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November 23, 2019

Some news from France, CCXC

And here I am in my belle France and enjoying my time in beautiful eternal Paris. First, thank you keeping up with me as incredible this is my 290 post on the series Some news from France!! And been close to Paris well the best come out from me

I will do a brief report today after my first four weeks in the city of Lights. The best shopping in the world, Paris the most beautiful city in the world. Paris is a movable feast indeed

For the real shopper’s, I will give you some of my , family, and friends best

The pen I got as my first gift from my dear late wife Martine , Montblanc, see it at 152 avenue des Champs-Elysées 8éme metro George V

For the art of looking good go to L’Occitane especially at 55 rue Saint Louis-en-ïle 4éme metro Pont Marie

For books etc go to W H Smith 248 rue de Rivoli 1éme metro Concorde and for nostalgia Sharespeare & Company at 37 rue de la Bûcherie 5éme metro Saint Michel

Children, the chic goes to Bonpoint 6 rue de Tournon 6éme metro Mabillon

Also , toys Joue Club 3-5 blvd des Italiens 2éme metro Madeleine

And for clothing the world but for us , these are chic and trendy. Dior , rue de Montagne 8éme metro Franklin D Roosevelt and Hugo Boss 15 Avenue des Champs Elysées 8éme metro Franklin D Rossevelt as well as Lacoste 37 Blvd des Capucines 2eme metro Opéra.

The department stores are several and we all know the famous ones such as Galeries Lafayette and Au Printemps , but do stop by BHV Marais, and the Le Bon Marché 24 avenue de Sévres 7éme metro Sévres-Babylone.

For your eyes, see the Grand Optical at 128 Avenue des Champs-Elysées 8éme metro George V

We love the porcelains of Haviland (Limoges) at 6 Rue Royale 8éme metro Concorde

For watches we have been hook on Rolex 9 place Vendôme 1éme metro Concorde or Omega 362/364 rue Saint Honoré 2éme metro Concorde

The class for ladies underwear here is Chantal Thomass and she is at 211 rue Saint Honoré 1éme metro Tuileries but La Perla is strong too at 20 rue Faubourg Saint Honoré 8éme metro Concorde

The ladies like Lancel for bags etc 127 avenue Champs-Elysées 8éme metro George V or Coach at 372/374 rue Saint Honoré 1éme metro Madeleine

For dress shoes we go for Camper at 8 pl de l’Opéra 9éme metro Opéra

For fabrics my Mom love the Janssens & Janssens at 3 rue d’Anjou 8éme metro Concorde

Some others in this part of Paris we like Azzaro , Marina for shoes,   Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré. , and for bags Samsonite at Blvd des Capucins.

On the side of the Avenue des Champs-Elysées we have dwell also into Publics Drugstore, Louis Vuitton, Apple, Levi’s, Disney store , Zara, Adidas, , got one suit from Balmain Rue François Ier.

Moving over to the Louvre Opera Madeleine triangle we have patronized these others too. Mulberry , Paul Smith, at Rue Saint Honoré. I had one pair shoes from Birkenstock at Avenue de l’Opéra.  Work every day for several years. We gotten for gifts some perfumes at Fragonard Rue Boudreau near the Opéra Garnier so metro Opéra. Near there is another store of L’Occitane, and Camper as well as a Hugo Boss by Avenue de l’Opéra corner with Rue Danou.. I got me a crazy shirt at Desigual on Avenue de l’Opéra too near crossing with rue d’Antin.

Inner Paris by Saint Germain des Prés near crossing with Rue Bonaparte you have a Louis Vuitton, and Hugo Boss not much shopping by here.

In the very popular Marais, you have a Birkenstock at Rue Sévigne and a Lancel and Fragonard ,on Rue des   Francs Bourgeois, and same street almost to the corner of Rue de Turenne you have another Camper store.

For a chic haircut on a special night go to Chritophe-Nicolas Biot at 52 Rue Saint André des Arts 6éme metro Odéon and to ride in style my all time favorite since my times in luxury hotels in Paris was Chabé Limousines tel +33 (0) 1 41 20 95 10

And whether we have shopped or not we love the passageways of Paris, the passage such as Galerie Vivienne at rue des petits-champ /5 rue de la Banque./ 6 rue Vivienne 2éme metro Bourse lovely. Galerie Colbert, 4 rue Vivienne/ 6 rue des petits-Champs 2éme metro Bourse and very near each other. Also Galerie de la Madeleine my favorite hangout when working in this part of Paris, 9 place de la Madeleine /30 rue Boissy d’Anglas 8éme (my favorite passport picture place is here !) metro Madeleine

Passage du Bourg-L’Abbé , 120 rue Saint Denis/ 3 rue de Palestro 2éme metro Reaumur-Sébastopol. Passage du Caire, 2 place du Caire/16 rue du Caire/ 239 rue Saint Denis 2éme metro Sentier. Passage Choiseul, 40 rue des petit champs/ 23 rue Saint Augustin, 2éme metro Quatre-Septembre. Passage des Princes, 5 blvd des Italiens/ 97 rue de Richelieu 2éme metro Richelieu-Drouot. Passage Verdeau, 6 rue de la Grand Bateliére/ 31bis rue du Faubourg Montmartre , 9éme metro Richelieu-Drouot

Galerie Vero-Dodat, 19 rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau/ Rue du Bouloi 1éme metro Louvre. Passage du Jouffroy, 10-12 blvd Montmartre/ 9 rue de la Grand Bateliére 9éme metro Richelieu-Drouot. Passage des Panoramas, 10 rue St Marc/ 11 blvd Montmartre 2éme metro Richelieu-Drouot

Not a shopping experience but worth the detour is the coming Longines Masters of Paris horse show to wear the very best from above. This is going to be held at the Parc des Expositions, Paris Nord Villepinte, from Thursday December 5th to Sunday December 8th 2019. Included will be the 5th edition of the Riders Masters Cup. Do not miss the Prestige Village with the best culinary offer on the table! More info here.

There you go, traffic still the same, cold weather is coming in, demonstration is à la mode, and Paris well there will always be Paris. And do not forget the rest of the most visited country in the world according to official figures of the UN WTO tourism organisation.

Stay tune, there will be more, lots more coming to you in the next few days. And besides, remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!


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November 23, 2019

Jardin des Combattants de la Nueve, Paris!

And this is Paris !!! well its a blast what can I say, will have to brag about it for a while. I am in Paris! And as it goes there is so much to see here time is not enough! I have passed by this garden several times but never took a picture of it, and it goes on and on of the many places in my belle France that did the same. My fault.

However, this is it as walking is sublime and Paris is eternal, walking made me passed by it and voilà this time there is a picture so will tell you about it. The Jardin des Combattants de la Nueve is a special place in Paris , even on a very popular spot it stays an  off the beaten path place to visit.  Let me tell you a bit of history I like.

The Jardin des Combattants de la Nueve or  Garden of the fighting me of the Nine is a garden  located in the 4é me arrondissement in the neighborhood of Saint-Merri. The site is accessible by 2, Place de l’Hotel-de-Ville ; Esplanade of la Liberation. To the right on the Seine river side of the Paris city hall.


Covering an area of ​​1,394 m2, it is composed of a central lawn crossed by gravel paths and surrounded by rosebushes; at its ends are groves of trees. There is also a play area for children enrolled at the City Hall nursery, as well as a henhouse and rabbit cages. An equestrian statue, depicts Étienne Marcel, provost of the merchants of Paris in the 14C and founding figure of the Paris administration. It was inaugurated in 1888.


This garden honors the fighters of the Nueve, or 9th company, unit of shock of the 2nd armored division of General Leclerc, first arrived at the city hall at the Liberation on August 24, 1944. It was mostly composed of Spanish Republicans who continued their fight in France after the victory of Franco in Spain.

A bit of the history of it I like !

Historically called garden of the City Hall, it is a green space backed by the south facade of the Hôtel de Ville de Paris or  City Hall, along the quai de l’Hôtel de Ville between the rue de Lobau and the forecourt.  It was built on the site of the former rue des Haudriettes. It was formerly the private garden of the prefect of the Seine and the mayor of Paris.

Closed originally to the public, it is now open on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, from 9h to the end of the day, since January 24, 2015. In March of the same year, after deliberation of the Paris Council, the King and Queen of Spain Felipe VI and Letizia and the mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo inaugurated the garden renamed  Jardin des Combattants de la Nueve or Garden of the Fighters of the Nueve (nueve is nine in Spanish), to pay tribute to the Spanish Republicans who participated, within La Nueve division in the Liberation of Paris in August 1944, one of them being the first military officer received by the Resistance fighters at the Hôtel de Ville. Due to train accident in Spain, the inauguration ceremony was postponed until June 3, 2015.  The City of Madrid inaugurated in April 2017 a garden of the same name. The ceremony was chaired by then Mayor of Madrid, Manuela Carmena and the current still Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo( who is a native of Cadiz).  An official ceremony is held every August 24 in memory of the Nueve in the garden, on the occasion of the celebrations of the Liberation of Paris.

Ok so a bit on the Nueve and who were they , worth remembering at least for history lessons sake.

The 9th Company of the March Regiment of Chad, which was itself part of the 2nd Armored Division or Leclerc Division, was nicknamed the Nueve (number nine in Spanish). This company recruited 160 men, including 146 Spanish republicans often anarchists, but also French soldiers, under French command. All had fought during the Liberation of North Africa, then participated in the liberation of France.

Its best known feat is the participation in the liberation of Paris, since the men of the Nueve, preceded by 3 tanks of the 501st RCC, were the first to enter the French capital, the evening of August 24, 1944 with halftracks bearing the names of city battles of the Spanish Civil War, Teruel, Guadalajara,  and Belchite, accompanied by 3 tanks of the 501st RCC,  with French city names such as Montmirail, Champaubert and Romilly, and elements of engineering. Most Spaniards joined the Leclerc units. It had 16,000 men, including 2,000 Spaniards at the beginning of 1943. They were particularly numerous in the 1st company, 3rd Battalion and the 9th company, which earned it the name of Nueve or La Española (the Spaniards).

The Spaniards of La Nueve  as said were 146 when they landed in Normandy, there were only 16 on their arrival at Hitler’s bunker in Berlin. Only one surviving regiment soldier remains.

The city of Paris and the garden or Jardin des Combattants de la NueveCity of Paris on the garden of the Nueve

And now you know a bit of history which many people do not know. In fact, when years back Le Figaro newspaper in celebrating the liberation of Paris put up a photo of a blinded vehicule with soldiers on it claiming Leclerc French armored division entering Paris, it was indeed the Nueve of the Spanish republicans who were coming in first! And they asked to be put up first all the way to Berlin!

Hope you stop by ,and see it , very cosy place nicely done and great statue of Martel. Hope you enjoy the story of the Jardin des Combattants de la Nueve!

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


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November 23, 2019

How about Terminal 2 CDG Paris!

This is a heavy subject, I have written several posts on transports in Paris and on the airports. Even recently on T1, however, the one i have used the most almost exclusively has been CDG Terminal 2, and I own section F lol!

I am not going to be too technical and detail as many webpages have plenty of information on it and besides if you need specifics just let me know I can walk you thru them! Let me tell you a bit on CDG Terminal 2 as I am so near even go for snacks at night lol!


The Terminal 2 consists of seven halls,numbered 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, and 2G. In the center of the terminal is the TGV-RER station Charles de Gaulle 2 Airport and CDGVAL Terminal 2 station.  You can move freely, in public area, between the different halls of terminal 2, on foot or by free shuttle bus. Terminal 2G is located further east, away from other halls and an inner free bus transportation will take you back and forth. Terminal 2 at Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport is the largest of the three terminals at Roissy Airport.

After your disembarkation follow the Exit-Baggage indications.Passengers ending their trip to Paris-CDG must pass a Border Police identity check (entry to France). Access to the public area (Level Arrivals in the main building) is made after the passage of the Customs, leaving the baggage delivery room.

The Terminal 2 is served by The Direct Bus, Roissybus, RATP bus lines 350 & 351, Noctilien night bus lines N140 and N143. A wonderful free way of moving between terminals and long term parking is with the monorail type of train the, CDGVAL , it allows you to easily connect all the car parkings and train stations of Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport, and my best partner!.  CDGVAL also provides links between terminals and makes it possible to circulate in all public areas of Roissy CDG. It runs every 4 minutes from 4h (4am) 01h ( 1am), and every 20 minutes from 01h30 to 04H30 (1:30am to 4:30 am). Travel time between terminals 1, 2 and 3 as well as car parkings PR and PX is between 2 and 10 min depending on which terminal you go ; like from terminal 1 to terminal 3 is about 10 minutes, terminal 2 is 8 minutes. The correspondence with RER B train and CDGVAL is possible. You have to go to Terminal 3 – Roissypole or Terminal 2.  The correspondance CDGVAL / TGV trains ,the connection is done at Terminal 2.

The parkings are  P1, PR (near terminal 1 and 3) P3, P3 RESA,  PAB,  PCD , PEF, PX. The closest hotels to Roissy Charles de Gaulle terminals are: Novotel Hotel “Paris CDG Terminal”, Hilton Hotel and Ibis “Charles de Gaulle Airport” These hotels are within walking distance from Terminal 3 or the CDGVAL from Terminals 1 and 2. Sheraton Hotel: close to the TGV and RER station, this hotel is located in Terminal 2 of Roissy CDG.

These terminals, or modules, are separated by a fast lane and car parks. A boarding satellite is connected to the terminal  2A by a gateway, two others (S3 and S4) are connected to the terminals 2E and 2F. Between the terminals 2C and 2D and between the terminals 2E and 2F, there is the station Charles Airport. de-Gaulle 2 TGV and the RER B station.  Terminal 2 includes many services, shops, bars and restaurants. There is even a museum space in Terminal 2E. Terminal 2E is one of the most important buildings in the world. Terminal 2E-hall K is beside the main building.  Terminal 2E-hall L is a satellite terminal, connected by transit train.  Terminal 2E-hall M is a terminal satellite, connected by transit train.  The transit train connects the main building (hall K) with hall L & hall M.

The official airport webpage: Paris airport site in English

An unofficial site but very good is EasyCDG: Easy CDG Paris airport

An another unofficial site in French is Roissy CDG: Roissy CDG airport in FRench

And another one on reservation from the airport CDG in French:  Aeroport voyages from CDG Paris

There you go a huge building full of extentions sometimes seems difficult and visitors complaint about it but its really easy and well mark , a breeze for me. Like I said if in need of getting around it let me know; T2 is like my second home lol! Enjoy the CDG airport of Paris!

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


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