Some news from France, CCCLI

And time again to speak about my belle France. This is my regular series of some news from France now in its 351 edition thanks to you all! Winter is setting with a colder week now 11C but in the morning and late nights goes to 3C, and the forecast for the next 15 days is lows of 0C and highs of 12C. Let me get right into the news by yours truly!

Vueling is an airline of the IAG group (International Airlines Group) and one of the major players in connectivity in Spain, the largest domestic air market in Europe. the company was recently named best low-cost operator in Europe in 2021 by Skytrax – the international air transport rating organization. Vueling which operates from 6 airports (Paris, Nantes, Bordeaux, Marseille, Nice and Lyon) in France, is strengthening its flight program from Paris-Orly and will operate from November 2021 to 32 new routes across Europe. Vueling is increasing connections to Spain, Italy, the United Kingdom and Denmark and will also allow travelers to fly to new destinations such as Sweden and Norway, a first from Paris-Orly. From November, it will now be possible to travel with Vueling to 6 new Spanish airports from Paris-Orly: La Palma, Jerez, Asturias, Santander, Granada and Zaragoza, in addition to the 15 direct connections already operated by the company, namely : Barcelona, ​​Menorca, Mallorca, Ibiza, Valencia, Alicante, Malaga, Seville, Madrid, Bilbao, Santiago, Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. Webpage:

My fav rue de Rivoli, a major axis undergoing rapid change thanks to the mayor’s office. It is one of the central axes of Paris. Connecting the east of Paris to the heart of the city, the rue de Rivoli passes in front of the Hôtel de Ville, leads to the Louvre museum before finishing its course along the Tuileries. 3.07 km which make it one of the longest routes in Paris. And due to car traffic ruings the Rue de Rivoli going from 1éme to 4éme arrondissement,and the second commercial axis most affected by store closings, behind Boulevard St-Michel (5éme). Many traders accuse the city’s road improvements which prevent through traffic as a source of disaffection with the street. Paris is in danger thanks to the mayor’s office and to think she is running for President of France!!!

In the 15éme arrondissement of Paris by avenue de la Porte-de-Sèvres, you will see luminous ground marking device installed on the pedestrian crossing of the access ramp to the ring road aims to strengthen the vigilance of motorists. Day and night, each time the “pedestrian” light goes green, a double strip of White LEDs light up (with more or less intensity depending on the time of day) on either side of the passage. A third row of leds, known as the “effect strip”, positioned one meter fifty before the zebras lines, also light up simultaneously. The objective is to encourage motorists to respect the “pedestrian priority” … And to stop well upstream of the protected passage. And it seems to work! Now this is a good idea, credit when credit is due.

The scourge of taxi or VTC trips with bogus drivers who charge prohibitive prices has grown in Île-de-France region , and has become the plague of stations and airports in the Paris region. Rogue taxis, illegal drivers and greedy VTCs frequently and shamelessly scam tourists and passengers unfamiliar with the rules. So there is a special police for this sort of scheme but not enough, therefore, be aware when coming and make sure you get reservation ahead of time, its possible online for genuine taxi cos like G7. webpage:

Saw on the news wow! The Canal Saint-Martin overflowed due to human error? After the overflows, the questions. The City is trying to understand why and how such an event could have happened. The investigation begins. 24 hours after the Canal Saint-Martin overflowed, covering the Valmy and Jemmapes quays on both sides, under mini-torrents of water. Flooded indeed. Never seen it so I go with the thesis it was a human error on the levies.

On December 4, 2021 go to La Villette for a spectacular parade of lanterns that promises to fill the eyes. These little lanterns, made by schoolchildren and artists from the Les Poussières collective, will be made of paper, silk and wicker. A nice walk in light, soft and poetic, all accompanied by music, which is part of the Lights festival! which takes place in La Villette over several days. Lantern parade, Parc de la Villette – 211 avenue Jean-Jaurès – 19éme. webpage:

It has been there since the 17C : what if the chestnut tree from La Celle-Saint-Cloud was the most beautiful tree in France? This majestic specimen, around 330 years old, takes part in the annual competition which crowns the most beautiful trees in France. . The chestnut tree of Place Audran, representative of Ile-de-France, seems to be heading for a duel with the tree of the Grand Est for the title of most beautiful French tree. I have passed by it in my car and indeed a beautiful tree hopes it wins!!! city info webpage:

At the Château de Compiègne, the cutting of 80 “historic” trees saddens walkers. Officials at the Imperial Palace say the over-old trees threatened the safety of passers-by along allée du Fleuriste. At the end of the redevelopment operation, which begins on November 20 and will last for a year, 190 lime trees are to be replanted. Yes sad indeed.

The Cannes animal photography festival opens today 18 November 2021 in Montier-en-Der (Haute-Marne 52), a town of 2,200 inhabitants on the edge of Lac du Der, is undergoing a metamorphosis during the International Animal Photo Festival which starts today, with exhibitions to be seen at 15 sites.Webpage:

Bordeaux, really? Yes, but on the right bank. All you have to do is cross the wide Garonne river in a tram stop to get to the Bastide district. We have been and even stayed overnight here on our runs to Spain! The district, which was attached to the city in 1865, at the time of its industrial and port glory, has long been popular, then neglected. Since the 2000s, it has been the subject of a major renovation project, turning again to the banks of the Garonne. The stroll could begin in the superb Botanical Garden, where you walk along rare species , pretty ponds and wooden greenhouses. Here we are at the Darwin ecosystem, an alternative place installed in the former General Stores, which is making the talk. And, since you are on the right bank, you put your luggage at Eklo, which is a hotel-restaurant, rental of studios and a youth hostel all at the same time ; was not available in our run but on our list. Botanical garden, Esplanade Linné. Open from 8h to 18h in winter, until 20h in summer. Greenhouses and exhibition rooms, from 11h to 18h, except Mondays and public holidays. Ecosystem Darwin, 87, quai des Queyries. Eklo, 10, rue de la Gare-d’Orléans.

The Botanical Gardens webpage:

The Eklo hotel complex webpage:

And from cognac to else, an upcoming region for tasting the very best. In Charente, French distilleries do not only produce spirits from France’s heritage. They also make their own rums, gins, whiskeys or vodkas. Achievements which meet with great success. France has unique know-how in the world in terms of distillation, it can bring its touch beyond its own traditions, as told by Frédéric Dussart, new owner of Château du Breuil, ancestral flagship of Calvados. He bought it in 2020 and transformed the Norman institution into a “French Spirituality”. In addition to the great apple eaux-de-vie, the 16C castle in Breuil-en-Auge (Calvados 14) now produces rum (the Rum Explorer range), gin (C’est Nous) and whiskey ( Le Breuil). A power carried by the cognac houses, ” we must make the stereotypes of the French art of living flourish in the world of spirits, “adds Julien Courtey-Fevrier, director of the Charente association Spirits Valley. In the rich landscape of made in France spirits, Spirits Valley, is the development lighthouse of all these spirits. According to International Wine and Spirit Research (IWSR), more than half of the “super premium” spirits sold over 30€ consumed in the world come from this corner of Nouvelle Aquitaine. Alexandre Gabriel, owner, in Ars (Charente), of the Ferrand cognac house, of the Plantation brand of rums and of the Citadelle gins. “France being the homeland of gastronomy, it is also the sparehead of spirits for the future. More to be seen….

Ah, autumn, its dead leaves and its warm colors, places that we will never get tired of and that we squat for hours to admire Paris all on fire red. Here are my best spots over the years to see this transformation!

What could be better than the highest spot in Paris to appreciate the capital in autumn? Stand in front of the Belleville cemetery, rue Télégraphe, and you will be almost 130 meters above sea level. Highest point rue du Télégraphe 20éme Parc de Belleville 47, rue des Couronnes 20éme

Also by Rue Saint-Vincent . It is at the bend of a cobbled street in Montmartre that you will see the small rue Saint-Vincent and its magnificent colored wall of 400 meters. A former road in the town of Montmartre, this 18C street was formed from a path already named in 1325. And since then, it has been transformed every year into a real autumnal spot. Bring your cameras! Rue Saint-Vincent 18éme arrondissement.

There are still a few beautiful addresses where the spirit that made Paris so successful remains. This is exactly what we present to you today with the pretty place of Fürstenberg. Nestled in the heart of the 6éme arrondissement, right next to the Saint-Germain-des-Prés Church, it bears the name of Cardinal Guillaume Egon de Fürstenberg, abbot of the district at the beginning of the 18C.Place de Fürstenberg, Rue de la Paroisse and Rue de Wertingen , a nice corner of Paris in the 6éme arrondissement.

L’île aux Cygnes or Swan Island with its benches on either side, you can easily rest or stroll in the sun on this small tree-lined island 850 meters long and 11 meters wide! And one thing is certain: calm and serenity will transport you far from Paris. After all, the replica of the Statue of Liberty is only a few yards away. L’île aux Cygnes 15éme arrondissement

Those who know the Coulée Verte know that it crosses part of the city, and offers a vegetarian break to Parisians lacking oxygen. In autumn, flowering trees give way to multicolored fallen leaves. You have to start at 44-46 rue de Lyon then take the stairs right next to the entrance to the car park. Above Avenue Daumesnil, the Arts viaduct slips away and the route begins: trees to the right, to the left, no car … you overlook the city. La Promenade plantée 44-46 rue de Lyon, 12éme arrondissement.

Some artsy events I like coming up in my belle France, hope you can catch one of them, nice.

Located in old quarries dug with 6000 m2 of projection surface, this exceptional cultural place offers unique exhibitions in the world. Enough to experience art fully! Through a thematic, intimate and introspective journey, the immersive exhibition created and staged by Cutback under the artistic direction of Gianfranco Iannuzzi, reveals Cezanne’s intimate turmoil, the strength of his constructions, his relationship to light and colors. and his link with nature, which remains his great model, even his obsessive reference. Cézanne, the master of Provence . Carrières de Lumières Route de Maillane – Les Baux-de-Provence (13) Until January 16, 2022. webpage:

The Bassins de Lumières takes us once again for an immersive epic in the Mediterranean. On the program: masterpieces by some twenty major artists including Renoir, Monet, Pissarro, Matisse, Signac and even Chagall. Through the Mediterranean landscapes, these artists will reinvent themselves and develop the pictorial modernity that we know them today. Monet, Renoir… Chagall. Travels in the Mediterranean Bassins de Lumiéres. Impasse Brown de Colstoun – Bordeaux (33) Until January 2, 2022.webpage:

Entitled Disgusting Food Museum, Bon appétit?!. In a fun course, we discover the 85 foods known as the most disgusting in the world and we change our received ideas. The exhibition plays on taste, of course, but also on smell and our other senses. The opportunity to satisfy one’s curiosity, of course, but also to open up to other cultures and discover unknown foods with, as a bonus, a tasting to combine the useful with the pleasant (or not). , Enjoy your meal ?! Cap Sciences Hangar 20, Quai de Bacalan – Bordeaux (33) Until January 2, 2022. webpage:

The Marc Chagall National Museum in Nice showcases the artist’s creations, and in particular two pieces kept at the museum: the model of La Rose Bleue for Metz Cathedral and the stained glass windows of La Création du Monde, designed for the concert hall of the museum. A work that will allow a unique moment through the discovery of the stained glass windows lit up with a thousand lights in the morning light, before being carried away in the evening by the music in the concert hall. Marc Chagall, le passeur de lumière. Marc Chagall National Museum; Avenue Dr Ménard – Nice (06). Until January 10, 2022. webpage:

And to finish with the event of today all over France and by now the world , the arrival of the Beaujolais nouveau red wines. I had skip tasting today, but friends call me and told me about a nice one which should be on my list for future visits to Paris. Maybe you get there first and let me know your thoughts on the food market and thirst on bd Belleville. As you know every year, it falls on the 3rd Thursday of November. The beautiful, the new beaujo of course! The Food Market and Soif are joining forces for the first time to celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau with great fanfare, all to the sound of a DJ set concocted by Soif. Appointment, as usual, for dishes under 10 €, good wine and good sound on Bd Ménilmontant between Belleville and Couronnes. Thursday November 18 2021. Boulevard de Belleville – Ménilmontant. You can follow or better join in Facebook:

There you go folks, another dandy from dandy France! You all stay tune, things are starting to come back all over the hexagone, République Française or France just enough. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

2 Comments to “Some news from France, CCCLI”

  1. Thanks for the round up.

    I bet you didn’t know that my home town of Leicester also has a Statue of Liberty?

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    News from UK can be summed up in one phrase – shit-storm!

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