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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