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December 28, 2021

Some news from France, CCCLIV

And here we go again closing 2021 and hoping for the best in 2022. I like to first wish all my readers and followers a very Happy New Year and best wishes for 2022. There is lots going on in my belle France , and here are the latest of my series some news from France. Hope it can be useful for your planning.

Always there, Ile-de-France Mobilités and RATP will accompany you on the night of December 31, whether near your home or even a little further away. And yes, transport will run from 21h on December 31 and until 5h30 on January 1 2022.
Here are the lines that will run all night:
Line 1: Château de Vincennes, Nation, Gare de Lyon, Bastille, Châtelet, Concorde, Franklin-D-Roosevelt, George V, Charles de Gaulle-Étoile, Porte Maillot, Pont de Neuilly, Grande Arche de La Défense
Line 2: Nation, Père Lachaise, Belleville, Jaurès, La Chapelle, Anvers, Pigalle, Place de Clichy, Charles de Gaulle-Étoile, Porte Dauphine
Line 5:Place d’Italie, Quai de la râpée, Bastille, Oberkampf, Jacques Bonsergent, Gare du Nord, Gare de l’Est, Jaurès, Laumière, Porte de Pantin, Church of Pantin, Bobigny-Pablo Picasso
Line 6: Nation, Bercy, Place d’Italie, Denfert-Rochereau, Montparnasse, Cambronne, La Motte Picquet-Grenelle, Bir-Hakeim, Trocadéro, Boissière, Kléber, Charles de Gaulle-Étoile
Line 9:Montreuil town hall, Porte de Montreuil, Nation, Oberkampf, Grands Boulevards, Havre-Caumartin, Saint Augustin, Franklin-D-Roosevelt, Alma-Marceau, Trocadéro, La Muette, Porte de Saint-Cloud, Pont de Sèvres
Line 14: Olympiads, Library, Cour Saint-Émilion, Bercy, Gare de Lyon, Châtelet, Pyramides, Madeleine, Saint Lazare, Pont Cardinet, Porte de Clichy, Clichy-Saint-Ouen, Mairie de Saint-Ouen.
On the RER side, you can count on lines A, B, C and D. The noctiliens, for their part, will circulate exactly like a classic weekend night.

Due to the preparatory work for the extension of metro line 14 to Orly Airport and for the arrival of 8-car trains, traffic was interrupted on the entire line on a regular basis. From January 9, 2022, the line will be closed from 22h on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, until July 27, 2022. A replacement bus is available between Gare de Lyon and Olympiades. Saint-Ouen and Gare de Lyon, we invite you to take the connections.

Adaptation work on Metro line 4 and its stations is continuing. They require regular closings over the year 2022: Line closed in the evenings from 10h15, Monday to Thursday, from January 3 to June 30 inclusive; Line closed Sunday morning until noon, from January 9 to June 26 inclusive (except April 17, May 1 and 8, and June 5); Line closed all day on Sundays January 30, February 20, March 6, April 3 and May 15.

The blues of VTC drivers, who increasingly snub Paris. Traffic jams, forbidden bus lanes, drop in speed, weight of applications … The VTCs of Greater Paris point out the obstacles which increasingly complicate their working conditions. Between traffic changes and traffic jams, VTCs are avoiding the center of Paris more and more, such as rue Royale (8éme) .

Sales of Champagne increased by 40% compared to 2020, which leaves you speechless when you consider that the health crisis is far from over. Case shipments this year will be even larger than in 2019. The reason for the success can be found in foreign countries, where demand for Champagne has exploded since January 2021. Also famous brands and winegrowers, who export up to 80% of their production, are benefiting from the improvement, more than those who sell their bottles in France only. It should also be noted that carriers have increased their prices because of the Covid-19, which will affect the prices of champagne from January 1, 2022. Stay tune we got ours already great prices !!

The Château and the Grandes Ecuries of Chantilly, will be the setting for three shows during the end of the year celebrations. The equestrian show “Alana and the city of Opal” at the Grandes Écuries. A show written and directed by Virginie Bienaimé, especially for Christmas, telling the story of a young girl who wants to stand on her own feet and goes in search of the mythical Amazons. A creation which brings together around fifteen horses, their riders and riders, and which it is always possible to go and applaud at the Grandes Écuries until January 2 2022.

The viewers of France 2 TV will find the dome of the Grandes Écuries on the evening of December 31 for a New Year’s Eve hosted by Stéphane Bern, surrounded by an audience of celebrities. Clara Luciani, Pascal Obispo, Nolwenn Leroy ‚Zaz, Juliette Armanet, Bénabar, Gérard Lenorman, Julien Doré, Nicoletta, Garou, Tayc appear in the program, along with the Moulin Rouge, Lido and Paradis Latin troupes, and of course the equestrian company of the Grandes Écuries. An evening where we will not fail to evoke the famous Chantilly cream, by the presence of Mickaël Ejzenbaum, member of the Brotherhood of Whipping Knights . At midnight will be fired what will undoubtedly be the only fireworks display in France since the all pyrotechnic events have been banned to limit the circulation of Covid-19. That of the Château de Chantilly will not have an audience but will benefit from a soundtrack prepared by DJ Michaël Canitrot.

With the nightclub closure announced earlier this month, we need plans to at least have a good time on the last day of 2021! The wings of the Moulin Rouge and the great Féérie review will make your head spin. Extend the evening until the early hours: on December 31, the Bal du Moulin Rouge offers you a magical New Year’s Eve, the Féérie review and its 100 artists, 1,000 costumes with feathers, rhinestones and sequins, sets and breathtaking special effects … and of course, the giant aquarium. A parade of the greatest cabaret acts performed by internationally renowned artists. Le Moulin Rouge, 82 bd de Clichy 18éme.

The Lido is Paris, and Paris is the Lido! Located on the Champs-Élysées, this cabaret and its magazines are essentials of the City of Light Lido, 116 av des Champs-Élysées 8éme.

Lumières en Seine invites you to the national Domaine de Saint-Cloud for a magical night stroll on the outskirts of Paris. From the entrance to the Grille Clémenceau, Lumières en Seine promises to offer you a spectacular evening in an enchanting setting, along an immersive course of about two km, where the magic of the end of year celebrations mingle. year and the magic of winter. Lumiéres en Seine, 1 av de la Grille d’Honneur ,Saint-Cloud (Hauts de Seine 92)

Croisière Paris Seine La Marina offers lunch and dinner cruises on the Seine in the heart of the City of Light, panoramic boats, refined cuisine made from market products, warm and professional service … not to mention the passage in front of a illuminated Eiffel tower. So many elements brought together to give you a magical and unforgettable moment to start the year 2022. Paris Seine cruise La Marina Port Solférino, at the foot of the Musée d´Orsay 7éme.

The New Year’s concert at Saint-Germain des Prés Church, Come and listen to the Great New Year’s Concert, La Voix du Ciel, The 4 Seasons by Vivaldi, Meditation by Thaïs by Massenet, and great opera arias such as Mozart, Handel , Puccini, Verdi, Bellini … Great New Year’s Concert Saint-Germain des Prés Church 3 place Saint-Germain-des-Prés 6éme.

The Madeleine New Year’s concert. For those who will be in the fittest, this great concert will take place … on January 1, the day after a New Year’s Eve that may have been too wet. But don’t stop at nothing! Go listen to Les Valses de Strauss played by the Hélios orchestra, to start the year 2022 on a good note. New Year’s concert Madeleine Church, Place de la Madeleine 8éme.

The French are about to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Molière’s baptism. No less than nine plays by the playwright will be performed until next summer. Unpublished sets, made-to-measure costumes, paintings and furniture … For several weeks now, everyone has focused on the sets for the next Tartuffe or the Hypocrite.

Marcel Proust, a Parisian at the Carnavalet Museum, the author of “In Search of Lost Time” has spent most of his life in Paris. For the first time, an exhibition examines the close links between the city and the writer. examining the links between Marcel Proust and the city of Paris, where the writer was born and where he spent most of the fifty-one years of his existence. Marcel Proust, a Parisian novel is rich, very rich. Period photos, paintings, handwritten documents, advertising posters, furniture, fashion accessories .. A total of 280 pieces are on display, some of which have never been shown to the public, such as this touching photo of young Marcel at 15, his eyes already smoky and down on his lip. “We approached 35 institutions and 19 private lenders. But a third of the works also come from our collections, ”explains Valérie Guillaume, director of the Carnavalet Museum. The first part looks at the Paris where the author lived. From the apartment in Auteuil, where he was born, in 1871, to that in rue Hamelin, not far from the Arc de Triomphe, where he died, in 1922, the writer has never left the right bank of Paris. He knew seven homes, all located in the 16éme and 8éme arrondissements, where most of social life took place. Proust was fundamentally a Parisian !

It is the most visited amusement park in Europe! When many doubted the American instrution well…yankee doodle dandy! Before the health crisis, Disneyland Paris attracted 15 million visitors per year. While the vast majority of them, back since the park reopened in June 2021, are occasional visitors who come once or a few times a year, some are die-hard devotees for whom Disneyland Paris is a second home. We have been 3 times and already planning for early 2022 to back with the boys!!

The members of the Old Paris Commission, responsible for ensuring the proper architectural performance of Paris, looked into the future of the building that had housed the Tati sign for decades. There, on Boulevard Rochechouart (18éme), Immobel won the call for projects aimed at rethinking the historic 8,000 square meter store, abandoned by its historic owner. Housing, shops, offices, hotel accommodation and cultural space are on the program. We are increasingly seeing perfect alignments of buildings. But that’s not the story of Paris. And from a climatic point of view, these openings are important for the passage of air and light.Oh well now see Paris Bio lol!

In the chalet of the royal park of Nandy,Seine et Marne dept 77, Grand Paris Sud sees a cultural gem. Its construction dates back to the end of the 19C, 150 years after the creation of the 70-hectare park in which it is located. Imagined by Etienne-Michel Bouret, great financier of the reign of Louis XV, this park unfolded according to a regular grid, with the castle as central point, the destroyed, named royal pavilion after the stay of Louis XV for a hunt. Placed in the center of the park, on the remains of a masonry terrace-belvedere dating from the 18C garden, it sits on a prime location, very overhanging, which opens onto the vast panorama of the Seine valley. This will be worth saving thanks.

In Châtres, Seine et Marne dept 77; the medieval Church of Saint-Antonin built from a period estimated between 1180 and 1220, the church of Châtres has just been labeled Heritage of Regional Interest. The awarding of this label should help its future restoration, in particular that of its roof. It would house, under the altar of the Virgin Mary, the relics of Saint-Roch and Saint-Félix. The latter was a bishop of Nantes and a great figure of the Merovingian episcopate. The Saint-Antonin Church, in Châtres, could even be named after the second bishop of Meaux, who lived in the 2C or, according to other sources, 3C. There are a number of listed objects, including an 18C mahogany pulpit, brought back from the islands by a sailor, and a Cordoba leather painting from the same period. The sanctuary and the choir also display the characters of 13C architecture, with cross vault on ribs. As for the frame in the form of the hull of an overturned boat, it would have been built in the 16C. Its bell dates from 1782. It is baptized Antoinette and was blessed in 1789!

On January 1, 2022 to celebrate the New Year and make your wildest dreams come true, the Topbun restaurant is offering its first 200 burgers free of charge after opening to the bravest. On the program, gourmet and completely decadent smash burgers largely inspired by the American brand Shake Shack, all 100% organic. Topbun 5 Rue Eugène Freyssinet 13éme January 1, 2022 at noon group Big Mamma webpage:

To finisht with a wonderful dish of grandma confection and redone plenty of times at home, eaten anywhere! The Tortilla in Spain is a thick and chewy omelet, often with potatoes, with or without onion. The purists only put potatoes, candied in hot oil, the creatives add grilled peppers, sautéed chard or roasted mushrooms. And even Chorizos lol! The Ingredients for 1 tortilla (4 to 6 people). 4 large fresh eggs, 1 kg of melting potatoes (Bintje type), vegetable oil or we use Olive oil virgin extra, 1 large sweet white onion, Salt, pepper to taste.
The preparation: Peel the washed potatoes and cut them into slices (about 5 mm thick). Liberally pour oil into a curved-sided skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the potatoes. When they are soft but without coloring (candied and not fried), remove them from the oil and drain them on paper towels or in a colander. Salt. Beat the eggs in a bowl, add the lukewarm potatoes and mix. Leave this preparation to stand for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, mince the onion and sauté in the remaining oil. Drain and add to the egg-potato mixture. Adjust the seasoning. Heat the pan (uncleaned) over medium heat, add a little oil if necessary and pour in the preparation. Sear, stirring constantly so that the tortilla does not stick. When the underside is golden brown, pour the excess oil into a container (or a second pan). Flip the omelet. Resume cooking the second side. Brown, making sure the tortilla keeps its soft interior. Finish by sliding the tortilla onto a platter. Serve hot, warm, or cold. We do it hot but for tapas or apéros can be cold. There you go Buen Provecho ::)

There you go folks, another dandy from my belle France. Hope you enjoy the post and again be safe enjoy the end of year or Año Viejo and best wishes for 2022 to all.

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

December 28, 2021

Another time in Vannes !!

I cannot keep away for long from our capital city of Vannes of the beautiful Morbihan dept 56 in my lovely Bretagne. As said , have many posts on the city and it shows my interest for it, as it is rather off the beaten path in my belle France but really worth the detour, Gorgeous architecture and an interesting history ; I am in heaven ! Let me update for you and me this older post. As said written many posts on the sights below so search for them to read/see more ok.

We have come to Vannes so much that it feels like we live there ; well I worked for about 9 years just outside of it in an old castle of 1504 !! We were painting the basement/sous sol, and decided to take a break and come back to Vannes for a breather ! Always is and even more with my boys , and always with wonderful memories of my dear late Martine, memories hard to erase and each time here even more stronger feelings.

While In Vannes, we did our usual sightseeing and of course many errands for the house, We did a quick stop to Micromania at the Carrefour shopping center to get the latest gadgets in video games for the boys, and then hop over to FNAC for some reading and tech reviews before well we were hungry. That is my suggestion , and we went to a place been a couple times with colleagues from work , this time came with my boys to Le Tarmac in rue Ferdinand le Dressay on the other side of the pleasure boats marina canal that takes out to the Gulf of Morbihan and eventually to the Atlantic Ocean! This was just one time, we have come back several times more, see posts.  They have a terrace right on the sidewalk facing the canals, and then a streel level room and a very cozy first level or 2nd floor. The service is friendly and prompt, the prices very reasonable and the food is good. We had tapas dish of accras (codfish cake), with breaded shrimp ,crackers tortilla Mexican style with guacamole sauce for 8,50€ and hot dogs with fries for the boys, all with a bottle of Vigne Antique côte de Provence rosé 2016 wine all came about for 15€ per person!!. They have a Facebook page :


We had all day to do and why not do some walks in wonderful medieval Vannes all kept original no wars did anything to it. It is lovely to walk here. Of course, we come by car so easy , we park on free parking past the Place Gambetta up the rue Ferdinand le Dressay and you will see the parking lot on your right passing the Harbormaster, Plenty on street parking or pay underground parking at Le Port, We then take off on foot all over the city, it is easy to walk and very pleasant things to see. As I have written so much on it will not go into details here, just type in search Vannes and see all the posts going back to 2011 in my blog.


First, the canal on the pleasure boat marina is awesome, it says can hold up to 3000 boats and goes all the way to the Gulf of Morbihan  , and holds about 50 islands 24 of which inhabited. You have the tourist office and carrousel right by the canal as well as restaurants all around it on both sides.  


Walking past the wonderful Porte de Saint Vincent , a gate to old town along Rue Saint Vincent, a Saint from Valencia Spain who came here around 1400’s and his body rest in peace at the Cathedral of St Peter at Place Saint Pierre.  The street is full of shops even a Casino supermarket! This street takes you on the left to the Place du Poids Public and further into the Place des Lices, two lively architecturally nice squares in old town Vannes.  We do a lot of our shopping here, and the Saturday morning market is awesome. Just around the Place du Poids Public you have the rue de la Poissonnerie that leads you into the Halles aux Poissons or fish market.

Right in the corner of the two squares Poids Public and Lices you have the 17C Hôtel Francheville or Mynier recently completely renovated done in tufa style stone as the original. Up into the old town you have wonderful architecture, and the passing of the Cathedral St Peter as well as the fine arts museum La Cohue by place St Pierre and also a back entrance on lovely rue des Halles. This rue des Halles is wonderful plenty of stores and restos from buildings as far back as the 14C! By here you will find the archeological museum of Vannes house in the Chateau Gaillard and its magnificent tower at rue Noé.

You come into Place Valencia,name in honor of the before mention Saint born there, and also lived while in Vannes in the upper level of what is today the library La Procure.  There is a statue of the Saint in the wall. At the square are the famous statues of the two women right on the wall of the restaurant Villa Valencia. You can side step into the place Henri IV just before the place St Pierre where the Cathedral Saint Peter is located, here is wooden houses going back to the 14C and after, loaded with quaint stores and one great chocolatier de France ,Maison Georges Larnicol, Coming up to this latest square you have the rue Saint Salomon, another wonderful medieval street full of shops. Right next to the Cathedral there is rue des Chanoines with more wooden houses taking you to the ramparts of Vannes!

Ok so this was just an afternoon walk, there is a whole lot more here and we love it ; hoping you too will when visit my quant capital city of Vannes. Glad we came over to the Morbihan, we love it! You too if you take the time to come and into history, architecture, and good French/Breton foods.

The city of Vannes  on its heritage and history:

The Morbihan dept 56 tourist office on Vannes :

The Gulf of Morbihan tourist office on Vannes :

The Bretagne region tourist board on Vannes:

There you go folks, another dandy walking tour of my lovely capital city of Vannes. It goes without saying we will be back soon,,,,,,,,,,,,Hope it helps you come and enjoy this jewel of  the beautiful Morbihan and lovely Bretagne as well as belle France as much as we do. And ,remember, happy travels, good health,and many cheers to all!!!

December 28, 2021

The Place Henri IV of Meaux!!

So we love to walk a city and it shows in my blog. There is no better way to know a city, its architecture and history than to walk it. This is no difference in small , medium or large cities all over France and the world. I happened to love a square in my nostalgic city of Meaux, which I happened to meet first back in September 1990 while visiting my girlfriend later wife, and dear late wife Martine in her native town. I like to bring a new text with older pictures on the Place Henri IV of Meaux!!

The place Henri IV of Meaux  in Seine et Marne dept 77 of the Île de France region. It is another memorable place as here we went to the movies for the first time in France at the Majestic cinema. It is now part of the cinema group UGC and has a great auto parking above and below ground. Also, at Christmas time there is a nice market here with ice skating ring.  We and you can find easy parking at the Place Henri IV above ground. From here we walked all over the city and into the old town by the Rue du Général Leclerc.  Place Henri IV is a vast quadrilateral located at the junction of the old town and the Faubourg Saint-Nicolas (my  Martine district of birth). It is bordered by houses dating, for the most part, from the 19C today

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The square is name as such because it was to mark the coming of king Henri IV in 1599 when the city was in the middle of the 30 years war of Religions,and decided to rally in favor of the king. King Henri IV was a Protestant, and the city of Meaux , Catholic, and when the king converts to Catholicism, the locals (who are call by their celtic name, the Meldois) decided to signed the peace accords. The rebel governor, De Vitry, opened the gate of the fortified city, located on the edge of the square. He hands over the keys during an official ceremony that takes place on the Butte des Cordeliers, at the current location of the square. The king compliments De Vitry for this amnesty and maintains him in his post of governor, the equivalent of mayor and prefect today.

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Place Henri IV, was the former Place des Cordeliers,built in the second half of the 18C after the partial leveling of an earthen bastion, the Butte des Cordeliers. In this area was created a lover’s promenade or “promenade des Amourettes”. It is thus one of the main squares of Meaux which is created. It was renamed place Henri IV in 1820. The tanners who were installed along the Brasset,used part of the square to dry their skins. In 1845, the city decided on the final leveling of the square. The square thus took on its current appearance. In the 19C, the inhabitants opposed the establishment on this space of civil buildings (the theater in 1841, the courthouse in 1880) in order to preserve the integrity of the square: these two buildings were finally installed in bordering the Place Henri IV. Only a monument was erected in the center of the square in 1891, in honor of General Raoult, but the latter having been sent to melt in 1942 (by the Nazis), the square is today an empty space, apart from the plantations and benches for the whole family,

The city of Meaux on its heritage

The Meaux country tourist office on its heritage

There you go folks, a dandy of a town of many wonderful memories never to forget, The whole is Meaux, and on its Place Henri IV it has its soul, Hope you enjoy the post as I. See you around the Place Henri IV of Meaux !!

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

December 28, 2021

The Place Henri IV of Vannes!!

So we love to walk a city and it shows in my blog. There is no better way to know a city, its architecture and history than to walk it. This is no difference in small , medium or large cities all over France and the world. I happened to love a square in my capital city of Vannes which we just go by even if nothing to shop or see. I like to bring a new text with older pictures on the Place Henri IV of Vannes!! 

The capital city of the Morbihan dept 56 , Vannes, alone has no less than 170 half-timbered houses. Colorful shacks with crazy charm that are concentrated around the squares and in the cobbled alleys of the old town. Popular and lively, Place Henri IV is the ideal starting point for exploring Vannes while learning about its history. The square is certainly one of the most beautiful views of the intramural area of Vannes, The houses here go back to the 14C thru the 17C.


Place Henri-IV is a square located in the inner city on the heights of the Mené hill. It communicates with the Place Saint-Pierre and the St Peter’s Cathedral,(see post)  and to the rue Saint-Salomon (see post) and to the rue des Chanoines and the rue Émile-Burgault. The square measures about 20 meters per side, or an area of ​​about 400 m2.  In the 18C, this square was called Mallièvre, a deformation of its original Breton name Men-Guevr, goat stone, After having been named Place du Département for a time during the revolutionary period, it was finally renamed to its current name during the 19C. A bird market took place in this square in the 1860s: sellers, called Pilorgets, mainly brought linnets and goldfinches.


Most of the houses in the Place Henri IV are listed as historic monuments of France. This is the case for houses located at no.1 (corner of Place Saint-Pierre), at no. 2 ( corner of Place Saint-Pierre), at no.5 (corner of rue Saint-Salomon),and at no.6 (corner of rue des Chanoines).


The city of Vannes on the Place Henri IV

Indeed a must to walk in Vannes, and worth the detour me think. Hope you enjoy these walks around my old capital city of Vannes. The idea of shopping and eating amongst these wonderful old half-timbered houses is superbe!!

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

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