Some news from France, CCCXLIX

And now in plain Fall and on the Day of the Dead 2 November 2021; I come to you with another of my regular series of some news from France with the latest tidbits of my choice, of course. We are planning to go out again and already book hotels in my belle France so things are opening up, the world of travel will continue. Best of luck to all and of course, welcome to France!!!

The Glénat exhibition, which presents the illustrations of one of the main representatives of contemporary fantastic comics: the forecourt of Notre Dame swept by intriguing rays of light, gargoyles peering into the twilight of the Seine and its waking quays at their feet, a motorbike which rushes towards the Eiffel Tower lit up like a lighthouse in the night, or the Louvre pyramid which radiates dazzling volutes towards the sky … Here is a sample of what awaits you at the Glénat gallery until November 13, Born in 1969 in Meaux (77), at age 52, Olivier Ledroit is considered one of the French masters of contemporary fantastic comics, leader of a generation of illustrator authors inspired by the heroic fantasy and the role-playing games “Olivier Ledroit, The Third Eye”, exhibition until November 13 at the Glénat gallery, 22, rue de Picardie «  3éme, from Tuesday to Saturday from 10h to 19h. Webpage :

The Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW) group announced today Monday in a press release that the launch of the controversial Triangle Tower project would take place “by the end of the year”, with the arrival of the insurer Axa as a financial partner. This 180 meters high, 42-story tower will be erected within the grounds of the Porte de Versailles Exhibition Center, in the 15éme arrondissement of Paris. We used to come here for events so I guess will be no more… In particular, it must house a four-star hotel, more than 2,000 m2 of shared workspace (“coworking”), a health center and a cultural space. Webpage :

This past Sunday morning, October 31, 8h has not yet struck at the bell tower of the Hôtel de Ville de Paris (4éme arrondissement). Clocks of the City of Light at winter time. A service which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Yes times put back one hour so now more night time, and cold,,,,

The museum dedicated to the Dreyfus affair. Installed in the house acquired by Émile Zola in Médan (Yvelines 78) in 1878, this place of memory, open to the public since last Thursday, October 28, wants to perpetuate the memory of Alfred Dreyfus, victim of a judicial and anti-Semitic plot. Implicated in 1894, the captain was not rehabilitated until 1906, thanks in particular to the engagement of the writer, author of the famous “J’accuse”. of Émile Zola , However, still intrigue as on September 29, 1902 Zola died of suffocation in his apartment in the rue de Bruxelles in Paris (9éme), the great writer was found dead in his room, suffocated by carbon oxide fumes, Accidental death or assassination ? Until the end, did his enemies want the novelist to pay for his engagement with Captain Dreyfus? Time will tell maybe,,webpage:

Equestrian theater: “Cabaret of exile”, the so alive ghosts of Bartabas, His new show, at the Zingaro Theater in Aubervilliers ( Seine St Denis 93), offers a journey through time and space of Yiddishland. Webpage :

Madame, it is Madame Thierry de Ville-d´Avray, the wife of the intendant of the Crown furniture repository just before the French revolution. She lived in the Hôtel de la Marine on Place de la Concorde in Paris, a building that reopened this past July 2021 after a long restoration campaign. Visitors roam the renovated salons, gazing at the rich fabrics and heavy curtains. But sight is not the only sense summoned. A vaguely floral scent floats in this room. A sprayed perfume plunges the visitor right into the heart of the 18C atmosphere. “I wanted to reconstitute a presence, a smell that one cannot” neither distinguish nor define “, in the words of the time”, explains Chantal Sanier, perfume designer for the Odeur de sainteté brand and “olfactory scenographer”. webpage :

Saint-Guénolé, at the very end of Finistère (29), has been battered by wind and tides for centuries. The heather-covered moor plunges you into the harshness of the life of the monks of yesteryear, and it is possible to attend services, sung in Gregorian. Two pavilions outside the walls welcome those who wish to make a retreat open to personal meditation. by train to Brest or Quimper, then take the bus towards Camaret sur Mer (line 34 or 37 of the Penn Ar Bed network) then a taxi for the last kms. Webpage :

A major football venue, the Bollaert-Delelis stadium, Lens, (Pas de Calais 62) will host the International Art Crafts Fair, from November 12 to 14 2021, For this sixth edition organized by the Hauts-de-France Chamber of Crafts and Crafts, 150 arts and crafts professionals (jewelry, leather goods, violin making, fashion, etc.) will take over the stadium lounges, with a bird’s eye view of the field lawn, webpage :

Dedicated to the work of Thierry Mugler, which is held at the Musée des arts décoratifs in Paris until April 24, 2022. Traveling exhibition, “Thierry Mugler: Couturissime” If the couturier retired from the catwalks in 2002, his extravagant fashion, celebrating conquering femininity left its mark on the 1980s and 1990s, highlighting the multidisciplinary career of the creator. The latter is embodied by the greatest supermodels of the time, from Jerry Hall to Gisele Bündchen via Linda Evangelista or Eva Herzigova, who can be found in majesty in the clip “Too Funky” by George Michael, in 1992. webpage :

At the Palais Galliera, three hundred years of fashion from every angle, 18C silk dresses, liberated bodies from the 1910s, show silhouettes by Mugler in Montana: the Parisian fashion museum is showing until June three centuries of clothing, which speaks of French creativity and the relationship to the body. A history of fashion. Collecting, exhibiting at the Palais Galliera , until June 26, 2022 webpage :

This almond-hazelnut, almond kernels and nougatine praline, coated in chocolate, is irresistible with indulgence. Note that the French almonds come from the two plantations of Patrick Roger in Provence., Meilleur Ouvrier de France chocolatier in 2000 and winner of the chocolate world cup in 1994, Patrick Roger is a rebellious purist who has never sacrificed authenticity. nor the subtlety of its products, branches all over. Price: 1.70€ each ( 54€ for the box of 32 pieces). Locations Webpage :

Ephemeral terraces, it’s over … It was this past Sunday October 31 ,that restaurateurs and cafetiers had to repackage the extensions that had been authorized by the City of Paris, after confinement. So no more extentions on the sidewalks of tables, back to normal lives. This should be follow up by the rest of France.

Jean-François Piège takes over the Hôtel de la Marine. The Michelin-starred chef has a new restaurant, Mimosa. The new establishment under the Moma Group flag has taken up residence in one of the emblematic monuments of the Place de la Concorde (8éme), just opposite the Café Lapérouse. After the Grand Restaurant (two stars), the Clover, Clover Green, the Poule au pot and the Epi d´Or, the highly anticipated new establishment by starred chef Jean-François Piège has just opened its doors. This new brewery, created in tandem with Benjamin Patou, from Moma Group (already in charge of La Pérouse café, la Fontaine de Gaillon, Manko, etc.), is nestled in the heart of the Hôtel de la Marine, a building built in the 18C by the architect Ange-Jacques Gabriel to house the furniture depot of the crown or Garde-Meuble de la Couronne, 2, rue Royale. Open Monday to Sunday, 12h to 15h and 19h 23h. webpage :

There you go folks, another round of my some news from France direct to you! There is things going on and they will be better as we came out wholy of this virus mess. Stay strong and hopes never die, we will overcome! And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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