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November 17, 2022

The château de Gizeux of Gizeux !!

I am on my road warrior mode again, and again in the beautiful Centre Val de Loire region with many visits. These are all firsts amazing abundance of marvelous places to see in my belle France. I again was headed for a new property that knew was closed but was in the area so an introduction would do for now, we will be back ,eventually.  I saw the château de Gizeux and it looks grand ,nice worth a detour and a retour! This castle again in the Indre et Loire dept 37 of the Centre Val de Loire region . Hope you enjoy the posts as I.

The town of Gizeux is located in the department of Indre-et-Loire 37, in the Centre-Val de Loire region. The town is 15 km from Bourgueil, 35 km from Saumur, and just over 40 km from Tours. It is about 296 km from my house, An integral part of the old province of Anjou and its history, Gizeux and the region of Bourgueil including the Château de Gizeux were attached in 1790 (French revolution) to the newly created department of Indre-et-Loire. In 1817, Gizeux annexed the town of Saint-Philibert-de-la-Pelouse.

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The château de Gizeux dates from the Middle Ages and remodeled over the centuries, notably during the Renaissance and the 18C. Its facades are 250 meters long, making it the longest castle in Touraine Angevin. The castle of Gizeux depended on the seigniory of Montsoreau, and passed under the administration of the seneschalsy of Saumur in the former province of Anjou in 1544 after the signing of the edict of Saint-Germain-en-Laye. The lordship of Gizeux belonged to the house of Doué.

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The family of the poet Joachim du Bellay therefore owned Gizeux from 1315 to 1660, in its eldest branch of the lords of Bellay, barons of Thouarcé, princes of Yvetot from 1589. In 1789, during the French revolution, the marquis Louis Gabriel de Contades, opponent of the revolutionaries, had to flee the soil of France and found refuge in 1794 in Santo Domingo. It will not return to Gizeux until 1801. Remained the property of the Contades-Gizeux family after the revolution, the Château de Gizeux was passed on by marriage in the 20C to the Laffon family.

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The buildings retain parts built in different periods. Thus the medieval style rubs shoulders with that of Renaissance architecture. The castle has two large galleries of paintings which make it original: the François I gallery decorated by Italian painters at the beginning of the 17C and the large gallery of castles decorated by a school of painting at the end of the 17C; it includes panels representing royal castles and rural scenes over more than 400 m2, The park was created in 1829.

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Near the castle stands the Church of Notre Dame which contains the splendid tombs of the Du Bellay family. Their son, Martin du Bellay, had the village church built in 1608.  The church is home to two unique monuments: orants, marble sculptures depicting members of the du Bellay family kneeling in prayer; these are the graves of these two couples, who died in the 17C.

The official Château de Gizeux

The Touraine Loire Valley tourist office on Gizeux castle :

The town of Gizeux on its heritage

There you go folks, this was another beauty of a castle again in the valley of the kings of France, now call Centre Val de Loire. There is so much to see here and so much architecture and history in the valley of the kings of France! I try to give you a taste of the region and the Château de Gizeux fits the bill as grand. Hope you enjoy it as I.

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

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November 17, 2022

Wonderful small Seuilly !!!

I am on my road warrior mode again, and again in the beautiful Centre Val de Loire region with many visits. These are all firsts amazing abundance of marvelous places to see in my belle France. This was not planned but passed by it so many times decided to take a peek of the town of Seuilly famous to house the François Rabelais museum. As usual nice places to be found to add to my collection of travels spots. Hope you enjoy the posts as I.

Seuilly is in the department 37 of Indre-et-Loire, in the Centre-Val de Loire region. It is 8 km from Chinon, 31 km from Saumur, and 312 km from my house. A very old town, famous for the two monuments to mention me think.

The Abbey of Seuilly is a former priory located in Seuilly Indre-et-Loire dept37 of the Centre Val de Loire region, The abbey was founded around 1095 by Guillaume de Montsoreau and became an abbey in 1100 under the name of Saint-Pierre then Saint-Sépulcre then Notre-Dame. Parts of it dates from the 12C to the 15C, It was partially destroyed by fire in 1461, and was restored by Princess Jeanne, bastard daughter of Louis XI. It was also on this date that the chaplain’s house was built.

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François Rabelais born at about 600 meters at La Devinière, came to study there while the abbot was Jean de Bourbon. If the abbey still knew a flourishing period in the 17C, the construction of the chapel and the fuye attesting to it, it began to decline well before the French revolution. Legally abandoned in 1736 it fell victim to a hurricane on March 14, 1751, ruining the abbey church Today, from April to September, a Country House whose mission is to promote and sell local products ,and to welcome the public as a branch of the Azay Chinon Val de Loire Tourist Office, If you wish renting old buildings of the Abbey for a night, a weekend or even a week, it’s possible.

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The La Devinière is a country house located as said about 600 meters from the abbey. It houses the Rabelais Museum, a member of the Federation of Writers’ Houses, labeled “Maisons des Illustres” and “Musée de France”. François Rabelais was probably born and spent his childhood there. La Devinière consists of a 16C dwelling, a 17C dovecote and outbuildings, The cellars were originally quarries where tuffeau stone was extracted to build La Devinière before they became stables, a troglodyte dwelling and wine cellars. The stunning space now houses temporary exhibitions.

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From the years 1640-1650, the Rabelais family no longer lived in La Devinière. Alerted by Rabelais scholars, the department of Indre-et-Loire bought the house in 1948, The Association of Friends of Rabelais and La Devinière, created at the same time by Robert Vivier, founded the museum set up by the mythologist Henri Dontenville and opened it to the public in 1951, Since then, the literary museum dedicated to the work and life of François Rabelais has been managed by the Departmental Council of Indre-et-Loire partly with the collections of the above association.

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Other things to see here is the Château du Coudray-Montpensier where some of the action of the Pichrocoline Wars takes place in Gargantua and where is said Rabelais to have resided in 1429. It is said to have subsequently belonged to the Belgian writer Maurice Maeterlinck, then to the aircraft manufacturer Latecoëre.

The official Rabelais museum

The Association des Amis de Rabelais et de La Devinière

The town of Seuilly and its heritage

There you go folks, this will be my introduction to Seuilly. There is so much to see here and so much architecture and history in the valley of the kings of France! I try to give you a taste of the region and Seuilly with the monuments cited above fits the bill as grand. Hope you enjoy it as I.

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

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November 17, 2022

Some news from Spain, CXXXVI

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 on the half way point ! 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 CXXXVI is old Roman for 136, Enjoy it as Spain is everything under the Sun!

Archaeologists have found in the town located next to the Irulegi castle, in the Navarrese valley of Araguren, a bronze hand with a four-line text, from which one word has been identified, an exceptional find, since it was the oldest text in the Basque language. This four-line text, in which only one word could be translated, sorioneku, which would come to mean good luck, the experts explained during their presentation. The hand, dated to the first quarter of the 1st century BC, has a small hole to be hung on the entrance door of a house, as a protective ritual object of the home. The piece has been found within the framework of the excavations that are being carried out in the town of Irulegi (Valle de Aranguren), inhabited between the mid-Bronze Age (15th to 11th centuries BC) and the end of the Iron Age (1st century BC) and destroyed by an attack by Roman troops. The piece is a sheet of bronze, whose patina contains 53.19% tin, 40.87% copper and 2.16% lead, something that is common in ancient alloys. The object is cropped to represent the shape of a somewhat schematic, but life-size right hand ! Location webpage :

The first churches arose with the Visigoths during the High Middle Ages (5C to 8C). They were small rural temples, destroyed or abandoned after the Arab arrival in 711. The Christians who remained in Muslim territory (Mozarabs) fled when king Alfonso III repopulated the north of the Duero in the 9C and the monks occupied the abandoned churches. remaining Visigothic churches were reformed. These are some of the oldest standing ones in Spain and my favorites ! San Juan de Baños, in Baños de Cerrato (7 km from Palencia) San Juan de Baños stands in what used to be Campos Góticos, today Tierra de Campos. It is considered the oldest standing church in Spain and in its vicinity there was a temple to Esculapio, Santa Comba, in Bande (province of Orense), Visigothic, from the second half of the 7C, and pre-Romanesque, from the 9C. With horseshoe arch and Roman capitals. Restored in 872, by order of king Alfonso III. Santa María, in Quintanilla de las Viñas (province of Burgos) Visigoth hermitage, from the end of the 7C isolated in the countryside in which Roman ashlars were used, Santa María, in Melque (province of Toledo) Visigoth ,and Mozarabic. Built between the 8C and 9C on a Roman temple. Isolated in the countryside with an apse in the shape of a horseshoe arch. It was, among other things, a haystack until the beginning of the 20C.

Located in thetown of Esgos, in the heart of the Ribeira Sacra, is what is the oldest monastic complex in Galicia, San Pedro de Rocas temple carved into the rock, already closed to worship, is one of the main tourist attractions in the area. . According to the founding tombstone found in this place, this monastery was inherited in the 6C or about 573 by seven hermit monks who chose this setting to retire to an austere and prayerful life. The plaque is kept in the Orense Provincial Archaeological Museum. The monastery was abandoned at the beginning of the 8C due to continuous Arab incursions until in the time of king Alfonso III, at the end of the 9C or beginning of the 10C, the knight Gemodus found, during a hunting day, these chapels carved into the rock and he decided to stay to lead a life of prayer and penance. San Pedro de Rocas was highly favored by the monarch Alfonso III himself, who endowed this monastery with large donations that would be confirmed by Alfonso V and other monarchs such as Alfonso VII, Fernando IV and Enrique III. Since the 10C it was a monastery dependent on Celanova, although part of the 12C it was linked to that of Santo Estevo de Ribas de Sil. At the end of the 15C, the Benedictine reform led to the grouping of monasteries through which this temple would be incorporated as an administrative priory to San Salvador de Celanova. After the confiscation of Mendizábal in 1836 (state vs church), it became a parish that was finally closed at the beginning of the 20C due to numerous landslides and a fire Webpage :

Let me showcase Córdoba, the Spanish city with the most World Heritage Sites,yet less known than the other big cities in Andalucia, Here you have the Fiesta de los Patios, the historic center, the Mosque-Cathedral and Medina Azahara make up the list of recognitions by Unesco,

The Mezquita or Mosque of Córdoba, declared a World Heritage Site in 1984, is the most important monument in the entire Islamic West. With more than 23,000 square meters inside, in this building you can see the complete evolution of the Umayyad style in Spain, as well as the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles of Christian construction. In the first place, under Visigothic rule, the Basilica of San Vicente was built, on which the primitive mosque was later built. It was in the year 785 when the construction of the primitive Muslim oratory began by Abderramán I, which consisted of eleven longitudinal naves in a north-south direction. Between the years 833 and 848 the first extension was carried out in which Abderramán II added eight new naves to the south and expanded the ablutions patio. From the year 962 to 966, Alhakén II not only enlarged the prayer room, but also built the new maqsura and quibla, all under an aesthetic of great richness. The great Mosque consists of two different areas, the patio or sahn, the only intervention of Abd al-Rahman III, and the prayer room or haram. Cordoba tourism webpage :

You have on the bank of the river Guadalquivir opposite the Mosque to include the Roman Bridge and the Torre Fortaleza de la Calahorra tower, by Calle San Fernando street, to the north to the limit of the commercial area and to the west to the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos and the neighborhood of San Basilio. Thus, within these limits there are many monuments to visit. Therefore, the Torre de la Calahorra should not be missed, an enclave of control and defense since antiquity that currently houses the Living Museum of Al-Andalus, the Roman bridge, the columns of the temple of Claudio Marcelo (1st century) and the synagogue, unique in Andalusia and one of the best preserved from medieval times in all of Europe. In addition to all this, there is the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, a fortress and palace that encloses a large part of the architectural evolution of Córdoba with Roman, Visigothic and Arab remains. Of all the rooms, the Mosaic Hall stands out, in which Roman pieces of this type are exhibited from the subsoil of the slide. You also have to visit the Jewish quarter and stop at the Plaza de la Corredera and Calleja de las Flores a street, Cordoba tourism on its heritage :

Located 8 km from Córdoba, at the foot of the Sierra Morena, is Medina Azahara, the mysterious city that Abd-al Rahman III ordered to be built in the year 936 as a symbol of power of the Umayyad dynasty and for which he spared no expense. The royal Alcázar is located in the intermediate and upper areas, while the lower area was reserved for houses and the mosque, built outside the walls in just over a month. Among the different rooms, the Alto Room stands out, arranged in five naves with arcades, and the Rico Room, which is divided into three naves with red and bluish marble arches, the side ones being blind and the central one open. In addition, the High Garden, which is developed in four zones, the intersection point being occupied by a pavilion and four pools, and the great portico, which is reached by a complex of streets on a steep ramp and through which the great embassies that the caliph received were acceded, Museums of Andalucia webpage :

The workers who work on the construction of the Sagrada Familia Basilica in Barcelona have begun to place the pieces that will culminate the towers of the evangelists Lucas and Marcos, which will each be 135 meters high. On December 16th,2022 the figures of the ox and the lion that will crown these two illuminated towers for the first time will already be visible. Specifically, the tower of Lucas ends with a sculpture of an ox, and the tower of Marcos with that of a lion, This coinciding with the departure of the traditional Christmas Concert from the Basilica de la Sagrada Familia , As part of the set of central towers, the four towers of the evangelists will surround the tower of Jesus Christ and will reach 135 meters in height once finished, thus They are the third highest towers in the temple, after that of Jesus, which will be the highest and will measure 172.5 meters. Official webpage :

The Royal Botanical Garden of Madrid is hosting Naturaleza encendida or Nature Ignited, a new light adventure that, in this case, will review the origin of living beings through mycology in a walk of approximately 1.5 km. The exhibition, which recreates a magical and dazzling landscape in which the visitor will be able to discover living organisms that until now have remained very hidden, reproduces the bioluminescence processes of some fungi and mushrooms, which are capable of lighting up, giving rise to scenes of great beauty. Until January 15 2023. The Royal Botanical Garden entrance at Plaza de Murillo, 2, webpage :

From November 18 to January 7,2023 an interactive space will be installed in the tent located in the Magical Christmas venue at the Torrejón de Ardoz Fairgrounds with a tour of a frozen world where several giant ice sculptures made by 11 teams from all over the world will be exhibited, who have previously participated in the first international level competition of this type held in Spain. International Ice Festival will be exhibited under a 2,000-square-meter tent at 6 degrees below zero. from November 18 to January 7.2023 Fairground of Torrejón de Ardoz. Webpage :

Tenerife in the open sky: en route through the most amazing landscapes of the Teide island ! My ancestral home Tenerife anichech, call me Guanche ! The sensation is magical, like every stride you take in the Anaga Rural Park, where one fears getting lost in the thickness of the forest and becoming one of its unusual plant relics. roads that go into the mist. One of them follows a stretch of the old route that linked the city of La Laguna with the Anaga farmhouses. It is the Sendero de los Sentidos.( road of the senses), At the Pico del Inglés,(English peak) , the buses stop to see the entire massif up to the sea. In the background, the Taganana rock completes the postcard. This is Tenerife, which stretches from sea level to 3,715 meters at the top of Teide.(highest in Spain),You have to be on your guard. If the bus takes us to Tegueste, we immediately enter a land of vines and guachinches. These are the improvised establishments that, between November and January and while the wine they produce lasts, they serve their own and others a glass accompanied by a tapa. If Anaga is another world, Teide is another planet. The bus enters the valley of La Orotava. The plan is to enjoy the sunset at about 2,000 meters. For that you have to be in the right place at the perfect time. By 20h02 the sun sets ! Reaching the top requires seven hours on foot or a few minutes in the cable car that leaves the visitor 200 meters from the summit. An unforgettable experience is watching the sunrise from up there , Whether you go up by bus, 4×4, bike or whatever, the postcard changes exactly at 1,000 meters above sea level. Civilization disappears and we enter the zone of the protected space. From 1,000 to 2,000, the island appears upholstered by the Canarian pine. It is here that the sea of ​​clouds stagnates. From 2,000, welcome to Mars !! The festival of lava, volcanic ash, coladas and rocks begins. The textures and colors multiply. The first thing that falls silent is the gigantic caldera (crater 16 km in diameter) through which we are advancing and on which Mount Teide rests. The landscapes follow one another, each one more enigmatic: the San José Mines, where NASA tested one of its rovers. Los Roques García, where everyone wants the most emblematic photo of the park: the famous Roque Cinchado that appeared on the old 1,000 pesetas bills (old money of Spain) . The plain of Ucanca and the Narices del Teide (noses of the Teide) would be missing, as the two craters are called that are just below the Pico Viejo, (old peak) the second highest volcano in the Canary Islands. look for the Roque Caramujo viewpoint on the map. Once there, we will see Teide in front of us, and behind, the Izaña telescopes, the best solar observatory on the planet. The trip can continue to the Los Gigantes cliffs, a black wall that falls into the ocean from a height of up to 600 meters. Sublime amazing my dear Tenerife, By car or bus is great, we climb on foot when was 17 yrs old ,nowdays the cable car is a great alternative, The Tenerife tourist office on the Teide :

One of the most beautiful towns in the interior of Guipúzcoa is Tolosa,me think, Almost to the border with Navarra, on the banks of the Oria river, is located what was the capital of Guipúzcoa (from 1844 to 1854), hence its enormous historical heritage. It stands out mainly for its medieval core, made up of narrow streets and numerous squares. One of its greatest monuments is the Church of Santa María from the 17C, a temple of the so-called Basque Gothic, with three high-rise naves, ribbed vaults and a baroque façade of great beauty. The Church and Convent of Santa Clara, the Baroque City/town hall, the Idiakez, Atodo, Aramburu and Diputación palaces, the Provincial Archive, the Plaza Euskal Herria square and the colorful Tinglado Market are some of its most important enclaves.Euskadi Basque tourism on Tolosa :

One of the Autonomous Communities that has raised its culinary level the most in recent times is Castilla-La Mancha. The pioneer, fighting against all the elements, in not easy times, was Manolo de la Osa, precursor of what is now called ‘rural cuisine’ ‘. In that Las Rejas, in Las Pedroñeras, when the current Spanish cuisine was still taking its first steps, he surprised with dishes inspired by the recipes of his land, to which he contributed his peculiar touch of modernity and creativity. I can attest to the improvement in the cuisine and wines of this region over the many years of visiting while living in Spain as well, Some of my favorites are :

In Albacete :Maralba, in the town of Almansa. There, Fran Martínez is inspired by the traditional Manchego recipe book which he submits to an intelligent review, Also very important is the work of his wife, Cristina Díaz, in charge of the room and the winery, In the town of Casas Ibáñez, is Cañitas Maite, where two young chefs just 24 years old, Javier Sanz and Juan Sahuquillo, have revolutionized the Castilian-La Mancha cuisine. In the town of Villarrobledo, Teresa Gutiérrez is one of the very few women who excel in Castilian-La Mancha cuisine, Continue in Torre de Juan Abad, in the City of Ciudad Real, in a rural hotel frequented by hunters, is another of the community’s stars: Coto de Quevedo.,the stars of José Antonio Medina’s dishes. In Guadalajara, the best offer is concentrated in Sigüenza, with two Michelin stars: El Doncel, with Enrique Pérez, and El Molino de Alcuneza, with Samuel Moreno. Once in Toledo we pass through the town of Illescas, where the El Bohío de Pepe Rodríguez Rey is located. In the same town it has begun to sound with ancestral force. Víctor Infantes, who was head chef at Clos in Madrid when it obtained the Michelin star, revisits, like so many other of his regional colleagues, Mancha’s roots from a current perspective, without renouncing ‘ancestral’ techniques prepared in clay pots. In Talavera de la Reina, two opposite proposals: the good traditional cuisine of the Taberna Mingote, Antonio Mingote, which gives it its name, and the most current and provocative vision of Carlos Maldonado, winner of Master Chef, who holds a star. Our favorite in the Toledo province is in Ocaña: Palio, by the Gómez-Monedero brothers. Jesús trained as a cook mainly in El Bohío, and this is reflected in his cuisine, open to all influences but focused on the Castilian-La Mancha tradition, and especially on hunting, The town in the province of Cuenca you have two we love at Mesón Nelia, Carretera Cuenca- Tragacete, km. 21. in Villalba de la Sierra, and Seto, Carretera de Madrid, 54 in Motilla del Palancar. Here they are most in Michelin guide :

One more year, Entre Panes arrives in Madrid to offer a different gastronomic experience thanks to Mahou.(the beer of Madrid ! ) Until November 31,2022, 50 restaurants from the Community of Madrid will participate in this event. Goiko on the Glorieta de Bilbao venue will offer La Pitufina, New York Burger with La Nolita or Bentley’s with the five-star Bentleys hamburger, Mahou entre panes webpage :

Until March 12 2023 ,and thanks to Las Mejores Barras de España,(the best bars of Spain) leading restaurants in Spain will create some gastronomic experiences that have Mahou as the common thread. Las Mejores Barras de España is an initiative to enjoy in the Club Matador, the experience going to the other side of the bar and learning to shoot the perfect rod. Among the restaurants that will participate in this unique initiative are the Ganbara restaurant (November 28-December 2) in San Sebastián, the Taberna Mercedes de Soria (January 30-February 3), the Abastos 2.0 restaurant in Santiago de Compostela (February 13-17), Tapas 2.0 Gastrotasca (February 27-March 3) in Salamanca and the Granja Elena restaurant in Barcelona (March 10-12). The Club Matador webpage :

There you go folks, another dandy tour of my beloved Spain ! We have reach the mid point of Fall season and the leaves change , the clouds darkern and the weather cooler just enough 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 !!!

November 17, 2022

Some news from France , CCCLXXV

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 CCCLXXV is 375 ! ,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.

Quick, this is an update! Last November 16 2022, Louis Vuitton announced the opening in December of Louis Vuitton Dream, a free exhibition space where you can discover the most important collaborations of the house, as well as the creations of designers and artists. At the same time, a room is provided to stop for a coffee and taste chocolates, made in collaboration with chef Maxime Frédéric. But the house has more than one trick up its sleeve: it is now announcing the forthcoming transformation of part of its headquarters, located opposite La Samaritaine. Part of the place will indeed become a hotel, and as you can imagine, it will not be a hotel like the others! Luxurious and dazzling, but also splendid for the unique view it will offer over the City of Light. Stay tune!

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 the age of 14 at the Cité des sciences et de l’industrie in Paris until August 2023. In constant increase in France for 30 years, cancer is today a real social phenomenon: nearly four million of our fellow citizens face or have already faced this disease. There are over 200 different cancers. Even if they all have in common an anarchic proliferation of cells, they do not attack the body in the same way. For the same organ, we can find very varied cancers. A 26-minute film follows the journey of four patients, each at a different stage, thus providing an overview of conventional care (radiotherapy, chemotherapy, surgery) but also more innovative ones such as hormone therapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapies and supportive care (nutrition, psychology, etc.). Without forgetting an inventory of research in France through interviews with 11 high-level Cancer researchers, Until August 8, 2023 at the Cité des sciences et de l’industrie de Paris, 30 Av. Corentin Cariou, 19éme. Webpage :

Three or four paintings by the famous 19C painter Gustave Le Gray exist in the world, but few of his paintings have been formally identified. The auction, this coming Thursday, November 17, of a painting by the painter and photographer, by the Toulouse auctioneer Marc Labarbe, is therefore an exceptional event, which is of interest to many museums. This large painting, representing the artist’s wife, Palmira Madeline Gertrude Leonardi, an Italian met in Rome, with whom he had six children between 1845 and 1857, four of whom died prematurely. Le Gray rose to fame under Napoleon III but, crippled with debt in 1860, he abandoned his wife and children. Exhibited at the Salon of 1853, was kept by his descendants and is therefore completely unpublished. A painter by training, Gustave Le Gray had followed the teaching of Paul Delaroche at the School of Fine Arts, before leaving for Italy. Alongside his activity as a photographer, Gustave Le Gray never stopped painting, portraits and orientalist scenes being his favorite subjects. Webpage :

At the end of September,2022 the first works for the future Cable 1 cable car were launched in Créteil, in the Val-de-Marne.(94) The project led by Île-de-France Mobilités will connect Créteil to Villeneuve-Saint-Georges in less than 20 minutes.It provides for the creation of five stations in Créteil, Limeil-Brévannes, Valenton and Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, over a 4.5 km stretch. This first phase of work should extend until the summer of 2023. It is located on the road RD1, at the Créteil – Pointe du Lac metro station of line 8, where the terminus of Cable 1.webpage :

Paris is the city in Europe where self-service electric scooters are used the most. The Parisian company Fluctuo observes and analyzes micromobility services around the world. According to his data, Paris is the capital in Europe where the use of these machines is the most intensive. And if they continue no cars only scooters will be on like in some other major cities of our world lol ! .webpage :

Removing the heating on the terrace means 10% less annual turnover according to some restauranteurs, Established for 32 years in the Marais (4éme) where he has three restaurants (le Fer à cheval, les Philosophes and la Chaise au plafond), Xavier Denamur, known for his fight against junk food, readily presents himself as “restorer of the Republic”. Anxious to respect the law, which now prohibits heated terraces, he was among the first, last spring, to remove his braziers. The 12,285 owners operating a terrace in Paris have been notified. In addition to the fine if they continue to heat the outside, those who have not dismantled their devices by January 1, 2023 will have to pay compensation for irregular occupation of the public domain. So no more terraces in Paris another new look of the new City government, and soon there will not be Paris as we know it, I am far from it now !

Nearly eight years after the first developments, lanes reserved for buses (and in some cases taxis) on major roads and motorways represent only 1% of the length of the region’s national road network. It is obvious that will influence the design of future road public transport networks in the outer suburbs: even the most express “express buses” will prove to be ineffective if they remain paralyzed in the daily traffic jams of the main axes of the Ile-de-France region. Of course, keep cutting roads and the jams will become a battle cry ! Stay tune for 2023 !

This one for the memories of old Paris and we even had celebrated my boys birthdays on them, Bankruptcy of Chez Clément (see post restaurants: two years firm required against the former boss, Five years in prison, three of which are probationary. And the definitive ban on managing. for misuse of company assets and fraud, in the case of the takeover of the brand. Hearing the sentence requested by the prosecutor against him, this past Monday, before the Nanterre Criminal Court (Hauts-de-Seine 92), Stanislas Dewynter is stunned. The shock is severe for the one that All-Paris knew in the early 2000s as a talented businessman, who reaped success with his twenty chic and trendy restaurants. It was delighted that he bought the Chez Clément restaurant brand in 2012, the operation precipitated him into the abyss, They are all gone sadly for some mismanagement deeds.

One good news for me and many memorable moments with my dear late wife Martine in her native town, The Majestic cinema in Meaux (Seine et Marne 77), the UGC buys the walls and resumes the work suspended for two years ! The work must resume this Thursday (tomorrow). The Majestic cinema building, in the city center, has therefore officially been sold for 900,000 euros by the city to the General Cinematographic Union. or UGC ! Great news for my first movie outing in France ever !! webpage :

Surprise not as I know the area but Orly airport: thieves scour duty free stores, border police crack down and call passengers to be vigilant yes indeed, ,Since the start of the school year last September 2022, Orly border police (PAF) officials have arrested fourteen thieves. Most of the thefts were committed in the duty free shops in the terminals, The border police, who work closely with Groupe ADP to ensure the safety of travelers, invite the public visiting airports to always maintain a certain vigilance, Of course, common sense prevails always, Orly webpage :

A traditional building, called a “mandir”, will open alongside Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist places of worship. The first stone of this building was laid in early September 2022 in Bussy-Saint-Georges (Seine et Marne 77) . By 2026, a mandir a traditional Hindu temple will emerge from the ground in Bussy-Saint-Georges. It will join the other places of worship on the Esplanade of Religions and Cultures on the Allée Madame-de-Montespan, a true haven of peace where Muslims, Jews, Jews, Buddhists and Christians.Just by the Disneyland Paris area ; webpage :

This winter, the Musée de l’Homme is transformed into a real art museum! From today Wednesday November 16 to Monday May 22, 2023, discover how our artistic practices have evolved, from prehistory to the present day. On the program: ancient objects from collections from all over Europe, films, photo projections, audiovisual installations, interactive devices… Enough to discover prehistoric art from all angles.Arts et Préhistoire at the Musée de l’Homme 17, place du Trocadéro 16éme, Webpage:

Discover the links between the mineral world and the living world, through beautiful ceramic pieces! The Sèvres porcelain factory and the National Museum of Ceramics are hosting Living Forms, an exhibition bringing together nearly 350 works, ceramics from the Renaissance to the present day. Put into perspective with paintings, pieces of goldsmithery or even scientific objects, the collection questions us about our own relationship to the living. living elms, Sèvres – Manufacture et Musée nationaux, 2 place de la Manufacture – Sèvres (Hauts de Seine 92) Until May 7, 2023, Webpage :

For Alberto Giacometti, a large 6,000 square meter museum in the center of Paris, The Swiss Artist Foundation, cramped in its premises in Montparnasse, will open in 2026, in the former Air France terminal, at the Invalides. Since 2018, the Giacometti Institute, created in the 14éme arrondissement of Paris by the Alberto and Annette Giacometti Foundation. It holds a collection of exceptional abundance: 95 paintings, 260 bronzes, 550 plasters, thousands of drawings and engravings, such considerable archives and a large part of the artist’s library. But, precisely, to show them, the 350 square meters located rue Victor-Schœlcher, in an Art Deco style private mansion in Montparnasse, turned out to be cramped, precisely because of the success of the exhibitions mounted by the Foundation, in Paris and a almost everywhere in the world, and the constantly growing reputation of the artist.Webpage:

It is on the side of a railway wasteland, in the 20éme arrondissement of Paris, that a forest should grow by 2024 ; the City of Paris has announced the purchase of a former station of the Petite Ceinture to open a new section, from Cours de Vincennes to Rue Volga, and transform the whole into a new vast park, a beautiful wooded and vegetated space. On the program, an urban forest therefore, with 2000 new trees planted, but also a clearing and an opening onto the garden of the Charonne station. No need to go to the Bois de Vincennes, the 20éme will also have its own forest.webpage :

And as usual , my end of post culinary delights of my eternal Paris, and belle France!

Le Doyenné, in Essonne (91) , elected best table in France by Fooding, A few months after its opening, in June 2022, the farm-restaurant of Saint-Vrain, created by two Australian chefs in an old castle, is already consecrated by the gastronomic guide .Fooding an alternative Michelin guide that was “cooler”, which revealed its 2023 list on Monday. Four Parisian addresses received a price. The best bistro in France is in Paris at the Bistrot des Tournelles (4éme), the best antidepressant is assigned to Soces (19éme), the best Frit Style is at Reyna (11éme), while Fooding d’amour returns to this furious madness what is Jones (11éme).Webpage :

Looking for inexpensive places students and lovers of cheap cocktails, you are not dreaming, the 2.50€ pints in the heart of Paris do exist! From 16h to 02h, Au Taquet bar welcomes you for an extended happy hour that won’t hurt your wallet. Open from Monday to Saturday, the bar is located between the Poissonnière and Cadet metro stations, you can have a good time with friends and share good cheese and charcuterie boards, always at reduced prices! At Le Taquet 19, rue Bleue 9éme no web yet,

Nestled in the heart of the 8éme, a stone’s throw from the Champs-Élysées and Parc Monceau, is one of our beloved brasseries: La Belle Poule at 18, avenue Hoche 8éme Open 7/7 from 7h to 02h no web yet,

Le P’tit Mousse,with its wooded interior of this fisherman’s hut-style brasserie, the pretty blue and white checkered counter behind which you can see the small series of bottles selected by Thierry, the boss, as well as the large boat suspended from the ceiling, we are embarking on a little exceptional taste journey. Here we are by the sea! Le P’tit Mousse 9, rue Rambuteau 4éme ,Open Tuesday to Friday evenings, Weekends all day until 23h30 no web yet

Le Petit Chinon is the promise of traditional, no-frills cuisine, served promptly in the heart of Paris. Sunny terrace, authentic decoration, warm welcome and good food come together to make our lives easier and simplify our lunch break. On site or to take away, Le Petit Chinon is the ultra practical brasserie for those in a hurry! Le Petit Chinon, 23, rue du Louvre 1éme , opne from Monday to Saturday from 8h to 21h no web yet

It is on a pretty tree-lined square that the Café Joséphine has decided to settle. On one side, a restaurant with tablecloths whose slick decoration was directly inspired by Joséphine de Beauharnais: herringbone parquet flooring, velvet sofas, giant bouquet of peonies and subdued lighting. On the other, a cocktail bar inspired by the world of Josephine Baker, embodying freedom, aesthetics and generosity. Here, you can enjoy traditional French cuisine in a friendly Art Deco setting, Café Joséphine, 1-3, place des 2 Écus 1éme Monday to Saturday from 8h to 01h, Sunday from 10h to 23h, Webpage :

Chez Cézanne, we have a taste for good work, even in a simple way. A few steps from the Jacquemart-André Museum, we find this good address with a warm and relaxed atmosphere. Great products and quality ingredients come together in this kitchen in the heart of Paris. Bistrot Cézanne 13 Avenue Herrick 8éme, 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 take the air of the Fall season with style in France better ,me think,,, And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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