Some news from France, CCXCX

And back to my lovely series now in its run 300!! thanks to all my readers, appreciated. This is the way I get to tell you things to see ,do and know about my belle France without heavy links and photos. Hope you enjoy it as I do. And now the presentation of today CCXCX=300!!!

I start off with great dear news for me personally. The city council of Versailles voted an envelope of 3.5 M € to start the restoration works of the Notre Dame Church , but also another of 466 000 € for the organ. The church has suffered for many years from the aging of its structures. One of the roofs of the church on the left is also covered with nets. Good news to take care the symbols of France!

And how about Valentine’s day nothing better than in the city of love, Paris. Because those of last year had made us laugh all the same, return this year with, we hope, as many cute new messages as very funny ones to come on the billboards of the city of Paris. Declare your flame to your other half, dear friend, it’s now or never. You have until February 11 at 18h to write your sweet word in 140 characters maximum. The most beautiful compositions will be displayed on the city’s 120 light panels throughout the day of February 14. Send your words of love here:

And of course, to be on the level ground, not all is la vie en rose even in Paris. They have problems too. And the arrivals and immigrant continue to be a problem in Europe and Paris in particular. Another 427 exiles were evacuated from the Porte de la Villette camp and the Saint-Denis canal 19éme, this past Tuesday, the last in Paris. The premises have been placed under police surveillance, but some doubt the sustainability of this type of use can be maintained. Me too, more action is needed.

On much better subjects I take you close and far to home!

At Meudon, dept 92 Hauts de Seine, the Wagner’s old house transformed into a vessel by its owner! Spiral staircases as masts, a bay window in the shape of a veil and a mezzanine as a prow. The interior of the building pays homage to the famous German composer, who lived there in 1841. Richard Wagner composes The Ghost Ship here. As part of the Wagner exhibition at the art and history museum, the owner of the composer’s former home welcomed the curious to the house.  You know this is a great area for walks into history and arts , not far from here at rue des Capucins, Stravinsky and Debussy played piano Le Sacre du Printemps or The Rite of Spring, on June 2, 1912. Of course, this event is passé but a good reminder to stop by the house here is the city of Meudon info on the event: City of Meudon on the Wagner’s house

His official association today has more info in French on the house and stays in Meudon: Richard Wagner association on the house of Meudon

The Villa Majorelle, built at the beginning of the 20C, reopens on February 15 after works. The opportunity to rediscover the city of Lorraine through its architectural gems made of curves and ornaments. Iconic house of Nancy’s Art Nouveau, it was built for cabinetmaker Louis Majorelle in 1901-1902 by the young architect Henri Sauvage ,then only 26 yrs old. More here in the School Museum of Nancy: School Museum of Nancy on the Villa Majorelle

And big time not a tourist event but very serious for us especially in these days of strikes and government inactions the Municipal Elections of France will be held!

The French and European voters registered on the electoral lists elect the municipal councilors (in Paris, it is the councilors of Paris), then these councilors elect the mayor. The next municipal elections are scheduled for March 15 and 22, 2020. The municipal councilors are elected for a 6-year term by direct universal suffrage by French and European voters registered on the electoral lists. The figure of the municipal population authenticated before the election is that established on January 1, 2020 for the municipal elections which will take place in March 2020. Cities from 5,000 to 9,999 inhabitants such as mine elects 29! The mayor is elected by the municipal councilors from among their number.   A second round is organized if none of the lists has reached 50% in the first round. Only lists having obtained at least 10% can be presented. At the end of the 2nd round, the top list obtains half the seats. The rest is distributed proportionally among all the lists having obtained at least 5% of the votes. So we go to vote again and hope to make a difference, voter is a right we all should do it and understand not always will win but democracy is important. One famous do not recall the name now once said, Democracy is the rule of the majority with the rights of the minority!

And for the home boys/girls there is always to note as we did too while living there. Those with the Navigo pass could take advantage of the unzipping of the Navigo Pass, which makes it possible to cross the whole of Ile-de-France region on weekends, public holidays and during school holidays. A great way to see places for no extra payment!!! And if your French is ok, the official site tells you all about it! Official Navigo transports

Something magically wonderful today and done right in my capital city of Vannes, Morbihan 56, glorious!!! And visitors can enjoy it too. The playground of Tohannic Park in Vannes, inaugurated at the end of December 2019, offers nothing more spectacular. It is, however, the first of its size in France, in public space. Its outdoor games around thirty, on 750 square meters are inclusive as they say now; in short, accessible to all with or without a disability, and regardless of this disability. Not tourist oriented but feel great to tell you all this is in my capital city of Vannes , Morbihan 56!!! Here is more in French at the city of Vannes page:City of Vannes on Tohannic Park

And there is more in my beautiful Paris:

About sixty works will be divided into several sections (stocks, raw materials, work, values and exchanges) to take an incisive and vigilant look at the challenges that the images conceal. Echoing the work of the same , Le Supermarché des Images promises to make us explore the different facets of this constantly changing universe, and to take a freeze-frame on the complex issues of it. The Supermarket of Images Jeu de Paume Museum, Place de la Concorde(inside Jardin des Tuileries)  8éme. From 11 February to 7 June 2020 More info here:

In this emblematic museum of the 9éme arrondissement, around thirty artists including Annette Messager, Niki de Saint Phalle or Pierre and Gilles will come to exhibit around forty works with a common theme, the Heart. Very fitting in lovely February!!! Expression of the feeling of love, organ or simple symbol, these works will take place in a journey that will make the public feel the multiple nuances of the thrilling. Among the works, paintings, sculptures, ceramics, neon creations or photographs will be part of a journey formed around a story about love and its main themes (seduction, declaration, eroticism …) which will continue in the whole museum and garden. Hearts, romanticism in contemporary art ,Musée de la vie romantique, 16, rue Chaptal 9éme. From February 14 to July 12, 2020. More info here:

Something new on the culinary front of Paris and great innovations for the French market.

Located in the heart of the 5éme arrondissement, the bar will be dedicated to cookie dough and will only offer cookie dough without cooking to be tasted directly in a jar. Just a few years ago, Megan Villiot, fashion blogger and influencer, discovered by chance the concept of the raw cookie dough bar while strolling through the streets of San Francisco. Big fan of Cookie Dough ice cream but still frustrated by the very small amount of cookies inside, she decides to secretly launch her own store of raw cookie dough.See it taste it at  Cupkie ,26, rue Monge 5éme. Opened last December 4 .More info here:

A soft and generous brioche that surrounds a perfectly cooked and simmered dish, this is the new gourmet concept that Margaux, former restaurant chef and passionate about cooking, offers in her BAB brioche bar in the 8éme arrondissement. Open for only one month, this small, warm canteen offers salty and sweet treats, each more enticing than the other. All the products are selected with particular attention. They are organic, local, seasonal and everything is homemade! Besides, the menu changes even with the seasons. They want to use environmentally friendly products and limit waste as much as possible. BAB, Bar à Brioches, 8, rue la Boétie 8éme. Monday to Friday 8h to 17h. More info here:

And for Pizza lovers like us. For the second edition of the competition for the best pizza in Paris, La Manifattura in Montparnasse 14éme won the coveted prize, followed closely by Eataly Marais, and That’s Life. For the second consecutive year, the Associazione Culturale Medea, created by Antonio Castronovo and Marcello Zaccagnigni, has named its list of the best pizzerias in Paris. La Manifattura located in Montparnasse has established itself as the king of pizza in a modern and industrial setting. The menu is long, the prices vary barely open, here is the Manifattura already sacred. Pizzerias are like it was raining; Paris is full of little nuggets that open every day, but which restaurants are really worth the detour? Beyond the fast food side it represents, pizza is an art. “Cucina Italiana Senza Frontiere”, we try to remind ourselves. Behind the Manifattura follow Eataly Marais, That’s Life, Tripletta, Filomena, and O’Bottega. Addresses tested and validated by a jury of chefs, mostly Italian. The winner is at La Manifattura 106, boulevard du Montparnasse 14éme. More info here :

Spinning the English way on the French Riviera,some of the favorite English places , this is a sampler of the very British. Will see if with Brexit it continues…me think it will.

Who remembers the Duke of Albany? This royal offspring, Victoria’s last son and eighth child, was sent to Cannes ,Alpes-Maritimes dept 06 , during the winter of 1884, by a doctor who followed British fashion then. It was a question of letting the children of the aristocracy whose fragile health could not take advantage of the cold winters of England enjoy the sun of the French Riviera. Last, the young duke was hemophiliac, and a banal accident, not far from the current Palais des Festivals, caused his death at 30 years old, by hemorrhage. The Anglican Church of Saint George, at the bottom of Californie on Avenue du roi Albert Ier, was built in his memory and received, upon its completion, the visit of the bereaved queen, in 1887. Buried at Windsor Castle, the prince remained in Cannes only in the form of a white marble recumbent figure which imbued the Saint-Georges Church with romantic nostalgia. The Saint-Georges Church is difficult to access today: it became Catholic in the 1970s, it is only open during services, but you have to go there to discover the district of California and take advantage of the perspectives which open towards the sea during the ride.

From the Carlton Intercontinental Hotel , you only have to walk thirty minutes west, passing by the beautiful Forville market, to reach the Villa Eléonore-Louise, at the rear of 24, avenue du Docteur Picaud. Transformed into a condominium and now separated from the sea by multiple constructions, this small castle is the oldest British resort in the city. Its builder, Lord Brougham, originally wanted to go to Italy. Stranded in Cannes, he settled there and lived there until his death, bringing the social life of the small fishing port to heights that he will never leave. Henry Brougham has his statue on rue Félix-Faure, and his grave in the Grand Jas cemetery, on the heights of the city. In the Anglican square, the Lord’s last home is surmounted by a colossal cross surrounded by four cypresses. Around him lie young English men and women of good families, mostly tuberculosis, whom the sun did not save but who accompanies them forever. With Château Vallombrosa and Château Scott, avenue Maréchal-Juin, the Grand Jas cemetery is an essential stop on an English pilgrimage to Cannes.

In Menton, nothing is happier than the cemetery of the Vieux-Château. Completely dilapidated, the Anglican tombs are installed on the site of an old medieval fortress. The last home of the inventor of modern Rugby, William Webb Ellis, flowered as on the first day and dressed in bloodless jerseys, contributes to the charm of the place. From the discovery of the Condamine district –   The City of Menton, Edward VII Avenue still indicates an enamel plaque, passing by the old Anglican church to the sublime Serre de la Madone garden, Menton has many memories of the English .

In Nice, the Negresco hotel, on the Promenade des Anglais, arrived after the battle. By 1913 it was too late, the golden age of the British in the city of Carnival had passed. At the Massena museum, next door, a portrait of  Queen Victoria is next to an advertising poster for the Excelsior Hotel Regina, in Nice-Cimiez, built in 1895 precisely to house the sovereign in its west wing. The hotel, transformed into apartments in the 1930s because it was too far from the sea, still overlooks the beautiful districts. But the most vibrant and fragile legacy of the English presence in the city is the small library of the Anglican church in rue de la Buffa. The English-American Library of Nice keeps some 20,000 books in a wet basement thanks to the dedication of volunteers.

The door of the Mougins Museum of Classical Art, devoted to sculptures and objects from Antiquity accumulated by Chris Levett, an English collector who fell in love with this village hanging on the heights of Cannes. He has created and staged this little above ground gem which has been a great success. Also in Mougins, it is still the English, Mark and Tina Silver, who own a five-star spa hotel facing the snow-capped mountains, the Mas Candille, whose prices are lower in winter .

And there you , the English in Provence an ever ending tradition that now will be continue regardless of Brexit me think.

Hope you enjoy the reading and again thank you for your loyal following over the years. And remember, happy travel, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

2 Comments to “Some news from France, CCXCX”

  1. the words of love sounds so fun!

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