Some news from France , CCCLXXI

Well news in my belle France happens fast and need to tell you more, always more. Therefore, 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 CCCLXXI is 371 ! , another dandy round of news of my belle France , of course, chosen by me; there are many others. We are in Fall season ! ,and temps came to 19C, rainy humid time changing. Times like this are great to be in house warm and tidy and a glass of wine, and we will come back eating in dining room! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

The Alsatian Christmas Market is back for its 40th Edition on the forecourt of the Gare de l’Est ! It is held from Wednesday 30 November to Friday 16 December 2022. For this 40th edition, the oldest Alsatian Christmas market outside its region, does not skimp on the means to treat us and discover all the specialties of this magnificent region! On the program this year, nearly fifteen artisans whose stalls are full of gingerbread, chocolates, pretzels, foie gras, wines, delicatessen… In short, everything you need to prepare an authentic Alsatian Christmas ! Webpage :

This is happening all over, not yet in my lovely region of Bretagne, However, part of the French service stations are marked by gasoline shortages following a strike started several days ago in the refineries of TotalEnergies, The prefecture of Oise (60) published this Saturday at the end of the day a decree prohibiting the sale of gasoline in any container such as jerry cans or drums and giving priority to caregivers, The prefecture of Val-d’Oise (95) has also banned the sale of gasoline in containers until October 12. The same restrictions have been taken by the Seine-Saint-Denis (93) prefecture, which also invites residents to show good citizenship in order to avoid any saturation phenomenon. Restrictive measures are currently not relevant in Seine-et-Marne (77). No restrictions are in force in the Yvelines (78) at the moment, the prefecture reporting a “stable” and even “improving” situation even if the situation is the subject of “great vigilance”. No order has yet been taken in Essonne (91) , Paris (75) , Hauts-de-Seine (92) and Val-de-Marne (94).

Since 2019, more than 64,000 inhabitants of Île-de-France region have subscribed to the electric bike rental service. Île-de-France Mobilités, the authority responsible for transport in the Paris region, plans to double the fleet of cargo bikes and intends to make the system permanent. Véligo electrically-assisted bicycles (VAE) can be seen everywhere in Île-de-France. And this more and more. The 17,000 blue two-wheelers, in the colors of Île-de-France Mobilités (IDFM),have enjoyed undeniable success since the launch of the service, in September 2019, Webpage :

The official Véligo bike rental :

Disneyland, Parc Astérix, Mer de sable… Halloween, a prosperous period for amusement parks, Halloween has become a must for amusement parks. Because if Halloween struggles to seduce in the whole of France, this imaginary with grimacing pumpkins has become, over the years, a must in the amusement parks of Île-de-France and Oise, which cover their attractions of more or less frightening decorations. Behind this enthusiasm, a strategic positioning of the sites, which recorded during this period a strong attendance. Halloween at Disneyland Paris has become a key period just like Christmas for the fans the decorations planned from October 1 to November 6 2022 in the paths of the park: villains, pumpkins, skeletons and ghosts…Wonderful ! One huge Disneyland Paris webpage :

And another we like Parc Asterix :

The 10 most distressing stations in Paris ! Oh yes we have them too, According to a recent study by the Paris Region Institute, relayed by Franceinfo, four out of ten people are afraid of being the victim of an attack or theft in public transport. According to the study, the metro stations Franklin D. Roosevelt, Anvers, La Fourche, Invalides and Miromesnil, are considered to be those where users feel the least safe. On the RER side, the Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, Aulnay-sous-Bois, Nanterre Préfecture, Juvisy and Denfert-Rochereau stations are the most distressing. The main cause would be the frequent presence of people on drugs or alcohol, the lack of staff, or even the fear of the empty metro at night.Have you taken any of these at night in Paris ? I have into the wee hours and can attest to this dark side many do not see,

On the other hand,Every year, the consultancy QS ranks the best student cities in the world. Good news: Paris is in the top 10! The QS Cabinet was responsible for reviewing 140 cities with populations over 250,000, focusing on their attractiveness, quality of life, universities and affordability. Results ? Paris arrives this year in 8th position, whereas it was in 9th position the previous year. Other French cities are part of the ranking such as Lyon in 45th position, Toulouse in 78th position and Montpellier in 119th position. There you go students Paris is good even if cher !

One quant area of my eternal Paris which is lovely to walk, a bit off the beaten path and very nice for the whole family is La Mouzaïa,around the rue de Mouzaïa, rue General-Brunet,and rue Miguel-Hidalgo streets, the dream of a house in a neighborhood with cobbled alleys, This neighborhood located in the heart of the 19éme arrondissement or district is full of charming houses divided into villas !. The La Mouzaïa neighborhood is made up of around 250 houses, often with gardens. A lovely visit is in order by all.

And if you really want to see Paris from above and far beautiful silhouettes than head for Mont Valérien as I worked not far and went in every day for a time ; lovely. You have the free and beautiful for the best panoramic spots in Paris. Mont-Valérien is itself a beautiful place full of history. The terrace allows you to observe Paris, the Bois de Boulogne as well as the towers of La Défense, without vis-à-vis. Located in Hauts-de-Seine (92) , you can get there by train from Suresnes station, Mont-Valérien arrêt/stop, on train lines L ( Gare St Lazare-Versailles Rive Droit (my line from old home) , and U (La Défense-La Verriére) line, At the Suresnes-Mont Valérien station, take the Hôpital Foch exit/sortie, then go up rue du Calvaire to the esplanade.

Immerse yourselves in the little-known history of the Yves-du-Manoir stadium in Bois-Colombes, This century-old stadium, which hosted the 1924 Olympic Games and will host the Paris 2024 field hockey events. It is this past that comes to life under the pen of Michaël Delépine, professor of history and geography at the Albert-Camus college in Bois-Colombes (Hauts-de-Seine 92 ) and university researcher, who has just published “Le Bel Endormi”, at Éditions Atlande, a fascinating work taken from his thesis on the subject .The book at the FNAC :

And continuing with the Paris 2024 Oiympics ! Versailles, Viroflay, Chaville, towns that will participate too even if not on the name, The cities welcome the future passage of the Olympic marathon, The route of the Paris 2024 Olympic marathon was unveiled on this past Wednesday October 5 2022. The marathon open for the first time to the general public will be contested on August 10 for men and August 11 for women. At the exit of the avenue de Paris, in Versailles, the runners will enter Viroflay by the D 910 before crossing the city center to reach the forest of Meudon via Chaville and the hill of the Pavé des Gardes, located at the 30th kilometer. This Pavé des Gardes road (1.3 km at 6.5%), which will symbolize so well the “wall” that all marathon runners dread, With a half-race scheduled in front of the Château of Louis XIV, (palace of Versailles) the prefecture of Yvelines (78) , which will also serve as an open-air theater for horse riding, the modern pentathlon and part of the route of the road cycling road race That this marathon connects the Louvre in Versailles is a magnificent symbol ,yes indeed if you are into history as I, More from Le Monde newspaper :

The 2022 Football World Cup, which is due to start on November 20, 2022 in Qatar, Paris will not broadcast the World Cup matches in public ! The City of Paris undertakes to boycott the event. And for good reason: held in Qatar, it represents a catastrophic environmental and human disaster. No wonder, then, that a number of cities are starting to boycott this sporting event. After Strasbourg, Lille or Bordeaux, it is the turn of Paris. If the City of Paris takes the lead, the bars do as they wish. But for those who wish to boycott the World Cup, the site “Bring the Cup to Reason” (intagramme) proposes to list the establishments which undertake not to broadcast the matches anywhere in France. More and more cities are joining in so far and in other countries too.

Jim Dine at Daniel Templon an exhibition of works, paintings and sculptures, by the American artist, figure of pop art, still in great shape at 87 years old. The “Grace and Beauty” (grâce et beauté) exhibition. his canvases crossed by large spots of intense colors sliding over each other are moments of chromatic enjoyment. In front of these abstractions, he fixes copper wires which twist in all directions like snakes and which, far from upsetting the painting, enhance it. No less attractive and rich in allusions are the sculptures he obtains by combining tree branches cast in bronze and clusters of various industrial debris, also cast, but painted with always the same intensity. More anticipated are the variations on the heart motif, in bronze and paint, but they nonetheless demonstrate that Dine is still in great shape. “Grace and Beauty”. Galerie Daniel Templon, 28, rue du Grenier-Saint-Lazare, 3éme. Until November 5,2022 Tuesday to Saturday, 10h to 19h, Webpage :

And as many many over the years keep asking how to dress up in Paris lol ! Well here are some fashion coming up that can useful to the mind set.

Five trends for Spring-Summer 2023, prominent lingerie, raw trousers, ubiquitous sequins and a touch of surrealism marked Paris Fashion Week Spring-Summer 2023 collections ended in Paris on Tuesday, October 4, 2022. More than a hundred brands were on the program. Between major established labels such as Dior, Balenciaga or Chanel, and young shoots like Coperni, Rokh, etc. –, the designers revealed the major clothing trends for the coming summer.

Worn (very) pants low waisted like a throwback to the 2000s, extra-wide cut in faded or laced denim, or in a cargo version with patch pockets on the side, the pants for summer 2023 claim their rawest side. The skin takes air celebrating the body with this maxim in mind, the creators put the skin in the spotlight. The shoulders are revealed, and the backs of the models are visible, the belly takes the air thanks to increasingly short tops, and the tank top with thin straps becomes essential. Sequins radiate, whether festive or associated with an everyday silhouette, sequins have inspired designers. On a great evening dress very close to the body, a man’s jacket worn as a dress or a simple denim jacket, the sequins awaken the look, Lingerie reveals itself ; an infinite field of exploration, lingerie and its delicate lace are no longer hidden under clothing. Bras and panties are visible under transparent dresses, are declined in shapewear style , these elements of lingerie marrying the shapes of the body to better sheath them or can be discovered under large coats. The infinitely large, the infinitely small ,Playing on perceptions by summoning a little surrealism: this is what some designers have had fun with, by enlarging the zips of dresses or the sleeves of a blouse, or on the contrary, by proposing incredibly small accessories. Be ready Paris rocks !

Staying within the confines of fashion let me tell you about parfums ! Sephora tries bulk. The beauty products brand, leader of the French cosmetics market, is preparing to test the sale of perfume by the liter in two stores in the Paris region. Customers will be able to refill their bottle of “Sauvage”, Dior, and other fragrances from the L’Oréal group. The major brands are thus following in the footsteps of Mugler, which, under the leadership of Clarins, launched the perfume fountains when creating “Angel” in 1992. Thirty years later, other giants of perfumery are are in turn: Dior, a subsidiary of LVMH, L’Oréal, another heavyweight in the market since the purchase of Clarins perfumes, and Sephora. In fact, sales of beauty products in France have benefited from the return of customers to stores. Over the first eight months of 2022, they increased by 21% compared to 2021 and, precisely, by 29% in stores”, observes a study by NPD Europe for the sector of the beauty. The make-up palettes, ensuring 34% growth in this segment in France, and rediscovered the pleasure of smelling perfumes, whose sales now exceed those of 2019 by 4%, according to NPD. The internet has returned to a measured level: it represents 13% of sales of so-called “selective” brands, that is to say only sold in perfumery, according to NPD. Parfums, perfums will never go away me think !

And why not finish off with accessories ! Bracelets, rings, earrings..etc. Variations around a motif with romantic symbolism, in favor for two years. It is because the object, reproduced in jewelry from the 18C, is interesting to exploit for its romantic and consensual symbolism, in an era of globalized tourism where travelers like to come and seal their love by fixing a padlock on the bridges of Paris. Especially since, if some display it as a simple pendant like Fendi or Hermès, others like to reinvent it by lengthening it, like Givenchy, even by purifying it until it becomes a line and equipping it with a pivoting system, like Tiffany. Now you are ready for Paris, and France !!!

Ok this is my contribution to those die-hard runners/joggers out there, These have done for most of the time by car or on foot part of it, Wonderful sites of my belle France,

Le Havre, Étretat, Fécamp, Veules-les-Roses, Varengeville-sur-Mer, Dieppe, Le Tréport, glorious ! The long-distance hiking trail along the Côte d’Albâtre won the title of France’s favorite GR trail at the end of 2019 . It is not surprising that this iodized route wins the majority of votes; the limestone cliffs that line the coastline between Le Havre and Le Tréport offer a breathtaking spectacle. But they are not the only stars of the GR 21. Inland, the route also allows you to discover beautiful residences, beech forests, pastures and Norman cows. Average duration: about 10 days, Distance: 180 km, Maximum altitude: 130 meters,

To the north, France; to the south, Spain; to the west, the Atlantic Ocean; to the east, the Mediterranean… Crossing the Pyrenees is an adventure worthy of the most seasoned hikers. Like the GR 20, this route is considered one of the most difficult in Europe. It is certainly mid-mountain, but what a drop! Unless you have 2 months ahead of you, it will be difficult for you to cover it in its entirety, from Banyuls-sur-Mer (Pyrénées-Orientales) to Hendaye (Pyrénées-Atlantiques), in one go. Never mind, there are many sections that are worth the trip on their own, such as the one that connects Cauterets to the Néouvielle Nature Reserve. You will discover there the bridge of Spain, the lake of Gaube, the Vignemale and the circus of Gavarnie. Average duration: about 55 days, Distance: 900 km, Maximum altitude: 2,598 meters, Go ahead make my day lol ! I climb all these by car::)

Of course, some wonderful road warrior trails as well by car ; my favorites are

Acrophobes abstain! The Millau Viaduct in Aveyron,(12) is an exceptional French road. A true architectural and technological feat, awarded several international architectural prizes, the viaduct is the tallest and longest cable-stayed bridge in the world. Overlooking the Tarn river from the top of its 343 meters, it allows the junction between Clermont-Ferrand and Béziers on the A75 road(La Méridienne  ) ,The panorama and the surrounding nature are remarkable and you can observe this modern giant from several points of view: at the heart of the structure, along the water or while hiking… After 3 years of construction, the viaduct was commissioned in 2004, Hugely wonderful, a must to ride on it me think,

The Passage du Gois (Vendée 85) is a unique site in Europe that connects the continent to the Île de Noirmoutier island. 4.2 km long, it allows you to discover the immense landscape of mudflats and sandy shores. On the other hand, it is formidable for the uninformed or the dizzy because the road, below sea level, is submersible by the tides. Also, if you don’t want to be surprised or leave your car there…, a few simple instructions should be followed: the crossing can be done from 13h30 before until 01h30 after low tide. If low tide is at 12h, so you can cross between 10h30 and 13h30, Love it done twice and the second time had to run as the water was creeping in already !! A thrill must be done me think,

And why let the trains out, please we do ride them a lot here, and I was until my retirement a frequent travelers Grand Voyageur as for work is the only way to go and be reimbursed,However, these are fun trains, of the many these are my favorites !

Le Train d’Artouste (Pyrénées-Atlantiques 64), A ​​ride on the highest train in Europe is bound to be an adventure! Close to the Spanish border, the Artouste train has been taking passengers on the mountainside since 1932 to discover the extraordinary landscapes of this glacial valley as well as the Pic du Midi d’Ossau, the emblematic summit of the Pyrenees, 2887 meters high. And amid the surrounding flora and fauna, the lucky ones may even spot a few marmots just a few meters from the railway line. Go up my readers a great sight !

Le Train de la Rhune (Pyrénées-Atlantiques 64), In the heart of one of the most famous mountains of the Basque Country, the Rhune, which rises to 905 meters above sea level, the cogwheel train has been taking passengers to the summit since 1924 in about thirty minutes. Throughout the journey, the mountainous landscape is offered to travelers before the highlight of the show on arrival: an impregnable panorama on the Atlantic coast and the Pyrenees chain, on the French side as on the Spanish side. Awesome !

The Somme Bay Train (Somme 80), departing from Saint-Valéry and heading for Le Crotoy, the train runs along one of the most beautiful bays in the world on the Picardy Coast, using the old Réseau des Bains de Mer , created in 1887. The sea on one side, the salt marshes on the other, the trip immediately plunges you into the heart of the richness of the Bay and its sumptuous landscapes, in addition to going back in time thanks to its cars from the Belle Époque, one of which, dated 1889. To prolong the pleasure, it is also possible to dine there in the light of a sunset on weekends from May to September. Very nice indeed !

And as usual finish with a foodie delight a find a must to visit, we do it at home several times a month in fall/winter time, Love it ! Alert to all our cheese addicts: a 300 m2 raclette shop welcomes us rue du Faubourg-Montmartre with a string of cheeses to melt. Monbleu is above all a story of passion. Created by Damien Richardot, a child of the Alps living in Paris, this house is enough to make us melt. Restaurant, cheese maker and Raclette Shop… one thing is certain: our winter will be punctuated by melted cheese all the way , Farm Raclette, smoked, with wild garlic, truffles, goat cheese, pepper or chilli Espelette… all you have to do is choose. A raclette kit delivered directly to your home? It is now possible thanks to Monbleu. The Raclette Shop is an online home delivery service that will make the life of your raclette parties much easier. Raclette Shop Monbleu, 37, rue du Faubourg-Montmartre 9éme, and 12, rue Dupetit-Thouars 3éme webpage :

And just in! The city of Paris just announced that a new model should replace the 433 gray JC Decaux sanisettes/public toilets. These toilets had occupied the sidewalks of Paris since 2006. The new model chosen should be more “compact” in order to be installed in narrower and therefore inaccessible areas. Wuuh very tight folks!

There you go folks, another round of my some news from France coming to you freely by the road warrior of this blog. Hope you enjoy the post and do prepare for a wonderful Fall season with a bang. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

3 Comments to “Some news from France , CCCLXXI”

  1. Great newsy update, as always

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