Some news from France ,CCCLVII

It’s time again to tell you my latest rants about some news from France. An eventful post in my blog that I have enjoyed together with you for the last 12 years now!! And for those non Roman CCCLVII is no 357::) And I thank you. The weather is now more as pure heat with high of 33C or 91F chez moi, only that from Sunday the temps will drop drastically again to around 20C. Enjoy my belle France !! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

On the Galeries Lafayette terrace, the panoramic view gives the impression of being on top of the world. The Opera and the chimneys of Paris serve as a backdrop to the La Scène French Touch festival organized by the department store. From July 5 to 10 2022 . At Haussmann on the 9éme arrondissement. Webpage: https://haussmann.galerieslafayette.com/en/

The Quai Branly museum offers a refreshing break with its Jardin d’été or summer garden. Many activities take place in its vast green space It is protected from the street by a glass palisade. Games, writing workshops, readings, gardening, walks or even quizzes, everything has the theme of nature, the environment and the living. Among the major events in the program, the Hip-Hop Collections festival dedicated to hip-hop culture and non-European music is launched on July 3 From July 3 to August 28 2022 at the Quai Branly museum (7éme). Webpage: https://quaibranly.fr/en/exhibitions-and-events/at-the-museum/shows-festivals-and-events/festivals-and-events/event-details/e/jardin-dete-2022-39412/

L’Escale Royale offers nights in suites moored in Port Ilon in the Yvelines (78) After just over an hour’s journey from the capital: surprise to be immersed in this rural universe. This still grows on arrival at Port-Ilon, a marina where the suite where you come to spend the night is moored, between barges, yachts and river cruise ships. Like a 100-hectare lake opening onto the Seine, the Ilon, in Saint-Martin-la-Garenne in the Yvelines, hides an unsuspected beauty. Entirely bordered by trees, it is classified Natura 2000 for its great ornithological richness in particular. An exceptional setting for the floating houses of the Escale Royal. Webpage: https://www.lescaleroyale.fr/

With ever more shops and restaurants, the Forum des Halles is completing its transformation. The old wing located between Place Carrée and Porte du Louvre is getting a facelift and will house 23 brands and restaurants over more than 8,000 m2. Passersby will be able to take the renovated driveway from July 19, 2022. webpage: https://fr.westfield.com/forumdeshalles/access

L’Arena de la porte de la Chapelle or the Porte de la Chapelle Arena will be delivered in the summer of 2023 to host the Olympic Games the following year. The building will be the pillar of the renewal of the district. It will host shops, restaurants but also school activities and local sports associations. More on Paris2024 webpage: https://www.paris2024.org/fr/site/arena-la-chapelle/

Well folks, again, the Fête de la Musique! will be held next June 21 2022. What good memories, aren’t they? This year, the one that marks the (official) beginning of summer, celebrates its 40th anniversary. Free concerts, highlighting of amateur groups, festive wanderings in the streets… All levels and all genres come together in harmony for an evening. Official Ministry of Culture of France ; https://fetedelamusique.culture.gouv.fr/

Radio France is preparing, as usual, a great program for the Fête de la Musique. France Inter at the Olympia, FIP at the Arènes de Lutèce, France Musique at Studio 104, Viva l’Orchestra at the Auditorium… The whole of Paris will be covered by the coolest French radio. The little extra? This year, the establishment of a “Char Radio France” will wander the streets of Paris. This house and disco-sounding truck will leave the turntables to Young Pulsa to set the mood for the whole city. From the Pont Grenelle, to the Maison de la Radio et de la Musique, via the Institute of the Arab World… webpage: https://www.maisondelaradioetdelamusique.fr/radio-france-fete-la-musique

The Ministry of Culture also has an exceptional evening in store for us. At the Domaine national du Palais-Royal, a series of concerts that will show us the musical universe from A to Z. Sopico, Julien Clerc, Anne Paceo, DakhaBrakha, Temenik Electric… A music festival as we like it, in the heart of Paris. Make the music again! Ministry of Culture – Music Festival, Domaine du Palais-Royal, 8 Rue de Montpensier, 1éme arrondissement of Paris. Doors open at 17h30. webpage: https://shotgun.live/fr/events/40-ans-de-fetes-de-la-musique-refaites-de-la-musique

Where to swim near Paris, let me give a couple spots that are nice as per moi

L’île de loisirs de Jablines or the leisure island of Jablines: the closest of the least close, this superb place is located 42 km from Paris. Lots of activities are possible there: there is an equestrian center, and two white sand beaches. You can also practice hiking and of course: swimming! It takes about forty minutes by car to get there from the city. A very nice place to swim close to Paris! Rue du Bac Base Loisirs , Jablines, Seine et Marne 77. webpage: https://jablines-annet.iledeloisirs.fr/acces-ile-de-loisirs-de-jablines-annet.html

Les Étangs de Hollande, the royal spot for swimming near Paris, Very close to the forest of Rambouillet, in the natural park of the Haute Vallée des Chèvreuses, are the artificial ponds of Holland. Originally they were created to supply the fountains of the Palace of Versailles, today they are absolutely perfect for swimming near Paris. The ponds are 55 kilometers from Paris. Route des Etangs de Hollande – 78, Les Bréviaires, The natural park of the Haute Vallée des Chévreuses on the ponds: https://www.parc-naturel-chevreuse.fr/destination-parc/etangs-de-hollande 

Ile aux loisirs de Bois-Le-Roi , the most family-friendly, This place 50 km from Paris is very pretty, and also very popular with families. Very close to Fontainebleau, this place offers lots of different ways to have fun: picnics, swimming, sunbathing, and even horse riding… The beach is super pretty and the trees caress the surface of the clear water: a great spot where escape from the city and where to swim near Paris. Rue de Fournezy, Bois-Le-Roi, Seine et Marne 77, webpage: http://bois-le-roi.iledeloisirs.fr/presentation/

Meaux Plage ,the most natural , and sentimental for me, It is the ideal place to get your fill of nature: so much so that some animals also show up there to quench their thirst or warm up in the sun if you are lucky. You can play a game of mini-golf there, jump on trampolines to let off steam or even a good football match with family or friends to relieve the pressure of the week. A great spot to relax, exercise and swim near Paris. (54 km to be precise. 2 Chemin de la Marine, Meaux, Seine et Marne 77. webpage:https://www.tourisme-paysdemeaux.com/346

And if you want something to do with the ocean, there are 4 beaches less than 2h30 from Paris by train!

Le Crotoy. As soon as you arrive at Noyelles-sur-mer train station, hop on the Baie de Somme railway for a real trip back in time. There are not 1 but 4 beaches that you have to discover in Le Crotoy. 2h30 from Gare du Nord, My fav Plages TV on Crotoy beaches: https://en.plages.tv/seaside-resorts/le-crotoy-80550

Deauville, the prettiest. Often considered the 21st arrondissement of Paris, Deauville is for you. As a couple or with the family, enjoy the 643 meter long beach! the racecourse is also very nice. To end the day in style, head to the casino. 2 hours from Gare Saint-Lazare. Plages TV webpage: https://en.plages.tv/seaside-resorts/deauville-14800

Dieppe, for the sporty (and the lazy) you can try to reach the beaches of Dieppe by bike… from Paris! And yes it is possible! You will pass by “L’Avenue Verte”, or green avenue a very pleasant walk which crosses landscapes as magnificent as each other If you do not like sand, you will appreciate the magnificent pebble beach of Dieppe. 2h15 from Gare Saint Lazare . Plages TV webpage: https://en.plages.tv/seaside-resorts/dieppe-76200

Cabourg, the most relaxing. A sort of little Deauville, with fewer people and less expensive, it does exist, it’s Cabourg! There are the same activities: casino, racetrack, beaches and umbrellas. We especially take advantage of the superb Marcel Proust promenade to breathe the sea air, stretch our legs, or, for the most motivated, do our morning jog. 2h15 from Gare Saint-Lazare. Plages TV webpage: https://en.plages.tv/seaside-resorts/cabourg-14390

The Oscar Hotel building is in the pure modernist style of Auguste Perret, the architect who rebuilt the city after WWII. A return to the 1950s even in the decoration of the rooms, including n°8, with a view of Le Volcan by Oscar Niemeyer (see post). Seen from Place Niemeyer, the Oscar Hotel blends into the gray of Le Havre. The product of the reconstruction the architect Auguste Perret, charged after WWII by the French government with the reconstruction ex nihilo of the 150 hectares of the city center, destroyed by the bombings of 1944. From the reception, the memory machine starts. transform this modest family hotel in the spirit of the 1950s and rename it after the modular furniture manufacturer Oscar, in vogue at the time. This wooden counter edged with blue Formica, this fringed velvet sofa, this large television set… The decor, furiously vintage, takes guests back a few decades. In the breakfast corner, served in dishes found at Emmaüs, magazines evoke the election of President René Coty or the dresses of Jackie Kennedy. A staircase serves the 14 rooms spread over two levels and remained “in their own juice” webpage: https://www.oscarhotel.fr/

For our greatest pleasure, some public transport lines are air-conditioned (at last) and we will not hesitate to take advantage of it. Note that the RATP distinguishes between three types of ventilation: refrigerated ventilation (air conditioning), forced mechanical ventilation (the outside air is sucked in and diffused inside) and natural ventilation (opening of windows and drafts). These are:

Air-conditioned lines: In the metro: Lines 1,2,5,9,14. In the RER: RER A, part of the RER B trains, a third of the RER C. In the tram: All lines of the tram except T1. On the bus: 1,198 buses are air-conditioned out of 4,886. Lines in forced mechanical ventilation: In the metro: Lines 4,7, 7bis, 8, 13. In the RER: Part of the RER B trains. Lines with natural ventilation: In the metro: Lines 3, 3bis, 6, 10, 11 and 12. Now you know in hot weather what to take best ok

For years, an ice cream parlor dominated the Parisian scene, famous for the quality, the taste, and the natural raw materials it used: Berthillon. Since 1954, on Île Saint-Louis, the house has continued to spin its ice cream and sorbets every day. But in recent years, the level of artisans has continued to climb. Fabien Foenix, the nugget of Paris. Installed for 40 years, this artisan ice cream maker offers 70 flavors of ice cream and sorbets and 15 frozen desserts including the fabulous pot of nougatine with can be garnished with the flavors of your choice to order. We love homemade cones to enjoy with a cocoa sorbet, fresh mint or mojito. We can also be tempted by the plum ice cream and the memorable Rothschild soufflé with Grand Marnier. The official Fabien Foenix webpage: https://www.glacier-foenix.com/

And for the record, the official Berthillon webpage: https://berthillon.fr/

Restaurant Salvaje in Paris: remake of the superprods of the 2000s, On the one hand, an ageless house in search of youth; on the other, one of these little superprods like the year 2000 was leaving the surroundings of the Champs-Élysées full of them. They were called Barfly, Buddha Bar, (memories here! )Man Ray, Nobu, released impossible rooms of cardboard, waitresses all in legs, decibels per pack, tracking shots of bar and prices heavy as show. On the plate, it was fun to tangle the spindles while cooking fusion and, take out the chopsticks, a pretext from Japan already offered the round back of sushi, perfect not to disturb the lipsticks and the peremptory gentlemen. From those years and on the side of Monceau, we are frankly not far with this first copy of a Spanish chain. Restaurant Salvaje (wild) inside the Hotel du Collectionneur, 51 Rue de Courcelles, 8éme. Webpage:https://paris.salvaje.world/

The Parisian institution (and mine see post) ,Au Petit Riche is modernizing with a wine bar and a terrace. It is thus to wonder if a certain Paris is not starting to seriously get tired of these dragonfly tables which chirp on the plates as in the garden. To wonder just as well if this same certain Paris has had enough of these dinette decorations where the walls bring in the belly while the benches kick ass. The fact remains that, in recent months, the veterans of the nostalgic bistro have brought back their strawberries, their encaustic rooms, their century of memory by promising a little new on the side of the sauce boat. Indeed recommended. Webpage: https://www.restaurant-aupetitriche.com/en/

There you go folks, another dandy round of news of my belle France , of course, chosen by me; there are many others. We are marching on to Summer rather quickly with the first wave of heat 93F or 35C, and eating out in our veranda porch every day now , grand! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

3 Comments to “Some news from France ,CCCLVII”

  1. As always, read with interest

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