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June 9, 2021

Some news from France, CCCXXXVI

And that time again to give some news from my belle France! Times are beginning to be back to normal as the curfew now is to 23h and many including restos and bars are opening! We are booked for Disneyland Paris!! the boys wishes and I oblige. It will be a logistic effort coming with my Dad and dog Rex! We are coming!!! And for now let me tell you the latest news I like from my belle France. This is my 336th post on the series and I thank you.

As this is the norm nowdays , do not want to wait for next post. Therefore, here is the latest on the healthh pass now needed to do many things due to the virus. The vaccination we are told is not obligatory but seem from what they will ask you it looks to me that is a hidden agenda, obligatory.  In digital or paper format, the health pass is now essential to attend certain major events where the crowds exceeds 1,000 people or when the premises are closed. Available via the TousAntiCovid application, the pass contains your personal data (last name, first name, date of birth) as well as information confirming that you are immunized, or vaccinated or that you have performed a negative RT-PCR (or antigen) test less than 48 hours. You would needed to attend these events: Theater rooms, sporting or cultural performance venues, conference rooms, – Trade shows and exhibition fairs, – Stadiums, outdoor establishments and indoor sports establishments, – Theme parks, – Large casinos, – Sit-and-stand festivals outdoor, – Outdoor sports competitions in the open (“if the feasibility conditions are established” specifies the government), – Cruises and passenger boats with accommodation for more than 1000 passengers, Other events, when they are more localized like balls organized by communities. Since June 9, as with any travel within the European Union, this health pass becomes mandatory for travel. The same goes for the inhabitants who come to metropolitan France. The health pass can be used until when? Until September 30, 2021. There you go , we took our first ,the second pfizer shot is due for 20 july.

The dikes are a major solution to prevent the risk of flooding. They are particularly numerous across France. One in two towns has it, which gives a cumulative length of 9000 km in France. Built parallel to the course of the river and raised above the natural terrain (sometimes in the form of an embankment), these structures can be developed differently depending on their location. Dikes are therefore regularly restored across France, so that they regain optimal functioning. This is the case, for example, in Senlis (Oise 60), where worked was launched in 2020. Leaks had in particular been spotted on the 18C structure. To strengthen the waterproofing of the building, several hundred meters of steel sheet piles were introduced in the middle of the dike. Yes they are maybe not touristic but a marvel to see them and a way of life here. Even then we do get some flooding sometimes in certains parts of France. Be aware

And the nightclubs, the latest activity under cover due to the Covid-19 pandemic, should soon welcome their first customers in more than 15 months of shutdown. While a 65% reception level will be imposed during the month of July, the question of the application of the health pass to be presented at the entrance to nightclubs is under discussion. I am sure it will be asked and curfew will still be at 23h (11pm).The date is close to July 15 2021.

A huge flag hanging from the Eiffel Tower called out to Parisians. It was a full-scale test before the handover between the Tokyo Olympics and those in Paris in 2024 next August. A flag the size of a football field flew this past Tuesday on the Eiffel Tower. It foreshadows another that will be hoisted on August 8 by the organizing committee of the Paris 2024 Olympics. A sight! Be here or be square!!!

Thanks to the 2024 Olympics, soon a footbridge for pedestrians and bicycles facing the Stade de France? While the swing bridge installed in this sector has been down for months, negotiations must lead to the construction of another footbridge before the Olympic Games, which will finally open up the district of Franc-Moisin, located on the other side. Great people mover help for sure on the events there.

As we recall, Paris will be home to the Olympic Games in 2024 … and hope, by then, to have time to reinvent itself. The organization of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games thus unveiled the future Olympic site at Place de la Concorde. It will be able to host urban sports events there, that is to say breaking, street and park skateboarding, freestyle BMX and 3×3 basketball.

Air France names an Airbus A321 “Meaux”. A ceremony was organized this past Friday morning on the tarmac at Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle airport in the presence of the mayor of Meaux, Mr Copé (Seine-et-Marne 77 ) and the CEO of Air France. The airline company gave the name of the city of Bossuet to an aircraft that entered service in 2002. Ah yes here for me, Meaux is special (see my posts).

Closed for three months, the Rambolitrain houses around 4,000 exceptional pieces for lovers of the miniature train. The train museum reopens its doors today 9 june  Wednesday, like many cultural places. Almost 4,000 pieces, sometimes valuable, are on display to democratize the history of these toys and of this bygone era. Wonderful worth the trip to Rambouillet (Yvelines 78) my kids when young took them there and love it. (see post).

The Rambouillet Castle (see post). Still little frequented by tourists, the 15C castle is competing with two other sites in the Ile-de-France region in Stéphane Bern’s program “The favorite monument of the French”, on France Télévisions. You have until June 11 to vote. Former royal, imperial and presidential residence, the castle of Rambouillet served as a holiday resort for great personalities. Yes I voted and will see the results!webpage:

After the courageous ones who opened on May 19 and were rewarded by a warm and present audience, many theaters are reopening from today June 9. With gauges at 65% and a curfew pushed back to  23h. At the  Petit Montparnasse, see  “Saint Ex in New York” focuses on the American period of the adventurer and writer, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, in the 1940s. Closed since March 2020, the Salle Richelieu room of the Comédie Française reopened last Saturday 5th June, with “La Puce à l’oreille” by Feydeau. The Marmottan Monet museum 16éme reveals a great Danish painter of northern lights, Peder Kroyer. “Calm Evening on Skagen Beach” (1893), a masterpiece by Peder Severin Kroyer who photographs his wife and a friend, the painter Anna Ancher By the  Art Museums of Skagen – Musée Marmottan Monet.

Filmmaker and collector Bruno Decharme has just donated 900 works of art brut to the Center Pompidou.(see post) This entry confirms the craze for a genre that has long remained confidential, created by misfits, autodidacts and tormented minds. The artists who join Beaubourg today are called Aloïse, Madge Gill, Adolf Wölfli, Henry Darger, Pascal-Désir Maisonneuve, Augustin Lesage or Fleury Joseph Crépin. For the most part, they are marginalized people held to be crazy, sophisticated minds lost in the twists and turns of their unconscious, passionate self-taught, tormented simpletons. All of them produced an “art brut”, theorized in 1945 by the artist Jean Dubuffet, who thus referred to creators who were irreducible to the standards of scholarly culture. Nice addition anyway.

On a clear day, this is undoubtedly the best view of Le Touquet-Paris-Plage and even of the English cliffs! The Canche lighthouse on the Opal Coast perched at more than 57 meters, this monument more urban than maritime was built in 1949 and put into service in 1951. Octagonal in shape with concave faces, this tower made of concrete and brick has the particularity of being located 800 meters away from the sea, at the hinge between town and forest. Inside, 274 steps lead to the top of this building, which has been listed as a historic monument since 2011. In the former keeper’s house converted into a museum, an exhibition traces the history of the ancient maritime fires of Le Touquet. Visits all summer, Saturdays and Sundays. Forbidden to children under 6 years old  Le Touquet Paris Plage tourist office Webpage :

After several weeks of debate, the ephemeral terraces will become “summer terraces”, announced this Monday, June 7, the mayor of Paris! Every year from April 1 to October 31, restaurateurs will have permission to install chairs and tables in parking spaces or in front of closed shops. To limit noise pollution and the worry of local residents, the summer terraces will have to close at  22h  compared to 02h for the traditional terraces. A feast for the eyes to be enjoy it now!

The Jardin d’Acclimatation reopens in “Dolce vita” mode The garden reopens its doors Wednesday  today June 9 at 10h, and prepares for the commissioning of a brand new merry-go-round . (see my post on it)

Head to the 9éme arrondissement, rue du Faubourg Montmartre, not only to (re) discover the exhibition dedicated to Banksy, but above all… to sleep there. Since the launch of the latter in 2019 at Espace Lafayette-Drouot, the queue has never been empty. And from today Wednesday June 9, next to the entrance of this former garage, a hotel-museum offering copies of works by the street artist will open its doors. Inspiration? The Walled Off Hotel, a hotel opened by Banksy himself in 2017 in Bethlehem, West Bank. Copied from the latter, the Parisian hotel will offer around twenty rooms decorated in the colors of the artist’s works, and, in the common areas, reproductions made by other street artists such as that of the little girl with the red balloon. To be disclosed for update news webpage:

All summer, Chloé Charles (just watching her it Top Chef!!) takes over the stoves of the Carnavalet museum to offer us vegetal and committed cuisine. To celebrate its reopening, the Carnavalet Museum will entrust its kitchens to Chloé Charles, former Top Chef candidate. In order to make the experience unforgettable, Chloé Charles surrounded herself with 4 inspiring and inspired women: Andrea Sham, culinary scenographer who signed 5 desserts to die for, Camille Vidal, mixologist and creator of wellness cocktails, Leslie David, artistic director Parisian who imagined a classic and colorful decor, as well as Marine Serre, a designer involved in upcycling who took care of giving the team a makeover. We will therefore have the chance to taste all these gourmet creations in the courtyard of one of the prettiest museums in Paris!

At the crossroads of rue Chanzy and rue Faidherbe streets, a modern bakery emerges from the traffic. La Maison Chanzy, a brand that is part of a beautiful family tradition. When it comes to bread, Maison Chanzy has the products that make Parisian bakeries so charming: tradition with cereals and special breads such as baltik (malted wheat flour, barley, sesame, brown flax and crushed soybeans), the carpenter ( wheat flour, sourdough, toasted corn flour, rye) and lumberjack (wheat flour, rye flour and flax seeds, soybeans and barley flour). Note to gourmets: the pastries and pastries are also homemade. Maison Chanzy 10, rue Chanzy 11éme arrondissement.

Today Wednesday June 9, 2021, the curfew will be moved to 23h. We will finally be able to drink glasses on the terrace without having to binge drink and that’s cool. But what’s also cool is that Café Barge is finally reopening its doors! Saturday June 12, 2021, head to the Quais de la Rapée for a house music evening from 16h to 23h. For the occasion, the Café Barge brings Fredelux and Simon Rezlem, two well-established house DJs from Paris to make us dance the night away. The event is free until  19h with compulsory consumption. Café Barge, Port de la Rappée 12éme arrondissement.webpage :

And Sangria has become a popular drink all over simple refreshing great in Summers at least. Well now there is a popular concept taking shape on the rosé sangria which, as you might expect, is made from Spanish sangria and rosé wine. I will give you a simple recipe that we have try at home! For about 5 persons ,you will need: A bit more than a bottle of rosé wine 15 cl of grapefruit juice , one grapefruit,one orange one lemon 40g of powdered sugar, and a few seasonal fruits to add to the mix for more color and presentation optional but worth it and can add a bit more fruit. Regarding the preparation, it takes about 10 minutes and is frankly simple: after washing and drying the citrus fruits, cut them into slices then cut them into regular cubes. Gather them in a large bowl, cover with powdered sugar. Pour in the rosé wine and grapefruit juice. Leave to rest for at least 2 hours in the fridge, the time for the rosé to soak up the scent of the fruit. Serve well cold. Buen provecho or bon appétit!!

There you go folks, another some news from France! Hope you enjoy it and just arriving in Summer the skies are opening up for us humble humans to enjoy life at its fullest for the time we have on Earth. Go out and do it! And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

June 9, 2021

A Cathedral in Curitiba!!!

And once again, unbelievable found another subject not shown in my blog but did spent long in Curitiba Brazil! Have several posts on the city but not on the Cathedral! This is brief post to remedy this as it was memorable to walk around it several times and finally going in. Hope you enjoy it as I. Thanks again for reading me since November 2010!

The Catedral Basílica Menor Nossa Senhora da Luz or Minor Basilica Cathedral of Our Lady of Light in the city of Curitiba, in the state of Paraná, Brazil. The old section of the birth of the city at praça Tiradentes. The short story goes that in 1668 a small wooden church was built on the site, in the old town of today’s Curitiba, with a church dedicated to Our Lady of Light and Good Jesus.

curitiba Catedral Basílica Menor Nossa Senhora da Luz front jul08

In 1693 the town council was installed there in order to elect the first municipal authorities. On March 29 of the same year, the founding of the town of Nossa Senhora da Luz e do Bom Jesus dos Pinhais de Curitiba was made official. As the long official name of Curitiba.   Years later this small church gave way to a larger church in stone and clay, whose completion occurred in 1721, called the Church headquarters. This in turn was demolished between 1875 and 1880, to finally build the current cathedral, whose work was carried out between 1876 and 1893. In 1947, an annex was built.   On June 7, 1993, one hundred years after its inauguration, the Cathedral was elevated to the rank of Basilica Minor, in awe of Nossa Senhora da Luz dos Pinhais, the patron saint of the capital of Paraná, Curitiba. The cathedral was built in the Neo-Gothic or Roman Gothic style. Sorry for the pictures it was with mobile phone but only ones I can find in my vault!

curitiba Catedral Basílica Menor Nossa Senhora da Luz stained glass window jul08

At the entrance on the right-hand side, visitors have the opportunity to see the chair where Pope John Paul II sat when he visited the city in 1980. Near the altar is a 9 meters deep well (about 30 feet), believed by the historians to be the only remaining piece of the original structure.

The official Cathedral Basilica Minor of Our Lady of the Light in Portuguese:

The city of Curitiba on the Cathedral in Portuguese:

The Archidiocèse of Curitiba on the Cathedral in Portuguese:

There you go folks, this is a nice Cathedral Basilica Minor of Our Lady of the Light in a very memoral city of Curitiba for me as lived there for 3 months a while back, and still many friends in touch. I am glad finally got the Cathedral out into my blog, worth a detour once there for sure.

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

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June 9, 2021

Rodoferroviária of Curitiba!!!

Another forgotten spot in my memorable Curitiba and getting all those pictures from my old cd rom disks!! This took once with friends to see the Iguaçu Falls for which cannot find any pictures! The rest I stop by several times because the mercado central (see post) was across the street and wanted to see the buses going in and out when nothing else to do. I lived in Curitiba for 3 months on expats assignements from France!!

Let me tell you a bit as brief because I am no expert and the information is from the Portuguese language sites in the links below on the Rodoferroviária of Curitiba or main bus terminal!

curitiba rodoferroviaria bus station jul08

The city of Curitiba has an excellent bus system that is acknowledge worldwide and even this every time is packed with people using it. I was lucky was given Chevy Prisma car to move about! The system is the Integrated Transport Network , and this is a trunk-fed bus system in exclusive lanes (Bus Rapid Transit or BRT) of the city of Curitiba. The Rede Integrada de Transportes (RIT) was the first bus rapid transit (BRT) system implemented in the world. The Curitiba Integrated Transport Network has as its backbone of its operation 72 km of exclusive routes for buses that run through the 5 main axes of the city and that constitute the so-called fast lines (Expresso Biarticulado) whose stations are easily identifiable by their shape tube. The system served as a model for the systems of several cities in Brazil, the TransMilenio in Bogotá, the MIO in Cali, the Trolleybus, the Ecovía and the Metrobus-Q in Quito. , the Metropolitano de Lima, the Transantiago in Santiago, the Orange Line in Los Angeles and the Metrobús in Mexico City. Also, the Walt Disney transportation in Orlando Fl USA!

curitiba ave emiliano perneta bus tubes jul08

curitiba bus double jul08

The system is broken down into several line service and will give you the main connections here.

The Fast lines (Expresso Biarticulado): services operated by high-capacity buses of three sections , which use the reserved platforms traveling the five main axes that radiate from the city center: Boqueirão, Norte (north), Sul(south),   Leste(east) and Oeste (West). The Fast direct lines (Ligeirao Azul): services operated by buses that have the same characteristics as the Expresso. The main difference it has is that it offers a faster service than the Expresso, since it has fewer stops. The Lines between neighborhoods (Interbairros): routes made by green buses that connect points outside the city center. The direct lines (Linha Direta): they are usually called ônibus ligerinho (fast bus) and constitute the fastest link between two points of the city covering long distances with few stops. The conventional lines (Convencional): services carried out by yellow buses without constituting an integrated network and that connect the city center with the neighborhoods radially. And the Tourist line (Linha turismo) that run through the main tourist centers of the city. Paying your fare allows you to get off and ride the bus five times. (The one I tried as had a car).

curitiba rodoferroviaria bus parking jul08

I  did went over to see it. Rodoferroviária de Curitiba is the unified terminal for intercity and interstate passenger transportation, as well as rail transportation in Curitiba, capital of Paraná state. It is located in the Jardim Botânico neighborhood (botanical garden see post) , in front of Avenida Presidente Affonso Camargo, and serves road transport routes between several Brazilian states and towns, including some international locations located in Paraguay and Argentina, in addition to the railway boarding station for tourist trips between the capital of Paraná and the cities of Morretes and Paranaguá, on the coast of the state (the Sierra Verde train). It has 465 urban and metropolitan bus lines, last count.

curitiba rodoferrorivaira back jul08

The city of Curitiba bus network URBS (see right hand column for “horario de onibus” to choose your itinerary):

Comec, Information on the intercity bus service in Portuguese:

The bus terminal in Curitiba in Portuguese:

The bus network in Brazil on Curitiba

There you go folks, I feel better telling you and reminding me of this wonderful adventure. I got to go in front of it every day from my home at the Mercure Batel hotel and my job in the nearby town of Piraquara. Glad the blog is making these memories come alive! Hope you enjoy the post and do visit Curitiba an excellent city with plenty to see and do; I love it

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

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June 9, 2021

A Mercure in Nantes!

Well this will be brief but for me is important to have in my blog. I have written about the sights and eateries and things to do in beautiful Nantes but forgot this one.. Therefore the text is new and the pictures are old. One of the souvenirs of visiting the city and not always in one day as it is only about 1h30 from my house. However, did stayed there glorious.

The family was always asking to spend more time in Nantes and we just doing my usual road warrior trips in and out bang and next please… Well the other half won and this time we spent a night in Nantes. What better way to use the Accor hotel chain and one its best the Mercure hotels.

I took them there by car as also been there by train. The car ride is always smooth and the Mercure Centre Grand Hotel has an excellent underground parking garage that I use. From there easy walking all over lol!

nantes mercure hotel front apr08

The Mercure Nantes Centre Grand Hotel at 4 rue du Couedic is in the heart of Nantes city center In the heart of the pedestrian streets, the hotel allows you to reach the sites of the city in a few minutes on foot. The proximity of trams, buses and the train station facilitates travel to the airport, while there is a nice private car park to delight travelers by car as we find out. The hotel bar, “4.44” invites you to relax and the restaurant well we went out to Chez Clément (now closed and there now L’Entrecôte ) on place Fleurot de l’Angle this time.

nantes mercure hotel to lobby apr08

The hotel is just next to the Place Royale, and a less than 10-minute walk from the Château des Ducs de Bretagne as well as a bit over 1 km from Nantes train station which for us is doable on foot.

nantes mercure hotel to garden apr08

The Accor chain on the Mercure Centre Grand Hotel of Nantes

The Nantes tourist office on the Mercure Centre Grand Hotel of Nantes: 

There you go folks, hope you can use the info , hightly recommended ,and I usually do not do this part, always leave it open to choices. The Mercure Centre Grand Hotel of Nantes is worth the detour.

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

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