible curse. Port of Bourdonnais ,7éme. From October 28 to November 2, 2019.

France Miniature from 6 years old.  Witches, gargoyles, giants, saber jugglers of the Fokus Company have invaded the monuments of the country. They delight the apprentice sorcerers with the mysteries of the buildings, not to mention the fire-eaters and the traditional distribution of candies. France Minitature. At Elancourt ,dept 78 Yvelines. October 21 to 23 and 27 to 31, 2019, from 13h30 to 17h30

Grévin comes to life!  from 10 years old.  Among the wax dolls of the museum sleep creatures of flesh came for Halloween. Shamans, witches, mummies, creatures … Grevin comes to life for a thrilling experience.  Musée Grévin 9éme. Until November 3, 2019.

A bit of a walking weekend in one close family surrounding, this is Lille, Nord dept 59 Hauts de France region.

Lille is the ideal destination to organize a weekend just an hour from Paris by TGV. To travel by metro (the second automatic in the world), tram and bus on the network Ilévia, opt for a pass 1 day (4.90 euros) or 2 days (8.80 euros). The self-service bike subscription (Vlille) costs 1.70 euro per 24 hours; the first 30 minutes are free, the next one to 1 euro. The city has two stations, 500 meters apart: Lille-Flandres and Lille-Europe, and a nice shopping center Eurolille there in Europe too. Beware, some Ouigo trainsn leave Tourcoing, thirty minutes by metro from Lille.

Until December 1st, 2019 the Eldorado festival will honor Mexico in the public space of the Lille-Flandres train station by  rue Faidherbe,  and through several exhibitions at locations such as Saint-Sauveur station, Palais des Beaux-Arts, etc.  This is the fifth thematic edition of Lille3000, a cultural event born in the wake of Lille 2004, European Capital of Culture. In 2020, Lille will be the first French city to receive the title of world capital of design, after Taipei and Mexico City. From December 6, 2019 to December 5, 2020, many exhibitions on design and its impact on our lifestyles are to be discovered in the main museums of the city. Picasso is in the spotlight at the Eugène Leroy Museum in Tourcoing until 13 January 2020 through the Picasso illustrator exhibition. At the Palais des Beaux-Arts, the exhibition The Dream of Being an Artist (until January 6, 2020), featuring works by Edouard Manet, Frida Kahlo and Jeff Koon, examines the birth of artist status.

You want to see and walk super, Lille is also for you. Here are some ideas. Lovers of vinyls and old and used books will be delighted to enter the Vieille Bourse or Old Stock Exchange, home of bookstores and record stores. After a tour of the Grand-Place, which gives a glimpse of the typical architecture of the Flemish renaissance, you take the rue de Bethune, the main shopping street of Lille. It leads to the Place de la République, surrounded on one side by the Préfecture du Nord and on the other by the Palais des Beaux-Arts. A visit to the basement of the museum will be made, where relief maps give a glimpse of several cities in the region centuries ago. Go out into  9 rue Princesse to find the birthplace of Charles de Gaulle where the future general was born on November 22, 1890.  And at the Hospice Comtesse museum. This old medieval hospital very well preserved illuminates the political, economic and social life of Lille through the ages since its founding in the 13C. Before returning to the Grand-Place, stop on the Parvis de la Treille where stands an unusual cathedral, the last of the second millennium in France. Begun in 1854, the construction of Notre-Dame-de-la-Treille was completed in 1999, hence the futuristic appearance of its marble facade. at 104 meters above sea level, at the top of the Beffroi or belfry. This building, built in 1932 at the same time as the new City/Town Hall, does not go unnoticed in the flat country horizon. In the distance, we can see the slums of the mining basin or the mountains of Flanders, including the highest of them, Mount Cassel at 176 meters. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, but even more so on Sunday mornings, Lille’s life revolves around the Wazemmes market, one of the largest in France. Take metro line 2 to Gare Jean-Lebas Roubaix station. From there, go down Avenue Jean-Lebas to La Piscine. These ancient art-deco baths are inseparable from Roubaix’s rich industrial past. The place opened in 1932 to ensure the hygiene of workers who did not have running water in the home. The centerpiece of the building is its Olympic pool, which reflects the stained glass windows that symbolize the rising sun and the setting sun. Not far from La Piscine, another architectural curiosity worth visiting: Villa Cavrois. From Eurotéléport, take the tram to the Villa Cavrois stop in Croix. This city was the privileged residence of industrialists of the North; it is still today one of the richest in France. After a five minute walk, we arrive at the work of Robert Mallet-Stevens, representative of modernist architecture. This contemporary yellow brick castle, built for the Cavrois family, After a good day of walking, nothing better than a gourmet break at the inevitable Pâtisserie Meert, located a few steps from the Grand-Place. On the spot or to take away, taste the vanilla waffles of Madagascar which make the reputation of this pastry, installed at 27 rue Esquermoise since 1761. A must while visiting Lille, we always do!

More info tourist office of Lille here :

Leonardo da Vinci , (Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci) a bastard legend. On the occasion of the exhibition dedicated to him in the Louvre from today Thursday for the 500 years of his death, portrait of the most famous artist in the world. The self-taught, who learned late Latin and poorly, between 12 years in the workshop of the great Florentine sculptor Andrea Del Verrochio. He has caught up well, artist, scientist, engineer, architect, courtier who organizes lavish parties in the Italian principalities -Florence, Milan, Venice, Rome- and ends his life at the court of François I in Amboise. More info here :

For its 30th anniversary, the Parc Astérix has set a new attendance record. Of course, it is our favorite park when small children. New things to see and do such as an exceptional opening during the Christmas holidays, a new hotel in 2020, a big eight in 2022. In rides like OzIris, Goudurix or Tonnerre de Zeus, that keeps the soul of children, or rather teenagers! A new hotel with 150 seats next year, Lutéce the old name of Paris, and the Seine will snake inside it  Proposing an opening for a “Noël Gaulois”, from December 21st to January 5th. Apart from the water rides, all the others, 38 attractions, will be open to the public. With a bonus, four new Christmas shows, a decoration entirely dedicated to the end of the year parties, a toboggan run, two ice rinks, one for the little ones and the other for the big ones, and even a small Christmas market . What to prepare for a new season, during which the leaders of the 2nd largest amusement park in France hope to beat a new record. More info here :

Do you like the Picasso of the blue period magnified at the end of last year at the Musée d’Orsay? You will love the retrospective in 70 paintings that the Grand Palais devotes to El Greco. The stormy skies of Christs in the Cross of Dhomínikos Theotokopoulos (El Greco) are the most beautiful ever painted. These gray blues meet those, azure, Saint Martin and the poor and those deep, dresses of his virgins  It would be necessary to evoke all the other colors, those golden yellow and canary of the Dream of Felipe II or the Sharing of the tunic, these green or dark greens, these red sometimes ruby sometimes orange … But this pallet defies the understanding. Its wealth seems inexhaustible, especially since with it the painter produces a thousand dissonances. It finally subjugates for what it seems so far ahead of his time.  More info here :

Until March 31, 2020, you will be able to enjoy a terrace, very warm under the bubble of the 1st floor (2fl US) of the Eiffel Tower. An ephemeral terrace, protected by a glass dome, You can already come here for a drink, or enjoy a bistronomic cuisine on boards concocted with products from the Guild of Artisans Tower, all without having your coat on the back. With a breathtaking view of Paris, come and have lunch or tea with pastries and  sweets of Thierry Marx in this dream location is also a good opportunity to take a look at the exhibition on the 130th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower !   More info here :

New team of chefs and pastry chefs, new sweet and savory range, opening of a Dalloyau Café in December rue Poncelet  17éme, a corner of 35m2 at Galeries Lafayette 8éme, a kiosk at the end of November in the middle of the Gare d’ Austerlitz  5éme train station, new packaging of shops, packaging and even flagship cakes … 300 years of history will not crumble like that, on the memory of the closures of shops and a competition too harsh to face it. The Dalloyau house, a living heritage company and member of the Colbert Committee for the Promotion of French Luxury, is taking part in the reconquest of Parisians and visitors alike. Their shops in Bastille 11éme, rue de la Convention  15éme  and Edmond-Rostand  6éme, near the Luxembourg Gardens, will never reopen. Today 100% owned by an investment fund already customized  the emblematic dessert Opera, created almost 65 years ago . More info here :

The largest drugstore in France settles in at One Nation mall. With 2,100 m2 of surface and 41,000 discount references, it already attracts many customers, playing the role of locomotive expected by the shopping center at  Clayes-sous-Bois (Yvelines 78) . 30 to 40% less expensive on its site of Clayes-sous-Bois compared to those available on the shelves of a pharmacy of less importance.  The Groupe Lafayette Conseil a group that already has 200 pharmacies throughout France, including a dozen in Paris and plans to open about fifty a year. It started on Rue Lafayette in Toulouse, where was opened the first pharmacy of what would become a real franchise in 1995 . More info in French here :

It is in Bobigny, in the department  93 of Seine-Saint-Denis, that the first solar cycle track of Ile-de-France region  was born! Under the SNCF TGV East and RER E lines, along the Canal de l’Ourcq . It aims to light up, day and night, a previously very dark stretch. About ten meters and a surface of 54m2, there are conventional photovoltaic slabs and electricity can illuminate part of the track. The electricity produced is used to power spots placed under a nearby bridge. Night rider to the charge!

Andn last but not least something I had known but fake news is a fashionable thing nowdays unfortunately, very popular cries of nothing on the foundations. There is lead in Paris, be aware, and is not Notre Dame Cathedral. So says this report from a reputable association Robin of the woods, a strong defender of the environment since 1985.  The Robin des Bois Association has just unveiled a document from the Ministry of Culture dated 2017. The streets of Paris were already polluted with lead well before the fire of the Notre Dame Cathedral! Yes!  .More info in French here :

And there you go folks we have a bit of everything, always in the news and lots of things to see and do and argue about lol! Live it in my belle France. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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