Some news from France , CCCXLIV

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 CCCLXXIV is 374 ! ,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.

At the Cité des sciences et de l’industrie, cancers demystified , While 1,000 people are diagnosed every day, cancer remains a taboo subject for nearly one in four French people. For the first time, an exhibition for the general public lifts the veil on the different aspects of this complex disease. To be discovered from 14 years old at the Cité des sciences et de l’industrie in Paris until August 2023.Cancers, the first general public exhibition dedicated to the subject. In partnership with the National Cancer Institute (INCa) and INSERM, they wanted an exhibition that was both very educational and hopeful, through testimonials of remission, the state of research and information on treatments. Cancers, until August 8, 2023 at the City of Science and Industry, 30 Av. Corentin Cariou, 19éme, Webpage :

Serge Vial had bought the business of this popular bistro in 1986 ,located at 136, rue Marcadet (18éme), It’s over. La Divette de Montmartre bowed out this past Sunday evening to music. The famous 18éme arrondissement Parisian bistro is no more. On the sidewalk, the “commando sausage fanfare” played until 20h, even if the party lasted until midnight, to the delight of the regulars, who came to greet one last time Serge Vial, the manager , and Michèle, his wife since, The eternal surporters of Saint Etienne football club, it was my favorite since NJ days and even met one of their players in a car dealer in Miami that has escape his name ! The sport magazine Onze Mondial on La Divette for memories of always :

The madness of country music in Île-de-France and in the Oise dept 60 ! Everywhere in Île-de-France and in the Oise, country clubs are full of members. Because this dance from the United States seduces by its accessibility and its conviviality Indeed must be a craze as in my area in Morbihan breton they do festivals where it is included too, I did it while in college just for the girls lol !! Comes to mind Finky’s in Daytona Beach, Florida !

Justice has ordered the return of an impressionist painting by Camille Pissarro, “La Fileuse“, to the Mullot family, farmers from Seine-et-Marne (77). Jean-Jacques Bauer, the descendant of a Parisian collector looted during WWII, claimed it. The case was dismissed. It is a small impressionist painting by Camille Pissarro, dating from 1874, rather dark, entitled “La Fileuse”, which was the subject of a legal showdown between Meaux (Seine-et-Marne 77 ) and Paris. With on one side, a family of farmers from the small village of Aubepierre-Ozouer-le-Repos, in possession of the canvas worth some 150,000 euros. And on the other, the Parisian Jean-Jacques Bauer, 92, whose Jewish grandfather, Simon, a collector, based in rue de la Pompe (16éme), had been robbed of 93 paintings in 1943, including 13 by Pissarro, by the Vichy regime under the Nazi boot. So the farmers kept it

It was described by Emile Zola in “l’Assommoir”. The Lavoir Moderne Parisien, located at 35, rue Léon, in the heart of Goutte-d’Or, in the 18éme arrondissement of Paris, is on the verge of dying despite its notoriety. To support its occupants in their fight, a vast petition has just been launched. Among the first signatories, Annie Ernaux, Nobel Prize for Literature. The objective is simple: to push back the City and thus challenge the mayor (PS) of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, in order to save the Lavoir. A place transformed in the 1960s into an atypical performance hall, with obvious cachet. Since 2008, even if its existence is regularly threatened, the theater has always resisted. This is what needs to be save not a road closure as the mayor likes to do better !!Facebook page:

The RATP structures are subject to a detailed inspection every five years. That of the Austerlitz viaduct in Paris, on line 5, 118 years old, has just started. The machine once positioned in the middle of the viaduct which crosses the Seine – from Austerlitz to Quai-de-la-Rapée, the agents of the RATP Infra division who took place there begin their inspections. They have barely more than three hours of intervention before having to clear the way for the resumption of commercial traffic in the early morning. So a lot of work going on to update these old structures many ride on daily !

What if the dream of resuscitating the Château de Saint-Cloud finally took shape? The supporters of the reconstruction multiply the projects to convince the State. The monument was destroyed by flames during the Franco-Prussian war in 1870 (like several others among them the palace of the tuileries) and whose ruins were razed in 1892 . Laurent Bouvet has been dreaming about it since 2006. Founder of the association Reconstruisons le château de Saint-Cloud . A building that has known illustrious guests such as the brother of Louis XIV, Marie-Antoinette, Napoleon I and Napoleon III. Assoc webpage:

Come and decode the language of coats of arms at the National Museum of the Renaissance, Do you know heraldry? The exhibition “The Coat of Arms of New Times” invites the visitor to travel in the past by deciphering the secrets of coats of arms, which were not used only by kings. The opportunity to learn that their use has not completely disappeared. “The Coat of Arms of New Times”, the brand new exhibition at the National Renaissance Museum of Écouen (Val-d’Oise 95). Webpage:

The largest Santa Claus house in Europe will open on November 12 2022 on the Jablines-Annet leisure island. Families will discover, until December 24, fifteen tableaux vivants amidst toys, elves and reindeer. Mandatory reservation. the regional leisure island will welcome elves and reindeer, in the middle of snow-covered fir trees. Webpage:

For its 50th anniversary, the unmissable Saint-Arnoult péage or toll takes a look in the rear view mirror, Commissioned on October 30, 1972, this vast gateway to and from the Paris region initially had 20 lanes before almost double in the 1990s. But for the largest toll in Europe, the future can be imagined without barriers thanks to “free flow”. For so many motorists, the Saint-Arnoult (Yvelines 78) toll is or has been “the” gateway to and from the Paris region, a sort of first (and last) stopover for families going on holiday by car. A barrier crossed daily by around 80,000 vehicles , more than 160,000 on average on summer days , which has existed for fifty years now. Oh yeah so many time early on, and then know how to avoid it lol! More infoVinci webpage:

The Pizza at 9.99 euros, beer from 3 euros… in Paris !, the new Fluctuat Nec Mergitur takes place at Place de la République, Written in large capital orange letters, the new sign “Café-bar-restaurant”, added next to the motto of the City of Paris, “Fluctuat nec mergitur”, which gave its name to the establishment, announces the color. Created in 2012 by the architectural firm TVK, the famous glass pavilion on Place de la République (3éme arrondissement) has just reopened in a style reminiscent of the 1970s. The Paris tourist office on it:

At the Museum of Fine Arts of Nancy. We dive there, young and old, in universes that defy perceptions and habits. Are you ready ? From the ground floor, the scenography of the course is immersive: gigantism and jubilant excess are put into space, then on the first floor the colors darken, the walls tighten and after a narrow labyrinth-like corridor, the ceiling lowers to evoke a more distressing universe. The atmosphere calms down in the last part, where the collapses of the story express the promise of a new world order. the exhibition presents works that revolutionize perception such as paintings by Max Ernst, MC Escher, Victor Hugo, Gustave Doré, but also those of big names in contemporary art such as Wim Delvoye, Elmgreen & Dragset! From November 19, 2022 to March 19, 2023. webpage:

Saint-Nicolas celebrations in Nancy: 40 days of cultural and popular festivities as magical as they are warm .From November 18 to January 3,2023. We rave about Place Stanislas adorned with its giant Christmas tree, we cheerfully put on our skates for a tour of the ice rink on the Quai des Glaces, marvel at the chandeliers made by children, teenagers and seniors initiated to the practice of glass with a blowtorch. Head for Place Charles III, Place Vaudémont, Place Simone Veil, Place de la Carrière and Porte Saint-Nicolas! Rich shows with 107 performances by 22 street art companies, activities such as ice sculpture, photo booth, etc., Ferris wheel, street parades, ice rink, flash-mob and extraordinary creatures… the Grand Parade of Saint-Nicolas brings together many local participants as well as artists of all nationalities, while the Butcher’s Children’s Band cheers loudly and the mayor finally hands over the keys to the city to Saint-Nicolas! Webpage:

At the Musée de l’Orangerie, the political collages of Mickalene Thomas, the American artist, inspired by Monet, exhibits works where she intersects questions of gender and race with the history of art. Born in 1971, in New Jersey she develops a work in which questions of gender and race, and artistic questions are inseparable. Thus, when she uses the title and part of the composition of Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe, she substitutes three young black women for the female and male characters in the first scene of Manet’s canvas. They are surrounded by flowers, in front of a view of Monet’s garden at Giverny. webpage:

You like Claude Nougaro, you’ll like Toulouse, ( I openly admit I do !) Born in Toulouse but became famous in Paris, Nougaro had an ambivalent relationship with his city, which he sang about in “Toulouse”, “C’est une Garonne” and “Toulouse, to win “. However, he returned to live there late. Since then, he has been one of the heroes of the Occitan capital. When his career took off in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Nougaro abandoned the surroundings of the Canal du Midi where he was raised by his grandparents. The poet’s birthplace is located at 56, boulevard d’Arcole, on the edge of the neighborhood where he grew up, in a once popular suburb, Les Minimes, and its red brick which is everywhere in the city. Its basilica, one of the tallest buildings in Romanesque Europe, is a coral flower that the sun sprinkles when the light shines on this octagonal bell tower which soars towards the sky in stages, to culminate at 65 meters. The surroundings of Saint-Sernin Basilica are enchanting: here begins the pedestrianized town and its rue du Taur which leads to the Capitole. Having returned to Toulouse from the end of the 1980s until his death in 2004, he is honored in many ways. Represented under the arcades of the Place du Capitole by the painter Raymond Moretti, among 28 other images emblematic of Toulouse history, his giant photo is also present on a wall at the corner of rue Valade and rue Pargaminières. And his statue, like a rock star leaving the stage, appears behind the Capitole ! info webpage:

Lapparra, the lair of goldsmiths . Owner of the Lapparra goldsmith workshop since 2014, designer Odile Casset de La Chesneraie is bringing a new lease of life to this house founded in 1893 in the Marais, in Paris. At the beginning of the 19C, there were 150 goldsmiths working in the workshops of the rue du Temple, in the Marais, in the heart of Paris, making cutlery sets, champagne coolers, trays and other items in silver or manufactured in various precious metals. There were so many of them that they sometimes had to share the same address. This was the case at 157 rue du Temple, where three workshops were located. Among them, Lapparra, the last survivor of this history which made the rich hours of French decorative arts. Odile Casset de La Chesneraie Independent designer, she collaborates with Hermès or Dior, but also several theaters, for which she creates sets, costumes and hats, before specializing in tableware. Facebook page:

The rivers of France irrigate the territory of the country by forming a thousand places of leisure, contemplation and nature walks. Some of my favorites are:

Nearly 500 km long, the Dordogne has its source in the Massif Central and merges with the Garonne to form the Gironde estuary. Crossing six departments, it first winds its way through the wooded slopes of Cantal and Corrèze, before becoming more welcoming in the Lot, where canoeing opens up remarkable landscapes on the limestone causses and pretty Quercy towns. . Further on, in the Dordogne department, it winds between belvedere villages and castles, in a very “postcard” setting of the south-west of France.

The Saône, the major tributary of the Rhône is a placid river that originates in the Vosges and crosses the Haute-Saône and the Côte d’Or, before skirting the beautiful wine-growing regions of Macônnais and Beaujolais. Its particularity is to be the most important river in France by the size of its hydrographic basin.

The Odet, this Breton coastal river, located in Finistère dept 29, is sometimes considered the most beautiful river in my lovely Brittany. There are several reasons for this… Born in the heart of the region, in the Black Mountains, it sinks north of Quimper into a wild, wooded and humid furrow: the Stangala Gorge, ideal for beautiful hikes. After Quimper, where merchant ships once sailed, it widens out into a valley overlooked by private castles before flowing into the Atlantic at Bénodet, one of Brittany’s most popular seaside resorts.

Coming from the Lozère plateau, the Tarn flows from east to west crossing several departments of Occitanie, before joining the Garonne near Moissac. Watering the towns of Albi and Montauban, it is crossed by the Millau viaduct, one of the most famous bridges in France, but really stands out as a tourist destination in its upstream part, at the level of the famous Gorges du Tarn. Between Sainte-Enimie and La Malène, the river cuts deeply into the Causses Méjean and Sauveterre, offering one of the most splendid road trips in France.

The Seine, the river that waters Paris, one of the most beautiful cities in the world! In his journey through the capital, he exalts the beautiful buildings, the François-Mitterrand Library, the Louvre museum, that of Orsay, the National Assembly, the Eiffel Tower… After Paris and the splendid site of Andelys (Château- Gaillard), the Seine undulates in loops to form some of the most typical landscapes of Normandy. Its mouth at Le Havre is the pretext to discover this port city classified by UNESCO.

The Loire, the river king of France. This great river crossing France almost from side to side is in itself a “tourist novel”. Its source, the Mont Gerbier de Jonc, in Ardèche, is the object of an invigorating pedestrian pilgrimage. Upstream and downstream, it runs along on foot and by bike, notably by borrowing the Véloloire and the Eurovélo 6. Above all, in the Center and the West, it crosses one of the most historic territories famous of our country, the “Châteaux de la Loire”. Chambord, Blois, Amboise… announce the beautiful city of Nantes and the port of Saint-Nazaire.

Capital magazine has teamed up with two market experts , SeLoger and Empruntis to offer you a real estate tour of France.
For this eighth edition, Capital takes you to Occitanie. We have selected the eleven cities currently most sought after by the inhabitants of the region and newcomers aspiring to change air: Carcassonne, Narbonne, Nîmes, Colomiers, Toulouse, Béziers, Montpellier, Tarbes, Perpignan, Albi and Montauban. In the pink city of Toulouse, it is impossible to become an owner for less than 1,150 euros per month. Montpellier, a house is acquired for more than 2,000 euros in monthly loan payments. fyi

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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