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July 23, 2021

The Colosseum of Rome !

And why not staying in Rome, well this is awesome. I like to update this older post of our family visit to eternal Rome. We enjoyed the walks all over and when facing the grand Colosseum it was tops. Let me tell you a bit more on it ,and hope you enjoy as I.


Ok so I am moving back to old pretty Italy again and of course to my favorite city there Roma , Rome where all started for many ::) I have written several posts over the years on it and as always touch base on a general nature. I like to bring you a bit more on one of the emblematic monuments of Rome and maybe even Italy; the Colosseum or Colosseo in italian! Much has been written on it elsewhere and everywhere so will give you the basis and the hope you do visit it.  Of course, the history and architecture is the most for me.


The Colosseum originally the Flavian amphitheater, is a huge ovoid amphitheater located in the center of the city of Rome, between the Esquiline and the Caelian, the largest ever built in the Roman Empire. It is one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and engineering.  Its construction, just east of the Roman Forum, began between 70 and 72, under Emperor Vespasian, and ended in 80  under Titus. Further changes were then made during the reign of Domitian 81-96. The name of the amphitheater Flavian derives from the surname of Flavii of Emperor Vespasian and his sons Titus and Domitian.


It was more likely to accommodate 50 000 spectators , the Colosseum was used for venations (fights of wild animals), the Munera (fights of gladiators) and other public performances, such as executions of condemned to death, re-enactments of famous battles and dramas based on Roman mythology. It remained in service for nearly 500 years, the last games extending to the 6C.   The Colosseum continues to give the measure of the ancient power of imperial Rome. Today it is one of the symbols of modern Rome, one of its most popular tourist attractions.


After the Great fire of Rome in 64, Nero built a sumptuous palace. Having seized land at the bottom of a low valley at the bottom of which ran a channeled stream, between the Caelian, the Esquiline and the Palatine, he built the magnificent Domus Aurea. In front of pavilions, gardens, and porticoes, he created an artificial lake and placed Nero’s colossus palace not far from the entrance to the estate. The pre-existing aqueduct of the Aqua Claudia was extended for the water supply of this area. The lake was filled and the land reused for the construction of the new Flavian Amphitheater which was destined to replace the amphitheater of Statilius Taurus totally ravaged during the great fire of Rome.


In 1749, Pope Benedict XIV decided that the official policy of the Church would be to make the Colosseum the sacred place where the first Christians were martyred. He forbade the use of the Colosseum as a quarry, and consecrated the edifice to the Passion of Christ and set up a Way of the Cross, declaring it sanctified by the blood of the Christian martyrs who perished there. Today, still has close ties with the Roman Catholic Church as on every Good Friday, the Pope leads a procession to the torches on a way of the cross culminating in the amphitheater. In 2001, a museum dedicated to Eros is located on the upper floor of the building. A part of the floor of the arena is reconstituted in the same year.

Inside the Colosseum there is the Church of Santa Maria della Pietà al Colosseo which is a place of Catholic worship. Small in size, it is inserted in one of the arcades of the Flavian Amphitheater and was probably built between the 6C and the 7C, although the first certain information about its existence dates back to the 14C. This church has always been a place of worship in memory of the Christian martyrs who lost their lives inside the Colosseum; it was frequented by many Saints, notably Ignatius of Loyola, Felipe Neri and Camille de Lellis.


Under the French first empire, the façade was reinforced by bricks in 1807 and 1827, with Napoleon I having employed the army in the restoration and excavation of the main monuments of Rome from 1811 to 1814. Following the occupation of Rome, in the second empire Napoleon III continued the restoration and excavation work.  In 1995, the Colosseum started a restoration site, the most important since 1836, whose objective was to reduce the number of fragments of the monument detaching and to open 85% of the monument to the public against 15% in 1995.  Work finally started in 2013, and after a 33-month facelift, during which the travertine façade was hosed with a fine water spray, the symbol of Rome ,if not of Italy gleams creamy white by day and even flushes pink as the sun sets.

Some webpages to help plan your trip here are:

The Rome tourist ofice on the Colosseum

The Lazio region tourist office on the Colosseum

The official webpage of the Colosseum

There you go folks,now you have a bit more on this wonderful monument , and I feel better for the credit to this wonderful monument of Rome, the Colosseum. Hope you have enjoyed it and do visit if not done so by now.

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

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July 23, 2021

Some news from Spain CVII

And why not my other love in my dear Spain. Well things there are a bit strained due to the covid19 with worries in Barcelona and Burgos as per govt figures here: The weather hotter in Madrid high of 34C today sunny with some clouds, along the coast will be hotter! Now let me tell you some news from Spain in my 107th post, thanks for reading it!

This summer the pilgrims return to the oldest and most trodden route in Europe. After a few months in silence, the Camino de Santiago is in celebration for being the Holy Year, also extended until the end of 2022 due to the pandemic. But the Compostela experience has been digitized and the pilgrim will find many novelties. These are some of them.

Pilgrims who cannot live without their cellular/mobile already have an app that allows them to certify their pilgrimage and obtain the credential in digital version. They will only have to scan the QR codes that they find on their way at the different points of the itinerary. La Compostela is granted only to those who make the pilgrimage to the Apostle’s tomb, making at least the last 100 kilometers on foot or on horseback, the last 200 kilometers by bicycle or 100 nautical miles, ending the rest of the Way from the port on foot. Disembarkation.

An escape room to test the pilgrim’s ingenuity. The famous escapism games help walkers and their neighbors to learn about the history, heritage and towns of the route, through tests, clues and riddles. Baptized as The Escape Way, the initiative also has elements of traditional yincanas and geocaching. After opening in Astorga (León), urban escape rooms will be available in a handful of towns on the Camino Francés (French Way): Arrés (Huesca), Los Arcos (Navarra), Santo Domingo de la Calzada (La Rioja), Belorado (Burgos) and Palas de Rei (Lugo). Webpage:

Based on this premise, a credential has been created that can be downloaded on the Camino Lebaniego website and that offers pilgrims to add stamps in the affiliated establishments to win products and stays based on indigenous gastronomy and foods, historically linked to the pilgrim tradition. . Webpage:

Due to the current difficulties created by the covid19, the Association of Municipalities of the Camino de Santiago updates the open shelters on its website every week. In addition, another novelty this year is Albergue LoT, a tool that reflects in real time the available places in these accommodations. amcsantiago webpage:

And Albergue LoT webpage:

On the occasion of the celebration of the Jacobean Year (Holy year) and within the framework of the commemoration acts of the VIII Centenary of the Cathedral, this year a special edition of The Ages of Man is being held. Under the title of LUX, which refers to the light inherent in Gothic cathedrals, the exhibition takes place in the provinces of Burgos, Palencia and León and has five exhibition venues: the Burgos Cathedral, the Churches of Santiago and Santa María del Camino, in Carrión de los Condes and the sanctuary of La Peregrina and the Church of San Tirso, in Sahagún. The exhibition addresses the origin and meaning of cathedrals and has as its common thread the figure of the Virgin Mary, a constant presence in so many cathedrals, churches, hermitages and monasteries that mark the Way. Webpage:

This Jacobean has invested more time and imagination than ever in climbing the path to the 21st century. The Xunta’s Safe Passage program also includes measures such as capacity limitations and Covid insurance to cover the expenses derived from a possible contagion during the visit to Galicia.

Let me tell show you the way to Avilés, the city where the founder of St Augustine in Florida USA (oldest city in USA 1565) was from Pedro Menéndez de Avilés!

Avilés is the third city in Asturias in terms of inhabitants after Gijón and Oviedo and has one of the best preserved old quarters in the Principality, declared in part a Historic-Artistic Site, as well as an interesting commercial past with still visible examples such as its medieval market of Mondays, which continues to be celebrated in the Plaza de los Hermanos Orbón since the Catholic Monarchs themselves allowed it in 1479. The Brazilian architect Óscar Niemeyer, responsible for the center that bears his name (Centro Niemeyer), which was inaugurated on the edge of the estuary just one year before his death in 2012 at the age of 104. It is also the only building of his in Spain and “his best work of him in all Europe”, as he himself said. The follower of Le Corbusier gave the project to the city on the 25th anniversary of the Príncipes de Asturias Awards after he himself received it in the field of the arts in 1989.

Both Woody Allen and Brad Pitt stayed in the best suite at the NH Collection Palacio de Avilés, a 17C building owned by the Marquis of Ferrera. That was what it was called until it was transformed in 2003 into a five-star hotel with 78 rooms, a monumental spiral staircase made of marble and mahogany and original furniture from the 16C. We must mention its French garden, in which Woody Allen shot several scenes of Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona in 2008. In the culinary section, the Sunday brunch at La Capilla restaurant stands out, with northern specialties.

The Calle Galeana street, famous for its arcades, and in the heart of Plaza de España, an area known as El Parche since the 19C. With the hotel starts the route of palaces through the center such as those of Valdecarzana, Camposagrado or Balsera, current headquarters respectively of the Municipal Archive, the School of Art or the Conservatory of Music.  The Valdés Theater, one of the buildings with the best acoustics in Spain. Its inauguration at the beginning of the 20C confirmed the cultural interest of the town, for which it is known as the Athens of the North. You can see in Avilés  the workshop of the luthier Roberto Jardón Rico ( Calle Domingo Álvarez Acebal, 4), one of the most prominent in Spain. There he makes violins for clients like artist Ara Malikian with a two-and-a-half-year waiting list. “We work with highly selected wood and own-made varnishes using natural resins, like centuries ago, so we can only make four or five a year, “he says surrounded by jewels like that Klingenthal cello from 1760 or that 1860 Mattias Neuner viola. The tour of Avilés ends in the medieval fishing district of Sabugo and the marina, once separated from the walled area by the estuary through a wooden bridge. This was where the burly whaling sailors lived, of which the local Avilesinos were also an institution.

It is one of the most deeply rooted traditions in Spain, and also one of the most famous among those who visit our country. We are talking about tapas, which has become an everyday thing, a way of life, of socializing and enjoying gastronomy. This art, proposed to be Intangible Heritage of Humanity by Unesco, is mandatory especially in some cities, which have entire streets and neighborhoods full of establishments in which the pincho is king. Holidu, the vacation rental search engine, has just published a study to establish which ones are the best to go for tapas. Of course most in Andalucia from where the idea originated. The cities of Sevilla, Granada, Santiago de Compostela, Cadiz, Malaga, Salamanca, Toledo, Almeria, La Coruña , and Pontevedra are tops as big cities goes.

In this return to the origins, Cruzcampo returns to rescue his roots in the same place where, in 1904, it brewed its beers for the first time. A venue full of history where Factoría Cruzcampo is now located, a renovated cultural space in Sevilla in which innovation and experimentation are the mantra of its young brewers Juan and Irene. In addition to tasting the seven craft beers that are made here, those who come to Factoría Cruzcampo can carry out a series of beer experiences, which include guided tours with blind tastings or tasting of pairings. Some words that implies Spanish way of life are arrejuntarse or getting together is synonymous with spending time in the company of family or friends, but it also implies joy and gratitude for being with those we love. It goes with the word fetén ,  pronounced when a meal is good or when we have a memorable moment. Not to mention duende or elf, that power that is born from within us in an almost magical way, that turns our emotions into forms of expression and that makes our creations come alive. Arrejuntarse, fetén and duende are three words with roots, character and, above all, a lot of accent, because they are closely linked to our way of being. Along with arte or art, fiera or beast, jaleo or fuss, flama,or flame, coraje or courage, pellizco or pinch, poderío or power, ojalá or hopefully and reliarse or reliance .Six young Andalusian artists have illustrated these words and used Cruzcampo’s most powerful beer bottles and cans as canvas: Cruzcampo Especial.

The Ribera de Curtidores is always a brilliant idea, but it might be best to avoid the late hours of the morning so you don’t die trying to find a nice heirloom at a good price. But they are right. Madrid in summer is transformed. For good. The festivities of San Cayetano, San Lorenzo and the Virgen de la Paloma in August are a summer gift, although the health situation does not allow the crowds characteristic of such celebrations. Even so, in the middle of the walks through the streets of La Latina reaching Plaza del Alamillo, going up Calle de la Morería until reaching Calle Bailén, crossing Caños Viejos , you can see the Almudena Cathedral. In search of a better view of the Cathedral, descending the stairs of the Segovia Viaduct and crossing the street of the same name, the heated passerby comes face-to-face with what will be his best discovery to date. The Emir Mohamed I park where, camouflaged among the infinite cultural offer of Madrid, the Arab Wall of the city has stood for centuries. There it is. An escape with more than 1,100 years of history. To this wall, from which new finds have been discovered over the years – as following the excavations of the 50s in the Cuesta de la Vega –, the legend of the nickname of ‘cat’ is also attributed to the people of Madrid . Already in the 11C, with the troops of King Alfonso VI waiting on the outskirts of Mayrit to conquer said Arab territory, a Castilian soldier scaled the wall – with the agility of a cat – raising the Christian flag over it. From its initial feat, the city became part of the Kingdom of Castile. It is said that since then the citizens of Madrid adopted this peculiar term. In the enclosure the fortress and the almudayna stood out, built between 850 and 886. The walled Madrid, although later a large part of the population settled in the suburbs. Today, it is the neoclassical Royal Palace that rests on the foundations of Arab origins. The same happens with the main mosque of which there are no vestiges as such, but there are remains of the Church of Santa María, built a posteriori on the Muslim temple and located between Calle Mayor and Calle Bailén. Although there are other stone footprints that reveal the Muslim passage through the city – such as the Watchtower in the parking of the Plaza de Oriente , the fortified wall is the greatest cultural expression of the Andalusian period in Madrid. And the heat is carried in another way: because it is already eight in the afternoon and because if a wall has withstood the pains and glories of the city that does not sleep for more than 10 centuries, it will be bad to endure a hot summer in Madrid. Perhaps the opinion that the capital in summer is a jewel is not unfortunate and the problem lies in not knowing where to look. As the designer Óscar Mariné used to say in times of the Movida, Madrid Me Mata. Or Madrid kills me, yes Summer are great we have tested several times!!

And Picasso finally hangs in the Prado, the museum of which he was appointed director on September 19, 1936. Although he accepted the appointment, he would never take formal possession of the position. He is in room 9B of the Villanueva building, where he shows’ Bust of a woman 43 ‘(painted in a single day, on October 7, 1943, in his studio on rue des Grands-Augustins in Paris, where he painted the’ Guernica ‘).This is a five-year loan, made by the American Friends of the Prado Museum, to which the Aramont Art Collection of the Arango Montull family has donated. After five years, it is expected that, as with Velázquez’s ‘Portrait of Felipe III’, it will end up being donated to the Prado. Bust of a woman 43 is a sample of Picasso’s response to the violence of World War II. In many of the female images painted in this period, the artist deformed the features of the figures in a radical way.

Picasso couldn’t be in better company. On one side, Velázquez and his ‘Bufón Calabacillas’. It was one of the two paintings that Picasso copied, at age 14, in his notebook during his first visit to the Prado in 1895 (the other was ‘Francisco Lezcano, the boy from Vallecas’). The drawings, made in lead pencil, are in the Picasso Museum in Barcelona. On the other side, a group of portraits by El Greco: ‘The gentleman with his hand on his chest’, ‘Jerónimo de Cevallos’, ‘Portrait of a young gentleman’, ‘Old gentleman’ … In the room, in addition to the splendid paintings by El Greco for the altarpiece of Doña María de Aragón, there is a nod to the donors of Picasso, ‘El Calvario’ by Luis Tristán is exhibited, which he donated to the Plácido Arango museum, who he was president of the Board of Trustees of the art gallery. In 1897 Picasso registered in the Prado copyists’ book to study the work of Velázquez. That year he also copied ‘The Annunciation’ by Murillo and a Venus by Titian. Picasso used to say that Velázquez “is first class” and El Greco “has magnificent heads.” Prado webpage:

There you go folks, some news of my dear Spain. Hope you enjoy the readings, and serve for ideas for a future visit as I do. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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July 23, 2021

Palacio de Cristal, Parque del Buen Retiro of Madrid!!!

And this one is a dandy to update for you and me me me! It reminds me of so much of good memories from a boy to a men and marriage ,and fatherhood. It is impossible for me to visit Madrid without stopping here, and it is very difficult for me to visit Spain ,and not Madrid! Madrid to heaven and a hole on the sky to look down on it everyday!!! Let me tell you a bit more on the Crystal Palace of Madrid or the Palacio de Cristal de Madrid en el Parque del Buen Retiro!!!

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So why not tell of the other palace in the Retiro park of my beloved Madrid! There is so much on this park alone to make a couple days in my Madrid! We love it, family love it ,and I am in love since teen years living there; a must for me to visit and of course will be yours too if see it.  I have written a lot of posts on my Madrid in my blog, but seldom a single post on this Crystal Palace ,done similar to the one in London. It deserves a single entry on its owns merits. Therefore, here is my contribution to the Palacio de Cristal of Madrid!

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The Palacio de Cristal  is a metal and crystal structure located in the Parque del Buen Retiro (Retiro Park) of Madrid. It was built in 1887 on the occasion of the exhibition of the Philippine Islands, held that same year. The majestic structure of 22 meters high opened its doors!. It was the first non industrial building of its genre that saw the day in Spain. Nowdays, contemporary art exhibitions are currently held.

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It was built inspired by the Crystal Palace, erected in London in 1851.  The structure is metal, and is completely covered by glass plates, hence its name. The ceramic decoration used in small friezes and finials highlight the figures of grotesques with heads of mallards. The Palacio de Cristal, in the shape of a Greek cross, is made almost entirely of glass set in an iron framework on a brick base, which is decorated with ceramics. Its domed roofs makes the structure over 22 meters high.

At its feet is an artificial lake and there is a staircase that is immersed inside it, where you can find several specimens of Cypress marsh trees, whose main characteristic is that part of its trunk and its roots are under water. The building is surrounded by  chestnuts trees. The Lake contains ducks. geese, black swans and terrapins, who will swim close to the steps, or you can hire boats on the lake for a closer view. It has a surface area of 2,900 m2 and a water volume of 3,480 m3. The spout reaches a height of 17 meters.

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On May 10, 1936, the Palacio de Cristal in the Retiro park was the scene in which Manuel Azaña was elected as President of the Republic. The courts had remained small to host the mixed assembly of Deputies and Commissioners and the Crystal Palace was chosen for voting and inauguration of  Azaña, the only candidate! Nowadays, it is part of the Reina Sofía Museum, and in its interior there are exhibitions of contemporary art.

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Located at the Paseo Républica de Cuba ,inside the Retiro park. Go there by Metro lines 1 Atocha, Line 9 Ibiza, and line 2 Retiro. Also , Renfe-Atocha trains and bus lines 2, 20, 26 , 61. Check for schedules as after the pandemic things might have change.

The Madrid tourist office on the Palacio de Cristal

The Reina Sofia Museum on outbuildings such as the Palacio de Cristal:

There you go folks, the enormous beautiful Retiro park of my beloved Madrid.  And the gorgeous Palacio de Cristal, can’t beat this combination ! Enjoy it as we always do!

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

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July 23, 2021

Some news from France, CCCXXXIX

Let me get back to my regular series of Some news from France, already in its 339 run thanks to you all! As the weather turns, well it is hot in France this week with in my area up to 32C or about 90F; I went out to sea and got tan naturally lol! There is still a lot going on with the repeated news of the virus pandemic covid19 ,etc I took my second pfizer because its sort of obligatory if want to go to a bar or travel abroad like Spain… We will see when this game ends as now more variants (mutations) and there is talk of a third vaccine shot lol! If they can ever put this effort into cancer yikes! Anyway ,there is my latest news rants all included!

Faced with the influx of bathers, the Calanques ( creeks)  of Marseille want to end free access. To prevent overcrowding in the summer months, the Calanques National Park plans to introduce a daily gauge of authorized people on the site, using a digital reservation platform. The 8,500 hectares of Calanques National Park, divided between the municipalities of Marseille, Cassis and La Ciotat, are home to around a hundred protected animal and plant species. However, overcrowding has a serious impact on the environment. So there you go even outdoors will be limited too! Webpage:

The last guardians of Cordouan, the lighthouse of kings. There are only six gatekeepers left in France, who take turns here in pairs. 7 km (about 4 mi) from any coast, Cordouan has watched over the Gironde estuary for four centuries, the largest in Europe. In front of it, the infinite horizon of the Atlantic. On the right, Royan (Charente-Maritime), on the left, Le Verdon-sur-Mer (Gironde), the two ports allowing it to be reached. Behind it, the mixed waters of the Garonne and the Dordogne, which flow together into the ocean. And at the end of this long notch in the western facade of the country, Bordeaux. A wonderful lighthouse or phare de Cordouan.  Webpage:

At the Bioparc de Doué-la-Fontaine (Maine-et-Loire), Jangali and Makalu, the two little snow leopards born on May 23 in a sort of nest set up for their mother, Junga. Only sixteen of their congeners were born in the last twelve months in an animal park in Europe. In the mountains of Central Asia, the threatened species is estimated to number only around 6,500 individuals. One good reason to visit the zoo park.webpage:

The Provencal city, the Mecca of Photography Meetings, Arles is home to the Fragonard guest house, one of the bedrooms of which evokes the small lounges of yesteryear. Vintage ceramic table, 18C paintings, terracotta floor tiles, etc. The decor of the rooms of this guest house synthesizes the spirit of Fragonard, a family business and historical specialist in Grasse perfumery, which has extended its activity to fashion and to the decoration. which give all their character to the six rooms of this family home in the center of Arles, located a stone’s throw from the ancient theater. Webpage:

At the end of the Tokyo Olympics on August 8, Paris will officially enter its 2024 Olympic event. The city is already preparing for the celebration with, from today and for two weeks, activities at the Trocadero. The festivities will begin each day at noon (exceptionally at 10h on July 23, 27, 30 and August 5). On the program, the retransmission of the events taking place in Tokyo on a giant screen, but also cultural and sporting events, or meetings with athletes. With the French athletes competing in the Games having to leave Japan 48 hours after the end of their events, most of them will come to the Trocadero upon their return to Paris. On Friday, it will be possible to learn 3×3 basketball, judo or BMX. Until August 8, activities are also planned in Île-de-France region, at future Olympic venues. Webpage:

No lead contamination after the Notre-Dame Cathedral of Paris fire, according to Public Health France. This is confirmed by a survey published  last Tuesday. While cases of lead poisoning have been identified in children living near the building, their contamination is linked to at least one other factor. The Plomb Notre-Dame collective is perplexed. Weird !!!

The Eiffel Tower will offer antigenic tests for visitors without a health pass. The antigenic tests will be carried out at the foot of the tower, they will cost 25 euros for foreign tourists and will be free for the French. Since Friday, this symbol of Paris has received between 10,000 and 13,000 tourists per day, the expected level which corresponds to half of its usual summer attendance. If no sanitary gauge is provided at the entrance, the elevators of the first two floors can only take 50% of their usual load to enforce social distancing. The mask is also compulsory. Its already overcrowded now I am afraid even more be really early!

The craftsmen (artisans) of Notre-Dame Cathedral of Paris put their talent at the service of the Château de Vigny. The facade and roof of the Château de Vigny in Val-d’Oise (dept 95 ) are currently being restored by specialist craftsmen. For this exceptional site, the same companies are involved as those working in the Parisian cathedral, in particular for the scaffolding and the roof. The idea is to renovated and save it, good deed!! Webpage:

Some foodie info I like with some interesting places that are popping in popular circles of mine in Paris

If you needed a good reason to set foot in the 7éme arrondissement, it’s Coya, its small garden and its Peruvian menu. Here, we feast on traditional Peruvian cuisine with South American, Japanese and Chinese influences. Le Jardin de Coya,  83 rue du Bac. Webpage :

Laïa is the new little address hidden away . At the end of the dining room, illuminated by the large bay window, we can see the chef working in the kitchen, who offers us good robata cuisine. Improved by the Spaniards, we sit on the vegetated terrace to feast on well-executed Mediterranean cuisine. Laïa 226, boulevard Voltaire 11eme. .webpage :

On this small cobbled lane which lights up with small lights as the sun disappears. The talented gang of Caché treats us with gourmet and refined tapas including the addictive croquetas of Iberian jamòn (ham) and their runny tortilla (omelet). Amagat 23 Villa Riberolle, 20éme. Webpage:

And the beat goes on, c’est la vie!!

From August,2021 professionals in cafes, bars and restaurants are asked to carry out systematic checks of the health pass!! GNI, the union of self-employed workers in the hotel and catering industry is upset. They rightfully claim it is up to the police to carry out systematic checks. In addition to the rush of the service environment, it also argues that the staff of bars and restaurants are not allowed to ask their customers for an identity card, making it impossible to control. Instead, it suggests installing a QR code at the entrance to establishments, which can be flashed to prove that you are in good standing. Good idea. The GNI is who? Webpage:

Disneyland Paris will ask its visitors from July 21 2021! for proof of vaccination, a negative PCR test of less than 48 hours or a positive test proving that the person has contracted the Covid for more than eleven days and less than six months. It’s obligatory right!

The French singers Vianney, Yseult, Patrick Bruel, Julien Clerc etc serve the royal plateau this weekend at the Fontainebleau festival. The first edition of FBLO kicks off tomorrow Friday and ends on Sunday. Organizer Live Nation has seen it big for this first edition. Julien Clerc, Vianney and Patrick Bruel will perform on the lawn of the Grand Parquet ground of honor, accompanied by rising stars of French song like Noraa, Yseult, etc. Info webpage:

The ponds of Yvelines, whims of the Sun King. In Perray-en-Yvelines .This complex, which extends over 310 hectares and concerns eight ponds spread over as many towns, was once used to supply water to the ponds of the Palace of Versailles. Today a haunt for nature lovers, the ensemble has just been classified as a nature reserve. More detail info for nature lovers in French webpage:

Now this is some tips given by the French chefs and used of course very much in France. The 6 things to never order in a restaurant according to the chefs. 1) never order fish on Monday. Why ? Because most restaurants order their fresh fish on Thursday or Friday in anticipation of the busy weekend. 2 ) And if by chance you stumble upon a restaurant that offers Kobe beef just barely more than its traditional steak, no need to stop, it surely is a scam. 3)  Many chefs disavow chicken dishes because they tend to be less creative and yet not cheaper. In addition, the portions are often doubled or even tripled, which encourages us to overeat. 4) it is better not to ask for too much cooking for your meat. If you don’t like rare meat, the chef suggests simply opting for another dish. () never ask that this or that ingredient be replaced by another in your dish. In a good restaurant, the chef masters the combinations of flavours. -) Stay away from pasta in a pizza place, fish in a steakhouse, teriyaki chicken in a sushi restaurant, etc.  Pure logic in itself.

There you go folks, another episode of my France’s odyssey . Hope you enjoy the reading and stay ahead, much needed in our fast moving world. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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