Some news from France, CCCXXXIV

And here I am on a most important date in France ; today is May 19 2021 and things are beginning to open up all over and we love it ! The weather has been cloudy and some rain but do not believe that would stop anyone from going out. In fact my small town terraces already brimming at noon! The other season to be merrier is upon us, share it embrace it, enjoy it , la vie est belle!! Let me tell you the latest tidbits from my series, some news from France! Enjoy the opening with moderation and safety first!

The MK2 was the first Parisian cinema to open its doors yesterday Tuesday morning, and the spectators were very numerous at the rendezvous. The MK2 Library in the 13éme arrondissement of Paris and as the cinema opens, the queue spills over to Avenue de France!!

After long months of closure, bars and restaurants are opening their outdoor terraces today May 19th Wednesday. The Bambini restaurant at the Palais de Tokyo 16éme promises to be an unmissable event for this reopening of the terraces in Paris. Others will be the Cabana Beach, you’ll be at the beach, without the itchy sand in your swimsuit, or the sunburns that burn your face. Cabana Beach, 12 Boulevard de Sébastopol 4éme. Webpage:

We continue on my favorites direction the Seine river for its  500 m2 of terrace and floating rooftop. Fluctuart is an Urban Art Center, where you can sip a cocktail while discovering works of art. It’s a unique experience, almost with your feet in the water! Fluctuart; 2 Port du Gros Caillou ,7éme.webpage:

And even away from Paris things are cooking up in one of favorite work hangouts areas since arriving in France and still going strong. On the banks of the Oise river, La Taverne des Rois is back in operation. The setting is idyllic, the restaurant occupies the end of the Port of Cergy (Val d’Oise 95) .Its terrace overlooks the boats and the river, the parasols and the awning soften the sun and provide shelter from bad weather.

Shops and shopping center malls are also opening!! My favorites over the years in the Paris region are the  Westfield Les Quatre-Temps shopping center in La Défense (92), is delighted with the reopening of the complex, which has 240 stores. The Trois Fontaines shopping center in Cergy (95) reopens completely. At Art de Vivre, in addition to the now classic measures, barrier gesture, flow management and space disinfection, the Éragny (95)  shopping center will pay particular attention to air renewal. It can take place up to five times per hour. The shopping center malls Westfield Vélizy 2, Parly 2, Espace Saint-Quentin, Mon Grand Plaisir all in the Yvelines 78. They are all returning to service with the same objective: to respect health protocols to avoid a new closure.

In Fontainebleau, the Django-Reinhardt festival will host from July 1 to 4, Thomas Dutronc, Catherine Ringer, Kyle Eastwood, Ibrahim Maalouf… Vianney, Julien Clerc and Patrick Bruel will perform at the Grand Parquet, from July 23 to 25. In addition, on July 15 and 21, American art schools, which welcome talented young musicians from all over the world, will perform two concerts in the colors of Napoleon I, free of charge, in the castle grounds.  A prelude to the great Saint-Louis fireworks display on August 28. Also in Fontainebleau, the castle will reopen its doors today May 19, with a reduced rate of 7 euros. On this bicentenary of the death of Napoleon 1st, visitors will be able to discover the life of the Emperor in a new specialized route.

In my dear Meaux, the Museum of the Great War (WWI) will reopen and will be exceptionally open until 20h30 today  Wednesday. Musical entertainment on the theme of jazz is planned in the museum hall from 18h to remind people that this musical genre arrived in Europe with the Americans entering the war in 1917. The museum’s permanent collection will be fully accessible. (with the exception of mediation devices involving manipulation by the public). It will also be possible to discover the two temporary exhibitions currently in progress: the first, “Georges Bruyer, engraver la guerre” will be visible until August 22, 2021; the second, “Henri Landier. Requiem pour les Barthélemy “, presented in the permanent collections, is extended until August 30, 2021. webpage:

In addition, the third edition of the departmental heritage festival “Emmenez-moi” will begin in Nemours on June 25 and will end at the castle of Blandy-les-Tours on July 11. webpage:

Closed since October 29, 2020, the Disneyland Paris theme park will reopen its doors on June 17 to a reduced number of visitors. These happy few will be able to discover a new attraction inspired by “Cars” and, from June 21, a 4-star hotel revamped in the colors of Marvel. We are waiting!!!

The museums, castles and other heritage sites of Yvelines dept 78  will reopen their doors today Wednesday. Much to the delight of the many visitors. Close-up on the Château de Breteuil, located 35 km south of Paris in the Chevreuse valley, built in the 17C and whose park had remained open. Sleeping Beauty went on her honeymoon, she returns today May 19th. 2021!! And of course my dear Domaine de Versailles is cleaning, repairing , renovating the renaissance garden all expected to open today!

Parc Asterix will reopen on June 9 and will be able to accommodate up to 20,000 visitors. All the attractions will be open but it will be imperative to book your ticket to enjoy this Gallic theme park. Our family favorite theme park in France.

How the Château de Chantilly found its stolen Japanese cabinets in 1975. The two small pieces of furniture were found by chance during an auction. They have just been repatriated to the Domaine  and will be on display at the Musée Condé this week for the reopening.!!

The end of the obligation to wear a mask in open public places could take place during the summer, but users of the Paris metro will still have to wait. Of course, too much like sardines !!!

The prefect of police took this past Tuesday morning an order prohibiting the movement of pedestrians and vehicles on the square. Lead has resurfaced and worries local residents. The parvis de Notre-Dame 4éme is once again closed. A further rise in the concentration of lead dust was observed at the end of April. This is concerning the reconstruction of Notre Dame Cathedral. Only a 10 meter wide strip remains accessible, it is positioned on the right side of the facade of the Hôtel-Dieu and on the sidewalk section of the rue de la Cité.

The Rendez-vous aux jardins event pays tribute to the art of the garden and the essential role it plays in our well-being, both in town and in rural areas. For its 18th edition, on June 4, 5 and 6, 2021 more than 200 participants will welcome you in Île-de-France region. Some of these and only my favorites are the national domain of Champs-sur-Marne (Seine-et-Marne 77 ), built at the beginning of the 18C, has an 85 hectare park where the ornaments of a French garden mingle with meadows and large trees of an English park. The astonishing Jardin aux Habitants (Paris 75016), adjacent to the Palais de Tokyo and imagined by the artist Robert Milin, which appeals to amateur gardeners who can cultivate their plot of land there. The City of Paris will organize a conference on the conservation of the Auteuil Greenhouses; the youngest will become explorers of biodiversity at Billancourt Park (Hauts-de-Seine 92 ) with a survey to learn to identify flora and fauna. The Rendez-vous aux jardins are also an opportunity to open the portal to private gardens. Although often unrecognized, they are home to botanical treasures. Sonja will show you around her 3000 m² English garden (Yvelines 78) where a pagoda, water games and more than 2,500 plants provide the backdrop  More info on Sonja:

And the event webpage:

 After more than 6 months of closure, the Paris Zoological Park, site of the National Museum of Natural History, is preparing like everyone else for the reopening which must take place tomorrow. 2,500 animals, including 234 different species, await visitors who will be able to browse the different biozones to discover these animals from 5 regions of the world. Webpage:

Alain Ducasse, the most starred French chef in the world, will leave the restaurant of the Parisian palace Le Plaza Athénée, which he has run since 2000 and where he has imposed the very avant-garde concept of “naturalness”. The Plaza Athénée and Alain Ducasse will not be not renewed when it expires on June 30th.  Even the best are fired. On the other hand, the operator of nine luxury hotels belonging to the Brunei Investment Agency (BIA) will continue its collaboration with Alain Ducasse in Le Meurice, in Paris (2 Michelin stars) and in London The Dorchester,( 3 Michelin stars). The reasons for the ousting of the 21 Michelin star Alain Ducasse remain unknown. It intervenes in the context of the health crisis which has plunged the haute cuisine of luxury hotels into hibernation, emptied of their rich international clientele. It could be that he was serving food in the terrace on a take home basis… thoughts.

A very classic public bench, with double seat and bottle-green cast iron base, that auctioneer Christophe Lucien put on sale on May 18 in Drouot. This type of bench saw the light of day in the wake of the changes made from 1853 to 1870 by the Prefect of the Seine, Baron Haussmann. Charged by the latter to create the new street furniture, the engineer Adolphe Alphand and the architect Gabriel Davioud then designed newsstands, information columns, fountains and benches which end up symbolizing the Eternal City in the eyes of tourists. A sign of his capital sympathy, the seat inspired Georges Brassens to sing the song Les Amoureux des bancs publics. It is because its sale has unleashed the anger of some Parisians, grouped under the hashtag #saccageparis, at war against the policies of Anne Hidalgo. Unconvinced by the “manifesto for a new Parisian aesthetic” by Emmanuel Grégoire, first deputy mayor of Paris, the latter protest, in particular, against the gradual replacement of old street furniture by other seats, supposedly more suited to the new ones. uses. Bravo Parisians! This lady is trouble I keep saying!

“Gabrielle Chanel, fashion manifesto“, at the Palais Galliera, in Paris. So it is extended and allows you to discover the universe of the one that gave women freedom of movement, through her iconic creations. From the sailor to the little black dress to the goose tweed and quilted bags, this rich exhibition highlights the full extent of the talent of the one who has profoundly marked the heritage of French fashion. Until July 18th 2021. webpage:

One nice ride taken and always memorable. The Cirque de Lescun, a green island set in the middle of the Pyrenees mountain. We could really miss it, the road leading to Spain via the Somport pass and its parade of trucks still revealing nothing of the scenery. From Dec de Lhurs to the organs of Camplong, passing by the great needle of Ansabère or the Table of the Three Kings, the mountains of the cirque of Lescun draw a cut-out frieze with in the center the immense Billare, which rises to 2,318 meters. Sublime!

And last but not least , some personal ideas share by many . If you are tired of the Parisian tumult, and want to take a relaxing break, and who doesn’t. See the 5 most charming villages where you can recharge your batteries just a stone’s throw from Paris. Lovely towns indeed. Enjoy it as I

Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the medieval city of Provins (S/M 77)  is a veritable open-air museum to be discovered on the outskirts of Paris. Famous for its medieval fortifications, you can stroll through the village, walk the alleys and discover its ramparts, half-timbered houses and fortified gates. Ideal for a romantic stroll.

The Chevreuse valley is a must for a bucolic trip to Île-de-France region. Natural landscapes and charming villages, the Parc de la Vallée de Chevreuse offers beautiful routes, ideal for hiking enthusiasts. The town of Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse (Yvelines 78) marks the entrance to the park. From May 1, a tourist shuttle offers to discover the listed sites: Museum of the Granges of Port-Royal, the castles of Breteuil, Dampierre, and the abbey of Vaux de Cernay.

Head for Auvers-sur-Oise, (Val d’Oise 95)  the oasis for art lovers: the village has always been a land of inspiration for painters such as Vincent van Gogh, Camille Pissarro, Claude Monet and Charles-François Daubigny. Stone houses, low walls covered with ivy, steep paths leading to wheat fields, forests and on the banks of the Oise river. By escaping industrialization, Auvers-sur-Oise has practically remained the same since the 19C, a time when Van Gogh, Cézanne and Pissarro came to draw their inspiration.

With its 131 bridges and footbridges, Montargis (Loiret 45)  is made up of small islets, canals and streets on the water, hence its nickname “Venice of Gâtinais”. A mecca of gastronomy and traditions, Montargis practices a daily art of living and craftsmanship. You can also venture into the vast forest of more than 4,400 hectares for a good dose of well-deserved green.

In Senlis, (Oise 60) we take a trip back in time, and we go straight back to the Middle Ages. Endowed with a remarkable historical heritage, this medieval city will delight history enthusiasts. You can stroll through the old streets full of charm, and admire the Gothic Notre-Dame-de-Senlis Cathedral erected during the second half of the 12C. If you decide to go there for a heritage day, you will have the chance to discover its Gallo-Roman arena.

And there you go folks, be ready, France is ready and onwards we go. Looking forward to the world to do the same and be back with our daily lives, especially traveling! Stay safe and have fun!

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

2 Comments to “Some news from France, CCCXXXIV”

  1. When it comes to travel I would prefer to wait a few more months.

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