Some news from France, CCCXXX

And I am back at you with my series of some news from France. Again thanks for reading me over the years since 2010! It has been a wonderful ride alongside. We are now getting good signals to go out as the President will speak this week and all points out to May 8th, fingers crossed! Let me give some of my favorite current news in my belle France!!

The oldest bridge in Paris has just started the last phase of its restoration. Seven months of work will be necessary to renovate the Place du Pont-Neuf, on which stands the equestrian statue of Henri IV. Built between 1578 and 1607, the Pont-Neuf had already been the subject of restoration work. An eighteen-year project, completed in 2007, notably allowed the renovation of each of the twelve arches of this 238-meter-long bridge. This new restoration will also be accompanied by the installation of stained glass windows (as for the Pont des Arts and the Pont de l’Archevêché) in order to limit the installation of padlocks which distort and endanger the bridge (good deal!). Renovated at the factory, the guardrails will be slightly modified to accommodate the glass panels, while retaining their original appearance. The seven-month project will also be an opportunity to restore the retaining walls of the Place du Pont-Neuf as well as some masks ornament , cleaned and renovated.

Will the major redevelopment project of the Eiffel Tower sector win the approval of Parisians? In a few weeks, the OnE Site project will be submitted to residents not through a classic public inquiry, but through the unprecedented procedure of Electronic Public Participation (PPVE), which should allow Parisians to consult the overall project, and verify its compatibility with the town planning documents of the sector concerned by the ambitious transformation of the site, between the Trocadéro (16éme arrondissement) and the Champ-de-Mars (7éme arrondissement). The Friends of Champ-de-Mars, reinforced by the detailed remarks made by the Environmental Authority (AE), have therefore just sent them a letter and point to “inadequacies” in the OnE Site project, the work of which is supposed to start before end of 2021  Another wish of the mayor Mme Hidalgo that the locals are not in agreement….  

 Old quarries of Paris are far from being spared the risk of collapse. The undergrounds of the city may have been mapped for more than two centuries, Paris is not immune to sudden collapses, as last June in the 19éme arrondissement. Some 770 hectares of emptiness still remain under the streets of the cityl!

Walkers in the Champs-Elysées gardens in Paris may have noticed the renovation of a pretty old pergola, also called the vacherie Anglaise  or English cowhouse, as well as the bandstand. Near the Champs-Elysées roundabout, a pergola has been restored. Nice!

Parc Monceau, with its hundred-year-old trees, its romantic works , and a crazy charm. This mythical and very frequented park in the 8éme arrondissement of Paris, one of the most beautiful in the city with its remarkable trees and romantic sculptures, has long been the garden of a private residence. This antique-style colonnade, originally intended to adorn the tomb of Henri II which remained unfinished, has become the emblematic Naumachie, named after the ancient naval jousts, which adorns the basin of Parc Monceau. A must to see!

The Palais de la Découverte sparkles at the Citroën park. Colorful capitals pointed towards the sky, pine fences in the middle of a mineral decoration, for the moment nothing escapes from the small enclosure installed on the edge of the André-Citroën park (15éme arrondissement) and its “white garden”, (now Caroline Aigle garden), but the place promises to soon,. sparkles. This is the name of the ephemeral The The Palais de la Découverte or Discovery Palace, which will allow the historical museum on Avenue Franklin-D. Roosevelt (8éme), renovated with the Grand Palais, to continue to exist. Like the latter, relocated to the Champ-de-Mars (7éme) and almost completed, the scale-model Discovery Palace, since it is “only” 750 m2, is in the interior fittings of its structures. modular and all in wood, the 6 points of which give a playful side to this bituminous corner of the Balard neighborhood. In the meantime, the site is expected to open by June, at least before the summer. The interior fittings of Les Étincelles also have an air of déjà vu: a good part of the partitions, furniture and materials of the 82me palace could be reused to make something new with old. For example, oak parquet, the slats of which have been transformed into platforms, or partitions that have become straw mattresses, pieces of old platforms revalued in Mendeleev’s table of chemical elements! Under the marquees, visitors will in any case find the main of each universe of the Palais de la Découverte, from chemistry to geosciences, physics or mathematics, the animal world, geology on Mars etc. webpage:

To honor the Château de Chantilly (Oise dept 60), which is currently closed due to the epidemic, the auction house Christie’s has reconstituted in its lounges at 9, avenue Matignon (8éme), one of the most famous decors from the Chantilly estate: “La petite singerie” by Christophe Huet. Painted in the 1730s, these 6 paintings on wood represent life at Court, the originality being that the courtiers appear as monkeys!  This trompe-oeil decor is the backdrop for the exhibition of 400 pieces of furniture and decorative art from the 18C and 19C which will be auctioned off on Tuesday, April 27 from 10h30 . From the curvaceous and counter-curved console of the Marquise de Pompadour, estimated at 40,000 to 60,000 euros, to the mirror with gilt bronze frame and elephant ivory marquetry by Sarah Bernhardt 4,000-6,000 euros, There is something for every taste ! Of course, the Château de Chantilly does not offer anything for sale. The lots on offer come from castles, private mansions, collectors’ apartments located in France or in other European countries. Free access Friday, Saturday and Monday from 10h to 18h  and Tuesday from 10h to noon.

Vélib ’adopted a new price list this past Friday morning, which will come into force this coming summer 2021. The price increases will concern exclusively the rentals of electric models , victims of their success. The blue Electric Vélib are preferred to mechanical bikes by a majority of users. Therefore, pocket pays for the ecolos!

Now is the time to have sleepless nights and roll your eyes. Until April 30, series of meteor showers are expected and will be visible everywhere in France. This coming Monday will therefore be more of an opportunity to observe the pink super moon, while the other nights will be reserved for stargazing. The best time to go out? Very early in the morning, before the sun rises and when the moon is less bright … And if you find a quiet place away from any city light, it’s the best. Look east, and after about 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adjust and you will start to see meteors, NASA says. Events not to be missed in the sky in 2021: The night of April 21/22: Lyrids – April 27: the Pink moon – May 26: Lunar eclipse – June 10: Solar eclipse – August 22: Blue moon!

We Demain made estimates with these experts on the places affected by global warming in France by 2050: where will the French live and invest? How will they adapt? For 2050, it is more or less clearer because we have figures, we know that we will have about one degree more in France. The factors of ” good living ” were calculated from several daily aspects of life , in the city as in the countryside, at work as at leisure, the general climate, the possibilities of agriculture, tourist areas, etc. Here are some results: The Yvelines would be, in 2050, a first choice destination for Ile-de-France residents to take a breath of fresh air, swim in a few corners of the loops of the Seine or take cool hikes in forests. We had already noticed this during these last heatwave periods: the Brittany region remains fairly untouched by heat waves. It is more particularly Finistère which would be more populated in 2050, bubbling with cultural life – the region would even become hyper touristy. The Normandy region would even develop ideal conditions to welcome its first Norman wine in thirty years. For the rest of the regions, it will be necessary to adapt to drier climates, to change the grape varieties to those that withstand hot summers and extreme heat. Provence OK, but in the off-season. The charm of the south of France may well wear off over time. The best times to live there would be Easter and All Saints’ Day, when temperatures will not exceed 35 ° C. The Mediterranean climate is said to have reached the region of central France, attracting many tourists to Mâcon, Dijon or Beaune. The lakes and waterfalls of the Jura will be ideal for cooling off. The Bay of Somme would replace the destination of the Arcachon basin, the air of which would have become too suffocating. Oh well, we are ok in Brittany as I have said!! More in French:

The Cassini Grand Paris application, 100% online and free, offers to explore the different maps of Paris that have made its history since 1731. It was launched by the Atelier Parisien d’Urbanisme (APUR): in total, you will find 19 maps.and you will be able to discover and understand thanks to the explanations accompanying each of them. Cassini Grand Paris is the name of the family of cartographers who produced the first topographic and geometric map of the kingdom of France in the 18C. Thanks to the map overlay function, you can easily compare the Paris of yesterday and today! Neat!! webpage:

The  pandemic is making waves in wine consumption. Repeated closures of bars and restaurants, muted events, limitation of tourism have shaken up habits. As a result, the volumes of wine drunk to the four corners of the planet fell by 3% in 2020, according to data published on Tuesday, April 20, by the International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV). They reach the lowest level since 2002!, with an estimate of 234 million hectoliters.  In China, wine consumption plunged by 17% in 2020, which now ranks it sixth in the world among countries who adore the bottle. The Spaniards have also shown temperance with a decline of 6.8%. Conversely, the Italians increased the dose by 7.5%. So much so that Italy is now on the heels of France, ready to compete for the place of the second largest consumer country. Especially since, in France, as in the United States, a leading country, the number of sold glasses has remained stable. On the harvest side, the OIV estimates that the world’s vines produced 258 million hectoliters in 2020, a slight increase of 1%. The surprise came from the usual top three of Italy, France and Spain. Its bottling increased by 8%, to 165 million hectoliters, offering a rebound after a rather meager 2019 harvest. The wine triplet alone weighs 53% of global volumes!

And there you go folks, some news from France keeps kicking since 2010 thanks to you all! As said, I see the light at the end of the tunnel in order to travel again, so keep you engines running, this will take off like wildfire!oh by the way think of making reservations from now with the right to cancel as places will be tight ,the world will be out!

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

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