Some news from France , CCCLXXVII

This is my latest from my belle France ; as we are really already in Winter and it feld like it with the white one coming hope not by me stay away ! Most said winter will be harsh and already is doing that in mid December temperatures, we are now at 2C ! about 36F However, is 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 , And for those non Roman CCCLXXVII is 377 ! ,with another dandy round of news of my belle France , of course, chosen by me; there are many others. We will be tidy and drinking a nice glass of wine, coming inside our dining room! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

Eight departments of the Grand-Est region remain on snow and ice orange vigilance this Thursday morning, while the Paris region returns to yellow, on the third day of a winter episode which caused some transport difficulties. In the East, snowfall is expected until the evening of Thursday. In Meurthe-et-Moselle, late night temperatures will be negative , The cold will remain sharp and freezing rain will also threaten the Nord and Pas-de-Calais. The sky will also be overcast in the morning with some light snowfall possible in the interior of Bretagne and Pays de la Loire, and rain near the ocean like me. In Île-de-France, the RN 118 road a major axis of access to Paris from the south , which had been cut off on Tuesday evening should reopen this Thursday, from 10h , problems in winter with snow avoid it !

In a press release relayed by BFMTV, the RATP announced last Tuesday that the metros and RER with an aerial part could run all night if the snow and ice plan is activated. The goal ? Avoid at all costs that frost forms on the rail network, which could seriously disrupt traffic. This decision will be made by the prefecture. The metro lines concerned are lines 1, 2, 5, 6, 8 and 13 as well as RER A and B. Stay put if possible,snow even if small compare to your area is always a serious problem here as roads and lines are not made to take even 4 inches of snow ! RATP webpage :

Her name, Line Renaud also lends to other fights as she is always doing for good. Especially the one against cancer, very dear to me, The tireless artist was this past Wednesday afternoon in Suresnes (Hauts-de-Seine 92 ) where she inaugurated the Line-Renaud Institute, a kind of extension of the Hôpital Foch (Franco-American origins) for a time called Espace Serenity which includes a care center support for cancer patients, a pain management center and, finally, a prevention and work center, hospital webpage :

This coming Sunday,December 18 2022 , the World Cup final will oppose the Blues (France) to the Albiceleste(Argentina), four years after a stunning round of 16 in Russia, For the French the most beautiful World Cup final possible is coming up, 24 years after a France -Brazil in Saint-Denis at the Stade de France, mythical game. This time it is France-Argentina, the other most fascinating South American team, the greatest of all in the eyes of many, who have two stars like the Blues. It is the reigning world champion,(France) who defeated Morocco in the semi-finals (2-0), against the winner of the Copa America, as an explanation at the top between the most beautiful team in Europe, the most deserving, against the best of the American continent. Allez les Bleus bien sûr !!!FIFA webpage :

Installed in the Indigo car park at the Porte d’Italie, four terminals can be used to charge an electric vehicle in around twenty minutes ! As a bonus, three quarters of an hour of parking are deducted from the price. The slowness of recharging is one of the major obstacles , along with the price of vehicles to the democratization of the electric car. With the inauguration of a first fast charging station, Indigo and Electra promise to limit these difficulties, They need a whole lot more but its start,Info parking webpage :

320 new surveillance cameras in the streets of Paris by 2026 ! The new cameras that will be installed on 64 sites in the City, The objective is to have 34 operational before the 2024 Games,Paris now has 4,055 cameras deployed at 1,475 sites ! So watch out big brother is watching you, this will help catch the criminals ,but not stop them before they do harm, the real police is too expensive they think ! The news came from BFMTV webpage :

At Paris, Louis Vuitton puts itself forward in a gourmet universe, The historic Belle Jardinière, a store next to La Samaritaine, owned by LVMH (group that owns the Parisien newspaper on which this article came out), has just been completely redesigned into an exhibition space dedicated to Louis Vuitton and its history, as well as the pastries imagined by Maxime Frédéric, best pastry chef 2022 according to Gault & Millau, at work in the Cheval Blanc palace. Just opposite the Seine, the entrance to this ephemeral place located at 2, rue du Pont-Neuf will be via a path organized into an exhibition in nine rooms. Admission will be free, by reservation. After this unusual visit or by going directly upstairs, we will arrive in the second part of this completely revamped former Conforama store. A boutique with perfumes and small leather goods on one side. And in front, the tea room with lush vegetation of the star pastry chef of the Cheval Blanc . 2, rue du Pont Neuf. Open daily, except December 25 and January 1. From 11h to 20h, More info and reservation webpage :

In March 2022, Dior inaugurated a new 10,000 square meter store, located at 30 avenue Montaigne, its historic birthplace. The workshops, a restaurant, Monsieur Dior, whose menu is signed by chef Jean Imbert, a boutique, of course, as well as the Galerie Dior, a museum dedicated to the label and its history, are grouped under the same large roof., which can be visited by reservation, paying 12 euros. The Dior heritage is explored there from its beginnings, in 1947, to the current creations of Maria Grazia Chiuri, including those of John Galliano and Raf Simons. You can also see the original office of Christian Dior as well as the workshops, reproduced identically, all in woodwork, to best reflect the cozy atmosphere of the 1950s. Webpage :

The 4-star Double Tree hotel, a brand of the Hilton group, will be located in Colombes. It is scheduled to open in 2025. The Double Tree by Hilton will be built at the corner of Boulevard Charles-de-Gaulle and Rue Pierre-Brossolette, where the Hôtel de l’Etoile previously stood, since demolished, It is a stone’s throw from the Transilien train station in La Garenne-Colombes (Hauts-de-Seine 92) and therefore, a few minutes from Gare Saint-Lazare and the center of Paris, at the foot of the T2 tramway linking Bezons (Val-d’ Oise 95) in La Défense (Hauts-de-Seine 92) and a few hundred meters from the A86 highway. From the top of its 11 floors, it will have a total of 148 rooms distributed within a 4,700 m² building and will be equipped with event spaces open to external customers, as well as three meeting rooms. The icing on the cake or rather on the roof, the Double Tree by Hilton will offer a rooftop with swimming pool, wellness area and a bar-restaurant that can accommodate up to 170 people. Webpage :

In Éragny-sur-Oise,(Val d’Oise 95) , the Art de Vivre shopping center is looking for a new lease of life. Shop closings have multiplied in this rather upscale center in Val-d’Oise, to such an extent that shopkeepers and customers are worried. The large toy store, liquidated this summer, is lacking this holiday season. Sadly one of our shopping areas and pizza hut !which sadly has closed too now call La Capanna, shopping center for the memories of always, Webpage :

The town of Maisons-Laffitte (Yvelines 78) obtains the purchase of the racecourse and dreams of new races ! Significant work remains to be done so that the stadium, abandoned for three years, regains its vocation. The last races organized at the Maisons-Laffitte racecourse date back to October 2019 ! Work in progress to bring back to the City of the horse its racecourse ! You walk in and admire this historical beauty of many visits with the family ! Webpage :

At the Centre Pompidou-Metz, a design irrigated by nature, the exhibition “Mimèsis. A living design” traces a century of strong links between creators and nature , from the organic design of the Aalto couple to the innovations produced from algae and mycelium. until February 6, 2023. Deployed over 1,200 m2 on the second floor of the museum, 400 pieces (objects, models, drawings, photographs, films, etc.) trace the relationship between man and nature, from fascination and imitation to to the fusion and recreation of life in the digital age., More inf webpage :

Fans of animated film master Hayao Miyazaki (my boys are!) will be in heaven! 10 years after the release of his last film, the Japanese director has announced that he will be releasing a new little gem in the summer of 2023 (the date is rumored to be July 14)! Please note, this is the official theatrical release in Japan. You will have to be a little more patient to see the film in French cinemas (check your country for releases). His future animated film will be titled How do you live?. It is a free adaptation of Genzaburo Yoshino’s novel (published in 1937) where we follow the adventures of a 15-year-old boy. More info webpage :

Head to Dédale to experience Radium Girls, Deadly Beauties. Thanks to its new ambulatory play, Unlock Dreams Factory takes us on an immersive experience that traces the history of a scandal that marked the United States of the 1920s. We break down the fourth wall and we mingle with the performance unfolding before our eyes. A unique experience in which we converse with the 10 actors and interact with their environment. Radium Girls, Deadly Beauties, Le Dédale, 41, rue Saint-Blaise , 20éme, to December 23, 2022, webpage :

Coming to Madame Arthur is getting what you pay for. Once in the famous cabaret, we enjoy its unique show, played on the piano and sung live. This time, the disguised creatures of the mythical Pigalle cabaret are getting into English fashion. They will sing you all the French repertoire, but in English! An approximate English, very Parisian and ultra uninhibited. Together, they will light up the scene, but above all, make us die of laughter. Are you Madame Arthur? Madame Arthur, 75 bis, rue des Martyrs 18éme, From December 15 to 31, 2022, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 20h to 22h webpage :

Early on news : The Château de Fontainebleau is getting ready for December 31st for Stéphane Bern’s TV New Year’s Eve! For three days, the Seine-et-Marnais monument was in turmoil, with the arrival of many artists for the filming of the program which will be broadcast on December 31 on France 2 television ! Stéphane Bern will announce the passage in 2023 surrounded by the dancers of the Moulin-Rouge, at the foot of the castle’s horseshoe staircase Certainly the beauty of the horseshoe staircase, the magical setting of the castle of Fontainebleau (Seine-et-Marne 77), adorned with a thousand lights and sublimated by a subtle play of light, gives a little joy to the artists of the Folies Gruss, who have abandoned the down jackets of the rehearsals. During two takes, professionalism obliges, they will keep smiling in front of the cameras, bewitching those who watch them with their fiery juggling, their graceful pirouettes, the majestic steps of their horses, all in an impression of ease. And this is how they prepare it at Fontainebleau castle :

The most fascinating abandoned places (yes we have those too sadly) in France, me think, of course,

Aérocity, (Ardèche,07 region Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes), This is an abandoned amusement park on the hills of the Ardèche, in Lanas. Aérocity, the first name of the site before it was renamed Parc Avenue years later, entertained , a little the gallery for nearly 25 years, from 1990 to the beginning of the 2010s. Then it closed, victims of bankruptcies and failed restructurings. Today, the place displays its spectacle of desolation, blue slides delivered to the elements, carousels and abandoned water basins !

Domaine des Trois Colonnes, (Essonne,90 Île de-France region) , This is without doubt one of the most intriguing abandoned places in France. In Angervilliers, this Anglo-Norman style mansion built at the beginning of the 20C languishes for decades in an advanced state of disrepair, surrounded by a park returned to its full nature. The mansion has been taken over by street art artists (and taggers) and delivers its large rooms open to all winds. It is possible to go to the floors and the basement. A unique place, doubled, next to it, by a pink castle 19C, also very dilapidated.

Château Mennechet, (Oise 60, Haus-de-France region), You are no doubt familiar with these urban renovation sites where only the old facade is kept to rebuild the interior. This is what Château Mennechet, looks like: a facade… but without refurbishment behind! Built at the end of the 19C in Chiry-Ourscamp, near Compiègne, never completed, the building reveals its sections of dilapidated walls still imbued with their architectural majesty. Also bombed during the Great War (WWI), the building sits like an arty style figure in the middle of the countryside,

Bains Pommer, in Avignon (Vaucluse 47, PACA region) ,One day in 1972, the door was closed and nothing has changed since. This is how these public baths inaugurated in 1890 in the heart of Avignon are presented. At the time, they had a therapeutic function, with sulfur-based treatments. Since their shutdown, it’s been the status quo: yellowed receipts; antique advertisements on the walls; a Belle Epoque waiting room with a wooden bench, topped by a glass roof; treatment cabins on two levels… Frozen in their own juice! Bought by the city, they are intended to become a museum. Hopefully !

Oradour-sur-Glane, (Haute-Vienne 87, Nouvelle-Aquitaine region ), All but forgotten, these ruins bear witness to the atrocities of which man is capable. Total respect for the memory of the 643 victims of the massacre perpetrated on June 10, 1944 by soldiers of the Das Reich division. What remains of this drama are memories and a village in ruins, through which we walk with intense emotion,

Manoir Pavlovich, at Ecrennes,( Seine-et-Marne 77 Île-de-France region ), this manor exhales a disturbing perfume. A pleasure residence built under Napoleon III, it is steeped in the tragic history of a couple of owners, whose wife was disfigured for life after an accident. She would have let herself die here, abandoned to her torments. The mansion is now devastated but retains a dusty piano and an exterior awning on the ground floor. Wobbly shutters, curtains falling to dust, rusty ironwork… enigmatic atmosphere guaranteed!

The Church of Saint-Etienne-le-Vieux, (Calvados,14 Normandie region), Right in the center of Caen! Desacralized after the French revolution, the church, whose origins date back to the 10C had bad luck. Pounded during the English invasions in the 14-15C, rebuilt between the 15C and 17C. in flamboyant Gothic style, it was abandoned after 1789 then damaged again in WWII. However, its structure has resisted and is visible to tourists passing through Caen.

Now as usual to finish some foodie news of my belle France !

Venison terrine, haunch of venison… Ile-de-France game soon on our plates! Game processed and sold close to the hunting grounds. By the first half of 2024, the city of Rambouillet (Yvelines 78) will host the first venison and processing workshop in the region, on a 2,500 m2 site located rue Charles-Lindbergh, in the zone d’activités du  Bel- Air. Another should see the light of day in Seine-et-Marne (77) coming soon. Be ready for Rambouillet more info of park webpage :

To taste an excellent puccia in Paris, the famous focaccia from Puglia , All round, with natural homemade sourdough, it is garnished with a multitude of incredibly tasty products from which Italian cuisine holds its secret. The problem is finally solved: direction Naturale for a delicious puccia as if we were there. The spot, run by Italians Flavio, Francesco and Elio, opened two years ago and has never been empty since. Puccia, focaccia, Roman pizza alla pala with thin and crispy dough, lasagna, arancini and other homemade antipasti, a compendium of specialties from different regions visited by the three acolytes. Because to design the menu, the three friends embarked on a tour of Italy and went to meet all the producers, making it a point of honor to source the products, all of them of high quality. Naturale 40 bis Rue du Faubourg Poissonnière 10éme Paris, Open Monday to Saturday from 11h to 21h, Webpage :

And as we are in the season to be merrier what better than to have chocolates !! Some unsung heroes of my chocolate world in Paris !

Hugo and Victor on Boulevard Raspail. The creed? No dyes, no additives, no aromas… only fresh. We advise you to try one of the delicious spheres with each more enticing flavor than the other: passion fruit, salted butter caramel, pear, mandarin, hazelnut-vanilla praline… Pastry chef Hugues Pouget offers boxes that are as beautiful as they are good, at discover without delay. Hugo et Victor, 40, boulevard Raspail 7éme Open every day from 9h30 to 19h30 and until 20h on Friday and Saturday, More info :

More than just a chocolate maker, Patrick Roger is a real sculptor. Named Meilleur Ouvrier de France in 2002, he continues to reinvent cocoa in his own way. Rare and design creations, such as its famous graphic half-spheres whose decorations are made by hand. In short, an ultimate tasting experience between visual and taste, to be tested urgently. Patrick Roger chocolatier, 108, boulevard Saint-Germain 6éme ,and 45, avenue Victor-Hugo 16éme, More info:

Undoubtedly the oldest chocolate factory in Paris, founded in 1761. Behind its old-fashioned storefront, the shop is full of chocolates and confectionery that will amaze you. Old-fashioned pralines, chocolate orangettes, snack foods, crispy almond and hazelnut truffles… Traditional and deliciously regressive creations, not to be missed. At La Mère de Famille, 35, rue du Faubourg-Montmartre 9éme, Open Monday to Saturday from 9h30 to 20h, Sunday from 10h to 19h30 p.m. More info:

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 winter is already feld, and the white one well stay away better ,me think,,, And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

PS/ I just got off the doctors who tells me my father Elio will not be able to recuparate from his sickness and will be kept in bed until the end. Sad news in a happy season again for me. I love you enormously Dad, took care of you at home and will continue the effort until the end as promise my dear late mother Gladys.

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