Some news from France, CCCXVI

And here I am on a nice sunny Sunday with the rain gone for now, and the latest on my series some news from France, now in its 316th edition.  The temperature in my neck of the woods is at 10C or about 50F but it feels like 8C, we are expecting light rain in the afternoon evening. Elsewhere in my dear Paris area the temp is also 50F or 10C and cloudy however no rain is predicted. And we survive the storm Alex!

We had couple of trees down in my town and the firefighters were there early to cut them off; one electrical post was down but the electrical company Enedis was there early and did not notice short of electricity. The rest of the dept 56 Morbihan was harder hit with some trees blocking streets especially around Auray. The upper Bretagne ,Morlaix is still this morning in watch over possible flooding and on the coastal areas some boats were overturned.  However, in the south and especially Alpes-Maritimes dept 06 the situation is catastrophic in hilly towns especially Saint Martin Vésubie , Saint Laurent du Var and Roquebilliere.

The results of the passage of the storm Alex in the Alpes-Maritimes could amount to now 18 persons missing, according to the provisional accounts of this Sunday morning. In France, the army, regularly called in as reinforcements in bad weather, was mobilized to help. All the train stations in the department 06 were closed and no train will run before midday yesterday. Flights were suspended from Nice airport. Many roads remain cut. The rebuilding is going on but it will take time as even bridges were cut off.  In all about twelve towns were hit hard especially in the valleys of the Vésubie, la Roya ,and la Tinée, located in the mountains.

And continuing with the Paris degradation in my opinion, we have the upper quays of the Seine in Paris central 1-4 arrondissement are the next attack of the mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo. After the pedestrianization of the tracks on the bank in 2016, the City of Paris is considering the ban on the upper quays of the right bank for combustion vehicles from individuals. I told you Paris is gone, now go there and walk or use the petit train lol!!!

And it has its detractors as a collective of environmental defense associations calls for demonstrations at 5, quai d’Ivry 13éme  arrondissement to prevent the disappearance of around twenty plane trees. The works that will be launched are road works linked to the creation of a two-way bicycle path and the passage of the future TZen5 tramway, a new line which will link the 13éme arrondissement or district to Choisy-le-Roi in the Val-de-Marne dept 94   and the preparation of the extension of line 10 of the metro. The France nature environment Paris association urgently filed a summary to try to obtain a reprieve for the threatened trees. So now no trains either lol!!! Paris wake up when you have time.

The stencil attributed to the British artist Banksy,at rue Maître-Albert in the Maubert neighborhood of the 5eme arrondissement, was repainted at the request of the mayor of Paris. So now no paint on the building Paris is not the same anymore.

For lighter news we have:

The 19th edition of the white night or nuit blanche free contemporary art event could well take place this past Saturday evening. But, due to the Covid epidemic, this vintage will obviously be particular with compulsory wearing of the mask, imposed physical distancing and reduced gauges. And the night will be shortened since the animations will end at 2h (2 am), instead of 7h (7am) as usual.

This is unique in France, where each show is usually dedicated to a single family of animals. This Sunday (today), 10,000 animals from six different families will be gathered under one roof, in the Parc Floral, in the Bois de Vincennes 12éme arrondissement. Sunday from 10h to 19h at the Parc floral de Paris,. Metro Vincennes or Château de Vincennes. Full price entry 14€.

Régine Tagliana recounts in a book “Du Café de la Mairie à la Maison Van Gogh” how her parents Micheline and Roger participated in the rebirth of the inn where the painter Van Gogh had stayed. The Auberge Ravoux, where Vincent Van Gogh lived, in Auvers-sur-Oise, that has become a must-see for tourists eager to learn more about the painter.

The Ministry of Culture has just validated the candidacy of the “Domaine de Fontainebleau”, where the wooded massif forest joins the castle already classified since 1981. The verdict, it will not be delivered before 2024. This candidacy received a strong support with a shock godmother, who is none other than Brigitte Macron, the First Lady of France, last summer! It is the most visited natural site in France with 11 million walkers per year over 22,000 ha, 1,500 km of trails, but also 15,000 animal and plant species and 100% of the surfaces included in the Natura 2,000 network … this massif has 2,440 ha classified as biological reserves. Great!!!

The pressure is mounting a few days before the final. Two thirty-year-olds from Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Julien Lepage and Matthieu Potin, respectively employee and manager of the La Vignery store, will compete on October 19 for the title of best wine merchant (caviste) in France. This is the first time in the history of this event, created in the 19C and brought up to date in 2014, that two professionals working in the same establishment have climbed to the final. In addition, among the last eight candidates in the running, six are from the Ile-de-France region. While waiting for the fateful date and the appointment at the Le Marois hotel in Paris 8éme arrondissement, a public prize already allows Internet users to vote until Sunday for their favorite candidate. Voted! You can too at https://www.terredevins.com/actualites/concours-du-meilleur-caviste-de-france-votez-pour-le-prix-du-public

At Parc Asterix, Halloween will be celebrated despite everything. In a health context made complicated by Covid-19, the attractions site is going all out for Halloween. The Parc Saint-Paul and the Mer de Sable are also doing the same.

We are talking about the Grande Allée in the Jardin des Tuileries, which requires extensive renovation with 92 majestic elms to replant. You take it without knowing it, but the Grande Allée, designed by André Le Nôtre in 1665, was once bordered by a row of trees which outlined the perspective of the Tuileries Palace as far as the future avenue des Champs-Élysées. Their slaughter during the French revolution transformed the promenade into a large space where the ride is still much less pleasant. In short, the idea is to lend a hand and for that nothing could be simpler, you can make a donation for the Louvre donations at http://www.tousmecenes.fr/fr/parrainer-un-arbre-ou-un-banc /

Soon, two other women will lend their names to our Parisian metro stations. In particular, line 4, which will host two stations named after singer Barbara and resistant Lucie Aubrac. The vote by Parisians was voted online to choose the name of the future metro stations 4, which will extend to the south of the line, towards the towns of Montrouge and Bagneux. One was easy and will be call “Bagneux – Lucie -ubrac”. The other was a tighter vote from “Fort de Montrouge”, “Coluche” or “Barbara”. Barbara took it away, probably because she rests in the cemetery of Montrouge, accessible by the south exit of the station.

Albert Khan at the City of Architecture   quipped with a cinematograph and an autochrome ; the first industrial color photography process by Albert Kahn will travel the world and will thus leave behind no less than 72,000 autochromes, 4,000 stereoscopies and 180,000 meters of cinema film. . These images, which you can discover at the City of Architecture and Heritage, reveal a double face of Paris: a timeless capital with its emblematic monuments and, on the other hand, a modern city undergoing rapid change. See it at Paris 1910-1937   Promenades dans les collections Albert Kahn. Done with cooperation of the Département des Hauts-de-Seine, Musée départemental Albert-Kahn. Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine. 1 place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre , 16éme arrondissement until January 11 2020 More at https://www.citedelarchitecture.fr/fr

Until next January, the Musée des Impressionnismes Giverny will offer us a wide panorama of landscape art as practiced by American artists during the period of French Impressionism. With more than 90 paintings, lithographs and watercolors from the Terra Foundation for American Art, the exhibition offers several insights into the evolution of this art. L’Atelier de la Nature 1860-1910. Collection Terra , Musée de Giverny, 99 rue Claude Monet, Giverny ,until January 3 2021. More here : https://www.mdig.fr/expositions-et-activites/expositions/l-atelier-de-la-nature-1860-1910/

The three originally from the North of France and from a modest background, working as miners, plumbers or cafetiers, nothing predestined Augustin Lesage, Victor Simon and Fleury-Joseph Crépin to painting, until voices urged them to to do. Strange works of exceptional thoroughness and high plastic quality are born. The spiritist current, which first appeared in the United States in the middle of the 19C, was emulated in Europe, survived and ended up shining beyond painting. Bewitching!!! Esprit ,es-tu là? Musée Maillol , 59-61 rue de Grenelle , 7eme arrondissement , until November 1 2020. More here : https://www.museemaillol.com/fr/esprit-es-tu-peintres-et-voix-lau-dela

The Musée de l’Homme takes us on a journey through time to discover food remains from the ancient sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Last Meal in Pompeii offers a thematic stroll around the different Roman food practices. Four spaces – bakery, kitchen, dining room and “laboratory” allow us to discover Roman food practices and understand how the food remains presented were studied by archaeobotanists. Dernier repas à Pompéi, Musée de l’Homme, 17 place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre, 16eme arrondissement. Until January 4 2021.More here : http://www.museedelhomme.fr/fr/programme/expositions-galerie-lhomme/dernier-repas-pompei-4102

If you are in love with art or simply curious, know that it is possible to discover or to deepen its history thanks to the “à la carte” courses of the Grand Palais. Histoires d’art offers a unique approach to art led by lecturers from the Rmn-Grand Palais, passionate and experienced art historians, through 9 formulas of 130 different courses Cours d’histoire à la Rmn; Grand Palais, from September 11 2020. More info here: https://www.grandpalais.fr/fr/cours-histoires-dart

And there you go in times of changing to Fall, the weather is unpredictable and now there is plenty of help from the Red Cross and others to help the communities hit harder by Alex, the storm. I am lucky my area is close but away from the coast so life continues as normal here. Be safe and be careful of mother nature, it can be bad! Oh just another personal news, my oldest son purchase his first car of course a Ford! Fiesta with help from Dad and Grandpa so all very happy, he already went to work with it! In a sadder news my father is beginning his lost of memory but he has nurses coming home and the grandsons and me to help out at home.

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

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