Some news from France , CCCLXXXII

This is my latest from my belle France ; as we are imoving right along in Winter and the sun is out ! We can have 6 more weeks of winter due to the marmotte so they say, 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 CCCLXXXII is 382 ! ,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 ! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

Thierry Hermès in Pont-Audemer, a little-known story that the city wants to resurrect, The founder of the eponymous brand spent a few years in the city, renowned for its leather work in the 19X, Over the two or three years spent by Thierry Hermès from 1921 in Pont-Audemer, the town still knows little. Born in 1801 in Germany where he trained in the leather trades, the future founder of the French luxury brand lived in the Normandy town to train there as an apprentice in the trade of saddler harness, that is that is to say to the manufacture of articles of saddlery. He will also then open a saddlery business in Paris, hence the famous horse-drawn carriage on the Hermès logo. At Pont-Audemer. the circuit dedicated to Thierry Hermès actually concerns above all the town and its leather work, the great specialty of Pont-Audemer since the Middle Ages. The town had its tanneries quarters, as evidenced by the few skin dryers still visible, with up to 80 tanneries in the 19C. Another story of little town fame in big town,,,, City webpage:

Opened in 2018, the AMI of Malesherbes, (printing museum) a town in the north of Loiret (45), which has, among other things, a collection of 1,000 printing machines, including 200 on display, obtained the Museum of France label on December 26, 2022. Today the museum includes 3000m² of permanent exhibition hall, a 500m² room for temporary exhibitions, a 500m² auditorium, with its collection of 80,000 art books and catalogs, and 2,000m² of reserve. Of the 1,000 printing machines the museum has, 200 are on display, from different eras. Visitors can also learn about the printing process using the old machines and tools, through hands-on workshops offered by the museum. Webpage :

On métro line 13, this coming Sunday 26 February 2023 going towards or from Asnières (Hauts-de-Seine 92), you will have to change trains and platforms at La Fourche station, in Paris (17éme) if you wish to continue your journey , Between 14h and 21h, all trains on line 13, without exception, will be in the direction of Saint-Denis University from Châtillon-Montrouge and vice versa, instead of every other train. With an average frequency of 2-3 minutes. If you want to continue your journey towards the Asnières-Gennevilliers branch, you will have to get off at La Fourche and change metro. The objective is to test on very limited slots a specific operating configuration by temporarily separating the Asnières Gennevilliers – Les Courtilles branch from the rest of the line. Users of the Asnières branch can always fall back on the automatic metro line 14, connecting to the Porte-de-Clichy station. Paris en marche lol !!

The Place Pigalle is getting a makeover for the 2024 Olympic Games. The goal? Make the fountain out of service attractive again, green the square and promote pedestrian access. If, fortunately, our favorite fountain will not disappear, it is a farewell to Place Pigalle as we have always known it. Another of my eternal Paris that will be gone thanks to local bad government, It will ideally be ready in March 2024. Webpage:

JM Video. In this video club in the 11éme arrondissement, one of the last in Île-de-France you can still come to share, compare points of view, feelings. Only here can you experience that. There were 8,000 of them in France at the beginning of the 2000s, before almost completely disappearing from the landscape. In the era of streaming platforms, a handful of video clubs survive thanks to a loyal and passionate clientele. For moviegoers, it was like a ritual. Slip the DVD into the player or a VHS tape into the VCR for the older ones sit down on your couch and watch a good movie in front of the TV screen, commercial-free. The Internet was still in its infancy and video-on-demand services had not been born. I still remember those good old days ! They are warriors !!!Webpage :

The Galeries Lafayette, Jeu-de-Paume: with the crisis of the Ohayon empire, Beauvais fears “a catastrophe”, While the group of businessman Michel Ohayon trembles, concern reigns, in Beauvais, about its local properties. The placement in safeguard procedure of the company belonging to Michel Ohayon makes employees fear the worst, This is in bankruptcy protection but only the propertiers under this man not the famous ones in Paris, In Versailles, the future of the Trianon Palace hangs on that of the businessman Michel Ohayon, The company that owns the establishment is in receivership, As for the famous 5 stars of Versailles, it could experience turbulent weeks. The splendid 200-room building has belonged since 2014 to the “Financière immobilière bordelaise”, 2 Cours de l’Intendance, Bordeaux, the businessman’s holding company, which was also placed in receivership on February 15, 2023, The group also holds the Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux, and the Sheraton de Roissy-CDG, The hotels continues as usual pending further events, to be continue,.Beware of crowd funding ,,,,

On April 2, 2023 nearly 50,000 runners will cross the streets of Paris over a distance of 42.195 km. Like every year, the route of the Paris marathon changes. A colorful and magnificent start on the most beautiful avenue in the world and a finish just a stone’s throw away, on Avenue Foch, (lol my street to enter Paris most of the time and the Arc!) the descent of the Champs-Elysées and a passage on the Concorde, direction the Opéra Garnier. A little further on, another opera awaits the peloton: the Opéra de la Bastille after a detour via rue de Rivoli, the Hôtel de ville and the Louvre museum. After the first 10 km of effort, the riders see the trees of the Bois de Vincennes which accompanied them for a while. when we see the Opéra Bastille and the square for the second time. Already 25 km in the legs but the hardest part is yet to come. First there is the Voie Georges-Pompidou route. Said ,hello from afar at Notre-Dame, at the Musée d’Orsay when the monument awaited and dreaded at the same time stands: the Eiffel Tower. It marks the passage of the 30th km, you have to cross it to reach the Bois de Boulogne, Roland-Garros and the Auteuil racecourse. Up to it everything is classic. It is from now that it changes the 2023 marathon leaves the Bois de Boulogne from the 38 km. It returns to the 16éme arrondissement faster than usual via La Muette and Trocadéro (gorgeous). On the banks of the Seine, they only have a few hundred meters to go to find them a little later, at the level of the 40th km, In front of the Trocadero, the hardest part is done. it is then a question of going up towards the place Victor-Hugo, the Porte Dauphine then the avenue Foch to get your medal of “finisher”, savor, have a massage and enjoy. With pride. Great on TV lol !! Webpage :

The furniture from the Château de Grignon sold off at auction: the Court of Auditors opens an investigation, As part of a contentious investigation formalized this past Wednesday morning,February 22 2023, this administrative court will shed light on the conditions under which the furniture of this Yvelines (78) castle was sold. The news was welcomed by the Sites et monuments association, which had revealed this “scandal”. In June 2022, during a sale organized on the site, the furniture of Grignon, French agronomy since Charles X (1826), has been literally sold off. This “monumental blunder” was revealed by Julien Lacaze, president of the Sites and Monuments association. He evoked pell-mell, this wooden console from 1780 priced at 40 euros, sold online at 2,250 euros and resold four months later at Drouot… for 13,000 euros. A set of twenty Louis XVI seats separated into four lots, put up for sale for 170 euros, sold for 6,240 euros when it was worth between 300,000 and 500,000 assoc webpage :

The Joan Mitchell Foundation forces LVMH to stop an advertising campaign, Louis Vuitton illegally uses three works by the American painter. The rights holders have put the luxury brand on notice, castigating its “contempt” for the rights of artists. The foundation webpage:

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To wait until the reopening of the monument scheduled for December 2024, come and relive the construction of Notre-Dame Cathedral of Paris, thanks to virtual reality, just under its forecourt. A 45-minute audio and visual stroll through the 800 years of history of this unique place, which will even allow you to discover places normally inaccessible! An experience not to be missed this winter. Eternelle Notre-Dame, 1, Parvis de Notre-Dame – Place Jean-Paul II 4éme, Until May 28, 2023 Webpage :

Get ready to travel through the years and eras at the City of History. Located under the Arche de La Défense, this new place dedicated to history has just opened its doors. On the program: a life-size immersive journey that sends back 1500 years, a giant chronological frieze to (re)discover the greatest moments in history and finally a sound and light show on Victor Hugo, in the heart of an ellipse in 360°. The Cité de l’Histoire, Under the Grande Arche de La Défense, 1, parvis de la Défense , Puteaux, Open Tuesday to Sunday Webpage :

Picasso and Prehistory at the Musée de l’Homme, As part of its Arts and Prehistory season, which traces the evolution of artistic and human creation since prehistory, the Musée de l’Homme has created Picasso and Prehistory. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Picasso’s death, the exhibition focuses on the relationship between the works of the Spanish artist and prehistoric art , Picasso and Prehistory Musée de l’Homme 17, place du Trocadéro 16éme to June 12, 2023 Webpage :

The 5 most beautiful castles of Auvergne, in my opinion, my father-in-law is from the region…….

Château d’Anjony (Cantal 15), the imposing beauty of 4 medieval towers, this military fortress has dominated the steep-sided valley of the Dora in Cantal since 1430. Its 35-meters keep is made up of 4 circular corner towers topped with pepper pot. It was built by Louis d’Anjony, companion of Joan of Arc, to whom King Charles VII had entrusted the mission of representing the royal authority. Located in the village of Tournemire, 25 km south of Salers, it can be visited from February to mid-November, webpage :

Château La Palice (Allier 03), architecture over the centuries Imagine a fortress, belonging for almost 600 years to the same family at the top of a small hill which dominates the Besbre valley. With feudal towers and curtain walls, Gothic chapel, Renaissance dwelling in pink bricks, outbuildings in the Bourbonnaise style. The interior contains treasures: tapestries, carved ceiling work of Italian craftsmen of the Renaissance, composed of compartments or “boxes” in the shape of diamonds with pendants enhanced with gold and colors. The park is freely accessible. Guided tours of the castle from Wednesday to Monday, from April 1 to November 1. The village of Lapalisse is easily accessible via the famous N 7 road. Webpage :

Château de Lespinasse (Haute Loire 43), the wisdom of a millennium pulley of the drawbridge, battlements, foundations of the old round tower of the 12C are still observable, as are the pipes of the Gallo-Roman villa Spinatia (the thorns) erected in 924. Most of the current building dates from the 15C, with the two circular surrounding towers joined by the main building. The ceremonial rooms can be visited, the furniture having also survived the ages, expanded over the generations by the various owners. The panorama opens onto the mountains of Cantal and Livradois.Webpage :

Château de Bourbon (Allier 03), the birth of a dynasty, On its rock which dominates the town of Bourbon-l’Archambault, the Château de Bourbon stretches its remains, including three towers and curtain walls. It is not so much the building itself that arouses interest, but the history of this stronghold. It saw the birth of the Capetian House of Bourbon which gave France mythical kings, including Henry IV and Louis XIV. This medieval stronghold symbolizes the power of a provincial lordship family which rose to the highest positions in France.Webpage :

Château d’Auzers (Cantal 15), A single family own it for 659 years ! Built between 1470 and 1510, Château d’Auzers consists of a large main building with three towers, walkways and watchtowers. Revamped in the 16C, it has passed through the centuries peacefully, remaining the property of the same family. In this living, inhabited, family residence, there remains a small marquetry table donated by Marie Antoinette, souvenirs from the Count of Chambord, an Empire bedroom gift from Napoleon, a superb oratory, paintings and a collection of toy soldiers. Open between Easter and All Saints. Webpage :

Every year for Saint Patrick’s Day, it’s the same refrain: where do we party? BAPBAP, its artisanal microbrewery, will have a meeting place on March 18 2023 in the heart of the 11éme arrondissement of Paris to party and wiggle in the middle of the vats of this atypical place of 1800 m2. The party will begin at 15h on Saturday at the foot of the vats and barrels on rue Saint-Maur, sheltered by a metal structure from the beginning of the 20C in an industrial decor. On the program, BAPBAP takes care of providing us with its delicious beers, each crazier than the other, against a backdrop of frenzied house DJ sets signed Cœur Fou, Mira Ló and Baz. Brasserie BAPBAP 79, rue Saint-Maur – 11éme, Meet on Saturday March 18, from 15h to 22h Webpage :

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The Rooftop and tour Eiffel always go hand in hand when you want to impress someone. So if you’re out of ideas, we’ll give you a little help: it’s the 10éme Ciel (or Heaven) that you’ll have to go to on March 3rd 2023. The ephemeral rooftop with the most spectacular view of Paris 10ème Ciel , 22, rue Jean-Rey 15éme up to March 3, 2023 , Open daily from 18h to 01h (except Tuesdays), Webpage :

My 4 best restaurants where you can eat as much as you want in Paris, All you can eat !!!

Le P’tit Breton , Lovers of good wholemeal galettes and crêpes suzettes: Le P’tit Breton will delight you with a no limit formula. For 29.90€, you can stuff yourself with wholemeal pancakes and sugar crêpes until you’re no longer hungry, all accompanied by as many bowls of cider as you want. Le P’tit Breton 12, rue de Port-Mahon 2éme Webpage :

L’Atelier Saisonnier,Head for the two cherished addresses of the Atelier Saisonnier, which offer us their 100% homemade brunch all week long at all you can eat. Here you can put everything on fresh, seasonal products and small home-made dishes. L’Atelier Saisonnier 58, rue La Fayette 9éme and 15, rue de Charonne 11éme Webpage :

B.O.U.L.O.M. Wondering what B.O.U.L.O.M means? Boulangerie où l’on mange, or Bakery where you eat, quite simply. Born with the aim of cooking gourmet and generous dishes in a bread oven, B.O.U.L.O.M. invites us on a culinary journey in 3 stages. The entrance is through a bakery, where you can find a whole range of pastries, and breads made with a population of old organic wheat. And at the end of the corridor, the centerpiece of B.O.U.L.O.M, the restaurant, the all-you-can-eat buffet concept is revisited. B.O.U.L.O.M. 181, rue Ordener 18éme, Open daily from 8h to 23h Webpage :

Polichinelle, Christophe Michalak and Steve Burggrag join forces to open a restaurant where vegetables are king and seasonal cuisine, all offered as a buffet. This table promises us to be gourmet, local and vegetable! Large tables inside and a large terrace with a view of the Eiffel Tower. No meat, no fish, a 100% vegetarian restaurant,These two food lovers have teamed up with Jennifer Le Néchet, 2016 world cocktail champion, who will prepare cocktails based on French alcohol, fresh vegetables and herbs picked from the roof of the largest urban vegetable garden in France, Polichinelle 51/53, quai de Grenelle 15éme, Open every day 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 care of winter but still not feld as much, and the white one, well has stay away from me , great,,, And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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