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October 25, 2022

The getting around in Arras !

I found that I had pictures visiting some of the transport places in Arras and no post on that. As many folks do come to Arras especially for the military cemeteries around it I might as well give you a brief on coming and moving about in Arras! This is an updated post ; hope you enjoy it as I . For reference, Arras is located in the dept 62 of Pas de Calais in the region of Hauts-de-France. 


Historically, Arras was under the Ancien Régime (monarchy) the capital of the province of Artois, a large religious center and a prosperous city known for its cloth manufacturing. The city is famous for its two magnificent baroque squares which form an architectural ensemble unique in the world, its Belfry and its Citadel, both classified as World Heritage by UNESCO. With 225 buildings protected as historical monuments, Arras is the city with the highest density of monuments in France.

The roads here are awesome and we love our road warrior rides on them. Take the A1 between Paris and Lille, the A26 merges in part with the European road E17 from Antwerp to Beaune via Lille and Reims. European route 15 or E15 is also an essential axis of Europe, connecting the United Kingdom to Spain. The junction between the A26 and the A1 near Arras constitutes an important interchange of this road. Arras is also at the center of a network of departmental and national roads, with among the most important, I will put the ones I have driven on and connections here: the departmental road D917 towards Bapaume, Péronne and Le Bourget in the south, Lens , Lille and Halluin to the north; the departmental road D950 towards Douai; the departmental road D939 towards Cambrai in the east, and Le Touquet in the west; the RN 25 towards Doullens and Amiens to the south. We usually travel by car on the A1 who has an important exchange with the A26 , and we do take the D 939 to visit family.

The city of Arras has a pdf file with paying parkings all over. My favorites have been the  Grand Place,  Palais St Vaast,  and  Pl de la  Madeleine.

The train service is plenty here with the most popular or in my opinion as never taken trains here are from Arras to Paris Nord (gare du nord): 50 minutes. To Marnes la Vallée Chessy (Disneyland) : 54 minutes. To the airport Roissy CDG : 40 minutes. To Nantes : 4h03 and to Rennes : 3h59. The train or Gare station is located at Place Maréchal Foch. 


The regional TER Hauts de France region trains on Arras:

The SNCF Gare d’Arras gare et connexions train station :

The bus network Artis provides about 23 bus lines to cover the 46 towns of the territory including Arras. The Artis network can tell you about a night service , the one relevant is the Noctibus Sud serving city center Arras and the towns of Dainville, Achicourt, Agny, Beaurains, Tilloy-les-Mofflaines. In city center Arras the stops are Les Places ,Cité Nature, Théâtre and Gare(train station). The last two great for sightseeing in town.  Again disclaimer never taken it , here for information only, the network maps :


The bikes or vélos function under the  V’électric network with about 32 km of bike lanes and about 200 points of picking and retrieving bikes. In the Artis bus network you find more info in the bus network webpage:

The city of Arras is well service by taxi many and due to the military fields outside of town used often by visitors to take them there. I have no experience on any. I will put here those with webpages

Alliance taxis

Taxi Arras

The City of Arras on its public transports

The city of Arras on coming to the City:

For additional reference, and see my other posts on Arras.

The Arras Pays d’Artois Tourist office in the Hôtel de ville, Place des Héros , the must see in Arras

The communauté urbaine d’Arras (CUA) or the urban community of Arras tells you of places of memory and fraternity to see as this is the metro area :

There you go folks, now I feel better, with this brief introduction to coming and moving around in Arras. A lovely city worth the detour another gem in my belle France.

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

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October 25, 2022

Some news from Spain, CXXXIV

This is yours truly with another episode of  some news from Spain !!! thanks to you all. There is lots of things going on in my beloved Spain, and Fall is under way ! I am eagerly looking forward to be back to Spain too!! Let me tell you the latest tidbits of news chosen by yours truly, By the way CXXXIV is old Roman for 134, Enjoy it as Spain is everything under the Sun!

There are few days left for Halloween, the most terrifying holiday of the year that has become one of the most anticipated celebrations. Anyone looking for a different experience can opt to visit these abandoned towns in Spain full of history and the occasional ghost,,,,

The legend of Rodén el Viejo (province of Zaragoza), This Aragonese town suffered the consequences of the Spanish Civil War with the dismantling of most of the houses. Currently known as Rodén el Viejo (old) to differentiate it from the new one, Before its abandonment it was made up of about 80 houses that formed a crescent on the side of a hill crowned by a church. Today, the entire structure of its streets is maintained and you can walk among the ruins,

The Celtiberian past in Turruncun (La Rioja), This village in ruins in which they say that some other ghost haunts was annexed to the Riojan town of Arnedo. It is a mining area, so, at the time, it was built for workers to live there. Thanks to its location, you can not only visit Turruncún, but also, a few km away, you will find the Museum and Interpretation Center of the Contrebia Leucade archaeological site, of Celtiberian origin,

The Pueblo or town Museum of Granadilla (Càceres), Considered a town-museum, it is part of the Program for the Reconstruction of Abandoned Towns. Its main street, now rehabilitated, is made up of colorful houses. Despite the renovation work, the town in the province of Cáceres, which is not lacking in legends linked to the afterlife, has a multitude of structures that are still in ruins, which speak of its past.

On April 8, 1973, the master of 20C art died, working, in his home in the town of Mougins,  département 06 of Alpes-Maritimes,in the region of PACA or Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (France). Next year marks the 50th anniversary of this event, but the exhibitions that celebrate the so-called Picasso Year have already started. A year in which the artistic legacy of the author and the validity of his work are vindicated through 42 exhibitions and events in more than 38 institutions in Europe and the United States. 12 exhibitions in France, seven in the United States, two in Germany, another two in Switzerland and one in Monaco, Romania and Belgium respectively. In Spain, how could it be otherwise, the country that will host the largest number of exhibitions around his figure, no less than 16 exhibitions so varied in form and substance that they will allow art lovers to immerse themselves in the most avant-garde Picasso , in the most classic, in the potter, in the playboy, etc, I will tell you some of them below, enjoy them,

Pablo Picasso and the Dematerization of Sculpture, Fundación MAPFRE. From September 23, 2022 to January 8, 2023. At its headquarters on Paseo de Recoletos, Madrid, you can already enjoy an exhibition in which the sculptor Picasso becomes the protagonist along with his friend and colleague Julio González. The joint work of both artists has been considered by art historiography as the moment in which the “invention” of iron sculpture occurs and, therefore, the introduction of abstraction in the sculptural territory.

Picasso and Chanel. Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum , Madrid, From October 11, 2022 to January 15, 2023, the Thyssen pays its personal tribute to the figure of Picasso through his relationship with another illustrious character of the 20th century, Coco Chanel. The show explores the relationship between these two great geniuses, once again merging art and fashion in an exhibition montage divided into four large sections that address Picasso’s artistic production and his influence on fashion from 1910 to 1930.

White Picasso in the Blue Memory, Museum of Fine Arts of A Coruña From March 23, 2023 to June 23, 2023. one of the main scenes of Picasso’s childhood, will pay his personal tribute to the artist with this exhibition. Through a hundred pieces, the exhibition will discuss the painter’s relationship with A Coruña and the crucial role that the city played in his artistic development.

Picasso, masterpieces from the Nahmad Collection, Royal Academy of San Fernando.,Madrid, From March 29, 2023 to July 2, 2023 This exhibition will be a unique opportunity to contemplate almost 30 paintings by the artist, from some of his early blue period to later ones. Many of them have not been seen in Spain until now, since they belong to the private collection of the Syrian businessman David Nahmad.

Picasso, Body and Matter.Museo Picasso de Màlaga from May 8, 2023 to September 10, 2023.The sculptor Picasso will be the protagonist of this exhibition in which the infinite plurality of styles that he used to sculpturally represent the human figure. Pieces in wood, bronze, iron, cement, steel or plaster that reflect the mastery and genius of the artist also in sculpture.

The Last Picasso (1963-1972), La Casa Encendida Madrid. From May 19, 2023 to September 17, 2023, the institution proposes in this exhibition a new reading of the last 10 years of Picasso’s creation, through the eyes of a contemporary artist, whose name is still unknown . Its objective will be to convert this exhibition into a synthesis, a testament and analysis of the possibilities for the future of this stage of Picasso,

Picasso – El Greco, Prado National Museum.,Madrid, From June 1, 2023 to September 30, 2023. The influence of El Greco’s work on the early stages of Picasso’s artistic career is indisputable. Those elongated figures of his blue period and the division of planes of his proto-cubist works would not have existed without the profound knowledge of him from the Greek master. an exhibition in which works by both geniuses are interspersed to understand and see, face to face, the clear influences of El Greco on the work of Picasso,

The Las Edades de Pablo or years of Pablo. Casa Natal Birthplace Museum -Màlaga. From June 13, 2023 to September 17, 2023, in the hometown of Picasso you can enjoy this chronological tour of the artist’s work through paintings, drawings, sculptures and photographs made from his formative years until his last stage on the blue coast. The exhibition will be an opportunity to see, in situ, the technical and stylistic evolution of the genius from Malaga throughout his life.

Picasso vs Velàzquez, Casa Velazquez, Madrid. From September to November 2023, the version of Las Meninas that Picasso painted in 1957 is the starting point for this exhibition. Graphic works, photography, letters, audiovisual documents and some works created by renowned contemporary artists, will propose a poetic-aesthetic journey focused on the creation of the Malaga genius and its different variations.

Picasso, the Sacred and the Profane, Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza , Madrid, From October 4, 2023 to January 14, 2024, This small-format exhibition will address, through 30 works, Picasso’s relationship with the themes and genres of art traditional. From history, religion or myths to his personal conception of portraits and still lifes. In this way, the rupture and transgression that the ‘Picassian’ style supposed with the conception and treatment of academic art will be analyzed.

Picasso 1906: The Great Transformation, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía ,Madrid, From November 2023 to March 4, 2024, 1906 was a decisive year in the artist’s career, at that time he began to reformulate his artistic experience by establishing synergies with cultures primitives. This exhibition will show us through drawings and sketchbooks what this “great transformation” of Picasso’s work was like.

You have a full year of Picasso, the artist before you. Very famous not my favorite, but enjoy it anyway.

The town of Buitrago de Lozoya was a fantasy trip when a child with my dear late mother Gladys and has continue throughout the years, Its a must to visit, Let me tell why , me think,

It is one of the most unique and best preserved medieval complexes in the Community of Madrid, possibly the most beautiful town on the Lozoya River and the place where a museum of the Malaga genius (Picasso) is hidden. A friendship that was born in exile and that would last until the end of his days. Pablo Picasso and his barber, Eugenio Arias, a resident of Buitrago de Lozoya, met in Vallauris, (Alpes Maritimes dept 06 of France) a small town on the riviera. The man from Malaga worked in a ceramics workshop and Arias had just opened a hairdressing salon. It was the year 1948. Both bullfighting, both communists, both exiles. For 25 years they forged a great friendship. Picasso would give the Madrid hairdresser a whole collection of drawings, engravings and writings. He would donate everything to his town, Buitrago de Lozoya. It is the history of the Picasso Museum that hides this spectacular walled town 70 km from Madrid city. On the eve of the Picasso Year, which commemorates the 50th anniversary of his death, it is appropriate to remember this unusual museum. The only one with almost all its pieces dedicated “To my friend Arias”. The only one whose works are all a gift. There are photographs, ceramics, graphic work… One of the jewels of the museum is the pyro-engraved box (with fire marks) decorated with bullfighting motifs that Picasso gave the barber to store his scissors and utensils some 70 works !

The town of Buitrago de Lozoya has a walled perimeter, which is preserved in its entirety, is built on an old caliphal fortress. It is more than 800 meters long, 9 meters high and more than 3 meters thick. Almost everything can be walked freely, except the Albarrana or Clock Tower, where visitors are asked for a 2-euro entrance fee. Atop this 16-meters high pentagonal structure is a display of gruesome medieval weapons, plus, sure enough, the guts of the clock. The Church of Santa María del Castillo, built on an old mosque, is another of the site’s jewels, although it was devastated during the Spanish Civil War. It does, however, preserve a fabulous Neo-Mudejar coffered ceiling that was restored in the 1980s thanks to the tenacity of a local priest. The castle was built in the 15C by the Mendozas. The Marquis of Santillana liked to spend a lot of time in Buitrago because here he met with fellow poet Juan de Mena. Another inhabitant of the fortress was Juana la Beltraneja, daughter of Enrique IV, whom the Mendozas protected behind those walls. The parade ground, today in ruins, was a bullring for 20 years. It has a snow well from which it is known that the ice was taken by donkey to Madrid for the San Isidro festivities. The enclosure also has a medieval garden. It is not surprising that the oldest and most historic Living Nativity Scene in the Community of Madrid is celebrated here at Christmas.

The Buitrago de Lozoya tourist office:

From October 18 to November 6, 2022, the Teatros del Canal and several scenic spaces in the Comunidad de Madrid will host the 17th edition of the Suma Flamenca festival, which, like every year, will include the representation of numerous shows where leading figures of the current flamenco, This year’s program will feature the presence of artists such as Tomatito, Mayte Martín, Carmen Linares, Juan Carmona “Habichuela”, Patricia Guerrero, Capullo de Jerez and Carmen Cortés, among many others. As a prelude to Suma Flamenca, the cycle Suma Flamenca Joven (youth) is presented in the Sala Verde of the Teatros del Canal. An appointment that this year takes place from September 22 to 25, 2022 and that will include a sample of concert guitarists, singers and dancers under 30 years of age. The 2022 program will begin with the performance of flamenco guitarist Tomatito presenting his show De la Plaza Vieja a Santa Ana (from old square to St Anne square) in which he is accompanied by a group of musicians carefully selected for their affinity with the gypsy musical spirit to share that captivating rhythm and emotional power. For her part, the cantaora Carmen Linares (Princess of Asturias Award for the Arts 2022) premieres the concert Carmen Linares sings to Madrid with a repertoire of the most essential cantes she has sung in the city. A unique concert with which she wants to offer the Madrid public a great tribute to Madrid. The Teatros del Canal are the nerve center of the festival, although the programming will also take place in other spaces such as the Teatro de La Abadía, the Cuarta Pared venue, the Carlos III Royal Coliseum (El Escorial), the Pilar Miró Cultural Center, the Gilitos Sociocultural Center (Alcalá de Henares), the Paco Rabal Cultural Center, the Sierra Norte Regional Center for Humanities (La Cabrera), MIRA Theater (Pozuelo de Alarcón), the Royal Monastery of Santa María de El Paular (Rascafría) and the Theater Jaime Salom (Parla). For my part the Teatros del Canal webpage :

And the Comunidad de Madrid on the Suma Flamenca festival :

There you go folks, another dandy tour of my beloved Spain ! As said Fall season is under way with all those shades and cool evenings to be cozy and homey again. Time to enjoy my dear Spain once again, and we are gear up for it! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

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October 25, 2022

Some news from France , CCCLXXII

This is my latest from my belle France ; as we continue into a mild Fall season. That 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 CCCLXXII is 372 ! ,with another dandy round of news of my belle France , of course, chosen by me; there are many others. We are in Fall season mild higher temps for the season is announce. We will be tidy and drinking a nice glass of wine, coming inside our dining room! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

A rare and joyful exhibition at the Philarmonie de Paris which plunges us into the “Grand Sound Bestiary”; an immersion in the turbulent history of the Indians at the Quai Branly museum; Also, Tintin revisited by the Atelier des Lumières , all for the Toussaints or All Saints Day(November 1st)

There is more going on such as the Toy Museum of Poissy, which traces the life of toys from Antiquity to the present day, through 600 exhibits, opens for several months to a very unique exhibition. “Little beasts of all kinds! is its name, allows you to (re) immerse yourself in the fabulous menagerie of childhood: dinosaurs, monkeys, dogs, bears, elephants… From stuffed animals to virtual animals, the most adorable little creatures are coming from October 19, 2022 to July 9, 2023. For your greatest pleasure, and that of your little cherubs, the exhibition offers a chronological and playful approach to animal toys, at the heart of childhood culture.musée du jouet de Poissy ,1, enclosure of the Abbey, Poissy (78).Free admission

The Thoiry Park invites us again this year, from October 30 to March 5, 2023, to discover the largest Chinese lantern festival in Île-de-France: Thoiry Lumières sauvage. On the program, a magnificent spectacle through an enchanted walk at the foot of the castle whose gardens are illuminated by more than 2,000 lanterns. On a musical background, this magical journey once again crosses the forests with animals and insects of all kinds. The ocean is also honored with a 20-meters-long moray eel and an 8-meterd-high shark. Parc zoologique, rue du Pavillon de Montreuil, Thoiry (78).

The 35th edition of this traditional meeting on the Place de l’Europe , Versailles, begins this Saturday, October 22 2022 and awaits you every day of the Toussaints holidays. The event even continues until November 13 to allow families to enjoy a friendly moment in a festive atmosphere. Duck fishing, thrill rides, rifle shooting or flying chairs, the attractions on offer are in the purest fairground tradition. Something to delight young and old.Parking de l’Europe, 9, avenue de l’Europe, Versailles.(78) Free admission, with paid attractions

Buzzers, questions on a giant screen and games of light: all the elements are there for family fun. Accessible from 9 years old, the Quiz Game offers participants, up to 6 in number, to compete around various themes such as cinema, music, series, news… 3, avenue Louis-Pasteur ,Maurepas(78) . Single price of 22 euros per person.the webpage ;

The building permit issued by the Hauts-de-Seine(92) prefecture to the Société du Grand Paris to build the future Pont de Sèvres station in Boulogne, as it does not comply with the flood risk prevention plan. A decision that does not interrupt or delay the construction site, the delivery of which is scheduled for 2025. Grand Paris webpage :

The largest solar farm in Île-de-France was born on a former oil site in Yvelines, (78) the Total group announces that it can supply the equivalent of 5,600 homes with electricity thanks to this vast installation located in Gargenville, 50 km from Paris, And it must be the largest of its type in Île-de-France with those of Marcoussis (Essonne 91) and Grandpuits (Seine-et-Marne 77). I know where it is, used to drive by there D130/D190/A13 ! This project will be along the D130 road !

The Volunteer Animal Brigade and the 30 Million Friends Foundation intervened in a house after a report concerning a potential Noah syndrome. They managed to recover the animals one by one after six hours of discussion with their owners, who lived with them in deplorable hygienic conditions. Animals piled up in all the rooms, even in the toilets. This is the terrible discovery made this past Thursday in a dirty and dilapidated house in Val-d’Oise (95). Thanks to the intervention of the 30 Million Friends Foundation and the Volunteer Animal Brigade (BAB), 58 dogs and a rabbit were rescued from the deplorable conditions in which they lived with their owners. No further info to id this s o b !! 30 Millions webpage :

and the BAB :

Holders of the annual pass subscription allowing them unlimited access to Mickey’s kingdom are unhappy and they let it be known. They demonstrated this Saturday afternoon in front of the Paris park. Despite a subscription that costs them 499 euros per year, they cannot enter as often as they would like. On the side of Euro Disney, no comments. Officially, they can come whenever they want, unlimited. In reality, it is much more complicated, OF course, never buy these passes anyway, buyer beware,Even Disney !!

The host Stephane Bern reveals to us the underside of the number of his show “Secrets d’Histoire”, on France 3 TV, devoted to the painter of the 19C, in her castle in Thomery (Seine-et-Marne 77) where she painted for 4O years in the midst of an extraordinary menagerie. A real crush, in the painter’s studio, in the company of Katherine Brault, the owner of the castle now. The lively Katherine Brault who bought, five years ago in Thomery, near Fontainebleau, the castle of this singular painter of the 19C, of which we are celebrating the bicentenary of her birth. Rosa Bonheur that is, Webpage :

The exhibition at Versailles: his passions, his favourites, his extraordinary destiny… Louis XV, an unknown king ! Stuck between Louis XIV and Louis XVI, the one who should not have reigned finds colors for the tercentenary of the return of the court to Versailles, through an exhibition at the Palace, while the apartment of his favorite, Madame du Barry, highlight of this fall, reopens this Saturday after restoration. Louis XIV, Sun King. Louis XVI, beheaded king. More flamboyant or more bloody, it does not exist. Between the two, Louis XV resembles the invisible, despite more than fifty years of reign. Who was he, what trace does he left? Vague memories of a libertine king. False, according to experts. Or to put it into perspective: the queen would have permanently closed the door of her bedroom after having given her ten children in ten years. Thank you !!Webpage :

Mon Grand Plaisir shopping center: water is infiltrating everywhere, the only bakery is closing permanently, Persistent water infiltrations have decided the manager of the L’Esprit d’Antan brand to permanently lower the curtain this past Wednesday. A legal standoff is engaged with the Compagnie de Phalsbourg, owner of this shopping center in Yvelines.(78) , Ok sad to hear as we used to come here for shopping and visit my boys school friends for birthdays etc in Plaisir (78) From Versailles easy D10 (Rue du Général Leclerc ) and then D11(Ave Jean Jaurés) This is their webpage :

With her thick eyebrows, her flowery headdresses and her colorful dresses, the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo has become an icon. The Musée de la mode or Fashion Museum in Paris is also devoting an exhibition to her unique look until March 5 2023. T-shirts, toys and scented candles are produced with her “Frida Kahlo: beyond appearances” effigy. This is the title of the exhibition at the Palais Galliera, which presents more than 200 personal effects of the artist. There have been some noise as the use of her figure, name etc and the descendants are complaining, so more noise later, Webpage :

The Passage Pommeraye and its staircase, in Nantes, Have a post on this ,one of my favorite places there, Here Lola, the smiling lovers of the Umbrellas of Cherbourg and the tragic ones of Une chambre en ville took a few steps (films) . The Passage Pommeraye, designed in 1840 to transform an unhealthy neighborhood into a fashionable place, was built by Jean-Baptiste Buron and Hippolyte Durand-Gasselin, and ruined its designer Louis Pommeraye, but fortunately continues to enchant the people of Nantes. With its rococo excesses, it bears witness to the good fortune of the city at the time, due to the maritime trade, but also to that of slaves, and to the birth of its industry. Today owned by about sixty traders, it is considered one of the most beautiful covered passages in Europe, with its three levels (it was built on a sloping ground, nine meters difference between the top and the bottom) . Obligatory selfie on the central staircase, one of the city’s attractions, the very one that Lola made legendary. Then, leaving the Galerie de la Fosse, we stop to taste the famous Nantes cake from the Georges Larnicol house,(I am eating one right now lol!!) buttered and sweetened to perfection. It links rue de la Fosse to rue Santeuil and rue du Puits-d’Argent, and the districts of place du Commerce and place Graslin. Webpage :

The Galerie Bordelaise , rue Sainte Catheine, Americans, refugees in Bordeaux after having fled the Mexican war, undertook the construction of this superb passage. They wanted to imitate those they had seen in Paris. Bet succeeded in 1838 thanks to the architect Gabriel-Joseph Durand, who took over the large windows, the barrel vaults and the splendor of the passages of Paris. Its particularity: to be built… diagonally. Two iron gates and very beautiful marble columns mark the entrance. A little everywhere on the facades, we find a cornucopia, the main decorative motif. It has been used by kings, heads of state including Louis XIII, Louis XIV, Marie and Catherine de Médicis, General de Gaulle and Queen Elizabeth II. It is dominated by a glass roof, and its main facade has three levels and five bays. It ends at the Place du Chapelet and if you continue you will find on your left, the Church of Notre-Dame and then the Cour Mably which are both worth a visit. A webpage of living in Bordeaux :

A book, Descendant of the Cartier brothers, Francesca Cartier Brickell retraces, in a book to be published on October 20, the family saga since the beginnings of the jeweler, in 1847. A turbulent epic made up of distant travels, crowned heads, strokes of genius and disillusionment . At the Cartiers, we are one of those dynasties where, when someone goes down to the cellar to look for a vintage champagne, he can very well come across a treasure of a completely different nature. In the story that concerns us, this someone was Francesca Cartier Brickell, granddaughter of Jean-Jacques Cartier, himself a member of the fourth generation of jewelers, the last to have reigned over the family empire, before ‘it was not sold, between 1962 and 1972 , From these rediscovered exchanges, from an investigation spread over ten years and from the testimony of her grandfather, Francesca Cartier Brickell drew an epic of 600 pages, published in 2019 and today translated into French. Gold, precious stones and, of course, the classics of the house ,Santos, Tank or Crash watch, Trinity ring, which Jean Cocteau would have suggested after the death of his lover, the novelist Raymond Radiguet, punctuate a chronological story that intertwines aesthetic quest, great travels, crowned heads, fraternity, love of women and business sense. Of course, Amazon has it, webpage :

Natural daughters of eau de cologne, these radiant and feminine fragrances are now enjoying renewed interest. Their secret? Floral, spicy or citrus notes, focused on freshness. It was the 1970s that gave birth to these radiant and feminine waters, an absolute expression of naturalness and transparency. Natural daughters of eau de cologne, they provide more style and hold on the skin, while keeping the citrus in the background. And quietly manifest another femininity, less seductive, for women in search of emancipation. One immediately thinks of Ô by Lancôme (1969) and Eau de Rochas (1970) which, with Eau Folle by Guy Laroche (created in 1970 and no longer exists), so to speak invented the “fresh water” label, combining allure and sophistication. The use of hedione, a fresh synthetic floral note with infinite diffusing power. Their heirs have not been unworthy, adding their personal touch to the original freshness. If Diorella by Dior,(1972) distils a floral scent on the skin, Cristalle by Chanel imposes, in 1974, green and aromatic notes in purity. A source of serenity and the brand’s timeless best-seller, Eau d’orange verte by Hermès,(1979) dares to introduce the spiciness of spices and mint into a deep bath of citrus. Equally innovative, Eau Parfumée au Thé Vert by Bulgari,(1992) invents a new expression of freshness with its tea note. There you go ladies, I am on untested waters but feel they are nice and good, I stick with my Azzaro::)

This is a question going around and recently asked of my former collegues in my former firm, Should animals be allowed in the office? After Grenoble, Suresnes and Nice, the City of Paris wishes to authorize its agents to come to work accompanied by their pet. Let’s be clear, the dog in the office exists, but it has always been the prerogative of the boss until now. Nemo, the Macron dog, can relieve himself during a meeting at the Elysée, the German shepherds of the Biden drag themselves on the carpet of the Oval office, no one comes to ask if it’s all hygienic. On the other hand, when it is Josie from accounting who takes her family dog, things go less well. Allowing animals for all is therefore a democratic progress, the extension of a privilege from the top to the rest of the company. A 2017 study claims that the presence of an animal leads to a “23% reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease”. Another, published in 2012 and carried out with dog owners who take them to the office and others who leave them at home, indicated that the former had a lower level of stress than the latter. The dog contributes to the good atmosphere The proof, in tech, Amazon prides itself on welcoming 7,000 on its campus and Google has opened a Café Yoshka, a tribute to the group’s first dog, who died in 2011. For these companies, it is a question of facilitating interactions and cooperation. That would be a great idea, can only think of having my Rex in my office superbe !!!

First all women’s cabaret in the 1950s before becoming a Mecca for Parisian parties, the legendary Pigalle club Chez Moune has reopened its doors Created in the 1950s by Madame Moune, the legendary Pigalle club Chez Moune was at the he origin of the first cabaret in Europe reserved exclusively for women, A trendy and revisited micro-club, which nevertheless fits in the extension of the aesthetics of the female cabaret and its history , The walls are covered with red velvet, neon lights display mischievous quotes and signature cocktails bear the names of famous female figures, On the music side, a bias, that of eclecticism rather than a majority electronic color, to rotate several DJ’s then quickly launch weekly thematic meetings, 80’s style- 90’s, Latin ,Behind this choice, the artistic director Manuela Morales López, ex-Mademoiselle Mouche Chez Moune, 54, rue Jean-Baptiste Pigalle in the 9éme of Paris. Free admission, webpage :

This is for the level header who think Paris is all clean and safe, I know better hanging out very late at night for several years,and big City resident for most of my life, Oh well, these are some advise which I concur which why I am posting it here, We may say that Paris is the most beautiful city in the world, but sometimes some places are really bad. The Rue Crémieux , Station Châtelet , the tourist bars in Saint-Michel, the clubs of the Golden Triangle around the Champs-Élysées and in the 8éme arrondissement in general , The bars of the Grands Boulevards ; the pickpockets who are just waiting for your next moment of inattention to take you out empty, The forecourt of the Gare du Nord, Rue de Lappe in the evening, a very bad place for teenagers who are barely of age and old people who are a little weird. The Lamarck-Caulaincourt elevator/lift, climb the 90 steps on foot. But that’s when it’s in working order, and that’s rare. The Montparnasse underground passages , as Châtelet long lines below to join the line 6 from the line 12 ! A hell. Having to catch your train as you come out of the line 4 ! Mission impossible, you can be sure to miss it if you don’t have half an hour in advance. The Boulevard Magenta ,the crossroads boulevard de Magenta / rue Lafayette where things never move forward, the most dangerous cycle path in the world, the bus that takes forever to reach Barbès… whether you are by bike, motorbike or car, it’s a miracle if we survive lol ! The Place de la République ,the demo that blows your ears, the skateboarders who run over you, the crazy people who are even crazier when they approach you, the cops who annoy you , and less cars of course, The metro line 7bis, one of the most useless metro lines in Paris is, of course, one of the least used. The Noctiliens night bus lines only if necessary no other choice, The Parc de la Villette at night you will not find us walking alone for a health walk in the evening, it is La Villette ! . And the advise is not to try. The 16éme arrondissement has a high rate of pickpocketing lately but do not know if persist, and if not by car, can be boring to walk especially at nights. Les Buttes-Chaumont when it’s sunny , actually I don’t know, don’t stick to each other or look for another park, right ! It is crowded !

The Le Paon qui boit, the “first non-alcoholic cellar”, has opened in the 19éme arrondissement It offers some 400 soft drinks or going to the Paon qui boit, it is better to have time in front of you. Webpage :

Thierry Marx no longer drives in Paris on a motorcycle but on a bicycle. His days are still just as busy. The 63-year-old marathoner gets up every day at 5h45 a.m., goes to a judo session in Vincennes (Val-de-Marne 94), before joining Le Mandarin Oriental, the Parisian palace that houses his two-star space shuttle look, Le Sur-Mesure, and an office, where he manages current files, his bakeries ,Thierry Marx Bakery ,and his cooking integration schools , Cuisine mode d’emploi(s). The “High Speed ​​Chef” has also just signed the new TGV card, and in June opened Madame Brasserie, an establishment on the 1st floor (2nd US) of the Eiffel Tower. A childhood dream. His webpage :

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

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