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December 31, 2019

Retirement time in France! opinions!!!

And the beat goes on in my belle France into 2020. Expect strikes to continue especially on the retirement issue. I had written before on it so I am just tagging update information here. Hope it helps you understand us ::)
France is still the champion of early retirement with an average posted at 60.8 years, according to the overview of pensions from the OECD,(Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) published Wednesday, November 27, 2019. Today, the age required to obtain a full retirement rate is 64 years on average in OECD countries for those who retired in 2018. It is 63 years in France due to the penalty imposed by Agirc-Arrco, (Agirc= L’Agirc est l’Association générale des institutions de retraite des cadres) (Arrco= l’Association pour le régime de retraite complémentaire des salaries) complementary scheme for private sector employees, since 2019. Info in French here :

Thus, in the OECD, the retirement age at full rate will be 66 years, as in France due to the lengthening of the contribution period provided for by the Touraine reform, combined with the application of the penalty of the AGIRC ARRCO. So much for the theory, but in practice, that is to say if we look at the real age at which active people retire, the picture is different. According to the OECD, the average age for leaving the labor market in France is 60.8 years, the lowest, and 4 years lower than the OECD average. The replacement rate, the difference between the last salary and the pension level after a full career with an average salary in the private sector, it stands at 74%, a figure well above the OECD average of 58%.

The international organization concludes that France offers very good social protection for retirees with one of the lowest poverty rates. But the problem is the complexity of the system. It is for this reason that the OECD gives a favorable opinion on the establishment of a universal system. And the reason the French government is trying and the unions are opposed as seen by the so far 26 days of strikes in France!

This analysis refers to a flow equilibrium but do not forget all the accumulated deficits which represent debt for future generations. The pension system needs to be balanced on average over the long term. An observation that could attract the ear of the government at a time when the question is what measures the executive could take to restore balance to the pension system by 2025. The OECD also criticizes the structure complex of the system with the concomitance of 42 different pension schemes, which would in particular have the effect of preventing workers from anticipating their future rights (indeed confusing). A remark which, contrary to the postponement of the retirement age, goes in the direction of the future pension reform carried by current administration in France, aiming to unify all these plans. The union response is the system is not broke and this idea will bring more people into the poverty level and making them work longer which they already got this benefit to work less than in the rest of the developed countries such as in the OECD.

The 2020 pension reform does not plan to raise the minimum retirement age, which will therefore remain fixed at 62 years. However, the reform introduce an equilibrium age in order to encourage active workers to leave later, via a system of discounts and premiums on pension amounts. This age was intended to be 64. This is a key point in the strikes as the unions are totally against this pivot age. They like to have the choice to retire at 62 period.

Some of the strikes going on or announce in the near future are
Strike of CTS buses and trams in Strasbourg from 24 December 2019 to 5 January 2020. Unlimited national strike at SNCF from December 5, 2019. Unlimited strike at RATP from December 5, 2019. National strike by lawyers from 6 to 12 January 2020
National strike in the refineries from 7 to 10 January 2020. General and national strike on January 9, 2020. National strike of doctors, lawyers and pilots on February 3, 2020. National strike in air transport from December 5, 2019.
Plan ahead if coming over and enjoy the trip. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!


Ok so today I come to you on a non travel related subject ,really; it could be too lol! Well , my dear readers and travel buddies, I am getting to that age, yes the golden egg or whatever, and its time to think about retirement!!

I am in in what could could be my last full year of my working life per se. Not that I would not continue to dabble in consulting work later on, but to finally get my retirement benefits and start enjoing time and travel even better or at least I hope.

So let me give some light into the subject in my belle France. As the minimum retirement age is 62 years, it is important to anticipate and wonder which French cities are the most accessible or offer the most enjoyable living environment. The cities of the west of France and especially of the…

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December 31, 2019

My year 2019!!! thank you all!!!!!!

So here we are , another year went by today is December 31 2019 in most parts of the world. I like to first tell you thank you for all your likes and comments during this year, it is appreciated. I write about my travels, likes and fun things to keep a history of my life for my future generations and hopefully encourage others to do the same and do travel.

Let me say a few words on the New Year’s Eve and New Year Day.

In the Gregorian calendar , New Year’s Eve (also known as Old Year’s Day or Saint Sylvester’s Day in many countries), the last day of the year, is on 31 December. In many countries, New Year’s Eve is celebrated at evening social gatherings, where many people dance, eat, drink, and watch or light fireworks. Some Christians attend a watchnight service. The celebrations generally go on past midnight into New Year’s Day  January 1.

We do have a late night meal with friends after drinking all day (we just began with Porto red lol!) and do see out the fireworks to await the New Year in my current country of France.

New Year is the time or day at which a new calendar year begins and the calendar’s year count increments by one. Many cultures celebrate the event in some manner and the 1st day of January is often marked as a National Holiday. In the Gregorian calendar,  the most widely used calendar system today, New Year occurs on January 1 as New Year’s Day. This was also the first day of the year in the original Julian calendar and of the Roman calendar after 153 BC.

During the Middle Ages in western Europe, while the Julian calendar was still in use, authorities moved New Year’s Day, depending upon locale, to one of several other days, including March 1, March 25, Easter, September 1, and December 25. Beginning in 1582, the adoption of the Gregorian calendar has meant that many national or local dates in the Western World and beyond have changed to using one fixed date for New Year’s Day, January 1. During the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire years beginning on the date on which each consul first entered the office. This was probably May 1 before 222 BC, March 15 from 222 BC to 154 BC, and January 1 from 153 BC.

Other cultures observe their traditional or religious New Year’s Day according to their own customs, sometimes in addition to a (Gregorian) civil calendar. Chinese New Year, Islamic New Year, traditional Japanese New Year, and the Jewish New Year are the more well-known examples. India and other countries continue to celebrate New Year on different dates. The official dates in some countries were Holy Roman Empire (Germany) 1544 .Spain, Portugal,   Poland 1556. France (edit of Roussillon) 1564. Great Britain (Ireland, British empire) 1752, Scotland 1600.

In my current adopted country of France, New Year’s Eve (la Saint-Sylvestre) is usually celebrated with a feast, le Réveillon de la Saint-Sylvestre. This feast customarily includes special dishes including foie gras, seafood such as oysters, and Champagne (plenty of it!). The celebration can be a simple, intimate dinner with friends and family or, une soirée dansante, (dancing night away)  a much fancier ball. On New Year’s Day friends and family exchange  New Year’s resolutions, kisses, and wishes.  We are all alone out west so will have my Dad and 3 sons and our dog borador Rex. Some people eat ice cream, actually we do eat logs or Bûches of different flavors. The holiday period ends on 6 January with the celebration of Epiphany (the 3 wise kings brings gift to the child Jesus and we get our gifts on this day).  A traditional type of flat pastry cake, la galette des rois, made of two sheets of puff pastry, filled with frangipane (almond paste) is eaten; nowdays we have in chocolate, raspberries flavors too . The cake contains a fève, a small china doll (can be of different characters) ; whomever finds it becomes king or queen and gets to wear a gold paper crown and choose his or her partner. This tradition starts nowdays practically right after Christmas on December 25 and go on to January 6.

More info on it here by Local news journal in English: The Local news journal on New Year’s Day to do things

In my other dear country of mine in Europe, also citizen as Spain. New Year’s Eve (Nochevieja  or old night) celebrations usually begin with a family dinner, traditionally including shrimp or prawns, and lamb or capon. The actual countdown is primarily followed from the clock on top of the Royal House of the Post Office in Puerta del Sol square in Madrid (many years waiting for it here!) . It is traditional to eat  twelve grapes, one on each chime of the clock (and we in my family had a 13 the last one we threw away making a wish for the new year) . Nowadays, the tradition is followed by almost every Spaniard, and the twelve grapes have become synonymous with the New Year. After the clock has finished striking twelve, people greet each other and toast with sparkling wine such as cava,Champagne or cider. Earlier in the evening at around 20h, there is a 10k run called the San Silvestre Vallecana, which starts on Paseo de la Castellana next to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium (Real Madrid!), and ends at the Vallecas stadius (Rayo Vallecano). Professional runners come to Madrid for this 10k. After the family dinner and the grapes, many young people attend cotillones de nochevieja parties (named for the Spanish word cotillón, which refers to party supplies like confetti, party blowers, and party hats) at pubs, clubs, and similar places. Parties usually last until the next morning and range from small, personal celebrations at local bars to huge parties with guests numbering the thousands at hotel convention rooms. Early the next morning, party attendees usually gather to have the traditional winter breakfast of hot chocolate and fried pastry (chocolate con churros). Yes indeed i have to say a more vibrant celebration than in France.

More info from the Local news journal in English: The Local news journal on New Year’s things to do

Now to follow the groupies, some of the towns I have been in 2019 (and can remember lol!!) have been in no chronological order

Pays de la Loire: Nantes, Clisson, Le Mans, Angers, Guérande, Piriac sur Mer, Brissac-Quincé, Montreuil-Bellay,

Bretagne: Josselin, Guidel, Larmor-Plage, Baden, Gourin, Vannes, Auray, Concarneau, Quimper, Saint Armel, Guidel plage, Quiberon, Carnac, Sainte Anne d’Auray, Saint Nolff, Questembert, Rochefort en Terre, Locronan, Châteauneuf-du-Faou, Sarzeau,

ïle de France: Paris, Versailles, Saint Denis

Hauts de France: Chantilly

Normandie: Alençon

Spain: Madrid

Just doing this count realise, not much foreign visits in 2019 due to a reduce family and lack of envy, will see if 2020 can improve on it. Again thanks for following me in my travels, and always hoping you enjoy it as much as I

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!! As well as Happy New Year 2020, Bonne Année, Feliz Año Nuevo and Feliz Ano Novo!!!




December 30, 2019

Parliament of the UK! Westminster!!

On our trips in Europe lucky we have been able to visit several countries and of course England would have been on the list and it was. I have visited many times on business trips but had one visit with the family.

One of the nice things to see there is the Palace of Westminster or British Parliament, and like to give you a glimpse.

The Palace of Westminster, also known as the Houses of Parliament, is the seat of the Parliament of the United Kingdom: the House of Commons and the House of Lords. The palace borders the north bank of the Thames river and lies to the west of the city, in the London Borough of the City of Westminster.


The oldest section of the palace, Westminster Hall, dates back to 1097. The Palace of Westminster was originally used as a royal residence, but no English or British monarch has lived there since the 16C, following a major fire in 1512. However, most of the building dates from the 19C, as the palace was almost completely destroyed by a new, even more devastating fire, which occurred in 1834.

One of the most famous attractions of the Palace of Westminster is its Clock Tower, officially named “Elizabeth Tower” on the occasion of Elizabeth II’s diamond jubilee in 2012, which is home to Big Ben.


The palace of Westminster is a huge complex of more than a thousand rooms, contains in addition to the rooms of the House of Lords and the House of Commons, the offices of parliamentary committees, libraries, halls, dining rooms, bars or even gyms. It is the site of important official ceremonies, and especially that each year of the opening of the parliamentary session (the State Opening of Parliament). The Palace of Westminster is closely associated in spirit with the two Houses of Parliament, as is sometimes evidenced by the use of the term Westminster to refer to Parliament.

The current Palace of Westminster has several towers. The tallest and most square, the Victoria Tower, is located at the southwest corner of the building and stands 98.5 meters. It was named after the reigning monarch of the time, Queen Victoria. The tower houses the Registry of the House of Lords’ Record Office, which despite its name is used by the two parliamentary chambers. Its top bears a flag, whether it is the Royal Standard when the sovereign is present or more generally the Union Jack. It is indeed at the foot of the Victoria Tower that the Sovereign’s Entrance to the Palace is located, used notably during the opening ceremonies of Parliament or any other event. involving the arrival of the Head of State.

The Central Tower dominates the middle of the palace. Its height of 91.4 meters makes it the smallest of the three main towers of the monument. Unlike its neighbors, the Central Tower is surmounted by an arrow located immediately above the central vestibule, in an octagonal shape.

The northwest corner supports the most famous tower of the Palace of Westminster, the Clock Tower (Elisabeth Tower), 96.3 meters high. The tower houses the Great Clock of Westminster, which has a dial on each of the four sides. The Clock Tower also contains the five bells of the palace, which ring quarter-hourly. The largest and most famous of these bells, officially called the great bell of Westminster, is much better known by its nickname of Big Ben. It is the third heaviest bell in the whole of the United Kingdom, weighing around 13.8 tons.

Official Parliament on the heritage

Official Parliament on visiting info

And there you go can’t missed while visiting London and now is the time to see it from Europe. Hope you enjoy it as we did

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

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December 30, 2019

The Saarburg of Germany!

And continuing my memory lane tour of neighboring Germany we stop with the family in Saarburg. I have come to Germany several times, less with the family but this one was a huge summer vacation we rented a house and use it as a base to see most of western part of Germany. The Rhineland-Palatinate, is very nice indeed and Saarburg is one of the gems.

Again on my wandering routes in Germany , this time we visited the town of Saarburg on the south on the crossroads to Luxembourg on the N2 and then in Germany you take the 407 or B51 all great routes. Saarburg is best known for its cascades of the river in city center or downtown.  We got up early and went for it even continuing down the road 10 in Luxembourg; but this is Saarburg Germany.

The moment you enter the town you notice its quant pretty architecture and lively city center, it was a nice welcome to a new town in our world map, Saarburg.

As said, it has a very lively city center or Am Markt hotel area, a nice municipal museum or AMuseum , the cable car or Sesselift , the Church of Saint Laurentius (see other post), the Protestant church of great controversy for its ties to the old Nazy regime, and the best is the Cascade. There is,also, a nice river terminus for river boat rides.

The Cable car or Sesselift is a nice thing to do as you go up to the hills overlooking the city and the vineyards. It cost 3,80 euros per person. Right next to the church of same name you see the Laurentius Gate that was the entrance in the middle ages from lower to higher town.



Last is the Cascade ,right around the bridge Auf Dem Graben the area is known as Little Venice. The bridge spam the Butter Market , the houses here have been on oak poles for centuries on the Leuk river, the town’s people changed its direction in the 13C to have enough water to extinguish fires. Further on is the real cascade where from the iron bridge on high viewing points you can see enormous water masses of the Leuk plunging more than 20 meters over cliff cascades right into city center. In order to stabilize the banks, the 20 meter high “Tümpelsmauer” wall was built in 1641.



Below the iron bridge on the area known as the Standen and on the other side of the Esplanade full of restos and bus terminal you have the river boat terminus for boat rides on the river Saar on the great Saar Stern boat. In German, more info: The official Saar Flotte of river cruisers


The tourist office of Saar in German on Saarburg here:  Tourist office Saar Obermosel on Saarburg

Nice town , Saarburg, lively on the center and great river rides. A wonderful day trip with the family.

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

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December 30, 2019

The Saar and Saarbrucken, Germany!

So, let me take you out of my belle France into our old neighbor of Germany. I have been here several times ,university alumni living there, and family ties by marriage. The country was not far from me while living in Versailles so easy trips there. Once moved to Bretagne we did went renting a house in the Saar region and traveling as base all over. It was a memorable trip.

I have taken those photos and updated the text to bring back these memories of family trips in Europe, in  the Saar of Germany, and in Saarbrucken. Hope you enjoy it and thanks for reading.


We came down to a new city for all, Saarbrucken. I wanted to see it simply because there they build my FORD !!!(actually in Saarlouis but you see the factory on the road)   and I am a FORD men!!!  We drove from our home base in Oberemmel on the national road B51/E29/620, fast and little traffic! all the way to Saarbrucken and along the way finding new towns one we later came back to it!  We came into the nice parking at Europahalle shopping center at Trierer street, here

Saarbrucken is in the frontier state of  Saar,the smallest of the German states in area and population so they said. Very well connected at the cross roads of Europe and easy to France. It goes by the French expressways or autoroute A4 to Paris by the A320, and the Germans A1 to Koln , A6 to Luxembourg, Mannheim, and the A8. It is 392 km from Paris and 728 km from Berlin and 308 km from Brussels. Very close to Luxembourg at 99 km.  The A620 is an urban road that we took and very nice .  To Strasbourg by the  A1 linking with the A4 . You can go around the city sort of like a beltway on the  A8 and come into the city by the A1, A623 and A620.  As said this later one is nice and is along the Saar river and goes thru the city center of Saarbrucken.

It is by train on the TGV/ICE line Paris-Frankfurt and regional French and German trains as well as an airport 9 km from the city. The TER trains are been financed by the Lorraine of France and Saar of Germany. There is a tramway stop at Sarreguemines. A special Saarbahn is a tram train transfrontier connecting Lebach in the Saar to Sarreguemines in the Lorraine  long of 44 km with a stop at Saarbrucken.


A bit of history I like

Saarbrucken was mentioned for the first time in 999AD and its origins comes from the Celts and Romans. At the Middle Ages the city was the capital of the county by the same name created in the 11C from Saargau that became the possession of the Counts of Saarbrucken  of the House of Nassau-Weilbourg in 1381 until the French revolution. French revolutionary troops occupied the town in 1793, and was annexed to the French Republic and later Empire  by the Treaties of  Campo Formio in 1797 and  Lunéville  in 1801.

In 1815 with the Treaty of Vienna ;Saarbrücken  becomes Prussian.  The war of 1870 saw the town changing hands  with the French building fortifications on the heights of Spicheren that comes down to Saarbrucken. The town is attacked and the Prussians take the town. After the treaty of Versailles of 1919, the Saar territory is place under an international administration for 15 years and Under the Society of Nations (UN later) Under French control, the capital was Saarbrucken. In 1940, the French department of the Moselle was attached to the region of Gau where Saarbrücken was the main city and took the name of Gau Westmark.  The protectorate after WWII allows for the French to administered the region of the Saar, and was not part of Germany from 1947 with its own constitution. After ,the integration into West Germany or the Federal Republic of Germany , Saarbrucken becomes the capital of the State of Saar.

Many things to see here and all walkable, we did a lot of walking once parked underground and it is great. We always said the best way to see a city is to walk.

We went into the old palace square or Schlossplatz full of museums from casements ,history, regional arts, and the old city hall; we climb the old walls of the old castle and saw breathtaking views of the  Saar river below.



We went around to see St Jakobs Churchold city hall or Rathaus ,museum of Sacred Arts, Basilica St John, the new city hall and tourist office, St John’s Church, Ludwig’s Church, old palace or castle of Saarbrucken, Historical museum and underground casements, regional Saarland museum of objects found in the area;old castle walls. Also, the Parliament of the Saar building, St Michael Church , the market of St John, and the French consulate building. There is an interesting National Theater of the Saar with 3 rooms, in German they are Staatstheater, Alte Feuerwache and Sparte.  The Staatstheater, is located along the Saar river and was built in  1937/38 as a gift from the National Socialist regime (Nazis) to the Saar following the referendum of 1935 that annexed the Saar to the third reich. You can see the nice Saar museum or Archeological museum as well as the nice gardens of the castle that was originally in terraces to the Saar river and was arranged in a baroque garden between 1760 and 1765.


We did our shopping at the Europa Galerie, and visited our favorite Galerie Kaufhof, as well as had our lunch in the Europa Galerie at a German bakery chain and salon de thé , the Bäckerhaus Ecker. All easily found walking and enjoy it the walks in city center nice shops and bars!




Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

The tourist office in English for the city is here :

Saarland tourist page on Saarbrucken:

There you go a nice town on a beautiful silhouette of the Saar river , great shopping! and nice architecture. You can spend a quick whole day here or two as we came back again for another look on same family trip. Enjoy Saarbrucken, Saar of Germany.

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

December 29, 2019

Some news from France, CCXCVII

So here I am with more of my humble news of my belle France… always excint bits of news of my own choosing in the media world of France. Oh did I say France…welcome back to my latest news from France….

Ahh and Happy New Year and best wishes to all in 2020.

And how about those French lol!! The circulation of metros, buses, trams and RER trains will still be difficult this Sunday December 29 2019. Thirteen metro lines will be completely stopped. In recent years, between December 31 and January 1, Ile-de-France region night owls could count on free public transportation that runs all night. With the strike, it will often be necessary to find a plan B to return home. Slow traffic: thirteen metro lines out of sixteen will be closed on Sunday in Paris, on the 25th day of the strike against the pension reform, before a “significant improvement” Monday, announced this Saturday the RATP. Monday, lines 1 and 14 will operate normally (of course they are automatic no conductor lol!) , 11 metro lines will be partially operated and one RER A and B (RATP zone) on two will run between 6h30 and 20h. For its part, the SNCF announces an average of six TGV out of ten and one Transilien out of five in circulation until Sunday evening. The railway company also plans to run four TER out of ten on Sunday, and an average of three Intercités out of ten over the weekend.   Stay tune if coming as the unions claim will have stayting power on the strike beyond January 11 2020.

Another dear subject that I have written several posts on it to alert the readers of its renovation takes another turn , the Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris is moving on.

The immense crane of Notre-Dame Cathedral enters the landscape of Paris. This astonishing yellow spire rises 75 meters above the top of the old roof of the destroyed cathedral. It will be an essential tool for the consolidation and reconstruction phases. The dismantling, which will last several months, should start in February 2020 , but it takes a dry climate, not too cold to advance in this work. The forecourt should be gradually reopened from the end of January. The interior of the cathedral was emptied using robots. The elements have been sorted, inventoried, stored in tents on the forecourt. The inventory is finished for the nave and the transepts.

But there is a lot of rubble left on the vaults. From the upper floor that has been built, rope access technicians will activate. This will involve vacuuming up debris with special devices, but this has not yet started. The choir stalls have been protected by a temporary roof, and will be taken down for cleaning before being reassembled later. We will also have to place the large organ intact, and clean the pipes one by one, to remove the lead dust. When the nave reopens for worship, a temporary wall should be erected before the transepts. In the northern belfry, which had been licked by the flames, the eight bells will have to be lowered before being reassembled later. This is not the case for the two bumblebees in the southern belfry which was not affected by the fire.

The event sale took place in Senlis in late October 2019 . It is the first time in decades that a Cimabue has passed under the hammer. And the painting, estimated between 4 and 6 million euros, has soared to more than 24 million euros, including costs, becoming the most expensive primitive painting sold in public sale in the world. It was the Alana private collection, belonging to a couple of Chilean collectors based in the United States and specializing in Italian Renaissance art (part of which is currently on display at the Jacquemart André museum in Paris until January 20 2020), more here:   which had it finally swept away, in front of the Metropolitan Museum of New York, the last sub-bidder.

The egg painting and gold background on poplar panel, 25.8 cm by 20.3 cm, was hung between the living room and the kitchen of an old lady in Compiègne (Oise dept 60) and had been appraised at during a move. The expert opinion revealed that it was a very rare work by Ceno Di Pepo, known as Cimabue one of the greatest figures of the Pre-Renaissance. We know at most eleven works executed on wood, none of which is signed. “La Derision du Christ” is believed to be part of a year 1280 diptych depicting scenes from the Passion on eight panels of similar size. Only two of the scenes were known to date: “The Flagellation of Christ” (Frick Collection, New York) and “The Madonna and Child enthroned and surrounded by two angels” (National Gallery, London). More on the connaissance des arts here in French:

You still have time to go ! Perched 110 m high, the Grande Arche ice rink welcomes visitors every day until January 5. But with the strikes, skaters have considerably become less. More here:

Beer from Saint-Ouen is anything but cat piss! Thanks to cutting-edge technology allowing it an infinity of recipes, the Saint-Ouen Paris brewery wants to distinguish itself by high-end beers. It also relies on partnerships with renowned artists, such as Monsieur Chat, to design its labels. Ok creative different try it! More here:

Château de Compiègne (dept 60 Oise) a great start for the exhibition of incredible racing cars. Open to the public for just one month, the concept car event in the heart of the castle of the imperial city is very attractive.   More in French here:

The Bottin or telephone directory turns the page, finally. Appeared several decades before the phone, it had survived the Minitel (old network of information in France). And it is the Internet that will have had its ending. The last telephone directory of individuals (or white pages) in paper version will be delivered in late 2019. For the business yellow pages, the chopper will fall in late 2020. Frankly hardly notice I always use the internet!!

Dark facades, extreme sobriety, modular spaces … the new Théâtre du Maillon in Strasbourg has just opened its doors. Pasionaria, one of the first shows at the new Théâtre du Maillon, will soon begin. Mirrors reflect a cinematic exterior decor, with the cut shadows of the gray buildings of the European district of Strasbourg, whose first lights are already vibrating in the falling night. The physiognomy of the building, a black concrete box with walls over 10 meters high, reproduced the darkness of the room. The theater is bathed in natural light thanks to large glass facades, some of which slide. From the interior hall of the building, the visitor’s gaze navigates through a gallery of giant paintings on the subject of Strasbourg, or rather its rapidly changing business district, near the European Parliament. The outdoor courtyard, with the air of a Mediterranean patio, can thus become an open-air theater or an exhibition space. More info:

And for more near the theatre you have to see the European Parliament: It is an institution in Strasbourg, but also an architectural gesture made in 1999 by the agency Architecture Studio. The Louise-Weiss building has recently been visited, including during the plenary sessions. Located at Louise Weiss building, 1, allée du Printemps.   More info on visits here :

The MAMCS: Designed by architect Adrien Fainsilber, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art is to be discovered for its beautiful glazed interior nave, and its permanent collection made up of works by Rodin, Gauguin, Signac, Monet or Picasso…Located at 1, place Hans-Jean-Arp . More info here :

Les Haras: A magnificent spiral in wooden strips surrounds the central staircase of this Strasbourg brasserie hotel, located in the city’s former national stud farms. Listed as a historic monument, the place was renovated in 2013 by the architectural firm Denu et Paradon and the Jouin-Manku agency. Located at 23, rue des Glacières. More info here :

And during the season end of year is always good to have a Champagne. Here is another story of an up and coming house. Keep an eye on it you read it here first

A small stone shelter on the hillside overlooks the village of Oger. On the left, we see Avize. On the right is Le Mesnil. It is there, in the heart of the Marne river valley, that Olivier Bonville, grandson of Franck, the founder of the champagne house, likes to accompany his guests, in the “Cabane des Belles Voyes”, named after his favorite plot . Behind the back wall, Chardonnay vines planted in 1965 thrive. He made a separate cuvée, “Les Belles Voyes”. He finds in this champagne with a very salty taste, superb freshness, an authenticity of the past, which he also recognizes in the production of the cult winegrower Anselme Selosse, whose advice he listened to a lot at the start of his work. He vinifies his 15 hectares of vines planted in Avize, Oger and Le Mesnil. He confines himself to the Chardonnay, does not buy any other grapes. The winemaker has offered since last year three plot cuvées, from the 2012 harvest: a “Pur Avize”, fleshy and vinous, a “Pur Mesnil”, iodized and tense , a “Pure Oger”, in balance between the two – salty and smooth at the same time. In addition to these three wines, which complement very neat “classics”, it creates a surprising cuvée, the demi-sec. In contrast to the succulent champagnes, this one is based on a 2005 harvest base. It gains elegant patina and length, ideal with a foie gras. More info on Bonville here:

For my fashion readers, here is good news me think. The emblematic ready-to-wear house Sonia Rykiel, liquidated on July 25 2019 for want of a buyer, will be relaunched by two of the founders of the Showroomprivé site, who want to promote the brand, described as “flagship of French heritage”. The house Sonia Rykiel, famous for its knitwear and its colored stripes, was supported at the time of its liquidation on a network, in its own, of six shops and four outlets (destocking stores); it made just over 50% of its sales in France. More on the Showroomprivé site here:

And for the pleasures of culture here are my fav for the coming year

At the Théâtre Mogador 25 rue de Mogador 9éme one of my few theatres I have actually seen a show over the years. See Ghost.   created in 2011 from the film of the same name by Jerry Zucker with Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze and Whoopi Goldberg in the main roles. The show had received three Tony Awards nominations in 2012. A spectacular staging tends to demonstrate once again that we can perfectly combine popular success and artistic quality. More info here:

A stone’s throw from the Jardin du Ranelagh garden, at the Musée Marmottan Monet, an exceptional exhibition allows you to discover a facet of the unknown painter, that of landscapes, churches and mills, nuanced colors and delicate features: figurative Mondrian. About sixty paintings, selected by Mondrian himself around 1920 for his collector Salomon B. Slijper, are to be discovered through a journey that highlights the major figurative work of the artist. Impressionism, luminism, wild animals and symbolism are at the heart of the exhibition. Rare cubist and neo-plasticist compositions complete the ride. Musée Marmottan-Monetn 2 rue Louis-Boilly  16éme. More info here :

And the National Museum of Natural History in the Grand Gallery of Evolution you have an expo on Oceans. The ocean covers most of the planet but is still largely unknown. This exhibition offers an unusual dive into the heart of an original biodiversity, far from the coast and the usual figures. The constraints of the marine environment as well as the challenge of its exploration are highlighted in particular through projections, an important iconography and a selection of atypical specimens. Located at 36 rue Geoffroy St-Hilaire 5éme .More info here:

And a must to see and we love it, enough said. At the Grand Palais of Paris 3 avenue du Général Eisenhower 8éme see the expo on Toulouse-Lautrec, Résolument moderne . . The work of Toulouse-Lautrec is often reduced to the culture of Montmartre. If the artist wonderfully represented the electricity of the Parisian night and its pleasures, he was especially animated by the aesthetic ambition to translate the reality of modern society under its multiple faces. This exhibition; co-produced by the museums of Orsay and the Orangery as well as by the Rmn-Grand Palais, with the support of the city of Albi and the Toulouse-Lautrec museum; offers to rediscover a great artist . More info :

The cult program Intervilles will make a comeback in 2020. The last program was broadcast in 2013. Intervilles is the program putting two French cities in friendly competition through a series of physical tests and games of skill, on land, in the water and in the air and the opportunity in passing to revise its geography in an atmosphere full of good cheers. The new version will be presented by former Miss France Valérie Bègue, as well as Bruno Guillon and Olivier Minne. Recall that Intervilles is one of the longest-lived French television games (it was broadcast from 1962 to 2013) and is one of the most suitable French programs abroad.

And finally, something those that live or work there but also maybe some visitors feel it . The metro and its inconveniences are known only too well. Normal, taking it morning, noon, evening, again, again and again for years, we begin to be prowled. Come on, Parisian friends, and if we identified what makes us all mad in the underground, just to be sure that we are all the same? Would that reassure you or not? Whatever your answer, here are 30 reasons to go home and piss your cat off!!!

1- To be tight against odorous people lol!

2- Being forced to wait for the next metro because we didn’t have the courage to … see the time.

3- The long corridors that never end (cuckoo Châtelet) oh yeah!!!!

4- Piss smells in these same corridors

5- Rats (but mice are cute by cons)

6- Pickpockets; QUIZ: “Warning, pickpockets may be present on board” = which station? Hahaha the usual warning for nothing yes!!

7- People who play bad music, you can never be quiet!

8- The metro, which stops for several minutes, in a tunnel. We are not claustro, but if you really insist on RATP, we might well become one.

9- The people who don’t let out, or rather who make no effort for us, WE want out

10- People who blow because they are drunk JUST IN FRONT OF US (what did you eat, man ?!)

11- The people who steal your place, when strategically, you were closer. It’s not fair play, oh! cardboard Mr. referee!

12- The oppression of the people who stick you in front, behind, right and left.

13- When the metro stops between two stations, and NOBODY tells us why putaaaaiiiin! Oops won’t translate………

14- Those who fall on you because like your smell

15- Those who want to defraud by passing with you, without having asked you. Accomplice by breaking and entering, that’s abused right?

16- Those who remain seated on the folding seats while we are in Saint-Lazare at 18h30.

17- People who carry backpacks

18- All the Marlboro mafia which monopolizes the exit of the Barbès metro and blocks your way

19- All those who speak on the phone believing they are at home. We don’t care about your life conn ****! Oops won’t translate.

20- The drivers of the line 4 who know how to stop other than brutally before saying “sorry, the braking was a bit brutal”. When they apologize.

21- Children who MUST be seated. It stands up at that age normally, right?

22- Elderly people who look at you badly because you did not get up to give way to them. Hey respect for elders, it works on other continents, Asia, Africa. Here we are in Europe, the old folks don’t you understand?

23- Sitting in the middle of a family in a square of 4 (I swear I don’t listen)

24- The people who stagnate in front of the doors when they are going to close and you NEED to return

25- When the waiting time for the next metro is not displayed on the tables

26- When you have to wait 11 minutes for your metro on a Sunday afternoon (next time, take the bike)

27- Wipers, the worst *****

28- People who leave their bag on a seat, of course monopolizing the last place. “Parcel trap alert, blow up this gentlemen bag hin hin.” Hahahaha!

29- The people who push you to go out before the metro is even stopped, and you go out too. Old people often.

30- The people who lean against the bar. Where do we stand now Einstein? Hahaha!

Well hope you get the picture of public transport. And remember I did this too. And remember , happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

December 29, 2019

My last house in USA!

So now that I took time to remember one nice shopping experience in Florida many years ago, why not bring back and in more details my last house in Florida and the USA. Time to let 2019 go away and start 2020 with nice memories of my globettrotter life that has taken me to lived in 6 countries , work in 5, citizen of 4 and visiting 81! Hope you enjoy this story dear to me. For info I have an early single life in New Jersey with posts here.

My last home in the United States was in Miramar, Broward county, Florida. We had a nice home there. Let me tell you a bit about the State of Florida.

Florida is located in the southeast of the United States, on the so-called Gulf Coast. It is bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico, to the north by Alabama and Georgia and to the east by the Atlantic Ocean. it is the third most populous state in the country. With an area of 151,940 km2, Florida ranks 22nd among the United States. Florida’s coastline stretches some 1,930 km. Considering the bays and headlands, the cumulative length reaches around 13,600 km. No other US state, except Alaska, has a longer coastline. Florida is made up in the east of a peninsula of approximately 630 km long and in the west of a narrow coastal strip of approximately 330 km long in the shape of panhandle. It is subdivided into 67 counties which exercise various local prerogatives. The political capital is Tallahassee, but the most populated agglomeration is Miami.

Since its discovery in 1513 by the Spanish Juan Ponce de León who baptized it “la Pascua Florida” (“Easter flowers” in reference to Palm Sunday). He landed on the eastern coast of the peninsula between April 2 and 8, 1513, probably near the site of the current city of Saint Augustine which in turn is founded in 1565 by Pedro Menendez de Aviles. The Pánfilo de Narváez expedition recognized the west coast of Florida, but the Spaniard died in a Native American attack in 1528. On May 30, 1539, Hernando de Soto landed near the current Bradenton south of Tampa Bay and explore the interior.

St Augustine

Florida has been an issue for the European colonial powers before integrate the United States in 1845. In May 1865, the northern general Edward M. McCook was charged with regaining control of Florida. He challenged Colonel George Washington Scott, hoisted the flag of the United States on the state capitol in Tallahassee and read the proclamation of slave emancipation on May 12. The Civil War is over in Florida, which is officially reinstated in the Union on July 25, 1868.

Florida is becoming a major issue because of its proximity to the communist island of Cuba. It welcomes thousands of Cuban refugees. Miami gradually became one of the main economic centers of Latin America.

The official tourist webpage for Florida : Visit Florida official tourist webpage

And a bit on my last county of Broward

Broward County Its county seat is Fort Lauderdale. It was founded on April 30, 1915. It was intended to be named Everglades County, but then-Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives Ion Farris amended the bill that established the county to be named in honor of Napoleon Bonaparte Broward, Governor of Florida from 1905 to 1909. In 1915, Palm Beach County and Dade County (now Miami-Dade county) contributed nearly equal portions of land to create Broward County.  Adjacent counties are to the north Palm Beach, south Miami Dade, west Collier, and northwest Hendry.

Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport serves as the primary airport of the Broward County area. The airport is bounded by the cities Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood and Dania Beach;  three miles (5 km) southwest of downtown Fort Lauderdale  and 21 miles (34 km) north of Miami. The airport is near cruise line terminals at Port Everglades and is popular among tourists bound for the Caribbean. Public transportation available are the Broward County Transit, Tri-Rail, Sun Trolley, and the major roads passing by it are the Interstate 95, I-75 ,I-595 (Port Everglades Expressway), Florida’s Turnpike (SR 91) Florida’s Turnpike Homestead Extension (SR 821) ,and Toll State Road 869 (Sawgrass Expressway).

Broward county tourist office :

Cities of Broward county:  Official Broward county on cities

Then, my city my last in the USA.

Miramar  is in Broward county, my last town in the USA, and it was name after the city of Miramar in Havana, Cuba (also near where I was born). The city has adjacent towns such as Pembroke Pines,(for shopping) ;Hollywood (for the beach), West Park ,and  Miami Gardens. To the extreme west you find the Everglades!.

Miramar (English is seaview) was founded by A.L. Mailman to serve as a “bedroom community” for nearby Miami and Fort Lauderdale. He bought the original property he was to develop from H.D. Perry, Sr. in 1953.  The city was incorporated on May 26, 1955 bordered by the following cities,Pembroke Pines to the northwest and north,Hollywood to the  northeast, east West Park, and south Hialeah, Hialeah Gardens, and a bit of Miami Lakes. My sons went to school here at Silver Lakes Elementary School, memorable last school in the USA and they fondly remember it as well as their teachers! We lived at Silver Lakes Division west of I-75 interstate road on Sapphire Bay sub division our last spot in the USA and very fondly remembered it.


This was our homeowners association in Silver Lakes with the different sub divisions: Silver Lakes Homeowners Association

And the city of Miramar FL : have it on parks we enjoyed a lot: City of Miramar on parks

And this is where we lived last/ Description of sub division Sapphire Bay of Silver Lakes: Sapphire Bay is a neighborhood in Miramar, Florida. Sapphire Bay mostly features midsize homes that are competitively priced. This is a well-established community that continues to attract interest from buyers looking in the Miramar area. More info on property values , map, and  living ideas is here: Neighborhoods on Sapphire Bay Miramar




There , now you got all you need on Florida,and heck even me lol!!! Love the Sunshine State. We made a decision to move to France and we do not regretted either as it has been a roller coaster of fun and memories. Now ,the French reason (my dear late wife Martine) is gone, but we still very much attach to France thanks to her courage and determination. Never to be forgotten. Enjoy the State of Florida.

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




December 28, 2019

Astronomical clock tower, Prague!

Let me make a stop on my posts on France, and take you back to lovely Prague, Czech Republic. Many many years ago as a young boy came to Prague then part of Czechoslovakia for a two days student fair. Many many years later came back on a business trip but saw the part of Prague visitors do not go in the outer limits of the city.

Finally, came back several times and was able to visit the more visible tourist attraction areas of central Prague or Praha 1. One of the building that kept a lasting memory on me was the Astronomical Clock tower in old town square. I like to bring back those memories here.

The Astronomical Clock tower is a medieval astronomical clock in the Old Town Square. The clock is located on the south wall of City/Town Hall of Prague.


The clock was built in 1410, and remodeled around 1490. Legend has it that the watchmaker Hanus was punctured, to prevent him from reproducing his masterpiece elsewhere.!! The clock comes alive every hour until 21h (9 p.m) with the Twelve Apostles scroll above the top dial, used to read the time (it is a 24-hour dial) and the position of the Moon and the Sun while the bottom dial displays the Saint of the day as well as the astrological signs.


The Astronomical Clock is decorated in its upper part by four allegories representing from left to right: vanity, with its mirror; avarice, a Jewish trader with his purse; death, a skeleton that calls with a bell; and the lust or envy of a Turkish prince, with his mandolin. The astronomical dial has the shape of a plan spherical astrolabe. Its fixed background represents the Earth and the sky. On this background are moving four main motives: the zodiacal circle, an external oscillating circle, a reduced model of Sun , aligned with a golden hand, and a reduced model of the Moon. In the middle of the clock a circle is circling the zodiac signs that indicate the position of the Sun on the ecliptic. To note that because of the precession of the equinoxes, the signs now indicate only in which astrological sign of the zodiac we are. The outer circle has golden Gothic numbers on a black background. These numbers indicate the time according to the old Czech time (or Italian hours): this is the number of hours since sunset, plus half an hour. The circle is movable to take into account the evolution of the sunset time during the year.


The Golden Sun follows the zodiac circle, thus illustrating the astrological sign of the zodiac in which we are. The Sun remains aligned with a golden hand which allows the hours of the outer dial to be read. The movement of the Moon is similar to that of the Sun, although it is faster. The sphere is only silver on its half, by turning it indicates the lunar phase.

In summary, on the clock, one can read: Local time, designated by the golden hand on the Roman numerals; The hour in twelfths of a day, designated by the position of the Sun on the golden curves; The hour in ancient Czech hours, designated by the golden hand on the Gothic figures; The position of the Sun in the sky; The position of the moon in the sky; The lunar phase; The zodiac astrological sign in which one is (as well as the decant); and Sidereal time, indicated by the little golden star.

 This Astronomical Clock has been repaired several times since its creation in the 14C, notably in 1948 after being burned by the Nazis in their flight, in 1945. It was again repaired in 1994 and in 2006.

City of Prague tourist officeCity of Prague tourist office on the Astronomical Clock in English

There you go another nice souvenirs of my visits to Prague. And there is a lot more in my blog on Prague and other parts of the Czech Republic and Slovakia. For now enjoy the Astronomical Clock of Prague.

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

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December 28, 2019

Powder tower , Prague!

Let me make a stop on my posts on France, and take you back to lovely Prague, Czech Republic. Many many years ago as a young boy came to Prague then part of Czechoslovakia for a two days student fair. Many many years later came back on a business trip but saw the part of Prague visitors do not go in the outer limits of the city.

Finally, came back several times and was able to visit the more visible tourist attraction areas of central Prague or Praha 1. One of the building that kept a lasting memory on me was the powder tower in old town square. I like to bring back those memories here.

The Powder Tower is one of the most famous buildings in the city of Prague. It is the boundary between the old city and the new city. From the 11C, one of the thirteen gates of the medieval fortifications of the Old City stood at this location.


In 1445, the municipal magistrate decided to offer a new tower” to King Vladislav II Jagiellon, who laid the first stone that same year. Construction stopped after eight years when riots drove the king out of the capital. Its rich carved decoration was to add to the prestige of the adjacent Royal Palace which was on the site of the current Municipal House.

The tower took its current name in the 17C when it became a powder depot. Severely damaged during the Prussian occupation of 1757, it was almost entirely rebuilt in 1876 in a neo-Gothic style. In the 1990s the Powder Tower, like many other historical buildings in Prague, was beautifully renovated. The tower is adorned with reliefs of arms and several statues embellish the east and west facades.


The Powder Tower is located on the edge of Old Town. A covered bridge connects the tower to the adjoining Municipal House.

City of Prague tourist office City of Prague tourist office on the powder tower in English

There you go another nice monument in our Europe. Let’s enjoy shall we! You do stop by Prague; Last year was my fifth year in a row of visits , hopefully my horizons will take me back again in the future. In the meantime will keep the memories and friendship of many.

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


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December 26, 2019

Some news from France, CCXCVI (2020)

So we are approaching end year 2019 pretty fast,and I need to tell you some of old good spots to celebrate New Year’s 2020 as well as some things to look forward to in Paris beginning of 2020! So this is a special Some news from France post, the 296th one for those not familiar with Roman numerals. Enjoy it

First a few chosen spots to wait for the New Year 2020 in Paris.

New Years Eve masked ball Eyes Wide Shut.  Pavillon Wagram . 47, avenue de Wagram (17éme). Tuesday December 31, 2019, from 22h. to 05h. Formula 5 drinks + open bubbles + evening: € 60.48. 10 drinks + open bubbles + evening package: € 66.63. Info

 New Years Eve on the Champs-Élysées. Arc de Triomphe, place de l’etoile (17éme). Tuesday December 31 from 23h. BFM Paris is accessible on channel 30 of regional DTT, channel 38 on the SFR box, channel 340 on the Orange box, channel 307 on the Bouygues box and channel 943 on the box Free. Info

The crazy new year – Réveillon 2020. Point Éphémère. 200, quai de Valmy (10éme). Tuesday December 31, 2019, from 21h to 05h. Entrance: € 18 presale and € 25 on site. Info

 For New Year’s Eve, the Pachamama turns into a circus track. At the same time restaurant, club and cocktail bar, the majestic place of 3000 m2 located in Bastille will fill your taste buds with a special Pachamama circus menu. 46, rue du Faubourg Saint Antoine (12éme). Tuesday December 31, 2019, from 22h. Entrance: 30 € with a drink. Dinner € 130 per person (excluding drinks) from 20h. This is the old Barrio Latino ! info

 New Years Eve at the Pavillon des Étangs. 50, route de l’etoile (16éme). Tuesday December 31, 2019, from 21h. to 05h. Price: from 59 € with 3 to 10 Consos + cocktail dinner. Info :,51.html

 Head to South America at the Forum & Club for a 100% Latin evening with three concerts, six DJ’s, dance shows and projections, orchestrated by the Fiesta de Cumbia Paris team Latin New Year & Swing New Year Soul. La Bellevilloise. 19-21 rue Boyer (20éme). Tuesday December 31, 2019, from 22h. to 06h. Admission: € 42 in presale and € 50 on site.

Info Latino :

Info Swing:

 The Aquarium Club invites you to wake up around 10,000 fish in a magical setting unique in the world. Facing the Eiffel Tower, wiggle around on the dancefloors and sip your glass of champagne (at will from 00h to 01h) in front of the biggest pool in France which has thousands of exotic fish and around thirty sharks. Aquarium’s New Year “tour Eiffel”. The Aquarium. 5, avenue Albert de Mun (16éme). Tuesday December 31, from 21h. to 05h. Entrance: from € 49 + drinks + open bar bubbles + pastries . Info :

And many folks ask me what to do in Paris, something different well as you know Paris is the world’s most visited and beautiful city and you have folks from all over the world tramping its streets and looking for something new as well. Well I have chosen some events that will be happening in Jan ,Feb, and Mar 2020 in Paris that will bring something new to do in Paris. Hope you enjoy it

Discover the 36 new paintings in La suite Binant which retrace heroic episodes of civil and military resistance during the Commune, the siege of Paris, from September 1870 to January 1871 (Paul Eluard art and history museum, Saint-Denis dept 93 , until March 2). Info:

Rediscover smell, taste and touch by blindly tasting delicatessen products or by participating in perfume workshops in the “Dans le Noir” sensory space, a stone’s throw from Beaubourg (4éme). Info:

 Put on your moon boots to climb Mont-Valérien, in Suresnes, where the group of Bistrots Pas Parisiens (who works in particular with Norbert Tarayre) installed Mourchevel, an ephemeral restaurant like a ski resort where to put raclette and Savoyard fondue ( until March 1, 2020). Info :

Marvel at night in the botanical gardens of Thoiry (Yvelines 78) thanks to the 600 impressive Chinese lanterns representing some twenty different animal species (until March 8). Info:

Rediscover your child’s soul in front of the breathtaking numbers of the new Bouglione Défi circus show, in the oldest circus in the world (11éme, until March 15). Info:

Let yourself be charmed by the “Fantasies for a Palace” exhibition at the Château de Maisons. The opportunity also to revisit this beautiful historic place. (Maisons-Laffitte Yvelines 78, until March 22). Info:

Believe in Cancale by tasting the best pancake in Paris, that of Bertrand Larcher, in his new Breizh Café rue Paul Bert (11éme). info:

Climb on the “rooftop” of the Hôtel des Grands Boulevards (2éme), transformed into a “Winter Shed” for the season with mountain cocktails, winter decor and comfort food (until the end of February-beginning of March 2020). Info:

Take your older teens to the De l’Amour exhibition, where between poetry, musical listening, films and literary references, you speak frankly and without complexes about this mysterious feeling, this eternal universal subject… (Palais de la Découverte 16th , until August 30). Info :

Warmly applaud the 5 crazy comedians From around the World in 80 days and realize, above all, that it’s great to laugh out loud (Théâtre de la Gaîté Montparnasse 14éme, until January 4). Info:

Take the children to play the Robinson Crusoes while enjoying the last days of the “Cabins” exhibit. (City of Science and Industry 19éme, until January 5). Info:

Put on your skates for a sliding game 110 meters high with a 360 ° view of Paname (Grande Arche de la Défense Hauts de Seine dept 92, until January 5). Info:

Attend the new equestrian show at the Grandes Écuries, Alice and the enchanted merry-go-round at Domaine de Chantilly (Oise dept 60, until January 5, by reservation). Info:

Hear the delighted little cries of baboons, wolves or lemurs who will discover during the holidays, savory and sweet treats distributed as gifts (Paris Zoological Park 12éme, until January 5). Info:

Save the representation of The Magic Flute and solve the curse of the legendary phantom of the Opera during an escape game at the Opéra Garnier (2éme, until January 12). Info :

Wiggle to the sounds of the DJs from the Friendsome Records collective from 19h to 23h. Under the Bulle Parisienne in a magical setting, on the 1st floor of the Eiffel Tower, have a drink and eat in a lounge bar perched 57 meters high. (7éme, January 9). Info :

Resume a swarm of news at the Théâtre de Poche (75 Boulevard du Montparnasse, 6éme), converted into “Café Maupassant” until January 12. Info:

Swing on Gershwin’s music and party with An American in Paris for an evening at the Châtelet theater (1éme, until January 20). Info:

Dive into the literary masterpieces of Hugo, Sand, Zola and Balzac adapted to the seventh art, on the big screen and in concert at the Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé Foundation (13éme, until January 21). Info

Vote for the Sea girls in power !, by and with burlesque singers Lise Laffont, Judith Rémy, Prunella Rivière and Delphine Simon (Café de la Danse 11éme, January 13, 14, 27 and 28). Info

Infiltrate the show rooms of editors and creators of decoration to be up to date and transform its interior in a jiffy (Paris Déco Off, from January 16 to 20). Info: :

Spend an entire night enjoying reading in libraries and bookstores that organize many events – readings, debates, recommendations – around their literary background (Nuit de la lecture, January 18). Info:

Getting lost in the Pompidou Center which devotes a vast exhibition to the very fleshy British painter Francis Bacon, from the 1930s to his death, bringing together 86 of his works (2éme, until January 20). Info:Centre Pompidou agenda

Be unbeatable on spring-summer fashion trends by following the new collections of the great couturiers during Paris Fashion Week (from 20 to 23 January). Info:

Sip signature cocktails at low prices, with and without alcohol, on the occasion of the 6th Paris Cocktail Week (from January 24 to February 1, in Parisian bars). Info:

Celebrate the Rat and indulge in a change of scenery for the Chinese New Year, which starts on January 25 with events over two weeks in Paris (traditional parades, concerts…). Info:

Rediscover the most beautiful films by Alfred Hitchcock in a retrospective of the Cinémathèque: Chantage, Les 39 marches, L’Inconnu du Nord-Express… (12éme, until 25 January). Info:

Get to know the Queen of France, wife of Louis XVI through the exhibition “Marie-Antoinette, metamorphoses of an image”. (Conciergerie 1éme, until January 26). Info:

Caracoler with lightness and liveliness at the racetrack to decide between the 18 best cracks in the world at the American Grand Prix (Hippodrome Paris Vincennes 12éme, January 26). Info:

To be dazzled by the paintings of Pietr Mondrian in his figurative period from the Salomon B. Slijper collection at the Musée Marmottan-Monet (16éme, until January 26). Info:

Save to buy one of the tables newly crowned by the 2020 edition of the Michelin guide, unveiled on January 27. Info:

Stroll by night in the crypt and the nave of the Pantheon (5éme) by the light of a flashlight, accompanied by the music of your choice. (Sept. exceptional nights until January 29). Info:

Realize that literature can radically change a life with the exhibition “Books in the Mirror” by photographer Marguerite de Merode. (Mazarine Library 6éme, until February 1.). info:

Discover Paris and its surroundings differently with the new edition of Paris Face Cachée and its visits to atypical or unknown places open exceptionally to the public (from January 31 to February 2, by reservation). Info:

Contemplate a Thousand & an orchid in the Grandes Serres du Jardin des Plantes (5éme, from February 5 to March 2). Info:

Run at 100 an hour for vintage cars and motorcycles exhibited at the Rétromobile show at Paris Expo before the auction organized by Artcurial (Porte de Versailles 15éme, February 5 to 9). Info :

Relive the epic of the Ile de France cruise liner in an Art Deco atmosphere through the exhibition dedicated to it at the Musée des 1930s in Boulogne-Billancourt (Hauts de Seine dept 92, until February 10). Info:

Warm up at the Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris Christmas chalet, which takes on the air of a funfair and fall back to childhood with a sweet break with pancakes, waffles, love apples and traditional spit cakes (8éme, until mid-February). Info:

Uncover emerging blues talent with the 14th “Alligator Nights” (La Maroquinerie 20éme, January 31 to February 23). Info: and info:

Take his spy outfit to go listen to the biggest titles in James Bond movies and spend an evening in the skin of 007 (Grand Rex 2éme, February 14 and 15). Info: :

Take a campaign shoot at the Agricultural Show by strolling among the stands of producers and breeders (Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, 15éme, from Feb. 22 to March 1). Info :

Immerse yourself in the digital works of Monet, Renoir, Chagall for Voyages en Méditerranée (11éme Lights workshop, from February 28 to December 31). Info:

Be immersed in the cinema of the 1920s (episode film, popular or avant-garde cinema) through unpublished documents from the collection of the Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé Foundation (Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé Foundation, 13éme, until February 29). Info:

Take part in the Holiday on Ice Supernova ice show with the whole troop of figure skaters, accompanied for the last time by Philippe Candeloro (Palais des Sports, 15éme, from Feb. 27 to March 3). Info:

Challenge yourself during the half-marathon and travel at its own pace the 21.1 km that mark out the race in the heart of the capital (March 1). Info:

Transform your home with the Art & Deco Fair, essential for decoration enthusiasts (Grande Halle de la Villette 19éme, from March 5 to 8). Info:

Have fun with the craziest costumes of visitors to Paris Manga 2020, the Japanese pop culture fair which welcomes comic, video game, web culture and cosplay lovers every year (Paris Expo Porte de Versailles 15éme , March 7 and 8). Info: :

Pay homage to the great artist to celebrate 100 years of his birth with the exhibition “Boris Vian in Saint-Germain-des-Prés”. (Les Deux Magots 6éme, from March 9 to 31). Info:

Think India at the Book Fair which this year invites the authors of this country to exchange and sign their works (Paris Expo Porte de Versailles 15éme, from March 20 to 23). Info: :

Stroll between the different restaurants of Table Square, the giant food court (4500 m2) expected in February at La Défense (Hauts de Seine dept 92), with the “fast good” by Anne Sophie Pic, Akrame Benallal or Olivier Bellin. Follow news info here:

And there you go folks enjoy eternal Paris , there is nothing like it in the world, and I have been around ….Happy New Year 2020!

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

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