Some news from France, CCCXXIII

So not to forget my wonderful series of some news from France, I am back at it. Sadly, a lot less to report due to the scares of the virus. It seems many governments including France treat this like the medal tables in the Olympic games when in reality other deseases has caused a lot more deaths like Cancer (157K last year in France from the league against cancer France!). The vaccine is out but the reliable figures come only from the pharmaceutical firms and China still silence with starting the virus and only about 5K deaths….OMS has a team there now but do not think will come to any conclusion from their tour of China!

Anyway, here we have cool damed weather of 7C and some light rain now. There was slight snow in Paris this weekend but only the icing on the roads. Life goes on and me on target for retirement by March 2021!!! Let me tell you a bit of the latest I have been able to gathered.

On this coming Wednesday, the new figures on the health situation and the results of the general curfew at 18h, this will allow us to know if for the moment this is enough to keep the epidemic under control, An explanation due next from the Presidential Palace of Elysee. To fight against the spread of the English and South African variants, the High Council for Public Health has just set the rule of social distancing at two meters and no longer one!!!. We see that even masked people catch the virus. What is more problematic would therefore be the artisanal mask. A decree will also be issued on this past Friday that the homemade masks will no longer be used. Therefore, the ups and down keeps going on and businesses are closing down!

How do I pay the salaries?; that is the question,the Château de Chantilly is asking after made public is plagued by the virus crisis. Neither public nor private, orphan of its main patron, the Château de Chantilly, which employs 130 people, finds itself in great financial difficulty because of the virus crisis. It launched an appeal for donations. In 2020, the Domaine de Chantilly estate was only able to open five months and welcome 220,000 visitors compared to 450,000 usually! Yes even these magnificent monuments are hurt from poor government decisions!!!

The Seine has been in flood status for several days. The fault of the incessant rains which from Thursday to Friday copiously watered the basin of the Marne and the Île-de-France and raised the level of the river. This Saturday, at the Pont d’Austerlitz (13éme) and Les Invalides (7éme) or under Notre Dame (5éme), and the tidal wave, at the bottom of the Quai de la Tournelle (5éme), between the Île Saint- Louis and the Île de la Cité. It seems to have a hell of a current. The level reached 3.05 meters while lastThursday evening, at 19h, it was 2.36 meters. At Vigicrues (govt site on floods) , they want to be reassured. According to Vigicrues, the level of the Seine could this Sunday (today) reach between 3.34 and 3.47 meters. And continue to climb to reach up to 4.50 meters on next Tuesday! webpage: https://www.vigicrues.gouv.fr/niv2-bassin.php?CdEntVigiCru=7

The Tango nightclub (3éme), an institution in the LGBT community, will close. Quite a symbol in a district once synonymous with freedom and emancipation, which has become ultra-touristic and commercial.

Bus lanes are multiplying on the region of Île-de-France highways. A new reserved bus lane opened last week on the N118 road. It stretches for 1.2 km between Meudon and Vélizy. After a difficult start, these traffic lines on the main roads have proved their worth and the projects are moving up to implementation. Oh yes moving people around with less roads and more traffic jams!

The Château de Fontainebleau in Seine-et-Marne dept 77 offers daily guided tours of its gardens, the opportunity to stroll through this 130 hectare estate. The domain offers several ambiances with its three landscaped gardens over 45 hectares and an 80 hectare park.

A star among the clouds. The list of Michelin-starred restaurants in the Yvelines dept 78. They have kept their stars this year such as La Table des Blot , Auberge du Château, in Dampierre-en-Yvelines. Le Village, in Marly-Le-Roi. Le Panoramique – Domaine de la Corniche, in Rolleboise. Numéro 3, at Tremblay-sur-Mauldre. Gordon Ramsay at the Trianon, in Versailles. La Table du 11, in Versailles. Starred until now, the Camélia, in Bougival, is no longer part of this list. Its leader, Thierry Conte, died suddenly last summer.

Hard blow for the capital, not really. Our beloved City of Light (Paris) has been relegated from 1st to 7th place among the most attractive cities in the world for large fortunes. In question ? The transport strikes in 2019, the yellow vests crisis and more recently the Covid-19 crisis   which has forced businesses and hotels to close due to the government. Let’s not forget to point out that the ranking focuses exclusively on luxury real estate and transactions worth several million euros. We are of course talking about ultra-rich families with assets of more than 25 million euros which are driving up real estate prices and giving rise to record transactions. Better to stabilize prices in the city!

Following the worldwide success of the Tutankhamun exhibition, The Pharaoh’s Treasure, ancient Egypt is making a comeback at La Villette with a traveling exhibition called Ramses and the Gold of the Pharaohs. To January 2025, the exhibition Ramses and the Gold of the Pharaohs will tour the world before stopping off in the 19éme arrondissement of Paris. This time the theme of gold, a true symbol of immortality, will be on the program. Ramses and the gold of the pharaohs ,  La Villette ; 211, avenue Jean Jaurès, 19éme of Paris.

The Orangerie museum will welcome the superb Magritte in full sun. The “Renoir period” 1940-1947”, to be discovered until June 21, 2021. The exhibition begins with a recontextualisation, with paintings from the end of the 1930s, when Magritte spoke mainly about the imminent arrival of the war. All this allows you to rediscover the masterpieces of the master of surrealism. To discover urgently!!!. Magritte in full splendor. The “Renoir period” 1940-19473. At the Orangerie Museum until June 21, 2021. Hopefully, they will be able to show it unless the govt mingles again.

There you for now, short and sassy as the saying goes. Hoping for better times for all, for now do your part stay safe, keep the distance, use clinically proven masks, and wash your hands often. The rest leave it to the pharmas!! A bientôt de ma belle France!

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

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