Some news from France, CCCXLV

And here I am on a sunny day in my beautiful Morbihan breton telling you once again of some news from France. Lots of going on, as the times are picking up and on my neck of the woods everything goes smoothly having the lowest incident in France of the virus… And we are vaccinated with our health pass; our choice. Now let me tell you the latest from the hexagone! or République Française or my belle France!

The wonderful Place Vendôme is once again becoming a showcase for contemporary art. Until Friday October 15 2021, a monumental work by Alexander Calder is being installed in front of the facades of fashion houses and jewelers. The International Contemporary Art Fair (FIAC) which will take place from Thursday October 21 to Sunday October 24 at the Grand Palais Éphémère thus provides the opportunity to discover creations in the heart of Paris, free of charge. Place Vendôme, in the Tuileries garden (which exhibits 24 artists) but also in the Eugène Delacroix museum that creations will thus be to be discovered. That of Calder with its “red signal” and its 18 tons of metal is enough to impress. On last Wednesday, the two large wings that should give it a wingspan of 17 meters long, 9 high and 6.5 meters wide were not yet in place. But the work, created in 1975 by the artist and set up here on the initiative of the Gagosian gallery, already hinted at the monumental impression this Flying Dragon will give. A year before his death Alexander Calder had also created the red spider – Le Grand Stabile Rouge – which has been sitting on the forecourt of La Défense (92) since 1976. Gagosian’s third gallery, which will open next Tuesday October 19, at 9, rue de Castiglione (1éme) in the historic complex of Hotel Lotti, will present, alongside other works dating from 1975, various archive documents related to the sculpture as well as the original model of this flagship piece of the FIAC.webpage :

The “OnE Site” project for the global transformation of the Eiffel Tower sector into a large pedestrian garden of nearly 50 ha, from the école militaire to the Trocadéro, from the 7éme to the 16éme arrondissement through the Pont d’Iéna, will not be a road to roses. Two years after the presentation of the “Grand site Eiffel Tower” project that the mayor of Paris wants to be emblematic of her term of office, the unprecedented CPPV, for “electronic public consultation”, opened on Monday October 11 2021 evening with a public meeting at the Hôtel de Ville, the cradle of this project, the green ambition of which has crystallized critics since its inception. To be continue,,,Here is the project in French :

A Bruitparif report shows that, in the liveliest districts of Paris, the noise generated by bars and restaurants can be more annoying than that coming from road traffic. Especially in the evening and at the beginning of the night In some areas, up to 75 decibels were recorded at night due to the terraces of bars and restaurants. It is more than in other exposed to road trafic, Oh well get rid of the restaurants/bars to make Paris the utopian city many radicals want lol !! webpage :

It was seduced by the exceptional setting of the Chamarande estate and its 17C castle. Michel Nedjar, the most exhibited artist of the art brut in the world, presents his works there until January 9,2022 in partnership with the Lille Métropole Museum of Modern Art, Contemporary Art and Art Brut. The opportunity to discover in particular the famous dolls for which it is famous. Wednesday to Sunday, 13h to 18h, in October and Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 13h to 17h, November to January. Free entry. Domaine de Chamarande (Essonne 91), 35 km south of Evry, access by RER C Chamarande station (200 meters), or by car by N 20 between Arpajon and Etampes, exit Etréchy-Chamarande. Expo webpage:

At the Manufacture de Sèvres factory, the large wood-fired oven rekindles the flame for two days. The work dating from 1877 is only put back into operation every five years The masterful wood-fired oven at the Sèvres factory comes back to life. Since Wednesday morning, logs and small birch wood have supplied the imposing 150-year-old building for the delicate firing of twenty-seven vases decorated by three renowned artists: Annette Messager, Hélène Delprat and Ulla von Brandenburg. Webpage :

They seduced Stéphane Bern ! A general mobilization for the rebirth of the stables of Gennevilliers, The site of the stables of Richelieu is one of the last vestiges of a distant and sumptuous past, which saw the first performance of the “Marriage of Figaro” by Beaumarchais . A work in progress to rehabilitate the stables with national lotto and donations, The city of Gennevilliers (92) on the stables/écuries :

The houses emerges as a big winner in the upheaval in the post-Covid real estate market, This trend, which began with the first confinement, is confirmed at the end of 2021. A dynamism which is reflected in the evolution of prices since houses have increased by 6% in one year in France against 3.4% for apartments, And if this is true in all regions, it is even more marked in Île-de-France. Families continue to leave the City of Lights (Paris told you so), trying as best they can to sell their “big” apartments. They take the direction of the Grande Couronne and even beyond that. They look for a house located an hour or even an hour and a half from Paris by train. Beauvais, Chartres, Évreux or Poitiers are among the favorites of buyers. Same phenomenon in the departments of Yvelines (78) , Val-d’Oise (95) , Essonne (91) and Seine-et-Marne (77). There will need to be a larger budget, especially to settle in Hauts-de-Seine (92). The sales, high, show prices which do not cease increasing. According to the latest figures published by the notaries of Greater Paris, their development is even much faster in the Grande Couronne (outer suburbs) 6.1%, than in the Petite Couronne (inner suburbs), 5.6%. And the largest annual increases are observed mainly for houses (7.7% in the inner suburbs against 7.5% in the inner suburbs). Source: Meilleurs Agents,webpage :

The exhibition «les Animaux du Roi» or the King’s Animals, at the Palace of Versailles, revives an era long gone, when the court hosted a parade of animals brought to shine or have fun and not to fight … An animal paradise and exotic, lost and found. One could be seen at the menagerie of the Palace of Versailles, in the years 1730-1740, Just like an elephant, a rhinoceros, hyenas, or a couagga. A what ? This hybrid of the zebra and the horse, immortalized in drawing by the artist Nicolas Maréchal, had been bought by Louis XVI from a governor of South Africa in 1784. The animal died a few years after the king guillotined, in 1797. The couagga, victim of overhunting, disappeared from the species in 1883. Palace of Versailles webpage :

And again, in Versailles, a new royal tourist office for the 2024 Olympic Games, The imposing and bright building will be located just outside the Versailles Château Rive-Gauche RER train station, offering a showcase on the city and its tourist activities. A relaxation area will be inaugurated in 2022 with a grove in the middle of which will be a statue of Molière. Versailles is preparing to host the horse riding events of the 2024 Olympic Games, Stay tune folks,,,Olympic Games 2024 webpage:

After scooters, operator Dott is rolling out its fleet of self-service electric bicycles, The Franco-Dutch operator is expanding its range by offering bicycles from last Tuesday ,October 12 in the streets of Paris. The fleet is expected to reach 3,000 vehicles by the end of the year 2021. It will be possible to rent the new machines, at the same price as the 5,000 scooters it already operates. Webpage :

The green corridor of the south of Paris, between Paris and Massy ,16 km long, La Véloscénie, It is this 470 km route which connects Paris to Mont-Saint-Michel (Manche 50). The first of the fifteen stages follows the green corridor of the south of Paris for 16 km. It is accessible to everyone, young and old. Fully equipped for cyclists, the green corridor is the ideal place for a family walk. More info webpage :

In the Ile-de-France region there will be fewer subways, RER, trains ,etc… until next year,2022, The virus phenomenon of Teleworking, “vélotaf”, return of the car etc has its impact, The use of public transport is far from be back to its pre-health crisis level. Consequently, Ile-de-France Mobilités (transport network) has decided to keep reduced frequencies. The network of ïle de France Mobilités :

RATP (Paris transports) has equips itself to calculate air quality in real time … and improve it, The RATP completes its measurement system with two new devices and launches a promising experiment to reduce particulate emissions when braking of trains ! . The machines have been installed on the RER A platforms of Châtelet and Nation, There you go keep tracking of you too!!!Here is the webpage for the Châtelet station in French of course :

The Electronic guidance systems (GPS) have failed to eradicate printed maps ! Yes, we keep them in the car always reliable for years,,,, road warrior savvy ! They are modernized, reinvented, and are once again popular with holidaymakers and hikers. at Michelin, where maps at 1/200 000 are still made, with their paper now tear-proof (because it is partly synthetic). In summer 2021, sales increased by 5.8% compared to summer 2020. Atlases , collections of maps, spiraled or not, enriched with information for truck drivers or motorhomes, in particular are even progressing by 19.3%. They have an overview of the region, and you can easily look at it with others, you can write on it as well. In recent years, they have added tourist information such as the stars of their Green Guides Michelin for sites to visit. This summer, the regions of central France were particularly sought after: Périgord, Limousin, and Auvergne … The same goes for the IGN maps, where the famous Top 25 map at 1 / 25,000th scale is the ally of hikers. In the summer of 2021, sales were up 20% compared to the same period in 2019, before the pandemic. Indispensable when the phones get stuck or the network weakens, the IGN maps allows you to walk in complete safety. There is a new one ! Cartomania France, its unusual atlas of general culture, has fun locating a wealth of information in France: waterways, nuclear power plants, the 130 Napoleonic departments, wines and cheeses, film shooting locations cult… Large format, this coffee table book will makes you want to set out again on the roads of France !!! and elsewhere, On the list to buy it !! Cartomania France, the unusual atlas of general culture, by E. Didal and Atelier Cartographik (La Martinière), 26,50 € (price as suggested in France) You can order it from Amazon,,,,

How about the best Neapolitan pizzas in Paris ! Well at least some of my favorites ok ; and we love pizzas !!!

The Brooklyn Pizzeria, 33, bd Beaumarchais Paris 3éme you can still leave for Naples, thanks to this pizzeria which keeps the promise of 26 centimeters Neapolitan, cooked at 450 ° in a traditional oven, at unbeatable prices, even compared to Italian rates. Webpage :

The Daroco, 6, rue Vivienne Paris 2éme ,Ceiling 6 meters high, massive concrete columns, it is in this setting worthy of the Cinecittà that maestro Federico Schiavon and his Italian team awaken the pizza star. Webpage :

And Giorgio, 21, rue de Charonne Paris 11éme, Chez Giorgio, in a setting so vintage that you expect to see John Travolta appear, The dough is so soft and swollen that you have the impression that an airbag has been fitted on the plate! You will devour the homemade napoletana pizza ! Webpage :

The Salatim team has struck again! Already at the head of two gourmet institutions, it is preparing to open the Boulangerie du Sentier. It will offer the simple, the good, the timeless and the homemade, always with those little Israeli and Mediterranean influences that we love so much. An address that is likely to quickly get talked about, La Boulagerie du Sentier, 47 rue du Caire 2éme, métro Sentier line 3, the closest also bus 20 and 39, Now web new read it here first!

Lucky Folks! a stone’s throw from the Westfield Carré Sénart shopping center in Seine-et-Marne (77) an hour from Paris, Lucky Folks offers a whole new form of catering between good food, immersive decoration and fun. There is a brasserie cuisine made from 90% fresh produce served for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week. Offers its customers a whole series of unique games at the same time. Revisited electronic darts games (with metal darts and cameras that film the arrows, a real revolution on the market) to funky indoor pétanque (nightclub atmosphere with mirror ball) through karaoke, arcade terminals and the shuffleboard made in USA (unique in France), There is something to have fun before, after and even during dinner or a drink with friends. Lucky Folks immerses us in a very immersive setting where we find, in particular, an ax throwing wall, dabbing cars, clairvoyance balls and even a big lucky wheel that allows you to win many prizes. The icing on the cake: a board games bar is also integrated into the restaurant with more than 300 board games in free access and animators (called lucky masters) at your service to give you valuable advice. And the space is absolutely gigantic: 250 seats inside, 90 seats on the terrace and a huge beer garden equipped with wooden tables, candles and outdoor games to immerse ourselves in this Berlin atmosphere that we love so much, yes!!! Lucky Folks, Westfield Carré Sénart, 5-7 Trait d’Union – 77127 Lieusaint, Open every day from noon, webpage:

And last, voilà news to you ? Nahh,,, Parisians and others, like to say that Paris is the most beautiful city in the world. And for good reason, it is one of the most popular destinations in the world. Known for its iconic monuments, world-renowned museums and mouth-watering cuisine, the City of Light is also infamous for … its dirty streets. In the city, there are more than 5 million rats ! , that’s two per Parisien ! Worse still, no less than 10 million cigarette butts are thrown into public spaces every day, not to mention mattresses and other furniture left on the sidewalk. According to an Ifop poll, no less than 84% of residents consider the city dirty in 2021. They were already 82% in 1974 to make the same observation mind you !. Among the solutions to which respondents adhere are : Make people pay fines who dirty comes first with 61% of votes. One in two people also demand that the workforce and resources be reinforced in the city, and 22% want the city to multiply street wastebaskets. Another unexpected measure: 21% of Parisians want to eliminate pigeons !!! Poor beasts. Not sure whether they are responsible for the overturned trash cans, strewn cigarette ends and dog poop on the sidewalk …yeah !! So when walking be careful stay alert Paris is overall dirty,,,And even the Le Point journal says is 92% dirty according to its readers ,,,article April 2021 webpage:

And the city of Paris has an app to report dirty streets too, call Dansmarue (or in my street) webpage:

There you go folks, another dandy some news from France! Reporting live from yours truly, the truth and nothing but the truth of my belle France. Hope you enjoy the post as I…And remember, happy travels,good health, and many cheers to all!!!

4 Comments to “Some news from France, CCCXLV”

  1. I agree that Paris has become dirtier than before. What is scandalous is that the staff working at the cleaning service work less than 35 hours a week, which is illegal and even the mayor of Paris defends them while the administrative justice has condemned them. And ‘working’ is a misconcept, if you visit the waste collection centres you can see them playing cards all day! There is something to change in Paris!

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